Friday, 23 September 2011

All that You Have

It's been a while since I last posted anything here. During these weeks and months I experienced death and birth of all kinds (do you remember this post?). People died, relationships died and futures died. But as in life there is always birth, the deaths of the soul are also followed by magnificient rebirths - if you let them happen, only if you don't resist too hard to die first.

This blog might not be the same ever again as what it used to be.

What I am experiencing now is the total freedom of the mind which brings about the peace of the soul. I have taken a huge sack off my shoulders and started to breathe again and now all I can see around me is freedom and the beauty of it. This is the greatest feeling of all. Today I got up earlier and I was standing on my balcony. There was still a morning mist in the air and I was looking over the roofs and streets beneath. Such a long time since I last felt this total lightness and peace of all that was inside of me. So many things we lose on the road. So many worthless things. And there is only one thing we must preserve and keep safe: our soul. All my problems ceased to exist, all the pain is gone, the dead one is buried and all I see is flowers on the tomb while I know I still have the most important thing one can have: myself.

But don't listen to me, listen to Tracy Chapman instead... "Hunger only for a taste of justice / Hunger only for a world of truth"

by Shane Rucker

Thursday, 25 August 2011

Wednesday, 24 August 2011

Clear-out Coming Soon

Nobody should be misled by the hot days we are having the last few weeks, autumn is around the corner. Days are getting shorter, school starts next week and the next salary comes in September.

So today's project for me was to look for autumn and winter clothes on eBay. I do not have the patience to go shopping and look for a sweater for hours so I just click on my preferences and there I can see what I am looking for.

This also means I will need to get rid of all the clothes I have but do not wear anymore. Clear-out on the horizon!

Tuesday, 23 August 2011

How to Wear Jewelry: Part 1. Go for the Color

When we decide to wear jewelry we usually tend to forget just how many ways it can be worn. The supply is huge, the styles are countless, materials vary from plastic to diamonds, so it is not always easy to decide in the morning rush what would best go with the clothes we plan to wear.

I will try to guide my dear readers through the several styles and ways of wearing jewelry - from the most simple to the most creative ways.

The message of the first chapter in this series is: Go for the Color!

This is the easiest way to get those pieces actually dress you up and to get the most out of them. No big secret: just match them to the color of your outfit, accessories, or sometimes even to your skin tone or hair color. Manageable, right?

The best example is the style you see on the far right (dress by Pucci): the turquoise color of the bracelet just repeats the color of the dress.

Same story on the next photo: have fun and put on a pair of earrings in exactly the same color of the dress but play with the style.

Be careful, this needs a bit more experienced hand, don't go too far from the style of the dress, just make it all funny or eye-catching (dress by Nina Ricci).

You can do the same with the necklace. Even a formal dress can get a bit lighter if you spice it up with a playful necklace in matching color.

Make sure that one of these is matching: color or style. If both are exactly the same, you can get a boring result but if neither of them is really matching, you can end up looking like a joke (dress by Nina Ricci again).

Easy to know why it works again (dress by Prada): same color and a spoonful of fun. Look at the shoes that break up the monotony of purple. You don't want to dress up in purple from head to toe either, do you?

Wonderful texture, rich materials, necklace exactly in place on the neckline. This is how the perfect statement jewelry looks when it is chosen based on the color.

Can you imagine the same dress with a simple silver necklace? Boring! But this piece brings out all of the simple dress and makes it even more special (dress by Oscar de la Renta). If you also have a piece like this in your collection, don't overuse it, but save it for the best occasions when they can work with all their power.

Now, let's move forward as you can not only match your jewelry to the main part of the outfit but also to the accessories. Easy, if you have a webshop like Csinicsomag in your internet bookmarks where smart angels make the composition for you. With a jewelry collection wisely expanded, you will also have this option at home.

But have you ever seen anything as lovely as matching the jewelry with the color and the shape of the ornaments on the dress (and do you recognize Natalie Portman here)? Looks easy but can get just too much so think twice before you throw anything circular on you when you wear a dotted skirt. The pieces really need to match. Choose only one piece of jewelry and even if you put on some more, refrain from repeating the ornaments all the time. For an ordinary weekday one such perfect match is perfectly enough.

However, for the sophisticated, here is the ultimate matching worn by Naomi. And now we have arrived to the next theme in this series which I will tell you about in the next chapter very soon - you can hardly go wrong if you go tribal with your jewelry.

Coming soon...

Monday, 22 August 2011

How to Get a Day Right

Today started as crap, at 10 AM I was already sure that nothing is going to change this easily. Well, not easily, but it happened in the end: we bought 4 tickets (ladies only night) to an upcoming ballet performance at the Budapest Opera of Shakespeare's "A Midsummer Night's Dream", with the music of Mendelssohn. I just love the opera and love dance arts so I can't wait to see it, especially in such a great company.

And then in the evening we took a nice walk with Orsi, you know, the author of the guest post here, in search of banana turmix for me. It took a while but we wound up not only drinking turmix but eating the best rakott palacsinta (crepes cake) of the city.

So whatever strangers/work/conditions/etc. mess up, true friends can always make it right!

Thursday, 18 August 2011

Why Not 1.

Why not be just happy about the most simple things in life? Just like...

- Compliments about the new ring I bought yesterday
- 5 pieces of pogácsa free of charge from the baker in the morning
- Sizzling indian summer in Budapest
- The hottest (or so they say) chili paprika bush which will provide components for the gulyás we plan to cook in the garden on Saturday
- The book written in the unique style of Amos Oz
- The textile seahorse that turned into a cute brooch today
- Killer Callanetics lessons together with one of my best friends
- My friendly cactuses on the balcony that I got from the Mom of another one of my best friends
- And: why not?

Wednesday, 17 August 2011


You might remember the "Beautiful technology" earrings I made using blue howlit. They got soon reserved with the additional request for a matching necklace.

It took me a while but now the necklace is ready.

As you see I have no model so it was myself posing with this new piece. (Volunteers welcome for modeling! And I'm being serious now.) The length of the necklace is of course adjustable.

Today after work I somehow (...) walked into one of my favourite bead shops and they were having sales at extremely low prices on ready jewelry made using minerals. I am saving money for a holiday but I just could not resist, especially because normally they do not sell ready-made jewelry so now was the time to grab a bargain on hand-made pieces.

So it is not only Helen getting some new jewelry now, but also your La Kukac, what a wonderful day!