Happy Halloween, World!

Happy Halloween, all! 🙂

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I’ve been so excited about this ghoulishly fun holiday coming this year that I just couldn’t take it! Now we’re here! The decorations are up, the food is being made – hello pumpkin shaped cheeseball and spider web died eggs! We are ready for Halloween!

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Unfortunately, we don’t have trick-or-treaters. I think that is a uniquely American happening. But we are so excited to see small bits of Halloween starting to come out here there and everywhere.

We’re getting ready to Par-Tay! Heheheh. Can’t Wait! I’m hoping this will be the first year of a lifelong tradition. Here’s to hoping all goes well!

This Halloween, I wanted to leave you with some funny and quite possibly inappropriate memes to get your day started! Enjoy!

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*Exactly what would happen if we got surprise Trick or Treaters ;P

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Have an absolutely ghoulishly wonderful Halloween!

-Mliae

*Photo sources: Pinterest, Best of Halloween Costumes, Twitter, PMSL web,

 

 

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Halloween: The best excuse to buy fun shoes!

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Hello my fellow shoe junkies! 🙂

OK, so I’m admittedly having a difficult time not wanting to hoard incredibly sexy shoes while doing my minimalist thing. But it doesn’t mean I can’t look…right? Besides, our Halloween party is coming up and I have the witches outfit but nothing to wear on my toesies. Until now, that is. And before you remind me that I am being wary of what I buy – I’ll let you know that I’ve been incredibly good so far and as a sexy heel fanatic, I actually do not have an overflowing variety of shoes. So let’s just consider my chosen pair to be an … investment. 😉

FSJ shoes is offering some very cool Halloween – worthy, super sexy heels right now. The price is right too AND it’s an international shop so you can find everything in your currency & shipping isn’t problem. I love that 😉

These Harley Quinn (featured) boots really got my attention & the price is actually not what you would think. Win-Sexy-Win! I also found these dark magenta stiletto ankle boots that are exactly what I would wear with my favourite skinny jeans! I have these categorized under the colour of red so you can see them together, found by clicking here.

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Now – this was the most difficult page of the online catalogue to get through. ‘Why’ you ask? Well, because they’re black. A basic colour for a non-basic shoe. I had to toss out my beloved black heels this past summer and I’ve yet to buy a replacement pair. So, I found myself with 20 pair of black heels in my cart. Hmmm… These 2 pairs are in the running for my witchy shoes. Which pair do you think will go best under a satin black wicked looking dress, but can also be used on a daily basis?

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They have a variety of heels – basically, anything you’re looking for. Like these stiletto boots, I love this grey pair for daily use! How cute would these be with a tailored pair of black trousers and a white button down shirt?

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What’s your Halloween shoe situation?

Have you tried FSJ shoes? If so, please share your experience with us!

-Mliae

*Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post. Those shoes are rad, tho. 😉

 

 

Pumpkin-Shaped Cheese Ball ala Bobbe!

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I found my Halloween party recipe! WWWAAAAHHHOOO!! Hehe. So excited about this awesome idea from www.bobbecrouch.com 😀 She makes this pumpkin shaped cheeseball look deceptively easy to make and I can’t wait to try it!
If you like creative bloggers with great personality, you should check out her blog. There’s lots of fun stuff!
Thank you, Bobbe for allowing me to share this!

Sweet Potato Gnocchi with creamy Mushroom Sauce

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Hello there 🙂
I HAD to reblog this Sweet Potato Gnocchi with creamy mushroom sauce recipe from www.ezentiallyfit.com This site is really new, but if this recipe is anything to judge by, there will be many great things to come.
The story behind this reblog is: I was traveling in Israel years ago and as a mostly vegetarian / quite finicky eater finding the perfect meal proved challenging in some cases. Until that is, I discovered a dish a lot like this recipe! I think it was more sweet potato cheese ravioli with a cream mushroom sauce – but with a thick gnocchi -like texture, but it was SO GOOD and I’ve been on the hunt for a simplified version of this recipe that I actually have a chance of making myself. So you can imagine how excited I was when I came across this post!
I hope you enjoy this as much as I am!

2 Year Blogaversary!

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Hello everyone! 🙂

I got a WordPress notification today that I was having an anniversary.

2 years! Can you believe it?! When I started this blog, I hesitated because I wasn’t sure I had any place here on the blogosphere. As it turns out, I got quite comfortable here, and quickly! I have had an amazing journey here so far & I find it difficult to imagine my life without the blog to share every amazing/dull/fascinating/sad & bizarro moment with you!

I really enjoy blogging here. I’ve met so many great people. I’ve made so many new friends here and I very much enjoy the interaction! Thank you so much! I owe each and every one of you a huge debt of gratitude for all that you have done for me. Thank you for taking the time to read my posts. Thank you for commenting; I love the connection! Thank you to those of you who have heard my cries for help and have come running to the rescue, and for some of those most awesome wedding ideas! I love hearing from you 🙂

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Again, I want to send a BIG THANK YOU to all my readers! Thank you so much for sticking with me, commenting, liking, laughing and actually sending me suggestions and wishes! Thank you for taking the time out of your lives to share with me in mine. I can say with 100% certainty that I would not be at this point in my blogging without you!

It’s been an incredible 2 years with you and I’m looking forward to celebrating the next one!

-Mliae

*Photo Credit: Photo by Poppies and Popcorn & She in the CLE

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Link Your Halloween Recipes!

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Hello there 🙂

It’s been awhile since I’ve posted a link-up, and they’re always so much fun! However, I wanted to do something a bit different this time. You see, I need your help!

With all the noise I’ve been making about Halloween, I finally decided to do it. I’m throwing a Halloween party! There will be both children and adults, so it has to be suitable. But I need some fun food ideas. Easy ones. I can cook, but I am no chef. But….. For some weird reason, I have a mental block against baked goods. Cakes, cookies, rolls – fuhgget about it. So, I’m sending a plea out into the blogosphere! If you have any, easy to make – don’t need a ton of ingredients – Halloween recipe on your blog, please leave it below! (Or if you have a recipe not yet on the blog & feel like helping me out – please write that bad boy out!) I need all the help I can get! Also, I’ll share the recipes I used after the party in a follow-up post 🙂

Whaddya say? Can you help me?

Can’t wait to see what you’ve got! Remember to leave the link to your Blog’s Halloween recipe below!

-Mliae

*Photo Source: Pinterest

 

BAD GIRL BEAUTY: Vintage Mugshot Makeup + Hair Inspiration

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I had to reblog this uniquely cool post from www.theeyeoffaith.com Thanks for letting me share! This post caught my attention because its so different and effective. I love the perspective. And with all the ‘hot guy mugshot’ weirdness floating around, finding these ironically beautiful shots from the last 60 years really caught my attention! I hope you enjoy this post as much as I did!

The Minimalist Closet: An Intro

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Hello there 🙂

This is my closet. You’ve seen this pic a few times, especially after I decided to keep only my natural fibre or sustainable clothing options.

I’ve decided to start a new experiment series regarding the minimalist wardrobe.

I browse the internet… A LOT. I’ve noticed that minimalism and the capsule wardrobe have garnered a ton of attention as the new trend. I hate to admit it, but I have to laugh when reading about the ‘French Wardrobe’ or the 33 items for 3 months – trend. You see, in my mind, it seems to be more a case of people wanting what they don’t have (i.e.; time, space, clean lines, easy decisions) than a case of really taking stock of what they have and using it to its full potential. This isn’t always the case, but it seems to be more so than not. People who have, want less. People who have not, want more. Welcome to the vicious cycle called Trends in Consumerism.

I live in Europe. It’s true that the storage space is minimal here, and also that the clothes cost a small fortune. (Especially when you have mentally/physically or age-wise outgrown H&M and all the other fast fashion warehouses.) It’s also true that basics need to be of good quality, since you will get the most wear out of them & that trendy items should be kept to a minimum. (The rules to the French Capsule Wardrobe state that you can buy unlimited basic, but purchase only 5 trendy items per fashion season: Spring/Summer & Autumn/Winter) This seems normal. I’m not sure who is able to buy an entire wardrobe of items every few months. (Basics or not) I go months without buying anything sometimes, but I guess that’s because I have more pressing financial priorities. I have a difficult time with refraining from purchases sometimes because I go ga-ga over items that are different. If the sleeves are different on an otherwise normal cashmere sweater or silk blouse, it will be mine. Fortunately for me, this is a rare occurrence when it means the item in question must also be 100% natural fabric. Unfortunately, there are 2 such items at the moment which are waiting patiently for my purchase. Hmmmm….

I see people going all Mari Kondo crazed. No, I have not read the book. Yes, I do know how to fold. How could I not, after spending the years of my youth working in retail? (Whew! Sure am glad to be done with that job…) I’m sure that Kondo is a wiz at what she does. But, I mean really, do you only have things in your home that ‘spark joy’? My cleaning supplies do not overjoy me when I hold them. It’s more of an ‘Uggghhhh…do I have to?’ My empty nondescript flower pots in storage don’t make me smile. But they are a necessary part of my life when spring comes for sprouting. The piles of bills, tax forms and papers on my desk don’t make me happy, but I would be S.O.L. without them. I think its the same with your wardrobe. Of course, we NEED to have things that make us happy, feel sexy, feel great! But wouldn’t we be missing something if that’s all we had? I mean, don’t get me wrong. If I could wear what I felt best in all day, every day – I totally would! But if I’m going to drop 100€+ on a pair of trousers, you better believe I won’t be wearing them to clean the house, run the dog, or netflix & chill with my guy. I’m going to wear the shittiest uniform I own to clean, sweats to run, and something pretty – yet at least mildly comfortable to hang in with babes. However, I do get the basic premise of Kondo’s method, and I agree. She is correct in that if you love the items you own (clothes, for our purposes) then you will be happy in your space. You will take care of your special items, and you will get the maximum amount of wear out of an item that makes you happy when you slip into it. Absolutely! I always say that I would rather have 5 items of clothing that make me feel Ah-Mazing instead of 20 that are ‘Meh’. The fact remains though, that most of us aren’t models. We have active and demanding daily lives and we need clothes that can cater to that aspect of us. So the question (1 of many) is: How do we make this work with a ‘minimalist wardrobe’.

I like this post by Susie Faux, who’s been an advocate of the Capsule Wardrobe for the past 30 years. She outlines the practical reasons why a Capsule Wardrobe is recommended and does not lay out rules.

I have to use the term ‘Minimalist’ or ‘French Capsule’ wardrobe loosely here. For our purposes, there are no rules except for one. I’m not going to count my sweaters and then deny myself a few faves because somewhere someone said I should only have 2. Not gonna happen. Although, speaking the truth, it seems that the internet is telling me that my wardrobe – the one I have now, IS a minimalist wardrobe. How did this happen?

The only rule I am giving myself for the next 12 months is that whatever I buy needs to be:

– 100% natural fabric (I’ve already done this for more than the past year & I love it)

– Of good quality

– Something that fits the size I actually am

– Versatile

– Well researched & thoughtfully considered (So…no impulse buys)

– An investment. Ie; Something that I can see myself using for the next 5 years.

So, to get to the point, I’m taking on this challenge for the next 12 months. I will be posting regularly about my wardrobe, my progress, my insanity and my purchases. I do hope you will follow the journey with me.

Have any of you tried any of the minimalist wardrobe challenges? If so, please tell us about it in the comment section below!

-Mliae

Birthdays are for….

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…CELEBRATING! Birthdays are for celebrating!!

It’s a BIG one this year and I wanna party like I’m not old yet! (or not old soon either) 😀 Which is why I’ve decided to celebrate as much as possible for the entire week. Yeah, you heard me…how often does the decade-o-meter flip over?!?

So let’s do this… Let’s party! Grab your favourite imaginary dish and drop a link to your blog’s most recent post in the comment section!

 

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Birthday cupcake on silver paper, with one candle, and sprinkles.

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It’s party & blog link-up time!

-Mliae

 

 

 

Deception, Infringement, and Fire – The Best Boozy Lawsuits that Ever Happened!

Hello there 🙂
I had to share this great post by www.lorynstone.wordpress.com
I happened upon it while discovering new blogs & the business nerd in me had a party. Reading about fascinating corporate lawsuits is what got me through Trade Law & to this day, I’m like a moth to a flame with these stories. I hope you enjoy these as much as I did, and feel free to check out her fascinating blog while you’re at it!

Recycled Book Reading Challenge: A Change in Altitude by Anita Shreve

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Greetings my fellow earthlings 🙂

Today, finally – I’m on time!

I’m not sure where I found this book. Honestly, I’ve been dragging it around with me for the past decade and I never cracked the spine. Now I have, it feels good & I can pass this book along to someone else who might enjoy the read.

I begrudgingly admit, that I am not a huge fan of this book. It’s a shame, really, since I have devoted so much of my time and space to keeping this book for so long. But alas, all things must come to an end.

I like the actual story line. Written about a newlywed couple who set off for an adventure in Kenya. The problem is, for me, that the characters weren’t so relatable and the overall telling of the story seemed to have some gaps. (Now, I’m not one to criticize as my story telling skills are basically nonexistent.) But I guess what I’m trying to say is that parts just didn’t seem realistic; plausible – that there was somehow an extra explanation missing that would’ve tied it all together. You know what I’m trying to say? And, the ending was weird. It felt more like the author just stopped writing and turned it in, instead of wrapping it up for us with a pretty gold bow.

There was this one part that stuck in my mind, and I would like to ask any of you who might know if this is actually true. There was a break-in, and our main lady states that the only reason their documents weren’t taken is because she stashed them in her under things drawer. That an African man would never go trifling through a woman’s under garments. In the story, that was the only space that wasn’t disturbed. Is this a real thing? Would be great to know if it really is that way or not.

If you would like to join the Recycled Book Reading Challenge, we would love to have you! You can find the guidelines here. I will share your posts that month on my Challenge write-up post.

Unfortunately, this month, no-one has yet shared their posts, so I will link to some previous challenge posts if you’re interested.

State Fair Recipes

Bartending for Dummies pocket edition

Walt Whitman selected poems 

Let’s dust off those old books and finally give them a read!

Have you been doing the Recycled Book Reading Challenge? If so, drop your post link below!

-Mliae