2018 / YEAR IN REVIEW

Monday, December 31, 2018


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

WHAT WE GOT FOR CHRISTMAS 2018 // TWIN EDITION

Wednesday, December 26, 2018






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!

BOTH
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

BULGARIA TRAVEL GUIDE

Tuesday, November 13, 2018








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 ♡

THE FIRST MONTH OF COLLEGE... | UNL

Sunday, September 30, 2018

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

DORM TOUR // UNIVERSITY OF KANSAS

Sunday, August 19, 2018

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






BARCELONA TRAVEL DIARY

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Hello... or should we say "hola"? Our first stop in Europe this year was Barcelona! We were so excited to finally visit Spain as it had been on our list for quite a while. We stayed in Costa Brava and we took a train to Barcelona for a few day trips. We absolutely loved Barcelona and are finally sharing our adventures with you all! Here's a look at what we did + our video travel diary!

BARCELONA VIDEO TRAVEL DIARY (click here!)

WHERE WE WENT:
La Sagrada Familia // You must see this if you travel to Barcelona! The building itself is stunning and if you aren't afraid of heights, you can go up to the top and observe all of Barcelona from up high! A little tip if you are looking for a good photo - op: there is a lake near the building where you can go to get the best angles of the building. Also, make sure you wear modest clothes (no tank tops).  If not, you will end up having to purchase a t-shirt or scarf to cover your shoulders before entering! We ended up with lovely Barcelona shirts since we were wearing tank tops 😂.

Xurerria Sagrada Familia // Of course we had to include a good place for the foodies out there! Churros are extremely popular in Spain and so so delicious! This particular "Xurerria" is highly praised and a great place to get a treat after visiting La Sagrada Familia! We can vouch for this place - the churros are insanely good (and huge!).

Park Güell // This famous park is so beautiful with so many amazing features. It is composed of beautiful architecture in the style of Gaudi and gorgeous gardens! There is so much color in this park!

Casa Batllo and Casa Mila // Both of these "houses" are absolutely stunning! They are built in the style of Antonio Gaudi (as is most of Barcelona) and Casa Mila looks "wavy". We did not go inside but we definitely recommend stopping to admire these two houses as you are wondering around Barcelona!

La Boqueria // This was one of our favorite places in Barcelona! La Boqueria is a huge public market situated in the Cuidad Vieja district of Barcelona and has so many different food options! We got fresh squeezed juices there but there are endless food options. You'll see in our video travel diary that the market is full of color with so much fresh fruit and yummy treats!

Las Ramblas // This pedestrian friendly street is bustling day and night as it is situated right in the center of Barcelona! As much as we love sightseeing, some of our best memories from traveling come from simply walking around. We try to immerse ourselves into the culture as much as possible and this street is definitely a hit for both tourists and locals.

















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