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.

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Best Way to Revitalize your Hair

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EN  Do you want the quickest way to have a healthy looking hair? I’ve got an answer for you – cut it!! After countless efforts to revitalize my hair I gave up… I took my scissors and cut 6 inches off my dull, dry and very damaged hair. I still don’t have the perfect hair, but it instantly has more volume, looks more fresh and I feel great! It’s quite a big change for me, but I love it. It’s also extremely easy to style, so it’s a win!

The beginning of summer is the perfect opportunity to change your style. Is that time of the year when you go a bit crazy, you go on holidays, wear different clothes, dare to experiment with looks – so why not change your hair too? You can always go back with some good quality hair extensions, so why not take the risk? 😀


 

RO   In ultima vreme am incercat sa-mi las parul cat mai liber, pentru ca era atat de uscat la varfuri incat am zis ca nu mai vreau sa-l stric cu ondulatorul sau presa. Ba mai mult, am exagerat putin cu cantitatile de balsam si tratamentele intensive pentru par. Tot n-am ajuns la rezultatul dorit asa ca intr-o zi m-am enervat si mi-am taiat 15centimetri din par. Yep, 15! Eu singura mi-am facut onoarea, am foarfeca de tuns acasa. M-am asezat frumos in oglinda si am taiat fara frica. Rezultatul? Ma simt fresh si foarte bine! Parul pare mai sanatos, am scapat de varfurile despicate. Am automat si mai mult volum – e perfect!

Vara e anotimpul schimbarilor majore zic eu. E anotimpul in care experimentam mai mult, iesim mai des pe-afara, mergem in excursii, suntem mai energici si mai inspirati – asa ca de ce sa nu ne schimbam si coafura? Iar in caz de ceva, avem de unde sa ne cumparam extensii de par, asa ca risul e mic, I say let’s go for it! 😀

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Cullotes – Zara | White Top – French Connection | Shoes/Ballerinas – Zara | Bag – Vintage | Sunglasses – Primark

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The Long Vest

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EN   What if I told you that this whole outfit, with shoes included, costed me £24? Yes ladies, because if you look for the right items, you can dress nowadays with very little money. I am not the biggest fan of Primark, but now and then I like to give it a visit and I usually buy either basics, or items that I know are going to get out of fashion in a short period of time. This time, I went for the basics. And you can’t go wrong with shades of black and grey. These long vests are everywhere nowadays, so if you don’t want to invest too much in one, there are cheaper alternatives. And there’s also no reason to pay too much for it. It’s not the most practical. It won’t keep you that warm, but it will give your outfit structure. You can also put a big belt around the waist and you’ve got yourself an office look. That simple! Like I said, all clothes are from Primark, the shoes are from Ego.

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RO  Ce-ati spune daca v-as zice ca toata tinuta de azi m-a costat 140RON, cu incaltaminte cu tot? Vedeti voi, nu sunt eu cel mai mare fan Primark, insa cateodata chiar se merita sa ii fac cate-o vizita. De obicei cumpar de la Primark haine basic, in culori neutre – ori cumpar ceva ce e foarte la moda si stiu ca-i va trece repede timpul. In acest caz – vesta lunga. E un trend pe care-l vedem mai nou, iar magazinele sunt pline de diverse modele. Aceeasi vesta o gaseam si la Zara la un pret mult mai mare. Am ales sa merg cu Primark, pentru ca desi imi place, nu e foarte practica pentru ca nu prea tine de cald. Insa imi place ca ii ofera o structura tinutei, una doua creezi un outfit mai modern, mai elegant. Hainele sunt toate de la Primark, iar incaltamintea de la Ego. long vest trend low price outfit primark haul ego shoes primark haul shades of grey long vest monochrome how to wear long vest

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Coffee Tastes Better on Cold Days

hotel chocolat pink champagne trufflesEN   I am a true fan of coffee, I enjoy it anytime, with or without milk and if it has some chocolate on the side, I’m in! And the funny thing is that I associate coffee with productivity. No matter how tired I am, or totally not in the mood for work, I will make myself a coffee if I need to do something. And I instantly feel energized and more excited about the job. Another trick is to grab my laptop and go to a nice cozy place and work there while enjoying, you guessed, a coffee. I always look for a place with huge windows, with a nice view and internet. What do you do to get more work done? Any ideas are more than welcome!

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RO   Sunt o mare amatoare de cafea, la orice ora, cu sau fara lapte, iar de e si o ciocolatica pe langa m-ati convins! Si faza tare e ca atunci cand beau cafea ma pun mai serios pe treaba. Am asociat cafeaua cu productivitatea si atunci cand nu prea am chef, imi fac una. Iar daca-i tarziu, fac una decofeinizata si are acelasi efect. N-o beau pentru energie, mai degraba pentru sentimentul ala de “acuma ma apuc de munca” pe care-l am dimineata la prima cafea. O alta metoda de-a ma ambitiona e sa imi iau laptopul si sa fug la o cafenea in oras. Imi plac localurile cu geamuri mari, cu priveliste frumoasa si musai pentru munca mea – cu internet. Voi ce faceti sa fiti mai productivi? Orice idee ajuta, astept sfaturile voastre! 

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Skirt – From my mum’s wardrobe, vintage

Top – Primark

Boots – Zara

Coat – Mango

 

♥ Andra

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Buying Gloves for Winter

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EN   I always thought that if we need to wear gloves, they need to complement the outfit. Today however, it all started from the accessories. I thought I really like the burgundy so it all added up. I don’t think I ever matched my gloves so well, but the idea is – why not invest in some fun gloves? They can really change an outfit – something that I just found out on my own. So here’s what I recommend when investing in new gloves: choose colours that will look good with the coats that you already have. Be practical – if you need thick ones, buys thick ones.. if you need something to wear on your way to work, maybe something thinner is enough. Don’t pay too much for them, you’ll probably loose one – or at least it always happens to me. And don’t overdo it, like I did! I went to Primark and got overwhelmed by all the cheap gloves and ended up buying too many. I might wear them once only, but hey, they were too cute I couldn’t resist. You need to be stronger though, so don’t let them fool you!

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RO   Cand vine vorba de purtat manusi, mereu le-am privit ca ceva ce completeaza o tinuta. De data asta insa, am ales tinuta in functie de manusi. Mi-a placut mult ideea de rosu – visiniu asa ca am pornit cu gandul de-a ma asorta. Si veci n-am fost asa asortata cu manusile. Asa ca pe tema asta, va impartasesc cateva sfaturi cand vine vorba de achizitionat manusi: Alegeti mereu ceva ce se potriveste deja cu paltoanele sau gecicle din garderoba. Fiti practice si luati manusi in functie de necesitate, materialul e foarte important si captuseala poate face o mare diferenta. Nu investiti prea mult intr-o pereche, manusile se pierd tare usor, sau cel putin eu le pierd foarte usor… Dar nu va lasati nici prea tentate de preturile mici, ma gandesc acum la mama care mereu are o gramada acasa: ‘uite, Andra, alege-ti o pereche sau doua, tare dragute sunt si le-am luat pe toate’. Si stiti vorba aia, asa mama – asa fiica… inca am vreo 3 nepurtate, dar au fost tare dragute si le-am luat pe toate…burgundy christmas outfit primark affordable burgundy christmas outfit primark affordableburgundy christmas outfit primark affordable burgundy christmas outfit primark affordable burgundy christmas outfit primark affordable

Gloves, Collar, Top – Primark

Skirt – Mango

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Cape (in) Town

autumn fall outfit cape EN   Now here’s something I never thought I’d wear – a cape. But then I hated heels until I was 17 so you never know where life takes you. But this time I have to say I made the right decision – it’s quite a statement piece and it was really affordable, as I found it in yes, Primark! It looks quite tight around the shoulders but I swear it’s soo comfortable, it’s like a loose sweater but more posh. Capes are totally in this season (apparently) so I am pretty sure you’ll see more coming in the stores. One risk is that they can make you look bulky – so try a darker colour and maybe go for a smaller size. Also opt for a shorter version and wear something tight underneath to accentuate your silhouette. And if you don’t want to spend too much money on a trendy (but not very practical) coat – try Primark or SheInside.

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RO   Uite ceva ce n-am crezut niciodata ca o sa port: o pelerina. Insa pana pe la 17 ani am fost total impotriva tocurilor, asa ca n-ai de unde stii unde te duce destinul. Dar trebuie sa recunosc ca am facut o alegere tare buna. Am gasit pelerina intamplator, la Primark. Pret avantajos, asa ca am zis de ce nu.. E super comoda, chiar daca poate nu pare, e ca un pulover gros si larg, doar ca mai elegant. Iarna asta se poarta trendul asta, asa ca astept sa apara noi modele si culori. Un singur risc pe care l-am observat: o pelerina mai mare va poate face sa pareti mai plinute. Ideea e sa alegeti o culoare mai inchisa si eventual o marime mai mica decat de obicei. Trebuie sa fie cat mai mica pe langa umeri, sa se aseze frumos. Alegeti o pelerina mai scurta, si purtati-o cu ceva mai mulat in partea de jos pentru a va accentua silueta. Altfel riscati sa aratati ca un cartofior trendy. Investiti intr-o pelerina de genul asta cu gandul ca nu e prea practica. E interesanta, e ceva nou, insa nu va tine de cald. Iar daca va tenteaza dar aveti un buget mai limitat, incercati locuri precum Primark sau SheInside.
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Cape and Sunglasses – Primark

Dress – Orsay

Boots – zara

Lipstick – Rimmel

 

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Tartan is Back

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EN  Tartan is one of my favourite trends. It goes perfectly with a dark lip, with the golden leafs that start to fall, with a hot Starbucks drink in our hand – it’s the perfect combination for autumn. I found this massive tartan scarf at Primark and I instantly wanted to have it. It’s like a fluffy blanket that can easily turn into an overcoat if you add a belt in the middle. And guess what, it’s dual sided as well, with a different print on the inside! I even managed to pair the scarf with my tartan shoes, that’s how much I love this trend.. I am writing this post on a dark early Sunday morning. I woke up and came quietly downstairs, made myself a nice cup of hot tea and turned on some candles. It’s all very quite outside still – it’s too early for the city to be awake. I opened the window slightly and there’a cold and fresh air coming through, so I had to put a big blanket on white sitting at the desk – you’ve got to love autumn…

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RO   Trendul tartan e tare la moda mai nou, iar eu sunt un mare fan. Tartan-ul e un tip de carouri tipic scotian. Imi aduce mereu aminte de Edinburg, de cladiri mari si umbroase, de natura multa, de vant si frig. De-aceea toamna ador sa port tartan – merge la fix cu un ruj inchis la culoare, cu peisajul aramiu de la frunzele uscate, cu o cafea fierbinte in mana pe care-ai cumparat-o mai degraba sa-ti tina de cald, si nu ca ti-e pofta. Odata cu noile colectii, am gasit un fular imens cu print tartan la Primark. E atat de mare ca e ca o mini patura, purtat cu o curea la mijloc se poate transforma usor intr-un pardesiu. Si treaba faina e ca e cu doua fete, pe interior are un print cu alb-negru, asa ca a fost musai sa-l cumpar. Imi place tare mult, cred ca am sa-l port zilnic… Scriu aceasta postare intr-o dimineata devreme de Duminica. M-am trezit de ceva vreme, l-am invelit pe Dan mai bine si am coborat tiptil in bucatarie. Am facut un ceai fierbinte, am aprins niste lumanari si am pornit laptopul. Afara e inca intuneric, am deschis usor geamul si vine un aer racoritor, un pic prea frig asa ca m-am infofolit intr-o patura. E liniste afara, ador cand e liniste afara – nu prea avem parte de liniste unde locuim, insa se vede ca orasul nu s-a trezit inca… Vantul sufla usor si ma simt ca-ntr-o poezie de-a lui George Toparceanu – Rapsodii de Toamna.. cum sa nu iubesti anotimpul asta?

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Scarf – Primark

Trousers – H&M

Shoes – TkMaxx

Bag – LYDC London

Faux Leather Jacket – Local store, Manchester

 

 ❤ Andra

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Sunday’s Brunch

autumn first outfit EN   The autumn is here… it’s time we stat burning some candles, it’s time for those late movie nights, it’s time for hot coffees and teas, it’s time for the pumpkin cake and cozy jumpers. And one trend for this autumn that I totally love is the turtle neck. Finally this is on trend, finally I can find turtle neck jumpers in any colour and shape. Until now I used to struggle to find them, now I will have to struggle not to buy every one of them.

Now let’s go back to what really matters: those sweet rituals that all of us like to have. One of my favourite is the Sunday morning, when Dan and I usually get up and go out for breakfast. We usually indulge ourselves in huge mugs of lattes and great portions of pancakes. This is the time when we catch up, when we talk about us and make some great plans. It’s that type of conversation that only your best friend would understand, that can go on for hours and that fills you up with emotion and enthusiasm. It’s the perfect way of re-energising yourself after a busy weekend.

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RO    E aprope mijlocul lunii Septembrie, se aproapie incet toamna iar eu sunt tare entuziasmata. E vremea in care ne scoatem puloverele din dulap, aprindem lumanari parfumate prin casa, ne uitam seara la filme in timp ce afara ploua, se apropie un anotimp romantic si eu de-abia astept. 

Asta ma duce cu gandul la ritualurile noastre, care desi sunt mici, ne sunt tare dragi. Un ritual preferat de-al meu e atunci cand Dan si cu mine luam micul dejun duminica in oras. Avem un local favorit unde de obicei comandam o cana mare de cafea cu lapte, clatite si alte bunataturi. Gurmanzi de felul nostru, savuram fiecare bucatica in timp ce povestim vrute si nevrute – e starea aia in care esti cu cel mai bun prieten si te pierzi in povesti si planuri, in care te re-energizezi vorbind despre visele tale, despre ce vrei sa faci pe viitor, despre voi. 

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Skirt – zara

Top – Primark

Bag – Vintage

Boots – Ego.co.uk

 

♥ Andra

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Sunday, Sunday…

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Did I mention how much I love pink? pastel pink. I just think it suits me best. And to complete the Spring look, I just took these simple white sneakers from Primark.

Oare v-am mai spus cat de mult imi place mie culoarea roz pal? Poate pentru ca mi se potriveste cel mai bine, cred eu. Si ca sa completez tinuta, am luat tenisii albi, Primark.Primark white shoes

Pink&bluePink H&MThe masterpiece of my outfit: the bow, which is actually a brooch 🙂

Si piesa de rezistenta a tinutei: fundita, care defapt e o brosa 🙂

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H&M blazer & top /  Claire’s brooch /  TkMaxx sunglasses  /  Zara jeans  /  Primark shoes

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