Tuesday, 29 May 2012

'Look deep into the April face, a change is clearly taking place- looking for the summer...'

I have probably said it a million times already, but I am terribly sorry for being missing in action these days. As I have recently said, the end of the schoolyear is getting closer and I came to the conclusion that the teachers must have made a secret pact against us, constantly swamping us with tests and assignments. Truth be told, I have also been suffering from writer's block and decided to take some time off to collect my thoughts and focus on my studies. Now that I'm back, what I have prepared for you is a photo of some newbies in my closet.

A beige blouse with sheer sleeves- H&M Conscious Collection
A polka dot dress- Primark (thrifted)
A sleek dress with embroidered flowers- thrifted

Don't you just love it when a certain item has been on your wishlist forever and you happen to come across it when you're slowly starting to lose hope and least expect it? I have fallen in love with this H&M blouse as soon as the Conscious Collection lookbook saw the light of the day. Even though I have searched through various websites back and forth, the one in my size was nowhere to be found. You can only imagine how elated I was when someone finally offered to sell a brand new one for much less than it retailed for. It's perfect for slightly warmer days and I have gotten so many compliments on it already!

As I got home from school this afternoon, my mom offered to take me to the nearest thrift store, claiming that she has spotted a few interesting pieces the day before. Having been a little bit reluctant at first, I finally agreed- oh boy, am I happy that I changed my mind! Those of you who read my blog on a regular basis know that I have been craving a sleeveless chiffon dress from H&M for some time now (you can see the post here). I am still on the hunt for this one, but I came across a pretty similar polka dot dress instead. As I was swooning over how beautiful it was, it started pouring with rain making me 'trapped' inside. Waiting for the rain to stop, I had to keep myself entertained somehow, so I grabbed a few pieces and headed into the changing room. Not being particularly interested in the sleek dress with embroidered flowers at first, when I put it on, I immediately changed my mind- paired with my peep-toe pumps, it looked simply amazing. How could I possibly say no? I have also come across a dress from Asos for a mere $5, but unfortunately it wasn't my size- apparently destiny was trying to tell me that I would be too lucky if I managed to leave with three gems...
It's not like I would mind. Of course not.

What do you think about my recent purchases? Have you bought anything interesting lately? Feel free to share ♥

xoxo, Dominika.


Sunday, 20 May 2012

'I never made promises lightly and there have been some that I've broken, but I swear in the days still left we'll walk in fields of gold...'

One of the things I find surprising is that sometimes we might live in the neighbourhood for years not being fully aware of all the wonderful places we are surrounded with. We spend hours trying to find a perfect scenery to relax on a Sunday afternoon or snap a couple of pictures on the other side of town, not knowing it has been here the whole time. I live on the outskirts, right next to the forest- when I was a kid, I would spend a lot of time wandering aimlessly among the trees, stopping by every now and then to read some information about nature monuments. As time passed by, I started losing interest in the place and my visits were getting rare. So, when yesterday my mom suggested going for a walk in the woods, I willingly agreed. When we were on our way, we discovered lovely oilseed rape fields nearby and immediately agreed that we had to go back the other day & bring a camera.























This photoshoot is a way of saying huge 'thank you' to each and every one of you. I have noticed that it's my 50th post on this blog and I couldn't be more thankful for all of my amazing readers. I do realize that many bloggers would write hundreds of posts in one year's time, but considering my busy schedule and many assignments I've been struggling with, I am still proud of myself. Here's to the next 50 and counting!


This photoshoot turned out to be more challenging than we first thought. The fields looked as if they weren't located too far away from the main road, so we hit the back road convinced that we would get there in a couple of minutes... however, we couldn't be more wrong.


Me and my mom immediately spotted the main change that occurred in the area- when I was a kid, it was a quiet, peaceful place with only a few houses in sight. Today, it looked like a maze- the road we took appeared to be leading to one of the houses and we had to look for yet another one. For a spare second, as the heat started getting stronger and we couldn't see the fields in distance anymore, I lost hope that we were ever going to get there. Luckily enough, right after my moment of breakdown, something yellow emerged from behind the trees.








Maxi dress- H&M
Cardigan- Primark
Necklace- H&M
Heels- New Yorker
Ballet flats- Primark

As I was making my way through the field, I noticed that bees (creatures that I'm afraid of- the bigger the creepier) were collecting nectar all around me and one of them started hovering around my head right when I was trying to strike a pose for the picture. Then I was attacked by an army of ants, climbed up a hill and got sand everywhere as I was struggling to go down. Somebody tell me now that a life of a fashion blogger does not require any sacrifices! But none of this managed to wipe smile off my face. I have already started planning another photoshoot with an avid supporter of the whole blogging adventure of mine- my mom who, by the way, agreed to model for me and allowed me to post one of the pictures for you to see!
 
 
 
My aim was to make my 50th post somehow unique and different from what I have been posting before- and I hope I succeeded in doing that. Here's my question to you- would you like the Outfit of the day feature to appear on my blog more often?

xoxo, Dominika.

Tuesday, 15 May 2012

"I like my money right where I can see it- hanging in my closet."

In the words of our singing Canadian friend, all good things come to an end and my spring break, unfortunately, was no exception. Seeing to the fact that I've been a hard-working student all year long and I felt like I needed to recharge my batteries before the final straight, I visited the place that can brighten up basically every girl's day- the mall.

H&M snake print dress
H&M pink necklace
Centro black necklace

Sometimes you find yourself planning a certain thing and getting yourself all hyped beforehand just to find out your plan isn't going to work out after all. That's exactly what happened in my case. My retail therapy was supposed to take place in a totally different region with a different person, but I ended up at a place I wasn't equally excited about instead. However, the fact that I didn't leave empty-handed and brought a couple of gems with me proves that I managed to turn it into a success anyway. The pink necklace is something me and my mom have been craving ever since I spotted it on H&M website, so I am glad I got my hands on it. I strongly believe this is one of the colours that suit me best, while my mom is a fan of slightly bigger necklaces. So, the first thing I heard her say after I pulled the necklace out of my bag was 'you will lend it to me every now and then, right?' The black one might not be clearly visible, but it looks like a rosary- I have seen a couple of fashion bloggers pull off this look and felt like experimenting a little myself. Stepping out of your comfort zone and trying something you wouldn't have even thought about a while ago is always an enriching experience. I can undoubtedly say I can't wait to put all my new stuff on!

All in all, the little road trip of mine can definitely be qualified as some much needed 'me' time. One of the highlights of my day was in the parking lot, when I was sitting all by myself in the car and this song came on the radio. What does a person like me do in such a situation, you might ask? Crank it up and start singing along as if I was pulling some kind of a one-man show... just to notice right in the middle that there's a guy sitting in the car next to me. Luckily enough he was poring over some newspaper, totally unaware of what was going on around him... so, you know they say- show must go on!

How did you spend your weekend? Have you been doing anything exciting these days? Looking forward to hearing your stories!

xoxo, Dominika.

Tuesday, 8 May 2012

The brightest stars of the Met Ball 2012

The annual Met Ball celebrates the opening of the Metropolitan Museum's fashion exhibit at the Costume Institute. Many celebrities have been spotted lighting up the red carpet in their finest creations, therefore making it hard for people to get their eyes off them even for a second. What I have prepared for you is the list of my 10 favourite looks of the night. Let the show begin!


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#10 Sarah Jessica Parker stepped out on the red carpet wearing a floral Valentino gown from the spring/summer 2012 couture collection paired with matching shoes. I am crazy about floral print and for whatever reason this photo conjures up the image of a princess in my head. I love how she updated the look with gold cuffs.

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#9 Anja Rubik went for a white gown with cutouts by Anthony Vaccarello and paired it with a Kotur clutch. Even I was surprised to see that this outfit made it to my top 10 list. If another celebrity turned up at the event wearing this piece, I would probably disregard their choice calling it too daring or even cheap. Even though Anja is undoubtedly too skinny, she can turn the ugliest pieces into something eye-catching.

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#8 Sofia Vergara looked ladylike in a silver embellished Marchesa gown, showing off her wonderful body. What deserves appreciation is the fact that she didn't overkill with accessories and decided to finish off her look with silver earrings, bangles and a natural hairstyle.

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#7 Lana Del Rey hit the red carpet wearing a silver sequined Joseph Altuzarra gown with a black cape around her shoulders. Her outfit is the combination of a vampire princess and Little Red Riding Hood gone bad. The designer himself exclaimed that it's 'the embodiment of her music' and I have to say there is something really enigmatic about this look.

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#6 Cate Blanchett kicked off the night in an Alexander McQueen autumn/winter 2012/13 black feathered gown. I love how the feathers make a seemingly simple dress stand out. If anyone claims that black has to be boring, then they clearly haven't seen this creation. You can never go wrong with this versatile colour and Cate is living proof.

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#5 Heidi Klum is one of the people who never cease to amaze me- having given birth to 4 children and gotten closer to the magical 40, she still has an enviable figure and looks stunning whenever she is spotted in public. This time she went for a gunmetal grey lace gown by Escada and had 'classy' written all over her.

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#4 Emma Stone sparkled in a red satin dress with embroidered flowers made by Alber Elbaz for Lanvin, paired with crystal hair pins and black leather pumps. I believe that the dress goes along really nicely with her petite figure and pale complexion, making Emma look absolutely endearing.

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#3 Dianna Agron stunned on the red carpet in her Carolina Herrera gown teamed with 19th century sapphire ring set by Fred Leighton, Sergio Rossi heels and a Judith Leiber clutch. She added a dose of feminine whimsy with her romantic smokey eye make-up and soft retro waves.

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#2 Jourdan Dunn (on the right, the photo was taken before the event) was gracing the red carpet in her floor-length Burberry Prorsum gown. She complemented her darling look with a matching clutch. Dear Jourdan, if you feel like you don't need the gown after last night's event, you know where to find me- my closet would give it an exceptionally warm welcome. Just saying.

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#1 And the winner is... ladies and gentlemen, Scarlett Johansson. She brought the glamour in a figure-flattering Dolce & Gabbana gown with full tulle skirt and Fred Leighton jewels. The dress looks as if it was made specifically for her- she was showing off her amazing curves to perfection and turning heads throughout the whole event.

Who, in your opinion, rocked the red carpet last night and who should've tried harder? Feel free to drop me a line in comments!

xoxo, Dominika.

Saturday, 5 May 2012

"The beauty of a woman is seen in her eyes because that is the doorway to her heart, the place where love resides."

The words in my post title were said by nobody other than the one of a kind Audrey Kathleen Hepburn. Yesterday would have been her 83rd birthday and even though she isn't around us to celebrate it anymore, through her passion, kindness and unique style, she has lived on in our hearts and will continue to do so forever.

"People associate me with a time when movies were pleasant, when women wore pretty dresses in films and you heard beautiful music. I always love it when people write me and say 'I was having a rotten time, and I walked into a cinema and saw one of your movies, and it made such a difference." - she would say, and that's exactly what happened in my case.

I can still recall that spring evening when I first saw 'Breakfast at Tiffany's'. The story left me absolutely enchanted, getting to know Audrey Hepburn has certainly shaped me into the person I am now. I have always been a New York lover and seeing the story of Holly Golightly, a small town girl making it big in the Big Apple and living an independent, carefree life of a socialite made me want to follow in her footsteps. After a while I started setting T-shirts and skinny jeans aside just to replace them with fancy floral dresses to be worn on a daily basis. And, as you all know, I stayed true to this rule up until now.


"There is more to sex appeal than just measurements. I don't need a bedroom to prove my womanliness. I can convey just as much sex appeal, picking apples off a tree or standing in the rain."

I can say without a shadow of doubt that this is one of the most important life lessons Audrey taught me. The image she conveyed to the world was somewhat revolutionary- a petite lady in a little black dress with a cigarette in her hand being hailed a sexy style icon. She proved that you don't have to be provocative or show off too much body to be alluring. Regardless of whether she was wearing a ball gown or a sweater paired with jeans, she was, and still is constantly admired by men and women all over the world.

Having seen 'Roman Holiday' for the first time, I curled up in my bed and burst into uncontrollable tears. I have been greatly impressed by the scenery and characters. Suddenly, I came to despise the way life has changed throughout those 50 years and people who value nudity and binge drinking over true love and sacrifices for the significant other. Being the hopeless romantic that I am, I kept wishing I could experience something similar, with my own Joe Bradley, a gentleman who knows exactly how to treat a woman. To be perfectly honest, I still do.

Not only was Audrey Hepburn a woman of remarkable beauty, she also had a heart of pure gold. Despite a difficult childhood and a lost dream of becoming a prima ballerina, she was determined and hard-working enough not to give in. Stardom never affected her character- what she prized above were family values. She even put her career on hold to tighten bonds with her sons. Painful experiences inspired Audrey to work as a goodwill ambassador for UNICEF. She visited over 20 countries and drew the attention of world leaders and international media to children abuse.

I could go on and on about her for hours, but I will leave it here in case I feel like dedicating another post to her in the future. I don't want it to be a picture heavy one, so stay tuned for a recap of my favourite Audrey outfits soon.

To finish it off, I would like to share with you one of my favourite Audrey moments of all time. The most interesting thing about it is that contrary to what many people think- she wasn't acting at the time. She had no idea this was going to take place- she was surprised by Gregory Peck and what we can see in 'Roman Holiday' is actually her natural reaction. Beyond adorable, if you ask me!




xoxo, Dominika.