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.
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.
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?
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.
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?
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!
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! 🙂
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.
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!
I am enjoying home made lemonade!
Traditional Kibinai. Image from Google.
Kibinai with cottage cheese. Image from Google.
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.
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!
Long walks combined with long conversations… You simply walk without knowing where you are going. You are following the path. Eventually you stop, find a place to sit, enjoy the nature and your lovely company. You feel as this is your place, you belong here. This feeling is magical and brings a lot of good emotions. Have you experienced something like this while being on holiday?
Small, pretty and cozy, previous fishing village, situated on the east coast, which is on the other side from Palma de Mallorca. The town is called S`illot. There are pedestrian ways, where you are able to walk or bike to other nearby places, such as Sa Coma, Cala Millor and Porto Cristo. The beach in S`illot is quite small, so walking to the beaches nearby is a great solution. And oh, one more thing, parking is free all around. Even arriving at 9pm in July, we found available parking spot. Well, don’t have that high of expectations for the parking spot looks. The most important thing is that you can find a place for your rented car which is nearby and completely for free! We stayed at the Universal Hotel Perla, which was located by the beach, with great service and delicious buffet breakfast.
You like night life? Well, then this town is not that great of a choice. The only night place they provide is called Crazy Monkey Bar. There wasn’t that much action when we visited that place, but the music was still fully on. The positive thing is that the whole dance floor is yours! If you are brave enough to dance alone of course, it takes courage to start something, such as dancing when no-one else is doing so. But always remember, that life is actually too short to constantly be afraid of everything, especially things you want to do. If you want to dance, but are afraid of what people will think of you, who cares, you will probably never see them again after that night anyways and they are sipping on those fancy cocktails and will probably join you after a while. So let your hair loose, put on a favourite dress and dance for as long as you wish. The dance floor is yours!
S`illot is also close to an amazing place called Cuevas del Drach. The cave situated in Porto Cristo has been known since the Middle Ages and has a maximum depth of 25 metres below the ground level. There is an underground lake situated in the cave called Lake Martel. This Cave visit ends with a short but beautiful classical concert performed by four talented musicians playing in the boat. There is completely dark in the cave, except of bulbs situated in the musicians boat. Wonderful experience! You can simply close your eyes and enjoy the magical moment. And there is a boat trip at the very end across Lake Martel!
One more thing which we did that was very fun. That was a boat ride. Two hour long boat ride through splashing water, both dark blue and crystal clear turquoise, with some amazing views of caves, cliffs and cities. I also had my Marilyn Monroe moment while on the boat, (which you can see on the second slideshow), since the wind was so strong as the boat moved. It was so much fun! Also not to mention the guy that pronounced all the places we arrived to in a very amusing way. You have to really experience it to understand. But the memories are strong which means it was amazing!
So good to look back and actually realise that nature is constantly changing and days are noticeably getting longer. Then it is easier to appreciate the warmer weather and brighter colours. Spring is slowly but confidently knocking on our windows.
Personally I have been living in Oslo for the last 4 years. Oslo is the capital of Norway and it`s quite small, but a lovely city with lots of nature and beautiful architecture. It has a laid back vibe, where people do not really rush that much. I really enjoy taking walks in the streets, especially on Saturdays, when the street musicians are at their best and people enjoy their day off. However, you will see most people outside on Sundays, as Norwegians love to run, sit down, take walks or simply enjoy no matter what kind of weather. Shops are closed on Sundays here in Oslo which makes it rather a perfect time to enjoy the beauty of nature.
Royal Palace behind me
Karl Johan, leading to the Royal Palace
Travel Video I made down below, consists of the best known places in Oslo worth visiting, such as:
Royal Palace; The main street called Karl Johan; Main building of the University of Oslo; The City Hall (Rådhuset); Area around Oslo Central Station; The Norwegian National Opera & Ballet House; Cathedral (Dom Kirke); Vigeland Sculpture Park; Movie Theatre Colosseum; Holmenkollen area and Tower; Aker Brygge, Nobels Peace Centre and more.
It is worth noticing that it is a winter travel video where cold colours dominate and nature looks quite different than it does now. Follow me through lovely Oslo and maybe we will stop for a cup of coffee in the end? Let me know if you would like me to make a summer video as well!