Sunday, February 18, 2018

Red love


Hello!
It's been a while since my last post, and I have missed blogging so much! But, I think I needed a small break to clear my head in order to come back fresh and with lots of new ideas for posts and inspiration. Also, I've kinda devoted my attention this past week on my fave Slovenian girls Marija (Fabulous Is Freedom) & Lara (Mainstream Chic). Ups and downs happened, laughs and sad days, but what matters is that we'll always be here for each other, even though we get to spend only so little time together throughout the year. Long distance friendships are special kinds of friendships - they are hard to keep, but nothing can come between the strong bond that real friends feel. From 12 AM video calls, because something exciting happened 5 minutes ago, to sending postcards just to make them happy, friends are there to support you, inspire you, make you feel carefree and to not give a damn about what other people think. Or in my case, not caring about people staring while we're having a photoshoot a sunny Saturday afternoon in one of the busiest streets in Skopje. Moral of the story is - appreciate your friends and your time spent with them, there is no better feeling in the world than that. 
Wearing: Shein.com sweater, I'm IN LOVE! 
Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Another brick in the wall


No, I will not be talking about our corrupted, dysfunctional education system (this time!) to fully correspond to the title of this post, but rather about the mishaps that could happen to a person on what was supposed to be a casual, relaxed day spent taking photos around Skopje. But, feel free to play "Another Brick In The Wall" while scrolling through this post, I find the mood of the song and the photos VERY complimentary to each other.
I guess my storytelling begins the night before the photoshoot. It was a Friday, so that meant it was obligatory for me to have a social life and party. This resulted in me going to bed at around 4.30 AM and getting up at 10 AM in order to get ready and look (half) presentable. Before Petar and I met up the weather was totally fine, a bit cloudy, but that wasn't bad. And then alas, rain started to pour down like a faucet that's been turned on full blast, so there went our ideas of shooting outside. With our problem in mind, we headed to a nearby parking building where we took some really cool shots (all hope was not lost yet!) and just as we were finishing up, the skies cleared up and there was a small window of possibility to shoot outside. So, we headed towards the municipality of Kapishtec, with a set idea in mind - take photos of the cool brick buildings! By now you must be thinking Okay, this isn't so bad. Well, you'd be right if we've had umbrellas with us because it started to rain EVER HARDER than before. And then, after hours of raining and me not being properly dressed for the weather - it started to snow. Yep, out of nowhere, we had our first snow for this winter in Skopje. I returned home soaking wet and cold, but at least I knew we had some really cool shots on a day where everything went wrong.
Photos: Petar Avramoski


Sunday, February 4, 2018

January Playlist | 2018



I'm sorry but January lasted waaaay too long. I thought I was the only one but then I realized a lot of people shared my opinion of the month that seemed like a whole year. Maybe it was the fact that I spent 90% of my time stressing out about my exams, or the fact that nights turned into days with me pulling all-nighters before exams. I legit lost my sanity for a moment, and that's when instant coffee became my best friend.
From the very start of the month, I knew it was going to be a good one for music. Maybe that's the perk of time moving relatively slow for a person, they have more time to discover new music. I'd like to give a shoutout to Petar for sending me lots of cool albums all through January, at one point it became hard to keep up haha.

So, starting from the very beginning of my music journey, and by the various genres you'll understand why it can truly be called a journey:
MK really hit the spot with me this January. I re-discovered my love for deep house, and I'm obsessed with it once again. I've been loving "Piece Of Me" feat. Becky Hill & "17" , they can always cheer me up when I'm feeling a bit down or when I just want to have a one-person dance party in my room.

The Code has been on my music radar ever since I found their single "Touch" (who I am still obsessed with, I listen to it every day) so from time to time I like to listen to whichever one comes on autoplay. That's how I discovered "Mood (Find You)/Time" and I fell in love with it right away. There is something about the vibe that just makes me want to close my eyes and wander off with my mind. Gotta love songs that have the ability to do that.

This next one I found randomly on Soundcloud one day and the whole vibe of the song captured my immediate attention. You all know how much I adore my "chill" music, and it doesn't get any chiller than Florey - Not Even Her (ft. Shiloh).At one point I felt like I had the singer right by my side whispering sweet nothings into my ear.

If you were a Macedonian teenager in the early 2000s and you watched Junior Eurovision, the name Bobi Andonov might ring a bell. Well, that same guy is totally *heart eyes emoji* and makes super cool music. His new single "Apartment" left me with my mouth open the first time I heard it. It's dark, sultry and powerful - how can I not love it?!

I'm officially in love with Anderson .Paak and his music. His style is a mashup of everything I love listening to with a pinch of sass. When I listened to his album Malibu one song stood out to me from the rest. "Come Down" is an upbeat, groovy, neo-soul track with the best bass ever. His whole album is genius, definitely, check it out!

It might be random, but I wanted to share this with you because it's AWESOME. If you Youtube search "NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert" you'll come by some of the most amazing artists performing in an office cubicle - and giving amazing performances! All through January, I feel down the deep, deep hole of listening to different artists, different genres, and vibes that come with the art of live performing. I've known of this series for a while now, I remember I LIVED for Banks' performance around two years ago. But why am I only telling you about this now? Well, that's because of one specific performance that left me with my jaw dropped - Tank And The Bangas.  They are all so positive beyond words, and their whole performance is so entertaining to watch. "Quick" is one of the coolest songs I've ever heard, but the thing is I like this live performance wayyy more than the official audio version. I'd like to mention Anderson .Paak here again, he also performed at Tiny Desk, and it's sooo good! If you end up wasting all day watching Tiny Desk Concert now, you're welcome!

And last but not least, I have another amazing live performance. This one is from the stunning Jorja Smith - Teenage Fantasy. Her voice is out of this world, it reminds me of Amy Winehouse so much. I love her soulful style, this is the perfect song to listen to on a chill Sunday.

And that wraps up my January and all its glory! All I'll say now is - thank God it's over. As always, click HERE for the whole playlist on Youtube, or on each individual title above. Ciao!



Monday, January 29, 2018

Skyline


When it comes to clothing, I like to have fun. I watch minimalism videos and minimalist wardrobes and I think to myself: 1. This looks so neat and smart! 2. But where's the fun? That's the point when I realized that I'll probably never be a minimalist when it comes to clothing, I just can't express myself with basic pieces of clothing.
That's where personalization comes to mind, or clothing pieces that have something "extra" to them. Whether that's patches, pins, a cool print or as in this case, actual pompoms - I just live for a clothing item that has character. Why not wear little colorful pompoms just for the sake of brightening up your day? If nothing else, you (or, your top) might be the reason someone smiles today.
Top: Romwe.com, click HERE.
Photos: Jane Nikoloski

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Shein.com January Wishlist


I'm back with another wishlist, this time in collaboration with Shein.com! There are amazing sales going on right now, so make sure to check the site out, you'll miss out on amazing deals otherwise.
This time, I'm shining the light on a specific clothing piece - I've been loving statement jeans and how they look in the winter time, especially when paired with chunky coats that tend to overtake the whole look. That's why I chose two pairs from Shein.com which I am dying to have in my wardrobe STAT! 
Check out the rest of the items that could complete your winter/early spring wardrobe bellow:


Cut Out Embroidered Front Striped Velvet Tee







Saturday, January 20, 2018

Overall Obsession


Reasons why overalls are THE BEST piece of clothing a girl can have:
1. They make a complete outfit. Sometimes a pair of regular jeans just doesn't capture the look you are going for today, you wanted to stand out but was too lazy to actually put additional effort into your outfit this morning. That's where this magical piece of clothing comes in.

2.They can be dressed up too. It's easy to make a black pair of overalls "night-out" friendly, just add a pair of snazzy heels, a cool clutch bag, and a fitted top. The fit of the overalls doesn't determine where you can or can't wear them, but if you wanted them to be more versatile I'd go for a pair in black. 

3. They are a blank canvas! This is my favorite part, personalizing and making a pair feel like "you". You can add patches and different pins and badges to spice up your plain look, just like I did with this donut pin (P.S. Doesn't it remind you of Homer Simpson's beloved donut? It makes me chuckle every time I wear it.). Another trick I like to do is to roll up my overalls, especially if the fit is looser. 

4. Overalls can overall (hehe get it?) contribute to having a better mood. This is not scientifically proven, BUT I can vouch for this. Every time I wear them I feel more pep in my step and I just feel cooler than usual, and everyone likes to feel cool am I right?

So, what are you waiting for? Happy shopping!
P.S. My pair is from Shein.com, click HERE
Thursday, January 4, 2018

Everyday Winter Makeup Routine




Hello!
Happy New Year, it's 2018! I hope this year brings everyone joy and happiness, passed exams (for those still in school/uni) and lots of laughs and love. 
Each year I tell myself "Elena, you have to come out of your comfort zone a bit more this time" and I try my best to fulfill that promise. That's why I decided the first blog post of this year should be something I've never done before but have wanted to for a long time - a makeup routine. 
I'll start off by saying I'm not an expert, you will see throughout this post that I'm missing a few *key* steps, but that's just because of me being afraid to experiment with new products. This could most probably be a 5-minute makeup routine because it's fast, simple and easy. So, if you are interested in seeing what products I love, keep on reading.