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New York Street Style with Minan Wong

11:06 AM
Hey guys! I’m so sorry that it took me forever to share with you my New York street style, so I hope you will forgive me haha. If you didn’t forget, a few months ago, I went to New York. Due to the bad weather, I had no chance to shoot some of my style that I wore while being there. Thank goodness it got warmer and melted by the time my friend Melanie came to New York too. She was so awesome, and offered me to shoot the outfits that I wanted to share with you guys.

You definitely need to check her blog and social media under Labellemel31. As I promised on my instagram, I would like to introduce you to Minan Wong brand. I mentioned in my previous blog post that I met designer Mimi Wong in New York. She told me a bit of the story of her brand. She uses eco-friendly fabrics like organic cotton, recycled wool and recycled PET.  All her collection is made in the US to support the local economy. Wow, she is amazing! How many brands are made in United States today? Not so many! After checking out her collection, and even trying on some pieces, I came to the conclusion that her collection is very elegant, classic and very high end. Who doesn't love that combo? You can wear her clothes for work, business meetings, fashion weeks, etc. Mimi was so nice and let me try some pieces to create some content for my blog. Here we go! I know winter is over, and snow melted a while ago, but better later than never right? ;) 

After Melanie arrived to my hotel, I quickly started changing outfits for the shoot. For my first outfit, I’m wearing a Jill Sander Shirt (that I got at a sample sale for only $50 when I met with other fashion blogger babies) along with a Minan Wong mesh dress that could be perfect for a wedding, ball, graduation event or any fancy occasion. On my instagram, I got many compliments about the lace detail, which is also the best part of the dress in my opinion. Since it was quite chilly in NYC that day, I wore my new Bernando 1946 rain boots. They are super cute and kept my feet dry. The other day, I was wearing sneakers and stepped in a huge puddle, which was a huge mistake. Afterwards, I never took off my rain boots. To stay warm, I wore one of my oversized coats that I rarely had a chance to wear before, because in California the weather is pretty moderate all year.

As for my second outfit, I’m wearing a Minan Wong classic dress that fits me just perfectly. I thought that over knee boots and a basic coat would combine nicely together. Sadly, I didn’t bring any accessories with me. I felt like something was missing, maybe a silky scarf? To give an extra color boost, I wore my new Jill Sander jacket underneath, which I got at the sample sale too. Minan Wong is for women who know how to dress up and are open to mix things up by trying something new. Let me know which one is your favorite!

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Where to find an inpiration

6:29 AM
Hello, guys. Lately, I see a lot of people asking me where I find inspiration, or how do I keep my blog/ instagram etc. going.  I do have these days, when I feel uninspired. I think we are all go through these moments in our life. But there are countless people, who are able inspire us every day. I already talked about this a couple of times, but it's good to revisit in case you didn't see before. Most of my inspiration comes from traveling, visiting museums and art galleries or simple walks in the forest or by the ocean. In our modern world, when we have an easy access to travel and enjoy local galleries or public parks, you can find peace of mind with yourself. I have taken so many interviews with designers and many of them find their inspiration in nature, the arts or even by watching people. If you will feel uninspired, just go out, listen to music, or you can upload some apps for meditations. While you are just walking, something will come to your head, especially if the weather is nice. If this doesn't work, you can always use Pinterest. I just look for something pretty that can help inspire me to create for my next outfit or instagram flatlay. Let me know if you have any other tips to share with me!
Sweater | Stella McCartney   Skirt |  Gucci  Sneakers | Adidas  Mini Bag |  Paco  Glasses | MYKITA

Part I: How to travel America in 7 days by car

8:30 PM
Hello, my sweet readers! You know I have been traveling like crazy and for the first time, I decided to write about my road trip adventure and give you tips on how you can travel across America in 7 days by car. This trip was our 7th road trip. Some people think that we must love each other a lot if we can travel so much in the car for many hours. I truly believe that you need to do a road trip with a man you are in love with. It will help you out to understand if you are really a great match. Our first road trip was actually in Europe and we were using printed maps. No Google Maps or any GPS devices. We had so much fun! Haha. Maybe it is why my husband proposed to me after a few months.

Okay, enough of that. Let's take a look at what cities/ states we have visited. We started our trip from Richmond, Virginia, and our final destination was Monterey, California. There are a few ways to get from the East Coast to the West Coast. You can generally take routes that go north, south, or through the middle of the USA. I actually liked our trip that wandered along a more southerly route. We got to see some beautiful cities like:

1. Bristol, Tennessee / Bristol, Virginia 

Our first stop was Bristol. Bristol is located between two states: Virginia and Tennessee, which can be super confusing if you are not from there. My husband told me that we have to stop there because of the cute advertising by Geico. After we arrived to Bristol, we walked to the historic downtown and ended up having a dinner at Whiskey Rebellion. It was quite a delightful break. After a dinner, we listened to some street music and drove to the Bristol, Virginia-Tennessee slogan sign, which originally was donated by the Gas & Electric company to advertise the city. And you know, it still worked on us! I hope that if you go there, you will find it cool too. Btw, you can get free wifi downtown!

2. Memphis, Tennessee

Our second day we spent in Memphis. Memphis is famous for blues and rock'n roll music. I would never have thought that this city would be so vibrant and fun! The first thing that we planned to see was the Beale Street historic district. You may ask, why there? Well as soon you will see my photos, you will understand. After walking around, it actually reminded me of our trip to New Orleans. For dinner, we decided to stop at B.B. King's Blues Club. Luckily, we got our seats there and while enjoying southern food, we watched some local blues group create the perfect atmosphere for Memphis. After dinner, we decided to walk to the Peabody Hotel. I heard that they have good music and a rooftop bar. Before we got to go inside the hotel, we decided to take a horse carriage tour ($55 for 30 minute ride) around town and even watched the sunset. Later, we got inside the Peabody Hotel, and it is surprisingly beautiful inside. To get to the roof, you have to pay for ticket. I believe it was $10 per person. It's good all night when the place turns into a dance club. I got quite exhausted at this point, but I truly wanted to see Beale Street at night. And you know what, you really have to see it at night, because it looks so different. The next morning we actually drove to Sun Studio, and the Pyramid. To get to the observatory, you have to pay $10 per person or you can have a lunch/dinner reservation at Big Cypress lodge. It was also one of my favorite things to do in Memphis.

Beale Street 

Dinner at B.B. King Blue's Club

Take a horse ride like Cinderella 

The Peabody Hotel

Beale Street at Night

Sun Studio

The Lookout at The Pyramid

3. Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

After we left Memphis in the morning, we got to driving and stopped in Oklahoma City for a night. That day was miserably cold and windy. Due to the horrible weather, we barely could walk around and see anything. But we did visit the National Memorial that was dedicated in honor of victims, survivors and rescuers from the horrible tragedy of the Oklahoma City terrorist bombing that happened in 1995. I felt very sad to be even inside the memorial. After paying our respects, we drove to downtown and got dinner at Toby Keith's I Love this Bar and Grill. This place was the big reason why we came there, because a lady that worked at the parking lot told us that we eat there and save the receipt, we don't need to pay for parking. Also, if you are a soldier and coming for the first time, they give you a free burger. The restaurant is located in a part of the city known as Brick Town. It's an area packed with clubs, bars, restaurants, and a walking district along a beautiful urban canal. Too bad it was so chilly!

Oklahoma City National Memorial

Toby Keith

4. Santa Fe, New Mexico

On our fourth day, we drove to Santa Fe. Since I planned what we were going to see there, we decided to get there as early as possible. It took us about 9 hours to reach Sante Fe. Yeah, it was quite a boring drive, at least until we pulled into a random gas station somewhere in New Mexico. We stopped to take a break and I saw a sign for a free car museum at Russel's Travel Center. It made me wonder. As it turns out, the museum was totally FREE and completely amazing. It featured a big collection of retro cars and a bunch of American games.  It had funky relics like vintage Coca Cola vending machines, comics, journals, signs, statues, posters, etc. It had fun exhibits of everything that was quite popular from the 40-90s. The cars were truly impressive. If you plan to drive through historic Route 66, make sure to stop there too. Later on, we got finally to Santa Fe. We were amazed by the beauty of Santa Fe. All of the stunning pueblo architecture just mesmerized us. You have to see the Downtown Plaza, because of its wonderful buildings, stores, cafes, art galleries, museums and chapels. After walking downtown, we decided to get a dinner at Tomasita's near the old train station. This place is quite popular. You should get a reservation or come early. We waited about 30 minutes to get our table. After a big dinner, we went to Meow Wolf art exhibition. OMG, this art project is just mind blowing! We visited the house of eternal return. It basically feels like you are in someone house, but as soon as you open closet, fridge or washing machine, you physically pass get into a magical new world. I have seen so many art projects in my last three years in the United States, but Meow Wolf is something extraordinary! I didn't take enough of photos because my camera & phone died. I think you have to see it yourself! 

Russel's Travel Center

On the way to Santa Fe

 Dinner at Tomasita's

Meow Wolf

Guys, I didn't realize how long did this post turned out, so I decided that I should split this post into two parts. Stay tuned!
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