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The Barkley - Pet Hotel & Day Spa
72$/day.
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Britney Spears does it...

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 my muse,
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Solitude the way life is. 
A way of life. 

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Mary Katrantzou x Adidas Originals



Rihanna is a fan. 






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Panter - Panthère de Cartier II 2014








The 100th anniversary
of
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2014.







The Panthère perfume
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Interstellar




Interstellar
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tonight. 

Something to look forward too. 

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Sometimes
Something nice
Turns to 
Something
Sad

Buddha-Bar Spa in Evian messes up two times in a row

If you follow my blog you all know how delighted I was to have found aquabiking at Hilton's Buddha-Bar Spa in Evian and that I signed up in the end of September for an annual membership to be able to train twice a week, rearranged my working  schedule to take the bus etc. 

Nearly a month ago, October 10, I posted, if you by chance missed it, what you can read below:

WARNING - Buddha-Bar Spa at Hilton Evian - WARNING!


Warning not to believe 
promises made 
signing up for membership!
I could say typically French...
So why am I surprised?

I'm suddenly not allowed 
to book my aquabiking sessions 
well in advance 
so I can train and maintain a routine twice a week at the Buddha-Bar Spa. 
The ONLY reason 
I applied for a membership!
Which I clearly stated 
BEFORE 
putting my name on paper. 
I who was in heaven 
finally finding something 
I can do 
with my broken knee. 
At last being able 
to get fit and have fun 
at the same time. 
Talk about being tricked. 
I had to rearrange my working hours
by the Swedish company 
I'm consulting for 
to be able 
to take the bus 
to Evian in the mornings 
on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
Now all in vain. 
An enormous BUH! 
for the Buddha-Bar Spa staff 
who totally messed up for me. 

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I contacted the female staff boss and we had a talk October 16th.
She is a diplomatic person and stated I was too orderly for the French norm. 
So as they have bad experiences of people not keeping their bookings, although I had proven always to acknowledge mine, from now on I could only book one week in advance by email. 
What could I say more or less disciminated being "Swedish" where we learn at an early age NOT to waste  others time, hold our appointments and words...

So sceptical but without any other option I had to accept if I wanted my regular aqua bike training. 

What do you think happens?
Exactly!

My message last Monday morning:
Datum: 3 november 2014 07:07:10 CET

Ämne: Aquabiking Nov 11 and 13
Good morning!

I would like to book aqua biking on November 11th & 13th. Both times at 10am. 

Awaiting a confirmation. 

FAB's iPhone
Not a sound. The day after I received:
Datum: 4 november 2014 08:36:46 CET
Till: F A B 
Ämne:RE:Aquabiking Nov 11 and 13

Good morning,

I'm sorry but it's already fully booked on Tuesday and Thursday next week. But you're the first one on the waiting list.

Best regards,

X

Reason:
The staff hadn't checked the mail and therefore not read my email until Tuesday. 
Though the Buddha-Bar Spa Team is fully aware of me being ordered to email each Monday to book my Tuesday & Thursday sessions one week in advance BY EMAIL!

Well, fortunately I met the boss the same Tuesday when I was going to aqua  bike. She rearranged the bookings so I got my sessions on Wednesday 12th and Thursday 13th instead. 

Relief!

But in France you can't be certain of anything. Except if it's possible to mess something up...
Guess what?
Be sure the Frenchies will mess it up again!
Preferably in a row. 

This Monday.
The second time:

Envoyé : lundi 10 novembre 2014 05:18

Objet : Aquabiking Nov 18 and 21


Good morning!

I would like to book aqua biking 
on November 18th & 21st. 
Both times at 10am. 

Awaiting a confirmation. 

FAB

No confirmation during the day at 7.25pm I receive:
Datum: 10 november 2014 19:25:16 CET

Ämne:RE:Aquabiking Nov 18 and 21

Dear Miss ...,

Unfortunetly we dont have place for aquabiking on november 18th & 21st because our adress mail doesn't work today and we arrived to open your mail just now, we are so sorry.

And now you are the first on the waiting list if there is a cancellation.

Thank you so much for your anderstanding.

Best regards,

Buddha-bar Spa team.




Wonderful!
Not booked at all next week although I followed the ordeal. 
Somehow I start to take this personal. 
The Buddha-Bar Spa Team knows my agenda. 
 
Well, I have emailed the boss but it's a red day, 


(Passed by Yvoire. )
Armistice Day due to the end of World War I 1918, in France today so I don't expect any reply until tomorrow. 

I'm very disappointed
and tired of the French nonchalance due to me being a foreigner. 
I'd call that discrimination. 
Shame on you!

Fly away


Winter is on it's way.


Longing to fly away.


Far, far, far away. 



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Kurt Cobain: Last Session - Jesse Frohman













Kurt Cobain.

The Last Session.

Photos: Jesse Frohman. 



Courtney Love. 


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Paparazzis - Mazacchio & Drowilal






















Mazacchio & Drowilal
Artists. 
Paparazzis and other stuff. 

TRUST

 

Million tiny little things

 

Cat in a window

 

Cruisin'

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Still crusin'
after all these years...
Lucky you!
 
 
Some tips how they might have done it!
 

15 Ways to Stay Married for 15 Years

This article was originally published on Lydia Netzer's blog, "Shine Shine Shine," on April 19, 2012.

1. Go to bed mad. 

The old maxim that you shouldn't go to bed mad is stupid. Sometimes you need to just go to freakin' bed. "Let not the sun go down upon your wrath" is prefaced in the Bible by the phrase 
"Be angry and sin not." So, who's to say it doesn't mean 
"Stay angry, bitches. Don't let the sun go down on that awesome fierce wrath of yours." Seriously.
 Whoever interpreted this to mean that you should stay up 
after midnight, tear-stained and petulant, trying to iron out some kind of overtired and breathy accord -- was stupid.
 Shut up, go to bed, let your husband get some sleep.
 In the morning, eat some pancakes. Everything will seem better, I swear.

 

2. Laugh if you can.

In any fight, there is one person who is really mad, and one person who isn't that mad. 

That person should deflect the fight. 

Make a joke, do something stupid or corny, make the other person laugh. 

If the fight is very serious for you and you feel like you really want to plant your flag and die on this hill, fine. 

Do it. But if you're fighting for entertainment, or because you're just reacting, then you be the one to deflect. Fights are bad. Deflecting a fight whenever possible is a good idea.

 When you're the one who's being pissy and raw and the other person helps you get out of it and brings about peace, that feels fantastic. 

This was a hard lesson for me to learn. Letting Dan deflect a fight is the best thing, now. He does it really well.

3. Don't criticize. Ever.

Here is a fact: Whatever critical thing that you are about to say to your wife is already being loudly articulated in her head. 

And if it's true, she already feels like crap about it. 

Assuming you married someone intelligent enough to like you and sane enough to let you put a ring on it, trust that they are self-aware enough to know when they screwed up.

 It may feel good to you in that moment to say the critical thing, let it go ringing through the air in all its sonorous correctness, but it will feel awful to hear it. 

The only, only way it's beneficial to give your wife criticism of any kind is if you're absolutely positive she is completely unaware. And you better find the nicest, kindest way possible to tell her.

 And even then, good luck convincing her.

 The recognition of the thing you are helpfully trying to point out will be INHIBITED,

 not facilitated, by your criticism. 

And then you're the asshole. So be careful.

4. Be the mirror.

Your husband is the mirror in which you see yourself. And the things you say to him give him an image of himself too, which he will believe. You want him to believe it, so make it good. 

Be a mirror that reflects something positive: you're smart, you're successful, you're fantastic in the sack, you're a great provider, you're the best.

 Can you MAKE him any of these things just by telling him he is? I don't know, but consider this: the alternative really sucks. 

The things my husband says to me are 1,000 times more convincing than anyone else's opinion on earth. Don't think he won't believe you because you're married and you're contractually obligated to say nice things.

 He'll believe the shitty, insulting things you say and the gloriously positive things. 

Let your spouse hear you talking about them in glowing terms to other people. 

Be foolish. 

Be obvious. It will mean everything. 

You will stay married forever.

6. Do your own thing.

Dan races bicycles. I write books. I don't race bicycles or have any desire to race bicycles. He doesn't write books, nor does he even read the books that I write. Seriously. And I don't care.

 My opinion is that he's the fastest, coolest most awesome bike racer ever.

 His opinion is that I'm the bestest, coolest writer ever. We don't have to know all about cycling or writing in order to form these opinions -- in fact, knowledge of literature or actually reading my book might damage Dan's opinion of me as "the best writer since the dawn of time." 

We can still support each other without being all up in the other person's stuff. 

Doing your own thing, having your own friends, being completely insanely passionate about something that the other person has no idea, really, about, is awesome.

 It allows your spouse to be your cheerleader, uncomplicated by knowledge or personal investment. And it means you'll always have stuff to talk about, because you're not overlapping all the time. You don't have to read the same books either. You don't have to have the same friends.

7. Have kids.

Kids stop you from being as crazy as you want to be. Because when you have kids, you can't be that crazy.

8. Get really good at sex.

You've got all the time in the world to get really, really good, not just at sex in general, but at having sex with your one particular husband. You should make it your life's mission to become the perfect sex machine exactly for him. And he for you. There is no reason to hold back, or be embarrassed, or not ask questions and get everything working properly.

 There's absolutely no excuse for letting years drag on without becoming fully skilled, gifted sex partners for each other. It makes everything so much better. Does talking about this make you uncomfortable? How uncomfortable would it make you to know that your spouse is secretly, silently "just okay" with your sexual performance? Yeah.

You want to last 15 years, remember? That's a long time to be mildly happy.

9. Move.

Live in different houses. In different parts of the country.

 Travel.

 Make it so that you can look back and divide up your life into the years you spent in different cities, or different houses. If you're feeling stuck geographically or physically, you can confuse yourself into thinking you're stuck romantically. 

See your husband in different places, in different contexts, in different countries even. Try it. Take him to a mountaintop and give him another look. Pretty sexy.

 Take him to a new city and check out his profile. Along the same lines, don't be afraid to change personally, or let your wife change as a person. Don't worry about "growing apart." Be brave and evolve. Become completely different. Don't gather moss. Stagnation is unattractive.

10. Stop thinking temporarily.

Marriage is not conditional. It is permanent. Your husband will be with you until you die. 

That is a given.

 It sounds obvious, but really making it a given is hard. You tend to think in "ifs" and "thens" even when you've publicly committed to forever. If he does this, I won't tolerate it. If I do this, he'll leave me. If I get fat. If I change jobs. If he says mean things. If he doesn't pay more attention. It's natural, especially in the beginning of your marriage, to keep those doubts in your head. But the sooner you can let go of the idea that marriage is temporary -- and will end if certain awful conditions are met -- the sooner you will let go of all kinds of conflict and stress. 

Yes, you may find yourself in a horrible situation where it's absolutely necessary to get a divorce. But going into it with divorce in the back of your mind, even in the way way way back of your mind, is going to cause a lot of unnecessary angst. Accept that you're going to stay with him. He's going to stay with you. Inhabit that and figure out how to make THAT work, instead of living with the "what if"s and "in case of's."

11. Do not put yourself in trouble's way.

Leave your ex-boyfriends and girlfriends alone.

 I'm sure you're very trustworthy. Aren't we all? The thing is, there's absolutely no reason to test it.

 Your husband and your marriage are more valuable than any friendship. Any friendship that troubles the marriage should be over immediately. Protect it with knives and teeth, not because it's fragile but because it's precious.

 Don't ass around with a "hall pass" or a "harmless flirtation." Adultery isn't an event, it's a process with an event at the end. 

Don't put your feet on a path that could lead someplace bad.

12. Make a husband pact with your friends.

The husband pact says this: I promise to listen to you complain about your husband even in the most dire terms, without it affecting my good opinion of him. 

I will agree with your harshest criticism, accept your gloomiest predictions. I will nod and furrow my brow and sigh when you describe him as a hideous ogre. Then when your fight is over and love shines again like a beautiful sunbeam in your life, I promise to forget everything you said and regard him as the most charming of princes once more.

 The husband pact is very useful because you want to be able to vent to your friend without having her actually start hating your husband. Because you don't really mean all those things you say. 

And she, the swearer of the pact, knows this.

13. Bitch to his mother, not yours.

This is one I did read somewhere in a magazine, and it's totally true.

 His mother will forgive him. Yours never will. If you're a man, bitch to your friends. 

They expect it.

14. Be loyal.

All the crap you read in magazines about honesty, sense of humor, communication, sensitivity, date nights, couples weekends, blah blah blah 

can be trumped by one word:

 loyalty

You and your spouse are a team of two. 

It is you against the world.

 No one else is allowed on the team, and no one else will ever understand the team's rules. 

This is okay. 

The team is not adversarial, the team does not tear its members down, the team does not sabotage the team's success. Teammates work constantly to help and better their teammates. Loyalty means you put the other person in your marriage first all the time, and you let them put you first. 

Loyalty means subverting your whims or desires of the moment to better meet your spouse's whims or desires, with the full understanding and expectation that they will be doing the same. This is the heart of everything, and it is a tricky balance. Sometimes it sways one way and sometimes the other. 

Sometimes he gets to be crazy, sometimes it's your turn. 

Sometimes she's in the spotlight, sometimes you. 

Ups and downs ultimately don't matter, because the team endures.

15. Trust the person you married.

For two people who are trying to help each other, it can almost be harder to let the other person help you than it is to be the one who's helping. 

It can be harder to let the other person deflect the fight than to be the one deflecting. 

It can be harder to believe that your husband is fully committed to a lifetime of marriage than to commit yourself. 

Harder to change yourself than to let the other person change. Harder to be loved than to love. 

Weird, but true.

 I'm saying this to everyone who's newly married, and to myself: trust that person. 

Love them completely and let them love you. 

If it all goes to seed, it's going to hurt either way. Better to have gone into it full throttle. 

Full throttle marriage is a thrilling ride.

 

Somethings to think about.

Love and be loved

 
 
Love forever more
beyond 
the stars...

Awakening by the moon






Knock, knock on my window 
and the full moon 
descending 
is there. 
Admirable awakening!


Feel good


Feel good!

Happiness installations - David Allen

 
In Maine, US. 
 


 


 


 


 


 
 


 
boredpanda.com
helps me through my darker moments
this morning I found these "HAPPY" or happiness installations in 
Aren't they beautiful?
 
 
The artist David Allen:
 

"My goal as an artist is simple – to create artwork everyday that inspires, that makes people smile, and in turn makes the world a better place.

I install pieces in public view, next to roads, below bridges, at the beach, anywhere where they might be seen by someone who needs some inspiration in their life."

"My work aims to improve the collective consciousness of this world, even if it is just one person at a time. The images that I create out of natural medium are a reflection of my own inner workings, and desires for a happier, more loving and peaceful planet. 
All of these installations are created 
only with what is directly available to me 
at the time, and as with life, I am forced to make do with only what I have."
 
"Done with friction, math and physics."
 
If you want more information:
stonepointstudio.com
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