Beauty Bargains: THE ASJ H&M FAVORITES

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Caroline, A Style Journey

(Affiliate) Christmas and the festive season is getting close and even if this is the season you finally get to show off your true nature, as a party animal an nothing less! – or if you, like us, tend to end up on your couch – the expenses seems sky high this part of year.

To save at least some money (AND because they’ve been bragging about them for ages) I’ve asked our Fashion and Project Leader about their favorite products from one of our favorite affordable stores: H&M.

…and let’s face it, I was never not gonna spend that money anyways.

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KATARINA, FASHION EDITOR

Few people are better at finding those golden budget pieces than our Fashion Editor – makeup being no exception. Here are her H&M favorites:

Allround stick, highlighter, lipstick and lipliner all from H&M.

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JULIANE, PROJECT LEADER

– I love the H&M eyeliner and their lipsticks; firstly because they stay on and secondly because you can actually afford them.

 

Lipstick, lipstick and eyeliner all from H&M.

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ASJ TRAVEL: 10 MADRID MUST-VISITS

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Katarina, A Style Journey

Earlier this year I visited Madrid for the first time (or actually the second: the first time was when I was 4, but that doesn’t count right?). Anyways, I’ve heard so much about the city, speaking in terms of all the good sides – both in random travel conversations and specifically after booking the trip. The architecture, the art scene, restaurants, shopping, not to mention the vibe; Madrid has it all. Or?

I’m not sure if it was just my travel luck (that was just not on my side this time? Because it always isn’t!) and the fact that I didn’t see the hidden side of Madrid almost everyone is talking about. OR if the city might be a bit glorified, when compared to some of my favorite cities.

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Either way, I’m definitely booking a new trip (and doing my research better?) to hopefully find out I’m wrong, BUT even though I wasn’t blown away, there were some spots definitely worth paying a visit while in town:

1. EL RETIRO PARK: Probably one of the most beautiful parks I’ve seen – and I think the gorgeous Christal Palace is to blame!

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Toma Cafe

2. TOMA CAFE: Super small, but super cozy! Toma Cafe is definitely my favorite breakfast, lunch and coffee spot. Great menu, perfect sized plates and AMAZING coffee. Not to mention they have a super tasty iced coffee to-go!

3. MERCADO DE SAN MIGUEL: What isn’t it to love about food halls? I’m not sure and Madrid’s answer is so alive and tasty! All types of tapas, olives to die for and wine wine wine. Not to mention the architecture looks so good at night – and the atmosphere is even better!

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Mercado San Miguel

4. PALACIO IN THE SUNSET: Not that it isn’t majestic in daylight, but you really want to see it when the sun goes down. Walk a bit higher at Calle Factor for the perfect view.

5. ROOFTOP AT NH COLLECTION: THE spot for a shopping-break – or just for some late night drinks!

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Left: L.A. Studio and right: Ekseption

6. L.A. STUDIO: Made for interior junkies!

7. EKSEPTION: High-end shopping mekka!

8. MALASAÑA: Stroll around and discover all the vintage stores and artisan cafes in Madrid’s Bohemian neighbourhood.

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Left: Chocolatería San Ginés and right: Sofia Reina Museum

9. CHURROS: …at Chocolatería San Ginés anno 1894 because you just can’t get enough – and these ones are really good!

10. MUSEO REINA SOFIA: This museum simply just has some incredible works that can’t be missed.

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The Fashion Editor’s Favorite: THE PERFECT ALL-AROUND TROUSERS

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Katarina,  A Style Journey

(Affiliate) I LOVE when garments can be used in almost any occasion; styled differently from time to time and year after year. And if they’re comfy as well? Well we’re I’m heaven.

This is how I’m feeling about a pair of grey super wide Zara pants from last season. I’m living in them lately. Wearing them for work, dinners, travels; there is just something about the casual touch of the wide legs, yet the material and the perfect grey shade makes them sophisticated enough for more dressed up occasions.

Trust me, you’ll love yourself for investing in a pair of grey all-around trousers, which is why I’ve gathered some favorites of mine!

Oversized drop-crotch trousers from Vaquera, klenia trousers from Max Mara, straight-leg wool trousers from Stella McCartney, wool trousers from Mango, high waist tailored trousers from Victoria Beckham, palazzo trousers from Zara and wide leg trousers from Inderss

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Beauty Tricks: OUR SAVIORS FOR S.O.S SKIN

 

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Caroline, A Style Journey

(Affiliate) In danger of whining we have to admit our skin could have been better – dryness, redness, oliyness – ALL-nesses seems too be present these days. Now, while we do believe in remedies like stress down, get enough sleep, have a look at your makeup products… we’re also big fans of pretty fan-tas-tic products.

Below we’ve gathered our remedies on bottles. We love them, our skin loves them and we hope you love them too. 

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KATARINA, FASHION EDITOR

I newly started testing some products from the ordinary (a regime for balancing irregularities and adding glow) and I’ve already fallen in love with their Glycolic Acid 7% Toner.

It reduces redness and calms down imperfections literally over night. Not to mention it also gives a perfect finish to your skin, adding glow and prepping for the rest of your products (both skincare and beauty)

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CAROLINE, BEAUTY EDITOR

RÅ Organic Skin care: My forever favorite brand. Their products have really changed my skin; as in killed those imperfections faster  and better then anything I’ve ever tried (Now I’ve run out and their all back.). The serum and the exfoliator is a powerful combo, which I really cannot recommend enough.

Pssst… I leave the exfoliating mask on for 15 and not 5 minutes as I was recommended this!

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The Dream Destination: AL MAHA

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Katarina, A Style Journey

(Affiliate) I’m still hunting down our December getaway. First we were all about Mexico again – like for instance this dream destination. Then we were all over Cuba. BUT due to a (forced) shorter getaway, we’re totally turning our magnifying glass.

More specifically, we’re turning all eyes on Dubai and Morocco! And first spot out; this hidden pearl in the middle of the desert. Yet pretty close to all the city life when (or should I say if!) you get enough of your sun bed.

Al Maha, with its 42 suites, isn’t only a 5-star hotel surrounded by the iconic sand dunes of the Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve (like that isn’t enough), the hotel suites also have private swimming pools with breathtaking dune and mountain views. Anyone else sold for a battery charging week pre or post Christmas?

I definitely am AND everything else than reading books by the pool is seen as stress – included dressing! Which is why my packing list would be like this:

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Shirt from Weekend Max Mara, dress from Jacquemus, swimsuit from H&M, sandals from TKEES, bag from Jacquemus, sunglasses from Saint Laurent, sunscreen from Clarins and face mask from VERSO.

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New Season Prep: 10 SUPER LONG COATS YOU SHOULD BE CONSIDERING

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Katarina, A Style Journey

(Affiliate) There is no garment we love more during the AW-season than the super long coats – yes the ones literally touching the ground. If possible.

They’re keeping you warm in style, they’re super wearable and… in general they simply just look good; sophisticated yet so laid-back.

Sadly the super long, floor-length coats are too hard to find – season after season… Either they’re just not long enough or the ones touching the floor are waaay out of our budget. BUT, we’ve been doing some investigative work and look what we just found:

Tips! Always remember to check out the men’s department and buy the coat.

Brown coat from Situationist, grey coat from The Row, black coat from COS, grey coat from A.W.A.K.E, black and grey coat from Akris, black puffer coat from Herno, off-white coat from Jacquemus, grey coat from Ann Demeulemeester, grey coat from Helmut Lang and navy coat from Kacey Devlin.

Top photo: WSJ Magazine October 2018 by Josh Olins.

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Beauty Trends: SS19 JUST BROUGHT US THE PERFECT FALL HAIR

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Caroline, A Style Journey

(Affiliate) Now, while we have to wait – for what seems like ages! – for our fashion favorites, runway hairstyles are considerably more accessible. And not just that; some of our favorite SS19 looks are simply just to stunning for fall that we can’t and don’t want to wait until the warmer season!

We’re thinking preppy accessories, volume, soft waves and natural sleeks.

Below we’ve gathered 7 looks we’re obsessing over and…

Photos: elle.com

…here are our wish list of tools for nailing these looks at home:

 

Hair tie from Jennifer Behr, hair slide from Simone Rocha , hair tie from House of Lefayette , thickening hair spray  R+Co, shine texture spray from R+Co.

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24 Hours In: BELGRADE

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Katarina, A Style Journey

(Affiliate) I’ve never really fallen in love with Belgrade – even though it’s the capitol of my home country, only an hour drive from my birth place AND everyone else I know LOVES it.

…but that was before my last 24 hours visit. Now I understand – and I can’t wait for my next (LONGER) stay in one of the coolest up and coming European capitols.

Here is how to spend 24 casual hours in Belgrade, Serbias capitol:

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Left: Kalemegdan park and right: Pekara Trpkovic

10:00 – BREAKFAST

By the Sava river at one of the splav’s. My favorite is Kota 70. ‘Prženice sa fetom i ajvarom’ is a must-eat for breakfast!

12:00 – A WALK IN THE PARK

The Kalemegdan park is perfect for a post-breakfast walk with its beautiful views and tranquil surroundings (not to mention the historical fortress of Belgrade). If you’re already in the need of a coffee or just a break Kalemegdanska Terasa is such a beautiful cafe.

14:00 – LUNCH LIKE THE LOCALS

A walk in the park (and the activities post…) always requires a good lunch. And if there is one thing we Balkans know, it’s lunch! Step by one of the many amazing Pekara’s in town (look for signs with Pekara in cyrillic: пекара) and grab a burek with a natural yogurt on the side! It’s a must.

The super old Pekara Trpkovic is a good alternative, so is the modern Pekara ‘Hleb i Kifle’.

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Jane Doe Vintage Shop

15:00 – VINTAGE-HUNT

Post-Burek? Shopping ofc! With full batteries, there is nothing better than a good vintage-hunt. Even though the vintage scene is still young in Belgrade, there are two shops worth visiting:

1. Jane Doe Vintage Shop

2. Šmizla Vintage & Design Store

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Przionica D59B

17:00 – COFFE TIME

There is no coffee in Belgrade (neither this good coffee-break atmosphere) like the one at Przionica D59B.

18:00 – AND THEN… SOME MORE SHOPPING

We’re not done shopping yet! As well as some of the classic high street stores (Zara, Mango, H&M, …) in the main street ‘Knez Mihailova’, there are some really good stores opening in the city sentrum. Here are some spots:

1. Distante: The first concept store with brands like Celine, Balenciaga, Saint Laurent ++

2. Mona: Bags, bags and bags – you might find some really good ones here.

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Metropoliten

3. Metropoliten: The best beauty store with brands like Aesop, Le Labo, Byredo and Comme des Garcons. Did I mention they have a beauty salon too? Well they do!

4. The street of Kralja Petra: Not only does this street have a lot of great stores (especially some good shoe stores), it also has some good break spots like some super tasty ice cream at Crna Ovca and some lunch or just a glass of wine at Smokvica.

20:00 – TIME FOR A CHANGE

Get back to your hotel and step up your outfit-game!

Where to stay? Here are some options: Hotel Moskva, Saint Ten or Square 9. 

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Restoran Tri

21:00 – DINNER

The restaurant scene is fast growing and super various speaking in terms of type of restaurant and food. You’ll find everything from classic balkan restaurants (with ‘home cooked’ plates), to modern and laid-back cuisine, to super luxe ones.

Do not miss out Restoran Tri (and their super cozy backyard) for dishes inspired from all over the world with a balkan touch.

If you’re up for some a real balkan dinner experience try Tri Sesira. 

23:00 – DRINKS

If you’re not up for a crazy night out at the Splavs, get some good beer or wine at KC Grad or Jazz Basta.

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KC Grad

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ASJ Favorites: THE SHOE BRAND WE JUST CAN’T GET OUT OF OUR HEADS

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Katarina, A Style Journey

WARNING! Obsession will mostly occur.

We’ve been keeping this pearl of a brand for ourselves for a while now, but we just can’t get it out of our minds – and we bet you want either now!

Say hi to Reike Nen; one of our favorite shoe brands ATM. You might have seen them around on IG lately (if not you should definitely check them our HERE!), but we’re sure you’ll see more of this minimalist shoe brand – with their perfect stand out details!

Shop some of our (MANY) favorites:

Botines Parachute 60zapatos de tacón 40botas Curved 90 de pielbotines 80 con puntera cuadrada and zapatos de tacón 60. All from Reike Nen.

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Travel Beauty: CITY GETAWAY? DON’T LEAVE WITHOUT THESE 5 MUST-HAVES

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Caroline, A Style Journey

(Affiliate) Autumn vacay? Anyone? We’re at least(!) dreaming about a propper city getaway – soon! Now, when traveling multi-functionality is always welcomed, besides that propper hydration products, the best hair stuff, a travel sized perfume and waterproof mascara is much needed.

Ah, in other words – the best of the beauty world! Below we’ve gathered 5 essential product to lift that city getaway to new heights:

Perfume from Le Labo, mascara from Bobbi Brown, hairspray from  R+CO, restore travel hairbrush from Raincry and soothing lotion from Sisley.

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Travel With Us: BARCELONA

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Katarina Petrovic, A Style Journey

(Affiliate) My expectations before my Barcelona getaway with my boyfriend was approximately non – except that we were going to have a good and relaxing time, escaping all the stress at home.

I’m not sure if it was this – the lack of excitement and expectations – or the fact that the city simply is just made for the tranquil life, but Barcelona just jumped up on my top 10 big city list. Tranquil yet alive, modern yet with so much history. Not to mention the cultural scene; art, music and food on highest level!

Travel with us to Barcelona…

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Left: Vincci Mae and right: Margot House

WHERE TO STAY

Since I’m not that found of living in the middle of ‘everything’, we always try hunting down the best hotels a bit out of the heart of the city, yet close enough it isn’t stress coming back for a quick break or change before dinner. So, we found Vincci Mae.

Book Vincci Mae HERE.

This super chic hotel is located in Avinguda Diagonal, close to the Passeig de Gràcia – and in general all the must-visit districts. With its newly and delicately decorated (large) rooms, the amazing breakfast and perfect location, this hotel ticks off all our demands. Not to mention the price, which makes it even better!

YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE: Soho House Barcelona, Margot House, Cotton House and Marcel Hotel Barcelona.

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Caravelle

BREAKFAST/LUNCH

You should definitely NOT leave Barcelona without having breakfast or brunch at Caravelle. The whole spot is just super authentic; from the interior, to the serving and the food. Caravelle is even THE coffee-break spot thanks to it’s location and amazing Cappuccino ofc!

ALSO TRY: Brunch & Cake and Flax & Kale.

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Left: Cecconi’s and right: Gats

DINNER

After doing some pre-travel research (yes, we love having our restaurants all set, simply because there is nothing more annoying – and conflictual – than trying to find the perfect restaurant, in a new city, when hungry) I found out that there are actually few European cities that can rival Barcelona’s food scene at the moment.

In other words; a weekend getaway is far than enough to sum up all the food-spots you should know, but here are a few that passed the security check – and some we had on our list:

1. GATS: Chic and laid-back atmosphere, with great tapas and sharing plates. Do not forget the drinks – or a huge sangria!

2. CECCONI’S: This stylish and modern Italian spot is known for serving super tasty Northern Italy dishes – and not only in Barcelona. The baked gnocchi’s are musts! So is the risotto with mushrooms and taleggio.

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El Nacional

3. EL NACIONAL: Probably one of the coolest and most well thought out concept restaurant I’ve been to so far. El Nacional consist of 4 food areas (restaurants) and 4 bars, all worth a visit – depending on your food-mood.

 4. EL MERCADER: This one is the total opposite from the rest mentioned above; a home away from home restaurant, serving both classic and moderns dishes in the cozy environment. Sitting outside in the garden, drinking wine and eating plates that are all prepared according to the clean produce ethics, KM0 and Slow Food? Yes, please!

WE ALSO WANT TO TRY: La Balmesina, Bicnic, Final Felic La Dama, The Green Spot.

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Left: Boca Grande and right: Cecconi’s

WHERE TO DRINK

For some pre-dinner glasses or a casual evening, both the garden at Mercander, Gats and Cecconi’s will do. If you’re really up for some good wine Can Cisa/Bar Brutal is your place!

If you’re up for a night-out round check out: Boca Grande, Paradiso and Creps al Born.

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Soho House Barcelona

ROOF-TOP HANGOUT

Either you need a shopping-break or a late night hangout-spot, the rooftops in Barcelona are made this and the tranquil life you should be seeking while there.

1. SOHO HOUSE BARCELONA

2. HOTEL DUQUESA DE CARDONA

3. LA ISABELA AT HODEL 1898

4. LA DOLCE VITAE AT MAJESTIC HOTEL

5. PULITZER TERRACE

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Left: Celine and right: Santa Eulalia

WHERE TO SHOP

For everything from Zara and Mango to Celine and Gucci head over to Passeig De Gràcia; the main street for both high-street and high-end shopping. But if you’re looking for the treasures, the secret is to stroll around – especially in the areal around el Born and Las Ramblas –  and discover the small, intime shops in the tiny streets.

FASHION: Santa Eulalia, Jean-Pierre Bua and La Manual Alpargatera.

VINTAGE: Le Swing Vintage and Le Blow.

BEAUTY: Les topettes.

INTERIOR: Noak Room and Brutus de Gaper.

FLEA MARKETS: Los Encants.

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From the left: Park Güell, Parc Del Laberint D’Horta and Picasso Museum

WHAT TO SEE

Except Sagrada Família – which of course is a must-see – these should be on your list. As well as just our all time favorite thing to do when visiting a new city; walk around and get lost in the streets.

1. CASA BATLLÓ 

2. PARK GÜELL

3. PICASSO MUSEUM

4. PARC DEL LABERINT D’HORTA

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THE MUST-DO

Fundacion Joan Miro.

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High Street Favorites: 5 TIMELESS H&M PIECES WORTH INVESTING IN

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Katarina, A Style Journey

(Affiliate) We’re not the most frequent shoppers, but what we do LOVE is hunting timeless pieces. Those that can be worn in infinite combinations and taken out of boxes year after year and be our seasonal saviors.

AND what we just realized while packing up our winter wardrobe is that a lot of these timeless favorites comes from one of our high street favorites, H&M. Trend, Conscious Exclusive, premium quality; regardless of the label, what’s common for the pieces we keep on wearing season after season is material, shape, details and color.

Longlasting materials, classic yet modern shapes, eye-catching details (either if it’s a large collar, a strap-twist or xl-sleeves) and basic colors like black, beige and grey. And we just found 5 new H&M pieces worth investing in!

Trust us, these will last:

 

Recycled wool-blend coat, suede heels, cashmere turtleneck, wool trousers and recycled polyester dress all from H&M.

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Beauty Talk: HOW OUR HAIR SHOULD LOOK LIKE THIS FALL ACCORDING TO…

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(This source has work-relations to Eleni and Chris) New season means new hair trends, and we’re more than ready for some fresh inspo.

Therefore (and lucky enough!) we’ve talked to the award-winning hair dresser and head of Nikitas creative team: Sanya Keränen.

She brought to us the hottest hair trends this fall and the very secrets to get the looks.

THE TEXTURE TRENDS

According to the hair dresser this classic is as strong as ever, and she adds: The 80s has definitely made its mark on the runways this fall.

SO HOW DO WE GET THE LOOK?

1. If you don’t have natural curls, then you should consider getting permanent once.

2. Good products are of course key! My favorites are the Eleni & Chris Curlimin series. These products contain curling cream, an ingredient which defines and and moisturizes.

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THE COLOR TRENDS

Creamy blonds are big this season, preferably with darker lowlights. Statement colors in dark hair is also a trend that stands out, she explains.

THE HAIR STYLES

So, what about the hair styles?

Curtain bangs are big for fall, as well as side and middle parted hair she says and adds;

Styling is also essential this season, but the texture should be light and airy and the hair cuts should support natural volume!

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HOW DO WE NAIL THIS LOOK?

Go for light styling products, like the volume spray from Eleni & Chris.

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The Dream Destination: HACIENDA SAC CHIC

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Katarina, A Style Journey

(Affiliate) Long time no see dream destination. We blame the lack of vacation-planning due to some stressful months with both fashion weeks, work and B & me moving out. Anyways, planning-time it is, and we’re hunting down some options for our winter getaway(s)!

In my case at the moment, it looks like it’s either going to be Cuba or Mexico (again) in December. But if I know myself right, this might change as fast as the weather. Especially with us stalking dream spots. Like for instance this super tranquil Mexican hideaway.

Say hi to Hacienda Sac Chich:

«Hacienda Sac Chich is a luxury vacation villa rental that serves as a great gathering place for families and groups of friends offering a sensory experience in Mexico’s Yucatán region. The villa rental’s setting is very private with lots of nature surrounding it».

 

… very private with lots of nature surrounding it, as the owners says. Sounds just like what we’re looking for. Not to mention the authentic yet a bit modern interior and design, makes the luxe villa the perfect home away from home – with just enough hotel feel. The staff is available for assistance when you’re in the need for it, and if you’re not you’re able to have the villa all by yourself.

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After last year’s Mexico trip – in the same winter moth, December – we learned that a Mexican winter getaway requires: comfort and casualness, long evening sleeves, no-heels, less makeup and a lot of oils both for your skin and hair. Perfect to keep the humidity under control, speaking in terms of the hear and to emphasize the glow the humidity gives your skin. Here is our mini-packing list:

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Trousers from Katharine Hamnett, kaftan from Make Muzungu, skirt from Joseph, shirt from Victoria Beckham, shorts from A.P.C. Atelier de Production et de Création, short-sleeved shirt from Matteau, dress from Jacquemus, bikini from Melissa Odabash, slippers from Tkees, sunglasses from Givenchy, bag from Jacquemus, face oil from Amanda Lacey and body oil from Rodin.

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The Obsession: BURGUNDY

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Katarina, A Style Journey

(Affiliate) We rarely obsess over colors; but when we do we REALLY do. We want it everywhere. From our underwear to our shoes and bags. We just want it to be the first thing we see when opening our closets.

And we officially have a new color-obsession: Burgundy. It’s a long time ago since we’ve been crushing on this fall-favorite. I’m not sure why, but I think I know why we’re obsessing over it this season. The use of the color. 

Burgundy isn’t only a color used to create cute and feminine pieces, in delicate materials. This season we’re seeing a more modern and masculine use of the color. We’ve found a perfect burgundy suit (and tons of blazers!), too many strong leather pieces and a lot of burgundy knit dreams. There is just nothing not to love about the ‘contrast’ – and these pieces are the proof:

Dress from Jacquemus, boots from Balenciaga, blouse from Zimmermann, turtleneck from Raey, bag from Gabriela Hearst, leather coat from Koché, loafers from Loewe, blazer from Acne  Studios, trousers from Acne Studios, v-neck sweater from Theory, stirrup leggings from Balenciaga, mules from The Row, bag from Ulla Johnson, turtleneck from Zara, skirt from Zara, pants from Roksanda, over-the-knee boots from Balenciaga, poncho from Givenchy, bag from The Row and boots from Zara.

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Beauty Talk: MASKING TIPS, MISTAKES AND FAVORITES WITH KATARINA

 

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Caroline, A Style Journey

(Affiliate) I’ve been chatting with the queen of masks! Few people know facial masking better than our very own Katarina Petrovic – and of course we want to feed of her experiences! Since we’re always on the run, we’re obsessing over the ones possible to do on the run – sheet masks – SO we asked her about her sheet mask tips, mistakes and favorites:

Shop Katarina’s favorites through the links below:

FIRST THING FIRST: WHY DO YOU SPEND SO MUCH OF YOUR LIFE MASKING? 

There are two good reasons for this:

1. It’s the perfect quick fix for your skin. If you’re going out a good mask will actually make a huge difference. Not only can it make your skin glow, but it’s also the perfect makeup prep!

2. Let’s face it; It’s simply twenty minutes of battery charging, which is much needed in the way to fast world we’re living in!

SO, HOW DO YOU GET THE BEST RESULT? (…because we’ve heard some rumors claiming that masking isn’t just masking to you…)

Rumors confirmed! Before I start masking I always prep my skin, to make the most out of the mask. For that I have this three step routine:

1. I start by removing makeup and cleansing my face with my favorite oil based cleanser from Lancôme.

2. Then I prep my skin further with a toner.

3. …and last (my favorite step!) I apply essence and serum. This is to ensure the hydration from the mask really melts and stays in.

WHAT DO YOU THINK IS THE MOST COMMON MISTAKE WHEN IT COMES TO MASKING?

Not prepping your skin right or not using the right mask for the right occasion/purpose.

AND LAST BUT, NOT LEAST: WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE SHEET MASKS? 

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Travel With Us: AMSTERDAM

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Katarina, A Style Journey

(Affiliate) Amsterdam has never been on my must-see list, but is officially one of my favorite weekend-getaway cities! Growing food scene, great shopping (including vintage!) and just in general the casual vibe, biking around without the pressure to see hundreds of attractions on every single corner.

Travel with us to Amsterdam…

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WHERE TO STAY

We stayed at Conscious Hotel Westerpark, perfectly located in the gorgeous Westerpark – a stone’s throw from the city centrum. So close that you can walk or bike to the attractions yet enough isolated from the city ‘chaos’.

And no, this is not a all hippy spot, given the name. The Conscious Hotels strive to be as green, sustainable and eco-friendly as possible, but you won’t even notice some of their sustainable decisions because they’re being kind to the planet in the background of their clean and minimalistic design.

Book Conscious Hotel Westerpark HERE.

YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE: Soho House Amsterdam, The Dylan, The Hoxton and Pulitzer Amsterdam.

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Toki

BREAKFAST/LUNCH

My absolute favorite spot in the city for a late breakfast/lunch is Toki. Do not leave the city without hanging out in this perfectly designed café, that probably serves the best breakfast as well as coffees and cakes!

Another must-try, is the vegan Yerba (which is also a perfect dinner-spot!). No more need to be said than: Check out their Weekend Brunch Menu.

ALSO TRY: SLA, Little Collins, The Lobby at Hotel V, Ted’s. and The Avokado Show.

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THE COFFEE-BREAK

Besides Toki, Screaming Beans really knows their coffee. So does Locals Coffee.

LOW BLOOD SUGAR

In the need for some sweets? The cakes at Toki and De Drie Graefjes, cookies at Van Stapele and ice cream at Ijscuypje.

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Left: Cafe Restaurant and right: Foodhallen

DINNER

1. FOODHALLEN: If you can’t find anything you like at Foodhallen you’re simply just not in the food-mood. Amsterdam’s food hall has everything from juicy burgers and tacos to dumplings (which I Loved! Try one of their mixed boxes) and meze.

And do NOT miss out on the G&T bar! 

2. DE JAPANNER: Make sure to reserve a table at this Japanese favorite! Taste a bit of everything, including the drinks.

3. BAZAR: Eat super tasty (and enormous) plates from the Middle East and North Africa in bazar surroundings. AND the prices are pretty good as well.

4. CAFE RESTAURANT: Brasserie style dishes served in a restored pump house near Westerpark. Just as good for a quick lunch as it is for a dinner with friends.

5. LA PERLA: In the mood for some Pizza? We’re always in the mood – as long as it’s good! And the one at La Perla is said to be the best one. Not to mention the simple yet cozy and casual corner spot.

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Glou Glou

WHERE TO DRINK

Since we’re not the that party-people anymore, we prefer them bars, and there are some bars really worth visiting while in Amster. Our favorite though is Glou Glou. Amazing atmosphere and even better wine!

ALSO TRY: Bar Bukowski, Vesper and Pulitzer’s Bar.

WHERE TO SHOP

The shopping scene in Amsterdam will definitely surprise. Besides the giant malls as Magna Plaza and De Bijenkorf, and the classic shopping streets Kalverstraat (high-street) and PC Hooftstraat (high-end), these ones are worth the visit:

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FASHION: Van Ravenstein and X-Bank.

VINTAGE: Episode, Rumors Vintage, Marbles Vintage, Bis Vintage, La Doyenne Vintage and L’Étoile de Saint Honoré.

BEAUTY: Skins cosmetics.

INTERIOR: Droog and Mooi.

FLEA MARKETS: Albert Cuyp Market and Waterlooplein.

YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE: 5 Must-visit Amsterdam Vintage Stores

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Left: Botanical Garden

WHAT TO SEE

Besides all the beautiful streets and canals while biking, these 5 spots are musts:

1.  THE RIJKSMUSEUM

2. VAN GOGH MUSEUM

3. VONDELPARK STROLL

4. VAN LOON MUSEUMV

5. BOTANICAL GARDEN

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THE MUST-DO

Bike by the canals at night. From pre-dinner drinks to dinner to a late night walk in the park and back home. You’ll understand why.

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New Season Hunt: 10 BLAZERS WE JUST CAN’T GET OUT OF OUR MINDS

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Katarina, A Style Journey

(Affiliate) If there is one garment I simply just can’t get enough of it’s the blazer. I’m not sure how many I own. Especially when I count all the blazers I bought to my boyfriend – so I could wear them them as well ofc – into the math.

There are a few and more will it be; there is no garment more wearable, transformable and reliable. Which is why I’ve gathered 7 news we all need in our AW-wardrobes ASAP:

Double-breasted blazer from Joseph, burgundy single-breasted blazer from Acne Studios, structured blazer from Balenciaga, grey single-breasted blazer from Lemaire, double-breasted check blazer from Masscob, single-breasted brown blazer from Lemaire, double-breasted twill blazer from MM6 Maison Margiela, single-breasted twill blazer from Joseph, burgundy single-breasted blazer from Victoria Beckham and double-breasted blazer from Acne Studios.

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Beauty Tips: THIS SECTION MAKES IT EASIER TO MAKE A NATURAL CHOICE

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Caroline, A Style Journey

(Affiliate) Finding it hard to choose natural and ecological products? Well, you’re not alone! Personally, we’ve identified two main challenges.

1. FINDING THE PRODUCTS

Yes, we’ve spent a fair share of time trying to understand the writing at the back of the products – and still being just about 80% sure we’ve ended up with an actually natural product on our way home.

2. FINDING THE PRODUCTS THAT ACTUALLY WORKS

Because: Until a few years ago we’ve been so disappointed with some of the natural products.

…but! Times has changed and some of our favorite products today are both natural and ecological and we recently discovered that Kicks (one of our favorite online beauty stores) now has a whole new and ecological alternative in their menu! Which we love, love love and therefore had to share.

Below we’ve gathered a little wish-list of some of the most exciting looking natural products – and you can check out your favorite products HERE.

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Hand & Cuticle Care Night Repair from Scratch Nails

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Bar Soap Eucalyptus Eucalyptus from Dr. Bronner’s

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Hand Moisture Pack  from Kocostar 

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Hand cream from Scratch Nails 

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Eucalyptus Soap from Dr. Bronner

Top photo: Allure US October 2018 by Nicolas Kantor.

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The Catch: 2-IN-1 WOOL DREAM

 

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Katarina, A Style Journey

(Affiliate) We rarely feel the instant need of getting our hands on a piece; but when we do, we need it NOW. And we mean NOW.

That’s how we’re feeling about this 2-in-1 wool dream from COS – I mean can we get it fast enough?! I don’t think so, and this is why:

1. IT’S A 2-IN-1

Perfect fall dress AND skirt in the same garment. Can it get any better?

2. THE SHAPE

…well it can; it’s actually a good looking AND functional 2 in 1. Not only a speaker but a doer!

3. THE COLOR

This forest green is simply just a fall dream!

Do I need to continue? No, but one last thing: It’s THE travel garment no.1 this AW season. Super wearable and an outfit savior. 

Check it out HERE!

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A Local’s Guide: HANNA’S STOCKHOLM

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Katarina, A Style Journey

(Affiliate) We’re definitely those type of people who ALWAYS ask the locals for any type of tips when traveling. Secret spots, hidden beaches, restaurant pearls; whatever we’re looking for. And why wouldn’t we be?

No one knows a city better then the locals living there, which is why we’re welcoming our new column: A locals guide. No more (or at least less!) travel stress and failures, and first local out, one of our favorite ‘Stockholmers’ and STYLEBY-blogger Hanna.

And yes, you really want to check out this chiquitita’s on Instagram!

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WHY SHOULD WE VISIT STOCKHOLM

First of all: Stockholm is an incredibly beautiful city all year around.

I think Stockholm really has the feeling of a big city, but with the small city benefits. It’s easy to get familiar with the town which makes Stockholm a city that easily feels like home.

Book your Stockholm-flight HERE.

WHAT IS THE BEST THING ABOUT YOUR TOWN?

It has so many different city areas, each with its own personality and well worth the visit. Rent bikes and don’t forget to ride around the beautiful area of Djurgården.

 

Coat from RAEY, hooded sweater from Balenciaga, turtleneck from RAEY, jeans from Joseph, loafers from Church’s and sunglasses from Givenchy.

WHAT DO WE BRING IN OUR SUITCASES?

Comfortable and quite relaxed packing.

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Left: Miss Clasa by Nobis, right: Ett hem.

WHERE DO WE STAY?

Two of my favorite hotels: Miss Clara by Nobis or Ett Hem.

Book your your Stockholm hotel HERE.

WHERE DO WE START OUR DAY?

Pom och Flora (the banana & nutella croissant)

Café Pascal (the egg sandwich)

…or Il Caffe on Södermannagatan (the cardamom bun!!!).

I also really like taking a coffee stop at Woodstockholm kiosk at Mosebacke.

WHERE DO WE TAKE A BREAK (LUNCH/BRUNCH)?

Greasy spoon for Brunch, lunch at Cafe Gast and for a break in between shopping: A nice glass of wine and small aperitivos at Tyge & Sessil.

THE LATE NIGHR DINNER-SPOT?

Cafe Nizza (Italian) or Barbro (Asian fusion) both on Södermalm.

Adam/Albin, Babette for pizza date, for Swedish meatballs and the best dessert Riche and pizza with carpet room at Brillo.

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Left: Taverna Brillo and right: Fou.

… AND WHERE DO WE GO FOR DRINKS?

Hallwylska and Fou for drinks and dance.

Supper and Punk Royale for party, dinner and drinks.

SHOPPING SPOT(S) NO.1?

Acne Archive, Eytys, Rodebjer flagship store, Paul and friends, Our legacy store and workshop.

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Our legacy.

THE BEST BEAUTY SHOP?

Le Labo on Södermalm.

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THE BEST…

Vintage store: Lottas Vintage

Interior store: Dusty deco

Cultural spot: Fotografiska

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Beauty Bargains: 7 (NEEDED!) TREATS FOR LESS THAN 200 NOK

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Caroline, A Style Joruney

(Affiliate) Perhaps it’s the time of year – staying in and dreaming about that spa we never go to do. Or perhaps it’s all those fashion weeks (and all the inspo which comes with it), but we’re hungry as ever on beauty treats. We mean; please!

Now, while we’re waiting to get rich, we’ve gathered some (rather crazy gorgeous!) fire extinguishers, to guess what? Less than 200 NOK!

 

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Cleanser from Lauren Napier 

 

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Luxurious lip balm from Le Labo

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‘Concentrated Recovery’ mask from Estée Lauder

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Coconut Melt from Dr. Jackson

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Professional Cleansing Mitts from Sarah Chapman

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Lymph-Lite Boom Brush For Legs from Legology

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Travel Must-Haves: 10 SUPER COMFY IN-FLIGHT COMPANIONS

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Katarina Petrovic

(Affiliate) There are few things more annoying – speaking in terms of traveling – than traveling uncomfy! When your feet hurt, your pants are too tight, you’re freezing or you just can’t sleep thanks to the light.

The travel itself should be the start of your vacation; allowing you to finally relax and unwind. And there is no better way to start your vacation by traveling SUPER comfy yet in style of course! Feel us? Thought so, so here are 10 in-flight companions you’ll never want to travel without again:

Cashmere blanket scarf from Max Mara, sneakers from Raf Simons X Adidas, leggings from Falke, coat from  Tibi, tavel neck pillow from Maison Margiela, socks from Falke, wool hoodie from Edward Crutchley, cashmere and silk eye mask from Armand Diradourian, track pants from Tibi and sunglasses from Celine

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