Inspiring Travel Blogger : Liana Cohen – Tomboy Chronicle


An inimitable fashionista from the city of Paris, Liana Cohen is my guest on this week’s Inspiring Travel Bloggers. Through her Fashion, Lifestyle, Photography and Travel blog “Tomboy Chronicle”, Liana shares stories about her unique fashion sense, valuable photography tips and motivating words of positivity. I have been regularly reading her effortless words on Tomboy Chronicle ever since I got acquainted her through social network channels. Here we get to know more about Liana as she shares her stories and anecdotes.

Tamshuk: Liana, I have to ask about the name of your blog – Tomboy Chronicle. How did you get to relate yourself as a Tomboy?

Liana: Hi Tamshuk! First, thanks for getting back to me, I’m really glad and I appreciate you interviewing me. As I’ve stated in my ‘About’ section, I’ve came up with Tomboy Chronicles for mostly 2 reasons: first, because I do dress like a Tomboy, I love pairing really minimalist pieces with sneakers – any comfy shoes. I’m that kind of woman who’s always running around, and I have to admit, running in heels isn’t something I do enjoy. As for the name, I’ve been always gravitating around the idea of telling stories under the form of chronicles. I though pairing both features came up easily, and made me feel like it sounded right!

Tamshuk: It has been almost three years since you started Tomboy Chronicle. What made you think about starting your own blog?

Liana: Well, I can’t believe it’s already been three years! I’ve been starting my own blog because I was always attracted to the world of Fashion and photography. I grew up with magazines – and not only Glamour and Vogue – and thus, I was always fascinated with the Fashion Editorials. Afterwards, around 2012, I was reading a lot of blogs online on the Bloglovin’ platform, and I was always fascinated with the styling, the art and the photography behind the stories those girls were telling their audience. That’s why I decided, one morning, to create my own platform. It was essential for me to put those thoughts out there, and to create something I’d be unconditionally proud of.


Tamshuk: What would you suggest (to do, see, eat or anything) that one thing about Paris to a first time visitor other than the Eiffel Tower?

Liana: As a Parisian, there are a lot to see, eat and do in Paris, and nothing related to the Eiffel Tower! As for eating, I have my favorite places – I have to mention Coutume Café and Oberkampf Café. They are my favorite places to grab a cup of coffee or just sit and enjoy the atmosphere. As to do, I love wandering around Les Quais and take a stroll through the L’Ile de la Cité in the fourth arrondissement. One thing that one must see is Les Jardins du Palais Royal. They are definitely the one place you should go to when the sun is shining! As for the visits, I love to go to Museum such as the Orsay Museum, or the Orangerie one. They are just incredible museums, and much more interesting than the Louvres. 

Tamshuk: You are from Paris and you have lived a considerable amount of time in Israel. Share with us a couple of your memorable moments while living in Tel Aviv, experiencing the culture and getting to know the stories of several people there. Also, give us a couple of reasons why the country deserves more visitors.

Liana: I have so many memories from my stay in Tel Aviv. One of my most memorable moment would have to be the night around February where I volunteer to be a waitress – free of any charges – at a wedding of a couple who were broke, and who didn’t have any savings to pay for any of the performers (cater, waitresses, musicians). I’ve come along this amazing opportunity through a friend of mine who knew the association behind this project – which is called the Mabrouk project. It was a hell of a lot of work, but it worth the long hours of work and the fatigue. I had the chances to talk with all the volunteers and with the weds, and their stories were just awesome. Giving my time and my energy was so reward full, because for once; it wasn’t self-centered.

It wouldn’t have to be the only memory I can share with you. Another one was being able to work with a photographer and realize several shootings with her, along the coast of Tel Aviv in Jaffa. She became a friend, and I think she’s definitely one of the most talented girls out there!


Israel is a country that really deserves more visitors, and there are loads of cliche around it that people buy. From one place to another, everything, from the landscapes to the people living there, is different. I’ve been travelling through the whole country during my stay, and each time I fell more in love with this place. I’ve met so many amazing people, and their culture is a mix between the oriental and the European one. Indeed, Israel is in between, and they got some features from the European vibe, and I met some features of my Parisian life there, but it’s incredible how you feel the vibe of the Middle East whenever you go. As an example, Jerusalem is close to Tel Aviv, but both city are so much different. One is the holy city and still has been developing some cool features – there are ton of Music Festivals there – and the other is known as the White City, the city that never sleeps. It’s just an example but I could talk hours about this country and especially of my favorite place: the Desert, which is called the Negev in Hebrew. I love being cut off from everything, from the buzz when I’m just surrounded with sands, camels and stars.

Tamshuk: Your blog is about Fashion, Lifestyle and Photography. However, you did publish some motivational posts such as “How to turn negativity into positivity” and “4 ways to help you take better decisions”. Tell us how important do you think it is for people to stay focused on being positive in life through all and any situations.

Liana: I’ve been blogging about those subjects, because I think we do need to stay positive through life. Life is going to through you obstacles all the time, and there are so many ways to defeat them: staying positive, staying confident and getting back on tracks are the things I’ve been staying true to. As for the reason, I think it’s important when you’re a blogger to share about subjects you care about, and that you think would have an impact, a positive impact, on your audience. Fashion and Photography are my passions, but I grew up this past year due to the fact that I realized it was important to stay focus on your objective, and it’s important to stay positive no matter what you’re encountering.


Tamshuk: Being a Parisian and a fashionista, both go together. You have a very interesting fashion sense which is quite easy on the eyes, minimalist and yet very unique which shows in all the photos on your blog. This style of yours, would you say it was something you always had within or was it something that evolved gradually over time?

Liana: I do think it was something I’ve always had within, but it had gradually evolved over time. I finally picked the most features of my style recently. I came across the colors I’d be wearing mostly, what suits me, and what I’d love to wear. Now, it’s definitely part of who I am, and what I wear.


Tamshuk: In my previous interview with Veronica (Siniciliya), she mentioned about digital detox. You too have published an entire post about Digital Detox. On some level, do you feel that people in today’s time are in need of a Digital Detox more than ever?

Liana: I read that, and I do feel people need to go through a digital detox from time to time. I try to do it once a week, because mostly, as a blogger, my phone is glued to my hands. Some people don’t understand the whole concept of building a brand, or of Instagram and how you should handle it. I do need those digital tools, and I’m passionate about this new Social media era. Sometimes it’s getting hard to follow, and I do feel I need to take a step back, and just reassess everything to start again, the day after, to be better at what I do.

Tamshuk: Finally, Recognition, Money, Power – all of us have different versions of Success. As a blogger and as a person, what does success mean to you?

Liana: As a blogger, success means recognition. Money come along, but when you’re a blogger in 2016, it’s really to get brands attention and get paid for any articles you write. There are major bloggers out there, and I get a lot of inspiration from there, because they are in the biz from a long time, but I do feel I have to work on building my own brand to be able then to get some recognition from my peers. Thanks Tamshuk for your honest and interesting questions. Honestly, I’ve loved answering them, and it was so interesting to finally know what you, as a reader, think about my writing, my blog and my travel experience! It was a pleasure, and I hope you’re going to like my views upon such subjects.


Thank you Liana for sharing your thoughts with us. Keep bringing on more of your lovely posts on Fashion, Travel, Inspiration and Life. Your blog makes for a refreshing read for all of us.

Follow Liana and her amazing stories on her blog Tomboy Chronicle, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Pinterest.



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Inspiring Travel Blogger : Veronica Pototska – Siniciliya

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Travel blogger, journalist, photographer, TV show host, entrepreneur – Veronica Pototska is my guest on this week’s Inspiring Travel Bloggers. Hailing from Kiev, Ukraine, Veronica has been making a strong and steady influence in the world of travel blogging through her travel blog Siniciliya where she shares her travel experiences with several valuable travel tips to the readers. She is also the successful founder of Travel Mode On – a digital content agency. I met Veronica through a Facebook travel group and since then I have been getting inspired following her travels.Read the interview below as she shares her stories, anecdotes and suggestions with us.

Tamshuk: Tell us about the story behind the name of your blog – Siniciliya. I mean, it is just so unique. The name doesn’t give away what your blog is about yet it is intriguing enough for readers like me to visit.

Veronica: At the age of 7,I heard that one could own an island. Back then it sounded like a whole different universe to me. I still dream to own a tropical island someday and it will be named Siniciliya. The name itself is a wordplay of my maiden name Sinitsa and an island in Italy called Sicily (locals call it Sicilia or Siciliya).

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Tamshuk: What was your motivation to travel places and write about your experiences?

Veronica: I was born in the end of the USSR period and I was growing up knowing that a very limited amount of people could leave the country and see the world. Of course, those people could only be a part of guided group and they could not explore the places they could visit. But I read a lot of books written by Jules Verne and dreamed that someday I would also go explore the world. So I did as soon as I got my first opportunity. I got addicted to traveling from my very first trip abroad. Whenever I came home from a new destination many people have asked me to share the stories from the countries I visited. They wanted to know about my adventures, cuisines, street food, culture, festivals, and holidays. And I loved sharing my stories and photos with them. Then I started sharing my photos and stories on social media and later created my blog Siniciliya.

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Tamshuk: Any favorite destinations you have been to? And any particular place that you haven’t been yet but really want to visit?

Veronica: I have visited over 50 countries but there’s a special place for India in my heart. It has vibes and a soul, that opens to those who can understand and accept it. I have visited it 6 times already and really looking forward to exploring more. I haven’t been to Australia and New Zealand but I really want to visit them.

Tamshuk: As a traveler, you know that traveling is not only about heavenly experiences in paradise. There are bound to be some bad experiences too. Share with us what has been your most unpleasant experience when you have been traveling.

Veronica: Unfortunately, I had some very unpleasant experiences and if I were to look back at them I’d say most of them were associated with my gender. A female traveler overcomes more unpleasant situations in general. Although I always respect cultures, act and dress up appropriately, there have been situations in Turkey, Nepal and India that were way too risky. I learned that no matter what I have to listen to myself, to my intuition and remember that safety always comes first.

Tamshuk: What is the secret behind those captivating photos? Any particular camera you use those?

Veronica: The main secret behind my photos is love. Love for the place, people, vibes, moments and of course for each other. Nowadays I travel mostly together with my husband Vitaliy  and he is the photographer of many photos in my blog. Recently we held our first travel photography exhibition and we called it “The Moment”. It was about feeling a perfect moment, capturing it with a camera and sharing with the world. The camera I use is Canon Mark II.

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Tamshuk: Going by the awesome photos on your blog, you are quite the fashionista. Is that a conscious effort to incorporate an element of fashion along with your travel experiences when you publish an article on your blog or is it something that just happens naturally?

Veronica: Oh, thank you, Tamshuk! Since I have now taken my blog to a new professional level, I do incorporate an element of fashion into the photographs. I want to create perfect visuals that convey a message of a particular place and a moment, or even narrate a story of a particular travel. Before I go to a new destination I try to pack accordingly. For example, I knew way in advance that I will be cruising the Victoria Harbor in Hong Kong under the red sails of the Aqua Luna junk, so I chose a red floral dress by a Russian designer Ulyana Sergeenko. 

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The street style in Hong Kong inspired me to explore the stores in Causeway Bay and choose an outfit that would say “I am Hong Kong”.

Tamshuk: The reason why I consider you to be one of the most inspiring travel bloggers is because how you stay true to all your activities – publishing new posts on your blog, managing Travel Mode On and your media assignments – yet at the same time you are always available to your followers(including me) on social media. Tell us, how important it is for you to regularly interact with your followers and fellow aspiring travel bloggers?

Veronica: My mission is to inspire others to travel the world, to see how beautiful and amazing it is and, of course, to leave one’s comfort zone. For that reason, I do my best to interact as much as possible with my followers. Of course I do devote some of my time for digital detox. Other than that I am almost always available.

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Tamshuk: Well, you have already achieved quite a lot as a Travel Blogger, Journalist and Entrepreneur. How would you define success or what does success mean to you?

Veronica: That’s a tricky question to which my answer was changing from year to year. At some point, I defined success as being recognized by others. Although this is still very important to me, today I define success as staying true to myself, developing my talents and exceeding my own limits.

“I define success as staying true to myself, developing my talents and exceeding my own limits”

Tamshuk: Finally, what advice or suggestions would you provide to folks like us who aspire to become an influential travel blogger?

Veronica: I would advise to stay true to yourself, do what you are best at, be professional in all areas and spread kindness in the world. Thank you, Tamshuk, for this wonderful interview.

Thank you Veronica for sharing so much. A woman of substance and truly an Inspiring Travel Blogger. I hope to continue getting inspired by your stories and travels. 

Follow the amazing journey of Veronica on her travel blog Siniciliya, Instagram and Facebook page.


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