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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 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

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

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

 

Tulum is probably one of the most unexpected places I’ve been to. Maybe it has to do with me always preparing and spending hours on a Tripadvisor on what to see, where to eat and what to do before all my vacations, unlike this time I completely went with the flow and let the road lead me, literally. Before I turned to the shore road packed with ecofriendly resorts, yoga retreats and chic restaurants all serving green juices I actually stopped at the gas station to ask which way is Tulum beach. And what a surprise it was. It is the most spiritually abundant little beach towns I’ve ever experienced. 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 happy and relaxed, food is healthy and delicious, water is warm and healing. Everywhere you turn there’s a reminder that life is beautiful, that all we need is love, and we should stop thinking, breath deeper and enjoy the moment.
Places worth checking out:
  1. Casa Violetta – my most favorite place in Tulum. It’s a beach club, a restaurant, a yoga retreat. It’s so beautiful, simple, bright and serene that you can’t help but fall in love. Food is delicious, views are breathtaking. This is a type of place that is memorable to share with your loved one and also great to be alone at. This is a place where you can sip a green juice, 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.
  1. Be Tulum – also a great place to spend quality time with your loved ones or a solo gateway. You can enjoy delicious food on the gorgeous ceramic plates, sip coconut water or a ginger tea, take a swim in the ocean or a pool, and stay late into the night enjoying the music, it’s adults only place.
  1. Aura Beach Club – relaxed spot to hang our if you are not staying in the hotel, but in the condo like I did. It is also kids friendly, unlike other places that are all about peace and quiet. The beach is gorgeous, my kids enjoyed riding the waves while me and my husband enjoyed fresh fish ceviche and mojitos.
There are so many other open air restaurants and beach clubs that you can try out. To get around town you can walk, rent a bike or a cute colorful vintage VWs. There are a lot of boutiques selling organic cotton t-shirts or crystal jewelry. To go with the scene everyone is dressed in easy going flowy dresses, colorful kaftans or crochet jumpers. This is just such a great get-away-from-crazy-busy-life place which I highly recommend visiting.

 

Shop the short set from Asos / Gladiators from Aldo (similar here)

Similar looks here and here

Check my other posts on Yoga Retreats, as well as nearby Cenotes and Mayan Ruins

As mentioned in my other post, Tulum is a perfect place to practice yoga and meditation, all while taking in the sights, scents and sounds of the nearby ocean.  There are many places that you can go on a group yoga retreat for a week and others that offer a walk-in if you just like to take a yoga class or have a spa treatment. Here are my picks:
1. Maya Tulum resort retreat – this eco-resort is a perfect place to rest and recharge. You can stay there “all-inclusive” in a cabana right by the ocean, eat deliciously healthy food, deepen your yoga and meditation practice, get spa treatments and energy treatments like Reiki.
2. Uno Astrolodge is very charming rustic resort that offers yoga classes and delicious food right on the beach.
3. Amansala – wellness-focused beach hotel that also looks very chic and trendy (rumor has it the owner is former New Yorker). Situated on amazing beach, decorated in bright pink colors, offers spa treatments, bikini boot camps and relaxing yoga classes.
All these places offer overnight accommodations as well as open to walk-ins like myself, who took yoga classes and spa treatments.
PS Shop one-piece swimsuit at NastyGal

 

One day I took a break from stunning beaches of Riviera Maya and escaped to a secret underworld of turquoise pools called Cenotes. Cenotes are mineral-rich swimming holes in magical caves, where it’s believed Mayans communicated with the gods. Just look at the energy surrounding me while I am taking a dip and feeling lost in another time in those beautiful crystal-clear water. There are many cenotes around Tulum, where you can easily drive to if you rent a car or go on a tour offered by your resort. You can rent an equipment to do diving or snorkeling. Cenotes that we went to are called Dos Ojos.

Shop the look:

High-waisted bikini (similar here or here)

White beach tunic (or splurge here)

Panama hat (mine is similar from local Mexican vendor)

Sunglasses RayBan

Jewelry by http://www.kirakoktysh.com/

 

 

 

For my dream escape to Mexico I went with these flowy sheer maxi dresses. They are so effortless, joyful, romantic and free, and totally go with my current mood and way of thinking. For those who follow me on Facebook or Instagram it is no surprise that I am in love with sunsets and enjoy morning walks on the beach. I also found this magical swing at the beach bar of the Dreams Resort where I spent every morning swinging and dreaming.
I welcome you to my photo album and share links to these dresses: