Susanna-Vesna

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Home Sweet Home- Last month I have finally fulfilled my long-time dream of living alone. And that has been the main reason for rare blog posts- I haven’t connected internet yet, so for now I blog from my phone, from work, from friends’ homes!

I will tell you one thing- it is a great feeling to be on your own. Not only because you’re free to do whatever you want, but also because you can finally listen to your thoughts, and your thoughts alone. Having all these things and matters under your control makes you more responsible and content. Yes, there is a bit of stress there, but you learn to keep a cool head and deal with it.

So in other words, it is an awesome feeling and I strongly believe that everyone should live a part of their life alone, before getting married or starting a family. Discover yourself first, before trying to discover others. 

As you guessed, I have been spending a lot of time hunting for inspiration and home ideas. Pinterest has been very helpful in this. I finally truly appreciate that App! 

I am a little worried about how my apartment will look in the end. I do hope I have a good taste in decor. Till now my friends who visited left me with compliments and that leaves me optimistic! I am very lucky with them, they have been very helpful and supportive, gifting useful things for home and sorting out  a few issues. Love you guys! 

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Flamenco- Did I ever mention that I love dancing? No? Well now you know! 

If I am happy about anything my cultural mix gave me, it’s the ability to sing and dance well and not feel ashamed about it. I really petty those people who think singing & dancing is vulgar or inappropriate. It is just another way of expressing yourself and your emotions! (Oh, you thought you can do that only by bitching about somebody? Well next time try to rap it out of your system! Haha) 

Sometimes I will be walking around the house singing some tune to myself, or dance my way from the kitchen to the room. Try it- you feel so free and careless, it’s amazing!

So I always wanted to join some dance classes and I am usually very particular about what I like. If you know who you are it will be easier to know what you want and take it! 

I don’t remember when I first saw a Flamenco dance, photos of which you see in this post. But it spoke to me and I knew that if i get a chance I will learn it. For those of you who don’t know much about dancing, Flamenco originated in South of Spain, an area known as Andalusia, a place containing so many cultures including Arabic and Romani (Gitano).

The most important characteristics of Flamenco dance firstly include the attitude- “emotionally intense” and passionate, with elbows proudly up, accompanies by loud stomping of the feet and sometimes clapping, all in a rhythm.

But most importantly, it’s that woman swirling on the floor in a sea of red flare, like fire, as if challenging any one to join her in her passionate dance. She is proud and alone, not depending on any partner, stomping to make her point! If someone ever asked me to illustrate myself, I would repeat the words I wrote above- typical! :D

It took me a while to find Flamenco classes in UAE. Abu Dhabi is saturated with Salsa, and after attending a couple of Salsa parties I was reassured that it’s NOT my thing! 

So I am happy to announce that last week I finally signed up for Flamenco classes in Capella Club Dubai, got my first shoes with a short thick heel designed for hard stomping, and in between my classes am thinking of designing the perfect dress for my dancing!

Go after what you love!

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Skateboarding!

A month ago I got obsessed with idea of learning to skateboard, so decided to find a low cost skateboard and wait for a kinder weather, where I can enjoy a breeze and have fun outdoors! I hope this happens soon! 

Want to draw your attention to 2 items in my outfit- the (FAUX) leather Adidas kicks and the tank top from ROMWE!

Firstly, the kicks are actually covered with fringed leather, which gives them a “hairy” look! Quite funny but cool!

The top’s back is entirely  made of faux leather, giving it a nice edge. And if you noticed the artwork on the front is a Mahamayuri -  a Buddhist symbol. Love the colours and brush strokes made in a very Japanese style.

(Thanks to my awesome little sister for the photos!)

I am wearing:

Top- ROMWE

Jeans- ZARA

Sneakers- Adidas

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Chanel Cruise Collection- Ah Photoshop is so annoying! It doesn’t work with other languages properly. I tried typing “Chanel” with Arabic letters and it ended up looking like it’s looking..When in reality it should be like this “شانيل”! (Letters should be joined together)

Aaaanyway, so the big news for Dubai this Spring was the Chanel Cruise show, which took place on an exclusive island. SO many people got offended for not being invited…Honestly, friends- not making it to the show is not the end of the world, you know! But the Fashion Industry is known for brewing a lot of arrogance which can’t be helped! LOL

I am enjoying the feel of this collection so much that it doesn’t matter if I have seen it live or on screen! Be proud people- Dubai is really becoming a serious FASHION SCENE! 

The modest outfits, harem pants, heavy jewelry of ethnic structure, the Arabic scarf print, Moroccan-inspired pointy flats and brave print mixing- this is the essence of Arabic and Middle Eastern culture, which Chanel made applicable to the rest of the world with its sometimes very European designs. When I say “European” I mean the skinny trousers, see-throughs and knitted cardigans.

So please stop whining about not being able to “FROW” it beside Karl Lagerfeld. Look at the big picture- we are on the verge of becoming a Fashion Capital, which means people are likely to become more aware of fashion, street style and WILL HOPEFULLY STARE LESS when you strut down the street looking F A B U L O U S! :D

(Photo source: None other than VOGUE)

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Never Gave One- Happy Valentine’s Day! haha! What a timely post, isn’t it!

I am actually excited - going to see John Newman, Rita Ora and Naughty Boy in Dubai tonight at RedFestDxb organized by Virgin Radio! 

As you can see I am really having fun styling my now VERY ripped biker pants! Every time I wear them, the rips on my knees become more “broken in”! 

This pretty striped clutch is from Banana Republic’s new Spring/Summer collection and incredibly can either add street swag or classiness to any outfit! Also very comfortable and fits in a lot, despite the not so big size! 

Had lots of fun at this windy shoot with my sister! It’s really cool to have one! Thanks for the photos babe!

I am wearing:

Lipstick- Russian Red by MAC

Sweater- Sheinside

Necklace- Moa (Beirut)

Clutch- Banana Republic

Biker pants- Zara

Leather Shoes- Wittner (Australia)

I couldn’t wait any longer and decided to share ONE photo with u! This is the latest new photoshoot I did with my friend Moerz, featuring the amazing jewelry by Lady Mauve!

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benettonuae Here is the first photoshoot me and my friend Sonia did for United Colours Of Benetton project!

The star of this shoot is the maroon/cherry dress from UCB’s new Autumn 2013 collection! It is such a lovely piece, isn’t it? I just love the asymmetrical hem and the black sequins on the shoulders which shimmer so softly! It is a perfect autumn look. I chose to wear boots of a matching shade, making ascents with a leopard bag (Sonia’s courtesy) and my new statement necklace.

I am wearing:

Maroon asymmetric dress- UNITED COLORS OF BENETTON

Bag- Debenhams

Necklace- Nishat Linen

Boots- H&M

Wrist watch- DKNY

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Birthday Post- Today is 1st of March, my Birthday! Yay! I have started celebrating on the weekend, with my friend Tarang, whose Birthday was on 25th! We had a great time with our friends, went to an amazing new club on Yas Island called O1NE. Atmosphere there is insane and Abu Dhabi is really fortunate to finally have a place like that! 

So this was my outfit on Thursday and it’s all ZARA, expect for the Ray Bans of course! LOL. I didn’t even realise it till I was doing a selfie in a bathroom! :P 

I am really happy cause my friend Katia got my a traditional Ukrainian drink called KVAS! 2 litres of happiness! And it’s already nearly finished! :(

Also she got me a eye-shadow palette by Two Faced! So fabulous!

So I am 26 and enjoying life! Happy Birthday to me!

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American Hustle- This is probably my first hat post! I had this hat for a year now, having bought it on sale at American Eagle Outfitters for coins last winter when making plans to travel to Beirut. But somehow, the right occasion just wouldn’t turn up!

I guess it was biding its time and “showed up” in my wardrobe just when I was ready for that perfect retro 70s-80s style photoshoot!

So that brilliantly cloudy & rainy Abu Dhabi day TWO awesome things happened! Firstly, my hunt for the Berry Lipstick is over, as I discovered that perfect shade by mixing 2 lipsticks I already had- MAC Russian Red & Violet Crumble by Australian brand Sportsgirl (a very bright shade of violet-lilac). You can see the result on these photos!

Secondly, while cruising with my sister, looking for a quiet secluded spot to shoot at, we spotted these two amazing vintage Buicks parked outside a big mansion! (God bless their owner for leaving them outside for the public to see!) The conditions for my photoshoot could not get better!

Regarding the rest of my outfit, I need to point out the shoes & the bag by another Australian brand- Wittner! I totally love the contrast of black & white leather, making these 2 a great match to any outfit. I rarely go by the rule “Match your bag to your shoes”, ‘cause I think that’s totally dumb- true Fashion has no rules! However, I just could not leave that bag behind! I have been wearing it with everything and it’s so convenient & stylish! And take a closer look at the shoes- they have mirror heels! ♥ 

I borrowed the title of the recently released movie with Christian Bale, Bradley Cooper & Jeremy Renner, which you guys should definitely watch! 

I am wearing:

Hat- American Eagle Outfitters

Faux Fur Vest- Promod

Sheer Blouse- Zara

Dress- Agne

Belt- Vintage

Heart pendulum- Aldo

Bag & Shoes- Wittner

(Photography by Sophia Wolf)