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Time to Unwind

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The past couple of months have been pretty hectic for me, I had many happy and sad days, it was just a bit too emotional and busy. And I realised that I haven’t had “me” time for months! So, now that 2016 is here and we all need a fresh start, I decided to give myself a relaxing day. Nothing too fancy or special, just spending some time doing what I love.

It’s pretty cold in Norway at the moment and I’m basically living in slippers, I love these cosy slipper boots from Va Vite that my boyfriend got for me last month. They’re soft and cute and they keep my feet warm.

I love tea and this is just a tiny part of our tea collection. Herbal tea is something that I can’t go a day without in the winter and I’m actually boiling the kettle right now to make myself a nice cup of tea.

This will be a make-up free day for me, I even removed my nail polish and I’m going to enjoy my Sephora Green Tea Eye Mask, then apply a little bit of L’Occitane x Pierre Hermé Paris Pamplemousse Rhubarbe Lip Balm and nourish my hands with Burt’s Bees Almond & Milk Hand Cream. Later, after I remove the eye pads, I’m just going to give my skin a treat by spraying Maya Water Facial Mist with Organic White Tea* which is very soothing and moisturising and will follow with Clarins Blue Orchid Face Treatment Oil to lock the mist. This combination hydrates the skin really well and makes it feel incredibly soft.

I’m very happy that friends gifted books to me around the holidays, as I love reading and I’m currently starting Tove Jansson‘s Tales From Moominvalley and Amy Lawrence‘s Invincible which was part of my Arsenal membership box (I’m a Gooner for those of you who didn’t know).

It’s also a great day to relive the most amazing summer experience I’ve had in 2015 (you can see a few pictures here)! I’m going to watch Tiziano Ferro Lo Stadio Tour 2015 DVD and just wish I could turn back the time and have that June night again for myself…well, and for 60 000 more around me. I ended last year with this concert and I definitely have to start 2016 with it, as well.

And…it wouldn’t be “me” time without chocolate, right? Hope you’re having a great weekend!

*PR Sample

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The Goodreads Tag

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I think this is a pretty old tag but I still see people doing it, I love reading so I decided to do it too.

What was the last book you marked as read?
“I think therefore I play” by Andrea Pirlo. I love biographies and I love football so when the book is about one of the greatest players of our time, I had to read it and I loved it. Also, there are some great quotes, pretty short book unfortunately.

What are you currently reading?
“The art of racing in the rain” by Gareth Stein.

What was the last book that you marked as to read?
I think it was “Twelve Years a Slave” by Solomon Northup. I constantly add new books to ‘to-read’.

What do you plan to read next?
That’s quite a dilemma, I’m torn between some ‘delicious’ books by Anthony Capella and “Stillness and speed” by Dennis Bergkamp (another biographical read).

Do you use the star rating system?
Most of the time, yes.

Do you have a wishlist?
No, because I use ‘to read’ as a wishlist.

What book do you want to buy next?
I use Kindle because I can carry it everywhere with me and it’s absolutely loaded, yet I keep adding more and more books so you never know.

Do you have any favourite quotes?
Tons! I write them down right after I read them and it’s impossible to put them all here but here are several:

“A book is a loaded gun in the house next door…Who knows who might be the target of the well-read man?” 
― Ray Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451

“Every true love and friendship is a story of unexpected transformation. If we are the same person before and after we loved, that means we haven’t loved enough.” 

― Elif Shafak, The Forty Rules of Love

“My contention is that your blessings derive from your positive contributions. But they must come from the heart. Not because of what you expect in return. Otherwise what you contributed was a loan, not a gift.”

― Gil Scott-Heron, The Last Holiday

and many many more…

Who are your favourite authors?
Impossible to answer this one, there are so many outstanding authors. The only thing I can say is that there is one who makes me very emotional and I’m crying and laughing and crying when I read something from him no matter if it’s a book or song lyrics and it’s Tiziano Ferro.

Have you joined any groups?
No, actually I’m active on Goodreads only for myself. I mean, it’s kind of keeping an archive for myself, checking reviews and so on but I don’t even have friends there, I haven’t even added my boyfriend I think.

It would be pretty interesting for me to see what you like to read so if you feel for it, just do this tag! :-)