Friday, October 31, 2014

Life: November bucket list

Things I'm looking forward to doing in November:

one: Taking early weekend morning walks with (hopefully still) colorful leaves crunching under my feet. And taking pictures of all the beauty Mother Nature has to offer this time of year.

two: Burning scented candles all day long (Diptyque Jasmin and Parks London Pear & Orange are my current favorites).

three: Curling up in my bed with a warm blanket, a cup of steaming tea or hot chocolate nearby, and a great novel in my hands. (this one and this one are my recent coups de coeur)

four: Rediscovering the pleasure of blogging again. I want to blog for myself, not for numbers and statistics. I want to write about what inspires me, what makes me happy or sad, what makes me me. I want to be honest. Genuine. Myself.

five: Getting sucked up in new seasons of my favorite shows: Revenge, Scandal, Arrow, Hart of seems I have a lot on my TV plate!

six: Trying as many apple recipes as humanly possible. Even more so, if some chocolate chips are involved.

seven: Pulling all my cozy sweaters and colorful scarves out of my closet. Also, creating a fall outfit inspiration board sounds so fun, too!

eight: Journaling. I have kind of lost my groove and mojo lately and I blame it on spending too much time inside my own head (overthinkers, are you with me?). I hope that putting my thoughts and worries on paper helps me clear my head and put things in perspective, just like it did before.

nine: Writing a letter to my future self. I picked up this fun little book a few weeks back, and I've been itching to write the very first letter to the future Ivana ever since.

ten: Slowing down. 2014 has been an insane year - that's the least I can say. I feel like I've been blazing through my days and weeks (and months!) like a flash of light, running from one thing to another. And if all goes to plan, 2015 will be no different. That's why it's entirely up to me to learn to stay still every now and then. Recharge my batteries. Do absolutely nothing, and enjoy it. I love a good challenge!

What's on your list this month?

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Welcoming fall

Like almost every season this year, fall has crept upon me rather unnoticed. But I can't really say that I'm sorry to see the summer go. Between the insane workload I've "enjoyed" for the past few weeks, family issues that have been piling up like dirty laundry and a rather unnecessary amount of drama in all the areas of my life, I feel more than ready to leave summer months behind and kick off my second favorite season (the first being spring, of course) with a bang. 

I'm planning to fully embrace this autumn with all that it has to offer, and simply looking at these colorful pictures makes me excited, hopeful and optimistic about what is to come. There are many things I'm hoping to enjoy, accomplish and experience in the upcoming months, and I'm looking forward to sharing some of them with you here on the blog. Stay tuned, and until then, happy first day of fall!

Monday, September 8, 2014

Real talk: Paris bound

It is really hard to believe that it's been already a week since my brother got married. In my mind's eye, the wedding is still a happy blur of twirling on the dancefloor, meeting our new extended family, spending a wonderful time with some of the funniest, kindest and most gentlemanly guys I've ever met, and generally having an incredible amount of fun. The best proof? I took almost no photos at all! My camera was left in my hotel room, and my phone laid forgotten in my purse the whole time, and I can honestly say that not once did I think of checking it, or my emails, or any of the social media, for that matter. Pure bliss. Seeing my brother so happy was the best part of the entire weekend, and I know I'll be cherishing those moments and memories forever. Now, if only the wedding photographer would hurry up - I'm beyond excited to dedicate one entire photo album to that wonderful weekend!

Of course, the Monday morning reality check pretty much kicked my butt, and this past week has been a whirlwind of catching up on the work emails, advancing a few of our current projects and trying to do as much as I could before my departure for Paris. That's true: I'm leaving for my second home / favorite city in the world this afternoon, and to say that I'm beyond excited would be a massive understatement. I can hardly wait for my plane to land at the CDG airport! The prospect of shutting down my computer and ignoring my work emails & Facebook for a week pretty much sums up my current idea of heaven. I'm even leaving my iPad behind - I'm that serious about going internet-free for a week! I know I'm probably going to regret this decision next Monday, when I'll be back in the office, but for now, a week away from everything is exactly what I need.

I've been so crazy busy for the past few weeks that I didn't even have time to plan any Parisian adventures. To gather some last minute inspiration, I've pulled my previous Paris-related posts from the depths of my archives, and it got me even more excited, if that's even possible. You can find my favorite things to do in Paris right here: Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3. I'm signing off with a few of the pictures I took in the City of Lights over the past few years, and I'm looking forward to seeing you back here next week. Until then, bonne semaine & bisous!

Oh, and I'll most definitely be bringing a box of these beauties with me back home! Can't wait!

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