Sunday, August 31, 2014

Looking Back on August

Even though I had to spend a lot of time taking it easy and resting, I thankfully also got to do a couple of really fun things. Despite -or perhaps because of- those changes in pace, this definitely felt like the fastest month of the year so far.

  • I hung out and relaxed with the cat a lot.
  • Spent more time at the pharmacy than ever.
  • Read a great book and went to a Q&A with the author. More on that soon!
  • Cried my eyes out at the TFIOS movie.
  • Had a good spot viewing the Gay Pride Canal Parade. Even saw Conchita Wurst from a couple yards!
  • Visited a huge library with a lovely friendWe went home with a big pile of books each!
  • Bought and received some amazing new yarn.
  • Turned a blogger-friend into a real-life-friend during an awesome day with Jerlene.
  • And even got lucky and won myself a gorgeous bag!

Was your month eventful? Did it pass by quite quickly too?

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Lovely Series: Dead Like Me

Ever since I moved and gave up cable I've been mostly relying on DVDs. And mostly on the double-edged sword that is cancelled tv-shows. It's cheap to invest in their full sets, but it's also sad to run out of episodes so quickly. 

I might just go through withdrawal when I'm through my Dead Like Me DVDs. I'm so accustomed to seeing George and the others struggle with their "afterlives" every day while I'm eating my dinner, it's such an addictive show!

The premise of people dying and then having to work as grim reapers to collect souls of others soon to die is very interesting. I feel like it could have worked in lots of genres, but it works especially well in comedy.

There's also a movie, but from what I've heard, it isn't nearly as good as the tv show. But I might watch it as I doubt two seasons of the tv-show are enough to keep me satisfied. Thankfully I still have some episodes left...

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Wassupbrothers Update

Current main sponsor Olga is a very busy bee. She's always keeping her shop full of old favorites, while creating lots of new creatures at the same time. A lot of new items have hit her Etsy shop recently, so high time for an update!

 I love following the Facebook page to see what's in the making. Apart from the plush creatures we know and love, Olga enjoys trying out some new mediums and techniques. She recently added a wooden bird that she painted.
But she also created some stunning textile sculptures. They seem so alive and attentive! Great for when you want to invest in some lovely art! But if your wallet isn't as thick at the moment, you can get these lovely babies instead!

 I fell madly in love with them… They are so tiny and so fluffy! But if you don't have room for any creatures, not even tiny ones, there are also some paper pieces to grace your walls. Most illustrations are even hand embroidered.

As you can see, there's always something -or someone!- new at Wassupbrothers. So be sure to follow Olga's blog, the Wassupbrothers Facebook page and her Etsy shop to see what comes in next. Every update is a lovely surprise!

Friday, August 22, 2014

Lovely Movies: Begin Again

I loved this movie so much that I actually hope to go see it again before it leaves the cinema. It was bound to be good, of course. How could a feelgood movie about a singer/songwriter with Mark Ruffolo in it be anything but amazing?

The story revolves around a singer-songwriter that has just broken up with her rockstar boyfriend and then crosses paths with a record producer after he has just been fired from the company he founded. Together they "Begin Again".

This is the part where I normally post the trailer, but today I won't. You should just trust my judgement and go see it. Anything I show you now will only spoil the surprise. Just know that it is wonderful, funny and quite inspiring.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Owl Things Considered

I couldn't quite decide whether or not it was strange to do two bag-posts in a row, so I just decided to go for it. As it turns out Acccesorize is selling some adorable owl bags these days. Like this one with the metallic scallops!

But when I passed by one of their windows a few weeks back, I also spotted an owl backpack! I love it! I'm not really sure if it's the practical backpack I am looking for, but it's adorable and looks like it might just be waterproof.

I'm glad to see they're not done with the owl hype yet, even though it's been going on for years now. Lucky us, right?

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Daisy Dream Come True

Perhaps you've heard about the global Marc Jacobs tweet shops, where you can tweet a picture to get a free miniature. I knew about them but heard about the one in my city pretty last-minute. Just in time to join in and win a bag though!

The most creative tweets won either a real Marc Jacobs bag, a perfume or pair of glasses. I did my best and came up with an original idea that obviously paid off. I am so happy! Never in my life have I had such a fancy bag as this!

Apart from being over the moon about my taupe leather satchel, I also still appreciate that Daisy Dream miniature a lot, I was really hoping to somehow get my hands on one of those so I could add it to my existing Daisies at home.

The big eau de toilette was a birthday gift to and from myself in Singapore, the Daisy flower I got in a really nice sale a few months back.

Anyway, I am so thrilled with my new leather satchel, the mini bottle and the little canvas make-up I got. So much has been going wrong lately and I really needed to catch a lucky break like this. Guess I earned the Karma points!

Apart from showing off these amazing goodies, my point is... if there's a Marc Jacobs tweet shop opening near you, go there. It's free to join and might just be worth your while. Also, it's just a whole lot of fun!

Friday, August 15, 2014

Fifty Shades of Frozen

I foolishly thought the world was done with Fifty Shades of Grey, until, of course, the movie popped up. Having dodged most of the hype, I did catch the trailer at the cinema a while back. However, I also happened upon a phenomenal mash-up trailer called Fifty Shades of Frozen. I wonder how Disney feels about it though… Check it out:

Monday, August 11, 2014

Mixed Shelf #12

I've read a lot of YA recently, but after finishing the Divergent trilogy I am now venturing into historical fiction. It's a genre I haven't read that much of yet, but I definitely plan on reading more! It's keeping me quite entertained.

Wanting: Burial Rites by Hannah Kent
This book is getting pretty much only good publicity. Or at least I haven't heard anything bad about it so far. I haven't made my mind up if I am actually going to read it though. The premise is quite depressing, as the book follows a woman while she awaits her execution. I think it's even based on a true story, which probably indicates a sad ending.

Reading: Remarkable Creatures by Tracy Chevalier
This is such a delightful book so far. Perhaps it is something you need to be in the mood for, but I most certainly am. It's quite slow-paced, but enough happens to keep the reader interested. Also, I just really enjoy the main characters and the change of perspective between them. Also, this book is filled with fossils, and that is so rare in fiction! 

Waiting: the Girl in the Blue Beret by Bobbie Ann Mason
Honestly, I can not tell you a great deal about this book. I actually picked it up in a sale-by-weight event and mostly because I liked the cover. The main character was rescued by a girl -in a blue beret, of course- in the war and can't stop thinking about her. It could be great or it could be boring. I just need to pick it up and try it at some point.

What have you been reading? And do you have any historical fiction you can really recommend?

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Lovely Movies: the Fault in Our Stars

Shailene Woodley made one hell of a Hazel. Not my Hazel, but she was so good I couldn't help but believe her to be Hazel as the movie went on. Now Augustus on the other hand. I just didn't like Ansel Elgort as Gus. Okay? Okay.

What issue do I have with him? He doesn't have emotion in his eyes and he came across as a way cockier guy than the Gus from the book. Anyway, it was still a good movie. A great one actually, though with some lesser parts...

I also noticed a few mistakes, especially Dutch things, being an "Amsterdame" myself. (I heard myself think: "wait, that tram doesn't go there".) But I still loved seeing my city in a movie and was relieved they hired some actual Dutch actors too.

Anyway, if you haven't seen it yet, but you plan to… bring tissues. I can not emphasize this enough. I thought I'd cry once or twice, but I have to admit I was sobbing through most of it. And of course I couldn't find my own Kleenex…


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