“The New Notebook Syndrome” – or how “Creativity” is overrated.

I want to start a new chapter in my blogging practice with a piece of writing that has been forming in my head for a while now. I believe it can describe the state that many creatives (me included) go through, at different moments of their lives:

 

I will call it “The New Notebook Syndrome”.

To understand this analogy, imagine a cool, beautifully designed, brand new notebook.

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Which you purchase in order to write down your great ideas. And oh boy, you have loads of them. But months later, it is still crispy clean and empty. Full of unused potential.

 

And you continue on keeping it clean.

 

Because no idea seems good enough to write it down.

All of those things that come to your mind seem shallow and immature the moment you take a pen and plan to write it down. And the time passes, and the promising ideas get forgotten, and you wait for the new ones to come, just to forget them all over again.

 

 

In my case this “syndrome” is caused by an “A” Student Complex. Brought by the system that raises you in the belief that nomistake should be made in the process.

 

As a child, I was very excited about studying. Funnily enough it wasarithmetic operations and writing short stories that was a big part of my spare hours entertainment as a 6 years old.

I couldn’t be more excited of going to school.

But as soon as it started, my teachers and the system have paid less attention to my eagerness and more attention to the fact that I was a very messy writer.

I could understand the grammar or see the way that maths worked, but I was surely going to make a mess while working on it. And so, according to the post-soviet system I happened to grow up and study in, my grades where never good, because of the mistakes I used to do while working.

 

I remember watching cartoons, and seeing that the kids in the U.S usedpencils instead of pens while studying and it was something that made me extremely jealous. The ability to erase the mistakes that came during the process, so that no mess overshadows the correct results. And that is the mistake of the system that raises people like me. Scared to start, believing that they will mess up along the way.

 

This human pattern is not only common among the creatives, it is universal. But instead of “The New Notebook Syndrome”, it is “New Year Resolution Syndrome ” or “I Will Start Next Monday Syndrome ” or simply “Not Today” that is a major problem that affects the population of the whole world.

We stop ourselves before we even begin, because of the ultimate fear of messing up, and if we mess up, than “what’s the point in doing it?”

The “If you do something, do it right” might have had all the best intentions, but it might have been wildly misinterpreted along the way.

 

And for me, today is the day that I will break my pattern, and do all thosethings that I was putting away for far too long.

 

– Posting this post, in order to continue practicing my writing and analytical skills.

– Finally starting to use a “Not So New, but Empty Notebook”.

– Using this casual Wednesday to start sports routine, (instead of pretending that another day of the week, such as Monday, is more appropriate to start anything at all.)

 

And I will start this challenge for myself and do this for the 21 days ( or 22, or 20, or whatever it takes) and if one of these days I mess up, and I don’t deliver on my promises, I will just continue were I left it the next day, and the day after and so on, until it just becomes an unquestionable routine.

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Lexus’ Hoverboard is here

“There is no such thing as impossible, it’s just a matter of figuring out how,” – Haruhiko Tanahashi – Lexus Chief Engineer.

In the video we can see a professional skateboarder Ross McGouran re-mastering his abilities in order to conquer the hoverboard.

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According to Lexus, the hoverboard testing was recently completed at a specially-built “hoverpark” in Cubelles, Barcelona, Spain. The innovative, 11,5 kg, board is not available for purchase as it is only created for demonstration purposes.

Those who remember the hoverboard prank done by Tony Hawk in 2014, may ask themselves a question – does the Lexus hoverboard actually hover?

The answer is: It Does. Even above a small layer of water. I am sure Ross has felt like Jesus. At least for a second.

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As explained by the Lexus team the hoverboard is using a magnetic levitation principle that is achieved by the use of liquid nitrogen that cools the superconductors to -197°C generating a magnetic field between the superconductors and permanent magnets mounted in the surface the board rides on. The innovation behind the technology is pretty impressive, although the given board can only “work” on the given surface.

Lexus team might have felt the pressure delivering the product now as the October 21st, 2015 is the official Back to the Future day, and according to the movie, we should be using electronics that talk and pretty much everything that flies, and the hoverboard has always been the most desired object of the movie fans.

Even tho it doesn’t seem like we will be seeing hoverboards on the streets anytime soon, Lexus “Amazing in Motion” publicity campaign has managed to attract a lot of attention from a very wide range of consumers. Let’s be honest we’d all enter a Lexus dealership office if they had offered a #hoverboardtestdrive.

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Cotton House Barcelona

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Barcelona is full of wonders, those who have visited it at least once know they will come back.

Those who live there, never stop being surprised by the new and inspiring places, that seemingly appear out of nowhere.

One of those places is the new Hotel Cotton House. The building of the Cotton House Hotel is a former headquarters of the Cotton Textile Foundation “Fundación Textil Algodonera”, an emblematic 19th-century landmark in the neoclassical style designed by a Catalan architect Elies Rogent.

Built when the textile industry was at its height, it was sold in the middle of the 20th Century to the Cotton Producers Guild which established its headquarters there, the idea was to create a genuine Cotton House Hotel.

The 83-room magnificent property was revitalised by interior design studio Lázaro Rosa-Violán, who have contrasted its rich, in decorative details, style with contemporary furnishings and lighting.

The hotel also offers its guests a variety of luxurious services:

  • “Batuar” Bar & Restaurant – a place that offers a non-stop service on the whole appetizing menus from 7 a.m until midnight (something quite unusual and useful for Barcelona). Their Spanish Brunch menu for 2 deserves some special attention too.
  • The Terrace – a 300 m2 impressive terrace with lush vegetation and impressive view, accessible from the Batuar Bar & Restaurant. (I personally think that it’s the terraces that make a truly wonderful and relaxing Barcelona experience)
  • Outdoor Pool – the roof of the building is offering a magnificent outdoor pool with views, an irreplacable facility for any hotel in sunny Barcelona.
  • Gym & Spa – the hotel offers its guests a possibility to continue with their regular exercise routine in a well equiped gym. And for those who wish to enjoy a complete luxury spa experience the hotel is collaborating with the Mayan Spa (awarded “Best Luxury Spa in Europe” in 2014 by the World Luxury Spa Awards Academy), that has the adjoining entrance to the Cotton House Hotel.

    The treatments start with a mear €45 for a facial treatment elevating up to €125 for an 80 minute full body massage.

  • The library – a space where the guests can enjoy a traditional English afternoon tea, or use for work meetings, celebrations or events.
  • Gossypium (not digging this name too much to be honest) – “Gossypium” (or “cotton flower” in Latin) is a special concierge service that offers each guest the information of personal interest, whether it is cultural, artistic, about cuisine or practical. Through their “gossyps” (pun intended) they hope to give their guest’s an intense, enriching and authentic experience of Barcelona.
  • L’Atelier – an artisanal tailor service provided by the professionals of Santa Eulalia, the most prestigious tailor establishment in Barcelona. (Fancy..)

Cotton House Hotel in Barcelona is the latest addition to Marriott’s Autograph Collection.

See the photos of a beautiful Cotton House Hotel bellow, and give it a visit for a truly unique experience.

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The Suite

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Batur Bar & Restaurant

 

 

Batur Bar & Restaurant

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The Terrace

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Outdoor Pool

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The Library

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The Library

 

Mirabilia Romae by Valentino

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Italian fashion house Valentino has done some big preparations for their Fall-Winter 15/16 Haute Couture show this year. Mirabilia Romae (which means “Marvels of Rome” in Latin) is a multi-point location exhibition (about the secret marvels of Rome, obviously) that will be showcased during the fashion week and can be discovered with the help of Mirabilia Romae app, that is available for both iOS and Android.

“With the project Mirabilia Romae we wanted to show, from our perspective, the wonders of the city that inspires us every day. We love its beauty, its contrasts, its facets, its ability to transform itself over time and project itself into the future “ commented Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli, the creative duo behind Valentino.

It is always better to discover any city with the help of the locals, imagine discovering a city as marvelous as Rome with the locals as inspiring and knowledgable as the house of Valentino in collaboration with art historian Filippo Cosmelli.

If this sounds like a great plan for you, download the app and wait for the show that will take place in Piazza Mignanelli in Rome on July 9th at 19:30.

 

Custom fashion show apps seem to be very on trend these season, let’s see if someone can surprise us even more.

 

Unisex Jewellery by Annelise Michelson

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ANDAM Nominee Annelise Michelson Debuts Unisex Jewellery Range.

Feeling like adding some hidden bondage to your daily look? Love to steal stuff from your boyfriend/girlfriend? Annelise Michelson got you covered on that.

I don’t want to make women look pretty and harmless,”says Annelise Michelson. “Women are sexy, desirable, and complex. I want to give them weapons.”  And that is exactly what she does with her bold and sculptural jewellery.

Her debut Unisex Jewellery presents an good range of rings, bracelets, necklaces and earrings, all designed to be worn by both men and women.

“The pieces are, when seen by themselves, very neutral, and one could even say genderless, yet when worn, they look very sexy on a girl—and as well on a man.”

It looks like the designer was inspired by industrial materials like chains and wires, presented in silver and gold, these pieces wind sensually around the wearers body. According to Michelson she also wanted to create a playful associations of bondage knots that twist into seamingly infinite loops.

Check out the entire collection bellow.

Mademoiselle Privé by Chanel for Only Watch

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This November, the Only Watch charity auction of one-of-a-kind watches will take place in Geneva.

The auction is partnered with Monaco Association Against Muscular Dystrophy auctioning watches in order to raise money for the charitable medical cause.

Chanel’s unique piece for this year’s Only Watch charity auction is a Mademoiselle Privé in 18-carat white gold set with 140 diamonds.

This unique Swiss Made piece is embroided with three stunning white camellias each with a natural pearl in the centre.Mademoiselle Privé combine two different embroidery techniques, metallic threads embroidered using a Luneville hook accentuate the outline of the flowers, while straight points are embroidered with bright white silk threads form the inner petals, giving a striking depth to the dial.

The elegant watch come with a matching white satin strap and is powered by a quartz movement. The hour and minute indications are shown off-centre in the 5 o’clock position.

The guideline price for this model in the Only Watch 2015 auction is €40,000.

 

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Emporio Armani Sounds

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All the lovers of fashion show soundtrack behold! There is no more need in Shazaming during the catwalks.

Today, Emporio Armani has launched it’s latest venture where Fashion and Music finally come together.

Emporio Armani Sounds app gives you access to the exclusive playlists and performances from your favorite artists, such as Calvin Harris and The Klaxons. You can also listen to the songs playing in your local Emporio Armani store and the part I am excited about the most – soundtracks from the fashion shows – all with music by Spotify.

Emporio Armani Sounds is promised to be updated weekly with exciting content, connecting you to the very best new music and fashion from across the globe – and all at your fingertips.

The app is available for iOS and Android!

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