Monday, 11 August 2014

Smells like vacation...

Today I woke up... without energy. I have an intense feeling of fatigue and a burning desire for vacation. Total opposite to what these photos emanate. I don't want outfits, I don't want makeup, I don't feel like blogging, I don't feel like doing anything...
All I want is to lie down on a lounge chair, under an umbrella, staring at a big blue sea... That's all!

Where would you like to be now?

Dress :: H&M | Jacket :: thrifted | Clutch :: Pull and Bear via Kurtmann | Boots :: via miniPrix

Monday, 4 August 2014

The little black dress

I'm aware that the black dress is the easiest choice when it comes to event outfits, but leaving aside the easiness of the choice, I have to tell you that I really fell in love with the dress from the first moment I laid my eyes on it.
What I love the most about it is the fact that it's sexy... not in a vulgar way, but in a discrete way.

What do you think? Was it a good investment or not?


Dress :: Fairytale Collection | Clutch :: Pull and Bear via Kurtmann | Necklace :: H&M | Sandals :: Local shop

Saturday, 2 August 2014

July - daily outfits

I successfully managed to check the 23 working days of July with an outfit, and the ones you are seeing in this post are a selection of the most appreciated ones. It's interesting to look behind and realize, if necessary, that simple is the keyword to describe my style.
Every day I did my best to show an original outfit, but at the same time to reuse items of clothing.

If I were to do a list with all the items of clothing which I consider basic, I would say:
- white shirt,
- white t-shirt,
- navy t-shirt,
- at least one colored top: red, blue,
- at least one printed top: abstract, floral,
- black straight/slim leg trousers
- boyfriend jeans
- red shoulder purse
- brown hand bag
- black shoulder purse
- black flat sandals
- black heeled sandals

What is your opinion? What would you add to the list above.


Top :: Topshop | Trousers :: Zara via Kurtmann | Bag :: Magno | Sandals :: H&M | Necklace :: H&M

Monday, 28 July 2014

What it feels like for a girl...

I thought for a while whether or not to write about this topic, but in the end I decided to write... because it's important to open our eyes to see what is happening around us and learn something.

I've been in contact for three months with a person whom I thought was a boy and whom I treated accordingly... just to find out that the person is actually... a girl. The person presented herself with a short name (e.g. Alex), which is not unusual. If she would have presented herself with the long name (e.g. Alexandra), I wouldn't be writing this post now.

The issue came to light when I saw the name in writing. I was willing to stick my hand in the fire that it was a typo... it seems my hand would have burned badly...

I felt something weird from the first moment I came in contact with the person... because of the childish voice... I even asked: how old are you?
And the look... 100% male: male clothes, male shoes, short hair cut, no make-up.
The only clue... we met a few times in the girls bathroom. The first time I don't remember exactly what I said, but I'm afraid that I said: No problem, I enter the boys bathrooms from time to time, too. The second time I said, with an ironical tone: Caught you here again....
Now that I look back, I feel totally stupid. On the other hand nobody ever caught my attention and the person really looks like a boy. If she really wants to look like a boy, I congratulate her, she does it great from my point of view!

Conclusion.

I have no problem with the idea that a girl wants to be a boy. I would say that I find really admirable how she managed to accomplish this. People don't choose how to be when they are born, but they can choose how to live. If the man was born in a wrong body it doesn't mean that he is less intelligent, less beautiful or less sociable.

We, the "normal", we must understand that in nowadays society it's very hard to be "different" and accepted at the same time. And please assign the idea of "different" with other things too... like autism, like Down syndrome etc...
Try to do an imagination exercise. Put yourself in the shoes of a person who has one of the problems mentioned above. How does it feel? Is not that easy, is it?

T-shirt :: via miniPrix | Jeans :: H&M via miniPrix | Clutch :: via Kurtmann
Sandals :: local boutique | Sunglasses :: Ray-Ban

Monday, 21 July 2014

No pain, no game

Two weeks ago I attended a wedding. The ambiance was so entertaining and the music was so good that my feet still hurt because of how much I danced. The last time something like this has happen to me it was 6 years ago, at my own wedding. I danced so much that day, that I didn't feel the need to go to the toilet for the entire duration of the wedding, which was at least 15 hours... and two weeks after the wedding I couldn't feel the sole of my feet... Can you imagine that?

Don't get me wrong, I'm not sorry when something like this happens after a wedding. This is somehow normal when you attend a wedding in which you really have fun... but... the thing is that this Saturday I have to attend another wedding and I'm telling you... I'm afraid... I'm very afraid... :D My feet aren't fully recovered...

Did you ever experienced so much fun in a wedding that you had to endure sore feet for two weeks after the event?

Top :: TOPSHOP | Blazer :: Local shop | Trousers :: ZARA via Kurtmann  

Tuesday, 15 July 2014

Shopping tendencies

I don't know what is happening to me, but I recently came to the conclusion that on-line shopping doesn't attract me as it used to.
It would have been nice to say that shopping in general doesn't attract me, but obviously this is not the case... although, to be honest, it wouldn't be such a bad idea to stay clean for a month and avoid shopping... :| Is there anyone else who accepts the challenge?

But back to the main topic... I visit Kurtmann and Miniprix on a daily basis, looking for treasures, but I don't fall that much into sin. I think the pace of orders is a quarter compared to the same period last year. Even ZARA, MANGO, ASOS don't tempt me anymore... the thought of having to wait a week or two, but also the risk that the pieces may not fit me, often prevent me to place an order.
Ironically or not ... even though I'm a professional shopper... this year I had a few failed experiments with sizes. I'm not totally discouraged, but for now I need to take a timeout... most probably I will pay them a visit in autumn...

The difference of pace, compared to last year, is successfully completed by shopping in local stores.

How come did this happened?
Out of convenience... Out of haste... Out of need for change...

I'm usually shopping out of need, but I sense a tendency of change in this regard too and I don't like it. Shopping for pleasure. It's stupid that I feel somehow guilty. I'm just spending my worked money. The thought that on long term I could actually use those money in more constructive purposes, instead on clothes, haunts me... that is why I hope to keep my moderation!!!

How is it with you? Are you shopping out of need or for pleasure? Do you feel the need to become more moderate? What kind of shopping do you prefer?

Top, jeans, clutch, sunglasses :: local boutique | Sandals :: Manas 

Saturday, 12 July 2014

Vacation plans

I decided some time ago that each year I'll spend the holiday in a place that has to leave an imprint on my memory. I firmly believe that the memories and the spectacular landscapes that impress us and remain in our mind, are the greatest wealth we can raise over life and I tell you honestly that I want to get filthy rich  from this point of view...

Finding places that have the ability to do that is not at all complicated. Not if you're connected to social media: Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, Tumblr, which invades your news feed with all sorts of photos of spectacular views.

The location we will visit in a few weeks caught my attention since last year. This year I couldn't resist anymore. I told myself that I need to see it with my own eyes. Therefore... ladies (not gentlewomen) and gentlemen... the chosen location is Greece, Santorini.

If you've already been there I'm waiting your opinions, tips, tricks. If not...tell me about your holiday plans. Where are you planning to spend your vacation? If you already had your vacation, please share your impressions...


Dress :: Rasberry Fashion | Shoes :: Benvenuti | Sungglasses :: Ray-Ban

Monday, 7 July 2014

Wedding season

Every time I need to attend a wedding the questions start popping in my mind:
What dress to wear? With what accessories? How should I style my hair? What kind of make-up should I put on?

I don't attend to often special events and when an opportunity like that occurs, I embrace it because it gives me the chance to wear more spectacular outfits than in day to day life.

I have the dress from the pictures for almost a year now. I bought it for another wedding, but I couldn't attend that wedding any more so I kept it with the label on, until now. To be honest, I consider the dress to be some kind of barometer for the way I look... meaning that... from time to time I dress with it to check how I look. If I don't like the way I look when wearing the dress, then I start loosing weight again.

The sandals are a sin I committed 15 hours before attending the wedding. I really wanted something comfortable and in order to achieve that I spent 50 Euro. I'm sure that if I would have thought about this a week earlier I would have spent at the most 25 Euro on some similar ones... It doesn't matter now because they really were comfortable. They were a good acquisition.

I really wanted to do something special with my hair, not to fancy or complicated, but my usual hair stylist was booked on that particular day, so I decided to keep it natural.
I said it in the past and I will repeat it once again. Nowadays, having a good hair-stylist is almost as important as having a good doctor. If you find the person who knows what to do with your hair you need to keep it with your teeth.

The make-up is another story. I'm no make-up artist, but there are few chances to do something and not like it. That is why I usually prefer to keep the manicure, pedicure and make-up to myself. I've been doing it since I was a teenager and I will continue to do it as long as I live.

Now it's your turn. Do you embrace special events? Are they a reason for stress? Who handles your hair, make-up, manicure, pedicure before attending these events?


Dress :: ASOS
Accessories :: local shops

Tuesday, 1 July 2014

June - daily outfits

The way I dress or the way I look represents for me a source of self-confidence. I feel more confident when the way my interior looks is synchronized with the way my exterior does. Of course this is a personal way of seeing things, not necessarily good and not necessarily good to be followed.

There are days when I'm very fond of the way I decided to dress (most probably you too had days when you didn't like that much the way you dressed or when you had the impression that it would have been better to wear a different pair of shoes, for example).
Those days (when I like the way I dressed) I would like to have the necessary time to take professional pictures and afterwards to write a post about  my more or less exciting daily experiences.

Obviously I don't have the time to do that. That is why, starting two weeks ago, I've made the habit of photographing myself in the mirror before I leave the house, in order to show you my choice for the day. I don't know how long I'm going to take this initiative, but as long as I take it, I hope you'll find it useful and inspiring.

P.S. I'm writing this post especially for the persons who follow me only by email, but also for the persons who wanted to know from where are the clothing items I wore on those days.

Dress :: local shop (very similar at ZARA) | Bag :: via miniPrix | Sandals :: H&M

Sunday, 29 June 2014

Embarrassed

I'm the kind of person who has the capacity to ruin herself the day, since early in the morning. And you must know that I don't have to insist very much in order to manage that. It's pretty easy for me!

I was telling you at some point that in order to get to the place I work, I have to travel every day 60km both ways. The road is relatively easy, with few obstacles or traffic jams. That is why I have some time for thinking and introspection.

One day, during the thinking, I remembered a meeting I had. Most of the meetings I attend, require that I speak English. There are days when I speak so much English at work, that when I get at home at night and want to buy some bread, it feels more natural to ask it in English than in Romanian.

I think of myself as a good connoisseur of the English language, but not even half as good as I would like to be. One thing is sure... I try hard to be as fluent as I can be and not to do flagrant mistakes.

But... back to the main topic...
What I remembered was that I wanted to say at some point "gentlemen and ladies" and instead I said "gentlemen and gentlewomen".

First thing... is there a good English connoisseur among my readers who could tell me if what I said is accepted on any planet?
Second thing.... How do you react at the involuntary vocabulary/grammar mistakes of the people with whom you interact? Do you feel like laughing? Do you overlook them? Do you correct them?

The thought, that the people who heard me saying "gentlemen and gentlewomen", rolled with laughter, is hunting me.  And the thing that frustrates me the most is that I knew how to say it correctly and I didn't remember it then, when I should have, but 24 hours later...


Top :: ASOS | Jeans :: H&M | Bag :: Mango | Shoes :: Local store | Sunglasses :: Ray-Ban

Monday, 23 June 2014

CONCURS

Azi am plăcerea să vă invit la un concurs în care veţi putea câştiga geanta pe care o port eu în imagini.

Tot ceea ce trebuie să faceţi este:
1. să daţi like la pagina de facebook Zadin;
2. să faceţi share la imaginea de concurs;
3. să lăsaţi un comentariu la postarea de faţă cu numele de facebook cu care mă urmăriţi.

OPŢIONAL: Primiţi o intrare în plus pentru fiecare mediu în care mă urmăriţi: GFC, Instagram, Bloglovin, Pinterest, Tumblr.
Câştigătorul va fi desemnat pe data de 13 iulie, via random.org.

Baftă tuturor!


Denim jacket :: Thrifted | Top :: TOPSHOP | Skirt :: Raspberry Fashion  
Sandals :: C&A | Bag :: via miniPrix

Thursday, 19 June 2014

Lost and found

Last Sunday I lost my phone or at least this is what I though.
I was in the dressing cabin of a boutique, I was pulling my trousers and it fell from my pocket. I have the perfect image of that second in my head and that's it! I don't remember anything else. Total black-out. It was 7 PM.

Around 9.30 PM, I decided I would like to use my phone. When... surprise... I didn't have it. I used my work phone to call my personal phone. The phone was ringing, but it didn't ring inside the house. I called client support and got the number blocked in order to disable the possible dials.

My mind was thinking something like... ok... this is some kind of punishment for a bad thing I did. Maybe yes, maybe no. I went to bed.

The next day, in the morning, I asked someone to go to the respective boutique and ask if they somehow found it. Unfortunately, they didn't. I remembered the previous experience, when I had forgotten the bag with two phones in it, on a bench in the park, and the person who found it gave it back to me. I couldn't understand why this time it didn't happen the same.
Why would someone enjoy someone else's misery?
It seems so absurd to me to find something and take it, knowing very well that you could have given it back.

My mind has a funny way of running. It is always looking for justifications for the experiences it is going through. It accepts many things, but never without a previous inner analysis.

In the evening, while I was coming back from work with my personal car, I started thinking and managed to shoot a conclusion. Maybe I was meant to lose it because someone else needed it and couldn't afford buying it. I surely afford buying a new one. I didn't like it that much either. In addition, I know that I'm lucky enough that everything it is taken from me in an unfair way, gets back to me tenfold. So, I said: case closed!

I swear to you that 5 seconds after I said all this in my mind, I looked at the passenger seat from my right and guess what? There was the phone.

Have you ever lived something like this?

P.S. In case you are wondering why I didn't see it until then, the answer is quite simple. The passenger seat was 10 cm more up front compared to my seat and the angle of vision was limited. Practically, the second I bent, I saw it.


 T-shirt :: Local shop | Jeans :: H&M via miniPrix | Shoes :: Local shop | Bag :: Mango

Sunday, 8 June 2014

The length of your comfort zone

I admit that in the recent weeks I've been a rare presence in the blogging world. The reasons are quite objective and I'm confident that you will understand me when I'll tell you that when you have a full time job that consumes at least 10 hours your day, a family that needs your attention and care and a house turned upside down, priorities are completely different.
I love this activity and I realized that I'll hold forever the microbe in my blood, but it's clear that there will be times (hopefully not too often) when I won't be very active, neither in terms of writing and responding to comments on my blog, nor in terms of reading and commenting on other blogs.
The good part is that I see the light at the end of the tunnel and most probably house renovations won't be  lasting more than two weeks.

P.S. Do you know how long it's been since I wanted to try such a combination: floral dress, denim jacket and suede ankle boots? I think from high school. :D It feels good that I finally managed to wear it.
I admit that the length of the dress is on the verge of my comfort zone, but ... what the hell ... if you are to over-analyze every detail, especially in this period of intense daily activities, you go crazy. I had to try it!

How is it with you? Which length of skirt ensures your comfort zone. When it becomes not OK to wear short skirts/dresses?  Does it depend on age, on how many children we have, on the husband, on the way we look? Please enlighten me.



Wednesday, 4 June 2014

My other me

Well... here is a face I haven't shown too many times.
The reason why I'm showing it now is because I'm wearing contacts ... It's been a few years since I haven't worn them and after a recent visit to the eye doctor office, I decided that it would be interesting to try them again.
Now that I'm wearing them I can tell you that it's not as I expected... I'm used to my face without glasses... so I feel different, I feel like people around me look at me differently... I really don't understand why I feel this way! I'm sure I need a period of adjustment.
On the other hand, it's also very cool ... I don't have to look after my glasses anymore, I can try a sophisticated makeup, I can wear an evening dress and not feel weird because I'm wearing the hipster glasses.

P.S. Now tell me your opinion. Have you ever worn contacts? Do you like wearing them more than glasses?
Did you have any problems wearing them?

Necklace :: Hand made by Mara Rizea

Monday, 26 May 2014

Complicated

The other day I had a heated discussion with The Half, which culminated with his almost desperate request: Could you be simpler?

It's a request that I fully understand, sometimes I drive myself crazy by my way of being, let alone him. Sometimes I ask myself too many questions, sometimes I make too many assumptions, sometimes I don't know what I want, sometimes I don't want anymore what I wanted, sometimes I over analyze everything, sometimes I ask for perfection...

I can't help but wonder...
If I weren't like this, would I still be here now?
If I were to change (I could try, but hard to believe that I will succeed), what will I become? I don't know myself in an another way than the complicated way.

Isn't the expression simple girl an oxymoron?

Necklace, Bracelet :: H&M | Sunglasses :: Ray-Ban

Tuesday, 20 May 2014

Man style

Today I decided to bring up the subject - the partner's wardrobe.
I like to think my style has improved over the years and so did my partner's. We grew up together...
I have never liked those couples in which her... super elegant, wearing skirt and stilettos... goes arm to arm with him... dressed in sweatpants and sneakers. Of course everyone is free to wear whatever he feels it suits him, nonetheless... call me old fashion... I don't like these couples. I'm sorry I deviated from the main topic.

My husband doesn't have any problem with buying clothes for himself whenever he considers that he needs something or he notices a piece of clothing, through a window shop. Don't get me wrong, he is far from being a shopaholic... he just has the sporadic patience to wonder the stores to buy necessities and that's all.

However, from several experiences we found out that we don't have 100% common tastes. There are chances if my husband buys something, I won't like it and the item becomes a donation or ends up lying in a corner of the closet. Therefore, we agreed to go shopping together or to let me buy him whatever he needs. The chances to buy something and my husband to not like it or to have the wrong measure are almost zero. Lucky me!

How is it on your side? Do you have a demanding partner? Do you buy clothes for him or you just advise him?


Shirt :: ALCOTT via Kurtmann | Jeans :: H&M | Sneakers :: Cropp Town | Bag :: Mango | Sunglasses :: Ray-Ban

Sunday, 18 May 2014

Trend alert - dresses with sneakers

Mother: Is this how they wear it now? Sneakers with dress?
Me: Ohhh, dear mother... if you only knew...

I think I noticed this trend at the begging of 2013 and I simply couldn't understand how someone could wear sneakers with a dress. I'm sure there are many who still look at this combination with amazement, but I've learned over the years to ignore the limited vision of some people and associate it with a lack of fashion culture.

There are trends I observe and which I ignore because they simply don't represent me. On the other hand, there are trends which at first I ignore... but after some time, most probably because of the blogosferic influence, I change my mind...
The current example is very eloquent in this case.

Now tell me what's your opinion regarding this trend: dresses with sneakers? Would you dare to wear such a combination?


Dress :: Local boutique | Jacket :: thrifted 

Tuesday, 13 May 2014

Home sweet home

One of the things I've always wanted badly was to have my own living space and decorate it on my taste.

To understand some of my background in regard to living spaces pay some attention to the following lines:
- until the age of 18 I lived in the family home, a 3 room apartment, decorated on my mother's taste... I don't want to go into this subject because you know how they say: de gustibus non est disputandum... By the way, did your mother ever moved the furniture around the house 4 times a year?
- at the age of 18 I went to college and lived in some people's home for a couple of years, then another 3 years in a student dormitory... no, I don't want to go into details, but I wouldn't recommend anyone to live in a student dormitory. To understand a little the idea, there were times when we were 7 people in a room ... boys and girls... no comment.
- after college I spent two years in a rented old house, along with two other girls... Basically we were three couples, each one with his room. In summer it was pretty nice... we had an amazing garden, fruit trees, a garden grill, a swing... In winter... we had to make fire in a wood stove. It was romantic to sit in the heat of the wood stove and hear the wood crackles, while sitting in the boyfriend's arms. Nonetheless, the wood purchasing, the fire kindling itself... that's another story... And the noises that could be heard from the attic... I'd better not go there, otherwise I'll risk causing you a nightmare... no comment.
- we bought our on apartment after one year of marriage, when practically we became parents.
- since then 5 years have passed.

The apartment was relatively renovated, but we've done all sorts of improvements to bring it closer to our standards. Finally, I feel that this year we will reach our target completely. At the current time we are in the process of renovation and if the result will match my expectations I will come here on the blog and show it to you. :D

I've told you my story, now it's your turn to tell me about your living places experiences.


Denim vest :: C&A | Top :: C&A | Jeans :: H&M | Shoes :: Futsalworks via miniPrix | Bag :: DressLily

Friday, 9 May 2014

Let's do some smart shopping

During the ZARA online shop launching all photos I've shared on Facebook enjoyed great success ... I mean in terms of likes and comments. I was very surprised and happy at the same time to observe to what are, people following me, responsive. That is until two nights ago, when I posted a picture of me dressed more seriously than usual and wearing hipster vision glasses.

Thank you for all the attention and for all the kind words you have shared with me. I didn't know that this kind of combination resonates with the style of so many readers of my blog. I promise I'll will come more often in front of you like this, because this style represents me as much as the one presented in the canola field. :D

Now... about the jacket. Some of you asked me where is it from and how mush does it cost. I know it's from C&A, but I don't know how much did it cost because I received it as a gift. I'm sure you'll still be able to find it in C&A, but have in mind to better go there on 10th of May (tomorrow), because this is the day when they will be celebrating Fashion Day, with 25% discount on every product you will be purchasing.

Since I have my eyes for a while on a boho denim vest and on a pair of sandals I will definitely go there tomorrow. I have in mind an amazing combination and I have to get it out of my brains. :D


Jacket :: C&A | Top :: Bershka via miniPrix | Trousers :: Orsay | Shoes :: dEpurtat | Bag :: SammyDress

Tuesday, 6 May 2014

Tips for becoming a better blogger - part II

More than a year ago I wrote the article: 10 tips to become a better blogger... and I realized, re-reading it, that it's still very actual. I invite you to read it, in case you have some spare minutes. The article is mostly useful to bloggers.

I meant to write a continuance earlier, but didn't manage to do it... until now. Therefore... here you go...

It's very important to know in which direction you want to orient and increase the blog. People decide to follow you for a reason, let's say they resonate with your style. In other words, they are interested mostly in the fashion side of the blog. The decision to share personal aspects of life, like pictures of your baby, food recipes, etc. can be very risky. Of course this shouldn't stop you from doing it, ultimately the blog represents all that YOU are. Who likes you honestly does it unconditionally. But... if you want the blog to become a source of income is good to note this aspect of the areas of interest in order not to get your readers confused. As an extra tip I would say if you decide to post something out of the main area of the blog, you should ensure that it is as qualitative and attractive.

People appreciate things they can't have, original things, uncommon things. How do I know this? From my own experience.
I remember writing an article when I was very nervous. I needed to somehow unload the pressure (for those who are curious, here is the article). Readers quickly punished me, because approximately 20 people unfollowed me on FB. Cool, isn't it? Maybe the persons who unfollowed were the stress factors. :D Again ... I'm not saying that you should care, on the other hand don't condemn people who unfollow you. Who needs to read about others stress when they probably have theirs, right? People are looking for relaxation when browsing through blogs and I totally understand that.

I personally have another problem. I don't like to write about nothing. On one hand this can be a positive thing, because when writing about deeper things people get to know you better, but on the other hand can be a negative thing because writing a long article with a particular essence takes more time, with the risk that people won't read it... and not because they don't want to, but because they don't have the time. I hope this is not the case with this article too :D.

For the moment I will stop here, but I have some more ideas to share... of course in a future post: writing in multiple languages​​, the usefulness of giveaways, FB advertising. Interesting, isn't it?

Hoping that I haven't wasted my time writing this article and that someone will find it useful, I will be expecting your priceless feedback.