The Interview | Dana Chelariu |

 

Dana made me fall in love with Paris.

One of the nicest and kindest persons I have virtually met (Dana, I promise, we will meet soon) and with an eye for romanticizing the world around us, Dana creates art through her photography.  She is one of those people you definitely want to have around.

 

Few words about you and what kind of beauty you bring to this world? I’m a lifestyle and travel editor living in Paris. I try to inspire people with stories and visual beauty, architecture and moments from the city I live in.

What were some of the struggles you had to go through? The one thing that still consumes me it’s not having all the time dedicated just to the writing process and inspiration quest. I have a day job that takes most of my time and energy and I only have one day off left on my week to do what I most love to do…

 

Where does your inspiration comes from? Inspiration comes while reading…books, articles etc. I always make lists with pair of words that go nice together and that I use in different contents I need to write.

What made you chose what you are doing today? I grow up without much technology and television. My escape was the mountains and the books. Lately I changed the scenery but I still have the books…People often say that because I’m more of a solitary person that I keep finding my comfort in books and writing. Truth is there’s nothing more captivating than reading other people’s stories or creating captivating and inspiring stories.

How does your work influence the world around us? I really hope people will see more  the beauty around us, dream more and think less at the côtés negatifs of life.

 

Where do you see the tendencies going towards? There will be more and more video content,  for sure.

Future plans? Inspire and encourage those around me& travel.

 If one thing, what would you advice your younger self? To dare more, to spend my time wisely, to go on travels as often I can, to be more confident…

 

 

Dana on Instagram   & This is Glamorous

 

 

 

 

Life should be lived to the point of tears

I recently came across the Japanese word ‘yugen’ and I immediately realized it embodies something that I was never quite able to put into words. Apparently ‘yugen’ is an untranslatable word but it has been described as ‘a profound awareness of the Universe that triggers feelings too deep and mysterious for words; the subtle grace and beauty in things that surround us.’ This got me thinking…I experience many ‘yugen moments’ throughout my day… I live by the sea so every time I go for my workouts on the beach and hear the sound of the waves I experience that moment of ‘otherness’, something bigger than me, as corny as that sounds…or when I’m on a plane and I have creative ideas or ‘aha’ moments, when I drink my coffee in the morning, when I listen to certain music, when I dance… So next time we talk to someone, instead of asking them how they are, we should ask…where’s the beauty in your life? How do you feed your soul? How do you witness profound feelings of ‘something else’? And I’m not talking about divine or otherworldly experience; I’m talking about this world, about experiences and feelings truly so deep…to the point of tears! Have you ever felt that? Being an extremely sensitive person as I am, I experience moments like these quite often. Maybe I feel too much or I pay too much attention to details, but I usually get these moments while travelling; on trains, planes, taxis…There’s something magical about sitting on the back of a speeding taxi and seeing your past, present and future unravel in front of your eyes…

There’s something about being in a foreign country, away from your ‘belongings’… Something similar happens when I am on a plane, only this time I get a strange awareness of myself, an acute perception of my body and my emotions. I feel as I am in a meditation state, as if I’m floating in a see with no waves. I experienced a similar ‘yugen moment’ while I was weightlessly floating in the Dead Sea, in Israel. You can’t dip your head in the water since it’s very salty; you simply float in a water with no waves and basically no life…breathtaking!

These are the moments I’m talking about, moments of complete awareness, feelings so deep which can transport us to other dimension where we feel…with every inch of us…to the point of tears!

We All Hide Something

Life is a constant game of playing hide and seek with the truth.

The truth is most of the time hard to grasp. We live in a world where lies surround us. We start by lying to ourselves and thinking that to achieve a certain goal something from the outside has to happen in order to succeed. We don’t realize that when success comes most of time it’s because something inside us changed and this solely happens when you change the way you view yourself and you come to the conclusion that happiness it’s your own permission.

So what is happiness and why do we constantly lie to ourselves hopping we can skip whatever it’s on our mind and just take the easy way out? which is pretending…

We put on these masks and we expect ourselves and the rest of the people to just accept it. The worst part is “fake it till you make it”. This can go both ways. In a moment of downfall, thinking positively can go long way but lying to yourself that you are something else, that’s tricky. I believe that for these words to actually work in our favor first and foremost, we have to be honest with ourselves. We have to drop the masks and look the truth in the face. Tough assignment! Because we want all from life – we want success and love and money and freedom and health – we want it all! But what have you done to achieve any of these goals? Why do you think you diserve them? How much have you worked for success? How well are you treating people? How active are you? Are you really doing everything you can from your side to diserve all of these?

Honesty and Investment.

We can’t be constantly honest with ourselves because we then realize how we are not and will never be flawless, that we may hit the downfall, that we make mistakes, that we are not perfect. But there are those moments of pure honesty that wake us up and we come to realize that the world doesn’t own us anything. So, we are back in the anxiety loop. And that’s ok because we are in a process of understanding ourselves, not to fix us.

Invest. No one will do the work for you. If you take the elevator instead of the stairs, you risk getting there before you are ready. I believe there is a time for everything. There is a time for making mistakes and learning from them, a time when you have to take success by the hand and there is a time to meditate. Every period has its investment.

How many of us have been told over and over again, maybe in subtle ways, that there is a ceiling you are capable of, instead of realizing that you can knock down that ceiling to come to the conclusion that there is a whole world above it?

 

 

 

 

Bonilash

An actual drugstore product that works wonders.

I have always had thin and blondish eyebrows. Always wanted them to be thicker but never went for any of the chemical drawing or tattoo. I am the type of person who likes the more natural aspect. I tried a lot of oils but nothing ever worked, until I tried Bonilash. It actually works! My eyebrows are now not just thicker, but they are full as well. And I am as happy as I can be! 

 

Eyebrows are an important part of the face and having the right ones will accentuate your beauty, but any mistake made to them and you are done! Your whole face just changes and you loose your beauty. So with a proper care, you can look great and all natural. And Bonilash did that!

 

It is one drugstore product I genuinely advice you to use it. Enjoy!

 

Sponsored by Bonilash.

Harbin Opera House

We envision Harbin Opera House as a cultural center of the future – a tremendous performance venue, as well as a dramatic public space that.

Harbin Opera House – Harbin, China

How can you describe such a magnificent work of art? Glorious.

“We envision Harbin Opera House as a cultural center of the future – a tremendous performance venue, as well as a dramatic public space that embodies the integration of human, art and the city identity, while synergistically blending with the surrounding nature,” said Ma Yansong, founding principal, MAD Architects.

 

Harbin Opera House by MAD ARchitects

Life As We Know It

Change is a funny thing…and not everyone can do it. Things aren’t what they used to be. Your whole world is transformed. You realized the ground beneath you is shifted. Now things are uncertain and there is no turning back. The world around you is different, close to unrecognizable and there is nothing you can do it about it. The future is stuck in front of you. And then something happens and that’s it … life as you know it will never be the same.

People around you change and some relationships stay and some go, even if we want to or not. It is not the best feeling, if you ask me. Throughout this life we get in contact with people that we click, we are on the same page, it is a joy to have them around. But they don’t stay. And there is this strange feeling in your stomach, like something is missing. But we get used to it and we accept it and we move one. With every relationship, of any kind, when is done, we leave a part of us behind, the part that belonged to it. So we through time losing and gaining. “Maybe that’s the way it should be”. Or maybe not.

This destiny we all have and that everyone says we should trust and follow is quite tricky and confusing at times. We have to let go of things or people we don’t want to and we have to believe this high energy that all is for our own good. Trust the the process. Trust the path. A lot of trusting going on here. Somewhere it will go for sure. I am just curious where.

 

Image by DanzaSphere Pinterest

5 Elements

Who doesn’t like a good night out spent with their friends in a place that has great food and greater atmosphere? We are all looking now not just for a place where we can eat good food but one that offers an entire experience, food wise and design and atmosphere wise.

The first time I experienced real and good Chinese food was in New York City and since then I have expected for a similar place to open up in Bucharest. Chinese food is so much more than the regular fast-food we all see at the corner of every street or in any mall. And 5 Elemente is all about bringing us this experience.

And you know, I have always trusted TripAdvisor so with an almost 4.5-star, I am pretty sure our expectations will match the real deal.

 

Sponsored by 5 Elemente