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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Hey all! Somehow I managed to get sick, which is why I didn’t even try to make a post yesterday: so tired and exhausted I was. But the time came to share with you my insider look into Vogue Fashion Night Out 2014 in St. Petersburg which took place last thrusday, and I gotta say, my first experience really was a fun one. That evening I’ve got to experience both the outside and the inside of Vogue Fashion Night Out. The evening started quite well with visiting MOHITO, a Polish mass-market brand with prices lower than Zara, but with quite similar style. I had visited the store before it was overflooded by visitors and noticed a lot of pastel colors: there’s a really wide choice of cream-colored autumn coats, black skirts and both office, casual and chic clothing. I have returned there last saturday to take a closer look and decided I need to come back when I have more time to really-really shop.
Even though Vogue Fashion Night Out 2014 was created for the purpose of raising sales for brands in the periods of bad economics, I don’t think it works this way anymore, at least not in Russia. Or maybe there’s a smaller chance for relaxed shopping if the event goes on thursday night when friday is a working day. However, I found this evening just perfectly fun and cute. MOHITO, located in the heart of the city, in the biggest shopping mall in the center, had a lot of visitors and prepared entertainment: champagne, a DJ, hair and make-up artists that worked their magic on anyone willing. I quickly found the other bloggers invited to the events, and we made our way through the store aiming our fingers and waving at random items, claiming them artistically, just as children do: “We can’t both buy that, we see too much of each other to be able to get away with this. So here’s my warning, I like that jacket!”. I didn’t mind, and frankly, even enjoyed the atmosphere of jokes, social interaction and quick introductions all around.
My own personal challenge started when I arrived an hour later to Mania Grandiosa, where I was performing the role of the photographer to document the evening. Mania Grandiosa is a huge two-floor store filled with expensive shoe brands like Casadei, Manolo Blahnik and much much more. So, as the bloggers and customers slowly waltzed in, I kept running up and down the metal staircase with my camera, snapping pictures and wondering, which floor needs me more.
It’s strange how tight and welcoming at the same time a blogger community can be: I saw a lot of familiar faces, and everybody was so cheerful and happy, and when new people get introduced, somehow we all click pretty well. And the blogger crowd is really easy to photograph also, everybody is smiling and nobody objects – no wonder, you guys will need the pictures later for your posts and reportages. So, I assumed the comfortable role that left me out of the shots, even the group ones, and snapped, snapped, snapped.
The guests were playing around with shoes in all ways imaginable: mixing it up, holding them, taking selfies and amusing themselves, raving about the shoes from “Sex in the City”, which I didn’t ever get through, honestly speaking. Mania Grandiosa had cooperated with the beauty studio Osobenno who transformed the guests and gave them a new hairstyle for the evening. Oh, and there was also cake, which was really really delicious. So, the night ended in great triumph for me, and honestly, I got the idea that Vogue Fashion Night out is a great opportunity to get to know new brands that are out there and are hosting special events on the occasion: you always get discounts, sometimes gifts, and it’s a great event to go to with a girlfriend or two. I like to do my shopping alone but at events like this you are more socializing than trying on things, so it’s the perfect chance to find an item you’ll be coming back to try on in the next couple of days.
And now, I’m leaving you with some of the pictures from the event. Can you see how fun it was?
Have you ever attented Vogue Fashion Night Out? Did you buy anything? Where did you go? Spill it in the comments!
Good evening to you all! Have you had a good Monday? Sometimes you can doubt such a thing exists, but once in a while a start of a new week can feel really wonderful. This is not that time for me. Otherwise, it’s just a hint that you’re doing something that really doesn’t sit well with you. In my case, it’s the lack of sleep. Also, it’s definitely the end of warm autumn days – I was shivering all over while wearing this easy look, and my guess is that it’s time to get some long skirts, pants, beautiful dresses and long sleeve shirts. So, before it gets cold and dark, I wanted to share with you something with a bit of color pop and this look full of violet hues did the trick.
A little background on this look: once again, I use items that have been long in my possession, so to say. I’ve had the Baldinini shoes for quite a while and I remember that when I first wore them, they were too big, and now they’re exactly the right fit. So, this look is a bit about making clothes fit. The Zara dress is quite oversized but by adding a thin belt on the waist and creating an accent it becomes much more fun and interesting. I think I’d love to try an obi belt with this dress, but I don’t own one yet. And a little gold detail was just a right finish to the look. I got the clutch as a gift on the Love Republic opening and it stirred some emotion between us blogger girls – everybody was wondering what’s the best way to style it. I think that some eye-catching pieces are a must for dark clothes because they steal attention (and that’s good, cause I’m not very good at scarf-tying).
I’ve been so busy lately I only have the evenings to catch up on my feed and run personal errands and it gets a bit tough, especially since I had 250 unread e-mails today on my personal account. Maybe I have issues with time management, and maybe it’s a normal thing: being unable to manage everything you want in one day. There are so much ideas, so much inspiration, so much to discover and share with you… But so far, I’m just hoping I can get through the week with as much things on my to-do list crossed out as humanly possible: my plan is to show you an interview I did two weeks ago (if not more), tell you about Vogue Fashion Night Out and how the experience was for me, and also share some of my psychological bits that I’ve been thinking over in my head.
Also, not so long ago I read a wonderful article about all those things we better try and do before another year ends. Can you imagine how quickly 2014 flew by? I’d like to think that even if my winter resolution won’t get completed, I’ll be able to say that I made some decent progress (definitely not fitness-wise, that’s for sure). So, are you progressing on your resolutions and plans? How are you handling the fact that the days will be come shorter and shorter (at least, light-wise)? And have you ever worn an over sized dress that didn’t look out of place?
Do you like watching movies? I know I do! This is why I decided to do a random post on my favorite 5 perfect Fall movies. There are some weekends when you just feel lazy even though there is a mountain of things to do piling up in front of you. And this was last weekend, when even though I tried really hard, I couldn’t make myself effective at all. This time I wish I could relax: life’s happening and I gotta keep spinning if I want to see results. I have an exciting interview that I’m going to publish next week, but for today I wasn’t sure what I wanted to show you or tell you. And I thought: well, that’s exactly the time for some cool movie sessions that many of us will probably experience when the weather is actually going to spoil and we’ll stay tucked in our beds and on our couches, watching the telly (as they say in the UK).
So what I do on gloomy days when I just wanna lay back and take it easy, I rewatch my favorite movies. On dark evenings this works really well, because there’s nothing better fitting autumn time than a funny chickflick that goes perfectly well with a bag of popcorn, a stack of marshmallows and hot cocoa. Sometimes I prefer watching serious movies that make me think, or cry, or reconsider my beliefs. Plus, I love people managing their lives and succeeding in it when the weather sucks and everything becomes a challenge. So, even though today the weather was good, I’m already thinking ahead and presenting 5 movies that I think would ideally complete your Fall movie collection:
Leap Year. Let’s work our way from this chickflick that I adore. It’s got it all: a fun plot, lots of changes in the scenery, the spirit of adventure, bad weather and a stylish girl that discovers what love really means. Anna is the kind of character I really enjoy watching: she is confident, composed, knows what she wants (or thinks she does), has a sense of style and is quite proper. It’s fun to watch how she’s getting her hands dirty on her way to her idea of the perfect life and completely changes in the process. Change, growth, attraction of two individuals that were not so keen on each other at first. A perfect autumn recipe filled with eyecandy such as gorgeous Irish landscapes.
Dead Poets Society. It’s hard to overpraise the movie in which Robin Williams starred so brilliantly. It’s even more touching and deep considering his most unfortunate death. I will miss him, and I really hope he is happy now, wherever he is. The movie isn’t a comedy, isn’t a joke, but a serious look at life and the barriers that we set for ourselves and that other people set for us. Sometimes we have to play it smart, and reach for the stars. Carpe Diem, this is what this movie is about. John Keating, played by Robin, starts his teaching career in a closed college teaching kids English and poetry, but if you dig deeper, he’s really just teaching them to think, feel and get to know the world around them, making their own decisions.
The Lake House. A sweet romantic film with Sandra Bullock and Keanu Reeves that made me tear up more than once. A woman, working as a doctor, settles in a new house and discovers a box full of letters belonging to the previous tenant. However, when she contacts him via e-mail, they quickly become more than pen-pals. The trick is, this is one of those romantic lost in time stories: while it’s 2006 at Kate’s, it’s only 2004 and Alex is sending letters from two years earlier.
The Secret Life of Walter Mitty. Amazing scenery and a class of acting you just don’t expect from Ben Stiller. Well, I didn’t expect it at the very least. A certain masterpiece, this movie tells the tale of Walter Mitti, who works in the Life magazine, but spends his time daydreaming of adventures and unforgettable experiences. Everything chances when the magazine changes its’ format and Walter Mitti makes an effort to retrieve something very valuable to the magazine, and also, as it turns out, to him. In the process he changes his whole lifestyle and experiences so much he had never dreamed before. How he has the strength to go through so much, it’s a complete mystery to me.
French Kiss. A light movie to end this countdown with, I promised myself I won’t refer to the ever famous When Harry Met Sally, because it is the most hip autumn movie out there apparrently. But French Kiss has a hint of summertime still, and the spirit of adventure, and spontaneous decision making and that every person has something good in them. Even if they try to hide it. Kate, whose boyfriend cheats on her in Paris, goes to retrieve him and convince him of his love to her, but in the lengthy process of searching for him in foreign France, she meets Leo, who is very keen on using her to smuggle a very valuable object through customs.
So here are my definite favorites! What movies do you like to watch in the Fall season? Any premieres you’re eager to see? Let me know in the comments and please, please subscribe!
Photo credits: the amazing Blair Waldorf played by Leighton Meester
So, we’re almost halfway through September and I’ve got a prep talk for you. You may wonder why. And I’ll tell you why: as we speak, sales occur in millions of stores all around us, magnetizing us with their huge discount percentages, limited offers and package deals. Oh, and also, tomorrow evening it’s Vogue Fashion Night Out in St. Petersburg, and I’m going to visit two different stores. If you aren’t familiar with the concept of the event, it’s just a bunch of stores all around the city that arrange special discounts, fun interactive entertainment for the guests and benefit in the sea of shoppers that enjoy hunting for finds and trendy-brand-ey items that are good enough to fill their big wardrobe collection.
And when you’re heading out shopping, you always need a plan so you come out triumphant instead of sad because your money somehow slipped away and you gained nothing for it. So here’s my piece of advice!
Plan your route beforehand: whether you’re going to a big mall or just planning to visit some favorite shops, always single out the shops you are most interested in. You can browse through their contents on the web to see what they got on sale so that you come prepared and start looking for just the things you need. Plus, if you stick to your route, you’ll get to the shops that are the best fit for you, instead or side-tracking because the window displays are awesome (even if they really are).
Check availability of items in online stores. So, you found the item of your dreams on sale in the store, but try their website too. You can do it right on the spot in the changing room to see whether they got a bigger variety or maybe the price has been kicked lower and you can get a bargain deal by having the same thing delivered to your doorstep a week later. Especially if that particular clothing brand is being sold in different stores.
Dress comfortably when shopping. Avoid taking huge bags – they slip off the shoulders and heavy to carry around. Not wearing too much layers is also really important since you have to change as quickly and smoothly as possible to save yourself time before all the sale items are snatched away. And, for goodness sake, take comfortable shoes! Otherwise when you’re trying on heels you’ll never be able to feel how they really are since your legs hurt so much already.
Decide on what you’re shopping for. Do you need jeans? Or a blouse? You can’t just go searching for everything or you will find nothing. If you need a black bag, check the stores one by one till you find something without getting sidetracked by looking at purses or brown bags: this is not why you’re here!
Call the store to ask about item availability, discounts and special offers. It’s quick, you won’t waste time going all the way over there to only find out they don’t have your size. I didn’t realize it was an option myself until I saw an acquaintance of mine dialing Mango to ask whether they had a white shirt.
Don’t look at the pre-sale prices. Bottom line is, the store always benefits from the sale. And the pre-sale price might be not entirely truthful. This shouldn’t concern you and I, we should just buy things if we’re happy with the current price. If you think it’s a good deal, go for it. If you want to get something just because it’s 90 percent off, so it must be good, let it go. Same goes for any amount of percents, by the way.
In June I read this great blog post on shopping sales by Jules, author of Style by Jules. Actually, when I was finished writing my tips, I went back to rereading the article and found out that a lot of what I just mentioned is what Jules is writing about. I guess that stuff was already deep inside my head, huh? I hope I made several new points though, and I hope this tricks will be of use to you…
So, tell me, what are your tips and tricks? Do you have a shopping strategy? And do you like the idea of Vogue Fashion Night Out?
These pictures are really simple and I don’t even pretend to be making a fashionable effort here. I guess this outfit really represents how laid-back and relaxed I was this weekend. On the topic of “relaxed”, I’d like to apologize for the awful delays that you experienced if you follow my blog via e-mail. These e-mails are not automatic and it really takes some getting used to sending them out, but I’ll get quicker and better at it, I promise! As for the weekend, I spent my time indoors, cleaned a bit, and played The Sims 3, and when my dad called and asked if I’d like to walk the dog with him, I thought that it’s not a bad idea at all. So this outfit is pretty acceptable for walking the dog, but honestly, I would rethink the light blue jeans. In general, I would rethink myself wearing jeans at all – I just don’t like how they look on me anymore, but they are still such a big part of my wardrobe I can’t substitute them easily.
My favorite part of the outfit is definitely the shirt. It’s vintage and definitely handmade – I can’t even imagine when it was made, but I got it at a place in the De Negen Straatjes area in Amsterdam, because this is the place to go if you’re looking for awesome vintage finds. But in all honestly, my favorite part about the pictures is the dog. I’m a big fan of dogs and everytime I see people selling a puppy I’m practically running away because I know there’s no way I can keep one, but that doesn’t make me want them any less. Now, this wonderful girl is Stesha, a true beauty with ginger eyelashes and fluffy ears. She’s about half a year now, but she’s going to get even bigger soon. Honestly though, she is the most easily scared dog I’ve ever met but when she gets comfortable she just acts really friendly.
So, I’ll just leave you to the rest of these pictures. And, of course, I gotta ask, do you have any pets? Do you have a dog? What are you wearing when walking it? I generally follow the idea that there’s no point in dressing up if you run to the store for bread, or go out to walk the dog. It’s not like a catwalk, it’s grass, and dirt, and bad weather sometimes. So the items don’t always have to go. But I’m ready to consider counter arguments, so go ahead and share!
A good start of the weekend to you all! Hopefully you’re enjoying yourselves right now, maybe even somewhere where the power of wi-fi can’t reach you. And if not, I’d like to share with you some of my August finds: stuff I’ve read, stuff I like and my bookmarks you might love as well. I think I’d like to make this post a permanent thing, running it on the first thing of each month, because I’ve been putting away particular finds and articles that I’d like to spread around. And also this awesome quote picture I really really love. And we know that Helvetica rocks!
And first of all, the gamer in me can’t stay quiet. I’d like to at least make a mention of the freshly delivered The Sims 4 game. I’ve been somewhat looking forward to it, even though my collection of Sims 3 expansions isn’t complete yet. But it seems the reviews are out already and aren’t particularly good. I’m planning to wait till the expansions for Sims 4 come out and then I’ll buy it, and for now I’ll buy me some add-ons to feel happier with Sims 3. Have you played yet? What are your thoughts? Please share!
Besides, I liked Elle’s stunning overview of what blogging is, how it started out and what’s becoming of blogging right now. It’s quite interesting to get to know how other bloggers feel, especially when they’ve been working on their wonderful blogs for much longer than I have. It’s nice to learn new things and get a fresh perspective.
And on the how-to’s subject, I was really impressed by Sarah’s post on using flea market finds on her blog Brownie. Sarah is a decorator and she has a lot of awesome ideas on space transformation, she also posts pictures of different houses and they all look so amazing and exciting!
I’ve also been browsing through Style Me Pretty a lot in August, mainly for the pictures. But this guide on discovering your wedding style seemed a very solid base from which you could style your own wedding. And it really is a tremendous effort, but isn’t it cool to discover what you really want yourself, without paying huge bucks to agencies that will rip huge percentages off your budget?
My latest blogger crush has become Of Trees&Hues, which is full of inspiration, and I just have to find the time to read all the posts and get more involved. And because of Latrina, I’ve bookmarked this summer cocktails post, because, let’s face it, a graphic on coctail mixing is pretty dang awesome.
I think I’ve wanted to get a subscription for the Conde Naste Traveller for at least half a year now, but I have no space to keep all the issues of the magazine, so I’m still planning to do a subscription for the Ipad version. But their website is amazing, and this article I found in my e-mails turned out to be really informative and curious, while still being fun. Who doesn’t want to know what are the 5 most common mistakes travellers make in Japan?
Also, I finished at last J.K. Rowling’s book “Casual Vacancy”. I guess it took so long since I was reading in transport and stopping at weird places sometimes and forgetting what character did what. But in the end I really got into it, and as the realisation came that no happy end could possibly happen, I was intrigued till the end. The novel is amazing, it’s deep, realistic and bold, and I am definitely back in my reading habit!
So, what did you read last month? Any interesting finds on or off the web? And did you play The Sims 4 yet?
Not so long ago I have shared my opinion on commenting in particular and on the blogger community in general. The result of today’s post wouldn’t be possible without the supportive community of St. Petersburg bloggers, especially since I would never muster up the courage to just click the private message box in the social networks and send a question to Sveta, the main heroine of today’s story. I’d like to do a proper introduction, even though Sveta is blogging in russian, because I think you can enjoy this post even if you can’t understand her blog.
Sveta is a young mom, and her life is filled with joy and endless activity. “I look my best when I’m smiling”, she said to me directively as we were starting to shoot this outfit. She turned out to be entirely right, and it has little to do with her features: people look their best when they’re happy. I have no idea whatsoever how she manages to juggle taking care of a kid and the blog, and all other activities so skillfully, but I do hear that sitting at home with a kid can get pretty flustering and it’s nice to have a space to channel all your energy into. So, today, this is exactly the right space to share all those emotions!
Today I’m sharing with you the results of the shoot that Sveta and I arranged and went through with this past Sunday. I was going through a dry spell this summer, hardly photographing people, and this newfound collaboration format has given me the perfect chance to flex my photographic muscles (read: camera shutter). You can find the second part of the shoot on Sveta’s blog: it’s more dynamic, relaxed and not so much posing, which I find is a great quality for any outfit images. I like when we dive deeper to explore the person behind the picture, so even though the second look is less refined and more sporty, it also seems a bit more real to me for some reason.
The elegant fall theme we tried to explore was transition from summer to autumn and the way different items can be combined and paired to achieve completely different, yet compelling looks. And that, shall we say, centerpiece, is the simple grey sweatshirt that adds all the necessary warmth and yet makes the clothes just click. See, how easy it is to go from preppy to casual?
(so vintage you can’t even find the brand anymore)
Hey there! So, here we are, at the end of the 1st of September, rushing back to life as we know it, back to the usual work circle. When I got to the metro this morning I was honestly shocked by the amount of people pouring into the station. It took me several moments to realize that everybody is finally back in town. September is a fresh start for many wonderful things. Kids get to go to school for the first time. Bigger children start dreading or anticipating that special time of the year. Students come pouring inside universities to discover their schedules and start new things. People go back to work, or start new jobs, or attempt finding a job.
And soon it will be time to admit that summer is truly over. But even though I’m no fan myself of the whole golden leaves season, I urge you to look for little charming moments that might make this transition easier. Even though we often hate change, this is the case where it is truly unavoidable. So it’s best to make the best of the season. And that includes getting some gloves and warming oneself up. So when the weekend comes you won’t have a sore throat and will be able to kick back with a relaxed drink.
For me, the 1st of September is the official study-day, even though I’ve got no studies till the 9th (but I’m busy enough, think no less of me!). And for the first day of school everyone always tries to look neat, office-like, with their little skirts and shoes, backpacks and flowers for the teachers – remnants of the old ways of USSR. Maybe this is why this outfit has turned out so retro. I, of course, think it’s perfectly approppriate. What shall you say? I guess we’ll wait and see…
The pictures below were taken by my fellow russian blogger and a wonderful young mom, Svetlana.
Here we are, at the official end of summer. It’s almost the right moment to start reminiscing and weighing whether we did enough crazy stuff to last us a whole another year. It’s definitely the right moment to get back to action, start some new activities and get social again! And I’ve had the perfect chance to do that yesterday at the reopening of the Love Republic store in the Galeria mall in St. Petersburg. Beside me, a lot of other girls I know came and I was really glad to see everybody. After a long and somewhat uneventful (blog-wise) summer it was nice to reload and get back in touch.
Summer is always quite slow and laid back. Besides people going away on what they call “vaycay”, for the fashion industry it means a big team effort towards the autumn fashion week season. And I wont lie, but simply state that a good event is a huge find for a blogger that sometimes just runs out of things to write about.. (it’s just wrong but true). So, as usual, I thank our blogger community that invites us to events in St. Petersburg and beyond, thank you, Hello, Blogger!
I personally made a huge effort in preparation for the event, meaning I made Alina go out of her way and lend me her half-eaten apple pendant, which I consider a true find for any black-haired Snow White. And, well, an obligatory proof picture was in order. Besides me is another great blogger Julianna (she writes the best announcements ever, unfortunately, in russian only).
The Love Republic store in the Galeria mall already existed, so it was more of a reopening than an actual opening. The design and interior was updated by the british agency of design and architecture MRA. Honestly speaking, I noticed nothing special about the design, but how creative can you really get whileh designing a store? They must have some standards they have to play by. To spice up the interior for the event it was decorated by fake red apples that shone brightly among the colorful dresses that inhabit the Love Republic stores.
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