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Dog & Pineapple is a fresh new lifestyle blog from the downtown of Prague. You can find personal articles about inspiring people, healthy living, fitness, beauty and fashion. 

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Lookback to 2017

Tereza Šťastná

First week in the year is officially over and I finally had a moment to realize what I want in 2018 and also to reflect what 2017 brought. 

When I look back one year ago, I remember the insecurity I entered it with. I was loosing a client by the end of January that was a big part of my salary. And when they announced me, the cooperations will end by the beginning of January, I was really worried how will I do in 2017 money-wise. Then the second hit from another client came, as they gained the opinion, there is no need for online marketing for them. That didn't t really calm me down. With all that on my plate, my best friend gave birth and I knew that things are not going to be as they used to and I knew that 2017 is going to be transformational from more than one perspective. 

 As it usually is, as one opportunity closes, the other one arises. One job opportunity showed up but it turned to be a bad one and not only it costed me money but also my friendship. It helped me to decide, I do not want to freelance for small companies as it takes more energy and smaller clients usually don't understand the importance you have for them. I quit my job also, as I had no perspective of moving anywhere and my personal development was last on my boss's list. They gave no trust in my creativity and projects. So when I received offer from one headhunter, I accepted the offer and became HR Marketing Manager at SKODA AUTO. And I won. Left my last job in order to welcome new personal development opportunities. 

I've met great group of people, got great leadership that wants me to grow and improve, I work with great agencies and many things settled in my mind. Yes, I have less free time to do my personal projects but I am currently very happy with how things are. 

And now, me and my friend are on a good way to get our friendship to where it was. I guess you could say, that everything settles. One gets what he has on his mind. If you are to be unhappy from something, start from yourself. If you're unhappy, try to think how you can imrpove your situation. Every single tragedy I experienced in my life moved me forward and I am happy for it. 

So try to approach your life with a little bit more of a distant perspective. Happy 2018! 

Tereza

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Holidays

Tereza Šťastná

How did you enjoy the Holidays? 

I decided, I will rest during the celebration time, physically and mentally. The before-holidays-rush really took its toll on me as it was quite an extreme since I had to finish up one big project at work, plus also had to prepare my home for celebration with my sister and dad. 

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I finished the work project and spend 21st and 22nd shopping for gifts and on 23rd I was preparing Christmas Eve (divorced parents) family dinner with my dad. Thankfully we stayed at Prague so Sasho and our two dogs could join as well. 

The next day I went to pick up my sister and we went together to celebrate Christmas Eve with mom a and the Christmas Day with wider family. This time is always full of mixed emotions and feelings and it's not always great for me. We have some members of the family who really don't like celebrating with family and even thought it should be a holiday of forgiveness and love, it doesn't always feel like it and the toxic atmosphere spoils it for me. Christmas is not always a pink love holiday, but we should make the best effort to make the best out of it and we should try to get along. 

 Aside from that, the holidays were quite nice. It was great to get together and dine as we never do during the year, give a little bit of that hapiness and I even managed to make my mom's dream come true. 

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On 26th I got a flu, so three next days I wasn't able to do anything and I have a feeling I really haven't enjoy the free time, but that happens. 

If you are interested in what I got, well this year I am really happy and the Ježíšek (Czech version of Santa is Baby Jesus) brought me such a nice gifts. There was a new iPhone, nice earrings, great books, very nice scented candles and plenty of bath cosmetics. I will show them later on. 

But now I am interested, what did you do during the holidays? What did you get and mainy, how do you celebrate with your family? Let me know. 

Pa T. 

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Myths about sustainable closet

Tereza Šťastná

I've had a conversation recently, about sustainable fashion. 

One girl I know told me, she would love to have sustainable wardrobe but she has no money for it. 

That's a very common mistake, I hear almost every time I tell to someone about my interest in sustainable fashion. Another argument, why people don't really care about this cause is, that they cannot do anything as one person or they reply with argument, everything is made at same place. 

Let's take a look at those myths: 

Sustainable wardrobe means owning good quality but very expensive pieces. 

Yes, it's true that one should bring quality into theirs wardrobe that common fashion stores cannot offer. But sustainable living is more of a philosophy that makes us to shop based on our needs, considering where it comes from and care for the clothes we already have to improve if lifespan. If we need to get rid of something, it makes us thing where do the things go and if we can recycle or reuse by giving or in another way. 

So the first step shouldn't be to throw away all we own and buy new "better" and more "responsible" pieces, but to evaluate what we have a reconsider our shopping habits. 

All is made in one factory

Many of big brands are making their clothes with one supplier, somewhere in Bangladesh or elsewhere. That's why it is crucial to read the tags, ask around and research on the internet. But beware! Even these sources can be wrong. Some brands sew there clothes at one place, but finish them at some other place. And the last place is usually the one tagged. It's because they want to raise the price since customers are willing to pay more for the merchandise from "better" countries. That's usually the case with shoes and handbags. So apply the golden rule: read, ask and investigate. 

Other good solution to this is to shop local. Even here in Czech Republic there are some brands on the rise as well as some older estabilished companies that are trying to make their collections more modern and interesting.  

One of these companies is my favorite shoe brand Vasky, from Zlín. 

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Sustainable fashion does not look good

It might seem that because many sustainable brands are creating their collections timeless. That's why you won't find the hottest trends as you might do in the fashion chain stores. But those latest fashion trends are made to last one season and big brands want to sell you these with every collection so they don't have long lifespan. And this makes us constantly crave to update our wardrobe.

As soon as you reconsider your shopping habits, you'll find out, that every wardrobe has the same basics. And these basics are definitely worth to invest in and get them from verified sources. 

I will never be able to buy from big stores

Nobody tells you that you should or shouldn't buy something. If you find something you really like and will make you happy plus you're sure you'll wear it often, get it then. If you will deny yourself something just out of principle, you won't enjoy your new way of life for long. 

Try to change your shopping habbits. Go to the store only if you need something and not as a therapy from a bad day. Think, if the piece of clothes was made good so it lasts a bit. Remember the cost per wear metrics and don't buy something super cheap that you'll wear only three times. 

I have to buy natural fabrics only

Natural fibers are breathable and they are feel good on our skin. But that really doesn't mean, they are good for the planet. Everything has its own positives and the negatives and there is no rule, what is wrong or right.

Cotton might seem like the best choice for natural fiber garment but what we don't realize is, that its produce costs lots of fresh water and not to mention pesticides. Another issue are the producers and farmers. As you might already know, fashion industry is second biggest player of global economy. And it's hard business. There was a news in the media about ISIS taking over Syrian cotton fields and that you might be supporting terrorism with your purchase. a že nákupem bavlny tak podporujete terorismus. I don't want to comment on that but I am giving you an example how important is to think about where do things come from. 

 Another natural materials like viscose and lyocell (which is technically a viscose from bamboo) re chemically processed to a point that plenty of chemicals are flushed into our landfills. So even though lyocell is promoted as sustainable it's pretty bad for the planet same as other materials.  

So what about artificial fibers? They can be made out of recycled PET bottles. 

So you cannot decide right or wrong and I repeat once more - ask where your clothes come from.  

So the whole "building a sustainable wardrobe" process is all and only about using your brain, and ending with emotional shopping.  

Any other moths come to mind? Write them in the comments section. Also, if you consider this topic important, don't forget to share with others. 

 

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Linen Pants

Tereza Šťastná

The time flies so fast. In few days it will be 4 months since I have to get up every morning at 5 and leave to Mladá Boleslav to work. Actually, I don't even mind the commute. I have a great leadership above me, great team of colleagues and I do challenging work that helps me to grow. The only thing I cannot manage is the corporate dress code. 

I have always been that type of a girl, who wore sneakers with decent pants and topped it with leather jacket. I just have to pay more attention to what I put on in the morning. But to get dresses when it's dark and cold takes also some trained eye. 

That's why I made two pairs of linen pants during the summer time. They are actually made from a recycled pattern from my favorite pants I couldn't wear anymore due to being simply ripped appart. If you write me for it, I will make a post. But you gotta tell me if I even should. 

Anyway, I think, they turned out great and to show them, I got the idea of showing you what I wear to work as well.  

Pants - the linen is from Sartor. T-shirt is H&M Conscious Collection from organic cotton. And shoes are Snaha - Czech shoes manufacturer. 

And most important, pictures were taken by amazing Zuzka Tomková

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Moving

Tereza Šťastná

And it's here. After a year of deciding we finally have decided to move into a bigger appartment. 

To be perfectly honest, I must say that the one we live in now is bugger than appartment where I grew up in, especially since it's just us two and two dogs. But we got visitors quite often and our business and hobbies also take up a lot of space so we couldn't carry on in a space like that. 

My space will be way better as I will have windows with big windowsills, that face to the south so not only I can make my urban garden bigger, I will also have better light for photoshoots. And it won't serve as a guest room anymore, so more space for my hobbies. 

Sasho will also have a work room / guest room.

But what I look forward the most is a living room with a gallery on second floor. So far the gallery will serve as chill out / storage area. It has some smart hideaways so I can hide vacuum cleaner or my bottles with pickles. Btw, where do you hide your vacuum cleaner? I never knew where to put it. 

And just to spoil ourselves a bit more, we will have two bathrooms. Bigger one has jacuzzi and the second one shower corner. So I can finally soak with glass of wine after a hard day with my fizzy bath bombs.

I know, it all sounds so snobbish and I agree it's more than we need. On the other hand, life is short and when you live with a balkan guy, you gotta need some space. Plus bigger apartment = more cleaning. So it's not all just great. 

And since new apartment is a great way to change interior as well, here are some pictures I printed out as an inspiration. All pictures are from my pinterest so look there for original sources. 

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My summer news

Tereza Šťastná

How does it feel when your life suddenly changes? It's exhausting yet very exciting. But you might be wondering what I am talking about, right? 

Now, don't you think I didn't want to write anything, when in the truth, just almost two months ago I took a step to the unknown and it has been a ride ever since. I changed my job. 

 In recent years, I was set up in very easy flow working environment that many of you desire, I am sure. I was a freelancer so I worked from home and was in charge of my own day. Pretty much. I woke up on my own schedule mostly, walked the dogs, ate breakfast and started working. All my day was dictated mostly by needs of my clients and my own projects, including this blog. But this sort of workday lasted till 7 or 8 p.m. and I didn't really get to enjoy the day. Plus I was closed at home all the time.  

Can you guess how many steps from the recommended 10 000 I did in a day? Hardly 2 000. And with more than 10 hours of work I was closed in my bubble that made me fatter and less active.  

I told myself I really need a change so I started to look around for something new. Coincidentaly I got a call from one sweet headhuntress with a proposition to work for one of the biggest Czech companies as a project manager. I was backing off at first, because this position requires me to travel every day. But more I found out about the offer, the more I was inclined to accept because so many things were setting so nicely that I came to conclusion I should accept. 

 It's a challenge that I have been diving into last two months. Instead of getting up at 8 I have to get up at 5:30 a.m. After I leave, it's an one hour drive and I am just starting to drive so it's sort of a drama for me. Right after it's a day filled with new learnings. After that return to Prague and then household work. That's my new everyday. Maybe a routine for some, and you might consider it a step back. For me it's a step further, a challenge that brings a new regime. Just so you know, I tripled my daily step count, I started eating regularly and lost 3 kilos already, after I get home I have no extra work and can use my time effectively like sewing, exercise and rest. Plus I will learn to drive properly. 

 I am not going to explain to you about how these changes are bringing a stress and how tired I am. But I am truthfully happy, I can work on things with purpose and I know the things I work on matter. So don't be mad with lack of articles, but when I get the hang of it all, I'll also write more. 

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NARS is starting to support animal testing

Tereza Šťastná

I am so dissappointed!

I keep living under the impression, that we are so far regarding animal testing in cosmetic industry and brands are stopping this horrid practice but it seems like the opposite. 

When I was recently searching for a foundation that is has not been tested on animals, it was like searching for a needle in a haystack. At the end of it I was choosing from two cadidates  Smashbox Camera Ready BB cream (Douglas) a NARS All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation (Sephora). The winner happened to be Smashbox and today, I am really happy of my selection. 

NARS announced their entry at the Chinese market yesterday where you have the animal testing required by law. In their long message they are saying how they are against this practice and that they deffinitely don't test on animals unless required by law. Which China is. They claim to support the fight against the practice which frankly seems like a PR BS strategy more than the interest to actually change something.

I meantioned this previously in the article about Cosmetics Brands That Support Animal Testing. Selling their products in China nevermind the requirement I personally see as support of the testing. On the other hand I am willing to support brands that are not entering the market for this reason. Brand, that tests even when by 1% is still testing/supporting testing and shouldn't claim they are against it. I kind of understand from the NARS's statement that they enter the country to fight the requirement. BTW, I got the same statement from Kiehl's. I mean, seriously? It's corporate BS that simply has no logic and someone who knows how to use their brain knows it.  

Moments like this really reassure me about the importance of research of brands I want to buy or have products from. And next time base decision of how the brand values align with my own. And everyone should do the same according to their own values. Some of you might be actually OK with brands selling in China. I know that I am done purchasing at companies, who simply ditch their values in order to gain more profit like NARS does. 

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When the pattern doesn't fit

Tereza Šťastná

Why haven't I posted any new outfit that I made? Oh how I would love to give you some sophisticated answer but to be honest, I screwed up big time two last pieces. 

 It's easy to assume that if someone knows how to make the clothes, they know how to make everything to fit perfectly. Well, I am quite the opposite. I know how to make something according to a sewing pattern but when it's time to make alterations I am the absolute zero. True that! 

When you have such an atypical figure like I do, it's hard to find the perfect fit, even to sew. Especially if you're self taught and you get your knowledge from Burda and YouTube videos. Whenever I take my measurements I get results for three different sizes. How am I supposed to get the correct fit? Last Winter I sewed sweatpants - the first ones were way too big, even though I selected pattern according to my measurements, second ones fit fine but I choose wrong elastic, the third ones came out perfect.

Another piece of clothing was supposed to be ruffled dress from the amazing pink silk-cotton blend I found on sale. I worked extremely hard to make them perfect, used great satin lining, all my stitches were straight and even, the ruffle was hand stitched, this time I trully felt like I made some haute couture by self learner's hands. When I was finished with the dress, I put it on and ouch! The dress was two sizes too big and looks like I am wearing pink floor mop.  

Unfortunatelly the fabric is too fragile to rip the stitches and sew it again plus there is the perfect lining so nothing to be done here. What now? 

Another try to use this fabric is the simple v-neck top with spagetti straps. I even went for the same size like the dress thinking that since it's not loose fit, it will fit perfectly since the dress didn't. Surprise, surprise! The top is hugging my breasts so tightly, that I will have to wait after I had breast reduction plastic surgery in many years from now on.

I am obviously very unhappy that I cannot wear any of my summer pieces, at least I have learned to re-measure constantly for the next time. Only if the dress didn't make me look like 8 kilos more than I already am. 

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What to do with a weekend in Prague

Tereza Šťastná

Recently, I have been trying not to work on weekends and get out of the house to see something. When you work from home, you rarely get out and you start to feel somehow blah. So what to do with the weekend when you are stuck in Prague? 

1. Avon March

This Saturday you can join this year's Avon March. I will join for the first year ever as a part of Cosmopolitan team. It's a great opportunity to walk through the city and support a good cause. This year's motto is #neres (don't bother) so don't bother with anything else, and simply come. We can meet! 

Take a look at our Cosmobloggers team invite:

2.  Retro exhibition at National Museum

This exhibition has been prolonged to the end of July, and it's definitely worth to be seen. Especially if you love fashion. The exhibition follows fashion styles from the 20th century and their influence on current trends. You can explore all the patterns and materials and get inspired for your own wardrobe refresh or sewing. 

3. Tanning at Ladronka park

 I love to go to Ladronka and get some of that Vitamin D. It's a place where people go to skate, run and simply be active but there are almost no picknickers or sun tanners so the place offers some privacy and peace. Just pick the right spot, especially if you want to have some shade because the place by the trees near parking doesn't always smell like nature. Lay down your blanket  behind the running track in the field. 

4. Weekend breakfasts

 Every weekend I try to treat myself with some nice breakfast with coffee, bagel and a book. It's kind of a ritual of mine when I can keep up with my reading and actually it has helped me to read way more. You can often meet me at Anděl's Starbucks where I drink my Cold Brew and list through my book. Currently reading Princess from Sarajevo ( not sure it has been translated to English but I highly recommend. 

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Style Icon: Josie Packard - Twin Peaks

Tereza Šťastná

It have been waiting for this moment for many years. The Twin Peaks series are coming back to our screens with big part of its original cast. I certainly cannot wait and to honor this moment I want to share my yet another style icon, even though she's a fictional character, Josie Packard, played by Joan Chen. 

Josie  was a special character, setting her aside with not only her personality but a style. She was beautiful, mysterious and her personality changed episode from episode. Once she was the perfect criminal, the other very fragile girl. 

These characteristics are reflected in her style as she's the most seductive person even though she's also a bit tomboy. Her sex appeal is just too hard to ignore. It's a powerful woman, that got up from the bottom and took a full control of her body and she's well aware of her power and knows how to use it to her advance. That's exactly how she plays with the audience as well. 

As for her style, she is different from the others. They will wear endless combinations of sweaters and skirts, but Josie is wearing pants, dresses and even sinful lingerie and satin silk robe. 

She wears short pixie cut but gives it feminine touch with simple make-up. We can see her almost in every take with red lips and gold eyeshadows. Nothing more, nothing less. Her character is very complex even when it comes to visual presentation. 

Josie Packard as a fashion inspiration

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