Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Fingers Crossed


Hey, how's your week so far? Mine has been quite crazy but also productive. I've been meaning to share a few cool things with you and I hope to do it by the end of the week.

And for now, I need you all to wish me good luck because tomorrow is my final (8hr!!) exam before graduating as an architect. Fingers crossed?

xo

(Photo: Iva Yaneva)

Friday, November 11, 2011

Shooting Stars


Gisele Bundchen is one of my favourite models. I love her natural beauty and bubbly personality. But today I wanted to share a quote from an interview she gave about the meaning behind her tiny star tattoo, which I thought was really cute.

"It's a shooting star, for my grandmother. She died when I was young. When I first moved to New York, there were no stars in the sky, so to remind me of her I drew one on my wrist and kept it there for a month, and then had someone draw it in"

Do you have any tattoos and what's the meaning behind them?

Photo: vanishingtattoo)

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Quote of the Day


(Photo: gareth)

Italic


I saw this on facebook this morning and I couldn't not share it with you. Isn't it cool?

(Photo: memecenter.com)

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Movie Posters


I was thinking about the movie Anonymous I told you about yesterday and how much I liked the poster. So I went online and found a great website where you can buy movie posters and the best news is they have ones from old movies as well. So here are some of my favourites:

















I'm not a big fan of like teen-like rooms with posters all over the walls but I do like having a beautifully designed poster framed and left leaning on the wall. It could bring some colour and character to a place, don't you think?

If you could have any movie poster displayed as art which one would you choose?

(Photos: moviegoods.com)

Monday, November 7, 2011

"Dream Big or Go Home!"


Yes, the quote is from my new favourite TV show "How to Make It in America". I saw all the episodes in just two days. Does anyone else watch it?

Movies I'm looking forward to this week are Anonymous (that one caused quite a disturb, didn't it) and Woody Allen's new movie Midnight in Paris. I've been a huge Woody Allen fan ever since I saw Vicky Cristina Barcelona and later my dear friend Lora introduced me to more of his lovely work.

This past week I was quite busy because it was Sofia Architecture Week once again. I was a volunteer and helped with one of the exhibitions - the one by photographer Nikola Mihov, which was absolutely amazing. You can see photos from the whole week on their facebook page.

I've also been quite into this song lately. I really dislike the lyrics but it's still good.

And don't forget to watch the asteroid tomorrow if you have proper equipment and if you are lucky enough to be on the right side of the Earth to see it.

Have a wonderful week! xo

p.s. I've been quite active on Twitter lately, so come join me if you please!

(Photo: Angie Nan)

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

DIY projects

I have some pretty exciting DIY projects for you today. I myself would like to try all of them!


Friendship Bracelet. I used to make these when I was a kid and then I forgot how to. I think these are really cool to wear, the picture looks like it's been taken straight from Plumo's catalog.



Pom poms from old T-shirts. These are so beautiful! The perfect decoration for a party. Plus, you get extra points for recycling.



Peanut Butter Cups. Who would expect these perfect little things to be handmade? I am so trying this recipe!



Candle Holder
. Very easy and oh-so-beautiful! I think it's the perfect DIY project for this time of the year when it's really dark outside and I find myself burning lots of candles.


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And finally, something genius! Moss Graffiti! Need I say more?

For more amazing DIY projects, please visit craftgawker. You won't regret it, I promise!

Monday, October 31, 2011

Fairytales


Come with me on a tour around Europe! I hope this article about European castles makes the oh-so-dreaded Monday a bit easier to go by.





Have a lovely week! xo


(Photos, top to bottom: shawn lenker; Hailey Rose Jones; shawn lenker; Rachael-Amanda)

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Back from Banská Štiavnica


The last time I told you I would be in Banská Štiavnica to meet other national contacts of MEDS and now that I'm back I wanted to share my experience with you along with some photos.



Banská Štiavnica is a magical place, seriously! It's under the protection of UNESCO and if you enjoy exploring new charming cities, then I totally recommend checking it out. I would love to spend New Year's Eve there - I think it would be amazing during the winter.



The meeting was very productive and I met so many nice people! It was so inspiring to be among young creative spirits, I can't possibly imagine how much fun our next meeting will be when we actually get to work together. I know there are quite a few designers/artists reading this blog who might be interested in this so don't worry - I have a blog post about MEDS (Meetings of Design Students) and the next big event coming.



One more thing you need to know about Banská Štiavnica is that the city is full of cozy little bars and cafes. It's totally normal to see jazz musicians walking around the streets, performing live in bars. And also the prices were really good (if I say so coming from Bulgaria!)



Next we went to Vienna because our flight was leaving from Vienna airport and decided since we're already there we might stay a couple of days. To be honest I was quite disappointed, not by the city, but by our stay because I didn't get to see almost anything. No museums, no architecture; I didn't even get to sit in a typical Viennese cafe. I'm really, really sad about that because it cost me quite a lot to get there and stay a couple of days and it was all for nothing. Oh, well, let's hope we learn from our mistakes.



You can see more photos in my flickr album. I'll be adding more when I have free time to edit and sort them out.

(Photos: Iva Yaneva)

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

On the road


I'm leaving for Banská Štiavnica, Slovakia for a meeting of design students (MEDS). We'll be staying a couple of days after that in Vienna. I can't wait! Hope everyone has a lovely week and thank you so much for the sweet comments this few days! See you next week! xo

(Photo: sam i am)

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Tea Time


Earl Grey Tea with milk and honey. That's what keeps me warm these days.

(Photo: Iva Yaneva)

Monday, October 10, 2011

Rain


What happened to Fall? It was summer the other day and now it's freezing! I had to put on my winter coat yesterday, scarf and everything. Brr!

What's the weather like where you are? I hope you have a lovely week, no matter if it's cold or hot.

(Photo: aglayavladimirova)

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Etsy Love


A couple of months ago my iPhone stopped ringing after I've successfully dropped it a few times. It does vibrate but there's no sound coming from it at all. Which meant major oversleeping the first couple of days. I am finally used to waking up by the sound of my phone vibrating on the nightstand but still I think I would be better off if I got an old fashioned alarm clock. Yes, a vintage one.







Which one do you like most?

(Photos from top to bottom: Aloof Newf Whimsy; Clockwork Universe; oldoaks; Vintage Gal; Clockwork Universe; Jinxxy's Junk; A Vintage Obsession)

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Facing Reality


Every year when summer comes I promise myself I will keep blogging regularly and every year I break my promise. It's been a wonderful summer for me (and I hope you too) and I believe part of its beauty was me being able to get away from my computer and spend more time with my closest friends and family. I have missed you though. Each of your comments and emails made me smile and feel guilty about leaving you at the same time. And now that school is back on I once again feel the need to sit here and talk to you, share my thoughts and inspirations.

What I've been doing for the past few months.
I got a job at an architecture/interior design studio. It was a great for me to be doing something related to my profession and work on real projects. My colleagues were lovely, plus it was great not asking my parents for money and actually living on my own (even though I really had to cut on some expenses). I got my last paycheck yesterday, since school already begun and I really have to focus on my graduation work.

I also discovered crossfit. I've been working out a lot, eating healthy and feeling and looking better than ever. I met a lot of nice people at my crossfit workouts and we have even gone for a couple of trips together (last one in Greece a couple of weeks ago). I also tried out rock climbing, got back to playing tennis and started going to yoga classes.

What I'm doing now.
Worrying about the future mostly. It is my last semester at school and to be honest - I'm terrified. Things are not so good here - there are not much job offers and they are very low paid, since there are too many people unemployed and ready to work for less. A lot of my friends at uni are either already abroad or are in the process of leaving. Me? I'm not sure I can afford to go study abroad right now and postponing my graduation and finding a real job is not my best option. Plus I will be having a masters degree in less than a year, so there's really no point wasting time and money just to have another one from a different university.

It's really hard having a creative profession but I guess most of you already know that. I have been doing research on my graduation project (a student campus) and I am terrified to start. Based on my last project everyone expects me to think of some cool and interesting concept (including my teacher) and nothing really comes to me. My mind is totally empty and it scares me I won't be able to do anything good. I guess Elizabeth Gilbert's Ted talk explains all these feelings pretty well. Watch it if you have time, it is truly inspiring!



Well, that's all I have to say right now. I can't promise you I will be here again tomorrow and I can't promise what I might be writing about. But it's sure good to know I can always pour my thoughts here. And if you are reading these words, then thank you for listening!

(photo: kiss the groom)

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Inspiration: Julian Bialowas


My dear friend Lora showed me the work of Julian Bialowas yesterday. Of course I loved it! I know combining vintage-looking photographs with some clever quotes (preferably written in Helvetica) has become a bit of a cliche but even so his work is no less beautiful and inspiring. Julian is a photographer who also studies graphic design, which makes perfect sense looking at his work. You can see his 365 days project here and even buy some of his prints. I have to say I am very tempted to do so.







Julian Bialowas' website / shop / flickr
(Photos: Julian Bialowas)

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Lovely Weekend and Take a Cake


Hello, dear friends! How was your week? I finally finished my project and got an A (yay!) I've been trying to catch up on sleeping this past weekend hence the lack of posts over here.

Last weekend we went to Take a Cake. It's a very tiny (but oh, so cute!) bakery for nothing but cupcakes! Dream come true, right? You absolutely have to see the interior by studio Funkt, it so pretty! They also made most of the furniture and the lights made of empty jars are so my next DIY project! I feel like a happy little girl walking inside this place!



Our favourite cupcakes were without a doubt the carrot and raisin ones.



On my way home I bought some tiny flowers from an old lady. I can't stop looking at them, they make me so happy! I prefer pretty spring flowers to the big expensive rose bouquets. They just have so much more character, don't you agree?

Take a Cake's website / blog / facebook.
(Photos: Iva Yaneva)
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