Monthly Archives: August 2012

Once in a blue moon…

Tonight was a full moon, the second in August, which is also called a ‘blue moon’. I was lucky enough to be in Athens, under the Acropolis, to see it. Magical!

Acropolis blue moon

Photo source: AFP Photo/Louisa Gouliamaki

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My instagram: Self portrait

Me, on vacation at one of the most beautiful Greek islands, Folegandros. I don’t think I have felt or looked more calm, ever… Pure bliss.

self portrait Folegandros

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Hartjesdagen 2012

Every year in August I love going to the Zeedijk for Hartjesdagen (Days of the Heart), which are celebrated with a lot of humor, cross dressing and fun. Hartjesdagen are famous for an ‘anything goes’ atmosphere with Amsterdam’s gay community taking a leading role. Here is one of my favourite characters this year! The full set can be found here.

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My Instagram: Prinsengracht concert rehearsal

Super excited! This year I got tickets for the Prinsengracht concert! Look out for me on TV! :)

princengracht rehearsal

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The Life Less Bullshit Manifesto, by Nicole Antoinette

A friend posted this on Facebook and I just had to share. Read this, internalise it and practice it. These are incredibly powerful and wise words…

The Life Less Bullshit Manifesto

Stop comparing yourself to everyone else and start being more you.

Find what inspires you, and mainline it. Find what moves you, and move. Find what keeps you up all night, and stay up all night. Get worked into the frenzy of being who you really are.

Decide what’s of ultimate importance, and ignore everything else. Only do work that you believe is great work. If you feel lost, join something bigger than yourself. Appreciate being a part of something, instead of stressing to be all of anything.

When you don’t know where to start, just start. If you don’t know where the beginning is, start in the middle, or start at the end. Just start, and keep going. Take the biggest risk you can think of. Take another. And another. It doesn’t matter if you don’t have enough time, or enough money. What’s “enough,” anyway? Forget about the big picture and let yourself wander aimlessly among the details. You don’t need a plan or a treasure map or a neon street sign, and you certainly don’t need to be the best. All you need to do is start, and then make one good decision after another. Being the best never comes right away.

Pay attention to the moments in which you feel pure joy. Express gratitude, out loud and often. Stop checking your email in bed; there are better ways to start the day. Read memoirs. Read fiction. Read poetry. Never stop reading. Go outside, even in bad weather. Buy yourself a present, even without an occasion. Wear pink shoes, even if they don’t match. You never need a reason to do what you truly feel like doing.

Stretch your mind, and your body, and your soul. Move and bend and jump and push; be faster and stronger and healthier than you were yesterday. Pursue growth. Listen to all the reasons you shouldn’t go, and then go anyway. Let yourself fall into the hole – there’s always a way out. Let other people help you out.

Choose a personal anthem and give yourself a lapdance. Make up words, and use them. Identify what you need to say, and say it. Be loud about the things that matter.

Set healthy boundaries. Work with people you respect. Value your time and your work and your creative energy. Put a price on what you create, and charge it. Show up more often. Ask interesting questions. Share more than you’re comfortable sharing. Write down your core beliefs and read them every day.

Find your people, the ones who make you feel good and beautiful and whole. Treat them like they matter, because they do. Treat yourself like you matter, because you do. Don’t be afraid to let people see that you are messy and flawed. We’re all messy and flawed.

Stop wanting what you don’t want. Define life for yourself. Decide what it means to you to be happy and dedicated and alive. Live by your own definitions. Pick something to perfect, and perfect it. Pick something to stop caring about, and refuse to give a shit. Don’t waste your energy on things just because other people do. Spend less time obsessing and more time actually doing. Forget about yesterday. Stop over-planning for tomorrow. Yesterday and tomorrow are just romanticized versions of today.

Choose today.

Source: http://nicoleisbetter.com

International left-handers day!

Ha! Apparently we lefties have our own day to celebrate! Today is International Left-Handers day! After all… only left handed people are in their right minds, right?! :-p

This reminded me of an old Mercedes-Benz print ad series that beautifully illustrates the contrast between the left and right sides of our brain through some really great artwork…

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Agency credits: Y&R Israel, February 2011

2012 London Olympics street art

Last day of the London 2012 Olympics today and a good opportunity to look back at some pretty cool, thought-provoking street art that was created for the occasion by artists like Banksy, Criminal Chalkist, Code FC and more. Enjoy!



50 years without Marilyn Monroe

It’s been 50 years since the death of American actress, singer and model Marilyn Monroe (June 1, 1926 – August 5, 1962) and her memory is still alive…

Here are some quotes of hers that are close to my heart:

“I’m selfish, impatient and a little insecure. I make mistakes, I am out of control and at times hard to handle. But if you can’t handle me at my worst, then you sure as hell don’t deserve me at my best.” 

“I believe that everything happens for a reason. People change so that you can learn to let go, things go wrong so that you appreciate them when they’re right, you believe lies so you eventually learn to trust no one but yourself, and sometimes good things fall apart so better things can fall together.” 

“Imperfection is beauty, madness is genius and it’s better to be absolutely ridiculous than absolutely boring.” 

“If you can make a girl laugh, you can make her do anything.” 

“Give a girl the right shoes, and she can conquer the world.” 

“We should all start to live before we get too old. Fear is stupid. So are regrets.” 

“I don’t mind living in a man’s world, as long as I can be a woman in it.” 

“Women who seek to be equal with men lack ambition.” 

“We are all of us stars, and we deserve to twinkle.” 

“You never know what life is like, until you have lived it.” 

“Keep smiling, because life is a beautiful thing and there’s so much to smile about.” 

“A career is wonderful, but you can’t curl up with it on a cold night.”

“I am invariably late for appointments – sometimes as much as two hours. I’ve tried to change my ways but the things that make me late are too strong, and too pleasing.”

“All a girl really wants is for one guy to prove to her that they are not all the same.” 

“I don’t want to make money, I just want to be wonderful.”

“I restore myself when I’m alone.”

“It’s better to be unhappy alone than unhappy with someone.”

“What do I wear in bed? Why, Chanel No. 5, of course.”

“Just because you fail once doesn’t mean you’re gonna fail at everything.” 

The fantastic world of Fab Ciraolo

I love looking at the world through Fab Ciraolo‘s eyes. The Chilean artist re-imagines famous icons from the movies, art, politics, history and fashion as pop idols of today with an added surreal, dreamy, vintage spin.

If you like this series you most surely will appreciate his ‘Old School Heroes’ series too, where he revamps childhood cartoons from the 80’s, like Jem and the Holograms, He-Man and the Masters of the Universe, in the same whimsical fashion.

You can follow Fab on Twitter or Facebook and keep up with his latest amazing creations.

My instagram: Rainbow on Kerkstraat

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