Golden Dreams

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For a while now, pleated skirts are every girl’s must have item. Have to say, I was a little bit skeptic about it because literally I never wore a skirt that covers my knees. I though it will make me look like my grandma, considering I mostly wear flat shoes.

So, the skirt was regularly avoided in every shop until recently when I was browsing through ASOS, as usual trying to spend money on things that I don’t need. This skirt looked so pretty that I didn’t care about price, especially not length. I’m wearing it now with ankle boots but it will look great on sandals or heels or even ballet flats.

I just can’t be more happy about it.

Another obsession at the moment is velvet. I managed to avoid the trap of buying expensive velvet dresses, trousers or coats which will be out of fashion probably by the end of this year and opted for safer option –  accessories and boots.

These boots are from Dorothy Perking and I love the fact that they are actually navy blue but depending on the light they are changing color and sometimes look black.

Velvet bag has a long story. It’s been sold out in burgundy and black for a long time now. I managed to hunt down last one at Topshop sale last week after looking for it literally everywhere! Great cure for January depression!

Anita xx

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WHAT I WORE:

Skirt: Asos|Top: Zara| Boots: Dorothy Perkins(sold out)|Bag: Topshop(similar)

 

In Wonderland

 

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After discovering Syon House and Garden earlier this year I just keep coming back. Not many know about this place, probably because it’s a secluded, all the way in the zone 5, London Borough of Hounslow, and it’s used mainly as a wedding venue.

 

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I’ve never been a model but I love the process of taking the pictures and rushing home to edit them. That’s why it wasn’t a problem for me to wake up early on Sunday morning and go to this magical place with my friend before other people start coming. We were lucky because it was a beautiful sunny and warm September day.

 

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Walking around and enjoying only birds and squirrels, I couldn’t stop thinking about all the people who use to lived there, and some still do ( house is owned by Duke of Northumberland).I was feeling like I’m in a fairytale, most possibly because of tulle with gold embroidery I finally found!

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WHAT I WORE

Skirt: Zara| Top: Stradivarius(similar)| Shoes: ASOS|

Photographs: Jasmina Haskovic 

Borough Colours

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Many people visited Borough Market but you can’t say you actually been there until you visit it on Saturday early morning, without tourists, crowd and noise.

It’s so peacefull and you can actually see all of its beauty rather than bumping into people.

If you’re a foodie, Borough Market is heaven.They have everything you could possibly wish for.From grocery stalls, piled high with fresh produce to artisanal bakeries,deli shops to most important, street food stalls.

I got up last Saturday way too early for me and went for a stroll with my friend

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If you think you don’t need flowers, you will change your mind when you see this cute place.

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Anyone for some delicious fruits?

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And lots of good looking stalls…

Who would resist and not have sneaky little treat…or two

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I’m so glad that, even though summer is almost finished, new collections on the high street are still colourful.

As soon as I saw this skirt I knew that this is the item that will keep me cheerful during cold autumn days.

And of course, everyone needs cute little bee bag, right?

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Skirt: River Island  Sandals: Debenhams(Sold Out) Top: New Look Bag: Zara

Photographs of me: Jasmina Haskovic , Photographs of Market: me

All Thriller Beach Reads

I’ve always been a bit of a bookworm, and usually read at least one book a month. But during the summer I step it up a gear and get through stacks of book. By books I mean thriller books. During the year I spend lots of time reading fashion and history books for my University work so during summer it’s all about my favourite genre.

With the Girl on the Train selling 6.5 million copies worldwide, the thriller’s never been bigger.

Here are the 5 more reason to sleep with your light on

 

                                               Behind Closed Door by B.A. Paris

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The perfect marriage? Or the perfect lie?

Everyone knows a couple like Jack and Grace. He has looks and wealth, she has charm and elegance. You might not want to like them, but you do.
You’d like to get to know Grace better.
But it’s difficult because you realise Jack and Grace are never apart.

Chilling and disturbingly brilliant, a story that will grip you right from the first chapter. This psychological thriller is a debut of B. A. Paris.

 

 

 

                                             

                                                      The Couple Next Door by Shari Lapena

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In this incredibly composed, thought-provoking debut you will follow Anne and Marco Conti, who went to the dinner party next door and left their 6 months old daughter Cora alone in the house.
They’ve been checking on her every half an hour, but once they came home for good, they found her crib empty.

Detective Rasbach knows that the panicked couple is hiding something. Both Anne and Marco  soon discover that the other is keeping secrets, secrets they’ve kept for years.

                                                   

 

                               

 

 

                                                                Method 15/33 by Shannon Kirk

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Pregnant teen Lisa is kidnapped by sickos who want to sell her baby then bump her off. Poor girl, right? Well, kind of – she turns out to be a hyper-intelligent semi-sociopath who bides her time plotting audacious revenge.

Method 15/33 happens when the victim is just as cold as the captors.

As sleek and sharp as a razor, this is a must read for every thriller fan, particularly those who think they’ve seen it all.

                                               

 

       

 

 

                                                          Lie With Me by Sabine Durrant

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Lecherous failed novelist Paul tags along on holiday to an idyllic Greek village with his new girlfriend Alice and her gang of friends. It turns out not to be the most relaxing break when he ends up accused of rape and murder.

From the author of Under Your Skin and Remember Me This Way, Sabine Durrant. The dazzling new must-read for all fans of The Girl on the Train, Gone Girl, and The Widow

 

 

 

 

 

 

                                                          Kill me Again by Rachel Abbot

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The fifth book from Rachel Abbot, equally gripping and intense.

When Maggie Taylor accepts a new job in Manchester, she is sure it is the right move for her family. The children have settled well although her husband, Duncan, doesn’t appear to be so convinced.

But nothing prepares her for the shock of coming home from work one night to find that Duncan has disappeared, leaving their children alone. His phone is dead, and she has no idea where he has gone.
When a woman who looks just like Maggie is brutally murdered and DCI Tom Douglas is brought in to investigate, Maggie realises how little she knows about Duncan’s past.

 

 

New Dresses from Zara

Known as Zara addict, I spend most of my shopping time browsing Zara’s shelves which resulted in 95% Zara closet at home.  It’s very hard for me to say what I don’t like about Zara, maybe crowded shops and endless queues or the fact UK’s Zara is more expensive than any other Zara in Europe? But clothes-like, there is nothing I wouldn’t buy.

With every new collection I realise there are many things I’m missing in my closet but the first thing I’m attracted to is dresses.

According to new collection, off shoulders dresses with frills, retro dresses and floral ones  will still be popular. Polka dots are back which will probably be great news for those who love 50’s fashion.

Here are my favourites!

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Summer Red

 

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  Photographs: Jasmina Haskovic

Sometimes it’s just worth it to travel around  London just to get that perfect dress and that was the case with this one. In four days it basically disappeared from all Topshop stores including online. Luckily,one was waiting just me.

As you may notice this dress looks similar to Revolve red dress with small stars, seen on many bloggers this summer, which is probably why this cheaper model from Topshop gained so much popularity . I simply fell in love with this dress! Maybe the reason is that is so easy to wear, no need for much accessories or maybe because wrap gave me so much desired waist.

I’ve used the opportunity of few days of summer in London to make most of it.

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On this Sunday I met my friend for brunch. We chose Refinery Southwark, a retro-chic cafe and cocktail bar just the short walk from Tate Moder. Once inside you will see the funky decor with industrial lighting, the bar on the one side and restaurant like area on the other side. From the big list of cocktails and food, I chose classics mojito, chicken and kale caesar and for dessert Raspberry Panna Cotta which all was delicious and worth coming back

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Favourite Brunch Spots in London

Dishoom

You’ve probably been to Dishoom for dinner, but have you been for breakfast?

As a big fan of naan(and everything Indian), just a thought that it’s on their brunch menu in combination with bacon and egg made me want to go. But they are also sausage naan, Bombay omelette and lots of chai.

Dishoom is the place that I highly recommend for everything,not just breakfast, because their menu is just fantastic.

Dishoom is located in Shoreditch, Kings Cross, Covent Garden and

Various Locations,  London

 

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Milk

Known as the cutest brunch place in Balham thanks to its charming interior , handcrafted British furniture, free trendy magazines and wifi, and a buzzing atmosphere, located right on Hildreth Street Market.

MILK (formerly known as M1lk) has got breakfast and brunch covered, serving up an ever-changing menu of delicious combinations like marshmallow buckwheat pancakes with plums or edible flower petals that they sprinkled on top. Milk is best known for great eggs menu and the best vegetarian brunch.

18-20 Bedford Hill, London, SW12 9RG

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Bourne & Hollingsworth Buildings

If nothing you have to visit this place only because of beautiful decor. Airy location in Clerkenwell with flower upholstery would make Pinterest worth interior. More important thing is they can do amazing food. Eggs benedict , the hollandaise potato hash or just English breakfast, you can’t choose wrong

42 Northampton Rd, London EC1R 0HU

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Farm Girl

Hidden in a white brick courtyard at the end of Portabello road, Farm Girl cafe is easier to miss than find. Make sure you don’t get lost in a sea of tourists photographing colourful houses and come in to discover this green-tiled heaven.

Rose, Farm girl herself, Stacey, the front of the house and barista Stuart are all from Australia so the service is relaxed and charming in a warm and welcoming environment.

Food is holistic and healthy with fresh, nutritionally nurturing ingredients from porridge and pancakes to chicken sandwich and steak and chips which is served after 11.

Of course, you will need some drink and latte  is always a good choice. For the brave ones, here you can try some unusual types of latte like Rose or Lavander.

59A Portobello Rd, London W11 3DB

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Pachamama

Peruvian breakfast? You probably never thought that that kind of thing exist but it’s her, hidden in Marylebone. Place is open for almost 2 years and the dishes on the seasonally-changing menu are designed to share, featuring sea food, vegaetables and grilled meat. But probably the best part of the menu are gluten free, sweet potatoe waffles with sweet and savoury toppings. The are the best looking waffles you’ll ever see. They are changing toppings but it’s always delicious, no matter what is on.

18 Thayer St, London W1U 3JY

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New Brand Majorelle

 

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American fashion market is expanding every day with new brands and one of them is Majorelle, newly launched brand of Revolve creative director Rachel Zeilic. Until recently Revolve was only selling other brands clothes but they decided to have a go in making their own collections. Majorelle is their 9th collection and it can be found on revolve.com.

 

 

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Judging by the first photographs clothes will be popular amongst trendsetters on Instagram and it’s already been seen on many bloggers such as Dani Song, Gala Gonzales, Chiara Ferragni, Tuula Vintage, Patricia  Manfield which are as well Rachel’s close friends.

With fluttery co-ords, party tops and printed romantic dresses, this collection is every LA girl dream. The whole range is available here

 

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Coach x Disney Collaboration

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For all Disney fans, good news – a new, so far the best collaboration!
Fashion brand Coach and Disney have teamed up to create a new collection of handbags, small leather goods, shoes and clothing inspired by the famous Disney character.
Although Minnie Mouse was the most frequent subject of special cooperation in recent years, this time starring role has Mickey Mouse. We are talking about leather cross-body bags and backpacks  in a range of colors with the mouse ears, embellishments and embroidery cartoon Mickey himself, as well as the leather jackets shackled with Mickey’s silhouette, T-shirts with his image and black leather Mickey dolls.

 

The cooperation is part of a limited edition series of projects prepared for the celebration of the 75th anniversary of the brand Coach which are all gathered around American pop culture. What could be more “classic American” than Mickey Mouse?

Creative director Stuart Vevers explained how the collaboration came to be in statement,
“I’ve always seen Mickey as a playful rebel at heart and a timeless symbol of joy and creativity. That spirit reinforces the new youthful perspective we are bringing to luxury at Coach. Mickey Mouse is one of my earliest memories of American pop – his nostalgic charm, cheekiness, individuality and inherent cool make for the ultimate American icon.”

 

While the line is already available at the store in SoHo,New York and at Colette in Paris, the collection can be purchased on 17 June in all Coach stores and coach.com. Until then, see the lookbook in the gallery.

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Summer Blockbusters

Long awaited summer is just around the corner and as much as I’m waiting sunbathing, beach and lazy days I’m also impatient to see all the movies hitting the cinemas .The  period between May and August is very important for big production companies because this is the time when most of the blockbusters coming out and when the wins and losses have been count.

The real list is very long and there are all types of genres for every movie lover but here are my favourite which you can’t miss it!

1. Suicide Squad

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After pretty bad reviews of Batman vs.Superman, all eyes are on Suicide Squad which present something completely different. This time,supervillains are the one saving the world after they have been called by the secret government organisation.  Cast list sounds promising with Viola Davis, Will Smith(Deadshot), Margot Robbie(Harley Quinn) and scary good Jared Leto as Joker. Official release date is 5 August and until then have a look at the trailer.

 

 

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2. Independence Day: Resurgence

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This it the movie I’m really looking forward because I’ve been waiting for it for the last 20 years! I still remember the excitement when we  rewatching it every summer since I was 10.

This time, there is no Will Smith as Captain Hiller and according to the trailer he’s dead  but one old cast member  coming back is Jeff Goldblum as David Levinson. Liam Hemsworth is joining Jeff in a “Save the World” mission because two decades after the first Independence Day invasion, Earth is faced with a new extra-Solar threat. The last 5-minutes trailer is basically revealing the whole plot so if you are planning to enjoy the movie don’t watch it. The release date is 23 June.

 

3.Jason Bourne

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It’s been 9 years since the last movie about secret CIA agent Jason Bourne was in cinemas. The fourth movie, Bourne Legacy, was released in 2011 but without main star Matt Damon. Now, Matt Damon is finally back as Jason Bourne what makes this movie probably the most expected action movie. Also ,the fact that Tommy Lee Jones and Alicia Vikander joined the team helps a lot. The film is set several years after the events of the Bourne Ultimatum, and now when Bourne know who he is,he will try to uncover the truth about his past. The movie is hitting cinemas on 27th of July.

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4. Finding Dory

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I’m sure everyone saw Finding Nemo and loved friendly but forgetful blue tang fish Dory so now after more than a decade, Finding Nemo gets a sequel with Dory as the main character and Ellen Degeneres as Dory. Since publishing official trailer gained over 22 million views which made Finding Dory the most expected family movie this year. Premier is on 17th of July.

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5. Now You See Me 2

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A major hit from 2011 has earned more than 300 million $ so it has been decided straightaway that there will be a sequel. The plot is set one year after original one with the addition of Arthur Tressler’s (Michael Caine) son, Walter (Daniel Radcliffe), who will  cause the Four Horseman lots  of problems.  Walter is on the mission to bring The Four Horman to justice after his father lost his money and been sent to jail. The cast remains the same except Isla Fisher is replaced by Lizzy Caplan.Michel Kain, Mark Ruffalo, Morgan Free, Woody Harrelson, Dave Franco, Jesse Eisenberg are certainly the reasons I’ll be first one in cinema.

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6. Star Trek Beyond

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After Star Trek(2009) and Star Trek Into Darkness(2013), and my favourite  J.J. Abrams as a director I was  a  little bit suspicious about new Star Trek Beyond . But after I saw the trailer I changed my mind. Justin Lin, director of Fast and Furious, was in charge and it looks like he made action-packed,energetic movie. It looks like the Enterprise encounters a major asteroid field. The ship is badly damaged, and the crew ( Kirk, Spock, Uhura, Bones, Scotty, etc.) seems scattered to various points and like that they meet the mysterious  new enemy.   Old cast is still on so we will see Chris Pine, Zoe Saldana, Zachary Quinto, John Cho…and the biggest addition is Idris Elba who you can’t recognise from the trailer but he’s the monster villain. The movie is out on 22 July and until then check the trailer.

 

7. The Legend of Tarzan

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I don’t know the exact number of Tarzan movies I saw. We all know the story: Me Tarzan, you Jane, monkeys, jungle, baddies…This time, probably the biggest reason for the hype is the cast. Margot Robbie,  Alexander Skarsgard, Samuel L.Jackson and Christopher Waltz are the reason to expect this movie. Plot first takes us to London where Tarzan, acclimated to his new life in London, is called back to his former home in the jungle to investigate the activities at a mining encampment. After that there is just a lot of jungle and monkey action, Jane is captured as usual and needs saving… If you want to know the rest head to the cinema from 8 July.

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