Happy Hanukkah!

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  You didn’t think I would leave you without a special Happy Hanukkah greeting, didn’t you? (to whom it may concern)

  Let’s just say, Hanukkah is one of my favorite jewish holidays. A cheerful week when we can eat as many donuts (sufganiyot) as we desire without guilty aftertaste. When we light the candles every evening and put on old school kids holidays TV Programs on Youtube. It’s my first Hanukkah outside Israel for the last 4 years, but I must admit, I have this special holiday vibe no matter what. Especially concerning the fact that Hanukkah napkins, candles, greeting cards and other stuff can be found everyone in Los Angeles from Target to a local supermarket. Little something that totally makes me feel like home:)

  However, it was sort of a last minute, and we didn’t manage to find a nice hanukkiah to buy…so I decided to do one by myself a night before the holiday eve. My handmade hanukkiah is super simple to DIY ( I assume it is already late for this year to remind you to prepare your hanukkiah on time, but maybe it’ll be useful to take a note for the next year). All I have used to make this beautiful snowy looking hanukkiah were : a wooden board, white acrylic, 9 bottle caps (it was a last minute, so my caps are all of different sizes), masking tape (preferable, double sided) and some nature fragments. I covered all the caps with the white acrylic, then the board itself and placed all the parts into order fixing them with the masking tape where is needed to be more stable, and gave some special attention to a 9th candle (shamash). Then I’ve decorated with dried rosemary, pine cones and other nature fragments, and added a touch up of white acrylic all over them as well.

  Happy Hanukkah, my dear friends and family!

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P.S. : being hyped on holiday mood, please don’t forget to take part in December Link Party on TLV Birdie blog. It’s a fun way to share your wintery posts, DIY tutorials and make new blogger friends! This party rocks – you’ll  see articles about Christmas ornaments and handmade decor, holiday gift guides and even winter music playlist, submitted from fellow bloggers from all over the world!

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It’s a mess : mastering an oversized outfit with a bohemian touch

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  I have a friend who is a master of an oversized outfit expertise. I mean, there’s no single person in the whole world who is not familiar with the “oversized top, skinny bottom” (or vice versa) rule when it comes to a casual style. On the other side, we’ve seen plenty of breathtaking street style examples of oversized everything. I might feel myself more down to earth and not in a phase of oversized outfit extravaganza experiments though (hats off to Maja Wyh). What I know for sure, and my friend proved it with her personal oversized everything style for so many times, you can’t go wrong playing around with one size bigger t-shirts, boyfriend jeans or chunky sweaters. When I feel like a “hot mess”, I usually wear a grey t-shirt, converse and skinny jeans. When I feel like a “hot and relaxed mess”, I wear this outfit – “stolen from boyfriend” striped button up shirt (actually, not stolen, but scored for a ~ drum rolls ~ $1 at a yard sale), distressed boyfriend jeans, neutral color espadrilles and a crochet cardigan to add a bohemian spice to the look. Cozy, neat, simple.

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Striped button up shirt – vintage // Boyfriend jeans – H&M (old) // Crochet knit cardigan – Pull&Bear // Espadrilles – Urban Outfitters

Do you have any favorite oversized items in your wardrobe? How do you master them?

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Bohemian winter outfit : casual dress, wild look

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You know what, I finally got it! Being able to wear dresses all year long, without any particular occasion, – this is kind of life I want! And I kind of have it, except those days when I am working in the world’s comfiest pajamas with the laptop on my knees. When I was a little kid, I underestimated dresses as a clothing class – first, because I always been a tomboy and second, because dress was always expected to be ironed, starched (you’re lucky if you got no idea what I am talking about) and was basically worn for special occasions only.

  Then, I grew up. I remained a tomboy. And, luckily, the whole DRESS Theory has changed. For me, fancy going out dresses always existed in some other universe (together with stiletto heels). But not the casual dress. These two words even weren’t used together in one sentence! Casual dress is something to worship, my friends! I admit, my heartbeat goes faster when I type this post about a nice, everyday, street style approved simple dress. On TLV Birdie Blog, you’ve seen me wearing dresses on and on – essential grey dress, cream gardener dress, dark paisley print dress, even my “the most special day” dress was the Free People wedding dress (sweet,sweet memories), and let me tell you up straight – wearing dress in winter is pure styling joy!

  I’ve bought this ecru floral print dress on Black Friday sale in Zara. I would eventually buy it even if it wasn’t on sale, as the only one thing missing was my name on the label, but I heard the dress whispering it!  I immediately thought to pair this casual dress with the good ol’ faux fur vest and naturally, but very beautifully worn out brown knee high bootsand voila.

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Floral print casual dress - Zara // Faux fur vest – Promod (old) // Knee high shoes – Pull&Bear // Sunglasses* – ZeroUV

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Castelbel soap bar – when design and fragrance totally match

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  When it comes to a nice package and a great smell beauty product 2-in-1, chances are high that I won’t leave it on the store’s shelf. My eyes work like a sharp radar for everything earth themed, nature-inspired and leaves (or birds) patterned. And when a cool object is detected, I  immediately share it with you, my darling blog readers!

  I am an absolute fan of fresh, green fragrances and today’s find makes me really, really happy! Castelbel luxury soap bar, beautifully wrapped in a black&white cucumber and mint pattern paper, gives a strong hint what to expect inside – mint color soap bar with amazingly refreshing fragrance of (wait for it!) cucumber and mint!

  Castelbel is a Portugal based company that focuses on best quality home and body products with truly evocative fragrances, that can be easily found in the US most popular retailers (I purchased this soap bar at World Market, one of my favorite stops when my soul asks for a some home shopping fix). Usually, I can spend over 20 mins at the soaps display by choosing a right one for my current mood. But as much as I love beauty and skincare products, I endlessly love eye catching packages. Most of the time, the design of the package will help me to overcome the hard time of decision making – that is basically what happened when I saw this pencil sketch look of this Castelbel soap bar. The soap will disappear eventually, but the beautiful nature-inspired wrapping paper will stay with me (and believe me, I will find a nice way to reuse it for scrapbooking or other creative projects;).

Do you have any favorite soap brands?

 Have you ever tried any Castelbel products?

What usually drives you to purchase a soap – a nice fragrance or an outstanding package design?

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First winter outfit : Baked Earth

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   Here we are, warm fall has switched with winter and besides the reminder on the calendar, I can tell that by the grey skies and 24 hours of rain yesterday. But I still enjoy the cold weather, that means more opportunities of layers for me! Honestly, the whole difference I’ve noticed by now between fall outfit and winter outfit in California is basically a plus one layer. Which is a pleasant “plus one” by all means.

    Since I’ve uncluttered my closet and started to follow the 5 piece bohemian wardrobe theory, my life has changed. I stick to neutral colors – grey, black, white and earthy shades. I became a hat person. I am not afraid of looking boring in grey outfit. I know that chunky knit cardigan can save any situation. I got to love bohemian paisley print dresses even more (that’s why I scored two more on Zara black friday sale!). I worship ankle boots that I believe are appropriate for any occasion all year round.

  So in addition to today’s neutral colors winter outfit of Topshop black skinny jeans with arrow pattern and Urban Outfitters striped shirt, my “plus one” is very casual, very basic, but has a very free spirit name. As you might noticed from this earthy colors outfit post where I wrote a love ode to different shades of oatmeal, latte and whipped cream, I am very passionate about color names. No, not freaky at all. Come on, I am not the only one who picks the nail polish color by it’s name – how can I not prefer the Essie’s “She’s pampered” to a 76437 color bottle? Ridiculous, don’t you think!? So when my friend Google told me that terra cotta color of the United Colors of Benetton wool cardigan that I wore today means “baked earth”, it felt to me like a sip of hot and well spiced chai latte, coming through my lips and warming all the inside of my color-names-sensitive stomach into a moment of total pleasure.

  Baked earth. Perfect short name for a winter bohemian outfit. ( and even if it doesn’t look like a winter outfit, the december title on the calendar says it actually is)

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Striped shirt – Urban Outfitters // Wool Cardigan – United Colors of Benetton // Arrow pattern skinny jeans – Topshop // Ankle boots and necklace – Forever21 // Bag – vintage

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