Thoughts & Reflections

2015 Favorites~

2015 favs

It’s time for yearly favorites *yay* I don’t do monthly favorites so I had almost forgotten about this year’s favorite post too. So glad I read it over at some other blogs and realized I have enough time to squeeze in a post before 2015 is over.

I believe 2015 went by in a blur and I didn’t get a chance to try out much stuff but when I started looking back at old posts to gather my favorites I was amazed. Damn there was a lot. Without further delay let’s get started.

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2015 Beauty Favs

~Beauty~

I realize beauty wise I got around to using quite a bunch of stuff. I got to use two different foundations, different eyeliners, lips, mascaras and what not. Below are my favorites.

Liner – I am still stuck on my Revlon ColorStay Liquid Eye Pen in 01 Darkest Black. I’ve had it since 2014 and it’s still going strong for me.

Mascara – Essence Get Big Lashes Volume Curl has got to be the one for me. Perfect effect without crisping the eyelashes, what else does one want?

Foundation – Rimmel Lasting Finish 25 hr Nude Finish Foundation because it saved me through the horrendous summer we had this year. Thank you, Rimmel, I am forever in debt.

Lip Liner – MAC Beet

Lipstick – MAC Ruby Woo

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2015 Skincare Fav

~Skincare~

I’ve been very bad with the whole skincare department this year. I am just glad I picked up The Body Shop Seaweed Clarifying Night Treatment as it had helped a lot with blemishes.

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~Fragrance~

Spritz wise Victoria’s Secret – Secret Escape Body Mist has been my bae this year and I doubt I will be falling out of love with this one anytime soon.

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2015 Books Fav

~Book~

I’ve been failing miserably at completing my goodreads challenge this year but I’ve got a few days in my hand and I hoping I’ll get it done in time. This year there has been just one book that I’ve wanted to reach out again and time again – The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton. I loved it so much. I am linking my review of it so you can read me cry more about it in a detailed post. (CLICK HERE!!) My second favorite was All The Bright Places by Jennifer Niven, but I haven’t done a review yet so I was thinking to save it for 2016. Oh well. I am highly recommending these two to everyone I know that includes you too.

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That’s about it, guys. I will see you in my next post very soon! 🙂

Much Love,

~F x

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Book Review, Books

BOOK REVIEW ~ Girl with a Pearl Earring by Tracey Chevalier

*no spoilers included*

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Click HERE for Goodreads Synopsis

Have you read The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton recently? Are you having a book hangover and yearning for a similar book but have become hopeless because you have no idea which one to pick next? Well, I got you covered here, pal.

I picked up Girl with a Pearl Earring by Tracey Chevalier for my September Reading Goals. I didn’t know what to expect of the book. I don’t like to read reviews before I start a book. Mostly because I always end up reading the spoilers always by accident or a bad review might just turn me off.

After finishing The Miniaturist and falling in love with it badly, I had this immediate urge to read a book in similar setting. I can’t look up things even if it were to save my life but this one I had. I did a good search on Goodreads but none of the books felt right. I gave up (though not in my heart of hearts). Girl with a Pearl Earring was on my to-be-read list since forever and I randomly thought to get done with it. *patting random decision making genius self*

Girl with a Pearl Earring is a short, nicely written book which is very too the point. It is set in a place called Delft in Holland. The book revolves around a girl named Griet who takes up as a maid after her father loses his eye sight and she becomes the sole earner for the family.

She goes to work for The Vemeers. Some people in the house are good to her and then there are some who are the nastiest creature ever whom you wouldn’t mind slapping a couple of times yourself. She is a cautious girl but makes the mistake of getting attached to her mysterious master – who paints for a living – which leads to a lot of complications.

The book explores the relationship between servants and their employer and how there is a huge line that should never be crossed and how often it is crossed and the price that one has to pay for it.

The characters in this book are all so well defined that throughout the book you will be consenting with their moves but then there will come a major point and you will release ‘dammit what the hell were they think (specifically what the hell were you thinking taking their side and how could you even!!)’.

This book also depicts the topic of dependency in a very evident manner and things a person does or is willing to do when their survival instincts kick in. No I am not going to talk more about it because I don’t want to give it all away but read this book and you will know and feel exactly what I am talking about.

I had such a great time reading this Girl with a Pearl Earring and I can’t recommend this enough.

Note for The Miniaturist fans:- If you loved The Miniaturist, this book is definitely for you. It has the setting; the canals, the market, the house, and just about everything. It is a definite treat.

Rating: 4/5

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Book Review, Books

BOOK REVIEW ~ The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton

*no spoiler included*

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After biting everyone’s ears off by talking nonstop about it and having a huge argument with my own self over buying it due to the price tag, I finally gave in and purchased The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton from Borders Oman – and I regret nothing.

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Set in seventeenth century Amsterdam-a city ruled by glittering wealth and oppressive religion-a masterful debut steeped in atmosphere and shimmering with mystery.
“There is nothing hidden that will not be revealed…”
On a brisk autumn day in 1686, eighteen-year-old Nella Oortman arrives in Amsterdam to begin a new life as the wife of illustrious merchant trader Johannes Brandt. But her new home, while splendorous, is not welcoming. Johannes is kind yet distant, always locked in his study or at his warehouse office-leaving Nella alone with his sister, the sharp-tongued and forbidding Marin.
But Nella’s world changes when Johannes presents her with an extraordinary wedding gift: a cabinet-sized replica of their home. To furnish her gift, Nella engages the services of a miniaturist-an elusive and enigmatic artist whose tiny creations mirror their real-life counterparts in eerie and unexpected ways . . .
Johannes’ gift helps Nella to pierce the closed world of the Brandt household. But as she uncovers its unusual secrets, she begins to understand-and fear-the escalating dangers that await them all. In this repressively pious society where gold is worshiped second only to God, to be different is a threat to the moral fabric of society, and not even a man as rich as Johannes is safe. Only one person seems to see the fate that awaits them. Is the miniaturist the key to their salvation . . . or the architect of their destruction?  Source: Goodreads

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I read the synopsis once and immediately added it to my to-read list on Goodreads because it was very intriguing. Though this book turned out to be the exact opposite of everything I expected from it. I thought it would be about a doll house that works according to its owner’s wishes. Well, that wasn’t the case, ha. However, it was very interesting to find out about the whole plot. I don’t want to give away any spoilers or even hints because this book deserves to be read.

It was written in a simple manner aka the author wasn’t try to get on my nerves by adding half of the dictionary in it. The story had an amazing flow, every scene was so fitting and things were quite unexpected. The characters were remarkable. Their transformation was superb. I personally loved Johannes, his dogs and Marin. I think their dark family was spectacular and their servants were equally entertaining.

There is also this thing that The Miniaturist did to me – it made me want to pack my bags and just go to Amsterdam right away. The way Jessie has written about the scenery, weather detail, the neighborhood, people and their ways – it has made me long for a little wanderlust.

While I was reading it and I was 40% through with it, I thought this book wouldn’t have much of an impact on me, but then I found so many parts where my heart was lurching out for the characters and I was happy when they were happy, sad when they were sad and I would see hope when they would. This book won’t hit you right away but when it does – it will hit really hard. Jessie Burton, what have you done to my tiny heart?!

I would recommend it to everyone. If you want to read something different from all the usual books or are going through a book reading funk – this book is for you. It has such nice dialogues and details you will end up loving it. As a bonus the book cover is way beautiful. You would want to display it on your bookshelf as a frame.

Have you read The Miniaturist? How did you like it? Lemme know in the comments below! 🙂

Love,

~F x

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A Bit of Shopping, Books

New on Shelf ~ The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton

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I finally have The Miniaturist in my hands!!!!!

I went to Borders on the weekend but couldn’t find this on the racks so I just asked the person at the counter and they found me the last of this book and I was giddy with happiness. It did take me 20 minutes to decide whether I should get it or not because it was for RO 9.800 but then I cave in in the end. Now I am just keeping my fingers crossed and hoping it is a good read.

Has any of you have read it? What did you think about it?

Love,

~F x

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Books

3 Books I Can’t Wait to Read

I love books and there is nothing I love more than a good book haul. I bought a few recently but that just isn’t satisfying my urge to buy more. Starting 2015 I made somewhat of a resolution to read different genre than I usually don’t. It is called getting-out-of-my-comfort-zone in my head. 😛 While browsing on goodreads, three books caught my attention and ever since then I can hardly shake them off my mind.

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1- How to be Parisian Wherever You Are

After hearing such hilarious and fun reviews about this book, I can’t wait to read it. A book that tells you how to be as cool as the French no matter where you live is definitely something I need in my life. I might not have travelled much (yet) but I love diverse cultures, especially the fashion and mannerism. If this can give me a good insight of the French society, there is nothing more I want to ask for.

It isn’t available in Borders Oman yet but I hope it comes soon. I am pretty sure it will be highly priced but that’s okay, I guess. I also hope it comes in hard cover because I saw it over in K’s Friday Favorite Post and loved it.

2- The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton

I read the synopsis of this book and found it quite interesting. I have read mixed reviews but I think I might like it. Also, the cover is simply gorgeous and so much blue, aaah! I saw it in Borders the last time I was there. I just need to go and purchase it now. *so excited!!*

3- No More Confessions by Louise Rozett

I must tell you guys I am SUCH A HUGE Confessions Series fan. I read the first two books in the series within two days and fell head over heels in love with Jamie Fonta that it’s been such a struggle waiting for the third book. It will be out any day now and I just hope it gets stocked in Borders because honestly the wait is killing me!!!

AND the book cover is to die for. So gorgeous!!

What books are you drooling over these days?! 😀

Love,

~F x

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