Author: Christiana

Holiday Gift Guide: For Her

Finally… It’s that wonderful time of the year again… My favorite holiday season is quickly rolling in and, even though it is certainly the least of the things that make it so special, gift giving (and buying) is a big part of it. Now, if you are anything like me you take your gift choices very seriously, to the point of obsessing over all the different possibilities months in advance and sometimes still not having come to a conclusion – when you suddenly realize that the 24th is just around the corner!!! If that’s the case (and you are still wondering what to get your most treasured ones) you might wanna keep an eye out for my Holiday Gift Guide Series this week. The plan is to tackle a few different themed gift guides – publishing a couple each day and concluding the series at the latest by Sunday the 17th (thus, hopefully, still giving you enough time to go out and purchase any items that may have taken your fancy). There is no specific …

“… and you thought your mum was nuts …”

Ok… So, this is definitely not the kind of thing I usually post – but it made me laugh so hard this cold, Wednesday (!) morning @ the office, that I simply had to share… If you are over a certain age and still not engaged or (better yet) married, you probably know all about how stressed and disillusioned parents mums can get over your not settling down and starting a family like a proper young lady. But I suppose you’ve never received a text quite like this:   or these, for that matter: Well, Kate Friedman- Siegel has and, to her credit, now makes a living out of it…  After the Instagram account she created, to share her mum’s (100+ per day) texts, went viral Kate quit her job at Condé Nast and set up Crazy Jewish Mom. She and her mother, Kim Friedman, are now an internet sensation – with thousands of fans, an online “advice column”, a podcast and most recently a New York Times bestseller. And, to be honest, they’re absolutely …

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine’ by Gail Honeyman ~ A Review

Paperback: 400 pages Publisher: Harper Collins (18 May 2017) ISBN-10: 0008172110 ISBN-13: 978-0008172114 Buy in English here Buy in Greek – not yet available If I am to be honest I must say that I picked this up on a whim, partly ’cause of the catchy title & cover blurb, partly ’cause I really enjoy discovering new authors and this happened to be a debut novel. To begin with, it slightly reminded me of Graeme Simsion’s ‘The Rosie Project’ (my review of which can be found here) so things were already off to a great start. While I read on (which really didn’t take long, since I practically devoured this in about a day and a half!), however,  I realised that the only thing the two books had in common after all was the quirky main character angle. I also, quickly and slightly painfully, realised that Eleonor’s story would influence me deeply – in a way that Don’s story never did. Through her, easy going but consistently interesting and vivid, writing Honeyman brings her (few) …

Headphones at the Ready: November 2017 Vol.II 

Contrary to last week (see Headphones at the Ready: November 2017 Vol.I), a number of this week’s new releases actually had me smiling contentedly and tapping my feet to the beat on the train downtown, last Friday night. Here’s a quick heads up – re: a couple of the latest albums I really think you should check out. Paloma Faith – The Architect (Deluxe)   Blue Lips – Tove Lo Now, I’ve been a Paloma Faith fan ever since ‘Do You Want the Truth or Something Beautiful’ was released, back in 2009 (and my faith – no pun intended – in her has just been renewed by this latest offering) but Tove Lo had somehow managed to fly under my radar – until sometime in early 2017, when I chanced upon ‘Cool Girl’ on Google Play Music and looked her up. I like my pop a little dark sometimes so I appreciated the vibe I got from her – and when I saw this I just knew I had to check it out. Suffices to …

Pick Your Five: ZARA Special Price

Now, I need to start by saying I “blame” this purely on Mostly Me + Certain Others (#instigator). This popped up on my WordPress Reader, earlier this morning – and led to my discovering an entire “special price” section on the ZARA website (which I… 1. curiously knew nothing about, 2. promptly browsed through and 3. am now itching to buy half of …). You might wanna drop by and have a look, especially if you’re into the mood for some guilt- free, treat- yourself, pre- holiday shopping or in need of grabbing some budget gifts for family and friends (nothing I saw was priced over 30€). Meanwhile, to get you in the right frame of mind, here’s five items that took my fancy: [Images: ZARA]