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Sunday, 29 December 2013

I Love Stationery - Kikki K.

There is something close-to-magical about holding a brand new notepad or diary in hands. All the white pages that still need to be filled with something important, funny, or just doodled all over for a short amusement. And then you can place stickers on them, or maybe use a cute stamp, add a sticky note not to forget about something important (or even not that important :).

I just love stationery. Cute and pretty stationery makes it easier to work on something you don't like that much and it helps (at least me) to be more organized, because it is sooo nice to plan things when I have a pretty planner in my hands. 

Walking into a shop with notepads, pens, stickers, stamps and stationery in general (and I have the same with fabrics and haberdashery (like buttons, ribbons, embroidery threads...)) is like a candy shop for kids. I would like to have it aaaaall :). 

This is also why I love Kikki K. If you don't know it, it is a Swedish stationery (and some other nice stuff) online shop based in Australia (with worldwide shipping :) and this is a part of my haul from their website. 

I thing all of these things are from their Dreaming collection and I find the name to be very exact, because that's what comes to one's mind when seeing all the dreamy pastel colors and little birds, balloons and clouds.
 
I've got a large leather mint coloured planner, a sticker and gift tags book, a notepad with 240 pages in 40 designs, some gel pens, sticky notes and stamps (saying Happpy Birthday and For You on balloons).


So cute.


I still have a package from Kikki K. to be delivered. Unfortunately, because of a mistake of the post office, it was sent back to the sender (I was soo annyoed!), so now I must wait until it gets back to Australia, so that they can send it once again my way. There are a couple more lovely things coming (hopefully soon), so if you like stationery, come back for more eye candy in the (hopefully short) future!

Until next time :)!

Friday, 27 December 2013

Yum!

If you are a too lazy or a too busy person, who can't find the time to bake an elaborate piece of cake, this is the right recipe for you! It is so easy and quick, that it would be a shame not to try it out. 
You know what, this tastes so surprisingly good, that you should try it even if you do have the time and will to bake something much fancier than this :)!

This recipe is not mine. I saw it around the internet on a couple of blogs and I would mention them, if I could remember them. I always thought that it was a nice idea, but never got around to actually making it. Until now.

You only need chocolate and different candies. I used some jelly candies covered in sugar, Smarties, rum punch fondant bonbons and caramels. But you can use for example nuts or raisins as well. 

What you need to do, is to melt the chocolate in a water bath (or microwave). I used 300 grams of the Milka milk chocolate. When it is completely melted, spread it on a baking paper and sprinkle with all the candies you want. I cut the candies to get smaller pieces and I covered the chocolate almost completely, as you can see. Then, put it into the fridge, so that the chocolate can harden again and voila, you have the most delicious and quickest dessert possible. To tell you the truth, I wouldn't believe how GOOD this tastes, if I wouldn't have tried it. It looks so simple - just a piece of chocolate and a handful of candies. Nothing special, right? But I had a really hard time trying not to eat the whoooole chocolate at once and actually wait for the next day's daylight to take a couple of pictures. Sooo good.


And now go to melt some chocolate ;)!

Until next time!

Wednesday, 11 December 2013

Prague at Christmas time

I visited Prague for a couple of days and this is a very random picture documentation of our stay there. 

I plan to write (with a little bit more words than this time another post on what I've got there and be prepared for another dose of complete randomness ;).
Christmas tree (duh! :) at the Old Town Square
astronomical clock
at the Christmas market (with a not-that-much-local cup of Starbucks coffee)
a pony and a donkey  


a random building I felt like taking a picture of :)
globalization in practice -  a big chocolate macaron from the French patisserie Paul in Prague

Until next time :).

Wednesday, 4 December 2013

Autumn Accessories - Black, Gold and Studded

I made no particular plans to bring new life into my Autumn (Fall) wardrobe, but as it usually happens, a couple of I-have-to-have-it pieces had found their way right into my closet. Accessories-wise, I was charmed by these three pieces and I think there is no explanation needed, when it's a matter of black, gold and studs.



This Mini Eyelet Mari Crossbody Bag was on my wishlist from the moment I first saw it on the Accessorize website. Black with gold eyelets. Check. Not huge, but can hold all the necessary stuff I need to carry around with me. Check. Can be held in a hand or worn as a crossbody. Check. Reduced from £49 to £35? Check, check, check, bought!

Topshop coat (from approx. two winters ago), H&M scarf, Accessorize bag, H&M ankle boots, H&M skinny jeans

I pretty much love this bag. Even though it's faux leather, it looks very authentic and the gold eyelets give it a touch of edginess.


The ankle boots are from H&M. I didn't know I wanted shoes like these until I spotted this pair :). Real leather, high, but easy to walk in (even though only for a couple of hours, then it might get a liiiittle bit uncomfortable). Still, worth every penny.


The H&M black leather studded gloves were a purchase of the moment and I just couldn't leave them in the store. The studs are pretty spike-y, so with gloves like these, I have to watch what I am doing with my hands, so that I don't wipe my from-the-cold-teary-eyes with the back of my hand :). But how can I not like a pair of black leather gloves with gold studs ;)?

That's it for today.

Until next time :).

Wednesday, 30 October 2013

Happy Halloween


I am a very lousy blogger lately, but my 9 months old son Adam has made the decision that it's about time to learn to walk (apparently, crawling and pure standing is not so much fun anymore), so I have to keep an eye on him for most of the time and don't have much spare time for a lot of "me" activities (like blogging). That's why I am writing at least this very short post - to say Happy Halloween and let's hope for more time (or better time management?) in the future! (If you are interested in more frequent updates from my life, you can also follow me on Instagram or Twitter ;)!

Happy Scary Halloween :)!

Monday, 14 October 2013

What I Wore: Oversize Cardigans

It's been a while. Too much to do, had a cold, more things to do... You know... So just let's get right to the point - two of my recent autumn (fall) outfits featuring oversize cardigans. 

I wore this black and white cardigan to run some errands on a Saturday. I combined it with a pair of dark blue jeans, Dune suede wedge trainers, a fringe bag (Orsay), a black and white scarf and a knitted beret (Pieces).
   
Yesterday was another day that I wore an oversize cardigan. This time I went for a layering look in an army style and threw a forest green parka over the cardigan as it got a bit chilly.

I-don't-want-to-do-this face expression :)
H&M pale grey dress with faux leather trims
C&A short-sleeved cardigan
Mango belt (recent season)
black leggins
infinity scarf in the color oatmeal
Mango forest green parka
ivory knitted beret
Carpisa bag
Michael Kors watch

There is something friendly and cozy feeling about big chunky sweaters, it's just a pity that I can't wear them as outerwear often enough, because there is only a few days in a year with the right temperatures here around.

Until next time :)...

Monday, 16 September 2013

Late Summer Fashion Buys

I can't repeat this often enough, but I totally miss summer. I planned to write a couple of summer-related posts, but since the Indian Summer is (from the most part) nowhere to be seen and it often looks more like mid-November outside, I don't feel like blogging about summer-related stuff. This is going to be my last post of the Summer of 2013 (how many times can you say "summer" in two sentences, so that it doesn't look like you have no imagination at all... :) and then let's move on to the new season.
summer 2013
I don't know if it happens to you as well, but I always get some clothes at the end of a season, in sales or just when the seasons (and weather) change and these pieces don't see the light of a day until the next summer or winter or whatever time they are suitable for. If you would like to see such a stuff I got during the last August days, read on.

This straw and neon yellow bag from F&F was reduced to 12.50 € and it's a shame that I did not find it sooner, because I was looking for a bag like this during the whole summer to complement my Zara sandals (in the picture above). Since I consider it very much a summer bag, it will wait for me until the next warm days.
I know that neon don't have to be big in a couple of months, but if I like something, I don't care if it's "in fashion" or not :). Neon in an outfit can sometimes look a bit cheap, when not done right, but the nude/neon yellow combo is somehow classy, when worn wisely.
Here are a couple of dresses and a maxi skirt that I got during August - I really like them all and the bonus - they were from a big part on sale and I love to get things I love for (sometimes) next to nothing :).
F&F black and white  dress (8€), F&F yellow and white floral dress in a 50's style (21€), mint pleated dress (25€), pale taupe maxi skirt (9€), pink and gold antique style maxi dress, gold and taupe strapless maxi dress

Do you buy things to wear towards the end of a season, knowing, that you won't wear them for at least a couple of months? Or do you only get what you can make use of at the given moment?

Saturday, 14 September 2013

August 2013 Favorites: Beauty Products


I am wayyyyy too late with my August beauty favorites - the current temperatures don't remind me of Summer in the slightest, but it would be a pity not to refer about some of my Summer favorite beauty products. Because they deserve it as much as the July's ones did :).

There are five brushes in the bunch that I use a lot nowadays and that are worth mentioning (and I am sorry that they are pictured in a pre-clean state):
- Real Techniques Buffing Brush - I use this to apply my foundation. I used to use the stippling brush from Real Techniques, which works very well too, but this denser buffing brush looks to deliver even better results when it comes to achieving a flawless look. It might also depend on the actual condition of my skin and the foundation, but the buffing brush works very well with my recently most used Dermacol Caviar Long Stay foundation.
- Real Techniques Duo-fiber Contour Brush - I was not a big fan of these limited edition Real Techniques brushes when I first got them. They looked to be not dense enough to work for me. But then I watched on of Alix's videos where she mentioned one of these brushes and how well they work for light application of make-up products and it turned out this brush is a perfect match for Chanel Tan de Soleil. It helps me to apply it with a light hand and that's a key. Because sometimes too much of Chanel is just too much :). Who would think I'd come to say something like this one day :).
- Sigma Angled Top Kabuki F84 - I used to use this one to apply the mentioned Chanel Tan de Soleil, but it often turned out to deliver a too intense effect. I use to use it with powder bronzers now and use it as a contour brush, because the angled and very dense brush head helps to achieve a nicely defined look, but since the synthetic fibers don't pick up so much of powdery products, it helps not to overdo the look.
- Sigma Tapered Kabuki F86 - this one is my very favorite brush for blending under-eye concealer. It fits the under-eye area perfectly and helps to get the job done in no time.
- Sigma Eye Liner E11 - now finallyyyyyy a great brush for gel eyeliners... The reason why this brush is the best one I've ever used for applying a gel eyeliner is the fact how thin this brush is. The truth is, that all the other eyeliner brushes, angled or not, I've used so far, are way too thick for my eyes, especially when I need to achieve a nice thin line. This one brush is puuurfect for this purpose and it lets me draw a winged line without tucking my eye corner, which I otherwise have to do. I know, it's a make-up no-no :)...

L'oreal eyeliners are another product that I enjoy using a lot nowadays. I used to use the MAC Blacktrack gel eyeliner, but I find this L'oreal Gel Intenza Eyeliner in Pure Black (01) to be more intense and blacker than the MAC one, so since having this one, I haven't used the MAC one again. To achieve more eyeliner looks and play around with them, I've got three different felt-tip eyeliners as well - L'oreal Super Liner Black Lacquer (vinyl shine, extreme wear), L'oreal Super Liner Blackbuster (extra black marker eyeliner - longwear) and L'oreal Super Liner Perfect Slim (slim felt tip eyeliner, precise and intense line). These are amazing for playing around with different eyeliner looks, they are easy to use and nicely intense in colour. Recommended!

Benefit mascara They're Real! I only have a mini version of the real thing from the Primping With the Stars make-up kit, but when I have the chance (the Benefit cosmetics is not available here around), I'll definitely get the full-sized one. It lengthens and separates the lashes veeeery nicely and they look pretty full. What else to ask from a mascara...?

Garnier Dark Spot Corrector promises to eliminate dark spots and unevenness of one's skin. I don't know about that, need to use it a bit longer than the couple of weeks I do now, but this is a nicely moisturizing cream with vitamin C, which leaves the skin hydrated and prepared for make-up application. So two thumbs up for this one.

Gosh Velvet Touch Line Perfector (Primer) - This is one of the moussey face primers that leave your skin nice and smooth for a better make-up application. This one promises to "fill in deeper wrinkles and create a beautiful flawless finish to the skin" and even help "to decrease appearance of wrinkles and facial imperfections like small acne scars". I have never had any major problems with my skin, like acne, but I am slowly (or not so slowly :) getting some mimic lines and so this sounds like a good remedy for this First World problem. If it actually diminishes this "problem", or not, I don't know, but it feels good to think it does :). And isn't the cosmetics industry often just about this? :)  

Dermacol SelfTan Lotion promises natural tan within 6 hours after application and that with a moisturizing effect and I think it actually does what it promises. On top of that, the lotion smells like chocolate and oranges, so what's not to like! I use to apply it with a mitt from the same company as this self-tanner and they work together really nicely. 

The last one is the oldie but goodie - Beauty Blender. I have it for ages and although it works well, I don't use it often enough. But in the middle of the Summer, my skin got somehow dry and patchy and one day after I applied my foundation, my face ended up looking like under a mask. I stippled the wet Beauty Blender all over my face and it really saved my dully looking face and I ended up with a nicely natural look. I revisit the Beauty Blender more often since then and so it deserves a place among my August '13 favorites as well.

Wheeeeew. That's it for today. 

Hope you experience a much better weather than my recent 15 rainy degrees of Celsius... I want the Summer baaaaack!

Until next time... :).

Friday, 6 September 2013

What I Wore: Turquoise Handbag

I am completing yesterday's short post on how to wear a turquoise handbag with a couple of pictures showing how I actually wore it today. The weather turned out to be too warm for a leather jacket, but I am too lazy to drag things around in my hands, so it stayed on :). 

For a short recapitulation :), these are my suggestions on how to wear a turquoise handbag...
 
... and this is my today's take on it :):

 

H&M white peplum top
Zara nude peplum leather jacket
(no name) blue jeans
(no name) turquoise handbag (bought in Croatia)
Michael Kors rose gold watch
H&M faux leather rope bracelets
(no name) flower and belt bracelets
(no name) gold and turquoise necklace
(no name) sunglasses
on my nails: Rimmel Salon PRO Punk Rock 711

If you would like to see more of my "How to Wear..." ideas, you can follow me on Polyvore or come back to my blog, where I plan to continue with "How to Wear..." posts on a regular basis ;).

Until soon :)...