Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Hello again!

I've been thinking of writing this post for such a long time, and yet here I am, sitting behind my computer, struggling to find the right words to say. I've never intended to put my blog on a 4-month hiatus, it just sort of happened. Truth be told, I used to put so much pressure on my editorial calendar, on the perfect use of affiliate links, on the flawless photo editing, that somewhere along the road I simply lost the joy and happiness that blogging used to bring me. And when I realized that, I knew it was time to take a step back, reconsider and reevaluate my motivations, realign my values and priorities, and only then start all over again, with a fresh perspective.

So here I am, hitting my keyboard again, with tons of inspiration in my head and notebook, but also a tiny bit of apprehension. Starting all over again can be so scary sometimes! I've given a great deal of thought to the direction I want this blog to have, and all this time, one thought kept flashing in my mind: beware of perfection!

I think there's been so much unnecessary pressure to make everything look picture-perfect in the blogging world. To me, everything started sort of blend together - all those flawlessly styled apartments, harmonious relationships, effortless careers, perfectly styled kids and huge engagement rings... After a moment, they all started to look the same, interchangeable, unoriginal. Aspirational, not inspirational. But that's not what life is all about. Life can get messy and complicated. It has its quirks and its flaws that make it that much more interesting. And that's why what I'm really striving for this little internet corner of mine to be, is real.

Don't get me wrong. I'm still that girl who falls down the rabbit hole of Pinterest every other day. Who gets overly excited over a brand new cookbook. Who can buy three dresses at once, just because she can't decide on which pattern she loves the most. And who swoons over pictures of pretty pink blooms, of Paris, of gorgeous homes.

But I'm also a woman who deals with joys and drawbacks of running a family business day in & day out. Who is saving pennies to buy her first "adult" apartment all by herself. Who still believes that a Prince Charming is somewhere out there, although rather late to the party. Who gets angry and frustrated when things don't go her way.

In short, I'm no picture-perfect Pinterest creature. I'm a real woman and I want my blog to reflect that. That's why the only thing I want this blog to be, is genuine. I'll still be sharing beautiful photos, inspiring stories and mouthwatering recipes with you, but I'm also planning to bring back the real talk and all those tough questions we all have to face at one point in time. I hope that you can relate to this and I'm so looking forward to seeing you around again!

Cheers to the new beginnings!


  1. Yay! So glad you're back :) and cheers to a real, down to earth blog!

  2. Happy to hear that you're back. For me, after I stoped putting much pressure on myself I feel so much better blogging. You must enjoy life as well.
    /Maidson xx
    Inspiring Summer Playlist

  3. Lauren MalmquistJuly 2, 2014 at 3:34 AM

    I'm glad you're back, I've missed you! This was a beautiful post, and I can't wait to see what you have planned.

  4. Ivana @ Macarons and PearlsJuly 2, 2014 at 9:46 AM

    Thank you so much, Lauren, your words mean so much to me! It's really good to be back in the blogging world :)

  5. Ivana @ Macarons and PearlsJuly 2, 2014 at 9:47 AM

    Thank you so much for your kind words and support, Holly!

  6. Ivana @ Macarons and PearlsJuly 2, 2014 at 9:49 AM

    Thank you so much, Madison! I agree with you wholeheartedly - it's no good putting too much pressure on you, blogging should still be fun, creative and inspiring, and it most definitely shouldn't put a strain on you and your everyday life. I'm glad I finally understand that! xx

  7. Yaaaay! I'm so SO happy to read this post and be once again part of your blogging journey! I've been missing your blog very much and I can't wait to see what you will write about in your next posts. Welcome back my dear :)


  8. Ivana @ Macarons and PearlsJuly 3, 2014 at 7:35 PM

    Thank you SO SO much, Natali, for being such a wonderful and supportive blog friend! I've missed you, too, and I can't wait to catch up really soon! You truly are the best and the sweetest!

  9. Ivana @ Macarons and PearlsJuly 3, 2014 at 7:37 PM

    My dearest Rowena, thank you SO much for your kind words! They make me happy in return :) I'm looking forward to catching up on life as well as on your blog posts, and also on bouncing ideas off of each other :) Yay for being back!
    Big hugs & kisses


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