Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Flying with Qatar Airways

                                                                                              ph. Jelena, me

Okay, what happens when you receive a call and the voice from the other side asks you "would you like to visit Kuala Lumpur?" You say yes, hang up, pinch yourself, then you check your phone again, call a friend, get the confirmation that it's not a prank and eventually sit down to think about the whole thing once again. And at some point you realize that you are going to Malaysia.
You take a deep breath. Start freaking out inside cause you never traveled more than four hours by plane. Say f word for several times. Read all the quotes from Pinterest: "you only live once." Or nine if you are a cat. And suddenly you start remembering the conversation and you figure out that you are traveling in business class with Qatar Airways. So you completely forget about your previous  lunatic behavior. Why?
It's no secret that traveling by air can be a hassle. From arriving at the gate on time to waiting for hours before the plane takes off. Catch your connecting flight. Feel comfortable during the 12 hours of flight. And with the carrier who has won World’s Best Business Class in 2016, all your worries can be on hold cause you will experience the five-star hotel in the sky.
My route was from Belgrade to Kuala Lumpur, via Doha. Four flights and a consistent quality experience. After an express check-in and a short visit to lounge before our first flight, we were welcomed by name once we boarded and taken to our seats. First five hours of our journey were all about chatting. Little bit of Vogue, little bit of cheese plate, little bit of shyly exploring all of the buttons and we were right there: at Doha Hamad International airport, assisted by Meet&greet staff upon our arrival, skipping the queues again so we can board to our next flight. Eight hours long flight. The one that bothers me earlier. How wrong I was?
We were greeted with champagne and fine wine upon boarding the plane. They introduced themselves to each passenger, to ensure we knew their names too. As it was an overnight flight we were given pyjamas and a bag full of Giorgio Armani finest amenities. The seats were spacious, quite wide and you could transformed into a bed with a button. How cool is that?
It's some sort of a high-tech private nest where you can enjoy up to 3,000 in-flight entertainment options. Oryx One’s innovative system features an intuitive touch screen, to quickly find an array of movies, games and music. That's how I ended up watching a few new movies and listening to Bieber's latest album before catching up on sleep. Yeah, Justin, do not judge. And don't worry, advanced LED lighting will help you adjust to changing time zones, so you arrive at your destination as refreshed as possible. Smart!
And that's not even a half of the perks that you will get, cause there are delicious dine-on-demand cuisine,  with a la carte menu, so you can order whenever you like, when you like. Sample signature dishes designed exclusively for Qatar Airways. Mouth-watering flavors, artful presentation, luxurious table linen and deluxe cutlery. Remember when I told you: "the five-star hotel in the sky"? Well, it's beyond that cause you will experience Qatar Airways legendary hospitality. The staff takes endless care to anticipate the needs of all passengers, so prepare to be pampered! Tucked in bed, refreshed with scented hot towels, treated with some extra chocolates or whatever your need is. I woke up in Kuala Lumpur with pouty lips and a smile on my face after a good sleep.
And then I completely understood how Qatar Airways nabbed second place in 2016 thanks to the airline's "quality performance" by the Skytrax which took everything from in-flight amenities to on-time departures into consideration for the rankings.
So do not even ask would I fly Qatar Airways business class again? The right one is, how can I travel differently when they spoiled me?!

Huge thanks to Qatar Airways for this incredible in-flight experience and for the opportunity to explore a new destination. Stay tuned, cause Kuala Lumpur post is coming soon!

p.s. For many destinations, airfare is the most affordable in the first month of the year. Hotels are competing to fill their empty rooms while the temperatures are low so take advantage by booking one of the Qatar Airways  travel deals - check it here!

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Feeling it

                                                                                            sneakers: adidas
                                                                                            pants: not your basics
                                                                                            t-shirt: h&m
                                                                                            faux fur coat: diesel
                                                                                            sunglasses: ray ban
                                                                                            ph. Jelena

Sequined pants, comfy sneakers, printed t-shirt and fluffy faux fur coat.
What's not to love?!

Monday, January 9, 2017

Amsterdam / Grand Hotel Krasnapolsky

                                                                                                ph. Jelena, me

If you're eyeing Europe for some fun, Amsterdam is the right place for you! With world-class museums, festivals, live music, great concept stores, laid-back bars and amazing restaurants, there's never a shortage of things to do in Amsterdam! Especially in the winter months with a festive atmosphere, cozy pubs and plenty of events to enjoy as the nights draw in. And if you wanna explore the city in the right way, hotel's location and amenities will be very important to you. Amsterdam is overflowing with accommodation choices for every type of trip, so I'm bringing you my first choice as a great recommendation - Grand Hotel Krasnapolsky.
As a part of the NH Hotel Group’s new premium brand, NH Collection, Grand Hotel Krasnapolsky satisfies the needs of a guest profile that is looking for ‘that little bit extra’ from their trips, whether for business or leisure.
Located on the bustling Dam Square in the heart of Amsterdam, the NH Collection Grand Hotel Krasnapolsky is a luxury five-star conference hotel and it is surrounded by department stores, boutiques and varied shopping streets. Numerous sights, museums and theaters in the historic city center are all within walking distance. And with quality guaranteed, you'll enjoy a luxurious and unforgettable stay.

- a magnificent historic building dates back to 1855
- situated on the main square, and enjoys spectacular views of the Royal Palace
- very easy to reach, the hotel is a short stroll from Amsterdam Central Station, while bus and tram stops are just around the corner
-  the authentic 19th-century architecture of Winter garden makes this a unique venue for any memorable event
- the rooms showcase contemporary style, using a palette of warm, natural colors
- the hotel even has an indoor parking garage and a boat jetty at its disposal, ensuring direct access to all that Amsterdam has to offer

Food and drinks
- for coffee or casual all-day dining, try the Grand Café Krasnapolsky, which offers beautiful views over Dam Square. Classic dishes and traditional favorites, like traditional Dutch salted meat and local smoked salmon, are on the menu
- in the mornings you can enjoy a healthy breakfast in the fabulous 19th-century Winter Garden, which is full of natural light thanks to its unique glass ceiling (it's more than just fabulous, trust me)
- when the sun goes down enjoy a drink or a tailor made cocktail at brand new bar The Tailor, under the guidance of the World’s Best Female Bartender, Tess Posthumus (you go girl!)
- or you can experience superlative cooking at the White Room, the hotel’s brand-new dining experience, open from April 2016. Heading the kitchen is Jacob Jan Boerma, one of only two chefs in the Netherlands to hold three Michelin stars. And all of this at your hotel? Yes, please!

- friendly and helpful staff
- guests: every kind of groups (single, couples, businessman, family, etc.)

You can check the rates directly on the NH collection website.

The location will make the best memory of your trip cause you will be able to explore the soul of the place you are staying in which is an iconic building with exquisite interior design.
With memorable gastronomic experiences inspired by world renowned Star Chefs it is more than just a place to stay. It's a place to experience the outstanding service.

p.s. thank you Nikita!

Sunday, January 8, 2017


                                                                                                boots: stradivarius
                                                                                                skirt: stradivarius
                                                                                                t-shirt: yugochic
                                                                                                coat: bershka
                                                                                                socks: adidas
                                                                                                bag: gucci
                                                                                                sunglasses: ray ban
                                                                                                ph. Jelena

Yeah, yeah new year, old me. No resolutions. Just fun. 
So, I'm sharing with you my first look from Amsterdam.
I paired velvet boots with faux leather skirt, super cool t-shirt from a new brand Yugochic and white faux fur coat.
Simple as that.
Bye, bye!