Croatian design spotlight – Nohaa

This week we’re back to bags. :) What can I say, I didn’t realize I was such a fan until I started checking out different designers on facebook. :)

So this week it’s Nohaa, the bags that really fit my style of look and of life.

The duo behind this line are two friends Ivica Nola i Rijana Hadžić and from experience, they seem to be doing some good business as the waiting ling for a bag is several weeks. :) It makes me happy to know that someone is succeeding in Croatia doing what they love, even though I end up waiting too.

I am now the proud owner of two of them. :)

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This is my latest acquisition

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This one I wore all throughout summer (without the studs)

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I love the box design :)

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This year, they designed some clothing items as well

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Perfume thoughts

I had coffee yesterday with some of Zagreb perfumistas. That is always cause for smelling more perfumes and as we met opposite Top (niche perfumery), of course I tried some perfumes prior to seeing them.

The things is, I am either too sensitive to those synthetic (white?) musks or the whole industry is going down the drain.

I sprayed two perfumes on my arms yesterday, Xerjoff Al Khatt and Byredo Mojave  Ghost.

Honestly, I thought both were great and enjoyed smelling them. Al Khatt doesn’t really smell like a straight-in-the-nose oud but is rather easy and lovable and Mojave Ghost is cool, if I would describe it in one word.

The problem with both is that they end up in synthetic muskiness and are therefore completely unwearable for me.

I really can’t tell if I am too sensitive to those molecules but honestly, I don’t really care. I hate the fact that so many expensive perfumes end up smelling like that. Aside the fact that they are expensive, they really use some expensive ingredients so adding those synthetic musks is like a punch in the nose for me after enjoying the beginning. :(

I just wish everyone would find some better alternative on how to keep perfumes lasting.

Croatian design spotlight – Zoe Leggings

This week I decided to show you my favorite Croatian leggings. I own 4 pairs. :D

That said, until I actually bought some, I never realized how hard it was to actually fit them into a wardrobe. :)

Still, I love wearing them and I love that the new collection features a new warm material (thermo) for these cold days.

Here are some photos of the type of leggings Tamara Ivić creates (and mine are shown as well).

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My favorite pair

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Second favorite pair :)

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And the middle ones are great too

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For more information and pictures, you can follow Zoe leggings on Facebook. They also have bathing suits during summer and some other clothing items in interesting designs.

 

All pics taken from Zoe leggings facebook site with their permission.

Croatian design spotlight – Danijela Bilic

I know it’s been long since I wrote a post and I am really working on getting my schedule in order so I can write (and smell) more often.
In the meantime, I want to share with you some of the Croatian designers I discovered in the last months (some even years) that I think do a wonderful job with addition that their stuff is actually affordable to most people.
I also admire them for the fact that they decided to follow their passion. I sometimes wonder if something is wrong with me that I have general interests but don’t feel so passionate about any of them (I’m blaming it all on being an Aquarius).

So today, my first choice is Danijela Bilic who creates absolutely wonderful bags. Her designs can be found on Facebook and I am posting some of my favorite designs here (those among which I cannot decide). :)

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The idea behind the bags is to wear a little piece of art and well, I can completely see that. The size of most of the bags is around 30 cm in diameter and they are made of artificial leather. The size seems perfect and all bags are handmade by Danijela herself.

The whole idea started with Danijela making a bag for her sister (that’s what she wrote in one of the posts on Facebook) and after receiving great feedback, a collection started to form. All this happened some 4 years ago and I’m ashamed to admit that I only found out about the bags a month ago. :)

Well, better late than never. ;)

So, go check out her whole collection and see if you could decide which one you like the best.

 

P.S.I love the look of Twilight but for a change, I’d like a bag that isn’t black so now I’m having a hard time deciding which color to choose.

There is time until my birthday yet… ;)

 

Pictures used with permission from Danijela (all hers).

Great After The Ending give-away!

It is my pleasure to spread the word about this great give away as you might have noticed, I am a huge fan of the series. :)

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(albeit I managed to miss the part where there are 4 books in it and not 3)

So here is your chance to win your entry into the post-apocalyptic world of the Lindsey team.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

I apologize that you need to click on the link, it seems my wordpress account doesn’t allow for embedding code. :(

Sarajevo – a place where sorrow meets love of life

It’s been two weeks since I was in Sarajevo for a long weekend. It was a trip I will never forget but also one that I am still trying to put into perspective. I don’t think that will ever happen either. :)

Like I said in the title, Sarajevo is a special place where the people you meet carry with them such deep sorrow (I’d say remnants of the war that is still so present everywhere you go and look) but they also carry an immense joy and love for life as displayed in their easy smiles, joking and singing. A city that cannot be described and people who will welcome you with open arms and will see you leave with smiles on their faces and hopes of seeing you again – and you will hope that as well.

If you’re wondering how this trip came about, turns out I have distant family there (my father’s cousins) who were as eager to meet me as I was them. It’s the most amazing feeling finding family you never met before and realizing you are close and that family really means family.

I will leave you now with some photos from my trip. The one thing that amazed me though, the excellent rakija you can drink anywhere.

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The river view (Miljacka)

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Middle of Baš Čaršija – water for weary travelers

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Baš Čaršija street

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Baš Čaršija artisan working

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Baš Čaršija street

 

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View from one of the hills around Sarajevo

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Hill view

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Christian cemetery in the middle of the city

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Sarajevo beer :)

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Coffee

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Place for chevapi

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The tastiest chevapi I ever had

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View from the family place I stayed at

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View from the family place I stayed at

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View of the city from another mountain

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The city couldn’t be seen from here

 

 

The sunny side of life – Monegal’s Kiss My Name

I apologize for the disappearance. Life gets rather busy sometimes. And interesting. :)

That said, the weather here’s been interesting as well. After a summer that resembled more of an autumn, we were in for some warm sunny weather. So this time around I turned to some white flowers by Mr Monegal. Ever after hearing him speak several weeks ago, I’m more and more leaning toward acquiring several more of his perfumes (Cuirelle is always a huge hit whenever I wear it).
So, I’ve been wearing Kiss My Name rather often. It  makes me think of the sunshine and happiness all in one (hence the title). The brightness of neroli just adds to the experience of the sunshine. And then tempered with tuberose and jasmine… What’s not to give you an instant smile? :-)
I’d say Mr Monegal has mastered the art of seduction through perfumes.
I am certainly succumbing to more and more of his wonderful creations.kiss my name

So now that it was sunny and warm, I was wearing Kiss My Name a lot, a Monegal version of white flowers..

Notes: tuberose, iris, egyptian jasmine, tunisian neroli and tolu balsam.

A very refreshing start with neroli, based on jasmine and tuberose and I’d swear some kind of fruit. My guess would be peach. and then tuberose slowly leaves its nice position to let neroli and jasmine take center stage, all the while lurking in the background.

I admit the iris is playing hide and seek with me (rather well as I haven’t found it yet) but the tolu balsam is what I’d say gives the wonderful longevity to this perfume and the warmth to the notes that can sometimes be shrill.

And that’s basically it. An overwhelming feeling of happiness and warmth due to white flowers.

It seems though the enjoyment of the warm and sunny is finished for this year. Tomorrow the cold weather begins…

 

P.S: I can’t help it, that makes me instantly think of “Winter is coming…” (Game of Thrones)  ;)

Lindsey Pogue & Lindsey Farleigh: Out of the Ashes (The Ending series)

Talk about wishful thinking. :) I was so sure it was the last book in the series that I didn’t even notice I was approaching the end and that there were too many things left unresolved until I actually hit the end. And realized there is one more book to come.

Oh well, at least I’ll get to enjoy the adventure one more time. :)

I don’t know if you know but this is one my favorite dystopian series in the last few years. I really enjoyed book one and then book 2 went in a completely different direction but gave us the background. Now, Out of the Ashes feels a bit like the calm before the storm hits.out of ashes

Hope brought them together, but it’s now fear that drives them…

…and threatens to tear them apart.

Zoe and her companions succeeded in rescuing Dani from the Colony. But not without sacrifice. Beaten and broken, they head west, determined to leave behind the torment and horrors they experienced in Colorado.

As Dani and Zoe make the perilous trek home to Bodega Bay, they learn that danger can take many forms–other survivors, their friends, even themselves–and that things are rarely what they seem. Zoe is desperate to become the woman she sees in others’ memories, while Dani struggles to conceal damaging secrets, risking losing herself–her humanity–completely. Together, they must rediscover the true meaning of friendship, love, and trust, and learn just how hard they’re willing to fight for what remains of their shattered world.

As relationships are put to the test, second chances are given, and new life emerges, death lurks in the most unlikely of places. To survive, Dani and Zoe must accept that sometimes hope alone isn’t enough.

I must say I appreciated the little reminders who had what kind of an ability as at the moment the cast of characters has grown quite well.

The thing I enjoyed the most in this book is the different types of emotional experiences that I couldn’t get into but could understand them. I’m not really a very emotional person so it’s sometimes difficult for me understanding women in books, especially when they get all these illogical ideas, but here, even though I thought they were being like that (illogical), I could understand where it was coming from. Almost. :)

That said, I loved how the couples have to deal with issues and resolve some difficult stuff between them if they want their relationships to continue and prosper. Because it makes them seem so real.

The only problem I had with the book is that it seemed we were supposed to imagine stuff happening as we would suddenly skip to someplace in the story and I was left wondering if I missed something or it just wasn’t there, only to realize the story is continuing like it’s all been done.

That and the fact it’s always the guys who seem far more reasonable than the girls. They are just too emotional to be logical it seems.

OK, now that it seems I didn’t enjoy it, let me dissuade you, I loved it. :) I do enjoy the story-telling and the characters and the whole plot.

Now only to stay patient until the last book comes out…

 

Kresley Cole: Dark Skye

I’m late. :)

I already forgot what I read as I read it straight away when the book came out (August 5) and well, life took its course so I’m writing about it now. Although, really, what more can be said about Kresley Cole’s IAD series that hasn’t already been said? Start reading if you haven’t already.

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As a boy, Thronos, prince of Skye Hall, loved Lanthe, a mischievous Sorceri girl who made him question everything about his Vrekener clan. But when the two got caught in the middle of their families’ war, tragedy struck, leaving Thronos and Lanthe bitter enemies. Though centuries have passed, nothing can cool his seething need for the beautiful enchantress who scarred his body—and left an even deeper impression on his soul.

ENDLESS YEARNING

Lanthe, a once-formidable sorceress struggling to reclaim her gifts, searches for love and acceptance with all the wrong immortal suitors. But she’s never forgotten Thronos, the magnificent silver-eyed boy who protected her until she was ripped from the shelter of his arms. One harrowing night changed everything between them. Now he’s a notorious warlord with a blood vendetta against Lanthe, hunting her relentlessly.

CAN THE HEAT OF DESIRE BURN BRIGHTER THAN VENGEANCE?

With their families locked in conflict and battles raging all around them, will Thronos and Lanthe succumb to the brutal chaos that threatens everything they cherish? Or will the fragile bond they formed so long ago spark a passion strong enough to withstand even the darkest doubts?

Well, the best parts for me were the fact that Ms Cole quite successfully managed to insert pointers on what slut shaming is and how to deal with it. (yeah, wouldn’t expect that in a novel of this type, huh?)

And that we learn what awaits Nix in the future. :) I can’t wait to learn who her partner will be… Maybe some people guessed it but I have no idea. Basically, I can’t wait for her book.

Which has nothing to do with this one. ;)

But as you could guess, Lanthe and Thronos work everything out in the end, through some amazingly hot scenes (not that much actual sex ;) – amazing actually) and very difficult personal experiences (ha, that came at an opportune moment for me). I practically inhaled it, like every other Kresley Cole book out there…

Smokvica

The last installment of my vacation series.

You might wonder how I ended up there having said what I did before going on my vacation. But I was there with my ex’s sister (who is a really good friend of mine) and her two girls (and he’s not officially my ex either – what a strange life I lead…).

After the walking I did in Copenhagen and the partying I did on Vis, spending some calm time (as calm as it can be with two young girls) was just the thing.

Smokvica is actually the perfect place if you’re looking for a peaceful, family time without many amenities or tourists.

I guess the photos are always the same from there. ;) (except for the alcohol part)

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First part of a new Kir Royal recipe (rose liqueur)

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The finished Kir Royal (a tried recipe, Asali and I discovered in Copenhagen)

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View from the beach

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Other side view

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Sunset

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Walk along the shore

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God I wish I was there now!