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Those who follow me on Instagram (if you're not, you can find me here - @brigitadambe) already know that I turned the long weekend into an even longer one and went to Austria with my fam. Austria never disappoints with its views and Vienna never gets old no matter how many times you visit. It is ever changing, filled with rich experiences, you just have to give in.  This time we changed it up and visited some top tourist spots, one of which was Schönbrunn Palace. Though apparently we didn't look like tourists, because every other person kept us asking directions. Point in case, typical tourists don't wear off shoulder tops with frills and gold accessories. Oh well, #justaBthing I guess. Talking about the top, I never thought I would say this, but the best thing is the fact that you can skip the bra part of your dressing routine and take on the day with no shame - because there are frills that cover everything up! Best thing ever when the temperature rises above 30ºC. So today I'm leaving you with few shots from the Palmenhaus Schönbrunn, but don't worry, there is more to come!


TOP: SHEIN | PANTS: H&M | SHOES: ASOS | EARRINGS: H&M CONSCIOUS COLLECTION 2016 |  BAG: DOLCE&GABBANA via LuisaViaRoma 

EN     Basically, I just want to say that the challenge of wearing dresses and skirts I took (yep, thats past tense) part in is going nowhere. Can't handle this cold weather and I'm in no mood to jeopardize my health at the moment. Though I have promised myself to wear a cute dress whenever a possibility strikes this summer. And I mean it, because I have bought few beautiful fabrics I want to put to use and am eyeing few dresses online already. But on the bright side, not stepping away from dressing feminine for a minute, be sure of that. Cute shoes, duster coats and frills coming your way already!LV    Aukstais laiks ir mani pievārējis un svārki un keitas uz brītiņu ir nolikti maliņā; dalība #30dienassvārkos izaicinājumā teorētiski ir izgāzusies. Taču esmu sev apsolījusi uzvilkt kleitu pie mazākās ideālās izdevības, un šo apsolījumu nu nekādi nelauzīšu. Audumi jaunām kleitām iepirkti, šujmašīna sagatavota, pārītis ielikts virtuālajā iepirkumu groziņā. Taču, ja raugās no gaišās puses, izaicinājuma mērķis panākts, turpinu ģērbties sievišķīgi ar jaunu sparu! Tāpēc jaunas kleitas, vasaras mēteļi un citi jaukumi jau tiek raidīti jūsu virzienā! 


DUSTER COAT: LINDEX | SHOES: ASOS | SUNGLASSES: FENDI JUNGLE via Polhem PR

PHOTOS: LAURA ALKSNE
EDITING: BRIGITA DAMBE

EN     To continue the newest section of the blog I wanted to go outside Riga to a place for all the right reasons. And because it's summer and you should get out of the city, if that's not already what you are doing. This time lets have a talk about Fazenda Bazārs located 50 kilometers outside Riga in Sigulda. LV    Lai turpinātu jaunāko bloga sadaļu gribēju izbraukt ārpus pilsētas. Ne tikai tāpēc, ka šī ir super jauka vieta, bet tāpēc, ka ir vasara, un tieši tā vasarās ir jādara - jābrauc ārpus pilsētas atvilkt elpu. Šodien dosimies uz 50 kilometru attālo Siguldu, lai baudītu maltīti Fazenda Bazaar. 


LOCATION AND PLACE   The restaurant is located in the outskirts of Sigulda, quite far from the centre, but near the main road that takes you to Cēsis. The location is perfect if you're with a car or just passing through Sigulda. If you're on foot, I would advice other places in the center, like DOMA or Biskvīts. Though when it comes to vibe and decorations, this place wins! It's a mix of minimalism and upbeat Brazilian farm vibes, just like the name suggests. The place is filled with quirky details, while it remains polished and fun at the same time. I wouldn't say that this is something easily achievable. Note to owners, few of the flowers were basically starting to die, not a pretty view! ATRAŠANĀS VIETA UN TELPAS   Restorāns atrodas Siguldas nomalē, Rīga-Cēsis šosejas malā, kas to padara par ideālu pieturas punktu braucot cauri Siguldai. Vai gadījumā, ja esi mobils un vēlies baudīt mierīgu gaisotni. Nekad neesmu piedzīvojusi, ka šeit būtu drūzma un troksnis, kā citās Siguldas vietās. Ja tomēr pilsētā ciemojies bez auto, iesaku apmeklēt DOMU vai Biskvītu. Tomēr telpu un noskaņas ziņā, šī vieta uzvar. Ir panākts absolūts balanss starp minimālismu un noskaņu, kas atrodama kādā lauku mājiņā Brazīlijā, tieši tā, kā vēsta vietas nosaukums. Telpu iekārtojumā lielu vietu aizņem daudz un dažādu detaļu, taču ir saglabāts perfekts balanss starp jautro un akurātu minimālismu. Piezīme īpašniekiem: neļaujiet ziediem mirt. 


FOOD   Ok, before I start, I have to note that I'm not picky, nor do I have any allergies or diets, though I'm abstaining from meat. Basically, I'm all inclusive as long as food is done correctly. So when I went through the menu (for good 15 minutes), and I'm not joking here, my stomach flipped a time or two, because I wanted everything. I concluded that sooner or later I'm gonna roll out of this place. In the end my common sense stopped me and I had salmon tartare with chilli salsa and avocado sorbet (!! you read that right) and brook trout with greens. Both dishes were outstanding, I could go back just for the tartare alone every day (and I work 5 minutes away, so that doesn't help the fact), only downfall on my side (that really isn't one) - the bread wasn't toasted as it read in the menu. My friend had a wok with beef, greens and orange-soy sauce, which was the star of otherwise bland dish. She continued with a chocolate cake, nothing outstanding as well thanks to the dry biscuit. I have to add, that none of the cakes I've tried at Fazenda have been at least decent when it comes to my taste. And now let's talk about a major downfall of this place - the kids menu. There are no kid friendly options on the regular one, and even the kids menu has an additive in each dish a picky kid won't eat just because the said ingredient exists, for example, pickled cucumbers or spices. And when the dish hits the table, you will basically laugh at how small the portion is. Maybe it works for a four year old, but not for someone older. This is a point restaurant should work on - in the hour and a half we spent there, three families left because of this reason - kids didn't want to have anything on the menu. To make it clear - there is no tomato sauce of any kind. Period. So that I don't recite the whole menu here, because I could, have a look at it here. ĒDIENKARTE   Jāsāk ar to, ka neesmu pārmērīgi izvēlīga, neciešu no alerģijas un neievēroju noteiktu diētu, vienīgais ierobežojums - atturos no gaļas produktiem un tās izstrādājumiem. Faktiski, galvenais parametrs ir labi pagatavots ēdiens. Tāpēc nebrīnieties, kad teikšu, ka ēdienkarti vienmēr šeit pētu ilgi, jo gribās tiešām visu! Šķiet, ka agrāk vai vēlāk no Fazendas izripošu. Šoreiz veselais saprāts uzvarēja un izvēlējos nobaudīt vēl Fazendā nenogaršoto laša tartaru ar čili salsu un avokado sorbetu un strauta foreli ar dārzeņiem. Abi ēdieni bija teicami pagatavoti. Dēļ tartara tur varētu doties katru dienu, un fakts, ka strādāju vien 5 minūšu attālumā, nepalīdz nemaz. Vienīgais mīnuss (kas patiesībā nemaz nebija slikti) - maizīte, kā tas tiek solīts ēdienkartē, nebija grauzdēta. Draudzene baudīja wok ar liellopa gaļu, dārzeņiem un apelsīnu-sojas mērci, kas paglāba citādi neizteiksmīgo ēdienu. Arī šokolādes kūka, pateicoties sausajam biskvītam, nebija nekas vērā ņemams. Piemetināšu, ka šeit vēl nav sanācis baudīt tiešām labu kūkas gabaliņu. Tagad vien ir atlicis pats lielākais mīnuss - bērnu ēdienkarte. Izvēlīgiem bērniem grūti ko atrast standarta ēdienkartē, gandrīz tāpat kā bērniem paredzētajā. Katrā no piedāvātajiem ēdieniem ir piedeva, ko bērns neēdīs tikai tāpēc, ka tā maz pastāv, piemēram, marinēts gurķis vai viņam līdz galam nepazīstama garšviela. Šī ir lieta, pie kā būtu jāpiedomā, jo pusotrā stundā, ko pavadījām Fazendā, to pameta trīs ģimenes neko nenobaudījušas - bērni neatrada sev neko patīkamu. Un vēl - Fazendā netiek piedāvāta tomātu mērce, jo "Fazendā tāds ēdiens nepastāv". Lai es necitētu visu ēdienkarti, jo es to varētu, ar to vari iepazīties šeit. 


SERVICE AND ATMOSPHERE  When I think of this place I always imagine warm and welcoming atmosphere. While this stands true to the space itself, it doesn't always apply to the staff. One thing I hate - when your waiters change in the middle of your visit. It's like I don't know who my buddy is here anymore, to whom I ask my dessert to? And snotty responses are welcome here too from time to time. A question about tomato sauce flipped my waitress over, apparently "tomato sauce doesn't exist in Fazenda". Even a homemade one. So that's that. APKALPOŠANA UN ATMOSFĒRA   Fazenda man saistās ar siltu un mājīgu atmosfēru. Kamēr to var attiecināt uz telpām un iekārtojumu, to ne vienmēr var attiecināt uz apkalpojošo personālu. Visvairāk es neciešu, kad apmeklējuma laikā nomainās viesmīļi, rodas sajūta, ka pazaudēju vienīgo kontaktpersonu. Un kam, pie velna, lai es prasu savu desertu? Arī visdegunīgs tonis reizēm šeit ir sastopams (lasiet komentāru par tomātu mērci).


RESTORĀNS: Fazenda bazārs, mājaslapa
LAIKS: l-Vl 9.00 – 22.00, Vll 11.00 – 22.00
IZMAKSAS: uzkodas, zupas EUR 4,50-7,80, pamatēdieni EUR 5,60-17,90
ADRESE: Vidzemes šoseja 14, Sigulda



EN    As it's finally summer, dresses will be something I will try to wear more often. And I have a reason! Me and lovely Anita, or as you may know here - Kvinna, are challenging ourselves to wear skirts and dresses for the next 30 days! This challenge was created to release the inner goddess and be more feminine. As I'm already dressing more on the feminine, than boyish side, I'm challenging myself to really put myself out there and incorporate dresses in every single outfit I wear, just like here where I wore pants with a red dress - the reason? It was cold and I like it that way. Scroll down and have a look! And be sure to keep your eyes open for a video of this challenge at the end of the month! LV     Beidzot ir sākusies vasaras svelme, kas ir tikai viens no daudzajiem iemesliem kādēļ jau šodien jāsāk dalība 30 dienas svārkos izaicinājumā! Par labu tam esam lēmušas arī es un Anita, vai kā jūs viņu pazīstat - Kvinna. 30 dienas svārkos un kleitās, lai atcerētos, ka esam sievišķīgas būtnes! Lai gan ikdienā ģērbjos vairāk sievišķīgi kā puiciski, tas ir izaicinājums - katru dienu uzvilkt vismaz vienu kleitu. Īpaši man, kurai patīk vilkt bikses, bet, ja varu sakombinēt tās ar kleitu, kā šeit, tad izaicinājums izpildīts! Veiksmi un izturību jums meitenes! Apsolamies ar Kvinnu Jūsu apskatei nodot video ar to, kā tad mums veicās! 


DRESS: ASOS | SHOES: ASOS | BAG: DOLCE&GABBANA via LuisaViaRoma | SUNGLASSES: MARC JACOBS via Polhem PR | LIPS: MAC in Russian Red

PHOTOS: ALINA KELLER
EDITING: BRIGITA DAMBE

EN     It started out as a silly playing around with my hair and ended up in beautiful sun lit pictures thanks to my little brother, who apparently knows his way around the camera. Nevertheless, nothing was planned, but it all meshed so good together that I just have to share the result. Even the scarf, that was carelessly thrown in in the back of my car was a saver in the cold evening and plays a big part in the photos. And in the end, shoots like these were the main purpose why I started to blog in the first place, so I think this post is only fitting when I'm ready to go out of my hibernating state and start cooking chocolate tarts, dressing for fun, putting glitters on my eyelids and sharing it all on here.LV     Kurš gan būtu domājis, ka vienkārša ķimerēšanās ar matiem var beigties saules pielietās fotogrāfjās? Tieši tā tas arī notika, pateicoties manam mazajam brālim, kurš acīmredzami ir mantojis to vienu pareizo gēnu uz kadru noķeršanu. Un vien tāpēc nevaru nepadalīties ar rezultātu. Lai gan nekas nebija plānots, viss skaisti sajaucās kopā, pat lakats, kurš bezrūpīgi tika iemests mašīnā pāris dienas ātrāk, paglāba no aukstā vakara un nospēlēja svarīgu lomu. Un galu galā, tieši šādas fotogrāfijas bija iemesls kādēl vispār iesāku blogot, tāpēc šķiet, ka šī publikācija ir tikai iederīga laikā, kad sāku mosties no pārguruma radītā miega režīma un atkal esmu gatava cept šokolādes tartes, ģērbties tikai vien kā prieka pēc, nežēlot spīdumus uz plakstiņiem un, galvenais, dalīties ar to visu šeit. 


DRESS: BRIGITA DAMBE | SCARF: SHOP BY THE ST GERTRUDE'S CHURCH IN RIGA | EARRINGS: SWAROWSKI | BAG: DOLCE&GABBANA via LuisaViaRoma | LIPS: NYX FULL THROTTLE in Night Crawler

PHOTOGRAPHY: ANRIJS DAMBIS
EDITING: BRIGITA DAMBE
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