BoomBoomTheLabel Dress Review

When it came the time to pick my outfit and birthday present, the two coincided into one and I decided to get spoiled and get a dress I have been dreaming about for months.

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BoomBoomTheLabel is an English brand found online here and on Instagram here. Their photos are everywhere and I started researching their brand. Their items are handmade in England and they use great quality materials, making sure that their tightest fits are not see through. This last detail is what sold me on buying the Sweetheart Midi Dress in red. The size I got is an S and it is super comfortable and true to size. The prices are slightly higher than what we are used to from most mainstream brands, but they are absolutely worth it.

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Shipping was very effective as well, having decided for the Express shipping (1-2 days). They shipped the dress a day from when I ordered it and it got to me in 2 days, perfectly. It came in a lovely black box with the brand name in gold. That is where I will store the dress itself, since it makes me very happy seeing it perfectly in order.

Now, for the undergarments. I did not wear a bra because the texture could be seen through and the back is half revealed. I did wear knickers, but a special seamless type from Intimissimi, and they were truly impossible to see.

I really adore this dress and I must say that it is totally worth the price tag. As soon as some new occasion pops up I will certainly shop again with them.

Thank you for reading.

xx

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Birthday Reflections – February 5th, 2018

Another year went by and I do not know where it went, yet I find myself, on this very day, utterly myself and utterly changed. I am 20 years old as of 4:50 am today and I have to say, I have never felt more Woman in my life.

I was talking to a very close friend of mine yesterday and she asked me if I think I have changed and how. The answers came flowing easily. I have less patience, in general. I cannot be bothered with feeble people and weak opinions, I want certainty and I want things my way. My demeanor has changed: starting university I decided to let people gravitate towards me, not the other way around, not caring if I had to be alone in order to be the person I always wanted to be. I immersed myself in my studies and the results are proof of that. My taste in partners has evolved: no more time for half-men and fuckboys, no more time for grey answers, it is either black or white. I have learned to live more in the moment and think before I speak. I have learned to not complain and be 100% positive, even when the circumstances are not ideal. I have learned to turn anxiety into energy and fuel.

I have grown so much as a person and as a woman and I am grateful for living the life I am living, for being able to study in an established institution, for having my small circle of friends who love and support me. There is nothing else I could think of that I need. I have it all.

My mother barged into my room yesterday, looked at me and said “Do you realise I am your mother? That I have been your mother for the past 20 years?”. And now I realise that and there is nothing I could be more thankful for. My mother is a great woman, who is good and kind and hard working, always with a smile on her face about to explode into laughter, while keeping me grounded and raising me into a self-aware and confident woman. She is my rock.

My 20th year will be my best one yet, I am certain. I hope you will stick around.

Thank you for reading.

xx

Book Review – A Feast for Crows

This must be the book from the A Song of Ice and Fire series that I read the fastest, partly because I was taking a break from exam-prepping. I do not know why, but reading this book felt different than reading the three previous ones. I think that the author’s approach sort of changed with this book, giving it a more modern feel.

The title does indeed say it all: there are not true battles resembling the Blackwater Bay one; instead, this volume focuses on the aftermath of the war, on all the dead bodies of soldiers and commonfolk on which the crows are feasting. The title might also be a reference to a new and savage character, Crow’s Eye, aka Euron Greyjoy.

With this new character introduced, I have to say that I actually, for the first time, enjoyed reading about what happens in the Iron Islands. Euron is a man who has been to the eastern edge of the world and has come back even crazier than when he left in exile. Of course, I have to love the damaged characters. I also loved Asha and Victarion’s characters, especially Asha’s strength and determination. I am excited to find out what happens on Victarion’s voyage east.

Cersei…I was particularly happy to start this book because for the first time we have a Cersei POV, but my high hopes were crushed. She is nothing, in my opinion, like the Cersei we have seen portrayed by Lena Headey in the tv series. I think she lacks strength and wit and foresight, while blaming every injustice done to her on the fact that she is treated differently, being a woman. She hopes to surpass her father, but that will never happen, not because she is female, but because she is absolutely nothing like the great lion Tywin. I think her poor choices, both as a mother and a queen regent, culminated in the twist of fate the new High Septon bestowed upon her. Now, do not get me wrong: I hate this new spiritual guide and his militia, but Cersei got a good bite of karma. I felt genuinely sorry for Margaery, Tommen, and Blue Bard.

My favourite chapters, of course, were the ones involving Jaime! This man is so good and strong and fair. He improves the farther away he is from Cersei and his last act of burning her letter begging help made me so ecstatic. But I have to say, I am happy that the Blackfish escaped his claws; I love that man.

Brienne and Pod’s journey left me kind of disappointed, since they seemed to be going in circles, without really getting anywhere. Lady Stoneheart’s appearance left a bitter taste in my mouth, not liking her idea of justice.

I never thought I’d find myself saying this, but I actually adored Petyr Baelish’s character. I loved the little lessons he gave Sansa (Alayne) regarding the game of thrones and power. And I also liked Sansa’s chapters, which has never happened before.

Now, for my favourite part: DORNE! I cannot tell you how much I loved being introduced to this kingdom and its exotic people and culture. I liked Arianne Martell’s character and her tragic love story with Arys Oakheart, while I respect her father so much for putting in motion a plan which could give great fruits in the future.

Arya now has started a completely new journey in the House of Black and White and I must say, I prefer the way it is depicted in the books rather than the show. I especially appreciate the “kindly man” and his words of wisdom. Also, the way the stories of some of the characters (like Sam and Arya) cross paths did not escape my sight; this is something new we saw with this book.

Samwell is still the sweetheart slayer we all know and adore, who manages to carry so much weight on his shoulders, despite being afraid of everything. His and Gilly’s relationship evolves, while we unfortunately get to witness the spectacular last moments of Maester Aemon, one of my overall most favourite characters. The amount of knowledge and new mysteries her comes out with before dying left me open mouthed and googling theories. He will be so missed. Sam’s arrival to the Citadel is welcomed by a very sinister but, for some aspects, brutally honest maester, Marwyn, who already knew what Sam came to say and do and then left to fulfill Aemon’s role, fighting the Citadel’s wish to destroy magic.

This is indeed one of my favourite volumes, thanks to Jaime, Aemon, Samwell, and Arianne.

Score: 8/10 (only because I miss Tyrion and Jon so much)

Thank you for reading.

xx

Book Review – Origin

You may not know, but I am a huge fan of the Robert Langdon book series written by Dan Brown. Most of you are are probably aware, however, of a book called “The DaVinci Code”. Well, that one is the second volume of the series and the one I am writing about today is the fifth and latest instalment.

The title does say it all: the book focuses on the origin of humankind and the discovery that a certain Edmund Kirsch (billionaire genius and modern prophet, who reminds me of Tony Stark, just less flamboyant) made regarding that and also the next step in evolution. Professor Robert Langdon is an old friend and ex-mentor of Edmund, so he is invited at the presentation of this discovery, along with hundreds of famous figures, in Bilbao, Spain. The venue, a museum, has as its director the future queen of Spain, Ambra Vidal. Of course, the night does not end well and we are thrown into 24 hours of whirlwind action, involving Spanish royalty, the Catholic Church, and artificial intelligence.

Now, I did not share too much of the plot but I do want to share my thoughts on certain parts, without revealing too much.

There are 2, arguably 3, plot twists in the book.

The first one is related to the romance between Ambra and the prince which, as a whole, I did really enjoy. This is the twist I call “arguably” a plot twist, since it could only be considered a part of Ambra’s life. I felt like their relationship was well written and sincere. The plot twist, good indeed, was somehow resolved towards the end of the book, but it did not leave me thoroughly satisfied.

The second one is the one which truly, unmistakably left me open mouthed for 5 minutes straight. I did not see that coming in the very least and was left extremely, pleasantly surprised. It has to do with another romance in the book, which you find out about in that instant. Trust me, it is good and pure.

The third and final one is the one regarding the culprit of the whole ordeal, the one who orchestrated the night. Now, I already figured out who it was a quarter through the book. I really would have liked for it to be someone else, someone unsuspected, but it turned out to be exactly whom I thought. That, in my opinion, is the big flaw of this book. The four volumes before this one left you hanging with every word and while yes, there was a lot of suspense, it left me unsatisfied.

Do not go looking into this book for anything that resembles “The DaVinci Code”, because it does not. Yes, it has references to art and science, but nothing that could not be known by browsing the internet. Also, the art it refers to is pretty recent, being focused on Gaudí, so we have the historical factor missing. No DaVinci, no Boccaccio. In my opinion, this is Dan Brown’s less imaginative and intriguing work, mainly because it does not take too much of an effort to believe it could be potentially true.

Score: 7/10

Thank you for reading.

Tom Ford Velvet Orchid Eau de Parfum – Review

I have, for a long time, wanted to buy a perfume that represented me, that was unique, and that would become my signature fragrance. Of course, as I often do, I started my search online and was intrigued by the aura of love/hate surrounding Tom Ford fragrances.

These fragrances are, how to say, particularly unique and have to be worn by people who are just that. The ones I have tried are everything but sweet and nice. They are strong and in your face and everything all at once. In the end, I decided to choose Velvet Orchid. I did also try White Patchouli, but it was way too unisex for me, and Black Orchid, which posed the same problem, but it also reminded me of sad days, in a way, and decided I did not want that.

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According to the Tom Ford website:

TOM FORD VELVET ORCHID IS AN ORIENTAL FLORAL THAT EVOLVES THE CARNAL GRANDEUR AND SEDUCTIVE POWER OF THE ICONIC TOM FORD BLACK ORCHID INTO AN UBER-FEMININE FRAGRANCE LAVISHED WITH NOTES OF COOL CITRUS, DRAMATIC PETALS, HONEY AND RUM.

I have to completely agree. The top notes, that hit you first, are cool citrus and bergamot. After a while, they merge into a mix of velvet orchid and rum, to then fade away into a vanilla background.

This is a very sexy and seductive fragrance. It is particular, yes, not everyone can wear it well, but I find it is so so alluring and noticeable in a sea of other perfumes. The lasting power is very good, I can still smell it on my wrists 10-12 hours after applying it. The sillage, which is the degree to which the fragrance lingers in the air, is pretty good as well. It only takes a gust of wind or a hair flip and everyone who is close enough can smell it.

Not to speak of the bottle, which is the quintessence of glamour and makes me feel very special every time I pick it up.

The cost, on the other hand, is slightly higher than other perfumes, but it is lower than most Tom Ford fragrances. I paid €140 for the 100ml bottle and I see it as an investment, as something that will make me happy in the long haul and help build my persona.

Score: 9/10 (because lasting power and sillage are never enough for me)

Thank you for reading.

xx

New Year, here we go – 2017 in retrospect

Damn, it’s been a full year. I started the year in Australia, went to NYC in March, got my diploma from high school at the beginning of July, started University in September, and now here I am, stressing over exams. All of that leaving out falling in and out of love, in and out of friendships.

The more I look back, the more I see how much I have changed, as a person and as a woman. I have grown indeed: I get stressed less about social activities, I totally stopped caring about what others have to say about me, I started loving myself even more than before (is that even possible? I adore myself), I acquired the habit of cutting toxic people off, I started giving out more compliments, I am more quiet now, choosing to listen more attentively, I put myself on a pedestal and choose who I let get close to me.

I have grown to be an even more acquired taste than before, harsher around the edges, at least from an outside perspective, but that aids in the protection of my inner layers: call it learning from past mistakes.

What my hopes are for the coming year? More possibilities to learn, more experience, better enviroments, a better me. I hope to grow to be even more selective, quicker to understand others’ intentions, more focused on my studies and less on other useless things.

I hope the same and much more of what you wish for to you too. New beginning, new goals, new chances.

Happy New Year.

Xx

Reflecting

I always get in my feelings as soon as the festive season starts, from Christmas Eve until the New Year. This year though, it has been tougher to see the silver lining. Let me explain.

The festivities are always a bit lonely for me. Yes, on Christmas Eve I was with my parents and it was nice and I appreciated it, since some people do not even get to have that. But we are a small family: it is just the three of us here. The rest are scattered across the globe. I am also an only child, so that doesn’t help.

Christmas Day itself was lonely. The more I scrolled through Insta and watched InstaStories, the more I saw friends with their extensive families, enjoying their company, eating, and playing. I was alone, with my phone, my dog, a cup of tea, Anastasia (the animated film), and Love Actually. For the first time in a looooong couple of months I felt truly alone. But I noticed, both on tumblr and Twitter, that people made posts of solidarity for people who, like me, were lonely or alone these Holidays. It was indeed nice seeing how good people can be.

I am sure I was not the only one who felt like this and I want to say, and reassure you, that everything is temporary. This time will pass, just like everything else, and everything will go back to normal or, for a change, will become even better. All I can say is that you should try and stay busy, be it by watching films, going out for walks, or studying/working.

So keep sipping your tea, watching your rom-coms and scrolling through Insta. You’ve got this, patient wolf.

Thank you for reading and have a merry ending of 2017.

xx