5 WAYS TO BE A BETTER YOU

This blog post started as a personal project. I was writing down ideas on how I can improve myself, when I thought – why not share some of these thoughts with you? I picked some that I think are relevant to everyone and I do hope I’ve inspired you to invest more time and effort into becoming who you want to become.

  1. Read Read Read

I’m a big fan of personal development books. I find them extremely motivating and that is, if you read something that resonates with you. To give you an example – last year I was suffering from depression and had no clue about it. I just had no idea that’s what I was experiencing. And then I heard of this book, started reading it and it all made sense. I was a completely different person the next day. Not because my depression disappeared, but because I finally understood myself better. Sometimes we need to make more sense of what’s happening to us and our thoughts and feelings. And a good book will always help. If you start reading a book and you don’t feel anything after a while, maybe it’s not the right one for you. But keep on looking and the right one will completely change your mindset!

  1. Find Your Tribe

When we’ve got jobs, and a great family and a lovely group of friends, we forget to socialise outside of our comfort zone. If you want to grow, try and make an effort to meet people from the same industry, people that are amazing at something you aspire to be. Knowing someone that’s already there, will inspire you so much you have no idea. And you don’t necessarily have to meet everyone for a drink, don’t be afraid to message people on social media. Don’t be afraid to start a conversation with some of your idols – you never know who will reply!

  1. Turn off your phone

I cannot stress this enough.. I don’t know about you, but all this constant noise is becoming extremely exhausting. Messages, Emails, Watsapp, Notifications.. it never stops! I personally have stopped all social media notifications. I also turn off my internet in the evening and only have it up the next day. I don’t want my life to be run by my mobile, I’d rather choose how and when I want to check my work emails, procrastinate online or anything in between. There’s no need for extra stress, we’ve already got enough on our mind.

  1. Talk more about Money

 I’ve always loved talking about money, I’ve always said I want to have a lot of money and I don’t understand those who despise talking about this matter. Having and understanding how money works gives you more freedom, more opportunities to spend your time and energy on things that you like rather than worrying on how you’re going to pay your bills. I personally meet so many people that suck at managing their finances. And instead of reading into it and improving their situation, they prefer to say money’s cursed and let it be. You can’t let money run your life. So if you wanna become better at budgeting, having savings, going on holidays, buying a house – then talk more about money and don’t be ashamed about it.

  1. Keep a Gratitude Journal

I’ve mentioned this a couple of years back, but this is such a life changer. I call it therapy, because that’s what it does long term. So what does this mean? It means writing down every day 5 things you’re grateful for (on that day). What this does is make you focus on the positive things, gives you hope and the right mindset to tackle your challenges. Nobody’s life is perfect, but focusing on the good things will always make you stronger. Good things come for those you wait, or those who can see the good things coming.

What are your thoughts on the above? What are some things you think are worth adding to this list?

In this blog post I’m wearing one of the prettiest dresses I have at the moment. You can buy it directly from here. I would advise going a size up if you have a bigger chest. Even if it comes a bit loose around the waist, you can tie it in the back and it’ll look perfect. The dress was a gift from NA-KD , I wanted to feature some of their pieces as it’s currently one of my favourite high street brands. They’re also running a 70% off promotion available here. 

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It’s time to talk about activewear

I am one of those people that love new beginnings, new years and new challenges. I’ve had one of a hell 2018 and I hope you did too, but now it’s time to put on paper everything we’re proud of and everything we’d like to change in 2019. For me personally, I feel I overachieved some of my goals this year, with the exception of one big frustration: I minimised my gym visits, ate more sugar than ever and kind of let my body down.

So for 2019, as cliche as that it may sound, I want to get back on track with my fitness routine. And there’s no better incentive than a brand new working out outfit, right? Well today I’m all about the right outfits and wanted to show you some of my favourite from a website called Simply Beach, they not only specialise in activewear, but also  bikinisswimming costumes and kaftans.

One style that I’m particularly drawn to at the moment is the long sleeve tops/bodies. I mean, how cool do these look? They both can be used as swimwear too, which is brilliant. I always say pick black to go with everything, but then I do like these details on the leggings below.

Let me know which ones are you favourite working out pieces. Have you got any fitness goals for 2019? I’m off now to do some online shopping. And because Simply Beach also offers a wide variety of  bikinisswimming costumes and kaftans, I might as well shop for my upcoming holiday right? Maybe Santa will bring me a beach getaway (you never know!)

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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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red pantsuit office attire

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

botanical garden

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

* Photo collage using Polyvore, click on the images for further information about the products.

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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.
affordbale men gifts

 

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