Monday, January 26

DM box winter 2015

DM box is a 'beauty/lifestyle' box released every four months by DM (Drogerie Markt) - a German drug store brand. No idea about this in other countries, but here in the Czech republic it works this way: you sign up and 2000 lucky winners are picked to get this box for 149 CZK (less than 5,5€). Unlike in beauty subscription boxes, the products in this box are promised to be at least 700 CZK (>25€).

This 'winter 2015' box was third DM box released in the Czech republic and my first DM box ever. Let's have a look inside.



The box included 10 products... wrapped in a nice blue box that I don't even have anymore because my mum wanted it so bad for her office.

1 - L'Oréal Paris Skin Perfection concentrated serum for perfect skin
2 - Balea Bodybalsam Protect with Nordic cranberry
3 - Dove Advanced Hair Series volumising shampoo for fine, flat hair
4 - Rimmel Skin Perfection Lasting Finish foundation, shade 100 Ivory
5 - Dermacol Aroma Ritual shower gel with Irish coffee aroma
6 - Alverde Eye catcher - mascara
7 - Maxi Vita food supplement with vitamin C, acerola, rosehip and zinc
8 - Wasa thin crisps with rosemary and sea salt
9 - Chimpanzee quick mix shake with honey, cereals and cococa
10 - Kotex ladies' pads and a Ria slips sample. It's not in the photo, but if you really wanted to see it, have a look here.

To sum up my impressions: 234UZFSDGJWOEFWKRG!
So excited. I'm not sure how good or bad all of the beauty products will work, but the only 1 thing I didn't like when I first opened the box was the shower gel - because I hate the smell of coffee. At second check, the mascara brush looks a bit weird, but maybe it will be ok? Who knows. I can imagine some people won't be this delighted, but I am a really happy girl who got a box full of cool produtcs. And it was a bargain.

Tuesday, January 20

Hockey in Kenya

When I talk to people and we stumble across the stereotypical ''ice-hockey is only played in cold places'' opinion, I usually have to stop and explain how it is. Yes, ice-hockey is also played in countries  like France, Spain, Mexico, India... or Kenya. Need a proof? Watch this:



I love the passion that shines out of the video. You can't fake it. It's not only a hockey thing, but you can clearly say whether a person is passionate or not. These guys have so little and they get so much out of it. It's all about you attitude. Yes, it's an expensive sport, the cost of it is a worldwide problem, but you don't need the best equipment in the universe to play for fun. A pair of skates to lace up, a stick  to grab and a puck to drop. And a heart that beats for the game. Nothing else.

Tuesday, January 6

Fury (2014)

At the begining of December, my friend and I went to cinema to see Fury. I'm a fan of history and I have seen countless amount of war movies and documentaries and I really wanted to see this film. To be honest, sitting in the cinema seat, after first couple of minutes I quickly turned to ''I'm not sure if I want to see this''... but after I figured out it was war at it's rawest form, my mind switched to ''this is fucking awesome'' (it's my blog I can swear if I want to) and I was enjoying every minute of it.



 ,,I had the best Assistant Driver in the entire Ninth Army in that seat. Now I got you. I promised my crew a long time ago I'd keep them alive. You're getting in the way of that. It ain't like the newsreels up front.'' is one of the first lines in the film. A tank crew gets a new boy and they're going straight to the front. The problem is that the boy is not a fan of the war. However, he learns how things work real quick. 

It's not a movie for everyone, but you're gonna enjoy it if you like: 
x dead people 
x watching people killing other people 
x Star Wars
... because there really isn't much more. Except a love story twist and eventually a happy ending. As I said, it was hard to swallow at first, but I ended up loving it. Wouldn't necessarily want to see it again, but it's a great film. Minus the 'reality' factor missing at some scenes. I read a review of one guy counting down how many shots Brad Pitt actually survived in the movie and couldn't help but laugh.

 ,,Best job I've ever had.'' 

IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2713180/ 
My rating: 9/10

PS: No, I'm not even a Brad Pitt fan, but that may work when you're trying to watch this with female company.

Sunday, January 4

Sisterhood of the travelling shoes


Sunday silly confession time. It's not that rare when people have got feelings or songs connected to people or places. In my life, there's food connected to special days, events or trips. Because ''that day I had a chicken/spinach baguette was a really weird day, but the baguette made it better''... or ''that day I ate two bars of chocolate at a hockey game'' - I get it, the statements seem probably silly, but for me, the stories really pop up clear in my head. And not only food in my life is full of magical meanings.

I've realised that a pair of my sneakers has got it's sole broken in half... like, the shoe is gone, there's no way to fix it and what other people would to is they would take the pair of shoes and throw it into a rubbish bin.

Not me. I have to rethink everything.

And that's how I came into thinking about everything the shoes had experienced with me. That somehow the piece of rubber and a little of cloth got a place in my heart and I can't throw it away. Ugh. The silly part is that it's not only this pair of shoes. It's also the slip-ons I had when I was in Russia or my first pair of high heels. I almost came to believing shoes do have souls, too. The pair of shoes is hidden in the shoe cabinet now. I don't even have the balls to throw away old shoes. Judge me now.

What's the weirdest thing you've got a strong connection to?

Photo source: http://weheartit.com/entry/149761997/

Friday, January 2

#30daysofyoga

I didn't really make any resolutions for this year, as I know it's all about myself and my mindset and the changed number in the calendar won't change my attitude, but I've stumbled across the thought of trying to find my way to yoga.

And boom, Adriene from Yoga with Adriene is starting a 30 days of yoga series today (January 2). I almost jumped off my chair when the introduction video (below) poped up in my subscription box - this is my chance. I've tried yoga many times and I was always full of all the feelings yoga should not give you - like impatience, sadness, almost up to the point of anger. I'm not sure if I've ever actually finished a yoga video all the way to the last minute. Yoga is just not my thing. However, I know the benefits of yoga and I really want to suck up this challenge and complete it. 


Aaand, since goals are always better with friends, I'd like to challenge you - as you're reading this - to participate in this challenge too. A little yoga has never killer nobody, right?

All of the videos will be up on Adriene's Youtube channel and it's all competely free. No excuses!

Wednesday, December 31

Last day of 2014

A lot can happen in a year. For this blog, 2014 was a distater. I was the worst blogger ever and this little space was suffering. Next year, I'd like to take it back to life and start blogging again. It's been a part of my life since 2006 and it's something I can't simply ignore. I keep getting post ideas, but I never sit down and write the posts down. And that's the one thing I would really like to change next year. I wish you all a very happy new year and I hope we will be meeting at this place more often. May all of your wishes come true and resolutions to lose weight last at least a day longer than the previous year.

Monday, September 15

Let bygones be bygones

Next Monday at this time I'll be sitting at school, listening to a lecture. Back to the routine of school-hockey games-little sleep. And honestly, I couldn't be more excited about it.

This summer was everything I didn't want it to be. I couldn't possibly think of one thing that went right or the way I wanted it to go. I literally wasted almost 5 months of my life and that crazy number really made me stop and think. I'm holding onto the past more than I should. I keep believing that things may change and people may change. And they never do. Neither of them.

I need to learn how to let go. I need to stick to what makes me happy.
Life's too short to hold the door open for those who walk too slow.

There's a lot to say, but all I'm going to state is that I'm sadder, but wiser. 

Monday, August 18

Top 5 places you shouldn't miss while visiting Baltic Europe

When people talk about (or plan) traveling across Europe, Baltic Europe is usually missed out -  while it's a perfect place for road trips, discovering new cultures, it doesn't get super hot in summer and what also counts - these places are relatively cheap. I've picked up 5 places you shouldn't miss while visitng the magical three of Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia. Three is a charm, so don't be suprised when Baltic Europe steals your heart like it stole mine!

1. Vilnius


If you visited Prague and loved it, Vilinius will for sure suffer a huge déja vu. Vilnius, the capital of Lithuania, is a historical city that really resembles Prague, especially when you climb up the Hill of Three Crosses (in the photo) and look over the city. Make sure not to miss the Cathedral square, because the Vilnius Cathedral is a bomb.

2. Trakai

Trakai, located about 30 km away from Vilinus, is a little historical town with about 5 thousand residents, but it offers a couple of places you can't miss. On the top of the list is Trakai Island Castle (in the photo), a 14th century castle located on an island of lake Galvé. Not only the castle itself is a romantic place, but you can also look sit down in one of the restaurants along the lake, or enjoy the colourful architecture of local wooden houses.

3. Kaunas

As a sports fan, I sure as hell heard of Kaunas because of their basketball tradition, but it's obviously not everything this city can offer. Kaunas is famous for devils, there is even a Devil Museum. The city centre is also filled with beautiful historical buldings, little shops and restaurants. The blding in the photo above is the Town Hall, or Rotuše, as you call it in Lithuanian. Not only that's the reason why Kaunas is known as the cultural centre of Lithuania. Oh, and I completely lost it for this city when I  randomly bumped into an ice rink in the Akropolis shopping centre. 

4. Riga

Riga is another beautiful historical city and the capital of Latvia with an Old Town filled with sights, masterpieces of Art Nouveau (one third of Riga is built in this attractive style), impressive churches, narrow streets, old houses and Hanseatic area artefacts. Riga is also a popular gourmet tourism destination, you enjoy a meal in an authentic medieval restaurant in the heart of Old Riga. As a history-freak, I  definitely recommend visiting The Occupation Museum, only a couple of steps away from The House of Blackheads (detail in the photo).

5. Tallinn

Tallinn is in my opinion the perfect mixture of the old and the new. While being a busy port only about 2 hour ferry ride away from Helsinki, Estonia is like Finland's younger brother. Not only their languages look similiar, but it's also a country with a completely different atmosphere than the other 2 Baltic countries. If you climb up to the top of St. Nicolas's Church, you will get a view you won't regret. Even the American president has picked it as a destination to visit! (Ok, that's silly.)



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