Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Happy Birthday to my niece!

Teenagers are hard to shop for. Haha, I sound so old right now!

Got a bunch of mini travel sized Balea cosmetics, a Clean and Clear facial scrub for my niece

My niece has a birthday today and here's what I got her: a cosmetics bag, a Clean & Clear Morning Energy facial scrub (I've heard great things about this one), a bunch of tiny travel-sized goodies - Balea deospray, a Rexona deo stick, a Balea young face cream, a Balea feet softening cream; and a very cute floral notepad.

I really hope she likes these!

(Photo: Iva Yaneva)

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Merry Christmas!

Christmas tree holiday card

Merry Christmas, everyone! I hope you all have a wonderful time with your families, just like me. I'm visiting my parents' house for the holidays and it's lovely!

Healthy Christmas treats - chocolate covered nuts

The holidays are always hard for those who try to eat healthy. This year I tried to stick to chocolate covered nuts. They were so yummy! What is your favourite dessert around Christmas?

Lanterns outside my window

Lanterns outside my window.

Cute snowmen home decor

When I came my mom had already decorated the house. Every room is filled with snowmen, Santas and whatnot. Me and my dad decorated the tree, which you can see at the top. I love that some of the ornaments are over 50 years old! So pretty!

Traditional Bulgarian Christmas Eve meals

Traditional Bulgarian Christmas Eve meals

There is a tradition in my country to eat vegan on Christmas Eve. We also have an uneven number of dishes - homemade bread (with a lucky coin hidden in it), beans, stuffed cabbage and peppers, baklava. Everything is so delicious on this day, I just love the tradition and all the homemade meals!

Turkey stuffed with rice and pickled cabbage for lunch on Christmas day

And of course on Christmas day we have turkey stuffed with rice and pickled cabbage for lunch. It's so delicious and also healthy.

Wishing you a Merry Christmas in my red sweater

Merry Christmas, everyone! I hope you all had a lovely time with your loved ones and found everything you wanted under the tree. xo

(Photos: Iva Yaneva)

Monday, December 17, 2012

Kids in the Park

Fun photoshoot with kids in the park

A while ago I took my nieces and nephew in the park for a short photo shoot. Needless to say when you have a bunch of kids and a big lawn  inevitably there will be a lot of running, laughing, laying on the ground and generally - a lot of fun!

 Fun photoshoot with kids in the park

Fun photoshoot with kids in the park

I hope I can take them out to play in the snow now that it's winter and take more pictures. It's been a while since I last made a snow angel or a snowman, lol.

Fun photoshoot with kids in the park

Fun photoshoot with kids in the park

Fun photoshoot with kids in the park

Fun photoshoot with kids in the park

(Photos: Iva Yaneva)

Friday, November 23, 2012

A Free Gift

Hey guys!

Every year I envy those who can take advantage of the Black Friday sales (well, I don’t really envy the lines and all the pushing, lol). So this year I wanted to join the fun! I’ll be including a present with each order placed this weekend (starting today till Monday). You will get a free pack of 5 postcards with my original photograph, which you can see in the photo. Envelopes will be included.

Click here to visit my shop.

Happy Thanksgiving to those who celebrate and happy shopping! xo

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Drugstore Haul

Drugstore haul: Klorane and Uriage shower gel, Bilka hand cream

If you've been following my blog for a while, you probably know I have very sensitive, dry skin. Because of it I am constantly worried about products I use on my body. I was running out of body shower, which my boyfriend doesn't really like, so we went out and looked for a new one.

I got one from the brand Uriage. I haven't used it on my body yet, but I've used it to wash my face and so far I like it. It doesn't dry my skin but I'm still undecided as to how effective it is at cleansing it. The packaging says it's suitable for dry, sensitive skin, for washing your face or body, as well as for babies.

Boyfriend got a Klorane one that smells really good! A lot of products for sensitive skin have no smell at all, which to be honest I really dislike. I need my yummy smells, lol. So I'm really eager to try this one out and if it doesn't irritate my skin, I'm probably gonna switch to it.

The last thing I got is a hand cream. Now, I am not really someone who uses hand cream. I got a Soap & Glory one when I was in London, which had great reviews on youtube, and I really loved it. But after I read the ingredients I decided to stop using it and haven't really purchased another one since. That's until I was at a friend's house and something was smelling incredibly yummy, so I asked her what it was and she said "Oh, it must be my hand cream - everyone comments on it." So of course I had to buy it, especially since it was like $1, had no questionable ingredients and is by a local company. The texture is a bit thin, but does moisturize a lot, which I find great. I know some people like really thick hand creams, but I personally don't like to feel the product on my skin, I just want soft, yummy smelling hands.

Do you have any products to recommend, especially for dry skin? I'd love to try them out!

(Photo: Iva Yaneva)

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Girls Night Out

Wearing a top and belt from Mango, jeans from Fox fashion

I went out with my girlfriends last Friday. I took them to my favorite Italian restaurant, where we talked, drank wine and ate delicious food. Ah, I've missed hanging out with them!

Wearing a top and belt from Mango, jeans from Fox fashion

OOTD: Top: Mango; Jeans: Fox; Belt: Mango

Delicious Caesar salad and wine at my favorite Italian restaurant La Pastaria, Sofia

What do you like to do with your girlfriends?

Friday, October 12, 2012

Existential Crisis

Having a panini and coffee from Costa on my walk

Yup, the title says it all. I've always had goals, often very bold ones, and I have always managed to achieve them, no matter how much effort that has cost me. But now, I feel like my life is totally meaningless. I never in a million years would have guessed this is where I would be after graduating. And yes, I know, the economy is terrible worldwide and I know that at least I am lucky enough to have a roof over my head. But still, I need something to do, something I am good at, in order to feel complete. I am so not the type of person to stay at home and do nothing all day - I get bored so quickly. Being busy, challenging yourself and doing something that actually matters is the only way to go, at least for me.

On a more cheerful note, a dear friend came back to the city and we've been hanging out a lot this week. It's been great to be around friends, especially ones that are in a similar situation and know what you are going through.

After having a tiny meltdown on the phone yesterday, my boyfriend was so sweet to organize a night out. He brought me adorable tiny plants that I hope I'll manage to keep alive. And we went out for dinner. He took me to a restaurant that was way too expensive in my opinion so we argued in the car for a while when I realized where he was taking me, haha.

Fancy dinner at SASA, Sofia

I had a Caesar salad (of course) and salmon. The desserts were not worth it at all, except for the sesame and mint ice-cream. After that we came home and watched Jon Stewart and Bill O'Reilly's debate. We are both huge Jon Stewart fans and the show was really awesome.

(Photos: Iva Yaneva)

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Woods in the Fall

Vitosha hiking in the fall

 Hey guys! I know I've been missing a lot this week, I will do an update post soon. But now I want to share some photos from our hike in the forest last weekend.

Vitosha hiking in the fall

Some of you might know that I used to do crossfit regularly (I say used to not because I've given up, but because I'm taking some time to treat some back problems). Last weekend instead of a workout we went hiking. I love walks and I absolutely love the forest, especially in the fall, so I decided to join.

Vitosha hiking in the fall

 It was amazing! Everything was so beautiful, it was like a stress therapy. Ah, I wish I could do this every week!

Mushroom soup at Vodenitzata, Sofia

Traditional meals at Vodenitsata, Sofia

On our way back we stopped at a local restaurant, called Vodenitzata and had some traditional meals. Everything was very yummy, especially after this long walk.

Vitosha hiking in the fall

I hope you've all been well!

(Photos: Iva Yaneva)

Friday, October 5, 2012

Job Interview

OOTD for my job interview: Shirt: H&M; Jeans: Fox; Blazer: Bershka; Belt: Bershka

I'm back from my job interview. It went really well. I'm not sure I'll get the job because they wanted someone to work on weekends and I'm not totally okay with that. But they said they really liked me and the girl that was interviewing me was very sweet! So overall, I had a positive experience with my first ever job interview, which is great!

OOTD for my job interview: Shirt: H&M; Jeans: Fox; Blazer: Bershka; Belt: Bershka

Shirt: H&M; Jeans: Fox; Blazer: Bershka; Belt: Bershka

p.s. Is it just me or my photos here look much more greyish than the originals?

(Photos: Iva Yaneva)

It's Fall

It's Friday! Wohoo!! I know I don't have a Monday - Friday job but the weekend really is the time for me to socialize and I am always looking forward to that. It's strange because I am someone who appreciates having space and time for themselves but having lived all alone for a few years now I feel like I could use some more time with people.

On my way to the office yesterday.
 Today I have a job interview for an art gallery! It's my first real one ever and I'm both nervous and excited. Wish me luck?

At the office.

The time to have warm tea with friends all wrapped up in a scarf is finally here. Ah, so cozy!

I'll be posting the outfit I picked for the interview later.

What are your plans for the weekend? Going out tonight?

(Photos: Iva Yaneva)

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Blogging About Nothing to Blog About

Coffee and carrot cake to go from Green Deli Cafe, Sofia

Since I finished my project I've been doing pretty much nothing. Just sitting at home watching TV shows, reading, sending job applications, spending time with boyfriend and helping him find an apartment. Okay, that last part is quite time-consuming, but everything mentioned is so b-o-r-i-n-g to blog about!

Orange flowers in my apartment

I'm meeting a few friends this week and I'm really excited! I haven't seen some of them for a couple of years! But you see, social life always gets better at the end of the week. Monday-Thursday - nothing.

Orange flowers in my apartment

My pretty flowers are starting to die. I need to get some more of them because I love having fresh wild flowers around the apartment. They brighten up your mood so much, don't you think?

Coffee and carrot cake to go from Green Deli Cafe, Sofia

I hope your week is more exciting than mine. And if not - there's always the weekend, right?

(Photos: Iva Yaneva)

Monday, October 1, 2012


Lunch at Lavanda, Sofia

Am I the only one who doesn't love Sundays? On Saturday you have the whole weekend ahead of you and there are so many things you can do. But on Sunday, it's almost over and you are left with so little time to do all the things you planned.

Pretty details at Lavanda, Sofia

Boyfriend and I are always looking for cool new cafes and restaurants to visit on weekends. My love for interior design and our shared love for (healthy) food meet. This time we went to a newly opened restaurant called Lavanda. It is so new that there weren't even any signs. We first though this might be on purpose, but considering the place was empty, we agreed they should correct that mistake as soon as possible. For those of you who wonder, the place is on top of One More Bar, the entrance is through the garden, at the back of the building.

Bread basket at Lavanda, Sofia
Boyfriend having a Caesar salad at Lavanda, Sofia

Their Caesar salad is called "The Best Caesar Salad", haha. Well, I don't know about "the best" but it was pretty good. There was a generous amount of dressing, which I like and the size was huge!

Tapas at Lavanda, Sofia

We ordered some tapas that we both thought missed some spread, like hummus or something.

Design by KuMar Office

The interior is by KuMar Office, so needless to say it was lovely.

 Delicious ribs at Lavanda, Sofia

Boyfriend ordered ribs that came on top of mashed potatoes. Well, they were divine. I don't know how they made them so delicate and juicy but they really did a great job! We have an excellent ribs recipe that we put to good use every week, so our expectations are pretty high and we've always been disappointed when ordering it at restaurants. But these were really, really good.

Salmon with Caesar salad at Lavanda, Sofia

I had salmon with Caesar salad (I can't miss my favourite salad) as a side. I wanted to order the salad separately and get the fish with pasta, but they didn't have any pasta, so the waiter recommended I got it as a side, since the portions were pretty big. We've been known to wow waitresses with the amount of food we can eat but we did not expect so much food! The portions really are huge - I ate just my main course and I could barely finish it.

Pretty details at Lavanda, Sofia

The check was pretty cute, brought along with some dessert in little bowls that I have at home, ha!

Pretty details at Lavanda, Sofia

After that we went to get some ice-cream and I got some flowers from a lovely old lady, who was selling them on the street. I now have two lovely bouquets to brighten up my apartment. Best spent $1 ever!

Salted caramel ice-cream from Confetti Gelateria

Shirt: Koton (I think), Jeans: Fox; Shoes: Zara; Bag: Six; Sunglasses: ASOS

My day also included 1 1/2 hours of yoga and a movie. We went to see Dredd 3D with a couple of friends. It wasn't the best movie, extremely graphic and violent (although well made). Two people against a whole city and guess who wins?
I wanted to see Savages but I guess next time. Has anyone seen it already? Is it good?

Beautiful graffiti on Shishman Str. by transformatori

Well, that's about it. Did you have fun during the weekend?

(Photos: Iva Yaneva)
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