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Valentine's day has always been about celebrating love, relaxation and awaking different senses for me no matter if you are in relationship or not. It's not about expensive presents and it's not only about sex. It's definitely about indulgence. You will unlikely feel the extreme sensation of love (or lack of it) tomorrow just because it's February 14th but why not put an effort, use your imagination and make your Sunday just a bit more extra fabulous tomorrow?

FABULOUSLY SINGLE.


If you are single, use Valentine's Day to pamper yourself, sleep in, listen to your favorite music, relax or go for a spa day with your best friend. Why not? 


You should love yourself, celebrate your love towards your fabulous self and you definitely deserve it! Finish the day of wearing your favorite dress and a red lipstick just because. Prepare a great home made dinner or go out to a fancy restaurant and eat it with an expensive glass of red wine followed by decadent rich chocolate desert (no counting calories please).

COUPLES IN LOVE

Valentine's Day is not about expensive presents. It's easy to go to any store and buy chocolates and a perfume. Opt for a more personalized gift, really take time to think about what your partner loves and why, if it's a chocolate, what kind of chocolate? Try to personalize her/his gift. Maybe add her favorite flowers to the mix or make/purchase a set of bracelet with each others names engraved or important date for your relationship. You can find a fabulous ones on  Etsy.



GIVE A GIFT OF TIME AND ATTENTION.


More important then choosing a present is certainly to give a gift of your time and attention (no cellphones allowed). Look each other in the eyes when talking, don't talk about heavy topics, reminisce about great memories you had together and talk about making even more fabulous plans for the future.

SET THE MOOD.


It's great to plan a romantic day but don't over plan it so it becomes stressful and overbooked so you have to run from one place to another. 



For example, last year my boyfriend had practice during the day on Valentine's Day so I cooked my boyfriend's favorite food for dinner and decorated the bed with rose petals and red heart balloons and each ballon had a polaroid photo of us tied to it. On top, I played romantic music, set dimmed lights and prepared sexy red lingerie. 


DIY YOUR OWN GIFT.


As a gift for my boyfriend last year I made a red velvet cake for him as he is not to big of a fan of sweets and I made a DIY large glass jar with colorful notes and 125 reasons why I love him written on the notes. I tied a red silk ribbon around a jar and set it in the middle of the rose petals covered bed as a gift.

See full tutorial   HERE.


WHAT TO WEAR


Clothing is emotional and believe it or not men do remember what you wore on important occasions. The other day my boyfriend mentioned and in detail described an outfit I wore on one of the days which were special in our relationship.

It's great idea to wear the dress/outfit you wore first time you guys met (if you still have it), or maybe a dress you wore when he proposed etc. If not, you can always choose a sexy little black or red dress and accessorize it with stilettos and red lipstick. 

I personally love to combine red with pink so I think my Valentine's day outfit will be in this color combo.


I hope I gave you some useful advice or helped you brainstorm 
on how to spend fabulous Valentine's Day!

XoXo

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“Small place whose light is just barely brighter than the darkness of space.”

Pierre Louis Maupertuis 


Justicia Ruano established her name brand in Barcelona back in 2009. after a rich career in fashion design world working for other brands she wanted to reinvent the existing offering of luxurious garments with her own unique vision of femininity.

JUSTICIA RUANO SIGNATURE STYLE

Justicia Ruano collections are recognizable by carefully curated selection of fabrics, materials and patterns as well as the slow fashion process of making each garment with special attention to her signature details.



Her brand is a true cosmopolitan ready to wear brand catering to modern women and it's sold in major cities and countries all over the world from New York and Lebanon to France, Italy and Taiwan.

FESTIVAL OF FABRICS


Vinyl with Chantilly lace, mohair splattered with lurex, dappled gold silver and bronze fill coupé,
a real patchwork of textures is what you could see in Justicia's Fall/Winter 16/17 collection named Orion.

The evening wear pieces were made out of silk brocades and crepes with bejeweled embroidery, structure and languor, matte and glossy effects - a festival of fabrics with controlled volumes celebrating feminine figure.




I personally adore feminine design in high quality fabrics which is not overly seasonal in style thus Justicia Ruano is a perfect brand for me. Her pieces are very detailed but still super wearable even for business dinners without being overly flashy while each piece is definitely also red carpet worthy.

My favorite pieces from Orion collection are most definitely bronze tuxedo jacket dress and black open back jumpsuit with lace details.




If you like Justicia's work you can find her designs in selected boutiques all over the world. The full list is here.

XoXo

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During the last couple of month I didn’t travel as much as I usually do due to my pregnancy and I am having a real itch for traveling, especially to warm countries. One of the countries on my ‘wish list’ which I added to my Summer travel plans is most definitely Cuba. 

Cuba is the largest island in the Caribbean just south of Miami in the Antilles group of islands. The country’s tropical location means you can expect mild temperatures throughout the year.

Cuban Climate


Cuba’s dry seasons lasts from November to April, in the other months, brief but heavy rain showers fall almost daily. The temperature is usually in low and high 20s throughout the year. As a rule, the temperature in the east of the island is hotter than the west.

Havana is Cuba’s capital.  I remember many gorgeous, colorful Vogue editorials shot in gorgeous Havana. All so colorful, alive and picturesque. It’s possible to lose days in the historical Habana Vieja part of town. The cathedral here has been described as ‘music set in stone’ and just a few steps away; you’ll find the Bodeguita del Medio, where Hemingway and Nat King Cole used to drink.


Cigars, Caddies & Che Gurvara


Cuba is one of the world’s most unique countries. Thumb-thick Cuban cigars, Ernest Hemingway, rum, salsa, Che Guevara in his black beret as a symbol of civil resistance and Cadillacs that sag on their suspension in the streets are just a few of the icons of this distinctive country.


Havana - The City of Columns


Havana is Cuba’s capital.  I remember many gorgeous, colorful Vogue editorials shot in gorgeous Havana. All so colorful, alive and picturesque. It’s possible to lose days in the historical Habana Vieja part of town. The cathedral here has been described as ‘music set in stone’ and just a few steps away; you’ll find the Bodeguita del Medio, where Hemingway and Nat King Cole used to drink.


The City Of Varadero


Two hours’ drive east of Havana, there’s Varadero. The first tourists arrived in this beach resort in 1870. Most of the hotels here fall into the 4 or 5-star categories. Some of the most attractive and romantic locations include candle-lit restaurants in caves and cocktail bars overlooking the sea.


What to wear when In Cuba?


For visiting the beach I recommend floral vintage swimsuit & matching bright color accessory to blend in with the colors of the city.



For the dance night on the town I would recommend wearing passion red dress and sky-high silver heels.



10 Interesting Facts About Cuba


#1 - Cuba is often called El Caiman or El Cocodrilo (Spanish for alligator), which is what the island looks like from an aerial view.

#2 - Grade school is mandatory for every child in Cuba between the ages of 6 and 15. Uniforms are universally required with different colors for each grade level.

#3 - Fidel Castro erected a statue of John Lennon from The Beatles in 2000. Castro admired Lennon and believed he was a true music revolutionary.

#4 - Cuba is the most populated country in the Caribbean, with more than 11 million residents.

#5 - Cubans don't typically write their recipes down. Instead, they are passed down from generation to generation-through stories and shared experiences.

#6 - Cuba has the highest doctor to patient ratio in the world. There are so many doctors in Cuba that doctors are often sent abroad to countries with a great need of medical professionals.

#7 - Dance is very important in Cuba, the birthplace of classic dance styles like the Bolero, Mambo and Cha-Cha.

#8 -A rare prehistoric fish called the Mangar is now only found in Cuba.

#9 - Cuba has a 99.8% literacy rate, which is one of the highest in the world.

#10 - The only cars that Cuban citizens can own legally are cars created and bought before 1959. After this year, the Cuban government seized all of the cars, and owns them all to this day. Most of the pre-1959 cars in the country are from the United States. 


The United States embargo against Cuba (in Cuba el bloqueo) is a commercial, economic, and financial embargo imposed on Cuba . It began on 19 October 1960 when the US placed an embargo on exports to Cuba except for food and medicine. 

The US president Obama has been working to improve relations with Cuba since December 2014, when Obama and Cuban President Raúl Castro announced the restoration of diplomatic ties between the two nations. Since then, U.S. and Cuban embassies have reopened in Havana and Washington.

Have you ever been to Cuba? 
If so, let me know what you recommend to visit.

XoXo

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Spanish fashion designer Txell Miras got inspired by Manuel Pandalis portraits and catholic nun's modest dressing motifs for her Fall/Winter 2016/17 named "Conventual".

Dressing of priests and nun's in Catholic religion is very rigid, dark and basic in fabrication while it becomes more festive and intricate in details when celebrating masses. Txell Miras was fascinated and inspired by this simplicity and decided to research, play with and reinvent the structure and patterns of the clothes or rather say uniforms which haven't been reconsidered and reworked for ages.


For the presentation purposes Txell kept the layering effect which she over-dramatized with large silver crosses and head covers on models with no make up. She added a touch of modesty with hand knitted high neck round and tight infinity wool scarves in black and white.

She used Manuel Pandalis portraits of faces, added a un head cover and priest neck collar to create dramatic black and white face print for the capes and over sized tops, skirts and jacket.



I am particularly fond of the black boxy coats and vests in with what appears to be a mix of wool and velvet mix fabrication with large square pockets.



All of the individual pieces presented are very versatile and wearable. Even though I am not a fan of low crunch pants I very much liked black, skinny suede zipper pants with braiding on the hips.


My personal favorite of the show (on top of the portrait print and suede skinny pants) were these printed structured jacket & skirt/pant suits with flap zipper pockets. This print looks particularly flattering in the form of the destructured short coat or a long midi coat which I can see myself wearing both for work and play.



The show ended dramatically as it started with church bells ringing and models lying down on the floor to listed while the rest of the defile passed by.


I was really impressed by structural details and craftsmanship in this collection which although monochrome in color was refreshed with very innovative and wearable details, gorgeous structure and dramatic portrait print.

Txell Miras Fall/Winter 16/17' show was definitely one of my three favorite shows on this event.

XoXo

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Photos via 080 Barcelona Fashion

Spain is the home of most successful mass market brands like Zara but it's also really rich with young, fresh designer talents many of which design, up cycle and create brand new artisan pieces. There is a fine balance between fast and slow fashion with the second one being really noticeable in the city of Barcelona where you can see more and more locals but especially tourist looking for unique (mostly leather) handmade artisan fashion pieces and accessory.

Independent fashion and accessory designers in Barcelona have a lot of talent, they design and hand make high quality, affordable, ready to wear fashion collections but are still learning how to properly do the business and promotional side of owning a business. Many don't speak English well or any other languages but Spanish and do not have hire professionals to do their promotion and wholesale side of business for them.

The vast talent was already visible the first day of 080 Barcelona Fashion, the event which is heavily supported by the city, it takes place in beautiful historic buildings and it's usually really well organized. 

CELIA VELA is a female Spanish designer based in Barcelona where she also has her own store. Celia is showing her seasonal collections on 080 Barcelona Fashion event. She is inspired with Japanese aesthetics while her trademarks are femininity, sophistication and an attention to details. Celia is also known by her gorgeous wedding collections with beautifully made artisan lace details.




Celia's Fall/Winter 16/17 collection features her signature bejeweled back detailing on knitwear and loose, wool black and white squared coats bejeweled with brooches which remind of Chanel suits. I particularly like marsala bejeweled velvet jumpsuits.



Watch Celia Vela's full Fall/Winter 2016/17 show here:





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