MANTRAS AND IDEAS TO LIFT YOUR SPIRITS AND STRENGTHEN YOUR SOUL TO BRIGHTEN YOUR WEEK AND MAKE EVERYDAY LIKE A WEEKEND.
LAUGH OUT LOUD
LAUGHTER LIFTS THE MOOD, BOOSTS SERATONIN. RELEASES ENDORPHINS, MINIMISES THE IMPACTS OF STRESS ,IS GREAT FOR YOUR HEALTH. BUT WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME YOU BELLY LAUGHED ? PROPER FULL ON LAUGHED UNTIL TEARS CAME DOWN YOUR FACE? FOR THOSE OF YOU WHO FOLLOWED THE LAUGHTER YOGA BLOG HOPEFULLY THIS HAS BECOME A REGULAR FEATURE IN YOUR LIFE.
LAUGHTER IS GENERALLY LACKING IN OUR DAILY LIVES WITH SO MUCH STRESS CONSTANTLY , BREXIT AND NOW THE CORONAVIRUS. SO IT IS TIME TO BRING THE LAUGHTER BACK.
OKAY, SO WHAT MAKES YOU LAUGH ?
LETS START BY MAKING A LIST
WATCH A COMEDY FILM
MEET UP WITH FRIENDS WHO MAKE YOU LAUGH ( YOU KNOW HOW SOME PEOPLE ARE FUNNIER THAN OTHERS)
VISIT A COMEDY CLUB
TICKETS FOR YOUR FAVOURITE COMEDIAN
SPEND TIME WITH CHILDREN WHOSE LAUGHTER IS SPONTANEOUS
OR JUST DO CHILDISH THINGS WITH YOUR PARTNER
A KARAOAKE NIGHT ALWAYS ELICITS LOTS OF LAUGHTER ESPECIALLY IF YOU SING LIKE ME
SO THIS WEEK I WANT TO HEAR YOU ALL LAUGHING AS THEY SAY LAUGH …..AND THE WHOLE WORLD LAUGHS WITH YOU ! NOW THAT WOULD BE SOMETHING.
JOJOS STYLELIST TIP: WHERE THERE IS LAUGHTER THERE IS LIGHT. LIGHTEN UP YOUR LIFE A LITTLE THIS WEEK.
Many people think these sort of events are not open to them . That they are exclusive and you have to be invited by someone ‘on the list’, but these days nearly all events are accessible. I was lucky enough to be invited to this ball but I discovered that these tickets can be bought through many travel and event Companies either as packages or just the ticket alone. Not too expensive either for a truly magical experience. Unfortunately the carnival was halted for the final two days due to the spread of Coronavirus in Italy.
THE VENICE CARNEVALE
An annual carnival held for two weeks in February ending on shrove Tuesday. It initially began in 1162 but really became official and firmly established as a part of Venetian life in the 17th and 18th centuries but was outlawed in 1797 and really did not return in full force until 1979 ! Elaborate masks and full venetian dress are the order of the day not just for the ball but to parade around St Marks Square. But be prepared to have thousands of photographs taken and your lunch continually interrupted. Now I know how Lady Gaga feels.
THE TIEPOLO BALL
Held at the world famous Palazzo Pisani Moretta this is considered one of the most anticipated events of the carnival. In one of the most beautiful palaces with ceiling frescos and masterpieces adorning the walls. Chandeliers lit by candlelight, grand staircases and situated right on the Grand Canal. Arriving by water taxi to be greeted by handsome footmen adorned in their finery is a memory to be cherished.
Following prosecco and canapes we sit down to a four course meal prepared by a Michelin chef whilst a renaissance quintet play, magicians and opera singers follow. A full entertainment programme throughout dinner. After dinner a Master of Ceramonies leads us through some traditional dances, a word of warning you are seperated from your partner most of the evening as you are required to dance with several partners.
The evening culminates with a chocolate fountain and very naughty pastries, coffee, hot chocolate and copious amounts of prosecco !
Tickets for the Tiepolo ball vary from £500-£750 depending on if you want to be seated in the main hall or side hall. Venetoinside.com or Veniceoperatickets.com. Or you many operators include special packages to the Venice balls . Take a look at the following Companies to tailor yours weekendalacarte.co.uk or Italien-short-breaks.co.uk. Many of the package Companies pre book water taxis and Ateliers for your costumes.
I would totally recommend La Venexiana Atelier, Frezzaria, San Marco 1135. (tel 041/5286888) . We sent our measurements ahead for them to tailor our outfits. I have to say I do think our costumes were the best that we saw. Beware though wigs are £100 extra. They are just for hire but at least you don’t have to pay excess baggage to get them home. Although I have just checked on Amazon and they do have stunning Venetian Ballgowns for £30! So this works too. Although this was part of the special experience visiting the Atelier by the Rialto Bridge with lots of Italien seamstresses fussing over you.
Definately buy your ornate masks whilst in Venice. Usually handmade in Venice and beautiful masks from 20 euros are a lovely keepsake. Although I went all out with a Swarovski crystal mask for 180 euros…….I got carried away ! The ‘bodyguard’ went for a large beaked mask which seemed to have a rather exciting effect on all the ladeeeez !
FLIGHTS AND HOTELS
Easyjet and BA flights start at a very reasonable £45 round trip for a 2 hour flight. Prices are excellent at this time of year and do not seem to get hiked up like other festivals. But bear in mind if you are not on a package a private water taxi transfer can be about 150 euros. Although the vaporetti is cheaper at 15 euros but instead of 20 mins will take twice as long.
Travelling around venice on the vaporetti is cheap 7.50 euros for a single trip one direction (valid for 75 minutes) .
There are hotels to suit ANY budget in Venice and hundred to choose from. There are the big grand ones like The Cipriani and The Gritti Palace. Medium level The Danieli and The Monaco. But even the smaller ones on the canal can give you more of a traditional Italien flavour with Gondoliers passing by the window singing. This one is over to you and your own personal taste and budget. Stay close to St Marks Square/Rialto Bridge, if it is your first visit . Easy to get lost in the winding back streets of venice.
THINGS TO DO
If you are staying longer some places I love in Venice:
Morning coffee and croissants at The Florian in St Marks Square
Guggenheim Museum (vaporetti stop ‘Salute”) view the Jackson Pollock collection.
La Terrazza Restaurant by the Rialto
A gondolier ride (approx 80 euros for 30 mins). More expensive at night.
A Bellini at Harrys Bar
A Rossini at The Gritti Palace made with fresh strawberries.
Lunch at Hotel Monaco
People watching at The Londres on the terrace.
St Marks Basilica for culture but pre book skip the line tickets.
Get away from the crowds for a romantic meal and great pasta cross to the other side of the canal (Salute stop) . Ristorante Cantinone Storico is my secret place sssssshhhhh dont tell anyone ……please.
Oh and at Carnevale time PARADE PARADE PARADE ! Such fun to be immersed in the whole experience.
So get planning Stylistas for 2021 for one of the most stylish events of the year. YOU SHALL GO TO THE BALL CINDERS. Have fun !
JOJOS STYLELIST TIP: I HAVE VISITED VENICE SEVERAL TIMES BUT I HAVE TO SAY I ENJOY IT FAR MORE IN THE WINTER MONTHS THAN THE SUMMER WHEN IT IS AT ITS MIST HAUNTING AND ROMANTIC……AND LESS CROWDED. BEAUTIFUL SUNNY CRISP WINTER DAYS.
A HEALTHY DOSE OF ‘FEELGOOD’ STUFF TO GET YOU THROUGH THE WEEK. INSPIRATIONAL WORDS OR TASKS TO IMPROVE YOUR MENTAL WELLBEING. YOUR JOURNEY CONTINUES EVERY WEDNESDAY.
RESTORE OLD FRIENDSHIPS
WE ALL HAVE PEOPLE THAT FOR ONE REASON OR ANOTHER WE LOSE CONTACT WITH. WE BECOME BUSY WITH LIFE AND WHEN FRIENDSHIPS ARE NOT NURTURED THEY TEND TO GET SIDELINED UNTIL THEY FADE FROM VIEW. AS TIMES PASSES IT BECOMES INCREASINGLY DIFFICULT TO PICK UP THE PHONE AND GET BACK IN TOUCH. YOUR FRIEND WILL BE FEELING JUST AS AWKWARD THINKING THAT YOUR LIFE MAY HAVE MOVED ON WITHOUT HER/HIM.
SO, TODAY THINK ABOUT GREAT PAST FRIENDS THAT YOU HAVE LOST TOUCH WITH ALONG THE WAY AND PICK UP THE PHONE AND TELL THEM HOW MUCH YOU HAVE MISSED THEM AND START TO PICK UP THE THREADS AND KNIT YOUR RELATIONSHIP BACK TOGETHER.
GOOD FRIENDS ARE HARD TO FIND BUT EASY TO LOSE TOUCH WITH. I AM SURE YOUR FRIEND WILL BE DELIGHTED TO HEAR FROM YOU…….EVEN IF IT WAS A FORCED SEPARATION AND BAD WORDS WERE EXCHANGED.
THE ONLY ADDENDUM I WILL ADD TO THIS IS IF THE FRIENDSHIP WAS TOXIC OR DRAINED YOU. THESE FRIENDSHIPS ARE BETTER LEFT IN THE PAST. IF IT WAS YOU THAT CAUSED THE TOXICITY ASSURE YOUR FRIEND THAT YOU RECOGNISE THAT YOU WERE THE PROBLEM, APOLOGISE AND SEE IF YOU CAN RECONCILE.
GOOD LUCK TEAM ! LET ME KNOW HOW YOU GET ON.
JOJOS STYLELIST TIP: IF YOU GET THE IMPRESSION THAT YOUR FRIEND DOES NOT WANT TO RESTORE THE FRIENDSHIP LEAVE IT THERE DONT FORCE IT. DO NOT BE A STALKER. YOU WILL GUAGE THIS ON ONE PHONE CALL . IF YOU ARE UNSURE THEN TEXT FIRST IF YOU FEEL MORE COMFORTABLE. OR ALTERNATIVELY SEND A LITTLE ‘MISSING YOU’ CARD TH THEIR ADDRESS.