My life has always been full of adventures. I’ve lived in three countries and I’d say moving in between them have been some of my greatest challenges.

Such transitions does make a person very independent — and strong. And, I love it.

How did you end up where you are now?
I’m originally from a small country called Latvia, and my life has always been full of adventures. At age 19, I decided wanted to live closer to the beach, so I took a leap of faith and moved to Malta without ever once being there. When I realized it was not where I wanted to stay, I bought a one-way ticket to England just a couple weeks after. I ended up staying there for 6 years, studying photography and working as a photographer, and then met my current boyfriend during a visit to Paris. So after graduating university in England, I packed my bags and moved to Paris! Life is crazy, isn’t it?

What are your main passions?
Photography (to express my creativity), fashion (I love dressing up and being feminine), business (to challenge myself), traveling, and meeting new people (to feel alive).

What do you shoot with, and where?
I use my Canon 6D camera, often shooting with a 50mm lens. I love the blurry background it creates, and usually look for something super simple to help the outfit stand out, or details and textures that would complement the outfit.

What are 5 current tips you can share for fashion and lifestyle blogging?
1. Enjoy what you do.
2. Be active.
3. Stick to your own style — be selective!
4. Find new approaches.
5. Have your own voice.

What are some apps you can’t live without?
Uber & Google Maps (very practical, I know). I realized how necessary those apps are when I broke my phone and had to live without one for a week.

As for blogging, UNUM and Snapseed. UNUM is great for rearranging and organizing your insta-feed. Absolutely love it!

What would you say were some of the greatest challenges in your journey?
I would probably say that it’s moving from one country to another, because it really does take some time to learn a language, settle in, find friends and get acclimated in general. It took me 5 years to really settle into England, to the point where it truly began to feel like home.

Now, it’s kind of like I’m building my life all over again, just in Paris. Such transitions does make a person very independent — and strong. And, I love it.

What do you love most about living here?
Oh, I love living here! The architecture, parks, shops — everything — is a piece of art. It’s truly a beautiful city to live in.

But, what I love most is that it’s full of opportunities. You never know who you will meet or what kind of opportunity will present itself to you out here.

What are the top 3 things you’d recommend there?
1. Have a picnic at the Seine, with a french baguette, wine & cheese.
2. Enjoy Midnight in Paris. Visit one of the secret, trendy cocktail bars like Little Red Door, Dirty Dick, and Candelaria).
3. Go on a romantic date.

Has living in Paris affected how you dress?
It was actually a big change for me. I used to live in England before, where people really love to dress up when going out — fake eyelashes, hair extensions, heels, and mini dresses. So when I came to Paris, where women don’t dress up as much, it was quite odd. It definitely took me a while, and it still does, to adjust.

What is your style now?
Minimal. Classy. Chic.

What are your 5 must-haves for fall?
A white blazer, big shades, heeled sandals, a straw hat and a super hot one-piece swimsuit.

Who are your top style icons?
Audrey Hepburn, Victoria Beckham and Kate Moss. As for bloggers, Lisa Dengler (love her artsy and surreal content), Sincerely Jules, and Figtny.

Dream collaborations?
It would probably be Cluse, Senso, Steve Madden, Victoria Beckham, For Love & Lemons, Self-Portrait and many more…

Where does most of your creative inspiration come from?
Probably from my obsession with minimalism. I believe creativity starts when everything else ends. I tend to find myself most creative when I am bored, when there is nothing to do or there’s no resources, so you have to come up with something. Thats when the creativity truly shows up (at least for me).

Favorite color of the moment?

What’s your beauty routine?
I have gone SLS (sodium laureth sulfate) free. It’s super bad for your skin and destroys the top, protective layer of it, so I’m really trying to only use eco-products now.

Also, trying to use less make-up. I designate 3 days a week as make-up free, to let my skin rest. I believe everything your body needs is already in the nature, so I’m keeping it simple. Coconut oil (for my body), argan oil (for my hair), a homemade coffee scrub, a moisturising cream, and staying hydrated with plenty of water.

Any favorite fall destinations?
Definitely getting out of Paris and heading down to South of France. Wine yards, lavender fields, and little villages. It truly is stunning!

Any interesting travel plans in the coming year?
This summer was super packed with friends’ weddings, so I’m really looking forward to February and March, when we will be doing one of these three — Route 66, Bali or the Maldives (still thinking of which option to choose).

What are you looking forward to?
I am really looking forward to starting my own business. Right now, my friend and I are working on this new idea (which is a secret for now), but something all women will love!

Do you have any hidden talents? 
I love to paint, and am now learning how to dance Cuban Salsa.

What’s on your book shelf at the moment?
The Secret by Rhonda Byrne. It like my Bible!

Life mantra? 
You become what you think about.

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