Tuesday, 26 April 2016

dots and leather.

'ello 'ello! After too many (3) months, Adela and I finally got together and shot some new pics. The day was a true spring Saturday and everything was just as it was supposed to be, plus the model and her (selfnamed) muse were together once more.

You can probably tell that I'm excited for the warm weather haha, and boy are you right. I am literally just counting day until my (FINAL) school year ends and then until prom and then the last matura exam and then bam. College enrollment. Being excited for it is kinda balancing with being scared of what future brings, but lets just cross out fingers and hope for the best. Plus, INmusic is soon.


Leather jacket weather is probably the best weather, so in this spring time outfit I am wearing a black leather jacket from H&M. The accent piece of this outfit is definitely this vintage second hand blouse which is oversized, and with whose pattern(s) I am in love with. To add some more leather, these cute high-waisted jeans are from Primark and somehow this is the first time I wore them, but definitely not the last.


To complete the look with even more leather, I am wearing these cute platform shoes by Catwalk and they definitely give this look a bit of a grungy vibe, but as I also love the vintage atmosphere of the shirt and the hairstyle I put on my super cute pale pink sunglasses from Urban Outfitters. They have become one of my go to accessories pieces as they are quite big and they add a pop of color to every outfit.

 

 And if you are wondering which lipstick am I wearing, it's my new one from BH Cosmetics and a piece which I will definitely be buying soon again! You can check out more about it and some other products I got from their site in this post


 jacket // h&m ; blouse // second hand ; jeans // primark ; sunglasses // urban outfitters

Thank you for reading!

photos by: adela m.

love,
paula avalon xx

Friday, 22 April 2016

BH Cosmetics review

A friend of mine recently told me about an amazing sale going on at BH Cosmetics' online store so I thought - why not check it out? Well, five hours later and $40 dollars shorter, I still do not have a clue.

Less than two weeks after my purchase I had already received the things I had bought, which includes a 14 piece set of hot pink makeup brushes, an amazing Galaxy Palette, a lipstick and lipliner in matching colors. I am more than satisfied with everything I'd bought and cannot wait until I buy something else from their site!

The first thing I'm going to show you is this stunning makeup brushes set, it has 14 different brushes all designed for a specific purpose, from eyeliner to eyebrow and blending brushes. I've been using the brushes ever since I got them and I kinda fell in love with them, not just because of the color but they are also very soft and great for everyday use.


The set also contains this adorable hot pink purse in which the brushes are stored, and it's amazing to keep them in one place, especially while travelling!



Next on, we have the Galaxy Chic palette! I've seen so many pictures of it on the internet and I was so excited when I finally purchased it. It is a bit bigger than I had expected it to be, which is definitely not a bad things cause it means that I get more eyeshadow haha.


As you can see, the palette contains of a mirror and 18 different eyeshadows. Each eyeshadow color is unique and quite eccentric, and the best thing is that every color is named after a certain object in space (Mars, Asteroid, Milky Way, etc.). They are also well pigmented and they make your eyes pop, you can easily use them in your everyday makeup routine as they also have some neutral colors, but they are definitely amazing for any special occasion or a night out.


The last two things I bought are a purple lipstick and lip liner, which go so well together! I didn't intend on buying them but as I stumbled across them I just had to have my hands on this amazing vibrant purple color!

The lip liner I got is a waterproof lip liner in the shade Brazen, and the name of the lipstick is Color Lock in the color Passionate.


Here you can see what they look like on my hand and on my lips, I love how it goes with my hair! When I put them on and dashed some baby powder on top they stayed on my mouth for hours, I had to do very little corrections after eating and it was almost impossible to wash it off my hand and lips! They are amazing and so well pigmented than I am definitely going to buy more as they remind me a lot of MAC's lipstics, but are much cheaper.


 To conlude, I am in love with everything I had purchased from BH Cosmetics and you have my recommendations to do the same.

*not sponsored*

thank you for reading!

love,
paula avalon xx

Tuesday, 12 April 2016

all black with a pink.

If you have ever met a person lazier than me, please let me know so I can congratulate them as my situation is definitely getting out of hand. I have been meaning to post this for almost a month but always find excuses for not doing it - whether it's school, concerts, sleep, doesn't even matter. But. I must do what makes me happy, so I finally decided to sit down and write this post.

So many good and bad things have happened recently which have both filled me up and drained me. Constant going outs and making memories with my closest friend and many new ones has made me appreciate certain things more, and I feel grateful for everything that has happened. In the next few months which are leading to my high school graduation and *hopefully* enrolling into my desired University I will try to focus more on good things and have a positive lookout on life to avoid many stressful situations that I can feel are already coming my way. But, not to get too philosophical or cheesy (maybe some other time), what I have for you today is a new outfit post!


 What I am wearing is just a simple school day outfit because I am giving up on trying to look cute for school and am mourning over my no motivation and lack of sleep :) . This all black outfit contains of a black lace shirt which I got at Mango. It is one of my go to shirts for days like this, especially because it is so easy to style. I've got a black vest from H&M on as it still gets colder in the morning, and my high waisted dark grey jeans from H&M.


My favorite and go to clothing item this year has definitely been my new woolen coat which I got at Primark, it is so soft and quite warm, plus it gives every outfit a pop of color! I don't remember when was the last time I bought something colored, especially pink, so this is something which should definitely be remembered hahah. 


 When it comes to accessories, I only wore one big ring which I got as a gift (so I have no idea where it's from), and as usual my black Maurice Lacroix watch. The black leather bag I have on is from Primark and it's actually a backpack which I carry to school, I also wear it around town as more things are able to fit in there, plus I am not a big fan of purses haha. As you can see, I have my new classic black Vans on because the old ones were so worn out my mom forbid me to wear them anymore. And last, my sunglasses which I somehow broke a couple of days ago were a steal from ebay.


shirt // mango ; jeans & vest //  h&m ; coat & backpack // primark ; shoes // vans

photos by: Irma V.
Thank you for reading!

love always,
paula avalon

Sunday, 20 March 2016

BIPA FASHION.HR, day 3.

One of the most important fashion events in Zagreb is definitely the BIPA FASHION.HR fashion week, and this year I had the honor to attend the third night with one of my friends. My first fashion show was such an amazing experience that I can only hope to go next year too. I would also like to thank my friends from Side Project who were so kind to give me an invitation and applaud them on their amazing performance at the show! Thank you♥



What I wore to the show was pretty much a basic outfit, I had my black jeans from H&M on and a new black long blazer (also from H&M) which I loved so much, it gave the look both a formal and alternative vibe, but to be a bit more edgy I also had my Smoked Purple lipstick by MAC on, it is such an amazing color! The shirt and the bag are both vintage, both used to belong to my Grandma but I may or may have not stolen them. The shoes are from H&M and the pink woolen coat is from Primark.



The show took off with OBEKEI, a brand which I had no idea existed until then and I am so sorry about that because it absolutely fascinated me. I loved the color schemes, everything looked grungy and like something any street style wearer would love. Everything was black, white, gray and some pieces had an orange accent, which definitely made it much more interesting. Most items were laid back and kinda basic, but at the same time amazing. I would love to have something my them in my closet.



Another amazing designer who swept me off my feet was Gala Vrbanić. No colors but still so energetic and eccentric, her clothes were futuristic and interesting, they all had something similar but each outfit was special in its own way. She played with different shapes and sizes which gave every look a dynamic vibe, and it is humble to say that I loved it.



The shows ended with one of my favourite Croatian brands - Coded Edge. As their name says, their clothes are edgy, alternative, and most important of all - black. The new collection absolutely amazed me and with it they just confirmed their status of being on top. This was their fifth collection and so far their best one, they are evolving and getting better by each show, its not even a question whether they are going to world famous one day. Being so irreplaceable and with a style that is so unique, I am so happy I got to see their show, and just can't wait to see the new one.


The way they closed the show was one of the most amazing things ever, when the models finished their walk, the wall behind them opened and we could see two floating figures, dressed in long black drapes. The figures were the amazing Side Project, whose electric and haunting performance gave this already fascinating show and extra blast. A mixture of their vocals and the last walk were such an amazing combination that everyone was left speechless, and there couldn't have been a more amazing way to end this already amazing evening.

http://eventi.fashion.hr/coded-edge-odusevio-publiku-street-couture-kolekcijom.aspx


love always,
paula avalon xx


Saturday, 19 March 2016

new hair color - gray.




My hair changes as the seasons change, so for this spring I decided to go for a look for which I can't decide whether it is best described as a granny or back to the emo days – gray hair. This color has been popular for months now so I had to try and see what it would look like if I had it, and I think it's unnecessary to say that I love it!




 As usual, I had my hair bleached and died at the WOX Hair studio in Zagreb's Centre, you can see some of their other works both on their facebook and instagram page. I have nothing but kind words and good experience from them and I definitely recommend them to anyone who wants to get a good haircut or do something drastic with their hair, these girls know what they're up to. ♥



Friday, 11 March 2016

hosting an american; being a tourist in my own city

To say that I had fun last week would not describe how amazing it was, because Aubrey, my favourite American person, came for a visit as our schools have an exchange program. It was a week filled with constant going to cafes, eating Croatian food, going out and making the most of her week here.

Aubrey is from Florida and she's also 18 years old, she loves art, likes going to concerts and visiting museums, and as much as I know enjoys our coffee drinking tradition haha. We met a year ago when I came to her home as a guest for a week because our schools have a student exchange program, and that experience changed both of our lives completely.

To start off right, only a couple of hours later after she had landed, we went to my friend's birthday party so Aubrey could experience what our birthday parties look like. We stayed up partying until 2am, because the next morning my family decided we should go visit the Plitvice Lakes, the prettiest thing one can see in Croatia, and let's just say that those couple of hours of driving totally paid off when we were basically the only ones there and we could enjoy the nature in peace.

me, aubrey, ines & sara




Restless, our evening was reserved for a concert by a Canadian artist Teen Idle, but the only reason we went was because my dear friends who form a band called Side Project were their opening act! A band whose genre is described as graveyard pop with an unforgettable mixture of voices and amazing tunes was a perfect was to end the weekend.

Our week started with a tour of Zagreb's city center and the Upper part of town, which made me feel as if I were a tourist in the city I grew up in. The weather decided not to behave, so to escape from the rain we paid a visit to one of the most famous and interesting museums in Zagreb - the Broken Relationships Museum. Situated on the Upper town, it has a big collection of things which people left from their past relationships, from toys and photographs to an axe.


Our school organised a visit to the Museum of Zagreb, and instead of an interesting short tour, we got stuck in a two hour tour with a lady who shouted at us because we were laughing. We kinda gave up after half an hour and then I just went to see everything by myself and the last half an hour or so the rest of the group, besides the teachers and a couple of enthusiastic students, and I just waited for them to pick us up at the end of the museum where we were lying on the couches.. Two hours well spent.


To give them a taste of other parts of Croatia, our school organised a one day trip to Istria where we visited Poreč and Rovinj, two small picturesque towns dating back from the ancient times. The first one we saw was Poreč, it is almost two thousand years old and it is famous for it's Euphrasian Basilica and remains of a temple from the Roman times. Soon after our tour and after we've had something to eat, we headed to our next destination - Rovinj.




After a half an hour ride from Poreč, we found ourselves in Rovinj. Besides Poreč, one of the most visited cities in Istria, most famous after it's St. Euphemia's church situated in the centre of the city, with a statue of the patroness herself over-looking the city.



 Thursday we spent in the best possible way - museum, shopping, and then another museum. First we visited an interactive Nikola Tesla Laboratory in Zagreb's Science Museum where we got to learn about his works. After that we were supposed to go to Samobor, but decided rather to stay in Zagreb and go shopping, and then to MSU aka the Contemporary Arts Museum, which is still one of my all time favourite things in Zagreb. Filled with works of both international and Croatian artists, MSU gives you a view into the art of our times - photographs, sculptures and various installations.



To finish the week off with style, after a lazy Friday afternoon and watching one of my favourite movies ever (What we do in the shadows) we managed to get ready and head out with the group to the theatre where we saw a play called "Kristofor Kolumbo", a drama originally written by Miroslav Krleža, one of Croatia's most famous writers. After an amazing show we were off to one of my favourite club's in Zagreb - Vip. 


The best way to wrap this week up was a group dinner at Sofra, a bosnian restaurant with tons of different dishes specific to the Balkan area, and definitely an interesting experince for our American guests. And then, as if partying for only one night wasn't enough, on Saturday we went out again, this time to Klub. and then for kebab (which is basically a must), and ofcourse, to an afterparty to Team. She had to experience it, okay! But all in all, if you come home at 5am it must've been a good night out.



Packing her suitcase quickly and grabbing something to eat and then rushing to the airport as we had to be there at 7am was how we ended this amazing adventure. From Saturday, 13th February, till early morning on Sunday, 21st February, Aubrey and I shared an extraordinary week together. I am so happy to call Aubrey my friend , and all I can say is that I hope she had a good time here. Hope to see you soon babe!♥

love always,
paula avlon xx