Santorini: Budget Planner

Santorini on a budgetEN    Budget is very important when planning a holiday. That’s why we don’t always choose to go to Australia or New York, because our budget is often limited. It’s easy when choosing an all inclusive package – this way you know how much it will cost you so you can decide straight away. However, I am a fan of the bed and breakfast. If I go somewhere I want to see as much as possible. This means I want to travel around, so I will miss all those all inclusive drinks (and meals). And Santorini is definitely a place where you do not want to go on a all inclusive package. It’s a place with small islands, various beaches hidden in the cliffs, with something different to do and see every single day. To make it easier for you, I made a table with average prices for basic things. We bought our own flight tickets and found the accommodation on booking.com based on the feedback and the view. I also want to say that we went there in June. If you want to go there in July or August it might cost you slightly more. Another thing that we heard is that by August it gets very busy, a bit too annoying busy, so we recommend to avoid that period. Overall Santorini was to die for and I totally recommend it to you!

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RO   Bugetul e foarte important atunci cand ne planificam o vacanta. Poate am alege mereu locuri gen Australia si New York, insa din pacate bugetul ne e limitat. Cel mai usor e atunci cand alegem un pachet all inclusive. Stim de la inceput cat ne costa si putem hotari imediat. Insa eu personal prefer excursiile cu doar mic dejun. Imi place sa calatoresc prin zona pe care o vizitez si asta inseamna ca as rata toate mesele si bauturile platite la hotel. Si mai ales Santorini e o locatie care nu prea merge pe principiul all inclusive. Plajele sunt departe, localitatile sunt multe si e pacat sa tot fugi la cazare la masa. Si e plin de restaurante faine, cu mese la pret avantajos si cu privelisti de vis. Asa ca, sa va fie mai usor, am facut un mic tabel cu preturile de baza. Noi am luat biletele de avion individual si am ales cazarea de pe Booking.com in functie de feedback si priveliste. Vreau sa mai mentionez faptul ca noi am fost in Iunie. In lunile Iulie-August preturile mai cresc usor. Am aflat ca in August e cel mai aglomerat, insa prea aglomerat si nu se recomanda sa mergeti atunci. Per total, insula Santorini a fost fenomenala si va recomand cu caldura sa mergeti!

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Cut out Prom Dresses – new obsession

EN    I have started seeing this trend where you have a formal dress made out of two pieces with a crop top and a skirt. I never thought of this, but I have to say I love the idea. Now I don’t know exactly if I would be able to rock this outfit. I always thought that this would suit someone with a tiny waist. But some of these dresses look like they’re made to create that illusion of a nice figure, no matter what size we are, or what body shape we have. But just in case, I am going to go on with my diet plan (says her, while enjoying some ice cream). I leave you with some photos, to show you what I mean. And with a thought that maybe next time I’m going to be the girl in the photos, rocking the outfit like a pro! What are your dress obsessions? Let me know in a comment below.

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RO   In ultima vreme am inceput sa fiu tare atrasa de un nou concept: rochii de seara din doua bucati, cu top scurt si fusta cu talie inalta. Nu m-am gandit vreodata ca as aborda o asa tinuta, insa cu cat vad mai multe modele, cu atat ma atrage mai mult ideea. Nu stiu sincer cum mi s-ar potrivi. Mereu am crezut ca tinutele de genul asta sunt cel mai potrivite fetelor cu talii inguste. Insa ma uit la unele modele si se vede croiala mai deosebita, parca ma convinge sa incerc cateva. Se vede ca sunt facute din material mai rigid, sa ne tina bine talia, sa ne faca mai suple si mai feminine. Asta ma incurajeaza putin, insa tot ma tin de dieta, ce-i sigur e sigur (zise ea, savurand o inghetata). Am ales cateva poze sa va arat exact la ce ma refer. Deocamdata am apelat la un site, insa data viitoare poate ma fatzai eu pe-aici, purtand una din tinutele de mai jos… dar deocamdata sunt in starea aia de ‘ma bate gandul..’ Voi la ce suspinati zilele astea? Ceva rochie, ceva pereche de pantofi, ceva geanta de marca? Nu ezitati sa-mi spuneti intr-un comentariu, mai jos. 

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Dress one available here
Dress two available here
Dress three available here
All dresses and photos from Sherry London, online store available here.

 

♥ Andra

Santorini Lookbook 1

Santorini lookbook pink dress Eros beachEN   I haven’t realised how much I missed the sea, until I arrived in Santorini. I missed the way your hair gets after the salted water, how the fresh tan makes your eyes shine, how relaxing it is to lay on the beach and just enjoy the breeze, to spend the nights outside without being too cold or too tired… oh, the lovely summer days!

I want to tell you all you need to know about Santorini, in case you want to go there as well. Dan and I tried to see and try almost everything that the island has to offer. And it has a lot to offer! I will share with you some things we saw, some beaches we visited and, of course, some details about the budget you need.

But for now I will share with you one of the looks I had for going to the beach. I look at the photos while enjoying a hot tea at my desk in Manchester. Outside it’s quite windy and 20 Degrees less than yesterday in Greece. Oh, good to be back home I guess…

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RO   Nu am realizat ca de mult mi-a lipsit marea pana cand am ajuns in Santorini. Mi-a fost dor de felul in care parul imi arata dupa o baie cu apa sarata, mi-a fost dor de bronzul proaspat care-mi face ochii mai deschisi si zambetul mai fresh, mi-a fost dor sa aud marea si de briza ei, mi-a fost dor sa imi petrec noptile in aer liber fara sa-mi fie prea frig, sau prea somn… mi-a fost dor de zilele adevarate de vara!

Vreau sa va spun pe indelete cum am ajuns in Santorini, ce am vizitat, ce am mancat si, cel mai important, cam cat ne-a costat. Insa deocamdata va impartasesc poze cu una dintre tinutele pe care le-am avut la plaja. In timp ce scriu articolul si sortez printre poze savurez un ceai fierbinte la birou, in Manchester. Afara e usor innorat si cu 20 de grade in minus fata de ziua de ieri, in Grecia. Cineva nu e prea incantata ca vacanta e gata… 

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Skirt – Topshop

Top – Vintage store

Sunglasses – no brand, random store

Beach – Eros, Santorini

 

♥ Andra

I was made for summer days

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EN   I can’t express how excited I am about this summer. And even though it’s going to be a busy one, I plan to go out and enjoy myself as much as I can. I still can’t believe how much energy I used to have just one year ago. I could easily go to a party and then straight to Uni. No problem at all. Now? Now I just want to sleep. And I love to sleep.  I wake up thinking of coming back home from work and sleep. It usually doesn’t happen but still, it’s not right. I need to get rid of this grandma attitude and I really think that I can change my energy levels now that the summer is back again. So my motto for this summer is – work hard, play hard, have fun!

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RO   Cred ca niciodata n-am asteptat vara asa mult cum am asteptat-o anul asta. Si nu am planificat nimic deosebit, e doar asa, in general, sentimentul ala pe care-l simti cand vine vara. Deja obosisem de la atata intuneric, cer innorat si frig. Si ma gandesc la ce energie aveam doar acum un an. Cand mergeam la cate-un chef si apoi direct la facultate si n-aveam nimic. Acum? Acum nu vreau decat sa dorm. Asa mult vreau sa dorm incat primul lucru la care ma gandesc cand ma trezesc e ca vin acasa dupa servici si o sa dorm. Nu se prea intampla asta, insa ideea conteaza. Vremea asta de Anglia m-a dus intr-o stare de pensionara care deja ma cam enerveaza. Asa ca e timpul sa-mi revin iar acum am si mai multe motive sa imi petrec orele afara si nu in pat. Asa ca motto-ul pentru vara asta e – muncit din greu si distractie la maxim! 

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Dress and Hat – H&M

Bag – Vintage

Faux Leather jacket – Local shop in Manchester

♥ Andra

What Anna Wintour would never wear

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EN   In a recent interview, Anna Wintour was asked what is something that she would never wear and she said – an all black outfit. For those who do not know, Anna Wintour is the editor-in-chief of Vogue and her fashion sense is highly appreciated all around the world. At 65, she looks impeccable and more fierce than ever. I personally am a big fan of her work ethics and clear fashion sense. One thing that I personally do not like is when I see her wearing sunglasses indoors. What is all that about, I don’t know. So I guess we disagree on two things: when to wear sunglasses and how black your outfit can be. So the conclusion is – wear whatever makes you feel comfortable and when in doubt, buy a Vogue.

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RO   Intr-un interviu recent, Anna Wintour a fost intrebata ce nu ar purta ea niciodata, iar raspunsul ei a fost – negru din cap pana-n picioare. Pentru necunoscatori, Anna Wintour este redactorul- sef al revistei Vogue, din America. Anna are o prezenta puternica in lumea modei, fiind extrem de apreciata in intreaga lume. La 65 de ani, Anna arata impecabil, iar eu personal o apreciez. Un singur lucru pe care nu pot sa-l inteleg e atunci cand alege sa poarte ochelari de soare in interior, adesea la fashion show-uri. Poate are motivele ei, insa eu instant imi aduc aminte de perioada in care manelele erau in voga si era plin de indivizi cu ochelari Armani in club. Cred ca daca Anna ar fi vazut asta ar renunta instant la idee. Asa ca zic ca suntem chit: eu n-as purta niciodata ochelari in interior, iar ea n-ar purta niciodata o tinuta all black. Asa ca uite, tinuta mea all black cu ochelari de soare afara. In concluzie – purtati ce va place, cum va place. Iar in momente de nesiguranta, cumparati revista Vogue. 

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Shoes – All Shoes, Romania

Sunglasses – TK Maxx

♥ Andra

 

We Ride

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EN    It’s finally time to show you one of my favourite outfits lately – the motorbike outfit. It’s something that Dan always wanted to have and we thought that now is a good time to buy a motorbike. I personally wasn’t very excited about it until I was shopping in the Northern Quarter in Manchester in a vintage store. Dan called me to tell me he bought one. I was like – okay, nice.. And then there they were – THE trousers. The perfect pair of motorbike trousers. And that’s when I started to get excited. So excited that I actually had the entire outfit before Dan did. And no, I can’t drive a motorbike. I already thought of the Lana del Rey clip of  Ride (maybe a bit less weird), already imagining myself with the wind in my hair. And the reality is a bit different from the expectations. I never thought it can be this cool! And to prove it to you, I’m going to share a couple of photos from our recent trip, I hope you’ll enjoy!

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RO    In sfarsit va arat una din tinutele mele preferate din ultima vreme – costumul de motociclist. E ceva ce Dan si-a dorit de foarte mult timp si ne-am gandit ca acum ar fi ocazia perfecta sa isi cumpere o motocicleta. Eu sincer n-am fost prea entuziasmata de idee. Pana cand, intr-o zi, eram la shopping intr-o zona celebra din Manchester, plina de haine autentice noi si second, cand Dan ma suna sa imi spuna ca gata, a luat o motocicleta. Nici nu inchisesem bine telefonul ca deja i-am vazut, parca ma asteptau sa-i iau – pantalonii perfecti de motociclist, sau mai bine zis motociclista. Si de-atunci am inceput sa ma entuziasmez mai tare, atat de tare incat eu am avut mai repede echipamentul complet decat Dan. Iar eu nici macar nu conduc motocicleta, ca nu am carnet de tip A. Deja ma imaginam in videoclipul lui Lana del Rey (o varianta mai putin ciudata), cu pletele-n vant, afara soare si cald. Si sincer in realitate e putin mai diferit, e mult mai interesant decat mi-am imaginat! Si ca sa va conving asa putin, am pus cateva poze din excursia cea mai recenta, sper sa va placa!

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Both of our jackets – Cow, Manchester

My trousers – Cow, Manchester

Dan’s trousers – Afflecks, Manchester

Both of our helmets – Arai

Our shoes – All Shoes, Baia Mare, Romania

Motorbike – Yamaha Virago 535

 

♥ Andra

Bright colours for rainy days

zara converse EN   Even though it’s still freezing sometimes, I refuse to wear my big coat anymore. I mean, come on, it’s almost summer! I am getting way too excited about wearing dresses and shorts. Especially when we’re bombarded with loads of fun and summery clothes in the shops and in the magazines. So to make it a bit more fun, I chose to wear my new zara coat – a very trendy coat that doesn’t keep you warm at all. But I like it. And it’s also kind of rain proof which in the UK is a must. The weather has been horrible lately. Rain and dark clouds, cold winds… and a lot of grey. So I got really excited to find this wall that shows a totally opposite image and I thought why not – at least express what’s in my mind and not what’s outside.

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RO    Desi e inca destul de frig, refuz categoric sa port paltonul. Totusi… e aproape luna Iunie si eu inca trebuie sa ma imbrac ca in luna Februarie – ceva nu pusca! Si citim revistele de moda, mergem prin magazine, peste tot online vedem doar haine de vara, colectii noi, rochii si pantaloni scurti..insa hai sa fim seriosi, nu putem forta vara nici prea tare. Ca sa ma consolez mi-am luat o geaca din colectia de vara (tot geaca, dar macar e din colectia vara) de la zara. O geaca tare draguta care nu tine cald deloc. Da’ deloc. Dar macar ii faina si ma protejeaza de ploaie, ceva esential in Anglia. Mai nou zilele au fost reci, innorate si prea ploioase. Am iesit afara si o atmosfera apasatoare, ca-n poezia lui Bacovia – Plumb. Si in tot peisajul asta gri am dat de-un perete roooz si coloraaat – tocmai ce-mi lipsea! 
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Trousers – Asos
Top – zara
Shoes – Converse
Bag – Vintage
Headphones – Frends

 

♥ Andra

Work with fashion..on a budget

vintage finds royal top lace and wide trousersEN    My friend was pointing out the other day how many new clothes she sees me posting all the time. It may seem like I spend a lot of money on shopping. I might spend more than I should, but I like to be practical about it. And I like to use my Economics degree to make it look like I’m being efficient, when I’m actually just looking for excuses I guess.. But just to prove to you how I like to roll – this outfit cost me under 15 pounds. The top was a find in a Vintage Kilo sale that’s happening now every weekend in Manchester. It cost me 2 Pounds. And the trousers are Primark, which of course were affordable enough – around a tenner. So was it a good investment? I think so. I like to always look for bargains, so it’s hard to resist such temptations. What are your biggest fashion splurges? Let me know in the comments below!

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RO   O prietena mi-a spus recent ca mereu vede haine noi la mine pe blog si nu stie cum pot s-o tin tot asa, avand in vedere ca blogul e doar un hobby. Probabil dau impresia ca mereu sunt la shopping si ca am prea multe haine. O fi adevarat, nu zic nu. Insa chiar daca imi cumpar haine mai des, sunt atenta la cat cheltui. Imi place enorm sa compar preturile, stiu ce este pe piata la magazinele populare, stiu ca daca gasesc ceva ce-mi place la H&M pot sa compar automat calitatea si pretul cu ce-as gasi la celelalte magazine. Pentru mine-i o distractie maxima sa caut oferta cea mai buna si deseori dau de adevarate comori. E o pasiune sa analizez piata si mereu mi-am dorit sa fiu personal shopper doar pentru asta. De exemplu tinuta de mai jos e sub 100 RON. Bluza am gasit-o la un magazin vintage la aproximativ 10 RON. Iar pantalonii m-au costat cam 60 RON, de la Primark. Desi i-am luat de ceva vreme, pantalonii in stilul asta sunt tare in voga acum si nu-i mai gasesc la pretul asta. Asa ca eu zic ca am facut o afacere foarte buna. Ofertele sunt slabiciunea mea. A voastra care e? Spuneti-mi intr-un comentariu mai jos.  vintage finds royal top lace and wide trousersvintage finds royal top lace and wide trousers vintage finds royal top lace and wide trousers vintage finds royal top lace and wide trousers teacups manchester flourless chocolate cakevintage finds royal top lace and wide trousers

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Top – Vintage

Trousers – Primark

♥ Andra

A life without a TV

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EN     This week I got in the mailbox another letter saying that I need to declare that I do not have a TV, otherwise I will risk a one thousand pounds fine if it proves that I am watching TV illegally. And, again, I had to contact them to tell them that no, I don’t watch TV. It seems that for them is way more likely to assume I’m doing something illegal, rather than believing me. There’s no point of discussing more about what a bunch of assholes they are (I made sure they know), but the idea is simple – you don’t need a TV to have fun. At least, I don’t. The main reason we decided not to have one, was because it leads to procastination – which we hate. And now, when the weather is so stunning I just want to be outside, I want to go on small trips, I want to explore, I want to drink mojitos in a beer garden and have breakfast outside, I want picnics, I want walks, I don’t want to stay at home and spend too much time looking at how others have the time of their lives. So I hope to inspire you just a tiny bit to turn off that TV (or laptop) and go outside, let’s go have fun!

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RO    Pentru a nu stiu cata oara vin acasa si gasesc in posta o scrisoare amenintatoare – riscam o amenda de 1000 lire daca nu ne facem licenta la TV. Iar ii contactez pe cei cu pricina sa le spun ca nu avem licenta pentru ca nu avem televizor, pentru ca nu ne uitam la televizor in nicio forma (online, sau satelit sau stiu eu). N-are rost sa punctam cat de tarani nesimtiti sunt ei ca ne tot bat la cap cu amenintari (m-am asigurat sa le-o spun intr-o maniera tipic englezeasca – un sarcasm fin pe care doar aici il poti invata), dar ideea e urmatoarea – ei prefera sa creada ca noi facem ceva ilegal, decat sa creada ca nu avem un televizor in casa. Si motivul pentru care am hotarat sa nu avem, e pentru ca ne impinge la procastinare, ceva ce noi evitam din tot sufletul. E de-ajuns Facebook-ul, Instagram si Youtube.. Si mai ales ca acum vine caldura, si soarele, si vremea buna.. vreau sa stau afara, vreau excursii, vreau plimbari, vreau iesiri la terase, vreau sa ma bucur de viata si nu sa ma uit la TV la altii cum se bucura de viata. Si e mult mai usor cand tentatia nu e accesibila (a.k.a. – televizorul). Asa ca va invit si pe voi sa opriti televizorul, sa iesiti afara la aer, la natura, la viata! ivntage floral skirt high waist spring summer ivntage floral skirt high waist spring summer ivntage floral skirt high waist spring summer ivntage floral skirt high waist spring summer ivntage floral skirt high waist spring summer

Skirt – Thunder Egg Manchester

Bag – Vintage

Shoes – Deichman

Top – David Coral

Necklace – Claire’s

Glasses – Versace

 

♥ Andra

Out and about

h&M nautical top fcuk coat spring summer day starbucksEN   This past week my daily schedule changed a lot. After work and gym, Dan and I would go out for a long walk just to enjoy the warm weather. This means that after sweating at the gym, I need to break another record, by being ready as quick as possible to go out and not miss a second of the sun. On average it will take me about 15 minutes (shower included!) and I always opt for something a bit more comfortable, but chic enough. I like this top because you can pair it with whatever you like. At first I took a white skirt and a white blazer and there you go – a classy look. The second option was with a pair of high waisted short jeans and a pair of converse – pure chicness (if that’s a word). I chose the more boring one just because it was a bit too cold for the other two. And you know me, I prefer smart and comfortable over fashionable.

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RO   In ultima saptamana, rutina mea zilnica s-a schimbat destul de tare. Fiind soare in fiecare zi, Dan si cu mine am ales sa iesim la plimbari dupa programul obisnuit de servici si sport. Asta inseamna ca mereu ajung dupa ora 9 seara acasa si inseamna ca dupa sport trebuie sa fiu gata cat de repede de iesit. Cel mai simplu e sa aleg o tintua comoda, dar nici prea plictisitoare. Imi place tare mult bluzita asta de la H&M. Am impresia ca merge la orice. Initial mi-am imaginat-o in combinatie cu o fusta cu talie inalta alba si un sacou alb peste. A doua varianta a fost cu o pereche de blugi scurti cu talie inalta si niste Conversi – de vis! Insa am ales o varianta putin mai simpla, pentru ca mi-ar fi fost prea frig altfel. Va las acum, ma duc sa pregatesc mielul. Am vopsit cateva oua cu coji de ceapa, mama a trimis niste hrean de casa, iar mama soacra niste slaninuta – asa, ca sa ne simtim ca acasa. Va dorim un Paste Fericit si sa profitati de zilele libere, sa va bucurati de familie si de prieteni. Va pupam, cu drag, Andra si Dan.

 

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Bag – Vintage

Faux Leather Trousers – Primark

Nautical Top – H&M

Sunglasses – Topshop

Leather Boots – H&M

 

❤ Andra