Stockholm Syndrome


… is a psychological phenomenon first described in 1973 in which hostages express empathy and sympathy and have positive feelings toward their captors, sometimes to the point of defending and identifying with the captors. These feelings are generally considered irrational in light of the danger or risk endured by the victims, who essentially mistake a lack of abuse from their captors for an act of kindness. [wikipedia]

I sure did feel like I was being held in hostage and was being shown an act of kindness at the time of my visit to Stockholm. Let me explain myself…

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About living and learning


It sure has been a while! “She’s back to her good old non-blogging self” one would have thought. The truth is that since my last post life has been pretty full on. I entered 2016 with big changes awaiting me. Right at the start of the year I took up a role nothing in the world could ever prepare you for. The role of a parent. An adoptive mother of a six-year-old (no hidden baby bumps here!). He’s a babe. Fluffy, white with black spots, simply an all-round dreamy french bulldog. My days had transformed into a little bit of sleep (only if his snoring volume allowed me to sleep) in between walks and cuddles. Having a dog is the best technique of learning that I am in no way, shape or form ready to have a child despite the fact that I am only getting older.

I have also been (more or less) successfully juggling two jobs, one of which happens to be the best job in the world, with the best co-workers, boss and a studio/office. No need to say that the workaholic inside of me is having a whale of a time. Apart from work and puppy-sitting I have also managed to squeeze in a bit of social time, including exhausting wine-fueled nights, dance parties, admiring miss Ellie Goulding performing live and watching my husband-to-be Leo DiCaprio fight grizzlies in The Revenant (multiple times). Not much time to be pouring my heart onto the Interweb but fear not, my emotional babble is back!

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Festive season’s favourites


As it is the fourth Advent Sunday today this will be the last one of my Advent Sunday special hyper-festive blog posts. Words can’t express how excited I am to have my family here to celebrate my favourite holiday together. I can’t wait to go ice-skating and drink mulled wine walking through the beautiful Christmas markets (if you haven’t been to Prague’s Old Town this time a year yet, you’re seriously missing out!). Let’s hope we get even the tiniest bit of snow! I remember last year it started snowing right in the middle of our annual festive ice-skating get together and it was oh ever so magical!

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It’s a wrap!


So as you may have figured out by now, I am officially Christmas obsessed. Anything-festive-obsessed in fact! Perhaps I was an elf in my previous life? Or little Cindy Lou Who? Could I make Grinch love Christmas? Who knows.

It only makes sense that as soon as I bought my first Christmas presents this year, I couldn’t wait to wrap them. I felt antsy all day yesterday as I couldn’t wait to get home, get all comfy and start working on this year’s wrapping. Last year I went for a combination of classic brown parcel paper with natural and gold decorations (see the DIY post here), this year I decided to go a bit more festive and do gold and silver combination.

Tomorrow is the third Advent Sunday and there is one more festive blogpost I will be doing before Christmas. But now open this post to see how to wrap your presents in a super-festive-yet-aesthetically-pleasing design:

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‘Tis the season


If you have been following my blog(s) for a while now, I am sure you know that I might be slightly obsessed with anything festive. It’s been a bit different this year as the weather has been absolutely glorious, sunny pretty much everyday and surprisingly warm so it is not exactly the usual pre-Christmas atmosphere.

I haven’t started my Christmas shopping yet (crazyyy!) but together with my sister we have started decorating the house, baking and generally getting ready for the festive season (I even played my YouTube Christmas playlist today!). I decided to share my favourite Christmas diy and recipes with you, starting with a home-made Christmas wreath (could be an advent wreath as well) and traditional gingerbread cookies. Enjoy!

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Back to the island life


On my way to Berlin about two weeks ago I got an e-mail inviting me to be a part of a press trip to the island of Crete. Naturally, being an islander at heart, I couldn’t say no. After I got back from Berlin I quickly charged my camera and put together a little pile of warmer climate clothes that has been stored in my “Bali” suitcases. The thin layer of snow and the negative temperatures on my way to the airport made it pretty clear to me that I was in for a treat. Next stop, Crete!

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Berlin Blues


On Friday I headed off to Berlin for a premiere of surfing world’s most expected film – View From A Blue Moon by the absolute legend and the freak of nature that John Florence is (who apparently is not John John anymore… say what???). 

No need to say how epic the film is, you could have guessed it from the trailer. And trust me it gets even better. Go and watch it people, but make sure you have your bank card ready to book a surf trip somewhere tropical straight away. The premiere was organised by the guys from Hhonolulu events who did a great job as there was not a single empty spot in the house. Well done!


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The worst best idea


I have had all sorts of bad ideas over the past 25 years of my life. Sometimes funny, sometimes silly, most of the time just utterly stupid. One time I thought it would be fun to cut my hair with nail scissors, next time I got dreadlocks (yes I did…) or I skipped school and went snowboarding in order to avoid chemistry test. It wasn’t until I was in a hospital chair being wheeled into an operating room I thought maybe I should have gone to school instead. The worst of all ideas was to take off one day and go explore the world. Yes you’re reading this right. The worst idea of all.

Why you may ask? It wasn’t until very recently I have realised. I used to think travelling was the best idea ever. And here I am pouring my heart out into the inter web as it seems to be the only suitable way of dealing with all these unknown emotions.

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Indian Summer Wandering


I missed the changing of the seasons. Living in the tropics the only seasons you get is wet and dry and most of the time they’re not really that radically different. I have been staying in the woods lately, spending time with my family, enjoying the last bits of hot rays of sunshine, playing board games, doing a spot of gardening and cooking lots of delicious home-made home-grown dishes. It’s good to be back in the city for a few days a week but I can definitely see myself as a little village lady, doing my gardening and walking the dog all day at some point of my life.

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Mercedes-Benz Prague Fashion Week – Sunday


Sunday was the last day of Mercedes-Benz Prague Fashion Week and, personally I thought, the best day. I really enjoyed wedding dress collection by Tiqe (by Petra Balvinova) which I found perfectly wearable, classy yet bespoke. My favourite show of the whole event was definitely ODIVI accompanied by live performance by DJ Nobody and VR. The whole day happened at ZIBA venue which is an amazing venue right in the centre of Prague and just around the corner from my house which was a little bonus. Enjoy the photos and let me know which show / collection did you enjoy the most. Continue reading

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