I finally moved! It's been so hectic, but at least we got to spend a memorable Christmas Eve with the family. Now, the fun part begins: decorating. It's going to be a long process until I get my room with the decorations I want. I rather take my time so it comes out just right. I'm really exhausted, hence I don't feel like writing much today. I'll just be sharing some photographs taken by me. Merry christmas everyone!






Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Christmas day



It's December 1st. I cannot believe how fast this year has passed by. So much has happened. Christmas is right around the corner, then comes New Year's. I'm very thankful for everything. The holiday season seems to put me in a better mood. Not to mention that's it's spring here, the days aren't as dull anymore. However, finals start on Thursday, which means I should start studying and stop procrastinating. Once they're done, I'll start moving. I've been looking forward to this moment since August basically. I think the best part will be decorating my room and putting up the Christmas tree. Normally, we put up the tree by this time of year, but due to the fact that we'll be moving, we've delayed it. 

*Images from my Instagram

This year I'll be in charge of the dessert for our Christmas dinner. I'm not that good in the kitchen, actually I've been considering taking classes. But anyway, that won't stop me from baking cupcakes. It will be something cute and simple and obviously tasty. Challenge has been accepted. 

Changing the subject, yesterday I heard a shocking news. Paul Walker passed the way in a car crash. It's truly heartbreaking and so unexpected, he was a great actor. This happened while he was on his way to a charity event for his organization Reach Out Worldwide. That just shows what a giving person he was. May he rest in peace. 





Sunday, December 1, 2013

Welcome December

Well, I finally have some time to blog again. These days have been hectic. I've had so many tasks to do, yet my body chose the least appropriate time to catch a cold. In the end, I wasn't able to complete them all and some I did halfway thru. I had no other alternative really. I don't understand what's up with the flu nowadays, is it just me or do they last longer now? Is it some sort of new virus? Anyway, I'm recovered now.

*Picture taken by me.


The next book on my reading list is titled "The House At Riverton" by Kate Morton. A few months ago, I read another one of her novels "The Forgotten Garden". I really enjoyed her writing style, involving mysteries from the past, and since I'm a sucker for mysteries and such, I couldn't help myself when I entered the bookstore and spotted it. So I won't start reading it probably until finals are done. Hopefully I'll be able to start sooner.

Also, I wanted to point out how obsessed I became with Lorde's song "Team". I think I somehow can relate to the lyrics, even though I'm not exactly sure how. I'll leave the link below so you can listen to it.

So many thoughts on my mind, and yet here I find myself not knowing what to type about. Explain to me, how is that possible?


Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Dancing around the lies we tell


This is the fourth Sarah Dessen novel I've read. I truly enjoyed it. The last one I read was "Along for the ride". I postponed "Just listen" mainly because of my lack of spare time (the usual). But somehow, I achieved it, I finished it two days ago. First, I want to point out that Sarah's novels usually follow a pattern: a teenage girl undergoes some sort of trouble, usually pertaining to family, and she meets a guy or someone that makes her view things differently. Maybe I'm judging too quickly, "Dreamland" did not exactly follow this pattern. But that's how the story goes in most cases. So now maybe you're asking yourself, if it's the same plot more or less, why bother reading another one of her novels? Well, because each main character is different and the rest of the characters add a lot of richness to the story.  


I recommend this novel, it transmits a message about the importance of honesty.I think most young girls would find it interesting. This is the plot summary: Last year, Annabel was "the girl who has everything" — at least that's the part she played in the television commercial for Kopf's Department Store. This year, she's the girl who has nothing: no best friend because mean-but-exciting Sophie dropped her, no peace at home since her older sister became anorexic, and no one to sit with at lunch. Until she meets Owen Armstrong. Tall, dark, and music-obsessed, Owen is a reformed bad boy with a commitment to truth-telling. With Owen's help, maybe Annabel can face what happened the night she and Sophie stopped being friends. 

To close up, I'd just like to share one of my favorite quotes: 

"There comes a time when the world gets quite and the only thing left is your own heart. So you'd better learn the sound of it. Otherwise you'll never understand what it's saying."

P.S. Happy Halloween.

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Just listen

I can't believe it's October already. 11 weeks 'til Christmas. This year has flown by! Yet again, I tend to say that every year. I guess most people nowadays feel like times passes by quickly. So many tasks to get done and 24 hours are sometimes not enough. Anyhow, the season is changing. Spring is slowly arriving (hopefully), we had a sunny day in Lima yesterday. It's crazy how just a bit of sunlight can change my mood completely. And I'll be needing those uplifts since midterms start on Wednesdays. 


I miss the fall spirit of this time of year. Although when I was living back in Miami, October was still pretty hot, just going into the stores and seeing all the decorations already put up gave it a different feel. Among my favorites were the halloween cookies, the autumn-scented candles, having a chance to wear cardigans and looking forward to Thanksgiving dinner. Here...well things are distinct. But I'll go back someday, it's already in my bucket list. 


Wrapping this up, I'll be moving soon, hopefully by the end of this month or at the beginning of November. I know I haven't updated that often, but I'll try my best to publish a post dedicated to all the decorations of my new room. Stay put! 

*The Starbucks photo was taken by me and the Halloween collage was found on WeHeartIt.com 
**The title is part of the song "White Balloons" by Sick Puppies

Monday, October 7, 2013

The changes in me are likely to be like the weather

Ok, so last week the new iPhones were released, both the 5C and 5S. This isn't a tech review by the way, I'm no expert in technology. However, I wanted to point a few things out, and what better way than to do that through this blog.


The iPhone 5C comes available in five different colors, similar to the Nokia Lumia and the HTC windows phone. Now Apple is getting criticized because of this, since they weren't the first ones on the market with that idea. However, must we recall that Apple has been manufacturing it's iPods (specially the nanos) in a variety of colors since their second generation in 2006. Now they're just implementing this in their phones. It's what the market wants, people demand colorful phones, that's what companies are going to start selling, regardless of the brand. 


I've also noticed how some people disapprove of this brand in general, they think it's supposed to be for snobs only because it creates a certain status. Part of that is true because the expenses of making Apple products aren't really that high, yet their prices are mostly unaffordable. The users basically pay for an experience rather than the product itself. As an Apple user, I do admit that the products and the brand have like a certain enchantment because they make it seem all so appealing and pulchritudinous. (I can't find a better word). In my case, I saw it as an investment because I've had really bad luck with technology involving other brands, I switched in order to avoid the trouble and repairs. Nonetheless, I still don't understand some people's mockery and sarcasm, there are so many phone manufacturers out there, get a grip. 

Saturday, September 14, 2013

Apple frenzy

I apologize for my lack of updates. When I had the free time, nothing would come to mind about what to write about. Now that I've been getting ideas, the semester started and I don't have that much leisure time any longer.



I downloaded this app called Afterlight. It's available in the Apples's App Store. I haven't checked if they have it for Androids. I found out about it while reading this blog. I've just fallen in love with this app and keep on editing random pictures (as you may see above). It becomes a bit addicting. Now I seriously have to start reading Pride & Prejudice. I had started but never finished. I actually have to do a psychological analysis for a school paper on one of it's main characters, I'm choosing Elizabeth. It's going to be quite interesting. There's not much to say besides that. I hope I can update soon. 

P.S. The jewelry from the picture was purchased in different stores/boutiques. I can't exactly remember, but the bracelet is from this brand

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Not enough time

Fernweh.

I randomly came across a post on Tumblr, with the following source. It was interesting because it's a set of 20 words in different foreign languages that describe something in particular. They basically have no exact translation to the English language, or Spanish for that matter. Anyway, my point is, last year I made a post, you can read it here. In that post, I briefly talked about that nostalgic feeling for places I've never been to. What's interesting is that the word fernweh, which is in German, means literally that. It's not the same as wanderlust, which means a strong desire to travel. Fern means afar and weh signifies pain. So it basically means a longing for the places you haven't been to yet. It's a weird feeling and I think I have experienced it several times. At first I confused it with nostalgia because I thought I was low-spirited for leaving Miami. But I soon realized that deep inside, I didn't want to go back there. I wanted to go to the places I would've liked to visit, that's when I thought it was simply wanderlust. But how can you explain the sadness? It's this word, fernweh fits me perfectly. I'm not proud of feeling this way, it's not so cheerful if you know what I mean. However, I guess there must be a reason, maybe one day I'll get to travel and visit the places I yearn so much to see.


Friday, August 2, 2013

On the word hunt


I started yoga classes again yesterday. I had taken a long pause of 5 months because the semester had begun and my awful schedule did not cooperate. So I decided to stop going and return during winter break. Now that the break finally arrived, I eagerly signed up. 

I've noticed how yoga has become really commercial now. I guess it's a new trend, many Hollywood celebs have gotten into it, such as Jennifer Aniston, Demi Moore and Adam Levine (sources here and here). I wasn't much aware of what yoga consisted of until one day a good friend of mine asked me to go with her to one class. I went because I was curious, but my curiosity led me to discover something amazing. That was at the beginning of last year, and I still don't get bored of doing yoga.

It's hard to explain the feeling that you get after each practice, the only word that comes to mind is peace. But it's something you must experience on your own in order to fully understand. Unless, of course, you're one of those people that hate silence and being still, then yoga isn't going to be as fun. What I do find amusing is how relaxed it makes you feel and how every problem you have starts to diminish, it really helps you concentrate in different aspects of your life. Not to mention, the good work out. 

I'm not trying to persuade anyone, I'm just here sharing a delightful experience. It'd be nice if more people became in touch with themselves and with life in general. Namaste. 




Thursday, July 25, 2013

Back at it


With finals being done, and passing all of my classes *pats self on the back*, I can finally relax and enjoy this winter break. I began by reading The Perks of Being a Wallflower. I'm on page 90 and I started yesterday, it's really interesting. The story conveys a mixture of emotions, I've felt sad, nostalgic, but at the same time happy and optimistic while reading it. It's a strange feeling, very few books are like that. I haven't seen the movie yet, I want to be done with the book first. Although now it's kinda hard to imagine the characters any other different way since the actors are in the cover. I don't know what's gotten into me, and I'm not sure if this stage is going to last any longer, but I haven't felt like this since the longest, with a strong desire to read and not get bored of it. Maybe that's because I realized I need to read more and ever since I got into college and due to my lack of free time, I've forgotten how much of a bookworm I was. I guess it's time to get that side of me to prevail once more.

Not to mention, my recent obsession with Pretty Little Liars. Before the show wouldn't catch my attention, not to mention I wasn't even aware of which channel they transmit it here in Peru. But the other day I was bored and Netflix saved me. I watched 3 episodes in one day, you can tell I had nothing better to do. Speaking of which, it reminds me that I haven't finished seeing the last season of Gossip Girl. Wow, anyone who reads this will think I have no social life whatsoever. I do, but due to recent encounters, I now have more time for myself. 




Friday, July 12, 2013

And in that moment, I swear, we were infinite

You know, that saying "everything happens for a reason" is so much easier saying it to someone else. But once something unexpected happens to you and you try to make that phrase sink in, it's not as simple. I'm more of a dreamer, I won't deny it. Although I try to remain as realistic as possible, sometimes my mind drifts off and I get my hopes up high. But that is not necessarily bad, or else, how would people aspire for future goals?



Anyway, the title of this post is part of a verse in Lana Del Rey's song "Diet Mountain Dew" and it's most probably unrelated to what I'll be writing. As I mentioned before, I wasn't going to make this blog as personal, because I highly doubt anyone cares about my daily complaints.

My next two books on my reading list are Pride and Prejudice and The perks of being a wallflower. I'll be reading them in spanish, I just hope the translation captures the essence of what the author is trying to say. I'm not trying to criticize, but that's what happened when I tried reading Twilight in spanish. Although it said the same things, just the way they were written, it gave me a different feeling. Maybe that's because I'm not so used to reading novels in spanish. However, I must get used to it.


Saturday, June 15, 2013

Maybe the speed it brings me closer

That sense of belonging. Some people have it, others don't. Not everyone has the courage to pursue their dreams. Sometimes society sees the dreamers as wanderers who won't achieve their goals because they often seem too erratic. So maybe some dreams seem unreachable, but it really depends on the person and how many limits they put to themselves.

 
(My instragram pictures above).

But what does it mean to have courage? To go against all the odds? Not everyone shares the same opportunities. And not everyone has success in the end. But trying is what counts.

Fall seven times, stand up eight.

My dream mainly consist of moving out of this city. But then I analyze it, is it really what I want? Or have I seen one too many films about fictional characters moving to NYC or L.A., making them seem as the cities were anything is possible? Were not much attention is given to the negative aspects of the metropolises.


Life can sometimes give you unexpected curves, at first you might think it's going to be one straight long road, when suddenly you come to an intersection, then you'll have to decide, some of the decisions may seem as simple, but will cause unimaginable changes. Some good, some bad. But that's what it's all about, right?
  



Saturday, May 25, 2013

The road is long


The sky has become gray once again, there are drizzles in the mornings and the best way to stay awake is by drinking a warm cup of coffee. Yes, that means winter has arrived. I'm not sure whether I write this with a bit of sarcasm or if I'm actually glad the weather has changed. To be honest, I find Lima's winters to be quite depressing, unless you're into foggy and cloudy days that will last like this during the months to come with no peak of sunshine whatsoever. I know I make it sound bad, but I've gotten used to it. However, the good part of all of this is the boots, cozy sweaters and mugs filled with hot chocolate. The images above were taken from Tumblr and Pinterest. 

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Cold

Haven't you ever wondered why something happened? And perhaps if you would've taken a different decision, as simple as not going out or heading to a different place, your life would be completely different now?

I'm not sure whether to believe that everything happens for a reason and by chance, or whether that it wasn't all a coincidence and it actually depends on our free will. I like to believe that fate is a combination of both. But what I'm not certain of is which one is more relevant.

This is just a small post of me questioning recent events. Things have not turned out as expected, but that isn't always bad. In the meantime, I'll try thinking of something more interesting to write about next week.

Credtis: 1,2,3

Sunday, March 3, 2013

Timing is everything

On the other hand, I think that making a new blog would be too much for now. So the good news is that I'm keeping Lunaris Vita. I modified the template a bit, changed the header and background. You can read my disclaimer section to download the font that was used.

Anyway, since I'm keeping this blog after all, I would like for the posts to not be as monotonous. And it would be ideal if I were to post things more frequently. I'll try my best!

As you may see, I created the collage shown below. I just love earth tones, specially brown. It's easy to match and perfect for most occasions, whether you're going to classes or out with friends. I could affirm that owning any brown-leather-like accessories is a must have (not necessarily made from leather, I personally don't like animal skin of any sort). I know that neon colors are a big trend now, and sure, we could all give it a try. But trends come and go, and not all of us can afford changing our wardrobe every season. That's why when I go shopping, I prefer looking for things that I'll be able to use for a longer period of time.




Image credits: 1, 2

Monday, February 25, 2013

Being realistic

My initial plan was to blog often this year. My last post is from a few weeks ago, I guess I didn't keep that promise. I haven't been feeling inspired to write and right now nothing particular comes to mind. If only I organized my time more appropriately, I'd be able to blog about different things, share ideas and even DIYs. But guess what? Same old me. It's hard to change, and a new year doesn't change you. It's a longrun process I should start working on today.

In the meantime, I'll just share some of the pictures I've taken this summer so far. 



 



Friday, January 18, 2013

Unsuccessful

Just because we get rid of an old calendar and buy a new one, doesn't mean that you're going to change. Of course it's good to establish new goals and try to be a better person, don't get me wrong. But why wait til January of each year if you could start today? Right now? Any day is a good day to change. It all depends on your will and determination. It easier said than done, that's true, but why not give it a try? People usually wait for Mondays to start a diet, I don't. It doesn't matter when as long as you do whatever you want to. And the date and time won't make a difference on the process.



Wednesday, January 2, 2013

New year, new me cliché

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