My favourite picnic dress

A lot of veggies, a bottle of fresh squeezed orange juice, special Italian salami, Greek olives and some home baked bread – that’s what I call a perfect picnic menu! I enjoyed every single bit of it and shortly after that, I fell asleep on the blanket. I woke up with a big labrador sniffing me, I was a bit surprised I’m not gonna lie, but he was the cutest.  He seemed very keen to join me on the blanket but decided to play with Dan for a bit instead.

I found this dress just as I was walking out of Primark. I couldn’t believe how pretty it is. And it’s even prettier in real life, it’s delicate, flowy and very soft. It’s the perfect dress for a relaxed but feminine look. Wear it with messy hair, no makeup and a bit of tan. I realised we didn’t take any pictures from the back, but the dress is backless too. And it was £15. I got it about 2 weeks ago, so hurry up, while stock lasts!

White Picnic Dress – Primark

 

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How to make Work Clothes work

Office attire has become more and more versatile lately, so don’t be afraid to be bold and make a statement. Wear an outfit you love and you’ll instantly become more confident and more comfortable. You spend most of your day at work, so you’d better put some effort into your outfit! Here are some easy ways to express the girlboss within.

H&M Red Dress here | Zara Yellow Reversible Tote bag here | Coast Blue Open Toe

Sandals here | Mango Red Waist Belt here

River Island Black Rose Scarf here | Henry Gold Watch here | Aldo Sparkly Earrings here | Ted Baker Floral Bag here | River Island Blue Floral Scarf here

Zara Yellow Bell Sleeve Blazer here | ASOS Bright Pink Suit here

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All you gotta do is say Yes

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One of my favourite Spotify playlists is called Sweet Soul Sunday. You know that feeling when you just woke up, no rush to do anything, you go in the kitchen and prepare the first coffee. In the meantime, he comes and kisses you good morning. He’s as happy and relaxed as you are. There’s no better feeling that Sunday mornings. I like to add a playlist to my morning ritual, to make it even more relaxing. The right song would always put me in the right mood, sometimes I’d have the same feeling as when I’m away on holiday. You know when you usually wake up in a posh hotel with the best view and have that feeling that the world is yours? You’re a bit overwhelmed by so much beauty in this world and all emotions running through your veins. Oh yes, the right playlist and the fresh smell of coffee can really give you this feeling. Today’s song was called Say Yes – Floetry. It’s a kind of song that would send shivers up and down your spine Click Play Below to listen 

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White Crochet Dress – Primark | Brown Chunky Boots – Primark | Watch – Daniel Wellington

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What to buy now: City Break Essentials

One thing I discovered when I moved to the UK was that British people have the habit of going shopping for a holiday. For those as confused as I was, this means that when you book a holiday, you go shopping for a new wardrobe for that specific holiday. As crazy as it seemed back then, as normal it seems now and I’ll tel you why. Britain has this particular weather you see, where we cannot really wear summery clothes without shivering. So when we book a holiday to a warmer country (which is basically anywhere else but Britain), we kinda need new clothes! And brits love shopping in general, so here you go!

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Blue Cotton Dress here | Sunglasses here | Shirt Striped Dress here | Lacoste White Trainers here

Flipping through the latest magazines and checking a couple of stores, all you see is swimwear. But what about us,who get bored on the beach and prefer to explore some new places instead? I thought it would be a good idea to give you some updates on the latest items in the shops, perfect for a city break. What is a city break essential? Something comfortable, but that stands out. As you’ll be taking pictures probably, but also walk a lot.

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Pink Frilled Top here | Pink Summer Straw Hat here | Golden Braided Heel Sandals here | Pink Chiffon Dress here 

When on holiday, clothes need to be fit for purpose so you can truly enjoy the experience of travelling. I also like to be more practical and invest in pieces I can wear back in England, with some layers on top.

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Braided Tote here | Brown Vest Top here | Floral Culottes here | Wooden Earrings here

 Fendi Silk Scarf here | Slides here

I hope I gave you some good ideas and if you haven’t planned a City Break yet, what are you waiting for? 🙂

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Wearing a Dress in the British Summer


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I might as well give up shaving my legs once and for all. All the effort, all the drama, and no appropriate weather to show them off. I mean, why? Why England, why? And on top of this, you go shopping and there’s floral dresses everywhere. They’re all made of delicate fabrics that won’t keep you warm at all. They must think we all spend our weekends in Spain or something. The struggle is real, especially for someone like me who prefers to wear dresses all the time.

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I know there’s this big trend right now to wear a dress on top of your jeans. But short and not so skinny girls like me cannot pull that off, unless you want to look more unflattering. So instead, I prefer to go back to my old habits: chunky knit on top. And if you match the colours like I did, it looks like one single clothing item.

And if you are one of those lucky girls who lives in a warm country, well.. I’m not jealous of you because you must be broke right now considering how pretty the new ss17 dresses are.

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Red ruffle dress underneath – Zara| Red maxi jumper on top – H&M | Buy a similar look from here.

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The best facial in Manchester

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Not long ago I was moaning about being constantly sick. Because of this, I was very dehydrated and my skin wasn’t having it. I’m still not where I wanna be, but I have been focusing a lot on this: invested in some crazy expensive serums and had one or two facials, as you do.

Today I want to talk more about the last facial I had at Flint+Flint in Harvey Nichols Manchester. My Transderm facial left my skin so soft and hydrated, I had to give you a shout about it. I basically had 45 minutes of bliss when the lovely lady deep cleaned my face and then started using this tiny electric tool with micro-currents to massage my skin. The purpose of this facial is to offer a firming and tightening treatment for any skin type: it will get rid of fine lines, it will deep clean your skin and get rid of annoying blemishes. Long story short – after this treatment you look rested, fresh and glowing. I think the perfect time to do the Transderm facial is just before a special event.

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The whole experience was lovely and I can’t wait to go back. The girls recommended to do this on a regular basis for a better skin. They also recommend using the Flint+Flint products at home for the best results. Because having a facial is still a bit of a luxury thing for me, I can’t stick to it. But I honestly think it does wonders to my skin and I will probably go for it before a special occasion.

My treatment costs £75, but feel free to see the whole price list here. They also do discounts for multibuys and encourage everyone to give them a call for the best price offers.

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I am more and more interested in skin care nowadays, so please let me know if you have any quick tips in a comment below. What is your beauty regime? Share your wisdom! 🙂

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Day at the Beach

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Dan decided to go for a swim, so he quickly undressed and ran towards the cold water. A dog joined him but that was pretty much it. Everyone else was looking at Dan and betting on how long he will manage to stay in the cold water. Some guys would even look at me and give me that look, saying: “he’s a brave man!” I would smile proudly back and say: “oh yes, he is!”

After a couple of minutes, or an eternity (depending on which side of the story you are – myself or Dan’s) he came back. It’s like it was meant to be, the sky cleared out and it became really warm and sunny. So we decided to just lay there, get some extra vitamin D.

I closed my eyes and all I could hear was the water. I almost fell asleep when a cute fluffy dog came to sniff me, check if I was alright. Oh, how I want a dog! And a cat. Or two..
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We only spent a couple of hours there, but this day on the beach was all I needed. It’s been overwhelming lately for both Dan and I. With late evenings, nothing to eat in the fridge, always running late and just too many things on the to do list. I was never the biggest beach lover, but this day at the beach was so calming that we literally felt more energised, more put together than ever. And that’s why I love to travel 🙂

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Top – Zara – completely backless actually, I wore it with a top underneath. Buy it from here

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You Are Stronger Than You Think You Are

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I’ve made it a habit into reviewing my life every time I turn one year older and I usually am not afraid to share my thoughts with you on my blog. It’s been almost a month since I’ve turned 27 and realised I forgot about my good old habit. But no worries, today I’ve finally found the time to talk to you about what I’ve learnt this last year. And that is

You Are Stronger Than You Think You Are

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What many people don’t know is that last year I decided to take on a very exciting journey that literally meant no security, no comfort zone, no nothing. I’m not gonna give you all the cheesy details, but I basically stopped everything I was doing and decided to reinvent myself. The biggest thing was to quit my secure job. Why? Because it just didn’t feel right. Was it easy? Hello no. Was I constantly tempted to go back to how things were? Hell yes. It was frustrating sometimes, very frightening especially at first but I was on a mission. And I stuck to it. It was the best decision I ever made and even though it wasn’t an easy journey, I feel like I’ve learnt so much in the last year, it’s just incredible. And by being this brave  (because this is brave, no modesty needed), I became way more confident and ready to take on new challenges.

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I didn’t just leave my job, I decided to change my mindset. I decided to make the most out of my skills, experience and my goals. I decided to take it to the next level. Some of you might read this and think I must be high or something, but when you get that drive, that desire to do something great, then you’ll know what I mean. And if you have no desire, than you better find one, because you only live once.

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Top – Zara

If you’re going through a difficult path right now – career or personal – remember that you are stronger than you think you are, just stay committed. And if you need someone to talk to, to cheer you up and get you going, drop me a message or email 🙂

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Keep it Simple with MsCampbell

It’s time for a proper spring clean in my closet and just realised how many clothes are hanging in there, without being worn. Why? Because I seem to always stick with the basics lately. And we all want a good timeless piece in our wardrobe. So I wanted to mention one of my favourites: MsCampbell.

A London born girl, Charlene is behind this awesome brand and decided to put her love for fashion and 20 years experience in this field into creating a unique brand. The pieces are made from premium jersey and are designed and manufactured in London. It’s too good not to give it some love, here, on my blog. I’ve popped some images below with my favourite pieces and you can also have a look on the official website here.

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Charlene is one busy bee! On top of having her own brand and an awesome book, she’s also a celebrity stylist. I had a pleasure to work with her previously and we had a chance to talk more about our love for fashion. Here’s something she said I really resonated with: Trends come and go but your wardrobe essentials are timeless. I started MsCampbell to fill the gap in the market; instead of indulging in fast fashion, why not invest in pieces that you can always wear by simply dressing them up by layering with sweaters or jackets or dressing them down to lounge in? 

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Shop the collection here

This is not a sponsored post! 🙂

 

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I wish I could turn back time

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Today I feel like I wanna go back in time a bit, so why not synchronise my thoughts with wearing a thrifted outfit? What can I say, that’s how I roll! But seriously now. I wish I could turn back time to those lazy mornings and instead of snoozing my alarm, to actually get my arse in the gym. I’ve been feeling really unfit in the last couple of months. Kind of like, you know when you run out of breath by chasing the last tram? Or by stretching a muscle after running for 10 mins. I started feeling like this and thought to myself this is getting way out of hand so I need to start working out properly. Well, I’ve been postponing it ever since this bright idea came to mind and now I really regret it. And I’ma tell you why: I am sick. I have been sick. And I am getting sick of being sick. It’s literally my autoimmune system shouting: “Andra, come on now, do something!”

And I get it.. but you see, I start feeling bad, then I get better, I go to the gym, then I get sick. And it’s a vicious circle. The fact that it’s still cold and rainy doesn’t help either. But I got it now, I’ve made a promise to myself that I’ll start being more active once this flu goes away. I’ll let you now how I get on in a month! Until then, learn from my mistakes and remember to stay active, go have some walks/runs or anything that keeps you moving – it’s the best medicine for your body.

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I found this striped jumpsuit in a kilo sale, very fancy I know. I love sales like these, but I have to say it’s been quite disappointing lately. The prices seem to go higher, but the items are less interesting, more and more damaged..and it’s just harder to find a bargain. I liked this one though, I even re-negotiated the price. Got home very proud of myself and realised it has a whole in the leg. You see what happens when you’re out of shape? Even my fashion skills seem to fail me nowadays. But it’s all cool, I was able to fix the problem and I’m quite happy with the result.

What thrift stores do you guys go to around Manchester? Let me know, I’d love to try out new places!

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Jumpsuit – C&A thrifted | Boots – All Shoes Romania

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