Monday, 30 June 2014

Things I Used to Love

         
  Last year three girls came to our graduation ball wearing the same dress albeit in a different colour. Needless to say, the topic generated a bit of unrest between us girls, wondering whether the common preferences that had brought the three together during high school might just make them drift apart in the end. A bit dramatic, I know, but everyone knows wearing the same dress as someone else to an event is a faux-pas and one should always make sure something like this does not happen. Anywho, the point I am making is that sometimes things that you love become less so because of external circumstances. I bet those girls loved their dresses to bits before they arrived at the location and saw they were part of an involuntary Totally Spies trio. And just like that, because it’s Monday and no one likes Mondays, here are some of the things that have been partially ruined for me.

1.      Baths  
I think it was a trend in films back when I was younger to make bathrooms seem like some kind of meditation temple. Candles, champagne, fruit, and ultimately books would just sit around waiting for you to use them to relax after a long day at work. So one day I decided to take the book I was currently reading and move all the action to the bathroom. A couple of water splashes later and a pretty much damp book, I decided reading while in the bath was probably the worst idea ever. Doing anything unrelated to taking a bath would have probably been the worst idea ever. Just the simple act of holding the book meant my arms were probably colder than the rest of my body and a bit achey, the simple memory of that moment is a bit painful. I can still take a bath, it’s not like I have been permanently affected by the experience (that would definitely be too dramatic) but the image of my bathroom as a (potential) Yankee Candle display has been forcefully erased and I have now realised the unfortunate limitations of baths...
2.      Avocados
Man, avocados are the ideal love I thought I had but then found out they were cheating on me. No Instagram, Twitter, Youtube or even Facebook feed is now without a picture of an avocado. Guacamole, avocado as a side, avocado on toast, avocado and omelette, avocado eye cream; the possibilities are endless and they are all on social media. Now I feel like every time I eat an avocado (in any of the combinations above – apart from the eye cream, never eat eye cream!) I am also sharing it with all the other million people eating it at that very moment. I know that is applicable to a thousand other basic food items – eggs, bread, milk – but those aren’t nearly as publicised as the poor avocado. Which, to be honest, is quite unfair, who are we to discriminate against nourishment products?
3.      Wine
Out of all ‘Scandal’ episodes I have seen not one lacked a scene with Carrie Washington sipping red wine at home in her all-white ensembles. Note to everyone – drinking wine alone at home and watching the news is not that glamorous. Drinking wine is more of a social activity, a drink to enjoy while out with good company so drinking it alone at home more or less ruins it for me.
4.      Silk bathrobes
A couple of years ago I bought this really nice silk kaftan, planning to wear it over my pyjamas and around the house in the morning. I tried that out for the first week, carefully placing it at the end of my bed to retrieve it in the morning before leaving my room. (Like every other soap opera actress did at that time) However, my plan was slightly hindered by the fact that every morning I would have to search for my kaftan, having either pushed it off the bed or tangled it between the sheets. Anyway, I did not let that get in my way. Vision slightly impaired, a bit disoriented I made my way to the bathroom to wash my face. Fear no more, the kaftan was in my way, yet again, as its (very stylish) bat wings kept getting soaked in the water with no way for me to avoid that. A week of this and my kaftan dreams were crushed. Maybe they are just not that practical or maybe I am simply not a kaftan girl – I guess I will just stick to my shorts and t-shirts for the moment.

Sooo... have any of your dreams been crushed? Ideas ruined? Life permanently destroyed? Or.. you know, any of the less dramatic options. 

All pictures taken from Tumblr. 



Tuesday, 24 June 2014

Dainty

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With age comes wisdom, they say, so here I am - just turned 20 and ready to give you some amazing advice. I honestly don’t really know what I am doing with my life either so do not take my word for granted. However, sometimes I have these minor cogitations that I feel confident enough to share without being afraid that reading this text 5 years from now will cause me to laugh at my own words. I came back home in June with a very clear plan in mind – I would take advantage of this summer. Every year I used to moan about how much I wanted summer to come and then proceeded to completely waste it with useless activities. Advertising it as my favourite season felt so unfair seeing as I was throwing away three months with so many interesting possibilities that did not lead to fruition. By writing this I suppose I am somehow making myself stick to the plan, trying to keep my virtual promise; once it’s out there, it’s out there forever, right?DSC_06351
One thing that has kept me focused on making this summer worthwhile has been this dainty necklace that I got as a gift from my closest friends for my birthday. I have become much more attracted to small jewellery, leaving my statement necklaces on hold at the moment so this one has not left my neck since I got it. It is not only a beautiful piece of jewellery but a reminder of all the beautiful moments I spent with my friends and all those that are yet to happen this summer and further on. 

Sunday, 22 June 2014

Bipolar

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                Here’s a quick update without keeping you guys from your Sunday roast. I turned back to black and navy on Friday when the weather in Bucharest went a bit crazy. I must admit, the best part of this bipolar weather is summer storms – I love them. They are exactly what I need to get me up and running, the air is so fresh and the sky so clear afterwards that it makes me incredibly energized. I tried to channel an off-duty model right here, I always find they have the most basic outfits, it makes me wonder why I love them so much. Not sure of my success but I definitely loved wearing it. 

Zara blazer, top and boots | F21 bag | Uniqlo jeans

Friday, 20 June 2014

Comfort Zone

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                No more black, no more Zara, change it up is what I said to myself a couple of months ago. I had a very slow start to be honest, breaking up with my all black looks has been pretty difficult but I am slowly managing to break free from what I like to call my French looks – zero effort while still looking good. But I am no Emmanuelle Alt (at least not yet) so it was about time I stepped up my game. My fix? Well for once – white. White makes a look so much more polished; all-white brings you that much closer to Nicole Kidman at the Cannes Film Festival. Try white during that time of the month and you can call yourself a dedicated fashionista (or someone who is really looking for an embarrassment). Then, after everything is pure and pristine, why go for conventional shapes? Try some culottes, bell-bottomed pants or a see-through crochet dress like the one here. Or better yet, why not try a see-through crochet dress OVER some pants? The sky is your limit.

                I tried to emulate a bit of this enthusiasm in my outfit here, although I kept it quite basic with some wide-legged trousers and a striped crop top. Wore some bling as well, because why not go all the way with white? I am sure nothing less than those earrings would be acceptable on the Cannes red carpet.

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Mango trousers | vintage crop top | Forever 21 earrings 

Wednesday, 18 June 2014

Les Espadrilles

The French have long mastered the art of dressing, making chic look effortless rather than planned and elaborate. There is a certain appeal to a deconstructed chignon and a very basic but nonetheless elegant outfit. It has become clear to me that as much as I love dressing up for certain events on a daily basis I will always gravitate towards the simplest of outfits putting comfort above everything else - the 5 piece wardrobe is probably one of my sartorial goals. The comfort I am talking about though is psychological rather than physical, wearing outfits I feel comfortable in opposed to ones I could actually work out in. Leggings and flip-flops are still a long way from what I would deem to call an outfit.

The best example in this respect is my preference for flats rather than high-heels. Besides the fact that my lazyness wins most times I simply feel more comfortable (again- psychologically not physically) in flats. For this simple reason I am now on the lookout for a pair of summer flats, something different to ballet pumps. Last summer I drooled a bit over the Chanel espadrilles but they were far out of my budget and I also had trouble figuring out whether I liked them or the Chanel name attached. This summer however I actually think espadrilles have grown on me and I might take a leap and buy a pair. An Asos pair most likely, definitely not the Chanel ones but much better to start with and definitely lighter on my bank account. 

In exhibit A I have lined up the usual suspects, Stella McCartney sheer white espadrilles and Rag&Bone black leather ones for those looking for Scandinavian minimalism, Valentino lace ones for the girliest of girls and for those of you that are feeling adventurous blue satin espadrilles courtesy of monsieur Christian Louboutin and wacky banana print ones from Mother of Pearl. Most of these are courtesy of Net-a-Porter so pretty pricey, but there is an Asos pair also which will leave you €300 or so richer than the other options.  


But enough of me talking - what is your opinion on espadrilles - can they ever be elegant, stylish, chic?

Monday, 16 June 2014

White Comeback

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Having finished with one month of exams and leaving London for the summer it has taken me about a week to get out of my lazy mood and make inspiration happen instead of waiting for it to hit me in the head. What is more, I turned 20 on the 13th so I thought it was about time I actually stuck to the responsible adult label and picked up my blog writing where I had left it in May. Finishing one year of University has left me with enough logistical things to worry about so that I could not really feel like summer was here until now. However, in honour of the warm season I set out on a quest of finding the perfect pair of white jeans, much like I do every year – unsuccessfully – until now. I could honestly compare this to finding a flat or a house to live in seeing as this quest has replaced the one for white jeans pretty much right after I solved the latter.

I think I got my last pair of white jeans about 6 years ago as a gift from my mother and I probably haven’t worn them in 4 out of those 6 years. They were too low-rise, much like the fashion was back then, and a bit too long for my 164cm height. And all the others I’ve tried since have had their shortcomings – either the material was too thin and showed everything or the loose fit was loose in all the wrong places. And then there were the 7FAMs – way out of my budget – and American Apparels whose £75 didn’t even nearly account for their useful life of around one year (I like to wear my jeans and I like to wear them until they fall apart – which would ideally happen after more than one short year). This is where Uniqlo came in, about a month ago, providing me with their Ultra Stretch jeans. My love for this model started back in September when I bought them in a classic dark wash and later on in black. They fit me just right and even though they are ultra stretch they do not stretch after too many uses. And, for £30, they are not a very bad deal at all.

                As I am slowly starting to clean up my wardrobe to make room for a few classic pieces that are to become what I would like to call personal staples the Uniqlo Ultra Stretch jeans are definitely a strong contender. 
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Zara top | Uniqlo Ultra Stretch jeans | Bata loafers | Calvin Klein clutch
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