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Natalie (Used Luck)

0 In Home Decor/ Inspiration/ Rental Solutions/ Style/ Web Shopping

10 Society6 wall tapestries for (cool) grownups

The line between stylish to dorm style is very thin, especially when it comes to wall tapestries. Wall tapestries are back, and we like it. BUT, listen, choosing the right one can be tough. Society6 is probably on top of this trend, so we’ve found 10 cool and stylish wall tapestries for those of you who loves fabric artwork. Available in three sizes, and can fit any living room / office or even kitchen.

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Map, by Mark Ashkenazi

 

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Kali F1, by Patricia Vargas

 

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Heirate Mich, by Marko Köppe

 

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Popsicle Pattern- Fab, by Kelly Gilleran

 

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SUMMER MERMAID, by  Monika Strigel

 

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Floral Bed, by Eugenia Loli

 

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Moose, by Andreas Lie

 

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Constellations, by Nikkistrange

 

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Tropical Glam Banana Leaf Print, by Nikki

 

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OUI, by Text Guy 

 

More tapestries? 10 Society6 badass tapestries

1 In Boards/ Home Decor/ Inspiration/ Style

2016 Spring is Pink and Gold

Spring is almost here, and I’ve been waiting for it since October. I just feel to cold and I’m not a winter lover. I scanned the web for some color prophecy and I like what I see; Pinks (Coral pink, Flamingo pink), and Golds (and Mustard, and Yellow). So… What are we waiting for?

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Flexa 2016 catalog

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Photos: Flexa

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Situationally Savvy Pants in Mustard

Photos: Modcloth Paris Cafe Cardigan in CoralBoardwalk Bonbons Dress and Situationally Savvy Pants in Mustard.

Society6 Tote Bags 2016

Society6 Tote Bags (Left >Right):

Whoa, by Wacka

Chevron Flora II, by Bianca Green

Hallucination, by Muxxi 

0 In Instagram/ Style

Instagram Love: Pantones matching game

The colors are all around us. I love unique Instagram accounts. Especially, those with a focus on a specific project. I posted before about Pantones Instagram account of Joshua Nissen King, and I just discovered a new one (Yay!).

Inca Mathew, the owner of Green Ink Studio matches small, everyday objects with their Pantone color. The project is called “Tiny PMS Match”, and you can find it on Instagram.

Although Mathew recently declared that she will not post any more photos, until the release of a small PMS Match hardcover – You can still enjoy the  174 photos on the account. The book will include new pictures, and will be released in Spring of 2016.

Here are some of my favorite matches:

 


8 In Boards/ Style

February Favorites: Kiss Me Alot

It’s not Valentine’s day yet, but love is in the air and while I’m waiting anxiously for the spring to arrive, It’s really nice to surround myself with lots of pink and hearts. Hugs and kisses to you all.

First, My design on Society6 – I LOVE YOU LIKE CRAZZZY… 

I Love You Like Crazy Pillow and mug

These sunglasses and that Morrissey inspired pin brooch:

1. Always Amour To See Sunglasses – Modcloth

2. Nobody’s Nothing Valentine’s Day Enamel Pin

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I love these separated, but unseparated love pins…From: H.K.M

Herats Enamel Pins

And some more pins? Yap. From: Tuesday Bassen

Shoptuesday Enamel Pins

And sometimes, an unofficial video clip is so much better than the official, you want to watch it over and over again. Just like this Moorrissey’s Kiss me alot fan video, I absolutely love:

 

8 In Blogging/ Me

My Late 2016 Happy plans

Hello 2016 - Used Luck

Ok, it’s almost February, but thinking about my new year took time. 2015 was a year of meaningful changes – In one year, I had my rhinoplasty surgery (which I had documented only on my Instagram account – roll back there…), I lost 14 kilos, and finally said goodbye to my post pregnancy, stubborn fat. I Broke up from my husband (July). We’ve been together for the past 9 years, and it was terrifying. As the result of this decision, I learn how to be by myself again, read more books, and focused on my own professional and personal goals. Having more alone time with my son, made me a better mother, too. Unfortunately, I fell into smoking again (after 4 clean years), and quit. I’m now smoke clean since 1.1.2016 (Hooray!).

So, what now? 2016 is waiting for me, with some new goals, hopes and dreams. Here are some of the things I try to keep in mind:

Taking care of my body & soul

Losing weight made me feel incredibly good. I eat well, and not starving myself. It’s important not to stick to the calorie plan, but to also think carefully about the food I’m eating. For example – one apple or two cookies, for 16:00 snack? It’s a daily struggle.

My smoking and quitting experience taught me a lesson. When I quit smoking four years ago, it was easy. I wanted to have a baby and the goal itself was enough – I quit “cold turkey” and didn’t look back. Except for… Weddings, and other occasions, where I took one cigarette or two. It didn’t make me an addict again, so I left this one door open. But when I faced the divorce, this door was the problem. And it was so hard to quit. I felt so stupid for falling back to this trap.

Another thing I’ve done this year is a lot of reading. Not romances, but books of inspiration. Books that help me involve and become a better person, better partner, and a better life planner.

Books I enjoyed reading this year:

The 7 Levels of Intimacy by Matthew Kelly

Tobais Vab Schneider (newsletter)

The 4-Hours Workweek  by Timothy Ferriss

Thoughts and Feelings: Taking Control of Your Moods and Your Life

Make my dreams come true

I’m 36, and I realize the time is now. I can’t dream about my future without doing something about it. If I don’t, there will be no one else to blame. 15 years ago, when I was young and not very confident, I took the wrong career path. I wanted to be a graphic designer, but my ex boyfriend somehow persuaded out of it. “You need a degree”, he told me. But me, I’m an autodidact person and a short term course is much more suitable for me, with better chances to succeed. I don’t blame him. It was my own responsibility and I failed.

Today, my job includes photo editing too, but not enough. I decided to take the plunge and learn graphic design. The course begins in February and I’m very excited. Honestly, I couldn’t wait for the course to begin and I already started designing for Society6 (What do you think about this one?). I have two designs and I’m hoping to grow the collection.

Cook my own food

I’m on my own now. I’m a single mother and I have to take care of my budget carefully. As a part of keeping an eye on my budget, the first thing I wanted to reduce is the eating outside habit. In the past few years I didn’t cook at all (microwave rice?). I think it was the result of feeling bad about my body. I felt more comfortable with “staying away from the kitchen” attitude. But now, after losing weight and having full control of my menu, it’s actually easier to cook my own food. And as a vegan, I don’t have to double check any menu, nor ingredients.

Break the rules

Being at the office at the same time, every day, never late… Well, I am not a robot. What if I stay in bed for a few more moments? Just hit that snooze button for once. What if I make plans for the weekend and decide to decline? I might be nicer to myself, and maybe, do something unexpected.

Listen to ME

People have their opinions about everything. These opinions rely on their own life experiences. They don’t know everything about the problems I deal with. They just don’t. No one could ever walk in my shoes, feel what I feel and know what I know. Therefore, I’m the only one who can solve my own problems. The worst part of taking advices is losing my inner voice, and the connection to my intuition. And more – forgetting my dreams. Everyone has it’s right to think whatever he or she wants about my stuff, but me, I have to stay loyal to my own way. That is what makes me – me.

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I discovered how cynicism is bad. It really is. I always felt like my cynicism is a sort of humor (which I still have…), but it had a negative impact on my soul, and my relationships. In 2016, I want to be authentic, and reflect my real emotions.

1 In Blogging

5 Free Online marketing e-courses for people who have no time

5 free online e-courses for people who has no time

Today, we all know that The importance of social media marketing is no longer questioned. If you want to join the worldwide trend and help your business and / or your blog connects with the right audience – It’s about time you master these essential skills: Social media, Email marketing, and SEO. Luckily, we have it all, and for FREE. Dedicate one hour a week, and grab these e-courses:

1. Social Media 101, Buffer

7 emails, 7 days, 2 minutes a day – That’s all you need to learn the basics of social media with Buffer’s week-long email class. How to establish the right tone for social media posts, and understanding online marketing analytics.

You get: 14 minutes / 7 lessons

2. Diploma in Social Media Marketing, ALISON

want to know how email marketing, blogging, and Facebook can get you being noticed by the right audience? This course will help you understand how affiliate marketing works and the different methods that help increase traffic.

You get: 15-20 hours / 11 lessons

3. Advanced SEO: Tactics and Strategy, Udemy

In this course you’ll learn a broad range of SEO subjects and an understanding of some of the deepest SEO concepts and strategies. it provides an easy to understand information for all levels of knowledge, from users just beginning to learn SEO to advanced SEOs.

You get: 1 hour / 7 lessons

4. Internet Marketing for Smart People, Copyblogger

Copyblogeger offers you an Internet Marketing Education in 16 Ebooks and 20 Emails. No Charge. Want to discover the smartest ways to mix social media, content marketing, and SEO for lead generation, and convert those leads to customers and clients? Take it.

You get: 20 lessons

5. Marketing in a Digital World, Coursera

Created by the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, This course will examine how digital tools, such as the Internet, smartphones, and 3D printing, are revolutionizing the world of marketing by shifting the balance of power from firms to consumers.

You get: 32 hours / 24 lessons

Photo: Kaboompics

0 In Boards/ Style/ Web Shopping

November Favorites: Etsy Wishlist

 

This maxi dark blue dress, from MaLieb is everything I need for this fall…

MaLieb Dress

But why so serious? These earrings are fun, fun, fun. Via: The Foxy Hipster

Hipster earrings

Couch makes amazing upcycled wallets (and some other stuff). I almost bought this pink wallet Made of 80’s Ford Vinyl! Eventually, I went for a mustard one.

Upcycled Wallet

And finally, to complete the outfit – A Raspberry Sparkle Nail Wraps, and a Bird Print Scarf… I’m done here.

Nails and scarf

6 In Blogging/ Graphic Design

5 Free graphic design e-courses for absolute beginners

5 Free graphic design e-courses for absolute beginners

If I could invest in my professional skills, I would definitely improve my graphic design skills. It’s something I really love, and helps me work and blog better. And the things is, it’s not a matter of money anymore – the opportunities are out there, and it’s FREE. The only thing a person needs these days is a dedication and a commitment. Have a look at these 5 totally free graphic design courses. You can thank me later (-:

1. Beginners Adobe Photoshop, Adobe KnowHow

This Photoshop CS5 tutorial for beginners will teach you the fundamentals of Adobe Photoshop with easy to follow, practical examples. Starting with the basics, in this You will learn how to set up your work environment, open files, and perform various editing functions that Photoshop has to offer.

You get: 14 hours / 26 lessons

2. Learn Adobe Illustrator From Scratch, Udemy

Give wings to your creativity with this comprehensive and unique course in Adobe Illustrator. Learn to create amazing graphics for Web, Video and Film. In this course of over 10 hours you will learn expert tips and tricks and will learn to do advance design and graphics work.

You get: 11 hours / 41 lessons

3. Adobe InDesign for Beginners, Adobe KnowHow

This Adobe InDesign training course from Infinite Skills teaches you how to use this powerful digital and print layout software. With the introduction of amazing new digital layout features, InDesign really is the industry standard when it comes to not only traditional media layouts, but also EPUB and other digital standards.

You get: 11 hours / 21 lessons

4. Introduction to Graphic Design, Udemy

Are you tired of learning Photoshop tricks without understanding how to apply the software to real design? Or maybe you just want to understand what really is design and how can you become a real designer?
Design goes way beyond software and there is a lot of theory behind it. In this introductory course, you’ll learn the basics needed to create an amazing and real design.

You get: 1 hour / 12 lessons

5. Adobe Photoshop CS6 Essential Tools, ALISON

This free online Adobe Photoshop CS6 tutorial video-based course is ideal for photographers and graphic designers who would like to learn more about image manipulation using the range of tools found in Adobe Photoshop CS6. It will help you to develop image production skills and build a web presence using content created and produced independently.

You get: 2 hours / 8 lessons

Read More: Society6 Has Wall Tapestries, and they’re totally badass

Photo Source: Kaboom Pics

0 In Life Hacks

My 3 Steps Plan to Quit Smoking

3 steps plan to quit smoking

Shit. I did it again. After (very proudly) not been smoking for 4 years, I took one cigarette here, another one, there and I’m a smoker, again.
I can’t tell you how much giving up smoking was great for me. I started smoking as a teenager and went on with this smelly habit almost a half of my life.
Smoking is a dangerous habit, but despite what you might think, smokers are not stupid. Smokers are drug addicts. Nicotine is a drug, and very addictive one. You can tell a smoker, he could die, and suffer, but he will not quit.

There are lots of methods of quitting smoking. I like the cold turkey method – just quit, and let your body suffer for a few days. But unfortunately, some periods in life are too stressful for this method, like NOW. And because I’m too stressful, I figured out a more moderate method would work better for me. I smoke up to 10 cigarettes a day (an average of 7) but still, I find it very difficult to quit at the moment. The decision to quit by reducing the amount will make it harder because it’s going to take longer time to quit. But for now, I prefer to suffer from easier withdrawal symptoms for a longer period of time, instead of having strong withdrawal symptoms who could break me on the second day.

That’s my 3 step plan:
1. Reduce amount of cigarettes to 5 per day. Do it for 3 days.
2. Reduce amount of cigarettes to 3 per day. Do it for one week.
3. Just STOP.

Starting today, wish me luck and tell me all your stories about how you quit smoking!

Photo Source: Thong Vo, Unsplash

3 In Style/ Web Shopping

October Favorites: Loud and Clear!

I missed two months without having my monthly wish list, but it doesn’t mean I didn’t want to do it (: We are exactly at the middle of October, which make me want to wear black again. I picked a few items that would look great in my wardrobe, and around the house. See anything you like?

October 2015 favorites

1. Keep your friends close biker tank – Graydon Speace – Society6

2. SHE’S LOST CTRL Tote bag – Hans Eiskonen – Society6

3. Oh Sweatshirt – Sweater Junkie Co – Etsy

October 2015 wish list

4. 2016 Wall Calendar – Karolin Schnoor – Etsy

5. Raining Clouds Canvas Tote Bag – Ink Bandit – Etsy

6. Raining Cloud Cushion Cover – Ink Bandit – Etsy