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Travel Style – Accessories

My friends who travel with me can attest that I always travel with one suitcase almost the size of a carry-one, even after becoming a “fashion blogger”. My secret is that I plan out every outfit and never bring with me things I won’t wear. I write down and take pictures of all my outfits when packing. I consider how many days I will be sightseeing, on the beach, on the boat, etc. Any outfit is made by an accessory, so I make sure to bring few statement necklaces and earrings, 3-4 scarfs, 3-4 wide belts, 4-5 sunglasses, 3-4 flat clutches and one large straw bag where I pack all these accessories. I wear my fedora hat on the plane and always take a canvas bag that folds, where I can put a hat, scarf and other things while on the plane. I usually bring 2-3 pairs of flat sandals in neutral colors of black or white, as well as gold, as I can mix and match with all my outfits. I also take beige or white heels that go with any evening ensemble, as well as rubber shoes by Melissa that are comfy, waterproof and go with all my nautical outfits. While on the plane I either wear white or silver sneakers / walking shoes, that I can later pair with shorts, dresses or pleated skirts while sightseeing. See my previous post on the cloths I pack and check out things on the shopping list here, which you’ll find me wearing on my upcoming trip.

  • Straw Bags

  • Statement Bags and Clutches

  • Statement Earrings

  • Hats

  • Footwear

Travel Style

The question that I get the most is how do I pack for vacation. Here are the pictures of my looks from the previous trips. And I am sharing items on my shopping list for my upcoming trip to Italy’s Tuscany and Amalfi Coast.

I’ve never went on vacation without white shorts and jeans, a white blazer and a white dress. These are my staples. I know I can wear them multiple times with different accessories. White feels and looks good on pictures in any scenery.

To go with the Italian vibe and the colorful coastal and Tuscan scenery, I will be bringing lots of dresses and tops in red and hot pink, red and blue stripes, yellow and possible something deep green. When it comes to prints, stripes are my long time favorite. I love accessorizing blue stripe shirts and dresses with red or yellow accessories.

Also don’t forget to bring basics like white and black tees, ripped jeans and a cardigan and scarf for the night.

In the separate post I will share footwear, bags and other accessories that make any outfit complete, as well as easy to pack. Happy Shopping.

  • White crochet

  • Stripes

  • Dresses in Color

  • Ruffles

  • Basics

Maxi dress and straw bag

Love the look of maxi ruffle dress with a trendy straw or wooden bag. My snake print ruffle dress is by Roberto Cavalli and I have it for years and a blue dress is by Zara from last season, but I like these ruffles dresses from Free People for a similar feel, I actually want to buy all three :

Wrap ruffles blue dress / White midi dress / All day Maxi dress

Round straw bag I bought in Cartagena at the local boutique, but I sound a similar here and here and Cult Gaia bags in many colors here.

See my other post for the looks with this bag.

Rosario Islands, Columbia

While in Cartagena we stayed at Movich hotel in the center of old town with the most magnificent view of the city from its rooftop with the pool. We also rented a boat for two days to do island hoping. Rosario islands are about 45 minutes from the city port by boat. The water is amazing and clear, the sand is soft and warm. While on islands we were offered the most delicious snapper, shrimps and langoustines caught and cooked right in front of our eyes. They were served with coconut rice and fried plantains. What a treat. Also on islands we got a great message and shopped for beautiful pearls, sea shells and other beauties that the nature offers on these islands. We didn’t want to leave, everything was so good.  As I was sitting on the beach half of my legs in the water I felt so happy and wished I could put that feeling in the bottle and bring it with me to New York. But as I am writing this, the feeling is still there in my heart and I have pictures for the memories.

PS to shop my outfits go these links : Red ruffles swimsuit / Black onepiece / Cross-over onepiece / Leaf print beach dress / Embellished bikini /

Cartagena

I love to travel and see new things and places, but what travel most importantly offers me is a new way of seeing myself. When I am surrounded by unfamiliar setting I become more mindful and this trip was no exception. As I was going through the pictures to select the ones I want to share here, I was mesmerized once again how beautiful, unique and in a way, untouched Cartagena is. It’s not as grand as Paris or Florence with its art and history but it is as romantic. It transforms you to another era with its vibrant architecture, colonial style heritage buildings, intricate balconies adorned with blooming pink flowers and the doors, those colorful doors that invite you to sit by them on the footsteps, to pause and to take it all in.

PS To shop my look: Black Jumper / Ark Bag / White outfit (old)

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!

 

St Tropez

St Tropez was everything I thought of and so much more. A little coastal town in the South of France is big on glamour, luxury, exclusive beaches and vibrant night life. I loved laid-back vibe with great food and chill music at Club les Palmiers and I loved decor and ambience of L’Opera restaurant. I loved walking narrow cobblestone streets lined up with local designer boutiques and admiring local artists drawing sunsets at yacht-lined port.

Every corner made a great photo opportunity.

Shop similar St Tropez looks of white lace rompers, dresses, pom pom sandals and straw bags at these links.

Lace Romper (also here and here) /Lace open shoulder topSandals (or here) / Straw Bag / Hat

French Riviera

Taking it back today to my amazing trip to French Riviera just a month ago. What a gorgeous coast- Nice, Cannes, St Tropez, Eze village. Just thinking about their beautiful beaches, colorful buildings, cute cafes, best seafood and Rose wine, makes me want to go back . Every corner made a perfect photo op and I am sharing them with you here.

To shop my looks click on links below of what is available online (some items like sequenced stripes skirt is by D&G and a vintage at this point)

White open back jumpsuit / Boudoir lace jumpsuit / Gladiators / White Open back top / White Swimsuit /

Accessories: Sunglasses by Chloe and Italia Independent / Round bag by Vivienne Westwood (sold out, but similar here) / Hat by local french designer

Scarfs from Mila&Such (use code Elena to get 10% off)

Jewelry by Kira Koktysh

City of Light

If you love to be inspired you’ll be in heaven in Paris. The creativity is so abundant, no wonder so many artists and writers lived and worked here. Sometimes I wonder what it would be like to be Woody Allen or Karl Lagerfeld or Ernest Hemingway for a day, to create like they did. The energy and beauty of the place will stay with me in my memories and pictures and I am sharing them here.
Since I claim to be a fashion blogger, let’s talk about just that. It amazes me how Parisian women always seem to know how to put together an effortless look and for that they certainty have a sense of style and of course an endless array of boutiques and departments stores.
Quick review on few areas that I shopped at:
1. Arrondissement 8 – Avenue Montaigne is home to high end legendary designers like Chanel and Hermes, as well as lavish houses, restaurants and hotels, such Hotel Plaza Athenee, which got its new kind of fame from Sex and the City movie. It’s a glamorous area to walk around, stop by coffee and macaron at Laduree and do some window shopping. If you are up for some serious shopping, quick tip – make sure to make an appointment in the morning if you are planning to shop bags in Hermes. When I went to the store in the afternoon and asked to see a bag, they looked at me like I was from another planet as I was without appointment and all bags were sold out for the day 🙂
2. Arrondissement 4 – Marais is packed with sexy cafes and stylish stores, here you can find high quality local designers, vintage stores, antiques and handcrafted jewelry. For lunch stop by restaurant Georges which is located on the top floor of Pampidou Center for an outstanding views of Paris and some champagne and foie gras.
3. Arrondissement 7 – St Germain was once home to many publishing houses and was a popular area for writters and intellectuals, who haunted local cafes such as Café Fiore and Bon Monmarte. It later attracted fashion houses like Balmain and Sonia Rykiel, who even decorated its boutique as a library and a book cafe. Make sure to also check out book store Assouline for some one-of-a kind fashion books to buy or just browse sitting on the bench by the window facing the garden. What a treat!
St Germain is also home to Bon Marche department store. I don’t usually shop at department stores, although I enjoyed full floor of designer kids collections at Galleries Lafayette and I enjoyed shoe shopping at Bon Marche (Great sales in July, you can get a nice pair of Chanel shoes for 300 Euros)
It is always a difficult decision choosing which of Paris’s arrodissments to explore and stay at, each offering something different. I did enjoy these 3 arrodissments the most for their creative appeal and a wide variety of little parks, unexpected corners, hidden quartiers, beautiful window displays, boutiques, hotels and restaurants. That’s the Paris I love the most.
PS To shop some of my looks here are the links:
White Jumpsuit / Tulle skirt / Stripes top / Red lace dress (sold out, similar here and here) / Louboutin shoes