I’ll Give You the Sun: A book that everyone should read

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“The sun, stars, ocean, trees, everything. I gave it all up for you.”

I never read books. Not that I don’t like reading, because I absolutely love when a book consumes me. I am just very hard to please. I easily quit reading if I don’t like the story or if I get bored with it. It’s been ages since I have loved a book so much that I couldn’t put  it down. And to be honest I was little skeptical when I bought I’ll give you the sun. But before even noticing I was deep in the story, eating the text with my eyes. And that’s how it should always be. So ladies and gents here is review of a book that I got sucked into.

The story follows twin siblings, Noah and Jude in a different points in their lives. Noah tells the story when he and his sister are close, in a way that only twins can be. And Jude tells the story few years later when both of the twins are broken by horrible tragedy that drove them apart.

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When I started the book I immediately fell in love with Noah. His character is really sweet, lovable and lonely. He dedicates his life for arts, and draws everything he sees and feels. He doesn’t have friends until the new boy next door who changes everything.

Jude I truly hated at first. In Noah’s story she is full of life and doing all the crazy things such as cliff diving. She is growing up and leaving Noah behind as she goes. Eventually I understood Jude and her actions and learned to absolutely love her too. In her story she is broken and full of guilt. The book pages are filled with quotes from a bible that she keeps with her. They descrabe her feelings and fit into the story perfectly, for example:

“If bad luck knows who you are become someone else”.

Without releasing themselves both of them only know half the story, which you learn to put together while reading. The story is full of blog twists, big and small. Some you see coming and some will absolutely shock you. Slowly everything falls into a place.

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The story is absolutely heartbreaking but yet full of hope and all kinds of love. You will be filled with emotions which is why I don’t recommend reading this in public. The book will break you over and over again. Jandy Nelson knew exactly how to get to the reader. I have never cried as much as I cried while reading this book. And once I finished it (with way too much tears) I knew I had to read it again, I just needed to get back into the stories again, back into their world for little longer.

If you like John Green’s and Rainbow Rowell’s books, this is a must read for you (and for everyone in general), I know you will absolutely love it. Now enough for today. Thank you if you made it to the end of this blog post!

Have you Read I’ll give you the sun? Did you like it, please share your thoughts because as you can see I am dying to talk about it. 

xoxo

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OOTD: Power of red

OOTD: Power of red

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The season of dazzling colors, comfy sweaters and fluffy socks is here. I have been waiting autumn to really kick in as if waiting for rising moon. And finally, as I watch colorful leaves fall from trees and feel the cold crispy wind rushing by, I can say autumn is here.

As much as I love change of the season I happen to love fall fashion more (what a surprise wow). All stores are full of beautiful fall collections and every year there is one color that pops out more than others. Last year it was mustard, this year it’s power red.

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Shirt – Weekday  // Wool coat – Seppälä  // Hat – Brixton  // Trousers – H&M  // Backpack – Michael Kors // Shoes – Vans

If you told me few years ago that I am longing for red I would have laughed, hard. It has never been my favorite color but now all suddenly it just keeps pulling me towards. I want to get it all, sweaters, trousers, shirts, scarfs just everything that’s red.  But for now I am sticking with my shirt from weekday.

I think it’s easy to match pieces with red because it’s such a statement itself already. Brown is perfect color match for red so I pulled on my oh so cosy wool coat. I wanted to wear black bottoms (what a surprise again I know) but since I am always wearing jeans I pulled on trousers. A while ago I saw someone wearing thin black socks underneath their pants. So I rolled up the hems of my trousers and tried it myself, not so bad right?

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And last but not least the hat. We need to take a moment for it. I mean it’s something that I thought I would never wear but here I am absolutely in love with it. It’s gives some real sailor vibes and it’s just perfect for fall as you sometimes need something to warm your little head.

Thanks for stopping by, I hope you have good rest of the week. And hey, remember to enjoy this beautiful season that’s going on right now, it won’t last for too long!!

xoxo

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Beauty empties | Let’s review my trash

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I have seen these posts going around for so long now and I find them really interesting because people are always honest when it comes to their trash right? So I started to collect my dear beauty trashes so I could review them for you. Now since I have quite a few of them let’s take a look shall we?

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Lumene Matt Control Oil-fee Foundation – The coverage of this product is perfect for me, not too cakey but it still hides all my imperfections. I use this at work in daily basis which means five times a week, and the product is so long lasting (I have had it for over six months)!! Would I Repurchase? – YES

Lumene Under Eye Concealer – My under eyes are such a problem. There are always dark circles and veins everywhere no matter how much I sleep. This product seriously does huge difference , I absolutely love it.  Would I Repurchase? – Absolutely yes

Lush Let the Good Times Roll – This face scrub/cleanser is one of my favorite products ever from Lush (and I have tried like half of them). It smells like heaven and oh how gentle it  is on my skin leaving it soft and smooth. Would I Repurchase? – Yes

Dermosil Scalp Caring Shampoo – My scalp is so problematic, always itchy or red or dry. I have tried million different shampoos and this was the first one that actually calmed my scalp. I couldn’t go a shower without it. Would I repurchase? – Yes

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Anastasia Beveryly Hills Brow Wiz – First I loved this. It defined my brows just fine, but I slowly started to dislike it as I just couldn’t get as sharp lines and brows with it as I wanted to so I switched to their dip brow.  Would I Repurchase? – No sorry ABH

The Body Shop Aloe Calming Foaming Wash – This one is my favorite of all the facial wash products that I have ever tried. The foam is so soft and gentle on my skin which I absolutely love. It leaves my skin clean (obviously) and hydrated. Definitely recommend trying. Would I repurchase? – YES YES YES

Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer – First I absolutely loved this, it felt like it actually did a difference if I applied it or not. But now as I have used it for months I have learned that it doesn’t do big difference so it’s definitely not worth the money.  Plus it kinda feels oily on my skin even though it’s oily free?? Would I repurchase – No

Rituals The Ritual of Sakura Shower Foam – Okay this smells SO GOOD. It smells like floral heaven and yes I already said that about the Lush product but this is even better. This is what I want to smell like after every shower I take. And it’s also so soft on the skin. Just perfect. Would I repurchase? – ABSOLUTELY 

xoxo

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Stealing style: Rachel Green from FRIENDS

Stealing style: Rachel Green from FRIENDS

I love friends and I feel like I have grown up with them even though I was very small when they originally aired. I just have this memory that they were always on the tv. I have watched all of the seasons million times (no joke) and you will forever find me re-watching them.

Through the years I have adored Rachel and her fashion choices. She was big part of the 90’s style trends and she was for sure Friends’ own style icon. Not that her style was left to the 90’s, she is still big part of the todays trends. Or well at least my closet happens to be full of similar clothes as her. And I know I am not the only one, Rachel Green kind of clothing seems to be very much in nowadays. So a blog post where I ‘steal’ Rachel’s style is more than relevant right now, am I right? I recreated three of her styles/outfits, the ones that are most timeless and well, my favorites. Let’s take a look shall we?

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I think black overalls are one of her most iconic looks. They are comfy, casual and so street style. And isn’t todays fashion all about that? Denim overalls are everywhere, blue or black it doesn’t matter. I personally prefer black as you all probably know so of course I have a pair of them in my closet. And what comes to stripes? They will always stay in style. Basically this look wasn’t even a steal (maybe it was an unconscious one) as I have worn black overalls for ages with simple tees and shirts.

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Plain shirts, little black skirts and black tights are something that you can see Rachel wearing through all the seasons. Her color palette was always very simple; black, grey, white and some more colorful bits here and there. Just like mine, maybe that is why her style pulls me towards so much.

As I have mentioned several times in my previous posts black tights are my thing. My closet is also full of simple shirts so putting together her very feminine black miniskirt kida look was more than easy. My shoes were perfect final touch as the 90’s vibes are all over them and I am pretty sure I have seen Rachel wearing similar ones when Paolo sent them for her from Italy.

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Denim, denim, denim. Wether it was  denim overalls, a skirt or good old jeans, she knew how to rock them. It all started from the very first episode where she wore oversized pink blouse, a white tee and denim jeans. This style wasn’t hard to steal since I practically live in denim mom jeans nowadays. A white tee is something that you find from everyone’s closet and even though I don’t own soft pink blouse my mom does for sure. So I borrowed that from her and volá.

White sneakers were something that all of the characters wore through the series and that’s no surprise since they are timeless and will never go out of style.

That is all about my style icon Rachel Green and how I copy her style in daily basis. What about you? Do you also take notes from Rachel’s style consciously or unconsciously, either way. Let me know!

I hope you enjoyed this post as much as I enjoyed putting it together. Thank you so much for reading.

xoxo

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What’s in my bag?

What’s in my bag?

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I consider myself as a very nosy person. There is just something so interesting in normal everyday things such as vlogs, room tours and grocery store hauls. What’s in my bag related posts also always pull me towards. I love to see what other people carry with them everyday and what items they consider as a must haves when they leave their houses. I  have the feeling that I am not the only one, so why don’t we peek into my bag too.

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Before we start I gotta say this: I always choose a backpack over a bag. They are so much more handy and practical. So no surprise that my Michael Kors backpack is featuring these pictures. Now as that is said let’s take a look at the (way too many) items that I have with me.

Glasses – I got glasses over three years ago and first I hated them so much, now I have learned to accept the fact that I need them so they have become my everyday essential. Besides I really need them for driving.

A hair brush and hair ties – These are a huge must have for a girl who has long hair. I mean it get’s tangled all the time.

Hand clencer – I need my hands to be clean as simple as it is.

Wallet – Do I even need to say why this is a must have?

EarPods – Even though I have driving license I still also use public transports a lot. And being in public transport like a bus without music is just pure torture.

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Keys – It’s nice to be able to get into my house you know.

Jungle Juice Bar card – I love Jungle Juice Bar. They make the healthiest and most delicious smoothies and juices.

Mac’s lipstick in shade velvet teddy – This is my go-to lipstick. It matches perfectly with everything so no surprise that it’s always with me when I go somewhere.

Nyx lipliner in shade Naturel – I use this lipliner with the Mac lipstick to get better results. And well, they are just a great combo.

Mac Powder and a brush – To keep away the oiliness from my skin.

Lush Key lime pie lip balm – Lip balm is a must have especially during autumn and winter when my lips tend to dry really easily.

Dermosil walnut hand cream – Okay first of all, I love walnut hand creams they smell heavenly. And second, who likes to have dry hands? Not me at least, I absolutely hate it so yes where ever I go I make sure I have good old hand cream with me.

Dermosil concealer stick – This is another huge must have. I need it with me to touch up my makeup and to keep it in shape. And besides, you never know when a unwanted spot shows up.

Notebook and few pencils –  Just to have something to do when I am bored.

So as you can see I am one of those people who throw everything into their bag just in case. I just really hate the feeling when you realize that you have forgotten something. What about you? What is your bag must haves?

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OOTD: hello fall

OOTD: hello fall

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I don’t know about you but for me summer is officially over when august comes to an end and september kicks in. I have never been a summer person and I never will be, I just hate the heat. So the fact that the weather is already getting little colder everyday and I am able to wear tights and combat boots makes me squeak. While everyone else still enjoys last days of the summer and make finds from last chance sales my head is up and towards the new fall collections. I can’t wait to see what this years autumn fashion has to offer.

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Dress – Monki | Boots – DinSko | Backpack – Michael Kors | Bomber jacket – Bershka

For me fall fashion is all about comfines and beautiful colors such as mustard, mocha, khaki and black. I love big sweaters, loose dresses, and black tights. The dress I am wearing is perfect example for what I wear during autumn, it’s comfy, loose, oversized and of course black. So basically it screams for fall.  The frill detail that goes around the waist is my favorite part of it, it gives the dress nice shape not making it look too oversized and big for me.

As I already mentioned combat boots and black tights are my thing during fall so no surprise that I matched them with this dress. All black everything once again. But hey I tried to bring little something into the outfit by wearing my new glasses and my beloved Daniel Wellington pieces. At least I tried right?

xoxo

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PS. Are you already on fall mood like I am or still holding onto the last of summer? 

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Delicious & healthy banana pancakes

Delicious & healthy banana pancakes

Since the whole world (including me) seems to have fallen in love with eating healthy I thought there is no better time to share a recipe for these delicious, easy and healthy banana pancakes. And with easy I mean oh so easy since you need only two ingredients (maybe three if you want to spice them up a little). These pancakes are perfect for anyone who wants to stick to healthy lifestyle but still craves for something sweet and delicious (as known as me all the time). You can have them basically whenever you like because they are perfect snack but I personally prefer them for breakfast!

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Banana pancakes  (makes about 12)

Ingredients:

  • 1 banana (the browner the better)
  • 2 eggs
  • Pinch of cardamom, cinnamon, vanilla or honey (I recommend cardamom, it’s my favorite of them all)

Method:

Add all the ingredients into a blender and blend until the dough is smooth. Cook them in a mild heat, for example, with rapseed oil. The smaller the pancakes are the easier they are to work with and flip around. I will admit that flipping them is little tricky, but I am sure you will do well. Serve them with some berries, yoghurt or with my personal favorite; a maple syrup.

Note: If you want to be extra healthy you can use only egg whites but you need about four of them. You can also add some protein powder or coconut flakes before blending, adding flour may help the pancakes to stick together better.

Hope you give these a try and enjoy them as much as I do!

xoxo

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