February 26, 2014

LET'S TAKE A WALK : VERSAILLES

 I have been looking through my pictures and reliving this perfect trip once again and I though it would be nice to share these pictures here. I loved Versailles, I think it's not possible not to love it. It has such a magical vibe while you are here and if you ignore the fact that you are surrounded by hundreds of tourists, you can really feel history talking to you. It felt so magical to be in the Hall of Mirrors and I just wondered how wonderful it would be to walk around this magical building while there's no one around. I have some pictures without any heads or bodies disturbing my pictures and it's still a secret to me how did I take them because sometimes it was impossible to move around with all these people around. 
It would be a dream come true to spend some more time there sometime again.
The whole trip was magical and it feels so crazy to think that it was so long ago (Summer of 2012) yet I still remember everything like it happened yesterday. I guess when your biggest dreams come true, you are bound to remember them for a very long time. 











February 24, 2014

5 MONTHS OF HAVING A CAT

 5 moths ago on this very day we brought our Luna home for the first time. I remember how stressed out we all were, how tiny and cute she was and how scared she looked while sitting in a bag when we were driving home. I looked at her and couldn't imagine how she would change our lives. 
5 months doesn't seem like a very long time but it honestly feels like we own her forever. I don't even remember our home without this amazing creature walking around and I don't remember how it used to feel being completely alone. Now it never happens and I always have company around (even if she's sleeping almost all the time). Our family bonded so much more over this time while we have her, we always have a certain thing to talk about and there's so much more laughter because she surprises us every single day. She is so adorable, I can't believe how perfect she is. Sometimes I really wish I was a cat, just looking so perfect and being able to sleep all the time. Is that really weird? 
She is very much loved here and I think this was the best decision we have taken in probably ever and I am so happy I convinced my parents to get a British Shorhair because she is amazing, she is honestly the best cat for us. Probably every animal owner feels this way about their animals, it's probably the same like your child is the best one of all, my cat is really the best one of all. 
It's so strange and funny that we all have never been big animal lovers and we don't have a very long history with animals and now we just melt around her, we talk to her like she is a real person and we just run around chasing her (our neighbours probably hate us). 
 Now when I am such a cat lady I would advice everyone to get a cat of their own because it brings much more happiness than you could imagine!

 This is the first picture I took of her while driving back home. She was SO tiny and she looks so scared but she adapted to our home quite quickly. 




February 23, 2014

MY ENDLESS LIST OF GRATITUDE #8

  I wore this outfit the other day and it combines things I love so much - hearts, burgundy, glitter and pleated skirts!


  This is one of the.most.exciting things in a long time. King Of Leon is one of my all time favorite bands and I've always dreamed of seeing them live but it somehow seemed like a completely impossible thing to happen. However, now I'm holding 
the ticket in my hands and I simply can't believe that but I'm incredibly excited!

  This is once again my new necklace which I like so much! I like how well it look together with this bow in my hair. 
  One day this lovely postcard reached me all the way from India. My sweet friend sent it to me while she was there and I love love getting mail. It's sad that nowadays people choose emails over real mail but I still try to send real mail once in a while to people I love.









Lately I've been shopping a little more and I yesterday was a very successful day for that. I love sales!

February 21, 2014

MY NEW FAVORITE ACCESSORY




I don't usually fall for the seasonal trends (high-low skirts never appealed to me and I don't own anything with peplum) but statement necklaces are a thing I love. I love the way they make any outfit more alive and even the most boring sweater becomes like new again. I feel like they weren't so seasonal and many people are still wearing them or is it just me? I don't really care because I love them and I don't own that much but I'm so happy with the newest one I bought. It just screams spring and I love the color combination, it's so girly and so pretty and fresh!

February 16, 2014

THESE ARE THE DAYS THAT BIND US TOGETHER, FOREVER








I think it would be quite difficult to find a person who is not missing Summer at the moment. I hear everyday people around me complaining of the winter, I do it myself and I feel like the winter must go away the sooner the better. I miss Summer so dearly.
 I miss the Sun shining in the sky the entire day, the warm nights when you can spend the whole night outside and go to sleep when the Sun is rising again, the brightest August starry skies, roadtrips with people you love in the cars with the loudest music, the sea, warm wind, cold cocktails in the middle of the very hot day, fresh berries, rainy yet warm summer days, ice cream, fresh mint right from our garden, short dresses, these huge storms when skies are so dark and it rains so hard with the lightnings brightening the sky, shorts, feeling of adventure, live shows in the fields under the sky, sunsets that are only that beautiful in the summertime.

I realize how stupid it is to complain about the weather but I find it very difficult to cheer up when every day I wake up I see this very very gray view outside my room. I just need a little bit of Sunshine, I think it's not that much to ask for. This picture was taken by a very nice girl and it reminds me of one amazing day of the last Summer.

February 14, 2014

WHAT'S IN MY MAKEUP BAG?

I am no makeup artist by any means and I can barely do my own makeup but I though this would be an interesting post to do. I really enjoy peeking into others makeup bags because I recently became very interested in makeup and I can find much more interesting things than by Rimmel or Maybelline which are obviously a theme in my makeup bag as you can see. But I like these brands a lot so that's all good!

Rimmel Match Perfection foundation. I bought this foundation without knowing a lot about it but I instantly fell in love with it. I like the coverage which is not too much neither too little, to me it's perfect. I also really like how it applies, it's much smoother than other foundations I've tried. I am definitely going to repurchase it when I'm done with it. I also really like the packaging!

Maybelline One by One. I've been using this one since it came out and I love it as much as the first time I tried it. I feel like this one is not as popular as The Rocket or The Falsies but to me it's better than the Rocket one. I like the brush a lot, it makes my lashes look longer and thicker which is exactly what I'm hoping from the mascara. I've always came back to this one whatever else I've tried.

Rimmel Apocalips lip lacquer. I love this stuff! I like the color selection, I like the application. It doesn't stay on the lips as much as I'd like it to but I still love it, I love the way it makes my lips look. However I would say it's a little drying so I always put lip balm before putting it on. 

Maybelline Fit Me concealer. I bought it very recently but I actually really like it. Maybelline rarely disappoints me! It covers even dark circles pretty good.


Maybelline Baby Lips lip balm. I have two of them and I like them soo much! They hydrate lips so well and that's exactly the thing you need in the wintertime. I also really like the smell and most of them put some color on your lips which is great!

Dior eyeliner. This thing is so old that I have no idea how it's called or anything else. I stole it from my Mom and I don't use it that much but sometimes I like to use it to brighten my eyes. 


February 10, 2014

MY ENDLESS LIST OF GRATITUDE #7



I feel like my adorable kitty didn't make an appearance here on the blog for a while and since I am a true cat lady now, it's only appropriate to show her adorableness once again!



Lately I have been baking a lot more and I remember now how much I have missed it. It's such a therapeutic process to me. I just love how this cake turned out!


I really like this picture from my trip to London. Here's me and my best friend with other friends on a very nice night in the middle of the London. Excuses for the awful quality but phone and middle of the night is not the best combination.


Skies have been much more clear for a while now and there's no snow around, which makes me so happy. I hate winter and every sign of upcoming spring is making me happy. This is what I get to see from my window when sun decides to show up.



August : Osage County. I loved this movie. There was a time in my life when I used to dislike Meryl Streep because she reminded me of my doctor which I didn't like (I know this is a stupid reason) but then something shifted after I saw Mamma Mia and now she's one of my favorite actresses of all time and she is spectacular in this movie as always.

February 7, 2014

HOW TO SURVIVE VALENTINE'S DAY WHEN YOU'RE SINGLE

Valentine's day is only a week away, as always it comes a little unexpectedly. Some people love it, some people hate it but most of the time if you are single, you dread this day of love. It's actually just another normal day in a year and I'm really not against it, to me it's just another little celebration and I think it's nice to have as many celebrations as it's possible. This day can be just another chance to celebrate love for yourself and just to spread love around you. There's nothing wrong with being single and there is no reason to be sad on Valentine's day if you are single. In my opinion, the most important thing before you get into a relationship is to love yourself which is much harder to do than it sounds. I don't think it is possible to be happy in a relationship if you don't love yourself enough. So I think this day could be dedicated to celebrating yourself and without any worries about your relationship status. There are plenty possibilities to make this a very happy day!

Don't feel sorry for yourself.

 That is probably an essential part without which it will simply be impossible to make anything good out of this day. There is no reason to be sorry for yourself, you are perfectly fine being single and having a boyfriend doesn't always make you the happiest person alive. You can be as happy while being single! 

Plan a girls day/night out. 

You and your best friends could (and should!) plan a day out to spend some time together and enjoy. Friendship is so important and having your best girlfriends around you is such an amazing feeling. You could put some make up on, wear something nice and go somewhere cozy and just talk for hours.

Spend a cozy evening alone.

 Sometimes it's a very good idea to spend a day just by yourself. If you cook a great meal, pour some wine and spend evening watching a great movie, it's a perfect night. 

Wear something pink or red.

 This day in general is surrounded by this red aura and it's just another great chance to wear this great color. I like wearing red anyway but I always have something red on me on Valentine's day! 

Plan a pamper evening. 

You have do this by yourself but it's even better when you do that with your girls. Bring face masks, scrubs, some cute nail polishes and spend some time treating your bodies! Of course, don't forget a little bit of champagne or some great cocktails!

Buy yourself something nice.

 Valentine's day is a great day to treat those you love and it's also a great day to treat yourself. Buy yourself that statement necklace you've been wanting to get for months or these great shoes for an upcoming spring or a little getaway trip somewhere out of the city.

Buy yourself some flowers.

 It's a good (very good) feeling when someone you love brings you flowers but why couldn't that person be you? You can buy yourself some fresh flowers because it actually feels very nice. Flowers instantly make your home look nicer and it's also a sing that Spring is approaching quickly, which is always good!

Whatever you decide to do, remember that is just a day in a year which doesn't have to be important if you don't want it to be but also you can always use a possibility to have fun and celebrate a little bit. Just remember You are not alone and surround yourself with positive people. Hope You'll have fun!



February 4, 2014

WHAT MADE JANUARY INTERESTING

I feel like January is a month in which it's very difficult to be inspired. Or at least stay inspired after the New Year celebration. I totally feel this way so I've tried many things this month to keep me inspired. It mostly was TV and music I have to admit, nothing really exciting. There were many things to catch up on TV after my exams when I didn't have much time to do anything fun.  Now I am so happy that this month is finally over and we already welcomed February!

1. Girls. I'm so happy this show is back! When I found it last year it was already on its second seasons so I watched both of them in couple of days because it's just amazing. It is very different from what you usually see on TV maybe because it shows the real life more than anything else, it shows all of the imperfections, all the real struggles and real human. That is why I love it so much. I admire Lena Dunham so much. She captures the emotions and thoughts of our generation so perfectly and isn't afraid to expose even the not so pretty sides of life. And I love that this show is so raw and unpolished. It still blows my mind that the same person can write, direct and create such and amazing character on the show. It's amazing, simply amazing. 

2. Pretty Little Liars. When a new episode comes out there's a little party in my house because I looove this show lots! However, don't ever do this mistake of watching it in the middle of the night if you are easily scared, not the smartest choice.

3. American Hustle. I went to see this movie last week and it was so good! You can have too much expectations when you go to see a movie which is nominated for 10 Oscars (!) and all of the main actors are nominated for an Oscar! But it was really amazing and worth all of the nominations. Actors are spectacular, especially Jennifer Lawrence is stunning and very funny as always. This whole story is really captivating, there is some serious drama going on but it's funny as well, to me it's a perfect combination. I am not surprised it was nominated for so many awards.

4. Beyoncé. I have been listening to her new album non stop. Can we stop for a while and appreciate it a little more? I mean, this woman is always amazing but this album is perfection, it doesn't get better than this. Or maybe she will later prove how wrong I was. I really hope so. But this album is so special, all of these songs have something incredible and I love the whole vibe of it. While you listen to a song like Blue you see the most amazing side of this incredible woman but then while you listen to Partition or Drunk in Love you see completely different woman and they seriously make you feel sexy while listening to them. Beyoncé proved again why we all love her so much.

5. John Legend. I knew he existed but wasn't a big fan but when I found his song All of Me, I fell in love with it so much that I just had to listen to the full album. And I was so surprised when song after song I liked it even more. So now I have been playing it on repeat almost all the time. Except when I'm listening to Beyoncé, of course.


How have you been inspiring yourself lately?

February 1, 2014

HOW TO GET THE BEST NIGHT SLEEP



I haven't been having the best sleep this past month so I tried many many things to make my sleep a little better. I didn't realize how important it is to sleep well until I started feeling incredibly tired and sleepy and when many parts of my body started hurting. I did a little research and I think this would be a great chance for me to share this here. Hope this will help some of you who is suffering from the bad sleep. 

1. Don't use your TV or computer to help you fall asleep. 

I know it's tempting to fall asleep while watching something but it's actually a very bad idea. Your mind can't fully relax before going to sleep because it's constantly stimulated by bright screen of your TV or laptop. Instead, you should listen to some calm music or read a book. They say that you shouldn't use TV, computer or even phone one hour before you go to bed.

2. Make sure your room is dark enough when you go to bed. 

The darker the room you sleep in is, the better your sleep will be. Use curtains if you need to make it darker.

3. Do some light exercise before going to bed. 

If you don't exercise enough in the day (I don't) at least before going to sleep you should do some light exercise as stretching or yoga.

4. Make sure your room is cool enough.

When there's not enough air in the room, your sleep becomes very poor. Room shouldn't be neither too cool or too hot but every day before going to bed ventilate your room for a while. I noticed that I really have much better sleep when my room is a little colder. It's also easier to fall asleep. 

5. Meditate. 

If you have a tornado going on in your head every time you place your head on a pillow, you should try meditate before going to sleep. It can do wonders, believe me, even if it is just for 5 minutes. It helps with insomnia as well.

6. Bed should be used just for sleeping. 

You shouldn't work in your bed, watch movies or eat. If you only sleep in your bed, you train your mind to fall asleep quicker. I, however, can't use this method because I do pretty much everything in my bed, it's a problem.

7. Clear your mind. 

Before you go into bed, you should try writing all your minds on a piece of paper or in your journal, however you want. You can also make lists on a paper, it is much more effective than lay in bed and think about the things you need to do. You should clear your mind as much as that is possible before going to bed.

8. Don't just lay there.

If you try to fall asleep and toss and turn for more than 30 minutes, wake up. If insomnia doesn't want to leave you, you should get up and write in your journal, read a book, look through the window, meditate but there's no point to be laying in the bed and letting your mind do the work. That for sure won't let you fall asleep. 

9. The room should be quiet.

If there is many noise coming through the windows, buy some earplugs, they help. Or you could listen to relaxing music with your earphones to reduce that noise. I luckily live in an area that is very quiet and I rarely need to use these methods. 

10. Invest in a good mattress, good pillows and bed if that's possible.

It is so worth it you have no idea. I have been sleeping in a very uncomfortable bed for a very long time and I see a difference very clearly since I changed my sleeping space. 

11. Drink relaxing tea before bedtime.

You can try some herbal teas like melissa, mint, chamomile. 
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