Wedding Outfit – Ted Baker Dress

macaroons wedding seasideThe reason I went to Romania was to celebrate my cousin’s wedding. So now I want to show you what I wore. It was just a week before the wedding that I started looking for a dress. I knew I wanted something long and flowy, as the weeding took place at the seaside. And like no other time, I found the dress after a couple of hours at Ted Baker. On sale. Could it be any better than that? I don’t think so!

I personally love the dress and it’s so so comfortable…so here it goes, I hope you like it too!

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Vizita mea in Romania a fost cu scopul de a merge la nunta verisoarei mele. Si pentru ca mi-a placut tare mult rochia pe care am purtat-o, m-am gandit sa v-o arat si voua. 

Cu doar o saptamana inainte de a pleca din Manchester am avut timp sa merg sa-mi caut rochie… si ce credeti? In cateva ore am si gasit-o! Si mai era si la reducere! 

E prima data cand port o rochie lunga. Mereu le-am evitat, fiind mai mica de inaltime. Insa mi-a placut cum a aratat in final si a fost extrem de comoda. Cred ca am sa mai port. Urmatoarea poate pe rosu. Va las sa savurati pozele, sper sa va placa! 

ted baker wedding dress Zara costume outfit seaside Ted Baker dress seaside weddingAnd like no other time, I found the dress after a couple of hours at Ted Baker. And like no other time, I found the dress after a couple of hours at Ted Baker.

 

I wore a Ted Baker Dress.

Dan wore a Zara suit, shirt and shoes. Zara from head to toe.

History repeats itself

engagement photoshoot white wedding dress30 years ago, my parents decided to get married. They called their parents and told them to meet them at the city hall the next day. No details were needed, they all knew. After signing the papers, my mum and dad took the train to the sea side, where they decided to spend their honey moon. And that’s when they took a couple of photos: my mum dressed in a homemade white top and skirt, and my dad wearing a suit borrowed from my mum’s brother and a hat borrowed from the theater.

To celebrate our engagement, mum came with a great idea: to have a photo shoot in the same spot they had 30 years ago, with me wearing the same dress she kept all this time. And that’s what we did. Here are some of my favourite photos with me and Dan, all made by my father.

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Acum 30 de ani, mama si tata au hotarat sa se casatoreasca. Si-au sunat parintii sa vina urmatoarea zi la starea civila iar dupa ce au semnat actele au luat trenul spre mare unde aveau sa-si petreaca luna de miere. Din intamplare s-au intalnit la mare cu un prieten de-al tatalui, care era si el fotograf. Atunci au hotarat sa se intalneasca intr-o dupa amiaza, la o mica sedinta foto la cazinoul din Constanta. Mama si-a adus de acasa o bluza si o fusta de matase facute manual, pe care le-a legat la mijloc cu o panglica din acelasi material. Si-a impletit o coronita din flori de camp si si-a facut un buchetel. Tata a imprumutat costumul de la unchiu si au inchiriat jobenul de la teatru. 

Intamplarea a facut ca o data cu aniversarea lor sa sarbatorim si logodna noastra. Si-asa mama a venit cu o idee extraordinara: sa-mi imprumute tinuta ei pe care a pastrat-o in tot acest timp si sa mergem sa facem poze in aceeasi locatie unde erau ei, proaspat casatoriti, acum 30 de ani. Rezultatul nu se compara cu poza originala, insa mai bine de-atat nu putea iesi! Va invit sa savurati pozele mele preferate de pana acum, poze facute de tata. 

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Andra and Dan, Constanta 2014

Sale sale everywhere

ted baker bag steve madden shoes white blazerLadies, is one of our favourite times of the year: the sale! And even though I was planning not to do any shopping this month, I couldn’t resist the temptation. There were (and still are) many good offers at Victoria’s Secret, Ted Baker, Selfridges, Zara and Topshop. These were my favourite. So if you haven’t got the chance to go yet, I truly recomend these shops. However, almost all the great bags that were on sale at Selfridges are gone now.. And even though I’ve said this before, I want to say it again: just because it’s sale, don’t make the mistake of buying everything. Try to be a little bit practical in your decision. Because guess what? The new collections are coming and then another sale is coming and then another season.. and it goes on and on..so there’s always plenty to choose from. In this outfit I’m showing you two sale beauties that I’ve purchased: The Ted Baker bag, which I love. One thing about Ted Baker: I’ve noticed that in the actual Ted Baker shop some things are cheaper than in the small concessions in Selfridges or House of Fraser. They also have more products, so I recommend checking the main store first. And a pair of Steve Madden sandals. I wanted something very comfortable and these seemed just right.

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E perioada reducerilor, una din perioadele noastre preferate. Asa ca, in ciuda planului meu de a nu merge la shopping luna asta.. m-am dus. Ca nu m-am putut abtine. Tin minte cand am mers in prima zi la un magazin tip department store, pe nume Selfridges. E un magazin ce gazduieste firme de lux in general. Si chiar la intrare se gaseau gentile reduse.. stiti reducerile la Zara, cu hainele toate aruncate in stanga dreapta pe masa si nimic la locul lui? Cam asa era aici, doar ca erau genti de sute de de lire… de la diferiti designeri.. si multe multe fete in stanga dreapta cautand. Pentru ca, cine nu si-ar dori o geanta Celine la jumatate de pret? Eu am hotarat sa revin dupa cateva zile.. cand deja se vanduse aproape tot. Mai ramasesera cateva gentute mici de la Alexander McQueen la care m-am uitat in liniste.. am analizat cu atentie fiecare detaliu.. erau absolut superbe.. si chiar daca erau la jumatate de pret, erau mult peste bugetul meu asa ca le-am lasat deoparte. Am optat in schimb sa imi iau o geanta Ted Baker, pe care o port in poze. Ted Baker e o firma englezeasca, au cateva magazine prin State.. dar mai putin cunoscuta in Europa. E o firma de vis.. de o calitate foarte buna si un design deosebit. E una din firmele mele preferate. Tot in poze port si o pereche de sandale Steven Madden, achizitionate tot la reducere. Am vrut ceva cat mai comod si le-am gasit la fix. Voi ce oferte ati gasit? Ce magazine credeti ca au reduceri foarte bune in Romania? Sunt tare curioasa sa vad daca s-a mai schimbat ceva. ted baker bag steve madden shoes white blazer ted baker bag steve madden shoes white blazer ted baker bag steve madden shoes white blazer ted baker bag steve madden shoes white blazer ted baker bag steve madden shoes white blazer

Blazer – H&M

Top – Primark

Necklace – New Look

Jeans – Asos

Bag – Ted Baker

Shoes – Steve Madden

 

♥ Andra

Paris Day Four: Disney Land

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Disneyland was not something we planned to visit while in Paris. but based on everyone’s recommendations we had to go and see it. If you’ve never been there, you should know that there are two main parks: Walt Disney Studios and Disneyland Park. We bought a ticket for both of them and we started with the Studios. The first impression? I felt like it wasn’t worth the money… and after a while we decided to go to Disneyland Park. Now that’s when the magic happened! Compared to the Studios, this was more beautiful, more impressive and definitely more ‘wow’. We instantly felt like we’re in a different world. We tried to test all the rides, that was our goal. And yes, we had to wait in line for most of the times. And it wasn’t even that busy.. But that’s something that all theme parks have: long queues. And my favourite part was the ending show. At 11 pm a show started that lasted around half an hour.. it was simply beautiful. Check out the short Youtube video at the end to have an idea of how the ending show was.  So yes, I do recommend you visit Disneyland but only if you stay more days in Paris. In my opinion, the city should come first.

Prices: Approximately 70/adult/ one park or €80 for both parks. 

Children have discounts. If booked in advance, the ticket is cheaper.

Access: Via train from Paris city centre (lasts around an hour)

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Nu aveam in gand sa mergem la Disneyland, dar pentru ca toata lumea ne-a recomandat sa mergem am zis ca mergem. Am ajuns acolo si am vazut ca sunt doua parcuri: Walt Disney Studios si Disneyland Park. Am ales sa le vedem pe amandoua si am inceput cu Studios. Dupa primele minute amandoi eram usor dezamagiti..si aveam impresia ca nu a meritat banii. Ne-am dat pe cateva carusele iar apoi am ales sa mergem la Disneyland Park. De data asta alta a fost impresia! Amandoi am ramas surprinsi la cat de bine totul era aranjat si prezentat. Te simteai efectiv ca faci parte din alta lume. In cadrul parcului erau mai multe zone cu tematici diferite. Intr-adevar deosebit! Singurul dezavantaj, ca in orice parc de distractii, a fost asteptatul la coada aproape pentru fiecare carusel sau vizita. Partea mea preferata a fost la final. La ora 11 seara a inceput un show cu muzica, desene, artificii, fantani arteziene care a durat aproximativ o jumtatate de ora. Am pus la finalul postarii un mic filmulet de pe youtube cu finalul, sa va faceti o idee. 

Per total va recomand sa mergeti la Disneyland, dar doar daca aveti suficient timp la dispozitie. Parerea mea e ca orasul ar trebui sa fie prioritar. 

Preturi:  aproximativ €70 /adult/ un parc sau €80 amandoua. 

Copii au reducere. Biletele cumparate in avans sunt mai ieftine.

Acces: cu trenul, din centrul Parisului (dureaza cam o ora)

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Here’s a small part of the final show

♥ Andra

Paris Day Three: Louvre, Pont des Arts and a Ring

Paris Louvre Engagement storyLike every day there, we woke up early and went to enjoy my favourite breakfast: fresh bread and croissants with Nutella and a fresh coffee with milk. Today was time to go and visit the Louvre Museum. We arrived quite early in order to avoid the queues. The entrance was free as we’re under 26 and from the UE. I advise you to always bring your passport/ID with you as you’ll see many offers like this. The only thing we paid for was an audio guide which I totally recommend. It’s like a mini laptop with touch screen, with a map and it can tell you everything about anything. We chose to make the route of the masterpieces of the museum. We stayed there half a day.

In the meantime I was carrying with me a padlock, already with our initials written and I wanted to put it on the Pont des Arts (the famous bridge), like many other lovers do. I know it’s just a symbolic thing, but I like these things. Last time I did something similar was when I was in Rome. I threw a coin in Fontana di Trevi and my wish was to be with Dan. We weren’t together at the moment. And that was 6 years ago.

It was already late afternoon, we were a bit tired and we were constantly looking for a quiet place. Yes, a quiet place in the busy Paris. No, it wasn’t easy to find. That’s when we tought: a park! let’s go to Parc du Luxembourg! It looked so big on the map, we were sure we’ll find a quiet place there, just for the two of us. As we entered everyone was everywhere. But we didn’t give up. We walked and walked and walked so far, until we found a small garden. We took two chairs and put them in the middle of the grass.

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Ca de obicei, ne-am trezit devreme si ne-am dus jos la micul dejun: paine proaspata (usor calda) si croissante crocante cu Nutella si cafea cu lapte. N-am zabovit prea mult ca sa putem ajunge la Muzeul Louvre drevreme. Nu am stat mult la coada si deja eram la casa de bilete. Pentru ca avem sub 26 ani si suntem din UE, nu trebuie sa platim intrarea. Va sugerez sa purtati cu voi pasaportul sau buletinul pentru ca trebuie sa dovediti asta. Singurul lucru pentru care am platit a fost ghidul audio care a fost foarte bun. Am avut fiecare un mini laptop, cu ecran touch screen si cu casti. aveam o mapa GPS si puteam vedea mereu unde suntem. Puteam sa alegem ce vrem sa ascultam si cat. Noi ne-am ales traseul capodoperelor de arta, pentru ca stiam ca nu vrem sa stam toata ziua. Asa ne-a luat o jumatate de zi.

Dupa asta am vrut sa ne oprim la Pont des Arts (faimosul pod), unde aveam in gand sa pun un lacat adus de-acasa, gata ‘gravat’ cu initialele noastre. Stiu ca e doar asa simbolic, insa imi plac lucrurile de genul. Am mai facut ceva asemanator cand am fost in Roma. Am aruncat o moneda in Fontana di Trevi cu dorinta de a fi cu Dan. Asta s-a intamplat acum 6 ani.

Deja era foarte tarziu si amandoi eram putin obositi. Cautam un loc mai linistit, unde sa putem fi doar noi. Dar sa gasesti un loc linistit in Paris e ca si cum ai cauta acul in carul cu fan. Probabil or fi, dar nu asa vizible pentru un turist.. Am luat harta si-am vazut ca suntem aproape de Parc du Luxembourg. Era mare si ne-am gandit ca trebuie sa gasim acolo un locsor mai intim, de unde sa luam o pauza de la atatia turisti, atatia vanzatori ambulanti si aparate foto. Cand am intrat in parc am fost dezamagiti… lume peste tot… Dar pentru ca stiam ca e mare parcul, am zis sa ne plimbam pana gasim ceva. Si-am gasit. Locul perfect: umbra, totul verde in jurul nostru, liniste, doar noi doi.

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When I was in high school I was reading an Elle magazine, with Jennifer Lopez on the cover. I was flipping through the first pages when I stumbled upon a picture of a ring. Then it hit me: this is the ring! There I was, I had no idea who I am going to marry with, where, when…but I knew: I want to have this ring. Since then, I always knew I want that ring… it is a classic design.. and I liked it. Okay, maybe I loved it! So of course, when things got a bit serious with Dan I said to him (more as a joke): ‘If you ever plan to buy me a ring, I want one like this!’. I didn’t have the magazine with me, but I showed him one from the Tiffany’s website. You see, that was a while ago. But he remembered.

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Eram prin liceu si rasfoiam revista Elle cu Jennifer Lopez pe coperta. Eram la primele pagini cand brusc m-am oprit la o reclama pe toata pagina cu un inel. Si-atunci m-a lovit: asta e inelul! Pe vremea aia nu aveam prieten, nu stiam cu cine ma voi casatori, cand, cum… dar stiam sigur: vreau inelul asta! E un model clasic si ma reprezinta in totalitate. Asa ca, dupa ce relatia cu Dan a devenit mai serioasa i-am spus mai in gluma, mai in serios (mai mult in gluma), ca daca e sa-mi ia vreodata inel, pe asta-l vreau! Tin minte ca nu aveam revista la mine, dar repede am intrat pe site la Tiffany’s sa-i arat modelul. Asta a fost mai demult… dar el si-a amintit.

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After the visit to the Louvre, we were both feeling very inspired. We were talking about making a change in the future, about making something great. Maybe not as great as Da Vinci or Michelangelo, but something that matters. We were both talking about wanting to have a big garden and a big house with a big swimming pool. It was not the first time we were talking about the future. But this time it was different. This time Dan told me he can’t wait any longer…. The rest is just too hard to put it in writing.. but yes, he had the ring and I said yes. More than once.

The rest of the night was just about us. Every sentence started or eneded with the word ‘fiance’ or ‘fiancee’. We headed towards the Latin Quarter and then we took a long walk in search for the perfect restaurant with a view over the Eiffel tower, for our dinner.

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Dupa vizita la muzeul Louvre amandoi ne simteam foarte inspirati. Stateam in parc si vorbeam despre cum vom face si noi ceva deosebit in viata asta. Poate nu asa deosebit ca Da Vinci sau Michelangelo, dar ceva ce sa conteze. Vorbeam cum vom avea si noi o gradina mare, verde, o casa cu piscina si cateva animalute. Nu era prima data cand vorbeam despre asta. Doar ca de data asta a fost altfel. De data asta Dan mi-a spus ca nu mai are rabdare… restul ramane intre noi, e prea greu de pus pe hartie… Dar da, a avut inelul pe care mi l-am dorit… iar eu am spus da. De mai multe ori.

Restul serii a fost o continua celebrare a logodnei. Fiecare propozitie incepea sau se termina cu ‘logodnicul meu’, ‘logodnica mea’. Ne-am plimbat prin cartierul latin iar apoi am inceput sa cautam un restaurant cu vedere spre Turnul Eiffel, pentru a lua cina.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

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♥ Andra and Dan

Paris Day Two: Eiffel Tower, Great food, Great weather

Paris Eiffel Tower, Montmartre, Sacre Coeur, Moulin Rouge, Holiday, Summer, Romantic tripGet ready to be bombarded with loads of photos in front of the Eiffel Tower. It’s just the best background. It automatically makes every single picture look more awesome. Anyway, let’s get back to our journey: We woke up early in order to get at the Eiffel Tower in time, to avoid the queues. However, they opened the lifts to go to the top after 12pm. So My advice: if you do want to go to the top (which I recommend), go there at around 11 pm so you don’t have to wait too much to see everything. Prices to go up: 9€ / adult – middle. 15€ / adult – top. Waiting in the queues can’t be avoided.. there’s just too many tourists. Just bare that in mind and try not to be bothered by it. We spent there around 3 hours (or more). After that we stayed in the park nearby to enjoy our fresh sandwiches. There was a huge projector with the French Open Final with Maria Sharapova and Simona Halep. We stayed there a bit just because we are great supporters of Simona, as she represents the country we’re from.

After staring at the Eiffel Tower from all possible angles and gardens and places.. we went further to Montmartre. This place was full of interesting shops, beautiful cafes and, the main attraction: Sacre-Coeur. The shops are a bit expensive as they have exclusive products, the cafes and restaurants are comparable to the UK and the entrance to Sacre-Coeur is free.

The final stop was Moulin-Rouge. After that we walked around the city for a bit. It was almost 11 pm and it was still nice and warm. It reminded me of the summers at home. It seemed like the city came to live. More locals were out, drinking on a terrace, talking in their beautiful french and laughing. A lot of laughing. I didn’t want to go back to our hotel. But we were tired.. and I wanted to rest for the next day. We were planning to go to the Louvre. But in the end it turned out to be much more…. to be continued..

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Asteptati-va sa fiti bombardati cu o sumedenie de poze cu Turnul Eiffel. Degeaba, orice poza arata bine cu el in cadru. A fost si primul lucru pe care l-am vizitat in a doua zi, asa ca am fost fresh si dornici de pozat. Ne-am trezit devreme tocmai ca sa evitam cozile. Dar degeaba am ajuns noi mai devreme, ca au deschis lifturile pentru a urca in varf doar dupa ora 12pm. De aceea va recomand sa mergeti in jurul orei 11, ca sa nu asteptati prea mult pentru a urca in varf (asta daca vreti). sunt doua optiuni: va opriti la mijloc (9€ / adult) Sau continuati pana in varf (inca 6 €, in total 15). Dupa vizita, ne-am pus in parc de unde puteam sa admiram frumosul turn, in timp ce am mancat putin. Intre timp am observat ca au pus un ecran imens pe care era proiectata finala de tenis intre Sharapova si Simona Halep. Plin de romani mandri, plini de steaguri tricolore.. a fost un sentiment frumos! 

Urmatoarea oprire a fost cartierul Montmartre. Un loc cu stradute inguste, cladiri cu arhitecturi deosebite..si lucrul meu preferat: multe flori. Am pierdut vremea plimbandu-ne printre stradute, uitandu-ne la cateva magazine cu produse speciale iar in final am ajuns la Sacre-Couer. Desi nu era voie sa faci poze, toata lumea isi ascundea aparatul sau telefonul pe sub mana si pozau non stop. De ce? Nu stiu. Noi am ales in schimb sa admiram arhitectura, sa ascultam corul care tocmai incepuse si sa ne bucuram de moment, pe moment. Intrarea a fost gratuita.

Ne-am odihnit apoi savurand o masa copioasa la un restaurant local, cu mancaruri bio. Din pacate n-am retinut numele localului si nu l-am gasit online, insa oriunde am mancat in Paris mi-a placut enorm. E adevarat, am si cautat localuri aglomerate, cu mancaruri gatite, terase aranjate. In medie plateam aproximativ 30 € / persoana mancare si bautura. 

Cu burta plina ne-am indreptat inspre Moulin Rouge unde Dan ar fi stat la un show (sau doua) dar cineva n-a fost de acord. Deja se facuse ora 11 seara si parca orasul se trezea la viata. Multi localnici erau afara, pe terase, eram inconjurata de o armoa de parfumuri de la fetele gatite de iesit in oras. Franceza lor dadea impresia ca aveau cele mai intereante discutii. Doar ca tot ce intelegeam eu era ‘Qui Qui’. Era perfect, cald dar nu prea cald, imi aducea aminte de serile cu colegii de liceu in centrul vechi in Baia Mare, cum stateam noptile afara si povesteam. Era vremea perfecta si compania perfecta. N-as fi vrut sa plec la hotel insa eram amandoi prea obositi. Si planuisem o gramada de lucruri pentru urmatoarea zi.. iar Dan mai planuise ceva ce aveam sa aflu abia spre finalul zilei… 

 

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Next: Luvru, Pont des Arts, The Latin Quarter and Our Engagement Story…

❤  Andra

Paris Day One: Exploring the city

Paris Visit holiday Champs Elysees Arc de Triomph Exploring the city3 am. The alarm goes on: it’s time to wake up, it’s time for our holiday! We quickly wake up and get ready for the flight. We arrive in the train station, as we need to take a train to the Airport. Dan goes and asks someone when is the next train. He tells us to go to the wrong platform. Did we miss the train? Of course we did! Was I angry? A little bit. So here we are, running like crazy at 4:30 am in the morning. We finally get to the airport (in time). Once on the plane, we take out our guide book and start planning our first day in Paris. For the first day we chose to explore. We chose to walk around the city, stare at the beautiful architecture and tick off some of the main attractions from the list. This was our journey:

We took the metro to Champs-Elysees Clemenceau and walked around until we reached the Arc de Triomphe. After that we took a boat trip around the Eiffel tower and the two islands: Ile de Cite and Ile St Louis. On our way we stopped at Notre Dame, but it was too busy so we didn’t go in. Our evening ended with a great feast from Laduree, a popular location for those who love desserts. I’ll show you now some photos of our journey and some ideas and tips about the things we’ve seen.

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3 dimineata. Alarma suna: e timpul sa ne trezim, a sosit ziua cea mare, mergem la Paris! Repede ne ridicam din pat, ne pregatim si suntem gata de mers la gara. Trebuia sa luam un tren pana la aeroport. Ajungem la gara si tipul de la informatii ne trimite la platforma gresita. Fugim repede sa realizam ca nu suntem unde trebuie. No hai, fuga inapoi la platforma care trebuie. Trenul deja pornise. Normal ca l-am pierdut! Asa ca asteptam urmatorul tren… Se putea sa nu fie cu peripetii? Nu, asa e mai interesant! Amandoi am rasulftat usurati odata ce-am ajuns in avion si repede ne-am luat cartea cu Paris, sa ne planificam ce vom face odata ce ajungem in oras. Pentru prima zi am ales sa ne plimbam mai mult, sa vizitam cateva obiective la care nu trebuie sa stam la coada. Aceasta a fost ruta noastra: Am luat metroul pana la Champs-Elysees Clemenceau. De-acolo ne-am plimbat pana am ajuns la Arcul de Triumf. Dupa am facut o excursie cu barca pe langa turnul Eiffel si cele doua insule: Ile de Cite si Ile St Louis. Pe traseu ne-am oprit si la Notre Dame insa era prea aglomerat si nu am intrat. Iar ziua s-a terminat cu un ospat de la Laduree, o cofetarie populara pentru iubitorii de deserturi. Urmeaza sa va arat traseul parcurs in poze, iar apoi sa va impartasesc cateva idei si sfaturi despre ceea ce-am vazut. 

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The boat trip is a must do! You get a guide who tells you a bit of information about the surroundings. It took approx one hour. It was a great way to enjoy the city while relaxing a bit, or sleeping (in Dan’s case). But don’t worry, he didn’t miss much. I quickly woke him up with my constant enthusiasm: “look there, and there, and there!”. Price: 15 € / person. 

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Recomand cu tarie excursia cu barca. Dureaza aproximativ o ora, are un ghid care descrie in cateva cuvinte importantele cladiri pe langa care trecem. Interesant si interactiv! E o ocazie perfecta de-a vedea mai mult din Paris si e foarte relaxant in acelasi timp. Iar in cazul lui Dan, e o ocazie perfecta de-a trage un pui de somn. Dar stati linistiti, ca n-a apucat sa doarma mult cu mine langa el, extrem de entuziasmata: ” Oa, uita-te la aia! Si la aia! Vai, ai vazut aia?”. Pretul excursiei: 15 € / persoana. 
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It’s no wonder why Laduree is so popular. They are extremely delicious! And yes, perhaps their marketing strategy has something to do with it as well. Their packaging is amazing. Every single detail, every single piece of macaroon looks flawless. There are more Laduree shops in the city, but my favourite location is the one on Champs Elysees.

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Nu degeaba sunt populare deserturile Laduree. Sunt dementiale! Si da, poate si marketingul are de-a face putin (mai mult) cu asta. Accentul pe care-l pun pe ambalaj e incredibil.  Am vazut mai multe locatii insa preferata mea e cea de pe Champs Elysees: totul e…intr-un cuvant: grandios! Pretul e si el… grandios! Dar sunt delicioase. 
Paris Laduree dessert

Next: Paris Day Two: The Eiffel Tower, Montmartre, Sacre-Coeur, Moulin Rouge.

♥ Andra

Travel look: the chic playsuit

playsuit Miss Selfridge Holiday ParisI have started to make a list of what I’m going to wear in Paris. It’s still incomplete, but the concept is simple: comfortable and chic at the same time. Because we had a great Sunday today, I wanted to wear the playsuit I recently bought from Miss Selfridge. And yes, I’ll take it with me on holiday, it’s so comfortable! But the main thing that I wanted to have with me was the backpack. I was looking for one for a while. When I travel I have to have in my bag a bottle of water, napkins, a snack, my camera, my passport, a map.. too many things for a bag! This way, I don’t care how heavy it is, at least it’s easier to carry (and pretty too!). I wanted something simple and white so it goes with anything. And I found the perfect one at New Look. Now I just need to start packing and get ready. I can’t wait!

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Incet, incet am inceput sa-mi fac lista pentru Paris. Mi-e greu sa ma hotarasc dar stiu sigur ca vreau ceva cat mai comod dar chic in acelasi timp. Azi am avut o duminica insorita, asa ca am putut sa ma imbrac mai subtire si-am ales noul playsuit cumparat de la Miss Selfridge. E o firma din UK foarte faina, din punctul meu de vedere. Am ales sa iau cu mine playsuitul si in vacanta; eu zic ca e la fix! Si tot pentru vacanta am cautat de mult timp un rucsac. Nu stiu voi, dar eu cand vizitez un oras trebuie sa am la mine o sticla de apa, aparatul foto, o harta, niste servetele umede, ceva ciocolata sau un sandwich … si toate astea sunt prea multe de carat intr-o geanta. Asa ca am vrut un rucsacel mai elegant, cat mai simplu, alb, care sa mearga la fix cu toate tinutele pe care le voi purta. Am gasit unul perfect la New Look. Acum ramane doar sa-mi fac lista de bagaje si sa incep sa impachetez… abia asteeept! playsuit Miss Selfridge Holiday Paris

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Playsuit – Miss Selfridge

Backpack – New Look

Cardigan – Made by grandmother (or grand grandmother)

Shoes, Sunglasses – Primark

Necklace – Persunmall

 

♥ Andra

Tip Thursday: My Daily Inspiration

dreamy morning I am a simple girl who likes to express her creativity by writing a blog about her personal style and inspiration.  I am packet with a semiprofessional camera and a very patient boyfriend who will always find time to take photos of what I wear. What I do here is a hobby. However, there are loads of professional bloggers out there who work together with a team to provide us great content. Sometimes so great that I think it’s better than a magazine or a book that I can find on a shelf. Because we all spend loads of time online, I wanted to share with you some of my favourite links related to different themes. Scroll down for the list and a bit of information about each. As I mentioned, they are all professional, full time bloggers. The quality of their content is just amazing. Enjoy :)

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Nu demult vorbeam de ideea de a avea un blog pentru a ne exprima ideile, creativitatea, detaliile despre un proiect et cetera. Eu personal creez aceste postari cand am putin timp liber. Pozele sunt facute cu un aparat semiprofesional si de catre un fotograf neprofesional: iubitul meu mult prea rabdator. Spre deosebire de mine, insa, sunt persoane care asta fac pe post de full time job. Sunt bloguri care au in spate o intreaga echipa pentru a crea ceva extraordinar. Azi vreau sa vorbesc despre genul asta de bloguri. Cand sunt pe internet, incerc sa reduc timpul pierdut pe Facebook si sa citesc mai mult bloguri sau articole online care-mi aduc ceva in plus, dar care tot o metoda de relaxare sunt. Mai jos am facut o lista cu mai multe linkuri in functie de tema principala, pe care eu le consider extraordinare. Sper sa va placa! :)

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FASHION

This is the most interesting topic for me, so of course I’ll have to share more than one link!

The cherry blossom girl is my fantasy of style. Probably not a favourite for you, but definitely something that screams my name: pastel colors, light make up, flowers, dresses, romance..

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Pentru ca e topicul meu preferat, va dau doua linkuri in loc de unul!

The cherry blossom girl este o reprezentare vizuala a imaginatiei mele. Suna ciudat, poate, dar e exact stilul meu, exact ceaa ce ma reprezinta: culori pastelate, machiaj natural, rochii, fuste, flori, romantism…

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Kayture is just pure beauty. It’s the main reason I dream of having the opportunity to wear designer clothes. She styles them in such a beautiful way.

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Kayture e pur si simplu un deliciu vizual. O fata frumoasa, fotogenica, cu un stil impecabil. Colaboreaza deseori cu branduri si designeri de renume. De fiecare data mi se pare ca scoate in evidenta calitatea, eleganta si unicitatea hainelor pe care le alege.

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HEALTHY RECIPES

Hungry Healthy Happy is a great blog that has loads of useful information about eating healthy and having a healthy lifestyle in general. However, my favourite thing is the recipes part: healthy ideas for deserts.

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Hungry Healthy Happy va ofera o varietate de articole legate de stilul de viata sanatos, sport, diete. Partea mea preferata e meniul cu retete, in special ideile de desert sanatos.

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DIY PROJECTS

A Beautiful Mess teaches you how to DIY so many things! And their photos are absolutely amazing. What I like about them is that they talk about different things, so the variety of topics is big. You’ll definitely find something useful on their blog.

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A Beautiful Mess cuprinde o sumedenie de proiecte pe care le putem face acasa, unele mai grele, altele mai usoare. Fetele fac niste poze atata de frumoase, incat totul pare sa fie foarte simplu si usor. Imi place ca au o varietate de proiecte cu diverse teme. Sigur gasesti ceva interesant pe pagina lor.

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PERSONAL GROWTH

Usually for this area I like to read books. I also followed some personal development programs. Maybe you’ve noticed already I am quite motivated when it comes to my future. But being consistent is what I find to be the hardest. So this helps me. One of my favourite personal growth leaders is John Maxwell. You can find his page here, which has many interesting articles. Another great source are the TED Talks which I’m pretty sure you’re already a fan of!

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Recunosc ca din punctul asta de vedere prefer sa citesc carti sau sa ma inscriu la diverse programe. Deseori vorbesc pe blog despre planurile mele de viitor: sa cresc cat mai mult, sa ajung cat mai sus. Pentru a-mi pastra motivatia imi place sa ma inspir de la mari lideri precum John Maxwell. Puteti gasi mai multe informatii si articole utile dand click aici. O alta sursa de inspiratie foarte la indemana este TED Talks – care presupun ca deja e una din preferatele voastre.

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FITNESS

Usually I do cardio and HIIT (high intensity interval training) when I work out. However, this is intense and not for everyone. Sometimes when I am a bit tired I go to Cassey from Blogilates. Here’s her blog where she posts different articles about health and fitness. She also posts videos with short workouts. If you give her your email address, she’ll send you a month’s programme – basically she tells you what videos to watch each day, all available on youtube. I don’t follow her videos every day, but she’s great! And pilates is so good for everyone!

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Amandoi parintii au fost slabi mereu si n-au avut probleme cu greutatea. Dar sigur ca eu a trebuit sa o mostenesc pe bunica. Refuz sa ma infometez, asa ca e musai sa fac sport intens sa-mi pastrez silueta greutatea. De aceea aleg cardio mult, in special de genul HIIT (high intensity interval training).  Doar ca asta nu-i pe placul tuturor si implica multe sarituri care pentru unii nu e recomandat. Pentru zilele in care sunt mai obosita o aleg pe Cassey de la Blogilates. Are o gramada de videouri pe youtube cu diverse exercitii. Iar daca iti faci cont pe blogul ei (efectiv ii dai adresa de email), iti trimite lunar un program personalizat cu exercitii pentru fiecare zi. Totul e gratuit. Ideea mi se pare foarte faina. 

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Leave me links with your daily inspirations! Let’s share links that are worth bookmarking!

♥ Andra

Experimenting with style

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You know me, I like to dress comfortable, maybe with a bit of pink and usually a dress or a skirt. Even though I have less and less time to dress the way I want to, I have the need of trying new things. Probably exactly because of this: because most days I need to wear a uniform (at work). So when I am not working I want to try something really different. And that’s why I bought these trousers which are unexpectedly comfortable. Yes, I do look way slimmer when I look in the mirror. I look long and slim and elegant. That’s why I think these trousers are a special piece of clothing. However, in the photos I look different. But it doesn’t bother me too much. I already know I am not photogenic. But I hope you get the idea of the look. I personally love it: simple, extremely comfortable, yet unique.

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Pantalonii de genul asta nu sunt ceva ce as purta de obicei. Insa in ultima vreme am simtit nevoia de a experimenta. Probabil si din cauza faptului ca la munca trebuie sa port un fel de uniforma (totul negru). Asta inseamna ca imi ramane mult mai putin timp sa ma imbrac cum vreau eu (da, e dureros uneori!). Asa ca astept cu nerabdare vacanta in Franta unde voi putea purta noile achizitii ce ma asteapta in dulap. Iar acum, sa revenim la pantaloni: talie inalta, croi larg si putin trapez pe picior. Cand i-am luat pe mine prima data mi-a placut silueta ce mi-o dadeau. Brusc paream mai slaba, mai suava si mai feminina. Nu si in poze, din pacate! Dar asta e, stiu ca nu-s eu prea fotogenica. Oricum, sper ca am putut surprinde ideea. Si un lucru fain e ca sunt extrem de comozi! Asa ca va recomand sa incercati si voi o pereche, doua. Eu personal ma simt foarte bine in ei! Un croi mai deosebit, foarte comozi, why not? 

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♥ Andra