Monthly Archives: November 2015

Christmas Party Dresses Galore!

Now that the Christmas party season is in full swing, it’s so hard to know what to wear (tbh, it’s always hard). I at least feel like no matter how many dresses are hanging in my closet, none of them ever work for the given occasion. If I had an unlimited budget I’d definitely buy a few (or many) new ones, but for now I have to settle for window shopping (online, because I don’t dare to go into the madness of shopping in actual stores right now).

PromTimes* has several dresses that would be perfect for any Christmas party. You can wear the fancy dresses on their own or dress them down for a more casual party by throwing a cute cardigan on top.

I really love these two Christmas red dresses, which would be perfect for parties where you want to show your holiday spirit. I really like the one with long sleeves, because I get a bit more coverage during the cold season and lace sleeves are gorgeous in general.

red cocktail dress long sleeve dress

I feel that red is just a perfect, classic choice during the winter time. And it’s a color that looks good on most people. However, if you’d rather go with simple and elegant black, these might be for you:

black cocktail dress chiffon dress

I personally like cocktail dresses for Christmas and other parties, because I’m not one for wearing long dresses (I constantly fear tripping over my own dress). So these knee-length dresses are my choice for most occasions. Several of PromTimes’s dresses are also well within my somewhat limited budget, which is also a plus. I have a habit of looking through just sale items even when I’m not actually buying anything, just browsing.

*This post is sponsored by PromTimes but all opinions are my own!

Versatile Blogger Award

I was nominated for the Versatile Blogger Award by my lovely friend Vanessa who blogs at My Retrospectacles about her adventures in Asia and shares her super cute drawings. Thank you sweetheart for nominating me!!

versatile blogger award

The rules for being nominated:

  1. Post the award on your blog
  2. Thank the person who nominated you
  3. Share seven facts about yourself
  4. Nominate 15 blogs
  5. List the nominees and let them know

7 Facts About Me:

  1. I’m going to graduate with an MA in English philology in a year and I’m completely freaking out. Like, how do you even adult?
  2. I’ve now fully embraced being a crazy cat lady. I’ve had my Merlin for a bit over a year and now I just want all the cats.
  3. I’m currently reading six different books because, for some reason, lately I just keep starting new books and not finishing the previous ones. Christmas break – I promise I’ll finish everything then.
  4. I constantly hate my hair. When it’s longer, I want it shorter. When it’s short, I want it long. Really, I guess, I just want thicker hair and I would like it, but since it’s thin, I hate it all the time.
  5. I have a really really really bad habit of biting my nails. I should stop. It’s a stress reaction and I’m stressed out constantly. Seriously. It never stops.
  6. I have an obsession with traveling. I keep buying trips everywhere. Not good for the wallet, but definitely good for the soul.
  7. I don’t understand Snapchat. Bad blogger.

I nominate:

Sara from Sincerely, Sara

Kristin from My Life as a Teacup

Rosa from Gingerbread Sagas

Alice from The Geeky Burrow

and Fiona from North East Nerd

And yes, I do realize this is only five, not 15. But I couldn’t come up with more right off the top of my head (although I’m sure if I started going through my Bloglovin’ I could find a million amazing blogs!).

Link Round-Up: November -15

Link round-up

Time for another link round-up: here are my November favorites. This time I gathered quite a few of the articles I’ve written during this fall for online magazines as well as a few pieces from last Spring.

btsb link round-up

Better Than Sliced Bread:

Travel articles: IstanbulIndonesiafandom hunting in London, and photo article on Scotland

Gaming tips

Advice for new freshmen

Article on fitness

Is Outlander as the feminist answer to Game of Thrones or just smut fluff?

Blogging as an Industry of Sharing

Talk about book trailers

HC Helsinki link round-up

Her Campus Helsinki:

Helsinki Book Fair 2015

Night of the Arts

Travel pieces: Espoo and Galway

Cat cafe trip

An interview with the founders of HC Helsinki (one of them being me!)


Additional Articles and Links

My article about budget travel in Tallinn on Pink Pangea

Cute outfits inspired by Man Up film on Sara’s blog

Real talk about STDs from a friend of mine

How to plan ahead

Halloween OOTD: White Rabbit + Starbuck

I wanted to quickly share my Halloween outfits from last weekend. I went to two parties: our English student organization’s party and my friend’s party, which was so close by that I was able to attend for a little while even though I was supposed to work on my thesis. (Now I AM working on the thesis full time, hence the quick post.)

To the English students’ party I dressed up as Kara ‘Starbuck’ Thrace from Battlestar Galactica, which was a costume I managed to make out of old clothes I already owned. My friend drew Kara’s tattoo on my arm with my black eyeliner. My budget this year was a big fat zero, so I was forced to be inventive, which I think turned out okay.

halloween ootds

The second outfit, to my friend’s party, was the White Rabbit from Alice in Wonderland. I already own a pair of bunny ears so it was a matter of putting together other items that pulled the look together. You can’t tell from the photo but I’m actually wearing a necklace with a watch and a little bottle saying “Drink Me”. Appropriate, don’t you think? ;)

Hope you all had a great Halloween!

Let me know what you dressed up as :D