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“If people knew how hard I had to work to gain my mastery, it would not seem so wonderful at all.” – Michelangelo

People believe that the best of the best are born that talented. But it like Malcolm Gladwell says. it takes 10,000 hours to truly master any endeavor. The people who have gained great success have gotten that far through dedication and years of practice.


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“The more you praise and celebrate your life, the more there is in life to celebrate.” – Oprah Winfrey

Oprah is an oddly polarizing figure. She’s been loved and hated for her successes. She credits all of her success to positivity. When she speaks of her success, she rarely talks about hard work and determination. Rather she focuses on having the right thoughts and the right approach to life and work and values.

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“Live your beliefs and you can turn the world around.” – Henry David Thoreau

In your heart of hearts, you know what drives you and what makes you a gift for the entire world. It is probably so much deeper than you give yourself credit for. If you live those beliefs and convictions, you can make major changes in the world. That’s how a few people with no jobs (like Emerson and Thoreau) shifted the entire thinking of a nation (Transcendentalism).

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We know what we are, but know not what we may be.” – William Shakespeare

If we allow ourselves to be contained by negative thought, we will never achieve our fullest potential. Shakespeare is right to say this in the sense that we constantly struggle with selling ourselves short. Don’t get stuck in your past. Where you are now, is not where you will always be.

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“Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.” – Barack Obama

If things aren’t going your way, you only have yourself to blame. You must be the one to enact the change that you need. Chances are, things are in constant motion all around you. Maybe you have become stagnant in your personal or professional life. You must be the one to take the first steps and welcome change.

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“Virtually nothing is impossible in this world if you just put your mind to it and maintain a positive attitude.” – Lou Holtz

Everything that is possible now was once impossible before. It took dedication and fortitude for those to create what others said could not be done. Believe that you can, keep moving forward and you will. Things might get hard, but keep your positive attitude at the forefront and things will work out fine.

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“Everyone wants to ride the train but not everyone wants to lay the tracks.” – Aj Joshi


Everyone wants the perks of success but not everybody is willing to do the dirty, unglamorous work to get there. Aj Joshi compares hard work and success to building and riding a train. People will wish and complain about what they don’t have but won’t put in the work to get it.


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Photography as an art form by Edward Steichen

“The mission of photography is to explain man to man and each to himself,” Edward Steichen theorized.


He attempt and ultimate success to gain recognition for photography as an art form. In 1911 Steichen shot the latest collection of couturier Poiret for teh magazine Art et Decoration, which is now generally regarded as the 1st ever fashion shoot.


 During the First World War, Steichen was posted to Europe to run the aerial photography division of the American Expeditionary Force, and he remained there until 1919. The clarity of the aerial photographs convinced Steichen to change his style and embrace the clear, sharp images that cameras could make.


He abandoned the soft-focus and heavy retouching of his earlier work. In 1923, Steichen received his first major break as a photographer, when he became chief photographer for Condé Nast Publications.


For the next fifteen years he took fashion photographs for Vogue and portraits for Vanity Fair, becoming hugely influential in both fields. His portraits of Gloria Swanson (1924) and Greta Garbo (1928), for example, have become icons in the history of photography.


“Миссия фотографии – объяснить человека человеку и каждого самому себе”, – теоретизировал Эдвард Стейхен.


Он пытался и в конечном итоге обрел успех,  получив признание фотографии как художественной формы. В 1911 году Стейхен снял последнюю коллекцию couturier Poiret для журнала Art et Decoration, который в настоящее время, как правило, считается 1-й фешн сьемкой в истории моды.


Во время Первой мировой войны Стейхен был отправлен в командировку в Европу для управления отделом аэрофотосъёмки Американского экспедиционного корпуса, и он оставался там до 1919 года. Ясность аэрофотоснимков убедила Стейхена изменить свой стиль и обхватить четкие, острые изображения, которые могли сделать камеры.


Он отказался от своей мягкой фокусировки и тяжелой ретуши которарая присутствовала в более ранних работах. В 1923 году Стейшен получил свой первый крупный прорыв в качестве фотографа, когда стал главным фотографом “Conde Nast Publications”.


Следующие пятнадцать лет он создавал фотографии моды для Vogue и портреты для Vanity Fair, став чрезвычайно влиятельным в обеих областях. Его портреты Глории Свонсон (1924) и Греты Гарбо (1928), например, стали иконами в истории фотографии.


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“To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that is all” – Oscar Wilde

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Existing is what everybody does. Living, now that is truly rare. People who wake up every day feeling blessed with another day to be alive are the ones that are truly living on this earth.


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Royal Istanbul: Visiting the Most Fascinating Palaces

As soon as the museums were open again, I benefited from this possibility to see the stunning cultural spots of the city. Istanbul s so captivating with its rich history of royal architecture, that I fell in love with the two most important state on the first sight.

Как только музеи открылись вновь, я сразу же воспользовалась возможностью увидеть главные культурные достопримечательности Стамбула. Город настолько завораживает своей богатой королевской архитектурой, что влюбилась в два самых важных государственных дворца с первого взгляда.

Dolmabağçe is the newer and more Europeanized one. It was built between 1843 and 1856, and has an impressive territory of 110 thousand square meters, overlooking magnificent Bosphorus from the neighborhood of Beşiktaş.

Долмабахче (резиденция последнего султана Османской Империи) является более новым и европеизированным дворцом. Он был построен между 1843 и 1856 годами и имеет внушительную территорию в 110 тысяч квадратных метров с великолепным видом на Босфор из района Бешикташ.

Dolmabahçe Palace was constructed and decorated according to western styles in order to facilitate cultural exchange between the Ottoman Empire and the Europe. It’s architecture and design reflects Rococo, Baroque and Neo-classics.

Дворец Долмабахче был построен и оформлен в соответствии с западным вкусом, чтобы облегчить культурный обмен между Османской империей и Европой. Его архитектура и дизайн отражают эстетику Рококо, Барокко и Неоклассику.

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Paying the homage to style of Dolmabahçe, I decided to reflect the European classics in my outfit. I opted for an elegant midi shirt-dress in crispy white, and paired it with a pair of sling-back pumps and my iconic Tod’s fringed bag.

Чтобы отдать должное стилю Долмабахче, я решила интерпретировать идею европейской классики в своем наряде. Поэтому я выбрала элегантное платье-рубашку длины миди в белом цвете и надела его с парой открытых лодочек в паре с моей любимой сумкой с бахромой Tod’s.

Topkapi is the oldest state palace of Ottoman Empire, built in XV century. Of course, I followed all the cultural rules to visit it, putting on a modest midi dress below the knees which covers my shoulders.

Топкапы – самый старый государственный дворец Османской империи, построенный в XV веке. Конечно же, я последовала всем культурным правилам, чтобы посетить его, надев простое и женственное миди-платье ниже колен, которое покрывает плечи.

Topkapı Palace is the home of the Ottoman Sultans, and the administrative, educational and artistic center of the state.

Дворец Топкапы являлся домом султанов, а также административным, творческим и образовательным центром государства.

The palace is divided into three groups: the Outer Palace, the Inner Palace and the Harem. The Inner Palace and the Harem are the sections where the private life and official conduct of the sovereign takes place.

Дворец разделен на три группы: Внешний дворец, Внутренний дворец и Гарем. Внутренний Дворец и Гарем являются зонами, где происходила частная жизнь и правительственные обязанности султана.

The Imperial hall served as the official reception hall of the sultan as well as for the entertainment of the Harem. Here the sultan received his confidants, guests, his mother, his first wife (Hasseki), consorts, and his children. The tile belt surrounding the walls bearing calligraphic inscriptions were revetted with 18th-century blue-and-white Delftware and mirrors of Venetian glass. But the domed arch and pendantives still bear classical paintings dating from the original construction.

На фото – императорский зал, который служил официальной приемной султана, а также в качестве развлечения гарема. Здесь султан принял своих приближенных, гостей, мать, первую жену (Хассеки), фавориток и детей. Плиточный пояс с каллиграфическими надписями облицован сине-белым фаянсом XVIII века и зеркалами из венецианского стекла.

The Baghdad Kiosk is situated on the right side of the palace’s terrace with a fountain. The interior is an example of an ideal Ottoman room, decorated with colored tiles, mother-of-pearl and tortoise-shell.

Багдадский киоск расположен с правой стороны террасы дворца с фонтаном. Интерьер представляет собой пример идеальной османской комнаты, украшенной цветными плитками, перламутром и панцирем черепахи.

Surrounding the whole complex of the First to the Fourth Courtyard are the outer palace gardens. A part of this area that is facing the sea is also known as the Fifth Place.

Весь комплекс от Первого до Четвертого Внутреннего двора окружают внешние дворцовые сады. Часть этой области, которая обращена к морю, также известна как Пятое место.

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Lounging in a café of the garden terrace, I was thinking about how right my look was for visiting Topkapi. The olive green dress resembled the plants and the tiles, the flower earrings were like flowers of the magnificent interior decor, the palm Giuseppe Zanottisandals talked with the trees in the gardens, and the wicker bag by Mehry Mu was in cultural syntony with the wicker makers’ house in the first courtyard.
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Отдыхая в кафе на террасе в саду, я думала о том, насколько правильным был мой наряд для посещения Топкапы. Оливково-зеленое платье напоминало цвета декоративной плитки, цветочные серьги были как узоры великолепных интерьеров, пальмовые босоножки Джузеппе Дзанотти повторяли силуэт деревьев в садах, а плетеная сумка от Mehry Mu была в полной гармонии с Дом мастеров плетения из соломы в Первом дворе дворца.


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