Carina Vardie


As I'm in the process of decorating our new flat I wonder if I could decorate it as fabulously as Elan Cafe? Not sure the boyfriend would let my craziness go to that extent, but imagine how beautiful it would be. I already purchased a pink chair for the "office" area, which has brought me a lot of joy. Really looking forward to buying the last bits and then sharing a home haul and home tour. Our first flat in London hadn't been what I envisioned which is why I never shared too much of it, however the new one is a dream. It makes me so happy to wake up in a place that feels like my home, changes your whole mood for the day. Funny how some small details make all the difference in the world. Of course home is where your heart is, but let's be honest the environment you live in makes a difference. Trust someone who has lived in 5 countries and over 10 homes. 

I always find that creating a space you feel comfortable in, zen and happy can actually help inspire and inspirit you. As an example, in our first London apartment I never wanted to film because it didn't represent me, it felt disconnected and inappropriate. Now I'm creating a corner that not only makes me happy, but inspires and represents me. It's not even finished and whenever I look at it something inside is happy and feels motivated to create content. I've had a vision for a long time, but recently my biggest inspiration has been my sister. She transformed her new flat into a content creators dream. Every corner oozes with charm and chicness. While I can't show you the new apartment yet, expect petrol blue and pink motives, alongside marble and gold details. Know that Elan has been my inspiration, but without transforming the flat into an overly feminine space. 

Where did you draw inspiration from when decorating your home?

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It's been quite evident that my posts and vlogs have been all over the place, following no schedule. I had been quite good with my "Monday, Wednesday, Firday, Sunday" schedule, but after my US holiday I have been having a huge block. I put a lot of effort in finding the perfect outfits for the trip and creating posts to go up while I'm away, as well as finding the ideal spots for the perfect content. If you follow my Instagram, you'll see all the wonderful pictures we took - which I'm very proud of. 

After returning from holiday I was extremely excited to start producing blog posts yet felt unsure what to write about. I put a lot of pressure on myself to start creating more content and even though I have a lot of ideas I haven't managed to put them down. The more I thought about it the more it stressed me out. It troubled me that the content wasn't out on time, that it wasn't what I promised myself and that I was having a huge block. Basically the more I thought about it the bigger my creative block got, until I understood I need to relax.

Creative blocks are quite common, everyone experiences them. Instead of obsessing about it try taking a break from it all. When you're passionate about what you do taking a break isn't easy, it consumes you. What's worse though, taking a break or publishing content you're not proud of? In the end it depends on you, if you're only interested in having some content out there then go for it, but if you care about what you produce then a break could be nice. Meditate, look for inspiration, put down ideas of what you would like to create, but don't put pressure on yourself. Take the time you need and do things at your own pace. Step back and realize you're only human, so give yourself permission to have a break. 

Have you experienced a creative block?

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Las Vegas is a magical and mysterious place, a disruptive reality where time seems to stop. From an architectural and innovative point of view it's simply amazing what was created there. This was my second time in Vegas - if you remember the first time I took you along all the great hotels on the Strip. I have seen most of them back in 2014 but I still love to visit and admire them, they deserve it. I'm always fascinated by the flamingos at Flamingo Hotel and by the interior garden decorations at Bellagio, which never cease to amaze. You can never get bored in Las Vegas! I love the diversity and chaos, so much fun and I recommend everyone visit at least once. 

Have you visited?

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I can't believe we're at the end of this travel vlog series, the videos were delayed quite a bit but I hope it was worth the wait. Which vlog did you enjoy the most? I think this is one of my faves though it's the longest. Go check it out and show it some love!

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From a young age my parents always took me on hikes in the forest and they tried to make this a regular thing for both my sister and I. We would go on hour long hikes in the woods and always went up to the mountains, I remember we did it weekly during a period of time. As I grew and went through adolescence it didn't interest me and I starting refusing to go on hikes preferring to stay in the city. A couple of years ago something changed and a sudden wish "boiled" in me, one of wanting to get in touch with nature again. How funny, strange and ironic is that? After refusing to hike for a good decade I now was searching for an opportunity. When I told my mum she started laughing, rightfully so. 

As we were planning our Vancouver trip I discovered the Capilano Suspension Bridge Park and honestly it just looked like a fantastic scenery for pictures. When I got there however it all clicked. I felt like a child connecting with nature and the pictures weren't the only thing on my mind anymore.  Of course I still took 100 pictures, let's keep it real, but there was more. The air was so clean it felt hard to breath at times, but it was so serene and relaxing. If possible I would visit yearly, being in nature helps improve concentration, creativity, it's good against stress and there are so many more benefits. Needless to say how much I recommend this experience to everyone. 

Do you like going on hikes?

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Navy and white stripes are always a must during the summer time, the nautical theme is perfect to bring summer vibes into the city. What I appreciate most about these striped loose fitted trousers is the combination of both thin and thick stripes. The blend of both types of stripes give the trousers more character. These type of trousers elongate and flatter the figure, which is why I adore them so much. I find they look best with some sort of cropped top, on this day I had chosen a light knit cropped jumper, but with the current heatwave a barely there crop top might be a better choice. The fabric of the trousers is lightweight which is why they would still be wearable with this London heatwave, however you're probably better off wearing a lightweight flowing dress. 

Are you living in the UK? How are you dealing with this heatwave?

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Kisses
The Chihuly Museum has to be my favorite background for pictures that I encountered this vacation. The playful colors and shapes are mesmerizing. It's inspiring to see what Dale Chihuly has created, actually it's magical and pictures don't manage to do it justice. This was one of the places I had carefully planned to visit and shoot in. To honor the captivating creations I choose a playful dress with asymmetric cuts and patch-like fabrics combing pastel colors. 

My summer styling has been quite feminine combing pastel with white-ivory shades in light weight and flowing fabrics. I adore structured pieces even for the warmer months, but I've felt a stronger pull towards ruffled chiffon flowing dresses this season. Every time I see street-style pictures of bloggers wearing flowing dresses I can't help but to fall in love and dream of ways to shoot such a fabulous piece. 

Another must have for the summer that has made its way in my heart have been the slingback shoes. I've loved the original Chanel slingback almost from the beginning, however had a harder time warming up to the dupes and similar styles other brands created. Though I must admit to  loving the Dior slingbacks also from start. After purchasing the pair featured in this post I fell in love with the style. Not only are they flattering, but they are also comfortable and chic. 

How do you feel about slingback shoes?

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