Friday, March 23, 2012

MY INTERVIEW in a popular Greek blog STYLE WALKING


Aleksandra Kokotovic has dedicated a big part of her life into the Fashion Industry and the Art. She is the proof that a woman can be a great wife , loving mum and very successful businesswoman in the same time. Aleksandra has won a lot very prestigious awards in beauty contests , as Miss Yugoslavia , Miss Beauty Queen World and many more, she has worked for some of the biggest fashion brands and designers as Calvin Klein, Armani, Tommy Hilfiger, Donna Karan, Ralph Lauren etc. 
Even her big success in everything she is doing , Aleksandra is really down to Earth and a person with Great and positive Charisma  

* Where are you originally from?  I am from Sarajevo, Bosnia.

*How long you have been into fashion and how did you started?

 Like I wrote on my blog, I am in fashion and art all my life.
For past 20 years I am in modeling and fashion. My first fashion show was when I was 14 years old. I danced in the best dancing group in Bosnia at that time called Euroritam. During one performance the lady who owned modeling agency saw me and asked me to try modeling. I refused. Later, she have contacted the dance studio and asked for me several times. She told me: "Do one fashion show and see how you like it." So, I did it

*What is style for you and do you believe that you have to be dressed "expensive" to be stylish?
 Style is something what we carry always with us, the way we behave, the way we talk, walk, look at the world and things which surround us, the way we want to express our inner-self and our elegance by dressing. I can tell a girl's character by looking at the handbag she chose or the men's by seeing his shoes and style of dressing. I will quote John Fairchild: ""Style" is an expression of individualism mixed with charisma. Fashion is something that comes after style."
Each person should know what makes them feel good, powerful and comfortable. After that, the choice of clothes comes from the heart. But, it doesn't necessarily have to be expensive. The best and lately popular is high-law dressing. Mixing up designers with high street brands. I kind of like that. Only great minds can afford a simple style.

*You have won some very prestigious beauty contests! Can you Tell us about that!
 I was Miss Yugoslavia 2001 and went to Tokyo to Miss International, one of the biggest beauty pageants in last 60 years. It was fun. Later, I won Miss Beauty Queen World representing Bosnia and Herzegovina, the pageant also around 50 years old. I have several more titles, such as 2nd runner up on Top Model of the World 2002 in Turkey, 2nd runner up at Model of The Future in Sofia, Bulgaria.

* You are running your own Modeling Agency «IEVE Models» ! When din you started and where it`s based?
IEVE MODELS in born on Valentine's Day in 2003 in London and it is based there ever since. We had an outpost in Sarajevo and were best modelling agency in Bosnia and Herzegovina for several years. Our models there were getting the best jobs.

*Many Supermodels make their clothing brands, perfume lines etc. 
Are you interested of doing something like this?
I wanted to make my own clothing line for so many years and I kind of started working on that a few times, but never actually did it. Also, I had an idea to make exclusive handbags and shoes collection.

*You have travelled and lived all over the World , do you have a favorite place that feels like home?
Well, I feel at home when I'm with my family in Florida. It really feels like home and whenever I go there I feel like a teenager or a young girl who lives with her parents and not thinking much about obligations, go party a lot, go to beaches, having barbecue with parents and friends. Since I'm married and mum, I live with my husband and daughter, but we moved several times, so I don't have that right feeling of affiliation. Although, I adore Italy and Italian culture and style, I LOVE Paris and the city architecture, museums, streets, shops,... I love New York City, London, Beirut,... I love cities and places which have an old charisma with a modern touch.

*Tell Us about the brands you have worked for!
 I have worked for Elie Saab, Calvin Klein, Armani, Tommy Hilfiger, Donna Karan, Ralph Lauren, Ertan Kayitken, Escada, St John's, Lolita Lempicka, Herve Leger and many others.

*Can you give an advice for the young people that want to get involved in The Fashion World?
 My advice to every young person, despite which profession they choose is to LIVE THEIR LIVES! If they work in fashion industry they have to be creative and passionate about it. This business is beautiful and gives lots of opportunities. To be surrounded by beauty and creativity is a great energy.
You’ve got to have a good spirit on the inside. That’s what’s really going to make you look like you’re ready to rock the world!

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Tiffany & Co. 175 years anniversary

Tiffany & Co is 175 this year and, as part of celebrations, it has created a new alloy called rubedo and a collection - Tiffany 1837 - made from it, which launches this month. 

I love this bold, extra-wide cuff.

Thursday, March 15, 2012

$2 million Hermes Kelly Diamond Studded Handbag

The Sac Bijous: Birkin (left) & Kelly (right)
The mini-handbags would go to auction & are meant to be worn as bracelets, but, in theory, should also work as miniature handbags. They took two years to develop and can only make three versions of each. The Birkin Sac Bijou comes in rose and white gold versions – and is studded with 2,712 of the best-quality diamonds! The Kelly Sac Bijou has crocodile scales and 1,160 diamonds, while the Chaîne d’ancre Sac Bijou is made of intertwining chains covered in 11,000 diamonds.

The handbags cost a whooping €1.5/$1.9/£1.2

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

My little SCARF collection

Scarves are cool :))) Scarves are elegant, cozy, always in fashion! Scarves are fun! :)

I own 50-60 different styles of scarves and for this post I chose some of the pieces which are very dear to me for some reason & which I thought that would be interesting.

When I was a jury member at the beauty pageant in Cyprus, I got silk beaded scarf from my friend and model Vanja

This beautiful Atil Kutoglu scarf I got from my dear friend Mirza for a New Year in Istanbul years ago

Bosnian designer & artist Dragica Gudeljevic gave me this unique silk hand painted piece as a gift
The artist mother of my model Nancy Mia, made and painted this scarf for me
I got this beauty after the fashion show I worked in Florida. It's a lovely beaded scarf for the elegant evenings
At the opening of the famous Serbian designer Suzana Peric my best men Aleksandar bought me this silk and linen fun scarf
My fav print from my Salvatore Ferragamo's collection
My husband and I got these wonderful silk scarves at the market in Tunisia.  I got it in 10 different colors.
One of my favorite
Silk DKNY summer pieces from a London's DKNY shop where you can sit & have a tea and great cakes
I just love this silk gorgeous scarf and it's colour
Turkish brand Silk&Cashmere. Again, present from my dearest buddy Mirza from Istanbul.

Thursday, February 23, 2012


I am very simple with make up. I use powder once a week. I love mascaras and although I keep trying different ones, my fav are from Lancome. When I feel I need to look pretty and for the evenings, I put an eyeliner, an eyeshadow (mostly light pink and a bit darker shadow on the corners) and a red lipstick. I love red lipstick!!

In my Victoria's Secret see-trough make-up bag:

-  Chanel InfraRouge Lipstick No.18 Volcano, 
-  YSL Touche Éclat Radiant Touch
-  Sublime de Chanel waterproof mascara
-  Lancôme Le Crayon Khôl
-  MAC Dervish Lip Pencil A60
-  The Body Shop brush
-  Lancome Oscillation vibration mascara
-  Victoria's Secret Beauty Rush Lip Gloss Strawberry Fizz
-  Clinique beidge oil-free foundation No.9
-  Christian Dior Diorkiss Gloss No. 318 Praline
-  Chanel Le Vernis Nail Colour Gondola 499
-  L'Oreal Color Riche 297 Red Passion lipstick
-  DIOR Diorblush #943 Strawberry Sorbet (Framboise)
-  Dior 5 Couleurs Couture Colour Eyeshadow Palette in #754 Rosy Tan
-  Deborah Atomic Red Rossetto Mat #06
-  BeneFit They're Real mascara
-  Yves Saint Laurent Red La Laque Long Last Nail Lacquer
-  Chanel Coco Mademoiselle perfume
-  Botanics  Radiance Night Renewal Serum
-  100% natural organic face cleaning lotion with roses and oranges  
Victoria's Secret hydration body lotion Pure Seduction
Anti-Viral Hand Sanitizer Mentholatum responsebeta
Lancome Effacil eye make-up remover

Friday, February 17, 2012

Shala Monroque

Shala is 32-year-old Caribbean beauty who is blessed with good looks, a sharp-minded personality, a great confidence and a love for eye popping color. She is a New York based magazine editor, art consultant and muse art consultant. Monroque’s leanings towards the unconventional, her talent for melding art and fashion, together with the fact her partner in love is the influential American gallery mogul Larry Gagosian, only adds to her intrigue.

For the past few years Shala has been a front row fixture at the top fashion shows around the world. She's famous for her impeccable taste and very much loved by street style bloggers.

It's hard to believe that not long ago the St. Lucia native was working as hostess at a fancy New York City restaurant & now she's a full blown socialite. 

With her great friend Dasha Zhukova


Shala with Jason Wu

Monday, February 13, 2012

IEVE MODELS 9th Anniversary

IEVE MODELS has a number of licenses for prestigious international modeling contests & beauty pageants. Since 2002 until the end of 2011 we have sent 103 models to various competitions and they brought home 44 awards which include 4 winners, 5 first runner ups, 5 second runner ups and 5 most precious Miss Friendship titles.

My morning hour

       Every morning, my husband makes us freshly squeezed juice from these ingredients: apple, orange, cabbage, beetroot, celery, parsley, pear, carrot and pineapple. Perfect vital nutrient to start a day.

       I am a master in making Turkish coffee (my inheritance from childhood in Sarajevo). So every morning I choose between Turkish coffee, herbal tea or Illy espresso from my great Gaggia coffee machine.

And, my morning favorite is reading.

What better way to start a day then a quiet hour in the morning with people and things you love :)

Always - The Optimist :)