2018/04/28

THE MYSTERY BLOGGER AWARD


I've been nominated by the lovely beauty and lifestyle blogger Meg Louise for the Mystery Blogger Award some time ago. At this point, I would like to thank you, Meg, for the nomination - I really appreciate it. Before this nomination, I've never heard about this award, so I found it very interesting to read a bit more about it. Basically, the award was created by Okoto Enigma as a way to discover new bloggers and to give them some more exposure this way. Without rambling on further, let's start off with the rules!
RULES
  • Put the award logo/image on your blog
  • List the rules.
  • Thank whoever nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
  • Mention the creator of the award and provide a link as well
  • Tell your readers 3 things about yourself
  • You have to nominate 10 – 20 people
  • Notify your nominees by commenting on their blog
  • Ask your nominees any 5 questions of your choice; with one weird or funny question (specify)
  • Share a link to your best post(s)


THREE FACTS ABOUT MYSELF
  • I've wanted to become a Fashion Journalist and move to London since I was 10 years old.
  • I've been born in Odessa, Ukraine, but moved to Luxembourg with my mum when I was only 5. Even though I was very young, I still consider myself to have some Ukrainian traits and am very lucky that I've basically grown up having the best of both cultures.
  •  I speak 6 languages: Luxembourgish, French, German, Russian, English and Spanish.


THE QUESTIONS

If you could time travel to any era in history, when would it be and why?
I would probably travel to the 18th century. I recently had to choose an era in history and do a photo shoot based on that decade for uni, so I chose the 18th century and did a Marie Antoinette-inspired shoot. I've always been quite intrigued by that century, especially the second half of the 18th century because I feel like there was so much happening around that time: the French Revolution, the industrial revolution, ...
What is the most frustrating thing about blogging to you, and how do you overcome it? 
I feel like one of the things I struggle with the most is to be constant and stick to posting on certain days, no matter what happens outside of blogging. I've made a promise to myself to be regular in my posting this year and to my own surprise, I managed to do it up until now. This month has been one of the best of my life, but also crazy busy. It was so hard to find time between starting an internship and keeping up with uni deadlines to make time to shoot and create content for this blog. I try to make time every week to write and shoot, but sometimes it's really hard and almost impossible to keep up with it.


If your life was set inside a movie or TV show, which movie/show would it be? 
Uhh good one. That's tough to decide though. I started rewatching Reign again so that would be a really good one. Or maybe 90210 - being a rich kid in Beverly Hills sounds so tempting.


Would you rather have leaves for arms or a flower for a face? (If you know me you’ll know this is my FAVOURITE would you rather question of all time hahaha!)
A flower for a face - I'd be pretty no matter what and could still function as a human being, how amazing is that?


And finally….what is the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given?
"Nobody will ever just hand something to you, so if you really want it, you'll need to work your ass off to get it." My mum kept on saying this to me while I was growing up which is probably one of the main reasons I ended up being so ambitious.


MY NOMINEES
  • https://cadyquotidienne.com/
  • https://saffydixon.com
  • http://divina-fashion.com
  • http://www.katelovesx.co.uk
  • http://www.hannahfrancesmccreesh.com
  • http://www.whitneylorenxo.co.uk
  • https://lenadeexo.com
  • http://theglassofclass.com
  • https://www.glowsteady.co.uk
  • https://nushablog.wordpress.com
MY QUESTIONS
  • If you had to live in one city/place and weren't able to travel to any other place for the rest of your life, where would you want to be?
  • What do you consider to be your spirit animal and why?
  • If you could give your 5-year-old self an advice, what would it be?
  • Do you have a role model? If you do, what inspires you most about them?
  • Would you rather live on an island without WIFI but have a Spotify and Netflix subscription instead or have WIFI but not be able to watch movies/series or listen to music ever again?


MY BEST POST

According to my statistics, my best post is an interview that I did with my former dance teacher and the choreographer of Papa Roach's None Of The Above music video which you can watch here. Personally, my favourite two posts were How To Be A Mum, which I dedicated to my role model and the most important person in my life, my mum (as the title already suggests), and You >, which was a little train of thought about something that is really important to me: self-love and self-realisation.


Thanks again, Meg, for nominating me! And sorry that it took me so long to do it. I hope that all my nominees accept their award and I can't wait to read your posts!
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2018/04/25

11 THINGS I LOVE ABOUT LONDON


I've had my last presentation at uni and handed in my final project yesterday which makes me officially move on from being a fresher to a second-year-student (yay!). I came to realise that I've been living in London now for almost a year - crazy, I know! I think it's no news to you that time just flies when you're doing what you love, but I never thought that it could go THAT quick. This whole thought process made me really think what it actually is about this city that I love so much. So I've come up with a little list of 11 things that immediately crossed my mind.

  • People
I've been so fortunate that my parents travelled with me a lot since I was very little so I can say that I've seen quite a lot of different places and was able to have an insight into many different cultures up until now. I've rarely been to a place where people were this open, friendly and helpful as in London. 
A few days ago, while being on the tube, a woman just walked up to me and complimented my backpack, which (I know) is probably a really little and irrelevant thing to most people, but I really appreciated it. There were other times where I just lost myself, which (let's be honest) can happen quite quickly in a big metropolis like London: I've probably looked very confused because there were people who would walk up to me and ask where I was trying to go to, which I greatly appreciated as well.

  • Creativity
There are soooo many creative people around London, it's insane. Being at a creative university, I am surrounded on a daily basis by so much talent which then again, inspires me to push myself further and work on myself, too.

  • Opportunities
Having chosen to pursue a career in the fashion industry really reduced my choices of studying and later on, living. I feel like London is a city with so many opportunities and possibilities, no matter what pathway you choose - it's crazy.

  • Street style
I can't publish a post about things I love without mentioning fashion at all, can I? This point is going hand in hand with the previous few points: people are just so creative and innovative when it comes to their styling. Everybody seems to have their unique sense of style which I find so inspiring and makes me really excited to have chosen London for my studies.

  • Street musicians
I don't know about you but I find that there is nothing more inspiring and beautiful than watching creative and talented people pursuing their dreams and doing what they love. Seeing street musicians in the tube or out and about on the street just pouring their hearts out in their music always fills me with so much happiness and excitement.

  • Acceptance and tolerance
Growing up in a small country, I've always felt quite pressured to fit in. I felt very insecure about how I wanted to dress which resulted in me building up a closet with plenty of stuff I would never wear out of fear of being judged or standing out. Well, that fear is more than gone since moving here. People don't really seem to care and judge you for what you're wearing or what you look like. Uniqueness and individuality are encouraged, not repressed.

  • Tube
Okay, this one might be a favourite of mine for obvious reasons: I never had the option of taking a tube while growing up which is the main reason why I love it so much now. It's just so quick and easy to navigate (once you get the hang of it). Also, did you know that London has the oldest and biggest underground service in the world? The Metropolitan line has been active since the late 19th century and is still running strong nowadays.

  • Architecture
Be it the newer, sophisticated buildings like The Shard in Southwark, or the older areas such as Camden Market - I feel like the architecture, in general, is just impressive.

  • Coffee places and restaurants
Since London is such a humongous city, it's a given that you can find literally everything you could desire. Even though I'm currently having a break from my London Strolling series (I'm just having too much uni stuff and internship work going on to take a day per week off right now... it'll come back soon though, I promise!), I always try to find new and interesting places to share so definitely check that out if you're interested in seeing some of my favourite coffee and food places!

  • Tesco Meal Deal
Okay, let's keep it real here! Even though I'm trying to find cool coffee places and stuff to share, I'm still only a student/intern who has to somehow manage to eat on a regular basis without breaking the very fragile bank account. What better way is there than to take advantage of the Tesco Meal Deal?

  • Infinite choices
Seriously, no matter what you're looking for/what you like: it's probably in London! ... well, except for the good weather, but you know, you can't have it all. Also, let's be fair: we had some really sunny days last week so you see, there's still hope even on that front! It's just such a diverse city - there's always something to see and to do here!


What is your favourite city and why?

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2018/04/12

THE GOOD HAIR DAY


A good hair day - the rarest phenomenon in a girl's life... or at least in mine. I've been quite lucky with having fast-growing and healthy hair, but man does it gets messy. Most days I look like a fluff ball or a frizzy shi tzu and you know, I've gotten used to it and try to accept it the way it is. But then, from time to time, there are these days where my hair's actually cooperative and looks the way I want it to *hand clapping*.

On days like where the hair sits and your skin looks okay, the mood can only be good and the outfit gets together like by itself. I wore this outfit while running around central London for my weekly London Strolling posts last Tuesday. 

I knew that I wanted something comfortable yet look put together - what better way is there than going for a classic black blazer? I've talked about this particular one in one of my latest outfit posts and, oh wonder, I'm still obsessed with it! This time around, I chose a light-washed mum jeans, a simple white Adidas T-Shirt, my black Chelsea boots (that I wear way too often) and my little Esprit bag that made it into my recent March Favourites post


What is your go-to outfit at the moment?

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2018/04/10

QUIBERON STROLLING VI



The most recent world wonder that I saw? A few days of good weather in Luxembourg, a country where it rains nearly as much (if not even just as much) as in London, the capital of rain. This made me really excited for warmer temperatures, more sunshine and longer days. So I decided to start this week off with a little throwback to my last summer holidays in Quiberon, France!


La Côte Sauvage

One of the highlights of these holidays was the little trip to the "Côte Sauvage" which literally means the wild coast. The name basically describes the place already - it's windy (as you can tell by my wild hair looks on these pictures) and the more it rains, the prettier it is. I've rarely seen such a picturesque location, so make sure to stop by if you're ever around.


The beach

The Normandie is known for being rather a "cold" summer destination - it rains a lot and the temperatures are not the warmest. Yet, if you're lucky, there are great weather days as well. So make sure to take advantage of such days to pay a visit to the multitude of impressive beaches that are all around Quiberon.


The Cliffs

We were bicycling around the town when we got into a pouring rain. On our search for the nearest shelter, we found some cliffs next to the beach and decided to sit out the storm. Instead of just waiting, we decided to use the time to take some pictures that turned out to be some of my favourites from this trip. We also watched quite some sunsets during our time there which is one of my favourite things to do in general.
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