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. 
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

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Metelkova


Soo, If you've been following me on Instagram you'd know that I visited my lovely friends in Ljubljana, Slovenia a few weeks back. I am currently writing and editing the photos from that trip (there's A LOT of material to go through, trust me) for a full-on travel post, but before that, I came up with the idea to give you guys a sneak peek of my Ljubljana adventure and share one of the coolest spots in town - Metelkova Street.
According to Google, Metelkova is an autonomous social and cultural centre, made up of seven buildings (former military barracks) that are now used as bars, shops, and clubs. During the day it's a tourist photo stop, but during the night, Metelkova is considered to be party central with different gigs and parties with music ranging from Techno to Jazz.
According to me, Metelkova is one of the coolest, most visually captivating neighborhoods I've ever seen. The whole feeling of Ljubljana changed when I entered this little district, and I found myself with my mouth open, not knowing where to look first. Art installations, murals, and mosaics overtook my view, and the sound of music playing on the radio in one of the barracks made the whole experience even better. 
Photos don't do this place justice, so If you're ever in Ljubljana give it a visit.
Photos: Marija Stojkovska & Elena Vasilevska
Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Anemoia


Have you ever looked at a photo from decades ago, only to imagine yourself belonging at that moment? Or listened to an old song and felt its resonant sound, as if you were supposed to be at that specific concert in 1969?
That feeling is one of the most interesting, yet so confusing things I have experienced. How can we long for something that we never had, that we don't have even the slightest clue about? I look back on photos from my parents from when they were my age and I think: Wow, their lives were so amazing back then. Everything was simpler - in the best way possible. To me, they had it all. Everything the world offers us today is more than sufficient, and I know I might sound undeserving of the privileges that we have today, but how can one not dream about appreciating the little things that now we don't even acknowledge. 
Maybe that's why people find things of the past so intriguing. I recently went to one of the most amazing vintage shops I've ever seen, filled with little requiems of the past. I touched broaches made 60 years ago, flicked through books with stained, yellow pages that have probably survived World War II. Surrounded by so much history, I felt wanderlust for a time I will never know about.