Mother’s Day

My little girl will be two years old in a couple of months. I heard all sort of stories about parenting and motherhood…but not in my wildest dreams could I imagine how my life will be turned upside down.

How you can actually live and function without sleep. How you can worry and obsess about so many little trivial things considering her well being, and completely forget about everything else.

How you can love your husband even more.

And how I often feel that I am the one who is learning, and she is the one who teaches me…all those little life lessons and joys I forgot along the way…

As probably so many mothers, although I spend my every free second with her, we don’t have so many photographs in which we are both together…my dear photographer Stela took these pictures, coincidentally, on Mother’s day…

I choose some of them to share with you guys…

Love you my precious “Little Fire”…

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PS. Tunic dress and embroidered jeans by Desigual, printed sneakers bought at Lidl 😉

 

Path of the Elves

Everyone who knows me could confirm you I am not very much of a nature girl. But from time to time, especially in December, my favorite book and movie, “Lord of the Rings”, always come to mind and my inner Elf just wants to go out and feel the sky, trees and fresh air…

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Green vest and skirt bought in second hand store for 40 kunas ( 7 dollars)

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Coat by Desigual

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Purse by Croatian designer Robert Sever

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Ankle boots by Desigual

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Merry Christmas and a lots of kisses!

Dina & Stela 🙂

Road trippin’

It’s time for some Autumn colors, patterned tights and road trippin’ 🙂 ! Ivna visited one of my favorite Croatian cities – Zadar. Hope you’ll enjoy her post!

Kisses, Dee

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Hi, It’s Ivna!
There is one day every month which makes me feel very happy and fulfilled. There is no planning or discussions – we just choose a potential destination and go.

It is the road trip day.

Great company, hours of driving, good music, girlie dresses and the Saturday is on!
Something about the Autumn and the way we dress makes it look like a scene from our favorite films. Leaves on the ground, trees going to their sleep. Sun & rain, windy cool weather. Crispy mornings, heads tucked in collars, hands fidgeting in pockets. Sipping hot drinks in bohemian artsy or posh bars. Hot coffees to go on rushed cold mornings.
In keeping with this season and our love of all things ’70s, it’s only natural that the color of choice is brown, but this potentially drab shade can be liven up with rich colors like maroon or copper.  The whole style is not finished without patterned stockings – accessory that makes every combination more interesting.

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This road trip was special to me because we went to Zadar, city where I have studied for almost 6 years. There are always some special feelings which pass through me every time when I come back – sweet memories indeed. Let’s take a walk through some interesting city spots.
First should be University, of course. The university in its current modern form was founded in 2002 but can trace its lineage to 1396, thus making it one of the oldest in Europe. As you can see, its location is remarkable.

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These are taken just in front of University building, featuring the statue of Ć piro Brusina.

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Brusina was an expert in natural sciences and founder of ornithology in Croatia. He was also a zoologist, explorer, cultural and public official. A man for all seasons indeed!

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What secrets does that shell contain?

Brusina is not the only famous man important for the city. In May 1964, Alfred Hitchcock checked into Room 204 of the classic and now closed Hotel Zagreb on the waterfront in Zadar. The hotel’s location was one of the best in town and it was from there that the famed director opined that

“The sunset of Zadar is the world’s most beautiful and incomparably better than in Key West, Florida.”

This is the view which I have seen many times while working long hours at the University. Real reward of nature for tired minds and souls after a hard days work.

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Beside the University, there are a lot of interesting sights to see. Generally, Zadar is one of the runaway success stories of the Croatian Adriatic, combining ancient and medieval heritage with a bustling cafĂ© life, vibrant bar scene and the kind of go-ahead architectural projects (such as the Sea Organ and the Greeting to the Sun) that give the seafront the appearance of a contemporary art installation. It is a wonderful place to enjoy, relax, read, swim
 or with a touch of darkness experience romantic views.

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Another must see is the church of St. Donat. It is located on the town’s ancient main square (dating back from the Roman times) – known as the Forum.

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And now for the details!

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Bata suede shoes and London print bag

If last autumn brought sweaters into focus and crazy printed styles were massive, today it’s more about pastels, monochromatic sweaters, softer fabrics, muted colors (grey, whites, blues, pinks) with chunky, cable knit and over sized designs. So basically the wild prints are a bit dated, but even those I think are great. Don’t do trends per se, you know. Do what you feel like: over sized, metallic, turtleneck, chunky, cable knit, pastels, one colored, fuzzy or whatever. All can be used to be your own style statement.

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Basic black stockings will always be chic, but by the end of the season, they’re so played out! Fresh colors and geometric patterns will give your outfit the jolt it needs. Check out these links for more inspiration:
http://www.instyle.com/news/5-tights-trends-new-york-fashion-week-try-now
http://fashionista.com/2015/02/tights

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We finish, as always, with a song – a perfect one to hit the road!

That’s all for now! Until next time…

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Kisses, XO XO

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Blast From the Past

My fashion maternity leave is still on, but Stela and Ivna are doing quite a good job on this little fashion blog, don’t you think so? This post is quite fascinating – Ivna was pictured on very same locations and in same outfit like her mother 30 years ago – “Blast from the past” indeed!

I hope you will enjoy reading it as I did!

Big kisses, Dina a.k.a. Miss Dee

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In my younger years, especially during adolescence, I swore that I would never be like my mom. Interesting how things change. Through the years we became really good friends, so I can say that „like mother like daughter“ sounds more like a compliment today.

As you could see with her black wedding grown in one of the previous posts – she’s got style! Not too long ago I have found a old photo album and decided to recreate it with a similar outfit and on the same location – the ruins of ancient Salona.

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Step into time machine and hold tight-ready, steady, GO!!
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Split Falling

My maternity leave is still on, but there’s no need to worry, there are many new blog post ideas in this crazy head of mine 🙂 ! Until then, enjoy this new excellent blog post by Miss Stela and Miss Ivna 🙂 !

Kissess, Dina aka Miss Dee!

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Well, fall is most certantly here. Yet, one of the most enchanting parts of early fall, at least here on the Mediterranean, is the fact that the sea is still hot enough to go swimming. Tell us, what could be better than having coffee in the city center and then enjoying an outing to the beach?

You have to dresses in style, and nothing is better suited for these “last days of the summer wine” as a breezy, simple white lace dress! Let’s take a look at what Ivna wore and how!

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Zip It !

My post from the last week, “Istanbul the Magnificent”, ended with the picture of all of the purchases I made in that beautiful city. One of those purchases is this beautiful, flower printed dress. I love to wear flower prints in all the seasons, but you cannot miss with them in hot summer days.

I was especially attracted to this dress because of one little detail which makes her a bit more special – zipper on her front side. It is quite normal to put hidden zippers to the back side of the dress, but this obvious, “in your face” front zipper was that final touch why I fell in love with this dress – he is not there just for function – he is there to make a fashion statement of his own!

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London the Fashionable

You may think Paris is the fashion capital of the world, but London is immersed into fashion beyond fashion shows and couture clothing shops. It’s a city that lives effortless urban style, a city that serves as everlasting inspiration to designers and consumers, a city dedicated to exploration of fashion. It is no wonder that during my time of visit back at the end of May there were at least four fashion exhibitions taking place at the same time, not to mention several permanent exhibitions of fashion and costumes! From the famous wedding dresses and history of Italian fashion at the Victoria and Albert Museum, to Paul Smith at the Design Museum, and Prada at Harrods, there was something for everyone. It was impossible to visit them all, but I was on a quest to see as many as possible.

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Step aside, Wonder Woman is here!

Today a post with a little bit of info on one fascinating imaginary woman – Wonder Woman. For some time now I have owned a Wonder Woman themed handbag by Italian brand Redwall. It was love at first sight – great Italian design with cool print of a remarkable icon. Lately I realised that I’m carrying this bag without really knowing anything about the woman whose gorgeous printed face is smilling to the world around me. I always looked at her as a fabulous woman in sexy outfits who is kicking some ass out of the bad guys. I did a little research and you can trust me – she is way more than that…

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Equestrians do it better

Today’s outfit came into my head the moment I found this green Zara coat…when I saw it,  it instantly had a certain vibe which involved countryside, rainy and cloudy weather…with a touch of English aristocracy – well I have certainly read a lot of books and watched numerous films with English aristocrats as main characters  to know it!

Equestrian look today isn’t reserved only for professionals – it is quite normal to see horse-riders inspired looks and accessoires in street fashion and on the runways. The look is very elegant, and perfect for cloudy and cold days. The main parts of the look are quality well-tailored coats and jackets, vests, fitted trousers, and high leather boots – I can bet that almost every girl has some variation of this look. Maybe in our everyday outings we don’t wear high hats, veils and whips, which were a common part of this look in the early 20th century, but equestrian look and its variations will definitely never go out of fashion!

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Miss Ava, True Femme Fatale

Today’s blog is a tribute to my favourite old school actress – Ava Gardner, and to the love of her life, Frank Sinatra. If she were still alive, today would be her 91st birthday.

Ava was a successful woman in a man’s world…Her life was always full of extremes – her love life, smoking and drinking habits, and of course, her wild beauty, were her trademarks…She wasn’t called the most beautiful animal in Hollywood for no reason!

In today’s world of inverted values considering beauty, spirit, and love, we truly need more women like Ava!

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