Karlovy Vary

Karlovy Vary (or Carlsbad) is a charming town situated in western Bohemia, Czech Republic. It is named after Charles IV, Holy Roman Emperor and King of Bohemia, who founded the city back in 1370. It;s historically famous for its hot springs (13 main springs, about 300 smaller springs, and the warm-water Teplá River) that are located both in the city, and on its green outskirts. No wonder why it’s the most visited spa town in Czech Republic – the treatments the city offers, based on the local waters, are here to relax and revitalise your body and soul. If you’re planning to visit Karlovy Vary in autumn, put fine dining and shopping aside – walk, walk and again walk in the surrounding forests! And see the local Orthodox church that’s located in the hilly neighborhood of huge, opulent villas. Needed a weekend escape? Here you go.

All photos by Edward Kanarecki.

The Look – Lemaire AW18

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Autumn is in the air, no? The days of full moon. Leaves are gradually becoming yellow. Watching Nouvelle Vague films in the evenings. Forgetting about shorts and t-shirts. This Lemaire autumn-winter 2018 coat and layered shirting make me drool.

Collage by Edward Kanarecki.

Fall Beauty Trends To Embrace This Season

Summer is winding down, and if you’re ready for the return of cozy knitwear and Pumpkin Spice Lattes, you’re not alone. Fall is a wonderful time of year – a time for change and new beginnings and of course, new trends. Fall beauty shifts away from the color pop looks of summer and moves into a much more somber or ethereal look. Get ready to revamp your beauty routine for fall with this breakdown of this season’s top beauty trends.

Metallics

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Metallic colors tend to return during the fall, and this year they’re set to be more popular than ever. One look at MAC’s Instagram page will show you that metallic eyes and lips are a must-have for the season with many versatile looks out there. To really nail the trend, pick up some loose pigments in metallic shades that can be applied over your eyeshadow and lipstick to create a more intense, sleek look. Pigments can be mixed with make-up fixers and oils to deepen the shine, turning them into liquid gold and silver that make them a dream to apply. Keep the look subtle for daytime and embrace a full smoky metallic look for evening.

Matte lips

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The obsession with matte lips is about to really take off this fall, with some amazing new formulas hitting stores to provide that velvety soft finish. Matte lip colors are great for creating beautiful looks for day and night, and now that fall is here you can experiment with some darker berry colours to make a real style statement. There are some fantastic products available at the moment, and top of the pack is the NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream which comes in some pretty shades and is a bargain price. Keep your lips hydrated by applying lip balm or lip conditioner regularly as the ideal base for the perfect pout.

Undone hair

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The good news for girls who like to sleep in is that cool-girl hair is back for fall. The ‘undone’ look involves tousled, messed up hair (think Blake Lively) that has some subtle waves and minimal styling to create a natural look. Follow this simple Harper’s Bazaar tutorial to see how it’s done. Hats are also back for fall so if you like a baker boy cap or a cool beanie; they will be the perfect pairing to your cool-girl chic hair.

Minimalism

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Clean, fresh looks are perfect for fall and are a must for giving your skin a breather after the summer. Take some time to overhaul your skincare routine and look for products that will hydrate and exfoliate, like Dermalogica’s Daily Superfoliant, to unearth soft and glowing skin. Keep your coverage sheer and focus on creating groomed brows, subtle eyeshadow and a hint of mascara to keep your eyes looking youthful and sparkling. For a dewy complexion, add a little highlighter to your cheekbones and forehead, or you could add a few drops of liquid highlighter to your foundation for an overall luminous skin. Keep lips soft and hydrated and use a lip tint or a hint of liner for some subtle color.

Fall is a wonderful time to experiment with different looks and embrace new colors. Enjoy sampling the best of the new season beauty trends to create some gorgeous looks for day and night.

Autumn Escape

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Autumn is my favourite season.

No21 clothes from Concept 21 Store. Photographs by Edward Kanarecki.

Autumn Dibs from A Détacher

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I’m not suggesting that this look from A Détacher‘s brilliant autumn-winter 2016 show is perfectly fit for yak pastures. But it looks so, so autumnal. It says “hello October forest walks,” or “November evenings are welcome” to me. First, have a glance at the layering. A beige, V-cut sweater under a brown blazer seems easy – but looking down, we’ve got those knitted pants with a buttoned, cardigan-like trompe l’oeil idea. Second, the way Mona Kowalska considers wearing a wool beanie (or rather two wool beanies). She’s like your mum – she wants to keep you extra warm this season, so you want catch a cold.