Browsing CategoryInspiration

Lookback to 2017

It’s the first weekend of 2018, it’s freezing cold outside after a snow storm that hit New York. I am sitting at my kitchen table, aka my office desk, thinking and dreaming about places I’d like to visit and a new content I want to create this year. There are so many dreams and ideas swirling in my mind, teasing me and exciting me.

But before this year takes over I’d like to look back and reflect on 2017 and share the things I’ve learned from my experiences and realizations that got me to where I am today.

The turning of the year is usually a great time when we make resolutions – to lose weight, to achieve our next goal (bigger house, better paid job), to be better with our finances, or to be more present with our kids, just to name a few. A few years ago I was making the same resolution lists, writing and re-writing them, only to realize, that for the most part, they don’t work at all or work for a limited time.  Why? Because the root of all our dissatisfaction and frustration comes from self-judgement. We constantly compare ourselves to others, we blame ourselves for not being smart enough or pretty enough, we hate growing older and getting out of shape in our bodies. And it all comes from not knowing who we really are and not realizing that the only thing that is real is the present moment, available for us to enjoy, if we stop complaining and comparing. Unfortunately, in our culture we are taught to compete and not be comfortable with where we are and always strive for more, only “more” is always defined by material things.

But what I know now is what we all are seeking for is the connection to our true authentic Selves, our souls and for finding the meaning to our lives.

So as we are entering this new year, I would like to invite you to practice few things from my, not 2018, but Lifetime resolution list:

  1. Forgive yourself for “not making it”, for “not being there”, for “not being good enough”. You are exactly where you need to be at the present moment.
  2. Spend alone time with yourself : meditate, sit in silence, walk in the park, listen to a soft music, read an inspiring book, take a shower in complete darkness, wake up with the sunset, end the day with the gratitude.  All these things helped me to protect my heart and connect with myself, and I do most of them each day.
  3. Start listening to your body. Everyone knows that sleep, exercise and healthy eating is key to healthy life. But the key that I uncovered that loving your body with all its imperfections is the key. Feeding it with the most nutrient rich food, detoxifying and giving your digestive system breaks with weekly fasting, relaxing with meditation, and just filling yourself with positive thoughts.
  4. Engage in creative process, whatever it is for you- writing, painting, composing, singing, dancing, cooking, taking photographs. When we emerge into creative process, we inevitably connect to something larger than us, that can bring new insights, unfold our soul, heal us and shift our prescriptive.
  5. Live life with no expectations. Someone recently asked me what my expectations are with my blog and what my plans are to attract followers and brand collaborations and I replayed that I have absolutely none and that I want to surprise myself and trust that Life take me places.
  6. Stop blaming others – parents, spouses, coworkers, government, situations, traffics, bad weather, rude strangers on the street. Remember that our reality is the reflection of our inner world. So all the people and situations in our lives are attracted by our thought patterns from our conscious and subconscious mind. So unless we look within and change, we will keep attracting the same situations.
  7. Stand by your own personal truth. People will always give you advice on what they think is right. They will put doubts into what you can and can not do. They do it from their level of awareness, which may not always align with yours. Always follow your own intuition.
  8. Let go of any attachment to things, people and outcome. Life is constantly changing and moving, don’t let things get hold of you.
  9. Express gratitude. I forgot when it was last time I asked for anything in my prayer. The only prayer I know and say these days is Thank you.
  10. Love yourself as it is the most significant relationship of your life.

Thank you for reading and I hope you resonate with what I shared with you.

If you want to read the books that expanded my consciousness, changed my perception and made me connect with myself, please check out my Amazon page.

Love and light your way.

Best of 2017

As this year draws to its end, I want to thank it for all the gifts it brought me, for my kids, for my husband who is my soul mate, travel companion and photographer who is documenting my journey, for my family and friends, for all the people who entered and stayed in my life, and for all the places I’ve visited and traveled to, especially Machu Picchu in Peru, my beloved Italy with my husband and kids, and to wrap up this year to Tulum, Mexico.

This year has been monumental in many regards. It’s been a year of rapid deepening into spiritual connection and expansion. It further revealed to me who I really am and what I meant to do in my life, which nothing more than to share the beauty and wisdom of this beautiful Life. It taught me that what I think and do manifests itself into coming back into my life. I want to share more of that side of me next year. Style and fashion will always be part of me, it’s the easiest and most natural thing I can do in my life. I do however want to focus more next year on inner beauty and wellness, and want everyone to feel good about themselves and manifest their dreams to reality.

Cheers to this great year and more to come in 2018!

Merry Christmas

Feeling the magic of Christmas and basking in love and warmth of my family, friends and our lovely dog. He is been such an amazing addition to our family and we hope in this new year of a Dog, based on Chinese horoscope, he continues to bring us unconditional love and joy. Wishing everyone loving, abundant and miraculous holiday season. Happy Everything, my friends!

PS link to my dress, cause I know you want to know 😉

 

Best of 2016

Year 2016 has been an amazing year for me. I am grateful for my loving family and beautiful kids, for having laughs and good times with my husband, for all inspiring destinations I traveled to, for new people who entered my life, for all friends who I enjoyed the company with. I am grateful for all internal realizations and discoveries, for all opportunities and adventures that Life grants me.  I see beauty in every day life and I want to do it all in style that is true to myself, whether it is walking the streets of a busy New York or relaxing at the beach with my kids, seeing the sunset in Tulum or running the lavender fields in Provence.

I am grateful to be able to share it and I’d like to thank you all for following along. Here are some of my favorite fashion moments in 2016. Cheers to 2017!

 

Thanksgiving

It’s the morning of Thanksgiving day. I am slowly sipping my coffee with a luxurious piece of pecan pie, staring out of the window and I feel in this moment that I am complete. I open up my laptop and my fingers start typing. I want to give thanks. Thanks to this beautiful world, to my life, to my family, to my husband and my beautiful kids, to my friends and followers, to all people that crossed my path and who inspired me, for all experiences that I had and for those yet to come. And most of all, I want to thank “myself” for feeling this way, for knowing the difference between what’s important and what is not, for listening to my intuition, for having my own voice, for being able to inspire whoever finds me inspiring.

I don’t have a wish list this holiday season. I just want to thank for all that already is.

Hope you all have something to be thankful for.

Love, Elena

PS because you asked 🙂 Cashmere coat and a hat is by a talented Brooklyn designer Annie Couture. Shop in store or contact them directly to purchase.  Dress is from Asos, on sale now with code Thankful30

Jet setting looks

If you are planning a trip to French or Italian Riviera or any other destination by the coast, check out some of my picks for that breezy easy effortless chic look.

1. Off the shoulder dress (or here) and Top (as pictured) or Blouse

2. Cut-out Dress (here or here)

3. White Dress

4. Stripes separates and Stripes Romper

5. Open back Jumpsuit (or here)

6. Crochet cover-up

7. Straw accessories : Hat and Tote (or here)

8. Sunglasses: Karen Walker / Chloe / Free People

It’s been a year…

It’s been a year since I launched this website and I’d like to thank you all for joining.

In my continued pursuit to find what makes my soul sing and to express myself creatively I started a fashion blog a year ago. Little did I know that soon after I would start an amazing journey of discovering myself, the meaning of life and what my true purpose is.

I am thankful for all people who stayed in my life and who supported me, and I am thankful for those who left only to open the door for new ones to come into my life, touch my soul and change my direction.

I learned that everything that happens to you you really attract to yourself. I learned that when you love life and you are grateful for every moment, good or bad, life loves you back and the possibilities of what you can do are endless.
I learned how to embrace all sides of me, and that I can do it all – Be a financier, a fashion blogger, mom, wife, friend.
I learned that life is about balance. That I can dance in stilettos one night and be barefoot on the yoga mat the next day. Eat chocolate and drink wine when my heart wants it and eat kale salad when my body needs it. Be bold and loud, and let that compliment my ability to stay humble and silent. Make my own rules and follow my own path and don’t let anybody tell me how to live according to theirs.

What changed in me and what I feel inside can never be shown in the picture or written in the post. I can attempt it though, just because I want others also to feel good about themselves and to show them the bright side of life. I feel that when you are blessed in life, it is not just for you, but for you to pass to others.

So thank you for joining me on this journey, I am only starting.

Smile. Life is truly beautiful.

Love
Elena

2015 Recap

2015 marked a year of awakening, inspiration and immense growth for me. Starting with a sunrise morning runs on the beach in Mexico, followed by starting my own fashion blog. Then meeting spiritual teachers and spending summer weekends in the mountains with my kids, while reading books and meditating. Then taking an amazing trip to Italy with my husband, all that while being challenged in my finance career, as well as pushed to the limits by my kids, only the next minute showered by their unconditional love.

All that made search for the higher wisdom and a larger vision of life, to get an answer to that restless feeling inside of me that I knew something but forgot. As the pictures from my inspiration folder began to manifest, I started to realize that I create my own reality. I realized that there are no ordinary moments, that my destiny is truly remarkable and beautiful design and it unfolds at its perfect time, even though very often it doesn’t feel that way as I don’t see a big picture.

I am grateful for this year, for everyone who crossed my path, for all new people that I attracted into my life, for all the old friends and family who sincerely rooted for me and those who didn’t.

I know that to discover myself I don’t need to take a trip to Nepal or Peru, I just need to look inside to get all the answers. However I may take those trips anyway, because travel inspires me and expands my thinking, it makes my heart skip a beat when I see unreal sunsets and makes me  emerge in the moment when without rushing anywhere I take my time sipping wine in small cafes, people watch and just enjoy being.

As I look into 2016 I really don’t have any goals as much as to bring fashion inspiration, pass positive vibes, and simply serve as mini escape from an ordinary life with my travel pictures and my random pictures of all things I find beautiful, like the sunrise or a nice pair of shoes 😉

And it will be beautiful if I can pass my energy and inspire someone along the way, and if not, it will be beautiful nevertheless, because it is already perfect for me and that’s enough.

Thank you for joining me on my journey and Happy New Year.

Love, Elena