Article: Showing up for your Friends

Friday, August 26, 2016

For your Friday I'm leaving  you with a great article: Showing Up: The Single Most Important Thing a Friend Can Do
photo source: the article
We all have days when the weight of our responsibilities is enough to deal with and it’s a challenge to summon the energy to meet one more demand — to show up, even for something like celebrating a friend’s success. But it’s those moments that matter the most. It’s showing up for that kind of stuff that solidifies a friendship
This is something I'm not always good at, but I want to be. I feel pulled in many directions a lot of the time (mostly by my 4 year old, and literally, ha!) - that coupled with my need for alone time, etc...leaves me saying 'no' a lot. But this is something I've been thinking about so much lately. I think that like a lot of people, as I get older, I start to focus on the value of friendships and being there and quality time. Subconsciously, like the article advices, I start to weed out the friends who don't show up because I want to spend my limited time on those who do - on those who think that I'm important as well. Quality is way better than quantity in this case!

I'd love to hear your thoughts as well..

I hope you enjoy the article and it makes you think and become a little bit better of a person. The world and your loved ones and THE FUTURE GENERATION needs you!!!! xxxx

Happy Friday!

Essam Marouf

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Its not too often that I come across an artist that leaves me flipping through all of their pieces and wondering where I can get them, where I'd put them...all while ignoring the fact that I could never afford them. But I easily envision a house filled with Essam Marouf's work.
 
 

Away

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

I'm sure the company Away and their super cool trendy suitcases has caught your attention already...and predictably, I really love them and want one so bad. Also it has built in cell phone chargers. But what really pulled me in? Their cool Instagram account, tbh - just cool people looking cool with their cool away suitcases and other cool photos that sometimes have nothing to do with suitcases. Basically I'm just fascinated at how they make suitcases look so cool and wondering what kind of target audience I fall in to? The only reason I haven't ordered one is because shipping to Switzerland for some reason is as much as it costs to raise a child and I might as well keep paying the overweight luggage fee with my old huge suitcase as it would still be cheaper? #willneverbecool
P.S. Where did this year go?

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Love at Burning Man

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

I know a few people who have been to Burning Man and of course, it sounds incredible. I heard about this piece of art there this year by Alexander Milov (who was the first Ukrainian artist who received a grant to create at Burning Man) called ''Love''. Its so beautiful and also is what he has to say about it:
It demonstrates a conflict between a man and a woman as well as the outer and inner expression of human nature. Their inner selves are executed in the form of transparent children, who are holding out their hands through the grating. As it’s getting dark (night falls) the children start to shine. This shining is a symbol of purity and sincerity that brings people together and gives a chance of making up when the dark time arrives. - Alexander Milov
Photo Sources: Love at night / Love in the day

Get out: Seljavallalaug Pool, Iceland

Monday, August 22, 2016


I've had this plan to visit Iceland for awhile now, so I've been pinning things to do/places to go when I finally get there. I ran in to Icelands oldest pool (built in 1923) which no matter where you search about it (internet, Instagram, etc) the pictures are always amazing - so its a good one to add to your to do list..
Photo Sources: Top / Middle / Bottom

Instagram Stalk: BenBenBuhBen

Saturday, August 20, 2016


I recently ran in to this guys Instagram account and he's traveling south America with his van...THESE PICTURES. You can check out more at www.instagram.com/benbenbuhben

Weekend Links

Friday, August 19, 2016


Have a splendid weekend you guys! This picture is one of my favorites from my recent vacation. Its from a pink salt lake in Torrevieja (south of Alicante). By far one of the coolest things I did in Spain! you completely float when you get in and the shore is just pure white salt. Its so beautiful and most of the pictures don't even do it justice!

Anyway, here are a few fun links from around the web...

+ Are you on Snapchat yet? I'm slightly addicted. 

 + "Treat people like dirt, and they will be dirt. Treat them like human beings, and they will act like human beings". Norway proves that treating a prisoner like a human being works. An interesting read on open prisons.

+ Sometimes I wonder....a roundup of some of the interesting shoes from paris fashion week.

+ I need this dress in my life

+ On being frugal 

Restricted Areas

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Danila Tkachenko's left an impression on me and I wanted to share them and his photo project. They are beautiful and lonely and hint at a story of which I know nothing about it.
Any progress comes to its end earlier or later, it can happen due to different reasons - nuclear war, economic crisis or natural disaster.. For me it's interesting to witness what is left after.
Visit his website to see more pictures (as well as an explanation of what each picture is_

Train Seat Fabrics

Tuesday, August 9, 2016


Hola! I just got back from a 3 week vacation driving a camper around Spain with my boyfriend - that was a TRIP. I can't wait to share some photos..spain is so pretty, so its easy to take good ones at least! I have to organize them...but I've been sharing a few of my favorites on Instagram if you're dying of curiosity!
 
In the meantime, I'm so entertained by this article about public transport fabrics and why they are the way they are and I never knew a whole life existed in the making and designing of the patterns/fabrics etc. Did you know that in Britain each line has a different pattern on purpose? You have to read this article! And then to take it further, this german artist, Menja Stevenson, did a project where she made clothes from the fabrics and rode the lines and took photos and documented peoples reactions. Anyway, I love this - and you can read the interesting article here: Why are train-seat fabrics so ugly? 
You can also read about the fabric and what line its on and buy it here.
(all pictures are from the article)

Links and Things

Wednesday, July 13, 2016


My eyes like this piece by Italian artist Leonardo Ulian (found on Colossal). Read more about them here.

An insightful and interesting article on sharing in social media, the evolution and the future (snapchat). read it here! and what did you think?
 
This article was the catalyst to an internet rabbit hole trail (what is the phrase? was that right?) about flip phones and the benefit of disconnecting a little. I have to admit, I'm tempted..."The Coolest Girl You Know Probably Uses a Flip Phone"

Wedding advice from a Cool Girl

Adding Life off Grid to my 'movies to see' pinterest board. Sometimes living off the grid sounds so delicious. Remember when we did?
 

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