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Saturday, December 31, 2022

New Year wishes

December 31, 2022 0 Comments

Hello everyone!

It's almost midnight; I'm spending the last minutes of 2022 at home, writing this post with Rascal (my 4-year-old Maltipoo) sleeping by my side. 2023 is almost here! Every year has its ups and downs, and each one shapes who we are today, and who we will be in the future. 

Happy New Year

With the new year on the horizon, I wish to embrace it with an open heart and go forward with faith, hope, and courage. As we look forward to 2023 with renewed optimism, I wish you and your family the best in the coming year. I can’t wait to see how this blog and my YouTube channels will grow in the new year. Thank you all for your support!



Talk to you next year!


Sunday, December 18, 2022

Weekly recap 12 - 18 December

December 18, 2022 1 Comments

 Hello everyone, happy Sunday!

Christmas day is only one week away. Have you finished your holiday shopping? I haven't... I need to get busy and finish that shopping ASAP!

As I do every Sunday, in today's post, I will recap the content I published during the week. This week I published three blog posts and a YouTube video

On Monday, I wrote a post about sustainability and how to have a more sustainable Holiday season. Then, on Thursday, I shared some curly girl gift ideas, perfect to buy for yourself or to give to your curly-haired friend or family member. And last but certainly not least, on Saturday, I published another true crime blog post and YouTube video titled "Murder on Christmas Eve".


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How to have a sustainable Christmas

Curly hair gift ideas for Christmas

True Crime Tales with Cosette | Murder on Christmas Eve


Murder on Christmas Eve (Grezz Attard)

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Saturday, December 17, 2022

True Crime Tales with Cosette | Murder on Christmas Eve

December 17, 2022 0 Comments

 Hello everyone!

Today I will look at another true crime tale from Malta. So sit back as I recount the story of an elderly woman who was brutally murdered on Christmas Eve.

The murder shocked the country, not only because the victim was an elderly woman, but because the killer had chosen Christmas Eve to commit this heinous crime. The crime was committed on the 24th of December, 1928, in the house of Grezz Attard, an elderly woman who lived alone in Triq San Mikiel, in Cospicua.

photo of a Christmas tree in the late 1920s
A photo of a Christmas tree in the late 1920s (source)

The victim was a wealthy woman, and the locals knew this about her. For this reason, the woman did not allow anyone to enter her home, except for some women to pray the rosary with her. Ġużeppi Zarb, Grezz's nephew, who had a bar in Valletta, also used to visit the house. It was Ġużeppi who was seen entering the house last on the day of the crime at around 3.30 p.m.

Every day, a few women used to go to Grezz's to pray the rosary with her. That afternoon one of the neighbours went to Grezz's house, but since it was very stormy, the woman returned home earlier than usual and left Grezz alone. This was before Grezz had a visit from her nephew, Ġużeppi Zarb.

Grezz's body was found on Christmas Day, around 10.00 a.m., when Gużeppi Zarb's son, Fredu, went to the house with some food. The boy went inside the house and found Grezz lying on the floor next to the bed with blood all over her face. The police were therefore called while the victim was taken to hospital. From the autopsy that was done, it turned out that the woman died from shock, and she also had five broken ribs.

From the first police investigation, it became known that some neighbours had seen Gużeppi Zarb entering his aunt's home and therefore, the police questioned him. In the meantime, the police learned that the victim had lent some money to Zarb. Some said that on the day of the crime, Grezz had refused to give more money to the nephew. Therefore the police concluded that this was a sufficient motive for Zarb to kill his aunt.

Although the police did not have any direct evidence to charge Zarb, he was still accused of this crime. In fact, even the compilation of witnesses had begun. Meanwhile, during this time, Ġużeppi Zarb was kept under preventive arrest in Corradino prison. During the hearing of the witnesses, more became known about the murder. A witness told the police that sometime after Ġużeppi Zarb entered the victim's home, another man was seen entering. But this important witness did not speak immediately even though she knew that Zarb was being held in custody after being accused of this murder.

Fortunately, this woman went to seek advice from her confessor, and he told her to tell the police everything. Vincenza Attard, this important witness, after going to the police; said that she had seen Giannicol Degiorgio entering Grezz Attard's house after the victim's nephew had left that house.

With this new evidence, while Degiorgio was arrested and interrogated, the police made a request to the magistrate to release Ġużeppi Zarb, who had been held for twenty-eight days under arrest, by order of the Court.

After Degiorgio's arrest, the police started looking into his past. It became known that he was a gambler and had long been planning to rob the victim's home. In fact, four months before this crime Degiorgio had sent his son to enter this woman's house. When the boy was discovered by Grezz, he could not explain his presence in her house. 

In addition to this, it was also known that sometime before the crime, Degiorgio was seen dressed as a woman near Grezz's house. When asked by the police what he was doing there wearing those clothes, Degiorgio replied that he was watching over his daughter because he didn't want her in the company of a young man he didn't like. Other evidence that incriminated

Degiorgio was the fact that he once asked the victim to go down to her basement because he said that he had dropped some spinning tops that passed through the iron grill in front of her front door. It is also worth noting that Degiorgio's nickname was "Ta' Cippitatu" which means Spinning Top's in Maltese.

With this new evidence the police accused Degiorgio and on 28 March 1930, his trial began. As a defender, he had Lawyer William Harding. It can be said that it was the clever defence of this lawyer that saved Degiorgio from the gallows. Harding managed to raise doubts among the jurors about the guilt of the accused. In fact, they came out with a verdict of guilty, 7 against 2. This means that the death penalty could not be given, so Degiorgio was sentenced to life in prison. This sentence was reduced to 16 years on the 18th of August, 1932, and was reduced even further in the following years. Degiorgio was released on the 31st of January, 1943, after only 13 years in prison. 

Do you think justice was served in this case? Leave a comment and let me know.

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Thursday, December 15, 2022

Curly hair gift ideas for Christmas

December 15, 2022 2 Comments

 Hello everyone!

Christmas is almost here, and if you’re stuck for curly hair gift ideas, I’ve got the gift guide for you. In this list, I included various useful items which vary in price. Whether you’re looking for gift ideas for yourself or trying to decide what to buy your curly-haired friend or family member, this guide is filled with ideas. 

Here are my choice of curly hair gift ideas:

woman with curly hair wearing a Santa hat with gift in her hands.

Curly hair accessories

  • Satin scrunchies 
  • Satin-lined beanie hat

Satin accessories are great curly hair gift ideas; not only do they look super cute, but they also help keep curls frizz-free.

  • Headbands
  • Claw Clips

Headbands and claw clips are back in style, and most of all, they are curly-hair-friendly. You can also find satin-lined headbands.

Scalp massager/Shampoo brush

A silicone scalp massager can be used when cleansing the scalp to give a really deep cleanse. Anyone can use a shampoo brush, but it is ideal for those who co-wash or struggle with buildup.

Spray bottle

Every curly girl needs a spray bottle! For less frizz and more definition, wet styling is the best option. If you’re going to purchase a spray bottle, I recommend opting for a continuous mist bottle because they are gentler on the wrist and on your curls. Unlike a regular spray bottle, a continuous spray bottle delivers a burst of mist that lasts 3-5 seconds per press. A continuous spray can be given by pressing the trigger constantly.

Curl microfiber towel

If you know curly hair, you probably know that a regular cotton terry towel causes frizz, strips moisture, and roughens the hair cuticles. While people with curly hair can use a cotton t-shirt to dry their hair, a curl towel or towel wrap makes a lovely gift.

Detangling/Styling brush

For those with tangle-prone hair, a detangling brush makes a great gift. I love using a Tangle Teezer for both detangling and brush styling. I recommend the Naturally Curly brush.

Styling-wise, the Denman brush is a cult favourite in the curly hair community, so it’ll make a great gift. I recommend the medium classic styling brush with 7 rows of nylon pins, the D3.

Satin pillowcase and/or satin bonnet

Satin help protects curls overnight. It helps keep curls moisturised, and because hair glides across the fabric, it can drastically reduce frizz. Modern satin is mostly vegan, as it is created from synthetic fabrics, however, some manufacturers might occasionally use silk. Keep in mind that silk is not vegan!

person wrapping Christmas gift

Hair dryer diffuser

Diffusers are a curly hair staple, especially in the cold winter months. There are hundreds to choose from; If you are shopping for someone with thick and/or long hair, I recommend picking a diffuser with a large head, as this will reduce the drying time.

And last but not least, a gift idea for the curly who has everything!

Curly haircut voucher

What do we buy the person who has everything? A voucher, of course! Curly haircuts can be pricey, but luckily, most hair salons offer gift vouchers. This makes an ideal gift for that special someone in your life.

So, that’s my guide to the best curly hair gifts; I hope you like them. Happy shopping...

Talk to you soon!


Monday, December 12, 2022

How to have a sustainable Christmas

December 12, 2022 1 Comments
Hello everyone!

Today, I will tell you how to have a more sustainable Christmas and Holiday season. Though the Holidays are a time for family, cheer, love, and sharing, they can also gather a fair share of waste. So, this festive season, let’s all aim to celebrate in a way that stomps a little less on the planet! During this season, you may wonder how to be more eco-friendly and still be able to enjoy your favourite traditions. But do not worry! You can make plenty of wonderful sustainable Christmas memories and have a lower environmental impact.

From DIY wrapping paper to LED Christmas lights, I’ve gathered some of my favourite eco-friendly holiday tips. Hopefully, you will stress less about your Christmas carbon footprint and focus on the more important things!


Making a gift by yourself is better than buying one. Putting in your heart and effort means a lot. Try making a DIY sugar scrub, a Christmas card, knitting something, etc. Handmade items make the best gifts. Or you can provide an experience, look for second-hand books or bake something instead of buying a box of chocolates! 


Wrapping paper is often dyed, laminated and/or contains non-paper additives such as gold and silver coloured shapes, glitter, plastics and so on, which cannot be recycled. Use brown paper or old newspaper instead of wrapping paper. Even though it creates a carbon footprint (cutting trees), it can be recycled and is biodegradable. Reusable gift bags and gift boxes are also good options. In Japan, they use a cloth (furoshiki) to wrap gifts. We should take an example for them and learn to do furoshiki.

Christmas tree and cloth wrapped present

Buy local 

Support small businesses in any way you can! We all know that small businesses were the most affected by the pandemic.

Go thrifting

By thrifting, you are helping reduce clothes and items going into landfills and reducing the carbon footprint. 

Bows and ribbons

Just like metallic and glittery wrapping paper can’t be recycled, so can’t bows and ribbons! But if you’d still like to top your gift up with a bow, try making your own out of old materials or buy reusable options!

Christmas Tree

Here in Malta, a real tree for Christmas isn’t a viable option, but if you’re on the hunt for a new fake tree, look for a sustainable option that will last at least a decade or try decorating a house plant instead. And don’t forget to look for eco-friendly decorations too!


There are so many objects that you can upcycle. We all know Pinterest has a lot of upcycling and repurposing Christmas project ideas. I'm sure you'll find some you love.


Christmas is the perfect time to light up your home, so it feels more cosy and charming. To make your Holidays more environmentally friendly, consider using LED bulbs and fairy lights. An LED bulb consumes 10 times less electricity than an incandescent bulb and six to eight times less than halogen bulbs. The best thing about them is, they last longer too!


It’s no secret that a lot of food is wasted and thrown away during the festivities. Store your leftovers safely and find recipes online to avoid food wastage. Compost your food scraps instead of simply throwing them out.

Opt for e-cards this year. As there is no paper thrown away, there is no need to worry about recycling or causing damage to the environment in any way.

I hope you are all having a wonderful time.

Talk to you soon!