dDay I 1st Year Anniversary Party
"It's been a year since I started having fun with this blog and I want to celebrate the decision to start it with people close to my heart.
It was a seemingly small step, but it brought many experiences and opportunities that I couldn't be more grateful for.
So I decided to spend an afternoon with you and a glass of champagne to keep the day from passing by too quickly . "
This is pretty much how I started inviting my friends to my party a few days ago .. I wanted to really enjoy the moment, to make a cross in my calendar and create a unique celebration that makes sense to me and to those living in my world.
So I did - with Geta's help, that is. She's a creator of emotions and context, with a terribly contagious calm and a great friend to have. I met her thanks to Dyrogue, so it was a delightful coincidence that we'd work together to make this happen.
I came to her with a concept, a sketched, a rather unpolished idea of what I wanted. We started there and ventured in finding the necessary elements for its realization. Then things gently started adding up.
To be honest, I've been dreaming about this ever since last winter .. yes, I admit, it was on top of my new year's list. Gosh, I have no idea when these last four months went by.
But nonetheless, the date approached and passed. The 6th of April was the actual b-day, d-day, whatever you want to call it. But I had to change the schedule because of the rainy weather. What else was I supposed to do?
All I knew was that I wanted my event to be outdoors, with a round table covered in sequins and a marvelous cake sitting on top - What did you expect? It's still a birthday, my dear, even if it's not a person who's celebrating it. haha. Anyway, I showed Geta a picture that inspired me and that's precisely where it all began.
The first order of business? - It was time to meet Angi from Vanilla Events, which was soon to be the first contact from my #dday list. The three of us were ready for magic in no time.
"A trecut un an de cand am inceput sa ma joc de-a blogging-ul si vreau sa ma bucur de decizia luata alaturi de oameni dragi.
A fost un pas aparent micut, dar care mi-a adus multe trairi si oportunitati pentru care nu puteam fi mai recunoscatoare.
Asa ca am decis sa-mi petrec o dupa-amiaza cu tine si un pahar de sampanie ca sa nu las aceasta bucurie sa treaca prea repede. "
Cam asa incepea invitatia lansata pritenilor cu cateva zile in urma.. voiam sa marchez momentul, sa-l trec in calendar si sa-mi creez o sarbatoare unica, care face sens pentru mine si pentru cei din lumea mea.
Asa ca asta am si facut - cu ajutorul Getei, o creatoare de emotii si de context, cu un calm molipsitor si o buna prietena, cunoscuta tot prin Dyrogue.
Am venit cu un concept, o idee schitata, neslefuita, si impreuna ne-am aventurat in gasirea tuturor elementelor necesare pentru realizarea lui.
Mi-am dorit sa fac asta inca din iarna.. da, recunosc, a fost pe lista de anul nou. Nici nu stiu cand au trecut 4 luni si ceva de atunci, pe cuvant.
Dar data s-a apropiat si a trecut 6 Aprilie, cand a fost defapt programat eventul. Ploua si am amanat, ce era sa fac?
Tot ce stiam a fost ca voiam sa fie in aer liber, cu o masa rotunda acoperita in paiete si un tortulet, ca na, totusi e o zi de nastere, chiar daca nu e a unei persoane, hihi.. i-am aratat Getei o poza care m-a inspirat si acolo a inceput totul.
Primul drum? Sa o cunosc pe draga de Angi de la Vanilla Events, care ulterior va fi prima persoana de contact din lista #dday. Toate 3 aduse la o masa am realizat planul..
My soul was struggling with a sweet kind of agitation and it let all my emotions sink in the moment I started walking down the wooden stairs to the lake. I was stunned - utterly overwhelmed by the beauty of the sight.
There I was, passing by the girls from La vie en rose braiding dozens of orchids with dusty pink rosebuds and peonies, on the water's edge. White tables with tall, glass structures where making place for the ephemeral pastel cakes.
Macarons, cake pops, cupcakes, mini carrot cakes..
For them, I had the great joy of talking with no one else than Dana herself. Dana, as in 'Cofetaria' Dana, which we all admire. - I left her surprise me with the centerpiece.
A fost o agitatie foarte dulce in sufletul meu, iar emotiile pe care le simteam cand am coborat scarile pontonului chiar m-au coplesit pentru moment.
Treceam pe langa fetele de la La vie en rose, care impleteau zeci de fire de orhidee cu bujori si boboci de trandafir, intr-un roz prafuit, pe marginea apei. Se oglindeau mese albe cu suporturi inalte de sticle, unde isi gaseau locul efemer prajituri pastelate.
Macarons, cake pops, cupcakes, mini carrot cakes..
Nu am vorbit cu nimeni alta decat Dana, de la Cofetaria Dana pe care o admiram cu totii. - Pe ea am lasat-o sa ma surprinda cu tortul.
I didn't want to choose the cake myself, nor could I. I swear, I have no idea how others can do it.
That's because I'm completely undecided in front of too many possibilities, and her lab can make any crazy idea you may get out of sugar and cake.. but I never thought mine would turn out to be just as unique.
The color enchanted me before all. A copper shade matching the tablecloth, which, by the way, got me running through the whole city the week before.
No kidding, I've been from one end to another and not just once! I ended up buying the whole stock of copper-colored sequin fabric from Cluj just for this event. I got it out of three different stores, finally uniting the pieces at a tailor.
"No way, it's too narrow, miss, can't you see?" the woman was arguing.
"Hm .. no, I can't." I peevishly replied in my mind. "I'm sure we can figure something out." I said instead, trying to be sympathetic.
..and it seems that my stubbornness paid off.
Nu voiam sa-l aleg eu, nici nu puteam. Habar n-aveam cum pot altii!
Asta fiindca sunt complet indecisa in fata prea multor posibilitati, iar laboratorul ei poate realiza orice nebunie iti trece prin gand.. dar nici nu m-am astepat sa fie chiar atat de unic.
Culoare m-a fermecat. O nuanta a cuprului in ton cu fata de masa, pentru care alergasem prin tot Clujul.
Chiar in tot, dintr-un capat in altul si nu numai o data.. si apropo, am epuizat stocul de paiete aramii din oras pentru ideea mea, luand materialul din trei magazine, unind intr-un final bucatile la croitor. A fost putina bataie de cap pana la urma.
"Nu se poate, e prea ingusta, domnisoara, nu vezi?" ma mustreaza doamna.
"Hm.. nu, nu vad" imi comenta constiinta obraznica in gand. "Haideti sa gasim o solutie, sigur se poate." ii spun incercand sa fiu intelegatoare.
..si se pare ca incapatanare mea a dat roade.
At the party, the background music combined nature with glamor, and the boys read my tastes perfectly, without me having to send them any tracks.
I got really lucky with them, too. I started off thinking about bringing a live band, to a pick-up, but at the end I kinda got to the conclusion that we need a real DJ for this job.. just that it was getting late. Very late.
I called him just one day prior to the party:
".. And that's pretty much my idea, how about it, would you like to come?" I asked him, stressed out, hoping that he liked the concept.
"Yea, sounds good, but when is it exactly?"
"Ahem.. well .. tomorrow .."
"Ah? Tomorrow, really? - I can't."
And so I felt my heart drop from my mouth to the pit in my stomach. What was I gonna do now? It can't just be quiet! I mean. it could .. but not like this, not now, we need them. - I was thinking.
Then it struck me! I caught one last ray of hope and asked "Wait, from what time are you actually busy tomorrow?"
"11" He said.
"AHAHAaahaa! It's perfect! My party is due in the afternoon before sunset."
Coincidence, luck, fate, call it whatever you want, but it's clear that the stars were lining up for me this time. Either that or it's full of wonderful people around me lately.
I came across men and women who inspired me with their openness, that I can honestly say I regained my faith in today's society. There are really a lot of passionate and professional artists around here!
With a light up spirit and a big mouth, taking on phone calls all the time, the days finally passed ..
Muzica de fundal imbina natura cu glamorul, iar baietii mi-au citit gusturile fara sa le fi recomandat vreo piesa.
Dar si cu ei am avut noroc. De la formatie live la un pick-up, am ajuns la concluzia ca avem nevoie de DJ, cel putin la petrecerea asta, de ei era nevoie.. doar ca m-am hotarat tarziu. Foarte tarziu.
I-am sunat cu o zi in urma:
".. si cam asta e ideea mea, ce zici, vrei sa vii?" il intreb cu inima la gura, sperand ca-i place conceptul.
"Da, clar, suna bine, dar cand e mai exact?"
"Ah? Maine? - Nu pot."
Si uite asa mi-a cazut inima de la gura pana in stomac. Ce ma fac acum? Nu putem sta in linistie! Adica putem.. dar nu-i okay, avem nevoie de ei.
Am prins o ultima raza de speranta "Stai asa, de la cat esti ocupat maine?"
"AHAHAaahaa! E perfect! Petrecerea mea e dupa-masa, inainte de apus."
La momentul acela saream in sus si in jos, dand din maini ca la aerobic. Eram in extaz.
Coincidente, noroc, destin, spune-i cum vrei, dar e cert ca astrele s-au alineat intr-un fel sau altul pentru mine. Asta sau chiar e plin de personaje minunate in jurul meu.
Am dat peste oameni care m-au inspirat prin deschiderea si felul lor de a fi, incat chiar mi-am redobandit increderea in societate, e plin de pasionati, artisti si profesionisti pe aici!
Cu un spirit viu si multe conversatii telefonice, au trecut zilele..
Arrived after a long morning at Motel Gilau, on Thursday, the 23rd April, I was pleasantly surprised of how everything fit together. I couldn't even believe it was all happening now.
Time seemed to be in my favor for the first time ever ..and it was running slowly.
Impatient, I left the sun and locked myself inside.
I looked in the mirror and saw myself smiling, by my own, in room 103.
Andrei hasn't arrived yet .. though he was supposed to be here already.
Little did I know back then that he stopped on the way to get me a surprise from everybody, that conspired for a bouquet of 120 roses.
"10 for each past month." I whispered when I found out just how many they were.
"But it's not my birthday!" I kept repeating in my thoughts, amused. But literally spilling out happiness.
It was impossible to be more excited than that.
Ajunsa dupa o dimineata lunga la Motel Gilau, joi, in 23 Aprilie, am fost surprinsa atat de placut de felul in care toate s-au potrivit, incat nu-mi venea sa cred ca acum chiar se intampla.
Timpul parea sa fie pentru prima data in favoarea mea ..si se scurgea incet, incet.
Nerabdatoare, am parasit razele soarelui si m-am inchis inauntru.
M-am privit in oglinda si ma vedeam zambind, de una singura, in camera 103.
Andrei inca n-a ajuns, desi.. trebuia sa fie aici deja.
Nu stiam pe atunci ca poposise la florarie, ca toti conspirasera pentru o surpriza de 120 de fire.
"10 pentru fiecare luna trecuta." i-am soptit cand am aflat.
"Dar nu e ziua mea!" ma auzeam repetand in gand, amuzata. Dar radiam, la propriu.
Era imposibil sa fiu mai incantata de atat.
The dress I wore was came out of a play with a fabric and Diana at her workshop. I loved it. Simply as that. The way the crease lines guide your sight, the color, the hour glasss shape, everything.
I closed the door behind me and headed back to the lake, passing by the green garden of the Motel, the dress caressing the fresh spring grass.
It's the ideal season for a new beginning, I thought, fascinated.
Rochia nascuta dintr-o joaca cu Diana, la ea in ateleier, doar cu cateva zile in urma, o luasem pe mine imediat. O iubeam. Pur si simplu. Felul in care linile cutelor iti ghideau privirea, culoarea, tinuta, tot.
Am inchis usa in urma mea si ma indreptam din nou spre lac, trecand pe langa gradina atat de vie a Motelului, cu rochia mangaind iarba proaspata, de primavara.
E anotimpul ideal pentru un nou inceput, ma gandeam fascinata.
For the first time I was somehow happy that something good has passed. A whole year full of new experiences, new beginnings. With each row of an article, with each event and each new reader, all led to where I am today.
It may not be too far, but it's a journey and the destination doesn't bother me too much yet.
That's because on this journey I've had the chance to meet valuable people who played a major role in my personal development. In increasing the quality of my life and in protecting the pink bubble people like to say I live in.. and I can't believe it's still intact after everything.
Not too long ago I wrote an article about what I learned from blogging, and this day was a celebration of these points and a joy for my close ones.
Parca, pentru prima data eram fericita ca ceva bun a trecut, un an de zile plin-plin de noi experiente, noi inceputuri. Cu fiecare rand al unui articol, cu fiecare eveniment sau fiecare nou cititor, toate au dus pana unde am ajuns astazi.
Nu e departe, dar e un drum, iar destinatia deocamdata nu ma framanta.
Asta fiindca in aceasta calatorie am intampinat oameni valorosi care au jucat un rol major in dezvoltarea mea. In cresterea calitatii vietii mele si in protejare bulei roz in care simt ca traiesc.. si nu-mi vine sa cred ca e inca intacta.
Nu de mult am scris un articol despre ceea ce am invatat din blogging, iar aceasta zi a fost o celebrare a acestor puncte si un prilej de bucurie pentru cei dragi mie.
Not even the bottles of Prosecco or the summer cocktails missed from the scene. Hugo, our favorite, and "The Anniversary" was there. The latter is served in a huuuge cup, a typical Cafenoar party-starter! The guys from Cafenoar didn't miss dDay either. If you remember that my story with Andrei began at Cafenoar, then you'll understand why they also had a special place in the landscape. (Look it, it's here if you missed it.)
If I weren't there to soak it all up, then I would have probably said that the lines above are just filled with pompous adjectives, only to create an idyllic image of how it's been. But well, believe me if you want to, if not, then take a look at the moments captured by a new friend, Laura Balc and see for yourself.
Thanks to her I have the pictures that will make my memory last forever.
N-au lipsit nici sticlele de Prosecco sau cocktailurile de vara. Hugo, preferatul meu si a lui Andrei; si "Aniversarea", din paharul imens a celor de la Cafenoar a fost acolo sa completeze momentul. Daca-ti mai amintesti ca la Cafenoar a inceput povestea mea cu Andrei, vei intelege de ce au avut si ei un loc special in peisaj. ( Uite-o, e aici. )
Daca n-as fi fost acolo, as fi spus ca randurile de mai sus sunt exagerate, epitele pompoase creaza doar o imagine idilica, ireala. Crede-ma daca vrei, daca nu, priveste momentele surprinse de o noua prietena, Laura Balc si te vei convinge.
Multumita ei am fotografiile care imi vor face amintirea nemuritoare.
From this experience I learned that you can make beautiful things with beautiful people. If you're just passionate enough about what you do and you can show that passion to the entire world, then you'll inevitably attract people just as passionate to help you out.
And without the help of each contribution I'll mentione below, I wouldn't ever have thought that I, lill ol' me, can live to have such a story-like experience.
Who would have thought just one year ago ..?
Din aceasta experienta am invatat ca alaturi de oameni frumosi poti face lucruri frumoase, iar daca esti suficient de pasionat de ceea ce faci si poti arata lumii aceasta pasiune, vei atrage oameni la fel de impatimiti sa te ajute.
Iar eu fara ajutorul fiecarei contributii de mai jos, nu as fi crezut ca tocmai eu pot trai sa am o astfel de seara de poveste.
Cine sa fi crezut acum un an.. ?
A big Thank you from the bottom of my heart to..
My beloved Party Planner: Geta Ungurean All the decor and furniture and love: Vanilla Events
The sweets & my glorious Cake: Cofetaria Dana
All the floral art and cake decoration: La Vie en Rose
The epic photos & great company: Laura Balc The video and it's creative concept: DD-Visual
The dDay Dress: Xenia Design
The fairytale location & room 103: Motel Gilau
One of a kind drinks and cocktails: Cafenoar The music and atmosphere: DJ George & DJ Mini ( DJs @Crush) My hairdo: Erika - Pop Academy My hair jewel: Accessory Store My friends for the joy and laughter and gifts & the bouquet. - I really love you guys!