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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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.

striped vintage jumpsuit outfit

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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Embroidered Maxi Skirt

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Working in fashion can be very dangerous for you. It makes you wanna buy everything. You discover new brands, new styles, new bargains and you end up wanting all of them. That’s me at least. And I’m not happy to admit that I still have a handful of items I haven’t worn yet. So to make myself feel better about spending all my money on clothes and accessories, I often buy reduced items. I don’t remember when I last bought a full priced piece of clothing. But it’s good for me. I don’t follow trends by heart, I don’t mind experiencing and I definitely don’t care if anything I wear is classed as old fashioned.

If you’re in this category, then I’ve got some news my friend! Sales time is the best time. And don’t even bother going in town and face the madness, online shopping all the way!

End of January I went back home in Romania and found this gorgeous embroidered skirt in a local designer’s shop. It was about £30, only a couple of them have been made, it’s got several layers underneath so it makes you feel like a princess when you wear it. It’s like the sales advisor told me: probably the fabric costed more than £30, you’re so lucky it’s in sale! And top of the iceberg: it’s got tulle, embroidered flowers (proper embroidered, not printed!) and it’s a maxi/midi skirt – it’s got the 17 trends already. The only reason it was reduced – it’s all autumn/winter colours. The irony of sale in the fashion industry. I would have never sold this gorgeous piece for a reduced price.

So to match the gorgeous dress, we had to take some pictures in a gorgeous place. The photos were made in Lake District, all at the same time, no heavy editing on the pictures – however, check how the lighting changes from one photo to another. That’s the Lake District weather, my friends 🙂

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embroidered skirt lake district views

embroidered skirt lake district views

embroidered skirt lake district views

embroidered skirt lake district views

embroidered skirt lake district views

Skirt – Monesse (Romania) | Top – H&M | Boots – Zara | Red Lipstick – Sephora Lip Stain

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Office Style Crush Pieces

I’m sorry to admit this, but lately I have been very lazy. No more gym, but defo more food… which turned into a very boring fashion sense in the last couple of months. I would find myself picking every morning basically the same outfit: jeans and a very much oversized jumper. But it’s a new year now, my lazy days are gone and I wanna spice it up a little bit. I wanna start putting more effort into what I’m wearing to work. Because when we look good, we feel good, right? 🙂

Looking for some inspo, I found this website called StyleWe, which is absolutely amazing for picking up unique pieces. They say they offer a wide range of items from various designers, hence the variety and uniqueness of items. After spending too much time on their website, I realised I need to share this with you. So I made a selection with my favourite pieces, but check out their website, as they do have loads more!

January Style Ideas StyleWe

Imagine these trousers for the Spring time.. oh yess! It’s just a different approach to the classic black trousers (which I am not a fan of). I also see these matching with everything really.. they’re just too cool and I need a pair in my life wardrobe.Must have office look Stylewe

As I know that many of you are planning your holiday at the moment, I wanted to give you a shout! This website has it all, go and check out their swimwear and high waisted bikini bottoms for great outfit ideas for your hols! And since we’re going on about this vintage inspired vibe, they even have a section with 2017 fashion Hairstyles at StyleWe blog. I said it once, I’ma say it twice – they’ve got it all! affordable designer outfits january 2017

For details on the outfits, prices and more fashion beauties, feel free to check out their website here – StyleWe

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5 Personalised, Unique and Affordable Christmas Gifts

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I absolutely love buying gifts for Christmas and I’m always thinking of unconventional ways of surprising my loved ones. One thing that I often do is sprinkle a touch of personal vibes – a great way to make your gift memorable and unique.  After reading million of Gift Guides, I wanted to come up with something a bit more special, affordable and very easy to find. Everything I’m showing you today is under £10 and you can buy most things from stores such as Pound Shop – to John Lewis and Selfridges. It’s totally up to you!

Personal Christmas Gifts for under £10

1. Gratitude Journal

A while ago I was talking about the life changing experience of having a gratitude journal (article here). What you need is  a nice notebook you can call the Gratitude Journal. Every night before going to bed, take 5 mins to write down 5 things you’re grateful for, that happened that day.

But here’s where the magic comes: By writing down all these good things, you relax, get in a good mood and you sleep much better. It’s also a great way to focus on the positive things – something easy to say, but harder to actually do.

Just pick a nice notebook, add a small note explaining what this is about and Voila – the perfect gift! 🙂 And if you don’t believe me, get yourself one this Christmas and see for yourself.

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2. Photo frame with personal photo 

With all these selfies going on, we forget about the real thing – why not get outside the box and actually gift someone a big photo frame with a personal photo printed – maybe a great holiday you’ve been to? Maybe a previous Christmas, birthday party – something with everyone together, having fun? Or a drawing they did, something personal. You can get photo frames from £1 and you can print photos anywhere in town, directly from your phone. It’s so easy and simple, you’ve got no excuse!

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3. Books 

Buying someone books is not something new, but where to buy them from – now that’s something else! You can go to Print Works and buy classics for so much cheaper. They have an offer of 6 books for £10 at the moment and they’re all classics such as: Jane Austen, Charles Dickens, Mark Twain, Oscar Wilde and so on.

For the fashionistas, it’s expensive to get a nice table book. But then if you go to thrift stores, or stop by any book stalls (we have some on Oxford Road in Manchester) you can get old vintage fashion books for £2-£5. You can also check Amazon for used books as well. Imagine a pile of 3-4 old table books, wrapped in newspaper, with some rope around and real christmas tree leaves. So vintage, personal and just perfect! At least for me 🙂

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4. Homemade Cookies

I absolutely love this idea and I have done this before. If you love baking or cooking in general, you can make a batch of your favourite cookies – wrap them nicely, add a personal card – and that’s done! You can even buy pens with food colouring (Juts look for the Dr Otker ones available in any big supermarket) and write down the names on the cookies.

What stands out here is the packaging – You can buy Christmas boxes from Poundshop, Home Sense, Tk Maxx, Wilko and many more – I got some nice ones from Home Sense with £5 for 10 paper ones. I also saw some tin boxes with lid in Poundshop.

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5. Memory Box 

I actually received this gift myself and I absolutely loved it (Thanks Pavlina!). You basically need a nice empty box or jar and add a note that explains how this works: Every time something worth remembering happens, write it down and add the note in the memory box. When you’re feeling down, nostalgic or just want to relax – open the box and go through the notes. You’ll then realise how awesome your life is and how many good things have happened to you.

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And this is why I love Christmas so much. Because I get to think of all my loved ones and try to bring them just a bit of joy. I hope I gave you some good ideas and I wish you all a fabulous Christmas!

Love,

Andra x

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Old Pics Inspired

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Hello dear friends, how’s your December going so far? I for one get a bit nostalgic these days – it’s probably because I’m away from home..and also because I miss those gold old winter days with loads of snow, me at my grandma’s, sitting in the house with a view that you can only find in pictures nowadays.

I started going through some old pictures and got in the mood for some vintage clothing yet again. So today’s outfit is all about getting the old wool jumpers out, mixing them with lace and good old Levis denim – such a classic look don’t you think? My jumper and top are from thrift stores, but anything else is available on the market pretty much. I’ve even included a top from Zara (pic at the bottom) for those who want a bit of vintage vibes with a touch of the latest trend – bell sleeves. I love these bell sleeves, but boy they’re not practical at all! Oh well, it’s not the first time fashion’s not practical, but at least it looks nice right?

old school vintage inspired outfit

old school vintage inspired outfit

old school vintage inspired outfit

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Vintage Jumper (similar) – here  |Vintage Inspired Top (similar) – here | Levis Jeans – here | Zara top – mine just sold out online! Similar one here | Brown Boots (similar) – here

old school vintage inspired outfit

old school vintage inspired outfit

 

 

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Why I don’t blog as often anymore…

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I remember some years ago being alone in my room, contemplating whether I should write a blog or not. I remember my biggest problem was how will I create the content? I had a cheap pink camera, no photography skills, no budget to buy any new clothes and absolutely no tech skills on how to launch a blog. But I really liked the idea and without thinking too much about it, I decided to make a start. I was so nervous when I shared my first blog post.. It wasn’t anything extraordinary, but I was out there, for everyone to see and to judge and it wasn’t really my favourite feeling.

But years went by and I still kept on blogging and it slowly became a part of me. As a part time blogger, or how I like to call it – a hobby, my most asked question was why I still do it. What’s the outcome? And honestly I wasn’t 100% sure myself, until now. It all started with a deep passion I always had for the fashion and textile industry. But I never wanted to be a designer, I just wanted to work with clothes somehow, in a creative way. It took a while, a lot of what if’s, a lot of wonder. But now I’ve got it, now I do what I love and now I don’t need to feel the gap anymore. And that’s why I don’t blog as often these days. I’ve found a job that pays for spending my time doing exactly what I’ve always wanted. And the cool thing is that having the blog helped me get there 🙂

As I look back, everything makes sense. All the small projects I did in my spare time, the education I chose, the previous jobs… it all comes together beautifully. And that’s what I want to tell you guys because I know that for some of us is not that clear what we want to do and where we wanna go. Just follow your passion, make sure to excel in anything you do and it will come to you, I promise! And to spread this message, I had to wear a power pantsuit. There’s no better way to say – just be fierce!

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Red pantsuit (both pieces) – Lavish Alice at Asos.com | Glasses – Versace at Boots.com | Laptop case *can’t find the exact one anymore* – Michael Kors |Red Lipstain – MUA at Superdrug | Pumps – H&M | Top *similar* – Phase Eight

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New Season, New Beginnings

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Happy Autumn, dear friends! I can’t believe it’s the beginning of a new season. I know how much people love the summer, but I hope you’re excited for the fall!

I don’t know about you, but this summer for me was both amazing and incredibly short. I had so much fun that I literally lost the track of time. I found myself today realising that it’s almost October. But I guess time always flies when you’re having fun, right? So now.. why was my summer so spectacular? Firstly, because I took a lot of risks. I decided to be more free and courageous and just do whatever I wanted to do. And I can honestly say that I’ve had a blast!

I’m now in my living room, I’ve just turned on a Jazz playlist on my Spotify account, lid some candles and made myself a cup of tea. I guess I’m all ready for the new season 🙂 Not only ready, but very excited as well. What you guys don’t know is that I’ve started this year badly. I was very unsure, a bit lost and unhappy. And after sleepless nights I thought I’ll just go with it. With my attitude, my days changed. And my year has slowly turned around.

So if you’re still unhappy, a bit lost or just unsatisfied with what’s going on at the minute, take this chance and start over. Make this new season a new beginning! I know good things come for those who wait, but better things are coming for those who work for it 🙂 pink mac affordable new season

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Dress – H&M | Shoes – H&M | Bag – Ted Baker | Coat/Mac – Primark

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