September 30, 2016

My "preferite"

One day I was reorganising stuff around my room (as I always do) and I realised that some of the prettiest things I've bought in the past months - namely my new agenda, a tiny little Peter Pan themed tin and some makeup - were all made by Italian brands, and that hit me because I'm not the most patriotic person and I tend to buy international brands more than local ones.

As I said, all those things looked very pretty, so I felt inspired to take some pictures. Bear with me, I'm still experimenting with my camera so lighting, contrast and all the rest are not always on point, but I'm learning, right?



The first thing I'd like to say is my favourite Italian brands, makeup and beauty wise, are hands down Neve Cosmetics and Bottega Verde. 

I love Neve Cosmetics a lot, in the past year I've kept buying bits and bobs from them and I've never felt disappointed (except for the way Crema Eterea smells, but that's another story). The fact that its products are vegan and cruelty free is a bonus because, well, I don't buy cruelty free brands all the time but whenever I find a good one I stick to it because I love the idea of not covering my face in silicone and the likings.

I've known Bottega Verde for a long time, but I only became a loyal customer when I found out how good their Quillaia makeup remover was - it's still my holy grail remover, and I've tried many others in the past years. I like the fact that they have special offers all year long so whenever you visit their shop you can pick some new products without spending a fortune.


Now, let's talk about the super cute Peter Pan tin I bought in July - it's from a traditional brand that sells candies and sweets called Pastiglie Leone, and they are famous for their really pretty vintage-looking tins, but this year I think they have outdone themselves, because they launched a limited edition Once Upon a Time collection, with tins inspired by everyone's favourite tales, like Little Red Riding Hood, Alice in Wonderland and Cinderella. When I saw them I felt the urge to buy them all, but since they're quite pricey - I think I spent about €4 on mine - I just picked Peter Pan, because I loved the mini London skyline, and it's one of the stories I loved the most when I was little, because I definitely didn't want to grow up too.


My latest and most loved purchase is my 2017 agenda. I've browsed through Legami's agendas for years, I love all of their products, but I had never bought one for myself before. This changed when I found out they had released a teeny tiny agenda with pugs on it. When I spotted it on their website I knew I had to get it. It was quite hard to find, I visited many bookstores (that's where this brand is usually sold) and in the end I found it in my hometown, how unexpected. Now, just take a good look at it and say you don't like it - I won't believe you.

I can say I'm pretty happy with all the pretty things I talked about. Pretty pretty pretty. I promise I know many other adjectives, hahah.



Had you ever heard of the brands I talked about?
Which brands are your favourites?

Thanks for stopping by!
Marti xx


September 21, 2016

Life Right Now || September

Here I am with my first post of a series about myself. Yay. How self-centered and uninteresting, Martina.

Okay, this post is sort of an update on my life at the moment, and I'm going to repeat it periodically so I can keep track of my ups and downs and you can be a bit nosey if you like. 

If you haven't already, check out this other post that explains why I've decided to start this series.


Money

Well, I'm pretty much broke at the moment but as long as I live with my parents that's fine, because they are nice people and they are always there if I need someone to lend me money or buy me something new. By that I don't mean that I'm forcing them to buy me expensive stuff, just that last week I noticed my mascara was running out and mum volunteered to get me a new one while we were out grocery shopping. 

I'm also proud of myself because this Summer I managed not to run out of money while I was on holiday in the UK and that was definitely unexpected, because I usually come home from holidays with about twenty pence in my wallet. So all in all I'm happy and proud.

Health

I can't really complain, this Summer I've never had any problem, not that I can remember at least. Except for allergies, those have been around all the time since May somehow. 

Okay, I've also had a weird accident some weeks ago but I wouldn't really consider that a health problem. Basically my left foot's big toe started feeling numb and tingly and went on like that for days, then it started to gradually (reeeally slowly) disappear and now I think it's either back to normal or I've gotten used to it. 

Career

I don't have a job so I don't really have much to say about my career, but university is going fine and I'm studying for my exams, I only have two left and that makes me really happy. Can't wait to graduate and move out and find a proper job.

Love

I can proudly say that everything is lovely and happy in this regard. My boyfriend just moved to London and I'm still in Milan, but our relationship is as strong as ever and I'm already planning to fly to the UK to see him. I'm really excited for him, he really has big plans and I'm sure he'll succeed in everything. Can't wait to be by his side and live with him in one of my favourite places in the world.

Hope you liked this post, my life is so very interesting right now (probably not). Thanks for stopping by, feel free to leave a comment! Those are always really appreciated.

Marti xx


September 16, 2016

Novecento

Those who are not avid readers are often put off by big books... To me that sort of happens with short books. It's almost as if a part of me thought that a short book is too small to contain a proper story, that it must be too brief and lack in descriptions or something else.

I think that's one of the reasons that, at first, made me feel like I didn't want to read Novecento.


One day my boyfriend bought this book while we were out grocery shopping. I remember him picking it up and being all curious about it, but when he passed it to me I noticed that it was a tiny book, that the author was Italian (I'm not a big fan of Italian contemporary literature, though I know it's wrong to have such prejudices) and that it wasn't even a novel, but a monologue. The only thing I liked from the start was the cover. I also remember feeling surprised when I found out that this book had been written in 1994, the year I was born. But that was pretty much it.

Later on I happened to read some paragraphs of that book at university, but the thing that made me fall in love with the plot - and therefore change my mind completely - was the film.

Last July I went on a short holiday with some of my best friends, and one of them brought some films to watch at night. Another friend suggested we watched this film called "The Legend of 1900" because she'd already seen it and found it truly beautiful. We trusted her opinion and went on watching it. It took me just a couple of scenes to realise it was inspired by Novecento.

I loved the film from the very first scene and I actually think it's one of my favourite films ever. There are many details that I loved, like the dreamy combination of colours in all the scenes, the characters, the talented actors, the unlikelihood of the events, the soundtrack and the deep meaning of the story itself. It's one of those films where you could easily write down every single line of the script and quote it in your journal or your blog or hang it on the wall.

Being a lover of travels, a wannabe migrant (if I can say so) and being really interested in all the stories documenting the European migrations to the US between the 18th and the 19th Century, one of the parts I loved the most is the following.

"It happened every time. Someone would look up, and see her. It's difficult to understand. There'd be more people than a thousand of us on that ship, travelling rich folks, immigrants, and strange people, and us; yet there was always one, one guy alone, who would see her first. Maybe he was just sitting there eating, or walking on the deck, maybe he was just fixing his pants. He'd look up for a second, a quick glance out to sea, and he'd see her. Then he'd just stand there, rooted to the spot, his heart racing. And every time, every damn time I swear, he'd turn to us, towards the ship, towards everybody, and scream: America!"
"The one who sees America first. There's one on every ship. And don't be thinking that's an accident, there's some optical illusion. It's destiny. Those are people who always had that precise instant stamped on their life. And when they were kids you could look into their eyes and, if you looked carefully enough, you'd already see her: America."

This film is so timeless that while you're watching it you barely notice how old it actually is (it's been released in 1998). It's also a good chance to appreciate some of the most famous Italians in the contemporary film industry - Giuseppe Tornatore and Ennio Morricone.

Some days ago I picked up Novecento from my boyfriend's bookshelf and read it, and I must say I loved it as well. Now I really wish I could see someone performing it as a monologue on a stage, because it's an impressive monologue and because I love theatre.

If you've never heard of this book or film I strongly recommend you read or watch it, I believe it's really worth it. And I think I'll watch it again soon.

Marti xx

2016 Reading Challenge:
  • A book that's under 150 pages
  • A book you can finish in a day
  • A book with a blue cover 

September 14, 2016

Cinnamon & Flamingoes

Summer is nearly over, but my passion for fruit juice lasts all year. That, and my love for cinnamon. Cinnamon is more of an autumnal spice, so we might say the recipe I'm about to write down is kind of transitional, perfect for this season.


My love for cinnamon sparked a couple of years ago, before that day I couldn't even stand the smell of it. I don't know what changed, but one day I started craving cinnamon rolls, and from then on I began to add cinnamon everywhere, while baking and in cappuccinos, but I never thought of adding it to my juices.

In June I went out for an aperitivo with friends and I tried a non-alcoholic drink I'd never seen before, called Cinnamon Tropical. The bartender told me she had just made up the recipe and wasn't even sure I would like it, but right after the first sip I knew it was love. I went back to the bartender to congratulate on her creativity, and jotted down the recipe on my phone. Her recipe was the following:

Cinnamon Tropical
  • Pineapple juice
  • Orange juice 
  • Grenadine 
  • Sweet & sour
  • Cinnamon

She topped my drink with a slice of orange, some edible flowers and a couple of marshmallows.

I've already tested the recipe at home and I made some changes to adapt it to what I already had in my kitchen cupboards. Since I still love this mix as much as the first day, I decided to share it on my blog.

My go-to ingredients are:
  • Pineapple juice 250ml
  • Orange juice 250ml
  • A spoonful of Raspberry syrup
  • Half a teaspoon of sugar 
  • A teaspoon of lemon juice
  • A pinch of cinnamon

I put them inside a plastic bottle and shake them well before serving, and when I'm in need of a fancy drink I also add a slice of lemon and a flamingo pick (how pretty is that?).



That's all for today, I hope you enjoyed this sort of random summery post.

Feel free to leave a comment if you know any good recipe with cinnamon, be it cake or another drink or anything sweet.

Marti xx