Society6 Giveaway!

Last friday was a great day, I've finally launched my Society6 shop. YAY! The feedback was absolutely great and I couldn't be more happy. I feel truly honored when someone takes time out of their busy day to send some encouragement, so I thought this would be a great opportunity to give back to those who follow this blog + or that follow me over my social media accounts. This is for all of you out there! 

Since I'm feeling so grateful I've decided to host my very first GIVEAWAY. This is oh so cool, right? 

What am I giving away?

One of my Pillows

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One of my Mugs

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One of my Art Prints

You'll be able to pick the piece and the design from one of these three options from my Society6 shop

TO ENTER THE GIVEAWAY YOU NEED TO FOLLOW ALL OF THE STEPS BELOW:

STEP 1. Like my new + crazy fun Facebook Page.

STEP 2. Follow "myself + I" :) on Instagram.

STEP 3. Comment on this post with your favorite prize + your name + your email. 


Terms + Conditions:

1 or 2 winners will be randomly selected on Tuesday, August 5th + each winner will receive the prize of their choice from the options I presented!

Each comment to this post equals one entry and must include a name and a valid email address to be eligible. A comment must link to a product from http://society6.com/creativegina to be considered for this giveaway. One entry per person. Limited to entrants over 18 Worldwide. This giveaway begins as of this post and ends on Tuesday, August 5th. If there is no response from the winner(s) within 3 days, I will select a new winner. Thank you for your cooperation and good luck to everyone!

MY SOCIETY6 SHOP IS NOW OPEN!

Hello pretty people! I'm so happy you are here! 

If you are a follower you might have noticed that I made small adjustments around here. Yes, I know. From time to time I like to tweak things a bit. I find this oh so refreshing and inspiring.

I've been a bit quite, but I haven't stopped. No way. I've been working on some new ideas and projects behind the scenes and here's the first one.

Bring the confetti + champagne bubbles in because I've just opened up a new online shop! Here's my new + super cool print shop on SOCIETY6!

I am oh so happy because I had this idea of working with fashion illustration + astrology and well... this new idea is finally live!  

For some of you that don't know Society6 here's a small explanation. Society6 is an online market for all kinds of artists around the world. The artists create and Society6 produces the best products with high quality materials and takes care of delivering the products all around the world on behalf of the artist. Isn't this amazing? Let me tell, it simplifies a lot this process of creating and delivering! 

So, now you can buy my super stylish + girly art prints, iphone cases, tote bags, mugs, and even stylish wall clocks

I'm so happy to bring this idea to life + to show it to the world... and I believe that this is just the beginning. I'll be adding new designs frequently, and I'll keep you posted with updates on my new online shop. Plus, next week I'll bring a small surprise... just to let you know how thankful I am for you company + support! 

Please, visit my shop and in the comments below let me know your thoughts on this new adventure! 

MacGyver and me. Lessons learned.

I am really proud of myself + my business! I know I'm writing this using 'caps' but I HONESTLY + TRULY + MADLY + DEEPLY LOVE TO HELP.

Help is my 'mojo', my 'thing'! 

But I am able to conclude that that's a big problem for me. Why? Because sometimes I just can't say it enough and in the most correct way with those BIG + BOLD WORDS why you should pick me as your Creative VIRTUAL ASSISTANT.

I just feel scared of bragging myself too much because I just want to help and hope you can have some divinity powers to see how cool + happy + resourceful I am. Can you?

Well, I've already said that I don't want to work with everybody on the web. No way. I am not that crazy to go that way. I know for starters that I want to work with the girly ones + the stylish ones + the creative ones + romantic ones + the funny ones. These are the ones I want to work with and it's for them that I write.

And, basically I'm just like MacGyver. Remember him? If not, check this out!

Well, I don't usually use a swiss army knife + duct tape when I work with my clients but I think that I am that resourceful when it comes to finding a solution to a problem + situation! It's all about 'finding a way' + have some imagination and creativity + hold a great desire to learn something new every day. That's me! And being resourceful wasn't the only lesson taught by MacGyver. I've also learned these great life lessons that still resonate with myself + my work + my life. Take a look...

  1. Always be prepared. For anything.
  2. Just when you think you are getting ahead, you find a twist that changes everything. 
  3. It's oh so funny + oh so cool what pops into your head + heart when you're enjoying the work you are doing. True, right?
  4. Some people still go wild + still believe in the power of their dreams.
  5. We always forget something. Hello resourcefulness! 
  6. No matter how brave + talented + good you are, at some point we all need some kind of help. 
  7. Uniqueness can make someone unbelievably special.
  8. When you visit a place, always (but always) make sure you'll leave it the same way you found it. I mean it. (and now you can laugh). 
  9. When the work is finished, relax + grab a yummy delicacy. You deserve it. 
  10. The grass is always greener when you lay on it and roll.
  11. Explosives can ruin everything, even your perfect + awesome hair.
  12. Goals need to be really clear.
  13. People are scared of anyone who runs free.
  14. I can never leave a puzzle run free.
  15. If it comes down to me agains the situation... I don't like that the situation wins. 

Great lessons, right? Do you also have great 'MacGyver lessons' that you apply on your daily life and work? 

Inspired by SINCERELY JULES

The wedding season is here and next Saturday I'll be partying all day long. For this event I'm all about black + gold + red. I'm all about being girly + sexy at the same time. I'm all about being happy + enjoying my body. I'm  all about loving my uniqueness + personality. And you already know that 'girls just wanna have fun'! Right?

For this look I'm creating I've inspired myself in this "uber" stylish girl named Jules! Take a look and do let me know your thoughts in the comments below. 

Have an amazing day!

WISHLIST 8 || clean home décor

July is here, creative people! 

I really don't know if this happened to you... but lately I feel like I am moving so slowly. Seriously true. It really seems like that everything that I do is in slow motion. Emails come in oh so slowly. People seem so off. And it's a bit hard to juggle all and it feels like my mind is in one place and my body in another totally different. ("vacay", where are you my dear?)

I found out that there's something (not someone) to blame. It's not my fault, yay! Knowing that I'm not the guilty one makes me feel oh so much better. The guilty one is Mercury Retrograde

...Mercury Retrograde is always basically going to be taking us backwards like with Christmas Past where we see what we have been saying or thinking and visualizing what is truly possible, and we will go back in order to check out all of our flaws and areas where we pushed too much forward with thinking this is the thing to do, without really feeling if this is the best move for our unique souls purpose path...
— Aquarius Nation

But now things are starting to move again. Slowly, I know... but I'm feeling a little lighter + brighter and to celebrate these fresh new feelings I wanted to share something simple, clean, and soft. 

Products by Julia Paul Pottery

Products by Julia Paul Pottery

Creating these inspiration boards + reading + watching inspiring videos + listening to amazing podcasts helps me a lot. Sometimes it's good to stop. It's good to give thanks + enjoy simple moments + take long deep breaths.

Develop an attitude of gratitude, and give thanks for everything that happens to you, knowing that every step forward is a step toward achieving something bigger and better than your current situation.
— Brian Tracy

Have a great weekend!

FASHION MONDAY 7 || bring me these shoes!

Summer days + warm nights + fabulous shoes... go so well together, don't you agree? I know that the long + warm + relaxing nights go better with a pair of comfy shoes, but today I went with something totally different. I need some 'va-va-voom' + 'girl power' to keep rollin' with the blogging around here. Summer is calling and blogging doesn't seem so appealing right now (at least for me) and this always happens around this time of year... 

Cheers to the summer!

Shoes by Massimo Dutti

Shoes by Massimo Dutti

10 TIPS TO A JOYFUL 'WORK-FROM-HOME' LIFE

Working from home is great and it represents "the ideal life of freedom, flexibility, and fun...". I've placed the words 'freedom + flexibility + fun' between comas because that's not the reality. It's so much different from all that. You already know that life + tasks + everything in between stands in the way. This 'work from home' allows a great amount of flexibility, but when it comes to create a balanced schedule while you juggle your work + your kids + your home + your personal moments it's an impossible task. Seriously. 

I've tried almost everything and now I just keep rollin' one day at a time + don't take things too seriously. It's all about freedom + flexibility + fun. Right? 

So here's my favorite tips to a joyful 'work-from-home' life:

  1. Start your day with a plan of what you want to accomplish.
  2. Learn to say 'NO' to people + social media + tv + home distractions. It's so easy to loose track of that (always huge) 'to-do' list. 
  3. Set a functional + inspiring + organized workspace & separate the working area from the home area (the best you can, of course!). 
  4. Take fun breaks along your 'working day' because you deserve it + it's oh so healthy.
  5. Schedule some time to read inspiring articles + cool blogs. Again, you deserve it and it helps you to innovate on your own life + work.
  6. Mayi made it pretty clear and I totally agree. Skip your pajamas and wear something that makes you feel great + professional. 
  7. Don't give up. It might be hard and in those moments step away for a short + fun break (watch or do something pleasurable) and return. You'll feel refreshed and ready to work again. Believe it! 
  8. Be grateful every day. Because you have an amazing life. Because you have so many things to be thankful for. Because you are a dreamer and dreamers rule the world. 
  9. Motivate yourself. Always. Every day. Create a gratification chart and every time you accomplish something big reward yourself. Your are your own boss and you deserve it. Just don't spend everything you've just earned, ok? 
  10. I know somedays are hard but be professional all the time. This is your working life we are talking about and you were created to be the best you can with what you have... so be inspiring + amazing + unique all the time!

And these are my tips. Would you add anything to this list? 

WISHLIST 7 || white, the perfect color!

Hello + happy monday!

How are you all feeling today? Refreshed and pumped to start this new week? Well, I'm not. I'm dreading to have the most utterly perfect 'vacay'. It's been a long year and the sunny days keep pulling me to eat ice-cream and enjoy long family walks. But these are just dreams, meanwhile I keep making things happen around here and today I wanted to share this lovely + sweet + perfect shop I found over Etsy. I keep loosing myself in these amazing finds...

Enjoy this selection + have a great week!

Product by byLoumi

Product by byLoumi

MY WEEKEND - SERRALVES 2014

The highlight of my weekend was our day spent at Serralves, Oporto. After some rainy + cold days we finally had a sunny weekend to enjoy, to savor the fresh air, and to feel the warm Spring breeze. It was a perfect day!

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I feel fueled after this long + relaxing day and I am totally ready to make things happen this week. What about you?

A SWEET REFRESH

Say the things you're afraid to say. Do the things you're afraid to do. Dare to be bold. Dare to dream. Dare to believe. Dare to laugh 'out-loud'. Dare to follow your voice, your heart. Forget fear. Forget all those dreaded 'I can't's' and turn them into 'I do's'. 

Like a true libra I tend to follow my heart and I tend to have those unique moments when excitement + happiness takes over and I say 'YES!' too many times in a row. Do you have these kinda' of moments?

And then, just a few hours after this tremendous excitement, I start to have a 'reality check' and the happy 'YES!' turns into a redundant 'NO!'. I hate when this happens. It always feels like I'm killing my own dreams and I'm letting fear 'run me over'. And I shouldn't allow it. (And now I'm laughing because we all know it's not that easy!).

In the last three years I've changed so much. People around me changed so much. Life showed me so many ways of making things happen and then I came to realize that my plate was totally full. I felt overwhelmed. I felt angry. I felt tired. And had to pause so I could see how I could organize my life a little better. And that's what I'm doing right now and I'm loving this refresh. 

And I'm starting this journey by showing you the newest SWEPTCRAZY. This sweet + stylish + loving project of mine.  

Dreams are only dreams until you wake up and make them real.
— Ned Vizzini

Cheers to making things happen in the most cool + relaxed way!

So, do you like this new refresh? 

BIZ TIPS 3 || Online learning resources (part 2)

Remember my last post related to superb online learning resources? Well, today, I'm bringing some more great tools into the mix, just because it's fun to learn online and also because I love it. 

5. Udemy

I'm having the biggest online 'crush'. For real. Udemy is truly great and addictive. Besides that it's also affordable + doable.  Let me tell you that it will be really hard to pick just one ecourse, because they have over 16.000. Is that number even allowed?  

6. 99U 

"Insights on making ideas happen". Isn't this one of the coolest taglines you've ever seen? To me it is and I love this amazing platform. So, if you need a 'kick in the pants' here's Ramit Sethi 'kickin' and rollin''. Begin today!

7. Copyblogger

I'm a girl that loves Marketing and obviously I’m a big fan. If you know Copyblogger you got to love their headlines and their juicy info. Simple + focused + totally irresistible. Ladies and gents on Copyblogger you'll go from good to great in a instant! 

8. TED

We all love TED talks. And TED's mission statement begins with...

We believe passionately in the power of ideas to change attitudes, lives and ultimately, the world. So we’re building here a clearinghouse that offers free knowledge and inspiration from the world’s most inspired thinkers, and also a community of curious souls to engage with ideas and each other...

Here's two of my favorite TED talks: - Elizabeth Gilbert, Ken Robinson.

9. Open Learn

It's a free learning platform. YAY! It aims to break the barriers to education by providing free educational resources. Amén! Nowadays it's so easy to learn something new.

And you already know that if you need anything else, just go and "google it"! 

Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other.
— John F. Kennedy

WISHLIST 6 || Simplicity + Art

Starting this Monday with one powerful quote. Just because it's Monday! 

I do believe in simplicity. It is astonishing as well as sad, how many trivial affairs even the wisest thinks he must attend to in a day; how singular an affair he thinks he must omit. When the mathematician would solve a difficult problem, he first frees the equation of all incumbrances, and reduces it to its simplest terms. So simplify the problem of life, distinguish the necessary and the real. Probe the earth to see where your main roots run.
— ― Henry David Thoreau
Products by HRUSKAA

Products by HRUSKAA

Have a wonderful week!

WISHLIST 5 || bring nature in!

Happy Monday! Shall we all start this week on a positive note? 

Products by Tiny Kiwi Prints

Products by Tiny Kiwi Prints

Is it just me or did this weekend flew by? I need to confess that I wanted more, so much more. Since I've also spent Saturday working it seemed like I wasn't able to properly relax and I wanted it so badly. On the other hand I also wanted to make things happen and work towards my dreams... so although free time was scarce it was well spent! Amén!

I'm already pumped to get things going on this sunny + amazingly pretty Monday... and to inspire you a little bit I brought you these oh so pretty cool handmade goods I found over ETSY. Aren't these illustrations just perfect? 

LAZY WEEKEND 5 || AWAY

Hello May! It's been awhile since I've shared something around here, since I blogged. I know. As you already know life gets in the way so many times and (for me) April was a hard month. It was all about change. Again. 

I noticed that self-doubt, lack of motivation, other people's choices, and fear were taking over my days. My first answer to all this was to stop, surrender, and procrastinate (yes!)... because life is all changes and there's no need to resist it.

Now I feel happier and a sense of peace is around. I'm slowly recovering. Exercise and daily walks are helping me a lot. I am finally taking control of what I can change and properly manage. It's quite simple, don't you agree?

Nonetheless, I did find so many pretty and truly inspiring things to share with you, on this sweet spot I call my creative home. I'm starting with this amazing place I found at "às 9 no Meu Blog" . It's breathtaking. Inspiring. Unique. One of the prettiest places to stay in Douro. 

SeMarkinhas - Douro Private Villa, the perfect place to recharge. 

Have an amazing weekend!

WISHLIST 4 || CREATIVE SCKETCHES

Welcome to a new week!

Products by Becky Kemp, Sketch,inc

Products by Becky Kemp, Sketch,inc

The weekend is gone and we are recovering from all the party + fun. Right? But Mondays are perfect because we can start fresh, we can start something new, we have a new chance to begin, to inspire, to grow, to learn. Begin your week with these words...

Success is a state of mind. If you want success, start thinking of yourself as a success
— Dr. Joyce Brothers

LAZY SUNDAYS 4 || LESSONS LEARNED THIS WEEK

Hello, lovely people. Lazy-sunday is here and today I want to master the art of observing. I want to stop. I want to feel the life around me. And just be lazy...

April is bringing great lessons and this is what I've learned this week:

1 | Stop. I need to stop more. I need to observe more. I need to breathe more.

2 | Smile. Smiling is amazing for our body and soul.

3 | DIY. My days, my job, my life. Every day.

4 | Silence. Can be golden and can hurt.

5 | Life. Gets in the way, so many times. 

6 | Will. If I change my mind, I can improve so many things in my life.

7 | Power. The power is within me. 

Have a great lazy-sunday!

WORDS OF WISDOM 5 || ON LIFE

Because today is Saturday, words of wisdom day...

Because of the routines we follow, we often forget that life is an ongoing adventure. Life is pure adventure, and the sooner we realize that, the quicker we will be able to treat life as art: to bring all our energies to each encounter, to remain flexible enough to notice and admit when what we expected to happen did not happen. We need to remember that we are created creative and can invent new scenarios as frequently as they are needed.
— Maya Angelou

Fashion FRIDAY 4 || Adoring prettiness.

Happy Friday, lovely people!

Beautiful things don’t ask for attention.
— from "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty"

Yes, I still love to blog. But things are still a bit busy + crazy busy and I still haven't managed to properly blog. Although I do love to blog. You know that, right?

I hope you can enjoy this lovely dress that I bring today, on this super sunny Friday. It's from Zara. It's pretty. It's my style.