Review to Legend Amrapali collection #ad

7:19 AM
Hello, guys! How was your weekend? I am so excited, because in a few days, my family is coming!  I made so many plans for what they can do while staying with us. I cancelled all my meetings and am slowly preparing our house to host my family. It is the first time we are going to host my family from Kazakhstan. While living in the United States, it was too expensive to fly there, so we decided that my family should visit us when we will be a bit closer. Plus, it normally takes about 30 hours to fly from Kazakhstan to the United States. And since we moved to Tbilisi, it is only a 3 hour flight. What a huge difference!

Anyway, while going crazy this weekend, we took a day off with my husband and did a small photoshoot. He has been quite busy lately, and I got lazy to blog due to our busy lifestyle. Today, I want to introduce you to the Legend Amrapali jewelry collection. Legend Amrapali is a luxurious and extraordinary jewelry brand with Indian heritage. Their collection is very elegant, chic and feminine. I could easily see how every single piece was created with care and love under the guidance of founders Rajiv Arora & Rajesh Ajmera. I got quite quite excited to try their pieces!

For my first look, I chose the Chandi Disc Earrings. I have been wanting to get myself a pair of round earrings, but couldn't find the right style for me. These statement earrings were the right decision to complement my entire outfit. I big fan of silver jewelry, since where I come from, we believe that silver is important for your health and youth.

For my second look, I was looking for something classier. My choice was the Heritage Halo Hoop Earrings in Gold. The rich-green emerald gemstones lend a memorable artistic touch to these earrings. I got so many compliments as soon I wore them. Which pair is your favorite?

This blog post was sponsored by Legend Amrapali via Shopping Links



What to wear to look Californian

1:17 AM
Hello, sweeties. How was your week? I am finally settled down in our new home and can go through all my pictures and finally share with you. Normally, I share my outfits a few days after shooting, but this year, I have been fighting with all the Instagram changes and trying to not lose my followers after that took a lot of hard work to gain. Because of this, I totally forgot about blog and my traffic went down too. I wonder if it is somehow related to Instagram too - like some international anti-blogger conspiracy. Haha. Well, I hope I still have my honest readers who have been reading my blog for a long time. I hope, you are not disappointed in me. Life has been super busy and less exciting for a blogger career. To be honest, I hear more and more that all bloggers are going though a tough time for not getting paid content. I haven't gotten any lately too, which is actually a good thing, because I was forgetting the real ideas and inspiration for why I started blogging in the first place. I wanted to share with you how places have influenced my style. We shot this outfit in the Phoenix Desert Botanical Garden in Arizona. It was weird to wear a tee with "California" on it, but you know, since I lived in California for over a year, it did influence my style as well. For example, I am not scared to wear boots in hot weather, and I started to wear so much denim lately. If you will check my previous style, you would notice that I never wore denim before. Thanks to my friend Melanie for these beautiful photos. Let me know if you have any questions about our new place ;)



Q&A: Bloggings Tips

11:19 PM
Hello, my sweet babies! Today, I would like to share with you my summer style for how to wear red colors. A lot of people told me that red looks great on me. It is in fact my favorite color. But to be honest, I wear it very rarely. I bought my red jacket a while ago from Zara and didn't really have a chance to wear it. A few months ago, I wore this beautiful striped dress from Lulus and thought that it would look great adding some red color.  Let me know what you think.
Also, as I promised that will answer all your other question that you asked me earlier, but I picked only interesting questions.

What do you want to do with your blogger life?
Well, last year I thought that I would turn blogging life into serious career, but due to big competition, it is almost impossible,  especially when Instagram is being so rude to bloggers. I don't see anything new coming. I guess I will keep it as a hobby mostly.

What is the biggest challenge you faced in your life?
I think bullying at an early age, as many teens can be brutally mean. I always got bullied for being too skinny, too un-athletic or too nerdy. I believe that after I changed schools to a private one, I decided that I will never let other people think that I am not beautiful enough. Today, I love everything about myself. Blogging has helped me get more confidence in who am I and how I look. Another challenge was leaving my home country when I was only 20 years old. Taking an international flight for the first time and living with people of different mentality, traditions and food was quite a shock. It was tough for the first half of the year, but after that, I knew that I was not going back, and that I would continue my journey while traveling and living in other countries. 

Who are your mentors/role models? Is there anyone in particular that inspires you.
Both of my families, because they both have their own story of life lessons. I am inspired by how to stay strong in that moment of life when you think everything is over. My mother lost her mom when she was only 18 years old and she accepted responsibility for adulthood at this young age by taking care of her two young sisters.  She later in life taught my sister and I how to be strong and what to do in different situations. There was a period when my father underwent 15 operations in a short time. He almost lost his legs, but he eventually became strong enough to walk again. My mother-in-law survived breast cancer 10 years ago. My father-in-law was ostracized from his community and religion for pursuing the woman he loved (who is now my mother-in-law). These people inspire me.

What is your favorite part about blogging?
First, it is a great space in which you can grow confident about yourself. Second, meeting amazing creative minds motivates you to keep going.

Have you ever been inspired by the fashion in the countries or states you've traveled to? If so, how has it impacted your style?
Well, my blog was named Different Colors & Different Styles because I wanted to show how fashion in different countries inspired or changed my own style. You know that I have thus far lived in Europe, South Korea, Central Asia, North America, and now, in Caucasus region of Eurasia. One day I am dressing like a Korean pop star, the next with a Californian twist, and then perhaps with some French classiness. Elements of these cultures and fashions continue to influence me and blend together to make my own style.

What difficulties did you encounter when you moved to the United  States? What can one expect before moving to the USA?
When I came to America for the first time, I had a hard time with the food, language and different mentality. After living in Europe and Asia, it was quite different. As in many other countries, the west, central, and and east regions are a bit different from many perspectives (language, food, manners, outlook, etc.). As for language, I still have a really hard time with Southern dialects.  I sometimes have no idea what American Southerners are saying to me, actually.  I usually just nod and smile while trying to understand.  These people can be super hospitable though.  

What camera do you use? Any photography tips or how do you filter your photos?
For very long time, I used a Canon Rebel t4it and recently changed to Canon 6D mark ii. Personally, I don't see so much difference in these cameras, since I am not a very professional photographer and neither is my husband. I have been testing it to understand how the Canon 6D works. If you know, let me know! As for travels, I carry my compact and lightweight Samsung NX300. When I show to bloggers how the Samsung camera works, they actually purchase it right away. Haha, maybe Samsung should pay me for advertising their products. As for editing tips, you can find an article that we wrote on our Fashion Magazine DISPURS here.




Q&A: Things to know about me

9:45 AM
Hello, guys! I had another busy week and finally found time to answer on all of your questions. Thanks to my Instagram followers who left so many cool questions that I don't even know how to reply. I hope these answers will let you know me better. Actually, while collecting all these questions, I noticed that I got too many, and decided that should split them into two different blog posts. Most of the questions you asked were about blogging, travels, a few private, and photography tips. In this one, I decided to answer personal question first.

Where is your home? Where do you dream to live?
I actually get asked this question very often, and my answer is simple. I find my home where I feel comfortable and happy, which is with my husband. I know many of you wondered how I got to live in different places, but it is mostly part of my husband's job. Originally, I am from Kazakhstan. I dream to live in Singapore or Australia.

What is your favorite book?
Hmm, I believe Crime and Punishment, I have probably read this book a dozen times.

How old are you? Do you have any kids? 
I am almost 30, and no, we don't have kids yet.

What products do you use to curl your hair? How do you maintain your hair.
I have been using the hair curler Infiniti Pro Conair and flat iron Remington. You can buy at any Walgreen's or CVS store. Most of the time, I will use hair mask, but sometimes I use olive oil for my scalp. Also, I love hair products from Davine's.

Who takes your photos? 
Most of the time my husband, but when he has no time, I take myself or ask my friends. 

What is your favorite city to visit?
I have traveled to quite a few cities and countries. My favorites are New York (of course), Seoul and Konstanz.

What is your favorite skincare brand? 
Most of the time, I have been using Shiseido skin products, and a few other Korean products.

White chocolate, milk chocolate or dark chocolate?
Definitely white and milk chocolate. Both are equally yummy.

How did you and your hubby meet? 
We have quite an interesting story. We met in Germany. He was partying with his friends and I was having a good time with my bestie.  It happened that we were at the same club on the same night. I guess it was fate.

Do you prefer your hair long or short?
I love seeing short hair, and I did try short hair at one point. Sadly, my head is too small compared to my body (lol). Long hair looks better on me.

Your favorite guilty food.
It is a good question. Because I love ice cream, chocolate and cookies. My husband tries to not buy these items because they will disappear very quickly.

Who is your favorite actor? 
Don't have one, but I do like few actors that I enjoy watching on the silver screen: Robert De Niro,  Jude Law,  Tom Hanks, Morgan Freeman, Joe Pesci, and Johnny Depp (of course!). 


Safe Elephants / Elephantasia exhibition

2:35 PM
Hi, guys! The past week has been quite busy and I almost forgot to share with you something that I wanted to share a while ago. I always supported any ideas aiming to do something good for this world, which is unfortunately full of cruelty to animals and dangers to our ecosystem.  I always see sad news of poor animals getting hurt because of our human selfishness. Elephants are one of them. Did you ever know how important they are for the ecosystem where they live, especially during dry the season? They find water that helps other species to not die in this hot, harsh environment. They are not just intelligent creatures, but also super cute and important to our planet.

Have you heard that 96 elephants are killed each day? It is important for us humans to remember that we are not alone on this planet and need to respect the nature around us. Today, I would love to introduce you to Elephantasia travelings exhibition that is going to be hosted during London Fashion Week in September. 12 International designers will raise awareness while showing their unique couture collection of an interpretation of "the elephant."  Elephantasia is a 3-year campaign that started in 2016 and premiered at Vancouver Fashion Week. The campaign's idea is to support the survival of elephants. To take part in this campaign, I decided to create my own pictures to spread awareness (elephant pictures by www.chantellemelzer.com).

Find more on http://www.fashionforconservation.com

What to wear when you travelling by car

11:17 AM
Hello, guys! I know it is a bit early to think about the Fall season, but I have had these photos for such a long time without sharing them. To be honest, I don't even remember when I did this photo shoot. I have been busy with my new life, in our new home, and I am absolutely enjoying it. We have quite a hot summer here, but when I was in Monterey, we barely had a hot season compared to SoCal. Our new home is really beautiful and living in big city is very fun. I will tell you more later.


Before we left the United States, we had a super fun trip that you may already have read about. We travelled across the country and saw so many beautiful cities and parks. What I love about the United States is that you can travel anywhere as long you have a car. Sadly, I still do not have a driver's license and my husband had to drive non-stop. It is why he is the best. I don't even know if I ever will learn how to drive. Ugh. When we travelled during the past months, I realized that having rain boots in your car is a must-have. You never know where you might end up and how muddy it can. This is especially true in the forest or while you are hiking alongside a river. Previously, I destroyed my two pairs of white Adidas sneakers. Rain boots might not be comfortable for a long walk, but they definitely will keep your feet dry and clean. It is why I choose to wear my Hunter boots along with their backpack from the Fall Winter Collection. I am actually thinking to get another pair of rain boots, but in red or yellow color which would be perfect for the summer rainy season. 

Btw, I am quite excited, because my sister and cousin are coming to visit me and I am making some plans for how to make our schedule super busy. I want that they can see as much as possible. I told them to pack their rain boots! Do you own any rain boots?


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

1:12 AM
Hello, guys! Oh man, it took me forever to write this blog post, just because our last road trip was super crazyyy... If you didn't read my first part of how to travel America in 7 days, make sure to check it out here and not miss out all cities that I shared there. After Santa Fe, we drove to Acoma Pueblo Sky City in New Mexico.


5. Acoma Pueblo Sky City, New Mexico

After seeing beautiful Santa Fe, we decided that we have to see a Native American pueblo village and the best choice for us was Acoma Sky City, because it was on our way to our next stop at Flagstaff. We woke up quite early to beat the crowd and heat. Believe me, it was a great decision, because around 11am it got hotter.  Native Americans still reside there without electricity, sewer systems or water. To get to the village, you have to stop at their visitor center, where you can watch a video about the tribe and also walk around their museum to learn more. A tour costs $25 per person. You can take pictures of the village, but not of the people unless you ask permission before you shoot them. Also, you can take picture of the church, but as soon you enter the church, no photography is allowed. I truly enjoyed our tour around the village, getting to talk with locals, trying some of their delicious bread and buying wonderful souvenirs.

















6. Flagstaff, Arizona

We decided to take a small walk around the city and see what you can do in Flagstaff. The town offers a lot of cute restaurants and we definitely advise you to stop at the Mountain Oasis. They have a ton of delicious and healthy food, along with happy hour. Since we planned to drive the next morning to the Grand Canyon, we went to sleep very early so we could get up very early.








7. Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona

The next morning, we got up while it was still dark outside. We planned to watch the sunrise at the Grand Canyon. We drove from Flagstaff, taking Hwy 89. We were able to see only the South Rim of the Grand Canyon as the sun came up, before proceeding along the rim toward Grand Canyon Village. I will give your more information about the Grand Canyon in my next blog post. We ended up crashing in Williams that night.










Hope you enjoyed reading my travel blog post. More is coming!


How to wear floral printed dresses this summer

12:47 AM
After a cold rainy weekend, the sun finally came up! It is time for wonderful short dresses! Groundbreaking floral print is all over my closet. Floral fantasy is a new way to look super feminine. A blooming affair even touches Korean men's closets. I am totally in love with Chicwish v-neck rose dress with mesh insert, which I accessorized with cool bag by Lovelywholesale.
Dress/Chicwish      Bag/Lovelywholesale     Shoes/New Look

My Top 10 movies & tv shows that you should watch

2:04 PM
Hello, my dear readers. I know I've never written anything about my favorite movies. But ever since I got hooked up with HBO GO, I just watch movies while working on my blog or Instagram. I love to work and watch tv at the same time. I watched a lot of movies this past and new year. Some of the movies have been shown in the cinema, some might be shown on TV. Since we don't like cable, HBO has been awesome for us.  Okay, here are my TOP 10 movies & tv shows that I hope you can watch:

1. Genius (if you like history and you would like to know about the famous American novelist Thomas Wolfe, he wrote books like "Look Homeward, Angel" and "Of Time and the River");
2. Deadpool (not the typical super hero movie, but very funny )
3. By the Sea ( I believe this is the last movie that Angelina Jolie and Bred Pitt filmed together before their divorce);
4. Joy (an inspiring movie about how hard work can pave the way for successful young women)
5. Insecure (an HBO series about a young African American woman who is confused about what she wants)
6. The Night Of (a story of a criminal murder that touches some cultural & political issues)
7. Girls (quite a similar story to "Sex and the City," but for a younger generation)
8. Westworld (a new world with futuristic and philosophical thoughts on life)
9. Divorce (a comedy drama about a couple that go through a dirty divorce)
10.  The Brink (a comedy series that satires political crisis).


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!

1 Outfit:


2 Outfit:




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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