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Good Vibes from Tulum

Tulum is the of the most spiritually abundant beach towns I’ve ever experienced in Mexico. It is a perfect place to practice yoga and meditation, while taking in the sights, scents and sounds of the Caribbean ocean. To get around town you can walk or rent a bike or a vintage VWs. We’ve rented a car in Cancun airport (for $10 a day at Hertz!) and drove to Tulum for about hour and a half.

Whether you want to deepen your yoga practice or just enjoy pristine beach and catch some good vibes, Tulum is the place to visit. People are young in heart, happy and relaxed, food is healthy and delicious, water is warm and healing. Everywhere you turn, there’s a reminder that life is beautiful and all we need is love. Tulum is an invitation to enjoy life and the present moment.

Now about fashion – to go with the scene everyone is dressed in easy going flowy dresses and colorful kaftans over one-piece swimsuits.

There are so many boutique hotels, yoga retreats, spas, open air restaurants, vegan food cafes, and beach clubs to try out. Here’s the short list of my favorite places:

Boutique hotels/ Beach Clubs:
  1. Be Tulum – is my favorite place in Tulum. You can enjoy good vibes, live music and delicious food while taking a swim in the ocean or a pool, and staying late into the night. This place is adults only and offers an overnight accommodations, as well as walk-ins for the day at the beach ($100 min spend per couple for food and drink) or club at night.
  2. Nomade Tulum – a neighbor to Be Tulum, a hotel and spa with the similar look and fee. Here’s their mission written on their website, I couldn’t describe it better:  “Nomade Spirit… to be in never ending movement, walking this planet, expanding the horizons and landscapes… transforming ourselves to be free from thoughts and judgments.”
  3. Casa Malca – a luxury resort for dreamers who appreciate art, design and creativity. Casa Malca is a former estate to Colombian drug dealer Pablo Escobar, which was turned into a hotel with luxury amenities and decorated with contemporary art.
  4. Casa Violetta – another beach club, restaurant, a yoga retreat, all in one. It’s a beautiful, simple, bright and serene place that you can’t help but fall in love with. Their food is delicious and views are breathtaking.

All these places are great to stay at with a nice company of friends or girlfriends, or just your loved one (that I prefer) or even alone (which can also be great and rewarding). These are the places where you can really nourish yourself with high quality vegan food and juices, meditate on the beach,  think about life and write a postcard to a friend (or a blog post to your followers ;), all while enjoying the sights, sounds and smells of the ocean.

All these beach clubs I mentioned above have amazing restaurants, but here are few more places where we had an great experience, to add to the list:

  1. Hartwood is the best restaurant in town, everyone wants to get there, make sure to make reservations ahead of time via email, if you want to take park of this gastronomic experience. If you don’t get it there’s a place right next to it that also has the same vibe, open kitchen and swings at the bar, you won’t miss it.
  2. Raw Love offers the most amazing vegan acai bowls, juices and vegan deserts.
  3. MatchaMama is a cute, must stop by, juice bar that offers matcha and kombucha drinks, smooties and vegan ice-cream.

PS Also check out my other posts about Tulum from my visit in February 2016 (Ruins and Cenotes)

Baby, it’s cold outside

It was frigid cold in New York this weekend which I noticed every year happens on Russian Christmas. We went to my parents yesterday to celebrate. If it was not for this family tradition, I would not step out of the house this weekend because I realized I don’t have any really warm sweaters, undergarments or snow boots. I do have a nice fur coat that I am excited to were few times a year.

So today I spent looking to buy snow boots and warm clothing, in advance of me going to some cold places this year 😉

So I am sharing what I found and some of it bought to try out:

1. Snow boots

2. Warm coats

3. Sweaters and Vests

4. Body warmers, accessories and my other wellness items are on my Amazon page HERE


After Christmas sale

This is my favorite time of the year to shop for myself. When all the presents are gifted, it’s time to treat myself to something new and not feel guilty about it because of excellent deals.

My shopping list – click the direct links:

  1. Club Monaco wool or cashmere coats (especially in light colors, I am really into winter white lately)
  2. Self-Portrait dresses
  3. Saks 5th Ave designer shoes
  4. Asos White collection
  5. Pixie Market sweaters and tops
  6. Sephora makeup (especially highlighters from Tarte)
  7. Suede OTK boots : Stuart Weitzman are the best, so when it’s on sale (here as well), I grab it. I also just got these Steve Madden in beige and I am in love.
  8. Yoox for kids (Armani, Monalisa, Miss Grant and other italian brands at great prices) Shopping for kids is like shopping for myself.

To shop this look I wore for Christmas: White Fur (similar) / Skirt / Shoes

Time is luxury

I am always looking for unique accessories to wear and more so lately natural and feel good on my skin jewelry, like crystals and wood. So when I saw this JORD wooden watch I fell in love. Wood watches by JORD are the finest luxury all-natural wooden watches that are hand-crafted by artists. What a unique piece to wear and keep me grounded, in the present moment and on time, in my busy ever-changing New York life. I don’t just wear a watch that tells me time, I wear a watch to accessorize and complete my whole look. What I also like about this watch is its masculine look and feel, which balances my usually romantic style. It goes well with my ladylike accessories such as gloves, scarfs and miniature bags.

This watch also makes a great gift, especially for upcoming holidays, so be sure to add it to your own wish list or to gift it to the special person in your life. Holidays are such a perfect time to give someone you care about the gift from the heart.

Shop it now and get instant 25% discount if you shop at his link.

You will find that the brand carries various styles and shapes, and offers many unique color combinations of the face of the watch as well as hue and depth of the natural wood.  The brand also offers custom engraving for that super personal touch.

To complete the look : sweater / jeans / round bag

I am so looking forward to the holiday season and be sure to share more of my favorite items with you.


Blanket Scarf

It’s a perfect time of the year to get a plaid scarf. Use it as a blanket on a cozy day at home or as a scarf over turtleneck or leather jacket to keep you warm and stylish. It makes a great travel companion and became a staple in my wardrobe.

My picks: COS / JCrew / ASOS / Nordstrom

The Mark

One of my favorite hotels in New York is The Mark. When I first stepped in the lobby of this amazing place I fell in love. There are many reasons to adore this luxury place: the black and white floors and the whole interior were created by French designers; it houses a flower shop and a famous French book shop Assoulin, with one of a kind fashion publications; it offers an express lift to Bergdorf Goodman for fashionistas like myself; and of course, it offers one of a kind dining experience by one and only Jean-Georges. It was my treat to stay at this luxury hotel for my birthday for a mini stay-cation.

My outfit was inspired by this place, as I am loving bold and textured materials and colors. Red velvet has become my favorite, as seen me wearing red velvet accessories at the fashion week (see post here). My blazer is by JCrew, but few seasons old, they have an amazing velvet blazer in stores now, shop it here. My beret, skinny scarf, pants and top are all from Zara’s older collection, but they make these classics on repeat, so definitely can find something similar in stores now. My round tote is by Vivienne Westwood, but here’s the similar but smaller version of wine color circle wristlet.  And lastly, the sock boots are my must-have this fall, I’ve posted my favorite boots on my fall shopping list here.