Tuesday, 29 July 2014

Rosie Decorates: Apartment ideas!

As you might have seen on this post, I moved to my first very own apartment. Yeah yeah, I was living by myself before, but it was only until I could find something for myself, which meant I couldn't decorate anything, even if I wanted to.
But now all of that has changed and what I thought would be oh-so-fun to do, has turned into a nightmare. How do I know what I want??? Have you guys been to ikea?? I want everything I see. They have so many cute things...and I have such a small apartment...and an even smaller bank account...

Anyways, here are a couple of things I saw and am thinking of getting!

We had two of these chairs when I was growing up...I loved them and whenever I see them at ikea I immediately remember the times I spent sitting on ours just reading a book...So when I thought about getting a chair/tiny-little-smallest-possible-sized-sofa to put in front of my bed, this one immediately came to mind! I want to make a small "lounge" place for me to sit and relax and since I cannot have a big sofa in the apartment, this one is perfect!!

These shelves are perfect to put a lot of things! I have one of these, bigger, at my parent's place and love it! I thought about putting this beside the chair, to create a division in the room. It also is a good place to put my books and to store things.

My Mum loves carpets. I mean, the woman cannot get enough of them. She once cried when the dog threw up on one...and she then ruined it by washing it in the washer...ok, maybe I would have cried too if it had been really expensive, but at the time it felt a bit dramatic...anyways..I always hated carpets. I mean, I didn't want to have them in my room EVER and even managed to use the excuse that they collected dust and that was bad for my asthma to get rid of them. I mean, it's kinda true...but I said it more as an excuse xD

When I saw these I fell in love!!! I mean...after the whole "who am I?" debate inside my head I decided to say screw it and get a carpet! I just don't know which one of the two to get...I love the color of the one above, but I don't want my apartment to be all pink and stuff...I love pink...but not ALL pink...and my bed cover is already a very light pink color... The beige carpet would look good everywhere and with the white furniture (well, anything looks good with white!), but I'm afraid it will "die out" with the floors, because they're light wood in a similar color...

Anyways, these are some of the things I'm thinking of getting...what do you guys think? I already got some curtains for the balcony doors, in white with some gray details and I really like them! I just need to get the patience to shorten them a bit, because they're way too long!! But since I don't have a sewing machine and I don't want to spend money sending it somewhere, I'll have to do it by hand...it won't be perfect, but at least it'll look better that now (I'm making a know so they don't touch the floor..)

What do you guys think? Am I getting grown up or am I getting grown up??


Monday, 28 July 2014

Heart to heart: The day I let a boy make me doubt myself

As you all know, I've had quite the long journey to get to the point where I love myself and don't care what others think. But even if you all think I am always on the top of my game and know I'm worth it, sometimes I also slip up. So let me tell you the story about when a boy made me doubt myself and my own worth.

Soon after I got to Vienna, when I was already on a (so I thought) steady job and had my own place (for the time being) and all of that, I met someone. I am not going to bore you with the details of how or when we met. We hit it off right away, we get along really good and we have a ton of fun when we're together! He's funny and sweet and smart and good looking. I wasn't looking for a boyfriend, I know better than to desperately go looking. It will happen whenever it has to happen. He on the other hand, was looking for someone, even though he might not admit it. So he was going out with someone else as well (nothing wrong with that, we were just friends, we were never "together" or anything!). 
It is no secret to anyone that we have feelings for one another. We just give off that vibe. "So, why didn't you get together with him Rosie?" you ask. Well...because he let society get in his head. 

He told me, to my face, that I am not his "type". I get it, people have types and all that...thing is, he let that control him and his emotions. My "type" are tall, dark and handsome guys with a bit of meat on their bones. This guy has blue eyes (something I never felt attracted to) and looks nothing like the type of man I usually gravitate to. But that was fine for me, because that connection we have and the intellectual and emotional part is so much more (plus he does look good, it's not like he's some kind of ugly-toothless-way-to-smelly-guy!). But he went a step further to say the other girl is his type. Yeah ok, fine...that's ok...I have friends who totally are my type but that don't mean I'll go have something with them because to me looks ain't everything! Thing is, he let that get to his head. He told me to my face that he has feelings for me. Deep feelings. The kind that make you feel all bubbly and fuzzy inside and shit. He told me he has nothing in common with that girl. That she doesn't make him happy, doesn't know him, doesn't make him feel all bubbly and fuzzy and shit. That it's purely physical. But since she's his type, he decided to be with her. And is trying to convince himself that he can end up developing the same kind of feelings for her that he has for me. Bottom line, he cares more about what people think about the person he's with, that to actually be with someone he truly has feelings for.

I let his superficial and shallow way of seeing things get to me. I started thinking I was the problem. That I wasn't good enough. That there was something wrong with me. And I fell into a deep well of self loath and doubts and feeling horrible and ugly and fat. As if I was the problem in this situation. I wasn't. I am not the problem. I was never the problem! As conceited as this might sound, I am and was always perfect. He decided to choose the superficial option, but that is not my problem! He is the one that will have to deal with his decision, because it affects him and his life, not me, not mine. 

Why am I telling you all this? So that you know that I'm not perfect. I too let people get into my head. I spent a long time trying to figure him out, trying to see what I did wrong, analyzing what he meant, if his feelings were real, if he had been lying, if...if...if...why..why...why. Until one day I woke up and I realized, it's not ME. I am better than this. Why was I letting someone else's opinion get me so down? Don't get me wrong, if I had no feeling whatsoever for him, I wouldn't have thought twice about it!!! I might have had my pride a bit stung, but I wouldn't get my feelings hurt. But I couldn't let this go on like this...it was ruining my self-esteem and my quality of life. And just plain honestly, I have way better things to worry about in my life!

And yes, in case you're wondering, I still talk to him. No, we will never be together as a couple and to be quite honest, I'm not so sure we'll be friend either, but time will tell. In the end of the day, when I lay awake in bed, I have my conscience clean. I know I didn't do the wrong thing, I know I didn't settle with someone just for their looks, I know I'm not sleeping with someone while thinking of someone else. And I know I value myself and, believe it or not, this whole situation made me appreciate myself even more! It made me remember who I am and that I came to far to let it all go down just because of someone's superficial opinions. My body, my life, my opinions are the ones that matter the most!

As you see, I too have highs and lows. I also get down, get doubts. It's OK.

As long as you get back up and get your shit together again!


Sunday, 27 July 2014

Saturday Cuddles!

Cookie has to wear a cone around her neck so she doesn't bite her broken legs cast, but she hates it. Whenever I'm home, since the apartment is so tiny and I can always keep an eye on her, I take it off and she's been really good and never bites her leg. When she thinks I'm not seeing, she tries, but then she immediately stops when I tell her to.

Yesterday morning, when I woke up, I took her cone out to give her a break of it. It was Saturday, I was going to spend the morning at home anyways and I knew it would make her happy...and look how she reacted!

How freaking adorable is she???? She didn't use to like cuddles that much...and she definitely didn't like to be pet AT ALL, but ever since the fall, she's been a lot more cuddly and happy to be pet...sometimes she comes to me just for me to pet her once or twice and then she leaves...

I freaking love my cat!


Saturday, 26 July 2014

Changes ahead

I started writing my first blog five years ago. I wanted to just write whatever came to my mind, but somehow I realized what the readers likes where fashion and style posts. So I started writing that kind of posts and it was fine..it is fine, it is fun to write...and most of all easy. 

Thing is, that's not only what I like. Yeah sure, I like styling people and reading about fashion, but that's not what I do most...I like writing, I like reading, I like laughing (A LOT). But what I like the most is inspiring people.

I want people, especially young girls, that it's ok not to be perfect. That you don't have to be skinny to be beautiful, that you don't need to look like a model That you are beautiful just the way you are. That everyone is beautiful.

But I have to admit, sometimes I don't write what I want because I'm scared of being judged. Truth is, everyone judges everyone, and if I really believe in what I write, why should I be freaking scared of showing it?! Right? Easier said than done...

I get regular e-mails from people saying that I inspired them with one or another post and my most read posts are the ones where I've opened up myself about my struggles and the whole way society makes women see themselves.

So yeah, this is just to let you all know, I'm gonna start writing more about that. I know I'll lose some readers, but I might gain some more. On days I post I get 200+ views and on days I don't I get 150+ views...and I don't think my Mum is coming every 5min to the blog to check if I wrote something new! I might get a bit personal, but that's ok. 

This is, after all, a blog about my life.


Thursday, 24 July 2014

New apartment tour!

Remember when I said I moved? Before everything happened with Cookie I actually took a video of the empty apartment!

Check it out and let me know what you think!


Sunday, 13 July 2014

Bullies will be bullies

I never understood people who hide behind a computer screen or a phone in order to bully other people. Don't get me wrong, I condone all types of bullying, but I find this type of bullying the worst. At least those guys we see in american movies beating the crap out of the geeks, are doing it in person and not hiding behind a screen. 
I believe bullying itself is already a very coward act...but doing it this way is exceptionally coward. Especially when you call someone you don't even know from a restricted number just to insult them.

 I don't get how someone can feel so threatened by someone they don't even know, that they feel the need to do something like that. I mean...if you're gonna do it, do it in person..be a woman/man and stand up to your actions!

Calling someone to insult them...to tell them they're worthless and other stuff not even worth mentioning just shows how insecure you are. It's sad, because you're trying to make someone else feel bad just because you're not sure about yourself or your relationship or whatever the reason for your call.

I think that is one of the most degrading things someone can do, you think you come out on top, but in reality you're just showing that you're not even woman/man enough to do it in person and you feel the need to hide behind a screen...

I guess what I want to tell to all the bullies out there...you're not the coming out on top...you're not even worth anyone's time or respect. Especially mine.

Tuesday, 8 July 2014

The worst day of my life..

Last Saturday I finally moved to my first very own apartment. It's not just a place where I'm "crashing" until something better comes along...it's my new place..the place I hope to live for a very long time...or until I find a billionaire to get married to.
But what was supposed to be the start of something wonderful, ended up being the worst day of my life!

Cookie had thrown up in the transporter in the ride to the new place, so I fastened her leash to the balcony while I went to get groceries and stuff we needed at the new place...but when I got home she was NO WHERE to be seen...I started frantically calling her and looking for her everywhere and I finally tried calling my Dad, which didn't work out and then I called my friend M. who luckily lives by and immediately came to meet me. I eventually managed to reach my Dad, who told me maybe she jumped/fell on the tree next to the house and I actually found Cookie on the backyard in a concrete ditch while on the phone with my Dad. I think she fell on the grass and then crawled to the ditch...she immediately let out the worst cry I have ever heard...I was so scared of hurting her or that she was very very hurt...

M got to us a few moments after I found her and he was actually my salvation, because I was basically useless!! I was crying like a baby, repeating "oh my God oh my God, I'm so sorry!!", but he picked me up, told me to go get my bag and a blanket and took me to the next vet, close to his place. Once we got there, the vet immediately said we had to take Cookie to the clinic and called us a cab (which of course made me even more useless and panicky!). 

When we got to the clinic (after not having money to pay the cab, which M took care of and I still owe him) they immediately took us in and took x-rays and blood. They told me Cookie has a broken paw and some internal bleeding in her lungs...which of course made me even more useless. She ended up staying there overnight...and I felt so bad....she looks so sad and so hurt...

I talked to the vet today and even though they say they would prefer to operate on Cookie, I see how much she wants to go home, she's not eating, she's not sleeping or drinking and she's in a huge stress. So I, after careful consideration and a very long talk with my Mum and Dad, decided not to make her go into surgery and hope that the paw will heal with a splint...

Am I a bad person? I know the surgery would fix things very fast, but it's a very invasive procedure and I don't want to make her go through that, when she doesn't absolutely need it...

I feel so bad for it...I know it wasn't my fault, I thought the leash would hold her (and I still don't know how she got out of the leash without even breaking it) but I still feel guilty over it and will do everything to keep her safe...This was literally the most terrifying feeling I had...not knowing if she would make it..seeing her so hurt and so little and small...

I am so grateful to all the doctors who took so much good care of her...and for M., for being there for me, supporting me and not caring that I was crying like a baby...and for carrying my bag (which I only realized half way through). 

When someone like that gets into your life...don't let them go!


Thursday, 3 July 2014

Bean and Tuna salad!

A few weeks ago I decided to use a can of beans I had at home and make myself a yummy salad!

It was late..I didn't feel like actually cooking...and I had a ton of fresh stuff at home so this is what I ended up making:

I ended up using red beans, tomatoes, cucumber, tuna and olives! It was really yummy, fresh and healthy and due to the beans I got full really fast and for a long time!

I love this kind of dishes, they're easy and are healthy!


Tuesday, 1 July 2014

Heart to heart: Brave

I've been in Vienna for almost 5 months (it'll be 5 months on the 4th of July). It wasn't an easy decision to move here. It was something I've always wanted to do, because I fell in love with the city when I first came here 11 or 12 years ago. But it was hard, because that meant leaving my Parents, my Friends, my family.

A month after I arrived, I started my first job. At the time, my uncle told me he was extremely proud of me. I couldn't understand why, because in my mind I didn't do anything special. He said he was so proud of me, because I actually left everything behind, moved to a country not knowing what to expect. A few months later, I thought I had everything figured out...everything seemed to be going well at work, I had made a few new friends and I was managing living alone and raising a teenage cat on my own. 

I got fired from my first job in May. Actually, I just didn't get my contracted renewed, but for me it was the same thing. I cried. Like a baby. It was the first time I'd ever been fired from a job and the reason seemed pretty sketchy, but whatever. I didn't want to call my parents and at the same time I wanted to. My friend M. actually met me (and waited 2h for me at my door step, the poor thing!) and "made" me call my parents. I called my Dad first and I was terrified. I was so scared that I would disappoint him and that he would be mad at me. He was so supportive, just like I knew he would be, deep down.

The thing is, even though I tried to put on a brave face...I was terrified. I still am sometimes. I got a new job and I know I am lucky. I have parents who love me and help me in any way they can...friends who are always there for me, even from 3000km away, and I know the city I am in.

 But I am not brave.

A few weeks ago my Mum told me on the phone how proud she is of me...and I just don't understand why...to me, I'm not doing anything special... I know I moved countries without knowing what to expect...but I knew the city..I knew the country...and even though I had a romanticized view of Vienna (of the time my aunt was still alive), I don't think I did anything that brave... I know people who moved to a country they didn't know...heck my Mum did it back in the 80's! That is brave!!! She moved to a country she didn't know...where she didn't know the language and the culture...that's fucking bravery, not what I'm doing! I chose the one country I know...I don't think I would have ever moved somewhere I didn't know the culture or where I didn't know anyone... I'm a chicken...let's face it...

Most of the months I end up fearing to run out of money (thankfully it hasn't happened yet!) or food (also not) or worse, not being able to feed Cookie. The day I got fired I had 2€ in my wallet...and I used it to buy Cookie food. She was my priority, my first thought, my number one thing...she's my baby after all..

I don't feel like I'm brave...at all...most of the time I don't know what I'm doing! I find myself crying over the smallest things, like when I smell my Mum's perfume in the street (and I really don't like that perfume! =P) or when I see the ships in the Danube river and I suddenly remember something my Dad taught me about ships when I was a kid (he is a Captain).

Truth is, most of the time I put on a brave face, but deep down I'm fucking scared as a baby! But I don't want to worry my parents and my friends...especially my parents.. I know my Mum knows what I'm going through, but I still don't want to seem...weak. And sometimes that's how I feel. And I hate that feeling. 

I know I reached a lot in these 5 months. I know I managed to do more than many people! I got a job, I got an apartment, I fell down and I pull myself back up...and all along I kept thinking about something my Dad wrote me on my graduation cap..."Life is like a ladder". It's stuck with me since the day I read it. You start from the bottom...sometimes you fall down and are back at the beginning, but you can never give up. To me it's not an option. Going back to Portugal isn't an option, not because I don't love the country...not because I don't want to be with my friends and family (I would want nothing more than being with them!), but because the situation there isn't ok right now and I don't see it getting any better. Because I love this country and part of me was always here (my Dad was born here after all and my aunt lived here all her life). I love Austria...well, I love Vienna (I don't know anything else from Austria xD) and when I decided I was gonna come here, I knew it would be permanent. Or at least, for the next 10 to 20 years.

But even though I see how much I've achieved...how much I grew in these few months (sometimes I feel like I've grown 30 years in such a short time!!!), I still feel like the silly little girl who smiles at every dog she sees and laughs way louder that she should (usually in the most inappropriate times) and makes weird jokes that no one gets because she's got a weird humor. I still feel like a kid sometimes. And I still need my parents, no matter how far away or how old I am, I'll always need them and I'll always call them with the stupidest excuses. (and yes, sometimes I make up reasons just to call so I can listen to their voices. 

Maybe I am brave. Maybe I'm not. But in the end of the day, I'm me..and I think I'll always be the small little girl from Portugal, who loves the seaside and runs away from spiders.


Monday, 30 June 2014

Accepting presents!

If anyone out there is having trouble spending their money and would like to give me something, I decided to write a post to help you out! See how adorably and nice I am???
So...my birthday was in June...(the 3rd), but I am a firm believer you can receive gifts anytime you want to. I mean, give. Give gifts!

Anyways...I have a Pandora bracelet. Only, it's not Pandora, it's from a brand called Silverado. It's cheaper but the quality is amazing and I love it! I have a couple of charms, but it's nowhere near being full!

I love the little family charm...I'm definitely gonna get this eventually...because I'm far away from my parents and I miss them. And it's cute.

The clove definitely should come to my collection...I mean, I need some luck coming my way, ya know? Well..I'm pretty lucky already...but still!

I found this charm while browsing Google for this post...and I am definitely gonna get this! My Opa was an actor and even though he died when I was 9, he was always a big part of my life...and I think it would be a nice way of honoring him!

So...if any of you lovelies want to give me any kind of present, feel free to!!! 


Sunday, 29 June 2014

Drooling over Havaianas

So, I lived all my life near the seaside which meant in the summer I basically lived in flip flops. Not just any flip flops...no, what flip flops are concerned, I'm a snob! Or..well...my feet are! Ever since I was 12 and got my first pair of Havaianas, I never looked back! I had my first pair for 10 years and my second pair 12 years...it broke two months ago and I've been moping ever since..

When I found out they also sell them in Austria I was over the moon!!! Then I saw the price....I mean, the last pair I bought was limited edition, back in 2005 and it cost me 15€...limited edition! Today, the plain ones cost 30€!!!!

I don't know if it's because of the World Cup being in Brasil (it's a Brazilian brand) or whatnot, but I'm not gonna buy a pair for 30€! I'll wait for my Mommy to send me the pair I still have home and while I don't get them, I'll just drool over these....

Sunday, 22 June 2014

Teenage cats....

This is the expression Cookie makes when I tell her she's not supposed to play with my slippers. Or better said...this is the expression she makes whenever she's doing something she's not supposed to do and I tell her to be good.

Just thought I ought to share it with you..so you see what I suffer on a daily basis...


Saturday, 21 June 2014

Get catty

Rosie has a camera. A good camera. A canon camera. Pretty and pretty expensive. Rosie uses the camera regularly. But then Rosie forgets to upload the pictures on the computer. And when she does, she already doesn't look like in said pictures.
But today when Rosie uploaded the pictures, she decided her makeup was too good not to write about. So here it is. My makeup from like two thousand weeks ago.

I love myself a cat eye, but until recently I only used to use my gel liner from essence (so much cheaper than MAC's one and does an even better job in my opinion!)

A month ago I decided to try out a liquid liner from the drugstore Bipa here in Austria. At a little over 6€ I thought it would be a safe bet to try, not going to spend much money and boy was I right..It is, without any doubt, the best liquid eyeliner I EVER tried!!!

It's waterproof and does not smudge AT ALL! I can wear this all day and it will not budge!

I just love the look of a cat eye...


Tuesday, 10 June 2014

10 must have beauty items!

Since I'm a makeup artist and a beauty junkie I decided to bring you what I think are the Top 10 Beauty Must-Haves for every girl out there!

Beauty Must-haves

1-Tinted Moisturizer or Foundation! I actually wore this one from MAC in the shade Light (the lightest of them all) and liked it a lot! It evens out your skin and moisturizes at the same time!!

2- Body lotion or body butter! I think every girl (and boy!) should keep themselves moisturized!!! And don't let yourself be fooled by very "baby-feeling" skin (as I like to call it)! I never thought I needed a lotion, until I tried one for the first time!!

3- A neutral eye-shadow quad! If you have this, you can do many different looks that apply to day and night! Specially if you're a beginner with make-up, I would advise you to stay with the neutrals and venture to the colors afterwards when you feel a bit more confident in using them (trust me, I still have a very vivid red shadow that I hardly ever use...)

4- Mascara! I may go out of the house with a bare face, but my mascara has to be put!!! I actually do use this one as well, it's from Maybelline and I think it's totally one of the best mascaras I've ever tried!

5- A GOOD moisturizer! I never cared about brands (and still am a bit like that) until I got this Moisturizing Gel from Clinique as a present!

6- A good lip balm!! My favorite is from Carmex, with no special flavor ..well, it's minty, but as far as I know that's the "natural" flavor they have!! It's really good for my lips!!

7- An Exfoliator! Yes, it makes wonders! You can make your own at home with some sugar and water, but I feel it's to harsh on my skin and I prefer a store bought one! You can also make some face masks a couple of days a week and get the same results!

8- Eyeliner!! In any color you like! The most common are black and brown, it does help defining you eye and if you use a white one, it opens up your eyes!!

9- Bronzer or blush (or both!)! (the MAC powder actually should be next to the body shop one upsy daisy) I believe that a good bronzer makes you look way healthier than just the normal powder! 

10- Lipstick or Lipgloss!! I actually LOVE the Dior lipsticks (but they're way too expensive!)!! They are a lipstick that feel like a gloss!! This can give you a bit of color and it's the easiest way to play up your face, specially if you're in a hurry!!

Please bare in mind these are what I think every girl should have and not just regarding to make-up! Yes, most of you would have included a concealer, but I think sometimes you can use your own foundation as a concealer (I know I do!)


Saturday, 7 June 2014

Mafra's royal gardens!

When I lived in Portugal, we lived 35km away from Lisbon in a small town called Mafra! It's actually really touristic and gorgeous!

 It's not only breathtaking, it has a play area for kids and just thinking that Princesses and Queens used to take their walks in this park just takes my breath away!

I really like how they kept the gates, even after renovating them, they still kept the style and I find that really good!! 

The gardens are right next to the Convent that was also used as a Palace for the Kings and Queens! I had the opportunity of interning there one summer and I cannot recommend it enough to anyone who would like to check it out! Plus, it's free on Sunday mornings, so if you are ever in Mafra make sure you take a look inside!

I really like the vintage feel of the garden! It reminds me of the gardens in Vienna and that makes me so happy!! Feels like home when I'm there! 

In the Spring and Summer you can see blooming flowers and lots of vibrant colors! I sometimes used to go there just to read in the shade in the afternoon... 

These pictures portrait just a tiny part of the gardens, but they are so big!!

I hope you guys liked this post! Now you know a bit of where I live!!! 

Again, if you ever come to Portugal make sure to visit this gardens in Mafra, and the Palace too!! You won't regret it!!

Friday, 6 June 2014

Short short short

I would like to know who told young girls they could wear shorts that hardly even cover their butt to school and still be taken seriously by their teachers/university Professors.

I'm not saying you shouldn't wear shorts...but unfortunately the way we dress does give off an impression of who we are and if you go dressed to school like you would for a beach party or music festival, your teachers will not take you seriously.

Rosie Advises: Toxic relationship

I love my boyfriend, but sometimes he gets totally angry at the stupidest things and then yells at me and sometimes even scares me. He never hit me or anything and he never would, but I don't know how much more of this I can take. What should I do?

Well...it seems to me that you're in a toxic (and I would even go as far as saying abusive) relationship. You didn't mention how long you've been with this person, but I don't think this would be something that would change with time. I was in a relationship with someone who was very negative, towards everything. I also didn't believe he would ever hit me "or anything", but when he once pushed me so hard I fell (after we'd broken up and were just friends) I decided to get the heck out! 

I'm not telling you to break up with your boyfriend, because that is something only you can decide for yourself, because you're the one in the situation. I will, however, say I don't like the sound of him! I would advise you to re-think your relationship. Even if you love him, and I believe you do, no man is worth you getting hurt! You should seek help, if you think you cannot do this on your own. I know many cities have places where you can reach out for help or you could even ask in your school or community if there is a place to help you.


Thursday, 5 June 2014

Rosie styles: Maxi dress from day to night!

The time has come for us to whip out our sandals and store our winter coats! And that means one thing: maxi dresses are back!! 
I love maxi dresses because you totally have an outfit with just one piece of clothing and you can usually dress them up or down.

Today I decided to show you how I'd style the same maxi dress from day (left) to night (right). 

I love this dress because it's feminine, girly and cute. And the belt gives you some shape, which I love love love!

For the day I would style it with a hat (obligatory for the summer months!), a denim jacket if it's a bit cool outside, a simple droplet necklace to give some color, a big bag to carry everything around, from your phone to your camera, sunglasses and flat sandals! I actually own the exact bag and the sandals of this picture (in a different color) and I love them!

For night I would change the jacket to a light leather jacket, a big statement necklace and a clutch (both bring out the blue tones of the dress), some bangles and very high sandals.

I love how versatile maxi-dresses can be and I am on the lookout for a couple this year...but they're always either too short or too long...usually the latter..


Monday, 2 June 2014

Why I don't like Twilight!

This is not a hate post, I am just sharing my opinion and explaining why I don't like Twilight!

No, it's not because of the lack of clothing of the werewolf...it's not because of the acting skills of any of the actors...and it's not because Meyer decided to make vampires sparkle (although I do find that quite weird)

It's actually because of the story itself! I read the books and I saw all of the movies (except for the last one) and from that I was able to form my own opinion.

I think the movies are amazingly done! If you consider the special effects and all that, they are very good movies...the whole sparkling effect alone, that something you cannot get just with makeup...

I think Stephanie Meyer writes very well, I actually rather enjoy her way of writing! It's the story that bothers me... The whole thing where Bella does everything Edward wants...the whole controlling relationship...his jealousy about her hanging out with the werewolf guy disguised as worry...THAT is what bothers me. This whole series of books and movies are so big that, like it or not, everyone involved in it (specially the main actors) have become role models...and I just do not think that advocating a relationship like the one portrayed in the books (and in a somewhat lighter way in the movies) is the right thing to do.

In an era filled with violent and controlling relationships, these books are just basically telling young girls that it is ok to be controlled by their boyfriends! And that's is really a no-no for me! Having been in a controlling and sometimes even violent relationship, changing those views is very close to my heart. The whole way how Edward controls Bella, in my opinion, is just giving teenagers the idea that that is how a perfect relationship should be...and it isn't!!! That is solely the reason why I don't like Twilight..

I also think all of the hater comments about Kristen Stewart's acting are way to overblown...she is suppose to act like that...have you read the books? She is supposed to be like that, doing everything he wants and not being very...well...emotional. I don't think she's a bad actress...I just think maybe she just has been choosing the same type of parts for some time now...I mean, do you guys remember her in that movie with Jodie Foster when she was young? She was great! Talent doesn't just go away like that, ya know?

Like I said before, this isn't a hater post...and if you like the movies, congratulations! Good for you! I actually like them too...I just don't like the whole I-don't-have-a-personality-and-do-everything-my-controlling-vampire-boyfriend-wants kinda vibe!