Yesterday (Aug, 25th) was my birthday. I do not really celebrate it that much for a bunch of reasons, however I have to say this year ithe event marked a completely fresh, new start for me.

It is, more or less, like the New Year’s Eve resolution stuff. You sit there and make lists for good. Or Monday’s diet. In this case, a birthday is a good chance to sit down and review your year, your expectations, your accomplishments :)

I also got …

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There are many things that inspire me. From the sound of mechanical keyboards when I type to spring smells – and the breeze. Among all these, there are words.

I like to read, it’s no surprising news. I read thousands of stories, books, anything really. And sometimes, something happens: just like today.

I was sitting down, during work, and clear it appeared in front of my eyes a verse. And then another one. And then the whole page appeared in front of my eyes, so vivid I could read it.

I speak about books, I better talk about this one. This weird writing I stumbled upon during my internet errands some years ago.

I went to a mini-vacation to my homeland. I was missing from quite some time, so a visit was needed before the regular holidays.

Sometimes you just have to stop, get off the merry-go-round and take some time for you. I haven’t done that in months. My bad.

However: new exciting adventures are about to happen! It’s all about how you see the world :)

I first stumbled upon Chyvonne Le Monnier quite some time ago. This brand is totally interesting, so when the chance happened, I got a pretty package with the Mercury Tank top in it.

What’s special with Chyvonne Le Monnier? There are many things I appreciate. First, I got to talk to the people behind the brand and it’s all about being a sweetheart. Second: the Ethical side of it all. Third: the awesome designs and the great feeling the garments give you.

The philosophy behind the ethics is pretty deep and something you should definitely care about.

Chyvonne’s garments take care of both the environment and the process, plus they actually really look and feel good. The brand itself has been founded and launched in 2014 and aimed to create alternative fashion for women who love the darker side of life and care about their impact on the wider world.

When asked for more details about it (because I’m a little curious monkey) Chyvonne replied “The ethical side is because I don’t want anyone to suffer for fashion anymore, ethical manufacturing means there is no exploitation at any point in the manufacturing chain so our gear not only looks good, it does good too!”. Which is one of the best answers ever, if you ask me. So good that I wanted to add a citation instead of rewriting it.

The Mercury Top, for instance, is free from harmful chemicals and is delivered to your door in a 100% degradable bag, so you can shop with a clear conscience. Oh, and it’s made of 100% Combed Cotton Fine Jersey! So soft!

I really wanted to know more. So I asked more and more questions, of course :)

Chyvonne is definitely into meditation and spirituality and that comes into her designs a lot through the symbols that are used. They are all symbols of empowerment, so it’s a good wish to wear them. The ancient runes of Mercury, for instance, make you feel more empowered and stronger and that witchy look is definitely something to go for!

I am just back from my five-days-vacation-in-years and I’m happy and tired.

We traveled to Barcelona, Spain. We spent most of our time walking through the city and visiting museums and historic sites.

I tried to keep track of my days on my instagram account, where you can see way more pictures and a small video of a talented guy dancing.

The city is beautiful. I’ve spent my holidays roaming around the city and the museums (which are, average-speaking, pretty expensive). I would advise as must-see the Sagrada Familia and Casa Batlló.

We visited the Sagrada Familia, Casa Batlló, Casa Milà (La Pedrera), the Gothic Quarter, the Barcelona Cathedral, The Palau de la Música Catalana, the Basílica Santa Maria del Mar, the Parc Güell, the Picasso Museum (plus a temporary exhibition about Picasso and Dalì, score! That was awesome). On the last day, we had a picnic on the hill of Montjuïc, to properly say goodbye to the city :)