What to Wear to a Fancy Occasion?

It always happens, I do not think a few months ahead of time about what I’m going to wear, not even a week, and then just a few days eariler, I freak out about what to put on for a fancy event. So here are a few ideas!

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What to Wear?

I decided to start posting about fashion.  I am not going to write a lot but just post some pieces that I own to give you ideas on how to play with patterns and accessories. Hope you enjoy it! 🙂

Here we have a Calvin Klein navy blue dress with white stripes at the bottom. It’s made of very heavy cotton so it looks perfect. The golden belt makes it more feminine. I decided to opt for coral Aldo heels and coral I heart Guess bracelet to raise the combination to a new level.

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The second choice is maybe more suitable for younger girls but hey, if you can rock it, who am I to say anything! The shirt is from Ralph Laurent and it has some red details that go well with the checkered skirt (also Ralph Laurent). To give it a casual touch, I decided to wear a Zara clutch as well as the red Converse.

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How to Make New Covers for Books?

I bought some really nice wrapping paper at IKEA and apparently, I’m not going to use it for that purpose, I may have gone crazy. I was looking at my shelf thinking how many ugly covered (or ripped) book I have got, or for some reason I got a used, pornographic book as a gift and I thought about throwing it out until this idea hit me. Now, this is going to be a step by step photo edition:

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Starting with the book I mentioned and just laying it on the paper.

Next, turn to the back part of the cover and use a clear tape just to hold it together. Do the same to the front part of the cover.

Then make 2 snaps with scissors and leave just the part on the second photo (fold the parts where the covers are so that it looks better). Snip the remaining part (second picture).

This is what the end product looked like.

How to Transform Old Decoration into Something New?

There are many ways of making something nice out of something old you haven’t been using in a while especially if you’re on a budget. I’m going to show you what I did with some old Easter ornaments that faded.2014-09-28 20.38.17.jpg2014-09-28 20.37.57.jpg

Now, this was done when I got my nails done and later on, realized I matched the ornaments. Over the course of years, the color faded and they became ugly so, yesterday, I decided to give them a new touch. I am known as a big glitter lover, I do think that glitter makes EVERYTHING look so much better. Back to the transformation, firstly I took:

  1. surgeon gloves
  2. basic white spray
  3. white glitter
  4. newspapers (for protection)
  5. nail polish remover
  6. cotton balls
  7. spoon
  8. glitter

First, I took of the original color with cotton balls that I soaked in the nail polish remover. Then, I took a basic white spray and held the string as I sprayed one ornament making sure that the newspapers were collecting all the paint that was sprayed around (it tends to get quite messy). Before it dried, I took a plastic spoon and just spooned some glitter and sprinkled it. The first time I tried it, I dipped it in the glitter and the texture was awful and uneven so, my advice, sprinkle them. Then I just hang them on the dried plant I have on my balcony for some reason. 🙂

Let it dry overnight and then just dust off the excess glitter with a brush.

The end result:

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Cinnamon Chocolate Muffins

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Ingredients:

2 eggs

1 cup all purpose flour

1 cup ground almonds

2 cups milk

1 cup sugar

½ cup cream

1 cup melted chocolate chips

1 tablespoon baking powder

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

2 tablespoons cinnamon

Oats for decoration

Procedure:

  1. Whip butter and sugar together with the vanilla extract
  2. Add the eggs and other dry ingredients (cinnamon as well)and keep mixing
  3. Add the wet ingredients
  4. Add the melted chocolate chips (melt either over a bowl of simmering water or in a microwave)
  5. Distribute equally into the muffin tray and sprinkle with oats

Temperature:

200 ºC

390 ºF

Time:

20min

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies

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Ingredients:

½ cup unsalted butter

1 cup peanut butter (can be both smooth and chunky)

½ cup oats

1 cup all purpose flour

1 tablespoon corn starch

3 tablespoons sugar

1 tablespoon baking powder

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 egg

Pinch of salt

Procedure:

  1. Mix all dry ingredients
  2. Add butter and peanut butter and mix through
  3. Add vanilla extract and the egg and knead the dough
  4. Form balls and put on the baking tray (leave some space between them – they do spread)

Temperature:

150 ºC

302 ºF

Time:

15min

10 Places You Should Visit in Your Lifetime

  1. Cancun, Mexico

 

2014-01-06 13.09.05Cancun became more popular in the last decade. Namely, the Mexican “jewel” used to be Acapulco followed by Cabo San Lucas however, more and more people decide to head over to the gorgeous Yucatan. Yucatan is situated on the Caribbean Sea, a very warm, turquoise sea. Not only does Cancun provide water activities (swimming with dolphins, sharks, whale sharks, snorkeling, diving…), it also provides the cultural specter. The city itself, situated just a few miles from the Hotel Zone Cancun, is the real deal. There are so many restaurants in which you get to try the authentic food for a small price compared both to the European and USA prices. If you rent a car and drive just about an hour away, you reach Chitchen Itza – the great archeological site where the famous Mayan pyramids are situated.  As for the fun aspect, the Hotel Zone is filled with nightclubs so spring breakers won’t regret going there.

 

  1. Honolulu, Hawaii

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Honolulu is the capital of Hawaii State meaning that it is also the most developed city on these islands. It is situated on Oahu, the second largest Hawaiian island. Honolulu is perfect for those that search fun, posh, family time. It does require a lot of money but you do get value for your money. It is perfect to go there during the winter time since it is not too hot that time of the year.  Take a day to visit the Pearl Harbor and join a free tour to seek for more information – a cloudy day is perfect for this. IF you get a chance, take a surfing lesson or go swimming with dolphins, it truly is a unique experience. Lastly, the ocean temperature is warmer than you can imagine so make the best of it.

 

  1. Zagreb, Croatia

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Zagreb is the capital of the Republic of Croatia. It is well known for its beautiful, mostly warm climate and architecture. The city center will provide you with all cultural sights you need to see.  The Mirogoj Graveyard is protected by UNESCO due to its beauty and not a lot of graveyards are on that list. Zagreb has two lakes, Bundek and Jarun. If you have to choose, pick Jarun, it is in a very nice neighborhood and it is bigger. Also, if you have an extra day, visit the mountain peek Sljeme as a day trip. If you wish to use transportation, do use trams and buses since they are the very symbol of Zagreb plus the ticket is extremely cheap. Taxis are also very cheap. All in all, Zagreb is a cheap city and you will not need a lot of money of time to see its beauties.

 

  1. Dubrovnik, Croatia

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Dubrovnik is the Croatian coast jewel. It is situated on the very south of the Adriatic Sea and is the one that has been protecting this entrance of the country from wars. It will provide you with cultural sights and everything is a walk distance away.  Also, you will not need more than two days to visit. It is not very expensive especially not compared to European and USA prices. Dubrovnik is very old and has an interesting historical background, make sure to read a bit about it or book a tour. If you are into The Game of Thrones, you are in for a treat since it was filmed there for several seasons and yes, you can see the actual filming spots.  If you get a chance, take a boat tour of the surrounding islands and enjoy this beautiful sea where you can swim freely without ever wondering about sharks or currents – only one attack has ever happened.

 

  1. New York City, New York

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It is a must to go to the Big Apple. If you ever get a chance to go there, grab onto it and don’t let go. It is truly the city that never sleeps. If you make it there during the winter you will experience the true magic. Although, if you visit during the other seasons, you will not freeze and will be able to visit all of the sights you are interested in. There are endless possibilities on what to visit, but Empire State Building, The Statue of Liberty, Rockefeller Centre, Broadway, Times Square, Wall Street and the Museum of Modern Art must be seen.  It does require a lot of money to stay there regarding both the accommodation and the transport but there are great deals available.

 

  1. Beijing, China

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Beijing is one of the most fascinating cities in the world. You can never know if the sun is up or if it is cloudy since there is smoke in the air. In big cities like this one, try playing the safe card and go to a well known franchise hotel, they are rather cheap there. Also, the food that is sold on the street can make you ill since our organisms are not used to that kind of food – even the people who sell it will warn you. Other than that, Beijing is beautiful; take your time to visit the Great Wall of China and to just walk around the city. People are very polite and they do speak English very well. It is not the best idea to rent a car since their driving culture is a bit odd – taxis are very cheap.

 

  1. Las Vegas, Nevada

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Las Vegas is a city that will make you feel welcomed and happy the minute you land. It is a new city so does not expect to see some old architectural marvels but appreciate the modern ones that have been created in the past decade. Do go to the old tow to see how it all used to run and it does have a certain charm. You can spend a month there and never go see the same show twice so take advantage and go enjoy this marvelous city. Las Vegas is very expensive so keep that in mind and always try to look if there is any old hotel closing since they have cheap yet very nice rooms. Of course, go to the Grand Canyon, either by bus (if you have a lot of time), or by plane or even by a helicopter (the best but the most expensive option).

 

  1. Dublin, Ireland

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Dublin – the city of the friendliest people in the world. Don’t even worry about getting lost or mugged in this city, someone will always be kind enough to help you – in fact everyone will. Dublin has so many cultural sites that you won’t be able to catch a breath for a week. The Dublin Castle is a must see and if you are with a child or are just into magic, go the Leprechaun Museum.  Everything there is a walking distance away. Also, even if you are not a fan of beer and whiskey, do go visit the Guinness and the Jameson Museums, they are very interesting. Dublin is a rather cheap city so you won’t need to worry about spending too much. The architecture is stunning so make sure you keep your eyes wide open during your walks through the city.

 

  1. Amsterdam, Netherlands

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Amsterdam is a city that just has to be visited at least once in a lifetime. People are very kind and speak fluent English. Prices are alright, not too cheap yet not too expensive but every sight is worth its penny. Go to the canal cruise during the day, you will see everything much better. Van Gogh Museum is the most famous one and it is truly worth spending time. As of the last few years, it became very popular taking a photo in front of the I amsterdam sight next to the Rijksmuseum. Even if you don’t get a chance to take a photo there, don’t worry, there’s the same statue in front of the Schiphol Airport. Don’t miss a chance on going to the Red Light District and at least just look around. You will not need more than a day with a tight schedule for all of this.

 

  1. Edinburgh, Scotland

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Edinburgh is the city that looks like a fairytale or a Harry Potter movie. You will hear the bag pipers on every corner which sets the mood perfectly. Don not forget to bring your umbrella, you will need it several times a day.  Edinburgh is quite expensive but all of the sights are worth seeing. The Edinburgh Castle is astonishing especially worth it if you book a tour which gives you a sense of background. Climb to the Calton Hill to see the entire city, make sure it is the sunny part of the day otherwise you will not see a meter away. If you have a chance, go to the Britannia, a royal yacht that is not in service anymore but was for a very long time. You do not need transportation around Edinburgh, everything is quite close and you will get to know the city in a short period of time.