Summer Red

 

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  Photographs: Jasmina Haskovic

Sometimes it’s just worth it to travel around  London just to get that perfect dress and that was the case with this one. In four days it basically disappeared from all Topshop stores including online. Luckily,one was waiting just me.

As you may notice this dress looks similar to Revolve red dress with small stars, seen on many bloggers this summer, which is probably why this cheaper model from Topshop gained so much popularity . I simply fell in love with this dress! Maybe the reason is that is so easy to wear, no need for much accessories or maybe because wrap gave me so much desired waist.

I’ve used the opportunity of few days of summer in London to make most of it.

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On this Sunday I met my friend for brunch. We chose Refinery Southwark, a retro-chic cafe and cocktail bar just the short walk from Tate Moder. Once inside you will see the funky decor with industrial lighting, the bar on the one side and restaurant like area on the other side. From the big list of cocktails and food, I chose classics mojito, chicken and kale caesar and for dessert Raspberry Panna Cotta which all was delicious and worth coming back

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New Brand Majorelle

 

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American fashion market is expanding every day with new brands and one of them is Majorelle, newly launched brand of Revolve creative director Rachel Zeilic. Until recently Revolve was only selling other brands clothes but they decided to have a go in making their own collections. Majorelle is their 9th collection and it can be found on revolve.com.

 

 

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Judging by the first photographs clothes will be popular amongst trendsetters on Instagram and it’s already been seen on many bloggers such as Dani Song, Gala Gonzales, Chiara Ferragni, Tuula Vintage, Patricia  Manfield which are as well Rachel’s close friends.

With fluttery co-ords, party tops and printed romantic dresses, this collection is every LA girl dream. The whole range is available here

 

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Friday Favourites

Favourite Bakery

One day while walking to Covent Garden, somehow I end up in front of bakery Fabrique. I walked in and from that moment I’m a regular visitor. Not just that they have sourdough bread, freshly baked in Hoxton every day but they sell probably the best cinnamon buns ever!

Fabrique was founded by David and Charlotta Zetterstrom in Stockholm in 2007 and numbers of bakeries have been rising as fast as the dough. There are now 13 Fabrique’s in Stockholm and already three in London. The aim is that you can go into any Fabrique bakery and the cinnamon buns will taste just the same.

So if you want to try original Swedish cinnamon buns head over to one of their bakeries in Hoxton, Coven Garden or Notting Hill.

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Favourite Outfit

I’m thrilled that 70s’ clothes are back! I guess I’m lucky enough to be one of those who can wear flares without looking short or chubby. Flares are the best with wedges, platforms or anything with heel bigger that 8cm.This one are from Zara as well as the shirt (last season) and bag(sold out).

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Favourite Trend

The off-the-shoulder top is no longer a trend, it’s a wardrobe essential. The top is flirty, flattering, and there is no reason why everyone shouldn’t wear it. The off-the-shoulder design can be found in tops or in dresses, making it endlessly versatile and extremely popular.  This season very popular are those ones in pastel colours, bell-sleeved, frilled and embroidered. Here are my high street favourites 

 

Favourite Book

I’m so into Girl on The Train type of books, where you think you know something but you actually don’t know anything, with a plot full of twists and turns so when I started reading Rachel Abbot’s Sleep Tight I knew that I need to buy all the books she ever wrote. Unfortunately, I started from the middle as this book is #3 with the main character DC Tom Douglas.  This book contains everything that a good psychological thriller should; there is a great puzzle to be solved and uncertainty about which characters can be believed and it’s a proper page turner.  Short description: Olivia Brookes calls the police to report that her husband and children are missing, but this isn’t the first tragedy that Olivia has experienced…

Now, two years later, Detective Chief Inspector Tom Douglas is called in to investigate this family again, but this time, it’s Olivia who has disappeared. All the evidence suggests that she was here, in the family home, that morning. But her car is in the garage, and her purse is in her handbag – on the kitchen table. The police want to issue a national appeal, but for some reason,every single picture of this family has been removed from albums, from phones, from computers.

And then they find the blood…

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Favourite Beauty

Just until recently only face product I used was baby face cream. But long, cold and windy London winters made a damage to my face. It became red on certain places and dry so I decide to try something. I discovered  L’Oreal Nude Magique Anti-Redness CC Cream which works with your natural tone to help neutralise the appearance of redness.
Smart Pigment Capsules in a feather-light green hydrator transform into foundation on contact with the skin and in that way giving my all the things that I need in just one bottle. It also has SPF 20!
 See the magic for yourself!
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Vogue 100: A Century of Style

Untitled-11One hundred years long fashion story written by respectable journalist and captured by lenses of renowned photographers is now displayed at National Portrait Gallery in London.

British Vogue was launched in 1916 in response to the First World War which prevented the delivery of the original magazine from America to Europe. From the very beginning, the magazine has achieved huge success in the past hundred years has established itself as one of the most influential fashion publications in the world.

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The exhibition includes more than two hundred and eighty photographs drawn from the rich archives and some private collections.

British Vogue editor, Alexandra Shulman made a statement regarding the exhibition:

‘I am incredibly proud of this collection of exceptional photography and of the whole concept of the exhibition, which shows the breadth and depth of the work commissioned by the magazine as well as Vogue’s involvement in the creation of that work

…The National Portrait Gallery is a wonderful place for this show, which mixes portraiture and contemporaneous artistic style in the same way as much of the Gallery’s own collection. Anybody interested in photography, fashion, fame and magazines will find this an unmissable experience.’

The exhibition is set backwards  so that visitors do return to the past, first introduced to  the best works of modern masters such as David Bailey, Mario Testino and Tim Walker up to the legendary photographer Cecil Beaton last Millenium, Lee Miller and Horst P. Horst.

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Claudia Schiffer in Paris by Herb Ritts, 1989
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Cecil Beaton’s ‘The Second Age of Beauty’

Between The Lines

 

Bold, colourful,rebellious, elegant, with a dash of retro, and the most popular pattern of the moment -stripes 

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Almost every season we see stripes on the runway and the Spring Summer 16 collections are no different, but it w
asn’t always like this. Stripes have come a long way from being the most unpopular to the most loved pattern.

 

The first mention of stripes was in the 13th century. During the Middle Ages stripes were mostly horizontal, and mainly worn by prostitutes, jugglers, clowns, hangmen and prisoners. The pattern was seen as evil, especially ones in bright colours and they were often referred to as “devil’s cloth”. Striped clothing was really rare until the 18th century but then during the American revolution stripes were everywhere, but not just on clothes.
The real breakthrough happened during 19th Century, when Queen Victoria dressed her son in a sailor suit to go on a yacht and also in Franz Xaver Winterhalter’s painting which depicted a boy wearing a marine jacket. After that, in 1858, French sailors  embraced the white and blue knit shirt as their uniform with 21 stripes (each one symbolising Napoleon’s victories). Later that type of striped shirt would get the name Breton from the Breton Movement in Brittany, France.

Stripes got into high-fashion when Coco Chanel saw a Breton striped shirt during her trip to the French riviera and started selling them in her shop. After this point stripes became in vogue amongst different groups from artists, and movie stars to musicians.striped-pants

During the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s stripes became a rebellious and hipster pattern and were worn by the Beat Generation, musicians like The Beatles, Bob Marley, actors James Dean and Marilyn Monroe and everyone else who questioned authority.

Over the course of time stripes evolved and now it’s not just about Breton.Nowadays we can see several types of stripes on skirts, dresses, coats and trousers. Nautical stripes, as the most popular, are associated with Breton and seaside and we can see them on sailors or Venetian gondoliers, rugby stripes-wide and usually brightly coloured, originally used in sports, chevron – zigzag, military inspired stripes and candy stripes just to name a few.

Many designers featured this popular pattern in their SS 16 Collections including Dolce and Gabbana’s 40’s , Marc Jacobs’s American and Ralph Lauren’s sailors inspired pieces. Everyone agrees that stripes are big now.

One of the many designers to adopt stripes is Tommy Hilfiger. He was inspired by the beaches and crystal blue seas of the caribbean using a palette of colours inspired by reggae legend Bob Marley.  Coral red, emerald

green, yellow and blue inspired by the beaches and the 70’s look noticeable in

using crochet fabric. The most recognisable Marley pieces were stripy knitted bucket hats in rainbow colours accompanied by stripy net vests made to look like long beach coverups.Collection was a mix of boho, young and sporty with horizontal and vertical colourful stripes in dresses, bikinis, skirts and shorts.

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Another designer who featured stripes was Elie Saab. Still keeping his well known feminine silhouette, he gave a young vibe to his new collection by using bold stripes and 70’s inspired garments such as bow ties, balloon sleeves and disco jumpsuits.

He used horizontal wide stripes in bold and bright colours including purple, pink, red and deep green in dresses,shirts and a bomber jacket.  But he also used a more conventional vertical design with thin black and white stripes pairing them with floral patterns in long dresses, jumpsuits and capes.

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Missoni,known for knitwear design in brightly coloured and chevron-stripes this season also stayed faithful to the house’s trademark.Inspired by the  Maasai tribe of Africa, Angela Missoni presented a sporty and jet set, breezy look by using vibrant stripes on almost every piece, including Converse and making the runway into carousel of colour.

Chaos in the form of stripes in all directions and dimensions and flowy garments made the silhouette look long and slim.

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It is for sure that stripes are a pervasive pattern in fashion and part of every woman’s wardrobe.  Even though stripes can be hard to wear, in most cases they can be used for flattering the figure. Stripes can make you look skinnier, taller, give you waist or add curves to your body. Stripes are probably the only pattern accepted by both men and women, young and old because of their ability to comprehend with every style and print. This is the main reason why they have been popular in the fashion world for more than 100 years and will continue to be for many more.

Navy Days

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Throw back to beginning of my summer holidays. I’m wearing a t shirt made by Lola Tees, brand from Ljubuski,Bosnia and Herzegovina .Behind the name are two girls Jelena Dzolic and Helena Bilic who managed to become popular thanks to Instagram and Facebook. They are creating statement t shirts with popular hashtag # and funny phrases which are hard translatable to English unfortunately

Shorts: H&M; Bag: Accessorize T shirt : Lola Tees

Friday Favourites

Favourite Coffee

Like a big coffee drinker I’m trying to avoid places like Starbucks because that’s not really a coffee,not to me though.

I’m more into those independent small coffee shops so when I discovered new place called Black Penny in Covent Garden I was amazed with the first sip of that coffee. It’s creamy ,delicious and not bitter at all.

And I can day for sure it’s the best coffee I ever tried.

Black Penny is inspired by the coffee houses of 17th Century England and it’s located on Great Queen Street in Covent Garden so stop by if not for coffee then definitely for delicious breakfast or lunch which you can choose from lovely display on the counter

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Favourite Outfit

This is probably the best off shoulder top that I’ve ever seen.And it’s not surprising Olivia is wearing it

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Favourite Accessories

As if handbags  are not enough accessories by them self now they need to have their own accessories. But that’s fine,these cute furry pom poms you’ll like to have.

I had one already last season but now they are everywhere from Fendi to Topshop and Accessorize . Opt for bright colours to give a life to dark and boring colours of winter.

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Favourite Make Up

In this case make up remover 🙂

So I purchased the Garnier Micellar Water just to see what is all the fuss about that Micellar Water .To be honest , I’ve always been more of a makeup wipe kind of girl when it comes to removing makeup.

For those who don’t know what is Micellar water her is the clue. Micellar water takes its name from micelles, tiny  balls of cleansing molecules that float in the water. And that molecule binds with oil and dirt ,therefore removing it from your face.

I have to say Garnier have impressed me. Normally when I’m cleaning my face rubbing is necessary but with this everything comes off straight away. I would recommend to everyone

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Favourite Movie

If you are in fashion you probably seen Dior and I,if you are thinking to go into fashion first see Dior and I,if you are into art or drama see Dior and I! This all access documentary is focusing on new Creative Director of Dior Raf Simmons . He joined Dior in Spring 2012 and had only 8 weeks to put together his first couture show which usually takes 6 months.

The best thing about “Dior and I” are the  humor and tensions through the whole movie

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Friday Favourites

Favourite Churros

Usually I recommend good place to eat here but even though Las Iguanas at Kingston has delicious food and amazing offer before 7pm-2 for 1 cocktails , after we tried churros we forgot about everything before that! Month ago we were in Barcelona so I was thinking those must have been the best churros,we are in Spain,no?

Well,we were wrong. If you order churros in Las Iguanas,chain of Latin American food you will get them served not just with chocolate but also with dulce de leche(sweetened milk slowly heated until changes colour and flavour.

If you didn’t try this amazing dessert you should

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Favourite Blogger

It’s easy to see why I’m fascinated with her(how lovely is this outfit) .Not only does her blog reflect her love for all things feminine and lovely but also her love of travel and the world as she sees it.

Trust me when I say that her blog is something  beautiful!

So meet Jenny, the beauty and brains behind Margo and Me

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Favourite Nails

Some new nail polish shades are in the house. I’m all about 50 shades of pink during the summer as you can see

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Favourite Book

As I’m flying in exactly one week to Croatia for my holidays I was trying to find good book. Not that much for the beach because I’m too hot to read and I’m getting goosebumps if I touch paper with salty hand( weirdo 🙂 ),but because long trip to airport and flight .  I got this book just because  over 2000 good reviews on Amazon . It’s about Maud, an aging grandmother, who slowly losing her memory. Yet she refuses to forget her best friend Elizabeth, whom she is convinced is missing and in terrible danger.Book it’s already in my bag ready to depart 🙂

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Favourite Getaway

While I’m writing this I’m wearing  jumper and I’ m under my blanket,enjoying London summer with pouring rain,floods everywhere and only 13 degrees 😦

So it’s not surprising that I’m spending Friday night dreaming about some beautiful warm places like Le Parc Ik Kil,natural swimming pool in Yucatan,Mexico.  The water temperature is 27 degrees so 14 more than London air temperature.Sigh…If you ever go there yo can stop by,it’s open for swimming and often included in bus tours

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OOTD: Falling Over Phone Booths

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Shirt: Mango; Jeans: Zara; Shoes: New Look

Kingston is that part of London that isn’t really London but it’s is because it’s apparently Zone 6…Never mind,it’s still great.It has river walks with amazing views, Ancient Market which is there for last 800 years,lots of shops and restaurants and…this unique phone boots.