Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Pulse at Bucharest Fashion Week

Hi! Friday, April 25th, was the last day of Bucharest Fashion Week Spring 2014 edition and one of my friends that was involved in organizing this event, invited me to attend.
Although this was the 20th edition of Bucharest Fashion Week, it was the first edition I went to and I didn't know what to expect. The public's perception of this event isn't exactly great and judging by some of the collections that were presented during this event over the years, I can honestly understand why.  
However, that didn't stop me from going and see with my own eyes how things really are at Bucharest Fashion Week. There's no way to sugarcoat it, there's still a long way to go, many things that need to be improved, but I am going to focus and talk about the positive side of this event.

For me, it was a great surprise and pleasure to discover four talented, promising, young designers that launched their very first collection last Friday. The four young women behind Pulse presented their Fusion spring-summer 2014 Collection.
The concept was truly unique and for me it was like breath of fresh air (no pun intended).
Here is what the designers had to say about their first collection:

"Digital evolution is enhancing the area where technology and humans meet, influencing more and more the synergy between the habitual and informational side of an individual. The increased usage of technology alters the way people engage in social experiences, and leads them to an imminent sense of isolation in today's society. At the same time, our consciousness, imagination, and abstracting intelligence have conferred upon humanity the unique awareness of our connection to Nature. The multi-level dialogue of FUSION collection becomes visible through organic textures, unconventional use of materials, fresh pastel chromatics and metallic accents."

 This looks like the beginning of a beautiful brand.

Saturday, April 26, 2014

PAS DU TOUT I LOVE NUEVA YORK

PAS DU TOUT launched its spring-summer 2014 collection, I LOVE NUEVA YORK, on Thursday during an exclusive event. The fifth collection PAS DU TOUT, signed by Madalina Dorobantu, is a tribute to fair play. I LOVE NUEVA YORK is an embodiment of simplicity and casualness accessorized with the carefree attitude of the people living in the Big Apple.

Inspired by the energy and the mixture of cultures that define New York, the collection highlights pieces that are the perfect combination between daring, unusual textures and colors. The pieces of the collection are made out of fabrics such as leather, lace, silk, net, quilt and braided flax.
Madalina Dorobantu says: "I am absolutely fascinated by New York City and its people that have a powerful attitude and strong personalities. The people that live here came from all over the world and this city reflects a variety of cultural influences. I can certainly relate myself to this collection that surprises NYC's vibe so well."

The I LOVE NUEVA YORK collection can be found in PAS DU TOUT's showroom located on Virgil Madgearu, 15-17, street and in the concept stores Entrance and The Place.


Friday, April 25, 2014

Istanbul Topkapi Palace and Gülhane Park

It's time for dancing blogging it's the weekend (♫ ♫ ♫). It's time for day-dreaming as well. 
True, we will never be royals (♫ ♫ ♫), but we can always walk through the alleys of a palace, for example, Topkapi Palace, and explore the various rooms, courtyards and beautiful gardens within the palace walls. If you visit Topkapi Palace you can experience the royal lifestyle of the Ottoman sultans.
As you can see in the pictures below, even the cats have an aristocratic look here.
The palace, now a museum, is a major tourist attraction and contains important holy relics of the Muslim world. Right next to Topkapi Palace, a peaceful oasis can be found.


Gülhane Park, that was once served as the grounds of Topkapi Palace, accessed only by the royal court, is now a public park where you can take a break and smell the roses tulips.
For me, these are two absolutely must see places in Istanbul. Hope you enjoy these pictures and your weekend. Till next time.

 

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Istanbul Mosques

Hi! I am back with some more pictures from my trip to Istanbul. This time we are going to visit  the four famous mosques of Istanbul that deserve special attention. Süleymaniye Mosque,
The New Mosque (Yeni Cami), The Blue Mosque and Hagia Sophia.

Süleymaniye Mosque is the largest mosque in Istanbul and like many famous mosques in Turkey it was designed by the chief Ottoman architect, Mimar Sinan.
The imposing mosque was built on the order of Suleiman the Magnificent in 1550. Sinan completed the mosque and the large complex surrounding it in 1557.
The tomb of Suleiman the Magnificent can be found in the complex.
In the next set of photos, you can see The New Mosque (Yeni Cami). The construction of the mosque began in 1597 and it was completed in 1663. This gives a whole new meaning to the word new, right? The New Mosque is located in the Eminonu district of Istanbul, near the Spice Bazaar. 
Next we have the historical mosque, Blue Mosque, known as SultanAhmet Mosque in Turkish, after the Ottoman sultan Ahmet I who had it built from 1609 to 1616.
It was dubbed Blue Mosque because of the blue tiles in its interior.

And in the last two pictures, you can see the magnificent Hagia Sophia. Hagia Sophia is a former Greek Orthodox church and it was converted to a mosque in 1453 when Constantinople was conquered by the Ottoman Empire.

Süleymaniye Mosque

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Istanbul Princes' Islands

Hi. Exactly 2 weeks ago today, I was traveling to Istanbul. Yes, I know this is a long overdue blog post, but I had over 1000 pictures to edit, so cut me some slack.
Also, I had a hard time recovering from the traumatizing experience that people call flying.  If you read this post you probably know that even being in a cable car is like a near-death experience for me.
I hate losing control, I hate being stuck in a cramped space up in the air and whatever people might say it doesn't get better with time. It actually gets worse. Last time when I flew on a plane I was a lot calmer, this time around I had a panic attack that felt like a stroke.
Any tips on how to overcome flight anxiety?

Anyway, let's talk about my trip to Istanbul. Istanbul is officially the 6th most visited city in the world, it also has a population of 14.1 million, so you can imagine how crowded the city can be. 
In case you were wondering if Istanbul would be a good city break destination, know that for me it wasn't. You need to take a break to charge your batteries prior to coming here because you will need fully charged batteries to explore this remarkable city.

My fiance and I spent 4 short days in Istanbul and because there was so much to see we had to walk for about 10-11 hours a day. The weather in April was a bit chilly, but it was actually the perfect weather for touring the city on foot. 
It was nothing like a break, it was more like a marathon. Gotta visit'em all! 

It was definitely worth it though. Istanbul is fascinating, affordable and truly unique! The city located on two continents has something for everyone. The endless liveliness of Istanbul, the food, the markets, the amazing sights such as the Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia and Topkapi Palace, the Bosphorus cruise, will win you over.

I will not show you the chaos of the city in today's post however. We will take things slow and embark on a virtual trip to Princes' Islands. 
The Prince Islands, are a chain of nine islands off the coast of Istanbul, Turkey, in the Sea of Marmara.  
 
We took the ferry to the largest of the Princes' Islands, Buyukada, and even though the island is only one hour away from Istanbul it's feels worlds apart. 

The cars are banned here so transport is either by foot, bike or horse-drawn carriage. We decided to explore the island by foot to make sure I pet all the stray cats we take in all the architectural richness of the island. There are so many beautiful old mansions and villas with such elaborate decorations, trim gardens, that will take you back in the time tunnel a full century.
Stay tuned for more photos from my trip to Istanbul later this week!

 
Dolmabahce Mosque is located in the south of Dolmabahce Palace, in Besiktas, on the European coast of Bosphorus.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

V for Vintage 12th edition

In weekendul 5-6 aprilie a avut loc V for Vintage Portobello Market, doua zile in care cultura vintage si designul romanesc au avut epicentrul la Sala Dalles. 

Mai bine de 3500 de vizitatori s-au bucurat de atmosfera, de shopping si de ceaiul fierbinte – un 5 o'clock tea extins pe durata intregii zile. Au descoperit noutati, au scotocit, au glumit, s-au intalnit cu prieteni vechi si si-au facut prieteni noi, printre cei peste o suta de expozanti din zonele Vintage Autentic, Designeri romani de Haine, Bijuterii si Accesorii, zona Molecule F & Friends. Copiii s-au distrat impreuna cu cei de la Reciclare Creativa intr-un kids room simpatic, iar parintii lor s-au pozat cu palariile din dotare, cu noile achizitii sau... cu noii prieteni.


Pentru doua zile, la V for Vintage Portobello Market, Sala Dalles a devenit o felie de strada londoneza cu atmosfera vibranta si creativa, populata de oameni frumosi, designeri interesanti, comori si povesti.

Candles handmade Cup&Candle

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Childhood memories

You probably can't tell just by looking at these pictures, but this isn't just an ordinary park for me. It was my brother and I precious playground. Before my family moved to a different neighborhood this was the park I used to go to every weekend for 4-5 years. I have so many beautiful memories here, I can't believe it took me 20 years to come back and visit. Funny how sometimes you can't remember what you had for dinner the day before, yet you seem to remember everything about your favorite childhood place. 
I am so glad I took this wonderful stroll down memory lane yesterday.

I am wearing a Koton shirt, Lashez skirt, BB-up wedges, Rokoko bag and Meli Melo/ H&M bracelets.