We’re a generation that struggles to get a house and settle down. We don’t like saving. We’d rather enjoy our youth and spend our money on travelling, experiences and too many drinks over the weekend. But you know what? Life is short. And it’s a lesson I’ve learnt again after the tragic event that happened in Manchester. It’s so sad and scary and just so unfair. What am I personally gonna do about it? Spread positivity and enjoy the privilege of being alive, healthy and free to enjoy this beautiful world. We’re so damn lucky.
Dress – French Connection (find it here)
A lot of veggies, a bottle of fresh squeezed orange juice, special Italian salami, Greek olives and some home baked bread – that’s what I call a perfect picnic menu! I enjoyed every single bit of it and shortly after that, I fell asleep on the blanket. I woke up with a big labrador sniffing me, I was a bit surprised I’m not gonna lie, but he was the cutest. He seemed very keen to join me on the blanket but decided to play with Dan for a bit instead.
I found this dress just as I was walking out of Primark. I couldn’t believe how pretty it is. And it’s even prettier in real life, it’s delicate, flowy and very soft. It’s the perfect dress for a relaxed but feminine look. Wear it with messy hair, no makeup and a bit of tan. I realised we didn’t take any pictures from the back, but the dress is backless too. And it was £15. I got it about 2 weeks ago, so hurry up, while stock lasts!
White Picnic Dress – Primark
One of my favourite Spotify playlists is called Sweet Soul Sunday. You know that feeling when you just woke up, no rush to do anything, you go in the kitchen and prepare the first coffee. In the meantime, he comes and kisses you good morning. He’s as happy and relaxed as you are. There’s no better feeling that Sunday mornings. I like to add a playlist to my morning ritual, to make it even more relaxing. The right song would always put me in the right mood, sometimes I’d have the same feeling as when I’m away on holiday. You know when you usually wake up in a posh hotel with the best view and have that feeling that the world is yours? You’re a bit overwhelmed by so much beauty in this world and all emotions running through your veins. Oh yes, the right playlist and the fresh smell of coffee can really give you this feeling. Today’s song was called Say Yes – Floetry. It’s a kind of song that would send shivers up and down your spine Click Play Below to listen
White Crochet Dress – Primark | Brown Chunky Boots – Primark | Watch – Daniel Wellington
I might as well give up shaving my legs once and for all. All the effort, all the drama, and no appropriate weather to show them off. I mean, why? Why England, why? And on top of this, you go shopping and there’s floral dresses everywhere. They’re all made of delicate fabrics that won’t keep you warm at all. They must think we all spend our weekends in Spain or something. The struggle is real, especially for someone like me who prefers to wear dresses all the time.
I know there’s this big trend right now to wear a dress on top of your jeans. But short and not so skinny girls like me cannot pull that off, unless you want to look more unflattering. So instead, I prefer to go back to my old habits: chunky knit on top. And if you match the colours like I did, it looks like one single clothing item.
And if you are one of those lucky girls who lives in a warm country, well.. I’m not jealous of you because you must be broke right now considering how pretty the new ss17 dresses are.
Red ruffle dress underneath – Zara| Red maxi jumper on top – H&M | Buy a similar look from here.
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..
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 🙂
Top – Zara – completely backless actually, I wore it with a top underneath. Buy it from here
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
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.
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.
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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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.
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?
Shop the collection here
This is not a sponsored post! 🙂
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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.
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!
Jumpsuit – C&A thrifted | Boots – All Shoes Romania
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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 🙂
Skirt – Monesse (Romania) | Top – H&M | Boots – Zara | Red Lipstick – Sephora Lip Stain
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?
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