Chasing November light

Dressed up one chilly November day and wandered around the old town with Andreea, chasing that crisp, wonderful light. 

Wore this gorgeous Everlane burgundy wool overcoat and their modern heel boots and needless to say, I felt all cool and classic. Gotta say, it also felt very funny and awkward being on the other side of the camera, but somehow these shootings make me more bold and confident about myself. Must repeat.

Oh, and Everlane, if I didn't stress this enough, I'm completely hooked.  

 

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Thank you for the photographs, Andreea!

In collaboration with Everlane

A weekend HERE in Paris

Glimpses of Paris on a beautiful whirlwind weekend with the lovely people of HERE in the City of Light.

quintessential Paris 

quintessential Paris 

the lovely Michelle

the lovely Michelle

possibly the cutest feline-like lady in Montmartre

possibly the cutest feline-like lady in Montmartre

chez Le Train Bleu

chez Le Train Bleu

Atelier Brâncuși

Atelier Brâncuși

Cat in front of Café Saint-Régis just before tarte tropezienne with the amazing Jasmine

Cat in front of Café Saint-Régis just before tarte tropezienne with the amazing Jasmine

the bagel girl

the bagel girl

In collaboration with HERE

Botanical reverie

If you know me even a little, you know I love simplicity in all forms as well as that classic and timeless feel. Soko is all that and more.

Made from natural and upcycled materials, their jewelry is airy and stunning but most importantly, is empowering developing world artisans based in Kenya! Loved playing with light in the Botanical Garden of Cluj - a happy place of mine, no matter the season. Most of the shots were taken in the Mediterranean and Australian greenhouse, having D as a model - thank you again, girlie!

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For a limited amount of time, you can use code LaviniaXSoko on checkout for 20% off your order.

 

In collaboration with Soko

Colors of Montenegro

Montenegro was a wonderful surprise. Rugged, beautiful and wild, this little country is a feast for the eyes and the soul as it lets you discover it step by step, rock by rock.

We did pass by Budva and Kotor but seeing how they were swarming with tourists, we quickly decided we should go south, to the less crowded area of Bar. A reason more to come back - maybe in the fall or spring for these two amazing historical towns - and a mountain trip wouldn't hurt either, right? So many places to go, so little time.

Anyway, we found what we were looking for in the region of Bar and we rejoiced the Adriatic waves as they crashed against the bluish pebble of the coast. I'll always remember that stormy day though, with the sea relentlessly eating at the shore, hungrier and hungrier, wind sweeping through our hair, and that local (must have been local!) who stripped down to his bathing shorts and let himself engulfed by the waves. 

He didn't swim for long, though. It was just like he wanted to shake off some deep sorrow into the untamed sea, not caring about the extravagance of his gesture. It seemed to me he had been long awaited this tempestuous day; he got out of the waves just how he got in: naturally careless, in a hurry to get his clothes back on, as if the sea had done it for him, as if it had wiped away his trouble and now he could return to his daily evening routine. 

A boy with a dog passed by him in a hurried step. A woman, photographer by the looks of her gear, passed him heading to the other direction. The three of them intersected right then and there and we were there to watch it all, just as the skies opened up in an UFO shape in the distance. 

Montenegro, we'll be back.

Summer essentials

Summer essentials x Penhaligon's London

 

My daily essentials this summer and the pinkest light filtering from my window at dusk. Love this time of day when the heat is shifting and the moon is boldly taking her spot on the sky.

Penhaligon's newest fragrance, Luna, was love at first sniff. A dark woody base entwines orange bigarade oil and juniper berry to offer a fresh yet sensual crispness. Instant hypnosis for these late summer night walks in the cooled down city. 

Leather clutch: vintage, volume 10 of Cereal (which reminds me I need to order the latest), sunnies: Triwa, silk scarf: Noa Noa

In collaboration with Penhaligon's London.