petak, 27. svibnja 2016.

Zašao neki momak u šumu Striborovu.....A young man wandered into Stribor's forest....

 Zašao neki momak u šumu Striborovu, a nije znao, da je ono šuma začarana i da se u njoj svakojaka čuda zbivaju. Zbivala se u njoj čuda dobra, ali i naopaka — svakome po zasluzi.
   
Morala je pak ta šuma ostati začarana, dokle god u nju ne stupi onaj, kojemu je milija njegova nevolja nego sva sreća ovoga svijeta.

  Nasjekao dakle onaj momak drva i sjeo na panj, da počine, jer bijaše lijep zimski dan. Ali iz panja iziđe pred njega zmija i stade se umiljati oko njega. Ono pak ne bijaše prava zmija, nego bijaše ljudska duša, radi grijeha i zlobe ukleta, a mogao je osloboditi samo onaj, koji bi se s njom vjenčao. Bljeskala se zmija kao srebro na suncu i gledala momku upravo u oči.

"Lijepe li gujice, Bože moj! Gotovo da bi je kući ponio.", progovori momak od šale.

" Evo budalaste glave koja će me osloboditi na svoju nesreću.", pomisli grješna duša i pretvori se odmah iz guje u ljepotu djevojku, te stane pred momka.


                                                                                    Ivana Brlić Mažuranić, Šuma Striborova

A young man wondered into Stribor's forest but he knew not that it is an enchanted forest,  a place where all kind of miraculous wonders take place. Indeed, miraculous wonders occured there, both good and bad- to each according to his merit.

This forest had to remain enchanted until it was not graced by the one who will prefer his sorrow to all the happiness in this world. 

After he cut the wood, the young man set down on a stump to rest, for it had been a beautiful winter day. Suddenly, a snake came out of the stump and started to fawn upon him. It was not a real snake, but a human soul, cursed for its sin and malice. It could be freed only by the one who would marry it. The snake glittered like silver under the sun and watched the young man straight into the eyes.

"My God, what a charming little snake! I almost feel like taking it home", said the young man in merriment.

"Here comes the foolish mind that will free me to his own unfortunate.", thought the sinful soul. Instantly she transfored herself from a snake into a girl of great beauty and stood  there before the young man.

                                                                   Ivana Brlic Mazuranic, Stribor's forests



 These were the opening lines of a fairy tale written by Croatian writer Ivana Brlic Mazuranic. This fairy tale titled 'Stribor's forest' has a cult status in Croatia. I doubt that there is anyone here who hasn't at least heard about it and for a good reason. The reason I'm  mentioning it today (besides the fact these photos made me think of it) is because for me it is one of the most profound fairy tales ever written. It is a story about love, for love is that force that can make us choose to forget about ourselves. What makes love so powerful? It is quite simple. As Heinlein said, love is a condition in which someone's else happiness is essential for our own. To love is to become more than one person. With love we can reach our potential.

Ovo je početak poznate bajke Ivane Brlić Mažuranić. Sumnjam da ima itko u Hrvatskoj tko nije čuo za nju i s dobrim razlogom. Razlog što je danas spominjem (osim toga što su me ove fotografije podsjetile na nju) je što je za mene to jedna od najdubljih bajki ikada napisanih. Ova bajka, koja kao i sve ponajbolje, skriva važnu pouku. To je priča o ljubavi jer je ljubav ta sila koja nas može navesti da zaboravimo sebe. Što čini ljubav tako silnom? Jednostavno je. Kao što je Heinlein rekao, ljubav je stanje u kojem je nečija sreća najbitna za našu. Voljeti je postati više od jedne osobe. Ljubavlju se ostvarujemo.





Back to our fairy-tale. What do you think happened next? What did the young man do? Would you like to know? I'm thinking about opening another blog (I'm crazy I know) that would be dedicated to translations of Croatian literature (and by that I obviously mean traslations of those literature works whose copy rights are expired). The reason I plan to do it is simply because I want to do it. This will give me an excuse to reread all of my favourite books again. 

Razmišljam o tome da otvorim još jedan blog (luda sam znam) koji će biti posvećen prijevodima hrvatske književnosti i pri tome naravno mislim na prijevode onih djela koja više ne podliježu zakonima o autorskim pravima. Razlog zašto to planiram je jednostavno taj što to želim. To će mi dati izliku da pročitam ponovo sve svoje omiljene knjige. 









Hvala na čitanju!
Thank you for reading!



četvrtak, 26. svibnja 2016.

What to wear to a semi-formal family diner? / Što nositi na donekle formalnu obiteljsku večeru?

Spring. Everywhere we look around there is something new to see. Life itself seems to be blossoming. I love Spring. It the season when we feel very much alive. I'm ready to forgive Spring for its downsides (such as viruses, allergies, tiredness and so on) because its  uppersides more than make up for it. After all, nobody is perfect. The imperfections are like waves. We might think they are there to give us problems, but it is all about how we sail them. If we sail the waves right, we'll get where we were heading much faster.


Proljeće. Gdje god pogledamo oko nas ima nešto novo za vidjeti. Čini se da i sam život cvijeta. Volim proljeće, to je vrijeme kada se osjećamo vrlo živima, stoga sam mu spremna oprostiti neke njegove nedostatke kao što su alergije, umor i ostalo. Na kraju krajeva, nitko nije savršen. Nesavršenosti su kao valovi. Možemo misliti da su tu da sam zadaju probleme, ali ako znamo na njima ploviti dospjeti ćemo ranije tamo gdje smo naumili. 



What to wear to a semi-formal family diner or celebration? Or in this case a First Communion party? What to wear for such an occassion? This is my answer. Something classic and chic, an outfit that feels enought dressed up but it is still very  comfortable. You never know how long you are going to stay, so comfort is an element to be considered as well.  I don't know about you, but I like to put in a bit of effort when it comes to any special occasion. You don't have to put it a crazy amount of time into getting ready, but cleaning up a little shows your hosts that you respect them. Anyway, this is what I wore, one lovely sunny day in April. 

Što obući za donekle formalnu obiteljsku večeru ili slavlje? Ili kao u ovom slučaju slavlje Prve Pričesti? Kako se obući za takvu priliku? Ovo je moj odgovor. Nešto klasično i chic, odjevna kombinacija koja se čini dovoljno dotjeranom, a koja je ipak vrlo udobna. Nikada ne znate koliko ćete ostati, tako da je i udobnost faktor koji treba uzeti u obzir. Ne znam kakvo je vaše mišljenje, ali ja se volim malo potruditi kada je u pitanju neka posebna prilika. Ne mora to biti veliki trud, ali kada se sredite pokazujete poštovanje prema svojim domaćinima.Uglavnom, ovo je što sam nosila toga sunčanoga travanjskoga dana. 





They say you can't go wrong with a pencil skirt and  whoever 'they' may be,  they might be on to something.  A pencil skirt suits every body type. It makes every outfit more elegant. A pencil skirt is easy to dress up or down. Conclusion? A simple pencil skirt is a great addition to any closet. Since I ordered and got this skirt (as a part of a suit I had made for me) I've been wearing it very often. So, from my personal experience, it is  a great investment. Few things are as easy to style as a simple black pencil skirt. Do you like pencil skirts? If you do...Do you wear them often? Do you find them practical?  

Kažu da ne možete pogriješiti s suknjom olovka kroja i tko god 'oni' bili, mislim da su na tragu nečega. Suknja olovka kroja stoji svakoj građi i čini svaku odjevnu kombinaciju elegantnijom. Takvu suknju lako je prilagoditi ležernim i svečanim kombinacija. Otkada sam naručila i preuzela ovu suknju  (kao dio odijela koji sam dala na šivanje), jako često je nosim. Tako da iz moje perspektive to je jako dobra investicija. Nije puno stvari tako lako uskladiti kao crnu suknju olovka kroja. Nosite li vi suknje olovka kroja? Jesu li vam drage? Ako jesu...Nosite li ih često? Čine li vam se praktičnim?




 



blouse/bluza: old/stara
skirt/suknja: sewn by measure/ šivana po mjeri
long cardi/ dug kardigan: here/ovdje
shoes/cipele: Peko






























 















blouse/bluza: old/stara
skirt/suknja: sewn by measure/ šivana po mjeri
long cardi/ dug kardigan: here/ovdje
shoes/cipele: Peko

utorak, 24. svibnja 2016.

Prom dresses

Hi there! Today I'll talk about prom dresses that you can find on Aisle style site. We all know that prom night  is a very special evening in a life of every young woman. I still look at photographs of my prom from time to time. We all want to look fantastic on that day. Finding a dress for prom may be a challenge, but it is a fun one. Fortunately these days one can really be spoiled for choice. Furthermore, elaborative prom dresses are not expenssive as they used to be (back in the day). Today it is not that difficult to find  cheap prom dresses. Do you remember your prom night? What was your dress like? Were you happy with your choice? What would be your advice to some girl trying to make her choice? My advice would be that you forget about trends and choose a dress that will make you feel beautiful. Don't think about what others will wear and why. Wear something that will make you happy, something that appeals to your personal sense of style.


That would be my advice to young ladies looking for that special dress. However, who says that you need a prom to buy a prom dress? You might find an ideal dress for some other special occasion this way. The selection of dresses on this site is  amazingly rich, so do have a look at these new prom dresses 2016.  You never know what you can find. It is a real feast for the eyes. Usually, when I do this kind of posts, I prepare a little selection of dresses that have caught my eye the most. This time I have selected two dresses that really blew me away. Their selection of formal dresses and gowns is quite exceptional. So,  I had hard time selecting only two, but I didn't want to make this post endless.





So, what do you say about this first one? Isn't it absolutely gorgeous? If you choose a dress like this one for prom night, you will surely be able to wear it again for some special occassion. Lace is always a very feminine choice and as they say black is timeless. I'm very keen on mermaid cut and  I like how this dress takes a more sophisticated approach to  mermaid cut. On this particular gown, the mermaid cut is very subtle and minimal but at the same time very feminine and seductive. I'm just head over heels with this dress. Are you feeling it?









Long dresses are always very elegant but since we are talking about prom, why not explore other options as well? You can be dressed up even if you don't wear a long dress. Who says that you have to wear a long gown for your prom? In fact, if you never wear maxi skirts or dresses, you might end up feeling slightly uncomfortable. When looking for a prom dress (or any dress really) don't forget that you will look much better if you feel comfortable while wearing it. So, let's say that you want to dance the night away. If a long dress is not what you had in mind, how about a short one? This site has a lovely selection of short prom dresses to choose from. I selected this one to share with you because it is the prettiest thing I have seen in a while. It is a two piece dress (some would say a top and a skirt). The colour is light beige (some would say nude) and I think this shade would look flattering on most skin types. Furthermore, this dress has wonderful beading work that makes it looks very glam. Its cut makes it very youthful and all the details make it look unique. It feels like a dressed up version of a teeneger outfit. It feels perfect for prom.
















ponedjeljak, 23. svibnja 2016.

Layering in Spring time....Slojevito odijevanje u proljeće....

Today I have prepared a transitional outfit for you. Considering how temperemental weather is these days, it seems appropriate to post a transitional outfit like this one. I know that Summer is approaching but when weather has a mind of its own, we must act accordingly. Anyway, I decided to wear a purple dress under a purple sweater. I always try to find ways to wear summer dresses during Spring. On top of that I wore a man's blazer that I originally ordered for my significant other. The only jewellery I wore is this lovely necklace I ordered ages ago from this site. I wear it quite often and I think this type of statement necklace really comes in handy. How was your weekend? Mine was fine, despite the stomach bug. Fingers crossed that it goes away soon. P.S. In case you're wondering about the location, it is once again Bunica recreational zone (which is located near Mostar, BIH).

Danas sam za vas pripremila prijelaznu odjevnu kombinaciju. S obzirom na to kako je promjenjivo vrijeme zadnjih dana, čini se prikladnim objaviti neku takvu kombinaciju. Znam da se ljeto bliži, ali kada vrijeme ima neki svoj plan, moramo mu se i mi prilagoditi. Uglavnom, obukla sam ljubičastu haljinu ispod ljubičastog džempera (uvijek se trudim naći način za nositi ljetne haljine u proljeće), a preko toga sam obukla muški sako koji sam zapravo naručila za svoju drugu polovicu. Jedini nakit koji sam nosila je ova divna ogrlica koju sam naručila davnih dana s ove stranice , stvarno je često nosim i čini mi se da takva ogrlica jako dobro dođe. Kakav je bio vaš vikend? Moj je bio dobar, unatoč probavnoj virozi za koju se nadam da će uskoro proći.  P.S. U slučaju da se pitate gdje sam, ovo je opet rekreacijska zona Bunica (koja smještena blizu Mostara, u Bosni i Hercegovini).



blazer/ sako: here/ ovdje
sweater/džemper: Mango
necklace/ ogrlica: here/ ovdje 
dress/haljina: here/ovdje
boots/čizme: Peko













necklace/ogrlica: here/ovdje 
blazer/ sako: here/ ovdje
sweater/džemper: Mango
dress/haljina: here/ovdjenecklace/ ogrlica: here/ ovdje 
boots/čizme: Peko