Sunday, August 7, 2011

here I am!

The weather in Germany has been quite disappointing these last few weeks.  A random nice day here and there, but it definitely doesn't feel like summer.  My mood has also matched this weather, or maybe it is the weather that has been dictating my mood...

It's Sunday today, and as usual, the church bells are chiming full force.  I love that about Germany.  Constant church bells ... a sound not so prominent from my life in Montreal but one that has become very familiar while in this country.  And it's not just Sunday.  It's everyday.  Sunday, they go all out though ;)  It's funny that even though I am not religious, I appreciate this sound so much.  It sort of makes me feel guilty a bit ;)  But I don't dwell on that too much and just enjoy the sound for what it is - chiming bells.

I have been so absent from my blog and I am not sure how to explain it.  I think with the end of my final school project just a few days away, I am overwhelmed by what it means.  On one hand, I am happy to be finished, on the other hand, I get nervous about how I will develop my career from this point.  My German is not that great - enough to communicate and be understood, but not yet at a point where I feel people could take me seriously.  Instead, they might think I am charming or dumb-sounding and either one of those is not exactly what I'm going for from a professional standpoint.  But because of the Internet and the fact that English is a global language (although many more people actually speak Spanish...)  I feel that the opportunities will be there.  I just have to find them.  And that is what the next few months of my life will entail.  It's going to be hard work and I am mentally preparing myself for that.  Maybe that is why I have no brain energy left to do other things.

Also, since leaving Berlin and arriving in Frankfurt, I've been living with this real sense of temporary-ness.  We are here only because Paul is studying and from here, we could go anywhere depending on where his job takes us.  It's hard to build a real life when you know that it will all change soon.  But I shouldn't complain because whether you are changing cities every couple of months or not, life is always changing anyways - for everyone.  Everything sort of IS temporary.  That's what life is.  So I'm trying to appreciate things the way they are now, because this IS life.  If I don't pay attention, it will pass me by.

Speaking of time passing by - I don't know how this happened, but I am turning 30 soon.

That's all I'm gonna say about that.

Next, I'd like to address my lack of 7 Sachen posts.  Sadly, I cannot do them anymore.  Sundays are quite routine for me.  They involve doing a whole lot of nothing, which I think is not that interesting to post about, but very enjoyable for me ;).  Yet, I am still inspired by the lovely Frau Liebe, I think I will end up choosing another day of the week and instead of 7 things, I may post about 5 ... we'll see.

Besides working and finishing up my school project, I've been spending some time creating outfit moodboards over at Polyvore.  If you like fashion and daydreaming about clothes, you should definitely visit.  It must be the weather here that is making me dream of stylish outfits for autumn already.

Autumn 2011 - grey, purple, tan

Autumn 2011 - brown, blue, mustard

Autumn 2011 - green, grey, pink

I have also been helping an acquaintance with the living room of her new apartment, which I will posts about separately when the time comes...but for now, here is what the concept looks like:

Before I sign off to return to my day of laziness (I'm contemplating staying in my pajamas all day!) , I would like to share some travel videos with you made by Rick Mereki called MOVE, EAT, LEARN.

About MOVE, EAT, LEARN: " ... 3 guys, 44 days, 11 countries, 18 flights, 38 thousand miles, an exploding volcano, 2 cameras and almost a terabyte of footage... all to turn 3 ambitious linear concepts based on movement, learning and food ....into 3 beautiful and hopefully compelling short films...  = a trip of a lifetime." via Vimeo

MOVE from Rick Mereki on Vimeo.

EAT from Rick Mereki on Vimeo.

LEARN from Rick Mereki on Vimeo.

I hope you liked them as much as I did!

...oh nice!  The sun just came out =)

Have a lovely Sunday and I'll see you here next time.



  1. Well Polish weather is also sad and there is no sun too! It's the worst summer weather I remember!!!
    Church bells are very nice. Some of them are playing melodies of religious songs, but then it could be problematic:D My cousine lives near to church with playing-bells and so she wakes up early morning every day... moreover she can't working at home sometimes:/
    Right, it's difficult to focus on temporary situation, but it's so good to appreciate who we are and what we have NOW. I believe you'll find great job and you'll be glad and calm:)
    Love your outfit moodboards!!!!!! They're gorgeus:) Now I just have to find (it could be difficult but...I just HAVE TO:D) money and buy a few little Autumnal "humor-keepers" :D
    Rick Mereki's films are awesome! I didn't know them!

    P.S. Pajamas-days for ever!!!!!!;)

  2. Thank you Lafle for your lovely comment and words of encouragement =) I will also have to find money somehow to get that vintage leather jacket in the fist outfit - I am so in love with it, I can't stop looking at it ;) Wishing you a great day (maybe with a bit of sun!

  3. ... also love the bells on Sunday's here... was actually thinking of that yesterday ;)

    cannot believe that we'll be soon needing autumn clothes!... this is really hard for me, as my autumns never begun anytime sooner that the beginning of October... sigh...

    lovely fashion moodboards ~ I would gladly wear the leather gloves & that ring with stones!

    As for a feeling of temporary... you figured it out wonderfully yourself :)... and in Greek we say: there's nothing more fixed than the temporary {so long as you are fully present into living into "now" }


    have a wonderful afternoon there... still procrastinating here... just had coffee and Italian almond coookies.. yiam!

    xo, Iro


    The Bells are rang for special events; spititual and religious celebations, at new year's, to let us know the time and many more.

    I really enjoyed reading what LAFLE and IRO wrote as comment on your blog,Holly.

    LOVE YOU SO MUCH!!!!!! xoxoxox



    I like to think that why you appreciate the sound of the bell so much......because you carry my name "Campanelli' in you.

    Monny xoxoxox

  6. Hi Ma! You are probably right, it's my internal 'campanelli' that get so happy to hear some of their friends singing =) lol!


  7. Hi Holly,

    I'm know how you feel in terms of the weather, but actually here in San Antonio, TX. the weather is just the opposite. Here it hasn't rain for months, and the temperature it's 104F˚, and feels like 110F˚. It's so hot, you have to stay indoors for most of the day.

    Also, I understand how you feel about the language. For me, Spanish is my first language, so getting use to living in the US, and speaking English, sometimes is difficult. All I can say, is practice, practice, practice...

    As far as moving a lot, well everything has to deal with change. Remember change is also good. I guess, it most be difficult to move a lot. Hang in there. Try to find the best things on your new places.

    Holly, your fashion mood boards from Polyvore are absolutely chic and fabulous! You have great taste! Wow, you're good!

    By the way, I entered a fashion contest from Shabby Apple. I'm very excited, it's my first time designing a dress. You can check it out at:

    Well Holly, I hope you enjoy your day, talk to you soon!

    Love, Rocio

  8. Thanks for your nice comments and words of encouragement Rocio! I am so flattered you like my fashion boards ... it especially means a lot coming from a fashion illustrator! Wow...I'm blushing a bit ;) Going to check out your dress design now...

  9. Hier in Österreich ist das Wetter auch zum Vergessen. Es fühlt sich mehr nach Frühherbst an, als nach Hochsommer. Du bist gerade in der aufregenden (und anstrengenden) Phase in der man so viele (viel zu viele) Möglichkeiten hat, dass man oft gar nicht weiß, für welche man sich entscheiden soll, welchen Weg man einschlagen soll. Aber das wird schon! Ich kann ich mich noch gut an die Zeit vor ein paar Jahren nach dem Studium erinnern - mit Schrecken! ;-)
    Ich mag Deine moodboards sehr!

  10. Danke fuer Deine nette Kommentar! Wir sehen welche moeglichkeit realisiert wird ... ;)

  11. Hi Holly,
    I am soft at heart when it comes to the sound bells. It bring me memory from when i grew up in little Italy. I did not realize how much I miss the sound of bells until I read your blog. When i was by myself and use to hear the bells it became a moment of silence and reflection as if time did not exist. Thanks for sharing Holly.

    Your clothing is so awesome and cool. I'm not a fashion expert but i can see the Holly touch. Maybe one day you can Hollytize the world with your fashion, looks beautiful.

    As far as traveling with Pauli, that will be great, because you will be able to absorb more knowledge to your career. Every town, regions and countries are so different. Nothing can stop you, you will be able to show off a world web portfolio for all to enjoy.

    Continue this great journey, you are going on the right track.

    Wish i could be there with you Holly, Pauli, Krystal, Kendra and Sis.

    Love u all

  12. Forgot, the movies were perfect, put tears in my eyes. Makes you realize how life is so precious.

    Take Care