Sunday, 29 March 2015

Have you heard of Photojojo?

Let me introduce you to a favourite online store of mine: Photojojo. Readers, meet Photojojo; Photojojo, meet Fabulous Readers. 
Now that you have met, let me tell you a little bit about each other; I'll start with Fabulous Readers.
Fabulous Readers are highly intelligent, attractive, and sophisticated people. They are kind, caring, compassionate, and know quality when they see it. They are the best readers in the world!
(Thanks for being here! *wipes tear out of the corner of her eye*

*Deep breath*
Phew, got a bit emotional for a second, sorry about that. Okay, now let me tell you a little bit about Photojojo:
They are funny, tell bad jokes like it's their business ("How does Old MacDonald take photos when it's dark on the farm?" "He turns up the E-I-E-I-S-O"), are personable and have awesome products. 

Case in point: The Gorillapod Mobile
Gorillapod from Photojojo
Cellphone tripod
In action
Gorillapod in action
That's how tiny it is!
Bear approves of tripod
Bear inspected and approved.

I ordered it in the hopes of upping my yoga-documenting game. Until now I had to lean my phone against whatever was handy: stacks of books, trees, coffee cups, random objects lying around. More than once my poor phone fell down, and it deserves so much better. This cute little tripod is a wizard: With its bendy legs it stands up on pretty much any surface, clings on to fences like a monkey, and keeps a firm grip on my dear phone. I love it!

But not only do I like their products, I love their unique customer approach. Here is the email they sent me upon ordering:

Also, not only did they deliver in a timely fashion, they also included a little something extra:
Stow-away-asaurus from Photojojo
 The elusive Stow-away-asaurus
Bear and dinosaur, besties
Bear's new bestie

It's such a small gesture, but I loved it. Go on, take a look at their stuff! If you are into photography, you will dig what they have in store. 

Several months ago I also ordered The Spring Break Camera Strap:
Camera strap from Photojojo

Colourful, functional and inexpensive? It was a no-brainer. 

Happy Sunday!!





I am not being compensated for writing this post; I simply wanted to share a great company with you. 

Friday, 27 March 2015

Fashion Friday: Shake It Off



Before you start reading, do yourself a favour and click on the video above to have the appropriate tunes for this post. 'Kay, thanks. Aren't WOTE amazing? They are funny, talented, and make you feel awesome.

We have a choice how we want to see the world. Do we choose to focus on the negative, all the sad and terrible stories that are on the news every day? While I'm rarely tempted to go down that rabbit hole, once in a while a story will grab me and touch me deep inside. That plane crash in the Alps two days ago was one of them: The fact that it was a suicide committed by the young co-pilot, which turned into a terrible mass murder by taking down 150 people with him shook me. So sad, so shocking, so disturbing.
We watched it on the news, then I read about it on the internet, and then I was in a real funk about it.
But what good does it do to wallow in misery? Especially a misery you can't do anything about?

Cue Taylor Swift/Walk Off The Earth. What I needed to do was exactly that: to "shake it off". Or to quote Elizabeth Taylor: "Pour yourself a drink, put on some lipstick, and pull yourself together." Instead of pouring myself a drink I danced, which is an even better option in my opinion! It totally did the trick.
Taylors for the win! 


Sparkle dress: Luulla; jean jacket: American Eagle; red shoes: ancient (similar);
necklace: no longer available, but tons of great options here; sunnies: cheapies from Hawaii (similar



Linking up with Fashion Should Be FunRachel the HatA Labour of Life and Sydney Fashion Hunter


Thursday, 26 March 2015

Unprepared


You are prepared for many things when you marry a man 25 years your senior: 
The many variations of the gold-digger/cradle robber jokes. 
Obsessively doing the math in your head: "When I'm 25 he is 50; when I'm 35 he is 60; when I'm 50 he is 75..." - for the rest of your life. 
You wonder if you will ever celebrate your 25th wedding anniversary (50/75 years old)? Yup, there's a good chance. 
What about your 50th wedding anniversary (75/100 years old)? Not impossible, but unlikely. 
You wonder about illness, dementia, Alzheimer's.
You talk regularly about retirement options when most people your age can't even fathom the idea of a pension.
You don't flinch when your other half gets a senior's discount at certain restaurants. 


But one thing you are utterly unprepared for is this: Your husband's friends getting sick and dying. 
In the course of ten days, we have received three phone calls that all started with the ominous words: "I have to tell you something..."
The first call: Richard's cousin: dead at the age of 66, from pancreatic cancer.
The second call: Richard's old friend from Germany: a stroke at the age of 59, currently in the ICU.
The third call: Richard's best friend in Germany: a stroke at the age of 68, currently in the ICU.

Are bad things really coming in threes? It sure seems like it. And it was a shock to my poor husband's system. You see, the thing is that we stop aging in our mind. Most people have a 'real' age and a 'feel' age - as in, Rich may be 60 years old, but he feels like he is 40 (if that). He occasionally mentions to me how bizarre being 60 is to him; it sounds too old, and nothing like him.   

While we are all vaguely aware about our lives having an expiration date, we rarely think about it when we are young. Which is a good thing, because obsessing about it will ruin your day.
But once your friends start dropping like flies, you are forced to confront your own mortality. And that recent triple-whammy has driven home the point: Life is damn short.

I wish I had any profound life lessons to offer to you, but I don't. The usual clichés flitted through my mind: "Life is short" (duh), "Follow your dreams", "Don't sweat the small stuff", etc. And while I wholeheartedly believe in all of these phrases, they didn't seem enough today. Too vague, too cookie-cutter, with no real meaning attached to them.

So I did this: Reminded myself of some facts I find important for my own life:

Don't be afraid to make mistakes. We are born to make them. Stroke #2 (from above) was so afraid to choose the wrong woman and get hurt, he stayed single for the last 30+ years, living alone.  He never got married, never had children, hasn't travelled in years. Don't.be.afraid. 

Fall in love wildly and frequently. Try out new things, find your passions. I fell in love with blogging two years ago, and we are still going strong; my latest love affair is yoga, which is shaping up to be a life-long lover as well. Find out what makes you excited to leap out of bed in the morning, what makes you grin from ear to ear, what makes you feel like super woman!

Stop worrying about numbers already. Likes, followers, the scale, age - stop caring about the frigging numbers! They don't reflect your worth or your value. Judge your life by different values: how you feel, how you make others feel, genuine connections, energy, love.

Forget perfection. Do what gives you joy, even if you do it badly.

Spend more time with the people that matter the most to you. Hang out with those dearest to you, and let them know what they mean to you.

Eat the damn cake. Because, cake.

Be kind. Never forget that.

This list is hopelessly incomplete, but it's a start.
So go out kids, have fun, no regrets, experience as much as you can. Stop caring what other people might think about you, do what makes you laugh out loud, makes your heart swell with joy and your sweet self so excited you can't contain yourself.

What is on your life list?