Wishlist Wednesday #1

Remember this post? Well this is a similar list with stuff I’d waste money on…

WW: Candles

Candles! I am not really a candle person because the ones that are good are too expensive. But these candles look really cool, especially for Halloween. I mean, candle skulls?

WW: Rings

Accessories, well… rings only today: I love Unicorns. And snakes – yes, I know I have a snake ring already, but this one with the green stone is so much more Slytherin than mine. As for the cute cat ears? Oh, but I already have a cheap cat ears ring in the mail (I hope it gets here NOW!).

WW: Hats

Fashion: It’s Autumn, so HATS! First, the bowler hat because it’s perfect for my Halloween costume – I am going to be Alex from A Clockwork Orange, and since I really need a bowler hat I’ll look for a cheap one in thrift stores. I never had a French beret and I don’t know if they’re in style or not (everyone seems to be crazy for beanies) but who cares about that? And the cat one… well, cats!!

WW: Cups Mugs

Cups/Mugs: Last, but not least my favourite things in the world! Did I mention that I like Unicorns? And a ceramic coffee cup for environmental reasons – I rarely drink coffee but I love how coffee cups look! And the last one is purrfect for Halloween!

So this is my “shopping list” for this week. A girl can dream, right? What is on your pretend-shopping-list?

Smells Like Summer (Playlist)

I made this playlist a couple of weeks ago but I wasn’t sure if to share it on the blog or not. Well, now I will so schh, and listen (also read).

For me Summer means a lot of things and a lot of songs. I can’t say that this playlist describes my Summer, but for sure it captures that moment when you wake up and realize that it’s summer whether it’s really hot outside or not. First of all, Summer is like The Virgin Suicides feeling (the book and the movie) – that infinite moment of longing, that… I can’t really describe it using words so:

Summer also feels like songs one would listen on a road trip or a train ride to the sea (or home) or just songs that were popular on the TV music channels when I was a kid:And because I had the Summer Film Club last summer holiday, Summer always feels like a movie soundtrack:Summer is about having time to rediscover yourself, it’s not because you forgot who you were it’s just because you didn’t have time to notice:And most of all, Summer is about old friends, new friends, just friends and, of course, F.R.I.E.N.D.S:

My Summer Blogging Project (I just can’t think of an original title, sorry)

Summer is here and while I am not a summer type of girl, I do enjoy the Summer holiday and it usually is a lot of fun! School is not over yet and the exams period starts on Monday, but I feel like blogging A LOT! Or at least trying to blog a lot – I might fail.

Remember how in my previous holidays I tried to blog daily? Well that won’t happen now because those holidays were a week long only and this one is too long for such a commitment, but I might post every other day. I don’t want to have a schedule because if I make one that might stop me from blogging, bu I will try to have at least 3 posts per week (not counting my Otaku Sunday). I have no idea about what to write about or what to show you, but that’s good because I’ll put my brains to work – not that the exams period is not demanding enough.

I call this “My Summer Blogging Project” but there is no guidelines or rules or anything like that, it’s just something to keep me active in the virtual space and an excuse to my blog for ignore it so much.

That being said, expect lots of boring stuff (because who doesn’t get bored in the summer?), me struggling to create anything (from arts to crafts), summer memories, dreams and aspirations and all sorts of things like that. I honestly don’t know what will happen, but this might probably me my last summer holiday since next school year is my last!

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Speaking of summer memories, today it rained. That awesome summer rain with huge drops. I was at school working on my etching plates and I ran outside, called my best friend and shared the sound of rain with her.

Happy Labor Day and Spring Break!

I was supposed to leave for home yesterday but all the train tickets were sold out so… I am missing Labor Day with my family (which often includes celebrating it outside, near the river and the forest, having a barbeque and all that jazz). But that’s OK because that means I get one more day with my hubby.

But, yeah, for Spring break I am going home to my parents. I’m gonna focus mainly on catching up with the works for school and with spending time with my family, especially my grandparents since grandpa was in hospital last week – now he is home and Mom says he’s feeling fine. And since last time I had a holiday I posted daily I was thinking about doing something similar this holiday too. But since my main focus is family (and studies!!) I will post every other day… or at least I will try to do it.

I don’t really have other plans other than – and I repeat myself once again – family and school. I will probably spend some nights alone in my Aunt’s flat because she celebrates Easter in Cluj (funny, when I’m leaving she is coming here) and someone needs to feed the fish and play Wii all night (though Wii is not funny if you don’t play it with someone else – slumber party, anyone?) and meet with some old friends and I had a special day reserved for my best friend because she doesn’t have a Spring break so she won’t be in town for too long! Other than that… maybe a quick trip in Bucharest because there’s an exhibition at MNAC (National Museum of Contemporary Art) I really really want to see.

That’s about it! Happy Labor Day!!

V-Day Movie Recommendations

I just realized that “recommendations” is such a long word! Before jumping to the conclusion that I may be insane (they are still testing that) let me say that today I was so sick (and still am) that I forgot twice – TWICE! – to write this post. I almost gave up but then I knew I’ll feel worse because I didn’t keep my word so here I am… writing… sick… about movie recommendations for V-Day. If you think you are going to read another one of those cheesy articles about cheesy romantic-comedies then you are so wrong, my bro! I don”t fancy those movie – rarely there’s one I like. But enough with the introduction. Let’s talk movies:

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Since I am pretty excited about the Oscars I decided to pick some films from there (plus, they are the most recent films I’ve seen so…):

  • Amour. Yesterday I watched Amour and this is here just for those of you who like Michael Haneke or if you think you are strong enough to watch it – no, it won’t necessarily bring you to tears (it’s not that kind of movie). To be honest my ALC professor (Art, Literature and Cinema) recommended us not to watch it until we will be older. The poster was created by Matt Owens (and here are some other awesome posters created by him). Why for V-Day: it’s the definition of love
  • Silver Linings Playbook. This movie, oh, this movie! What a surprise! I didn’t not expect it to be this awesome. I knew it was a romantic- comedy and that’s about all my knowledge of the film before watching it. No! This is not a romantic-comedy (ok, it is, but not your typical one), this is a fantastic movie with GREAT GREAT acting and smart writing.  The poster is created by Joshua Budich (and here are some more). Why for V-Day: because it’s a romantic-comedy that is too good for its own genre.
  • The Impossible (or Lo Imposible in the original – it’s in English, but produced by a Spanish studio or something like that). It’s a film about the survivors of a tsunami. Yes, it is made after a real event and while some critics considered it too dramatic and unrealistic, the actually survivors from that actually tsunami were touched and confessed that it is exactly how it happened (and by survivors I am not referring to the protagonists). I’m sorry I couldn’t find an awesome poster for this one. Why for V-Day: it gives you hope for the humanity.

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And if you don’t fancy any of those presented before, than maybe you are in the mood for a modern adaptation of a fairy tale, right? I hope so… oh, c’mon, who doesn’t like fairy tales? And the thing about them is that they can be transformed to fit our current society. When Disney first made Snow White she was just a princess waiting for her prince like most of the women in those times, but nowadays, the princesses are so much more! They don’t need a prince, they can take care of themselves and they can even save a few other people while taking care of themselves – just like our modern women, right? I recommend you Mirror Mirror because it’s a witty film with amazing costumes created by Eiko Ishioka (who died last year). And if you have more time on your hands then you can have an Once Upon a Time marathon where Snow White’s daughter is trying to save the fairy tales.

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Last but not least: How To Marry A Millionaire. This is an old comedy with Grable, Monroe and Bacall, all three looking to … well, this one is quite self-explanatory: they are trying millionaires! You will laugh and fall in love with this glossy movie!

I so hope you are having a nice evening with one of the films I talked about. Now I’ll say good-bye and go make myself some hot tea to accompany my medicines.

Simple crafts for V-Day

I was pretty excited to do something (not necessarily for Valentine’s Day) that involved creating something that doesn’t involve drawing (since I do that a lot). I guess I just like creating things and V-Day was the perfect excuse. I had more in mind, but I am sick and my neck is killing me and there is no xerox nearby and we don’t have a printer here… so I did what I could. The theme was once again “hearts” (like it was with the nail designs).

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The thing about arts&crafts is to do something you like, but to also enjoy the process of making it not just the final product. So I did what I love: painting with watercolours, origami and something related to books! All the crafts I picked are easy to make, cheap and don’t take much time. I must also mention that none of them were my idea.

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I did these cute heart shaped bookmarks. They are adorable and I made so many so that I can share my love for reading with others. Here’s how to make them! A few year ago I made some origami bookmarks that are similar to these hearts, but the hearts were so much easier to make ’cause you use old envelopes – this way, they are also very special, right?

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Speaking of origami. I did an origami heart and here’s how to make it! It seems hard and I must admit some of the steps are not easy, but if you have a little bit of patience you will make a beautiful heart! And here is an idea of how to use the heart.

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And here’s something done with one of my favourite things in the world: watercolours! Mine is not as pretty as the source of inspiration because I was experimenting. While playing with my watercolours and reading something my best friend wrote in our joint diary, I got another idea – making cards with watercoulour hearts for Dragobete (a Romanian holiday similar to Valentine’s Day).

And if you have time and a printer you should try this one and this one. I am going to do them, but not this time. Have fun creating!

Nails for Valentine’s Day

Since I loved combining Otaku Sunday with V-Day I told to myself “why not make this a theme?” – I know it’s not original or anything and that every blogger writes about this holiday (heck, some of them are blogging about V-Day from January, but I do almost everything on the last minute). I thought it would be nice to come up with some nice nail designs with cute hearts and all that juicy stuff. But the great part about painting your nails is that you can change the colours and the design will still look cute and lovely. You can also add a sparkly top coat over.

Because I couldn’t decide on a single design, I decided to show you some of the ideas I came up with. You can pick one for all of your nails or combine them or use them all. Don’t worry if you make mistakes, after all love is not perfect either. If you are not brave enough you can just paint one nail like the ring finger or the pinky – I think it would look really cute only with the pinky. And if you don’t like pink and hearts, I have an idea for you case too.

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This is what you need:

  • nail varnishes – you can choose whatever colours you want (you can also work only with two colours), I picked a pale purplish colour (Lively Liliac from Rimmel London), a cranberry red (Cranberry Zest from Rimmel London) and a pale Barbie pink (Strawberry Fizz from Rimmel London);
  • cotton buds or anything to remove mistakes
  • toothpicks or bobby pins
  • nail polish remover
  • a support to put your polish on
  • sparkly top coat (optional)

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So here are the designs! I started by painting my nails with the purple shade and then I added a fat pink line on all of my nails except the pinky finger. That was the main idea and then I just decorated the nails like you see in the pictures. You can copy my designs or come up with your own. What’s for sure is that you will have fun!

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As for those that aren’t as brave, don’t like girly stuff or they just don’t have the time or the patience to paint their nails, you can just paint all your nails with a nude colour and then add a cute sparkly top coat – I picked the one in the picture because it has the purple/magenta things that fit the theme of V-Day.

So… what do you think?