Wednesday, April 15, 2015

BEAUTY IS IN THE EYE OF THE BEHOLDER...

We don't know how you feel, but INVITATION TO INSPIRATION believes that there is no better way to make your home personal and beautiful than with your own PHOTO WALL GALLERY. 

Sometimes I regret that I don't have the camera lens inside my eye. That I can't take a photo with just one blink - then this would be the right thing... This is still a distance, while I set the camera,  while camera snaps, it is already another moment ...   MARIJA BRAUT

„Katkada mi je žao što nemam objektiv unutar oka da mogu snimiti fotografiju samo jednim treptajem - onda bi to bilo ono pravo. Ovako uvijek postoji odmak; dok ja namjestim fotoaparat i dok okinem, to je već neki drugi trenutak..." 

...and who doesn't like to remember moments and people who made them happy? Here are some nice ideas how you can make your own WALL GALLERY.


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If you are a type of a person who likes change from time to time, you don't need to pin photos on the wall, you can simply display them on wall shelves. 

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And if not photography why not mirrors? ( 3-d gallery wall )

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You can enlarge your space ( any space ) with the addition of beautiful mirrors...

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Love, A & M ! 

Monday, April 13, 2015

5 small steps to freedom


1. Find your own thing. Hint: it's not in the hands of other people

When you do something out of love and passion, you already have the only reward you truly need. Some people will never understand your passions, others simply wont care. and some will find their own passions in the same place as you. Yes, there are things in life you must do just  for the sake of living. But when and if you find even the slightest passion in between them, don't let it go. As long as it calls you, don't let it go. You will learn that this passion is a gift. One of the most beautiful things in life is to see someone enjoying something without expectation and without calculation. The way you react to other peoples passions also tells a lot about you. Remember, people change minds, people follow trends, people want to compete. So stop thinking about other people and do what you love for the sake of it while you're doing this thing called living. Enjoy being just you.






2. Trust your gut

Let other people think and talk for themselves. Your life is your life. If you feel something doesn't serve you in any way and brings you bad moods, stop messing with it. Abandon everything that makes you feel, think and talk negative. You're not supposed to fit everywhere, and that means you're healthy. You don't have to do or try everything, you're not the rat in the lab. Let your intuition lead you to the people and places that are right for you. That will make you grow and become better than you are now. Because you can always be better. Intuition is faster than the logic, save yourself from wasting time, everyone's time is precious. Just trust yourself a little bit more than you trust strangers on the internet. Go with your own flow.






3. Don't wait for better days to do stuff

Sometimes we want so many things, but the time just doesn't seem right. And that's ok too, because you can't control everything in your life. Don't listen to everyone saying ''Do it now before it's too late!''...Ok, so...How many days do I have left? Because I really want to go to New Zealand, but I simply don't have money and spare time for that journey right now.
But-if the fear is the only thing that is stopping you from doing something you think would be great for you, kill the fear. There wont be a better time when you will feel smarter or braver than you do now. This IS how you become smarter and braver. You really are better than you think you are, right now, at this very own moment. There is no such thing as the perfect moment. Free yourself from the fears and doubts. 






4. Concentrate less on how others can help you and more on how you can help others

When you move the focus from yourself to the others, you deceive your own ego, like a boss. Look around you. What can YOU do for someone else? You are already enough. Stop expecting something, and concentrate on the things you could do for others. Wait to see how things suddenly start to get a lot easier and much more interesting.






5. ''So what''


You are not so perfect, so what? If you had done this instead of that, the result would have been better, so what? Stop taking yourself OR ANYONE seriously, even the life shouldn't be taken too seriously. You know how life is fragile, unpredictable, hard and how we are all fucked up. So what? You are not a big deal, but the fact that you are here and alive right now, the one and the only, reading this, is just one of thousands of miracles you are being indifferent to. So turn another page if you don't fancy a chapter, and repeat this mantra when you start feeling like a tragic hero in another oh-what-a-surprise-my-life-is-so-hard story.





Love, A & M 

Thursday, April 9, 2015

FROM MY VILLAGE I SEE...


by Invitation To Inspiration

VII.

From my village I see as much in the Universe as you can see from earth...
So my village is as big as any other land
Because I’m the size of what I see,
Not the size of my height...

In the cities life is smaller
Than here in my house on top of this hill.
In the city the big houses shut your sight with a key,
Hide the horizon, push your eyes far away from all the sky,
Make us smaller because they take away what our eyes can give us,
And make us poor because our only wealth is seeing.

                                                                             Alberto Caeiro (Fernando Pessoa)

by Invitation To Inspiration

ČUVAR STADA

Iz mojeg sela vidim sve ono što se sa zemlje može vidjeti u Svemiru...
Zato je moje selo veliko kao neka druga zemlja,
jer sam ja toliko velik koliko vidim,
a ne toliko velik kolika je moja visina...

U gradovima je život manji
nego ovdje u mojoj kući na vrhu ovog brežuljka,
U gradovima velike kuće zaprječuju pogled,
skrivaju obzor, odvraćaju naše poglede daleko od neba,
umanjuju nas jer nam oduzimlju ono što nam oči mogu dati
i osiromašuju jer je naše jedino bogatstvo viđenje.


                                                                         Alberto Caeiro (Fernando Pessoa)

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Less young, more beautiful

Like the wine, many men and women simply get better with age. Let's just skip George Clooney and go to other famous men and women who get better with age, starting with:







This 46 year old stunning Spanish actor is a multiple award winner, Bond villain, and with his latest role in The Pirates of the Caribbean we'll be seeing him as another villain which definately makes him one of the Hollywood's favorite bad guys.








From Blackadder to Dr. House, this Englishman is now 55, and he doesn't stop getting better and better.  Actor, writer, director, musician, comedian, genius.










Wonderful Danish actor, another Bond villain, role which made him worldwide recognized. I bet you didn't know he was a gymnast and dancer, too. Cannes Film Festival Best Actor award winner for the performance in the Danish film Hunt, which is definitely one of the must-see movies. 







She is one of only six actors who have won three or more competitive Academy Awards for acting. Her filmography and talent are too legendary to be talked about in here, so let's just admire her in silence.










French actress, former fashion model and a singer. She is also known as the wife of French-Polish director Roman Polanski. Her performance in The Ninth Gate, The Diving Bell and the Butterfly and La Vie en Rose brought her world-wide recognition, although she has had already achieved her international status before as a professional model. Emmanuelle Seigner radiates natural beauty that has no age.














The time stopped for this guy, but he never stopped surprising us. Actor, singer, songwriter and director, Jared became famous in the early 90s thanks to the television series My So-Called Life. In around 15 years a lot has happened in his carrer, let's just mention his successful band Thirty Seconds to Mars and his Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor in Dallas Buyers Club. Known for his amazing transformations for the movie roles and charismatic persona, this 43 year old artist might be really from another planet.









The Man Who is bigger than the words. That's all.

















Tilda Swinton is a British actress and a fashion muse for both arthouse and mainstream movies. Academy Award winner for the Best Supporting Actress in Michael Clayton. She graduated at Cambridge University in Social and Political Sciences. She lives in Scotland  with her twins and her partner who is a painter. She was named one of the best-dressed women by The Guardian. This woman is the synonime of art. Check her performance in The Beach, The Chronicles of Narnia, We Need To Talk about Kevin, Only Lovers Left Alive, just to name few. She also played a part of David Bowie's wife in the promotional video for his song The Stars (are Out Tonight). What a perfect collaboration!


9. Sade


Sade Adu is a British Nigerian singer, songwriter, composer and a record producer. She is 56 today, and has been activly performing since 1983. After mega successful album The Lovers Rock in 2000, Sade hasn't released with her band an album until 2010, Soldier of Love, which also became commercially very successful. Sade was listed as one of the 100 Greatest Women in Music. With her unique musical style, mixture of jazz, soul, pop and soft rock, she is very often cited as an influence by numerous artists. At age of 56, still stunning and at the top of her game.










American actress and a film producer, one of the Hollywood's highest-paid actresses and Academy Award winner. Was raised in Germany for 12 years, attended Washington high school and got her degree in drama in East Carolina University. When she moved to Manhattan she supported herself as a bartender, cocktail waitress, and coat checker while auditioning for the roles. Smart, beautiful and hard-working Sandra is today 50, shining brighter than ever.







Canadian American actor, comedian, impressionist, screenwriter and a film producer. Although the word comedy first comes to our minds when Jim Carrey mentioned, he has fully shown his talent in dramas and thriller movies: The Truman Show, Man on the Moon, Me, Myself & Irene, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, The Number 23...He is today 53 and he's B-E-A-utiful.













Today a 45 year old singer, songwriter, fashion designer, plus an actress. Amazing as the solo artist just as the leading vocalist of No Doubt, Gwen is definitely one of the most original and beautiful women ever. With no comparison. 







There are plenty of other well known people who have flourished through the time. Some people burn out too fast, some are desperate in their hunt for the youth, and in the sea of fishes that all look alike, today is the time when maturity and personality appear bigger than the fashion. We still might be a little afraid of the wrinkles, but we have free choice weather to tighten ourselves, or relax and embrace the beauty of maturity.


Maturity includes the recognition that no one is going to see anything in us that we don't see in ourselves. Stop waiting for a producer. Produce yourself.
Marianne Williamson






Love, A & M 

Friday, April 3, 2015

INSPIRATION FROM ABOVE

South Carolina Cherubs after Raphael

Prayers are the language of soul. You don't have to be religious to feel the universal call of the human being which speaks through the words of a prayer. Some of them are beautiful poems, some of them are a simple reminder that no one is alone in his thoughts and doubts. Prayer is the true face of the present moment. It doesn't matter where it comes from, as long as it seeks for the light, it's something worth sharing with everyone.



There is a candle in your heart, ready to be kindled.

There is a void in your soul, ready to be filled.
You feel it, don't you? 
Rumi

Henrik Aarrestad Uldalen

''Deep peace of the running wave to you,

Deep peace of the flowing air to you,
Deep peace of the quiet earth to you,
Deep peace of the shining stars to you,
Deep peace of the Son of Peace to you, for ever.''
(Source unknown - early Scottish)




''Lord, I don't ask for a faith

that would move yonder mountain.
I can take enough dynamite and move
it if it needs movin'.  I pray, Lord,
for enough faith to move me.''

Norman Allen 

by matialonsor



''Lord, make me an instrument of thy peace.
Where there is hatred, let me sow love;
Where there is injury, pardon;
Where there is doubt, faith;
Where there is despair, hope;
Where there is darkness, light;
Where there is sadness, joy.

O divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek
To be consoled as to console,
To be understood as to understand,
To be loved as to love;
For it is in giving that we receive;
It is in pardoning that we are pardoned;
It is in dying to self that we are born to eternal life.''




Beloved,

Guide my footsteps and give me the strength to trust the foot sones will rise up to meet me even when I am unable to see beyond my own light. Send in the ones that I am meant to help and those that are meant to serve as help and guide for me. Help me to continually gather myself up in my arms which are help within yours each time I break. Knowing fully that as I do so I am letting go and surrendering that which no longer serves me. Lighten the hearts and bring joy to those that suffer and speak as loudly as is necessary so they too can listen and answer the call.
Fill me to overflowing with your grace, love and joy, and expand this little container so that I can be a vessel from which all that is good flows out in a never ending abundance. With deepest gratitude for the grace and love that is always within me.




It takes strength, not weakness to seek the meaning outside ourselves. I believe every message of love and peace is a prayer. And therefore, the prayer has become today almost like a quiet rebellion.

Music has always had a strong link to praying since it's an act of creation which comes from the deepest parts of the human soul and not from the simple logic of the mind. In another words, art and spirituality have always been close companions. To truly feel and seek is to pray. May you find & create what you're seeking.


George Harrison-My sweet Lord
Michael Jackson-Heal the world
Lauryn Hill & Tanya Blount-His eye is on the sparrow
Leonard Cohen-Hallelujah


"Holy places are dark places. It is life and strength, not knowledge and words, that we get in them. Holy wisdom is not clear and thin like water, but thick and dark like blood."
Till We Have Faces, C.S. Lewis





Love, A, M & M

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

If goddesses had dresses, it would be Reem Acra

''My friends are my inspiration, and all of them are true friends that support me. On a daily basis, I know that I have my friends to rely on.''


Reem Acra Pre-Fall 2015
Reem Acra Pre-Fall 2015
You might have seen those beautiful shiny dresses on the red carpet or on the runway fashion shows, and you heard of a high fashion brand named Reem Acra. Ever wondered who's behind it? Here's the short story:




Reem Acra is a fashion designer from Lebanon who started her company as a bridal line in 1997 and came to fame in 1999 when she had her fist fashion show. She has held shows during New York Fashion Week ever since. In 2003 her brand expanded to include evening dresses as well, and in 2008 Reem Acra had her first ready-to-wear collection.  Today, her designs are a common thing to see on red carpet all over the world. Acra is an established designer for royalty and celebrities. Angelina Jolie for example is one of her favourite celebrities to dress.
In 2014, Acra designed and produced the uniforms for the American University of Beirut Medical Center, where both of her parents had worked. She also joined other designers in reimaginig of the wardrobes of the characters from The Wizard of Oz.

Reem Acra creates majestic outfits of every woman's dream, making her look both gentle and powerful, making her feel both like a princess and a warrior.

Have a quick look at her latest ready-to-wear collection & see if you agree:








Reem Acra pret-a-porter FW 2015/16

"I want to keep a luxurious look in daywear." 
Reem Acra


And we would like to keep some of these looks too! :) 


Love, A & M & M