I’m sorry for my lengthy abscence and the lack of a weekly outfit on the blog. I’m going to share the pictures in the end of this week, but today I’m actually sharing an announcement of an event yet to come: on the 4th of November a very special event is going to occur in St. Petersburg.
Nadezhda Kozhevnikova, the Elle Russia Editor is going to participate in a Press Club meeting which anybody willing has the opportunity to participate in. This meeting will be dedicated to the way a fashion magazine works, what are some possibilities and opportunities for collaboration, and how are big projects as cover photoshoots realized in reality.
I’m going to head over there on the 4th of November to meet Nadezhda and will make sure to report back once I visit, I’m sure it’s going to be a memorable experience! For all russian speakers, you can RSVP here.
As for the clearly unrelated picture, I captured it a little more than a week ago and wanted to share it with you ever since. It’s really nearby my house, and I really love the trams and the lights shining so warmly over the open space. It gives me energy to just imagine the life surrounding us. This is my last week’s special moment. What’s yours? Share below!
Hey, you! Today I finally get to share with you an event that I just loved, and it happened exactly a week ago. Slowpoke me. I know, I know. But sometimes it’s better to let the emotions sink in, you know, otherwise you start sounding a bit overexcited about things. And the cause for all the excitement is an amazing luxury jewelry brand arrived to the Piu Bello boutique in St. Petersburg: TIRISI.
The amazing part is that the creators of the brand came to meet us all directly from Amsterdam. So, meet Natascha Zuchouwski and Julian Rotstein: a long-time married couple with kids, who have been a part of the jewelry business for a while, and actually came up with the idea for their own brand in November 2009, while sitting in their car.
Sure, the idea came up in a car, but it wasn’t a simple one. Julian and Natascha decided to make only the best of the best. Their aim is to provide their brand to 600 top end stores all around the world, right next to Cartier, Chopard and similar brands. For now they have 250 stores already, and want only the best, so Tirisi’s focus is on making affordable luxurious jewelry with sensual feminine vibes that will inspire girls and women all around. Their perfect lady is free, self-purchasing and making her own decisions.
To make Tirisi affordable yet luxurious two different lines were created: Tirisi Moda and Tirisi Jewelry. If you follow me on Instagram, maybe you saw that a week ago I posted a picture of a leather bracelet which was one of the basics from the Tisiri Moda line. The one above is really something special: made out of leather to imitate denim, it’s accessorized by authentic gold pendants with real denim pieces below the semi-precious stones and crystals. Can you imagine such a simple idea? I couldn’t imagine such an interesting combination before! The funny thing is that Tirisi only uses high quality materials, and diamonds in the Tirisi Jewelry line.
The bracelet is a transformer – you can wear it on your wrist and on your neck, add some gold or sterling silver charms to complete your look. The basic leather bracelet is priced at 59 euros, I think, so it’s really affordable luxury. But considering the pendant quality, you really have to consider this as an investment! You can check all the designs here.
Another amazing direction in which Tirisi is moving is the accessories line: this bag has interchangeable bag handles which you can combine, mix and match to change the mood of the bag and to complete your outfit. Some girls from the crowd were really excited about the bags, and I can see why! I really liked the beige that’s available too on their website, I like neutral colors more for bags somehow. But there’s also something extra limited-edition, which is very exclusive, I think only 50 pieces of that style were made and one of them is available in St. Petersburg!
That graffiti pattern is really special. I think it can be styled with some truly amazing pieces. I’m still looking for the perfect statement bag, and this actually might be it! But I think I’m going to start with Tirisi Moda for now, though… There’s nothing more satisfying that making a jewelry purchase with your own earned money, knowing you can afford it and thoroughly enjoy it.
And do you own a luxurious jewelry piece you’d never give up? What is it? Please share and don’t forget to follow the blog if you like what you see!
Hello, everybody! I can’t believe that more than half of October has passed already. Sometimes it’s easy to lose track of time, but this Sunday really helped with sensing that winter is coming. First snow hit St. Petersburg right in the middle of me preparing for an outfit shoot. But since I’m working right now and I have so much on my plate, rescheduling was really not an option, I’ve missed enough precious blogging time already, and I really wanted to try on some new looks. I am so glad I did that since I can’t imagine the weather becoming better from this point on. So, I’ve used all the light coverage outfits I could come up with and what’s going to come after is some heavy artillery aka winter clothing.
I also began seriously considering my blogger future and the things I need to do for university (meaning term papers, psychological research and all these fun but time-consuming things), but the most important decision of the weekend probably was to buy this really awesome clothes rack from Ikea. It was on discount and I snatched it up yesterday just in time. All these motivational posters and books always say that change starts with you, and the biggest change in my life would be de-cluttering my own room. If I can arrange such a small space as this, I can feel confident enough to tackle more important tasks, and also have some order for once.
I’ll be glad to post how that corner of my room looks once I actually get the work done: it might take a whole weekend to clear out the mess I made here. On to more important things, I met with my blogger gal Asya this Sunday for some outfit shooting and realised how much I miss photographing and thought I want to show more of what I love doing so much on the blog. So, keeping in mind all my extracurricular activities, I have to say that I have 2 shoots coming up that I’d be honored to share on the blog with all of you dear readers. And if you happen to be travelling to St. Petersburg, Russia you know who’s always ready to shoot some cool pictures! :)
And now, here’s the main course: a look I combined mostly using clothing from a russian mass-market brand called Befree. Once I saw that thick black skirt I knew I had to find a denim shirt to pair it with and added some red boots on top of that (such a cool color)! Maybe it’s a bit worn-out combo but I honestly can’t remember the last time I actually wore a denim shirt, so I consider this a cool change. Also, this day was the last day I wear leather jackets this year. I shot a couple of outfits in my favorite jackets, and you’ll ahve to wait for a while to see the other one… but, no. It’s officially too cold to even attempt anything of the sort. Even so, in this mini-collaboration with Befree I borrowed some stuff for the shoot and I think it turned out quite okay. So why not share? Click below to see more pictures. :)
DENIM BLOUSE, BOOTS, NECKLACE, BAG & SKIRT: BEFREE
Hello, my dear friends! My long abscence from my blog is not without reason, of course. Autumn is a beautiful yet cruel season: while keeping myself busy, I also constantly feel the desire to sleep, and sometimes I just can’t withstand it. I have to give in. But a solution is on its way, and here I am to share with you a small bit of my preoccupied autumn time: the St. Petersburg Fashion Week I announced on my blog in September. I personally attended a couple of shows on the opening day and saw the designer works of Gutka and a Belorussian designer Apti Eziev (Google this guy! Seriously!). Sadly, I didn’t manage to attend the rest of the shows but I enjoyed the online stream of two other shows by Milla Berillo and Fabric Fancy. All of the pictures can be seen here, by the way.
From what I saw, I was again surprised by how different the perception of the style of a spring-summer season is for each designer. For example, the Harlen Fashion House presented its demi-season coat collection, which may be quite fitting, considering the famously unpredictable russian weather in St. Petersburg.
Gutka added a bit of texture and bold colors into the fashion mix. As she stated right after the show, the exotic color choice and pairing was not based on any works but taken out of her own head. Even though there’s only so much possible color combinations, I really like the exotic color pallette and the mood of these eyecandy dresses.
The pictures I used as illustrations for these posts are the designs I liked most this season. And here’s the show I loved most: an absolute favorite of this fashion week, Apti Eziev, a designer who took part in Belarus Fashion Week. This was the example of the ideally tailored show: every model is logical, perfect, everybody is so in character, expressing the mood, every detail is thought through… This collection definitely earned some honest praise.
I observed the Milla Berillo and Fabric Fancy shows from the safe haven which was my home. I really quite enjoyed the process: there was no pressure of “what to wear”, it’s better than front row seats, looking at the screen and seeing the live stream. And you can keep yourself in the loop too. Even though these designers are not my favorites and I don’t quite get them, I found some designs that I still quite liked.
What do you think about this unusual dress by Milla Berillo? I really like the provocative note in this black dress, I’d even like to try it on myself. Imagine the confident woman who is strolling down the street wearing such a bold dress. Yes, definitely going into my wish-list.
The Fabric Fancy show was so long I completely lost track: the designs did not intersect enough. The colors were different, the elements also did not ring much bells. But this monochrome outfit I really like: the neckband (is this what they call it?) is interlaced with what I see as snake tongues, and the black insert is accentuating the waist and hips in a very pretty way. An obvious comment, but I find it quite importat in a dress like this.
So, this is what I really liked for the upcoming 2015 Spring-Summer season! Stay tuned because this weekend I’m determined to make use of my spare time and shoot plenty of cool outfits for the blog too…!
Which design or model from the above do you like the most? Why? Which Fashion week was your absolute favorite this fall?
How vain it is to sit down to write when you have not stood up to live. – Henry David Thoreau
Today I’d like to talk to you about motivation. This is an especially interesting subject to talk about as I wrote two term papers related to motivation and considered it one of the most necessary and key must-know topics in psychology. Everything depends upon it: our success, our failures, our determiation. An unmotivated person will not succeed in any of his ventures in the way he could have if he made a truly good effort.
I believe that if we do something, we either want to do it or realise that we have to do it. So, in fact, we are motivated by the fear of failure or our aim to success in whatever it is we do. But what does it matter, truly? If you know what you’re more oriented on it’s easier to find an adequate goal to reach for. People always aim for success and hate to fail, this is something you can see in any action. For example, writing an important term paper as a student: some might do it because they want to leave university as soon as possible and forget all that process, some want to describe their findings and present their work to get accepted, some enjoy the process of making new discoveries… Everyone’s motives are different and that’s normal. This is why making somebody else accept your motives as theirs will never work. If you don’t want to do something, nobody can force you to.
But even then, there are little things that give us courage and the necessary motivation to aim high, to do things we didn’t believe we could. Here are mine, I’m sure you’ll find something that will make you catch your motivation by its tail :)
1. I’m motivated by personal examples, success stories and tales of hard work. Every time I read or see how other people succeed after tons of failures, I get inspired to do the same. If you are the same way, I advice you to read the tale of Emma Chapman, co-creator of A Beautiful Mess, sign up for the Right Brains Society club updates, created by the author of culinary-literary blog Eat This Poem, watch the Kaleido Star anime about Sora, a gymnast aiming for the sky and getting there with hard work and effort and belief in the fact that everything is possible.
2. Sometimes all you need to be motivated again is a reminder. I really love reading inspirational quotes, hearing words of support and criticism where it can be objective. All these things remind me of my end goal, help me set adequate tasks and sets me back on the right course when I end up on the wrong path.
3. I’m motivated by music. My musical tastes are very different, but mostly I get reminded how beautiful the world around me is, how many things are waiting for me, and how exciting life can be. I enjoy even the pop mainstream songs, like Britney’s Work, Bitch. This is the perfect start-of-the-day / kick-in-the-butt song, when you’re headed to work but you feel all weak and blah, it reminds you why you’re doing it and who you’re doing it for. It’s the same way with Katy Perry – even though her voice isn’t very strong, her lyrics are very in place, for example in Firework. Talking about lyrical styff, my absolute favorite is the Freemason remix of Hurts – Wonderful Life and the wonderful modern violinistLindsey Stirling.
What motivates you? What are some of your goals right now? Let me know in the comments and sign up to follow my blog!
I must say that every week lately is so busy that I’m lacking precious sleep time, but I’m finally ready to share with you the awesomeness of last week’s tuesday evening. Accompanied by a small circle of bloggers, I arrived at Lindex to discover the Jean Paul Gaultier for Lindex collection which is about to premiere in Europe on the 8th of October, and will arive in Russia only on the 22nd. I have to say the collection is quite amazing, it has classic timeless pieces as well as unusual combos and print items which make the mind boggle. The price tags are very friendly, so I really think you should check it out.
Besides trying on some items from Jean Pault Gaultier’s collection, we examined the Lindex 60 collection, dedicated to Lindex’s jubillee on the market: 60 years is a long time. This collection consists of the best designs, most popular models revived for the customers. The evening was fun and reminded me of the collective shopping movie scenes in Hollywood movies. It was like a group of girlfriends giggling in a store, throwing on different clothes all the time… only funner.
I fell in love with this gray coat that really becomes my blogger friend Marfa. I decided to try on a black loose body-like top which you can see on the picture below. To complete the total-black look I was adviced to try and add a hat and a cool straight coat. I really think there is something special about the look, but it does remind me of Jewish men’s dressing style or even Amish people.
The last monday of the month is ready to see me off with the warm welcome of a restful night’s sleep, and I’m here to share a piece of my dream with you before I embark on new dreamed up adventures. Have you ever experienced the urge to buy some item that made you feel like you belong to a world you always wanted to be part of? This is exactly what I felt like when I bought this Massimo Dutti cape more than two years ago. Can you actually believe this is the first time I’m taking it out?
I fell in love with Massimo Dutti ever since my dad gave me a leather jacket as a present, I felt like Massimo and I belong together since then. I’ve been wearing it practically non-stop, with the weather permitting, and now it has a wonderful worn-out quality you just can’t purchase. But aside from quality leather jackets, I dreamt of horses ever since I was little, sitting in the back of the car, staring out the window and imagining a horse running right next to the car, jumping over bars, cars and obstacles, moving faster than the wind. I’ve always been a fan of Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron and horseback riding is still on my to-do list.
So, when I grabbed this cape and went to the cash register what seems like ages ago (well, in a certain manner of speaking, it was ages ago), I imagined many uses for this cape: strolls in the forest, riding horse-back, stretching in front of a warm fireplace with a glass of mulled wine (which I don’t necessarily drink), playing chess in great company covered in this great chequered cape that makes me feel like I belong somewhere I’ve never been before.
Can we achieve our dreams by dressing in a certain manner? I certainly hope so. Because in my world dreams do come true. Adventure, I’m ready for you!
All pictures for this interview were shot by me. Personally. Hehe.
A good Sunday evening to you all! Since my silence was waaay too long, I’m rushing over here to compensate a whole week worth of stuff with an interview. Today I want to share with you an interview with Marina, the creator of Falovers.com, a fashion website dedicated to russian designers. Yeah, yeah, I know, you probably don’t know the website because it’s in russian, but even though this website is unfamilliar, the experience that Marina is describing here might ring a bell for those of you who are focusing on your own business, running a website, a blog, or some project that needs your attention. So, let’s get started! And if you don’t have a similar project you take care of, check out the wonderful pictures that Marina and I captured in the start of September.
Tell us a bit about yourself.
In fact, it’s hard to talk about myself, but I’m going to try. :) I fancied the fashion world ever since I was little. Not so long ago I discovered a handmade fashion magazine I did when I was about 10 years old. It was made of folded A4 paper sheets, there was a cover with a logo, even the year and the season was mentioned. Inside the magazine had many columns cut out from real magazines and my drawings. So, it’s safe to say fashion was always close to me. In school I created style charts, read fashion-related books about the history of costumes, did many drawings. But despite my deep interest in fashion I chose studying PR in university. I was an evening student and had been working in a PR-agency since the very first year. At the same time I was studying in art school, going to stylist courses. During my third year I realised I want to be independent and work for myself. Of course, there are many challenges, financial difficulties, instability, but that did not stop my determination. I love it still and my advice to everybody is not to fear to take charge and do what you love wholeheartedly! At the moment I am freelancing, taking care of my baby falovers.com, and since december 2013 my colleague and I started our own falovers-school.ruwhich I love because it brings people new information, connection and helps them find their niche.
So, tell us about what the Falovers project is about and how it came to be.
The idea for Falovers came in 2011 and the website was up and live in 2012. Starting was the most difficult part, my boyfriend helped me with the technical part and created a website for me. At the beginning we were slowed down by the fact we came up with too many technical features and in the end a lot of those features weren’t even necessary. So, it’s better to avoid such complications and start with something easy and simple. Right now we’re working on making the system simpler.
The project is dedicated to russian designers and the russian fashion industry, and St. Petersburg designers to be more exact. There are many talented people here but they don’t know how or don’t want to promote themselves and sell what they make. So I made it my mission to help them, and even created Falovers Market, an event during which a designer could come to our fair and communicate with their clients, meet them, sell their work. Thanks to us they have the possibility for attention and real buyers and customers.
This photograph was found on Pinterest, author unknown.
Hello, my dear readers! I wish you a great monday evening and an even greater week. To my embarrasment, this monday I have no outfit post for you, mostly because of the disarray my flu had thrown into my plans. Turns out, my outfit shooting isn’t as easily done in my own flat and the streets certainly didn’t seem welcoming to my weakened self. Which is why today I’d like to share with you another announcement post, also related to St. Petersburg, but I’m sure it may serve as a source of inspiration for many, including myself. And, of course, I’ll do my best to make up for the outfit you didn’t get to see today :)
This september and october celebrate a start of a beautiful charity project created by the “Solntse” (which means “sun”) Fund: “Fashion as an Art” is meant to introduce the world of creativity to disabled kids and children from the Fund itself. Many russian designers and artists, stylists and photographers will unite in this initiative to bring a series of master-classes and excursions for the kids. Amongst them are such big names as Tatiana Parfionova, Ianis Chamalidy, Elena Tkachenko and several others. The children will visit unique costume exhibitions in the Hermitage museum and will meet with the designers and creators personally.
The aim of the project is to draw attention to the fund and develop the creative potential of the “Solntse” Fund children by sharing the happiness which is art. For many creative talents, artists and designers fashion is a conceptual art and a chance to share your unique perspective and individuality through your creations – this is the idea which the designers would like to share with the children.
The Solntse fund was created in 2007. It is created to help newborn children, kids without parents who are raised by their grandmothers and children who are going through a long therapy in the hospitals. During this 7 year period, the fund has helped 1876 children already and intends to do more.
I wanted to share with you this announcement because even though you may not be able to spread the word, the idea of charity in the form of creative master-classes and excursions might inspire you to create some project of your own. Every single type of activity can be interesting, exciting and educating. Even if it’s not creative, maybe it’s pure science, or a rare unknown form of art. I think that the beauty of life is in our decisions, and one of them is deciding what we want to do in the future. By trying different things, kids can get inspired to do more and maybe turn the world into a completely different place. I think we should try and do that!
What kind of charity projects caught your eye recently? The Ice Bucket Challenge? Let me know in the comments and please subscribe!
Today I’d like to share some announcements that mostly concern the ever-evolving nature of the Russian Fashion Industry. The most famous fashion weeks have come and gone, and now it’s time to get local: our own fashion week is coming at us at full speed, so let’s get ready to greet her! St. Petersburg Fashion Week will happen in the very start of October and will present Spring-Summer 2015 collections. Of course, it is no surprise if you haven’t heard of it before, but I’ll try to cover the event, so you and I be able to get more familiar with it as we live our lives, should we wish to do so.
From the 2nd to the 5th of October 2014 with the support of Fashion Syndicate St.Petersburg a new season of the Official St. Petersburg Fashion Week will start. The schedule includes more than 20 designer names, such as Polina Raudson, Harlen, Gutka, Apti Eziev, Zvonko Markovic, Fabric Fancy and many others. These names are new for ears of many so I wouldn’t be surprised if they didn’t ring any bells in St. Petersburg itself, as I said, the fashion industry is only establishing now but it develops quickly which is why I think we can expect many interesting creations this Fall.
I am most happy with the fact that St. Petersburg Fashion Week will include collections of guest designers from other countries, such as Belarus, Serbia and others. So, count on some reviews and discussion of the collections on the blog! It’s always nice to plan ahead, especially for the summertime, as fall is upon us (and winter is coming). Since nothing but the leftovers of summer sales remind us of the warmth that we basked in little more than a month ago, we’ve got no other choice but to turn on our imagination and live through the cold with style and determination.
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