Birthday in the Cotswolds

Coming from a single-child family, my parents made a point of making my birthdays pretty special. On every 18th of August I felt exactly that – pretty f-ing special, the most important person for my parents which is safe to say that I am still are. For the past 3 years, however, I was proven that this day can get even more important. I happened to fall in love with a man who was born on the exact same day, a few years earlier and that changed it all. Ever since we started being together, we doubled our celebrations on the day. The title is kind of giving it away, but let me explain why we decided to go to Cotswolds and not just buy each other gifts.

The older I am, the clearer it becomes that I am a person who values experiences much more than objects. Luckily, Paul is the same so we made a point of going to a place that we always wanted to see instead of exchanging objects for our birthdays. We now share an experience. Last year we went to Paris, my very first time in Paris and it was dream-like even though our romantic birthday dinner took place in a McDonald’s.

Cotswold is the kind of place that I grew up seeing in British movies and thinking that the entire UK is like that. It turned out, I was not quite right in believing that, but once you get anywhere in the British countryside, it is breathtakingly beautiful. I dare you to Google “Cotswold”. That is what I did and then I felt like I needed a doctor because my eyes were only seeing beauty. That can’t be all real, can it?

But it was! Small, charming villages, powdery mint green doors, flowers everywhere as if all houses were ready to be photographed, narrow streets where nobody gets angry- a bliss! I just put this Area of Outstanding Beauty (I didn’t make this up!) on the list of places to take my parents when they come and visit. Imagine how these villages must look during Christmas time! It’s not even mid-October and I’m already thinking of Christmas…typical.

I actually stopped writing at this point, went to my Instagram Highlights section and re-watched my Cotswolds Insta Stories to remember what else happened and where else we’ve been (which you can do as well in case you didn’t already :P) And after watching them, I decided I won’t be trying to explain how beautiful this part of the UK is, and just bombard you with pictures.

Also, the villages that we visited were Bilbury – the best known one, where the picture from Google is taken from, Woodstock where we slept at Crown Inn, Upper-Slaughter and Lower-Slaughter and can’t wait to go back and visit some more.

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Movies that make you want to travel

Not that there is any time when I am not bitten by the travel bug, but when the weather is nice, I am bitten just a bit harder. So I though, why not ask my friends what are the movies that make them want to travel…in case they need a push for it. I tried not to explain myself too much because I was curious of how their suggestions will fit into categories, but the outcome is much more diverse than I though. It also felt really good having a post written in collaboration with almost 10 people!:D

I have not watched these movies, but I took my friends’ word for them and put them on the list. For those that I was not too sure where exactly will make you want to travel, I watched the trailer – lazy girl, but brace yourself for some conventional and less conventional locations as you are hopefully, already expecting coming from me.

France

Paris – Moulin Rouge – how did I not see this movie? (blushing)

Paris & Monte Carlo – Monte Carlo – an 8 year oldie but it’s one that I watched and made me want to go to Paris so badly and we’ve been last year ! I wouldn’t mind going to Monte Carlo either

French countryside – The Hundred Foot Journey – this is one that makes me want to do a road trip and eat in every single village as well

La vie en rose -Good music and Paris? This one is on my list to watch!

Greece

On an island – Mamma Mia – I am pretty sure there are more movies that will make me want to jump on a plane and head to Greece, but this was the first that I thought of (When I think of Greece, I think of sun, turquoise water, cheerful music and feta cheese)

Italy

Rome – When in Rome – A cheesy romance, but one that is definitely going to cheer you up. Btw – I just wouldn’t get into the fountain

I bet you saw this coming – Roman Holiday – If this movie does not make you want to get on a Vespa and wander on the streets of Rome…I don’t know what will

Under the Tuscan Sun – that’s an impulse buy!

Spain

Barcelona – Vicky, Cristina, Barcelona – fiery at time, but the scenery….

Barcelona – this is one that I haven’t seen but honestly, I would watch anything that happens in Barcelona

India

Slumdog Millionaire – This suggestion comes from somebody who has been to India and she said she watches this movie every time she misses it

Thailand

Ana and the King – ok, this one is a bit “back in time” when Thailand was called Siam, but a beautiful movie that I already recommended to so many

Cambodia

Tomb Raider – this is one that makes me want to go to many places, but the most picturesque seems to be Cambodia

Brazil

City of God – This is my friend’s favourite movie but she has quite a good stomach so don’t expect a romance on the beach, it actually happens in the favelas

New York

This seems to be a favourite for movie makers as well as series – Sex and the City, Gossip Girl, Friends, The Carrie Diaries, you name it! Funny enough, nobody mentioned a movie, even though there are so many

Non-conformist places

Any jungle – Until things go wrong – Jungle and Jumanji

Underwater – Aquaman

Back in time – The Vikings and Apocalypto

In space – Passengers and A wrinkle in time (Let me check with Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos when we can start buying tickets)

Anywhere by train…but without the murder – Murder on the Orient Express

Auschwitz – Schindler’s List

Now this has been a long one in the making. The idea came to us over a coffee and I immediately texted to ask my friends’ on movies that make them want to travel. Paul’s were the weirder ones, of course – the out of space and such, mine the more conventional. I realised that I can read really tough books, but when it comes to movies I tend to choose more comfortable subjects.

But let’s make this a conversation and find all the missing links in my list (please do!) and add new movies that we should all see and daydream about places that hopefully, some day we will actually travel to see in person.

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Wanderlust- Top 3 favourite cities in Europe

The idea for this blog post came to me most randomly when I was watching bullet journaling videos on Youtube. I am perfectly incapable of drawing, I am more of a sticker (person who sticks things together, usually in a note book). I was watching a monthly spread for December…in March (:D) and I started fantasising about travelling. While at the moment the wanderlust is more than present, until May, it is highly unlikely that we’ll go anywhere. However, I would not mind reminiscing about my favourite cities in Europe that I’ve been to.

PRAGUE

Let me start by telling you that this was my favourite city for the longest time. Ever since I went on a school trip when I was 16, I wanted to go back again and again. I’ve been to Prague twice only, the second time for an internship, but coincidentally, both my visits were in December. I don’t know if it gets better than this – with the Christmas decorations everywhere, X-mas markets, sausages and mulled wine at all corners, quite similar to another beautiful European city – Vienna.

What I can tell you though, is that the second time around I felt so alone. My suggestion for myself was that the third time I will visit Prague, it will have to be with my second half – there’s too much beauty to admire it alone.

Now, a secret place to go to. Carol Bridge during sunset might make you call your doctor because it’s jaw-droppingly beautiful. Even more beautiful is the view of it from Kafka’s house. From his house, you need to go a bit further down, towards the river, but be careful, you might be lured by the charms of at least one of the swans…they seem to like this view of the Carol Bridge as well.

BUDAPEST

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Now this is a city that I’ve visited several times. First time was on the same school trip that later took me to Prague also. With this occasion we went on a boat trip on Danube at night. There is no better view of the House of Parliament and of the bridges other than the one from the Danube. I do need to warn you though, if you like you whisky on the rocks, let’s just say that if you leave your glass of it outside, the wind will take care of providing you the rocks – it’s that cold!

Just like London, this is another photogenic city, everywhere you look, there is something to capture. By the way, you don’t know what the third city is yet, only if you’ve peeked a bit further, but I can tell you it’s not London. The reason is not Brexit which makes it hard for everyone to decide if the UK will still be part of the EU or not, but because I live here so it’s not fair. London had much more time to win my heart.

Did I mention that my parents spent their honeymoon in Budapest? <3

COPENHAGEN

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Now this is the only city of the three that I visited during summer time so I have not experienced too much rain and fog as I usually see in pictures. At least during summer time, the city is perfect for long walks, bike rides or drinks on the canal.

First things first, if you go, I hope you know how to ride a bike. Just like Amsterdam, Copenhagen is packed with bicycles…and riders for that matter. I was surprised at how well organised the traffic is – so from what I’ve heard, they made it really easy for you to ride over there…compared to London where it seems to me like an extreme sport.

I might be biased about this city because the only time I’ve been to Copenhagen, was to visit a very dear friend of mine so it made the experience complete: long talks in the company of multiple glasses of wine, equally long walks, street artists who we actually sang with. Now truth be told, it’s more like my friend was singing who has an incredible voice and whom I will shamelessly plug right here – EIDNAMUSIC

All in all, my favourite city might be Budapest, but I long just as much to go back to Prague or Copenhagen, but then my wanderlust is mentioning so many other beautiful places that I’ve never been to. Have you ever been to any of these cities? What is your favourite thing about them? Which 3 European cities are your favourite?

Best of 2018 – travel

“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times” and how appropriate this is to describe 2018 for us. I am pretty sure Charles Dickens was in no way referring to Brexit and loosing jobs, but he was pretty close to that. Don’t worry, this will not be a demotivating post, I am not one to talk about the empty half of the glass. On the contrary, for you and for me, I will do a summary of the best of 2018. The best memories, the best travels, the best cafes and the best oufits.

Even though it was a challenging year for us, looking back now, we actually travelled to the most amazing places: from an exotic one, to a few British beauties and than to the City of Love for our birthdays.

Punta Cana

Now this is a place that I wouldn’t have dreamed of travelling to in my wildest dreams. Funny thing is, ever since we went, my dreams became wilder. If you are not a fan of sun, turquoise water and free Pina Coladas, this is not the place for you. I could not recommend this place more, paradise on Earth does exist.

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Bournemouth

When my parents visited early summer last year, we wanted to show then how a city at the seaside looks. People are calmer, they actually have time to walk their dogs, to look at the flowers in the most beautiful Botanical Garden, they run on the beach…a dream, what can I say? I am wondering how come we still live in London.

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Oxford

Cambridge or Oxford, this is the question? Well, not mine because I studied back in Romania, but we did ask ourselves this question when we wanted to visit the cities. We started with Oxford which actually made me jealous of the life students seem to have here, and we left Cambridge for later…which turned out to be this year (possibly).

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Windsor

Now this is a city that I’ve seen a lot on Instagram stories when (now, Princess) Megan and Prince Harry got married and I was surprised that even after 2 months, people still had their engagement picture in the window. Again, a slower paced city, but looked like 90% of the people on the street are actually tourists.

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I can see yooou! (If you put dairy in it)
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Feeding the photographer

Southampton – Cruise Ship

Daniela, our photographer and videographer friend has worked on a cruise ship for nearly 2 years now and we only managed to visit her this past summer. Needless to say that we were left speechless at the beauty of the ship. Fun fact, she knows both Paul and I the best out of all our friends, so it was only necessary that she must take our engagement pictures, right?

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Paris, baby!

This trip was another dream come true. A very short one, from Friday until Sunday, but it was our birthday weekend. Both Paul and I were born on the 18th of August, so it was never nicer celebrating my/our birthday. I have never been to Paris before and I came with huge expectations, and guess what: they were fulfilled!

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Windy Edinburgh

This is another birthday trip. Mom’s 50th this time! We all fell in love with the city and the AirBnb that we had, but not with the wind. London, surprisingly is much, much warmer and we didn’t expect temperatures to drop this much, so it was a bit of a challenge to walk around. All in all, we still had a very good time.

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I loved doing this “the best of 2018” and the year seems to look even better summarised. At the end of the day, I choose to remember the good things and in 2 years time, that’s exactly what I will remember anyways. It is so strange how the entire year I felt like I haven’t travelled much, but now seeing all the places I’ve been to, it’s not bad at all.

Can I wish for myself that the new year will bring even more travelling?

Wanderlust and coffee kisses!

Funny TUBE stories – part 1

The tube, underground or metro, however you call it, is a place full of mysteries. Even fuller of mysteries are the people that embark the said mean of transport. Why they have such a strong magnetic relationship to the door like bees to honey, when they can move down and not have someone breath down their necks is a mystery for which we might need Sherlock Holmes.

Let’s just say that I’ve spent enough time for two years on the tube, to gather a few of these funny mysteries and now I am sharing them with you. This blog post might go into the same category with the one – Things you probably don’t know about London if you never lived here, but then, I suppose the tube is the tube (or metro or underground), so you might recognize these behaviors. That, or if you come from a city small enough, like I do, that will never need a tube…well, I hope somebody does a series about this kind of travelling so we can all enjoy the experience.

Herring line or Jubilee line?

There are tubes and tubes. And then there are lines and lines and if you change them fast enough, you will notice a huge difference. I must start with: don’t use Central line during peak hours if you care for your life. Or, if you would like to empathize with a canned herring and completely rethink what concepts you had about personal space, be my guest.

Jubilee line was my favorite for the longest time. It went through some of my favorite places in London. Because I embarked it in Stratford which is the end/beginning of the line, I would always find a seat and it would be quite empty. Yes, it’s this easy for a tube line to have my heart, but all of this after I experienced herring in the can and the can in the stove that Central line is.

Switching allegiances

However, Jubilee line was dethroned when I went to visit somebody in the North of London and I had to change to a very suggestively named line – Northern Line. First feeling was as if somebody has finally turned on the lights and spaced out the seats a bit more. Ok, it is not fair that when I experienced Northern Line for the first time, it was not peak hour and I am comparing it to Jubilee on a peak hour, but the tube is not fair making us all wait for it and neither was I.

Now, I thought Northern Line is much more posh, I also knew about it that it is always on time and even better, cuts the pie that London is, right in two, so it takes you many places. And it did take me to many laughing or wondering or wtf places in my mind, every time I saw the things that I am about to describe, because all of them happened on the Northern Line.

Home, sweet (and sour) home

When you travel by tube every day, at the same time and you mostly fight all the same faces for that free seat, it all starts to feel like home. Your home is taking you to work and judging by all the blank/poker faces on the tube, it’s more like your home is force-taking you to work.

Most people will be too busy to play candy crush, some (very few) watch series…yes, the average tube ride is around 30 minutes, but for some it gets an hour long. Even fewer people read. There is only one rule: mind you business! And this rule is actually much more complex than it sounds.

If I were to translate it for you it would be: don’t look anybody in the eye, don’t lean over my seat, I will battle you for the arm rest and you will battle me for it, don’t you dare read from my newspaper if you are sitting next to me, but it’s even more annoying if you’re sitting across from me, and a few more that I will reveal later.

Manicure, anybody?…pedicure?

Going back to the people who feel like home, those are the individuals that do weird things. Doing your own makeup is already quite usual so nobody is surprised by that. I am more surprised though, that all the brushes and the products sit in the same dusty makeup bag, but maybe I am just being paranoid.

However, what left a strong impression on me was something else. It was Friday or Saturday evening when I was going home by tube. I don’t know which of these two days because the crowds’ behavior is quite similar. Most of them are cracking cans of beer open (which is illegal), are much more cheerful, are most probably going partying and are loud. All of these things go hand in hand so there is nothing new here.

I was breaking the rule of not looking at people one of these said nights and I was almost starring at the girl that was sitting across from me. She was so beautiful, with very small elegant features but then I noticed the amount of makeup, the much too dark eyebrows, the overdrawn lips and I thought to myself that she must be much more beautiful without makeup.

Right on cue, as if to annoy me even more, she takes out a glue and some acrylic nails and starts gluing them on Friday/ Saturday night on the tube. I could not believe my eyes, is she really this comfortable that she is going to do her manicure on the tube? That was not all! She was wearing a full sequin dress under her coat and sneakers, so when she started doing her nails, it became clear to the entire train/compartment that she is up to no good…well, probably good partying.

After she finished her manicure, I see her leaning down towards her feet. I was motionless, but my eyes said it all. Is it really possible that she is going to do her pedicure next? OMG, what is happening? Why isn’t anybody else reacting, is this normal?

She takes of her sneakers, puts her socks on the floor, steps on them, puts her sneakers in a bag. I was already tempted to close my eyes, I could not believe them, they must be deceiving me, right? And then she takes out a pair of heels, put them on and gets off the tube at the next station.

To be continued, with other similar stories…

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BLAZER – Zara (similar)
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LEGGINGS – Zara
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(Photo) Shooting at night: adventure and fun?

I find it quite funny how I started writing this post right before we are going shooting at night again. We’ve been doing this for a few weeks now and I can’t wait to tell you all the pros and cons of doing this. Plus they say creative minds are awake at night! I can’t subscribe to this, sometimes my creativity is hibernating and I have to temp it with honey for the mind. For example, all these very early Christmas decoration displays all around London are inspiring me so much. There is something so childlike joyful about flickering lights, don;t you think?

Pros

I will start with the pros, and continue with the pros and probably three quarters of the post will be about the advantages of shooting at night in London. I believe all of this will apply to any big, overcrowded city so even if you re not from London, read on. Now the reason both Paul and I love shooting at night is because the streets are emptier so we can get to any location really fast…as fast as you can in London where everything is far. More than that, there will be considerably less people in our pictures so less people distracting you from our well chosen or not always so well chosen background and from my outfit.

I should have gotten over people stopping and watching us really quickly when we were still shooting mostly under daylight, but I must be very honest and tell you that it took me almost a year to get used to this. “What are they shooting?”, “Do you know her?”, but nothing compared to when I have my pointe shoes on – those are like candy for children. Sorry, Mums and Dads when you had to stop because of me 🙂 So another advantage about shooting at night, there’s hardly anybody around to stop and stare.

Although, today happened the cutest thing. We already shot two outfits around midday and at some point a couple is approaching us from behind my back. I can’t see them, but I see Paul pointing to the woman’s feet and smiling and at this point I couldn’t feel any blonder. He never stops like this when we are shooting. Then the couple gets in my view and I see that we were wearing a very similar vinyl pair of trousers and the girl has cheekily said :”We’re matching trousers”. Hihi, cute! And when I remember how shy I used to be when people approached me on the street.

Back to our shooting at night…now I feel like I write as my grandpa used to speak. He started with a subject and when you thought you knew what you were talking about, he already changed the subject several times and you could not remember where it started to save your life.

A huge pro when shooting at night are lights. From working at the theatre, I got such a big fascination for creating the atmosphere with different colour lights coming from different directions. That was slightly different because everything was controlled and “scripted”, but when shooting at night, you will find these games of light spontaneously.

My favourite light that we had so far was in my recent dancey picture with a pink dress. We were on Tower Bridge, at night and the traffic was minimal so the traffic lights were always green. The bridge is blue so it actually reflected a turquoise light which if you know me at all, you know it’s my favourite colour, and on top of that, I was wearing a dusty pink dress. Yumm combo!

Cons

Not many cons, but if you must I can tell you that with the camera we have now, I am not the happiest with the quality of our night pictures. On one hand, I light the roughness, almost like a painting of the grainy image, but on the other, I am a little perfectionist who wished everything was as sharp as a knife…I would use for the yummi watermelon I have in the fridge at the moment.

Fun fact about shooting at night: there are so many paparazzi in London. When we shot around The Ritz Hotel, there were at least 7 and they probably shot somebody who they shouldn’t have because the security guards were on them and the situation was quite tense…let’s just say, I do not enjoy being around them.

Another disadvantage would be the weather. If you live in a windy city like London, at night it has the “gift” of getting even colder and windier so be prepared for goosebumps or shaky knees. My trick to this is that I start jumping around while posing. So now you know, if we’re shooting at night and you see a lot of dancey, jumpy pictures, that must mean that I was at least slightly cold or that I am singing Drake and Bad Bunny’s song in my head: “Dile que tu eres mia, mia”

Now my question to you: which of our pictures do you prefer more? The daylight ones or the ones at night? Now with this many Christmas lights I must warn you that you might be seeing more night pictures than before…which was 0…but we will definitely try to shoot during the day, before it gets too crowded for the holidays.

Frozen kisses!

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Should we leave the nest?

Is this something that we really need to do because it is beneficial to us or are we leaving the nest because society tells us that around 25 we have to give mom and dad some space and start being independent? There are so many advantages to either of the roads that we could take but I was always curious what motivates us to leave the comfort of our parents’ house (hopefully not a kick in the bum) and start making a living of our own.

Being responsible and the decision maker

Leaving the nest is like having a big pizza that was eaten for you until you actually started knowing life away from the comfort that your parents created for you. But just like with any other dish, some like pizza, others leave the crust on the side, untouched, and others won’t even glance in its direction. Hihi, I hope I am not making you hungry with this analogy. I am writing this blog post Sunday morning, just after I had my coffee so I am kind of making myself hungry.

Let’s continue with the pizza: after you do start eating your own, gaining your independence, responsibilities come. Have you finished it? If no, are you putting it the remaining bit in the fridge so that you can have some later, are you wasting it and just throw it away, are you sharing it? All this things that you need to do after the main action happened – and the most enjoyable if you ask me – eating the pizza, are your responsibilities. Not to make your stomach churn now that you ate this yummi pizza, but leaving the nest puts you in the position where you are providing for yourself : food, a place to live, toiletries, clothes – everything is on you now.

Accomplishments

This might all sound discouraging but in fact I find it quite the opposite – if you are leaving the nest and gaining the independence – you are the decision maker. Basically, you can do anything you want, in the limits of the law that is.

My parents were quite open-minded and so I don’t remember not being allowed to do anything major. Actually there was something – I was not allowed to slide with my head first, that’s where I stopped being cool. Leaving this to the side, nothing that I write comes from a place were I’ve been restricted. Even so, nothing felt as good as when I was able to do it myself – and I am not talking about finishing an entire pizza – how dare you test me on that?:)

Different generations – different mentalities

When mom was my age now, I was already 2 years old. I am pretty sure that most of us though about this – our parents and their parent even more, were much quicker to tie the knot and start building that family…horizontally. Nowadays, it’s either that we want to have a career and a stable income before having children, or more and more of us really consider the possibility of not having any. For some reason Elton John’s voice just popped into my head with “Sorry seems to be the hardest world” – and I contradicted him with “I am not having children” seems to be the hardest phrase.

Imagine telling your parents that. Imagine telling your grandparents that! How many of them will be supportive and how many will be outraged? Another advantage of leaving the nest is that we distance ourselves from the other generations and live with the mentality of our generation. We don’t need to have children to take care of us when we’re old anymore, now really is the time when we do have a choice – as I said, different generations, different mentalities.

Should we continue living with our parents as long as possible?

How many times have I not thought: how much money would I have been able to save if I still lived with my parents. I guess London rent does that to you. This is one of the situations where it would be such a huge advantage to still be able to live in the nest: when you have a business and every penny you save could go into it. This is a situation where everybody will have to compromise a lot, but I do have to mention my biggest motivator – mom’s cooking. There is just something so deliciously familiar about the food that we used to have since we were children, don’t you think?

 

What is your opinion on this? Are you still living with your parents, are you enjoying it? I might be seeing things all wrong so please do challenge me on that. I can only talk about my personal experience and that of my friends’. So what do you prefer: leaving the nest or staying?

Kisses!

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Where I get my inspiration from

Last year, I’ve written a similar post about my sources of inspiration. I will be honest and tell you that I have not yet peeked at what inspired me last year but I am curious to compare it against my list this year. How many Youtube channels, Instagram profiles, blogs are still on my list? I know on top of my head that I added a few new things that I discovered in the meantime, but I do have blogs and Youtube channels that I’ve been watching and reading for years.

Let me tell you, just thinking of what gets me inspired, gets me inspired. I watch the Youtube channels that I am going to mention while I eat, while I drink my morning coffee or even while I do my makeup and then when it comes to blogs and magazines, I spend 40 minutes on the tube twice a day so plenty of time there. I don’t watch TV, but I do watch this kind of entertainment. For me these are my sources of inspiration that keep me informed and yes of course, entertained.

Ohh Couture

I am pretty sure that this blog was on the list last year also.(I will only peek after I finish writing the main part of this post). Although her style has changed so much in the past year. When it comes to Ohh Couture (Leonie Hanne on Instagram), I have read every single blog post that she has published, especially for the pictures. They were the dreamiest, pastel fantasy that I’ve ever seen and she was always smiling. Every time you looked at her pictures, she made you think that you can be friends, this is how honest  and warm her pictures were. On top of that, I used to love seeing so many beautiful places: Cingue Terre, Hong Kong, Cuba, Dubai, New York, Tulum…the list can go on.

Now the blog has evolved together with her style of photography into something slightly darker, but the interesting part is that if there is anything new in fashion, she is one of the first ones to find out. Especially if you go on her Instagram, that is a huge album of inspiration from all around the world, but especially from the major fashion capitals.

 

NotJessFashion

This is for sure a newer blog that I started reading. This woman posts 5 days a week…how does she even do it? And when I say 5 times a week, I don’t mean that her posts are full of pictures from Pinterest and with just a few lines of writing – no, 5 proper long posts with her own pictures mostly. This blog is an inspiration both on the fashion side because her style is eclectic which is how I would describe mine also, but from a business point of view also.

I love how saturated in color her pictures are and how intimate the photos that they take at home with the husband and the two beautiful girls. If you are a mother, you can find a good example in her about how to balance your personal and work life. The blog posts that I love the most are the business related ones where she gives advice to us who didn’t make it yet and the personal style ones. She also travels quite a lot so if you are just like me, into both fashion and traveling, you’ll love this one.

 

In the Frow

This is hands down the best written blog that I’ve ever read. Which is why I am so excited about her first book “The new rules of Fashion” that will be available starting the first of November which I pre-ordered and I am anxious to see it on my doorstep. Victoria from In the Frow gives excellent advice. Life / career related or even travelling, this is the blog to go to. Also, whereas the rest of the blogs that I read tend to stay away from the politics of fashion and influencers, this blog is quite vocal about most things that go on.

My favourite posts are either the travelling ones – India was gorgeous through their eyes or the business advice ones. Can you see a pattern with my inspiration preferences? I either like to be informed of what goes on in the business or I like to day dream with travel pictures that I wish I took myself.

 

VOGUE UK

I have subscribed almost a year ago and have read every single page of everything that was published since. Even Vogue’s style has changed a lot with the new Editor – Edward Enningful, but I find that there are more and more subjects that I am interested in. Also, when Christmas comes around, I love seeing all the editorials and the beauty related articles that they have. Other magazines that I read quite often even though I am not subscribed to them are Harper’s Bazaar, Porter, HelloFashionMonthly and again around Christmas time, Country and Town House.

 

Makeup on YOUTUBE

One of the oldest channels that I follow is KathleenLights. I am pretty sure I have written about her before – she has a mix of makeup looks, product reviews and fun “chatty get ready with me” type of videos. Another reason why I keep on watching her is her lovely personality. Any time I need a boost of cheerfulness, I know I can count on her Youtube Channel.

Now a channel that I watch for the most on point product reviews is Tati. She also posts 5 days a week so she does get to try a ton of products on camera. I am just curious like that. Even if I don’t get to try the product myself, I am curious to know about it and Tati is a good source for that. More of a guilty pleasure are her PR Unboxing videos.

For the most on point technique that I’ve ever seen in a youtuber mixed with a lovely personality, is Nikki tutorials. As the name suggests, she does a ton of fun tutorials and my favourites, even though I don’t celebrate Halloween, is the week just before Halloween where she posts 7 in depth tutorials of Halloween looks. So if you do dress up, you know where you can get your inspiration from.

 

VLOGS

Actually, except my fashion ladies that I follow regularly on Youtube: IntheFrow, Song of Style, LydiaEliseMillen, Amelia Liana, the only vlogs that I do watch, are The Perkins. Desi is one of the huge makeup gurus on Youtube and together with her husband, they vlog PR trips, the occasional Victoria’s Secret show, trips with friends to exotic or icy destinations and are the most fun bunch.

 

Pinterest

Last but not least because this is where I probably spend most of my time, is Pinterest – the biggest library of pictures. It is no secret that I am a very visual person, but I’ve had my Pinterest account ever since I was in high-school and I have pinned every single thing that I can draw inspiration from. Only last year I started actually uploading my own pictures on Pinterest, but I love the response that they have and how big the platform is.

 

I just had a look at an older post about Influencers that inspire me and I am surprised to see that more or less, I still get my inspiration from the same people but I have added a few in the meantime. Now I would be curious, who do you follow and if you have any suggestions toward who should I start following on Instagram or Youtube or whose blog you think I would enjoy, let me know in the comments below.

Inspired kisses!

inspiration/ truflair jewellery / asos pyjama / reading Porter magazine / miss casual

inspiration/ truflair jewellery / asos pyjama / reading Porter magazine / miss casual

inspiration/ truflair jewellery / asos pyjama / reading Porter magazine / miss casual

inspiration/ truflair jewellery / asos pyjama / reading Porter magazine / miss casual

inspiration/ truflair jewellery / asos pyjama / reading Porter magazine / miss casual

inspiration/ truflair jewellery / asos pyjama / reading Porter magazine / miss casual

All jewellery – TruFlair

Pyjama – Asos

 

Top 3 most Instagrammable Cafes in London

The difference between Paris and London is that in Paris everybody will have their coffee outside on a terrace, preferably watching people. Whereas in London and I do agree that the weather might have something to do with it, we have our coffees indoors. Because of this and because of the bloom of Instagram, cafes in London started to invest so much in interior decoration and it 100% works. People will travel an hour by tube just to get to a particular cafe and take pictures with their coffees. To help you spot these photogenic cafes in London, I have made my top 3, the three that you must go to.

What you are going to see next is a mix of pictures taken either by camera…and we changed two since then or pictures taken by phone so please do apologize the poorer quality. I have always wondered, if we already took pictures in such a recognizable place as any of these 3 cafes in London, is it worth going again, or would it be boring for you to see?

Now I’m leaving you with a lot of pictures from my 3 favorite cafes in London but I am curious to know which one is yours?

 Peggy Porschen

peggy porschen | miss casual

peggy porschen | miss casual

peggy porschen | miss casual

peggy porschen | miss casual

peggy porschen | miss casual

peggy porschen | miss casual

peggy porschen | miss casual

Elan Cafe

elan cafe | Miss Casual

elan cafe | Miss Casual

elan cafe | Miss Casual

elan cafe | Miss Casual

elan cafe | Miss Casual

elan cafe | Miss Casual

elan cafe | Miss Casual

Saint. Aymes

Saint Aymes | miss casual

Saint Aymes | miss casual

Saint Aymes | miss casual

Saint Aymes | miss casual

Saint Aymes | miss casual
Who’s having the most colourful things on the menu?

Saint Aymes | miss casual

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