Easter, Steve Jobs and Facebook

I don’t watch a lot of TV these days, since I only have Netflix, and I normally don’t watch it either for the lack of time, so when I finally got time this weekend, I went on a “movie binge” and watched 2 movies back to back!

I watched Steve Jobs and The Social Network (both for the first time I must say).

Loved both movies!

Not because of cinematography or costumes, that I usually gravitate towards, but for the inspiring stories. Both of the characters Steve Jobs and Mark Zuckerberg had something in common which made both of them not only eccentric and socially awkward characters but something else that let them change the world in a way that was never done before.

What were those unifying characteristics?

I would summarize it as -” the passionate belief in the impossible”!

That was something that Christian religion introduced more than 2000 years ago. It was something that I always treated as part of the beautiful legend without even ever understanding what it really meant.

Now I have learned from the “tech gods” that It is essentially the belief in the” limitless possibilities”…Both Steve Jobs and Mark Zuckerberg dared to believe in the impossible with such conviction and passion that people around them thought they are crazy.

The truth is they were able to acheive the impossible and unify the world that has never done before.

How does it relate to Christianity?

It connects with the belief of the resurrection of the Christ. Resurrecting from death is the most impossible thing on Earth. If you truly belief that Christ resurrected it means that “impossible is nothing” and that is exactly what great thinkers “..the misfits, …the rebels, …the crazy ones” believe in.

Let me know your thoughts,

Happy Easter Everyone!

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Lost and Found in Tuscan Hills

People don’t normally like the feeling of being lost, me included. It is the uncertainty, the loss of control, disorientation, frustration, anger, denial, and the list can go on.

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But if we have time and we can move past the initial sense of anxiety, being lost can be an opportunity to see new places, to discover new things, to become an explorer…almost like Columbus.

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I was not quite in the philosophical mood when I got lost on the way from Florence to Sienna. Rain and feeling hungry did not help the situation. But pretty soon a structure that resembled old city walls appeared, as well as promising signs of Trattorias and Pizzerias nearby. The medieval city structure was so impressive that for a little while I forgot I was hungry. Rain almost became a drizzle and my iPhone finally got an Internet signal showing that my location was at San Gimignano.

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Since I had never heard of this city, I wanted to get inside and see what was happening inside the city walls.

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Especially after seeing that TriplAdvisor.com recommended an amazing restaurant there, which had more then 1200 reviews on it, all being fantastic and fabulous!

Inside the city walls the cutest medieval city was hiding! Coming from LA it almost felt like a movie set. But of course it is as real as it gets!

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With the 14 towers that were leftover from the previously built 72 (the highest one 54 meters!), it was an architectural gem that I was feeling so blessed to see.

I will tale more about this fascinating city but I wonder if you can guess why people will build these labor-intensive tall towers in the 14-century, 72 of them and one higher than the other?

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Crystal Chandeliers and the Gas stations

Spending time in Venice seems like time travel. Life in a beautiful painting, life in a fantasy land. No cars, no streets, no gas stations…instead it is canals, bridges, palazzo and basilicas.

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I was almost afraid that I lost touch with reality.  When it was time to stop by a gas station on the way to Florence, I was almost excited: finally back to the modern life, not as pretty and romantic, but you know it is REAL!

But there was an element of a surprise waiting inside the gas station. Cristal chandeliers, dark hardwood flooring, freshly made Panini’s, gourmet espresso and  restaurant quality amazing pastries.

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“Welcome to Italy,” I told to myself. How could you expect an ugly gas station where food and beauty are the matter of a national pride!

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I do agree with the “form follows function” rule that moved 20th centuries design and esthetics, but maybe there is something else besides pure “function” of an object that the “form” needs to reflect …such as uplifting the viewer’s mood with it’s pleasant look.

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Gas stations with crystal chandeliers and wooden floors can be a great example for the new ‘postpost modern’ esthetics of the 21st century, where some excess won’t only be allowed but also welcomed.

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Happy 4th of July my Friends!

So excited about the 4th of July!

One of my all time favorite Holidays ! The ultimate summer celebration!

Any fun plans?

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Falling in love in the Springtime Paris…

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It is amazing ,what you can find in the old archives!…I have discovered my very first collection that I made from  Burlap and Silk yarn…as a 16-year-old student in design school.

The only cheap fabric that I could find was Brown Burlap (It is the material that potato sacks are made of), but since Brown is NOT my favorite color (at least for clothes)…I’ve bleached it and  amazingly it turned into this soft, cream color fabric that was very pleasant to touch and had a silky sheen to it.

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At that time I was also really into crocheting, so the only embellishment I have used was the crochet pieces from the silk yarn.

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The shape  inspiration for this collection was the Period of the Renaissance and The Mood was Falling in Love in the Springtime Paris…somehow made perfect sense for me at that time…

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These pictures were my very first pictures taken with a professional camera with film. I was so excited!…I can’t find all the shots, but still happy to find these.

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The scene was a rooftop of the hospital where my friend was working, I really liked the color of the stones and blue of the sky…

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…Models were very sweet and were trying to help me as much as they could,

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didn’t even mind smoking and drinking their soda, while sitting on the roof.

It still is my all time favorite collection…because it was the first and made with love :)

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Till next time,

xoxo

E.

Let’s Plan a Vacation!

Have you ever had the experience of flying across the globe to some beautiful resort at the ocean, then spending 2 days trying to get used to the time difference?

… Next 3 days trying to plan when to go to the beach and visit the city ?… Then ending up  lounging at the pool all day and coming back without ever making it to the beach or to the city…

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Happened to me and was very frustrating, considering all the packing frenzy and airport security…especially the part when they ask you to take off the shoes?!…extreme germophobes would understand me !

If it is a familiar scenario, but I figured out a perfect solution!…Find some amazing place within an hour from you, drive there and have an extended weekend getaway lounging at the pool!

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My favorite is the fabulous  Pelican Hills Resort located just an hour away at the Pacific Ocean.

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With an amazingly breathtaking view and fantastic hospitality that makes you never want to leave.Pelican Hills

For women, they have an  incredible SPA menu, for men –best golf course in California (named by Conde Nast Travel Magazine)

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..and for kids a day camp!…Whats not to like?

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What clothes to pack? …Swimsuits, loungewear and a cocktail dress, or blazer for men. Make it simple and just enjoy! No long flights and no germophobia!

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Do you have a favorite getaway destination?

Happy Mothers Day!

Happy Mothers Day!

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Best thing to tell your mom?

If I could choose my mom, I would choose you!

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After Mr.Freud, it became our second nature to blame our parents for everything,

from the shape of our nails, to the color of our cars…My wish for Mother’s Day is that we will grow up as a society and gain control of our lives .No more blaming! We can make changes …and as for parents …Just celebrate them! Without them we would not be on this planet :)

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Happy Mothers Day to All MOMS!

love,

E.

Thunder Perfect Mind….

Poems are not highly popular these days unless they take the form of lyrics and appear as a song. But there are classics that certainly will withstand the changing times, like the “The Thunder Perfect Mind.”

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Because it already did.

I stumbled upon it in one of my favorite perfume ads (my guilty pleasure).

It is a perfume ad for Prada and I keep watching it over and over, it was just so hypnotizing…. and of course, watching Daria Werbowy in Prada clothes can have a similar effect :)

But this was special… the words were puzzling and alluring and seductive and weird.

So I wanted to find out what it was.

The poem was apparently discovered only recently in 1945, but some scholars date it back to 350 C.E. It comes from Alexandria (Ancient Egypt) and talks about a feminine divine nature. It is believed to be about the expression of the goddess Isis .

It is very long, so I will give you just a taste of it.

I was sent forth from the power,

and I have come to those who reflect upon me,

and I have been found among those who seek after me.

Look upon me,  who reflect upon me,

and you hearers, hear me.

You who are waiting for me, take me to yourselves.

And do not banish me from your sight.

For I am knowledge and ignorance.

I am shame and boldness.

I am shameless; I am ashamed.

I am strength and I am fear.

I am war and peace.

Give heed to me.

I am the one who is disgraced and the great one.

Otis Fashion Show

At Beverly Hilton before the Otis Students’ Fashion Show.

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Otis has been my second home since I moved to Los Angeles. First for 3 years as a student and then for almost 7 years as an Instructor. Annual Otis Fashion Shows make me feel like I am visiting my family! So many people dear to my heart and of course fabulous (fashion mom) Rosemary Brantley!

This year’s show started in a really cool way, with clothes inspired by Disney’s new movie “Monsters University”: kids’ clothes, parents’ clothes, students’ clothes!…Clothes for the entire family that you can jump and dance and run around in.

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But the true gem and highlight of the show was a gemstone colored velvet collection crystallized with  Swarovski crystals and  produced under Bob Mackie’s mentorship.

OMG!..What a breathtaking scene it was! Like being a child and watching a Glam Hollywood Movie for the first time and having goosebumps all over my skin! …I could not help myself…

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I really wanted those dresses!…All of them!…but especially the very last one…with Crystals on the tulle!..

I want to have that and then worry about where to wear that number!

…aren’t these amazing?

Much love!

E.

All Fashion Show Pictures are courtesy of Miguel Reyes.

Did you hear this?!!!

What is told in the ear of a man is often heard 100 miles away.  ~Chinese Proverb

Gossip, is one of the human vices and should be avoided at all costs!…But what do you do with a story that is so juicy that you just can’t keep it to yourself or you might explode?!

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Was Barbara Walters right when she said: “Show me someone who never gossips, and I’ll show you someone who isn’t interested in people”…. ?!!!