All Of (My) 2017 In One

ტაკეაუIt’s been a little while since I last posted but I’m sure I wasn’t the only one, who got too busy this holiday season. This is the most wonderful time of the year but what makes it even more special to me is taking a moment to realize what a journey this year has been.

Taking this moment right now I can tell that 2017 has changed my life drastically. I visited 4 new countries/cities for both, business and leisure. Carrier wise, it’s been a huge inspiration for me to get invited to some of the shows at London Fashion Week and working with one of my favorite London based street style photographers Moeez Tali. This period has not only increased the number of Takeau.com readers but also boosted my motivation to go for more! One of that MORE was my first ever feature in VOGUE.com‘s street style chronicles as well as in ELLE USA. And several months later I signed a contract with H&M as a member of the first management team in Georgia. I left for Croatia and spent 3 months of summer developing and learning for my new position but I also found time for pleasure.

I traveled with my girls to Barcelona, Spain for the first time and it has been a trip I will never forget. I spent the best time and some unforgettable memories! I also found time for myself when I left for a long weekend to Venice, Italy. Spent time wondering and exploring and eating on my own but as it has already become a tradition I found some Georgian friends to spend a nice evening with there too!

Later this year, working at my full-time job, I decided to post weekly on my blog and develop the content to make it more interesting to you. And one of my New Year resolutions is to keep developing and growing and capturing!

Of course, as any other year this one also had some looses. It was a major lost for me and while it is still very emotional and personal for me, I will just say that there is a special place in my heart that will stay with me forever.

There is so much more, little and big things that have started this year. And I can not wait to share more of it later on- in 2018! It has been a long year and I am grateful for all the opportunities and people that 2017 brought. You guys have also been a very important part of it so thank you for that!

Special thanks to my good friend and a talented fashion illustrator Tinatin Gvasalia for the illustration above. Check her out for more of her magic here.

So, that’s it for now. See you next time in 2018!
Happy New Year my dearest readers! Wish you a special one!

 

 

 

 

 

Trip to Amsterdam

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I LOVE traveling. I love seeing new places, exploring new cities. After every single journey I feel like I’m opening new perspectives and as a student in the heart of Europe I regarded traveling as a part of my education. When I am thinking of a new place I usually plan the trip to make most of it: I like to know which museums and sightseeing’s I am visiting and when; I like to know where I will have a dinner or when I will be meeting a friend but I guess that’s also creating my comfort zone in an undiscovered place, BUT when I arrive and get to the exploring, I usually let myself get lost, wonder around and get the real experience of the place.

amsterdam-coverAmsterdam made quite a first impression on me. Even though I arrived late night I immediately fell in love with the city architecture from the Central Station. The more I walked the more I felt comfortable and welcome.

Before my visit I saw Amsterdam as a city of Red Light District and legal marijuana but I was surprised to see the number of small art galleries and big museums all in one. I spent hours in museums staring at my favorite works from Von Gogh to Liechtenstein. But there was a lot more I wanted to see bit I was short of time.

Of course flowers! Tulips are one of the symbols of Holland and no trip to Amsterdam could have been without the flower market!

 

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While I never considered it a fashion capital I got quite surprised with the fashion in the streets of Amsterdam. Center was usually filled with tourists but in small cafes like Bakers & Roasters (which I highly recommend for delicious breakfast)  breakfastand not touristic areas good-looking people were dresses in an effortlessly stylish way. The shopping was even better. Despite of the fact that I didn’t have “proper” time to shop I still managed to run through some high street brands, that are not available in Prague or some other European cities (monki, & Other Stories, Urban Outfitters, weekday and more).

As I figured the Amsterdam is also known for vintage shops. One of the most famous vintage shops is Episode. Honestly, I am not a huge lover of vintage but the range of clothing and the prices (!!!) is highly motivating. If you love vintage than get ready to spent hours digging for treasure with excitement!

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Writing this I’m starting feeling very nostalgic. There is so much I have to see around the world yet, but Amsterdam is a city that I want to go back to and explore to the fullest. As I said Amsterdam truly became my new favorite city and I will look forward for seeing it again.

garden-amsterdmFinally, I want to express my special gratitude to my very lovely friend Salome. She has been an exceptional host and another reason that made my memories of Amsterdam so warm and welcoming. Along with everything else, as a dancer with Het National Ballet junior company she also gave me a tour of the opera building, which felt like my childhood dream 🙂 I’m looking forward to visiting Salome and Amsterdam again soon!