Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Summer Colors Week: Green


Today is Green day over at Poppytalk. Each year they organize Summer Colors Week and even though I missed the first couple of days (thanks to my economics exam!) I decided to join for the rest of the week. If you want to take part as well, you can add photos to the Summer Colors Week flickr group and of course - have fun with it!

Speaking of flickr, did you guys check out the new version? It's fabulous! I love how big the images are and how easy it is to see the photo on black background. Scrolling through the images with just your keyboard arrows comes in handy too. Did you try it out?

(Photo: Amalia Chimera)

Lovely: Willow Rose Boutique


Yesterday I was going through an old issue of Vogue and I happened to come across a small boutique company called Willow Rose. The talented lady behind it Willow Corbett-Winder makes the most beautiful notebooks using antique fabric. I really like them because they are unique and there is a whole range of fabrics to choose from, including lots and lots of flowers. What better than a notebook, covered with vintage fabric with gorgeous flowers on it? Sounds like a dream.



they look really well made. lovely detail.



They also make bracelets and beautiful pompom baskets. Check them out here. I hope you love this as much as I did. It's been a while since I came across such beautiful, romantic notebooks.

(Photos: Willow Rose)

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Inspiration: Florian Nicolle


On this particular rainy afternoon I found a French artist that made me fall in love with his drawings. They are so bold, dramatic and breathtaking. No more words, just here they are:




this one reminds me of the Afghan girl from National Geographic cover. such an intense look.




Florian Nicolle's website.
(Photos: Abuzeedo)

Friday, June 25, 2010

Mango


Mango is one of my favourite places to stop by when I'm shopping. To me it's very similar but more affordable (?) than Zara. I'm not sure if it is available worldwide but I know it's all over Europe, plus they have an online shop (and a pretty good website!) so you might want to check it out. I really love the vintage-inspired style, the cute but also very elegant dresses and I absolutely love their wallets! I think the last 5 wallets that I got are from their store. They also have some limited edition clothes that are oh, so gorgeous. I got a dress for my graduation a few years ago that was so beautiful with amazing details and is definitely my most favourite dress to date.

some favourites of mine. last week I got the gray dress at the top.

I love, love, love the floral maxi dress!


and wearing this dress I believe every woman will look like a goddess!

I am curious if you know this brand, especially those of you who live out of Europe. I would love to know if you got something lovely lately that you want to share! I will be back tomorrow and until then I am leaving you with the last photo that makes me dream of lots of sun, blue seas and relaxation.

(All photos are from Mango's blog and website)

Coffee and French Croissants.. in Bed!


Good morning, dearest friends! I have a question for you: Is there anything better than having coffee and french croissants in bed? It has been so cold here, it almost feels like winter and I am wearing my boyfriend's sweater and my fuzzy socks and I have no intention of leaving the bed today!

I had a pretty intense week. I had exams on Friday, Saturday, Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. Yeah, and there are three more to go! I also attended a three-days festival which was quite great. It turned out there is a new park right next to the airport and that is the perfect location for loud music all day and all night long, three days in a row. We listened to Morcheeba (personal favourites), Gotan Project and Groove Armada. If you are not familiar with any of these, I recommend that you check them out - they are all pretty awesome.

Ok, now seriously, what is wrong with the weather? Not that my favourite type of weather isn't rainy and gray but it just feels so.. wrong! It's the end of June! Last week the temperatures were almost 40 C (100 F) and the other day it was 14 C (57 F). I was wearing a sweater AND a jacket in the middle of the day. Is it like this where you are too?

I went to see Sex and the City 2 with a friend of mine yesterday and I thought it was so much better than the first one. Did you see it already? I was very pleasantly surprised because I expected it to be a disaster like the first one. I am a huge fan of the series and one thing I hated most about the movie is that they changed Carrie's apartment. I loved it so much before! It was my dream place to live! What do you think - old apartment or the redecorated one?

Well, this is it for now. I have a bit of a fashion post coming up, so check back later if you want to see which is one of my favourite places to shop. I am off to take out my warm blanket again.

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Cuteness overload


I went to see my baby nephew yesterday and I managed to take quite some photos. He is so adorable and was in such a good mood - he didn't stop laughing for hours! He is 6 months old and has the prettiest green eyes ever!

I bet he knows just how cute he is! I can see him using it to get out of trouble already :)

in his towel
aunt Iva got him this Superman outfit


taking a bath

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Etsy Love


While looking for some inspiration for my interior design assignment I came across a wonderful artist on Etsy. The shop is called Lucile's kitchen and the drawings are so cute and full of French handwriting. I fell in love with the recipes, especially the French cake one! Wouldn't that look oh so pretty on a kitchen wall?

Visit Lucile's kitchen here. And don't forget to bring your oven mitts!

(Photos: Lucile's kitchen)

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

The perfect Recipe Book?


Ok, something huge today. And by huge I mean Moleskine huge!
I've been searching for the perfect recipe book, since I missed getting the awesome one they had at Anthro, and surprise - it turns out Moleskine makes them! (am I the only one who didn't know that?) It looks nice and the pages seem to be well designed for the purpose. I think I'd like to have a bigger one, a real big recipe book actually, that is filled with scraps and handwriting and my grandma's recipes that I could put on the shelf, but I guess this one is more practical.

They also make journals for wine, books, movies, music and wellness. The last one sounds nice too.

So, do you have a recipe book? And if you know some great place I could find the perfect one, let me know - I'd love you forever!

Thanks, Frau Haselmayer for the info!

(Photo: Moleskine)

Project: Cafe interior design

Hello again! I was afraid that it might be a bit difficult to get back on the blogging schedule, but turns out I really missed doing this! So, today I want to show you one of my projects I did for uni.


It is the interior design of a small cafe. We did design the whole space and then decorated it. I decided to use simple furniture contrasting the rich and full of character brick walls. Most of the cafes in Sofia are on the ground floor of really old buildings, so I thought saving the atmosphere and not making it too modern was the key here. I hope you like it!

Monday, June 14, 2010

I am back!

Hello, lovely people! I am finally done with my projects for uni and today I am applying for continuing my education in the Residential Buildings department (or your equivalent of applying for a master degree) so hooray for that! I have a few exams till the end of the month, but that's the easy part, right?

I'm not going to share anything too exciting today (I'll be blogging regularly from tomorrow on), it's just a bit of an off-topic post to talk about the things I plan on doing this summer and asking you guys what your plans are.

I feel I have so much energy that I am not quite sure what to do with it, but it's the best feeling, isn't it? I think I'll need some kind of a fun project that hasn't quite emerged in my mind, so if anyone wants to do something awesome or is looking for some help with a project or anything really, just let me know :) I feel I need to get to know a bit more the lovely people that inspire me every single day with their blogs and art and talents and it would be so wonderful to actually do something together, no?

I am visiting my parents today and going to see my insanely awesome baby nephew (who is turning 1/2 year today!) and I'll hopefully get to take lots and lots of photos! I am thinking of joining the FGR group on flickr this summer again. If you haven't heard of it, check it out - it is sooo much fun! I have tennis lessons (I used to play for a couple of years and I so need to refresh my skills and play again), learning more about a few programs that might be useful (like 3ds max, archicad, illustrator...), working on my Italian, taking some kind of a sport is all on my list. One of my teachers told me I could go paint during the summer if I had nothing better to do and I think I might do that as well. That reminds me they took all of my paintings (for an exhibition as far as we know) but I hope I'd be able to get them back after that, because there are quite a few that I didn't get the chance to scan and show them to you. On top of all that I'd be helping my dad with his work and of course, the awesome "secret" project I am working on (he-he).

I think this is officially the longest post I've written so just one last thing. Thanks to everyone for the support even when I wasn't able to communicate with you! You are all so awesome and I am really lucky to have met you guys! I'll be having a giveaway next week to celebrate it :)



Oh, and so that you know, this is officially the most awesome video ever!

p.s. If I haven't responded to an email or message you've sent me - I apologize! I'm not ignoring you, I'm just slowly catching up.

Hope your list of things to do this summer is even more exciting than mine! I'll see you tomorrow and until then - have an awesome day! xo
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