Author: Alexandra

Links for the weekend, three.

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The Art of Yao Xiao

A Russian Navy… cat. =^.^=

The Ultimate Skincare Ingredients Guide.

The NARS Orgasm Collection. I still haven’t tried the original blusher. It’s been on my wish list for ages.

American Malls Are Closing: How Retail Changed (And I Did Too). Referenced articles are a good read as well.

Nipples Are the Secret to the Perfect Lipstick Shade?

It has however been reported that using such method is less complimentary, if your complexion happens to be extremely pale or deep; as I said it isn’t exactly a highly researched topic; most likely homeboy wanted his name in the press and happened to be a boob man.

How to Generate Ideas for Your Blog. Actually a post with unique techniques for once.

6 Tricks That Will Speed Up Your Metabolism is one of those ‘yeah, I knew all that…’ posts but is a great refresher.

This Is How to Find Out If You Are Sleep Deprived. Back in drama school days I’ve actually been introduced to a similar technique – but with the purpose of staying awake just a bit longer. You’d sit on a chair or lie on a sofa with your hand over the floor, holding an object that would make a significant amount of noise when falling down from your hand – like a bunch of keys or a metal mug. You’d allow yourself to fall asleep, which would mean that you’d let go of the object, and the sound of it falling will wake you up. There, some more time won against the Oneiroi.

How to Describe Fragrance.

My Family’s Slave – a story of slavery in modern America.

Classical art with FaceApp smiles. I never knew I needed this in my life.

Five Foolproof Bronzers for Fair Skin.

Six Good Things Sunday #5

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Empty City

Most Chisinau residents always seem to abandon ship on the long weekends, especially on Orthodox Christian holidays. I was born and raised here and have nowhere to go, so I stay and get to enjoy the peace and quiet of an empty city. You don’t know what you lack until it hits you.

Flowers

My friend has been blessing me with fresh flowers for the last couple of weeks. I love having a bouquet in the kitchen, and maybe a small one on my vanity too.

Today is #worldbookday, so I’m following @mediocre_monster’s example and sharing my current bookshelf with you all. 📚📚📚 You will have seen most of these books by now in my recent #tbrpile photo. I did some furniture rearrangements the other day (still in the process of unfucking my habitat #ufyh), and now the #tbr pile lives in my bedroom. Happy World Book Day, and happy birthday to Shakespeare! 🎭 Всемирный день книги. Перетащила шкаф в спальню и сделала немыслимую красоту на полке. 📗📘📙📖😊 . . . . . #книги #люблючитать #букстаграм #моябиблиотека #всемирныйденькниги #worldbookday #bookday #everydayisbookday #shelfie #bookworm #lovetoread #bookstagram #diadeloslibros #mylibrary #tbrmountain #currentlyreading #books #booklover #библиофил #книгоманьяк #читаю

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TBR Pile

Every reader knows that TBR piles have a tendency to turn into TBR mountains, and mine is no exception. With my current reading speed I might have just planned out my reading list for the next five years or so.

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Duolingo Romanian

I reached level 7! This is a ridiculous non-achievement, if I am honest, but hey! I’m finally getting the hang of articles in Romanian. See, I understand the language. My listening comprehension of a calm conversation without an overbearing use of shortenings and slang is fine, I read books of what I suppose can be classified as ‘advanced’ level of reading, and my passive vocabulary is big, if a bit unbalanced. (For example, I understand an article about economy way better than I understand a romance novel.) But when I need to write or, heaven forbid, speak, my brain just freezes. Over the years I’ve lost the psychological barrier, and came to realise that the only reason I can’t actually speak the language is the absence of a solid grammar base. I was never given it at school, and I never actively pursued it on my own. Duo is helping me with that. Once I reach a certain level, I am going to pick up a textbook, just like I did with Spanish. I hope Duo releases the mobile version of the course soon.

Two Long Weekends

in a row. Unheard of.

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Current Read

Two book-related good things in one post? Is it a cheat? … Nah. Today is World Book Day! My current read is Thank You, Jeeves! by Wodehouse, my first book of his. Light-hearted and funny, though I do have a feeling that stand-alone short stories read better than this novel. Eventually we’ll see.

And the not good at all, but eerily beautiful in parts:

Spring has sprung. Весна.

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Snowpocalypse

I am not going to wax poetic about the April snow that halted the regular life in most parts of the country. I am not an idiot. It was a crisis, it was a catastrophe, and the aftermath will be felt for a while after. But I’m as happy as a dog when I see snow. It’s, I don’t know, like a basic instinct for me. I had to go to work on foot, and the usual ‘a little under an hour’ trip took me two hours. I was not frozen – the temperatures never went below zero – but I was wet, I was cold, I was in constant danger of either being hit by cars or falling trees, I kept thinking of the dead crops, and yet another economy blast this country is going to go through because of it.

Yet I would still stop and admire the eerie ‘winter wonderland’ beauty of it all. Very The Day After Tomorrow. (Don’t watch that movie if you haven’t yet, it’s shit.)

You can see more photos of the April snow in Moldova on my other blog, Inner Moldova. I’ve published part one, and part two is coming tomorrow. Keep your eyes open for that, if you’d like.

Links for the weekend, two

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Hello, hello! The most boring day on the internet strikes again.

Instagram Shadowbanning 411

Actually, just Sharmtoaster blog in full. It’s a recent addition to my feed, and I really like it.

How to wear yellow eyeshadow.

One skirt, three ways.

My decision to ban (or, let’s face it: dramatically cut) beauty purchases led to my exploring the panning community a bit deeper. So far, the channel that stood out for me the most was PrettyPistol86.

The High Street Spring Lipstick Collection.

Some new additions to my Instagram feed: emiremarque (love the books paired with the girly aesthetic); te_bessum (knitting and books); ekinik (also take a look at the site); addymanbooks (books and breakfasts of a bookseller that is far, far away from me); photographycuba (my long standing dream is to travel there). Last but not least: after much persuasion, my friend finally started a bookstagram. Follow her here!