How do you get back to writing when you haven’t typed a single sentence in 5 months that did not involve writing an email or a paper for a class?

How do you get back to writing after you lived surrounded by one set of expectations, that left suddenly, without your consent early one morning with the most beautiful sunrise?

How do you get your inspiration back without the aid of foreign stimulants in any shape or form that usually work for you?

How do you get back to enjoying things on your own, finding art everywhere, collecting perfect compositions that fall into your sight, running to catch trains, biking to unknown places, judging people for fun, writing lists and throwing them away, spicing your coffee with booze, standing in the wind till you cannot feel your fingers, thinking about ways of fashionably customizing your blankets so they can pass for clothes,  zoning out in coffee shops, planning photoshoots. dreaming of getting a cat, buying decorations for your home, looking up silly craigslist ads, whispering lyrics to your favorite songs, dressing up and going to the opera, ignoring calls, buying cheap umbrellas just to leave them in the subway, watching black and white movies, planning to get an ultimate planner, breaking wine glasses, staying up till 5 am drunk on excitement, polishing your shoes, crumbling cookies, throwing out things, burning candles, color matching your underwear, imagining starry skies and feeling spring inside in the middle of October?

How do you? You start by taking a long break from everything, then you sit down at the busiest coffee shop, breathe, open your tiny laptop that is as slow as you on a Sunday morning right after waking up, get a cafe au lait, and start remembering the location of letters on the keyboard. Breathe again. Type. Delete. Type. Publish.

Wait and see if anything changes. If it doesn’t, repeat the next day. There are only about 4 000 coffee shops in Chicago.




A Promise to Myself

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Recently someone asked me how long I’ve been blogging and I couldn’t tell exactly, but for probably since I started my relationship with the Internet. God, I feel old. Do you remember when you didn’t have Internet? Or those dial-up modems making that squeaky sound while blocking your phone line? That’s it, I am changing my name to Olga Dinosaur. No one can pronounce my last name anyway. Continue reading “A Promise to Myself” »

Honest Review of Honest Beauty

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I normally do not write make up reviews, but I wanted to share my recent experience with Honest Beauty because when I tried to order from their website for the first time there were not that many reviews which I thought was surprising. It is a beauty line by Jessica Alba’s HONEST Company and it is relatively new. I think I saw the ad for their free trial on Instagram and since I needed a new SPF and a moisturizer I decided to order it. Here is an honest review of the HONEST Beauty products: Continue reading “Honest Review of Honest Beauty” »

Key West Diaries

This post took me forever to write because all my rough drafts would either magically disappear from my computer or I just erased them myself by clicking the wrong button. I think it’s the Universe trying to make me stick to my resolution – write as if no one is reading. Lately I feel like most of my posts have a very college essay tint, so I am trying out something new – tell a story as if I was telling it to a friend. Here is one about the island of Key West, where the water is a shade darker than the sky, Cuba is only 80 miles away, and chickens are regular pedestrians on the narrow streets. Continue reading “Key West Diaries” »

The Art of Staycation

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I read an article while looking for tickets to New Orleans for my spring break about travelling as a sign of not dealing with your problems. I thought: “Excuse me, planning a getaway is not a sign of depression, it is a way to avoid one! Who writes these things?” Along with over-travelling, there also was overeating and pretty much over overindulging in any activities. I started thinking about my experiences, and, interestingly enough, I realized that in the past I booked most of my spontaneous trips during the stress peaks as a way to look forward to something good and, well, escape. As much as I love travelling, taking a week off in the middle of a very busy time was simply not smart. So I decided to stay and face my problems instead of running away to a different city (like I always do). Continue reading “The Art of Staycation” »

Parisian day in Chicago

Just a couple of days ago the weather was so nice that you could watch people dropping layers of heavy clothes to the ground while walking the streets of Chicago. This reminded me that verrrrry soon I will be able to wear light spring dresses and expose my bare legs to the sunlight. I can’t wait for my freckles to come back too! Anyway, the whole day of warmth not only put me in an amazing mood, it also made me feel high on this romantic scent floating in the air when the thermometer starts climbing up. A cliche vocabulary in my head connects the word “romance” to the word “Paris” instantly, but since I am currently in Chicago I decided to find my own Paris in this beautiful culturally diverse city. So here is what you should do when you are in the Parisian mood while in Chicago. Continue reading “Parisian day in Chicago” »

#TBT: In Fashion We Trust

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One of the most entertaining thing to do during fashion week is to people watch. The streets of New York is where the fashion actually happens. It is like a cherry on top of the frothy milkshake – the best fashion show of the season. I was going through some old photos and found these shots from a couple seasons ago that I never published. Since NYFW is happening now I thought I should share these visual fragments for some inspiration. Which look do you find to be the most unique? Continue reading “#TBT: In Fashion We Trust” »