HAPPY WEEKEND

I’ve read that most people spend their weekends watching TV, shopping, worrying about not having money and dreading the week ahead. I’m not surprised, because not so long ago, I was one of those people. At one point in my life I was doing three jobs, I had no days off, I was really depressed, living in a vicious circle, ruining my health, my relationships and not enjoying my life at all. That’s how I learned (the hard way) the importance of taking at least one day off and dedicating it to yourself, your mental and physical health, your family, friends and generally people and things you love. So I decided to write weekend posts on how you can spend your weekend. Most ideas will be totally free or inexpensive, but powerful and life changing. They changed mine. Really, guys, it’s the little things in life. I hope you get inspired. ❤

This weekend you should really…

  • Wake up before everybody else, make a yummy breakfast, set the table (napkins, flowers, nice plates and cups) and enjoy the happy faces of your loved ones while you’re enjoying delicious food. I promise you, it’s my favourite thing in the world. Plus, you will be the hero of the day and I guarantee, when you start your morning like this, you will set the tone for the rest of the day and it’s going to be the best ever.  Click here for a breakfast idea.
  • Hit the road. Seriously. Pack up some food, a camera, a blanket and a ball and go somewhere you’ve never been before. A near-by village, a forest, a park, a beach… Leave all your worries and your watch at home and just be, breathe, lie on the grass, walk barefoot, laugh and take a lot of pictures. Try to capture the most random moments, genuine smiles and happy faces.
  • Think of somebody you haven’t heard from in a while, somebody that you miss. Maybe somebody you had a fight with. Be the bigger person and forget the disagreement. Call them or send them a message to let them know you are thinking about them. But even if you don’t get the reaction you expected, be fine with it and feel good about yourself, because the first step is the hardest and it takes a lot of courage to make it.

Happy weekend!

Bisous,
Fée


 

Pročitala sam negdje da većina ljudi vikende provodi gledajući televiziju, kupujući stvari koje im ne trebaju, brinuci se zbog novca i uzasavajuci se tjedna koji slijedi. Ne cudim se, jer nekoć sam i ja bila jedna od tih ljudi. Zapravo, bila sam i gora, jer sam vikende provodila radeci. U jednom sam periodu radila tri posla, sto znači da nisam niti jedan dan bila slobodna, bila sam u teskoj depresiji, zivjela u začaranom krugu, unistavala svoje zdravlje, odnose s ljudima oko sebe i uopće nisam uzivala u zivotu. Ne tezi sam način naucila koliko je vazno barem jedan dan u tjednu uzeti predah od svega, posvetiti se sebi, svojem mentalnom i fizičkom zdravlju, obitelji i prijateljima. To me potaknulo da započnem seriju vikend-postova u kojima ću vam davati ideje kako kvalitetno provesti slobodno vrijeme. Nece vam biti potrebno nista osim malo volje i vremena, a nekad je i jedno popodne dovoljno da vam cijeli tjedan bude bolji. Ja sam vam dokaz da takve sitnice mijenjaju zivot.

Ovaj biste vikend mogli…

  • Probuditi se pola sata prije ostalih ukućana, pripremiti fini doručak, postaviti stol malo ljepse nego obicno (ubrusi, cvijece, fini tanjuri i salice) i uzivati u odusevljenju koje će nastati kad se svi probude i vide sto ih čeka. Meni je to najvece zadovoljstvo. Obecavam da ćete biti junak dana i da će vam zahvajujući divnom jutru, cijeli dan biti ljepsi. Po jutru se dan poznaje, zar ne? Ako trebate zgodan recept za dorucak, kliknite ovdje.
  •  Spakirati sendviče, uzeti fotoaparat, deku i loptu i uputiti se nekamo gdje dugo niste bili. Obliznje selo, suma, park, plaza… Sve brige i sat ostavite kod kuće i jednostavno bivajte, disite, lezite na travi, hodajte bosi, smijte se i puno fotografirajte. Pokusajte uhvatiti spontane trenutke, iskrene osmjehe i sretna lica i neka vas te fotografije cijeli tjedan griju – do sljedećeg vikenda.
  • Sjetite se nekoga koga dugo niste čuli, nekoga tko vam nedostaje. Mozda nekoga s kime ste se posvadili. Budite zreliji i pametniji i prijedjite preko svega. Nazovite tu osobu ili joj posaljite poruku i dajte joj do znanja da vam je zao i da mislite na nju. No ako i ne dobijete reakciju kakvu ste očekivali, prihvatite to i odajte si priznanje, jer prvi je korak najtezi i iziskuje puno hrabrosti.

Uzivajte u vikendu!

Bisous,
Fée

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#WEEKENDCOFFEESHARE

 

There is a beautiful community of bloggers who participate in #weekendcoffeeshare, which means that every weekend they publish posts about what they would say to their readers if they were sitting down and having coffee. A lot of bloggers reflect on their week, while some of them share their random thoughts, worries, emotional burdens, etc. It’s a beautiful way to carve out space for more intimate and personal posts, especially for bloggers with topical, specific blogs. As soon as I’ve learned about #weekendcoffeeshare, I decided to join the community, because I find sharing personal thoughts very healing and powerful. I cannot tell you what I will be writing about, but I presume there will be some inspiring thoughts, plans for the week ahead or maybe even parts of my book that I have been writing for years. I will do my best to be consistent and do this every Sunday, starting from today. So prepare your cup of coffee or tea and let’s start.

If we were having coffee…

I would tell you not to mind the boxes lying around the house, waiting to be filled with our stuff and shipped to our new home. I would even suggest you to drink the coffee outside, because on a beautiful day like this, it’s a shame to be inside. If we were having coffee, I would tell you that I haven’t been sleeping a lot lately and it’s not because I am stressed or worried about something, but because I feel I have too much creative energy stored inside that keeps me up at night. I’m a strong believer in the power of both positive and negative energy and that it should always change form and never be held back. You are probably wondering what I do at night. When Kiara falls asleep, I usually make myself coffee, put on some music and listen to it attentively and ponder upon lyrics. Then I read poetry or articles on things like co-sleeping and breastfeeding, bilingual children, French bulldogs, feng shui and other random things that I’m curious about. And I write a lot. Sometimes just paragraphs that someday, I imagine, are going to be put together into a book, blog posts ideas or things and people I am grateful for at the moment. I have been enjoying myself so much that I’m sorry that I don’t have my piano with me to play a little. I have even been thinking about buying some canvas to paint, and I have never painted in my life! Imagine that! I know that this may sound crazy, but I’m not tired at all. Sleep deprivation is probably going to catch up with me eventually, but for now, I’m enjoying myself so much that I feel like I have more energy throughout the day, like I’m so excited about life that I don’t want to waste time sleeping.

If we were having coffee, I would tell you that I think people don’t know how to enjoy their time anymore and that everything is revolving around TV and social media. Try to get creative sometimes and make something. It does’t have to include writing or painting. Make a cake, plant a flower, reorganise your kitchen cabinets, but whatever you do, do it with no distractions (so preferably when you’re home alone) and let yourself fall into the meditative state, focus on what you’re doing and don’t think about anything else. I promise, you will feel amazing.

It’s 5.40, Sunday morning. The Sun is rising, birds are chirping and I can tell it’s going to be a beautiful day. I feel so alive and happy. It’s going to be a beautiful day.

Bisous,
Fée


Postoji divna zajednica blogera koji sudjeluju u izazovu pod nazivom #weekendcoffeeshare (ispijanje kave vikendom). To znaci da svaki vikend objavljuju postove u kojima pisu sve ono sto bi svojim citateljima rekli da sjede i zajedno piju kavu. U tim se postovima neki blogeri osvrcu na protekli tjedan, drugi pak pisu o svojim mislima, brigama, emocionalnim teretima, itd. Na taj nacin stvaraju prostor za osobnije tekstove, posebno blogeri koji se bavi tocno odredjenim, neosobnim temama. Cim sam saznala za #weekendcoffeeshare izazov, odlucila sam u njemu sudjelovati, zato sto vjerujem da je izrazavanje osobnih misli vrlo iscjeljujuce i blagotvorno. Nemam tocno odredjeni plan o cemu cu pisati, jer cu jednostavno pustiti da me misli vode, ali naci ce se sigurno inspirirajucih misli, planova za naredni tjedan, a mozda i dijelova knjige koju vec godinama pisem. Trudit cu se biti redovita i pisati svake nedjelje, pocevsi od danas. Natocite si kavu ili caj i krenimo…

Da upravo sjedimo i pijemo kavu…

Rekla bih ti da se ne obazires na kutije po cijeloj kuci koje cekaju da ih napunimo stvarima i posaljemo u novi dom. Predlozila bih ti da sjednemo van, jer za ovako lijepog dana, steta je biti zatvoren u kuci. Rekla bih ti da u posljednje vrijeme jako malo spavam, ali ne zato sto me nesto opterecuje ili brine, nego zato sto osjecam da sam puna kreativne energije koju sam predugo drzala u sebi i koja mi sada ne da spavati. Duboko vjerujem u moc i pozitivne i negativne energije, te da, kakva god bila, energija uvijek treba mijenjati svoj oblik. Sigurno se pitas sto radim nocu ako ne spavam. Kad Kiara zaspi, skuham si kavu, pustim glazbu, pozorno je slusam i duboko razmisljam o rijecima. Potom citam poeziju ili clanke o co-sleepingu i dojenju, o dvojezicnim obiteljima, francuskim buldozima i feng shuiju, odnosno o svemu sto me trenutno zanima. Puno pisem. Ponekad nepovezane odlomke koji ce jednog dana biti spojeni u knjigu (barem tako zamisljam), ideje za blog ili stvari i ljude na kojima sam zahvalna. Toliko uzivam u tom stvaranju, da mi je zao sto moj klavir nije ovdje da malo zasviram. Iako nikad u zivotu nisam slikala, razmisljam o kupnji pribora za slikanje! Zamisli to! Znam da zvuci ludo, ali uopce nisam umorna. Iako znam da cu uskoro osjetiti manjak sna, trenutno maksimalno uzivam, zbog cega se ta energija prelijeva u dan pa zbog te silne srece i uzbudjenja ne zelim trositi vrijeme na spavanje.

Da upravo sjedimo i pijemo kavu, rekla bih ti da mislim da ljudi vise ne znaju uzivati u slobodnom vremenu i da se sve vrti oko televizora i drustvenih mreza. Rekla bih ti da i ti pokusas ponekad biti kreativan/a. Ne moras pisati ili slikati. Napravi tortu, posadi cvijet, preslozi kuhinjske elemente. Potpuno je nevazno sto ces raditi, vazno je samo da te nista ne ometa i da padnes u to predivno meditativno stanje, da se fokusiras na ono sto radis i ne mislis ni na sto drugo. Osjecat ces se sjajno.

5.40 sati, nedjelja ujutro. Sunce izlazi, ptice pjevaju i po svemu sudeci, bit ce ovo divan dan. Puna sam energije i sretna. Bit ce ovo divan dan.

Bisous
Fée

IN THE MEANTIME…

I wrote a post on my favourite products some time ago and I was thinking about doing it on a weekly or monthly basis, but since I’m not really a beauty or a fashion blogger who buys tons of products every month, I decided to do it when I feel like I have something interesting to share with you. So here it is; the list of things I’m loving at the moment, and two products that I’m not too crazy about.

 

I’ve always loved Beyonce, her work and her amazing voice, but I’ve never been her biggest fan or seen her in concert (which I regret). And to be honest, I probably wouldn’t have rushed to hear/see the new album hadn’t it caused such a stir in the media. The first time I was watching it, I was so mesmerised and moved, I cried the whole way through and I couldn’t stop thinking about it. This album is pure art, shocking, uncomfortable and revealing, just like a work of art should be. Every second of it and every detail was thought through and has its purpose and meaning. For example, at the beginning of the reconciliation song “Sandcastles” video, there is a shot of a kintsugi bowl. Kintsugi is a Japanese art of repairing ceramics with precious metals to demonstrate that broken things can be made whole and even more beautiful than before. Also, people she collaborated with are fascinating, like Warsan Shire, a young Somali-British poet who wrote and adapted the interludes between the songs, and a Nigerian-born, Brooklyn-based artist Laolu Senbanjo who designed the intricate body artwork. It’s a pity that the media got so crazy about “Becky with the good hair” when clearly, it’s not the only thing the album is about. Womanhood, motherhood, family, gender roles, father figure and above all, blackness. As a non-American and white, I don’t think I can fully comprehend the message, nor am I supposed to. I’m supposed to see it and respect it. And I do respect it, I’m in awe of it, I cheer it and salute it. When it comes to the subject of marriage, cheating and being hurt, I love how raw and real she is, without trying to explain anything to anyone. Except herself. That’s what you do in a betrayal: you have to explain it to yourself. When you’re hurt and you suffer, it’s hard to see things, but she laid everything so clearly, like a map. And the femaleness, the imagery, the blood-red lights, the costumes, the doorways and walls… The visual aspects of Lemonade are incredible. In my opinion, this is her best and most important album ever. I feel like Beyoncé has matured and become relevant on a whole new level and all she is supposed to be: strong, powerful, unapologetic and black.

Favourite quotes:

I tried to make a home out of you. But doors lead to trap doors, a stairway leads to nothing. Unknown women wander the hallways at night. Where do you go when you go quiet?

You remind me of my father, a magician… Able to exist in two places at once. In the tradition of men in my blood, you come home at 3 a.m. and lie to me. What are you hiding?

The past and the future merge to meet us here. What luck. What a f***ing curse.

I think of lovers as trees… Growing to and from one another. Searching for the same light.

Favourite songs: Hold Up and Sandcastles.

I’m sure you all know that acai is one of the healthiest berries you can find. Full of antioxidants, it’s immune-stimulating and energy-boosting, it helps with weight loss and digestion, promotes skin health, reduces irritation, improves mental function and so on. Basically, it’s amazing and delicious. You can get dried acai berries in almost any supermarket, but I prefer acai powder which I mix into my smoothies or banana ice-cream or make an acai bowl with bananas, chia seeds and nuts. We all love it so much and it’s been our favourite breakfast lately. Would you like to see some breakfast ideas in one of my future posts?

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I have to admit, I’m not really into this dark-lip trend that everybody has been obsessed with lately. I’m a nude-lip kind of girl so you won’t find any crazy colors in my make-up bag. A month or so ago I bought a MAC lipstick in color “Faux”, which is a nice pinkish color. I would say it’s a dull pink color, almost nude, perfect for every day, for office or school, but also for a night out when you want to play down on your lip color. I really love it and I wear it with this lip pencil. The perfect couple.

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I’ve heard so many good reviews on Marc Jacobs make-up that I had to try it so I decided to start with nail polishes. “Rita” looks like a perfect dark-red color, really rich and warm, wonderful for wearing throughout the year. The bottle is also really nice, the brush is perfect, it covers the whole surface of the nail and it dries really quickly. However, this is where my love for this product stops. It never lasts more than one day, regardless of how many coats I apply. Yes, I have a toddler and I’m pretty active around the house so my hands are constantly wet, but I always use gloves. With the price of around 20 euros, I wouldn’t say that it is pricey, but I think you can buy much better nail products for half the price.

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My dry skin loves this product very much and it helped me survive the winter without going crazy. So yes, this cream is amazing, hydrating, not too greasy, not too heavy, but squeezing it out through the tiniest hole you’ve ever seen can be really frustrating, especially if you’re in a hurry. However, there is the same product packed in a jar, so I would definitely recommend you get that one instead of the bottle.

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Bisous,

Fée


 

Prije nekolilo sam mjeseci pisala o svojim omiljenim proizvodima te sam imala namjeru objavljivati takve postove na tjednoj ili mjesecnoj bazi, no s obzirom da nisam beauty ili modni bloger koji stalno kupuje ogromne kolicine proizvoda, odlucila sam objavljivati ovakve postove kad budem zeljela nesto zanimljivo s vama podijeliti. Za danas sam vam pripremila popis proizvoda u kojima trenutno uzivam te dva s kojima nisam previse odusevljena.

Beyoncé je oduvijek bila jedan od meni omiljenih glazbenih umjetnika zbog svojih nevjerojatnih glasovnih mogucnosti, no nikada nisam bila njezin najveci obozavatelj, niti sam bila na njenom koncertu (zbog cega iskreno zalim). I vjerojatno ne bih pozurila s preslusavanjem i gledanjem novog albuma da nije podigao toliko prasine u medijima i na drustvenim mrezama. Rijetko mi se dogodi da se zaljubim u neku pjesmu ili album na prvo slusanje, no s ovim se albumom dogodilo upravo to. Beyoncé me uspjela duboko dirnuti i toliko opcarati da danima nisam mogla prestati razmisljati o pjesmama, gutati kritike i razlicite interpretacije. Ovaj je album cista umjetnost, a umjetnost katkad zna biti sokantna, neugodna i previse otvorena. Svaki je detalj na ovome albumu jako dobro promisljen te ima svoju svrhu i znacenje. Primjerice, na pocetku videa za pjesmu “Sandcastles” koja govori o pomirenju, vidi se keramicka posuda restaurirana japanskom kintsugi tehnikom, prema kojoj se slomljeni keramicki predmeti popravljaju s pomocu plemenitih metala, cime postaju jos ljepsi negoli prije ostecenja. Ljudi koji su radili na ovom albumu takodjer su fascinantni, poput Warsan Shire, mlade pjesnikinje somalijskog porijekla koja je napisala recitirane interludije izmedju pjesama, te Nigerijca Laola Senbanja, umjetnika koji je osmislio i oslikao tijela glumaca. Prava je steta sto su mediji toliko pozornosti posvetili prici oko prevare i bracnih problema, jer to nije najvaznija tema ovog albuma. Uloga i polozaj zene, majcinstvo, obitelj, razlike u spolovima, ocinska figura i povrh svega, polozaj crnaca. To su teme i poruke koje ja kao bjelkinja i ne-Amerikanka necu nikada moci do kraja razumjeti, ali to se od mene niti ne ocekuje. Od nas se ocekuje da je prihvatimo i postujemo. A ja je postujem, divim joj se i pozdravljam je. O temi braka, prevare i povrijedjenosti, Beyoncé govori otvoreno, bez imalo skrivanja ili uljepsavanja, bez teznje da ikome ista objasnjava. Osim sebi. Kad covjek pati, tesko mu je trezveno razmisljati i jasno vidjeti situaciju u kojoj se nalazi. No Beyoncé ju je opisala detaljno i precizno, kao da crta kartu svijeta. A njena zenstvenost, kostimi, vrata, napuknuti zidovi, krvavocrvena svjetlost… Vizualni aspekt albuma je nevjerojatan. Po mojem misljenju, ovo je najbolji i najvazniji Beyoncéin album dosad. Osjecam da je sazrela i dostigla jedan potpuno novi nivo u svakom pogledu. Postala je ono zbog cega se rodila: snazna i mocna crnkinja koja nikome ne duguje nista.

Sigurna sam da je acai svima poznata kao jedna od najzdravijih vrsta bobicastog voca. Puna je antioksidansa, podize imunitet i razinu energije, potice gubitak kilograma, probavu, zdravlje koze i rad mozga. Danas u gotovo svakom supermarketu mozete kupiti susene acai bobice, no ja vise volim prah koji umijesam u smoothije ili u sladoled od banana na koji potom dodam voce, chia sjemenke i orasaste plodove. Nevjerojatno zdrav i zasitan obrok. Uskoro ocekujte post s nekoliko prijedloga za zdravi dorucak.

Priznajem, ne svidjaju mi se tamni ruzevi za usne koji su u posljednje vrijeme toliko popularni. Ja vise volim njezne, neutralne, roze i nude nijanse, tako da medju mojom kozmetikom necete naci nikakve lude boje. Nedavno sam kupila MAC ruz za usne u boji “Faux”. To je zagasito ruzicasta boja, odnosno malo tamnija, toplija nude nijansa, savrsena za dnevni make-up ili pak vecernji, u slucaju da zelite naglasiti oci. Otkad sam ga kupila, nosim ga svaki dan u kombinaciji s ovom olovkom.

Nema blogerice koja nije nahvalila Marc Jacobs kozmetiku, stoga sam je i ja odlucila isprobati. Za pocetak sam kupila lak za nokte u boji “Rita”. To je ona divna tamnocrvena, topla, bogata boja prezrele tresnje, koja tako savrseno pristaje u svako doba godine. Bocica je divnog jajolikog oblika, kist je savrsen i jednim potezom obuhvaca cijelu povrsinu nokta. Medjutim, ovdje moja ljubav prema ovom proizvodu prestaje. Koliko god slojeva stavila i cime ga god zastitila, ovaj se lak pocne ljustiti nakon samo jednog dana. Da, dosta sam aktivna, imam malo dijete i ruke su mi cesto mokre, no kod svakog doticaja s agresivnim sredstvima nosim zastitne rukavice. Cijela od oko 150 kn nije grozno visoka, ali sam sigurna da za upola manje mozete kupiti mnogo kvalitetnije lakove.

Moja suha koza obozava ovu kremu za tijelo i zahvaljujuci njoj je izdrzala dugu zimu. Ova je krema doista izvrsna, hidratizira, nije masna niti teska, njeznog je mirisa, no ambalaza je veliki nedostatak, zbog male rupice na otvoru boce kroz koju je gotovo nemoguce istisnuti kremu. Stoga preporucam da kod kupovine odaberete ovaj proizvod u posudici s poklopcem koja ce biti mnogo laksa za upotrebu.

Bisous,

Fée