Sunday, March 23, 2014

My Georgia: Roinashvili's Mona Lisas

The impressions from my trip to Georgia were overwhelming.  I am not even attempting to try to describe my emotions from seeing my dear friends I had not seen in 20 years.  I do want to share with you photos of some of the things I brought from Tbilisi.  My favorite "souvenir" is the book about Georgian photographer from 1800's Alexander Roinashvili.  It actually consists of two books with amazing photos of landscapes from Caucasus and photos of people from different regions of Caucasus in their ethnic dresses. 
Roinashvili's photo studio was a popular place for "rich and famous".  The photographer himself dedicated all his earnings to promotion of literacy in Georgia (the literacy rate in Georgia currently is at 99.7%). 

Have you ever noticed how serious people looked in early photo-portraits?  I assume having a photo taken was perhaps once in a life opportunity.  I've noticed many of Roinashvili's muses were smiling, well barely smiling but still smiling.  I can only assume ladies smiled for the master because of his pleasant and friendly personality.  After reading about Roinashvili's extraordinary life and after viewing his magical photos you too would have a smile on your face :)

Friday, October 4, 2013

Georgia on My Mind

I am so excited to share with you that I am traveling to Georgia (my home-country) in November!  I left Georgia almost 20 years ago and only went back once (13 years ago).  So it will be so nice to see my old friends again.  Excited and nervous at the same time. 
I remember feeling as if I moved to another planet when I came to the U.S. 20 years ago.  Now I'm afraid I'd have the same eerie feeling visiting Georgia. 
I've been looking for comfy jeans under $50 for my trip and after what seems like having tried 100 different styles I finally made my choices:  Lee Classic Fit from Kohl's and Old Navy Boyfriend Jeans.  Also, while I was at Old Navy I fell in love with these sweatpants

Metalina boots in Cheetah - Nine West
everything else - Target

And yes, I did buy those turtlenecks from Target.  Seems like I had not worn a turtleneck in ages.  I think I might be ready for them again.  Gives very minimalistic look plus it's great for layering. 

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Celine Inspired Fur Lined Sandals DIY under $10

What I used:
Rubber sandals from Walmart (Men's Shoe Department) - $6
Black craft fur from Hobby Lobby - $2.99
Constraction paper, scissors, needle and black thread, glue (E6000)

trace and cut your foot shape from construction paper

place your paper foot form on top of craft fur and cut leaving 1/2" excess
pin with sewing pins and hand-stitch
glue fur lining inside your sandals
(or leave it unglued if you want it to be removable)

Inspiration Celine Spring 2013 Ready-to-Wear

For more authentic look try genuine leather sandals (Birkenstock perhaps) and black rabbit fur ($11.99 at Hobby Lobby). 


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