venerdì 23 gennaio 2015

Be the happiest star #9 Positive calendar!

I noticed I could go weeks without even realising the days passing by and then wondered "What happened to this month??", I'm sure it's not just me.
I guess all of you are aware of the 100happydayschallenge thing that has invaded facebook and instagram, especially due to the brand new year. Very well, keeping track of the day number for the challenge is too much for me so I decided to do my own version of the challenge and stop worrying about the days altogether. And no better way to tell you about it than in my "Be the happiest star" series. 

*imaginary intro music*

Instead of rubbing my happiness on my fb friends' faces, or hoping to make them a bit jelly happy with me, I decided to start a work-in-progress collection of very fancy looking daily/weekly planners *cough cough Paperblanks*. Which alone makes me happy whenever I see them on my shelf or I reach for the current one. 
The idea is to use it as if it was a diary, but without the Sex and the City mental theories about men and psychology. As you may know I'm a sticky-notes fanatic so the telegraphic style is my way to remember things, this way it has to be meaningful purely to me. 
Plus since I graduated I haven't really been stationery shopping and my writing tools are, let's say, not sufficient even though very amusing. 

It is not a "Dear diary" brainchild, nor a "I cant be happy today cuz I couldnt pick the best filter #1wp", and neither a "Monday? What did I do on monday?" thing. It is simply my positive calendar. No challenge needed.

domenica 18 gennaio 2015

I'm not crazy, my reality is just different than yours

Among all the Disney movies 'Alice in Wonderland' was not my favourite at least until my uni days. Possibly because of my passion for a certain Japanese 'kawaii' fashion that often featured some Wonderland themes. But even now that I'm not much into lolita anymore it still means more than an odd fairytale to me: it's like a view on the world in general and its priorities, a different approach to things.
My friends recently agreed that if I were a Disney character I'd be Alice, whereas most of them would be Belle, Cinderella, Snow White... Finally I got it, I'm not your typical princess, but who cares when you can have mad tea parties.

martedì 6 gennaio 2015

What I've learned from Prague

The first time I went to Prague was during high school on a school trip and I agreed that Prague is indeed a motionless city where signs of the Cold War are nowhere to be found: a shameless suppression. A city that seems small, mysterious and decadent despite the effort to show its artistic value and economical expansion. 

But now, almost ten years later it looked more scarred by westernization than anything else. Distant from any Marxist naivety. Very easy to spot Starbucks but harder and harder to find Tatranky, if you don't know what I'm talking about I just proved my point.

  • Things are cheap but beware the waiters will be keeping the tip. Don't worry about that if the scenery makes up for it.

  • There might be the chance you are surrounded by Italians...

  • Trdelnik... I still cannot pronounce it but they're yummy!

  • The "biggest" disco and shopping centre in "Europe".

  • Let's start with basic words: pivo = beer.

  • Ending words with dead Russian politicians' names doesn't make it grammatically correct in Czech *cough cough*

  • Oh look, an astronomical clock, that's cool but now move because you are blocking the entire square!

  • Apparently not all Tesco have Lambrini. Heartbroken.

  • Liberty Liberty Liberty, did I mention Liberty?

  • If you are lucky enough to have TGI or fusion restaurants or a Hard Rock Café in your hometown step out of your comfort food-zone and do try some typical Czech food because it is good!

Bonus pic: very serious blogger at work

giovedì 1 gennaio 2015

Life is happening right now outside your screens

2014 has definitely been a #nofilter #eyebrowgamestrong #butfirst #hashtag
Sometimes it's nice to glow from the inside and not from the light of your smarty.

domenica 28 dicembre 2014

From Santa's lil helpers' side

It seemed to me that this Christmas was all about presents and not about true feelings. Maybe being one of Santa's little helpers gave me a not-so-objective view but here's what I learned and want to share with you:

Don't enter a shop saying "I need to buy a present" like it's some unusual thing. Maybe say something about who you want to give the present to and your budget. Breaking news: it's Christmas and everyone buys presents, if it was for you you wouldn't be standing there with that lost espression.

If you don't want to spend more than € 10 for your bff, how about you take her out for a pizza and spend some quality time together? It's a much better idea than rushing in a shop on Christmas eve because you still don't have a present. Do you even think about her while shopping during the other 12 months of the year?

Look, if you have time to complain that the shop is too crowded and people are queuing at the till, you might have time to find your wallet in your massive bag, figure out roughly how much you have to pay, if you have enough money or if you have to use your card, remember your code, come up with a new physics law and learn a foreign language. Do it.

Trust the shop assistants. If your great grandma is a posh lady with dozens of hats and corgis chances are she will like a flowery fragrance. Stop pointing at the ginger and norwegian woods deodorant. But here you are. Pardon? Oh not what you are looking for? You don't say.

Any kind of bowel tablets or digestion related herbal teas aren't considered present-able even with the prettiest wrapping. Why do you hate your friends so much? I'd get it if it was a funny joke but think twice please, a lot of other things are better jokes than that.

Sup dawg, I heard you like presents, but if something has a ribbon on it, it's already wrapped as a present. There is no need to make it more of a present. Especially if it's 50grams of spicy tea or a chapstick. And don't you dare pay with a € 500 note. 

That's all for this year, I feel like I spread enough Christmas cheer in this post ;)
Oh, any reference to real people or situation is... totally true! Do you feel me now?