Looking for sleep. Part II

Some time ago we promised you the Part II of our ‘Sleep rituals’. Part I was all about general tips for a restful night sleep. Here we invite you to read what routines we recommend skincare and body care wise. These all are tried and tested and we hope you find them useful.

'La Toilette' by Louise Catherine Breslau

'La Toilette' by Louise Catherine Breslau

1.      Take your pampering time in the bathroom. Thoroughly cleanse and moisturise your skin. This helps to relax and communicates a message to your body that you love it and care for it. Use your favourite creams and oils, do some gentle face massage. We recommend this video by a famouse makeup artist Lisa Eldridge where she shares her face massage routine. 

2.      Light a candle. But please, do not buy cheap aromatic candles – they are full of synthetic additives. Look for natural bees wax ones or soy wax, let the candle burn for little while and then put a few drops of good quality essential oil. We love lavender, jasmine, sandalwood and pine ones. When the candle is blown out the wax will still keep the aroma.

3.      Find time for a professional massage once in a while, visit sauna or hammam. It will work as a reminder for your body of 'how to relax'.

4.      Massage your body with a dry or wet brush, this one from The Body Shop does a perfect job. Dry (or wet) brushing stimilates lymphatic drainage, expholiates and tones your skin. If you are doing wet brush massage we recommend using coconut oil by an amazing Polish brand Mokosh. 

5.      Buy a diffuser and lavender oil to go with it. Light it for about 15 minutes before bed so that the air is filled with the calming smell.

6.      Use a silk eye mask. It is very useful when travelling but may also help to ease you into sleep at home blocking all the lights. We suggest these by Holistic Silk.

7.      Buy or make your own herbal sleep pillow. Put it near your normal pillow letting the aroma cuddle you in your sleep. Ours are handmade and filled with Russian traditional herbs. You can fill yours with dry lavander. Its relaxing scent helps your body and mind to unwind. 

Good night!

Creme de la Crimea. The Vorontsov Palace

‘It’s been long since I was totally smitten by something the same way I was by the beauty of this place’, our designer, Victoria tells about her visit at the Vorontsov palace in Crimea.

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Built as a summer residence for a Prince Mikhail Vorontsov (1782-1856) it represents a magnificent mixture of architectural styles which works beautifully with its natural surroundings. The Prince was a known anglophile (he spent his childhood and youth years in London) and it comes as no surprise that the Palace was designed by the British Royal Court architect Edward Blore. Almost 20 years in the making (1828-1948), it was, may we say, worth waiting.

‘Palace’s walls are built from the same blocks of stone that you see if you look around. Their texture and colours are in sync with the colours of the craggy scenery. The resemblance is especially vivid when you look at Ai-Petri peak rising in the distance,’ adds Victoria.

The palace has northern and southern facades. Each built in different architectural style. The northern one overlooks the already mentioned Ai-Petri mountain and the southern — the Black Sea. ‘What impressed me the most was the horseshoe arch over the southern entrance with its Alhambra-like Moorish elements. For our first campaign we drew our inspiration from exactly this place.’

The interiors match the eclectic style of the exteriors. ‘Each room is special and decorated in its own individual manner. The Grand Dining Room, for example, combines the medieval feel of Tudor era with the exquisite intricacy of Moorish-style majolica decorating the fountain. I especially loved The Blue Room, couldn’t take my eyes off all its detailing. The beautiful stucco plants on the eggshell blue walls, the room furnished in the style of Russian classicism — I have found this combination so very me, it is something that reflects in my designs for Son Trava.’

The overall magnificence of the place wouldn’t be complete without the landscaped park surrounding it. ‘It is huge and truly a masterpiece built by a German gardener Carolus Keebach.  What fascinated me about it was the feeling of privacy, as if you were completely alone although there were always other people in the park. It is made so that the paths, nooks and crannies feel very secluded. I have also noticed a very clever usage of water: little waterfalls and streams made the most meditative sound accompaniment to my walk.’ 

‘It’s a dream of a place! One could only imagine how it must have felt to live here with all the views and architectural beauty. I’m happy it is now turned into a museum so that everyone can come and enjoy and be inspired like I was. Who knows, you may find traces of the Vorontsov palace in Son Trava future designs.’

Son Trava gets closer

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Despite the convenience of online shopping, nothing beats the sensation of touch, the ability to see the fabrics and cuts with your own eyes. Thus we are very happy to announce that now you can find Son Trava pyjamas in Aeré store – a thoughtful fashionistas’ oasis in Milan. Founded by Azhar Safinova as an online store in 2015, Aeré store has now opened its doors in Milan, on via Lanzone, 7. It is a lovely street in the heart of the city, aside from the tourists beaten tracks.

 

 

 

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We are proud to share the store space with other independent labels with the same values of high quality and attention to details. Now it is our A/W 2017 collection that is represented at Aeré store but at the opening the lucky guests had an opportunity to see S/S 2018 where all eyes were on our romantic dresses. More on it soon!

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Our pyjamas and dresses are made from silks and cottons of the highest quality.  If you fell in love with a particular pattern on our cotton garment, be 100% sure it is made of the softest jacquard cotton, we prefer it to printed patterns. If it is the feel of silk you want then it is the best quality fabric we give you and our silk prints are all authentic, drawn by hand by Son Trava designer. So come to our Milan ‘point of contact’ and we don’t mind you be all touchy-feely. 

Victoria Kapriz (Son Trava Head Designer) and Azhar Safinova (Aere-Store Owner)

Victoria Kapriz (Son Trava Head Designer) and Azhar Safinova (Aere-Store Owner)

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We do not just make beautiful silk pyjamas— we also read blogs and online magazines (while wearing the aforementioned pyjamas). So here is our quick summary of the latest articles on sleep, beauty and pyjama wearing that may catch your attention.

NYFW has finished, LFW has started — it’s hard to keep up with the pace. Not to worry, we are here to tell you that pyjama trend is still going strong. Just check this Victoria Beckham widely discussed pink attire and Gigi Hadid’s red number. Check other celebrities wearing pyjamas at vogue.co.uk.

Some, like the Huffington post writer Carly Ledbetter even said that it was too much, outrageously so. Check this Vaguera look and tell us what you think.

If all the news make it hard to fall asleep, this post from the-file.com should help. 

If that is not enough, check this post on bath oils by the witty and funny former model Ruth Crilly from amodelrecommends.com.

When you are already in bed, relax and read this exceptional piece by the-pool.com about feminist history of pyjamas. 

Enjoy! 

Yours, 

Son Trava

We recommend: dreamy Dior exhibition

We are greatly inspired by art as you have probably guessed. We thought why not tell you about art exhibitions we’ve visited or plan to visit so that you don’t miss them. This time we were lucky enough to be in Paris and see the new retrospective dedicated to the 70th anniversary of the House of Christian Dior at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs.

 

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Is there a woman (and, perhaps, a man?) whose imagination won’t be captured by the House of Dior creations? We think not. This exhibition is a perfect chance to see the whole Dior universe. Even if you are not an expert in fashion, you will be smitten with the pure magnificence of the couture dresses and accessories. There are 300 haute couture gowns designed by the founder himself and his successors starting with the one made in 1947, of the famously known “New Look” design. It is said that together with the beautiful gowns and accessories this exhibition is the most wide-ranging display of atelier toiles, fashion photographs, documents, sketches, letters and notes. It is also the biggest fashion exhibition ever staged in Paris.

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Each of the designers who followed Dior has their own exhibition space: Yves Saint Laurent, Marc Bohan, Gianfranco Ferré, John Galliano, Raf Simons and the most recent, Maria Grazia Chiuri. We particularly enjoyed that together with the gowns, the exhibition showed designers’ inspirations.

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Christian Dior’s surrealistic hats were perhaps inspired by his friend Salvador Dali's sculptures like Retrospective Bust of a Woman featuring an inkwell and a baguette balancing on her head.

Christian Dior’s surrealistic hats were perhaps inspired by his friend Salvador Dali's sculptures like Retrospective Bust of a Woman featuring an inkwell and a baguette balancing on her head.

John Galliano stand-out creations are exhibited together with African and Ancient Egypt artifacts as sources of inspiration.

John Galliano stand-out creations are exhibited together with African and Ancient Egypt artifacts as sources of inspiration.

We were blown away by the sheer exquisiteness of craftsmanship, lavish embroidery, and delicate silk flowers on the gowns. 

Christian Dior, Couturier du Rêve exhibition is open until the 8th of January at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs

If you want to see more, we suggest to check this great review by StyleBubble