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Wednesday, April 25, 2018

NOTTINGHAM AND MORE...




(I might not be the biggest fan of taking photos after all)


How does a bathtub sound to you? No, I'm not talking about a real-size one, but this one also has a small floating duck around...

In Milan it's always something new, whether we see it on Instagram or just hear about it at Uni, we're constantly seeing something intriguing. So this time we went into Nottingham forest to see for ourselves, what does this forest in a city have to offer?

The place is rather small, reservations are obviously something that isn't possible in a forest, but they make up for it (even my ten minute wait time) just with the sheer offerings of cocktails (cuz guys, I have never seen a bigger menu in my life). What a friend of mine saw online was creatively called Sephora, yep like the beauty metropolis, and once that bubble bath cocktail tub arrives you get the message behind it...we indeed pampered ourselves! (although, almost not finishing the mixture of champagne and vodka)

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Monday, April 16, 2018

AGITA IN THE CITY








So often (once a day), one particular friend of mine and I sit down and have a tea. That and a cheesecake muffin accompany spontaneous rants, idea and pep talks unlike any others offered on TED. After that the only conclusion we can reach is...let's go somewhere.

A mimosa, a martini, or wine later, we have found another dream spot to hang out in.
The Yard, actually a hotel (what a surprise to find me in one of those) is hiding in it the Doping club, a secret membership option and for all us regular humans drinks can be arranged too. We went without any reservation and ended up having 4 couches just to ourselves up until the end of our stay (those actions sometimes do go the opposite way considering we are talking about Milan here).

My personal favorites are thus far definitely Madame D, and for after Zumbrowka (as you might have guessed it has vodka in it). For me even cocktails with vodka aren't that bad, but I do admit they aren't for everyone. I also do suggest to eat up before going anywhere, this place, although it offers food isn't really my go-to for the preparation, I would suggest you visit one of those old-school Italian places, usually normal prices and REGULAR SIZE PORTIONS!!!

For photos this place definitely has it's charm, it is filled up with different items, all representing fun activities or evoking memories of travel and those 50's business men with their Cuban cigars. I myself developed this strange fascinations for cigars and the first day after all exams are done I always go and buy myself one, sit on the terrace and just relax.

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Friday, April 13, 2018

24H IN COPENHAGEN...




Me tired before the taxi came to pick me up for the airport



A heaven for cocktails... (Bronnum)


Boarding our Ryanair flight


It hides a lot of good places for food and beer!


Frederik's Church


Aleks happiness in between bicycles


A wonderful coffee spot in their theater!


Welcome to behind the scenes...


The guards at the palace


The little Mermaid


And ofc, nowhere without my signature pose...





Don't you just love the thrill of a good spontaneous travel? My friends and I embrace it (regularly too!). My often so casual Wednesday turned into a Danish treat and I fell in love with it!

Booking the Ryanair was easy, airport-to-city transport a blast (just hop on the metro and after approx. 6-7 stations you're there)

After carefully reviewing lots of Instagram pages, travel sites and written guides, the decisions on what to see were still unclear (there was so much, and we had so little time, but we refused to say no to even a thing). Instead, wise as we were, the Copenhagen criteria for this travel were established:

A random direction will lead the way! And so it was. The botanical garden (definitely climb up the stairs in the glass building, up into the palm trees you go), military base, royal palace, Frederik's church, library (with a neat cafe in it, not to mention the hard-working students), a castle or the ever so mesmerizing Little Mermaid (definitely the hot spot for tourists and worth the waiting for a photo) amazed us with their beauty. What's more, everyone is on their bicycles ready for action. Personally I was looking forward to renting one myself, but sadly not all of us could do it. There are lots of options, from rental shops, to the bike stations (you might also know these from Milan), but unlike in Italy, here no one is looking to steal one, but almost everyone has one (blonde approved XD). But what I admire most is the respect people have for their surroundings, ecologically friendly, low carbon emission, fresh salty air is guaranteed!

Another thing I found very interesting is that, apparently Denmark really is the country for me. Everyone loves their brunch! No kidding but for the most part of the day in all those nicely rounded up cafes (each with a soul of its own, but still they all work together for the perfect Instagram picture) everybody seemed to be getting their brunch on..

The museums are the dream of every art lover, sadly for us the time limit did prevent us from doing even more things, but we nailed it anyways! When you enter them, make sure to check out the information tablets, as they also provide a guide to what is free to visit on which days and what hours! And if your trip is blessed with good weather like ours was, you should definitely take a moment sit on the grass and just soak up the sun (I even got a bit of a sunburn XD).

When it comes to food: pastries, pastries and even more pastries are the motto to live by. With so many cute places there I think you should just pick out the one you like most by yourself! For me the Vogue guide definitely didn't lie and Lagkagehuset  (exists in multiple locations throughout the city) is a pearl, let's face it we all crave a danish cookie sometimes! We also tried their famous hot dogs and we loved it! Now, for some solid food, I gotta admit, the burgers in Milan really aren't the best, so at first I was scared to try some there,but they turned out amazing, and what better atmosphere to eat them in than a gas station, Gasoline grill is the food highlight you are asking for!

The prices are something you should think about beforehand, they are higher than Milan for example, because of the higher standards of living there. Coffee can cost around 5 euros, and brunches from 15-30 euros. The metro tickets there are valid for 90 minutes, just like in Milan, but cost 5 euros, you should buy yourself one straight at the station when taking the metro, since it is valid immediately from the moment of purchase, but what is convenient is that you don't need to additionally validate them anymore, just hop on, and explore!

It has captured my heart, spending my time on travel is essential, I hope you get the chance to discover Copenhagen the way I did (and that you will hopefully have even more time to do so). I wish you a happy 1st of May, lots of love & travels!

XO
Aleks



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Thursday, April 12, 2018

BRUNCHES & LADIES






This week I am back! Back in Milan, and what better way to kick off my arrival, than a new place, both for you guys & me. We all know that brunches like in those Dynasty episodes took over the world, our Instagram and the accompanying goals lists, this week I checked in at the WestIn (well, at least for brunch), and trust me it is worth it. From salmon to shrimps, prosciutto to meat, 10 different kinds of salads and lots of sweets, there is a lot to choose from!

What makes things even better is that if you choose to book your next visit over the Fork you even get to save up, while eating up. The app has turned into our most trusted companion, from dinners, to drinks it always has our back.

My favorites: fresh pressed orange juice and smoothie offers, together with the one and only chocolate cake, topped off with a bit of white wine (which sadly isn't included in the price)

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Saturday, April 7, 2018

BEING ALEKS...



Being Aleks, asking questions.

Time goes by so fast! It seems, like just yesterday I had started my Uni career, and the feeling some of my colleagues are in a constant fear of missing out, not being in the lead and not having done something is still very strong. TIME FOR A PAUSE, at least according to my latest research. Since there are now so many books out about taking time to detox from media, its influence and the latest trends, I'd say, I think you should maybe reconsider your priorities (a friendly suggestion from the hidden resting bitch face in me), even when it comes to affecting the joy of us others while studying.

Yes, you! I'm talking to you, you that is trying to prove yourself to others, lashes out with information and life advice that in this age category cannot be adequately explored by you. When enrolling, I thought to myself: it's something I decided, I want to do this for myself, and am going to make myself proud. What I didn't expect was the concentration of curiosity and discrepancy between what people want to know about you, and the thing they tell you about themselves. It is drastic, and sometimes horrific, because if you let loose or let other peoples words affect you, you may be trapped in what I like to call the stranger danger effect. Letting their words and their insecurities sink into you, while they only look and protect what they work for...

Living 1000 km away from my home, it is kind of hard getting the thick skin out, but it also let's you see that sometimes not everything that shines is gold. It is written in the fine print, at the end of the page, the real thoughts, feelings and motives of why people sometimes act unkind. It is not something I think one should not react to (although in my age, I think it just bursts out sometimes), it is something we learn to avoid, not by shutting ourselves completely off, but by knowing our values, listening carefully and developing that inner radar that is so often needed.

For me it was a long road, a bumpy one, but after almost 2 years, I think I have found my tune, my way of taking time to work on my goals, studying hard, without being interrupted and not letting anyone's comments affect the way I feel, express myself and do things, because, (and yes, I;m ending it in the true being Aleks manner)would they do the same?

The answer so often is simply a sad no....

BACK IN BELGRADE..





Finally at home! Currently the nice weather has started to come out, and that brought me out and about in the city I very much love. Exams done, a bit in delay with returning books to the library, but very much cheerful! 

Currently just strolling around the city and catching up with friends, I dress comfortably, yet try to keep it chique (maybe it works, maybe not, but that is for you to decide), but one thing is for sure, I love me some theme shirts, like this one with Star Wars on it!



Sunday, April 1, 2018

MY SKINCARE FAVORITES

Having healthy skin isn't always the easiest thing to accomplish. For me, it is really challenging since my skin is on the sensitive side of life. In the winter it dries out easily, while in the summer it tends to clog. Finding a balance between the two states is something I always aim for.

 Since about a month I have been experimenting with my skincare routine, and dare I say it, we have a breakthrough! I don't like using to many products, and yes I am a creature of habit, if something works I do stick with it. So I suggest we start from the beginning, when my alarm goes off in the morning...

8 AM: The struggle is real...

I always start my day with a refreshing cleans. I do this with nothing other than Baby soap by Merima. I have tried out many face wash gels, but I always seem to come back to this simple thing, a soap. It has been around ever since I was a baby, and the formula is just amazing, it cleans, purifies in a gentle way. But, beware, do moisturize afterwards, since it tends to dry out a bit (especially sensitive skin).

That is why I usually go in with my Nivea creme straight afterwards. I just find it the most suitable for my skin. Another creme that I often use is the Bioderma Sebium Hydra one, it is very light, and easier absorbed than the Nivea one, my definite favorite for summer days.



10 AM: When I do have obligations...

Usually one can see me running around without make up, but when I do have to make an appearance somewhere I don't make a fuss abut it. Two of my favorite foundations for going from day to night and city chique in a glimpse are the L'Oreal True Match and the Lancome Air De Teint. With them and a bit of Clinique chubby stick on my lips I feel my best...




SUNDAY, 15 PM: About to be relaxed...

I am an avid fan of pampering and I think that after a long and work-packed week we deserve it! I like to keep my Sencha green tea close, occasional Wine n' Dine scheduled and rewarding my skin with a nice mask or nourishing scrub, like this new smooth sugars one from L'Oreal. For me it is best when I apply it max. 2 times a week. It gives me that instant refreshed feeling and doesn't dry out the skin.


My Easter is a bit later, but I know a lot of you are already in the festvities. I hope you have a wonderful weekend! Let's all enjoy the holidays!

XOXO Aleks