Spring is blooming

She wore her yellow sun-bonnet,
She wore her greenest gown;
She turned to the south wind
And curtsied up and down.
She turned to the sunlight
And shook her yellow head,
And whispered to her neighbour:
“Winter is dead.”
-A.A. Miller


What’s the first thing that comes to your mind when you think of Spring? Maybe a field overflowing with daisies, a carnival of scents blowing in the air. Or perhaps it conjures a feeling of new beginnings, where we rid ourselves of the lethargy that consumed us during the cold winter months in order to bloom once again. At least that is how Spring makes me feel. These last couple of months have been awfully uninspiring, to say the least, probably because my mind was too busy hibernating beneath huge piles of warm blankets while the world was being leeched of it’s colours outside. So the change in weather is truly a blessing!

The sound of the world rising up from it’s slumber always inspires me to look around me and allow my mind to open up to new ideas. It may be the sound of a distant lawnmower, the hum of bumblebees looting from the flowers on the windowsill, or the nickering of horses as they cavort in blooming green fields. The world feels lush and bountiful again, full of new possibilities.

What better way to prepare for this new season than with a new playlist! Golden Spell is all about nature’s awakening…or the sound of my soul waking up from it’s interminable slumber. I hope you enjoy it! [Spotify]

  1. Mylo Xyloto- Coldplay
  2. Hurts Like Heaven- Coldplay
  3. Hannah Hunt- Vampire Weekend
  4. New Slang- The Shins
  5. Celeste- Ezra Vine
  6. West Coast- Coconut Records
  7. Fire in the Sky- Palace
  8. Boardwalks- Little May
  9. Virignia May- Gregory Alan Isakov
  10. In the Wind- Lord Huron
  11. Stella- Cereus Bright
  12. Blue Above the Green- Mike Edel
  13. Polaroid- Imagine Dragons
  14. Mountain Song- Little Chief 

This year, I want Spring to be all about new discoveries and adventures. In a few days’ time I will be on my way to London, where I will spend a whole week roaming museums, coffeeshops, bookstores and lazing around in the parks. I have been anticipating this trip for months, and while I made a vague list of all the places that I want to visit, not having a definite plan makes me free to roam, wander, and stumble upon places that I never would have gone to with my pre-planned agenda. However, I am open to any recommendations! My boyfriend and I also started this month with a day trip in Gozo, which is an island that makes up the Maltese archipelago. It’s about a 35km car ride to the ferry terminal and a half hour trip with the ferry [that’s the benefit of living on a small island…nothing is too far away!]. While I love travelling abroad, sometimes you need to look around you and realise that your own home country has so much to offer, and there are a multitude of places that you’ve yet to discover.

I obviously cannot fail from mentioning my Spring TBR! This season I thought I might be a bit overambitious and attempt to read the biggest book on my shelves: The Count of Monte Cristo, which amounts to 1243 pages. I love the movie starring Jim Caviezel and so many people have been recommending me the book so I’m finally giving it a try! Here are some other books that I’m also looking forward to read this Spring:

The Hazel Wood– Melissa Albert

Flux– Orion Carloto

A Sting in the Tale– Dave Goulson

The Dream Thieves (#2)- Maggie Stiefvater

The Essex Serpent– Sarah Perry

Burial Rites– Hannah Kent

The Last Unicorn- Peter S. Beagle

A Darker Shade of Magic– VE Schwab [reread]

Crooked Kingdom– Leigh Bardugo [reread]

I’m also really looking forward to read some more magazines this season, specifically Country Living Modern Rustic magazine, Another Escape and In Clover magazine. All of these magazines have amazing content, including gorgeous photography! If you’re on the hunt for some new magazines, I would highly recommend checking out The Future Kept for a vast choice of beautifully designed journals that are hard to find elsewhere.


What are you looking forward to most this season? Do you have anything planned for Spring?


we are infinite.

There is a particular scene in The Perks of Being a Wallflower where the character exclaims: “And in that moment, I swear we were infinite”, and this quote truly resonates with me. I guess it can be interpreted differently by different people, but it always reminds me of that feeling you get when you feel one with the universe, where you are free from wants, needs or worries and are content with the present. When you feel like you can conquer everything and nothing can hurt you. And when you feel like you are part of everything, from the air that you breath to the people around you. It’s the kind of feeling that it quite hard to put into words, and I guess that’s what makes it so special. But “where words fail, music speaks” and undoubtedly, Hans Christian Andersen knows what he’s talking about.

Sometimes you come across a song that fills you up with this ethereal feeling and goosebumps appear all over your arms, like your body wants to display this enchantment to the whole world. I always save these songs so I could listen to them on repeat whenever I feel uninspired or disconnected from the world around me. They are a medicine to my soul on those days when I feel numb inside, as if I am merely existing but not truly living. So if I had to describe to you what it personally means to feel infinite and whole, just like Charlie, my only words are: listen to this playlist! If nothing else, I hope you at least enjoy the music 🙂 x

>Outro– M83
>Too Much Is Never Enough– Florence + The Machine
>Skeletons– Of Monsters and Men
>Strange– LP
>Believe– Mumford & Sons
>Punching in a Dream– The Naked and Famous
>Welcome Home, Son– Radical Face
>Moving Mountains– The Brevet
>Don’t You Cry For Me– Cobi
>Desert Song– Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros
>March: Hills to Climb– Tim Myers
>Once There Was A Hushpuppy– Dan Romer, Benh Zeitlin
>Ends of the Earth– Lord Huron
>Torches- X Ambassadors >Last Words First- Volunteer





Where has this month gone?! My mind still cannot process that we’re already a month into the new year…in fact I’m still scratching out that number seven on my notebooks! It hasn’t been such a great month health-wise, but one thing I promised myself to do this year is to focus on the things that always make me smile and help me keep a positive outlook towards life. So I am very excited to share with you my very first favourites blog post of 2018, which will include some of the things I’ve been enjoying lately, from a simple song to a quaint coffeeshop.



I read a total of 7 books this month and I enjoyed mostly all of them. In fact two of them have made it onto my all-time favourite list:

Unfiltered: No Shame, No Regrets, Just Me– Lily Collins || 2 ☆

City of Thieves– David Benioff || 5 ☆

The Raven Boys– Maggie Stiefvater || 5 ☆

Shadow and Bone– Leigh Bardugo || 4 ☆

Memoirs of Geisha– Arthur Golden || 2 ☆

Siege and Storm– Leigh Bardugo || 4 ☆

Matilda– Roald Dahl || 4.5 ☆

I was really looking forward to read Lily Collins’ essay collection since she is one of my favorite female actors. However I was sorely disappointed in so many ways but mostly in the way that it was written. It felt quite childish, filled with meaningless and fluffy sentiments without any substance and while she did tackle various issues, she didn’t delve deep into the subject. Having said that, I found her chapters dealing with anorexia and bulimia quite insightful and I found that I could relate with her experiences. I appreciate the way she focused on eating disorder as something that can never be cured but is an ongoing process towards recovery. It will always be there waiting to come out again but she reminds the readers that they are strong and admitting you need help is never a sign of weakness. The rest of the book though just kept on repeating the same cliched advice and I wish she could have branched out in terms of subject matter and delved deeper into her experiences.

Memoirs of Geisha was quite an interesting read but it was only after finishing it that I learnt about the author’s misdeeds. According to Mineko Iwasaki, this book is riddled with errors and is quite offensive in it’s descriptions of a Geisha going through mizuage. Mrs Iwasaki gave an extensive interview to the author while he carrying out research for the book but after reading his work she brought legal action against him, with allegations of confidentiality breech and a damaged to her reputation. For this reason, I had to ditch my original 4 stars.

Weirdly enough, when it comes for me to talk about the books that I love, my mind goes blank. Maybe because there are no words that can describe all the feelings that such books can conjure, and City of Thieves is definitely one of them. The story is equal parts poetic, hilarious and devastating. I was rendered speechless with the way Benioff transitions from humour to tragedy in a single sentence and manages to show the true horrors of war while still holding on to the goodness of humanity. It is definitely one of those books that I’ll reread a thousand times! The same goes to The Raven Boys. To put it simply, this series has: an amazing cast of characters, a sassy female protagonist, a deadly kiss, GANSEY, a house full of psychic women, a dead Welsh Kings, Ley Lines, Ghosts, a mysterious Latin teacher, talking trees, a peculiar forest and unique writing style. I LOVED this book so much and I cannot wait to continue on with the series!

The first two books in The Grisha trilogy and Matilda were all rereads and I enjoyed them even more the second time round. One of the reasons why I decided to reread Leigh Bardugo’s series is so I could mentally and emotionally prepare myself for her Nikolai Lantsov duology, which is expected to be published next year. The wait is going to be absolute torture and the only way to make it bearable is to reread the hell out of her books!




Don’t you just love that feeling when you discover a new favourite song and you know it’s going to be played on repeat until your ears start to bleed?! It’s been a month filled with music that gave me chills and made me feel like I could conquer the world. Here are some of my favourites:

> The Greatest Showman soundtrack 

> Too Much Is Never Enough – Florence + The Machine

> Frozen Pines – Lord Huron

> Winter Winds – Mumford & Sons

> Don’t You Cry For Me – Cobi

> Wildfire – Seafret

> Skeletons – Of Monsters and Men

> Thunder – Imagine Dragons

If you want to check out my Spotify playlists, here is the link 🙂 x



Talbot and Bons is my favourite spot to unwind and enjoy the best cup of hazelnut cappuccino I’ve ever tasted. Also, it’s interior design is on point! The place is a short walk away from the airport and my boyfriend and I often go to the Observation Deck after having lunch. It has a wonderful view of the runway where you could watch exciting take-offs and touchdowns…and this is honestly one of my favourite ways to spend my weekend!



A balanced diet is a cookie in each hand, more specifically the All Butter Pistachio & Almonds cookies from Marks and Spencer. I would eat a whole packet in a heartbeat if I could! And if cookies are not enough, I encourage you to try the classic scones with jam and clotted cream. I use the BBC Good Food recipe because they have the best texture and flavour plus they are extremely easy to make. I do sound like I’ve been having a month-long sugar rush, which is far from the truth. But I do indulge myself over the weekend because everyone needs a treat sometimes!


Random Items

Paperchase 2018 Diary:


>Starbucks Mug: My tea tastes better in it 😉


What was your favourite thing about this month? ❤


Frozen Pines || A Winter Playlist

Frozen Pines || A Winter Playlist

What does Winter….

look like? Stars coming out in the early evening. Animal tracks in the snow. Bare branches. Multicoloured umbrellas dotting the streets. Christmas lights. Snow-capped mountains.

taste like? Hot cocoa. Ginger cookies. Peppermint tea. Christmas pudding. Banana bread. A snowflake on your tongue. Eggnog.

smell like? Firewood smoke. Baking bread in the oven. Evergreen trees. Chestnuts. Coffee beans. Caramelised sugar.

sound like? Muffled sounds after a snowstorm. Rain pattering against the window. The splash of a puddle. Wind dancing through the branches. Children playing in the snow. This playlist.


Never Let Me Go // Florence + The Machine
White Blood // Oh Wonder
Sense of Home // Harrison Storm
Fellow in the North // Cold Weather Company
Fireworks // First Aid Kit
O’City Lights // Gregory Alan Isakov
Frozen Pines // Lord Huron
Arctic // Sleeping At Last
All I Want // Kodaline
Like Real People Do // Hozier
Cold // Novo Amor
Oh Ms Believer // Twenty One Pilots
Vapour // Vancouver Sleep Clinic
Winter Winds // Mumford & Sons 
The Safety Dance // Sleeping At Last
Winter Came Early // Ilustrada



Summer Breeze

Summer Breeze

Summer is only a few days away but the sun has already started painting the world vividly by it’s rays. So blinding. So brilliant. I used to count down the days until this season started, mainly because it meant three whole months without thinking about school or homework. Now that I’m working however, it doesn’t feel much different from the other seasons. But then I remember those warm sunny days when I was a kid, many mornings spent at the beach, binging on ice-creams, licking our chocolate-covered fingers and digging our toes in the warm gritty sand. I used to spend hours reading in the shade of the trees, while my father worked in the fields nearby…and later coming home to the smell of my mother’s new recipe. I loved these simple moments and I plan on embracing them again this year.

I have already compiled a new playlist in anticipation for summer (that’s how excited I am!) and it is a combination of songs that I’ve been enjoying lately. I hope you do as well 🙂

Coins in a Fountain– Passenger

Headlights (Acoustic Version)– Katja Petri

Yellow Sun– Crystal Fighters

Illuminate– The Kite String Tangle, Dustin Tebbutt

Tiger Striped Sky– Roo Panes

Beaches– Gone in the Sun

Tenerife Sea– Ed Sheeran

Green Light– Lorde

Don’t Let It Pass– Junip

September Song– JP Cooper

Going to California– Led Zeppelin

Perfect Day– Lou Reed

Riptide– Vance Joy

Sunshine Gold– Sam the Astronaut


 I would also like to share with you some of the books that I’m really looking forward to read this summer. I tried to include a mix of everything: poetry, classics, contemporaries, fantasy, short stories and even non-ficiton books. I hope I can manage to read them all…the summer heat is known to make me pretty lazy!!


Sunshine in the Meadow || A Spring Playlist

Sunshine in the Meadow || A Spring Playlist

This playlist is a combination of all the things that remind me of Spring. It makes me want to go on long drives with the windows down, run aimlessly amongst the trees, eat ice-cream for breakfast and have picnics every other day. I hope you enjoy it! x

Blood – The Middle East

Willow Tree March– The Paper Kites

Up&Up– Coldplay

Once There  Was a Hushpuppy– Dan Romer, Benh Zeitlin

Ragged Wood– Fleet Foxes

Return to Innocence– Enigma

Young Blood– The Naked and Famous

Hannah Hunt– Vampire Weekend

Hide & Seek– Amber Run

Another Story– The Head and the Heart

Love Like Ghosts– Lord Huron

The Child in Us– Enigma

Second Chances– Gregory Alan Isakov

Chinatown– Wild Nothing


KAZ BREKKER // A Playlist

KAZ BREKKER // A Playlist

Kaz Brekker. Dirtyhands. Lieutenant of the Dregs. 

My all-time favourite character deserved a playlist. So that’s what I did. May these songs call out to the words on those red-tainted pages and make him materialise next to me ….oh how I wish….

Human // Rag’n’Bone Man

Ain’t No Grave // Johnny Cash

Beat The Devil’s Tattoo // Black Rebel Motorcycle Club

Mad World // Gary Jules, Michael Andrews

Staying Up // The Neighbourhoods

Short Change Hero // The Heavy

Hurt // Johnny Cash

Lose Your Soul // Dead Man’s Bones

Blood on My Name // The Brothers Bright

Blackbird Song // Lee DeWyze

The Preacher // Jamie N Commons

Seven Devils // Florence + The Machine

It Will Come Back // Hozier

Gold // Imagine Dragons

Glory // Jamie N Commons