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2017/03/19

Trend Alert: Embroidery

The perfect trend for the spring and summertime. 

I'm all about the embroidery trend this spring. Even though it has been present in the street style for quite some time now, it's not going away any time soon. Embroidery is having a huge comeback this spring and if you're still not a fan of it, get ready, because you'll be seeing it everywhere. From embroidered dresses, jackets to shirts like in my case, embroidery is the winning trend of the new season.  
When you combine the simplicity of a white shirt with embroidery, you get a special combination of femininity and sophistication. Classic white shirt is the ultimate staple piece of clothing every woman should own in their closet. It's the easiest piece to incorporate into an outfit - you can easily dress it up (with a skirt) or down (with a casual pair of jeans). I decided to pair this gorgeous embroidered shirt with frayed hem jeans, both from Zara, added Bershka black strappy heels and finished everything off with a red MKS necklace. 
Perfect casual outfit for the springtime.  

What do you think of this trend? Like it or not? Let me know in the comments below. 












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2017/03/13

The Trench Coat

Trench Coat is in my opinion the best transitional piece for the springtime. It's so versatile, chic and lightweight - all at the same time - that you can wear it with pretty much any outfit you would like. I absolutely adore this oversized trench coat from Mango in khaki green. I especially like this colour twist, because I didn't want to settle on a traditional beige one - on the expected colour of a trench coat + I also think this colour suits my hair colour and complexion so much better. Because I wanted the main focus of the look to remain on the trench coat, I paired it with a simple black spaghetti strap top from Pimkie and classic black trousers from Zara. I finished everything off with a MKS red and white choker to add a pop of colour, my favourite ankle boots from Zara, classic rose gold Daniel Wellington watch and a suede clutch with gold detailing, also from Mango. Recently I've been obsessed with bringing some colour back to the outfit with my chokers. You can completely change up the entire outfit with such a simple change that is the colour of a choker. So this has been my first real spring outfit and I can't wait to post more in the future. Spring, bring it on! 

What is your key transitional piece for this spring? Let me know in the comments below. 











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2017/03/06

Item of the Month / Embellished Top

It's time for a second post of the Item of the Month section. February's pick for my favourite monthly item is this gorgeous embellished top I got from Zara for literally a third of the original price - so again another great sale item. I can say that I'm pretty lucky when it comes to sales, you've just got to be quick enough. I wear pretty generic sizes, so timing is the key with me.
So when I saw this top in Zara last year I was completely swooned by it. The detailing on this top is exquisite. It's quite a delicate piece, because the beads are not that securely attached, but if you are rather careful with it that won't present a problem at all. I was of course drawn in by the gorgeous colours and sheerness of the fabric. It's a beautiful, feminine piece that you can easily dress up or down. I decided to go with a more casual outfit for today's edition, to show you how versatile it actually is.
I paired the top with my trusted girlfriend jeans from Pimkie, a brown coat from Zara and finished the look off with a simple bag and Stan Smith trainers from Adidas. You can of course dress it up, with a skirt or wide-leg trousers and heels. It's a without a doubt the most stunning, gorgeous and sophisticated top I own in my collection and that is why it is my February's item of the month.




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2017/02/28

What Happened the Day I Stopped Caring

Coming from someone, who spent a big part of my 21 years on this earth abiding the rules, following what people told me to do and trying to fit in - in general trying to be someone I wasn't. 

It's time to care less. Yup, you read that right. At the beginning of February I set a special goal for myself: to stop caring about and obsessing over everything. This was honestly quite a daring move, considering us students had an exam period all throughout February. This doesn't necessarily mean that I didn't work hard, but it means I just didn't stress over everything, if it didn't go as planned. The results were amazing and it was the best decision I've made in a while. It was a liberating, empowering and inspiring change. I can without a doubt say that the exact day, when I stopped caring about everyone and everything, was the day that everything began to fall into place. Here are some things I learnt throughout this "experiment" mixed with tips to feel more carefree and reduce that heavy mental load.

No more stress

The biggest impact of "me not caring for a month" was the reduction of stress in my day to day life. Instead of worrying, if I had studied enough for an exam the next day, I rather focused on the fact that I work hard enough and "treated" myself with an hour of pure relaxation - yoga, drinks with friends or a movie. I felt much more relaxed and prepared to conquer anything that came in my way. 

Society's expectations and being good enough 

It can quickly become unhealthy, living in a competitive world and always trying to measure up somehow. I realised that when you accept yourself as who you are, you don't need to prove yourself to anyone. Don't follow the media images of perfection, but be happy with who you are. Always challenge this type of thinking.

Stop caring about what others think 

Do whatever you have to, but don't take into account what others think. It's your life and your decisions, so stand by them. When you care too much about what others will say about you, you start living your life for them and not yourself. So, you do you.

Do things because you actually want to do them 

I used to buy clothes, listen to music or wear less makeup just because I wanted to impress others and cared that much about what people thought of me. Imagine doing things you don't even like just to please someone else. Now I do things that actually make me happy and consequently I feel much more confident.
I started Blush for me, to express my thoughts about fashion, beauty and now even lifestyle. I publish anything I want, without any limitations or restrictions.
I dye my hair because I love myself as a blonde and it makes me really happy.
Sometimes I eat pizza and drink wine, stay at home and watch movies. Other times I get all dressed up and go clubbing.
Whatever I do, I do it because it makes me happy and I actually enjoy doing it.

Failure is part of everyone's life experience 

Failure is a word that everyone is afraid of. But it doesn't have to be that way, because in the end it all depends on how you perceive it. If you see failure as not being perfect, you’re going to be permanently miserable. So see failure as a learning curve that in the end strengthens you and your personality.

Lose the Fear of rejection

Many of us are so afraid of rejection that we stay in our comfort zones. But the more we hide out of the fear of rejection, the more it will grow. You have to show yourself that you can express your feelings. You will conquer fear of rejection in this way and feel more carefree. Even if the outcome is not what you have initially expected, you will soon realise that it wasn’t as bad as you anticipated.

Leave the past behind

To err is human. It is inevitable and that's just how life goes. But don't be so hard on yourself, when you mess up. Begin to accept that everyone gets it wrong sometimes and that regrets are part of life. "The past cannot be undone, so why would you constantly try to change that. Why would you put so much energy into something that you cannot really control. Accept what has gone before, make allowances for human error and move on." Leave the past behind and start seeing things in a new light.



photos: Karinartistic

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2017/02/24

Elle International Beauty Awards 2017

On a warm and sunny Monday morning I got a chance to attend the official presentation of Elle Beauty Awards 2017, held in Zvezda Cafe, which is part of the National Gallery in Ljubljana. Elle Beauty Awards is a big international project, where 46 Elle beauty editors from all around the world choose 12 best products in 5 different categories: makeup, skincare, body care, haircare and fragrance. I was extremely elated, when I received an invitation and the first thing that popped into my head was of course What am I going to wear? I've always absolutely loved Elle magazine, so attending an event held by them was a real honour. My outfit of the day was a special take on menswear. I absolutely love the look of an oversized coat, tailored trousers and white shirt in combination with high heels. I also chose a white&red choker and a red bag, to add a pop of colour and finished everything off with slicked back hair. The perfect balance of mens and womenswear.


I really am excited to try out all the products myself. So here are the most outstanding beauty products according to 46 Elle Beauty Editors around the world and their reviews (text borrowed from elle.com)! 


FOUNDATION / SHISEIDO SYNCHRO SKIN LASTING LIQUID FOUNDATION

SHISEIDO Synchro Skin Lasting Liquid Foundation "is so clever, it probably has a university degree," says ELLE Canada's Vanessa Craft. Designed to reflect "the optimum amount of light, so skin doesn't look flat," the long-lasting formula releases anti-inflammatory and oil-absorbing ingredients to neutralize redness and reduce shine.

FRAGRANCE / CHANEL NO. 5 L'EAU

It's fresh; it's vivid; it's floral and modern," says ELLE China's Daisy Cai of CHANEL Chanel No. 5 L'Eau, the brand's new interpretation of Coco's iconic spritz. "It's a new No. 5 for the young generation."


HAIRCARE / KÉRASTASE L'INCROYABLE BLOWDRY

"The perfect blow-dry in a bottle," KÉRASTASE L'Incroyable Blowdry "creates flexible styles, from straight to curly" and "allows you to restyle without reapplying," says ELLE Germany Beauty Director Barbara Huber.

HAIRCARE / ORIBE SIGNATURE SHAMPOO

ORIBE Signature Shampoo is "one of the most luxurious shampoos ever made," says ELLE Singapore's Melissa Chew. The rich, silky cleanser leaves hair "wonderfully perfumed, smooth, and bouncy."

HAIRCARE / PHYTO PHYTOKÉRATINE EXTRÊME CREAM

Split ends meet their match with leave-in PHYTO Phytokératine Extrême Cream, "the most effective repair product I've tried for my colored, curled ends," says ELLE UK's Sophie Beresiner.

SKINCARE / ESTÉE LAUDER POWERFOIL MASK

ESTÉE LAUDER Advanced Night Repair Concentrated Recovery PowerFoil Mask "works like a reset button for your skin," says ELLE Belgium's Claire Thys. The sheet mask isn't just Instagram bait: In 10 minutes, the occlusive foil seals in a supercharged dose of the brand's signature serum.

SKINCARE / LANCÔME ÉNERGIE DE VIE LIQUID CARE MOISTURIZER

Ultralight LANCÔME Énergie de Vie Liquid Care moisturizer boasts "the freshness of a lotion, the concentration of a serum, and the hydration of a cream," says ELLE France's Elisabeth Martorell.


SKINCARE / SISLEY SISLEŸA L'INTÉGRAL ANTI-ÂGE

ELLE Spain Beauty Director María Fernández-Miranda calls SISLEY Sisleÿa L'Intégral Anti-Âge "the Ferrari of antiaging creams," thanks to potent botanicals and skin-nourishing vitamins and minerals.

SKINCARE / LA ROCHE-POSAY ANTHELIOS

When it comes to SPF, the truest test is the sun Down Under. ELLE Australia's Janna Johnson O'Toole hails LA ROCHE-POSAY Anthelios as "the gold standard in sun protection—essential for fending off Australia's strong rays."


LIPSTICK / DIOR ROUGE DIOR MATTE LIPSTICK

DIOR Rouge Dior matte lipstick in 999 is more than a classic Hollywood red—it's packed with hyaluronic acid and collagen-building peptides, making it "like an antiaging cream for your lips," says ELLE Poland's Marta Rudowicz.

MASCARA / M.A.C INSTACURL LASH MASCARA

"No more eyelash curlers!" says ELLE Italy's Sabrina Bottone of M.A.C InstaCurl Lash mascara, which features an adjustable brush to customize coverage—and the desired degree of eye-opening bend—for maximum impact.


BODY CARE / THE BODY SHOP HAWAIIAN KUKUI CREAM

"The smell and texture are so lovely, you could eat it," ELLE Finland's Saara Ritvos says of THE BODY SHOP Hawaiian Kukui Cream. But better to slather it all over: "It moisturizes extremely well, whether you're in cold Finland or hot Honolulu."





Wearing 
Zara Coat, Striped Trousers and White Shirt
MKS Choker and Bag 
Public Desire Metallic Heels

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2017/02/20

MEMORIES

I'm not really a fan of online oversharing, as I prefer to keep some things private. Just to myself, my friends and family. But something changed, when I recently listened to the Lukas Graham's new single You're not there for the first time and completely bawled my eyes out. No exaggeration. Their lead singer wrote the song in the memory of his father - the lyrics felt so personal to me and perfectly described the situation I've been in for the past five years. This particular song served as an inspiration for today's post, where I'm going to share with you a part of my life, I've never talked about it before on Blush. This experience has made a much stronger person and after five long years, I now finally feel ready to share it with you. 


I won't go into all the details and specifics of what really happened, because I don't feel like it is necessary for you to understand my experience. I would like to keep that part just to myself. But to start things off, I lost my father 5 years ago, when I was 16 years old. I was a sophomore in high school, a good year into blogging, going through the generic teenage problems, but generally living a perfectly normal and good life. I was really fortunate enough to live in a good family, where we had absolutely everything we needed. And then all of a sudden I had to face with a loss. It came very unexpectedly and of course it shocked us all. It was without a doubt the worst evening of my life. So here's the first part of the lyrics I can relate to.

I never got to say goodbye
I wish I could ask for just a bit more time




Every step I take, you used to lead the way
Now I'm terrified to face it on my own

This was probably the scariest part of it all. What now, when you have to do everything on your own? I kept asking myself What's next? and I was scared of the unknown. We had to built our lives around this unexpected situation and it was really difficult. But we made it through. Our family got even stronger, I became a much stronger and independent person. I also grew up much faster because of that. I lost my best friend, but I didn't let that stop me. I made new goals and always kept in mind that he would be proud of me no matter what. This kept me going and working hard for everything I wanted to achieve in life.


And now for the most important part, the chorus. 

You're not there
To celebrate the man that you made
You're not there
To share in my success and mistakes
Is it fair? 

Of course it's not fair, life is tough for everyone. I got to experience that first hand quite young, but everyone goes through difficult times at some point in their lives. It is inevitable, but these kind of experiences make us stronger and let us view things in a completely different perspective. The hardest part of it all are of course the life successes I achieved through the years and couldn't share with him. Or how much I've changed in the last 5 years. 

You'll never know the person I'll be
You're not there
With me


I am not going to lie and say that's everything is ok now. But it's definitely much easier than a few years ago. You never forget the pain you went through, or the feeling that a part of you is missing, but you have to move on eventually. I'm still crying my eyes out, while writing this post (and also listening to the Lukas Graham's song, which is not making things any easier), but I feel grateful for all the years I had a chance to spend with him and that I'm in a good place at the moment. I'm really happy now and that's what really matters in life. 


So this is my story of loss, growth and route to independence. One of my New Year's Resolutions was to share things with others and not letting things only to myself. Eventually they'll just build up and burst out at the most inappropriate time. Trust me, it has happened to me before and I won't let that happen again, because it doesn't just affect you, but also everyone else around you. So this is a small step in that direction - with the thoughts I've been wanting to share you with for months.


Throughout this post you were able to see some snippets of my childhood memories, on the photographs that my father took with his Praktica camera and I'm now lucky enough to keep in memory of him.

photos: Karinartistic
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2017/02/16

Head to Toe Knitwear

We're still in the sweater weather season, meaning we need to constantly think about the cold and comfort - a topic which I've been talking about in my last few posts. But I think that I saved the best for last, my favourite all-knit outfit. It doesn't get any more comfortable and chic than that. Knitwear from Head to Toe just screams the epitome of street style for me and that's why I love it so much. It's not just about a causal sweater anymore, the focus is now on an all-knit outfit. This has been a big trend of the past few years and it doesn't seem to go away anytime soon. A full knitted look is my favourite trend at the moment and the coziest outfit I wore in a while. However, wearing Knitwear from Head to Toe can be a very tricky trend to pull off. If you've been too afraid to wear everything knitwear until now, then definitely stick around. I prepared some tips to help you achieve the perfect combination of knitwear.


It's all about the Texture

Let the knitwear speak for itself. You'll be wearing a head-to-toe texturised outfit, so don't overdo it. As a minimalist I like to play with textures, because that's the easiest way to bring attention to a basic outfit. Besides the knitwear - a black striped turtle neck sweater from Topshop and my white knitted trousers from Zara - I also added a suede texture to the outfit with a black waistcoat from Zara.

Keep it Monochrome

Now that we've covered the textures, it is time to talk about colours. Keep it simple, keep it monochrome. I wouldn't suggest using any bold colours, because the outfit can consequently feel overdone, bearing in mind the variety of textures and colours. So pairing black and white together is the easiest way to achieve a sophisticated, fashionable look. I also really love the one colour from head to toe look - be it beige, dusty pink, white, grey or black, you can rock whatever you like. Just don't forget to keep it simple.


Invest in Details, but keep it simple 

If you're attempting the head to toe knit look, definitely opt for really causal wardrobe staples to pair with the outfit. I decided to wear my trusted Zara heeled ankle boots and accessorised with a classic Daniel Wellington watch, structured bag from Zara and oversized sunglasses from Mango.




Wearing 
Topshop Striped Turtle Neck Sweater 
Zara Suede Waistcoat 
Zara White Knitted Trousers
Zara Bag
Mango Sunglasses 
Daniel Wellington Watch 
Zara Ankle Boots 

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2017/02/13

The Single Girl's Guide to Valentine's day

A Valentine's Day post for all the single ladies out there. 

Well, my dear readers, it's that time of the year once again. You know THE holiday that reminds us of how totally single we are. And how much we actually like all that freedom! It's a very good chance that you've been bombarded by all the Valentine's Day posts in the past week or so. I know I've certainly been. I take this holiday completely aside, because who says that Valentine's Day is just for couples. It can still be a fun holiday, even if you're single. I prepared a short guide for you today, to really enjoy this Valentine's Day.


Show yourself some love / Rejuvenate with a Pamper routine

It might sound intimidating to you, being alone on this holiday, but that's not the case if you treat yourself to a nice pamper routine. After all, everyone needs to show themselves some love from time to time. Give yourself a facial, take a bath, paint your nails, practise some yoga or even go to a spa. In the spirit of love and Valentine's Day I chose an OPI nail polish in a gorgeous red shade named Big Apple Red. I absolutely adore OPI's nail polish formula - it's opaque, long-lasting and in general really easy to use. But because their nail polishes can be quite expensive, I like to save them for special occasions only.
If you aren't the beauty type of a girl, order a takeout from your favourite restaurant and watch a movie. If you keep busy and really treat yourself, you may enjoy Valentine's Day just like the rest of the couples.  


Cheers / My Valentine is Wine 

Pour yourself a glass of wine and raise a toast to yourself - your successes, dreams, goals. Basically everything you've achieved so far, on your own.


Treat yourself to something special

What are you going to do with all the money, you would spend on your partner? Treat yourself to something special, of course. Purchase an item you've been wanting for months, but didn't have a proper reason to justify the purchase. Now is the best time to make that move. I always like to treat myself to a new perfume, because it's a product that I don't buy that often, but when I do, it definitely carries a sort of a sentimental meaning to me.
My favourite of the moment is from Burberry, My Burberry: clean, chic and understated. It's inspired by the famous Burberry trench coat and its heritage of British design. It captures the essence of London - a city I absolutely adore. It's a very unique and memorable scent, yet still very timeless, feminine and classic. I've never received as many compliments on a perfume as I have with this one + it lasts all day long.



Go shopping

I'm clearly a passionate advocate of spending money on Valentine's Day. Shopping (or simply window-shopping, if you're living on a budget) is my favourite thing to do: to relax, take my mind off things and bring about some changes into my daily routine (if you've read my recent posts you all know how much I love to do that).


Go on a Group Trip

Why not plan a getaway with some of your single friends? Celebrate the holiday together and have fun wherever the path takes you. Go to a spa, rent a cabin, go hiking, to the seaside or on a short city break trip. The options are endless!


Girls' Night Out

If you really think about it, going out with your girlfriends on Valentine's Day can be a pretty good idea, because you won't be alone in this. There will be lots of single people doing the exact same thing. So put your best outfit on and choose a fun spot to go with your friends. Hit the bars, a restaurant or a club. Even if you're not looking for a relationship, you'll still have fun no matter what.


Girls' Night In / Throw a party

If you're not the clubbing kind of girl, then a good girls' night in is the best choice for you. Wearing comfortable clothes, watching cheesy romantic comedies, ordering takeout, eating tons of chocolate and drinking wine sounds like the perfect evening to me. Invite your best friends, prepare a cozy spot for all of you to hang out and simply enjoy. Valentine's Day will be gone in no time! 


Fall in love with something else than a guy

Find something new you might enjoy doing and try it out. Be it yoga, baking, drawing or photography. You have the entire day to find something that will make you happy and keep you busy at the same time!


photos: Epopteia Photography 

Wearing 
Zara Velvet Dress, Coat and Bag
Mango Over-the-knee Boots 
Daniel Wellington Watch 

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