30.12.2015.

2015 in rewind


End of year means it's time for another annual recap post. As you know, 2015 was really important to me because I became a mother, which is probably the biggest thing that have happened and that will ever happen in my life. Being a full time (24hr) mom requires lots of sacrifice, sleepless nights (and days as well) and all other aspects of your life have to suffer, at least for a year (unless you're lucky enough to have lots of help from your paid staff but I'm not into it anyways). I am so in love with my boy, watching him grow every day. Baby's smile is the most beautiful sight in the world. Of course, Books and Lilies blog was a bit neglected, as everything else, but I have no regrets; I did start a Youtube channel recently, though, and I hope I'll have enough time and inspiration to make videos at least a couple times a month. 
Hope that 2015 was good to you as well and wish you all a happy 2016! 
Lots of love, Alexandra.



Kraj godine na većini blogova, pa tako i na mom, podrazumeva svojevrstan rekapitulacioni post u kome se osvrćemo na godinu koja je za nama i sumiramo utiske. Kao što znate, ja sam u 2015. postala majka i to je najveća stvar koja mi se ikada dogodila i koja će se ikada dogoditi. Naravno, kada ste mama puno radno vreme (odnosno, na dežurstvu 24 sata dnevno), to podrazumeva mnogo odricanja, nespavanja i zanemarivanja svih ostalih aspekata života i to je neminovno barem tokom prve godine detetovog života (ukoliko ne spadate u one srećnice koje imaju unajmljenu pomoć, ali bi meni bilo žao da se smucam kojekuda dok mi neko drugi čuva bebu, sve i da to sebi mogu da priuštim). Potpuno sam zaljubljena u svog sina i vreme koje provodim s njim shvatam kao nešto najdragocenije jer tako brzo prolazi. Osmeh deteta je najlepši prizor na svetu. Naravno, i blog je morao da ispašta malo, ali nije mi žao. Doduše, počela sam nedavno da snimam i klipove za Youtube (najnoviji možete pogledati OVDE), pa se nadam da ću uspevati bar dva-tri puta mesečno tamo da budem aktivna, a na blogu i više. 
Nadam se da je i prema vama ova 2015. godina bila dobra i želim vam svima srećnu 2016! 
Puno poljubaca, Aleksandra


Happy New Year

19.12.2015.

December dilemmas


Hello everyone! I know I've been pretty bad blogger lately but it's not because of me, it's not that I was lazy or something like that. The thing is that I've been experiencing some technical difficulties (my monitor stopped working so I couldn't do any editing or posting except for Instagram because I do all the work on my computer).  And I better don't start talking about my camera. I even started wondering to quit blogging because every now and then I have some issues, whether it's the lack of free time, bad light/weather or some maintenance issues. So until I solve at least one of those problems, I'll focus on my Youtube channel. Of course, blogging is one of my dearest hobbies and I certainly wouldn't like to quit it permanently, I just feel too tired to deal with it at the moment. 

Zdravo svima. Znam da sam u poslednje vreme retko postovala ovde, ali to nije zbog mene, nije u pitanju lenjost niti bilo šta slično. Poslednjih dana mi je monitor bio u kvaru, tako da nisam bila u mogućnosti da pišem ili editujem bilo šta jer sve te stvari obavljam na kompjuteru. Čak sam se zapitala zašto lepo ne ugasim blog jer me svaki čas snađu neke teškoće - ili je ružno vreme, brzo se smrkne pa nemam vremena za slikanje, laptop je pokvaren, o foto-aparatu bolje da i ne počinjem... Lako bi bilo da je bar jedna od okolnosti na mojoj strani, a ja niti trenutno imam dobar aparat pri sebi, niti dobrog fotografa, niti ima ko da mi čuva dete dok ja posećujem zanimljiva mesta o kojima bih pisala, tako da mislim da je bolje da ne nastavljam dok se bar nešto ne promeni. Pretpostavljam da ću se narednih mesec-dva više posvetiti snimanju za Youtube. Naravno, blog mi je jedan od najdražih hobija i ne bih volela da ga se odreknem, ali sad se jednostavno osećam suviše umornom i, u izvesnom smislu, hendikepiranom, tako da ne mogu da mu se posvetim u onoj meri u kojoj bih želela. Pretpostavljam da ste svi u pretprazničnoj groznici i uživate u kićenju jelke i kupovini poklona za drage osobe (i ja takođe), tako da vas pozdravljam i želim srećne praznike ako se ne čujemo do tada :-) 

02.12.2015.

Wednesday



My camera is still at the service center (for God's sake, how long will it take? hey, this rhymes) so I have no motivation to take any pics for my blog. Besides that, it gets dark too soon - that's one thing I hate about winter. Today was pretty sunny so we spent some time outside and also went to buy our new Christmas tree because we couldn't find the old one. If it pops out suddenly, then we will have two of those but who cares, the more the merrier, isn't that right? I have to go to my pilates class soon so I have to leave you now with these spectacular pics made with my cell phone (crying inside but then I remembered how cool my T-shirt is so I instantly feel much better).

Foto-aparat mi je i dalje u servisu (čekaju neki deo koji nikako da im stigne, pobogu, dokle više?), tako da nisam motivisana da išta fotografišem za blog. Pored toga, jako brzo se smrkne i nestane prirodnog svetla - to je jedna od stvari koje mrzim kod zime. Danas smo iskoristili sunčano vreme da uživamo napolju i posle otišli u kupovinu nove božićne jelke, pošto staru ne možemo da pronađemo. Ako iskrsne odnekud, nema veze, dve jelke su bolje od jedne, zar ne :-) Moram da se spremam za pilates tako da vas sad ostavljam sa svojim spektakularnim fotografijama napravljenim mobilnim telefonom (i dalje plačem u sebi, a onda se setim kako mi je kul ova majica sa mačkom i odmah mi je bolje).





26.11.2015.

Instagram tag



Hey guys, even if I don't post regularly I'm pretty active on Instagram, so I thought it might be funny to do this tag. I googled these 14 questions so let's start: 

Ćao svima, danas sam uradila ovaj Instagram tag jer je to društvena mreža koju najčešće koristim. Našla sam 14 pitanja na netu, pa da krenemo: 


1. What's your Instagram name?





2) When did you get your Instagram?

Quite late I think. Fall 2014, so it's been a bit more than a year since I got it. 

Kasnije nego većina, čini mi se. Na jesen 2014, dakle, ima malo više od godinu dana.


3) How often do you post pics?

About once a day. I never post more than 2 pics in a day because I think it would be too much. I don't follow accounts that post too often. 

U proseku jednom dnevno. Mislim da je sve preko 2 puta dnevno previše i ne pratim naloge koji suviše često postuju, naporno mi je to. 

4) What is your worst picture on Instagram?

I really like all my pics but if I have to choose, than it would be this one because it's too blurry. It's ''Moscow'' hotel in my hometown.

Volim sve svoje slike, ali ako već moram da biram, onda neka bude ova slika hotela Moskva jer je previše mutna i pri tom provučena kroz neki glup filter. 


5) Which picture has had the most likes?

I'm not sure and I'm too lazy to check all of them but I think this one is amongst those who had the most likes. It's me and my baby boy on Belgrade Book Fair in October 2015.

Ne znam, a nemam strpljenja da proveravam, tako da ću okačiti ovu koja spada u te koje imaju najviše lajkova, ne znam da li baš ova ima najviše. Tu smo moj sin i ja na beogradskom sajmu knjiga prošlog meseca. 



6) Why did you join Instagram?

Because I love beautiful photos. I enjoy looking pretty pics and posting them as well. 

Otvorila sam profil jer mnogo volim lepe slike. Podjednako uživam u gledanju tuđih i kačenju svojih. 

7) How does your profile picture look like?
It's the same one I chose for my blog. Me sitting on a pier by the sea. I plan to change it someday but not yet.

Profilna slika mi je ista kao ovde na blogu, ona gde sedim na molu, na moru. Promeniću je jednog dana, ali još uvek ne.

8) What type of accounts do you follow?
Book accounts - I was amazed when I realized there are so many booklovers online, how cool is that? I also love to see some landscape shots, architecture, cutensils, cute animals, basically everything that makes our life prettier. 

Pratim ljude koji objavljuju slike knjiga i biblioteka. Bila sam zaista prijatno iznenađena videvši koliko ljubitelja knjiga ima na Instagramu. Takođe volim i fotografije pejzaža, zgrada, biljaka i životinja, zapravo, svih onih sitnica koje čine život lepšim.

9) Is your Instagram private or public?

Public. I'm never gonna get (nor follow) those people who set their profile on private and then ask others to follow them, what's the point? On the other hand, if you want to let only your friends and family too see your pics and not everyone on the Internet, that's completely ok and I understand that.

Moj profil je javni. Ne razumem (i ne pratim) ljude koji imaju privatan profil, a pri tom smaraju ljude da ih prate i lajkuju im slike, ne vidim u čemu je poenta. S druge strane, ukoliko neko želi da samo njegovi prijatelji i porodica mogu da gledaju njegove slike, a ne nepoznati ljudi širom Interneta, to mi je potpuno razumljivo i podržavam. 

10) Your favourite Instagram pictures

I love all my Instagram pics, but I chose some of them to show you.

Volim sve svoje slike, ali evo izdvojila sam nekoliko:




11) What was the first picture you posted?

Me and my puppy Ema. This was actually a pic from my computer that I transferred to my phone and than published it. 

Na prvoj slici koju sam objavila smo Ema i ja. Nju sam zapravo prebacila s kompjutera na telefon i onda je objavila. 




12) What is the last picture you posted?

For the moment, this one with these 2 nail polishes. 

Poslednja slika koju sam okačila je ova sa lakovima za nokte.



13) What type of pictured do you post?

Check number 8 :-) 

Pogledati pitanje br. 8 :-)

14) Name one brand/celebrity that you follow

I've just realized I follow only two of that kind: @korresofficial @antoniobanderasofficial
but I'm gonna make it up to you and give you a 



BONUS LIST


Some of accounts I'm following, feel free to check them out:

@hellas_country_of_dreams (beautiful pictures of Greece)
@protic_p  (pictures of old Belgrade)
 @limkina (aquarelle drawings)
@marina_marry (lifestyle blogger)
@oddvar_arnesen  (Norwegian landscape)
@fotopolly (a photograph girl form Barcelona)
@the_lazy_bibliophile (book account)
@kradljivica_knjiga (book account)
@camilla_reads (book account)
@linda_lomelino (food)

22.11.2015.

One classic autumnal


Weekend is almost gone and I left my house (I took Ema for a walk a couple of times and attended my zumba class on Saturday night); it was really rainy and windy so I didn't feel like doing anything except to stay at home watching TV, finishing a book and drinking liters of tea. Guess this would be my last no-coat outfit for this year :-) Hope you enjoyed your weekend, see you soon. 

Vikend je gotovo završen, a ja jedva da sam napustila kuću (izvela sam Emu u šetnju par puta i otišla na zumbu sinoć, to je sve); bilo je baš kišovito i vetrovito, tako da mi se ništa nije radilo sem gledanja televizije, čitanja i ispijanja litara čaja. Zima je stigla, pa pretpostavljam da mi je ovo poslednji autfit bez kaputa :-) Nadam se da ste uživali u vikendu, vidimo se uskoro opet. 

17.11.2015.

Mattraction

Lovely weather, isn't it? Well at least it is here by the sea where I live for the moment, it really feels like spring. Sweet, sweet November. It was warm so this blazer wasn't really a must, but I wanted to add some extra layer, thought it would be more interesting, even if it's just simple beige blazer with striped lining and 'golden' buttons. I put my new lipstick on to add a bit of colour - it's called Mattraction from Catrice. 
 Are you guys tired of my dog already? I guess I'm not haha. She was pretty good today while I was filming my new Youtube video, she certainly deserved a nice long walk outside. 

Ovde na moru je tako lepo vreme, čini se kao da je proleće. Blejzer mi zapravo nije ni bio neophodan, ali sam mislila da će biti malo zanimljivije ukoliko dodam još jedan sloj preko, pa makar to bio i ovaj prilično jednostavan bež sako sa prugastom postavom i dugmadima u boji zlata. Dodala sam malo boje uz pomoć novog ruža za usne, zove se Mattraction.
Jeste li se već umorili od mog psa? Pretpostavljam da ja nisam :-) Bila je dobra danas dok sam snimala novi Youtube video (o knjigama), tako da sam je izvela u lepu, dugačku šetnju. Sad treba da ugrabim malo vremena da editujem (tj. skratim) novi video, pa se nadam da će sutra-prekosutra biti na mom kanalu. Čitamo se uskoro. 


14.11.2015.

Behind the scenes


Hello! For today I prepared this a bit unusual recap post that consists of my unpublished photos. While I haven't published them till now, you'll realize in a second I bet :-) Anyway, we all have some stupid pics that don't come up as we expected them to, so here are some of mine that didn't make it to get into my blog. I thought this might be funny for you to see and maybe remind you of your own photos that make you blush when you think of them. Enjoy.

Ćao! Za danas sam spremila jednu malo neuobičajenu rekapitulaciju, koja se sastoji od mojih neuspelih slika. Nisam ih dosad objavljivala zbog... pa, videćete već i sami :-) Svi mi imamo neke blesave fotografije na kojima ispadnemo kako ne bismo želeli i, s vremena na vreme, kad ih se prisetimo, pocrvenimo. Ja volim da se našalim na svoj račun, tako da sam odlučila da objavim neke od njih. Uživajte. 

09.11.2015.

Casual mom


Hello! One super comfy no brainer outfit for today. Actually, I wore this on Saturday; it was such a lovely, sunny day. We bought very first pair of shoes for our baby (he doesn't walk yet but he needs to stay warm and stylish in winter), I was so excited I had to buy a beer a make some kind of  toast :-) 

Ćao! Danas je na redu jedna opuštena kombinacija za porodičnu šetnju. U subotu smo išli da kupimo našem dečaku njegove prve patikice (još uvek ne hoda, ali mu je potrebna obuća da mu zimi bude toplo, a i lepše izgleda :-)). Bila sam baš nekako uzbuđena zbog toga pa sam usput popila i pivo da proslavim. 

07.11.2015.

Sunset


Hi everyone! Yesterday I didn't make it in time to take some proper shots because the sun just came down when I arrived to the coast, yet I hope you'll enjoy the landscape! I don't know if I told you that I live in Montenegro now because my husband's work is here, but of course I'll have to visit my hometown now and then; my family and all of my friend are there, after all. The weather seems promising this weekend, I can't wait to go outside and enjoy the sun. Have a great weekend you all                                                                              Alex :-*

Zdravo svima. Juče nisam uspela da stignem na vreme da se uslikam kako treba - sunce je zašlo baš kad sam ja stigla do obale, ali se nadam da ćete svejedno moći da uživate u pejzažu. Sada živim u Crnoj Gori; vreme danas deluje vrlo obećavajuće, tako da jedva čekam da izađem napolje i uživam u suncu. Želim vam divan vikend :-*


02.11.2015.

October favourites/ Start(ed) talking


Zdravo svima! Za danas sam vam spremila nešto drugačije od onog na šta ste navikli. Naime, slika je dobila i ton. Odlučila sam da otvorim kanal na koji ću kačiti svoje snimke s vremena na vreme da ne bih zatrpavala blog favoritima i potrošenim proizvodima. Neko vreme sam se dvoumila da li da započnem taj vid komunikacije, ali je prelomilo to što mi je foto-aparat i dalje na popravci pa nisam u mogućnosti da vam pružim iole kvalitetne fotografije, a kamera me još uvek dobro služi; takođe me već neko vreme drži prehlada, pa nemam volje da idem napolje i slikam se kad je mnogo lakše ostati kod kuće i snimiti video. Tako sam bar mislila dok nisam počela sa snimanjem - vrlo je čudno pričati sam sa sobom i nimalo lako kao što izgleda. Ni ovim videom nisam u potpunosti zadovoljna, ali mislim da nikad ništa ne bih ni postovala na blogu da sam čekala da zadovoljim 100% svojih (nemogućih) standarda, tako da se nadam da nećete biti previše strogi. 

Odlučila sam da snimam na srpskom jeziku jer i sama gledam isključivo takve snimke. Dovoljno mi je što gledam TV na engleskom i slušam njihovu muziku, tako da ne želim dodatno da se opterećujem već više da upoznam devojke s naših prostora koje pričaju o stvarima koje su nam svima dostupne.

Samo još da napomenem da ću i dalje nastaviti sa ovim blogom, dakle Youtube će biti dopuna, a ne zamena blogu. Sva pitanja i komentare, ukoliko ih imate, možete ostavljati ovde, na mojoj FB stranici ili pisati na e-mail booksandliliesblog@gmail.com

p.s. počela sam pre desetak dana da nosim fiksnu protezu jer mi se jedan zub opasno nakrivio, ali dosad sam se gotovo navikla pa ne pričam toliko čudno :-) 

23.10.2015.

Autumn update


Hello guys! No time to write much (again, I know), just wanted to show you my new hair. Remember how I asked youif I should shorten it a bit more than I usually do? Well, here it is :-) What do you think?

Opet se na brzinu javljam (znam, užasna sam), ovog puta sam htela da vam pokažem svoju novu frizuru (ako se može nazvati frizurom haha). Sećate se da sam se premišljala da li da se ošišam malo više nego što inače činim, pa sam i vas pitala za savet. Pa, eto me, šta mislite :-)

18.10.2015.

Downtown

Husband and I went to lunch two days ago (it was an ethnic restaurant, nothing fancy). Since we got our darling baby we don't have much time just for ourselves yet we try to find it from time to time so we don't forget who we are as a couple :-) I love autumn (well, except when it's really windy, then I have to squeeze my hat to keep it on top of my head lol) After lunch, we had to look for a camera maintenance service because our camera is broken for a while now and we no one seems to know what's the problem with it. And after that task I went to the dentist's so it was a really busy afternoon. Hope you'll like my comfortable outfit, sparklysweater and my new jeans. 

Suprug i ja smo pre dva dana išli na ručak; otkad smo dobili dete, nemamo mnogo vremena samo za nas, ali se trudimo da ga nađemo s vremena na vreme i podsetimo se ko smo kao par :-) Ipak, nismo imali mnogo vremena za uživanciju i ćaskanje jer smo morali da potražimo servis za ppravku foto-aparata (u blizini su i nastale ove slike), a potom i da svratim kod zubara, pre nego što kući opet preuzmem brigu o bebi, tako da je to bilo prilično užurbano popodne. Volim jesen, sem kada je mnogo vetrovito i kad moram da pridržavam šešir da mi ne odleti s glave, haha. Obukla sam svetlucavi džemper i nove, udobne farmerke (ipak sam ih našla, jee, sad ih ne skidam do 2017).