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September 2013


“in order to TRIUMPH you must try”

and welcome to the trendy September issue!

Summer is almost gone, but there is no need to be sad! You know, whenever something ends, something new (even better!) is beginning. For some, new school year may not be the joyful occasion but what about a new season? The new FASHION season? September is the time to put away your fairy summer clothes and bring in some warmer ones. To help you stay on top of everything, in this special issue we bring you the trend report about the actual fashion styles and how to wear them. From here on it all depends on you, what you choose if you choose something, because the best thing about fashion is whatever the designers dictate us to wear, eventually it all depends on us only, whether we decide to follow the rules or not. So get inspired, pick your faves and enjoy! And don’t forget that fashion is just a game. Next season it will bring us different rules again for sure. Have a great beginning of the new season, whatever it means to you! PS. If you like anything from our tips just click the image and buy it online. Shopping has never been easier!

Bella Team Have something you’d like to share? Do you have an idea that you’d like us to feature in BELLA Magazine? Know interesting, creative people who deserve to shine? Let us know!


the team

people behind

“What’s your favorite fall fashion trend?”

Production&Design Martina&Martyna “winter pastels”

Editor in Chief Paulina Ness “lady look”

Editors Pavla Millerová Ema Duláková

“XXL coats” “white”

Lucie Zajíčková “tartan skirts” Pie Rette “furs” Lucy Gault “high boots”

Contributors Fashion editorial: Aneta Coufalová “denim” Fashion sets: Kremena Koleva “faux fur outwear” Contact us: Would you like to advertise in Bella Magazine?

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“man is a two-legged animal without feathers”

Fab Radley Paperchase





Zara Home

animal instinct Michelle Mason

cool things with a nice personality


House of Fraser


Naked Décor



who’s that girl

Young, stylish and beautiful. Model, blogger, mother. Sofi Eliseeva leads a nice, succesful life. Even without prominent parents behind her. Contemporary Russian fashion icons have somehow a very similar background - rich parents that helped them achieve their dreams. Your story is a bit different. Also, you started the real career only after having a baby. Yes, my story is very much different. I don’t have rich parents or sponsors. Also, I am married and I have a little son. After he was born I’ve become even more active and motivated. I would like to enjoy life to the max but at the same time not cause any harm to my family values.

And there you got a chance to interview one of the most popular fashion bloggers - Chiara from the Fashion Salad blog. How was it? I was very excited before the interview, because for a long time I have been reading Chiara’s blog. I really like it, I found it very interesting to get to know her personally. She was very pleasant and energetic, everything went fine. And I’m very glad that I had this opportunity.

But you have always been a part of fashion industry, is that right? I started to work as a model at the age of 15. It was a show where I was invited by a friend designer. After that, everything started to pile up. Yet, I managed to graduate from the Faculty of journalism, department of advertising and public relations. But my work has somehow always been associated with the fashion industry. Now you ocassionaly still work as a model and also as a personal shopper and stylist. But you have some more interesting projects going on. I’ve been blogging for almost 3 years now and it is my main job on which I spend most of my time. In 2011, thanks to the blog, which at that time was already popular in Russia, I was noticed by Trendy Lab program producer Snezhina Kulova and started to work for them as a TV host.

Moscow, Russia


“there is two sides to every GIRL” Being a personal shopper, do you find many Russian women in need for a better style? Russian women are very beautiful but, unfortunately, it is not easy to find stylish people in every country. Working as a shopper, I often face the fact that women do not know what truly prettifies them. You claim to be a fashionista within a budget, wearing affordable clothes that look expensive. How to spot them? What makes cheap fashion look expensive? The ability to highlight the key points and the knowledge about what fits you and how you want to wear it. What was your best buy in the last month? Boyfriend jeans with a high waist. With them, any top or blouse look very fresh and fashionable. What is the most expensive piece you own? Bags and fur, it is difficult to do without it during the Russian winter.

“Most of the Russian

fashion bloggers are my good friends and we’ve always had a lot of fun together.”


G’day, city chic


Daily Look

New Look

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“don’t worry about TODAY, it’s already tomorrow in Australia” Wallis

Kate Spade

Just Cavalli


2shop Fossil


Dorothy Perkins Aerosoles

do not miss Sea Life Aquarium - one of the biggest in the world with 13.000 animals in 6 mil. liters of water, also offering a weekly morning yoga class under the sea! Hawkesbury Regional Gallery - with exhibitions of contemporary art, photography and design Surry Hills Markets - specialising in handmade second-hand and recycled goods Coogee Beach - relax here or enjoy a walk along a pathway with some stunning ocean views 8


fashion icons


Luxurious pieces that will shine forever

Cartier Panther Bracelet The striking onyx and diamond panther bracelet given to Wallis Simpson, later the Duchess of Windsor by Edward VIII was made in Paris in 1952. It was sold in auction for 12.4 million USD in 2010 and it was rumored Madonna may have purchased the piece.

Engagement Ring of Diana, Princess of Wales There was a global love affair with this piece, when it was given to Princess Diana in 1981. Despite this, the origin of the Ceylon blue sapphire has remained a closely guarded secret. The ring is now worn by the Duchess of Cambridge, and is estimated to be worth 600,000 USD.

Chanel Costume Pearls The famous triple strand pearl necklace worn by Jacqueline Kennedy was given to her as a present by her husband John F Kennedy on their first Christmas together in 1961. Coco Chanel only made costume jewellery; despite this, Jackie’s pearls were sold to the Franklin Mint in 1996 for 211,500 USD.


“heroes get remembered but legends NEVER die”

Tiffany & Co Ribbon Rosette Necklace When Audrey Hepburn wore this valuable diamond necklace in the 1961 film ‘Breakfast at Tiffany’s’ she probably had no idea she would be the one of only two women to wear the Tiffany Diamond on the neck - the rare gem of 128.54 carats, the world’s secondlargest Canary Yellow diamond. The last time it was put up for sale in 1983 its value was 12 million USD.

Bulgari Two-Stone Colored Diamond ring This 10.95 carat diamond ring is believed to be one of the most expensive jewels in the world. There is only one blue diamond mined for every 100 clear ones. Created in the 1960’s, this ring was sold at auction in May 2010 after a furious bidding war, for a massive 15.7 million USD.

Van Cleef & Arpels Alhambra Necklace This necklace made its debut in 1968. The four leaf clover design was supposed to bring luck, health and vitality to its wearers. Princess Grace of Monaco liked Alhambra necklaces; she had them in Malachite, tortoiseshell and coral.

Rolex Watch This brand was founded by Hans Wilsdolf and his brother Alfred Davis in 1908. The word Rolex was chosen because apparently it sounds just like a watch being wound up! Now a status symbol, the most expensive Rolex is the GMT Ice reference at 485,350 USD.


get the look





1. Marc Jacobs, 2. Mango, 3. TopShop, 4. New Look, 5. Tory Burch, 6. ASOS 11

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“she believed she could so SHE did”

2 3 4 1 5


6 1. Mango, 2. TopShop, 3. Marc Jacobs, 4. TopShop, 5. Zara, 6. Zara, 7. New Look 12

details Marc Jacobs

River Island

Rafe NY

Dabney Lee



2shop Jagger Edge

Miss Selfridge



New Look

House of Fraser

dress up your



Vera Bradley


River Island




All images by ASOS, Hobbs

f/w 2013

Find out what is IN this season, what are the fall’s key pieces and how to wear them to look stylish and fab.

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wear with


Dorothy Perkins H&M


H&M Promod Ba큐a


plaids checks and tartan aren’t for school girls only - have some fun with punky style


pretty lady feminine silhouettes and full skirts for real women



River Island


Dorothy Perkins


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Miss Sepfridges






TopShop New Look


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RIver Island

New Look

Dorothy Perkins


Paul’s Boutique TopShop

New Look

River Island



Zara Promod


wild thing Snake, leopard, zebra... Animal prints are the new neutrals!

candy world autumn pastels bring positive mood into the rainy days

“shoes cure the blues”


New Look Dorothy Perkins Marks&Spencer Zara

Miss Selfridge



River Island H&M


wear with Accessorize

New Look

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Adia Kibur

River Island Zara



Dorothy Perkins


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River Island

Lulu Guinness



M&S Photographs: Zara, Kate Spade, Bloomingsdale, M&Co, La Redoute, ASOS

New Look


wear with


French Connection

River Island

New Look


leather up black leather, both real and fake for a bad girl look

my style


confidential To Caitlin Lindquist, a confidence is the key to a great style. Get inspired by her feminity and love of colors.

My most treasured piece New Chanel jumbo caviar purse and my Valentino rockstud heels. Certainly big purchases but they are both classics and can easily be dressed up or down for an always-sleek style. I would never wear Harem pants. My tip for looking fab A pink lipstick. It gives your look a polished feel and helps you feel polished too. My last stylish purchase A fabulous pair of Tibi Fall boots that I cannot wait to break in! My fave fall trend I love to layer. It’s fun to experiment and play with prints and patterns. My fave beauty product Chanel’s foundation. It is so light and creamy and leaves my skin feeling smooth and flawless.

San Diego, USA


When I feel like I have nothing to wear, a white tee is always my basic. But I always love topping it off with a floppy hat to effortlessly pull my look together.


I love these mint corduroy’s as an alternative to basic jeans to freshen up my look.

I wore this look out to dinner with my husband and loved the romantic mix of pink with navy and some sparkle. I felt so flirty and feminine.

This is one of my favorite looks because I love the stark contrast of black and white with neon for a major pop of color. The weekend is the perfect time for me to bust out my favorite cobalt colored denim.


Wild Horses


Photographs by Aneta Coufalovรก 20



model: Alexandra/HM models

model, makeup, styling: Monika


famous people we would like to meet RIA M. Miami, USA Rihanna. I think she seems like such a girl’s girl. Just fun to be around, like there will always be laughs, and a good time to be had. She’s beautiful and her style is very adventurous.

WILLABELLE O. Perth, Australia I would love to meet Karl Lagerfeld. We would share stories over tea and have nice conversations about his pet cat, Choupette.

JITKA Z. Uherský Brod, Czech Republic Definitely Marilyn Monroe because she was a beautiful, charismatic woman with a charm and a great style!

LAURA B. Memphis, USA Audrey Hepburn. She embodied not only grace and glamour, but it was her charity work with UNICEF that really makes her my top choice.


“good people bring out the good in other people”

JOANA L., Porto, Portugal There are so many persons I would love to meet because of their interesting lives and amazing experiences. If I could only pick one maybe Michael Jackson would make that moment a blast!

RAQUEL C., Málaga, Spain I always wanted to meet Beyoncé, because she is my real icon in life. She´s beautiful, stylish, hard worker, a very strong personality and a phenomenal woman. She really supports all the women around the world and this is something that I admire...

MEGAN R., Greenville, USA Rachel Zoe. She has made such a huge impact on fashion in the last decade and I would love to ask her questions about the industry. Not to mention, I would die to peak inside her closet!!

ZUZKA G. Bratislava, Slovakia Charles Bukowski. Because I admire his work. It’s such an indescribable love. We would get drunk together, forget all the problems and he would read his filthy poems to me...


BEAUTY without intelligence is a masterpiece painted on a napkin

curling mascara by ORIFLAME

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compact powder by MAX FACTOR

corrector by LANCÔME

Baiser Volé Essence De Parfum by CARTIER

hyaluronic face mask, by MATIS PARIS

superprimers by CLINIQUE


fixing hair spray by KÉRASTASE

shower gel by CRABTREE&EVELYN

Eye and Lip Perfection by LA PRAIRE


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face mask by YSL

liquid soap by FA


protection hair spray by FRANCK PROVOST

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liquid eyeliner tends to have a more reflective finish, for more decent look choose smudgeproof cream or gel pot eyeliner for an edgy, punk look aplly an eyeliner on both upper and lower lashline




BEAUTY report

The best trends to make you fashion-forward and even more beautiful.



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use a radiant or illuminating makeup and a concealer to hide imperfections add a bit of pink blusher to add more freshness to your look wear with structured, statement brows to prevent the face from looking washed-out

lady lips

“open your eyes and SEE the beauty”

wine - combine it with a decent makeup coral - its matt variation brightens up every outfit

bright red - wear it with a 60’s style eyeliner pastel pink - looks best with black lashes and perfectly defined brows Dermacol


metallic eyes Estée Lauder

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Bobbi Brown

Estée Lauder

before applying color always use a primer first to make the eye color last longer for a bold effect go for a cream-based eye shadow or a pencil shadow with metallic eyes keep the rest of your face fairly neutral




beauty picks




An American makeup artist shares her favorite product tips and personal recommendations for a great look.


Los Angeles, US


How do you care for your hair after the summer holiday? I am very obsessed with a good hair mask! Use it once or twice a week in the shower, and it makes all the difference in the world. I use one with argan oil from DermOrganic. What are your beauty essentials? A concealer!! I have two on me at all times. Currently loving Orlane and Laura Mercier. What’s your biggest beauty sin, if any? Biting my nails. It is an awful habit. Just horrible. Whats your fave scent? I love mixing Kiehl’s Musk with anything vanilla. What’s your top skincare tip? Always cleanse your face. If you are in a hurry, makeup wipes like Neutrogena are a godsend. Which upcoming fall/winter beauty trends are your fave? I am always a fan of the deep berry lip.


“it’s not beauty but fines qualities that keep a husband” Who gives you hair envy? Michelle Williams and her perfect pixie cut. Any beauty gadgets you couldn’t live without? A tweezer for any eyebrow strays. Which products are always in your makeup bag? Mascara, Orlane Highlighting Wand concealer, Tarte 12 hour Blush and Face Atelier lip stain. What do you use for your skin? One of my long time staples has been Embryolisse Lait Creme, and Patyka Skin Booster. For cleansing I adore Neutrogena makeup remover wipes, and Mario Badescu enzyme cleansing gel. Who has taught you the most about beauty? My partner Mike. When you find someone who loves you unconditionally and makes you laugh then you feel beautiful all the time. He has taught me a lot about learning to love your flaws and just have fun!

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What makes you feel glamorous? When I am cooking in my kitchen with a glass of wine in my hand. What products are you dying to add to your beauty bag? Anything by Kérastase haircare.

“ When you find

someone who loves you unconditionally and makes you laugh, then you feel beautiful all the time.” 44

makeup line

dream job



Stacy Reid, a founder and owner of TINte Cosmetics was making her career in fashion industry, but cosmetic was always a passion of hers since she was a little girl. No wonder she decided to follow her gut and change her life - making her dream a reality. Tell us about your business name, how did you come up with it? The name “TINte” means color, we put the emphasis on the TIN as our slider tin flavored lip glosses are what were are most known for and they are one of the first products I’ve created.

How did you come up with an idea of your own beauty range? The inspiration behind my brand was that I could never find a lip gloss that could moisturize and heal my lips, and tasted good. It was at this point that I realized I had to create a gloss that nourished my lips, tasted great and looked beautiful. From this need TINte’s Flavored lip glosses enriched with Shea Butter were created. My very first lip gloss came in a similar slider tin. This nostalgic feeling from my childhood made me want to recreate sweet memories for the sophisticated women of today.

How long did it take to have your own range ready and start selling it? It took about a year and a half to develop the packaging and to get the formulations and shades ready for the market. We officially launched in March 2004. Today we have 36 employees.

How did you start knowing nothing about beauty industry? My background was the fashion industry and although fashion and beauty go hand in hand, it is a completely different industry that I had to break into. I was probably a bit naive when I first started because it was all new to me but you have to learn things quickly and find the best way to position yourself in the industry. What was the biggest challenge? I started when I was 31 years old and my biggest challenge was to get my brand recognized in the sea of other beauty brands. That was difficult, but once your product is it out there and it’s a good product, people start noticing you and so do the beauty editors. Another challenge is accepting that your plan may change. Being open to that change can bring bigger and better opportunities that you never imagined to come your way.


“above all, be the HEROINE of your life, not the victim”

Was it difficult to find suppliers who met your demands as to ingredients and packaging? It was difficult starting out as you have to choose suppliers who understand your vision and can execute it correctly. We created custom packaging and custom formulations to make sure they were perfect and it took some time. I have found my suppliers at various trade shows. Do you remember your first order? Yes! It was so exciting. Before we launched we did a road trip to boutiques and stores on the east coast. I was very lucky and out of the 25 stores I went to visit, all of them wrote up orders. It was a great feeling to show my line for the first time and get that kind of reaction. It was great to get the validation that the product was going to be a success. There is a huge competition in the beauty industry, what’s your secret to success? What makes us different is the look and feel of our brand. I took something that was nostalgic for me (my first Flavored Lip Gloss in the slider tin) and brought it back to life for the modern day woman. Our secret to success is that our products speak for themselves. Our whole concept behind TINte Cosmetics was to bring back sweet memories and create products that are multifunctional, easy to use, taste great and moisturize your lips. I hear from so many customers that they love our brand and the way it makes them feel.

Do you have to follow any beauty industry trends, or do you rely on your own taste? I do closely watch the trends and what’s going on in the fashion industry, however, I do rely on my own personal taste as well. I personally love the mix of vintage and modern styles and try to reflect that in our product packaging and colors we develop. What is the most important lesson you have learnt along the way? That you have to continue to focus on the goal and not to get distracted by the daily ups and downs and never stop believing in your idea and dream. What other areas do you need to understand and work with to make your company work? You need to be hands on and understand every area of your business. It’s best to start out doing everything on your own so you know how to run your business and make your company work

“ Being open to

changes can bring bigger and better opportunities that you never imagined to come your way.”

What does your typical day look like? A typical day is being on the phone with different customers, suppliers and our sales people. Some days I spend creating new product ideas and or packaging, other days I focus on getting some press and expanding our social media outreach. I wear many hats during any given day as I like to be involved in every aspect of the business.


dream job What are your next plans? We have amazing plans to grow our brand. We will start off by launching new products that are staples. The items that women have to have and they have to continue to come back for more. Eventually we will grow our color line by creating fun and unique products. We have plans to expand the line into a full cosmetic line as well as bath and body.

What are the best part and the worst parts in your job? I can’t say there is a best and the worst part about my job. I love my job and the people I work with. I’m lucky to be able to work for myself and create products that I love. It’s so exciting when someone tells you they use your products and love them, it inspires me to create new products that I hope they will love as well!

What advice do you have for other women who dream of having their own cosmetic company? Have a plan and a clear vision and stick to it. There will be people telling you that you can’t do it or it’s too hard, but don’t listen to them. Staying true to your idea, working hard and doing everything yourself at the beginning are the best ways to learn your business inside and out!

What is your all-time bestseller? What is your favorite product? Our all-time best seller is our Bubble Gum Flavored Lip Gloss. The color is great, the taste is great, it’s funny because I initially had a different pink shade that we almost launched and then in the final hours I changed the shade to a lighter one. I’m glad I did it as it has proven to be our best and most coveted shade! I have several favorites from our Flavored Lip Shine glosses to our slider tin glosses and all in one beauty kits. I love our Sun Kissed Shimmering Face Pearl. It’s such a beautiful shade and can be worn in so many different ways. I also love our flavored lip glosses in the slider tin as it brings back the memory of my very first lip gloss that came in a similar slider tin and I reminisce every time I apply.


Do you buy make up from your competitors, or only use your own products? Of course I use competitors’ products but mostly for products we don’t have in our line, like concealers and foundations. I never cheat and use other lip products. Before, I used to have really chapped lips but our glosses are so tasty and moisturzing. It is the only thing I can use that prevents and keeps my lips from chapping.



love it!

“every ARTIST was first an amateur”

Hear it, see it, read it,

Best books, music and movies to enjoy and share

The MDNA tour is Madonna’s ninth concert tour and it was named the best-selling tour of 2012. If you haven’t been there, enjoy it fully on the new Blue-ray.

A classic tale of impossible love, incorruptible dreams and highoctane tragedy is not to be missed. Luxurious production and stylish fashion is a great bonus!

Jamie is here again - this time to help you make better choices, shop economically and efficiently, get the most out of your ingredients, save time and prevent the food waste. Very smart, indeed!

click 2buy Cultivated, unpredictable, provocative, sometimes shocking, Lagerfeld’s bon mots are always impossible to ignore. Enjoy them all in this new book. The complete sixth season of the TV’s most popular comedy featuring four forwardthinking but socially backward geniuses is not to be missed!


better life


tips to get

MORE TIME Simple time-saving ideas for busy women - to claim some carefree minutes for the important things - like yourself!

1. Plan ahead

4. The important stuff first

2. Wake Up Earlier

5. Always use a list

Make a list of ‘to do’ things every day and prioritize it. Then stay with each item until you have completed the most important ones. Also, plan all the crucial tasks before noon, when your brain works best. That way everything will go better and faster.

Start deciding the night before what to wear the next day. Leave everything you normally need to get ready in the morning out and ready. Also, decide how you will have your hair and makeup.

It’s easy. If you need more time, wake up sooner! An early wakeup call isn’t pleasant, but soon, you’ll grow accustomed to your new schedule and value this extra time in your day.

Having a list means you have a plan of action that will save you time and minimize the stress of deciding what to do next, both at work or at the grocery store. With a list in hand you’ll shop more efficiently, buy only the products you came for, and get in and out much faster than if you shop without one.

3. Avoid rush hour

Leaving for work an hour earlier (or on bike) can cut at least 30 minutes out of a daily commute. By coming in to work on time or even earlier will give you some time to do the most important work without being disturbed.

6. Learn to say no

If you say ‘yes’ to every request, you will never have any free time. Get super protective about your time, and say ‘no’ to everything but the essential requests. It may be uncomfortable telling people that you just don’t have the time to commit to this right now, but often they’ll understand.

7. Disconnect

If you really want to focus on a task, and really get it done, get disconnect from the Internet. It will help you be more productive and eventually finish your work faster. That leaves you more time for other things.


“time is FREE, but it’s priceless”

8. Limit social media

Stop checking your Facebook and emails constantly. Instead, restrict your viewing time to no more than 5 minutes, three times a day – morning, midday and evening. You’ll still stay on top of things but you won’t get sucked into it wasting your time.

9. Don’t watch too much TV

Limit your TV viewing time and use the time you otherwise would have been watching TV on more important things — spending time with your loved ones, exercising, writing that novel you’ve been dreaming about.

10. Opt for easy care

With wrinkle-free fabrics ironing will be largely avoided. Buy 'easy iron' clothes, choose cotton knits, cotton blends and synthetic fabrics; avoid 100% linen. Also, don’t buy items made of fabrics that grab lint. While washing use gentle program that prevents wrinkling, drying machine makes 90% of items wrinkle-free.

11. Ask for help

Maybe you think you can do everything best. But you can’t do it all. The ability to delegate is the main secret of success of many businessmen. Try it at your home - get a cleaning lady or at least invest in an automatic hoover that will clean the whole apartment in a few minutes - all alone!


12. Cook smarter

Quit smoking Not even it is unhealthy, it also wastes your precious time! On average a man spends 1 hour a day smoking!

13. Shop online

Skip a bath Instead of a long bath opt for a short refreshing shower. You will save at least 15 minutes and act ecologically too.

Use pot-lids or a pressure cooker. That way you will significantly shorten the cooking time and your stay in the kitchen. And when cooking, prepare food for at least 2-3 days ahead - what are a fridge and a freezer for, anyway?

Use internet e-shops with free home delivery. That way you can save up to 2 hours! You can shop not only for fashion but also frequently used household goods such as toilet paper, paper towels, laundry detergent and cleaning supplies.




welcome to my

A fashion director and digital creative consultant Jennifer Margolin has a stylish life. And her feminine workspace reflects it all.

Los Angeles, USA


“there is no substitute for hard WORK”

My workplace

The great thing about what I do is that I can work from anywhere. My home office is my main working space, but in this digitally connected world one almost does not need the overhead of a traditional office space.

My style

My office was a place where I was able to do exactly what I wanted and have it to be as girly as I decided since I wasn’t sharing the space with my family. I love pink, but wanted to make it modern with some luxurious touches. It’s all about the small accents that can tie a room together.

Three things I have always on my desk Diptyque Candle, Laptop & fresh flowers!



“ In this digitally


connected world one doesn’t really need the overhead of a traditional office space.”


“STYLE lies in the details� Jennifer Paganelli

Swing Design Eichholtz



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new life in Germany

far far away

From US to Europe. From a big world into the small one. With long dreary winters and good wine, small parking spaces and friendly people. Casey Coté knows that everything has its pros and cons. Why Germany? My husband is an officer with the US Air Force and we got orders to move to Germany in the summer of 2011. So we did. How long have you been living in your new home and what do you do there? I’ve been living here for more than 2 years! Back in the States, I worked as a Nutritionist (I have my Bachelor’s degree in Nutrition & Wellness), but here in Germany I am currently living the dream of being a stay at home wife, writer, and a travel blogger!

What was it like with language, did you know German or was English enough? Before moving here, I wanted so badly to learn German. So, we started using the Rosetta Stone programs to give us a good foundation for basic German. After moving here, my husband and I realized that most of the country speaks English, so our learning German fell to the wayside. Thankfully, we haven’t run into many language problems while living here, but I still wish I would have stuck to learning a little longer. Even though we know more German than most expats here, life would be a bit easier if we’d taken a more intensive course and kept up with it. What was the biggest shock after moving there? How cheap the wine is! You can order an excellent glass of wine for less than you can order a bottle of water. Seriously. Another shocker? The German winters. They’re long, dreary, and snow covered. No wonder many Germans have sun lamps in their homes! Winters here are utterly depressing. What differences between US and EU are the most significant ones? So many things! The most significant off the top of my head? Small parking spaces and limited parking lots. Parking is hard to come by around here. In addition, many stores close at 7pm and aren’t open on Sundays. Coming from America where you can go to Walmart 24 hours a day (not that you’d want to), it was a hard adjustment. I always seem to run out of something in my pantry when the stores are all closed.


“we must TRAVEL in the direction of our fear”

Do you have many local friends or mostly expats? Thankfully making friends hasn’t been too hard. When you move around with the military, friends are basically built into the move for you. What I mean by that is, we have a network of Americans who are also living here and dealing with the same lifestyle of being expats in a foreign country. That makes it easy to connect and build relationships off of our common ground. We also have a close set of foreign friends who we attend an international English-speaking bible study with. I’d say we’ve got a good balance of both foreign and expat friends, which makes living here even more of a dream! What about Germany surprised you? You’ve got to pay for water at restaurants in Germany. Tap water is a big no-no here because Germans consider it to be ‘bathing water’ and you get strange looks if you ask for it! Make sure you carry around lots of Euro change if sight-seeing’ll also have to pay to use the bathroom out in public! The biggest myth? That Germans are unfriendly, abrasive people. NOT TRUE! Germans are very kind and a lot of fun to be around... Although they do take a bit of loosening up.

What do you miss the most from your home? Without a doubt my family and friends. Chick-Fil-A and Target are very close seconds :-). I also miss the ease of communicating and getting around. It’s hard to live in a country where their language and customs aren’t your own. As much as you work hard to acclimate, I don’t think you’re ever 100% comfortable living so far from your own home. What do you like the best about Germany? There are SO many things I’d love to take back with me! The festivals, the wine, the beautiful architecture, the gobs of colorful and well-maintained flowers, the cobblestone streets, the transportation system, being centrally located in Europe (easy travel to almost everywhere!), Spundakäse & Bretzels, al fresco dining, vineyards along the Rhine River, the castles, Döner Kebaps, and the Autobahn. Put them all in my suitcase and I’d be happy living anywhere! Find out more at

Do you plan to stay there or move elsewhere? As much as my husband and I would love to live in Germany forever, we will have to move back to the States in the summer of 2014 when our tour here is over. Although, I’ve got my fingers crossed that life will send us back here sometime in the future so we can share our love for Germany with our little ones.


far far away

Rothenburg ob der Tauber: When you think of Germany and its colorful timbered homes with gorgeous flower boxes in each window, this is the place you dream of. Rhine River Region: Best wine and castles in the world. Take a day-cruise along the river to see the best of it. Oktoberfest in Munich: The biggest beer festival in the world! Need I say more? The Christmas Markets: Christmas in Germany is simply magical. Each town across the country has its own Christmas Market from late November until Christmas Eve full of lovely holiday decorations, local handicrafts, and some of the best food I’ve ever eaten. The Zugspitze in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Bavaria: At 9,718 ft above the Alps, it’s the highest point in Germany. You can see the Alps in Austria and Italy from the top, too! Lake Constance (Bodensee): It boarders Germany, Austria and Switzerland and is littered with adorable lakeside towns and is home to a place known as ‘Flower Island’, which is not to be missed! 57

Photographs: Casey Coté

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“celebrate EVERY moment”

10September things to do in

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Give your damaged summer hair a special treatment with an intense hydrating mask.


Enjoy the last summery sunrays at the romantic walks with your spouse or a friend.


Buy yourself some new, classy stationery for your best ‘back to school/work’ moments.


Get creative with your summer photographs. Make a collage or put them into a nice frame.


Focus on your career. After the summer you will have more energy and ideas to kick it off!


Start to run. These days the weather is ideal - not too hot and not too cold.


Eat an apple a day. Fresh fruit season starts right now!


Start a new course. Vow for a yoga class, art lessons or any cool activity of your interest.


Put away your summer clothes and those not worn at all give to a charity. Travel! Haven’t had any holidays yet? Grab some cheap last minute offer after the season!



fashion horoscope

“a WOMAN is only helpless while her nail polish is drying�

22. September - 23. October

For you, looking attractive is essential and maybe therefore you are the most tasteful girl in the zodiac, a true fashion lover, who is usually the first to try a new look. Your style is feminine, romantic and soft. You prefer to be between glamorous and casual. Flashy or gaudy style is not for you. You are a smart shopper with a fair attitude, never spend more than necessary. Style: drape, jackets, pretty cocktail dresses, lace lingerie, bow blouses, skirts, unusual details, bold watch

Colors: all hues of blue, navy, turquoise, pink and bright red, beige, grays, green, purple Beauty: rose face water, red nail polishes, soft eye shadows, floral shower gels, natural shampoos, romantic or sensual perfumes





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