Confidence is key, baby!

I was not a confident child, not at all, actually. I wore glasses ever since I was three so you can imagine all the appellatives I was kindly given. I am still not the most confident person, but I am more confident than I was last year and for me that is a win.

I am under no circumstance entitled to give advice on being confident, but I have recently read one of Murakami’s books “What I talk about when I talk about running” which is actually a book about writing just as much as it is about running. This has given me an idea! I have always struggled with my confidence, but one thing that definitely helped me improve it, was dancing.

So to paraphrase Murakami, what do I think about (If you know me, you know that I am not the best talker) when I think about dancing? Long story short, I think about creating a sequence of moves that at first seem quite unnatural for the body so when I do them, I still need to think about which one is next. Then I get used to doing them in the same order and even my body seems to have assimilated them. When I am given a character, the sequence of moves starts to have a reason and I ask myself: how would a hysterical person do these moves?(why did I start with hysterical?:))) how would a candid person do them, how would a protective mum…you get the idea. I adapt the moves to the personality of the character.

After a lot of rehearsing, I don’t even need to think about the particularities of that character, it is all already natural for the body, both the moves and the attitude. When on stage, though, weird things can happen. To me, being on stage seems the most subtle balance between controlling, thinking about the moves and character and enjoying it. Sometimes however, I might get distracted by the audience and I experience a “black-out”. My mind can’t remember what the next move is, but my body leads the way and continues to do what has been doing for all these months of rehearsals and frankly, saves the day.

You might be asking yourself why am I going in this much detail about dancing and what is my point. I do have a point, I promise! And to prove it, I will draw the first conclusion. Grab your glass of wine and the almonds, I grabbed mine also and let me explain to you why I think having a motivational mantra works. To simplify things because we want to enjoy our wine also, you keep on telling yourself that you are confident. At first, you hardly believe it, but then you see that from time to time, you do manage to act confidently. You keep on telling yourself things that will boost your confidence and notice that people react to you as if you do actually have it.

Now you start overthinking and believe you are a total Pinocchio for fooling everybody (with something that is harmless and actually beneficial to you), but because you already got used to feeding your brain with confidence boosters, you continue, out of habit. You’ve had ups and down, you are human after all but then something proves to you that you are doing the right thing.

One person has woken up on the wrong side of the bed, which I always think is underneath the bed, because both his and hers side are pretty good from my experience. Back to the grumpy person and to you. For some weird reason that in retrospective will seem destiny, you and grumpy find yourselves interacting. Grumpy challenges your confidence and because you haven’t had the greatest morning either, your mind takes you to how you would have reacted months ago when you had zero confidence, however, you into “auto-pilot” and surprisingly disarm grumpy with confidence.

This is what you have worked for all these months – for your auto-pilot response to be one with confidence, and this is why even though I had a massive black-out on stage, my body was trained to continue without my blonde mind.

Shall I bring some more nuts?

 

Till next time…wine-stained kisses!

 

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Pink+coral to avoid winter blues

It is almost hard to address this season that we have now in the UK as winter, but for the sake of the convention, I will. Is it just me or we all started going back to the very serious black, grey or navy outfits? No more Christmas red and no more New Year’s sparkle…now everywhere I look at outfits, including in the mirror, all I see is dark colours…and we’re wondering why we get the winter blues.

Every year I am so excited when Pantone is announcing the color of the year. Paul and I were guessing which one could it be and even though we had greenery only a few years ago, we both hoped it was going to be teal. It ended up being living coral…which goes nicely with teal so win-win. It’s sunny outside at the moment so the optimist in me just started the morning stretching. This color screams summer to me and in case you didn’t know, that is my favorite season of them all…and not just because I am a summer baby.

Now, how would a coral outfit adapt to each season? For spring it will be lovely against the lilac wisteria, for summer I picture every outfit on the beach against the gold sand and the blue/turquoise of the sea. Autumn…I can even imagine it in autumn with all the colorful leaves and pumpkins and other cinnamon tones, but winter is tricky. For winter, coral needs to act as a cure.

For those of us who have not seen the sun much for the past week, it is no surprise that the winter blues are slowly making their way in our hearts. So not that I am a doctor of any sort, but I am pretty sure a colorful outfit will be a good treatment. My outfit of choice was a pink and coral one. A fluffy sweater and a maxi dress with paisley print.

How would you wear the color of the year? If it is too bright for you to wear a full garment of the color, look for prints that include it, or wear it in your accessories. Hair clips are back in fashion and I can not stop but remember when I used to do ballet and I would wear a high bun, with a bow hair clip right underneath. I even had a coral one!

I will keep today’s post short because there is nothing better than wearing a coral and pink outfit out in the sun. Vitamin D, here I come!

Sunny kisses!

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What “success” means to me and I mean business

It is Thursday morning when I am writing this and I find myself behaving as if I was in Uni. Did anyone else do this? Every time I had to learn for an exam,  I was overtaken by an urgent urge of cleaning my space…just to delay the studying a bit longer. This is what I am doing now. It’s the day I am usually posting and I have a ton of notes that I took a few days ago when I started thinking about the subject of success, but still, I am reluctant when writing this blog post.

My thoughts go like this: why would you be interested in my opinion about success? Do I hold a different opinion to the rest of the people on the street? Probably not, or better said, depending on which street. So I started overthinking things as I did when I was delaying launching the Miss Casual blog, but not anymore. I have found the trick to shut up my insecure mind: I will do it for myself. I will write what success means to me for those days when I feel down and I need a bit of motivation.

The simplest way I can define success is to say that it means to keep on going. Whatever you are doing, whatever I am doing, if we believe it is what we want to do for the rest of our life, but it is not yet acknowledged by the rest of the world, just keep on doing it, until the world blinks in your direction. My hyper-logical mind tells me this: if you keep on going/doing, chances are that you can become successful, if you stop, it is clear that you will not. So isn’t “to keep on going” the path to success?

Ballet and the little successes

Some of you might already know that I studied ballet. From being between those four walls, one of them completely mirrored, I learned more about life than I did from the pub. Ok, I did go to the pub to have a beer (very lady-like!) and to exchange the ideas I had in between those four walls, but nonetheless, they were not born there. In ballet, because it is a form of art that is so unnatural for the body, everything takes time. Good things often take time.  You have the system written, you know how your move needs to look like, but you will spend years looking at yourself in the mirror knowing that you are doing something that needs to look completely different, something that needs constant improvement.

And then, if you keep on doing it, things will start falling into place…ok, I don’t like associating ballet with falling, so let’s rephrase – things start looking more like they should and less like they shouldn’t. In ballet, success is in the smallest of details. From one piruete (turn), you manage to do two. Than after some time, you manage to end the second piruete gracefully, following the technique. It is all about the little successes that you need to be aware of and those are the ones that will motivate you to keep on going.

If this was not destiny, I don’t know what it was…

Does anyone remember Ipods? I had one of those when I was a teenager and we were inseparable. I loved music and I sill do, but then I was obsessed. I could listen to it non-stop. Even when I did something that required my concentration, I would play ambient music. The first one that pops into my mind now is A Balearic Breakfst.

Like everything we overuse, my Ipod broke down. Dad took it to be repaired by one of his friends and gladly, in a few days it was in my possession again. The only thing is, the guy said, is that he had to erase absolutely everything on it. It was no problem for me because I’ve been listening to that music for so long, I knew it by heart and I could find it again. When my Ipod got home (yes, it had the status of a pet), I held it in my hands and it looked the same, weighted the same, but when I turned it face-down, it was different. This was not my Ipod and I knew it because this was much smarter than my Ipod. This one said: “The secret to success is constancy to purpose”

 

I have recently started reading the biographies of men and women who became successful. Paul keeps on telling me that they will for sure not write about their own key to success but I don’t expect them either. I don’t believe the key to success is a universal key. If there really is one feature in common that all of these keys have that must be patience and constancy. However, I am reading these biographies for the subtle messages: how did they think, how did they act, what inspired them? Also, with this I am proving to my lazy-self that even people who come from humble beginnings, do become successful so it is not just a matter of having the capital.

With all of these in mind, I am writing a mental plan of action for our path to success which I believe any young entrepreneur who stumbled upon this blog post will relate to.

Cereal kisses!

 

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Under £100 glam outfit from ASOS

Ok, I admit I am late writing this post. Christmas parties are long gone, even New Years parties are now just a memory, but I am not over the glamorous side of the season. Are you? This Asos outfit would have been gorgeous for New Year no doubt, but I did things differently this year. I actually started my year in a pink silk pyjama…it doesn’t get lazier than this, but now I am making up for the glam time I lost.

If you are anything like me and maybe need inspiration for a birthday party coming up or any kind of party where you want to dress up to, I have the solution. When I think glam, I envision sparkly textures, transparencies, maybe even metallic fabrics, heels, always heels and a bright lipstick. My choice is usually pink , but I’ve heard red is quite popular also (much more than pink, in fact).

I wish I could tell you that I am writing this post from a cafe with huge windows, overlooking a foggy London, not able to decide between another coffee or Prosecco, it would have been much more appropriate for the outfit. However, I am at my desk, cuddled up in a soft fleece turquoise throw on, sipping coffee from my fat cat mug. How glamorous reality is!:)

1. Embellished mesh top – Bershka (Asos)

This is the kind of top that you can wear with jeans and make them look less casual or you can wear it with the fanciest skirt and heels. It is however completely see-through so you might want to wear it with a bralette or a body-suit, or not…who am I to judge?

Even though it is a mesh top and my first instinct would be to stay away from it because it looks too fragile, it is surprisingly not. The mesh is quite sturdy but elastic and if you have a sensitive skin like I do, you should not that is perfectly comfortable. That was a nice surprise!

 

2. Pleated metallic skirt – Warehouse (Asos)

This skirt does not photograph as nicely as it looks in person…what can I say, we are not all photogenic:)) On the Asos site, I don’t always watch the videos, but this skirt needed the video. Even so, it did not do it justice. Because it’s a pleated one and has these very fine metallic lines along, it is hard to capture it’s beauty on camera.

This is another of those very versatile pieces. You can dress it down with a sweater, make it more serious with a shirt or party-worthy with an embellished top.

 

BTS aka. Behind the Scenes

We decided to start the year with our favourite thing to do, after travelling, and that is shooting. Who knows, maybe if you start the year this way, you keep on doing it more and more, and more successfully should I say, throughout the year. It literally was the 1st of January, the 1st day of the new year when we went to China Town in the heart of London, hoping that people are too hungover from last night to start overpopulating the streets.

Ha! How silly of us. China Town is almost never empty and surely, it was not empty on the 1st of the year either. However, I knew where we wanted to shoot and we decided some time ago that we should curate our Instagram feed a bit less and take pictures in the moment. If it was full of people, then let there be people.

Have you shot on a busy London street? It is intimidating! Even after almost 2 years, it still gets intimidating. Paul has seen that my energy starts going low, I start going back into my shell and be naturally, intimidated. So he starts almost yelling instructions (many people on the street) so I raise my energy’s pants up and crack on with it. I probably went into full entertainer/ diva mode because I see a funny thing happening at the corner of my eyes.

We were in the middle of the street…well I was, Paul was just a bit lower down so not really in the way. This couple sees us taking pictures, I presume, and decides to not intervene. Very nice of them! Next thing I see is that the woman does a few back and forward steps to go right between Paul and I and the man tries to go behind me. The man then sees that she can’t decide if she should in fact get in the picture, in between Paul and I, or go around, so he comes back to grab her anxiously.

We of course stop shooting and thank them and they were very politely apologizing for disturbing us when I started thinking. Who knows what kind of a witch look I had that I confused them so much.

 

Happy New Year kisses! (still)

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An unconventional “What I’ve learnt in 2018”

It is said that most people are smarter in retrospective and I don’t know about you, but I know that I am. When I stop and analyze something that has happened in the past, I do a much better job than analyzing a hypothesis about the future – my blonde Rapunzel neurons just get tangled up. One thing I knew about 2018, even when we were still in 2018, was that it definitely was the most challenging year so far, but also the funniest. So I would like to focus on the funny side and make a list of some of the things that I’ve learn in 2018.

If you know me, you know that I am not the most conventional person of them all, so you can expect the unexpected (which is one of my lessons I learnt this year also). To give you a heads-up, in 2018 I spent a huge amount of hours on the tube (metro / underground) so I was very tempted to make this blog post about what the tube has taught me this year, but I’ll keep that for another post.

1. Even the British politeness has a limit

…and it’s easier to test it than you might think. When I moved to London and I started hearing how the British speak English, I thought to myself – they are so polite! They make sentences twice as long just to add: would you be able to, will you excuse me, would it be ok with you, do you mind if I, thank you, I really appreciate it, thank you again and again. Wow, they must be the most polite people I have ever been surrounded by.

Now about the limit. I still believe what Sting says :”a gentleman will walk will never run” after he gave way to a lady, but never on the tube. The tube wakes up the beast and there is no rule of politeness except if you are pregnant and wear the badge, as if your tummy would not be enough, you might be offered the first seat. This all tube fierceness got to a point that if somebody does give way to you, you are either left with your mouth open in surprise, or feel you are in their debt for life.

Conclusion : the tube can piss off the British!

2. If you pee blood, it might be beetroot

If you read my November monthly round-up from 2018, you might have read of that lovely Sunday afternoon when we paid a visit to the Emergency because Paul has urinated blood. Blonde as I am, I have not thought of what he has eaten that day, also because it was actually him who cooked, but it turns out – he ate beetroot, hence the red urine. (slap on the forehead emoji)

3.Where to buy your meat

This is absolutely vital information for all Romanians all around the world (except those that are in Romania). Apparently, the Polish like their meat as we like ours. So if you are like me, and can’t get used to how the British like their meat – really, I’ve been eating more Asian food than any since we moved here, only to discover that Polish meat tastes like the meat from home.

Conclusion: Best sausages in London are Polish. (don’t believe me? just try)

4. Added rule to shopping at Zara

I have abided by my set of rules most of the time last year, but this Christmas holiday, a new rule was written. You might remember that I decided not to shop from any central London Zara – they are just too messy and crowded. So I  kept on going to my local Zara, which is just as big as the Regent Street one, but much better organised, the queue is not eye-itching long and you can actually find sizes.

However, I did a huge mistake! I went on the 30 of December. Because I was the one checking opening times, I saw 11 am which turns out to be the Shopping Center opening time, Zara only opens at 12pm. However, we were there at 11 am and people were already queuing in front of the store. We were surprised to see a queue this far from any central Zara, but then at 11.05 people started going for coffee and that’s when we realized it actually only opens one hour later.

At 12pm, the queue was 4 times the size. Once the store was opened, everything got a lot more comfortable because we noticed, not many people were actually browsing around, but the returns queue was reaching the middle of the store…lesson learned: never shop from a physical Zara store during holidays!

5. Expect the unexpected

This happened on the same day with our Zara adventure when we got to the Shopping Center at 11am and almost nothing was open. However, we noticed Boots was open so we went to buy our usual : shampoo and pain killers (Anadin). This might sound like all we do is wash and hurt, but actually, we were stocked on everything else.

For some reason, we didn’t go to self-checkout. We went to the till so the lady starts scanning our shopping and then says: “You do know you should not give Anadin to children under 3, right?” I was left so speechless that I just responded mechanically that we do know and thanked her (the British way) and then it dawned on me. It was not that the Sales Assistant had a glance at our loving faces and thought, yes: they must have procreated the specie, it was actually my Johnson’s Baby shampoo that I use for my brassy blonde hair when it’s at it’s driest that inspired the now logical comment.

6. More sleep is better than no sleep

I tried it the American way and by this I mean that I did take the advice that all these motivational entrepreneurs give: work for your future in your free time, sleep less, work more, your mind has control over your body. But it’s either that my body is in total control or simply the fact that I don’t function with less than 7 hours of sleep. I could do 6 one day, but then the next day I am knackered.

This 2018 year, I felt this more than ever: my mood is much improved when I slept enough…or when I slept enough and it’s sunny outside.

7. Digging up the past

As enticing as this might sound, I am actually referring to the fact that I just discovered that in 2014 I made a Goodreads account that I have totally forgotten about. Funny thing, I used the same email address, so when I tried to make a new account one of these past few days, I discovered books that I’ve read years ago and totally forgot about them.

 

I wish I would have told you in this blog post that what I’ve learnt in 2018 is the key to success, or how to make more money while lounging on your couch, but I am not that kind of person. Instead, now you know about good sausages, when not to go shopping and what pissed off the Brits.

Coffee kisses! (because it’s 8am when I’m writing this)

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Monthly round-up : DECEMBER

Ho. Ho, Ho, Merry Christmas (Eve), if you are reading this on the day that I am writing it (which means that you must have hacked into my account because I decided to post this on the 27th :)). It’s finally that time of the year that I’ve been waiting for since Boxing Day last year…almost. Paul tells me he has never seen me this excited about something as I am about Christmas this year. All I want to do is sing and dance…but for the mental health of my neighbors, I do this in little doses. Also, it’s time for our monthly round-up for the month of December and I couldn’t be happier for things slowing down a bit.

If you read my last round-up, you already know that last month was as hectic as it can get so I am in heavens over the calmness of this month. I am writing this post on the 24th of December, in the morning, when Paul is still sleeping. The Christmas tree is lit and the presents seem to be winking at me…I am so tempted! But I wouldn’t dare do them any harm until tonight. But see you later, presents! (alligator)

1. Jewellery Box event

Now it feels like the Jewellery Box event happened last month, but it actually happened on the 6th of December. Time is a funny thing! It was so much fun meeting fellow influencers, while being treated to crepes in a cute Creperie in Covent Garden. Jewellery Box is a brand that we have worked with before and loved the affordable price tag, needless to say that they have the perfect gifts for any occasion.

We have drooled over the newly launched pieces in the Rose-Gold collection, tried to make our own and met the team. When meeting the influencers, it is curious how, without seeing our Instagram profiles, we already guessed what the genre of expertise of each one might be. I was probably misleading because one of the girls thought I am on the makeup/ beauty side. To be fair, my makeup that day turned out quite nice.

2. Bookshop experience

One of the presents for my nephew, for this Christmas, were the Harry Potter books. Were I a better organised person, it would have been so easy to order them online and find them at home, no fuss, no carrying around. However, I could not be happier that I went to buy them myself – and then I needed to excuse my lack of organisational skills.

I was in Piccadilly when I remembered I still have some books to buy and was walking down from Fortnum and Mason, towards Piccadilly Circus. I remembered I saw at least one library on this side. Right after I pass Fortnum and Mason, I see Hatchards. At first I was so intimidated, it looked so posh! But I was more curious than intimidated so I went inside. Let me tell you, heaven does exist on Earth and it is a big library in Piccadilly!

After I managed to stop drooling over all the books that caught my eye, I realized that the Harry Potter books must be in the Fantasy section, maybe occupying half a shelf. When I actually found the books, I could not have been more surprised. There weren’t on the shelf with the rest of the fantasy books. They had two sections of their own with everything from the Harry Potter franchise.

Honestly, this experience was so delightful that I felt I am gifting myself actually, and not my nephew.

3. Christmas photo-shooting with Paul’s sisters

For this Christmas, we did things differently. Because we have already explored a big part of London with all it’s gorgeous decorations, we decided this year we are going to organize our background ourselves. Well, this is where Paul’s sisters come in the story. Both of them are so good with interior decorations that the first Christmas I spent with them, I thought their living room was out of a interior design catalog. They are that good!

So this year we have met up more than a month before, and did several sessions of brainstorming, including a visit to Ikea for inspiration. Unfortunately, we were more inspired by the meatballs, than by the decorations so Pinterest it was in the end. This year they went for a white Christmas, with small gold and bronze details. Except the tree, we had a faux fire place and a rocking chair – how cozier can it get?

After this experience, we will definitely do our background more often in collaboration with Paul’s sisters, for sure!

4. Best movie I’ve seen

My favourite movie that I’ve seen this month was Colette. It’s not just that I like a strong and outspoken female character, it’s also that I liked the flow of the words, the scenery and even more, the fashion. Both Paul and I were like: that could be Dior, that could be Chanel. I was so inspired! Plus, Paris is still a charming city, but in the 1850-1920 was depicted even more charming than it seems now.

5. Best book I’ve read

I am currently doing a poll on Instagram seeing how many of you prefer books to movies and I have no votes for books. Yet, Hatchards was full with people…maybe I should send them all to my Instagram account to vote.

This month I have really rediscovered my love for reading and even more so, for Haruki Murakami’s writing. I read “Kafka on the shore” which was his first book I read in English (the rest were in Romanian). I usually love reading the books in the language that they were written, but let’s be honest, if that language is not one of the two mentioned previously, I am hopeless and reading in Japanese is not one of my hidden talents.

I have told so many people about this book, while I was reading it and after. It has Murakami’s typical metaphorical style where he combines reality, meta-physics, folklore tales and music. His characters talk a lot about music and reading. Some people might not like that his books can be interpreted in so many different ways, but I do. I don’t mind re-reading a book I did read a few years ago and finding a completely different meaning to it.

 

By the time I am posting this, Christmas has passed, some of us (including me) are going back to work today, others can’t look towards food any more and their guilt is kicking them to go to gym. Still, I am left with a sweet after taste. This holiday was amazing and relaxing. I hope it was the same for you! Happy what’s left of December.

Cookie kisses!

 

 

 

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Under £100 winter outfit from ASOS

A few posts ago we decided we are in need for knit. Just try to say that out loud, and if you had no problems saying it, say it twice as fast, repeatedly. That’s a tongue twister, isn’t it? Back to outfits, as an extension to that post, I went to check out some more knits from Asos which, if you have read my blog before, you know I love for the huge selection. Since the holiday  is coming and we might feel more like giving/buying presents for others, I have put together an outfit that is even less than £100 which is the usual in these series – this time it is under £70.

I love wearing skirts during winter, with a good pair of tights and a cozy sweater. I also find this combination a bit more girly – knits with skirts, than my usual knits with trousers. This is probably one of the most bohemian looks that I have ever put together, which really grows on me. It might be the holiday spirit that is making me all mushy, but I definitely have my bohemian side.

1. Asymmetric hem skirt | £38 ASOS

As much as I am in love with knits, this skirt is what started the whole outfit. It has a very soft jacquard look to it, but without becoming heavy looking or feeling for that matter. Do I need to say anything about the colour? It’s like I need to compensate for all my childhood when I didn’t want to wear pink and I am wearing it all now.

When I choose outfits lately, I also think of how they will look in pictures, and how will I feel moving in them. I don’t know if you noticed, but lately, we take more and more dynamic pictures and less static ones. This is just my personal preference and especially when you have a garment that flows and moves with you, it’s a bliss. And this skirt in particular, is exactly that. First, it’s as light as silk so it moved wherever I wanted it to, plus the asymmetric hem gives it another kind of movement.

You might have noticed, but I am not that much into classic skirts. This one is not classic at all and fulfills all my wishes: it’s pink, flowy and has an interesting architecture to it. What more can a girl ask? Swarovskies?

2. Multi-stripe knit | £24.99 BERSHKA

When it comes to knits, it’s very hard to go wrong for me. But one thing that puts me off for life is scratchy knits. I have quite a reactive skin so I get all red if I wear one of those hedgehog knits, but it is not the case with this one. When I saw the price tag, I did not have my hopes up, but I was most pleasantly surprised! It is so soft, even for me and I test drove it for the entire day and had no hedgehog issues.

Again, do I need to say anything about the colour? I love the coral with the pastel blue combination, makes me feel like I am in candy land without ruining my teeth. This is a chunkier design so at first I was not sure it would go with a voluminous skirt, but it totally did! I added a belt just to have a bit of a waist line, but it would honestly go without the belt also. Maybe just tuck the knit in, in front of the skirt for a longer legs effect. This is my most used trick:D

 

I have the impression that you will see this combination a lot: knits with skirts, because I am in that kind of a mood and then, the possibilities are endless. My Christmas tree is already giving me the looks, so I will finish the post now and start making my flat all Christmassy together with a well-caffeinated Paul.

Carols singing kisses!

christmas decoration / london / bershka knit / pink skirt / asos outfit / miss casual
christmas decoration / london / bershka knit / pink skirt / asos outfit / miss casual
christmas decoration / london / bershka knit / pink skirt / asos outfit / miss casual

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In need for knit – Winter essentials

I can’t imagine how I’d survive any winter without knit. For me, knits are just as much about the cold as they are about the feeling : cosyness! So bring your mulled wine, the peanuts, the coffee if you must, light that pine and cinnamon candle, and let’s get cracking with all the knit I have worn so far. Winter has not even started officially, but I feel that after all the leaves have fallen, autumn is done, so what else could be next? Plus, I am one of the weird ones who immediately after it gets chilly, will be wearing something knit.

missguided knit / mustard knit / chunky knit / london/ christmas lights / miss casual
KNIT – Missguided (similar)
covent garden / christmas decorations / christmas car / scandi knit / christmas jumper / sequin trousers / london / miss casual
KNIT – Asos
TROUSERS – New Look
christmas decoration / leather trousers / sock boots / winter outfit / london / monthly round up / miss casual
KNIT – Missguided
river island outfit / london / animal print sweater / leather skirt / regent street / miss casual
KNIT – River Island (similar)
pink jumper / harrods laduree / jewellerybox / coffee time / miss casual
KNIT – Pretty Little Thing
espirt knit / pumpkin patch / stripe knit / hippie car / moving to London / personal story / crockford bridge farm / stripe sweater sequin dress / miss casual
KNIT – Esprit 
Pleated skirt chunky knit Chelsea pink house Mango outfit | Miss Casual
KNIT – Mango (similar)
london/ white knit / neal's yard / white outfit / transitional season outfit | Miss Casual
KNIT – Zara (similar)

Bonus part

I am late to post about this, but on December the 1st, which is Romania’s National Day, my friend Daniela Buda who I mentioned in my last post, has published a short film about what Romania used to look like when we were children. She filmed in the countryside, in the place where she spent most of her summer holidays, with a gorgeous model, all dressed in what our grandparents used to wear as a folk costume.

In the past 100 years, Romania has been through heaven and hell, people have moved from the countryside to the cities, and now back to the countryside, factories have opened and closed, communism is still on the lips of my parent’s generation and too many of the young people are leaving for countries with better economies – me included. Still, because for 24 years it was my home, it has something charming to it and I can hands-down recommend a trip to Romania if you are into wonderful scenery.

Harry Potter fans have asked me if we have Dragons – sorry, darlings, this is a national secret I can’t talk about 😛 still, go and visit (but maybe choose Sibiu instead of the capital, Bucharest). Now, back to Daniela’s video. Enjoy!

cosy kisses!

Monthly round-up 1 (What I’ve been doing)

I don’t often sit down and open up completely over here. On one hand it’s because I’m very bad at talking about myself when it comes to serious stuff and second, I never know if anybody would be interested in reading anything that personal. However, this month I realized that the Youtubers I watch are the very honest kind of people who do talk about products, but about what goes on in their lives as well.

So I thought this might be something I’d enjoy writing about as well, and you hopefully, you reading about. I plan on doing this as a monthly round up of everything major or just majorly funny that happened in my life. You just bring your coffee, possibly wine – although, if you’re more of a beer person, I don’t mind that either.

This month that is ending soon, November, was like a ballet class. It started slow and easy to control and then we got to the piruetes (turns) and jumps and partnering and it all started feeling like a storm of so many things happening at the same time. Needless to say that I was tempted to look at it cross-eyes to make some sense…oups that must be from too many piruetes.

 

Daniela talked me into Vlogging

Well, she tried.

Just before she flew for her next job, Daniela came and visited us for a week. We often know that these periods that she spends with us are slightly life changing. I did ask myself actually, what is going to happen now? Between glasses of wine and cheek-cramping laughter, we always talk about what we do and how we can improve it. We are all content creators so you can imagine what kind of debates we are having.

What she tries to talk me into though, is vlogging. The elephant in the room was addressed, and I don’t mean a cute, stuffed one, and we got to the point of asking ourselves if people do still read blogs. I do, she and Paul don’t…(beeep, not even mine!). I still said I’d give vlogging a go and only a few hours before going to the airport we went to the most Christmassy part of London: Piccaddilly and Regent Street. Daniela took pictures for her Shift in Perspective project, I attempted vlogging.

What I can say is that I did not feel as uncomfortable as when we did our Punta Cana vlog, but my spoken English is still not where I would want it to be. However, I am promising you now, it is coming…at some point.

 

Funniest trip we could have had at the Hospital

Sunday evening, before going to the airport with Daniela and before going to central London, we went to the Hospital. If you ever went to a walk-in Hospital or Emergency in the UK, you know you can expect gray hairs before you’ll actually be seen by a doctor.

It seems it was our lucky day, because it only took us an hour. What a weird place to be lucky at…The reason we went to the Hospital makes me cringe still, and it’s because Paul had blood in his urine. Now before you click “X” thinking that this is becoming to serious for your taste, do keep reading, I promise you something unexpected.

After he was seen by a nurse, and another nurse, he was seen by the GP. They got to the point of discussing the possibility of an STD or even prostate cancer which they counted out, and in the end, it turned out he ate beetroot! Very pigmented beetroot! You can’t imagine how we couldn’t stop laughing after all that tension…what a month!

 

Our first magazine appearance

Yesterday, a very dear project to us was published in Bridal Musings. It was our first time modelling together (Paul and I), but we had an amazing team of photograhers, videoraphers, HMUA, florists, special stationary, cake bakers, and needless to say, the most beautiful gown I ever wore (thank you, Shikoba Bride), and a nice suit for Paul (Zebel Bespoke). Needless to say, if we needed support, we had plenty! What left me without words, and even now looking at the pictures I’m still crushing on, is the venue: Patrick’s Barn, where the most whimsical decor was created. I dare you to look at these pictures and not dream of having your wedding in this barn.

A few months back when we had the shooting, we thought it will be a good idea to surprise my parents and send them pictures from behind the scenes without telling them what was actually going on. We only told them that we have something special coming up. So we sent them the pictures…and nothing. I had so many scenarios of how they’d react, but a lack of reaction, I did not expect.

So in the evening I call my parents to get their feedback on the pictures and it turns out, the surprise was ours. They totally bit the bate…only a bit too hard. They thought we got married without them being present. OOf, how silly of us all!

All in all, I don’t expect December to be a breather either so you’ll probably see a monthly round up for the next month also. Do let me know how you like these posts. Do you prefer more outfit posts and less personal ones? I love doing both and more than that, I know I haven’t posted about beauty in a very long time, but I have something special, with something affordable for the holidays.

Wine-stained kisses!

christmas decoration / leather trousers / sock boots / winter outfit / london / monthly round up / miss casual

christmas decoration / leather trousers / sock boots / winter outfit / london / monthly round up / miss casual

christmas decoration / leather trousers / sock boots / winter outfit / london / monthly round up / miss casual

 

What I wanted to be when I grew up

When was the last time you thought about what you wanted to become when you were a child. I always find it so interesting when I ask friends this question, because sometimes you really hear the most random things. Probably most of us are at the age that our child self imagined us to be this or that. I am wondering how many of us are actually what our child self wanted us to be?

My oldest wish that I can remember is that I wanted to be an archaeologist and more specifically, an egyptologist. Needless to say that I was so fascinated with the Pyramids and absolutely everybody knew. I even remember receiving books about Egypt for a few of my birthdays and I used to cherish and devour them. This for some reason sounds so wrong, but that is exactly what I used to do with the books.

It’s strange that I don’t even remember how this whole Egypt thing has started. I don’t remember seeing a cartoon or a movie first, but there is something that could have influenced me to go towards archaeology. Let me rephrase that: I know for sure that I wanted to be an archaeologist because of the Tomb Raider games.

We used to play them a lot: Dad and I. This was our favourite game. Then you still did not have means to cheat or research if you got stuck so I remember us using our brains a lot. Dad was the one actually playing, I was the extra mind….and the swimmer. That is the only thing I did better than him. Easy to say that for sure Lara Croft was the idol of my childhood.

At some point I even received a plastic hand gun so I would tie a few things to my hair for it to look longer and braided, and I would play around the house with my gun, searching highly valuable artifacts. What do you think, did I find anything? All of this happened at my Grandma’s so I did start finding “artifacts” later when I started being into fashion and I would go into her first, jewellery and then clothing collection.

Funny thing is that in my mind I was Lara Croft, but in reality I was going to ballet classes and I learned being more like a fragile swan, less like a gun-holding-Lara. After this, I remember wanting to be a few more things: a vet at our local zoo (in Targu Mures, which is gorgeous btw), a judge, a poet and writer (ahm! by this time I was around 15), a model…did I want to be anything else? Probably the first half of my life I wanted to be an archaeologist and the second half, except the few mishaps, I wanted to be a dancer.

How funny it is what our child self expectations are of ourselves and sometimes how far from the reality of today they are. Please do dare to share in the comments what you wanted to be when you were a child -I’m pretty sure we’d get some really interesting ones.

Melancholic kisses!

 

pink missguided dress / tower bridge / party dress / dance photo / london at night / miss casual

pink missguided dress / tower bridge / party dress / dance photo / london at night / miss casual

pink missguided dress / tower bridge / party dress / dance photo / london at night / miss casual

Dress – MISSGUIDED

 

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