2011 Highlights

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Whether we like it or not, 2012 is just around the corner. Before we start setting off fireworks and sparklers, popping champagne and wishing each other a Happy New Year, I decided to sit down and summarize 2011 in a couple of sentences and photos.

While I have noticed many people being dissatisfied with 2011 and hoping for a better upcoming year, I can undoubtedly say I'm grateful for everything that happened to me throughout these 12 months. At the same time I'm really excited to see what 2012 brings, beginning with Friday, which is my 18th birthday... I will be entering adulthood in style!

First of all, I certainly developed my passion for travelling. This year I went on three wonderful trips, saw a number of incredible places and met some inspiring people. Let's begin with my trip to Italy in May, which definitely was an unforgettable experience. For me, a person whose main role model in life is Audrey Hepburn, being able to walk down the same streets she did with Gregory Peck in 'Roman Holiday' was a source of inspiration.

Then, in June, I visited Slovakia and the amazing Polish mountains, where despite my lack of scouting skills, I managed to climb to the top of this mountain- 1152 metres above the sea level. We spent our days wandering around the town, cooling off in clear mountain streams and relaxing in Slovakian thermal pools. However, I have recently come across a bunch of photos from that trip and I was planning to make a separate post about it.... so I'll leave it here.

At the end of July, I set out to visit my family in Germany.  It was beyond amazing to spend some quality time with people I don't get to see on a daily basis, organise short road trips, throw barbecue parties in the backyard and practise my (unfortunately, still basic) language skills among native speakers. In addition, it turned out they have impressive end-of-season sales.... what's not to love?

This year also gifted me with new friendships, which will hopefully appear to be long-lasting ones.

'The world comes to life and everything's bright
from beginning to end when you have a friend by your side
that helps you to find the beauty you are, when you open your heart and believe in the gift of a friend...'

This song is, in my opinion, a pure definition of friendship. William F. Halsey once said: 'All problems become smaller if you don't dodge them, but confront them'. I can undoubtedly say I managed to do that with the help of my friends and I ended up being much stronger.

Last but not least, the road of self-discovery brought me where I am right now- the community of fashion bloggers, constantly evolving and defining my style. Those 8 months I spent with you have been a wonderful and unforgettable time. I'm thankful for every single reader and comment, you give meaning to this whole blogging experience of mine. All I can say is, I hope that it will keep getting better and better with each passing day. There is something I would like to achieve in 2012 and I have already made some plans, so keep your fingers crossed!

Happy New Year to all of you, may this upcoming year be full of joy & love. It's the time of new beginnings and I hope 2012 will be filled with success so that you can make your innermost dreams come true!

Let the party begin!

It's down at the end of Lonely Street at Heartbreak Hotel

As some of you might have already known, I'm a small-town girl living in a place that is livened up only in summer by a number of tourists, including amateur sailors and nature lovers. Therefore, you can imagine how much furore has been created by an announcement that an old Teutonic Knights castle will be turned into a 4-star luxurious hotel to attract more visitors. The grand opening has recently taken place and of course I couldn't resist and visited the place on their open days.

This picture was taken on entering a two-storey suite. That's where I let my romantic side out, as I have been dreaming of having similar stairs in my future house ever since I was a little girl- even my favourite Barbie house playset contained them. What immediately springs to my mind is the thought of looking at the significant other from the above feeling like Juliet on her balcony. I told you I can be a hopeless romantic at times- consider yourselves forewarned :)

(You can click on every image to enlarge it.)

My outfit:

Coat- Allegro
Tunnel scarf- Reserved
Handbag- H&M
Boots- Forever 21

What are your impressions? Would you be willing to pay this place a visit?

All I want for Christmas is...

Even though all presents have already been bought and wrapped up in brightly coloured paper, I decided to take a second to compile a list of what I would like to find under the Christmas tree this time. It's still hard for me to believe that the big day has come and our traditional Christmas Eve supper is less than five hours away. Where has this year gone? Looking outside my window, it doesn't look like Christmas at all. It's been raining cats and dogs all day and all I can think of right now is 'I'm dreaming of a white Christmas...'

Anyway, here's the list I promised:

1. A lace dress from H&M.

2. Vintage jewellery.

3. A bottle of wonderful perfume.

4. Some shoes from DeeZee, preferably nude.

At this point, I would like to wish all of my lovely readers a Merry Christmas. May this day be magical, filled with joy and spent among your loved ones because love is what matters the most. Free your hearts from worries, after all Christmas is a time of forgiveness. Last but not least, may Santa bring you all your dream presents.

Here's the video that put a huge smile on my face:
All I want for Christmas is you.
I can undoubtedly say it made my day. So rad! I hope you're gonna like it as well.

Last Christmas I gave you my heart...

I can honestly say going through old photographs has recently become one of my favourite activities. What really amazes me is the fact that you can make any moment eternal with just a snap of a shutter. Regardless of how much time has passed, watching photos always brings back memories and never fails to put a huge smile on my face. My trip to Italy has definitely been one of the highlights of 2011. Pretty much to my surprise, having opened the 'Italy 2011' folder I came across some last year's Christmas pictures that must have been misplaced and immediately decided to share them with you.

Since it's about time we put our Christmas tree up, a heated discussion started whether to go for blue/silver or red/gold decorations this time. The opinions were mixed until I saw the photo of Ariana Grande's Christmas tree posted on Twitter.

I can undoubtedly say it was love at first sight.... or, should I say, love at first tweet. On Saturday me and my Mom went to the Christmas Bazaar. I let my creative side out and picked some lovely decorations. Unfortunately, there were no red bows in stock, but I hope the result will be at least half as satisfying as originally planned.

Tomorrow afternoon, me and my classmates are meeting together with our form teacher to celebrate our own Christmas Eve. Everyone is scheduled to bring a Christmas dish and we drew lots to decide who each person is buying a present for. I will definitely keep you updated!

And while I'm away, I'll leave you with a couple of my favourite songs to make you feel oh-so-Christmasy. Always works for me!

Wham!- Last Christmas
Mariah Carey- All I want for Christmas is You
Shakin' Stevens- Merry Christmas Everyone
Cliff Richard- Mistletoe and Wine
Sarah Connor- Christmas In My Heart

What are your favourite Christmas songs?

Saint Nicholas Day

In many countries 6th December is known as Saint Nicholas Day. Here, we have one of the most unique and interesting traditions. When it gets dark and all family members are getting ready to go to bed, we sneakily stuff their shoes with gifts. I can still remember when, being a little girl, my parents made me clean my shoes claiming that Santa always ignores the dirty ones. Or, not locking up the front door because of me constantly asking 'How will Santa get into our house?' Good times. The more grown-up you are, the less fun it actually is... but I find myself looking forward to this day every single year anyway.

In the afternoon, there was a special Saint Nicholas Day performance in our local cultural center. They have gathered both dance groups and teen music bands. Considering the fact that some of our friends were taking part, me and my best friend decided to go and show them some support.

Here are the pictures of me right before going to the concert. Excuse the quality, but they were taken with my phone.

                                                                 Knit cardigan- H&M
Floral dress- H&M
Grey boots-
Forever 21

What are the Saint Nicholas Day traditions in your country, if any?
Feel free to drop me a line!

Blog of the week

Fashionfreax is a fashion community enabling people to share photos of their outfits, rate other people's looks and submit thoughts on fashion. My blog has recently been chosen to be featured in their 'Blog of the week' tab and I was asked a couple of questions.

Here's the full interview:

The blog of the week – This week we present to you the blog Glamourxkills, by Dominika (Glamourxkills) from Poland. Dominika is 17 years old and her main passions in life are music, travelling and fashion. What inspires her the most is discovering new places, meeting new people and her dream to become a fashion designer in the future. Two of her dream cities are the Big Apple and the British capital, and she is quite sure that some day, it’s exactly where she will end up. As she plans on living on forever, you will probably hear from her, but for now, you should check out her answers to the questions we sent to her!

How did you get in touch with fashion?

Even as a child, I used to wear girly dresses, take my mother's or grandmother's high heels and pretend to walk in them. I started taking fashion seriously a few years ago, inspired by various fashionistas and celebrities.

Why do you have a fashion blog and for how long for?

A few years ago, while thinking about my future plans, I came up with an idea to study Fashion Management or something fashion-related. I started my blog in April 2011 as a way to meet people with similar interests and make sure that's what I want to do in the future.

What are your favourite blogs?

There are so many blogs I read on a daily basis, but my favourite bloggers are: Allegra (allegrabj.blogspot.com), Lauren and Madison (awkwardgirls.blogspot.com), Vale (fashionandcookies.com) and Natalie (lucyandtherunaways.blogspot.com). All of them are really stylish & inspiring.

What do you do in your "real" life?

I am a 17-year-old high school student who's taking advanced courses in History, Polish and Social Studies. When I have some free time, I hang out with my friends and listen to my favourite music. In summer I enjoy visiting different countries ;)

Do you have a favorite designer(s) or fashion icons?

I love Jeffrey Campbell's designs. They're so unusual and every single one looks like a work of art. As for fashion icons, my biggest inspiration is Audrey Hepburn. I could watch her movies all the time and I aspire to follow in her footsteps one day.

Would you like to say anything else concerning your blog or in general?

I would like to thank fashionfreax for choosing my blog, it means a lot to me! I am just a beginner, but I would like to encourage everyone to visit my blog. I really enjoy meeting fellow fashionistas and I believe I will keep getting better and better ;)
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