Tuesday, 30 June 2015

In memory of the victims in Tunisia

I am sitting and reading an article about the massacre on the beach in Tunisia and my heart is aching. I am trying to figure it out, but I am getting lost between the lines. I can only see words. Beach, attack, holiday, gunman, shots, victims and I feel chills in my bones. The article describes the event as “one of the deadliest in recent history”, right next to the attack in a museum in March, where more than 20 victims fell dead and hostages were taken. 
I keep repeating the words “in recent history”. History has seen war, fear, death and cruelty, but has anyone ever thought that one day people will have to fight for their lives not on the battlefield, but on the beach, in the theme park or in the culture centre? Completely innocent people will have to pray for their lives, run away from the gunshots, play dead and choose whether to save themselves or their loved ones, on the beach, while on a holiday? No, the war and violence will never be explained or forgiven. There is never right time or place.
I keep reading, but I am overwhelmed. I can’t breath, tears are blurring my vision. And at this exact moment I see the story of a woman, who was saved by her fiance. The man had protected her with his body, taking three shots. And I can’t carry on. Feelings of utter sadness are taking over me, of devastation. I can’t think how is this possible. At the very same moment two completely opposite human qualities, the worst and the best in humankind surfaces. And I can’t decide whether we are lost as people or whether there is still hope in the face of goodness and sacrifice?
However, the shadow is not disappearing from my face. I realize that for few minutes people have lost mothers, fathers, grandparents, partners and friends. A couple who was celebrating their retirement, a blogger, 3 members of one family…. The list goes on. All of these people were excited to go on a holiday and spend some time together. The same ones who would hurry home to tell their loved ones what an amazing time they had abroad. This won’t happen anymore.
I don’t need to share the same nationality to feel pain for all of the victims. At this particular moment after years of living abroad, I feel part of this culture like never before, for a simple fact-we are all humans. The faces of all of the innocent who have fallen victims of wars and inhumanity in every corner of the world, should be on the front covers worldwide. Their memory should serve as a reminder, that as human beings, we carry both the best and the worst of our nature. Which side we are going to choose? It depends on us...


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Thursday, 28 May 2015

Floral Print On My Mind: Hot Fashion Trend

For some time now, flowers have been all around. When not blossoming on the trees and signifying the fast approaching spring/summer season, they have been luring me from behind the shop window glasses. Shoes, bags, dresses and jackets, everything has been magically touched by the colorful brush of the floral motif and turned into a must have items. 

Since, the moment I laid my eyes on a pair of floral print high heels in March, a feeling of excitement took over me. I felt that the sunny days are just around the corner and soon the summer clothes will be out of the closet and ready to be worn. Little, did I know then that the same print is a total hit on the runways and  not a single shop and brand will go without somehow incorporating them into their Spring/Summer collections. 

A few months later and just about to dive into the summer, flowers are still obsessing me and I can't go a day without falling in love with something new. And let's agree, bright-botanical patterns can plant the seeds of happiness even in the darkest closets.     

Well, the items I added to my wardrobe definitely brought some mood to my rails and did wonders for me! I am usually difficult to break my routine of the classic colours of black and white, but hey, recently I have been feeling much more in a mood to experiment and try different things. So much that I ended up making a wish list of so many items and all of them in bright colours!

Like most women, my knees go weak and I am completely helpless when it comes to resisting the shopping temptation. And until I get hold of the ultimate limitless shopping card, I have to fight the urge to get EVERYTHING. Still, I would like to share with you what grabbed my attention and brought a big smile to my face.

 Here are my TOP FLORAL PIECES and absolutely MUST HAVES. 

1. Floral Pattern Dress - United Colors of Benetton

My must have dress for any special occasion. 
Brings out my soft and ultra romantic side :)
Where would you like to wear it?

2. Floral Print High Heels - United Colors of Benetton

This type of shoes is literally everywhere this season. I think they will suit any type of outfit and will bring a pretty and elegant touch. Winner!

3. Floral Crop Top and Floral Pencil Skirt - New Look

So sexy! I am still working hard on those abs, but once they are ready, this outfit is first to wear on the list! *In love with the red flowers*

 4. T-shirt with Floral Print - United Colors of Benetton

So nice and comfy!! I can see this going great with loose jeans and pretty sneakers in pink. Wow! Can't wait to go on a stroll in the park. 

5. The ultimate item on my WISH LIST - Nike Air Max 1 City Collection - Paris

Do I need to say anything? 

*Dream look*
 6. Black Tropical Print Pepulm Top - New Look

This top is very flattering to the body and sexy decision for a date night. Top+Jeans+Heels=Fabulous! 
  7. Floral High Tops - Converse

One word - LIMITED (Edition)

8. Floral Sneakers - Converse

9. Flower Pattern Ballet Pumps - United Colors of Benetton

My favourite choice for the spring/summer season.
Pretty in pumps.

10. Floral Padded Jacket - Moncler

Another super popular item - Floral Padded Jackets. I see them everywhere!
This one is quite special!

11. Floral Biker Jacket - Brand

Official meeting? Day in the offcie? Special ocassion? 
That's the one!

I hope my list has colour to your day, as well. What floral items do you have in your wardrobe? Are you going to add any? Which one of these do you like most?
Please, share.


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Monday, 18 May 2015

The Pursuit of Happiness

HAPPINESS. The ultimate word and the ultimate goal. Have you ever been asked if you are happy? Have you ever asked yourself this question? Do you do it often? Are you in the constant pursuit of happiness?

When I was recently asked If I am happy, I found myself numb. The word YES slipped through my lips, but my inner self felt very confused. How could I respond to this question with one word, is it possible. When I thought on this topic later on, I engaged myself in some deeper thoughts.

If I say NO I will lie, but if I say YES, I feel I won’t be telling the truth either. Where is the truth then? Is it somewhere in between, as it often happens when we discuss the philosophy of life. On the contrary of one common belief, I think that HAPPINESS is not a constant.  It is not something you can experience all the time, but it is something that should be sought and maintained at all times, looked after, watered like a plant. Or even if we find it, and neglect it, we risk to lose it very soon.

What do I mean? I have always been a dreamer, often told by people that I live in my fantasy world. Sometimes I would feel a little bit hurt, as if I am doing something wrong, but at other times I knew that I was just searching for something I was desperately in need of.  Since, my early teenagerhood I have been terribly missing something. I wasn’t too sure what it was, but I knew it was something big, like an invisible piece of me. All my thoughts, actions and decisions were always based on this lack of something, of this missing particle. I would often sit and contemplate on life, and on my feelings. It is funny because what experience and knowledge can a 12 year old have for instance? Here, though it is not so much about age and experience, it is about soul search and it doesn’t matter if you are 10 or 50, if your soul is searching, it won’t find peace.

Well, I was definitely looking for something. Looking back in retrospection at my decisions, now I understand why I was so desperate to  study abroad. I was in need of answers. I don’t how many of my answers I have found, still plenty to explore for sure. What I found though is something beyond my biggest dreams. I experienced the feeling of being COMPLETE. I have written about this before, but I will do it again and again, because I am reminded every day, that there is HAPPINESS growing just in front of my eyes.

I will sit down in the late afternoon, my legs aching, my eyes ready to close, feeling completely shattered, but then my little boy will come with his OH SO CHEEKY smile and embrace me for a quick hug, after which he will run away in search of another mischievous thing to do. I will sit and look at this tiny, sweet thing, making his funny movements, and his weird sounds and I will feel COMPLETE, HAPPY. It is true that in exactly 5 minutes we will go through a meltdown of some kind and I will want to scream and shout and just give up, but I know this will pass and another wave of warm unconditional love will take over me.

Being a mother is one of the greatest sources of happiness in my life. Still, since I came back to my home country after a few years of constantly living abroad, I felt something. I felt that I am still in search, different kind of search. I have this amazing happiness in my life, but as soon as I had a breath of the air at home, a sudden gush of emotions and memories  came over me. I realised I made a life somewhere else but left a piece of me back at home and now, when I am here again, I need to find out what this piece needs. I need to finish everything I have once started here. I breathe this air and something tickles in my stomach. There is nothing like home, is there? Wherever we go we can’t escape from this, from where everything has once started.

In an attempt to bring an endless topic to some kind of conclusion, I want to say that so far, my experience has shown me that HAPPINESS should be pursued at all costs, even if this means to make some difficult decisions sometimes, maybe decisions not agreeing with everyone around. What would you prefer, though: To live a life of doubts and feelings of dissatisfaction and misery, or to risk and find what you have been looking for?

For me happiness is not an object or a feeling I can describe with one word , I see it as a mix, a huge mix of things. It could be a smile, it could be a song, it could be a dance, or a kiss, a hug, or even tears. HAPPINESS could be anything. It doesn’t mean to last forever, but as long as it lasts, take it and live and breathe it with every fiber of your body, because this is what we are all looking for, isn’t it?      


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Sunday, 17 May 2015

Mix Up the Fun with Petits Filous Magic Squares and a Magical Playdate

Thursday, 30 April 2015

My Top 3 Travel Bucket List Destinations

Monday, 27 April 2015

My Nametags-Review

Tuesday, 31 March 2015

Star Buys-March

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