вторник, 14 апреля 2015 г.

New beginnings

Hey, world!
When I stopped posting here one and a half years ago, I never thought that the break will be so long.
But well, what happens happens. During this time I not only once again moved countries (this time I went to Italy), but also web addresses.
So you are very welcome to check out my new web space by clicking on the banner!


понедельник, 18 ноября 2013 г.

Sweater Weather Tag

The weather is getting colder, and I;m in a mood for something ice and cozy. So I've decided to take this tag)

Favorite candle scent?
Apple and cinnamon, sugar and spice. I prefer non-scented candles, but during autumn and winter month I love everything cozy and nice smelling. I'd love to have a autumn/winter scented Yankee Candle, but they don;t sell them here in Ukraine.

Coffee, tea or hot chocolate?
I love green tea and lattes, but hot chocolate is usually too rich for me.

What's the best fall memory you have?
Well, I love autumn. I was born in October and I'm a total autumn person. I love everything about it - sweaters, and boots, and leaves, and cinnamon lattes, and apple pies. So every memory is nice)

Which makeup trend do you prefer: winged eye liner or dark lips?
Eyeliner. I'm not adventurous enough to wear dark lipstick too often.

What do you want to be for Halloween?
I actually dressed up as Alice in Wonderland, but sadly I have no photos( My costume consisted of this dress, the white apron I've made myself, the White Rabbit locket from etsy, DIY teapot earrings, black suede wedge booties and a white bow in my hair. I wanted to bring a toy White Rabbit with me, but I forgot that cute fluffy guy at home.

Hats or scarves? 
Definitely scarves. I rarely wear hats - all of my winter coats have hoods and they are much warmer then hats.

Most worn jumper?
Recently I was so lucky with sweaters! After returning from Thailand I started cleaning out my wardrobe and decided to give away many of my sweaters and cardigans - some of them are kinda old, and some of them are just not warm enough. And after that I was lucky to find 5 different pure wool and cashmere sweaters in thrift stores - mint condition, great material, warm, cozy and super cute. I hope I'll be able to show them to you soon.

Favorite fall nail polish?
Either nude or red/wine/berry colors. Perfect for autumn.

Skinny jeans or leggings?
Skinny jeans don't usually work with my body type (maybe with long sweater and riding boots, but in other cases they are not my favorite type of jeans), but between those and leggings I must say skinny jeans.

Boots or Uggs?
Tough choice. I absolutely love boots and usually can't wait till autumn to wear them again. But I own onw pair of Uggs-like boots too and I love them. Lots of people think that they are ugly or something, but well, I wear them when I need to be warm and comfy, and they are usually doing their job. They are not meant to be sexy or pretty, so I don't see any problems with wearing them for long walks in colder month.

I'm not tagging anyone, but I'd love if someone writes it too)

понедельник, 11 ноября 2013 г.

What I Ate Thuesday

I haven't made these posts since Thailand, and decided to make one now. My current diet may seem weird for some people, but it works for me. I work from home and sometimes have late breakfasts or early dinners, so I just try and eat things that are good for me and that I like - seasonal veggies, rice, fruit.

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1. Breakfast - it was one of those late ones. I had rice with tomato sauce and baked pumpkin (I marinade it with rosemary, coarse salt and ghee butter, and then bake it in the oven for a few minutes. Yummy and also good for you). I also had a cup of coffee - I don't usually drink black, but I was out of milk.

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2. A small shack - a cup of green tea and a chocolate bar ( a gift from my aunt in Germany).

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3. Lunch - I miss Thai food so much I'm actually trying to cook some myself) These are egg noodles with shrimp and some rosemary (and lime juice). 

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4. Another snack - two delicious crunchy apples. I think I had them with a cup of coffee.

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5. In the evening I was going to see a movie with my friends, and we usually meet early for some drinks. I had a salmon burrito with tomatoes, parsley and pickled carrots. And a beer.

I also drink a lot of water and green tea during the day, and I'm really happy that I don't need to make myself drink it. I love water, and it's much harder for me not to drink it than drink 2 liters a day)
Well. that's it for now))

воскресенье, 10 ноября 2013 г.

Koh Phangan

I still have a ton of photos from the time I lived in South East Asia, so here is something from Koh Phangan.
It's a beautiful island not far from Koh Samui, a true heaven on earth. I've spent some time there and it was amazing. I went there alone, and I had a great opportunity to relax and get some tan.
I lived in a small bungalow by the sea, explored some amazing restaurants near by, swam in the sea and lied by the pool, and by the time I had to leave for Hat Yai, I felt like a new person.
So I hope this pictures will bring some sunshine into the somewhat gloomy days we have now.

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A shore by my bungalow - I went there to swim every day.

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Bangkok railway station, the beginning of my journey South. At that point I was living in Bangkok on my own for some time and decided that I really need to see some islands before I go home (I didn't and still don't know how much time I'll spend in Kyiv this time). So I made a decision, bought a ticket to Surat Thani and left the next day.

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Donsak pier - if you're going to Koh Phangan or Koh Samui by a ferry this is where you need to go.

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A resort I stayed at.
I'm not a super rich person and I can't afford saying in fancy places, especially when I travel a lot (I much rather spent that money on a chance to see one more city). One of the people I've met on my travels told me about 'Sun View' and I was very happy with it. I came to Koh Phangan with a backpack and no plan at all. After getting of the ferry I just went into '7 Eleven', bought a shrimp burger and a cappuccino and  sat on the curb for a while, just enjoying the amazing sea view. I thought about going to Haad Rin, but after sitting there for a while I decided that I want some peace and quiet, not a South-East Asia's Ibiza. So I took a song-tao to 'Sun View' and stayed there the whole time.
The only bad thing about it was that I absolutely couldn't work there) I was just sitting on my terrace, looking at the sea, doing nothing. But the place is absolutely magical.

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My terrace. I've spent hours here - reading a book, watching some movies from my laptop, enjoying the sea view.

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Koh Phangan port and '7 Eleven' I was talking about)

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A small restaurant not far from my place.

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Two of my best Koh Phangan friends)) If you've been reading my blog for a while, you must know that I love dogs, and these two guys truly were my friends and always came to visit me.

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I really need to tell you more about Bangkok, so I hope I'll have some time to blog next week)

среда, 23 октября 2013 г.

Autumn's here

We have an amazingly beautiful autumn in Kyiv this year. It's almost like a reward for me - during the time I spent in South East Asia I couldn't stop dreaming about autumn. About clear cool air, beautiful leaves and cozy scarfs-boots-coats outfits (I think everyone's going to dream about it while living in +40C temperatures).

So this weekend we went to one of my absolutely favorite spots in Kyiv and my friend took some pictures of me. And yes, I wear glasses now. It's not a fashion choice - my eyes get so tired because of constant writing/translating that this is the only possible way to help them relax a little. I'd love to still have my perfect eyesight, but we have what we have. I kinda love them, so I don't mind.

Jeans, coat, boots, denim shirt - thrifted
Scarf - bought it at Pratunam market in Bangkok
Bracelets - handmade, Centro and bought at Chatuchak market in Bangkok
Earrings - KUZ and borrowed from my mom
Glasses - Carl Zeiss

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I'm actually holding a pumpkin tart here. I bought it from 'Baker Street' bakery and was trying not to break it.
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Also - I've decided to be more casual with this blog from now on. I really dislike all this endless self promotion happening in blogosphere. I just want to make casual posts and write about things like. I don't care if it makes me a travel blogger, a fashion blogger or a lifestyle blogger, I don't care how much traffic I get.

Everyone who's interested in my life and what I have to say are welcomed here. But if you're expecting to increase the traffic on your blog - I don't think it's going to work for me anymore.

четверг, 19 сентября 2013 г.


Actually, I've been back in Kyiv for two month now, and I don't know for how long yet. But I still have ton of travel pictures to show you. So today I'm telling you about my trip to Cambodia, so in this post you'll find lots of pictures of Siem Reap and some of my travel tips about visiting Cambodia.

Siem Reap is the second biggest city in Cambodia (after the capital, Phnom Penh). It's name means "flat defeat of Siam", which is kinda ironic, because Siam is called Thailand these days and it provides a constant flow of tourists into Cambodia.

Getting to Siem Reap is really easy since January/February 2013, because there's a direct bus from Bangkok's Northern bus terminal (Mo Chit station) to Siem Reap's city center. I recommend to buy tickets three or two days ahead. Also be careful of the visa scheme that's going on on those buses. Either make a Cambodian visa online, or wait till Cambodian border. Don't listen to the driver, who'll stop before Thai border by some immigration office and will tell you that this is where you suppose to make your visa. It's not true, they just charge you twice as much as you're suppose to pay. The right way to avoid those schemes is to wait till Thai border, pass it, then go onto Cambodian side and apply for visa in an immigration window. You also have to remember that they have no right to ask you for more money then it says on the poster above the window. If it says that you have to pay 20 USD for a tourist visa, don't listen to the officers who'll tell you to give them 100 TBH more. They are asking for a bribe, and we shouldn't encourage it. Just tell they that you have no TBH and that the right price is on the poster. They'll give up after a few tries.

After crossing the Cambodian border, you return to your bus and in two hours you'll be in Siem Reap, which is a really beautiful Khmer city with lots of French influence.

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Art salons in the Old French Quarter
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Me in Angkor Wat
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French Quarter
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Souvenir shop in the Old Market area
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Vitking House restaurant
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Siem Reap River
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My Angkor Wat ticket  - they put your picture on it))
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The main temple
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Sneaky monkey that was trying to steal some fruit from a food cart
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Lot's of smaller temples around the main temple
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Red clay - I was in Cambodia during the rainy season

Where to live:
- at numerous guesthouses and hotels in the city center. I stayed at place called Boomerang Guesthouse, but it was very basic and cheap - I got caught in the torrent rain and just wanted to take a shower and change clothes. But there are lots and lots of places to stay.

Where to eat:
Blue Pumpkin - a great coffee shop chain with delicious fruit shakes, coffee, sandwiches and pies. 
Vitking House - a really nice vegetarian place. It's on the opposite side of the river and you'll have to walk a little to get there, but their food is amazing. I especially recommend mushroom burgers and pineapple-mango shakes.
- there are also tons of Khmer restaurants, but I've never been to any. One of my friends, who spent a few weeks in Cambodia, really loved Khmer cooking.

Where to shop:
Night market - opens up in the evening. You won't miss it - there are huge neon signs everywhere. Prepare to be attacked by sellers who are going to ask you to "buy something" and to bargain for everything. Don't pay more then 2 USD for a t-shirt. If one of the sellers are not happy with the price you're offering, there's always at least ten others who'll agree.
Old market - historical areal of the city, opened the whole day. Best place to buy Cambodian silk. The rules are the same - bargain and be prepared to walk away. 

What to see:
- Angkor Wat! It's the biggest tourist attraction of Cambodia and one of the most beautiful places I've ever been to. Hire a tuk-tuk driver for 10 dollars to drive you around the temples. But never pay ahead, no matter how much he's going to ask for some money for gas.
- Old French Quarter - a beautiful colonial part of the city. The best place to go for a walk or to spend some time in a shade of gorgeous buildings, drinking cold juice or fruit shakes.

What to do:
- walk around the city,
- shop in the nice small shops around the Old Market,
- try fish massage in the evening. You can find a place where you'll get 15 minutes massage and a complimentary bottle of water or beer.

What to buy:
- some great Cambodian coffee - it's sold in every minimarket in the city for about 5 USD.
- Angkor Recycling accessories - they are making bags, wallets, clutches and covers from recycled cement bags.
- cute t-shirts and bracelets on the markets.

I know that when I'm back in Cambodia, I'll spend some more time in Siem Reap before going to Phnom Penh.

четверг, 4 июля 2013 г.

How I wear my: Sunglasses

The loveliest Jill from Everything Just So and Adrienne from The Rich Life (on a budget) were so kind to feature me in their monthly round up "How I wear my...".

This are my favorite sunglasses and also my favorite place in Bangkok - Vertigo bar on top of the Banyan Tree skyscraper (Lumpini MRT station). The views of the sunset over Bangkok and of the night Bangkok are absolutely gorgeous!

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I'm wearing:
Top - bought on Sunday walking street market in Chiang Mai
Skirt - bought on Chatuchak weekend market in Bangkok
Watch locket - bought in Pai
Glasses - Karen Walker number one (in tortoise)

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You can see many beautiful bloggers wearing their sunglasses here.

суббота, 15 июня 2013 г.


Pai is a small, but amazing village in the mountains of Nothern Thailand. It's one of the favorite destinations for people who live in Chiang Mai and also for tourists. People say that you can come there for three days and stay for three month.
Now I can confirm that it's true) The village is tiny, just a few streets, but it has a happy relaxed atmosphere that you just want to stay longer. The food is great, the accomodations are good and rather cheap, the nature is amazing!
To get to Pai you need to take a minibus from the second terminal of Arcade bus station in Chiang Mai. It'll cost 150 baht. The road is taking about three hours and has 762 (!) turns on mountain roads, so the motion sickness pills can be very usefull.

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The main street, where the night market takes place
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The guy, who sells amazing teas in bamboo tubes
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Tons of restaurants
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One of the many vintage shops - you can find lots of great dresses here, but the prices can vary
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Koi fish floor tiles at our guest house and my feet)
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The Witching Well's menu
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Enjoying some Leo beer and the open mike night at Edible Jazz. Wearing the vintage dress from the stall on Chiang Mai walking street Sunday market
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The view from our terrace at 6 a.m. - we were just about to caught a bus back to Chiang Mai
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The terrace
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Where to live:
- Pai Country - we stayed here and we loved it - the rooms are very cute and clean, and you also have a very big and pretty terrace, perfect for relaxing with a glass of vine in the evening

Where to eat:
- The Witching Well - amazing place with great food. I especially recommend their 'wicked omelet', pasta salad and 'love potion' tea. I've also heard great things about coconut shakes and tempura burgers there. 
- Good Life in Pai - I'm not sure if everyone will like it in here, but it's one of a very few places in Thailand where you can find some very authentical Ukrainian dishes. They also have great kombutcha tea in bottles and wheatgrass shots.
- Pai Country - it's not just a place to stay, but also a restaurant. The 'perfect storm' fruit shake is amazing.
- Edible Jazz - a lovely place where you can have a few drinks in the evening, as well as the food. They also hold very cool open mike nights here.

Where to shop:
- Night market - lots of jewelry, bracelets, dresses, scarfs, iconic 'I survived 762 turns to get this T-shirt' tees. I've bought one (to act like a tourist for once)), as well as lovely grey pashmina, turquoise ring, a few boxes of organic lip balm and a watch necklace.
- Tons of vintage and organic shops - they usually have very nice selection of cool things.

What to see:
great mountain nature, waterfalls, lovely quiet streets and beautifly decorated houses.

I will definitelly return to Pai in the future to relax and have a great time in this creative place.