Photo source: Maryna Linchuk for Vogue Beauty Japan

Inspired by Vogue Japan Beauty for March 2013. I investigated this new trend of sticker make up and found some samples in one of my favorite online stores to try. Last year I first noticed that many brands implemented some bling in their RTW and Couture beauty looks like Chanel with their big glittery eyebrows for their Fall 2012 show and then Christian Dior when Path McGrath did crystallized eyes for their SS 2013.runway show and then they also did cystalized lips for haute couture SS 2013. show.

Left photo: Chanel Fall 2013 beauty look | Right photo: Christian Dior SS 2013. beauty look
Photo source: www.style.com


Photo source: www.style.com | Christian Dior haute couture SS 2013.

I was wondering how this kind of sticker make-up is applied and where can I get it so the other day I stumbled upon it on one of my favorite e-commerce sites Nasty Gal. Where I found nail stickers, lip stickers and even eyeliner stickers you can try out for only $8 each. These must be very easy to apply and cool to wear for a party night out so I'll be sure to try them and let you know how they worked! :)





Did any of you tried out any of these yet? What do you say?








All photos source: courtesy of Estee Lauder Croatia


"I want to show as many women as I can reach, 

not only how to be beautiful, but how to stay beautiful." 


Estee Lauder 



As you know ladies I am not much of a product review kind of gal due to my short attention span and my obsession with fashion I often overlook beauty side of the runway stories but when it is really outrageous or really impressive and elegant in it's simplicity or it suits my personal aesthetics I do notice it and it interests me, so I write about it. This is exactly how my crush with Estee Lauder started. It was a combo of a 'strong, independent, beautiful women vibe', authority of well known make up artist - Tom Pecheux , good quality product and amazing fashion pieces when I was covering collections of Derek Lam for Spring/Summer and Fall 2013. seasons. 

After this essential crush, we had a couple of rendez vous at most unexpected cities and places where I tried a sample or two of  Estee Lauder creams and a lipstick, then I purchased Estee Lauder DayWear BB cream and a couple of lipsticks on the airport, red Estee Lauder's biography, fell in love with the energy and the power of this widely successful icon and an inspiring business women and the rest is history! 

Today I am sharing with you two products which 2 of you will have the opportunity to win (one each) and which will make your Summer last all year long as high fashion model and Estee Lauder ambassador Constance Jablonski saids: "It gives my pale skin a touch of a warm sun tan."

This silky and luxurious powder bronzer - Bronze Goddess (390 HRK) will help your skin keep that Summer glow all year long, just sweep it on your face, shoulders and decolletage and it will give your skin that lovely sun touch color.


"I didn't get there by wishing for it or hoping for it, but working for it."


Estee Lauder 


Second product which you can win by entering this giveaway is one of the below gorgeous shades of Cello Shoots Sheer Rush Gloss ( 222 HRK)  this gloss is moisturizing and light, lasts long and comes in beautiful shades which you can rock all year long.


All you need to do to enter this giveaway is to:


3. Leave a comment that you have completed step 1 and 2 below this post

I will select the 2 winners via random.org next Friday, August the 2nd and publish their names by noon next day in the next weeks newsletter and in the blog post. One of you will win a Bronze Goddess Bronzer and another one Cello Shoots Sheer Rush Gloss.

Good luck lovelies! :)


"When I thought I couldn't go on, I forced myself to keep going. My success is based on persistence, not luck."


Estee Lauder 






 New York Times Magazine editorial: 'Salad Days' , April 2012 | Photographer: Richard Burbridge

As per your feedback on my photos of amazing lunch and dinner salads my friend and roomie Katarina is making I thought it might be fun and useful for those of you interested to share a couple of her recipes. We picked top three.

Now, salads are really easy, healthy and practical meals (unless you use whole a lot of fattening dressing and eat it with tons of bread :) ) which you can be really creative with and adjust it as per your or your families taste and preferences.

Obviously, in each salad we use some kind of lettuce as a base and add as much vegetables as you like, we like to add cherry tomatoes, spring onions and three color peppers: green, red and yellow. Most often for dressing we mix oil, vinaigrette, salt, pepper and minced garlic.

   For protein we usually add chicken previously dipped in soy sauce or hard boiled eggs but you can also use tofu if vegetarian. On top we can add mozzarella, goat cheese, brie cheese or feta - greek cheese. 


Source:    www.saladworks.com 

Here go our favorite salad recipes:

FANCY EGG SALAD

1 Rapunzel salad mix
2 hard boiled eggs
10 cherry tomatoes
sprinkle shredded mozzarella

Wash and dry rapunzel salad, cook hard boiled eggs, cool them, clean and then shred them over the salad, wash and cut cherry tomatoes add them to the salad and sprinkle a bit of mozzarella on top.
For dressing mix a bit of a lemon juice, pressed garlic (2 cloves), salt and pepper. Mix dressing into salad and enjoy! 

WARM SOY CHICKEN SALAD 

1 Mixed greens salad
2 chicken breasts marinated in soy sauce (half an hour)
10 cherry tomatoes
3 peppers cut into small pieces (green, red, yellow)
1 can of sweet corn

Wash and dry mixed greens salad, cut marinated chicken breasts into small square pieces and grill them on the stove top until well done, soy sauce will make them nice and soft, no other spices are needed really. While chicken is grilling, wash and cut three colorful peppers and cherry tomatoes and drain the corn. Mix all into salad. For dressing just mix oil, vinaigrette, salt, pepper and pressed garlic (2 cloves). 

MEX SALAD + whole wheat tortillas 

10 cherry tomatoes 
1 can of sweet corn
3 spring onions 
3 peppers cut into small pieces (green, red, yellow)
a sprinkle of salt
1 handful of mex mix cheese

Guacamole: mix 2 very ripen avocados, add lime juice, salt and 1 spring onion.

Cut all of the ingredients (cherry tomatoes, peppers and spring onions) into small pieces, mix and enjoy!
We usually make this salad mix and fill our whole wheat tortillas with it + add some delicious guacamole on top! 


I hope you get to try these or at least play a bit and mix and match your own favorite ingredients into some delicious and healthy salads! With these you don't have to stand much by the oven cooking but you still have a healthy and delicious meal. 








Harper's Bazaar Singapore "Watch me if you can" , December 2011. 


“Time is what we want most,but what we use worst.” 
William Penn


I have been looking for a new watch for more then a year now sporadically. I do want one but I don't have a habit to wear one since I returned back from New York. I wear some black Swarovski bracelets occasionally but not a watch. Although, I am sure I would get used to it easily again I just haven't found one I absolutely love yet so now I use this post to do a bit of a research for myself which can maybe also help some of you looking for a new watch.

Below is a selection of my favorite models with my first pick being a black Marc by Marc Jacobs watch. I didn't manage to find it yet on airports nor in Barcelona or Budapest stores so I'll probably order it from some online store. As I have quite s tiny wrists I am sure I'll have to have it taken in a bit as all of the others before in order to have it fit me properly.
 
When it comes to prices Marc by Marc Jacobs watches range from $99 to $400 , Michael Kors from $99 to $375 and DKNY from $69 to $300, I also love Kate Spade one which costs $175 if purchased online.






“How did it get so late so soon? It's night before it's afternoon. December is here before it's June. My goodness how the time has flewn. How did it get so late so soon?” 
Dr. Seuss




Whatever I'm late anyway watches available on   Etsy for about $35



"Lost time is never found again."
Benjamin Franklin 






Photo by Annie Liebovitz for Disney campaign " Year of A Million Dreams"

Once upon a time there lived a pretty young girl in an unfortunate life situation. Her mother was dead and her father had married a widow with two daughters. Her stepmother didn't like her one little bit because she was young, ambitious and beautiful. All her kind thoughts and loving touches were for her own daughters.Nothing was too good for them - dresses, shoes, delicious food, soft beds, and every home comfort.

But, for the pretty young girl, there was nothing at all. No new dresses, only her stepsisters’ hand-me-downs.  She didn’t despair too much over her situation, she did the best of it, so she tried to rework and decorate these old dresses best she could to flatter her body and style.  She got no rest and no comfort from her stepmother. She had to work hard all day. Only when evening came was she allowed to sit for a while by the fire, near the cinders. That’s why everybody called her Cinderella.

Cinderella used to spend long hours all alone talking to her dog. The dog cheered her up by wiggling his tail and licking her face when she was sad almost like saying: “You have something neither of your stepsisters has and that is beauty, you are pretty inside and out!” It was quite true.

Cinderella, even dressed in refurbished old rags, was a lovely girl. While her stepsisters, no matter how splendid and elegant their clothes, were still clumsy, lumpy and mean and always would be.

One day, beautiful new dresses arrived at the house. A ball was to be held at the palace and the stepsisters were getting ready to go. Cinderella didn't even dare ask if she could go too. She knew very well what the answer would be: “You? You're staying at home to wash the dishes, scrub the floors and turn down the beds for your stepsisters. They will come home tired and very sleepy!”  

Cinderella sighed and said: “Whatever, I’ll dance at home in front of the mirror, on my own!” Nothing could break her spirit.

Suddenly something amazing happened. As Cinderella was sitting after hours of dancing in front of the mirror, there was a burst of light and a fairy appeared. “Don't be afraid, Cinderella!” said the fairy. “I know you would love to go to the ball. And so you shall!”

“How can I when I don’t have proper shoes?” Cinderella replied. “The snobby servants will turn me away!”

The fairy smiled. With a flick of her magic wand Cinderella found herself wearing the most beautiful dress she had ever seen, it was Elie Saab Couture!



 “Now for your coach” said the fairy "A real lady would never go to a ball on foot especially not in Christian Loboutin high heel shoes! Quick! Get me a pumpkin!
“Oh of course!” said Cinderella, rushing away.

Then the fairy turned to the dog.
“You, bring me seven mice or birds, and, remember they must be alive!”

Cinderella soon returned with the pumpkin and the dog with seven mice he had caught in the cellar. With a flick of the magic wand the pumpkin turned into a sparkling white pumpkin and the mice became six white horses, while the seventh mouse turned into a coachman in a smart uniform and carrying a whip. Cinderella could hardly believe her eyes.

Cinderella had a wonderful time at the ball until she heard the first stroke of midnight! She remembered what the fairy had said, and without a word of goodbye she slipped from the arm of a charming gentleman she was dancing with at the moment and ran down the steps. As she ran she lost one of her Loboutins, she hadn't even noticed! If she did, she would surely return to pick it up! But if the last stroke of midnight were to sound... oh... what a disaster that would be! Out she fled and vanished into the night.


The charming gentleman she was dancing with turned up to be Prince, who was now having a crush on her, he picked up her Louboutin, knowing how important shoes are to women and said to his ministers, “Go and search everywhere for the girl whose foot this Louboutin fits. This kingdom would not survive the despair of women who realized she lost her Louboutin!”

So the ministers tried this special shoe on the foot of every girl in the land until only Cinderella was left.
“That awful untidy girl simply cannot have been at the ball!” snapped the stepmother. “Tell the Prince he ought to marry one of my two daughters! Can't you see how ugly and poor looking Cinderella is? But, to everyone’s amazement, the shoe fitted perfectly, as if her name was on it!


Suddenly the fairy appeared and waved her magic wand. In a flash, Cinderella appeared again a splendid dress, shining with all of her youth, resilience and natural beauty. Her stepmother and stepsisters gaped at her in amazement, and the ministers said, "Come with us Cinderella! The Prince is waiting for you."

So Cinderella decided to give a Prince a chance and soon they started dating. After all, he was the man who was persistent enough to pursue the women who he admired, no matter her background and all of the obstacles on his way and he also understand how important shoes can be to a women, after a while, they got married and lived happily ever after!

"Cinderella. A proof that a new pair of shoes, can change your life!"





Photo source:   www.style.com

Old Hollywood glamour is back brought to us by Armani in his Fall 2013. couture collection. Armani's signature white and gold stamp was visible throughout the collection which he names "Nude". Show was inspired by movie 'Death in Venice' and old Hollywood glamour which with Armani's signature touch, luxury  fabrics and immaculate tailoring resulted in an absolutely dreamy collection. 

Pure elegance, as designer himself described it.

I loved model's Dietrich hairdos and nude but pearlescent, glowy make up, light and clean cut day-wear transferring into perfectly fitted gauzy gowns which were hugging the body and flirtatious with its sheerness and lightness. 



Despite it's couturnes in look and feel this collection is very wearable! On top of amazing day-wear and gowns collection featured some beautiful costume jewelry and clutches, below is the selection of my favorite pieces.


"The difference between style and fashion is quality."

Giorgio Armani


 "To create something exceptional, 

your mindset must me relentlessly focused on the smallest detail." 

                                                                      Giorgio Armani


You can watch the full show below, truly captivating:


This must be one of my favorite couture collections in the last couple of years.


Photo source:    Lei Lou by Alex Dojčinović

All photos: Goran Matijašec | Hair: Katica Topčić for Kevin Murphy | Model: Lucija Beden

While most of people are relaxing on the beach or counting down the days to their vacation in their office cubicles, she works, works and works. This is in short the summary of the years of successful domestic career of Croatian fashion designer Aleksandra Dojčinović who is slowly (and I would say finally) expanding beyond Croatian borders and opening her flagship store in Stuttgart, Germany at the beginning of September.

If you are still unfamiliar with this young, feminine and developing Croatian fashion brand you can check out some of my previous post on Aleksandra's earlier collections, as I was following her work as a friend and a client for years now:   Lei Lou by Alex Dojčinović SS 2013,    Lei Lou inspiration,    Romance is alive and well - Lei Lou,   Designer interview: Alex Dojčinović,   Lei Lou FW 2012. etc.

Now when Croatia entered the European Union and the borders are open it will be interesting to see how Croatian fashion designers (which we have many) will compete when it comes to speed of production, quality and price with their international colleagues. 

All in all, knowing Aleksandra, I am confident that she will win the hearts of ladies all over the Europe! :)







Did you had a chance to wear Lei Lou pieces already lovelies? What are your experiences?







Photo source:   Reformation Facebook site

"Our (Reformation's) cotton t-shirt takes six gallons of water to make, 
where as a typical cotton t-shirt, takes six hundred gallons."

Yael Aflalo, Reformation owner

I haven't had a love at first sight with a fashion brand since I started working in Rugby Ralph Lauren years ago - a collegiate Ralph Lauren brand which is now closed (RIP Rugby). A while back I came across a street style photo of  this maxi leopard print sheer dress with open back on some blog and could never find who was it by until I was looking online for a new dress to wear to a wedding I went to earlier this month and FINALLY I found the   Reformation fell head over heels in love with this brand not only with their amazing clothes but also with their brand and what it stands for. Wanna learn more about this brand? Read on.


So...   Reformation is founded and owned by beautiful and funny Yael Aflalo and their brand stands for sustainable fashion. Previously she owned a typical fashion brand for 10 years, called Ya-Ya but she new that she wanted to start a new company with hopes to change the way fashion industry impacts the environment but keeping the fabulosity of the clothes they produce. So she did.


Video via www.frank151.com 

"Yes, we want to make a world a better place, one dress at a time." 


Reformation is an environmentally sustainable fashion brand that re-purposes vintage and surplus materials (using over 80% reclaimed materials in all their products) to create a chic, limited edition collection made locally in their New York and Los Angeles studios and sold directly to their own stores at fair price. They concept and produce their collections in just a few weeks.



"A typical clothing company puts their stuff in plastic, and then in another plastic bag, and then puts it on a hanger, and then puts it in a box, and then ships it out. We use laundry bags instead; we don’t use any plastic throughout the process."


Reformation online shop has three collections you can shop from standard, curated and refashioned.

Standard pieces are made exclusively from vintage garments after their cleaned, sized and modified into new designs. 

Curated collection is one-of-a-kind re-purposed vintage, there pieces are given that special Reformation touch but it's vintage tailoring is preserved. 

Refashioned collection is made both from vintage clothing materials and dead stock fabric and these are the styles which you could not find in vintage collections and this line caters to all of us who like vintage but want to have a more modern silhouette. These pieces are also a limited edition.


" Fashion industry is the second largest user of water in the world after agriculture, so literary  it's like strawberries and oranges and then dresses. It's insane amount of resources going into it."


As those who read my blog a lot know, I am quite passionate about sustainable fashion and vintage pieces and I have been   writing about it on my blog before and interviewing designers like   Ada Zanditon who are committed to produce sustainable pieces, but I am also very passionate about good quality fabrics, tailoring and fit and these passions and demands of mine haven't been easy to find in one brand, this makes my excitement of finding Reformation event bigger! On top, I absolutely adore the sense of humor and energy I get from following this brand!


"I want Reformation to revolutionize fashion, 

I want to change the way the people buy clothes."

Yael Aflalo, Reformation owner


So keep up with the good work Reformation ladies! I will continue to follow your work and continue ordering your pieces!





All photos:   www.freepeople.com

Free people just launched their   July catalog with Anja Rubik in the main role. Aside of Anja's fabulousity, well,come to think of it I have a super gorgeous Polish friend named Ania, so there must be something in the name...anyways, I really fell in love with their leather jackets, white hippy lace dresses and amazing pants - my favorite ones are the black ones below with a zip worn with denim shirt - sexy! And what about those overalls? Personally I would not wear them but they do look amazing on Anja!

Since I invested in a black motorcycle leather jacket which became my year around staple clothing piece, especially for traveling, now I am considering this brown one on the photo above, I love how soft the leather is and it also looks like it fits nicely and has longer sleeves which I really need considering that I have these lanky hands of mine.

How do you like new   Free People catalog lovelies? :)





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