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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My “Unlimited possibilities” dress from http://www.noblesseobligedesign.com

The most Romantic month of the Year

This is the most Romantic month, where people all over the world focus on Love with more intensity than any other time of the year. Maybe it is Spring Madness that inspires people to love, dream, make courageous acts or simply be romantic in this month.

Valentine is almost here, and I want to share with you today with 3 of my favorite quotes about Love.

  Love is the flower you’ve got to let grow”  John Lennon

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In white Komarov dress

You never loose by loving, you always loose by holding back.” Barbara de Angelis

and a really cute one:

Where love is concerned, too much is not even enough.”Pierre Beaumarchais

What is your special thought about love?

The 8th Wonder of the World!

As you saw in my previous post, San Gimignano is a pretty unique place. A complete fossilized city in the middle of nowhere. One of the most intriguing things about the city is their delicious food!

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I found a restaurant that Tripadvisor gave more than 1200 reviews. It was located in a non-descript alley, with an unmarked door.

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A little curious fact is that the restaurant was  right next to the Museum la Tortura.

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(As you may have guessed, “Museum la Tortura” means “Museum of Torture.” Because my hands were shaking when taking the photo, you may notice the skeleton in the cage.)

The restaurant that I was looking for was called Cum Quibus. The sign said they will open at 7:30 pm.  And just in case someone wanted to open the door to peek in, it had curtains in front of it: a complete mystery.

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It was only 3 o’clock and I had to eat something. Some American tourist suggested Cafe Stella, and I thought, well maybe something light will help me survive to 7:30 pm. Of course I ended up eating a 3 course meal (dessert included) since this was the absolute best food I have had in Italy so far! Caffe Stella was not even close to Cum Quibus’ ratings on TripAdvisor, so my desire to go there was hightened 10 fold!

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At 7:25 I went back to Cum Quibus and waited another five minutes under the pouring rain, for the doors to open. The restaurant was booked completely but somehow they managed to find an extra table. The place had a really cool rustic Tuscan vibe and was very small.

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Food started coming in and despite the more casual presentation it had the most surprising, bold flavor combinations that were extremely artistic.

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Then some of the loyal patrons started coming and congratulating Lorenzo, the restaurant’s young owner that TripAdvisor just announced Cum Quibus as the 8th BEST Restaurant in the WORLD! 

That was unbelievable! 8th restaurant in the WORLD in the middle of nowhere?! How is it possible?

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Cheers for Cum Quibus from Instagram

But it made me think of an Armenian proverb that says “a polished diamond won’t sit on the floor for too long”.

Regardless of where you are and how small you are, if you’ll do a good job, it won’t be unnoticed.

That was the beautiful lesson from old San Gimignano and wounderful Cum Quibus.

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Styling à la Florentine

When you enter a city trough the medieval gigantic doors, you know it is a special place.

Firenze (Florence)  is an epitome of the Italian Renaissance where even the hotels are built with the Renaissance in mind.

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When the hotel room has a Renaissance themed frescoes on the walls, it must be Florence!

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Florence has a very distinct style.

It is an open air museum that would take a visitor a few months to experience and appreciate all the gems that this city has to offer.

One of the least touristy places is the Medicis’ villa. There are so many primary spots that I think the Medicis’ villa hardly gets any traffic.

It is a unique feeling to experience such historical locations in a Zen atmosphere.

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In this Zen environment, I have stumbled upon the most beautiful movie theater ever!IMG_1998

Doesn’t it just look fascinating?

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It just needs a popcorn and a soda machine!

Talk about Form NOT Following the FUNCTION!

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And if the movie is boring, one can always look up to the “sky” for more action!

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What do you think? Would you like a home theater à la Florentine ?

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Happy Father’s Day!

Happy Father’s Day to all Dads!

I have best memories of my dad,who was an amazing artist  but would dedicate less than 1% of his time to his talent.

Most of the time he was busy working on his business. I actually took his first name as my Pen Name; Galli ( from Galust, his full name).

GalliFortunately right before he passed away he made a series of paintings reviving old Armenian “Illuminations” from Medieval Bibles.

Illumination painting by Galli

He made 33 of them (the age of Jesus Christ), and all of them look absolutely stunning!

Here I am posting 2 of the paintings and maybe someday I will organize an exhibition of his work, to let public see all that beauty.

Painting by GalliHappy Father’s Day to all Dads! Make best memories for your kids!

Use things. Love people. Don’t switch.

Apostolic Easter!  “Authentic” Old School Christian experience :)

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This is the shape of the building in Los Angeles , which is the same as the one built in  301 A.D. in Armenia.

The very first official Christian church !

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It is the mountain Ararat depicted in the picture, behind the church.That is where Noah’s  Ark landed.

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The Clothing Attire is also from the Fourth century.

Apparently it was a unique case of calendar synchronization that the Apostolic Church and Western Christians had Easter this year on the same day. I think only the Russian/Greek church is off this calendar year.

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Women have to cover their heads with lace handkerchiefs.

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Yours truly :) …Need to cover my head.

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Only after covering your head are you allowed to take the piece of bread dipped in wine offered by the priest which symbolizes the end of the Lenten Journey.

And to have your prayers answered you of course need to light a candle.

Candles churchAnd my 3 prayers :)

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Every year I experience an enlightening as I end my Lenten Journey. This year, I received my epiphany as I was walking out of the church.

Things are created to use and people are created to love and the problems come up when we switch them up.

I thought that was a very good thought (although I might have read it on Facebook..lol..No, not sure where it came from, but the point is: it’s good!).

As a Fashion Designer I am constantly balancing the need to create with the guilt I have that I am contributing to the “bigger problem of consumerism in our society “. Apparently the way to properly balance feelings like these is in organizing my thoughts :)

If I remember that I was put here to use my creativity, and do so with passion, all the while mindful of the negative effects it can have, I can be of maximum use. There is a downside to everything. It is in being aware of that downside, and taking steps to counteract that, that we can avoid sliding down the slippery slope of greed and materialism. So take this day of rebirth and renewal to commit to using your creativity in the most positive way possible!

Hope you all had a fun Easter and an Epiphany of your own!

xoxo

E.

Fearless in 3 STEPS!

This is the last week of my Lenten Journey, since Easter is this weekend!

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Along with eliminating animal based food from the daily diet, eliminating bad habits and excess, the other most important aspect of the Lenten Journey is to eliminate our fears!

All people have fears: Fear of not being good enough, being good enough, being too thin, too fat, too young, too old…fear of public speaking, fear of losing your phone :)…etc.

By using the metaphor of Jesus Christ in the desert, we can learn how to resist temptation. Jesus fasted and was tempted by Satan (the devil is behind all of our fears, big and small!!). But Jesus resisted temptation. The Church tells us that we need to follow the example of Jesus Christ to conquer our FEARS during our Lenten Journey and throughout our lives.

There is a common strategy used to eliminate and fight fear. It is the foundation for most programs that address fear and dates back to Old Greece (Seneca) and is still used today by many motivational Gurus :)…

Step 1:

Reveal your FEARS! It is very challenging to fight an unknown enemy. When we take an honest look at what we are truly afraid of, we can arm ourselves with the ammunition necessary to fight those fears. All negative emotions, jealousy, shame, guilt, anger and intolerance are all rooted in fear. Look under those hostile feelings to see what fear lies beneath them.

Step 2:

Imagine the worst thing you are afraid of becoming a reality. Instead of panicking about it, develop an action plan of what to do if it ever came true. This helps prepare you and teaches you how to cope with fears in a constructive and non-reactive way. It empowers you with the knowledge and tools you need to address your fears if they do come true.

Step 3:

Acknowledge that there is a very slim chance of your fears actually becoming reality. This is critical in overcoming fear. If we focus on positive things, we get positive results. If we focus on fear, we become fearful. By having this knowledge that fears rarely come true, and by having a plan to deal with them if they do, we can overcome our fears. This does not mean we will be without fear. But we will, in essence, have less fear!

So relax… You are now FEARLESS!

CONGRATULATIONS!

What do you think about these 3 easy steps for becoming fearless?

I am working on mine. I have a week left until Easter, so luckily, I still have some time!

Yours,

xoxo

E.

Hot Pants, My Great Grandma and The Global Village

I cannot get over the fact that we ARE truly living in the Global Village!

The incredible support that I have received from all of you proves that we are a REAL community and are there for each other, in a form of encouragement, kind words and advice, from all over the world! It is truly astonishing and seems like a dream come true. Now I am even thankful for that silly e-mail, since it created a spark that fueled a way for us to get to know each other better and learn from each other. …

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I hope from the length of my hot pants and the shape of my décolleté, everyone has figured out by now that I am not an “orthodox member” of the Orthodox Church. Armenian Apostolic Church (part of the Oriental Orthodoxy) requires long dresses and covered necks as well as covered heads for women. It has never been about belonging to any formal religion for me. Instead, it is about weaving together the “best practices” from across the globe that we can share with each other.

Do we need to be Buddhist monks to meditate or be yogis to practice yoga? Both of these practices are such an inseparable part of our modern culture that even asking that question sounds silly.

I feel fasting and observing Lent is a great tradition. I have seen it commonly practiced in Armenia for most of my life and I wanted to share my personal experience with you. This practice has rewarded me with a number of physical, emotional and spiritual benefits… weight loss, more energy, sense of control over appetite, self-discipline …etc.

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I first learned about The Great Lent from my great grandma, the most spiritual person I have ever met! She was the kindest, wisest and most amazingly beautiful woman in my life. She never got sick and lived well past 90 years old. She died in full acceptance and at complete peace with her life. She bid good-bye to her earthly existence during her sleep and she quietly transitioned from this world to the next.

My great grandmother would fast regularly and avoided eating after 6:00 pm. She prayed day and night and was filled with an abundant supply of energy that even 20 year olds would envy. She was an incredible cook and made gourmet French dishes (she was from the South of France) but would be satisfied with just bread, water and a piece of apple on most days. Then on the weekends she would share her fantastic dishes with us and we would all enjoy them together.

Her incredible discipline was always very alluring to me. She was my motivation for many of the habits I have developed. She inspired me to observe the Lent the first time and after that, it became my regular “Spring Cleansing” ritual.

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I feel that joining this blogging community just a over a month ago has been a great learning experience for me. I have learned about people and from people from every corner of the globe in a very intimate and personal way.

I have come to absolutely love blogging and following your blogs! I think my great grandmother would be proud of the way I am using this blog to pass on her secrets of longevity and life happiness.

So I am curious…what motivates you to write and share on a regular basis?