Lifestyle, Style

My Empowering Rituals

August 2, 2017

Routine is not for me. There are no things I would do every day, same time. I prefer to stay flexible and it’s also necessary, with respect to my work and activities. Nevertheless, I realize, I may not have any routine, but I do have rituals I repeat daily. These rituals became an important part of my well-being and it’s difficult for me to skip them. I’m curious if you can rely on them, too and would love to know, which rituals are important for you.

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Playa Famara 2

Having a Coffee

Do I need to add anything? Only when I visited the countries, where good coffee is not so obvious and my espresso machine was far away, I realized the life without coffee is bit less joyful. Having a cup of coffee is like going for the holiday and back, in just few minutes. I like to prepare it myself in the work break as much as I like to enjoy, in a busy cafeteria. When I’m working in the co-working center, I always chat with people for few minutes, while preparing my coffee. So, this is also a good opportunity to socialize a bit and talk with some smart individuals, which is not only fun, but often very enriching, too.

Playa Famara 3

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Playa Famara 5Dressing up

This is an essential for me, to dress up, every day and under any circumstances. Just like life is too short to drink bad coffee, the same can be applied to the dress choice. I remember once I read the story about a young girl in a refugee camp. She looked super stylish and she said, that dressing up and taking care about herself even in those terrible conditions helps her mentally, to stay motivated. I could totally understand.

Regardless, if I’m going to be at home office all day long, planning to meet someone, taking a walk or I’m just making a dinner, I see no reason to wear anything else than the outfit I like. After all, it takes just the same time to put on something stylish, as to put on something ugly. When I’m dressed up, I’m mentally ready for anything that is ahead, too. I also wear some jewelry, every single day.

“Dress like you are going somewhere better later,” is one of my favorite quotes.


Playa Famara 6

Putting on Fragrance

Jasmine oil perfume has the power to cheer me up immediately, just by putting few drops of the liquid on my skin. It became my next ritual few years back and it’s just same obvious as taking a shower, for me.

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OUTFIT: dress – SheIn, shoes – MANGO, jewelry – HAPPINESS BOUTIQUE

Walking by the Water

The photos in this post were taken at the Playa Famara at Lanzarote. I don’t have to explain, what a flood of endorphins I felt, when coming to that place. The ocean has a magical power, indeed, but if there is no ocean nearby, the river or lake can recharge me with a sufficient amount of energy, too. If I want to take a break, I aim to the water, to breath and smell it. Sometimes I may not be in a mood for an exercise, but I do take a walk by the water at least several times a week, if not every day.

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Seeking the Beauty

All my rituals are connected by one thing – beauty. I always take extra effort to have a pretty view during my work, coffee or meal. I find the beauty in details of the streets, houses and interiors, in the movies, in the sounds and music, as well as in people’s styling and outfits. Everywhere and always. I need to be surrounded by the beauty, every day. I don’t want perfection, but beauty is something else.

© Creative direction and editing: DANIELA RIFAI  Photos: DANIELA RIFAI  & MARTIN JESNY

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  • Reply David Hall August 4, 2017 at 5:56 am

    Daniela, its articles like and photography like this which explains why I’m your biggest fan. Plus you drive a Mazda 🙂

    • Reply Daniela August 14, 2017 at 10:21 am

      Thank you so much David! I´m flattered! I appreciate the time you devote to reading my posts and I´m grateful for all your kind comments.

      Have a great day!


  • Reply Deven August 4, 2017 at 7:43 am

    Daniela, You are stunningly beautiful ! Great photos with a great backdrop. You have a nice set of rituals to empower You ! I liked the writeup.

    • Reply Daniela August 14, 2017 at 10:22 am

      Thank you very much Deven! I´m so glad you enjoyed my post!



  • Reply Alessandra August 4, 2017 at 10:17 pm

    Wonderful! Love this dress and the look! Agree with you about routine! Sometimes is so nice to be wild!

    • Reply Daniela August 14, 2017 at 10:23 am

      It definitely is! My soul is wild. 🙂 Thank you for visiting my blog and for your comment!


  • Reply Imogen August 9, 2017 at 2:59 am

    Beautifully written! I’m missing coffee desperately as I’m trying to minimise my intake (4 cups a day probably isn’t good for my body!). I absolutely love these photos and you’re completely right – the ocean is magical!

    Imogen, http://www.faux-silk.com

    • Reply Daniela Rifai August 14, 2017 at 4:09 pm

      Thank you Imogen! You are so nice! I´m trying to reduce a bit my coffee intake too, but not too hard. haha But I always drink only small espresso, so it should be ok. (I hope so) Thank you for visiting my blog and for your comment. 🙂


  • Reply Erica August 9, 2017 at 11:57 pm

    Powerful post dear! Love the words next to the imagery 🙂 Gorgeous dress as well.


    • Reply Daniela August 14, 2017 at 10:25 am

      Thank you so much! l love to hear that from you, as I´m a big fan of your work!


  • Reply Emily August 15, 2017 at 12:29 am

    Wow! These pictures are absolutely breathtaking. You looked stunning in all of them.
    Isn’t That Charming.

    • Reply Daniela August 17, 2017 at 2:53 pm

      Thank you so much Emily! I loved that place 🙂


  • Reply Hannah August 15, 2017 at 5:39 pm

    You look beautiful!


    • Reply Daniela August 17, 2017 at 2:53 pm

      Thank you Hnnah! 🙂


  • Reply Oanna fashionsimbol August 15, 2017 at 7:01 pm

    Such a beautiful post !
    Love it

    • Reply Daniela August 17, 2017 at 4:54 pm

      Thank you so much! 🙂


  • Reply Merel August 15, 2017 at 9:32 pm

    What gorgeous photos! So dreamy.

    X Merel

  • Reply Abby August 16, 2017 at 12:38 pm

    You look absolutely gorgeous in these photos. I completely agree with you on everything in this post – spontaneity and flexibility are so important for me, but very small daily rituals serve to ground and inspire me. Beautiful post x\
    Abby | http://www.seafoaming.con

    • Reply Daniela Rifai August 18, 2017 at 3:21 pm

      Thank you so much Abby for reading my post and for your lovely comment!


  • Reply Caitlin | Beuaty & Colour August 17, 2017 at 9:07 am

    I LOVE taking walks by the water and dressing up but I need to do both more often!

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    • Reply Daniela Rifai August 18, 2017 at 3:23 pm

      Thank you Caitlin! These little things really can completely change the whole day!


  • Reply Kris August 17, 2017 at 9:28 am

    I agree with these! I love drinking coffee and dressing up, it’s so relaxing!

    Have an awesome day!
    xx Kris


    • Reply Daniela Rifai August 18, 2017 at 3:28 pm

      Thank you so much Kris! I love to hear, that you can rely to my rituals too. 🙂

      Have a great day!


  • Reply Gabrielle August 18, 2017 at 1:39 am

    Totally with you on shaking off routine, along with seeking beauty in life – be it in any shape or form! On a different note, these photos are breathtakingly beautiful – they remind me of Madonna’s Frozen video!


    • Reply Daniela Rifai August 18, 2017 at 3:33 pm

      Thank you so much Gabrielle for such a big compliment! I LOVE Madonna’s Frozen video, so I’m so happy to hear that! 🙂

      Have an amazing day!


  • Reply Kara Aragon August 18, 2017 at 2:57 am

    Wow! Such stunning photos. The location is gorgeous & you look amazing.

    Kara Aragon

  • Reply Jade Meneguel September 29, 2017 at 5:09 am

    you are so graceful!!!!
    the third picture is my favorite. Looks like you have a giant wave coming at you and you just dont care! HAHAHAHA looking fabulous.


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