Monday, September 10, 2018

August Playlist | 2018

I'm a little late, I know! Buuut, I have some really cool new music to make it up to you guys (insert devil emoji here). This time around we have everything, from chill techno to sultry R'nB - just the right amount of different music genres on one playlist. August was definitely a month dedicated to music, I went to a bunch of concerts (and discovered I do not have the energy for anything more than 4 hours of EDM, at best) and discovered soo many new artists. It was hard to narrow down the selection, but here are my top 7 picks for August:

Don't ask me how I stumbled upon "Orange Evening" by DWIG because I can't tell you. One Youtube hole after another and then this gem started playing. I know it probably won't be everyone's cup of tea, it's very dark and repetitive, but what amazes me is how good every layer of this song goes together, from start to finish. And to make things even more interesting to me, I randomly heard this song playing while walking by a cafe days after I discovered it and I was honestly shocked at this coincidence (the song isn't recent, nor is it a hit that's playing on radio stations right now). I love moments like those, and my friend who was with me when I heard the song and freaked out can agree.

I found this song one evening on Soundcloud when I was going through my old liked tracks and I saw the band The Citrus Clouds pop up. There was a period when I was obsessed with their song Nature, so I decided to check out their other songs. That's how I stumbled upon "Thorns on a Rose // Roots", the most chill R'n'B/soul song ever. Listen to this one, you won't regret it.

Jhené Aiko for me is one of the best female R'n'B artists out there, anything she releases is just filled with so much soul. The laid-back beats accompanied by her soothing vocals in "Never Call Me" made me fall in love with her music even more in August.

When there are no new songs by the artist that you love - just find a remix! That's the case with Childish Gambino's Terrified (Zikomo Remix). I love the original, but this version has the most distinctive groove to it. I highly recommend you check this out!

Unknown Mortal Orchestra and their song "Hunnybee" is my most treasured find for this summer. The ~vibes~ of this song are perfect, just what I need to make myself feel like I'm living my best life with it playing in the background. Plus, the band itself has a retro 70s sound that everybody needs to hear!

I love Mura Masa and I love NAO, so when I saw that they collaborated for their latest single called "Complicated" I just about peed my pants from happiness. And of course, the song did not disappoint - it's catchy, groovy, and all-around amazing.

In August I finally got around to listening to the new Years & Years album "Palo Santo" and I was a tad underwhelmed. It has a more pop-ish sound than I'm used to hearing from them, but that doesn't mean that the songs themselves aren't really good. The one that stood out to me was "Karma", the rhythm was stuck in my head from the very first listen. 

And that wraps up another month! Click HERE for the whole playlist on Youtube, or on each individual title above. Happy listening! 
Monday, September 3, 2018

September notes

Dear September,

I'm writing this at the risk of sounding like a totally cliche Tumblr post, so I'm not going to ask for things from you. Instead, I want everything to stay the same as before, leaving room only for improvement, because even though sometimes we feel like we're at a standing still in some part of our life, we're actually moving forward without even noticing it. I don't need you to be magical, I don't need for life-changing things to happen just for the sake of it. What I do need is to let myself breathe, and not want more just because time's slipping away. There is time, a lot of time. So go out and dance, or stay home and have a movie night with yourself, whatever your heart desires. 
And what better way to start the month with a positive mood, than taking inspiration from this Lindsay Lohan living her best life in Mykonos meme, because why not. 

Photos: Jane Nikoloski
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Saturday, August 18, 2018

Sunset Sessions

Hello all!
So, as you can probably tell, I took some time off from blogging to just let my mind roam free and soak up inspiration. Three weeks away from home did me good, I desperately needed a change of scenery and a new daily routine, and Ohrid was the perfect place for this. The beginning of August looked something like this: went to awesome concerts and parties, made some really cool friends, laid out by the beach (but didn't get much of a tan) breathing in fresh, clean air, slept like a baby at night...and sometimes during the day too. And now, I'm back in Skopje to get mentally prepared for exam season. Oh, how I love summer as a college student.
Photos: Angela Petrovska

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

Hi everyone! For today's post, I'm partnering up with Zaful, an affordable yet super trendy online wholesale boutique to bring you my top picks for this summer. Right now the Tops and Dresses categories on the website are *booming* with awesome stuff (most of it's on sale!) but there's just too much to intake all at once - that's why I've narrowed down the selection, ready for you below!
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.