Yes, this is a PMS & Period GIF Post


A lot of people don't like talking about periods and PMS or don't want to listen to girls talking about it, but that won't make it go away. And let's be honest, PMS sucks and having your period kinda sucks too, so I think every girl has the right to talk and yes, even moan about it. 
I don't know about you, but I can (unfortunately) really relate to these PMS/Period GIFs, especially the "I'm hungry" one :D










































Easy Paper Money Heart Folding Tutorial


A few days ago a good friend of mine got married. It was a lovely day, despite the shitty weather, and a beautiful wedding. Of course, I didn't want to come with empty hands. They were specifically asking for money if somebody wanted to give them anything, so that's what I did. 

Just putting some bills into an envelope seemed a bit boring though so I've looked for something more creative and came across this super easy money folding tutorial. Those paper money hearts look so cute and are the perfect gift for a wedding. 

Today I want to share this paper money heart folding tutorial with you because I think it's a lovely way to give money but still make it look a bit more personal and nice. 

Let me know in the comments if you like it! 



10 Great Books For Rainy Days


One of my favourite things to do on a rainy day is to snuggle up on the couch or in bed with a cup of hot tea and book I can get lost in. Today I want to share with you ten books I've loved that are perfect reads for those grey and rainy days where we don't want to go outside.

10 Books For Rainy Days

REBECCA by Daphne du Maurier
MYSTERY, ROMANCE, GOTHIC
„Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again…“ Working as a lady's companion, the orphaned heroine of Rebecca learns her place. Life begins to look very bleak until, on a trip to the South of France, she meets Maxim de Winter, a handsome widower whose sudden proposal of marriage takes her by surprise. Whisked from glamorous Monte Carlo to his brooding estate, Manderley, on the Cornish Coast, the new Mrs de Winter finds Max a changed man. And the memory of his dead wife Rebecca is forever kept alive by the forbidding Mrs Danvers. 


HISTORY OF THE RAIN by Niall Willams
LITERARY FICTION, IRELAND
Bedbound in her attic room beneath the falling rain, in the margin between this world and the next, Plain Ruth Swain is in search of her father. To find him, enfolded in the mystery of ancestors, Ruthie must first trace the jutting jaw lines, narrow faces and gleamy skin of the Swains from the restless Reverend Swain, her great-grandfather, to grandfather Abraham, to her father, Virgil - via pole-vaulting, leaping salmon, poetry and the three thousand, nine hundred and fifty eight books piled high beneath the two skylights in her room, beneath the rain.


AND THEN THERE WERE NONE by Agatha Christie
MYSTERY, CRIME
First, there were ten - a curious assortment of strangers summoned as weekend guests to a private island off the coast of Devon. Their host, an eccentric millionaire unknown to all of them, is nowhere to be found. All that the guests have in common is a wicked past they're unwilling to reveal - and a secret that will seal their fate. For each has been marked for murder. One by one they fall prey. Before the weekend is out, there will be none. And only the dead are above suspicion. 


WUTHERING HEIGHTS by Emily Bronte
CLASSICS, DRAMA, ROMANCE
Wuthering Heights is the tale of two families both joined and riven by love and hate. Cathy is a beautiful and willful young woman torn between her soft-hearted husband and Heathcliff, the passionate and resentful man who has loved her since childhood. The power of their bond creates a maelstrom of cruelty and violence which will leave one of them dead and cast a shadow over the lives of their children. 


DARK PLACES by Gillian Flynn
CRIME, THRILLER, FAMILY DRAMA, DARK
Libby Day was seven when her mother and two sisters were murdered in “The Satan Sacrifice" of Kinnakee.” She survived, and famously testified that her fifteen-year-old brother, Ben, was the killer. Twenty-five years later, the Kill Club—a secret secret society obsessed with notorious crimes—locates Libby and pumps her for details. They hope to discover proof that may free Ben. Libby hopes to turn a profit off her tragic history: She’ll reconnect with the players from that night and report her findings to the club. As Libby’s search takes her from shabby Missouri strip clubs to abandoned Oklahoma tourist towns, the unimaginable truth emerges, and Libby finds herself right back where she started—on the run from a killer.

NIGHT FILM by Marisha Pessl
MYSTERY, FICTION
On a damp October night, beautiful young Ashley Cordova is found dead in an abandoned warehouse in lower Manhattan. Though her death is ruled a suicide, veteran investigative journalist Scott McGrath suspects otherwise. As he probes the strange circumstances surrounding Ashley’s life and death, McGrath comes face-to-face with the legacy of her father: the legendary, reclusive cult-horror-film director Stanislas Cordova—a man who hasn’t been seen in public for more than thirty years. 


 
LET THE RIGHT ONE IN by John Ajvide Lindqvist
PARANORMAL, HORROR, SWEDEN
Oskar and Eli. In very different ways, they were both victims. Which is why, against the odds, they became friends. And how they came to depend on one another, for life itself. Oskar is a 12-year-old boy living with his mother on a dreary housing estate at the city's edge. He dreams about his absentee father, gets bullied at school, and wets himself when he's frightened. Eli is the young girl who moves in next door. She doesn't go to school and never leaves the flat by day. She is a 200-year-old vampire, forever frozen in childhood, and condemned to live on a diet of fresh blood. 


HOUSEKEEPING by Marilynne Robinson
LITERARY FICTION, COMING OF AGE
Housekeeping is the story of Ruth and Lucille, orphans growing up in the small desolate town of Fingerbone in the vast northwest of America. Abandoned by a succession of relatives, the sisters find themselves in the care of Sylvie, the remote and enigmatic sister of their dead mother. Steeped in imagery of the bleak wintry landscape around them, the sisters' struggle towards adulthood is powerfully portrayed in a novel about loss, loneliness and transience. 


SHUTTER ISLAND by Dennis Lehane
MYSTERY, THRILLER
U.S. Marshal Teddy Daniels and his new -partner, Chuck Aule, have come to Shutter Island, home of Ashecliffe Hospital for the Criminally Insane, to investigate the disappearance of a patient. Multiple-murderess Rachel Solando is loose somewhere on this barren island, despite having been kept in a locked cell under constant surveillance. As a killer hurricane bears relentlessly down on them, a strange case takes on even darker, more sinister shades--with hints of radical experimentation, horrifying surgeries, and lethal countermoves made in the cause of a covert shadow war. No one is going to escape Shutter Island unscathed, because nothing at Ashecliffe Hospital is remotely what it seems.

THE CLUB DUMAS by Arturo Pérez-Reverte
MYSTERY, HISTORICAL FICTION
Lucas Corso is a book detective, a middle-aged mercenary hired to hunt down rare editions for wealthy and unscrupulous clients. When a well-known bibliophile is found dead, leaving behind part of the original manuscript of Alexandre Dumas's The Three Musketeers, Corso is brought in to authenticate the fragment. He is soon drawn into a swirling plot involving devil worship, occult practices, and swashbuckling derring-do among a cast of characters bearing a suspicious resemblance to those of Dumas's masterpiece. Aided by a mysterious beauty named for a Conan Doyle heroine, Corso travels from Madrid to Toledo to Paris on the killer's trail in this twisty intellectual romp through the book world.


Have you read any of these books? Did you like them? I'd love to hear about your favourite "rainy day" books! Tell me about them in the comments! 

If you liked my recommendations, please share this post with your friends :-)



April Favourites


Happy May! Hope you're all having a great Sunday. It's time for my April Favourites, so here we go :-)

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Audiobook: The Humans by Matt Haig - Very funny and lots of wise words.

Book: Life on Mars by Tracy K. Smith - An excellent modern poetry collection and Pulitzer Prize winner.

Event: Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds - It’s always amazing to see Noel live. He’s such a great musician.

Online Event: Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon - International online reading event that takes place twice a year (April and October) and is always so much fun.

Social Media: StumbleUpon - I got really into StumbleUpon last month and discovered so many great articles thanks to it. Follow me if you like.

Instagram Account: @silkreads - If you love books and pretty pictures I’m sure you’ll love Silke’s Insta.

Etsy Find:  Printable Daily Planner - I love the colours and style of this daily planner sheets.

Buy: This cool ASOS llama shirt.
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Tell me about your April Favourites in the comments!

Some Of My Favourite ESSIE Nail Polish Colours


I love nail polish and essie is one of my favourite brands when it comes to colours and quality. By now I have a good collection of essie nail polishes for every season and occascion. My all time favourite colour is cocktail bling, a nice bluish grey that goes very well with my wardrobe and is wearable in every season.

Down below you can find some of my other favourites that I wouldn't want to miss.
Pret-a-surfer and mint candy apple are perfect for spring/summer, angora cardi is my autumn favouite, tassel shaker a must-have for chrirstmas season.
Ballet slippers is my second favourite essie colour, the sheer glossy finish looks amazing. It's the perfect nude everyday nail polish. Whenever I want something more shiny, cabana boy is my choice.
And of course there's really read because every girl needs an amazing red nail polish. It's exactly what the name says, a beautiful rich red.

What are your favourite essie colours? Tell me in the comments!




00's Playlist - Bring Back The Memories!


Some days I wake up and I'm like "How can it be 2016 already??". Is it just me or do you sometimes feel like that too? Time flies, guys, time flies. But they say nothing brings memories back like a song does, so I've created a 00's playlist with some of my favourite songs from 2000-2009. I'm sure I forgot loads of great ones, but I'm sticking with this list for now
Of course, I'm not saying that these songs are the ultimate best of the 00's, just my personal taste and what I was listening to a lot back then.
Hope you enjoy the playlist! 

How many of these songs do you know? 
Leave me a comment and tell me about your favourite songs of the 00's and the memories attached to those!
 

 

Amazing Songs from 2000-2009


Coldplay - Yellow (2000)
Lifehouse - Everything (2000)
New Found Glory - Hit Or Miss (2000)
Sum 41 - Makes No Difference (2000)

Blink 182 - Anthem Part 2 (2001)
Jimmy Eat World - The Middle (2001)
Muse - Plug In Baby (2001)
Radiohead - Pyramid Song (2001)
Starsailor - Poor Misguided Fool (2001)
Train - Drops Of Jupiter (2001)

Busted - Sleeping With The Light On (2002)
Matchbox Twenty - Unwell (2002)
No Use For A Name - Dumb Reminders (2002)
Oasis - Little By Little (2002)
The Used - The Taste Of Ink (2002)

The Ataris - The Boys Of Summer (2003)
Dashboard Confessional - Hands Down (2003)
Eels - Somebody Loves You (2003)
Less than Jake - The Science Of Selling Yourself Short (2003)
Staind - So Far Away (2003)

Bowling For Soup - 1985 (2004)
The Killers - All These Things That I’ve Done (2004)
McFly - Five Colours In Her Hair (2004)
Ryan Adams - Wonderwall (2004)
Slipknot - Vermillion Pt. 2 (2004)
The Streets - Dry Your Eyes (2004)

Foo Fighters - Best of You (2005)
Jason Mraz - Mr. Curiosity (2005)
Shout Out Louds - Please Please Please (2005)
Stereophonics - Dakota (2005)

Amy Winehouse - Tears Dry On Their Own (2006)
Beyoncé - Irreplaceable (2006)
Goo Goo Dolls - Better Days (2006)
Ignite - Let it Burn (2006)
John Mayer - Gravity (2006)
My Chemical Romance - Welcome To The Black Parade (2006)
Paolo Nutini - New Shoes (2006)
Placebo - Follow The Cops Back Home (2006)
Snow Patrol - Chasing Cars (2006)

Fall Out Boy - This Ain’t A Scene, It’s An Arms Race (2007)
Mark Ronson feat. Amy Winehouse - Valerie (2007)
Maroon 5 feat. Rihanna - If I Never See Your Face Again (2007)
Queens of the Stone Age - 3’s & 7’s (2007)
The Spill Canvas - Hush Hush (2007)

Adele - Chasing Pavements (2008)
Fleet Foxes - Mykonos (2008)
Kings of Leon - Sex On Fire (2008)
The Script - The Man Who Can’t Be Move
You Me At Six - Call That A Comeback (2008)

All Time Low - Weightless (2009)
One Republic - Good Life (2009)
Jay-Z feat. Alicia Keys - Empire State Of Mind (2009)
Owl City - Fireflies (2009)


Now tell me about your favourites! 

Online Grocery Shopping - Smart or Just Lazy?


This is something I've been thinking about since the other day. Let me say first that I’ve never bought groceries online so this whole concept is pretty new to me. Of course, I know that a lot of people are doing this regularly and it’s an absolutely normal thing by now but online grocery shopping has never been in any way part of my life. I wasn’t even thinking about it. But then stuff happened and now I’m kinda thinking about it all the time. It’s actually freaking me out, to be honest, but let’s start from the beginning.

So what happened is that I needed a lot of stuff for this weekend. I mean not A LOT a lot but maybe more than usual. The other thing is that I don’t have a car or someone who is willing to carry my groceries for me. Naturally, I was pretty pissed by the thought that I might have to go to the grocery story TWICE. Because yes, I am lazy. Or just easily annoyed by stuff like that.

So Online Grocery Shopping came to my mind and I went online to check my options. It only took me a few minutes to become really excited about this whole new world that had just opened to me. I started to browse the different categories and put lots of things in my shopping cart. All of that happened with a big smile on my face. Those, like, 30 minutes of my life were fabulous, but in the end, I just couldn’t go through with it. 


But before I tell you why, let’s have a look at the pros and cons of online grocery shopping.

Pros of Online Grocery Shopping:

  • You don’t have to leave your home.
  • You also don’t have to carry all the (possibly heavy) stuff you’ve bought to your home.
  • No waiting in line at the checkout.
  • Stupid impulse buys are less likely.
  • There are usually more products available online.
  • You can literally lie in bed and take all your time to browse through the pages.
  • You know exactly how much you’ll have to pay so there won’t be any surprises at the checkout.
  • You don’t have to deal with other (often grumpy) customers.
  • It's less likely that you forget to buy anything you need (something that happens to me all the time if I'm not writing down a shopping list before going to the grocery store).

Cons of Online Grocery Shopping:

  • Not going to the grocery store to buy a big tub of ice cream but now actually getting it delivered might make you feel extremely guilty (or incredibly happy, depending on your personality).
  • FRUITS AND VEGS - I want to see what I'm going to buy, and as long as grocery stores can’t provide me with a picture of the EXACT apple they’re going to send me, I can’t buy it. Like I’m one of those annoying people who have to look at every single apple to find the most perfect one.
  • You might have to pay for delivery.


You can see I have a hard time coming up with reasons that really speak against online grocery shopping. Well, in the end, I didn’t place an order because I didn’t want to pay for delivery. It’s as simple as that. There’s a grocery store about three minutes away from my place. Yeah, I know, only three minutes and I was still considering this, but I’ve told you already that, in fact, I am lazy. 


It was only after a few hours that I’ve started to think about it. Like, really think about the entire concept of online grocery shopping, and that was basically the beginning of this whole mess. If you don’t want to hear my crazy thoughts, please stop reading here. 

Why do we want to buy our groceries online?

I’m not going to tell you about it in detail because you’d probably think I’m completely losing it, but my thoughts went something like this:

  • So now we buy groceries online
  • Humans do a lot of stuff online these days, think online dating or job interviews via Skype
  • Do humans hate face to face conversations with other humans?
  • In Ready Player One they actually went to school and work in a virtual world
  • Nobody had to leave the  house anymore
  • Why?? I don’t get why people want this!
  • That must be so boring
  • If people always stay home and sit in front of their computers all the time - will they forget how to walk eventually?
  • Or will they have robot bodies?
  • Then what’s the difference really between a human and a robot?
  • Ex Machina 
  • Maybe there are already living A.I. (AIs, A.I.s, how do you spell this?) among us and we don’t know
  • Maybe they’ve made online grocery shopping become a thing
  • How scary
  • Online grocery shopping is scary!!

You see, I can go crazy with this stuff. I don’t think that online grocery shopping is evil. I’m looking at my list of pros right now and believe that it could make such a different to some people. Not people like me really, but maybe a single mother with three little kids and no car. 

Why exactly I’m so freaked out by that, I can’t say. I mean, I order pizza all the time and what’s the difference really? That doesn’t make me feel bad or scared. On the contrary, a world without pizza delivery would make me incredibly sad. Just imagine! 

I don’t have made up my mind about this topic yet. In the end, the big question I’m still asking myself is:

Are we really smart or just fucking lazy?


Please leave me a comment and tell me what you think about this. And please don't take this post too seriously. 


BookTubers You Should Watch If You Are A Book Nerd Like Me



You probably know by now that I love books. Reading is one of my biggest hobbies and this wonderful community called BookTube has made it even better. Thanks to it I've got so many great recommendations and met the loveliest people. I could literally spend whole days watching bookish videos on YouTube and wouldn't get bored. 

Making a list of my favourite BookTubers was much harder than I thought it would be. There are so many great YouTubers out there who dedicated their channels to books, naming them all would probably take me forever. However, down below you can find some of the ones I watch regularly and absolutely love. 

Please check those people out, they are all amazing. And if you know a great BookTuber I haven't mentioned, please tell me in the comments. I'm always happy to discover new channels.


Awesome BookTubers to watch

Mercedes (MercysBookishMusings)

Mercedes is my absolute favourite BookTuber. Her taste is very similar to mine and thanks to her I’ve found so many great books that I enjoyed but have never heard of before. She reads mostly literary fiction, magical realism and short story collections. Occasionally she also holds a fantasy book or fairytale retelling in the camera. She is a very critical reader (another thing we have in common), but that makes her reviews even more interesting. 



















Max (WellDoneBooks)

Max is my favourite male BookTuber I’d say. He, too, reads mostly literary fiction but also a lot of other stuff. I don’t know what it is about Max but I just love hearing him talk. His reviews are one of the few that I always watch because he tells just the right amount of information about a book without giving anything away. But also enough to make me want to read (almost) everything he holds in the camera.










Jen (Jen Campbell)

Jen has a fabulous name to begin with and also really great taste in books. She’s not only a passionate reader but an excellent writer too. Here is a list of her published books you should check out. She talks a lot about poetry but is also a really good tip if you’re looking for literary fiction recommendations. Another thing I can highly recommend is her podcast Books With Jen where she does interviews with authors and lots of other cool stuff. 










Jean (Jean Bookish Thoughts)

Jean has a real talent for making you want to read all the greek and latin classics and pick up more non-fiction books (though she reads lots of other books as well). She occasionally hosts classical literature read-alongs and also has a feminist book club called The Feminist Orchestra you should check out. One of her most recent videos is an introduction to Sherlock Holmes, which is absolutely amazing.










Lauren (Reads and Daydreams)

Lauren, again, reads mostly literary fiction but to be honest, I would even watch her videos if she would talk exclusively about romance novels (not a big fan of those). She has this very calming voice and her videos feel very warm and cosy if that makes any sense. And she does a cool video series called Page to Screen where she compares books with their film adaptations.










Rincey (rincey reads)

What I love most about Rincey's channel is the diversity of her reading. One week she talks about a book I’ve never heard of before and the next she’s discussing a classic or bestseller. But whatever her topic is, her videos are always interesting and fun to watch. 










Amanda (Amanda Center)

Watching Amanda’s videos just makes me happy. She’s sweet and funny and never fails to put a smile on my face. Her reading taste is a little bit of everything, and usually excellent. Oh and she also has a thing for cats, do I need to say more? If you like books and want to have a good time, please head over to Amanda’s channel. You’re welcome.










Elizabeth (books and pieces)

Elizabeth is the queen of science fiction. Her videos are so well done, informative and fun and her personality is just amazing. Even if you think that genre isn’t for you, please check out her channel. I didn’t know sci-fi could be that much fun till I stumbled over her videos and found the best recommendations there. You can get some fantasy on her channel as well.



















Thomas (SFF180)

If Elizabeth is the queen, Thomas is the king of sci-fi (and fantasy). Very recently he did a video called "Where to Start SF", which I would highly recommend if you’re looking for a way of getting into the genre but you don’t know where to start. Again he is a person I could easily listen to for hours without getting tired of hearing him talk about books.



















And if you’re like me and can never get enough of BookTube, also check out these wonderful people:

Vanessa - chboskyy
Lorna - suddenlylorna
Brock - Let’s Read


I hope you liked my recommendations! Do you watch any of those BookTubers? Know a channel you think I'd enjoy? Please leave me a comment and tell me about it!

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