Live Love Read 30.08.15

by Gio

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I turned 33 last Wednesday. I’m not sure how I feel about that. My 30s are turning out to be the best decade of my life so far (hope I haven’t jinxed it now!), but I don’t really feel like an adult. Does anyone ever?

It was also the first time I spent my birthday away from my family. It was bittersweet. I saw and talked to them on Skype, but it’s not the same thing as having them here. Why do plane tickets have to be so damn expensive in August?!

Oh, well, I still had a great day. My flatmate made me a delicious treacle tart. It didn’t last long. And I went to a By Terry event, where I got the chance to finally met the lovely Sascha from Beauty Geek, Alex from I Heart Beauty, and Julie from FashBeautyAcne. It was wonderful catching up with everyone.

So, my first birthday in London was great. I wonder what next year will bring…



Berries. Strawberries. Raspberries. Blueberries. Anything berry-flavoured.

I start my morning with a nice cup of red berry-flavoured tea, and a bowl of muesli mixed with strawberry-flavoured yogurt. Then, I add some blueberries in for good measure. Overload? Maybe, but it’s delicious!

I can’t resist berry cheesecakes either. Or berry brownies. Or anything with berries. They’re so good. I’m not talking just about the taste. They’re chock-full of antioxidants that help you stay healthy.

Ok, maybe they’re healthier when eaten on their own, which I do too. But a slice of cheesecake every now and then has never hurt anyone. And if you must have one, choose one loaded with antioxidants, right? Well, that’s my excuse, and I’m sticking to it. 🙂

By Terry Light Expert Click Brush. It’s so versatile, and makes skin glow! Review coming soon.

Soigné nail polishes. The bottles are so chic! And the formula doesn’t disappoint either.

This Chi Chi London dress. It reminds me of a stained-glass window. Wouldn’t you love to wear such an artwork?

the eagle in splendour


A Decade of French Fashion, 1929-1938: From the Depression to the Brink of War by Mary Carolyn Waldrep
A collection of more than 100 illustrations showing the fashion trends of the last decade before the Second World War. As the roaring 20s came to an end, fashion once again became more conservative. Hemlines plummeted again, and silhouettes were softer, focused more on curves than angles. But don’t worry. You won’t find any boring lectures here. In fact, there’s barely any text. The illustrations speak for themselves. If you’re intrigued by fashion and its history, check it out. It’s available at Amazon UK and Amazon US.

The Eagle in Splendour: Napoleon I and His Court by Philip Mansel
This book was first published in 1987, and it shows. The writing style is a bit old and flowery, but don’t let that put you off. The subject is fascinating. It’s about Napoleon, the people at his court, and their relationships. It shows how Napoleon, despite having risen so high thanks to the French Revolution, was actually a devoted monarchist who craved hierarchy and class structure. The grandeur he loved just a mask for his insecurities. His rude behaviour to ambassadors, royals, and courtiers, excused only until he was victorious. This book’s very insightful, and shows us a different side of Napoleon. It’s available at Amazon UK and Amazon US to.

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cheryl woodman August 31, 2015 - 9:07 am

HAPPY BIRTHDAY LOVELY!!!! Those cheesecakes sound awesome, brownies are my weakness and I can imagine they taste OOTW with berries! Thankyou for the mention 🙂 xx

Gio August 31, 2015 - 12:13 pm

Cheryl, thank you! They were delicious. Everything tastes better with berries, doesn’t it?

My pleasure. 🙂

Marina (Makeup4all) September 1, 2015 - 2:26 pm

Happy Birthday! So happy that you are enjoying your thirties! x

Gio September 2, 2015 - 6:23 am

Marina, aww thank you!


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