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!


Ivana & Kalina


  1. You ladies are only 17?! Wow you have already accomplished so much! Wishing you all the best in the new year!

    1. Thank you so much, Jess! We hope 2018 is a good one for you as well!


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