MY DAY IN JELGAVA, LATVIA



I've been back in the UK for a few days now, and I've started my job which is a completely new experience for me, so I'm adjusting to everything very slowly. After work each day, I come home and feel extremely tired. I'm sure after some time everything will fall into places and I'll find ways to do more useful things in the evenings.

 I still have some photos from my time in Latvia, and these were probably the last ones that were taken. That day me and my family decided to take a day trip to a city called Jelgava, because that is where we lived when I was young. We left our house in Jelgava when we moved to Finland, which was when I was 5 years old. I mentioned to my family that I had no recollection of how our house looked or the surrounding area or even the city so we decided to go there for the day. It was really interesting, not only for me but also for my mum whose old apartment we visited, and my dad, whose old school we saw.

This doesn't happen very often but I decided to make this a mix of a lifestyle and outfit post. For the first time in a while I took some photos during the day. My sweater and skirt is from H&M, by the way. Hope you enjoy! ♥


This sculpture was dripping water, however when you stand near it, the water starts dripping a lot more so I freaked out!
My mum in her usual element - taking photos of everything around.
"Please don't climb the tree! I am the oldest tree in Jelgava! Be careful with me, please!" We ended the day at Chili Pica and I went for a cheese, aragula and ham pizza. I'm crazy about aragula lately!

H&M STUDIO AW14


Blouse - H&M Studio AW14, Shorts & boots - H&M AW14 

During my visit to the H&M showroom, I was asked to style some of my favorite pieces, so I've prepared two posts for you. The next post will be really similar with regards to my outfit, as I only changed the blouse, but I had a lot of photos, so I think it makes more sense to split it in two. I'm absolutely in love with this blouse, it is probably because of the sleeves as they just make it so much more feminine. If you're looking for lightweight season-transitioning shorts, these are a must-have as they are super comfortable and even have pockets (one of my main criterion when it comes to shorts & skirts).

One of the reasons I love being in Latvia so much is that literally everywhere you go in the Old Town, you will be stunned by the surroundings! So when I saw this road (near Aldaru iela, if you wonder) I made a mental reminder to come back and take some photos. My friend Elizabete is so talented and it's a real pleasure to shoot with her, because she's not one of those people who just want to get it over with, but rather encourages me and gives me suggestions.

On Monday I'm flying back to the UK, and if I'm honest, it all feels too soon and quite overwhelming after all the nice time I've had this summer. The main reason for this is probably because I don't know what to expect when I start working full time on Wednesday (for those who don't know, I'm doing a placement year). I just cross my fingers and hope for the best!

May I just remind you that the H&M Studio AW14 collection will hit stores on the 4th of September, go crazy!

Photos: Elizabeth Jane Ruben

SAILOR STRIPES & CUT OFF LEVI'S

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Shorts - Levi's 501 (similar), T-shirt - ASOS, Bag & wallet - Paul's Boutique Maisy bag, Boots - Quiz Clothing

This is the look I wore to the Riga City Festival last weekend. My brother already took some photos of me in town however they didn't turn out too well, but luckily I convinced him to take some more when we got home. I'm glad I did, as I love the backdrop and think it contrasts really well with the outfit. It was actually an extremely rare occasion, as I didn't wear anything black that day *clapping hands emoji*.

Unfortunately that was one of the very last days I could wear shorts and avoid walking around with goosebumps because of the freezing cold (which is, ahem, below 20 degrees Celsius). I find it weird how when I'm in the UK and the thermometer hits 19 degrees Celsius, I get super excited and go out with bare legs, t-shirts and stuff, however as soon as it hits 19 degrees during the summer, I panic as I have "no winter clothing". My first instinct was to buy a new faux leather jacket, that already saved me from being drenched in the rainstorm on the day of purchase. I can't wait to show it on the blog!

I am finally approaching the end of my holiday and I can't stress enough how much I've enjoyed my time in Latvia this year. It feels awfully bizarre that this time next week I will be on my second day of work. I really do hope to come back for a few days sometime soon!

H&M FALL/WINTER 2014 PREVIEW

H&M Studio AW14





During my days in Latvia I had the pleasure of visiting the H&M showroom to have a preview of what we will soon see in the stores. In the interests of not overloading this blog with photos, I decided to only show you a selection of items, however I do suggest you have a look at my Facebook page as I uploaded a lot more photos, just like last year :)

All the items in my first photo, as well as the beaded dress in one of the last photos come from the H&M Studio AW14 collection, which I already had a look at in London and Luxembourg. After all this anticipation and previews, it will finally be released on the 4th of September! I definitely have my eye on a few of the items. The other items in this post are either from the usual H&M AW14 collection or the H&M Trend collection, and are already in stores, or will be very soon. In general, there was a mix of dark and edgy colors, as well as soft pinks and grays. The shoe game was strong and the detailing on some of the items definitely caught my eye.

I have to say that my 4 absolute favorite items were the pointed ankle boots, big leather bag and the zip ankle boots. Is there anything that caught your eye? ♥

WALKING ON CLOUDS

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Jeans - Mango (similar), Sweater - Sugarhill Boutique, Nail Polish - Barry M Hi Shine in Blueberry, Shoes - ASOS

There is something I love so much lately about very light colored outfits... I actually got these Mango jeans in April, but haven't worn them until now. Pairing them with my ASOS High Tide heels is definitely my favorite combination lately!

...okay, enough of that. During the last few weeks I've got really bored of always talking about my outfits under my outfit photos. I mean the photos kind of speak for themselves, right? So I thought that today I'll keep this to a minimum and instead tell you something funny/strange that happens to me often, especially lately.

I am a very punctual person and I get extremely stressed if I am late for something. I'd rather be at a meeting half an hour early than 5 minutes late. I even text my friends if I will be 2 and a half minutes late and I have about million apps for train and bus times. So with this in mind, I've been having really annoying nightmares, where the whole dream consists of a long story of how I'm trying to make it to a scheduled bus or an airplane. The last nightmare happened some days ago and it was about me having to catch a plane with my little brother. We arrived to the last passport/ticket checkpoint in the airport 10 minutes before the plane was meant to fly out (logic), and the lady said that we are in the wrong terminal and a taxi to the correct terminal will take us 10 minutes. Then I woke up feeling really stressed and with a fast paced heartbeat.

I'm really annoyed by these nightmares, because that means I am not only stressed in these real life situations, but also during my sleep, haha. Today I'm going to meet my friends Ieva and Kristaps so I'm going to start getting ready now. Have a great Sunday! ♥

MISSGUIDED AT THE COUNTRYSIDE

Playsuit - Missguided, Earrings - ASOS, Nail polish - Barry M Hi Shine in Papaya

When I came to Latvia, Missguided very kindly sent me some cute bits for my holiday and this playsuit is another one of them. I absolutely fell in love with the print and the pink tassel rope! I've really fallen for Missguided a lot lately, they have a massive selection of amazing items for student friendly prices, so I definitely recommend checking them out. With this playsuit I went for my gold ASOS earrings (I really do need to expand my collection just a little...) and a pink lip, which I achieved by mixing 2 different colors.

With all this free time lately, I've been trying to put a lot more effort into my blog, and during the last week or so, I have been quite consistant with posting outfits (proud moment right there). I really enjoy the personal style focus on this blog, but do you like it too, or would you rather prefer if I also posted some other stuff, eg. daily life pictures? Let me know! Even though statistics show a lot of you, you guys are rather quiet in the comments section, but your feedback is always greatly appreciated and probably makes me smile like a little kiddo. ♥

MANGO SUMMER DRESS

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While we were driving around the countryside and its nearby villages, we saw this old abandoned factory and its surroundings. Me and my mum, both having photography related interests, just had to stop the car for a little shoot.

I wore my favorite new dress from Mango, which I got in their sale recently. They also had the same one in black, however I preferred the printed version. It also had an attached belt, but I don't think the sales assistants liked me very much (I complained about them leaving the old currency on instead of Euros) so they left the alarm device on, which I only noticed at home so I had to cut it off, haha. Anyway, all that trouble was worth it, because the dress feels absolutely amazing on and is great for some mild summer days. The material is really loose and airy, but also quite warm, so I don't doubt that I will wear this with tights and some boots once it gets cold out.

Right now I only have 2 weeks until I start my placement (and thus the end of my summer holiday), which will be my first ever full time job. I've done some little things in the past and I also worked for a month at the Court of Justice a couple of years ago (amazing experience, do apply if you are interested!!!), but this will be the first time in my life where I will have a full-time, 12 month long responsibility, and the thought of that makes me really scared! I enjoy a certain level of freedom while being at University, but now that I will have a job my life will be different. I can imagine that I might not be able to attend blogging events in London as much (although I will do my best), however I will have a lot of spare time in the evenings so I definitely want to get more into cooking. I will also invest in some good kitchen equipment for smoothies and home-made soups, and will bring pack lunch to work as much as possible. Good thing that my new house is in town centre, so it will be a 10 minute walk to work each day!

Enough of chit-chat, and congrats if you've made it this far into the post. Thanks for reading! ♥