New Year New LOVE !

I am very excited about my collaboration with Komarovinc.com !

Komarov Clothing was founded almost 15  years ago by Shelley Komarov, a talented costume designer with 4  Emmy Awards under her belt.

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In a beautiful and wrinkle-free Komarov dress

Shelley started this company to help women travel in style with wrinkle free clothes. In her line of work as a costume designer, dressing stars such as Nicole Kidman, Halle Berry, Matthew McConaughey , George Clooney and many more, she travelled quite often. During her trips around the world she was constantly facing the challenge of dealing with wrinkled clothes. After years of research and experiments, Shelley created the Komarov line.

All of the clothes in the Komarov line are made by hand in the USA with specially developed technology. They are pleated and secured with extreme heat (allows for a little elasticity), so no matter how the clothes fold there will be no wrinkles, and they fit comfortably on any body shape!

Why am I extremely excited to collaborate with Komarov? :

LOVE taking Komarov with me when I travel!

During my travels I always face a dilemma because:

  • I want more options for outfits: What if the weather changes? What if I spill wine on my only dress? What if I change my mood?
  • It is always a hassle to check in the bags, than hope and pray that you will get it back (I received my luggage days later after I came back from Rome, thank God it was not lost!)
  • Another issue is packing nice dresses and by the time you take them out of your suitcase, they look unrecognizable because of the amount of wrinkles!

Komarov solves all of these dilemmas for me! I pack up to 7 dresses and 6 tops in my carry on, fit them alongside 2 pairs of shoes, toiletries and intimate wear. (This is good for an entire week!)

And the best part? When I take them out of the suitcase, they look Fresh and Ready to party!

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Another fabulous Komaorov dress

Lost and Found in Tuscan Hills

People don’t normally like the feeling of being lost, me included. It is the uncertainty, the loss of control, disorientation, frustration, anger, denial, and the list can go on.

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But if we have time and we can move past the initial sense of anxiety, being lost can be an opportunity to see new places, to discover new things, to become an explorer…almost like Columbus.

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I was not quite in the philosophical mood when I got lost on the way from Florence to Sienna. Rain and feeling hungry did not help the situation. But pretty soon a structure that resembled old city walls appeared, as well as promising signs of Trattorias and Pizzerias nearby. The medieval city structure was so impressive that for a little while I forgot I was hungry. Rain almost became a drizzle and my iPhone finally got an Internet signal showing that my location was at San Gimignano.

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Since I had never heard of this city, I wanted to get inside and see what was happening inside the city walls.

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Especially after seeing that TriplAdvisor.com recommended an amazing restaurant there, which had more then 1200 reviews on it, all being fantastic and fabulous!

Inside the city walls the cutest medieval city was hiding! Coming from LA it almost felt like a movie set. But of course it is as real as it gets!

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With the 14 towers that were leftover from the previously built 72 (the highest one 54 meters!), it was an architectural gem that I was feeling so blessed to see.

I will tale more about this fascinating city but I wonder if you can guess why people will build these labor-intensive tall towers in the 14-century, 72 of them and one higher than the other?

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Styling à la Florentine

When you enter a city trough the medieval gigantic doors, you know it is a special place.

Firenze (Florence)  is an epitome of the Italian Renaissance where even the hotels are built with the Renaissance in mind.

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When the hotel room has a Renaissance themed frescoes on the walls, it must be Florence!

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Florence has a very distinct style.

It is an open air museum that would take a visitor a few months to experience and appreciate all the gems that this city has to offer.

One of the least touristy places is the Medicis’ villa. There are so many primary spots that I think the Medicis’ villa hardly gets any traffic.

It is a unique feeling to experience such historical locations in a Zen atmosphere.

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In this Zen environment, I have stumbled upon the most beautiful movie theater ever!IMG_1998

Doesn’t it just look fascinating?

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It just needs a popcorn and a soda machine!

Talk about Form NOT Following the FUNCTION!

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And if the movie is boring, one can always look up to the “sky” for more action!

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What do you think? Would you like a home theater à la Florentine ?

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Will Love Last?

Early in the morning , while I was having breakfast with the most picturesque view that I have ever seen in my life, I thought about, “What makes love last?”

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Everything was as perfect as it can possibly be.

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The plan was to go to the close of the Accademia museum where some of the Leonardo Da Vinci’s original artwork was on display. (Being a lifelong Da Vinci Fan this was not an opportunity that I could miss).

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On the way to the museum when crossing  the Accademia Bridge,  I noticed a very strange-looking gentleman hanging from the street lamp with metal-cutting scissors in his hands and attracting attention from those passing by.

_MG_0075Apparently that was the infamous Venetian Love Lock Cutter and he was doing his performance art by cutting down all the locks that were attached on the bridge.

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Before seeing him I did not even notice the existence of thousands and thousands of locks on the bridge.

_MG_0087The Love Lock trend in Europe started from Federico Moccia’s story “I Want You” in 2006.  Lovers all over Europe started writing their names on the Padlocks attaching them to the bridges and throwing away the keys into the water. This Love Locking process is believed to make the love everlasting.

It is incredibly romantic if not one small downside: there are millions of couples who are in love, which results in enormous quantity of the Love Locks and subsequently extreme amount of weight that  damages the structural integrity of the old bridges.

Government authorities are interfering with the romantic Love Lock movement and cutting them down at least once a year. Italy is probably the strictest and there is a high fine for trying to attach a padlock.

So what should romantics do?

They want their Love Locks to last and not be thrown away. How to make the Love last?..Well at least Love Locks last.

The Love Lock concept  reminded me of the wishing trees that I have seen in Armenia, where people would wish for love and tie their handkerchief on the tree.

It did not look extremely appealing but provided couples with the comfort of knowing that their love will last.  I could not stop thinking about it until I found the Perfect Picture that provided the solution to the issue.

Love Lock Trees!!! Good for lovers, tourists and the government officials!

What do you think? Would you prefer old bridges or trees to immortalize your love ?

xo

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Room with a View ….

Summer asks for pleasure. One of the simplest ways to add more pleasure in our days is to dine in a restaurant with a scenic view. In LA you can find some amazing views for dinner, lunch or even a simple coffee.

Today I’ll present you my 5 favorite places with amazing views, if you decide to visit LA :)

1. Number one would be WP24 by Wolfgang Puck, very chic, very formal, maybe a bit too business like, but with breathtaking views of Downtown Los Angeles. There is also a nice lounge area if you’re just in the mood for  drinks.

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2. Yamashiro... The name speaks for itself: it is a Japanese restaurant, where waitresses are  wearing  Japanese kimonos. Amazing views from Hollywood Hills, where it’s nestled. Food is ok, but has a cute inside garden and… Farmers Market every Thursday night from 5-9pm!.. You can’t beat that!

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3. The Ultimate Favorite: The Perch!  3 words: Too Much Fun!

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4. Soho House…this is a private club, so to get in, you need to go with a member or become a member if you can get a referral and you’re part of the artistic community… very who knows who Hollywood :)… West Side views, great at nighttime.

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5. I feel this one is a “secret spot,” not very well-known: The Castaway. It has a very 80′s cozy feel, very warm ambiance and scenic  views of everything: Downtown, Hollywood, Mountains and if it is a clear day, even the Ocean…

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Did this entice you to visit LA ?

P.S….and NO!… The State of California or above mentioned restaurants did not pay me …or give free dinner gift cards…or shoes for that matter :)

Just kidding. Hope I’ll see you soon!

xoxo

Evelina

Falling in love in the Springtime Paris…

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It is amazing ,what you can find in the old archives!…I have discovered my very first collection that I made from  Burlap and Silk yarn…as a 16-year-old student in design school.

The only cheap fabric that I could find was Brown Burlap (It is the material that potato sacks are made of), but since Brown is NOT my favorite color (at least for clothes)…I’ve bleached it and  amazingly it turned into this soft, cream color fabric that was very pleasant to touch and had a silky sheen to it.

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At that time I was also really into crocheting, so the only embellishment I have used was the crochet pieces from the silk yarn.

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The shape  inspiration for this collection was the Period of the Renaissance and The Mood was Falling in Love in the Springtime Paris…somehow made perfect sense for me at that time…

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These pictures were my very first pictures taken with a professional camera with film. I was so excited!…I can’t find all the shots, but still happy to find these.

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The scene was a rooftop of the hospital where my friend was working, I really liked the color of the stones and blue of the sky…

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…Models were very sweet and were trying to help me as much as they could,

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didn’t even mind smoking and drinking their soda, while sitting on the roof.

It still is my all time favorite collection…because it was the first and made with love :)

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Till next time,

xoxo

E.

Happy Sunday!

There is time to socialize and time to be alone. Alone is not always bad. It is time to reflect and recharge, listen to inner voice…

Happy Sunday my friends, alone or with company!

Love

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Latest Discovery…

It started as a normal day …with breakfast with my best friend Coco…Evelina Galli

everything started very calm and peaceful …

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..then we decided to have a morning stroll and check out some stores nearby and unexpectedly stepped into this “Little Wonderland!”Evelina Galli

…where we were welcomed by the most extravagant fashion designer I have ever seen in my life!…he even outdid Mr. Karl Lagerfeld who I thought was the number one Mr. Extravagant, with his entourage of 20 young guys dressed in Dior Homme suits and a little fan in his hands…

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Chinese mask, mink hair, Top hat…black Steve Jobs worthy turtleneck and David Yurman silver chain…

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…fabulous Mr. Peter Lai with my friend Coco Asper in his Pasadena shop…

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this is “crystal” pleated Opera Wrap..(he also performs as a Kabuki dancer in his free time…even performed at Hollywood Bowl alongside Yoko Ono)

…Mr. Lai was born into the family of Chinese theater clothes manufacturers in Honk Kong and for the first 10 years of his career he was working there in the TV world as a costumer …which explained his taste for drama.

…and he let us try some of his hats and clothes..

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…so that was my morning breakfast adventure :)

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Wasn’t Peter Lai amazing?

xo

E.

“Do or do not… there is no try” …

Start of the new week!…“Do or do not ..there is no try”…

I was wearing my Galaxy leggings and since the sun was too bright, I ended up looking like  an  Alien…

my Alien look and my Galaxy leggings reminded me of Star Wars, with it’s cool quotes to start the week…

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“The Force will be with you, always.”

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the Force… a Life creates it, makes it grow. Its energy surrounds us and binds us.

Luminous beings are we, not this crude matter.

You must feel the Force around you; here, between you, me, the tree, the rock, everywhere, yes….

Even between the land and the ship.”

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That was my way to entertain and motivate myself for the start of New Week…I ‘m curious, what do you do to have a Fresh Start on Mondays?

xo

E.

Happy Mothers Day!

Happy Mothers Day!

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Best thing to tell your mom?

If I could choose my mom, I would choose you!

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After Mr.Freud, it became our second nature to blame our parents for everything,

from the shape of our nails, to the color of our cars…My wish for Mother’s Day is that we will grow up as a society and gain control of our lives .No more blaming! We can make changes …and as for parents …Just celebrate them! Without them we would not be on this planet :)

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Happy Mothers Day to All MOMS!

love,

E.