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Printed Canvas with CanvasDiscount.com

6:48 AM

Hey, guys! How are you doing? I hope that you are safe and staying at home. Since it is the second week staying at home with my husband, I am almost running of things to do. I decided that it is a good time to redecorate our guest room and change a few things in the house. I got quite lucky that I got in touch with CanvasDiscount.com and was so thrilled to order a few printed canvases to redecorate our home.

Before the world lockdown, we got our chance to travel to Namibia and South Africa. I got a lot of amazing pictures that I will share with you. The most memorable moments were seeing wild flamingos and the tallest dunes in the world, following by Deadvlei. I knew that we had to have printed versions of my photos in our house.

CanvasDicount.com is actually a very easy page to navigate. They offer different types of things you can order for your house - from wall decorations to photo blankets. The prices are also quite affordable because I did some research to compare prices with other photo printing companies, and Canvasdiscount.com is a good deal.

Anyway, after creating my order, I got my package delivered to the house undamaged, and I was super excited about how my photos turned out. Each canvas has a stamp for quality. I also ordered a gift for my little sister. She recently opened a beauty salon and I thought that a picture with pink flamingos would look fantastic in her salon. Since I am collaborating with CanvasDiscount.com, we are giving 15% off with discount code QUEENHORSFALL15. For Canvas Prints click here.







Disclaimer: This post was sponsored by CanvasDiscount.com

How to survive in isolation from COVID-19

12:51 PM


Our normal lifestyle has changed and the entire world is at war with the pandemic virus-like COVID-19. I always had a fear of sicknesses and don't really do well even with a common cold. I thought that while everyone is isolated, I should write a short blog post on how to survive this period of quarantine and/or isolation.

Normally, I spend a lot of time with my husband, but we usually travel or do things like shopping, enjoying a delicious meal somewhere, going to the gym, or even cooking together. But this time, it is a bit different because we don't have people around us. It is just the two of us in the house and we are 24 hours together for the next 2 or even more weeks. It is like being stuck on an island or in a galaxy spaceship where only 2 people survived. It's actually been going quite well for us.  Seeing how we've adjusted to this new reality, I am offering some tips to help maintain your sanity with your loved one (who you may be seeing more than normal right now!): 

- create a list of tv series or movies you two want to watch. I love having our TV time.  We usually watch together in the evening while having dinner. Bring some snacks, drinks and enjoy your 1-2 hour together when you don't need to talk;

- find time to do exercise. Exercising is not only good for your health, but also for your mind. I find online exercises on Youtube and do it myself.  Sometimes, we do it together in our yard if it is nice weather.  If you don't have a garden, you can exercises while motivating each other;

- play board games. I am so glad that we bought a bunch of games for our house that we can play with two players. If you're bored with just two, then invite your friends or family to join online;

- create an online drinking Friday night with your friends. Pour some wine and enjoy your time in a digital group setting;

- create or join a book club. I actually created a book club maybe 3-4 weeks ago with my besties. We picked books that we want to read and then decided how many pages to read for certain time periods.  We then have a chat call where we can talk about the book;

- invest time in blogging and Instagram. I know it is hard to create any content right now, but you can still write things that you want to share and stay in touch with your followers;

- read books that you wanted to read. I have a list of books that I am planning to read while my friends are trying to find time to read the book we picked for our book club. I just finished reading "Three Daughters" by Consuelo Saah Baehr, and am now reading one of Stephen King's books ("Salem's Lot");

- start to create. I love drawing, but I usually only do it if I have inspiration or want some meditation. It is seriously so calming. My mom loves knitting, for others it is sewing. Just try something new or do something that you didn't have time to do before;

- clean your house or your closet. Our house is almost always clean because I clean every day, but I don't mind doing a deep cleaning like washing all the doors, stairs, and windows;

- repot your plants. It is getting warmer and it is a great time to repot your house plants. I am actually thinking I should use some seeds at home to plant something. Why not?;

- take an online course. Since many schools are closed, there are many programs for online courses you can do today. Here are some websites that you can check: open.edu, Coursera, Khan Academy, lingua and you can also get apps like Duolingo to learn a language; 

- cook something that you didn't cook before. It is a great time to hone your cooking skills. There are plenty of recipes on Youtube;

- self-love. If you forgot how to take care of your skin, your body, and your mind, quarantine and/or isolation is an ideal time to enjoy a bath, do your nails, put on a face mask, and do hair masks.


I hope that all these tips are helpful and will color your day during this trying and scary time we live. At least we're not living through a war or something more destructive. Stay home, don't be selfish, wash your hands, and stay healthy!




















Second Hand is trending

1:28 AM
Second Hand isn't only an environmentally friendly thing nowadays, but it's also becoming quite popular among younger people who both care about nature and finding something unique to stand out among others. I have been a big fan of vintage and thrift shops since 2016. I bought a few things online and through apps like Poshmark. But since we moved to Europe, I have been able to enjoy not only second-hand stores but also visiting vintage markets where you can find a lot of rare items from the 60s,70s, 80s - oftentimes for a great price.

Last year, I purchased Chanel earrings in a Parisian vintage market and a Chanel scarf online. I have skirts and a few vintage bags that I got while traveling in Europe. If you are still not convinced that second-hand clothes can be good, will save you money and also save our environment, I suggest you reconsider! 

I like to shop via Etsy (sometimes you can find a good deal), Vestiaire Collective (you might pay for tax, authenticity and shipping fees), Poshmark ( I used to shop via Posh a lot but since we don't live in the US, I don't use it). You can check Rebelle online store too, I don't have any experience with them but would love to hear from you. Also, I have seen that many use the Vinted app. If you know something more about second-hand shopping please leave in the comment below. 

Southern Sweden 4-day Trip

10:04 AM
Our Sweden trip was one of the outings for which I was quite excited because I had never been on this side of the world outside of England and Scotland. All I knew about Sweden was that it is quite expensive, and boasts fantastic nature, long drives, and super chilly weather.  We planned thoroughly for what we should explore this time.

We flew to Gothenburg instead of Stockholm. I know that I am definitely missing out on not seeing Stockholm, but we decided that we should see other towns instead of the capital. After arriving at the airport, we rented a car and drove to Smogen to explore their wooden pier, take pictures for my blog and eat our lunch. Smogen is an old fishing village on the west coast of Sweden. This town is well known for its long wooden pier, which stretches for about 600 meters. It was crazy windy there and we couldn't really enjoy our time. You wouldn't believe, but it was the beginning of July and I was wearing a turtleneck and the jacket because it was freezing for summer. If you come to Smogen, make sure to do some outdoor activities like diving, kayaking or fishing. Sadly, we didn't have so much time to enjoy.

After a quick visit to Smogen, we drove to see my cousin who lives in one of the Swedish towns that made our trip to the southern part of Sweden easier. We stayed a night there, enjoyed a late dinner and were ready in the morning to continue our journey.






In the morning we went to Lund. We truly enjoyed how many cute cafes and stores Lund has to offer. We got to visit Lund Cathedral, Lund University, and just enjoyed our day there.






As for dinner, we drove to Skanor to eat at the Skanor Fiskrogeri restaurant because we are big fans of fresh fishy dishes. And it was definitely a perfect stop to satisfy our hunger. After a delicious dinner, we went to the beachside to enjoy their colorful beach houses and soft white sand. Later, we drove to Malmo where we booked a room at Havshotellet Hotel. The owner was so nice and let us pick a room out of two and we decided to stay in the Titanic room.




The next day, we planned to take a day trip to Copenhagen, since it was so easy to travel from Malmo. We drove to the central bus station and left our car at the parking lot. What I loved about Sweden is that it is very tech-developed. We loaded some parking apps that made it easy to book your spot and pay. You can cancel or adjust your parking time, and pay for the time your car is actually parked. What a novel idea!

In Copenhagen, we got to enjoy walking around famous Nyhavn (which means New Harbor), visited Christiansborg Palace, and strolled to see the famous Little Mermaid. Of course, we got our lunch at the harbor. Sadly, we couldn't visit Rosenborg Castle. After, we walked to the Ny Carlsberg Glyptoteket museum, and we definitely couldn't miss Tivoli Gardens. Tivoli Garden was a highlight of our trip for sure. Even though I am not a big fan of rollercoasters, I loved eating outside and hanging around this beautiful place full of fun activities.






After we returned to Malmo, we were ready to leave and continue our journey back to Gothenburg. In Gothenburg, we had a few hours before our flight and decided to visit Universum and shop at Haga. In Haga, I ended up at one of their vintage stores and purchased a pair of earrings. Despite the very cold and rainy weather in Sweden, I loved their delicious seafood, high tech modernity, and friendlier people.






10 Blazers you should check out this spring

5:16 AM
A year ago, I shared my 10 favorite blazers selection that you should purchase. Since this post got quite popular, I thought that I should refresh my list for you. I love wearing blazers because they add elegance, chicness and always look trendy no matter what season. You can wear them with anything like skirts, jeans, dresses, trousers, and even bike shorts. Personally, I prefer a boxy form with a nice print or even a classier style.  If you are following F/W 2020 ready-to-wear collections, you will spot plenty of fabulous colors and prints for the upcoming season.

Here is my favorite selection of blazers that you should check out:

Pastel-colored blazers:
Rachel Antonoff Blazer | Shopbop


Medium Sleeve Blazer | Mango


Double Breasted Blazer | H&M

Animal Printed Blazers:
Anine Bing Blazer | Shopbop

L'agence Blazer | Shopbop

Plaid Blazers:
Double Breasted Blazer | H&M

Double Plaid Blazer | Mango


Long Striped Blazer:
Victoria Beckham Blazer | Shopbop


Leather Blazers:
Oversized Leather Blazer | &Other Stories

Nanushka Brown Blazer | Shopbop









 
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