LIFE IN SOFIA: 3 BAKERIES/CAFES I KEEP COMING BACK TO

letters-to-a-sofia-bakeriesBulgaria isn’t Sunny Beach and there is certainly more to it than its coastline.
Situated in the foothills of Vitosha Mountain, where approximately 12 years go I did my first ollie on a dopest K2 board hehe, Sofia is the underrated capital that has a lot to offer if you just give her a chance.
And now that I’m gonna spend some time here, I thought to share with you some cool places to visit if you’re planning to set foot in here anytime soon. sofia-bakeries3 Shorts by Jacqueline De Yong (here) / Top by FOREVER 21 Alternative (here)/ Bag by LEO WULFF (here) / Espadrilles by Pieces (here) / Sunglasses by LE SPECS  (here) /  Watch by ABBOTT AND MOSLEY (here)sofia-bakeries1   + TOVA  Marin Drinov Str. No 30
A hipster/artsy space which offers both a cafe area and space for various cultural activities – from exhibitions to fundraising workshops, meetings, presentations – you can see it all. A friend recommended me + TOVA and she was right – their LATTE is the best! And so is its price. And if you have a sweet tooth just like me, you will be facing a tough decision – should it the cheesecake or almond cake? Go for the BISCUIT one if you ask me! And then try all the other ones 🙂
+TOVA  next time you drop by the interior would have most probably changed.

Hlebar Oborishte Str. No 16
Denmark made a pro when it comes to bakeries. And let me tell you HleBar lives up to the Danish bakery standard, which, let’s be honest, is damn high.
Philip fell in love with their cream cheese sandwich (and industrial interior!), which is more of a cheese with bread sandwich – yep – there is a lot of cheeeeeeese on it!
‘For me?  Some scrambled eggs, a banitsa with mushrooms (I know,right?)… and a cup of cappuccino, please’

Le Salon Aux Fleurs Oborishte Str. No 37
A cute little café situated right across HleBar that has a lot to offer. From a marvellous cheese/mezze platter for all you non-breastfeeding winos, to yummy cakes, Scandinavian bruschetta topped up with salmon, of course, and a provance interior. But hey, it’s still summer, so make sure to get a table outside and order a cup of latte macchiato, while observing the passing by strangers…who sometimes walk by completely discarding your presence, or smile and cheekily say Cheers’ (Nazdrave!) 🙂 life-in-sofia Which one you would try first?
xoxo
A.

HEY YOU NEWBIE MOMS – GO FOR THE HOT PANTS.

letters-to-a-summer-in-the-cityOh, those summer days in the city. Asphalt – Burning Hot. Streets – Emptiness Overload.
Ah, I missed falling asleep to the sound of the sirens and buzz of the passing by pedestrians high from what the city has to offer.
Being a mother is more than a legit excuse to spend your days up until your little one turns one – into a pair of jogging pants, with your hair up in a ponytail and nails chipped and not so fresh.
SCRATCH THAT.
Hey, you newbie mom – go and dig out from the depth’s of your wardrobe a pair of hot pants.
Let your hair loose and put on a big smile.
I have a ritual – to get out of the flat at least ones during the day.
And now that I live in the centre of the town – how not to rock the cutest outfits I own? letters-to-a-summer-city1 Hot Pants MISSGUIDED (here) // SHOES by ANGULUS  (here) // Sunglasses by LE SPECS  (here) // TOP by LAUREN RALPH LAUREN  (here) //  Watch by ABBOTT AND MOSLEY (here) // Bag by DECADENT (here)summer-in-the-city1-copy  And what’s your favourite summer – not shouting ‘I’m a mommy’ outfit?
xoxo
A.

A SPICED UP CITY CHIC LOOK

letters-to-a1When it comes to my summer wardrobe – give me white, white and more white! But then it’s always nice to shake it all a bit and add some bold accents to the look – bright colour, statement accessory, or a cool pair of shoes.
letters-to-a-mother12CORNELLY TOP BY MISSGUIDED (here) // DRESSY SHORTS BY NOISY MAY (HERE) // SUEDE FRINGE SANDALETTE BY & OTHER STORIES (HERE) // ALTERNATIVE TO MY BAG BY DKNY (HERE) // BABY CLOTHES BY BABYSHOP.DK (HERE)letters-to-a5 To spice up the look I went for a ruffle bralet that is cheekily peeking through my lacy top. The sandals though are THE accent of that summer-fresh look! I got them from & other stories (here) and seriously, if you are after an affordable pair of shoes that give off the Carrie Bradshaw vibe – then  & other stories is your game! And in case you’re wondering where Sofia and I were headed in that crazy warm times – to find a flat!
We achieved our goal for less than two day and next week we are moving to a new place! 
I’m crazy excited for that new chapter and I can’t wait to share some photos once we have settled down.

P.S. Any thoughts on my city-chic summer look?
xoxo
A.

Instagram Wonderland In A World Where We Still Eat Lemons

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I went through my Instagram page today. The more I scrolled up – the better vibes I got.
Happiness. Sunshine. Summer holidays. Exotic destinations. Your baby’s first smile.
The discrepancy between the real world and what goes up to be hashtag gives me the chills.
You have probably found yourself jealous of someone you follow, of her perfect life.

But the beauty of life lies in not knowing what will cross your path. And the beauty of the Insta Wonderland is that you will mainly stumble upon pink flamingos and love.

Life gave me a bowl of lemons the moment I set foot back home.

It’s been tough to be around my grandfather who has already lost more than 50% of his weight.
… it’s been tough taking my grandmother to the hospital with a broken limb, with  Philip running back and forth so that I can meanwhile breastfeed….It was tough to hear that rather than fully recovered in a few days time she had also broken her arm.
It’s been tough to witness my mom rushing out after a 10-hour workday to go take care of her parents…and my dad doing his best to stay cool and meanwhile support her as much as he can.
It’s been tough for Philip too, who, for the first time in his life, has moved out of Denmark.

It’s been tough to take of Sofia while everyone else was a mess…

It almost felt like I was waiting at Yellow Light to hit Green, somewhere in-between, stuck and almost oblivious to the fact that there is always another way out.

Get out of the car.

WALK.

Life throws lemons at everyone and you’d hardly find time to mix them sugar and enjoy them as a summer-fresh lemonade.
Eat them raw. Learn to enjoy them. This is how we Grow. The planet rotates and so do our lives. Ups and downs, ultimate happiness, fear, grief, broken… and ultimately new lives.

Life is artificially perfect if you judge it by any blogger’s Insta page. Aw those pastels and heavenly places.

But no matter how perfect everything on Insta might appear – we all go through struggles. We all have our inner demons to fight. But there is always something to remind you that Foucault’s Pendulum always makes it to the other side.

Yesterday Sofia was having a bubble bath. She was holding two of her bathtub toys as trophies up in the air. But there was that little flower still free floating… that she all of a sudden went for it with her mouth. My mom and I caught her right when her mouth kissed the foam and we exchanged a cheeky smile – she just leaned for what she wanted without any understanding that she could drown or get soap in her mouth. Would you ever take the plunge without considering the risks? I doubt it… unless you have nothing to lose. Innocent, brave, naive… and so damn cute.

Exactly those precious situations are my reason to shake off the blues….
For you it might be a kiss from your loved one or the surrounding you nature that reminds you that while you might not be able to always control the situations you stumble upon, it’s entirely up to you to decide what face you are gonna make while chewing on that sour lemon.

A.

Find some cool heeled sandals at ASOS (here)… White Jeans by Top Shop (here)
Missguided Top (here)… Watch by Abbott and Mosley (here)…Bag by Leo Wulff (here)…

Summer Bliss in Afitos, Greece

letters-to-a-afytos3Going to Greece with a baby was a little bit of a challenge – we had our ups and downs, but now looking back, it actually worked out pretty well. We made a routine, so that we could spend some time sunbathing (later on this week I will be posting some tips for taking your baby to the beach), enjoy the beautiful scenery of Kassandria (Greece), and indulge in the delicious Mediterranean cuisine – there is no such thing as enough Kalamari or fried Feta.letters-to-aletters-to-a-romper-copy
I was so excited to be finally able to go on a family vacation and wear some cute summer outfits without having that big baby bump…and rock my brand new rompers. The one I was wearing that day is by REMIX, a brand I’ve only recently discovered, but immediately fell in love with – the fit, materials, and embroideries. If the romper is out of stock as I purchased it almost a month ago you can go to  Missguided and pick an alternative. My summer shoes are, wait for it, Stradivarious (here), watch by Abbott and Mosley  (here)  and bag by Leo Wulff  (here)letters-to-a-afytosWe chose to stay in Blue Bay Hotel, Afitos, a gem situated on the first finger of Chalkidiki. Even though Philip and I were pretty sceptical towards the hotel food, it turns out the best à la carte meal we had was exactly there. Below you can see some of the starters we had and let me tell you – the shrimps were to die for.  Sofia was with us of course, ‘chilling’ in her Bugaboo wagon, and waiting for only one more piece of bread. Yes, our baby is a bread lover and that’s the only way to keep her happy while we are dining. A piece of bread and she is in heaven. Easy peasy-ish. Unless you find yourself at a sushi restaurant. Then you have a problem.letters-to-a-greek-cuisineimg_7110-copyletters-to-a-blue-bay-hotel
Have you already been on a holiday this summer? Tell me more!
xoxo
A. :))