Being the busy, hard working girls we are, we appreciate every second of leisure that we get. Weekends are almost a holy practice to us; we like to take advantage of our weekends by spending time with our loved ones, stocking up on inspiration in museums and exhibits and in the theater, and traveling in Israel and abroad.
As you know, we don’t like to ever compromise our style, but that doesn’t mean we have to compromise our comfort. So what does weekend wear mean for us, you ask?
Vera wore a flannel shirt with a high waisted peach puffy skirt, knit cardigan, patterned tights, cowboy boots, and ray ban glasses.
What’s better weekend wear than flannel? make it more stylish by mixing colors and put it together with more feminine pieces, like Vera’s puffy skirt.
Rony wore a burgundy sweater over a green dress with a patterned scarf, patterned tights, knee-high boots, and a men’s fedora.
No one said that travel wear has to be boring, make it interesting by mixing vibrant colors and patterns in your clothes and accessories.
Every outfit has a story: The flannel shirt Vera is wearing is actually a men’s shirt. Vera got her boots on sale in Eilat, a tourist favorite.
Rony’s tights are from a cool boutique in Jaffa’s flea market, one of our favorite weekend destinations. Her hat is a traditional fedora she got in Ecuador.
Layering is always a great tip for travel, the layers allow you to be prepared for any weather and any activity.
The most important item, however, are the shoes. Make sure to wear comfortable shoes so that you can really enjoy your weekend excursions.
Photos taken at Poleg beach.
If you’re exploring Tel Aviv, here are some must-visit destinations:
White City sculpture garden seen here and here, Tel Aviv Museum of Art (also seen here), Florentine neighborhood for its beautiful street art, Lev Hair Quarter and Chelouche Gallery for beautiful architecture and contemporary art, Litvak Gallery for unique glass art and installations by international artists, Holon Design Museum seen here and here (about 20 minutes outside the city and definitely worth a visit), and of course the beautiful Mediterranean shore.
Have a wonderful rest of the week everyone!
V & R
As the temperatures drop and the weather gets rainier and colder, we love taking advantage of the last bit of warm sunshine to travel and explore. This weekend’s choice destination was Rosh Hanikra, a beautiful geological site on the Mediterranean coast in northern Israel.
In order to access the geological site, one must take a cable car into the site and on the way enjoy stunning scenic views. The first stop to visit is the old railroad built by the British during the British Mandate in Israel. This railroad was built in attempt to create train access from Israel to Europe that would travel from Tel Aviv to London through Lebanon, Turkey and other countries.
This week’s pick was taken while relaxing at one of our favorite spots for a weekend escape, Alexander River, which flows from the mountains of Samaria to the Mediterranean Sea. This is the natural habitat of giant tortoises, crocodiles, catfish and other beautiful species of fish; it is a great location for a walk through nature or a fun picnic.
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Enjoy your weekend!
V & R
Tomorrow is Yom Kippur, also known as the Day of Atonement, one of the holiest days in the Jewish religion. Jews observe this holy day of atonement and repentance by fasting and praying for 24 hours and asking for forgiveness from those we believe we’ve wronged. While we’re not very devout or religious we think there’s something really beautiful about taking a pause from our hectic lives and taking time to atone for what we believe we’ve done wrong and to appreciate everything we have.
This picture was taken in Israel’s southern desert, on the long road that leads from the South to Tel Aviv, in the center. To us this picture symbolizes the long and winding, yet rewarding journey we’ve had in the past year.
We wish you all a wonderful weekend and easy fast to those who observe Yom Kippur.
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V & R
This week’s pick is a photo we took while modeling for designer Adi Ashur in the post Belles of the Ball in Tel Aviv’s Florentine neighborhood. Many of the walls in this neighborhood are covered with paintings that take graffiti to a whole new level of street art. We found this wall painting particularly moving and clever, with the Braille writing and the figure’s deep expression.
Florentine neighborhood is home to many locksmith, wood and artist workshops so we find it so beautiful that the very buildings serve as canvas for street artists to express themselves!
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Have a lovely weekend,
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!
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!
Tel Aviv has a growing number of boutique hotels, each one with its own unique style and chic version of urban accommodation. We had the great privilege of staying at one of the city’s coolest new boutique hotels – Artplus Tel Aviv.
This hotel was named 2013 top Israel hotels by Traveler’s Choice, and rightfully so. It is located on Ben Yehuda street in central Tel Aviv, a two minute walk from Tel Aviv’s famous strip of Mediterranean shoreline.
We have both visited big cities around the world, whether in the US, Europe, Canada, or South America (not to mention that Vera grew up in St. Petersburg and Rony in Boston), and we often feel that we’ve seen it all – all the hotels are the same with their own little twists here and there, there’s rarely a surprise. Artplus, however, is a breath of fresh air in what seems a jaded sector of architecture and design.
The main façade of the hotel, on busy Ben Yehuda street, is a gentle and understated play on glass, shading, and graphic art. It is a modern take on Tel Aviv’s famous Bauhaus architecture that immediately, although very subtly, draws attention and lures visitors.
This hotel celebrates art and design on every level. The lobby holds a gorgeous library filled with art and design books and is of course decorated with fantastic pieces of furniture.
Each floor of the hotel is painted and decorated by a different local artist, which places the hotel perfectly in its surroundings – a beautiful take on street art, except the art now becomes part of the interior design. The hotel also hosts exhibit openings for young and upcoming artists.
A wood mural by artist Nivi Alroy decorates some of the hotel’s walls.
The rooms are absolutely lovely, and besides vast windows and clean minimalistic design, each have unique dramatic lighting fixtures. The hotel offers a great breakfast with a surprising amount of choice, which one can enjoy indoors or in a beautiful garden.
Another one of the hotel’s main pluses is that the beach is just a minute walk away!
For more on Tel Aviv’s Artplus hotel visit the website.
Hello fashion darlings,
Israel is known for its rich natural scenery and landscapes that seemingly change with every step you take. From beautiful forests and green mountains up north to Mediterranean beaches to never ending deserts in the south, there’s lots to see here. This time on our travels we visited the Golan Heights, close to the northern border of Israel.
The Golan Heights with their green mountains are known to be hiker friendly with lots of caves and historic areas among the sites. One of the latest sites that we discovered is Ein kshatot (“Um El-Kantar”), an archeological site of ruins of a Roman-era Jewish city, most prominent of which are the remains of an ancient synagogue. This amazing site is still under reconstruction but one can already experience the rich history of Judaism imprinted in this site. The synagogue is assumed to have been built somewhat between the 1st and the 2nd century A.C and is one of the most significant historical sites to have been discovered in Israel. The site was discovered in 1885 by Lawrence Olliphant, a British writer and diplomat, who had written in his findings that the place was abandoned. The site was later on rebuilt and refurbished (and is still undergoing reconstruction) by an Israeli archeologist, Yeshua Drey.
Vera was the perfect mountain girl in a green and turquoise flannel buttoned up shirt, jean leggings and a green oversized cardigan. She completed the look with turquoise Keds sneakers and black and white woven scarf!
So get your hiking shoes on, grab a camera and share with us the natural sights you have in your area! Share your snapshots on our facebook page!
V & R
Fashion is not just about clothing and accessories; it doesn’t only have to do with what’s trendy and fabulous. As Coco Chanel said, “Fashion is not something that exists in dresses only. Fashion is in the sky, in the street, fashion has to do with ideas, the way we live, what is happening”.
Men and women that are aware of their appearance and have their own sense of style will always look fashionable, no matter what they wear.
So really fashion is all about the visual – whether it be a Chanel jacket, modern urban architecture or a beautiful garden.
This weekend we discovered an amazing park just forty minutes outside of Tel Aviv where the visual was an awe-inspiring one. The park, called Ramat Hanadiv, was created in commemoration of Baron Edmond De Rothschild and his close family. The baron was a wealthy French man who donated a lot of his wealth during the British Mandate in Israel for the welfare of the first Jewish settlers of the new state.
The park is divided into several different gardens and offers visitors a range of pleasurable pursuits. Throughout the Park are different hiking trails where one will pass through typical Mediterranean terrain, beautiful views at the observation point, sites of prehistoric settlement, and hidden spring – all meant to help preserve the ancient landscape of Israel.
We were highly impressed by the level of maintenance of the beautiful gardens and by how the ecosystems in the park are being sustained. The trees and the foliage are a combination of European and Mediterranean species, creating a visual that is very European with Spanish influence, and at the same time very Israeli.
The park Information Center building is the first and only existing LEED certified building in Israel – a building which follows international rules of sustainable architecture. The building was built inside of a hill, maintaining the natural terrain and designing architecture that goes along with its natural habitat. Electricity at the site is created solely from solar power collected using special solar panels. The plants and trees are all grown at an onsite greenhouse and are watered by a recycled gray water irrigation system.
As designers and architects we were inspired by the design solutions achieved at the park’s landscape and architecture!
Whenever you feel you have had enough of the city we recommend visiting a beautiful park and taking a breath of unpolluted fresh air!
Photos are taken at Ramat Hanadiv, Zichron Yaakov
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