note to self

  • some things are your own fault, but not every one of them is
  • you can’t do everything alone, it’s ok to accept help from time to time
  • there will be a lot of situations you can’t change or influence in any way
  • it will pass
  • everything will be ok at the end
  • you can do it
  • wear red lipstick more often and
  • don’t forget to drink more water

 

the struggle is real

It’s already November and honestly, I can’t wait for 2018 to be over. I know, I seem like a broken record, always talking about the same thing, but I can’t avoid it, and I hope my rants can help to any other creative soul fighting the same battle. In this age of fast internet and even faster trends in every aspect of life, in an age of Instagram, when everywhere around you can see other people living f̶a̶k̶i̶n̶g̶ their best life, other artists being creative in ways you would want to, but you are just not getting there,  it is so easy to demotivate yourself and beat yourself down.

This whole year I felt overwhelmed like I never felt before, with everyday life, work, etc. My creativity, something that was always a big part of my identity,  seemed to be fleeting. I never had that feeling before and I must admit it scared a shit out of me. And somewhere along the way, I let go and stopped trying to find enough time for my soul to grow. It was so easy to do it, I didn’t even realize and it was already two months since I snapped any photos with my camera. You see, our new apartment has the most beautiful light early in the morning and the whole summer I wanted to do a photo shoot with it, but never got around to actually do it. I had a few ideas on my mind, but I would always find an excuse not to do it. I wasn’t lazy, I just was burned out.

Until yesterday actually. And let me tell you, getting up before 7 even if I didn’t feel like doing it and taking these product photos for my jewelry brand, playing around with the camera and later editing them, was the most fun I had in a while. The rush I get of creating, seeing my idea becoming reality, adrenaline, and serotonin pumping through my blood, almost feel like the long-forgotten magic of the first kiss. Because art, in every form, it is my first love. I think I might end up framing some of these so I don’t ever forget it again.

 

september in belgrade

I did promise to myself that I would be more active here, but, life happened. As I have maybe mentioned earlier, it was a really busy summer (work related) and followed by a quite a few personal things, I really wasn’t in a mood to be creative just for fun, so my blog paid the price. I wanted to get into the mood and design a new to do list and a September calendar, but this month flew by, so I think there will be a few posts following week. As you can see, there is a pattern, I never was nor I will ever be good at time management, but I won’t stress about it now.

Anyway, my sister visited us in September, as you may know, she lives in the UK now, and we own a jewelry line together, JewelryLanche. And I always feel that we are the most creative when we are together because of our energies are complemented. We have different styles but because of that, some of our best designs were the ones we made together, from the beginning to the end. We didn’t work this time tho, just take time to relax, be with our family and enjoy like a tourist in our home city.

Her visit kinda pushed me back into the creative mood again. Here is the thing I recently realized, I constantly need diversity in my work in order to stay inspired, and last month I spent mostly doing graphic design, neglecting jewelry and photography, and don’t get we wrong, although I love it, if I do too much of anything, I easily become overwhelmed, since it feels like work, I guess. That is the reason that my corporate days, most of the days I felt like I was drowning, I wasn’t being challenged at all. Not exaggerating at all, those months before I quit, I was depressed, I wasn’t myself. Anyway, I digress, and that wasn’t my intention. Anyone who knows Milica and me knows that we spend a lot of time photographing, so you will usually see us running around the town in pretty dresses, with our cameras. And that was just what I needed this time.

On the other hand, I fell in love with Belgrade again, I often rant about it but I must admit that it can be quite charming. If you are planning to come to the capital of Serbia, I would say that September is maybe my favorite month to visit it. It is still hot, but not too hot that you can’t stroll around, as it can be during the summer, Sun is shining and all the beautiful cafe gardens (like the ones on Kosančićev Venac, trust me and thank me later) and all the rafts are still open. And Ada Ciganlija is still beautiful and not as crowded as it can be since everyone is back to work, so you can really enjoy a swim or a tanning session in one of its many cute beach bars.

 

Anyway, I hope you like this life update-photography post, let me know what you think about it and talk again soon!

summer dresses

Hi guys! I’m not really sure how to start an outfit post, should I just share photos with no writing at all? I have a strong urge to write something self-conscious and ironic but I will try not to.

Anyway, summer dresses are my favorite piece of clothing, and I wear them all year round, with boots or sneakers, and sweaters when it’s cold or with strappy sandals in this tropical heat.  For me, every summer has THE dress, the one I wear when I need an extra boost of confidence and this green one from Springfield is my favorite this season. Trust me you do need it, its gorgeous and a great fit for every body type, plus is on sale now so it’s kinda saying you need to have me. And of course, you can see some fresh LancheJewelry bracelets, go check them out!

I also played with self-portraits and my analog camera objective on my digital camera (this time it was successful or better to say I really like the result), so let me know what do you think about these photos. Until next post, keep chasing sunsets.

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july & august calendars

I realized I haven’t published this post yet, although it was written a while back, in my defense, I had a really hectic month, apartment hunting and moving etc. But I think it will all be over soon and I will be more myself and focused. Anyway, in case you aren’t at the beach at this moment and you’re still stuck at the office, here are both calendars to get you through this busy summer at work, but I still hope that we all spend it at the beach, with a nice cocktail in hand tho.

july CALENDAR

august CALENDAR