Valentine's Day Inspired Nail Look

I am no expert when it comes to nail design. I love nail polish on my nails, it is true. But my first real experiment was this post. And today's. I thought why not do another and upcoming Valentine's Day was a nice inspiration. 
1. I started off with red as a base colour and white as a base colour on my ring fingers.
2. I waited for nail polish to dry before applying washi tape in a shape of a triangle (ordinary scotch tape usually takes off my nail polish). I then painted this area with white nail polish. My white has shimmer in it and it may look like silver rather than white. I went for a toothpick since I have no nail design tools and dipped it first in red colour to drew a heart on both ring fingers first. On one hand I outlined heart with black colour and on the other hand I drew an arrow. The only thing I had to do then was to apply a top coat and let it dry. 
What do you think? Hope you felt inspired too and you decide to recreate this look :) 

Have a nice weekend!
xx Maja

P.S.: Thanks for your feedback on blog design but it didn't felt like me so I changed it back. However I might still experiment and change a colour or add g+ followers button but this is how it's going to stay, minimalistic.

Food Diary | January

Keeping up with the yummy goodies. Each time I feel like photos from food diary don't need any words. But I think I could explain when or what was the occasion of these bites. Muffins were a gift for a friend who said they were delicious (phew!). Extras were left and eaten mostly by me... hihi.
Macaroni are always a good choice and love to eat it with different kind of sauces. 
Ahem, Mozart Pralines? Ja, bitte. 
That colourful plate had some serious appetizing tastes on board! Lot of cheese (I love cheese), creamy sauces, veggie tortilla (there was brokoli inside, 100 % sure of that and on the menu it said it had cactus as well- I mean, say what? That's pretty awesome) and backed potatoes.
Two ones with müsli are my breakfast- I know some people don't like to eat in the morning but I must have something. This is the easiest thing to grab and also delicious (and healthy) option. In truth, I often feel like eating something extra, like a toast and pouring myself a glass of natural fruit juice. Seriously, is it just me who thinks that breakfast should be (and also feels like) the biggest meal of the day? Let me know what (if you do) do you eat for breakfast because I'm really curious.

SLO: Nadaljevanje tradicije. Vsakič, ko objavim 'food diary', se mi zdi, kot da ne potrebujem nobenih besed zraven. Bilo bi ustrezno, da vsaj napišem kaj in kakšne so bile prilike teh prigrizkov. Muffini so bili darilo prijateljici, katera pravi, da so bili dobri. Tisti, ki so ostali, so bili zaužiti večinoma z moje strani... hihi. 
Makaroni so vedno dobra izbira in rada jih jem z različnimi omakami. 
Khem, Mozart praline? Ja, bitte. 
Tisti raznobarvni krožnik je imel veliko okusov katere je delil z mano. Veliko sira (obožujem sir), kremne omake, vegi tortilla (vsebovala je brokoli, to 100 % vem in na meniju je pisalo, da ima tudi kaktus- mislm, resno? Precej super) in pečen krompir. 
Na dveh slikah imam müsli, ki je moj zajtrk. Vem, da je veliko takih, ki zjutraj ne jé zajtrka, vendar je zame to nekaj nujno potrebno. Müsli je hitro pripravljen ter okusna in zdrava opcija. Po pravici povedano, velikokrat moram pojesti še kaj zraven, kot je toast ali naraven sok. Resnično, ali sem samo jaz ali pa se zdi, kot da bi zajtrk moral biti največji obrok dneva? Povej, kaj ti zajtrkuješ ali pa spustiš ta obrok?

SRB: Nastavljanje s tradicijom. Svaki put kad stavim ovaj post na blog se mi čini, da ne trebaju nikakve riječi. Ali bilo bi super, da napišem šta i kakva je bila prilika tih obroka. Mafini su bili poklon drugarici, koja kaže da su se ji puno svidjeli. Ekstra mafini, koji su ostali na kraju, su bili pojedeni- najviše s moje strane... hihi. 
Makarone obožavam i volim ih jesti s različitim sosima. 
Khm, Mozart praline? Ja, bitte. 
Taj raznobojan tanjir je imao veoma prijatne ukuse da podijeli! Puno sira (volim sir), kremne sose, vegi tortilja (s brokolijem, to 100 % znam da je bilo i sa menija sam pročitala da ima čak i kaktus u tortilji- mislim, šta? Prilično super) i pečen krompir. 
Na ostalim slikama imam müsli što je više-ili-manje uvek moj doručak. Znam da neko ne voli jesti ujutru ali meni je to nešta neophodno. I ovo je najlakše spremiti i ukusno i zdravo takodje. Iskreno rečeno, često moram da imam još nešta ekstra, na primer toast ili čašu prirodnog soka. Ozbiljno, da li samo ja mislim da bi doručak trebao biti glavni obrok dana? Reci mi šta ti doručkuješ ili propustiš ovaj obrok?

Have a shiny day! 
xx Maja

Sales

That's what is going to be my treat after the first exam- hitting the sales! Considering that the first exam is the most difficult one, I may count it as an entire exam period done! (wait until results come). I found this amazing grey jumper with sequins on in H&M some while ago. The size was perfect, I even got sleeves at the perfect lenght but I don't know why the waist was so slouchy- it didn't look very flattering on my figure (petite). The sad part isn't only that- I liked it so much I would grab it if I knew it was still available, hehe :)

SLO: Že zelo dolgo nisem pisala v slovenščini, kvečjemu z preprostim razlogom. Ko imam malo več časa na razpolago, se potrudim in napišem objavo v vseh treh jezikih; ali pa če gre za izjemno dolgo objavo, trud tukaj ni prva misel- izognem se prevajanju, saj bi tako namesto kratkega članka dobili novelo. Če se vrnemo na nit tega 'posta'- trgovine in popusti me bodo pričakali po odpisanem prvem izpitu. Glede na to, da se šteje za najtežji izpit, ga bom obravnavala kot: celotno obdobje izpitov narejeno! (dokler ne pridejo rezultati). Ta siv pulover z našitkom v obliki parfuma mi je bil zelo pri srcu. Velikost je bila kot narejena zame, saj so mi po nekem čudežu segali rokavi ravno do dlaneh. Kar me je poneslo v dvome, je bila nestrukturiranost puloverja v pasu- ni izgledalo laskavo na moji postavi (petite). Žalostno ni le to, temveč tudi to, da bi ga naslednjič kar vzela, če bi bil še vedno na voljo, hehe :)

SRB: Pošto se dugo nismo čuli (čitali) ovako, odlučila sam, da je već vreme za novi post na srpskom. Kad imam vremena, napišem post u svim trim jezicima, ali dosta puta se desi i to, da napišem puno na engleskom pa posle ne mogu pisati još dvaputa toliko, inače bi umjesto kratkog artikla dobili novelu. Na slici je dobar prikaz šta me čeka posle prvog ispita. U obziru na to, da je prvi ispit najteži ispit, mislim da ga mogu smatrati kao: prošao je celi ispitni period! (sačekajmo prvo na rezultate). Taj sivi džemper sa šljokicama mi je bio veoma pri srcu. Veličina je nekim čudom bila prava za mene, kad su mi rukavi došli baš do dlani. Ali preširok je bio u struku i nije izgledalo laskavo na mojoj figuri (petite). Tužno nije samo to, nego i to, da bi ga sledeći put uzela, kad bi još bio dostupan, hehe :)

xx Maja

Shine Bright

 ^^ Photos: Leja
I wish for some good, long and relaxing holiday right now. It's always like this when I have exams approaching. Instead of hard-core studying, I get in relaxed and no-worries zone until the day before exams. Then I'm a nerve wreck. That's the situation I'm facing now. I'm studying but I feel really confident- which is an illusion because I still have four days until the first examination.

I wish to be back when these photos were taken. Do you know when it's a sunny day and you're outside, sitting on a bench and your face is exposed to a bright, warm sun? It makes you drowsy and everything is still for a moment. Uh, perfection. That's how these photos make me feel. 

I had no real plan or inspiration on what to write today. Expect that a long period of stress requires short breaks in different forms. Sometimes it can be long, deserved days on the beach or climbing in the mountains or simply sitting on a porch, listening to the nature. 

My pause for now is done and since I need to return to books, I hope you get a moment to yourself today. 

Talk to you soon, 
Maja

Finger food | Recipe

^^ caprese tarts (inspired by this recipe)
^^ Sandwich bites (inspired by this recipe
Having guests over and you don't feel like cooking or baking? Well, order something from a restaurant ;-P If you have guests coming over at less than half an hour, finger food will save you. There are bunch of recipes you can choose from and I will write two that I made recently and loved it. 

First one - Caprese tarts
What you'll need: tomatoes, puff pastry, mozarella, basil (I used parsley)
Cut the dough into squares, cut tomatoes and mozarella into such sizes to comply with mini doughs. Sprinkle with basil. Bake only few minutes - cca.10 minutes (I had the oven on 200°C) or until dough is golden brown. 

Second one - Sandwich bites
What you'll need: toast bread, ham, tomatoes, salad. Or ingredients of your choice. Don't forget toothpicks.
First cut ham to chosen size, then bake it (for yummier snack). Cut toast bread into tiny squares and everything else too. While you keep bread at the bottom and on top, place the rest of the ingredients inbetween. Stick it with toothpick to hold everything in place.

There's really no rules with these simple recipes. Just add what you like and create something of yours. If you do, let me know whether you like it or share some of your best finger food recipes. 

Have a great start of this week!
xx Maja

Study Tips | Exam period

The stress begins right after new year starts. The presentations, more classes, exams... everything is crammed and takes all of your time. Sounds familiar? That's how I know University works. No fun, it's all about work. Since exams are just around the corner, I decided to write down a few tips on how to survive it. 

#1
I always schedule my time. I set exams into two parts- I arrange them by difficulty and start with the most challenging one. This year I will be taking first exam at the end of this month, then I will have one week time to study for another one and two weeks more before my last two exams. Studying starts in the first week of January. Unfortunately, I still have two more presentations to put through so I shall be focusing on those as well.

#2
If you take your studies serious than you know how important time and place is. If you get distracted too easily I suggest you take your books and go to the library. Silence there is obligated and you're forced to follow the rules and stay focused. No computer, no phones, snacks etc. to keep you distracted. If you're studying at home, pick a room that is empty, let your family (or friends) know that you're not to be disturbed (until dinner's ready;)).

#3
Preparation is connected to the previous tip: the same moment you decide to sit down and open you book, you remember you haven't fed the cat. Wrote a long sms to your bff either. You're kinda thirsty too. Ok, you're all set now. Do all of that before you sit down. Take calculator, highlighters, markers, blank paper and extra pens out of your bag and put your phone on silent. Then decide that nothing shall will have your attention until you're done for the day.

#4
Set a goal. Again, this one, too, is continuation of the previous tip. You can set study time for each day beforehand or you can plan long-term and write it down for the entire month. This can be more complicated since anything can come inbetween and you don't want to stress about how much time you lost. Take each day seperately and think what else you have to do that day. If you're free the whole day, don't set your goal to 12 hours of studying- you'll crack. I wouldn't recommend more than 8 hours per day.

#5
Now you closed all of your books and you understand every chapter, it is time for a revision. As much as you hate it, it's necessary. The information stored in your head will imprint and you won't forget things easily.

Note: Don't forget to take frequent breaks so your brain can recharge for a new study session. 
If you have difficulty with memorizing a certain part, try to move around- if you're explaining things aloud and imagine to be in front of an audience you'll storage the information better and quicker.

Do you have a special method you're using for studying?
Good luck to all students with their exams! 

xx Maja

Birthday Wishlist

 1. Sleek palette (Darks or Garden of Eden)
2. Sleek Eye&Cheek palette (Dancing till dusk)
4. Brush set (this or this)
5. Moroccanoil 25 ml (here)
6. iWhite (can be found in dm drugstores)

1. Acrylic paint or oil paint (here or here)
4. Stand
5. Canvas
6. Calligraphy set (often in Lidl)

My B-day is not until next month. Wishlist is merely put online on my friends' and family's request otherwise I always like to see if they can guess what are my tiny wishes and leave them to choose alone. Others may easily ignore this wishlist ;) New post is coming up tomorrow, promise. Right now I have to get ready for Uni. I have a presentation I don't look forward to :(

Talk to you later!
xx Maja

Beauty Haul

Balea shower gel (Orchid and Magnolia scent)- necessity. Big packaging makes me not to worry about putting it on a shopping list anytime soon. 
Makeup fixing sprays aren't exactly on every shelf in every drugstore and I wanted to try one out: alverde came out with their version. It has 50 ml inside, smells beautifully of lemons, it's not sticky, it sets into your skin smothly but the time-lasting isn't anything impressive. I, myself, don't see any big difference between wearing makeup on my own or with fixing spray. Maybe it's just me or it's still at an early stage to say more.
Balea Locken Styling is a curls styling mousse that I wanted the most. My natural hair is curly/wavy and mousse tends to highlight them and hold them longer. Curls will still be lost the next day or wavy hair will take place but they will stay in exact shape through the first day. I would wash my hair and after my normal routine I would apply mousse to wet hair and leave it in. Once dry, I would have defined curls.

Extra treat: apple and cinnamon tea and sour skittles. Which skittles do you turn to most?

xx Maja

Winter Inspired Nail Look

I am a girl who likes nail polish but I sometimes wish to spice up the regular nail look. I don't know if ombre is still in fashion, all I know I've seen lot of hair, nail, makeup and clothing diys regarding this trend. I was never confident to dye my hair or talented enough to try ombre lip look or nail look like the one here. But why would I turn away from the trend if I lack a certain skill or patience? That's when I came up with the look you can see in today's post. But I didn't went to drugstore to buy five different nail polishes if I can do this tutorial with only two nail polishes and save some money! 

Since it's winter and I felt inspired by the snow and blue sky, I chose dark blue and white (mine has shimmer in it). There are countless shades and brands out there, choose whichever you like. If you like more prominent omre look, then two contrasts will suit you best (for example, dark-light). And if you'd like barely visible difference between colour palette, then two similar (for example, white-gray) colours will do. 

The only thing to do is mix-and-match. Play with the shades and create the palette you're the most satisfied with. Only one note: mix one shade at a time and paint both hands first (one shade for two same fingers) before jumping to another shade. If you wait until you paint one hand first, the colours for second round will dry out and you'll find it difficult to mix the exact same shade twice. 
Have fun with it and let me know if you try this out, 

xx Maja

This coat

Is my best friend when it's below the zero outside. Thick- when I'm wearing it I look like twice my size and warm- that not a gust of wind can penetrate it. You might remember it from this post and it was also in my '2014's Wrap' post. 

SLO: Je moja najboljša prijateljica, ko je zunaj pod ničlo. Debela- ko jo nosim, me je dvakrat več in topla, da ne more niti piš vetra prodreti noter. Jakna se je prvič pojavila v tej objavi, mogoče pa se je spomniš tudi iz '2014's Wrap' objave. 

SRB: Je moja najbolja prijateljica, kad je pod nulom napolju. Debela- ima me dvaputa više, kad je nosim i toliko je topla, da ni nalet vetra ne može da je probije. Bunda se je prvi put pojavila u tom postu, a možda se je setiš iz '2014's Wrap' posta.

Have a sunny day, 
xx Maja

First snow

Fell down three days before new year. And it's still on the grounds, making everything look prettier. Leja and I went the next morning for a walk to take photos of it still being fresh and to avoid having pics of drastically-melted-down snow. Kids were already outside, sledding or playing. When I was a kid I was the same, couldn't wait to get outside. 


Do you have a memory of witnessing snow for the first time?

xx Maja