nostalgia anilor 2000

Nostalgia 2000

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Ochelarii de soare cu lentile colorate

Maiouri/Tricouri Von Dutch/Guess

Sepci “trucker”/Genti Von Dutch

Topuri indraznete “going out”

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Satin Power

Bluza Henley

Animal Print

Rochii/Top-uri cu decolteul cazut

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Sequin Fever

Rochia furou (slip dress)/Topul “camisole”

Ochelarii “oversized” / lentila transparenta

Explozia de strasuri

Maioul/Rochia asimetrica

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Rochia/Top-ul cu lant care se leaga la gat

Palaria de cowboy

Rochia/top-ul “halterneck” *cu spatele decoltat, care se leaga la gat

Geanta de umar mica

Choker-ul cu strasuri

Printul tie-dye

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Topul/Rochiile “tube”

Pantalonii cargo si topurile army/camouflage

Seturile asortate

Explozia de roz/fuchsia

Crop top-urile

Bandana Print

Cerceii rotunzi

Curelele suprapuse tip lant

Corsetele

Sandale strappy

Verde Lime

Topuri din plasa

Topuri care se leaga in jurul taliei

Curele cu strasuri

Sporty Outerwear: Jachete Bomber/Aviator/Baseball si hanorace

Biker outfits: Top-uri, jachete si pantaloni de piele


Emma: Lumea de pastel a lui Jane Austen in viziunea lui Autumn de Wilde

In contextul situatiei actuale am avut timp sa ne uitam la mai multe filme. Unul dintre filmele care m-a surprins placut vizual este cea mai noua adaptare a romanului “Emma”, scris de Jane Austen. Am fost intotdeauna un fan al culorilor pastel asa ca nu e de mirare faptul ca mi-au placut enorm decorurile locatiilor si costumele actorilor. Actrita din rolul principal, Anya Taylor-Joy, a comparat experienta filmarii cu viata intr-un cupcake urias. Roz pudrat, verde fistic, verde menta, baby blue si butter-yellow, sau toata paleta de culori pentru macaroons.

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Acesta este primul film regizat de Autumn de Wilde care a activat mai mult in domeniul fotografiei si regiei de videoclipuri (Florence & The Machine), asa ca nu e de mirare faptul ca a vrut ca decorul si costumele din film sa fie placute estetic. O alta justificare a alegerii cromatice data chiar de Autumn este dorinta de a evidentia trasatura predominanta a personajului principal, manipularea, transformandu-i astfel locuinta intr-o casa de papusi. Emma a reusit sa o transforme pe Autumn intr-un Wes Anderson de sex feminin.

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Designerul de costume este Alexandra Byrne, care a castigat Oscarul pentru “best costume designer” in filmul Elizabeth: The Golden Age (2007) si a mai fost nominalizata de alte 5 ori. Alte filme pentru care a realizat costume sunt Hamlet (1996), Finding Neverland (2004), si Mary Queen of Scots (2018).  Multumita ei Emma a reusit sa se integreze perfect in decorul georgian al filmului.

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Pentru cei care isi doresc sa viziteze Conacul in stil georgian in care locuieste Emma in film, proprietatea se numeste Firle Place si se afla in East Sussex, Marea Britanie. Proprietarii au fost de acord cu modificarile necesare pentru decorul filmului, dar se presupune ca au renuntat la cateva dintre ele dupa terminarea filmarilor. Fiecare camera foloseste cate o paleta diferita de culori. Dormitorul personajului principal seamana cu un gelato in nuante de roz si portocaliu si variatii ale acestor culori (corai, roz piersica, somon etc.).

 

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– Pentru aranjamentele florale au avut ca referinta fotografiile lui Cecil Beaton

Tapetul a fost realizat la comanda de Adelphi Paper Hangings

Draperiile si tapiseria mobilei au avut ca inspiratie cladirile lui Robert Adam

Materialele folosite au fost matasea naturala, broderii realizate manual, brocart si catifea.

 

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Alte locatii din film care pot fi vizitate:

Kingston Bagpuize House in Oxfordshire – scoala unde invata Harriett

Chavenage House in Tetbury – Randalls ,casa familiei Weston

Wilton House in Salisbury – casa domnului Kingsley (Donwell Abbey)

Leith Hill Dorking in Surrey – l0cul unde are loc picnicul din film (Box Hill)

– All Saints Church in St Paul’s Walden, Hertfordshire – biserica din Highbury

– Lower Slaughter, Cotswolds – satul Highbury din film

Wrotham Park, Hertfordshire – locul unde se desfasoara balul dat de familia Cole.

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Perioada desfasurarii actiunii din film coincide cu aparitia primelor jurnalele si reviste de moda din anii 1810. Moda acestei perioade era cunoscuta in Anglia ca Regency style, insa aceasta a fost profund influentata de stilul Empire aparut in Franta: rochii albe in forma de A, cu talia la baza bustului, asemanatoare celor purtate de zeitele Greciei Antice. Manecile sunt bufante si lungimea rochiei e deasupra gleznelor.

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Accesorii specifice perioadei, care sunt la moda si in perioada actuala: manusi, cercei in forma de lacrima, bonete, saluri, diademe, panglici purtate in talie (la baza bustului) sau in par. Parul era prins, ondulat si purtat cu carare pe mijloc

 

 

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Branduri contemporane cu stiluri similare modei din film: rochii si topuri cu talia empire sau auto-intitulatul “stilul baby-doll”, in voga in anii ’60, ’70 si ’90.

Brock Collection

Austentation: Regency Accessories – pentru bonete

Rixo

Selkie

For Love & Lemons

LoveShackFancy

Posse

Doen

Sleeper

Erdem

 

 


TGH Black Friday

TGH Black Friday

TGH Black Friday

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Viata are un fel neasteptat de a te surprinde atunci cand te astepti mai putin. Oricat de mult te-ai stradui sa continui pe un drum prestabilt de tine sau de altii, esti redirectionat pe rute mai placute sau mai putin placute, mai lungi sau mai scurte, mai grele sau mai usoare. Locul care iti este stabilit va fi de cele mai multe ori diferit de locul imaginat de tine. Nimeni nu va sti sa iti spuna cat va dura calatoria sau cat de grele vor fi rutele ocolitoare. Trebuie sa te inarmezi cu rabdare si incredere ca viata te va duce in locul in care trebuie sa ajungi.

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In aceeasi masura, persoanele si lucrurile care iti sunt destinate isi fac drum catre tine singure. Lasand la o parte partea poetica a postarii, exemplul concret este rochia din imagini. Culoarea, desi este una dintre favoritele mele, nu a fost prima alegere. Insa rochia m-a ales pe mine, asa ca in ziua in care am purtat-o mi-am dat seama ca nu as fi putut face o alegere mai buna. Croiala o face potrivita atat unui eveniment formal, unui “cocktail party”, sau unei tinute office.

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Modelul face parte din colectia TGH Fashion dedicata “Black Friday” si va fi disponibila online incepand cu data de 13 noiembrie. Colectia este adresata atat tinutelor casual, cat si celor de eveniment.

 

Preturile produselor vor varia intre 99 si 299 Lei!

Astept momentul in care voi putea sa o port cu o pereche de pantofi nude sau sandale cu barete transparente. Daca vreau sa sparg monotonia culorilor voi folosi accesorii verde crud. O pereche de cizme statement pot duce tinuta intr-o zona mai “edgy”.

 

P.S.: Nu uitati sa mergeti la vot!

TGH Black Friday
TGH Black Friday
TGH Black Friday
TGH Black Friday
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city break sofia

City Break Sofia

City Break Sofia

Would you believe me if I told you that Sofia has one of the most interesting cuisines in the South East of Europe? I would say that it’s a magical combination of Slavic, Greek and Turkish recipes. Banitsa, shopska salad, tarator soup, mekitsi, and the list goes on! Let me take you on a 4 days journey in the capital of Bulgaria where you will not only have the possibility to try the local food, but you will also find out some amazing facts about Sofia’s rich history, as it’s one of the oldest cities in Europe.

Day 1

Presuming that you arrive in the morning, you will need to grab a coffee and eat something. I know exactly the place where you need to go: Fabrika Daga, the best place in town for breakfast and brunch. They have a lot of interesting things in the menu but I recommend the “traditional Bulgarian breakfast”, mekitsa. It is usually served together with Bulgarian white cheese and jam.

 

 

You can also check the Romanian version of mekitsa made by my grandma here.

If you want to learn something about Sofia’s history without making your own research, join the Free Sofia guided tour. The tour takes place 3 times/day during April-October and twice a day in the rest of the year. The duration of the tour is approx. two hours, so you have enough time to cover the main attractions and get some local insights from the guides. You can find out more here: Free Sofia Tour. The tour starts in front of the Palace of Justice and ends near two of most famous churches in Sofia: Sveta Sofia and Alexander Nevsky Cathedral. If you still have energy, you can visit both of them or postpone the visit for after lunch.

 

 

The church of Saint Sophia (God’s Wisdom) is one of the oldest in Sofia (built in the 6th century). Nowadays, the red bricks construction is very close to its original form. During the Middle Ages the church of Saint Sophia was the first thing that people would notice from far away and they would say: “Look, there it is! Sofia!” And this is how the city got its name.

 

 

Saint Alexander Nevsky Cathedral was built in honor of the Russian Emperor Alexander the 2nd, also known as the Tsar – Liberator, whose army liberated Bulgaria of the five-century long Ottoman Dominion in 1878. You can read more here. The Alexander Nevsky Square is also a popular fair and flea market hub during the weekend. We’ve witnessed a cool meeting of the car enthusiasts. So keep a close eye on the weekly events.

After the long walk you need to have something to eat (lunch or dinner, depending on the hour). You have two options: Lavanda or The Little Things. Both of the locations function in old houses. Also similar is the fact that they share the space with other locations. Lavanda shares it with One More Bar, which is considered one of the best cocktail bars in town, while The Little Things shares the garden with Mamma Mia restaurant.

 

Like many restaurants in Sofia, The Little Things has a friendly and relaxed atmosphere, that makes you feel like you are having lunch/dinner in your friend’s house. Each room has a different theme that comes along perfectly. The small garden is equally charming, especially when the wisteria that covers the house is in full blossom. The Little things is opposite St. Sedmochislenitsi church, a hidden gem is Sofia situated in a beautiful park. The church was created in 1902 on base of an abandoned Ottoman mosque. Before the mosque, at the same place existed a nunnery of the Rila Monastery and an Early Christian temple from the 4th-5th century. You can visit it if you still have time.

Lavanda also has thematic rooms, even one that transforms into a cinema so that you can watch a movie with your friends while enjoying a glass of Bulgarian wine. The menu changes according to the seasonal ingredients. I recommend the tarator soup for starter and the lime cheesecake for dessert. Book a table on the balcony if you want to enjoy a romantic atmosphere that will remind you of old Vienna or Paris.

Day 2

Now that we are familiar with mekitsa we just can’t get enough of it so we head to Mekitsa & Coffee to have breakfast and find out in how many ways one can serve the traditional dish (jams, chocolate and nuts, ice cream, caramel and fruits, honey and walnuts, ham and even peanut butter or avocado). For those of you who like to eat healthy food – there are mekitsas with wholemeal flour with no added eggs and milk. You can also order buhti, smaller versions of mekitsa. If you’re there early you can sit at the long table near the window and watch people passing by.

 

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If you’re craving for more coffee, head to Chucky’s Coffee House for one of the best coffees in Sofia. Now we are ready to dive into history by visiting two of the most representative museums: National Archaeological Museum and the Regional History Museum.

 

The National Archaeological Museum is situated in the centre of Sofia in a building that was once the largest and oldest Ottoman mosque in the city, completed in 1494. The museum stores a large number of items, divided in four sections: Prehistory Hall, Treasury, Main Hall and Medieval Section; some of them are threatened by damage due to the design of the building, which is characterised by high moisture levels during the summer season so hurry up before it’s not too late.

Next to the Museum you will see the Presidency building, where you might witness the changing of the guard. Step into the courtyard between the Presidency building and the Sheraton Hotel to see the Saint George Rotunda, which is considered the oldest preserved building in Sofia. The Rotunda is a part of a large complex of ancient buildings from the late 3rd and early 4th century. You can read more about its amazing history here.

Now we are really hungry so we go to Shtastlivetsa Vitosha Boulevard for a Bulgarian lunch:

City Break Sofia

or to Pastorant, the best Italian restaurant in Sofia (according to me):

If your energy level is good, then we are heading to the second museum on our list, the Sofia History Museum. The Museum is located in The Central Mineral Baths building, a landmark for the city known for the mineral springs in the area. It was built in the early 20th century near the former Turkish bath (then destroyed) and was used as the city’s public baths until 1986. My favourite part of the exhibition was the Royal Carriage.

Head back to the hotel to relax and get ready for dinner. You will need to make a reservation as both restaurants are popular with tourists. Ashurbanipal or L’etranger? The restaurants are very different but the food is sooo delicious.

 

Ashurbanipal looks like it’s closed from the outside and when you enter you might ask yourself if you are in the right place. The owner is also the chef and the waiter. You won’t have any menus, he will let you know what dishes are available but rest assured that there will also be vegetarian and vegan options. The salad and bread are complimentary and everything we tasted was delicious!

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L’etranger is the typical French restaurant, fancy and romantic. If you are not the adventurer type, then the safe option is L’etranger. I loved the cosy atmosphere and the design of the location. The desserts here are some of the best in town, heads up for the lavender cheesecake and brandy flambated strawberries. Yum!

Day 3

City Break Sofia

This will be a long day as we are going to discover Serdica, a Thracian settlement that developed into modern Sofia. Breakfast calling! Our destination today is Hlebar, located in one of the nicest neighbourhoods, Oborishte. Before we get there, let’s have a walk on Oborishte street, one of the most pleasant streets in central Sofia, flanked by the large neo-classical residences of various foreign missions.

Hlebar has the best banitsa in town (a traditional Bulgarian pastry derived from an Anatolian recipe). You can also choose something else from their daily menu as they also serve omelettes, soups or salads made from fresh local products. Their bread is delicious, as in many other places in Sofia. You can try to combine the banitsa with boza, a malt drink made from maize (corn) and wheat or millet. The fermented beverage is popular in many countries from the Balkan Peninsula and the Caucasian region.

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Close to Hlebar is one of the nicest parks in Sofia, Doctor’s Garden. We can have a walk in the park before stopping at the beautiful flower-shop nearby.

Don’t forget about the best specialty coffee shop in town: Dabov. They provide roasted coffee to a number of coffee places in Sofia (the list is short as the trend is just starting to become popular in Bulgaria) and if you head to their shop you can also drink perfectly brewed coffee on the spot (no snacks though).

Next destination: Serdica. Short historical summary (thanks Wiki): Serdica was possessed by Philip of Macedon and his son Alexander the Great and later by the roman emperors Trajan and Diocletian. Constantine the Great called the city “my Rome” and was seriously thinking of moving the imperial capital to Serdica but Byzantium (Istanbul) subsequently won. During the reign of Byzantine Emperor Justinian I the city was surrounded with great fortress walls whose remnants can still be seen today.

The starting point for Ancient Serdica is the Nezavisimost (Independence) Square, which is surrounded by the Largo, an architectural ensemble of three Socialist Classicism edifices in central Sofia: the former Party House in the centre, and two side edifices. The Largo also once featured a statue of Vladimir Lenin, which was later removed and replaced by the one of St. Sophia in 2000.

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A few years ago, a glass lid on the floor emerged in the centre of the Independence square, so that the ruins of the ancient Thracian and Roman city of Serdica could be exposed in an impressive way.

The two underpasses, the one in front of the former Party House and the one with the medieval Church of St Petka, contain the traces of the fortified walls of ancient Serdica and an original roman street. The paved main streets were leading to the city forum, which was situated under the present square Sveta Nedelya. Luxurious villas with sewerage, water-mains and paved streets were located in the region of Serdica subway station.

While you’re there, you can also visit the Square of Tolerance called after the four churches within few minutes walk of each other: a mosque, a catholic cathedral, an orthodox church and a synagogue. The temples of the 4 major religions in this part of the world are all functioning in the same square.

For lunch we have two options: Made in Blue or Soul Kitchen. Made in Blue is one of the most “instagrammable” places in Sofia which makes it a very popular place. You will need to book a table in advance if you don’t want to miss it out. If you book a table in the garden, don’t forget to also check the house before you leave. The menu contains an interesting worldwide selection.

Soul Kitchen is a great place for vegetarians and vegans. Everything is prepared and served with great care for details. It also has one of the nicest gardens in Sofia!

City Break Sofia

If you’re still up for walking you should head to Arena Di Serdica Hotel to see the remains of the Amphitheatre of Serdica. The Amphitheatre of Serdica hosted fights between gladiators and beasts and was considered the biggest in the eastern part of the Roman Empire and Bulgaria. You can read more here.

For a fancy night out you can choose between Sense Rooftop Bar and Jasmine Gastro Bar. The terrace at Sense Rooftop Bar offers you a 180-degree view on Sofia and some of its most emblematic buildings. The restaurant is on top of one of the most expensive hotels in Sofia, Sense, and it certainly lives up to its reputation.

Jasmine’s summer garden is perfect for a quiet dinner and the interior is equally inviting. The fact that it’s located on Rakovski Street, one of the main party streets in Sofia, makes Jasmine look like an oasis in the middle of the desert/noisy street. Their cocktail selection is amazing.

The night is young so you can sip a cocktail at Sputnik Bar, situated next to one of the best Bulgarian restaurants Rakia Raketa Bar. Their cocktail menu contains their own recipes but they also do “classics”.

Day 4

We cannot be productive on an empty stomach so we are going to have breakfast at Daro, a cosy place in the centre of Sofia where the Chef is one of the winners of Masterchef Bulgaria. It is also a good place for a quick brunch.

 

On our way to the most famous pedestrian street in Sofia we stop at Drekka for a matcha latte/coffee.

 

Vitosha Boulevard is the perfect place to relax on a Sunday afternoon while walking, listening to live music, admiring the Vitosha mountain (click here for Vitosha Mountain guide), watching people and why not, shopping?

If you feel like eating something sweet, there is a really nice place nearby where you can find the best sweets in town. It’s called Vila Rosiche, a beautiful house with a green garden in the middle of the town. You can also enjoy a cup of tea next to your cake and if you feel like you ate too much, you can take a walk in the National Palace of Culture Park nearby.

For lunch we have two options: the best burger place in town, Skaptobara, or the farm to table restaurant, Bagri. If you choose Skaptobara don’t forget to order the cheesy potatoes. They are delicious! Both locations offer a wide selection of Bulgarian craft beers + wines.

 

At Bagri, like in many places in Sofia, the menu is seasonal and changes accordingly. They have a sustainable approach as they want to offer the best taste by using healthy cooking techniques and supporting local, organic producers.

 

 

Last walk of the day will be towards the Ivan Vazov National Theatre and the beautiful City Garden, where many locals like to hang out. Ivan Vazov was a great personality of Bulgaria, often called the Patriarch of the Bulgarian Literature. You cannot miss the imposing Sofia Balkan Hotel, situated next to the park.

If you want to find out more about his life and legacy you can visit the Ivan Vazov House Museum that can be found in the vicinity of the theatre.

Now we need to get ready for dinner, as we have a reservation at Made in Home or Aubergine (it’s up to you, again). Made in Home is the elder brother of Made in Blue so you will enjoy it as much, if not even more. This might be the perfect place to relax on a Sunday evening and forget about all the worries in the world.

Aubergine offers an impressive selection of interesting dishes paired with local craft beer. As you might think, the main ingredient in their kitchen is the eggplant. The relaxed atmosphere sets the mood for a perfect romantic dinner.

Honorable mentions: CosmosZoya & Sun Moon (Healthy Food), Moma Bulgarian Food & Wine

Bulgarian Street Art

Walks and Parks: Sofia’s main attractions are located in the city centre so everywhere you want to go you can arrive by foot. While walking around you can stop in the many small parks and admire the surroundings.

I hope that you have enjoyed my selection.

 

Later!

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Mahe beaches seychelles

Travel Journal - Mahé Beaches Part II

Mahe beaches seychelles

Mahé is the main island of Seychelles and the site of Victoria, the republic’s capital. Almost 90 percent of the population of the Republic of Seychelles live on Mahé. It has plenty of attractions and activities to keep you covered for an extended holiday. We have chosen it as our main base for exploring Seychelles and have discovered a lot of interesting beaches. I admit that the west coast beaches are on top of my list. Let me know which of them looks more appealing to you!

 

 

Continued from Mahe Beaches Part I

Anse Bazarca

This is the first from the “wild beaches chain” situated in the southern tip of the island. The other two are Police Bay and Petite Police Bay. The conditions are not good for swimming or snorkelling, but you can have a nice picnic under the trees and take lots of beautiful photos. There is a parking lot and a bus stop nearby and the closest facilities can be found at Takamaka beach.

Mahe beaches seychelles

Police Bay

Unlike most of the other beaches on Mahe, this is a wild beach suitable for surfing, not swimming. The views are spectacular so you can enjoy a relaxing picnic, if you bring along all the equipment. You can only reach the beach by car, parking it at Petite Police and walking 7 minutes through the tropical forest until you reach the ocean. You will be amazed.

Petite Police Bay

The smaller sister of Petite Police is the least friendly beach that I have discovered on the island but it has an unique charm: the old coral formations that line the beach. The water is unsafe for swimming, but you can have a relaxing walk admiring the coral formations. There are no amenities nearby.

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Anse Forbans

Beautiful beach of the east part of the island. The most famous accommodation nearby is Double Tree By Hilton Seychelles, where you can have lunch. Like most of the beaches on this part of the island, Anse Forbans benefits from an offshore coral reef which ensures great conditions for swimming and snorkelling.

Anse Royale

Named after the city that surrounds it, this beach consists of a number of smaller beaches, with beautiful scenery and coral reef protection which make it suitable for swimming and snorkelling. There are a lot of shops, restaurants, accommodations and other facilities nearby, so you can spend a whole perfect day here (lunch and dinner included). It is the second most popular beach on Mahe after Beau Vallon, so if you want to tick the most popular places on the island make sure to add it on your list. I am sorry that my picture does not reflect the true beauty of the location, but it was raining when we were passing by. 🙁

Anse aux Pins

This is one of the first beaches that you see after you leave the airport. The sensation that I had was to leave the car in the middle of the road (as there were not a lot of parking lots available), dive right into the beautiful water and hide from the sun under the trees. The coral reef protects the shore from the ocean and offers great conditions for swimming and snorkelling. The beach does not have other amenities, but there are several restaurants and shops nearby that can be reached by car.

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Anse Nord d’Est

Situated in the north-eastern tip of the island and right next to the road, this wild and beautiful beach has an unexpected charm. You can easily spend a few hours relaxing on the beach and charging your batteries with spectacular views of Saint Anne and Cerf islands. The swimming conditions are not as safe as on the rest of the east coast but you can a bring along your surf board. There are no amenities on the beach so bring your own snacks and drinks.

Anse a la Mouche

This is a long beach with shallow water, suitable for swimming and snorkelling and for taking lots of beautiful pictures. There are lots of restaurants nearby so you can easily spend a whole day here just to catch the amazing sunset views.

Although it is open to public as all of the other beaches in Seychelles, this beach is mostly frequented by the hotel guests. The coral reef protects it from the ocean and offers great conditions for swimming, snorkelling and a large variety of water sports. One of the best restaurants on the island are located here: Windsong, Cafe Lazare and L’Indochine (open mostly for dinner, please make a reservation beforehand).

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Mahe beaches seychelles

Travel Journal - Mahé Beaches Part I

Mahe beaches seychelles

Mahé is the main island of Seychelles and the site of Victoria, the republic’s capital. Almost 90 percent of the population of the Republic of Seychelles live on Mahé. It has plenty of attractions and activities to keep you covered for an extended holiday. We have chosen it as our main base for exploring Seychelles and have discovered a lot of interesting beaches. I admit that the west coast beaches are on top of my list. Let me know which of them looks more appealing to you!

Beau Vallon

This is the most popular beach of the island. It has all the amenities that you need in order to spend a great day at the beach: soft sand, natural shade, lots of restaurants, shallow water. You can also rent boats for sailing, practice water sports or book excursions for the other islands. It is also one of the longest beach in the Seychelles, so even if it’s the most popular, it won’t get extremely crowded. You can also watch the sunset and have a drink at the bars or nightclubs close by. I cannot say that it was one of my favourites as I am more into secluded beaches but it’s definitely worth at least one visit.

Sunset Beach

This is a small, golden sand beach situated in the north of Mahe. It is one of my favourites on the main island as its scenery is out of a postcard. The water is shallow and has an intense colour thanks to the greenery that surrounds it. You can order a cocktail at the Sunset Beach Hotel bar and enjoy it on the beach. The small bay is visited by the most colourful fish I have seen in my life, so if you’re looking for great snorkelling opportunities this should be one of your options.

 

P.S: good place to watch the sunset 🙂

Anse Takamaka

Mahe beaches seychelles

This beautiful beach situated in the south of Mahe gets its name from the takamaka tree that grows nearby. The wood from this tree was used by pirates and locals to make boats. Although it is accessible, as it’s situated near the road, it does not have a lot of amenities, except the Chez Batista restaurant nearby. You will need to bring your own equipment if you want to spend the day here and witness the beautiful sky at sunset.

Anse Intendance

This is my number one option in Mahe and second in Seychelles after Anse Cocos, La Digue island. The colour of the water is surreal and the lush vegetation provides natural shade. I can only leave the photos speak for themselves. Anse Intendance is home the the exclusive Banyan Tree Resort, where you can book a table for dinner and watch the magnificent sunset. From May to September swimming is not allowed but you can bring your surfboard or your picnic basket and enjoy the views. There is only one small beach bar on the one km long beach so bring your own food and drinks.

Grande Anse

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This beautiful beach is the longest of the eastern coast and provides a picturesque mountainous background, perfect for a photo session :). The sand is soft and white and the water is good for surfing, not so much for swimming. Some accommodations nearby can be a good option for lunch if you want to spend the whole day here.

Baie Ternay Beach

The bay is part of Baie Ternay National Park, which is popular among snorkelers and scuba divers thanks to its biodiversity. The easiest way to access it is by car and a 7-8 minutes walk through a beautiful scenery. There are no amenities nearby so make sure to bring plenty of water and snacks.

Port Launay North Beach

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Located in the Port Launay Marine National Park and close to the Constance Ephelia Resort, this beach can easily keep you busy for the whole day. Not only can you swim in the shallow water, hide under the natural shade and enjoy the food and drinks from the nearby hotel bars, but you can also practice water sports (surfing, windsurfing, kitesurfing, scuba diving, fishing, sailing, kayaking and canoeing) and book sunset and fishing trips or excursions to Silhouette island. Also, Port Launay Marine National Park contains one of the last and best remaining mangroves in Seychelles. As a fun fact, did you know that these mangroves were populated by crocodiles when the first settlers arrived on the island?

Port Launay South Beach

Less popular than its sister, Port Launay North, this beach is equally beautiful, except for when it disappears at high tide. At low tide, the water is so shallow that a number of unique rock formations appear from under the water, and visitors can walk to Islette (small island) nearby. If you plan to spend the whole day at the beach, you can enjoy the food and drinks served at the restaurants part of Constance Ephelia. Don’t forget to book your visit beforehand at the hotel’s reception. If you still have time, visit the Port Glaud waterfall nearby but be careful not to get lost.

Port Glaud

Small, picturesque beach on the road to Port Launay. You can spend a couple of hours here if you want some privacy as the beach is often deserted. There are no amenities but you have some interesting restaurants nearby, including the famous Del Place – must try.

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Petite Anse

This is one of the most beautiful beaches that I have ever seen. There is a fairly different tropical vibe here, probably thanks to the 5 star property that surrounds it. You will need to book your visit at the Four Seasons Seychelles hotel and chances are that you might not be allowed to enter the property if the hotel is fully booked. The road down to the beach is out of a fairytale and full of magnificent tropical flora and fauna. Do not miss the fruit bat!

Anse Soleil

This is a small beach on the same road with Petite Anse. Swimming can be dangerous at high tide, but you can find plenty of shade under the palm trees and catch a great tan while you’re there. The beautiful views create a perfect background for a photoshoot. You could also have lunch at the nearby restaurant, Chez Julien. The closest hotel nearby is Anse Soleil Beachcomber.

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Check out more beaches on Mahé in

Mahé Beaches Part II

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Praslin beaches

Travel Journal - Praslin Beaches

Praslin beaches

Praslin is the second largest island of Seychelles (size and population), so it offers a great variety of attractions and accommodations. The guide was really surprised that we did not choose it as our main base for exploring Seychelles. It is very close to La Digue (the best place for beach lovers), so you should have it in mind if you find yourself in the aforementioned category. Unfortunately, we only had one day to explore the beaches so there still are a lot of places to discover. Praslin is also a good base for visiting the various Coco de Mer nature reserves (click to read more) and exploring Curieuse, Cousin, Cousine, and Felicite islands.

Anse Lazio

This is without doubt one of the most beautiful beaches in Seychelles. I was fascinated by the lush vegetation that provides abundant natural shade. The turquoise water invites you to go for a swim but it gets deep quickly so do not go too far as the currents are strong. The access to the beach is easy by car, or a 20 minutes walk if you go by bus. There are two restaurants, one at the end of each side of the beach (I recommend Bonbon Plume), where you can enjoy Creole cuisine.

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Anse Georgette

This gorgeous beach is located near the luxurious Constance Lemuria Resort, so you need a permit from the hotel in order to visit it. Once you enter the property it will be a 30 minutes walk through the golf course until you reach the beach. The scenery is amazing, which makes the up and down walk a little bit more pleasant. Once you catch a glimpse of the beach you will want to dive right into the water. The water gets deep rather quickly, so you should be careful. If you are not a good swimmer you can relax under the shade provided by the palm trees and treat yourself with some local fruits and fresh coconut water. If you want to spend more than a few hours on the beach, bring water and some snacks as there aren’t any restaurants nearby, except those inside Constance Lemuria (30 minutes walk).

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Petite Anse Kerlan and Grande Anse Kerla

Only a rocky stretch separates Grande Anse Kerlan from Petite Anse Kerlan. You can visit both of them while you are inside the Constance Lemuria Resort. Petite Anse Kerlan is preferred over Grande Anse Kerlan mainly because the water provides better conditions for swimming and snorkelling. The beach can be busy with the clients of the resort but it’s worth a visit before having lunch or dinner at The Nest restaurant, situated on top of the cliffs.

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Ready, Steady, Summer!

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Pomegranate: Hi Juice! What's up? Are you ready for Summer?

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Juice: Hi Pom! I sure am! I've got my belly full with cherries, strawberries and raspberries and now I am waiting for the grapes to ripen!

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Pomegranate: Haha, you're funny! I was not talking about food, I meant the other word that starts with F, Fashion!

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Juice: Ah, ok! Kind of... I have switched to lighter fabrics and shorter versions but I am not sure that I have the right accessories. You know that the accessories are the most important items! They can make the outfit look better...or worse!

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Pomegranate: You got that one right! I am crazy about this summer's accessories, so I might have some suggestions.

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Pomegranate: First and foremost I am totally in love with the Jacquemus ginormous hat! And I am not the only one. A lot of insta-famous bloggers have already added it to their summer attire! The oversized hat trend though is in total contradiction with the mini bag also depicted in Simon Porte's SS'18 collection.

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Pomegranate: In case you don't have a tiny pair of sunglasses in your collection, please add one asap. But do not invest too much in such a pair, as I am afraid that this trend will soon end its moment of glory.

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Pomegranate: The materials used for this year's accessories are trying to bring us closer to nature through rattan, bamboo, raffia, jutta, net bags, belts or earrings. The bag in earthy shades of brown and nude is also a favourite for most designers (check out the versions from Loewe, Staud, Chloe, Louis Vuitton and Stella McCartney).

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Pomegranate: The star bag of this season is the round shaped one. I find it very practical and easy to adapt to any look. I am also a fan of the other geometric sculptured bags: square, pentagon or triangle. Also trending are the net bags, beaded bags, see through bags, logo bags, shopping bags and basket bags. I am ending the bag list with one of my favourite, the colour block, cartoon-esque, embellished bags inspired by the ones seen at D&G, Gucci and Prada.

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Pomegranate: In terms of shoes I have at least two interesting suggestions. The transparent PVC shoes and the ugly sneakers. I am into the sneakers seen at Prada and Louis Vuitton. You can find budget friendly versions at Adidas or Nike Airmax. As for the transparent trend, you can either opt for a long version, but only on chilly summer evenings, or a short one a la Balmain. I am also digging the transparent heels from Prabal Gurung or Mango and the mules from Aquazuarra, Jimmy Choo, Prada and Manolo Blahnik.

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Pomegranate: Earrings News-Flash: the oversized trend is going strong. I am obsessed with the pearl spiral version seen at Y/Project. I am also a fan of some other versions: golden earrings seen at Versace, the tropical vibes at Dolce and Gabbana, the mismatched earrings (see YSL), transparent earrings (see Chanel), geometrical shaped (see Roksanda, Isabel Marant, Missoni) & all time favourite hanging chandeliers (see YSL, D&G).

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Pomegranate: Last but not least, don't forget to cover your head! Trending are not only straw hats and pastel caps (see Versace), but also turbans, casques (see Prada, Chanel), cowboy & fisherman hats (see Versace), and berets (see Dior). My personal favourite is the visor hat! J'adior the visor!

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Pomegranate: Enjoy your Summer!

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Juice: Right on!

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12 + 1 Tinute demne de o Nunta Regala inspirate din povestile Disney

After the show it’s the afterparty

 

Cine nu și-ar dori să participe la petrecerea cele mai așteptate nunți a anului 2018? Vestea logodnei prințului Harry al Marii Britanii cu actrița Meghan Markle a înconjurat lumea cu viteza sunetului și a dat speranțe celor mai mari case de modă că îi vor putea crea ținute demne de o prințesă viitoarei mirese.

Nunțile regale fascinează și încântă întreaga populație a globului de secole. Poate că cel mai mult ne încântă asocierea lor cu basmele și poveștile pe care ni le citeau părinții înainte de culcare, sau cea cu desenele animate Disney pe care le vizionăm și acum cu aceeași candoare. Regii, reginele, prinții și prințesele sunt personaje de poveste, pe care le privim cu admirație și entuziasm, și de cele mai mult ori, la care doar putem visa. Pentru că fiecare copil iși dorește ca atunci când va fi mare să își găsească prințul sau prințesa.

Cu ocazia nunții regale iți propun un exercițiu de imaginație. Cum ar fi să te numeri printre norocoșii invitați la petrecerea restrânsă de după ceremonie? Ce ținută ai alege dacă nu ai avea un dress code de respectat? Ai îndrăzni să ieși din zona de confort și ai alege o ținută extravagantă? Sau ai alege mai degrabă branduri recunoscute pentru simplitatea și eleganța modelelor?

P.S. Am descoperit recent că cei de la Disney Paris organizează și nunți. Așa că visul vostru de a avea o nuntă ca în basme se poate transforma în realitate!

Albă ca Zăpada

Simplitatea și frumusețea Albei ca Zăpada se regăsesc în orice creație Chanel.

Jasmine

O salopetă strălucitoare Halpern care să reflecte (la propriu și la figurat) personalitatea efervescentă a prințesei Jasmine.

Cenușăreasa

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Cenușăreasa este o luptătoare prin prisma faptului că trebuie să facă față cerințelor absurde și comentariilor răutăcioase ale mamei și surorilor vitrege. Jacheta rock reprezintă armura care o protejează de ele.

Aurora

Eleganța prințesei Aurora nu poate fi transpusă mai bine decât printr-un design semnat Ralph and Russo.

Belle

Rochia purtată de Belle la primul ‘date night’ cu Bestia este considerată una dintre cele mai frumoase rochii din istoria Disney. Creația Maticevski din imagine este omagiul perfect adus acestui moment.

Ariel

Rochia cu umerii goi este reprezentativă pentru Ariel și personalitatea ei. Nuanțele de albastru marin din partea de jos a creației Givenchy fac trecerea dintre spațiul marin și cel terestru, așa cum a ales și Ariel să renunțe la statutul de sirenă în favorea celui de pământean.

Dacă rochia Givenchy este reprezentativă pentru viața marină a lui Ariel, atunci costumul Dolce and Gabbana este mai potrivit etapei de adaptare la viața terestră. Nasturii în formă de stea de mare sunt un reminder al originii oceanice.

Tiana

Culoarea reprezentativă a poveștii Tianei este verde, o culoare care ne teleportează în mijlocul naturii. Creația Dolce and Gabbana este perfectă pentru un ‘garden wedding’.

Rapunzel

Pentru Rapunzel, pădurea reprezintă nu numai locul care îi amintește de copilărie, ci și spațiul în care se retrage când are nevoie să se încarce cu energie. Richard Quinn este designerul pe care stă cu ochii chiar și regina Elisabeta, așa că alegerea unui design din cea mai recentă colecție a sa ar fi una inspirată.

Elsa

Superputerea prințesei Elsa constă în abilitatea de a controla zăpada și gheața. La început acest dar se dovedește a fi o provocare, însă pe parcurs ea ajunge să își controleze sentimentele și, prin intermediul lor, superputerea. Culoarea rochiei Talbot Runhof este cea a ghețarilor de la Polul Nord, iar volanul stropit cu roz pe margini și căzut delicat pe umeri este ‘Elsa-worthy’.

Pocahontas

Pocahontas este un spirit liber, cu voință puternică. O rochie lejeră, în culori pastel Roksanda Ilincic este cea mai potrivită alegere pentru o astfel de personalitate.

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Mulan

Deși se înscrie în lupta cu armata hunilor mânată de instinct, Mulan este o fată sensibilă și grațioasă. Dragostea pentru familie și semeni îi dă curaj și o înzestrează cu puteri nebănuite. În feng shui, galbenul este culoarea soarelui care aduce lumină în viețile oamenilor, așa cum a făcut-o și Mulan.

Merida

Merida este o prințesă războinică dar și o iubitoare a naturii. Rochia verde, cu motive tradiționale, creată de Peter Dundas ar putea fi și alegerea ei.

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Photos via Vogue Runway


matching sets

Game, Set, Matching Sets

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Pomegranate: Hey Juice! What have you been up to lately? I haven't heard anything from you for a while.

Juice: Howdy Pom! I have taken some time off. It was somehow unexpected so I did not have time to inform anyone around me. How are you?

Pomegranate: Good for you! I love time-offs, especially during spring. It's a fun way to anticipate summer activities. I have been involved in some projects that made me keep a low profile. But now I am looking forward to the summer events, festivals and sports competitions included! I am a huge fan of the Roland Garros tennis tournament. I have always associated it with summer and eating cherries. Do you also enjoy watching tennis?

Juice: Yes, of course! I used to play tennis when I was a kid. My favourite back then was Pete Sampras, but now I think that Rafael Nadal is the master of the clay!

Pomegranate: I could not agree more! I am also thinking of updating my wardrobe with some festival outfits. Good vibes attached. 

Juice: I might have an interesting suggestion! I know that it's usually the other way round but during my recent trip I have developed an affinity for matching sets. I think that they are the perfect holiday must pack items. I mean if you want to travel light when you are on a two weeks holiday you can pack three matching sets in similar colours and you are ready to go!

Pomegranate: Great idea! I actually love matching sets and I have seen some interesting ones in the most recent collections. But don't you think that you might get bored of combining the sets in your holiday?

Juice: Now that you mention it, I think that the risk is high.  You are right, as usual. What do you suggest adding to the light pack if I want to keep the matching sets?

Pomegranate: Keep the matching sets and add some basics like a pair of short jeans, a white/black top and a slip dress that will save you when you want to feel all dressed up. Oh and let's not forget this season's latest obsession, the jumpsuit! You need to add it to your wardrobe asap!

Juice: Thanks for the tips. I will scan the latest collections to see if I can find a suitable jumpsuit . Do you think that jumpsuits look good on all body types?

Pomegranate: It's easier if you choose a simple wide leg jumpsuit. Do not go for prints or slim fits if you are not feeling comfortable or confident wearing them. Remember that nothing is forbidden in fashion, it's all about the right attitude!

Juice’s Choice:


sustainable fashion

Sustainable Fashion: Truth or Dare?

Sustainable Fashion – Truth or Dare?

Sustainability in fashion is a pretty difficult subject to handle. For that matter I am still not sure if the terms are compatible. I am not even sure if I am entitled to approach this subject. It is something that I want to read more about and apply it on my personal choices.

Fashion is one of the most polluting industries in the world. It is not the first nor the second, but using the resources from the most polluting ones as electricity, heat and agriculture makes it a top offender. Starting with the production of the raw materials, continuing with manufacturing and shipping and ending with the disposal of the clothing item, the fashion’s industry end to end process can have a big impact on the environment.

What the fashion companies need to do: ‘Innovate or die’. This might sound tough but as the climate issue is one of the most hyped subjects of the moment, consumers start to be more aware of the impact that this industry has on the planet. In 2017, the Copenhagen Fashion Summit together with the Boston Consulting Group created The Pulse of the Fashion Industry Report. The highlights of the report, as presented on their website and inside the pages are the below:

As of today, the sustainability ``pulse`` of the industry is weak – scoring only 32 out of 100. Company size, far more than price positioning, correlates with a higher Pulse Score: most large fashion brands show progress, but the great mass of small to midsize firms representing around half of the market—a blind spot in the industry—have done little to 
improve their impact.

Apparel consumption is projected to rise by 63%, to 102 million tons in 2030, increasing 
the need for the fashion industry to address its environmental and social footprint. If the global population rises as expected to 8.5 billion people by 2030, the overall apparel consumption will rise by 63%, an equivalent of more than 500 billion T-shirts.

Today, humankind produces 2.1 billion tons of waste per year. In terms of annual ecological footprint, the world’s population already produces more than 1.6 times what the earth can absorb in the same timeframe. Assuming today’s current solid waste during production and at end-of-use, the industry’s waste will increase by about 60% between 2015 and 2030. The vast majority of clothing waste ends up in landfills or is incinerated; globally, only 20% of clothing is collected for reuse or recycling.

In many Asian nations, the sector’s minimum wages are less than half of what can be considered a living wage. The gaps between minimum wages and living wages are equally staggering in Eastern Europe and Turkey. This issue is heightened with the many factories that fail to comply with their countries’ minimum wage laws.

For example, in major textile manufacturing countries like India, the level of noncompliance reaches 51%. If there is no systematic, concerted push to respond to those realities, more than one-third of workers in the sector globally are projected to be paid less than the minimum wage by 2030.

Did you know that cotton, even organic cotton, is not that environmentally friendly as you might think? The “thirsty, little plant”, consumes more than its share of water, therefore has a great impact on water consumption. What is happening with the Aral Sea in Uzbekistan, the 6th cotton producer in the world, is an extreme example of the impact that excessive cotton farming has on the environment.

During the 60’s two of its main rivers, Amu Darya and Syr Darya, were diverted from their main course in order to transform the arid soil into a fertile one for agricultural purposes (cotton farming being one of them). The result was the drying of the Aral Sea, which affected not only the fishing communities from the area, but also the weather by making the region’s winters much colder and summers hotter and drier. Excessive cotton farming is also affecting Pakistan (Indus river), China, India, USA and Australia.

Some companies are interpreting the eco-friendly trend in a wrong way. Due to the fact that the demand for clothing is higher, they are buying unused plastic bottles, which they can recycle into polyester, a ‘greener option’ when compared to nylon or polyester made from petrochemicals. Let’s stick to recycling used plastic, guys. 🙂

Cool websites where I have found useful information concerning the subject: Ecocult, Ecowatch, Copenhagen Fashion Summit

What we can do:

  • Invest in quality garments that have a clean background and that last longer;

  • Try sticking to the shapes and colours that fit you best. Do not order something that you are not sure of. e.g. not sure if the colour suits you, or the shape is good for your body type. I support changes in styling, but it’s best to try the new product in stores;

  • Support the fashion companies that are going eco-friendly, by investing in their pieces, even if they are more expensive.

The good news is that some companies are taking action concerning sustainability: high-end brands such as Ralph Lauren and Stella McCartney, fast fashion retailers Zara, H&M – Conscious Division, Mango – Committed Division, or the Jeans Guru – Levi’s. The annual Global Change Award, initiated by the non-profit H&M Foundation, wants to protect the planet and living conditions by helping start-up companies that offer eco friendly textile alternatives. This year the 1 million prize went to five different companies:

  • Crop-A-Porter/Agraloop €300,000 -> Making sustainable bio-textiles by using left-overs from food crop harvests.

  • The Regenerator/Swerea €250,000Separating cotton and polyester blends, turning them into new textile fiber.

  • Algae Apparel/Algalife €150,000 -> Turning algae into bio-fiber and eco-friendly dye that is also good for the skin.

  • Smart Stitch/Resortecs €150,000 -> A dissolvable thread that makes repairing and recycling a breeze.

  • Fungi Fashion/MycoTEX €150,000 -> Custom-made clothes made from decomposable mushroom roots.

What I can do:

More research on eco-friendly materials and fashion companies;

Invest in high quality pieces that can be re-worn in different situations and seasons;

Discover, highlight and invest in companies with environmentally friendly actions and charitable campaigns.

As much as I enjoy discovering seasonal trends in fashion, I do not want to be just a consumer. I also enjoy spending time outdoors, I love nature and appreciate everything that she’s constantly sharing with us. I want to be able to make smart choices. I know that it’s difficult to resist temptations, but step by step we can change the consumer behaviour. The companies will have no choice than to listen to us.

To end with, I want to highlight some brands that are having such initiatives, by sharing their vision, as stated in their about section.

Reformation – Fabric is the magic. We make our pieces from super sustainable materials, rescued deadstock fabrics, and repurposed vintage clothing. As we grow, our goal is to push harder to create more sustainable fabric options.

Re/Done– RE/DONE is a movement – a movement to restore individuality to the luxury fashion space, a movement to keep heritage brands relevant, and a movement to create sustainable fashion. We take the vintage denim apart at the seams, repurposing it as the fabric of our new jeans. We are proud to manufacture our jeans in Downtown Los Angeles using water conserving methods and no harsh chemicals. Quantities will always be limited since each pair is handpicked, hand cut, and distinctly one of a kind.

Amur – A clothing collection created in New York City that was born from the concept that great style does not have to come at the expense of our environment—and that design can strike a balance between beauty and good intentions. It’s an approach that’s woven into our very name: A Mindful Use of Resources.

Edun – Sustainability is the crux of our values; a reason to exist that is both ethical and responsible. The majority of our collections are sourced from mills that minimise their impact on the environment, with organic, recyclable or biodegradable qualities but also with water conservation, usage of solar energy or less pesticides. This aids in having a less harmful impact on the planet. Being a sustainable-forward company means working with new and evolving materials, challenging traditional ideas but also investing in quality.

Bonus: Sezane, for the ‘Demain action’ – The call to action arrived in 2017 with the T-shirt La Femme, which helped us raise over 150 000 euros for UN Women. And then my encounter with Martine Brousse, President of La Voix de L’Enfant. More than ever, I choose to keep Sézane on this path and to carry the commitment personally: with our daily program for children DEMAIN, which aims to raise 1 000 000 euros per year to improve access to culture and education.


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Travel in Fashion - Puglia & Cult Gaia

You can check my comprehensive guide to Puglia in my other article!

Travel in fashion – Puglia & Cult Gaia, is the first part of a series that will combine uprising brands with ‘hot’ travel destinations. Before I started writing this series, I was thinking that it would be nice to share with you information about interesting brands from all over the world that I had came across.

But soon afterwards I realised that nowadays it is a pretty difficult task for one to share new information concerning anything, because everything is just one click away, thanks to the internet. So I want to make it more interesting by associating the “newfoundbrand” with a travel destination.

Cult Gaia

I have chosen the L.A. based brand because ever since I found out about it I could not help imagining how all the bags and clothing items would fit in a Puglian landscape, more exactly a Puglian Masseria. Seeing them, I remembered about our holiday in the aforementioned region of Italy, when we were lucky enough to stay for three nights at Masseria Corte Degli Asini (Link). At first I was not sure if I wanted to give up on the comfort provided by a hotel or something similar, but when I started reading more about the italian ‘Masseria’, I regretted that we could not stay there more. FYI, a masseria is a restored farmhouse from Puglia, similar to a “hacienda”. You can find more information here: Link

Tip 1: If you want to spend your holiday in the northern part of Puglia, you should choose an accommodation with a swimming pool, as the shores are pretty rocky and if you are visiting in July-August, the small beaches will be over-crowded like you’ve never seen before.

Tip 2: If you are looking for an over the top accommodation, I recommend a stay at the magnificent Borgo Egnazia: Link

Masseria Corte degli Asini (Link) has the perfect combination for a traditional Puglian experience: amazing architecture and furnishings, a beautiful swimming pool; a delectable green garden; an inside garden where you can organise events like engagement/birthday parties, weddings, special celebrations; free bikes that you can ride through their olive trees plantations, etc.

You can also have access to a typical Puglian culinary feast, if you let them know beforehand that you will serve the meal at the Masseria. Beware that there will be a lot of delicious food involved! Breakfast is served in the refurnished old mill where the assinelli were putting the wheels in motion in order to turn olives into oil. Also, if the sky is clear you can see the Adriatic Sea in the distance.

Masseria Corte Degli Asini is a great base for exploring the surrounding attractions such as: Alberobello (Trulli Land), Martina Franca, Cisternino, Locorotondo or Ostuni (the White City from the top of the hill, a real gem for any tourist. If you want to have dinner in any of its beautiful restaurants, you need to make a reservation a few days ahead.). Also, Masseria Corte Degli Asini is situated 8 km from the sea, and the beautiful beach of Rosa Marina.

Let’s talk about Cult Gaia. I think that there is no better way to describe them than what is written at their “About” section: Cult Gaia designs beautiful heirloom items that will live in your closet forever. I look up to the fashion brands that have a clear vision on what they want to create.

Cult Gaia rose to fame in 2016 by creating an item that was instantly hunted by almost everyone in the fashion world, the Ark bag. Priced at 128$, the bag was considered an affordable luxury item, so it became an instant hit. The next year, the bag was reinvented by switching from bamboo to acrylic. Their ready to wear collection is pretty new, dating from spring 2017.

The items that really caught my eye were the most recent ones from spring 2018 and some from the fall 2017. I have a feeling that this is only the beginning of something beautiful and that their collections will get better and better each season.

N.B.: I am not sure if the shooting of the most recent Cult Gaia collection took place in Italy, but the background resembles an Italian farmhouse.

Finally, why associate Cult Gaia with a Puglian Masseria?

1. The earthy colours resemble the rich brown and red soil found in the region;

2. The orange and yellow items remind you of the warm rays of sun that embrace the rough shores;

3. The navy pieces are perfect for exploring the sea and its secret coves;

4. The green combinations not only remind you of the magnificent olive trees plantations, but are the perfect outfits for a romantic dinner by the sea.

5. The rattan accessories (bags, bracelets, earrings) set the mood for the beautiful sand and stone painted Masseria setting.

So, if you are thinking of visiting Puglia anytime soon, any of these items will get along harmoniously with the surroundings.