Excellent choice, Mr Bond

As SPECTRE hit the theaters, lots of brands were celebrating their partnership with the highly anticipated 24th Bond adventure. I had the pleasure to attend a few private events in Warsaw, among which the evening hosted by Belvedere Vodka was a truly enjoyable experience. The after-party was kicked off by DJ Trent aka He is Dapper and graced by the beautiful voice of artist Elle Cato, who flew from London especially for the occasion. In the case of both performances, it was an Excellent choice, Mr Bond.

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If you want to feel like James Bond, here is a recipe for BELVEDERE SPECTRE  007 MARTINI

60ml Belvedere Vodka / 10ml Dry vermouth / 1 Sicilian green olive / 5ml Sicilian green olive brine

Gently muddle olives in base of mixing glass. Add remaining ingredients and shake hard with ice. Double strain into a chilled martini glass. #ShakenNotStirred

Photos / Moet Hennessy

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London Fashion Week: David Koma SS16

As the Paris Fashion Week goes into full swing, I am still reminiscing the time spent in London. Courtesy of He is Dapper, who in turn won the tickets in an instagram competition announced by Penhaligon’s London, I had a chance to attend the presentation of the spring collection by a London based, Georgian born, fashion designer David Koma. I have to say, I absolutely loved the pieces from his new collection! There were at least a dozen of outfits from the catwalk I could see myself wearing. And that does not happen very often.

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For a different take on the show, see a post by He is Dapper – click here.

To explore the universe of David Koma – check out his website.

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INTO my world: Inspirations

I’ve been invited by online magazine INTO Passion to share my inspirations. So, here they are, for your perusal as well:)

I run my own PR consultancy, representing lifestyle brands and celebrities, and in my free time I travel and take pictures. In fact, I take pictures all the time. I fell out of love with photography for a few years, having gotten upset with digital cameras. Yet since I cracked the technicalities behind the digital SLR camera, with a little help from a friend and professional photographer, I have it on me wherever I go (I use Canon EOS 100D 50mm/1.8 lens) – unless I go out in the evening and it doesn’t fit into my clutch, in which case I switch on to my iPhone. After all, a day without a post on the Instagram is a day lost.

Magda_Bulera_Payne_MarseilleTaking a selfie in Marseille, France – for a dedicated post click here.

Instagram

I try to avoid the thought that I am addicted to Instagram, though I think I am. I check Instagram after my morning yoga session and I check it again at the end of the day. I love browsing over cool pictures, am interested in other people’s perception of the world, and I like sharing my own photographic discoveries. On the professional level, I look at Instagram as an interesting phenomenon – it is a reflection of current trends.

Stylist

British lifestyle weekly. I read it on my iPad. Every week it inspires me with new things. I like Stylist for everything – their covers, the layout, the language they use and the topics they cover. I appreciate their fresh take on fashion. A must read every Tuesday.

London

My second home. I worked in London, I met my husband in London, I go there for the London fix – the theaters, shopping, exhibitions. I love the rhythm of this city, I have my trails there, favorite restaurants. At the moment I love living in Warsaw and coming over to London, although I’d love to share my time equally between the two cities. I get attached to people, not places, so this scenario is quite possible. Magda_Bulera_Payne_London Strolling through the streets of London, UK – for a dedicated post click here.

He is Dapper

Blog I co-run with my husband. He is the protagonist and the writer, I take photographs. We work on the blog together. It’s a testing ground – we’re creating a new brand, so it is only natural that we clash creatively but we always find a way to reach understanding. It is a very inspiring journey. The blog is also a place on the internet where men’s fashion is presented on the back of short stories. It is worth checking out. Do have a look.

Coffee

I drink coffee for pleasure. It is the only thing I missed during our recent holiday in Sri Lanka. You can’t get a decently brewed coffee over there. It is definitely a tea-making country (I brought back a year’s allowance of Ceylon tea). I drink my coffee once a day, after breakfast, with rice milk and a blend of spices (cinnamon, cardamom, ginger etc.). It is my little daily ritual.

Magda_Bulera_Payne_Sri LankaA leisurely ride in Bentota, Sri Lanka – for a dedicated post click here.

Yoga

I have practiced ashtanga yoga for 10 years now. I do it more or less intensively but I always find my way back to yoga. It keeps me healthy and it keeps me sane. Sometimes it helps me reach a zen state of mind.

Books

I always read something, usually a few books at a time, on different topics. At the moment I’m reading Elsa Schiaparelli. A biography by Meryl Secrest, Operation Mincemeat by Ben Macintyre and Włosi. Życie to teatr (The Italians. Life is a theater) by Maciej Brzozowski. I recommend all three – for fashion, thriller and Italy fans, respectively.

To see the original version of this feature – go here.

To read the Polish version – please click here.

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