Monday, 30 March 2015

festival spirit

Since I was of legal age to attend festivals I never actually had the chance. Oh, the irony. I love everything about them: the unending lineup of musicians, sleeping or not sleeping in tents, booze (even if I drink rarely, a cold beer in a hot summer day is unbeatable), mary-jane, friends, new friends, overly kind strangers and other activities. I don't know exactly what goes down there but I can imagine. If only I could have one summer without falling everything I have to do in the same dates as the festivals that I would love to visit. If only...
But instead of grieving about not having tickets for this summer I still gathered all of my favourite garments and accessories in a festival/boho/hipster style. 
You can see I'm a die-hard fan of ASOS, so I combined my asos-faves with my Forever 21 picks. F21 just might be the perfect shopping destination for a student budget and a great effortless style. So on point! I hope you enjoy and leave feedback! 
Click on READ MORE for MORE: outfits and details! :)

Wednesday, 25 March 2015

about Angelina and women

As many of you may have read in the news these last days, you've might have encountered some headlines like "Jolie removes her ovaries" or "Angelina Jolie is no longer a woman" or "Angelina Jolie: let's get rid of the ovaries". Not only because I study media communication, but also because I'm a woman, I find these headlines and the majority of the articles absolutely irrespectful, degrading to those who have written them and majorly inadequate. Some of those "journalists" should be ashamed of themselves. They mostly just spit out that Mrs. Jolie Pitt has decided to "cut out" her ovaries and fallopian tubes because she is afraid. PEOPLE, PLEASE. Inform yourselves before writing those stupid, uneducated, hateful comments!! You clearly have only read the yellow press or worse - only the headlines.

I can't explain with how much anger for the haters and respect for Angelina Jolie I'm writing this. The negative comments, as I've observed, come from close-minded people, men and unhappy women.

The facts: Mrs. Jolie Pitt has removed, through surgery, her ovaries and fallopian tubes. Two years ago she also had performed double mastectomy  (for you small-minded people - breasts, it involves breasts).

WHY? Because after running tests (which ALL women should do in their teens, 20's and 40's, or whatever, just do it), her doctor found that she had a possibility of having a cancer in early stages, but not seen in the blood test results.
KEEP IN MIND: this wasn't a one or two day thing.
For months she knew about it and had talked to many different specialists in this field, Western and Eastern doctors. They went through many different options, but this surgery was the only one with the highest percentage of having a positive result also in the future and getting her to experience her kids grow up and becoming a (fabulous) grandmother.

There are many other options for cases like this or slightly/not-so-slightly different. Like Angelina says at the end of her "Diary of a surgery" (you can read it here: http://www.nytimes.com/2015/03/24/opinion/angelina-jolie-pitt-diary-of-a-surgery.html?_r=0) = "Knowledge is power".
SO PEOPLE, before you say that she has to stop removing one organ after another, that she wants to become a man, that she doesn't know what she's doing, that it's just a trick to get other women spend more money at their doctors' offices - PLEASE, OH PLEASE, READ AND GET INFORMED ABOUT THE TOPIC.

We, women, have already, kind of, a difficult life in terms of health. Our female organs are more prone to develop cancer than men's organs. We have periods, that are hell, we have birth controll pills that are hell too (for many women), we have to bare children, we have to give birth, and when we go in menopause it's like teen years all over again but much, much more difficult and exhausting. And when I say that "we have to bare children and give birth", I just want to add: we don't live anymore in a society where women are only the childbarers and sex is only to make those babies. I'm all about team Jennifer Aniston and choosing to pursue career and love without having children.
Women should not be pressured or obligated to procreate if they do not want to.
It's 2015 but unfortunately some people, mostly men, think that women are still there only to cook and pop out one kid after another one.
But also, hats off to all the mothers. I'm not going to discriminate anyone. Every woman and man has a choice to make in their lives. I'm all about having and not having children. You can have a family with 2 or 5 kids, you can have a family with only your loved one or/and your pet. There is no solid structure of a family anymore. We are all free to choose what we want and what is best for us. We aren't machines of the society and we don't have to follow "the rules" and "the system". There is no such a thing, not anymore.

Angelina remains one of the most beautiful, thoughtful, empowering, intelligent and bravest women out there. Down-to-earth and realistic. That's what girls should look up to.

Let's start educating ourselves before talking and commenting.
And let's start accepting and loving. We have only one life and we are the ones who choose for ourselves. Nobody owns us. Your body is your own and not your man's or your neighbour's.
You do your thing and be happy with your choices, plans and dreams.

Love,
Ieva

 (photo credit: de.eonline.com)

Tuesday, 24 March 2015

Seeing hearts

St. Valentine's is far gone already, but as I mentioned in this post, heart print remains my favourite of them all. Of course, I'm a sucker for leopard print and stripes big time, but hearts are just like the base of my being. Simply because I think that I was put on this world to love and be loved, and that's exactly how I feel and I love to celebrate love in every form and way, even if it's just a print on a piece of clothing.
You may also critisize me because I'm wearing a playsuit in winter (these photos were taken in February and it was darn cold outside), but first - I don't care. I love the playsuit and I will wear it where, when and how I want to, that's why I got it in the first place. Second - this is for all the concerned mothers that think that I'm too poorly dressed for the weather - I'm wearing a long-sleeve top underneath, 80den thights and a very warm coat. It just doesn't get better, or warmer, than with this layering. (insert emoji with a monkey with covered eyes = my fave).

Saturday, 21 March 2015

#GleeGoodbye

I just watched the finale of Glee. It tore open all of my emotions, from happiness to sadness. I teared up more than ever. You may think this is childish and stupid. Let me put this straight.
6 years of a TV show, topics like LGBT, sex change, bullying, death threats, shootings etc. These aren't just problems that occur in America. They are everywhere, in every country, in every city, on a bigger or a smaller scale. But they exist.

Touching these subjects was not the backbone of the show. Of course, they kind of translated these problems and struggles in a way that kids and parents who watched it, could understand them. They raised awareness of the struggles that we all go through.

The real backbone of Glee was acceptance: of yourself, of others, of how cruel and beautiful the world can be. It teached kids and teenagers about teen pregnancy, bullying, struggles of a kid in a wheelchair. And it taught also that none of it should stop you from who you want to be and what you want to do.

Following a show so great for 6 years is a committement. It was fun to watch and it brought laughs and tears. Personally, I've never cried at a series' finale like I did today watching "2009" and "Dreams come true", the last two episodes of this amazing drama-comedy musical show. And it made me also realize that where I grew up and went to school, Arts Programmes have to grow bigger. There are too many limitations. I have to say, I haven't encountered so much bullying as it was portrayed on Glee, but I do see the lack of the possibilities in schools for kids and teens to express themselves in such creative ways or to find a safe place. Yes, show choirs aren't in the roots of Europe or other places in the world. But still, I think there should be more clubs, extra curricular activities for kids to attend and express themselves and find their true selves.

Glee has taught me a lot and I know it is super cheesy to say that about a TV show because it is all just acting. But how can you not have Niagara Falls in your eyes when you see, actually see, through your TV or computer the spark that Lea Michele and Cory Monteith (rest in peace) shared on the screen every time they sang together? How can you not think twice before calling someone stupid? Or before embarassing someone? Or making racist/sexist/homophobic assumptions and comments about others? Love yourself and those who surround you.

At times, I wished I'd had a bit of a better voice and that my school would've had a Glee club. I knew it was impossible, because I was already at the end of my school years. But daydreaming about it was still sweet. And I love to think that in a parallel universe, it is all true. But it has, in a way, left some marks on my personality, on my way of seeing and understanding things. And I bet it has left a mark on everyone who watched it.

As for the finale, the "five years later" parts were so on point. I don't want to spoil anything for those who haven't still seen it. But it was wrapped up perfectly and I couldn't think of a better ending.

I would love to know what are your thoughts about Glee, it's message, it's finale and it's meaning to you.

"By its very definition, Glee is about opening yourself up to joy"

(source: tumblr)

Monday, 16 March 2015

black graffiti

A tourist in your own city is a really rewarding thing. While guiding your relatives or friends, or giving directions to a stranger, you re-visit the place you live in and even re-evaluate some of it's qualities, what the city has to offer, hotspots and new discoveries. 
I'm more of a 21st century girl when it comes to graffiti, i.e., I love it. It is my favourite kind of contemporary art. I find it rebellious, beautiful and clever. Have you ever noticed how the graffiti artists try to blend their work in with the circumstances, with the scenery or the building? I'm not talking about those graffitis that are sad jokes, awful waste of good spray paint and a good wall. I'm talking about the anonymous artists who do their best to make a piece of urban style art. Banksy, for example, is the absolute god of graffiti, and Space Invader is awesome too.  
I already talked my lungs out regarding graffiti a couple of years ago in my Trinity exam, it was so fun to have an examiner who even knew about Banksy and, while being against graffiti in general, we could still share our appreciation of art itself.
So here you go, my down-to-eart outfit near this cool graffiti tunnel.

Tuesday, 10 March 2015

Adventure time x Vans

Ready for a new little adventure? Since I live not even an hour away from Luxembourg city, I had to bring my boyfriend there. I love to see the immediate difference between Germany and Luxembourg, between the german villages that I have to drive through and the luxembourgish ones. On the border they are almost attached but already different - the houses, the streets, the people. But the city is what I love the most. It's not too big and not too small. I've been there a thousand times and I still get lost (also while taking these pictures), but I never miss a visit to Ladurée. And the near-by high street shops are a feast to the eyes (think Hervé Léger, BCBG Max Azria, Chanel etc.). But about the macarons, in a different post - keep your eyes peeled!



Wednesday, 4 March 2015

We're going to very (not so) distant lands

Hey, everyone!
Since Thursday evening I've been in heaven - my otter (see what I did there) half came to visit me! And we've been enjoying our time together doing absolutely nothing, having late breakfasts and also going on little adventures (hint on my Instagram) like this one.
That evening we were just strolling around the city and already heading home. Although there are far more prettier places in the city, I wanted to shoot these photos on a much more basic background since also my outfit was pretty laid back with a little cool detail - Adventure Time Finn & Jake Backpack!
These Puma sneakers have been with me for a long time now and as I'm now in a much faster pace in my everyday I decided to also wear them a lot more than just three times a year. And yes, they are super comfortable.



Sunday, 1 March 2015