Wednesday, July 30, 2014

By the port




Helloooo everyone!

Big post today!
The weather has been so gorgeous lately, we couldn't resist a little trip to a nearby city called 'La Rochelle'. It's known for it's old port, which served as a trading place years ago. It has since been a very popular tourist hot spot, with thousand of visitors every summer (more information on LR in an old post!).

We started our afternoon with a little walk around the town, we bought ice-cream from it's famous ice-cream shop which has a huge variety of delicious flavors! After that we met up with our family and our friends to celebrate our parents wedding anniversary, & in the evening we dined on delicious Thai food. The pictures we took with the sunset are my favorite, I never get tired of the view!

I'm wearing a pretty casual outfit which I've worn several times due to my inability to properly pack for staying at home (the majority of my clothes are at my flat, grr), Summer decided to wear light clothes as we were walking around all the day in the sun, with a long-sleeved shirt to avoid sunburns. 

Hope everyone is having a good week, and making the most of the summer!
Holly xxx



Holly

Summer

Summer is wearing : 

Shoes : Zara
Shorts&Shirt : H&M
Bag & Watch : ASOS

Holly is wearing:

Shoes, Top, Skirt : ASOS
Bag : H&M
Kimono : Urban Outfitters









I decided to just go ahead with putting lemon juice all over my hair the other day and sit in the sun with it, to see if it does actually make it lighter, and it did! It was very messy and my hair needed a good condition afterwards, but it worked! 











Monday, July 28, 2014

Gold Floral Headpiece



Hello everyone!

I bought this beautiful gold floral hair piece from Zara a few weeks ago and have been waiting for the perfect time to wear it! We decided to take these pictures in the evening, when the sun was just beginning to set. The light was perfect with a beautiful golden hue to it :3 There is a specific way to wear this piece, but I experimented with different ways too, I can't wait to try an up-do with braids one evening! In the first few pictures, I'm wearing it how you are supposed to & in the others I played around with it a bit!

 I must admit wearing hair pieces / crowns always makes me feel like a princess. Or in this case an elf warrior from Ellesmera. (Eragon anyone?) I think it's the perfect romantic and charming touch to an outfit, especially during the summer time. I kept my make-up simple, with a touch of blush and a nice coat of mascara, and wore my beautiful gold bee earrings from asos! Let me know what you think  xx
Summer 









Friday, July 25, 2014

Monochrome



Hello everyone!

It's literally been so hot this week that I haven't been able to do anything but go in the pool all day, it's only just bearable to walk around outside in the evening at 6-7 o'clock, which is when we took these pictures. I love the light at this time of day too, just perfect for photos (direct sunlight is never good!). I'm wearing my new H&M kimono, which was on sale for only 5 euros, with my high-waisted topshop skirt and black crop top from ASOS. I also stole my mum's shoes that she bought from Zara. I kept my make-up light because of the heat, and as always my hair with it's natural curls.
I also took some pictures of Summer wearing an amazing head piece, they will be on the blog soon! 

Hope you guys have a great week-end, the only place I actually want to be at is the San Diego Comic Con, it's my dream to go there one year and attend all my fave tv show/film panels (aka The Maze Runner, The Walking Dead, Game Of Thrones, The Avengers, Teen Wolf, Supernatural, The Hobbit.. and so many more!) I'm so passionate about film and tv series, I can't even imagine how awesome SDCC is!! Enjoy your day and stay cool! & for those lucky enough to experience Comic Con, have a good one! 

P.S : I'm very happy in the pictures but I look kinda miserable at times :P

Holly xxx









Bandit!


Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Thoughts on the Vampire Academy series by Richelle Mead


Hello everyone!

Today I will be talking about the Vampire Academy book series by Richelle Mead. I bought the first book a few months ago, I felt ready to begin a new book series and fall in love with new fictional characters and discover a whole new different world. I will try my best to avoid spoilers, however if I do I will warn you before hand!

First of all, I'd like to say that I love Y A fiction (The Hunger Games, Divergent, The Maze Runner, The Mortal Instruments...) and this series definitely possesses the characteristics specific to the Young Adult Fiction genre:  it involves themes that appeal to these readers, and with which they can relate to. Identity, sexuality, love, friendship, bullying and popularity, depression, family troubles. All these themes are explored through the lead characters life experiences, in a world where the supernatural and the paranormal is just an normal everyday thing. It fits in the paranormal romance, urban and dark fantasy genres.

In this case, the lead character is Rose Hathaway, a 17 year old Dhampir who is training to become a bodyguard to protect her best friend & bond-mate Lissa Dragomir, a Moroi and also of royalty, the last of her line. The story is set in a world of magic & vampires (the good ones called the Moroi and the bad, known as the Strigoi. I'll let you discover the reason why there are 2 different ones!)

In these books you'll discover vampires (Moroi & Strigoi), dhamphirs, guardians, vampire politics and royalty and magic. 
I really enjoyed the first 3 books: Vampire Academy, Frostbite & Shadow Kiss. However during the fourth book, Blood Promise, I got really bored with the plot and the general lack of story development. The only reason I pursued reading it is because of my love for the characters, particularly Christian Ozera, Adrian Ivashkov & Sydney Sage. The former is with us from book one, Adrian Ivashkov makes his debut in book two and Sydney Sage in book four. I think the reason I was disappointed with book four is because there was so much potential & so many interesting ideas and concepts (concerning the use of magic for one) but instead the story was focused on a love story between the lead character and SPOILER her teacher/crush Dimitri Belikov. Even though the whole story in general is based on this, having an entire book where Rose only thinks about how good looking and tall he was became a little annoying and unbearable, especially when the story could have focused on magic users and alchemists, not to mention the different abilities of the shadow-kissed. (Sorry for being vague, I would rather you guys discovered the story yourselves ;) )  But that is just my opinion, for those who love a good star crossed lovers love story, then this series is the one for you.

One thing you should know about these books is that it's constructed in a way that the whole start and middle of the book is a build-up towards the "finale", so most of the time you have no idea where the plot is leading you until the last few chapters. In the last book however, the plot is laid out from start to finish and has loads of action and one or two plot twists. For me personally, it definitely makes up for the last two books that I found slightly disappointing in terms of plot. (However the characters are so love-able and the story has so much potential that I couldn't help reading on, and I'm so glad that I did because the last book is probably the best). One thing I love in books is team work, & throughout the last book all the characters are working together, learning more about each-other and bringing them closer together.

What I found disappointing: lack of story development concerning magic: what are the limits? what else are spirit users capable of achieving? Moroi training/fighting? What else can the shadow-kissed do?

All the different ideas expressed throughout the series: true love and soul-mates, equality, royalty, sacrifice.

I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who loves love stories, love triangles, vampires and magic. I would say anyone between the ages of 13-17/18 would enjoy this the most.  
I'm really glad I read these books as I love the characters and the concept of magic-using vampires. 

Bloodlines is a spin-off series that follows some of the characters from Vampire Academy, so I might give it a read in a bit. Hope you enjoyed this post and please let me know what you think! x 

Summer.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Green & a touch of red



Hello everyone!

Wow this weather. is. amazing. It was 37.5' yesterday here in SW France and pretty much the same here today but with more humidity! I know a lot of people don't like close humid weather but I love it, I love the smell of earth and rain and the feel of hot summer air on my skin! Apparently we are getting thunderstorms tonight but hopefully not too much rain!

 We took these pictures earlier today, as soon as we walked outside we knew we had about 5 minutes before it started raining and funny enough as soon as Holly switched the camera on a few drops began to fall. It's always tricky dressing for this kind of weather, it's always best to wear something light that won't stick to your back and make you feel disgusting and in need of a shower. I decided to wear my leather green top with some shorts, sandals & simple make-up. I love this top because the fit is great as it isn't skin tight so I don't get too hot in it. Holly wore these amazing white shorts with a red embroidered floral design with a simple black top & slip on sandals. Living in this climate you would think that Holly & I would be pretty tanned right? Well, no. We remain as pale as ever (believe it or not we have got fake-tan on here!) with hundreds of freckles covering every inch of our skin. Oh, the joys of being British! Have a lovely w-e, Summer x

Summer
Holly
Holly is wearing: 

Top: Topshop
Shorts&Shoes: Zara

Summer is wearing: 

Top&Kimono: Zara
Shorts: H&M
Bag&Shoes: ASOS