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For The Days You Choose To Be Happy

 

It was about time to leave summer behind and look forward to winter – the verb, if there existed one. Only it is still warm outside and I don’t know whether we should be happy or not about that, since this might be a matter of global warming.

Leo DiCaprio has been warning us. My parents have been teaching me since forever to not take this planet for granted and to diminish any trace of carelessness when regarding it: water – Cristinaaa! when forgetting to turn it off post washing the dishes (yes!), food – they wouldn’t take me to McDonald’s and I would always sing McDonald’s song from the commercial hoping they would stop and feed me, electricity – when reading, yet still having the TV on and so on and I am not even mentioning throwing things in the streets or whatever, nature – planting trees and observing them grow.

The little things.

Other than that, I was allowed to go on parties, to stay up late and watch the Oscars or the MTV Video Music Awards, to draw on windows for holidays, to appreciate my brother when he would loudly listen to music, to climb each and every one of them (mom, dad, brother) if I felt like. They trusted me, they knew what they were raising, I come now to realise.

Oh, and try not to throw your gum in the streets, I’m telling you karma will get you and gum will stick to your feet one day. It got me (sorry, mom!). Not even out the window of the car, trust me! Moreover, a bird might try to chew it and they don’t know they’re not allowed to.

The little things which are not, in fact, little.

So life is beautiful, as Benigni would say – and mustn’t be taken for granted either and there will always be good days and bad days – if we truly take care and dream about it to be beautiful and true. Otherwise, you can throw the damn gum and you can only look down and stay in misery, but why da fuck would you? Unless choosing to be lame and complain and be too damn lazy to fight. Or just to be stupid.

You could, though, and should, most definitely, have a McDonald’s once in a while to stay sane.

For health there’s love, intuition, meditation, exercise, reading, watching movies, dreaming.

Even in meetings.

Or, you know, wearing some of the clothes you like on a day that just might turn into a good day thanks precisely to them. And this is why clothes are never just clothes. They help you cover parts only loved ones should see.

I held you in my arms when you were little and wanted to pee, my brother always says.

Gee…

If I Could Offer You Only One Tip For The Future, Sunscreen Would Be It

 

Some things just have a way to randomly come into our lives and stay and say “hi” once in a while as a reminder of what we believe in, of what truly makes us happy, of the individuals we want to be, of picking up the phone and say something hilarious to someone we love or of  simply “wearing sunscreen”.

As Baz Luhrmann would say.

It was the Summer of 2000 when my parents, brother and I were on a road trip through Southern Europe. It was one of the most fun and genuine holidays ever, we were travelling by a map actually made of paper and were actually looking at the surroundings with our eyes not through our phones, but talking and listening to music just like we do today.

Music.

It was in Andorra la Vella, the capital of Andorra, where I remember sitting in the back of the car with my mom, but always pushing with my shoulders between the front seats – almost always occupied by my dad and brother – while sitting on my pits and looking through the front window frame. Very comfy. It was right then and there that I first heard Baz Luhrmann’s Sunscreen.

The subconscious must have listened very carefully to the lyrics for they till today take me straight back to the 2000, the road trip, the family, the light, the ease, the dreams from when being a kid, the tease I used to – I still do it 😈 – annoy my brother with, the ideals, the excitement of life literally. I had no idea of Luhrmann, Shazam didn’t exist, so I just let my mind wander. No frames, no nothing.

I had seen his Romeo & Juliet, though, starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Claire Danes, without knowing it’s his. When my brother told me who Baz is some time later, I loved making the connection. Shakespeare’s tragedy is one of my all time favourite adaptations. However, the lyrics are not his, they were taken from a famous essay, written in 1997 by Mary Schmich, a columnist with the Chicago Tribune.

It is amazing how some memories are still so vivid in my mind, piece by piece, word by word, and others seem like from a completely different life, regardless of time or space.

It’s also amazing how at 15, some of us were so sure that by 21 we would have become what we had already figured out of wanting to become by 21. Well…

Life is anything but a certainty. It’s pretty fun.

So, when bumping into the news on H&M’s latest collaboration – dropping stores November 2nd – with the London based must-have designer loved by celebrities and fashion insiders alike, Erdem, I could not but awe at the even more exciting news that the visionary filmmaker Baz Luhrmann will bring the collection to life through his unique storytelling.

For me, fashion is always about more than just clothing, it is a form of expression – a standalone art form. I am excited to be collaborating with Erdem and H&M to reveal the story of this unique collection, says Baz Luhrmann.

I wonder if this happened thanks to wearing sunscreen. I can not say that I can not sleep until I see the short fashion film, but I can say that I was happy to go for a brief moment back into the 2000 thanks to Luhrmann again and to look through the eyes of the then kid in the car at the individual today.

A glimpse.

There is a point in doing one thing everyday that scares us. It might not happen everyday, but things like walking on a wire at 16 m high (even when protected) make me feel like Batman, make me want to find Batman and borrow his suit for a day like there is no tomorrow.

Seeing a bug, though, always freaks me out to the extent of barely finding the courage to put a glass over it, then leave a note on the spot and hope for someone to come and read it and then take the bug out of it. No point here. Just scare.

However, the sunscreen must keep the bugs away.

Way.

Erdem Spring 2017 Ready-to-wear:

Photos via voguerunway.com