Recycled Book Reading Challenge: Sandstorm by Michael Asher

This book was passed along to me by a friend of mine after he finished reading it. It’s been sitting on my bookshelf for awhile, so I thought it would be a great pick for November’s Recycled Book Reading Challenge.

This book is set in the Sahara, during the 50’s. It is a bit cliché – the whole honor, nomadic wanderer, loyalty, betrayal in the desert thing. But it is a good book…so far…for a few days of chilling out.

However, I must be honest. I was unable to complete this book before todays challenge deadline. So it is difficult for me to share an accurate assessment. I’m not exactly sure why…maybe the tiredness. But I just couldn’t get into it as an adventure book, which I generally get so involved in, I can’t put them down. But by the time I got about 100 pages in, it started to seem a bit…easy to guess where it was going. I did try to finish it, but it just didn’t hold my attention. I’ll be passing this one along. I guess now I understand why it was given to me 😉

I’m loving reading your challenge posts!

-Mliae

Book Review: Futuring the Future by Michael F. Kaufmann #FuturingtheFuture


Firstly, I must admit that this book was a bit difficult to follow. So please understand that this may influence my review a bit, as I was unable to completely grasp some things.

Written in a simple style, this book is both fiction and non-fiction, woven together in an intricate tale which blurs the lines of reality in order to create an out-of-the-box picture of our interactions with other planetary lifeforms.

Although written to be simply understood, this book is very complex as far as critical thinking  and story plot is concerned. I would recommend this for a more intellectual sci-fi reader.

The actual formatting of the book is more along the lines of a script. A bit choppy, difficult to follow at times and occasionally one is sent to read and re-read the same passages. I understand why this is, I think, so that like re-watching a movie, the reader picks up on things the second or third time around, that one would have missed the first time. Especially when it is included in a different context.

This is an intriguing read, and very interesting…especially when one is not sure which facts are facts, and which are fiction. It does, encourage one to think deep thoughts, much more than the usual sci-fi novel.

Even though I had a difficult time following at times, I really love the fact that this is written in a completely different form. It’s like it forces your brain to take breaks and reconsider what’s happening. Different is good! This book is not your average futuristic read…for sure!

The author is cited to have written more than 10 books. He is a Physicist and has a core interest in General Relativity. These facts are useful to keep in mind as one reads Futuring the Future.

I would recommend this book, but only for those who are really looking for a thought inspiring, scientific read. Something different. This is not one of those relaxing weekend books.

If you are interested in this intriguing future-based book, it can be found by clicking here.

Thanks for reading!

-Mliae

*Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for my honest and unbiased review

Capsule Wardrobe Survival: 8 Ideas to make your black dress work overtime for casual, office and evening!

Hello ladies 🙂 This post is for all my comrades in the eco-fashion, capsule wardrobe journey. As well as those who, like myself, are wiling to invest in an item of clothing that can do triple-time, even if there isn’t exactly available funds for a luxury purchase. (Thus creating the necessity to make your few items work well for you in multiple social circumstances).

Today, I bit the bullet and purchased this dress. (Ok, it was actually a joy, not a chore.) Although I do have a Vince Camuto LBD that I purchased years ago and still get quite a bit of wear out of, its short, low-cut and sleeveless. It’s winter now. I just…can’t. Something about snow, wind and a mini skirt just doesn’t calculate well. I haven’t had a basic black dress for winter in many years. However, I thought long and hard about how I could make this purchase worth my while with the items I currently have available for my winter capsule wardrobe.

As most of you know, I have made myself a promise that I would not buy fast fashion (Which unfortunately, also means affordable for someone with a next to nothing budget) and that I buy only natural fabrics. I went on a long search and found this dress. 95% cotton and 5% elastin. (I prefer zero elastin, but hey, sometimes it’s just there. Like, good luck finding a pair of jeans with no elastin. Am I right?) Then I kept it bookmarked for a few weeks while I weighed the options. Today, I checked out 😉

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The following are the ways I will turn this basic black into a Capsule Wardrobe essential that will work overtime for a variety of occasions!

  • Firstly, you can just wear it like it is with a pair of black flats.

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  • Dress it up for a semi-formal evening  or a hot date, with a glamorous necklace and sexy heels (rose gold, in my case)
  • Accessorize a great look for the office with a big cozy scarf, a light necklace, and thick heeled ankle boots
  • Go boho with a loose cozy poncho and thick heeled ankle boots or wedges
  • For an easy to achieve highly sophisticated look, pair the dress with a brown leather obi belt and brown and black heels
  • For a super casual day, throw on those converse and a denim jacket! (I’m so glad wearing sneakers with dresses is fashionable now!)
  • For another business look, pair with a cashmere cardi, a skinny belt and highly sculpted suede ankle heels
  • If it’s really cold and you just want to be warm, cozy and look super cute; Throw on your favourite boyfriend sweater over top of it and pair with boots or sneakers.

It’s all about accessorizing, ladies! It’s amazing how versatile this one item can be when using items you probably already own to make it go from casual to office to a night out!

What are some of your must-have capsule wardrobe staples?

-Mliae

*Please note: These photos have been taken from pinterest, google and my own items. There are no shopping links contained within.

Bejeweld Blitz, all coins gone

OK, so I played away all my 6 million and something coins. Down to 1,250. That was as low as I could go without making more coins. There wasn’t any boost or anything I could buy.

A few things I learned whilst playing away all my coins:

  • The boosts that seem to do the most good are the extra time, the one that explodes all the special gems, and the one that gives you your #2 gem right away
  • When you play the special gems and the click a gem reward comes up at the end, the grand prize will never come around if you continue to click the same gem location (i.e.; I clicked the middle one on the bottom row each and every time). EXCEPT with the apple gem, I got that whopping 10,000 coin grand prize 3 times. But that’s it – while spending the entire 6 mil on special gem play. So my theory is correct, it is a smart-game that predicts whats happening.
  • It seems to me, that many of the boards on the special gems are identical. So, if you happen to find a series that works for you and gives you a good score one game, remember what you did because chances are very good it will be the same either the next game, or several after.

Now it’s time to start from scratch. Let’s see how this goes 😉

-Mliae

Seasons changing

I wanted to share this photo. I love it, I love the scenery. Sitting by this lake was a joy and I will miss it terribly as I watch the snow drift in and the sunshine diminish.

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Until next time, old friend – now its time to slumber and sparkle wondrously under the ice covered caps.

-Mliae

OK, Let’s Talk…

Time to get a bit personal, ladies and gentlemen.

I’m not usually the type of blogger who shares the details of my life which are truly personal…like down to the core, personal. I like to keep things in my life on the positive side, and don’t generally even like to speak about the difficulties one might be having. However, this is something that has truly gotten my attention, and as my fellow bloggers, I am hoping that you may have some words of wisdom on how to navigate the storm.

As you might well know, recently, I have been blogging daily. I love it. This takes time. Lots of time and tons of energy. No problemo, it’s worth it 🙂 I’ve also been getting ready for the impending holidays with a fervor that rivals only our upcoming wedding. And the wedding planning…we actually had to take a time-out from that for a bit, as we wanted to spend at least as much time planning our marriage as we were planning our wedding. (So that’s why you haven’t been seeing tons of wedding posts recently). And the job? Well, you can imagine that all of this equals one very tired Mliae.

Since I have attributed all of this to my sluggishness, you can imagine my utter shock when I went in to have my ear checked (accompanied by a blood test) and I was informed that I was basically running on like 30% of the blood that a normal healthy woman my age should have. They had me sent to the hospital that same day. Among other things, I received several blood transfusions. This is terrifying. I am so disease-phobic that the mere thought of having another persons blood running through my veins was enough to make me break down into tears. And then, it happened. I found myself frantically trying to write posts from my phone in the ICU. I am addicted to my blog and cannot bear the thought of going MIA for days, that is crystal clear now.

We are not yet sure what is causing this and are keeping a close eye on things. It is disconcerting because I usually like to run at high-speed. Like, neurotic squirrel – high speed. (That is how my fiancé refers to it, anyway.) Everyone else seems to be more aware of the seriousness of this, except for myself. I just don’t want to contemplate that there might be something seriously wrong. I don’t want to be sick. I want to be my happy, healthy, squirrel-y self again. Because of all of this mess, my loved-ones have been telling me in quite loud voice, that I am not allowed to be a work-a-holic until this is rectified. I spend all day, every day blogging and working. You know that feeling when your goals are within reach and you know that all you need is ‘one more push’ to break through that wall? That’s how I feel. That’s what drives me. I will continue, there’s no question there. But, how does one circumvent the situation when there are things which need constant attention and those around you are treating you like a fragile granny – just sit and relax – when you really just want to run around the block?

This must be said: A HUGE THANK YOU to all of you out there who take the time to donate blood! It is a life-saver! ❤

My question is this: I know that most all of you have to carefully schedule and prioritize. How do you do it? What do you do when you are running at ‘full steam ahead’ and then suddenly, a massive wall appears?

Thanks for reading and hopefully, sharing advice too!

-Mliae

DIY Wood Cutting Boards

This is a great idea for our wedding, so I had to share it! Thank you to http://www.twobyjillabsten.com for the great post and allowing me to share! What do you think, can we pull this off?

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Like most brides, I wanted to go the extra mile to set the scene at my wedding. As a kid, before my years as a florist and an interior decorator, I worked for a catering company. I suppose I was over-exposed to the standard catering set up, bar trays and piles of plates. I wanted my day to have a more authentic rustic vibe. One of the ways I achieved this was by eliminating the typical catering equipment. I didn’t have the budget to buy a dozen wood trays (averaging $30-$50 a piece), so I made them myself.

It was so cheep and easy!

I began with Top Choice 1 x 24 x 72 Kiln-Dried Whitewood Softwood Board from Lowes. It runs about $10 a board & will make 2-4 cutting boards. I also bought 1 x 12 x 48 boards to make smaller designs.


Cut the board to desired size.

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Does my choice to wear natural fabrics, really dictate my fashion options?

…Sometimes, it really seems that way.

I am frustrated. I spent a large portion of my day doing some Christmas shopping online. Take, Zalando, for example. A website that is full of designer labels, clothing and accessories for the entire family. I scrolled and scrolled through for hours today. Literally, hours. Every time I found something that was stylish and somewhat affordable, it was a poly or acrylic blend. It is so frustrating.

Luckily, those I’m shopping for aren’t as picky about fabrics as I am. Though I would love to be able to get them some nice, soft, pretty items made from natural fabrics. I am starting to presume that this is a luxury wishlist, as it is just so difficult to find anything other than Tee shirts, the occasional college shirt or long sleeve Tee or cotton blend sweaters. I found 1…yes, ONE full cotton dress on the entire site. What is the deal?! I mean, I just don’t understand it. I would LOVE to be able to buy a silk maxi-dress for less than 1,000 ($/€) or wool pants for less than 500. Why is it, the fabrics that are most sustainable and take the least amount of processing, are also used the least and cost the most? Does anyone understand the logic in this?

How did we get here? How do we get the fashion industry’s attention to let them know that we don’t need a closet full of artificial, inexpensively made clothes that will be out of style in 6 months…that we need quality craftsmanship, natural fabrics and beautiful classic, versatile designs that will last years?! THIS I am willing to pay good money for, even save if I have to. Of course! What woman wouldn’t invest in her appearance if she knew she looked fabulous and that she could get her money’s worth out of her garment?!

I am amazed that I am able to find more natural fabrics and nice designs on amazon, than I am on Zalando. I never thought it would be this challenging to go ‘rogue’ when I made a deal with myself that I would only buy natural or sustainable clothing, at least for the year, to start.

Anybody else having this experience?

-Mliae

Comments! :D

Hello everyone!

Thank you so much for all your comments recently! That is awesome 😀

Just dropping a line to let you know that I am replying to comments and emails now. My apologies for being slack these last 2 days. I wasn’t feeling too well, and finally went to the doctors today. Apparently, I managed to rupture my eardrum. :/ Anywho, I’m stocked with antibiotics and back on track now.

Talk to ya soon!

-Mliae

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Reblog link list party not party.

*Please read the post before commenting

Hi all 🙂

If the title to this post is a bit of a head-scratcher, please allow me to explain. Since reblogging seems to be a bit of a hot-potato issue, I decided that I would just straight up ask all of you, to please let us know whether you are pro-reblog or anti-reblog. There is no judgement here, or explanation needed. It would just be simpler to know and share those blogs which encourage their followers to reblog, and to be aware of the blogs that would rather keep their content original, so that people will know to respect your wishes and not hit that reblog button.

So here’s my thinking: Everyone is more than welcome to join. The more, the merrier! I will, at a later date, be posting a comprehensive list (or several, dependent on the level of interaction) of sites that have an open reblog policy. I would also like to somehow let people know of good blogs that would prefer to maintain their original content. (In a separate post). If this is something that interests you, you let me know in the comments section and I will link to you on the follow-up posts. Bonus point- you can use this post as an arena to market your site.  I will only include sites in the list who have clearly stated whether they prefer TO be reblogged, or whether they prefer NOT to be reblogged, along with the link to your site (so as to avoid any confusion on my part).

Please, if you would like to be included, leave your stance on the issue in the comment section along with your link. And, since I love reblogs and would like to make this list as comprehensive as possible, please feel free to share this post 🙂 Let’s make the blogosphere a more familiar place!

Have a nice Sunday!

-Mliae

Some great gift ideas I’ve been drooling over recently

The holidays are just around the corner, and if you’re anything like me, you’ve already begun the online search for gifts with reasonable shipping, as well as finding yourself day dreaming about what you would like to have waiting in that pretty box.

Here are some of my finds & fantasies for this week:

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Amazon.com $25 Gift Card in a Gift Box Reveal (Classic Black Card Design)

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Yankee Candle Advent Carousel

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KitchenAid KP26M1XER 6 Qt. Professional 600 Series – Empire Red

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KitchenAid KSM1APC Spiralizer Attachment with Peel, Core and Slice

(Ok, I’ll admit it – the kitchen aids are my fantasy…)

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The Secret Life Of Pets (DVD + Digital Download) [2015]

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Brouk & Co. Travel Cord Roll

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Men’s 100% Cashmere Solid V-Neck Sweater (L, Heather Dark Charcoal)

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MIHOLL Women’s Lightweight Criss Cross Cardigans Top Blouse (Small, Beige)

(Oooohhh, I want one of these in every colour!)

That’s it for this weeks edition of items I’m drooling over. I think my fiance would love this cord roll. He’s always dragging tons of chargers with him wherever he goes. Whats on your Christmas list?

Thanks for reading!

-Mliae