Baby it’s cold outside

white coat winter lookIn an ideal world, I would have a wardrobe full of coats and jackets only. Why? Because I often get bored of my old ones. And sometimes that’s all I see myself wearing all day – the same old coat. So when I saw this faux fur collar I had to buy it. It gives me the illusion that I’m wearing something different. And the good thing about it is that it looks awesome on top of a dress too! It’s not very warm to be honest, but oh well.. the things we do for fashion! I leave you now with this post and I wish you all the best for getting ready for the holidays!

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O situatie ideala pentru mine ar fi un dulap plin de geci si paltoane. Iarna am impresia ca mereu port acelasi lucru. Degeaba sunt creativa cu tinutele, daca paltonul acopera totul. Si deseori imi petrec toata ziua pe-afara, deci da, purtand mereu acelasi palton poate fi plictisitor. O modalitate de-a mai improspata tinuta e alegerea unui guler care efectiv se prinde peste. Mai ales daca e o culoare diferita, ai impresia ca e alta haina. Sincer, practic nu prea e! Nu tine de cald, dar macar arata frumos. Cateodata ne mai sacrifiam si noi, de dragul modei. 

Va pup si va urez mult spor pentru pregatirile de sarbatori. Noi inca mai avem cale lunga.. Desi pentru mine pregatirile de Craciun sunt fascinante (de-a dreptul!) si toata ziua as impodobi si-as coace cozonaci, din pacate energia mea se-ndreapta mai mult anul asta la servici. Dar Dan ma ajuta si el (acum freaca vana din baie de zor) asa ca incetisor vom fi gata pana pe 24. Si daca nu, oricum nu conteaza. Cozonac avem de la mama, vinul e in frigider, cadourile sunt pregatite, iar prietenii nostri ne vor astepta cu cina. 

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Gloves – Vintage

Bag – Ted Baker

Boots – zara

Collar – Primark

Basic RGB

♥ Andra

When All Black is enough

high knee boots black outfitI always loved high knee boots, even when they weren’t ‘on trend’. However, my – let’s call them – not to tall legs, and not skinny either, don’t look that flattering in any high knee boot. And I could never pair up a pair of these boots with a pair of trousers. I would look too strange and probably too small (and chubby). So my way of wearing them is with a dress short enough to show a bit of skin, to give the illusion of a longer leg. And if the boots have a bit of heel, mission accomplished! I felt that wearing the boots is brave enough, so I chose to wear all black. I did try on a white dress before but it just looked like I was trying too much. and oh, how I hate looking like that. I’d rather look more casual than too put together. It’s just not my style. Sometimes less is more and in this case it seemed enough for me. Please tell me how you like to wear your boots in the comments below!

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Mereu am fost fana cizmelor peste genunchi, inainte de-a fi la moda, inainte de-a fi populare, inainte de dinainte. Mi se par extrem de comode si le-as purta mereu. Insa nu e un model usor de purtat si uneori putem arata caraghios. In cazul meu, daca ar fi sa port cizme de genul cu o pereche de pantaloni as arata scunda si rotunda (rimeaza!). Idem cu o pereche de cizme prea botocanoase pentru noi, fetele de 1,60 si ceva. Daca aveti picioare foarte subtiri atunci aveti mare noroc! Insa cele mai multe dintre noi n-avem norocul asta. 

Asa ca, pentru a parea mai supla, aleg mereu o rochie suficient de scurta incat sa mi se vada putin din picior. Un alt truc e purtarea unor colanti de culoare inchisa. dar atunci care mai e farmecul cizmelor inalte? 

Si ca sa revenim la tinuta, am ales totul pe culoarea negru. Am zis ca rochia mini si cizmele peste genunchi e destul. Astept sa-mi spuneti voi cum purtati genul asta de cizme, sunt curioasa! 

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Coat – French Connection

Bag – London

Black Dress – Oasis

Black Poncho – Local store

Glasses – Versace

❤ Andra

Gift Guide – Part 3 – Exquisite

For the third part of the gift guide I chose more unique items. These are not necessary to have, but will definitely make that someone feel really special. Think of items that he would really like to have, a splurge that’s not too expensive, something you can afford to buy. The idea is to make him ‘wow’ a bit, no matter what the item is.
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Pentru partea a treia am ales cadouri mai unice, zic eu. Sunt lucruri care nu sunt necesare, insa cine le primeste poate fi foarte placut surprins. Ganditi-va la ceea ce-si doreste demult dar nu indrazneste sa-si cumpere. In functie de buget si in functie de personalitatea lui, va puteti orienta sa ajungeti la un compromis. Mai jos am facut o lista cu lucruri care l-ar uimi pe Dan. Cu exceptia brichetei, ca el nu fumeaza. Insa stiu de la prieteni fumatori ca bricheta zippo e ceva deosebit.
Exquisite gifts for him

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Gift Guide – Part 2 – Affordable

christmas gift ideas for himFor the second part I looked for some affordable  things that can either be really useful  or just funny. This is what I usually get when I just want to offer a gift, just for the spirit of Christmas. I believe that most of the time it should be like this. We don’t all afford to buy loads of gifts. An alternative to these are the small DIY projects. Dan already received many small movies with us, photos, boards, a ‘memory’ box…etc :)
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Pentru a doua parte am ales cadouri la preturi accesibile, ceva util sau doar ceva haios. De multe ori aleg cadouri de genul. Imi place sa ofer cadouri, insa ideea de a cheltui in nestire imi displace. Pentru mine ideea de cadou conteaza si nu cat de scump a fost. Iar o alta alternativa e un cadou personalizat,sau DIY. Deja Dan a primit multe filmulete cu noi, tata tocmai ne-a trimis o poza mare de la logodna noastra, mama inca mai are pe undeva felicitari facute de mana… sunt lucrurile mici care conteaza.
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Gift Guide – Part 1 – Tech stuff

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Using Polyvore I created three boards with gift ideas for him. I realised that it’s already the 10th of December and I forgot to share with you some ideas. I usually do this before Christmas just because many girls say that it’s a bit difficult to buy something special for a guy. The first part focuses on tech stuff. In my opinion, this needs to be something he really needs, but it’s a bit pricey. If you want something more affordable but of a good quality, opt for a Casio watch. I have so many in my collection and I am always asked how expensive were they. I never paid more than 30 Pounds on one. Another affordable option is the Kindle, which I personally love. However, if he wants something more expensive (like an IPad), buy him a gift voucher from Apple of how much you’re willing to spend on him. So he can use those money, add some himself and buy something that he really needs, something that is really worth it.
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Mi-am dat seama ca se apropie Craciunul si eu inca nu v-am dat idei de cadouri pentru prietenul, sotul, fratele, sau tatal vostru. Am creat trei colaje cu ajutorul aplicatiei Polyvore si le-am impartit in trei parti, cu tematici diferite, pentru personalitati si bugete diferite. Prima parte se refera la tot ce tine de tehnologie. Pot fi cadouri mai scumpe, insa reprezinta ceva ce isi doreste cu adevarat, ceva de ce chiar are nevoie. Mai jos am creat o lista cu lucruri mai mult sau mai putin scumpe. Din punctul meu de vedere, un ceas sau un ebook e cadoul perfect si la un pret cat decat acceptabil. Eu sunt o mare fana a ceasurilor Casio. Am in colectie o gramada si niciodata nu am dat mai mult de 150 RON pe unul. 
Insa in cazul in care isi doreste ceva mai scump, o idee ar fi de a-i veni in ajutor. Un cadou mai mic doar pentru ideea de a oferi o surpriza, iar restul sa fie sub forma de un voucher astfel incat sa-i fie mai usor sa-si achizitionee calculatorul sau aparatul foto pe care si-l doreste. Ideea ca o treime din pret (sau mai mult, sau mai putin) ii este deja acoperita, parca altfel e.  
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Winter lips

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Have you ever heard of the expression ‘lip person’ ? Here in the UK it’s quite common and girls talk about this when they mean that they usually like to wear different types of lipsticks. In other words, when they do their make up they’ll focus more on their lipstick rather than their eye make up. It’s those girls who look gorgeous with nude colours, dark colours, bright colours, you name it, they rock it!

I don’t often wear lipstick but I do like to experiment now and then with strange colours. I remember how weird I felt the first time I wore red lipstick. I felt like everyone was looking at me and that was definitely too much colour on my face. But this autumn I started falling in love with really dark colours. I just think that they match perfectly especially with the autumn season. And even though I am not a lip person, the idea of playing with dark colours is fun so I’ll definitely wear more in the future.

Are there any make up changes you’re doing this autumn  winter? Let me know!

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Inca decand am inceput sa ma machiez mereu ma axam pe ochi. Putin creion, rimel, cateodata si fard. Si decand ma stiu am fost fana rujurilor nude sau pink peach. Orice culoare mai indrazneata iese si mai tare in evidenta pe tenul meu pal si mereu le evitam. Tin minte cand am incercat pentru prima data rujul rosu. Ma simteam foarte ciudat si aveam impresia ca am cam exagerat. 

Insa de ceva timp ma tenteaza tare mult culorile inchise. Inca sunt de parere ca nu sunt cele mai potrivite pentru mine, insa cateodata imi place sa experimentez. Iar iarna asta am vazut deja multe nuante de maro inchis, visiniu, rosu inchis, violet.. Am inceput sa fiu mai indrazneata si sa port culori de genul. Cateodata arata bine, cateodata arata mai putin bine. Dar pentru mine mai mult conteaza ideea de a experimenta in momentul de fata. Asa ca in postarea de azi am ales sa pun niste poze in care am purtat un visiniu foarte inchis, care merge la fix cu tinuta. Si da, mi-am facut si-un breton. Eu singura. De plictiseala. Why not ?

Voi ce schimbari de make-up sau de look ati abordat in toamna asta?

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Boots – zara

Coat – French Connection

Bag – Ted Baker

 

At the Cottage

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While my previous post was me just telling you about how pretty my last weekend was, today I want to share with you some of my favourite photos from our trip to the Lake District. I usually avoid taking too many landscape pictures just because I find them a tiny bit boring. So this post is a summary of my favourite photos from the trip, a mix of everything.

And for the first time, Dan messed around my blog and wrote some words of wisdom. He probably didn’t see it coming, but I thought I’d leave them on. Wine not?

 

‘Sooo, let me tell you about Dan. He has been so great lately – it is difficult to express it in words. First and foremost, he is sooo sexy and with a charming smile. Even I, which some might argue – am used to his smile, cannot resist it.’

Lake District holiday autumn fall landscape

 

Daca in postarea anterioara am vorbit despre cat de frumos a fost la cabana, acum am zis sa va si arat cum a fost in cateva poze. Lake District e o zona cu lacuri aproape de Manchester, o zona turistica plina de trasee, dieverse activitati in aer liber si multe multe cabane. Daca alegeti sa veniti prin zona, va recomand cu drag Lake District doar pentru ca e ceva mai diferit. Iar eu una m-am indragostit de zona rurala a Angliei si nu de marele orase precum Londra. Zona rurala mi se pare mult mai romantica si mai autentica. 

Lake District holiday autumn fall landscape

Lake District holiday autumn fall landscape

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Lake District holiday autumn fall landscape

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Autumn Coziness

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Friday night we arrived at the cottage that we were planning to go to for a while now. After a two hour drive we find ourselves on a very narrow road in the middle of the forest and I’m thinking to myself that this is just perfect, a hidden cottage, somewhere in the middle of the nature, no internet, no phone signal, just nature. And that’s exactly how it was. We spent our evening chatting in front of the fire place, happy to finally just relax.

The next morning I instantly opened the window and realised where we were. As we arrived pretty late, I had no clue what’s around the house. And it turned out to be even better than expected. So I took my hiking boots and shot some photos in the garden. I just love these photos because of what they suggest – coziness, warmth, a bit of laziness (the one you have on a Sunday morning) and nature.

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Vineri seara am ajuns intr-un final la cabana pe care am inchiriat-o de ceva vreme. Dupa cam doua ore de mers cu masina am ajuns pe un drum ingust, prin padure. Deja ma si gandeam ca drumul asta ne duce undeva la  o casa in mijlocul naturii, fara internet, fara telefoane, doar natura. Si asa a si fost. Baietii au sarit sa faca focul in semineu iar noi fetele am adus vinul. A urmat o seara luunga, dar frumoasa. 

Urmatarea dimineata m-am trezit super entuziasmata si imediat am deschis geamul sa vad si eu totusi unde am ajuns. Pentru ca am ajuns la cabana tarziu, era bezna afara, nu stiam ce e in jur. In fata mea un peisaj perfect de toamna tarzie. Doar camp, oi si-o padure in departare. Asa ca mi-am luat bocancii si-am facut cateva poze in gradina. Si-mi plac tare mult pozele astea pentru ceea ce exprima: confort, usoara lene (ca cea de duminica dimineata), relaxare si natura. Si cam la asta s-a rezumat weekendul meu. 

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Wool jumper – Vintage

Boots – Decathlon

Photos taken in the Lake District, UK

 

Busy Week calls for a Lazy Sunday

Have you ever had those days when it’s late, you finally get home and you feel so tired you can’t do anything else. But then you’re happy. You’re proud of how your day has been, you’ve been productive, you’ve worked hard, but guess what? The next day you’ve got more things to do and less time to sleep. This is kind of how my last two weeks have been so I am glad to finally take a (small) break and come back to this hobby that I call blogging. And again I’m wearing this leopard coat which simply makes everything that I wear look prettier. It’s my favourite coat so you’ll definitely see it more often.

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Stii zilele alea super aglomerate, in care ajungi acasa tarziu, obosita dupa o zi plina insa super multumita de ce-ai realizat. Te pui la somn cu zambetul pe buze, mandra de tine, insa extenuata. Iar nu dupa mult timp iar suna alarma, inca o zi la fel de aglomerata, dar esti entuziasmata ca stii ca urmeaza ceva frumos. Sunt zilele in care ma simt cel mai bine, cand stiu ca am realizat multe lucruri, cand stiu ca mi-am petrecut timpul cat mai productiv. Insa la un moment dat am obosit, asteptam cu nerabdare ziua de duminica. Deja imi propusesem weekendul trecut ca voi dormi azi pana la pranz, ca voi scrie ceva si pe blogul de care mi-a fost dor, ar trebui sa fac si de manacare iar casa ar trebui curatata. Si mai sunt si emailurile la care trebuie sa raspund. Ah da, ar trebui sa-i cos lui Dan pantalonii de care are nevoie sa-i poarte la conferinta. Si-ar fi bine sa incep sa lucrez si la proiectul pentru servici. Ok, trebuie sa ma trezesc mai repede de pranz…si totusi, eu cand dorm? 

Deocamdata a trecut jumatate de zi iar eu mai am multe pe lista. Dar nu ma stresez, e duminica azi asa ca ma intorc iar la blog. Azi va arat niste poze in care (iar) port paltonul meu preferat. Nu stiu, dar parca face orice tinuta sa para mai interesanta. Si cu ocazia asta vreau sa-i multumesc inca o data verisoarei mele Diana pentru colierul primit. Mereu sunt intrebata de unde e achizitionat si mereu raspund, mandra, e hand made din Romania! 

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Bag – Ted Baker

Coat – French Connection

Sweater – Zara

White top – Primark

Skirt – New Yorker

Shoes – TkMaxx

Lipstick – Mac

 

♥ Andra

Always beautiful

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I have always admired those girls who always look put together, who always make the effort to look good. And by this I don’t necessarily mean heavy make up or heels. I’m talking about making sure every time that your hair looks good, that your outfit is right, that your skin is glowing. I mean, I know that no one does that every single day, but I do know girls who would spend some time to make sure that 99% of the time they are ready to rock the world. No matter how much I like fashion and beauty, and even though I have a blog about the idea of outfits and looks, I have too many bad hair days, sometimes I would wear whatever and most of the times my make up is just… well, it isn’t. And I have to say that I enjoy being lazy sometimes when it comes to looks. However, there is something that I think we need to be more consistent with: skin care. Especially now that I’m reaching 25, that age where almost all wrinkle reducing creams are starting to get advertised for. My favourite brand is called Yves Rocher and it’s a french company. Many products are bio and they plant many trees if you buy certain items. They’re a mix between The Body Shop and Lush and you can find them online only in the UK. But until all that skin regime kicks in, I turn to fashion to try and feel better. So here’s my look!

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Mereu am admirat fetele care arata mereu aranjate. Si prin aranjate nu ma refer neaparat la machiaj puternic, tocuri sau tinute spectaculoase, parul mult prea aranjat (sau cum zice o prietena de-a mea – freză de nănaşă ). Ma refer la parul mereu curat, la tenul mereu fresh, la tinuta mereu cu stil, la manichiura facuta. Si chiar daca subiectul asta ma pasioneaza (atat de tare incat am si-un blog pe tema asta), trebuie sa recunosc ca am prea multe zile in care parul imi sta oricum dar nu bine, zile in care machiajul nu exista si zile in care tinuta e atat de banala dar nici ca-mi pasa. Si sincer mi se pare ok. E atat de relaxant sa nu-ti pese cateodata! Insa un aspect de care vreau sa am mereu grija si refuz sa fiu lenesa e ingrijirea pielii, in special ingrijirea fetei. Nu de alta dar ma apropii incet de 25 de ani, varsta de la care multele creme anti rid incep sa fie promovate ca fiind necesare. Acuma eu nu stiu cat or fi ele de necesare, dar stiu cat sunt de benefice cremele in general. Iar firma mea preferata e Yves Rocher. E o companie pe care o recomand oricui. In Romania gasiti reprezentante ici colo sau chiar online. Dar pana toate cremele astea-si fac efectul (miraculos) recurg la haine si tinute pentru a ma simti mai bine. Iar ultima idee o aveti in pozele de mai jos. 

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Dress- She Inside

Boots – Zara

Bag – Ted Baker

Coat – French Connection

Watch – Casio

Necklace – Handmade Romania (Constanta)