I tend to hoard makeup products, but none so much as lipstick. I love the way that it brings color into an outfit, and so I’m always looking for new shades and brands. Recently while in Sephora, I’ve discovered the brand Bite.

 I have two shades of their Luminous Crème Lipstick ($24), Zin, a muted berry tone and Ganache, a bright pink. The first thing I notice when looking at products is the packaging. Bite’s lip products are all in grey tubes, but the points are different based on the shade. Some are curved, while others are pointier. I loved the packaging and thought it was very creative. The lipsticks are so moisturizing, which means that I no longer have to carry around both a lipstick and a chapstick. The shades are bright and opaque with a satin finish and I did not need to put on more than two coats to get them this way. The best part is that Bite’s products are not tested on animals, which is something that I always look for. I can only think of one downside to this product, which is that the color is not very long-lasting. For me, it lasts for a few hours (or until I eat) and then I need to reapply. Although this is not an issue for me, it might be for some people. Overall, this lipstick is moisturizing, opaque, and a good choice if you do not need something to last all day, or if you don’t mind reapplying. I would absolutely recommend this brand to anyone who needs a good lipstick.
xoxo.
Simone
(note: color pictured in image is Zin. not my image, just my edit. image source)

I tend to hoard makeup products, but none so much as lipstick. I love the way that it brings color into an outfit, and so I’m always looking for new shades and brands. Recently while in Sephora, I’ve discovered the brand Bite.

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How to get rid of dark circles under eyes
Eye puffiness, eye bags, and dark circles have many causes, some of them being a cold, sinus infection, seasonal allergies, sleep deprivation, or the fact that you spent several hours sobbing uncontrollably in your bedroom after watching a super sad movie the night before. So I decided to tell you some home remedies that’ll get rid of those dark circles. 
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CUCUMBERS
Place cold cucumber slices over your closed eyes for about 10-15 minutes.
COLD METAL SPOONS
Place 2 metal spoons in the fridge. When they are cold, place back of.
POTATOES
Place cold potato slices against your closed eyes for about 10-15 minutes.
ALMOND OIL 
Apply a small amount over dark circles before going to bed. Wash off with cold water in the morning. 
CRUSHED MINT LEAVES
Crush mint leaves and apply over dark circles for 10-15 minutes. Wipe off with clean, damp cloth.
TEA BAGS 
Cool used tea bags (i think black tea works the best) in fridge. Apply to closed eyes for 10-15 minutes. 
FROZEN VEGETABLES WRAPPED IN A TOWEL 
Wrap frozen veggie bag in clean towel. Lay on closed eyes for 10-15 minutes.
ROSE WATER
Take cotton ball soaked in rose water and apply over eyelids for 10 minutes. You don’t have to rinse afterwards.
OTHER TIPS
Drinks plenty of water to stay hydrated.
Get ample sleep at night.
Eat healthy nutrient deficiencies may be contributing to dark circles.


I hope you guys enjoyed my post and I hope this tips will help you.
With love, Lucia. x

How to get rid of dark circles under eyes

Eye puffiness, eye bags, and dark circles have many causes, some of them being a cold, sinus infection, seasonal allergies, sleep deprivation, or the fact that you spent several hours sobbing uncontrollably in your bedroom after watching a super sad movie the night before. So I decided to tell you some home remedies that’ll get rid of those dark circles. 

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Things to Do While Waiting for Your Energy to Recharge
The Kim Kardashian game is agreeably one of the most strangely addictive games out there. It’s fun and all trying to become an A-lister, however it’s torturous to wait for your energy to come back, so here are some things you can do while waiting!
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Two Dots! It’s not exactly in the same category as Kim K but it’s a really fun game Android | iOS
Go see a movie! Lately I’ve gone to see Edge of Tomorrow and How to Train Your Dragon 2 and I highly recommend both of them.
Use the Duolingo app to learn a new language! Each lesson is around 5 minutes which is the same time it takes for energy to be replenishedAndroid | iOS 
Watch Keeping Up with the Kardashians because why not?
Go on Tumblr! 
Those are all the ideas I have, I hope you all become A-listers and make Willow Pape jealous! 
Written by Sannie
P.S. Clicking on fire hydrants, pigeons and other objects gives you energy, cash and XP sometimes! 

Things to Do While Waiting for Your Energy to Recharge

The Kim Kardashian game is agreeably one of the most strangely addictive games out there. It’s fun and all trying to become an A-lister, however it’s torturous to wait for your energy to come back, so here are some things you can do while waiting!

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This ones a tear-jerker

Bears Den are a lovely little folk band that i’ve been following since late last year and their new video for Elysium is nothing short than beautiful and heartbreaking.

The video directed by Marcus Haney was originally set to follow a group of his brothers college friends going about their lives and having a good time, smoking, skating, drinking, doing temporary tattoos and building fires. During the four days of filming, the tragic seattle campus shooting took place taking the life of their 19-year old friend Paul Lee and injuring two others. Although heartbroken, the group decided that even in light of the event, Marcus should continue filming and the fact that these are real people and real reactions makes the video so genuine and honest and all the more tear-jerking

read Vice’s interview with Marcus

Current Obsessions: BP by Nordstrom
Part of the junior department of Nordstrom, BP is a trendy and unique places where you can simultaneously buy fabulous clothes and be fabulous! Sort of like a cleaner Urban Outfitters, I find that the clothes here are reasonably priced (not Forever 21 cheap, but better than Urban) and well made. I found several pieces there that looked like they could get 1k+ notes on tumblr (yes, this is how I determine whether or not I like the clothes), along with, for some reason, a very Clueless vibe- always a good thing! Purchases included a plaid miniskirt with leather lining, and a boxy wool coat with leather sleeves. I’ll definitely be returning when it comes time to go back to school shopping!
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Current Obsessions: BP by Nordstrom

Part of the junior department of Nordstrom, BP is a trendy and unique places where you can simultaneously buy fabulous clothes and be fabulous! Sort of like a cleaner Urban Outfitters, I find that the clothes here are reasonably priced (not Forever 21 cheap, but better than Urban) and well made. I found several pieces there that looked like they could get 1k+ notes on tumblr (yes, this is how I determine whether or not I like the clothes), along with, for some reason, a very Clueless vibe- always a good thing! Purchases included a plaid miniskirt with leather lining, and a boxy wool coat with leather sleeves. I’ll definitely be returning when it comes time to go back to school shopping!

xx

TV Shows, Anyone?
I’ve been continuously watching these TV shows during my summer vacation and I thought it would be great to share them with you guys! Here is a list of shows that I personally like. Of course, these are my favorites and recommendations so don’t be disappointed if your favs aren’t in here. x
1. Orange is the New Black (2013 - )
Summary: The story of Piper Chapman, a woman in her thirties who is sentenced to fifteen months in prison after being convicted of a decade-old crime of transporting money for her drug-dealing girlfriend. (IMDB)
Personal opinion: This show is one of my favorites; I’d even say it’s a must-watch. However, you must note that a lot of the scenes in this movie are inappropriate — so if you’re uncomfortable with watching sex-related stuff or if you have nosy parents who barge in your room every ten seconds, you probably shouldn’t watch it. What I love about this show is that there are so many parts with twisted humor, but some other parts that are so deep and meaningful that it will touch your heart. You might not like it at first, but keep watching it and you’ll be intrigued by Chapman’s life. 
2. Scandal (2012 - )
Summary: A White House Communications Director leaves to start her own crisis management firm only to discover she has not left the past behind. (IMDB)
Personal opinion: I don’t watch political shows. I really don’t. But let me tell you something: once you get sucked into Scandal, there’s no going back. God, I honestly love this show so so much and it’d be one of my top favorites. Highly recommended. (Plus, the President in this show is Tris’ dad in Divergent.)
3. Pretty Little Liars (2010 - )
Summary: Four friends band together against an anonymous foe who threatens to reveal their darkest secrets, while unraveling the mystery of the murder of their best friend. (IMDB)
Personal opinion: This show. It gives me so much feels and I cry over literally every ship in here. You might think to yourself, “Pretty Little Liars? Is this the more tamed version of Gossip Girls or some shit?” But noOOO this show is great and I highly recommend you to watch it. It can get a bit creepy sometimes though, so watch it with a friend or with your lights on if you’re easily scared. - Kisses, A. 
4. Baby Daddy (2012 - )
Summary: A 20-something bachelor bartender becomes an unlikely parent when an ex-girlfriend leaves a baby girl on his doorstep. (IMDB)
Personal opinion: This show is full of humorous and lovable characters. If you’re a comedy/sitcom kind of gal or guy, this is a great choice for you. It’s really funny and stress-relieving, and I often watch it after finals and other exams.
5. 2 Broke Girls (2011 - )
Summary: Two young women waitressing at a greasy spoon diner strike up an unlikely friendship in the hopes of launching a successful business - if only they can raise the cash. (IMDB)
Personal opinion: I LOVE THIS SHOW SO MUCH. I first got to know Kat Dennings from when I went to watch Thor 2 with my friend. She recommended this show to me and I fell completely in love with it. It’s so hilarious omg and I just love it. Yes, there are unlimited amount of sexual innuendos and racist jokes, but if you don’t mind that stuff - just watch it. You gotta watch it.
6. Awkward. (2011 - )
Summary: An unpopular 15 year old gains unexpected immediate, yet unwanted, popularity at her high school when the student body mistakes an accident she has for a suicide attempt. (IMDB)
Personal opinion: I had a love-hate relationship with this show. I liked it and all, but the things that happen in this show are so unrealistic that it’s funny. Some parts got me kind of pissed off, but I recommend watching it. It’s relatable (somewhat) and pretty funny.
Okay, that was my list of must-watch TV shows! I know what some of you are going to say: “But where’s Friends and all the other really good stuff?” There are some reasons why I didn’t add them here: 1) I didn’t watch it so I can’t give my personal opinion on it or 2) I didn’t like it. It’s more likely to be 1, though. Anyways, I hope you guys enjoy watching the shows I recommended and have a great summer vacation! Stay rad B)
Lots and lots of love,
Cece.

TV Shows, Anyone?

I’ve been continuously watching these TV shows during my summer vacation and I thought it would be great to share them with you guys! Here is a list of shows that I personally like. Of course, these are my favorites and recommendations so don’t be disappointed if your favs aren’t in here. x

1. Orange is the New Black (2013 - )

Summary: The story of Piper Chapman, a woman in her thirties who is sentenced to fifteen months in prison after being convicted of a decade-old crime of transporting money for her drug-dealing girlfriend. (IMDB)

Personal opinion: This show is one of my favorites; I’d even say it’s a must-watch. However, you must note that a lot of the scenes in this movie are inappropriate — so if you’re uncomfortable with watching sex-related stuff or if you have nosy parents who barge in your room every ten seconds, you probably shouldn’t watch it. What I love about this show is that there are so many parts with twisted humor, but some other parts that are so deep and meaningful that it will touch your heart. You might not like it at first, but keep watching it and you’ll be intrigued by Chapman’s life. 

2. Scandal (2012 - )

Summary: A White House Communications Director leaves to start her own crisis management firm only to discover she has not left the past behind. (IMDB)

Personal opinion: I don’t watch political shows. I really don’t. But let me tell you something: once you get sucked into Scandal, there’s no going back. God, I honestly love this show so so much and it’d be one of my top favorites. Highly recommended. (Plus, the President in this show is Tris’ dad in Divergent.)

3. Pretty Little Liars (2010 - )

Summary: Four friends band together against an anonymous foe who threatens to reveal their darkest secrets, while unraveling the mystery of the murder of their best friend. (IMDB)

Personal opinion: This show. It gives me so much feels and I cry over literally every ship in here. You might think to yourself, “Pretty Little Liars? Is this the more tamed version of Gossip Girls or some shit?” But noOOO this show is great and I highly recommend you to watch it. It can get a bit creepy sometimes though, so watch it with a friend or with your lights on if you’re easily scared. - Kisses, A. 

4. Baby Daddy (2012 - )

Summary: A 20-something bachelor bartender becomes an unlikely parent when an ex-girlfriend leaves a baby girl on his doorstep. (IMDB)

Personal opinion: This show is full of humorous and lovable characters. If you’re a comedy/sitcom kind of gal or guy, this is a great choice for you. It’s really funny and stress-relieving, and I often watch it after finals and other exams.

5. 2 Broke Girls (2011 - )

Summary: Two young women waitressing at a greasy spoon diner strike up an unlikely friendship in the hopes of launching a successful business - if only they can raise the cash. (IMDB)

Personal opinion: I LOVE THIS SHOW SO MUCH. I first got to know Kat Dennings from when I went to watch Thor 2 with my friend. She recommended this show to me and I fell completely in love with it. It’s so hilarious omg and I just love it. Yes, there are unlimited amount of sexual innuendos and racist jokes, but if you don’t mind that stuff - just watch it. You gotta watch it.

6. Awkward. (2011 - )

Summary: An unpopular 15 year old gains unexpected immediate, yet unwanted, popularity at her high school when the student body mistakes an accident she has for a suicide attempt. (IMDB)

Personal opinion: I had a love-hate relationship with this show. I liked it and all, but the things that happen in this show are so unrealistic that it’s funny. Some parts got me kind of pissed off, but I recommend watching it. It’s relatable (somewhat) and pretty funny.

Okay, that was my list of must-watch TV shows! I know what some of you are going to say: “But where’s Friends and all the other really good stuff?” There are some reasons why I didn’t add them here: 1) I didn’t watch it so I can’t give my personal opinion on it or 2) I didn’t like it. It’s more likely to be 1, though. Anyways, I hope you guys enjoy watching the shows I recommended and have a great summer vacation! Stay rad B)

Lots and lots of love,

Cece.

Two of my friends recently had their birthdays, so I obviously had to get amazing them gifts. I thought of so many gift ideas for them that it was hard to decide what to get, but in the end I managed pretty well. So here are my ideas for getting a friend an awesome birthday gift!1. Tops - Like me, my friends love clothes, so what could be bad about getting them more? And there are so many varieties of tops to pick from. You could get them a tee from a tv show, movie, or band they love. Or you could get a top that they’ve been wanting for a while.2. Accessories - Accessories are a great gift since they won’t break your bank and they’re an important part of every outfit. You could get them necklaces, bracelets, earrings, sunnies, or even a bag.3. Books - If your friends are into reading, then I’m sure they’ve mentioned books that they want to buy. So why not buy one for them? (The best part is that you can read the book when they’re done.)4. Plants - No matter what type of plant, whether it’s a cactus, bamboo, a succulent, or some flowers, plants will always liven up a room. They make great gifts because they’re easy to get (many hardware stores have a whole plant section), look great in a room, and are easy to care for.5. Vinyls - This really only applies to those who have record players, but vinyls can be great gifts. You can find record stores almost anywhere, and they’re also sold at Urban Outfitters and Barnes & Noble. They aren’t overly expensive, and music is a great gift.6. Mix tapes - Like I said before, music is a great gift. A mix tape is something your friend can listen to whenever and be reminded of you. Pick songs that you both love, songs that remind you of good times together, and even put on songs that they might not know.7. Something handmade - They say that handmade gifts are worth more than store bought ones, and this can often be the case. You could make them almost anything and they’d be sure to love it.8. A day out - Not all gifts have to be physical things. Just spending a fun day with your friend on their birthday is great. You could go to dinner, head to the mall, see a movie, relax by the pool or at the beach, or go to an amusement park. There are tons of great ways to spend the day with a friend.I hope that all of these tips were helpful and that you can find the perfect gift for your friend!xoxo,Simone

Two of my friends recently had their birthdays, so I obviously had to get amazing them gifts. I thought of so many gift ideas for them that it was hard to decide what to get, but in the end I managed pretty well. So here are my ideas for getting a friend an awesome birthday gift!

1. Tops - Like me, my friends love clothes, so what could be bad about getting them more? And there are so many varieties of tops to pick from. You could get them a tee from a tv show, movie, or band they love. Or you could get a top that they’ve been wanting for a while.

2. Accessories - Accessories are a great gift since they won’t break your bank and they’re an important part of every outfit. You could get them necklaces, bracelets, earrings, sunnies, or even a bag.

3. Books - If your friends are into reading, then I’m sure they’ve mentioned books that they want to buy. So why not buy one for them? (The best part is that you can read the book when they’re done.)

4. Plants - No matter what type of plant, whether it’s a cactus, bamboo, a succulent, or some flowers, plants will always liven up a room. They make great gifts because they’re easy to get (many hardware stores have a whole plant section), look great in a room, and are easy to care for.

5. Vinyls - This really only applies to those who have record players, but vinyls can be great gifts. You can find record stores almost anywhere, and they’re also sold at Urban Outfitters and Barnes & Noble. They aren’t overly expensive, and music is a great gift.

6. Mix tapes - Like I said before, music is a great gift. A mix tape is something your friend can listen to whenever and be reminded of you. Pick songs that you both love, songs that remind you of good times together, and even put on songs that they might not know.

7. Something handmade - They say that handmade gifts are worth more than store bought ones, and this can often be the case. You could make them almost anything and they’d be sure to love it.

8. A day out - Not all gifts have to be physical things. Just spending a fun day with your friend on their birthday is great. You could go to dinner, head to the mall, see a movie, relax by the pool or at the beach, or go to an amusement park. There are tons of great ways to spend the day with a friend.

I hope that all of these tips were helpful and that you can find the perfect gift for your friend!

xoxo,
Simone

poem by myself. should have posted this yesterday but i forgot sorry! i hope you like it since people wanted more poetry!Forever Yours Chloe

poem by myself. should have posted this yesterday but i forgot sorry! i hope you like it since people wanted more poetry!
Forever Yours Chloe

A Little Guide On: A Quick Summer Idea
On a lazy summer day, I basically do the same things, and follow the same routine. I actually really enjoy it and applies to any other day when I’m sick, I’m tired and it’s the weekend or I just don’t feel like completely functioning. Works for me, and hope it does for you. 
1. Wake up, take some time to gather up that physical and mental strength required for you to stand up. 
2. Stand up and go brush your teeth, wash your face and maybe press play on some acoustic morning tunes. 
3. Go to the kitchen, if I’m not hungry then I’ll just make some coffee, so try that. 
4. Take the coffee with you back to your room, then grab your phone or/and laptop and hop back into your bed. 
5. Tumblr. 
6. By this point I will be hungry so, I’ll yell for someone to come help me fetch some food (yes and I’m sorry) or I’ll try to stand up again. 
7. Get some more coffee (or tea, tea is nice now), also some chopped fruit like mangoes (mmm so yummy) or strawberries or watermelon or whichever fruit you feel like filling up your tummy with. 
8. Go back to your room and enjoy your food. 
9. Use your computer, laptop or TV  and watch your fave TV show. As of right now, I’ve already finished watching my usual shows (Game of Thrones, Revenge, Sherlock, PLL..which I recommend) and I’m watching Orange is The New Black, so if you want then watch that because it is amazing. 
10. Finish like 5 or 6 episodes (if you are like me and watch a whole season in like a day) or as many as you feel like and then go take a nice warm bath or shower. Oh, and put some PJs on. 
11. Pamper yourself, if you want to give yourself a little treat. Paint your nails, put on some face mask, hair mask…anything!
12. Eating would be good at this point. For me, the lighter and easier the food the better. 
13. Time for some funtivities (again) so go ahead and read some chapters of that really good book you have been freaking out about because it is far too good, or watch your fave old movie (or a new one your movie expert friend recommended you). Or sleep (if you are of that kind that goes over the lazy scale- it is ok, I’m with you:) ). 
14. Sketch or do any little thing that keeps you entertained, like getting this month’s issues of your favourite magazines and getting up-to-date. But if you want, keep doing what you were doing in step 13, because let’s face it: books and movies are perfect at all times (and sleeping). 
15. I know that this seems like you are doing nothing but hey, you are treating yo self, right? Everyone needs this every now and then. Besides, what else are you going to do on a free, by-yourself day? Sometimes, I will have the ocasional going out to dinner with friends or my mum. This is awesome as it is a nice way to end the day and put a pretty outfit on and eat something a bit more elaborated! Sushi, organic or light are the best options, in my opinion! Perhaps you could have dinner at your place and light up some candles, eat outside in your garden or balcony and chat with nice people (take-out is recommended)! 

So that is all lovelies! I feel like I haven’t made a little playlist in a while so I will leave you one for your lazy summer days below! Have a fab day/night and feel free to leave your comments or queries in our inbox! 

Last Night- The Vamps
Sun Don’t Shine- Will Heard & Cara Delevigne (Acoustic Session)
All Of The Stars- Ed Sheeran
Stubborn Love- The Lumineers 
I Wanna Be Yours- Arctic Monkeys 
Resolution- Matt Corby 

Much love, 

-Paula xx 

A Little Guide On: A Quick Summer Idea

On a lazy summer day, I basically do the same things, and follow the same routine. I actually really enjoy it and applies to any other day when I’m sick, I’m tired and it’s the weekend or I just don’t feel like completely functioning. Works for me, and hope it does for you. 

1. Wake up, take some time to gather up that physical and mental strength required for you to stand up. 

2. Stand up and go brush your teeth, wash your face and maybe press play on some acoustic morning tunes. 

3. Go to the kitchen, if I’m not hungry then I’ll just make some coffee, so try that. 

4. Take the coffee with you back to your room, then grab your phone or/and laptop and hop back into your bed. 

5. Tumblr. 

6. By this point I will be hungry so, I’ll yell for someone to come help me fetch some food (yes and I’m sorry) or I’ll try to stand up again. 

7. Get some more coffee (or tea, tea is nice now), also some chopped fruit like mangoes (mmm so yummy) or strawberries or watermelon or whichever fruit you feel like filling up your tummy with. 

8. Go back to your room and enjoy your food. 

9. Use your computer, laptop or TV  and watch your fave TV show. As of right now, I’ve already finished watching my usual shows (Game of Thrones, Revenge, Sherlock, PLL..which I recommend) and I’m watching Orange is The New Black, so if you want then watch that because it is amazing. 

10. Finish like 5 or 6 episodes (if you are like me and watch a whole season in like a day) or as many as you feel like and then go take a nice warm bath or shower. Oh, and put some PJs on. 

11. Pamper yourself, if you want to give yourself a little treat. Paint your nails, put on some face mask, hair mask…anything!

12. Eating would be good at this point. For me, the lighter and easier the food the better. 

13. Time for some funtivities (again) so go ahead and read some chapters of that really good book you have been freaking out about because it is far too good, or watch your fave old movie (or a new one your movie expert friend recommended you). Or sleep (if you are of that kind that goes over the lazy scale- it is ok, I’m with you:) ). 

14. Sketch or do any little thing that keeps you entertained, like getting this month’s issues of your favourite magazines and getting up-to-date. But if you want, keep doing what you were doing in step 13, because let’s face it: books and movies are perfect at all times (and sleeping)

15. I know that this seems like you are doing nothing but hey, you are treating yo self, right? Everyone needs this every now and then. Besides, what else are you going to do on a free, by-yourself day? Sometimes, I will have the ocasional going out to dinner with friends or my mum. This is awesome as it is a nice way to end the day and put a pretty outfit on and eat something a bit more elaborated! Sushi, organic or light are the best options, in my opinion! Perhaps you could have dinner at your place and light up some candles, eat outside in your garden or balcony and chat with nice people (take-out is recommended)! 

So that is all lovelies! I feel like I haven’t made a little playlist in a while so I will leave you one for your lazy summer days below! Have a fab day/night and feel free to leave your comments or queries in our inbox

Much love, 

-Paula xx 

Books To Read This Summer
{all descriptions taken from sparknotes or amazon}
The Virgin Suicides [the book about love and tragedy]
As an ambulance arrives for the body of Mary Lisbon, the final Lisbon suicide, a group of neighborhood boys recalls the events of the past thirteen months.
Looking For Alaska[the book every teen should read]
Miles “Pudge” Halter is done with his safe life at home. His whole life has been one big non-event, and his obsession with famous last words has only made him crave “the Great Perhaps” even more (Francois Rabelais, poet). He heads off to the sometimes crazy and anything-but-boring world of Culver Creek Boarding School, and his life becomes the opposite of safe. Because down the hall is Alaska Young. The gorgeous, clever, funny, sexy, self-destructive, screwed up, and utterly fascinating Alaska Young.
Girl, Interrupted[the book that will give you chills]
Susanna Kaysen, an eighteen-year-old in April of 1967, agrees to enter McLean Hospital, a residential psychiatric facility in Massachusetts. Although she plans to stay only a few weeks, Kaysen remains at McLean for nearly two years. Kaysen tells the story of the people and experiences she encounters at McLean in a series of nonchronological vignettes.
The Diviners[the book you’ll finish in one sitting]
Evie O’Neill has been exiled from her boring old hometown and shipped off to the bustling streets of New York City—and she’s ecstatic. It’s 1926, and New York is filled with speakeasies, Ziegfeld girls, and rakish pickpockets. The only catch is that she has to live with her uncle Will and his unhealthy obsession with the occult. Evie worries he’ll discover her darkest secret: a supernatural power that has only brought her trouble so far. But when the police find a murdered girl branded with a cryptic symbol and Will is called to the scene, Evie realizes her gift could help catch a serial killer.

Books To Read This Summer

{all descriptions taken from sparknotes or amazon}

The Virgin Suicides 
[the book about love and tragedy]

As an ambulance arrives for the body of Mary Lisbon, the final Lisbon suicide, a group of neighborhood boys recalls the events of the past thirteen months.

Looking For Alaska
[the book every teen should read]

Miles “Pudge” Halter is done with his safe life at home. His whole life has been one big non-event, and his obsession with famous last words has only made him crave “the Great Perhaps” even more (Francois Rabelais, poet). He heads off to the sometimes crazy and anything-but-boring world of Culver Creek Boarding School, and his life becomes the opposite of safe. Because down the hall is Alaska Young. The gorgeous, clever, funny, sexy, self-destructive, screwed up, and utterly fascinating Alaska Young.

Girl, Interrupted
[the book that will give you chills]

Susanna Kaysen, an eighteen-year-old in April of 1967, agrees to enter McLean Hospital, a residential psychiatric facility in Massachusetts. Although she plans to stay only a few weeks, Kaysen remains at McLean for nearly two years. Kaysen tells the story of the people and experiences she encounters at McLean in a series of nonchronological vignettes.

The Diviners
[the book you’ll finish in one sitting]

Evie O’Neill has been exiled from her boring old hometown and shipped off to the bustling streets of New York City—and she’s ecstatic. It’s 1926, and New York is filled with speakeasies, Ziegfeld girls, and rakish pickpockets. The only catch is that she has to live with her uncle Will and his unhealthy obsession with the occult. Evie worries he’ll discover her darkest secret: a supernatural power that has only brought her trouble so far. But when the police find a murdered girl branded with a cryptic symbol and Will is called to the scene, Evie realizes her gift could help catch a serial killer.
A Little Guide On: Bands For Your Peace Of Mind
I feel like sometimes we just need very calm and soothing music, to either help us get through things, or to listen to when we are just tired and don’t want any harsh sounds or to clear our heads from everything. This is why I decided to recommend you a couple of artists that I think are awesome when it comes to making this type of music. 
Sir Sly
Although they have been a recent discovery, Sir Sly has definitely made it into my favourite bands list. Their music is beautiful and so tranquil and wonderful…like I just love them. I wouldn’t usually describe music that way, but you’ll understand what I mean when you listen to them. Their live sessions are also perfection, and they are basically almost everything I have been listening to lately. Their most recent production has been their Gold EP, which I totally recommend to any indie pop fanatic. They are different but their simplicity makes them excellent. As for songs, I highly recommend you listen to Easy Now, Gold and Ghost (both the studio and live versions for any of them are great).
The Neighbourhood
I have been listening to these people for a while now, yet there hasn’t been a time in which I have gotten bored of them. They are not only constantly producing new sounds, but their is something about their style that seems to make me addicted. Although some of their songs make seem to be dark, their indie rock-ish vibes are uniquely incredible. After listening to more of their music, you’ll realize they aren’t just Sweater Weather, but that they actually make their music with a passion that is reflected in smooth melodies and sometimes weird but great lyrics. Also, do not even get me started on their vocalist because Jesse’s voice is life- literally. Their I Love You album, featuring their hit Sweater Weather, is iconic, and from that one I highly recommend Alleyways and Afraid. Also, they have amazing EPs such as The Love Collection, from which No Grey and West Coast are my faves, but the other song in the EP, $TING, is also great.
Coldplay
Ever since I started building my own music taste, probably when I was 11, I have made some serious progression and it has changed unimaginably over the years. Nonetheless, Coldplay is that one band that has remained. Always. From Fix You to Viva La Vida to Magic, this band has always created outstanding songs which I still treasure in my iTunes library. To me Coldplay is just a style of its own, like there’s no comparison. Their music is so so so brilliant and their songs are able to make you happy or inspired or to have a deep moment of reflection. This band is everything people, I am telling you although I know a lot of you like them already, because for those who don’t, I suggest you go back and listen to some of their music. Fill yourself with some of their fantastic tunes. The albums that I love the most from them are X & Y, A Rush Of Blood To The Head, Mylo Xyloto and their most recent: Ghost Stories. My all time favourite songs would have to be Viva La Vida, Clocks, Speed of Sound, Paradise, Magic, Fix You, Charlie Brown, etc.
Pacific Air
I will admit that I have only been listening to them for a little while, but oh my god, they are one of the best things ever. I want you to go ahead and listen to their entire Stop Talking album and you will seriously fall in love. Pacific Air is one of the most wonderful fresh sounds right now. Their music isn’t only soothing and “chill” but it is also the type you will keep on replay. I feel like I hadn’t heard something like it in a while, but I realized their style is a fusion of some of the best vibes ever. Furthermore, I love these two brothers because they bring me memories of youth and fun and freedom (for some reason, also to lemonade and summer, but OK). If you are bored of always the same music, perhaps giving their music a listen will make you feel refreshed and lively. I promise you’ll smile. The first song I ever head from them was Float, which I absolutely adore, but I also love Move, Roses, Sunshine…basically the entire Stop Talking and also songs like Intermission (from their EP Long Live KO KO as they were previously called KO KO).

Remember you can always send us your questions or comments here! I hope you enjoyed this music edition guide, and hope you have a lovely day! 

With much love, 

Paula xx 

A Little Guide On: Bands For Your Peace Of Mind

I feel like sometimes we just need very calm and soothing music, to either help us get through things, or to listen to when we are just tired and don’t want any harsh sounds or to clear our heads from everything. This is why I decided to recommend you a couple of artists that I think are awesome when it comes to making this type of music. 

  • Sir Sly

Although they have been a recent discovery, Sir Sly has definitely made it into my favourite bands list. Their music is beautiful and so tranquil and wonderful…like I just love them. I wouldn’t usually describe music that way, but you’ll understand what I mean when you listen to them. Their live sessions are also perfection, and they are basically almost everything I have been listening to lately. Their most recent production has been their Gold EP, which I totally recommend to any indie pop fanatic. They are different but their simplicity makes them excellent. As for songs, I highly recommend you listen to Easy Now, Gold and Ghost (both the studio and live versions for any of them are great).

  • The Neighbourhood

I have been listening to these people for a while now, yet there hasn’t been a time in which I have gotten bored of them. They are not only constantly producing new sounds, but their is something about their style that seems to make me addicted. Although some of their songs make seem to be dark, their indie rock-ish vibes are uniquely incredible. After listening to more of their music, you’ll realize they aren’t just Sweater Weather, but that they actually make their music with a passion that is reflected in smooth melodies and sometimes weird but great lyrics. Also, do not even get me started on their vocalist because Jesse’s voice is life- literally. Their I Love You album, featuring their hit Sweater Weather, is iconic, and from that one I highly recommend Alleyways and Afraid. Also, they have amazing EPs such as The Love Collection, from which No Grey and West Coast are my faves, but the other song in the EP, $TING, is also great.

  • Coldplay

Ever since I started building my own music taste, probably when I was 11, I have made some serious progression and it has changed unimaginably over the years. Nonetheless, Coldplay is that one band that has remained. Always. From Fix You to Viva La Vida to Magic, this band has always created outstanding songs which I still treasure in my iTunes library. To me Coldplay is just a style of its own, like there’s no comparison. Their music is so so so brilliant and their songs are able to make you happy or inspired or to have a deep moment of reflection. This band is everything people, I am telling you although I know a lot of you like them already, because for those who don’t, I suggest you go back and listen to some of their music. Fill yourself with some of their fantastic tunes. The albums that I love the most from them are X & Y, A Rush Of Blood To The Head, Mylo Xyloto and their most recent: Ghost Stories. My all time favourite songs would have to be Viva La Vida, Clocks, Speed of Sound, Paradise, Magic, Fix You, Charlie Brown, etc.

  • Pacific Air

I will admit that I have only been listening to them for a little while, but oh my god, they are one of the best things ever. I want you to go ahead and listen to their entire Stop Talking album and you will seriously fall in love. Pacific Air is one of the most wonderful fresh sounds right now. Their music isn’t only soothing and “chill” but it is also the type you will keep on replay. I feel like I hadn’t heard something like it in a while, but I realized their style is a fusion of some of the best vibes ever. Furthermore, I love these two brothers because they bring me memories of youth and fun and freedom (for some reason, also to lemonade and summer, but OK). If you are bored of always the same music, perhaps giving their music a listen will make you feel refreshed and lively. I promise you’ll smile. The first song I ever head from them was Float, which I absolutely adore, but I also love Move, Roses, Sunshine…basically the entire Stop Talking and also songs like Intermission (from their EP Long Live KO KO as they were previously called KO KO).

Remember you can always send us your questions or comments here! I hope you enjoyed this music edition guide, and hope you have a lovely day! 

With much love, 

Paula xx 

Here are some super easy and cheap ways to create your own beauty products at home!:
Anti-redness facial treatment: mix 1 egg yolk with 2 table spoons of lemon juice. Apply mixture to red areas and let sit for a few seconds before washing your face with warm water. 
Lip scrub: mix 2 table spoons of olive oil with 3 tables spoons  of brown sugar and 2 table spoons of honey. Apply mixture to your lips and scrub for about a minute before washing your lips. 
Body/facial scrub: Mix 3 table spoons of brown sugar with 3 table spoons of honey. Then apply to skin and scrub gently before rinsing it of with warm water. 
Skin moisturizer: mix 4 table spoons of honey with 4 table spoons of olive oil. Massage mixture into the skin.
Cleansing facial mask: mix 1 cup of oats with 3 table spoons of yogurt and 2 table spoons of honey. Apply mask to skin and let sit for 15 minutes before rinsing it of with warm water.
Brighten complexion mask: mash 1 banana with 1 cup of yogurt and 3 table spoons of honey. Apply mask to your face and let sit for 15 minutes before rinsing it of with warm water. 
- Caroline xx.

Here are some super easy and cheap ways to create your own beauty products at home!:

  1. Anti-redness facial treatment: mix 1 egg yolk with 2 table spoons of lemon juice. Apply mixture to red areas and let sit for a few seconds before washing your face with warm water. 
  2. Lip scrub: mix 2 table spoons of olive oil with 3 tables spoons  of brown sugar and 2 table spoons of honey. Apply mixture to your lips and scrub for about a minute before washing your lips. 
  3. Body/facial scrub: Mix 3 table spoons of brown sugar with 3 table spoons of honey. Then apply to skin and scrub gently before rinsing it of with warm water. 
  4. Skin moisturizer: mix 4 table spoons of honey with 4 table spoons of olive oil. Massage mixture into the skin.
  5. Cleansing facial mask: mix 1 cup of oats with 3 table spoons of yogurt and 2 table spoons of honey. Apply mask to skin and let sit for 15 minutes before rinsing it of with warm water.
  6. Brighten complexion mask: mash 1 banana with 1 cup of yogurt and 3 table spoons of honey. Apply mask to your face and let sit for 15 minutes before rinsing it of with warm water. 

- Caroline xx.

What’s better than an artist covering another artist’s song? Pretty much nothing so I made a playlist of my favorite covers.
Covers
Hold on We’re Going Home - Arctic Monkeys
Breezeblocks - Dresses
Sky Ferreira - Bang Bang
Feels Like We Only Go Backwards - Arctic Monkeys
So Good to Me - The 1975
Toxic - Melanie Martinez
Can’t Help Falling In Love - Ingrid Michealson
What Would You Do - Bastille
Almost Lover - Jasmine Thompson
Do I Wanna Know - CHVRCHES
Summertime Sadness - Miley Cyrus
F For You - Bombay Bicycle Club
Rhythm of the Night - Ellie Goulding
Rather Be/Wicked Games - The 1975
Hope you enjoy!
xoxo,
Simone
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What’s better than an artist covering another artist’s song? Pretty much nothing so I made a playlist of my favorite covers.

Covers

Hold on We’re Going Home - Arctic Monkeys

Breezeblocks - Dresses

Sky Ferreira - Bang Bang

Feels Like We Only Go Backwards - Arctic Monkeys

So Good to Me - The 1975

Toxic - Melanie Martinez

Can’t Help Falling In Love - Ingrid Michealson

What Would You Do - Bastille

Almost Lover - Jasmine Thompson

Do I Wanna Know - CHVRCHES

Summertime Sadness - Miley Cyrus

F For You - Bombay Bicycle Club

Rhythm of the Night - Ellie Goulding

Rather Be/Wicked Games - The 1975

Hope you enjoy!

xoxo,

Simone

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Super Simple Cupcake Recipe!
I love baking and the thing i’m most “famed” for is my super cute cupcakes! After a couple trial and error runs, i finally found a recipe that works for pretty much anything. This recipe is great because it can so easily be changed and added too to make all kinds of delicious flavours!
To make 12 cupcakes you will need
125g Sugar
125g Softened unsalted butter
125g Self-Raising Flour
2 Eggs
1-2 tbs Milk
1 tsp Vanilla Extract/Flavouring
For the icing
280g Icing Sugar
140g Softened Butter
1-2tbs Milk
A few drops of food colouring
Method
Pre-heat oven to 180C and line a muffin tray with 12 bun cases
Cream the butter and sugar together to make a smooth paste, beat in one egg at a time and add vanilla extract
Fold in the flour and add a little drop of milk until the mixture fallsoff the spoon.
Half fill the cases with mixture and pop them in the oven for 10-15 minutes. They’ll be ready when you can press them and they’ll rise right back up
For the Icing
Beat the butter until its a smooth paste and slowly add the icing sugar, mix in the milk and a drop of your chosen food colouring/flavouring and swirl it, blob it or spread it on top along with any other toppings!
Also Try:
Adding a couple spoons of cocoa powder in the mix/frosting
Putting an oreo in the bottom of the case or pressing one into the middle 
Grating in some fresh orange or lemon zest

Super Simple Cupcake Recipe!

I love baking and the thing i’m most “famed” for is my super cute cupcakes! After a couple trial and error runs, i finally found a recipe that works for pretty much anything. This recipe is great because it can so easily be changed and added too to make all kinds of delicious flavours!

To make 12 cupcakes you will need

  • 125g Sugar
  • 125g Softened unsalted butter
  • 125g Self-Raising Flour
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1-2 tbs Milk
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Extract/Flavouring

For the icing

  • 280g Icing Sugar
  • 140g Softened Butter
  • 1-2tbs Milk
  • A few drops of food colouring

Method

Pre-heat oven to 180C and line a muffin tray with 12 bun cases

Cream the butter and sugar together to make a smooth paste, beat in one egg at a time and add vanilla extract

Fold in the flour and add a little drop of milk until the mixture fallsoff the spoon.

Half fill the cases with mixture and pop them in the oven for 10-15 minutes. They’ll be ready when you can press them and they’ll rise right back up

For the Icing

Beat the butter until its a smooth paste and slowly add the icing sugar, mix in the milk and a drop of your chosen food colouring/flavouring and swirl it, blob it or spread it on top along with any other toppings!

Also Try:

  • Adding a couple spoons of cocoa powder in the mix/frosting
  • Putting an oreo in the bottom of the case or pressing one into the middle 
  • Grating in some fresh orange or lemon zest