Friday, September 30, 2011

Friday´s Fancies #15: Crazy about boots

1. Tory Burch boots / 2. Alice + Olivia dress / 3. Rachel Zoe cape / 4. Kate Spade bag / 5. Chanel Lilac Sky / 6. Lancôme Trésor Midnight Rose

When I discovered this week´s Friday´s Fancies theme, I had to laugh. Was Alison reading my mind? Or have we developped some kind of Friday´s Fancies connection? Because I´ve just purchased three (!!!) pairs of amazing boots, and I´ve been waiting impatiently for the temperatures to drop so I can finally show them off. And now Alison has given me the opportunity to imagine the perfect outfit styled around the...yes, boots! I just love Friday´s Fancies!

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Baked Parmesan Tomatoes


Even though the fall is officially here, we´ve been enjoying the last few days of indian summer. It´s the last ocasion to pull out the summer clothes and make the best of the sunny weather to have a diner outside. This recipe has caught my eye on Pinterest, and I immediately knew that I needed to try it while the fresh tomatoes were still available on the farmer´s market. I added a thin coat of pesto between the tomato and the slice of parmesan, and I more than enjoyed this delicious dish and its perfect combination of flavors. 

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Inspiration: Une femme italienne

(Photos via Madame Figaro)

For as long as I can remember, I´ve always loved Italian designers. Dolce & Gabbana, Versace, Ferragamo, Giorgio Armani...they all have this unique vision of fashion that makes women feel and look really beautiful. This is the fashion that exudes glamour, that is sexy yet subtle, sometimes over-the-top but never vulgar.
This magic editorial encapsulates everything I love about the Italian fashion: beautiful, 60s-inspired silhouettes, a variety of textures (lace, fur or cashmere), gorgeous prints and mysterious, muted colors.
This, to me, is the epitome of style, glamour, grace and beauty. 

Monday, September 26, 2011

White House Chic

Dorothy Perkins dress (worn as tunic) and bag, Levi´s Bold Curve skinny jeans, Deichmann wedges,  H&M earrings, Tiffany&Co. bracelet
As you can see, I´m still drawing so much energy and inspiration from my US holiday. And it was not just about New York.
As soon as we landed on Reagan airport, I immediately fell in love with Washington DC. It´s such an opposite to New York: it´smaller, calmer, and so much greener! That´s the one thing I really miss when I´m in NYC: small parks with plenty of benches, trees that provide some shadow under the blazing sun and the flowers. Especially the flowers! That´s why in Washington, I was beyond happy! 
And as much as I love New York, its energy, pace and shopping opportunities, I must confess that it´s in DC that I felt really relaxed and on holiday. It was the perfect city to wander around, admire the beautiful architecture, discover the government buildings and enjoy the weather that was still hot but not overwhelming. All in all, Washington has quickly become one of my favorite cities. I´m definitely going back one day!

Have you already visited Washington DC? What did you think about it?

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Decor Inspiration: Glamour

(Photos via Veranda)

Jennifer Lopez is not only one of the most beautiful women in the showbusiness, she also has an amazing sense of style. With all her sparkly gowns and sophisticated hairstyles, you could expect her home to be full of bling. Well, it´s the opposite. Her California residence can be described as sleek, sophisticated and glamorous, with a little bit of sparkle. The thing I love the most about these interiors is the beautiful neutral palette, the clean white backdrop with the soft touches of teal and peach. I could move in anytime! 

Friday, September 23, 2011

Friday´s Fancies #14: Casual Fall

1. ASOS cape trench / 2. Levi´s Jeans Skinny Leg / 3. Stuart Weitzman booties / 4. Michael Michael Kors Hamilton cross body bag / 5. Michael Kors watch / 6. Burberry Lip Cover in Ruby / 7. Chanel Le Vernis in Blue Rebel

After a week´s pause I´m back to one of my favorite bloggers´ link-ups: Friday´s Fancies where money is no object and the only limit is your style sense and fantasy. And this week´s theme couldn´t be more appropriate: cozy and casual fall. This is how I see my perfect outfit for the first gloomy days:

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Giveaway: Scrapbook your memories


Do you like scrapbooking? Well, I do. Actually, I love it. However, until recently, I only played with the classic, paper option (for our 6-month anniversary, I gave my boyfriend an album full of our happy memories and moments spent together). But then, My Memories, a company that created a digital scrapbooking sowftware My Memories Suite asked me to try out and review it. I was immediately hooked up! 

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Mondrian meets New York Public Library

Dorothy Perkins dress and bag, Deichmann wedges, Ray Ban Aviators, gifted watch, Tiffany bracelet, I am ring, Revlon Persian Melon lipstick, Sally Hansen Caribbean Coral nail polish

Ever since I created this Friday´s Francies ensemble, I´ve been obsessed with this Mondrian-inspired dress and magenta cross-body bag. Their colors go so perfectly together that I had to have them both :)
It was the perfect outfit to stroll down the Fifth Avenue, and I couldn´t help but have my own "Carrie Bradshaw" moment, sitting on the stairs of the library where she planned to have the most fabulous wedding of all times. That never happened, of course, but this place still has such an amazing atmosphere...a peaceful haven in the middle of all that New York craziness!

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

The perfect accessory


Besides the lovely award, another amazing surprise has been awaiting my return from my holiday: this beautiful and stylish bracelet I won in Vanessa´s giveaway. I immediately fell in love with its color, structure and embellishments. I think that the multitude of cords with a bunch of metal beads make this bracelet the perfect daytime and evening accessory. I can´t wait to pair it with some of my favorite flowy and feminine dresses, to give them a little bit of edge. But I think it´ll look equally fabulous with a great pair of jeans, a perfectly worn-in tee and a pair of riding boots. 

Monday, September 19, 2011

The Versatile Blogger Award


While I was away on holidays, I was really happy to learn, that the amazing Autumn from Apollo´s Idea gave me this lovely award. Autumn is one of my most loyal readers, she always leaves the sweetest comments, and I love checking out her own blog where she shares her ramblings from her newlywed life. 

Sunday, September 18, 2011

New York Diaries Part 2: Eating well (and too much)


{Huge ice-cream with sprinkles on Fifth Ave.}

Alongside fashion, books and writing, food is one of my biggest passions. And one of the things I love most about New York is that you find fantastic food just about everywhere. Whether it´s a bowl of Froot Loops for breakfast, a huge slice of pizza at Sbarro´s or a delicious diner at Ellen´s Stardust, I´m always in food heaven :) And I just couldn´t resist sharing my favorite gourmet moments with you. Don´t you have the same obsession as me? Taking pictures of food? Anyone? I swear it makes all my family and friends laugh, but I just can´t help myself! 

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Words to live by: Sarah Jessica Parker

(Photos and quotes via Vogue.com)

Sarah Jessica Parker shares her thoughts

on juggling family, work, home and sanity:

"Like a ship avoiding icebergs. The internal lists, the children´s doctor´s appointments, the letters to write, the school projects..." At night she lies in bed and does what she calls every mom´s "strategic planning" for the day ahead: "What you have to do and how to get the kids from A to B, and whatever is required of you at your work. And maybe you can toss in friendships that need to be attended to...The thing that´s most surprising to me is how much we do in a day."

Thursday, September 15, 2011

New York Diaries part 1: Wandering around


{Strolling down and shopping the Fifth Avenue}

As I promised, here comes the first part of my New York diaries. Simply looking at these photos brings me back to that wonderful city where something fabulous is always waiting for you just around the corner. 
With my boyfriend we already visited all the tourist spots last year (hello, Empire State Building, Statue of Liberty or MET), that´s why this time we decided just to have some fun, eat well, and enjoy the time spent together. We did a Broadway show, a stand up comedy, visited a beer garden with his cousins (and where I stumbled upon a Slovak waiter), had an amazing barbecue and spent a lot of time chilling out in Central Park. That´s what I call the perfect holidays: no fuss, no stress and loads of new and beautiful memories! 

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Home sweet home


So, I´m finally back! Our trip to the US was simply amazing: long days filled with loads of shopping, discovering new places, eating amazing food, visiting my boyfriend´s family or just simply wandering around.
What I appreciated the most was the total disconnection from all the work duties and worries. After all those crazy months, I was finally able to spend some much needed quality time with my boyfriend. And sure I did! 
We both love going back to New York because of all the positive energy it has to offer: everyone there is always so kind, heplful and optimistic (and if he´s not, well, he´s surely French)! I so love and admire the willpower, optimism and determination of the American people! I always come back home persuaded that everything is possible! 

Friday, September 9, 2011

Friday´s Fanices #13: End of summer

1. Asos dress / 2. Tory Burch vest / 3. Elizabeth and James booties / 4. Rebecca Minkoff bag / 5.  Briand Danielle studs / 6. Bare Escentuals lipstick

I can´t believe that the fall is approaching so fast. It seems to me that the summer has flown by in an instant! And sooner or later well be pulling the pulls and boots out from our closets. Or, even better, we´ll be shopping for some fabulous fall items. But before that day comes, I can still enjoy the last days in my summer dresses, this time accessorized with an edgy pair of ankle booties and a fur-trimmed vest that will keep me warm in the evening.

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Inspiration: Coco Chanel by Karl Lagerfeld

(Photos via Harper´s Bazaar US)

What happens when two master minds get together? When one genius, Karl Lagerfeld, draws pictures of another genius, Coco Chanel. Well, you can see for yourself: no need for words, just enjoy and admire the pictures.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Summer Reading: Summer and the City


"I´m not ashamed of anything I´ve done. Shame is a useless emotion."

"Should is the worst word in the English language. People always think things "should" be a certain way, and when they´re not, they´re disappointed."

"I don´t consider my work a job. I consider it a career. And you don´t quit a career."

"Sometimes the best thing to do is to pretend it didn´t happen."

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Essie Galore


One of the main things I love about being in New York right now is that I´m finally able to enlarge considerably my Essie collection. I got my first bunch of these fabulous nail polishes thanks to my subscription to InStyle (and I immediately fell in love). Then I ordered the fabulous summer collection via Amazon, and now I´m even more obsessed. They have the best tenue (much much better than OPI) and the cutest names.

Braziliant, Super Bossa Nova or Too Too Hot are the perfect shades for this end of summer, and I´m sure they´ll cheer me up even when the winter gloom arrives. 

Saturday, September 3, 2011

Words to live by: Carey Mulligan

(Photos and quotes via Vogue.com)

"Posing on the red carpet feels like you´re selling something that has nothing to do with you. If you do it with someone else, it´s like we´re saying, ´Oh! We come as a pair! Would you like to buy both of us? We´re available for weddings and Bar Mitzvahs!´"

Friday, September 2, 2011

Friday´s Fancies #12: Busy day

1. Velvet gemsa lace dress / 2. Nixon belt / 3. Kate Spade bag / 4. Jimmy Choo booties / 5. Marc Jacobs watch / 6. Smythson iPad case

Who said that the work attire must be neutral and strict? You can look stylish and chic even while running errands and dealing with business partners! A great outfit is all it takes! 

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Beauty wish list


I´ve been thinking about renewing my beauty routines for quite some time. I´ve already shared with you my favorite beauty staples here and here, but with the upcoming change of seasons, I´m ready to shake the things a little bit. Most of the time I draw inspiration from the fashion magazines (InStyle is my ultimate number 1) and some fabulous blogs (Emily always shares the best advices), but what interests me the most right now, is your opinion. I mean, who can give me better advice than a bunch of beautiful ladies? (and yes, I mean ALL of you!) Have you ever tried any of these products? What is your opinion? Love it or hate is? Please, don´t hesitate to share!

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