By now we all have seen the most beautiful flatlays while going through our feeds. Don’t you always wonder how these bloggers pull it off to make such stylish compositions of random items? Would you like to give it a try yourself? Check out my tips for making the perfect flatlay!
Isn’t it the hardest thing finding cool gifts for the people you love? You want to make them happy but you are worried that they might not like what you’re getting them. Does this sound familiar? To me it certainly does… This month I’ve been doing quite some research on nice gifts for my family & friends so I feel like I’m an expert now lol. Check out the Gift Guide I made, you can thank me later :)
You might be surprised about the title of this blogpost, I mean, if there is a place filled with creativity it is the actual internet. Pinterest, Tumblr, Instagram, and lots of other websites are made for people to share their creative ideas and products. So why would you say that the internet kills your creativity?
Last week I turned 24
Usually after 21 people start resenting growing older – myself included – but this year I felt differently. You see, one year ago I decided to change my life around and take a leap of faith: starting my own company. Did I study about business? Nope. Did I ever have a blog before? Not really. Did I know what I was doing? Most definitely not. Would I change my decision if I could? Never. Did I learn some of the most valuable life lessons ever? More than I could’ve imagined.
I think my 23rd Life-year might have been one of the craziest rollercoaster rides I have ever had in my life. I’ve been broke most of the time, I had a burnout and managed to get out of it, I moved to another country to live together with the love of my life and had to start from zero, I made new friends and had to say goodbye to others, I was constantly struggling to balance my blog with university and model work, and I am pretty sure I am still going through a quarter-life crisis… I think I could keep going on forever, but I will spare you with further details.
“Why do you call your blog a company? Isn’t that just a hobby?” To answer you shortly? No, no it’s not. I personally underestimated the amount of work that comes with a blog – or let me rephrase that – a good blog with interesting content, nice pictures and social media community (amongst others). So this year I also learned: how to photoshop, how Instagram & Snapchat work, how to develop a personal style, what is Google Analytics, how to do my own administration, how to navigate myself in unknown places, what are the best ways to collaborate with brands, and so on. Maybe these things might not be essential life lessons on their own, but look at the bigger picture: I learned how to be an indepenent grown-up. Did all of these things go well immediately? Hahaha, I think you know the answer to that one yourself.
*verrryyy grown-up… as you can clearly see
But that’s the thing: if I wouldn’t have taken this leap of faith and risk everything to follow my passion, it might have taken me years to learn all of these things. What are those sayings again? “If your Dreams don’t scare you they aren’t big enough“, or “If you think you are in control you are not going fast enough“? If #SpiritQuotes would be a thing, I am pretty sure these would be mine… true life lessons right there. Bottom line is: instead of being afraid of failure, you should be thankful for it and embrace it as much as you can. I know it is really easy to feel down if you fail, but the trick is to look at it positively and ask yourself: what did I learn from this mistake? How can I improve myself with this new information? Admit that failures happen in life (we are all human after all), and consider it an opportunity to do better next time. BOOM, instead of shrinking you are growing. You’re welcome.
Last but not least, I realized that because of my blog I have been on much more adventures in this 1 year than I had in the past 3 years. At first it started off as an ‘I need to visit pretty places to make good pictures for my blog‘ kinda thing. But soon enough I simply became addicted to discovering new places and experiences, I learned how to love adventure. I started hiking in the mountains of Catalonia to find places of which I never even realized that they were there. I traveled to more than 7 countries this year, and I tasted more types of weird foods than ever before (which is impressive since I am a total foodie). I experimented with countless unknown beauty products, hair styles, fashion trends, workout tips and recipies than I ever had experimented with in my whole LIFE. It might sound silly to you, or perhaps you totally understand what I am talking about. But ever since I decided to take this leap of faith I feel SO alive! I feel like I am not wasting a single day, because each day is a new adventure with new things to learn and discover. Good things. Bad things. The Whole Shebang.
Pfiew what a relief, I feel like I’ve been wanting to talk about this whole ‘life lessons’ thing for a while already but I didn’t really know how. I wonder if any of you guys think I am crazy or relate to me in any kind of way… Let me know?
Lots of Love,
Even though we are so used to seeing our faces in pictures, it is still weird to see yourself on a painting. Is it because of the artistic interpretation? The fact that you know it probably took hours to create? The skills of the artist? I don’t know, maybe it’s a combination of everything. What I do know that it definitely felt weird (but cool!) to see myself in 5 paintings from the artist Toshy.
Perhaps some of you are already familiar with the fashion illustrator Mimi Nizan: with clients as Lancôme, Moët & Chandon, L’Officiel, Topshop and Estée Lauder she is definitely considered successful! Last week I was delighted to go for a Chai Tea Latte with her in Amsterdam and ask her everything about her work as an illustrator. What is she up to and how did she become such a success? Keep reading to find out!
Not that long ago I saw this TED video and found it truly inspiring and motivational! Obviously I had to share this with you guys, I had to share the message: all of us have the chance to be great, all we need is a little reminder. In this TED Talk Adam Grant wonders about the question “How do creative people come up with Great Ideas?” He explains about his studies of ‘Originals’: creative thinkers who dream up new ideas and take action to make them happen. In this talk he speaks about three unexpected habits he was able to recognize in Originals:
Since I am posting lots of articles about FUN this month, I decided to stay in the theme for my monthly Arty Farty Fashion Friday. I’ve been following these two illustrators for a while already because their drawings always make me smile. Let me introduce to you: Gemma Correll and Saray Martín.
This illustrator is one of the few that actually made a career from her love of pugs and drawing like a ‘five-year-old’. Gemma’s favorite color is turquoise, her zodiac sign is Aquarius and her favorite word is “Albuquerque”, in case you wondered. Above all, her sarcastic humor is starting to become legendary: not just because of her funny illustrations, but also for the way she answers interview questions. These are two of my favorites:
Why do your illustrations look like a five-year-old drew them?
I hire a five-year-old to do all my work for me. I pay him in fudge. His name is Alan.
Is being an illustrator a real job?
No, it’s a fake job. I actually run a very successful drug smuggling ring. I just pretend to draw things and distract people with my cute pug.
Don’t you just LOVE her already?! I selected some of my favorite illustrations, hope you like them!
This sweet lady is a Catalan blogger (better known as Dans Vogue), ballet dancer and – obviously – illustrator. Just like Gemma Correll she loves to create a cartoon-ish, playful style with her drawings and uses many bright colors. She says her favorite material is watercolor because it creates more dimensions in her illustrations and she gets her inspirations from daily experiences. What I love about her drawings is the fact that her characters are totally adorable, I feel like I can relate to the situations she illustrates, and of course her sense of humor! This is definitely one artist to keep an eye on ladies!