The Fake Facades of Nervi

We have recently moved to Genoa, a beautiful old Italian city by the seaside, close to the Italian riviera and only two hours away from Niece. Our choice of rental apartment fell on an area called Nervi, the last outpost of Genova municipality before the pompous riviera with its yachts and groomed chihuahuas begins. I…

Blog Re-Launch

Ok, it’s been three years since my last post… I was living in New York at the time and the city had a strange effect on me. You know how most people go on and on about how inspiring they find New York and how it is vibrant and gives ideas and boosts your energy levels…

The MET Visit, New York

We’ve moved to New York a few months ago but I was so busy at work that my planned top-priority visit to the MET museum has been pushed back quite a few times. Finally, on a crispy-cold December day I headed there on my own to explore and to absorb the beauty. Like most people,…

Moscow metro

Moscow underground stations have been long known to the tourists for their artworks. Some call it a free museum as there are some remarkable sculptures, mosaics, and paintings at most older, central stations that are over fifty decades old. Recently, however, there’s been some construction under ground and new stations have been added to the…

…Russian Maiolica from Yaroslavl region in NYC…

Last month UN Women’s Guild organized yet another wonderful charity event to help children and women from rural areas of some developing states. From what I gathered, women’s guild of the UN is a remarkably international community, and the idea was that each member brings something to the charity bazar from her own country or…

Gentle

I’ve finished this long thread of pink and colored quartz beads that I bought in Bangkok.. It matches so many outfits!:)

Brussels Creations: Happy Colors

So, I’ve been based in Brussels for a few months now, working on my PhD. It is not that great around here in February, like in so many other places: Brussels’s been grey and rainy, and I was dreaming of spring and summer colors! This set (necklace + earrings) with purple Swarowski crystals and cat…

Кукла Мукла / MOOQLA Dolls Russia

One passion of mine is dolls. Hand-made, rare, unique dolls. So much effort, craftsmanship and love goes into making a doll real, it’s almost magical, this creative process, and one day I would love to make a doll of my own… Meanwhile I enjoy others’ creations. While working as a purchasing manager for a small gift…

Green Bird – online beading shop in Russia

With great interest and enthusiasm have I been following for the past years the growth of a lovely start-up which grew into a full-blown beautiful professional project Green Bird. I first read about it in some magazine, Cosmopolitan or something like that, around 2008 in Moscow and since then subscribed to Green Bird’s mailing lists and…