Sunday, July 05, 2015 23:15

July link-up reading challenge.

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Last time I found a new collection of Disney wedding dresses and it inspired me for this month's topic. Today I want to make a modern look based on my favorite Disney princess:

Belle, of course! When I think about her, I think about simple, clean and elegant clothes. I decided to go with a pretty grey coat that still shows off her lovely figure. Her hair is in a bit of a messy ponytail with a golden hair cuff in it. I decided to stick with simple black for her bag, skirt and shoes. I wanted to bring the gold from her hair cuff back by adding a watch with golden tones. Her simple yellow top is of course based on her dress from the dancing scene and I wanted to add some colour and Beauty & the beast details into the outfit, hence the rose earrings. It will look great in combination with a red lip and red nail polish.

Belle wears different clothes during the movie. She starts out with her simple white dress with blue accents, later on she adds a coat to it. She wears a green dress in the library scene, a pink one with a cape when they are having fun in the snow (later also without cape) and there is the yellow gown in their dancing scene. Here is a funny chart where you can see all the different dresses:

Released by Disney. Look at Tatiana by the way!

If you like, you can go ahead and create your own modern version from one of these Disney princesses. I used the website Polyvore, but you can use whatever you want. Let me know in the comments what your favorite dress/outfit is from a Disney princess and how would you modernize it?

Thursday, July 02, 2015 17:05

Monthly recap. June.

This post recaps my month, from personal life to books I’ve read & bought, movies and TV shows I’ve seen and links to posts that interest me.
A lot of exciting things happened this month, with as highlight: I AM GRADUATING. I got my last grade (8 out of 10 for my internship) and I will receive my Bachelor of applied science somewhere in September. It is really strange that, after four years of hard work, it is all over now. I got some awesome compliments during my last review and it was nice to hear they were so happy with me. If there was a budget they would have hired me. There is still a small chance though *fingers crossed* Today was my last day and I’m sad to go. I feel a little emotional right now, but I am also happy to have some well deserved vacation time.

If you are interested in what I am going to do with my diploma: there are several titles for my job, but I think you call it a Medical technologist, in my case specialised in Microbiology. If you don’t know what that means, in short: There are different types of microbiology laboratories like in a hospital or food industry. My job is to detect en identify infections from (patient) specimens, which can be from all kinds of materials. I determine from the samples if particular microbes are present, like pathogen bacteria or fungi. I have a video to give you some examples. She doesn’t speak with much enthusiasm, but this will give you a general idea: Overview of a microbiology lab. I think I have a wonderful job with very challenging cases.

And that brings me to the next topic: I was invited for two job interviews! I sent out two applications: one to an Academic hospital and one to a public health care laboratory. It’s hard to find a job because there is a lot of cuts in my section lately, so imagine my surprise when they both replied! I had my first interview yesterday and I found out that the place just isn’t my thing, but it was a good experience and I’m happy I gave it a shot. I really want to work in a hospital, so wish me luck this Friday!

imageOther memorable moments: I went to the park every sunny day with some colleagues to get a tan, we ate ice cream provided by the microbiologists, I went to the beach with my boyfriend, I went to diner for my Mother’s birthday and my parent’s anniversary. I had a diner with my sister at a World restaurant. Very cool concept. There are chefs from different specialisms, so you can order all kinds of food: from sushi to fast-food. It was very tasty. We ordered Chinese for my dad’s birthday, sushi to celebrate my graduation, I went to a home-made market and I had a shopping trip with my mom and sister. I had a fun book club meeting where we mainly raved about movies and TV shows. I went to the beach with my boyfriend, sister and her boyfriend. And, my Kobo Glo HD and new case arrived. I am still testing it out (spoiler: I LOVE IT), but keep an eye out for my review.

It was a good month.
Tuesday, June 30, 2015 21:35

TTT 43. Favorite books of 2015.

Hosted by: The broke and the bookish.

This time we get to pick our 10 favorite books of 2015 so far. I have read a total of 62 books so far and here are the ones that blew me away:

1. Sarah J. Maas – A court of thorns and roses.
2. Sharon Biggs Waller – A mad wicked folly.
3. R.C Lewis – Stitching Snow.
4. Victoria Schwab – A darker shade of magic.
5. Kasie West – The fill-in boyfriend.
6. Naomi Novik – Uprooted.
7. Rae Carson – Walk on earth a stranger.
8. Mindy McGinnis – A madness so discreet.
9. Jodi Meadows – The orphan queen.
10. Samantha Shannon – The mime order.
Thursday, June 25, 2015 20:04

Cinderella book tag.

cinderellabooktagI was tagged by Rosie from Rosie Reads and this is perfect for my blog!

Cinderella is not my favorite fairytale, but I always admire the message in this story. Some people think she is weak and spineless, but I think she has bravery in her own way. You have to be strong to hold on to kindness if people always try to put you down. And I don’t think it’s hard to understand why she suffered through her treatment; she just wanted to be loved.

Enough rambling, on to the tag!
A book with characters you hate.
This question can go both ways: I hate the main characters and the book or I just hate some characters. I could think of Harry Potter and then point out Umbridge, but in this case I go with Katherine Ewell – Dear Killer. I hated her clients (‘please kill off my husband, I love him, but I need the money’) and the unrealistic Killer who tries to act like she is a freaking Angel. 

Tuesday, June 23, 2015 20:28

Review 232. Kasie West – The fill-in boyfriend.

18660447Title: The fill-in boyfriend.
Author: Kasie West.
Pages: 352.
Published: May 5th 2015 by HarperTeen
Sort: Stand-alone.
Source:  I received an ARC from the publisher. Thanks HC International!
When Gia Montgomery's boyfriend, Bradley, dumps her in the parking lot of her high school prom, she has to think fast. After all, she'd been telling her friends about him for months now. This was supposed to be the night she proved he existed. So when she sees a cute guy waiting to pick up his sister, she enlists his help. The task is simple: be her fill-in boyfriend— two hours, zero commitment, a few white lies. After that, she can win back the real Bradley. The problem is that days after prom, it's not the real Bradley she's thinking about, but the stand-in. The one whose name she doesn't even know. But tracking him down doesn't mean they're done faking a relationship. Gia owes him a favor and his sister intends to see that he collects: his ex-girlfriend's graduation party — three hours, zero commitment, a few white lies. Just when Gia begins to wonder if she could turn her fake boyfriend into a real one, Bradley comes waltzing back into her life, exposing her lie, and threatening to destroy her friendships and her new-found relationship.

Yes. That is correct. I gave this book, a contemporary, 5 glowing flowers. If you are a frequent visitor you might be aware that I don’t read many fluffy contemporaries. I never thought I would ever find one I enjoyed so much that I would give it 5 flowers, but leave it up to Kasie West to change that. I first devoured her Pivot Point series and then I really enjoyed On the fence. With this book as prove, I can easily say she is now on my auto-buy list.

Saturday, June 20, 2015 10:38

Review 231. R.C Lewis – Stitching snow.

20706656Title: Stitching Snow.
Author: R.C Lewis.
Pages: 328.
Published: October 14th 2014 by Disney-Hyperion.
Sort: Stand-alone.
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Princess Snow is missing. Her home planet is filled with violence and corruption at the hands of King Matthias and his wife as they attempt to punish her captors. The king will stop at nothing to get his beloved daughter back—but that’s assuming she wants to return at all. Essie has grown used to being cold. Temperatures on the planet Thanda are always sub-zero, and she fills her days with coding and repairs for the seven loyal drones that run the local mines. When a mysterious young man named Dane crash-lands near her home, Essie agrees to help the pilot repair his ship. But soon she realizes that Dane’s arrival was far from accidental, and she’s pulled into the heart of a war she’s risked everything to avoid. With the galaxy’s future—and her own—in jeopardy, Essie must choose who to trust in a fiery fight for survival.

I think all the comparisons to The Lunar Chronicles are doing this clever story an injustice. Fairytale retellings and books are bound to have similarities. Sure, the sci-fi setting and certain elements could be connected with Marissa Meyer’s series, but Stitching Snow is a story on it’s own and it’s a damn good one.

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