October 26, 2013

5 Fall Favorites

We ♥ Fall    

♥ Tea
nothing is better than cuddling up with a cup of delicious tea when it is cold and rainy outside

♥ Boots 
Finally, finally, finally, we can wear boots again - and all the other  fall and winter clothes

♥ Leaves
Isn't it great to see how trees become red, orange and yellow? 

♥ Books 
Now, when it is getting cold and dark early, just relaxing on the sofa, with a cozy blanket and a good book is one of the best things to do

♥ Movies
Like above, enjoying a good movie together with family and friends is such a lot of fun

These are just a few of my favorite things about fall. What about you? Do you recommend any good books or movies? And what do you like to do in this season? 

♥ xoxo

October 25, 2013

Quotes about Life

How are you?

Today, I want to share some great and inspiring quotes about life with you, because I always enjoy reading quotations and I love the message and motivation of them. If you have some favorite quotes, please let me know, I am always interested in reading more.

“You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough.” 
-  Mae West

“In three words I can sum up everything I've learned about life: it goes on.” 
- Robert Frost

“Today you are You, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is Youer than You.” 
- Dr. Seuss, Happy Birthday to You!

“Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving.” 
- Albert Einstein

“Life isn't about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.” 
 - George Bernard Shaw

"Life is like a camera...
Focus on what's important,
Capture the good times,
Develop from the negatives,
And if things don't work out,
Take another shot."

"Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated."
- Confucius 

Hope, you enjoyed these quotes - what are your favorite ones?

♥ xoxo

October 23, 2013

The Vampire Diaries

"The Vampire Diaries"

Recently, I became totally obsessed with "The Vampire Diaries"; although I think most of you already know it or, at least, have read about it, I wanted to give some short information about it.

Country of Origin: USA
Channel (original): The CW
Seasons: 5
Episodes: 22 each season
Genre: Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Romance
Based on: "The Vampire Diaries" by L.J. Smith

Nina Dobrev (Elena Gilbert), Paul Wesley (Stefan Salvatore), Ian Somerhalder (Damon Salvatore), Steven R. McQueen (Jeremy Gilbert), Candice Accola (Caroline Forbes), Kat Graham (Bonnie Bennett), Zach Roerig (Matt Donovan), Sara Canning (Jenna Sommers) and much more

After her parents died in a car accident, Elena and Jeremy Gilbert live with their aunt Jenna in Mystic Falls, a small town. Elena meets Stefan Salvatore and they fall in love deeply. But he has a secret: He and his brother Damon are vampires and not the only ones... Damon also has feelings towards Elena, mainly because she and the two brothers' love Katherine look alike. Bonnie, Elena's best friend, discovers her magical powers and, as a witch, plays an important role in the whole plot. A dangerous, mystical and deep love story begins...

Damon, Elena and Stefan
Personally, I like this tv serie a lot. The plot is catching and the actors are great, which makes you identify a lot with their feelings. The relationship between the characters is intensive and very emotional. However, when you watch it, you always want to continue and find out what happens next and considering that there are 5 seasons now, you are not the only one feeling that way. ;) The Salvatore brothers seem to be very different at first sight: Stefan is nice, sweet and protective and always wants the best for everyone and thinks about people's feelings. Damon, however, is impulsive, also protective, kind of a bad boy, but inside, he and Stefan are very emotional and caring for the people they love. (and both are very handsome ;))
A great show, wonderful, emotional with great actors and an interesting and catching storyline.

"You can't sit and wait for life to come. You have to go get it." - Damon Salvatore

So, what do you think about it? What other series do you like? 

♥ xoxo

sources: first pic: http://cdn.cardboardstandups.com/images/logos/vampirediaries.jpg;
second pic: http://www.bubblews.com/assets/images/news/1539180841_1370114370.jpg
information: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vampire_Diaries; http://www.cwtv.com/shows/the-vampire-diaries/about

October 22, 2013

Nicholas Sparks: Dear John

Recension: "Dear John" by Nicholas Sparks

Cover // sphere
Title: Dear John
Author: Sparks, Nicholas
Publication: 2006
Publisher: sphere; UK
Pages: 338

"When John meets Savannah, he realises he is ready to make some changes. Always the angry rebel at school, he has entlisted in the army, not knowing what else to do with his life. Now he's ready to turn over a new leaf for the woman who has captured his heart. What neither realises is that the events of 9/11 will change everything. John feels compelled to re-enlist and fulfil his duty to his country. But the lovers are young and the separation is long. Can they survive the distance?"

Abridgement: "What does it mean to truly love another? There was a time in my life when  I thought I knew the answer: It meant that I'd care for Savannah more deeply than I cared for myself and that we'd spend the rest of our lives together. It wouldn't have taken much. [...] I fell in love with her when we were together, then fell deeper in love with her in the years we were apart. Our story has three parts: A beginning, a middle, and an end And although this is the way all stories unfold, I still can't believe that ours didn't go on forever. I reflect on these things, and as always, our time together comes back to me. I find myself remembering how it began, for now these memories are all I have left." (p. 1; p.4-5)

"Achingly moving ... will have you weeping for the joy and tragedy of it all." Daily Mail

I really enjoyed reading this novel. It is told from John's perspective and you really feel with him. The relationship between him and Savannah is sweet and serious at the same time. It turns from a emotional summer romance to a steady relationship. However, John is in the army and that means separation. During his stay, the two lovers write letters to each other and make plans and hopes for a future together. The way Sparks has written his book makes it real and moving. It also shows how little moments or certain happenings can change everything and also influence a person.
A wonderful, romantic love story which animates you to think about life, trust and friendship and how everyone can make the world better, but also in the power of love and believes. 

♥ xoxo

sources: book cover: http://kuki.m2p.org/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2009/03/97807515392641.jpg

The Definition of Beauty

L i f e - beauty

One question concerning everybody is what beauty means. First of all, one needs to define between inner and outer beauty.

Outer beauty is way more easier to define than inner beauty, because it is not such a complex topic as inner beauty. You can work on it by working out, eating healthy, but also by enjoying your life and accepting yourself and your body the way it is. However, everyone has a different definition of a beauty ideal and what is beautiful to one and what not.

Inner beauty is everyoneself's achievement: You need to accept yourself the way you are and always keep in mind that - no matter what others say - everyone is great the way he or she is. If you have realized that, everone can be happy with themself and others see that as well.

However, the media shows a different picture of beauty ideals. Does every girl has to look like a model? Are just models beautiful? Or other celebrities who have personal trainers, make-up artists etc. and are always styled perfectly?

The answer is NO!
Everyone is beautiful, no matter how much you weight, which size you have or how well your make-up is. Believe in yourself, in your inner beauty, and if you are beautiful on the inside, it will also influence your outside. 

Say to yourself: I'm beautiful the way I am! My life is great! And everytime you look in the mirror - just focus on the parts you like best about yourself. 

Here are some motivational quotes:

"Everything has beauty, but not everyone sees it."
 - Confucius

"For attractive lips, speak words of kindness.For lovely eyes, seek out the good in people.For a slim figure, share your food with the hungry.For beautiful hair, let a child run his or her fingers through it once a day.For poise, walk with the knowledge that you never walk alone...."   
Sam Levenson

"I always find beauty in things that are odd and imperfect - they are much more interesting."
- Marc Jacobs

What do you think about the beauty ideal the media shows us?

♥ xoxo

October 21, 2013

Carpe diem ♥

You all now that saying. Carpe diem. Seize the day.

I personally think, one can see it as a motivation to enjoy everyday and be happy and thankful to wake up every morning, knowing that today consists of 24 hours full of possibilities, chances, emotions and feelings. Believe in your dreams and in yourself. 
We often worry about little things, but considering how great our lifes are, we do not really have the right to complain...
Keeping that in mind will help us all to make a difference. Make a change. Show the world how great you are and show yourself how great the world is. Open your eyes and I am sure you will see beauty in everything, especially in the little things.


live the  l i f e  you  L O V E  the  l i f e  you live.