Honeymoon Part I: Hilton Seychelles Labriz Resort & Spa

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"Better late than never"- I will start my today's blog post with this quote. I have been married for over 6 years now, and we have been dreaming about our honeymoon since the day we got married. But due to some life decisions, we really didn't have time to think about our honeymoon. This year, we finally booked our trip to Seychelles. We decided to stay with Hilton Seychelles Labriz Resort & Spa and Le Chevalier Guest House (will cover that in Honeymoon Part II). And to be honest, it was a great plan. I can't think of better getaway vacation.

Hilton Seychelles Labriz Resort & Spa is located on the beautiful Silhouette island. The hotel offers a boat shuttle to the island. As soon as we arrived we were greeted by the wonderful Hilton staff. They gave us refreshing towels and drinks. Later, a golf cart came to pick us up and give us a tour around the hotel resort: what we can find, where to eat, and they even let us to take us shower while our room was preparing. After freshening up, we got to sit at the bar and enjoy delicious drinks with appetizers. Once the room was ready, we got delivered to our private beach bungalow. It had a spectacular view of the ocean, with steps leading right to the beach. The bungalow itself had all the amenities one would expect, to include indoor and outdoor showers. Seriously, it was so magical! We found a little gift from Hilton of extra beach towels and some sweet snacks.

I couldn't be happier with our ocean view. Of course, after we unpacked, we ran into the ocean to look for some exotic fishes. After relaxing a few hours, we decided to check out bikes and explore the island. The weather was a bit fussy, so we had to cancel a couple of activities. I was quite sad we didn't get to go fishing! But every other night, we were enjoying the no-worries life on the island. Since I know myself and my husband, I think we made the right decision that we didn't book Hilton for entire trip, because we get bored very easily. That being said, I would definitely advise this hotel to all others who wants to relax and make babies ;)

Let's take a look at what I really loved about the Hilton Seychelles Labriz Resort & Spa:
  • Friendly Staff. We got to hang out with the entire management team at one of the welcoming nights and meet every single clerk. Everyone was from different countries, which created a nice multi-cultural atmosphere. Every time we requested something, it was delivered right away;
  • Spacious Room and Comfortable Bed. I loved how big and how much space we had. Even the bathroom was incredibly big. My best part was when we returned back to the room, the bath was filled with warm water and flowers. Aww... how romantic!
  • Interior. I generally love architecture and designs. When it comes staying in luxurious places, I always pay attention to how the room is designed, what kind of furniture was used, the artwork choices, etc. I really like wooden beds, high ceilings, and modern touches in the details.
  • Big Variety of Food. Every night, we got to try different restaurants. One of my favorite's was Portobello. The contemporary design of the restaurant seemingly enhanced the flavor of the cuisine.
  • Cleanliness. Can you imagine how many times we ran from the beach to our bungalow and back? I felt bad for the cleaning staff, but they were incredible friendly, and always left our place spotless.
  • Things to do. You would think that living on the island, it probably doesn't offer so much. Just so you know, Hilton Seychelles Resort & Spa offers many things to not get bored. You can bike, fish, dive, hike, swim at the pool and even enjoy beauty massages or yoga session at the resort. Well, we purposely tried to focus on enjoying nature and basking in each other's company. We're usually on the move, but we wanted our Honeymoon to be different. 
Our stay at the Hilton Seychelles Resort & Spa was short, but I would love to stay there again. We decided that we have to come back for our next anniversary. This post wasn't sponsored or gifted, all I am writing is a true from my own recent experience. I feel so bad that I didn't take enough pictures, but I was trying to avoid being on my phone too much. But you can watch my video on my Youtube channel, where I share my trips. Link here.

Why I like living abroad

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Living abroad can be exciting or very exhausting. Considering that I move to a new home almost every year, living overseas is a normal part of my life. We just recently moved to another new country, well relatively new, because I lived already here once. Anyway, why do I like living abroad?! There are a few aspects for why I am still not tired of moving to new countries:

- I love looking for a new house, even if it can be super exhausting to hunt for a new place to live.  That being said, it can be exciting to style it. This time, we found a bright spacious house that I was absolutely happy to decorate. It is still in the process, but I will definitely share later how it looks.

- Learning a new culture and discovering a new home town. This is probably the best part of the moving experience for me. 

- Trying new cuisine. Many people think that I barely eat, but it is not true, I love food and trying something new is always exciting. Living in Korea made me love spicy food. While living in Europe, I learned how to cook pasta like the Italians. Tbilisi introduced me to wine. Living in USA taught me to love burgers and seafood. 

- New Friends. You wouldn't believe me, but I have so many friends around the world. And it is truly the best part of moving to new places because you are able to make new friends.

How many times have you moved to a new country? What country would you like to live in?

My Paris Fashion Week Outfits

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Hey, guys! It is been a crazy week for me, because I left to Paris for Fashion Week and you have no idea how busy I was running from show to show. Many people think that Fashion Week is fun. Well, it is fun, because you get to see your old friends and also meet new people in the Fashion Industry.  You can even build good relationships with agencies or designers. The bad part is that you have to run around the city like a crazy person in order to see all of the shows that you got invited, leaving no time to eat any breakfast, lunch, or dinner.

This time, I got to see my friend Karen from Australia, whom I met randomly at my first New York Fashion Week. We try to see each other whenever she goes to Fashion Week season. I got to meet Virna (a blogger / photographer) from Italy. I've known her through social media for quite some time and it was so cool to meet her personally, because she is a total sweetheart!

Last Paris Fashion Week season, I shared a room with my blogger friend Miki. We got to enjoy Paris again together ;). Also, my old friend Lavar, that contributes his work for our magazine DISPURS came along to Paris. On Saturday, my friend Teni (Photographer from UK) that I met back in Seoul, also joined our crew. I linked up with my designer friend Elena from Ukraine. Check out her collection Elena Rudenko that sells in New York.

Since, I am finally home, and I can share all my outfits that I wore during Fashion Week season. On my first night, I decided to go more classic and elegant. I chose to wear a beautiful dress with animal print (find similar here) and a well-made blazer from Mango that I got on sale.

On my second night, I choose to wear something more casual, because I got tired from walking all day on heels. I am wearing my new favorite sneakers that I bought from Zappos with my Frankie Shop dress along with a cool belt that I found in Germany. Instead of a warm jacket, I decided to wear a long Asos cardigan (find similar cardigans at Shopbop).

On the third day, I decided to wear something elegant again, with mix of prints. I am wearing my polka dotka pants along with houndstooth Anine Bing blazer (find something similar here), and my favorite wood & knit bag from Georgian Designer Woyoyo.

My favorite outfit showcased pastel colors. I was wearing a Elena Rudenko top with a maxi skirt that I styled with my sky blue sweater that I bought at Mango. Find similar sweaters at Shopbop.

Photography by Lavar Plummer

Check out this Maria Lucia Hohan

Check out this Milly Dress 
Photography by Lavar Plummer
Photography by Virna Gambini 
Photography by Lavar Plummer

Check out this Natasha Zinko Blazer

Photography by Virna

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How to master an edgy look with basics

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Hi, my fashionistas. We are back to styling tips. I have a friend who is pretty good at styling her basic pieces into edgy looks. To be honest, I am not the best when it comes to the basics. It is why you never see me wearing a simple t-shirt or black and white hues in my wardrobe. I love wearing prints, colors and mixing everything together. Our last weekend, we went to one of the local parks, and I thought that it would be great to show my husband around there. Luckily, we had really nice weather, and I pulled out whatever I found in my closet: my striped top that I got a while ago from Korean designer - Lucky Chouette (find similar here), Zara denim jeans, and a wool coat. As for accessories, I picked my new earrings from H&M (find similar one here in Shopbop) and bag from Isla Fontaine Venezia that matched perfectly with my Zara pumps and ZeroUV sunglasses. I believe I nailed the outfit without too much effort. Don't you agree?

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Passing my love of Kiev to you

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Hello, guys! I still can't believe that I didn't share about our trip to Kiev, Ukraine. You may be wondering why I decided to travel there. Usually the news shows a frozen conflict zone in the eastern part of the country. Well, the first reason to go is that it's budget friendly. The second reason is that I wanted to prove to my family that it is an absolutely safe country, with very welcoming people (The news only focuses on the bad). Also, I love visiting countries where public transportation is better than in the United States. Kiev is a breeze to navigate and easy to pay. I'm still not sure why this is so complicated in the USA. I've been to tons of countries that has a legit metro system accessible for everyone.

When we arrived to Kiev, we were greeted by very warm weather that made our trip even more enjoyable and delightful. I met up with a buddy who was able to take me around to some cool places. I was amazed by the huge wall murals that you can find while walking around the neighborhoods.  Some of this wall art has deep meaning, like this one with a 6-handed man created by local Ukrainian artists. My favorite one was a Ukrainian woman holding a boy and gazing over Kiev.

After hunting for some wall murals, we decided to stop at the vintage store Laska. I totally loved this hidden store. They have a little cafe and you can find so many unique items. It also has a cool purpose: you can donate your clothes, which they will then sort for reselling, with the rest being donated to an orphanage and people in need. The items that are sold raise additional money that's donated to charity funds and social projects.

After a small shopping spree, we went to look for some souvenirs. The best place for souvenirs is the Andriivskij Descent or as locals call it, "Montmartre of Kiev." I found there handmade hats by the Ukrainian brand "Kapeluhi." I am seriously planning a return trip so I can buy more of their hats. We also stopped at the Museum "Of One Street," which was quite interesting, because it had a lot of vintage and historical artifacts. After a long walk, we decided to stop at my friend's favorite cafe to try Handmade Chocolate, which is located not far from the museum. Later in the evening, we explored some cool speakeasy bars in Kiev like LoggerHead. You have to get the password via word of mouth.

For our next day, we planned spending the entire time at Kiev Pechersk Lavra, which was a bit confusing on how to enter, and how much to pay for entrance. The ticket lady wasn't super friendly. We eventually found our way inside and it was quite beautiful. I truly loved the view from the top to see Kiev and the Mother of Kiev statue. We also got to enjoy our evening by Maidan Square, which hosts all the main events of the country (to include being the epicenter of the recent revolution). I'm not going to say anything political in my post, but it is a must-see place in the capital. Sadly, the Golden Gate city attraction was closed when we came back from Lavra. We also found time to visit St. Michael's Golden-Domed Monastery.

And of course, we couldn't leave the country without trying traditional food like borsch, golubtsy and salo. If you love shopping while traveling, Ukraine designers are quite popular in Europe not only for amazing designs, but also for excellent quality.

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Laska: Vulytsya V'yacheslava Lypynsʹkoho, 3, Kyiv, Ukraine, 02000

Mural Streets: 12 Ivana Franka Street, 9/11 Small Street, 33/6 Borichev Tick Street, 6 Small Street

Andriivskij Descent

Museum Of One Street

Lviv Handmade Chocolate: Andriivs'kyi descent, 2Б, Kyiv, Ukraine, 04070

St. Michael's Golden-Domed Monastery

 Kiev Pechersk Lavra

Maidan Square

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