Tuesday, August 11, 2015

In love with Rio de Janeiro

Hi Everyone,

I wanted to share my trip to magical Brazil with you. I have been dreaming of visiting Rio since I was a little girl. I grew up in Russia and we used to watch a lot of Brazilian soap operas so Rio scenery has been dear to my heart for a long time. It is definitely one of the most beautiful places I've been to. 

It is very unique and it can't be compared to any place I've been to before. First of all, let me start by saying that I traveled solo and I was anxious but excited at the same time. Fortunately, I didn't need to get a visa there but if you are American, give yourself at least 45-60 days to get one. Brazilian consulate takes a long time to process visas.

The best neighborhoods to stay are Ipanema and Leblon. I stayed at Che Lagarto Hostel at Ipanema and it was quite an experience! If you are looking for a peaceful vacation and getting enough sleep at night then it's not a place for you!:) It is a party hostel and no one goes to bed before 2-3am. You meet people from all over the world and it's so easy to make friends there.

A few places you must visit when in Rio:

  • Ipanema beach
  • Christ the Redeemer with a beautiful view of Rio! If you travel to Rio in winter make sure you go there on a sunny day. Otherwise you won't be able to see anything :(
  • Sugar Loaf Mountain. Another place to enjoy Rio's view! I would recommend going around sunset to enjoy the day and night view:)
  • Parque Lage. It is a public park, with walking trails through subtropical forest
  • Botanical garden
A few things you must try:
  • Acai bowl at "Bibi Sucos". It is very sweet since they add some kind of syrup so ask for a version without it!
  • Coconut water on the beach
  • Local fruit. Get a bunch from a grocery store and make a fruit salad for breakfast, it's simply the best!
  • Bacio di Latte ice cream at Shop Leblon. The best ice cream I've tried in my life! Maracuja flavor is a must try.
A few tips:
  • Wear plain clothing and do not wear any jewelry. You don't want to spoil your vacation with bad experiences.
  • Carry a cross-body bag in front of you.
  • Learn some Portuguese basic phrases before you got. A lot of people don't speak English or Spanish even in touristy areas.
  • If you have an iPhone and you need to use it, make sure you are aware of your surroundings, use it and put back in your bag. A lot of tourists 'lose' their iPhones on the first/second day being in Rio and being extra cautious helps:)

Famous Ipanema beach

Coconut water :)

Delicious acai bowl from "Bibi Sucos"

At Parque Lage

Christ the Redeemer

Breathtaking views of Rio from the Sugar Loaf mountain

My favorite ice cream!

Famous Lapa steps

Rio Marathon

Copacabana times

Rio is absolutely amazing and I wish you a great experience there!

Safe travels,

Monday, June 9, 2014

San Francisco Designer Camilla Olson

Happy Monday, Everyone! How was your weekend?

This post is going to be about an amazing San Francisco designer Camilla Olson! She designs accessories and ready-to-wear clothing that is primarily available through a showroom and online stores. I first met Camilla at San Francisco Fashion Week and immediately noticed her elegant style and beautiful clothing. She is such an inspiring female leader that completely changed her career path and started her own fashion brand.
On the pictures below, I am wearing the First Impression Shirt which is fantastic for business/business casual style. There are a lot of ways how you can wear this shirt, but my favorite one is with a skirt.

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Witty Fashionista for Camilla Olson

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Shirt: Camilla Olson. Skirt: Zara. Sunglasses: Ray-Ban 'Original aviator'. Flats: Chanel. Necklace: Guess.

Q&A with Camilla Olson!

1) When did you realize you wanted to become a fashion designer?

 I never sought to be a fashion designer. But you need a little background to fully appreciate why I am doing what I am doing. As a young person my mother made all my clothes, from necessity. I longed after store bought clothing but never liked what i saw: poor quality, bad design, inappropriate details. During this time i was working at first in the corporate world, then as a venture capitalist, then a serial entrepreneur in biotech. My passion was bringing new technology to the cause of drug discovery and development. I was pretty successful in doing that, but frustrated in finding affordable clothing. 
I took some time to be with family and my daughter wanted to be a designer. I took her to an open house at a school in San Francisco. Eventually, she enrolled in a finance program, but i enrolled in the fashion program because I wanted to make the clothing I couldn't find. One thing led to another, as so many friends said, Camilla, please make clothes that we can wear too. Now i am focusing on the clothing that would have made my work and life so much easier.

2) What do you believe makes a quality article of clothing?

Quality comes from several factors. 
- design that is well thought through so that it fits and is balanced
- the garment is made from high quality fabric 
- the garment is sewn with care to each stitch 
- the finest garments will have ample seam allowances and finest finishes
- the garment can be laundered reasonably.

3) What matters to you most as a fashion designer?

I care most about the integrity of my designs. I want our designs to be from our own minds and inspirations and not to be copies of someone else concepts. I want our designs to make our clients' lives easier. Our clothing must work together with our other pieces and with other designs. Our lives are so complex, our gift to our client is to make every trip to her closet a joy to get dressed.

4) Where do you get your inspiration?

Inspiration comes from life around me. Design details come from the arts, typically books, plays, movies, music. The need comes from women themselves. The concept, however, comes from my own experience of waking each day to an alarm clock and trying to find something that makes sense, and failing. 

5) What are your favorite fabrics to work with and why?

I love texture, i am a very tactile person. I love working with natural fibers including rayons and rayon based knits. For the sake of our clients pocketbooks, sometimes we need to compromise on the materials. Superfine wools are my all time favorites. I love hammered silks and cashmere.  I adore the feeling on my skin and how my eyes see them drape across a woman's body. I used to use these in my collections but they are so very expensive. Only a few clients can afford these garments.

Have a great week!


Photos by Eugene Borodin

Thursday, May 29, 2014

EQ3 showroom opening in San Francisco featuring Marimekko!

Good afternoon, Everyone! How is your week going so far?

Even though the main focus of my blog is fashion, I do love writing about other things! This post is going to be about an amazing Canadian Modern Furniture brand called EQ3 that opens a new San Francisco location!

If you love collaborations like me, you have probably heard of Marimekko’s collection for Banana Republic (such a bummer I didn’t get my hands on the skirt that I really wanted). But good news! There are more Marimekko designs you can enjoy! Don’t spend outrageous amount of money on ebay, trying to buy sold out limited edition clothing, better go to EQ3 and take a look at the trendy Marimekko’s napkins, aprons, mugs and pillows!:)

EQ3 partnered with Finnish design house and will continue in the new San Francisco space with a curated shop-in-shop within the showroom. Trust me, the designs are marvelous! Definitely take advantage of this collaboration.

The doors of EQ3 officially open May 31st in San Francisco's emerging Design District on 2299 Alameda Street. The store was so kind to offer you, my lovely readers, a chance to attend the Saturday opening shopping event, as well as receive 2 VIP gifts. The VIP portion of the event will be from 9-11am. You will get the chance to preview the store Saturday morning on May 31st with breakfast and a VIP gift bag valued at $​140+ (a $50 EQ3 gift card, home decor and accessories from Marimekko, EQ3 and other modern brands).

Besides Marimekko, they have a selection from iconic bands such as Herman Miller and Alessi. A collection of carefully-designed yet reasonably priced products that are essential for the home, EQ3 Basics range from linens to kitchen necessities, like tableware, glassware and flatware.

All you have to do to enter this giveaway is leave a comment or email me at with a link to your favorite piece from EQ3 by 6pm on Friday, May 30th and I will contact the winners by 8pm on Friday. Thank you!

Hope to see you on Saturday!

Keep calm and stay chic,

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Pretty Pastels with Gal Meets Glam and Alice and Olivia

Happy Wednesday, Everyone!

I love wearing pastels and spring is the best time of the year to do so! I wore this outfit to 'Alice and Olivia' event in San Francisco store on Fillmore st. hosted by Julia Engel from Gal meets Glam. Alice and Olivia's spring collection is absolutely fabulous! I especially love with this romper, skirt and blazer.

San Francisco fashion blogger

San Francisco Fashion Blogger

San Francisco fashion blogger

Have a great rest of the week!

Keep calm and stay chic,

Skirt: Asos (old but similar here and here). Top: Zara (old but similar here and here). Shoes: Steve Madden. Necklace: Guess (also love this and this). Bracelets: Stella&dot, Forever 21(old but similar here).

Photos by Eugene Borodin

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Business Look

Good afternoon and happy Wednesday, Everyone!

I hope your week is going well! Banana Republic is my 'go to' place for business outfits so whenever I'm in doubt of what to wear for a meeting, I always end up wearing this outfit. It's classy and formal, with minimal jewelry. 

Oversized blazer: Asos(old but similar here). Pants: Banana Republic (old but similar here). Top: Banana Republic (old but similar here). Heels: Guess by Marciano(old but similar here). Bag: Marc by Marc Jacobs Werdie Satchel. Sunglasses: Ray-Ban 'Original aviator'. Bracelets: Stella&dot, Forever 21(old but similar here). Ring: JewelMint. Earrings: Swarovski. Lipstick: MAC Ruby Woo. 

Keep calm and stay chic,

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Black and White chic

Good afternoon and Happy Wednesday!

Fashion blogger San Francisco

Fashion blogger San Francisco

Last weekend was pretty eventful and I went to this amazing event  called 'SHE TALKS forum', where female Fashion and Tech industry professionals were sharing their experiences, life stories and shared! their ideas and thoughts about the future of Fashion industry. If you live in San Francisco, definitely join their meetup group, because these ladies will rock your world and flip it upside down!

When I saw this white skirt on Topshop web site, I couldn't resist buying it. It is absolutely fabulous! What’s more exciting is the fact that this skirt is the most comfortable one I've ever worn! We all know about the myth that fashion and comfort don't go together. Well, they clearly do and this skirt is another proof. 

Black and white is my favorite color combination and it rarely goes out of fashion so if you want to invest into timeless pieces, let them be black or white. It always works. 

Skirt: Topshop. Crop top: Asos. Heels: Guess by Marciano(old but similar here). Necklace: H&M. Bracelets: Guess (old but similar here), Stella&dot, Forever 21(old but similar here). 

Keep calm and stay chic,


Photos by Eugene Borodin.

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Summer time in winter

Good afternoon, Everyone!

Witty Fashionista in San Francisco

After a two month vacation, I am finally back to San Francisco and I'm so excited to be posting about fashion again! It's always nice to come back to sunny California especially when you're coming from -25C(-13F) freezing Russia to 20C(68F) San Francisco! As much as I love winter and snow, I got addicted to beautiful California weather with a sunrise at 6.45am instead of 9am as in Russia in wintertime. Well, enough said about weather:) 
We did this photo shoot in Marina, which is one of my favourite parts of San Francisco. There are plenty of great restaurants, coffee shops and sports activities. The scenery is just breathtaking! 

Boyfriend jeans: 7 For All Mankind (old but similar here). Heels: Guess by Marciano (old but similar here). Top: 3.1 Phillip Lim for Target. Sunglasses: Ray-Ban Wayfarer. Bracelets: Stella&dot, Forever 21(old but similar here), Guess (old but similar here). Necklace: LinksLuxe. Earrings: Urban Outfitters. Bag: 3.1 Phillip Lim for Target Mini Satchel. 

Keep calm and stay chic,


Photos by Eugene Borodin.