December 29, 2015

Books of 2015

I've always been an avid reader and book collector but growing up I've also struggled to find time to read books that were not related to my courses and school. One of my resolutions this year was to try and read as many books as possible. I ended up reading fifteen, which is not a large number at all, but I'm really proud of that anyway and I really enjoyed all of them. Here are the titles:

Let It Snow by John Green, Maureen Johnson and Lauren Myracle
Girl Online by Zoe Sugg
You're the One that I Want by Giovanna Fletcher
This Star Won't Go Out by Esther Earl and family
Dear Mr. Potter by Lily Zalon
The Girl Who Saved the King of Sweden by Jonas Jonasson
Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone by JK Rowling
All I Know Now by Carrie Hope Fletcher
La Casa dei Sogni by Marzia Bisognin
My Sister's Keeper by Jodi Picoult
The Land of Decoration by Grace McCleen
The Whale Rider by Witi Ihimaera
Dream a Little Dream by Giovanna Fletcher
Les Miserables by Victor Hugo
Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carrol

I think I'm going to film a video about them later in January and tell a thing or two about them and how much I liked them, so for now I'll only leave here the list of titles without adding much information.
I'll also keep on reading through the next months, I already have a list full of titles.

Have you ever read any of them?
Is there anything you'd like to know about any of these books?

Marti xx

December 21, 2015

Gingerbread Cookies

Last week I met my friend Vava and we filmed a sort of video recipe together. Then we edited two videos, one each, without checking each other's and this is the result. Same footage, two points of view. Enjoy :)



Marti xx

December 16, 2015

Dear Santa

Some days ago I finally gave my parents my Christmas wishlist (I'm an eight year old at heart). Since they bought me a new PC some weeks ago, I don't expect to receive many gifts this year, but who knows, maybe Santa will get me something.

This year's wishlist is made of six items, that can be sorted in two categories: beauty and books (or Harry Potter, if you like).

  • Benefit Cosmetics They're Real Mascara (mini size). I've been wanting to try this for ages but I never got around buying it, I thought this might be the right time to ask for it.
  • Urban Decay Primer Potion (Original). I've only ever tried the sample size of this but I loved it, and since I love to use my Naked 2 palette I thought it would be a nice addition to my eye makeup collection.
  • Bee Good Raspberry & White Chocolate Lip Balm. I've been lusting after this lip balm ever since I found out about its existence, but I never got to try it because it's not available in Italy and I thought the shipping costs were quite expensive. I contacted the staff at Bee Good some days ago and they told me that they can ship small items inside a smaller parcel so the shipping costs decrease. That made me finally decide to put this on my list.
  • Harry Potter and the Philosopher Stone illustrated by Jim Kay. I'm a sucker for all things Harry Potter and no Christmas wishlist is complete if I haven't added at least one Harry Potter item. Last year I asked for a boxset with all the books (because I had them all in Italian and I wanted them in English as well). This time I couldn't leave out this masterpiece. I'm not sure I'll actually receive it because it's the most expensive gift of the bunch, but I'll definitely buy it for myself at some point if Santa doesn't get it for me.
  • Harry Potter Colouring Book. I love colouring books for grown ups, and I can't miss this Harry Potter one.
  • Lucchetti babbani e medaglioni magici. Harry Potter in italiano: le sfide di una traduzione* (wow, what a mouthful). This book is all about translating the Harry Potter saga from English to Italian. Harry Potter and book translations are two of my favourite things, and my dream job at the moment would be working for a publisher and translate books (possibly children's novels), so this is just perfect for me.
Let me know what you think of my choices. 
Have you ever tried any of those products or bought any of those books?
What is on your Christmas wishlist?


Marti xx

*Muggle padlocks and magical lockets. The challenges of translating Harry Potter into Italian

December 14, 2015

Pandoro

Pandoro is my favourite Christmas dessert. You might not be familiar with that name if you're not Italian, because it is a traditional Italian dessert and it's probably not very famous in the rest of the world.

The name "pandoro" comes from the Italian "pan d'oro" which literally means "golden bread". It is a sort of soft, sweet, buttery bread, quite big and shaped like a star. People usually buy it at the supermarket or at the bakery, because it's not easy to bake at home. Being a Christmas dessert, it is mostly eaten during Christmas holiday, and it's usually not available during the rest of the year.

Most of the times it is served covered in icing sugar, but it can also be paired with Nutella, jam, custard or any other cream. My family usually prepares a special mascarpone cheese cream, which honestly is one of the best things I've ever tasted. Pandoro can be cut in many different ways, my favourite is the horizontal one, that makes cute star shaped slices.



Have you ever tried a slice of pandoro?
What's your favourite traditional Christmas dessert?

Marti xx

December 10, 2015

Getting Festive

The Christmas spirit has invaded my home. Last week I paid a visit to the basement, grabbed all the boxes that contain all the christmassy stuff we have collected over the years and took them upstairs. 
I also went grocery shopping with my mum and picked up some new fairy lights as our old ones were broken and then adorned the Christmas tree with our old baubles and ornaments plus some new bells I bought at the supermarket along with the lights.



December 06, 2015

One Day Trip to Bologna

Hello! I'm sitting on my boyfriend's bed and trying to write down some christmassy posts I had planned to upload but miserably failed to prepare. It's not like I didn't try at all, I did, only I despised the final result and ended up deleting them. In the meantime, let me upload some pictures.

Yesterday we took a trip to Bologna, a wonderful Italian town where we had already been together a couple of times. My boyfriend had to go there to buy a new guitar and I tagged along. We travelled by train from Milan to Bologna in the morning, then ate at McDonald's (don't judge) and hopped on another train right after our meal to get to the place where we were supposed to find the guitar. Everything went fine there and soon we were travelling back to the town centre with a brand new Gibson and two happy smiles.