Friday, December 8, 2017

Budapest's Must-See List


I know, I know! This post is looong overdue, but I've come to the conclusion that this was more work than expected. So, after doing some "investigative journalism" & choosing the best of the best that Budapest had to offer, I present to you Budapest's Must-See List, or in other words, places I loved that I know you will love too. From art galleries to coffee shops - I've got you covered. 
Thursday, November 30, 2017

5 Years SBSF!



Yep, 5 years. It's been 5 amazing years since I started doing this "blog thing" and every time I pinch myself - Yes, I did this. I am doing this. I will be doing this for years and years to come. And to commemorate this special occasion I came up with an idea...

I've always said that I'm a photo hoarder, and I guess that has finally come in handy. I decided to take a trip down memory lane & go through my old photos, not only to reminisce but to pick out a few that I've deliberately avoided putting on the blog. Some would call these photos candid, but most of them are just me not knowing what to do with myself anymore. Some also carry funny stories behind them, which I am also"oh so kindly" sharing today. It's not as glamorous as it looks guys, I've had my fair share of cringe situations but I know it's always worth it in the end. 
Monday, November 27, 2017

November Playlist | 2017



Hello!
I can't believe it's going to be December in a couple of days... How is it the end of 2017 already?!
Honestly, the thought of 2017 ending is kind of making me anxious only because I know that January will be filled with exams, and that's always stressful soo... But let's not jump so ahead in the future, time for a small recap of the month of November for me: the weather is slowly but surely making me feel moody & the only condolence is a cup of hot chocolate; I had a few mid-term exams and now I'm forcing myself to start studying earlier than usual (meaning not a week before the test) & I've kept myself busy with posting on the blog. Honestly, the last one has been making me feel so much better about myself, I hope I can keep this streak of posting regularly in December too.
And now, time to share my music favorites for this month:

If there's one thing I most definitely believe in, that's karma. And the fact that I found a badass RnB song that talks about just that gives me life. Kiana Ledé - Fairplay is one of my most recent obsessions, I just adore the dark undertone to the catchy beat, so definitely give it a listen.

Some months I go through a dry patch where I just can't find any good new artists that catch my attention within the very first second. And then, I received a notification from my Portuguese language Facebook group that somebody posted a link - and little did I know that this was the thing I've been missing my whole life. I present to you Kafé, a young contemporary RnB artist that gives off MAJOR The Weeknd vibes. I immediately fell in love with his song 360 and fell down a hole of discovering his music (and following him on all social media). His whole debut album can be found on Youtube, so I highly suggest you listen to it - it's catchy, modern and the best part, you can learn a bit of Portuguese while you're jamming to his songs. Another favorite so far is Nós 3, but I'm sure more of the songs will find their way to my next playlists.

Glassio's Daydream has the most suiting title to the vibe of the song, it truly makes you daydream. It's super chill but still upbeat, with slight 90s undertones. An awesome listen overall.

Majid Jordan have always been on my music radar, so I decided to go back and listen to some of their older songs, and that's how I found My Love feat. Drake. I believe this came out around the time Hold On We're Going Home came out, but since that was such a huge hit, this kind of fell in its shadow. But I am here today to say that it's such a good song!

Same People by The Code is such an amazing song. When I was writing this post I had a random playlist playing in the background, and then this song came up. Everything was background noise and then I heard the "Rising like a Phoenix" line and it just captivated me. I replayed the song once again, listened to it more carefully and I was blown away by how good the song is. The Code is an amazing duo (I adore their song Touch, previously featured on a playlist) that deserves more recognition.

These were my top 6 choices for this month, click HERE for the whole playlist on Youtube, or on each individual title above. Until next time!
Friday, November 24, 2017

Early Winter Shein.com Wishlist


Hello! I'm back with a late Autumn/ early Winter wishlist! Together with Shein.com, I'm bringing you my fave pics from the website so far, that I know will go perfectly with your cozy wardrobe yet still make your outfit look even more stylish. Happy shopping everybody!





















Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Dear Diary


Sometimes I like to treat my blog as a personal (but public) diary, so I'm sharing with you something that's been on my mind this past week:

Dear Diary, I realized that I'm a people person. Not in the sense of wanting to be surrounded by big crowds or going out of my way to meet new people, but I learned, the hard way, that I function better when I'm with someone. I'm not strong enough to be alone, just me and my thoughts, and that doesn't make me a weaker person in comparison to those who are more comfortable when left alone. I applaud people who are like that, and I truly wish I was just like them because it takes a lot of self-love to not let "bad thoughts" put a damper on your mood. And there are times when I am left without a choice and I have to be a companion to myself, yes, I might get a little sad, and if you do too I'm here to say that it's OK. Stress occurs, overthinking occurs, and there's nothing you can do to make it stop. There will be times when you'll be laughing will all of your heart, and there will be times when you'll start to cry without a reason and you'll feel helpless. But, I guess that's just the beauty of life, we get to experience low moments so that we can appreciate the good ones even more.

Photos: Jane Nikoloski

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Current mood: Retro


Hello, my name is Elena and I am a TV series addict. More precisely, I am addicted to 90s TV series so I made it my mission to rewatch all of the shows I've started watching when I was little, but never actually finished. And so, one of my absolute obsessions these past few months has been the legendary That 70s Show. Between laughing at Fez & admiring Jackie's hair, I'm totally ready now to buy a pair of high-waist bell bottom jeans, but until then my mustard-colored sweater and round sunglasses will have to do! 
Do you have any 90s favorites? Let me know in the comments, I'm always on the lookout for more!
Saturday, November 11, 2017

Saturated


Saturday morning. It's 10.30 AM and it's colder than ever. I'm not a person that loves the cold weather, in fact, I hate it. Even though I enjoy the occasional "sweater weather" I think I'd rather be in a sundress, wearing bright and fun colors. It's funny how when the autumn season rolls around, we all start wearing dark and muted colors as if we're imitating the environment that surrounds us. To that, I say "No!" Give bright colors a chance in autumn and winter too, they might even put you in a better mood. So this is my challenge to you, wear more colors this season, let things get a bit more saturated. 
Photos: Ivica Stojkov