18 September 2015

8 Photos of Happiness

Does it take you a long time to look through your old (and new) photos because you start reminiscing? Yup, my case exactly. I was tagged by two lovely girls Sophie and Teri to do this great tag called "8 Photos of Happiness". To say that I am big photo hoarder is an understatement. Ask my husband and he will tell you how I can take over 100 pictures of a perfectly still lake :) Nevertheless, it was very difficult to narrow it down to only 8. Plus, all of the actual prints of my favourite photos (especially good old b&w prints) are left back in Ukraine in my apartment. Little disclaimer: please excuse the watermark on the photos (hope it doesn't annoy you too much), I prefer to use it on the pictures of my family and friends that I post online or simply my own and personal photos. Anyway, after browsing for a while on my camera / phone / photo stash on the computer / Facebook / Instagram and whatnot, the decision was made.
Here are my 8 Photos of Happiness (aka 8 Photos That Make Me Happy):

# 1
This is probably one of my favourite photos from our wedding (which explains as well why it was my Facebook profile pic for over 10 months!!). At this particular moment that you see on the photo my hubby was about to kiss my forehead. I love those kisses. This pic also shows off my gorgeous dress, veil, bouquet and hair. It also (proudly) displays my toned arms and skinny waist (well, 'ISH) and reminds me how much I need to hit the gym :) To conclude the avalanche of words, I love all the amazing memories from our beautiful wedding and I love my husband to bits. 
# 2
I have so many incredible prints of my parents in their 20's and 30's. However, I would like to share this present-day image now because these two happy faces are, just like my caption says, my best friends, my role models, my parents. They are the most genuine and kind people + always listen to me and give the best advice. I know what unconditional love is from a perspective of a child and one day I will feel it as a parent. To give you a better idea who my folks are, I will try to describe them in 3 words. My dad: thrill-seeker, brave, kind. My mom: intelligent, sweetheart, loving. They both mean the world to me.
# 3
Take a girl out of New York, but you will never take New York out of a girl. That is so my case! The most amazing city in the world was even more special last time we visited it. I started to call this man my husband last time we were there :) New York was our first stop for a few days on our honeymoon itinerary (en route to Mexico and then Vegas) and we absolutely HAD TO come back to the place "where it all began"... Empire State Building. I was most likely frolicking happily through the city all the time, probably just like #Strutting Leo but with even more pep in my step. 
# 4
Please bear with me because this tag is / will be New York inspired big time! :) Whenever I look at this photo, it just brings a huge smile on my face :D It was taken by my then-fiance. To paint you the picture: Central Park, ice rink, The Plaza Hotel and it was starting to snow! Hence, very excited me tilted to one side (from excitement, I'm guessing haha). By the way, am I the only person who gets super happy when it's snowing?!
P.S. Thank you, Big Apple, for being so beautiful. Always.
# 5
Do you see those two little munchkins in the back? They are my absolute favourite two little girls! K & S are my sweet little nieces (my sister-in-law is their lovely mama). Just like any kid, these two are so hyper and so happy all the time. So I took this selfie in the car when we were stuck in traffic. During the whole car trip they were calling their uncle a slow coach (for driving slowly obvs - you can't really race being stuck in traffic). But we were laughing non stop! I miss them so so much as they live across the ocean but definitely hope to see them very soon. 
# 6
To continue our favourite kids theme, I absolutely MUST share this photo. This little girl is a big ball of happiness! Imagine that big cute smile 24/7 and squeaky high-pitched voice +  the warmest hugs ever. Her name is Sabrina and she used to be my no.1 little student when I was teaching back in Ukraine (while working on my Master's). Her mama and I were great friends so this kiddo was like a little sister to me. As you can see, we both enjoyed that day playing in the snow. She also won the snowball fight. Little rascal :)
# 7
It's about time to share some furry love. My kitty Lexi is so precious! If you are not really a cat person or you think they are just lazy and they don't love anyone...well, here's the photo of one who definitely has a personality and provides most amazing kitty cuddles. I've had Lexi for about 5 years before she had to "relocate" over to my parents' after I moved to the UK. I miss that little pink nose so much! :) Don't get me wrong, I love dogs (and all the animals, maybe except the ones that can kill me lol) but this white furry beauty made me love cats even more! P.S. Does your cat ever run from one room into another like mad, stops and then runs again? That's Lexi's favourite thing to do. And it always made me laugh :)
# 8
I did warn you about how much New York is going to be among these 8 photos ;) So last but not least, one of my favourite photos taken at Top of The Rock on the second day just after we got engaged. The ring is on my finger, excitement on our faces and Empire State is posing graciously in the background :) Even though we were freezing (!!!), New York simply can't keep you in a hotel room. Exploring and enjoying the city is only the best with this man beside me. Happy happy times!
I tag wonderful: 
I look forward to seeing your post on 8 Photos of Happiness 
{if you are interested in doing it, of course} 
+ I tag anyone who would like to do it!
Please drop me a link when you post it ;)

I hope you enjoyed this post and liked my 8 Photos of Happiness.
*header collage is made of images found on Pinterest under autumn inspiration 
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Leave a comment and let me know which photo you liked the most + share your happy thoughts with me :) 
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65 comments

  1. How lovely. I really enjoyed reading this. I love a nice happy post. Thanks for tagging me, I will get one out soon :) Gemma xx www.jacquardflower.uk

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    1. Thanks so much, Gemma. This post is definitely special and Friday-inspired :)
      Looking forward to reading your post & seeing your pictures.
      xox

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  2. Aww I love all of your photos, especially your wedding photo <3 It's so beautiful!
    And the picture of you and Sabrina :) I don't know why but that photo kind of makes me a little teary (in a good way of course) haha
    Thank you for sharing! We all need a little happiness <3

    xo, elizabeth t.

    https://clothestoyouuu.wordpress.com/

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    1. Awww Elizabeth, thank you so much! The photo of Sabrina & me makes me a little teary as well because I miss that little face so much! Glad you like it, girlie ;)
      Just thought I would share something that makes me smile :)
      Btw, you can do the tag if you'd like - I would love to see your 8 Photos of Happiness.
      xox

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  3. шикарные фото, такие радостные и добрые)

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    1. Спасибо, Наташенька)))
      Вот решила поделиться своими 8 счастливыми фото))
      xox

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  4. Aww this is such a lovely post! Beautiful photos and beautiful memories! xx

    www.elabellaworld.com

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    1. Thank you so much, Ela :) Those are definitely really great memories <3
      xox

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  5. I love how your husband is in half the photos you shared! Goes to show how much more happy you are sharing moments with him :)

    Marie | Nothing & Her

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    1. Awww he is flattered, I am sure, Marie ;)
      We definitely do share most happiest memories together <3
      xox

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  6. I actually felt emotional looking through these pictures! I know your life probably isn't perfect, but blooming heck it looks it- if I'm half as happy as you in a few years time, I will think of myself as one of the luckiest people in the world. Thank you for all the lovely comments on my blog, you're so sweet and seeing pictures of how happy you are with your husband makes me look forward to the future <3

    goodmorningbelle.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. Awww thank you Vicky. You are just so sweet!
      My life is definitely not perfect hon, but who cares about it being perfect. The main thing is to find happiness in every day and being thankful for all the blessings :)
      I am sure there are amazing things ahead of you in your life hon.
      xox

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  7. Какая прелесть, такое простое человеческое счастье, но насколь же оно вдохновляет! Счастье в каждой частичке нашей жизни, в каждой мелочи вокруг, главное это замечать))
    У тебя прекрасные родители, и с мужем вы очень красивая пара, такие трогательные и нежные)) И котофей прелестный!
    Надюш, спасибо, что поделилась с нами частичкой своей жизни))
    Веселых тебе выходных, дорогая!

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    1. Спасибо, Ксюшенька. Ты, как всегда, меня радуеш своими комментариями и добротой. Спасибо еще раз, дорогая.
      Надеюсь, у тебя отлично проходят выходные!! <3
      xox

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  8. Aaaah I love this post so much <3

    I love how much pictures can mean to me, and trust me once you have kids its 100x worse! All 8 of mine would be of my son and maybe one of my other half :) But all of my favourite moments are of him, I dont think any would even include me lol, aaah the joys of being a parent!

    Your NY photos just make me want to go even more, I am desperate to go, hopefully my other half will take me at somepoint, would be a dream come true. Your pics, the one on the ice rink.. perfect! Oh and your dress was stunning. Beautiful girl :)

    http://www.makeerinover.blogspot.com

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    1. Thank you so so much, Erin. You are so kind, hon.
      I am sure when we have babies, I will be "flooding" everyone's feed. Everyone will probably un-friend me haha. Looking forward to being a mama though, but maybe in a few years :)
      Hope you will get to visit NYC one day, girlie. If you do, I will tell you everything you need to see & do lol. I've lived there for almost 2 years (part of the student exchange program) and know it inside out, esp Manhattan <3 Miss it a lot!
      That dress is definitely the only dress in the world I never wanted to get out of lol ;)
      Thanks for your lovely thoughts and this comment (as well as others), hon.
      xox

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  9. Great blog :)
    Have a lovely weekend! :)

    http://www.itsmetijana.blogspot.rs/

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    1. Thanks Tijana, glad you like it, girl.
      Have a super great weekend!
      xox

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  10. Beautiful beautiful beautiful. <3

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    1. Thanks, Rosie :) Just had a quick look at your blog, will make sure to come back this upcoming week ;)
      xox

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  11. Great pictures and explanations. Thanks for sharing :)

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    1. Thank you so much :)
      Welcome to my blog, stay as long as you want ;)
      xox

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  12. Your wedding photo is so stunning! so many beautiful photos, which also made me smile! have a good day, sweetie x

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    1. Thanks lovely, you are such a sweetheart. How have you been btw? Are you back home?
      Hope you are having a great weekend!
      xox

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  13. This post is so cute Nadia, I can't wait to do mine (will do it next blog post!) It's these posts that always make my heart warm and I feel so happy! I admit, I felt a little emotional looking at these photos, the big smiles and little cute captions are so heart warming. Keep radiating that positivity my love <3 Number 8 is my favourite, you guys looks super thrilled! Have a wonderful rest of the day Nadia, keep smiling!

    Pauline xx
    http://pawlean.com

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    1. Aww Pauline, thank you so much! People like you are the reason I am inspired and motivated to keep working on my blog :) Just so amazing to come across such kind souls <3
      Glad you liked this post hon & I definitely do look forward to seeing yours.
      Happy weekend :) <3
      xox

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  14. omg those pics are really beautiful, Nadia. I love them all, and I'm so glad that you've shared them with us! They make my heart melt.
    Have an amazing day, hun♥

    selenaponcestyle.blogspot.com.es

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    1. Thanks hon, really glad you liked this post & the photos I shared :)
      You are just so sweet & kinds <3
      Hope you are having a fab weekend :)
      xox

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  15. Really love your post ! xo
    Can we follow each other ? Let me know on my blog and I will follow back immediately xo

    BLOG | GorisHelena

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    1. Thanks Helena, I am glad you liked this post. I will stop by & check out your blog.
      Follow me if you would like ;)
      xox

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  16. This is so so lovely. Beautiful photos and even more beautiful memories xxx

    anotherdaywithoutamap.com

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    1. Thank you, Jade :) So glad you like the pics I shared. Definitely amazing memories!
      Some make me teary (from happiness, obvs) :)
      xox

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  17. This is such a lovely post! It sure does make me happy as well!
    WritingMonique

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    1. Aww thanks Monique ;)
      Super glad you liked it, girlie <3
      xox

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  18. Hi Nadia and thank you for your visits. I'm really happy for your nice comments. I like very much this recap. All these photos are full of beauty and happiness!!!! Kisses from Italy,
    Eni

    Eniwhere Fashion
    Eniwhere Fashion Facebook

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    1. Hey Eni, I will make sure to try & pop in more often ;)
      So glad you liked this post, honey. Hope you are having a super lovely weekend!!
      xox

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  19. Nice Inspirations

    FOLLOW my Blog!!! Maybe we can follow each other!!!
    http://rimanerenellamemoria.blogspot.de

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    1. Thanks Jeanette. I will stop by your blog. You can follow me if you would like :)
      xox

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  20. Great post and amazing pictures :)...Wish you all the best!

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    1. Thanks Amira :)
      Hope you are having a great weekend!
      xox

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  21. I love this idea! Life has so many amazing moments.

    xoxoBella | http://xoxobella.com

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    1. Thanks Bella :) I agree, it is a lovely idea to share happy pictures <3
      It was challenging to choose only 8 :)
      xox

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    1. Thanks Zoya :) Welcome to my blog ;)
      xox

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  23. These photos are beautiful! It's such a great idea to look back into the happy moments in life.

    Vicky
    https://vickysscrapbook.wordpress.com/

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    1. Thank you Vicky :) It does take you back down the memory lane, that's so true <3
      xox

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  24. Lovely pictures, and I totally agree, every one needs a bit of New York!

    http://www.notesofglam95.blogspot.it/

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    1. Absolutely, Vanessa! ;)
      For me it's not Paris, it's definitely New York <3
      Welcome to my blog, girlie.
      xox

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  25. I can’t believe you managed to pick 8 photos! They are great choices though! I am always going through photos. All the time. I really need to sort them into photo books. I totally understand taking a thousand photos of one thing. It’s a memory so you have to get the right one, yeh? Haha Enjoyed your post, it looks like you have a life full of happiness :)

    TFM BLOG

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    1. It was tough to pick only 8 haha. But these do mean so much to me & preserve so many happy memories :) I also keep telling myself I must organise my photos properly #challengeaccepted :)
      Glad you liked this post, Shannon. Hope you've had a fab weekend, girl.
      xox

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  26. Такой красивый пост, ваш пост прям заставил меня задуматься обо всем, о своих же счастливых моментов♥
    Желаю вам каждый день испытывать счастье, хоть вы счастливы каждый день♥
    Welcome to my blog♥
    KOKA

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    1. Спасибо, Asemgul))) Очень очень приятно))
      Обязательно загляну на твой блог (можна на ты?) :)
      xox

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  27. Such a cute post!

    http://thegirlswhobrunch.com

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    1. Thank you Esther :)
      Welcome to my blog!
      xox

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  28. This is a such an adorable post and Your kitty Lexi is so cute! :)

    x Arwa
    http://cremerose.blogspot.com

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    1. Thank you Arwa :) I miss that munchkin a lot!
      Do you have any pets?
      xox

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    2. No, I am not much of animal person! Honestly, I am that one who runs for my life when I see a dog! lol I know, unreasonable fear!! But I do like cats more :P

      x Arwa

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  29. Nadia, your photos were so sweet, I love having a peek into your life! You are such a doll, I've scheduled my post to go up tomorrow, thanks so much for the tag! Love and hugs your way gorgeous girl! XO -Kim
    www.thethirtysomethinglife.com

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    1. Thanks sooo much, Kim! You are so kind :)
      Can't wait to see your post, hon. Hope you are having a great start of a new week <3
      xox

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  30. Your pictures are lovely! You look so beautiful, especially in your wedding pictures! That's so sweet about your parents :)

    Velvet Blush

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    1. Thank you so much, hon! Awww you are really sweet <3
      xox

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  31. This post made me smile so much, you seem like a lovely and genuinely happy person! The weeding and honeymoon photos are stunning, everything about your dress and overall look is beautiful. Also you cat is soo cute!!! I wish I wasn't allergic to them because awwww xx

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    1. Aww thanks Sophie :) Gotta stay positive about life no matter what :)
      Thank you so much for a lovely & kind comment hon. Awww not nice to be allergic to cats. Well, she sends you virtual cuddles anyway lol :)
      xox Nadia
      http://mielandmint.blogspot.co.uk/

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  32. xoxoxo ) I thought your best day when you met me :) yeah yeah I know i am so modest :) Honey I'm really obsessed with your blog!

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    1. Yes, that is so true and you know how much your friendship means to me hon :)
      Awwww thank you!!!! <3 <3 <3
      xox

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