Edita travels | Provence

Fashion blogger in Provence

Fashion blogger in Provence

Fashion blogger in Provence

Fashion blogger in Provence

Fashion blogger in Provence

Fashion blogger in Provence

Fashion blogger in Provence

Fashion blogger in Provence

Fashion blogger in Provence

Fashion blogger in Provence

Fashion blogger in Provence

Fashion blogger in Provence

Fashion blogger in Provence

Fashion blogger in Provence

Fashion blogger in Provence

Fashion blogger in Provence

Fashion blogger in Provence

Fashion blogger in Provence

Fashion blogger in Provence

Fashion blogger in Provence

Fashion blogger in Provence

Fashion blogger in Provence

Fashion blogger in Provence

Fashion blogger in Provence

Fashion blogger in Provence

For a few years, I have been keeping my eye on the Chateau de Gudanes. It was bought by people who left everything to start a new life in the Provence, South of France. The house, or what was left of it at the time, was a ruin. The Waters family started slowly restoring it – and blogging about it. I remember spending hours just looking at the imagery of what once was beautiful architecture, and still finding it absolutely hypnotic. I was definitely hooked.

I dreamed of visiting the Provence for a very long time – in my head it was where I could definitely wear ridiculously floaty dresses without being judged. And the dream came true. Inspired by the architecture around me as well as a selection of antique shops, I looked like I belonged in the Provence, like I was always meant to be there. If you are keen to catch the Provence bug, it’s worth checking out these Instagram accounts, as I think they best portray that beautiful antique French aesthetic. I can only describe it as looking at a fallen angel, a decaying gargoyle, a broken heart that has not given up on love.

  1. Chateau de Gudanes – This account makes me want to laugh, cry, gaze, stare, look – I am consistently mesmerised. I wish one day I am able to visit and experience this grand house. I feel if my soul was a building, it would be the Chateau de Gudanes.
  2. Jamie Beck – This amazingly talented photographer left the concrete jungle for the Provence. By doing so she has been gifting us with incredible content ever since. It’s like looking at paintings in the Louvre, but instead you are just comfortably glancing at your phone, and not queuing to see the Mona Lisa.
  3. Sharon Santoni – Have you ever had this feeling when you look at something and it makes your heart bloom? That’s what I feel when I look at this account. It’s all about Sharon’s French country home, so living vicariously through her blog and Instagram brings me joy.
  4. Vicki Archer – interior inspo all day every day.
  5. French Larkspur – When I have this overwhelming urge to go to a flea market or antique fair but I am stuck at the office/no fairs around, I just look at this account, and immediately feel that my thirst for snapping an antique find has been quenched. At least for a little while.

Do you follow any Instagram accounts that give you Provence nostalgia?

Edita wears | Superstitions


Fashion Blogger in Provence

Fashion Blogger in Provence

Fashion Blogger in Provence

Fashion Blogger in Provence

Fashion Blogger in Provence

Fashion Blogger in Provence

Fashion Blogger in Provence

Fashion Blogger in Provence

Fashion Blogger in Provence

Fashion Blogger in Provence

Fashion Blogger in Provence

Fashion Blogger in Provence

Fashion Blogger in Provence

Fashion Blogger in Provence

Fashion Blogger in Provence

Fashion Blogger in Provence

Fashion Blogger in Provence

Fashion Blogger in Provence

Fashion Blogger in Provence

Fashion Blogger in Provence

Fashion Blogger in Provence

Fashion Blogger in Provence

Fashion Blogger in Provence

Fashion Blogger in Provence

Fashion Blogger in Provence

Fashion Blogger in Provence

Fashion Blogger in Provence

Fashion Blogger in Provence

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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Fashion blogger all black outfit

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Fashion blogger all black outfit

Fashion blogger all black outfit

Fashion blogger all black outfit

Fashion blogger all black outfit

Fashion blogger all black outfit

Fashion blogger all black outfit

Fashion blogger all black outfit

Fashion blogger all black outfit

Fashion blogger all black outfit

Fashion blogger all black outfit

Fashion blogger all black outfit

Fashion blogger all black outfit

Fashion blogger all black outfit

Fashion blogger all black outfit

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 | Heat Wave

Edita in Monki, Asos, Pedro Miralles, New ook, Amrapali and Carrera and Endless Jewellery 1

Edita in Monki, Asos, Pedro Miralles, New ook, Amrapali and Carrera and Endless Jewellery 2

Edita in Monki, Asos, Pedro Miralles, New ook, Amrapali and Carrera 1

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Edita in Monki, Asos, Pedro Miralles, New ook, Amrapali and Carrera and Endless Jewellery 3

Edita in Monki, Asos, Pedro Miralles, New ook, Amrapali and Carrera

Edita in Monki, Asos, Pedro Miralles, New ook, Amrapali and Carrera 2

Edita in Monki, Asos, Pedro Miralles, New ook, Amrapali and Carrera and Endless Jewellery 5

Edita in Monki, Asos, Pedro Miralles, New ook, Amrapali and Carrera and Endless Jewellery

Top: Asos, Skirt: Monki, Shoes: Pedro Miralles, Sunglasses: Carrera (via Sunglasses Shop), Earrings: Amrapali, Bracelet: c/o Endless Jewellery, Clutch Bag: New Look
Images by Maheen
Many of you must have heard that there’s a heat wave here in the UK. I have already seen many memes mocking the British and their meagre heat resistance: Heat wave? This is called summer in Insert Name of Country You Like.

In any case, it appears that I thrive in these heat-wavy conditions. I don’t think there has ever been a better excuse to wear a crop top, so I decided to seize the moment and roll out the meanest, most mustardy Bardot top in existence. But this is where the colour variety ends – everything else pretty much is turquoise.

I don’t know how I do it but I subconsciously am drawn to everything that is turquoise. Every trip to Amrapali begins with: Please, don’t let me get anything turquoise, and ends with: Ok, I will get all of these turquoise options, thanks. The earrings I am wearing in these images are no exception to the rule.

And it spreads. The next victims of my subconscious turquoise obsession are sunglasses and leather goods. Take this beautiful Endless Jewellery bracelet for instance. I had the choice to grab it in so many combinations, and somehow I went for the light blue option. Both of us know that’s just another name for turquoise.

Speaking of Endless Jewellery, it’s a fantastic brand which allows you to customise leather bracelets and charms in accordance to your style, mood, personality – the options are… Well, endless. The light weight of these piecesmakes them pretty perfect for summer, or heat waves for us living in the UK.

Edita wears | The Coin Headpiece

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Kimono: c/o New Look, Top: Christian Dior, Denim and Headpiece: Asos, Creepers: Underground, Bag: My Tee Bad, Rings: From My Own Collection
Images by Ahmed Fayed

Words like venom through our veins they run
Weaving a web of deception hope is gone
Shall we re-live the pain of wars before?
Or shall we be the light, the new folklore?

Orphaned Land – All is one

If a band was a description of this outfit, it would be Orphaned Land. Their lyrics are incredible, and since this is a very festival-like outfit, a strong musical reference had to be made. I also felt the need to make a Middle Eastern reference due to the style of my headpiece – Orphaned Land is an Israeli band, so that box is ticked. And finally, because their music is progressive metal, my bag and creepers are also covered.

The fusion of arabesque tones and metal gear is the style I personally feel most myself in, it describes my personality perfectly. Studs and skulls mixed with ankhs and Bedouin handmade creations – this is what I am all about to everyone’s surprise. Shocked faces are the typical response I get when I disclose my musical preferences. People seem to think that I listen to classical music (which I do – don’t get me wrong, Edvard Grieg is an absolute favourite), but at heart it has always been heavy rock and metal for me.

Since I am talking so much about music, you probably are guessing how connected to the festival theme this look is, and considering that Glastonbury’s next week, I thought I’d come up with one last festival inspired look just to keep the momentum going. If you want some more outfit ideas, have a look at New Look’s festival fashion timeline – it shows how our styles have changed through time. It’s amazing to see how many trends we all created, followed and moved on from within a relatively small time frame. And I wonder what the next trend, or to use Orphaned Land’s beautiful terminology, “the new folklore“, is going to be like.

Tmart boho dress giveaway winner

Congrats to Debbi from sunny Italy – she is the lucky winner of the lace boho dress from Tmart, who came up on my random number generator as number 53! Feeling lucky just like Debbi? The Ray Ban giveaway is still open.