Tag Archives: Colourful

Hippie hair wrapping :)

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Back when I was just a little girl, hair wrapping was very popular. At the many fleamarkets I went to, there was always a little stand where women were wrapping childrens hair in lovely colors. I’ve had it done many times, usually in bright colors. I forgot about it until it recently popped up in my head. Since I’m a bit of a hippiegirl, I thought it would be nice to do it again, except for more natural colors this time, I mean, I’m a bit childish but I don’t want to exaggerate.. 😉

I used two different colors for this one and added some beads in the end. You could also use for example feathers, to make it even more hippie-ish 🙂

The one on the right I did with woolen string, it’s one string with different colors. When you use wool, be aware its a lot thicker than normal thread/string.

And heres how you do it:

(I have never made a video before so forgive me for the funny faces :P)
You can use multiple colors and put beads in there, love it! Enjoy 🙂

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For the love of Green

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Welcome spring! Welcome Back sunshine! I’ve missed you. Spring has started and my mood has changed. I don’t spend whole afternoons in bed anymore, listening to the rain ticking on the windows and hot chocolate to keep me warm. Finally it’s the time again to sit on the balcony, attempting to get a tan and listening to birds singing. With positive weather come happy clothes, this spring we see the colourful jeans everywhere we go. And I love them! I’m just not a big fan of extremely bright colours, but I can’t say no to a nice pastel green / yellow pair of pants! Here’s the look that I love most with the best of spring 2012.


Lots of love,smiles and happiness,

Evalina

India for beginners

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If you’ve never been to India it’s difficult to understand what it’s really like. India is a country you had to experience to know what it’s all about. You don’t need to stay there for a long time to experience the big difference with our modern society. Last year I went travelling through India, Nepal, New Zealand and Indonesia, but without a doubt India has made the biggest impression on me. That might have to do with the fact it was my first stop, or the fact that it’s the most extreme country I’ve ever been to.

I started off in Mumbai, which is a massive culture shock on its own. It’s really like your starring in the movie ‘Slumdog Millionaire’, not exaggerated. Massive slums on the side of the dusty roads, always full of traffic and cars making great use of their klaxon, since there don’t seem to be any traffic regulations. It’s like all sixteen million (!) inhabitants decided to leave the house at the exact same time. A few daredevils even try to cycle through the mass of cars that don’t seem to bother hitting something or someone.

In India you have to haggle, if you’re not good at it, practice before you go, you’re gonna need it. Indiërs see you as a walking rupee, so don’t be surprised if you get ripped off big time. Don’t be so happy buying plastic slippers for ten dollars, unless you wanted to do the seller a big favor, he probably can eat for a month for this amount of money.

There’s cows EVERYWHERE. On the roads, at the doorstep, on the beaches.. Cows are holy remember? Remember it well, because you can get a serious amount of prison time when you hurt a cow. There’s no such thing as having a big steak in India, the food is mostly vegetarian and they love their spicy rice curry! People here don’t eat with cutlery, but with their right hand! It’s very inapropriate to hand someone something with your left hand, this hand you use for going to the toilet! (more coming up) The food in India is delicious, so try as much as you can! Don’t let the smell of cowshit or cockroches running over the table ruin that for you.

Don’t be surprised that people find your Western look interesting. People in India don’t find staring inappropriade, no matter from what distance, so you just might find yourself surrounded by twenty Indiers staring at you. The kids are pushed to shake your hands and the women would like you to hold their babies.

What I thought I would have to get used to is peeing outside, with people watching, under unsanitary circumstances, crouched over a hole in the ground. Turns out it’s not so bad, well, let’s say you get used to it fairly quickly. If you have to go, you have to go. Make sure you wear slippers and try not to pee all over your feet 😉 Crouching while peeing turns out to actually be quite comfortable, if you have a spraying hose. You could also be less fortunate and having to clean your bum with a tiny bucket and some water. (Use your left hand, remember?) Oh, did I not tell you they don’t use toiletpaper? Also, when you did make a big poo (or some thinner version of it, not uncommon while visiting India!), you’d need some serious flushing experience to get the whole ‘thing’ down the drain. Just saying.

Where my boyfriend paid a tenner for a pair of shitty slippers, I bought a lovely dress for less than a euro. India is full of colorful dresses and shoes, cheap! When you go to India, don’t bring any clothes, you can buy them there. Just make sure you bring enough short sleeved shirts too, in India it’s not appropriate  for women to show their shoulders.

You could ask to wash your clothes in a laundryroom, but why not wash it like the locals in the dirty river with water and a bit of soap? Respect for these people who wash their clothes like this every day, you need quite some arm muscles and determination to get the stains out, I couldn’t do it!

In November they celebrate Divali, the festival of lights. People buy colorful lanterns and share sweets and love! It looks amazing! Fireworks, music, colorful clothes and lots of dancing on the beach make this holiday really special!

Most Indians are Hindu, and most hindus live in India. In general the women wear the most amazing colorful saris which are short tops that cover breasts and shoulders with colorful strips of unstitched cloths wraped around it then draped over the shoulder.

When in India you will see a lot of different symbols. The Aum symbol is the most common one, is represents:

> the three worlds – earth, atmosphere, and heaven

> the three major Hindu gods – Brahma, Vishnu, and Siva

> the three sacred Vedic scriptures – Rg, Yajur, and Sama

The swastika is an ancient symbol that has been found worldwide, but it is especially common in India. Its name comes the Sanskrit wordsvasti (sv = well; asti = is), meaning good fortune, luck and well-being.

India has different amazing landscapes everywhere you go. It’s so amazing! I only saw I small part of India, considering what a massive country it is, but even travelling a little bit makes a huge difference. Where you find citylife and dust in the one spot, you get endless ricefields or massive orange rocks in the other, of rainforest where you might spot some wild animals.  A cool way to explore the country is by renting a bike and drive around.


From amazing landscapes to extreme poverty and mountains of garbage, overful train where you’d meet a diversity of people. From dirty smells and hygene problems, to wonderful people with lots of colors.
India is as well beautiful and amazing, as incredibly dirty and poor. India is indeed incredible. 

 
Lots of love,smiles and happiness,

Evalina

Criminal Minds

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Criminal Minds

Today I went to town to look for the perfect ‘Purim’ outfit. Purim is a Jewish Holiday, to celebrate Queen Ester and Mordechai’s deliverance of the Jewish people from destruction by Minister Haman. The celebration itself is very colourful and joyful, people send eachother drinks and delicious food. And now comes the best part for celebrating Purim: You dress up in costumes and drink until you don’t remember the difference between right and wrong. I’m not Jewish, but when there’s something to celebrate and a reason for dressing up in wacky costumes, I’m in. I think we should celebrate eachothers religious holidays more often. But anyway, when I went to town this morning afternoon I still didn’t know what to look for. That’s the thing, I get really enthousiastic about costume parties, but it always ends up with me not knowing what to wear until the last day because my head has too many ideas to handle. I decided to just have a look in the shops to see what’s out there and decide later. As I’m walking into Tesco I feel a pair of eyes burning in my back. I turn around and notice a security woman armed with handcuffs, a stick and some other stuff you can do some serious damage with. She’s looking at me suspiciously and I immediately feel uncomfortable. She doesn’t trust me. I would never steal anything except for that pack of gum when I was five, oh and the time I forgot to pay for the lunch but by the way this woman looks at me I find myself acting suspicious as well. I notice I’m walking a bit faster and holding my bag tighter than necessary. And I’m looking around me to see who’s watching me. I can’t help it.  I find myself almost inside the clothesracks to avoid the woman, when she turns left, I turn right. I can’t concentrate on actually looking for something, I’m prowling around the shop like James Bond on a mission. She follows me. Wherever I go, she is. I can’t shop like this. When I decide to leave the shop by going down the stairs she magically turns up in front of me. I try not to look at her. What I really want to do is put one hand underneath my coat like I’m grabbing my gun. But I don’t. Next time I might steal something, because they just want me to. It could also be a good idea for Purim. Thief. And then I just drink so much it won’t feel so bad anymore.

Lots of love,smiles and happiness,

Evalina

Indian Style Living

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Indian Style Living

Last year I went travelling through Asia and New Zealand. I started off in India and immediately fell in love (not with a Indian, wait for it) with the colours. India has many faces, but even though it’s also the most discusting place to be, it’s also the most beautiful. You had to be there to understand. India is incrediably colourful, you see it in the clothing they wear, the markets on the streets and the interior of the many restaurants. A typical Indian restaurant has no chairs to sit on. You have to take off your shoes at the entrance and you pick some of the many pillows and cushions to sit on. The tables are often made of coke crates with a large plank on it, hidden by a colourful rug. There’s also many tapestries and transparant curtains hanging on the wall, ofcourse in various wonderful colours. I was hooked. When I’d have my own apartment back home, I’d decorate it Indian style. It makes me happy to be surrounded by colours. Here’s some inspiration for all of ya Indian style lovers out there!

This style can give a bit of a ‘dark’ impression in your house. The picture in the bottom left corner shows it doesn’t always have to be like that. You can keep your walls white and decorate with colourful cushions and rugs.

So what do you need to decorate your room / house in Indian / Bohemian style? Here’s a few tips:

Colour is number one. No Indian / Bohemian style house without it.  Number two is cushions. Lots of them, in different shapes and colours. More than your couch really needs, if you have a couch. Big pillows and cushions on the floor also make a brilliant place to sit.

Three: Tapestries and transparant curtains on the wall. Especially a good option if you have a big white wall, want some colour but don’t want to paint it. You have ’em in various colours, big or small.

Four: Low tables and chairs. Decorate them with candlestraysbooks and vases.

Five: Indian style rugs. There’s so many of them!

Six: Photo frames on the wall in different shapes.

Seven: Lamps. Indian style 🙂 Or candles ofcourse. Oil lamps are also pretty!

Good luck! 

Gypsy LOVE

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Gypsy LOVE

I love the gypsy / bohemian style! I love the vintage, the colours, the jewelery, the long wide dresses, the feathers and everything about it. It makes me want to smile. These rings here are awesome. Big and colourful! I like!

The blue and the feathers remind me of summertimes and festivals. Places where everyone is happy and you find many, many different kinds of people, with different ways of dressing and expressing themselves. Festivals make people connect and respect eachother for who and what they are. Brilliant. It should be like that everywhere, all the time.

The layers are perfect for when it’s cold, in the summer you wear colourful dresses.

I love to stroll around thriftstores to find wonderful secondhand clothes for little money.Why consuming more and more when you can re-use and recycle perfectly good stuff?

Mary-Kate Olsen has great syle!