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?


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