Keep Your Summer Midi Dress for Autumn / Winter

Today I’ve had the best day, with the exception of painting the front door which has still not dried yet and contemplating how on earth I’m going to go to bed with my front door open¬†ūüėā Other than that, I got to enjoy a gorgeous day out with my friend Anushka, and got to wear my favourite midi dress, again. If you’re a friend of mine, work colleague or family member, you have probably seen me wearing this so many times I can already see you eye-rolling. But it’s so pretty, I’ve got to share it with the world!

It’s not the first time I’m saying this, but please don’t put away your summer dresses just yet! There’s nothing prettier than a flowy summery dress combined with chunky boots and a fluffy cardigan or jumper. I always use mine in the cold season, it’s such a fun way to play with textures and keeps more money in your bank account (cha-ching!). Today I wore this cocktail party midi dress with a black top underneath, some very warm tights and my go-to heeled boots. I got this initially to wear it on nights out: take off the undertop and you’ve got yourself some sexy sheer going on, paired with some gold heels and it’s the perfect dinner date outfit. But I adore the prints so much that I’ve started wearing it during daytime. I mean, how perfectly does this match with the autumnal surroundings!

Get my outfit from: Dress – NA-KD | Shoes – H&M (old) | Belt – Primark

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Autumn at home

I am one of the few people that don‚Äôt actually have a favourite season. I think they all are very unique in their own way. I was brought up in a country with four proper seasons so I get why many people in England don‚Äôt really understand where I’m coming from. I always say this: go for a trip to a country that has the actual season and you‚Äôll see what I mean. Switzerland in winter is just too dreamy. And Austria in the country side during Autumn is still one of the prettiest things I‚Äôve ever seen. I won‚Äôt give you examples for summer, summer is pretty good everywhere really. Oh, except England¬†ūüėā¬†The thing is, sometimes weather lets us down, so here are some ways to make you feel more cozy and relaxed and really bring the autumn season to your home.

a good movie and an even better book

There’s something so romantic about getting cozy under a blanket while it’s pouring with rain outside. And you’re there, fully emerged into the story of the book, no mobile phones or social media to distract you. I have recently managed to organise our office room and unpacked our book collection that was hiding in boxes for a while now. I remembered again how amazing it is to just sit down and read a book, with nothing else on your mind. I realised this hasn’t happened in months, I was always rushing around and forgot to just take a break. I have preordered 3 new books that will launch in November and I am very excited to give them a go. One of them is by Michelle Obama, called Becoming – I cannot wait to read it. I love Michelle so much, she’s the ultimate female goal – she’s beautiful, she’s very intelligent, hilarious and extremely hard working. Her character is so strong and unique, I wish she was my BFF. You never know, maybe one day!

fall inspired hot drinks

You’ll have to admit that pumpkin hot drinks are a must for autumn and autumn only. It’s the best season and only season when you can really indulge in pumpkin flavoured hot chocolates and teas. I for one like to avoid sugar at any costs so instead opt for flavoured natural teas – my favourite one at the moment is the Nut&Spice package shown above. The best thing about these teas is that they’re all plant based, all natural, they smell like autumn in a cup and they’re actually good for you. I buy mine from Adagio, they have the best variety and it’s all proper loose tea. If you’re a tee fanatic like me, then you should give these a go.

beauty rituals

I find myself having more baths than usual, and remember me mentioning reading? Well reading while having a bath is just maximum relaxation level achieved. It can not get any better than this, I’m telling you. When it comes to Autumn, the biggest change in my beauty regime is the face cream. My skin gets more dry than usual so I like to give it a boost with the Estee Lauder – Advanced Repair Ampoules. It’s extremely concentrated, you only need one tiny ampoule per day for a full face of hydrated skin. It doesn’t have oils in it so it’s good for those with mixed/oily skin like me. It’s the most expensive beauty product I’ve ever purchased, but I for one swear by it.

candles and home decor

The other day I ended up picking a bunch of dried leaves to put around the house. It’s the best way to bring some autumn into your home: they’re free, they don’t get dirty and it’s very easy to throw them once you’re ready to move on (onto the Christmas decor!). I also stack on smelly candles and I always get mine from Homesense or TK Maxx. They have the best brands when it comes to natural and strong smells. Most of these are created with natural oils which makes them a bit more pricey, but you’re really paying for the quality. My favourite brand at the moment is DW Candles, they last a long time and smell incredible. My whole house smells like I’ve been baking all day and that’s thanks to the Vanilla Pumpkin Latte candle I’ve got going on.

I have also been playing around with autumn inspired outfits which I show mainly on my Instagram account, so make sure to follow me there. I’d also like to keep my promise and keep up with the Youtube videos, it’s a bit tricky at the moment with this thing called life, but I like to keep my promises so there are some videos in the making!¬†ūüėä

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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 ūüôā 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 ūüôā¬†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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Sweater Weather

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EN ¬† It’s November, it’s getting really cold outside, Starbucks has already started selling their red cups…so I think it’s officially sweater weather, guys, and I am very excited. All this Balmain – H&M drama has got me interested so I decided to do some shopping this weekend. Everything is so glittery in town, so sparkly and Christmasy – I want to buy¬†it all! But then I am the most indecisive person when it comes to shopping. I need to love something to actually buy it. Otherwise I would be broke the same day as pay day… So today I am showing you two items that I bought without hesitation: my first designer bag – a Ralph Lauren black leather carrier bag, and a new Christmasy jumper from H&M. I don’t know about you, but I cannot wait for the winter holidays.

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RO ¬† Nu stiu voi, insa eu incetisor simt cum se apropie Craciunul. Ieri s-au aprins¬†oficial luminile in Manchester, la Starbucks cafeaua se vinde deja in pahare rosii, Christmas Market se deschide imediat…. iar eu deja am inceput¬†listele de cadouri. M-am plimbat putin prin magazine weekendul asta si am hotarat sa merg si prin H&M. Toata reclama Balmain – H&M mi-a trezit interesul si am¬†zis sa mai vad ce au nou. Desigur ca nu aveam sa gasesc nimic semnat de designer – a fost o nebunie aici, totul s-a vandut aproape instant. Insa mi-am propus sa vad ce au adus pentru anotimpul de iarna. Asa am gasit puloverul asta extrem de calduros si comod – larg, la fix sa ascunda prajiturile extra¬†pe care cu siguranta o sa le mananc. Tot astazi va arat si o achizitie draga mie – prima geanta semnata Ralph Lauren –¬†ceva ce mi-am dorit tare de mult.¬†

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Jumper, Leggings – H&M

Boots- Ego

Coat – French Connection

Ring – Topshop

Bag – Ralph Lauren

 

‚ô• Andra

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Three looks – Black and Bold

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EN ¬† For a while now I’ve been thinking of creating outfit videos, I find them more entertaining and I finally decided to go for it. I’ve been listening to Beyonce – Haunted for too many hours lately so I got inspired by this song to come up with three, dark outfits. Have a look and find the details of the outfits at the end of the post.

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RO   De ceva vreme ma gandeam sa incep sa creez filmulete cu tinute, mi se par mai interactive Рasa ca saptamana trecut am hotarat sa nu mai aman, ce-o fi o fi! Am ascultat piesa Haunted РBeyonce de prea multe ori in ultima vreme, asa ca am hotarat sa creez trei tinute inspirate de melodie. Va invit sa vizionati filmuletul, detaliile tinutelor le-am scris la finalul postarii. 

 

Outfit 1: 

Handmade dress – Romania

Lipstick – Rimmel

Earrings – Topshop

Outfit 2:

Top (bodysuit) – Jolidon

Skirt – Local store, Manchester

Boots – Ego.co.uk

Faux Leather Jacket – Local Store, Manchester

Outfit 3:

Green top – H&M

Trousers – Primark

Shoes –¬†zara

Faux Leather Jacket – Local Store, Manchester

 

‚ô• Andra

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My ‘go to’ autumn look

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EN ¬† Today is all about the simplest way to look put together this autumn, but be comfortable at the same time. I found this knitted dress at UrbanOutfitters and it’s extremely comfortable. For autumn, I like to wear loose dresses, soft enough to be able to layer them on top. The shape of the dress is flattering for anyone, it gives you room to breath and it’s not too short. And you’ll probably wear it with a pair of tights so it’s already better. But what makes the dress more special for me, is the fact that it’s backless and has a turtle neck at the same time. It’s quite a contrast, don’t you think?

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RO   Astazi va arat tinuta mea cea mai purtata in zilele de toamna. Ideea e ca prefer de mii de ori sa port o rochie cu colanti Рe mult mai comod si e usor de accesorizat. Rochia de azi e de la Urban Outfitters si m-a atras instant la ea faptul ca are guler ridicat si spatele gol in acelasi timp Рmi se pare o combinatie mai greu de gasit. De asemenea, o rochie in stilul asta e perfecta pentru orice forma a corpului: vine usor mulata pe langa talie iar apoi mai larguta. Si lungimea vine la fix Рpoate fi putin cam scurta daca esti mai inalta, insa toamna oricum purtam colanti asa ca eu zic ca putem alege rochii sau fuste mai scurte decat de obicei. 

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Cape (in) Town

autumn fall outfit cape EN ¬† Now here’s something I never thought I’d wear – a cape. But then I hated heels until I was 17 so you never know where life takes you. But this time I have to say I made the right decision – it’s quite a statement piece and it was really affordable, as I found it in yes, Primark! It looks quite tight around the shoulders but I swear it’s soo comfortable, it’s like a loose sweater but more posh. Capes are totally in this season (apparently) so I am pretty sure you’ll see more coming in the stores. One risk is that they can make you look bulky – so try a darker colour and maybe go for a smaller size. Also opt for a shorter version and wear something tight underneath to accentuate your silhouette. And if you don’t want to spend too much money on a trendy (but not very practical) coat – try Primark or SheInside.

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RO   Uite ceva ce n-am crezut niciodata ca o sa port: o pelerina. Insa pana pe la 17 ani am fost total impotriva tocurilor, asa ca n-ai de unde stii unde te duce destinul. Dar trebuie sa recunosc ca am facut o alegere tare buna. Am gasit pelerina intamplator, la Primark. Pret avantajos, asa ca am zis de ce nu.. E super comoda, chiar daca poate nu pare, e ca un pulover gros si larg, doar ca mai elegant. Iarna asta se poarta trendul asta, asa ca astept sa apara noi modele si culori. Un singur risc pe care l-am observat: o pelerina mai mare va poate face sa pareti mai plinute. Ideea e sa alegeti o culoare mai inchisa si eventual o marime mai mica decat de obicei. Trebuie sa fie cat mai mica pe langa umeri, sa se aseze frumos. Alegeti o pelerina mai scurta, si purtati-o cu ceva mai mulat in partea de jos pentru a va accentua silueta. Altfel riscati sa aratati ca un cartofior trendy. Investiti intr-o pelerina de genul asta cu gandul ca nu e prea practica. E interesanta, e ceva nou, insa nu va tine de cald. Iar daca va tenteaza dar aveti un buget mai limitat, incercati locuri precum Primark sau SheInside.
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Cape and Sunglasses – Primark

Dress – Orsay

Boots –¬†zara

Lipstick – Rimmel

 

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How to Bring Autumn (Fall) in your Home

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EN ¬†I probably said this before, but I don’t have a favourite season. I love all seasons, I grew up lucky enough to live in a country with four proper seasons. So my favourite time of the year is the beginning of every season. I love change, it gives me the opportunity to change my home decor, to come up with creative ideas for cooking, to change my wardrobe, to get excited over everything basically. So I thought I’ll share with you some easy ideas to make your home more cozy and in line with the autumn season.

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RO ¬†Mereu mi-a fost prea greu sa aleg un anotimp preferat, insa recent am ajuns la o concluzie: nu am unul. Pentru mine perioada preferata e inceputul fiecarui anotimp. Fiecare anotimp are ceva aparte si cred ca asta-mi lipeste cel mai mult in Anglia – varietatea. Imi place in special aceasta perioada pentru ca e o schimbare – o ocazie sa-ti schimbi garderoba, sa vii cu noi idei de gatit, sa-ti redecorezi prin casa… e o ocazie sa experimentezi, iar asta ma tenteaza cel mai mult. Asa ca pentru¬†ziua de astazi am vrut sa va impartasesc cateva idei simple de a va¬†redecora casa in ton cu toamna.

 

1. Take out your pillows and blankets – the more, the better!

1. Scoate afara paturile si pernele – cu cat mai multe, cu-atat mai bine!

autumn fall home decor2. Put some books on your bedside table Рautumn is about spending time indoors, reading more. And if you see the books more often, it will inspire you more to grab one and read it.

2. Ia cateva carti din biblioteca si pune-le pe noptiera, pe post de decor. Toamna ne petrecem mai mult timp in casa la caldura, iar daca ai cartile in preajma ta, te inspira sa iei una s-o citesti.  
autumn fall home decor book paris eiffel 3. Candles, of course. I like to use smelly ones as well, I always go with the AirWick ones, with a vanilla scent. If you want to see how I did the white bottles, click here, it’s an old DIY project of mine.¬†

3. Lumanari, desigur. Imi place sa le combin si cu lumanari parfumate, de obicei le cumpar pe cele de la AirWick, cu aroma de vanilie. Daca vreti sa vedeti cu am facut sticlele albe, click aici , e un proiect mai vechi de-al meu. autumn fall decor candles diy

4. Store your leaf tea in jars, just use old jars and paper tissue for a minimal cost.

4. Pastreaza ceaiul in borcane. Ai nevoie de cateva borcane vechi si niste servetele si nu te costa mai nimic. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

5. Bake more using apples and cinnamon, your whole house will smell amazing! I also like to open oranges and use walnuts for decor. 

5. Alege sa coci deserturi cu mere si scortisoara, iar casa ta va mirosi de vis! Poti sa folosesti ca decor la servirea mesei un pumn de nuci, sau intr-un borcan pus in geam. autumn fall baking apples healthy porridgeautumn fall food

Happy Autumn! 

‚ô• Andra

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Tartan is Back

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EN ¬†Tartan is one of my favourite trends.¬†It goes perfectly with a dark lip, with the golden leafs that start to fall, with a hot Starbucks drink in our hand – it’s the perfect combination for autumn. I found this massive tartan scarf at Primark and I instantly wanted to have it. It’s like a fluffy blanket that can easily turn into an overcoat if you add a belt in the middle. And guess what, it’s dual sided as well, with a different print on the inside! I even managed to pair the scarf with my tartan shoes, that’s how much I love this trend.. I am writing this post¬†on a dark early Sunday morning. I woke up and came quietly downstairs, made myself a nice cup of hot tea and turned on some candles. It’s all very quite outside still – it’s too early for the city to be awake. I opened the window slightly and there’a cold and fresh air coming through, so I had¬†to put a big blanket on white sitting at the desk – you’ve got to love autumn…

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RO ¬† Trendul tartan e tare la moda mai nou, iar eu sunt un mare fan. Tartan-ul e un tip de carouri tipic scotian. Imi aduce mereu aminte de Edinburg, de cladiri mari si umbroase, de natura multa, de vant si frig. De-aceea toamna ador sa port tartan – merge la fix cu un ruj inchis la culoare, cu peisajul aramiu de la frunzele uscate, cu o cafea fierbinte in mana pe care-ai cumparat-o mai degraba sa-ti tina de cald, si nu ca ti-e pofta. Odata cu noile colectii, am gasit un fular imens cu print tartan la Primark. E atat de mare ca e ca o mini patura, purtat cu o curea la mijloc se poate transforma usor intr-un pardesiu. Si treaba faina e ca e cu doua fete, pe interior are un print cu alb-negru, asa ca a fost musai sa-l cumpar. Imi place tare mult, cred ca am sa-l port¬†zilnic… Scriu aceasta postare intr-o dimineata devreme de Duminica. M-am trezit de ceva vreme, l-am invelit pe Dan mai bine¬†si am coborat tiptil in bucatarie. Am facut un ceai fierbinte, am aprins niste lumanari si am pornit laptopul. Afara e inca intuneric, am deschis usor geamul si vine un aer racoritor, un pic prea frig asa ca m-am infofolit intr-o patura. E liniste afara, ador cand e liniste afara – nu prea avem parte de liniste unde locuim, insa se vede ca orasul nu s-a trezit inca… Vantul sufla usor si ma simt ca-ntr-o poezie de-a lui George Toparceanu – Rapsodii de Toamna.. cum sa nu iubesti anotimpul asta?

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Scarf – Primark

Trousers – H&M

Shoes – TkMaxx

Bag – LYDC London

Faux Leather Jacket – Local store, Manchester

 

¬†‚̧¬†Andra

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Sunday’s Brunch

autumn first outfit EN ¬†¬†The autumn is here… it’s time we stat burning some candles, it’s time for those late movie nights, it’s time for hot coffees and teas, it’s time for the pumpkin cake and cozy jumpers. And one trend for this autumn that I totally love is the turtle neck. Finally this is on trend, finally I can find turtle neck jumpers in any colour and shape. Until now I used to struggle to find them, now I will have to struggle not to buy every one of them.

Now let’s go back to what really matters: those sweet rituals that all of us like to have. One of my favourite is the Sunday morning, when Dan and I usually get up and go out for breakfast.¬†We usually indulge ourselves in huge mugs of lattes and great portions of pancakes. This is the time when we catch up, when we talk about us and make some great plans. It’s that type of conversation that only your best friend would understand, that can go on for hours and that fills you up with emotion and enthusiasm. It’s the perfect way of re-energising yourself after a busy weekend.

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RO    E aprope mijlocul lunii Septembrie, se aproapie incet toamna iar eu sunt tare entuziasmata. E vremea in care ne scoatem puloverele din dulap, aprindem lumanari parfumate prin casa, ne uitam seara la filme in timp ce afara ploua, se apropie un anotimp romantic si eu de-abia astept. 

Asta ma duce cu gandul la ritualurile noastre, care desi sunt mici, ne sunt tare dragi. Un ritual preferat de-al meu e atunci cand Dan si cu mine luam micul dejun duminica in oras. Avem un local favorit unde de obicei comandam o cana mare de cafea cu lapte, clatite si alte bunataturi. Gurmanzi de felul nostru, savuram fiecare bucatica in timp ce povestim vrute si nevrute Рe starea aia in care esti cu cel mai bun prieten si te pierzi in povesti si planuri, in care te re-energizezi vorbind despre visele tale, despre ce vrei sa faci pe viitor, despre voi. 

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Skirt –¬†zara

Top – Primark

Bag – Vintage

Boots – Ego.co.uk

 

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