srijeda, 31. kolovoza 2016.

First Communion

Today I will talk about first communion dresses.  Traditions that accompany first communion may vary across the globe, but in most cases the children receiving their first communion wear white garments to symbolize innocence. The event itself is usually followed by a celebration of some kind as many families use this occasion to spend some quality time together. There is a widespread tradition of young ladies wearing white communion dresses.  First communion is a very special and important ceremony in many Christian traditions. 

There are slight theological differences between different Christian traditions when it comes to the question of the presence of Christ during Eucharist (Orthodox Christians believe that Christ turns into water and bread and call it a mystery while Catholics believe the same thing but call it transubstantiation. Luther was of the opinion that what is important is that Christ is present at Eucharist and he didn't place importance on whether Jesus actually becomes water and wine. Protestant faiths have varying teachings when it comes to this subject. Some Protestants practice communion while others don't.) 

Short Sleeve Beaded Bodice A-line Satin First Communion Dress with Bow

Despite these theological differences, all Christian churches see communion as a joyous religious act. In the Eastern Christianity ( Orthodox Christianity), communion is practised simultaneously with baptism, usually at young (infant) age. In those Christian faiths (Roman Christianity and some Protestant faiths) that practice first communion, the age of children receiving it ranges from 7 to 13.  The communion is most commonly celebrated among the Catholics, who see the first holy communion as one of the holy sacraments and hence place great importance on it. It is celebrated in the same manner as other holy sacraments, usually in a semi-formal gathering where all the family and usually also many friends are present. Many parents choose to have their family photographs and portraits taken on this day. Some even hire a professional photographer to document the event. The chuches themselves often hire a professional photographer.

Sleeveless Bateau Neck Tea Length Lace First Communion Dress with Bow

For me personally, my first communion was a very happy and memorable event. I can distinctly remember the long dress with lace sleeves that I wore. As I said, traditions vary from country to country. They also sometimes change with time. When I was a little girl, we used to get dressed up as little brides and we loved it. The dresses for first communion could be rented only at one place in the city and that was in the monastery where the nuns would sew them themselves. I remember we were all very happy about that arrangement because each dress was different from the other one and every girl could select a dress that suited her taste. I think the price of renting was very reasonable since the nuns didn't run the business for profit. As far as I remember, all of us young ladies were very excited about the whole process of getting dressed up for the holy communion. 

Scoop Neck Ball Gown Organza First Communion Dress with Bow

Today some churches do not allow this but insist that all children should wear identical long white dresses, so that there wouldn't be any social difference between the quality of garments. However, the parents still buy special dresses for their little ladies, probably because they (as do I) feel it is harmless fun. I don't see anything wrong with little girls picking their dresses for this special day and enjoying the process. Moreover, for many of them it will be a nice opportunity to have their photograph taken with their loved ones so natually they (and their parents) want to look their best. I've made a little selection of communion dresses to share with you today. These white dresses for girls can naturally be worn for other events as well. If you have a daughter, a niece or some other family member you want to surprise with a beautiful dress, keep this store in mind.

Sleeveless Jewel Neck Ball Gown Organza First Communion Dress with Lace and Beading

utorak, 30. kolovoza 2016.

Drawing of the day / Crtež dana

Here is my fashion illustration of the day. The medium is coloured pencils on paper. As you might have noticed, I started using coloured pencils more often. You can see the outfit that inspired this illustration here. This outfit was the first one I posted this August, so it seems appropriate that I post it as this month is coming to its end.

Evo modne ilustracija dana. Medij su bojice na papiru. Kao što ste mogli primijetiti, u zadnje vrijeme češće koristim bojice.  Možete vidjeti odjevnu kombinaciju koju sam ilustrirala ovdje. S ovom odjevnom kombinacijom sam otvorila ovaj mjesec pa je prikladno da se tu nađe na samom kraju mjeseca.

Summertime in Mostar (black and white dress) / Ljeto u Mostaru (crno bijela haljina)

Sunny summer days in Mostar city. Simple pleasures in life. The smell of pine trees in the air. (They have a special scent during the Summer. Have you ever noticed that?) Strolling around the city with my significant other.  A cup of coffee enjoyed in good company. Simply daily rituals that can be so meaningful. Admiring street air. Finding a reason to smile because as Claudio Baglioni sings life is know (youtube link here). Black and white dress worn with colourful sandals (wedges) because as you all know I'm addicted to colours. A simple summer outfit for a simple summer day. A bit of simplicity and putting our mind to rest. Sometimes it is all we need. La vita è adesso.

Sunčani ljetni dani u Mostaru. Jednostavni životni užici. Miris borova u zraku. ( Imaju poseban miris ljeti. Jeste li to ikad primijetili?) Šetnja gradom sa drugom polovicom. Šalica kave u dobrom društvu.  Jednostavni dnevni ritualni koji mogu biti tako značajni. Divljenje uličnoj umjetnosti. Pronalaženje razloga za osmijeh jer kao što Claudio Baglioni pjeva, život je sada (youtube poveznica ovdje). Crno bijela haljina, ali nošena s šarenim sandalama s punom petom jer kao što znate ovisna sam o boji. Jednostavna ljetna kombinacija za jednostavan ljetni dan. Malo jednostavnosti i odmaranje misli. Ponekad je to sve što trebamo. La vita è adesso.

dress/haljina: same here/ ista ovdje
bag/torba: vintage
sandals/ sandale: old/stare

petak, 26. kolovoza 2016.

Fashion illustration of the day ( pencil skirt) / Modna ilustracija dana (suknja olovka kroja)

Thank you for all your lovely comments on my last post. I'm a bit late with my replies, but it is not my fault, I have had a terrible headache, better to say migrane that lasted for a whole week. It had been a difficult week and I hope I will manage to get some rest this weekend. Speaking of my last post, some of you misunderstood what I wrote about that painting of church and the school. I wrote that it was a gift FOR a friend, not FROM a friend. I painted that oil painting myself two years ago, back in 2014 and I gave it to a family friend, not the other way around. In fact, I posted about that painting earlier here, but I decided to repost it because it was relevant to the location I wrote about in my last post. Today I'm only going to share only one fashion illustration with you. The medium is coloured pencils on paper. 

This illustration is an Autumn one. Indeed, I don't think it is to early to start talking about Autumn. Today I have one clothing item in mind. Let's talk about a pencil skirt. Do you have  a pencil skirt in your closet? Do you wear skirts? If yes, what kind of skirts do you wear? Do you like wearing pencil skirts? If you like skirts, you should consider going for that classical pencil skirt. It matches well with just about anything and it can be easily dressed up or down. I do think that a black pencil skirt is an item that can make life easier for any skirt weaver. The outfit I proposed here is quite simple. A long vest worn over a long sleeved blouse, pairing of purple and blue. To finish it, a nice black pencil skirt. How do you like this outfit?

Hvala vam na svim lijepim komentarima na zadnjoj objavi. Malo kasnim s odgovorima, ali nemojte me kriviti jer sam imala groznu glavobolju, bolje rečeno migrenu koja je trajala cijeli tjedan. Bio je to naporan tjedan i nadam se da ću se uspjeti odmoriti malo ovaj vikend. Što se tiče prošle objave, neki nisu razumjeli što sam napisala o onoj slici crkve i škole. Napisala sam da je bio poklon za prijatelja, ne od prijatelja. Naslikala sam to ulje na platnu prije dvije godine i dala ga obiteljskom prijatelju, ne obrnuto. Štoviše, već sam pisala o toj slici ovdje, ali sam je odlučila ponovo objaviti jer je bila bitna za lokaciju o kojoj sam pisala u prošloj objavi. Danas ću sa vama podijeliti samo jednu modnu ilustraciju. Medij su bojice na papiru.

Ova je modna ilustracija jesenja. Doista, mislim da nije prerano da počnemo govoriti o jeseni. Danas mi je na pameti jedan odjevnu komad. Razgovarajmo malo o suknji olovka kroja? Imate li je vi u ormaru? Nosite li suknje? Mislim da je suknja olovka kroja pravi klasik i da bi dobro došla svakome tko nosi suknje. Lako ju je stilizirati, može se jednostavno prilagoditi i ležernim i svečanijim kombinacijama. Na ovoj ilustraciji pokazala sam jednostavnu kombinaciju. Dugi prsluk nošen preko majice dugih rukava, kombinacija boja je plava i ljubičasta, a suknja olovka kroja je crna. Kako vam se sviđa ova kombinacija?

nedjelja, 21. kolovoza 2016.

The painting and the outfit of the day / Slika i odjevna kombinacija dana (Gdinj, Hvar)

I think I have already shared this oil painting with you. This canvas was a gift for a family friend of mine. It depicts the new church in my grandmother's village Gdinj (in this post you can find all the links to my previous posts about this village). This new church is actually quite old, but I will talk about that some other time. The other building you can see used to be a school. Gdinj doesn't have a school anymore because there aren’t any children left. You know how it is. The state is interested in getting the money from the islands, not in investing in them or finding the ways to keep the people there. Fortunately, islands are resourceful people. They always find a way for themselves if there is a way to be found. Let's hope for the best. They have always known how to take the good with the bad.

I have loved all Croatian islands that I have visited so far. I didn’t visit all 1000 of them, but I visited many. However, there is one that has a special place in my heart and that is island Hvar. God, how I love this island. So many memories created here and I’m always longing for more. This Summer I was here with a friend of mine. We stayed in my grandmother’s house, but we’ve been to all the cities this island has got to offer (including naturally the town that bears the same name as the island).  I didn’t take any outfit photographs; I didn’t even take my cam with me. In fact, this outfit post was taken last year, but I didn't find the time to publish it before. I'm standing on the terrace of my grandmother's house in village Gdinj. This is my version of a denim on denim outfit. I'm wearing jeans and a denim vest.

Mislim da sam već podijelila ovo ulje na platnu sa vama. Ova slika je bila poklon obiteljskom prijatelju. Prikazuje novu crkvu u Gdinju, selu moje bake (u ovoj objavi možete pronaći sve poveznice na prijašnje objave o ovom mjestu). Zapravo je nova crkva u mome mjestu poprilično stara, ali o tome ću neki drugi put pisati. Na slici možete vidjeti i staru školu koja više nije škola jer u Gdinju nema djece. Znate kako je. Državu zanima kako zaraditi od otoka, a ne kako uložiti u njih ili pronaći način da se tamo ljudi zadrže. Na sreću, otočani su snalažljivi ljudi koji uvijek pronađu neku način ako taj način postoji. Nadam se da će pronaći neki način jer su uvijek znali živjeti s onom "život je na škoju i radost i tuga".

Svidjeli su mi se svi hrvatski otoci koje sam do sada posjetila. Nisam posjetila svih tisuću, ali jesam dosta. Ipak jedan ima posebno mjesto u mome srcu. Otok Hvar. Bože, kako volim ovaj otok. Toliko uspomena stvorenih tu, a uvijek čeznem za još. Ovo ljeto sam bila na otoku sa prijateljicom. Odsjeli smo kod moje bake, ali bile smo i do svakoga grada na Hvaru ( i u samom gradu Hvaru naravno). Nisam pravila nikakve fotografije, nisam čak ni ponijela kameru. Zapravo, ova odjevna kombinacija je uslikana prošle godine, ali nisam je stigla ranije objaviti. Stojim na teraci bakine kuće u selu Gdinj. Ovo je moja verzija odjevne kombinacije u kojoj glavnu ulogu igra jeans. Nosim traperice i prsluk od jeansa.

subota, 20. kolovoza 2016.

Painting with make up ( Red Swan) / Slikanje sa šminkom (Crveni labud)

What do we have here today? Another painting and this one is mixed media, more precisely make up and coloured pencils on paper. The painting depicts a ballerina (in case you couldn’t tell) and I named it red swan. Is there such a thing as a red swan? Well, we all know of white and black swans, both in animal kingdom and ballet world, where Swan lake has a legendary status. A red swan is yet to be created, both in biological and dance world. Similarly, the red swan never appeared in the famous ballet Swan Lake, but it did show up in my imagination. Who knows? Perhaps someday, there will be a new ballet with this character, a reinterpretation of some sort. In that case the red swan could have a change to dance. Speaking of red swans, in Native American lore there is a lovely story featuring a red swan. Look it up and you'll find it suprisingly similar to the famous ballet. Perhaps not so surprisingly if you know that the balet was inspired by a Russial folk tale. Remember what I told you about mythology? If you study it for long enough, you will find many similarities. You can read this Native American fairy tale here

Što je danas na rasporedu? Još jedna slika i za ovu sam se koristila s više medija, šminkom i bojicama da budem posve precizna. Ovdje sam naslikala balerinu ( u slučaju da niste primijetili), a nazvala sam je crveni labud. Postoji li crveni labud?  Svi znamo za bijele i crne labude, u životinjskom carstvu i svijetu baleta, gdje labuđe jezero ima legendarni status. Crveni labud još nije izmišljen, ni u biološkom ni plesnom svijetu. Tako da se crveni labud nije nikada pojavio u poznatom baletu Labuđe jezero, ali eto ga u mojoj mašti. Tko zna? Možda jednoga dana dođe do potrebe za ovim likom i neke nove interpretacije. U tom slučaju će crveni labud imati priliku zaplesati. Kad smo već kod teme crvenih labuda, u usmenoj tradiciji Američkih indijanaca naći ćete divnu priču u kojoj se pojavljuje crveni labud. Potražite ju i iznenaditi će vas koliko je slična poznatom baletu. No, zapravo nas to ne treba čuditi pogotovo ako znamo da je balet utemeljen na ruskim narodnim pričama. Možete pročitati ovu bajku iz usmene tradicije američkih indijanaca ovdje ( na engleskom).

I greately respect professional dancers. Dancers are often not given the credit they deserve for being artists. For many of them are  great artists. Dance as an art form is very demanding. Nevertheless, today I won't talk about dance as art but rather about dance as a part of life. You know what I come to believe? If everyone would take five minutes every day to dance, this world be a happier place. Not a profoundly better place for such a change it would take a lot more work, but I’m sure there would be more merriment. There is something liberating about free style dancing, about taking a few minutes to just jump around and move to our favourite rhythm. It is so liberating that I’m not surprised that dance is sometimes used as a form of therapy. While I’m no expert in this field, I would recommend everyone to use their daily break to dance a bit. Dance can be as therapeutic as a sincere smile. For many of us, it is such a simple and easy way to unwind. It is very rewarding yet it takes so little effort and time. Why do we often forget about those simple joys of life?

Jako poštujem profesionalne plesače. Plesače se često ne cijeni dovoljno kao umjetnike, a puno njih su doista veliki umjetnici. Ples kao vid umjetnosti je strašno zahtjevan. Ipak danas neću govoriti o plesnoj umjetnosti već o plesu kao dijelu života. Znate što sam počela vjerovati? Kada bi svatko uzeo pet minuta dnevno za ples, ovaj svijet bi bio sretnije mjesto. Ne istinski bolje mjesto jer za takvu promjenu treba puno rada, ali bio bi svakako veselije mjesto. Nešto ima oslobađajuće u slobodnom plesnom stilu, u tome da uzmemo nekoliko minuta i samo skačemo uokolo ili se mičemo u našem omiljenom ritmu. To je tako oslobađajuće da me ne ćudi što se ples koristi kao oblik terapije. Nisam neki stručnjak na tom polju, ali bi svakome preporučila iskoristiti dnevnu pauzu za ples. Ples može biti jednako dobar za nas kao i iskren osmijeh. Za većinu nas, to je tako jednostavan i lagan način za opuštanje. Zahtjeva tako malo vremena i truda, a ima puno prednosti. Zašto tako često zaboravimo mala zadovoljstva u životu?

Look at children. They turn everything into a game. They don’t dance to lose weight, they don’t dance to compete or to impress others, they dance for dance’s sake. For merriment, for joy of the movements, for a celebration of life. They dance just for fun of it. Children seize every opportunity for play. They are wise. Our heart needs merriment to balance the life’s tragedies. We can learn a great deal just by observing children and their natural instict to live in the present moment. It is true that children aren't troubled by the past, but who says we must be? We have the choice to let go. To let go of our fears and neurosis. To feel natural is to feel free. Life isn’t terribly just and perhaps we can’t make it so, but we can shape ourselves. We can bring more joy into our life by being grateful for those blessings we have and by taking the opportunity to create more blessings in other people’s life. Because if don’t love others, if you don’t treat them as human beings, if you don’t think of them, you have no right expect the same. A lot of people complain about being lonely, but they forget that it always takes two to tango. We can't expect the world to be revolve around us.

Pogledajte djecu. Ona sve pretvore u igru. Ne plešu da bi smršavili, ne plešu da bi se natjecali sa drugima ili ih pokušali impresionirati, ona plešu zbog plesa samoga. Za veselje, za radost pokreta i za proslavu života. Ona su mudra. Naša srca trebaju veselje koje će izbalansirati tragedije života. Možemo puno naučiti samo promatrajući djecu i njihov prirodni instinkt za život sada, u ovom trenutku. Istina je da djecu ne muči prošlost, ali tko kaže da nas mora mučiti? Imamo izbor puštanja. Otpuštanja naših strahova i neuroza.  Osjećati se prirodno znači osjećati se slobodno. Život baš i nije pošten i možda ga ne možemo učiti takvih, ali možemo oblikovati sebe. Možemo donijeti više blagoslova u svoj život time što ćemo biti zahvalni za one blagoslove koje imamo i time što ćemo stvarati blagoslov u životima drugih ljudi. Jer ako ne volimo druge, ako ih ne tretiramo kao ljudska bića, ako ne mislimo o njima, onda i ne možemo očekivati isto od njih. Puno se ljudi žali da su usamljeni, ali zaboravljaju da je za tango potrebno dvoje. Ne smijemo očekivati da se svijet vrti oko nas.

There is nothing wrong in working hard, but it is equally important to learn how to celebrate life. How to treat food with respect, how to eat our meals in gratitude. How to pray, not necessarily in the religious sense but in a sense that we accept there is something greater than us and searching for it, both in our inside and outside world. How to dance, as freely and innocently as a child. How to live without forgetting what is dearest to us, how not to life deceive us into thinking we need to give up on all those things that are so hard to explain, too precious and rare to be properly expressed with words. If we have forgot how to do these things, we need to learn them. Eat. Pray. Dance. Live. Love.

Nema ništa loše u napornom radu, ali je jednako važno znati kako slaviti život. Kako se odnositi prema hrani s poštovanjem, kako jesti s osjećajem zahvalnosti. Kako se moliti, ne nužno u religioznom smislu riječi nego u smislu prihvaćanja postojanja nečega većega od nas samih i traganja za tim, u izvanjskom i unutarnjem svijetu. Kako plesati, nevino i slobodno kao dijete. Kako živjeti bez zaboravljanja onoga što nam je najbitnije, kako ne dopustiti životu da nas prevari i uvjeri da se moramo odreći svega ono što je nekad tako teško opisati, ono što je previše dragocjeno i rijetko da se izrazi riječima. Ako smo zaboravili ove stvari, moramo ih ponovo naučiti. Jesti. Moliti se. Plesati. Živjeti. Voljeti.