♡ My Summer Reading List ♡

This summer, I’ve (finally) had a lot of time to catch up on my reading. My list had been growing pretty long before that, so thank god summer came ’round. Here are the books I’ve been loving this summer, and hopefully, you will too.

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1. Ignite Me

The third book in the ‘Shatter Me‘ series by Tahereh Mafi, this book was jaw-dropping. From heart-warming romance to thrilling adventure, this book left me reeling for more. I can actually and truthfully say that it was un-put-down-able (that’s probably not a word). I read it from cover to cover in just 24 hours and let me just say, my feels have not yet recovered. Definitely the top on this list.

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2. Mad About The Boy

Another Bridget Jones book, finally! This is the third one in the series by Helen Fielding and was the perfect summer beach read (which is, incidentally, where I read it). Jones is back almost 2 decades later with two kids and several more misadventures. All in all, amazing.

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3. 12 Years A Slave

Until this years’ Academy Awards came about, I had no idea that a book like this was ever written, not to mention over a century ago by Solomon Northup! So of course, I ended up reading (and loving) it! Written by a free black man in America, this book will give you the shivers (of delight, of course).

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4. Landline

This book by Rainbow Rowell was surprisingly good. I was of the opinion that there are only this many tragic divorce books you could read before getting sick of them, but I was (not for the first time) mistaken. An amazing read about a woman who realizes that her love for her husband is not enough to save their marriage.

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5. The Book Thief

A mind blowing novel by Markus Zusak, this book had me totally caught. It is, in short, the story of a young girl who is sent off to a foster family in Germany as World War 2 breaks out. Being a great lover of books makes her ‘The Book Thief’. Truly a well-written masterpiece.

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6. Revenge Wears Prada

This long-awaited sequel to ‘The Devil Wears Prada‘ by Lauren Weisberger did not disappoint (unlike most sequels which are a diluted mush of their more famous prequels). The claws-out rivalry is back, and its wearing high-end designers.

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Stay lovely!

Deliya x 🙂

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15 Things Only Twins Will Get

So, in case you guys didn’t know, I’m a twin. (Hold ALL of your stupid comments and jokes and puns about twins, no matter how darn funny you might find them.) Being a twin isn’t easy, no matter what the commercialized versions show you. It’s a hard life. I mean, yes, you have someone to fall back on when nobody else is there for you, and, yes, you have someone who’s going through the same stuff as you and with you so you can always relate. So yes, you’re never alone, physically or mentally.

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But seriously, you normal people just do not understand the toils that us twins go through on a daily basis. So for, all the twins out there, this ones for you!

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1. The countless times we have to explain to people that NO, we do NOT have a telepathic connection and NO we cannot feel the others’ pain

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2. That awkward moment when somebody (like a teacher) confuses you for your twin and you just feel like rolling your eyes and playing along ’cause you just aint got the time

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3. Having to deal with some Grade-A Butts who try to tell you which one of you is better-looking (the nerve!)

4. Dealing with the occasional identity crisis because of having spent your entire life being confused for the other

5. Rolling your eyes in frustration when you’re taken as a unit and not as 2 separate individuals

6. That wonderful feeling of instant companionship when you meet other twins

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7. Getting sick and tired of the constant comparison between you both but not being able to do anything about it because its the only way people tell you apart

8. Explaining to people that sharing (our clothes, books, etc) is a part of our nature; we never think about it

9. Trying to tell people that we don’t know any different so your questions are irrelevant

10. The oh-so-obvious gawking and obligatory questions

11. Always having someone to have your back

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12. Learning to respond to your twins’ name

13. “So which one of you both is the evil twin?” – Shut it.

14. Having lots of inside jokes because of a shared sense of humour

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15. Having someone to discuss problems with…always!

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That’s all I’ve got for you guys now, I’ll see you guys soon! (or not, I have exams next week.)

Bye!!

Stay amazing,

Deliya x 🙂

How To Make A Girl’s Day

So recently someone emailed me asking  how to make a girl feel special. I don’t know if this person asked as a friends or if this person likes a girl and wants to let her know she’s more than a friend to him. In any case, I thought I’d lend a hand to all those guys out there who’re wondering how to make their best girl friends or their girlfriends feel special. No matter who you are, here are some ways to make a girls day.

1. Compliment her

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This one’s simple and outright and pretty much obvious. Ever girl wants to and loves to be complimented (who doesn’t?). Whether this is your girlfriend (or someone you wish was your girlfriend) or yourfriend, the simplest way to make her smile is compliment her. Now be sure to space out the compliments. Don’t just pour them all into a a paragraph and make it all awkward. Just lay them on from time to time and she’ll definitely feel special around you. Another thing is to make sure you don’t only compliment her on her body or looks. I mean, those are nice and all, but maybe a little compliment on her personality or her eyes would feel a bit more warm and from the heart?

2.Surprise her

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A girl loves nothing more than proof that you’ve thought about her while she wasn’t in front of you. Make sure you know her well enough to get her something you know she’ll totally love. Maybe she’s a girly girl and loves bracelets and necklaces? Or maybe she’s a tomboy who likes hats and skateboards. Or a chocoholic? You’ve got to know her well enough to get her something she’ll love. In fact,ever better, is when you make her a gift. There’s nothing more personal than something you grew/made/organised on your own. Thats when shit gets real.

3. Don’t lie

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There’s absolutely NOTHING a girl hates more than being lied to, so the simple obvious other is to not lie to her. Girls being the way they are, generally know the truth (80% of the time) so why risk it?

4. Act Like You Care…

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Another simple way to make a girls day is listen to her. Talk to her, go out to eat with her, do something fun with her. In other words, show her you care. That spending time with her is something you like doing. That being seen in public with her (and not always your guy friends) is something you’re not only ‘macho’ enough to do but also love doing. Take her somewhere fun and interesting, make plans for her and listen to what she says. Girls love it when you remember the little things they’ve said earlier. It shows you were actually paying attention.

5. Always notice

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Guys I don’t know why, but this is really important to a girl : always ALWAYS notice when a girl does something new to her hair or her look in general. This is essential to both your happiness and that of the girl in question’s.

6. Respect her

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No girl likes a guy who’s always acting like a douche or a little bit too full of himself. I mean, yes, its definitely a fact that us girls are somehow more attracted to guys who aren’t total mama’s boys (a.k.a. the infamous bad boy) but even girls know the limit to acting like a jerk. Your girl deserves to be treated with respect – whether its to her opinions and decisions or to her body and personality. Also, make sure you’re not always talking about yourself when you’re with her. Try to listen to her and ask her how her day was for a change?

7. Don’t take ages to respond

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The last (and one of the most important) thing I’m going to tell you is to not take ages to respond to her text. You don’t seem busy, you just seem like a self-obsessed idiot. Its not nice to make a girl wait hours before you respond to her text. Another thing that goes along with this one is to send her a “Good morning” text. Let her know she was the first thing on your mind when you woke up. Girls love good morning texts, don’t ask us why because we probably couldn’t explain it to you anyway. Just do it.

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All in all guys, don’t be a complete good boy (break the rules for her once in a while) but be sweet and nice and thoughtful. Be there for her when she needs you and be patient with her (as she is with you). Stand up for her and keep her smiling and that ought to let her know you mean something to her. Hope that helped you!

Stay beautiful!

Deliya x 🙂

Things Disney Movies Taught Me

Even though Disney movies are produced essentially for kids, there is not one person I know (or choose to associate with) who doesn’t have that one favourite pick that they can watch any time, any place with some ice cream and a slight fangirling session (mine is definitely Peter Pan). It’s just the way life works. Simple as that.

So yesterday I went to the movies with a couple of girlfriends (we’d decided to give her a grand all-out fancy GNO to get over her broken heart) and what better than a Disney movie to ease the pain? We ended up watching Hercules and (surprise surprise) I loved it, even though I’d already watched it earlier. So today I thought I’d blog about what Disney movies teach us, just as a tribute to their all-round awesomeness. Lets begin, shall we?

1. Peter Pan

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This one’s my favourite so obviously it had to go first. I think the main message goes along the lines of growing older and mature, but never really growing up. We all want to foster and sustain a piece of childish innocence in us, no matter how old we grow. We want to laugh at the top of our lungs and not care what others think and just do what we want, as we used to when we were children. Something to remember of Tinkerbell’s character is that you can be small and powerful at the same time-one does not prevent the other. Another thing we learn from Peter Pan is that thinking positively can work wonders (it can even make you fly) but if a boy shows up at your window, he’s (more likely than not) going to be trouble.

 2. Hercules

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An important thing to learn from Meg’s life is that, without first thinking things through thoroughly, you mustn’t completely uproot your life and ways for someone else. Also, you mustn’t let the mistakes of your past let you ruin or hamper with the opportunities that lie for you in the future. Hercules shows us how simply being famous or a celebrity doesn’t automatically make you a role-model and that you have to earn your way into being a hero or a ‘god’.

3. Finding Nemo

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Three of the most important things that Finding Nemo shows us is, first, that being forgetful doesn’t mean you’re stupid and being happy doesn’t make you weird. Second is that family might annoy you at times but when you’re in trouble, they would literally cross the oceans and seas to find and save you. And lastly, when life gets you down, no matter what, always ALWAYS keep moving ahead and keep your head up.

4. Pocahontas

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Listening to your parents is important, but so is standing up for what you believe in. Everything has life and everyone deserves to be treated with equal respect whether your skin is brown or white. The earth is not a dead thing you can claim and you cannot judge people before you know them or walk in their shoes just by their appearance.

5. Alice In Wonderland

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Imagination and creativity can take you wonderful and amazing places. You don’t have to be like everyone else and its OK to be nervous and different.

6. The Lion King

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Its OK to remember and think about the past, but we have to remember that bad things happen and that instead of sulking and brooding over what was, we can imagine and plan of what could be. You mustn’t believe everything you hear. True friends accept you, the true you, all of you, farts and all. Hakuna Matata!

7. Beauty and the Beast

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The most obvious take-home from this one is that you mustn’t judge everyone by their physical appearance. A terrible beast may actually be a kind-hearted romantic prince on the inside. Also, it’s OK to be an oddball and love books. – books take you all sorts of new places, but make sure you’re not too caught up. Always learn to appreciate the beauty thats inside.

8. A Bug’s Life

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Its OK to be weird and original and creative, even if noone else is with you. If you work together, there are no enemies to big too defeat and no problems too big to solve.

9. Toy Story & Monsters Inc.

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No matter what the hurdles may be or how hard the challenges ahead may seem, we will do anything, risk anything for those we love and truy care for.

10. Cars

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You are not a champion simply by the number of trophies on your wall. The true treasures and the greatest of victories are the lessons you learn and the people you meet along the journey of life.

11. Up

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You are never too old to try out new things. Dreams and true love live in your heart till the end of time, till your very last breath. The adventure never ends.

Stay beautiful!

Deliya x 🙂

Fresh Talent : Kody Keplinger

So recently I read this book “The DUFF” (the Designated Ugly Fat Friend) by Kody Keplinger and it was amazing. Its about this seventeen-year-old girl Bianca Piper who is loyal and cynical but doesnt think she’s the prettiest of her friends by a long shot. She has a messed up life at home and it gets even more awry when she gets kissed by the school’s hottie Wesley Rush. I wont tell you more or I’ll give the plot away, but all I’ll say is that it was extremely moving and its a must have on your booklist.

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The Duff by Kody Keplinger

 

The book was authored by nineteen year old (as far as I know) Kody Keplinger who is a TV buff and Converse tennis shoe enthusiast. She describes herself as a hippie and is the author of three young adult novels The DUFF, A Midsummer’s Nightmare and Shut Out. She wrote her first book The Duff during her senior year at high school in Kentucky. Now she lives in New York and spends her time eating Thai food.

 

I loved this book and her writing style and though the plot isn’t very original, I really love the story just the same. You can find her on kodykeplinger.com or visit her blog.

Happy reading!

Deliya x 🙂

Fashion That’s Evergreen : The Little Black Dress

You know what they say, “One is never over-dressed or underdressed with a Little Black Dress“. This week, I had to attend this semi-formal party at a hotel for my dad’s company and I wasn’t sure what to wear. The theme was black. So I had even lesser choice. But I ended up with this Little Mistress dress with bodycon fit and round neckline for £34.80 and I loved it. Some of the other dresses I considered were a Oasis Lace Sweetheart Dress (£41.00), a Lashes of London Midi dress (£55.00) and a Mango Chiffon Drape Bustier Dress ( £49.00).

Little Mistress Mesh Panel Bodycon Dress

Little Mistress Mesh Panel Bodycon Dress

Lashes Of London Midi Dress With Cross Front

Lashes Of London Midi Dress With Cross Front

Oasis Lace Sweetheart Dress

Oasis Lace Sweetheart Dress

Mango Chiffon Drape Bustier Dress

Mango Chiffon Drape Bustier Dress

And the best part?

No choice was the wrong choice.

Love,

Deliya x 🙂