Sunday, 1 March 2015

Happy Autumn!

Can you believe that we've hit March already?! Me neither! Hope 2015 is going well for you all! And if not, there's still plenty of time left to rectify that and make it the best year yet! Never stop dreaming - remember that life is beautiful!

Speaking of beautiful = happy autumn, my darlings!


I love autumn. I was born in European autumn, so I'm an autumn child and maybe that's got something to do with it? Maybe it's the fact that back in Serbia we used to have to write essays about every season, and autumn was always my favourite!



 I love the sunrays peaking through the branches and the golden leaves  and that perfect weather - not too hot, not too cold - just wonderful for a morning stroll. Or in the afternoon - to finish your day on a happy note. It's so peaceful and dreamy! Even when it rains it's beautiful - what can I say, I am an autumn child!


I love the gorgeous golden and red leaves! It's like a fluffy yet crunchy carpet! And I'm still very young at heart, so I do run through the fields of golden leaves and I jump on them! I step on them on the footpaths! Do you? :)


For me, autumn is a great excuse for copious amounts of coffee, tea and hot chocolate, good books, snuggles and plummy dark makeup! And for photography - I don't know about you, but I love autumn photos! If you're in or around Melbourne, take advantage of our gorgeous parks and the Rhododendron Gardens - too pretty for words! But more on the Rhododendron Gardens in another post!


Be happy and smile!


Love,

Ms Jelena xx


Tuesday, 24 February 2015

White Night Melbourne 2015

Do you live in Melbourne? If yes, did you go to White Night on the weekend?

Having read the reports that have come out, it seems like a lot of people didn't enjoy themselves. Well, I beg to differ!!! I absolutely enjoyed myself and spend more than half of 7PM to 7AM out on the streets enjoying the pretty projections, artists, music and everything in between!

I have been to White Night in 2013 when it first started - Flinders Street looked incredible and while it was busy, it wasn't crowded. Last year I went with my hubby and two of my dear friends and it was a bit of a nightmare getting to meet up - we snailed our way through Flinders Street and it took us forever to actually find each other! Once we did, we had a great time, but yes, it was very crowded because everyone wanted to see what they missed out the year before!

This year, hubby and I decided to take advice from White Night organisers and avoid the Flinders Street and Swanston Street madness during the peak hours and we started to explore the projections and installations starting at the Carlton Gardens - the 4 elements projection was absolutely incredible! We also visited Scott's Church, Baroque at the Block, checked out the screens on Bourke Street and the buskers throughout the city, as well as I Could Have Danced All Night stage on Lonsdale Street, which was quite fun (well, it was when we were there!)

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Sofles - Graffiti Mapped on McKenzie Street car park (photo above, second row, second and third photo) was also beautiful! As someone who can't really draw or paint very well (I do try!), I really appreciate graffiti! And I love Melbourne for its graffiti art in general, so seeing this come alive was absolutely wonderful!

Before heading to Flinders Street and Sita's Garden (right bottom corner in the above photo), we went to the Library where we fell into the Rabbit Hole! The external projection as well as the projections on Flinders Street were dedicated to Alice in Wonderland and the 150th anniversary since the first book was published! We also went to ACMI where we watched the movie Alice in Wonderland from back in 1903!

The inside of the Library was absolutely majestic - the projections, the music, everything! I absolutely loved it! It definitely took me to a different universe!

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After visiting the Rabbit Hole, ACMI, Flinders Street Projections and Sita's Garden, we headed to Alexandra Gardens and Queen Victoria Gardens and then to the NGV, where the Keyframes danced all night!!!! Now, I won't say we left the best until last, but I loved this the mostest! Have you seen in? How fun were they?!

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And that was my night! We did miss quite a few displays and projections, but we were incredibly tired, by the end of it all, so we headed home.  I loved it and I'll be back next year. A lot of people complained that it was crowded, but to be honest, I didn't mind! We went with an open mind, ready to brave the crowds and it was fun. 

Here are my suggestions on how to make next year more enjoyable if you go:

  • Print off a map and plan what you want to see!
  • During the night, check instagram #WhiteNightMelb and see if anything catches your eye and then head there to see it! Sita's Garden, that would be you!
  • Wear comfy shoes - lots of walking and also lots of people so be prepared for some foot stepping! It hasn't happened to me, but better safe than sorry!
  • Bring a refillable water bottle! We did and we refilled during the night!
  • If you're hungry, make sure to stop and eat - don't get hangry!
  • Go in with an open mind and ready for the crowds - check Facebook and Instagram for suggestions - White Night posted regularly updating on busy spots and suggesting where to go (and I mean this in the nicest possible way, teeheee!)
  • Take in the art - enjoy it, take photos, but also just stand and watch! Someone put a lot of effort into it, so stop and appreciate it!
  • Relax - everyone comes to have a good time, so don't be a grumpy cat!

So that sums up my night and the suggestions! Hope they help you a bit for next year! In my opinion, it's worth seeing, just relax, don't stress over the crowds, take in the art and the music, stay hydrated and have a good time!


Love,

Ms Jelena xx

Saturday, 14 February 2015

Happy Valentine's Day!

Happy Valentine's Day, my dear readers!

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You should treat every day like it is Valentine's Day! Love is free, so share it around - love yourself and surround yourself with people who you love and who love you!

Whether you are single or taken, you should enjoy this day and every day - love, smile and appreciate the little things in life!


Be happy and stay safe!


Love,


Ms Jelena xx


Saturday, 31 January 2015

January! Done & Dusted!

Is it just me or has January sped past us so fast?!

How is 2015 going for you so far? Me? Well, I can't complain, to be honest. I have to admit, so far it's been good!

January was mostly spent watching tennis (as you do!) and cheering on! I have to admit, I am very happy that Novak Djokovic won Australian Open - I love that guy! 

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I find him truly inspirational for so many reasons and I can relate to him when it comes to things that he went through as a very young child - the NATO bombing. Something that everyone could (and should) relate to is these words from an interview:

We can have more or less success in our lives, but in the end, it all comes down to who we are as people. I don’t like false pretences. I choose to be open and treat everyone equally. It takes so little to be kind.

Other than that, as you would have noticed by my posts on Instagram, I spent a bit of time up in Queensland enjoying the hot weather and celbraing Serbian Orthodox Christmas:

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And I also visited Cowch, a super duper delicious dessert bar! And we know by now how I feel about desserts, no? I prefer not to share them if I can have my way! :) So this ah-mazing creation is to die for, but I forgot what it's called!

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But, if you are ever in Brissy, do check this place out! It's quite amazing! The desserts and ice creams are absolutely amazing and they have an incredible range of cocktails and mocktails too!

Back in Melbourne, I drank lots of coffee, because let's face it, that's what Melbournians do! And I explored the city - every time I come back from a trip, I like to reconnect with Melbourne, go for a stroll, visit the laneways and do something touristy! Does anyone else do this? I don't know, I just love to sort of see what might have changed while I was away and to say hi to my adopted hometown once I'm back. At the end of the day, this is home :)

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And that was my January - walking, talking, working, travelling and lots of tennis! And something else - a bit of a goal, or a resolution if you must, for 2015! So more on that very very soon! You might call me nuts! I call me nuts too, so that's OK :)


Keep smiling,

Ms Jelena xx

Wednesday, 7 January 2015

Срећан Божић / Merry Christmas!

Today is my Christmas, so I would like to say Merry Christmas to all Serbs and Orthodox Christians who are celebrating Christmas on 7th of January!!!

If you'd like to know a little bit more about some traditions, have a look here.

Слава на висини Богу, а на земљи мир, међу људима добра воља (Лк 2, 14)
Мир Божји, Христос ce роди!

Glory to God in the highest, on earth peace, good will toward men (Luke 2:12)
Peace from God! Christ is Born!
  
Срећан Божић свим Србима и Православним верницима који славе 7-ог Јануара!!!




Ms Jelena xx