Tale Of The Great

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Harry Potter Tag Questions: Join in for the Greater Good

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Risa Rodil Harry Potter quote

Quote and art by the amazing Risa Rodil (she’s got those on Iphone cases and prints too!)

If you were wondering what became of the monday outfit post, I apologize. I had a busy weekend and thought, maybe I’d manage to squeeze in a mini shoot today, but the weather… god, the weather spared no one. I stood half an hour getting IN the metro in rush hour while the rivers of water were running down other people’s umbrellas upon my sleeves, shoulders and some random women’s half open purse. Poor her. So I think you’ll understand if I shoot the outfit a bit later, eh?…

Anyway, the break in the posts was most definitely caused by the fact I was obsessed with finishing rereading my favorite books in the world: Harry Potter. And I did. I finished reading it by 14.00 PM (do I have to say PM if I write 14?…) on Sunday, and that’s when I crawled out of bed to try to put myself to better use. But can there really be a better use?… I was waiting for the perfect time to do a Harry Potter tag and I decided that it would make a lot of sense to do it after I finished rereading ALL the books, to give them equal attention and chance, you know? So I did. And then I started looking around for how other people did Harry Potter tags and suddenly I found out that they’re not really very interesting. The questions are all the same. What’s your favorite book? What’s your favorite movie? What’s your favorite character or quote? Oh my god, mine too!

So. As I am still planning to do this tag in the nearest of future, I ask you guys to shower me with Harry Potter Tag questions. They may be completely random. Like quiz questions that test my knowledge (no peeking, I promise), or favorite non-cliche scenes (sorry, Snivellus), or why the hell is our generation so obsessed with Harry Potter? Isn’t LOTR better? Or something? … I even promise to make a fun youtube video exploring the depths of my Harry-Potter-obsessed-psyche. And I can’t do it without your help. So if you ever had a question that you wanted to ask, try me!

On the topic of announcements (I know this post is so filler, and I’m sorry about it, but you gotta know, you know!): the russian fast fashion brand LOVE REPUBLIC is opening next saturday in St. Petersburg and I got accredited to go! So you can expect a post about the face of modern fast fashion in Russia (it’s going to be way less posh, really), and the concept of the party is going to be based on the symbol of the red apple. It’s meant to be sensual and daring, and even quite forbidden – just like the brand. So, I’ll check in and see if that’s true! I guess it’s time to get my own red dress out of the closet! Muahaha!

Please leave your Harry Potter related questions below and I’ll be pulling together a tag pretty soon! Can’t wait to hear from you in the comments!

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Wednesday

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August 2014

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5 important facts about my commenting habits

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This is a picture found on Pinterest and shot as part of an editorial for Marie Claire May 2012 shot with Megan McNierney by Andrew Yee

This post was inspired by my fellow bloggers who long for comments and know the wonderful feeling of receiving a comment notification. I’m a big fan of commenting and communicating with other people because it’s the way to build relationships. So here’s a little how-to in reverse or a bit of an intro into the way I do things. I don’t have a huge follower base, but I’ve been doing this for a little more than a year and in the beginning I definitely wasn’t doing things right. So it doesn’t matter whether your blog is huge or small or if you’re just a commenter, I’d love to hear how are things for you, what you expect from comments and what kind of letdowns you can avoid and how you do it. Here’s my story, hopefully it will give you a bit of an insight into who I am.

Here are 5 things about commenting you should know if I left a reply on your blog:

  1. I genuinely mean what I say in the comments. These things are harder to recognize if I’m commenting on a personal style post of a fashion blogger who had 30 comments full of praise before me. Or after me. Either way, you should know that I will never bother commenting if I don’t have anything honest to say. I generally never critisize anyone’s looks because this is a completely personal matter so I prefer commenting on people’s style, choice of garments, fashion sense and ensemble instead of saying “wow, you have pretty eyes”. But believe me, you do have beautiful eyes. And sometimes it’s so hard to hold back from saying that and I make a completely useless comments like “you are stunning”.
  2. Despite the fact I leave a link to my blog in the end of a comment I don’t mean it solely as a promotional speech. The link in the end of the comment is more of a signature so you can easily track who I am and contact me if necessary, and also, if other people like my comment they’ll be able to find me (anybody hardly ever clicks on your name, sadly). And also, if I wrote a post on a similar subject I’ll never force it into somebody’s throat as in “Hey, I just wrote an A4 page long post on that exact topic and I can’t believe how valuable your opinion is! Come check my thoughts out!”. And I often repeat my views on a certain topic in the comment because I dislike it when I ask other blogger how was it on some event or conference and they just say “read it on my blog” with a mysterious smile.
  3. I generally read the posts I’m commenting on. It’s a bit harder to do with style posts but I have to have the general idea of what the person is writing about before I comment. And you must know how easy it is to differentiate a reader from a passing commenter, because if I’m writing in my post about how these shorts look like a skirt and all comments are raving on my fabulous skirt… well, fooled ya, boys and girls! Do you know that feeling? Here’s an easy trick on how not to make such blunt and annoying mistakes: on outfit posts there’s usually a list of used items. You can double-check there. Another funny story, a short time ago I was reading a blog article on a blogspot blog (blog-bloggety-blog) on how to include working links to your blog in the comments. Well, you must know the usual <a href=”link”>text</a> drill? You definitely know it if you’ve been commenting on blogspot blogs for a bit. So, guess what? First two comments are raving on how useful the article is and in the bottom of the comments you can see the non-active link. Sometimes we don’t read and miss out on really useful information. So try and give the post you comment on a thorough glance. Or just comment on something you love!
  4. I consider comments the best way to get acquainted with the people behind their blogs. I happen to stumble upon a lot of amazing blogs that are way more famous than mine (and deservedly so), but as an ordinary reader, I’m sure you know that feeling when you realise the blogger is such a stunning and strong personality you’d like nothing more than to actually get to know him/her more but it’s hardly going to happen because we are not acquainted. So, I believe that leaving meaningfull comments is the way to do that! Besides reading the blog and getting to know the person behind it little by little, when I leave meaningfull comments that contribute to the discussion (and do it as a habit, whenever I have something to say), sooner or later I get a reply. And this is how you build a conversation from scratch. It’s kind of a challenge. I find it fun.
  5. I don’t want you to feel pressured on commenting back or following me because I commented. It would be great, of course, but I would never be mad at you because you didn’t like, comment or follow. What’s important is that if you stay, you stay because you want to. And I leave comments on your blogs because I want to do something nice for you too as many have done for me! Are you familiar with the idea of the movie “Pay it forward”? I didn’t watch it except see one small bit but I read the sum-up on wiki and found out it did not come to a happy end. But that doesn’t matter because I just want to say that if you need one tip on how to get more comments, then that’s it. Give comments and don’t demand them back. Because when people are forced, they don’t feel happy, they feel an obligation. And I want my readers to stay happy and stay on the blog because they like what I have to say (or at least curious to hear it).  And I’m sure you want that too. My readership had a bit of a jump lately and I’d just like to say “THANK YOU!” to all my readers, old and new! You mean the word to me! And when you comment I feel that you are there, that you’re not just numbers on statistics, you are real people. And this is what blogging is about for me. A get and give process with real people.

Here are the posts that inspired me to create this post:

Why comments have to be meaningful to work and Do’s and Don’ts of leaving blog comments :)

And what are your commenting habits? Do you believe in commenting just for the sake of driving traffic,  do you think that comments are hardly ever honest or do you see the best in everything? Please let me know in the…. dadadadum…. comments! And don’t forget to follow me on social networks (my Pinterest is really fun!):

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Summer blues

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I’M WEARING:

SHIRT: MANGO

SHORTS: HANDMADE (not by me — duh!)

BAG: VINTAGE

POINTED SLINGBACK FLATS: FOREVER21

Hey, dear readers! It’s time to get back to my monday outfit posts and here’s a refreshing outfit for you! Today I was shooting all on my own, inspired by the amazing work that some of the bloggers do shooting their own outfits. I have to say, it was in no way easy, playing around with focus and running back and forth to the camera isn’t exactly my favorite thing. But I’m glad I could help myself out and manage a tiny shoot without anybody’s help.

Initially I planned a bit of a different look, which you can guess by seeing my berry-colored nails, but since the outfit didn’t go together very well, I had to come up with a substitution. The summer days will soon come to a halt: yellow leaves are dancing in the kid’s playground already. So, who knows how much time do I have to share with you my summer mood? As usual, I’m sticking to shorts, which you’d prolly never guess in this outfit because they really look like a skirt (haha, mission accomplished!). I love putting accents on my waist because its the thinnest part of me and there’s really no underestimating that feature! Also, as usual, I’m showing off a lot of nameless items in the outfit. You might say: “Hey, Lesia, what use are you? Giving us items without names? How will I ever find that on the web?”, and I’ve got an answer all prepared. Actually, you may have already seen my epic post on the matter of finding exactly what you search for in online shops. So, if you haven’t read it already, you might as well, huh?

In truth, considering that some of the items I’m often wearing I got from my mom and she made a lot of those herself, I won’t be surprised if she actually made these shorts 20 years ago or something. She easily could have. Unlike me. I’ll ask her when she’s home. Point is, sometimes custom-made tailored to perfection things are exactly what our wardrobe needs, so even if it doesn’t have a pretty label on it, it can still be a great item. And, also, I pulled together the outfit to show off my new flats and I did. Haha! So, wanna see more? Here goes…

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Saturday

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August 2014

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How to find matching items for outfits

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I’ve suffered from writer’s block mostly all week. Okay, actually I didn’t notice it the first couple of days because it wasn’t a time for a post. But when I actually have gotten ideas what to write about I just couldn’t write it in a way that I’d like. Today I thought I’d try to shed some light on how to find matching items for outfits. We all know our options: shop online, shop in real life by checking out hundreds of stores. But if you have to pull new outfits together so often and you have to find a suitable tshirt, how many websites can you actually look through before you break google and your brain in the process?

Problem is that there are so many stores online that the choice is just huge… and browsing through that, well, it’s unrealistically tough unless it’s really worth it. Maybe that’s why we’re sticking to just one store and ordering stuff from the usual places even though there is so much more to discover out there. So, the idea for the post came to me while I was thinking of creating an outfit on Polyvore. I have known about Polyvore for a couple of years already and I don’t know a better suited tool to browse through all kinds of clothes looking for that perfect item. And this is not an advertisement of Polyvore. The point of the post is to actually get familiar with all kinds of sorting tools that might be useful in our search for perfection.

So here are 4 websites that will make your shopping easier and will also help you gather some ideas and be aware of sales that are happening all around.

1. Polyvore. The perfect search service because besides browsing through other’s people creations and come up with new combinations you can filter items by sale, color, price, brand, and store. And that’s like a huge online library of clothes and beauty products and interior pieces and even furniture. I’m also using it to recreate looks of heroines from all kinds of movies I like. So far I got only two, but I’m going to expand the collection. You can see my works here. A nice feature of Polyvore is that when you like an item you can get notified by email when the item goes on discount. I had that notification with a Balmain sweater. Of course, no way that discount helped me to make that purchase, but it is really nice to know you have the opportunity to get the stuff you really like for a lesser price. And they also got the Clipper tool, which is like a Pinterest Pin it button. It’s useful for making outfits and including clothes or pieces you found on some unrelated website.

2. Wanelo. I included the next two options on the list even though I wasn’t familiar with them before I started creating the post because I believe everybody should be allowed to choose whatever fits them. So, if you’re wondering how I found out about Wanelo and Lyst, it is the almighty Google. All you gotta do is just ask the right thing. Wanelo, shortened from want-need-love, and pronounced like vanilla, gives you a personalized feed with items after you select boutiques or people with a taste similar to yours, that way you see all their stuff. The filters seem kinda weak, you can sort by price and by woman/man category which can really make your search rather long so use as much specifics as you can in the search request.

3. Lyst. The comfortable design and the fashion articles make this website really nice. They also send you out alerts when an item from your “lyst” is on sale, and there are special programms for bloggers for earning their bit of coin. But the important part is that you can shop sale items, specify your search with all kinds of filters, and, ultimately, find the item you need and be redirected to the place where you can buy it. What else do we need?

4. Fashiolista. I found out about this website (created by dutchies, by the way), from Kayture when Kristina Bazan was doing a giveaway with them. And a useful feature of the website are the contests. All kinds of brands and bloggers are often featured there and the small contest usually ask for lots of page following on facebook, but the bigger ones don’t require quite as much pointless actions or the prizes are actually worth it. To be fair, I haven’t won once and I also haven’t been able to find the pages I subscribed to to unlike them. The sorting on the website is a bit difficult, it’s easier to just give a specific keyword in the search box because you can’t sort by price or tags.

So, since I’m using Polyvore the most, if you have an account on Polyvore that you’re using, leave links in the comments and I’ll make sure to check it out! Also, you’ve got a good look now at the outfit of Anna Brady from Leap Year, which is a really funny and cute romantic comedy. What I’m looking for in a good romcom is feelings of anguish and hate between the characters before it turns out they have more in common than they thought. If you’ve got an idea what other characters and their outfits I should recreate in my Polyvore collection, let me know! And same goes for romantic comedies and must-see movies!

Leave your comments below and I’ll make sure to respond to them! Please, let me know what are your favorite go-to websites when you’re missing an item to complete an outfit or a look. Or are you a fan of the good old real shopping process? Let me know below and follow me on these social networks:

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August 2014

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I’m lovin’ it

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Picture was found on Pinterest, if you created it, let me know and I’ll put your credits here!

Hello, everybody! I’m back in Russia, and as I’m writing this, I feel the awful warmth holding me close in her tight embrace. Oh, cool breeze, where art thou?… After a week without updates it hurts to look at the main page of the blog and see such a big gap in dates. But better late than never, eh? Now that I am back to my crowded and cramped room (out of any imaginable order, I shall note) I’m ready to ease into the appropriate schedule slowly. And the right way to do it, I imagine, is to share with you some of my latest finds and obsessions. This is another way of saying I’m announcing the so-popular-blogging-category of “what I’m loving this month”. Now, I don’t know yet if you will like it or not, so based on your response and comments we’ll see how often I will share this stuff with you. So for now, let’s call these posts “I’m lovin’ it”!

  • I have finally discovered the power of almighty Pinterest. And, god, is it fantastic. I always thought this website is just good to keep moodboards and make visual arrangements of pictures but I never realised it’s the greatest bookmark service ever. I eagerly equipped a pin plug-in for my Firefox and started vigorously pinning everything I liked! I invite you to enjoy these superb boards of some of the people I’m following (Liselotte Fleur, Nicole Franzen, and Meg Biram), as well as my own.
  • How about this travel post about the trip to Salar De Uyuni? I am in awe of the pictures! This is simply stunning!
  • It took me some time to realise that the Michelin grading system for restaurants is connected to the Michelin tire man! If you haven’t paid much attention or didn’t know where to look for a full list of Michelin locations, check out these amazing Michelin guide-books I can’t wait to try out.
  • For a long time I was frowning at everyone’s obsession with Iphones and their cases. But, at last, I give in, as I drool at these marvellous Iphone cases from the blogger behind Paper Fashion.
  • And seeing as I am completely obsessed with rereading the Harry Potter books (go-go-Gryffindor!), I couldn’t avoid mentioning these great funny and sometimes sad articles.
  • Trip Advisor makes me cry. No, seriously. I mean, what’s up with all these gorgeous locations and hotels? I’m crying here!

So, what have you been doing this past week? Still on holiday or back to work? Dreaming or acting? Tell me in the comments below and you’re welcome to subscribe (I also have a newsletter form, as you might have found out, so try it out!)…

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August 2014

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5 perfect camera bags for every photographer

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1. DSLR Pro Pack

2. Army Green Camera Backpack

3. A Beautiful Mess & Kelly Moore Shoulder Bag

4. The Brooklyn Ona Bag

5. Kimberly Bag by Pompidoo

I’ve been planning to make this post on camera bags for quite a while and I dedicate it to all photographers who are familiar with the struggle of getting your camera and lenses to fit in whatever bag you’re taking outdoors, together with all kinds of scribbles and notes, your laptop, a flash, memory stick, etc, etc, etc.

Now, I’ve been looking around for specific camera purpose bags ever since I saw a giveaway on A Beautiful Mess that included some stylish and spacious shoulder camera bags from JoTotes. After a while they introduced their own camera bag collaboration with Kelly Moore and I fell in love with the idea of having a specialized bag for my darling Canon. I have to warn you that such a purchase may leave a bit of a dent in your savings: apparently such a bag is quite a luxury purchase, yet I’d love to have them all in time (catch them all, collect them all! weee!).

I heard fashion bloggers and other fashionable personas often refer to purchasing high-end bags, shoes and whatnot as an “investment”, and while I would argue over that word with people that consider buying a Chanel bag investing (in what, the company? how is that money ever going to come back?), in this case I can wholeheartedly agree. Merlin knows, I’m so tired of carrying a sporty backpack with me all around and being forced to wear sneakers because, come on, what else goes with a black backpack?  So, this is one of the pieces of wardrobe that makes a bold statement and also, just worth having.

My thoughts are, if you’re willing to spend some money on a quality bag, get it in real leather. Nothing smells as great as a truly leathery bag. And if you are also wondering how you’re going to get your money’s worth out of this, I’m going to tell you this: a well-dressed and professional photographer always leaves a nice impression, also, sometimes it pays off not having people know you’re carrying a whole load of photographer equipment with you when you go in public transport and etc, and also, of course, items that fit your style and still are comfortable make you happier. So go for it!

The bags I’ve chosen to feature here aren’t the only ones I loved (I think I’m a fan of brown leather especially), but they are by the brands I liked most and also quite spacious. So here we go:

1. DSLR Pro Pack by InCase (priced at $149.95): I’ve had my doubts whether to include this backpack in the selection because its camouflage design makes it a bit harder to style, but I saw it on a photographer girl this winter and was so impressed! It has a lot of space and it’s very comfortable, every piece of equipment will be safely stored inside. I swear to you, the amount of the equipment that will fit in this backpack will leave you wishing you had it. Like a pro. Check the instagram tag #goincase and #incase to see how people wear and fill it.

2. Army Green Camera Backpack by iCamPlus (priced at 68.06): one of the cheapest options on this list, it also seems like a stylish solution for those who have a limited budget. The store on Etsy has many other options like shoulder bags and really cute camera straps (an upgrade from the usual Iphone case). The backpack is also suitable for 15″ laptop/Macbook, iPad, A4 documents and fits a DSLR with 2 lenses.

3. A Beautiful Mess by Kelly Moore (priced at $229.00): available in 3 colors and, as mentioned above, is a result of a blogger-brand collaboration. One of the advertised bonuses of the bag is that it will be suitable for photographer moms: able to fit a diaper bag and some kip stuff as well as a tablet and a camera, this bag is good to go. The thing I like about specialized camera bags is the dividers. They prove most useful for lens carrying and making sure no snacks get mixed up with our precious equipment. Also, the bag seems kinda huge :)

4.The Brooklyn by Ona (priced at $349): from all the options mentioned in this post, I think I love the Ona store the most. I love every single bag on their website and could imagine myself having even the guy bags. By the way, guys, this is the website for you! They’ve got great manly shoulder camera bags as well as girl-models. Though the price puts me in shock, I know sooner or later I’ll end up with one of these. Full-grain leather, soft, with dividers, and so-so stylish, The Brooklyn is a beauty.

5. Kimberly by Pompidoo (priced at €299.00): Kimberly is the kind of bag you can’t imagine holding a camera in it, and I think it might be its biggest advantage. It looks so luxurious I can easily imagine a fashion blogger style an evening outfit and head out to an event with her own camera. It would work out great: do the report, get a lot of pictures and have a place for the camera besides wrapped around your neck. It also promises to hold a DSLR camera with lens attached and 1-2 additional lenses/flashes. The dividers are also in there!

What a choice, huh? I’d say “happy shopping” but it’s a bit hard to wrap my head around this. I’m afraid these kinds of deals won’t have any discounts in the nearest future: the competition field is so tiny there’s almost no hope.

So I’ll start putting some money away to treat myself to a classy bag, and you let me know where do you carry your cameras when you head outside? And which of the bags and websites was more to your liking?

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Wednesday

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July 2014

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The countryside

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The only possible excuse for not posting at a time close in any way to the day called “Monday” would be me celebrating my 22nd birthday on the 28th of July. It was raining hard that day and maybe because of the fact I got my awesome gifts well in advance it didn’t feel as festive. Last year I just started my blog, and I also posted a picture of the fancy cake I made for my birthday. This time I opted for making pistachio macarons and even hoped to document the process to do a tutorial on it for the blog. Silly me.

You know, apparently, they’re high priced for a justified reason. They’re damn tricky to make, they’re small, and it’s a very tiring and time-consuming process. Though, if it goes on this way, I might become a true pistachio macaron expert, you know. Did you see my passage on cafes that sell those yummy bites in St. Petersburg? Read it here. So, if you consider this from all angles, I’m definitely expanding my horizons.

On Monday we all sat down for a little home celebration with a gourmet plate (you just take a bunch of meat and veggies and a kind of open stone pan and just kick it up with some sauces, mushrooms and oil, and then you’re left to enjoy the fullness of the meal which is so strong it’s hard to move even. The lazy mood that struck on my birthday continued on the next day: being half-asleep the first half of the day (exciting lifestyle choice, oh my), I was determined to finally have my boyfriend commit to the picture-taking process for the blog. So after a somewhat extended period of considering different outfits, we decided we were ready to go for a bike ride. A week and a half after my hard fall, I cycled really carefully and slowly, because the “better safe than sorry” phrase really is justified in cases like this.

As usual we forgot to check what time we left the house, and I didn’t even take my phone with me – a little bit of disconnecting can do wonders, especially when the scenery is so wonderful. So, just like that, we ended up in the countryside, with mooing cows and open fields, and the Amstel river, and the slowly descending sun…

I’M WEARING:

DRESS: LACOSTE

SKIRT: GINA TRICOT

CAPE: STEPS.nl

SNEAKERS: SKECHERS

NECKLACE: H&M

See the rest of the pictures…

Sunday

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July 2014

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Visual diaries: Amsterdam

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Hello, dear friends, and sorry for leaving you without updates for a whole week: when on a trip, time really flies and it’s getting harder and harder to keep track. In the past week Alina and I ended up going to Disneyland Park in Paris (thank you so much, my love, it’s the best birthday gift ever), and I’ll write about that a bit later. But yetsrday Alina and I headed to the science center NEMO in Amsterdam and ended up taking a short 1-hour cruise amongst the prettiest of canals. For Nemo you really need to take quite a bit of time: there are five floors with a roof terrace and a small pool for little children to play in, so count on quite a handful of hours to spend in that place.

All floors are dedicated to different themes, like space or the brain, and I personally really enjoyed seeing how much space psychology is taking in the museum. If you are curious about social psychology, this is quite the thing for you! There are videos with Philip Zimbardo and interviews with the participants of the prison experiment, and Milgram’s experiments as well…

The center reminded me a bit of the science museum in Haifa, it has quite a similar set of interactive toys and all kinds of demonstrations of the power of physics. But Nemo has quite a few fun experiences: you can discover your musical preferences by rating 31 fragments of musical pieces on the computer and also see how unique you are by choosing your individual characteristics like hair, eye color and fingerprint type. See my result above (now you know some not obvious facts about me too!).

I strongly advise to ask around if the place you visit has ISIC student card discounts, as they are quite useful. While Alina was visiting first time and used the IAmsterdam, I limited myself to using the student card – I’ve seen half the museums already and I’m not always fond of arts as well.

But, putting it simply, the experience of being in this city is just wonderful and never tiring. I never want to leave this place in spite of the shifty weather and the shops that close after 6 PM. I suggest you try to take the cruise on a boat at least once to enjoy a trip after a long day of running around, so you can sit, chill, enjoy a drink and look as the people on the boats and bikes are passing by, waving your way….

Besides, from now including 8 of august you can still get a professional photoshoot with me in Amsterdam!

So, write me and we’ll make some new memories!

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Tuesday

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July 2014

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Last friday night

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Hello, guys! My winning streak of posting every two days was easily ruined partially no thanks to the evening of last friday when my boyfriend and I headed out of Amsterdam to do a quick photoshoot and make a couple of circles on the bikes. The pictures turned out perfect but on the way home I made a harsh turn on some sand and fell on the concrete, so I’ve got a huge bruise that’s better off not being visible for anybody. So, with all the moaning and groaning, and regretting being so reckless I just couldn’t focus on doing posts, and yesterday Alina, whom you may remember (she was taking my picture) came to stay with us in Amsterdam and we were out exploring. Well, the rain and my limping didn’t exactly help but I’m doing my best not to slow her down. And tomorrow we are headed to Disneyland in Paris so the post schedule this week is quite unpredictable. But don’t worry, it’s gonna be fine, and I’ll tell you all about my trip planning and all the awesome places we saw.

In the meanwhile, enjoy some pictures! And I guess, I’ll comment on the outfit later as I’m really about to dash right now. But I guess, you can see by my hair that the heat has struck the city so I gathered my hair up and went with a light and easy outfit, but you really have to look for comfortable clothes to cycle in because these sandals weren’t exactly made for that, so just pull together a nice little outfit and don’t worry about your appearance too much, just keep your eyes on the road. Okay? Good.

I’M WEARING:

TOP: MONKI

SANDALS: SACHA

SHORTS: CONRAD C (VINTAGE)

BAG: NEW LOOK

TACKY GLASSES: GENEROSITY OF THE PATHE CINEMA (WE PAID 2 EUROS FOR THEM AND THEY’RE 3D! THERE’S A REASON PEOPLE ARE WEARING THEM WHEN THE LIGHTS ARE OFF…)

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Wednesday

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July 2014

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6 ways to discover your travel destination

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discover-your-destination-totgHey guys! How have you been? My first days in Amsterdam has been absolutely bliss (as planned), and I’m really quite proud of myself for not hiding in the apartment and actually kicking myself out to go biking. Obviously, when you travel, you go ahead to discover stuff, but when you stay at a place you can pretty much call home, you don’t get that strong desire of leaving a house you just love. But, even so, if you feel like taking the lazy way out, don’t. Try something else, try something new.

I’ve had the idea for this post for quite some time but this seemed like a good moment to share my findings, since I am traveling as well.I think the best ways to explore the cities you don’t know is to immerse yourself in the local life, and there are lots of ways to do that. Besides, despite the popularity of fixed bus tours and group tours, there is always room for something special, so take charge and enjoy your vacation and trip.

Here are my 6 picks for personalized travel that will help you make new memories:

  1. Get Your Guide – how about getting a tour from somebody who knows the ins and outs of their own city? I like the idea, plus it seems that “Get Your Guide” has a lot of bookings and reviews – that’s always a good sign. You can sort opportunities by type, so if you prefer activities to tours, you need only say so. They also have  a huge coverage.
  2. Fotourism – I have mentioned this website before. This is a great idea for all travelers that are familiar with that feeling when you ask a stranger to take your picture in front of the Eiffel Tower and all you get is blurred out pictures? Well, this is the chance to actually get some memories from your trip with you being in the pictures. By the way, I was just featured on there for a photoshoot I did, so go here to read it!
  3. Sputnik8 – made in Russia, this is a relatively new website for booking a guided tour. First it was only focused on Russia and it has started to evolve now, so it’s a great opportunity to find some fresh perspective and maybe also try the role of the guide in your hometown. Big variety of tours in St. Petersburg and Moscow, so all tourists welcome!
  4. Localike New YorkI read about them in the Swiss Inflight Magazine, and I can’t wait for the english version of their website (expected to come out in the end of 2014). So far it’s all in German, but that shouldn’t stop any of us at gawking at those personal itinerary tours of New York. The thing is that you can order a customized list of interesting locations based on your interests – I’d love to try this out for my trip!
  5. How About We for Couples – Which apparrently is now called You&Me, and requires a registration. It’s a service that was originally created for interesting dates in the New York area, and now it evolved into continuous dates. So, if you’re visiting New York, I’d advise you to register to look up some places and activities ideas. You have to agree, ‘Game of Thrones’ Longsword Class for 20 bucks is kinda cool! Even without the whole dating agenda.
  6. Foodspotting – added just for the fun of it, this seems like the perfect toy for trips. If you’re anything like me, you end up in the middle of the city suddenly hungry and craving for quality food. So, this may be your good chance to find that one perfect dish you want so much. I think this is the exact right service for that sudden craving for “the best pizza in the city”.

There are a lot of interesting ratings for travel planning and resources, I was really surprised. I guess, you don’t really know till you start searching and coming up with those keywords for the Google bar. Anyway, I think we really need more personalized travel in our lives, something that’s an exact match and fit just for us, and I do believe in personalized tours – they are the future.

Have you got any go-to travel planner resources? How do you get to know an unfamiliar city? Do you use guide books? Let me know in the comments and don’t forget to subscribe!

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