My monthly shopping wish list

10:46 AM

Hey, guys! Since, I have been writing so many travel tips, I decided to come with idea and share with you my monthly shopping wish list. To be honest, it feels like forever since I last time explored some shopping malls. But we finally settled down, got our home address and time for happy shopping.

I am daily searching on internet and trying to find something I would like to buy or try for myself. Maybe, if you would like something and you will purchase it too. Since I am using some affiliated links in order to make some commissions out of sale, I would like to thank you if you decided to bought something through the link I gave. 

Summer is a great time for hats. I am lately big fan of denim baker boy hats and of course, I would like to get more of fedora or boater hats. First, they look amazing and second, they protect you hair from sun damage. Here are few that I actually liked:


Also, lately I got obsessed with polka dots. And have been hunting to find more polka dot printed items. Check out this one:


Before, we left to Seychelles, I got to shop at Stradivarius and as soon I saw their denim jackets. I decided that should order more of denim jackets and found this few that I am considering to buy:






Summer vacation: Swimwear shopping

6:38 AM
I know, I might be late to write this blog post, because we are in the second month of summer. But if you are a blogger, you know how much time it takes it to edit all the photos that you just recently took, and then think of what to write.  I didn't even write yet about our travel to Seychelles. Need some inspiration to continue writing.

My best friend is planning to have a vacation with her husband by the sea. A few days ago, she texted me because she was so tired and exhausted by trying to find the perfect swimming suit. Well, I thought that this is a great reason to share with my readers where you can look for new swimwear.


We did a lot of research and found some cute stuff. I hope you will like it too. Don't forget that I am using an affiliated program in order to make a few commissions if you will purchase anything from my website. Thank you in advance!

First, we checked some popular brands from mass market like H&M, Zara, Topshop, Mango, American Apparel and many others. My favorite was with floral print from Topshop (see below). If you are looking for something more sexy, check out this one from ASOS collection, or if feeling more playful, go for this one at Nasty Gal. I would love to buy swimsuits for my next vacation, but seems like we are not going anywhere by the sea in the near future. 

In these photos, I'm wearing a cool swimsuit that I found at a local store in Tbilisi, Georgia. I wish they had an online store, because they had a lot of cute things. For a similar hat, you can find it here or here. As for the beach bag, you can check out Monki  or Asos. Lastly I got the sunglasses from ZeroUV. Hope you all get the chance to hit the beach this summer!

Why you should visit Montenegro and rent a car

6:26 AM
Montenegro is one of my favorite destinations in the Balkans after Croatia. If you read my Balkan trip blog post, I promised to write a separate post about our trip to Montenegro. And if you have never been in the Balkans, I would advise you to enjoy Montenegro as the cherry on top of a delicious piece of cake.

We rented a car as soon we arrived from Albania. Prior to that, we were taking mostly busses to get around. I had to convince my husband that we needed a car, and as it turns out, renting was the way to go! We had only 2 days to explore. After doing some research, our plan for what to see included: Kotor, Budva, Perast, Sveti Stefani, Virpazar, Tivat and Cetinje.  In case you don't have roaming data/phone service like me, always make sure to upload the local map on your MAPS.Me app. I mentioned earlier that it works great without Internet.

Despite arriving kind of late, we decided to make our first stop at Niagara Falls. Niagara falls is located close to the main airport. If you fly to Podgorica Airport, make sure to experience Niagara Falls first. To be honest, it was very unexpected and beautiful. And if you are hungry after a long day, you can enjoy a glass of white wine, snack on something, and enjoy the view.

We stayed in the capital of Montenegro, Podgorica, I wouldn't advise you to stay there, because it is boring. Evens locals will tell you this. I truly liked Budva and wish we stayed there instead of Podgorica. Even heading out from Podgorica, I would suggest you to make your first stop at Virpazar.

Virpazar is a small fishing village. There was not so much information when we arrived to the town. We met with a local travel agent, who told us that we can't enter the town and we needed to park in special parking lot. Afterward, he offered us a free coffee and explained that we can take a boat around Skadar lake to see some local birds. The boat tour was lovely for the opening 10 minutes. Unfortunately, we quickly got bored, because there was nothing else to see. If strapped for time, I recommend skipping the boat tour, as it took around 45 minutes.

On the way to Sveti Stefan, we stopped at Rezevici Monastery, which was quite beautiful. Definitely, you should visit it. Our next stop was Sveti Stefan. It is quite a popular destination on the way to Budva. Many photographers come here to get their best shots from the view point. Great pics and opportunities to sunbathe can also be found on the beach side. Btw, the private beach fee costs about 100 euro during the high season. After enjoying the beach for a bit, we headed to Budva. Budva is a really beautiful beach town on the Adriatic Sea. I truly loved their old town. After having a nice lunch with super-fresh sea food, we drove to Tivat.

Tivat has a lovely waterfront. After quickly exhausting the local sights, we decided to continue our journey to Kotor. To be honest, old town Kotor reminded me of Dubrovnic in Croatia. It is a little bit smaller then Dubrovnik, but quite charming (it felt like Dubrovnik before "Game of Thrones" was filmed there). Sadly, we decided to skip the City Wall due to the blistering hot weather. Down the road is the town of Perast, where we took a boat tour to Our Lady of Rocks. The church stands on a tiny island not far from the shore.

Not long after, it got a little bit darker. We rushed to see Cetinje and enjoy our dinner. I would definitely advise you to not skip the Royal Old Capital of Montenegro. This is especially true if you love history. It's a town not visited by many tourists, and you get to see a different side of the country that's not on the beach. With our remaining time the next morning, we left early for the Ostrog Monastery and some archeological fun - the Doclea Excavation. The place was easy to find by following the MAPS.ME app and it was open for just strolling around. It is pretty mind boggling to look at these ancient inscriptions, fully exposed to the elements. I hope more is done to protect them soon.

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 Niagara Falls




Podgorica


 Virpazar & Skadar Lake



Rezevici Monastery


Sveti Stefan


Budva





Tivat


Kotor



Pirast




Cetinje


Ostrog Monastery




Doclea Excavations



Why I can't keep up with Instagram changes

1:21 PM
Hey, guys! You probably already heard about or are enjoying the newest trend of IGTV. It seems Instagram decided to completely take over the internet and all areas of social media. 

First, they created a wonderful platform where we shared what we love. Later, they created insta stories, stealing the idea from Snapchat by featuring cute filters and functions for sharing your real life. After a few months, they successfully launched live streaming, which many bloggers use. Now, it's this: IGTV. 

After updating my phone, I started to see more videos. Wait, I already don't have time to see all insta stories of the 1,000 people I follow! How the heck are my 60K followers going to see my single video if I barely see videos of other bloggers?! I still decided to test it and loaded a few videos. And you know what, barely 200 people saw it. I guess, either not so many users know how to use it, or Instagram is going through another period of disruption. 

I am not sure if I truly like all the changes that Instagram brings us, but having everything in one app is actually cool. The only thing that scares me is what if Instagram disappears, and all of our hard work will be flushed down the toilet. Is it bad to be so reliant on one app? What do you think?

As for my styling side, I am wearing a plaid blazer (find a similar one here or here) that looks perfect with any jeans that I style. As for my awesome sunglasses, I got them from ZeroUV. I am huge fan of their sunglasses collection. Do you like the baker boy hat? I bought it while we travelled to Kiev, Ukraine and I am seriously in love with its quality. Find their hat collection on Instagram under @kapeluh_ua.



Why I Will Never be a Famous Blogger

3:42 AM
If you are reading this post, you may have asked yourself the same question. Why is my blog is not famous yet? What am I doing wrong? How do I get popular on Instagram?

Well, I am going to explain why I will never be a famous blogger. While cleaning the floor at my apartment, it just came to my head, and I thought that I should stop cleaning and instead write this post. Haha, sorry husband, I am not going to clean today! Just because I need to write something that came to me suddenly. Isn't this why we started a blog in the first place?! Wanting to share thoughts and ideas led us down this path.

After blogging for almost 5 years, my blog has gone through good and bad times. For a few years, blogging was exploding. It motivated me to create one too. Living in South Korea and then in the U.S. helped me to learn the market and gain readership. While I was building my own name, blogging continued to gain popularity, with many new bloggers joining the community. Some kept going as a hobby, while others like me pursued blogging as a means to earn income.

Over the last 2 years, I feel like Instagram has stolen all people's attention and big companies have started to invest tons of money into bloggers to promote their products. Some of these initiatives were successful, some failed. Anyway, I don't want to explain too much, because exploring these ideas could fill up a whole book. Plus, I think that would be too much for my busy editor, who is also my husband.

So, here are my brainstorming thoughts for why I will never be famous blogger:

1. I don't go to popular events that sometimes help your exposure and allow you to meet some important people. As for the United States, these events are held in LA or NYC mostly. So, if you don't live in these two major cities, you can forget about building relationships with agencies or even big bloggers face to face.

2. I don't show my body enough. I don't want to offend anyone, but it feels like most of the bloggers who blow up usually show off a lot of their bodies. Sex sells, right? First, I don't have big upper or bottom parts to show, and second, I am a classy-style woman. I prefer authentic style than showing parts of my body.

3. I don't live in big cities. I always noticed when I share my pictures from bigger cities, they get more views and I gain new followers. It might not be true, but who knows. It's just been my observation.

4. I don't have a unique talent. I don't dance, sing, or draw. All I know is how to take pictures. I guess this knowledge is not enough nowadays, because everyone is creative and knows how to use a camera. Forget about the perfectly staged creative photos though. That's beyond me!

5. I don't buy followers and page views. I don't know if you remember, but Song of Style mentioned that she used to buy followers in order to get popular. Well, it looks like I'm stuck in this area!

6. I don't wear expensive brands. This one might be a myth, but I think many popular bloggers wear glitzy trendy purses. Unfortunately for my wardrobe, I prefer spending my money on traveling rather than on Dior or Celine purses.

But you know what?  It's all good!  I've been traveling the world.  I have an awesome hubby who loves me.  My family is happy and healthy.  And blogging is still fun for sharing with all of you!  Thank you for reading!!




 
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