Tuesday, 16 December 2014

And so another one will be leaving us soon..


Another year, another compound of memories and experiences. 
So many things happened this 2014, varying from degrees of challenges and  intensities.  


I believe in making them noticeable, and by that I probably mean readable. It is incredibly easy to forget what we have accomplished when we are down, even the little details that at some point really matter seem to scatter away when we need them most.

 And so, in order to learn something valuable or to be thankful for what we have received, I believe in having a "closure" for a new and brighter beginning.



This year I faced some fears (still some more to be tackled) and let me tell you something: It is not easy to even notice when you are being a victim of your own fears. So I started trying to figure out the reasons of my own "No ways" as  "Is there a genuine good reason not to be/ do/ go/ say something about X?" A lot of times it all went back to: "Well I genuinely thought/ was once told that..."  and the answer had no real foundation.

So I rethought them all over again and nothing is truer than this: parents and the immediate society play an incredibly important roll in a child's life. It sounds obvious, I know, but just like a baby learns his/ her mother tongue, he/ she also acquires a way of thinking and looking at the world. Now, learning a language is a serious and challenging task at times. Learning a new way to think and live is even harder because undeniably we are bound to be left with nothing but ourselves.


This past year I tried an experiment: I committed myself to say YES to whatever life brought.  There were many times I didn't want to engage but I stayed truthful to my word and... it really wasn't that bad. So it is true what they say: after all, if you do not try new methods, then how to expect interesting results? And like Emma Watson said on her gender equality speech. If not you... who? if not now... when?




What I take of
2014:


And never, ever mix them up. They are three very important points on a healthy balanced state of mind, body and soul. The perfect triangle. Keep things sacred and give them each the proper care.  Is probably one the most important lessons I am taking from 2014.



They certainly can't be bought. I know some of them are more than obvious. But particularly numbers: 4, 5 and 9 speak to my heart as often enough I am drowned by the feeling of not belonging and it breaks me. Don't they seem to you as they are almost non - existent?

I am learning acceptance, (not quite there yet..) inspired by a quote from Wes Anderson's Hotel Budapest film when Zero is asked to describe M. Gustave:



Bottom line:

Life is hard and there is no way around it. There are easier routes but they never really take you anywhere. E.g.: If you want to be fit, you have to put on the effort. The satisfaction of your results is only yours. The real change is the lesson. The quick fix is the fastest way back to the point of origin.

There is only one life, so it is our responsibility to live it fully and well. Stay true to yourself. Be genuine. Remain authentic. Accept your shortcomings and don't justify them. Embrace your mistakes, learn the lessons and move on. It is not about the fall, it is always about the way you recover from the fall. So do it gracefully.

Finally:  








Saturday, 29 November 2014

Inpiration Mood: Boho accessories for the home.

"La vie est faite de petits bonheurs" (life is made of little pleasures) and home is made of little details. I am loving the following boho - chic inspired accessories:


Inspired by...
www.bedroomboho.com
www.zarahome.com
www.decocasa.com.mx
www.venca.es
www.thecreativewe.com
www.bohocircus.com
www.domienova.com
www.sageandclareblog.com
www.enneiraincloud.com
www.housetohome.com
www.mrkate.com

Thursday, 13 November 2014

Stylish looks for Autumn.

Are you stylish at work?

Let me just start by saying that even if you work from home., I believe you always have to make an effort to look good (or else you may take the risk of becoming one of those who stay day and night on the same pair of comfy pajamas).

Having a certain etiquette or dress code helps us get in the mood for the day, prepares us mentally and builds our self - esteem and confidence. None the less, it can also make us feel really uncomfortable and out of place.

Choosing what suits us best can really be tricky. From your body shape to your personal taste, from your feng - shui element to what actually just feels ok, it can all be rather confusing. 

My theory is, that after a lot of big no - no's (or fashion faux pas) you end up learning what really goes for you (but it isn't a rule... ). It is all about knowing yourself. 

The following are some of the outfits that I simply would love to wear to work, BUT  haven't quite developed the courage to wear some of them. I am still with considering some to be somehow not that appropriate.




Find more at... 
www.styleselection.tumblr.com 
www.hpplus.jp 
www.blog.lescomposantes.com 
www.misdilemas.tumblr.com 
www.harperandharley.com
www.shopstyle.com


Sunday, 2 November 2014

Día de Muertos - Day of the Death.

Death is something / someone everybody feels respect for. That, non the less, won't stop all the colourful manifestations that the celebration of  día de muertos brings each year in mexican culture (and also it is becoming more and more popular around the world ). 


The día de muertos is celebrated with warmth, strong fragances, flavours and specially colours! It also brings family together to remember those who have already left.


Over the past few years, it feels as though it has gained more popularity outside Mexico. It is very pleasant to see all the different people getting involved one way or another in the celebration. 

Every year, there are more and more people who do their make up as a catrina and the artwork is truly genious. 






The great finds:
(Top to Bottom; Left to Right) 
2. The Ladies - Life and Death by Larissa Grace.
3. Ideas to crave a pumpkin. Aquí.
4. Product found on zulily.com
5. Product found on etsy

Monday, 27 October 2014

The must have accessories that (may) change my life!


This item  (but in bright pink) is my newest acquisition to my new and optimal home improvement plan.  

A part, I suppose, of this new process in which I want to make many significant changes in my life; I do not know whether they are related or not to something called getting old. None the less, I welcome this renewing energy with a lot of optimism. 

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There are many things to change  and like with everything, I can imagine it will take some time. Not all radical changes have to be noticed on your hairstyle (though mine it already took place a couple of months ago). 

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The following list that I have prepared are some of the objects that I consider to be quite useful to keep a more effective system of organisation whilst being also aesthetically pleasant. 

1) An appropriate and practical tool to leave the mobile phone. (For when I am at home). 

Who ever knows me, knows this for a fact. I am useless with my mobile. Though since I recently (today) quit facebook  once and for all, I decided to take all communication with my closests friends and family to writing emails, skype or  whatsapp.  Therefore, I need to be more responsible with the phone.



Probably this one will attract too much attention from my young, (I can see him owning this), so maybe this other one can be a smarter choice: 



Get it Here.




2) An alternative system of closet organisation.

I have friends who keep their shoes in their original boxes, others have a special place designed for their shoes in their wardrobes. I have kept mine at the bottom of the closet. I always need to lift a bit the coats, dresses, skirts (or whatever is hanging) to see what I have got. So, nothing practical.

This following idea I found to be the most accessible.  



You can find it at zulily.com (Though you need to be a member).

3) Accessories for the closet.

Investing a little money in your wardrobe's looks is always a good idea (no matter how silly it may sound). Keeping your stuff properly organized, neat and tidy will help you see what you have got and it will be easier to visualize how can you make the best out of your outfit. 

So in reality, you can make some serious savings. (as you won't be buying what you know you have already).

Pretty much same principal applies when we buy sports gadgets, gear or accessories. Little things can make a big difference in both motivation and results.  :)

For sale in the New Zealand shop: Tea Pea

4) Accessories for the Office.

Motivation is key for almost anything. Uplifting your days by getting a few quirky items is guarantee to make any task easier. Specially if you invest in accessories that will help you maintain, organize and clean your equipment, instruments and tools.

This little gem, for example is a must!

Find it Here.


5)  Accessories for TLC.

There are certain stuff, that we, women, don't usually get for ourselves (as a friend and I were recently commenting) We can treat ourselves with fashion, chocolates, ice cream, going out places, stuff for the home, books, films or even perfumes!


BUT good tools for our personal care is not normally on our list: professional make up brushes, tweezers, mirror with lighting included, a great collection of  aromatherapy products, etc.. are all good investment for our self - esteem. 

This product comes highly recommended to make the most out of your eyebrows. They are the frame of the face. A little grooming can go a long way. 

Find it  Here.
What do you think of my list? Am I missing anything important? What would be on your list?
I'd love to read your comments :)

Monday, 20 October 2014

Reasons to leave facebook.

The day of freedom is soon to be here!! 


I was never really a fan of facebook nor what it stand for. When I first opened my first account I soon saw what it was all about, hated it and soon closed it. It was because of a certain nagging group of friends that I opened the second one. And stayed connected till soon.

Do I regret having had a page? Not at all. I met wonderful people and helped me kept in touch with many others. So why am I opting out?

There are no longer good enough reasons to stay.

If I truly want to keep in touch with my family and friends (all scattered around the world) there are MANY ways to remain in contact besides facebook. And you know what? They are far more personal mediums of communication: skype, whatsap, or the old fashioned email writing.  Rather than spend an incredibly ridiculous amount of time browsing for casual events on hundreds of people; make the time to establish more meaningful exchange with the dearest ones. After all, are we ever really ourselves on line?

In my own personal opinion I can see that facebook can easily transform ordinary people into online monsters: those that are so incredibly vain, shallow and damn right superficial, the little cowards who just browse for gossip and check out if the grass is greener somewhere else, the constant complainers, the compulsive instagram lovers...  Now, they do not annoy me as much as you may think, it's more like I hate being part of all that. 

Facebook is open to constant missed - interpretations and can make people (including myself) quite judgmental of others without really knowing all the facts. Plus the self - online - branding just doesn't digest well with me. Life should be personal. Free time should be spent with your loved ones living on the here and now.

So there you go, I am to catch up with phone numbers, email addresses *you know, update the phonebook ;) * and then I will be gone for good. Nothing is bringing me back.

My blogs, page and even my photography facebook account will go on as normal. It is my personal account that will no longer exist.









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