Thursday, 19 January 2017

2017 Reading Challenge - A Book with an unreliable Narrator




Hello you lovely Bookworms ^^
and..here it is...finally ;)
A new book review and a book which too me way longer to read than expected... ;)

Gone Girl
by Gillian Flynn

pic source


Again a review from goodreads

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"On a warm summer morning in North Carthage, Missouri, it is Nick and Amy Dunne’s fifth wedding anniversary. 
Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick’s clever and 
beautiful wife disappears. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn’t doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy 
daydreams about the slope and shape of his wife’s head, but passages from Amy's diary reveal the alpha-girl
 perfectionist could have put anyone dangerously on edge. Under mounting pressure from the police 
and the media—as well as Amy’s fiercely doting parents—the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he’s definitely bitter—but is he really a killer?
As the cops close in, every couple in town is soon wondering how well they know the one that they love. 
With his twin sister, Margo, at his side, Nick stands by his innocence. Trouble is, if Nick didn’t do it, where is that beautiful wife?"
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I´ll give it well...what to give it....
I think I never change the feeling about rating a book as often as I did with this one...
first I thought about something like a 5 or six....changed that to a a 6 or a 7 out of 10 and in the end
well...I really don´t know...
 I know there are many many fans of this, including my sister, but honestly I just did not enjoy it all
the time at all...I actually thought about stopping around page 200 but I made it through...I always do
 ;) I think I never stopped reading a book...just because I could miss an amazing twist ;)
And that is what happened with this book...around page 220 I really just thought oh come on...just
 stop reading but I am glad that I kept on ;) I think it was hard for me to keep on reading because of
 personal experiences in my life in the last years and just because of many things which happend to
 me regarding relationships, but don´t worry no spoilers here ;)
I managed to confront myself with it and made my way through and read the rest and I am very glad...
I can not really say that I´m glad that I read it to the end because I liked it so much but I have to say
...whether it is in a good or a bad way...this book will blow your mind.
I´ve never read a story about such a toxic relationship with so many thrilling and horrifying and
unexpected ups and downs and twists and turns. Even if I have to say that I, without knowing
 anything about the whole story, I kind of knew about the biggest twist in this whole ride.
This book, never the less a brilliant and genius psychological thriller, by an hugely talented author.
A instruction to a perfect relationship? How toxic are many relationships which seem normal to us "outsiders".


If you don´t want to get completely confused and mixed up with everything you ever thought about people, relationships and the whole mankind ;)
Here are a few more suggestions for this category - many are just as confusion to be honest ^^

The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger 
The Catcher in the Rye is set around the 1950s and is narrated by a young man named Holden Caulfield. He recounts the days following his expulsion from Pencey Prep, a private school. After a fight with his roommate, Stradlater, he leaves school two days early to explore New York before returning home, interacting with teachers, prostitutes, nuns, an old girlfriend, and his sister along the way. J.D. Salinger's classic The Catcher in the Rye illustrates a teenager's dramatic struggle against death and growing up.

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
This novel follows Jay Gatsby, a man who orders his life around the one desire to be reunited with his love Daisy Buchanan. His quest leads him from poverty to wealth, into the arms of his beloved and to many exciting adventures. The Great Gatsby, published in 1925,  is a classic piece of American fiction. It´s a novel of triumph and tragedy, capturing a cross-section of American society.

Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë
A novel filled with realism and gothic symbolism combined to form a romance novel that's full of social relevance. A self-destructive journey of Heathcliff as he seeks revenge for losing his soul mate, Catherine, to Edgar Linton. In this classic novel published in 1847 you´ll find classic themes such as good versus evil, chaos and order, selfishness, betrayal, and obsession. Emily Bronte's Wuthering Heights is a symbolic and psychological study of the nature of love.

The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
An other psychological thriller by british author Paula Hawkins.
Hawkins’ novel is about the story of Rachel Watson who stumbled through life in a booze-filled depression ever since her husband left her for another woman. Now she wiles away her days riding the commuter train to and from London even if she´s been fired from her job months ago. Everyday the train stops by her old neighborhood and there she sees a couple appearing to be living a perfect life. Then all of a sudden everything takes an very unexpected turn.

We Were Liars by E. Lockhart
We Were Liars is a modern, sophisticated suspense novel from New York Times bestselling author and Printz Award honoree E. Lockhart. Its about a beautiful and distinguished family. A private island. About a brilliant, damaged girl and a passionate, political boy and a group of four friends whose friendship turns destructive. Its about lies upon lies, the love and the truth itself.

And get even more inspiration ^^

Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov
Life of Pi by Yann Martel
Shutter Island by Dennis Lehane
Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk
Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest by Ken Kesey
The Perks Of Being A Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
Atonement by Ian McEwan
American Psycho by Bret Easton Ellis
The Turn of the Screw by Henry James
The Yellow Wall-Paper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman
Before I Go to Sleep by S.J. Watson



Have you read this yet and are you one of the excited fans?
Lets talk about that ending - do you like it? And what do you think about both Amy and Nick?
What was your choice for this category?


With lots of love
♥♥♥
Verena

Friday, 13 January 2017

Tanya Burr Cosmetics - Birthday Suit Eye Palette - FOTD


Hello everyone :)
How are you all on this first Review Friday of 2017?
Besides a little review I also have a little FOTD for you ^^ yay

I have to admit...I have the Birthday Suit Palette...ya well...since many weeks now and I really cant explain why it took me so long to write this post ;) I just don´t know ^^


You can still get it and many other amazing TBC products on feelunique

love this palette a lot - many week it I used it on a daily basis and I still love to take it with me when I am away for a weekend or something like that ;)
You can create so many different look with it even if there are only four colours ;)

From the first time I used this till now its one of my favourite eye shadow palettes
The quality is just as amazing especially for the prize ;) 
I love the formula of the Tanya Burr eye shadows and I actually think that they get better and better with every new range ;)
With the first ones I had a few problems with some fall out but especially with the products of last years Christmas range I had absolutely nothing to complain about ^^
They are so soft and buttery, so easy to work with and so lovely to blend. Perfectly composed colour combinations and a good balance between matte and glittery shadows.
The packaging stayed the same...only the colour changed. But its still a lovely square and sturdy little rose gold and silver box with an adorable little heart shaped mirror inside.

If you are interested - read all about the other eye palettes I have here and  here ;) 





FACE:
- Catrice cosmetics Even Skin Tone beautifying foundation in 010 even vanilla
- Rimmel Wake me up concealer in ivory
- L´oréal INDEFECTIBLE 24H makeup powder in 160 sand beige
- Tanya Burr Cosmetics peachy glow cheek palette (bronzer, highlighter and blusher)


EYES
- Tanya Burr Cosmetics Birthday Suit Eye Palette
marzipan all over the lid and in the lower inner corner
toast as an transition colour in the crease
soft truffle and cocoa sugar in the crease and unter the eyes
- Matte black eyeshadow as an eyeliner
- Maybelline Lash Sensational 

Brows
TBC perfect brows palette - hot cocoa
Maybelline BROWdrama in transparent


LIPS
- Tanya Burr Cosmetics Lipgloss in Berry Picking


Brushes used:
Zoeva: 102, 106, 127, 322, 317, 226, 234, 231



I hope you like it ^^ Yes at some point in every "photoshooting" I always start to be really silly ;) haha
Which one is your favourite TBC product and have you tried all the new ones yet?


With lots of love
♥♥♥
Verena

Thursday, 12 January 2017

2017 Reading Challenge - A Novel set during War Time



Hello you lovely bookworms :)
Guess what here is the first book review of the 2017 Reading Challenge =D yay
...to be honst I feel a little bit pathetic after failing the reading challenge twice...but I will try it one more time

I am so excited for this new challenge and I am so motivated to finish this years challenge I cant even tell you how much I want to kick its ass ^^ hahaha
I don´t know tho if this category is perfect to start...well kicking ass and war books ;) hahaha
Don´t get me wrong I just wanted to read this book so much and it coincidentally fit this category.


The Book of Lost Things 
by John Connolly


pic source - see link below


Like last year I will get my reviews and small summaries from goodreads 
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High in his attic bedroom, twelve-year-old David mourns the death of his mother, with only the books on his shelf for company. But those books have begun to whisper to him in the darkness. Angry and alone, he takes refuge in his imagination and soon finds that reality and fantasy have begun to meld. While his family falls apart around him, David is violently propelled into a world that is a strange reflection of his own -- populated by heroes and monsters and ruled by a faded king who keeps his secrets in a mysterious book, The Book of Lost Things.

Taking readers on a vivid journey through the loss of innocence into adulthood and beyond, New York Times bestselling author John Connolly tells a dark and compelling tale that reminds us of the enduring power of stories in our lives.
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I´ll give it a 8 out of 10 - I enjoyed reading it a lot and I can only recommend it to everyone :)
I especially loved the take on the traditional fairytales ;) Besides them...or the originals by Brothers Grimm...being pretty cruel they always leave questions on how the story could continue ;) Well, if you ever wondered...this book gives you a pretty good and pessimistic idea ;)
Here is another lovely yet critical review just if you think about reading this and want to know more about it ^^
And an excerpt of the review I thought would be great in my little post here:

"Who is this book for? Generic boy hero, schematic adventure plot, heavy-handed explicatory narrative tone: all would try the patience of any reader no longer juvenile. Yet the material is as grim as Connolly's customary horrific fare. The torture chambers, martial dismemberments and surgical miscegenations, the continual nervous drift towards themes of sexual corruption: all firmly indicate adults only." - Colin Greenland



What do you think?
Have you read The Book of Lost Things yet? Did you like it?
Lets talk about it :)


If you need a little more inspiration for which book to choose for this challenge here are a few pics
I thought would be great to read and would make an amazing choice for this category:

The Book Thief by Markus Zusack 
- This is one of my favorite books ever!
For all the categories they yould ever think of ^^.
I laughed, I cringed, I bawled my eyes out. This book...I will probably read it over and over and over agin.  


For Whom the Bell Tolls by Ernest Hemingway 
The Spanish Civil War mesmerized a whole generation of artists, writers and activists, all of them recognised that what was being played out in Andalucía and on the streets of Barcelona, was a sign for what was coming all over the world. 
Ernest Hemingway was one of those writers - he reported upon the war for the North American Newspaper Alliance. For Whom The Bell Tolls tells the story of Robert Jordan being an American solider in the International Brigades. 
For Whom the Bell Tolls is a fascinating report of heroism, sacrifice and patriotism.

War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy 
- This is one of the greatest books ever, a classic and perfect for this category. Its about war and conflict and their impact upon all involved. Set during the invasion of Russia by Napoleon’s forces in 1812 it demonstrates a radical historical approach to writing and is acclaimed as incredibly authentic, which is not surprising at all given the fact that Tolstoy served in the Crimean War. 
Just...don’t expect to read it all in one or even seven sittings: 
when first published it ran to 1,225 pages ^^

All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque 
- Written by Remarque, a veteran of the First World War, it recounts a real life experience of war...in many horrific and intriguing details. The book’s main character, called Paul Bäumer, is enthusiastic about his forthcoming adventure as a soldier. The reality is different though, as Remarque describes a generation ‘destroyed by war’. The definitive anti-war book.

Henry VI trilogy by William Shakespeare 
- The Three plays that make up the Henry VI trilogy are Harry the Sixth, The Houses of York and Lancaster and The True Tragedy of the Duke of York. Together they cover the period known as the War of the Roses. I personally would´ve never thought of Shakespeare in this category ;)

Birdsong - Sebastian Faulks 
- Sebastian Faulks’s 1993 novel – a moving and brutal depictions of life in the trenches – often compared to the writing of Erich Maria Remarque and Ernest Hemingway. 
The book tells the story of Stephen Wraysford before, during and after World War I.

The Naked and the Dead - Norman Mailer 
- Instead of focusing on the bloody battles that overall define a life in the trenches this story focuses on the friendships formed in such heightened circumstances.
The iconic The Naked and the Dead, published just three years after the end of World War II, tells a story of a platoon of young Americans fighting the Japanese. 

The Hunt for Red October - Tom Clancy 
- A metaphorical battle in which the combatants never met directly- the Cold War. Instead conflicts of propaganda and taking sides in other wars like Vietnam. 
This is the backdrop to Tom Clancy’s huge successful and the introduction to his enduring All-American Jack Ryan character. 


And so many others like
The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien; Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell; Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut; Gone With The Wind by Margaret Mitchell;  Doctor Zhivago by Boris Pasternak; Empire of the Sun by J.G. Ballard; Suite Française by Irène Némirovsky; When The Wind Blows - Raymond Briggs (Graphic Novel)From Here to Eternity by James Jones; Night by Elie Wiesel; Chains by Laurie Halse Anderson; The Odyssey by Homer

Get even more inspiration herehere, here and here
There are so many books to choose from you could literally fill all year only with them ^^



Have you read any of these yet?
What was your choice for this category?


With lots of love
♥♥♥
Verena



Sunday, 8 January 2017

2017 - A new Year a new Me?



Hello everyone and welcome to my Blog in 2017
A new year is here and I cant believe how fast 2016 was over...
It was a rough year for many people not only for me...
mine was especially challenging in many many different ways and I have to say I am happy its over.


Starting this new year means change and new chances.
For many people it means to become a better version of themselves. 
Honestly...starting this year for me means nothing like that.
In many aspects I am a person who hates standing on a point in life when anything can happen.
I am not someone who need everything perfectly planned, I like to be spontaneous and doing things the way they fell best in exactly
the moment they happen, but...I like it if certain aspects are clear.
Like where am I going to live, where am I going to work, what am I going to do and how and with whom.

And 2017 is like a blank canvas for me...there are some small and thin outlines like family, friends and such things which are,
hopefully, always there for everyone. But besides that ist just blank.
Dealing with some mental health things lately, which I will be talking about at some point I know
better what I am actually talking about, makes things even worse and unclear.
So 2017 for me means thickening outlines on the canvas 2017, drawing shapes and shades which I can fill with colour in this upcoming year.
Do you know what I mean ;)




I have a good feeling for this new year.
Thats a very good thing. I am anxious, afraid and insecure but besides that I feel positive that I can manage
what ever this new year holds. And that makes it so much easier! 
I will deal with every mental issue I have starting from this upcoming week.
I will be patient with things that need patients...including myself and my mind.
And I will deal with problems once they come up and not before they (could) happen...
thats probably something not everyone will understand...but I tend to make problems out of situation
 before they even happen...a very very bad thing to do...don´t do it!
So these are also my only resolutions for 2017.
Let it be, let them come and lets do it ;)



I decided not to force myself into anything like a hardcore to a work out daly resolution or anything
 like that. I don´t need that voice in my head constantly saying things like...see you failed again.
People set realistic goals...nothing is worse that failing yourself.




So does 2017 mean A new year a new me?
Well in many ways it does but I wont force it.
I will do it like I did in 2016 and write a little post about every month and what I plan for the next.
I really enjoyed it and it made me reflect about what happened and how I did.
So a new me means to stay true to myself to be honest to myself and to be realistic
A new year means to take chances, to see possibilities and to realise when to stop and when to go.




I wish you all a very happy new year!
With all the good stuff.
Health, patients, strength, love, hope, happiness and that everything you work hard for pays off
that you reach every goal you set and that you´ll always have a hand to hold on to, a shoulder to cry
on and an arm to catch you and hold you in the moments you seem to fall.





Happy New Year 2017

With lots of love
♥♥♥
Verena






Thursday, 5 January 2017

A new year a new Chance - The Reading Challenge 2017


Good evening and welcome to yet an other take on the reading challenge
I know I know..."she failed twice and tries it again...?"
Yes I am and I promise its going to be the last time...when I fail again ;)
But don´t you say three is the perfect number!
Yes you do and that is way I try to do it once more and yes I am going to try the advanced version ;)
Whilst feeling pretty pathetic doing that...I mean I don´t even managed to finish a regular reading challenge, I am very excited too ;) I feel all the new year new chances vibes and I am ver pumped to kick this years reading challenge ass...even if I really don´t know where that ass could be ;) hahaha

So here it is
The 2017 Reading Challenge




The regular version has 40 book to read in this year.
The advanced version has 52...meaning read one book a week o.O
That a huge challenge for me. Of cause you can also read nothing for three month and than like 4 book a week ...which I am afraid of because that is exactly why I failed the last two years...
But I am very excited and positive and I want to do it.
Also I have already written all the posts about all the books and categories as far as possible and I have decided what I want to read for most of the categories so I think I am well prepared and I cant wait to talk about all the amazing books I have planned with you ;)

So let me know.
What do you think? Can I manage to read 52 books in this year?
Do you plan to do this challenge or what is your reading goal for this year?


The first book review is coming today in one week...that is Thursday next week...meaning the 12th I think.

What do you think? Which category will be the first?
And which one is your fist one? ;)

Get all the infos about the challenge HERE (p.s. the pic above is from this page)
and also don´t forget to keep track on your challenge be being part of goodreads ^^
We can also become friends there and talk about all the amazing books we might read together ^^


With lots of love
♥♥♥
Verena





Saturday, 31 December 2016

10 Things Saturday - Forzieri



Hello everyone :)
How are you all on this last day of 2016?
Happy or sad that its over?

So as a last little treat for this year I am pretty happy that its over
I thought I´d share a few amazing pieces I found on Forzieri which are on sale which is amazing.
If you don´t know Forzieri its basically comparable with mytheresa in many ways.
Its a website selling many amazing designers like Michael Kors, Victoria Beckham, 3.1 Philipp Lim, Proenza Schouler and Givenchy.

There is a up to 50% Sale at the moment ^^
So ordered by brand ;) here are my top pics of the sale
and just to let you know ;) its mainly hand bags and shoes ;)




3.1 PHILLIP LIM

On the left are the Louie ankleboots 
- how gorgeous are those <3  and you get them 50% off atm
On the right is Pashli 
- such a cute minibag which is 30% off (the size is actually great - not too small ^^)






BALMAIN

left Diva Bootie - such cool boots. I love the details and materials. They are 50% off
How cool are those shoes on the right. The Constance Pumps are 50% off and so amazing - WANT ^^




BERTONI 1949

I never heard of that brand...is that a shame on my criteria? Hahaha
On the left is the Bertoncina Minbag which is 50% off atm. How lovely are those details and I love the shape
On the right picture is the Mini Bertoncina Bowler. A bag with an stunning shape. Its 50% off and such a cool idea.








CHARLOTTE OLYMPIA

Charlotte Olympia is always a little crazy but I love these three pieces.
On the left is the Feline Bag, its 30% off and so cute
How amazing are these boots in the middle, the Galactica Ankleboots, 50% off
and on the right pic the Roby Primary Perspex Clutch (50% off) so crazy but sooo cool ^^




DIANE VON FURSTENBERG

One amazing bag, the Love Power Saddlebag, which is 30% off - so amazing
I am a huge fan of that kind of bags ;) Love the shape





EMILIO PUCCI

One huge love ^^ Those Open-Toe-Boots are stunning, aren´t they ;)
They are 30% off and I am seriously tempted to throw out all the money I have just for those ^^ 








JIL SANDER

Bootie 50% off - probably one of my favourite pairs of shoes ever - how amazing are those, honestly <3
Plattform Sneakers 60% off and an other love of mine - those are so cool - I love the design so much
Plattforms 50% off - so on trend, so cool, so cute, such an amazing colour and shape
Clover Cross Body Bag 50% off - not too sure about the colour but I love the bag
Lock Open 50% off - I love this bag - so cute and an amazing colour







JOSHUA SANDERS

Honestly do I have to say anything about that ;)
I know they are ... strange but soooooo cool <3 <3 <3 LOVE





KARL LAGERFELD

right K/Kuilted Tweed Minibag 30% off
Both of these are so cute! I love the colours and the details so much. How cool is that cat ^^





M2MALLETIER

Mini Amor Fati bag is 40% off and one cool bag - I love the unique shape and design a lot
I really want that bag <3



MCM

The Duke backpack, 30% off, so cool, so simple, so beautiful
I love the simply clear design and the high quality look. The colour is amazing and the clean details <3





MICHAEL KORS

On the left is  Rhea Zip Rucksack extra small, which is 30% off and seriously cute. It looks like a dolls bag on the left pic, but its not that small at all ^^
Right: Edie Slipper 30% off - these are amazing - look at this stunning colour!





N°21

Well okay lets talk about those Sneakers. The are 50% off atm and so cool.
So much cuteness, coolness and quirkiness in one pair of shoes ^^
I love the contrast between the cool sneaker shape and the feminine light satin material.
And yes those cats are something you can discuss about ^^ 






OLGANA

So feminine, so beautiful, so simple but incredibly detailed, so 50% off atm.





REBECCA MINKOFF

The Small Darren Messenger Bag which is 30% off.
I love that vibrant colour a lot and it size and shape is perfect. I also love the details.




 


SEE BY CHLOÉ

1 Polly Mini Blush...I know, I know 1 and 2 are the same but I really could not decide which colour is more pretty (2 Polly Mini Taupe)
Polly 40% off - and the bigger size of Polly - which I love even more - I am so needing a Chloé bag ^^
Collins 40% off - this bag is a bit different to the others but still so beautiful I love that dusky pink so much







TORY BURCH

left Blossom 40% off - seriously how cute are these - a huge want ^^
right Tassel River Rock Minibag 30% off - and here is that saddlebag again - just in love
I love the modest colour of the bag and that pop of the red, orange tassle






ZOE LEE

Triumph 30% off
Well these are seriously different shoes
I am not to sure if I like them from above but the view from the side is amazing ;) love how different they are!



What do you think - so many amazing pieces right
Its all so much over my budget, but you can dream right ^^

Which one is your favourite piece and did I miss anything?


With lots of love and a very Happy New Year
♥♥♥
Verena


P.S. all pictures are from the Forzieri Website - direct links are underneath every picture