16 July 2017


my new Stan Smith's and Gucci Ace's. It's a battle of the squeaky clean white's right now. I've been coveting those studded bad boys for some time now and am definitely smitten. Currently I'm in the throes on which I'd like to accompany me overseas. Studded beauties (that no doubt will sound off metal detectors) or minimalist perfection. But more importantly who in their right mind purchases two new pairs of white sneakers within the spate of a few days?

Men Without Women by Haruki Mirakami. Despite a growing pile of novels awaiting my attention, I recently acquired this title and dove right in. Something about the opulent cover art (I'm a sucker for hardcover's and illustration) called for my attention. It's been a joy thus far with the short story format making this book effortless to devour. 

my upcoming trip to Portugal. Upcoming as in two days away. Despite countless promises to properly organise myself, I've yet again failed disastrously on all fronts. I spent a good part of my Sunday in a mad rush to pack my suitcase (a task which unbelievably remains to be completed) leaving me carefree for the following days tanning routine. Arrogant and accidental bronzer markings on white clothing; spare me.

to The Neighbourhood. There's something truly comforting and solacing when listening to this band while the rain patters away gingerly at your window.

Orange is the New Black. Truthfully I jumped on the OITNB band-wagon belatedly (as in season 3 late) but have appreciated this show nonetheless. I must admit I was rather obsessed with this season and attempted to lag out each episode for as long as I possibly could. I just did not want it to end. And what a finale. How is a girl supposed to hang on for another year?

the Buffet serum from The Ordinary and their Magnesium Ascorbyl Phospate cream. I was also using their Vitamin C Suspension moisturiser but the grainy consistency is really objectionable and very much undesirable. At the beginning it did not bother me as much but after some time that texture just became overly repelling. Also the faint scent of artificial orange juice makes me feel a little nauseous. But I've been exceedingly content with the brightening and moisturizing results from the first two. Especially considering the humble price point. I am completely converted. Sorry REN.

with my new toy, the Canon 5D Mark IV. I spent so much energy going back and forth to the store (much to a certain salesman's annoyance I am sure) trying to figure out which model to invest in. Having been without a DSLR for many years now and moving straight to a 5D sounds ludicrous to some (again, here's looking at you sales dude) but in terms of money and features I felt like it was a solid investment considering how technically "dated" the 6D and 7D lines are. Plus the idea of wifi compatibility and ease was something I strongly preferred. And knowing my luck as soon as I dropped cash on another other model I know a newer one will be released. Like that time I purchased my mirrorless M3 when a newer model, the M5 was just about to be released. Regardless I'm enjoying carousing with this little beast and can not wait to see what it will produce once we become more familiar with one another.

 my new Zaful cross earrings. All the magnificent edgy fierceness of Madonna in the eighties, but less hairspray and shoulders and more style. I mean, those pearl details though. And as always such a steal, plus you can also save an extra dollars with code ZAFULXIE10. Get on it lovers.
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  1. I would like to read that book!
    Kisses, Paola.

  2. I'll have to check out the book you're reading, and your upcoming trip to Portugal sounds wonderful. I have an upcoming trip to Australia at the end of this month.

  3. Oh so exciting you're jetting off so soon! And to summer, a nice change from our cold winter!

    Enjoy your travels and getting to know and have fun taking photos with your new camera - hope the packing goes well and you finish up in time!

    Away From The Blue Blog

  4. So cool that you are going to Portugal! Having a 5D Mark IV myself, I'd say that you made an excellent choice. It is super heavy to carry around but it's all worth it for the great quality pics that it produces.


  5. I love how you took a photo of what's in your life lately. Good job!

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  7. That's a great investment purchase, so congrats on making that decision. I just love those earrings ... it's lovely to hear that you are liking the Mirakami book.
    Enjoy your week! x

  8. Love the Zaful cross earrings! A beautiful bold statement piece!

    Luci’s Morsels | fashion. food. frivolity.

  9. Love the Gucci bag. Portugal sounds like fun! I need to go for a visit! Have an incredible time!


  10. I'm a sucker for pretty covers too..
    Enjoy Portugal.. make sure you visit Sintra.. it is the perfect small town.
    Those earrings are gorgeous

  11. Wow, love your new toy! xoxo

  12. Such an amazing post!


  13. Congrats on your new camera! Enjoy Portugal my dear! xoxo


  14. Your photo is amazing! Your camera investment is totally worth it. I am in love with your cross earrings.


  15. I love Orange is the New Black! :) Those earrings looks really pretty.

    Bella Pummarola

  16. The new camera sure is a beauty! Have fun!

    I still have to watch the most recent season of OITNB. You'd think I would by now considering last season's cliffhanger haha.

  17. I love this type of posts! I want to do the same one.
    PS.That camera it's amazing!


  18. I am very interested in that Haruki Murakami book!
    And your new toy is so cool!!!


  19. is it bad that i still haven't watched OITNB? I literally watched the first few episodes of the first season and that's it. I'm so far behind! I keep meaning to catch up but haven't yet. Also, that book sounds interesting! I like the idea of a book done in short stories vs a whole novel.

    ~Andrea Tiffany~

  20. Sounds like you had a lovely time,
    congrats on your new camera, this is always such an exciting Thing to try it out.
    And I would definetly read the book.

    with love your AMELY ROSE

  21. Whats not to love about whites darling. I'm sure u set off the metal detectors but who cares. A new model will be most likely be out soon buy your 5D is a work horse, I know you'll go to town with it!! Enjoy your vacay babe!


  22. It's so frustrating when you spend a ton of money on a new gadget only for a newer one to be released straight after. I'm glad you are enjoying your new camera though and I'll look forward to seeing the photos that you capture with it :) x

  23. Those Zaful cross earrings are beautiful.
    I watched the first couple of seasons of O.I.T.N.B. and thought about watching the current one, but got obsessed with watching The Firefly (La Luciérnaga) by Ana Maria Hermida on NetFlix over and over again instead.
    I hope your trip to Portugal has been going beautifully, that your amazing-looking new camera has been with you and working well. Kisses.


  24. Great recap my dear! I was thinking of starting to watch oitnb too and thanks to you I will, you totally convinced me haha!

  25. YES YES YES TO THE NEIGHBOURHOOD! Dude they're legit my favourite band, I'm so glad you're in love with them also. They were all I listened to non stop when I worked at a magazine in Cardiff. Hope your trip to Portugal has treated you well :)

    Little Moon Elephant

  26. Hello!
    That is an interesting post! I haven't heard of this show yet, I have to check it out. I am in love with your Gucci purse, it is so pretty, classy and chic! I imagine it with blue jeans and a white blouse and some nice shoes. Hope you are having a good start in the week! Best greetings, Eva

  27. I hope you are having a fabulous time in Portugal. After seeing photos on social media, I'm looking forward to your post on the trip.

    Jasmine xx
    Jas Claire

  28. Going to Portugal is so exciting, dear! Love your Gucci wallet! xoxo


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