Goodbye 2016 and New Year's Resolutions

There is something so comforting, but equally frightening about the beginning of a new year. Maybe is that amount of unknown and change that it entails, which makes all new beginnings so long-expected. I want 2017 to be for me everything that 2016 couldn't be: more daring, expansive and permissive with my dreams!

2016 has been a good year, because I got to work on an interesting food project for Nestle (to follow soon), I had a new solo exhibition in Romania, I have created cinemagraphs inspired by Miu Miu, Cecile Boccara and Miss Babacilu's products, but also Eiffel Tour, and Romania. I got to see what's looking like behind the scenes at Opera Bastille in Paris, worked on my Florilegium's new volume, I won the Award of Excellence from Communication Arts, I got married and had the rare opportunity to have my bridesmaid coming to my wedding all the way from the US to Romania, and worked on an extensive project proposal for SCAD that led to my next adventure to the US this January.

I am so thankful for all of this to have happened, but I feel that 2016 could have been more adventurous, surrounded by more open-minded people that know how to be professional in this modern age. I think that is such a rarity today (and it shouldn't be) to find individuals that don't toss out life's principles on humaneness, friendship and professionalism. Unfortunately, there are so many people that just choose to forget to be respectful, and choose instead to be cynical and ignorant. Thus, I feel to have been limited in my endeavors by some of these said individuals, that I would have hoped for to remember to be more humane.

However, I consider all disappointments to be strong triggers for something better that awaits to be reflected on. Else, what a new year would mean, if not a reflection on what has been?! All experiences are equally important and shape us with every year in a certain way. Hence, I want 2017 to allow me to express fully my potential, in an environment of like-minded people that know and appreciate life's principles, and care to make every life's moment better. I am looking with so much excitement to what my new artistic experience in the US will bring to me, and I feel so thankful for those so many people at SCAD that chose to believe in my potential again. May your 2017 be sparkling with all things good!

PS: Don't walk by this amazing Double Chocolate Salted Caramel Cake below, which I prepared for our New Year's Eve here in the Czech Republic. It's all the rage, and needs to be tried asap!


Cecile Boccara and Eiffel Tour

As I spent a week in Paris this summer, I got to experience the entire spectrum of Eiffel Tour's appearance, on and after rain or at dusk, but the most beautiful moments were always at night, when the play of lights would scatter shiny lights over Paris. This is when I would record these beautiful living stills that would take my photographic Parisian experience to other level.

I really wanted to have this aura of the Parisian chic simplicity and timeless beauty reflected in my wedding accessories too. And this is why my mother introduced me to the very delicate and sophisticated haute couture jewelry designed in Paris by Cécile Boccara. I just fell in love with this luminous rose gold tiara that I knew it had to discretely shine on my head on my wedding day.

Decorated with Swarovski crystals, this fine gilded tiara is absolutely to die for. The way the light is reflected off the crystals reminds me so well of the Eiffel Tour's projections of light over Paris. Not only that this tiara is very versatile in design and ways to wear it, but it also looks so confidently feminine and modern. This art jewelry piece is something to wear again and again, and feel like wrapped in a special aura. It almost feels like the sun light and the Parisian style have been sealed into the discreet glitter of this delicate adornment.

To photographically explore the delicacy of this tiara, I used as contrast the intricacy and fragility of natural elements. Here, glittery cave and river rocks get juxtaposed with plants and moss to create a beautiful tension between the naturalness of both the organic and constructed elements of this precious piece of jewelry.  More of my Parisian experience here, and here.

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Winter Spice Cappuccino and Remarkable Gifting with Florilegium

Now that the holiday season is in full swing, there is no better way to awaken your senses for finding the perfect gift and warming up, than with a winter spice cappuccino and a tempting Florilegium sale! Celebrate the holidays in style and say thank you to your family and friends with a remarkable gift this year. Take 20% off Florilegium (use code GIFTLOVE at checkout) or have the magazine sent to your country for free (use code SENDLOVE at checkout) so that you can enjoy the holidays in the best way possible. Using same coupon codes you can purchase also the new fine art Florilegium postcards sets available in my shop here.

And while you're enjoying your holiday sale shopping with Florilegium, try my new go-to cappuccino this winter. Generously topped with milk foam, this espresso-based beverage smells and tastes amazing. The key ingredient is a fragrant blend of some of your most amazing spices in the pantry. All you need to do to get that holiday and winter-y flavor in your cappuccino or for that matter any drink, is to blend 1/2 teaspoon for each of these spices: cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, and cardamom; and 1/4 teaspoon ground allspice and ground cloves. Mix the spices together in a small bowl and add it to taste to your coffee. It not only smells amazing, but it tastes great too! You can also use this spice mix on any of your favorite cakes or pastries! Trust me, from now on you will use this blend on (almost) everything! Discover also my freddo cappuccino, spiced cappuccino or chai tea, if you feel like you deserve a spin on your morning beverage.

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