Best Shorts on the High Street

One of my summer fashion missions was finding a pair of shorts that suited me and fit me like a glove. The problem with most brands is that they offer designs only made for women with a certain waist to butt ratio. My problem is that, while I have a waist best suited for a size M, my butt is a size L.

Had I gotten a pair of shorts from those brands, I would have ended up with a way too tight waistline or my thighs would have been squished out. Also, I wanted shorts that did not need a belt to be tighter around the waist.

My search also consisted of looking through Instagram accounts and seeing if any women were wearing cute, tight and not expensive shorts. I could not believe my eyes when I found this picture  and I asked the girl in the photo where she got her shorts. To my surprise, she got them from Bershka, right here, for €12,99.

You know what? I had actually seen these shorts on the site, but the biggest problem with retailers is that they usually use stick-thin models, on whom you can never see how stretchy the material is. I finally ordered two pairs, the black and the dark blue denim ones and I must say I am extremely happy with my purchase, especially since they are also high waisted.

The only question mark is that, despite getting the same size for both pairs, the black shorts are slightly larger than the denim ones. It is not a problem, since they both fit great, it is just curious.

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Thank you for reading.

xx

Doria Pamphilj Gallery – August 12, 2016

I finally got around to visiting Rome again, and this time I decided to walk a lot. I took the train mid-morning and got to the station at about 11am. I decided to not take a bus and walk towards the Isola Tiberina, which is an island in the middle of the Tiber river.

Of course, I had to let something guide me, that something being the Maps iPhone app. I swear, it made me lose so much time, because it made me take quite external routes, only to end up in the same place I would have reached more easily myself. Regardless, I explored some new places of the capital, where there were no tourists to be found, only old buildings.

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Of course, every turn I made led me to an inclined road. That app led me to a knot of small streets, where there were literally no people. I reached a tiny street I had to take, only to notice that said street was blocked due to construction. On this day I acquired a new ability : finding new streets. Yes, while the voice from the app was trying to make me turn back and take that street, I completely ignored it and found my own way. So much independence.

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I then finally reached the tiny island. The river is not known for being clean, but it was a very nice day, so even the water looked nice. The island hosts two hospitals and two churches, which I did not visit.

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I then started making my way back towards the centre of the city and only stopped because I saw this statue on my way.

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I finally reached the Doria Pamphilj Gallery, where I payed an €8 fee because I am under 26 years of age. The Gallery is located on Via del Corso and it is very easily reachable. Also, there is a free audio guide in more than two languages, if you want one. The building surrounds a tiny garden.

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To reach the actual Gallery, one must first go up a couple flights of stairs, where you can find various busts and even the family coat of arms, since this building is still privately owned by the royal Doria Pamphilj family.

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Firstly, I entered the Poussin room, which held a great number of landscapes, mainly works of Claude Lorraine. It was probably on of the most visually pleasing rooms in the Gallery, because of the contrast between the walls and the paintings.

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Adjacent to this room, there is a smaller red room, which also holds some paintings and a huge mirror. Of course, I could not help myself and had to take some shameless mirror selfies.

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Next up another small room, this time mainly yellow, which from what I gathered used to be the ballroom, was mainly empty, but the tapestry and lighting were amazing.

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The Gallery also has a chapel, where the family saint is buried. There is no dome, but there is an optical illusion on the ceiling resembling one.

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After this, I entered the real gallery, which is an ensemble of four corridors filled with paintings and some statues. I was excited to see some works by Raphael and some other artists I studied, like Titian, Caravaggio and Veronese.

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My favourite part was the small hall of mirrors, which resembles the one in Versailles. It was so pretty I even published a picture on Instagram.

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There were also smaller rooms which held a few paintings, where natural light was reduced.

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There is also another huge room which holds three paintings by Caravaggio and one by Raphael. I was very excited when I saw that there was also a painting by Vasari, who, if you have ever studied the Renaissance period, always had a lot to say about every artist in Europe.

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This museum trip was successful and I plan on going on a couple more before school starts in September, even if I have to go by myself. I hope you liked this post and thank you for reading.

xx

 

Makeup of the day – August 1, 2016

I must admit that I did not go anywhere wearing this makeup, since I only applied it to take pictures. Shame me all you want, I felt like doing another makeup of the day post and so I did.

I recently came to the conclusion that I do not experiment enough with makeup and colour, since all of my looks are very neutral and basic. I also noticed that I have not used a lot of my colours from my makeup palettes that are actually very pretty, only because they are slightly more colourful.

So this is my first step out of my comfort zone, which is not really a comfort zone : I have no problem wearing this look out, I just do not tend to create it when I go out. I also attempted a little nose contour, which did not succeed as well as I wanted it too, but it is barely noticeable, so we are fine.

Product list below :

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Face :

Foundation : L’Oréal True Match in shade N2

Concealer : Maybelline Fit Me in shade 15 Fair

Powder : Wycon Compact Powder in shade 01

Bronzer/Contour : Wycon Bronzing Powder in shade 04

Blush : Malibu Glitz in Coral

Highlighter : KIKO not available anymore

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Eyes :

Brow Powder : Kleancolor Brow Kit in Dark Brown

Eyeshadow Primer : Kleancolor Primer in Matte

Eyeshadow : I used the ZOEVA Cocoa Blend palette and, specifically, the shades Bitter Start as a base, Substitute for Love, Freshly Toasted, and Subtle Blend in the crease and Warm Tones on my lower lash line.

Eyeliner : L.A. Colors Liquid Eyeliner in Black

Mascara : L’Oréal Voluminous Mascara in Blackest Black

Lips : 

Liquid Lipstick : Wycon Liquid Lipstick in shade 06

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I posted this look on tumblr and it has gotten a nice feedback. I also will be posting a picture on Instagram too, so stay posted.

Thank you for reading.

xx

Book Review – The day of the owl

I never thought I would be one to say this, but I actually enjoyed this book. I was and still am surprised at how well it flowed and how well it was generally written.

This book, by Leonardo Sciascia, is a very famous crime novel about the mafia written in Italian. The original title is “Il giorno della civetta” and it is around 110 pages long. The action starts right in the first pages, when a murder is committed in broad daylight at a bus stop in a Sicilian town. A certain captain, Bellodi, who is a northerner from Parma, is called to investigate and he already has an idea in his mind that this murder, along with a couple more which will happen further in the book, has been committed by the mafia or its associates.

There are no chapters in this book, only small pauses and brief changes of point of view : on one side we have the point of view of the captain and his subordinates, while on the other side we have the criminals’, which is usually narrated with only direct dialogue and no interference on the author’s side.

The main action is concentrated in one single day, so the book itself is quite fast paced. I would recommend this book to anyone who wants to read about the mafia and understand its basis. This novel was written back when nobody knew what the mafia was, who the mafia was or if it even existed.

I must admit that the crime novel is not my favourite type of read, but this book I quite enjoyed and I read it in a day. I did not find it boring at all, despite being an assignment from school, and I must say that if you really want to do any sort of research about the mafia, this is where your research must start.

Score : 8,5/10

Thank you for reading.

Lake Albano – 31 July, 2016

I finally got around to coming back to this lake and it has been great. Lake Albano is a lake in Lazio, of volcanic origin and with extremely clear water. It is the deepest lake in the region. It is in the town of Castel Gandolfo, where the papal summer residence is. So, if you want to get to this lake, all you have to do is get the train from Rome to Albano and stop at Castel Gandolfo. The ticket costs €2,10 so very inexpensive. Or, if you live nearby you can get there by car.

The thing I like most about this area is that, despite its touristic potential, it is not very busy with people. Yes, the part of the lake shore arranged to accommodate people was almost full, but everybody knows the owner there, so they are regulars. On the other side of the lake though, there are some houses hidden in what remains of the volcanic walls and, from the looks of it, a hotel.

The water is very, very clear and the sand is almost black. There are tiny boats that you can rent and last year there were various ducks around, but this year I did not see any.

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I wore a bathing suit that I got from Zara some time ago and that I cannot find on the site.

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I also want to talk about how I protected my skin from the sun. As you may have noticed, I am pretty fair, therefore I get burned more easily. Before putting on my bathing suit that morning I applied a sunscreen scary, so I would not have to bother when I got there. I also reapplied that sunscreen once more during my three-hour stay. It has SPF 30 and it is from a brand called Frais Monde. The only problem was that the first time I applied it, it sprayed wide and evenly, while the second time it was more concentrated in one spot, but it worked regardless.

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On my face and on my tattoo, I used a Nivea Sun Kids lotion, which has a 50+ SPF, as I do not want premature wrinkles.

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I also used a tanning oil on top of my sunscreen. I know it may have not done anything, but I wanted to tan safely. I got all of these products at the pharmacy, so they all have a very pharmaceutical smell, but they do their job. I found the oil here.

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Now, last and not least, my favourite product. This after sun milk spray left my skin so moisturised and soothed. I love it, but I could not find where to buy it, although the product’s page is here.

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So, this was my day and thank you for reading.

xx

 

Book Review : Il mare non bagna Napoli

I have been reading this book for the past two months, and despite it having only 176 pages, it was the book I least felt like reading in all my life. I am sorry for having to open up the review with such a bad start, but it is one of those books I just did not enjoy.

Roughly translated, the title in English would be “The sea does not bathe Naples”, but since I could not find the English correspondent online, I believe it was not translated. This book, written by Anna Maria Ortese is a collection of short stories depicting post-WWII Naples. There are some stories I liked more than others, those being the shortest. The problem is that the biggest story in the book talks about real authors and journalists from that era in Naples, but having not studying said era, I initially thought that they were fictional.

If you speak Italian and you like books which are 95% descriptive and not 100% clear, then this is a book for you. The problem I found with this book is that it did not flow : I was actually counting the pages until the end. Had I not had to read it for school, I never would have picked it up.

It depicts a very sad and hopeless landscape, where people have no hope for the better and everything is rough instead of smooth.

Score : 2/10

Thank you for reading.