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Food Heaven: Starfish in Chernomoretz, Bulgaria


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IMG_4282 So last weekend we were at the Black sea coast for the Spirit of Burgas, where we saw Robbie Williams, and now I can live on my life in peace. But for this trip we decided to experiment and stayed in Chernomoretz, a little town I have passed by many times, but have never stayed there. So besides the gorgeous church yard from my yesterday’s post, we found another heavenly place – right across the street from the church actually, and this time it is a food type of heaven.

The restaurant is called Starfish and is probably one of the best at the sea that I have visited in terms of atmosphere and food. It is on two stories, and is all white and blue, with oleanders at the stairs and a very greek feel to the whole ambiance.

The food is delicious! All we had was so, so, so good, that I am writing now these lines to tell you to go and eat there! I had a greek salad and fried calamari, and the boy had green salad (which had avocado and a bunch of different greens in it) and spicy shrimp. We shared taramasalata and for desert we shared (read the boy ate) cheesecake, and every single thing was so delicious!

The portions were pretty grand – we both could not finish the salads, and definitely put some effort to eat all the fantastic seafood. The pricing was a ok, for the sea, with all we ate (and we drank water and beer) our check was about 60 leva, (30 euro) and we were happy with full bellies.

So huge thumbs up to Starfish. If you ever go near or around Chernomoretz, Bulgaria definitely go and check it out! But remember to make a reservation first, because in season it is always full! And there are good reasons for that too, put on the table!

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Миналия уикенд бяхме на морето за Spirit of Burgas и гледахме Роби на живо, така че вече мога да живея спокойна! Но в това пътуване решихме да експериемтнтираме и спахме в Черноморец – място, през което съм минавала толкова много пъти, но никога не съм посещавала наистина. А то се оказа пълно с приятни изненади! Освен приказната църквa, за която ви разказах в постa от вчера, намерихме друго райско място – точно срещу църквата, но този път свързано с вкусотии.

Става дума за ресторант Starfish, смело мога да кажа един от най-добрите ресторанти, в които сме били по нашето море. На два етажа е, но това не му попречи да е целият запазен – добре, че бяхме на концерт и решихме да вечеряме раничко, иначе нямаше да ни се получи хапването там. Така че, aко решите да посетите този синьо-бял рай на вкусната храна, определено се обадете да си запазите маса, или отидете около 18:00-18:30 до 20 часа.

Ние с момчето ядохме следните неща – аз гръцка салата и калмари, той – зелена салата (която е от различни салатки и авокадо) и пикантни скариди. Разделихме си една тарама, и десерт – чийзкейк (при нас разделянето на десерт е по-скоро 1 към 9 в полза на момчето) и всичко беше толкова вкусно!

Порциите бяха огромни и се озорихме доста – оставихме салатите, но геройски си хапнахме всичките морски вкусотии 🙂 А като сметка, не беше никак зле – с всичко изядено и издути коремчета от храничка, водичка и биричка, платихме около 60 лв, което не е никак зле за сметка на морето.

И така, големи адмирации към Starfish за храната и обстановката! Определено си залсужава посещението, толкова, че на втората вечер пак седнахме там!

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TRAVEL ESSENTIALS VOL.2: Skin Care


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This is the second part of my “what I took with me on vacation” series. Yesterday I posted part 1 with the After-shower necessities, and today I am sharing with you my skin care (day and night essentials).

Starting with taking the day off – I am using the Nominoe Cleansing Foam, which came in a travel size with My Little Box. I love that this product is very gentle, but works so well! It is also natural, made with 98% natural ingredients and 11% organic ingredients. I use it in the evening to wash my face before bed.

After that I cannot go without my Bioderma Sensibio* Micellar Water. I have it in a compact and pretty travel size. Hands down this is the best micellar water that I have tried, and it is a holy-grail products. I use it mainly to take off my eye makeup and give a little swipe on my face.

The Clinique Clarifying lotion is my third “cleansing” step. I use the step 2, as my skin gets dried out from the seasalt and wind on the beach, but at home on a normal day I use the combination to oily skin. It exfoliates and completely cleans the face.

My night time routine gets completed with the Lierac  Liftissime trio* – Serum, Moisturiser and Eye creme. I have travel sample of the three of them and am testing them out, as I decided to give them a go and keep my 30-year-old skin from wrinkles.

In the morning I go only with micellar water and both the Ahava Dead Sea Osmoter Serum and Essential Day Moisturizer*. They are both hearty and brightening and give enough moisture to my face for the day.

For all about the make up that I took with me – stay tuned tomorrow.

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Това е втората част на постовете от тип “Какво взех с мен на морето”. Първата част, публикувана вчера е за продуктите, които използвам след душ, а днес ще ви споделя грижата за лице – дневна и нощна.

Започвам с почистване на деня от лицето, за което използвам Nominoe Cleansing Foam, мека почистваща пяна, която получих в мини-размер с My Little Box. Пяната е нежна и приятна, а почиства грим и нечистотии наведнъж. Другото хубаво е, че е натурален продукт с 98% натурални съставки и 11% органични. Използвам я преди лягане.

След това продължавам почистване с розовата мицеларна вода Bioderma Sensibio*, тя ми е продукт, без който не мога, а красивата малка опаковка за път я прави много подходяща.

Почистването завършвам с Clinique Clarifying lotion, като използвам номер 2 за суха и смесена кожа, тъй като от солта и вятъра на плажа кожата ми изсъхва. Лосионът нежно ексфолира и почиства допълнително лицето.

Вечер използвам триото Lierac  Liftissime* – серум, крем и околоочен крем. Получих мини опаковки на продуктите, които са много подходящи за път и реших да ги тествам, тъй като така или иначе трябва да се грижа за 30-гошината си кожа и да я предпазвам от бръчки.

Сутрин ползвам Ahava* Dead Sea Osmoter Serum и Essential Day Moisturizer– серум и дневен крем, които озаряват кожата и я предпазват от пресушаване от летните елементи през деня.

Очаквайте още един пост за гримовете, които взех с мен утре.

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Travel essentials vol.1: After-shower necessities


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This week we are mixing business and pleasure and spending a few days at the sea – part organising our wedding, part chillaxing at the beach. In three posts I am going to share with you what I have in my bag in terms of beauty essentials and skin/body care.

Starting with the products I use after shower, which happens more often than normal.

I love going makeup-free at the beach and in the morning I have two things that I use for my face, which make my skin glowy and beach-photo ready.

My Little Beauty – Finishing Complexion Perfector  – I got it from My Little Box, and it is a salmon-hued face cream that evens the skin tone and gives a subtle glow. I like that it is moisturising as well, so it is several steps in one simple product.

Clinique Pore refining solution Instant Perfector – I do have issues with my pores, and as I have been told only laser can fix them (and I am too scared/young/poor to try something that serious as treatment), I got this little magic-maker – it does the job very well, and makes my skin smooth and soft.

As I love digging in the sand and playing in the salty sea water (yep, I am not a very lady-like beach creature), my skin needs a bit more moisture.

I like the Ahava Mineral hand cream for my hands, as they definitely need it. For my body I do like the Soap and Glory Glow Lotion – it smells good, nourishes the skin and gives the tanned skin a very healthy J-Lo kind of glow.

As for the hair, I do like two things to keep my hair soft, but my curls behaving well – the Philip Kingsley Daily Damage Defence, for protection and conditioning and Marc Anthony Oil of Morocco for curl-shaping and hold. I like them both even more, because they are in a travel-size, so they do not take a lot of space.

DSC_0697Тази седмица с момчето смесваме бизнес и удоволствие, и сме на морето – организираме сватбата ни и, в свободното време, се излежаваме на плажа. В няколко поста ще ви покажа всички продукти, които взех с мен, с идеята да се грижа за кожата си и за това, да изглеждам не-плашещо на снимки.

Започвам с продуктите, които използвам след душ – лице, тяло и коса. Принципно не обичам да ходя с грим на плажа, но кожата ми има нужда от допълнителна грижа, за да изглежда добре, така че използвам два продукта, които работят над тази задача.

My Little Beauty – Finishing Complexion Perfector  е крем, който получих от My Little Box, и е крем с цвят сьомга, който изравнява тена, овлажнява кожата и придава много приятен блясък.

Clinique Pore refining solution Instant Perfector ми помага да скрия порите си (тъй като ми казаха, че единствения начин да се отърва от тях е с лазер, а аз съм прекалено млада/бедна/уплашена от такава инвазивна процедура). Кремчето е много приятно и действа като магия – намазваш и порите ги няма, работи и прави кожата гладка и мека.

И тъй като обичам да ровя в пясъка и да стоя във водата – да, не съм от типа дами на плажа, които се въртят на припек и не докосват пясъка, кожата ми изсъхва. Двете неща, които ползвам я съживяват- Ahava Mineral hand cream  е кремче за ръце, което много ми допада и връща ръцете ми към живот, а Soap and Glory Glow Lotion е лосион за тяло с фини розови частици, които правят кожата бляскава и мека, особено добре работи на кожа с тен, представете си J.Lo!

За коса имам два продукта, които правят косата ми мека и се грижат за къдриците ми. Philip Kingsley Daily Damage Defence използвам за предпазване от жега, слънце и запазване на мекотата, а Marc Anthony Oil of Morocco ми помага да си оформя къдриците, без да ми става косата на клечки и да изсъхва. И двете са в удобни размери за път, което ги прави още по-чудесни.

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Things I learned in my 20s


Brains and heart > hot body

You are who you are, and it is much better than being brilliant than smokin’ hot. The best is to be both, but still you should always prefer books to botox!

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Wear comfortable shoes

Your feet are yours forever, and if you bruise and abuse then every single day of your life, they will not be very happy with you in the end. No matter if heels or flats, your shoes should be beautiful AND comfortable!

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Sleep. Enough sleep.

Seriously!

Keep your good friends close

Friends are a mirror to yourself. Friends are support system.  Friends are your reality check. Your friends know you better than you know yourself, and sometimes make better decisions than you do. And friends make you laugh, like no one else. This is important!

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Prefer natural beauty to tons of make up

It is much better to have healthy skin and healthy hair, than mask it behind a make up shield. Healthy glow is better than  even the best bronzer!

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Keep an eye on the trends but don’t be their slave

Make sure you have your own style, no matter what.  Find what you feel comfortable in, what makes you feel beautiful and feminine and put it in your closet!

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Find yourself and what makes you happy and do more of it

Happiness is one of the most important things. Find a hobby that makes you feel great. Travel. Read. Cook. Find what inspires you and dive into it.

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People’s opinions are their own, you don’t have to care about them

That is all.

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Family is the most important thing in life!

Care about your parents. Keep in touch with your siblings. Blood is blood, no matter where you are and what you do.

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Love will come when you stop looking

But until then it will be rough, and your heart will be broken, and your soul will bleed. But that all goes away and teaches you tons! Learn from the heartache, so you don’t hurt others.

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Be open to new experiences, don’t be afraid to fail. Failure is just the opening of another door.

Learn from your mistakes. Anything barely happens from the first time in life.

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Travel, move, learn

Don’t stop moving. Develop yourself. Learn something new everyday. Travel with your heart and mind open, and accept what is different.

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I have one year to go… so I hope more will be learned.

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New York, New York


We are back from a fantastic holiday trip to the USofA. We went to my brother’s MBA graduation in PA, then visited DC and hung out with dear friends and Christmas was spent in the splendid fairy tale city of New York.

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The fashion district.

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Dream on! Till next time!

My First Paris


 

 

 

So, finally, I made it to Paris. After all I have heard, watched, been told, read, and so on and so on, I actually experienced it. And it is simply fabulous! My tour was way too touristic for my liking, but it included a carousel, get together with an old friend, a fantastic birthday on the Eifel Tower, meeting an acquaintance I have not seen for 7 years in the metro in Paris, randomly, and many many other moments of joy and exhaustion, exhilaration and foot-pain. Glorious few days, with even more glorious pictures! 

Note: All pictures are taken by my best friend, and I do not claim any amazing photographic skills for myself.