Get your hands on Fashion Week Trends with Shopbop SALE

12:55 PM
Fashion Week season just started and I already spent hours and hours shopping online to find my outfits after getting inspired from New York, London, Milan and Paris Fashion Week. There are a few trends that you should't skip, especially when the BIG SALE starts at Shopbop. Hurry up and grab all the best goodies before they are sold out. Your Promotion Code is STOCKUP18.  You can start today at New York time.

Here are a few things that you will need to get ready for the Fall season:

Comfy Shoes:

Flat shoes, sneakers or kitten shoes are the best way to open your Fashion Week season. Check out these Dolce Vita boots or Golden Goose sneakers

Luxurious pieces:

In order to look great, it doesn't always mean wearing very expensive clothes, but if you purchase at least one designer piece, it will make your outfit to stand out. I love A.L.C pieces or A.P.C..  They are elegant and very sophisticated.
Picture by Chiara Marina

Trendy accessories:

Outfits without accessories will never look finished. I am always going for sunglasses, statement earrings or belts. Check out all these cool chokers here.
 Picture by M.C. O'Connor occasionally receives Shopbop sponsorships for mentioning their products and services.

Customizing Your Clothes with Sumissura

8:25 AM
While I am writing this blog post, there is a crazy storm outside. Strong wind is continuously knocking on our windows. Blankets of rain are coming down. Thunder is bellowing overhead. Sadly, the summer is gone, and we have to switch our outfits for the fall season. Despite of the wet morning, I went out and took pictures with my husband to show you my new customized fall/winter coat that I ordered a few weeks ago via Sumissura.

Sumissura is an awesome website that helps you create/design your own clothes with a loving personal touch. When I found their website, I was a bit sceptic for designing my own coat, because I prefer trying on my customized item before finalizing the finished product. But surprisingly, it was super easy to follow every single step. All you have to do is measure yourself and let your imagination take over. You can customize everything from small accessories to a professional suit.

When you go to their official page, first choose which item you would like to tailor. My choice was a Sumissura winter coat! Then, you will have to pick your style. After picking every single detail for your style, you can choose the fabric. As you can see, I went for wool. My favorite part was the monogram on my coat with my initials, adding a nice accent to the final product.

As soon as my product was delivered, I tried it on, and instantly loved it. Also, if you customize your product via Sumissura, and your product needs an alteration, Sumissura is flexible in this regard. You can get a 25% tailoring reimbursement from them if you have to take it to your local tailor, or Sumissura will totally remake your order if the situation is truly bleak (find out more here).

As for the outfit, I selected my green turtleneck that I bought during my recent trip in Bonn, and styled it with my pleated skirt and a silk vintage scarf to add nice touch to my Sumissura coat. Don't you agree it's a lovely combination?

Vaya Tyffyn lunchbox Review #ad

12:42 PM
Hello, guys! Today, I am going to tell you more about an awesome product that I recently discovered and giving you a honest review. It has been a game changer for my husband and I, since my husband works late and barely has time to grab something for lunch. Since he was tired of eating sandwiches, the Vaya Tyffyn lunchbox gave me a way to provide a long-lasting warm lunch so my hubby could have a fresh meal without having to leave work.  He's been able to enjoy his lunch without waisting his time to grab lunch somewhere.  We've also tested it out for a picnic, and we were pleasantly surprised when we were found out the lunchbox worked like a charm.  Here are a few reasons why you should consider owning one too:


When my package arrived with a Vaya Tyffyn lunchbox, I got super excited as soon I opened it. I love the elegant design housed in a compact container. It was super easy to open. Inside featured aesthetically-pleasing, leak-proof designed lids. I loved the idea that you can split your meal among three different containers. In the biggest one, I choose to keep the main part of the meal, such as meat or tofu. The vacuum-sealed insolation helps keep the food warm. As for the rest, I just added vegetables and rice. In terms of the design, you can choose whatever color you want. They also offer a variant for kids that has the little ones looking forward to snack time.


This lunchbox is perfect if you love traveling, or have a job that requires you to drive long distances or take flights. Personally, I hate food at the airport.  It's oftentimes tasteless and makes me feel bloated. Another problem we've had before is that whenever we took a long ride somewhere (we've done many multi-day road trips), we try to save time by grabbing fast food that is super unhealthy and doesn't help you save any money. The Vaya Tyffyn lunchbox is definitely a must-have when considering how it can improve your traveling or work lifestyle! You can create your healthy, delicious, home-made dishes and not worry that the food will get cold. It stays warm up to 5-6 hours. It also retains the quality of the food, which means it is perfectly safe to eat after this time.  It's way better than having sandwiches sitting in the backseat. Btw, if you are more than one person, check out their website, because they also offer bigger sizes. And besides the light containers, it comes with a table mat that converts into a shoulder bag (called a BagMat). Isn't this an excellent idea? There's also a handy little pouch where you can add your utensils.


I found the price very reasonable for what Vaya Tyffyn lunchbox is offering: stylish design; leak-proof containers; keeping your food warm and fresh; stainless steel that easy to wash; and the table-shoulder bag. Of course, you can find a cheaper lunchbox online, but it might not be the best quality and they look bulky compared to the compact design of the Vaya Tyffyn lunchbox. I prioritize comfort, convenience, and food safety when I make these kind of purchases. I would advise thinking of this as a perfect birthday gift for a friend or family member. Perhaps you can buy it for your hubby or boyfriend, so you can also use it!

How to find picturesque spots for your blog or instagram

9:08 AM
If you are a fashion or insta blogger, you probably know what it feels like when you can't find the perfect spot to shoot your outfit in your town.  I actually never had problems with the background, only trouble with outfits. Here are some tips for how to find a good spot to shoot your outfit.

- Look around in your house. If you have a white wall, you can add a wooden stylish stool, along with some plants and decorations, making a great spot for editorial or minimalistic photoshoots.
- If you don't have a good place to shoot at your house, you can always look around your neighborhood and find cool art wall or painted houses.  Try to find beauty in backgrounds that may otherwise seem normal.
- If you already took pictures with the suggestions that I offered earlier, find a good restaurant or cafe. If you follow big bloggers, you will notice that many take pictures while enjoying their meal.
- Another option is to shoot your outfit by going to public parks, a botanical garden or somewhere out of the city.  Nature often offers fantastic settings to compliment almost any outfit.

As you can see, I picked a simple background for this photoshoot and the pictures turned out very well. I am wearing a lilac oversized blazer (check out a similar one here from Shopbop) with plaid pants (similar here  or check high waisted one here). As for shoes, I wear my favorite sneakers from a Korean brand that is sadly sold out. occasionally receives Shopbop sponsorships for mentioning their products and services.

Reasons to Travel while Young

6:31 AM
Traveling has become a part of my life. Since I was a small child, I was eager to see the world and learn new things about it firsthand. My father was the first person who sparked my interest by taking me on my first road trip. To be honest, I barely remember where we went, but I have a warm memories of my dad's mack truck. It was the place we slept, our shelter from the elements, and dining room. I found it to be so fun to jump out at rest stops, checking out street food stalls and the other characters you meet on the open road. Later in my life, I always told my parents that I would leave Kazakhstan and live in Germany. Well, my dream came true! My first trip overseas was to Germany. I left my family for a year-long journey. Living in Europe taught me to not be scared and see the world with open eyes and ears. Today, I've travelled to about 40 countries and lived in 5 on three continents.

Based on my experience and perspective, I've come up with a nine reasons why you should travel while still young:

- Traveling can teach you many things: how to save money; how to be smart at packing your bag; how to move around efficiently.

-Traveling makes you happy. You can't imagine how exciting it is to be in a new place. You see new faces, experience new smells, and learn to appreciate nature or architecture in all of its forms.

-Traveling introduces you to new people, new languages, and new ways to live life. While living in Kazakhstan, I never knew that I would eventually have friends all over the world in places like South Korea, Germany, Romania, USA, Italy, Russia, Switzerland, Belgium, UK, Georgia, etc.

-Traveling opens your mind to cultural practices. I learned so much while traveling. For example, if you ever come to South Korea, make sure to use both of your hands when giving or receiving anything. This applies to using your credit card at the store or also.

-Traveling can help unlock hidden talents and passions. I found out that I am interested in fashion, which kick started my blogging career.

-Traveling teaches you to trust people. This is why I have so many awesome international friends!

-Traveling can help you with creativity. You can't imagine how many ideas I got while traveling, I always feel inspired after our trips and want to create even more.

-Traveling can help you to meditate and find peace. If you have something going on in your life, I definitely advise you to take a trip somewhere. It doesn't need to be far, but a trip will give your brain a rest and help clear your mind.

-Traveling teaches you to be tolerant and patient. Staying in long line for tickets, delayed flights or even loud people, can teach you to be more patient and tolerant of other cultures. I learned to not pay attention when people stare at me when we travel.

-Traveling is a good source of energy and great work out. Every time we travel, we end up walking over 20,000 steps a day. I never could imagine walking 10 miles a day while home. I barely notice it when exploring.

P.S. If you want to check out similar mini dresses, you can see them here.

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