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Five years have gone by incredibly fast and I can still clearly remember mself when I was writing the first article for my blog, which later on was published on the first of September. I think that the first of September is the “Second 1st of January” since it is also a time for new resolutions, new contemplations and new beginnings. Honestly, I cannot believe it has already been five years since I started this mumbo jumbo crazy adventure which blogging is. Is there anyone out there who has been reading my blog from the beginning, from the first articles? I’d so love to know! In September I will most certainly create a separate blog post in which I’ll reflect on how these 5 years were and what I’ve learnt in them about myself and blogging. I think that during these five years I have grown so much as a person and I do believe that my blog has grown as well. Haha, well, at least I’d love to think so :) During this period I have only taken one pause in 2012 which lasted for couple months, but, all in all, I’ve been a really dedicated blogger and posted from 10-20 blog posts each month. Not a single day goes by when I don’t think about my blog or when my nose is not up in my pc creating yet another blog post. My blog has become such a huge part of my life which actually now falls into routine (the good one, though) because blogging seems as natural to me as brushing my teeth or eating breakfast. I am very intrigued to see what my future development will be and where my blog will be in couple more years. But, meanwhile, let’s virtually raise a glass of sparkling wine & shout cheers!

In today’s article you can spot the newest addition to my wardrobe – a very interesting print midi skirt from the store Zaful. This skirt immediately caught my eye amongst other skirts in the shop because of the beautiful print which reminds me of a coastal city in Italy. So romantic and dreamy… I also quite like the design and the length of skirt which allows me to wear it to work as well. It’s actually interesting to see how office work has influenced the way I look at clothes, because when I am shopping the first thought that comes trough my mind is whether I’ll be able to wear the clothing item to work. I spend the majority (5 days) of the week in office, therefore, it would be silly of me to buy only casual clothes that I can wear on the weekends.

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5 gadi ir paskrējuši pilnībā nemanot un vēl joprojām ļoti skaidri atceros to kā 31. augusta vakarā klabināju savu pirmo bloga ierakstu, kuru zīmīgi publicēju 1. septembrī. Jo 1. septembris taču ir kā otrs 1. janvāris – jaunas apņemšanās, jaunas pārdomas, jauns sākums. Goda vārds, nespēju noticēt, ka ir pagājuši jau pieci gadi kopš blogoju. Vai kāds/a no jums ir šeit kopā ar mani no pašiem pirmssākumiem, maniem pirmajiem ierakstiem? To noteikti būtu ļoti interesanti uzzināt! Noteikti šajā bloga dzimšanas dienas mēnesī publicēšu kādu rakstu, kurā atskatīšos uz šiem pieciem gadiem un ko es esmu mācījusies šo gadu laikā. Esmu augusi kā personība un, manuprāt, blogs noteikti ir audzis man līdzi. Šo piecu gadu laikā man ir bijusi tikai viena pauze, ko paņēmu uz pāris mēnešiem 2012. gadā, bet neskaitot to, katru mēnesi esmu publicējusi aptuveni 10-20 ierakstus un tiešām nepaiet ne viena diena, kad nedomāju par blogu vai arī nepačubinos ap to. Pašlaik blogošana ir man kļuvusi par neatņemamu dzīves sastāvdaļu, kuru uztveru jau kā rutīnu (labā nozīmē, piemēram, tāpat kā paēst brokastis, iztīrīt zobus u.tml.). Esmu ļoti ieintriģēta redzēt kāda būs mana turpmākā attīstība un kā attīstīsies arī mans blogs! Bet tikmēr, uzsaucu Tev glāzi dzirkstošā dzēriena un priekā!


Šodienas ierakstā variet redzēt manu jaunāko garderobes papildinājumu – ļoti interesanta raksta svārkus no veikala Zaful. Šie svārki man uzreiz iekrita acīs starp pārējiem svārkiem, kurus aplūkoju šajā internetveikalā ar tā unikālo rakstu, kas man atgādina kādu Itālijas piejūras pilsētiņu. Ļoti patīk svārku piegriezums un garums, sekojoši tos noteikti varēšu arī vilkt uz darbu. Interesanti kā ofisa darbs ir mainījis manu uztveri par apģērbu un pašlaik viens no galvenajiem nosacījumiem kad pērku vai pasūtu drēbes no sadarbības partneriem ir tas vai šo apģērba gabalu varēšu iekļaut arī savā ofisa garderobē. Jo tā kā ofisā pavadām lielāko daļu laiku no nedēļas, tad, protams nav jēgas pirkt drēbes tikai un vienīgi nedēļas nogalēm. 
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Fancy weekend outfit
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Siguldas pils
City skyline skirt
Top - Zara (similar here and here)
Skirt - c/o Zaful
Bag - Ebay (similar)
Heels - H&M (similar here and here)

Urban Decay Electric palette review and makeup look

Must have eye shadow palette
On my birthday which was back in July I received a gift card from store Douglas. And right in the moment when I unpacked the gift card I knew what I was going to buy – the Urban Decay Electric palette. This eye shadow palette has been in my makeup wish list for a really long time, therefore, with pure excitement I unboxed it and gasped when I saw the first swatches on my fingers. The palette consists of 10 bright shades which can be mixed and matched together in order to achieve a cool, colorful daytime look as well as vivid and intriguing night time look. I think that the palette suits summer ideally, though, I do also believe that I’ll have a great use of it in fall as well.
I was so impressed by the super cool packaging (which, I have to add, is very qualitative as well) and the pigmentation of the eye shadows. Down below you can see swatches of each shade. Even though, the eyeshadows are packed with pigment, it is very easy to blend them out, plus they lasted the whole day on my eye lids without creasing or smudging. I mean, do you need any more convincing? :)

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Dzimšanas dienā saņēmu dāvanu karti Douglas veikalā un tajā pat mirklī jau zināju, ko es iegādāšos – Urban Decay Electric paleti. Šī palete manā vēlmju sarakstā ir bijusi jau ļoti, ļoti, ilgi un man prieks, ka vēlmes ātrāk vai vēlāk piepildās un šī burvīgā, elektriski krāsainā palete nu atrodas manā dekoratīvās kosmētikas kolekcijā. Līdz šim Urban Decay produkciju varēja iegādāties tikai Douglas internetveikalā, bet no 31.08. to būs iespējams izdarīt arī Douglas veikalos un Stockmann centrā. Patiešām lieliska ziņa kosmētikas mīļotājiem! :)
Bet nu sīkāk par pašu paleti. Paletē ir iespējams atrast 10 košus un krāsainus toņus, kurus ir iespējams savā starpā kombinēt un iegūt grimu krāsainākai ikdienai vai arī spilgtākām ballītēm. Palete ar tās spilgtajiem un krāsainajime toņiem ideāli piestāv vasarai, bet, manuprāt, arī rudens kosmētikas plauktiņā šai paletei būs vieta.
Visas acu ēnas ir ļoti pigmentētas (sk. acu ēnu swatchus zemāk) un teicami uzklājas uz acs plakstiņiem.  Ēnas ļoti viegli un dabiski pludinās, un noturība uz plakstiņa ir ļoti laba – visas dienas garumā tās neiegrimst rieviņās un nekustās.
Urban Decay Electric palette review
Urban Decay Electric palette review
Urban Decay Electric palette swatches
To complete this mini review I had to let pictures speak for themselves of how amazing the palette is, and created a makeup look with six shades: Revolt, Gonzo, Savage, Chaos, Jilted and Urban. My two ultimate favorites where shade Revolt  and Gonzo because they made the whole application process a true dream come true. Bold eyes and bold lips? Hell yeah! I decided to add another pop of colour with my newest MAC matte lipstick. The lipstick is in shade Heroine which is a truly beautiful and very fall like violet shade. I already raved about the MAC matte lipstick in my MAC review post, therefore, you already know how much I’m loving it.
Which eye shadow palettes are on your wish list?
Grima tēlā, ko redzēsiet zemāk, esmu izmantojusi sešus toņus: Revolt, Gonzo, Savage, Chaos, Jilted un Urban. Toņi Revolt un Gonzo ir mani dotā brīža favorīti, jo ar tiem veidot šo grima tēlu bija tiešām bauda. Kā arī otrs krāsas akcents, ko izmantoju ir mana jaunā MAC lūpu krāsu tonī Heroine, kas ir skaista, piesātināti violeta matēta lūpu krāsa. Jau pagājušajā MAC atsauksmju rakstā jūsmoju par MAC matētajām lūpu krāsām un, protams, arī šoreiz varu teikt tikai un vienīgi pozitīvas lietas. Manuprāt, šis violetais tonis izcili piestāv rudenim. 
Kādas acu ēnu paletes ir Tavā vēlmju sarakstā?
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Urban Decay Electric Palette makeup look

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Urban Decay Electric palette review
 ~With love~
Maddie




The fancy balloons

Chi Chi Adele dress
You already saw a little spoiler in my Instagram account of the place in which I shot the latest outfit pictures. My Latvian readers probably immediately recognized the beautiful Birini Castle by the lovely shade of pink and the cute towers. I think that this location was a match made in heaven with my new, gorgeous dress drom Chi Chi London.
Firstly, I was very happy that we chose this location as it’s only 15 minutes away from my summer house in Saulkrasti and, even though, the castle is so close, we had never actually been there. Therefore, it was cool to see that you don’t have to go far to see something beautiful.
Secondly, isn’t my mom just amazing? It was the first time she took pictures of me with my new camera and I think that she did extremely well as I do love, love, love the outcome! :)
Thirdly, I am still over the moon that I have a new camera – Nikon D7200 because the pictures now have a much better quality, they are more lively and the colours in photos actually match their real life colours as in green is green, blue is blue etc. So now I only have to minimally touch up my them in Photoshop which is a nice change, because before I spent hours on editing the photos more vivid and true to reality.
Fourthly, in the beginning I was thinking of buying a fresh boquet of flowers to make my outfit and the pictures more interesting and fresh, but as the local flower shop in Saulkrasti only had roses, gerbera, carnations and lilies I changed my plans. I went to a toy store which was actually next to the flower shop and bought five white balloons that were filled with helium. I think that the balloons were a much better choice and they made the pictures more romantic and have a certain charm about them.
And last, but certainly not the least – the dress! Chi Chi London Adele dress is one of the most stunning, classy, romantic dresses that I have in my wardrobe. I have collaborated with Chi Chi London multiple times in the past and I have loved all the dresses, but this surely is one of my all time favorites.

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Jau savā Instagram profilā es parādīju mazu spoileri ar to, kur notika mana šī raksta foto sesija. Ticu, ka mani latviešu lasītāji uzreiz spēja atpazīt Bīriņu pili pēc skaistās rozīgās krāsas un tornīšiem. Vieta, manuprāt, bija izcili piemērota manai jaunajai, skaistajai kleitai no Chi Chi London un gan kleita, gan Bīriņu pils un tās apkārtne lieliski viens otru papildināja.
Pirmkārt, biju ļoti priecīga par lokācijas vietas izvēli, jo tā atrodas vien 15min attālumā no manām vasaras mājām Saulkrastos, bet tā arī nevienu reizi nebija sanācis aizbraukt un to apskatīt.
Otrkārt, vai mana mamma nav vienkārši lieliska? Šī bija pirmā reize, kad viņa mani fotografēja ar jauno foto aparātu un, manuprāt, viņai tas sanāca lieliski, jo bildes noteikti ir izdevušās! :)
Treškārt, vēl joprojām jūsmoju par savu jauno kameru Nikon D7200, jo bildes izdodas trīs reiz kvalitatīvākas, dzīvākas un krāsu ziņā patiesākas. Vairāk nav nepieciešama tik liela ņemšanās Photoshopā, lai paspilgtinātu bildes un krāsas padarītu patiesākas – zils ir zils, zaļš ir zaļš utml.
Ceturtkārt, no sākuma bijām paredzējušas nopirkt skaistus ziedus, kas atsvaidzinātu tērpu un padarītu bildes vēl interesantākas, bet tā kā Saulkrastu ziedu veikalā bija ļoti minimāla izvēle (tikai klasiskās - rozes, neļķes, gerberas un lilijas), tad iegāju tur pat blakus esošajā bērnu rotaļlietu veikalā un nopirku piecus piepūstus hēlija balonus, kas manuprāt, bildēm piedod savu šarmu un romantiku.
Piektkārt, un galvenokārt – kleita! Chi Chi London Adele kleita ir patiesi viena no skaistākajām, romantiskākajām un elegantākajām kleitā manā garderobē. Ar Chi Chi London esmu sadarbojusies jau vairākas reizes un man ir ļoti patikušas visas kleitas, bet šī pavisam noteikti ir viena no manām top favorītēm.
Fancy dress photo shoot
Chi Chi Adele dress
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Chi Chi London Adele dress
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Birini castle
Styling a Chi Chi London dress
Chi Chi Adele dress
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Dress - c/o Chi Chi London
Heels - Quiz Clothing (similar here and here)
Bag - Dorothy Perkins (similar here and here)
Necklace - H&M (similar here)

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50's inspired dress
~With love~
Maddie

Friday Ebay bargains #130

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Fall is coming way faster than I would want it to arrive, but as you can already feel the seasons changing I am starting to implement darker colours both in my outfits and makeup. Fall is the time to tone down those light and soft pastels and try out more down to earth tones. Though, I must say that I am a bit struggling with that and on my blog at least till mid September you'll see those easy breezy pastel colours, because, well, they are my favorites and I can't exactly say "bye" to them yet. Haha, so bear with me :)
But, frankly, as you can already see my Friday Ebay bargains are not the case, since most of the colours which I included in the collage are more down to earth, beige and brown. From all the items mentioned, my favorites has to be the blouse and skirt just because they have a cool twist about them, which makes them to turn from ordinary to extraordinary. And that I believe is super cool.

LV
Rudens tuvojas vēja spārniem un, lai arī kā man negribētos, tad palēnām jau pāreju uz tumšāku garderobi un arī savu grimu veidoju tumšākās nokrāsās. Ir laiks pieklusināt pasteļtoņus un pievērsties piezemētākām krāsām. Bet, blogā vēl kādu laiku - daļu no septembra atgriezīšos pie maigajiem pasteļkrāsas toņiem, jo tik ātri pateikt "atā" vasarai nevaru un šie toņi ir mani absolūtie favorīti, tāpēc centīšos tos izvilkt cik ilgi vien iespējams :)
Bet runājot par piezemētākām krāsām, tās noteikti ir skārušas manu šodienas Ebay atradumu rakstu, jo kā jau to noteikti pamanīji, tieši bēšīgie un brūnganie toņi dominē. No visām rakstā iekļautajām lietām mani favorīti noteikti ir blūze un svārki, jo, manuprāt, abi divi ir relatīvi vienkāršas lietas, kuras ir atsvaidzinātas ar interesanto detaļu palīdzību.

Do you like my Ebay bargains? Which is your favorite? 
You can see my other Ebay posts HERE!

P.S
If you are new to Ebay ( don't know how to register, use paypal etc), you can look at my guide HERE!

New stuff from MAC: Mascaras, lipsticks and more...

MAC August new in review
In today's article I am planning on introducing you to the newest MAC additions to my makeup collection. And, honestly, I am very happy that today's review will cover a relatively big range of products as I will be talking about different mascaras, lipsticks and a newbie - Softenig lotion spray. You might already know how much love I have for MAC as a brand and their products based on my previous reviews (here, here and here) and without any doubts this brand has a solid place in my daily makeup routine. For example, I simply cannot imagine my day without MAC FIX+. Anyways, enough with the chit-chat & I'll dive into the review.

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Šodienas rakstā iepazīstināšu ar MAC jaunumiem manā kosmētikas maciņā. Un man patiešām liels prieks, ka šodien varu pastāstīt par daudziem un dažādiem MAC produktiem - sākot no skropstu tušām, lūpu krāsām līdz pat ieintriģējošam izsmidzināmam sejas losjonam. Kā jau to iespējams var noprast pēc maniem iepriekšējajiem MAC rakstiem, esmu ļoti, ļoti iemīļojusi šo zīmolu un neapšaubāmi tā produkti ir kļuvuši par manu ikdienas kosmētikas rutīnas sastāvdaļu. Goda vārds, savu dienu, piemēram, bez MAC Fix + nu jau vairs nekādīgi nespēju iedomāties. Bet nu pietiks runāt par un ap, ļaušu produktiem pašiem par sevi pastāstīt.
MAC Lightful Softening Lotion Spray review
This is the first time when I am using a product like this and I was surely very intrigued by it. You have to use this lotion before you apply your makeup in order to moisturize, smooth out, brighten and soften your face. I have been using this lotion for about two weeks now and it undeniably has become a part of my daily skincare/makeup routine. I really love how moisturizing it feels and and that it has the softest, lightest texture which absorbs in a really short amount of time. Besides the positive qualities it obtains, it also has the most gorgeous packaging. The holographic lines shine in all possible colours of a rainbow - it is so beautiful! I also have to mention the scent as it's breathtaking. Honestly, I might use this product only for the scent - it's that good!

Šī ir pirmā reize, kad saskaros ar šāda tipa produktu, jeb izsmidzināmo losjonu. Šo losjonu ir jālieto pirms kosmētikas uzklāšanas, lai mitrinātu, izlīdzinātu, izgaismotu un mīkstinātu sejas ādu. Esmu to lietojusi aptuveni divas nedēļas un neapšaubāmi tas ir kļuvis par manu ik rīta sastāvdaļu, jo tas lieliski mitrina manu ādu un man ļoti, ļoti patīk tas, ka tam ir ļoti viegla un mīksta tekstūra, kas uzsūcas ādā ļoti neilgā laika sprīdī. Neskaitot tā lieliskās īpašības man noteikti ir jāuzteic skaistais losjona iepakojums, jo hologrāfiskās līnijas zaigo visdažādākajās varavīksnes nokrāsās, kā arī losjona izcilā smarža. Nopietni, es to varētu lietot tikai un vienīgi burvīgās smaržas dēļ. 
MAC mascara review False Lashes
First of all, how cool is the design of the mascara's bottle? I can't really figure out which figure from chess it reminds me of. Any ideas? :) I really like the brush of the mascara as I found it really handy, because it was so easy to apply mascara with it - no smearing or smudging! The mascara has a very light texture and I would even say that it reminds me of mousse, therefore, my lashes didn't get heavy and were nicely separated. 

Pirmkārt, cik gan stilīgs ir dizains šai skropstu tušai? Vēl joprojām īsti nevaru saprast, kuru šaha figūru man tā atgādina. Man ļoti parocīga likās tušas birstīte, jo ar to bija viegli darboties un tā lieliski atdalīja manas skropstas, nenosmērējot pusi no mana plakstiņa :) Tušai ir viegla tekstūra, ko, manuprāt, varētu pat noraksturot kā saputotu (mousse), līdz ar to skropstas nepaliek smagas un arī tik viegli nesaķeras kopā.
MAC mascara review Instacurl Lash
How cool and unique is the design of this mascara? I certainly had a wow! moment when I first saw it! In MAC homepage it is said that with the help of this mascara you'll be able to say bye to your straight lashes and say hello to your new curled up lashes. The most awesome thing about this mascara? You can twist the cap and bend the brush almost to 90 degrees. How cool is that?
MAC mascara review
Cik gan interesants un unikāls dizains ir šai skropstu tušai? Man tiešām bija wow! moments to pirmo reizi ieraugot! MAC mājas lapā ir rakstīts, ka ar šīs skroptsu tušas palīdzību varēsi atvadīties no taisnām skropstām, jo šī tuša ar tām paspēlēsies un tās skaisti atlieks. Pats foršākais šajā skropstu tušā? Tas, ka Tu pats ar to vari spēlēties un griežot tušas korķīti iegūt dažāda liekuma birstīti. 
MAC mascara review Hauet & Naughty
Yet another interesting mascara, and the unique fact about this one is that you can use it in two ways. If you open the first cap you'll see a thin brush with bristles more apart from each other. I use this brush to achieve natural looking lashes that are beautifully separated. If you open the second cap, you'll see a thicker brush with bristles close to each other. I use this brush to achieve a more dramatic and fuller look. MAC is surely surprising me with their cool innovations!

Vēl viena interesanta skropstu tuša, kuru ir iespējams lietot divos veidos: attaisot pirmo korķīti iegūsi plānāku birstīti ar retākiem sariņiem. Šādā veidā to lietoju tad, ja vēlos dabiska izskata skropstas, kas ir skaisti atdalītas viena no otras. Savukārt, attaisot otro korķīti iegūsi biezāku birstīti ar biežāk izvietotiem sariņiem. Šādā veidā tušu lietoju tad, ja vēlos dramatiskāku un pilnāku efektu. MAC tiešām mani pārsteidz ar inovācijām!
MAC Matte lipstick review
MAC Matte lipstick review
An iconic lipstick that, I believe, doesn't really need an introduction or a review. MAC Matte lipstick was on my wishlist for so long, therefore, I am very happy about the fact that the first shade I have from the matte series is the beautiful hot pink shade called Silly. The gloomy days of August were certainly a whole lot brighter and more colorful with this lipstick. :)

Ikoniska lūpu krāsa, kas, manuprāt, lielu iepazīstināšanu un aprakstu neprasa. Jau sen kāroju savā īpašumā iegūt kādu no MAC matētajām lūpu krāsām un man ir prieks, ka mans pirmais tonis ir košais spilgti rozā tonis Silly. Augusta pelēcīgi lietainajās dienās, tas noteikti mani iepriecināja un padarīja manu dienu kaut nedaudz krāsaināku. :)
MAC Huggable Lipclolour review
MAC lipstick swatches
A gel-like lipstick with rich, glossy shine and a feather-light finish. The texture of this lipstick is certainly very light and creamy and it practically melts on my lips when I apply it. It doesn't dry up during the day and it felt like my lips were constantly moisturized. The only minus I can mention is the fact that it did feel a bit sticky. Like when I talked it felt like my bottom and upper lip kind of were sticking together.

Gēla tekstūrai līdzīga lūpu krāsa, kas lūpām piešķir maigu spīdumu. Tekstūra ir ļoti viegla un krēmīga, uz lūpām tā klājas gluži kā izkūstot. Dienas garumā lūpu krāsa neizžūst un rada sajūtu, ka lūpas tiek nepārtraukti mitrinātas. Vienīgais mīnus ko varētu minēt ir tas, ka lūpas tomēr ir nedaudz lipīgas, jeb runājot rodas sajūta, ka tās pie kontakta nedaudz salīp kopā.

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MAC August new in review
Have you tried MAC mascaras? Any thoughts?
Vai esi mēģinājusi kādu no MAC skropstu tušām? Kādas ir Tavas domas?

~With love~
Maddie