Oh January sales…

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You guys, I see huge sale signs everywhere I go these days! I made the terrible mistake of going into Zara because somehow I convinced myself that I was just going in for an innocent browsing. You know it’s never innocent!! The store was brimming with crazy customers turning everything upside down. It reminded me of my summer folding clothes and greeting customers at Hollister. It was insane, I could never keep up with the amount people messing it all up as I desperately tried to keep things slightly organized *deep breath*

Of course I thought it’d be fun to try on a few items just for the sake of it. And obviously we all know what happens after: I fall in love! I feel like Zara reflects the elegant, sophisticated  woman I hope to be, but for now I just admire this mysterious woman. For now I remind myself that falling in love messes with your mind, so be rational! You need to save up for your trip. And don’t forget you’ve already splurged on a new pair of boots last week. You win some, you lose some. But hey, a girl can dream!

Savory Oatmeal

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My lovely, nagging mother has been reminding me all my life how breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Following in her footsteps, I’m now a breakfast devotee and guilty of sometimes spending far too much time looking for new recipes to try. Well truth is, I usually stick to the old combo of scrambled eggs and toast, but every once in a while I dare to be a little bit more adventurous…

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I’m going to Scotland!

Next month I’ll be flying to Scotland for the very first time. It has been a dream of mine to visit Glasgow ever since I watched this movie and fell in love with its quiet, gloomy landscape. And now that I have a friend living there, it just seemed to be the perfect opportunity to finally make that dream come true! I’ll be staying in Glasgow for the most part, but I couldn’t possibly skip Edinburgh, so that’s high on the list. I’d love to have the chance to visit the Highlands, so hopefully I’ll be able to make that happen as well. I couldn’t be more excited and I’m counting down the days.

Have you ever been to Scotland? Do you have any tips? I’d love to hear!

Photo by Ian Woodhead

The one where I think I’m a model

Okay, so technically this is not a fashion blog. But my interests span multiple fields – and apparently I have a lot of free time, because taking these pictures took longer than I expected! Anyway, it all started with me getting ready to go out with friends. I wasn’t feeling inspired so it didn’t take me long to put an outfit together, but I ended up really liking the final result – even though it’s a plain, earth-tone look that doesn’t really stand out. But that’s the beauty of it: just a simple, classic look I guess!

Back to the story: suddenly I was quite pleased with myself so I decided to channel my inner model and do an impromptu shoot. Yeah.. I need to work on that.. so let’s pretend it looks decent and also go ahead and disregard that lousy background. Hey, I’m just trying to bring back that exhilarating amateur quality blogs used to have in the good old days!

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Flowers, so many flowers!

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Last spring I had the chance to visit the magical place that is known as the Garden of Europe, that is home to more than seven million tulips, with over 79 acres of bright colors and fragrance, one of the world’s largest flower gardens: the beautiful Keukenhof garden, situated in Lisse, Netherlands.

It really is an endless, peaceful, colorful sea of all kinds of flowers, surrounded by canals, a playground, a fun little maze, a windmill and restaurants. We got there early in the morning and spent the day walking around, taking in the atmosphere. It’s a stunning, calming place and it was a perfect day for walking around. We had lunch at one of the restaurants where the food was really good and surprisingly, not too expensive! The garden is open for just two months each spring, so if feels like a little treasure (one that you share with a bunch of other tourists, but isn’t it like that everywhere these days?). I can’t believe it’s almost been a year! Time does fly by…

So here are few pictures out of the thousands I took, if you’d like to see 🙂

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In Pursuit of A Better Life

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Hello friends! Long time no post. I guess you could say I had a long week of procrastination and soul searching. One thing I’ve learned? The soul searching never ends, it’s a lifelong process, get used to it.

I’m taking the time to really get to know myself. It sounds so cheesy, but I feel that sometimes I just go through life on autopilot. I believe that it is my job to be in control of my thoughts and how I feel, and I how I shape my reality. So I’m taking small steps towards a more efficient and fulfilling lifestyle: I’m getting up a bit earlier in the morning; I meditate (still trying to figure out how that works, by the way), write on my journal and do yoga. It sounds like so much work, but it’s actually very pleasant and I feel that I’m starting off my day more prepared, more productive and alert.

On my tendency to procrastinate, I’m taking a new approach to solve the problem. I have this new mantra that I keep repeating constantly in my head: the only way past it is through it. It works! Well it might be too soon to take any conclusions, but so far so good. And it’s amazing how you feel so much better after just sucking it up doing something you were supposed to do in the first place. You feel so much lighter afterwards. Why does my brain refuse to accept that?!

Anyway, it’s all paying off quite nicely. Halfway through my walk back home today the rain was falling sideways, the wind broke my umbrella. I was soaking wet, but I remembered to keep positive thoughts and not let that ruin my mood, like my mom always says. No, wait a minute. Am I becoming my mother? Oh no..

Jim Carrey on Netflix

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Oh my, have you seen the much buzzed about Jim & Andy: The Great Beyond documentary on Netflix? It’s fascinating. For years I’ve reading about method acting and actors who stay in character during the entire shooting of a movie, but I don’t think I had any idea of how intense that was! The documentary follows Jim Carrey as he completely immerses himself in the role of comedian Andy Kaufman and things get so crazy that sometimes you can’t tell what’s real from and what’s fiction. What a trip. Jim Carrey also talks about his life, career and spirituality. He’s such an interesting person, I loved getting a glimpse of that. It all got me thinking about the power of manifestation, fate, dreams, all that good stuff. Fascinating.

“It’s the butterfly effect, man, and I would have been somewhere completely different,” says Carrey. So true isn’t it? Aha! I’m having an Oprah moment.

A lot of actors have had a hard time recovering from equally immersive performances. A few examples are: Martin Sheen in Apocalypse Now; Christian Bale in American Hustle and Shelley Duvall in The Shining, who said “Going through day after day of excruciating work was almost unbearable.” Oh, that doesn’t particularly surprise me.