March 1, 2015

Girl Online by Zoe Sugg. No spoiler review.

Hello lovelies!

Hope you've had a great February! I've been absent for the better part of it but I am trying to get back into the swing of things and post at least once a week. With a full-time job and a newly started MA program I don't have much time for anything. No one promised it was gonna be easy, right? 

Commuting to and from work I read quite a lot. Books have always been a big part of my life. Call me a book worm, a nerd or a day dreamer, they are my way to escape, to learn, to discover. I was considering building a new blog where I can write about literature but decided against it. After all, reading is a passion of mine, just like fashion is. 

With time (if you stick around) you'll find that I read quite a few different genres - non-fiction fashion and beauty books, contemporary, mystery, dystopian and post apocalyptic, sci-fi, fantasy and magical realism, classics, graphic novels ... the whole lot. 

Today, I want to talk about a book surrounded by a lot of controversy and strong opinions. Girl Online by Zoe Sugg took the world by a storm selling more copies in its first week than J. K. Rowling's Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone. Soon after, an information leaked that the book or parts of it was actually ghostwritten by Siobhan Curham. 

February 3, 2015


Hello lovelies!

Sometimes I find myself wide awake in the small hours of the night browsing Amazon (or some other online store) and thinking: this is a really bad idea, I don't need it,  how am I going to wake up for work tomorrow... Oh, why the hell not?! Proceed to checkout. 

That is exactly how I discovered Travalo. What? A tiny spray bottle to hold your favorite scent on the go. I know what you're thinking - just another gimmick. But no! Didn't you think the same about the Clinique Bottom Lash Mascara that's now a staple in so many makeup bags? 

January 21, 2015

Black Ankle Boots by Ash

Black ankle boots by Ash

Hello lovelies!

One can never have too many ankle boots, especially if that certain someone lives in London where an ankle book is an all-year-rounder! I am a proud owner of a small (or maybe not so small) collection to cater any occasion and outfit choice. However, when these Ash beauties, that Repertoire kindly sent me, arrived at the doorstep I realized there's been a void in my wardrobe.

I am not saying that just because black is universal and the leather is soft ... oh so soft ... but also because the height is perfect and gets me through an 8 (or more) hour day with no pain! *Whoever came up with the expression 'No pain, no gain!' clearly has never worn 6 inch heels to work, or anywhere for that matter.*

December 16, 2014

Product Empties #1

I spend more time watching beauty and bookish videos on YouTube than I care to admit. One of my favorite things to watch are the so called empties. Not only is it fascinating what products people go through, but I also think they're much more informative and reliable than the usual reviews (I still watch and read ton of those, though). Following is my take on the idea, in writing.

Charles Worthington Split Ends Binder, Catwalk by TII Straight collection, Sanctuary Spa Pore refining toner, No.7 Beautifully Matte foundation, product empties

December 12, 2014

Cozy riding boots from Morlands

I've been on the hunt for a new riding boots long before the temperatures started descending from cold to freezing. In London boots are more or less year-rounders so finding the perfect pair to add to my wardrobe has turned into a mission, an almost impossible one. Most of them would hit me right under the knee which made them both unflattering and uncomfortable - a problem many petite girls would understand. Another issues I've often encountered, that I've noticed many other women complain about, is the calf size. It would either be too wide or too tight. When did brands stop manufacturing average-size anything? It seems you can either be model-sized or plus-sized these days. Nothing in between. 

About the time I almost settled for a pear of in-between-not-ankle-but-not-knee-high boots a Morlands representative contacted me asking whether I wanted to pick a pair of shoes from their website to try out and review. And lets be hones here. One does not simply say no to the company that provides the sheepskin for Rolls Royce and Bentley. After over and hour on their website I chose the SANDRA boots and only a few days later they arrived to my doorstep. Straight away (cause I am that impatient) I tried them on. Surprisingly, they fit straight away. No need to hope the leather will stretch a I wear them or to tell my self "it's OK I will only wear them with skirts."

December 8, 2014

Christmas Reads 2014

December 2015 has began and lights are twinkling all around. What better way to put yourself in the festive spirit than reading a Christmas book or two! 

When I first learned to read my parents gave me the Disney edition of "Mickey's Christmas Carol" (a children's adaptation of "A Christmas Carol" by Charles Dickens) and it's been my traditional December read ever since I was six years old. Before moving to London I gave it to my little cousin who grew up to love books just as much as I do, so this year I had to find new reads for the lead up to Christmas.

The first two books I added to my ever-growing collection were J. R. R. Tolkien's "Letters from Father Christmas" and "My True Love Gave to Me" - a collection of twelve stories written by some of my favorite authors and edited by Stephanie Perkins. 

I've already finished the former one at one sitting... on the same day that I bought it! The short and entertaining book made me feel like a child counting down the sleeps to Christmas. Tolkien's characters develop in every letter he (as Father Christmas) wrote to his young children. I grew to love the clumsy polar bear that causes so much trouble but always means well and Ilbereth the Elf who became Father Christmas' secretary and even the snow-elves who never failed helping to save the gifts from the goblins. Tolkien's fans would also e able to recognize some of the ideas for "The Lord of the Rings" developing in the short stories.

I am just about to start "My true love gave to me" and the level of excitement is to the roof! I cannot get over how beautiful the UK edition of the books is. With its powder blue cover and pink pages it's not just Instagram-worthy, but a Christmas decoration of its own kind!

What are your favorite festive reads?


July 25, 2014

Guest post: More than one time

Every single time you wear some fancy and glamorous dress, you want the whole world to see it. If you could, you would even hire the most expensive Nashville commercial photographer, to take pictures of you, for as long as you wear that dress. The thing is that some clothes are just spectacular, they cost a lot and when you’re wearing them, you want attention, because you deserve it. The only sad thing about these outfits is that you feel uncomfortable if someone sees you dressed in it, more than one time. You have to learn some tricks, to make the uniqueness last a little longer than just one night out.  So how do you recycle an expensive dress?

Just to make it clear, I’m not talking about the wedding dresses or the ones that have complicated decorations. It’s all about the cocktail style. The cocktail dress can be recycled by adding some super dazzling shoes. Add colors to the little black dress you own and point the whole attention to the shoes. Another way would be adding some crazy accessories. Take some necklaces, bracelets and earrings of big sizes. Let them be gold or silver. The whole look would just be different. Or if you’ve got any jewelry before, take it all down for now.

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