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Latest & Greatest: Favorite Mobile Apps…

OK, “latest” is probably a bit of a stretch here – I’ll give you that. Some of these have been around for a long time. That said, my personal obsession with them is brand new, thus the title of this post… So, without further ado, here’s the 3 mobile apps I’ve been tapping away at the most, these past couple of weeks:

  1. DAYLIO (for Android and iOS)

I’ve always liked the idea of keeping a daily diary, but have never managed to come to terms with the  effort involved in recording proper entries every- single- day (!!). Best intentions an’ all that… Then, I accidentally bumped into this. Officially branded a “mood tracker and micro diary”, it offers exactly what I need – a hassle free, customizable and really fun way to record your daily life (in 60” tops/ day). Plus, it offers interesting statistics and insights (that might be especially useful for people struggling with mild depression and/ or mood swings). I love the monthly mood chart and calendar mode and have not skipped a single entry, since installing this 23 days ago. Investing in the premium version is recommended but, the cost is real small and, I can almost guarantee you will not regret it.

    2. $PENDEE (for Android and iOS)

Now, this has been around forever and TBH I have previously installed and tried using it, without much luck. I guess I was a bit all over the place and not in the mood to seriously track my finances, after all. This time around, however, I’m feeling more inclined/ responsible and am happy to report I’ve religiously recorded all income flows and expenses for the past month or so. I’m finding it enlightening to see exactly where and when my money goes (pinpointing usual pitfalls and overspending that need to be addressed, along the way) and have also just started using the budget mode to try and save me some money next month. The premium, paid, version offers additional features (such as, for example, the option to connect securely with your bank account so that all your incomes and expenses are added/ categorized automatically or the ability to add/ manage multiple budgets) but I find that the free version serves me just fine, so that’s what I stick to. If you have been living under a rock (like me), wanna better manage your finances and have not yet downloaded this I highly recommend that you do.

    3. COMIXOLOGY (for Android and iOS)

Pretty self- explanatory, right? Amazon’s latest ingenious way to squeeze us all dry venture has a great little companion app. It’s lightweight, fast, ultra- responsive and features an amazing “Guided View” mode, that makes reading an absolute pleasure (even on smaller screens). There’s wish lists, smart lists and a variety of filters (publishers, series, story arcs etc.) for browsing the extensive title collection. Once you find something you like, just click to buy it in-app (or go rogue and download one of the many free issues available) and enjoy… As a Joe Hill fan, I’ll shamelessly go as far as to get you started and recommend the Eisner nominated “Locke & Key” series which has got me absolutely hooked (am currently on Vol. 4, Locke & Key: Keys to the Kingdom and loving every panel). Go on, give it a go, tell me what you think!

  • Bonus Entry that’s got my attention these last few days: VERO (for Android and iOS)

Interesting new social media concept which, however, is still in beta (causing slightly annoying android app lags). The format is fresh & exciting and registering an account is currently free (sounds like this will require a subscription once it reaches a million users – which may or may not bode well for its future, but who am I to judge?). If you happen to check VERO out and opt in, come join me:

In the meantime, do drop me a line if you try any of the apps mentioned – or if you have other interesting apps to recommend. I love trying new things and have a 64GB, extendable, storage… he he he….

Holiday Gift Guide: The Fashion Lovers Edit

As promised, today I will be tackling my 5th holiday gift guide – now veering into “specialised” interest territory. I’m pretty sure we all have a fashion loving girlfriend or partner that we want to buy something special for. The trends for Fall- Winter 2017- 2018 are quite diverse, allowing for all tastes and I have picked a selection of possible gifts based on my favourite ones – for you to peruse.

Holiday Gift Guide: The Fashion Lovers Edit


1. Jacques Vert- Ana Fit & Flare Coat
2. Loewe Contrast Panel Polka Dot Silk Scarf
3. Silver Chunky Heel Patent Leather Ankle Booties
4. Baublebar Gabriela Gold Plated Tassel Earrings
5. Alexa Chung for AG Jeans Laura High Rise Corduroy Pants
6. Mugler Technical Cady Mini Dress
7. Polka Dot Duvet Cover 600 Thread Count
8. Bebe Brookee Slouchy Boots
9. Dune London Heston Leopard Buckle Ballerina Shoes
10. Humble Chic Mini Tassel Vegan Leather Bucket Bag
11. Kate Spade New York All in Good Taste Deco Dot 12-Pc. Set
12. Coco Noir Eau De Parfum Spray
13. Beats Solo 3 Wireless Headphones
14. The Fashion Book
15. Angelo Di Spirito Rosa Black Spinel Diamond Polish Double Ring Bracelet
16. ‘Paris’ Gillian Wright Limited Edition Fashion Illustration Giclee Print

Holiday Gift Guide: The Luxury Beauty Edit

If you are in the mood to splurge a little and wanna buy something really special for, say, your mum or your beauty loving best friend, then this might be the guide for you. Have a look at my choices of  luxury beauty items below and see if there’s anything one of them might enjoy.

Holiday Gift Guide: The Luxury Beauty Edit

1. Huda Beauty Desert Dusk Palette
2. Sunday Riley Good Genes All in One Lactic Acid Treatment 
3. Marc Jacobs Beauty Effortlessly Irresistible – 5-piece Beauty Bestsellers Collection
4. Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair Synchronized Recovery Complex II
5. Charlotte Tilbury Luxury Palette Colour Coded Eye Shadow – The Dolce Vita
6. Omorovicza Rejuvenating Night Cream & Firming Neck Cream
7. BECCA Shimmer Skin Perfector Vault
8. Guerlain Météorites Gold Pearls of Powder
9. Zoeva Rose Golden Complete Brush Set – Volume 1
10. Marc Jacobs Eye-Conic Longwear Eyeshadow Palette in Glambition
11. Kevyn Aucoin Cult Beauty Heroes
12. Molton Brown Cabinet of Scented Luxuries Advent Calendar
13. Eve Lom Ultimate Moisture Ritual Set
14. Velvet Crew Volumizing Mascara and Gel Eyeliner Collection
15. Moroccanoil Smoothing Regime
16. May Lindstrom The Blue Cocoon Beauty Balm
17. Therapie Luxury Kit
18. Charlotte Tilbury Magic Skin Trilogy Set

Holiday Gift Guide: 30 under 30

Sometimes you don’t really want (or cannot afford – if we are to be honest) to buy an ultra expensive Christmas gift, but still fancy getting something nice & thoughtful and less of a “stocking stuffer” for those you care about.

Enter the “30 under 30 Holiday Gift Guide”. It features a bit of everything (beauty, home/decor, tech, everyday staples) and at less than 30 euro per piece, all items would fit the bill nicely. Just have a look below and see if anything strikes your fancy…

Holiday Gift guide: 30 Under 30

1. Nudestix Matte Nude Lip Cheek Set: Brilliant little gift set for any makeup buff who enjoys a nude lip.

2. OUAI Morning After Kit: The whole beauty world seems to be going crazy for OUAI. I’d love getting this, if just to see what all the fuss is about – and so would, probably, most of your girlfriends.

3. Customizable Geometric White Marble & Rose Gold Notebook: These look so cute I actually ordered a couple for myself, while researching this post… Their price is quite low so you can also easily combine them with other customized items (mugs, mouse pads, business cards, clipboards etc.) to make a little gift “package”.

4. Fenty Beauty Gloss Bomb Universal Lip Luminizer: Rihanna has taken the word by storm with her makeup line. This lip luminizer looks smashing and would perfectly compliment a smokey eye.

5. Moët et Chandon Imperial Rose NV Christmas Cracker Edition – 20cl: Bit of luxury in a small package. Plus can you think of anything better to usher in the NY than a glass of high quality bubbly?

6. Benefit Majorette Booster Blush: I have tried this and absolutely LOVED it so I couldn’t not mention it here. If you know someone who isn’t a big fan of heavy blush but still wants that healthy looking glow, this one is definitely the thing to get her.

7. Pixi Best of Bright Kit: Great little gift set from Pixi. ‘Nough said.

8. Spasilk 100% Pure Silk Facial Beauty Pillowcase: Who wouldn’t enjoy resting their heads on pure silk at night? Not to mention saving their skin from fine lines, in the process?

9. TONYMOLY ‘I’m Real’ Sheet Masks: A great little collection of sheet masks for Korean beauty fans.

10. Natrogix Bliss 100% Pure Essential Oil Set: Pure essentials oils can be used for many things not the least of which would be making your home smell lovely. These could be used (or even bought) in conjunction with item no. 11 below.

11. KINGA Essential Oil Diffuser & Air Purifier/Humidifier: One of these things all people would appreciate but very few actually go out and buy for themselves. I would personally like it as a gift – and I’m pretty sure your loved ones will, as well.

12. Zoella Snowella All Four You Mini Mists: Extra cute packaging. Extra cute names. And, if the reviews are anything to go by, quite interesting scents. Fans of Zoella will probably give you bonus points for thoughtfulness.

13. Bedside Smartphone Vase: Would look lovely on any bedside table. Just make sure the person you get this for does not own a cat.

14. Pantone Classic Porcelain Cup: Classic Pantone. The red version is, unfortunately, sold out on Amazon UK, but there’s a host of other lovely colors to choose from.

15. Emma Hardie Moringa Traveller Set: A beauty classic in a travel (and budget) friendly set. Your girlfriends are sure to enjoy it.

16. this works Deep Sleep Pillow Spray: For the insomniacs in your life…

17. MAC Snow Ball Pigment and Glitter Kit: We probably all agree re: the quality of MAC pigments. The fact that three of them come in such a GORGEOUS, sequined makeup bag just adds to the covet factor. Be warned, though – this is mostly sold out online, so grab one quickly if you fancy it.

18. Anker Astro E1 6700mAh Ultra-Compact Portable Charger: Apparently the quickest way to charge your phone. Comes in other colors too, in case you’re not a big fan of “Apple” white.

19. Eight Hour Cream Skin Protectant Original Gift Set: Just a fantastic value set from Elizabeth Arden. Also mostly sold out online – which is no wonder. Act quickly.

20. Fenty Beauty Stunna Lip Paint: A red that seems to compliment all skin tones. An absolute neccesity for the holiday season (and beyond).

21. Neom Tranquillity Scented Travel Candle: With notes of lavender and jasmine this would be a great way to relax while having a nice hot bath, after a long gruelling day at the office (and is thus certain to be appreciated).

22. Liz Earle Cleanse Polish Starter Kit: A lovely way to offer someone the choice to sample one of the most awarded cleansers in the UK.

23. NYX Professional Makeup Jet Set Travel Kit – Pro Prep, Prime & Finish: A fantastic little makeup set from NYX. Would be perfect for frequent travelers (exactly as the name suggests) and fans of the brand alike.

24. Kiehl’s Butterstick Lip Treatment Limited Edition: Kiehl’s is one of my favorite brands and makes some of the best lip balms I have tried to this day. This, festively packaged, one would make a great little gift for anyone – in view of the colder weather months approaching.

25. Bath Truffle Melts: Clementine Cupcake, Espresso, Lemon Cake, Oatmeal Milk & Honey… Don’t eat them, just gift them! Bath lovers are bound to love them.

26. BAGSMART Double-layer Travel Cable Organizer: Most of us pack a gazillion electronic bits and gadgets when travelling  (including chargers, cables, camera batteries, SD cards, tablets etc.) This chic, slimline travel organizer from Bagsmart would no doubt come in handy.

27. 2 in 1 Body Lotion Candle: I am intrigued beyond words by this item – which is basically why I need to include it here. I am not quite sure how it would work but it seems to be getting great reviews by people who have used it. If you happen to try it, do drop me a line and let me know what the experience was like, yeah?

28. Anastasia Beverly Hills Liquid Lipstick Set: Anastasia Beverly Hills liquid lipsticks. I mean…come on…Seriously… Find me one woman who would not like getting this set as a present.

29. Box of Chocolate Soaps: Another one which seems to be selling out quickly. Chocolate, Fudge Brownie and Raspberry Drizzle scented. Would make a great gift for a friend, relative or (why not?) yourself.

30. Zoella Easy Doze it Cushion: Another, very cleverly branded, item from the Zoella home range. Cute as a button with its feminine colors & gold foil lettering, it will always make its recipient smile. And what’s better than that, when it comes to a gift?

Holiday Gift Guide: For Him

Having tackled the women in our lives, it’s now time to focus on the men. Our favorite gender is notoriously difficult to buy for and one can (almost) never be 100% certain of how the gift that he/she spent ages choosing will be received.

I personally have been blessed with a father and partner that are literally the gentlest and most accommodating people on earth, when it comes to receiving gifts. They never take things for granted and always appreciate the time and effort that they know I have put into getting them whatever it is that I have eventually chosen. That said I will still stress over said choice for weeks, before time comes for them to open their packages (and me to finally see the look on their faces).

With most men, you cannot go wrong with technology and assorted gadgets. I will however only include a couple such items here, since there’s a forthcoming (unisex) tech-ie gift guide which will explore that niche further. For today I will focus on some of the other areas that usually provide interesting gift ideas for our favorite guys. So here goes…

Holiday Gift Ideas For Him

1. Bourbon Infused Coffee: Most men are foodies. Most men love coffee. And you will be hard pressed to find a man that doesn’t like whiskey. This is just the sort of gift to appeal to all of the categories mentioned above.

2. Multi- Tool Box of Wonders: Men usually enjoy DIY and fixing things around the house. They also like to be prepared for any eventuallity, at any given point in time and they are usually also interested in design (especially when it is functional). This set of stainless steel, ultra-thin, and versatile tools will be a gift most will be happy to unpack.

3. Retrographic: History’s Most Exciting Images Transformed into Living Color: If you have a man in your life who likes photography, this collection of remastered photographs from major photographers and Pulitzer Prize winners of the field is sure to be well received.

4. BottleLoft: Men stock a few bottles of beer in their fridge, at any given time. This clever gadget will allow them to do exactly that, while saving precious space on their selves.

5. Leather Hip Flask 8oz: If your father, partner or friend is active and likes hiking or camping, this might come in handy – plus it looks classy as hell.

6. Daneson Bourbon & Scotch Toothpicks: See No. 1 (a.k.a. you will be hard pressed to find a man that doesn’t like whiskey).

7. Beams Plus Cashmere Scarf: Most men are not big on fashion. They do, however, enjoy having a few top quality basic pieces in their wardrobe. You can thus never go wrong with a classic cashmere scarf.

8. Victorinox Swiss Card: See No. 2. Carrying a Swiss Army knife around may not always be the most practical sollution. This would make a great, slimline alternative.

9. Universe: Exploring the Astronomical World: I’ ve recently come to realise that a lot of men are science buffs. Amongst other pursuits they enjoy astronomy, love pinpointing and naming all the different constellations and seem to be intrigued by most things having to do with space and the universe in general. This book will be the perfect gift, if you happen to have one of them in your life.

10. Mulberry 8 Card Wallet: See No. 7. Add to that the fact that men will never go buy themselves a wallet – not unless the one they’re making do with is, finally, in tatters. This streamlined classic is definitely pricey but will be most appreciated.

11. UCO Titan Stormproof Match Kit : See No. 5. These make a great, practical gift and will be surely appreciated if the man you are buying them for is a climber, hiker or camper.

12. Corkcicle Whiskey Wedge: Here we go again. Most men love whiskey, most men love design. What more is there to be said?

13. Dents Men’s Cashmere Lined Hairsheep Leather Gloves: You can’t go wrong with a pair of high quality leather gloves for winter. Plus, you can always pair them with that classic cashmere scarf mentioned above…

14. Waterproof Pack-able Backpack: Yet another one for the active guy in your life. Hell, I’d love this for my hiking trips too.

15. Le Labo Eau De Parfum Discovery Set : A little treat for the guy who’s been stuck wearing the same perfume for ages (yup, men are creatures of habbit). Now, for those of you who don’t know, Le Labo perfume is quite expensive – so this would be a great way for him to sample the different scents before committing to something he realy likes.

16. Xbox Wireless Controller Patrol Tech Special Edition: Men and videogames. Unless you are lucky (like me) your man spends a decent number of hours/ week in front of his game console. No need to analyse this further then…

17. Origin Men’s Grooming Treats Set : This set contains just the basics: Shave Cream, Exfoliator, Moisturizer and Body Wash (a.k.a. everything the average male will need for his personal grooming) in a lovely  gift bag. It’s sure to come in handy, even if the man you’re buying for is not hugely into beauty related items.

18. Byredo Tree House Candle: And finally, don’t fear the candles. Most men would never buy one, but they will probably light (and enjoy) it once it’s been gifted to them. Take the leap this year. They’ll thank you, once their humble abode starts smelling divine.