Category Archives: Books

Back from the Dead

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Life has been pretty hectic lately, but then again it seems that I always say that. This is an outfit from last weekend – M and I met up with a friend and we hung out, grabbed lunch, went to a book store (bought myself a pretty awesome book, more about that later) and did a spot of sightseeing. It was a lovely day and I was also quite pleased with my outfit, though to be honest it was a bit cold out for it. Spring, where are you? I’m totallly ready for ya.

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Last Minute Gift Ideas

Hey everyone, Christmas is drawing near and I thought I’d share some  easy last minute gift ideas, for those that have left getting gifts for the end of December. With only a couple days left before Christmas I’d say the best thing to do if you haven’t got someone a gift yet is first to NOT PANIC. While last minute gift shopping can be super stressful, it can also be fun! IMG_9510.JPG
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London continued: Sunday Funday

IMG_8112Sunday started out exceptionally well with a Lola’s cupcake. I love cupcakes and blue icing is my absolute favorite. Though you can get cupcakes in Prague, I have yet to find the perfect blue icing cupcake here, but I had the great fortune to have two whilst in London (I only took a photo of one though, which had “happy birthday” written in chocolate and with my birthday being the following Friday it was perfect really.) And I also really loved the packaging, so cute!

collage cupcakeAfter my delicious cupcake, M and I took the tube to Camden town. Our first stop was Aldo, located near the tube station, where I bought my new two-in-one tote bag (which I mentioned in my what-I-bought-in-London post). Then we headed to the market and stopped by Miss Poppy Cakes for a coffee break, as it was still early for all the shops to be open. I really loved this place, it had such a fun and quirky decor inspired by Alice in Wonderland, the flamingo wallpaper was just adorable.

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Roman Holiday

Sorry for the delay in posts, I was on a mini-break (from Friday morning until Monday evening in Rome) and needed a bit of a rest after returning to Prague. I’ll have some travel outfits to post tomorrow.

But I thought I’d share what I bought in today’s post. Our Roman holiday wasn’t really a shopping trip (that’s our London holiday) but I did visit 3 different Zara stores in between the sight-seeing and bought a few things.

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Saying Yes to Body Positivity

I recently bought this book called Viva Voluptuous written by Sarah Clark, I purchased the book because my friend Leah recommended it (she blogged about it here) and I was looking for something to read quickly in the midst of writing my thesis paper. You know, something that is fun and entertaining and makes you smile while you’re reading it.

VIVA VOLUPTUOUSOne of my favorite things about this book is the fact that while it is outright fun (there are many laugh out loud moments) and you feel like you’re sitting around chatting with your girlfriends, it also holds an important message. You can be fat and be happy. You can be thin and be happy too, this isn’t a book that is saying “fat versus thin”, ( I would have hated that. I think  women should be out there supporting each other, that’s what true body positivity is all about) on the contrary, I believe the message behind it is truly pro-women of all shapes and sizes and just embracing what you have, no matter what size you are. I hate the general idea some people have that plus-sized people just sit around and do nothing all day and eat cakes and are a burden to everyone else. What a pile of crap. And I’ve really noticed, especially on the internet, some people feel that it is okay to be verbally abusive to people over their size. Well it’s not okay. (This is mentioned in the book. The current form of accepted discrimination is against the plus-size community. It’s socially unacceptable to be racist or discriminate someone over religion but bashing on someone who weighs more? Sure, that just means you’re concerned about their health… Fucking hell!) Just because someone weighs more doesn’t necessarily mean that they are unhealthy and just because someone is thin doesn’t mean they are happy or healthy. The point is, it doesn’t matter how much you weigh. What does matter is what you do and how you live your life. I love that this book is saying work with what you have, don’t go on stupid diets and feel bad about yourself, instead live your life to the fullest you can, be active, take good care of your body for you not for someone else, have fun, wear what you want and be who you want to be.

Anyways, I really recommend this book, I loved reading it and the set of characters were very well written (I loved Zoe the most). I’ve definitely found a new author to add to my favorites list 🙂

Valentine’s Day Gift Guide

I love Valentine’s Day. And that has noting to do with love or relationships, I just really like hearts and sweets and positivity. One of my fondest childhood memories is of Valentine’s Day at elementary school when we would all give each other paper cards we made and eat candy hearts. The great thing about being an adult is you get to give and receive actual meaningful gifts. Yay!asos harmony heeled shoes

If you’re struggling to find a gift for your significant other of the female gender or perhaps looking for a gift for yourself or a friend, Valentine’s day can be a bit tricky. What’s the perfect gift? For starters I’ll tell you what isn’t the perfect gift! Lingerie. For me, lingerie is a definite no-no. There are many reasons why it’s the worst gift and one of them is I think underwear is really something I need to try on, well, not the panties but bras for sure. A bra can be my size but it still won’t sit right so I would really dislike getting a bra as a gift. Secondly, lingerie is sort of more a gift for the giver than for the receiver. That said, lingerie can be a nice gift, it really depends on the person.

So if lingerie is out, what’s left you say? Shoes. Although shoes can also be something you feel you need to try on, but if you know a brand then you usually know what size you are with that brand. I’m usually a UK size 6 with Asos shoes, especially if they’re open toe heels (but if they have a pointed closed toe, then I need to size up to a 7). I adore the shoes pictured above, the Asos Harmony heeled sandals. The oversized bow is just adorable and I love the print of the shoes.

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Just a quick post today, I’m off to work and in a rush but here’s what’s going on in my life right this minute:

Currently READING

moranthologyI have been a huge Caitlin Moran fan ever since I read her lovely book How to be a Woman. I’ve had her next book Moranthology on my reading list for quite a long time but never could get to it, finally, as now I am in between exams, I  have some time to read whatever I want, I’ve started reading it. I also have her most recent book How to Build a Girl on my book shelves and it’s in my reading queue.

New  PURCHASEShasbeens creamy whiteI have been lusting after a pair of Swedish Hasbeens for AGES and I finally bought my first pair yesterday. Yeah, I know, obviously I buy a pair of summer clogs right after summer ends, ugh! But anyways, they will wait for me until next year. I really want to get a pair that is all red next time but these are great for the beginning of my Hasbeens clog collection 🙂 Oh and I also bought/swapped a new dress that I’ll hopefully wear either this evening for this weekend so you’ll be seeing it soon.  It’s a LBD from Asos and what makes it really special is the texture of the skirt part of the dress, but more about the dress once I wear it.