Pardon my French

When I was a little girl, I never wanted to be an astronaut or a doctor, or a lawyer. No, I wanted to sale dresses. And people would be: But don’t you want to do something bigger? In other words, something that society thinks is a good career? I always loved clothes, I would spend hours trying on my mum’s dresses, playing with fabrics and creating outfits. I never wanted to be a designer, I was told I’m not that talented so I decided to give up on that dream. But I did like playing with clothes and I decided I’ll create a career in the fashion industry somehow. I went on to study Marketing. I thought I needed to learn how to sell the clothes, I needed to know what people want and I needed to find a way to use my creative mind. I don’t even remember the amount of times people made sure to tell me how easy is to study Marketing. And my answer would always be – it’s not easy to be the best, no matter what the hell you study or do, so shush.

I was over the moon when I found a masters degree in Fashion Marketing. I thought I finally found a way of building a career exactly how I wanted. In the meantime I started writing this tiny blog of mine. Not because I am confident, not because I am photogenic, but because I like to do creative shit and this was the best way. In the meantime a lot of girls decided to become fashion bloggers, I guess there’s no point to tell you how many eye rolls I get when I say I’m one of them. And then comments like “oh, you’re actually smart, you actually have something in your head, not just <check out what I wore today>”. Since when working in fashion is not good enough? Since when having a passion about clothing, cuts and designers is a silly thing to do? I choose my path, you do your thing and give all us fashionistas a break! I’ve seen too many awful doctors, shitty lawyers, corrupt presidents and bad teachers to think that just because you have a society favourite job, you’re fab. The job does not define you, you define you.

P.S. I hope you like my outfit! Got it in the sale, of course.

Dress – French Connection | Shoes – Zara | Watch – Daniel Wellington

 

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Dear Journal…

It’s the middle of the night, in the middle of the week. I need to wake up early tomorrow but I just can’t fall asleep. Too many thoughts running through my mind, too many plans I still need to catch up on, too many exciting things happening at the same time. It’s really quiet and I can finally think about the last couple of weeks that went by too fast. I’ve noticed something that I’m not happy about. I’ve been postponing some fun stuff because I was busy with other stuff. Why do we have to cancel the things we like, when we’re too overwhelmed with work, tedious jobs and other things that don’t bring us joy? Why do we always have to sacrifice the good stuff? Naah, I’ve had enough. So I decided to revisit my blog again. And tomorrow I might even call a friend and spend an hour on the phone just because. And after that I’ll do some shopping – afterall it’s the sale season and I still haven’t had the chance to check it out! What I’m trying to say is, don’t forget to do some fun things especially when you feel you have no time.  That’s when you most need it.

Trousers Primark | Shoes & Top Zara | Watch Daniel Wellington

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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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I wish I could turn back time

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Today I feel like I wanna go back in time a bit, so why not synchronise my thoughts with wearing a thrifted outfit? What can I say, that’s how I roll! But seriously now. I wish I could turn back time to those lazy mornings and instead of snoozing my alarm, to actually get my arse in the gym. I’ve been feeling really unfit in the last couple of months. Kind of like, you know when you run out of breath by chasing the last tram? Or by stretching a muscle after running for 10 mins. I started feeling like this and thought to myself this is getting way out of hand so I need to start working out properly. Well, I’ve been postponing it ever since this bright idea came to mind and now I really regret it. And I’ma tell you why: I am sick. I have been sick. And I am getting sick of being sick. It’s literally my autoimmune system shouting: “Andra, come on now, do something!”

And I get it.. but you see, I start feeling bad, then I get better, I go to the gym, then I get sick. And it’s a vicious circle. The fact that it’s still cold and rainy doesn’t help either. But I got it now, I’ve made a promise to myself that I’ll start being more active once this flu goes away. I’ll let you now how I get on in a month! Until then, learn from my mistakes and remember to stay active, go have some walks/runs or anything that keeps you moving – it’s the best medicine for your body.

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I found this striped jumpsuit in a kilo sale, very fancy I know. I love sales like these, but I have to say it’s been quite disappointing lately. The prices seem to go higher, but the items are less interesting, more and more damaged..and it’s just harder to find a bargain. I liked this one though, I even re-negotiated the price. Got home very proud of myself and realised it has a whole in the leg. You see what happens when you’re out of shape? Even my fashion skills seem to fail me nowadays. But it’s all cool, I was able to fix the problem and I’m quite happy with the result.

What thrift stores do you guys go to around Manchester? Let me know, I’d love to try out new places!

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Jumpsuit – C&A thrifted | Boots – All Shoes Romania

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The Coolest Midi Dress

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EN  I think this is the coolest casual midi dress I’ve ever spotted! Seen from the front it looks just like a plain comfy dress. But it’s actually quite magical! The skirt is so dense, that when you walk or the wind blows, it flows a bit. And the cherry on top is the fact that is backless! I used to wear backless things all the time when I was younger, I don’t know why I stopped really. It’s such a fun thing, especially in the summer! And I know some of you might be afraid because it’s always hard to wear it with a bra – that’s why I’m gonna share with you my wisdom: wear a colourful funky bra underneath to complement the outfit and you’re good to go! 🙂

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RO  Cred ca asta-i cea mai faina rochie midi casual pe care-as fi putut-o gasi la un pret atat de avantajos! La prima vedere pare o simpla rochie din bumbac, perfecta pentru o tinuta lejera. Insa rochia asta are cateva secrete! In primul rand, fusta e facuta din foarte mult material asa ca atunci cand cobori scarile sau vantul sufla usor, se ridica si creeaza niste valuri extraordinare. Iar cireasa de pe tort e spatele gol! Am si uitat ce mult imi plac mie hainele cu spatele gol… Si stiu ca uneori ne e greu sa purtam haine de genul pentru ca ne e dificl sa gasim sutienul potrivit. Ei bine, vara e mult mai usor – eu merg pe optiunea: un sutien care sa complimenteze tinuta, ceva colorat, ceva diferit – si gata, am rezolvat problema! 🙂

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daily summer inspiration midi dress

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Midi Dress – H&M | Hat – H&M | Shoes – Benvenutti | Bra – Victoria’s Secret | Bag – Ted Baker | Necklace – Claire’s

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I’ve Got it from My Mama

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EN  When I went home last time, I found this cute top and skirt outfit that used to be part of my mum’s closet a long time ago. I love my mum’s old style and I would love to own more of her clothes. But hear me out: most of them won’t fit me. Because when she was my age, she would have a 22.5 inches waist. That’s right. She was a good looking lady with a tiny waist. So imagine how happy I was to fit in this one. I love everything about it and I will keep it safe. Who knows? Maybe one day my daughter will wear it too.

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RO  Tinuta de azi apartine mamei mele, de pe vremea cand era ea de varsta mea. In ciuda anilor, calitatea materialului a ramas aproape neschimbata, iar stilul mi se pare inca deosebit. Asta arata ca daca investesti in ceva clasic, va ramane valoros mereu. Ma bucur ca-mi vine la fix tinuta si am s-o pun bine. Poate intr-o zi fiica mea o va purta si ea, la randul ei. Stiti ca nu e prima data cand ma imbrac in hainele mamei, si nu va fi nici ultima! Imi place mult stilul ei si sper sa-i placa si ei tinuta de azi, purtata de o noua generatie, intr-o tara indepartata, intr-o cultura diferita.

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black and red vintage outfit

Shoes – New Look

♥ 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 – asa ca saptamana trecut am hotarat sa nu mai aman, ce-o fi o fi! Am ascultat piesa Haunted – Beyonce 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

 

♥ Andra

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