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february inspirations

7:12 PM

Hellooo! Lately, I have felt so inspired by everything around me so I thought I would write up a cheeky little post talking about it. The air is becoming warmer, the sun is setting later, and fresh lavender has returned to farmers markets. The transition between seasons is always delightful because so many things change alongside the weather. 


A warm night spent alone outside- nothing but you, the air, and the serenity of the music flowing from the record player.
The lavender blossoms once again as you sip black coffee on the porch; vintage lights fill the air with an iridescent ambient glow. 

Lately, I just feel so inspired by everything around me. Sure, life is busy as always, but I think it's equally important to notice the things around us that fill our lives with subtle joys. For me, those things tend to be writing & journals, old music, sweet flowers, parisian inspiration, and anything vintage (in case you couldn't already tell). I've also been obsessed with developing my closet and fashion inspirations into a reality. Clutter is something I absolutely cannot stand, so in contrast, a neat and lovely collection of few but memorable stable pieces of clothing is all a girl (like me) really needs. 
Sat in her bronze-legged bath, she writes a letter of heart-warming words to her lover; the scent of roses fill the room and a burning candle sits on the Victorian table in the corner.
Well, that's it! I hope you enjoyed this little post of some of the lovely things that inspire my day to day life lately because I definitely loved writing it. Let me know what you think and what posts you would like to see next. See ya next time,
Viktoria. x

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bed of roses: comfort & tranquility

7:54 PM


 Happy Sunday, everyone! Okay so I know I've been amiss but only because I failed to escape the terrible illness going around. So now that I am healthy again, I am back & feeling very inspired. As winter is slowly drifting out of our grip, I think it's most important to make use of what remains of it. This past week it's been very dreary and rainy, making inside awfully homey and comforting. Enjoy the bits and pieces from my week that I captured on my little camera. xx
I. warm, candlelit baths



The chilly weather outside plus the groggy feeling of being ill, made me crave a lovely bath like this one every night. Golden flames, Jane Austen, and building water than surges in a pleasing way on your skin-

II. rose + salts

Nobody does skincare and body luxuries like the French (although the French win in many various things, let's be honest here here). If you didn't know the rose fragrances are my favorite and also the way to my heart; the flowers themselves also happen to have a special place in my heart.

III. la musique
Alas, what is a bath without tranquility of classical music? Here are just a few of my loves..
- Romanze for Cello and Orchestra, Johann Strauss Jr.
- Nocturne No. 2 in E Flat Major, Frederic Chopin
- Le Onde, Ludovico Einaudi
- Concerto in D Minor, Johann Sebastian Bach
- Kiss the Rain, Yiruma
- The Nutcracker Op. 71 Act 2 No.14, Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky 

IV. soft, enchanting beside musings


The allurement of capturing soft, exquisite moments on film is something I shall never take for granted. And nothing is better to photograph than shining beams of sun light pouring in through the window, casting endless grey shadows on the ruffled sheets of my mahogany bed..

I hope these photos inspired you to take a day for yourself and to make it the best one yet. You don't realize till you do it, how a day filled with small enchantments can bring you such immense joy. See you next time with another post. With love, Viktoria. x

january

sounds of january

6:49 PM

As we near the end of the first month of the new year, I thought I would share with you my most beloved tunes and songs of January. For me, this month should be filled with soft, crisp, wintery melodies. These songs are so simplistic yet perfectly mirror the frosty weather, burning firewood, and chai tea lattes from the cafe on the corner. Hope you enjoy -->

I. reading Tennyson by firelight
My lovely fireplace that can make a room the most romantic place in the whole damn world. 
For nights spent by the fire reading old english poets' work; Billie Holiday playing on an old vintage vinyl. 
Tracks:
- Alright, Keaton Hensen
  - One Of Us Cannot Be Wrong, Gregory Alan Isakov
- Long Lost Century, The Woodlands 
- Début, Mélanie Laurent 
- The Swan, Peter Breiner 


II. teakwood & tobacco
Burning flames, soothing bath salts, & a sprig of pine.
The musky scent of pine combined with the warm aroma of an extinguished candle fill your living room while you press your nose against the glass and gaze out at the lulling rain.


Tracks: 
The Christmas Waltz, Tony Bennett 
- Sleep On The Floor, The Lumineers 
- Words, Gregory Alan Isakov 
- Cold Cold Heart, Tony Bennett 
The Wisp Sings, Winter Aid



III. warm kisses 
My dreamy-looking bedroom on a foggy morning this past week at 6am.
Messy bed sheets, the old crackle of a record player, sentimental thoughts, & memories of the last time you saw him lingering in your mind. 
Tracks: 
A Winter Romance, Dean Martin
- Love is Only a Heartbeat Away, Jamie T.
- La Vie en Rose, Daniela Andrade 
- Solitude, Billie Holiday
- Botanical Romance, Isobel Anderson






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composing poetry

2:48 PM





Reading a book is one thing, but reading poetry is something extraordinary. For me, the same goes with writing it. When I sit down to write, pen in my hand, candle burning by my side, it's as if  a world of possibilities lies before me. No boundaries; only feeling, loving, breaking, and healing. Poetry is full of magic, because how can something so beautiful be composed from a simple dictionary of words? I thought I would let you in the door to my heart and read a few of my compositions. With Love, Viktoria x 


I. the girl who writes

Her pen moved in rhythm to the 
music of his voice.
Her big brown 
eyes 
mirrored his soft, blue ones.
The globe on her desk 
spun
around and around 
like her thoughts of his lips.
For she is his poet, 
and
he is her universe.

I wrote this little piece a while ago about a boy I care about very much. Someone who has and will always be in my heart. It's very much a description of me, my things, & my thoughts- 

II. glow

All the lights in
the universe
combined, are
pitch black compared 
to the brightness in 
your brilliant 
blue 
eyes. 

When I fall for someone, it always begins with their eyes. I'll notice the way they light up when they look my way, or the sadness swell up in them when I leave without saying goodbye. A pair of eyes can be more elaborate and beautiful than the best of novels.


III. incandescence 

I was too busy searching for emeralds and rubies, 
to notice the way your voice softens when you speak to me. 
I would gaze at my reflection in the mirror, 
confused at my constant tear-stained cheeks and 
expressionless eyes. 
It wasn't until later that I realized the only radiance I need 
is the kind that lights up your face whenever 
you look my way. 

I don't like to live with regrets because they weigh me down but I will never forgive myself for taking him for granted. There is only  one boy who would give his very life for me, and yet I thought I needed something "more." I've learnt that your heart can be selfish in a way that results in despair instead of the bliss it was searching for.

IV. quiet ways

And I silently watched the final bits of wood crumble and die into
 nothing but burnt, black embers. 
The fire may have perished, but my soul had come alive 
as I realized there would never be 
anyone for me but you.

One day, 6 years from now, I will see this boy sitting by the window of a coffee shop; he'll flip the page of his book and run his fingers through his hair, a frown forming on his brow. Eventually, he'll look up, see me writing hastily on a notepad at the table in the corner, and instantly break into a smile. I'll feel his eyes on me and look up to meet his; the same, glistening blue eyes I had always known. In that moment, we'll both remember all those years we spent laughing with each other and know that nothing, not even time, could pull us apart..


v. bedside musings

The ink from her pen began to flow 
smoothly
the moment thoughts of 
him
flooded her mind.

This is actually the newest of my compositions. I woke up earlier than usual this morning to rain hitting my window and instantly felt a strong urge to write. So this was the result of yet another stormy morning and a good morning message from him. 


xoxo, Viktoria 

bookstore

feeling oh so vintage

11:13 AM


Monday morning, I had one of the loveliest times with one of my dearest friends. The dreamy, foggy weather made everything eerie yet mysteriously beautiful. Neither of us had school so we thought it was the perfect day to go into downtown, take pictures, and do some of our favorite things. Overall, it was a splendid morning filled with intangible vintage and rustic vibes. Here are some of the things we did & places we went...


1. sippin' coffee at the corner cafe


First stop was coffee(what else is new)because a frosty winter outing downtown without warm drinks is not an option. Spent a good hour just chatting away and people watching. No better way to spend a cozy morning, in my mind; so charming and delightful.






2. winter Parisian style 


If you couldn't tell from my Pinterest, French style is what inspires me most fashion-wise. For me, it's the perfect mixture of charming, romantic, and old-fashioned. Brick walls and cute rainy alleys are perfect to showcase a few of my recent favorite European-inspired pieces.



3. rustic corners around town


Found some of cutest little nooks while strolling around. Warm coffee shops, vintage lights, and used bookstores were just a few of them. Nothing but utter bliss in endearing places like these. 



Absolutely loved taking all these photos and exploring around town in the chilly, foggy weather; this only made the warm coffee even more comforting. If you haven't already, find a lovely friend, put on your favorite outfit, and head to the nearest rustic-looking town for a dreamy day. I felt like I was in an old Jane Austen novel the whole time; such an ecstatic feeling. 

xoxo, Viktoria


books

the books dear to my heart

1:14 PM

I always love to read, but when the weather outside my window is wet and foggy, there is nothing I would rather do than read a novel. Below are my 5 favorites of all time which I will read and re-read for the rest of my life. Brew yourself a warm espresso and enjoy. x

1. "Wuthering Heights" -Emily Brönte 

There are few things in this world that I cherish more than this beautiful novel. The words on every page make me feel every way a heart can feel: broken, loved, lost, healed. Every time, its beauty and tragedy sweeps me into Catherine and Heathcliff's world of woe. My precious copy of this novel is filled with tear-stained pages and blurred ink. For me, nothing on this earth compares to this gem. 

I love my old, vintage copy of this novel. The pages are rustic and beige, adding a certain sweetness to it. 

2. "Lolita" -Vladimir Nabokov 

Something about this classic work of art grasped my curiosity after the first few paragraphs. I was instantly drawn in by the strong words and feelings expressed by Humbert Humbert. He is dangerous and capable of murder, yet his beautiful, soft language seduces every reader. If you are a lover of English language at its finest as well as a passionate plot about love, this is the novel for you. 


3. "The Great Gatsby" -F. Scott Fitzgerald

F. Scott Fitzgerald's writing is so lovely and compelling; always inspires me to pick up my pen and start composing. Set in the Roaring 20's and filled with love, passion, and life, 'Gatsby' is one of those novels I always have by my bedside. The characters' distinct personalities allow the reader to connect on a more personal & detailed level which adds to the richness of this alluring story. 






4. "Anne of Green Gables" -L.M. Montgomery  

When I use the phrase 'dear to my heart' I instantly think of the Anne series. Since I was a little girl, Anne was one girl/person I tried to model my life after. When my mother first read the books to me at 6 years old, I instantly connected with Anne's character as I felt she and I were kindred spirits, just like her and Diana. And now, 10 years later, the similarities have only increased. You see, I have a Gilbert in my own life...this in itself makes this enchanting story feel as though it belongs to my heart. 



5. "The Gorgeous Nothings: envelope poems" - Emily Dickinson

Poetry, in my opinion, is the most exquisite and marvelous form of writing. It has the marvelous power to reach the reader's soul in so few words, which I find so fascinating and enigmatic. Emily Dickinson knew how to create the smallest yet most beautiful poems which touch my soul softly yet lovingly. If you ever see me sitting in a corner of a little coffee shop sipping a cappuccino, I will most always have this little booklet of her envelope poems in my hand... 


xoxo, Viktoria 

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winter wardrobe essentials

2:40 PM



December may be over, but January is just as magical of a month; cold winds, rainy afternoons, busy coffee shops, and the loveliest time to spend mornings in book stores. My wardrobe is my favorite during this time of year because there isn't much I love more than warm, woolen cardigans and oversized sweaters. 
Today I thought I would share with you some of my favorite winter clothing pieces that I think every wardrobe should have this time of year. January is one of my favorite months because it feels so calm and serene in a way. The days are so cozy and outside it's as if everything is in a tranquil sleep. Well, here are my current favorite bits & pieces, I hope you enjoy -->
 

Corduroy skirts, blouses, vintage denim, and turtlenecks are definitely my essentials. They are so versatile and thus perfect for school and everyday winter outings. I absolutely love waking up in the morning and putting together an outfit for the day. Fashion is such an important part of my lifestyle and I'm so excited to share mine with you on this blog. 


Items in order from left to right:
1. Patterned Corduroy Skirt http://www.zara.com/us/
2. Olive Green Wool Cardigan http://jcrew.com
3. Vintage Denim Boyfriend Jeans http://www.brandymelvilleusa.com
4. Wool Top Coat http://territoryahead.com
5. Old-fashioned Blouse http://www.zara.com/us/
6. Grey Satin Turtleneck http://jcrew.com
7. Navy Pullover https://www.anthropologie.com
8. Brown Booties http://nordstrom.com

And that's it! I hope these pieces gave you some extra fashion inspiration (c'mon, we can never get enough of it can we??) and that this post brought cozy vibes to your day. In case you were wondering, I am very cozy at the moment, as I'm sitting directly underneath the heater, hehe. 

With love, Viktoria x

body care

the little things that make me happy

2:10 PM

I find joy in the little things in everyday life such the warm, flickering flame of a candle or the smell of a book when you flip through its pages for the first time. In such a vast world, beauty shines brightest in the smallest nooks and crannies where you wouldn't expect it to. As I'm curled up by the fire on this rainy Monday morning, I thought I would share with you some of the lovely things that I find comforting. Days like this is when I cherish these things the most..

I. a good book


Anyone who knows me, knows very well that reading (literature) is one my favorite things in the world next to writing and dancing. I especially have a special place in my heart for old classic novels as well as poetry. There's nothing like that feeling of being swept away into a world where anything feels possible; words have the power to make us feel anything and I find that so mesmerizing.

II. candles 


Candles are such gorgeous elements that can make any room dreamy. Just like the fireplace I'm sitting next to at the moment, they fill not only the room, but my whole insides with warmth. If I'm ever in a down mood, lighting a few candles(and reading a novel,of course) instantly make me feel healed. 

III. art 

Art is something I've loved and felt inspired by ever since I was a little girl. I've been to a large number of the major museums around the world and I can assure you, looking at paintings is something I could never tire of. It's so incredible to me that a mere paintbrush or pencil in a hand is capable of creating such perfection. 

IV. skin care 

When a was a little girl, I remember going to my grandmother's house to visit and watching her get ready in the morning. I absolutely loved watching her apply all her skin care! Funny, I know because it's such a simple thing, but she would use so many moisturizers & creams and I was always in awe of them. Even now, applying my own onto my skin makes me feel so sophisticated, I just love it! 

V. rainy days 

Ah, nothing thrills me more than a rainy day. Sitting by my window in candlelight, watching the droplets roll down my window like tears,& just thinking about anything and everything. I don't know, I guess it just makes me feel free..like there are no boundaries; it's just me, the rain, and my thoughts. I know that this might seem like such a simple thing but, if you think about it, is it really? xx


P.S. Thank you to Christie Tyler (nycbambi)for inspiring me in every way and giving me the confidence to begin this blog which I've been wanting to do for a few years now. I owe so much to you. x









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