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 floor. 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

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

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 | Fascinate Me

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Fascinator, Blazer (similar here): c/o Biba (via House of Fraser), Bag: Chanel, Jeans & Sequin Top: ASOS, Fluffy Sandals: Boohoo
Images by Ahmed Fayed
Fascinators are pretty things.  I can’t imagine an activity more fun than trying on a bunch of headpieces. But are these beautiful masterpieces doomed to come out of our wardrobes only once a year, or worse, once in a lifetime? Are the skeletons in your closet wearing your fascinators more than you? Is there actually a thing called wearing a fascinator casually without looking like a Carrie Bradshaw wannabe? All legitimate questions that needed to be answered.

Biba has informed me about their latest collaboration with Vivien Sheriff, a British millinery legend. I got extremely excited because here was my chance to delve deeper into the enigma that was the casual fascinator. Without further ado, I wore it, I experienced it and here is what I found:

1. You don’t have to be at the races to wear one. This Biba fascinator is pretty classic. It wouldn’t look out of place at a wedding, evening party, christening – any formal gathering. But to me, this wasn’t enough. I wanted to go out to dinner wearing it without looking weird. There was no force on Earth that was going to stop me. So I did. I matched it with a pair of boyfriend jeans, a leather golden blazer and a sequin top. This is the secret recipe: Mixing low key with a touch of evening wear. If you balance it right, the fascinator will add individuality to your look.

2. You don’t have to limit yourself to dresses only when planning on wearing a fascinator. You can if you want to – but don’t feel that this is where the fun ends. No, no. We’ve just started. Think outside the box. After all, you’ll need that box once you’re done with the headgear for the day. Jumpsuits can be accompanied by headpieces, as can beautifully-tailored suits, or in my case – denim. To be blunt, if after the party or soirée you are remembered as the “one with the hat”, you didn’t quite nail it. If you are remembered as the “one with impeccable style”, you’ve reached legendary fascinator-wearer status.

3. You do have to feel comfortable and confident when wearing a headpiece. Hats can be delicate as they can be overpowering. You can hide that feeling you get when your high heeled shoes start to hurt or unbutton those jeans after a heavy meal (yes, ladylike), but if you feel even a tad disheartened by your headpiece, there’s no way of hiding that. Thankfully, there’s a remedy to prevent this from happening in the first place. This is fashion: chill, smell the flowers and have fun with your fascinator. There are already too many moments in our lives when we need to be dead serious, this is not one of them. Drink that extra glass of vino, laugh that extra decibel louder – you are in a fabulous headpiece, you CAN. If this doesn’t make you someone else’s #goals, nothing does.

Final thoughts: Inspired to try on a headpiece but are afraid to look ridiculous in it? Then let’s go back to my point about that extra glass of wine. I’m kidding. My genuine advice would be popping down to the nearest millinery or vintage shop and trying on as many headpieces as you can, the kookier, the better. We’re building up your immunity here. If you found one that complements your facial features, we’re in business. If not, simply continue by trying on smaller, more modest pieces. The fascinator that you’ll gravitate towards will almost always be an interpretation of your own personality. Are you an exotic bird of paradise or a classic geometric minimalist? You’ll be surprised how much you find out about yourself from the headpieces you’re naturally drawn to.

Do you wear headpieces casually? Let me know in the comments below.

Edita wears | Mexicana

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Necklace: c/o Hanna Altmann, Earrings: H&M, Skirt: ME+EM, Top: ASOS
Images Ming Chan
There is a whole list of countries I’d love to go to. I believe each and every country has its charm despite all of the problems we hear of constantly.

One of such places is definitely Mexico. When someone mentions Mexico to me I think of colours, chunky jewellery, frilly skirts, Frida Kahlo, phenomenally flavoursome food and smiles – smiles everywhere!

To create a look inspired by this joyous country, I had to go back to my love for yellow. In my head, if there’s yellow, there’s bound to be turquoise. These earrings by H&M as well as silk necklace by Stockholm based designer, Hanna Altman, ticked that box entirely.

I strongly suggest this pairing of high end and high street. I had girls running in high heels after me begging me to tell me where my jewellery was from. I was genuinely frightened at first, I kept thinking there was something wrong with me. I guess I was a-okay. More than that, in fact. I was the colour therapy that made people smile. Está chido!