Sunday, 29 December 2013

Walk that Walk


My maths teacher from high-school once told us that he could know whether one had a perceptive mind from the way they walked. That was the day I acknowledged my walk as one of my biggest strengths. That would be my super-power, I said to myself. You know, it sounds kind of stupid now that I say it but don’t give up on the idea just yet. Models even make a living out of it!

This walking therapy is fairly simple and inevitable, I might add. You just have to keep a strong, decided pace and to keep your head straight so that it seems you've got everything handled and no worries in the world. Hurry up a bit and you’ll look like you probably have a full agenda and a busy, professional schedule. But don’t look disheveled; we don’t want people to think we’re running to-and-fro because we can’t handle our workload. You might just be going to get a cup of coffee from the deli – walk your walk. Let’s take the classic “Don't frown. You never know who is falling in love with your smile.” I say that besides the fact that continuous smiling might make you look a bit psychotic a clean walk has a much bigger impact. It impressed my maths teacher and let me tell you, he isn’t an easy fellow to impress.

Moreover, besides the impression it leaves on people, walking like you know what you’re doing boosts your confidence as well. My tripping over percentage and the rate of people handing leaflets stopping me on the street definitely decreased. (I’m so sorry for all those that have to freeze on the street while handing leaflets to people – I always get the “put yourself in their shoes” line from my friends every time I say ‘no, thanks!’)

So forget all the self-help books that tell you what you’re supposed to do to be confident and to feel good in your own skin. Just walk you walk and everything will follow naturally. Tell me, what do you think? Do you agree or is everything I just said stupid? 


Friday, 27 December 2013

Relationships vs. Dogs

             
                What do you want for Christmas this year: a boyfriend or a dog? If you’re in doubt, don’t worry – it’s basically the same thing!

I believe one of the most important things people crave is familiarity. Let’s just cut the ‘I’m 20 and all I need is adventure’ crap because, at the end of the day, when all adventure is over all we want is to be in our warm bed near our families and friends. We all like to read our favourite book twice and go to places we loved when we were little even if we only loved them because we were little. Hell, I even watched Magic Mike because of Matt Bomer and Channing Tatum. "With familiarity, other people become part of ourselves", said James Coan, a psychology professor in University of Virginia's College of Arts & Sciences. We even choose to buy dogs that look like us. And yes, this has been proven scientifically. Apparently we’re that narcissistic that we indeed choose dogs that resemble us. After all, what is more familiar than our own face?
               
And I think that going into a relationship is mostly like buying a dog - except partners don’t always prove to be as loyal as dogs. Very often, when I go see my grandma, I meet this old lady, walking her dog in the little park across the street, and they both have the same facial expression – a very bored, sort of sad look in their eyes – and black, watertight jackets. Just like pets resemble their owners, every time people are in a relationship they start looking like their pair. I even had some friends that actually wore colour-coordinated Abercrombie&Fitch outfits. That was a couple you couldn't miss! Lizzie, a friend of a friend, wouldn't go to any party if her boyfriend’s tie wouldn't match her dress. And I’m sure you guys would have at least one similar story to tell.

There’s so many times, however, when we actually do things we don’t like for the sake of our boyfriends or girlfriends. That’s how I went through the first season of One Tree Hill even though I hated it. I still pretended to like it.  They say opposites attract but the opposite aspect somehow gets lost after becoming a couple. I can probably count on the fingers of one hand the couples that have a HE and a HER besides a THEM. We do that unconsciously. We become ‘we’ persons voluntarily. I was talking to a friend a couple of days ago and asked her how she was doing. Her reply was: “We’re cooking dinner”. We who? Normally, if someone would refer to themselves as ‘we’ people would probably ask some questions (is she sane, for example). But I guess we just have to get used to live in a world where people come in pairs sometimes.
               
I don’t think this is either good or bad but rather funny. Is it that we lose ourselves while we are in a relationship? Do we adopt our lovers’ habits and ideas to conform to the ‘norm’? I have no idea and I think there’s no particular way to stop this nor should we necessarily want to stop this. It’s more or less a natural evolution to start doing things that the people we are next to every day do as well. The real problem, I think, comes up when a couple decides to get a dog. Who should the dog resemble, I wonder. Well, one thing I’m sure of – if I ever get a dog of my own I want it to have my hair colour and language skills. Fair enough, right?


Tell me your thoughts, I want to know everything!

Wednesday, 25 December 2013

Merry Christmas!


Merry Christmas everyone! I wish you the most beautiful holidays and the best times around your loved ones. This Christmas I didn't really wish for anything besides being close to my family and friends, loving them and feeling loved. So I wish you all the best of times! 

Tuesday, 24 December 2013

Lacquer Lab

A couple of weeks ago I headed out with a friend to Spitalfields Old Market to scout for cute Christmas presents and some vintage shopping. The thing I love about vintage markets is that you never know what you might find. Yes, of course, a lot of times I end up empty handed but there's days when I find some very special things. This was the case now, otherwise I wouldn't be writing this post.

As I was walking through the stalls I came across the girls from Lacquer Lab, a nail boutique that creates custom glitter nail polishes. As you've seen from my previous post I have been experimenting with glitter, trying to introduce it into my nail routine and escaping the stereotype that all glitter designs have to be fit for a drag queen. The girls had at least 20 jars full of different colours, shapes and sizes of glitter and I did choose two, fairly similar, bronze glitters. Just in time for Christmas! What is more, besides the glitter combos they also have base colours and "ready to wear" glitter polishes. They also offer packs of three nail polishes that you can also combine to your own discretion. I got my nail polish fairly quickly, in about 10 minutes and loved the result. I tried it on and it lasted me for a week without chipping. (not to mention that taking it off was, as with all glitters, a pain in the a**)

The Lacquer Lab website is also in progress so keep an eye out for it, you'll be able to make your own combinations online as well!

Tuesday, 17 December 2013

iSnap

This is a caption I snapped outside Charing Cross Station right before leaving London. It left me with such a positive mood and I couldn't wait to share it with you guys! 

Thursday, 28 November 2013

Libelula Vesela

Today's post will be addressed to my Romanian readers so I apologize in advance to my international ones for writing it in Romanian. 

Aceasta postare este pentru toti cititorii mei romani! Am incercat sa pastrez blogul accesibil pentru cat mai multe persoane, indiferent de tara in care se afla, dar astazi vreau sa va prezint ceva disponibil numai in Romania. 
Astazi a avut loc lansarea site-ului Libelula Vesela, un site care ofera produse pentru fete si baieti de toate varstele - de la papusi Barbie la seturi Lego si la birouri. Pe site puteti gasi jucarii dar si mobilier, orice ar putea avea nevoie copiii dumneavoastra! Libelula Vesela ofera livrari in toata tara iar pentru comenzi de peste 300 de lei obtineti livrarea gratuita. Cum Craciunul este la mai putin de o luna departare acest site este locul perfect pentru a cumpara cadouri frumoase intr-un mod rapid si eficient. Mai ales acum, cand toti avem programe extrem de incarcate si putin timp la dispozitie deplasarea pana la cel mai apropiat magazin pentru a lua cadouri poate fi o corvoada. Insa prin sistemul de livrare puteti economisi timp si bani, doar prin cateva click-uri. 
Iar daca doriti sa ramaneti la curent cu noile produse si promotii Libelula Vesela puteti face asta prin abonarea la pagina lor de FacebookTwitter sau Pinterest
Va sugerez cu multa caldura acest site, iar pentru orice nelamuriri puteti opta si pentru consultanta telefonica in vederea alegerii celor mai potrivite cadouri! 

Accesati site-ul Libelula Vesela AICI

Casetagram

You know how when you really need some things they're nowhere to be found but when you give up they pop in front of you? 
I've been looking for the perfect phone case for a while. It's been a long time since I could stick with one more than a few weeks and lately I've given up on them completely. As much as I love my phone the way God intended for us to have them winter is coming and why should I be the only one enjoying layering? So while watching one of essiebutton's Youtube videos I came across Casetagram. It was love at first sight. You can customize your case with your own photos, even ones on Instagram and Facebook or you can choose from their very large gallery. (and when I say very large I mean VERY large) I also think it's an affordable website. Most cases are between $34 and $39 and considering that you can customize you own, unique case, I think they're well worth the price. 
The cases above are the ones I've chosen as my final six and I have to choose one to actually buy. What do you guys think? Would you buy any of these cases? 

Monday, 25 November 2013

Inspiration #14

photo from Gary Pepper Girl
Although Christmas is right around the corner and I am excited about the pending winter holidays I still dream about summer, whenever and wherever. I am the girl of summer.

Saturday, 16 November 2013

Bundled up in Paree

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And here is the outfit I wore in Paris. It was really cold so I layered to death and I took out my down feather jacket to keep me extra warm. Luckily, I found this braided headband at Forever 21 a few weeks ago and it's perfect for keeping me warm and looking stylish at the same time! I also wore my leather pants as they are usually warmer than any other pair of jeans that I own. I quite liked this combination, it was very functional as you could take off as many layers depending on the surroundings but it was also really warm when outside.

Thursday, 14 November 2013

The City of Lights

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Last week was reading week and so we had a little bit of a break before starting Uni in full force again. I hadn't planned anything for the week, just writing my essays and finishing the coursework I had. But my mother surprised me and told me she'd got tickets for Paris for the next day. "I hope I'm not ruining any of your plans" she said. Yeah sure... let me check my planner. No, nothing, screw them. So I happily hopped on a plane to the city of lights! I've been to Paris around four times before but I've never managed to see the city properly. I either went to Disneyland or spent the days with my cousins who live about 45 minutes away from the city centre. However, as delightful as these activities might be, I've always had a regret of not being able to really see some of the most important touristic attractions, to spend some time wandering the tiny streets. And the regret still persists because I still couldn't see the Musee d'Orsay, as I arrived 15 minutes after closing hours. It sucked but, looking on the bright side of things, I could shoot these spectacular pictures. The sky that night is still stuck in my mind, it was one of the most beautiful views I've ever seen. It was as if I had seen the world for the first time, honestly, I couldn't believe my eyes. Moreover, I've never tried to shoot at night, I was always kind of scared of it, but this attempt really showed me that there's nothing to be afraid of and that beautiful things can come of it. 

Saturday, 9 November 2013

New Adventures

As you're reading this post I'm probably on a plane on my way to Paris (probably not that hard to guess after the very explicit photo I posted). A couple of hours ago my mom called me and told me that we had tickets for Paris and that we would meet there. Talk about a surprise! I was a bit sad that I couldn't see my parents for reading week, seeing as they're home in Romania and I am in London so this is the best surprise they could have given me. I'm so excited to see Paris again in quite a long while and I have so many things I want to see! Also, get ready for some outfit posts because I am planning to come loaded with fresh new content! 

See you back in London! 

Friday, 8 November 2013

Tartan

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Let me introduce you to my newest obsession: tartan. I've been collecting quite a few items for the past couple of years and only yesterday when I introduced the new addition to my collection did I realize it. 
What do you guys think of tartan? Is it something you'd go to this fall or do you think it's too cliche? 

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Wednesday, 6 November 2013

Galaxy

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I've never been one for glitter nails or glitter anything for that matter. But one day I just decided to give it a go and put a topcoat of glitter on my ring finger. And I loved it! So I decided to go full-on and paint all my nails like that. 

The colours I'm wearing are Chanel Blue Satin, which is my absolute favourite, it's a very dark navy and everyone believes it's black* and Topshop Ice Crush, which looks silver but has coloured specks in it as well. 

And another plus to this combination is that, contrary to my beliefs, it wasn't a total pain in the ass to get off!! Ka-Ching! 

What do you guys think about it? Are you a fan of glitter nails? 

Monday, 4 November 2013

Taylor Swift - Everything Has Changed


Okay, I admit it. I'm a Taylor Swift fan and I stand by it. And this month's favourite song is Everything Has Changed. 
Enjoy!

Saturday, 2 November 2013

Halloween

I know it's late and I probably should've prepared a Halloween post before the actual celebration. However, Halloween is not a big thing in Romania and - before you all remain shocked by what I'm about to say - this year has been the first one that I've actually celebrated it.

I was planning on dressing up as the Cheshire Cat, make-up et al but my face just didn't get along with the face make-up I bought. So I had to take it all off and improvise something. And this is what I came up with. 

What do you guys think? xx

Tuesday, 22 October 2013

iSnap

The iSnaps are back! 
Here is one I took on my way back home from Manchester. It's still very strange to call London as my home, but I guess it is... My home far away from home. 

Sunday, 20 October 2013

El Teide

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During our holiday in Tenerife we did one more thing that I believe deserves its own post. We visited the impressive Teide - a 3000m volcano that has given the island its black sand beaches and volcanic nature. Julia and I did this by ourselves the day before leaving the island. It was honestly one of the best experiences of my life. I might be exaggerating but to me it was perfect. I'm not very passionate about nature, I don't camp, I can't say that I don't mind insects and I absolutely hate grass that pinches my ankles. But when I get to see such beautiful scenery, places that don't seem real, I'm dumbfounded. Every second I spent there, the 4 hour drive and the time spent near the actual volcano, seemed to be a dream. I honestly believe the photos will be able to tell you more than I can. Julia got so tired of me saying that it looked like the Wild Wild West (I might have said that one too many times indeed) but I just couldn't believe my eyes and my heart was pounding. 

Friday, 18 October 2013

Tenerife Diary

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I got so caught up with preparations for University that I totally forgot sharing these beautiful pictures I shot in Tenerife less than two months ago. Opposed to Venice, which was a shower of culture and history, this holiday was meant to be for relaxing and allowing our brains to de-crease a bit. 

The island of Tenerife was the first place that my parents went to together outside of our country after the 1989 revolution and end of the Communist Era. My smarty-pants dad won an award at work and they got to stay in the Bahia del Duque, one of the most prestigious hotels on the island, where Juan Carlos I used to stay as well. Even now they tell me stories about their stay there and how impressed they were with... everything. I bet you know how it feels to have such beautiful memories of a place, memories that are only yours and that make you happy whenever, no matter how much time has passed. Somehow, my parents transferred their beautiful memories and their love for this place to me as well, even before I'd seen it myself. So when I got to see it as well, the love only grew. 

Wednesday, 16 October 2013

The Essentials

Okay, so let's talk make-up. I've never been a heavy make-up user and I love the feeling of my natural make-up free face. I've always admired those women with sharp features and beautiful bone structures that managed to look stunning with what seemed the faintest amount of make-up. I don't think I'll ever be one of those women but I have begun to understand what I like to wear and what I don't in terms of make-up. 

So today I just want to show you my everyday steps for a look that is natural but still emphasizes your best features. On days when I want something simple and effective I use steps 1-3,9 and 11 and when I want some more contouring I add the rest as well! 
Enjoy!

Monday, 14 October 2013

Fall

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I assume the good weather in the UK was actually too good to be true. Temperatures have finally fallen here as well and autumn seems to be claiming her place. Still, British people still bare their legs and wear flats. I'm too European though to handle these low temperatures so I put on my thickest sweater and my boots and faced the wind. I also hung an angry fellow to my neck just to replicate my face in the morning when there's 8 degrees outside. 

I'm still experimenting with my camera, I don't have a tripod yet so the focus isn't as good as I expected it to be but I'm slowly getting there. There's the miracle of editing and contrast enhancing. 

Friday, 11 October 2013

Is It Time?

You tell me. Just like the Isabel Marant platform sneakers, Nike's Air Max have become quite the fashion item and everyone was sporting them at Fashion Week (even with highly suggestive printed socks). I'm really not complaining about flats becoming so popular because I wasn't a high-heel type of girl anyway. But, just like the Isabel Marant's that I profoundly disliked the first time I saw them on Chiara Ferragni HERE but ended up loving them, the Air Max seems to have the same effect. 

A few months ago I came to the conclusion that, in fashion, you can't really call things ugly. Sometimes we get ahead of ourselves and dislike certain items because they don't fit our conventions. But the thing with fashion is that it's so interpretative, it all depends on styling. For example, I still don't like the particular Isabel Marant's in the article linked above, but simply because of the colour. After seeing them in black I was totally sold. 

So I guess it's the same with the Air Max's after seeing a particular photo of Julia Sarr Samois on Stockholm Streetstyle. I leave you with some pictures that have inspired me into buying the Air Max. What do you guys think? Is it time to get on the bandwagon? Do you own the Air Max? Or are you still not convinced by them? 

Wednesday, 9 October 2013

Somerset House

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As you guys have seen in the previous post, last Sunday I went to Somerset House for a nice afternoon in London. Although my prime objective were the outfit photos I did also take some really beautiful pictures in and around Somerset House. I'm really proud with them and the atmosphere I manage to capture, as they show the exact mood I was in and the beauty of the moments I captured. 
I just hope you guys enjoy them as much as I did capturing them.

Monday, 7 October 2013

The Boyfriend

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It's been a bit more difficult for me lately to shoot outfit photos. I'm still not completely at ease with taking photos of myself and my outfits while some people stare. My mom's been continuously telling me to do my thing without caring about prying eyes but it's still a bit strange to feel loads of eyes set on me thinking: "what is she doing??". So yesterday morning I just decided to go out for a walk to Somerset House. It's obviously one of the most important venues for London Fashion Week but I wanted to visit it without all the craziness that comes with LFW. I expected it to be pretty empty, as it had been the last time I'd seen it but the unexpectedly beautiful weather made everyone head outside. 

These are the photos I managed to shoot.I took my boyfriend jeans out for a spin and paired them with my leopard print flats. I've been into really basic outfits lately and this one illustrates my mood perfectly. Basic, with catchy accessories. 

Friday, 4 October 2013

Solomangarephobia

I'm writing this post in the hind-sight of one of the least productive days I've had in a while. Some might argue, what about last weekend you spent in bed watching cheesy tv shows? I would reply that what doesn't require me to leave the premises of my warm bed is, for me, a very productive activity.

Today I found myself walking around Charing Cross trying to identify the Aldwych NatWest branch while coping with Google Maps and my internet connection which decided to abandon me right at that time. So after ending up at the Covent Garden NatWest (as directed by Google Maps) only to find out it wasn't the right one I decided to give up seeing as the Aldwych one was nowhere to be found and to head back home. However, ever since I've moved here I can't seem to manage to avoid being distracted by one thing or another. This time it was Covent Garden. I first thought about eating at the Shake Shack. It was 2pm and I hadn't eaten yet. But the line in front of it detracted me from doing so. So I wandered off thinking I should probably just go home. On my way to the underground I remembered a friend telling me that Bellushi's has really good food so I contemplated walking in and having a salad. But then I thought I wasn't that hungry and just left. After a couple more metres I changed my mind. I was hungry. So I thought I'd better walk into Kurt Geiger seeing as there was a big SALE announcement in the window and shopping is ultimately food for the soul. Of course, I should've known by now that Kurt Geiger is very bad for my health. But I'm an addict, what can I do? After mentally purchasing about 500 pounds worth of shoes I went ahead and walked into Michael Kors.. just to indulge in a dessert. Unfortunately (or fortunately) they didn't have the navy tote that I've been wanting for over a year. I did give my details so they could tell me when it was back in stock. That way I avoided the awkwardness of finding it and leaving the store empty handed because of my limited resources, after I'd asked the ladies to check at all their other stores and pretended to be really interested in it and buying it on the spot.

And here there should be an interlude because I don't really remember how I managed to end up in Leicester Square. As I was really feeling hungry by this time I decided I would go into Slug & Lettuce and have a burger. I did walk in, I did look at the menu and felt my stomach approve in hunger. But I just turned around and left. And that's when I realized what my problem was. It's solomangarephobia. I really hate eating alone. And while I don't have paranoid feelings that people are looking at me I do feel a lump in my stomach every time I have to dine alone. It wasn't really only the queue at the Shake Shack that put me off. It was the fear of eating alone, of being one of those people that take up a space meant for two. Although it's perfectly acceptable, especially for business travellers that find themselves in need of dining alone quite often, even though my rational self knows that there's nothing to be afraid or ashamed of, my senses and my reactions are completely contrary to it.

So tell me, have you guys experienced the same thing? Please tell me I'm not the only one.

Wednesday, 2 October 2013

iSnap


This is just a little snap from when I went to Portobello Rd last weekend. I loved it there and I definitely advise all you guys to go there if you're in London. 

Do you guys know any other good spots for vintage finds in London? 

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Yesterday I went on a little shopping spree for some more household items and some accessories for the 20's themed party I was going to attend later on at night. I was looking for a bedazzled headband or a hair pin, anything that looked remotely like the 20's as I hadn't brought any appropriate dresses with me.
My first stop was Primark, which isn't my usual destination for shopping but it has really good bathroom mats. I wasn't thinking about buying anything else from there but when I reached the queue I saw this pin and I knew I had to have it. At first I thought it would be too big but it turned out just perfect! I don't even know how I managed to do my hair like that, it's a personal success and I'm really excited by it. I love dressing up and I love the 20's so this was quite the occasion for me. 
If you want to check out the make up I wore check my instagram account @mariadinca !



Monday, 30 September 2013

Don't judge me


In between my Organizational Behaviour lecture assignment and words such as Fundamental Attribution Error and Variance Theory I found myself feeling very hungry. That was the moment I decided to give my newly bought Sainsbury tomato&basil soup a try. 
What struck me as odd was that although I could comprehend terms such as discretionary behaviour and industrial sociology I couldn't quite understand the mechanism that would enable me to open my can of soup. It was plastic, not tin and I honestly couldn't open it. I tried pulling, cutting, unscrewing, basically everything. 
So in this random post I ask you, why is it that such trivial endeavours such as opening a can or doing our self check out at a supermarket scare us so much while running complex tasks on our computers or writing 1000 word essays in business management seem much more attainable? Is it just me? Please tell me it's not. 

Sunday, 29 September 2013

Seeking Love. Finding Overalls.

Five hours ago I was convinced that my day would end in a very I'm-going-to-willingly-spend-my-Saturday-night-indoors way when in fact I've not yet embraced my new status of a student away from home, from my friends, in a city that I'm madly in love with but that I don't know in the least. It's probably a lot to take in for a first sentence but this is the most concise way I could explain my past two weeks. 

However, when I came back home (on campus) a little pack from Amazon was waiting for me at reception thanks to the Express delivery that only cost me 4£ (the advantages of living in London) compared to the normal 11£ I would've had to pay back home. The contents of the pack consisted mainly of school books. But there was also a little treat I'd indulged in: Leandra Medine's new book: "Man Repeller: Seeking Love. Finding Overalls". Although I don't want to delve into a very cheesy post I do have to admit that her blog and the way she delivers her ideas were my main motivation to start mine. Not for the sake of others, of money or fame but for my own. I love her writing and I was expecting I would love her book too. But I was taken aback because I didn't love it. I was shocked in the best possible way and I couldn't let it out of my hands until half an hour ago. 

 I always associate certain songs or books to people or stages in my life. And there were defining times in my life that just happened to be paired with songs or books that referred perfectly to me and spoke to me in a special way. The night before Freshman Year I listened to "Fifteen" from my newly bought Taylor Swift album "Fearless". I was fifteen, I was hours away from starting high-school and the song was as appropriate as it could have been. I've considered the fact that I might be making these songs or books appropriate to my situation, that I might be modelling them to fit me even though they don't... but I honestly don't think so. Life stories are so diverse but from time to time we find someone that went through exactly the same thing as us. And that is, I believe, one of the most liberating feelings in the world because, in the end, it turns out we are not alone. And tonight there were three paragraphs that I particularly related to in Leandra's book. 


The real fear is of the future - fear of letting go of what was good, even if it means turning your head on what might be better. 
 Because right now I'm just trying to enjoy the opportunities that I have ahead without letting the fact that I've left my whole life, my best friends and, most important, my family behind affect me. The 242 pages of the book have taken me through the inspirational journey of Leandra's success, convincing me that you should always follow your dreams, that ups and downs are inevitable and in this whole whirlwind the most important thing to hang on to is yourself.

He pretended everything was ok, like I was just over him, and he over me. Like we had some sort of friendship. Like he could just call me Lea and text me and ask me to have drinks as friends. As friends! As though we've never been intimate. As though I never decorated his damn apartment with a ninety-dollar orchid. And now he, scum of the earth, wanted to have drinks? 
Heartbreaks are never easy and being continuously poked by the said heartthrob doesn't make things any easier. 

Though when I was younger my parents tried to teach me that the real good things in life came free, such as happiness and love, I learned quite quickly that the good things in life came wrapped in orange boxes.
Well... just because being a student with high hopes and dreams, and a sweet tooth for fashion isn't easy. When fashion still isn't taken seriously by so many and when the thrills of a new item that you've wanted for such a long while and that you've worked for or want to work for are considered superficial standing up for what you like is not an easy job. 

So... this was quite a handful. The point is that I really loved this book and I would recommend it to any of you guys as well in the hope that some of you will also relate to it. Or if not, I'd love to hear your ideas, your arguments! 
 

Friday, 27 September 2013

iSnap

This iSnap is to show you guys my neighborhood in London. I've always loved this city and now that I have the opportunity to live here it's absolutely amazing. I'm still trying to get over being home sick but classes and the people I have got to meet here make it easier for me.

Thursday, 26 September 2013

On autumn...

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I don't know why but ever since I came to London my outfits have been mostly all black with little accents of colour. I think it's the anticipation of autumn and the somewhat inappropriate use of gloomy clothes while the sun is still shining.

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I bought these black boots from Zara while on holiday and I haven't taken them off since I arrived here. My feet are getting quite tired of them as they seem to last less and less without hurting in them but they just seem to work with everything I want to wear lately.
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Along with the boots I also snatched this Bimba y Lola bag that's honestly so versatile I've also been wearing it daily. On a second thought I should really try and spice it up a bit...

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Swoosh. Swoosh. Does this look like I'm effortlessly strutting around Covent Garden while flipping my hair? No, seriously.

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I was wearing:
Zara leather jacket
Mango dress
Zara boots 
Ray Ban sunglasses
Bimba y Lola bag

Wednesday, 25 September 2013

iSnap


Hey guys! Here's another iSnap from this week, these are all the things I brought to Uni for the next three months. For me it seemed like a lot of stuff (it was awfully hard to manage handling all of the bags) although I know that some people bring this amount for just a Fashion Week. 

Have any of you guys gone through the process of moving to another city/country for Uni or any other reason? I would love to hear your experiences.

Monday, 23 September 2013

iSnaps


Okay guys, so I'm again apologizing for the lack of updates the past weeks. But this time I do have a very good reason. I've spent this past week moving all my things into my dorm room and trying to decorate it. There's so many things one has to do when moving to Uni, especially in a foreign country, I didn't think it would be that difficult and that exhausting... and I still haven't managed to do all the things I had to.

Anyway, I've still been thinking about new content for my blog and how to make it more interesting. So I thought about introducing this series called iSnaps. These are just random things I snap (hence the name) with my iPhone as I don't always have my camera on me. I would love to hear your opinion on this idea, whether you like it or not and whether it's something you would be looking forward to seeing on my blog.

Also, as I am still getting to know people around Uni and I don't have anyone to take pictures to me and my outfits so I will try to alternate iSnaps and other content while I figure out how to take more outfit photos. So bare with me and do send me your feedback, I would love to hear it!

And finally, this picture is just some words of wisdom from a dear friend and a daily reminder for me while I'm away that no matter how far away I am from my loved ones they are always here with me.

Thursday, 5 September 2013

One Last Floral

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I just got back from Tenerife a few hours ago and before posting my Tenerife diary I wanted to share with you this last outfit I wore before leaving. This dress is one of my absolute favourites for summer. The material is exquisite, a fine silk, I love the print and above all, the cut. It's long enough at the bottom and it has just the right amount of cleavage. I always feel like I've got nothing on when I'm wearing this piece, which didn't sound right, but trust me, it's an ideal dress! 
So, in honour of the last days of summer, enjoy these photos! 

Monday, 2 September 2013

Tumblr

I've been using Tumblr for a while now and although at first I didn't give in to it, in favour of We Heart It, now this has become my favourite inspiration. Sometimes I can spend hours browsing different accounts and never get bored. Here are some photos that I've recently posted on my Tumblr account. If you would like to check it out, you can see it HERE

Saturday, 31 August 2013

Inspiration #13

Fell in love with this picture as soon as I spotted it on Tumblr. I really love seeing stylish children. It's not very often that I get to see little girls dressed so adorably chic. I don't really expect 10 year old's to be aware of the trends and to wear Maison Michel headpieces (see HERE). When I was little I know I loved all things sparkly and I've seen some pictures with the outfits I used to wear that I would gladly hide in an attic and keep them there for all eternity. 

However, it's obvious that most of these girls/boys are dressed up like this by their parents. The 100 point question is whether parents should do this. I mean, do these children really like the outfits they're wearing, do they know that they're actually wearing a three digit Chanel jacket? I know I would love to dress my child from lady Dior and Chanel, but is it really worth it? 

I feel like I've digressed a lot. What I said in the past paragraph doesn't really relate to this picture, as you could easily achieve this look with H&M and Zara clothes. The question stands, but let's just go back to the picture and admire this cutie pie, which is absolutely gorgeous! 

Wednesday, 28 August 2013

Top of the Morning

As you guys will be reading this post I'll be in a plane heading toward the Tenerife island. I'm very excited for this trip as it is my last proper holiday before leaving for Uni and my last week of sunbathing and relaxing near the ocean. 

Today's post is nutrition related, as fitness and nutrition have become an important part of my daily activity. I don't really eat a lot of organic food and I don't take excessive care with what I eat ( I like to indulge from time to time) but I like healthy little treats that are easy to prepare. So every morning I try to prepare a different kind of smoothie.

This morning I went with mango-raspberry. The recipe is pretty simple as it was early in the morning and I was in a rush to get to the airport. 

Wash the raspberries and add them in the blender.

Then do the same with the mango. Choose the amounts you like, depending on how many servings you want
Add a bit of milk or yoghurt, depending on how thick a consistency you want your smoothie to have
And voila! Your raspberry mango smoothie is done! 

Do you guys like smoothies? And if yes, which is your fave recipe? I'd love to try some of yours! 




Tuesday, 27 August 2013

Back to Basics

Autumn is slowly approaching and as much as I regret the end of summer I'm really looking forward to the colder seasons. In preparation for them I have started to crave for darker colours and especially burgundy and plum ones. 

A few weeks ago I went into H&M with the specific target of buying some bobby pins and that's when I spotted the perfect basic t-shirt for this fall. The colour, the feel and the cut are absolutely divine and I love that it's not a tight fit, so I didn't have to go a size up. At first I thought it was a men's t-shirt but then I saw that it was actually in the women's section so you nailed it H&M as menswear for women has become a real thing. 

What I love about this t-shirt is that you can easily dress it down with a denim jacket or dress it up by adding a blazer or a skirt and some high-heels. When I was little I used to love t-shirts, especially printed ones and as I grew up I gave the prints away but my love for t-shirts didn't diminish, it just altered by adapting them to a more stylish look. 

What you have pictured in the gif above is a basic H&M t-shirt, matched with a statement necklace from H&M as well (another thing I loved about it is the higher neckline that is perfect for stacking different necklaces). I also added a denim jacket that is a DIY of mine.

So what are your staple items this fall? 

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