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If you’ve been following us, you already how much we love to travel, see and explore. Like the Coco Chanel quote in our blog’s header says, we believe that fashion is in everything. Throughout the history of design, designers got inspired by nature, by world heritage, and by their surroundings. So here’s a glimpse of what inspires us.
Our latest travel destination was England, we traveled the country from north to south, and here we will share with you some of our favorite places and travel memoirs.
First stop: Canterbury, Kent.
Beany house

Beany house

Beany house

Beany house

Beany house

Beany house

Beany house

Beany house

Street art

Street art

One of Canterburys secret parks

One of Canterbury’s secret parks

Second stop: Stratford Upon Avon.
Dream houses  along the Avon river

Dream houses along the Avon River

Dream houses  along the Avon river

Dream houses along the Avon River

Vera Shakespeare

Vera Shakespeare

Third stop: Oxford
Mommy Chic

Mommy Chic

The Ashmolean

The Ashmolean

Natural history museum

Natural History Museum

Natural history museum

Natural History Museum

Natural history museum

Natural History Museum

Natural history museum

Natural History Museum

Denver, Veras new pet

Denver, Vera’s new pet

Science museum

Science Museum

Fourth: London
Victoria & Albert museum

Victoria & Albert Museum

Greenwich market

Greenwich market

Serpentine gallery

Serpentine Gallery

Bit of rain

Bit of rain

Greenwich village

Greenwich village

Queens house

Queen’s house

Painted hall

Painted hall

Queens house

Queen’s house

Queens house

Queen’s house

Maritime museum

Maritime Museum

Maritime museum

Maritime Museum

Victoria & Albert museum

Victoria & Albert Museum

Maritime museum

Maritime Museum

Victoria & Albert museum

Victoria & Albert Museum

Victoria & Albert museum

Victoria & Albert Museum

Victoria & Albert museum

Victoria & Albert Museum

Victoria & Albert museum

Victoria & Albert Museum

Victoria & Albert museum

Victoria & Albert Museum

Victoria & Albert museum

Victoria & Albert Museum

Victoria & Albert museum

Victoria & Albert Museum

Victoria & Albert museum

Victoria & Albert Museum

Victoria & Albert museum

Victoria & Albert Museum

Victoria & Albert museum

Victoria & Albert Museum

Victoria & Albert museum

Victoria & Albert Museum

Fifth: Seven Oaks, Dover and Hever.

Dover

Dover

Hever garden

Hever garden

Hever garden

Hever garden

Hever castle

Hever castle

Hever garden

Hever garden

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V & R
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Happy almost-weekend fellow fashionistas!

We chose this week’s picture because it really reminds us of fall. You can almost feel the cold wind blowing through the tree. Where we are fall is just starting to show face, so we’re getting very excited about our fall wardrobes. Next week we’ll be sharing our fall essentials and tips for fabulous fall styling!

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This photo was taken at Edith Wolfson park, one of the most beautiful parks in Tel Aviv, where the architecture was designed by artist and architect Dani Karavan. We love this place so much we shot two posts here: Black Swans and Ladies in Trousers.

Wishing you all a wonderful weekend, enjoy the romantic weather!

xoxo
V & R

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Last month we were in Madrid for architecture week, a wonderful series of exhibits and conventions celebrating the city’s architecture and looking towards the future of architecture. Of course we took advantage of our visit to explore this beautiful city! IMG_98941

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Madrid has a beautiful range and mix of traditional European and contemporary, Hi-tec architecture. One of the most intriguing events of architecture week were tours exploring the city’s most prominent buildings, and seeing the progression of the city’s architecture throughout its history. IMG_4238

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Gran Via

The city’s most hustling and bustling main street is filled with all the must have shops (Zara, H&M, Pull & Bear, etc) as well as some of the city’s most beautiful traditional architecture.

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Caixa Forum

Caixa Forum is a museum and cultural center located on Madrid’s beautiful Paseo del Prado boulevard and one of the city’s most interesting contemporary buildings. IMG_13301 IMG_18251

The beautiful geometric structure was built by architects Herzog & de Meuron. It was built on the foundation of an old abandoned electrical station and the architects incorporated the steel aesthetic into the interior design as well. IMG_13541 IMG_13601 IMG_13661 IMG_13671

We loved the Caixa Forum’s museum store and spent hours going through the architecture and fashion books. IMG_13741

Next to the Caxia Forum is a building covered with a vertical garden: a green wall designed by botanist Patrick Blanc.

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This museum underwent modern renovation and expansion by architect Jean Nouvel and now has a beautiful rooftop overlooking the city, as well as a wonderful courtyard and sculpture garden.

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Beside the beautiful architecture of the palace and its lavish interiors, we loved the royal gardens.

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A beautiful park which sits on the Paseo del Prado, it is a wonderful place to relax, have a picnic, or go for a nice stroll. IMG_12391 IMG_12511 IMG_12641 IMG_12841 IMG_13101 IMG_13201 IMG_13241

A pleasant surprise: a modern art exhibit at the park’s gallery.

Salamanca

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El Retiro park leads up to Salamanca neighborhood, one of Madrid’s most expensive areas.

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Spanish designer Agatha Ruiz de la Prada. IMG_21641

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Chueca

This is a central neighborhood which has become well known for being a gay friendly neighborhood. This area has some of the coolest restaurants, bars, cafes, and boutiques, as well as very cool street style. IMG_15161 IMG_15331 IMG_15371 IMG_15861 IMG_15971 IMG_15911 IMG_15951 IMG_15901

Markets

As in every traditional European city, some of our favorite attractions are the markets. Madrid has an abundance of them, some offering food and drink and some clothes, home goods, etc. IMG_13252

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This hip market and architectural gem has a delicious assortment of food and drink and seems to be the place to be at all times of the day and night. IMG_11152 IMG_11162 IMG_11183 IMG_11221

El Rastro

IMG_16441 This giant market spreads along several streets and reminds us a bit of London’s Camden Market. Here you can find everything from authentic high quality leather goods to graphic T Shirts, to 3 euro shoes (!!!). We clearly had to be dragged away.

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Nightlife

Spaniards sure know how to party! They spend morning to night in bars, restaurants, cafes, drinking all day long! Don’t miss out on the city’s fabulous nightlife. IMG_14321 IMG_16201

One particular must visit are the flamenco shows. We of course had to go for the best and visited Corral de la Moreria, a gorgeous traditional venue which also serves dinner and drinks and features the most prominent dancers in the country.IMG_17351 IMG_17371 IMG_17251 IMG_17471

The smartest thing to do when traveling is to check for any special events or attractions that take place during the visit. We were lucky enough to attend a special Hermes exhibit featuring the fashion house’s luxurious leather goods.

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What to wear

This time of the year the city is getting colder and starting to get more rain. The most wise thing to do is wear layers that you can peel off and pile back on towards the evening and night.

IMG_6236 IMG_14801 IMG_99352 Looking for more amazing places to visit in Spain? Check out our post on Barcelona and Montserrat. Follow us as we report from more awesome destinations around the world!

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Wishing you all a wonderful week!

xx

V & R

Hello fellow fashion lovers!
In honor of the next Tel Aviv Fashion Week we decided to feature our favorite designers, ones that have completely unique designs and who seem to exist in their own unique universe in the fashion world. The first designer was Liat Ginzburg and this time it is Adi Ashur.

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The designer only graduated with a degree in fashion design two years ago and already has impressive range and experience under her belt. We’ve worked with Adi in the past (see post here), every time we see a new collection of her design we are awe-inspired. It’s very rare to see such a young designer with the level of talent, creativity, and craftsmanship that she has.

Adi’s inspiration comes from the circus: everything is about the “show”. The outfit must create a lasting impression that is part of the performance and the drama. There’s no doubt that Adi’s designs leave a lasting impression.

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Black and white are the perfect colors for any occasion and every season: from office to evening to casual wear. We love that while Adi’s collection was based on these basic, accessible colors, she made a couture extravaganza out of them.

The first dress Vera wore was actually designed to be a bridal gown, in Adi’s very modern and unique take on what bridal gowns should be. It was hand woven from silk threads and then the designer unraveled the threads in the upper body to create a cut similar to that of a corset.

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Vera accessorized with a headband and collar necklaces in silver and pearls.

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Rony wore a backless knit top with a high waisted layered skirt with jewel and lace overlay.

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Rony accessorized with a bejeweled turban, chain necklace and studded clutch.

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For Rony’s second outfit she wore a form fitting dress with a bow tied tulle cape.

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Vera wore a high waisted asymmetrical cut skirt with a bejeweled tulle cape.

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If you thought that we always look as fierce as when we’re posing, well… of course we do!

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All clothing and accessories: Adi Ashur designs, studded clutch, Jeffrey Campbell shoes.

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What We Wear and designer Adi Ashur.IMG_97743

Photos taken at “White City” sculpture garden, designed by famed artist and architect Dani Karavan, in Edith Wolfson park. You may recognize the beautiful scenery from this photoshoot.

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V & R

For the last in the series of exhibits we attended as part of the educational and inspiring Holon Fashion Week, we had the great pleasure of visiting world renowned Milliner Stephen Jones‘ hat exhibit.

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Mr. Jones is one of the most important milliners of the 20th and early 21st century. He has designed hats for the likes of Dior couture and Vivienne Westwood, as well as icons like Grace Jones, Diana Ross, Lady Gaga and Boy George. His designs have been exhibited at London’s Victoria & Albert Museum (more from the museum here), and was invited as a guest of Holon Fashion Week, to educate the local fashion community on iconic fashion-making.

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Photo courtesy of Holon Fashion Week.

The exhibit showcased a collection of some of Jones’ favorite hats, in varying materials and styles.

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We were really impressed with the craftsmanship and design behind the hats but what we loved the most was the humor and fun that Mr. Jones infuses into each and every single one of his hats. And that’s what fashion should be, no? Fun and never taking itself too seriously.

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Some of our favorites:
A matador inspired hat adorned with a silk flower, the perfect match between strong and bold and feminine and pretty.

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Oversized metal eyelashes.

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We wished there was more on display, Jones’ stunning creations left us craving more!

The exhibit was held at the Holon Design Museum which always houses intriguing design exhibits. You may remember this museum from the awe-inspiring Yohji Yamamoto exhibit we attended.

While we were there we decided to visit another exhibit, this one by Ron Arad, the industrial designer/architect who designed the museum itself.

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What’s so interesting about Ron Arad is that in everything he designs, whether it’s architecture, furniture, or art, he employs what we like to call “new age artisanship”.
Computer softwares and technologies are employed at every stage of the work process, from planning to design to implementation and production. This becomes very interesting with the different materials Arad uses, from metals to plastics to video projected onto silicon cables.

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Ron Arad furniture design

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Chairs made out of old car seats: The leather originals and a metal prototype.IMG_00411 IMG_00491 IMG_00451 IMG_00511

Gorgeous chaise made out of bent metal sheets. We wish we could take this home!

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Rony wore a feather print blouse with an oriental flower print maxi skirt, studded high heeled mary janes, Marni for H&M necklace, and leather oversized clutch.

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More intriguing Holon Fashion Week exhibits here and here.

Coming up next: the extravagant events of Tel Aviv fashion week, up close and personal with some of the designers we’re most inspired by, and our favorite fall/winter fashions!!
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V & R

We once heard an urban legend about a drug operation burning outside the city of Barcelona, leaving the addictive drug fumes to be dispersed in the air across the city. Another version of this story is a Coca field burning outside the city, dispersing the Coca seeds in the air, giving everyone in the city a mysterious “high”. While these may very well be nothing but silly myths, there is without a doubt something very addictive about the city of Barcelona!

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Whether it’s the people, the food and drink, the atmosphere or the beautiful sights, we fell in love with this city. Here are some of our travel notes and recommendations.

European Modernism

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One of the most distinctly beautiful things about Barcelona is its architecture. Each building has its style – whether it’s art nouveau, art deco, or gothic architecture – old architecture sits alongside modern one and many buildings are decorated with street art. The architecture varies from one quarter of the city to the next and no two buildings are the same.

Santa Caterina Market, Gothic Quarter.

Gothic Quarter

It’s intriguing to see how the scenery changes so dramatically when entering the Barri Gòtic, or Gothic Quarter. The buildings here are much older, it is apparent that they have serious heritage, the streets are narrow and irregular and the boulangeries are to die for!

Neo-Gothic architecture at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross of Saint Eulalia.

We recommend visiting the Barri Gòtic Picasso museum, both for its beautiful architecture and for the art collection that tells the story of Picasso’s development as an artist.

Courtyard of the Picasso museum.

If modern art is what you’re after, visit MACBA, Barcelona’s museum of contemporary art which was designed by American architect Richard Meier.

The museum is located in El Raval, a neighborhood that used to be crime-infested but has in recent years become safe and hip. This area is covered in beautiful street art and cute little cafes and boutiques.

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El Raval street art.

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Gaudi

From Parc Guell to Casa Batllo, architect Antoni Gaudi designed some of the city’s most beautiful architecture.

Casa Batllo.

Organic forms at Casa Milà.

Park Güell.

The Segrada Familia, a UNESCO world heritage site, is particularly awe-inspiring.

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As architects we can appreciate the grueling work that went into the level of detail and craftsmanship; the building truly is a masterpiece. However, one doesn’t have to be an architect, religious, or Christian, to experience the exciting beauty and enlightenment of the place.

The building seems to be under never-ending construction (Gaudi passed before the project was complete), which is understandable as not even modern technology can compare to Gaudi’s level of talent and creativity.

Although the lines for tickets and entry into the church are insane, we felt they were worth it! The Segrada Familia is inspiring, unexpected and spectacular.

Montjuic

Home to the botanical gardens, the National Art Museum of Catalonia (MNAC), Joan Miro museum and the site of the 1992 Barcelona Olympics, this green hill offers the perfect locations for a picnic and beautiful views of the city.

Montjuic sclupture gardens.

We loved walking around the gardens and sitting on the stairs of the MNAC and taking in the view with a nice mojito.

Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya (MNAC).
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Mojito at the Museu.

Music

If you’re in the mood for some authentic Catalan music, the Palau de la Musica Catalana’s concerts are a must visit! The building is beautiful as well, quintessential art nouveau on the inside and the traditional facade was given a glass exterior.

Food

When it comes to the local cuisine, the most important advice we could impart is to steer away from tourist traps! Those are most commonly found across La Rambla, the main boulevard leading to Barcelona’s port; these eateries are not only overpriced but also aren’t a good representation of the amazing Spanish and Catalan cuisine.

Our favorite places were the tiny tapas restaurants and cafes in the Gothic Quarter, and the more chic ones along Passeig de Gracia, which is a very chic shopping area as well. A great dish to try out is the traditional paella.

Qu Qu Tapas bar on Passeig de Gracia.

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Sangria and tapas for lunch.

Another great idea for tasting an assortment of Barcelona delicacies is lunch at the Mercat de la Boqueria, the city’s biggest market, located on La Rambla. One can “hop” between the different stands and taste fresh cheeses, pastries and meat.

There’s plenty to try for dessert as well!

Shopping

When in Spain, shop like the Spaniards! Spain is home to some of our favorite affordable retailers: Zara, Mango, Pull and Bear, Bershka. These stores can be found on nearly every street corner. Another local favorite that we just had to visit is the cool Desigual.
Our favorite shopping spots though are the cute little local boutiques selling unique designs by local designers.

Monjuic has local artisan shops with unique jewelry and home decorations.

A very Gaudian ring from one of Montjuic’s artisan shops.

Outside the city

If you’re looking to leave the city and explore the area, we recommend visiting Monserrat hill and Monserrat monastery, a beautiful monk mountain retreat about one hour northwest of Barcelona.

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Another intriguing destination is the Salvadore Dali museum and theatre in Figueras, north of the city.

Our biggest recommendation, like in every big city, is to just walk around, explore and take everything in and “get lost” every once in a while. That is the best way to discover the city’s hidden gems, the ones that no travel guides can reveal! And if you do actually get lost, the locals are absolutely lovely.

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Street performers on Portal de L’Angel.

What to wear
This time of year Barcelona has the perfect warm, yet breezy weather. We love walking around in flowy, easy breezy dresses and skirts, comfortable flats and a bag just big enough to hold a camera.

Loose fitting studded dress, golden-toed flats and Ray Bans.

Loose fitting checkered maxi dress and quilted leather flats.

If you’re more comfortable traveling in pants, colorful vibrant pieces and bold accessories will do the trick.


For evening we like to wear pretty cocktail dresses and big colorful jewelry that match the city’s vibrant energy.

Seafood paella and oversized jewelry.

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xoxo
V & R

We may not be professional photographers but we are pretty proud of our photography skills! Here we will share with you some of our favorite photos from our instagram page, many of which were taken on the locations of our fashion photoshoots!

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Our pick of the week is a photo we took while visiting Tel Aviv’s Museum of Art’s new addition which was designed by American architect Preston Scott Cohen. Pictured is the intriguing interior space and play on light the architect created. We love how the concrete structure appears to be paper origami!

This museum was the location of our photoshoot for the post Shades of Gray.

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Have a lovely weekend!

xoxo
V&R

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