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You can take the girl out of Eastern Europe, but you can’t take the Eastern Europe out of the girl. As someone who has lived in London for more than 10 years, I realised that there’s a ton of things that may seem weird about me… because they are total Eastern European superstitions!

What Are Some Typical Eastern European Things About Me?

  1. Whistling indoors. I physically cannot bear someone doing so. In Eastern European culture this is considered vulgar, and the saying goes that “you will whistle your funds away”. I am almost shivering even thinking about it. Stahp.
  2. Even number of flowers. While florists in London wouldn’t give two thoughts about even or uneven numbers of flowers in their beautiful arrangements, give an even number to an Eastern European and they will accuse you of wishing them death. This is because it is customary to bring a bouquet with an even number of flowers to a funeral, uneven to any other occasion.
  3. Describing someone else’s spot, bruise, cold sore etc while gesturing and showing it on yourself. Never ever show it on yourself as in Eastern European culture it may mean that you are next to get it!
  4. Sitting down in silence before travelling. This is something my parents taught me to do. It’s just a tradition of sitting down in silence for a minute or half before embarking on a long journey, even if you are late; the taxi driver will get it back home; but it’s not an excuse to be late here in London.
  5. Empty bottles on the table. Not in my house! Don’t ask and don’t do it.
  6. Birthday greetings before the actual date. Who knows if we actually live to the date? I mean, anything can happen! Always greet an Eastern European on the day of their birthday or after; never before.

There are many more of these Eastern European superstitions, for example sitting on cold surfaces or at the corner of a table, or looking into a broken mirror – but luckily those haven’t been cemented in my brain.

If you are an expat, what are typical things that you do that are not customary in the country you reside?

Edita wears | Victoriana

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Dress: Ghost (Similar Here), Pumps: Clarks, Hat: ASOS
Photography: Tina Muller
The dress that I am wearing is by one of the loveliest brands out there called Ghost. Their dresses are genuinely addicting (I bought three, so no #spon here). This specific one had to be in my wardrobe. After watching Winchester (2018), I was inspired by the beautiful authentic detail in the movie. This of course meant that I got obsessed with Victoriana style and wanted to do a modern take on it, hence the photoshoot.

Having said that, the Victorian era was rather interesting in the UK. I wanted to share some of the very buttoned-up insights I found while obsessing over everything that is to do with the Victorian period (1837-1901). By the way, there are tons more! I mean TONS. Considering that I wearing head to toe black, I decided to look at the darker facts from the era.

  1. Mourning Jewellery: Queen Victoria made mourning not only fashionable but also a lucrative business. The Widow of Windsor as some called her was known for (among other things) mourning her husband’s passing for forty years. That’s forty years of trying to avoid public appearances and wearing exclusively black. Following in the country’s leader’s footsteps, the savvy businessmen saw a gap in the market. If mourning is a thing: we will capitalise on it, they thought. And so, mourning attire, mourning jewellery was widely popular. By the way, if you pop to an antique shop or two, you still might be able to find mourning jewellery worn by women of the Victorian era.
  2. Spiritualism: Oh yes, seances were considered a cool leisure activity. Imagine a dark room, a circular table, people holding hands while a medium attempts to speak to those who are no longer with us. I am no expert in ghosts or mediums, but I know for a fact that charlatans had tons of success during the Victorian era. After all, a person who lost a loved one would do anything to feel they are still there. Hello emotional exploitation.
  3. Curiosities: People LOVED weird things. From collecting unique items, ie a brain in a jar, in their “cabinets of curiosities” to side shows or freak shows, people loved a bit of a shock here and there – only a little though, as society life was rigorously controlled, so enjoy it too much and you will be judged and shunned.
  4. Death Photography: Pink once sang, “In our family portrait we look pretty happy, Let’s play pretend, act like it goes naturally”. In the Victorian era they’d sing a slightly different song. Death photography was quite fashionable. This meant staging a scene where a dead family member would look alive and sit or stand among his or her relatives. Or look like they are sleeping, or just you know… Chilling. The creepy thing? No matter how well a photo was staged, you’d always know who the dead one was.
  5. Horror Literature: Hello Dracula, Frankenstein, The Picture of Dorian Gray, The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde – among many more goodies were penned in this era.

Do you know any other dark facts about the Victorian era?

Edita wears | Is Solo Travelling That Great?

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Dress: Boohoo, Earrings: Boohoo
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While competing with the Icelandic skies for the title of biggest drama queen, I noticed that looked slightly lonely in the photos. While the photos above are not from a solo trip (duh – who took the photos in front of the iconic Hvalsneskirkja if I were?), I have recently been on many alone trips around Europe. I read a lot of articles praising how great and unforgettable those experiences were, but I found myself struggling to agree with many of what they revealed and stated. For instance, that everyone had to do it at least once in their life, that it was completely life-changing, soul-finding, eye-opening, etc. Sorry life coaches, here’s what I actually found out about myself when I was solo tripping (not a drug pun):
1. TLC is the perfect channel to fall asleep to. TLC is my diva hotel requirement from now on.
2. They say we all are creatures of habit. I am not. As the only person staying in twin or double rooms, I found that I had no consistency is picking bed sides. In some hotels, closer to the window, in others the nearest to the door. What eye-opening theory does this fall into?
3. I have a good sense of direction. I can easily find locations. Also using Google Maps helps.
4. I love walking and just looking at architecture. Extra points if it’s grand and abandoned looking. I adore the mystery of that.
5. I don’t feel awkward being the only person at a dinner or breakfast table.
6. I look friendly to strangers. People keep talking to me on planes, in the street, in taxis. They look confused when I excuse myself and say that I am not native. Apparently, I have a very cosmopolitan appearance and a look as if I understand and about to engage in a conversation. I think that’s the look I mastered when I attended maths classes in my teens. I didn’t master maths though.
7. Sleeping through a flight is not an option for me. I will drift in and out, but never really sleep.
8. Packing light is my superhero skill. I mean feather light, and yet having everything I’d physically need.
9. I missed my dog so much each time. I really imagined he was there with me on every trip.
10. Travelling alone was just not for me. There was no spiritual discovery. I didn’t hear any inner voices, and didn’t gain any true deep insights that all of these enlightened solo travellers seem to get. I hated not having someone to share the experience with. I felt selfish seeing how beautiful this world is and having no one to share it with. I think what I found out was that traveling with someone who truly knows you and accepts you just the way you are is much more adventurous and daring than globe-trotting by yourself and annoying people with the stories of “how that one time you hiked over the Himalayas”. Literally, no one cares.

Between stories told and memories shared, I choose memories.

Edita wears | 5 Things About Me That Don’t Match My Appearance

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Dress: H&M, Heels: Clarks, Bag: Cavalli
Images: Tina Muller

Let’s get right into this. Apparently, my personality does not correspond with my appearance. How do I know this?

Because I often hear this sentence: Oh? But you don’t look like someone who’d like that.

It’s interesting that I’d have to look a certain way to be into the stuff that I am into. I’ll let you be the judge.

Does The Girl in the Pictures Above Look Like Someone Who:

  1. Loves horror movies. This is my favourite movie genre. Ain’t nobody got time for rom-coms, it’s hauntings or slashers that I add to my must-watch list.
  2. Watches serial killer documentaries & listens to true crime podcasts. I probably watched them all. The psychology behind these is so fascinating, Can’t stop, won’t stop.
  3. Listens to Pink Floyd, Aphex Twin, King Crimson, Tool, Moonspell, Cult of Luna among some dad rock bands. Yes, that is the music I love. I think I’d feel way more at home at a metal festival, rather than a mainstream one.
  4. Laughs all the time, to a point that my cheeks get numb and I need to massage them to regain control over those facial muscles. This is something that a lot of people get really surprised about when they meet me in real life. I am told I look a bit aloof on photos. I guess I am a true-life Jekyll and Hyde. Or Victoria Beckham.
  5. Can watch Scooby Doo cartoons all day. Sounds like my fave kinda day.

Has anyone ever said this to you? If so, what do you get up to that’s soo not consistent with your appearance?

Edita wears | Warmer Days

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Blazer and Relaxed Fit Jeans: c/o Simply Be, Slippers: Christian Louboutin, Scarf: Hermes, Bag: Chanel, Top: Lacoste
Images by Ahmed Fayed

Welcoming warmer weather in the city is never easy for me. I’d much rather be by the sea or getting lost somewhere in woodlands, finding ponds for my dog to jump into. Okay, okay. For me. For me to jump into.

However, we can’t have It all. For those of us with full time jobs, there are a few things we can do to embrace the warmer weather on office days.

  1. Lunch on the grass. I work in a part of London where there’s almost no green at all, more like a concrete jungle. However, after a number of “let’s explore what’s out there” lunches, we finally found two green patches in church courtyards. Surrounded by the majestic architecture of these historical churches, lunches outside suddenly became a tradition during warmer days. They make a massive difference! Morale’s up, vitamin D uptake is up, suddenly everything is going to be okay.
  2. On your way to the office, leave the tube a station early and walk. Enjoy the warm sun rays touching your face in the morning (after popping on some SPF of course). This has an added bonus: burn calories, burn.
  3. Go see a street performance, open air theatre or cinema. Imagine this – a beautiful Friday, work is done, and you are off to enjoy a film or play – there’s a light breeze, it’s not too hot, not too cold. Just perfect. Oh, and add a glass of chilled bubbly. Now it’s perfect.
  4. Hello, rooftop bar. Another popular after work activity is looking down at the city as the warm sun sets. Beautiful you, beautiful view. Cheers to that!
  5. Find an outdoor swimming pool or lido in the city. On a hot day, you’ll be so happy you decided to do this.
  6. As soon as the weekend hits, I vote: train, bus or car to the nearest beach! Let’s go!