A LOOK BACK AT 2017

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Well, 2017 is almost at its end and yet another year of our lives has gone by. It's interesting because on one hand, the year dragged on but on the other hand, the year flew by. Funny how life works. 2017 was filled with so many memories and new experiences for us and today, we are sharing a few highlights from the year.

Mexico // March 2017
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We have been to Mexico five times now and we absolutely love it! It is our go to vacation spot during the Spring. This year we stayed in the Grand Bahia Resort in Riviera Maya for the second time. Read our full Mexico Travel Diary here.

London // May 2017
In May of this year, we traveled to London, England. Looking back now, we miss this city so so much. We were extremely excited to visit London and had a full agenda for our week-long trip. Trust us when we say there honestly is no experience that can compare to visiting a European city. We got to see Buckingham and Kensington Palace, we walked around Hyde Park, rode the London Eye, ate some of the best Indian food, and made so many more memories around the city. Watch our London Travel here.

Bulgaria // May - June 2017
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After our trip to London, we went back to our home country of Bulgaria. We didn't go back last year, so we were extremely excited to see our family again (it's not easy living so far away). We were born in Sofia, the capital of Bulgaria where most of our family currently resides. We spent a few weeks there before spending some quality time in one of Bulgaria's beach town's, Sozopol. There is something so magical about the bright blue waters in Bulgaria and the beach is the perfect place for a summer escape. Read our Sozopol Travel Diary here and watch our video.

Applying To College
Like we've mentioned in our previous couple of posts, we spent our first semester of our senior year in high school applying to colleges and figuring out where we will be attending next Fall. We finally made our decisions but not with complete ease. There are so many factors to think about when choosing a school so we were both pretty busy with figuring out all of the logistics.

Celebrating Good Times
The Holidays are always so much fun! We had a blast ringing in the New Year (so weird to write that as we are coming close to ringing in 2018!), we celebrated our 17th birthday in Mexico, celebrated a slew of other family birthdays and spent our second year in America for the 4th of July. Then we welcomed the beginning of the Holiday season. We spent Thanksgiving with family friends eating lots of good food and just celebrated Christmas, where we ate our weight in Christmas cookies. Since our family hails from Bulgaria, we have many holiday traditions including a special Christmas Eve dinner and a fun game we play where we guess our presents on Christmas morning. We would love to know your holiday traditions so leave us a comment below!

Other Notable Events
Over the summer, we got an invitation to become brand ambassadors for a Los Angeles based jewelry brand called Ettika. Naturally we were extremely excited and can't wait to continue working with them in 2018. We get so many opportunities but we only ever accept offers to work with brands we truly love. We also got the opportunity to work with many other amazing brands throughout the year and look forward to doing so in 2018 as well! 

Aside from all that, we were so excited to get invited to New York Fashion Week this year! Unfortunately, we couldn't attend but even the thought was more than we ever imagined for ourselves at age 17. We do hope to one day attend NYFW as well as other Fashion Week's around the world!

Last but not least, we began our YouTube channel this year, which we hope to create more content for in 2018. So far, it has been an amazing platform for us to share our travels through video but we hope to expand into a Fashion / Lifestyle / Travel channel, just like our blog!

Thank you all for your continuous support. We can't thank you enough. We hope you all had a lovely holiday season and we look forward to seeing what 2018 has in store for us!

xoxo,

Ivana & Kalina

WE ARE HEADED TO...

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Hey everyone! Many of you left positive feedback on our last life update post so we thought we'd share some more info with you all! For those of you who don't know, we are both headed to college next year. Today, we're sharing what colleges we will be attending and our future plans!

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KALINA
I will be attending the University of Nebraska - Lincoln (UNL) next year and I could not be more excited! I will be majoring in Public Relations and probably minoring in Communications, although I wish Graphic Design was a minor. I hope to get a job in the PR field after graduation but would love to be a Creative Director one day. I plan on being an involved college student, going to football games to cheer on the Huskers, and going through sorority recruitment. During my sophomore or junior year, I plan on studying abroad in Australia and maybe even one day interning there (a girl can dream haha). I still plan on traveling as much as possible and contuining to pursue my passion for content creation. I can't wait to meet new people next year and see all Lincoln has to offer!

IVANA
I will be attending the University of Kansas and plan on majoring in Business with a minor in Strategic Communications. I'm also planning on going through sorority recruitment and hopefully becoming a part of greek life! I am excited to be cheering on the Jayhawks, especially during basketball season. I don't know where life will take me yet, but I know I want to continue traveling, pursuing my passion for fashion, and doing other things.

Before we sign off, we want to mention that since we will be going our separate ways, some things may change on the blog. Not drastically by any means, but we will be posting separately most of the time. We hope that you as our readers will enjoy two perspectives on college life in different cities as well as exciting fashion and travel content as well. We felt like we needed to write this post also to explain why we haven't been super active lately. The truth is, we are both trying to figure out our lives for next year, taking numerous college classes in and out of school, and finishing things up before packing up our lives next year. We just finished our Fall semester and anticipate that we will not only have more blog content up now, but video content on our YouTube channel as well. We created our YouTube channel to share our travels as well as lifestyle content but more than anything else to showcase our personalities. We've had several people reach out wanting a more behind-the-scenes look on our lives and we definitely want to connect with our readers and others on a new platform as well.

FOLLOW ALONG...

Instagram // @kalinapop & @_ivanapopova

YouTube // Ivana & Kalina

Pinterest // @kalinapop

Twitter // @WanderlustVita

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