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

Monday, November 6, 2017

October Playlist | 2017



Hello!
Is it just me or did October just feel like a whole year? Especially the last week or so, it truly felt like forever. October was a weird month for me, I had my birthday so now I'm 20 which doesn't make any difference since I look 15. Other than that I kept myself quite busy, with both university and this little blog. It's been a joy having new content to post every week and the feedback has been amazing, so thank you for that! And that's why this playlist is a bit later than usual, so I apologize for that.
I decided to keep things short this time and recommend my absolute favorites, the best of the best for the month of October. So, here they are:

Finders Keepers by Mabel stood out to me from the very first listen, I just love the vibes of this song. The video correlates with the song perfectly, portraying the message of "just live in the moment and be with the person you want to be with" which I think really goes with the rhythm of the song. Give it a listen!

Another song that I became obsessed with from the start is Either Way by Snakehips feat. Anne-Marie. Personally, I love Anne-Marie & I think she has an amazing voice and Snakehips gave me two amazing remixes to songs I adore ( Warm Water - Banks | Wanderlust - The Weeknd ). So naturally, if they collaborate, I'm bound to love it. I also LOVE the video, it's just so different to anything else I've seen in a while. I love the simplicity of both the video and the song itself. I remember the first time listening to it, I was expecting something very different of the chorus to what I actually heard and I became pleasantly surprised. It was mellow and chill, something I didn't expect from Snakehips as their style is a bit more groovy.

Words can't express how much I've listened to Mura Masa's Love$ick. I know, I know, everybody's over this song but I'm just starting to understand the hype behind it. When it first came out I thought It was nice, but nothing special - so I guess sometimes it takes me longer to process information, or in this case, an awesome song. For those of you who haven't heard it yet, it's a must listen!

Okay, this is the reason why I love the Internet. Somebody has taken the music from Redbone and replaced the lyrics with the lyrics from Sweatpants (both songs by Childish Gambino). And now we have "What Redbone would sound like if you were wearing Sweatpants". How frickin' genius is that?! In my opinion, Sweatpants is one of CG's best songs, so to take those *fire* lyrics and combine them with Redbone's neo-soul sound is a combination I would never think of, but now that it's out in the world - I need it! It's especially interesting as both songs are from different periods of Donald Glover's discography and to have them intertwined is a weird sensation for the ear. He's my ultimate crush, I must admit.

Banks is back with a new song & I'm officially dead. I juST LOVE HER SO MUCH! Okay, fanglirling aside, Underdog is an amazing song. I just adore her for being consistent with her style of music and not for not changing her sound (like other artists that rise to stardom). You can immediately tell a song is by her because she gives words a certain flair and makes them her own.

And that's it! As always, you can click on the individual song titles above, or just click HERE for the whole playlist on Youtube. Until next time, bye!
Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Somebody mentioned the 90s?



If an outfit could transport you into an alternate universe, this one would make me the star of a 90s romantic comedy, where I'd be Meg Ryan and I would end up with my Tom Hanks. We'd meet in a grocery store, at first not noticing each other. But then our shopping carts bump into each other, our eyes meet and while Dreams by The Cranberries plays in the background and everything is in slow motion, we start an awfully awkward but at the same time perfect conversation. Of course, I can go on and on about what would happen next and reveal all of the cheezy plot twists that make up my "romantic comedy", but I'll just let you put yourself in my shoes and finish off the storyline how you'd like it.
Life would definitely be more interesting if this was truly the case, but until then taking photos in a half-empty parking lot will suffice.
P.S. If you like the top, you can get it HERE.
Photography: Irina Krstevska

Saturday, October 28, 2017

Monthly Moments | October


Hello!
Monthly Moments is back, mostly because I just needed a reason to capture one of the best days this October. There was a really short time period where we experienced Autumn in the true sense of the word - lovely weather perfect for layering (and adding cute details to your outfits like this scarf from Gamiss.com), sun shining through almost naked branches and lovely people enjoying the sunshine at the park. Ah, the park - my go-to place when I just want to relax and enjoy the company of my friends with a cup of coffee and good music playing in the background. This is just a fragment of the loveliness that was happening last Saturday, I hope it will give you warm feelings just as it does to me.
Photos: Angela Petrovska
Monday, October 23, 2017

Shein.com Autumn Wishlist


Hello! I have teamed up with Shein.com once again to bring you my Autumn wishlist. From the latest items on their website, I've chosen the top 3 items that I know will make any outfit look stylish without you even trying. So head over to the Shein.com website to check out more amazing clothing for a super affordable price!

Pearl Beading Bell Sleeve Ribbed Tee - Bell sleeves are back with the 70s trend, and they are better than ever! Pearl adorned clothing is also a big hit this season, so this super cute top combines both trends to give us the perfect autumnal lightweight sweater.  

Frill Belted Waist Gingham Pants - Gingham is also a big trend for Autumn, so this sophisticated pant is the perfect go-to piece when you want to look put together for any occasion! 

Drape Collar Grid Longline Coat - We all need a good coat, and they are usually super expensive. But for under $50, this grid pattern coat can make any outfit 5x warmer while looking stylish at the same time.


Friday, October 20, 2017

Sky high



"How to be a badass, or at least give the impression that you are one" - a guide by Elena:
1. First off, you need some music to get you in the mood, so may I suggest a new classic, Bodak Yellow by the ever so elegant Cardi B.
2. Once you have your background music, you need to have the proper look. It's all in the details, for example, a cool bomber with even cooler patches (courtesy of Rosegal.com, click HERE) & a statement belt (get yours over on Gamiss.com, click HERE).
3. Now that you have the look down, you need to commemorate this moment. This is where it gets tricky. You need to get yourself a Jane Nikoloski who will capture the badass-ness without you even trying.
4. Another important part is the location, so be prepared to face your deepest fears to get to your desired destination. Mine is climbing up a shaky ladder, which is exactly what I had to do. BUT, anything to get the picture, am I right?
5. And now, all that's left is for you to enjoy the result.
Photography: Jane Nikoloski
Thursday, October 19, 2017

Avon Mark. Liquid Lip Laquer Review


Здраво!
Ако нешто треба да знаете за мене, тоа е дека имам голема љубов кон било каков тип на кармин, но посебно течните кармини кои станаа хит во декоративната козметика последниве неколку години.
Заедно со Авон Македонија се здруживме за да ви ја претставиме новата линија на течни кармини Mark, а во видеото кое го изработивме заедно, може да погледнете која нијанса ми остави најголем впечаток и каков изглед би можела истата совршено да комплетира.

Имав можност да ги пробам сите нијанси и дефинитивно сум изненадена од самата формула и долготрајноста на карминот. Но, тоа што најмногу ми се допаѓа е колку лесно се нанесува (а сите знаеме дека течните кармини се едни од најтешките за нанесување) и тоа е благодарение на формата на апликаторот. Пријатниот мирис е исто така голем плус!

П.С. Организираме и дарување, па доколку сакате да освоите 2 Mark. Liquid Lip Laquer кармини клик ТУКА за повеќе информации.






Friday, October 6, 2017

Burgundy Autumn


Hello!
I'm back with a quick outfit post from today's look. Autumn is here guys, and I'm taking full advantage of the moody weather - one minute it's 25 degrees and the next one I feel like I need to cover up with a cozy scarf. Moments like these are perfect for layering but also being smart with choosing the right outfit for the right temperature. While it was still somewhat warm I decided to take out my Shein.com dress for a spin, and ever since I got it I've had this look envisioned in my head - the leather jacket, the Converse, the bag, ALL OF IT!
Hope you enjoy!
Wednesday, September 27, 2017

September Playlist | 2017



September was quite a ride. From travels to unknown countries, to seeing friends you haven't seen in a long time and meeting new people along the way - it was a good month. University started, and so did every other extracurricular which means that things are gonna get quite busy from now on, but I think that's good for me. This summer I had a lot of time to just be with myself, and if you knew me you'd know that overthinking is something I'm really good at. So, being busy for me means finding distractions and focusing my attention on certain things, not letting my mind wander about in the realm of "What if's" or "If I had done that differently".
Now that the reflecting part of the post is over, let's see what I've been listening to this month.

Definitely one of my fave songs in a while, Touch by The Code. I absolutely love the vibe of this track, chill but seductive at the same time. I've had it on repeat for weeks on end, plus I really think it goes with the weather we've been having at the moment - moody and rainy. You have to give this one a listen, trust me!

I don't know if it's just me but every time fall rolls around, I immediately turn to the old music from The Weeknd. This time around I've been listening to What You Need, more specifically this version.
I've said on multiple occasions that I prefer his older songs, so every time I find new renditions I'm more than happy!

Okay now onto the "guilty pleasure" part of the playlist. Camila Cabello has put out some cool songs since she's gone solo, and one of them is OMG featuring Quavo (BTW is it just me or is this guy literally everywhere?!). I love the vibe of this song, it's catchy and upbeat and it's been my go-to song for getting ready. "My God, you look good today" *insert Joey Tribbiani wink gif here*

Up next is Angel from Fifth Harmony. I know, shocking! But hey, just like Camila's song, this one is soo good too! It makes me feel all sassy and stuff (yeah, I realize how nerdy that sentence sounds, but it's true haha). I'm sure you've heard these songs at least once on the radio, so it's nothing new by now.

And for the last song, this one is a bit of a throwback because It's already been featured on a playlist, but I had to put it again because it's THAT GOOD! Get You Good by Roy Woods is one of my fave songs, and whenever I'm listening to music that I already have on my phone, this is the first one I play.

Hope you enjoyed this short playlist, the truth is I haven't been able to find a lot of new music lately, so I've just been re-listening to old songs. Click HERE for the whole playlist on Youtube, or the individual titles above. Have a nice October!


Sunday, September 24, 2017

A trip to... #10


The date: 06/09/17
The destination: Budapest, Hungary
The plan: see as much as possible in a 7 day period
The outcome: 1000+ photos, a newfound love for this city & memories for a lifetime

It all began with a simple idea to use the free time my friends and I have in September before university starts. It ended with getting together on a Friday afternoon, booking plane tickets and an Airbnb in Budapest. From that moment on, I spent my free time planning and making endless lists of places we can visit, for a couple of reasons:
1. I don't like to waste time. So carefully planning out what we want to see means that we will use our time there wisely.
2. The thought of traveling to another country for the first time, where you don't speak the language, you don't know the mentality of the people and you could easily get lost gives me major anxiety. With advance planning, I feel like I'm more in control of the situation.
3. It allowed me to daydream about what Budapest is like, and even though I am a tourist I want to experience (at least some) things like a local.

Next thing you know, three girls board on a plane not knowing what to expect from this new adventure. And I can now say, I feel like we've truly seen Budapest. Well, perhaps not all of it, I'm sure there are so many hidden gems that we've missed, but walking minimum 13km a day sure made it feel like there's not a single street we've not walked through.
I hope you enjoy this photo diary and it teleports you to this wonderful city in one way or another.
Photos: Angela Petrovska & Elena Vasilevska
P.S. There will be another post with more specific locations and information, so stay tuned!

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Little Striped Dress


This is officially the longest it's taken me to write a blog post - ever. One writer's block and a two and a half hour "nap" later, I think I can do this. I never do things "just casually". I've never been that kind of person, I guess you can call me a perfectionist to some extent. This is just an example, I've been racking my brain about what to write for the entirety of my morning because I wanted things to be done quickly, and this was getting in the way. I seriously need to chill down, so if you have any tips leave them in the comments below. 
Anyway, the thing that I wanted to grab your attention was NOT me "not knowing to take things easy" but this super cute LSD! Before you go and think, wow I never thought I would read a post about a psychedelic drug on this blog, I am here to inform you that LSD can ALSO mean Little Striped Dress! Haha, gotcha there. I found the perfect one over on Zaful.com, so if you like what you see click HERE to order yours!
Photos: Angela Petrovska

Sunday, August 27, 2017

August Playlist | 2017



Hello!
Um, August is over. And I don't know how I feel about that. It's weird knowing that I still have September until university starts again, and for the first time EVER I'm excited about September being so close because I may or may not be going on a little trip. Not spoiling anything, you'll just have to check out the blog for new exciting posts coming soon.
Anyway, I found myself in a music rut this past month, nothing sounded exceptionally interesting to me. So that's why the playlist is a bit short but hey, the songs that are on here are golden.

Gavin James - For You (Bearcubs Remix). I stumbled onto this song randomly on Instagram and can I just say, I think it was destiny. This is my favorite song of the month hands down, I have it on the second I wake up, when I'm getting ready for something, when I'm editing photos - it's just my go-to song because it's so easy to listen to and it lifts me up. The original version, on the other hand, Is very (veryyy) depressing, it's a beautiful piece but the fact that it took me one listen for me to start crying by the end of it... I think that it was a combination of the lyrics + the video itself. That's some sad stuff man...

Far East Movement is SO underrated, I genuinely enjoy their music and it pains me that they don't have any new music out. That resulted in me trying to find something I haven't heard from them yet and so I found Don't Speak ft. Tiffany. I think they need to make a comeback and bless us with some awesome EDM music.

Astrid S. is back on the playlist with two songs: Just For One Night and Does She Know.
Just For One Night is lighthearted and fun, with love as the main theme. Sometimes this is just what you need, to sing your lungs out and dance around your room like an idiot. Does She Know is slower, but the tempo still keeps the song upbeat.

I think I'm not the only one who's been obsessed with Kaleo's Way Down We Go these past few months. That voice, oh my god. It's the perfect moody/chill out song that lets your mind wander. For me, when I listen to this song all I imagine myself in a forest, with trees surrounding each corner my eye can catch. It may sound a bit silly, but that's the beauty of music, it has the ability to transport your mind to another place.

If you've ever wondered what Britney Spears' Toxic would sound like if it was produced by Disclosure circa 2012, then Eden Prince - Toxic ft. Marco Foster is the song for you. Such a cool song, vibes for days!

As always, click here for the whole playlist on Youtube. Until next month, bye!
Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Monthly Moments | August


Hello!
Monthly Moments is here! Sorry for missing a month, but this time around I'm back with a really cool event that takes place every year in Skopje. Makedox (according to their website) is a young and avant-garde festival celebrating the creative documentary film. Every year since 2010 KurshumliAn has been the home to this lovely event which is the perfect surrounding for all of the films, workshops, live performances and doc-talks (under a fig tree I may add). It is truly a magical experience, and I and my friends decided to go to the screenings scheduled for last night, Tuesday. 
These photos don't compare to the calm atmosphere in Kurshumli, so if you are in Skopje I strongly suggest you check it out for the last couple of days. 
Sunday, August 13, 2017

Fleur


Hello!
Time for a little life update: I spend my days trying to study, I end up looking at stupid videos on Youtube for an hour straight, I regret doing so and I try to study once again, but I end up in the same cycle as before. Honestly, I know I put myself into this situation and it's no one's fault, but come on Elena when will you learn...
BUT there are perks when I try to "study" - I suddenly get so many ideas about blogging, photo shoots, outfits, blog post ideas etc. In other words, my mind focuses on everything but the thing it's supposed to be focusing on. I know I'm not the only one who gets sudden bursts of inspiration mid reading about Chaucer, right? Anyways, I got a fairly large blogger mail package from various shopping sites, so I decided to start off with this super cute T-shirt from Zaful.com. I mean come on, it's baby pink and it says Paris with an embroidered flower - what more could you want!
Photos: Angela Petrovska

Monday, August 7, 2017

Cool down


Hello!
Back with a casual look, something I think I'm most known for haha. I don't know about where you live, but in Skopje, it's been too hot to function. If you are not in an air-conditioned room then you are most probably sweating out - hard. So, my idea for a chill Sunday afternoon out would be a "picnic" (in quotation marks because this can hardly be called a picnic) with your friends accompanied with a cold beverage like a Breezer. I wish this post was sponsored by Breezer, but sadly that is not the case haha.
Photos: Angela Petrovska

Sunday, July 30, 2017

July Playlist | 2017


Hello!
I'm finally back, after spending most of July anywhere but home it sure feels good to sit down and write what I've been up to and get things back on track. Basically, I've been trying to clear my head and enjoy time with just me as much as I can. How you ask, when you've gone to a festival this month filled with thousands of people and afterward went to a vacation with your family? Well, even though the festival part wasn't about having "me time", I consider enjoying yourself while listening to good music with your eyes closed to be a great time to reconnect with yourself. And when on vacation I realized that I enjoy nothing more than being alone in the water, floating with my head tilted back and just letting the waves carry you. It's the little moments that matter the most, knowing what you need to de-stress completely and just be present in the moment. And now after I've told you my little mantra, time to switch gears and listen to some good music.

Somebody Else by The 1975 is such a sweet song. I've heard it couple of times before but never really took notice of the beauty of this song. They have such good songs, but they certainly put you in a specific mood so this one might make you sad, might make you think about a lost love or it will make you smile. You never know with songs like these honestly.

Paralyzed is one of those songs that I have no idea how I ended up finding, or how I ended up loving and having on repeat. But can I just say how f*cking cool I think this song is?! It's unlike anything else I've heard in a while, maybe it's the beat of the song or the vocals of the singer - either way, I'm obsessed. Klyne is a dance/electronic duo from The Netherlands, they are relatively new on the music scene and I'll most definitely give a listen to their other music.

Backstory: Pain Goes Away by Refs is one of my all time favorite songs, but the struggle I was having at the time was - Refs had only one song out. So imagine my excitement when I found out they had another single out! Spotlight is a refreshing tune that intertwines synth pop with Refs' raspy vocals and I am here for it! Glad to have them back.

If my summer could have an album as a soundtrack I would want it to be Funk Wav Bounces Vol.1 by Calvin Harris. Each song is 3/4 minutes of summertime and I'm loving it! But of course, I have to have my favorites, so here they are - Faking It , Cash Out , Slide & Rollin.

Dua Lipa's newest single New Rules has been stuck in my head for a year straight, and it's not even that old yet! There are just some songs that turn you into a sassy b*tch that snaps her fingers in a Z formation and needs no man in her life - this song is just that.

Astrid S. is back with a new single, I can't wait until she releases the rest of the songs from her EP. Anyways, Such A Boy is perfection, not only because Herman Tommeraas is in it (SKAM fans where you at!) or because the whole video is super cute, but the melody is so catchy and the whole point of the song is relatable af. Boys say that girls are confusing, but I beg to differ - and so does this song haha.

Rudimental have a new song out and it's everything and more! At first, I was a bit confused because I'm used to their songs having a drum 'n' bass sound, but it quickly grew on me. Sun Comes Up is the perfect summer song, it just instantly puts you in a good mood. I had the luck to see Rudimental DJ Set live, and had a blast! I've always had a lot of love for this group, I wish to someday see the full group together on stage, that would be so epic.

More Than You Know is one of those coincidental finds that you just know were meant to be. This song is best heard with headphones in on full blast. It just makes you jump around and make your surroundings an outdoor festival. A must listen!

And this last one is truly random, but I've been listening to it quite a lot so it deserves a spot here! Ever since I found out Koop were performing at D Festival I've been going through their music and I enjoy it so much! It's so chill and relaxing, and Come To Me is such a cute song! And yes, they were just as amazing performing live as you would think.

Click HERE for the whole playlist on Youtube, and till next time Ciao!









Saturday, July 8, 2017

90s vibes


Hello!
Back with an outfit post, it's been a while since I've done one, huh? As I was editing these photos I got major 90s vibes from this look, and everybody loves the 90s so I was all up for it. I love pairing this awesome button up skirt from Zaful.com with, well, everything. It's so versatile and a true closet staple item. 
Anyways, how are you guys? I feel like it's been a while since I've updated you on general life stuff, but the truth is I haven't been up to much lately. I know, it's not that exciting here in Skopje this time of the year, when all you can think about is escaping from the hot pavement streets to a colder retreat for a quick dip in the water. I've got quite a month planned ahead of me, from music festivals to seaside escapes - it's all happening. And then August will be just like June, unbearable heat and studying. What an exciting summer, I know haha.
Friday, June 30, 2017

Summer ready with Shein.com


Hello!
I'm bringing you this post in collaboration with Shein.com, the best place for you to do some damage to your wallet before you go on vacation. With so many amazing sales happening right now on their website, I chose 4 items that I think you would love!

Здраво!
Денешниот пост е во соработка со Shein.com, најдоброто место за правење на штета пред да тргнете на добро заслужен одмор. Без разлика дали ќе скокате на фестивали, ќе пливате во море или ќе шетате европски метрополи, на Shein.com може да најдете се' што ви треба за да изгледате модерно и кул. Јас одбрав 4 парчиња кои сметам дека одлично би се вклопиле во сечиј плакар!
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Friday, June 23, 2017

June Playlist | 2017



Hello people!
June was bittersweet for me, some things ended and others began. Actually, when I put things into retrospect I know that everything happens for a reason. If life has taught me one thing (in my ever-so-long 19 years of age), it's exactly that. But what I do know for sure is that these next few months will be filled with both work and play, which makes the "play" part much more enjoyable.
The songs this month were um, really random. Most of them are ones you've probably never heard of before (thanks to NoonPacific.com) but then you have some really old ones that sound just as amazing. Genres mix in this playlist, so I think that there's something for everybody here.

Iron Sky by Paolo Nutini is one of those songs I would categorize as "real music". Drums, a bass, a trumpet and a soulful voice. Add a meaningful message + an excerpt from Charlie Chaplin's speech from The Dictator and you have yourself one hell of a song. Definitely check it out.

Have you ever listened to a song and it opened up a whole new world to you? Yeah, that's me after listening to In A Manner Of Speaking by Nouvelle Vague. First of all, the amazing soft vocals accompanied by the equally as amazing Bossa nova style of music - butter on toast. Second of all, why do I feel like a grown up when I listen to music by Nouvelle Vague? Third of all, why haven't I been listening to this before?! I'll answer the second question myself - because I know I wouldn't have had appreciated it. But I guess now I do, so therefore that makes me an adult now?

Brought to you via NoonPacific.com (I honestly can't stop going on about this music streaming site, I've got all of my friends hooked on it) we have You by LINES and Tear You Down by La Mar.
You is from a more recent playlist of theirs, and the funky beat stood out to me, plus that chorus is super catchy! On the other hand, Tear You Down is the complete opposite. It's from an older playlist, but that's the beauty of this website - you have so much cool music neatly organized in picture perfect little playlists. This particular song is one that sounds like the music I would fall in love with from the first listen. The atmospheric sound makes this the perfect chill out song, but you still have to stop and appreciate every aspect of it. Honestly, I can go on about this for days, so I just suggest you put on your headphones for the full experience and enjoy this music masterpiece. La Mar have amazing music, I will definitely be checking more of it out.

Astrid S is back with Party's Over, a song that I've had on repeat since last month. You guys know I love this girl, so her bringing out new music makes me rejoice! Party's Over is a chill song, with a kick-ass beat drop, perfect for listening to while daydreaming perhaps?

Lauv's I Like Me Better was suggested to me every time I would listen to Party's Over, so I decided to give it a go. Let me explain to you, I've never felt so strong about an under-rated singer - Lauv is a gift from God himself. Right after I listened to this song and came to the conclusion that it's probably one of the cutest songs I've heard in my life (and sent it to my friend for a second opinion on whether this is the cutest or not) I made it my sole purpose to support this guy and his music no matter what. So, came the social media stalking and finding out if he's playing live shows anywhere near me (ofc not -.- ) and then I started listening to his other songs. That's when I found The Other, a song that I am still to this day sure I've heard prior to that moment, but I just can't put my finger on where I've heard it before. That made me furious, and I spent the evening trying to figure out where I know this song from, but alas nothing was determined.

I know I should have downloaded Halsey's album by now, but I'm just not there yet. In the meantime I've been listening to Eyes Closed with pleasure, it's such a cool song! At first I thought "Hmm this sounds like something The Weeknd would put out" and when I made my research I found his name under Writers, so that made sense.

And last but not least, There For You by Martin Garrix and Troye Sivan. I love Troye, been there since day 1, so I've been looking forward to this collab for a while now, and the final song did not disappoint at all! In fact, I'm seeing Martin Garrix live tonight, so I think it will be a cool moment to listen to this song (sans Troye sadly </3).

And there you go, another playlist, another month gone! Well, almost gone. Click HERE for the whole playlist or on the individual titles above. Till next time!




Monday, June 19, 2017

Moody June



For the ultimate mood setter I suggest listening to this while scrolling this post. 
The time and day: a rainy Saturday afternoon, around 3 pm. 
The scene: the backyard of a building in Debar Maalo. 
The feeling: indescribable awe from this hidden gem. 
Angela and I never expected to run into this place, from spontanеously deciding to go to Аcanthus Gallery and then me seeing a garage door in the back that looked descent enough for an Instagram photo, to being amazed from the coolness of this little secret spot that's been right under our noses. So, an impromptu photoshoot was a must, and funnily enough - the moody weather was a perfect fit for this place.
Shoutout to Skopje Se Nosi for using the beauty of this place for a photoshoot of their own, 
Monday, June 12, 2017

June SheIn.com wishlist



Hello!
To start off the month of June, I'm bringing you a wishlist featuring items from the Shein.com, a super affordable wholesale fashion retail website.
I love wearing bright and light colors during spring and summer, so it's no wonder that I've opted for this white & blue theme.
The pinstripe cold shoulder top is stunning, I've been seeing these kinds of tops in every story possible so they are a big trend right now. I would pair it with a denim skirt, and this one from Shein.com is perfect! I can't resist a cute button up skirt guys, they are my weakness!
Embroidery is EVERYWHERE, so why not have it on your super cool shoes too? How amazing are these white lace up sneakers. And to finish off the outfit, you need your cute accessories like these pink mirrored sunglasses and a white satchel bag. 

Здраво!
Го започнуваме месецот јуни со wishlist од страната Shein.com, една од моите go-to дестинации за онлајн купување.
Во пролет/лето најмногу сакам да носам светли бои, така да воопшто не ме чуди што парчињата кои ги одбрав за овој пост се во плаво-бели тонови.
Јас не би била јас доколку не носам тексасно здолниште, и нијансата на ова е совршена! Одлично би одговарало со било каков топ, но јас се одлучив за ригеста маичка на прерамки. Овој стил на "cold shoulder" го гледам насекаде и мислам дека изгледа преслатко, без разлика дали е на маички или фустанчиња.
Везените детали беа многу популарни минатата сезона, но овој пат истите може да ги забележиме и на патики! Дап, патики - и финалниот продукт изгледа прекул!
И за да го комплетираме изгледот - наочари со розево стакло и бела сачел торба.

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

The Culottes


Hello!
So, back in my first post for 2017 I wrote that I will set a small goal for this year, and I quote:
and that is to care less about other people's opinions. If I want to wear something, I'm sure as hell going to wear that and not give a.... Same goes for everything I do and say.
So, here I am - present day Elena trying to put her own words into action. If I do say so myself, I have been more experimental with my outfit choices this year more than last year, even though I'm a sucker for a T-shirt & mom jeans combo. One of the bigger pieces that required a lot of "mental preparation" before heading out of the door were these culottes from Romwe.com. To be honest, I HATED them when they first became popular. Part of the hatred was because I thought I would never be able to pull them off (main reason: being hella short). But I decided to just do it, so I ordered them not knowing what to expect. So when they arrived and I tried them on, I was so surprised! Never in a million years would I think that I could wear pants like these with confidence, but the truth is - I feel so *cool* when I wear them. I think we should all have a piece of clothing in our wardrobe that makes us feel like the street is our personal runway and not care what people think about it.
Photos: Fabulous is Freedom

Thursday, May 25, 2017

May Playlist | 2017



It's that time again guys! Another month has (almost) passed us, which means only one thing for me - it's getting closer to summer! No more exams, no more worries. I have just a few left, and from the 9th of June onwards I am a free person! These past few weeks I've been trying to get my life organized and I've put studying first, blog second - which I absolutely hate. But, slowly I'm getting back into the game, and I for sure knew that I wasn't going to miss this month's playlist!

Starting off with Wash Away. You are all familiar with my love for Wilkinson, so when I saw that he had a new song out I knew it was going to be one of those "replay until you're sick of it" songs. And the conclusion is - I think I'll never get sick of it. It's been on repeat for a month straight, which is weird even for me. The interesting part is that the whole track has about six words that are sung on loop, but it's the beat of the song that makes it so epic!

When lowkey you've been listening to Zayn songs on repeat for months, but it's been just a secret. Yeah, that happened. Still Got Time is a fun song guys, I'm not gonna lie and pretend like I don't enjoy listening to it haha.

So, the story about how I stumbled upon Beach Weather's Swoon is a random one. I was scrolling down Tumblr one night and I saw one of those horoscope posts that tell you funny/random things about your sign. This post was about songs your sign should be listening to. Under Libra (my sign) was Swoon, so I decided to give it a listen. Little did I know I would completely fall for this song haha. The song gives me Arctic Monkeys vibes, but more beach-roadtrip-type of vibes. The same goes for Chit Chat , it's just one of those feel good songs. P.S. Here is that Tumblr post, so that you can check for your sign too haha.

Now, you might not consider me the type to listen to Childish Gambino (2013 rapping Childish Gambino, not the "Awaken, My Love!" soul/rnb 2016 version), but I've been a fan of his songs for a few years now, so I decided to listen through the whole of "Because The Internet", as I already knew (and loved) half of the songs from the album. I've always known his music is very different to other popular rappers' of that time but now I have newfound appreciation for this guy. The whole album is made to sound like an hour long song, and each interlude compliments the story and connects the tracks so perfectly. I could honestly go on about this album for days, I think it's honestly one of the best ones I've heard - ever! If I could put each song on this playlist, I would, but at the end I decided Sweatpants deserved a place here the most. Honorary mentions go to Zealots of Stockholm and Earth, The Oldest Computer. 

Humanz came out late April, and can I just say - Oh my god! The sound is very different to their past music, but growth is part of every good artist's music, so I was beyond impressed with their new sound. Also can we talk about the amount of featured artists on this album?! Crazy!
Submission was one that stood out to me from the very beginning. I fell in love with Kelela's vocals, so when Danny Brown's part came up I was taken back a bit, but overall it compliments the song nicely.
The Apprentice was right up my alley, so I immediately knew it was going to be featured on this playlist. I feel like this song is divided into three parts, each corresponding with the singer's style even though they all sing to the same beat. I'll be listening to this album for months on end, there are just so many different songs and I feel like they all deserve their special attention.

You can listen to the whole playlist on Youtube HERE, or click on the individual titles above! Until next time, ciao!
Monday, May 22, 2017

Monthly Moments | May



Hello!
I'm finally back with a new post after a while. Let's just say that this whole studying thing takes up a whole lot of your energy and will to do anything productive (except study of course). But, I knew I wasn't going to let this get to me, especially today because Marija from Fabulous Is Freedom and Lara from Mainstream Chic were in Skopje, and that meant only one thing - catching up over coffee! So, myself, Marija, Lara, Jovana and Verica (the photographer) decided to visit Kahawa, a fairly new coffee shop in Skopje. I found this place randomly a few days ago, and I instantly fell in love with the overall cuteness of it. Besides the adorable decor, I love how much coffee and sweets options they have. It's the perfect place for catching up with friends, and you can never go wrong with an Instagram photo-op here. 
Check out Kahawa HERE and on Instagram HERE
Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Concrete Jungle


Hello!
It's May, and that means it's that time of the month where we all think we're going to be soo productive and do things right this time around. There's nothing wrong with that and I'm not going to lie, I am one of those people. But, I still have my reservations about new beginnings, maybe they are just too good to be true?
Anyways, Angela and I decided to take our location hunting to Plochnik, a popular spot in Skopje known for being a gathering place for all cheap wine and beer lovers. But by day, it's the perfect location to take photos at.
I'm wearing this lovely button down from Zaful.com, a website that never fails me. See more HERE.
Photos: Angela Petrovska

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

April Playlist | 2017



Hold up, April is over? I seriously need to get my *you know what* together, soon it's gonna be me against 6 different exams - yay! But for now, let's have a small recap of the month of April, shall we? I spent half of the month feeling sick (but never fully sick), went on a roadtrip, spent time with friends (most of the time catching the sunshine rays in the City Park), tried to study, fangirled over SKAM's new season (!!!) and listened to a bunch of random music. Trust me, this playlist is as random as it's gonna get. So let's get get right into it.

Starting off with Gorillaz and ALL of their newly released songs - talk about perfect timing. Their sound is a bit different now, but I can't bring myself to hate their music, no matter what they bring out I know I'm going to love it! Plus, how cool is their Saturnz Barz concept, not only do we get a 360 video, but also there will be exhibitions inspired by the "Spirit House". My faves so far are Andromeda & Saturnz Barz.

Astrid S released a second single this month, and I was over the moon excited for it! Bloodstream did not disappoint, it's so catchy and modern, totally in Astrid's style. I can't wait for a whole album, this girl is going to go far!

Aloha by Mome ft. Merryn Jeann was one of the first songs that caught my attention during the first Skam episode, it's just so catchy! It's the perfect balance between chill and dance music, which is always nice to find.

And now we have a string of Norwegian songs that you'll most probably not bother listening to,but for those of you who are not afraid to reach beyond the typical English language, might I suggest these:
Iblindeserenbedre by Tomine Harket & Unge Ferrari is a wonderful piece of music that I would describe as a "chill Disclosure" type of song. The title might frighten you, but it's just I blinde ser en bedre but without space between the words (so Art, I know). I think I could listen to this particular song on repeat for days on end, it just makes me feel so calm. I now also know how to say "Be honest, can you see my soul?" in Norwegian haha.
Another song by the same artists that was featured on Skam was Nostalgi 3Millioner. I have to admit it first, the title of the song is so random, or I just can't connect it to the lyrics. Either way, you would expect some rapping or at least hip hop just by reading the title, but instead you have an amazingly touching ballad?! Oh Norway, how I adore you.
And last but not least, Fy Faen by Hkeem & Temur - I can't not include this song, it's the perfect summer hit waiting to be discovered. It lifts up your mood and makes you excited about summer, what more do you need from a song?

Now that the Norwegian songs are out of the way, we have another string of songs that I like to call "Summer daydreaming circa 2014" (because the songs are from 2014):
Imagination by Gorgon City ft. Katy Menditta - oh how I love this song, Gorgon City have some amazing songs and I don't know how this one's slipped under my radar.
I Know by Shift K3Y is the ultimate summer song, you can't go wrong with a catchy beat and repeating the same words over and over again. Elena, why are you torturing yourself, exams are just about to start and your mind is already by the beach, sun tanning and drinking a mojito...
Okay, so we all know My Love by Route 94 by now, but can we just appreciate it for one more minute? I don't know why but it's been on absolute repeat this month,

And the last discovery for this month, November by Super Cruel ft. Lisa Mitchell. It's a super cute song with a cute music video to go with it. Lisa's vocals are so soft to the ear, it's just like butter on warm bread. Plus, there's a beat drop, so that's an unexpected twist.

As always, click HERE for the whole playlist, until next time, byeee!

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Roses


Hello!
It's spring, therefore the denim jackets are out for the world to see, and my collection is getting bigger and bigger thanks to Shein.com (best place to buy denim jackets, seriously!). When I saw this one with flower embroidery I: 1.Went crazy with excitement & 2.Ordered it faster than you could say "OMG that's so cute!" Okay, enough fangirling about the jacket, I hope you all had a great Easter catching up with family. Now, back to reality, have a great week!
Photos: Angela Petrovska 

Friday, April 14, 2017

Monthly Moments | April


Hello!
Last week I touched on the subject of "places that make me feel calm in Skopje", but this time I'm taking you outside the city bounds and into nature at its finest. What you see here is Lake Kozjak, the largest artificial lake and man made accumulation in Macedonia. Even though the drive there is less than an hour away, this was actually my first time visiting this lookout point. I've seen plenty of pictures on Instagram, but the real thing is much more grandiose - in every sense of the word.
A road trip with friends was just what I needed to end last week off in a right way, and it definitely made me daydream about more in the future. Also, Happy Easter!
Photos: Filip Gjorgjioski & Angela Petrovska

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Primavera


Hello!
One of my favorite things to do in spring here in Skopje is to take full advantage of the cherry blossom blooming season. So when this time rolls around each year, I go to Maksim Gorki street to admire the gorgeous Kanzan cherry trees before the petals hit the ground and I take looots and lots of pictures. I've been feeling a bit disorganized and overwhelmed recently, so whenever I have the chance to go here, or to the park, I take the opportunity to clear my head for a minute and breathe in the aroma from the blossoms.
BTW how cute is this top from Romwe.com, it's the perfect basic T-shirt with a modern twist. Click HERE to check it out.
Photos; Filip Stefanovski
Sunday, April 2, 2017

Mark


Здраво!
Овој пат имам поразличен пост од вообичаеното, и иако не сум бјути блогер решив да споделам со вас неколку продукти кои ги добив од Аvon Македонија и да напишам збор-два за истите.
Новата линија Mark е составена од впечатливи мејкап производи кои се наменети за девојките кои сакаат да бидат креативни со нивната шминка и да бидат забележани благодарение на високо пигментираните производи кои се дел од оваа линија. Во продолжение ќе прочитате за новата Spectralash маскара, Magix Face Primer & Avon Plum It Lipstick.

Sunday, March 26, 2017

March Playlist | 2017


Remember when I posted last month's playlist a bit earlier? Yeah, that resulted in me accumulating a lot more new music for this playlist than I expected. I don't think I've ever had this many songs to share with you, so I know this is going to be a mammoth to read, but stick with me!

My absolute favorite this month has to be Tame Impala's The Less I Know The Better. I've been digging the disco vibes this month, so much that I would describe them as... relaxing? I don't know what I love more about this song, the easy-going melody or the goofy lyrics, but either way I've been enjoying it way too much!

Sticking to the "disco theme", the song I've had on repeat these last few days has to be Shy Girls - Trivial Motion (PREP Remix). It's just a fun song to listen to and you'll find yourself shimmying your shoulders by the time you reach 0:30 seconds of the song.

I found Wildfire by SBTRKT over on Tamara's Instagram (her Insta is a whole playlist with cool songs by itself) and I was immediately captivated by the melody. It was unlike anything I've heard before, but it was definitely cool, dare I say a bit seductive? And that's when I had a little SBTRKT listening session and I found Hold On feat. Sampha - a very different sound from Wildfire, but you could still tell who the artist was. Check them out, you won't regret it!

And now, the attack of the Norwegian singers thanks to SKAM (a TV series I'm obsessed with for those of you who aren't aware). Starting off with Kamikaze by Susanne Sundfør - and no, this is not that super annoying song Kamikaze by MØ, but rather a ballad-esque song that grabs your attention from the very beginning with its 80s/90s melody.
Then we have Run by Elsa & Emilie, a song that is perfection for rainy days and gloomy weather. I would describe this one like this - Daughter, but instead of one amazing voice, you have two.
And ending the SKAM songs with my personal favorite - Grizzly Man by Rockettothesky. Where do I even begin with this one... It's not everyone's cup of tea. Not at all. Some would even say this song is boring, or pointless, or stupid. To me, this song represents how my happy place would sound. When I listen to this song, I close my eyes and I feel as if I am floating on air, or I'm lying on a field surrounded by green grass and daisies. This is what I want a song to make me feel, and I know I probably sounded crazy just now, but trust me on this one!

Call Me Out is Sarah Close's first single, and I've been following this lady on Youtube for a while now, so when I saw this in my subscription box I was so happy for her! Definitely check her out, it's such a cute song!

Astrid S finally released a new song and I'm on cloud 9 right now! I looove her music, and Breathe is no exception from that. I know that from the very first listen the chorus will be stuck in your heads. So, you're welcome!

If I had to describe James Arthur's Say You Won't Let Go in one word, that word would be adorable! And it's not even the lyrics that get to me, it's the melody of the song and his voice. Oh so dreamy... and adorable haha.

When I saw that Syd had a solo song I was pleasantly surprised, but then again I knew that it would be an amazing piece of music. All About Me did not disappoint in the slightest. As a self-proclaimed RNB lover, I must admit I've been avoiding this genre for the past few months. And this song reminded me why I loved it in the first place.

And last but not least, the ultimate throwback! Gorillaz - Feel Good Inc. Name a more iconic song, I'll wait. Okay, jokes aside, I've been loving this song through the whole of March. I remember it all started when I was having one of those "throwback music" nights, and this song reminded me of how much I loved it as a kid, but I never thought I was cool enough to listen to a band like Gorillaz. 10+ years later, I'm still not cool enough, but I sure know how to enjoy it a lot more. And I would like to think of this as a sign of destiny, because just recently Gorillaz released new songs, just as I was having their old songs on repeat!

And that's it! What a small playlist, I know haha. Click HERE for the whole playlist on YT, and until next month, ciao!