Monday, October 5, 2015

:: Mikstejp Feels StellaSport-y ▲ Adidas ::


I am not in Spain, but I like to say that anyway. It makes me happy. Weird? Who cares really. 

So, today I played a game of being a fashion stylist and made some collages of super cool sporty clothes from Adidas StellaSport Collection. Ha, I know, it sounds good and it looks even better! 
I decided to participate in a challenge of making the best styling, so we'll see how that goes. Let me just say it was really hard to choose between so many crazy pieces, because I made like 10 different combinations, but I decided to show you only three from which I have to pick one to be my fav. 

If you're a wildcat for sure this Fall-Winter collection from Adidas by Stella McCartney, will blow your mind. Exotic patterns, fresh prints, unique lines... Rawr!

If I'm totally honest I wasn't sure of which one to go with, but in the end I decided to go with #1, because I think it represent me the best. At first there was an orange backpack there, cuz I wanted a  lil bit of contrast, but c'mon, leopard is in my veins, so I needed a touch of that as well and that's how I changed it. It didn't feel right though, cuz I used the same backpack in the second option (Uops). I was trying to use as much different pieces as possible. Also, as you can see below I'm obviously still a black/grey/white/blue/yellow combination fan and I freakin' love it! <3 

Don't forget to check social media for #stellasportychic & #adidastellasport, so you'll see all the cool combinations my fellow bloggers did. ;) 

This second one would easily be a winner as well. Yellow is always good, cuz it's bright and happy, like sunshine on the sky that makes your day + the leopard so it doesn't get boring out in the fields. :) Yup, I totally see myself in this as well. I added trainers as well, cuz I really love them. <shy>  

Ha, with this third one I aimed a bit retro look. Blue, red and stars (not sure that's so retro though). Ok, I always liked stars, and also red-blue combo works fine for me. It's comfy, it looks badass and there are stars included. What more do you want? Ah, this one also feels right, who am I kidding. 

So, tell me, what do you think? Which one convinced you? ;) 

Also, check out Tumblr from StellaSport and this video below where you can see collection in action. I know that if you are a sporty gal, you'll love it. Being trendy and chic always helps with the motivation for trainings, no matter what you say, I know it's true. ;) 

You can buy pieces from StellaSport collection in next shops: 

△ Intersport  Emporium BTC  Trgovina Rossi Sport  Trgovina Tomas Sport  Trgovina Central  Prva Liga

Huggs, Maja

Sunday, September 6, 2015

|Travel Tips| :: The Island of Korčula △ Croatia ::

Warning: This post is super long, maybe the longest on the blog. ;)

This year we decided for a holidays in Croatia, cuz I wanted holidays were I can rest and not carry my backpack every second day. :) So, the only logical thing was to pick an island and Korčula was the winner. Just so you'll get the idea I'll write a bit of basic stuff if you never heard of Korčula before, but travel tips are for the people that already decided to go there (sorry). :) 
The island of Korčula is a south Dalmatian island situated in parallel with the land in the west-east course. It is 46,8 km long while the average width is 5,3 - 7,8 km. It is sixth largest Adriatic island. Coastal area is 182km long. The coast has a lot of bays and coves. In the summer average temperature is 26,9 degrees, while the maximum temp. rises up to 40 degrees. The most frequent wind in summer is the west wind - maestral. Korčula is also one of the most forested Adriatic islands. 
People are really kind, towns very romantic, water clear blue and beaches vary from sand to stone ones. To get to the island you'll need to take a fairy, where you have multiple options. We took the one from Orebić, Pelješac because we calculated it's the cheapest option, when traveling with a car. I'd recommend hiring a car/scooter when on the island, because it's a great way to get around. Also, there are plenty of buses from what I've heard, but can't tell you more about that, since we didn't really use them.

We made a reservation one day before the road trip and we decided to go with Airbnb. I was sure I won't get a reply in time, but I was so surprised when Emina confirmed in only 5 min since my request was made. That was a good sign. It was my first time using Airbnb, so I wasn't sure what to expect or how things work. I'm telling you now, it was great! We had a great deal for the apartment we took. Emina (our host) and her family & friends were super nice. When we arrived she made us coffee and served a homemade cake with ice-cream, so we had a couple of minutes to relax after a long way before she took us to our room, which was neat, too big (had an extra room we didn't 
even use), simple and had a great balcony with the overview on the bay, where there were 
wonderful sunrises/sunsets (usually I catched only sunset, cuz sunrise was a bit too early for a night bird like me). :) btw, you can find a link to stay with Emina, here. I wouldn't recommend it if I wouldn't enjoyed it. ;) 

The only sunrise that I saw and if Im honest I went to the balcony, took a photo, enjoyed five minutes and went back to bed.

I guess it depends what you want from your holidays, but I wanted to have a calm and relaxed holidays, where I have enough time for sport, books, walking around and sleeping on the beach. I think Korčula can offer a lot of things, also crazy parties if you wish for it, because I saw that in the center there was a lot of party boats and a lot of party people. I wasn't in the mood tho, I guess I prefer a party weekend in Berlin. ;)

We were in Lumbarda, which is 10min away from Korčula. There is plenty of running/bike paths. I was running mostly early in the morning (6am is a good hour, because at 7am is already damn hot) or at the evening, before the sunset. ;) So this is one thing that you can do.. run or bike. If you have more questions about the paths or anything else, you can also write me an e-mail. 
Oh, btw they have fish picnics on Fridays in Lumbarda - plenty of local/good food & drinks. ;) 

My fav running path that leads to a beach and vineyard

.. If you're not feeling sporty, just chillax and read a book or two & have a coffee with a view.

There is also plenty of options for day trips. ;)

One of them is to rent a kayak and go around the nearest islands. That's an amazing experience that I would recommend to everyone. You can go on an organised kayak trip or you can do it by yourself. I prefer the second option, because you have all the freedom to make your own choices of where to go or how long you want to stay somewhere. I think it was 200 HRK for a whole day / kayak. We found some amazing beaches that were there just for us.

One of the places you have to visit is definitely Pupnatska Luka. The most amazing beach on the island. There is almost no shade there, so prepare for that. Also, there is a nice bar, with really cool employees that give you a "shot of something good", make some jokes and most importantly, make you feel welcomed. You can stay there for hours and play cards or whatever. Try their burgers (delicious!) and one of the natural homemade juices. You have to pay for parking, but thats like three euros for a whole day I think (i forgot the exact amount, but its like nothing). 

Another must is a trip to Proizd Island that you can reach from Vela Luka, where you take a small boat, that goes every hour (i think). You pay 50 HRK / person + 50 HRK for a parking. You need aprox. 45 min to reach Proizd, but it's all worth it! The beaches are amazing!! It supposed to be one of the most beautiful beach in Croatia. BTW, there is literally no shade and only one bar, so bring enough liquids with you and don't forget on the sun screen!

+ a deserved ice-cream and a sunset in Vela Luka 

& of course, spend a day or two in Korčula, walking around the old town, enjoying dinner, listen to some music (live bands almost every night). We ate in "Aterina" which I highly recommend because the pasta and shrimps were delicious + the staff was really nice. If you are more of a meat person, next door is "Nono" which was our first option, but there was no free table. A hipster place, where beards are popular and everything looks yummy. :) There is also a bunch of restaurants on the defence wall (don't really know how to explain, but when you'll see it, you'll understand), which all look pretty good, but for me it was too touristic, so this other option on the square was a bit better, even though it was still really packed with people. Ha, don't forget about the wine, they have some really good ones! ;)

Until the next time....

Saturday, September 5, 2015

|Interview|:: Miriam Muha ▲ Mimi ::

I love her work. I like the way she thinks. She is always positive and smiling. She is one hell of a designer (my stash of her things is getting bigger and bigger). She's a girl from my hometown and 
she is someone that I want to write about, because she's an inspiring girl.

1. Tell us a bit about yourself and about the wonderful things that you make. 
First off, THANK YOU for this lovely interview <3. I'm Mimi (Miriam Muha), a student of architecture, handmade enthusiast, salad lover, home decor collector & a freelance hobby designer.
I make my ideas happen - for you or for your home.

2. It happens that I know your mom is a creative soul as well.. would you say that her being creative an impact on your childhood and your growth as a designer? 
I would say most definitely! In her last semester on FF (Faculty of arts) she enrolled into ALU (Academy of Fine arts) to study painting, but had to put that on hold (I still encourage her to finnish her studies + my dad is a bit of a handmade hobbymaker), so I had that art bug pretty much in my genes. She supported me in every single thing and I'm very grateful that I was never limited or to be said to be, that I cannot do it (arts-wise). It stuck and that allowed me to grow and support and encourage others.

3. When did you discover that you enjoy making things?
At a very young age. I enjoyed arts & crafts way back in kindergarten. Drawing, making clothes for dolls, acting... that continued into pre-school and elementary school where I was part of the drama, arts and music class. By highschool I was already familiar with different materials and techniques that just emerged on the DIY scene (thanks to the local art supplies store that organised classes) & I was well into jazz balet @ IGEN - a well-known local dance studio.

4. I know architecture must be another passion of yours. Do you ever see yourself working in that field? 
It is, but not so much the technical part, I'm more keen on the interior solutions. I do and hopefully will do so in the near future. I had my first real client work month ago and I really enjoyed it.

5. So, If I `m correct you started out with making only jewellery and later on you started adding different things. Could you tell us more about that?
Yeah. I started with making jewellery for myself and closest friends. By the time I was off to uni I took my creations to then popular Društvo Pozitive - they were the first ever store that was selling creatins for Slovenian designers. Then it all kind of continued. My taste and techniques got clearer ad more minimalistic. I started wondering what can I make to make useful at home. So, I started making home decor with useful factor. :)

6. What does your creative process look like?
I make a sketch of how I want the piece to look in the end and I gather all the materials I want to use. I start with delicate materials - plexi, clay, leather.. and then I just assemble them. I really take care of the details and I take my time with each piece.

7. Where do you find inspiration?
In current fashion trends, architecture, nature, even in the hardware store. Sometimes I upgrade things I did before, just to make them more fashion forward and simple.

8. Do you travel a lot? Your favourite city would be? Would you live there or you happy where you are? 
I do and I love it. I love London, Barcelona, Berlin, Vienna, Paris, Istanbul.. hard to pick a favourite one. I love London because my best friend lives there and I go and visit her every year - not sure about living there tho. I think my choice of living would be either Berlin or Barcelona. I love the artsy vibe of both cities. I`m kind of ok with living in Slovenia for now, but I would like to experience life outside of it. I think it broades the horizons and creativity.

9. What do you think, what`s the difference between designers at home and abroad?
Probably the better access to different materials. In this day and age you can buy everything over the internet but I still miss the diversity of the materials and supplies in the local art stores.
I think they are better supported from the get-go. By their peers, proffessors, suppliers... they find their potential and they get all the support and opportunities. I am not saying we are without any but certainly not as much. Slovenia is a small country with a very small market and by now it seems like with a very small budget. All of that reflects into everyday life and society, so I just take it as it is. In the end you have to make better opportunities for yourself, by yourself. It's a challange but a fun one. It helps you grow.

10. If you had the power, that would you change in your town? I know, a weird question cuz usually we don't have that kind of power, but I know we`re all dreaming about that (at least I do). :) 
Uf! I would like to bring back the alternative scene that was once very strong. I miss the diversity of the clubs, music,.. I would establish a center for people to expand their ideas and interests - skate park, music studios, workshops, art workshops, grafitti areas... So much more, but I would be super happy to get an opportunity just to try one of the things I proposed.

11. Tell us about your normal day. BTW, you must have a good time managament skills! ;) 
It's mostly made of making jewelery and work :) When I do not work I make jewelery - I don't take it as a job or anything hard. It relaxes me and it's fun. When something you love doing becomes "have to" it's probably time to stop and reevaluate your work. But I do take time for friends, cup of coffee, party...Everything just kind of flows. :)

12. What`s your vision for the future? Do you have any special goals (if it`s a secret, no worries, we understand)
I would like to get a lever higher - with materials, techniques, outreach to the people. Maybe try to get outside Slovenia - Paris, London.. At some point I would like to own a shop - I've been part of the retail business for so long I got hooked. :)

13. Is there any thoughts, recipes, photos, quotes, a song, a movie, anything really, that you would like to share?
Just try to stay positive through each day. I like to listen to Burial - I find his music very positive and uplifting tho it has a lot of dark undertones. Drink lots of water. Do DIY's even if you think you suck at it - no one does, you just do it YOUR was :) be kind to animals.

again --> thank you Maja for this lovely opportunity <3


Thank you Mimi!! <3

You can find Mimi at:
Smile Concept Store, Mestni try 6, Ljubljana
LOLA, Gallusovo nabrežje 1, Ljubljana
Trgovina Mina, Gosposka ulica 21, Celje
Mačkor Dijor, Lilekova ul. 1, Celje

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