Photo via style.com | Alexander McQueen Spring/Summer RTW 2013.

All of you who followed Spring 2013. RTW fashion week know that yellow is the color which you could see appearing on almost every single designer show while few designers also followed 60's Mod trend.
Shift dresses and short hemlines were noticed as well and although mostly black and white this ray of sunshine yellow in most collections was definitely worth celebrating.

From lemon, to canary and mustard, and everything in between Spring 2013 fashion week was all about that yellow dress! Personally, I have worn some yellows, lately this were mostly yellow sweaters, cardigans or work out t-shirts but I didn't venture into wearing a full bright lemon yellow dress although I just might this upcoming Spring season! Honestly I can't wait for the warm weather which I think I might catch earlier this year as I;ll spend at least ten days per month in Barcelona, Spain. I better get some tan to make my yellow dress better pop up when walking on sunshine ;)

Will you dare to go full bright yellow ladies?

Here is my selection of fabulous Spring RTW 2013. yellows:

Photo via style.com | Fendi Spring/Summer RTW 2013.

Photo via style.com | Alexandre Herchcovitch Spring/Summer RTW 2013.

Photo via style.com | Chado Ralph Rucci Spring/Summer RTW 2013.

Photo via style.com | DVF Spring/Summer RTW 2013.

Photo via style.com | Gucci Spring/Summer RTW 2013.

Photo via style.com | Louis Vuitton Spring/Summer RTW 2013.

Photo via style.com | DKNY Spring/Summer RTW 2013.


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Lily Donaldson featured in the V Magazine, March 2012

Even though its still quite cold outside Spring is indeed behind the corner, especially if we are talking fashion calendar. Most retail stores are already displaying Spring collections in their windows. So...before we are ready to wear upcoming Spring's quite unforgiving whites, yellows and beige we better start shaping up and working out quickly! 

With this post I would like to give you a short fashionable guide on how to motivate and equip yourself to start working out still today! Because yesterday, you probably said you would do it tomorrow. ;)

1.MOTIVATION

Obviously our prime motivation should be healthy and vibrant body, but let's be honest, most of the time it's not. Usually it is rapidly approaching Summer bikini season or another special occasion in life like for example, your wedding. See...for me it's usually clothes :) 

So what I do is that I buy a dress I was dying to have and wear in size I should be as per my height, age and well...pre-Christmas measures and then I hang it in front of my closet as a motivation. I also print and stick Kate Moss's quote both at work by my laptop screen and at home at the fridge: "Nothing tastes as good as skinny feels." -it works for me, true story ladies.


2. EQUIPMENT

Or the way I like to call it "looking pretty at the gym FW 2012/13. for SS 2013." What you wear in the gym is obviously very personal cause you should wear whatever makes you comfortable but I think that many confuse the word comfortable with sloppy. Same way you do shopping for any other occasion you should do for working out and you should think of it as a long term day to day activity and not just 'new years resolutions session' and 'panic mode before the Summer session' in the gym. 

My proposal is to use year end discounts to stock up on some gym basics like tank tops, really good sports bras, joga pants or tights, towels, slippers, reusable water bottle to stay eco-friendly and most importantly good quality gym shoes. 

Bellow are my suggestion of the best pics based on my experience in the last couple of years. For workout clothes I mostly choose Victorias Secret Pink and VSX collections, I have been wearing them since college and still order them here in Europe and I am very happy with the comfort, support and durability they provide.

Victorias Secret VSX Sport collection | price tops: 29 - 56 USD | price bottoms: 64 - 69 USD

Victorias Secret Pink Collection | price: 59.50 USD

I recently got contacted by a charming lady from Equa company producing these practical, very good quality, healtiher for usage then plastic bottles, eco-friendly (100% recyclable) and oh-so-fashionable glass bottles. These bottles are made out of borosilicate glass and the cap is made of stainless steel while they are  further protected with silicone bands which prevents them from slipping from your hands during work out.

On top of all, 10% of each purchase goes to none-profit organizations which work to reduce eco-print of plastic bottles in the world.

I have chosen this third yellow and pink bottle for testing and will let you know my hands-on experience soon. 


I really love customised things so I totally fell in love with Nike's iD collections where you can customise your shoes and other sportswear by adding your iD (name, number etc.) as well as choose the color of every little piece of your shoe! I customised bellow pieces to my liking but you can make it be any of the offered colors.




Nike iD sneakers | price: 145 - 170 USD

3.WORK OUT & ENTERTAINMENT

The gym I go to by my office here in Budapest offers variety of group programs like Zumba, cycling, yoga, pilates etc. as well as the Olympic size pool and regular gym. I do most of my workouts in a regular gym and I listed to the music on my iPhone all the way through.

Few years ago when I was still living in US I got Nike+ sneakers and Apple made sensor which goes into your shoe and it records your runs and synchronizes it via your iPhone Nike application. Great think about my gym is that machines I mostly use: track, elliptical and step machine have USB port where I insert my iPhone and see my playlists on the machine screen during my workout. Once I am done I can share my run score on Facebook and Twitter and brag about how well I ran :)

 Lastly, I can only say, pack up, still today, get up and go do it! Most importantly have fun working out and start today because 4 month from now, you will be sorry you haven't started today!


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“Upper Chic” editorial featuring Nadja Bender for Vogue Paris, February 2013.
Photo by Knoepfel and Indlekofer.

If Couture Fashion Week in Paris is a good indicator of what our Spring might look like we can certainly say that we are up for a white Spring ahead! Almost all from Alexis Mabille to Valentino showed at least one full white outfit for upcoming Spring season.

I don't know what your stand is on wearing white but I must say that I almost never wore full white outfit, partly for fear of looking wider but also due to the fact that during work week I wear one outfit for the whole work day and I am not so sure that full white outfit would stay white all through the day.

Nevertheless, I decided to give it a shoot after seeing these amazingly wearable couture pieces shown on Paris runway during last couple of days. For the start, I am looking for white stilletoes to get in the full white mood periodically.

Photo source: www.style.com | Bouchra Jarrar Spring 2013. Couture

Photo source: www.style.com | Dior Spring 2013. Couture

Photo source: www.style.com | Chanel Spring 2013. Couture

In this post you can see my selection of whites from Paris Couture Spring 2013. Fashion Week with my favorite being Hollywood adorned, floor lenght, delicate Elie Saab pieces featuring stunning beading on silk and lace. 

Photo source: www.style.com | Elie Saab Spring 2013. Couture

Photo source: www.style.com | Elie Saab Spring 2013. Couture

Photo source: www.style.com | Elie Saab Spring 2013. Couture

Photo source: www.style.com | Giambattista Valli Spring 2013. Couture

I loved recognizable Valentino pieces featuring his one of a kind cuts and heavy duty hand work on embroidery and piping. Absolutely magical show!

Photo source: www.style.com | Valentino Spring 2013. Couture

Photo source: www.style.com | Valentino Spring 2013. Couture

Photo source: www.style.com | Valentino Spring 2013. Couture

Surely, I cannot forget my always favorite McQueen lead by extraordinary Sarah Burton who is faitfully following late Alexanders signature with her all white Pre-Fall 2013. collection as the house canceled Paris show this year.

                               Photo source: www.style.com | McQueen Pre-Fall 2013.

                                 Photo source: www.style.com | McQueen Pre-Fall 2013.



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"The world is a dangerous place not because of those who do evil, 
but because of those who look on and do nothing." 
                                                                          Albert Einstein 


  This week, as many other I found inspiration for my blog post in regular people's every day acts of kindness which are multiplying as economies around the world tumble down with rapid speed and those at power fail to think of us, little people and continue to think of profit, self gain and failing regulations and processes claim they must follow. 

So while church in Croatia is spending money on advertising to stop basic sex-ed in schools and not allowing homeless people to find shelter in "God's house" so they sleep under the ATM's and on cold park benches; government officials are debating on who's fault it is that snow hasn't been cleaned so disabled neighbor in a wheelchairs with no glows cleans the slow with a shovel, every day people started to pay more attention and take action for their fellow humans in need.

In many  interviews I did journalist asked me to classify this page, my blog as fashion or lifestyle/personal blog and my answer has always been the same, for me, fashion is a lifestyle and my lifestyle includes all life experiences that I go through, my observations of the current environmental, social and political situation as well as love lessons and lyrics that I write thereafter. 

For me, fashion is a form of activism and it should never fail to raise it's powerful, fabulous and creative voice, their following and the power of social media to bring attention to important matters and CALL TO ACTION in order to mobilize and motivate the masses to help those in need. 

“If you wait until you can do everything for everybody, instead of something for somebody,
 you’ll end up not doing nothing for nobody.”  
Malcom Bane



More specifically...here is the most recent case to illustrate my point:

 last week in Croatia man who was disabled in war and was short after forgotten by the same country he helped to defend wrote a short note on a little piece of paper and left it on the buss stop in his neighborhood: "I am disabled and poor, if somebody has used shoes size 46, please let me know." One lady who saw his message shared it on Facebook, I as many others shared the same photo. A friend of my boyfriend asked me to call this man so he can donate one of his shoes, so I did. The men seemed a bit shy, he thanked me at least five times and he joked on his own expense, saying how he doesn't feel like Cinderella any more as he got three pairs already.e Facebook page was soon created by the lady who took the photo to help others in similar need of clothing, home appliances and shoes.

Most of the people who are in a desperate need of help like this don't have Facebook or Internet for that matter so the best thing would be to look around you, just look around every day and if you can - help. 

By help I don't mean that you give cash or coins to every single person who begs for it at the corner but take extra clothes from home or other things you don't need, expecially now during Winter cold, look that person in their eyes rather then looking away and passing by them, smile and hand them as a gift what you don't need anyways. Trust me, giving will feel like the gift to you as well!


Did you already help or join any of the organizations to volunteer your time our donate your used clothes or household items ladies? 


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Photo source: www.google.com | DVF Spring 2013.

“For women, shoes are the most important. Good shoes take you good places.”
Seo Min Hyun

With everyone around me complaining about cold Winter weather, work overload and declining economy, I just couldn't stop thinking ahead, in a more positive, brighter and sexier direction - towards Spring 2013. shoe collections. 

I mean, lets face it, getting up on a pair of super hot heels makes you walk prouder, it shoots up your confidence, lengthens your legs and makes your step more elegant.We women - we just have special place in our heart for gorgeous shoes!

For this post I selected my favorite shoe models from Spring 2013. collections. Naturally, in my top 5 there is always McQueen (golden fly slippers and gold sandals), Charlote Olympia and Kirkwood gold and silver detailing sandals but this season I also got my eyes on a fabulous pairs of other designer shoes bellow.





Photo source: www.fashionbomb.com | McQueen Spring 2013.



Photo source: www.style.com | Nicholas Kirkwood Spring 2013.


Photo source: www.style.com | Charlote Olympia Spring 2013.

Aquazzura is my new discovery in terms of shoe brands, it is an Italian luxury shoe brand founded in Florence by footwear designer Edfardo Osorio who attended the college of fashion and London's Central Saint Martins. These colorful sandals and snake skin pumps in ultra modern orange for Spring surely got my attention! 





Photo source: www.style.com | Aquazzura Spring 2013.



“You want to fall in love with a shoe, go ahead. A shoe can’t love you back, but, on the other hand, a shoe can’t hurt you too deeply either. And there are so many nice-looking shoes.”
Allan Sherman


Most of designers went all out with Spring colors and due to the fact that we don't really have real Spring in last couple of years here in Europe but it rather looks more like Summer right away I prefer to shop for sandals versus closed pumps or stilletoes.


Photo source: www.style.com | Casadei Spring 2013.

Photo source: www.style.com | Bionda Castana Spring 2013.




Photo source: www.style.com | Pierre Hardy Spring 2013.

....AND....last but not least, the fabulous Giuseppe Zanotti sandals, these are on my 'I will die if I don't have' list for Spring.

With this post ladies I dare you not to complain about snow, Winter and cold but rather to concentrate on saving, earning and dreaming about these heavenly fabulous Spring shoes!

“I like Cinderella, I really do. She has a good work ethic. I appreciate a good, hard-working gal. And she likes shoes. The fairy tale is all about the shoe at the end, and I’m a big shoe girl.”
 Amy Adams

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Photo source: www.style.com | John Varvatos AW 2013.

Some of my male readers tell me that I am neglecting men's fashion heavily which is definitely the case since obviously most of my interest lies with women's apparel. On the other hand I really enjoy shopping with and for my boyfriend who really has great style, likes fashion and pays special attention to accessories (watches, sunglasses, shoes, belts) he wears.

So with this new season I definitely commit to follow, comment and write about men's fashion more often as it is getting much more interesting and creative then it was ever before. I have been following London and now Milan fashion weeks for season AW 2013. and found some really amazing pieces.

The outfit I find my boyfriend most sexy in are gray sweatpants and white t-shirt, I love the big outer pocket sweatpants which Christopher Reaburn shown on his AW 2013. show.

Photo source: www.wwd.com | Christopher Reaburn AW 2013.

Another outfit I find men most attractive in are the well tailored and fitted suits, preferably black or gray. This AW 2013. season favorites in suite department for me were Burberry Prorsum (strongest in outerwear), John Varvatos, Sarah Burton did a lovely debut with of house McQueen's men's collection (the label recently opened a men's shop on Savile Row) with my favorite being this amazing red velvet jacket second bellow and I absolutely adore Bottega Veneta's men's collection with it's very elegant and sophisticated turn to men's tailored suites with skinny pant, super clean lines and amazing fabrics.

Photo source: www.style.com | Burberry Prorsum AW 2013.

Photo source: www.wwd.com | Alexander McQueen FW 2013.

 I found John Varvatos and Bottega Veneta to have most complete 'story' behind their collections and I love the way lines were accessorized and styled for their shows in Milan. John Varvatos mysterious men with a hat, briefcase and a tailored sports jacket means business while looking super sexy! I would call the collection rockerish mix of New York cool.

Photo source: www.style.com | John Varvatos AW 2013.

Photo source: www.style.com | John Varvatos AW 2013.

Photo source: www.style.com | John Varvatos AW 2013.

Photo source: www.style.com | Bottega Veneta AW 2013.

Photo source: www.style.com | Bottega Veneta AW 2013.

Photo source: www.style.com | Bottega Veneta AW 2013.

 Photo source: www.style.com | Bottega Veneta AW 2013.

Since the men's fashion week in Milan is still ongoing you can see the schedule of the rest of the shows here

What is your favorite collection so far? What do you prefer to see your men wearing lovelies? :)

“I can go all over the world with just three outfits: a blue blazer and gray flannel pants, 
a gray flannel suit, and black tie.”

Pierre Cardin


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