Friday, April 27, 2012

Swimsuits or why I hate dressing rooms

I love summer time! I really do and now that the sun is shining again and the temperatures are reaching summerly conditions, my heart feels lightweighted and I feel like smiling all the time.
There is one "chore" though, as to summer time, that I don't particularly like. Buying myself a new bathing suit or, worse, a bikini! Oh wow. Especially for someone like me who hasn't a model figure!
You know, I needed a new swimsuit (I am good bikini wise, fortunately!).
Yesterday, I woke up and thought: today is the day. I had seen a rather apt swimsuit on Saturday but Saturday I didn't feel like trying on swimsuits. But yesterday, yes, yesterday was good.
While trying on the various models and sizes, I figured out why this is such a hateful moment of pre-summer.

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

The Other's World: MAKE-UP ARTISTS

I've known Maria and Enyo for a couple of years now. I have worked with Maria and got to know Enyo because she is Maria's longstanding friend. We had some crazy girls night's out, together with some other terrific chicks. Even though we no longer work together, we kept in touch.
Last year they decided to attend a "make-up artists school" (no idea how this kind of school is called, sorry! but you got the idea). They wanted to become make-up artists.
I thought it was pretty cool (you know how I feel about good ideas!) and as they always had this explicit sense of style it made sense. I wish them ALL THE LUCK and who knows? Maybe one day, I get to have a New York Fashion Week invitation because the girls are working as make-up artists for ... Proenza Schouler or whatever brand will be hip at that time (you know - the world of fashion changes quite fast!).

By the way, if you are interested in their work or maybe you want to look like the above couple on your next Halloween party, check out their website:

Here what they have to tell us and some more amazing pics:

Friday, April 20, 2012


I am working on a new set of postcards. This time it's a gift to one of my cousins. She is opening her flower shop at the beginning of May and I thought of some very nice cards to offer her. I hope she is gonna like them and the suprise will be huge (at least I hope so). I will post them here, once she has seen them... Don't worry, she is no reader of my blog and therefore the surprise is assured :-)
Anyway, I was looking through all my pictures in search of flowery "subjects" for the above mentioned cards, when I realized that some "things" I take pictures of, repeat themselves. Flowers, of course, but also sea shells, doors, funny shop names or panels, etc. The statues, though, picqued my curiosity. I love statues. And if they are old and "lived" than I love them even more. Let me share some pics with you:
Magnolia Plantation, South Carolina

Magnolia Plantation, South Carolina

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Fake vs. real

Ciao Italia

I am back. And it's raining. Fortunately, I have all these nice pictures in my head from my trip to Liguria to help me get over how cold it is over here :-) My last 1 1/2 days in Santa Margherita Ligure went by very smoothly. I took it very easy - visited Portofino again, took the bus to Rapallo and often just sat on a bench watching the sea.
I was sooooo lucky regarding the weather. They had forecasted a 100% possibility of rain for Friday but it never rained (we even had some sun for a couple of hours). These places must be a favourite of the weather gods!!!

As the wifi in the hotel was very slow, I wasn't able to post many pictures. Will do that in the next couple of days... starting now:

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Parco Nazionale Cinque Terre

The weather forecast showed no rain for today and therefore I decided to do some hiking in the Parco Nazionale Cinque Terre. I went there by train. It's called "cinque terre" because the parco nazionale consists of five small villages (amongst the whole park obviously) that are all situated ... on the rocks (literally - see the images below).It's a wonderful place if ... there weren't so many tourists! Incredible. The train was full (like in the morning when everybody goes to work), when I got off in one of the five villages, there were so many people that sometimes I couldn't even take a good look of the view. People, people, people - wherever I looked. Frightening, let me tell you!!. Imagine what the places must be like in high season? I prefer not.
Nevertheless, I spent a sunny day wandering around and enjoying the incredible views (I got used to all the people after a while SMILE).

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Changing weather

I woke up to the sound of ... rain! Well, what could I do? Weather can't be changed and therefore I decided to take it easy and to wait and see.After breakfast the rain was ... almost gone. Good sign. I decided to walk to Portofino. The lady at the front office told me that Portofino was about 5 km away and that almost the whole path was along the sea. Good, that was my today's plan.
I started walking and it wasn't raining any longer. But the sea was wild - very wild. See below picture. It was almost scary because the path was literally along the sea and sometimes the waves were so big that I risked to take a sea water shower SMILE (I fortunately didn't).

I arrived in Portofino (a wonderful walk!), visited some churches, walked to the light house and enjoyed this cute little city. After lunch ... well, the sun came out. It changed the whole feeling of the place. It made it even more beautiful :-)

Tuesday, April 10, 2012


I've arrived in S. Margherita Ligure after another train journey. This time everything went pretty smoothly ... at least almost everything. I missed my connection in Milano but hey, who cares? The next train was only 50 minutes later...
I am totally tired and can hardly keep my eyes open to write these words.

Let's keep it simple, shall we? The first impression of this place is amazing. All these wonderful houses, the palm trees, the easy going feeling about Santa Margherita Ligure. I keep imaging what the place would look like with a blue sky. Amazing, I guess... Yes, because ... it's raining and it doesn't look like the weather is going to change much the next couple of days. On the other hand, the lady at the front desk explained that here the weather can be pretty unpretictable. Let's hope that the weather gods are on my side!

PS: Sorry, can't upload any pictures because the wifi is too slow (and my brain as well!).


Monday, April 9, 2012

The Other's World: YOGA

P. and I have known each other for half of our lives. It's "funny" that after all these years, she gets to be my yoga teacher. Who would have thought? Isn't life wonderful and full of surprises? I love it. She is a terrific yoga teacher. She has a soft voice but at the same time her instructions are clear and short. She is patient (I often envied this particular characteristic trait of her). Yoga with her is not about "lifestyle" and as her information leaflet, which she handed out after our first lesson, said: Yoga is no sport (among other information, of course!).
I am glad that her life brought her to be a yoga teacher.

Let's read what she has to say about yoga and about her life with yoga:

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Public officers

Fortunately, I rarely have to deal with public officers and therefore tend to forget "how they are": snobbish, rarely helpful and they let you understand who has the power (which is never me - poor little citizen).

Yesterday, I was reminded of their "qualities". I had to go to the Public Notary because my mother needed something to be attested by them (my mother's German is not quite good enough to deal with public officers therefore I went with her). We arrived at the office, greeted each other and I put the form which needed to be signed on the counter between us. He looked at it (not a close look - mind you!) and even before I'd finished telling my story on why and how we needed this form signed, he said: "Oh, no, no, we don't attest anything on forms that we don't know. And I have never seen such a form. This is not for us."
I HATE IT when they do this BEFORE EVEN READING OR HAVING A CLOSER LOOK. It always leaves the impression of: f... off, you interrupt my sweet doing nothing. I don't want to work. I am getting paid anyway... (working in a private sector would probably kill them ... or they'd be unemployed SMILE).
For three seconds I said nothing at all (you see? all the Yoga and Qi Gong courses are good for something. I remained silent and DIDN'T speak my mind). I simply smiled and repeated my request.