Sunday, 6 January 2019

For a happy, peaceful year


✯ Hello Shiny Stars! ✯


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"You. Yes, you. The one reading this right now.
You are beautiful, talented, amazing and simply the best at being you.
Never forget that."

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2018. A year of ups and downs. Many struggles, but also many positive events.
People who came into our lives, and others, even loved ones, who chose to leave us - voluntarily or because they had no other choice. Tears, losses, heartache, heartbreaks, mean people, hate, work stress, health problems.. 
I could continue the list and unfortunately many could relate to it. But do you know what, life happens whether you want it or not. And we are here. We have not only survived. We are stronger than a year ago. Bad things happen, and it is okay to cry, but I say and always want to believe, that if you can make a small difference on your own, then together we can make a big difference and make the world a better place.

Let's focus on the good things, the happy moments. Remember that walk with your loved one. That beautiful place you discovered this year. That tasty meal you created from scratch. That smile a stranger gave you when you left him in the queue in front of you. Your inner child, that flattered, forgetting all your problems for a while. Or the movie you saw, the book you read, the places you visited, the lovely people you met this year. The funny moments with your family, friends, that big laugh. Concentrate on these. Train your mind to remember these positive events.

This year I want to challenge you, us, to be more kind, including to ourselves. If you are having a bad day, then remember, that we all struggle sometimes, and stay strong, be positive even in these difficult times, because you are capable of amazing things. 
So, keep shining, beautiful one. The world needs your light. And remind yourself that you don’t have to do what everyone else is doing.

I wish you all a wonderful 2019. May this year be filled with love, joy, happiness and health. :)

Let’s spread some positivity to start the new year with a good feeling.  
➡️ Please share one of your favourite, most memorable or sweetest moments from 2018 in the comment section below.

If you liked this post, you might be interested in these one, too: "New year, new attitude: Try to live, not just exist" (Just click on it to land on the original post.)

Lots of love,

Tuesday, 4 December 2018

Shining engagement rings from Jeulia


✯ Hello Shiny Stars! ✯


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"Our journey isn't perfect, but it's ours, and I will stick with it until the end."

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According to some statistics, about 40 percent of all engagements take place between November and February and I think, December is probably one of the most popular months to get engaged. The upcoming Christmas and New Year's Day offer a good opportunity that many men use.

Jeulia, headquartered in Hong Kong, offers a wide selection of jewellery. Among others, you can find rings, necklaces, bracelets and charms on their website and you can also create your own jewellery. All of their products have a one-year warranty from the day the original order is received. In addition, they offer one free resizing of your rings up to 2 sizes. You are however responsible for all associated shipping costs.

An engagement ring represents a formal agreement to a future marriage and the history of these rings goes back to antiquity. The ring is traditionally worn on the fourth finger (ring finger). Depending on the country, it can be the left or the right hand.
In the early days, rings were made of steel or metal, but they were replaced over time. Gold and platinum have been preferred, but also titanium, silver and stainless steel are used. Many rings have gems such as sapphire or ruby, which are among the most popular gemstones for engagement rings after the diamond.

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Jeulia offers many inexpensive engagement rings as they also use gems called Jeulia Stones. These are an excellent alternative to natural gemstones because they are more scratch resistant. These stones come in different colours. Among others diamond white for white sapphire engagement rings, fancy pink or sapphire blue.
Each model below represents one of these colourful stones. 

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There are many different traditions, this article contains rather engagement rings for women, but sometimes men wear one too. 
 
What do you think about these rings? Which one is your favourite? Are you yourself engaged or married? If so, I would love to hear your engagement stories.  :)

Lots of love,
E

Wednesday, 28 November 2018

The magical moonstone


✯ Hello Shiny Stars! ✯


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"And if you are ever feeling lonely, just look at the moon. Someone, somewhere, is looking at it too."

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Many cultures believe that moonstones bring good luck, some even say that they allow you to see the future. It is said that they make the subconscious mind aware, and sharpen the anticipation and the clairvoyance. Named after the moon, this gemstone has been very popular throughout the history. Because of its healing and calming properties, it has also been used for example as a treatment for insomnia or sleepwalking.
Some consider it a stone of love, and as the moon shows the way and enlightens the dark night, moonstones work the same way and are your best companion when you travel at night.
In addition to these properties, this gemstone is also a birthstone for June along with pearl and alexandrite.
Today, moonstone is a popular gem in many types of jewellery for both men and women. It appears in spiritual jewellery, gives any outfit a bohemian touch and is even available in engagement rings. A luminous beauty with classic colours that makes an elegant choice.
Moonstones come in different shapes, like oval and round, and are typically colourless, but they can occur in grey, white, yellow, green, pink and blue as well. Each gemstone is unique, the moonlike sheen makes it look dreamy and mysterious.
But if you are considering a moonstone for your engagement or wedding ring, please keep in mind that it only scores 6.0 to 6.5 on the Mohs hardness scale. This means that moonstones are very soft, fragile and easily scratched. If you plan to wear your ring every day, you need to be sure that it is well protected. The moonstone should be set so, that the metal completely surrounds the gemstone, so it is supported.
Source: BBBGEM
All designs listed on the pictures feature one or more moonstones. There are simple and affordable options and more precious pieces.
Source: BBBGEM
BBBGEM – registered in State of New Yersey -, is a jewellery company that specializes in custom jewellery such as engagement- and wedding rings, earrings and pendants that are sold worldwide. They work with different gemstones like morganite, aquamarine, emerald, sapphire, amethyst, topaz or moonstone. Each jewellery is made by hand and their aim is included in their name: 3B. – Best design, best quality and best price. At the moment they accept both PayPal and credit cards and each piece is shipped within 2-3 weeks of receiving payment. 
Source: BBBGEM
The simple rings are ideal for those who love classic jewellery and other designs are the perfect choice for those who like it a bit fancier. No matter which ring you choose, the moonstone jewellery is elegant yet simple, which makes it so unique.

What do you think about these moonstone engagement rings? Do you have a favourite from above? Or do you have a jewellery with this gemstone?

As always, please feel free to leave a comment below. :)

Lots of love,
E

Sunday, 25 November 2018

Little mouse, Mickey Mouse


✯ Hello Shiny Stars! ✯


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"It's kind of fun to do the impossible." (Walt Disney)

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 White gloves, red pants, yellow shoes. I don't think there is anyone who doesn't know who Mickey Mouse is. But you might not know that the mascot of The Walt Disney Company celebrated his 90th birthday this year. He was created by Walt Disney and Ub Iwerks at the Walt Disney Studios and his first apperance took place on 18 November 1928 in Steamboat Willie, which is considered as his birthday. 
Mickey Mouse received 10 Oscar-nominations and with "Lend a Paw" (1941) he actually won the award. In addition, on his 50th anniversary, Mickey became the first cartoon character to have a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and like all major Disney characters, Mickey Mouse is not only copyrighted but also trademarked.
I collected some of my favourite Mickey Mouse pieces here for you, and I hope that you like it as much as I do.

1 - Hooded sweatshirt (Disney Store) / 2 - Mickey Mouse (Disney Store) / 3 - Necklace (H. Samuel) / 4 - Keyring (Primark) / 5 - Duvet set (Studio) / 6 - Watch (H. Samuel) / 7 - Bath fizzers (Superdrug) / 8 - Vintage mug (Disney Store) / 9 - Standing light (Primark) / 10 - Pyjama bottom (Primark) / 11 - Socks (M&S) / 12 - Bath set (Primark) / 13 - Ring (H. Samuel)

Do you have a favourite item from Disney? Or a memorable moment that is somehow related to Mickey Mouse?
I'm looking forward to reading your lovely comments, so please fell free to leave one below.

If you liked this post, you might be interested in these too:
* Happy birthday, Mickey Mouse! *
* A gift guide for every Disney-Lover *

Have a fabulous week full of magic.  :)

    Lots of love,  
E

Sunday, 11 November 2018

Make your phone chic


✯ Hello Shiny Stars! ✯  


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"The way you dress is linked to your mood."  

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 Whether it is good or bad to always have our phones with us and be online most of the time, I could write a seperate article about that, and you can already find some on the blog, so you may know that despite having a blog, I try to spend as much time as possible offline and I would advise you to do that as well.

But back to the smart phones. Since they almost always look the same, I like to have phone cases. I have some of them and I like to adapt them to my mood and outfit. I have some that look serious and professional and one with teddy bears for example. But I've never had one of these wallet cases, although I've thought about buying one. For iPhones it is easier to find suitable ones. For other phones, however, you may have difficulty finding the perfect case.

This iPhone XR wallet case from Homelove looks very elegant, and is also very practical. It comes in various colours: black, gold, purple, red, mint green, navy blue and rose gold. I think it is even a perfect accessory to an evening dress.

Source: Homelove

It is designed with a kickstand feature and cutouts that give access to all ports. The PU leather is decorated with laser carved flowers. It has built-in card pockets and note holder, which is great, because you can put in your credit card, ID, travel card and some cash too, so you don't have to carry your wallet or small bag when leaving the house. It keeps all the essentials needed together. However, I still need a solution for my keys..
Other features of this case are an inside mirror, a practical butterfly hand strap and a magnetic closure.
What do you think about this wallet case? Do you have a similar one yourself?

As always, please feel free to leave a comment below and if you liked this case, you can check here, if it is also available for your phone and you can also find some other models: http://bit.ly/2SyEYZZ

Lots of love, 
E
 

Monday, 5 November 2018

Candy-coloured hairstyles


✯ Hello Shiny Stars! ✯  


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"The best color in the whole world, is the one that looks good, on you!
(Coco Chanel)  

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You might think that hair colouring is something new, something that is typical to today’s world, but archaeologists have found evidence that even in the ancient world, people were painting not only their bodies, but also their hair – using minerals, plants and insects. The methods have changed over the centuries, but hair dyeing is still one of the eternal beauty trends. I have a book of natural healing and beauty methods from the days of our grandparents, in which henna and various plant extracts are still included to intensify and modify the haircolour or to cover grey hair.

Hair colouring was inspired by punk and rock influences in the 1990s, but also other celebrities showed up with different, eye-catching hair colours. If you prefer not to dye your hair, but you want to try out a new hairstyle or a hair colour, wigs are the right choice for you. Even wigs have a very long history. Ancient cultures such as the Greeks, Romans or Egypt used wigs as a common fashion item, as both men and women usually had clean-shaven or fairly short hair.
Going back to the ‘70s, Frenchy (Didi Conn) from the famous movie Grease of 1978 accidentally dyes her hair in a bright pink. Continue with the ‘80s. German punk singer, Nina Hagen rocked many different hairstyles in her youth and also changed her hair colour constantly.
Leeloo (Milla Jovovich) from the schience-fiction action film, The Fifth Element of 1997 has a bright orange hair that many remember. Gwen Stefani opted for blue in 1998. Katy Perry has tried many hair colors, in 2011 she chose a bright pink, but also blue, purple, green, blonde and black are not unknown to her. And finally, Christina Aguilera, who had some colorful pink and purple curls in 2012 that adorned her blonde hair.

Frenchy, Gwen Stefani, Katy Perry, Nina Hagen, Leeloo, Christina Aguilera

Everydaywigs is an online fashion brand, selling quality synthetic wigs, which are shipped directly from their factories free to worldwide. Their wigs are heat friendly, so you can style them after your fancy. If you want to try some bright colours, or just a new hairstyle, but you don’t want to change your hair, you can’t go wrong with a wig. I collected some lovely pieces from pink wigs to blue wigs below, I hope you like them.

Source: everydaywigs.com

Comment with your favourite and share who your hair inspiration is.  :)

Lots of love, 
E

Monday, 1 October 2018

A dreamy haul


✯ Hello Shiny Stars! ✯ 


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"You are a sky full of stars." 

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Do you remember my article about galaxy printed wish list? If you like stars and star prints, I encourage you to check it out. The post, "Come with me to gaze at the stars" shows you a lovely selection of these items.

Today's post will be about a haul, that I recently received from Dresslily and that contains an item from the aforementioned wish list. But first of all, I'd like to mention the shipping time, which was just unbelievable. The package came from China to Europe in less than a week, which is an absolute thumbs up.

However, this cute rug is small, about 40x120cm, - which is exactly stated on the article's homepage -, it is perfect next to the bed or sofa. Its surface is nice soft, the underside is antiskid and the pattern looks amazing. I am already thinking about ordering this floor mat in a different style.
(Find it here.)
This projection lamp is just dreamy, and I am already in love with it. When the cover is on, it is a nice lamp and without it, it becomes a starry projector. You can select the colours and also choose a rotation mode. It not only works with battery, you can also connect it to your laptop with an USB cable. My room was covered with stars, I just love it and I would absolutely recommend it to anyone.
(Find it here.)
It wasn't planned but I ended up with a white bundle of clothes. This shirt is different than the ones, I have seen before. It has two layers and the bottom one is lace like the sleeves. 
(Find it here.)
The midi skirt has a nice floral motive, but I still have to figure out, how to wear it to look the best.
(Find it here.)
Last but not least, a romper that has a very unique cut and the sleeves are amazing.
(Find it here.)
All items were true to size and the only drawback that the romper is see through at the bottom, so seems to be best on the beach.
(You can check out Dresslily's promotional shipping method here.)

What did you think of this post? Do you have any of these items? And which is your favourite? Please feel free to let me know in he comment section below.

Lots of love, 
E