Tuesday, 30 January 2018

Roman Holiday | Guest Post by Dunja Jovanović ☆

How good has your new year started, from 0 until you spent it in your dream city? When the clock struck 12, I was watching fireworks on Piazza del popolo in Rome, sipping my drink hearing 'Auguri! Auguri!' everywhere around me.

My year couldn't have started better. 

Even if I wasn't staying during the holidays, I could still comfortably name this article 'Roman Holiday'. The atmosphere was magical - there were Christmas decorations everywhere, as well as orange trees (with oranges in December and January); the weather was warm and sunny as it was Spring.  Everyone spoke the language I love and study. We would have Nutella toast and have the most perfect cappacino for breakfast, see so many beautiful things that I could barely process them all and finish our day only after we walked for about 20km (no, that's not a typo). We felt the pain in our legs only by the end of the day - we were too busy discovering, wandering around and being stunned. The center of Rome isn't that big, so you can visit everything you want in 4-5 days. These were my favourite places, in no particular order. 

1. Fontana di Trevi

Anita Ekberg unfortunately wasn't there, however, a huge crowd of tourist was (around, not in the actual fountain), taking  photos
and throwing coins. But don't worry, with a little effort you can find a perfect there's-no-one-around-me-spot for pictures in front of this
masterpiece made by Nicola Salvi. Also, don't forget to throw a coin above your head when making a wish, so you can come back!

2. Colosseo

What's the first thing you think of when someone says 'Rome' if not the most famous amphitheater in the world? Once upon a time, where the gladiator fights took place, with space for 55,0000 spectators, now the main tourist attraction. First Sunday of a month, free entrance but be prepared for a loooong line. Tip: If you know in advance where you want to go & you need tickets for it, buy it online. They'll cost a euro or two more, but they'll save you from waiting for hours and hours. Which is not at all amusing. 

3. Altare della Patria

When they were building a monument for the king who united Italy, Vittorio Emanuele II, motto was obviously go big or go home. When you first look at it, you can't not notice how big, majestic and white it is. When you second look at it, it kinda looks like a huge wedding cake or typewriter, which are only some of its nicknames (la torta nuziale/macchina da scrivere). When you climb (a lot of) stairs, you'll see the eternal flame that burns for unknown soldiers - then you'll see a breathtaking view of the city.

4. Piazza Novona
 The moment I stepped on this baroque square, it became my favourite. Bernini designed the facade of the church of Saint Agnese (it'll be the first thing you notice) as well as the fountain with the Egyptian obelisk in the middle. According to the story, Agnese was a  young girl who was killed because she refused a guy's proposal and devoted her life to Christianity (#ThatsWhyWeNeedFeminism). Because my brain wasn't really able to work properly while I was there, all I could think of was WOW. I'll let the photo speak instead.

Somewhere between the last and the next point on this list, there is Galateria Della Palma, where you can choose between 150 flavors of ice cream. 

I could try only 2 at the time, despite my unconditional love for ice cream, and they were SO good. 10/10 would reccommend.

5. Spanish Stairs
I don't know how, but wherever we went, we would somehow end up on Spanish steps. Maybe unlocked Dior's WiFi would call us. Anyway, the fashion shows of high end brands are held here in summer. You can find their shops nearby, in via Condotti, as well as festive parades (we accidentally became apart of one). From cold, white stairs we even watched a marathon. The only disappointment is that I wasn't approached by the 2018 version of Gregory Peck.

 6. The Vatican
We visited this tiny country on the 1st of January and accidentally arrived just in time to listen to the Pope's New Year's speech. Even for me, pretty non-religious person (and especially not Catholic), it was a beautiful experience. We didn't go inside because the entrance was free, so the line was beyond huge but if you have the chance - don't make the same mistake we did. 

7. Piazza del Campidoglio

When the emperor Carl V visited Rome, pop Paul III was embarrassed that the capitol is so muddy and...not so in ideal state. That's why he asked Michelangelo to design the façade and the line characteristic to this piazza. It's really close to the Altare della patria, so you can kill 2 birds with one stone.

8. Villa and park Borghese

 After you see the  masterpieces of, among others, Bernini, Caravaggio and Raffaello, take a walk into the park. Park Borghese is like an oasis in the middle of the city. It reminds me of Boboli gardens in Florence but the entrance is free. You can ride a bike or a boat, or make a picnic while listening to the jazz music. If you get hungry and you didn't bring anything, which I recommend, you can walk to Piazza del popolo. In one of the streets that begin on the piazza, there is a great pizzeria that will, for around €4 give you a big and perfect pizza slice with a thin crunchy crust.

9. Trastevere 
Trastevere is a super lovely part of the city next to the river Tiber (Tiber = Tevere) on the same side of the river as Vatican. It's full of old, red houses with flowers on the windows or clambering plants, little cobblestone streets and lively nightlife, as well as perfect sweets that taste like Ferrero Rocher in random pasticcerias.

10. The Mouth of Truth
If you don't trust your significant other, take them to the mouth of truth (Bocca della verita) that exists since 4th Century BC. According to the legend if you put your hand in them and lie, well, you won't have a hand anymore. 

11. Monet's Exhibition
Everyone who knows me, knows how much I love Claude Monet and his work. Since it's like this city was built for me, it happened that his exhibition was at the same time as my stay. If you happen to be in Rome until 11th February, don't miss the chance to see his masterpieces; from his first caricatures to 'Water Lilies', everything is absolutely beautiful and worth seeing.

P.S: Thanks to the guy who assumed I was under 18 (if he asked to see my documents he'd discover that I am not) and made me pay less for a ticket than I normally would. One more good thing that happened that day lol

This guest post was written by Dunja. Check out her Instagram  

Monday, 29 January 2018

Introducing Elysian Haze | Guest Post by Drina Seager ☆


My mind is a mess; a whirlwind, a storm.
It's full of ideas and projects I'd like to complete, thoughts and 
emotions I can't quite control yet and it's running too fast for me to put anything on paper. 
Maybe it's the music I listen to, maybe it's where I live, maybe it's just me. 

Living about an hour away from practically everything on a small country farm
means it's hard to get to places. I've felt trapped and too young for my soul. Everything
I want to do isn't where I live, it's been almost impossible. But luckily, things
are finally changing - I can feel it coming. 

My name is Alexandrina Seager and I created Elysian Haze out of a spur of emotions. 
I was restless, my cheeks were red and tear-stained, my heart ached and I felt alone. 
I then created the name and an idea; nothing more, nothing less. I'm not sure why I did, as 
I already had a blog, The Warmhearts, not to mention the countless blogs I've created and deleted 
over the years. Nothing has ever stuck. It's as though my previous blogs have been somewhere where I'm searching
for myself and whenever I noticed a change I had to start again. It makes sense as I originally started blogging as
a way to escape my reality. I was struggling. 

Elysian Haze is already close to my heart. 
The word itself, 'elysian', means beautiful and creative; divinely inspired, peaceful and perfect.
Now imagine a dreamy haze using Elysian to describe it - that's Elysian haze. 
With a team currently made up of my cousin, my
best friend and myself, we're not going to sugar coat life. 

We're going to show you the real deal; mistakes, imperfections and the world
through our eyes. 
Mixtapes, adventures, photography, thoughts, muses, art, lifestyle, inspiration, guides, wellness, activism...I guess you 
could say we've got it all but written in our own unique style. Real, raw and authentic.

There's something about the idea of starting fresh that I love.
This is why we decided to launch Elysian Haze on the first day of 2018. Elysian Haze is here to stay. 
It's here to captivate, it's here to inspire.
Full of everything I love, full of everything we love. 

It's a space to collaborate, to share your thoughts and to voice your opinion. 
I'm an extremely passionate person and I hope to portray that through
the words I write and share on Elysian Haze. 
I'm finding new things to be passionate about almost daily. 
However, my biggest passions are 
photography, writing, the ocean, creating, health expression, learning and the environment. 
I absolutely love photography. 

I fell in love with it in early 2017
and now I'm continuing to learn new things and new ways of expressing myself through the simple capture of a moment. 
I love to write - that's why I blog. 
I wanted to be an author when I was younger and I have so many unfinished stores. 
Regarding the ocean, there is something about her that just calms me. 
I care deeply for her and will yell at you for using something that may or may not pollute her. 

I love to create. I love to inspire others to create.

 It's a small passion but one I will continue with.
My latest passion, I guess you could say. I've started taking note on my mental and physical health .
as it's important. Expression is pretty similar to creating. 
I love to express myself, I love to give others the ability to express themselves. 
Education is important, I'm constantly wanting to learn new things, I want to be able to share that with you. 
I care for the environment, we should all care for the environment. 

Does any of that even make sense? 

 I feel like I ramble way too much.

This is who I am, this is what Elysian Haze will be. 

I'm just a forever changing teenager living in South Australia who has dreams that I'm planning

on carrying out no matter how messy things get. 
I'm someone who has trust issues but will tell my life story if someone else asks. 
I'm someone who wants the best for people and will always put others first. 
I'm someone who will have an argument with you over nothing. 
I'm someone who hopes to inspire others.

That's why I created Elysian Haze.

Sunday, 21 January 2018

☆ Are The ABH Glow Kits Worth The Money?! ☆

I love highlighters, and I love Anastasia Beverly Hills, so when my I received this as a gift for my 20th birthday I was over the moon.  I couldn't wait to play with it and try out the different colours. Despite being excited about the product, I had also heard a few negative reviews and wanted to see what it was like for myself, which is why I'm sharing my honest opinion with you.

The palette is the third and darkest addition to the ABH Glow Kit collection and it is called Sun Dipped. Like the other palettes That Glow and Gleam, Sun Dipped comes in a sleek square-like packaging where the products are placed in four individual pans. Unfortunately the palette comes without a mirror, which is a pity as it would have been super handy for application.

Product & Swatches 
Each of the shades are beyond pigmented and the colours are so pretty!  I think they'd definitely pop more on girls with a tanned skin or a darker skin tone because as mentioned before, it's the darkest palette of the Glow Kit trio, but that doesn't mean it excludes fairer makeup lovers! In fact, the Glow Kits double up as multi-use products and can be used for blush, eye shadows and even bronzers if you like a bit of shimmer in yours and versatility is key in makeup, which is probably the reason why these Glow Kits are worth €50.  As pictured below, the palette contains four shades in 'Bronzed', 'Summer', 'Tourmaline' and 'Moonstone'. 


 'Bronzed' and 'Summer' are both warm-toned colours whilst 'Tourmaline' and 'Moonstone' are on the cooler end of the spectrum. Tourmaline is my personal favourite as it's the most unique highlighter in the palette and it resembles a rose-gold colour which I personally love. My least favourite colour would have to be 'Summer' but that's only because I find it to be too light for my skin tone, though I use it as an inner corner highlight or to highlight my brow bone. They're buildable, easy to blend out and the textures are super smooth and so far, there's been no fall out.

Swatched from top to bottom: Summer, Moonstone, Tourmaline, Bronzed

Application & Durability
I apply the product using a fan brush or an angled blush brush and gently sweep it across my cheekbones, under my browbone, down the bridge of my nose and across my cupids bow. I say gently because the product is incredibly pigmented and a little really goes a long way. The durability of the highlighters are insane - they stay on for ages. They don't need any touch-ups at all.

Final Verdict 
I can easily say this product is worth the money - it's versatile, pigmented, durable, buildable and compact. Again, the only con is that it doesn't contain a mirror and it would have been great if it came with it's own applicator like the eyeshadow palettes do. The Glow Kits are without a doubt a staple in my cruelty-free makeup collection and perfect for a casual day look or night time glam!

Did you like this review? Let me know your thoughts on the Glow Kits!  

 f o l l o w

M I A H 


Monday, 8 January 2018

My Zero Waste Food Starter Kit! [1/4] ☆

My Zero Waste Starter Kit
Hey folks! Today I'm sharing what my zero waste starter kit for food consists of. These are all eco-friendly and sustainable ways to avoid plastic, save money, conserve food and hacks to save food as well. The next three posts will all be dedicated to zero waste food. From market hauls, how to shop zero waste at the grocery store, ways to save money and ways to implement zero waste changes into your daily life, I've got you covered.

Food Huggers
 The first item are these silicone food 'containers'. They are different sized silicone molds to store various foods after they've been cut up. For example, there are molds for halves of avocados, kiwis, bananas, apples etc. This helps the food to last longer as it keeps the produce fresh for a longer time and means I don't have to throw anything away.

Bamboo Cutlery Set

 The second item is a bamboo cutlery kit, designed for traveling. As someone who travels often, I know how easy it is to give in to disposable cutlery - use once and throw away, that's basically the motto when it comes to plastic knives and forks. However, this has a major impact on our planet, so I wanted a sustainable alternative. I wash these in cold water to preserve the bamboo and rinse the cloth in which it is packaged as it served as a napkin, too.

Cotton Produce Bags

By now it's no secret that I love the farmer's market. I do hate the plastic that comes with it, though, so I purchased a set of these cotton produce bags to store my fruits and veggies in. I have two sets of the produce bags; one I purchased myself and one that I was recently gifted. The one I was gifted, I use to store items such as potatoes, onions, garlic, ginger and sweet potato in and I keep those in my cupboards. The ones I purchased I use to keep fresh produce like avocados, tomatoes, carrots and herbs in my fridge. This is a great way for me to reduce my plastic consumption and the produce bags come in various sizes, too!

Storing red onions in my produce bag

A Bamboo Cup

I love my bamboo cup, it's great for on the go. I use it for coffee or tea when I'm at university and I take it with me when I go out if there are no glass options for liquids. For cold drinks, I just take the silicone lid off. I wash it in cold water to preserve the bamboo while cleansing it thoroughly. My bamboo cup is a gift from my wonderful Lily.

Stainless Steel Straw & Cleaner

 Best for last - my stainless steel straw. I love this as I no longer use plastic straws and I'm so proud because I used to love them, especially the swirly ones or the ones that were bendy. They are terrible for our planet and so incredibly wasteful as they go straight into landfill. Instead, I now use my beloved stainless steel straw with the cute little cleaner it came with.

Sites I Purchased Items From:

Travel Cutlery Kit and Stainless Steel Straw - Etsy (Search Zero Waste Travel)
Silicone Food Huggers, Silicone Container, Produce Bags - LevenZonderAfval
Bamboo Cup - Gifted To Me


All my love,