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What would you get for Christmas if you had unlimited budget? Oh, all the things I could buy, if only someone would give me a platinum credit card with no spending limit… A girl can dream, can’t she?

I have to admit, though, that there is something I wish for that money can’t buy. I would like people to be more tolerant and willing to learn and accept the differences between one and another. This is something I am still trying to learn myself. After all, we’re all just human, with our own opinions and understanding of things.

Most of all I want that all the political games would stop, that there would be peace!!!

Some of you might think that I am an unrealistic dreamer. Go ahead! That’s just the way I am, and I don’t mind it. I encourage all of you to dream more, because dreams really do come true! I believe that every important thing in the world begins with a dream.

Of course, dreaming is all nice and easy, but in order to make dreams come true, we also need to have goals. And I can certainly say that we shouldn’t be afraid of having big goals that seem out of our reach, but instead work towards them step by step. It is these little steps that will get us there. The answer is in ourselves, in tolerance and love!

 

Therefore, I wish you all to begin with yourselves.

Good luck, and may you succeed in making your dreams come true!

Yours,

Liga xox

 

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PHOTOGRAPHY / by NATALIE BEREZINA

STYLE / CONCEPT /  MAKE UP / by ME, LIGA ZEMTURE

MAKE UP COLLABORATION / GIORGIO ARMANI

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Black color without any doubts is one of my favorite colors. Therefore I wanted to find out was it always so fashionable? So, what is the history of my bellowed black color?

Speaking of prehistoric history, Black was one of the first colors used in art. In the Medieval World black symbolized both power and secrecy.

In the early middle Ages, princes, nobles and the wealthy usually wore bright colors, particularly scarlet cloaks from Italy. Black was rarely part of the wardrobe of a noble family. The one exception was the fur of the sable.

In the 14th century, the status of black began to change. First, high-quality black dyes began to arrive on the market, allowing garments of a deep, rich black. Magistrates and government officials began to wear black robes, as a sign of the importance and seriousness of their positions. A third reason was the passage of sumptuary laws in some parts of Europe that prohibited the wearing of costly clothes and certain colors by anyone except members of the nobility. The famous bright scarlet cloaks from Venice and the peacock blue fabrics from Florence were restricted to the nobility. The wealthy bankers and merchants of northern Italy responded by changing to black robes and gowns, made with the most expensive fabrics.

The kings and nobility quickly picked up the change to the more austere but elegant black, it began in northern Italy, where the Duke of Milan and the Count of Savoy and the rulers of Mantua, Ferrara, Rimini and Urbino began to dress in black. It then spread to France, led by Louis I, Duke of Orleans, and younger brother of King Charles VI of France. It moved to England at the end of the reign of King Richard II (1377–1399), where all the court began to wear black. European rulers saw it as the color of power, dignity, humility and temperance. By the end of the 16th century, it was the color worn by almost all the monarchs of Europe and their courts.

In the 18th century, during the European Age of Enlightenment, black receded as a fashion color. Paris became the fashion capital, and pastels, blues, greens, yellow and white became the colors of the nobility and upper classes. But after the French Revolution, black again became the dominant color.

Black was the color of the industrial revolution, largely fueled by coal, and later by oil. Thanks to coal smoke, the buildings of the large cities of Europe and America gradually turned black.

The invention of new, inexpensive synthetic black dyes and the industrialization of the textile industry meant that good-quality black clothes were available for the first time to the general population. In the 19th century gradually black became the most popular color of business dress of the upper and middle classes in England, the Continent, and America.

In the 1950s, black came to be a symbol of individuality and intellectual and social rebellion, the color of those who didn’t accept established norms and values.

Women’s fashion was revolutionized and simplified in 1926 by the French designer Coco Chanel, who published a drawing of a simple black dress in Vogue magazine. She famously said, “A woman needs just three things; a black dress, a black sweater, and, on her arm, a man she loves.”

Completely agree to Madam Coco! 

Yours,

Liga xox

 

COLLABORATION / PLAZA FASHION STORE

PHOTOGRAPHY / by NATALIE BEREZINA

STYLE / by ME x KOSTYA CHRISTIAN

STYLE / CONCEPT /  MAKE UP / by ME, LIGA ZEMTURE

MAKE UP COLLABORATION / GIORGIO ARMANI

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Meet my little, sweet and lovely assistant Chicita Felicita Mylucky. As we simply call her – Chica. She is such a big support and happiness in our lives that I could never have imagined. When I was kid I always had cats, but somehow dogs won over my heart. Now with my own family I was thinking about some pets, but was always afraid of that day when you lose them. I remember from childhood those moments with my cats… So I never wanted to have a pet by myself. And somehow my best friend convinced me to take one by saying that I would make some small soul happy for many years… Somehow these words got through to me.  And she was right – but I want to say that the love and happiness that a dog can give you is indescribable.

Another moment was choosing the breed of dog. I like big dogs, and I dreamt about having a Samoyed. But since we travel a lot and live in the city centre, a big dog was out of the question.

When I do something, I love to make some research. So before taking a dog I searched in Google all about dogs as well as “small dog versus big dog”…  ;D And I was lucky to find this Alpha dog program that every dog owner should learn and use in everyday communication with their dog. In short, it means that you have to train and teach your dog, no matter small or big, using Alpha principles (!!!!). I did – and I am so happy! I recommend with all my heart to raise your pets with care, love and responsibility!

So six years ago on Valentine’s Day, this beyond smart Chihuahua Chica came into our family. And ever since she has been our little sunshine and my best assistant. I love her so much!

 

Be an Alpha dog in your pack! 😉

Yours,

Liga xox

 

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I will share with you my latest discovery! This time it will not be about the shopping but something sparkly and bubbly – champagne.

I have never been a big fan of this drink. Even at a New Year celebration I always try to skip it because all I ever tasted was carbon dioxide and bubbles that did not sit well with my stomach. But lately I had a very educational experience with the Embassy of Champagne (thank God!) 😀 Otherwise I would get old, die, and never would have discovered what I am going to tell you. :)))

So there is a new fashion/way of drinking champagne, and I will admit that it changes everything… (Oh, yes!)

Already for some time now wine connoisseurs have come to the conclusion that champagne tastes better from wine glasses. Girls! Flutes are out of fashion now!

As I already told you, it makes a huge difference. It changes the taste (finally you can taste it), because it opens up and lets the beautiful aromas express themselves much better, and at the same time you enjoy mild, nice, and sexy bubbles.

So, don’t be old school, and play a little smartass at the restaurant by asking to bring the champagne in wine glasses. Remember: blanc and light rose (Moet and Veuve Clicquot) from simple white wine glasses, but more complex champagnes like Vintage and Ruinart from pinot noir glasses. 😉

And there is something more! We should break old-fashioned stereotypes that champagne is only for special occasions or celebrations, because it tastes amazingly good with seafood and even meat. Champagne will definitely be a very big competitor for a daily wine replacement along with food. I tried it myself in the last two weeks when I tasted special champagne and wine combinations in four restaurants in Riga, Latvia. I must say it was heavenly good. And if you want to enjoy a glass of champagne with delicious appetizers created to be enjoyed together, then you can do it until the end of March in these four restaurants:

RESTAURANT BERGS

A glass of Veuve Clicquot Rosé Brut with paired delicacy – the wild trout caviar with rice crisps.

3PAVARI  three-chef restaurant  “The good must grow” 

A glass of Veuve Clicquot Rosé Brut  – Foie Gra, red orange gel, black currant reduction, fennel salad and red currant sauce. This was my favourite combination.

LE DOME FISH RESTAURANT

A glass of Moet & Chandon Rosé Brut with paired delicacy – seared salmon trout, Iceland prawns, fennel salad, red currant sauce.

SKYLINE

A glass of Moet & Chandon Rosé Brut with paired delicacy – beef carpaccio with  balsamico glaze and cherry tomato. Melon with Serrano ham and red currant gel. Spicy fried tiger-prawn mango chutney.

 

Try champagne from wine glass and let life surprise you! ;))

Yours,

Liga xox

 

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PHOTOGRAPHY / by NATALIE BEREZINA

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I noticed this cute store when I was in Miami for the first time some years ago and we had a gym next to this place. It is located close to Miami Design District, in a nice, green, and stylish oasis with several great restaurants around.

With variety of vintage Hermes and Chanels, as well as shelves full of shoes, this store is like the awesome closet of your best friend… Plus, there is the amazing Katherina working there, who is so nice that I would love to hang out at this store all day talking with her about fashion. C.C Levin, the owner of the store, is a sophisticated lady, with such a strong handshake that I love. But it is no wonder, as she is the mother of teenage boys.

It was really pleasant to talk with both of them and I hope to meet them in Paris one day! Actually, this is the right time for American girls to come to Paris and buy their dream bag because of the dollar and euro difference, as well as the tax you can get back when returning home. It is such a good deal. Lucky girls!

If you have a limited budget you still can take a look at Consignment Bar, and maybe you can get a good deal on your vintage bag. And, by the way, there is a saying that a good bag is a better investment than shares in the stock market, because good designer bags do not lose their value.

My favourite pieces from Consignment Bar:

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