2018/06/17

ALANYA STROLLING


As you probably have noticed, I haven't been very active on the blog recently. Apologies at this point for that! 

If you're following me over on Instagram, you probably know that since I came back from Alanya, I've been working pretty much non-stop. Between Graduate Fashion Week and LFWM (check out my highlights on Instagram to see some glimpses of the shows), free time has been really a rare thing. 

I still have sooo many beautiful pictures of Alanya and my time back home in Ukraine that I'm planning on sharing but I simply didn't have the time up until now.

Fast forward to now: I've pre-written some posts in which I'll show you all the incredible places I've been to and some of the outfits I've worn. I'm planning on posting as per usual 4 times a week, so let's see how that'll go!

Starting off today, I wanted to share some glimpses of Alanya which is a city on the Turkish Riviera. We've been staying in the Utopia World Hotel (more about that to come in another post) and, hands down, this has been one of the most beautiful holidays I've ever had in my entire life! I've fallen head over heels for this region with all the beautiful flowers, viewpoints and sunny weather. So if you still don't know where to spend your summer holiday this year, check out Alanya - you're welcome!


T-Shirt and Shorts Zara - Sandals Nila&Nila - Sunglasses Prada - Bag Esprit
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2018/06/02

FORGIVENESS


One of my biggest flaws is probably that I find it very hard to truly forgive people. I may accept an apology and most surely behave like a social person towards them (saying hi on the street, maybe even having a little small talk) but that's about as far as it gets.


Trust is hard earned with me and once you lose it, we've got a big problem. I feel like most people just take too many things for granted nowadays. It's normal for them that you're there, that you like them, that you help whenever and however you can. It's a given that you don't leave and that you support them no matter what. And honestly, I don't mind doing all those things. I consider myself to be a very loyal person in general so if I tell you that I'm here for you, you can count on me no matter what happens. I don't expect people to give anything back except for a bit of gratitude and solidarity. A simple "thank you" is enough for me and I feel like it shouldn't even be a big deal to talk about but somehow we ended up in a world where showing gratitude and asking for forgiveness have become two impossible missions.


We're all human, we all have our flaws and problems, we all make mistakes. And that's completely fine! The difference between a forgivable mistake and a deal breaker is for me often how deliberately the actions were and how much the person took profit of my trust for her. The problem with trusting people and being let down is that it often is a vicious circle. You forgive once, they let you down a second time. Where's the end of all of it? And, is it really worth it?


I've learnt the hard way that at the end of the day, the best thing you can do is to build mainly on yourself. Of course, you need your friends (elsewise, where's even the point of all of this?), but people come and go all the time. Even the ones that you thought would stick around could maybe leave you at some point. Building on others and trusting them to stay around can make you vulnerable and be a hurtful experience. The only person that is always going to be around, no matter what is you, so that's where your priority should lie. Sounds egoistic? Well, it is. But what other choice do we have?


Don't get me wrong, some people definitely deserve your forgiveness. But considering the bigger picture, try to think about the long-run: how big is the chance that you'll get hurt again? And is there a way that you'll fully trust that person again at some point? Sometimes we don't want to admit that some people are just not for us and, even though we love them, we better live apart from each other. But forcing friendships, relationships and co never work out. 


Maybe I am too harsh and I surely have to still work on the 'forgiving people that deserve it'-part. We definitely all deserve a second chance, but, as 13 Reasons Why's Clay said in the latest episode: you can love someone and still let them go. And that's what I chose to do 99% of the time. Because sometimes, it's easier to love somebody from a distance than to constantly put up with inevitable conflict of opinions.


Two-piece swimsuit Calzedonia
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2018/05/31

MEET TRALOVIE


I've recently had the chance to model for the Swiss watch company Tralovie and their new collection. I've never modelled in a professional way before so this has been quite exciting and interesting to see the whole process from simple ideas to the final execution of the shots. 

For those of you who don't know Tralovie: it's a pretty new and upcoming watch and jewellery brand that's based in Switzerland. Their recent Armora Watch Collection is a combination of watches with mesh bands and different marble clock faces. Each version is limited to 888 pieces. The price per watch is about 130 Euro which I personally find more than alright considering the high quality of the piece.

The team was really friendly and professional which made the whole experience even more enjoyable. The second model was the lovely fashion blogger Rachel from Chic Glam Style. She has only recently moved to London and has previously established herself as one of the biggest fashion bloggers in Grece. She was really lovely and her style is incredible, which you can check out on her Instagram so make sure to give her a follow as well!

I was allowed to take some backstage shots so I thought it might be a good idea to show you a combination of backstage pictures and the final results that I'm more than happy about. Hope you like them as well!


Thank you, Sandro, for this amazing opportunity! And thanks to the whole team - it was a pleasure to meet and work with all of you!

Styling by Elle Sanderson
Photos by Max Bridge
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2018/05/28

FLOWER EMBROIDERIES AND WHITE SHORTS


Summer is finally here! Having lived in Luxembourg and then moved to London, I personally don't see the sun as often as people in warmer countries do which is probably the main reason why my winter wardrobe largely outsizes my summer wardrobe. The rapid approach of my holiday in Alanya, Turkey, was the perfect excuse to shop and get some new stuff. So here we are with me showing you all of the stuff I got in form of a summer lookbook, located in the most stunning hotel I've ever been to (but more about that one in my next posts...)!


I feel like it's especially hard to make an outfit look special during this time of the year where everybody is either wearing shorts and a T-Shirt or a dress. When I found this little royal blue, short-sleeved gem at Esprit, I immediately fell in love with the flower embroidery and the transparent material of the top. To break things up a bit, I chose a pair of white, asymmetrical shorts that I got from Zara not too long ago. 


Top Esprit - Short Zara - Sandals Nila&Nila - Bag Karen Millen - Earrings Swarowksi - Watch Tralovie
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2018/05/24

DUNGAREES AND CHECKED BLOUSE







Just as my last outfit post, this one is for the colder spring/summer days still. Even though I strongly hope that we won't have to get back to wearing boots and long trousers so soon, I still wanted to share this outfit with you before starting off my summer-related content.





I started off the outfit with the dungarees from Esprit that have been one of my favourite staples for the past year probably. Not only are they very versatile and appropriate for many different occasions (depending on how you style them), but also immensely comfortable. This time around, I styled them with a checked high neck blouse with ruffled sleeves that I got at TK MAXX. but you could easily switch it for a T-Shirt for a more laid-back look or a button-up shirt for a business outfit. I went for a pair of white ankle boots to pick up on the white check of the blouse and thought that the silver clutch by Karen Millen would perfectly go with the silver buckle on the boots. Et voila, that's it already!


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