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Interviewing Claudia Faniello

I just parked my car opposite Costa Coffee in Balzan feeling nervous and excited all at the same time. Why all the fuss you ask? Well, in a few minutes I am to interview Claudia Faniello, a very well established name in the local music scene. One last look in my car's mirror and I'm out, walking towards the coffee shop. This was me last Wednesday afternoon.

I first met Gaetano, the designer in charge of Claudia's look for this year's Malta Eurovision Song Contest final which will be held on the 18th of February to choose the winner to represent Malta in the 62nd edition of the Eurovision Song Contest which will take place in Ukraine.


Gaetano is fast establishing himself as a household name when it comes to elegant dresses for women thanks to the 2015 edition of the Mercedes-Benz Malta Fashion Week and Awards which served as a springboard for him to launch his collections publicly. It was quite a chilly day so we ordered a cappuccino straight away to warm us up and for me to relax before Claudia shows up.

Designer Gaetano Busuttil and Claudia Faniello

A few minutes later, the singer waves at us from across the road and I immediately feel much more at ease once she greets us with her contagious smile. Turns out she is very down-to-earth, jolly individual and a pleasure to talk to! In fact, our interview quickly took the form of a chat between friends rather than an interview. We basically talked fashion and music of course as well as other random subjects as you do when you get to interview a very famous face in the local scene.

To start off with, I asked Claudia about her experience in the Malta Eurovision Song Contest and while she says it is time consuming, it gives her great pleasure in participating in such an event and this is her 9th year with the 10th song. This year, she is presenting a ballad entitled Breathlessly and she says ballads are her favourites when it comes to competitions as her singing abilities can really shine through - and I couldn't agree more!


Moving on to fashion, I was surprised to learn that shopping is not something Claudia enjoys doing yet she knows what she's comfortable in and her style changes from day to day depending on her mood. Skirts are her favourites as opposed to trousers for example. Claudia admits she is open to new ideas in terms of fashion and even though sometimes it may take quite a few tries for her to accept a new proposal, she usually complies. She immediately mentions fish-tail dresses as a case in point and Gaetano chimes in saying how much he likes such dresses and how it took him a little bit more effort to convince Claudia to wear one. Well, she succumbed to the charm of fish-tails and this is the result...

Claudia wearing one of Geatano's creations

...doesn't she look ravishing! 

When it comes to trends, Claudia isn't one to 'fall into the trap' as she prefers to sticking to what she knows will suit her physique and style and she doesn't really commit to one trend or another. Turning back to music, however, her idol is Madonna but not necessarily in a musical way - more in an artistic way.




Wearing more of Gaetano's creations on various occasions. The last one has to be my absolute favourite!

I wish Claudia the best of luck with her MESC entry and I am sure Gaetano will have her dressed to the nines in one of his exclusive, fabulous creations. Speaking of which, you can participate in a competition on Gaetano's Facebook page by guessing the colour of the dress Claudia is to wear on the finals' night!

Follow Claudia's journey on her Facebook page and be sure to vote for her entry on the 18th of February!

What I got for Christmas & Munich Haul

I haven't done a haul post in a while but Christmas gifts and the things I bought in Munich provided the perfect excuse for me to finally sit down type such a post and of course take lots of pictures to show you the items in the best way I can :)

Starting with Christmas gifts, I got some of the best gifts this year, most of which had been on my wish-list for quite some time. Here I will be showing you the fashion and beauty related gifts as I don't think it's any use to show vouchers and such.

Going from left to right, first is the Tommy x Gigi small felt pouch in navy and white which my boyfriend got me :) This has been on my wish-list as soon as it was released and he had already bought it for me for Christmas. It also features a grey felt anchor and a navy pompom and of course the Tommy x Gigi logo in gold metal. The chain strap and hardware are also in gold. My brother also gifted me with a very chic clutch bag from Accessorize which features embellishments, embroidery and a satin lining on the inside. You will soon be seeing more pictures of these beauties in outfit posts I have planned.


My parents were kind enough to buy me a pair of new Dolce & Gabbana spectacles from Optika as I needed a new, stylish pair. You have already seen them multiple times of course. and I have gotten many compliments on them from friends, family and even people on the street.

Lastly, a pair of double stud of earrings from I AM thanks to my boyfriend who had to gift me a secret santa gift :P Here's the story behind all this...every Christmas, my boyfriend's family have this little secret santa 'do where each one of us gets the name of the relative they have to buy a gift to (the usual way this works). Anyhow, the names are drawn by an outsider (a colleague of his cousin) so they really don't know anything about relations or so and as luck would have it, my boyfriend had my name drawn :P Luckily for me, he remembered I had shown him these earrings and he got them for me like the fabulous boyfriend he is :)

Now, I shall move on to the things I got from Munich, starting with clothing. One of the first shops I look for when I am abroad is H&M just because we still don't have any of their stores open here in Malta. I was mostly interested in the beauty section (I shall show you what I got from there later) but of course, I did have a quick browse in the clothes' department. I bought mostly tops as it was too stressful to keep removing layers and layers of clothing just to try on the new stuff. Left to right, a basic green short sleeve top, black lace top (came with a black silk cami), grey merino wool mix sweater, ruffle printed blouse. I also got a pair of leggings to use during my pilates classes.


Next up is Zara, from where I picked up this super comfy pair of flat Chelsea boots, this green roll-neck knit and this printed pair of trousers. Lastly, for clothing, I have this Tommy Hilfiger blouse which my boyfriend bought me as a vacation gift. I just can't wait till summer to wear it!


Of course, I couldn't resist getting a few accessories seeing that most of the shops were already at 50% sale. I got the biggest scarf of all from H&M and the best thing is it was only €3! I love the colours and prints on this one - of course expect to see it soon in an outfit post ;) I also got some hair ties. From Mango I got this set of silver and marble bangles and from Accessorize, I got this gold clutch bag which will definitely come in handy when wedding season hits. Another one of my favourite stores abroad is & Other Stories. While I love their style, most of their designs fit me too big but their accessories section is to die for. I picked up this little pochette which I can see myself wearing with so many different things!


Finally, the makeup and beauty items! As I told you before, I really wanted to go to H&M for their beauty section. I had first tried their products earlier last year when I visited Barcelona and I found them to be of very good quality so I quickly compiled a list of the things I wanted to get. H&M nail polishes are some of my favourites around. This time I picked up Olive Grove, Rock Oyster, Tender Greige and Prismatic. Next I got two blushes - Cameo Brown (cream) and Cameo Pink (powder). I also got an Overnight Lip Rescue and a Clean Canvas Lip Scrub which smells absolutely delicious! I was really curious to try the Glitter Glue and the Do-It-All BB Cream Leave-In Hair Perfector so I got those too as well as this travel sized brush and some makeup sponges.




Lastly, I have two products which I picked up from KIKO - Glossy Dream Sheer Lipstick 206 and the Unlimited Double Touch Lipstick in the shade 119. I'm really curious to give these a go and see how well they last of course.


I really enjoyed shopping in Munich especially with the really good sales they have going on at the moment but I am really looking forward to visiting Milan in two weeks from where I hope to bring my first pair of designer shoes home :)

Which were your favourite items?

Good Friday & Easter Processions in Malta

Malta and it's Catholic ties are unarguably the reason for plenty a beautiful churches and places of worship scattered all around the Maltese archipelago. Further affirming our roots, are the religious celebrations which reach a peak during the summer season when every week is brimming with festas of respective patron saints of different localities on the islands.

In winter, you can still experience the spirit of religious celebrations in Malta and Gozo through Good Friday and Easter activities which go on all throughout the Holy Week (this year it will be between the 9th and 16th of April) . Now is the time to book your flights with Air Malta to experience it all yourselves.

Good Friday processions in Malta & Gozo go back to the time of the Knights of St. John (1530 - 1798) with Rabat boasting the first ever procession. Some of the oldest are perhaps the ones taking place in Valletta, our capital city and the Three Cities (Bormla, Birgu, Isla) as well as those of Zebbug, Qormi, and Zejtun, with each of them having it's own characteristics. For example, the Birgu (Vittoriosa) procession, features statues clothed in real velvet robes, while the ones in Zebbug and Qormi are the mostly know for their opulent horse-drawn chariots. In all, 13 villages in Malta and 5 in Gozo organize Good Friday processions.

Image from Father Julian's Blog

Each village has it's own set of statues representing different aspects of the passion of Christ; but apart from statues which are carried on the shoulders of volunteers, the processions are also characterized by the people who dress up to represent the most important people in the Bible leading up to the crucifixion and resurrection of Christ from the dead - Roman soldiers, Biblical characters, Jewish priests, Jews, etc. Locals and tourists alike line the village streets from late in the afternoon to see the processions accompanied by bands playing funeral marches so do hurry up to reach the best places.

 Image from Excelsior Hotel Blog

Of course, another popular tradition is that of the sebgha vizti (Seven Churches' Visitation) which usually happens on Maundy Thursday and people, mostly locals, visit 7 different churches to pray and at the same time admire the statues at the said churches and visit a few Good Friday exhibitions along the way.

Cospicua Last Supper Exhibition 

One thing you can't miss is the Last Supper Exhibition at the Domus Piju IX in Cospicua (Bormla). Many villages now do the same thing but nothing really beats the original. This exhibition boasts the best designs depicting episodes from the passion of the Christ all entirely executed with salt, rice or pasta around a Last Supper themed set-up. Whilst here, you can also see a model representation of the Golgotha.

Easter is the biggest feast in Catholicism so of course, you can expect the celebrations to be somewhat of a great deal. Similarly to Good Friday, the statue of the Risen Christ is carried around the village streets in a more festive mood on Easter morning where children get their Easter eggs 'blessed' by the parish priest and the men carrying the statue of the Risen Christ run with the statue several times along different streets to symbolize the triumph of Christ over death and evil. Again, the best demonstration of this is probably the one in Cospicua.

Cospicua Easter Procession - Image from Times of Malta

Lastly, I cannot conclude this post without mentioning some of the most popular foods (which the Maltese thoroughly enjoy) associated with these times. You can find Kwarezimal (almond and honey biscuits), Karamelli tal-Harrub (sticky sweets made out of carob syrup), Figolli (iced almond Easter cakes), Qaghaqa ta' l-Appostli (bread rings with almonds) at every corner during times so obviously, you have no excuse - you just have to try them!


Top L to R: Figolla, Kwarezimal
Bottom: Qaghaq ta' l-Appostli



Review | Pupa Milano Contouring & Strobing Powder Palette

Pupa Milano have just launched their own line of Contouring & Strobing Powder Palettes. All makeup junkies know about these two techniques that are meant to structure the face and further enhance our best features according to our face shape.


I had the chance to test this new palette for a good few weeks and now I am here to share my thoughts with you all. First of all, a word about the packaging. I have yet to find a Pupa Milano product for which I have something negative to say about the packaging. I think we all agree that this palette looks very sleek, stylish and elegant with black and silver casing. It is slim enough to carry around and yet it contains everything you need to achieve the perfect #READY4SELFIE look. In fact, I took this with me on my recent travels. The palettes comes in three different shades to suit every skin tone. The one I have is 002 Medium Skin.


Inside the palette, there is a highlight shade, a light contour shade, a medium contour shade and a dark contour shade as well as a nice-sized mirror. If you're unsure how to use the palette, Pupa has that covered too for there is a pictorial right at the back of the outer box which guides you to contour and strobe according to your face shape!

I find that all four shades in the palette, are very pigmented yet they are very easy to blend to achieve that flawless contoured look and highlight to slay all day ;) Here are swatches and a makeup look where I have used this palette.



The Pupa Milano Contouring & Strobing Palette really has everything you need and at €19.90 for four products, I think it's worth a try.

You can find Pupa Milano products at various pharmacies and authorized stockists around Malta & Gozo.

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The Best Of Me with CHIC Med-Aesthetic Clinics | Spider Veins Laser Treatment {Review & Third Treatment Session}

I hope the new year is all treating you well so far - mine has been very good till now as I started this new chapter in Munich. I see the first of January of every year as an opportunity to better myself, thus for one of the very first posts of 2017, I thought of updating you all with how my laser treatment of spider veins at CHIC Med-Aesthetic Clinics has ended.

I had my last review appointment a little more than 6 weeks after second laser treatment session. I am elated to say the least, that I can finally wear a skirt with confidence again! Yes, my unsightly spider vein is now almost completely gone and the treatment sessions have thus proved successful. Dr. Bonello suggested we treat what was left of what was possibly the origin of my spider vein just to eradicate the vein completely and only 18 pulses were needed to treat the area (bear in mind I started at 79 pulses).

First course of treatment

Now, at two weeks after treatment, all I have left is a small bruise without any redness or swelling whatsoever and that will highly likely be the last of my spider vein. Have a look at the results in these photos which I took every week to monitor progress.

Second course of treatment

Two weeks following last treatment session


You've seen the results for yourselves, now it's time to pick up the phone and call CHIC to book your appointment today! Thank you CHIC Med-Aesthetic Clinics for restoring my confidence!

You can view all the posts covering my journey by clicking the links below:


All opinions and experiences are my own and are in no way influenced by CHIC Med-Aesthetic Clinics.