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Theme 41. Affordable Online Shopping Fashion Finds. Pretty Missy

NYC blogger Ulia Ali gives tips on where to find affordable trendy looks. PrettyMissy.com review

With so many online shops popping up on the wild "fields" of Internet every single day and bombarding us with endless ads, emails and posts, it is quite overwhelming to narrow down your search and find what you need. For that reason I decided to launch a Theme 41 on my blog, where I can list my online shopping finds with some really affordable prices.

Well, if you read my blog somehow regularly or follow me on Instagram, you might saw that I own quite a few pieces from PrettyMissy online store (my autumn look here and this is my Williamsburg look post). Today I wanted to share other items from the store and highlight some of their new arrivals or pieces that just went on sale.

Pink gloves in NYC. Ulia Ali styles the look!

First item that I saw on PrettyMissy and knew I HAD to have are these elegant and chic pink gloves. Priced at just $7, the gloves immediately add a very sophisticated and glamorous touch to almost any look. I found them to be easier styled with a matching beret, a bow or with similar colored accessories. 

Downtown New York Style
Pink Beret NYC look

Another item I picked this time was a black silky top. It is pleasant to skin, a bit revealing, but very sexy and fun. You can find it on sale here.

I have also looked through some of their newest additions and sales items and picked a few outstanding pieces that you might like. Overall, PrettyMissy is shop where every girl can find very affordable, but chic looking pieces! The website often runs some big sales, so it is definitely a great place to shop for new outfits on a budget.

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My Top 3 choices today are the Jasmine inspired silky two-piece, glamorous silver dress and a fun floral top. Have fun shopping and remember to come back for more online shopping tips!


Theme 36: Holiday Season. Sentiero Shoes - perfect gifts for a Fashionista!

Best online shoes boutique. Sentiero shoes.

As every self-respecting fashionista, I get weak in the knees because of gorgeous shoes. And not because I can't walk on high heels (because I can. At least I think I do?!). Recently I have discovered Sentiero - an online boutique with stunning and original designer shoes. Every pair is either a piece of art or just the most original trendy pair you can find, and I just HAVE to share the news that Sentiero Shoes is currently running up to 50% off sale on some of their bestselling shoes.

This pair is  Nando Muzi Velukid  and it's now on SALE. These shoes are super comfortable and stunning! Shop them  here .

This pair is Nando Muzi Velukid and it's now on SALE. These shoes are super comfortable and stunning! Shop them here.

I have already 3 pair of shoes from Sentiero online boutique, and all three are not only beautiful and make at least 5 people a day ask me where did I get that gorgeousness, but are durable and of a great quality. They will make a great luxury gift for a fashionista you know and love (or maybe you should get them for yourself? ;)) There are lot of stunning pairs on sale, so make sure you check Sentiero Shoes asap before the offer ends!

The most stunning  Ballin kitten heels.  They are just so perfect! They are now on  SALE!

The most stunning Ballin kitten heels. They are just so perfect! They are now on SALE!

Obsessed with them! My favorite  Ballin Garden heels .

Obsessed with them! My favorite Ballin Garden heels.

Ballin Garden heels are perfect for classy events, holiday gatherings, and also they will be surprisingly great at the office! They are super comfortable and will add chicness to your work attire. Also, to be honest with you, I used to hate kitten heels, but this pair just completely turned my world upside down, and I think kitten heels have to be in every woman's wardrobe.

Floral kitten heels.
You can style them in so many ways! I added these cute polka dot stockings to make my look even more interesting and add that vintage feel.

You can style them in so many ways! I added these cute polka dot stockings to make my look even more interesting and add that vintage feel.

Ballin shoes worn with polka dot socks.

Ballin shoes worn with polka dot socks.

Casual look with  Ballin Garden shoes  from Sentiero.

Casual look with Ballin Garden shoes from Sentiero.

Hot NYC look by blogger Ulia Ali.

There are many more designers and shoes on Sale on SENTIERO, so check it out and thank me later! Tomorrow I will post my new boots from Sentiero, so don't forget to come back to the blog to see.


Theme 31: Coachella 2017. Outfits, parties and celebrities sightseeing.

Coachella Outfits 2017 of Ulia Ali. Fashion and lifestyle blogger.

If you have never been to Coachella, I suggest you to add it to your bucket list! I have been to a few festivals in the UK and the Unites States before, and almost always been very lucky to have premium tickets, and a group of fun friends with me, however NOTHING came even close to Coachella.

I won't lie, Coachella IS EXPENSIVE even if you get general admission tickets and stay in your own tent. But if you like comfort, want to see concerts and your favorite celebrities in their natural habitat, I suggest you splurge on more expensive tickets and fancy hotels. Luckily, Ben with the help of the great SPG Moments team organized a very well-planned, luxurious and pleasant festival trip as a part for our 1-year anniversary.

Hospitality Tent Coachella 2017
Polaroids from Coachella Festival
Couple at Coachella
Amex Platinum House at Palm Springs. Le Parker Hotel.

After spending a couple of days in Los Angeles (I will show you some beautiful pictures we took there in the next post!), we drove to Palm Springs, where we had the most awesome 'Coachella Pad' I could dream of: a beautiful suite at Le Parker Meridien Hotel. Moreover, SPG Moments were able to get us Artist & Guest Coachella wristbands that rarely go on sale for the general public and are quite hard to get. Those tickets grant you access to almost every area on the Coachella grounds, including the Artists area (where all the celebrities hang out), and most importantly you get access to the front row at EVERY concert. 

What amazed me is how well the whole festival was organized and perfectly orchestrated! I can't even imagine how much work it takes organizers to pull off an event on such a grand scale EVERY SINGLE YEAR.

Coachella 2017. Beautiful Sky

We didn't spend much time in the general admission area as it was way too overwhelming and busy for us, but I was happy with every little detail in the more exclusive areas. A plethora of delicious food choices in the VIP area, clean bathrooms, the most stunning men and women in exotic or just very stylish outfits around me, enjoying themselves, positivity and love spread all over; it was just like finding a little paradise on Earth. Maybe I was lucky, but I didn’t see any drunk or high people, or crazy behavior (well, almost none :)), and the Festival felt like just this one big, happy place with amazing music.

Coachella outfit-ulia-ali
Coachella Festival Look. Custom denim shirt.

A lot of people are interested in what celebrities I saw at Coachella and if it’s true that they are all around you. I can tell you, it is true and you will definitely be around some sort of celebrity, whether it’s a favorite blogger of yours, Victoria's Secret model or Kendall Jenner, even if you stay in the General Admission area. 

I was skeptical about seeing anyone the first day, but when I was scanning my ticket to enter Coachella, my wrist band (which is your ticket) took a minute to scan, and I felt bad for the guy behind me who seemed to be impatient to get in. It ended up being A$AP Rocky and his crew. After that it was just a blur of different famous people like Drake walking by, the Jenner sisters sipping on their cocktails, Michelle Rodrigues talking loudly to her friends, and being quite unrecognisable in her huge shades, Katy Perry who is surprisingly very tiny, but amazingly gorgeous. I don't really follow celebrity culture, so I was talking/asking this beautiful blonde with a pixie haircut about a cart (the Coachella grounds are so huge, you can actually wait for a cart to take you), and was wondering why she has such a huge entourage, and then realised that it was Katy. It was quite a funny moment :)

Another person we were excited to chat with was Patrick J. Adams (Mike Ross from Suits). I didn't take any pictures with anyone because I believe it is more fun to actually take time to chat with people you admire seeing on screen and get to know their real personalities. They are all just humans (maybe more talented and good looking, but definitely just humans) and want to enjoy themselves. Ask yourself if you would really like to be asked to pose for a picture by strangers every time you go out? 

So by all means go to Coachella and stare at famous people as long as you want, but don't go there hoping to take selfies with Kardashians.

I will take my own selfie, thank you! :)

I will take my own selfie, thank you! :)

Coachella is famous for its amazing concerts and a variety of widely-loved artists. This year there were more than 250 artists with Lady Gaga, Radiohead, and Kendrick Lamar as headliners, however Ben and I were most excited about Hans Zimmer! He is one of of my favorite composers of all time, and being in the first row, right in front of the stage and listening to him and a wonderful orchestra of talented musicians play his music from Inception, The Lion King, Gladiator and Pirates of the Caribbean was so magical, I even teared up at the end. Pharell Williams also made a surprise appearance at Hans Zimmer's concert, which I was pretty stoked about.

First row at Hans Zimmer!

First row at Hans Zimmer!

By the way, if you are an influencer or just a very friendly person, chances are you won't just be hanging out at Coachella during the festival weekends. Coachella is almost like a major Fashion Week, with tons of pool parties, big brands' collection launches and promo-events. Without even planning anything ahead, I ended up being invited to tons of exciting events and parties, including big Amex Platinum House event and Popsugar party. So make sure you bring a LOT of outfits. I had to change probably five times a day (sometimes in a car!), and by the end of day 3 I was so exhausted I almost got sick :)

Ulia Ali
Le Parker Meridien
Saguaro Hotel in Palm Springs.
Hot Meshki silver dress. Transparent sparkling silver dress.

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Коачелла - один из самых популярных музыкальных фестивалей в мире. Фестиваль проходит в апреле в два трехдневных этапа (пятница-воскресенье) с разницей в неделю. На Коачелле очень много грандиозных сцен и различных тентов,  что означает что на территории фестиваля в одно и то же время идет несколько концертов и шоу! На одном Weekend'e выступает более 250 очень популярных и знаменитых музыкантов. То есть пока вы смотрите как отжигает Lady Gaga, на другой сцене играет какой-нибудь потрясающий модный DJ,  а в отдалении еще читает реп Drake. Не буду врать,  иногда мы с мужем разрывались не зная на какой именно концерт сходить,  но у нас похожий вкус, так что проблем не возникло.

Коачелла занимает огромную территорию в более 40 гектар, так что переходить от сцены к сцене занимает немалое количество времени, но к счастью если вы обладатель браслета-билета для артистов или VIP зоны,  то вас могут катать по территории специальные гольф-карты с водителями. 

Кстати о билетах, на Коачеллу не так-то легко попасть! Билеты раскупают в считанные часы после релиза (обычно за более чем полугода до фестиваля),  и многим приходится находить перекупщиков или находить какие-то контакты в музыкальной сфере.

Фестиваль для многих из стран СНГ звучит как какой-то дешевый концерт с морем алкоголя,  ночевкой в сыром тенте и прочими "прелестями". На самом деле обычные билеты и место для вашей собственной палатки на специально приспособленной территории фестиваля далеко не дешевые.  Cамый дешевый билет стоит $400 + если хотите поставить свою собственную палатку,  придется платить $60 за то что занимаете место. Прибавьте к этому транспорт (Коачелла находится в часу езды от Palm Springs и почти 3 часа от Лос-Анджелеса), питание и прочее и вы получите довольно внушительную сумму. 

Билеты-браслеты, кстати, значительно отличаются друг от друга. На каждый weekend Коачелла разные по значимости билеты имеют разный цвет. Всего около 4 разновидностей браслетов (к моему сведению): обычные (самые дешевые и есть доступ только к общим зонам), VIP билеты (есть доступ к VIP зонам с большим количеством вкусной еды,  магазинчиков, более свободные бары, рестораны,  больше туалетов + в этой зоне чаще всего тусуются блоггеры и захаживают знаменитости.  Вся VIP зона очень приятная и люди тут все как на подбор красивые,  аккуратные и не ведут себя как сумасшедшие. Здесь более так скажем чинно и благородно чем в Общей Зоне).

Так же есть билеты-браслеты для Звезд и их Гостей и они дают доступ практически ко всему что есть на всей территории Coachella, и вдобавок к VIP зоне с такими билетами можно пройти к зоне где отдыхают знаменитости, их друзья и родственники, приватным садам и озеру, на берегу, которого можно заметить целующихся звездных парочек. Такие билеты обычно практически не продаются, и их можно получить только если ты звезда,  знаешь кого-то важного в музыкальной индустрии или/и готов заплатить за один билет более $3000. Нам с Беном повезло, потому что он приобрел именно такой вот билет через SPG Moments, так как он давно уже член  SPG. С такими билетами у вас просто 0 шансов уйти НЕ УВИДЕВ какую-нибудь звезду первой величины.  Так и мне удалось поболтать с Кэти Перри, которую я в первые секунды разговора даже и не узнала, увидеть сестер Дженнерс попивающих коктейли, толкаться в очереди с ну очень маленькой,  но очень громкой Мишель Родригес, и завести разговор c Патриком Адамсом (Майк Росс из сериала SUITS). Больше всего меня порадовало то,  что с этими билетами можно пройти в огороженную зону прямо перед сценой, и практически каждый концерт мы стояли в первых рядах,  а на Hans Zimmer'a мы пришли пораньше и вообще стояли первые прям перед сценой. 

Так же есть билеты для организаторов фестиваля и людей следящих за тем,  чтобы фестиваль работал как часы. 

Если вы блоггер или просто очень активная и дружелюбная личность, то не думайте,  что вот так вот концертами и отделаетесь :) Фестиваль Коачелла - это ужа почти как Неделя Моды в Париже или в Нью-Йорке с модными брендами устраивающими пресс-релизы, громкие пляжные вечеринки со своим списком именитых звезд и всякие показы новых коллекций за пределами Фестиваля, чаще в Palm Springs. В конце weekend'a Коачелла я просто валилась с ног и чуть не заболела! Это потрясающий опыт и очень благотворно влияет на работу если вы digital influencer, но ужасно изматывает.

Кстати,  если вы все же решились накопить денег и поехать на этот потрясающий фестиваль, бронируйте отель заранее! Отели обычно во время проведения фестиваля просто упомрачительно дорогие,  а если вы хотите остаться в хорошем отеле в  Palm Springs,  то приготовьтесь к небольшому разрыву сердца от увиденной цены :D Для экономии советую посмотреть на сьемные квартиры на AirBnb.

Не стесняйтесь задавать вопросы! Я с удовольствием отвечу. 
 

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I have already uploaded 2 Coachella videos, and part 3 is coming out soon, so make sure you don't miss it! 


Theme 31: Coachella 2017. Best Coachella Outfits Weekend 1

Festival Fashion Goals. Best Coachella outfits 2017.

I just came back from my first ever Coachella festival, and it was absolutely amazing! I will tell you more about my personal experiences and give you tips on Palm Springs and the festival in the next post, but for now please enjoy my curated selection of the BEST COACHELLA OUTFITS of 2017 (Weekend 1). 

Blogger Ulia Ali (me!) at Coachella festival 2017. Look 1, Day 1.

Blogger Ulia Ali (me!) at Coachella festival 2017. Look 1, Day 1.

Blogger  Negin Mirsalehi . Festival look. I love her hairstyle on this one!

Blogger Negin Mirsalehi. Festival look. I love her hairstyle on this one!

Taylor Hill  and  Lais Ribeiro

Taylor Hill and Lais Ribeiro

Jourdan Dunn  and  Sigail Currie  at Coachella 2017

Jourdan Dunn and Sigail Currie at Coachella 2017

Chiara Ferragni  in a very cute dress enjoying Coachella 2017.

Chiara Ferragni in a very cute dress enjoying Coachella 2017.

Valentina Ferragni in a cute Tommy Hillfiger Coachella look. 

Valentina Ferragni in a cute Tommy Hillfiger Coachella look. 

Emily Ratajkowski  and  Alexis Ren

Emily Ratajkowski and Alexis Ren

Ulia Ali  at  Popsugar 's amazing Coachella pool party. Cabana Club, Palm Springs.

Ulia Ali at Popsugar's amazing Coachella pool party. Cabana Club, Palm Springs.

Evelina  in her pretty Coachella outfit.

Evelina in her pretty Coachella outfit.

Jessica Wang 's Coachella Outfit 2017.

Jessica Wang's Coachella Outfit 2017.

@tamilynichi1 ,  @meg_legs  and  @uliaali  at Amex Platinum Party,  Parker Hotel , Palm Springs. Coachella 2017.

@tamilynichi1@meg_legs and @uliaali at Amex Platinum Party, Parker Hotel, Palm Springs. Coachella 2017.

Beautiful  Meg  at American Express Party during Coachella festival.

Beautiful Meg at American Express Party during Coachella festival.

Maja Malnar   with another Azerbaijani born blogger (yay!)   Ruslana Gee  . Coachella Looks 2017.

Maja Malnar with another Azerbaijani born blogger (yay!) Ruslana Gee. Coachella Looks 2017.

Xenia Van Der Woodsen  at Coachella. I love her look!

Xenia Van Der Woodsen at Coachella. I love her look!

Beautiful actress  Hailee Steinfeld 's sexy Coachella outfit.

Beautiful actress Hailee Steinfeld's sexy Coachella outfit.

Beautiful  Mary Leest . One of the best Coachella looks of 2017.

Beautiful Mary Leest. One of the best Coachella looks of 2017.

Hottie  Sophia Miacova 's festival outfit definitely belongs to the list of the Best Coachella looks.

Hottie Sophia Miacova's festival outfit definitely belongs to the list of the Best Coachella looks.

JULIE SARIÑANA  aka  @sincerelyjules  at Coachella 2017 festival. One of the best classic Chella looks.

JULIE SARIÑANA aka @sincerelyjules at Coachella 2017 festival. One of the best classic Chella looks.

Josephine Skriver  and  Elsa Hosk  in Indio for Coachella 2017.

Josephine Skriver and Elsa Hosk in Indio for Coachella 2017.

Best Coachella 2017 Outfits. Festival Fashion!

 

 

Week 29: NYFW Recap. My REVOLVE & Cynthia Rowley Looks

Ulia Ali in Tularose striped 70s dress from Revolve.

MY LOOK 1:

Dress - Tularosa X Revolve | Bag - Christian Louboutin | Hat - PomPom London |
Boots - UGGs (grey and white style here ) | Socks - similar here, but expensive! And $5 red ones I like :) |
Fur Coat - Снежная Королева (similar here. sort of! :) )

I wore this comfy, yet stylish look for Francesca Liberatore NYFW show. The show was beautiful, and I could spot so many famous bloggers and TV personalities, like Dorothy Wang from Rich Kids from Beverly Hills, in the audience. I have made a little collage with my favourite looks from Francesca Liberatore's beautiful FW 2017 show.

Francesca Liberatore 2017
Francesca Liberatore
Ulia Ali in Tularose striped 70s dress from Revolve during NYFW.

I wore this 70s inspired Tularose dress with a white fur jacket, and I can imagine wearing the dress on a beach vacation as well. So easy to style it! Revolve always has the best selection of clothes and brands. If I could shop only in one store for the rest of my life, it would be, without any doubt, Revolve. 

I also wore my new Christian Louboutin pink bag for the first time. It was another gift Ben gave to me when we were in Copenhagen. And Ben was also the one who took all these photographs and the upcoming video!

Ulia Ali in Tularose striped 70s dress from Revolve. UGG boots
Blogger babe Ulia Ali in Tularose striped dress from Revolve.
Blogger babe Ulia Ali in Tularose striped dress from Revolve.
Ulia Ali in stripes.

MY LOOK 2:

Dress - Cynthia Rowley (its not on sale YET, but I will link it when it's available) |
Bracelet - Hermes | Shoes -  Christian Louboutin

Mari Vanna NYC brunch | blogger

Another NYFW look that I wore for some meetings and a brunch at my favourite Russian restaurant Mari Vanna NYC. This teal blue dress with embroidered flowers is by Cynthia Rowley, and it is so pretty! Kind of reminds me of my Marie Antoinette Theme Week (click here to see my Marie Antoinette inspired looks!)

Blogger Ulia Ali in turquoise embroidered dress by Cynthia Rowley.
Mari Vanna NYC brunch | blogger
Blogger Ulia Ali in turquoise embroidered dress by Cynthia Rowley.
Mari Vanna NYC brunch | blogger
With my youngest fans :)

With my youngest fans :)

Blogger Ulia Ali in turquoise embroidered dress by Cynthia Rowley.
Blogger Ulia Ali in turquoise embroidered dress by Cynthia Rowley. Hermes pink bracelet.

Thank you Shopstyle for the dresses!