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Week 22: Witches of Manhattan. Bells, the Blog & the Brooklyn Bridge.

Bell Sleeve Dress from Nasty Gal.

What the Blog is About?

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While I often want to share my views on current events happening in the world, I try to stick to writing about culture, fashion and books. I don't like offending people and hurting their feelings, and I also don't think certain views on politics, finances, educational system etc. should be shared publicly if they are not researched properly. Nowadays we are all content creators, and I refuse to add to this maddening storm of misleading information as you never know who is reading it and who it is going to affect.

I believe in a proverb "Let the cobbler stick to his last". It comes from an ancient story about a shoemaker who criticizes a work by a Greek painter named Apelles, saying that the shoe in the picture wasn't portrayed correctly. The next day, the shoemaker, quite proud at seeing the former error corrected, thanks to his advice, begins to criticize the leg; upon which Apelles, full of indignation, pops his head out, and reminds him that a shoemaker should give no opinion beyond the shoes.

Therefore, I promise that on Pastiche.today you will only see properly researched information about historical persons and cultural events, fashion styles I really wear and like, recommendations on books I actually read and films I have watched. I promise not to feed you any information to sell you something or write reviews on places I have never been at for the sake of having it on my blog.

My goal is to create this wonderful online place for you where every Theme Week you can immerse yourself into a new fantasy and get interested and excited about a new subject. I want people to come back here and to my social media to find inspiration not only for their wardrobes and reading lists, but for their everyday lives!

As you have noticed, sometimes I do not upload all the content for one Theme within 7 days, and I often update the lists, links and themed shops many days after they are published. The reason for that is that I don't want to create quick content; that is why you won't see me praising that ugly Kenzo H&M collection or wearing other fast fashion trends. I want people to come back to different posts and Themed Weeks when they feel they are interested in the topic and find all the necessary information even months after it was created!

Am I talking off-topic too much today? :) Let me return to our Witches of Manhattan Week. For my last witchy look I decided to wear this extremely sexy, black romper with bell sleeves. Bell sleeves are such a classic attribute of any "witch outfit," that I feel that you don't even have to add anything else to make your dress or romper look more magic-infused. However, the revealing lace-up front of my romper from NastyGal (similar here) is an additional dramatic detail.

At the end of this post I linked to a few of my favourite bell sleeve dresses, rompers and tops for you to shop. Go for black or deep red for the ultimate evil sorceress look, or play with the lighter colours and floral prints to feel like a Medieval princess who appeared in the 21st century!

Blogger and publishing entrepreneur Ulia Ali. Former Editor-in-chief or the Wedding magazine with two Bachelors and one Masters degree with distinction in Publishing. 

PHOTOGRAPHY BY DENNIS CHRISTIANS 

 WWW.DENNISJCHRISTIANS.COM

Ulia Ali style blogger from Azerbaijan, living in NYC.
Brooklyn Bridge photoshoot with Ulia Ali in black bell sleeves dress from NastyGa;.
Ulia Ali walking down the street in Kurt Geiger heels.

Romper - NastyGal |  Heels - Kurt Geiger | Sunnies - Tom Ford


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Week 11: Instagram Babe. LACE-UP Your Life

The 11th week on the blog is dedicated to Instagram and its Instafamous babes. Today I want to share my hot NYC look with you - a tight white crop top, denim shorts and my new lace-up boots that I am wearing for the first time. 

@nataliehalcro

@nataliehalcro

@gioserrano    

@gioserrano

 

@kyliejenner

@kyliejenner

Lace-up is one of the biggest trends on Instagram and you can see the most followed beauties rocking everything from lace up high boots to extremely revealing lace-up tops and dresses. I am a fan of this sexy style detail as well, so it was fun for me to experiment with my outfit. Yes, the look is quite daring, and I definitely turned few dozens of heads while shooting, but I think it is very well suited for LA or Miami. I think my pastiche of an "Instagram babe" has been successful! :)

Ulia Ali
Sexy Look inspired by Instagram Trends. Model: Ulia Ali
Ulia Ali wearing Dior, Daisy Boots and denim shorts
Outfit in NYC by Ulia Ali.  @uliaali
Looks like I am dancing :)
Ulia blogger
Sexiest look in NYC. Over the knee lace up boots and denim shorts
Outfit: River Island shorts (similar here and here), Lace up Boots - Daisy Street, top- Topshop (here and here, Bag - Lady Dior (here), Michael Kors watches.