Wednesday, January 11, 2017

COSY HIPPIE ETSY STORE







I opened my Etsy shop! I named it Cosy Hippie, of course. :) It's just for fun, to see how this thing really work there and will I be able to "decode the complex language of Etsy". I have just two listings (I know, it's funny) but let's see will anybody be remotely interested or be able to find this tiny shop at all. Jewelry making has been a long time passion and a "mission" I was postponing due to... Life! Etsy or not, I will find a way, I'm sure. If nothing, I can give my feedback abut this matter later on.
Well, anybody reading... Maybe you have a suggestion? Photos too pale? Anything cute? Well, thank you nevertheless and have a great one! - Iva




Wednesday, January 4, 2017

COUCH MAKEOVER (with e-BAY TAPESTRY)


I've never really had tapestry as a wall decor in my room or apartment even to I always loved that hippie vibe it gives to any space. In my last bedroom I used green and purple drapes as a canopy above my bed and loved the cosy look of it.

Now, when I moved to my new apartment, I wanted to recreate some coziness of my old colorful spce so I ordered this mandala tapestry from e-Bay. It meant to be hanged on the wall but an old and worn out couch in our living room was a bigger priority to fix. :) 


And I say, fix it did! I just placed it over and tucked the corners in basically, but I love how it turned out! Our "new" couch is almost a center piece of our living room now. Together with those cute affordable pillows I got from e-Bay and next to this eclectic gallery wall that I improvised using framed paintings and graphics we found around the apartment from before. Except the "They all shine just for you" one, that one I painted myself long before this tapestry came into play (and look how well the colors fit together!).





This tapestry is made with pure cotton and the quality of it is really good. I'm actually already planing on ordering a similar piece in a bigger size for my wall (this one measures 84" x 54 " inches or 215 x 140 cm).It doesn't move around or wrinkle when you sit or lay on it almost at all. The colors are vibrant and haven't lost any saturation after washing (I washed it once by now). It looks pretty much the same as on the picture shown online. I ordered it from e-Bay seller "handicraft-palace" but you can find it anywhere online with "Boho hippie mandala tapestry" search and/or this picture in the description: 


That's all folks! 'Till nex time, Iva

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

TO NEW BEGNINGS

I'm not just talking about 2017 being around the corner (OMG, time files!), but also I have moved few months ago to our Coatian capital city Zagreb. I am lost, confused, jobless and - on an adventure. This is what being a bohemian is all about I hope, the adventure part at least, and I wanted to awake my inner hippie for a while now. So...

Winter days in Zagreb are pretty cold and I haven't been spending much time outside. I'll insert some photos that I took few weeks ago in my new neighbourhood, back when I could still enjoy warm afternoon walks.




Now, when I'm not being warm and cosy at home, I'm slowly discovering little cafe's and restaurants around the city centre. I really enjoyed vegetarian/vegan restaurant Nishta few days ago since I'm trying to eat more healthy and balanced meals, plus the place was really cute (and my favorite color is purple!)

Photo source



I'm using this time to explore the city, but also to explore my own possibilities. Starting over can be sometimes a little scary, even if I started over many times before. But let's see where this journey will take us this time. Universe, I am ready. :)

Thursday, May 19, 2016

BELA LUGOSI


To be honest, I'm not that crazy about horror movies as much as I love the visuals (like stills or posters) of a good old spooky motion picture. ♡ That said, I've been recently really interested in exploring some influential horror classics like The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, Nosferatu or Dracula.


Bela Lugosi Dracula The King of Horror

So not that long ago, I've been introduced to Bela Lugosi. The name that is, as his face is by now popular face of original Count Dracula.

Yup, a little pop culture lesson coming your way. (~ ̄▽ ̄)~ Well, Bela Lugosi was a Hungarian actor who oddly didn't speak English well and allegedly learned his lines in Dracula phonetically. That, together with his accent and unusual ways of pronouncing words, sure attributed to the buildup of his Transylvanian movie character.
Later on in life, Lugosi was sadly cut down to playing smaller parts in movies and his name was used on movie posters merely for movie promotions. ◔̯◔ His frustrations led to drug addiction but he lived to be 73. He died in '56. in Los Angeles and was buried in one of his -  Dracula cape costumes. ಠ◡ಠ



The movie itself was filmed in 1931. which means in time when silent movie directors just began playing with the new aspect of motion picture - the sound. It almost look a bit experimental with it's long and silent movie scenes. Also, spooky castles, bats and spider webs may seem like a cliche now but this is where this whole thing started as something new and fresh. That's what makes this classic a true piece of art. 〠_〠

Bela Lugosi Dracula King of Horror

Bela Lugosi Dracula King of Horror

Oh, and I really like this song that was
sent to me by one young man... ♪ ♬ ヾ(´︶`♡)ノ ♬ ♪



Monday, February 22, 2016

CLOUD HANGER & JEWLS DISPLAY



I got a little treat from e-Bay the other day and it's a special one cause I actually saved some bucks on this one. And I love me a good deal! (─‿‿─) Originally I found it on PerpetualKid.com for around 8-9$ if I remember well, but ended up buying it from e-Bay for 0.99$! ლ(╹◡╹ლ)

I needed some hooks to display my necklaces since my washi tape that I had them taped up wth before wasn't holding them very well and it wasn't really practical to tape them on and off all the time.  But holding my jewlls in the drawer was even worse. I don't know how estetically pleasing this in general is but it's super convenient and kinda cute.  Viola!


Wednesday, February 17, 2016

CRIMSON PEAK & GOTHIC ROMANCE

Movie poster edited with Picmonkey (not to be too serious) 

I am TOTALLY blown away by del Toro's Crimson Peak that I saw yesterday and totally feel in love with. Crimson Peak is a movie about a young Victorian woman falling in love with a mysterious stranger who takes her to his spooky Gothic mansion. And the house is honestly the best part of the movie! It reminds me a bit of Hitchcock's Rebbecca and I loved that one as well.

Anyway, apparently there's a thing called "Gothic romance film" that Wikpedia defines as "Gothic film with famine appeal". I didn't even know there's a Gothic film in the first place. (⊙_◎) But now that I do, it's calling for a movie marathon ≖‿≖ ...

* SUSPICION (1941)


*GASLIGHT (1944)


*UNDERCURRENT (1946)


*SLEEP, MY LOVE (1948)


Brrrr.... Can't wait! (。♥‿♥。) xo

Saturday, February 13, 2016

MY VICTORIAN HOME

Well, more like my imaginary Victorian home. Or my FUTURE Victorian home, as I like to call it. ◕ ◡ ◕
Original images taken from www.oldhousedreams.com

If something makes me happy, it's Victoriana. I lived for two years surrounded with my absolute number one favorite architectural style and ever since I dream of having one old cute house for myself as well. Those might be just dreams, but well... Even just writing about it makes me happy. (▰˘◡˘▰)

Plus, I recently discovered the Rehab Addict TV show and I was SO excited since the show is all about restoration of old homes (or as the host likes to say it, about saving them)! Even if the final decoration is maybe too plain for my style, the show really gave me some insight of how to approach the restoration.
"Rehan Addict" TV show, before and after image Via www.lillienews.com

I'd love to modernise my Victorian home and make it more eclectic, live and vibrant!
Image Via www.designmanifest.com
Image via www.decocrush.fr
Image of this beautiful cute porch Via www.hgtv.com

Image Via jonesdesigncompany.com
Image Via www.designsponge.com

With a little bit of country....
Image Via Pinterest

 ...and knowing me, A LOT of bohemian. (✿◠‿◠)

Image Via Pinterest
In the end, it really doesn't have to be over styled to be perfect.


It has to feel cosy and homey, like this last one that makes me feel as if I've lived there for years. Maybe I'm seeing into future.  (◕‿-) Bye, bye everybody!