Saturday, 24 January 2015

Inspiration ideas for a bold colour wall.

Soon but not soon enough... the place that we will call home sweet home will be a reality. G and I are both daydreaming away with the details. Myself, I am wondering which bold colour wall would go best. Yes, I want something a bit bold. / / / / / marthastewart /

Sunday, 18 January 2015

Ideas for bolder wedding dresses. / Vera Wang / Jean Paul Gautier /
Gucci Shoes / Oscar de la Renta / Hamda Al Fahim 
Probably it happens to all... (or so I'd like to think), that in the end, once you are married, you realise that there are three types of weddings one can think of:

1. The one you wanted and thought you were going to have.

2. The one you actually had.
3. The one that you would have had if you only had known better. (now that you have the experience of it).

G and I would definitely have done many things differently.  Myself, I'd have to start for the dress. I would have gone bold and would have chosen something with character.

Hey, I guess you live and learn...  

Sunday, 11 January 2015

Mood Inspiration: Black and Nude Lace.

Lace can seem old fashion or incredibly chic. I find it to be an elegant and very feminine touch to pretty much everything. Do you like lace? Do you wear it?

(left to right / upwards to downwards).

1. Luisa Pascalis Lifestyle & Fine Art Photography.
2. Oscar de la Renta.
4.  Balmain.
5.  Marchesa.
6. Etsy Shop: Hideminy.
7.  Journelle.
9. Emily Hogarth Bird Lace Tattoo.
11. Luisa Pascalis Lifestyle & Fine Art Photography.

Monday, 5 January 2015

What is your attitude towards new years resolution?

It would seem like there are two kinds of human beings when it comes to new year's resolutions and everything related to promises - commitments that each individual may hold for the upcoming year.

We have got, on one side: the sceptic and on the other hand, we've got the lovers of new beginnings (regardless of whether they are the kind who stay true to their resolutions or not).

Of course, there won't be much of a real change if one needs to wait for the first of january to finally and decisively change one's life. It will make as much difference as if one constantly waits for next monday to go on a diet. Real change and real commitment can happen any time of year.

Real change take time, discipline, clear goals and a lot of hard work. Breaking old habits has never been easy, none the less, it is not impossible. Once you change the way you think and your lifestyle, everything simply flows naturally. 

Something like the usual nutrionist advice: it is far better to lose weight slower, than doing it at great speed. The "Yo - Yo diets" are simply a consequence of not allowing our own  "body intelligence  - corporeal memory" set on the new changes. 

Now, it is impossible to deny that natural cycles exist; and they manifest with different intensities. It is wise to be sensitive to these changes so we can flow with them (instead of against them thus creating ourselves a good deal of troubles). 

My geeky  side finds sense like this: Once upon a time there only used to be 10 months in the calendar (let it be said "december" has its name for the latin "decem" which relates to the tenth month; "november" to the ninth, etc...). The missing months to what is today our gregorian calendar, did not exist. 

Winter was a time of year to retire; there would be no crops and it was pretty much "dead". Winter is a time for preparation for spring, when everything goes back to life and the cycle of life starts all over again and renews itself.  

So why not renewing and starting all over again ourselves? 

Sunday, 21 December 2014

Fashion for your young ones. Dior/ United Colors of Benetton

Probably one of the things that excites the most to any mother (or a mother to be) is dressing up their little ones. Its a natural woman thing I am sure, after all, how many hours did we not spend prettying up Barbie,  The Magic Nurserie, My little ponnie or The Cabbage Patch? Plus, let's face it: Baby clothes are soooo cute!

Now I am aware that, like in everything else, there is a massive corporation industry of fashion that, like all business; markets to families creating false ideals and promoting certain values for us to have the need of buying certain item instead of another one.

I could go further and say that children are being victimized and making them worry about their personal image from a very young age with the usual "children are less and less allowed to be children nowadays" speech.  But I don't want to be boring, whilst it may all be true, the only thing we can do is to smarten up and become mature shoppers.

And that is the point. There is nothing evil about the topic nor its marketing, regardless of what others may think, it is part of our responsibility as parents to teach our children how to dress properly and shop smartly. We take decisions for them when they are young and personal image is very important no matter the age. 

What I mean about personal image being important, I mean it in a sense of  well being and comfort that you feel yourself and project to others; not as what others may see - interpret from the clothes you wear. Fashion to me, is a personal statement. Not a social one. 

Dolce Gabbana/

But what to get? 

Each family will have their own beliefs about what is correct and what is absolutely a no - no. And in my opinion, is very respectable (and in many cases they are not entirely out of line) in putting some couture rules e.g: children's clothes should not be sexualized at all. Tank tops are not made for little girls. Little girls simply do not have the proper filling to wear the dress as it was designed for. (AND there are a lot of predators out there dressed in sheep's clothing). 

Dolce Gabbana/ Massimo Dutti

My 7 (or should I say our?) criteria for dressing our little one is like this:
(That is, our little boy).

1. No style imposition. Our little one is not our mini me version. He is his unique self.

2. Go for neutral. Basic colours are easy to match and they always look good. 

3. Go for classics. You can never go wrong with a good pair of jeans, some courdoroys and even a bright coloured pair of converse.

4. Sense of humour yes, but with tact. A slightly cheeky design is cool, but it is all in the subtleties. You don't exactly want to use your kid as a "cool" prank with some embarrassing comment like: "All my mamma wanted was a back massage".
(though is really funny!)

5. No characters, super heroes or too bright tops. They are distractors and, personally, I find them to be a bit invasive. Call me crazy, but I don't like my kid being a publicity billboard.

6. Go for safety. No funny cords, lights, buttons or any other weird accessories that may seem cool but hasn't really been thought through (and may put in risk the child's safety).

7. Go for comfort. Think design, sensible fabrics, practical buttons and zippers.

It is all a great experience: dressing my little one is fun and I can see that he enjoys it too. He notices new outfits, he has certain colour preferences and pays attention to details in his clothing. Particularly sleeves (?). 

He loves his slippers. He hates globes. Socks are O.K. but not for sleeping. And like all young children, loves to find himself running naked around the house (oh future evidence that may be used as blackmail one day.. ho ho ho!)

I love my little one so much!

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

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.


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:

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