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Saturday, 31 August 2013

Self Portrait: 'Summer Time'

Dear friends,

Summer is ending and the days are colder and rain is coming more often. The trees change color and the leaves fall down slowly but faithfully...

“Summer afternoon—summer afternoon; to me those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language.”
― Henry James

“Let us dance in the sun, wearing wild flowers in our hair...”
― Susan Polis Schutz

Et Voila! Saturday Autoportret Day :) Do join us and link yourself to Bonnie Rose's post HERE! :*

With loads of love and waiting forward to next summer,
The Twisted Red LadyBug :)

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Who Doesn't Love Blue?!

Dear readers,

What can I say?! I love Blue :) My clothes and the things I buy tend to fall under these colors: green (but you already know I am a green freak ;) so nothing new there...), black (come on! It is the perfect color and you can wear it anytime!) and blue...

And let us be frank, even at wedding you are supposed to wear something blue :) You know... "Something old, something blue, something borrowed, something new".

Blue is the coolest color - the color of the sky, ocean, sleep, twilight. The ancient Egyptians used lapis lazuli to represent heaven. Blue symbolizes the Virgin Mary. A pure blue is the color of inspiration, sincerity and spirituality. Blue is often the chosen color by conservative people. Blue is the calming color. That makes it a wonderful color to use in the home, especially for babies. Blue is so soothing that is a good choice for pajamas. Dark blue is the color of truth and moderation. A blue iris means your friendship is very important to me. Wednesday's color is blue. Blue gemstones to wear to feel calm are blue sapphire and blue topaz. Lapis lazuli and azurite are said to heighten psychic power.

Wear dark blues for a stable, calm conservative feeling. All shades of blue will help to make easy communication, whether it is with yourself or others. Use blue paper for notes when you want help in remembering a speech or other information.

You can find more info on the colors HERE ;)

I really love this pair of pants (blue jeans) I bought almost a month ago :) I love them due to their vibrant blue color and their wicked buttons in 4 different colors. It is like these pants have a personality on their own. Maybe I should even give them a name ;) I bought them from Cropp (tell you the truth, from the men dept as they have much nicer choices!). Cropp is a polish brand for young people, which has been on the market since 2004. Today Cropp also sells clothes in hundreds of stores Polish and foreign.

Casual Day at work... All chosen by mistake, according to what I felt like in the morning :)
But the shoes are another story :) They are typical Romanian creation - all leather - and they are bought from my hometown from the popular and "hipster" store PEG :) Unfortunately they do not sell abroad... The laces on them (the blue ones, of course) are very much Polish :p and were bought in REAL :) I also bought a fresh pair of green lace to match my wardrobe ;)

Also, by mistake, at the beginning of the month I was taking this picture :) All blue, is it not?! :) Plus I am really proud that that day I was eating healthy (;p yeah... usually I am evil and I tend to indulge in some peanuts at work)... eating awesome blueberry :) PLUS!!! I was wearing my fav purse from ORSAY :) (leather and found on discount - Oh! Happy Day!)

So... do tell... do you like blue? Do you wear it often? Do you go insane to have a "All Blue Day" :)

**I didn't receive anything for this review, just wanted to share the love!** 

Yours truly,
The LadyBug :)
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Friday, 30 August 2013

2 Friends

Dear friends,

I would love to share with you today a small piece of history:

Albert Einstein and Charlie Chaplin meeting:

Albert: what I admire most about your art is that’s universal. you don’t say any word and the whole world understands you!

Charlie: True. But your glory is greater! the world admires you while no one understands you!

Cheeky is it not?! :p

Also a few more quotes from Charlie:
  • A day without laughter is a day wasted.
  • A man's true character comes out when he's drunk. 
  • We think too much and feel too little.
  • Life is a tragedy when seen in close-up, but a comedy in long-shot.  
  • Failure is unimportant. It takes courage to make a fool of yourself.
And a bit more from Einstein :)
  •  Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.
  • Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow. The important thing is not to stop questioning.
  • The difference between stupidity and genius is that genius has its limits. 
  • Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I'm not sure about the former.
  • A person who never made a mistake never tried anything new.
  • When you are courting a nice girl an hour seems like a second. When you sit on a red-hot cinder a second seems like an hour. That's relativity. 
**I didn't receive anything for this review, just wanted to share the love!**

With love to both of the 2 gentleman above,
The LadyBug :)
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Thursday, 29 August 2013

A Pearl Recovered :)

Dear friends,

I would like to share with you a gem of my city, a pearl that the Iasi recently recovered after many years of struggle: The National Theater of Iasi :) (Teatrul National Iasi)

The history of the building of the National Theater of Iaşi – which in 1956 was given the name of Vasile Alecsandri, poet, playwright and theater promoter – is connected to an unfortunate event: the fire that destroyed the old Theatre on the Hill of Copou on the night of 17/18 February 1888. 

The efforts to build the new theatre edifice culminated in 1894 when, at the insistence of the Mayor, of the City Council and of MP Miltiade Tzoni, a contract was signed with the Viennese architects Fellner and Helmer, who „until today have built over twenty theaters, true models of good taste and good organization”: Vienna, Prague, Odessa, Mainz, Hamburg, Oradea,  Darmstadt, Budapest, Timişoara, Augsburg, Cernăuţi, Carlsbad, Fiume, Pressburg, Szegedin, Cluj and Berlin.

For the building work, a contract was signed with a Bucharest company, and the power station and the boiler house were built by a company from Berlin. A noteworthy fact: it was from the Theatre’s power station that the first public lighting system was supplied with electricity (the 12 electric-arc lamps lighting the Theatre Square); this marked the beginning of electrification in the city of Iaşi.  The works took two years, and on the 2nd of December 1896, during the grand opening, the keys of the playhouse were handed to the mayor, Nicolae Gane.

The inauguration festivities taking place on the 1st and the 2nd of December included the “National Overture” by Flechtenmacher, the vaudevilles „Muza de la Burdujeni” (“The Muse from Burdujeni”) by Costache Negruzzi and „Cinel-cinel” (“The Riddle”) by Vasile Alecsandri, as well as the verse comedy „Poetul romantic” (“The Romantic Poet”) by Matei Millo. The proceeds of the first night were distributed to the poor of the city, and those of the second night were given to the artists of the Iaşi Drama Society.

Well... enough for history and let us talk about nowadays :)

At the present date, the building also hosts the Romanian National Opera from Iasi :) Until 2011 The Theatre had multiple locations as the main building was under reconstruction - Sala Teatru³ (Teatru la Cub), Sala Pod Pogor Fiul, Sala Studio Teofil Vâlcu și Sala Uzina cu Teatru. But in June last year (2012), after multiple years of renovation work on the Theater it was reopened. I was glad to be able to show it to my beloved fiancee last December, when we visited my parents :)

We went to a new play about the plays of I.L.Caragiale - combination of ballet, theater and opera :) It was very art nouveau and even though I must admit that I rather enjoyed it. If I remember right the last time I have been inside the National Theater was not long before it was closed, and I went with my family to see "Coana Chirita" written by Vasile Alecsandri :) I think I was somewhere between 5th and 6th grade(ish)... I remember that it was the time when I was reading a lot by Alexandre Dumas and I was getting familiar with French language and literature... I remember that when I read "The Phantom of the Opera" I was imagining the Opera in Paris to look very much like the Theater in Iasi :) (with the entrance and the inside all in red-gold ornaments and with the heavy bloody red curtain...)

Here you can see one of the statues in the entree of the lovely Theater :) When I was small I was always waiting for them to come to life and grab my hand...

The Famous Chandelier <3 that I adore!

The Main Hall, with 750 seats, organized in stalls, boxes and a balcony, impresses through the refinement, originality and lavishness of its Rococo and Baroque inspired painted and sculpted ornaments.

The 1418 electric lights and the chandelier with 109 Venetian crystal lamps light up a playhouse with a unique architectural personality.

The main curtain, painted by the Viennese maestro Lenz and finished by one of his disciples, has in the middle an allegory of life with its three stages, and to the side a symbolic representation of the Union of Principalities; the left-hand side, painted by Lenz’s apprentice, differs from the rest of the curtain in style and colouring.

The ceiling and the iron curtain were painted by Alexander Goltz. The iron curtain shows ornaments placed symmetrically, while the ceiling, a real work of art, has as a narrative basis the Archetypal Story, shown in paradisiacal allegories, with nymphs and cupids framed in rococo stucco.

Above the orchestra pit, the ceiling displays the crest of the four reunited Romanian provinces, combining the heraldry of all four; from the royal coat-of-arms, located in a parallel plan, the most visible is the scepter, the royal insignia being removed after the last king’s abdication.

Hope you liked the pictures and you enjoy the Theater's story :)
If you wanna know more, do not hesitate to contact the...

... Cultural Ladybug :)

**I didn't receive anything for this review, just wanted to share the love!** 

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Wednesday, 28 August 2013

CANON Fan - CANON Freak :)

Dear friends,

I must admit that photography is one of my passions... one of my hobbies... one of my madnesses :)
I had multiple cameras in my hands since I was small and I was the one who was taking pictures of the family during the trips. I was delegated to take the camera, make sure it had enough film and enough batteries in it for the whole duration :)

I had 2 Minolta cameras on film and I would always have spare films and bateries to take all the pictures I ever wanted :) The only thing I am sorry for is that I never learned how to develop them myself... with the substances and in the dark room...

My first digital camera was a Sony Cybershot that looked something like this... My mum still has it now and it is still functional even though the batteries go out fast as Hell... even when you put fresh batteries!

Now I own with my fiancee a very cute CANON EOS 1100D :) I must admit I quite love it even though sometimes I get lost in it and I do not understand all the things it can do... My latest camera (which in fact was my sisters camera...) had one extra feature I miss in my CANON: Panoramic Mode <3 Now I must mention that the other camera was a lovely Nikon. Still! I love my CANON a lot and I am a CANON fan :)

Have a lovely CANON day today ;)

Your CANON-FAN LadyBug :*

**I didn't receive anything for this review, just wanted to share the love!** 
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Tuesday, 27 August 2013

My Lazy Sunday

Dear friends,

Even though this Sunday I could not be with my mother for her birthday I could not help of thinking of her the whole day... thank God I have my awesome fiancee next to me! I know not how depressed I would be without him by my side. Tell you the truth he helps me all the time and brightens up my day. Saturday I was bearly moving and actually I did not feel it was Saturday but somehow the day passed and I must admit that we managed to get a walk up to Galeria Krakowska where I bought new sports shoes for the fall - I was mixed up between a pair of Nike/Puma/Reebok but Reebok won!... Thank God for Sunday! I love Sunday's even though they are so close to Monday :p

Sunday we managed to be lively and we actually had quite a proper walk and really nice weather (a bit windy though, and you could feel that Autumn is creeping slowly in) - there were over 27 degrees Celsius. We went for a walk in the Krakow Planty and then we headed on for a small stop in KFC as we were hungry (ok! ok! I admit! It was my fault!) and I really wanted to take some pictures from above of Florianksa - unfortunately I could not open the windows so I had to settle for some other views - the 2 above were taken through the glass and I must say they are pretty decent ;) People around us might have looked funny at us - I joked with my fiancee that I was doing these pictures so we could organise a heist/burglary :)))

Then we headed on to the Main Square were there was a traditional market - as always :) And we had a bit of fun around, wondering through the crowd - I always like that :)

I seriously have no idea what they were celebrating but it was a whole lot of fun and I always like traditional costumes and handmade goodies :)

So here we were - acting again as tourists :p always a great deal of fun ;) try to be a tourist in your own country/city and you will see what I speak of. Plus we figured out that the number of tourists has begun to lower as Autumn is coming - still we have crowds of people but I managed to get this shot above much more easy than the last times ;)

Funny ad on the car, huh?! :p I love the goose :) Quite cute! Made me look at the car for several minutes, so... mission accomplished, my friends!

Look who was not paying attention on how to park! ;p

A bit of architecture from Krakow :) Small details of MY Krakow :) The Krakow I love :)

I must admit that we did have fun this Sunday :) Just see me jump there :))) My fiancee was awesome enough to take the shots above - he was gentle and patient as I am such a critic when it comes to pictures! and I rather like portrait style than landscape... but he managed awesomely! :)

More of awesome Wawel Castle walls :) Just imagine this place a few hundred years ago...

Today - to my shame! - was the first time I actually saw the small dragons upon the walls! :)

Et voila! Me and my fiancee as true tourists! Just see him check out that map like he NEVER saw it before! :)))) What is that?! Where should we go next?! The options... the decisions... ah!

Lovely view of Vistula from the Wawel Castle :)

And of course no weekend is complete without a stop at Bona - Ksiazka i kawa :) Our fav coffee shop/bookstore with awesome American Coffee and Fresh Grapefruit juice that tastes just perfect!

I just LOVED the flowers we had on the table this time :)

Et voila! C'est moi! Happily smiling to my fiancee :*

And last but not least the specific smoking/smoker pictures of my fiancee's hands and his cigarette :) I think that lately I am fascinated by the ashtrays and the lighted cigarettes and theirs color and the smoke - in an artistic way, of course, I would NEVER smoke! and I will NEVER encourage anyone to smoke! That is bad! Definetely no-no :)

To fulfil the beautiful Sunday day we also watched the last part of The Lord OF The Rings :) I cannot recall how many times I have seen it and sincerly speaking I think I will never tire of it - and I am glad my fiancee feels the same. No! We are not geeks :p

Yours truly,
The LadyBug
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Performance Improwizacja - WOW!!!

Dear friends,

On the 16th of June - later year... I know... Another blast from the past! ;) - I had the chance to go with my friend/flatmate to an awesomely fresh performance of the "Hurtownia Ruchu" Group :) The group creates art by dancing freestyle in unlikely places and on unprecedented music. I would love to make you understand how great they were but I am afraid that even the pictures will not be able to show that... somehow the style reminded me at the beginning of parkour :)

Me and my friend were invited to a dance show somewhere near Main Square - somewhere on Loretańska... Of course I love art and dance and I always wanted to see my friend dance, so I checked my schedule and I booked for one of the dates available. There were no tickets given and no payment done; each group consisted of maximum 15 people (as we were told the venue could not hold more). I expected seeing a stage in a small room, where the group would perform the dance... but NO! It was a shock from beginning to end!

Of course, as we were going through the Main Square I felt the urge to buy my friend flowers :) That is what you do at a performance ;) So I bought her this cute little nosegay :)

When we got at the place - even though the performance was quite late... - we waited and our wait was rewarded with a great show :) We had to enter an old block of flats, with wooden stairway and squeaky floors (but very romantic ;) ) and were ushered to the 1st floor, to one of the flats... The doors were open and we all were invited to come in and keep quiet during the WHOLE show :o

In the entree we squeezed into eachother and... SURPRISE! The show started... The whole place was stripped out and there was no furniture, no anything! Just the Bathroom was pretty much good looking :)
It was a 3 room apartment with wooden floors and white walls (well... most of them were white :p). One room we never entered as it was the place where they put their clothes - wardrobe... and cello case... for example :)

They started dancing between ourselves, on eachother, with weird and yet gracious movements... when they would "fill up" the whole space of the entree they moved into the room on the right side, which was the bathroom. We were not invited in but we could see them doing parkour movements in a very small place...

The ability of this guy's movements was amazing (the guy in yellow shirt and blue pants)... He was waving himself in the movement of the air coming from the small hairdrier that the lady was holding and moving accordingly :) Of course that was not all... they filled the whole space with movement: shower - bathtub - toilet - sink... YOU name it!

When we finished they closed the door behind them and us and we moved to the next room - the biggest room. It looked like a living room - kitchen area, with the wall being cut down in order to have more space... From time to time the movement looked like parkour, sometimes like ballet, sometimes like weightlifting...

In the picture above you can see my friend performing... it was quite like modern ballet in two... but while they were moving they were also scribbling with colored chalk on the wall... random words/lines according to how their body would move...Somehow it looked like their hands were following eachother without ever touching... forever together yet apart... :)

This picture is one of my fav ones that I took during the show :) While they were standing like that (before they started their ballet on 2) they somehow reminded myself of a picture I like from Salvador Dali. You can find the picture HERE :)

The lady you can see here never talked but she instructed us on our way through the rooms and she seated us and silenced us with a look or with a small movement. She also danced during the show and I must admit she was brilliant! Later on I found out that she DID ballet - you can definitely see that in her movements! She HAS grace!

The music was not standard... there was just the sound of the cello and the tapping of its stick on the body of the cello... quite weird but yet very impressive!

All my respects to the team... Until this day I have not seen such a performance and any day I will find out or I will be invited I will say: YES! With all my heart!!! :)

**I didn't receive anything for this review, just wanted to share the love!** 

Yours truly,

The LadyBug ;)
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