October 31, 2021

Freedom is mine, and I know how I feel









SheIn statement collar trench coat  //  Audrey Leighton Vintage wrap dress  //  Past Treasures leaf earrings  //  Rosefield watch (find it here)  //  Mohito bag  //  AliExpress scarf (find it here)  //  Raye boots via Revolve (find them here)




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Iako nisam u potpunosti prestala da kupujem od brendova brze mode, primećujem da me njihove ponude sve manje oduševljavaju i da se sve više okrećem malim biznisima i brendovima koji stavljaju u prvi plan održivost, etičku proizvodnju i daleko više ulažu u kvalitet naspram kvantiteta. Naravno, u ovom trenutku mi budžet ne dozvoljava da to radim prečesto, ali nalazim veliku satisfakciju u tome da priuštim sebi jedan takav komad nakon perioda disciplinovane štednje jer znam da će mi trajati godinama. Jedan od njih je ova prelepa haljina brenda Audrey Leighton Vintage koji pratim od osnivanja, i čije se kolekcije sastoje od limitiranih kontigenata prepoznatljivih komada i vintidž dragulja renomiranih brendova. Ovaj brend je osnovala poezija od žene Audrey Leighton Rogers, žena čiji su kreativnost, radna etika, smisao za estetiku i čitav imidž nešto najautentičnije što možete otkriti. Ona je već godinama moje nadahnuće i ono što bih najviše volela jeste da budem jednako moćna, elegantna i bezvremenska poput nje.
Pauza između poslednje i ove objave je verovatno najduža od svih koje sam pravila u skorije vreme, ali mi je bila preko potrebna jer me je poslednjih mesec dana razorilo na najsitnije delove. Dvadeset i petog septembra sam izgubila tatu zbog koronavirusa i još uvek učim da prihvatam činjenicu da ga nikad više neću videti, pričati s njim i zagrliti ga. U mesec dana nakon njegove smrti naišli su i njegov 56. rođendan i punoletstvo moje mlađe sestre, i to što njega nema je bilo jako teško progutati. Moj tata je bio dobra i nežna duša, i voleo je život i ljude, i znam da bi voleo da se oporavim i vratim svom normalnom životu. Ovaj blog je nešto što me inače usrećuje i u čemu me je tata uvek podržavao, oko čega mi je neretko pomagao i zbog čega je, između ostalog, bio bezrezervno ponosan na mene. I nikad neću odustati od sebe, svog života i svega što volim - i znam da je on uvek tu negde uz mene.
U jednom od naših razgovora nakon što mi je ova prelepa haljina stigla, Audrey mi je rekla: "Nema bolje žene da nosi neku od mojih haljina." Mnogo je neverovatnih žena koje nose njene haljine, a ja ću dati sve od sebe da opravdam njene reči i budem jedna od tih žena - i ne postoji bolja haljina u kojoj ću vratiti svoj život, svoju sreću, svoju slobodu i u kojoj ću se ponovo osećati dobro.
U ovoj haljini se osećam hrabro - hrabro da budem ono što jesam.



Although I haven't entirely stopped shopping from fast fashion brands, I notice that their collections don't impress me as much anymore and that I keep turning to small businesses and brands that base their work on sustainability, ethical production and prioritize quality over quantity. My budget doesn't allow me to do it too often, of course, but I get a grand satisfaction in treating myself to one of such pieces after a period of disciplined saving because I know it's going to last for ages. One of such garments is this gorgeous Audrey Leighton Vintage classic wrap dress, a brand that I've been keeping up with since it was founded that creates monthly collections of limited edition signature pieces and carefully curated vintage treasures made by renowned brands. This brand was founded by a poetry of a woman named Audrey Leighton Rogers, a woman whose creativity, work ethic, sense of aesthetic and entire image are the most authentic thing you could possibly discover. She's been my great inspiration for years and what I'd love most is to be as powerful, elegant and timeless as her.
The break that I've made between the last post and this one is probably the longest one recently, but I desperately needed it because the last month shattered me into tiniest pieces. On the 25th of September I lost my dad to coronavirus and I'm still learning to accept the fact that I'll never see him, talk to him or hug him again. His 56th birthday and my younger sister's 18th birthday have come in a month following his death, and the fact that he's gone has been so hard to swallow. My dad was a good and kind soul, he loved life and people, and I know that he'd love me to recover and get back to my normal life. This blog is something that makes me happy and that my dad has always supported me in, something he often helped me with and something he's always been proud of me for, among other things. And I'll never give up on myself, my life and everything I love - and I know that he's always there by my side.
In one of our conversations we had when this beautiful dress arrived, Audrey told me: "Seriously, there's no better woman to wear my dress." There are so many amazing women who wear her dresses, and I'll make sure to do her words justice and be one of those women - and there is no better dress for me to reclaim my life, happiness and freedom in, and to go back to feeling good again in.
In this dress I feel brave - brave to be who I am.





86 comments:

  1. This dress is absolutely gorgeous on you Jelena. I agree with that sentiment for sure.
    Those boots are also beautiful with it.
    OXOX
    Jodie
    www.jtouchofstyle.com

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  2. Jako mi je zao sto si izgubila tatu tako mladog, znam da je gubitak bliske osobe gubitak koji se ne moze nadoknaditi i sa kojim se nije lako nositi. Uzmi vremena koliko ti treba. Naravno da bi sve bliske osobe koje smo izgubili zeljele da nastavimo zivot, ali nekad nam treba vremena da se vratimo nekim stvarima koje su nas veselile... i u tom gubitku i tuzi nema nekih pravila, svi nekako sami moramo pronaci nacin kako da ih cuvamo u sjecanju i nosimo se sa tim. Ja sam isto malo uzela pauzu od objavljivanja na blogu jer sam iscrpljena zdrastvenim problemima.

    Haljina je predivna...ova kombinacija odise bezvremenskom elegancijom.

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    1. Hvala ti puno na svim ovim divnim rečima, draga Ivana. <3

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  3. I'm so sorry for your loss.
    Gorgeous dress, you look really beautiful my dear Jelena!

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  4. I adore this wrap dress and love the boots! Amazing look!

    https://www.kathrineeldridge.com

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  5. This is such a beautiful black dress! And I'm so sorry to hear about your loss, sending love and hugs 💕

    Eileen | yesmissy.com

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  6. That's absolutely chic!

    Rika
    www.ferbena.com

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  7. So sorry for your loss! And you look absolutely stunning in this outfit! Wonderful Post! Have a great day!
    Rampdiary | Fineartandyou | Beautyandfashionfreaks 

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  8. That's a gorgeous dress and the polka dots scarf is pretty! You look fantabulous!
    xoxo
    Lovely
    www.mynameislovely.com

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  9. Beautiful drees and super glam accessories!
    Kisses, Paola.

    Expressyourself


    My Instagram

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  10. Absolutely gorgeous look and pics, darling! Your hair is amazing!

    xoxox,
    CC

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  11. I love love your outfit. Gorgeous!
    -Nina
    http://www.stylingwithnina.com/2021/10/how-to-style-color-brown.html

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  12. You look amazing in this outfit, loved you dress and bag. Happy Monday! xx

    Nina

    https://www.ninakobi.com

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  13. Divna moja hrabra i prelepa drugarica <3
    Haljina je zaista timeless komad i ne sumnjam da ces je nositi lepo godinama.

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  14. This is such a chic look! I love the dress and those boots are fabulous!
    I am so sorry for your loss, and am sending you love and hugs from France!
    Julia x
    https://www.thevelvetrunway.com/

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  15. What a beautiful outfit, you look so chc! I like that the dress is different with the wrap front, I will have to check out Audrey's clothes!
    I also want to say, I am so sorry for your loss, and want to send you lots of love during this tough time. I am sure your dad will continue to be with you every step of the way!

    Aimsy xoxo

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    1. Audrey's brand is really something special, and she puts everything she has into every collection without holding anything back. <3 Surely you'll find something because her signature designs are exquisite! Not to mention the vintage treasures she sources, truly precious gems!
      Also thank you so much for your kind words of reassurance, things like that have been so helpful these days. <3

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  16. Such refined outfit! Loooove your boots and bag!
    So sorry for your loss, dear, sending you a lot of hugs
    XO
    S
    https://s-fashion-avenue.blogspot.com

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  17. That dress is beautiful on you! Such a great black and white outfit as well, the polka dot scarf is a very fun touch.

    So sorry to hear of your Dad's passing though, it's a shame so many people are still killed by the virus.


    Away From The Blue

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  18. I am so sorry you lost your dad. I lost my mom last October not to COVID but cancer, I know how hard it is. Life can be really tough sometimes. But on a happier note, you look great in this vintage wrap dress. Good job with they styling!

    Allie of
    www.allienyc.com

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  19. I really like your outfit.
    I'm very sorry about your dad 😔.

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  20. I'm so sorry to hear of your loss. Hope you're coping and wish you well!

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  21. Sorry for your loss. I also lost my granddad to Covid. x


    Zoey | www.zoeyolivia.com

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  22. I'm so sorry for your loss, Jelena. Your father sounded wonderful.

    This dress is definitely so elegant - it really suits you :) x

    mia // https://beautiful-inspiring-creative-life.com/

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  23. I'm so sorry to hear about your dad, this outfit is so classy I love it on you! Milli x - http://millidavison.co.uk/

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  24. I'm sorry for your father, may God comfort your heart and your family! ❤
    I loved your photos, it's very beautiful!
    Stay well!

    https://www.heyimwiththeband.com.br/

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  25. totally love this outfit! really love your wrap dress dear

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  26. You look so lovely in those boots! What a cute outfit, and I like the earrings too. The building you are standing in front of is amazing! I hope these November days brings you much goodness.

    ~Sheri

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  27. Oh you look super chic.

    Have a lovely day.

    Ann
    https://roomsofinspiration.blogspot.com/

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  28. This dress is absolutely gorgeous on you Jelena. I agree with that sentiment for sure.
    Those boots are also beautiful with it.

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  29. Such a beautiful outfit, and the photos are gorgeous!
    It's awesome that you turn to more sustainable brands.

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  30. You look gorgeous! those boots are amazing :)
    kisses!

    My blog - Lalabetterdayz

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  31. This is such a chic look and I adore how you've photographed the small bag with the scarf attached; such a perfect finishing touch :)

    aglassofice.com x

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  32. I'm so sorry to hear about your dad- thinking of you!

    You look so chic here in these neutrals- and that dress is smashing on you!

    -Ashley
    Le Stylo Rouge

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  33. Dear, I hope you'll be better with the time goes by.<3
    Your taste are always so good, I love your style. It's unique as well as powerful.
    Hoping you have a nice day!

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  34. Dear, I'm so sorry for your loss, hope you could get better, your father would be very proud of you and the way you talk about you and your feelings. You look gorgeous and brave in this wonderful dress, such a great purchase! :)

    www.luciagallegoblog.com

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  35. Love your outfit and complete look. Hair is so on point.

    Love: Mariann Yip
    https://www.mariannyc.com/rituals-holiday-gifting/

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  36. Perfect outfit, in love with your dress!

    Kisses,

    https://www.theartofpaloma.com/

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  37. This outfit is truly so complete! I love the dress and the boots a lottttt!

    xoxo Simone | https://beautymone.com

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  38. Thanks for sharing such a great outfit idea! You're so lovely!

    Love,
    Ferbena Fashion Blog & Magazine

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