IT'S TERRIBLY EXCITING NO MATTER HOW STRESSFUL ;)

Tuesday, April 15

IT'S TERRIBLY EXCITING NO MATTER HOW STRESSFUL ;)


IT'S TERRIBLY EXCITING NO MATTER HOW STRESSFUL ;)
IT'S TERRIBLY EXCITING NO MATTER HOW STRESSFUL ;)
Jumper: Atmosphere, Boyfriend jeans: Primark, Wedges: H&M















































































When not occupied physically I'm busy analyzing, taking notes, sharing ideas of all and any kind. They turn to projects eventually but before I think to myself that I've walked a tremendous distance, the beginning of them come alive it's hard if not the hardest. At the moment I am being polite to all the instructions and new routines, every task that takes longer than necessary. It's annoying but it is joyous too. For the past couple of days I've been running this kitchen with my own chunks of organic apples and nutritional yeast and I can't wait to show you the results of my vegan attempts. Sometimes I feel I'm not near neither far but as long as it keeps boiling and simmering, I feel great. I've moved the beast. Life altering attempt, a pretty ridiculous but oh so delicious way to learn self-discipline, create routine, challenge my habits. Our kitchen isn't enormous, not even an average size, falls easily into a tiny category and hosting two avid food handlers can be more than exciting at times. But we get along, lend each other a spoon, stir each other's dishes when the stirring is due. This has been a weird and wonderful week and much of it smelled of cinnamon. Lots of it. Anyway, unrelated outfit photos to prove that kitchen hasn't swallowed me up yet. Happy day folks! xx

THE CUTENESS FILES

Sunday, April 13

THE CUTNESS FILES
































I'm showing Nadia picture of a baby giraffe and she's asking where his mama is. Me: "I think it's standing close by", Nadia: "She's cooking his dinner."

On saying our goodbyes at kindergarten Nadia is asking me to buy her a Minnie Mouse bracelet on my way home: "I'm pretty sure I was good."

Me: "Do you want to go to the bathroom?"
Nadia: "No, I am being careful."

I'm peeling potatoes for dinner saying: "I'm taking this potato's clothes off."
Nadia: "Is he going to be loved?" (I guess when the clothes are off, it must be love ;)

This is carer's entry in Nadia's kindergarten files: "Nadia loved showing everyone her windmill. She said it goes to bed with her."

While talking to grandparents on the phone and getting excited at some surprises they prepared for Nadia this summer I said she needed to be a good girl when we see them.
Nadia with a serious face: "I am a good girl. I was giving you a medicine." (when I was suffering from recent tonsillitis she was handing me a bottle of mouthwash each time I needed it). 

Nadia was talking about her two cousins and the older one that is strong enough to lift his brother. "I'm not strong because I am a princess."

THE CUTNESS FILES
































ON MAKING RIGHT DECISIONS AND A GIVEAWAY WITH FIRMOO - (ENDED) -

Friday, April 11

ON MAKING UNCOMFORTABLE DECISIONS AND A GIVEAWAY WITH FIRMOO

ON MAKING UNCOMFORTABLE DECISIONS AND A GIVEAWAY WITH FIRMOO
ON MAKING UNCOMFORTABLE DECISIONS AND A GIVEAWAY WITH FIRMOO

ON MAKING UNCOMFORTABLE DECISIONS AND A GIVEAWAY WITH FIRMOO
ON MAKING UNCOMFORTABLE DECISIONS AND A GIVEAWAY WITH FIRMOO
Top: Debenhams, Cardigan: River Island, Trousers, Shopper: H&M, Sneakers: George


























Habits are like freckles or broken veins. They don’t surprise, may annoy at times. Our relationship with them is even closer than with our partners, children or friends and like in any relationship we have to give in order to get. Good habits reward us for giving but bad ones get as much as they need leaving us with nothing but frustration and low self-esteem. They are predictable, we know what they offer and at what price. To change a bad habit into a god sent is frightening, just like anything done for the first time. At this stage it requires giving even more than surrendering to well known bad guy. I know from experience how bittersweet bad habit can make me feel. I have embraced mine to the point of suffocating from its needing overpowering nature. 

I had one of those late conversations with my husband when we were lying in bed and despite being terribly sleepy, there was still time for a cuddle and rushing those grey cells before falling into unconsciousness. I value his opinions because he’s the string to my kite and a brake to my engine. So I asked him if one can drastically change herself and never go back to previous hardly beaten habits (while not being naturally self-disciplined and driven). Can we change roles and still succeed? He was skeptical because no matter how much one is able to bury the true self - it remains as a murky passenger on the rear seat of one’s car so no matter what direction it is going, you still catch a glimpse of it in the reflexed mirror. It’s said it takes 21 days to break a habit, 21 consecutive days, no cheating, playing up. I smiled. So it is manageable. This brings me to a challenge I've filled my mind with a little while ago. A total change, a step by step new routine. Meat as food could vanish and I wouldn’t care. The only meat I put into my mouth is an occasional chicken and fish (salmon, cod, sardines), I don’t eat red meat, sea food at all. I drink cow’s milk but I prefer soya milk and yoghurt more and curiously look at the supermarket’s shelf for rice or almond milk (since I love almonds, it must be delicious). Cheese is my big addiction but again I’m not a huge and regular eater and tofu tastes fantastic so I guess transferring to veganism would not break me in half. I’m more than ready to apply changes in my diet - starting off with reading ingredient list on packages, choosing organic, limiting sugars, processed food. The whole idea of researching is to live a conscious life and being responsible for the health faults, general mood and impact on environment one has. Food choices, lifestyle determine the quality of life itself and its ending which I’m particularly focused on. I think it’s never too late to ditch old habits and stick to new routines. I just need to say to myself: “If you want cheese, etc. you can have it. This doesn’t have to be forever. No cheese today. Tomorrow we’ll discuss it again”.


 
Hi friends! Thrilled to team up with Firmoo for a giveaway just in time for summer vacation! For a chance to win follow the link below and you can win a voucher worth $30 to use on selected spring frames. Five lucky winners will be chosen at random on Friday (so you have a week to enter) and contacted privately. Good luck and have a blast of a weekend!! x  

SERIOUS ARTIST EXPLODES

Wednesday, April 9

SERIOUS ARTIST EXPLODES
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Looking at the amount of drawings and paintings collected over time it feels like we spend time doing nothing else than draw and paint around here which is mostly true. And such pleasurable activity if things don't get glued to surfaces that shouldn't get decorated homemade-style. It lifts my spirits knowing a plain sheet of paper gives Nadia more options that Lego bricks or Barbie's closet can (and those as you know don't fail to entertain). Most recent artwork gets hung impressively on the fridge or the side of the wardrobe in her bedroom and each and every sheet has been a loved addition to the growing pile. We kept it in a colourful folder so when the time came to make the treasured possessions more accessible, Nadia couldn't contain her excitement seeing her work once again. She could easily recall the creatures captured in ink and I loved catching up with the princesses phrase and just recently - dogs wearing crowns phrase. We made a decision to put it all in a book - choose the contents lovingly, bind it professionally and cherish eternally. It was more than fun and as long as Nadia's creativity thrives, I'm all in.         

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SERIOUS ARTIST EXPLODES

SERIOUS ARTIST EXPLODES

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There are lots of different ways to create lasting impression as a customer. The trick here is to be friends with the shop owner or vary unusual requests. 
SERIOUS ARTIST EXPLODES
SERIOUS ARTIST EXPLODES
SERIOUS ARTIST EXPLODES
And that's material for another book, we know we'll be there soon ;)

GO FOR ONE STATEMENT PIECE... OR GO FOR THEM ALL

Monday, April 7

GO FOR ONE STATEMENT PIECE... OR GO FOR THEM ALL




























Accessories: When it comes to adding them to one's closet where do you start? I'm new to bangles so will be playing with them like crazy. Also rings of various widths could only belong like to every season - both H&M
Handbags: I love fringes should anyone ask. Black and white shine on the H&M website, the mango shoulder bag is particularly inspiring with all the features I'm after. I could actually move around and do something wearing it! - Asos
Footwear: Shifting to open toes I haven't forgotten to treat my wardrobe to the last breath of suede because I am a boots girl in all shapes and forms - Flat sandals from Asos, quilted ballet pumps and suede boots from H&M
Golden pleated skirt: I hope the high voltage colour changes with the light because it already plays with my imagination - H&M
Classic backpack: Because those items are not intended to stay in one place - Asos
Tote bag in black and brown: Once I've searched all the dear places that could get me excited over two simple colours, Asos came with its own idea. In a most calming hue that I could forgive it not showing up with a cross-body strap - Asos
I-Pad Case: Because sometimes we all hit a mental block and all that matters is nothing neutrally toned - Asos
         
Whether you go away for a short spring break or stay in, it really doesn't matter - don't avoid refreshing your closet but plan the perfect arrangement of what's new with what's already loved. Most of the items you see above are coming from the sale sections of Asos and H&M, cool enough to last me another season, won't you agree? Yes, I'd like to keep my colour palette a little restrained but you definitely get the picture of what hues I'm shifting towards. And all the hard work of getting those hues just right for my liking was more than fun. What will eventually end up in the mail and what will blur and fade into darkness of my unsatisfied heart? Let my bank be the wizard. x 
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