In front of Tirana’s landmarks: the Et’hem Bey Mosque, the Clock Tower and the statue of Gjergj Kastrioti Skanderbeg, Albania’s national hero
It was the 17th of August two years ago, no special date, only that I was visiting Tirana exceptionally during the holiday peak season. As the border official saw a pale-faced woman holding a German passport in her hand in front of him he must have thought I was German – an unusually small-sized German woman. No Southern European walks around completely untanned at midsummertime. But then he read my name and place of birth in the passport, raised his head and said in this typical rough-loving Tirana dialect which is simply untranslatable: “Ahh Tirana! Come in, Jonela!” At that moment I knew that this town will always be my home!
After several blog posts about Frankfurt and some other European cities, it is high time to dedicate a blog post to my home city Tirana.
A Garment of Military Origin
Yes, the piece of clothing I am wearing on the picture, is a Burberry trenchcoat, originally an item of clothing developed for the British Army during the First World War. It was once a military uniform that became fashionable in the decades after the Second World War.
Two weeks ago, I was invited by Agon Channel in my homeland, Albania, for talking about the phenomenon of blogs. The recording of the talk show has been finally uploaded to YouTube. My readers who do not understand the Albanian language, may probably enjoy a bit the special sound of the language and the Mediterranean gestures;-)
Thanks a lot to Agon Channel and especially to the team of the show “Te parët”, Brunilda, Artion and Qetësor.
Stay tuned! There is a lot more to share on this blog in the next days and weeks.
Leaving aside the fact that this summer in Germany somehow passed by before it started at all, an ordinary summer day in my life does not quite look like in those pictures. This is, of course, mainly due to the German summer or better “the earlier German autumn”. Well, castles or a retro Fiat Cinquecento are not really part of my everyday scenery, too…
Apart from that, fearless in terms of fashion as I am, I can strut down in a hot summer day carrying a white embroidered parasol and a dramatic fan or put a silk scarf on my hair à la 50ies Riviera film scene. This does, of course, bear the risk of being stared at by less bold fellow citizens , but this is just one of the many good aspects of democracy: ..”: Everyone is free to do what he pleases, unless and until he does not infringe the freedom of others. …
Have you ever heard about the Diggers? Looking through the pictures I had chosen for this blog entry, this name from the history lessons at school came suddenly into my mind. The Diggers tried to reform the existing social order in England around 1650 with an agrarian lifestyle based on their ideas for the creation of small egalitarian rural communities.
Not that I do cherish any agrarian-socialist utopian dreams, but – like any metropolitan – now and then I do feel the urge to spend a few days of simple life in the village, without the beloved high heels, the hectic lunch dates, the exhibition openings, the cocktails ….
I have dedicated this blogpost to those days I spent in villages. They let me breathe freely again, take my mind off things and remind me of old times when in my ex-communist homeland Albania voluntary work of city dweller in agriculture was even obligatory.
Let’s talk about men….. Well, most of the men topics have been comprehensively treated by Carrie and Co. in “Sex and the City” as well as by Hannah and her friends in “Girls”… Here, I just wanted to write down some reflections about men’s style.
June 2014, Florence, Octagonal Hall at Pitti Uomo, wearing a top by Ann Demeulenmeester, skirt by Stella McCartney and Lanvin sandals
From the skyline view of Frankfurt up to the ancient stone-flagged road of my ancestors village in South Albania… . A year has passed since I am writing posts in this blog, trying to transmit my vision of style as a holistic approach to life. As Giorgio Armani has said it: “Lo stile è gusto e cultura.” (Style is taste and culture).
May 2014, Iphone pic before a literature event on the 28th floor of OpernTurm Frankfurt wearing a Jil Sander dress, Prada sandals and a Marc Jacobs bag
Vuno, Albanian Riviera, September 2013 (see blog entry The Call of the Ancestors)
The headline in English and German was “Law and Fashion” and it was the first post by Style Nouveau Blog on June 18th, 2013. As an autobiographical post I could have also headlined it “About Jonela” or rather “Dr. Jonela Hoxhaj or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Confessed to Fashion”;-) That first blog entry was as long as probably only a mad-for-fashion-lawyer could manage…. . It was followed by several other posts about personal style, travel, art and other life style themes, garnished with a bit of history, literature, love of my native country, with a wink here and there.
The year went by in a flash; so it is time to celebrate the first anniversary. Here are some published and unpublished pictures from one year Style Nouveau Blog. Since there were many favourites in the “archives”, I decided to publish two anniversary blog posts. As they say: Two are better than one….. .
March 2014, before a dinner at Schlosshotel Kronberg wearing a Versus dress from The Outnet.com, Semilla high heels from Luisaviaroma Firenze, vintage Christian Lacroix clutch
That was the headline the editorial team of the Albanian magazine “Elegance” chose for an interview with me in its May issue. The headline was a very nice surprise as I only learned about it when the magazine came out on May 13th. Here the interview in Albanian illustrated with pictures from the blog posts of the last months. A translation will follow soon.
Thank you so much “Elegance”!