Loving what you do

29 Jan

Hi there! Me again… Remember how I was telling you in my last post that I had been working on a cute apron with mittens! Well… drumroll please!! Here you have it!photo

100% handmade for my friend and boss Ana, who likes to spend time cooking (not like me, that use every occasion to escape entering this weird place called “kitchen”; I must admit that I do cook now and then, basically because we need to eat in this house, but NOT because it relaxes me, like many of my friends say. Nope, what relaxes me is shopping, sewing, traveling, reading, but NOT cooking. But that’s a good subject for another post).

As I was saying, I decided to craft this apron for her because it was her B-day last week and I thought this would be a perfect gift. It turns out she loved it! But you know what, this is not really the story I was going to tell you…

The real story behind this is that in spite of working on this project the ENTIRE day on Saturday, AND half of Sunday, it didn’t feel at all like I was “obliged” to do it, or that I was “working”. Actually, the days passed by so quickly and I didn’t need to eat (which is good, I need to lose weight. AGAIN), did not need to drink (I ended up dehydrated by the end of the week-end…) and totally ignored my husband the entire time (he used this alone time to watch some football games. Go figure!)

I guess what I am trying to say is that when you do what you love, no matter how much work/hours/effort you put into it, it doesn’t really feel like “work”. It feels good, fulfilling, meaningful… It feels like you leave something behind, like what you do actually matters… There is something tangible that other people can see, touch, feel, use, and THAT my friends is what I call BLISS. It’s LIFE, in it’s truest form and it’s healthy, and useful to others, and as I said before… MEANINGFUL.

I really believe we should all find that SOMETHING that we love to do and try to do it as much as possible. Our happiness depends on it, our health (physical and mental) as well. And when we find that something that really makes us happy, we need to figure out how to monetize it (if we can…). Because being able to find the THING that makes you happy doing every day and actually making it to pay the bills is the real essence of what life should be like. No obligations, just doing it because you love it. What can be more fulfilling?

What do YOU love to do? Did you find that something already? I hope you did.

HL1982

Ethinical spring

27 Jan

Hey all! I know it’s been a while since I’ve written something on the blog, but I have to admit that between the long hours at work and my new sewing hobby, I don’t really have much time left for writing :(( However, since I did work on my sewing skills lately, and I even took a course over a week-end at PeSeta (which, by the way, was really great!), I thought I showed you my latest “work of art”.

So, here’s the story… The other day I was browsing Pull & Bear ‘s web site  for the new season’s novelties and I fond these really cute ethnical inspired stuff that I really liked.5820330800_2_1_1 1655211002_2_1_1 5472310251_2_1_1

So I thought to myself… “why not making my own ethnic bag out of the super cool fabric I just bought at Los Tejidos de la Maja??” And so I did… here is the result: 20130127-203311.jpg

As you can see, my bag is more like a clutch really and it has a really cute vintage fabric for the inside part. I’m actually quite proud of myself because I did it really quick and made no huge mistakes… you can’t see any seams and the color combination works quite well. 20130127-203411.jpg

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20130127-205628.jpgI also did a cute apron with mittens and all, but that’s a story for my next post.

Thanks for reading!

HL1982

Rebelliously modern

11 Jan

Me at age 3. Cute but traditional. Lovely but boring. 20 years later… no change.

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At 30 though, the story changes.Or at least, that what I would hope for. I aspire to become a rebel, a non conformist… a crazy one. A troublemaker. A round peg in a square hole. A Rebecca Minkoff kind of girl.  Rebelliously modern (as she puts it).

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Steve Jobs used to say (he is my all time business model) that “When you grow up you tend to get told the world is the way it is and your life is just to live your life inside the world. Try not to bash into the walls too much. Try to have a nice family life, have fun, save a little money. That’s a very limited life. Life can be much broader once you discover one simple fact, and that is – everything around you that you call life, was made up by people that were no smarter than you. And you can change it, you can influence it, you can build your own things that other people can use. The minute that you understand that you can poke life and actually something will, you know if you push in, something will pop out the other side, that you can change it, you can mold it. That’s maybe the most important thing. It’s to shake off this erroneous notion that life is there and you’re just gonna live in it, versus embrace it, change it, improve it, make your mark upon it. I think that’s very important and however you learn that, once you learn it, you’ll want to change life and make it better, cause it’s kind of messed up, in a lot of ways. Once you learn that, you’ll never be the same again.” 

I want this for myself.

HL1982

Show me your closet

10 Jan

I know Amaya from the fashion school that we attended together last year and she always struck me as super chic, stylish and cool. That’s why it did not surprise me when she made her entrepreneurial debut with this really great project called Show Me Your Closet , that basically helps you find those really unique garments or accessories that will make you feel special and add a vintage touch to your every day ensembles. But not only that. If you have items that you don’t need anymore, they will help you sell them as well. Think of it as a really big closet that you will have at your disposal to browse and find the perfect item for you.

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The difference between this store and any other out there is that they provide a 100% personalized service, being able to meet you (if you live in Madrid) and personally check out the quality of the items you would like to sell, guaranteeing a high level of confidence for their customers. One of the reasons why I have never bought old stuff from the Internet (at places like Ebay and such) is basically due to the fact that I normally do not trust the products to be in good enough state. Show Me Your Closet makes sure that the items sold on their we site meet the highest standards so that you can feel stress free.

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Another feature that I really like about this store is the minimalistic design of their web page which, in my opinion, always works best. I think that it helps maximizing the lovely design of the cloths and reflects the spirit of the products presented in a very honest and straight forward way.

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And last, but not least, I absolutely love the stories behind the clothes… Every item has its unique story of how, when or where it was bought and I just find them fascinating!! Don’t know if I ever mentioned it but I am quite a romantic freak and I love to imagine a super soapy story behind all things vintage… Oh, and I also love romantic comedies. But that’s another story that maybe we’ll get to one of these days.

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So let me tell you the story of my new vintage bag purchased at Show me Your Closet (if you love this bag and want to buy it really bad but you see that it says “sold out” online, it’s because I have it!!! My treasure!!!). Amaya told me that she bought the bag last summer at a vintage flea market outside of Paris and that she found an unexpected treasure inside it… an old tie pin with the shape of a boat that must have belonged to its previous owner. The story would not be complete if I didn’t tell you that my friend has a thing for boats and even has a paper boat tattoo… So it seems that some things have a way of finding you even if you don’t really look for them. And that’s how my new bag found me!! I am thinking of so many ways of wearing it that I can’t wait to use it!!

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So remember, if you want to find a wonderful closet full of the most beautiful treasures, visit http://www.showmeyourcloset.bigcartel.com and you will definitely find something that is just right for you!

Hope you enjoy it!

HL1982

In love…

9 Jan

Yes. I admit I am in love with a pair of sneakers… It’s shallow, but it’s so me nowadays. These are the ones, from Isabel Marant.

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Cute, right? I guess a bit over-exposed but still really cool. Who would have thought that I, miss old-school meets geeky class president, that just 3 years ago had a closet full of plain old Zara jerseys with buttons (in every color available, so I could match them with appropriate office pants), would some day turn into this weird fashion lover wannabe that would even consider wearing ANY type of sneakers!! More so wedged sneakers!!

But anyway, here I am,  transformed into this white (and slightly overweight, permanently on a diet) swan that craves to achieve some level of coolness… The tragedy of this situation? My husband hates these shoes!!!! It seems that these are, in fact, a Man Repeller item!! Oh, Leandra, how right you were !!! You are definitely a visionary in this field, as I couldn’t get him to “approve” my getting even the lamest Blanco cheap copy of the IS shoes…

However, in my quest for the most perfect and coolest pair of sneakers, I finally bumped into these ones from Bimba y Lola and Eureka!!!!! My hubby loved them as well!! They are comfy, colorful and cheerful and I just loved them from the first moment I first laid eyes on them…

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So, am I a Man Repeller as Leandra? Hmmmm… NO, ’cause I care too much about my man’s opinion on what I wear! BUT, I have to say that most of the times the compromises that we mutually reach regarding our selection of garments are quite satisfactory (although they normally imply a high dosage of patience and long conversations).

So, here I am at the end of my Isabel Marant crush, just like those hot and passionate summer love stories that you always remember throughout your grown up life. But instead, I have welcomed a more thoughtful and mature relationship with my new Bimbas :)

HL1982

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