Edita wears | The Soviet era coat and reasons to visit Vilnius

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Coat and Bag: Vintage, Dress: Kain, Shoes: M&S, Sun Glasses: H&M, Neckpiece: ASOS
Images by Agata Bosak

And so, I bring you the Soviet coat. You have seen bits and pieces of it on this blog here and here but now the time has come for the full on reveal.

This coat represents both the glamour and the horror of an era long past. Coats like these were a must-have for all who didn’t want to freeze. Size and weight didn’t matter at the time. And, lemme-tell-ya, this thing weighs more than I do. Yes sir, make it two seats on that Ryanair flight.

If you happen to pop to Vilnius in winter, you will still see the older generation rocking similar coats like there’s no tomorrow. That’s mainly because they last a lifetime. And longer. I love my grandma’s one and I wear it everytime I go back to Vilnius in winter.

Speaking of popping over to Vilnius, I have decided to take part in GiffGaff’s international campaign – the top things to know when visiting my hometown. There are two reasons for this. One – GiffGaff promised to woo me with a goodie bag of stuff from Lithuania, and I am so damn curious about what they will put in there; two – I have read so many negative things about my country being full of rude bullies, boring places, skinheads, poverty and ugliness. That’s just not true. Every country has its demons but let’s not forget about the elements that make those who visit and those who live there alike feel closer to God. Be it architecture, traditions, festivals, food, people – every country has that one thing that makes it an exclusive experience. So, here are some things you need to tick off your list not only when in Vilnius but generally in Lithuania:

1. Lithuanian black rye bread. It has a special place in my heart and in the hearts of the majority of expats. I swear it has a soul. And just wait until you have it fried with garlic as a sider to beer. Crisps, buh-bye. Also, that sexy summer dress you’ll try to fit into after having a ton of that fried bread, buh-bye. Another plate of this stuff? Come to mama.
2. Beer. Have a pint and find yourself booking another flight to Lithuania, just for the beer.
3. St Ana’s Church. If Napoleon wanted to place it on the palm of his hand and take it away (historical fact, mind you), you will be impressed too.
4. Trakai Castle. Take a 25 minute train down to Trakai town and visit the castle. After some serious touristing make sure you go to a local place and taste some national Karaim cuisine – I am talking about some crazy tasty kibinai, ya’ll!
5. Medieval Festival. Also held in Trakai Castle, you can experience how life went in medieval times. An excuse to dress up as a knight or a maiden. I’d sooo dress up as a knight. This year it will take place in June.
6. Pilies Street Market. A mecca for hagglers. Amazing amber jewellery and linen clothes for reasonable prices if you are good at haggling, that is. See awesome traditional clay or wooden décor pieces and even kitschy soviet era accessories – a Lenin matryoshka anyone? – up and coming designers hang out there too.
7. Sakotis (sometimes known as bankuchin). Traditional Lithuanian cake made of egg that looks like a Christmas tree, but is delicious all year round, baby!
8. Zeppelins (cepelinai). Meat-lovers, start drooling, the combo of meat, fat and potatoes has never tasted THIS good.
9. Gedimino Tower. Go to the roof top and see Vilnius from above. A peaceful and touching experience.
10. Palanga. If you feel like taking a 4 hour-ish bus ride from Vilnius, go to Palanga. A super cute seaside resort with sandy beaches by the Baltic Sea. Wave jumping in Palanga used to be my personal summer hobby.

Actually, this is me just glancing over all the awesomeness, there’s so much more to experience in a country that is just under 3 million people. If you time your stay with a festival or event, be ready to get those DSLRs out – celebrations such as Uzgavenes (Pagan fest, a bit like Mardi Gras), Jonines (Midsummer) or Kaziuko Muge (spring crafts fair) are truly golden photo ops.

Edita in Vintage coat and bag, Kain dress, M&S shoes, H&M sunnies, and ASOS necklace

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Edita wears | BassBuds and Methodology X

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Top and Leggings: TK Maxx, Sneakers: Nike, Jacket: Aquascutum, Headphones: BassBuds 24 Gold Limited Edition (gifted)

Images by Agata Bosak

Friends. Two weeks ago I met up with Dan Roberts, someone who has more experience in personal training and sports disciplines than anyone I have ever seen. He introduced me to his newest e-book, Methodology X, which in theory could turn me (and anyone else) into Captain America and Wonder Woman’s lovechild in three weeks’ time. You guessed it – I am talking about the regime catwalk models go through in order to look good in those million dollar Victoria’s Secret bras.

Allow me to enlighten you. While certain elements of the 90s are in, heroin chic has evaporated. Next time you are flipping through the channels and stumble upon Fashion TV, try to notice that the models of today are a bit more Farrah Fawcett and Jane Fonda of the 80s rather than everyone’s beloved Kate Moss. Blame it on the rise of smuggersise (aka being a show-off when exercising) or the fact that Miranda Kerr and Gisele constantly tweet pictures of them doing sunrise yoga in freaking Honolulu, let’s all face it: being fit is the new being thin.

Now let’s teleport ourselves to Dan Robert’s Kensington studio. After he briefed me about his rather high profile background, he showed me a few amazeballs exercises from Methodology X expecting me to repeat them. Ain’t the latter cute. BUT I COULDN’T DO JACK. Talk about wake up calls. The embarrassing burpees and planks that I managed to do illustrated the highly specialised muscle targets of these excercises – I am talking about waving fare-fucking-well to your love handles, bingo wings, flabby flabs and whatever else might be the problem. These exercises are tailored to the feminine frame and I guarantee you will feel the good pain after every workout.

So will Methodology X help you turn from Robin into Batman within three weeks? That depends if you are Robin in the first place. I personally am not ready to do the exercises correctly as yet and I need a pre-training routine, otherwise I will do a half-assed job which I am not interested in. But I have a strong hunch that the moment I am ready to tick all the Methodology X boxes, I will achieve that Eric-Prydz-Call-on-Me body and be ready to release my own workout DVD. HOLLA.

While working out though, it’s important to block out the world and concentrate on your own awesomeness. Therefore when you are out for a run, jog, cycle, gym or whatever it is that you do for exercise (running for buses and trains totally counts), make sure you’ve got your music with you. These 24 carat gold BassBuds are probably the reason I am half deaf right now. You can’t blame me; hearing every note in every tune is worth it – the sound quality is amazing. I bet my next set of headphones will be a hearing aid but until then, Imma walk with golden ears buds like a BAWS.

PS. Be sure to follow me on Twitter – I will post images of my workout with the painfully awesome Dan Roberts.

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Edita reports | Kristina Goes West Pop-up Store

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A doughnut necklace which actually smells like a doughnut? Fuck yeah. Gimme.

Now that I got my sentiments out of the way, let’s talk about Kristina Goes West. There are a few reasons the brand is close to my heart. Firstly, Kristina and I both come from Lithuania, secondly we both prefer quality over quantity and thirdly we both support talented up and coming designers.

Kristina Goes West sells a hand-picked selection of clothing, jewellery and accessories (including their own hand-made and customisable leather bags) from Nordic and Baltic designers. This is great as it provides us Londoners with access to brands which we would otherwise have no idea about.

Case in point: Remember that MIMI C. clutch bag? You wouldn’t be able to buy it in London if it wasn’t for Kristina’s site stocking it.

So whenever you have a moment, pop into KGW’s pop up store down in Chelsea and see all the awesome things with your very own eyes. It’s open up until May.

UPDATE: To all the lovely people who asked, I can confirm that the doughnut necklace indeed smells of a vanilla doughnut. There are also chocolate pendants on KGW and yes those smell of choccie. Fact.

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