23 July 2014

A change would do you good

Sharyl Crow released this song, "A change would do you good", 17 years ago. And even though I haven't listened to it for at least 15 years, I can still hear it playing in my head.

You have to release yourself to the world every day in the hope that ultimately people will not forget  you. Everybody wants to make a mark.

What if somebody is telling you today that Maslow got it wrong and our fundamental need is the need to not have to endure change. Jonathan Fileds , from the Good Life Project, is talking about the Paradox of Change. I listened to his words more then once trying to get everything in my system. Trying to reprograme me to embrace change wholeheartedly every day.

"Everybody wants to own the result but nobody wants to won the process, especially when it involves change or disruption to the patterns around which we’ve grown accustomed to." says Jonathan.

Change most probably feels more than you can take. Which is true. Because change involves  more than you used to take. But if you want better you need to own “more”. 

Are you ready to rock your life?

21 July 2014

About Batman, a guilt gift and how to calm down your woman

Yesterday I saw this cool video from Jay Leno's Garage about the Batman's tumbler. It was fascinating even for me, a car-free girl. I thought I'd share it with you and then, while watching the latest Suits episode I came across this hilarious scene, which to me was better. Donna enters Mike's office totally pissed and starts giving him a lecture when Mike interrupts her:

Mike                  - Amy did you send Donna the package?
Donna                - Guilt gift, didn't open it!
Mike's assistant - It was a Balenciaga, classic town bag
Donna                - Ivory?
Mike's assistant - Anthracite with an outside pocket

I thought this nice little suggestion on how to calm down a/your woman, when you did something to upset her, may come more handy ( for the 54% men reading my blog, says Google Analytics) And yes, kisses are sweet and love is grant but sometimes gifts are sweeter and more efficient to make up for any guilt you may be bearing.

Don't get me wrong, we, women, are far from guilt-free, it's just that we have different ways of making up for our misbehaviour.

A gift a day keeps the doctor away!

P.S. the perfect love gift and a nice song to set the mood right

Credit photo: purseblog

19 July 2014

Another little adventure: Corbii de Piatra/ The Stone Ravens

We have quite a rainy summer here in Romania. Fine with me since lately I've been enjoying my share of walking in the warm summer rain. And speaking of rain, a few months back we had a nice little adventure, Cristian and I. Unlike our visit to Poenari Castle, I was glad Tudor fell asleep in the car on our way there cause, at times, it was difficult for me to stand on the slippery wet ground, let alone carrying Tudor.

The rupestral church Corbii de Piatra (the Stone Ravens) is an enigma, embedded in stone, hidden as a cave in the mountain's wall. It is certainly one of a kind , its earliest dating going back to the II nd century A.D. More about it on the official site.  The rain didn't stop us for enjoying this unique place and the climbing on the big stone there.

We made it back in one piece although we proved to be "rusty" on our way back. The kids were much more braver than we were and they got back first. The mud, the rain were there to make this even more interesting and evidence that you can have fun any weather and anywhere.

An adventure a day keeps the doctor away

P.S. Stairway to Poenari Castle and 2 other pictures from there with some "wisdom" on the side.

If I could wear anything this summer- "Mohotani" Sunglasses

If there is a must item for the summer, not that I believe in any "musts", I would say it's sunglasses. And these ones above can turn any outfit from ordinary to extraordinary. And who doesn't want to look extraordinary?

The sunglasses are Dior Mohotani 58mm Cat Eye  and you can check the full interesting outfit not seen in the picture on Garance's blog.

A sunglasses a day keeps the doctor away!

P.S. 12 ways to style a white shirt and cool sandals

Credit photo: Garance Dore

16 July 2014

Nailed it - The IT color

I bet you couldn't wait to see my yellow-ish nails I've been telling you here. NOT. I know everybody has better things to do, even I have better things to do. But every now and then, in this life that plays with us in the fast forward mode, we just need to stop. And say I will take a picture of my silly nails and, to make it better, I will make a fool out of myself again, by posting it on my blog. So, here it is, I had fun and hope you do, too!

What did you do the last time you stopped?

A mani a day keeps the doctor away!

P.S. how to feel better and how to act at dinner parties

14 July 2014

The pursuit of happyness

Lately, I keep hearing my friends saying all they would like to do in vacation would be actually nothing, meaning a staycation. Everyone with kids knows that when the kiddos are out of the house it feels like vacation already so why bother to spend time, energy and money to go someplace else.

On the other hand, my best friend sent me these wonderful "postcards" from the seaside, this weekend. And I realized once again, it's all worth it. To go out there, explore the world and meet happiness on the way.

Happiness doesn't simply stay where you are. It goes into the world for everybody to enjoy it. You just have to search for it and meet it wherever happiness is. Wherever you are...

Go out there! Be happy!

P.S. Your brand and how to select your thoughts

11 July 2014

For the Dancing and the Dreaming

by SheepSkeleton

And love me for eternity
My dearest one my darling dear
Your mighty words astound me
But I've no need of mighty deeds
When I feel your arms around me
But I would bring you rings of gold
I'd even sing you poetry [Valka: Oh, would you?]
And I would keep you from all harm
If you would stay beside me
I have no use for rings of gold
I care not for your poetry
I only want your hand to hold
I only want you near me
To love to kiss to sweetly hold
For the dancing and the dreaming
Through all life's sorrows and delights
I'll keep your laugh inside me
I'll swim and sail on savage seas
With ne'er a fear of drowning
And gladly ride the waves of life
If you will marry me

A little bit of poetry, a little bit of dancing and a little bit of romance - this was my treat at "How to train your dragon 2". Here you can listen to Gerard Butler (Stoick) and Cate Blanchett (Valka) singing this nice little song: For the Dancing and the Dreaming

Families are forever and it takes two to tango, that's what they say, don't they ?!

A love dance a day keeps the doctor away!

7 July 2014

Happy 6th Birtday, Cristisor!

I cannot begin to tell you how proud I am of my son, Cristian. To me he is just perfect and smart too, and a philosopher in the making.

Just the other night, while reading the bedtime stories he asks me:
- Mom, what's the difference between a princess and a queen?
- Hm..., maybe the princess is younger and the queen more mature, I answer stupidly but I come back shortly with a better answer:There is only one queen in a country and several princesses
- I know, I know! The queen is more determined whereas the princess is calmer.

I told you already that we have the most amazing conversations in the dark, while I watch them go to sleep. One time, out of the blue, Cristisor starts:
"- Mom, the flowers, you need to water them and take care of them, otherwise they die.
- Yes, you're right. It goes the same with people. People need love, otherwise they are sad.
- The rich ones that don't have love, they are sad, right, mom?! And the poors, they have families, they have love and they are happy when they sell something (I can't imagine, where he got this part from ) and he continues:
   And others, they are grumpy and they always say "Why do I have to do this and that, why, why!!!" and nobody wants to stay by their side anymore.
   This is the difference between the rich, the grumpy and the sad."

I could hardly believe that a 5 year old can go that deep. This conversation to me felt sensational, reassuring and overwhelming to see that C learnt this early in life what happiness is really about.

Thank you, Cri, for making me a mother!
Thank you for giving me the supreme joy of breastfeeding!
Thank you for the compliments you pay me so wholeheartedly!
Thank you for seeding so much love in my heart!

I so love you to pieces! Happy birthday, Cristisor!

P.S. Happy 5th birthday, Cristisor  and other interesting conversations here and here

6 July 2014

If I could wear anything today - espadrilles

Valentino Ethno Bondage leather espadrilles. A pleasure to look at and a joy to wear, I can image ...

P.S. other day-time dreaming

5 July 2014

A grocery bag story

A few days ago I witnessed this conversation of a young couple leaving a grocery in our neighbourhood. She was carrying a bag, he was empty-handed so he tells her:
      - Give me the bag!
      - No, it's ok, I can carry it, says the woman.

Of course she can, but why on earth would she want to? Do we, women, have to prove ourselves even when we go grocery shopping? Isn't what we do every day enough already?! I am the queen of my castle and I wouldn't want, not even for a second, to be a king. I want to remember each day that I need to be pretty, not tough ; just like men need to be powerful, not pretty. And yes, metrosexuals are too much for me just like women that only know how to be tough and powerful.

Men and women, we are so beautifully different, why would anyone want to mix and mess the two?

P.S. can women have it all?!
Later edit: what scares me the most is that men will eventually stop asking if women keep saying "no, I can do it"