Living in Moscow is one of the most interesting experiences I've ever had in term of lifestyle. Luckily, I haven't been negatively influenced by the powerful, almost imposed, rules of fashion.
Most people identify Russia as a cold country with a rich history and cultural heritage, followed by chronicles of sorrow. However, little by little, Russia has also gained another attribute.
The cosmopolitan Moscow evokes luxury and sophistication from whatever corner you look at it. Fashion is not a new phenomenon for Muscowians, in fact, the city stands as one of the most influential shopping destinations in Europe.
The richest and the "not so rich" people, spend lots of money on clothes and shoes. But if you are the kind of person who believes that to be beautiful all you need is a bright personality, the ability to be trendy on a humble budget and to smile, then the following video is perfect for you.
Whatever part of the world you may be from, keep it simple. Be you!
What I'm wearing in this video:
- Off-the-soulder dress: H&M
- Ballerina shoes: H&M
- Ring with stones: H&M
- Handbag: Zara
And here's the poem at the end of the video: Auténtica, from my poetry collection La que fui y la que:
Ahora si me reconozco.
Me he despojado del luto.
He salido de la concha.
Soy una perla.
Ninguna voz me encarcela.
Soy lo que soy.
Ahora sí me puedo hundir
en las aguas del mar,
hacer lo que se me antoje
porque seguiré siendo lo que soy;
tierna, sensible, confusa.
Dura, delicada, de nadie,
de todos, unica.
The great news? You don't need to be in your twenties to be fashionable. You don't need to be rich, all you need is to shine and to beat the heat this summer. Maybe with this off-the-shoulder dress from H&M?
What do you think about this outfit? What do you recommend for this summer?
Thank you for liking and sharing. I'd love to hear from you!
Tons of love,
It was a cold February day in 2009 when I set foot on UK land for the first time. It was a nippy, wet evening by the time I arrived at my student accommodation. I assumed that days in the UK must be rather short in the winter considering it was only early afternoon and already dark.
As I was waiting for the train meant to take me to my new flat, I watched the raindrops gently slide across the windows of Heathrow airport and it was in that moment that I felt that I was finally home. All my past experiences, including the small town where I was born, were just loose chapters from an incomplete romance.
And there I was, everything suddenly starting to make sense: I recognized the redolence of the streets from my dreams. The wavering energy of everything I was, was in harmony with the city.
I couldn’t sleep that night. The heater wasn’t warm enough, and neither was my bedding. And no wonder, only three days earlier I had been living in a very hot beach town, in a house just a stone’s throw from the pacific shores of Costa Rica.
I thought back to that house with tenderness, it had been the last house I had lived in back in Cost Rica, where moving houses had almost become a thing for me. I had fallen into the habit of relocating every three to six months. I didn’t know at the time, but this was something that was about to change in London, or perhaps that time was bound changed as the years went by.
Have you ever had a similar first experience in a new country? How would you describe it? I would love to hear your story, let me know in the comments bellow.
Thank you once again for being my inspiration!
Tons of LOVE,
Have you ever walked a path perhaps familiar to you but at the same time alien?
Then you wonder, “Why? Why am I here again?” You pick up your suitcase and walk in an attempt to get somewhere, to reunite with friends, family… but they seem so far from your reality! You continue walking the same path because you know you need to arrive somewhere as close to your inner self as you can.
This happens when we don’t have a clear plan. In some cases, it happens because we don’t want to follow the signs that life sends us; but sometimes the universe has its own plan for us.
When you walk alone there is a lack of desire, after all, who are we and our talents without anyone to share them with? We, human beings, are made of love and love needs to be shared; it makes the world a more balanced.
So, what should you do when you are walking alone, lost in a forest of confusion, all the while knowing that you want to go somewhere beautiful, somewhere safe.
I must say, the only thing that you can do is simply to continue walking; and as you walk, ask the trees, to sun, the wind and the sky to guide you. Open your suitcase and take your strength and hope from out of it, hold on to them and, most of all, be patient! Being patient is the wisest thing you can do. Together with faith, patience will give you the tools to persevere and succeed.
Nobody says that you are on the wrong path just because you don’t like it. Sooner or later you will arrive somewhere as perfect as your heart desires. Don’t give up little dreamer!
Tones of love,
¿Alguna vez has tomado un camino, tal vez familiar para ti, pero al mismo tiempo ajeno?
Entonces te preguntas ¿por qué? ¿Por qué estoy aquí de nuevo? Tomas tu maleta y caminas, tratando de llegar a alguna parte. Para reunirte con amigos, familiares... solo que parece tan lejos de la realidad.
Sigues el mismo camino. Sabes que necesita llegar a alguna parte, lo más cerca que se pueda a tu yo interior.
Esto sucede cuando no tenemos un plan definido. En algunos casos esto ocurre, porque no queremos seguir las señales que la vida nos presenta. A veces, el universo tiene un plan para nosotros.
Cuando caminas por sí solo, hay falta de deseos, después de todo, que somos sino compartimos? Nosotros los seres humanos, estamos hechos de amor, el amor debe ser compartido, hace que el mundo sea un lugar más equilibrado para vivir.
Así que, ¿qué hacer cuando te veas caminando solo, perdido en el bosque de la confusión? Sabiendo que quieres ir a un lugar hermoso, un lugar seguro. ¿Qué hacer?
Yo diría que lo mejor es seguir caminando. Mientras caminas, pídele a los árboles, al sol, al viento, al cielo; que te guíen. Abre tu maleta y saca la fuerza y la esperanza de ella, y sé paciente, esta última acción es la mejor, junto con la fe. Es todo lo que necesitas.
Nadie dijo que estás en el camino equivocado sólo porque no te gusta. Tarde o temprano llegarás a algún lugar tan perfecto como tu corazón lo dirá.
No te rindas pequeño/a soñador/a!
Con mucho amor
Caption: Howler Monkey.
Have you ever heard the shrill call of the Howler Monkeys? It is very loud, even though they aren't big animals. They usually howl at dawn, just before it rains, when another troop is close and when they're threatened by predators.
Now, here's another question: Have you ever struggled with sleep? If that is the case, you probably appreciate the value of proper sleep. The energy we get from sleeping the right amount of hours is one of the main fuels for a positive day. Well, this is when Howler Monkeys come on the scene.
Caption: Sunrise at Playa Chiquita - Puerto Viejo - Costa Rica.
I suffered from insomnia for many many years, I could go for three entire days without sleeping, walking the streets like a zombi. The lack of sleep affected my day to day life; therefore, I knew I had to take the matter into my own hands. I tried everything I read about, including self-hypnosis.
One day I realized that I was no longer struggling. It had been a slow process but I had finally managed to sleep normally.
What came after that, was a period of joie de vivre. Good things started to happen. I was traveling for months, changing my environment a lot, yet, sleeping. However, there was something I couldn't master: discipline. I didn't train myself to go to bed at a specific hour, instead, I'd go bed at any random time, varying each day.
“Discipline is the bridge between goals and accomplishment.“ -Jim Rohn
Caption: Howler Monkeys in my patio. Caribbean Sea of Costa Rica.
Everything started to change when I went to live on the Caribbean Sea in Costa Rica.
There was a long period of constant heavy rains and despite that my sleeping pattern remained good. However I couldn't ignore the shrill call of the Howler Monkeys, which happened every morning just before sunrise around 5:30am. And I am not talking about one single monkey but about a whole troop. Their howl is so loud and can travel long distances, perhaps about three to four kilometres. They would go on and on till I didn't want to stay in bed anymore.
According to doctor Maxwell Maltz, it takes about twenty-one days for a person to form a new habit. I had a lot more than twenty-one days of waking up at the exact same time every morning due to the incredibly loud howls of the monkeys. Whenever I have a tough time today (which has been the case lately), I always remember the monkeys in the Caribbean.
"The howler monkeys taught to me a great lesson: discipline can make a huge impact on our lives, in a positive way."
Leaning to wake up this early brought on so many blessings. The first thing I'd do every morning was to prepare a cup of hot Earl Grey tea, and sit on the balcony, enjoying the sound of the sea - so clear, so close, that I believed I was inside its waters.
Birds were louder in the morning, too. Their songs would intertwine together, forming a magnificent concert - the most inspiring music to start a peaceful day to. Oh! And the fresh coconuts hanging in their trees, the vibrant colours of the flowers, still wet. The hummingbirds flying from one flower to another. What a show!
Caption: A rainy day at home. Caribbean Sea.
My kitten Fifo was very energetic during that time, a good excuse to spend more time playing with him. Some mornings, when it wasn't raining, I would take my bicycle and go hiking in the jungle, or I'd walk along the beach.
Life was definitely more spirited!
I must confess that at the beginning I was very upset with those monkeys. Why did they have to wake me up so early? Soon I understood that this is their life routine and I needed one too.
I now wait for another source of inspiration to help me, naturally, become more disciplined in other areas of my life; in the meantime, I work on always accepting whatever comes my way. We can always learn a lot from what bothers us the most.
What to do when Monkeys wake you up at 5:30am? Howl with them!
Have you ever suffered from sleep deprivation? How did you manage to get over it? Do you have any advice for people who suffer from insomnia? I would love to hear your story!
Thank you so much for sharing and for inspiring me to write more!
Tons of love,
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