artwork – Ellsworth Kelly (Plant)
artwork – Ellsworth Kelly (Plant)
I’m back in Milan already and obviously this look was not shot here. I would easily die dressed like that and I’m not even exaggerating. While during my stay in Lithuania it felt just right.
The whole outfit (except the eyewear), as a previous one, is from BASA shop in Palanga, Lithuania. Make sure you check it out if you’re around, they have loads of goodies there and it surely didn’t take much to re-fall in love with the lithuanian design.
The first thought after opening a box with these Kiehl’s goodies was, what the hell is calendula? My english vocabulary in a field of herbal plants is not the richest as you see. However the minute I put the product on my face I could guess exactly what was it. I grew up drinking herbal teas and calendula blossom tea was surely one of them. I remember as a child I even used to pick those blossoms myself from our garden.
Calendula tea has a number of beneficial substances that helps to strengthen the immune system, so it’s perfect for cold prevention or as a cure to fasten the recovery after the cold. My mum used to make me and my siblings drink this tea mainly for that, or also as a remedy for a sore throat or stomach ache, as it is known that calendula extract heals wounds inside and out.
In addition to this, calendula was used for treating a number of skin conditions since the ancient times and it is definitely still important in alternative medicine and cosmetology today. Treating acne, reducing inflammation, controlling bleeding, soothing irritated tissue – this is not even all that calendula extract can do.
You can always make those mixtures yourself, yet how many of us have enough time for that in our jam-packed schedules? Kiehl’s have a great option for those who don’t. A skincare line consisting of deep cleansing foaming face wash, an alcohol-free toner and soothing hydration mask might be exactly what you’ve been looking for if you have a normal-to oily, sensitive skin.
The main thing I loved about those products was that it’s extremely gentle and even though my skin is quite sensitive, none of these products leave my skin irritated or causes redness. Quite the opposite, I would say.
However if your skin is quite oily or if you need a deeper cleanse, I would suggest to look for a different treatment. Also, don’t expect this line to give you miraculous effects as healed acne, for that it’s better to see a dermatologist who will give you the best medical treatment. Yet for keeping great skin condition I find Kiehl’s Calendula extract products to be ideal.
You should also consider the fact that calendula extract itself is a strong allergen, due to being extremely rich in vitamin A. As with all skincare products, try it out first and don’t continue the routine if you notice any unusual effects on your skin. If it works perfectly fine for me, it doesn’t necessarily mean it will work for you. Although it might will and if it does, let me know!
One day you cover up with knitted sweaters, the next day you take your silky dress out. That’s how summer in Lithuania is. Well, you never really get bored. And there’s no need to switch your wardrobe from one season to another – very practical indeed.
denim – Lindex, top – Zara, trench coat – vintage, bag – COW vintage, sandals – Truffle collection
photos by Greta Zilinskaite
My favorite thing recently is complaining about the weather here in Lithuania and I don’t even feel guilty for being so grumpy about it. No one expects it to be so miserable in July. “How awful the weather is” has also become the most common topic in conversations I hear around. Because it really is pretty bad!
The only positive thing having when the thermometer doesn’t hit higher than 20C is that you get to wear your beloved autumn/winter pieces and layer it up or to wear skinny denim jeans without getting sweaty in a minute. Talking about denim, I found a perfect pair in Lindex just last week. It’s not very often when high-waisted skinny jeans fit me so well. Since I’m pear-shaped, usually it’s either too loose on the waistline or too tight on the hips. Or the length is not long enough, or the waistline is too low – lots of little things can be wrong even if it’s only a pair of basic jeans. However these ones tick all the boxes and knowing that Lindex denim is high quality and sustainable (!), without a doubt it could be called a recommendation of the month.
I’m coming back to Milan next week and I give you 100 percent that I won’t fit in my luggage but hey, this pair is really worth it, right?
photographer – @mrcraigbenson