Magical Moments
Discover India|November - December 2021
Travel blogger and dancer, Nina Okhotina, is also the founder of the clothing brand, The Dress Stories. Her fl owy, one-tone dresses add a touch of magic to her Instagram pictures from her Indian trips. The Russia-born social-media star reminisces about her time in India and the people that made it special.
ADILA MATRA

Q. Tell us about yourself. What is the story behind your Instagram account?

I’m a creative person and Instagram is how I share things that inspire me: photography, travelling, fashion, music, and dancing. I started blogging in 2011, and later switched over to Instagram (@ninelly_). I’m also an IT specialist and a choreographer at Moscow State University.

Q. How did you come up with #MyDressStories?

I really wanted to create something unique, new, and inspiring, rather than regular travel pics. So one day, I took one of my dancing costumes—a big, red, flowy skirt—to Venice, and created my first ‘MyDressStories’ picture. I liked what I managed to create so much that I decided to continue taking creative photos while travelling. I mostly wear dresses I have designed or combine them with other clothes, hats, and accessories. After a few years, I decided to create my own brand—The Dress Stories—with flowy dresses that are very comfortable to wear and perfect for travel photos. For my Indian trip, I made a few dresses and tried to design accessories, scarves, and belts inspired by India’s traditional costumes.

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