Review: Dolce Dolce&Gabbana

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Dolce has a very resilient charm, shy to some extent but definitely beautiful. She’s that ultra-feminine friend who favors round skirts and mid-heels with pointy toes, pearls and cashmere cardigans. She’s a classic, sophisticated middle-aged beauty who gets what she wants not by showing a lot of décolletage but by her old world charm. Don’t get me wrong, she can be flirt when she needs to be. Her appeal is subdued.
Seriously there’s nothing not to love about this scent. It is a clean floral that’s doesn’t get heady or too strong. I usually favor the more grown up appeal of Narciso Rodriguez and the lovely french charm of Chloe by Chloe but Dolce could stand on it’s own in my perfume wardrobe. Having to favor scents with roses, the Dolce is a breath of fresh air, yes it’s partly aquatic and I also love aquatic scents but the true beauty of a Dolce is it’s muted charm. The Silllage is quite average, of which I’m fine with . You won’t easily recognize the scent unlike Light Blue, but again I don’t want people to know right away what perfume I’m wearing. As I just past my early 20s, I need something like Dolce in my closet. Just the right amount of sweetness, and I believe subtlety is it’s true essence.

Trend Alert: LACE UP FRONT

It’s been a while since I last made one of my inspirational Sunday cravings posts so I’m renewing this section with one of the hottest trends happening now. You’ve probably noticed that 2015 is about all things lace up. First we had these shoes that I’m personally crazy about, and now we have bodysuits and tops and dresses, which are so 70’s and yet flattering and sexy (let’s face it, not all of the the 70s-inspired garments can boast that!).

Surfing the web I was actually surprised the online stores already have so much diversity in the lace up department. How do you guys feel about this trend, YAY or NAY?

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60 funny facts about Romania. Dracula’s country through the eyes of a brazilian

Fernando Castilho Cintra is one of the many tourists who found Romania interesting enough to visit it and to have a great time here. However, this tourist was really special. Beside the fact that he took interest in Romanian culture and people, he wrote a really interesting review, of his time in Romania, on Facebook. His 60 funny facts about Romania have quickly become viral. So, for the sake of sharing his experience in Romania with you guys, here is what he wrote:

”Exactly 1 month ago I was arriving in Brazil. So here it goes: 60 things I learned by living in Romania!

PS: Pay attention to what down here is a joke and what is not.

Check it out!

1 – Dracula is a vampire outside Romania.

2 – The same dude, Vlad Tepes, is a national hero.


3 – While vampires drink blood, the real red thing I loved to drink was Visinata.


4 – Another devilish drink is Tuica, Hungarians call it palinka, but it is the same thing.

5 – Most moldavians, muntenians and others have no idea what happens with Hungarians in Ardeal

6 – Romanians smoke an absurd amount of cigarettes. They smoke inside their houses, restaurants, and even shopping malls.

7 – Romanians always take of their shoes when entering home
8 – I believe Romanians prefer to keep their floor clean rather than their lungs.

9 – Travelling in Romania is one of the best memories I have. Rivers, canyons, hills, mountains… They have it all



10 – While travelling in Romania you will go through Romanian roads. They are in good condition, but they have an absurd amount of curves.


11 – Also when travelling in Romania, you might want to pee. But worry not; there are so many houses by the side of the roads that it’s easier to end up in a bathroom than behind some bushes.

12 – Maramures is a happy place. Happy people, happy costumes, happy colours, even happy cemetery


13 – The only thing that isn’t happy in Maramures are shepherd dogs. They are not happy. They don’t like you. Run.

14 – In fact, unless you are inside a city, whenever you see a dog in Romania, run.

15 – Another tactic is to always carry mici with you. As I’m vegetarian, I wouldn’t mind giving mici to dogs.


16 – As a matter of fact, as a vegetarian in Romanian I can definitely say: Romanians love meat

17 – Sarmale, tocanita, slanina, carnati… you have it all, meat eaters.


18 – Romanians have soup every single day of their lives.

19 – Taxis in Romania are ridiculously cheap. In Bucharest they can cost as low as 1,29 per km.

20 – Another extremely easy way to go around is Hitch-hiking. Romanians do it, and give it in return.

21 – Romanians also expect you to pay for giving you a ride. You can, of course say “nu am bani” before hopping in, but you can get a frustrated driver to shout “INCHIDE USA” at your sorry moneyless face. (true story)

22 – My favourite mean of transportation though was by inter-regio train. They are cheap, comfortable, on time and often not crowded.

23 – However, you can end up inside a 12 hours train trip from Suceava to Mures back from New Year’s holiday. Then you will know what “crowded” really means. (true story)

24 – Romanians love skiing.

25 – Skiing in Romania is absurdly cheap.


26 – It took me 3 full days to be taught how to ski. Skiing is not for Brazilians or tropical countries inhabitants.

27 – Once you learn, though, you will love it and open another door to my favourite part of Romania: Mountains


28 – Romania has the most beautiful scenarios I’ve seen so far in my life. All of them from mountain tops.

29 – Romanian mountains have incredibly well signed paths for hikers, cabanas for travellers to stay overnight and places for the more audacious to camp.

30 – By now you should have guessed that doing such a trip will be absurdly cheap.

31 – Interesting though is that many Romanians have never been to such mountains.

32 – Even more interesting is that Romanians will often overestimate some rather average places (e.g. Mamaia or Bucovina Monasteries) and underestimate awesome places (e.g. Bucharest).

33 – Bucharest is a great city. Sure it has no such architecture as Budapest, Krakow or other eastern European cities, but it has the museums, parks and nightlife that few others have


34 – People say there are many stray dogs in Bucharest.

35 – I had more dogs chasing me in any given day by bike that I had during a week in Bucharest.

36 – Truly, I didn’t see stray dogs in Bucharest.

37 – Romanian language is beautiful. It sounds beautiful and is achievable for Brazilians to learn

38 – “Cu carne de vaca nu se moare de foame”…. And my Google chrome translator thought I was writing in Portuguese.

39 – However, the most obscure part or Romanian language is Dativ.


41 – You can say “mi-e foame” “mi-e sete” “mi-e somn”….. but you can’t say “mi-e oboseala”.


43 – Romanians talk with their shoulders. Observe it! When someone says “pai, nu stiu…”.

44 – Follow the same exercise mentioned above and observe their mouths and the chin.

45 – Hungarians won’t admit, but they have THE Romanian accent. The way of saying “nu stiu” is the same of saying “nem tudom”

46 – My preferred way of practising Romanian is with drivers that have me a ride by the road.

47 – They would often say what the hell am I doing in such a country if am Brazilian.

48 – These drivers didn’t know that Romanian healthcare system is great, it has a lower murder rate than Norway and is the fastest growing economy from eastern European countries.

49 – Generally Romanians complain about Romania. They will find a way to complain about it. Politics, economy, society…

50 – They are wrong.

51 – I learned what 4 seasons mean: Hot summers, cool autumns, cold winters and fresh springs.

52 – Romania has all the 4 seasons with two huge advantages from northern countries: In winters they have sun. In summer it’s not cloudy.

53 – Romania has a nice wildlife: Dears can be seen frequently, black goats can be seen on occasion (been there done that), bears and wolves are invisible
54 – The closest we’ve been to a bear was its footprints

55 – Romanians are Latin in language, but not as Latin in blood.

56 – When you enter an office, you have to shake hands with the men but you just wave to the women.

57 – Romanians expected that me as a Brazilian would play football really well… Terrible mistake

58 – For months after the world cup I would hear “so, do you like Germany” from people. Go to hell…

59 – Most Romanians at their 18’s have two dreams in mind: 1 – Moving to the UK. 2- Moving to any other country that isn’t Romania.

60 – While Romanians dream to leave, I dream once I will come back.”










5 Organisational Hacks for Small Bedrooms


Clutter makes us feel more stressed and edgy, and that’s the last thing you need if your small bedroom is your main sleeping space.

 It’s a good thing to ‘tidy your room’ as your parents might have endlessly asked you back in the days of living at home. Here’s how to get the most from your small room…

 1. Make the bed properly

 It sounds a bit too easy, but this has the effect of getting you started on a major tidy up. Once you’ve embarked on a task – even with a small step like this – it can create momentum that leads to the next step, and the next and so on. Procrastination is a constant enemy for so many of us; making an easy start and securing a ‘quick win’ can help defeat it.

 Making the bed properly means just that; don’t just throw the duvet over the sheets. Fluff the pillows up and remove anything that shouldn’t be on the bed such as those few bits and pieces of clothing, your Kindle and the magazine you’ve had kicking around for months.

 2. Mount the television set on a wall

 If you have a television in the bedroom, consider mounting it on the wall to get it up and away from the surfaces. Straight away you’ll have more room and likely be making use of a blank wall space.

 3. Paint it lighter colours

 Lighter colours create an impression of spaciousness. Another great thing about re-painting is it will likely encourage you to have a good clear out while you’re at it.

 Perhaps you’re thinking of changing that old bedstead that you’ve chucked things underneath over the years for a fresh new divan bed base? If so, you’ll need to get rid of the clutter you’ll unearth.

 4. Shut doors and drawers

 If you’ve a tendency to leave wardrobe doors, drawers and cupboards open then try and get into the habit of shutting them. Open drawers and a wide open wardrobe door can make a bedroom look cramped and untidy and draw attention to piles of ‘stuff’.

 If you’re in a position where you struggle to shut doors and drawers properly, investigate potential organisers such as under bed drawers and storage containers.

 5. Store out of season clothing away

 Heavy winter jumpers and clumpy shoes can be stored away during the warmer months. Conversely, lighter summer wear can be removed and stored when the evenings draw in and temperatures fall. If you don’t need it to hand then don’t keep it to hand.

 This might encourage you to dispose of clothes that have seen better days or that you know you simply never wear any more. Make sure you store clothes carefully, though.

 Taking it further

 It may be that no matter how tidy you become, there is simply not enough room and it’s too difficult to keep the room tidy. If so, a major clear out is required. Get rid of furniture that attracts clutter and be prepared to take drastic action. This can be difficult as we’re all a bit loath to throw things away. The draw of a clutter free room should inspire you to finally bite the bullet.


How To Find The Perfect Family Home: My Super Tips

If you have a large family, you need to ensure that you get the right home for them. Sometimes, though, doing so is harder than you imagine. Of course, your kids come first no matter what. That means that you need to find a place where your children will be as happy as you are. So, how can you find the perfect family home? Well, since I thought I would share some top tips with you.

Choose the ideal location

Okay, location is everything when it comes to a family home. You should take a look at some of the safest places in the UK before you start your search. After all, you want to raise your little ones in the right region. Ensure that the house you choose is close to your place of work and a great school. That way, you don’t have to deal with a massive commute and your kids will get the best level of education ever.


Consider renting a house

If you’re not ready to get on the property ladder, you might want to think about renting. In reality, there is no rush when it comes to getting a house. The UK property market is booming, which means that house prices have rocketed. Take a look at sites like where you can rent family houses. When you make the decision to rent a property, rather than buying it, you can move around. Check out rented properties and see what you think.

Check out the garden space

Everyone wants a beautiful garden space. When you first start viewing properties, you need to see their gardens. Of course, kids love running around outside, and so this aspect of the home is crucial. You should ensure that the yard is large enough for your little ones to play. You may want to include something like a swings set or even a climbing frame. Check whether the garden is spacious before you settle on a home.

Ignore the interior design

This tip is super important so pay attention. You may hate the interior design of a particular house, but you need to ignore it. You can redecorate the house in whatever way you want. That means that the wallpaper and carpets don’t mean a thing. If you base your decision on someone else’s design tastes, it will take you ages to find your dream home.

Get enough space for everybody

Finally, you need to make sure that you get enough rooms for everyone in your family. You may wonder how many rooms you need, and so you should discuss this with your partner before you start to look. When you have a massive family, everyone needs a place they can relax. Choose a home that suits the size of your family and you will not go far wrong.

I hope my tips help you when the time comes for you to move home. Remember, this period might feel stressful, but it will be well worth it in the end! Good luck.

Family Day Out Ideas for the Kids

Now that the summer holidays have arrived, every parent is on the lookout for ways to keep the kids occupied. While us mums love having our little ones home with us, it can be a bit of a struggle keeping them entertained for six weeks.

However, that being said, it is possible, it just takes a bit of creative thinking that’s all. As well as having days at home baking, getting crafty and watching movies, it’s important that you also plan a few fun days out.


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In case you are feeling a little stuck for inspiration when it comes to planning days out that the kids will love, I thought I would share a few ideas with you. For all my favourite day out ideas, keep reading, below:

Take a trip to the beach

Kids love the beach, so if the sun is shining, why not pack up the car and head to the beach? Beaches are great fun and have so much to do that the kids will never be bored. From building sand castles and swimming in the sea to having donkey rides and watching Punch and Judy, there’s always lots to do.

One of the best things about taking a trip to the beach is that it isn’t an expensive day out. All you need to pay for is the fuel to get there, the parking, and your picnic food, and that’s it. So, even if money is tight, a trip to the beach is the perfect family day out.

Visit a theme park

For us mums, theme parks may not be the most exciting of places. However, kids absolutely love going to theme parks, so they are the perfect place for a family day out.

The best thing about taking the kids for a day trip to a theme park is that there are so many to choose from. From Thorpe Park and Alton Towers to Blackpool Pleasure Beach and Drayton Manor, there are lots of options. So, however old your children are, there will be a theme park that is perfect for them.

Go for a bike ride and picnic

Around the UK, there are various off-road cycle paths that are ideal for a family bike ride. So, if the weather is warm, pack up a picnic basket and head out for a family day of cycling.

Just make sure to map your route in advance to ensure that you have chosen a route that is completely off the roads, so it is safe for your little ones. To find the best local cycling routes for families in your area, have a look online and do some research.

Spend the day at a water park

Many of the UK’s water parks are only open seasonally, so make sure to make the most of them by planning a day out to your closest park. If your kids are young, it’s best to opt for a park that has heated water so that they don’t get chilly while splashing about.

Most water parks have various slides and play areas, including areas for teens and adults, children, and babies and toddlers. So no matter how old your children are, the whole family should have a great time.

Keeping the kids occupied during the summer holidays isn’t always easy. However, by planning a few fun days out, you can make it much easier for yourself.

A Guide To Creating The Perfect Guest Room In Your Home

The thought of having loved ones over is a fantastic prospect, but creating the ideal room can be daunting. Here’s how you can battle back against those fears to make a guest room fit for royalty.

Open The Room Up

In almost every case, the guest room is going to be the smallest bedroom in the property. Consequently, making the most of the space is vital.

You can’t physically stretch the dimensions of your guest room. However, there are ways to make the room feel larger than it actually is. Tricking the eyes will improve the overall feeling towards a space, and the guest room is no different.

Your guests won’t feel comfortable if the room feels cramped. So be sure not to clutter the room. Opening the space is the perfect foundation.


Add Comfort

Your guests probably aren’t going to spend much time in the room as they’ve visited to see you. Nonetheless, their limited time in the room should still be made comfortable.

The likelihood is that they won’t want to hassle you during the night. They already appreciate the offer to stay and don’t want to be a burden. With this in mind, you should make it your job to ensure they’ve got everything needed for a comfortable night.

Fresh bedding goes without saying. However, you should ensure that the heating works. Similarly, you might want to leave a desk fan in the room just in case they get too hot. We all know the importance of a great night’s sleep and how it can impact your waking hours. It’s even more significant when not staying in your own bed.

Do everything you can to make their stay is as comfortable as possible.

Add Personal Touches

The people staying in your home aren’t random guests. They are your friends and family. Treat them that way.

You could invest in a digital photo frame to create a personal feeling to the room. The beauty of this option is that you can update the images to suit each guest that stays.

While you aren’t going to invest in bathrobes for each individual guest, you could buy a ‘his and her’ set to add a little luxury to their stay. Top it off by placing a box of chocolates in the room and your loved ones will soon think they’re staying in a top hotel.

Make The Room Function

The truth is that your guest room isn’t going to be used that often. It can be easy to forget about the space, which can lead to it being left to suffer. The best way to combat this threat is to use the room all year round.

Using it as a storage space isn’t advised. However, buying a sofa bed instead of a normal bed will allow you to use it as an extra area for daily recreation. Having somewhere to relax with a good book or magazine will be a welcome addition to any home.

Besides, you’re more likely to clean the room regularly if it’s actually being used.

How to Get a Luxurious Bathroom


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We often think of bathrooms as purely practical rooms. We need them for washing and performing bodily functions, and it’s difficult to get along without them. However, they don’t need to be ugly and boring. We can enjoy our bathrooms just as much as we do any other room in the house. We should use them at our leisure, instead of rushing in and out in the morning or evening in between getting other stuff done. If you want to make the most out of your bathroom, you can make it a more luxurious place to be. Get some ideas from the suggestions below.

You Don’t Need a Tub

You might think that you need to install a bath to create a luxury bathroom. But if you don’t have space, or you simply don’t take baths, you don’t need one. Baths tend to be an occasional treat, so you might feel that having one would be a waste of space. A lot of people would much rather have a luxurious shower, with a large shower head, great water pressure and plenty of room to move around. You can choose from a selection of shower enclosures to find a design that’s right for you. With an excellent shower, you can enjoy your bathroom every day, instead of only once in a while.

Choose a Roomy Tub

If you do decide to install a bathtub, you need to pick one that you won’t want to get out of. A lot of people already own a bath, but it’s often cramped and they don’t make use of it often. There are so many different designs to choose from, whether you want a free-standing tub or a fitted one. If there’s room in your bathroom, you can have one that has plenty of space for you to stretch out. But don’t forget you’ll need a shower too, either above the bath or separately.

Think About Lighting

The lights you choose to use in your bathroom can have a significant effect on how it feels. Picking the lights you use in your bathroom could create a beautiful atmosphere that you love relaxing in. One of the choices you can make is to install a dimmer switch so that you can adjust the lighting levels to whatever you desire. If you want a long bath or shower, you can lower the lights to create a relaxing atmosphere. You could also add some colourful lights or some beautiful fixtures to make things more interesting.

Use Cool Colors

If you look at a lot of modern and luxurious bathrooms, you’ll find that many of them are done in fresh and contemporary colours. For example, you’ll find black, white, greys and other neutrals. You might not think these shades are very exciting, but they create a clean and often expensive look. You can be more colourful though, perhaps using some pastel shades to go with your period bathroom or tiles in a dark blue or green.

Bathrooms don’t have to be purely functional. If you’re bored with yours, reinvent it so that it’s somewhere you love to be.

Give yourself a break – Don’t Snooker your Inner Athlete

You know how it is, you’ve got a whole night to play with but somehow all the usual options don’t feel that exciting. It’s not that there’s nothing going on, just that you fancy doing something different for once. You need a break from your usual routine, something you’ve not done before. What you need is a plan B. You need an alternative night out.

It can be impossible to think what you might do when that mood settles on you. You don’t feel energetic enough for a swim or a trip to the gym, you’re not in the mood for a party but you’re too twitchy to sit through a film. What’s a girl to do?

Here’s an idea inspired by watching Ronnie O’Sullivan play snooker on TV – he’s the dark haired one who took his shoes off at the World Championship back in April. The big idea was to think like a different sort of an athlete.

There are all sorts of sports that aren’t in the least bit athletic in the normal sense of the word – but they’re still competitive and sporty for all that. Take snooker for example. Ordinarily, snooker is the sort of thing that you might see in passing while your dad watches it on TV with his eyes closed. But there is absolutely no reason at all why rolling coloured balls around on a table top should be any less competitive than running out at Wembley Stadium.

Don’t knock it ‘til you’ve tried it!

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There are snooker tables in clubs and bars all over the place and they are nothing like as mysterious as you might imagine. And it’s really not at all expensive to play – which is a definite plus! It’s true, it can take a few goes to get the hang of hitting the balls straight, and the scoring system is worth a few minutes swatting up, but once you’ve got those basics sorted it is a really great alternative way to connect with your inner athlete.

There’s something a bit surreal about the way the whole universe shrinks to just the four sides of that big green table, and all there is within that universe are the different brightly coloured balls and six black holes to slot them into. It’s like being hypnotised – only greener!

Once you’ve had a go for yourself, all the excitement about Ronnie O’Sullivan and his rivals starts to make sense. As soon as you’ve seen for yourself just how amazingly skilled they are, you get a whole new appreciation of what’s going on on the TV. This is not to say you’ll become an instant expert and go rushing off to bet on the next big tournament, but it does open up a whole new window on the world.

Of course there are plenty of other ways to get in touch with your inner athlete – it doesn’t have to be snooker. But it is amazing how just stopping to think what someone else might do can help you see just how many options there are.  There’s always an alternative night out there. All you have to do is take a break from the old routine.

Thinking about a Career in Skin Care? Esthetician’s Explained


If you’re interested in helping people have clear, glowing skin and giving them professional makeup, look into a career in esthetics. Whenever you’re helping someone look their best or applying makeup for a special event, skin care is the first step. You can get into this beauty career and learn industry techniques by going through an esthetics (skin care) program. So what is a skin care career all about?


Career Options

As a licensed esthetician, you have many career options. You can work as the esthetician at a salon or beauty spa. In the medical field, dermatology offices, medical spas and plastic surgery centers have a place for this profession. Or if you’re more interested in the makeup side of this career, you can use your license to become a professional makeup artist. Then, you can work in a cosmetics store, at a department store, at a salon or with private clients who are getting ready for weddings or other special events. Beyond working hands-on with clients, you could always use your skills and knowledge in a career as a beauty writer or as a creator of skin care and makeup videos.


Your Job Duties 

Your job duties can be somewhat different depending on the career path you choose. For example, you might focus more on makeup as a makeup artist or more on skin care as the esthetician in a spa. Nonetheless, there are many aspects to this profession that you learn and can use in a variety of situations. When you go through an esthetics (skin care) program, you learn to analyze your clients’ skin so you can give recommendations and know how to treat each person’s individual skin. You’ll also learn about exfoliating the skin to take away the old skin cells and create a fresh, healthy layer. Giving facials is another important part of the job. You can give different types of facials, including manual and chemical ones, as well as electrical ones that tighten the skin for a more youthful appearance.


Helping People

Working as an esthetician can be a rewarding career where you see results and make people happy. You’ll be able to help your clients with skin problems and help them feel more confident and beautiful through clearer skin and makeup. You can help them get glowing skin and figure out the best skin care regimen for their specific needs. When people are getting ready for big events, you can give them skin treatments to make their skin look perfect, so they’ll look and feel great during their special occasion.

Following Skin Care Trends

With a profession in the beauty field, you’ll be following trends and keeping up with the latest techniques, products and styles. Whether people are going for a matte or dewy face, they want subtle makeup or bright colors, or they’re looking for the latest products, you’ll be the one they turn to for keeping them up to date.

Train to Become an Esthetician 

Marinello Beauty School is your number one option for going to school to become an esthetician. At Marinello Schools of Beauty, your esthetics (skin care) program will teach you all about taking care of the skin, including analyzing it, exfoliating it and performing different types of facials. You’ll also learn about making the eyebrows look their best and about the makeup application process in the Marinello Beauty School esthetics (skin care) program. You’ll gain hands-on training and real-world experience.

To get started toward a skin care career, contact Marinello Beauty School to learn more about our esthetics (skin care) program.


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