It’s time for a new journey

lake district road trip

While many people argue that New Year resolutions don’t work, I still like to write down new goals for each year. Why? Because a new year/a new era/ a new episode/a new everything in my life gets me excited. And I love having yet another reason to get motivated, to want to achieve more. Why not? What’s so bad in writing down things you want to do this year? Who cares how much you’ll actually do or not, at least you’re willing to wish for it and commit to it even if it’s just for January. At least you had a pretty good January!

You see, I am a goal oriented person in general and I have my own journal, I have a huge stash of personal growth books, I always analyse where I’m at and where I wanna be and I always need to feel I’ve progressed or grown somehow. If I don’t, I get upset, very upset.

But I know that not everyone is the same (or as obsessed). And that’s why it’s even more important to get a chance to write down your personal goals. And really believe in them. Don’t read any of that bullshit that tries to convince you that you’re one of the quitters, or that New Year’s resolutions don’t work. You do your own thing and try your best. Because the more we want, the more we’ll get. And no matter how juicy it sounds, there’s nothing to loose, but to gain. So join me on this new journey, and let’s make the most out of 2017!

mountain outfit

In the morning of 1st of January we went on a road trip in the Lake District, where we got the chance to take these photos. You don’t get to have a clear blue ski in the UK, so yes, we started 2017 pretty well 🙂

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Raincoat – Primark Men | Knit top – Zara | Thermal Leggings – Unbranded | Boots – Hunter

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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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When Your Priorities Change

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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 🙂

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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? 🙂

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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 🙂 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 – un 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! 🙂

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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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 – Find 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 🙂 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! 🙂

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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! 🙂

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daily summer inspiration midi dress

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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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