Sep 28, 2012

I Can't Get This Rasputina Song Out of My Head

RASPUTINA: Holocaust of the Giants

When I was nine years old
Way back in Ohio
The hired man was digging up a well
On my father's land
He found a fossil there

It was a massive bone
And since then I’ve known
That a race of giants lived in the northern hemisphere
Ten thousand years ago they lived right here

It seems incredible
But yet it's the truth
That a fossilized and petrified
Calcified primeval brute

Was turned to stone
But he was not alone
There were hundreds of them walking on the sand toward river
Even giants think they'll always live forever

Ya da da de
Ya da da da da de
Ya da da de
Ya da da da da de
Ya da da de
Ya da da da da de

Where a stream once flowed
Into the Ohio
Everything was turned to stone

The bible speaks of this
There were giants in our midst
But they slaughtered one another in a meaningless war
Thank your lucky stars that we don't do that anymore

That gravel-encrusted skull
That was found on a river shoal
Double rows of very sharp teeth
The massive jaw measured twenty-five feet

Well it's turned to stone
There were hundreds of them walking on the sand toward river
Even giants think they'll always live forever


The bible speaks of this
There were giants in our midst
But they slaughtered one another in a meaningless war
Thank your lucky stars that we don't do that anymore

That gravel-encrusted skull
That was found on a river shoal
Double rows of very sharp teeth
The massive jaw measured twenty-five feet

Well it's turned to stone
There were hundreds of them walking on the sand toward the river
Even giants think they'll always live forever

Obviously the song is not about dinosaurs :) It sounds awful lot like an anti-war song. What do you think?

Sep 26, 2012

BOHOPAGE - New Etsy Shop with My Two Sisters

I'm am jumping up and down in excitement to announce you the beginning of BOHOPAGE, new Etsy shop of me and my two sisters!!! !! ! Not a ton of items are on the site yet, I'm working on it, but we will sell Minna's photo prints, Kaisu's art prints and my vintage finds! And of course, all of those are kind of intermingled since most of the projects are collaborations of us three in one way or another.

We also created a Facebook page that you should follow for your daily boho fill!

Oh and I had the most delightful of times putting on new vintage finds here from Vegas and skipping down the hallway outside for my one-woman-photo shoot. I had the old camera with broken screen sitting on top of two phone books on a side table, and with a few second timer it was an exercise to get these photos for you :) You can see more pics of each dress or skirt if you click on the image.

Whimsical Pink Prairie Dress for tumbling down the rabbit hole and attending tea parties

Elegant White Vintage Dress with lace details

Sexy Black Retro Peplum Vintage Dress

Turquoise and Lace Panel Princess Vintage Skirt

I'll see you around in the boho world!

Related links:
Hilarious photos of us three dressing up as kids
Meet My Sisters -post from 2 years ago

Sep 24, 2012

Would You Invite These Guests In?

The Guest House 
by Rumi (1207-1273)

This being human is a guest house. 
Every morning a new arrival. 

A joy, a depression, a meanness, 
some momentary awareness comes 
as an unexpected visitor. 

Welcome and entertain them all! 
Even if they are a crowd of sorrows, 
who violently sweep your house 
empty of its furniture, still, 
treat each guest honorably. 
He may be clearing you out 
for some new delight. 

The dark thought, the shame, the malice, 
meet them at the door laughing 
and invite them in. 

Be grateful for whoever comes, 
because each has been sent 
as a guide from beyond.


Recent mysterious and dark inspirations. Another Rumi gem I just read.
Can anyone read what it says on the third photo, in Russian it looks like? :)

Sep 20, 2012

My Humble Las Vegas Web Design Office

Outside Wynn hotel and casino
I'm pleased to announce that I have a new office for my magical Lotus Root Studio web design activities, centrally located on the famous Las Vegas Strip in the 50-story Wynn casino and hotel. As Daniel goes to play in the poker room for hours, I go with him and occupy an empty poker table. I set up my laptop and notes, and drift off to an otherworldly electronic creation dimension. 

Stephen Wynn, the guy who built my office, went vegan and made sure that the restaurants in the resort have vegan options and that they're clearly marked. So Daniel and I just had dinner delivered to my big, round, green table and we enjoyed some vegan pasta and pizza. Yumm :)

Here's the elf playing what the poker people call "mixed games". It means that they take turns playing different games of poker, such as Omaha, Razz and Badougi. And that's the extent of my knowledge.

When I get tired of sitting down and staring at the screen I can take a walk in the crazy wonderland that this place is. Some nice (window) shopping stores are very close-by too, and of course Red Velvet that's located in the Fashion Mall next door. (They sell the most delicious vegan cakes EVER!) All in all, I'm very much enjoying my new work space that I share with Cirque du Soleil who perform around the corner from my cubicle roundible :)

Sep 18, 2012

Inspirations From My Current Reading

"Did you know? According to the US Environmental Protection Agency, if every American household simply replaced one incandescent bulb with a compact fluorescent light bulb, it would do as much to lower annual greenhouse gas emissions as taking 800,000 cars off the road." -from Restore, Recycle, Repurpose 

"Anno 1670 not far from Cirencester, was an apparition; being demanded whether a good spirit or a bad? returned no answer, but disappeared with a curious perfume and a most melodious twang. Mr W. Lily believes it was a fairy. John Aubrey (1626-97) from Miscellanies" -from Fairies

from India Style 
"If  someone gives you an opinion and says, 'Hey, you look so fat,' don't take it personally, because the truth is that this person is dealing with his or her own feelings, beliefs, and opinions. That person tried to send poison to you and if you take it personally, then you take that poison and it becomes yours."  -from The Four Agreements

from Apartment Therapy
"Religion without philosophy is sentiment, or sometimes fanaticism, while philosophy without religion is mental speculation." -from Bhagavad-gita As It Is

from Rustic Style
It's late and I was getting too tired to do anything intelligible so started going through some books for entertainment. How nice it is to not have a TV! Ooh and guess what!! Daniel plays poker for living and is often at work until late at night. Tonight when he got home he had a surprise for me -- something I have had my eye on from Free People!! OMG! Is he perfect or what?

I'll join him in the sleepland now, wishing everyone sweet dreams and a wonderful new day!

Sep 16, 2012

Sugar Plum Faery Adventures in LA :: Thrift & Vintage

We flew to Los Angeles last Tuesday and passed by a huge thunderstorm in the sky. Beautiful! I met Daniel's family for the first time, enjoyed the best vegan cheesecake ever, gazed upon the Pacific Ocean and admired the sunset and delighted in how much my newly acquired tutu dress matches the sunset.

One of my first agendas in LA was of course to check out the vintage boutiques and thrift stores, and just so happened to find the perfect three blocks on Magnolia Boulevard with perhaps 10 great shops!! I need to stop a sentence somewhere. And continue. I'm excited. 

The first stop was Someone Else's wherein I pranced around in a couple of the puffiest vintage tutus you've ever seen. Their dresses are organized by decades from 50's to contemporary. 

I tried on a few dresses and skirts but none were to die for so amazingly enough I walked out of there without buying anything. The next stop was American Way thrift store which closed just as we got there. The selections appeared pretty spectacular by what I saw from the windows. But as some doors close, new ones open. American Way turned out to be neighbored by the cutest, quirkiest, hipsterest vintage boutiques I've seen in a while. And there were so many of them. OMG.

All this shopping, btw, was facilitated by my darling elf. The other night he met with his old friends and played a board game with them forever. At the end of forever he asked me if he could still play one more game. It was getting late, I was tired, ready to head home, and hesitating to say yes. Then his friend Xander stepped in,"Oh and Daniel will naturally owe you two massages for this". And so the guys kept playing :) I quickly transferred these two massage credits however into an evening of shopping with Daniel who drove his mom April's fabulous blue sports car around the city for me. And that's how I got to explore all these most fascinating destinations of Los Angeles, feeling like a super star princess. lol!

It's A Wrap is huge and sells clothes and costumes from Hollywood movie sets. This is the last store we went in and I had not yet found anything that both fit me and was a definite necessity. The above space dress was tempting but priced at 200 dollars which was a bit too galactic. Their prices varied from really cheap to WHAAAT?!!. But this is where I found my California Dream Dress. As I laid my eyes on it only one thought occupied my pink-melted mind: Sugar Plum Fairy. And so, 20 dollars poorer and one faery dream come truer, I wore this pretty magnificence to Daniel's uncle's house on the hills for a lovely dinner and get-together.

I'd be overwhelmed to spend more time in Los Angeles because I can only imagine how many more wondrous vintage & thrift shops there must be... LA is quite overwhelming in general because it's so huge and vast. It just goes on and on. And on. You have to drive a long time to get anywhere. I'm happy to go home tonight to our small and clean-aired Las Vegas :)

Someone Else's: 11024 Magnolia Blvd, North Hollywood. 
Best cheesecake ever and great organic, vegan food at Suncafe: 3711 Cahuenga Blvd, Studio City
American Way: 3226 W Magnolia Blvd, Burbank
(Sundays, Tuesdays and Thursdays all clothing is 50% off at this thrift store!!)
It's A Wrap: 3325 W Magnolia Blvd, Burbank
There are several more vintage boutiques near It's A Wrap and American Way on Magnolia.
Also an interesting gothic store called Dark Delicacies: 3512 W Magnolia Blvd
Around the corner is Rocks & Runes for gems, jewelry and such: 1006 N Lima Street
Also worth a visit, Pin Up Girl: 3606 Magnolia Blvd

Yayy! Love you! xo

Sep 9, 2012

I Am Earth's Creature :: Something Circles Perfectly

Ooo I got a package from England -- Lilly Mooncat's psychedelic space jewelry! Love it! Wearing her earth ring and alien girl necklace today. And I'm holding a pine cone for some earth energy. After all I'm an earth creature. Albeit temporarily. I have aspirations for other planets after this body drops. Until then, I'll gladly adorn it with special handmade jewelry :)

I love it when jewelry pieces have stories and meaning - gems with special properties, spiritual elements, ancient designs redone (like the silver Kalevala 'cross' I'm wearing -- it's an old Finnish pendant, found by archeologists and crafted again). Do you have a favorite piece of jewelry? That has some story? I'd love to hear in the comments.

Yesterday I took a break from working on the computer and read some Rumi poetry. This poem really touched me and I wrote it down on the back of a little circle mandala drawing:

The ending of the poem reminds me of how a certain elf prince makes me feel. I know he reads my blog so here: I love you Daniel! Thanks for taking me to Vegas and showing me the sunshine side of America! And thanks for being such a tremendous sun in my life every day! xoxoxoxoxo

Sep 8, 2012

Never Lose Your Sense of Wonder

Having a sky blue tutu day and celebrating a re-enforcement of the realization: The present moment is Miraculous. I always try to pay attention to my mind and thoughts so I notice that I worry many times a day. But it's unnecessary because it's just imagining what could or could not happen in the future, or it's reliving some past events. Unnecessary because now is what's happening. There are unlimited things that could go wrong therefore we have access to unlimited worries. Why go there? I tell my mind: "Stay here. Now. Do the right thing. Party.* Yayyy! Wear a tutu. Why not. Run watch the sun set behind the mountains. It's not too late you can make it. Go!"

"I, not events, have the power to make me happy or unhappy today. I can choose which it shall be. Yesterday is dead, tomorrow hasn't arrived yet. I have just one day, today, and I'm going to be happy in it." Groucho Marx

*In my experience anything can be partied. I party work. When I worked at Eye's in Philly I dressed up every morning for the party of work day. Now I dress up every morning and put on a bindi and lots of jewelry for sitting home and working on the computer. Going to places is a huge party. Hugging your loved one is a party. Waking up is a party.

Sep 6, 2012

Tukiji Nao :: Pretty Anime Girl Wallpapers

I googled around but didn't find info on who this character Tukiji Nao is. All I know is that I stumbled on the above image recently and have had it as my desktop wallpaper since. I've never looked into anime art much before but these ones I really like!

The images are huge so they work as wallpapers quite alright, although get cropped in most cases. Double-click on a pic and open it in another window/tab, then you can save it as big image.

B as in balance! Bananasoyicecreamcakeraspberrypiehazelnutchocolatecookieocean! (hmmm am I approaching a state of crav.. braving?) Bhakti! Bracelet! B12! Brontosaurus! Blessing! And Billion, as in a billion more Tukiji Nao drawings here. Bye Bye! Bejeweled! Oh and one of my favorite words, Banal. Used in describing some item or situation that's lame or un-super-fabulous. "Daniel, why do all cars look so banal? Why can't they be like at Burning Man?"

Blease don't have a banal beekend! 
But blissful!!

Sep 2, 2012

5 Las Vegas Realizations

#1: You don't sweat!! It's fabulous to run in the sun for 30 minutes and not sweat!! It just evaporates right off your skin. No humidity whatsoever. Love it.

#2: Although I'm now geographically closer to the presumed Yellowstone super volcano exploding and destroying America and as my mom fears, closer to the earthquakes of west coast ;) - death is still as close as it always has been.

Death is not a negative thing. Death is a portal to new places. I'm a growing being. Death is part of my growing. In many cultures death is nothing to be afraid of. I want that to be my culture too.

#3: If roughly seven thousand little ants form a highway all the way from the garage wall through to the house to your room, you can sprinkle a little cinnamon on their path and they'll disappear.

#4: I'm not as afraid of dogs that I thought I was. Me and Behr, our housemate Laura's precious, get along great!

Las Vegas is in a valley so there are mountains all around the city.
#5: Waking up in the morning is an exciting festival of exotic experiences and a sunshine-filled party of thrill and beauty because as soon as I open my eyes I can see the blue sky through the thin curtain and walk up to the window and see the majestic mountains in the horizon.