nedjelja, 30. prosinca 2012.

December 2012 in pictures! Cheers to 2013!

Hello dear readers,

Can you believe it is the new year already? 
My 2012 has been an incredible year. Truly. It has had its highs and lows and some amazing memories. Everyone talks about new year resolutions but I’m not going to have one. I never stick to it so what’s the point? I’m just going to aim to be happy and take every day as it comes. I wish you good health, happiness, and success in the coming year and always. The words for next year are balance, harmony, family relations and love. Enjoy the quality of your surroundings and the wealth that all you love can bring you. Dear friends and fans, thank you very much for your support during this year 2012.

Wish you a HAPPY NEW YEAR 2013 filled with all that is beautiful!

HAPPY NEW YEAR - my love and I wish all the best to you all!

My December in photos:

Tea Time with my lovely ladies.
My new 1930's evening bag.

In love with my new bag. It’s probably early mid1950s – early 1960s.
My look for the MAGAZINE Gracija and Max Factor vintage style workshop - 20th December 2012. 
What I wear when it's cold outside - it's really hard to find beautiful/elegant vintage boots.
Is it for you hard to find vintage stuff for winter?

Frost - every morning.
My winter look inspiration.
Another one winter look - 1930's inspiration.
Happy 12.12.2012. - I love this natural makeup look for every day.
Sunny cold winter day - a walk with my mother.

Had a great time during the radio interview at radio FBiH FM 95.7
Read so many wonderful books.
What's the best way to start your day? Every morning I enjoy my cup of tea/coffee with a good book.
My Max Factor workshop at Vapiano Sarajevo.

Flyer for my Vintage Styling Workshop at Cafe Zlatna Ribica - designed by my boyfriend.
The workshop was incredible - wow, so many beautiful faces.

My friend Ana-Marija, my brother & me.

Sending love as always,

Idda van Munster

ponedjeljak, 17. prosinca 2012.

Hats! A modern day milliner: Anya Caliendo

I've been wearing hats as long as I can remember. As a kid, I was always running around with something fun and crazy on my head. As I got older I started collecting vintage hats and clothing, it was a natural progression I guess.
I'm not sure, but I think Christian Dior said this: "I think that in town you cannot be really dressed without a hat. It is really the completion of your outfit and in another way, it is very often the best way to show your personality. It is easier to express yourself sometimes with your hat than it is with your clothes. Hats are important!" And that he says a hat is one of the best ways to show your personality. And he goes on to say that hats are the quintessence of femininity and are such an efficient weapon of coquetry!
My authentic vintage netting hat collection is growing slowly.
I added a wonderful mini top to my collection last month - and guess - it was a gift from my dear Anya Caliendo from New York!!! But who is Anya? If you want to know - please continue reading...

Authentic vintage hats. The one on the bottom left is made by my lovely lady Dolly von Sucre - from authentic vintage materials.
I can't tell you how much I enjoyed opening the beautiful package.  I felt like it was my birthday! You do such beautiful work Anya!
It's really pleasure to own and wear.

I love her hat boxes too!!!

She is a milliner.

A milliner.
A word that is not known by many people nowadays, or maybe just a forgotten one.
A milliner is a designer of women’s hats.

This term was originally used in the 18th-century to define the travelling haberdashers from Milan, the so called “millaners”, who made the finest womenswear of the time.

Every village of England used to have a milliner, until the 1960's when the attention on voluminous hair made people forget about hats.
Headwear for women began in the Middle Ages, first as a necessity as it was ordered by the Church to cover their hair. Later head coverings turned into a status symbol, according to the type of hat worn as well as a fashionable accessorize.
The use of hats became less popular during the Second World War, for practical reasons and since then hats have slowly lost importance in the fashion panorama.
Recently, thanks to various royal weddings and the advent of extravagant pop stars the hat has made a new debut on the catwalk and milliner is being rediscovered as a profession.

Russian born, Anya Caliendo is the epitome of old world romanticism with everything from her obsession with  black and white photos of royal families to her chosen profession of couture millinery.

Her atelier must be filled to the brim (pun intended) with treasures destined to be worn by the city’s most elegant women.  In addition to making everyday wear hats she also designs for theatrical productions, fashion photoshoots and runway shows.

Couture milliner Anya Caliendo runs her own atelier in New York, having learned the art of millinery in London from two legendary names in the field, Rose Cory and Stephen Jones. She worked on the creation of hats for the collections of Jason Wu spring/summer 2010, Donna Karan spring/summer 2010, Kinder Aggugini spring/summer 2010, Comme des Garçons spring/summer 2010 and John Galliano spring/summer 2010. Her fabulous hats have graced the pages of renowned fashion magazines, such as this month’s Vogue Mexico.

I have never seen hats more beautiful and more elegant and more Ooo La La than Anya's. 

Here are some photos (me wearing the hat made by her, the costume is created by me). Here is a short interview I've done with a modern day milliner with old world beauty. Enjoy!

Idda: What is your unique story?

Anya: My story is really not that unique at all. Just like so many immigrants before me, I came to the US in search of American Dream. I landed in New York almost 12 years ago without having a slightest idea where I will end up being or how my life will turn out to be in a new Country. I had 20 dollars in my pocket and a wagon of stubborn certainty that if I will work hard I will succeed. I fell in love with Fashion and when the time came to choose direction, I chose millinery - hat designs. I spent years trying to master my passion into perfection. I was lucky to have the best teachers one can possibly dream of. In 2008 I registered my brand "Anya Caliendo. Couture Millinery Atelier" and in 2010, only 2 years later, I opened my own Couture Millinery Atelier where I work and create hats every day. I suppose, I am a lucky girl, but "luck",per say, has very little to do with it because "the harder I work, the luckier I get."

Idda: Where do you get inspiration for your designs?

Anya: I discovered that inspiration is something that lives everywhere I look: in people who surround me, movies, books, theater, rain, cup of coffee, the color of the sky, remote memory that surfaces out unexpectedly out of the corner my mind, old photographs - there is really no limit to the sources of inspiration. All you need to do is open your heart to the world.

Idda: What have been your greatest challenges as a designer?

Anya: There were so many of them! The greatest challenge, I would say, was to learn how to combine design aspect and business aspect of what I do. Add to it learning how to operate a very unique business in the context of modern fashion market, while staying true to my vision and finding my own audience. I have made several mistakes along the way, but I have learned a lot as a result. In the end, each mistake I made contributed to the strong sides of my brand.

Idda: What materials and techniques do you favor?

Anya: I love working with fabrics both traditional and nontraditional. It all depends on the mood of the hat I am creating: some demand pure Italian silk, some favor plastic or aluminium foil, some ask to be gold plated - I always listen to what my hats are whispering to me. When it comes to techniques, I balance traditional and new. Millinery is such a vast field that learning is a constant mode ever present in my work. Whether I am taking new lessons with the masters who work with furs or have a Japanese teacher travel to my Atelier to teach me unique method of preserving fresh flowers. While traditional techniques will remain the back bone of millinery, new ones have to be introduced frequently in order for the art of millinery to move forward.

Idda: Any exciting projects for the future?

Anya: Yes and, fortunately, many of them. I love a great challenge. Most of the time it arises out of Collaborations with unbelievably talented people. Right now I am working on creating a very special editorial order for one of the most talented stylists I have ever worked with Sissy Vian. There is also a production of a new Collection which will be very special (can not go into more detail, but it has an amazing destination!). There are collaborations with several magazines, photographers, designers - all at the same time. Nothing is more interesting than this. I am very blessed this way.

Dita Von Teese wearing "Louboutin Lover" by Anya Caliendo Couture Millinery Atelier



SATURDAY 10 A.M.- 4 P.M. 

Thank you so much for reading!

Sending you love,
Anya Caliendo and Idda van Munster

subota, 1. prosinca 2012.

Max Factor review 2: Pink. Rose. Coral.

 My recommendation of Max Factor products in ALL Cosmetic Markets CM in Bosnia and Hercegovina.

This post is my 2nd review for Max Factor.
This time I will show you the pink and coral shades of lipsticks and glosses, mascaras and more - I absolutely enjoyed making this post and from now on I will wear pink and coral shades more than often. Lately, I'm a bit tired of the classic pin up look (most of all THE RED LIPSTICK)- so I'm inspired by the 1930's ladies with the gorgeous finger waves and pink lips and nails.
Thank you Max Factor Bosnia & Hercegovina you have sponsored me with these wonderful products!

Hope you will be satisfied again with my review!

Starting with the final looks:

What have I used to achieve this look?

Foundation: Max Factor Smooth Effect Foundation (Creamy Ivory 45)

I'm really surprised by the bad reviews about this product. I find it is a really good foundation. I understand that the commercials and even the name of the product itself could be misleading. This foundation, in my opinion, is only for who wants a light/sheer coverage, a natural finish and a creamy consistency.

If you have major problems or a lot of spots to cover this is not the right foundation. 

Overall I think this is a great product and the thing I like the most is that it gives me a beautiful finish and it looks like I have nothing on.

I'm in the lightest shade (45 creamy ivory) and it's perfect for my skin tone. I don't even use it all over my face if I don't need it.

Mascara: Max Factor Eye Brightening Tonal Black Volumising

Max Factor is  famous for great mascaras so their new Eye Brightening Tonal Black Volumising Mascaras should not disappoint.
I like the idea of eye brightening effect which you should get because of the light reflecting particles and gem-toned colour beads. 

The range includes: Black Pearl for brown eyes, Black Sapphire for blue eyes and Black Ruby for green eyes.
The promo photo actually looks pretty, I like the blue shimmer.

 The brush is quite thin but it applies the mascara with ease and doesn’t leave any clumps. For day time I only use 1 coat but if you want a more dramatic look for a night out you must put 2-3 coat of mascara.
Left my eye with false eyelashes and Max Factor eyeliner here is the link - right my eye with 1 coat of  Eye Brightening Tonal Black Volumising Mascara - I love it, really looks natural for day time.
I have to be honest, for the final look, I'm still using false lashes.


Lipstick: Max Factor Colour Elixir lipstick in Pink Brandy and Bewitching Coral

First of all:
Max Factor lipsticks are always dependable. What you see in the tube is what you get on the lips.
It feels really moisturising on the lips and has amazing staying power. You feel like you're wearing a (strongly) pigmented lip balm - Colour Elixir is so soft, so silky, yet with decent lasting power.

Pink Brandy is a clear, medium coral, bright in the tube but easy to wear and very flattering on my pale skin and pigmented lips. It has a 50's feel to it that I like. Don't know how they come up with the names but this has little to do with pink, it's pure brandy. Definitely a favourite.

Bewitching Coral is an insanely bright and strong shade of coral, verging on hot pink - it is quite similar to MAC Impassioned, which is one of my favourite lipsticks, but warmer, more orange and doesn't pack quite as much of a punch as Impassioned does. The colour is anything but subtle, though, and I love both of them.
On my lips, Pink Brandy lasts a good 3-4, even 5 hours. I don't know how Max Factor have done it - moisturising lipsticks rarely stay put this long - but I applaud them for that.

Gloss: Max Factor Lipfinity Colour & Gloss

Max Factor Lipfinity Colour & Gloss is an innovative double-ended Lipstick, which gives a depth of multi-tonal colour and shine for an eye-catching look that lasts up to 10 hours.
Gleaming Coral 570 and Radiant Rose 510.

I have tried nearly every longlasting lip colour from maybelline to Mac and Max Factor have definately got the formula right!!! It never get chunky or flakey on the lips and lasts ages! Well done Max Factor someone had finally done it right! Thank you!

I'm a big fan of long wearing lipsticks and I think Max Factor was one of the first to introduce this. The trick to long wearing lipsticks to let it dry first and then apply the gloss.

And on my lips:

Nails: Max Factor Glossfinity Nail Polish in two shades

 I wrote about Max Factor Glossfinity Nail Polish in my first review.
The shades are: Cute Coral and Disco Pink.
For the first time in my life I have pink nails.
I love this combination, it is not agressive as red/white.
What do you think of this look? Would you try it yourself?

Hope you enjoyed.
What do you think of all these products?
Let me know.

Printed and signed for American fans ❤
If you are interested too - send me an email for more infos:

With love,

Idda van Munster