Month: February 2013

I got this massage in the Daily Kabbalistic Wisdom newsletter this morning
from The Kabbalah center
and found it so beautiful that wanted to share with you.  I’ll try to
translate it below.   If you like it you can subscribe in English and get
beautiful words like this every day.

We all are granted unique gifts to assist us to carry out the individual
purpose of our lives.  This is the reason why it is not worthy to compare
ourselves to the person on our side.
Comparison removes you from being the best version of yourself. 

kitchens with black cabinets and white counter tops

Of all the black kitchens I’m posting today this one, above is probably my favorite.  It has a sort of personality that makes it very unique and real.  If not for those reasons, then for the up-to ceiling black upper cabinets with all-good benefits.  I also love the touches of global-chic accessories on the counter top.  The thought of a black kitchen would give anyone a disbelieving smirk face along with a swiveling shaking head but as you see, it is very elegant.  Most people are much more used to seeing bright white kitchens than anything else and the first thought that comes to their minds when considering black cabinets for their kitchens is a dark dysfunctional kitchen.  It’s all in the natural incoming light, use of material and contrast.  Keeping most of the kitchen surface -walls, counter tops, ceilings and floors- in light colors would make for the right balance and contrast in the room.   The finish on those outer layers also make a big difference; mirror and glass when used as doors, back splash or even walls bring in a lot of light into the space.  Of course last but not least, there is also the option of installing artificial lighting that can go any where.  Enjoy! 

kitchens with black cabinets and white island
Lindsey and Kristen Buckingham house
kitchens with black cabinets and mirror back splash
Miles Redd added mirror to everything but floor and walls here.  But the high lacquered walls provide an almost mirror effect.  The floor is pretty beautiful.
kitchens with black lower cabinets and white upper cabinets
Love the shiny white cabinets and the white grout on the floors in this kitchen by Tommy Smythe
kitchens with black cabinets
Kelly Wearstler kept it all black, form back splash to floor and ceiling but, smartly she added mirror to the back of the inside black upper cabinets which doors are made of glass so as a result there is still light reflection and brightness.
kitchens with black cabinets
The ambiance in this kitchen is very romantic I think. 
kitchens with black cabinets

This kitchen photographed by John Granen makes of the range a focal point.  The white trim on the black cabinets makes it a really nice detail.

Love this military-looking visor available here

I’ve been doing pilates, well on and off to be honest, for more than eight years now and I have to admit that no other workout method works as well for me.  At the moment I am looking for a private studio to start it all over again, after almost six months of doing regular gym workout and not even seeing a vaguely similar result.  I wasn’t always so interested in upgrading my gym clothing, actually I kept using the same sneakers for more than 4 years since I’ve never been a fan of heavy duty workouts such as a.k.a. running, climbing etc.  Perhaps, because not until so long ago, much of the activewear clothing available was tide pants and tide tops and nothing else stylish enough to encourage me to get new gym clothes.  But before we came to Sao Paulo I paid a visit to Nike and found really cool ones available.  I know that stylish selection of gym clothes may not be a good enough incentive to encourage us to hit the gym but it doesn’t hurt it either.  Enjoy!

 Bring the glamy shimmer to the gym in this awesome jacket by Stella Mccartney for Adidas
 Love this pair of pants.  Also by Stella Mccartney for Adidas.
 The shimmery continues with these sweatpants by Thom Browne av. here.
 This top doesn’t even look like something one would use at the gym.  It looks more like one of those cropped tops that were so popular just recently av. here.
 Comfort and style is found in these cool pants av. here.
 Gym shorts av. here
 Keeping it cool while walking in this linen sporty top av. here.
 This is proof that fashion is really hitting the gyms.  Available here.
Happy and young attitude is good when combined with the gym.  These colorful and stylish sneakers are available here.   And don’t forget hydration and calorie counting.  After all, it’s all about the calories. 
Nike sport watch and hydraform handheld here

Hale Berry, boy was she beautiful.  Loved this Versace dress on her. 
She can wear anything!
I have to say that it was kind of disappointing to watch the Red Carpet last
night or should I say pink carpet.  Was it me or wasn’t the old Hollywood
glamour missing from all the ladies so-so-pale and have-seen-before
dresses.  You see what I mean here? When the people we look up for fashion sense
and style used to get us all going ooh…aahh…wow…amazing and then one day
without further notice all starts to fail.  We’re left alone!  At
least all the movie nominees were great and I’m so happy Argo F.yourself won! 
Not only the movie was excellent but Ben Afleck is so haaandsome…! 
After squeezing and more squeezing here are my favs.
Sally Field was stunning in this Valentino dress.  That’s what I like
to see on the red carpet elegance, allure and understatement. 
Charlize Theron looked flawless in this Dior Couture white dress.  Not
a big fan of her hair cut though but she can look stunning no matter what.

Another Dior Haute Couture was worn by Jennifer
Lawrence.  I think I liked the back of the dress more than the front