28 July 2014

Easy living

This sunset shared with incredible people will be kept in my mind and heart forever as one of the best moments of my life. Good people, good conversations and good music will always amaze me.
As for the rest, I think I could go on and on and on on how lucky I know I am with my life!...

"And, in the end of the day, your feet should be dirty, your hair messy and your eyes sparkling"

Photos by Andreas

27 July 2014

Backyards, cinema and other stories!

Words, photos, backyard and beauty all from Kelly Framel.

Around here, we fervently believe in the power and importance of upgrading the everyday: making every meal an occasion, applauding a sunset, opening our home to friends and filling it with a lot of love and fun. It’s this ethos that inspired us to collaborate with Ecco Domani Wines on some summer entertaining ideas; their brand is built on the same tenets we ourselves live by. For us, living every day like it’s your last means celebrating life in the moment: putting your best foot forward, wearing a pretty dress just because, using the good plates, living in harmony with nature, and taking care of the ones you love.

For the past year and a half, we’ve divided time between New York City and Amagansett, a quiet little hamlet nestled between The Hamptons and Montauk on the easternmost tip of Long Island. Our time in the city is filled with momentum: industry, appointments, takeout and crowded restaurants ~ everything in inverse of the languorous days we spend in Amagansett. It’s a life with distinct yin and yang ~ a fantastic balance. Out East, happily ensconced in our little cabin in the woods, the rest of the world really fades away. In every direction, we’re surrounded by trees; we wake up under a canopy of leaves, glistening through the skylight above bed. You can almost hear their branches sing. The retreat feels endless, and it’s a cathedral we’re always loathe to leave. So we entertain at home, make every day festive, and lure friends into our little dreamworld so that we rarely have to abandon it.

We’re surrounded by fisherman and farmland, fresh produce only a bike ride away. If you pop by at lunchtime you’ll likely find seared tuna tacos served alongside heirloom tomatoes and watermelon salad, for dinner, ceviche. The afternoons in between are spent poolside, and we rarely go inside again until it’s time for bed. Why should we? In lieu of lawn furniture, our grassy backyard is littered with sun-faded rugs, oversized pillows, Moroccan poufs and a random assortment of stuffed jungle animals. Friday night is movie night. We pin a white sheet to the clothesline and pull a few rugs and a projector up around it. Word has spread quickly that if you mosey over to our place at sunset, you’ll be just in time for the evening show.

It’s the easiest, most impromptu of parties. We never know who exactly will drop by or how many friends they’ll bring, but it really doesn’t matter. There’s plenty of room around the fire. Popcorn is constantly exploding from our stovetop (it’s the simplest thing to make endless quantities of, then elevate with a sprinkling of herbed salt), and as long as we have plenty of wine and fixings for s’mores, then we’re pretty much in business ~ whether 2 or 20 roll up for the flick!

Photos: The Glamourai

25 things you DON’T need to do before you die

I found this article quite interesting for the rule breakers. Not that I'm a fan of BuzzFeed whatsoever, but I think these, apparently simple, 25 things point out good and important ways to see life, with which I agree and somehow let them "rule" mine...

1. You shouldn’t feel pressure to see, watch, read, or listen to anything in order to feel “cultured.” Love what you love, and explore the arts in whatever way that makes sense to you.

2. Your body doesn’t have to look a particular way.

3. You don’t need to have sex before or after a particular point. You do that when you feel it’s right.

4. You shouldn’t feel bad about having “too much” or “too little” sexual experience.

5. You don’t have to find love by any particular point. It happens when it does, if you’re open to it.

6. You don’t ever need to define your sexuality. It can be a fluid thing.

7. You don’t have to have sex at all.

8. You don’t need to be in a committed relationship at any particular point in your life.

9. You don’t ever need to get married.

10. You don’t ever need to be a parent.

11. And if you want to be a parent, it doesn’t have to be your biological child.

12. You don’t need to achieve major success by a specific point in your life. Success can come early, or late in life. And it’s something you have to define for yourself.
13. You don’t need to buy specific things to prove you’re an adult.
14. You don’t need to travel all over to be worldly.
15. You don’t need to have a career. You don’t have to define your life by your work, and you don’t have to feel like you need to do the same work all of your life.
16. You don’t have to be ashamed of any excess or lack of body hair.
17. You don’t have to be friends with everybody.
18. You don’t have to like what everyone else likes.
19. You don’t have to please everyone.
20. You shouldn’t ever feel like it’s too late to change your life.
21. You don’t have to let your mistakes (or successes) define you.
22. You don’t have to know everything.
23. You don’t need to drink or do drugs to have a good time.
24. You don’t need to be religious or spiritual. You don’t have to feel bad about being religious or spiritual either.
25. You don’t need to correct all of your flaws. It’s OK to be human.

Source: BuzzFeed

More here & here.

25 July 2014

24 July 2014

Blurred photos for blurred lives

Not sure about the purpose of showing blurred photos here, imperfect ones captured in perfect moments. I think it's all about reminding ourselves about the purpose of life - mine at least.

I now understand that all my life I've been dealing with it in a trial-and-error basis and it took me 25 f*cking years to become what I am. I've been a very lucky girl - true that - my struggles are nothing comparing to what's happening around the world, but what I'm talking here is mainly mental growth. I never refused to learn and grow, I've always been open to all the experiences that came to me and allowed them to change me, because we, on ourselves, are no final destination. I allowed to take the best and learn with the mistakes of these experiences, so I can adapt more easily and be a better person. I'm not static, the girl I was 10, 5, 3, 1 years ago is no longer the girl I'm right now. My soul is the same, and it's portuguese - doubt not -, my honest and contagious smile is still easy to get, but the way I feel with life is different. Call it vulnerability, I call it growth. I feel stronger than ever, confident than ever, because all this trial and error process helped me to know better what fits me and what not, learnt to say "no".
I also always choose to confront my not-so-good-moments, I never tried to escape, I took decisions when I had to and I didn't wait for the sun to come, I cried when I needed to, and, guess what, I found most of the answers when alone.
I have no admiration for people who refuse to grow and stay stuck in themselves, in old ideas, most of the times based only in opinions and pure judgements and nothing solid that is worth being stuck on. But then again, the way I deal with life, and consequently, with people, changed - I no longer care for them, except when they cross my path... In fact, we shouldn't consider other people's opinion especially when they never walked your path or a path with you. I believe each one of us should do and deal with life the way one wants, but be aware that there are no standards and no such thing as "normality".
My world has changed, my rules also changed, but the only universal truth I believe here is truly that "your freedom ends where my freedom begins".

Shall my mottos resonate in your mind:

"Beautiful things happen when you distance yourself from negativity."

"Let everything happen to you: beauty and terror. Just keep going. No feeling is final."

"All the variety, all the charm, all the beauty of life is made up of light and shadow."

"Be your own person, in your own body, living your own life."

"I want to be around people that do things. I don’t want to be around people anymore that judge or talk about what people do. I want to be around people that dream and support and do things."

"Make sure you don’t start seeing yourself through the eyes of those who don’t value [comprehend] you. Know your worth even if they don’t."

Other than that, and going to the photos: sand under my feet, wind in my hair, salt on my skin. And yeah, life could be as easy as this, but people like to complicate things and occupy their lives with problems they think necessary they need in order to live...

Antibes, France.

23 July 2014

Sabrina being all a muse!

A big thumps up for Sabrina mix&match of this great classic and elegant, yet effortless, outfit!
It's not exactly the first she appears around here, see more here & here.

When I got this shirtdress last year I would have never thought I would wear it this much. With out biking mentality in Amsterdam, a dress is not the most convenient thing to wear. And yet every time it comes out of the laundry, I wear it straight away. (Ok, after my boyfriend gives it a good iron. With the layering at the bottom it’s just too complicated for me in the morning. Need. Coffee. First.)
It also goes perfectly well with the classic pieces of jewelry I have been wearing lately. Like my luck locket from Cartier, which subtly shows when worn with unbuttoned things.

Photos: afterDRK

22 July 2014

Falling in love with the blues

More and more I believe we should be capable to choose to surround ourselves only with the people that bring the best out of us, life is too short to care about things we hate, we should only focus and emane positive vibrations.

"You think it's cool to hate things? It's not. It's boring. Talk about what you love and keep quiet about what you don't."


Photos by Tausseef & Luca

Antibes, France.
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