2018/02/26

LONDON STROLLING I

"Life is not meant to be lived in just one place." - You surely have already heard or read that quote somewhere. And I think that we can all agree that living the life of a fancy Instagram traveller is #goals all the way. But fact is that most of us don't get to travel as much as we probably would like to, which doesn't mean that our life has to be any less interesting though.

I've met up with Margaret from Cady Quotidienne the other day and she said something that really stuck with me: "We often don't appreciate the place we live in enough." And it's true. I've wanted to live in London since I was a clumsy 10-year-old wearing matching hair ties and dresses. And now that I live here, I go to uni, visit the same places over and over again, or stay in bed watching Netflix. 

Which is exactly why I decided to start a new series where I'll show you random snapshots from my weekly trip around the city and hopefully either give you some motivation to do the same in your city or some inspiration what to visit when you're in London next time around.





LONDON WATERLOO - One of my favourite areas in London: Waterloo. It's as central as you can get. My obsession already starts with the station itself. The architecture inside and around the station is a really inspiring mix of grid constructions that remind me of old fabric halls, classic sandstone houses that are reminiscent of the Georgian architecture and modern glass buildings.









BANKSY TUNNEL - If you're already around Waterloo station, make sure to go by the Banksy Tunnel which is a short 5 min. walk away. Each time you go, you'll find new graffiti works by different street artists which makes the visit even more exciting. I make sure to stop by ever so often, just to see whether there is something new and interesting, and I've never been disappointed up until now.






LONDON CHARING CROSS / TATE MODERN - Last, but not least: a few snapshots from our way to the Tate Modern Museum (which I'll talk about in next week's London Strollings post).
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2018/02/24

LOYALTY


Loyalty. To me, it's somehow similar to love. I don't mean that they are one and the same feeling, but both are very strong words that are often used by the wrong people in the wrong situations describing a wrong feeling. We use "love" to talk about liking somebody; we use "loyalty" to underline that we want to be there for somebody and see ourselves somehow tightly associated with them.

As you probably know if you've been following my blog or my other social media for some time now, I spent my winter holidays back at home in Odessa, Ukraine, where I was born and lived for the first 5 years of my life. It was supposed to be a very easy-going holiday to see my grandma and the rest of my family that I hadn't seen in over 4 years. And on the surface, that's basically what it was: a sort of family reunion. But it meant so much more to me and I feel like I've learnt quite a lot over those three short weeks, amongst others the true meaning of loyalty.

How often have you heard that phrase "I'm always there for you."? And how often has that person actually been there when you needed them? I don't mean to offend or blast anybody, but I feel like we use sentences like this one, which truly is of great meaning, way too often, even in situations where we neither mean it nor can keep the promise. I'm not going to lie, I'm in no way better than anybody else: I'm guilty of the same mistake that I probably have committed way too often, even without realising or wanting. But so are probably 99.9% of the people that read this post right now. And that's totally fine. It's human I guess.

But you know what I learnt? There are actually people that know the meaning behind those words before using them and when they pronounce them, you can be sure that they really mean it. And that, my friends, is truly impressive in my opinion.


On my way back home (which, let me tell you, was everything but a pleasant journey), I lost my wallet with all my documents and money in it at the airport. For those of you who don't know Ukraine, you probably think right now about the cameras and the fact that the employees have to bring it to the fund office, but for those of you who know this country, you'll get what I mean when I say that it's probably the 8th world wonder that I got everything back. The only downside was that I had to drive twice from Odessa (where I live) to Kiev (where I lost it). We're talking here about a 10-hour-drive each time, not even to talk about the pitiful weather conditions (thank you, snowstorms for making my life terrible) and the not so amazing streets around there. My mum had to make exactly 2 short phone calls and her friends offered themselves to drive and help me with everything, without even asking further questions or accepting any money for petrol etc. To make this clear: my mum has been living in Luxembourg with me for the past 16 years and rarely talks or sees her friends back at home, but friendship is a lifelong commitment and a promise that people there are taking very seriously. When they say that they will be there for you, they'll help you (or your child, in this case) even 16 years later, no questions asked.

Because that's what loyalty truly is about: you commit yourself and are there for the person no matter what. And you don't do it because you get something out of it but you do it simply because your friend needs help and you told him at some point in your life that he can count on you at any time.

Loyalty is the hard-earned result of working on a relationship with a person that you deeply care about.

Loyalty is when you put somebody else's worries, problems and life before yours when it's needed.

Loyalty is a lifelong commitment.

Loyalty is a very rare phenomenon that I'm pretty sure most people don't know the true meaning of. And I didn't either before I saw it with my own eyes. And that, I consider myself very lucky for. And I hope everybody will experience something like it and have it in their life at one point or another. Because it is the greatest gift you can make somebody. It's the most difficult promise to keep, especially in such a quick-running world where everybody has to look for themselves and their interests first if they want to succeed or at least, survive.

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2018/02/19

FAUX FUR COAT AND RAINBOW SWEATER






Being a student isn't easy, you know. You have to manage your money, probably you live alone for the first time, you don't live in your known environment, ... The list goes on and on.
Being a fashion student is even tougher. Your money doesn't go only into buying food, paying for rent and bills, but you constantly have to be up-to-date with trends. Okay, actually you don't have to, but it's the excuse I use to justify my little shopping obsession.

One of my favourite places to shop at is TK Maxx right now. You have to have quite some patience, and you have to be aware of the fact that you don't always find something. But if you do, it's probably going to be a gem for a bargain price.




So while I was looking through the abundance of jumpers (even though I definitely don't need any more jumpers and sweatshirts) in my local TK Maxx, I found this little beauty here: a plain white jumper with some rainbow stripes and a "Le Surf" logan in the chest area. What really sold me though was the nice material and feel of it. So here we were, me (once again) coming up with an extremely creative excuse as always ("I really don't have a single white rainbow jumper" - oh, wonder) while walking straight to the check-out.







I paired the jumper with a pair of black jeans that I wear way too often (I know) and an XXL faux fur coat that definitely gave the quite simple outfit a more elevated feel and look. I paired it down with a pair of high, black Timberlands but you could easily exchange those for a pair of heeled boots to keep it more dressy. Accessory-wise, I only went with a pair of big silver hoops that matched my silver clutch.
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2018/02/12

LIEBSTER AWARD


If you've been following me for some time now, you would know that I've been nominated for a Liebster Award in November 2017 by Margaret from Cady Quotidienne

In December, Lena from LenaDeeXo decorated me with the same award. At this point, I want to thank you again, Lena, for nominating me - I really appreciate it! 

I didn't feel like posting 2 similar posts within a month, so I decided to wait a bit before participating a second time. I feel like I waited long enough, so here we go!


THE QUESTIONS:


1. What inspired you to start a blog and what is your blog about?

I started my first blog when I was about 13 years old. I deleted it 3 years later though which I have talked about in my 100 Posts - Check post already. Nonetheless, I could never really stop blogging so here we are.
I've always liked the idea of having a little corner on the World Wide Web where I could share my thoughts on different products, create a little outfit lookbook that (who knows) could maybe inspire somebody, and even express some random thoughts from time to time. That's probably why I'm studying Fashion Journalism as well - it's such a broad and interesting industry, how could one not want to write about it?


2. How did you find your initial blogging journey?

I've already talked about it in the previously mentioned "100 Posts - Check" in all details. I really loved the interaction with other bloggers and was so inspired by the whole community (and I still am). I have to admit that it wasn't all sunshine, but I definitely learnt a lot during that time and, looking back on it, I wouldn't have it any other way.


3. If you could morph into one animal, what would it be?

My dog - she has, without a doubt, the best life on planet earth. Everything she has to do is eat, go out, sleep and play. Doesn't that sound amazing?


4. If you were given one wish to be granted this week, what would it be?

To go back in time and relive a few years, but knowing at the same time what the future (aka today) holds for us.


5. What are three things on your bucket list?

1. To travel even more
2. To find an internship over summer
3. To keep up with my New Year's resolutions


6. Who's your favourite character?

That's a tough one. I guess my answer always depends on what I'm watching at that particular moment. I just started watching The 100 again a few days ago and fell for Octavia all over again. Elsewise, I really like Fallon in Dynasty - she's a little b**ch sometimes, but you know, at least, she's fun and stays true to herself.


7. If you could star in any movie, what would it be?

I'm more a series type of girl, but if it had to be a film, I'd say Pirates of the Caribbean or The Hunger Games


8. What would you say is your best attribute?

I find questions like these always super-difficult to answer. I'd say it's my empathy and compassion for other - I've got it from my mum and I truly believe that it's a good character trait to have.


9. Any useful tips you'd like to share with aspiring bloggers or dreamers?

There is no magical receipt to success - just be consistent with what you're doing and use social media as much as you can to spread the word about your blog. Also don't forget to always be nice to everybody - there's enough negativity that surrounds us nowadays, especially on the Internet.


10. If you had an alter ego, what would you name him/her?

Probably Mary - don't ask me why though, because I have no idea.


11. If you had $1000, what would you splurge on?

I'd probably splurge on an Acne scarf and a YSL card holder (that I'm currently saving up for anyway).


11 RANDOM FACTS ABOUT ME:

1. I'm a true animal lover, but I have a phobia of spiders and bees. So if there's ever a bee somewhere too close to me, I will run away. No matter where, I will just run.
2. I'm a very sarcastic person which may or may not come from the fact that I was born in Odessa (Ukraine) where people are known to have a very special humour.
3. I'm very ambitious and perfectionist when it comes to uni and work. If the picture isn't exactly where I wanted it to be, I'm going to redo it all before submitting.
4. I barely ever watch TV but I do have a serious Netflix addiction.
5. I wanted to study Fashion Journalism in London since I was 11 years old and here we are now.
6. I speak 6 languages - Luxembourgish, French, German, English, Russian and a bit of Spanish.
7. I've danced for 15 years in the same dance school - I did Classical Ballet, Jazz, Contemporary and Hip Hop.
8. If there's one trend I'll probably never get, it's putting rhinestones all over your clothes - why would you do that?
9. I've studied German, English and French literature for 3 years in school.
10. I'm probably the worst cook you'll ever meet. But you know, I'm trying. I really am.
11. I can be quite stubborn which (I have to admit) is not the best quality to have, but you know, we all have our little flaws, don't we?
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THE RULES:

1. Thank the person who nominated you, and post a link to their blog on your blog.
2. Display the award on your blog — by including it in your post and/or displaying it using a “widget” or a “gadget”. 
3. Answer 11 questions about yourself, which will be provided to you by the person who nominated you. 
4. Provide 11 random facts about yourself.
5. Nominate 5 – 11 blogs that you feel deserve the award, who have a less than 1000 followers. 
6. Create a new list of questions for the blogger to answer.
7. List these rules in your post. 
8. Once you have written and published it, you then have to inform the people/blogs that you nominated that they have been nominated for the Liebster award and provide a link for them to your post so that they can learn about it (they might not have ever heard of it!)

MY QUESTIONS FOR YOU:

1. Do you have a main goal for your blog?
2. What is the most difficult part about blogging?
3. What are your favourite posts to read and write?
4. Do you have any tips on how to stay motivated and productive?
5. Do you have a favourite book? If yes, which one?
6. Who's your all-time favourite actor/actress?
7. Do you have any hobbies?
8. What's your biggest pet peeve?
9. Name one (fashion or beauty) trend that you wish you had never followed.
10. What is your favourite travel destination and why?
11. What is your biggest fear?

MY NOMINEES:

Chloe from Divina-Fashion
Julia from The Glass of Class
Sophie from Glow Steady
Nusha from Nusha Blog
Abi from Abi Richards

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2018/02/11

OH PARIS, PARIS - LET'S RECAP!






I think we can resume this series (as well as my whole trip) in one simple sentence: Paris never disappoints. Neither the weather nor the cold can take away the beauty and charm of the city. I'm really not a huge fan of the idealising of cities and places since I always end up being disappointed by them when I'm the first time around, but I do get where people are coming from when they are talking about it being a magical city. It is indeed. It's a huge metropolis at the same time and that's what people tend to forget when they're talking about 'la ville de l'amour' - but it still feels special and fascinating which is probably how it got its title.

I guess that's a wrap! Hopefully, you liked this little series of mine and maybe, the insights made you want to see Paris in all its glory through your own eyes. 

Have a nice Sunday, everybody!






check out the other posts in this series:





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2018/02/10

OH PARIS, PARIS - GIRLS TALK WITH CHLOE MASON


As I told you in my previous post already, I got to ask Chloe from Divina Fashion some questions while getting a much-needed coffee on a rainy day in Paris. We decided that we would make sort of an interview feature out of our collaboration, so if you're interested in reading what kind of questions she asked me and what I answered, make sure to head over to her blog.

How did you get into blogging?


I was inspired by one of the "year abroad" blogs I was reading in my second year of university and wanted to create one for my year abroad. Since I’m interested in fashion, I wanted to bring that element into my blog, too.

What is your best advice for newcomer bloggers?

It’s a lot of work! You have to be consistent and disciplined to stand out from the crowd because the blogging world is quite saturated. It was hard starting out because I had to think about what content I wanted to create, what kind of brand I wanted to be and most importantly, how I could be myself nonetheless.

Who’s your favourite blogger?

Hmmm, I have so many! I would say Ensemble of Elan for Fashion, and I'm Just A Girl for Lifestyle and Blogging.


If you could live anywhere in the world, where would you go?

I’d probably live in Paris to be fair, or New York. It’s the ultimate dream. 

What do you like most about Paris?

I love the food! I’m a huge foodie. All the ingredients here are so fresh and there’s barely anything that’s processed. Fast food isn’t even that popular, I think. I love the fact that you can get luxury gourmet food at an affordable price here. French people are so relaxed and they know how to indulge in the little things in life. Like having a glass of wine by the Seine, a picnic at Champs de Mars in front of the Eiffel Tower and indulging in some charcuterie - the Parisians definitely know how to simply enjoy life! 

Where do you see yourself in 10 years? 

In 10 years I see myself as a founder of a brand that would help women feel beautiful, confident and empowered - whatever that may be, or even if it was to create my own consulting company, then that’s a real dream of mine. I also want to start a family at some point and settle down with someone.


What does your go-to-makeup consist of? What is your favourite product?

I definitely use a lot of products from L’OrĂ©al. They never let me down, and you can still feel like you’re using high-end makeup. I use their eyeliner and eyebrow pencil which is always a must when I’m going outside the door since I never leave my house without my eyebrows done. Also, their Infallible setting powder is honestly INFALLIBLE. Lastly, I would say the Maybelline Eye-Roll Illuminator Concealer has to be one of my favourites for sure!

What is your favourite brand? 

My favourite brand would probably be Balmain. I think Olivier Rousteing is doing such a fantastic job at managing the brand, and I feel that the women that wear Balmain clothes in his campaigns are always shown as powerful and sexy.
I also love Dior: the style is so subtle, yet so classic. The Christian Dior Museum that I went to was absolutely breathtaking. I’ve never seen anything like that in my life. It makes you realise that there’s so much beauty in simplicity.


What’s the difference between style and fashion?

Fashion for me is what’s in or trendy. It’s what everyone "should" be wearing; it's sort of like the social code for our time. For example, a lot of the fashion that we’re seeing now is based on the 1990s. All of the 90s items are making a huge comeback - just look at the tiny vintage sunglasses. 
Style, however, is a personal matter. Style is about the individual and its attitude. It’s enhancing your personality and showing to the world who you truly are. It’s about choosing what to wear based on how you’re feeling and how the clothes make you feel.

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