Tsari Mali Grad

IMG_8265Last Sunday I went on a little getaway with my significant other. We visited Belchin; a small town in western Bulgaria, about 40 minutes out of Sofia. The village stands since Roman times and back then it was called Tsari Mali Grad. There’s a cabin lift that takes you to the top of St. Vlas hill, revealing a breathtaking panorama of the whole town.

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Church entrance and a plan how it used to look like in the 4th century

First we visited a gorgeous little church St. Petka that was built in the 15-th century. It’s a very unique place due to the fact that it’s foundation is the remains from a 4-th century Christian church. Right next to it with three towers still standing, is the Tsari Mali fortress built between 2-nd and 4-th century. You can walk through the grounds and even look down from the towers, daydreaming of how it once was. The main part is turned into a museum full of coins, ceramic dishes and weapons discovered on the grounds, some of which date all the way back to 4-th century. The whole place is surrounded by nature. I strongly recommend taking a stroll on the Eco path next to the fortress. Enjoying the pure air and spending some time around the centuries old forests. It’s an amazing place for picnics, meditation and reconnecting with nature. There’s also a very nice mineral pool and spa complex just a few miles down in town if you are in a mood to spoil yourself. With population of less than 500 people, the locals resemble one huge, happy family. Everyone we met was friendly and helpful (of course we got lost!) and eager to let us sample local organic fruits and vegetables and various kinds of homemade cheese. We had an amazing day and came back refreshed and inspired for the new week, glad we discovered another amazing place somewhere in the world! Don’t forget to ask which road to take on your way back so you can check out the 22 stork nests, homes of about 100 white storks annually. To the Bulgarian people storks are like shooting stars so make a wish if you see one! XO, Silvia Mèlange

View on the way up

View on the way up

Vintage weapons

Vintage weapons

Inside the chapel

  Inside the chapel

Coin collection with Roman emperors heads found in the ground

Coin collection with Roman emperors heads found in the grounds surrounding the area

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Inside the fortress

Миналата неделя, с моят любим решихме да избягаме от града за ден. Посетихме Белчин- малко селце в западна България, на около 40 минути от София. Селцето съществува от римски времена, когато е носело името Цари Мали Град. Кабинков лифт ни качва на хълма Св. Влас, разкривайки невероятна панорама на градчето. Първо посетихме църквата Св. Петка, построена през 15-ти век. Уникално място поради факта, че основите й датират от 4-ти век, също от църква. Точно до нея с три от кулите все още използваеми, е крепостта Цари Мали, строена между втори и четвърти век. Човек може да се разходи до наблюдателницата и да си помечтае как е било някога. Част от крепостта е превърната в музей, помещаващ монети, керамични съдове и оръжия датиращи около четвърти век. Цялото място е заобиколено от природа! Препоръчвам разходка по Еко пътеката,за да се насладите на вековни гори и чист въздух. Страхотно място е за пикник, медитация или за приятно прекарване сред природата. На няколко километра надолу има страхотен спа център с минерални басейни ако сте в настроение да се поглезите. С население по-малко от 500 души, местните са дружелюбни и отзивчиви (разбира се, че се загубихме) и предлагат домашни органични плодове и зеленчуци и домашно сирене. Прекарахме си страхотно и се върнахме освежени и вдъхновени за новата седмица, щастливи че открихме още едно невероятно местенце на света! На тръгване не забравяйте да попитате по кой път да тръгнете, за да видите 22-те гнезда, подслоняващи около 100 бели щъркела годишно! За българите щъркелите са като падащи звезди, така че си намислете желание ако ги видите! С обич, Силвия

The Eco path

The Eco path entrance

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Chillin’ in the tree

We made a few wishes

  We made a few wishes on our way out

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TGIF!!!

It’s Friday night and I’m headed to a end of Summer pool side party (or whatever excuse to party 🙂 I’m wearing a very light beach cover up from Friendtex as a dress. I love how the gentle creamy flowers are placed just right! The material is slightly see through so I’m wearing black shorts and a low cut tank underneath. I can tell it’s going to be a long night so I’m wearing my trusted shoes from Bianco Footwear. The shades are Armani eye wear 2013 and the bag is my Jessica Simpson,

Cheers, Friends!

IMG_8011IMG_8012Петък вечер е и аз съм поканена на парти край басейнпо случай края на лятото ( или каквото и да е извинение за купон). Нося плажна туника от Friendtex като рокля. Обожавам тази нежна материя и начинът, по който цветчетата са  поставени точно на правилните места! Тъй като е плажна туника от леко прозиращ шифон съм с черни панталонки и потниче под нея. Ще бъде една от тези вечери за това избрах обувки, на които мога да се доверя 🙂 Очилата са от колекция на Армани от 2013, а чантата е Джесика Симпсън.

          Наздраве, приятели!

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Monday Flow

It’s Monday again! This morning I found myself needing a blazer and in my book that means fall is right around the corner. Before we get into daydreaming about over sized sweaters and crispy Sunday mornings with Vogue, here’s a 9-to-5 end of summer outfit I put together for my first day at a new job!

My favorite Zara blazer

My favorite Zara blazer

blazer: Zara top: Abercrombie pants: Michael Kors shoes: Ralph Lauren bag: Esprit

blazer: Zara
top: Abercrombie
pants: Michael Kors
shoes: Ralph Lauren
bag: Esprit

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Отново е поеделник! Тази сутрин имах нужда от връхна дреха, а за мен това означава, че есента чука на вратата. Преди да сме се размечтали за големи половери и неделни утрини с Вог, ето една  “от 9 до 5” визия, която избрах на първият ми ден на нова работа!

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Red Pepper Salad / Side Dish

I  decided to start my little online cooking adventure with something simple and traditional for my country. Almost everything I cook has a little healthy twist to it! This is not the authentic Bulgarian salad but it’s heavily influenced by it.

You will need:

5-6 large red peppers

2 garlic cloves (finely chopped)

½ freshly squeezed lemon juice

1-2 table spoons virgin oil

1 tea spoon Himalayan salt

Bunch of finely chopped fresh parsley

How I   make it:

Wash the peppers and grill them only brushing the grill with some virgin oil and yes, a Forman grill would work too.

While you wait on the peppers to cool off, mix all the other ingredients (except parsley) together and let the mixture settle down. Clean and peal and the peppers, cut them up in slices and add them to the mixture and keep stirring until it all blends together. Sprinkle the parsley on top right before serving.

It’s a very simple and delicious dish that’s pretty much available all year round! Low calories and loaded with vitamins, it’s totally worth trying it out! In the summer I like to serve it as a salad and I keep it covered in the fridge for 2-3 hours before consuming. In the winter I usually serve it while it’s warm or room temperature.

I  always recommend buying organic and locally grown products when available!

Love your body! Xo, Silvia Melange

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Салата от червени чушки

Реших да започна моято онлайн готварско приключение с нещо лесно и традиционно в българската кухня.Почти всичко което сервирам има здравословна  чупка. Ястието и не е автентичната българска рецепта, но е силно вдъхновенo от нея!

Продукти:

5-6 големи червени чушки

2-3 скилидки чесън (ситно настърган)

Сока на половин лимон

1 с.л. зехтин

1 ч.л. хималайска сол

Шепа ситно нарязан пресен магданоз

Как го приготвям:

Измивам и пека чушките като намазвам само грила със зехтин. Докато чушките изстиват, смесвам всички други съставки (освен магданоза) и ги оставям на страна. Изчиствам, режа и беля чушките. Накълцвам ги на “лентички” и ги смесвам с всичко друго. Поръсвам салатата обилно с магданоз непосредствено преди сервиране.

Това е много лесна и вкусна рецепта, която може да бъде приготвена целогодишно. С минимални калории и пълна с витамини, заслужава си да се опита! През лятото, я сервирам като салата и я покривам в хладилника покрита за 2-3 часа преди консумация. През зимата обикновено е като гарнитура топла или със стайна температура. Винаги препоръчвам органични продукти, когато са на разположение!

Обичай тялото си!

Twilight Trails

The other day I took a stroll in one of my favorite gardens in Sofia.The light was magical and I always get inspired when I spot nature in the heart of a busy city so I decided to take a few shots. I was wearing a Bebe top with a “drop back” I’m obsessed with and denim cut offs I made myself. My bag is from Jessica Simpson’s collection and the shoes are Prada inspired from Bianco Footwear. They are so comfortable and stylish I’ve been wearing them all summer! Only a bun can save long haired girls in the summer so why not make it stylish!

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Преди няколко дни се разхождах из една от любимите ми градинки в София. Светлината беше вълшебна, а аз винаги се вдъхновявам когато забележа природно кътче в сърцето на забързан град. Реших да направя няколко снимки възползвайки се от светлината. Облечена съм в топ от Бебе с падащ гръб и рязани дънкови панталонки мое производство. Чантата е от колекция на Джесика Симпсън, обувките от Бианко, вдъхновени от Прада и изключително удобни. Само бън може да спаси дългокосите в жегата, нека да е стилен!

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My Quarter life crisis and The Big 25

Back in January, I started thinking about my birthday this year. I love my birthday so I always get excited when June hits but never six months early… I was feeling weird, couldn’t pin it down. Maybe I was stressed from my crazy schedule or just generally tired. As the winter months were turning to spring, I was actually getting excited- after a turn of events for a first time in my life, I was moving to my very own place and had the opportunity to create my personal little Nirvana. Still something felt unsettling, I wasn’t happy.

One day I was sharing my frustration with a friend over coffee when she mumbled something about how she didn’t end up being where she was supposed to be by her age (24). Later that day I remembered a recent conversation with another friend, we’ll call him Joe. Sunny and kind, a combat veteran who traveled half the world and is one of the most intelligent and involved people I have ever met. He shifted the conversation toward how he feels incomplete and wants to find the One, settle down and have a few children. He felt like at his age (38), he was supposed to look for preschools somewhere in suburbia and gush over yearbook pictures. Supposed to and expected by whom? Aren’t we supposed to draw our own map, chose our way?

The following morning while doing yoga it dawned on me: 25. My problem was that this year my birthday was different: I was turning 25 and it wasn’t just another party. Somehow there was no more college and worrying about homework. It seemed like I woke up out of nowhere and I was late for work, about to put my razor in my mouth and my toothbrush on my leg, while debating what day it is and what am I going to make for dinner tonight. I was nowhere near where I was supposed to be by the time I hit the big 25. As I proceeded to make coffee, I started getting my answers. “Supposed to” is a synonym to “Expect to” so the question here was expected by whom? By that 18 year old girl on prom night, thinking the world is just waiting for her to conquer it? The one that was sure she had it all figured out because every move was carefully planned out? Was I still the same person I was 6-7 years ago? How could I have possibly known about all the twists and turns, the peaks and lows on my then spotless map? The adventures, the people and explorations along the way that influenced and shaped me and helped me discover things I never knew existed?!

Yes, I’m not some hotshot Psych profiler, living somewhere glamorous on a six figure salary and I can’t afford everything I want. I don’t have a bunch glamorous friends and every now and then, I end up having too much month at the end of my money. But I have discovered something else; the confusion, the discoveries, fears and doubts, the mistakes are all okay! As much as I would like it to be, the answer is not always 42.. Gestalt philosophy claims: What it is Is. So simple and right in front of us yet so hard to truly comprehend: reality is what it is, not what we would like it to be, not what it was last year, not what it would be next year. Our reality simply is what it is. The only way one can change that is by acknowledging the current situation. That is directly linked with another “in your face” yet hard realization: I am who I am! Not who I thought or would like to be, not the one I used to be: I simply am who I am. Jorge Bucay adds that all our neurosis begin when we try to be someone we are not.

It never crossed my mind that my love for animals would make me become a vegetarian or that I have a passion for cooking and experimenting with different cuisines. That just with one summer of frequenting the city, I’d not just fall in love with art but create my own. That being a bartender could be so much fun, that I would get the chance to meet so many different people and learn about many colorful cultures. That my fondness for fashion would grow into an Instagram page with a little over a 1000 followers (I love you so much guys!) after six months of me sharing what I wear, eat and where I go.

I read somewhere that the best way to ruin your twenties is to worry how you are not where YOU expected to be. So I realized: I was sitting around feeling sad over a half way fantasy future, I could never be certain would even happen. Over something that simply wasn’t my calling. I took a deeper look at my life so far: I’m what seems like galaxies away from that adorably naive 18 year old girl. I have traveled and seen so many amazing things, I have learned so much about culture and life but most importantly, myself.  Life is a journey and sometimes, you have to close a door shut in order to have a sunny window open right in front of you. So what do I do now, where do I head next? After making the scary decision to ditch the path I carefully drew when I was 18, I took some time off. Spent my days reading, painting, meditating and just letting my thoughts wander. I didn’t have to let my knowledge go to waste, just take a different approach. I’ve always been an inspiration seeker and it’s time I give back! That means coming out of my comfort zone, doing things I’ve never done, visiting new places and most of all- learning and sharing my journey with all of you!

This is how the idea for this blog was born. Here I will be sharing my life experiences. My thoughts and adventures from what to wear today/night and what to make for dinner to life changing decisions and personal experiences. Wander, explore and learn while experimenting with clothes, food, events and countries.

Welcome to my journey to reaching the best possible version of myself!

                                                                                  Xo, Silvia Mélange