Croatian design spotlight – Borboleta

Now that holidays are over, I can try and get back with some kind of regular posts. ;)

As I decided on spotlighting some Croatian designers, I actually found many more with interesting ideas and products that are both wearable and look great.

Today I want to feature Borboleta friendship bracelets (they have necklaces as well). Borboleta is Portuguese for butterfly (that’s what they say on their site) and the butterfly is the signature symbol of the brand. The bracelets come in a variety of colors and are internationally available through their site.

I think they really look lovely and plan on getting one (or possibly two, they look good when combined).

 

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2014 – the year of life

I find it funny that for the last few years I complained about how my years, generally looking, weren’t all that good. And that was true. They could be described as “meh” at best.

And then, 2014 came. I have no better words to describe it except – it was the year where life decided to teach me some lessons.

The most important being, you cannot stand still. You cannot think this is the way your life is and that’s it. If you don’t move from a place where you are standing still, life will move you. And that might not be the nicest of moves.

It has been a difficult year for me but I decided to see it as a life lesson and that has helped me immensely in putting things into perspective. I mean, it is always your choices that bring you into situations so it only makes sense when stuff goes wrong, you take a good, long look at what it was that brought you there.

In any case, the life lesson has been hard but necessary and I am grateful for it.

But the thing I am most grateful for is my friends. There are so many sayings about friends but really, when sh*t hits the fan, you will know who your friends are.

I feel really awful saying this, but I really didn’t expect so much loving support from everywhere. It did make me cry a few times just out of sheer appreciation and happiness.

So to all my friends wherever you are (and you are everywhere) – a big thank you and I love you all. You made my year amazingly bountiful. :)

Now on to my personal life lessons. :)

There are only two actually – being brave and patient. Brave in saying what it is that I want and living my life the way I want to, and patient not to expect things to happen this instant (I’m still working on that). ;)

I have no particular expectations of 2015. Everything works out great when I stop expecting things and just live and enjoy the experiences life provides. Sure, there are things I’d like to make happen in the coming year (writing more being one of them) but we’ll see what happens. Life has opened a door into a bright future for me but didn’t let me know what awaits there.

So I’ll be patient and brave and see for myself.

Wishing everyone a wonderful New Year and hopefully we will all, at one point, be able to raise a glass of champagne together. :)

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Woohoo!! It’s amber time!

And vanilla and oud. :) But amber is the note that first comes to mind  when it’s cold outside.

That said, this morning I wanted to celebrate this wonderful sunny and wGolden amber close up backlit shows crystalshite day (the snow is still unmelted) with Ambre Sultan, only to not be able to find my decant. So I decided to put Ambre Precieux on. I’m very happy with that choice. If I smell a waft from afar (and not on my turtleneck), I catch what I would call a flowery hint. It’s basically wonderful.

And amber fits perfectly with this cold weather, it just makes you feel warm all over by smelling it.

My other ambery choices will include MdO Ambre, Ambra Nobile by Nobile 1942 and Le Labo Labdanum 18.

With a special mention of Caravelle Epicee, which I don’t actually count among ambers but theoretically it is, so it goes on the list. I mean, there are so many other things going on in there that saying it’s an amber perfume doesn’t do it justice.

I still find that to be one of the best winter perfumes ever. At least for me. It hits all my spicy, warm, gourmand-y buttons. Plus, it smells really sexy.

P.S. That was my first ever perfume review. :)

 

Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow!

It seems this year the winter waited a week after officially starting to actually start. albeit, it gets wintery cold here much earlier usually than what the official date is. That said, after the extremely warm weather we had, snow has fallen and the temperature went down.

People hate it when it snows in the city, I, on the other hand, couldn’t be happier. :)

It gets more quiet just because snow muffles the sounds of the city, the air smells of winter and snow and you can make snowmen!

So here are some photos of the city today.

 

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Park Zrinjevac (night)

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One more of Zrinjevac

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Zrinjevac during the day

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My realization that rubber boots with good lining are actually perfect for snow

 

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.

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