As you can probably guess, I had no school the last two months since it was summer break. I had one of the best summers of my life so far, and I honestly wanted to take a break from my blog for certain reasons. Even so, I always caught myself making pretty photos of me, of my surroundings, of my travels, at restaurants - you name it. Once you start seeing things with the eyes of a blogger, you never quite go back, I guess. I enjoy it, and I have no plans of not being a blogger anytime soon. If anything this hiatus made me realize even more how much I'd miss blogging, and also, I can't pinpoint why, but i personally think my new photos look way better than the old.
I know that the most of the people that visit my blog come for the outfits and the pictures. Don't get me wrong, this is a fashion blog above anything else, and I'm incredibly happy that is serves its purpose as one. I myself enjoy looking at other people's beautiful pictures and it is what keeps me coming back to their websites over and over.
I am trying a new format with this post and I don't know if it will go well, so roll with me. I figured I could bring a little more personality and heart into my texts. If you are just here for the pictures, great! Thank you so much for checking them out. And if you are interested in what I am writing about today, which you can probably guess from the title, that's great too! Either way enjoy my ramblings and/or photos!
A very long time ago, there was this little girl that started dreaming of having a style blog, a magical place for her to pour her heart out, to have a big goal, a dream to aspire to - to be a respected and established blogger, and hopefully make some friends along the way.
But that little girl was well, little, and everyone advised her to wait. No one would take her seriously. And after all, little girls don't know what they really want yet. Full of doubt, that twelve year old girl waited. While waiting for what turned out to be a long time, she started to do two very different and contradictory things. One of them was forgetting about that little-girl-dream from time to time. Who could blame her. It was the time in which she moved to another continent (twice) and had to learn to speak (two) foreign languages fluently. But also let's not forget it's the time of all that teenager-y hormonal puberty stuff. So she was pretty busy.
And then there were the times where her mind wandered to her one big dream. As if it wouldn't be terrible on its own to only dream about something you want, she also started overthinking it. She played all the possible scenarios in her brain of what could go wrong. Of how she might be made fun of in real life, how her pictures might look ugly, of how it might turn out to be a big failure and her dream would be crushed forever...
Okay so here's the deal with cold weather. Most people I know always lust after warm, sunny summer days, and when they finally come, everyone tries to savor every bit of them. It's so much appreciation that normal everyday things get neglected because people want to be out in the sun for as long as it's shining. They hate when they have work to get done, even more so than usually, because "they could have been outside in the nice weather".
I think I finally put my finger on why I like the cold. I always knew that for some reason cloudy and chilly is the right environment for me to work in, but I never fully understood why. It's because in the cold, people drop the weather talk and the excuses that come along with it. They no longer rely on an unstable factor to dictate to them what they should do today. So in a way, the cold makes them more productive - which in turn lets me get the job done faster too.
If you've been reading my blog for a while you can't not have noticed that I've had a little obsession with Rihanna ever since I saw her on tour in July, just a few days before my birthday. It was one of the best presents ever. She was one of my favorite pop stars when I was younger, but the hype died out for some time,. What happened is that I grew up, my taste changed, or better said - I started understanding that I don't need to like what's on the radio. From then on I accepted and embraced my rather alternative taste in music.
And then she put out the Anti album and it was unlike anything else I've listened to before.
I started respecting her so much as an artist from then on. When I saw she was going on tour I almost couldn't find anybody to go with me, which by the principle of wanting the things you can't have only made me want to go more. And when I finally saw live, my obsession became official. And it's all documented here.
I'm back! And I'm so excited to be. I'm so glad that I have a blog where I can put my spare time to purposeful use. Meanwhile, other aspects of life have been demanding too much of my attention, and I always regret not being that type of organized person that gets all their work done under pressure. However, let's not forget that there are people that don't get that work done at all and I'm happy to know I don't fall into that category. Even so, I don't regard writing posts as work, much more as something to take my mind off tasks and deadlines and to relax. So here is my ootd :)
I love the feeling you get when you start a new project. To some people, this project may be some sort of huge lifestyle change, "the beginning of a new era" so to say. To me personally, I get more easily motivated if I think about even little things as a fresh start. I call it "the beginning of a new year". Whenever I use the my little, made-up term, I start getting a certain feeling of spring - this is probably why it is my favorite season. Whenever I get the spring vibes, I also feel the need to portray them on he outside, and what is a better way to do that than my outfit?
Btw, it's almost the beginning of winter over here in Europe. Still, I found a day warm enough that it was appropriate for my spring vibes outfit, and I used the opportunity.
Hi! I'm back. It has not been an easy few weeks over here. A lot of times the question comes up about whether or not to give up a few things in order to be able to concentrate on others. After all, I'm always somewhere, doing something, signing myself up for new experiences, perfecting my older hobbies and the excuse it always that it helps me grow as a person. While it might be true, getting three hours of sleep each night definitely isn't promoting growth in any way.
As with a lot of other things, my blog is taking a hit from my decisions too. What happened to regular posting for instance? There are only 24 hours in a day...
And so, in the process of accepting the fact that I cannot make time and cutting down on activities, I know the one thing that I will not let go of - my blog. It took me so much willpower to overcome the anxiety of creating it and I still feel uncomfortable when someone I know asks me about it. In the few moths that I've had it I've learned to own up to it and to be proud, instead of getting all shy about it and thinking the others might take me for weird. I remember I had the website set up in February already, but I only summoned all my powers to write my first post in mid April. However, when I finally did it, it felt so great. It was the feeling of accomplishment after years of only dreaming. I'm sure everyone that has dared to do something they were scared of knows the feeling I'm talking about.
Anyway, on a brighter note, here is a cool new outfit that I put together:
Hi! It's been a long time!
...again. Trying to take up more work that I can do in a set amount of time is turning into my most self-harmful flaw. I'm always so busy, which is totally my fault, and I even think I have a legit fear of finishing up all I have to do and having free time for once.
You'd think that I'm some sort of workaholic, but really, despite willingly piling on work, I am also the worst (best?) procrastinator ever. I'm incredibly gifted at just laying in bed and doing nothing while thinking of all the stuff I have to do. That's just a perfect cocktail for disaster.
Anyway, that was a legit excuse for why I haven't posted for so long, right?
School started for me only yesterday, but I feel like I've already slipped into my old routine. I don't even miss my summer holidays unless I think about them. This may be kind of sad to say out loud, but school has been in my life for so long now that it even gives me certain amount of comfort and a feeling of purpose.
It's not so much that I love school as just that I always try to look at the brightest side of things. This is what keeps me motivated.
I can't believe summer is pretty much over. What did I get done in my free time without schoolwork loads and activities?... Well, nothing, although at the beginning of summer I set out to tackle so much work that I would be otherwise able to do only very slowly when the school season starts. Is it wrong that I kind of miss it because it forced me to be more productive?
There is more to Bulgaria than its capital city Sofia. There is a beautiful seaside (which we have to yet visit this summer), and, of course, with a population of around 7 million and shrinking, we have plenty of nature.
I personally am no fan of spending time outside - after all I'm a spoiled city girl that is scared of getting her hands (better yet shoes) dirty in any way. But my parents are annually nostalgic about this one place in the mountain close to Sofia that has some peculiar triangular villas. Sure, they look picturesque from the outside, but they are so compact on the inside, that I don't know if I should call them cute or suffocating. Anyways, I was able to squeeze in a photo shoot and the villas were big assistants in making the photos look cool.
I'm still in Sofia, but today we explored the more polished part of the city. There is this one place here that the people know as the Business Park Sofia, that is full of newly built and polished office buildings, and actually has a park which is really nice and which surrounds all buildings. Usually the one reason people would go there is to go to work, and not on a walk, but it made a cool shooting site, so that is what I was doing there :D
Summer is still going strong, and just as me and my family do each summer, we visited our old home in Sofia. If you have never heard of Sofia before, I don't blame you. It is a capital city, but it is the capital city of a country that isn't widely known even in its own European continent. Sofia is a town of two million, the largest city in Bulgaria, a country right on the west side of the Black Sea, that only 9 million people call home. The reason why we still visit so eagerly isn't the place, really. Sure, there are some scenic landscapes and some old places that bring up nostalgia just when you catch a glimpse of them after such a long time. But there is nothing worth the while in a not-so-prospering city like Sofia.
We will never stop visiting, and our very good (and only) reason for this is family. We may have moved a long time ago, but our relatives still live here, and whenever we come back we do all these things and see all these places that we have been missing together.
So far I'm just enjoying my summer holidays, and I admit I've been doing that by staying home a lot and just by being laid-back. So naturally, I didn't feel like it would be appropriate for today's outfit to be something really preppy or formal, or look like it requires a lot of effort. That's just not me at the moment. But it is totally me to try and make every day just a tad bit more fabulous and to simply look my best as much and as often as I can. That doesn't mean one has to suit up everyday, what it means is that one always looks put together - like you have your life together, you're organized and you're being productive. It just gives off the best impression I can think of, especially when you're meeting someone for the first time (not necessarily the impression that suiting up gives).
Guess whose school year just finished! I know, I'm so late in saying this, but I've been waiting for my summer vacation for such a long time. Really, the only problem that I have with it coming so late is that everyone right now is talking about how terrified they are of going back to school, and it just makes my holidays feel so much shorter. But nonetheless, I'll get the last laugh when they start school and I'm still chilling at home for like another month!
Last week I promised an outfit update from Rihanna's concert in Frankfurt. The concert was amazing, it would turn any Rihanna hater to an absolute fan if they saw her. Her performance skills and the love she has for her audience really blew everyone away. I was overwhelmed for days after. I remember I used to dance to Rihanna when I was a little kid, and I seriously shed a tear when she started singing Umbrella!
Here's one of the few pictures I took of her. She literally looked perfect from all angles at all times, but that's why I was just trying to enjoy the show with my own eyes and not through the lens of my iPhone. (At one point she was like "Okay everyone, now put your phones away... I mean, unless you're taking pictures of me" and then she shrugged and flipped her hair and it was just so cute and it made me love her even more.)
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I hope you had a great week so far! It's the weekend so we all deserve a break, don't you think?
Our town opened its first Dunkin' Donuts shop last year and I just visited it for the first time today. How have I missed out on half a year of donuts? I don't know, but I'll compensate soon. Needless to say, today was good!
Haay. It's been a long time with no post! No, I have not ran out of clothes (don't worry, I will never), but I'm still a student and that sometimes gets in the way OF MY LIFE. Sadly, there's only 24 hours in a day, and as annoying as it is, sometimes you just have to get through and invest that time in your academics.
... mmm but I'm back now, so yay for me!
Frankfurt, you're pretty cool. And you totally deserve to be the econical giant you are. Walking through your streets, every corner is a pretty blend of old renaissance mansions and futuristic glass-pane skyscrapers. You're not only a place with lots of history, but also with lots of future.
You know that whole "effortless and chic" thing? Guess what's really cool about it - that it's. actually. effortless. If it's not then you're not doing it right. Effortless means that it's easy to put together and that it doesn't require much effort to wear. Some oufits you just have to constantly remind yourself to tug everywhere, to fix this, to pull back that and it just goes on and on. The nicest feeling is to just take a break from all that...
Okay, so I know everybody is hyping up about summer but technically it's still spring and I think we should embrace the fact that the weather is not on the level of hot yet where your only option for a "cute" outfit is shorts and a tank top and you have literally no room for creativity. Spring is about colors, cool-toned, refreshing ones. Like some royal blue!
I've never been to Luxembourg before. As of today, I have been to one more country in my life. And what else is there to visit first than the city of Luxembourg! It isn't a very big one but it sure looks like it is - modern, vibrant, busy, and there's something more about it that I can't quite figure out...
Another mid-week post? Hell yea.
I'm always in the mood for going to the cinema... mainly because of all the snacks really, but nonetheless I always have a good time there! Turning up a little too early to the movie today wasn't too bad, because I got to take some outfit photos, which weren't planned, but just while sitting outside and waiting I thought to myself that my outfit looked kinda cool at the moment (you know those days of sudden realization, they're awesome, embrace them).
Floppy hats. They're going to be everywhere this summer. The one that I have on isn't the summery kind, however (unless wearig wool is your kind of way of keeping cool through summer). This species of hat we have here isn't a too practical one. You can't make use of it on a snowy winter day, but also much less in the season when the sun is just begging you to leave as much excess fabric at home as possible. There is a time that is just right - and you better use it before it's over (insert some metaphor about avocados and how they're ideal for like just two seconds before going too ripe here).
Spring is approaching (although sometimes it decides it's not ready and forgets to come out for a day). I'm whipping out some of my more summery patterns and even sandals for the first time this year. Also, black - because there is a place for black in any outfit and in every season no matter what you say.
My posts usually come on Saturday, but I had a good outfit on today so I took some photos. (Landscape: stairway leading to my home. Beautiful, I know. :D ) Enjoy this mid-week post!
Today's location - Darmstadt, just a regular German city. Of course, being a basic white girl, I had to get some Starbucks as soon as I saw the shop, and their cups are so photogenic that I took advantage of them in my pics. You probably can't really see, but the cup I got has their new spring design on it with some really cute doodles!
Today was a good day. This blog actually makes me spend more time with my family (something that doesn't happen naturally to a teenager) - we decided we would visit a nice place whenever we have a free day and take my photos there while we're on a walk anyway!
This time we went to Colmar - a small French town in the south of Alsace. It is truly one of the most picturesque places I've been to and it's definitely a favorite of mine!
For a long time now, I've been thinking about starting my very own fashion blog. I've always imagined how cool it would be to have my own platform where I create my own content, and stop just reblogging cool fashion pics on tumblr and on We Heart It and wishing I was the one in them.
I was thinking "meh, maybe someday" until once, whilst routinely and aimlessly going through my tumblr, I saw a quote along the lines of "A year ago, you'd wish you had started today." and I told myself that I will not wait and that I was going to starting immediately.
...that was a year ago. During all this time I was finding something stopping me, like the fear of how awkward it would be if someone I knew irl found out about my blog (why is this even bothering me?) or what I was going to write in each post.
A long time later, here it is. My first post - the beginning. I took these photos with one of my best friends. I also feared taking outfit pictures like I feared everything else, but I actually had a lot of fun and I keep my fingers crossed in hopes that you like them: