Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Mirrors | 15 comments:










Top: BCBG Maxazria // Jeans: Joe's // Shoes: J. Crew, sold out // Bag: Michael Kors, old // Lipstick: Bobbi Brown Lip Crayon in "Rich Nude" // Watch: Michael Kors // Sunglasses: Ray-Ban


I know, I know, I'm super behind when it comes to blogging and even social media. The reason for that is that I'm back in the US and currently living in NYC for the rest of the summer for my internship! I'm not going to mention what company I'm working for since I'm a social media intern and have restrictions on what I can talk about online when it comes to work but I can say that it's at one of my favorite fashion companies and have worn their clothes on my blog before. Honestly, it's a dream come true and sometimes I have to pinch myself because I can't believe it's happening. Of course, living in NYC is another story. Don't get me wrong, I love visiting the city but living here can be rough. But I'll get to that in another post specifically dedicated to NYC life. Of course, the energy of NYC is always a good feeling. It makes me feel like I can do anything and take on everything. And living in a city filled with countless incredible shops? Yes please!

Anyways, here's an outfit post from Istanbul that I forgot to post which was taken in a cute little park that we found while walking around Bagdat Caddesi in the Suadiye neighborhood. I knew the mirrors and picture frames would be a gorgeous background for this simple summer outfit. Yet again, I'm living in white jeans that I usually cuff during the summertime along with this gorgeous cut-out shirt from BCBG. I fell in love with the print of this shirt which looks so elegant and would go perfectly tucked into a white pencil skirt for a fancy dinner or other special occasions. 


Thanks for reading and I promise I'm not leaving blogging anytime soon! I'm still adjusting to everything here and we all know how much of a pain moving can be :( I'm still here though! 



-Ruya


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Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Istanbul Shopping Scenes: Zorlu Center | No comments:


Leave it to Instagram to help me figure out some great places to shop in Istanbul! On the top of my list was Zorlu Center which is a two floor shopping center located in the Besiktas neighborhood. The first floor is outdoors and is filled with luxury shops such as Prada and Miu Miu and the second floor (underground) has chain stores such as Mango, H&M, Victoria's Secret, and... you get the idea. If you feel like making an escape from all the tourism, want to get some fresh air, or just want to see some Turkish celebrities then I highly recommend Zorlu Center!

The first thing you'll notice on the top floor is the sleek, modern design and beautiful skyscrapers surrounding the place. While there are plenty of luxury shops, I was surprised to find shops such as Tory Burch and Michael Kors also on that floor. In Turkey, American brands are actually considered luxury and sold at ridiculously high prices so make sure to skip those brands cause it's just not worth it.


Personally, I was on that floor just for some good old window shopping. Check out the beautiful display at Dolce & Gabanna!


Next, we head some lunch at Tom's Kitchen which I personally wasn't a big fan of but hey I wasn't paying lol. I didn't really like anything on the menu so I played it safe with some mac & cheese (small portions cause it's "high-end", naturally). If you're at Zorlu Center and you're hungry, make sure to go downstairs to the second floor and head to the food court for some cheap food that will actually fill your stomach. The only thing I liked about this place was that it was outdoors so we can freely people-watch all those Instagram-worthy Dubai fashionistas walking around and of course actually spotted a Turkish actor and a model!


And of course more luxury shops...



Sadly I didn't get any shots on the second floor since my battery was going to die but overall, I liked the place but didn't really love it. The reason for this is because I thought it was a bit weird how they separated the "two classes" of people from each other. While the rich and famous got to shop outdoors, regular people such as myself had to go to the second floor and it just felt a bit ridiculous. Why not mix the two? I don't know, that's just my honest opinion. Plus I thought they could have more variety as far as luxury restaurants on the top floor. Why not have some chains such as Laudree located up there? Once again I'm being picky haha. 



Thanks for reading! What's everyone up to this summer? Any exciting travel plans?


-Ruya



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Monday, June 6, 2016

Gingham + White Jeans | 1 comment:







Top: J. Crew // Jeans: Hollister // Bag: Tory Burch // White bracelet: Macy's // Bow bracelet: Kate Spade // Watch: Michael Kors // Belt bracelet: Michael Kors 


Another pre-written post cause I'm currently going through Internet issues once again (seriously what is up with Europe and not having abundant free Wi-Fi like in the US?! It's right up there with no air conditioning!) and just haven't found the time to shoot new outfits. I have a new found appreciation for travel bloggers who have mastered the ability to blog on a consistent basis while traveling. It's freaking hard! 

Anyways, these pics were shot last month when spring had just begun and I was taking advantage of the warmer days with some good old white jeans and my favorite gingham shirt that's lightweight and transitions easily into the summer. Even though gingham isn't technically considered a "basic", I think it's great for everyone to have it in their wardrobe if you're not really into prints but need something that just screams "summer".


Thanks for reading,


-Ruya


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Friday, June 3, 2016

Current Obsession: Emilia Clarke for Harper's Bazaar UK | No comments:



Forget winter, summer's coming ♥ Lately I've been spending so much time exploring and being with my family in Istanbul that I haven't had much time to see what's going on in the fashion world. Then a few days ago I was on Instagram and spotted Emilia Clarke's (did I mention she's my girl crush and is freaking adorable?!) latest shoot with Harper's Bazaar UK for their July 2016 issue. 

The dreamy blue background and the airy Dior outfits makes me wonder why I've never done a shoot at the beach before. Maybe it's because I don't have a million dollar wardrobe and would look like a total idiot walking around like that at the beach haha. But in the fashion world? It looks like perfection and has me totally excited for summer! 


If you follow me on Pinterest (@ruyakirac), you would already know how obsessed I am with magazine shoots and always look forward to the ones in Harper's Bazaar UK. They just seem to go all out and have gorgeous concepts. What I love about this shoot is Emilia's messy and imperfect beach waves and how they paired it with some glam dresses that look like they belong on the red carpet yet seem just right for the shoot. Who would've thought? It's care-free yet polished all at the same time. Plus I just love a girly, feminine shoot!


Who doesn't love a white dress for the summer? This is my favorite look and just look at that scallop edge top! O-B-S-E-S-S-E-D



What do you think about this shoot? What gets you excited for summer? I would love to hear your thoughts! 


-Ruya


(Source: Harper's Bazaar UK)

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Third Blogiversary | 1 comment:








Photography: Kate O'Brien



Hey ladies! Today's the day...my third blogiversary! I actually forgot it was my blogiversary (I know, I know. Talk about a bad blogger haha) until my Mom actually reminded me about it. We were out grabbing some lunch and walking when my Mom stopped me in the middle of the street and said "Happy Blogiversary!" and wanted to buy me a cake with Sweet, Short & Stylish written on it lmao. She's treating it like it's a national holiday. Mom's are the best ♥ 

Today's shoot is actually an old one that I shot with Kate but saved for a special occasion. I wouldn't actually recommend a tutu for the summertime but it looks adorable doesn't it? Plus I've never seen one in maroon so I had to buy it! Sadly I couldn't link the exact one online but check in costume stores!

Lastly, I just wanted to say thank you to everyone for actually taking the time to read my blog and for following me on social media! As cheesy as this is going to sound, every single like, follow, and comment means A LOT to me. 


Thanks for reading, 



-Ruya 


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Friday, May 27, 2016

Rant: Turkish Culture Woes | 2 comments:


I never thought I would actually be using the word "woes" in a post, but the word just seemed fitting haha. Anyways, today's post is just me ranting and trying to get some frustration out of my system and what better place than my blog? Feel free to skip this post if you were looking for something fashion-related. I promise next week I'll have some new posts up related to that!

I'm not sure how to actually start this post so I'm just going to wing it: it's hard being a first generation American. While my parents made sure my second language was Turkish, taught me the traditions and customs (always kiss relatives on the cheeks and bring them tea even if they don't want it!), and have been taking me to Istanbul since I was a kid, it's just not enough. Sometimes I feel Turkish, sometimes I feel American but most of the time I feel lost. Maybe that's why I was always fond of traveling. Somehow, traveling makes me feel at peace and makes me realize that I'm capable of handling anything. But whenever I'm in Istanbul, that feeling of peace seems to go away and replaced with uncertainty especially when it comes to the future (which you totally can't tell from my Instagram posts. Goes to show that social media isn't an accurate reflection of people's lives!).

I feel a certain pressure to move to Istanbul especially from my Mom who's all alone in America and feels lonely without her family. You see, family is a big part of people's lives here in Turkey. I've been in Istanbul for more than 2 weeks now and I've seen my family almost every day! Sitting together, having tea, dinner, whatever. I grew up without having a big family around me so sometimes I believe that I'm okay without them and that I'm independent and could handle it. But when I'm in Istanbul surrounded by my family, sometimes I think to myself what it would be like to have them around me all the time? To never be alone and "independent" again? To always have people to depend on? Sometimes, I think I could get used to that kind of life and that moving to Istanbul wouldn't be so bad.

Then there's that little thing called marriage that's also a big part of Turkish culture. Of course I want to get married just as much as the next person but it's such a difficult situation for someone like me. Of course there's Turkish guys in America but what if I end up falling in love with someone in Turkey? Do I bring them to America or would they want to stay there? And how would I handle living in Turkey with their customs and traditions and mother in law's and sister in law's and everything else that just makes my head spin. I'm afraid that I wouldn't be the typical Turkish wife and that I wouldn't be accepted. Sure, Turkish people are obsessed with Americans and put me on a pedestal but what if I can't adapt and stick to my American ways with my iced coffee (no tea for me please!), my love for eating out, and how would I even drive in the city?!

Yet my Mom (bless her), says that I can marry whoever I choose, Turkish or not, and that makes me feel better yet also makes me uneasy but they wouldn't be able to understand Turkish culture as much as a Turkish person can. It's all just so complicated and that's actually why one of my worst fears is that I would never be able to get married and have a family. Deep stuff am I right?




Sorry if this post seems all over the place. I just really needed to get this off my chest. As much as I love Istanbul and seeing my family, sometimes it just gets to be a bit suffocating. I have hope that things will work themselves out and if you're in the same situation or just going through troubles of your own, remember that.



Thanks for reading,


-Ruya

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

What's Trending in Istanbul | No comments:


One of my favorite things about traveling is seeing what people living in different countries are wearing. The interesting thing about Istanbul is how invested people are into fashion and beauty compared to Rochester! It's so refreshing. Honestly, I think it's a European thing. People aren't afraid to dress up here and it's not uncommon to see girls with a full face of makeup. In fact, it's encouraged especially in my family because you look put together and "proper" as my Grandma would say haha. While some of the trends in Istanbul are also trending in the U.S. such as anything that's off the shoulder (which I still love and will continue to wear regardless of the trend!), there are some that are more unique such as skinny overalls, round Ray-Bans, and necktie scarves which I never considered trying until now.


What are some of your favorite trends for the spring/summer?


-Ruya


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