28 February 2018

inspiration: February

Vienna, you're pretty

DariaDaria, you better start following her now because she's doing an amzing job of spreading positive vibes and also openly talking about life issues. She also has her own sustainable clothing line, a podcast on iTunes and Spotify and a very cute dog, Mala :) 



26 February 2018

fomo: February

Enjoy the 20 Most Epic Spice Girls Style Moments Those were the days man! I was a little kid and  Spice Girls used to be my favourite band even though I understood no English back then! Still, even now when I see any news regarding any of the girls, I just gotta follow the link. I still like to play their songs from time to time and in my hometown I do have some of their photos I used to collect and exchange with friends. Oh, and I remember that every little girl wanted to own a limited, Spice Girls' edition of a popular deodorant; I myself were lucky to have one - I can still recall the smell!

Gallery of Polish Design I've already written a separate post on the Gallery of Polish Design but here you can see a short film showing some of the stuff on display.

6 ways the meat industry objectifies women I know that some idiots and dickheads, both male and female (which is even worse), compare feminism to cancer (go educate yourself, you f*cking ignorant) and believe that all feminists wanna do is to deprive men of ther dicks (no, we don't). But, if you belong to the other part of the open-minded society, this article is for you. Also, if you're a linguist, this one's for you too. Genrelayy speaking, it's for everyone and I recommend you added The Lily to your daily reading list.

Noriaki Kasai, the Japanese Ski-Jumping Legend Going for Gold at Forty-Five My jaw literally dropped when I saw that one of my favourite magazines, The New Yorker, did publish an article on ski-jumping. And I was even happier to find out that they devoted a few paragraphs to an absolute legend and one of the most positive athletes I've ever known, Noriaki Kasai. Since February was all about Winter Olympic Games and now that they're over we're already counting the days until Beijing. The great news is that Kasai already announced he'd be there too. Obviously as an athlete and I'm already keeping my fingers crossed for him.

Multilingualism In the EU An interesting inforgraphic but look at the comments!

REILLY Described as the fashion logo Instagram you need to follow, Reilly reinvented the way we perceive fashionable logos. My absolute no. 1 is the IKEA'S font and aesthetics used for OFF WHITE and also all the Queen Elizabeth II retouches (especially the Fila-Fendi bag!).

Barbados Celebrates Centenarian Citizens by Printing Their Portraits on Postal Stamps This is the coolest idea ever! Honestly, every country should honour their citizens like this. Bsides, I've recently read an article in a Polish magazine Pismo (something fresh and unique on the market, inspired by The New Yorker) that here in Poland we have a problem with the elderly. They usually live forgotten, sometimes don't even leave their flats for years and generally seem like a burden for modern families. The article made me so sad and alarmed that most of us never pay the due respect to those who are wiser than us and could still teach us a lot about life and history. On the other hand, I'm glad I grew up in a family which taught me how to respect people and take care of those who once used to take care of us.

Street Style Is Killing Itself With Its Narrow Focus on Thin White Women As for someone for whom street style photography is more interesting than all the fashion shows put together, this was a real food for thought. A massive thank you to Lindsay Peoples for bringing this up. Now, I'm gonna spy with my little eye more people of colour when goig through all the photos from the last fashion week season. 

16 February 2018

long live Polish applied arts

Even though I was born in 1992 and belong to the 90s kids collective, I've always had a feeling for what belong to the not so distant past which shaped my Parents' generation and surrounded them. The  PRL era (Polish People's Republic) has left a strong mark on what's in most Polish homes and what I've always admired at my Grandparent's flat. A wall unit, meblościanka, is a piece of furniture you either love and hate. If you grew up in Poland (or other generally in Eastern Europe), you must have had one and you still may own one. If not you, then some of your friends or relatives. And even though for many it's already a relict you let the garbage man take away, a lot of people begin to appreciate this peculiar furishing and share the results of giving wall units a new breath of life. 

But if you begin to think that Polish applied arts are nothing but cabinets, you better change your mind. Ćmielów, Bolesławiec, Krosno, Moda Polska, Telimena (to name a few) are the names I've always known and admired. I can still remember going to Moda Polska as a kid and back then the brand seemed like a symbol of success and all their designes looked so dreamy. I can also recall a huge neon sign hanging right above the entrance to the shop. As I like to say, those were the days, man! Yeah, those were the good days when people appreciated what they had and didn't use to consume as much as we do nowadays. Those were the happy days. 

An ersatz (and also hopes for the future because yes, we do have good Polish applied arts) of those times is to be found in the new permanent gallery at the National Museum in Warsaw. The Gallery of Polish Design opened in the middle of December 2017 and is a new home for furniture, electronis, textiles (alongside with blueprints and prototypes), etno pieces and children design from the beginning of the 20th century up to contemporary art. As you can imagine, being there felt like heaven on Earth and I'm so happy that such a place finally exists in the National Museum. It shows that Polish design is far from what you can buy either at Cepelia or any other souvenirs corner at the airport or railway station. Too bad, I saw so few people there during my visit. 

There was also a little incident I need to tell you about. While I was marvelling at a new take on folk design (one of my favourite things on display, so fresh!), I saw a couple with kids entering the room. One of the kids quickly rushed through the gallery and started shouting something. With all honesty, I was a very well-bred child and would have never ever imagined running like mad in any public place. So my perception of not so obliging kids is rather negative and I always put the blame on parets who prefer to 'pamper' their kiddos with the newest technology instead of actually brining them up. That's what I wanted to do this time as well, but then something even worse happened. The mother pulled the little boy's arm, dragged him forcefully to some place and ordered him to almost sit on the floor and not move anywhere until she's done with the exhibition. And that's what made me utterly sad and I felt sorry for the kid. After all he wasn't any guilty here. It wasn't his fault that his parents probably let him run around whenever there's some bigger space. It's not his fault that nobody explained to him how to behave in a place like this. And it will never be his fault that when he grows up he's gonna avoid art galleries like his worst enemy. After all the only thing he's gonna remember about such places will be a list of various unnatural bans. If children are brought up this way, i.e. hearing orders without any explanation, they're never gonna enjoy arts, they'll never read about art nor make any closer encounter in the future. That's even sadder giving the fact that Polish applied arts have long been underestimated and Polish schools lack basic art education. And even if there's such, it's put into  stiff norms. 

Nevertheless, Polish design is doing fine. More and more artists are appreciated far and wide all around the globe and I'd gladly take some of their designs home. If you're new to the club of Polish art lovers, I highly recommend having a look at the Museum Shop. They have the gallery guidebook (in Polish and English, both for 12PLN) with some of the exhibits and also a bit of history. And if you're into some bigger spending, the shop also sells some porcelain figures from Ćmielów and they also have the PLOPP stool. 

pictures with traditional Polish customs by Zofia Stryjeńska; they were shown at the International Exhibition of Modern Decorative and Industral Arts in Paris in 1925 

Sex Bomb figures from Ćmielów

31 January 2018

fomo: January

No, Anne Boyer

Can't Sleep? Read This Having trouble falling asleep is a real nightmare which hopefully belongs to my past. Anyway, crawling from one side of the bed to the other is not helpful at all and amusing yourself with some midnight crisis on social media hardly ever does the trick either. So, if permanent insomia sounds familiar to you, maybe it's time to work on the right ritual before hitting the pillow as Damsel in Dior puts it. New year is always the time for making resolutions and having new beginnings so why not work on some good sleep at night, huh?

DIY: Snowy mason jar fairy lights Even though I'm not the one who sits down every January to make a listof resolutions for the next 365 days, I hope that in 2018 I'll do more DIY projects. I'm not talking of anything big or professional. Just something to escape the hectic life and evenings spent on the internet trying to kill time every now and then. I know snowy lights may be all about the Christmas spirit, but on the other hand they can serve as a mood setter on every winter afternoon, girls night at home or whatnot. Also: there's some fake snow on the jar - just in case you experienced winter without snow but wanted to have some.

This Bride and Groom Shocked Guests When They Turned Their Engagement Party Into a Wedding This story literally made one of my Sunday afternoons. Chilly reading between serious stuff :)

Starbucks adds a bunch of vegan and gluten-free food to its menu  Even though I'm not a big fan of Starbucks (still, their green tea with jasmine is always worth giving a try), I'd be more than happy to see at least some gluten-free cakes and sandwiches here in Poland, too.

Unpopular tryths about studying you should keep in mind This was probably one of the most important studyblr post I've ever read. I absolutely agree with every single sentence, which by the way applies not only to studying but also work in general. If I were to pick one must read article this months, those few sentences would be my choice.

The History of Tea History of my favourite drink told in less than 5 minutes. One of the best videos to start your day with (while sipping on some chai of course).

World's First Recycle Mall- ReTuna in Sweden With the Zero Waste trend being on the rise (also in Poland; this makes me utterly happy), I'm curious whether such ideas will gain popularity around the globe. I'm not a real Zero Waste expert and I'm definitely far from producing only a jar of waste a year but still, I do believe it is cruicial for our society to recycle, reuse and upcycle as much as we can. Not only because it's good for the environment or cool on Instagram, but also because that's a great way to escape overconsumption (still so common in many countries, especially those which underwent transformation in the 90s.).

The Best Planners for 2018 Just in case you may still be looking for some nice journal to plan your days in 2018. Here's a little #lifehack: with January being peak of the sales season, many journals, notebooks and planners are cheaper or even dirt cheap.

As I Lay Dying - Zainab Mabizari Zainab, a current medical student, shares her experiences with her patients and what her interaction with death on a daily basis has taught her about life. Integrating poetry in her talk, Zainab eloquently details her effort to add humanity in the battle with mortality. Zainab Mabizari is a first generation Algerian American born and raised in Houston. She currently attends Baylor College of Medicine and aspires to use her medical degree to advocate for public health policy and global health in underprivileged communities. She is a writer, and a poet, and believes in the power of storytelling. Definitely one of the most inspiring TED talks I've seen in a while. 

Miniature Paintings on Tea Bags by Ruby Silvious Aprat from being little works of art, this is also a really cool zero waste idea! 

7 Ways to Organize Your Laptop There were times when my desktop looked more or less like the insides of someone living on junk food and fizzy drinks. This is not to say that right now it's a minimalistic temple but I try to keep it more or less organized. There's still a lot of work to do and every now and then I promise myself that one day I'm gonna do some big big big makeover and maybe some sort of springtime cleaning? This short infographic is this much needed help and motivation I'd been looking for. 


01 January 2018

Things I want to remember in 2018

1. Shameless people are everywhere. They will say what they have to say to get what they want out of you. Even if they don't mean it. They won't care about your well being. They will not care about your loss. The thing is, their shamelessness makes you feel ashamed if you don't oblige. Because they are so persistent about what they want. But that's just messed up. So be shameless when you have to deal with shameless people. Be shameless about the fact that your time, your life, you are only yours. Not in a selfish way. Only while dealing with such people.

2. Know your worth. No one will twll you our true worth because that will be a disadvantage. You being lost and confused and insecure is beneficial for them. You have to know your own worth. 

3. Pick one thing. One thing you want to work on in this new year. I know there are so many things that need your time and energy. But pick one. And then dedicate time and energy to that. Everything but this is negotiable. Don't stop working on this. You can have other things you're working on too. But when situations arise in which you have to give up your time and focus to do something anticipated, something unavoidable, cut down on those secondary things. But never on this one. Just one.

4. Sleep on it. Not to avoid it. Not to procrastinate. But to not be so overwhelmed. To not be so high on emotions. To not be irrational. To not make quick decisions that are reckless and rash and stupid. Sleep on it.

5. We keep thinking that we are getting older. I mean sure, we are. But being 20 is young. Being 25 is young. You're a young adult until 32. Did you know that? Did you? I'm an almost 26 year old youth. And I'm not old. And I'm not going to be for a while. I know I have silver hair strands. And I knoe my idealism is...I won't say it's dying. I will say it's altering. And that's not a bad thing. But I'm young. And I don't have to be dumb. I can give being young a new definition. But before. I should stop feeling so old. Being old isn't a bad thing. Not at all. But it's wrong to convince yourself that you're something that you're not.

6. Don't follow other people. I know the thought of life after graduation seems very daunting and confusing but don't look at others to do what they are doing. You have never liked crowds. Crowded places make you sick. Those paths are crowded and so worn out. It will take time. Construction always takes time. It is a long term project but it will also provide long term benefits. And guess what? You can completely customize this path. Just like you like it. 

7. What do we do about the people we hate? Endure. When it is professional, we endure. Sometimes we have to quietly bear the annoyance and frustration in the present to be able to get what we want. But remember, when it's personal we never endure!

8. Body. I have given too much importance to my heart and soul. In that pursuit I have majorly neglected my body. For that I am sorry. And because I know a genuine apology follows a corrective action, I will take thar corrective action. I will make this right.

I found these couple of sentences on one December evening and they sort of resonated in my mind that I decided to share them here. Instead of writing you all the best for the upcoming 365 days, let me put here something longer yet meaningful and less hackneyed. Anyway, have a joyful and memorable 2018. 


29 December 2017

fomo: December

The hardest lesson I have learned this year is never stop working to improve your happiness. Your happiness needs to be maintained. Try to put yourself first. Do what makes you happy. You have choices. Never make the best ones for others, make the best choices for yourself. And remember taking care of yourself is NOT selfish, it is self-care.


A New Fashion Hub? Eastern Europe The title of this article should probably end with an exclamation mark and me jumping as high as Gregor Schlierenzauer does during his rehab. For real, it makes me feel so proud to see so many talented people from Eastern Europe succeed globally and to crown it all, the New York Times article mentions Magda Butrym, our national fashion treasure appreciated by celebrities and it-girls alike. And even though Elizabeth Paton doesn't mention some other recently successful Polish brands, I can honestly tell you that Le Petit Trou on Net-a-Porter is also made in Poland just like Reserved, which recently opened their first store in London. So, if you were looking for the next getaway destination, Eastern Europe might be the place to be. PS: we also have delicious food (think kopytka, bigos, pierogi and zapiekanki) and drinks (remember to drink responsibly though). 

This is why the Queen never needs a passport One of the things you probably never think about is whether Her Majesty needs a passport or not. Spoiler alert from the title: she does not. And the answer to the w-question is even more obvious. Anyway, if you already knew all of this, click anyway, there's one gif at the end you migh want to see. No need to thank me.

The Baha'i Gardens seen from above Since it's winterish here in Eastern Europe and we still gotta wait for the trees and flowers to bloom, here's a short movie Eyal Asaf showing one of the most magical places I've ever seen. If you like Eyal's work, here's page with many more breathtaking shots.

30 Days of Good Deeds with Damsel One of the blogs I've been following for quite a while now, did a sort of 30 days of good intentions not so long ago. I saw it on her Insta Stories but lately I've managed to find the blogpost telling more about the whole idea and also sharing ideas on how to be a better human by helping other and just being nice to them. Worth trying anytime during the festive season! 

6 Brain-Boosting Activities to Add to Your Day The so called 'brain hygiene' hadn't been something I was familiar with until some time ago. During one of the hectic Facebook conversations I had with one of my friends, the term suddenly popped up and that's how it landed in my personal dictionary of phrases to use more often. Leaving hygge and lagom aside, the brain is something to take care of no matter what's trending on instagram. Here, a few Vogue approved excersises to get even smarter. Your future self is surely gonna thank you for those few minutes during the day.

Atelier Doré in Marrakech With Marrakech being lately  one of the hottest blogger destinations and following Garance's team retreat in this Morrocan town, the famous illustrator launched a special collection in her online shop. I'm head over heels in love with the Marrakech poster (and the babouche of course!) and also the overall yellow aesthetics. Pretty nice gift idea and also a nice addition to your little private wall gallery.

What British People Say, Versus What They Mean Just to put an end to the festive kindness. On a different note, this may also serve as a users manual while having any encounter with my little existence.

Papio Press Charming accessories and stationery to be found on Etsy.