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Life in Italy so far

Yeees, I am still here! Just took a “small” break from my blog to focus totally on my Italian life. I have had a lot to do in other words. Learning the language, several projects with brands, deadlines and private life. And oh, also dealing with everything that´s going on in my head above all that. Damn, I didn´t think moving to another country would be that crazy. I´m just gonna be honest with you guys, not everything is a dance on roses here. But I´m still settling down, so… hopefully the future is bright. And oh, I finished my Italian school today, so… YEEEY! Finally summer break for me too.

I have lived in Italy since January, and I have to say that I am not as homesick as I thought I would be. Yeah, of couse, I miss some things like my family and friends, and also some “Makrell i tomat” from Stabburet of course, haha. But apart from that, and all the odds I have experienced while living here, it´s actually kind of ok.
The vibe is different around here, and so am I. It´s actually difficult to move to another country where the people have a totally different way of living and acting. Everything goes so fast, and things are kind of chaotic around here. I am used to Norway, even thought I am Bulgarian. Bulgaria and Italy are kiiind of similar. But yeah, things are much more different than I thought. There are both good and bad days here too, believe it or not. It´s not all like in the movies, music videos or books. And it´s a totally different thing to live here than to be on a lovely vacation. Don´t get me wrong now, I love Italy, and all it´s amazing views, food and experiences, but it´s just that life here is a bit different than what I am used to. You have to experience it yourself to understand. I know that one can´t always get what one imagines, but that´s alright, makes it all somehow more exciting.

So, the language. It is a bit difficult to learn Italian, to be honest.. Everything went on in Italian at the language school, and we were not allowed to speak English during the lessons. It´s a good way to learn, but sometimes it´s was a bit confusing. Still tho, I love Italian language, and I really want to learn it as fast as possible, so I can start living, working and socializing with locals. It has always been my dream to speak this beautiful language.

One of the negative things I have experienced is the transport. Oh my, what a system they have here in Italy. Seriously tho.. I´ve been halv an hour (or more) late for my lessons several times. Half of the trains are cancelled and the other half are delayed by 15-30 minutes. I mean, can you even imagine? And oh, they cancel the train like 10 minutes before the train has to arrive, or they change platforms 2 minutes before the train arrives. I just don´t know how many times I have ran like an idiot around the train station, or how much time and nerves I have waisted waiting. It really has been one heck of a ride with the transport here, and not least, incredibly tiring. How do even people get to work every day? I´m not gonna even mention the local transport. Another thing that is taking it´s time is the post. For the post to arrive it takes tripple the time than usual. You get the deal. Anyways, guess I´ll just have to get used to it.

When it comes to work I have gotten a lot out of my stay so far. I have met and collaborated with several interesting international brands, visited showrooms and experienced Milan Fashion Week. So it has been a blast so far, but I also have to admit that it has also been a bit difficult to get into the fashion industry here, and I am still working on it. Still I am really pleased with what I have accomplished so far, and more is coming! It´s all just sooo exciting!

People are usually asking me why I moved here, and left the good life in Norway where everything is almost perfect. And to be honest I kind of get them now, but one thing Italy has that Norway doesn’t is the unique creativity in everything. The art, food, fashion, buildings, history, etc. Come on, we are talking about Italy here. Norway has other goods, and also negative sides of course. Every country has it´s pros and cons.

Anyways, apart from the transport, everything else is great! I´m not gonna go into personal stuff, but I am living my Italian dream by eating pasta or pizza 5 times a week + amazing/fresh gelato, visiting beautiful places, getting inspired, connecting with Italian brands and agencies, discovering new shops, challenging my personal style, and basically just enjoying it all when things are good. So I´m not gonna give up and move back to Norway just because I had a hard start. This is only the beginning, and I believe in change! I believe that with time everything will come into place and that awesome things will start happening.

And yes, I am back! But everything will change a bit around here, so stay tuned. Things are about to get spicy.

 

– N

Green detail

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The devil is in the details. A green devil this time. Sometimes the details complete the outfit, and sometimes they are not so important. If you feel like it, put on some big earrings or necklaces, just to pimp up the ootd a bit. But be sure to find that common thread tho, so it fits with the outfit. I really like it when the whole thing gets the right “symphony”, ya know? I mean, nowadays fashion is one big, bowling soup of everything, like, ALL together, and the trends are mixed as f. I really like that, but there are limits, because one minute you can look totally awesome, but the other you just look like you live on the streets and threw on the first thing you found. So yeah, just think a little! Or if you are one of those people who don´t give a f and don´t mind fashion tips, that´s totally fine too. In the end of the day, whatever it is, just go with your own flow of things!

– N

Milan Fashion Week

The fabrics, the patterns, the silhouettes, the styling, the vibes, the street style photographers.. oh man! Milan Fashion Week was fun. I was lucky enough to go to 4 shows and some collection presentations. But unfortunately I didn´t manage to record or photograph all of them, since one of the days I forgot my camera at home and the last day my phone wasn’t working properly. It´s not easy waking up at 6 am to go to school and then after to a fashion show. We all are trying to do our best, haha..
I have been at Oslo Runway twice, and I have to say that the arrangements are a bit different here in Milan. I don´t quite know how to describe it, you have to experience it to understand.

Anyways, I have gathered some pictures from 2 of the shows for you guys. Theres a lot of new trends coming..

 

MARYLING FW 18.19

 

… COLORS …

… PATTERNS …

 

 

 

Chanel Joan Elkayam FW 18

 

… CUTS …

… VOLUM …

 

– N

Purple on the top of the city

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The old city of Plovdiv, Bulgaria.. Oh gosh, how I love this city! The stunning old buildings and fascinating Roman ruins wow me every time, also the view over the whole “new” city from the hills. All of it just gives me an amazingly good vibe.
The architectural reserve in the old city of Plovdiv features archaeological sites, museums, art galleries, old houses (from the Renaissance period as Balabanov House) and religious temples (the churches St.Constantine and Helena, St. Marina, St. Nedelia, St. Bogoroditza), cafes and restaurants, romantic courtyards and picturesque cobblestone streets. Some of my favorite things about this old city is the the Roman theatre, the remains of the Roman Forum, not to mention the symmetric smooth pavement streets and the amazing churches. Btw, did you know that Plovdiv will be the European Capital of Culture in 2019? Well, now you know, and now you have even one more reason to visit the city! The place is getting better and better.

I did these pictures in January when I was in Bulgaria for the holidays, but didn’t manage to post them until now. About the outfit, I have always liked the color purple, in all possible shades. This color hasn’t been out there for a while, but as you have probably seen it’s back! All winter the shops were full of it! Now the purple-trend is a bit lighter and brighter, since spring is on it’s way.
And thank God it’s spring soon! This morning I actually heard the birds singing outside. It was pretty early and cold, but that doesn’t stop the small passionate singers. I can imagine it’s a bit warmer here in Italy than Norway tho.. so I’m not complaining.

 

– N

To be addicted

Addiction
 əˈdɪkʃ(ə)n/
noun
the fact or condition of being addicted to a particular substance or activity.

 

Yes. I, like any other human being, have an addiction. I figured out that there is actually something I can not live without, besides my family, love, food and water. This thing gives me huge pleasure and happiness. Butterflies to a whole new level.

 

 

TRAVELING! I love to travel. Nothing new, I know, but seriously, if I won´t be able to travel at least 3 times a year, I´ll get depressed. Normally I pick out the places to visit randomly and buy the ticket the same day. Now, you may think that´s a bit crazy, but for me… it´s pure joy!

 

 

I just moved to Italy, and I was in Leeds some days ago visiting a good friend of mine, Iva. A lot of people asked me: “Didn´t you just move to Italy? Why are you suddenly in England?” Like it wasn’t enough with the moving and all, haha. Well, that´s just me! Have to travel when I get the opportunity and the free time. Where do you think I am all summer? OUT EXPLORING THE WORLD OF COURSE! Last summer it felt like the airport was my home.

 

 

Anyways, Iva and I have been talking about this trip for probably 2 years, and it finally happened last week. To be honest I just booked the ticket without much thinking, because it was about time that I finally visited England again.

My visit was great, and we had so much fun! I finally ate delicious Bulgarian and British food again. We did a lot of shopping, photoshoots, sightseeing, partying, catching up and much more. Iva and I haven’t seen each other in about 3 years, so it was really nice to see her again, and of course have some loco moments together like good old days.

 

 

I also visited York, my old home that I had for one year when I exchanged during High School. So many memories, so much nostalgia.. I really love returning to places with past experiences.
So, tell me! Are you a travel junkie as well?

– N

ETERNAL FLAME

 

 

 

 

 

 

French with a twist. Actually I feel like this outfit is a soup of sporty, chic and tomboy. A total street style look.

You have probably all noticed that the french beret is back in business, and I just have to say that I love it! When I was in Bulgaria for the holidays, I bought berets in several different colors. I just couldn’t keep my hands off them, and to be honest you can style a beret with all kinds of styles. You just have to dare to try!

– N

Emerging Talents

There are many talents out there when it comes to making artistic fashion, and I was lucky enough to meet some of them at the Tariel Bisharian showroom in Milano some while ago. It was an exciting and interesting evening where I got to talk to some of the emerging designers and also the showroom owner himself. They all gave me an insight into their road to where they are today, and also the story behind their design.

 

 

All of the designers were amazing and talented, but there were 3 designers that really caught my eye. They really knew how to play with fashion, and experiment with fabric and silhouette.

 

NEA SANDI

The mix of opposite fabrics together creates an artistic fantasy and a beautiful vision. Nea Sandi is an Iranian brand based in Tehran under the creative direction of Negar Sanadizadeh, and represents craftmanship, quality, delicacy, and style. The clothes fit in the modern lifestyle of modern women who are their main consumers. The ready-to-wear woman´s capsule collection “HAFEZ” is inspired by contemporary art, paintings of the famous artist Mahmoud Farshchian, and craftsmanship. Art pieces of Mahmoud Farshchian provided a limitless inspiration for the designer with prints and shapes. Persian music instruments in the artist´s paintings inspired this collection in terms of the use of real leather and leather prints.

 

 

 

 

ARTUYT

A colorful world of Armenian art. What an amazing combination of colors and images! Artuyt create scarves of silk with Armenian contemporary artist´s paintings and collages. One scarf takes a full of 2 months to complete. The new Capsule Collection 2018 was inspired by one of the greatest artists of the 20th-century, Sergei Parajanov and his collages.

 

 

Roberta Cenci

A really interesting and creative footwear design. The Roberta Cenci shoes reflect a woman in her image: energetic, stubborn and versatile. A woman can be now equally relaxed in the various moments of the day, without giving up their femininity. This unique design is expressed by the combination of colors, leather and jewelry, which represents the precious and elegant distinctive. The designer herself says that meticulousness and passion is the key for positioning every element, every detail and every stitch.

 

 

 

These designers made art into fashion and fashion into art. Perfect!

– N

All in Le Coq Sportif

In collaboration with Why Not AS / Le Coq Sportif.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It´s a “kick-off” kind of day. I made myself a heathy lunch (tuna salad) and put on my sporty Le Coq Sportif outfit. Oh, and I also decided to have myself a long weekend after the moving to Italy and all the new vibes, so I woke up 11:30 today. Good start of the day actually! Wish it was like this almost every day..

Anyways, Le Coq Sportif is one of my favorite sport brands, and this new set really caught my eye. Feel pretty cool in it, as you can see. Hah.

 

– N

My favorite series from Rituals…

This post contains press samples // Mildhpress

I have used Rituals products for a long time, and my favorites (of all time) are from the series called The Ritual of Anahata. I use these products every time I shower, want to give my skinn a little treatment or have myself some spa-time. Rituals are perfect for home-spa by the way, all the fragrances make you completely relaxed while leaving your skin shiny and soft.

 

 

OPEN YOUR HEART

 

Rituals has released a new and limited edition series called The Ritual of Anahata, and I have to say that I really love it! The products contain the fragrances Rosewood (which is closely linked to the heart chakra and is known to contain healing and soothing energy) and Pine (provides energy to keep a steady course in difficult times + renews both physical and mental energy). Perfect if you wish to slow down while you have a busy time after the holidays. It´s really important to stop and reflect sometimes, and also to relax once in a while, so you can regain your balance in life again. That´s exactly what The Ritual of Anahata is designed for, to help you slow down and embrace the diversity of the human soul. I really feel like this fragrance does that for me. Every time I shower or meditate while using the products from the Anahata series, I feel immediately relaxed and light, like my senses are opening up. Maybe it´s the smell, I don´t know, but it is really working.

 

 

Body scrub

Heart enchanting body scrub. First of all I use the body scrub, to remove impurities and dead skinn. I also feel like I´m removing bad vibes actually, hehe. This scrub is leaving my skinn so soft that the shower foam feels even better on my skinn afterwards.

 

 

Relax while showering

Heart opening shower foam. This shower foam has a soft texture and of course it smells amazing. They say that this smell enhancers your mood and helps you to relax  your heart, body and mind.

 

Body cream

Spread the love body cream. After having a shower, I use the relaxing moisturizer to extend the same scent experience.

 

Meditation candle

Illuminate your heart candle. This rosewood and pine scented candle is “the thing” if you want a warm and relaxing atmosphere in the room while your are meditating or studying. I really love to use it while I´m blogging or reading a book, but I am actually lighting it every evening for about 30 minutes to get that scent in the room.

 

The perfume 

For Her and for Him. Before going out I always spray on with this amazing scent, so I can continue to feel good and calm. Rituals have created two perfumes, for Women and for Men. They are a little bit different, but to be honest I like using both of them, since the perfume for Men is actually Unisex. It´s of course more masculine, but not so much that it doesn’t fit on a woman as well.

 

I think that The Ritual of Anahata is the perfect gift when you want to do something extra for yourself or others. Show your family and friends that you care about their wellbeing, and buy them a product that their mind and body will enjoy!

 

 

– N

The Roman Stadium

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Stadium of Trimontium in Plovdiv, Bulgaria, was built in the beginning of the 2nd century AD during the reign Emperor Hadrian (117-138), and is among the largest structures from the time of the Ancient Rome in the Balkan peninsula. The stadium is one of the many preserved buildings from the time of the Roman empire in Plovdiv. The facility, approximately 240 m (790 ft) m long and 50 m wide, could seat up to 30 000 spectators, and the seats are made of solid marble blocks (40 cm high and 75 cm wide), not to mention that the front parts are decorated with stylized lion paws. I mean, how cool is that? So big and so old, but still so stable. Today, the northern curved part of the Stadium (sfendona) is partially restored and is one of the most recognizable landmarks of Plovdiv.
It´s seriously amazing, so if you are ever in Plovdiv, you have to visit this masterpiece. It´s a “must see”. The stadium is located in the centre of Plovdiv, under the main pedestrian street, so it´s quite central. But only the northern end of the edifice can be observed at Dzhumayata Square, because the larger portion still lies beneath the buildings along the main street, running south from the visible part. By the way, now it’s the right time to plan your trip to Plovdiv. Because in 2019 Plovdiv will be the cultural capital of Europe, and it´s getting more and more magnificent. 

Now, about the outfit, I decided to be a little bit more spontaneous with this one. In the beginning I thought of choosing a gray or a black sweater, to match with the rest of the outfit, but then I followed my gut and changed into a green military pattern hoodie to make it a bit mishmash. I love to play with patterns and silhouettes, and make the outfit “crazy”. That´s just my style.

 

– N

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