Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Simple

As I was going through my recent photos and sorting through my closet, I made quite an unpleasant discovery: my wardrobe and the way I dress lately has become somewhat mundane and overall too simple. I have realized that while I tend to shop for the latest trends and usually would pick interesting, pretty pieces, they typically end up hanging in my closet for days waiting for a “special occasion” to be worn. Well, who said today is not special? And who said it needs to be special for certain items to see the light of the day (or night)? It’s time for another change, a change in my approach to picking clothes to be work on a daily basis. 

I tend to mostly go for my old clothes, the clothes I bought a while ago, the clothes of my “comfort zone,” even though there is nothing comfortable about wearing them anymore since they feel outdated and college-y. I guess it’s time for the second round of a complete closet wipe-out (the last one was held just a couple of weeks ago, but apparently it was not completed).





Wednesday, June 19, 2013

White and Bright

Last Sunday (Father’s Day), I spent a day with my parents who came over to visit me in NYC. While my stepdad, who lately took up photography as a major hobby, was browsing through the exhibition in the International Center of Photography in midtown Manhattan (highly recommend everyone to visit it!), my mom and I were enjoying the nice weather and iced coffees in Bryant Park, followed by a bit of window shopping through the shops of Fifth Avenue. It was [finally!] a nice day so I opted out for a spring-y combination of emerald-green top and white shorts. 






Shorts and Jewelry: NY & Company;  Top: Express; Bag: Guess;  Sunnies: Vogue

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Let Life Take Its Course

Silly, but hopefully meaningful…

You go to a store. You see an amazing pair of shoes. You know they are expensive, but also without even trying them on you know they will be perfect. You buy them. You come home, put the shoes on and walk around your apartment just to see how they feel. They feel great. You take the shoes off, happy and satisfied, put them in a box, and continue your day-to-day routine, knowing that when the right event comes, you have a perfect pair of shoes to wear. Meanwhile, you realize that no matter what you do, you keep thinking about when that right event to wear the shoes out will finally present itself. Soon it does. You put on your pair of shoes, and go out, feeling confident, amazing and grateful for feeling this way. The event comes to an end, you come home, kick the shoes off and go to sleep. The next morning, you wake up with exciting memories of how fun the event was. You feel great about the way you looked and felt in your shoes, and you cannot wait for the next even to wear your shoes. Again, you go back to your daily routine, but the thoughts of how much fun you had and how much you want to repeat the experience would not leave. Again, you keep waiting for another event where you can wear your shoes, but there is nothing in plans as of yet.

In the meantime, you go shopping and you see another pair of pretty shoes. They are not as beautiful as the pair you got before, but they are different and still pretty nice. You buy them. You put them on, and while you feel good wearing them, you don’t feel as good anymore. You got spoiled. You have something different to compare them too – not necessarily better, although to you it feels like they are, but just different – and that impairs your clear judgment. You know that you won’t be able to wear these new shoes to a fancy party, the way you wore your first pair, but you try to convince yourself that they are still nice and they fit your lifestyle.


You know that the second pair is more versatile and you will have more occasions to wear them out, but you are still too attached to the pair number one. You know that it may take weeks and months until you have the chance to wear the first pair again. You know that while it is incredibly fun to plan and fantasize about such fancy events in your head, you should probably come back to reality and accept the fact that your lifestyle is simpler. What do you do? Do you give up the idea of something bigger and possibly better and focus on reality, even though you feel like it does not fit you and you are not as happy here, or do you keep striving, falling down and coming back up in your pursuit of something bigger and possibly better, even though you get hurt a lot in the process and you have an uncertain chance of winning? The decision is yours, but the right thing to do is to relax, step back and let the life take its course.


Sunday, June 2, 2013

Speakeasy Dollhouse, Part 3

There are certain things in life you want to avoid and there are certain things you keep coming back to over and over again.

Speakeasy Dollshouse. It’s been a topic here two times before and it is again, as that’s where I spent just another “first Saturday of the month.” New experience, same drill: we got to dress up, put on that amazing red lipstick, step into a pair of awesome high heels and feel absolutely fabulous around the actors and other participants in the spirit of the roaring twenties…



Dress: LOFT; Jewelry: NY & Company; Shoes: Nine West; Bag: Guess

Saturday, June 1, 2013

Little Things That Make Me Happy

Life is a very interesting thing. Sometimes it brings you gifts, lifts you up and makes you feel like you’re on top of the world. But at some point after this euphoria comes the big downfall. And usually the fall from the top is long and painful. I remember when I was little my friend and I used to joke: “Who laughs a lot - cries a lot.” Funny thing, the saying actually turns out to be true. That said, it is important to accept everything that life brings you. I have learned that even the most negative and painful experience usually turns out to be one of the most valuable life lessons. As long as you hold tight and do not surrender along the way, there will always be the light at the end of the path. It’s also important to fight the urge to dismiss all the positive things you will still encounter along that rocky road, as a lot of times we choose to focus on what goes wrong. What is even more important is to always remain grateful, no matter how excruciatingly difficult and ridiculous it may seem – you have to always remember that at the end of the day life is on your side, and this is nothing but a moment that will pass eventually.

“Look on the bright side!” we keep hearing each other say. Sometimes the saying seems like the most frustrating and unreasonable thing; however, it is the key. It may take time to start seeing things in a certain light, especially if you fell too hard; however, you have to just give yourself that time. Remember – time heals everything. All that remains to do is put on a smile and pretend that everything is alright; and who knows, maybe it will be.

And remember, it’s all about the tiny little things that make us happier and get us through the tough times. Here are a few little things that make me happy…