Lust for Life

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We’re a generation that struggles to get a house and settle down. We don’t like saving. We’d rather enjoy our youth and spend our money on travelling, experiences and too many drinks over the weekend. But you know what? Life is short. And it’s a lesson I’ve learnt again after the tragic event that happened in Manchester. It’s so sad and scary and just so unfair. What am I personally gonna do about it? Spread positivity and enjoy the privilege of being alive, healthy and free to enjoy this beautiful world. We’re so damn lucky.

Dress – French Connection (find it here)

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British Rose – The Body Shop Launch Event

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EN   Last week I was lucky enough to go to the launch of the British Rose collection, by The Body Shop. I had a proper pamper day: using different Body Shop products to cleanse and deep moisturize my face and then having my make up done with the new British Rose palette, by the Body Shop makeup artist. The new collection is designed to make you look fresh and natural this summer. It’s all about enhancing your natural beauty, with a bit of rose cheeks and pink lips. The eye makeup was also very light, a bit shimmery – like a cool summer evening. My favourite product from the new collection is probably the palette, but I also loved the hand cream – very moisturizing but light at the same time, if that makes sense. I love the smell too, very fresh and summery like. So go ahead and have a play with the new collection in the stores, you’ll love it!

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RO  Saptamana trecuta am participat la lansarea unei noi colectii din gama The Body Shop: British Rose. E o colectie pe baza de trandafir, cu diverse produse pentru ingrijirea pielii, o paleta makeup si rujuri tip stain ce pot fi folosite atat pe buze cat si pe fata, pentru a crea bujori. Imi place tare mult noua colectie pentru ca prezinta ideea de fresh, natural. Produsele de ingrijire promit o curatare si o hidratare pentru un ten mai lucios. Iar cele de makeup vin in culori foarte naturale, ce imit ideea de no make up. Am fost norocoasa sa incerc o sumedenie de produse, mi-au curatat fetele fata, m-au masat, iar apoi makeup artistul mi-a facut un machiaj usor, de vara, asa cum imi place mie. Colectia British Rose a fost creata sa iti accentueze caracteristicile personale, sa iti lumineze usor fata si sa iti ofere protectie tenului – iar eu zic ca au nimerit-o la fix! body shop launch event british rose manchester city centre

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Photos and Makeup with the help of The Body Shop Team.

♥ Andra

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Why you need to visit Wales

visit wales england country sideEN   We finally decided to visit Wales not because it’s a popular location, but because it is relatively close to Manchester and we wanted a break. We decided to go camping for 5 days, which was the best experience ever. When we got there it was pouring with rain. It was raining so heavily that after about 3 minutes outside we were soaking wet. We managed to find a great location for our tent but couldn’t do anything else. We went back in the car and we started eating while looking at the landscape. I was already thinking of how I am going to sleep in the car. After a couple of hours the weather started to get better and in the end we had days with 20 degrees and sunshine – which was perfect. We had no internet for five days, almost no phone reception – so no interruptions. We camped close to Snowdonia, where we spent most of our days. We wanted to make the most out of the trip so we spent money on different experiences: train to the top of Snowdon, Helicopter, Kayak and loads of Castles. I fell in love with Wales and I really recommend you go there, it’s too good to miss it!

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RO  Pentru prima data am ales sa vizitam Tara Galilor – o regiune in Marea Britanie total diferita. O limba ciudata, asemanatoare cu olandeza, oameni calmi si zambitori, natura muuulta si castele si mai multe. Dan a ales un loc de camping in mijlocul pustietatii, la poalele unui munte. Am ajuns miercuri dupa masa si in timp ce ne cautam locul perfect pentru cort, a inceput o ploaie torentiala. Asa torentiala, incat pe cand ne-am intors la masina am fost leoarca. Eu deja ma gandeam ca dorm in masina.. si poate mergem si la o pensiune. Insa inceputul asta de vacanta s-a transformat in cateva ore – zile senine, calde, fara pic de ploaie. Tara Galilor e plina de castele, asa ca am vizitat diverse, iar in restul timpului am facut plimbari pe dealuri si am investit in cateva experiente: am mers cu trenul pe varful muntelui Snowdon (1084 m altitudine), am zburat cu elicopterul deasupra marii Irlandei si a castelului Caernarfon, am luat un kayak si ne-am plimbat pe un lac aproape de cazare, in care Dan a facut pe urma o baie rece rece. Eu personal am ramas extrem de impresionata de Tara Galilor. Daca sunteti prin Marea Britanie, va recomand cu caldura – e o excursie extraordinara si nu prea costisitoare. Intr-o zona relativ mica, numita Snowdonia, gasesti munti, lacuri si mare. Si pe ici pe colo cate un castel din secolul XII. De vis! 

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♥ Andra

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At the Cottage

Lake District holiday autumn fall landscape

While my previous post was me just telling you about how pretty my last weekend was, today I want to share with you some of my favourite photos from our trip to the Lake District. I usually avoid taking too many landscape pictures just because I find them a tiny bit boring. So this post is a summary of my favourite photos from the trip, a mix of everything.

And for the first time, Dan messed around my blog and wrote some words of wisdom. He probably didn’t see it coming, but I thought I’d leave them on. Wine not?

 

‘Sooo, let me tell you about Dan. He has been so great lately – it is difficult to express it in words. First and foremost, he is sooo sexy and with a charming smile. Even I, which some might argue – am used to his smile, cannot resist it.’

Lake District holiday autumn fall landscape

 

Daca in postarea anterioara am vorbit despre cat de frumos a fost la cabana, acum am zis sa va si arat cum a fost in cateva poze. Lake District e o zona cu lacuri aproape de Manchester, o zona turistica plina de trasee, dieverse activitati in aer liber si multe multe cabane. Daca alegeti sa veniti prin zona, va recomand cu drag Lake District doar pentru ca e ceva mai diferit. Iar eu una m-am indragostit de zona rurala a Angliei si nu de marele orase precum Londra. Zona rurala mi se pare mult mai romantica si mai autentica. 

Lake District holiday autumn fall landscape

Lake District holiday autumn fall landscape

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These clothes were made for walking

Now that more sunny days are coming I feel more fresh, more energised. I’m often outside for a long walk, or just with a coffee to go in my hand and a magazine in the other. Everything feels better on a sunny day. That’s why I’ve spent most of this weekend out, walking a lot and just talking about future plans, dreams and hopes. So for this I had to leave my skirts and dresses in the closet and opt for a comfy outfit. To make it less boring I chose colors and prints. I really like these trousers: they are very comfortable, they look good with any plain top and they can definitely make an outfit stand out. The only con is that the print makes my legs look a bit bigger. Because of this I hesitated to buy them at first. Now that I have, I don’t regret it. They’re officially my new comfy trousers! Everything I wear is from Primark and all together was 20 pounds, now that’s something!

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In sfarsit pot sa petrec mai mult timp afara. Sunt genul de persoana care-ar sta doar afara. De dimineata pana seara. Cel mai mult mi-e dor decand stateam cu ai mei si eram in vacanta de vara. Ma trezeam mai tarzior, imi pregateam un mic dejun si o cafea si tusti ( a se pronunta ţuşti ) pe terasa. Afara liniste, soare.. pisica venea langa mine si incepea sa se spele, iar cainii veneau sa vada ce mananc si se intorceau pe spate, sa-i mangai pe burta. Dupa 10 minute de mangaiat cainii si de ‘dragalit’ pisica puteam in sfarsit sa-mi savurez mancarea si cafeaua. Acum, ca sa compensez lipsa unei gradini, merg la plimbare ori de cate ori am ocazia. Asa mi-am petrecut weekendul de 1 Mai, pe-afara! De aceea m-am imbracat cat mai comod. Pentru a face tinuta mai interesanta am ales culori puternice si printuri. Tot ce port e luat de la Primark si toate m-au costat in total 100 Lei. 

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 ♥ Andra

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Easter Sunday at Chatsworth House

Hello dear friends, how was your Easter holiday? I hope you enjoyed it and had a bit of time to relax.  In my culture, Easter is relatively a big thing. We paint eggs, have traditional meals, we visit relatives and friends, it’s a fun time. While Dan was enjoying all these at home, I was in Manchester, working. That’s why I had to make Sunday special. This is how I decided to join my friends to Chatsworth House, in the Peak District. We opted for a garden and house tour. Because of the weather, I had to leave my dress in a closet and choose something warm instead. I also gave up the idea of wearing high heels – walking around for hours? – no, thank you. That’s why I just chose a pair of comfy shoes. I chose to wear my latest acquisition: a shirt with a floral print on it together with my favourite pair of trousers from H&M.

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Dragi prieteni, sper ca ati avut parte de un Paste fericit, de o mini vacanta asa cum v-ati propus! Anul acesta am petrecut Pastele in Anglia si am realizat cat de importante sunt traditiile. Englezii nu sarbatoresc in mod deosebit. Ei prefera sa mearga la shopping, sa mearga la restaurant si sa cumpere oua de ciocolata. Multe. Si… cam atat. Desi sunt un marketer in devenire, nu-mi place cum sarbatorile se transforma incetisor in marketing si vanzari. Aud adesea: ‘nu mai e cum era odata’. Si e pacat. Insa nu e prea tarziu si totul depinde de noi. De aceea stiu ca eu cel putin am sa pastrez sprititul sarbatorilor si-am sa-mi invat copiii si nepotii sa faca la fel. 

Pentru ca eu urma sa lucrez in fiecare zi, am hotarat ca Dan sa mearga acasa, sa fie alaturi de ai lui. Iar eu, ca sa-mi fac duminica de Paste mai speciala, am plecat impreuna cu niste prieteni la un castel in apropiere, unde ne-am petrecut toata ziua plimbandu-ne prin gradini si bucurandu-ne de natura. Pentru mini excursie am ales sa ma imbrac cat mai comod si calduros. In final, tinuta s-a potrivit la fix cu natura: pantaloni verzi, camasuta cu print floral si pasari. A fost o zi reusita, dar la anul tare-as vrea sa o petrec acasa! 

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Coat – Mango

Bag – Benvenutti (Romania)

Top – click here /    Bluza o gasiti aici – click 

 

❤ Andra

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IBIZA Review

There’s some things I want to share with you if you think of going to Ibiza! First of all, don’t forget to pack a pair of sport shoes: you can go on small trips and those fancy sandals won’t be enough..Luckily I had with me a basic pair of white shoes and I used them…a lot! The island is full of nice places, so maybe you want to rent a car or a scooter. In that case, don’t forget your drivings licence!

Noah buun, daca va hotarati sa mergeti in Ibiza, va recomand cateva lucruri. In primul rand, luati-va cu voi o pereche de adidasi/tenisi. Sunt multe excursii de facut pe stanci sau alte zone unde sandalele noastre de plaja n-au ce cauta. Insula e relativ mica si plina de obiective turistice. Puteti inchiria o masina sau un scuter la un pret convenabil, dar nu uitati sa va luati cu voi carnetul de conducere!Seaside - Ibiza

When on the island, buy an equipment for snorkeling (3-15 Euros): the water is crystal clear, with many fishes. Use some bread to attract more – it’s really fun!

Ajunsi acolo, investiti intr-un echipament pentru snorkeling: ochelari si tub (intre 3-15 Euro) – apa e super limpede si puteti sa vedeti pestisorii. Ca sa atrageti mai multi, puneti prin apa bucatele de paine. swimming

Beware of the jelly-fishes! They can be very dangerous, even though they look cute and pink. They burn your skin and leave marks on it. Dan touched them while swimming on the first day. He still has the marks.. it doesn’t hurt anymore, but it’s not pleasant!

Aveti grija la meduze! Uneori mai apar prin apa, dar se vad din departare. Daca le vedeti, cautati mai bine alta plaja. Daca le atingeti, va ardeti putin pielea si va ustura..Apoi ramaneti cu cateva urme. Dan inca le mai are, din prima zi.. Nu-l doare acum deloc, dar n-a fost ceva placut! Ibiza3Andra – laughing at Dan: ‘really? those cute pink things hurt you?’ – before seeing his skin

Eu, razand de Dan ca l-au piscat niste chestii mici si roz… asta inainte sa-i vad pielea!Ibiza - beach Ibiza diving

Places I’ve been to and I recommend / Locuri unde-am fost si le recomand

IBIZA – THE OLD TOWN
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CALA DEN SERRA – CLOSE TO PORTINATX (with the bike)
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SAN MIGUEL – CAVES, BEACH AND TOWER (with the boat)
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Details matter

16I have recently discovered a website with handmade jewelry: Evocateur. I love it because it’s original, with designs inspired by nature. The majority of pieces can be made of gold or silver and can contain Swarovski elements. All this sounds so good that I had to look at their collection. That’s how I made the following selections! I really enjoy doing collages, as you have probably have seen here, here or here 🙂

Am descoperit de curand un magazin online: Evocateur. Prima data mi-au atras atentia faptul ca obiectele sunt facute manual. Apoi am descoperit ca multe sunt din aur, argint sau contin elemente Swarovski. Mi s-a parut interesant, deoarece eu sunt alergica la alte metale.. asa ca m-am uitat mai mult pe-acolo si am facut o selectie si pentru voi. Daca vreti sa vedeti mai multe, intrati pe site-ul lor. Eu recomand sa va uitati in functie de colectii. 🙂Evocateur Andra Dorolti

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Back to Manc

Forever 21 dress, green I came back to Manchester, after a resting holiday at home. And because I used all my time at home relaxing, I came back with more motivation and energy to work for Uni and for this blog. So I went today to Salford University to hear a talk from Muhammad Yunus, a great man who came up with the idea of Social Business and received a Nobel Peace Price in 2006, among others. During the break, Dan and I enjoyed a small walk in the beautiful park, in the rain, without an umbrella. Yes, I’m back to Manc…

S-a terminat vacanta, m-am intors in Manchester. Si-am venit cu forte proaspete pentru a lucra pentru scoala si pentru blog. Pentru inceput, am mers azi la univeristatea din Salford pentru a-l asculta pe Muhammad Yunus, un om deosebit, recunoscut pentru crearea conceptului de business social si castigator al premiului Nobel pentru pace. In pauza, am mers cu Dan la o plimbare, in parc, prin ploaie, fara umbrela – ce sa spun? mirific pentru parul meu! Dar n-a contat, natura si multele veverite ce se jucau pe-acolo ne-au facut sa uitam de ploaie.

Muhammad Yunus Forever 21 dress

Messy hairBag Benvenutti-Romania / Boots – Primark / Leggings – who knows?

 

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Countryside

flowersWhen I was younger, I used to spend a lot of time at my grandma’s, in a small village. Now I rarely go and visit her, especially since I’ve moved in the UK. However, I spent my weekend there and lots of memories came to my mind. My brother and I used to go and search for mushrooms. My grand-grandmother would check to see if they’re OK and then she would cook them. She would also make soup from a plant called nettle. Yes, she would cook everything from anything. And spending a lot of time there made me fall in love with animals, with the nature and healthy food. That’s why I already planned to have a house, with a big garden, two cats and two dogs.

Eram mica si petreceam mult timp la tara. Mergeam des cu ai mei si vara, Alex si cu mine ramaneam o perioada mai lunga. Ba chiar imi amintesc c-am facut un trimestru la gradinita acolo. Eram 3 copii in clasa si eram fericiti ca nu trebuia sa-mpartim prea mult jucariile. Apoi mi-aduc aminte cand mergeam cu Alex prin expeditii, pe dealuri si la cules de ciuperci prin padure. Strabunica le lua apoi sa le verifice si facea din ele o tocanita. Noi ii spuneam ‘topala’. Tot strabunica facea si supa de urzici, un deliciu! Si bunica facea placinta, cu silvoita. Si de mica am fost obisnuita cu animalele si cu natura. Si astept momentul sa am si eu, la casa mea, o gradina mare si animalute.

Spring Primavara Spring dress AndraDress & Shoes – Primark / Watch – Casiopink dressAlex si Andragirl with animals

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