When Your Priorities Change

Andra Dorolti Going Out Retro outfit

Hello world! It’s been a while since I haven’t been writing on my blog. And that’s because I’ve been reading a lot instead. You see, it all stared with the previous article, about how overwhelmed we feel sometimes. So I decided to take it slow and make a plan. I’ve started reading the book called The One Thing (by Kerry Geller) which is basically all about focusing on one thing only. And let me tell you something – boy that’s so much better! I mean, don’t get me wrong, I still have more than one things on my mind, but not as a main priority. And that has lifted a lot of pressure off my shoulders and has actually given me the chance to really make a difference in the things that matter most to me.

Now I feel more energized, excited and eager to¬†get more creative and more efficient! And when it comes to blogging, it still is a soft spot of mine but it will never be priority number one – hence my long absence. But no worries, I’ll always come back to blogging when I’ve got something worth sharing. Today is this really cute outfit and a humble advice: if you feel lost, read. If you don’t know here to start, read. If you’re bored, read. If you wanna grow, read. Just read ūüôā

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zara retro outfit embroidery

Top, Trousers and Shoes – Zara | Earrings – Primark

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It’s one of those days…

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EN¬†I was recently reading an article about how important it is to get things done and stop saying “what if..”. Stop dreaming about it and just do it – was the message. But you see,¬†I can’t help it. And I don’t wanna. I’ve always been a dreamer, that’s how I managed to do some cool things in my life. But I’ve also ended up being frustrated some other times. But I guess we all do at one point, we cannot have it all and it would be way too boring if we did.

But lately I’ve been too much of a dreamer and less of a doer. It’s probably all the holidays and travelling I’ve done lately. I got overwhelmed with ideas and inspiration and now I fell like I wanna do it all but there’s so much you can do! I’ve got¬†so much choice and freedom, but also uncertainty at the same time. I feel this is what my generation is facing with at the moment. And it’s hard to stop asking yourself “what if..”

Or maybe it’s just one of those days, I keep saying to myself – one of those days when you’re just a tad frustrated, but it will go away. Because you’re actually working harder than ever, and results will come, it’s just that your patience has reached its limits. It’s all in the mind, isn’t it? ūüôā

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vintage dress seaside

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Dress – Thrift store | Photos taken on the Toronto Island

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My Love for Vintage

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EN ¬†Since I was a little girl, I was extremely interested in what clothes I could find in my grandma and mum’s closet. The older, the better! I always loved the idea of having a piece of clothing that has a bit of history. I also love the idea of having something unique. And most importantly, I love how the vintage clothes are more feminine, which is totally my style.

I used to go to thrift shops all the time back home in Romania. But here in Manchester it seems that more girls share my passion, so it’s quite hard to find a proper thrift store. They’re all quite commercial and too expensive for my liking. And that’s why I usually go to fairs ūüôā Today you see me in one of my favourite and most comfortable outfits for this summer: top from a kilo sale, skirt and bag from a thrift store in Romania, belt from my mum since she was my age, the scarf and sandals from Primark. I feel excellent in this outfit and I hope to inspire you to go and dig out your closet, wear some old clothes for the sake of great memories and to be more environmentally friendly!

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RO   De mica mi-a placut sa cotrobai prin dulapurile bunicilor. Era o distractie maxima cand mergeam la tara si mai gaseam ceva prin pod. Cu cat erau hainele mai vechi, cu atat ma fascinau mai mult. Iar mama de obicei imi povestea cum a ajuns sa cumpere materialul si cum i-a venit ideea, cateodata avea si poze si era absolut minunat! Cu timpul mi-am format obiceiul sa ma duc prin magazine second-hand si aveam cateva locatii cheie. 

Insa ajunsa la Manchester mi-am dat seama ca aici treaba e mai populara si majoritatea magazinelor sunt cu haine mai alese si (muult) mai scumpe. Asa ca mi-e mai greu sa gasesc comori ascunse, dar pasiunea a ramas. In zile ploioase pot sa ma pierd cu orele printre magazine. Imi plac enorm hainele vintage, sa stiu ca au povestea lor, sa stiu ca sunt unice si, cel mai important, imi place ca majoritatea sunt foarte feminine Рun stil vestimentar care ma caracterizeaza si ma avantajeaza. 

Tinuta de astazi e in principal compusa din haine vintage, sau mai direct spus, second-hand! Bluza e de la un eveniment kilo sale din Manchester, fusta si geanta sunt din Baia Mare, cureaua a fost a mamei de cand era de varsta mea, iar fularul si sandalele sunt noi, de la Primark. E una din tinutele in care ma simt excelent si sper sa va inspir si pe voi sa cotrobaiti prin dulapuri si sa mai purtati din hainele vechi, de dragul amintirilor si de dragul de-a fi mai¬†eco friendly! ūüôā

vintage outfit in the botanical garden

botanical garden and a vintage look

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botanical garden

vintage look in the botanical garden

vintage outfit in the botanical garden

Photos taken at the Botanical Garden in Montreal, Canada

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She Wants to go to the Seaside

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EN ¬†This summer has been pretty busy for me and it doesn’t seem to slow down either. But the best part is that it’s been exciting and definitely unforgettable. So no regrets!

I’ve been spending my last weeks travelling around Canada. There’s too much beauty in this country to name a favourite, but I have to say I did enjoy my beach time. We didn’t spend much time on the beach, but it was enough to relax and enjoy the view. The pictures you see have not been edited at all. And I don’t know about you, but I find this perfect blue shade¬†incredibly calming.

This place is on the Toronto Island, 10 minutes away from the city, reachable by boat.


RO   Am inceput vara asta in forta. De la un nou job, la noi evenimente, la doua excursii in doua luni si la noi proiecte ce vor aparea in curand. Toate astea s-au adunat si recunosc ca la un moment dat a devenit obositor. 

Eram prin Toronto cand am decis sa mergem pe o insula la 10 minute distanta. Am gasit o plaja acolo unde am petrecut cateva ore. Vreau sa spun ca dupa 5 minute deja m-am simtit altfel. Pozele la care va uitati nu sunt modificate deloc. Albastrul era mai albastru ca niciodata, iar pentru cineva care traieste in Anglia sa ai un cer asa albastru e prea frumos sa fie adevarat.

Am vazut foarte multe lucruri deosebite in cele doua saptamani jumate petrecute in Canada, incat mi-e greu sa spun ce mi-a placut cel mai mult. Dar timpul petrecut pe insula Toronto a fost cu singuranta printre cele favorite. 

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Dress and Sandals – Zara | Sunglasses – CheapAssSunglasses.com

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Evening Dresses for the Wedding Season

EN It’s been a while since I haven’t done one of these inspiration posts and I feel now is the time, with all the weddings coming up. I found myself browsing online for evening dresses, mainly to find out what I’d like to buy or order. So I came up with a list, based on different styles, so I’ve got something interesting for each and one of you, ladies! That’s how I usually do – I look online and the more I see, the more I know what style I want, what colour and what fit. It’s easy to pick afterwards, but with so many options out there I thought I’ll show you some of my favourite ones lately. Just to make it more simple, enjoy my list!


RO  Imi sta in fire sa petrec (prea mult) timp online cautand poze pentru a ma inspira. Si pentru ca tot e sezonul nuntilor, m-am gandit sa creez iar o postare cu rochii de seara, tocmai pentru a va inspira. Am ales sa sortez tinutele in functie de mai multe stiluri, ca sa ma asigur ca o sa va placa ceva din lista mea. Asa ca hai sa va arat ce am gasit!

Long Evening Dresses or Evening Maxi Dresses (click on titles for prices)

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Black Evening Dresses (click on title for prices)

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Red Evening Dresses

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Short Evening Dresses

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Plus Size Evening Dresses

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I got all the images from Sherry London, a website that offers a variety of evening dresses in UK.

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Thin Hair Treatment with Nanogen

Thin Hair Treatment Nanogen review

EN I consider myself a lucky girl. I’ve got amazing friends and a beautiful family, I’ve got a cool¬†job , I’ve got¬†a hottie that¬†wants to marry me, I’m happy and healthy. But oh¬†boy, I DO NOT have nice hair! And when you’re born with thin hair, it’s not easy to find the right hair care products.

I have to admit that my hair care is on and off, really. That’s why I am usually after a quick and easy treatment, at a reasonable price. And this is why I decided to try out the ¬†Nanogen¬†Thickener Treatment. I went all in and four¬†of their products and this is my verdict (drum rolls!) :

Thickening Treatment Shampoo and Conditioner РFind the shampoo here and the conditioner here

Thin Hair Treatment Nanogen

I’ve always used these two together and my hair was always more shiny than usual, it looked healthier and glowy. However I felt I didn’t get as much volume as I wanted. So a big thumbs up for how my hair felt, but definitely needed some styling to make it more voluminous. Also an extra star for the conditioner which didn’t leave my hair too flat, like most conditioners do – you can see it’s designed for thin hair.

Root Boost Hair Thickening Spray – Find it here

Thin Hair Treatment Nanogen

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This spray does it’s job -it boosts your hair and you immediately have more volume. I like the smell as well and the size is right, so you can put it in your bag¬†and freshen up during the day.

The only thing I’ve noticed is that if you overdo it, it will be too heavy on your hair.¬†¬†I also don’t feel the need to use my regular hair spray that much when I use this. Which¬†is perfect as the hair spray dries¬†my hair like crazy. And what’s worse than thin hair? Thin damaged hair! I also love to use the Thickening Spray to create¬†beach waves – amazing!

Hair Growth Factor Serum – Find it here

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Now this is the Creme a la Creme – it says it’s got the highest level of growth factors available without consultation.¬†So because of its description, I had high expectations. And baby, they were met!¬†I’ve recently cut 6 inches off my hair and I can definitely see a major difference already.

Overall I liked the products, I felt my hair got a bit healthier and shinier and I feel better just by knowing I am taking care of it properly ūüôā If you want to try out Nanogen, you can find the¬†products at Boots or¬†click on the direct links attached in the post.

Have you tried Nanogen before? Let me know in a comment below !

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The Coolest Midi Dress

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EN ¬†I think this is the coolest casual midi dress I’ve ever spotted! Seen from the front it looks just like a plain comfy dress. But it’s actually quite magical! The skirt is so dense, that when you walk or the wind blows, it flows a bit. And the cherry on top is the fact that is backless! I used to wear backless things all the time when I was younger, I don’t know why I stopped really. It’s such a fun thing, especially in the summer! And I know some of you might be afraid because it’s always hard to wear it with a bra – that’s why I’m gonna share with you my wisdom: wear a colourful funky bra underneath to complement the outfit and you’re good to go! ūüôā

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RO ¬†Cred ca asta-i cea mai faina rochie midi casual pe care-as fi putut-o gasi la un pret atat de avantajos! La prima vedere pare o simpla rochie din bumbac, perfecta pentru o tinuta lejera. Insa rochia asta are cateva secrete! In primul rand, fusta e facuta din foarte mult material asa ca atunci cand cobori scarile sau vantul sufla usor, se ridica si creeaza niste valuri extraordinare. Iar cireasa de pe tort e spatele gol! Am si uitat ce mult imi plac mie hainele cu spatele gol… Si stiu ca uneori ne e greu sa purtam haine de genul pentru ca ne e dificl sa gasim sutienul potrivit. Ei bine, vara e mult mai usor – eu merg pe optiunea: un sutien care sa complimenteze tinuta, ceva colorat, ceva diferit – si gata, am rezolvat problema! ūüôā

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Midi Dress – H&M | Hat – H&M | Shoes – Benvenutti | Bra – Victoria’s Secret | Bag – Ted Baker | Necklace – Claire’s

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Crystal One Day Contact Lenses – Review

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About two weeks ago I was given the chance to try out a new brand of contact lenses called Crystal 1 Day. I want to mention that I was already pretty happy with my regular ones, but trying something new is always tempting! So this is my full review on contact lenses – but let me give you the full picture first.

About me

I need to say that I’ve been wearing contacts for many years now. And in spite of all this time, my eyes are still as sensitive as ever before. I get dry eyes easily, I can only wear daily contacts and I wear eye makeup daily. I think it’s important to know all this in order to understand better my review.

About contact lenses in general

You need to know that there are two types of contact lenses: dailies and monthlies. This means that the former ones can be used one day only, while the others can be used for a month, they are kept in those popular tiny boxes while you’re not wearing them.

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Why dailies

As they’re built to last one day only, the daily contact lenses are much thinner than the monthly ones. This means they are automatically more comfortable, you can barely feel them! But nothing’s perfect and their biggest disadvantage is mainly the price. I usually buy the Ciba Vision brand and pay ¬£30/month¬†for mine. And that I think it’s quite expensive! But let me tell you something, the Crystal 1 Day are half price!¬†And if you would do a blind test on me (the irony), I would say that the Crystal 1 Day contacts¬†are the most expensive ones I have ever tried. So that’s why I find my discovery revolutionary, and here are some more reasons:

Why Crystal 1 Day contact lenses

Now this is the time when I get to convince you to try them out. I was honestly way too impressed. So impressed with how comfortable I felt that I will only buy this brand from now on. In the evenings I would often look close up in the mirror to make sure I got them out. Or I would look really far away to check if I can see. And that’s because I literally felt like I had nothing on.

My eyes did get dry on two occasions – one was when I spent all day out in the sun without any sunglasses, the other one was when I stayed up for almost 20 hours. Any other day I was alright, with an average wear of 9 hours per day.

I want to mention I usually use drops for dry eyes, but didn’t need any this time.

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How easy is it to use them

I am not gonna lie – you need a bit of dexterity in order to put contacts on in general. You need to feel comfortable being so close to your eyes, you need to always make sure you have clean hands and nothing in your eyes (dust, mascara etc) when you put them on.

It will be easier to put on the monthly contact lenses because they are thicker. With the dailies you’ll find it a bit more difficult.¬†But don’t worry, it’s way easier than applying false lashes! Now that’s a challenge….

Conclusion

This is for all those people who didn’t read the rest of the article – here is the main idea: the Crystal 1 Day contacts are amazing! They are the most comfortable daily contact lenses I have ever tried. And I have tried many. And daily contacts are in general way more comfortable than the monthly ones. So, by deduction we can say that Crystal 1 Day¬†are the most comfortable contacts I have ever tried. And the cheapest too! I was truly impressed, and I recommend them. You can buy them here.

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*The contacts were offered to me by Contactlenses.co.uk, however I asked to try them out.

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Wedding Guests

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EN ¬†Dan and I had the pleasure to go to our friends’ wedding this weekend.¬†We were rushing out the door as we were already late. But my father still took the chance to take some photos of us. And I’m glad he did, as we barely have any photos together. So this post is as simple as that: Dan and Andra as Wedding Guests ūüôā


RO ¬†Weekendul trecut Dan si cu mine am avut prima ocazie de-a fi nasi la nunta prietenilor nostri. Deja in intarziere, am iesit in graba pe usa si ne pregateam sa ne bagam in masina cand tata repede ne-a facut niste poze. Si ma bucur tare pentru ca avem putine poze cu noi doi impreuna. Am ales o tinuta cat mai clasica si extrem de comoda.¬†Iar in final acesta a fost rezultatul ūüôā

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Dress – Made to Custom | Shoes – New Look | Necklace – Aldo | Dan – Suit Cozac Romania | Shoes – Aldo

Photos by Vasile Dorolti

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Best Way to Revitalize your Hair

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EN ¬†Do you want the quickest way to have a healthy looking hair? I’ve got an answer for you – cut it!!¬†After countless efforts to revitalize my hair I gave up… I took my scissors and cut 6 inches off my dull, dry and very damaged hair. I still don’t have the perfect hair, but it instantly has more volume, looks more fresh and I feel great! It’s quite a big change for me, but I love it. It’s also extremely easy to style, so it’s a win!

The beginning of summer is the perfect opportunity to change your style. Is that time of the year when you go a bit crazy, you go on holidays, wear different clothes, dare to experiment with looks – so why not change your hair too? You can always go back with some good quality hair extensions, so why not take the risk? ūüėÄ


 

RO   In ultima vreme am incercat sa-mi las parul cat mai liber, pentru ca era atat de uscat la varfuri incat am zis ca nu mai vreau sa-l stric cu ondulatorul sau presa. Ba mai mult, am exagerat putin cu cantitatile de balsam si tratamentele intensive pentru par. Tot n-am ajuns la rezultatul dorit asa ca intr-o zi m-am enervat si mi-am taiat 15centimetri din par. Yep, 15! Eu singura mi-am facut onoarea, am foarfeca de tuns acasa. M-am asezat frumos in oglinda si am taiat fara frica. Rezultatul? Ma simt fresh si foarte bine! Parul pare mai sanatos, am scapat de varfurile despicate. Am automat si mai mult volum Рe perfect!

Vara e anotimpul schimbarilor majore zic eu. E anotimpul in care experimentam mai mult, iesim mai des pe-afara, mergem in excursii, suntem mai energici si mai inspirati – asa ca de ce sa nu ne schimbam si coafura? Iar in caz de ceva, avem de unde sa ne cumparam extensii de par, asa ca risul e mic, I say let’s go for it! ūüėÄ

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cullotes zara affordable look revitalize hair

cullotes zara affordable look

Cullotes – Zara | White Top – French Connection | Shoes/Ballerinas – Zara | Bag – Vintage | Sunglasses – Primark

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