26.6.12

Prague haul and Oasap giveaway

So, this is my last post about Prague, at least for the time being.
On the 1st of June which, by the way, was the fifth and the final day, we didn't do any sightseeing. Our driver from Prague Airport Transfers simply picked us up at the reception of our hotel around 08:45 AM and drove us to the airport through the extremely intense traffic. Obviously we did some "mandatory airport shopping" there and incidentally our flight was delayed for not far from an hour. And when we finally arrived in chilly Estonia, my toes started to freeze instantly, without any delay. Now I highly miss the pleasantly warm, even enjoyably hot Prague weather.


I was wearing: tunic/dress worn as a top - /thrifted/; skirt - Sheinside; watch - D&G; peep shoes - Topshop.

 
And when everything else is said and done, we come around to my purchases from Prague, or actually the preview of the greater part. Therefore, I'll start with the beauty products (from left to right):

* Clinique Lashes Top to Bottom set -
the kit features Clinique's top-selling and at the same time my all-time favourite High Impact Mascara (x2) and Bottom Lash Mascara (x1) which is specially designed for the small, hard-to-reach lashes on the eye's lower rim. It features a micro-mini brush and precision application, also a smear-resistant formula, according to the brand.
And I was lucky to get it because this fresh-baked set was created only some months ago!

* Manufaktura Beer Hair Shampoo and Beer Hair Balm -
both contain pure Czech beer and grain extracts which make hair stronger and naturally bright, also reduce its fragility and give it a fresh look. The hop content supports hair growth and calms scalp. I definitely have to mention the delicious bitter-sweet flavour that lasts for days and I love it though the balm doesn't unfortunately make big combing wonders when it comes to my curly hair. Both products are good and I have to wash my hair only twice or thrice a week, not every other day like earlier.
By the way, beer is a unique source of vitamins and minerals with regenerative effects and I'm happy with the shine those two products deliver. It's so important when you're an owner of rather long and considerably thick hair.

* The Body Shop Strawberry Shower Gel and Chocomania Shower Cream -
I had to upgrade my shower gel reserve which was actually non-existent anyway and I already knew those 250 ml TBS shower products last for several, even for many months though I take a shower every single day. I guess it's even not necessary to point out how heavenly those two smell!


Anyhow, now the preview of the not yet worn (aside from the bag) accessories and clothes.
In addition to my Topshop Jazzhands glitter peep shoes in nude I purchased some Topshop laundry (the pretty mug is from Patrik Daič, a Czech ceramist), blue Lacoste camera bag (which I already use as an everyday handbag because the handle is super comfortable and I love the simple yet classy design) and F&F ottoman rib dress in mint. I also got a pair of fancy snake print pants, beautiful kimono blazer and a 2-pack of socks, all from the well-known H&M.
I didn't make heaps of purchases since I'm utterly choosy but I truly love everything I got, so be sure to tell me what you think because I also love hearing from you :)


Additionally I simply have to tell you about an amazing giveaway hosted by Oasap.
There are 152 pieces of silk dresses and blouses for You to win! The giveaway will carry on until the 10th of July and I'll be choosing some of the winners out of you.
So, here are the easy rules:

1. Follow this link and sign in your account on oasap.com. No account yet? Register to get a 20% off coupon code.
2. You need to choose the size (click on the product image to see the size details) and then vote!
3. One account may have at most 3 entries: that is to say you can vote a maximum of three items.
4. Winner(s) will be contacted through the e-mail(s) used to register account(s) on oasap.com.

19.6.12

Prague: day 4

And we are already down to the 4th day (the 31st of May) in the unbelievably fascinating and historical Prague. Our 4th day was mainly filled with discovering the other side of the Vltava river: Hradčany and Malá Strana (Lesser Town).

Hradčany, the Castle District, is the district surrounding the Prague Castle. The castle is said to be the biggest castle in the world at about 570 meters in length and an average of about 130 meters wide. Its history stretches back to the 9th century.
Mighty St Vitus Cathedral is located in the castle area and it is the country's largest church, containing numerous side-chapels, frescoes and tombstones, not forgetting the nave's beautiful coloured stained glass windows created by famous Czech Art Nouveau artist, Alfons Mucha.

The name "Lesser Town", on the other hand, derives from its position on the left (west) bank of the Vltava river, on the slopes just below the Prague Castle, in opposition to the larger "towns" of Prague on the right bank, to which it is conjoined by the Charles Bridge.

I and E. walked up the Petřin hill and that was an extremely exhausting but at the same time in every way pleasant climb! Petřin (327 m) is a hill in the centre of Prague and it is almost entirely covered with parks, so it's a favourite recreational area for the inhabitants of Prague. The main sights we saw there were The Hunger Wall, Petřin funicular, Petřin Lookout Tower and Strahov Monastery. Strahov Monastery, by the way, is a Premonstratensian abbey founded in 1149.

 _St Vitus Cathedral_
 _Petřin funicular_
 _St Vitus Cathedral_
 _Strahov Monastery_
 _a familiar girl on the Charles Bridge_
 
But discovering the left bank of the Vltava river was not our only goal on the fourth day, so we also revisited the Botanical garden siding our hotel because E. wanted to buy some carnivorous plants. We saw the greenhouses which contained tropical plants, wet subtropical plants, cacti and succulents. By the way, I used to collect different cacti when I was a rather little girl. I think now I have (only) four in my kitchen. Anyway, the greenhouses were thoroughly reconstructed during 1997-2000 and their area was enlarged to 2000 square meters. Oh, and there was a piercing pond inside one of the greenhouses!


Since it was already the last proper day in Prague, we ate out twice that day and both times I was very fond of chicken, so I had chicken salad for lunch and chicken hamburger with divine french fries for dinner.
When you're in Prague, do visit Krok Zpět restaurant & pub (Vyšehradská 31, Praha 2) because during our journey no other eatery could compete with Krok Zpět where we ate twice. While many of Prague's eateries add like 10 or 15% of so called tip money to your bill by themselves (which was not so polite though the amount of money wasn't actually big), Krok Zpět left an opportunity to do it voluntarily. Well, and simply look at my delicious dinner!


(In the evening) I was wearing: cardigan+belt - H&M; white knitwear - American Eagle Outfitters /thrifted/; top - New Look /thrifted/; skirt - Sheinside; bag - Guess; studded flats - Jeffrey Campbell.
  
 _in front of our hotel, Park Inn Hotel Prague****_
 
Obviously our last day included some last minute shopping in Palladium where I bought bits and pieces from H&M, F&F and The Body Shop. I'm going to let you peep my purchases in the last post about Prague, so definitely be prepared! For the time being enjoy the photos and once again be sure to let me know what you think because I appreciate all of you and your opinions.

13.6.12

Prague: day 3

Hello, it's already time to look back on our third day in Prague and to be exact the 30th of May was essentially dedicated to shopping. But not exclusively, so we started with sightseeing in Old Town (Czech: Staré Město), the medieval settlement of Prague. Via ritzy Pařížská Street we strolled towards Old Town Square where The Old Town Hall Tower proudly stands. It's a curious amalgamation of buildings in different architectural styles - its earliest elements date from the 14th century - and expanded as Prague grew in importance. The Town Hall was badly damaged in World War II and was rebuilt over many years. Its tower is 69,5 m high and worth the climb for splendid views.

Inside is a staircase and an elevator. Obviously we picked the spiral-like staircase to create some catchy memories. From the tower we saw for an example Church of Our Lady Before Týn. That church, known as The Týn church, was founded in the 14th century and became the most important church in Prague's Old Town. The church was completed in 1511 with the addition of the southern spire. Both spires measure 80 m.

_Pařížská Street_The Old Town Hall Tower_
 _Church of Our Lady Before Týn_
 
And now briefly about shopping: my favourite shopping centre was Palladium, a multi-level shopping mall featuring over 200 shops, including well-known H&M, Topshop, Topman, The Body Shop, Clinique and so on. I purchased goods from Topshop, H&M and Lacoste but in this post you're only going to be able to steal a glance at my premier pair of Topshop Jazzhands glitter peep shoes in nude.


After the tiresome shopping we enjoyed delicious chicken with vegetables and heavenly cold Czech beer at Krok Zpět restaurant & pub. And then we walked in the middle of the vastly green and wild outdoor expositions of Botanical Garden of The Faculty of Science of the Charles University in Prague. The grounds of the Botanical garden contain around 5 000 plant species which have been imported from original central European localities since 1904, so they also represent a unique genofond collection.

In the end of the utterly tight day I rewarded myself with a yummy banana split. Though I shared my dessert with him, E. still needed that heavenly cold Czech beer of course.
Altogether I hope you like the wide-ranging sortment of photos and be sure to let me know what you think because I love hearing from all of you!


I was wearing: sunnies - Prada; white top - Guess Jeans; denim shirt - zoey m.; skirt - made by my grandmother; sandals - Tamaris.


ps. I'll be celebrating my b-day on the right day, the 14th of June with my colleagues and later,  on the 16th of June together with my family and relatives, so a lot of cooking and organizing will come my way starting from tonight!

8.6.12

Prague: day 2

First of all, this time I had one hundred and fifty-seven photos to choose from, so please don't wonder why I have added more than 20 for you to marvel. I just couldn't help myself.
Therefore, our second day in Prague was the 29th of May and it included (in chronological order which of those sights came first) Prague Zoo, Troja Chateau and Vyšehrad.

_on our way to the zoo_
 
Prague Zoo was opened in 1931 in the district of Troja in the north of Prague. The zoo occupies 45 hectares and houses about 4 400 animals that represent 670 species from all around the world. In 2002 Prague suffered the worst floods in its history: a large part of the zoo was under water and many animals died. Fortunately the zoo soon recovered.

Already in 2007 Forbes Magazine listed Prague Zoo among the world's best zoos together with Animal Kingdom in Orlando, U.S.A.; Basel Zoo in Basel, Switzerland; Beauval Zoo in France; Berlin Zoological Garden in Berlin, Germany; Bronx Zoo in New York, U.S.A.; Chester Zoo in Great Britain and National Zoological Gardens of South Africa in The Republic of South Africa. By the way, have you visited any of the best zoos in the world?

We used a small zebra patterned ship to sail to the zoo along the Vltava River and our zoo adventures started at 9 o'clock in the morning when the ship departed, and ended approximately at 16:00 when we headed to Troja Chateau. I believe I don't even have to mention how wonderful and utterly adorable all the animals, birds and other creatures were. I truly hope you can see and feel all those genuine emotions through my photos!


Anyway, before cruising back to downtown Prague we slightly explored Troja Chateau which is a Baroque castle from the 17th century. It's a sophisticated and decorative building, projected by Jean Baptiste Mathey for Wenzel Count of Sternberg. The chateau is richly decorated with large paintings and has a garden designed in French style.

The main hall is connected with the garden by a monumental staircase, embellished with interesting sculptures: there are statues of Antique Gods and Goddesses, fighting with Titans. That could also be the origin of the name "Troja" which gave the name to the whole Prague district.

_on our way back, Charles Bridge_
 
To end our second, particularly eventful day in Prague, I and E. visited Vyšehrad, sometimes referred to as "Prague's second castle". It was built in the 10th century on a hill over the Vltava River and within the castle is the Basilica of St. Paul and St. Peter, as well as Vyšehrad Cemetery, containing the remains of many famous people from Czech history. Due to its position on a high rock just above the Vltava River it offers nice panoramic views over part of Prague. In my opinion the view down was insanely high because I didn't imagine at all, how mountainous Prague actually is!


So, to pull things together I hope you enjoy the crazy amount of photos from Prague Zoo, Troja Chateau and Vyšehrad. As always, be sure to let me know what you think :)


I was wearing:
*during the daytime: top - BLENDShe; skirt - Sheinside; sandals - Tamaris; sunnies - Prada; watch - D&G; bracelet - Oriflame;
*in the evening I added: cardigan+belt - H&M; sneakers - Seppälä; bag - Guess.

ps. Still, on a completely different note: I received my very first item from Sheinside which is one of the web's first online stores, reaching back to year 2008.
So, I got myself a Vintage Star Printing Chiffon Asymmetrical Skirt and I honestly was tickled pink when I opened the package and tried my skirt on for the first time. It's perfectly flying, girlish and what's the most important characteristic? It's high-quality! And I haven't seen anything like that here in Estonian stores nor did I in Czech stores last week. If you're a true fan of asymmetrical clothes then certainly go for it because it's perfect for those hot summer breezes and it attracts heaps of compliments from people around you!