Saturday, 23 November 2013

WANDERLUST: COMING IN TOUCH WITH NATURE

I've been travelling around with my parents a lot. Africa, Europe... This time our path led us to the magical Venezuela. That amazing country immediately won my heart. Nature is simply breath taking and it's people are so full of energy, positive thinking and happiness, even though their lives aren't perfect or easy. Sometimes they must fight for their living and don't know what they are going to eat the next day. They are not wealthy or life secured, they have many problems and a lot of criminal but they have something that is more important then all that. They are rich inside, open and they found a way to be happy.

We spent first three days in Canaima. A beautiful and wild region in the heart of Venezuela.


On the first photo is our plane with which we came (don't worry we left with even smaller one). We landed on an "airport" that had amazingly big cracks. We were lucky that we landed safely and that no one died! Nah, I'm just kidding, however it did look a little bit scary.
In the distance we were able to see giant Auyan tepui (name means bloody peaks)
Ah, beautiful Canaima. It was breath taking!!

One of the most amazing things was water. As you can see it wasn't blue or green but reddish brown! It really looked like cocacola. Like cocacola lake!

There were big amounts of foam on the water. And you won't believe what it was used for. They use it as soap! Amazing, right?







We also went on a little trip to the highest waterfall in the world. To the Angel falls. We went there with canoes that are typical for South America (you are able to see them on the photo above). The experience was so much better because we slept in amacas (hammocks) almost under the free sky. We were in a sort of camp where all amacas were placed next to one anoder. It was utterly amazing!



And here we have the famous Angel falls. We had to walk a lot to get to them, but all I can say is that it was worth it! Some were even swimming at a foot of the fall.

Our next destination was the Orinoko delta. That's another incredible place! Here rules the jungle! A mysterious place full of secrets.

Before we got into the little boat that took us to our destination (Orinoco eco campus) we saw how some of the people live there. They had little colorful houses and when we went past them,  their expressions were curious and not very warm. I think that the problem was my camera. Later on our guide told us that they didn't like people taking pictures of them and that we should always ask before doing so.


The animals at Orinoco are amazing. And there are so many!! There are parrots and other types of birds, monkeys, caimans, turtles, fishes, I even saw a tarantella and a scorpion.
We were placed in the lodges you can see above, that  instead of doors they had palm leaves and were  open toward the river side . One night my dad almost fell into the water because he missed the entrance. Luckily there was a low tide at that time.
Even though some of the Indians lived in those little colorful houses we saw others that lived the way their ancestors did for thousands and thousands of years. They were naked, they slept in amacas and ate what they caught. When our canoe came close, they put on clothes they had for times when tourists came and prepared things they sell to them.








The funny thing was that they had parrots everywhere. Some were as big as the one on the photo and some of them were small. They weren't tied or trapped, they just were there.
At one point of our visit of the Indians, our guide came to me and wanted that I stretch my hand toward him. I was very suspicious because he had a box in his other hand and I didn't know what was in it. Then he went with his hand inside the box and took out (you won't believe it) a worm. A freakin' worm!! I screamed and that made everyone laugh except me. Well I admit, it probably was pretty funny. The next thing he did was even more unbelievable. He put that same worm into his mouth and I have no idea what he did but the worm started to stretch and contract. Well that was pretty gross if you ask me.
Another day we went fishing. Not usual things but piranhas! Now that is something. However we didn't have much luck with it. They just didn't bite. After some time one finally surprised us (of course it wasn't any of the tourists that got the fish). Nevertheless it was quite an experience. After we got a good look at it we let it go back to swimming and eating things (or should I say people).


After that tiring afternoon we had a picknick on the boat. Well it wasn't literally a picknick however the grown-ups had cuba libre and I enjoyed my glass of coca cola. For the final touch we got to see the beautiful sunset and we listened to the amazing concert with which the animals enlightened us.


We didn't leave Venezuela just after that. We went to Caripe and to the Mochimo lodge. Our final destination was the island Isla Margarita where we stayed for another week.
The whole experience was absolutely and utterly awesome! I fell in love with South America. It entirely overtook my heart. I can't wait for another visit of that incredible land!






Sunday, 3 November 2013

HOW TO MAKE FLOWER HEADBAND 1

I really, really love flower headbands. Unfortunately, I don't have one. So I decided that if I don't have it, I will make it! Here is how it goes (it's really simple):

Firstly you need some flowers (not real ones - sadly) and a plain hairband (it doesn't really matter if it's thick or thin, I used a thin  one because I had it at home and didn't wear it).

 
 
The next thing you are going to use is a sewing needle and a thread. And then just start sewing. I  went through a plastic part of a blossom and through my hairband.



Then I made some more sews and that was it. Now do the same procedure with all of your blossoms and you are finished. As you can see it's easy-peasy. And don't worry if the sews aren't perfect, you are not an expert and also, no one is going to see them! :)






 
 
 
Have fun!!!

Saturday, 26 October 2013

MY FAVOURITE HALLOWEEN LOOKS

Halloween is almost here, just a few more days left to wait!! So, amazing! I love Halloween, even though I didn't really dress-up often, however this year I will! Well I already started: yesterday I was at a party and the theme was Halloween, so we needed to dress-up. I was a witch so many times before (because when ever I did dress up I was a witch) that I decided that it's time to do something more creative. And I chose the look of La Bella Muerte I saw on Michelle Phan's blog. I totally fell in love with it. I was doing it for 2 hours (I admit I like to take things slower to have more fun). It wasn't as good as Michelle's 'cause I don't have all the staff she has and of course my skills are zero towards hers, however I can say that it turned out much better than I expected. I really, really like this look because it's fun to make, you are free to do what ever crosses your mind and it's not totally typical (everyone usually dresses as a zombie or a witch). So here are some photos how it all turned out:



 
 


For those who don't like to wear a lot of make-up I would still recommend to dress-up (you don't really have a Halloween without it). Go for little things like a few fake wounds or to just put on your face a little bit of fake blood, make a bruising, you can also draw some scars.

If you really want to get into spirit of this feast dress up as a witch. You don't need much make-up, only a red lipstick, a dark eye shadow with an eye liner and a drawing of a spider net or (and) a drawing of a spider. I did this simple look on my friend and I think that it suits her great!





I admit, even though I said that zombies are typical for Halloween I still love this look! It's not as simple as a witch but still much easier and faster as La Bella Muerte. Here you don't need time for all the details as it is with the beautiful death. You should do your skin very pale, a little bit greenish with big and dark circles underneath your eyes and that's almost it. Just add some final touches (as the veins) and you are finished!




Experiment with make-up, costumes and of course don't forget scary nail polish! Now it's the time to let out all of your creativity! Just have fun and enjoy yourself!

Saturday, 12 October 2013

HOW TO MAKE HOME MADE CANDLES


Hi, guys!
Warm days are drawing and colder ones are coming. With them we can expect longer nights, tee and cacao drinks, warm clothes, long baths, romantic movies at lonely nights and of course we can't forget candles! Those little things are giving us light in dark nights, they are warming up our hearts and making our homes smell as winter, cinnamon and apples.

I love candles. My favourite ones are apple and cinnamon and vanilla ones. They are so warm and good smelling that I simply can't resist them. Shopping them is great, it's just like shopping perfumes, the only difference is that the latter are for you, and the candles are perfumes for your home.
So as I said, shopping them is nice and fun but then, making them is even better!!
Not only that everything smells nice, you can make them as many as you want, as strong as you want, you can decorate them as you want and at the end you feel so fulfilled, happy and proud of yourself  that all that will take them on to a whole new level.
Well, how to make them? That's what you need:



- wax ( I had it in granules)
- wick
- some cups which you will use as a candlestick
- some aromas ( I used kitchen cinnamon, grind cloves and eucalyptus-ethereal oil)

Firstly you need to find an appropriate pot in which you will melt wax and add aromas. When you find it you can start cooking! Just add wax and warm up. When it's almost totally melted add aromas and stir (you can add aromas at the beginning if you wish).
Then  you pour off melted wax in cups you prepared yourself. Now you have some time before the wax  hardens. During that time you cut wick (but you must be careful: don't cut it too short, it needs to look over your cup) and put it in still liquid wax. The problem is that wick likes to curl in touch with heat, so you need to be gentle (your pressure doesn't help). Therefore I used little forks to support  the wick. Now you wait.




When the wax is hard you just clean the cup (probably you will spill a little bit of wax on your cup) and the candle is ready!





BONUS: In stores they sell coloured wax and I think that they also sell sparkles and these kind of things you can put in the candles. So if you think that white wax is to plain for you, you can simply use coloured one or you can put in some sparkles. But keep in mind that some of the aromas you add can colour wax on their own. For example I used cinnamon and my candle turned out brown.
Also you can decorate them when they are finished. Put on bare candles some sparkles and voila, your candle is finished. And if you don't want to change your candle you can decorate the cup. A few patterns can make candle look simply amazing.

So guys I hope I helped you a little and have fun!!!