Mar 28, 2014

My favorite stuffed animals from The Jungle Store

I love stuffed animals and this time I've made a selection of my favorites from The Jungle Store. I wish I could have all of those at home! They're adorable!

Mar 27, 2014

Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson


“Dead girl walking,” the boys say in the halls.
“Tell us your secrets,” the girls whisper, one toilet to another.
I am that girl.
I am the space between my thighs, daylight shining through.
I am the bones they want, wired on a porcelain frame.
Lia and Cassie were best friends, wintergirls frozen in matchstick bodies. But now Cassie is dead. Lia’s mother is busy saving other people’s lives. Her father is away on business. Her stepmother is clueless. And the voice inside Lia’s head keeps telling her to remain in control, stay strong, lose more, weigh less. If she keeps on going this way – thin, thinner, thinnest – maybe she’ll disappear altogether.
In her most emotionally wrenching, lyrically written book since the National Book Award finalist Speak, bestselling author Laurie Halse Anderson explores one girl’s chilling descent into the all-consuming vortex of anorexia.

I borrowed the summary from Laurie Halse Anderson's website. Cassie died in a hotelroom and before she passed away she tried to call Lia. Lia has to cope with her former friend's death while fighting a terrible battle to remain alive herself. She has to eat, but it's very difficult for her to do so. 
My heart ached for Lia. She's such a wonderful and sweet girl, but she's traumatized and has a lot of problems. This book brought me to tears many times. It was so sad, but in my opinion also an important story that has to be told. There are girls and boys suffering every day because of anorexia or bulimia. Wintergirls is a very impressive, emotional read. 

Books! From my Amazon Gift Card!

I've already spent my Amazon money, I love gift cards. I can't wait to receive a box filled with books. These are the ones I got. 

My favorite strawberry cakes and cupcakes

Chocolate-Strawberry Celebration Cake Recipe Taste of Home
Chocolate Sponge with Strawberries and Cream Cheese Icing Lovinghomemade
Strawberry White Chocolate Cupcakes yourcupofcake
Valentines Chocolate Cupcakes sweethartscakesandbakes

I was looking for a strawberry chocolate cake or cupcake recipe and decided to share my favorites with you. I don't know which one I'm going to try to make first yet, but my goal is to taste them all.

An update from Lavender

BLK OPM Elixir t-shirt Farfetch 

I'm back, not in my old form, but I don't want to abandon you. I might not be as regular as before, but I can't stop writing about my life entirely. I will give you an update and tell you what happened to me in the meantime. I spent Saturday night with Naomi. She asked me to stay. She's still a mess, but there are tiny improvements. Her apartment is for sale and so is Louise's. Naomi and Lizzy haven't made things right yet. Naomi told me it's too soon, but didn't say it will never happen. 
On Sunday I took Dawn's children to a book market. I went there together with Gina, the twins, Betty and my secret Valentine Jeremy. It was a lot of fun. A main part of the market was set up especially for children which was brilliantly done. There were reenactments of books, they could have their face painted as their favorite character and there were writers who were reading their own stories to them. I called Ben to tell him he should take Samuel. He did, when he was sure we weren't there anymore. It was fun though and I loved every minute of it. 
In the evening I had my date with Ben. He put a lot of effort into cooking me something delicious and the setting was very romantic. We made out on the couch again, but nothing more. I wonder if anything is ever going to happen, but he wants to take things slowly. I hope I won't fall asleep along the way. I still think he's worth it, because I like him so much.
On Monday it was a school day. At first I didn't want to go. I felt awful due to a cold I caught because of the crawling in the mud. Have I ever mentioned that I hate mud? I was still feeling pretty embarrassed when I saw my teacher again, but he didn't mention the week before. He asked me to have tea with him after class though and I said yes. He's such a nice guy and we couldn't stop laughing. In the evening it was assignment time and book club. We are getting a bit closer every time we see each other and the book talk is something I hope I will never have to miss again.
On Tuesday it was dinner night with the girls. They owed me big time for Saturday and I made Stella promise to never ever again involve me in something work related again. It is not for me at all. I think they all got that message on Saturday already. She made me chicken soup and a hot lemon drink for my cold and promised to cook me a four course dinner on an evening of my choice. That will make up for it a little.
Wednesdays still feel empty because I used to look forward to seeing Ben and Samuel so much. I miss them. I think Edward noticed that. He asked me to join him and his wife for dinner and they had a lovely surprise for me as author Jim was there as well. And several other people. They like to have dinner parties. Edwards wife is such a sweet lady and we got along very well. She doesn't like the cook though, so the party was catered. The food was delicious and she told me she hires those people at least once a week. They enjoy the company of good friends. Edward isn't like any boss I've ever had before, he wants to be involved and I think the same goes for me.
That was basically the story so far. I will keep you posted.

MISBHV Pluck yo hood sweatshirt Farfetch

Mar 26, 2014

Lavender loves Oilily

Oilily has such great dresses! 

My La Marelle favorites

I love La Marelle and have made a selection of the items I would really, really like to have.

My Favorite Hoodies

Current/Elliot Hooded Dolman-Sleeved Sweatshirt Saks Fifth Avenue

Easton Hoodie Jack Wills
Sweet Rose Lace dual zip hoodie Farfetch
Dear Cashmere heart print cotton and cashmere-blend hooded top Mytheresa

Glitter & Glue by Kelly Corrigan

From the New York Times best-selling author of The Middle Place comes a new memoir that examines the bond - sometimes nourishing, sometimes exasperating, occasionally divine - between mothers and daughters. 

When Kelly Corrigan was in high school, her mother neatly summarised the the division of labour in her family as: 'Your father's the glitter, but I'm the glue.' This meant nothing to Kelly, who left her childhood sure that her mum - with her inviolable commandments, curious introversion and proud stoicism - would be nothing more than background for the rest of Kelly's life, which she was gradually orienting toward adventure. After college, armed with a backpack, her personal mission statement, and a wad of Travelers Checks, she took off for Hong Kong, Thailand, Australia, New Zealand and Fiji to see things and Become Interesting.

But it didn't turn out how she pictured it. In a matter of months, her bum-bag full of savings had dwindled to a handful and it became clear that unless she was ready to go home she needed a job. That's how she met John Tanner, a newly widowed Australian father of two looking for a live-in nanny. They chatted for an hour, discussed timing and pay, and a week later Kelly moved in. And there, in that small, motherless house, in a suburb north of Sydney, her mother's voice was suddenly everywhere, playing like talk radio from hidden speakers, nudging and nagging, cautioning and directing, escorting her through a terrain as foreign as any she had ever trekked. Every day she spent with the Tanner kids was a day she spent reconsidering her relationship with her mother, turning it over in her hands like a shell, trying to hear whatever messages might be trapped in its shadowy spiral. 

This is a book about the difference between travel and life experience, stepping out and stepping up, fathers and mothers. But mostly, it's about who you admire and why, and how that changes over time.

I borrowed the above from Amazon. Kelly Corrigan wants to see the world, she wants to be someone and she wants to go places. She has the feeling she needs to live a little. That's why she quits her job and leaves. When it's time to see Australia there's no money left, so she has to start working so she will be able to pay for the remainder of her journey. The job she finds is a difficult one, she becomes the nanny of a broken family of which the mother has died of cancer a few months before. The father has to start working again and Kelly is there to look after the children. During these months she has to grow up very quickly and that's also when she starts to think about her connection with her own mother.
The relationship between Kelly and her mother is difficult. Kelly misses warmth and friendliness, but when the story evolves she start to understand her mother more and more. The reason Kelly Corrigan writes this story is both a very strong and a bit of a sad one. The Tanner family has changed her perspective on life. From a daughter who struggles with her mother she becomes a daughter who has a very strong bond with her mother. That was the biggest strength of the book. I loved this book. The theme is emotional, but it never becomes too much, I never had the feeling I drowned in tears which easily could have happened with a story like this. I'm glad Kelly Corrigan was brave enough to write this book. 

Mar 24, 2014

Under the weather

At this moment I'm having a few days of rest. I will write more soon.

All in one Jack Willis from Asos

Mar 23, 2014

I'm a geek, I hate mud!

I had to crawl in the mud, I had to climb trees, sling ropes, jump over streams and I had to hike. I hated every minute of it. Why on earth would nobody take my no for an answer? I'm such a push over. I'm no atlete, I'm a book geek. I think they wanted me to camp, eat food from a tin and roast marshmallows over a fire. No way! I fled. Mud is not supposed to be on my clothes and in my hair, I want it as far away from me as possible. I sprinted to the shower when I got home and was so relieved when I was clean again. Never again!

Crippen Six Trouser by Zoe

Mar 22, 2014

Going to a restaurant opening in René Derhy

I wore this beautiful René Derhy Tinamou robe to the opening of a restaurant yesterday evening. My parents have a friend who has been a chef at someone else's restaurant for most of his life and now at the end of his career he's opened a place of his own. My whole family received an invitation and I could bring a guest. I wanted to take Ben, but he cancelled last weekend, so I asked one of my friends to join me. As Friday night normally is for my friends Jenna accompanied me. We had the luminous idea to wear the same dress. I chose the green and Jenna the blue. We got a lot of attention and there was some press to take photographs, so I'm in the newspaper! Fortunately the review was great and so was the evening. The dinner was absolutely delicious. Everything was fresh, delicate and elegant. I loved the atmosphere of the restaurant which is simple, but romantic with small tables, a dark wooden floor and candles in wine bottles.
I got a chance to update Jenna about the Jonathan situation. He wasn't so easily convinced, but in the end I managed. Now he knows, but she won't be able to go back to work there and the relationship will be over for sure. He wasn't very nice to be honest. Poor Naomi, she's lost so much in just one night. 

Meeting the famous Selena in my lovely Molly Bracken dress

I wore this Molly Bracken Robe Pull dentelle broche combi tulle dress to work on Friday. I'm in love with this dress, it looks so sweet! I combined it with off white Dr Martens Core Pascal lace up boots that I bought on Amazon. I had to welcome another author, Selena, who writes young adult fantasy books. At first I did the Spook's reading group and then the same teenagers stayed to attend a workshop given by Selena. Some other children signed up for it as well. It was quite an impressive group. I couldn't help but join the workshop. Of course I had to supervise, but I wanted to write a story with her guidance. It was such a lot of fun and I learned many new things. I was honored when some of the children let me read their stories and a few of them were pretty good.
Selena is such a nice person. She talked to her fans for about an hour afterwards which wasn't part of the program. When we were closing for the day I asked if she wanted a drink. Gina and Zoe joined us and we went to a wine bar. I went to a wine bar with a famous author, I feel so lucky! I love this event!

The Spook's Sacrifice by Joseph Delaney

The Spook's SacrificeThe Spook's Sacrifice

As the Spook’s apprentice Tom’s first duty is to protect the County from the dark. But now Mam needs his help in her homeland of Greece. One of the most dangerous of the old gods, the Ordeen, is about to return there, bringing slaughter and devastation. Meanwhile, the Devil himself is still loose and if he and the Ordeen join forces, a new age of darkness will descend. 

Mam has summoned a powerful group to her side but among them are Tom’s old enemy, the Pendle witches, including the assassin Grimalkin, and the cunning clan leader Mab Moldheel. Can Tom go against all the Spook has taught him and ally himself to the witches? What is the secret that Mam is keeping from him? And what sacrifices must be made in the battle against the dark?

As usual I borrowed the summary from Joseph Delaney's website. The Spook's Sacrifice is the sixth book in the Spook's Series. In this book Tom's mother plays an important role. She wants Tom to join her in a fight against the Ord, her sworn enemy.
The world is getting darker and darker and Tom has to give up some of his beliefs to do what he has to do. The Fiend is never far away. Fortunately Alice will stand by him again. A lot of terrible things happen and they are all sinister and gruesome. Not all enemies can be defeated at once and Tom finds himself in dire situations many times. What will they cost him and does Tom come out completely intact? I loved this book just as much as the previous ones, these books are truly wonderful!

Lavender loves Shopbop

My Shopbop favorites!

I love shopbop and spend hours browsing their website. Their delivery system is the best, it's very quick!

1. Diane von Furstenberg New Yahzi Wrap Maxi Dress
2. Unif Sherbert Sweater
3. Free People Track Jacekt
4. Chan Luu Skull Wrap Bracelet
5. Yarnz Lace Strawberry Scarf
6. Santi Beaded Clutch
7. Ash Shake Bis Glitter Sneakers
8. Marc by Marc Jacobs Rolled Slim Jeans
9. LNA Cortez Tank

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