Christmas outfits + getting ready with me

Oh, the weather outside is frightful (British weather), but the fire is so delightful – the fire that you see when you play Michael Buble Christmas songs on Youtube. Since I have my Christmas outfit on, let’s go, let it snow, let it snow, let it snow! Did you sing along when you were reading this or was I the only one singing?

By now, everybody has brushed up their Christmas songs’ lyrics and are probably thinking of more practical stuff. I for one, am thinking of Christmas food, last minute presents that I need to buy and my Christmas outfit. If the New Year’s Eve outfit is the epitome of glamour, for me, the Christmas outfit is something that needs to be cute, comfortable – I don’t want to unbutton anything when I stuff myself with food. On top of that, we need to unwrap the presents in the same outfit. If my description sounds more and more like a pyjama , that’s because my ideal Christmas outfit is, in fact, a silky pyjama.

Now, wrapping up the presents. A Grinch might think there is no purpose to wrapping the presents up because in a few days/ hours, the wrapping will be thorn to pieces. Yes, Grinch, that is exactly the point of wrapping. Why are luxury items always in a box, in wrapping paper and then some paper and nice stickers on top also, all of this in an equally beautiful carrier bag? Because of the experience. Something was hidden from your eyes, and you are the one revealing it. That, or subconsciously, we love destroying things in which case, feel free to shred my wrapping paper but stay away from my makeup collection.

Another thing that I have on my mind as Christmas Day comes closer, is food and cleaning. With the first one, the situation is easy: I am not good at cooking , but I do make a decent Shiitake mushrooms, Courgetti and chicken dish, but this is not a Christmas one, is it? I am however, a very good assistant, just ask Mom if you don’t believe me. When it comes to cleaning, considering that this is the only time of the year when it actually brings me pleasure, I like rubbing everything as if you were looking at it with the KiraKira app. Anyone else on the same bandwagon?

Because you are for sure busy with the Christmas preparations and reading this blog post was just a breather, I will keep it short and fun and get right into my Christmas outfit pictures.

Cinnamon kisses!

 

 

annabel's mayfair / christmas tree / pearl sweater / asos / personal style / pointe shoes / miss casual
CARDIGAN – Asos
SKIRT – Asos
annabel's mayfair / christmas tree / pearl sweater / asos / personal style / miss casual
EARRINGS – TruFlair
annabel's mayfair / christmas tree / pearl sweater / asos / personal style / miss casual
piccadilly circus / london / print dress/ river island / christmas lights / chunky sweater / asos / personal style / miss casual
DRESS – Asos
CARDIGAN – River Island
SOCK BOOTS – Mango
piccadilly circus / london / print dress/ river island / christmas lights / chunky sweater / asos / personal style / miss casual
piccadilly circus / london / print dress/ river island / christmas lights / chunky sweater / asos / personal style / miss casual
london / vinyl skirt / river island / christmas decorations / chunky sweater / personal style / miss casual
KNIT – Stradivarius
SKIRT – River Island
london / vinyl skirt / river island / christmas decorations / chunky sweater / personal style / miss casual
london / vinyl skirt / river island / christmas decorations / chunky sweater / personal style / 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!

(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!

bbc london / autumn outfit / shooting at night / london / leather trousers / velvet top / miss casual

river island outfit / london / animal print sweater / leather skirt / regent street / miss casual

white dress / grandpa's cardigan / outfit / ritz hotel / london / miss casual

bbc london / autumn outfit / shooting at night / london / leather trousers / velvet top / miss casual

river island outfit / london / animal print sweater / leather skirt / regent street / miss casual

white dress / grandpa's cardigan / outfit / ritz hotel / london / miss casual

bbc london / autumn outfit / shooting at night / london / leather trousers / velvet top / miss casual

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