Concurs de design – the facepalm moments

21 Nov

Despre moda romaneasca avem cate guri, atatea pareri. Multe critica, multe sfatuiesc, multe admira. Din partea aceleiasi persoane vei auzi pe rand toate tipurile de comentarii.

Astazi, admir.

Ba nu, mai intai critic. constructiv, desigur.

Perwoll a lansat recent a doua editie a concursului “Like new designers” care a ajuns in faza de jurizare. Pentru mine e prima data cand particip la un concurs national de design si, evident, abia astept sa vad ce se intampla. Am analizat aseara 155 de colectii ale competitorilor mei (numaram asta pe la 2 am, probabil am numarat prost), iar cateva dintre ele mi-au ramas in suflet prin executie tehnica, idee sau transpunere a conceptului in imagini. Cateva mi-au starnit rasul.

Am crezut ca partea critica e scurta si pot sa scriu in continuare o lista lunga de admiratie, dar am reusit sa scriu un articol destul de lung despre perlele de la concurs, asa ca va dau lista preferatilor mei intr-un articol urmator. Pana atunci radeti si voi cu mine de exprimarile nefericite pe care le-am gasit:

The so-called “Face Palm Moments”

Dragilor, nu-s eu aia experta in fashion, dar unii “artisti” sunt ataaaat de prinsi in actul creatiei incat nu mai stiu cum sa-l exprime coerent si vin cu expresii de genul:

monocromatic/colectie monocroma = realizarea artistica a acestor colectii abunda in dungi de toate felurile, tipare cu buline si alte ciudatenii de print-uri. -Zau, ma, dati-va una cu DEX-ul pana se deschide la litera “M” si cititi ce inseamna monocromatic.

Sa va ajut putin: MONOCROMÁTIC, -Ă, monocromatici, -ce, adj. Cu o singură culoare, monocrom (1). ♦ (Despre un fascicul de raze) Care este format din radiații cu aceeași lungime de undă. – Din fr. monochromatique.

my point – daca operele tale, frumos executate si placute estetic, nu sunt ori albe, ori negre, fugi departe de exprimarea “monocromatic”. Serios, poti mai bine, gaseste cuvintele care sa iti sustina munca, nu sa ii puna piedica (exprimarea defectuoasa e un sut in fund pe care ti-l dai singur).
armonie brutala – cred ca sunt prea superficiala ca sa inteleg profunzimea acestei expresii, dar in acelasi timp voi continua sa explic de ce mi se pare o prostie sa folosesti un asa oximoron in descrierea colectiei tale (OXIMORÓN, oximoroane, s. n. Figură de stil care exprimă o ironie subtilă sau un adevăr usturător sub forma asocierii paradoxale a doi termeni contradictorii. – Din fr. oxymoron.)
Acestea fiind explicate cu ajutorul DEX-ului de capatai, cred ca iti ironizezi singur creatia si nu e cazul!!
eleganta si rafinament – in aceeasi ordine de idei, aceste doua cuvinte sunt materializate deseori prin obiecte vestimentare pe care le-ar purta Lady GaGa – evident ca exagerez, dar de ce ai exprima prin eleganta si rafinament ceva ce nu are nicio treaba cu asta? Daca hainele tale spun o poveste moderna, androgina, daca nu respecta nimic din frumusetea aia “clasica”, atunci subliniaza asta prin alte cuvinte, nu le da in cap cu eleganta si rafinament.
Cu toata eleganta pe care pot sa o capat in exprimare, iata ce ne spune DEX-ul: ELEGÁNT, -Ă, eleganți, -te, adj. 1. (Despre îmbrăcăminte) Făcut cu gust, frumos; (despre oameni) care se distinge prin armonia și bunul gust al îmbrăcămintei. 2. (Adesea adverbial) Care se deosebește prin armonia formei, prin îmbinarea plăcută a elementelor, printr-o sobrietate plină de gust. ♦ Fig. Plin de tact, lipsit de brutalitate. – Din fr. élégant, lat. elegans, -ntis & RAFINAMÉNT, rafinamente, s. n. 1. Finețe, delicatețe, subtilitate a gustului sau a simțirii. 2. Viclenie, perfidie, șiretenie. – Din fr. raffinement.
*wink* – eu n-am fost subtila, v-am spus direct ce cred despre exprimarea voastra.
101 dalmatieni cu volane – ca sa mai scurtam povestea va spun ce tip de haine nu ma asteptam sa mai vad in desen de cand faceam design vestimentar la Palatul Copiilor, candva in clasele primare. Am fost la cercul de design pana la liceu, dar genul asta de creatii le-am vazut doar cand eram mica: volane la maneci  si rochii Cruella, jumate bou jumate magar – nu dau doi bani pe “gusturile nu se discuta” pentru ca parerea mea e ca ele se discuta. Aici am mai scris despre asta si v-am spus ca mai potrivit ar fi sa spunem ca gusturile nu se judeca. Astept discutia aia prin care sa fiu convinsa ca volanele si rochiile jumi juma sunt minunate.
ultimul punct poate sa lipseasca – surpriza, nu lipseste, pentru ca eu vreau sa fie aici! Exprimarea originala era: fundita poate sa lipseasca – pai, prieteno, ori lipseste ori nu? daca e acolo, e prezenta, daca lipseste, nu o mai desenezi. Fiti dragilor mai siguri pe ceea ce creati, dubiile astea directionate catre sine sunt pacatoase rau, daca tu nu ai incredere in creatia ta, atunci sentimentul asta se va transmite primul catre cel care o priveste si e trist sa faci ceva frumos si sa il strici prin nesiguranta. Daca tu nu erai multumita cu fundita, trebuia sa refaci desenul, daca iti place de ea acolo, spune ca e minunata pentru ca asa ai gandit-o, nu ca “poate sa lipseasca”.
Doar lucrurile neplacute pot sa lipseasca. Finalul, cum ar veni.

Red & gray glitter nails

3 Nov

Here’s a cool idea for weekend festive nails:
Get a red nailpolish, a grey one and another one with red and grey glitter.

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I wanted to have a hint of colour only on my ring fingers, therefore I applied the grey nailpolish in two layers on every nail except those two fingers where I applied one layer of deep red polish.
On top of every nail I added a layer of glitter, and as you can see the base colour brings out different particles from the glitter polish, you could even say I used two different glitter shades!
Don’t forget to add a top coat to protect the colours!

Smart TIP: to get a cheap nailpolish to last longer, use glitter on top. (Glitter polishes wear off harder than a normal polish)

I used cheap nailpolishes for this manicure but I will do it again with better products, maybe to wear a similar idea for the Christmas party!

Here’s what I ended up with, where would you wear this kind of nails?

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7 ways to wear a scarf

11 Oct

In my opinion, wearing a scarf is one of the easiest ways available to enhance an outfit and make it stand off without trying too much. The visual impact rises with a bold pattern scarf and a timeless piece like Hermes’ can compliment hundreds of outfits over the years.
There are a few things to consider when buying and wearing a scarf, but before we go there I want to show you what i drew to illustrate my favorite ways of wearing such a piece. First I will show you 7 ways of wearing it, then I shall give you 7 pieces of advice to help you pick up such a great accessory!

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1. Match the scarf to your personality
Like any other accessory, I strongly advise you to buy only the things that represent you, that feel like a “part of your soul”, because wearing an object that truly shows who you are is more important than matching the latest trends. However, don’t ignore the latter and pay attention to the newest and hottest fashion trends, pick the ones you find appropriate for your personality then read on to see how you can match a scarf to a fashionable outfit.

2. Buy 100% silk
Do you really need me to tell you why you should buy only natural fabrics? A high quality silk scarf is a good investment, versatile enough to be worn with both day and night outfits, but more important, high quality shows beyond a visible brand name. You can tell by the quality of the pattern, the smoothness of the fabric and the lasting colors that a scarf will become a timeless piece in your wardrobe.
Plastic is for inanimate objects, don’t do synthetic fabrics if you have natural alternatives for your clothes. If you still love a scarf and it has a lot of syntethic fiber in it, the least you can do is to treat that scarf with fabric conditioner.
FAIL ALERT: polyester scarves produce hair frizz and you sure know how annoying that gets when you can’t get the hair out of your face and you fell that static electricity sting everytime you touch something!!

3. Beware overaccessorizing
You put a scarf around your neck. You tie one around your bag. You wear multiple bracelets, statement earrings and a big watch. All.at.the.same.time. I look at you and see a christmas tree, not a lady. My point is, don’t do more than another jewelry piece if you go for a scarf and make sure they compliment each other instead of showing off separately.
TIP: check out scarves.net for tutorials on how to tie your piece!

4. Colourful is not always better!
If you have trouble deciding what’s your favorite color and you want to wear them all, you definitely have a problem if you wear them at the same time. I could write a book about colours and colour coordination, but i’m not starting here. My colourful advice on matching a scarf is to GO SAFE at first and wear a colourful scarf with a neutral outfit, because the pattern on the scarf itself is hard to match if it shows more than 3 tones.
IF you’re confident enough, you can try picking up a colour from your scarf, tone it down and wear a softer hue of it on your other items, but if you wear two or more items in your outfit (dress +jacket or blouse+pants+cardigan etc) I would advise you to do two neutrals and only another coloured one.

5. Thrift stores can be gold mines
Leave your pride aside and shop with the poor. No matter how much money you have, you will rarely find timeless pieces in mall boutiques…the best scarves I bought were found in thrift stores and the pattern, the colors and the fabric were absolutely amazing! I bought an original Hermes for less than 1 €/$, but that’s because I was lucky and they had no idea what a beauty they were selling there! If you decide to give it a go, prepare to spend some time searching for a beautiful piece, don’t buy anything with visible flaws, discolorations or stains and pay attention to buy 100% natural fabrics!
You usually spend some time browsing for tips on how to spot an authentic scarf, but here’s a great HOW TO RECOGNIZE AUTHENTIC HERMÈS by sassyme.org, it was really useful for me when i was researching whether the scarf I found is original or not. It is ❤

6. Shop for the basics first
It’s quite simple, pick a number under 9 for starters, then think of scarves in different patterns to buy. You should need a striped one, a floral, a chain&equestrian inspired one, a vintage damasc pattern, one with an etnic pattern, at least a silk one, then a cotton one…just adjust the number of scarves you can afford to the patterns you want to own and buy variations of those you love best.

7. Know the stars
Do a little research and know how the famous scarves look like, what are the top brands and how to recognise the best pieces. You will never know what you find in thrift stores or at vintage fairs, therefore take your time and identify the famous items you’d love to have and match your personality, then go explore your options and buy similar good quality pieces and start building your own collection.
If you decide to shop fot pretty scarves, take a look on my FB Page, Fashion from the closet, for I will post there a few scarves I have for sale.

Believe me, once you find some good stuff you’ll grow a new addiction.
To help you even more, here are a few links from my favorite scarf related articles:
Thebudgetfashionsta gives you 20 ideas on how to tie a scarf. My favorites are no 5 and 17. Really cool ideas!
One of the largest virtual collections of Hermès scarves available online can be seen here. Take a look through the gallery and keep in mind a few favorites next time you look for an original one in a thrift store. The more you learn about them, the easier it will be to spot them right on!

Have fun shopping for such an amazing item and let me know if you want more info about this subject!
Xoxo

Fall. Wild.

27 Aug

Today was the first summer day when I saw Autumn’s bannermen arrive: grapes ripening, Kinder surprise back in stores, mornings starting with rain and nightfall bringing that cold breeze that gives me shivers. For the first time ever, I like autumn.
As much as people say about spring that she comes with fresh starts, new projects and new goals to achieve, I find it more appropriate to calm down and think about career and life plans at the end of summer, when everything settles, when thoughts gain a sharp outline and the colder weather clears the mind.
I will make the most out of this autumn and I already made a promise to myself that, by the time the first snowflake arrives, I will be sure what I want to do next year.
I just came back from Amsterdam, a lovely city with a balanced vibe, however I can’t get my thoughts straight about anything I want to do. It’s like – the moment I set foot again in Romania my mind went back to chaos. Visiting Amsterdam for a week made me realise a few things about myself and my goals. I thought I had it all figured out, but I was wrong, I still have a lot of thinking to do.
Does the environment you live in reflect in how you think and act? I really think it does. The beautiful romanian chaos gives me a lot of good ideas and good vibes, but they are all accompanied by unsettling feelings, anxiety, insecurity and overthinking.
My thoughts to work on this fall are mainly the following: I have to leave this country for a while.
I have to develop my artistic side and turn it into my career.
I must focus on one thing at a time.
I must never stop doing what I want.
I must be out in the wild more often.

My thought of the night: night time is supposed to be special, cities bring too much altered light to it and so nature’s glow fades away, stars barely shine, the sound of nature is tuned down by sirens and honks…if I could, just for one night, I would turn off the city’s lights and sounds. How many would be scared to death? How many would enjoy the darkness and the silence?
I can’t get my mind around the fact that some people don’t like being out in the wild. I crave for the silence and the beauty of the forests I used to fear as a child, I wish to spend more time at the seaside or on the brink of a river, I want to spend summer nights cuddling under the clear sky, watching the moon rise and set while no artificial sound would interrupt nature’s sounds.

Why don’t people appreciate more this feeling of complete freedom? Are they more scared by their inner light or by the sound of their thoughts?

Until now, I haven’t found anything better than spending time in the wilderness, enjoying the silence and the pure beauty of remote places, far away from the city. Have you?

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When to listen? When to speak?

23 Jul

What’s wrong with you? What are you planning to do with your life? Why do you love this place? … if you had to answer at least one of these questions recently you know what I’m writing about. Sometimes I reply, sometimes I’m just tired to answer questions that don’t really need my reply. They may be parents, siblings, friends or strangers asking this, but no matter the answer I give, if they’re not open minded enough or at least willing to understand my explanation, I’m doing it in vain.

ImageI believe people are amazing in their differences, but if it were to put them in two categories, I would choose the fits and the misfits. It’s neither good or bad, it’s subjective and it mostly depends on each one’s point of view. Do I fit or not where I am now? I tend to think I don’t. However, changing the social background I might end up in a community where I’d fit perfectly. Would I be happier there? Who the fuck knows!

Everyone of us goes through the both categories mentioned earlier and they are usually analised by how much time they spend in general in one of them. Given a certain social situation, you either fit or don’t. You’re cool or just weird. At the end of the day, you can look back and see if the people you met today saw you more socially acceptable or just a quirky misfit. The next day you might be the opposite. Gathering all this feed-back, people make their own opinion about you: some of them stick the label from the first encounter, others pay a little more attention to your behaviour, but in the end you’re all socially tagged by everyone you know – it’s like wearing an invisible outfit made out of nametags.Image

Change is the most amazing social behaviour I know, sometimes it comes naturally, sometimes you have to force it, it’s a quick shift or a deep movement…whatever it’s like, people change and you have to deal with it. They may change for better, they may change for worse, be prepared. You also change, so don’t be surprised when people you’ve met a long time ago say with regret that you’re not the same person anymore. Live your life so you can answer proudly: of course I’m not the same, I’m much, much better.

‘Be yourself’ it’s sometimes the worst advice you can give to some people, I’d love to see encouragement when a good behaviour shows up and social punishment when devious acts appear. ImageBoth appreciation and critique should become part of our daily life, it’s up to us to change ourselves and other for the better, for instance: how many times did you point to a stranger that it’s wrong to toss an empty plastic bottle on the street? How many times did you congratulate someone on not littering cigarette bums on the street?
Speak up, people! That’s what makes the difference!
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Romania it’s the ultimate land of ignorance. No one gives a fuck about the people around them, they all live from one day to the other, exploiting the nature and this earth like they have another planet to live on.

You think this is true? Maybe. It’s the good and the bad kind of maybe, since Romania it’s not the only country where this happens, however, it’s a country where you also find people who care. A LOT of them. They’re just too shy and quiet. They think the worst about their neighbours and the society, judging solely based on the messages they receive from this sick media of ours. Proactivity is unknown to them, they settle for the average life standards and they build social walls around their families forgetting to put some windows to see that the walls other people build are made from the same material and inside those everyone has a beautiful garden.

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This amazing country I live in it’s in a metaphorically paradox of hell and paradise combined. People are beautiful, smart and powerful, but they forgot how to explore this about themselves. Each one has his secret garden getaway from the daily life, but when they look around they see only the walls others build, the same walls they’ve built, no windows, no doors, just dog shit and grim views.

Walls can be climbed, walls can be destroyed, walls fall.

It’s up to each and every one of us to get out of our comfort zone and see that we’re not that different. We should stop thinking negatively about others before we even interact with them.

Learn to LISTEN, learn to SPEAK. It’s that easy.

If you’re inclined to believe that everything is bad around you and everyone is mean and heartless, you will see that in every message that reaches up to you.
No one is born bad, everyone has a story they’re yearning to tell, but we all listen to little and when we do we only pretend to understand. I did that too, but I try to avoid doing it again in the future. Image
Tune down the voices in you head that say for instance that a tattooed young man is a loser and a pot head- that tattoo might honor his dead parents or a near death experience, he might be the future doctor who will save your kid’s life or your future son in law. Stop judging, start listening, this was just a random example, I bet you can find more.

This country of mine, full of don’t give a fuck-ers, is also the land of beautiful stories waiting to be discovered.

How can I ever hate this place who has so many amazing people to meet? You just thought of at least three reasons I should go away and never return, but I can look over the misery, the un-educated individuals, the corruption, the burdens of everyday life and the countless moments of “why am I still here?”, because at the end of the day, nothing can match finding someone like you to talk to, with good ideas to share, great advice to give and a lot of hopes for a better day.

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Take this as a thank you for meeting me and telling me your story. Thank you for being in my news feed, in the magazines I read, at the places I visit and in my daily life. And you are so many! How can I lose hope that Romania will get better when I see good ideas put into action everyday, positive feed back on social activities and many, oh-so-many, new faces that get involved in their community, bringing good vibes and smiles for everyone?

We are the power, we are many and we can change together for the better, just listen to the people around you, get to know them and realise you are NOT alone…

..then speak up your mind and act accordingly!

If you’re also addicted to collecting inspirational photos, have some of my favorites on this subject 🙂
Save them and read them again sometime!

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Insights on an extreme lifestyle

10 Jul

The imaginary story of a RBR rider

Let me tell you a story…

You open your eyes and wake up, at once with the sunrise. You open the window and breathe…the fresh mountain air fills your lungs and you feel that this is no ordinary day, the same thing your heart already knows. Your blood runs faster, you feel the adrenaline tickling the tip of your fingers and all you think about is that, soon enough, your hands will hit the gas. It’s the first day at Red Bull Romaniacs.

You dreamed of yourself on the prologue track today, you rode like a God over the obstacles and you finished first. For how many of you is that true? How many had to face another reality, crashing into the loose roots and rocks or falling from the ramps? …actually it doesn’t matter, your dream was good enough to give you the confidence boost you need to start the day. You will do everything you can to reach that goal and make the best of it.

Walking to the paddock you see normal people looking up to you, waving, winking and nodding at your presence…do they know how you feel? Do they see the excitement? The fear? What kind of emotions do you let hit the surface? You shake them off and FOCUS. you put your equipment on and, with a confident smilew, you pull the helmet over your face and say a silent prayer.

The bike is there, waiting for you – for many just an object they admire, for you is part of your soul. BALANCE – that’s what you need, that’s what she gives you. You need riding to live, you need to escape from the city into the forest as often as you can, it’s your passion and you made it a lifestyle. Riding gives your life a balance you never thought you’ll find and you’re forever grateful to those who first showed you how to handle and drive a bike.

Since then, you came a long way and now you’re at the start line of world’s toughest enduro rallye, Red Bull Romaniacs. You look around and you see riders you’ve admired ever since your first connection with this sport, extreme legends like Graham Jarvis, Chris Birch, Paul Bolton or Andreas Lettenbichler. It fills your heart with pride to ride with them in the same competition and you can see your name next to theirs in the future.

The crowd around you is loud as ever. And there are so many people that you don’t even try to count. You feel them looking at you, throwing expectations and judging every move, even though they probably have no idea how it feels to be in your place or what it takes to get to the point where you stand. Shake off every emotion, tune down the music around, the MC and the people cheering around you. You woke up with a plan and now you have to FOCUS and make it through the race.

It’s your turn. Feel the blood rushing in your cheeks? Feel your hand clenching the gas? Feel your feet trembling on the pedals? GO! It’s your turn to prove a point, you’ve been training hard to get fit and find your BALANCE. The time you spent with your bike now shows off and you get together perfectly – she moves the way you want, you pull the hand-guards, hit the gas, adjust your posture and get over every obstacle! You tune in to the people cheering around – do they call your name? Do they admire you? Envy you? Did everyone see how good you rode? – Don’t. You fell. You lost the focus and the balance for a moment and crashed, but that’s ok, get back on the bike and don’t mind about the others until the end of it, they will still cheer for you when you make it to the finish line!

In the end it was a good day. You made it, you’re proud of yourself. The bike is ready for tomorrow, but are you? Will the forest be your friend or enemy? Will the bike listen or will you get in a fight? Will you crash? Will you get lost? Will it rain? Will someone surpass you?
Tune out your thoughts like you did earlier and go to bed.
Tomorrow is the second day of Red Bull Romaniacs.

*Balance & Focus – keywords inspired by Wade Young

You never liked mornings to begin with, but who does? It’s too early for a lot of things, but not for riding. A true riders makes compromises and trades sleeping late for success. Will this be a good day? You’re confused. The weather is great, the bike is ready, your body recovered from yesterday’s prologue and it’s eager to get moving, so you’re all nervous!
You’ve TRAINED hard for this race and so the game begins. Mind and body, they’re all shaping up for a long day of riding.
You’re hungry for success? First eat your carbs. That’s right! Number one rule of the morning, for a good pace and longtime energy you should get your carbs fix at least half an hour before the start.
Rest a little before completing the second important rule of the morning. Get your blood running and do a little cardio to get your heart used to the physical effort. Don’t over do it and if you skip it, try to make the first part of the race your training zone so don’t push it too hard, or you’ll regret it later when your liver will start questioning your body with severe aches. Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate, get your vitamins, electrolites or whatever your body needs to run the mile. NUTRITION is a fundamental step of an overall good training: all the best riders know what, when and how to eat properly in order to help their body in a race and avoid exhaustion.

*Training and nutrition tips from Dani Otil and Russel White

Some questions from yesterday still cross your mind now and then: you still wonder how the forest will be like, how will the bike behave, but no matter the odds, you know that once you hit the gas you can only go forward. You’re not trained to lose, neither to give up.

It’s been a while since you’ve been in a tough competition like Romaniacs, probably a year since the last edition of RBR, so you know how things go from this point. Four more days in the woods and more than 500 km later you have to climb the Gusterița hill and claim your prize. It’s a race that challenges your body and mind the same. Impossible obstacles lose their fierceness when your race enemies rush from behind, your teeth clench and your eyes narrow when you’re on the bike wrestling with a steep climb, going left-right-left-right avoiding the trees. Did you make it to the top whole? Did you fall and break something? Did your engine drown in the quest? I don’t know, I wasn’t there, but I bet you did a great job with it…i mean, you’ve trained so hard, now it shows off!
You can see the finish line getting closer and all the focus fades away after your mind starts throwing questions at your sore body: who finished first? Who surpassed me on that descent? Who’s left to beat tomorrow to get the biggest prize? Did I miss any part of the track? -“silly me, i followed the GPS all along, of course I’m fine!” Insecure subconscious

The crowd waits impacient for your finish and you see them narrowing the circle with microphones, cameras… they’re all ears for what you have to say…but do you know what to say? You don’t even remember where you’ve been through at the moment, you saw forest, hills, mountain peaks, beautiful landscapes and painful obstacles. How was your day though? – Fine. It was amazing, hard but beautiful, incredible views and difficult impediments to overcome. You made it whole to the finish line, you can do it again tomorrow, your bike needs a quick therapy then she’s like new!
Was the day like yours for everyone? You have no idea how many things happen while you think you and your bike are all that matter!
The photographers scratch their knees and elbows to get the best shot of your jump, the reporters run from rider to rider to get all the stories ready for tonight’s news, the mechanics work their a**es off to help you and your team mates, packing, unpacking, fixing you, fixing the bike then going to the next interest point to see if you’re all good, the organisers try to keep everything running smooth and greet every problem with professionalism, solving them as soon as possible.

There’s always room for help in a competition like this, but sometimes it’s simply amazing how the right people in the right place can save a life….even if it belongs to a horse, yes, a HORSE! – Chatting with our brasilian friends who booked a tour for these days we came across this beautiful humanitarian story. While they passed a nearby village, they saw two people gathered around a hole where a horse fell and couldn’t get out. They jumped to the rescue right away, so no pictures were made of the moment, however, I’m sure that those locals and the horse will see the future riders passing their home with different opinion. They’re good people, loving nature and protecting as much of it as they can while enjoying this extreme sport.

How did my day end? I was on my way to the media room to write a new story for you, but I made a detour by the local hospital when Dave called and asked me to hurry there and check on Luke and Blake, two unlucky british riders. Luke Copestake, prologue expert single class winner, had severe lower back pain after crashing in the prologue and hitting it again today, he can barely sit down, however it’s just a muscle injury and nothing’s broken, besides a swollen behind/a**.
ER sum up:
Doc: what happened with you?
Luke: i fell and hit my back.
Doc: ok, sit down.
Luke: I can’t!
Blake Summers was even more unfortunate, he caught his right foot between the bike and a big stone and sprained a few joints inside his foot. After we raced a little with the wheelchair on the ER hallway, we went into the doctor’s office:
Doc: “what’s wrong with you now? I mean, you’re a rider, of course that SOMETHING’s wrong with you!!! Anything besides that? ”
That was a short visit though, Blake jumped like a crazy bunny from the wheelchair to the car, arriving faster than normal I think!

A lot of ice, some medication, or better yet, the miracle cream of Russel White will help them both recover, and if it really does wonders, to get back on the bike tomorrow, the third day at Red Bull Romaniacs!

To hell and back

…well it wasn’t exactly going to hell, but the road to Petrosani and back was gruesome enough! How can Romania be the land of so many contrasts? Did you have enough time to notice this or was the race so tiring that you only had eyes for the pillow after it?
No one will argue with you about the beauty of romanian landscape, especially when you cross the most beautiful part of it (in my opinion)- Parang mountains with lake Vidra and the surroundings look like an all natural paradise. Do you realise how lucky you are to see places some people only dream of? To pass lands where some don’t even dare to walk?
My opinion? – I think you have to go through hell to reach paradise. It’s lost somewhere in the mountains and a few lucky people in this world dare to find lost paradises far away from civilisation, wandering the lands, seeing breathtaking places and going beyond their limits trying to accomplish every quest with success, passing all the obstacles in their way.
Were you one of these people or the only breathtaking experience was the exhaustion from three days riding in the forests?
It was real hard enduro to go to Petrosani and back to Sibiu, reaching 2500 m altitude on your way and some of the riders didn’t make it back on the bike. Lucky or not, you came back whole, but the race starts to feel deep down in your bones. Your muscles ache, you feel completely sore once you reach the finish line and relax a little. Your hands are hard and hurt, your body a little bruised, your legs tired and your mind is questioning your stamina to complete another day of racing tomorrow.

The grim looking town of Petrila was once again animated by the riders who climbed and descended the old building of a communist coal mine industry who used to sustain the whole area. Those times are long gone, the locals try to move on, but you can feel the sadness in their eyes and in their homes. Events such as Romaniacs point out perfectly how treasures stay hidden in remote areas, how amazing landscapes could be promoted into large business, if only everything around there didn’t look so 50 years ago!

The same thing works for the road to Petrosani and back, on the under contruction route of TransAlpina, the highest road in Romania. Before you reach the altitude of approx 2000 m in the Obarsia Lotrului area, down in the valley near Sugag, you could see packs of cars parked by the road and small colourful heads between the trees near by. Stop and walk around for two minutes, follow the noise and you’ll see things you wouldn’t imagine to happen so close to the road. Brave riders going up and down the steep hills did a great show for those who knew when to stop and where to sit for the best view. Some of them got lost on the way, some got injured, some had problems with the bike: Alfredo Gomez reached the service point without brakes, so he was a point of interest going down without them on such steep descents!

The third day explored the mountains of Parang and Lotrioara, with a finish line in the Olt Valley, near the brink of the river. Some of the riders complained about the fog they encountered in the alpine zone above 2000 m elevation: they couldn’t admire the view, moreover they got lost on the way! Everyone had a nice surprise from Romaniacs’ top track manager, the rain, the one who spiced up the competition during the third day of riding in the forst!

The worst accidents of the day? From what you’ve seen and what we’ve heard there was a close left turn somewhere on the track and on the best line there was a huge hole in which at least 10 riders fell and got injured. Your heart skipped a beat when you thought you’ll go down too, but you actually managed to stay on track!

One more day. Does it sound good? You’ve learned by now not to judge to quickly when it comes to what Martin Freinadametz considers an easier day!
Breathe deep and go to bed. One more day to go until you complete your goal, finishing the anniversay 10’th edition of Red Bull Romaniacs!

Fancy party glasses-HIS

19 Jan

Astazi va arat cum am facut paharele recent apreciate pe Facebook de catre prietenii mei. Le puteti inchiria/comanda pentru evenimente speciale de la Creative Event (Disponibile in curand)

Produs final:

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PRODUSE FOLOSITE:
Pahare, glitter, lipici, lipici de sticla, lac protector, banda adeziva de hartie, banda adeziva normala foarte subtire, tulle, panglica si pietre decorative.

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Am inceput prin a taia din banda de hartie un V adanc, am lipit pe mijlocul paharului(acolo unde vor veni apoi butoanele din pietre)

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Apoi, am lipit banda adeziva si pe spatele paharului, cat sa se delimiteze portiunea pe care voi aplica glitter.
Lipiciul se aplica cel mai bine cu o pensula, in strat uniform.
La fel si glitterul, tot in strat uniform trebuie aplicat si el. Dupa ce il aplicati, intoarceti paharul cu gura in jos si scuturati excesul.
Lasati asa pana se usuca si apoi pulverizati lacul protector! Atentie! Daca pulverizati si in alta parte decat peste portiunea cu glitter, e posibil sa se pateze paharul si sa arate ca si cum ar fi murdar. Lipiti cu incredere banda adeziva oriunde mai vedeti sticla 🙂

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Dupa ce s-a uscat, desfaceti cu atentie benzile adezive.
O sa va ramana portiunea curata de pe mijloc unde trebuie sa lipiti pietrele decorative. Eu am ales 3 bucati care imita cristalul. Sunt lipite cu adeziv pt sticla(super glue puternic) – Aveti grija sa nu puneti prea mult lipici si sa se intinda cand apasati piatra peste pahar!!

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Ultimul lucru pe care trebuie sa-l faceti e sa decupati o bucata de panglica si sa faceti o funda la baza paharului. Lipiti cu super-glue si e gata!!

Pentru paharul “Ei”, tineti aproape 🙂 il postez in curand!