Books I've Been Reading (Goal Recap)

At the beginning of the year I made a goal to myself that I would read 15 books in 2013 because I've literally stopped reading books for fun and passing time. It was something that I really enjoyed doing and I knew I had to start cathing up with books again. I decided to read whatever was in our bookcase at home but soon realized that some of them were not really my style and it would just be a waste of time. So I read 7 books so far I know its not much but I only started towards April because school work was too intense. 

1. Dreams Die First by Harold Robbins: This is the first book I picked up not knowing it wasn't really my style. It took me a while to finish this one because I was not into it and I can never leave a book unfinished. And this is probably my least favorite of the bunch. 

2. My Sweet Orange Tree by Vasconcelos: I literally cried at the end of this book. It had a great plot and the emotions were greatly reflected on the reader or I wouldn't be crying, believe me. One of my faves for sure.

3. The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho: I didn't know we had this book at home and I was really interested in it because I've heard that it was very similar to The Little Prince. I really loved that book when I read it even though I could read it another time to really get into it. It was the same with this book, it had an incredible plot with a great theme but I will probably read it again to fully understand its concept.

4. At the Sign of the Cat and Racket by Honroé de Balzac: This book totally got me by its title. Anything with cats automatically sounds cool to me, I don't know why.  It was not a long book and had lots of similies, which is always a plus for me because it broadens my imagination.

5. Panglor by Jeffrey A. Carver: This book was absolutely awesome it totally goes on the list of my favorite books. I was hooked to it because of the fact that it was set in the future where people could do space travel. I always love reading books from authors who have imagination of what is really out there and Carver sure had some great & weird sci-fi things in mind.

6. The Body in the Basement by Katherine Hall Page: After reading this book I found out that I was totally into mysteries. I mean the whole time I'm like "who killed who, how, when, what, why?!" And the book ends and I'm like "Finally I know who the killer is!" and I can die in peace aha. I will probably read other books by Hall Page because her writing was pretty clear, understandable and of course interesting.

7. False Prophets by Sean Flannery: This book was a recent read and I quite liked it. I thought I wasn't going to be into it because it was developing very slow and I didn't really get the plot at first but than things started to settle for me. Its not a fave but it was not a waste of time.

Well thats all I've read so far and I'm already half way through with my next book and I lined up a couple after that. I don't know what to do after so please suggest some books to me and I'll check out their plots and if I like it than I'll have to read it. Anyways, hope you like this post and have a great weekend!

P.S.: There is only 2 days left for the Cosmetic Bag Giveaway to end so don't miss it!

Insta-August 2013

Can't believe its been a whole month since I did my first instagram post, time passes too quickly for my taste. I wish summer would never end. I didn't go anywhere this summer but it was great resting at home and not worrying about anything. During school its tough because it takes me an hour and half to get there and I use public transportation which is crowded most of the time. Its just frustrating and tiring so I'm glad I get a bunch of time off. I'm glad I still have another month to do absolutely nothing haha. But of course I always have time for movies, tv shows, books, blogging and photography.

P.S.: Welcome to all my new followers and thank you for all your awesome comments. I love reading them! Also, please don't forget to follow me on BLOGLOVIN' it will be worth it :)

P.P.S: There is a week left for the Cosmetic Bag Giveaway, so go on and enter its really cute! :)

Collection: Life Magazine 1960s Issues 11-20

I'm back with the 60s and I'm really enjoying it. If you've missed the first part of this post I assure you its wonderful and you should definitely check it out HERE if you enjoy vintage, 60s and fashion. While taking the photographs for this post I thought to myself that I am surely born in the wrong time. I mean I am very delighted of the past from its fashion, music, cinema to its relationships and usage of language. Even in this time I tend to have interest in records, turntables, past tv shows and movies and vintage clothing etc. 
Suit and Coat Models for 1960s Spring: I love the fact that a couple of these are from Christian Dior, it shows how rooted it is. Also I found it very entertaining that they explained the color of the suits and coats but the page is black and white. I think this probably expanded the imagination of many of its buyers. I mean there is like a ton of shades for colors. You can't just say a simple blue for turquois.
Spring Clothing from Suits, Leather Jackets and Coats: Besides the fashion sense of this page what I really enjoy is the first photo on the right side of the page. I mean isn't the way she's standing very funny. I would never pose like that :)
Cocktail Dresses of the Spring Season: This page I'm in love with. Especially with the first photo on the top left of the page and the photo with the striped dress is absolutely gorgeous. Also isn't it incredible that we actually had a come back of the same type dresses on the bottom right of this page? I think it is. Past is definitely the future.
Various Spring Clothing: Fantastic I must say. Everything looks fine made :) Although it is weird to take a photo with just the leg of a statue.. Anways, yolo.
Simply exquisite! I would totally wear the last one if I was tall enough to pull it off :)
FASHION Pierre Cardin's Spring Line: I love seeing familiar names in old magazines. Its pretty cool how far they have come in their line and they are probably going to live on forever. Anyways have you seen how incredibly chic that lace covered/collared coat is? Somebody throw that on me! :)
The Night Dresses of this Year are Long Again: I don't care if they are long, they sure are pretty. I gotta say my fave is the 5th one on the top line. I can't say no to polka-dots :) 
Norman Hartnell The Tailor of the Queen of England: Well, not much to say about this set besides the fact that everything is obviously one of a kind.
Nina Ricci: It says that this famous tailor used chemisettes for most of her designs and I could totally see it. I mean it sure became a signature for her and she used it well. Very well indeed.
4 Models from Christian Dior: Dior seemed to know where to find beautiful women to carry his wonderful designs.
Pierre Balmain: My fave from the bunch is the one with the bows on the bottom right :)

Hope you had a good read because it was fun for me to write. I always believe I should've been born in the 60s and spend my teenage-young adult years during the 70s-80s but no can do. At least the 90s was okay but the 2000s have really lost it. What year do you think you belong to? I would love to know!

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My Can't Live Without Make-Up

 I suppose I could start off by saying that I don't do a lot of make-up and I'm really not that into it but I do have certain things that I basically can't live without. First is my eyeliner. I definitely need to have a good eyeliner that won't smudge like an hour after I put it on and Golden Rose is definitely helping me out with this one. Secondly I always need my lipstick. I never use light colors because it really doesn't suit me. I always go for red or any (dark) shade of red. So thats why I have my Max Factor lipstick and as you can see (in the photo below) I don't have much left of it and its killing me. Actually it was killing me until I found a replacement. Kate Moss 107. All I can say that is that this lipstick is the bomb. Cherry bomb! And lastly, my primer and eye shadow. Before I didn't really use eye shadow that much because I was either being lazy or maybe I just didn't feel like it but since I got this Mua Primer I have been really enjoying the whole look. And the reason for that is because the Primer really makes the eye shadow more vibrant and I think thats exactly what I'm looking for.

I mostly use nude colors for eye shadow and I'm really loving this one I got from Avon. It has all the shades I need. Since they are all in harmony with each other I could also mix the colors up which gives me a whole new look.

These are basically what I use when I do make-up. I tend to leave my face alone most of the time because I don't want acne and I don't want my face to feel comfortable with make-up. Oh and I tend not to buy make-up until I finish what I have but sometimes I do make exceptions :) 

Have a wonderful week and welcome to all my new followers! 
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Getting To Know "The Tiny Bee" + Giveaway!

Today I'm here to introduce you to Melissa from The Tiny Bee shop on Etsy. She is really lovely and such a friendly person and I'm really glad to have met her. Her shop is full of pastel colors, polymer clay and clutches with lovely prints. She has an eye for making cute things, this girl has got all the talent she needs!

Melissa sent me a lovely cosmetic bag with the cutest pattern ever and I've been using it ever since. I cleaned up all my make-up before I put it in there because I didn't want to ruin anything :) Anyways I can really say that the material is absolutely fantastic. I mean this thing will surely last for long and thats great for me. It has lots of room considering I only put my necessary items in there. All in all I can say that if you ever shop from the The Tiny Bee it will be your moneys worth! :)

1. Can you tell us a bit about yourself and your shop?
I'm originally from the Boston area and after graduating from college I relocated to sunny Arizona where I now reside with my fiancée and three little dogs. I've always loved to make things but when my mom gave me a sewing machine for my thirtieth birthday things got serious. I stayed up all night practicing on old clothes. The next day I started watching tutorials on YouTube which is how I learned to sew. A year and a half later I opened The Tiny Bee. 

2. How did you come up with the name The Tiny Bee?
My name, Melissa, means honey bee but theres more to the story than that. I was sitting in my backyard brainstorming names for my shop. My late grandfather nicknamed me doodlebug which I wanted to incorporate into my shop title but they all seemed to be taken. I felt like I had hit a wall so I asked in my head, "Papa I need help what should I name my shop?" and just then this tiny little baby bee landed on my arm. I rushed inside to see if the name was available, which clearly it was. 

3. How do you come up with your designs?
I love going to craft stores and letting the supplies inspire me. Watching tutorials on YouTube or scanning Pinterest for new ideas is another way to learn techniques. For example: I never though about painting clay until I saw someone else doing it. 

4. Why did you choose Etsy?
A few people I know sell on Etsy which is how I became interested in it. I was a buyer before I was a seller. Once I fell in love with the community I just wanted to be part of it.

5. What are your inspirations?
Everything I make is something I would buy and use so my greatest source of inspiration is myself. I first got into working with clay when I wanted a pair of black earrings to go with my waitressing uniform but couldn't find what I was looking for, so I made them.

6. What is your goal for the future, in terms of The Tiny Bee?
I have been working in restaurants for over a decade. The lessons I have learned in the service industry are invaluable but I'd love to put down the tray and focus on The Tiny Bee full time. I put no limit to how far I go with this. Every few months I go back and edit myself based on all the new things I've learned. Through improving the old and creating the new my business will keep growing and building upon itself and take me places I could have never imagined. 

  Hopefully you were as excited as I was to get to know Melissa and her shop as you were reading the interview because she is giving away one of my readers a chance to win this tiny bird printed cosmetic bag (not the one she sent to me, a new one of course)! Awesome right?! So head on over to Rafflecopter widget and start entering. Good luck! 

This is International. 
End date: September 8th, 2013