Retro Caffe

One of my favorite places in Split is definitely Retro Caffe, located just below university campus. For a long time we had a plan to do photo shoot there, and we finally managed to do it a couple of weeks ago.

If you are a lover of retro culture, 50s and 60s, or at least drinking your coffee surrounded by amazing colorful environment, this is your place to be.  Because of work and family schedule I don’t visit it as much as I would like to, but every time I do it really puts a smile on my face, just the fact there is this small, positive place in my hometown.

All the vibrant colors, amazing pictures and wallpapers, unique new and vintage furniture…you really don’t know where to look at first!

We really enjoyed taking these pictures, but if you can visit it for yourself, you won’t regret it 🙂

Kisses,

Dina & Stela

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All the beautiful ladies!

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Dress by Yamamay, bought at second hand store for 20kn /3.5 dollars

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Oh James!

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Where is Waldo?

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Ballet flats by Hogl

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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 🙂

Back in Yellow !

Finally, after a long break, arrives my first post pregnancy post 🙂 ! First of all, I have to thank my friends Stela and Ivna for keeping this little blog alive with their amazing posts while I was trying to figure out my new mommy role.

My little baby girl Ena is now three and a half months old, and she has become our new partner whenever Stela and I manage some time to do photo shoots.

I thought it is appropriate to start this new fashion blogger / Ena’s mommy adventure in my colorful style – and which color is the best one two announce new life, new energy, new start? Of course, it’s splash of yellow!

Yellow is the color that captures our attention more than any other color. In almost every culture yellow represents sunshine, happiness, and warmth. It is the most visible color of the spectrum and the human eye processes yellow first. This explains why it is used for cautionary signs and emergency rescue vehicles.

It’s a primary color and so it’s the base of endless shades of colors. Yellow remains full, pure, and immune to all chromatic contamination.

It’s not an easy color to wear, and it looks better in contrast with black – add just a little bit of yellow to your everyday outfit, and trust me, you WILL be noticed 🙂

Enough with the small talk, let’s show you some pictures!

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Everyone I meet, even random people on the street ask me about Ena’s pushchair. It’s by the fantastic British brand Cosatto, and it was love at first sight!

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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 Špiro 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 café 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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Wood and shelf ring handmade, lucky watch 85

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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

IVNA

Split 3D

My pregnancy and this unbelievable heat wave have taken the best of me, but after a month long hiatus from blogosphere it is finally time for new blog post 🙂 !

Today’s post will feature something exciting and new that happened in our hometown last month – SPLIT 3D STREET ART FESTIVAL!
I would have been a shame not to use the art created by the wonderfully talented young street artists and try and combine it with an equally “urban” outfit.

…and in their own words:

SPLIT 3D Street Art Festival is a non-profit event where artists draw 3D images with chalk on the sidewalk. This peculiar way of drawing is known as the “one-point view” because the full visual impression is obtained only from a certain angle. It originated from the tradition of “Madonara”, artist of sacred images in Italy. Bard of the modern variants of artists is Kurt Wenner.

SPLIT 3D STREET ART FESTIVAL 2015 in it’s first year of organization, devoted exclusively for promoting anamorfism, the art of the 21st century, with the goal of educating young artists from Split and with a mission to become a traditional festival as the best promoter of Split, Dalmatia.”

Hope you’ll enjoy the pictures, kisses from Split!

Dina

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My Gipsy Soul

I’m always happy and proud to wear jewelry and clothing with a story behind them. In my life I try to find items that tell me something…and when I do find those kind of items and with them their creators…well the feeling is fantastic!

Recently in my hometown Split, thanks to my dear friend Gorana who works there, I discovered a beautiful jewelry store named “Salt” – and trust me, jewelry in that store really “speaks to me”!

The story behind today’s necklace is told by it’s creator Lara, and I hope you will like it 🙂

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Dressing THE Bump :)

I feel very much ashamed that I didn’t post anything for almost a month, but whole this time I’m very much online, checking out other bloggers and getting bigger day by day – because yes, I’m expecting my first baby in the late Summer 🙂 !

My photographer Stela and I finally managed to coordinate our schedules and take some pictures in beautiful park “Đardin”  in my hometown Split, for this first official pregnancy photo shoot, hope you’ll like it!

Kisses from Dina, AKA Miss Dee and her bump 😉

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