Monday, 18 July 2016

On the Road with Fujifilm Instax Mini 8

fujifilm instax mini 8 review

I actually took photography in university. For four years. Four years spent developing film and chasing the perfect shot. The quite expensive perfect shot, given the amount I've spent on materials back then. I was excited when I was able to get my first digital camera, knowing how easier things will be. But now I realised that "easier" takes the magic out of it. Completely.

fujifilm instax mini 8 review

My trip to Europe had me fall back in love with photography, the way it was meant to be - light hitting film and film becoming a stolen moment. It almost feels like I brought back pieces of light from all the places I have visited.

I picked up an Instax Mini with my first paycheck from my new job and it has made me happier than any other purchases I have made in a while. My new travel companion had me smiling ear to ear from the pristine beaches on the Greek islands to the museums of Barcelona and the quiet streets of Kingston. I'm sorry Instagram, I have fallen in love with someone else. But we can still be friends.

fujifilm instax mini 8 review


The pictures look far from perfect, but I think that's one of the things that makes me love them even more. There is something natural in their flaws, an aesthetic that I can try to endlessly reproduce with all the VSCO filters I can buy, but never actually hit the spot quite right. Photo albums suddenly seem like a good idea. Do they still sell those?

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Have a brilliant day!
Dora

P.S. This post was not endorsed by Fujifilm. All opinions stated here are my own.


Sunday, 10 July 2016

Why Greece Should Be Your Ultimate Summer Destination

paros island greece

I've been traveling to Greece almost every summer since I was in uni and a few badly written pieces of news were not going to stop me now. I embarked for my little island in the sun again, knowing that all that expects me there is absolute paradise, friendly locals and delicious food (gyros pita with extra tzatziki anyone?).  I take my fun in the sun with a side of exploring heavenly sights, and the island of Paros delivers all this and more. The little sister of Santorini, boasts around 40 beautiful beaches, amazing weather and the clearest water I have ever seen.

butterfly villas greece


A perfect stay on Paros starts at Butterfly Villas, where Pavlos sees to your every need (even the ones you did not know you had yet). You will arrive to a fully stocked fridge and pantry, a fruit basket, and delicious Greek wine. Did I  mention fresh bread gets delivered to your door every morning? Embrace those carbs, you will need the energy for all the awesome things you will be doing!

paros island greece


parikia paros greece

What to do. Rent a car or a scooter and explore the tiny, yet heavenly island. Grab morning coffee in the village of Lefkes, then head down to the crystal clear waters of Kolimbrithes beach. End your day with a stroll through Parikia and catch the sunset over a delicious cocktail at Kastro.

naoussa paros greece

Where to eat: I've had my best meal on the island in Naoussa's Venetian port. It was pasta accompanied by a gorgeous view of the Mediterranean over candlelit tables and the most flavourful local rose wine. Mastiha was on the house, of course.

mina's closet paros greece

Where to shop: Embrace the island's bohemian chic vibe at Mina's Closet. The shop combines unique hand-made accessories, with carefully sourced local designer pieces. Doesn't hurt that Mina is always on hand to make you look and feel like a million bucks!

Have a brilliant day!
Dora

Sunday, 3 July 2016

What to Do, Eat and Wear in Barcelona

hotel Granvia Barcelona

We started our journey in Gaudi's hometown at Hotel Granvia, a former palace built in the 1870s smack down in the middle of everything. Our stay was short so we splurged and I'm glad we did. The photos don't do this corner of heaven justice. You had me at chocolate cake for breakfast, Granvia!

art Museum Barcelona

art museum barcelona

What to do. Now I'm not one for tourist traps. I took a spin in a cab around Sagrada Familia, squealed "alright we've seen it" and went on to greener, less hectic pastures. If you're anything like me, you'll enjoy a stroll through one of the most beautiful art museums in Europe, Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya. I kid you not, this place is jaw-dropping, crowd-less and boasts one of the bests views of the city! See the beautiful art collection for 12 euros or head up to the rooftop for only 2 euros.

la polpa restaurant  barcelona

What to eat. Well, you could grab something on the go from one of the many many overpriced fast food joints in most areas downtown (8 euros for a sandwich...), or you could rub elbows with the locals at the chic La Polpa. Tucked away on Calle Enric Granados, this beautiful gem is everything that you might crave after wandering the streets of downtown Barcelona on a hot summer's day. Go for their delicious 10 euros three-course daily menu and spoil yourself with some flavourful house wine.

what to wear in barcelona

Where to shop. Mango. Why Mango? Because Mango! Dare to adventure beyond the Rambla to the blessed land of the outlets, also known as Carrer de Girona, where 100 euros go a loooooong long way. My advice - bring an extra empty travel bag with you. You'll thank me later.

what to wear in barcelona


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Have a brilliant day!
Dora

Sunday, 26 June 2016

The Selfie-Worthy Sunglasses

must have summer sunglasses

It took something spectacular to wake me out of my blogging hiatus and it came in the form of a little package that arrived at my door all the way from Asia. Born Pretty, one of my absolute favourite accessory stores, sent me two pairs of their cutest sunglasses to spice up my summer style. Needless to say, that sent me into complete selfie frenzy, which would totes continue 24/7 if I didn't have to sleep at night.

must have summer sunglasses

The store is an enticing collection of hidden gems, seasonal must-haves, and exquisite one-of-a-kinds, all reasonably priced. Your only concern needs to be time dilation, just so you'd be able to browse their massive inventory. Check it out and let me know what you think!

Have a brilliant day!
Dora

Sunglasses courtesy of Born Pretty Store.

Tuesday, 19 April 2016

On How I Learned to Patio Like a Pro

patio life outfit inspiration

There's not usually much excitement in my little town in the North, but once the temperature passes 10 degrees, surfing the local patios becomes serious business. My tired overworked behind was only able to take me to as far as three magical watering holes this past weekend, yet three seemed more than enough. *Use your imagination to insert visual of me asleep on a table after one beer here.*

patio life outfit inspiration

kingston ontario view

patio life outfit inspiration

patio life outfit inspiration

In order to keep up with Kingston, I sported my best comfy pants  and I paired them with my never before worn Keds, which killed my feet, but looked like a million bucks.

How was your weekend? Is it patio weather where you are?

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Have a brilliant day!
Dora

Monday, 28 March 2016

Spotted

spring street fashion trends

I was blessed with four whole days off, which were spent practicing my cool walk, pondering whether I need cats in my life (and if so, how many?) and drinking an undisclosed amount of prosecco. We also took these photos to always remember how cool my outfit looked Sunday (leopard print shoes where have you been all my life). It's always the unplanned ones which I turn out the best, don't you think? How was your Easter weekend?

spring street fashion trends

spring street fashion trends

spring street fashion trends

spring street fashion trends

spring street fashion trends

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Have a brilliant day!
Dora

Saturday, 12 March 2016

White is the Colour of the Day

how to wear white this spring

I am having way too much fun with gifs for my own good! Soon I'll be giving up classic OOTD pictures in favour of smirking in front of the camera and absolutely loving it. Winter has been ruthless on my "curves", so I wanted to take these awesome white jeans for a spin while I still fit in them. Also, I've bought another pair of Keds...because...(do I even need a reason?) they were on sale and they'll be perfect for my upcoming eurotrip. All in all, white is the colour of the day.

how to wear white this spring

how to wear white this spring

how to wear white this spring


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Have a brilliant day!
Dora

Tuesday, 8 March 2016

A Day in the Life of a Fashion Blogger

A Day in the Life of a Fashion Blogger

Me and mornings are not the best of friends. Despite all the green teas, motivational quotes and cats of Instagram that it offers, I remain a creature of the nigh at heart. My bed is my favourite place in the house and while some people daydream about riches and adventures, I daydream about cuddling up in my crisp new sheets and watching Netflix. #thestruggleisreal

A Day in the Life of a Fashion Blogger

I spend most of my "blogger days" in sweats because I never know when I'll want to crawl back in the aforementioned bed, and because I am yet to discover how to take a perfect flat lay in skinny jeans. I know there are bloggers out there who always look camera ready, but I am not one of them. I shamelessly reside at the other side of the spectrum, where the athleisure trend is the best thing that ever happened to fashion.

A Day in the Life of a Fashion Blogger

We usually shoot OOTDs in the weekends, or whenever we have some time to spare and good ideas. I like to take pictures of whatever I happen to wear on that day...que hats and sneakers...lots and lots of sneakers. Oh, did I mention sweats?

A Day in the Life of a Fashion Blogger

I work on my posts for about 2 hours including editing and writing. It mostly takes so long because of the multiple snack breaks required... I mean because I'm meticulous and stuff...No, it's because of the snacks. Nutella will be the end of me.

A Day in the Life of a Fashion Blogger

By the time I'm done with blogging, answering comments, emails and scheduling all the social media posts, my Netflix cravings get the best of me. It's time to slap on a vitamin C face masks and call it a day.

How does one of you "blogger days" look like?

Dora