December 10, 2016

A few Christmas gift ideas

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Christmas time is approaching us rapidly so I thought that an article with a few gift ideas is just perfect for this occasion; there are 15 days left (yay!) so be sure to find your presents in time to avoid the mayhem from the Christmas Eve. I know I used to search for the perfect presents on the day before Christmas Eve and it was simply chaotic.

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I absolutely adore the idea of tiny gifts hidden in globes, I think they are just perfect for this holiday, so how about this adorable one I found in H&M that contains...socks! But not any socks, Christmassy ones with penguins with glittery hats? They are lovely and also, only $6 !

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Next one contains a few eye makeup products, some eyeshadows, a black eyeliner and a black mascara - both in mini versions - they are great for travel especially! I found these in Douglas (this beauty retailer has the moooost amazing holiday offers) and you can get it for about $10.

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The Benefit Frisky Six mini set is one of the many options they offer. All the products are in miniature version and they are great to offer to someone for a first try or just for yourself to keep. This box costs about $38 which is the price of one item only in full size! Available in Sephora.
This box includes:

Sun Beam Highlighter
Lolli Lip Balm
Lolli Tint - works for lips and also as a blush
Sugabomb Blush
They're Real Mascara -  one of their most famous mascaras

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I mentioned about Onecklace before, they create personalized jewelry, you know, name necklaces, earrings and bracelets, but they also have other type of jewelry including the popular chokers! A little glow on our skin can make us look so glamorous and well, Christmas is all about glow right?

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I don't know how many of you know about Yves Rocher but they are one of my favorite skin care brands! Especially during the holidays, they offer limited edition Christmas shower gels, hand creams and body lotions, they also have them available in gift boxes at a special price.
Pictured here is the Cranberry and Almond hand cream and the Clementine and Spices shower gel -  the scents are simply delicious!

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Back to Douglas, I told you they have amazing holiday offers - this one is from Les Delices, a set of body care products with a scent of Rasberry Macarons - yes, it is as delicious as it sounds! The set comes in a cute pink house shaped box and it includes a shower gel, a shower sponge, body lotion and a bath foam.
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Last but not least, how about some tea? For all you tea lovers, Basilur is a brand that offers the most delicious tea ever created. Black or green with so many different sublte flavors, but not only is the tea that is amazing, but also the packaging! Just look at that brilliant box. This one is from their holiday edition, they also have other adorable collections, based on a theme or by season. I really can't recommend them enough!

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I hope you like my ideas, I'll leave you on that note and wish you Happy Shopping!

December 8, 2016

Memories from Vienna, Prague and Budapest


Hello guys! I am back from a short vacation across Central Europe and I am so excited to finally share my experiences and photos!
 It took a while to make a selection, it's just difficult to decide which picture is better or if one is more important than the other. 
But anyway, as soon as December kicked off, we embarked on a trip and went straight to Vienna for a day, just in time for the Christmas markets! The atmosphere was not as cozy as expected mainly because a very strong and cold wind was blowing our heads off, so we couldn't enjoy the fairs at the fullest. I really wanted to visit the Belvedere Museum and see Gustav Klimt's paintings - I really love his works and to see "The Kiss" in real life was a little dream of mine. There is no comparison, it's so different from what you see on paper or photos, because it literally shines and there are so many hidden details in it, it's just magical!
I left that place in awe, not just because of the paintings, but because the whole palace is mesmerizing.

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I loved the Christmas decorations, they were so pretty and also expensive, but I left Vienna with a silk scarf and a beautiful mug, both illustrating Klimt's paintings - I'm such a tourist, I know!

Next stop was Prague and oh, how much I fell in love with this city! We barely explored about 30% of the old town, we managed to visit the castle and spent some time around the main square where the Christmas fair was happening.

Prague is a medieval city, is it's so different from Vienna which is more grand and austere.
It's simply charming, with all its tiny streets and extremely old buildings; the downside is that it's constantly so filled with tourists that you can barely manage to get from point A to point B. It gets exhausting after a while, so because of the crowds, we could's get a glimpse of Prague from the clock tower, but at least we spent some time on Charles bridge and gaze upon the river and also enjoyed some hot wine in the market.

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Can you believe this view??

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Like I said, charming!
I really loved it and I can't wait to go back and explore some more.

Next stop was Budapest. We've been here before during the Summer, but now we got to experience the Christmas mood from downtown, which was extremely lovely and also, busy. Filled with people, tourists, gingerbread and many, many lovely souvenirs and Christmassy stuff. Too bad we stayed there far too little, I really needed more time to feel the holiday vibe in Budapest.

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And now we are back home, preparing for Christmas (at least I am) - this trip really got me in the mood to make awesome gifts and even though it was tiresome, I somehow feel energized and in a very good mood! It's amazing what happens when you leave your normal routine and explore new activities or places.

I hope you loved these pictures, if you want to see more you can keep up with my Instagram account (@lola.wonder) and I'll keep on posting bits and pieces of this holiday that did not make it to this post.

Now tell me, are you ready for the Winter holidays?

December 1, 2016

8 TV shows I recommend watching

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I don't think I ever said this before, but I am quite a fan of TV shows; I will never understand when people say that watching TV shows is a waste of time. I mean, sure, if you are a person who runs a country or you are a constant traveler with no TV or WiFi access, that is totally understandable.

It's fun and also relaxing. Watching an episode (or four) later you come home from work or while taking your breakfast can be the best thing in life for us ordinary mortals.

I am into dramas, comedies, fantasy and anime shows, but that is a different topic for a different time.

The on-going shows I am watching at the moment are Grey's Anatomy, The Big Bang Theory and New Girl. (Oh, and of course Game of Thrones, but this one is due in Summer, so I'll have to wait - it seems like forever)
A drama series which began quite interesting but after 12 seasons, it kind of starting to get ridiculous, but I am still sticking to it mostly out of loyalty. The other two are probably the best comedy series I watched since Friends - everybody knows about Friends, right?

I tried so many other shows, but the subject seemed too ridiculous or way too awkward and I just hate, no, wait, HATE, embarrassing ridiculous scenes where you just want to face palm yourself.

Here is a list of a series I watched recently (or currently watching) that really left a impression on me:

1. Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life:

For all you Gilmore Girls fans out there, I am sure you binged on these 4 new episodes as if there's no tomorrow - just like I did.
I remember watching the series with my mom on TV while I was in highschool and because of that, the characters and the stories grew on me and the show has a special place in my heart, so naturally, I couldn't wait to see the new story after 9 years. I honestly thought it would be much more satisfying, at least when it comes to Rory's life, we are still left with a cliffhanger that really makes me crave to see more.

2. Westworld

Now this is a show that I thought I would definitely dislike, I remember thinking, after I watched the trailer "western meets sci-fi meets thriller" like what was this strange cocktail?  But I was encouraged to give it a try and to be honest, it really changed my narrow view. It's so much more and so dramatic and yet a bit creepy. Think how AI  can rule our world and you get the chills. What do you think about it?

3. Stranger things

Only 8 episodes and again, I was reluctant at first about this one because the idea of a monster from another dimension creeping out people was so outdated to me, but then I realized I never watched a live action series about this subject, only animated ones, and my opinion changed once more.
All I can say is that Winona Ryder makes a memorable role in this one. Can't wait for season 2!

4. Arrested Development

Now I am aware this is an old one and I honestly don't know why I did not try it before, but since I heard it has so many positive reviews, I really wanted to try it.
It starts our great, you get inside to experience the day to day life of a completely dysfunctional family, each character creates the most absurd and hilarious situations, so it's fun and nice but after more than 15 episodes it get a bit tiresome. I am now down to the last season and I am curious to see how it all ends.

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Oh there are so many I have watched during the years and I am sure that you may or may have not watched them, perhaps with the same level of excitement. I will keep it short:

1. Lost:  simple idea, a group of people castaway on a mysterious island where strange things occur, each episode ended with a cliffhanger which made you crave for more, it was addictive! Also, psychological, mysterious and captivating!

2. Sex and the City: this is a classic among ladies, I loooved it and I think it is the only show I can rewatch without getting bored. Their conversations are endlessly fascinating. And fabulous, to quote Samantha.

3. Gossip Girl:  think of this as Sex and the City but it involves teens with tons of privileges, by that I mean, money. It has drama, it has high end fashion, love and betrayal. It's a glimpse into the lifestyle of the wealthy and yet it shows that not all the money in the world can save you from a broken heart - Gosh, that sounds so good! #proudofmyself

4. How I met your mother: Buckle up, because the narrator keeps talking about how how meets his wife and the future mother of his children, but you won't meet her until the last season. You do get a glimpse of her from time to time along the series.
It's a romantic comedy, but it's cozy and lovely, the characters are so different one from another but yet you get to love them all because they are so unique and because they are a group of people who really support one another which is nice. Much like Friends really. The ending was a bit hard to digest, but I accept it even so. 

I'll stop now because I can turn this post into a 1000 page novel if I keep going, but here is a picture that sums up the feelings you get when one of your favorite series ends after you dedicated many, many years (or weeks) of your time to it: