December 07, 2018

3 Simple Decorating Ideas

I've always believed in homes that are a perfect reflection of the people who live inside. For me, that means a space that is free of clutter, and reflects my personal interests and aesthetics. And I've always believed that some small changes can make such a big difference in any home. Here are three ways to decorate with things you already have.


1. Repurpose a footstool into a side table, perfect for pulling up alongside a sofa.

2. Group pictures correctly. I hate to see pictures evenly spaced around the room. It's better to have only six (or seven) of them, hung in a straight line or a block, and nothing elsewhere.

3. To achieve a calm and peaceful space that allows you to recharge, a very good rule is to use only three colours. Adding even a speck of another colour will destroy the look. It's the discipline that creates the feeling of peacefulness and space.

Last but not least, don't feel overwhelmed! Take a moment to reflect on what you would like your home to look like.

Hope you have a lovely weekend! xx

(Top Photo via AliExpress, Photo of Wall Gallery via Passion Shake, Stool Photos via hostingcoupons.me, Photo of Textiles via ClareMont.)

November 23, 2018

The Boy and The Piano + Have a Lovely Weekend

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Hello, everyone! Happy (belated) Thanksgiving to all my American friends! Hope you had a delicious Thanksgiving day with friends and family and much to be thankful for!

As the holiday season has officially begun, I thought I'd share with you the new John Lewis & Partners Christmas TV Advert 2018, The Boy and The Piano. I love the meaning behind it. The advert is about the power of a gift. And tells the true story of how a Christmas gift inspired and influenced the course of a little boy's life. That little boy is Elton John. This is a truly heartwarming Christmas advert; it really did have an emotional impact on me.
I think I'll go playing some Elton John.

Hope you have a cozy weekend. xx

P.S. Remember, "Some gifts are more than just a gift."



(Video by John Lewis & Partners.)

Plus: Another inspirational Christmas Advert 2016 for you guys by John Lewis & Partners.

November 09, 2018

Vivian Maier: The Story of a Legendary Photographer

Have you heard of Vivian Maier? Her photography is truly magnificent! Her photographs elicit so much emotion. Vivian Maier was a genius; she was brilliant, insightful and forward thinking. I never get tired of seeing her amazing work.

Vivian Maier (February 1, 1926 - April 21, 2009) was an American street photographer who worked for about forty years as a nanny, mostly in Chicago's North Shore,  pursuing photography during her spare time. She took more than 150,000 photographs during her lifetime, primarily of the people and architecture of Chicago, New York City, and Los Angeles, although she also traveled and photographed worldwide.
During her lifetime, Maier's photos were unknown and unpublished; many of her negatives were never printed. A Chicago collector, John Maloof, acquired some of Maier's photographs in 2007. In October 2009 Maloof linked his site to a selection of Maier's photographs on Flickr, and the results went viral. Many details of Maier's life remain unknown. She was constantly taking pictures, which she didn't show anyone. (Wikipedia.) 

Vivian Maier was absolutely brilliant! I wish she could live all the fame she deserved.

Hope you have an inspiring weekend. xx

Here's a beautiful short film dedicated to the life, work and wonderful mystery of Vivian Maier.


(Video by VivianMaierPhoto, Photos via vivianmaier.com)

October 26, 2018

On Having a Voice

Having a voice is crucial; women's voices are more than important in today's world and need to be heard.
There's a saying that goes like this: "I write for those women who don't speak, for those who do not have a voice because they were so terrified, because we are taught to respect fear more than ourselves. We've been told that silence would save us, but it won't."

~Audre Lorde

Hope you have an inspiring weekend! xx

(Photo by Nina Leen.)

October 19, 2018

Life Update : Why I've Been MIA

Hello, my lovely readers! Some of you may have noticed I've been MIA for the past three months. Here's what happened. Sibling's hip fracture surgery, a week in a hospital, nearly two months of physical therapy, and intense fear about my sibling's health. I was so anxious, depressed and focused on the hospital I hardly slept. Having a family member ill is physically and emotionally draining.

So I had to stop blogging for almost three months to look after my sibling, but I'll be back into regular posting next week. Breaking a bone is never a good thing, but breaking a hip is particularly bad. In those three months, we worried - a lot, but fortunately things are improving and my beloved sibling is on the mend now.

So I'm back! Thanks so much for sticking with me.

Hope you have a relaxing weekend! xx

June 22, 2018

Be Someone's Hero for the Day

A utility worker giving mouth-to-mouth to a co-worker after he contacted a high voltage wire, in 1967.

This emotional photo reminds me of  the Dalai Lama's inspirational quote: "Our prime purpose in this life is to help others. And if you can't help them, at least don't hurt them." Being a volunteer myself, my heart can't help but be touched by people living in poverty.
Treat all people with love and compassion; even though the people have different skin colours, they are all still human beings.
There are a lot of people who will donate money but those who donate themselves are the real savours.

*Take just a few minutes, and do a kindness for another person.

*Put a smile on someone's face.

* Help a fellow human being today.

*Be someone's hero for the day; it will make the world a better place, one little step at a time.

Remember, every tiny bit of love for the society helps raise the quality of life for everyone!

Hope you have a loving weekend! xx

(Historical photo via.)