Tale Of The Great

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Tuesday

22

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

16

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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Monday

14

July 2014

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When sunset comes

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When I was a bit younger, I had very strict color preferences. I generally disliked orange and I thought the color combo of black and pink was reserved for emos. Emos are in the past right now, so I reconsidered my preferences and have been trying to vary my outfits with little touches of pink here and there, especially when wearing my black coctail dress collection (I’ve got a lot of those, believe me).

So, I got my dress out of my closet, watched a quick how-to video to do my hair (it has a messy-quirky feel, so you could basically go any way you want with it, but when a dress has a cut on the back, I personally feel obligated to lift my hair up, even though it looks better down.

I bought this dress two years ago for St. Valentine’s day, and I still consider it a very good purchase. You can dress it up, can’t really dress it down much though. And it’s easy to change looks and reuse it with different hairstyles and accessories, so I hope you like the way I’m wearing it this time. Since the day when we shot this turned out to be warm, this whole look just clicked. Alina and I went to  a new mall on the outskirts of the city: I love everything about it. The half-empty halls, beautiful setting, the canal going out to the sea and the sun barely going to set at 9 o’clock at night, it’s a fantastic place to take pictures. So, enjoy the rest of them and see you soon! :)

I’M WEARING:

DRESS: PULL&BEAR (Similar HERE & HERE)

SHOES: FOREVER21 (all sold out, but try the original CHARLOTTE OLYMPIA)

ACCESSORIES: Why don’t they put brand tags on necklaces?! Oh wait, I found IT!

Since I don’t know where I bought that stuff anymore, I suggest you try this BAGBELT !

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Saturday

12

July 2014

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It’s all in the eyes

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Team credits:

Model: Nina Surikova

MUA: Tatiana Chupalova

Hair: Natalia Sikor

Photography: Lesia Joukova (yep, me)

Hey guys! I’ve got a plane to catch so I’ll make this one short :) Before departing on the most lovely summer month of all I’ve done everything I possibly could to empty my to-do list at least a little bit. This mini-beauty session was shot around 3 weeks ago – I certainly did my fair share of waltzing around before actually getting to edit those wonderful pictures. As I said earlier, I’m going to be in the Netherlands for the next month, so if you wanna meet up, it would be awesome to meet some new bloggers! :) This post is also a proof that I’m not too shabby with my camera. The thing that I love the most about the pictures is Nina’s eyes. It’s like seeing a tiger right before you… so beautiful and powerful. I hope to make more shoots like this :) By the way, if you want a professional shoot with me in the Netherlands, you can get in touch with me through HERE (Fotourism a website for booking photographers on your holidays).

I’ve taken on this new quest of sticking to a posting schedule in the blog so I’ll do my best to continue doing so: you can expect lots of lifestyle posts with eating experiences and travel advice, as besides my beloved Amsterdam, Alina (who’s been photographing me for the outfit posts) and I are heading over to Disneyland, Paris in the end of the month and I’ll spill all the related information later on! So hang on tight and stay tuned!

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Thursday

10

July 2014

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5 fictional characters’ life-defining quotes that make a difference

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Illustration by Jonty Clark

Hey guys! Sorry about the long wait for the post – I turned out to be quite busy these couple of days, and I’m especially going crazy since I’m leaving for Amsterdam in two days, and I’ll be there a month practically, and there’s so much to do still. So, I think, I’ll start this post by saying that if you are visiting the Netherlands, blogging in the Netherlands, or especially in Amsterdam, and like meeting new people – here’s your chance! I speak great english, can hold a camera straight (I even have one), wouldn’t mind to get to know more bloggers (who am I kidding, I’d love it!), and I am very good at advertising myself. So, just leave a kind word in the comments or e-mail me directly: lesia@joukova.com and let’s see if we can get together sometime!

And today I wanna share with you some of my favorite inspiration quotes that really teach you how to live.

«Never forget who you are, for the world will surely not. Make it your strength. Then it can never be your weakness. Armour yourself in it, and it will never be used to hurt you.» – Tyrion Lannister from Game Of Thrones

Being an owner of “The Wit&Wisdom of Tyrion Lannister”, I could just quote him all day long. However, this quote is the first to come to mind whenever I think of him. It’s also a great lifehack and quite true.

«All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us.» – Gandalf from Lord Of The Rings

I’m a big fan of Lord Of The Rings movies, and this quote just sums up my idea of the world: that we are free to decide what to do with our time and whatever the decision may be, this will be our life.

«…Your future hasn’t been written yet.  No one’s has. Your future is whatever you make it. So make it a good one…» – Doc Brown from Back To The Future 3

The ending quote of the 3rd Back To The Future movie is quite motivational, wouldn’t you agree? In the end, every single thing we do defines us, our lives, so instead of daydreaming we should just get around to doing things. Yeah, I also watched “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty” a couple of days ago and I really loved it, maybe that’s why I’m showing off these quotes right now.

«It does not do to dwell on dreams and forget to live, remember that.» – Albus Dumbledore from Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s stone

While searching for this quote, I was completely swept away by the deepness of Albus’s lines in the books. I think it’s time to revive my obsession with Harry Potter and reread all the books, this time – in english.

«Welcome to the real world. It sucks. You’re gonna love it!» – Monica from Friends

To end on a cheerful note, I think you’ll like this quote from the first episode of Friends. Being true and all that, with Rachel cutting her dad-sponsored credit-card, it’s a quite inspirational to all the guys and girls that just start leading independent lives and struggle to make ends meet. Everyone handles things differently, but it’s important to remember that it will work out in the end, as long as we keep being persistant about our dreams.

I was inspired by Chapter Friday’s Inspirational Quotes posts! They have some cool stuff – check it out!

So, tell me, what are some of your favorite quotes? Who’s the most inpirational fiction character to you? And do you have any life mottos? :) Don’t forget to subscribe with the links below and leave your comments!

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Monday

7

July 2014

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Color riot

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Hey everybody! As promised, I’m delivering you another outfit post and also on quite a special day! Exactly a year ago I did my first post on Tale Of The Great, and here I am, blogging for a year already! I believe congratulations are in order :) I decided to share my joy with this post, which wasn’t planned for a celebration, but definitely is colorful enough to convey my mood ;) Last week I was invited to a showroom called “The Three Sisters” in St. Petersburg to pick out a couple of outfits and to comment on them for the Vkontakte group of the store. Sadly, I couldn’t complete the outfits with appropriate shoes, because I climbed up to the 5th floor where the store resides in my kind of grungy black boots, and they aren’t fit for such looks. So, instead, I created an accessories collage with matching items that I think would make these two outfits complete and close to perfect.

Despite the fact that black coctail dresses are the far biggest portion of my wardrobe, I really felt like trying on an unfamiliar, colorful and bright look. The first dress was definitely inspired by Dolce&Gabbana, and its colorful print will make this dress great for walks on long summer days. I would even take a dress like this on a trip and pair it with greek sandals or flats, accessorize with a leather satchel and a gold buckled belt. The biggest advantage of the dress is it’s rich color palette: you can hardly miss with the accessories, and change them often, creating different and refreshing new looks. I think it doesn’t require much jewelry, maybe a couple of subtle gold earrings, and a headband could do the trick.
D&G inspired dress

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Saturday

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July 2014

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Why do we do outfit posts?

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A picture of my Lookbook feed – all the outfits I loved

A weird and interesting thing happened day before yesterday. As I emerged from the kitchen after a fulfilling dinner (I succeeded in making pancakes in the absence of my mother, which is a new level for my cooking) and refreshed my e-mail, I got notifications for unread blog comments, and as I clicked through, I found out that a wonderful, sweet visitor (thanks for commenting, Mariah!) called me pretty. What an unusual feeling, I thought, as I tried to come up with a dignified response. And this is, actually, how I came up with this post.

I think we all, bloggers especially, know the thrill of refreshing the page and getting a notification pop-up, informing us of new likes, comments and views. We all like attention, let’s face it, humans are quite the social beings, which perfectly well explains our obsession with social networks. In my opinion, outfit posts in many ways hold the function of an avatar, it presents a person by showing his looks, his style, and gives an opportunity to be creative.

So, there’s lots of reasons for the popularity of total look posts, for example, I’m using them to find out how other people with similar body types dress and learn from them, find new styles and styling combinations, new items  could buy, and just enjoy meeting people with similar tastes like mine.

But why do we do outfit posts? What makes us go back to Chictopia and Lookbook, and participate in look competitions? 

I don’t mention the most common reason of promotion – promotion of your other resources or fashion-related companies, which basically escalates back to social acceptance.

  • We strive to get social acceptance, blend in and find our own social group with similar styles
  • To show that you’re different, stand out and get recognition for the way you are so different from others (remember how Susie Bubble started out?)
  • We want to get opinion on different items we posses, cause we aren’t a 100 percent sure sometimes if something suits us and family can be biased
  • Changing appearances and perfecting your own style is easy to do when you have to constantly stick to your schedule and dress up the way you wanna look. We all get lazy sometimes and skip routines but it’s all not so innocent when you decide which pics to show the world – once its out there, it’s always there!
  • Share tips and tricks with others. Who invented wearing shirts backwards? I don’t know but I wouldn’t be surprised to discover it came from experimenting fashionistas.

I only got into this topic because I’ve been doing some reflection thinking about how that praise made me feel. And besides feeling a bit vain (imagine when you’re the author of Kayture and you get 100 admiring comments each day), it’s really boosting motivation, encouraging to try new thing and also, teaches us to handle criticism whenever it may come our way, which is a mini-self confidence online training by itself.

And, by the way, I’ve decided to take part in an outfit competition myself. You can support me by voting for my look on THIS PAGE by clicking on the cyrillic text near the heart below the pictures. I’d really appreciate your support!

So, are you doing outfit posts? If so, then why, what made you do it? If you’re doing it for your blog, why did you decide to go with outfit posts? Please let me know in the comments, cause it’s a really interesting topic :)

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Thursday

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July 2014

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Italian Yacht Party

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Hey everybody! A week ago I’ve been at an event that sent me right back to rewatching the movie “Overboard”! Organized by the Premium Yachts company and Bentley, the evening was created to showcase 3 premium yachts by Ferretti Group: Rivarama Super, Ferretti 620 and Pershing 64. For me that was quite an event – I’ve never been on a yacht before, especially one so beautiful. Also, the guests could join in the fun and get a test-drive on a Bentley. Sadly, I forgot my license at home so I had to succumb to party drinking and enjoying the backseat while my aquaintances got a test-drive. 

I gotta say, I’m incredibly fond of luxury cars, incredible hand-made design and comfort. And driving a Bentley really seems like a luxurious dream. Of course, I only just got my license 1,5 years ago – driving a Bentley even for 10 minutes may have been risky. But right about now I’d say about anything to avoid facing the regret of not driving a gorgeous car like that. I’m going to top that sentence by saying that with my experience I wouldn’t be able to sum up the cons of driving such a beauty beyond “this is so awesome”, so maybe you and I got lucky…

Rivarama Super Yacht Rivarama Super Bentley Test Drive
The event was kind of stretched out – I have to get used to the fact big events never start when planned. But what an opportunity to take some luxury pictures, huh? I mean, just look at the scenery – it is stunning! You probably recognize me in the pictures by now, and the other girl is the stunning Marina, an editor and creator of Falovers.com, a russian website dedicated to fashion. A day like that really makes you think about the future, and a lot of materialistic things. Now, I’ve been asking myself that question “Do I want a yacht? Do I want a Bentley?” for some days now, and it’s not like I could get either one at any relatively close moment in time. But this is who I am, a dreamer… and having a gorgeous fast and comfortable car is definitely on my to-do list. This Bentley Continental GTV8 was amazing on turns, really smooth and sleek.

So, I’ll let you enjoy the rest of the pictures, and I’ll provide some commentary below. Check out the gorgeous interior of Ferretti  620 – this is the yacht I’ve been photographed on. (more…)

Monday

30

June 2014

2

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Summer green

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Tale Of The Great Blog: Look of the Week Summer green

Hey guys! Today I’m starting a new initiative on my blog that I feel I’m ready for now: Outfits! From now on, once a week, a new outfit will be waiting for you on my blog… I hope you’ll enjoy the items I pulled together for this one. The pants, by the way, are made of silk and I had huge trouble ironing them – I did that from the inside out and covered the surface with cheesecloth, however I didn’t risk using high temperatures because it leaves weird smoky marks on the material. So it’s really hard to iron them out – not like the shirt, which is what you may notice on the pictures. If you have any advice on ironing silk, I’d really appreciate it. Didn’t seem fair to lead you astray and photoshop all the creases, you know.

A bit of side information first though, photographers like me always struggle to find somebody to take pictures of them. And since my boyfriend lives in Amsterdam, and I’m in St. Petersburg at the moment, there is no way to do what famous bloggers do, and I doubt he could stand all this girly stuff for too long anyway, hehe. Thankfully, my best friend Alina volunteered to help me and masterfully captured those shots, and I’m so proud of her! I love how they turned out! Besides, we got to capture the summery weather which is, sadly, not here now. Two days of rain, and I’m sitting by my laptop now with a lamp turned on lacking daylight.

But, without further ado I’m glad to show off the pictures we captured just a couple of days ago when it was still sunny and wonderful! (more…)

Wednesday

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June 2014

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Geeky fashion: 6 wearable must-haves

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1. Arwen’s Evenstar Pendant

2. Deathly Hallows Symbol White Tank Top

3. 8-Bit Hair Bow

4. Snappy Monster 2D Cartoon Bag

5. d20 Spiral Necklace

6. Game Of Thrones Littlefinger Mockingbird Pin

What I don’t mention much on my blog is how obsessed I am with games. Less than before, but I still log into Guild Wars 2 almost every day and I aim to get my Legendary weapon sometime in this lifetime. And because of my boyfriend, I am now well versed in Star Wars, got the dream of making a themed cake sometime in the future and coming to a cosplay convention and a comic con when I get to the USA, and, of course, I’m a sucker for all superhero series now.

My latest obsession is the Arrow series, besides the action, which is a given in a series created out of comic books, there’s a pretty decent plot and well written characters. I’m in the middle of season 2 now and still cracking up when I recall the episode of Arrow in Moscow. However, even before my boyfriend sat me down and made me watch Star Wars for the very first time, I was a sucker for Harry Potter and Lord Of The Rings. So I guess that makes me part geek.

With my latest aversion towards fashion I found myself staring at merchandise of series and movies and wondering, why we rarely see people dressed in those things and consider them stylish. So here I am, making a small selection of 6 really cute must-haves that any girl could pull off and work into an outfit with pure elegance.

One of the items on my own wishlist is Arwen’s Evenstar, which is made of pure silver and is quite expensive as well. Which really makes it not just any geeky merchandise, but a real jewelry piece. The tank top with the sign of Deathly Hallows from Harry Potter reminds me of tops with band names on them, and it would really look good in a black and white outfit, paired with a leather jacket and black jeans.

The bow reminds me of those simple jumping console games. I think it would look really cute with a contrast color-block outfit, fixed tight on a ponytail. And then I remembered looking through those really cute two-dimensional bags and I thought a cartoonish bag might look really cute. And, for dessert, I found the rolling dice used for a lot of board games like D&D, in a necklace. The best part is that you can take it out of the spiral and insert a different dice you got, so if you are a fan or a collector, you can just switch colors and go crazy.

And of course, just a little something from Game Of Thrones – the mockingbird pin might not be that easily recognized, but you can easily work it into any outfit, casual or not, and also test anybody who’s coming your way to see if they can tell you’re in awe of Littlefinger’s plots.

Here are my picks, and I’m looking forward to hearing if you own any geeky items you’re mixing with regular clothing, and I’m definitely going to bother you with my thoughts on gaming and all that kind of stuff. So if you’re also into that, let me know what games are your favorites!

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