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Tuesday, 31 December 2013

Last day of the year - last chance to make our Resolution!


There it is: the last day of the 2013. Some will feel relaxed, since the year that has a "13" is gone. Some might get a little sad - they got a year older. Some look forward to the new year; as it brings new adventures, new experiences.. I, for one, am happy with each new day.

This is what Wikipedia has to say on the subject:
The ancient Babylonians made promises to their gods at the start of each year that they would return borrowed objects and pay their debts.
The Romans began each year by making promises to the god Janus, for whom the month of January is named.
In the Medieval era, the knights took the "peacock vow" at the end of the Christmas season each year to re-affirm their commitment to chivalry.
At watchnight services, many Christians prepare for the year ahead by praying and making these resolutions.

There are other religious parallels to this tradition. During Judaism's New Year, Rosh Hashanah, through the High Holidays and culminating in Yom Kippur (the Day of Atonement), one is to reflect upon one's wrongdoings over the year and both seek and offer forgiveness. People may act similarly during the Catholic fasting period of Lent, though the motive behind this holiday is more of sacrifice than of responsibility, in fact the practice of New Year's resolutions partially came from the Lenten sacrifices. The concept, regardless of creed, is to reflect upon self-improve mentally.

I hope that in this year to come, you make mistakes. Because if you are making mistakes, then you are making new things, trying new things, learning, living, pushing yourself, changing yourself, changing your world. You're doing things you've never done before, and more importantly, you're Doing Something.

So that's my wish for you, and all of us, and my wish for myself. Make New Mistakes. Make glorious, amazing mistakes. Make mistakes nobody's ever made before. Don't freeze, don't stop, don't worry that it isn't good enough, or it isn't perfect, whatever it is: art, or love, or work or family or life.

Whatever it is you're scared of doing, Do it.

Make your mistakes, next year and forever.” Neil Gaiman 

Here's how I'll do this:
I'll use this image, delete the speech bubble and write my Resolutions on
Than I'll print it, and stick it where I'll see it
(in my case: it's NOT the refrigerator - it is the window frame in front of my of desk)

1. I will try to cope with stress
This is my biggest challenge this year. I'll be honest here: I mentioned I have stomach issues; and after a massive amount of tests my doctor & I agreed: there's nothing wrong with my body. I am one of the healthy ones. This, however implies that it is my mind that's making my body swell. It took me a long time (of self-observation) to realize: every time I'm forced to complete a task I'm not agreeing on, it causes stress, and I bloat like the Pufferfish. This also mean I'll try my best to be brave and ask for days off (first time in over 2 years - I need some days off..) and to say "no" to extra(extra) work.

2. I will read more
I put this one every single year. I do read. Quite enough. I put this on my Resolution list just to make sure I pay more attention on improving my knowledge. Sure, watching TV after coming from work can help me "zone out" - but that does not help much, does it? Learning new things every day (away from the PC) is the ultimate way to keep my brain healthy.

3. I will take more photos.
Photography is a lovely hobby. Taking "selfies" in the morning (to check my makeup and overall appearance) does not consider a photographic experience. Getting out of the house, searching for the setting, for the detail and for the "feel good" shot is what I'll be aiming for.

4. I will engage in a cultural activity.
This one, too, finds it's place on every year's Resolution. There's a reason to it: I'm genuinely a lazy person when it comes to getting out, and mingling with folks. I do get invited to cultural activities; and when the time comes for me to dress up and put on my makeup, I pause thinking "Maybe I should skip this one, it's cold / I'm tired / There's this book.." Having a written memo on the window frame forces me to move; because I strongly dislike to break a promise.

5. I will do my best with people
I am not a people person. I find it hard to connect with people (of course, I get on with everyone, and I can have a chat with a perfect stranger); but when it comes to making actual friends - there's much more pressure from my over-analysing mind. Keeping friends is also not easy; since they have the tendency to be unemployed and hence: they do not fully understand that there's a time of day they can call me out (daytime, afternoon mostly) and there's time of day I can't manage (night.. when they are most active)

6. I'll try to maintain my fitness level
..if not: make it better. I've started this last year, and I've made it this years Resolution to reach certain standards. I did reach them (here comes Pride) and went a little bit better. Managing my weight, controlling my body's wobble.. it was a big and important part of 2013 for me. This meant I had to change (from the very root) my lifestyle - since I was despising sweat. Nowadays, I don't like it; I've learned to bare with it, since it brings results.

7. I will try a new experiment - banish the refined sugar
This is going to be the Big Thing for 2014. There are multiple reasons for me to embark on this experiment (I call it an "experiment" since I truly have no idea how I'll manage it, how it's going to affect me OR am I even going to be able to stay away). We will see as the year goes along.

8. I will continue blogging
This did not come as a Resolution, nor was it a long planned decision. One day I needed a place of my own, to "tell" the world I'm over here (waving!). I needed a space to share my love for vintage; and since I failed to wake up the interest in my geographically close buddies, this place seemed like a logical solution. This is my vent. This is where I can freely be as much "Vintage Weird" as I want, and not be obligated to defend myself or answer the "why you look the way you look" questions.

9. I will continue sewing
As I do this, I hope to be able to pick up some new methods, maybe even learn to make new things. I believe there's always place for improvement. Also, once I've seen how good well-fitted clothes feel, it is impossible to go back to shopping for skirts. They don't make them in my size (how many times have you heard this one before?). But, truly: they don't. Clothes nowadays are made with the idea that an average woman has much larger waist then mine (as I long for my  "1973 Burda" waist)

10. I will backup.
Repeat: I will backup. This appears to have no real or deep meaning - not until you've lost considerable amount of data.. that took you considerable amount of your precious time to gather and/or make. Therefore: I will backup.

I found this wonderful Resolution list; and I'm saying YES to all of these:

A 2007 study by Richard Wiseman from the University of Bristol involving 3,000 people showed that 88% of those who set New Year resolutions fail, despite the fact that 52% of the study's participants were confident of success at the beginning. 
Men achieved their goal 22% more often when they engaged in goal setting, (a system where small measurable goals are being set; such as, a pound a week, instead of saying "lose weight"), while women succeeded 10% more when they made their goals public and got support from their friends. 
(also from Wikipedia)

“May Light always surround you;
Hope kindle and rebound you.
May your Hurts turn to Healing;
Your Heart embrace Feeling.
May Wounds become Wisdom;
Every Kindness a Prism.
May Laughter infect you;
Your Passion resurrect you.
May Goodness inspire 
your Deepest Desires.
Through all that you Reach For, 
May your arms Never Tire.” 
― D. Simone 

  Have a GREAT day, and a wonderful evening, my dear friends!

♥♥ Pinky Honey

Sunday, 29 December 2013

Love story: They called me Tough Gal


Last Sunday of the year? Yes, it is.
So, this will be last love story for this year (no worries, I have more - so, we will continue these in 2014, that is a promise!) 

I thought I was being pretty smart, travelling with the fast set that went in for hot rods and hot spoils. It seemed like fun at the time. But it put a brand upon me that I couldn't live down because they called me Tough Gal!

I hope this little gem of a story helped you relax. We are entering the last work week of the year. To all those of you writing reports: Patience be with You, my dear friends!
Next love story is coming to you in 2014.
♥♥ Pinky Honey

Friday, 27 December 2013

Reading time - notes on conversation and a resolution to remember

Hello there!

Counting days?

I've been roaming up and down the web, reading some interesting articles, and I came across Tower Light magazine; Student newspapers of the State Teachers College (STC) at Towson.
It's the January edition.
In it there is one amusing article on conversation that I'd like to share with you. Here it is:

I like to collect all Manner-related things. This came to me as quite amusing read; since it's written by a college student. I like to see the views of common people, with their own insights in the matter. I'm glad I was able to learn how a young person describes, in their own words, the ways of "do" and "don't" of their modern day behaviour.


Since this is THE moment  to write your Resolution (come on, take initiative); Tower Light magazine had yet another interesting read for you.. take a look at it:

I'm not sure about number 9.. since it's never been scientifically proven that kissing girls are "unhealthy"; but I do admire this fella's decision to stay away from temptation. 

Four more days 'till 2014.
Write down your Resolutions, my dear friends.. and share them with me. Sharing Resolutions will enhance your chances to succeed in keeping them.
♥♥ Pinky Honey

Wednesday, 25 December 2013

BURDA Wednesday - Christmas edition!

Hello there!

Are you enjoying Christmas?
It's Wednesday, so without further ado, here are the lovely ladies from Burda magazine, presenting us with the "latest" fashion from 1952.

For all of you who want to dare and try something new
here's a wonderful combination (somewhat forgotten)
deep purple and blue "cut" by a chunky belt.

"Flowers for you, dear mom!" - both ladies at their best.
Mom is showing us the simple grey dress adorned by buttons
Daughter is in a "new form" dress - notice her turtle-neck collar and her sleeves.

Why not go yellow?
It'll surely brighten up your winter days.
Combining yellow and grey is perfect way to keep the dress classy, yet attractive.

Here are my favourite pages in every Burda - business clothes.
Sure you can wear this to work. 
No one said you have to look "square" in order to be corporate.
(just leave the flasy jewels at home)

Two ladies showing us how we should not fear colours.
Red coat with fur is divine, don't you think?
Pay attention to the details - yellow gloves, red shawl and cap.

These exclusive models are showing us the "latest" and "newest" fashions
As we can see here - bold cuts and quite accentuated waists 
are going to be "in" in the following season. 


Since this IS really a special day (like no other), allow me to end this post with a most touching image I could possibly find out there:

..taken from "It's a wonderful life" - wonderful life it truly is!

Enjoy today - and then enjoy every single day after today!
Many, many hugs and again: Merry Christmas!
♥♥ Pinky Honey

Tuesday, 24 December 2013

Ho! Ho! Ho!

It's the day before First Christmas. Our friends and neighbours are celebrating; I can smell the joyful times in the air. Everything is glowing, everything is shining and sparkling. Wonderful time - one of the reasons why I do like winter.
In order to be absolutely sure your wish will get to Santa; I'm giving you all of the names people out there use to call Him. Here we go..

Santa's name from A to Z:

Long time ago, when I was a kid THIS was the image of Santa we knew.
We all got the presents packed in the identical bags - with this image on

Santa Claus goes by many names. Don't be discouraged - no matter what name we use, it is the same fella, bringing us Joy wrapped in glittering paper.

  •  Afghanistan: Baba Chaghaloo
  •  Albania: Babadimri
  •  Armenia: Gaghant Baba / Kaghand Papa (Father Christmas or Father New Year)
  •  Austria: Christkind (a little angel like person)
  •  Azerbaijan: Şaxta baba (Grandfather Frost)
  •  Belgium: Sinterklaas/St. Niklaas (Flemish) or Saint Nicholas (Walloon) & Père Noël (Father Christmas)
  •  Bosnia and Herzegovina: Djeda Mraz (Grandfather Frost)
  •  Brazil: Papai Noel (Father Christmas) & Bom Velhinho (Good Old Man)
  •  Bulgaria: Дядо Коледа (Grandfather Christmas)
  •  Chile: Viejito Pascuero (Christmas old man)
  •  China: Sheng dan lao ren (Traditional: 聖誕老人, Simplified: 圣诞老人; means Old Christmas Man)
  •  Costa Rica: Niño dios (Child God, meaning Jesus) & Colacho (another name for St. Nicholas)
  •  Croatia: Djed Božičnjak (Grandfather Christmas)
  •  Czech Republic: Svatý Mikuláš (St. Nicholas) and Ježíšek (the Christ child)
  •  Denmark: Julemanden (Christmas Man)
  •  Ecuador: Papa Noel
  •  Egypt: Baba Noël
  •  Estonia: Jõuluvana (Yule Elder)
  •  Ethiopia: Amharic: Yágena Abãt (Christmas Father)
  •  Finland: Santa Claus (well he does live in Lapland in Finland!) or Joulupukki
  •  France: Père Noël (Father Christmas)
  •  Georgia: თოვლის ბაბუა, თოვლის პაპა / Tovlis Babua, Tovlis Papa (Snow Grandfather)
  •  Germany: Weihnachtsmann (Christmas Man) & Christkind (a little angel like person)
  •  Greece: Aghios Vassilis / Άγιος Βασίλης (Saint Basil)
  •  Haiti: Tonton Nwèl
  •  Holland/Netherlands: Sinterklaas (St. Nicholas) & Kerstman (Christmas Man)
  •  Hungary: Mikulás (Nicholas) & Télapó (Old Man Winter)
  •  Iceland: Jólasveinn (Yule Man) & Jólasveinarnir (The Yule Lads)
  •  India: Hindi: Christmas Baba, Urdu: Baba Christmas (Father Christmas), Telugu: Thatha (Christmas old man), Tamil: Christmas Thaathaa, Marathi: Natal Bua (Christmas Elder Man)
  •  Indonesia: Sinterklas
  •  Iraq: Baba Noel / Vader Kersfees
  •  Ireland: San Nioclás' (Saint Nicholas) & Daidí na Nollag (Father Christmas)
  •  Italy: Babbo Natale (Santa Claus) or La Befana (an old woman)
  •  Japan: サンタさん、サンタクロース santa-san (Mr Santa) & Hoteiosho (A Japanese god of good fortune - not really related to Christmas)
  •  Latvia: Ziemassvētku vecītis (Christmas old man)
  •  Lithuania: Senis Šaltis (Old Man Frost) & Kalėdų Senelis (Christmas Grandfather)
  •  Lebanon: Baba Noël
  •  Macedonia: Дедо Мраз / Dedo Mraz
  •  Malta: San Niklaw (St. Nicholas)
  •  Mexico: El Niñito Dios (baby Jesus), Los Reyes Magos (The Three Wise Men) & Santo Clós (Santa Claus)
  •  Norway: Julenissen (Santa Claus) or 'Nisse' (Small Gnomes)
  •  Pakistan: Christmas Baba
  •  Peru: Papá Noel
  •  Philippines: Santa Klaus
  •  Poland: Swiety Mikolaj (St. Nicholas)
  •  Portugal: Pai Natal (Father Christmas)
  •  Romania: Moş Crăciun (Old Man Christmas), Moş Nicolae (Old Man Nicholas), Moş Gerilă (Old Man Frost)
  •  Russia: Дед Мороз / Ded Morez (Grandfather Frost) or Babouschka (an old woman - although this more 'western' than actually Russian!)
  •  Serbia - here I am: Дедa Мрaз / Deda Mraz (Grandfather Frost - for First Christmas), Божић Бата / Božić Bata (Christmas Brother - for the Second Christmas)
  •  Slovenia: Sveti Miklavž or Sveti Nikolaj (Saint Nicholas) / Božiček or Dedek Mraz (Grandfather Winter); Božiček on December 24 and Dedek Mraz on December 31!
  •  South Africa: Sinterklaas / Kersvader
  •  South Korea: 산타 클로스 (santa kullosu), 산타 할아버지 (Santa Grandfather)
  •  Spain: Los tres Reyes Mages (The Three Magic King / Magi) & Papá Noel (Father Christmas); in Catalonia he's known as Tió de Nadal
  •  Sri Lanka: Naththal Seeya
  •  Sweden: Jultomten (Santa) & Nissar / Tomte (Christmas Gnomes/Elves)
  •  Switzerland: Samichlaus (St. Nicholas)
  •  Syria: Baba Noël
  •  Turkey: Noel Babal (Father Christmas)
  •  Ukraine: Svyatyy Mykolay (St. Nicholas) & Дід Мороз / Did Moroz
  •  United Kingdom: Father Christmas (inter-changeable with Santa Claus), Wales: Siôn Corn (Chimney John)
  •  USA: Santa Claus, Hawaii: Kanakaloka
  •  Uzbekistan: Qor bobo (Grandfather Snow - more related to New Year's Eve than Christmas)
  •  Venezuela: San Nicolás (St. Nicholas) & Niño Jesús (Baby Jesus)
  •  Vietnam: Ông già Noel (Christmas old man)

"Dear Santa,
If you are reading this, I'm just letting you know - the gramophone-deal is still on
..sincerely, Marija"

May you have a peaceful and loving Christmas Eve, my dear friends!
♥♥ Pinky Honey

Monday, 23 December 2013

These would turn into perfect Christmas Cards.


Christmas is literally just around the corner. However, there is still time to make it to the post office (why not - or switch to "email mode" and type it out). Sending cards is the most emotional way to let others know you are thinking about them, you are wishing them well and that you are going to be there for them for yet another year (and many more!)

These adorable gems are from flickr, from a gentleman called Michael Studt; and I've taken the liberty to share them here (but; I must advise you to ask the permission from him if you want to print them)

The illustrations are made by Fritz Baumgarten. His fantasy world was populated with temperate forests' animals, elves and fairies, farm animals, children and teddy bears. His whole work has a definite feeling of possible, of real, of lived through scenes, almost down to earth, while at the same time being totally free-floating in imagination.

You can keep these, turn them into birthday cards.. or (my favorite) First Day of the Spring cards.. yes, dear friends, I believe that Spring too should be welcomed with a celebration.
But, for now: if you haven't send you cards out - it's never too late. No, believe me: It is never too late. As one saying goes:
Only time you ever do something "late" is if you do it "never".
Are you counting days 'till Holidays?
♥♥ Pinky Honey

Sunday, 22 December 2013

Love story: Love me as I am

Hello there!

Sunday here!
I hope this restful day finds you well.. and here's another one of Heart Throb magazine's stories that never get out of fashion.

I have lived on a shabby end of town, waiting on the wealthy snobs of Folleywille, envying them their clothes, their expensive cars, their exciting good times! Then suddenly I found myself envious no longer. And with a heavy heart I learned that money could not buy the kisses of the man I worshipped.. a man who could never love me as I am.
Sounds intriguing.
Let us take a look:

Take a rest, tomorrow we go to work.
♥♥ Pinky Honey

Friday, 20 December 2013

The Hatbox Brigade - article from February 1944.

Hello there.

I've spend a lot of time researching the articles on the subject of body image in history. I kept wondering about the thought in the heads of the girls back in time. Have they had as much pressure on being slim as we do now? Have they had diets? What about media; was it leaning towards creating a positive self-image in girls?
I've found an article that follows.
Reading time!

This article I have found on The Old Magazine Articles and I was stunned to when I've read it.
"Most models receive five dollars an hour for posing, and a few get seven fifty or ten dollars an hour...Models like Meg Mundy or Helen Bennett who rarely earn less than $150.00 a week are in the upper brackets and are the sort of girls that the average male would pass without a second glance..."
"Many of the models are bitter, unhappy girls inside. They soon grow disillusioned with their dream of modeling as a gateway to theatrical glory; they learn that their height is against them.".

Take a look:
(You know you can CLICK on every image for a larger view)

Let me repeat this: 
From a strictly physical aspect, a fashion model will tend to meet the following specifications: five feet nine inches in hight, weight in 110 pounds, bust 33, waist 24, hips 34. 
In order for someone like me ( used to metrical-system) to understand it: the average model is 175 centimetres tall; she's got 49,8 kilos; and her measurements are: 83-60-86. That's making her "body mass index" a mere 16 (where 18 is the bottom limit for "under-nourished; alongside being poorly paid for their work). I guess not many things changed since back then.
My friends, what are your thoughts?

♥♥ Pinky Honey