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On Fashion, Travel and Lifestyle.

Munich Travel Diary.

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After many visits to this beautiful town in Bavaria, I would risk to say that I know Munich quite well. With every travel I try to visit new places and experience something different, this time the choice fell on coffee, to be precise – on black coffee that I never ever drink. During my stay in Munich I had a chance to visit two specialised coffee bars, Man vs Machine Coffee Roasters and Standl 20. As a sworn latte drinker I never thought I could enjoy a cup of black coffee, yet I did and the relaxed atmosphere of a sunny July morning only added to the experience. Perhaps on the next occasion I should try an afternoon tea, already looking forward to it.

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LifeStyle Mix. June.

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I feel like a month of June was stolen from me, because for close to two weeks I was at home trying to recover from an infection that just didn’t want to give up. Plans I had were left undone, so all this made me feeling somewhat disappointed. I can only hope that July will be a better month, especially that it begins with a long awaited travel.

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From the Bookshelf. “Bright Lights Paris. Shop, dine and live… Parisian style.” by Angie Niles.

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Even though I have been there only twice and do not speak a word in French, I love Paris. The city is an icon of so many great things – architecture, fashion, gourmet, joie de vivre… a never ending inspiration. Perhaps it sounds strange that even without any defined travel plans I still enjoy guidebooks about Paris. Reading through them takes me to the City of Lights, where I imagine myself wandering the streets and visiting places described on guidebook pages. Recently there are more publications that are not only beautifully illustrated, but also written in an unusual way, offering so much more than mere recommendations and addresses, here I would like to present one of them.

“Bright Lights Paris. Shop, dine and live… Parisian style.” written by Angie Niles is a joy to read. Each chapter is dedicated to one arrondissement, but not in the standard way, but as seen through the eyes of a typical Parisian who lives there, showing her favourite places, pastimes and fashions. The whole book is filled with lovely pictures, witty suggestions and some stories that help you to feel the real Parisian spirit. Having marvelled at each chapter, I wish I could book my next visit to Paris… well… immediately! As with all paper city guidebooks, they become old-fashioned with the information technology, in addition to this, you never know whether described places still exist, but despite all this I still enjoy the lecture, as they offer a special insight that popular travel websites may not give.

That Perfect Summer Dress.

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For me summer wardrobe is all about that perfect summer dress, feminine, simple and of course made of lace. Among other items Sandro Paris has some beautiful models in their recent collection, they understand well how a summer dress should look like.

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Photos: us.sandro-paris.com

Letting go is NOT easy… part III

Letting go is NOT easy part III

How often do you look at someone, whether in person or via social media, thinking “I want to look like him/her”? I sure have those moments and whenever I do, I ask myself a simple question – why? What about this person is so appealing that I would trade places, wardrobes, hairstyles, etc.? The answer is not always an easy one, it can focus on different aspects up to the whole lifestyle, so let’s limit consideration to situations when someone’s personal style and choice of clothes is simply “to die for”.

There are those who look exactly like the perfect version of oneself that we aspire to be. One may admire taste in clothes, the ability to create a certain image, but also more courage in expressing individualism or focus on how luxurious the look is, which is not so uncommon in the age of Instagram. Let’s be honest, if you covet the style of picture perfect social media stars without a budget bordering with infinite and attributes worthy of a fashion model, it is unlikely this will end with a success. Let’s look at more achievable ways of refining own look.

Look at fashion magazines, movies, profiles that you follow, but most of all – enjoy people watching and in the process try to define what catches your attention and make you try the same at home:

– What styles do you admire and would you like to make yours? are you into simpler or elaborate outfits? do you have a creative energy and need variety or prefer a well defined and safe uniform?

– What colours make your heart beat faster? are you into more monochrome and somber looks or admire very bold and elaborate combinations?

– What accessories (if any) make you smile? are you a maximalist who loves plenty or a minimalist who believes two is one too many?

– What silhouette agrees with you, fitted and body conscious or oversized and somewhat unisex?

Once you discover what is the definition of a style you would like to have, it is easier to put theory into practice. If your preferred look is demure and simple, you may need neutral basics in classic cut rather than elaborate pieces in bold patterns. From there you can define what those pieces should be, trousers or skirts, shirts or sweaters. If sweaters, V-necks or turtlenecks, if skirts, pencil or A-line. Try to be as precise as possible, create your own moodboard. If you can, find suitable role models whom you can look up to for inspiration. A suitable role model is the one who is similar to you in age and body build, if you are 40+, looking up to a 20-something role model can be confusing and frustrating.

To be successful and truly yours, no style should be detached from an actual lifestyle. If it doesn’t follow your activities, no matter how much it resonates with your sense of fashion, it can become a case of a wishful thinking and a waste of money. To give an example, a secretary in a respectful law firm can’t dress like a hip hop star every day, this look is reserved for her private time, so for most of the day she has to dress a part of a secretary in a respectful law firm.

Once all becomes well defined and clear, there is no place for random purchases and impulsive shopping. Be selective and act like a real connoisseur. Once you know what is yours and learn how to appreciate quality garments, you won’t be tempted to go overboard. A well defined style will guide you and give you the confidence to say no to things that are less than perfect. Your closet will stay neat and orderly, without a clutter or odd pieces that as if by miracle found their way to your wardrobe. All this can be achieved, so good luck, I am sure you can make it.

Photo: pintrest.com

LifeStyle Mix. May.

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After the long winter, May brought a heat wave that continued for many days. This in connection with long weekends and public holidays moved daily activities outdoors, with an aim to enjoy this early summer that came already in spring. A short trip to Sopot was a nice change from daily routines, evening walks by the beach and beautiful sunsets were exactly what I hoped for when booking my flights.

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Summer Resort.

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At last the long and exhausting winter is gone, the summer came almost overnight, bringing much awaited change. With bright, sunny days I look forward to wearing simple, uncomplicated outfits like those presented by Protagonist in their resort lookbook.

Photos: protagonist.com

On My Birthday Wishlist.

Like most kids I was always excited about my own birthday, looking forward to cake, celebration and most of all – birthday gifts. Each year I simply couldn’t wait for this day to come. Now, well into my thirties, I am much less excited about turning one year older. Not yet dreading the day, but not looking forward to it either. As for birthday gifts, I think I got wiser – it is no longer quantity, but quality that matters most. After a long time of minimising and downsizing, I am ready for more mature choices, not only in terms of skincare and perfumes, but also when it comes to wellbeing and accessorising. So this year I wish for timeless and classy gifts that bring quality to my daily life.

Photos: aesop.com; mulberry.com; parfymeri.no; heavenscent.no; hermes.com

From the Bookshelf. “The life-changing manga of tidying up. A magical story.” by Marie Kondo, illustrated by Yuko Uramoto.

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I wouldn’t go as far as to say that Marie Kondo and her method changed my life, but for sure it made me realise that organising possessions and personal space does have a power to change a lot and that instead of approaching the task with a loose plan on how to, it makes much more sense to use a well defined method.

After two bestsellers came time for an unexpected publication – a manga book. I was intrigued enough to place an order and despite my initial doubt, enjoyed the story of Chiaki, a single Japanese gal living in Tokyo who wants to make her life more meaningful and joyful, but doesn’t quite know how to. “The life-changing manga of tidying up. A magical story.” has all attributes of a real manga. The story line is focused on improving and organising, which in the process leads to changing own life. Perhaps I wouldn’t recommend to start own KonMari adventure here, but if you already are a fan, it is a nice addition to what you read so far and can visualise the whole process.

LifeStyle Mix. April.

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April ended on a positive note and with many happy memories. A long awaited reunion with a friend and a great trip to Bergen were highlights of this month. The weather is improving with each day, but there is still time before spring is in full bloom, so I decided to invite it to my terrace planting colourful flowers and creating a green space ideal for evening relax. April was also a time to invest in knowledge, as I decided to enrol into several online courses to develop a better understanding of interior design. Perhaps already in May I will be able to show first results.

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