Hello, beauties! I hope you all had a wonderful weekend. I was cleaning my wardrobe out and sold a bunch of purses just to make more space in my closet. I was surprised by how many people wanted all my cute mini bags. I used to love them too, but got bored of most of them. I still kept a few purses that I still love or am thinking that I might wear again. Anyway, the other night I was thinking about responding to a question of what trends I would never wear. My answer:
- a lot of animal prints. Despite the popularity of animal print in the previous season, I still think that animal print is not for me. I tried to style a jacket and blouse in animal print (you can check my post here and here). But I think for sure that it is not for me. I guess I don't have animal instincts =) But I do keep one pair of sandals in animal print in my closet.
- bike shorts. You probably have seen a lot of famous bloggers share over the internet wearing bicycle shorts with a blazer. It is a big NO for me. First, I never liked bike shorts, especially ones where you can expose all your genitals to the world. Anyway, if you love this trend, go for it. But it is a hard pass for me.
- fringe. I was never a big fan of fringe even if it might look cool on pictures or runway. I can't see wearing it myself. I hope that designers might come up with something that I could try.
- feathered items. I never liked feathered details on anything. I always associate with birds as soon as I see these small details on any piece of clothing.
Anyway, pictured is something more my style. I am wearing a polka-dot blouse that I got on style at Shopbop (find similar here) with black straight-leg jeans from my favorite brand SIWY (made in L.A.). Many of you have also been asking about these sandals. Well, I got them at TopShop. The pretty bag was made in Georgia (the country). Love the handmade work and amazing details. Btw, for every customer that buys this bag, the company will plant and grow a tree named after that customer. Pretty neat, right? You can find more information at #woyoyo or at Woyoyo website. So now you know what I like, and what trends aren't for me.
Summer is a time for ice cream, beaches, and sale shopping. I'm always excited when it comes to the summer months, because I can finally start my crazy shopping spree. In case you hadn't noticed, many stores already have started the 50% sale contest. Zara just started their sale today and I already put a few things on my wish list in the hope that no one else would buy. Haha =P I also went this week to Mango to check all of their linen dresses that are on sale and left with 2 dresses. I can't wait to show you later how I will style them!
Since my fashion tastes changed a little bit, I'm finally looking for clothes with better quality fabrics and durability. I need to forget about fast fashion and be thoughtful about what I purchase and how long will it last. Every year, I throw away or donate to my family or goodwill a bunch of things that I thought that I will wear again, never really did. Thus, I finally learned why fabrics are important. Haha, I guess I've finally grown up. As a fashion blogger who always shares new clothes and new collections on social media, I think it is time to talk about why we need to stop buying what we don't need. Most clothes are not worn more than a couple of times, either due to them being poorly-made or the fabrics were not quality and breathable. We need to stop buying things that we don't need. I still have to admit that sometimes, I want to buy trendy pieces. I've also learned that if I have the self-control to pass on them, I will end up forgetting all about them.
If you want to change your shopping choices as well, I would advise you to buy only linen, organic cotton, recycled polyester, wool, tencel, soy cashmere or silk fabrics. It is why I prefer shopping at Mango. Compared to Zara, Mango makes a lot of clothes from eco-friendly materials and most of the clothes that I purchased from them are elegant and classic. Besides the good quality and chicness, I have been wearing my clothes for several years and never got tired of them. Even after giving them away, my sister continues rocking them.
If you are looking to upgrade your wardrobe as well, here are a few cotton & linen dresses that you need this summer:
Title: How To Spend A Weekend In Queenstown If you’re lucky enough to be visiting New Zealand, Queenstown must be high on your list of priorities. Known as the adventure capital of the world, the city is not actually that large but still has what feels like an infinite number of things to do. I have never been in New Zealand, but definitely on my list to travel. Here are a few things I would like to do in Queenstown:
Head To Queenstown Gardens
The Queenstown Gardens offer a great way to see the famous Lake Wakatipu from the land. And in addition to beautiful views, there are also fun things to do; the garden has both a walking track and a frisbee golf course, for starters. It is also a wonderful place to take a hot cup of coffee or have a picnic on one of the warmer sunny days. Alternatively, if you visit any time between April and October (the cooler season in New Zealand), there is an ice arena for you to enjoy here as well, at least it is what I would like to do.
Discover The Hype Around Fergburger
Local establishment Fergburger has gained a reputation for serving some of the best burgers in the world - a reputation backed up by the sheer length of the line outside the restaurant at pretty much any time throughout the day. Fergburger serves several types of meat in many different styles, including beef, chicken, lamb, and pork, among others (and there are also vegetarian options if you’d like to switch the meat for falafel or tofu). And with gluten-free burgers (and I'm a gluten-free fan lately) available as well, pretty much anyone can find something to love at this renowned burger joint. In short, it's actually worth waiting out the long line.
Spend An Evening At An Ice Bar
Ice bars are most typically found in countries that already have cold weather, and Queenstown is no exception, given its wintery conditions for portions of the year. Accordingly, there are a few bars in town that are made entirely of ice - drink glasses included! They aren’t like casual bars, however, in that you have to pay a fee just to enter, but in my opinion, it's definitely worth it, at least once. Drinks are reasonably priced, and the ice statues inside make for some excellent photos (insta option is here). And don't worry about getting too cold - extra-warm parkas and gloves are provided for patrons.
Have A Night Out At SKYCITY
Queenstown is a great place to get your adrenaline fix, but that doesn’t have to be limited to commonly advertised activities like bungee jumping and skydiving. Particularly if you’re coming from a place where casino games are hard to come by, a visit to SKYCITY Queenstown can be a blast. Although traditional casinos in New Zealand are losing some business to the country's gambling and casino websites, SKYCITY still does well for itself, and I think there's still something charming about the in-person experience. At the very least, you should grab dinner and drinks at the casino’s fantastic restaurant, Wild Thyme, or take in one of the occasional comedy or theater shows that pass through.
Enjoy The Lake From The Water
Lake Wakatipu is one of the most beautiful places in the world. The snowcapped mountains in the background reflect so perfectly off of the clear blue water that I would like to see with my eyes. The water looks so inviting, and I believe you can get quite close by way of a boat outing. Being a city that encourages adventure, Queenstown offers some wild "jet boat" rides after which you'll definitely need a change of clothes. If you want to stay warm and dry though, there are also some calmer scenic tours on which you can enjoy the gorgeous surroundings in serenity.
Get Your Shopping Done At A Local Market
I always like to find unique, authentic souvenirs for my friends and family when traveling, which can feel difficult in a place like Queenstown, where the shopping is clearly aimed at tourists. However, I found out that every Saturday in the park near the lake, there is an adorable art and crafts market featuring goods from local artists and vendors. This market is conveniently located at a central location, but if you’re willing to head a little way out of town (and you're focused more on your own experience than souvenirs), there is also the Remarkables Market to consider, where you'll find fresh produce as well as delicious takeout meals. This market also opens up every Saturday morning.
Hopefully, with these suggestions, you're equipped to travel for your perfect weekend in Queenstown!
I never liked basic clothes, though recently, working again has changed my approach. I didn't realize how hard it would be for me to switch my colorful, uncomfortable wardrobe to boring basics. Over the past few months, I realized that even basics can look cool, just like you are back at Paris Fashion Week. All you have to do is accessorize it until you feel extremely fashionable. To show you an example of what you can do, I picked a black suit that probably everyone owns. As for accessorizing, I picked some statement earrings and my favorite sunglasses that make my every single outfit look awesome. For the blouse, I decided to pick a floral printed design instead of plain to give a playful touch. To add a dash of chicness, I picked a fun belt that I bought in one of the local department stores.
Living in Europe got a bit complicated for me. Chilly nights and rainy days forced me to change my wardrobe completely. I bought things I rarely or never wore before like trench coats and rains boots. The trench has been rocking throughout all fashion shows, magazines and street style. I couldn't help but remember its popularity as it rained like crazy these past few weeks. Even when we went to travel to Strasbourg, it started to rain like cats and dogs. It was during this trip, I was super happy to finally wear my red trench. It was the perfect choice for a rainy spring day. The red brought some happiness to offset the grey clouds. I now have another addition to my wardrobe favorites.
There are a few things that you can consider if you want to own a trench coat. If you find one with a classic design, you will love it forever. It will be a timeless piece. Don't forget about the color. I think classic black, beige or even black would work for any season and you can style it in a variety of ways.
Pick the right fabric and size, choose water-resistant fabrics for the fall or spring seasons, and lighter material for summer. I recently ordered a linen trench coat in beige and can't wait to have it, because I can enjoy my trench during chilly spring days. On the topic of design, I have seen so many different coats, and only a few have caught my attention. I found this Tuck in Trench by R13 to be quite unique, or if you are looking for a more economic choice, I would advise you to check Mango linen coat.
Paris is the city of my inspiration. I love going there for beautiful architecture, delicious food, art exhibitions, and Insta opportunities. Last year, I finally made my husband take a trip to Paris for the weekend. We did quite a lot just in two days. In case you have only 2 nights to spend in Paris, you should definitely read this blog.
Day 1: On our first day, we went to get breakfast at HolyBelly. I was shocked to see it's so popular. We waited about 20 minutes to get a table and we actually enjoyed our breakfast there. The wait was definitely worth it (we'll have to come earlier next time). After enjoying our delicious petit dejeuner, we went to Notre Dame Cathedral. I'm so thankful that we visited it before the fire tragedy. Sadly, we didn't get the chance to go up and see it from above. Who knows how long the recovery will take.
After being amazed again by the beauty of the cathedral, we went to the Marais neighborhood to check out a few stores. Since my husband has never been to Marais, I wanted to show him where I usually go when I am in Paris. Later, we decided to explore the Montmartre neighborhood. We tried to get a quick bite at La Maison Rose Cafe, but sadly, it was already full. After our unsuccessful attempt at the cafe, we walked to Sacre-Coeur Basilica. It was my second visit there, but it was my first time experiencing the panoramic tour. And it was absolutely delightful to see Paris from such heights. If you are all about panoramic views, I would advise going to Arc de Triumph or Montparnasse Tower Observation Desk. We tried to get lunch in Montmartre neighborhood because the weather was perfect for eating outside and people watching. Nothing was quite what I pictured though, so we skipped on this idea. Then, I came up with the suggestion that we should get lunch at Le Brebant. Le Brebant is a popular destination for picture opportunities. The food wasn't special and I wasn't even happy with the service, but it is certainly Insta-worthy. After our lunch, we walked over to Passages des Panoramas and Verdeau. This is an ideal way to spend your day if it's too cold outside or it's raining. It has plenty of bars, restaurants, and some shopping. For dinner, we decided to go to the Eiffel tower view and try some famous crepes. It was our second date by the Eiffel tower since 2010. We watched the Eiffel tower light show and ended up going to Atelier des Lumieres to see a Gustav Light Exhibition. It was unspeakably amazing! I felt like I was living in the Gustav pieces. The atmosphere was so magical. If you are planning to take a trip this, make sure to visit Atelier des Lumieres. They have Van Gogh exhibition this year.
Breakfast at HolyBelly 5
Address: 5 Rue Lucien Sampaix, 75010 Paris, France
Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Paris
La Maison Rose Cafe
Sacre-Coeur Basilica Observation
Lunch at Le Brebant
Address: 32 Boulevard Poissonnière
Passages des Panoramas and Verdeau
Atelier des Lumieres
The next morning, we woke up to explore as much as possible before departing back home. We had to maximize our day until a late night train to Germany. Our morning started at the cutest cafe, Peonies, where we savored a well-apportioned breakfast and enjoyed our coffee. Afterward, we went to a flea market for antique shopping. The kinds of things you see there should honestly be in museums. Sadly, we couldn't buy anything big since we were traveling by train. Anyway, the flea market that we visited was Marche Malassis. I think we spent almost the entire day there. One cool find that I did purchase was a pair of vintage Chanel earrings. After some bargaining, I walked away with a much better deal than what you can buy online. Next time I will be in Paris, I would love to go back, because you can find truly unique pieces.
Later on, we went back to Marais for more shopping. We ended up in some cute stores, where you can find anything you wish. For dinner, we ended up going to Canard & Champagne French restaurant. Definitely stop there if you want to experience French food that is not super expensive. If you still have extra time, I would advise you to visit the Arc de Triomphe, where you can get the best view of the city. Other museums that I wanted to visit for a quite long time are Musee des Arts Decoratifs and the Centre Pompidou. Or if you still want some vintage, second-hand shopping, you can easily spend hours in Marais. I usually stop there every time I am in Paris.
Hi, guys! Here I am again to share what I did while visiting Riga. Riga is the capital city of Latvia and quite a popular place to spend your budget-friendly getaway with family or friends. As things happened, my husband was a bit busy with his work, and I ended up walking around the city by myself. What did I love about Riga? Well, I am a fan of architecture. Walking amidst Art nouveau buildings made my day quite memorable. Here is my itinerary for what can you do in 24 hours while there:
9.00-10.00 AM : My first stop was walking through the narrow Troksnu street to find the Swedish gate, which originally provided access to barracks outside of the old city walls. While walking along the original city walls, I accidentally found a mural named "The Ghost." After studying this artwork, I went looking for the building complex of the Three Brothers (the white brother, the middle brother and the green brother). The white brother is the oldest and was built around the 14th century, the middle and the green brother were built later. Sadly, you can't visit the houses, but you can check out the museum, which I didn't include in my tour.
10.00-12.00 AM : Since many museums are closed early in the morning, I was waiting until the Dome Cathedral opened (from 1st October to 30 June, it opens from 10.00 AM). I believe I paid about 4,5 euro, but I didn't get a chance to get to the roof top (due to bad weather). I got the chance to walk around and see the golden Rooster that is quite well known among many Soviet people from fairy tales,. You can see him on the top of churches to serve as a wind indicator for the city or to defend from evil powers. I read somewhere a very interesting story about this golden Rooster that described how it got replaced many times due to strong wind or odd occurrences. I was trying to find the article that I read, but couldn't figure out where I stumbled across it (somewhere near the "end of the Internet"). All I remember is that there was a tradition by masters who fixed the rooster to drink a full glass of wine and throw the glass from the top. After the Dome Cathedralvisit, I went to look for "1221 restaurant" that I have seen on Pinterest. I didn't get a chance to eat there, because I didn't feel hungry enough. It looked cute enough though.
12.00-14.00 PM: Since I still hadn't gotten a chance to see Riga from the top, I went to St. Peter's church for their rooftop view. The entrance cost is 9 euro per person. Besides the top view, you can enjoy the photography exhibition of Latvia. Before you enter, make sure to check out the very popular Bremen musician statue from the Brother's Grimm fairy tale.
14.00-16.00 PM: After enjoying the view of the city from the top (to be honest, I was freeeziiiiiing), I headed over to the House of Blackheads. The House of Blackheads was built in 1334, destroyed during World War II, and then rebuilt. It serves not only as exhibition venue, but also as a temporary residence for the Latvian president. My favorite room was the Conference Hall. The ticket price was 6 euro per person. Afterward, I decided to grab something to eat. Since I have a sweet tooth, I couldn't resist stopping at Laima chocolate store. When you walk near the store, you will be followed by delicious smell of chocolate. Their recipe, originally from 1870, hasn't changed since 1937.
16.00-17.00 PM: To stay warm, I decided to take a look at Arsenals - Fine Art Museum. I recall paying about 4,5 euro for entrance. I have somewhat mixed feelings about this museum. Unfortunately, I feel like I actually wasted my time. To compensate, I decided to go out and look out for the famous house with black cats on the roof. The legend of this house says that the owner of the house ordered two cats that were facing away from Riga City Council (thus showing their butts), because he wanted to be a member and he was refused.
17.00-19.00 PM: After an hour of wandering, I decided to stop at Mentzendorff House. Surprisingly, no one was in there and I got to enjoy it by myself. The entrance ticket costs 5 euro. After the Mentzendorff House, I met with my husband for dinner at Dome Hotel's restaurant. The place specializes in locally-sourced seafood.
Hey guys, getting ready for summer? Well, today, I would be happy to share with you some Maxi Dresses that you should own for when the sun is out. I spent a few hours on the internet to make a list of dresses that I would like to purchase myself before it gets too hot. As for this post, I'm wearing my new Zara dress that I got last month and styled it with my favorite black blazer, accessorizing with my favorite hat that my husband bought back in Ukraine. And you may have noticed, but I have been obsessed lately with wearing silky scarves to complete my looks.
What is the French Style? To me, it is elegance and effortless. Did you ever see a French girl who didn't look stylish? Even if they have no make-up or heavy accessories, they always look amazing. I have been in France so many times and am always amazed by how gorgeous their women look.
From my observations and travels, here are a few tips on how to dress like a French woman:
#1 comfy heels; #2 suit it up; #3 classic hairstyle; #4 minimalism; #5 elegance is key.
In this post, I tried to dress like a French woman with a twist of my personal style. Instead of a blazer, I decided to wear the chunky sweater that I keep wearing non-stop. I combined it with my light pleated midi skirt from Topshop. As for comfy heels, I picked my favorite Zara mules that matched wonderfully with my sweater. To decorate my outfit, I chose the silk scarf that I bought back in Paris along with a pair of pearled sunglasses from Mango.
Vacation is over and I'm not really excited to go back to work. Though, I'm definitely happy to have a normal schedule where I can get enough of sleep, drink my green juice and exercise. After our trip to the Maldives, I immediately left for Bonn to attend my friend's wedding. The lack of sleep and greens made my immune system shut down and I ended up sick. For the past three days before my work, I finally got some sleep and started drinking my green smoothies instead of breakfast. If you never tried green juicing, I would advise you to try. This is especially true if you have a weak immune system like me. These smoothies improve my skin also. Anyway, besides having a green obsession in my food, my wardrobe also got rich in green colors. But this time, instead of vivid green, I chose olive green.
I don't see so many women wearing olive green lately. Olive green used to be popular a few seasons ago. With fashion being cyclical, I believe that olive green should turn out to be a trendy color again. What do you think? I was so happy that I purchased this beautiful leather bag because it matched perfectly with my shirt in olive green. To round out this look, I wore my favorite heels, H&M trousers and accessorized with a silk scarf, vintage earrings, and Fossil sunglasses.