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!


Behind-the-scenes at the Opéra Bastille Paris

Before leaving Paris this summer, I had the opportunity to peek behind-the-scenes at the Opéra Bastille, guided by Andreea Soare, soprano member of the Opéra National de Paris at L’Atelier Lyrique program since 2011. I was so enthusiastic to discover the backstage facilities, the production stage set and the impressive performance of Aida, in which Andreea had to perform the role of Sacerdotessa.

Verdi's opera stage set was gilded, and so monumentally grand, featuring glamour ancient vestiges successfully updated to the contemporary age. The gilded tank was an unexpected surprise for me to see, and the imposingly mighty structures on stage were simply breathtaking! The design of the Egyptian costumes was equally impressive, especially since I had the opportunity to see Andreea all dressed-up for the performance.

Leaving behind the dramatically spectacular and original stage set of the performance, I was guided to the main auditorium. Here, the interior design was revealing itself modern and breathtaking with its glass ceiling and blue granite walls. This exciting exposure to the Opéra Bastille's back stage, the production and performance of Aida has been truly an amazing and inspiring experience. I can't wait for future opportunities to discover more of this amazing Opera House!

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A Wild Summer Escape to Paris

Just with a few months before getting married, I flew to Paris for my first wedding dress fitting. My trip coincided with the European Football Championship, and the unfortunate terrorist attacks, and thus I found Paris distressed with a lot of military surveillance, but equally tourists. However, even with this palpable tension mumbling in the air, I found Paris to be, as always, a never-ending inspiration for me and my artistic practice. The weather has been wild, moody and rainy, or warm with sun bathing everything in pictorial colors.

My mother rented a beautiful apartment for us, with a view to the Eiffel Tour, so every morning this landmark was enchanting our sight, and every evening we were discovering a surprising, and always different, spectacle of lights. There is always something about that history, charm, and beauty that Paris holds, that one discovers, more and more, with every visit. The apartment's balcony that was givings us the Eiffel Tower's view served as a relaxing spot in the morning while drinking our coffee, and in the evening next to a glass of French wine, assortment of delicious cheese, and gourmet sweets.

Honestly, we truly felt experiencing a veracious Parisian life! A fast-forward hectic time with excellent food and breathtaking history at every step of the way. And as my dressmaking was progressing, so the weather, and the view of the Eiffel Tour that I couldn't resist to capture at all moments in all its beauty. But my story doesn't end here. I have more to share with you about Paristhe making of my unique wedding dress, a behind-the-scenes look at the Opera Bastille guided by the award-winning soprano Andreea Soare, and much more to come. Stay tuned!

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