Blossom

Value of a single rose should be appreciated.

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Whole year roses put their all energy,

To blossom for You,

For a short time, but in all sincerity.

Not only bring some satisfaction to your eyes,

But also fragrances that will make you come back.

Roses in full bloom,

Beautiful and full of life.

They can stick you and won’t appear as beautiful.

But only for a while,

The view will turn your mind.

And after all, if you enjoy,

The fragrances they make for all,

You should accept the little thorns.

 

I never promised you a rose garden.

Only one true rose.

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I really like to visit parks in summer, especially where you can find all kinds of beautiful roses. That is my inspiration for this post (and it is also a weekly photo challenge for Ooh Shiny)! There is a park in Oslo called Vigeland Sculpture Park where you can find beautiful roses. In Lithuania you can find a garden besides Palanga Amber Museum, where I took these photos. Let me know of the beautiful parks full of different roses that I should visit one day! 🙂

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Much love and positivity,

Ruta Antana

 

Meet&Greet with Baby Tigers in Klaipeda

So where should I start this fun adventure? I never thought I would do this. I didn’t have a single thought about this particular meet in my head. Especially I couldn’t imagine Lithuania as a place where you can greet baby tigers. But as I once wrote a song “Unexpected Things Happen”. Indeed, that is the truth. When you least expect it, then you get it. These things make life exciting!

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Look at those eyes!

The day started with us deciding where we wanted to go. Klaipeda Zoo is 10 kilometres from Klaipeda and that didn’t seem far away or uncomfortable to get to, because we had a car. We didn’t have high expectations for the place. This Zoo was started by one man called Edvardas Legeckas, already in 2001. But only in 2014, the place got the Zoo status and changed its name. However, we were nicely surprised when we entered the Zoo area, since it looked quite big, with lots of people visiting.

The first thing that caught my eyes on the way to the ticket office, was people touching and enjoying the company of small baby tigers, inside a building, with windows all around. It was a unique sight. Then I understood – I wanted to have this experience in my life. We payed 15 euros each, to be able to meet the tigers for 10 minutes and patiently waited for our turn.

When our time came, it was impossible to hide the excitement and happiness. You could instantly notice different personalities and moods of the tigers. There was one white tiger, obviously tired, chilling on the blanket in the corner. Another white tiger seemed to attack my leg, but the lady who took care of them said that he was just being playful and handed me a toy to play with him. So there I was, playing with a tiger for the first time in my life!

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Another thing I wanted to do in those 10 minutes we got there, was to pick one tiger up and hold him in my hands for the picture and simply see how it felt like. To be honest, I tried to pick the tiger up probably around 5 times, if not more. Every time I got scared because they were quite heavy and the second I tried to lift one up, he made a weird noise. I noticed one man lifting tigers up and down with no fear, even though they made the same sounds. After that, I thought that I can do it as well. And voíla, I did it! My facial expression and huge smile says it all. I didn’t know my smile could get this wide before this meet&greet happened! It was totally worth it!

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Adorable babies! ❤

I hope you enjoyed reading this story and will look forward for more! 🙂

 

Much love and positivity,

Ruta Antana

 

White ZARA Jacket + OOTD`s

Can you imagine when a clothing item is meant to be yours?

You discover it for the first time when the store launches their new collection. It catches your eyes immediately and you think it looks amazing. However, at the time, the price seems a bit too high, so you simply walk away and forget about it.

Only to discover the sales after some months. And then you meet again, after a while, but still the same attraction… Completely random if you think about it, but at the same time perfect timing, as you will realise later.

You walk closer, there is only one jacket left. Your palms start to sweat slightly and slowly while you carefully lift the price tag, to look for which size is left alone. And then, you imagine sparkles in your eyes and feel the joy drifting through your body. All this because this is your size! You feel a desire to shout in excitement so the whole store could hear you. Obviously, you keep it inside of you and instead try the jacket on, there and then. Don’t bother going into the changing room only for a jacket, when there are mirrors everywhere. You put it on and it fits perfectly and looks really great on you! Why wait anymore, you go and buy it!

This is the story about my Zara jacket which I bought on sale before my trip and wore it almost everyday in Lithuania. I guess it is not that bad that it was chilly there. As my friend said to me – in spite of the weather conditions, at least you got a chance to wear this beautiful jacket. 😀

Here are some OOTD`s with this jacket from my vacation in Lithuania!

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For more outfits, watch my videos from Klaipeda and Palanga!

 

Much love and positivity,

Ruta Antana

Lithuanian Sea Coast: NIDA video

The last video of my Lithuanian Sea Coast series is here. I hope you enjoyed these videos and you are looking forward for what is here to follow! ❤

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Personally, I have really enjoyed making these videos and sharing them with you guys, because I got a chance to relive these beautiful moments. Making this kind of travel videos in general is a big passion of mine. And I know for sure that it will be so amazing to watch these summer vacation videos in winter time and see how beautiful my home country is, if you look at it in the right angle. When sad thoughts come into your head, when you simply cannot wait for the warmth, sun, vacation and summer activities, memory videos like these help a lot. Also for inspiration, happiness and beautiful views. You simply get reminded of blessings in your life.

Enough of the sentimental thoughts. I guess, I am missing this vacation already. 🙂 Let`s talk a bit about this vacation resort town called Nida. This town is indeed really beautiful with its own charm and relaxing vibe, situated in the centre of Neringa municipality. As you can see in the video, it is way smaller than Klaipeda and Palanga, and we only stayed there for half a day. We took a ferry from Klaipeda to Smiltyne, which took us only 5 minutes. It is really fast. And then, if you go by car, it takes around half an hour to drive from the ferry to Nida. You also drive past Juodkrante, which is also a small, nice and cozy resort. There are beautiful bike paths from Smiltyne to Nida. If you are a sporty person and bike enthusiast, try biking both ways!

You will find one main path by the sea, both for pedestrians and bikes in Nida, which leads you to the beautiful dunes (kopos in Lithuanian, as I am saying in the video, since I really didn’t know the word dunes then). Dunes is such an unusual landscape created by the sea and wind. When you get up the stairs, you get to see a breathtaking view, which you have to experience yourself! Only there and then you understand how fragile and at the same time mighty this landscape is. Behind the scenes were us, simply sitting on the sand, enjoying the view and eating fresh strawberries from the garden.

There is a feeling of slow life in Nida. As you can spot in the video below, while we walked besides, an old woman was slowly hanging her newly washed clothes on the wire for them to dry outside. Around two hours later, when we walked back to the car, the woman was still slowly hanging the clothes and talking to her neighbour. How cute is that? This shows that you have to really slow down in Nida and truly relax.

What is a bit sad about this resort is the fact that it`s quite expensive. However, it is totally understandable why. The climate of Lithuania won’t let the tourists enjoy Nida in any other season, except of summer. Restaurants, hotels and other businesses only have three short months to do their thing. It is natural that they have to increase their prices in order to survive. Also you have to pay 20 euros in order to be able to drive into this beautiful town with a car. And you know what, there wasn’t a second that we doubted whether we should go to Nida or not. It is totally worth it!

Enjoy the video in HD and I hope you will visit Nida some day! Also check out my Palanga and Klaipeda videos in my previous posts, if you haven’t done it yet, and feel free to tell me what you think! 🙂

 

Much love and positivity,

Ruta Antana

Lithuanian Sea Coast: KLAIPEDA video

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How are you guys doing?

I have been in my home country Lithuania for the last couple of weeks. The most of my time was spent by the Lithuanian sea coast, which is on the eastern shore of the Baltic Sea. The weather wasn’t that pleasant at times, as August tends to be a warmer month there. However, we had such an amazing time doing different activities.

I decided to do a Lithuanian Sea Coast series, consisting of 3 short Travel with Ruta videos from the cities Klaipeda, Nida and Palanga. I will tell you more closely about some special and exciting things I have done while abroad in other blog post. For example meeting some super cute baby tigers in Klaipeda Zoo and I will share some outfits of the day.

Let`s start our journey together by watching my travel video from Klaipeda, the third largest city in Lithuania, situated by the Baltic Sea. This video consists of sightseeing, beautiful beaches and of course some funny dance moves, just the way I like it. While I am in progress with different exciting activities, I usually forget to film. Not only forget, but there is simply no time for filming when excitement hits your head. Therefore, my travel videos usually don’t include activities, but rather sightseeing and nature.

I hope you will enjoy it and catch that good and happy vibe, which you can use as inspiration for positive travels in style! Follow me and we will be in touch. (Don’t forget to watch the video in HD.) 🙂

 

Much love and positivity,

Ruta Antana

 

 

We Love Colourful Weekends + OOTD

Recently, my amazing friend Valda visited me in Oslo for a couple of days and we were lucky enough to experience some sunny days, considering the unexpected weather conditions. And what can be better than spending the day walking slowly around the city centre, talking, laughing, taking pictures, grabbing some ice coffee and in general just enjoying your time? But in order to really feel good about yourself, put a bit of effort to combine an outfit you will feel confident and beautiful in. And here it is, you are ready to take over the streets!

Pastel and bright colours are wonderful choice on sunny days, as they appear fresh, playful and clean. Don’t let the sun over shine you, be someones sunshine and make them smile! 🙂 We chose to make outfits with my two pastel jackets. As my love for ripped jeans is still here, I could not resist to mix those with my jacket. Red purse was my biggest accent and accessory along with my pastel yellow jacket. My friend chose light blue cropped jeans that matched her beautiful light blue blouse and shiny leather shoes was her outfit accent along with the pastel pink jacket.

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Also my guy joined our colourful day bringing some orange into the picture ❤

 

Much love and positivity,

Ruta Antana

 

Two Choker Tops that I Love

If you have asked me half a year ago, what I think about a fabric choker, I would answer you that I don’t quite get this trend. Why would anyone make a hole in a top, instead of leaving it be as a turtleneck? But then I tried one on, and it grew on me. I absolutely fell in love with it and how it looks on me. I really like the fact that it looks different and the part on your neck has a unique accessory look. The scarfs are one of my favourite accessories, that means I am very used of keeping some fabric on my neck. Therefore a choker top fabric gives me that comfy feeling that I like.

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Also amazing makeup by Indre Antana. ❤

How did this choker trend from the 90s became so popular nowadays? For the past year, a lot of trends from the 90s came back, such as overalls, high waisted jeans and jumpers. Trends go around and come around only with new fabrics and details. The choker trend started on the runways in 2016 and then celebrities took it over and this highly influenced people to try it on themselves. This accessory is an easy way to adapt 90s trend to any outfit and that is probably why this trend grew on people so quickly. Nowadays, it is no longer considered as a 90s “cool girl” look. It became a key item and a distinct accessory.

I haven’t tried any choker necklaces just yet, guess I am a bit slow on things. I like to try and “taste” things in my own pace, without rushing or going with the flow. Chokers seem to slowly fade away, since the long necklaces take over their place. However, lately I have been thinking about of getting one shiny choker for summer, to make an outfit more interesting. What do you think about chokers?

 

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Song of the week:

 

Much love and positivity,

Ruta Antana

Cat Café in Vilnius, Lithuania

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Ladies by the Cathedral of Vilnius.

When I was visiting my home country Lithuania last year, my brothers wife gave me the best suggestion – to visit the one and only Cat Café situated in the capital Vilnius. My nephew was dreaming about this cafe for a long time and I also didn’t hesitate to give a positive answer. I also invited my amazing friend and we headed off to the train station for our short and fun adventure.

The day started in a very unusual way. It was the end of July and the weather was typically really good. We took on our summer clothes and headed for a mini bus which was suppose to drive us to the train station. While sitting on that bus, we saw the sky slowly getting darker and darker. And suddenly, it started to pour! It was not only some summer rain. It was literally pouring with lighting getting the sky brighter, thunder making remarkable sounds and small ice cubes hitting the bus windows. Well, you can imagine our reactions. First, we laughed and then it got a bit scary to leave that bus. However, nothing would ruin our great trip mood! We ran from the bus to the train station, got really wet and laughed so hard it was hard to breath. The day got really interesting!

When we finally arrived in Vilnius (a one hour trip from a city called Kaunas), before we went to our goal place of the day, we decided to visit a beautiful public park called Bernardinai Garden (Bernardinu Sodas). There are botanic exhibitions, fountains, flowers and green areas with benches and small stream of water.

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The peak of this trip could be our running in the rain, but the Cat Café (Kačių kavinė) was originally our goal and took over the attention. And you are probably wondering what this café is all about? Do they serve cats there? Well, I want to calm you down. This café has many beautiful cats that walk around and you can look at them, pet them, buy them some treats, take pictures, go and play with them while you are waiting for your food, after you are finished eating or in between if you like. Therefore, the Cat Café is all about smiles and good vibes!

It is a very exciting and unusual concept that will definitely give you something to talk about. I have to say, that the cats are not that enthusiastic, probably very used to all of the people, attention and therefore not so excited to play or do something other than laying around or sleeping. However, if you decide to buy them a treat, which you can do right there, as my nephew did, then you will get surrounded by the cats and feel the real attention. Would you like to visit the Cat Café?

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Last but not least, how could we not go to one of the little cafes situated in the beautiful and lively Old Town of Vilnius? Delicious cakes, coffees, lovely live music delivered just next to you by talented street musicians. Perfect ending on this little and exciting trip!

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Still life in Vilnius Old Town with Gediminas` Tower on the hill in the background.

 

Much love and positivity,

Ruta Antana

 

Vacation for You

 

What lies in the word – VACATION?

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A huge desire for relaxation,

Or having fun on exploration?

Letting go of your frustration,

Or simply getting to a different location?

Doing wild and cute flirtation,

Or being peaceful with meditation?

Knowing you don’t have to go to work organisation,

Or being at home without any temptation?

 

Vacation or holiday is a time when someone does not go to work or school,

But is free to do what they want.

Looking at words above you will notice a pattern,

Vacation basically means individual preference for being happy.

The time is yours, to travel or relax…

But the most important thing is to enjoy every second of it,

Because quality beats quantity.

 

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Much love and positivity,

Ruta Antana

 

 

 

A day in Trakai, Lithuania

I was looking at some older photos and remembered one very nice trip that took place last July. So I decided to happily write about it!

When I visit my home country Lithuania, my girl friends and I have a tradition to visit a lot of different cafés. It is very exciting and fun. Since we were little girls, we used to save some money and visit our local café for a little treat. We always thought that it was a great way to spend some time together, catch up on things and treat ourselves properly. However, the last time I visited Lithuania in summer, we decided to do something different – to spend a day in Trakai. And of course, it included treats and goodies! 🙂

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The Castle of Trakai.

A short train ride from the capital of Lithuania, which is Vilnius, you will find a small but rather beautiful town called Trakai. It is a historical town and lake resort, which makes it a great tourist attraction with beautiful nature, history, culture and relaxation. We started our trip by taking a train from Vilnius to Trakai, which took us around half an hour. After that, we walked through the park by the lake to the city centre,  where the beautiful castle of Trakai is situated. Where people walk slowly, go for a boat or yacht ride, take lots of pictures, buy various of things in the streets and eat delicious food in the restaurants. Trakai is also very popular place for wedding photoshoots.

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While walking to the town.

Since the walking takes quite some time, it was about time to grab something to eat. And you ask what you could eat while visiting Trakai? Well, all Lithuanians know Trakai of their traditional heritage, which is called Kibinai (singular: kibinas). Therefore, You should definitely order one of those while visiting this beautiful town. But what is Kibinai? Basically dough pastry filled with meat and onion. It is usually made with different meats so you can choose the kind you prefer the most. Also they have vegetarian Kibinai, filled with cottage cheese and spinach. Delicious!

 

 

And guys, it was such a hot day! My shorts were literally glued to my legs. It was almost impossible to be in the sun. So after we ate, we found a wonderful shade spot under the trees besides the castle. There we sat, read a magazine and simply enjoyed peaceful surroundings.

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The Castle of Trakai is situated on the island, surrounded by lake Galvė. There is a bridge leading you to the castle, and you can walk around it for free, and inside can be visited by buying a ticket. This wonderful visit of ours was ended with some tasty ice cream and by taking a yacht! It is also one of the most common attractions in Trakai. On the hot day like that, it was perfect, so relaxing and beautiful. Highly recommended to spend a summer day in this beautiful town!

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View from the yacht in Lake Galvė. The Castle of Trakai in front.
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Ladies in the yacht.

Much love and positivity,

Ruta Antana