Monday, June 20, 2016

DRESS: OFF DRESS CODE: ON




There are never enough dresses in a girl's closet. After all, we all want to feel like queens when it comes to certain moments. And we just can’t get enough of those maxi dresses. Is it even possible to look glamorous without the dress? Is the dress all there is? We hope not. Here are some of our stylish inspirations for any kind of gala event you might be up to: 




1. LADY TUX


When you're sure there will be too many dresses, pick a female tuxedo. We are in the 21st century and it is no longer shocking to see a woman wearing a tux and looking gorgeous. Angelina Jolie has proven it long time ago and Charlize Theron has just recently shown us how women can profit more with the tuxedo than a sparkling dress. 


Angelina Jolie, 2014.
Charlize Theron, 2016.
 







2. JUMPSUIT


Jumpsuits can be more than a casual outfit, but you already knew that, didn't you? Long or short, straight cut or skinny style, just search for the model which will make you feel both sexy and comfortable. That's what jumpsuits are all about, after all. 




Victoria Beckham, 2016.
Ashley Madekwe, 2013.






3. TOP & SKIRT


Knee length or below knee pencil skirt doesn't go out of style. With a crop shirt or chic top, you can beat the dress elegance with a more interesting look. Even a simple long dress and a Tee can look majestic. Don't believe it? Ask Amber Heard. It’s all about balancing the right pieces. 




Amber Heard, 2016.
Willa Holland, 2015.

               






4. TOP & HIGH WAIST PANTS


If you don't want to go with the skirt, there are many variations of high waist pants which can make you stand out in such elegant way. With the right pair of high heel shoes, palazzo pants, tapered pants or straight cut looks great with some chic top, and there you go.






Emma Stone, 2015.
Sarah Hyland, 2016.



  







5. TUNIC / KAFTAN


Yes, the tunic is a still more casual version of a party look. ''Kaftan'' refers to Eastern fashion and tradition of clothing, which has always been an inspiration for never ending boho trends. But do not underestimate the power of a lovely tunic. Kaftan is the synonim of the exotic glamour. It's never too late to meet your inner boho queen.



Kate Moss, 2011.





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Monday, June 13, 2016

MONKEY SEE, MONKEY DO



Did you buy the same jacket? Cool, it's all fashion anyway. You do your ponytail like that, too? Oh, now we even have the same hair color…Aaaand you just used all my phrases among the group of people as yours. Welcome to the attack of clones. 

Familiar? Well, most girls are into same stuff, since we all fall for the, more or less, same commercial trends. Girlfriends inspire each other - I like your shoes, they would look great with the dress I've bought! - You go buy them, girl! - But clone attacking is more like an interior monkey monologue - Look at her…What else can I take from her to become better…Oh, I’ll take that thing she does with her makeup as my own. -

Who are these people and why do they want to copy other people to the smallest details? Why do we feel rage when noticing these patterns?
Because  we feel observed from the shadow, and then robbed. And before you even notice, there’s another you, with the same jacket, same shoes, same hairstyle. Flattered? Or paranoid maybe? Neither. Plus, your friends thought it was you on those photos. How awkward is that?.




How to defend yourself from the monkeys? Learn this:




1. Their target doesn't have to be anyone special. It could be their new colleague, a new friend, someone who has just entered into their private circle. This person triggers them into changing their own ways. They are easily influenced by anyone and anything, for example, their boyfriends, their ex-boyfriends, their friends, popular trends, their momentary environment.




2. They are not unaware of what they do. They consciously pick up your little habits and ways, and they use what they consider being most interesting and useful for them. They invest their energy into it and drain yours. Of course, we all get influenced by people we are close to and vice versa, but you’ll notice the difference between influencing and imitating. Influencing someone makes you feel valued, while the imitation can make you feel confused, even threatened or irritated. 




3. They speak only of what they’ve heard, using someone's words, phrases, etc.  They have zero inborn originality, so they must steal from the others these unique traits to appear interesting and sympathetic. Opinions, style, taste, manners, etc. That way they can easily go from one extreme to another, completely changing their persona from time to time, in order to adapt themselves to their momentary environment and situation. Notice the difference between healthy change and chameleon change - healthy change is part of the human growth, while chameleon change has nothing to do with the growth and personal development.



4. They may often appear confident, and they try very hard to make this impression on others, but they aren’t confident at all. They appear to have a high opinion of themselves, yet they steal the best of the best from everyone they find appealing and sell these traits as their own.  They are very concerned with being accepted and approved everywhere, by everyone. They crave so hard for the originality and tastefulness that they don’t have, so everything they pick up is more of a caricature of the real thing. Deep down they know this, so they might hate you for being you while hiding their shameful jealousy.




5.  You’re not crazy for feeling bad or for noticing you’re the monkey target. Others may not notice it since it is not about them. Most of the time, when we feel something’s there, it usually is. Nobody knows you and understands you better than you.




The best thing to do in these situations is to stay consistent & distant yourself. Recognize, ignore, and move away. Try not to observe the monkey. Do not jump into conclusions uncarefully and share them with everyone. It is simply not wise and the chances of being misinterpreted as snobbish are high. Leave others to their own conclusions. Monkeys usually get recognized, sooner or later.
Remember that a copy can never last like the original, as it cannot survive without its source. Even long lasting friendships or relationships with the monkeys are almost impossible if you seek the truth and sincerity in it. On the other side, monkeys would do anything to escape the solitude, cause without others, they simply do not exist. And that's all there is.






Love, ITI


Friday, June 10, 2016

HOMEOSTASIS

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*Homeostasis (noun) - the tendency towards a relatively stable equilibrium between interdependent elements, especially as maintained by physiological processes;


When you look at a city, you know, it looks so unique. You feel this kind of uniqueness, you know, and especially if you go from a big city to a small city or if you go from one country to another. Cities look very different, often. They even feel very different. You know, and they are, of course. They certainly are.
- Geoffrey West



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When I visit another town and walk through the foreign streets, I like to think of the new city as one gigantic organism, which looks and breathes in a completely new way. I like to observe its most important body cells, the people. How they cohabitate, how they make this organism function. And it makes me happy when I can feel its healthy functioning while being part of it. As an intruder at first, as a tourist, and finally as one of its body cells. 


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The harmonic atmosphere of the cities, as well as its external beauty, is always the reflection of something beautiful people carry inside them. In Amsterdam, it is the harmony of contrasts. Liberal and free spirited, settled and punctual. Shire during the day, Gotham city during the night. Surprising and bizarre, while  safe, clean and predictable, especially in its architecture . 


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You can feel this middle century vibe while passing the old streets, and in the next moment, its modernity and progressiveness strike you back. The love of nature is evident everywhere, even in the homes of this town. Plants, gardens, neat parks, clean water channels, the wide selection of organic food, just to start with. And the people naturally enjoy every bit of it. Cosy homes, painted interiors, wooden furnishing, bicycles everywhere. And also, you’ll see cats everywhere. Nice, polite cats. Clean and equal to the citizens. It should be no surprise. 


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In the big picture, architecture is the art and science of making sure that our cities and buildings fit with the way we want to live our lives.
- Bjarke Ingels


But don’t be fooled by this free-spirited town. These people understand there are rules even when acting free-spirited, so when it comes to punctuality, work, traffic rules and respecting the laws , there are no mistakes. Without any pressure or aggression, you can let yourself flow into their daily and night routines, like the channels of the town, and you won't be bored. The beer, the clubs, the lights and sports recreation, hedonism at its best. 


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And one by one the nights between our separated cities are joined to the night that unites us.
- Pablo Neruda


Amsterdam is one kind creature, individual, the animal, and the gentlemen. Just imagine German tidiness, English appearance, and Jamaican soul. That is how a tourist could interpret the capital of Netherlands. Ask locals, and they might laugh at you.  Especially about the last part. But they’ll love it, and that is why Amsterdam is one lovely and healthy organism, and he knows it.


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I think the art fair is very much a form of urbanism. I think something really happens to the cities when such a fair happens. The city becomes an exhibition; it's amazing.
- Hans-Ulrich Obrist


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Love, Invitation to Inspiration

Thursday, June 9, 2016

CAPS LOCK SONG

THE SPELL IS BLOCKED
THE BOOK IS UNLOCKED
YOU'RE REVEALED
I AM HEALED
YOU MESSED WITH THE WRONG ONE
I HAVE FRIENDS IN MY HOMETOWN
YOU SENT THE WRONG TEAM
MY COURTYARD IS CLEAN
I HAVE NO TOLERATION
FOR CHEAP IMITATIONS
MY RELATIONS ARE REAL
YOU BETTER NOT BE SEEN
INTRUDORS GET SLAPPED
MY WEAPON IS PACKED
THIS IS NOT A WARNING
IT'S A FEAST,  AND I'M STARVING.






Peace and love, ITI

Thursday, May 5, 2016

FISH LOVE

#obstreperuos

When you search for love, do you search for emotional high, physical pleasure and inner satisfaction? Do you seek the one who will understand all your needs, who you are, and what you can be? He or she must be worthy at the same time of your companionship? And if not, you'll search for another ONE? Is it love? Or is it trade? Are you trying to buy (emotionally, physically or literally) someone to keep up at your demands? The product which will eventually expire like every other. But you are smart, you will think of a plan in advance so that you never ever feel the burden of what you've chosen to be your LOVE. So I'm going to ask you again, what IS love?

Love truly can be emotional high, pleasure, passion and inner satisfaction. I truly believe love must be the essence of everything we do. Romantic love is more and more becoming an issue in these modern times and we all agree that the fairy tales aren't real life. But still, so many lonely and unhappy people, divorces, disappointed lives. So let's redefine romantic love without losing the word ''love'', cause romance alone is nothing more than a vain pursuit for your own personal fairy tale.

#zsalto

Romantic love is when you decide your partner is irreplaceable. It's the courage to keep walking together no matter the highs and the lows. Romantic love is unshakable trust in you and your partners common destiny. It is respecting each other as individuals, encouraging each others individuality, listening, feeling each other hearts, giving care and being taking care of in the same time. Sometimes it hurts, because you carry not just your own, but also your partners burden. And for the same reason, sometimes it is like a fairy tale. It is like saying: ''I am here for you and your life because I know you are here for me and my life.''  And while being on the same path, you have decided to fight together, as friends, not as the enemies. They will throw stones at you from now and then, you will be shaken with life's serial, but you always know: you're in this together. ''Today I might not like you, and I might not like myself, but your hand is still in my hand. It's saying, ''I respect you for all of what you are, cause you are part of me, and I am part of you. Unconditionally, shamelessly.'' And  is one rare two-way street-romantic love. 
In fact, every love should be like that. In friendship, in family, as the human empathy. But somehow, somewhere, someone has changed all the rules making us sound infantile for believing in love. However, no words can mask the true meaning of things instinctively felt in our hearts. I guess today, living for love in general is a true act of rebellion.


#nastygal


Today's love: Fish love

This is how Rabbi Dr. Abraham Twerski speaks of love. He goes to the core of the matter. You can listen and watch the entire speech here.


''Love is a word that in our culture has almost lost its meaning now. Very interesting story about the Rabbi who came across a young man who was clearly enjoying the dish of fish that he was eating, and he said to the young  man, ''Why are you eating the fish? - Because I love fish.'' He said, ''Oh you love fish, that's why you took it out of the water and killed it.'' He said, ''Don't tell me you love the fish, you love yourself. And because the fish tastes good to you, therefore you took it out of the water, and killed it, and boiled it. '' 
...

So much of what is love is fish love. And so, young couple falls in love, young man and young woman fall in love, what does that mean? That means that he saw in this woman someone who he felt could provide him with all his physical emotional needs, and she thought in this man somebody she feels that she can write ''that was love'', but each one was looking out for their own needs. It's not love for the other, the other person becomes a vehicle for my gratification. Too much of what is called love is fish love. Love is not what I'm gonna get but what I'm gonna give . We had an ethicist rabbi Deshler who said that people make serious mistake in thinking that you give to those whom you love. And the real answer is you love those to whom you give.  And his point is , if I give something to you, I've invested myself in you. And since self-love is given, everybody loves themselves, now that part of me has become in you, there's part of me in you that I love. So true love is a love of giving, not a love of receiving.

#neverstayin


''Keep love in your heart. A life without it is like a sunless garden when the flowers are dead.''
- Oscar Wilde

Love, ITI

Friday, April 29, 2016

BLUE JEANS



Did you know that jeans were invented by Jacob W. Davis in partnership with Levi Strauss in 1871.? Blue coloured denim was originally designed for cowboys and miners and haven't became popular among teenagers until 1950's. 

Girls had to wait for them until the 1960's, when they became part of the Hippie subculture. Later in the 70's and 80's they were everywhere, mostly as the part of the punk rock and heavy metal culture. Until these days, they remain popular fashion item coming in various forms: skinny, tapered, slim, straight, boot cut, low waist, high waist, distressed jeans, cigarette pants, boyfriend fit...

It's fascinating how this fashion item, iconic and eternal, covered so many different aspects of the culture, but one thing's for sure, it has defined the fashion of the youth.
Girls love to read articles which tell them which jeans cut  fits their body figure, which one is the hottest trend, which one wore Rihanna and which one should wait hidden in the closet for some other future days.

We will go through the most popular jeans cuts in the pop culture before we look up for the most popular recent jeans trends.


1. First born jeans for the boys only

Levi's Jeans for the miners


2. 1950's

Usually worn by ''greasers'' , combined with the white or black T-shirt. James Dean popularized them in the movie Rebel without a cause. Women in the 50's were the first to enjoy the freedom of wearing pants. The women pants were a taboo on TV until Mary Tyler Moore was seen wearing them on the Dick Van Dyke Show. Only after that, women were more at ease wearing pants outside of the home. Here's for more information about the evolution of the women's pants through the 50's.


Marylin Monroe and James Dean wearing Levi's.


3. 1960's

In the 1960's, AndrĂ© Courrèges introduced jeans for women, leading to the era of designer jeans. 60's and the 70's were marked with the hippie fashion which defined ''Boho'' style, still as much as popular today as before. The specific model of the jeans known as Bell bottoms has it's comebacks and come & go's, just as High waist jeans, recently restored in the world of fashion.



4. 1970's

While hippie style blossomed the fashion of jeans among women, and the disco era made Flared jeans look glamorous and sexy both among men and women, the punk era has renewed the look of jeans. Jeans were combined with chains and leather, the ''ripped look'' was everything. Thanks for the Skinny jeans! 


Farrah Fawcett



 style popularized in London by Vivienne Westwood and Malcolm McLaren


4. 1980's

Goodbye flared jeans. For now. High waist, tight fit, loose cut, straight cut, it's all there! Acid wash with high waist became particularly popular.









5. 1990's

Welcome, grunge. The jeans are seriously in the game. And they are still high waist, straight cut, loose, sometimes ripped, and cooler than ever. So are the sneakers.




6. 2000's

Low-waist mania! Denim dresses, denim skirts, denim everywhere. In the search for a more feminine and sexy look, the jeans became really tight again, Bell bottoms were back and everyone who was cool was in that game.




7. Today.


Fashion girls love to combine the rough cut of the jeans with fancy style. It proves they can go with everything: weather it is the casual look or the evening look. The thing is to find your own special pair of blue jeans and make them become part of your own personal style. Today you can go with any cut or any model as long as you know how to wear them. Jeans were created to give you confidence, so make sure you feel  both comfy and sexy when you pick a pair, otherwise they're really nothing more than another lousy pair of trousers. 


Hello again, High waist jeans with crop top 




Skinny jeans are always good idea



Distressed jeans-boyfriend cut are more feminine than ever



Flared jeans at their best
Elle Mcpherson


So zip up safely, and remember: tights can never be jeans.



Love, ITI