Croatian Fashion

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Croatian fashion reflects the verve and whimsy of the people. It is bright colours and unexpected pairings with patterns. Indeed, one of the most iconic things about Croatia itself, is their interlacing patterns. You can see it’s influence in art and fashion, how it has evolved and shifted over time, to mix the traditional into the modern. Most of all, you will feel a sort of ease in their choices. Their style isn’t overthought, their clothes never try too hard. It’s bright and full of humour. Most of all, it’s a reflection of who they are.

Croatia Revisited

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Here comes Croatia ‘again’! Its a blessing to have a friend that happens to be the most efficient planner in the world of traveling – My dear friend Kelly had it all covered once again; from the 12th century St. Benedict Monastery in Mjet to Korcula where Marco Polo apparently lived and of course, the party place – the Ibiza of Croatia… Hvar!!!

I had the pleasure of having a private tour of Tomic winery and meeting Mr. Tomic himself!  Franco Milos winery & Dingac were also on the list. We were taken by a very ‘driven’ & patriotic driver who knew every bit of the history of Hvar and was so proud of it, leading us to a remote, rocky road on the top of a mountain and ending up in an isolate village where suddenly from nowhere appeared a house that converted to a 6 seat restaurant on the very top of a mountain called Stori Komin… A wonderful, authentic Croatian meal had been prepared ahead of time and I had the opportunity to taste fresh capers, olive oil, vinegar, bread and wine – all home made or from his garden. An absolutely monumental & unforgettable gastronomic experience.

As much as I want Croatia to be a sacred and secret place, I feel compelled to share this great ‘find’ with fans of my blog!

Faranak

Fashion Tosser…

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Trends—even when it feels as if they have been around forever—come and go. They give us a brief snapshot of the mood and then their seeming pervasiveness flees with that moment in time. The millennial generation that started off with a casual, aggressively neutral college fashion are becoming increasingly bored with the status quo: conservative, safe, boring.

Retailers that have been pursuing this conservative approach lack innovation. Brands such as Abercombie and Fitch, Hollister, and UGG continually retrace the same path in circles. Today’s generation wants more then accessibility or brand recognition; it wants a fresh, continually evolving aesthetic. They don’t just want the snapshot, they want the whole darn movie.

1. Stripe Easy V Neck Pocket Tee, Abercrombie and Fitch – $14.00
2. Selma Medium Saffiano Messenger Bag, MICHAEL Michael Kors – $297
3. 50 Shades of Cray Graphic Tee, Hollister – $18.95
4. Classic Mini Rustic Weave, UGG – $195.00

Uniformed

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Uniforms can be a deliciously stylish alternative. It can be as much of a statement as it is a game changer. Think of Karl Lagerfled or Anna Wintour. A uniform can be a consistent no-fuss way of making you different from the pack. If you are not careful however, you will run the risk of seeming cliche, or worst, unimaginative and tedious. A uniform must revolve around luxurious, well-tailored essentials. We decided to give our basic a modern, unexpected twist by starting with a impeccably cut jumpsuit and a classic skinny LV belt. Layer with a slightly darker grey cardigan to keep warm from the A/C that seems to always be on full-blast around the office–but keep it from being boring with interesting jewellery, like this gold and black necklace. Lastly, make sure to have a pair of killer heels to polish off any uniform. This pair of black and white pumps would make any uniform elegantly fashion-forward.

1. White Muse Jumpsuit, Otte NYC – $450
2. Curve Bar Pendant Necklace, Oak + Fort, $15
3. Grey Cotton Crew Neck Cardigan, Uniqlo, $20
4. White LV Initial Madeleine Belt, Louis Vuitton, $705
5. Monroe Pointy Toe Mules, Sam Edelman – Was $182, Now $75

Ray Ban Revisited

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The must-have pair of shades for this summer are a little reminiscent of the bygone rock-and-roll cool. This classic round Ray-ban has been haunting the fashion blogosphere for a while now, and the reasons are obvious. It gives every outfit paired with it — whether fashion forward and elegant or boho casual — an effortless modern ’70’s vibe that is so on-trend this season. The best thing about this pair of sunnies though, is that it is exactly the opposite of a trend. It is a classic, beautifully understated piece that finishes any outfit with an equal aura of freedom and insouciance.

These Ray-Ban’s are available at LensCrafters, North Vancouver

Images from Carolines Modes, Sartorialist