Sunday, 31 March 2013

OOTD: Easter Bunny

1. Hat - Open Market in Florence
2. Chain - H&M
3. Dress - ASOS (altered)
4. Blazer - Primark (altered)
5. Shoes - Peacocks
6. Bag - Shana 

Easter Sunday


First of all, Happy Easter y'all!

Choosing what to wear on Easter Sunday proves to be a problem every year. I've already consumed enough calories to feed a tiny village in Africa this morning, and it's not even 10am yet.
So my choice of outfit for today was actually really based on this fact . I believe skater dresses are God's gift to women on days in which you feel bloated (or ready to over-eat).

I haven't worn my emerald green hat in ages, so I concluded that today is a good day to wear this hat. I made some alterations to my striped blazer (which I got for like 10eu from Primark...bless) so that now it has some form of structure. And obviously, my trusted burgundy lippy (no surprise there).


Easter Sunday



Please, do eat loads of chocolate.

xoxo
Christa

Saturday, 30 March 2013

OOTD: All dolled up in stripes

1. Sunglasses - Parfois


 2. Chain necklace - H&M

3. Navy blue blazer - Thrifted
4. White and blue striped top - H&M
5. Burgundy skirt - New Look
6. Black brogues - Local market 


7. Black Satchel - Vintage 

The REALLY GRAND Book Sale

I think one of the most sacred moments in a person's life is the moment they buy books. There is something special about that feeling of knowing you might be buying your new favourite book, or the book that will change your life forever. Okay, enough with romanticising with the whole process of book-shopping - John Keats ain't got nothin' on me y'all!

Anyway, lately a number of organizations and individuals have been collecting money in aid of Puttinu Cares, a local organization that helps victims of cancer fund their treatment abroad. One of these companies is  Agenda Malta - who have literally put their stock at ridiculously cheap prices with proceeds going in aid of Puttinu Cares! Obviously I couldn't resist and today I headed towards The Point in Sliema. I must admit, I didn't expect what I found. Really. I found books I had been eyeing at Agenda stores FOR AGES, but was too broke to purchase. The prices for books ranged from €1 to €15 and titles ranged from classics to 50 shades of grey, to cooking books, children's books to travel books. I tried to snap some photos of the place, but honestly you need to go and see for yourselves!
There is a 'Cockatiels for dummies' . WOW.


The offers on the paperbacks 

Some of the paperbacks


TRAVEL BOOKS WOO!


After a rather intense SHOULD I GET THIS OR SHOULD I GET THIS session I managed to settle for these books:
1. The Rough Guide to Europe on a budget (€ 26.04€5)
2. About a Boy - Nick Hornby (€9.76  €3)
3. The Complete Polysyllabic Spree - Nick Hornby (
€9.76 €3)
4. The Fat Wars - Chan Koonchung (€11.99€3)
5. A historical Guide to Ernest Hemingway - Linga Wagner-Martin (€17€3)
6. The Magician - W.Somerset Maugham (
€13.09€3)





After this rather intense hour or so spent book-shopping, my friend Thea and I had a rather interesting conversation about literature over some good coffee at Cioconat Lounge which is situated exactly next to the book sale tent in Pjazza Tigne.



This sale is on till Saturday 6th April, including Easter Sunday from 10am to 8pm. The event on Facebook says that stocks are replenished everyday, which can only mean one thing: there will DEFINITELY be a next time for me within this week. Apart from that, money spent on charity is money spent well!

xoxo
Christa.

Friday, 29 March 2013

Wish List - River Island Sale

If there's anything that makes my heart skip a beat, it would definitely be a good sale.  River Island are well-known for this, and right now their sale is on! So I obviously went through their website and concluded that I really need the following in my wardrobe:

  
1. Black turtle neck crop top
2. Black oriental print denim collar blouse
3. Black block heel peep toe ankle boots
4. Navy polka dot skater dress 
5. Light blue lace insert boho dress 
6. Pink lace insert button down dress 

xoxo

Christa

Monday, 25 March 2013

30 things before 30

So practically I've been living the life of a zombie for the past three weeks because I'm trying to finish off my dissertation. However I came across this post on Think.Love.Makeup and since I'm going through a huge crisis regarding my future, I thought this would be a great way of reminding myself that "there are far, far better things ahead than we leave behind". Nine more years to complete these 30 things before 30:

1. Move abroad
2. Get published
3. Own a coffee-shop 
4. Be fluent in French
5. Go to New York
6. Get involved in some sort of voluntary work 
7. Learn how to ride a bloody bike. Seriously I'm 21 and I cannot ride a bike.
8. Study abroad
9. Get a Master's degree
10. Get inked
11. Sky dive
12. Get physically fit
13. Tour Italy in a red, vintage Fiat 500
14. I want to have a job I love 
15. Travel alone
16. Watch the Big Ben strike 12 on New Year's Eve
17. Watch the ball drop in New York
18. Hug a panda
19. Diving 
20. Go technology-free for a month
21. Learn to play the piano
22. Sing in front of an audience
23. Go on an adventure in an unknown country
24. Go on a Caribbean cruise
25. Live in a cottage in the mountains
26. Sew my own clothes
27. Give my parents a well-deserved holiday (Being Christa's parents is quite tough)
28. Cry in front of the Eiffel Tower with my sister
29. Get something from Tiffany's
30. Make a difference (I'm aware of how cliche this may be)


xoxo

Christa

Tuesday, 5 March 2013

Bologna - The metabolically challenged (Pt. 2)

I tend to believe that the best should be saved for last. As you might have read in the first part of this post, I was meant to post the second part to it AGES ago. Bear with me, I'm a final year student.

6. Piazzale Michelangelo 

I swear I was looking forward to being in this place ever since I got to know of its existence.  Piazzale Michelangelo is famous for its panoramic view of Florence. It's just a couple of minutes away by bus from the centre of Florence, and can even be accessed by walking up what seemed like an infinite amount of steps from Piazza Giuseppe Poggi. Whichever method you use to get to it, I promise it's worth it. The view covers the heart of Florence including the bridges along the Arno river, the Duomo, Santa Croce and the bell tower amongst others.

One thing that attracted me in a child-following-the-pied-piper kind of way was the live music in this Piazzale. I finally discovered the music was being produced by the very talented Francesco Bassi, who covered a number of popular songs to the warm multinational audience. Highlight of my holiday? You can say that again!

THE view 


I was in awe at how talented this musician was. Honestly!



7. Carnival in Bologna

Malta's carnival is something I have always detested with a passion so great it's unfathomable. However I LOVED the simplicity of the carnival in Bologna! The Disney floats, innocent children and LOADS of confetti everywhere, including my shoes helped shape this newly-found opinion. Hooray for carnival!

My carnival photos sucked. Sorry! 

8. Sunday morning 

There's something about Sunday mornings that makes me want to become a tour leader and visit all the cultural places everywhere. Sunday mornings are cultural (or hungover) (or in this case both) mornings. Bologna on Sunday morning is a gem! All the streets are pedestrianised and and bursting with culture - including street musicians which I am, as you might have realized,  quite keen of.

On Sunday morning we also stumbled upon a vintage market which had the most gorgeous vintage items ever, ranging from designer jewellery to furniture. I didn't get anything from this market because the items were either too enormous to fit in my hand-luggage or too expensive for my VERY tight budget.

Street Musicians YAY. 

9. Maisons du Monde 

I had never even heard about the existence of this shop. Did I nearly burst out crying at the awesomeness of this shop? Yes. Yes I quite shamelessly did.

I don't have many photos of this shop because I was too busy crying 
10. The coffee-shops 

My obsession with coffee-shops, the kind that sell coffee, is quite unhealthy. 
These topped the charts and deserve ALL THE AWARDS: 

Colazione da Bianca
As soon as I entered this cafe I thought of two things: Breakfast at Tiffany's and Tumblr. I'm quite sure this is one of the cutest places I've ever been to! Like their facebook page for more photos and information.



They also sell gluten-free goods! 

Le Stanze del Tenente

We actually thought this was some sort of museum at first. However as soon as we realized this was another cafe, we obviously couldn't resist the temptation. I fell in love with the ambience and variety of teas we could choose from.




I ended up choosing a minty green tea. Yummy :) 

xoxo

Christa