October 31, 2013

Beauty Favorites: October 2013

I haven't done a favorites post in a while but this month I have really been loving tons products. With Autumn's arrival darker smoky eyes and vampy lips become perfectly appropriate (Yes I said it!) and I have been playing with my makeup a lot, adding deep purples and greens to my routine. 

I have also been enjoying cozy time at home. Tea and books are my best friends and now I have an excuse (the cold, duh) to bundle up in a blanket and spend the day in. So hot, I know! :)

October 30, 2013

Wednesday Wishes Vol.3 | It's all about the Texture

This Autumn it is all about the textures. Mixing them together in the same outfit or even the same piece of clothing is all the rage. It definitely is one of my favorite trends as textured pieces are typically very warm and cozy. Think of chunky knits, lavish velvet, sleek leather or elegant tweed. It is all in! 

Wish list featuring Candy Cable Knit Scarf, Babyliss Curl Secret Hair curler, Givenchy biker jacket, River Island Fur tore and Zoe Leek Grey Ankle Boots
1. When I begin to feel the cold air pinching my cheeks my scarves and me become inseparable. They keep me warm and never fail to jazz up an outfit. This Candy Cable Knit Bobble Scarf from Great Plains London would make a great addition to my collection!

2. I've been dying to try the Babyliss Curl Secret Hair Curler ever since it hit the stores. It seems like such an easy way to add some texture to the hair!

3. The mix of velvet, tweed and leather in this Givenchy Biker Jacket is fascinating. Great twist on the timeless classic!

4. Everyone needs a fluffy bag, right? I know I do and I have my eyes set on this River Island Fur Tote.

5. Great ankle boots are a must have for Autumn. As I don't own a gray pair I though the Zoe Leek Grey Ankle Boots might be just what I need.

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What's on your wish list?

Check out my Tea Time Wishlist  too! 



October 29, 2013

Why is Sweet Almond Oil good for the skin and hair & How to use it

sweet almond oil skincare hair care
Almonds are one of the most beneficial and healthy nuts known to men. Their nurturing and beautifying have been discovered thousands of years ago. The ancient Chinese, Ayurveda and Greci-Persian medicinal schools have used almond oil to treat problematic skin conditions such as psoriasis and eczema. 

Sweet almond oil is extracted from the sweet almonds seeds. Thanks to its medicinal and beautifying qualities it is widely used in beauty products and can also be consumed as well. Almond oil is good for every skin type as it absorbs very quickly, doesn't leave the skin greasy or oily and therefore doesn't clog the pores or increase the chances of acne.

October 28, 2013

Inspirational Quote: Look around you. The world is a beautiful place.

Happy Monday!

Facing challenges, fighting to resist irrational desires, struggling on the way to our aims, and even watching our dreams effortlessly happen to somebody else ... the world can be hard to handle sometimes. In those moments it might seem to be utterly unfair to the tired mind. But it is also in those moments that we have have to open our discouraged eyes the widest. Those exact battles are the turning points in life, the times to gather courage and take a leap, to make a step towards a new chapter.

At times the world may seem an unfriendly and sinister place, but believe that there is much more good in it than bad. All you have to do is look hard enough and what might seem to be a series of unfortunate events may in fact be the first steps of a journey. Lemony Snicket quote
Look around you and have a beautiful week 


October 27, 2013

Homemade: Apple, Honey & Cinnamon Biscuits Recipe

Homemade: Apple, Honey & Cinnamon Biscuits Recipe

It is a lovely Sunday morning. Yesterday we spent a few lovely hours sightseeing the city. Sunny autumn days are really great. Walking down the narrow streets we entered a small café to enjoy a cup of warm tea. The romantic atmosphere made me think of my childhood at my granny’s house in a beautiful little village high in the mountains where I loved sipping hot tea. It was delicious herbal tea which preserved all the flavors from a sunny summer meadow.

On our way home we decided to make apple and honey biscuits. You can see the full recipe here. I chose it because it is quite simple and I had all the necessary ingredients at home. I’m in love with simple homemade food! I think the dishes should be easy to make out of basic local products and aromas. The secret is to be prepared with a lot of love, easy and carefully like a romantic song singing.

October 25, 2013

Beauty Review: Sleek Vintage Romance Collection

I am a huge Sleek fan! Unfortunately the brand is no available in Bulgaria and online makeup shopping is not something I gravitates toward. However, I really wanted the Vintage Romance collection and I finally got my hands on it! Let me tell you it was worth the wait! I've been wearing the Vintage Romance Eye Shadow Palette and Antique Blush daily for over a week and I can't get enough of them! 

October 24, 2013

The Wardrobe: Autumn warmth

"I'm so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers." L.M. Montgomery

Casual Autumn outfit featuring hand knitted orange sweater, handmade floral maxi skirt, leather studded sneakers, yellow tights and golden earrings
Is there a better way to spend a beautiful Autumn afternoon than going to the park for a picnic with steaming coffee and pumpkin spice muffins? I don't think so! The beauty of Octobers is infinite. The sun rays shining through the golden leaves painting the world, the crisp morning air tingling my face and the long starry nights accompanied by candles and tea are the most wonderful time of the year.

October 23, 2013

Wednesday Wishes Vol.2 | Tea Time

Not so long ago I was not big on tea at all. I was a complete coffee person. While I still love the aroma of freshly brewed coffee I've also started appreciating the joys of a warm cup of tea. Not a day goes by without a steaming cup or two (at least) often accompanied by a good book and deliciously scented candle. Isn't that the best way to spend a foggy autumn afternoon or a cozy evening in? 

Tea time wishlist featuring Free People blanket style poncho, porcelain teapot and teacup, Liption selection of tea in a wooden box, Leandra Medine's book - Man Repeller and Yankee's Autmn Wreath candles
1. There's nothing that I love more than snuggling up in a cozy blanket. This blanket style poncho from Free People will keep me warm no matter how moody the weather gets.
2. Don't these beautiful porcelain teapot and teacup look worthy of a fairy tale princess? We all need a little magic in our lives!
3. A good selection of teas to suit every mood is a must-have for fall and winter!
4. I love a good read and I can't wait to get my hands on Leandra Medine's book - Man Repeller. If it is written in the hilariously sarcastic tone of her blog it's going to make my top 10 for sure! 
5. I am a candle maniac! Yankee's Autumn Wreath candles scented with "the spicy warmth of autumn leaves and cinnamon apples" sound like heaven to me!

What's on your wish list?

Check out my Autumn Preparations Wishlist too! 



October 22, 2013

Guest Post: Fall-Winter trends in watches

Fall 2013 trends in watches

It is beginning to get cold, dark and for some of us it is more difficult to look fashionable in Winter. Constant unmatchable layering, sensible shoes that don’t go with any outfit and not to mention it can be expensive to buy new warm winter clothes. In Susan’s “How to Work Your Summer Pieces into Your Fall Wardrobe” post she wrote about this dilemma where she recommended, well, working summer pieces into a Fall wardrobe. Another way of staying trendy through the seasons is by using accessories and most notably by using watches. 

October 21, 2013

Inspirational Quote: Don't shrink your dreams

Happy Monday!

I have dreams of all kinds and sizes, no, not dreams - goals. No matter how easy or hard they're to reach there're always those people ... the people that don't believe what I'm trying is doable or even realistic. I am sometimes guilty of letting them get to me and convince me I can't reach that far up. Even worse, sometimes I become my own Debbie Downer, giving up before I even try hard enough because for one reason or another I think I can't achieve my goals. Or am I too afraid of falling?

Truth is our abilities, mine and yours and your friends' too are much bigger than we believe. And it's our own responsibility to persistently grow them every single day. 

Truth is no dream is impossible or unreachable as long as we're willing to learn, as long as we work hard enough, as long as we have the courage to try!

Don't shrink your dreams. Supersize your abilities.
What did you learn today? What are you going to achieve tomorrow?



October 20, 2013

Homemade: Spicy Baked Pumpkin

 Homemade Spicy Baked Pumpkin with dry fruits, nuts and rum recipe

It is Sunday morning. I love early mornings. It’s quite chilly outside but not foggy and the sight is really lovely. The tree just in front of my window is still green and some birds are still there in spite of the low temperatures.

I’m sitting with my computer and a large mug of coffee. Its hot aroma is just magical in this early morning. It may sound strange to you doing it at 7.00 o`clock in the morning on a Sunday. I love it! I love knowing that I have a long, long day in front of me and this assures me that I will have enough time for my loved ones and my favorite hobbies.

October 18, 2013

New in The Wardrobe: Accidental Autumn shoes

Cognac Autumn flat combat boots
Don't you love it when you accidentally bump into your new pair of shoes? That's what happened to me on a lovely Autumn afternoon. Last Saturday, strolling down my favorite little streets in the heart of the city, peeking into every local boutique in search of inspiration I stumbled upon these beauties. My plans to save up some money disappeared like smoke. Before I knew it I was walking out with a bag in my hand and a damaged bank account. Almost a week later I don't regret it even the tiniest bit!

October 17, 2013

Bourjois Paris Twist up the Volume Mascara Review

When I saw the Bourjois Paris Twist up the Volume Mascara's ad on the back of Cosmo for the first time I thought "well that's interesting. I'm going to have to try it out and see if it really works." I've used a lot of 2-steps mascaras before  and let me tell you I was not impressed. Most of the time they were too messy and not even once did what they promised. Twist up the Volume is actually the first mascara I encountered whose wand changes shape. It still fascinates me!

October 16, 2013

Wednesday Wishes Vol.1 | Autumn Preparations

There's nothing better than some mid-week window shopping, apart from an actual shopping spree of course. That's why I've decided to start a new feature that I hope you'll enjoy reading as much as I do creating it. It's also a good way to keep an online shopping list and sooner or late give in and acquire some of my wishes ...

1. Topshop Petite Khaki Parka Coat to keep me all warm and snuggly even on the most freezing mornings
2. Lorac Pro eye shadow palette because it's incredibly versatile and absolutely perfect for Fall! 
3. Jasmine Ornate Boots from Miss Selfridge. I'm loving the cutout trend as well as the gold detailing. I won't even start about the beautiful chocolate color!
4. Yankee Cinnamon Stick Jar Candle. Nothing I love more on an Autumn night than cuddle up in bed with a cup of a tea, good book and a nicely scented candle to set the mood.
5. Accessorize Waffle Button Snood because a warm scarf is a must-have for Fall and burgundy is one of my favorite colors

What's on your wish list?



October 15, 2013

The Wardrobe: The Charisma of Black

"Black is modest and arrogant at the same time. Black is lazy and easy - but mysterious. But above all black says this: 'I don't bother you - don't bother me.'"  - Yohji Yamamoto 

Personal style: Black H&M Chiffon Dress and wide brimmed fedora, mustard H&M tights, Black leather shoes Vera Pelle
The days when wearing black was a taboo are long gone thanks to Coco Chanel.With the invention of the little black she created more than a piece of clothing, even more than a classic, she transformed a color into a statement. Black is effortless chic, understated elegance. Black is safe, yet bold, conservative, yet immensely sexy.

October 14, 2013

Inspirational Quote: Break the habit

In our fast-paced world we are often swallowed by the routine. Wake up in the morning, wash your face, have breakfast, get ready, work, go home, have dinner, sleep. Days go by sometimes as we do the same over and over again. Living by habit is easy, it is comfortable and safe. Living by habit doesn't change anything, everything stays the same. Nothing really changes until we go out of our comfort zone and get uncomfortable ... until we break the habit and make a new one, and then change it again, and again, and again ... The secret of success is change, intentional change!

The was the day she made herself the promise to live more from intention and less from habit

You'll never change your life until you change something you do daily. The secret of your success is found in your daily routine.

Do something different today!



October 13, 2013

Homemade: Autumn pillow cases

DIY Autumn pillow cases

The sunny autumn days are really great! Yesterday spent almost a long time in the park having a cup of coffee (or a glass of beer) with friends. It is like saying farewell to the summer sun and leisure time.

On the way home in the evening we decided to bring the autumn colors and sunny rays with us. I have seen several DIY ideas how to use leafs and paints for handmade projects. We have a big sofa with lots of pillows which we redecorate quite often. It is the way to bring different atmosphere at home. That is why we decided to make pillow cases with autumn leaf motives.

October 10, 2013

Energy with benefits | Part II

Alongside all of the health benefits the popular drink provides numerous beatifying treats. “Caffeine has three great properties,” says Dr. Leslie Baumann, professor of dermatology at the University of Miami in an interview for Elle Canada “It’s an antioxidant, it shrinks blood vessels and it dehydrates fat cells.”

Roasted coffee is full of antioxidants, magnesium and chromium, which transforms the hot cup of energy in an actual part of an anti-aging routine. The cause for fine lines, wrinkles, and sagging is free radicals which destroy the elastic skin tissue. Antioxidants not only protect the skin, but also repair the damaged cells, reversing the clock.

October 9, 2013

The Wardrobe: Falling Leaves and Tennis Shoes

Long Black Cardigan, Floral H&M dress, Studded Reserved Belt, Blue tights, Red Zara Bowling bag, Primark floral tennis shoes, Maybelline Chromatics eyeliner Turquoise Vibe
Fall is the most beautiful time of the year, the time when the leafs change color and the air is crisp in the bright sun, the time when the rain puts you to sleep and there's nothing better than a warm cup of cappuccino on a gloomy morning.  The time of pumpkins and apples, candles and cinnamon.

October 8, 2013

Interview: Katya Lozanova, the designer behind Gizda

Gizda, Katya Lozanova

Katya Lozanova is the designer behind the young, fresh and creative brand Gizda. I met her on a rainy morning at her studio apartment / atelier, which she renovated and furnished all by herself. The moment I walked in and she offered me warm milk with honey, standing next to her ah-dorable pink toaster, I knew she was one of those warm and kind people that make you feel cozy and welcome. The conversation kept going back and forward so easily I can hardly call it an interview as it felt as if I was catching up with a friend.

October 6, 2013

Homemade: Hand Crochet Floral Blanket

Hand crochet floral blanket

Autumn is unpredictable. Last few days were quite chilly. It was like a jump from summer lazy mood straight into snowy winter feelings. I was really missing the warm colors and the bright but never too hot sun rays of autumn.

October 3, 2013

Докосвам = Побеждавам. Кампанията на Bra Clinic срещу рака на гърдата.

Bra Clinic, единственият в България салон за бельо, който предлага услугата бра фитинг, стартира кампанията си за борба с рака на гърдата съвместно с инициативата "За живота." Основната цел на акцията под наслов "Докосвам = Побеждавам" е да информира жените колко е важно сами да преглеждат гърдите си, както и нагледно да покаже колко лесно е да го правят.

October 1, 2013

The Wardrobe: Fall(ing) Boho

There's nothing I love more on a beautiful and warm fall day than taking a straw outside and enjoying the changing nature. About a week ago my family and me went to the zoo. It might seem childish but it's one of my favorite places to go to! The animals are absolutely adorable and I always have the unhealthy desire to pet the black panther or play with the tigers, or just take the owls with their curious big eyes home! I might be a little obsessed with cats and owls I admit. A crazy cat lady in the making here!

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