Saturday, March 29, 2014

Fear Not

A few days ago I finished reading a great book that truly put certain things in perspective. I strongly recommend The Alchemist, a tale of a shepherd on his way to finding treasure in the Pyramids in Egypt and ultimately learning the deepest secrets and lessons of life. As I was reading it, there were a few points I wanted to highlight for further consideration and possibly to write about them here in a series of posts. However, after a few pages I realized that it would mean highlighting pretty much the entire book as every thought had provoked some sort of thinking. One thought, however, had really struck my attention: “There is only one thing that makes a dream impossible to achieve: the fear of failure.” Isn’t it true? Think about it. Each and every one of us has access to the greatest resources our lives have to offer. It is a matter of allowing ourselves to let what we wish for into our lives. However, only a handful of people believe that they deserve it all, while the rest of us opt out for only dreaming of having something. Why is that? It’s quite simple actually – we are afraid that trying to achieve something will just leave us disappointed, that we won’t be able to achieve that final destination and will only ‘lose the game.’ If that does happen, though, are you really losing anything? I think not. The only thing you are losing is this meaningless dreaming about something that’s not meant for you. If you try something and ‘fail’, this will only give you a reason to move on and try something else. If you think about it this way you will realize that there is no such thing as failing. Any ‘failure’ is a means of gaining new experience, new dream and a new goal. So go ahead, do what you are afraid to do. Force yourself through it and you will see just how much is possible. 

Doing what makes me happy – dressing up, posing, posting; to the good times and many many more of these to come:

























Sunday, March 16, 2014

Peaches and Green

This somewhat strange combination - of bright peachy orange and khaki green colors - was certainly a brave pairing; however, I think it actually worked out flawlessly. Since the brighter color of the button-down shirt is toned down by the calmer color of the sweater, the two pieces are not interfering, but in turn contribute to each other in a way that makes the overall outfit interesting and fun.

I certainly am a big fan of strange color combinations. How great is fashion of the 21st century? There are almost no rules in terms of color, textures, shapes, etc. Now the key is, of course, not to get completely carried away; but it seems like these days it's very hard to push the limit as there is a demand for every invention of the human mind. 




Sweater: via Strawberries;  Shirt: Express;  Pants: NY & Company;  Boots: BCBG

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Being Happy

My version of a little black dress, as worn to another Speakeasy Dollhouse play. Yep, I went again, and yep, I admit that I'm addicted. Oh well, as long as it makes me happy J
That’s the thing - being happy. I was talking to my friend as we were walking through the beautiful venue of the play, about the importance of finding something that makes you truly happy, and even more importantly, being able to indulge into it without guilt and regrets. This strategy of enjoying things that make us happy to the fullest should apply to anything and everything in our lives; and it all depends on us and our attitude towards life itself. We get to choose whether to do what we truly like regardless of other people's opinions and stereotypes or to fall under those stereotypes and outside opinions and give up something we enjoy. Who cares if you don't support common views and opinions - you are your own person with your own belief and values; who cares if you choose to stay home when everyone is going out or to go out when everyone is staying in - you are free in your actions and desires; who cares if you don't fit in - be unique as that's what makes you you. There are so many opportunities we end up passing up because we are afraid that someone will not approve. Well guess what - no matter what decision you make there will always be someone who won't approve. So do what you feel like doing and more and more you will find joy and happiness in little things that surround you every day.




Dress: via Bolton's;  Boots: Franco Sarto;  Pearl Necklaces: via Feline's Basement;  Bracelet: NY & Company

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Little Black Dress

A little black dress, also known as the LBD, has, is and probably always will be one of the staples of any grown-up closet. Introduced in 1926 by the legendary Coco Chanel, this clothing piece has really made its way into the hearts and closets of women all around the world. With the variety of shapes, textures, features, fits, there is an LBD for any occasion, any personality and any mood. Any simple little black dress can go a long way with the right accessories and with a little touch of the right attitude. While the possibilities and ideas for styling the LBD are endless, I want to provide my few tips and suggestions to help you find your favorite style and make the most out of this closet staple.

Texture: Sequins, Leather, Lace

Try:
1) for more of a fabulous effect, try pairing a black sequined dress and gold accessories and jewelry;
2) rock a leather dress with metal accessories for an edgier look;
3) try a feminine approach by wearing a lace dress and pearl jewelry

Shape: A-line, Maxi, T-Shirt

Try:
1) girlie a-line shape can be easily accompanied by such accessories as silk scarves, flower belts and cute gemstone earrings
2) t-shirt dresses go well with long necklaces, bangles and tougher boots
3) not really a little black dress, a maxi dress can be a great canvas to showcase your higher-end jewelry and shoes

Disproportion: Long-Sleeved Mini, Asymmetrical, One-Shoulder

Try:
1) the modest silhouette of such dress calls for bright and chunky jewelry
2) matching your shoes and bag may be ‘old news’ but try selecting brighter colors and you will be right on point for any occasion
3) go all back for a more sophisticated look

Features: Cutouts, Front Zippers, Embellishments

The most critical thing when it comes to dresses with such features as cutouts, front zippers and embellishments is not to overdo with accessories and jewelry as these dresses are already quite expressive as they are. Keep it simple, keep it classy, keep it beautiful.
Try:
1) large, stand-out rings
2) sleek clutches
3) sky-high heels

Bodycon: Long-Sleeved, Sleeveless, Spaghetti Strap

Bodycon dresses are a great foundation for any types of fitted jackets. Tailored casual, biker and professional jackets and blazers all focus on enhancing your figure by making your waist smaller and creating a much desired hourglass shape.
Try:
1) Tailors jackets
2) Bulky necklaces
3) Arm jewelry (e.g. watches, bangles, ring)

Monday, March 3, 2014

Inspiration

I have noticed recently that every year I go through a very similar cycle, which I play out subconsciously season after season. It typically starts in the fall, when the realization that the cold, dark winter days are right around the corner makes me very sad and blue. Subconsciously, I turn into a vulnerable, self-deprecating person and in a very strange way I start focusing on the negative, upsetting things in my life – all the wrong things as there are always lots and lots of great things I can be grateful for. Winters are especially tough, as I struggle with the grayness of the days, holidays away from my family, heaviness of the bulky winter clothes. Fortunately, next comes the best time yet. As the spring sun starts melting the snow away and warming up the ground, I start coming out of my winter coma. At this time, happiness, gratefulness and inspiration become my every-day guides.

Inspiration. What an incredible feeling to be inspired. Regardless of what that inspiration is, it truly makes every day more exciting and simply better. It gives you something to look forward to, it helps you grow and makes you more observant of the world around you. It can come from within you or it can come from the outside sources. As part of my yearly cycle, it is for the second year in a row that I was lucky to attend an event that brings great inspiration to my life. You may recall this post from almost exactly a year ago, when I first attended the Speakeasy Dollhouse play, an immersive play set in the 1920s-1930s featuring amazing actors and burlesque dancers and following a mysterious and truly intriguing murder story. I remember how after I attended the play for the first time and got a chance to immerse myself into the world of beautiful artistry, creativity and talent I was determined to make all those things a part of my life as well. I picked up my writing, I sketched and drew, I listened to jazz and the likes of Frank Sinatra. At that time I was happy. I found inspiration. Somehow throughout the year it faded away. It’s just one of those things – very easy to slip away. The good news is that it as easily can be gained back given the right circumstances. Luckily, a couple of days ago, I got a chance to attend another Speakeasy Dollhouse event – The Brothers Booth. Set in a different but just as beautiful setting as its predecessor, the play brought a flash of the same amazing emotions and inspiring feelings. Yet again, I am happy to have participated in an event that puts me in the best of moods and shows me the importance of doing what you truly love. It is very clear that every person involved in the creation and the happening of each of these events enjoys it to the highest degree. You can feel the great energy and the amazing atmosphere of talent, joy and inspiration. Every performer gives the audience a part of their world; and that is exactly what makes these events so successful and so inspiring.