Nov 30, 2011

piles of books

Piles of books...

I'm surrounded by them...

No room in our apartment without one...

Do I care?

No. Not really.

To say it differently: I love it! I simply love to be surrounded by books. Every time I look at the books I feel a tiny but pleasant twinge of anticipation. Sooner or later I will have to time to read all those books and that's what I'm looking forward to. Event now when simply talking about it I am excited.

I know that my love for books is a tiny bit crazy... but that's actually my smallest problem ;) 
So just that you know how crazy, here comes a list with some facts about me and books:

1. I decided to have a book with me wherever I go thanks to Rory Gilmore (I'm serious here). I even carry one with me when I'm hanging with friends. just in case!

2. I love the feeling of being completely taken in by a book. When the tears of joy and sorrow wet your cheeks. When you laugh out loud in the middle of a crowd. And when you shout at the pages in anger. That's the spirit!

3. I'm jealous of Belle from Beauty and the Beast because she can read while walking. I certainly haven't mastered that skill yet.

4. I don't like to borrow other people's books the same way I don't like other people borrowing mine.

5. I can't reread a book because if I spend time reading books I've already read I will never be able to read all the things I want to read before I die.

6. Whenever I go to a giant bookstore I feel like a five-year old on christmas.

7. Nothing smells better than the unopened pages of a new book.

8. I always judge a book by its cover. And I don't understand how there can be so many books around with ugly covers.

9. I was the kind of kid that got in trouble for reading past my bedtime. Always under the blanket and with a pocket lamp.

10. And one more: The fact that there are still great books out there gives me hope for the human race!

That's the pile of books right next to my bed. The bottom one, Paul Hoffman's "The Left Hand of God", I've already finished. The title and the blurb (and the cover of course) took my in right away... the story however didn't. I wouldn't exactly recommend it. 

The two books by Glenda Larke are part of the "Stormlord"-trilogy. Reading the first one was really a pleasure. Only problem with these two following ones: the setting is almost always a desert. Seriously, I can't read that when it only 5°C outside. They will have to wait till summer.

I won't say a word about Twilight... haha, I might lose some friends if I do! So let's rather talk about George R. R. Martin's  "A Game of Thrones". That book is my read at the time and although I'm only about 100 pages into the book I've already grown seriously attached to the characters. I started watching the series on television  as well(which by the way is great), but holding that thick and heavy book in my hands simply makes happy.

A second pile of books stacks some more books I wanna read. Three of them are historical fiction about the Roman Empire... I will surely enjoy them. And as soon as it starts to snow (hey, snow, where are you?!) I will start reading the two crime stories by Jo Nesbo.

And last but not least: my University books. Not that I don't like them, but they're just not that much fun as the "leisure time"-books. However, I have to admit that I enjoyed reading James Hogg's "Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner". As strange as it might be, it's a fantastic read! Just like Scott... a classic! 

And should you be a student of English literature just like me (haha, I'm sure there aren't that many around), you'll know how helpful the Norton Anthologies can be. And so is this one on theory and criticism. 

So get your noses back into your books and enjoy the ink-written words!

xoxo your book-lover linskaya

Nov 29, 2011

I've got some new shoes on...

Usually, I'm not a big fan of UGG boots. There is just nothing beautiful about them and they make even the prettiest girl look crude. No heels, no nice shape and no pretty colours: I really don't understand what girls like about them. 

The situation is, however, completely different with these cute ballerinas which my boyfriend got me for the first advent. Aren't they super-duper-lovely? I wouldn't wear them outside, but whenever I'm home I slip into them and enjoy the cuddly feeling of the furry shoe-sole.

aaaaahhhh, I love my new shoes... I'll never have to suffer of cold feet again!

xoxo linskaya

Nov 20, 2011

winter favourites

I want snow! Like really much! Like right now! 
Sadly enough, it's not gonna happen... not in the next few weeks anyway. But I'm not gonna stop wishing for it. And until the fluffy white flakes start falling down from heaven, I will revel in the cold and enjoy my new winter favourites:

The winter scarve and the gloves will keep me warm. As well as the super delicious black chai tea! hmmmm... the lavande handcream from L'Occitane will keep my hands from becoming dry and the smell is just lovely: the best handcream ever! and whenever I'm home, I light my Othello-flavoured candle from Laduree. 

And my new iPhone?! Well, I simply love it (and that's not connected to the season!) 

Enjoy your sunday evenings, folks!!!
xoxo linskaya

Winter Scarve from H&M
iPhone 4S white from Apple
Black Chai Tea from Sirocco
Othello Candle from Laduree
Lavande Handcream from L'Occitane
Black Leather Gloves from H&M

Nov 18, 2011

jewellery (or wanna have part V)

Wow - I just realised that is part number five of my "wanna have" series. Seems like I wanna have many things! With christmas time approaching quickly (is it just me, or are these weeks flying by more quickly every year?! Gosh, I'm getting old...) my wishlist is not going to shrink.

Well, I'm gonna do this post anyway because I wanted to do it for weeks... and because I fell in love with these pieces of jewellery. I especially heart the ones in the upper-middle. so simple and so cute! I found them all on Etsy and just be told: Should you know a jewellery-loving friend (like me) or if you're a guy and have a girlfriend, Etsy has plenty and plenty of cute shops with cute stuff. Why? Hello? didn't I just say that christmas is approaching?! :)

So, have fun searching and finding your way through cool christmas presents!

And have a great weekend (I hope to be posting more in the near future despite all the work...)

xoxo your linskaya (who is really wishing for snow now!!!!!)

Nov 11, 2011

ink under your skin (or inspiration part III)

I never thought about getting a tattoo - until a while ago. I am not really thinking about getting one now, but I realised that there are indeed tattoos that are fascinatingly beautiful. I'm not talking about huge coloured dragons across the whole body or about tribals... no way that I will ever like that! That's just as bad as chinese symbols (you can never be sure what they really mean anyway) or other popular things like roses, butterflies or dolphins! And you should obviously never burdon yourself with names or initials of your loved one... even if you intend to be staying together forever!

Just have a look at the collected pictures above and you'll know what kind of tattoos I mean: lovely, fragile, even tiny ones. The placement is what makes the difference! I couldn't tell which tattoo from the ones above I like best. They are all special in their own ways...

And once again: I'm not thinking about getting a tattoo - I'm merely admiring the art of tattooing (for the first time in my life)!

xoxo linskaya

Nov 5, 2011

marshmallow hot chocolate

I really like to reserve some time on Friday evenings to do whatever I like to do. Strangely enough, I almost always end up reading despite all the university reading during the rest of the week. But I simply love the feeling of slowly reducing the piles of books that surround me all the time. No matter what, I try to really allow myself 2-3 hours of precious me-time every week. And guess what? It reduces stress even better than a yoga class… 

Clearly you need something milky and chocolatey and warm and delicious to go with a good read in your me-time. I’d suggest: marshmallow hot chocolate.  It only makes sense, don’t you think?

3 heaped tablespoons of dark/milk/white (whatever you prefer) chocolate chips
2 (really big) marshmallows
1 cup/mug of milk (any fat content you fancy)
Tiny sugar stars for decoration
  • Gently heat milk over low heat.  Whisk constantly so the milk doesn’t burn.
  • Add the chocolate chips to the hot milk.  Whisk until completely blended and super delicious looking.
  • Add one of the two marshmallows, which you have reduced into smaller pieces. Stir until the marshmallow pieces have dissolved.
  • Pour into a mug and top with cocoa powder, tiny sugar stars and a marshmallow-heart (I used a cookie-cutter to get the heart-shape)
Now lean back and enjoy your me-time and for once don't worry about calories!

Nov 1, 2011

pinecone deco

Another great and sunny autumn weekend went past. And winter is approaching quickly! That's why I thought it's time to show you my autumn decoration. Really simple: fill chestnuts into a glass vase and fill up with pinecones. That alone would suffice for a great deco piece but I painted two of the pinecones gold to add a little liveliness. Hope you like it!

xoxo linskaya

PS: sorry for the really short post...