Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Cose della vita ....

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                                                                                                ph. Daniela Pizzurro

                                                                                                ph. Ettore Manfredi

Last Friday, i had chance to meet one lovely couple from Italy, Daniela Pizzurro and Ettore Manfredi (you can check their websites and see their works). Both are photographers but with different interests, Daniela loves fashion and Ettore's big passion is reportage. They were on trip through Balkan countries and their last stop was Belgrade, where they spent the afternoon with me. :) They choose Kalemgdan ( place with lot of history) for photoshoot, and my choice was by the river, under one of our bridges and on it. The main reason for this little "project" was Daniela's curiosity, cause she never made fashion shooting outside Italy, and she thought that this would be a great opportunity to try. She started small " google research", looking for a fashion bloggers  from Belgrade, and that's how she found and choose me!:) Soon after that, i received email from her, we arranged our meeting, and now you have chance to see the results!
It was a really hot windy day, so i decided to wear floral dress with simple blue shirt, Bally flats,  cat eye sunglasses and probably one of my favorite bag this year, from Aldo. Simple, but still comfortable, i choose this instead of some elegant clothes, because this represents me, and what i wear on daily basis.
Should i say how much i love these photos, and how talented Daniela is? Even its the same outfit on them, i feel like every photo has some story  behind and i still can't decide which one is my favorite! Can you?
Huge thanks to Daniela and Ettore for spending great Friday afternoon and for making beautiful photos!
In the next post, you will see the second part with different outfit so keep following me ... ;)

 .... da počnemo ... ;)
Prošlog petka sam imala priliku da upoznam divan par iz Italije, Daniella Pizzurro i Ettore Manfredi, oboje fotografi ali sa raličitim interesovanjima  (Danielina strast su modne fotografije, dok Ettore voli reportažne), koji su putovali balkanskim zemljama, a Beograd je bio njihova poslednja stanica u kome su jedno popodne proveli sa mnom. :) Kalemgdan je bio njihov izbor za slikanje, dok sam ja imala želju da to učinimo pored reke, kako ispod, tako i na Brankovom mostu ( drugi deo ćete videti u narednom postu)... Glavni razlog ove "saradnje" je bila Danielina znatiželja, jer  nikada do sada nije pravila modne fotografije izvan Italije, a Beograd joj se učinio kao dobro mesto da se u tome i oproba. Modna blogerka je za nju bila najbolje rešenje ( kažu da volimo fotoaparate ;) ) , pa je krenula u "google potragu", a ja sam bila njen izbor! Nakon donete odluke, usledio je mejl, mesto sastanka ugovoreno, a rezultate upravo gledate ... :)
Dan je bio neverovatno topao i vetrovit , pa sam se odlučila za prijatnu dugu haljinu, jednostavnu košulju koju sam zavezala u čvor, Bally sandale, "cat eye" naočare i verovatno moju omiljenu torbu ove godine, iz Alda ( sve komade znate iz ranijih postova ) ... Želela sam da ponesem nešto što inače nosim, prikažem svakodnevno oblaačenje,  pa je to jedan od glavnih razloga zbog čega nisam odabrala nešto elegantnije.
 Da li je potrebno da vam kažem koliko mi se dopadaju fotografije i da sam oduševljenja?! :) I pored toga što je isti outfit, slike su totalno drugačije i čini mi se da svaka ima neku priču i još uvek ne mogu da odlučim koja mi je favorit! Možete li vi? :)

Hvala vam na svim divnim komentarima, čitala sam ih sa zadovoljvstvom i osmehom na licu, učinili ste da onako lep dan postane još bolji! :*

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Hello Vogue ....

                                                                                                 ph. Daniela Pizzurro


                                                                                         vogue.it

In my previous post, i mention that i did some interesting things last Friday, and here is a sneak peek! Super sweet Italian photographer Daniela Pizzuro was in a short visit here ( in Belgrade) , and we made some photos! :) Today i received great news from her, that one photo is published in her portfolio on Vogue.it, so you can probably imagine how happy i am!?!! :) I will tell you the whole story soon as i get the rest of photos from that day, it will be really special post, probably with the most beautiful photos in my life, so stay tuned! ;)

U prethodnom postu sam vam pomenula, kako sam radila neke interesantne stvari prošlog petka, a sada imate priliku da vidite maleni deo! :) Divna italijanka Daniela Pizzuro , koja se bavi fotografijom bila je u kratkoj poseti našem gradu, gde je želela da napravi neke fotografije .... Danas sam dobila od nje odlične vesti, da je  fotografija, koja je nastala tog dana,  objavljenja u njenom portfoliu, ni manje ni više nego na Vogue.it stranici, pa možete pretpostaviti koliko sam se obradovala! :) Detaljnije o ovoj "saradnji" ću vam ispričati u jednom od narednih postova kada dobijem i ostale fotografije, za koje smatram da su verovatno i najlepše koje sam ikada imala, "mi piace"! Stay tuned ... ;)

Monday, August 29, 2011

I Would Like To Introduce You To Henry Strong

On August 25th we welcomed our son Henry Bihl Strong to the world. We have not stopped smiling since. The whole experience has been breathtaking and more than words could ever express.
Henry is Patrick's middle name and was his Grandfather's name. Bihl is my Mom's maiden name.
We have spent every day since just staring at this face...and thanking God for such a blessing.
Thank you all for all the e-mails, calls and comments. You don't know how much they have meant to me. I am so lucky to have such amazing and wonderful people in my life.

All of the lights ....

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                                                                                                sandals: aldo,
                                                                                                jeans: pull&bear,
                                                                                                blouse: non branded,
                                                                                                bag: aldo,
                                                                                                necklace: accessorize,
                                                                                                sunglasses: accessorize,
                                                                                                ph. Tosa

Hi guys,
how are you? How did you spent your weekend? Sun is shining, temperatures are still rising, ambrosia is in her full strength ( im allergic so you can imagine how im feeling) , but im still in a good mood! On last Friday, i did some interesting things in downtown, and can't wait to show you what is all about! On Saturday, i got from my mom this blouse and one oversized leopard shirt for being a good girl ... ;) Yesterday  i visited my grandparents and aunt, and after that my boyfriend and I went to have a drink by the river, where we took these beautiful photos right before the sunset. If you have chance, you should come and visit our charming city, you will enjoy for sure! Hope you will like photos, and background, i was really satisfied when i transferred photos on my laptop. Belgrade is beautiful! :)
Thank you for those lovely comments that you left in my previous post, im so glad that you find it very inspiring!  :*
p.s.  from today, you can follow my blog (on the right side) by email if you want, so every time when i post something new, you will be notified, and also, bellow every post, there will be a Facebook like button, so you can "like it" and share it!

Sunce, visoke temperature, ambrozija u punom jeku ( ja alergična) a dobro raspoloženje me još uvek drži ... ;) Prošlog petka sam u gradu radila neke interesante stvari koje jedva čekam da podelim sa vama ( nadam se uskoro, jer sam i sama nestrpljiva da vidim rezultate) ... Subota je bila rezervisana za šetnju sa mamom, gde sam kao dobra devojčica dobila na poklon ovu divnu bluzu ( koja se jako brzo gužva) i još jednu koju ćete videti u nekom od narednih  postova ... U nedelju sam posetila baku i deku, stigla čak i do druge bake , i taman se vratila da uhvatim zalazak sunca i pokažem  vam koliko je Beograd lep ... Kako je izgledao vaš vikend? :)
Moram da pohvalim i osobu iza fotoaparata, svaki put je sve bolji i bolji... ( izgleda da je i on pročitao poslednji post ;) ), i ujedno da vam se zahvalim za sve komentare koje ste ostavili u prethodna dva posta! U toku ove ili sledeće nedelje probaću da dodam još nešto novo,  pa ćemo zajedno odlučiti da li ćemo je uvrstiti kao redovnu rubriku ili ne .... :)
p.s. od danas možete pratiti blog i preko mejla ( sa desne strane "follow by email" ) ukoliko želite , tako ćete uvek biti obavešteni kada novi post bude objavljen, drugi dodatak je i Facebook "like button" ispod svakog teksta, gde možete direktno lajkovati i na taj način "share-ovati" :) , kao i "you might also like" dodatak koji vam nasumično nudi neke od starih postova da pogledate ....


Thursday, August 25, 2011

I'll Be Right Back....

I'll be right back...after we welcome a very special new member to our family.

How to make an outfit post / the biggest issue of bloggers ...

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1. If you wanna become a fashion blogger and start showing your own style ( create outfit post) , you gotta have Camera. The most wanted for bloggers are SLR cameras, with many functions and options. And the most important thing is that, they can make blurry background in photos, which are the biggest obsession for them (us). Better camera, automatically means better quality of photos, and it can affects on your blog popularity.
Many of you asked me for mine , i'm using Canon G12, and those cameras from G series are declared as one of the best for amateurs. It's small enough to fit in most of my bags, even clutches, but it's also "big" enough to provide me a good photos. With vary-angle lcd monitor that helps me a lot in many situations. But, don't forget this, the best camera is the one that fits your budget! You can try to save up some money, be patient, wait couple months and then buy, you will be really satisfied after that purchase, and not regret at all cause you missed some blazer,boots, etc ....  that season.
2. We solved this problem, now you have your camera, and wanna make outfit post for your fashion blog. The second important thing are people behind camera!For the most of the bloggers, especially famous one, that job is reserved for their boyfriends. And i can't help you if you don't have them, cause my "match maker skills "  from high school are a little bit rusty! ;) He has to be stylish as you, so you can snap a photo of him from time to time ( cause girls love to see them on your blog). ;) They learned every fashion word, every type of accessories, they know the differences between blue and electric blue, they know how to capture your details, to tell you what to do with your hair , etc ... Are you sure that they are men? ;) Ok, i don't wanna dig into those details, cause my opinion is a little bit different. Boyfriends are probably the best solution, you can see them everyday, they understand your needs, your wishes, they know you the best, but give them some break occasionally, they just wanna enjoy in some time with you ....
Besides them, you can ask some friend, sister, cousin to do that. But after couple shoots, they will realize how hard is, and probably they want answer when you call them anymore!;)
The third solution is to have tripod, take them every time with you, when you wanna make outfit post, or find some wall in front of your house/apartment, and start practicing. With this, you are risking to be called lunatic, crazy  or something similar, but common, you never seen a girl with tripod and camera in downtown, while she was making photos for her blog? ;)
3. Ok., you have your camera, your man or tripod, the next important thing that you need  is The Spot! Try to find some peaceful place, so you can relax, and start posing. Park in your neighborhood, great terrace, white wall, small empty street, place with tree alley perhaps, good wall or gate, sidewalk ... or some interesting place in your town. If you choose downtown, you are risking again, people will probably stare, make some comments, and soon you will get your audience even if you aren't famous. People are curious, so be prepared! Strike a pose! Left, right, up and down, sit, stay, hands and shoes, smile ... and you're done!
4. Camera, man or tripod, the spot, what's next? You should have something to wear! ;) Some people think that you are dressing like that because of your blog, and how blog made you/your style! Hellooou!?? We weren't naked before, we also used clothes, get dressed and were creative. So we made our blogs to show our style and creativity. Be yourself, pay attention to details, play with your clothes, enjoy, it should be fun! You don't need to have luxurious brands in your wardrobe ( yes, somehow, that's the most interesting thing for others to see) , it's important to have style, to know how to mix and match, to use one piece in different ways and show that to others, trying to become their inspiration.
5. Clean hair, nourished skin, neat finger and toenails, with or without nail polish, at least some basic make up, cause camera capture everything.
6. After you take a bath, get your hair, nails and make up done, get dressed, found the spot, perfect pose, used your boyfriend's skills, or tripod, made a bunch of photos with your camera, you gotta have a computer/laptop and good internet connection, when you come back at home! ;) You will transfer your photos to computer , choose the best ones,  edit and resize, and then upload to your blog! Labeled your clothes, write some short text, post it and share. Answer to all questions that you got through emails, comments, pages or twitter profiles and that's it!

You are probably asking why i wrote this ... I wanted to tell you how the whole process looks like, in reality but also in one funny way, for everyone who are thinking to start with blogging, or for those who are thinking that this is super easy, and disparage bloggers at all, making some inappropriate comments...
You said it's easy, piece of cake? Let us see you then! Most of the girls who are doing this doesn't get paid, don't have sponsors, free clothes etc ... But they are doing it from their heart, cause they love fashion and wanna share it with others.... And probably one of the most important things are, almost every girl that i met through my blog is well educated, studying on good Universities or they already graduated. Doing some jobs, having normal lives, and their blogs are place where they can relax, write about something they love, what they found, sharing some great information ... I found about so many interesting things, peoples, beautiful places, new technology, be inspired so many times and all of this, thanks to reading my favorite blogs! Probably, i will do it for a long, long time, make some better changes, new columns, every time when i get into another phase in my life, as im getting older.
Thanks to you, my lovely readers, this place wouldn't be complete, and i can't thank you enough for every  positive and constructive comment or suggestion that you left here .... Once again thank you for following me, and reading this huge text! Much love! 

A danas, nešto sasvim drugačije! :)
Imala sam želju da sa vama podelim nekoliko stvari, na jedan šaljiv način,  kako napraviti outfit post, šta je sve potrebno, i koji su najveći problemi koji se javljaju prlikom njegovog nastajanja.
Nemojte mi zameriti što neću prevesti ceo tekst sa engleskog jer bi onda ovaj post bio predugačak, ali se iskreno nadam da ćete ga pročitati , i da ćete mnoge stvari bolje razumeti, a možda se i nasmejati prilikom nekih zapažanja! :) Hvala vam što pratite, izdvajate vaše vreme, ostavljate divne komentare i sugestije jer bez interakcije sve ovo ne bi imalo smisla ... Hvala još jednom! :*


Wednesday, August 24, 2011

One item - five looks , how to wear leopard pants ....

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                    you can see the whole outfit posts HERE, here, HERE, here and HERE ....

From today, we will have new label here , called "One item.." , where i will show you how i wear one piece in many ways. I had something similar on my mind, and after i saw this section on one of the blogs that i read occasionally, i knew  immediately how to do it. Every time when i gather three or more different looks with one specific item i will post it, so you can see in one place and maybe get some inspiration.
Today, im showing you leopard pants, one autumn and four spring/summer looks.
How to wear it: with high heels, sneakers or ankle boots, basic tees, blazers, cardigans, with little bit of accessories, and you are ready to go!
Leopard harem pants did their job! Comfortable, easy to match, light fabric, they are perfect for creating outfits.

Od danas, još jedna rubrika na blogu "One item ..." kroz koju ću vam pokazivati kako nosim određeni komad odeće i na koliko načina.  Dugo sam imala nešto slično na umu, ali nisam bila sigurna kako da  sprovedem u delo, sve dok nisam naišla na istu rubriku na jednom od stranih blogova koje povremeno pratim. Svaki put kada sakupim tri ili više "outfit-a" u kojima sam koristila isti odevni predmet, objaviću u okviru jednog posta. A zahvaljujući tome, možete da steknete utisak koliko je neka stvar dobra za kombinovanje , kako da je maksimalno iskoristite  i da li vam je potrebna u ormaru.
Kao prve u ovoj rubrici, pojavljuju se leopard "harem" pantalone oko kojih su mišljenja podeljena. Nekima se dopadaju, dok drugi smatraju da nisu primerene zbog "vrećastog" oblika. Ja sam svakako od onih koje su ih prihvatile, naročito zbog udobnosti. Ukoliko se još desi da pronađete neke od prirodnog materijala, razumećete o čemu vam govorim. :) Pred vama se nalazi pet kombinacija, jedna jesenja i četiri prolećno/letnje. Nosila sam ih uz cardigan, parku, sako, najjednostavnije majice, sandale, kratke čizme pa čak i patike. A postoji još par varijnti koje do sada nisam slikala.
Naravno, za svaku situaciju, instituciju, dogadjaj, postoji neki kod oblačenja, pa tako  tvrdim da nešto slično, naročito sa printom niko ne bi obukao za neki važan poslovni sastanak, prijem ili sud.
Ali isto tako, ako ukombinujete crne, sa nekim blejzerom, salonkama, basic majicom, i diskretnim nakitom, možete ih poneti i za ozbiljnije prilike.
Nadam se da će vam se dopasti nova rubrika, i da ćemo zajedno razmatrati koje su sve mogućnosti za kombinovanje jednog odevnog predmeta ... :)

The Nursery: Ceiling and Light

After a long search for wallpaper for the nursery walls, then wallpaper for the ceiling we decided to paint the ceiling. I went through several designs (these were just the beginning).....
I could have (and might have, ahem) gone a little crazy with the design but since Patrick volunteered to take on the challenge we decided to keep it somewhat "simple"- straight lines.
I knew I wanted to do tone on tone and gray, but after that I was relatively open to the exact shade. We had trim paint left over so I decided to use that as the darker color. I also liked that is was a gloss finish, something unexpected since the lighter color was an eggshell finish

I know the light fixture above was a favorite of many of you but don't worry, it went to a good home- our guest bedroom (which reallllly needed it). For the nursery light I knew what I wanted from the moment I saw it a year and half ago at Market.

I instantly loved the whimsical feel of the recycled styrofoam fixture but I knew it would have to be the right room. When we found out we were pregnant I knew just where it would find a home.
I know it is a little out there, a sentiment many, including the electrician, have conveyed to me but I could not love it more. It is unique and adds a playfulness the room needed.
Here is a picture of the full ceiling and light.
No, it is not your eyes playing tricks on you, it does look like the lines to the right are slightly uneven. I can assure you, after hours of taping, leveling and measuring the lines are perfect. It turns out that sometimes you don't know you have a huge dip in your ceiling until you decide to draw attention to it. C'est la vie.
So while I do still dream of wallpapered ceiling I could not be happier with the way things are looking overhead.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Side Table Needed- Bring In The Stump

There are still some items missing from the nursery, one of them being a side table for next to the rocker. Bring in this beauty...
A few months ago a wonderful client called to tell me that there were stumps on her street and volunteered to grab some for me. Of course I said yes and she has been holding on to these for months for me.
Last week I picked them up and this brings us to the part of the story that really Patrick should narrate. I had warned him of my next plan for the nursery- a stump side table- but what he was thinking when he opened my car and found the trunks I am sure would be a great comic relief.
Apparently there is a lot that goes into getting a stump from its natural state to a state suitable for home use, especially when the space it will be used in belongs to a baby. I will let you know what I find out and how this progresses. Needless to say this will be one of those things that will completed post baby arrival. I can't wait to for the finished product though, the lines in this one I hope will be fabulous!