Hello hello! Kalina here today :) I feel like it's been a while since I have sat down to write a blog post so I'm very excited to hopefully be getting back into the swing of things!

Today, I thought I would share a little life update! To be completely honest, I've been hesitant to do so because there are so many things going on in my life that very few people know about and making that public is scary. BUT with that said, blogging has always been a great outlet for me and hopefully some of you can relate to what I'm going through.

First off, this past year or so my family has been dealing with a really rough family situation. It's never easy to go through tough times like this but it is especially hard when you live across the world from your family. Both Ivana and I are full time college students so we can't be with our family at this time and it has taken an emotional toll on us. We know there's nothing we can do, especially from here, so we are trying our best to cope but it's definitely not easy. With all that said, Ivana is planning to visit soon so it is comforting to know that I will at least have her here in Lincoln with me for a few days!

And that brings me to my next point. As most of you know, I am currently a freshman at the University of Nebraska and have previously shared some of my highs and lows of college. I had a pretty rough first semester and 100% thought I would transfer but I decided to give the school another chance. I came into second semester with a new attitude and promised myself I would focus on the positive rather than the negative. And that's exactly what I did. I already had amazing friends I met early on in my freshman year and have been so fortunate to meet tons of new friends this semester as well (shoutout to the BEST Knoll 430 groupies, ily 💕). I can without a doubt say that I have had some very memorable experiences that I will never forget. But at the end of the day, I just can't see myself here for 2 more years and I think that's completely okay to admit. I think there is a certain pressure to love your school and for the longest time, I thought I was the problem because I wasn't trying hard enough to enjoy where I was at. But I realized I shouldn't have to force myself to do that. There is SO much that I love about my college experience and my school that I don't take for granted, but at the end of the day, I'm simply not where I'm supposed to be.  When I was making my college decision, I had never experienced college so I didn't know exactly what I was looking for but I can now make a more informed decision.

So, I finally started my transfer applications. I will definitely keep you all updated on my transfer journey and process but I won't say much for now since I have no clue what next year looks like for me and whether I'll be staying where I'm at or moving on. I can tell you that I definitely did not envision ever going through the stress of the college application process again and that it is almost more stressful this time around because I know that even if I do leave Nebraska, there is no guarantee I will have made the correct decision. But I'm trying to stay calm about the situation and enjoy the rest of the year with my friends here! It's crazy that I only have 2 months left of school. It's been a brutal winter here in the Midwest so I can't wait for the weather to warm up again! 

To end this update on a positive note, if there's one thing I hope you walk away from this post with it's this: never be afraid to pursue your own happiness, even if your path is not the same as other people's.

We don't know about you, but during the winter our skin gets extremely dry which can be super frustrating. As if battling the freezing below zero temperatures isn't already bad enough, we have to deal with dry skin. Recently, we've been trying out different skincare products to keep our skin more hydrated during the cold months. Skincare is key to revive dull winter skin, so keep reading for our must haves this season!


Hello all, Ivana here! I just started my second semester of college and it is safe to say it will be a busy one! Right before the semester started I went on a trip to Breckenridge, Colorado with some of my girl friends and had the best time before reverting back to study mode for the next few months. I already want to go back! We stayed in a ski-in, ski-out cabin, and though I don't know how to ski (someone teach me please), the view was absolutely gorgeous! Breckenridge is the cutest town! Main Street is full of colorful houses which are all the little restaurants and shops which I absolutely loved! Since I unfortunately do not know how to ski (again, someone teach me), I had an abundance of time to explore the town with some friends who also did not ski. I still had so much fun though checking out all the cute shops and shopping around, trying the local food places, and going on gondola rides which I highly recommend! My favorite little food place was a bakery we visited for breakfast called "La Francaise." It had amazing coffee, crepes, and baked goods! It also snowed while we were there which made the town look even more gorgeous. It was the literal definition of a winter wonderland. If you want to see more from my trip, feel free to check out my travel video I put together down below!







xoxo
Hello all! We are both settling into the new year, and we hope everyone is having a great start to 2019! With the new year comes a reflection period for both of us. Yes, we know that sounds cheesy and cliché, but it is important to take a step back from daily life every once in a while and to work on bettering yourself by evaluation. This year we decided to set New Years resolutions for ourselves, but not in the usual "I'm going to workout everyday this year" way. Those types of resolutions, though good for motivation, are simply unrealistic. This year we are both working on broader and more simple adjustments that will help us lead a better lifestyle. For one, we have both decided to try having a more positive outlook and attitude. Last year came with a big helping of change for both of us, and some was unexpectedly not the greatest. However, we are both going to try and look at the glass "half full" as they say, instead of "half empty." Overall, we are looking to lead a positive and more balanced life in 2019, which will happen by keeping our physical bodies, as well as our minds healthy. For some inspiration we have been finding passages and quotes that speak to us because it is always good to have inspirational daily reminders. We hope you all join us in being healthier, more positive, optimistic, and open to change this year, happy new year everyone 










What a year! At the start of 2018, we were starting our last semester of senior year of high school and looking forward to graduation. We had just ended our internship and were doing tons of work with brands we love! At the time, we were both in four classes at school and spent the rest of our days working on college classes - thank GOODNESS we got college Biology out of the way!

Over the summer, we traveled around Europe. Visiting Spain was an absolute dream as we strolled around Barcelona, Costa Brava, and many other Spanish towns. Afterwards we flew to our home country, Bulgaria, to visit family, friends, our favorite cities, and of course, the Black Sea! When we came back from Europe, we had a lot to get done before leaving for college. Kalina got her wisdom teeth out (and somehow recovered without taking most of the recommended pain killers 😬) and we spent a lot of time with friends before we all left.

And then came college... We were sad to be leaving each other but also excited. Obviously, our college experiences to date are very different but we FaceTime almost everyday to catch up. We both have amazing friends at our respective schools that we are so lucky to have met. But while our college experiences are different, we have found some similarities. We both stayed in the Midwest for college and often struggle with why we chose to do so. 2019 will be a telling year but with that said, we are both so grateful for the friendships and experiences we've had thus far. Though it was a tough semester for both of us, it was still a lot of fun! From moving in (with the best roomies and floormates ever!) to tailgating and gamedays, to date parties, to all the amazing friends we made, it was a semester full of memories.

We had an amazing holiday season with family and friends and hope you all did too! Here are some photos that highlight what we have been up to this year...









2018 was definitely a year to remember and we can't wait to take on 2019! We hope the year holds amazing things for you all! Thanks for sticking with us this year and HAPPY NEW YEAR!

XOXO





Hey all, happy holidays! No matter what holidays you celebrate, we hope they were all filled with love, family, friends, and of course lots of good food! We spent Christmas this year in our home in Kansas City with the family and also our uncles' family, and had so much fun! Christmas is about so much more than presents for us, it is about getting to spend time with family we don't see often and celebrating with certain annual traditions, and the gifts are just an added bonus. However, we are grateful for all the presents we received this year (and every year) and wanted to share them here on the blog. We love watching and reading about what people got for Christmas because it gives us ideas for gifts and also introduces us to some cool new things out there. We both received some similar gifts, and also a few different ones. So that being said, here is what we got for Christmas this year!

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IVANA 

We've linked everything if you guys would like to check anything out! We love all our gifts and we are so excited to try everything out! We hope everyone had happy holidays and we wish you all a happy new year! 

xoxo







if you love the city...
 →  SOFIA // Sofia is the capital of Bulgaria and although we may be biased since we are from there, the city is amazing. It is filled with history (as is most of Bulgaria) and is constantly bustling. The city is easy to get around with public transportation options like the metro, taxis, and public buses.

→ VARNA // Visit the sea garden (which has an amusement park and is therefore the perfect place if you're traveling with kids!), the Varna Cathedral, and nearby beaches in this beautiful city.

→ PLOVDIV // This ancient city is full of charm. Roam around the old cobble stone streets, shop till you drop, and visit the amphitheater for a live performance (especially on a summer night!). Plovdiv has tons of cute coffee shops scattered around the city as well for you to take a break from all the walking and exploring you will be doing in the city.



if you love the beach...

→ SOZOPOL // As a major seaside resort in Bulgaria, Sozopol truly combines an "old town" feel with modern. It is one of the oldest beach towns on the Bulgarian Black Sea. Take a stroll down Old Town Sozopol to get a feel for the historical vibe of the town and make sure to get a huge Nutella crepe while you're at it!

→ SUNNY BEACH // This beach destination is the place to be if you're young and looking for a good time. Sunny Beach boasts one of the largest party scenes and there is no shortage of "fun" here! Sunny beach truly never sleeps so if you're not out at night, expect to hear loud music and talking through the night.

→ NESEBAR // Stroll along the charming cobblestone streets of this old town filled with old houses, history, and so much more. You can also take a dip in the sea and can come here for a day trip if you're staying in Sunny Beach!



for the adventurer...

→ VITOSHA MOUNTAIN // You can't visit Bulgaria without checking out the Balkan Mountains. Perfect for a hike, the scenic Vitosha mountain is definitely a must see if you love nature and adventures!

→ RILA MOUNTAINS & MONASTERY // Similar to Vitosha Mountain, Rila is another beautiful must-see destination in Bulgaria.



food to try...

BANITSA or BANICHKI // both are good but there's a big difference between the two!

BAKLAVA // if you love dessert, this one is for you. This traditional Bulgarian dessert is made with filo dough, nuts, and is doused in a sugar syrup.

 LARGE CREPES // don't miss out on the huge crepes here! I personally love crepes with Nutella so I usually opt for that but the crepe stand have tons of topping choices!



xoxo,

Kalina ♡
Hello hello! Kalina here today. It's been a hot minute but I am so excited to be back with a new post. To be honest, college has had its good and bad times but I wanted to give you all a recap of what's happened so far.

I moved into college a little over a month ago and went through sorority recruitment - and it was not at all like I imagined it would be. The process itself was fairly casual which I loved but it was stressful getting dropped with no explanation. That being said, recruitment week went pretty well and I ended up joining Tri Delta. 

After recruitment week ended, classes started. As a Public Relations major, I am in many introductory Journalism classes. This is something I struggled with quite a bit because although I am a PR major, I am not interested in becoming a publicist or anything particularly journalism related. However, I am keeping an open mind because I understand that not all gen-ed classes are tailored to one's exact interests and I also believe that I am in some interesting classes I would have never otherwise taken. I've shared this before but my ultimate goal is to work within the creative department of a fashion, beauty, or lifestyle brand so I hope to incorporate classes into my three years at UNL that will be beneficial for my future career.

Perhaps the strangest thing for me was that I actually loved college when I first came and then experienced a dip in my excitement about being in Nebraska later on. In a weird way, I'm glad I went through a rough time as it made me realize that it's okay to not always put on a happy face just because that's what people expect. I took time for myself and slowly started feeling more content. 

Hands down the best part of my college experience so far has been the people I have met. I could not be more thankful because they are honestly THE BEST. I have the best roommates and floor mates (aka my favorite people ever) I could ask for and amazing friends I have met through classes and just randomly.

Overall, college has been a learning experience beyond my classes. As cliche as this will sound, I have learned so much about myself through the ups and downs. I know we say this all the time, but I really do want to create more content on here and will do my best to make it happen! I hope you all are having an amazing day ♡




xoxo

KALINA
Hello, Ivana here again! College time is here, and moving into my dorm and decorating was the first step to getting started. I am rooming with my best friend this year, which is the biggest blessing. We wanted to make our dorm comfy and cozy, while still keeping a clean look. Thankfully, we have similar tastes and agreed on a color palette of grays, blacks, lots of white, and a soft ashy pink. Our dorm is actually really nice, because we have our own bathroom (no communal bathrooms for us!!) and enough space to walk around. We were even able to fit a futon in between our beds so we can watch tv and hang out. We are also equipped with a black mini fridge and a microwave. I have to say, I am loving our dorm! It feels homey and comfortable! I wanted to share these pictures for anyone who needs some dorm decorating ideas (sorry about the picture quality, the lighting is not the best today). I am mostly showing my side of the room and our shared space, so as not to invade my roommate's space, however, I will be doing a complete dorm tour video sometime soon as well, we are just still working on some finishing touches in the room! We both lofted our beds to make room for our desks and dressers underneath and I think the setup of our dorm is perfect! On my side I hung up my DIY mood board, a "hello gorgeous" canvas, as well as lots of pictures of my friends, quotes, and my favorite places I've traveled. I also hung up fairy lights and set up my google home so we can jam in the room (I already feel like I have to apologize to the people in the room next to us hahah). I also have a little food and drink corner. Kalina and I will also be doing a dorm essentials blog where we will link the perfect items to put in your dorm (and at affordable prices!), so look out for that real soon! Though we are both now at separate colleges, we will still be doing a lot of things together, as well as visiting each other as often as possible!














xoxo

Ivana