Just breathe easy

I always said the best therapy for the soul is travelling. That, and a lovely bath. This time I had plenty of both while visiting Bali, Indonesia. I will soon tell you more about our amazing experience, but firstly I wanted to share with you the first thing I learnt from this island: to unwind. I also wanted to feature my most worn item on this holiday. Island life can’t go without beachwear, right?

I’m wearing this gorgeous Forever Unique kaftan, which goes too well with my drink hihi. I got it from UK Swimwear, an online beachwear brand based in the UK. If you’re planning a holiday abroad, they’ll have everything you need. I love their wide brand portfolio, with different sizes and fits especially for the bust area – which many of us struggle with.

We live in a society where it’s cool to be busy, everything is on your phone at all times. There’s no time to relax or just let things go. There’s always something happening, someone calling, texting, emailing, stressing. And I just feel it’s harder and harder to detach from all this madness. Mainly because of this silly mobile phone. A different continent, and a hotel with this gorgeous view were just what I needed to let go of everything and just relax. I started writing in my journal again, I discovered some new things about me and I came back full of energy, ambition and some new goals. That’s what travelling does to me, that’s why I love it so much.

My kaftan is available to buy here

 

 

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Why I don’t blog as often anymore…

red pantsuit lavish alice michael kors laptop case

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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Michael Kors laptop case office look

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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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My Love for Vintage

botanical garden and a vintage outfit

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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How to wear Pastel Floral this Spring

Pastel Floral Outfit Idea Spring Trends 2016

EN  I am a fan of pastels, but not florals – but today I managed to fall in love with my new Pastel Floral Dress from Glamorous. And on top of that, I’m in the mood of actually buying some more. I’ve noticed I do have a pattern in choosing what I like, so I don’t feel overwhelmed by so much flower power. And here is what I found: First of all, mixing the pastel floral with white makes it look more premium and easy on the eyes. Secondly, the outfit should be summer like: flowy, with bare legs or shoulders. I also like to wear it with minimum make up and natural hair. I wouldn’t mix floral patterns either if it’s not my cup of tea. Don’t get me wrong, some girls are rocking different prints and they look stunning, but this is more of a “beginner’s guide”. Last but not least, big chunky sweaters can replace the casual coat to give it more of a feminine touch. And that’s how I would wear pastel florals, let me know what’s your choice in a comment below 🙂

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RO  Sunt o mare fana a pastelurilor, insa nu a printului floral. Insa de data asta m-am indragostit de o rochie ce le combina pe amandoua. Ba mai mult decat atat, parca-mi place tare mult combinatia si-mi fug ochii tot dupa printuri asemanatoare. Raman oricum rezervata la capitolul print floral si am observat ca am un stil aparte care mi se pare acceptabil. Asa ca am zis sa va impartasesc si voua cateva idei de-a incerca printul asta. In primul rand, albul in combinatie cu orice face tinuta mai eleganta si printul mai discret. A doua abordare e o tinuta lejera de vara, cu volanase si preferabil picioare/spate/umeri goi si un machiaj minimalist, cu par natural. Iar in loc de geaca, un pulover mare si pufos deasupra. Un ultim sfat e sa ai doar un obiect vestimentar cu print floral. Nu zic, unele fete combina diverse printuri intr-un mod extraordinar – dar asta e un “ghid de incepatori” la capitolul asta, so don’t push it. Cam asta-i musai pentru mine sa ma simt bine in haine pastelate si inflorite. Voi cum abordati acest stil? Nu ezitati sa-mi scrieti mai jos! 🙂 

how to wear pastel floral this spring

how to wear pastel floral this spring

how to wear pastel floral this spring

how to wear pastel floral this spring

how to wear pastel floral this spring

how to wear pastel floral this spring

how to wear pastel floral this spring

Pastel Floral Dress – Glamorous |  Blue Boots – Zara |  Pastel Floral Sunglasses – Primark | Flower Necklace – Claire’s

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Oldie but Goldie

ted baker santorini summer love story EN    I bought this dress a while ago and I wore it a couple of times already. However, I just can’t get enough of it. I keep finding the perfect moment to wear it – or maybe the dress is perfect for any moment…I don’t know. Last time I wore it when watching the sunset with Dan, in Santorini. On our way we found a local church, with the gates open – so we decided to pop in and take some photos. I already know that I’ll be keeping this dress in my closet for my daughter to wear one day. And yes, I’ve got some more items on the list starting with a top that my grand grandmother made. Now I just need to have a daughter and I’m all sorted! Do you girls do the same, or is it just me?

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RO    Am cumparat rochia asta acu’ mult timp pentru o ocazie speciala. Insa in final am ajuns sa o port foarte des. Am avut parte de multe evenimente perfecte pentru rochia asta – sau poate rochia e perfecta pentru orice eveniment. Ultima data am purtat rochia in Santorini, la o plimbare pentru a vedea apusul. Pe drum am dat de o biserica ce intamplator avea portile deschise, asa ca am hotarat sa facem cateva poze. Si am hotarat deja ca rochia asta merge la colectie – colectia de haine pe care le pastrez pentru viitoarea fiica. Am inceput colectia cand am gasit o bluza facuta de strabunica mea. Atunci am realizat ce valoare pot avea unele haine si am hotarat sa pastrez si eu cateva. Oare sunt singura, voi ati pastrat ceva de ani de zile?

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Dress – Ted Baker

Dan wore: Shirt – Tommy Hilfiger; Trousers – zara; Shoes – Primark; Hat – Local shop in Ibiza

♥ Andra

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Cut out Prom Dresses – new obsession

EN    I have started seeing this trend where you have a formal dress made out of two pieces with a crop top and a skirt. I never thought of this, but I have to say I love the idea. Now I don’t know exactly if I would be able to rock this outfit. I always thought that this would suit someone with a tiny waist. But some of these dresses look like they’re made to create that illusion of a nice figure, no matter what size we are, or what body shape we have. But just in case, I am going to go on with my diet plan (says her, while enjoying some ice cream). I leave you with some photos, to show you what I mean. And with a thought that maybe next time I’m going to be the girl in the photos, rocking the outfit like a pro! What are your dress obsessions? Let me know in a comment below.

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RO   In ultima vreme am inceput sa fiu tare atrasa de un nou concept: rochii de seara din doua bucati, cu top scurt si fusta cu talie inalta. Nu m-am gandit vreodata ca as aborda o asa tinuta, insa cu cat vad mai multe modele, cu atat ma atrage mai mult ideea. Nu stiu sincer cum mi s-ar potrivi. Mereu am crezut ca tinutele de genul asta sunt cel mai potrivite fetelor cu talii inguste. Insa ma uit la unele modele si se vede croiala mai deosebita, parca ma convinge sa incerc cateva. Se vede ca sunt facute din material mai rigid, sa ne tina bine talia, sa ne faca mai suple si mai feminine. Asta ma incurajeaza putin, insa tot ma tin de dieta, ce-i sigur e sigur (zise ea, savurand o inghetata). Am ales cateva poze sa va arat exact la ce ma refer. Deocamdata am apelat la un site, insa data viitoare poate ma fatzai eu pe-aici, purtand una din tinutele de mai jos… dar deocamdata sunt in starea aia de ‘ma bate gandul..’ Voi la ce suspinati zilele astea? Ceva rochie, ceva pereche de pantofi, ceva geanta de marca? Nu ezitati sa-mi spuneti intr-un comentariu, mai jos. 

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Dress one available here
Dress two available here
Dress three available here
All dresses and photos from Sherry London, online store available here.

 

♥ Andra

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Gift Guide – Part 3 – Exquisite

For the third part of the gift guide I chose more unique items. These are not necessary to have, but will definitely make that someone feel really special. Think of items that he would really like to have, a splurge that’s not too expensive, something you can afford to buy. The idea is to make him ‘wow’ a bit, no matter what the item is.
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Pentru partea a treia am ales cadouri mai unice, zic eu. Sunt lucruri care nu sunt necesare, insa cine le primeste poate fi foarte placut surprins. Ganditi-va la ceea ce-si doreste demult dar nu indrazneste sa-si cumpere. In functie de buget si in functie de personalitatea lui, va puteti orienta sa ajungeti la un compromis. Mai jos am facut o lista cu lucruri care l-ar uimi pe Dan. Cu exceptia brichetei, ca el nu fumeaza. Insa stiu de la prieteni fumatori ca bricheta zippo e ceva deosebit.
Exquisite gifts for him

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Gift Guide – Part 2 – Affordable

christmas gift ideas for himFor the second part I looked for some affordable  things that can either be really useful  or just funny. This is what I usually get when I just want to offer a gift, just for the spirit of Christmas. I believe that most of the time it should be like this. We don’t all afford to buy loads of gifts. An alternative to these are the small DIY projects. Dan already received many small movies with us, photos, boards, a ‘memory’ box…etc 🙂
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Pentru a doua parte am ales cadouri la preturi accesibile, ceva util sau doar ceva haios. De multe ori aleg cadouri de genul. Imi place sa ofer cadouri, insa ideea de a cheltui in nestire imi displace. Pentru mine ideea de cadou conteaza si nu cat de scump a fost. Iar o alta alternativa e un cadou personalizat,sau DIY. Deja Dan a primit multe filmulete cu noi, tata tocmai ne-a trimis o poza mare de la logodna noastra, mama inca mai are pe undeva felicitari facute de mana… sunt lucrurile mici care conteaza.
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Gift Guide – Part 1 – Tech stuff

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Using Polyvore I created three boards with gift ideas for him. I realised that it’s already the 10th of December and I forgot to share with you some ideas. I usually do this before Christmas just because many girls say that it’s a bit difficult to buy something special for a guy. The first part focuses on tech stuff. In my opinion, this needs to be something he really needs, but it’s a bit pricey. If you want something more affordable but of a good quality, opt for a Casio watch. I have so many in my collection and I am always asked how expensive were they. I never paid more than 30 Pounds on one. Another affordable option is the Kindle, which I personally love. However, if he wants something more expensive (like an IPad), buy him a gift voucher from Apple of how much you’re willing to spend on him. So he can use those money, add some himself and buy something that he really needs, something that is really worth it.
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Mi-am dat seama ca se apropie Craciunul si eu inca nu v-am dat idei de cadouri pentru prietenul, sotul, fratele, sau tatal vostru. Am creat trei colaje cu ajutorul aplicatiei Polyvore si le-am impartit in trei parti, cu tematici diferite, pentru personalitati si bugete diferite. Prima parte se refera la tot ce tine de tehnologie. Pot fi cadouri mai scumpe, insa reprezinta ceva ce isi doreste cu adevarat, ceva de ce chiar are nevoie. Mai jos am creat o lista cu lucruri mai mult sau mai putin scumpe. Din punctul meu de vedere, un ceas sau un ebook e cadoul perfect si la un pret cat decat acceptabil. Eu sunt o mare fana a ceasurilor Casio. Am in colectie o gramada si niciodata nu am dat mai mult de 150 RON pe unul. 
Insa in cazul in care isi doreste ceva mai scump, o idee ar fi de a-i veni in ajutor. Un cadou mai mic doar pentru ideea de a oferi o surpriza, iar restul sa fie sub forma de un voucher astfel incat sa-i fie mai usor sa-si achizitionee calculatorul sau aparatul foto pe care si-l doreste. Ideea ca o treime din pret (sau mai mult, sau mai putin) ii este deja acoperita, parca altfel e.  
                                                           Tech inspiration - mens gifts

 

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Tip Thursday: My Daily Inspiration

dreamy morning I am a simple girl who likes to express her creativity by writing a blog about her personal style and inspiration.  I am packet with a semiprofessional camera and a very patient boyfriend who will always find time to take photos of what I wear. What I do here is a hobby. However, there are loads of professional bloggers out there who work together with a team to provide us great content. Sometimes so great that I think it’s better than a magazine or a book that I can find on a shelf. Because we all spend loads of time online, I wanted to share with you some of my favourite links related to different themes. Scroll down for the list and a bit of information about each. As I mentioned, they are all professional, full time bloggers. The quality of their content is just amazing. Enjoy 🙂

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Nu demult vorbeam de ideea de a avea un blog pentru a ne exprima ideile, creativitatea, detaliile despre un proiect et cetera. Eu personal creez aceste postari cand am putin timp liber. Pozele sunt facute cu un aparat semiprofesional si de catre un fotograf neprofesional: iubitul meu mult prea rabdator. Spre deosebire de mine, insa, sunt persoane care asta fac pe post de full time job. Sunt bloguri care au in spate o intreaga echipa pentru a crea ceva extraordinar. Azi vreau sa vorbesc despre genul asta de bloguri. Cand sunt pe internet, incerc sa reduc timpul pierdut pe Facebook si sa citesc mai mult bloguri sau articole online care-mi aduc ceva in plus, dar care tot o metoda de relaxare sunt. Mai jos am facut o lista cu mai multe linkuri in functie de tema principala, pe care eu le consider extraordinare. Sper sa va placa! 🙂

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FASHION

This is the most interesting topic for me, so of course I’ll have to share more than one link!

The cherry blossom girl is my fantasy of style. Probably not a favourite for you, but definitely something that screams my name: pastel colors, light make up, flowers, dresses, romance..

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Pentru ca e topicul meu preferat, va dau doua linkuri in loc de unul!

The cherry blossom girl este o reprezentare vizuala a imaginatiei mele. Suna ciudat, poate, dar e exact stilul meu, exact ceaa ce ma reprezinta: culori pastelate, machiaj natural, rochii, fuste, flori, romantism…

the cherry blossom girl

Kayture is just pure beauty. It’s the main reason I dream of having the opportunity to wear designer clothes. She styles them in such a beautiful way.

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Kayture e pur si simplu un deliciu vizual. O fata frumoasa, fotogenica, cu un stil impecabil. Colaboreaza deseori cu branduri si designeri de renume. De fiecare data mi se pare ca scoate in evidenta calitatea, eleganta si unicitatea hainelor pe care le alege.

kayture

HEALTHY RECIPES

Hungry Healthy Happy is a great blog that has loads of useful information about eating healthy and having a healthy lifestyle in general. However, my favourite thing is the recipes part: healthy ideas for deserts.

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Hungry Healthy Happy va ofera o varietate de articole legate de stilul de viata sanatos, sport, diete. Partea mea preferata e meniul cu retete, in special ideile de desert sanatos.

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DIY PROJECTS

A Beautiful Mess teaches you how to DIY so many things! And their photos are absolutely amazing. What I like about them is that they talk about different things, so the variety of topics is big. You’ll definitely find something useful on their blog.

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A Beautiful Mess cuprinde o sumedenie de proiecte pe care le putem face acasa, unele mai grele, altele mai usoare. Fetele fac niste poze atata de frumoase, incat totul pare sa fie foarte simplu si usor. Imi place ca au o varietate de proiecte cu diverse teme. Sigur gasesti ceva interesant pe pagina lor.

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PERSONAL GROWTH

Usually for this area I like to read books. I also followed some personal development programs. Maybe you’ve noticed already I am quite motivated when it comes to my future. But being consistent is what I find to be the hardest. So this helps me. One of my favourite personal growth leaders is John Maxwell. You can find his page here, which has many interesting articles. Another great source are the TED Talks which I’m pretty sure you’re already a fan of!

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Recunosc ca din punctul asta de vedere prefer sa citesc carti sau sa ma inscriu la diverse programe. Deseori vorbesc pe blog despre planurile mele de viitor: sa cresc cat mai mult, sa ajung cat mai sus. Pentru a-mi pastra motivatia imi place sa ma inspir de la mari lideri precum John Maxwell. Puteti gasi mai multe informatii si articole utile dand click aici. O alta sursa de inspiratie foarte la indemana este TED Talks – care presupun ca deja e una din preferatele voastre.

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FITNESS

Usually I do cardio and HIIT (high intensity interval training) when I work out. However, this is intense and not for everyone. Sometimes when I am a bit tired I go to Cassey from Blogilates. Here’s her blog where she posts different articles about health and fitness. She also posts videos with short workouts. If you give her your email address, she’ll send you a month’s programme – basically she tells you what videos to watch each day, all available on youtube. I don’t follow her videos every day, but she’s great! And pilates is so good for everyone!

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Amandoi parintii au fost slabi mereu si n-au avut probleme cu greutatea. Dar sigur ca eu a trebuit sa o mostenesc pe bunica. Refuz sa ma infometez, asa ca e musai sa fac sport intens sa-mi pastrez silueta greutatea. De aceea aleg cardio mult, in special de genul HIIT (high intensity interval training).  Doar ca asta nu-i pe placul tuturor si implica multe sarituri care pentru unii nu e recomandat. Pentru zilele in care sunt mai obosita o aleg pe Cassey de la Blogilates. Are o gramada de videouri pe youtube cu diverse exercitii. Iar daca iti faci cont pe blogul ei (efectiv ii dai adresa de email), iti trimite lunar un program personalizat cu exercitii pentru fiecare zi. Totul e gratuit. Ideea mi se pare foarte faina. 

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Leave me links with your daily inspirations! Let’s share links that are worth bookmarking!

♥ Andra

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