I wanted to be beautiful and irresistible! Every girl at the age of 16 wants to spread her charisma all around and convince herself and the world, with every step she takes, that she is a queen. In the moment, captured in this picture, I was a queen. Gleaming on my neck the long desired necklace that I was secretly checking in my mom’s jewellery box. The big golden sun! Now I could have it! Exulting with joy, smiling and spinning along, I wore my little red dress, the golden sun shining on my chest, and left conquering the day! I wanted to and I knew I would be bright, brave, glowing and…noticed!

The most powerful of all colours is still part of my feminine, styling routine, but a few things in my attitude changed during the years.

Big change # 1: I am no longer to be seen visiting a girlfriend for an afternoon tea gathering, wearing red from top to toe, including a pair of unique, custom made heels in the same shade.That choice belonged to a bold 16 year old girl who did not even know how it felt to wear a pair of denim and a t shirt back then. There was so much drama in my outfits that one could easily think that I, in fact, was a queen, a…drama queen 😉

Big change # 2: While moving through my life I did learn what being a queen means. It is really not about your custom made heels and convincing the world that you are more important than everybody else. Being a Queen is knowing and loving yourself, being loyal and true to yourself. A Queen is confident in her own powers, talents and feelings. There were tears and broken hearts along the way, there was frustration, pain and despair, but I am finally sitting on my golden throne comfortably, knowing that I am the queen of…my own life, loving, nurturing and honouring myself and the people around me.

Big change # 3: Centuries ago Royalties and Aristocrats of the Balkans were often seen hunting with a pack of maybe thirty or forty Dalmatians. Hence, at the age of 16, as a real Balkan Royalty of the New Age, I was dashing around my hometown Varna as a proud queen and owner of a beautiful specimen of ermine-like flashy coated hunter dog. Today, I feel more attracted to another canine: the clever, lively, courageous and stubborn Mr. Vittorio, the sausage dog.


I am feeling nostalgic today. Is it because the sea in my hometown is getting cooler and the trees are crowned with gleaming yellow leaves? I am diving in the vortex of memories and the flow is transporting me back to when I was 16.

In the shady paths of our beautiful hometown park, I am walking along with Karina Fon Bodenblik, our energetic dog of Dalmatian breed. We are both trotting. Karina is waving her silky smooth ears, while I am waving my freshly curled locks.

Everything started years ago with Pongo and Perdita and my obsession for the book ‘101 Dalmatians. At that time our family owned already 2 cats and a dog, but none of them could convey the slightest aristocratic message. A Dalmatian could! With its dramatic black markings and elegant posture…it planted the seeds of a…fatal attraction in my young heart. Before we knew it, the dogs in the family were two- the tiny playful, hot-tempered puppy with aristocratic name conquered not only my heart, but also our home. Karina did not present herself in a Dalmatian print T shirt, but she definitely was inspirational for my teenage closet.

As a true synchronistic couple, we were ‘wearing’ matching outfits most of the time, a printed T shirt and a large metal choker necklace during our summer walks in the city, a red coat with ermine collar for a true royal touch during winters.

Fast forward some 24 years later…I am still attracted to black and white combos and…dogs. While my style personality in fact did not change with time and I absolutely love dramatic outfits, lifestyle, age and the breed of my dog are definitely different today.

Now I opt for a feminine, yet playful look when I wear a long see through black dress over black palazzo pants and a top in snake print, accentuated with a pair of vintage eye-catching earrings in black and white, a felt ascot hat in black and my preferred red lipstick.

Alternatively, I pick my favourite pleated chiffon maxi skirt and a strapless top in black, and upgrade this classic, sophisticated outfit with the help of some pearls and a bright red lipstick. Ideally I go bare feet :-), otherwise I choose a strappy flat sandal in black. The risky part if choosing to wear a pleated maxi skirt is understanding whether it is suitable or not for your body type. For a maxi skirt, the rule is to have long legs and that is not too difficult to determine :-). As for the pleats, a feminine and a bit old fashioned style, they are often a trend, but who can have the privilege to wear them? This is something you can discover during a Style Makeover, but let me give you a hint. If the pleats start from the waist and you have a little bump, which is otherwise sexy and appreciated, it will actually look bigger and most probably you will end up with a silhouette that you are not going to like. For instance I am that kind of girl and I prefer to choose a panelled pleated skirt.

The last look I decided to share with you today is a classic one with a twist. Adding a twist in a classic outfit makes me feel eternally stylish, but modern and fun at the same time. To begin with, what I am wearing is a crisp white zipper shirt and this gives me the possibility to wear it open with a funky tiger print top underneath. What you are seeing on the wrist is a Chanel pearl necklace worn as a bracelet. A beautiful scarf instantly upgrades an outfit and makes it more interesting, getting you a tiny bit closer to the absolute scarf-loving style icon Audrey Hepburn.

I hope you loved today’s time travel. Isn’t it fun to look back and wonder how-on-earth-you-could-go-out-dressed-like-that? What was your teenage closet like? I love chatting about style. If you love chatting about style too, remember to leave your comments below.