Monday, August 6, 2018

July Playlist | 2018


Photo: Marcel White

Another month, another playlist. Even though I am a bit late (khmm, a week late) with this post it's been on my to-do list for two weeks but sadly never got around to actually putting it together. But, here we are, better late than never! It's just been so hectic, July was weirdly one of those months that lasted two months for me, while everyone else around me said it whizzed away for them. Idk if that's a good or bad thing, but there's one thing I do know - August will be bittersweet. Quick July recap - partied, travelled, had the usual extreme self-doubt moment(s), made some impulse decisions and reunited with friends. Oh, and discovered a lot of new awesome music, and by a lot, I mean A LOT. It was difficult narrowing down the list because otherwise, it would have been at least 20 songs long. So, here are my final picks for July:

I adore Mura Masa's music, it's like your day instantly gets better when you listen to it. Like, you can't stop yourself from wanting to dance when you hear the catchy beat. That's exactly the case with his latest single "Move Me" feat. Octavian. And once again, just like any other of Mura Masa's videos, this one is soo cool and perfectly fits the chill dance vibe of the song.

Goldsmoke - All Falls Down
Goldsmoke's "All Falls Down" was one of those random finds that were meant to be. This song was played as an ad before a video I was watching and it immediately grabbed my attention. I quickly found their entire EP on Soundcloud and I definitely recommend it!

Up next is probably the grooviest song on the playlist. "Just Friends" is a cool summer track that always manages to make me smile, and when I'm in the need of a pick-me-up I instantly know which song to play first. Hayden James is on my "artists to listen to more" list, and this dude should be on yours too.

TEEMID's remix of "If you had my love" feat. Alva Heldt has been my go-to song when working, it's the right amount of chill and groove in one track. I love deep house music, it's a shame there's little to no parties especially for this genre in Skopje.

Just when I thought this month couldn't get any better music-wise, Donald Glover decided to release not ONE, BUT TWO SONGS! I legit freaked out when I saw them in my sub box, and even though at first I was a bit confused, like why is he releasing these summer-themed songs when his previous song was a literal political statement (?), after looking into the meaning behind the songs I came to appreciate Donald's genius once again. Global warming, pollution and overgrowing population in one song, people ignoring the obvious problems in the other - "Summer Pack" is the perfect mix of awareness and subtlety.

I don't think there's a person who hasn't heard (or been obsessed with) this song. "Friends" from The Carters is just a total "vibe with me because my friends are REALLY the coolest" kind of song, and I'm here for it!

 Ta-ku & Wafia - American Girl
My love for Ta-ku grows with each passing moment, but his twist on Estelle's "American Boy" called "American Girl" featuring Wafia is one of the best things I've heard from him so far. 

The story of how I found this song is as 2018 as it can get: I saw an Instagram story where Bonobo performed this song at a festival and immediately pulled out Shazam to find out the name of it. I guess you could say it was meant to be haha. And what did I find when I Youtube searched "Kerala" for the first time? A super cool video concept that blew my mind. I highly suggest you watch the video, and a pro tip: Blink according to the beat of the song, that's what makes the whole experience even better!

And with that another monthly playlist is done. You can click HERE for the YT playlist, or on each individual title above. Happy listening!





Sunday, July 22, 2018

A Trip To...#11



The date: 22.05.2018
The plan: Visit Marija and her awesome girl gang in Ljubljana, Slovenia
The outcome: 5 days of living like a true "Ljubljanchanka" and a newfound love towards Slovenia

Ever since Marija officially moved to Ljubljana for university I've had it in the back of my mind that at one point I was going to visit her - and it was going to be epic. The reality was far more than that. Not only did I get to visit a new city and explore it "the local way" but I also gained new friends and became even closer to old ones. I'd like to take this opportunity to thank Marija, Anastasija, Verica and Lara for making my visit the most lovely one and showing little old me how it is to live the relaxed, spontaneous lifestyle I've never truly gotten a hold of. 

Датум: 22.05.2018
План: Да се посети Марија и нејзиното најпрекрасно друштво во Љубљана, Словенија
Импресии : 5 денови поминати живеејќи како вистинска Љубљанчанка и ново-откриена љубов кон Словенија

Уште од самиот почеток кога Марија официјално се пресели во Љубљана за да студира таму, знаев дека морам да ја посетам и дека тоа патување ќе биде најдоброто до сега. Реалноста беше многу повеќе од тоа. Не само што ја добив шансата да ја искусам Љубљана на најдобриот можен начин, туку и од ова добив нови пријатели и станав поблиска со старите. Би сакала да го искористам овој момент за да им се заблагодарам на Марија, Анастасија, Верица и Лара за прекрасниот дочек и сите моменти поминати со мене. Но, најмногу од се' што ми покажаа како е да се живее порелаксирано и поспонтано од тоа што јас сум навикната. 
I could write a book about Ljubljana and her charisma in a heartbeat. Starting from the gorgeous baroque style buildings to the neverending amount of different events happening that bring together all of Ljubljana's citizens - this little city offers a lot more than it might seem upon the first visit. The energy of the people is so welcoming, perhaps because Ljubljana serves as a melting pot for different cultures from all around the world who have come here to study.

За Љубљана и нејзината харизма можам да напишам цела книга без никаков проблем. Почнувајќи од прекрасните градби во автентичен барок стил, до различните настани кои се случуваат секој ден и ги зближуваат сите жители на Љубљана на едно место - ова мало, но светско градче нуди многу повеќе отколку што изгледа. Енергијата на луѓето е толку пријатна, можеби затоа што Љубљана служи како епицентарот на различни култури од целиот свет кои одлучиле да студираат токму таму. 
The number of vintage stores, antique shops and outdoor vendor markets is something that really surprised me. Around every corner, there was something new to explore, like this awesome vintage record store that had a neverending array of music genres and artists, or the most amazing "garage sale" type of outdoor market spread out in a random park. Everything here had so much soul and history, I felt like a little kid in a candy store. 

Бројот на винтиџ продавници, антикварници и отворени пазари беше нешто што навистина ме изненади. Во секоја уличка имаше нешто ново за истражување и разгледување, како на пример една прекул продавница за музички плочи која нудеше огромен избор на различни музични жанрови и изведувачи, или пак еден "garage sale" пазар кој беше распространет низ рандом парк. Таму се' имаше душа и историја, се чувствував како мало дете во продавница за играчки. 

The food scene in Ljubljana is on another level. Other than having a large selection of world cuisine (anything from Mexican to Thai) they also have weekly food festivals and food trucks sprawled around the city. Odprta Kuhna is an open-air food festival where all of the city restaurants have their own food stands, as well as different beverage stands. But, my personal favourite was the Ferfud food truck tour, an initiative from the supermarket chain Hofer to offer delicious food at fair prices. So so soooo good! 

Храната во Љубљана е на друго ниво. Освен што има огромен избор на различни светски кујни (се' од мексиканско до азијско) тука исто така редовно се случуваат неделни фестивали на храна. Odprta Kuhna e еден од фестивалите кои се случуваат секој петок во пролетниот период, каде сите ресторани во Љубљана имаат свој штанд и ги продаваат најпопуларните јадења од нивното мени. Но, најомилена ми беше акцијата на супермаркетите Hofer наречена Ferfud BBQ Food Truck Tour, чија цел е да се приготвува вкусна храна по фер цени.



One day, we decided to take a spontaneous day trip to Kranj, Lara's old hometown. This place had a seaside town kind of vibe, which was so interesting as there was no sea anywhere near us. The colourful, pastel buildings were just like out of a postcard, making it so difficult to walk around without stopping to take photos at least 5 times. We ended our trip with a refreshing drink on a rooftop bar overlooking the entire town - so pretty.

Еден ден решивме да го посетиме родното градче на Лара, Крањ. Ова местенце изгледаше како да треба да е покрај море, и со секој нареден чекор се чувствувавме како да ќе завршиме на плажа. За жал, околу Крањ нема море, но има прекрасни пастелни градби што ни го отежнуваа патот бидејќи беше невозможно да не застанеме и да се сликаме. Денот го завршивме со освежителни пијалоци во бар на кров и прекрасни погледи кон целиот Крањ.



If there is something Ljubljanchani know how to make, it's good coffee. You have your macchiato, you have your caffe latte, but there is also an in-between drink called coffee with milk (kava z mlekom). I have no idea why that is, but what I do know is that it's so delicious! But, what makes good coffee even better? - Insta-worthy interior design and a cool, relaxed atmosphere, which can be found in every coffee shop in Ljubljana. Below I've captured a snippet of the atmosphere in Pritlicje, but I would also recommend Kavarna Moderna, Tozd, Flo Bistro and Magda for a late night beer. 

Ако има нешто што Љубљанчани знаат да направат добро, тоа е кафе. Имаш макијато, имаш лате, и имаш нешто измеѓу што тие го нарекуваат кафе со млеко (kava z mlekom). Зошто е тоа така не знам, но знам дека таа измеѓу опција е највкусното нешто на целиот свет. Но, што прави добро кафе уште подобро? - Екстра фотогеничен ентериер и кул релаксирана атмосфера, што за моја среќа (или несреќа) може да се најде во сите кафичи во Љубљана. На сликите подолу ќе видите дел од атмосферата во Pritlicje, но исто така ги препорачувам Kavarna Moderna, Tozd, Flo Bistro и Magda за на пиво.  

At the end of the day, what makes a trip so special is the people that are a part of that trip with you, the stories and the memories of a lifetime that you'll look back on. No matter where I am as long as I'm with the right people every day is a new adventure. 

На крајот на денот тоа што го прави секое патување посебно се луѓето коишто се дел од тоа патување со тебе, приказните и спомените на коишто доживотно ќе се присеќаваш. Без разлика каде и да сум, се додека сум со вистинските луѓе секој нареден ден е нова авантура. 



Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Zaful Summer Wishlist 2018

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Bright colours, stripes and tropical prints will be your new best friends this summer season. Happy shopping!

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Sunday, July 15, 2018

Dress Code: Not fancy enough



Time for a short fashion dilemma storytime with Elena. 
Whenever I get the opportunity to attend a fancy event, in this case, Lancome's Declaring Happiness event, I switch into "extreme panic because I don't own anything nice" mode. This information proposes two opinions:
1. Why don't you own anything nice Elena, you're a 20-year-old self-declared fashion blogger ffs... 
2. Nobody cares?!?
Well, you might be right about the second one, but I'm here today to defend my "not fancy enough" closet and why I punch myself in the face (metaphorically) every time it's literally 10 minutes before I leave the door and I still don't know what to wear. 
Allow me to introduce myself. Hi, I'm Elena and 95% of my closet is casual wear because 95% of my activities require me to lead a casual lifestyle...Or so I thought. When I arrive at *insert any casual type of gathering here* I sometimes get the "Why are you so dressed up?" comment which doesn't make sense to me, since, I'm not dressed up! I gracefully try to defend myself from these absurd accusations (catch my sarcasm), but I still don't understand why people would think I'm dressed up when I clearly thought and aimed to dress casually. And now I've come to the conclusion - These little series of moments are the reason why I don't own anything nice. I'd led to think that I can dress fancy with the clothing I already own, when in fact it's not even close to fancy. Sooo that means it's everyone else's fault, right? Well, sadly that's wrong because by now I should know better and I should probably buy myself something other than mom jeans and T-shirts. 
Monday, July 9, 2018

A penny for my thoughts


Current state of mind: tired, but happy; overwhelmed, but content. 
I'm sitting on the bed with my laptop in front of me, with my window open and a thunderstorm outside, listening to Bonobo. This situation, this collective set of moments happening right now, right here had me thinking: 
I'm beginning to find appreciation in the small things (or at least I'm genuinely trying to) which is something I haven't put a focus on for so long. I've always been an advocate for it, telling people that they don't appreciate enough, when in fact I've been avoiding my own advice. And what am I gaining from that? So, that's exactly what I will try harder to do this summer: whatever comes my way, whatever happens, bad or good, I will try to understand and accept and instead of disregard I'll try to find an aspect that deserves to be appreciated. So, you reading this, I'm giving you a challenge and asking you to find beauty in every little thing life offers you. 
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Dress: Shein.com (link HERE)
Tuesday, June 26, 2018

May & June Playlist | 2018

Photo: Ta - Ku 

Time for a short, honest update: these past two months have been a whirlwind of events, emotions, and realisations. I ran from my problems, both mentally and physically, came to the conclusion that it wasn't the right thing to do but at the same time I knew it was much needed, and then tried to cope with the aftermath. I finished my exams (and successfully passed the hardest one) and now I'm trying to keep my head afloat and stay organised by having a new addition in my day-to-day life, and that's a full-time job. With all these things happening in a short span of two months I turned to music as a "type of escape", something that would lift up my spirits when I was feeling down, or make me feel the emotion even more. So, each song on this playlist was carefully selected and represents one or another period from these past two months.

Starting off with something that always managed to cheer me up. When someone mentioned 5 Seconds of Summer to me, the first thing that came to mind is somewhat catchy music that 15-year-olds die for, but I gotta admit their latest singles are proving me very VERY wrong. Their new sound reminds me of Fall Out Boy, but with more of a pop sound to it, which I'm not opposed to ofc. And I say this with pride: I've had "Youngblood" on repeat for two months straight! It's new, it's fresh and it's catchy - what more could you ask for in a song.

I am not ashamed to say that I am a BIG Eurovision fan. Every year I sit in front of my television, with the Tumblr app ready on my phone, scrolling through #Eurovision and laughing my butt off at the hilarious comments. I watch it more ironically than seriously, but I can't help myself not to pick a favourite. And this year, Sweden took the cake for me. Benjamin (aka my future husband) had the coolest song EVER. "Dance You Off" is a catchy tune that sounds straight off of a JT album. Give it a listen, and a watch too because the video is also very cool.

And now that I finished living my teenager fantasy with the two previous songs, it's time to get to business. Disclosure *FINALLY* released a new single called "Ultimatum" and it's everything I needed, and more. Their mix to Fatoumata Diawara's sample resulted in a catchy, funky summer tune that I find myself playing when in the need of a pick me up. I am beyond happy to see these guys return to the music scene, and I can't wait for more!

Khalid's "OTW" featuring 6LACK & Ty Dolla $ign is such a "vibe with me" type of song. It's easy to get addicted to this one, the beat is chilled and laid back, but the vocals of each artist keep the tempo up. The artists on this track flow together perfectly, so big props to Khalid for getting 6LACK and Ty Dolla $ign on the track with him.

Now we're entering the more recent territory. This remix of Jhene Aiko's Comfort Inn Ending is one of the best things I've heard in a while. The dynamic of "We Were In Love" is indescribable, it's a perfect blend of light and darkness with a moody beat flow. If you have no clue what I'm rambling about, just listen to the song and you'll understand.
P.S. Ta-Ku is also an amazing photographer and creative director, I strongly suggest you check out his website here.

When I first heard this song I immediately knew I've listened to it before, but I couldn't pinpoint in what song. And after a short research, I found out it was used as a sample on one of Halsey's earlier songs which I loved back in the day. And after listening to the original by Son Lux called "Easy" I now appreciate the beat even more because it's such a good beat sequence that wasn't even acknowledged in the Halsey song. Here it takes centre stage and it's oh so amazing. And dark. Very, very dark.

Massive Attack - Teardrop
"Teardrop" is one of those songs that seem like you've listened to them all your life - you've loved this song and it sounds so familiar, but in fact, it's your first time listening to it. This rarely happens to me, but when it does, I get a strange homely feeling, like I was supposed to listen to this song at this specific point in my life. This one is a highly recommended listen!

Last but not least - Billie Eilish with "bitches broken hearts". Those lyrics, my oh my. I understand the power of music and how it can affect a person's mood, but this one... I want to cry and smile at the same time when I listen to it, even though it's such a simple song with a simple beat, it's soo powerful.

*BONUS* track - If there is one thing I'm always glad to find it's good Macedonian music that's not mainstream, boring pop. DUPER, a new band on the MK stage, pleasantly surprised me when I listened to their first single "Ne sum tvoj tip" and I found myself singing along to the catchy chorus just two minutes into the song. Looking forward to more songs from them!

As always, click HERE for the whole playlist on Youtube, or click each individual title above. Happy listening!

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Monthly Moments | June


"Градот убав пак ќе никне" беа дел од зборовите кои ми го означија детството. Ја имав таа среќа да пораснам во "старото Скопје", во време кое сега се чини толку далечно и непознато. Прошетките низ Центар претставуваа ретко задоволство, јас фатена под раче со мајка ми, спремна да го истражам ГТЦ кој тогаш беше преголем спореден со мојата минијатурна висина. Рутата беше секогаш иста: комплетно шетање на сите три спрата на ГТЦ, едно кругче на плоштад и како награда за крај - сладолед од чоколадо во Малага. Ми фали едноставноста на тоа време.
Сега, ГТЦ постои како потсетник на едно дамнешно време, место кое поради некоја причина секогаш е "уз пат". Затоа, кога прочитав за прекрасниот проект наречен "Градот убав" и идејата за користење на слободниот простор кој го нудат бетонските ѕидови на ГТЦ бев пресреќна што ова не-толку-мало местенце од моето детство ќе добие нов, уметнички дух.
20-те мурали и графити не разочараа, во секој од нив можеше да се забележи духот на Скопје, нешто што долго време фалеше во нашиот град.
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Носам: Shein.com Bardot Neck Bodysuit 
Фотографии: Ангела Петровска