Shooting for VICE in Prague

Keď sa stretne pätica šikovných holiek, ktoré sa neboja vložiť do projektu elán a hlavne srdiečko, nemôže to dopadnúť zle. A trebátrs budú mať aj šťastie. Presne ako sme mali my, keď sme v Sape našli úplne dokonalé lokácie pre každý look pre Vice fotoprojekt. 

1 look na 1 lokáciu, 1 modelka, 2 fotografky a presne toľko rôznych pohľadov na záber. 
O tom, ale hlavne o vzájomnej spolupráci, inspirácií a o spoločnom nadšení pre vec, je náš editoriál na na Vice Czech/Slovak. 

I keď sme miestami poskakovali medzi kvapkami dažďa, na chvíľu nám auto zablokovali ďalšie pripárkované autá, vybila sa mi baterka v blesku, všetko nakoniec dopadlo na jednotku a celý si ho aj s rozhovorom Alex a mňa si môžete pozrieť na Vice CR/SR, alebo moju casť práce na blogu v sekcii Editorials.


Model: Vaness Š.
Stylist: Simona Luhova
MUAH: Gabriela Pribisova
Photo: Me 

When you take 5 super motivated smart girls, who are not afraid to put an extra portion of ethusiasm, creativity and of course, put their hearts (secret and strongest weapon) into the project, the result can't go wrong. And maybe they'll have a bit of a luck too. Such as we had, when we found the sickest location ever for every single look we had, in Prague's Vietnamese neibourhood, Sapa. 

1 look at each location, 1 model and 2 photographers - and the exactly same amount of different perspectives and senses of aesthetics.
This, but more about the collab, sharing inspiration and joy for work, was the editorial shoot for Vice Czech/Slovak about.

Even though we fought with rain for a little bit, got stuck on a parking lot and my flash batteries died accidentaly (as always, when I needed them most), we had a great time and now You can read the interview with the second photog Alex and me here on Vice Czech/Slovak (in Slovak), or check the rest of my work in Editorials here.

Model: Vaness Š.
Stylist: Simona Luhova
MUAH: Gabriela Pribisova
Photo: Me

3 Days in Milan

Dve návštevy Milána, tri chody raňajok a jedna profi fotografka - presne toľko som potrebovala aby tieto fotky boli na svete. Kým počas semptembrového MFW som bola vďačná aj za rýchlojedlo v shitnej kaviarni pri Fendi showroome, teraz som si zaumienila, že si februárový pracovný výlet trochu spríjemním aspoň jedným decent jedlom a kávou za deň. 

A keď som vygooglila čo za super raňajkové miesta sa v Miláne nachádzajú, stačilo málo a zrodil sa plán semipracovného - semiholčičího výletu so Šanim.

A bolo to celé veľmi super - súznenie dvoch fotoduší, kedy je 'fotenie' úplne valid trávením troch dní v Miláne a do kaviarne sa ide, aby sa fotilo (a pritom sme si dali aj raňajky a kávu) a večer sa maká na fotkách než sa ide na pizzu a víno o desiatej. Ok, neznie to asi ako mega zabáva, ale fakt to bolo super, môžete mi veriť! 

Ba čo viac, podnietilo to vznik jedného projektu, ktorý sme tam v návale endorfínov z upravovania fotiek vymysleli a počas MBPFW s troma ďalšími mega ženami aj uskutočnili. Zatiaľ toľko, viac vám nepoviem (iba že to bude onedlho na Vice Czech/Slovakia :P)

Two visits of Milan, 3 course breakfast and 1 pro photog - that's what I needed to make this shoot happen. While worktrip to Milan during the last MFW in autumn was pretty intense and brunch-free and I was happy for at least one superquick meal in a shitty café close to the Fendi showroom, this time I set myself a goal - to have one decent (hipsterish) meal and coffee per day.

And not long after I googled lovely and pitoresque cafés of Milan - the idea was born. The idea of semiwork - semigirls-getaway trip with my fellow photog Šani.

And it was dope! I mean, like a harmony of two photo-souls, spending all three days in Milan by taking pics is totally a valid way to spend one's time, so is going to a café with the intention to take some sick pics there (while having a bite of food and sip of a coffee), and so is editing pics until late hours and then going to grab some pizza afterwards. Maybe it doesn't sound like the best fun ever, but it was very cool and inspiring, I bet you! 

And while we were working on images, you know - full of endorphins from a creative work, another idea for the next project popped up! Stay tuned, it will be launched soon at VICE Czech/Slovakia :P

 Ganni turtleneck // New Balance sneakers // Weekday jeans // Zara blazer

Ganni turtleneck // New Balance sneakers // Weekday jeans // Zara blazer

 Stine Goya dress // Ganni turtleneck

Stine Goya dress // Ganni turtleneck

 Vivien Babicova bag // Stine Goya dress // Ganni turtleneck

Vivien Babicova bag // Stine Goya dress // Ganni turtleneck

 Vivien Babicova bag

Vivien Babicova bag

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 Stine Goya dress

Stine Goya dress

 Vivien Babicova bag // Stine Goya dress // Ganni turtleneck and leggings

Vivien Babicova bag // Stine Goya dress // Ganni turtleneck and leggings

 Ganni turtleneck // New Balance sneakers // Weekday jeans // Zara blazer

Ganni turtleneck // New Balance sneakers // Weekday jeans // Zara blazer

All pics by Alexandra Hrašková IG: @sankohrasko ; edited by me

My Year 2017

A máme ďalší rok za nami. Nikdy som neholdovala bilancovaniu a rekapitulácii, čo sa udialo alebo neudialo. Minulosť je nepredvídateľná a radno napredovať, než sa sentimentálne obzerať čo bolo. 

TL;DR: Tento rok bol ale špeciálny. 

Po 4 rokoch vo korporáte a ďalšom roku analýz už pre dánskeho zamestnávateľa, som sa rozhodla opustiť isté vody 9-5 zamestnania a vrhnúť sa voľným pádom na freelancing

Prvým spontánnym rozhodnutím bolo fotenie streetstyle na Copenhagen fashion week, po tom, ako som sa nedostala na dve prehliadky. Fotky boli uverejnené vo viacerých škandinávskych médiách a hneď za tým nasledovala cesta na fashion weeky do Paríža do Prahy.  

Na jar sa mi ozvala Marie, či by som sa s ňou nechcela spoluvytvárať pripravovaný magazín Luelle, čo dalo môjmu freelancu stabilnejšie kontúry. Koncom jari ma prvý raz oslovili z Virtue Scandinavia, súčasť Vice Media Scandinavia, s ponukou či by som pre nich niekedy nefotila komerčné projekty a tiež ma začal registrovať dánsky módny dom - Munthe, a mne sa splnil sen o ktorom sníva každá holka, ktorá je v srdci stále módna blogerka - vyberať si oblečko zo showroomu (nie z ázijského eshopu) len za to, že ho podľa ľubovôle môžem niekedy postnúť na IG. (tu sa asi každá etablovaná blogerka zasmeje, ale pre mňa to fakt znamenalo veľa)

And yet again, another year is over. Never been into recaps much, what's gone is gone, better to look ahead, but TL;DR version is—this year was pretty special.

After 4 years working in a corp, another one in a Danish startup, I was about to leave the shallow waters of 9-5 job and dive into the world of freelancing as a photographer.

It started rather spontaneously—After I didn't get a backstage pass to some shows at CPHFW, I decided to stay outside and shoot my first streetstyle ever. Pics were posted in several Scandi magazines and afterwards, I flew to fashionweeks in Paris and Prague.

What's more, shooting streetstyle and backstage of shows caught an eye of fashion and marketing professionals. In the spring, Marie Hindkær reached out to me, with a cool offer to work for her in a relaunched lifestyle mag Luelle, which gave a sense of stability to my freelance life, then I teamed up with Virtue Scandinavia (part of Vice Media Scandinavia) and became one of their contributors for various commercials and I started to be recognized by cool Danish fashion brands too, when (my blogger heart skip a heart beat with happiness) Munthe invited me to their showroom and our collab has started. Soo many exciting news and it wasn't even the half of the year!

 

Leto bolo celkovo veľmi plodné, počnúc letným editorálom pre IG Henrik Vibskov Boutique a Barbary i Gongini, až po rôzne drobné stylingové projekty s rôznymi ľuďmi.

A augustové fashion weeky v Kodani a v Prahe kick-offli totálne mega vec, na ktorú budem spomínať snáď do konca života a to fotenie streetstyle pre Fendi počas fashion weeku v Milane. Tak zážitkami a svetovými osobnosťami nabité tri dni som nikdy nezažila a asi ani nezažijem.

Okrem pracovných ciest som i veľa cestovala. Boli sme s mojim mužom Holandsku (Amsterdam, Rotterdam), Španielsku (Valencia, Alicante a končene sa mi splnil sen vidieť La Muralla Roja), v Poľsku (Gdansk) a precestovali skoro celé Portugalsko

Rok 2017 bol doslova prelomový i čo sa spätnej väzby na moje pôsobenie na IG a blogoch týka. To, s čím som v podstate úplne náhodou a bez nejakého dlhodobejšieho zámeru začala v Novembri/Decembri 2016, a teda v postovania mojich styligov ladených do určitých farieb, sa stalo počas roku 2017 pre mňa signifikantným. Ale i v časoch, keď som to prerušila (ako dovolenky, fashionweeky) sa mi stále dostávalo od vás veľa podpory a spätnej väzby, za ktorú som vám veľmi vďačná. Za posledný rok mi takto vzrástol počet followerov vyše o 2 tisíc (čo v mojom prípade znamená dvojnásobok) a ja nepoznám lepšiu odmenu akým je pocit, že sa ľuďom páči čo robím.

A čo je najdôležitejšie, spoznala som sa (alebo sa bližšie skamarátila) s mnohými zaujímavými a inšpiratívnymi ľuďmi - od fotoprofesionálov ako Andreea Bogdan, Søren Jepsen, Adam Katz, cez style icons ako Marie Hindkær, Susan Stjernberger, Marie My a.k.a. Nemesis Babe a všetky tie módne profesionálky a blogerky, s ktorými mám možnosť prehodiť reč počas fotenia pre Luelle, až po naše česko-slovenské ikony štýlu, módy, fotografie (a vôbec umenia), ako Barbora Kubi, Nikol Herec, Alexandra Hrašková, Lucie Kratochvílová a veľa veľa ďalších, ktorí mi obohatili rok 2017 svojou prítomnosťou, svetonázorom alebo hoci len osobným štýlom.

Už teraz viem, že i rok nový bude rokom veľkých zmien. Hlavne však, nech sme všetci zdraví a k sebe dobrí. Klišé, ja viem, ale ono to tak ozaj je.

Tak šťastný nový rok 2018, milí priatelia!

Summer was a ride too. Besides small jobs for IG of Henrik Vibskov Boutique and Barbara i Gongini and teaming up with cool people for their styling projects, summer fashion shows in CPH and Prague kicked off the most amazing job I've ever had (and maybe will have had for some time)—shooting streetstyle for Fendi social media channels in Milan. The most exciting experience that I will never forget! <3

Except for business trips I have traveled a lot in 2017. With my man we visited Netherlands (Amsterdam, Rotterdam), Spain (Valencia, Alicante and I finally visited La Muralla Roja - another dream came true), Poland (Gdansk), and traveled through most of Portugal.

Can't avoid to mention, 2017 was a blessing for my IG too. What started rather impulsively at the end of 2016, has become something like my style or signature - I speak about the colorschemes. But even in periods of time when I'm not able to maintain the mono-tone structure (fashionweeks, my traveling), you still show me great support and I'm very grateful for that. Thank you for all your likes and nice comments on the posts during the last year! Means really a world to me!

But also in the offline world - year 2017 brought many new people to my life. I had the chance to meet (or get to know better) so many inspiring and great people. This is something I appreciate the most. Real offline friends, but also a wide circle of acquaintances  - that's what makes the world a really hyggelig place. From professional photographers like Andreea Bogdan, Søren Jepsen, Adam Katz, through style icons like Marie Hindkær, Susan Stjernberger, Marie My a.k.a. Nemesis Babe and all those super cool girls and fashion professionals I've met during Luelle shootings, to women of fashion, photography and art from Czecho-slovakia like Barbora Kubi, Nikol Herec, Alexandra Hrašková, Lucie Kratochvílová and many many others, who have illuminated my year 2017 with their style, personality, or world view.

2017 was just amazing and I already know, 2018 won't be any different. Let's hope it will be also full of kindness and health, because that's the most important thing. 

Happy new year, my dear friends!

What I wore this month

Toto sú prosímpekne asi jediné žlté veci v mojom šatníku. Ani neviem prečo vlastne. Sýtu žltú mám celkom rada, no nosím ju hlavne s čiernou, alebo ako súčasť nejakého vzoru na oblečení. Na kanárikovejšie kombinácie asi nie som dosť odvážna :D

Posledné týždne ma mega dostal set od Hunkøn - čo je relatívne mladá dánska značka, ktorá sa nebojí experimentovať so vzormi a materiálmi (teda niečo presne pre mňa :D), samozrejme Ganni musí byť, lebo to je moja odevná láska odkedy moja noha prvý raz kročila na dánsku zem (aktuálne túžim po Julliard Mohair svetri v akejkoľvek farbe) a posedávajúc v žlto-sedačkovej kaviarni (po tom, ako som zabudla odfotiť kafé, kým ešte bolo) som zvečnila nové DW hodinky, ktoré mi poslali. Pokiaľ by ste mali pocit, že už ich majú snáď úplne všetci na zemeguli, len vy nie, a chceli by ste ich tiež, smelo použite kód SJULOVES na 15% zlavičku.

Čo vy a žltá? Nosíte? A s čím ju kombinujete?

These are most likely the only yellow items in my closet. Idk why, yellow is a nice color and I like it  - especially in bright, vivid tones, but when it comes to wearing it, I almost always go for the combination of yellow and black, or wear yellow as a pattern colour - accompanying other colors. Apparently I'm not brave enough for more jovial combos :D

I've been really into this floral set from Hunkøn lately - Hunkøn is a fresh local Danish brand, mixing various textures, colors and patterns in their designs, but still creates very wearable pieces - so I'm really fond of them! No surprise, I was wearing Ganni as well, as it's been my clothing-love since my foot touched the Danish soil for the first time. (Most recently I'm dying for Julliard Mohair pullover in any color) and while sitting in a chair-matching-my-IG-theme cafe, I took a pic of my new DW watch I got recently - feel free to use code SJULOVES for 15% off if you want them or similar ones.

How about you and yellow? Do you wear it and how do you combine it?

Hello World!

Po dlhej dobe Ahoj z Kodane!

Trvalo mi niečo vyše polroka sadnúť si za stôl a napísať konečne pár viet.

Dôvod?
1. Nechcelo sa mi
2. Nebolo o čom. Pretože od začiatku tohto roka som pohltená prácou, ktorá ma baví a ponáňa vpred, a články štýlu "len aby niečo bolo napísané" nemám rada. A verím, že ani vy.
3. Nebola som spokojná s úrovňou svojich predošlých článkaov a celkovo mi už prestal vyhovovať koncept klasického fashion blogu. 

Mám tým na mysli outfitové posty obsahujúce aspoň 5 fotiek, ideálne s popisom outfitu.
Pamätám si, ako som v úplných začiatkoch, čo bolo tak asi 3-4 roky dozadu fotila outfitový post snáď aj hodinu, aby som mala dosť fotiek aj celej postavy, aj detailov, aj neviem už čoho - aby to vyzeralo tak, ako to robia ostatné blogerky.
A potom text - napísať k tomu text že čo nosím (omg nuda!), alebo nejakú úvahu na inú, hlbšiu, tému. A ak úvahu, tak ako, aby to malo hlavu a pätu? Slohy na literatúre mi nikdy moc nešli a články o ničom ma všeobecne iritujú nielen na iných blogoch ale i v médiách, takže moje rozhodnutie - lepšie nepísať nič, než len ďalší crap, bolo na spadnutie.

No..a predsa tu teraz zas spamujem :D 

A hodím i otázku do pléna - bavia vás ešte vôbec blogy? Alebo sme už všetci už len na IG, YT (či v najlepšom prípade v offline svete :D)

Ak sa vám chce, dajte mi vedieť, jak to vidíte!


Long time no see, my friends!

It took me more that half a year to sit down and write here a piece of text.

Why?
1. Lack of mood to do so (brutal honest answers ale always the best)
2. Lack of topics to write about. Because I'm overhelmed by work that I enjoy, don't have time for serious texts and I don't like meaningless articles - I believe you don't either. 
3. I wasn't that happy with my previous texts (excatly because of the reason above) and also with the traditional concept of a fashion blog.

I mean..
I remember, where I was younger, how deeply I have tried to look like other bloggers, have the very same structure of the blog, with 5 outfit pics accompanied with details shots, and a piece of text about what I'm wearing. This kind of approach has become very dull to me soon, and since I've been blogging, my progress as a photographer/blogger is crucial for me, and so is to enjoy what I'm doing.
Overall, less amount od text and more pics and stylings - that's my ideal balance!

And how about you. Do you still read blogs or we're all only at IG or YT? :D

Let me know!

 Ganni coat // BACK bag // New Balance sneakers

Ganni coat // BACK bag // New Balance sneakers

 Ganni blazer // &amp; Other Stories skirt and belt // Prada shoes

Ganni blazer // & Other Stories skirt and belt // Prada shoes

 Ganni coat // Mango boots // Bimba y Lola bag

Ganni coat // Mango boots // Bimba y Lola bag

 &amp; Other Stories jacket and dress

& Other Stories jacket and dress

 Monki jacket // Baum und Pferdgarten shirt // Ganni skirt

Monki jacket // Baum und Pferdgarten shirt // Ganni skirt

Dupe or Original? | How Zara makes this decision hard

Maybe you have spotted it, or you even own one - a Zara dupe of the Acne Velocite jacket. Massive aviator faux leather jacket with a superfurry lining, for a tiny fraction of the original one's price. Really a nice one, no surprises I've seen it so often on streets and blogs everywhere.

You know, the thing about Zara is that there is always this difficult dichotomy - dope style for little money x poor quality and high chance it has been copied from a runway. Lavish fashionista's soul x acknowledgment, WHY all these items are so much cheaper and that stealing intellectual property is bad.

Every coin has two sides and everything can be excused, somehow. Zara brings fashionable pieces to women who fancy stylish wardrobe, but who couldn't be ever able to buy the original version of those.

No more words needed, I have a love-hate relationship with Zara

One way or another, I've decided not to buy this jacket. I've bought an original Acne hat instead of it (but for the same price). It doesn't warm me the whole body like a jacket, however, the feeling that I've supported a designer and haven't chosen to wear a copy, warms me inside.

But let's wait what I'll go for the next time (I've seen some very cool summer shoes collection by Zara ehmm). I'm a lavish fashionista sometimes (read 'too often').

How about you and Zara? Friends, or not really?

Living out of a suitcase

 

How do I recognize, I'm totally slammed by self-inflicted work?

- I have my first coffee of the day at 7.30 pm.

- I forget to tell my friends a super cool story which happened already a week ago.

- After three months of not being at home, I can't stop working while sipping an after-dinner wine with my parents.

- Whole week passes without me listening to even a single song in my Discover Weekly.

With these feelings I came back to Copenhagen yesterday, after my tour de Prague - Bratislava - southern Slovakia - northern Slovakia - Krakow - Berlin, to enjoy the crispy Scandinavian sun for two weeks, and then hurray to Spain!

And what about you? What are you looking forward to in April?

 

top and dress: H&M Studio SS17 // bomber: H&M Trend // bag: BACK // sneakers: Nike

pics by:

Kamila Shíbalová