March 27, 2020

Be Hopeful

mount edgcumbe cornwall england
Mount Edgcumbe House. Cornwall, England, UK. 2015

Dear blogger friends, readers and colleagues. We've been thinking of you all around the globe, and hope that all of you and your families are safe and well.
We're experiencing a new reality that is affecting the everyday lives of all of us. What we need to do is be hopeful.
We hope that this tremendous situation will end soon. Keep in touch and let us know how you are doing: https://www.facebook.com/betty.manousos

Social distancing is really important right now. Stay safe, stay well! Sending love. xx

Silver Linings: How to stay positive during the coronavirus crisis.

March 13, 2020

Motivation Makes Things Happen

Sometimes all we need is a little motivation to get you to your goals and helps you live your dreams; to give you the drive and the zest in doing things. Oftentimes, I find myself suffering from a lack of motivation, feeling unhappy with one or two aspects of the life I'm living. But I'm determined to change my life's attitude and I'm really going to work hard to change my way of thinking for the better. We can't always change external circumstances, but we can always change how we think about any situation that occurs. Success and even how we deal with challenges will depend very much on our attitude.  When we change the quality of our thinking, we change the quality of our life.

I openly say that I'm a quote addict. And this saying has helped me many times to battle a rough day or bad day.
"If you feel like giving up, just look back on how far you are already."

Hope you have a wonderful weekend, stay safe! xx

P.S.
Social distancing measures feel really important right now. Hope you're hanging in there.

February 14, 2020

I'm Too Young to Feel This Old!

Okay. Keep sharp while aging by:

* Puzzles

* Crosswords

* Exercise

* Learning something new

Scientists have discovered puzzles and crosswords are an entertaining and fun pastime but can also do wonders to our brain.
And as mind and body are interconnected, exercise it's also a great way to keep our minds sharp.
Also, researchers have discovered that exercise and solving crosswords and puzzles on a daily basis may significantly benefit our mental health. They can reduce stress and anxiety, which wipe out our memory bank.
Learning something new is another strategy we can use to keep our memory sharp while aging.
It matters not whether it's learning a new language, beefing up your editing skills or drawing a picture. Learning something new may improve people's memory abilities, research suggests.

And remember, "at any age, you're too young to feel this old!"

Hope you have a lovely weekend. xx


6 Simple Steps to keep your mind sharp at any age.

(Vintage photos via Pinterest.)

February 07, 2020

When Magic Meets Photography

Hello everybody! I hope it's been a wonderful week! So I've been busying myself with work and lots of wonderful photo walks. 

Well, I'm excited to have linked to a very talented photographer today, George Natsioulis!
I am totally and utterly in love with his exquisite, magical and dreamlike work.

Before I started writing this post I thought to myself, how much I admire George. His style is captivating, almost painterly and gorgeous. 
George Natsioulis was born in Larissa, Greece and dealt with photography from the age of 15. His work is essentially focus on street, minimal, and product photography. He also loves geometry and geometric shapes in his photography.





Natsioulis has the ability to not only capture the reality of the cityscape, but also the mood, evoking real emotion in each picture. The colors are dreamy, the perspective is brilliant, the story in each photo grabs me each time. Just looking at George Natsioulis' photographs can make us feel calm and serene. His photos are soft and peaceful, they almost always depict an uncluttered scene and convey a sense of harmony and balance to the viewer. 

It is impossible not to fall in love with George Natsioulis work; once you look at his enchanting images you will know from that very moment that you will be a fan of his stunning photography.

More about George Natsioulis:

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Hope you have a great weekend! xx

January 10, 2020

A Bit of Luxury

{Marina Bay Sands Hotel Infinite pool, Singapore. Located on the 57th floor, this pool offers fantastic views of Singapore financial area and if you swim up to the pool's edge, it looks like you're about to fall off the top of the world.}

Hope you all had a good start to the New Year! I hope 2020 brings you good health and happiness, and the fulfilling life that you all deserve.

Recently, I stumbled upon this picture of the Marina Bay Sands Hotel infinite pool while browsing the internet and thought I'd share it with you.
I wish I could afford to stay in this incredible hotel and treat myself to a bit of luxury someday, but my bank account doesn't allow for things like this.
In the meantime, I imagine myself floating in this amazing rooftop pool. Lol!

Hope you have an adventurous weekend! xx

(Photo via Marina Bay Sands Hotel.)

December 20, 2019

Happy Holidays!

Happy Holidays, everyone! Can you believe 2020 is right around the corner? Thank you so much for such a wonderful year. I can't express how grateful I am to have you here. Also, thanks much for reading CUT and DRY. Very much looking forward to new posts and exciting adventures in 2020.

{I made this Christmas card from one of my photos of Plymouth, Devon, UK. A gift from me to all of you!}

'Tis the season to wish one another love and peace.
For those celebrating, I wish you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! I hope you're all making this a Christmas to remember.

Enjoy the holiday season! xx

P.S. I was really moved by the heartwarming John Lewis & Partners Christmas 2019 Ad.
Someone said..."You know it's Christmas when you're crying over a John Lewis advert."
Couldn't agree more.



(Top photo of Alfred Hitchcock.Video by John Lewis & Partners Christmas 2019 Advert.)

November 29, 2019

Have a Cozy Weekend

{Fluorescent turtle embryo, by Teresa Zgoda and Teresa Kugler. 1st Place, Nikon's 2019 Photomicrography Competition.}

Happy Friday, everyone! I wanted to wish you a welcome to the holiday season, if you celebrate.
To our American readers and fellow bloggers, I hope you and your loved ones had a wonderful Thanksgiving!
Today's post is dedicated to the wonders and beauty of life as seen...