Wearing a Dress in the British Summer


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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.

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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.

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Red ruffle dress underneath – Zara| Red maxi jumper on top – H&M | Buy a similar look from here.

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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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How to Wear Printed Trousers – Look Two (Office)

Trousers - Red Valentino (tradesy.com) | Green Print - inpurt.com)
Trousers – Red Valentino (tradesy.com) | Green Print – inpurt.com)

EN Last time I promised you I’m going to style these bad boys in different ways, to show you how easy it can be to play with printed trousers. For a put together look, choose a shirt that has the same colour that you can find in the trousers. It’s going to look like a nice match. It’s even better if you stay away from white or black. You’ll make your outfit more playful if you find a shirt in a bold colour. It’s also a look that you can wear on a casual night out. To balance the outfit, I went with a blazer – it kind of looks like it’s a suit. And then the shoes are elegant, yet simple enough so the focus remains on the clothes. Which one do you prefer so far? 

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RO Ultima data v-am promis ca am sa va arat o tinuta office cu faimosii pantaloni de la H&M. Am ales o camasa portocalie ce se regaseste in printul pantalonilor. Si acesta e secretul, my friends! Alegeti o camasa intr-o culoare mai puternica, sa fie cat mai apropiata de printul pantalonilor. Si incercati sa evitati alb sau negru, tocmai pentru a crea o tinuta mai interesanta. Pentru a balansa culorile, alegeti accesorii in culori neutre. In cazul meu, sacoul alb iti da senzatia de costum, desi nu e. Iar pantofii negri ii dau o eleganta tinutei, insa nu compromit jocul de culori al hainelor. Cu tinuta asta m-as duce atat la servici, cat si in oras. Voi ce idee preferati? Cea de azi, sau cea de data trecuta? 

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Printed trousers – H&M | Shirt – My mum’s wardrobe | Shoes – Zara | White Blazer – H&M

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How to Wear Printed Trousers – Look One

Trousers - Red Valentino (tradesy.com) | Green Print - inpurt.com)
Trousers – Red Valentino ( from tradesy.com) | Green Print – from inprnt.com

EN  To go on with our last conversation about prints and how to style them, I started building different looks using the same pair of printed trousers. And they’re not only different looks, but different styles. I want to show you how you can wear these printed trousers on different occasions. It’s all about being practical, especially when your wardrobe is not big enough (which never happens). Today’s approach is the casual look. A very comfortable outfit idea using white only. Remember what I said about white? Makes everything look more neat. Replace my trousers with any other trousers and you’ll still end up with a nice look – easy peasy! 

The next look is going to be wearing these bad boys at the office, so stay tuned! Until then, let me know how you wear your prints, and what are your favourite prints? Leave me a comment below 🙂

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RO   Ca sa continuam conversatia de data trecuta, am hotarat sa ramanem la capitolul print si cum purtam aceste haine. Azi vreau sa va vorbesc despre pantalonii colorati. Ideea mi-a venit de la H&M, unde e o nebunie de optiuni pentru pantalonii cu printuri si n-am rezistat tentatiei. Insa pantalonii cu print sunt mai cu mo. Pot sa accentueze defectele, pot sa ne faca mai mici si mai indesate plinute, ne pot incarca tinuta si ne e mai greu sa ii purtam. Asa ca am hotarat sa creez o serie de tinute in care port aceiasi pantaloni, insa in diferite stiluri. Vreau sa va arat cum sa purtati pantaloni cu print pentru diverse ocazii. Eu asa fac cu fiecare haina din garderoba mea – imi place sa fiu practica pentru ca n-am niciodata destule haine (cine are?). Pentru astazi am ales o tinuta casual, cea mai simpla combinatie posibila. Tineti minte ce spuneam despre alb? Ca face totul sa arate mult mai bine? Si daca inlocuiti pantalonii mei cu orice alta pereche (si alte culori) tot veti avea un look reusit. 

Urmeaza sa va arat cum port eu pantalonii astia la birou. Insa pana atunci, poate-mi spuneti si voi cateva idei. Voi cum purtati printuri? Si ce printuri purtati de obicei? Lasati-mi un comentariu mai jos 🙂 

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White Top – Zara | Printed Trousers – H&M | White Converse – Office Shoes |  Reading Glasses – Versace

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Happy in Pink this Spring

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EN   I don’t know about you, but when it’s sunny outside I am a completely different person. My energy levels are already much higher and I am ready to take on the world. We’ve had so much clear blue sky lately that I felt inspired, more productive and more relaxed. And my wardrobe is starting to change too – it’s that exciting time of the year when I get to wear more colour and show some skin. So I had to make my entrance in a pink outfit. I forgot how much I love this colour, it used to be 80% of my closet. I don’t wear it that much nowadays, but it still remains my favourite colour. What’s your favourite colour? Don’t forget to embrace it this spring!

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RO   Diminetile insorite au un impact foarte mare asupra mea. Ma simt automat mai energica, dornica sa fiu mai productiva si mult mai relaxata in acelasi timp. In ultima vreme ne-am bucurat de dimineti insorite si a fost deosebit. Si incetisor starea mea de bine se transfera si la tinutele de zi cu zi – ma atrag iar culorile vii si hainele vaporoase. Mi-e tare dor de vremea buna si plimbarile in oras fara geaca pe mine, cam ceva in genul tinutei de azi, care n-ar putea fi mai roz. Si-mi aduce aminte de garderoba mea de acum cativa ani: cred ca 80% era roz. Mi-am adus aminte cat de mult imi placea culoarea asta…si cred ca a ramas culoarea mea preferata si acum. Si ma bucur ca vine vara incetisor, abia astept sa-ncep sa port mai multa culoare. 

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Pink Skirt – H&M

Pink and Blue Shirt – Hollister

White Shoes – Converse

Blue Sunglasses – Ray Ban

♥  Andra

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Minimalist

minimalist look EN   This is an office look for those who don’t usually wear this, but need to have some sort of office clothes in their wardrobe. I think that the easiest way is to go with classic colours: black and white. I wore this white blazer in so many ways just because it goes with everything. And one place where I find some nice smart clothes, at good quality and reasonable prices is H&M. I got there my interview dresses too and some formal trousers. They all look smart and they all lasted me many years. Everyone says: invest in a nice white shirt, it’s a must. I say, don’t invest in it. White shirts are everywhere. I prefer to change my white shirts, they get yellow-y in time and I like to change the fit in time.

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RO   Asta e o tinuta smart foarte simpla pe care puteti sa o creati atunci cand nu trebuie sa va imbracati asa de obicei. Spun asta pentru ca aud mereu sfaturi de genul: fiecare trebuie sa investeasca intr-o camasa alba, e un must. Si sunt de acord, o camasa alba fiecare trebuie sa avem, insa nu sunt de acord cu investitiile prea scumpe. Gasim camasi albe la fiecare colt, asa ca prefer sa le iau la preturi mai mici si sa le schimb mai des. Albul se mai ingalbeneste, e mai sensibil la pete, asa ca niciodata n-am dat o avere pe o camasa simpla. Tot pe principiul must have, eu zic ca-i musai si un sacou alb. Stiu ca majoritatea opteaza pentru un sacou negru, de-aceea eu am mers pe alb. Parca-mi face tinuta mai eleganta, mai deosebita si doar pentru simplu fapt ca-i alb. Daca sunteti la inceput de drum cu hainele office, va recomand cu caldura H&M. Eu de-acolo am luat multe la preturi acceptabile, care m-au tinut ani de zile. minimalist look minimalist look

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Blazer – H&M

Shirt – Primark

 

♥ Andra

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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

 

♥ Andra

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When in doubt, wear red

All red head to toe EN   Today was a gloomy day. I woke up hearing the rain drops falling on the window. While making breakfast I looked for a nice calming music for my playlist. The coffee was brewing while I was listening to sounds of piano and guitar. And that’s when Dan and I changed our plans for today and chose to light up some candles, pour some wine and enjoy some good books. I love to read while listening to the rain. So today it was all about being lazy and that was okay. In the end, it was all we needed. I hope you had a relaxing weekend as well!

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RO   Dupa o zi de sambata nedormita, ne-am trezit destul de tarziu. Eram cu ochii inchisi pe perna cand am auzit ploaia de afara. Am stiut ca nu mai putem pleca in excursie asa cum ne dorisem. Insa m-am trezit, am cautat un playlist cu muzica lenta si am inceput sa fac micul dejun. In timp ce faceam cafeaua, pe fundal mergea muzica de pian – ma simteam ca in cafenelele din Paris, dimineata, inainte de a se aglomera prea mult. Am hotarat sa profitam de ploaie si sa ne petrecem ziua in liniste. Am aprins niste lumanari, am deschis un vin rosu si ne-am pus pe citit. Ador sa citesc cand afara ploua si e melancolic. Asa ca in final duminica noastra a fost linistita, insa a fost exact ce ne lipsea. Sper ca ati avut si voi parte de un weekend placut!
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Top – H&M

Trousers – Mango

Shoes – zara

Bag – Vintage

Watch – Casio

Glasses – Versace

♥ Andra

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I was made for summer days

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EN   I can’t express how excited I am about this summer. And even though it’s going to be a busy one, I plan to go out and enjoy myself as much as I can. I still can’t believe how much energy I used to have just one year ago. I could easily go to a party and then straight to Uni. No problem at all. Now? Now I just want to sleep. And I love to sleep.  I wake up thinking of coming back home from work and sleep. It usually doesn’t happen but still, it’s not right. I need to get rid of this grandma attitude and I really think that I can change my energy levels now that the summer is back again. So my motto for this summer is – work hard, play hard, have fun!

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RO   Cred ca niciodata n-am asteptat vara asa mult cum am asteptat-o anul asta. Si nu am planificat nimic deosebit, e doar asa, in general, sentimentul ala pe care-l simti cand vine vara. Deja obosisem de la atata intuneric, cer innorat si frig. Si ma gandesc la ce energie aveam doar acum un an. Cand mergeam la cate-un chef si apoi direct la facultate si n-aveam nimic. Acum? Acum nu vreau decat sa dorm. Asa mult vreau sa dorm incat primul lucru la care ma gandesc cand ma trezesc e ca vin acasa dupa servici si o sa dorm. Nu se prea intampla asta, insa ideea conteaza. Vremea asta de Anglia m-a dus intr-o stare de pensionara care deja ma cam enerveaza. Asa ca e timpul sa-mi revin iar acum am si mai multe motive sa imi petrec orele afara si nu in pat. Asa ca motto-ul pentru vara asta e – muncit din greu si distractie la maxim! 

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Dress and Hat – H&M

Bag – Vintage

Faux Leather jacket – Local shop in Manchester

♥ Andra

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