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)…

One Year Since We Became Each Other’s ‘Life’

philipeti-copyYou are looking at the last photo we took before we left Copenhagen, the city where we met. I spent 2 years in Denmark during which I went through a time of depression, self-reflection, grief, fell in love, moved in with Philip two weeks after we met, got pregnant 3 month after, got proposed on the 7/3, became a wife, and then the mom of Sofia-Malou. It was hell of a stay!sofia-philipToday is exactly one year since I said ‘Yes’ and proudly took Philip’s last name. We’ve been through a lot since then and moving to another country is the least that’s happened to us. But the bottom line is that we are still together and happier than ever. We have both grown as individuals and I have to admit – Philip is the one who showed me that being your true self is the best way to be – no masks, no bullshit.
I used to be a cynic when it came to love.
Now I know that it’s totally possible for the love of your life to also be your lover, guardian, best friend, entertainer…and when needed biggest critic. 🙂
He is now in Denmark and I can’t wait to see him tomorrow and give him a biiiiiiig fat embarrassing kiss when I pick him up from the airport!
Love you Philip!
Thank you for being you!
A.

P.S Details about our outfits here.

Dining out With Our Baby at Ernie Hemingway

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Philip and I are laid back parents. We dine out every time we get the chance, and Varna was no exception. We were visiting different restaurants every day, but the one that won our hearts was Ernie Hemingway with a terrace overlooking the sea and pretty marvellous interior.  letters-to-a-dining-out3-copy
That’s us when we we’re out. Philip behind the camera, me having a glass of wine, and Sofia taking a quick nap before she found out that we are out and about…you know, she has that duty to win the hearts of everyone around.letters-to-a-dining-out letters-to-a-dining-out1 We went for the Bulgarian way, splurging on seafood and other tasty bits.. The calamari and salmon tartar were the definite winners! Their texture and taste were divine! letters-to-a-ernie-hemingway-copyAnd that’s Philip with his minty shirt that just went great with the interior. Was that planned I wonder? :)) letters-to-a-summer-philip-copyletters-to-a-dining-out12
At a certain point we swapped places so that I could feed Sofia and Philip could enjoy the marvellous view. Normally, when we dine out Sofia eats with us (enjoying what I’ve previously prepared and as a bonus munching on some bread.. SHE LOVES IT ) so that she feels as part of the crew. This makes her very happy, which gives us some more time  to enjoy ourselves. This time she wasn’t really in the best mood as my laughter interrupted her sleep, but thankfully it was still low season, which meant that the restaurant was half-empty. The service was also exceptional! Our waiter made sure that Sofia-Malou was feeling as comfortable as possible so that we could better enjoy our meal. He even went through the trouble to find us mineral water with low mineralization (basically in Bulgaria you don’t drink tab water and the babies drink only Spring water… in most restaurants, though they offer only mineral water) from Norway without charing us for it.letters-to-a-summer-time letters-to-a-summer-copyMarble Watch by Abbott and Mosley (here)

Do you also take your little one with you when you’re having a meal out?
xoxo
A.

My Face Essentials For The Beach

letters-to-a-beach-essentialsI skipped sunbathing last year, too afraid to expose my bump to the sun. I guess it was exactly when Sofia-Malou was still in my belly that it hit me that spending too much time in the sun wasn’t at all healthy for  the skin (and my little one). It’s common sense, but I needed to have someone else to care about to actually stop spending hours under the sun.
Also, I have a blemish-prone skin, which means that every time I squeeze a spot, it’s very likely that a dark spot will appear in its place. If you have the same problem, you are probably aware that sun can only worsen the situation. Exactly because of that I’ve begun applying sun protect and make up with SPF every single day – especially now that its 30 C outside. Aw, and let’s not forget – the closer you get to that 30th birthday milestone, the more you realize the you need to take care of your skin and respect it if you want it to look great in a few decades time.  hehe.

My current favourite sun protect is Dr. Spiller’s Aloe Vera Sun Protect  € 27,55 (here). I’ve been using their Aloe Vera mask and I was so impressed that I just had to give their sun protect a go. And even though its with 30 SPF, it doesn’t go white when you apply it and gives your skin the needed moisture.
I also bring with me an CCC by Gosh € 14, 75 (here). You probably wonder why… and the answer is – because of the blemishes I have. I apply conceal over the problematic areas every now and then. This little trick helps a lot in protecting the blemish from getting darker than they already are.
I also take with me my Maybelline Baby Lips Mint €4,79 (here) as the sun dries the lips quite a lot, as  well as two of my all time favourite my beauty essentials by  Clarins – their Hydra Essential Silky Creme €36,00 (here) and Clarins Eye Contour Gel €37,20 (here) to apply after hitting the shower. My skin is very dry, so I can’t stand walking around without a rich layer of moisturiser to make it feel and look dewy.  I highly recommend their eye contour gel as its very refreshing for the summer and also deals with the puffiness and dark circles around the eyes (works great for mommies or party animals that sleep way too little when on holiday :).  Then I apply my all time favourite Channel Vitalumière Compact Doucer SPF 10 €56,50 (here) to make my skin look flawless. I don’t really use foundation when I’m on a holiday. I prefer to use as little make-up as possible and let my skin breathe when I’m out in the heat.
Marc Jacobs Sunglasses (here) are the last face essential I take with me to the beach – I’m in love with the pinky shade of the glasses as well as their minimalistic frame.  I got them on sale from Smartbuyglasses.com and if you you feel like treating yourself with a new pair of glasses – go check out the great deals they have. letters-to-a-beach-essentials2And what are you face essentials for the beach?
xoxo
A.