Florian Wowretzko

And here it is: my first behind-the-camera project! Majorly excited to share it with you guys and even more so because it is for the very talented Florian Wowretzko: a menswear designer with a soul and creative spirit I find truly inspiring and captivating.

dop: Irena Bozhilova (@irena_bozhilova)
editing & creative: Florian Wowretzko (@forianwowretzko)
assistant & consultant: Alina Zaporozcenko (@thexsky)
music: Krzysztof Penderecki – UTRENJA II – The Resurrection of Christ, II. Strichia & Erykah Badu – I want you

ELLE Bulgaria x Style Hunter

I am so happy to share with you my new Style Hunter page for ELLE Bulgaria, this time round it’s from the city of lights and Coco Chanel: Paris!

November issue cover
my style hunter page
Svetlana Bevza, designer from Ukraine
I find white quite enchanting, it’s got that attention-grabbing power that no other color has. And she is wearing her designs head to toe! Amazing!
Marta Pozzan is a model, blogger and actress from Los Angeles. It was her beautifully fluffy vintage coat that wowed me, but it is her eclectic style that has kept me going back to her blog itssuperfashion for daily inspiration.
Charlotte is from New York, model and style guru. Minimal make up (if any!) teamed up with charming smile, Haider Ackermann jacket and every fashionista’s dream combo: Louis Vuitton bag & Christian Louboutin shoes, she certainly knows how to shop. Go and check out her tips on soyouthinkyoucanshop.
Lenka is a buyer from Georgia, who was in Paris looking for exciting new designers to show in her boutique Pierot Le Fou. Her tropical print maxi dress brought a bit of warmth to otherwise bone-chilling Tuileries.
It-bags may be fading away but Céline can never be overlooked! Yu is a fashion marketing student in Paris and knows well the power of yellow over the camera lens: bright, pop colors always photograph well.
Natalia (above) and Nefeli (below) are fashion bloggers from Greece, and yes you are not seeing double: they are twins! Both love to experiment with their wardrobes and are not afraid to be funny and stylish at the same time. How cool are Nefeli’s sun glasses and Natalia’s YSL clutch? Love from first sight! Check out their blog here.


Style inspiration from Paris: the designers

Feeling the cold these days and in need of some serious tre tre chic style inspiration.

Left to right: Kim Trager, Anne de Grijff and Lowell Delaney

They are all designers and friends, I caught them having a quick coffee break outside their showroom space in Le Marais during Paris Fashion Week.

Kim Trager and Lowell Delaney are a design duo and creators of Trager Delaney, a brand that is ‘making waves’ this season as Vogue UK says, click here to read more. Kim is wearing Paul Smith blazer and Moscot glasses. Lowell is head to toe in Trager Delaney (apart from her Stella McCartney boots).

Anne de Grijff is from Amsterdam and famed for her clean, structural designs. She is wearing her own collection.

New York in 4 days: last day

Time to say Goodbye

After that drenched first walk in Central Park I owed it to myself to have another go and actually enjoy the park. In the end though, and as Eric warned me, after an hour I was a bit bored with the beauty of the Mall and Bethesda Fountain.

The Mall
the Bethesda Fountain
walking through the Mall
vintage poster ads, the Mall

In the last hours I had in the city I wanted to enjoy Williamsburg and New York’s best spots for freshly ground coffee and heart-warmingly delicious bites. For the first time I had coffee without sugar and that can only mean I’ve had the best coffee ever: courtesy of Blue Bottle on Berry Street. And if you ever find yourself close to the Bakeri on Wythe Avenue indulge in their famous banana cake.

delicious breakfast at the Bakeri, Williamsburg
cool interiors at the Bakeri
the best coffee, Blue Bottle
beautiful street art, Williamsburg
the Wythe Hotel, amazing roof top bar (on my check list for next time)
the cutest sad dog ever!
what Williamsburg is all about

New York, I love you!

P.S. And see you soon x


Вместо сбогуване

В последните ми часове в Ню Йорк реших да потърся убежище в Central Park. Ерик беше прав, когато ми каза: „Central Park е много красив, но повече от час и ще ти омръзне, все пак е парк“. След час и половина забързах крачка през The Mall – пътечката с извитите дръвчета, която познаваме от филмите, послушах малко уличен джаз и се отправих към популярното кръгово кръстовище Columbus Circle, където се освежих с малко шопинг в J.Crew, една от най-известните вериги магазини в Щатите, подобна на английската Topshop, но с малко по-високи цени. Дойде време да се отправя към последната си спирка – квартал Williamsburg. Кафе културата е много важна за нюйоркчани и затова ви препоръчвам да седнете в някое квартално кафе именно там, ще се изненадате приятно! Уникално вкусно е изпеченото на място кафе в Blue Bottle (www.bluebottlecoffee.com), а ако сте в East Village, насладете се на атмосферата и невероятното кафе в Ninth Street Espresso (ninthstreetespresso.com). След кратка почивка в Blue Bottle се отправих към Bakeri (bakeribrooklyn.com), още едно от местата, препоръчани ми от Ерик. Банановият кекс е едно от най-популярните им тестени изделия, а и кафето също не е лошо. Williamsburg е кварталът, който остави най-трайни следи в мен със своите нашарени от графити улици, първичен артистичен дух, винтидж магазинчета, великолепна гледка към Манхатън, уютни кафенета и пазари, където цените са далеч по-ниски от Soho. Точно тук бих могла да прекарам живота си.

P.S. New York, I love you!


New York in 4 days: day 3

The best day of my trip!

Day 3

The sun was out and it was high time I went to Soho. First though it was Brooklyn Bridge with its striking views of Manhattan. The Freedom Tower and Empire State Building reminded me of not so long ago events and just what this city is all about: standing tall no matter what and the American dream that so many people pursue and so few live in.

On my way to Brooklyn Bridge
Peeking through, Manhattan Bridge
Empire-Fulton Ferry State Park
Brooklyn Bridge
The Freedom Tower standing tall
Empire State Building is in the distance
Blue skies over Manhattan
Brooklyn Bridge Park
Up close, Brooklyn Bridge
Wishes from around the world, Brooklyn Bridge
Pacing through the bridge with my baby blue SP x Wolverine boots

Next up on my itinerary was New York’s shopping and street style heaven: Soho. There are only a few shops where I can really lose myself (my conscious-, budget-wise self that is) and What Goes Around Comes Around is in my top 5. If you, like me, covet vintage Chanel and Valentino than maybe you will be entering dangerous grounds. I felt like Breakfast at Tiffany’s but instead of gorgeous diamonds, one-of-a-kind 2.5 vintage Chanel bags made me drool my heart out.

What Goes Around Comes Around, Soho

In a vintage haze I continued my Soho walk through Mercer and Greene Streets only to go head over heels, or should I say desire over finances, into Rag & Bone‘s store. I love the label and even more so their new collection, so an hour passed in seconds. Fresh salad with avocado and orange spurred me down to Bloomingdale’s where a Marc by Marc Jacobs watch was sitting pretty on the counter for me, and unbeknown to me Bess NYC was anxiously expecting my presence a block away. Little correction here, it was the other way round really, the anticipation was from me as I found myself entering the brand’s only store on 292 Lafayette Street. Despite promising not to spend anymore money on shopping, vivid images from Punk: Chaos to Couture came flashing back in my mind and I indulged in another buy, which I am particularly proud of: washed out, white denim waistcoat with embroidery on the back.

Prince Street, Soho
West Broadway, Soho
Wooster Street, Soho

Street art, Soho

‘That was it for me and shopping’, I was off to an ear-popping ride to the dazzling heights of Empire State Building’s 102nd floor. Rush hour is the best way to describe it…but well worth it, at least for the first time in New York that is. The views from both 86th and 102nd floors are truly mesmerising and the experience of visiting that iconic building is spell-bounding. However, next time I will be admiring the city skyline and Empire State Building from the Top of the Rock, hopefully in a more peaceful setting, ideally with a glass of something in hand and no eager tourists buzzing about like headless chicks.

Upper Manhattan
Building blocks
Looking down
Concrete jungle
My favorite building: the Chrysler Building
Lower Manhattan

What a day it was and it ended in the best way possible: with a Joe style pizza. x


Време е за Soho!

На следващата сутрин се събудих, обзета от паника – бях в Ню Йорк вече трети ден, а все още не бях видяла култовия квартал Soho! Първата ми спирка за деня обаче беше Brooklyn Bridge, където яркото слънце обгръщаше Empire State Building в тънък мираж, а Freedom Tower се извисяваше гордо, напомняйки за великата история на града. Дойде време и за Soho – раят на шопинга и уличния стил. Бутикът What Goes Around Comes Around (www.whatgoesaroundnyc.com) бе като приказка, или по-точно като филма „Закуска в Тифани“, но вместо изящни бижута, всеки, прекрачил прага на магазина, оставаше омагьосан от винтидж чанти и рокли на Chanel. Излязох с празни ръце, но с пълно с мечти сърце един ден да нося винтидж чанта Chanel 2.55. Продължих разходката си по Mercer и Greene Street, където бутици на известни дизайнери ме изкушаваха на всяка крачка. Ако и вие като мен харесвате Rag&Bone (www.rag-bone.com), не пропускайте магазина им на 119 Mercer Street. Прекарах един час там и останах възхитена от обслужването – любезният персонал дори раздаваше малки бутилки вода на входа на съблекалните. Задължително посетете и Bloomingdales (www.bloomingdales.com), където можете да си вземете нещо от щанда за козметика или аксесоари, както и задължителната малка кафява чанта (Little Brown Bag). Аз си тръгнах с часовник Marc Jacobs, за който често получавам комплименти. На касата не забравяйте да споменете, че сте турист, за да получите 10% отстъпка от цената! И така, с моята малка кафява чанта в ръка, казах „Край на шопинга“ и се отправих към Empire State Building. Но само след три пресечки останах омагьосана от магазина на Bess (bess-nyc.com). Това е единственият магазин на марката, истински рай за почитателите на пънк и винтидж стила. Как да не пробвам нещо? Мръсно бял винтидж елек от деним с етно бродерии на гърба ме грабна веднага и сега е една от любимите ми летни дрехи. Слънцето вече залязваше и с бърза крачка се отправих към най-близката станция на метрото. Да, знам че Empire State Building е едно oт най-посещаваните от туристите места, което беше в разрез с плана ми, но откъде другаде бих могла да хвана в обектива си целия Манхатън? В последствие разбрах, че има такова място – сградата Top of the Rock (www.topoftherocknyc.com). Там гледката може и да не е от толкова високо, но за сметка на това е доста по-спокойно, а и е съвсем близо до Empire State Building. В края на този дълъг ден имах болезнени мазоли по петите, а дупката в стомаха ми беше по-голяма от Central Park. Душата ми обаче ликуваше, особено след като изядох цяла пица.