VALAMAR DUBROVNIK PRESIDENT HOTEL

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I’m back in LA, and I can finally go through all of my pictures from our trip!  I’m gunna start with our hotel in Croatia, because first off the photos are gorgeous, and second, I need to tell you about how great our stay here was!  I already told you the nightmare story of what happened on my plane ride into Croatia, and how our hotel quickly turned everything around once we arrived.  The next morning, we were even more happy about our choice to stay at the Valamar Dubrovnik President once we experienced the breakfast.  Imagine walking onto a beautiful shaded terrace with white chairs and striped pillows, overlooking the Aegean sea, with a five star breakfast buffet behind you.  I still dream of that breakfast….  they had everything!  Their pancakes tasted like churros, their fruit was fresh, and champagne was waiting for you at the drink station.  My favorite was the fresh honeycomb (you literally scoop a piece of honeycomb from the tray!) and their poached eggs on toast.

Some other perks of the hotel were the private beach with drink service and sun beds, infinity and indoor pool, live music every night (huge plus), and the on-suite balconies (you’ll see photos of my room later).  Overall it was a dream-like hotel and I’m so happy we chose to stay there!  I know some of you mentioned you will be traveling to Croatia in the upcoming months, so let me know if you guys have any questions about my stay and I will be happy to answer!

ARCHIPELAGO ISLANDS, STOCKHOLM

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Wearing: dress by Lulu’s [HERE] // jean jacket by Fidelity Denim [HERE] // Strathberry bag [HERE]

Hi guys!

How fun does this day look?!  We spent one of our days here in Sweden boating around the Archipelago islands of Stockholm with the family.  Just the company of family and friends, good food, and the water.  I’m so happy I got to wear my pretty white dress on this day.  I had Emma and Nicho bring it in their suitcase for me since it weighs like 20 pounds haha.  I was like there’s no way I can lug this around Europe, NOPE. I’m obsessed with it though!!  And the low back is the best part 🙂  I paired it with my ultra-soft denim jacket for a cool, boat-y look.

And just like that, my Euro trip is coming to a close after a jam-packed three and a half weeks of traveling.  I had the best time in London, a romantic getaway in Paris, a tropical excursion in Croatia, and family bonding time in Sweden!  I feel like I got a little bit of everything.  What an amazing three weeks it has been with Austin.  He is a great travel buddy 🙂  I was curious to see how well we would get along on this trip (since it is our first really big trip together) and I’m happy to say we made it out still in love! Haha.  But here I am sitting at the airport, shakin’ like a leaf!  I am so nervous about flying.  And I hate the fact that my family is separated on three different airplanes going back to LA.  Praying that we get there safely <3

 

WARM CROATIAN NIGHTS

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wearing: crop top from Bebe // shorts by Jach’s [HERE]

One thing I’m going to miss from my time here in Europe are the warm nights we had in Croatia.  I know it may seem a little odd, but something about warm temperatures at night brings me so much happiness haha.  Here are some photos from the last night in Dubrovnik, when we took the bus down the road to Old Town for dinner and ice cream.  If there’s one thing I can say, it’s that you don’t really go to Croatia for the food.  Or maybe we went to the wrong places?  The only food that was good enough to eat again was the breakfast buffet at our hotel.  Other than that, everything was not the best.  The views, weather, and beach totally make up for it though 😉

MONTAZAMI BRAND POP UP SHOP RECAP!

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photos by Herman Caroan

Montazami Brand hosted another great pop up shop yesterday!  That marks our third one so far, and I can’t wait to do more.  It’s so nice to have everything there for people to look at in person, rather than the computer.  And meeting our customers/readers is the best part 🙂  A HUGE thank you to all of you who came out yesterday…you made us so happy!

Our top sellers were the chokers, jumpsuit, and graphic tees.  We also premiered a brand new piece from our collection, the Palma dress, which you can see me wearing in these photos.  I’ll post some more photos so you can see it better, but it’s made from a very soft, luxurious material and it has rouching near the hips/butt.  It’s quite lovely, and it comes in both black and icy grey!  It will be available on the website very soon 🙂

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Today we went on a boat ride around the Archipelago islands of Stockholm and it was just beautiful.  We had lunch at Vermdö Golf Club and then cruised around afterwards.  Now we’re headed to a small Italian cafe to watch the Belgium and Wales soccer match!  Talk soon loves <3

KEEPIN UP WITH THE NEWS

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One thing I’ve been enjoying lately is keeping up with world news.  So far on my 2 weeks of traveling through Europe, I’ve (eavesdropped) on soooo many conversations about politics, and American politics in particular.  There’s a lot going on right now in, especially in terms of politics, and it’s important to stay on top of the latest news. I’m happy to have teamed up with Dagens Nyheter to announce DN digital, which you can access from your iPad, phone, and computer to stay updated on the latest news all the time.  If you start today you can get your first subscription for only 1 kr, and then 99 kr for the following months. Click HERE to sign up!

 

xxo

LiLi

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Wearing: dress by Stelly [HERE] // shoes by Din Sko [HERE] // bag by Strathberry [HERE]

Hi guys!

I’m writing to you as I’m currently on the airplane flying from Croatia to Stockholm. There’s a lot of Swedes on this flight! But not too many….we’re all sitting together in the middle of the airplane because there are only 46 passengers, and we needed to make sure it was balanced haha. The flight has been smooth sailing with very little turbulence so I’m hoping it will stay like that for the remaining 40 minutes. I’m trying to not have flashbacks of my last airplane ride…

But I finally had a chance to go through and edit most of my pictures from London and Paris! On our third night in Paris we had reservations at LiLi, which is a Cantonese restaurant at the Peninsula Paris hotel. I’ve never had Cantonese cuisine, so I was very excited to try. And the food was so freakin’ good! I ate things that I’ve never eaten before, like abalone and crispy duck on pancakes. It was definitely our best meal in Paris! We tried their most popular dishes and we loved every single one. We were so full by the time we left haha.. but hat’s a sign of a successful dinner date!

SAFARI BOAT TOUR IN DUBROVNIK

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wearing: bikini from PACSUN [HERE]

EXPLORING THE BLUE CAVES IN DUBROVNIK

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Croatia just gets better and better the more we explore it.  Here’s a look at our adventurous safari boat excursion that we went on today.  This is my biggest recommendation so far.  If you guys ever visit Dubrovnik, you have to go on this boat tour!  In case you missed it on my Snap, they played the best music, provided lunch and unlimited drinks, and gave us the best views of Dubrovnik.  The boat picked us up at 2 and we came back at 8… a full day on the water and under the sun.  There were only about 9-10 other people with us (besides the three people running it, who happened to be the nicest people ever!) so it was a little more intimate, which was nice because you got to meet some new friends.  Austin and I met these two German girls who we ended up chatting with the whole day!

Anyways I am so exhausted so I’m off to bed…. have a lovely night/day my babes! I have many more pictures to show you too <3

PS I forgot the exact name of the tour but I will find that out tomorrow and let you guys know in case you ever visit Dubrovnik!

MONTAZAMI BRAND POP UP SHOP IN FOUR DAYS! [STOCKHOLM]

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Yeeeee another Montazami Brand pop up shop!  This time, the ENTIRE family will be there 🙂  I’m so excited, especially because we are going to be selling some brand new styles and we’ll have a bunch of chokers there!  There will also be some limited edition choker charms/colors (cutest summer colors) that you can ONLY get at the pop-up shop.  If you are in Stockholm, you have to come say hi!  And if you live close to Stockholm, you should come too!  We will be in the lobby of MOOD in Stockholm.  Come shop, mingle, take pics, and hangout with the Montazami fam 🙂

I would be so happy to meet some of my readers.  It’s this Thursday, June 30th, from 5-7 pm.  Let me know if you can join! xx

ARRIVED IN PARADISE…

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The view from our room at the Valamar Dubrovnik President hotel

Good morning from sunny Croatia!  I can’t even begin to tell you how happy I am to be here (and to be alive), after such a horrible experience on the plane yesterday.  I am not trying to be over-dramatic, but I literally thought our plane was going down.  The flight seemed to be fine, a little turbulence here and there, nothing out of the ordinary.  All of a sudden the plane drops (I don’t know how far it dropped) and it looks like we are about to nose-dive from the sky.  Everything happened in slow motion.  I have an image stuck in my mind of what I saw at that moment, and that will unfortunately stay with me forever.  Austin and I remember seeing our tea in mid-air, the lights flickered off, and everyone was screaming.  I screamed for my life… and in that moment I thought to myself ”I’m going to die”.  It was one of the worst experiences I’ve ever went through.  After it happened the pilot explained it was just very bad turbulence and that it was over, but that couldn’t help me stop bawling crying the whole rest of the way.  All I could do was hold Austin’s hand and pray that everything was going to be okay.  I’m naturally very uneasy when it comes to flying so this will not make it any easier the next time I have to board a plane.  But I’m so happy we landed safely!!  Thank you God.

Our day quickly turned from a nightmare to a dream when we arrived here at the hotel.  We’re staying at the Valamar Dubrovnik President hotel, which is located on the western side of the Babin Kuk peninsula in Dubrovnik.  We were greeted with a glass of ice cold champagne and cold hand towels.  When we checked in, the reception has informed us that our room had been double-upgraded.  The room and the hotel itself is absolutely stunning and I can’t wait to spend the next three days here.  Here’s to Croatia!  Talk soon <3

VERSAILLES PART 1

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Wearing: dress from Amuse Society // shoes from Din Sko [HERE] // Strathberry bag [HERE]

Greetings from Paris!

Yesterday was unforgettable… I’ll remember it for the rest of my life!  We visited Chateau de Versailles, located just a quick 30 minutes outside of Paris.  After a full tour of the inside of the palace, we had lunch at Angelina and then made our way to the beautiful gardens.  We spent the whole afternoon there, rowing in the water and walking through the maze-like forest.  I couldn’t believe how well-manicured all of the greenery was!  I’ve never seen anything like it.  I have tons of photos from Versailles, but those will come in a later post!

Right now we’re headed to the Louvre, Luxembourg gardens, and the Eiffel Tower.  I’m trying to squeeze in a little visit to Ladureé while we’re at it 😉  I think I’ve gained 5-7 pounds on this trip haha.