Thursday, 9 November 2017

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Must see TV series right now

Well hello to you too! ;)

Some of you are missing my movie reviews and I'll try to push them as soon as I can or just I'll just wrote about movies I liked in short. Honestly, there were not so many this year (disappointed :(). 

I also mentioned tv series are providing so much better material to watch so here are my 5 suggestions you should watch (if you haven't already).

BIG LITTLE LIES (1 season, 7 episodes)
Based on the novel by Liane Moriarty. Interesting and tense storyline with great acting. Cast is top: Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman, Shailene Woodley, Laura Dern, Alexander Skarsgård and others are amazing. Addictive and thrilling! I hope for more.

THIS IS US (1 season, 18 episodes; 2nd season started in September)
This one is a breath of fresh air in the times we're living in. No superheroes, zombies, killing, etc. Just a really good storytelling, mix of 'popocorn' and real life. It's a series you feel because characters are likeable. Cast is great and I hope they will continue on beautiful work.

THE HANDMAID'S TALE (1 season, 10 episodes)
This one is the most messed up from this list but you can't stop watching it. It's haunting, compelling and terrifying but somehow with a possibility to be real. Elisabeth Moss is crazy good. I'm very interested how this show will continued.

STRANGER THINGS (2nd season was just released, 1st one has 8 episodes and 2nd has 9 episodes)
Watched both seasons recently and they are great (and a bit scary)! The young cast is super good, 80s atmosphere is awesome and it's just a captivating must see.

THE YOUNG POPE (1 season, 10 episodes)
Another series that is a bit insane but soooo good. Jude is extraordinary and other cast as well, music is epic, costumography and scenes are so good. Do I need to start praying for season 2?

I still watch:
- Game of Thrones (after 7th season ended I rewatched all of it and because last season will likely start in 2019 it's safe to say I will probably do it again), 
- Vikings (aaaaa! Season 5 starts soon),
- Shades of Blue (2nd season was also very good),
- Sherlock (when will new season be:'(),
- Modern Family,
- Nashville,
- The Grand Tour (season 2 starts December)

Also Hell's Kitchen, American Ninja Warrior and some talk shows like The Graham Norton Show.

I'm not sure where I ended watching (not sure when/if I will continue): Quantico and Gotham...

I still need to see Fargo (season 3), The Crown, Genius, The Night Of and Better Call Saul. Do you recommend me something?

Tuesday, 7 November 2017

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Arya calendar 2017-18

Hi guys,

Despite the lack of time I continue with my little creative project notebook calendar for the 11th year in a row.

I love to do this and am kind of proud of it. It's interesting to see old ones and where my inspiration at that time was coming from.

I also realize some things kind of stayed the same. My love for movies, tv series, nature, love, travel, animals, lifestyle, quotes are always there ;)

A few pages this year actually stayed untouched (feathers below, cities and girl in the right corner).

Between pages are still little pics appropriate for the time. Here are some of them.

Do you buy calenders and mix them up as well?

Friday, 22 September 2017

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Hello Autumn!

Hello Magic. Hello Autumn!

My favorite season starts now. Not many things can compare with Autumn treasures. I adore warm days, long walks in natue, stunning colors, scarves and ankle boots, hot coffee on a cold day, cuddling by the fire, crisp cool fall air with leaves crunching beneath my feet, spending time on couch watching tv or reading (and not feeling guilty about it:)), yummy apples (ok, pies :)), decorating house, Halloween, soft blanket. I'm sure I forgot something but this season really brings magic to the world and I love it.

Wishing you a beautiful and well spent fall!

Wednesday, 20 September 2017

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Emmy Awards 2017 winners, recap and best dressed

I am one of those people who believes that for a few years now best projects are happening on TV. There are so many great tv shows and interesting characters. Much more than on big screen. Everything is better on TV :) No need to say I was once again excited for Emmys this year. 

The 69th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards was held on Sunday, September 17, 2017 in Downtown Los Angeles, California. The show was hosted by Stephen Colbert. The show itself was predictably quite political. If you haven't seen it here are some gifs.

Favorite speech: Alec Baldwin with the last few words!

WINNERS here. I was the most happy for Big Little lies and The Handmaid's Tale.

Sad to say we've seen so many people but nothing really stood out for me. Nicole Kidman looked very good in Calvin Klein by Appointment. Love her crystal-embellished pink satin sandals and red silk gown with a full ankle-length skirt, pleated bodice, and glittering silver tie at the neck. Zoë Kravitz and Shailene Woodley also nice.

I don't usually get too excited for black gowns (they are a bit boring) but this ladies really looked amazing. Emmy Rossum in wore Zac Posen gown with emerald Lorraine Schwartz jewel, pregnant Louise Roe in an ADEAM ensemble, Annie Parisse in sleeveless gown and Michelle Pfeiffer in Oscar de la Renta dress.

A lot of ladies looked solid but mediocre at the same time. I feel this year Emmys were a bit nahh overall.

Thursday, 7 September 2017

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30 things I've learned

Hi guys.

It's been a while and I feel like I just can't have a usual blogging tempo this year. A month ago I celebrated my 30th birthday. I think I was mentally preparing for it since last year or at least from New Year's. I felt awful about it. Anxious you know. And pressured... (over)thinking about all the things I'm not but socitey kind of expect when you reach that age. 

But. When it happened I felt kind of relief. My love and friends organize a lovely party and we just had a blast. I realize this is not so bad. We're healty and enjoying ourselves and in real, well-being and the right people in life are all you need.

Leveling up got me to think about 30 things I've managed to learned so far.

1. Don't explain yourself when you don't need to. Especially when you say 'no' to someone. You don't have to tell everything to everyone. So if you want a day off at work, have a day off not necessary telling what's the reason for it (if you don't want to tell it). You decide what to say and what not. Same if you are invited to a party or something else. I don't quite understand why most people try to explain it when they really don't have to.

2. It's ok to not be ok all the time. I believe that you attract what you put out in the world but being happy all the time is fake. Of course we all have bad days. Or even months. Or even longer periods. Forcing to look happy will not change what you feel on the inside.

3. The only competition you have is yourself. I'm not competitive by nature so sometimes for me it's hard to stay motivated but many people approach things by doing that. And quit after a while because they compare their level 1 with someone else's level 7.

4. Hydrate. Water is super important, obviously. Drink a lot of it. And if you get bored with it add some lemon or experiment with tea flavours.

5. Take action. You thing about how lovely it would be if only... Stop. Think again. Why haven't you done it yet? Is it a lack of will/money or you are afraid to do it? How could you make this possible? If you would like to try it - try it. Sometimes things happen by themselves but most of the time they don't. So make a plan and go fo it. If you don't try you'll never know.

6. Listen more than you speak (when people have something smart to say:P). Learn to listen what people are saying. But then again I know we all have at least that one person in our offices/familes who speaks way too much and thinks (s)he the center of the universe. That I recommend you to ignore (at least the half of it). I'm sad to say but I think people have stopped making conversations. That means talking and actually listening and asking questions. I feel everbody just want to talk about themselves all the time and what they think on every freaking topic.

7. Wear sunscreen every day. This is odd to many people here because we grow up wearing suncreen only for the time we're on a vacation but sun is still up and shining even if you're not on seaside. Having a UV protection when you're outdoors is importnat no matter the season. I'm sure if the skin could talk it would be thanking you.

8. Say hi, bye, thank you. Always. In a 'Zombieland' we're living it, a simple hi, look in the eyes and thank you goes a long way. Good manners and being nice are cool. Not only in real situations but also via email, texts, etc.

9. Enjoy the moment. You see a beautiful sunset and you immediately reach for the phone to take a picture of it. You take photos from different corners and later realize that pics are just not that beautiful as the sunset. So just enjoy the sunset. And drinks with your frineds. Or whatever you're doing. If you really need to, you can post it later. I know I (sometimes) do. But there are also times when I'm so fed up with social media I don't want to even know where my phone is. More and more I take a pic not for social media but for the memory of it.

10. Take time for yourself. Not only for your body but also your mind. We are caught up in a busy lives, our own routines but it's so important to take time off and have some alone time as well. If 10 minutes per day is all you have, take it. Exercise. Meditate. I see a huge difference in me if I don't take time for myself.

11. Ask for help. I was typical leo with too much pride but with years I realized asking for help is not a weakness. The ones that love you will be happy to help you. I know I am because it shows that the people can trust me.

12. Happiness starts with you. Sooner you realize that the better. We are all work in progress but it's true what they say. Happiness starts with you, not with your relationships, job, etc. This is also why no. 10 is so important. Be yourself.

13. Read more. You're probably thinking: ''But I'm super busy and I don't have time for it.'' Not true. Like with everything you have to make time for it. Reading is like runing. Of course you can't read a book in a day like you can't run a marathon on your first run. Try with 10 pages per day or 50 at weekends. You'll get better at it and want more. Books are simply awesome. Don't ever underestimate them. And don't think you need to be a bookworm. I'm not. For me success is if I read 6 books per year. But there were years I did't read any!

14. More experiences, less things. I use to buy so many things. Not expensive but way too much. I think month of travelling really gave me new perspective. I realized how little material things I actually needed. I was happy in the same clothes just discovering new places with a love of my life. Of course it's nice to buy yourself or get something nice but in real there is too much of everything nowadys. It's kind of crazy how we are slaves to material things and are so ignorant about it.

15. Live your life YOUR way. Sometimes this is really hard but nobody is living your life but you. For me it's hard to fit in society standards but for the most parts I love my reality. And I love people who make me feel I'm not a feak just because I don't want kids and typical stuff that is almost expected from me. I need to do what I feel it's best for me.

16. Let it be. Most of us have at least one situation from the past that is not cleared (family stuff, ex partner or frineds). Don't ovethink it. It was what it was. I guess this is one of the hardest thing but living in the past really doesn't do us any favors.

17. Priorities. I had enough drama growing us so I avoid it as much as I can. I don't care about work gossip, unnecessary chit chat, misleading media fuss, etc. I focus my energy on the things I love: my family and friends, movies and tv series, exercising, reading, exploring, etc. Life is never boring if you know what is important and interesting to you. And no, that's not checking social media feeds.

18. Life is not perfect. I was perfectionist and idealist (and in some ways I still am) so realizing that was hard. But no relationship, family or job or even a pet is perfect. When you face with that, life gets kind of easier. We are all humans, make mistakes and there is no shame in that. You can still be awesome nice human being. I think many times we have this picture perfect images on how life should be. Idealizing having a family/partner/friends/kids/job/traveling. Everything really. Usually things are far more messy. That's life.

19. Trends don't matter. I mean of course they matter to capitalism but you don't have to consider them just because others do. I refer to all sorts of trends - from fashion, music, tv and lifestyle. Don't get me wrong. If I really like something I am as bad as any. Like flamingos everywhere this year for me but I don't watch reality shows just because most people do and my face can turn red with anger when I hear so called music nowadys. It's just noise. When it comes to fashion I appreciate individual's style way more than 'on trend' people. Of course they buy trends too but apply it to their style.

20. Discover new places. Travel as much as you can. Unique experiences will broaden your mind. And you don't have to travel to the end of the world. You can explore places nearby. If I could I would love to travel more. There are many places on my wishlist. However it's also tricky because of all the negative things going on in the world and I feel that many places lost their magic since everybody (Tripadvisor, Lonely planet, Bloggers, Instagramers, Influencers) are writing the same things. And than you visit the place and it's way too crowded and popular. I have this image how cool it was to travel back in the day when places were not that commercialized. You see. Idealizing :)

21. Have confidence. Uh. I have a long way to go when it comes to being confident but I'm better than 10 years ago for sure. Some poeple have this natural confidence (not arrogance or cockiness) I definitely wish I had. But some people scare me on how confident they are but only talk BS. So yes, try to believe in yourself.

22. Don't wait for the 'right time'. Sometimes I feel I've waited for some things way too long. Of course other things makes sense and I know why I'm waiting. But it's not good to make a habit of it. Like I've said. If you really want it do something about it or start planning. Life is happening now! Years go by so quickly. But also don't feel discouraged. I a year (or even in a few months) you can change your life completely. Also. Don't waist time on the wrong people.

23. Never forget the little things. A text to loved ones that you're thinking of them, a welcome back sticky note for your colleague. Little acts of kindness are the biggest.

24. Gratitude. Don't take people, things, life you have for granted. 

25. Success has a different face. How do you imagine a successful person? In a nutshell - I use to imagine this suit up guy with a briefcase who drives a fancy Lexus and it's super busy with meetings all day. Now successful people in my eyes are the ones who actually live and enjoy life. The ones that find a way to turn their passion into bussiness. They have their own ideas and life tempo.

26. Stop caring about what other people think or say about you. Why does it even matter? If people have problems with themselves, they will judge you no matter what you say or do. Don't lose yourself in the process of approval. You can' please everyone and that is okay.

27. Set goals but don't forget to enjoy the ride. Having plans and goals is excellent, just don't get caught up. You should also have a good time on the road to achieving your dreams.

28. Change is the only constant. If we like it or not. Life goes on even when it would be good to stop it for a while.

29. A nice meal, a good sleep and sincere laugh are priceless. Every single time. Especailly in a good company.

30. Don't give up. Ever. If  you never quit, you'll never fail. We all have ups and downs and it's hard to strat again and again but you have to. For you. 

Now I'll try to level up my discoveries and I still need to improve on many things like being more patient :) Hopefully you enjoy reading this.

Friday, 21 July 2017

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RIP Chester Bennington

Woke up this morning and heard the sad news. Linkin Park singer Chester Bennington was found dead. To be honest I'm so sad and teary. I'm barely holding it together.

As you probably know Linkin Park music has been (and still is) such an important part of my life. They made my life a lot better in my depressed teen years to say at least. There are two bands I've been 'with them' since beginning and connection to them is even more strong. Linkin Park is one of those bands. We all knew Chester had issues but it looked like he was doing fine and I was not ready for that. Well, no one is...

Even my blog is named after their song and on Sunday it will be 8 years since I've seen them live in Graz, Austria. It's hard to put emotions in words right now.

I hope you found your peace Chester. You'll be missed! Condolence to his family and friends.

Thursday, 13 July 2017

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Poof! First half of 2017 gone!

Feels like it happened in a blink of an eye but I can't complain about first half of 2017.

Like last year from 1st January on me and my love explored new places and spend a lot of free time in nature hiking. Luckily winter was not harsh. We spend a beautiful few days (mini vacation) in San Zeno Italy and Budapest which was super nice. And I can't get tired of simply watching surises/sunsets/full moon, walking under the trees, etc. Everyday nature magic and litlle things make me happy.
Since Saint Patrick's Day we hang out with our dear friends a lot. So much fun. And food. Ok, also drinks :)
The happiest moment till now was for sure that we moved in a really cool place <3 We love it. It was so stressful in previous apartment where we were only for 5 months. Blah. Grateful this is behind us.

What else? I donated blood (my 4th time), bought some new books, run for charity Never Give Up, watched ballet for the first time in cinema. I still feel I would love to see and do more.

Favorite drink: gin fizz
Fav food: tortilla and cheese
Fav 3 movies this year: Logan, The Fate of the Furious, Wonder Woman
Most listened music: Ed Sheeran, Linkin Park, U2
Fav place I visited this year: Torbole and Malcesine (Italy)
TV series that surprised me (positively): return of Prison Break
New TV show: Big Little Lies
New reality show: World of Dance
Obsession this year: flamingos (if you follow me on IG I'm sure you've seen it :P)
Fav thing to do: chilling on the balcony, listening to music, reading, hanging out with my love (and friends)

Hope your year is going good so far! If not... change your attitude and do something to make it better. Have a joyful second half!