Sunday, September 21, 2014

Sneak Peek - Fall 2014

Hello everyone!

I hope you are all having a lovely sunday doing absolutely nothing, I know that I will probably spend hours catching up on tv shows & reading books, avoiding the university work I could (&should!) be doing. But hey, it's sunday! This is a rather small post today, if you read our posts on a regular basis you will know that Holly & I had a online shopping spree last week-end, and so I decided to take a few pictures of the newest additions to our wardrobe! Regrettably my camera wasn't cooperative today. I've had my Nikon d5100 for almost two years now, & I love it, but I think I've reached the point where I feel like I can no longer progress in blogging with this camera. I am fully aware that having a better camera doesn't improve your photography skills, however there is only so much I can achieve with this one.. Sad times :(
I'm currently obsessing over structured knits, clean cut crop tops and suede jackets. I fell head over heels for these ones from Mango, I actually picked out this stunning dark wood green jacket for Holly, as it instantly reminded me of Clary Fray. (once again taking inspiration from my favourite fictional characters!) I loved it so much I got the same in black hehe :3 This a/w, I'm aiming for structured, modern looks with a touch of boho when it comes to accessories! I can't wait to style these items and share them with you! Have a lovely day <3 

Summer x

All Mango!

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Duster Jacket

Hello everyone!

Ahhh, finally a new outfit post. I'm really sorry for the lack of activity, getting used to a new schedule was a lot harder than I anticipated! But today we finally went out and took some pictures! We had a ridiculously big online shopping spree last week-end. I don't think I can even justify it. I mean, I needed some new clothes for winter, but yeah. I mostly got casual & basic wear, as I tend to do a lot of layering in winter. I've been wanting a duster coat for a while now, & I fell in love with this one from asos. They had quite a few to choose from, and I spent ages trying to decide which one to go for, and they kept going out of stock, especially when Kylie Jenner wore one similar to this recently! I decided to get a lighter color in the end, because in autumn/winter I'm always wearing dark clothes, which is something I want to change this year! So I went for this baby blue color to brighten up my wardrobe a little! A duster coat is the perfect transitional piece for autumn. Not too heavy but just right for fighting the early winter chill. Holly is wearing our new asos high waisted cropped skinnies, which are nice & comfy yet the material is quite thick which is perfect for this weather. Paired with this basic dark grey top for a casual look, and owl print socks win every time!

Monday, September 15, 2014

Thoughts on "Bloodlines" by Richelle Mead

Hello everyone! 

Last night I finished Bloodlines by Richelle Mead, the first book in a new series which is a spinoff of Vampire Academy. It was published in 2011, and to this date it is followed by 3 books. If you guys read the post I wrote about VA, you'll know that the reason I loved those books was because of the characters. I wasn't quite sure about reading this new spinoff series, but I asked on tumblr & quite a few people got back to me telling me I should! & when I discovered that it was centered around my favourite character, the alchemist Sydney Sage, I just had to give it a go. There is so much mystery about her I just needed to know more! In this short review I will be quite vague in some areas as to not spoil it for anyone, and so although I mention the main plot, I will not be talking about the sub-plots and other aspects of the story, so those who wish to read it can keep an open mind. This short post is just a general overview of the book, allowing me to share my personal thoughts and impressions.

Sydney Sage, who first appeared in Blood Promise, then Spirit Bound & Last Sacrifice, has helped Rose and her friends numerous times. After her involvement with them in Last Sacrifice, she is now on bad terms with the alchemists, who claim that she can no longer be trusted because of her involvement with Rose & Lissa. Her job as an alchemist is at stake, to the point where she might be sent to a re-education centre. She is woken up in the middle of the night and given one last chance by her superiors: help protect the Queen's sister, Jill Dragomir from those who wish to kill her to end the Queen's rule. A few days earlier, Jill had been attacked by these dissident Moroi at court, thus causing the Court to take extra safety precautions with her. The Court decides the best course of action is to send Jill away from court, to a new location where she would be safe from any Moroi or Strigoi wishing to end the Queen's rule. Naturally, this new location will have to somewhere hot and sunny as to not attract any Strigoi, and so Palm Springs in California becomes the choice location. 
Sydney will not be going alone: some familiar faces will be joining her on this mission : my personal favourite Adrian Ivashkov and the dhamphir Eddie Castile who is Jill's bodyguard.

From the very beginning, there are a lot of mysteries and secrecy surrounding all the characters, which allows us to form numerous assumptions and theories, that in turn keep us glued to the book wanting to know more and more. Bit by bit these mysteries are unravelled, surprising us and yet causing further anticipation. I was so intrigued by all the different plots, characters & backstories throughout the book. 

This books discusses several themes that, of course, tie in with the YA fiction genre: identity, friendship, family, school, confidence... The most important being identity. In this book alone the character development is very significant. The changes that  both Sydney & Adrian go through are very meaningful, and the relationship between the two is essential in both of their character development : they are complete polar oppisites, and so they both end up unknowingly influencing eachother.
The most distinguishing theme for me however was that of pressure & expectation. Sydney feels like she must live up to the expectations of her father and of the alchemists: succeed in protecting Jill whilst not forming a friendship with her. What is also interesting is that we discover the different values that Sydney was taught in her upbringing. A brilliant way of showing that racism is taught. No one is born racist. Another great thing is her view on magic. How can someone cope with living with another, who has the power to wield magic, when they've been taught to despise it as it is "evil and unnatural"?

I think Sydney is the perfect choice to lead this new story. Not only are we intrigued by her backstory, but also about the duty of the alchemists. I have already fallen in love with this character: she has so many personnality traits that I admire, but also she also has issues that I want to help her get through. 

I think ages 13-18 would enjoy this book the most!

Friday, September 12, 2014

Week-end at home / Little update

 Hello everyone!

First of all I would like to apologize for the lack of posts lately! Holly is waiting to buy some new clothes before taking more outfits posts. Also this week was our first week back at university! Getting back into the whole student routine has been a little difficult, especially after spending most of the summer going to bed at 2 or 3 am & getting up at midday. I can't wait for my bodyclock to go back to normal & get into a proper routine of uni and blogging! In the meantime, here are a couple of pictures I took around home. As much as I love living in a town, nothing beats being back here. Our pets won't stop following us everywhere! Have a lovely w-e! Summer x

Saturday, September 6, 2014

B & W

Hello all!

Here's a long portrait post today. I tried this hairstyle know as "milkmaid braids" a few days ago & I fell in love with the result. After yesterday's post I really wanted to try something different. I don't often wear my hair up, like a lot of people my hair is my safety blanket, & I always feel exposed in a way when I have it up whereas when it's down I can hide behind it. Also since it's curly I need a style that won't make it too frizzy and unmanageable! This look didn't take long to do at all, it's really easy and it's something you can do on your own. It's great when you're having a bad hair day too, I would recommend doing it on 2 or 3 day old hair so it holds better. I washed my hair yesterday and so the braids felt a bit loose,but thanks to a few clips it worked out ok! This look really shows off your features in a subtle effortless way. Holly french braided her hair on each side of her head, leaving the crown untouched. It's also really easy to do as you can do it by yourself with some practice. It's also a great alternative to having an undercut, especially for all those who are blessed with thick hair and a perfect hairline! (I envy you all). I love it as it adds an edge to your look without being too over the top. Hope you guys have a lovely w-e <3 S x

Friday, September 5, 2014

Hair Inspiration : braids

Marchesa Fall 2014
Emilia Clarke as Daenerys Targaryen in Game of Thrones.

Hello everyone!

I thought I'd do something a little different today, I've decided to make a post featuring some of my favorite hairstyles with braids/plaits. These hairstyles consist of all different kind of braids: french braids, dutch braids, fishtail, twists and twirls. This look has rised in popularity over the past few months, with the way characters style their hair in films/tv shows : it began with Daenerys Targaryen's platinum silver hair, with a different style of braids in every other episode of Game Of Thrones. Then came Katniss Everdeen of The Hunger Games films, and perhaps more recently the tv shows Vikings and Orange is the New Black (''cornrows!'')
This is a perfect example of how films/tv shows can influence us. Our looks are definitely influenced by our favorite fictional characters (books and tv alike!). But this look isn't only popular on screen, it's also on the runway, with brands such as Dolce and Gabbana (see their S/S 2014 looks here) : the models wore their hair in beautiful braided up-do's, decorated with pearls, flowers, and even coins. Such looks were also seen in the Alexander McQueen AW14 show, where models have cornrows that spiraled around in a circle, and in Marchesa Fall 2014 which also had cornrow braids which were created to "contrast the sophisticated look of the clothes".  I think it's a great edgy look that adds a lot to a sophisticated, glamorous look. & it also looks great at the beach! It's also a great way to show off your facial features.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

The Liebster Award

Hellooo everyone!

This is the second time we've been nominated for a Liebster Award, I hadn't got round to making a post about it, so here it is! Thankyou very much Hayley for the nomination!

The rules :

  • Thank the lovely blogger who has nominated you.
  • Answer the 11 questions they’ve asked you.
  • Nominate 11 blogger's (they have to have under 200 followers).
  • Ask them 11 questions which they can answer in a post.

11 facts about Holly & Summer

- We're identical twins (yes really)
- Born in Enfield, London, but we currently live in France (since 2002)
- Bilingual (we speak English + french fluently)
- We both love films, it's how we spend the majority of our time off (lord of the rings extended version yeeah)
- Holly is a little bit taller then Summer (ehehe)
- Huge book worms & tv show geeks 
- Holly hates mornings so much that we avoid eachother completely for at least 1 hour
- We both have naturally blond curly hair
- We may dress up alot on our blog but our perfect night/evening is staying in, in our pj's, watching a show, & eating fajitas
- Currently studying performing arts/film at University (2nd year)
- We lead a healthy lifestyle but I eat chocolate every day. Every single day. My parents hide it now whenever I'm home. (some people drink coffee everyday. I eat chocolate!)

Questions from Hayley

1. What is your guilty pleasure? It has to be One Direction.
2. Favorite band, singer, or type of music? We mostly listen to movie scores/soundtracks, our fave composers are : Hans Zimmer, Ramin Djawadi, Henry Jackman, Howard Shore.. We're also big fans of Florence + The Machine for my part (Holly)!
3. Describe yourself in 3 words : tall, shy, introvert (this goes for both of us, we're so similar)
4. Tea of Coffee? TEA. Tea all day everyday 
5. If you had one wish what would it be? To live a happy and successful life which impacts others in the most positive and inspirational way possible.
6. Describe your perfect partner : Chris Evans.
7. Favorite animal : cats and dogs. Don't make me choose!!
8. What do you most like to blog about? Holly : I really want to write for more book and film reviews, but all the books I've been reading have been series so it takes ages to read them all! This is ironic since most posts on here are just fashion, I like blogging about films more really! Summer : I enjoy writing book reviews as I find it more challenging!
9. What is your favorite social media site and why? Tumblr is our favorite. I have learnt more on Tumblr about politics, social issues, racism, sexism & feminism then on any other website or at school for that matter.
10. If you could change your name, what would you change it to? Holly : Ravenna. Summer : Rhaenerys (as an avid Game Of Thrones reader, she's a massive fan!)
11. A saying/quote that describes you or your life? Your beliefs don't make you a better person, your behavior does.

My questions

1. Who is your biggest celebrity crush?
2. What is one thing that is on your bucket list? 
3. Favorite fictional character?
4. Name one strange fact about yourself!
5. If you could pack up and leave, and go wherever you wanted to right now, where would you go and why?
6. Who is your inspiration/role model? Why? 
7. Earliest childhood memory? 
8. What inspired you to start blogging?
9. Tell us 2 lies and 1 truth about your life, not saying which is which!
10. How do you like spending your free time?
11. Describe your perfect Sunday.

My nominations

3. Rosie
6. Allison at Broke hell
Hope you all enjoyed this post! Have a lovely week :)
Holly x