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Hi! I'm a 21-year-old blogger living in Ljubljana. Student of Art History and English. Stylist and video maker, currently running anablush.com


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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2017/02/09

Intervju s Karinartistic / Interview with Karinartistic

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Karina Vešeleni je uspešna slovenska blogerka, ki že drugo leto vodi svoj blog poimenovan Karinartistic. Je druga izmed #goalsosebnosti, kot sem poimenovala svoj sklop intervjujev, ki vam jih predstavljam na Blushu. Je umetniška duša, ki živi za vsak trenutek posebej in jo navdihujejo narava, umetnost ter zanimivi ljudje. Ni samo ena izmed mojih najboljših blogerskih kolegic, ampak tudi prijateljic v zasebnem življenju, zato vam jo danes z veseljem predstavljam v tem kratkem intervjuju, ki sva ga posneli začetek januarja.

Za začetek bi te rada prosila, če se lahko na kratko predstaviš vsem mojim bralcem, ki te morda še ne poznajo tako dobro.
Sem Karina in pišem blog Karinartistic že (rosni) dve leti. Moj blog je podaljšek mene, nekaj kar me celostno predstavlja. Je prostor, kamor objavljam stvari, ki me zanimajo in jih drugače ne bi znala uporabiti. V resnici je kot neka tretja noga (smeh). Ko sem bila mlajša in še nisem imela bloga, sem rada fotografirala stvari in z njimi delala različne postavitve, vse to pa nisem imela možnosti nikamor objaviti. Začela sem sicer s Facebookom, tam pa tega zares ni nihče cenil, saj so fotografije imeli možnost videti samo moji prijatelji, ker je bil to še moj osebni profil, zato jih to ni pretirano zanimalo.

Kako bi opredelila svoj blog? Vem, da si začela z lepotnimi objavami, ampak si se sedaj od tega malce odmaknila. Kako to, da si se odločila za tak korak?
Nikoli se nisem rada uvrščala med specifične žanre, drži pa, da sem pisala več o lepoti. Bloga pa vseeno nisem uvrščala samo med lepotne. O lepotnih izdelkih sem pisala, ker so me inspirirale youtuberke, zato sem tudi začela z blogom. Nikoli se nisem opredeljevala, označevala, vedno sem govorila, da pišem o tem kar me trenutno inspirira, in to tudi konstantno ponavljam. Lahko bi rekla, da je inspiracija tudi moja najljubša beseda.


Od kje pa črpaš inspiracije? Iz narave, Instagrama, blogerjev, umetnosti?
Največ bi rekla, da iz Instagrama in narave. To sta dve stvari, ki se nekako povezujeta – tisti Instagrammerji, ki jim sledim, so vsi t.i. outdoor types. Vsi so bolj lifestyle ali pa so fotografi in ilustratorji, ki delijo svoja dela z drugimi (npr. 1924us). Najraje spremljam ljudi, ki so zelo raznoliki, ki jih zanima več stvari in se tudi sami ne opredeljujejo.

Katere Instagrammerje najraje spremljaš in bi jih priporočila bralcem?
Zelo rada spremljam food bloge, čeprav mene ne zanimajo točne jedi, ki jih skuhajo, ampak se raje osredotočam na same fotografije in filtre, ki jih uporabljajo - imajo temne fotografije, ki so blizu moji estetiki. In pa vse ostale lifestyle, personal style bloge, ki spadajo v meni naklonjen način izražanja.
Rada bi izpostavila: @charlottelittlewolf, @1924us, @bliu07, @lindalomelino, @local_milk, @benjaminhardman in @ellemayleckenby.


Obiskovala si aranžersko srednjo šolo. So izkušnje iz umetniške srednje šole kako pripomogle k tvojemu sedanjemu delu?
Definitivno me je spodbujala. Konec osnovne šole sem ugotovila, da me umetnost zelo zanima in zato sem se odločila, da se vpišem na bolj umetniško usmerjeno srednjo šolo. Pristala sem na araženrski šoli, kjer so bili profesorji fenomenalni, saj indivdualno podpirajo vsakega učenca. Če vidijo potencial in talent, bodo s teboj delali in ti pomagali, do uspeha in dovršenosti. Zelo so mi pomagali in me podpirali. Zanimivo je tudi to, da sem za blog prvič slišala v učilnici. Naša profesorica za dekoraterstvo, Nives Ratkajec, je med uro pokazala (lifestyle/interior design) blog nekega Britanca, ne spomnim se točnega imena bloga. Koncept bloga se mi je zdel zelo zanimiv in od takrat naprej me je začelo mikati, da bi tudi sama začela z bloganjem. Srednja šola mi je definitivno pomagala, kar se tiče samega kreativnega razvoja na vseh področjih.

Kaj je bil potem glavni razlog, da si ustvarila blog?
Blogerjev pred tem sploh nisem spremljala. Ko sem začela s faksom, sem bolj pogosto spremljala prej omenjene YouTube kanale - te punce so me inspirirale, da tudi sama začnem s pisanjem bloga. Sprva sem mislila, da je vse to plačljivo in da moraš že ob začetku bloga imeti svojo domeno, itd. Prijateljica me je na srečo opozorila, da lahko blog narediš zastonj na Bloggerju. In še isti dan sem potem ustvarila Karinartistic.

Od kod izvira tvoje ime? Morda razmišljaš o prenovi celostne podobe (t.i. rebrandingu) in v katero smer bo šel tvoj blog v prihodnosti?
Tistega dne, ko sem na bloggerju ustvarila svoj profil, sem razmišljala, da bi si izbrala neko nevsakdanje ime. Ideja, da bi med seboj združila dve besedi, se mi je zdela zanimiva – če sebe opišem, sem kreativna oseba, moje ime se konča na A in zato sem se odločila, da ti dve besedi med seboj povežem. Zdaj po dveh letih sem počasi začela razmišljati o prenovi, saj sem se tudi kot oseba zelo spremenila. Sedaj bi mogoče našla igro besed, ki bi me še bolj opisovala kot Karinartistic.


Ali po tvojem mnenju obstaja formula za blogerski uspeh (v Sloveniji) in hkrati ohranjati ta pristen odnos, ki ga imaš z bralci?
Prave formule še nisem odkrila in ne vem če zares obstaja. Obstaja neka kombinacija stvari, ki jih moraš početi, če želiš pridobiti na prepoznavnosti. Ampak seveda je razlika, če te ljudje spremljajo in berejo, ker si jim resnično všeč ali pa ker si splošno popularen.
Ljudje vedno bolj uživajo v nekih zgodbah, zato pod slike vedno rada kaj napišem – poezijo, »mikrozgodbico«, trenutne misli. Dopišem nekaj, kar je skladno s kontekstom slike, ker mislim da to bolj pritegne ljudi in se posledično lahko bolj poistovetijo s sliko.

Najljubši spomin leta 2016 in določen cilj, ki si si ga zastavila za leto 2017.
Najboljši dogodek v 2016: ko sva oktobra s prijateljico, ki živi blizu Kobarida, odšli na kobariški Stol. Na vrh sva se peljali z avtomobilom v čistem mraku in ko sva prispeli, sva si natočili čaj, se usedli na travo in spremljali sončni vzhod. To je bila prečudovita in neopisna izkušnja. Če me spremljate na Instagramu ste to lahko spremljali na mojih Instastories ali pa objavljenih fotografijah.
Za 2017 nimam posebnih novoletnih zaobljub, ker se mi zdijo nesmiselne, menim pa, da je dobro in spodbudno, imeti neke cilje. Tudi, če se čez čas spreminjajo. Želim si narediti rebranding in prestaviti blog na drugo platformo, da ustvarim lastno domeno in blogu dodam bolj profesionalen izgled.
Službo sem že dobila, kar je bila ena izmed stvari, ki sem jo želela dobiti v 2017, pa sem jo še prej – tik pred novim letom. Drugače pa bomo videli, nerada gledam predaleč naprej. Sedanjost je tista, ki je pomembna. In če vsak dan narediš nekaj za naslednji dan, potem se to pozna.

Karina, najlepša hvala za tvoje odgovore.

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Karina Vešeleni is a successful Slovene blogger, who has been running her blog Karinartistic for the past two years. She's the second of #goalspeople, how I named my interview posts that I'm presenting here on Blush. She is a true artistic soul, who lives in the moment and is inspired by the nature, art and interesting people. She's not just one of my best "blogging buddies", but also best friends in my private life. That's why I am honoured I can share with you this interview we recorded at the beginning of January.

First of all I would like to ask you, if you can quickly introduce yourself in a few simple sentences.
My name is Karina and I've been a blogger at Karinartistic for the past two years. My blog is an extension of me, something that represents me completely. It's a place, where I can post things that inspire me and I couldn't use otherwise. I like to describe it as my third leg (laugh). When I was younger, before my blogging years, I loved to photograph different things and to make flatlays out of them. But I didn't have any platform to post them to, so I started out with Facebook – on my private profile. However, my friends didn't really appreciate that or weren't particularly interested in my photography. 

How would you describe your blog? I know that you started out with posting about beauty, but you have recently moved away from that. Why have you decided to take that step?
I never really liked to allocate myself to a specific genre, but it's true that I started out with beauty and posting about beauty products, because I was inspired by different YouTubers. That's why I also started with my blog. I've never really specifically defined myself, because I always write about things that inspire me at that particular moment. I could also say that inspiration is my favourite word. 

 
Where do you find your inspiration? From the nature, Instagram, bloggers, art?
I would say that mostly from Instagram and nature. These two things do somewhat connect in my opinion. The Instagrammers I love to follow are all the so-called »outdoor types«. They are all mainly lifestyle bloggers, photographers or illustrators, who share their work with others (like 1924us for example). I love to follow people, who are diverse, interested in a variety of things and don't like to define themselves to a particular genre, just like me. 

Which Instagrammers do you follow and would also recommend to my readers?
I love to follow food bloggers, even though I don't particularly focus on the dishes they make, but on their photographs and the filters they use – they make really dark photographs, which come very close to my own aesthetic. And of course other lifestyle, personal style bloggers that fall into the same aesthetic category.
I would like to point out the following Instagrammers: @charlottelittlewolf, @1924us, @bliu07, @lindalomelino, @local_milk, @benjaminhardman and @ellemayleckenby.

You went to an art high school, where you took a course for a Visual Merchandiser. Did the experiences you gained in high school somewhat contribute to the work you do now?
High school has definitely motivated me. At the end of primary school I realized that I was really interested in art. So I ended up at an art high school in Ljubljana – the professors were phenomenal, because they supported every single student. If they saw a potential and talent in you, they would work with you and help you to succeed. They helped me out a lot and really supported me. It's also interesting that I first heard of the whole blogging concept in a class, where our professor, Ms Nives Ratkajec, showed us a British blog, can't really remember the exact name right now. It really intrigued me to start blogging myself. So high school definitely helped me improve on all artistic fields. 


What was then your main reason for starting a blog?
I've never really followed other bloggers before starting my own. When I started with college, I used to watch different YouTubers. Those girls really inspired me to start my own blog. At first I thought you had to pay a certain amount to be able to blog, but my friend thankfully reminded me that you can do it for free on Blogger. And I created Karinartistic the same day.

Where does your blog name come from? Have you ever consider about rebranding it? In which direction are you taking Karinartistic in 2017?
The same day that I created my profile on Blogger, I was also thinking about the blog name, which would be unique. The idea that I could combine two different words into one really intrigued me. So if I could describe myself, I would say that I'm an artistic person. And my name ends with an A, so that's why I decided to combine these two words together and create Karinartistic. However, after two years of blogging, I have slowly started thinking of rebranding it, because I have also changed as a person since the very start of my blogging career. Now I could maybe think of another word-play, which would describe me even better than Karinartistic


Do you think there's such a thing as a formula for blogging success (in Slovenia) and keeping that real (authentic) relationship with your readers at the same time?
I haven't yet figured out the formula, but I'm also not sure, if it really exists. There is a certain combination of things you need to do, to gain a certain following. But of course there's an evident difference if people follow you because they really like you or just because you are a popular blog.
People love to read stories and that is why I always like to write something under my photographs – poem, »microstory«, current thoughts. I write something that is related to the picture, because I think that interests people so that they can also relate to the posted photograph.

What's your favourite memory of 2016? Do you have a certain goal, you want to achieve in 2017?
My favourite moment of 2016: it happened in October, when me and my friend, who lives close to Kobarid, decided to drive on the peak of the mountain Stol, just before the sunrise. When we arrived there, we took out our tea, sat on the grass and enjoyed the sunrise. It was a breathtaking experience. If you follow me on Instagram, you would be able to experience it with me on my "Instastories", but now you can also check out the pictures in my feed. 
I don't have any special new year's resolutions for 2017 because I personally find them useless and don't want to limit myself at the beginning of the year. I do like to have some goals that motivate me, even though they might change throughout the year. I want to rebrand Karinartistic and move it from Blogger to WordPress.org, create my own domain and add a more professional look to the blog.
I already got my job, which was one of my main goals of 2017. I was lucky enough to get it just before the new year. I'm not sure about the rest, we'll see what the future brings. I don't like to plan too far ahead because I love to live in the present moment.

Karina, thank you very much for your answers. 

-a

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2017/02/06

Why Routine Life is so Boring

I hate routines. There, I've said it. 

I've always been a person who likes to plan everything in advance. School or blog schedule, trips or holidays, meals or training schedule. You name it, I've done it. But recently I really started to get sick of the same old daily routine. Routines are so boring, aren't they? Yes, I know they make our lives much easier, but they also make them rather monotonous. Every day looks pretty much the same, nothing excites or challenges me anymore and consequently I can start slipping into a rather depressed mood. So why do we stick to the same things every single day? (small) Changes are exactly what we need, so why not try something new and mix things up a bit once in a while? 
If you are like me, who is, without realising it, slowly slipping into a boring daily routine, then definitely stick around. Here are some ways I like to bring change into my daily routine, which you may want to try out for yourself. 

YOGA 

I recently started practicing yoga, which honestly changed everything. I take 30 minutes out of my day to completely switch off - I put my phone on airplane mode and follow a chosen YouTube video. There are so many available and you can even take up a 30-day yoga challenge, so there's no excuse for you not to do the same. 
Yoga is all about focusing on your breathing, meditating, listening to your body and focusing on how it moves. I've been doing it since the beginning of January and it has completely changed my daily routine. It has become a part of my day that I'm completely alone, calm and relaxed, which also translates into other things - I can work or study better and just in general feel more energised and relaxed. 

"CLEAN EATING" AND EXPERIENCING NEW FOOD 

Yes, I know I just had a really rambly post about clean eating and everything related to it, but let me explain. Our bodies positively react to healthy food, which of course changes up our mood and consequently everything we do that particular day. So my tip is to try to include more healthy meal options into your meal schedule. Not saying that you have to take up "clean eating" or stick to a strict meal routine, but let say eating humus instead of chips. Just a simple switch up and your body will be really thankful. 
Another thing that is very common is of course sticking to the same foods all the time. And I'm especially guilty of that. Trying out new dishes can be really fun, so try to borrow or purchase cookbooks, flip through them or simply find new recipes online. You may just find your new favourite! 

RANDOM COFFEE DATES / MEETING NEW PEOPLE

Scroll through your contacts and invite someone on a coffee date you haven't seen in a while and catch up. Or try meeting new people. There're so many options nowadays, from apps, social media to school or work place. Simply strike up a conversation and you may just find a new friend you get to hang out with. 

CHANGE UP YOUR DAILY MAKEUP ROUTINE

This one is for all of you girls out there, who are just like me and always stick to the same beauty products. Yes, I know they are the products that work for you, but there are so many options available out there that it really would be a shame not trying something new every once in a while. What I like to do is change up my eye-look or lipstick shade - it's the easiest way to change things up a bit. Or even go to the drugstore, swatch different products and test them out. You never know, you may just find a new favourite, or as I like to call them, holy grail products. 

SMALL, DAILY CHANGES 

Would it be a new hair colour or haircut, a new clothing item or just a new favourite song you get to jam to, such small things or daily changes can make an impact on your daily routine. 

SPENDING A PART OF YOUR DAY DOING SOMETHING NEW

Just a few random things I've done recently that broke off the boring daily routine: sunbathing during a warm winter day, drinking tea and catching up on all the recent events; wine tasting with friends on a Friday evening; going on an unplanned boat trip and doing "touristy" stuff in your hometown. All really random things I would never think of doing before, but without a doubt made some great memories along the way. 

So these are just some of my tips to help you break off a boring daily routine. Let me know, if you've tried anything out and how it has worked out for you! 


-a 
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2017/02/02

My Guide to Looking Like a Model Off Duty

Fashion Week Season is literally around the corner, with the first stop in New York from the 9th to the 16th of February. My favourite part of the fashion week season isn't the runway shows per se, but all the street style surrounding it, especially the models rocking their Model Off Duty style. Even though they are running from show to show during the hectic fashion week season, they always manage to look stylish and cool. I've always been inspired by their street style, in between the shows, and really admired the fact that they always looks so polished and chic, while still working 24/7. So I took that as my inspiration for today's post and prepared some tips to help you achieve that perfect Model Off Duty look

Basics Look Best

The first and most important tip is to stick to the basics that always work together. So monochrome outfits consisting of t-shirts, jumpers, leather jackets, trousers or jeans are the way to go. I decided to pair my favourite girlfriend jeans from Pimkie with a grey crop turtle neck top and a leather biker jacket, both from Zara, to achieve a casual, minimalistic look.


Comfort is Key

While being on-the-go 24/7, you definitely have to take care of the comfort factor, because nobody likes to run around in really uncomfortable clothes. That's why I decided to wear my trusted girlfriend jeans from Pimkie, which make the entire look very comfortable.


The Ankle Boot

The (heeled) ankle boot is the perfect option to add some height, but still making the outfit look cool and casual. Regarding the accessories: I chose a black leather backpack (because I like to carry a lot with me on a daily basis) and "embellished" it with a simple burnt orange scarf and Daniel Wellington watch.

The Crop Turtle Neck Top

I think every woman would like to have that model mile-long legs. So if you want to accentuate your legs and make them appear longer, then opt for a pair of high-waisted jeans in combination with a simple crop top. I found my crop turtle neck top (a big trend of F/W) in Zara.

Drape You Leather Jacket Over Your Shoulders

A leather biker jacket adds the perfect amount of cool to a basic, minimalistic look. Drape your leather jacket over your shoulders for a feminine style twist to jeans and a simple top.


Sunglasses are your Best Friend

Sunglasses (I found mine at H&M) add an interesting detail and that coolness effect to the outfit, but also hide the fact that you're wearing absolutely no make-up. I call that a win-win situation.

Sleek but Effortless Hair

Sleek but effortless hair will tie the whole look together perfectly. It takes you only a few minutes in the morning to do it, but makes you look like you've spent hours on it.



-a
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