Tuesday, 25 August 2015

Mood inspiration for femenin and creative DIY

Who knows what happened first when it comes to the egg and the chicken.

I have always loved artcrafts - handmade stuff. It's a happy feeling to look at how many different ways people can be very creative and make new things. 

On the very few opportunities that I have allowed myself to get crafty I have found it to be a pleasant & relaxing hobby. Fair enough, I am not quite skilled (yet) BUT I am thankful for  pinterest and its very wide options for DIY tutorials. 

Additionally, it has given me a je ne sais pas quoi to learn how to work with many different materials and maybe one day (daydreaming) I could do something with that. 

 This week I have been experimenting with the following:

Recycled T - shirts for hair accessories, necklace & Morse Code Bracelet (this one says Mother).
More recycled t - shirt jewellery & an elephant fabric teddy (yes, it looks a bit vuduèsque.. need to work on that).

Cushion filled with lavander for scenting drawers and more experimental recycled t shirt into a necklace. 

Tuesday, 11 August 2015

#homesweethome Creating mood boards for style inspiration.

Slowly my #homesweethome is looking more homey. Today I finished putting up the last few pictures that I had (until I get some more art work and newer frames). I think you could start saying my style is perfecting. 

I still need to do some crazy shops until you can say Im all in the other side of homelessness, and checking what is out there helps me search for the it accessory that would bring the place more character. 

This is what I have found <3

(and yes, you could say I have been slightly obsessing...) 


Monday, 10 August 2015

Healthy Living Must Sort Outs

Sometimes I wish I could really spy on the hidden life of people... 

With the exception of the inner dirt that I get from my closest friends, (which btw it all sucks big time, one way or another); I get no other "sight" of reality other than the one on Social Media, Television and Films... therefore, the perspective of my normalcy is nowhere near the publicised standards. 

So, I want to spy on people to ejem... compare myself how bad - good am I doing with the widest majority... I know, now that I am saying it out loud; I shouldn't be checking how green the grass is next door. 

But, I have seen these parents who go to work, their house is always perfect, there is always nice food  (home made) on the table, play with their kids everyday, take them to swimming classes, sit with them to do their homework, have time to brush their teeth and stay on top of what is going on in the world... I mean..

How do they freaking do it??  

I  am considering that these kind of folks are more the exception than the rule.. and would like to think, that for the rest of us, noble and humble human beings, life is a little bit more chaotic.. but how would I know? 

As a parent, you try to give your best, you may see at times where you have fallen short, when you have done well or when you need to pull your finger out to make things run smoother.

Don't get me wrong, I am not trying to keep up with the Jones' but to my own standards and to what I believe (without any specific order) I need to focus on the how to make things happen with the following, so I can gloat on my own satisfaction :)

Anyway, I guess all these emotions are coming from seeing my little one growing up. He is making me remember my own childhood and it is a weird feeling when I see how different it is from the one my boy is having. Will it be a good memory? Do we all remember our younger days with a hint of magic? (even if it wasn't perfect).

I remember being hot, waiting in the car while my dad made the vegetable shop on a street nearby home. I remember being bored. I sometimes got Churrumais (crisps) to keep me company. I only liked the flavouring, couldn't actually eat them. Those days will never come back...

A doughnut instead for you ...

Oh Time.. you can be a real bitch sometimes...

Wednesday, 5 August 2015

Mood Inspiration for an ideal wardrobe.

For someone who enjoys style, I have a confession to make: I have not always "allowed" myself to be into it.

This world is painted with all different beliefs and lifestyles, and myself, (from my father's side) grew up in a conservative - traditional minded family. Anything that is to look after yourself or to look well is considered wrong, shallow and towards the road of evil.

I can see why they would think like that; and it has taken years for me to liberate myself and be brave enough to make my own judgement, which trust me it is easier said than done, and more importantly, it is harder to get out of the bubble when you don't realise you are in it.  

So you can say, I am a late bloomer; and it was during my traveling days that I started enjoying all the many different ways that you can express yourself through styling and all the many different ways you can creatively experiment with your own voice (sort of speak).

Finding my own thing has been an experiment - mistake - gain road because being quite visual I can find many things really nice (or the idea of it) and than not quite feel at ease or look my best.

So to find more about what calls you, it is always suggested to start working on mood boards to help you inspire. Pinterest is a great tool. Then, it is all just about experimentation, practice makes the teacher after all ;) 

The following ones are what I found are my style. 

Tuesday, 28 July 2015

The no - new - clothes for a year challenge.

It has probably been a couple of things, but I have decided to try on an experiment.

I won't buy any new clothes for one year. 

Does it sound crazy? 

There are a few reasons behind it and for some other bloggers who have tried it, the results were wonderful.

Some do it for the environment, for a minimalistic philosophy to try on, economic motives and/ or for fashion.

It is well known that a great majority of "it" shops are not exactly labor friendly in third world countries; so putting a bit of a restrain teaches (at least one self) to not do clothes shopping as if it were a weekend sport but a counscious shop.

 Also, I am one of those who believe that less is actually more. Shopping, in itself, has cultural differences in both sides of the Atlantic. 

In the Americas, we have got a use - throw away lifestyle and tend to not appreciate what we have. It is easy to spend money without restrain. And so, when you have a lot, the less you know what you have and how to get the most of the item. Like that, we will, inevitably feel we need something new.

In Europe, the "it" girls buy good quality items that will be a long term classic to mix and match. They know what and how to buy in order to express themselves accordingly with lots of style. Plus, you simply feel freer when you have a basics way of living.


Additionally I have come to realise that clothe's shopping can be, in my case, a bit stressful; I can easily be obsessed with something new that I found in "x" place,  that I don't really need, and maybe won't wear regularly, but it will be pretty much what I'll be thinking about until I buy it. 

Come to think of it, maybe I am a shop addict; and while buying something new can for sure bring up the morale, the satisfaction feeling, won't last.

So, instead of going clothe's shopping I will be able to use that money in other stuff for a change, whether is a DIY project, going out somewhere for the weekend or whatever!

Ultimately, the challenge seems to have brought, according to people who overcame the experiment, a pretty cool creative spark.

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Tuesday, 21 July 2015

#homesweethome : Thinking of a colour scheme palette.

Practice makes the teacher. Experience makes us wiser and mistakes.. are lessons..

Turns out that the "mint" green (more like apple green...)  that I had chosen for the bedroom is a real pain in the bottom.  I am really pleased with the blue colour I choose for the living room but the one I picked up for the dormitory has been a real no - no.

For starters, it was not quite the tone I had in mind and for some bizarre reason it doesn't look at all like the colour on the tin.  So there.. mistake no. 1

Regardless, I thought, O.K. Let´s persevere. It may look better with time. Maybe I just need to get use to it.  (Here I am only procrastinating the mistake). Mistake no. 2

As furniture began to be part of the home improvement project the more problems arrived: 

The wardrobe is a great greyish vintage design that I so badly wanted. 
The cot is natural wood. 
The desk is dark chocolate brown. 
My bedsheets are grey - blue (was so difficult to find something more or less O.K). When it comes to textiles. I am fussy.
The floor is pale veish that matches the curtains. 
And, Oh! Yes of course, I have a weird green for the wall. 
A pile of mistakes.

Accepting the failure of this DIY idea, I am going to change the colour wall. Will have to consider the catastrophe for furniture that I possess as it clashes all different colours (but more or less same style: big, strong wood) in order to fix this bit of mess that so lovingly I've done.

I am not changing the furniture (probably a mistake that I am currently procrastinating based on the philosophy of stubborness). But in some cases I am willing to change the colour on them.

So, now that I taken it out of my chest here is what I realised I should have done on the first place, that I didn't do and led me to err terribly. 

If you are thinking about the look of your bedroom, do consider the following tips that I had to research to fix my mess.

1) Ambiance: What is the overall feel that you want to experience when you walk in the room? What qualities does the room have? Think of scents, amount of light, space, just dream away... If you are looking for peaceful, for example, think of what brings that peaceful mood.

Do ask yourself this. It's important to find out the personality of your room to decorate before you jump ahead to buy paint. A "this will do. Its a neutral color for a boy and his mom" is how I ended up with apple green on my walls. 

2) Going further: After you have an idea of what feel you want to give, then you need to do your research on the elements. Like if searching for raw basics: Darker - Lighter tones, style of furnitures, textiles, amount of light, space distribution, wall art, etc. 

Before you ran to swipe that credit card, test your decisions. The idea may seem nice BUT maybe it isn't practical or they inspire the wrong kind of feeling. For instance, I could love a girly bedroom, but after a while I may not enjoy being in such a feminine environment.

Think on experience, which rooms have made you feel -add selected quality-? What was it about them that made you feel like that? 

If your desired ambiance matches the experience: you are on a good track. When not. Go back to the bench. 

3) Selecting the right colour scheme. Just because a colour looks nice doesn't mean it is meant for you. You may not feel at ease even though the idea of it seems pleasant. 

A funny tip that I read online was that you had to consider yourself in the room! As you are going to live on it, if it looks good on you, then you will, by consequence feel better on the room. So, basically never paint a room in colour you would never wear. Choose a colour that suits you on the skin.

Think colour psychology; the feel & meaning of colder vs. warmer tones. What contrasts go with them, so in future you know your scheme and what will look fantastic at yours. Know your combinations.

For easy inspiration, search for colour scheme palettes at your DIY shop; look at photos, particularly cooking books... (who knew, right?, Nature always knows what works best!). The options are multiple.

4) Always consider the uniqueness of your room. How will your selected colours react to your everyday light (whether it is artificial or natural)? Your chosen tone may not go well with the architecture of the place. 

All throughout the year we have different lightning, and you must consider all these little factors to make these decisions.  On some parts of the world, it may not seem that much of a difference, but it is always a useful tip to know your light. Light is .. everything!!

Obviously consider what happens when you put a new colour in, how will turn out, will depend on your current wall colour. E.g.: If I paint my green wall with blue it will tend to go cyan, so I need to consider that). 

So there you have it, some honest tips that I found useful from my DIY #youcandoit philosophy. Oh, mistakes.. what there would be to learn sans vous?

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Saturday, 4 July 2015

Mood Inspiration: Outdoor Summer Party.

It's been a while since I dream of having a gathering like these ones. And for one reason or another I haven't actually got around to organise one.

The weather is nicer in the summer and I have got an inflatable pool... so why not having a pleaseantful soirée? 

The company of the closests friends, everyone's laughter, a lovely table, dealicious food and greenery for decoration.

Something like this: 

Enchanting isn't?
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