Sunday, July 28, 2013

My recent baking escapades

Hello! 

Guess what I've been doing in this unbelievable heat? Baking. I've never been much of a cook, but since I've moved out of my parents' house, I've been cooking all sorts of meals. I have to admit though, I haven't baked much. Until now! The other day I decided to make blueberry muffins with white chocolate, which turned out quite nice, even though I thought they would raise more. Nonetheless, no one complained. :) I forgot to take pictures, so what I'm sharing today is my spelt bread and my French chocolate cake. I've had a lot of fun making these, the bread turned out alright, even if it didn't raise a crazy amount (spelt flour tends to be like that), but I really like dark bread and my family said it was good. It is almost gone now and I still can't comment on the cake, because I'm still waiting for it to cool down. :) If anyone wants the recipes, feel free to ask, I'd be happy to share!

Have fun,

N. xx


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Thursday, July 25, 2013

NEW: ASOS Black Day Bag

Hello!

As I mentioned a while ago, I went to the Arctic Monkeys concert in Zagreb and apparently everyone went bananas for Alex Turner (went a bit myself, to be honest) and the crowd was jostling around and my brown H&M across-body bag tore and I had to hold it in my hands for the whole concert. Not complaining though, I still enjoyed it and it gave me an excuse to invest in an ASOS black across-body bag, which I've had my eyes on for a while. It came a few days ago and I'm really happy with it, it's perfect for every day, it's roomy and very elegant. The leather is the same as with my black Zara bag and I just think it looks polished and nice and I'mma rock it!

Take care,

N. xx

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Sunday, July 21, 2013

Beauty haul

Hello everyone!

Here is a small beauty haul from iHerb.com and my local drugstore. I'm so far very happy with all the products and it was certainly very nice to spoil myself a bit with new skincare and haircare goodies. :)

Hope you're doing well!

N. xx


Nubian Heritage coconut and papaya with vanilla bean extract body wash 
The body wash has a nice tropical scent, but I realized I've just spent a shampoo with papaya scent and I was kind of tired of it, so I'm thinking of saving this one for later, otherwise I'll get sick of the tropical smell and I just don't want that. 

Acure Organics argan oil and stem cell hair shampoo and conditioner 
The Acure products are organic and natural and I was very excited to try them out, plus the packaging is adorable. :) These two products contain argan oil and argan stem cells, so I trust they'll do fine, because I have such great experience with Morrocanoil shampoos.

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Schwarzkopf Schauma repair mask for damaged and dry hair
When I got home from my holidays at sea, my hair was literally like straw, I know I haven't cut it in a while and that also might have had something to do with that, but I immediately went to buy myself a hair mask. I chose this one and I am extremely happy with it, it leaves my hair soft and smooth, it's just lovely! It says you notice results after a while but I noticed an improvement the minute I stepped out of the shower and dried my hair.

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Garnier Moisture Match mattifying cream 
This is a lovely day cream for oily skin, it has a mattifying effect and I started using it as a primer under my make up. I really like it, it doesn't leave my skin as greasy as some other day creams did and it smells nice. A good purchase!

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Aroma Naturals lavender candle 
I'm a huge sucker for lavender and I haven't even burned this one, it smells lovely on my bedside table. It has a really relaxing smell and it's perfect for evenings when I just step out of the shower, put on my PJs and snuggle up in my bed with a good book.

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Saturday, July 20, 2013

July Make-up Wishlist

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1. Lily Lolo mineral foundation in Blondie. I ordered the sample sizes of the fairer shades and I got 3 (Barely Buff, China Doll and Blondie), plus a finishing powder and a baby buki brush. I was swept away by Blondie and I'm totally ordering the full size as soon as possible. I figured out mineral foundation suits my skin much better than liquid, so thumbs up for that! :£12.49 on lilylolo.co.uk

2. Ted Baker cosmetic bag. The tiny little make-up bag I bought in H&M a while ago is unfortunately too small for all my 'absolutely neccessary' stuff, so I have to invest in a new, bigger one. This one is adooorable, but I still think I'll opt for a cheaper one. 29,16€ on asos.com

3. Bourjois BB bronzing cream. A week ago I was on the point of buying the Healthy Mix Serum Foundation, but bought a totally different liquid foundation, and of course, since it was an impulsive-in-a-hurry buy, I'm not so happy with it now. I stumbled upon this BB cream on asos.com and since I decided I wouldn't buy liquid foundation anymore, just BB creams, this would be perfect for when I'm in a hurry and just need something to slap on my face for a quick coverage. Plus it has SPF 15 and it smells like chocolate! 13,24€ on asos.com

4. Rimmel Stay Matte pressed powder. I've heard  Tanya Burr rave about this product and I'm excited to try it out as a finishing touch to my BB creams. :) 3,31€ on asos.com

5. Rimmel Apocalips lip lacquers. As I love a matte finish lipstick, I HAD to order these, I got the shades Apocaliptic, Big Bang and Celestial. 5,30€ on asos.com

I hope you're all doing wonderful, I'm enjoying the weekend at home, I did some cleaning up in my room and now I'm gonna go get ready for drinks with some friends! :)

Oh and let me know if you like these kind of posts, I certainly enjoy doing them, but I wanna know if you like reading them or if they bore you! :)

Have fun,

N. xx
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Monday, July 15, 2013

Menswear #2: Boys hit the waves

A friend of mine commented that he wished to see more of these Menswear posts that I did a while ago, so here is an array of stylish swimming trunks for guys, chosen on asos.com. :)

Have fun on the beach everyone!

N. xx

1. ITALIAN GUY
These two remind me of those tanned Italian guys who are bound to find their way to every beach known to man and show off their Italian thighs in these chic paisley swimming trunks. Approved!

Left: Primark 5,30€
Right: Insight 72,90€

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2. SURF DUDE
I can just see a couple of Aussie dudes hitting the waves in these cool blue-toned swimming trunks. Surf up!

Left: Vans 72,90€ 
Right: Ted Baker 33,14€

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3. POSH
The past week I was on holiday and I stumbled upon a group of English guys wearing trunks just like these - typically UK simple and held back. The trunks were the only thing about them that was held back, believe me!

Left: Speedo 23,86€
Right: River Island 29,16€

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4. SIMPLE ONE COLOUR
 You can't go wrong with choosing a bathing suit in one colour, pick a summer-ish colour like electric blue or white and you'll look great!

Left: Voi 26,51€
Right: Voi 26,51€

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Thursday, July 11, 2013

Summer essentials

Hello!

As I mentioned in my previous post, I'm spending my vacation on an island in Croatia. The ride here was kinda awful, I had to go by myself because I had some errands to run when my family already left and I had to take a bus and drive for 7 hours to finally arrive at 3 AM, and I still had to wait three hours for the ferry to take me to the island. Needless to say, when I finally arrived to our house, the first thing I did was go to bed and drift off. I can never sleep on buses, in my opinion they're the worst transportation when it comes to comfort.

We're staying here until Saturday and I'm enjoying my time at the beach, reading, playing with kids, swimming, etc. A well deserved (or at least eagerly expected) vacation. As always, I bring a lot of stuff to the beach (contrary to my brother who only needs his bathing trunks and a towel), here are my essentials!

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1. A good book. I have quite a few books with me, but I forgot to order the new one by Dan Brown. I've read all of his other books and he usually writes good reads for the beach, so I'll get to it when I get home.

2. Sunscreen. I learned my lesson when it comes to sun and tanning a few years ago when I got such horrible sun burns that I got blisters all over my shoulders. It was absolutely horrible and from then on I am really careful at the beach and I always put on sunscreen, stay in the shade and avoid being in the sun from 11 to 15. I know everyone wants to be tanned but ruining your skin with excessive tanning really isn't worth it. We can still resort to St.Tropez, Xen Tan and other really good self tanners.

3. Cute swimwear. Aren't these bathing suits from ASOS just the cuuuutest? :)

4. A towel. Be cooler than me and ditch the 10-year-old Harry Potter and Hello Kitty towels!

5. A hat. Protect your lovely hair from the damaging sun and your lovely head from headaches!

6. Water. To hydrate yourself in the heat. It doesn't have to be Fiji, water is water. :)

And the most important thing that I forgot to include: money for ice cream! Be careful in the sun, enjoy your time off, leave your phone and don't let anyone bother you, and you got yourself a pretty nice vacation. :)

Kisses!

N. xx
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Friday, July 5, 2013

Holiday reading

Hello!

Tomorrow I'm (finally!) going on holiday. Nothing fancy, just your average family vacation at the beach. I stocked up on books, because I know that basically all I'll be doing will be eating, sleeping, lying on the beach, watching TV shows and reading. What will be on your reading list this summer? 

Here are my choices for the upcoming week. 

All plot descriptions are from goodreads.com.

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Jo Nesbø: THE REDBREAST

1944: Daniel, a soldier, legendary among the Norwegians fighting the advance of Bolshevism on the Russian front, is killed. Two years later, a wounded soldier wakes up in a Vienna hospital. He becomes involved with a young nurse, the consequences of which will ripple forward to the turn of the next century.

1999: Harry Hole, alone again after having caused an embarrassment in the line of duty, has been promoted to inspector and is lumbered with surveillance duties. He is assigned the task of monitoring neo-Nazi activities; fairly mundane until a report of a rare and unusual gun being fired sparks his interest. Ellen Gjelten, his partner, makes a startling discovery. Then a former soldier is found with his throat cut. In a quest that takes him to South Africa and Vienna, Harry finds himself perpetually one step behind the killer. He will be both winner and loser by the novel’s nail-biting conclusion.

The Redbreast won the Glass Key prize for the best Nordic crime novel when it was first published, and was subsequently voted Norway’s best crime novel. The Devil’s Star, Nesbø’s first novel featuring Harry Hole to be translated into English, marked Nesbø as a writer to watch in the ever more fashionable world of Nordic crime.


John le Carré: OUR KIND OF TRAITOR

The unrivaled master of spy fiction returns with a taut and suspenseful tale of dirty money and dirtier politics. 

For nearly half a century, John le Carré's limitless imagination has enthralled millions of readers and moviegoers around the globe. From the cold war to the bitter fruits of colonialism to unrest in the Middle East, he has reinvented the spy novel again and again. Now, le Carré makes his Viking debut with a stunning tour-de- force that only a craftsman of his caliber could pen. As menacing and flawlessly paced asThe Little Drummer Girl and as morally complex as The Constant Gardener, Our Kind of Traitor is signature le Carré. 

Perry and Gail are idealistic and very much in love when they splurge on a tennis vacation at a posh beach resort in Antigua. But the charm begins to pall when a big-time Russian money launderer enlists their help to defect. In exchange for amnesty, Dima is ready to rat out his vory(Russian criminal brotherhood) compatriots and expose corruption throughout the so-called legitimate financial and political worlds. Soon, the guileless couple find themselves pawns in a deadly endgame whose outcome will be determined by the victor of the British Secret Service's ruthless internecine battles.
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Hilary Mantel: WOLF HALL

Winner of the Man Booker Prize for Fiction, 2009.

Tudor England. Henry VIII is on the throne, but has no heir. Cardinal Wolsey is charged with securing his divorce. Into this atmosphere of distrust comes Thomas Cromwell - a man as ruthlessly ambitious in his wider politics as he is for himself. His reforming agenda is carried out in the grip of a self-interested parliament and a king who fluctuates between romantic passions and murderous rages.


Andrew Miller: PURE

Deep in the heart of Paris, its oldest cemetery is, by 1785, overflowing, tainting the very breath of those who live nearby. Into their midst comes Jean-Baptiste Baratte, a young, provincial engineer charged by the king with demolishing it.

At first Baratte sees this as a chance to clear the burden of history, a fitting task for a modern man of reason. But before long, he begins to suspect that the destruction of the cemetery might be a prelude to his own.
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