Yalıkavak

Yalıkavak is one of the most beautiful regions of Bodrum-well-known touristic destination located in the Aegean Coast of Turkey. We have been going to Yalıkavak for 10 successive years for our summer holidays. Humidity is low, breeze always cool you down and the sea is Aegean blue with lots of fish swimming with you.

There was also the third marina of Bodrum located in the center of Yalıkavak which we loved deeply! No exaggaration, I adored that Marina. With Mozart cafe, cozy fish restaurants, orangish lightings, palm trees, boutiques and small design shops, it was like somewhere out of this world. Very unique, relaxing, and  peaceful. I wished no one learns and finds out that lovely place.

Recently the owner and the management of the marina changed. I havent seen it since and was wondering a lot. Now comes my first impressions: I was surprised to see a shopping mall like horizontal building almost parallel to the  coast line including stores and restaurants which we already know from luxurious shopping malls of İstanbul. Cook shop, Happy moons, Beymen, Komşu Fırın, Mezzaluna, Nusr-et, Pioppo, Günaydın, Starbucks, Cold Stone, Mudo, Yargıcı, Brandroom, Vakkorama etc.  I could not believe it was a work of one of my favorite architects, Emre Arolat.  The new marina was congested, lacking open and public spaces, and made you feel stuck. I know that Bodrum is popular among Istanbulite tourists*, but there was no need to turn that cozy marina into an ordinary shopping mall.

 

And yet, the sunset view is still there. Breeze coming from the deep blue sea accompanies you. I still like the marina, although I would definitely prefer the initial one.

*My idea is that people from Ankara go to either Mediterranean (Antalya and surrounings) or Aegean coasts (Bodrum) easily which are both less than 500 km. Istanbulietes however are far away (more than 700 km) from both coastal regions (Bodrum and Antalya, Bodrum being the closer one). In Bodrum sellers tell me that they work for İstanbul market:) which shows the primary target group is Istanbulites.

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To do list in 2016

Making plans keep me motivated. Preparing this list makes me feel all is going to be true in the coming year. 

To have dinner (quail meat) and dessert (mille-feuille) at Nicole Restaurant, in Beyoglu

To purchase matte red rouge ( YSL most probably)

To plan another trip to Scandinavia 

Norway? Lofoten Opera Hotel? 

  

To visit sis E in NYC with D and G

To purchase Nigella’s knife set from with animal prints from amazon.co.uk

To re-register D to mini- ballet classes 

To have more Mother-daughter activities and trips 

To go to Canary islands or Sicily for summer holiday

To purchase a house in Bodrum (this is more like a wish of course!)

To spend more family time for leisure activities like concerts, sport activities ( Ulker Sports Arena of Fenerbahce is just 5 minutes to us), etc

To spend summer vacation (2) in Bodrum Mandarin Hotel and visit Kos island

To have more pilates in my life

To eat healthier and greener

To start skiing again

To read more on world history: everything we talk today stems from history

To read ( not only watch) Sherlock – of course in English!

To spend more time on my blogs

To start my dream job in design and fashion

Tchibo

I love Tchibo very much. Indeed I can hardly wait for the coming themes. On Wednesdays I run into shopping malls to see what is new in Tchibo that week.

I sometimes check tchibo.de instead of tchibo.com.tr. I realized that German Tchibo is one or two themes ahead of Tchibo Turkey. So when you go to tchibo.de you can see the next two themes. ( lucky me!).

I believe there are differences regarding geography as well. For instance today in tchibo.de rain and wind theme started. This would be a bit early for Turkey where there the temperature is still above 30 C. In Tchibo Turkey Coffee theme started instead.

New Job (hopefully), new style

My life has changed a lot in the last 2.5 years. I was on maternity leave meaning I had my first child, become a mother. Plus, I moved to a new city leaving my home town and most of my family members there.
In a month or so I will start a new job which will really really be different to me: I will work with people from different backgrounds, in a different department and so on.. I will have to commute everyday for at least 45 minutes which can reach to 1.5-2 hours in peak hours!

I’ve come to realize only recently that I plan to wear different things in this work. Depending on the recent changes in my life I now feel different. Plus, I question the effectiveness of satin dress+stiletto+pearl necklace I used to wear in my previous job. I think I move to a bit more masculine style: Dresses are still my signature style piece but with a different combination option (like with Harley Davidson boots).

So, some pieces I covet from a/w collections of fashion brands are:

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How did spatial distribution of shops affect my style?

I love Zara. When there were no malls and we used to go to Kizilay for shopping, Zara was a great choice. Yet, when many malls began opening, going to Kizilay as a habit disappeared. I began shopping mostly from Cepa and Kentpark Malls where there were no Zara stores.

My style adapted to this quickly. Tuzun, Ipekyol, Twist and Park Bravo became new choices for me.

I totally forgot about Zara.

Now as I moved to Istanbul Zara became a star again. In Palladium and Brandium there are no Tuzun and Park Bravo. Plus, Zara in Palladium is quite large with women men and kids departments ( kids department is another favorite). So good bye to them and Welcome back Zara!