cashmere dreams on amber street

Feeling like you are back where you belong, walking amongst the people and buildings you first set eyes on as a child, the quirks and traditions that have stayed with you but somehow feel a little distant in your new country… all of these things return when you yourself return home home. By home home, I mean the country in which you were born, the place where you spent the first few years of your life as a small individual in our world. The place where your family still live and where your earliest memories originate from. Since moving to the UK as a child, I have only been back to Poland a handful of times, the most poignant of those times being when I visited my hometown a few months ago. That’s where the majority of my family still are and the first place I really came to know. However, every trip made to Poland has had a really special place in my heart, including my latest one to Gdańsk. Being surrounded by people from my own country, communicating primarily in Polish, and remembering little things from my childhood were some of the most enjoyable moments of the holiday. It didn’t matter that this city was not the one that I grew up in or the fact that I had only visited once before when I was three – it still felt like being home. This is why, for my latest outfit post, I chose a beautiful little street in Gdańsk that captured my heart as soon as I stepped onto it. 

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Where

The historic Ulica Mariacka full of amber jewellery shops and whimsical charm.

Outfit

Coat: similar  |  Jumper: similar  |  Skirt: Asos  |  Scarf: similar  |  Bag: similar  |  Shoes: similar

This cashmere scarf is a piece that I have wanted to feature on my blog for a while now. Thanks to its super soft texture and neutral shades, it’s easily one of my favourite accessories, and fits seamlessly into my wardrobe. I found it in a little wool shop in Edinburgh on Valentine’s Day last year, when Dave and I took the train up from Durham to celebrate. As soon as I saw it, I knew I had to have it and every time I wear it, it brings back lovely memories! I kept the rest of my outfit simple and cosy, with my favourite black scallop skirt, a cream knit jumper, and my silver Kurt Geiger trainers. I love these shoes and how they can add an interesting spin to pretty much any outfit! The shade of my grey crossbody happens to match the grey on the scarf, tying the neutral colour scheme together. And being in 1 degree weather, I had to have a warm coat to stay toasty in so this gold Mango padded coat was the perfect addition. 

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I hope that you’ve enjoyed this little insight into my background! To me, finding out where someone is from is a really nice way of getting to know them, which is why I wanted to post something quite personal like this. And there is nothing more wonderful than the feeling of returning to the country in which you were born. It might not happen often, but when it does, it feels all the more special.

Do you also have experience of moving abroad? How does it make you feel when you visit your home country? I’d love to hear your thoughts on this!

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40 Comments

  1. January 25, 2017 / 3:05 pm

    Who takes all your blog photos?! They are amazing! You have the same camera as me I think. You’ll have to give me a lesson on it at the meeting in March!! Love this post 🙂 such a beautiful scarf! xxx

    • milenkamillie
      January 25, 2017 / 3:55 pm

      My ridiculously patient instagram husband aka my boyfriend 🙊 But I set it all up for him and give him directions! Yessss I think we do! Honestly, I’m just going along with whatever turns out atm 😅 I haven’t tried any of the manual settings yet… 💭 thank you! xxx

      • January 25, 2017 / 4:29 pm

        ahh amazing, my boyfriend is rubbish at photos!! will have to train him! xxx

        • milenkamillie
          January 25, 2017 / 5:31 pm

          Yessss do! It’s honestly the easiest way to get them done 🙊 mine loooves taking closeups of my face though and then I’m like NO delete! 😅 xxx

  2. January 25, 2017 / 3:30 pm

    Lovely post and such beautiful photos!x

    • milenkamillie
      January 25, 2017 / 3:54 pm

      Thank you so much! x

  3. January 25, 2017 / 5:23 pm

    There’s definitely something special about “home home”, the place where one can always feel like one belongs. I relate so much to what you are writing. Must have been lovely to come there and being able to communicate in a language you may not get to use as much back in the UK. I really want to go to Poland sometime, it seems quite amazing. Especially by all the photos I’ve seen on your blog. I am so in love with your photo quality btw, and the setup and everything – it always looks so professional! Where can I find myself an Instagram husband? Haha, in desperate need of someone patient enough to take blog photos of me. As always, a lovely read, Milenka!! xx

    • milenkamillie
      January 25, 2017 / 8:05 pm

      Oh noooo I definitely replied to this and it didn’t send 😞 I would really recommend visiting Poland as it’s so much cheaper than most other European countries and it’s just so fun and friendly! I am a little biased of course 😅 Thank you so so much that’s really lovely of you! You can get a cheap one that doesn’t get cold or bored standing around… in the form of a tripod! Lots of bloggers apparently use them in public but I think I’d be quite scared 😅 Thank you, Ingrid, your comments make me so happy! xxx

  4. January 25, 2017 / 8:06 pm

    This is so lovely, especially on identity and self. Your home is beautiful. The Caribbean side of my family came over to Hackney in the 60s… I’m half Jamaican and Cuban on my father’s side (there’s definitely a blog post in there somewhere) and, with any luck, myself and Joseph (another ridiculously patient photographer and partner) will head out to Cuba soon. I’ve never been, it’s interesting because I grew up living with my English set of grandparents and my mum. But, roots. I love how eloquent your writing is – it always brings up interesting thoughts. 😌 x

    • milenkamillie
      January 25, 2017 / 9:57 pm

      Thank you so much! Yessss I did see something about your Caribbean roots on your blog ☺️ That sounds so wonderful, you must be really excited! It’s so sweet that you are taking your boyfriend with you on such a special trip 💗 This comment is so so lovely thank you so much for reading! xx

  5. January 25, 2017 / 9:41 pm

    Love the jumper, I have a similar one and they are super easy to style!x

    • milenkamillie
      January 25, 2017 / 9:57 pm

      Thank you! Yes they are! x

    • milenkamillie
      January 25, 2017 / 9:58 pm

      Thank you so much! That’s really sweet ☺️ xx

  6. January 25, 2017 / 10:13 pm

    I adore all your photos! What do you use to take them? Xx

    • milenkamillie
      January 25, 2017 / 10:21 pm

      Thank you so much! I use a sony a5100 🙂 xx

  7. January 26, 2017 / 8:21 am

    Such gorgeous photographs! I’ve never been to Poland, but I’d love to go 🙂

    I lived in London for 5 years and moved back home to Cardiff last year. Even though the city has changed quite a bit, it still feels like home.

    • milenkamillie
      January 27, 2017 / 10:37 am

      Thank you so much! I would definitely recommend it, all the main cities are so beautiful with that really nice European vibe ☺️ Aw it must have been lovely returning to your hometown after such a long time! xx

  8. January 26, 2017 / 12:41 pm

    I can relate to this 100%, even though I spent like 10 years in comparison to you in my ‘home home’ country. My situation is so weird because I always am so excited to go back to Lithuania, and although i was there for the first decade of my life, because of my Russian roots, I never feel quite at home anywhere. Alrthough I settled into the UK very nicely!

    I adore the feeling of going back to Lithuania and the familiarity of your language or seeing faces that you’ve before seen on the daily basis too… I guess some places just leave special print in your heart!

    Loved this post xoxo

    • milenkamillie
      January 27, 2017 / 10:32 am

      Aw it’s really nice that you found this relatable! I did think of you when I was writing this actually and how you might find it quite similar! Eastern Europeans sticking together 🙌🙊 I do know what you mean though, it’s so hard when you’ve lived in two different countries and you feel quite stuck between them. But it’s really nice that you’ve settled well in the UK ☺️ It definitely takes some time – in my case anyway! And yeah it’s so lovely isn’t it and it always feels so different and you just get this really fuzzy feeling inside. And speaking in your first language is so fun, especially if you don’t use it often in the UK, and it’s a bit like speaking French or German in school but actually knowing it haha! Thank you so much for your lovely comment girlie 💖 xxxx

    • milenkamillie
      January 26, 2017 / 3:26 pm

      Thank you so much! x

  9. January 26, 2017 / 3:21 pm

    These photos are gorgeous! Especially love your coat, the colour is so nice!
    I have never been to Poland but these photos are making me want to visit 🙂

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    xxx

    • milenkamillie
      January 27, 2017 / 10:25 am

      Thank you so much! It’s a really beautiful country full of cities like this one – I would definitely recommend going ☺️ Thank you for your lovely comment! xxx

  10. January 26, 2017 / 8:29 pm

    This post about your “home home” is so endearing. My “home home” is not far from where I am now- maybe about an hour and half away, which I guess makes me lucky in a way. But I would love nothing more than to go visit where my mom’s “home home” is, where she was born and grew up and where I can explore deeper into my culture to which is S.Korea.
    Nevertheless, that street in Gdańsk you found is absolutely stunning and so picture-esq- what more is you in that beautiful outfit!! I don’t think I ever noticed till now but do you have your nose pierced?! I’ve been wanting mine for so long but I keep putting it off lol Btw, how far is Poland from the UK?

    xo, JJ

    • milenkamillie
      January 27, 2017 / 10:24 am

      Aw thank youuuuu ☺️ It’s really nice that your birth place is quite near to where you live now! And I can just imagine how wonderful that would be ☺️ Have you been before at all? Like when you were little? Awww that is too kind of you! Thank you hehe. I do yessssss! You should definitely get it done, it would suit you so much! 💖 Poland is around 1000 miles away from the UK haha but it only takes like two hours on the plane so it’s not too far. South Korea is much much further from America 🙊 xxxx

      • January 27, 2017 / 5:03 pm

        Ohhh okay, I can visualize it a little better now, it’s pretty comparable to Boston to DC for us over here, the drive is do able but the plane ride would only be about 2 hours. It’s close but certainly not close enough! And I have not been to S.Korea yet, not even when I was younger so my eagerness to travel there is through the roof! I’m hoping my mom will plan a trip over there soon for my sister and me…patiently waiting! My sister actually just recently got her nose pierced and it’s so cute, I love the little hoop you have for yours, did it hurt much getting it?

        • milenkamillie
          January 29, 2017 / 11:07 pm

          It would be such a beautiful trip! You should totally throw some hints to your mum 🙊 Aw how is she finding it? Hehe thank you! It did a little bit because it’s textured with these little grooves but if you get a smooth one it probably wouldn’t hurt much! xx

  11. January 26, 2017 / 8:47 pm

    Aw this was such a lovely post to read, even the way you wrote shows how happy you were there! I adore your scarf, it looks so lovely and elegant xxx

    • milenkamillie
      January 27, 2017 / 10:12 am

      Yessss I was definitely happy being back! Thank you so much for your lovely comment aw ☺️ xxx

    • milenkamillie
      January 27, 2017 / 10:10 am

      Thank you! xx

  12. January 27, 2017 / 3:18 pm

    Such a cute outfit <3 <3 I really love your scarf 🙂 🙂 x x

    • milenkamillie
      January 27, 2017 / 3:34 pm

      Thank you so much! 💜 xx

    • milenkamillie
      January 29, 2017 / 11:04 pm

      Thank you so much for reading and leaving a comment 😊 xx

  13. January 31, 2017 / 12:59 pm

    Loved this post! What age did you move to the UK? I love this outfit so much! That skirt is gorgeous! Great find from Asos – the scalloped detail is beautiful! As always, loving your style and knitwear this winter! xxx

    • milenkamillie
      February 2, 2017 / 12:10 pm

      Thank you! I moved when I was 7 so quite a long time ago now hehe. Thank you so much, your comments always make me smile! xxx

      • February 3, 2017 / 10:27 am

        Thats a nice age to move as you can adjust OK but still have memories of where you were born. Aww, glad my comments make you smile! xxx

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