Cotton & Linen Dresses that you need this summer

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Summer is a time for ice cream, beaches, and sale shopping. I'm always excited when it comes to the summer months, because I can finally start my crazy shopping spree. In case you hadn't noticed, many stores already have started the 50% sale contest. Zara just started their sale today and I already put a few things on my wish list in the hope that no one else would buy. Haha =P I also went this week to Mango to check all of their linen dresses that are on sale and left with 2 dresses. I can't wait to show you later how I will style them!

Since my fashion tastes changed a little bit, I'm finally looking for clothes with better quality fabrics and durability. I need to forget about fast fashion and be thoughtful about what I purchase and how long will it last. Every year, I throw away or donate to my family or goodwill a bunch of things that I thought that I will wear again, never really did. Thus, I finally learned why fabrics are important.  Haha, I guess I've finally grown up. As a fashion blogger who always shares new clothes and new collections on social media, I think it is time to talk about why we need to stop buying what we don't need. Most clothes are not worn more than a couple of times, either due to them being poorly-made or the fabrics were not quality and breathable. We need to stop buying things that we don't need. I still have to admit that sometimes, I want to buy trendy pieces. I've also learned that if I have the self-control to pass on them, I will end up forgetting all about them.

If you want to change your shopping choices as well, I would advise you to buy only linen, organic cotton, recycled polyester, wool, tencel, soy cashmere or silk fabrics. It is why I prefer shopping at Mango. Compared to Zara, Mango makes a lot of clothes from eco-friendly materials and most of the clothes that I purchased from them are elegant and classic. Besides the good quality and chicness, I have been wearing my clothes for several years and never got tired of them. Even after giving them away, my sister continues rocking them.

If you are looking to upgrade your wardrobe as well, here are a few cotton & linen dresses that you need this summer:

1.Belt Linen Dress | Mango      2. Buttoned Linen dress | Mango    3. Linen-blend shirt dress | Mango 

1. English Factory Dress| Shopbop    2. Ralph Lauren Dress | Nordstrom  3. Dress Buccia | Ottodame

My wish list to see and to do in Queenstown, New Zealand

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Title: How To Spend A Weekend In Queenstown If you’re lucky enough to be visiting New Zealand, Queenstown must be high on your list of priorities. Known as the adventure capital of the world, the city is not actually that large but still has what feels like an infinite number of things to do. I have never been in New Zealand, but definitely on my list to travel. Here are a few things I would like to do in Queenstown:

Head To Queenstown Gardens

The Queenstown Gardens offer a great way to see the famous Lake Wakatipu from the land. And in addition to beautiful views, there are also fun things to do; the garden has both a walking track and a frisbee golf course, for starters. It is also a wonderful place to take a hot cup of coffee or have a picnic on one of the warmer sunny days.  Alternatively, if you visit any time between April and October (the cooler season in New Zealand), there is an ice arena for you to enjoy here as well, at least it is what I would like to do.

Discover The Hype Around Fergburger

Local establishment Fergburger has gained a reputation for serving some of the best burgers in the world - a reputation backed up by the sheer length of the line outside the restaurant at pretty much any time throughout the day. Fergburger serves several types of meat in many different styles, including beef, chicken, lamb, and pork, among others (and there are also vegetarian options if you’d like to switch the meat for falafel or tofu). And with gluten-free burgers (and I'm a gluten-free fan lately) available as well, pretty much anyone can find something to love at this renowned burger joint. In short, it's actually worth waiting out the long line.

Spend An Evening At An Ice Bar

Ice bars are most typically found in countries that already have cold weather, and Queenstown is no exception, given its wintery conditions for portions of the year. Accordingly, there are a few bars in town that are made entirely of ice - drink glasses included! They aren’t like casual bars, however, in that you have to pay a fee just to enter, but in my opinion, it's definitely worth it, at least once. Drinks are reasonably priced, and the ice statues inside make for some excellent photos (insta option is here). And don't worry about getting too cold - extra-warm parkas and gloves are provided for patrons.

Have A Night Out At SKYCITY

Queenstown is a great place to get your adrenaline fix, but that doesn’t have to be limited to commonly advertised activities like bungee jumping and skydiving. Particularly if you’re coming from a place where casino games are hard to come by, a visit to SKYCITY Queenstown can be a blast. Although traditional casinos in New Zealand are losing some business to the country's gambling and casino websites, SKYCITY still does well for itself, and I think there's still something charming about the in-person experience. At the very least, you should grab dinner and drinks at the casino’s fantastic restaurant, Wild Thyme, or take in one of the occasional comedy or theater shows that pass through.

Enjoy The Lake From The Water

Lake Wakatipu is one of the most beautiful places in the world. The snowcapped mountains in the background reflect so perfectly off of the clear blue water that I would like to see with my eyes. The water looks so inviting, and I believe you can get quite close by way of a boat outing. Being a city that encourages adventure, Queenstown offers some wild "jet boat" rides after which you'll definitely need a change of clothes. If you want to stay warm and dry though, there are also some calmer scenic tours on which you can enjoy the gorgeous surroundings in serenity.

Get Your Shopping Done At A Local Market

I always like to find unique, authentic souvenirs for my friends and family when traveling, which can feel difficult in a place like Queenstown, where the shopping is clearly aimed at tourists. However, I found out that every Saturday in the park near the lake, there is an adorable art and crafts market featuring goods from local artists and vendors. This market is conveniently located at a central location, but if you’re willing to head a little way out of town (and you're focused more on your own experience than souvenirs), there is also the Remarkables Market to consider, where you'll find fresh produce as well as delicious takeout meals. This market also opens up every Saturday morning.

Hopefully, with these suggestions, you're equipped to travel for your perfect weekend in Queenstown!

How to dress for work with a touch of fashion

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I never liked basic clothes, though recently, working again has changed my approach. I didn't realize how hard it would be for me to switch my colorful, uncomfortable wardrobe to boring basics. Over the past few months, I realized that even basics can look cool, just like you are back at Paris Fashion Week. All you have to do is accessorize it until you feel extremely fashionable. To show you an example of what you can do, I picked a black suit that probably everyone owns. As for accessorizing, I picked some statement earrings and my favorite sunglasses that make my every single outfit look awesome. For the blouse, I decided to pick a floral printed design instead of plain to give a playful touch. To add a dash of chicness, I picked a fun belt that I bought in one of the local department stores. 

I wear Mango Blazer (similar here) | Zara Pants (similar here) | 
Mango Blouse (similar here) | Mango Sunglasses (similar here) |
 Yuzefi Bag (similar here) | Yuul Yie Heels (similar here)

The joys of owning a trench coat

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Living in Europe got a bit complicated for me. Chilly nights and rainy days forced me to change my wardrobe completely. I bought things I rarely or never wore before like trench coats and rains boots. The trench has been rocking throughout all fashion shows, magazines and street style. I couldn't help but remember its popularity as it rained like crazy these past few weeks. Even when we went to travel to Strasbourg, it started to rain like cats and dogs. It was during this trip, I was super happy to finally wear my red trench. It was the perfect choice for a rainy spring day. The red brought some happiness to offset the grey clouds. I now have another addition to my wardrobe favorites. 

There are a few things that you can consider if you want to own a trench coat. If you find one with a classic design, you will love it forever. It will be a timeless piece. Don't forget about the color. I think classic black, beige or even black would work for any season and you can style it in a variety of ways. 

Pick the right fabric and size, choose water-resistant fabrics for the fall or spring seasons, and lighter material for summer. I recently ordered a linen trench coat in beige and can't wait to have it, because I can enjoy my trench during chilly spring days. On the topic of design, I have seen so many different coats, and only a few have caught my attention. I found this Tuck in Trench by R13 to be quite unique, or if you are looking for a more economic choice, I would advise you to check Mango linen coat.

I wear:
Mango Trench Coat (similar here) |  Reserved White Shirt (similar here) | SIWY jeans (similar here)

2 Days in Paris

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Paris is the city of my inspiration. I love going there for beautiful architecture, delicious food, art exhibitions, and Insta opportunities. Last year, I finally made my husband take a trip to Paris for the weekend. We did quite a lot just in two days. In case you have only 2 nights to spend in Paris, you should definitely read this blog.

Day 1:

On our first day, we went to get breakfast at HolyBelly. I was shocked to see it's so popular. We waited about 20 minutes to get a table and we actually enjoyed our breakfast there. The wait was definitely worth it (we'll have to come earlier next time). After enjoying our delicious petit dejeuner, we went to Notre Dame Cathedral. I'm so thankful that we visited it before the fire tragedy. Sadly, we didn't get the chance to go up and see it from above. Who knows how long the recovery will take.

After being amazed again by the beauty of the cathedral, we went to the Marais neighborhood to check out a few stores. Since my husband has never been to Marais, I wanted to show him where I usually go when I am in Paris. Later, we decided to explore the Montmartre neighborhood. We tried to get a quick bite at La Maison Rose Cafe, but sadly, it was already full. After our unsuccessful attempt at the cafe, we walked to Sacre-Coeur Basilica. It was my second visit there, but it was my first time experiencing the panoramic tour. And it was absolutely delightful to see Paris from such heights. If you are all about panoramic views, I would advise going to Arc de Triumph or Montparnasse Tower Observation Desk. We tried to get lunch in Montmartre neighborhood because the weather was perfect for eating outside and people watching. Nothing was quite what I pictured though, so we skipped on this idea. Then, I came up with the suggestion that we should get lunch at Le Brebant. Le Brebant is a popular destination for picture opportunities. The food wasn't special and I wasn't even happy with the service, but it is certainly Insta-worthy.
After our lunch, we walked over to Passages des Panoramas and Verdeau. This is an ideal way to spend your day if it's too cold outside or it's raining. It has plenty of bars, restaurants, and some shopping. For dinner, we decided to go to the Eiffel tower view and try some famous crepes. It was our second date by the Eiffel tower since 2010. We watched the Eiffel tower light show and ended up going to Atelier des Lumieres to see a Gustav Light Exhibition. It was unspeakably amazing! I felt like I was living in the Gustav pieces. The atmosphere was so magical. If you are planning to take a trip this, make sure to visit Atelier des Lumieres. They have Van Gogh exhibition this year.

Breakfast at HolyBelly 5
Address: 5 Rue Lucien Sampaix, 75010 Paris, France

Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Paris

La Maison Rose Cafe

Montmartre neighborhood

Sacre-Coeur Basilica
 Sacre-Coeur Basilica Observation 

Lunch at Le Brebant
Address: 32 Boulevard Poissonnière

Passages des Panoramas and Verdeau

Eiffel Tower 

Atelier des Lumieres

Day 2:

The next morning, we woke up to explore as much as possible before departing back home. We had to maximize our day until a late night train to Germany. Our morning started at the cutest cafe, Peonies, where we savored a well-apportioned breakfast and enjoyed our coffee. Afterward, we went to a flea market for antique shopping. The kinds of things you see there should honestly be in museums. Sadly, we couldn't buy anything big since we were traveling by train. Anyway, the flea market that we visited was Marche Malassis. I think we spent almost the entire day there. One cool find that I did purchase was a pair of vintage Chanel earrings. After some bargaining, I walked away with a much better deal than what you can buy online. Next time I will be in Paris, I would love to go back, because you can find truly unique pieces.

Later on, we went back to Marais for more shopping. We ended up in some cute stores, where you can find anything you wish. For dinner, we ended up going to Canard & Champagne French restaurant. Definitely stop there if you want to experience French food that is not super expensive. If you still have extra time, I would advise you to visit the Arc de Triomphe, where you can get the best view of the city. Other museums that I wanted to visit for a quite long time are Musee des Arts Decoratifs and the Centre Pompidou. Or if you still want some vintage, second-hand shopping, you can easily spend hours in Marais. I usually stop there every time I am in Paris.

Peonies Cafe 
Address: 81 Rue du Faubourg Saint-Denis

Flea Market in Paris

Shopping in Marais

Canard & Champagne
Address:  57 Passage des Panoramas

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