duminică, 17 august 2014

Run and Buy: Summer Slides

En: They're everywhere. Either the classic Birkenstocks or the more subtle version of summer slides. It took me a while to decide whether I could really walk around in them, but I eventually gave in. Now I can rarely be seen wearing other shoes, so I deicided to put up a list of my favorites, maybe you'll give in, too. Happy shopping!

Ro: Sunt peste tot. Fie clasicii Birkenstock sau vreo reinterpretare de-a lor. Exista toate culorile si toate modelele, pentru orice buget. Mie mi-a luat o vreme sa ma hotarasc daca as putea sa ma incalt asa (cam de vara trecuta cand au inceput timid sa apara in fotografiile de streetstyle), dar, de curand, am cedat. Acum, daca ne intalnim pe strada sigur o sa ma vedeti incaltata in Birkenstock (rar mai port altceva). Mai jos, am alcatuit o lista cu variantele mele preferate, sa stiti unde ii gasiti daca va tenteaza :) Spor la cumparaturi!

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duminică, 10 august 2014

Learning minimalism (slowly)

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En: I never knew how to describe my style as it's really flexible. Of course I'm influenced by trends (although I say to myself I dress according to my mood; let's be honest, we don't leave on the moon - we see things and we want things). However, lately, I've been gravitating more and more towards minimalism (must be getting old or something). So, with a few photos as proof, I've put up a list of tips on how to achieve a minimalistic look:
1. Material quality is everything. Start from here when you go shopping and you'll see a big improvement.
2. Careful on colors: black and white are absolutely neccesary, but you can also add a lot of beige, gray, baby blue or burgundy. Not in the same look, of course! Maximum three colors per look.
3. Accessories should be reduced to a minimum, one statement piece is more than enough, whether it's a necklace, earrings or a big ring.
4. Careful on the shoes. A minimalistic outfit looks best with delicate strappy sandals or stilettos as it makes it look sophisticated. But if you're the comfy type, one of the it shoes of the season could help, too: Birkenstocks or slip ons.
5. Last but not least (and this one is the hardest), watch your shopping! Don't let yourself distracted by sales or outlets selling cute little dresses or tops that are not really your style. Stick to your simple lines and every once in a while, splurge on something unusual as a structured jacket or a perfectly tailored dress!

Ro: Niciodata nu am stiut cum sa imi decriu stilul. Asta pentru ca e destul de flexibil. Si desi ma mint singura ca ma imbrac doar in concordonta cu starea mea de spirit, adevarul e ca sunt influentata si de trenduri (presupun ca e normal daca tot vedem unele lucruri sa incepem sa ni le dorim). Totusi, in ultima perioada, m-am indreptat tot mai mut in directia minimalismului (o fi varsta? sau viata mult prea agitata?) si m-am gandit sa fac o lista de sugestii pentru a obtine un look minimalist chic:
1. Materialele de cea mai buna calitate stau la baza unei tinute minimaliste reusite. Daca incepeti sa inlocuiti poliesterul cu bumbac 100%, bumbac satinat sau matase, veti observa o mare diferenta.
2. Atentie la culori: minimalism inseamna mult alb si negru, dar la fel de bine poate insemna bej, gri, albastru deschis, bleumarin sau visiniu. Nu toate in aceeasi tinuta, desigur! Maxim 3 culori/look.
3. Accesoriile trebuie reduse la minim, o singura piesa care atrage atentia e suficient, fie ca este vorba despre un colier masiv, o pereche de cercei sau un inel oversized. La fel de bine puteti opta pentru bijuterii extrem de discrete, caz in care se accepta mai multe.
4. Atentie la pantofi. Pantofii stiletto arata cel mai chic la un outfit minimalist. Dar daca preferati confortul, puteti opta pentru pantofi cu talpa joasa, de exemplu Birkenstocks sau espadrile.
5. Ultima mea sugestie (si cea care imi da cele mai mari batai de cap): aveti grija ce cumparati! Reducerile sunt tentante, exista prea multe outleturi cu preturi imbatabile si mereu gasim cate o rochita draguta care ne striga "Ia-ma acasa!". Totusi, daca incercati sa va construiti o garderoba functionala si coerenta, incercati sa rezistati tentatiilor de genul acesta. Mai profitabil ar fi sa investiti, din cand in cand, intr-o piesa interesanta, precum o jacheta structurata care nu se va demoda niciodata sau o rochie cu un croi impecabil.
Acesta e micul meu ghid, sper sa ne fie de folos (cred ca o sa il recitesc si eu ori de cate ori ma pregatesc de o sesiune de cumparaturi :))!

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vineri, 1 august 2014

Life Lately

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En: Just in case you were wondering, I'm still alive. Very much alive actually and really busy studying for my residency. So, it took me forever to prepare a new post, but here it is: graduation and prom photo overflow. I hope you enjoy them, it was a very special moment for me after 6 years of Med School and I felt the need to share. And, yes, I had pink hair for prom; it was just a temporary shampoo, it's out now but I really want it back...

Ro: Desi am absentat cam mult de pe blog (si o sa tot absentez vara asta), sa nu credeti ca l-am abandonat de tot. Ma pregatesc pentru examenul de rezidentiat si asta imi ocupa tot timpul (yey!). Asa ca mi-a luat cam multicel sa postez fotografiile de la absolvire si de la banchet. Totusi, dupa 6 ani de Medicina, a fost un moment cu totul special pentru mine si am simtit nevoia sa le impartasesc si cu voi (cu o mica/mare intarziere). In rest, ne vedem pe Insta, unde am ramas destul de activa si pe blog peste inca vreo 2 saptamani :))

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For graduation I wore a COS dress (have I expresed my love for the brand already?), a Nissa pearl necklace and my trusty Michael Kors watch.
Pentru absolvire am purtat o rochie neagra COS (v-am spus deja ca sunt fan al brandului?), un colier Nissa si ceasul Michael Kors.

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For prom, I wore a Nissa dress, Smiling Shoes sandals (get them HERE), Meli Melo earringS and a Benvenutti clutch.
Pentru banchet am purtat o rochie Nissa, sandale Smiling Shoes (le gasiti AICI), cercei Meli Melo si un plic Benvenutti.

joi, 26 iunie 2014

Office Ladies

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En: I always believed people with creative jobs are the luckiest people in the world. Maybe even working from home, not having to put on a certain appearance required by the work place. I did not choose a creative job for myslef, but I also didn't go for the corporate world, which I couldn't see myself as part of. Still, imagination exercises are allowed no matter what your field of activity is and for today's outfit I pictured myself as an office lady. How would I dress? How can the office look be improved? These are some tricky questions to answer but I gave it my best. So, I went for a belted vest instead of a blazer (I wish it had a higher clevage so that I could wear it shirtless), a pair of soft pants and nude heels. I played with beige, brown and black and I love the way they compliment each other and I think they fit in just right with the scenario.

Ro: Intotdeauna am crezut ca oamenii care lucreaza din intimitatea propriei case sunt cei mai norocosi oameni din lume. Si printre multele lor avantaje, faptul ca nu trebuie sa poarte o anumita tinuta impusa de domeniul de activitate, mi se parea cel mai demn de invidiat. La polul opus, imi imaginez corporatistii, la care tinuta office e singura acceptabila. Si desi, personal, nu voi profesa in acest mediu, am incercat sa fac un exercitiu de imaginatie: ce as purta daca...? Nu cred ca e deloc usor sa aduci ceva nou la o astfel de tinuta, dar exista mereu mici artificii care ajuta: blazerul poate fi inlocuit cu o vesta prinsa cu o curea chic in talie (poate chiar purtata fara nimic pe dedesubt daca decolteul nu e prea adanc), materialele naturale precum matasea sau inul arata intotdeauna sofisticat, iar cromatica e in totalitate o alegere personala. Eu am optat pentru un amestec de bej, maro si negru si mi se pare ca se incadreaza perfect!

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I was wearing: silk shirt and pants - Massimo Dutti; vest and belt - Zara; shoes - Bata; bag - Guess.
Am purtat: camasa si pantaloni - Massimo Dutti; vesta si curea - Zara; pantofi - Bata; geanta - Guess.

luni, 23 iunie 2014

At The Warehouse

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En: This is one of my favorite photoshoots in a long time. The location is an abandoned warehouse, containing thousands of movie rolls scattered all over the place. It's quite impressive actually and, also, in desperate need of rehabilitation. But for the sake of photography, it's perfect just the way it is, overwhelmingly dark! I tried to match my outfit, wearing a lot of black, intense eye make up and high top sneakers. A black bowler hat also seemed mandatory. Now I hope you like the result as much as I do!

Ro: Locatia pentru aceste fotografii e una in care imi doream sa ajung de ceva vreme: depozitul de filme din Cluj. Am citit despre el, am vazut fotografii, am vazut cum cei de la Tiff inceraca sa il transforme in muzeu de film, dar nimic nu m-a pregatit pentru senzatia traita cand am ajuns la destinatie. Complet abandonat si extrem de murdar, depozitul de filme are nevoie disperata de igienizare, insa fotografic arata aproape ireal, iar imaginile obtinute sunt unele dintre preferatele mele. Am incercat sa imi potrivesc tinuta locului, in tonuri intense si intunecate. Multa piele, machiaj puternic al ochilor, Conversi si o mica palarie neagra - asta mi-a inspirat mie locatia. Sper ca va place rezultatul!

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I was wearing: jacket - Mango; t-shirt - Pull&Bear; leggings - H&M; shoes - Converse; hat - New Yorker.
Am purtat: jacheta - Mango; tricou - Pull&Bear; pantaloni - H&M; tenisi - Converse; palarie - New Yorker.

joi, 19 iunie 2014

Running Running

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En: We all know more than we care to admit about staying healthy. So, I won't lecture you on how important exercise is, you are already aware of that. But given that we're mostly talking fashion here on the blog, I think we should approach the running outfit, which may seem obvious, but plays an important part in bringing some workout motivation (at least for me, it does). Having an appropriate, but fresh outfit makes me more impatient about running somehow. Of course trainers are key, no exception here, you need good running shoes! For the rest, it's up to you if you prefer shorts or tights, just remember you can always play with color and for the upper part, I love layers, such as a sports bra peeking from under a loose t-shirt or two tank tops - a racerback under a regular back. And since life (and running) would be too dull without music, a pair of oversized headphones provides entertainment while also being a fashion accessory. Now let's go for a run!

Ro: Stim cu totii mai multe decat ne dam seama despre sanatate. Asa ca nu o sa vrobesc prea mult despre cat e de important sa facem miscare (pentru ca stiti prea bine, ramane doar sa va puneti cunostiintele in practica). In schimb, o sa abordez un alt subiect: cum ne imbracam pentru ora de alergat prin parc? Raspunsul pare evident si totusi exista mai multe variante decat am crede . Evident, trebuie sa fie o tinuta comoda, dar comod nu inseamna urat si cumva, un look interesant si frumos aduce dupa sine mai multa motivatie. Asa ca hai sa incepem cu  pantofii sport, care sunt esentiali si trebuie sa fie potriviti pentru alergat, nicio exceptie aici! Restul tinutei, insa, lasa loc de joaca: colanti sau pantaloni scurti in diverse culori, suprapuneri de tricouri sau pur si simplu o bustiera care doar se iveste de sub un top mai lejer si nelipsitele casti supradimensionate, care pe langa faptul ca ne ofera un ritm numai bun de miscare, sunt si un accesoriu colorat. Si acum: hai sa alergam!

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I was wearing: t-shirt and tights - Zara; trainers - Adidas; sports bra - Mr. Big; headphones - Sony.
Am purtat: tricou si colanti - Zara; pantofi sport - Adidas; bustiera - Mr. Big; casti - Sony.

marți, 17 iunie 2014

Coffee Date

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En: I don't know about you, but I am one big coffee junkie. I cannot function without a big cup of coffee in the morning. Coffee number 2 and 3 are optional, depending on how hard my day proves to be. But more than the energy boost it provides, coffee (a Caramel Machiato at Starbucks, in particular) can be a great treat in the middle of my afternoon. Taking a break, alone at the window seat, catching up with the online fashion world while sipping on the greatest coffee makes me feel spoiled and totally lifts up my spirit. So I highly encourage you to spoil yourself, at least every once in a while, with whatever makes you happy. Even if it's just ridiculously expensive coffee!

Ro: Nu stiu altii cum sunt, dar mie tare-mi mai place cafeaua. Si tare mai am nevoie de ea in fiecare dimineata. Macar una pe zi ma ajuta sa functionez in parametri normali. In unele zile, duc povestea mai departe cu cafeaua numarul 2 pe la ora pranzului. Si mai sunt si zilele alea foarte grele (si rare) cand ajung la numarul 3. Dar mai mult decat simplele efecte ale cafeinei, e ceva la o cafea buna (Caramel Machiato la Starbucks, anyone?), care ma face sa ma simt rasfatata. Chiar si o jumatate de ora, asezata pe locul de la geam sa ne mai uitam la trecatori, cu laptopul sau tableta prin preajma sa ne punem la curent cu ce se intampla in lume poate face minuni pentru dispozitie. Asa ca, daca cumva ati uitat, amintiti-va sa va rasfatati si voi din cand cu ce va face placere. Chiar daca e doar o cafea mult prea scumpa!

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I was wearing: shirt - Zara, get it HERE; skort - Stradivarius, get it HERE; shoes - Zara; watch - Michael Kors; rings - H&M; sunglasses - Kardashian Collection.
Am purtat: camasa - Zara, o gasiti AICI; pantaloni scurti - Stradivarius, ii gasiti AICI; pantofi - Zara; ceas - Michael Kors; inele - H&M; ochelari de soare - Kardashian Collection.