venerdì 19 settembre 2014

Be the happiest star #6 Declutter and be inspired!

If I had to do a tutorial on something I would not go for a makeup or even worse! a hairstyle tutorial, which not only I would have serious problems actualising but the biggest issue would be taking pictures while braiding my hair in the back trying not to look too herp derp. Cannot do three things at the same time, you know me!
Recently I have been working on my bedroom, so what better tutorial than on how to rearrange your space?

  • Declutter

First of all, getting rid of a bunch of stuff does not mean throwing away things that mean something to you, or happy memories; it just counts as getting organised, rearranging the space in order to feel it like new and more "yours". At the beginning it would feel empty and sad but, trust me, the fun part has just begun!

As for me, I carefully took down all my drawings from the wall and put them in a folder. I'm pretty sure one day I'll be glad I kept them :)

  • Pragmatism

We all go through phases, both emotional and "practical". Of course if you are studying you would need a functional desk for your homework and study. If you are lucky enough to have a social life that is not limited to Tumblr *cough cough* you might want to frame your favourite pictures and even dedicate an entire wall to them... 

  • Inspiration

It does not matter what your current situation is, you should have an inspirational scrapbook, or a Pinterest album, to know which direction to take when it comes to DIY interior design and all that jazz. That would also save you some money because nevermind how much you like that colonial bedside table, if you are re-decorating, you need to be consistent with your style of choice.

Oh, hello Chateau!

When my room was a white canvas I still had nothing planned. Because I didn't have Pinterest! Did I want something victorian or romantic? Something pop and creative? Maybe vintage ? In the end Paris was my inspiration: pastel colours, cute laces and ribbons here and there and, of course, the tower!

  • Moving on 

Also declutter is a great starting point to move forward with future projects. For me that was organising my makeup battlestation, painting my wardrobe, and getting rid of some old clothes with an useful tip... but I'll tell you more about it in another post!

mercoledì 10 settembre 2014

What I've learned from Berlin

Remember my Survival of Erasmus tips? I figured it would be nice to tell you a couple of things I learned during my trip to Berlin, just in case you are planning to visit or are just curious to know down-to-earth information, far from the usual guide books!

  • If you see a poster of a guy on the streets, he is probably NOT Hitler
A girl from our tour turned around, looked at us and asked: "Is that Hitler?!" with the face of someone who finally understood the secret of life or something... True story brah!  Picture may be related.

  • Beware the deadly mosquitos
Nuff said. I've been scratching my arms for days even after I came back.

  • Them supercars
I have properly heard a V12 and seen my first Mustang. I'm still a n00b when it comes to cars but, hey, who can say no to any flashy coloured vehicle with 2 doors and a sloping back?! JK!!

  • They sell pieces of wall at souvenier shops
I don't know if I should cringe or praise the genius marketing mind behind it. In general I just facepalm at those people who bought a piece of wall, it's a very sad memorabilia if it is the actual wall, and a very sad waste of money if it's not the original. Either way, sad.
  • Currywurst and beer
Beer or the other variations with Fanta or Sprite, of course. Bottoms up! ...Wait. This might be on any Travel-book. Oh well.

  • You don't have to sound really angry while speaking German, but it helps
If you have seen The Great Dictator you probably know what I mean ;)

sabato 6 settembre 2014

Spend a little more time trying to make something of yourself and little less time trying to impress people

If you haven't seen 'The breakfast club' (1985), you are definitely missing out! It talks about teenagers and their identity during high school in a very fun and enlightening way; but it can actually suit any situation, blogosphere included. I'm sure we can all relate to this quote and know exactly which aspect of our life we ought to improve.

lunedì 1 settembre 2014

Not all those who wander are lost

September (or late August) means "back to school". There is no doubt about it. Beauty gurus say so. Lookbook says so. Suddenly notebooks and pens are sold everywhere. Away with the sunblock! In with the stationery! 
By the way, am I the only one who used the same backpack from middle school 'till the very last day of high school??

But for some people there is no school/university to go back to. "Lucky!" you'd say. Wellll.... Think of life this way: you wake up and you know which subjects you will take on that day, because you chose them previously. You are told the exact pages to study and you hopefully know when the next test will be. Until one day you graduate.
Then nobody will ever let you choose your modules again, no more exam dates, no more explained chapters. No more classrooms nor classmates. People with your same background are killer competitors, ready to jump in front of you for your dream job.
Ok fine, maybe I'm being overdramatic here. But you get the idea! ;)

I was thinking about this today while I was evaluating my situation and feeling somewhat lost. But then I realised one is lost only when he actually loses his path. Semantics at its finest. So what if I didn't exactly have a path, and I was simply wandering and wondering trying to find my way. This is not Wonderland, not all the ways are
the Queen's ways! So mine must be somewhere around here, or not around here at all, and the only way to find out is to keep searching (aka: sending CVs and hoping for the best).

Maybe John Ronald Reuel Tolkien was right, not all those who wander are lost. 

lunedì 25 agosto 2014

Oh you pretty things

During my recent trips I came across some really unique items, not only in shops but also in markets, or simply on the streets. 

Walking around Carnaby Street in London I was totally drowned to this shop (shout out to all Irregular Choice lovers). No need to say I had to take some pictures for you, and a pair of sunglasses for myself ;)

"Look! A unicorn! It's picture time!"

And just to stay in topic with friendly creatures, I saw this book near Soho and woah, the illustrations are sooooo cool!! Check it out if you like steampunk, anything victorian, and surreal situations.

Soho Square is a pretty fun place to hang out... Even the street signs are having a blast! The first time I've seen similar ones was in Florence and I thought it was an unique thing... Am I being naive again?

Oh yeah, the white sky of England. I nearly forgot about that after one year back to Italy. But there's a remedy to improve the mood: "Fancy a glass on wine? Literally."

Camden Town, thanks for creating needs existing!

PS: we had to get a Joy Division t-shirt there because of reasons

I admit that I wanted to change my outfit after Camden before stepping into Harrods... That place is a lot fancier than what I could remember. Also it is very very easy to spot the buyers from the casual tourists. My whole outfit-change idea was sort of a fail anyway haha! 

I fell in love with these tea cups in a golden bird cage <3

We reached the end of this post, and I want to leave you with the picture of a giant blue cock rooster!

Please, no need to thank me <3