£100 outfit from Zara

We are starting a new series on the blog. It is high street stores inspired because they are so popular here in the UK and have such a great variety at a price that won’t make your wallet cry. So we are going to pick an outfit, not more expensive than £100, from each of these high street stores.

First stop was Zara. I already told you in this post some of my tricks when it comes to buying from Zara, but the most important one of all would be to go to the stores that are not in central London…or center of any city really. Especially if you are buying in a city where there are a lot of tourists. The central stores are most often overcrowded and messy whereas the ones from the periphery are better organised and you can see the products better.

Honestly, when we set ourselves this challenge we did not have everything well thought through, so the rules are quite flexible still. The price of the outfit is no more than £100 but it does not include accessories in this case. However we did manage to buy a shirt, a playsuit and shoes. Next time we might skip the shoes and go for accessories better because I think probably shoes are the most versatile items in our wardrobes so we can replace them easily in any outfit.

First of all,I did not receive as many compliment as I received for this outfit on any other outfit I’ve put together. I think the combination is easy to do, it’s just not something I would have thought of wearing at a first glance in my wardrobe. It has something playful about it because of the pussy bow shirt, but the tweed makes it look elegant and probably much more expensive than it is. Paired with flat shoes, and my choice were these studded loafers, the outfit can be quite chic casual.

 

1. The shirt

I am all about transparency and puff sleeves, but what caught my eye about this shirt, was the pussy bow. It does give me Gossip Girl vibes when I wore it as a bow, but for a more elegant and mature effect, you can tie it as a long scarf. The front part is doubled so in case you don’t really want to wear a bra with this shirt, you don’t have to and nothing will show. However, the sleeves and the back are see-through. One thing that I did not expect about this shirt is to be this hot. And I don’t mean sexy…that I did expect:) I mean, the moment the sun came out, I started boiling in it so it’s not really a top to wear when the weather is still transitioning.

Zara outfit | Miss Casual

 

2. The playsuit

Growing up and watching the Chanel shows, I learned that tweed is synonymous with elegance. But also, I associated it with a grown woman so for years I thought that it is not for me yet. However, it’s either that I started loving it or that I am now that grown woman I imagined then that would wear tweed. When it comes to this playsuit though, I think there is no age limitation due to the fun colour combination. This playsuit though comes with a trick – it actually has shorts and not a skirt which I suppose makes it a skort but the warp style from kind of hides this detail.

Zara outfit | Miss Casual

3. The shoes

I love heels, I really do, but with flats is an entire different story. We have a few years long relationship and mutual respect. Except those few friendships marked with blood the first times I wore them, flats are usually easy. However, I do like it when my flats are spiced up with some bad ass looking elements like studs in this case. These studs are far from the Balenciaga ones so no fear here. They are even smaller than the Valentino style ones, these are just perfect to make the loafers more interesting without making them hard to match. Because of the very low heel and thin sole though, I would not suggest wearing these loafers if you’re exploring a new city.

Zara outfit | Miss Casual

How do you like this outfit? Would you wear it as a casual one or would you make it more elegant? I loved this challenge so for sure we’ll be doing it again plus, there are so many other high street brands to explore. Which one would you like me to do next?

You might have noticed that I posted this on Monday. Because Sunday is usually our day for shootings, we decided to keep that day exclusively for that so that Monday and Thursday will be the days for posting.

Zara outfit | Miss Casual

Zara outfit | Miss Casual

Zara outfit | Miss Casual

Kisses!

Black and white dresses in Paris

Most of the time, when we go out shooting an outfit, I already know what blog post I will write. This time however, the idea of the post came only after we selected and edited the pictures. I started posting on Instagram a few of the pictures that we took in Paris when I realized that I have two black and white dresses. One is a more casual newspaper print that looks like an over-sized T-shirt dress and the other one is a lace, out there, elegant design.

1. The newspaper dress | Missguided

It was the morning of our birthday when, after the “meeting” that we had with the Eiffel Tower, we returned to our hotel to get changed and go out for the second coffee of the day. From what I’ve heard, it is very Parisian to stay at a terrasse, sipping coffee and people watching so of course, when you are in Paris, you do what the Parisians do. So we picked the best table at a cafe where it seemed that locals go to, not only tourists because I’ve told you before about the tourist traps related to food and beverages.

We already had breakfast so all we needed was another coffee…or that’s what I thought because Paul apparently, had another idea. When the waitress came to take our order, Paul, in a very uncharacteristic manner took the lead and started pointing on the menu. The two coffees were easy to keep track of, however, he pointed to another thing on the menu which I did not know what it is, nor did I expect it. So you can imagine my surprise when I saw the waitress bringing prosecco to go with our coffee. It was 11am! But it was our birthday also so we could do whatever we wanted to, right?

Consequently, on top of doing the very Parisian thing of people watching while sipping coffee, we were now sipping prosecco also. It might have been the coffee or it might have been the prosecco, but when I saw a lady passing by with a couple of baguettes in her hand, I knew exactly how we will photograph one of  the black and white dresses. So off we ran to buy the baguettes.

We went for a funnier vibe this time with this outfit, but from all the black and white dresses that I’ve seen before, this Missguided one told me something. Well, several things as it had a newspaper print. Needless to say that after the shooting we went to our room and devoured the two baguettes. This time I blame it on the prosecco!

black and white dress | miss casual

black and white dress | miss casual

black and white dress | miss casual

DRESS – Missguided

 

2. The lace mini dress | Pretty Little Thing

This black and white lace Pretty Little Thing dress is not really what I would pick normally. But being in a new city, having things to celebrate, I though – why not? I went completely out of my comfort zone with the deep plunge neckline, but surprisingly, I did not feel as bare as I though I would. After getting over wanting to cover myself, I quite enjoyed celebrating my very little curves – thank you, ballet!

This is such a girly girl design that I was almost tempted to dress it down with boots. However, those few days that we were in Paris were scorching hot so I wore the black and white dress as it was supposed to be worn – with something to enhance it’s femininity.

Walking seemed to be the chorus of this trip because we walked almost everywhere. From where we were staying close to the Louvre Museum, we walked to the Notre Dame Cathedral. First day when we went exploring it seemed so close to us, but the day we went to shoot this outfit there…omg! it seemed like it was moving further from us. However, we did manage to get there before the big crowds came.

black and white dress | miss casual

black and white dress | miss casual

black and white dress | miss casual

DRESS – Pretty Little Thing

 

Which of these two black and white dresses is your favourite? They are both comfortable dresses, maybe the first one a bit more versatile than the second one, but still beautiful.

This is the last post from Paris that I had planned so from now on, until we go travelling again and we do have something in mind, we are back in London.

Kisses!

Paris series: Paris for my birthday, How to wear a suit 3 ways, Morning at the Louvre

black and white dress | miss casual

Morning at The Louvre | Red dress

Where better to spend our last morning in Paris than at the Louvre? And when I say morning, that means that we woke up at 6am, which is 5am in the UK by the way, and by 7 we where in front of this mesmerizing Museum. Makeup and hair was done, we were just not caffeinated enough.

If you are travelling to a new city, or really, even in the one that you leave, try to explore it early in the morning. Preferably during the weekend because we all know how fierce people can be when they go to work. You will find that the city looks so different to how you are used to seeing it. I found that Paris, just like London, is much more beautiful in the soft morning light, where you actually have space to see and take in all the beauty.

I am writing this post two weeks after we’ve returned from our Parisian trip, but the whole morning is as clear as yesterday. Social media is full of pictures with the Louvre, but in all the pictures you see one huge constant. It’s full of people! So we thought we have no chance of taking pictures at the Louvre without having at least 10 more curious tourists like us. However, we couldn’t have been more surprised.

Paul and I were getting close to the Louvre, when we saw a family running. Mom, dad and sun looked like they were running from behind the gates that the security team has put to keep the tourist attractions safe at night. They were holding a camera so we thought they were trespassing to take those spectacular pictures that we wanted to take also. This would explain why one of the security guards was walking in their direction and them running from him.

By this time,  confused from the lack of caffeine and the scene that was happening before our eyes, we just continued our way towards the museum. When we got to the before mentioned gates, the security guard was just unlocking them – he actually wanted to let the family know that the Louvre Museum is now opened and not at all what they probably thought was coming.

I thought this was the perfect occasion to wipe the dust off of my pointe shoes. I have not trained for them in what feels like ages, but I still love this beautiful little torturous dancing shoes. A red dress was just a must, really! I especially loved this one from Warehouse because it was so light, had the slit for any dance pose I wanted to do and it is perfect for those who can’t decide between a flower print or stripes. Haha, I am one of those. I did not do my research on the Warehouse brand before, but after wearing this dress,  am curious what more they have in store.

Now, because I am already nostalgic of summer and a big glass of rum and tropical juice is waiting for me, I will end the blog post here. From all the shots that we’ve taking in this past year and a bit when we started, it would be unfair to pick only one, but this would definitely be in my top 3. Can it get better than this? Paris, summer, my man, our birthday celebrations and Louvre?

Kisses!

Louvre | miss casual

Louvre | miss casual

Louvre | miss casual

Louvre | miss casual

Louvre | miss casual

Louvre | miss casual

Previous posts about our Paris trip: How to wear a suit 3 ways , Paris for my bithday

Paris for my birthday

I have told you before that I’ve got the travel bug so what better occasion to travel than on your birthday. I have not been to Paris before…surprising, right? But I am glad I waited until I went with the right person to understand the romantic quality of the city also. Actually, it was a double celebration because Paul and I are born on the same day, but 5 years apart so we were celebrating both our birthdays.

I have heard so many mixed opinions about Paris. It was probably because of this that I just listened to the before mentioned opinions but did not go with preconceptions. Of course, I have seen so many movies that happen in Paris, but we all know how different reality can be from the movies. Only that, in the main touristic places, the reality is not much different than what we do see in the movies.

Our favorite way to explore the city was by foot. Not the best because it’s huge so you can be walking for hours and  being distracted by all the beauties you see, you will not feel that your feet are hurting. As a former dancer and somebody who works in retail, I know a thing or two about feet hurting, but that was nothing like what Paris did. Haha, I am saying this as if Paris, the city is guilty for the pain, but honestly it was so worth it that I would do it again…with more comfortable shoes.

One of the purposes of the trip, except celebrating our birthday, was to take many pictures. Gladly, Paris is so photogenic from almost any angle so it was harder to choose how to take the picture than where to do it. We dedicated our first day there to scouting, people watching, a lot of walking and in the evening – sunset time, we did take a few pictures ourselves. The movies show a fantasy version of Paris, but it is truly the most romantic city I have been to. There were so many people enjoying a picnic or sparkly on the bank of the Seine, watching the Eiffel Tower bathing in sunset light. (something to do next time)

Our second day there, was our birthday and we woke up just as early as we do every day. We took the worst metro ride to the Eiffel Tower,but the view made in worth it. And the picture that we took without any people in it was worth it also. It is a cliche, but it’s so beautiful that we wanted to do it ourselves. At nine in the morning, we were on our way up the Eiffel Tower.

The view that you get from up there is impressive! Don’t do the same mistake that we did tough. When we bought out ticket online, we did not see options so we bought the only ticket that we saw. This one only took us to the second floor where the view is still gorgeous, but there is one more floor up that you can see. Well, next time I guess.

There are a few more things that I want to tell you about, but at least one of them I will keep for another blog post in which I will show you more of my Parisian outfits. Until then, I will tell you that on our last day in Paris, we were as lucky as one could get.

Again, we woke up as a Romanian would say, at the same time as the chickens. Which basically means the moment there is any light out so really early. It’s the weirdest thing putting on makeup when you still have pillow lines on your face and your eyes are swollen with sleep, but if you have a sense of humor, you can roll with it. This particular morning we wanted to shoot at the Louvre Museum so we got there at 7 because we knew how packed with people it can get.

Now comes the lucky part – the security guy opened the gates just in front of us, so we were the very first ones to enter the outside area of the Louvre where the pyramids are that day. We knew we wanted something different so we posed on pointe shoes, with no people in the background, just the beautiful Louvre. That was a bliss!

 

Tips

One of the most useful tips that we have got was how to get to the airport. The metro (tube) has a direct line to the airport which we would need in London so badly. The trick is to check which stations it stops at. When your train is the next one in line, there is a table with all the stations and you can check which light is on – showing you which stations it stops at. You will want to take the one that only stops at the Train Station and the two terminals in the airport. It is so fast and comfortable.

The second most useful tip was related to food. I am so glad for this advice because on our first day – we kind of got scammed. We look like tourists and we were charged like tourists. Compared to the price of food in the UK, in that particular place and I’ve heard there’re many like this, we paid double the price. The advice that we received was to have a look where the locals eat and go there. And we did exactly this for the rest of our meals and we were happy to pay a normal price for yummi French food.

If you want to see even more from our Paris trip, I have saved every single Insta Story that I did in Highlights. I look at the pictures now and I am wondering, why did we stay so little? I guess we needed a very good excuse to go back soon.

 

Paris | Miss Casual

Paris | Miss Casual

Paris | Miss Casual

Paris | Miss Casual

Paris | Miss Casual

Paris | Miss Casual

Paris | Miss Casual

Why I love online shopping | Missguided haul

Am I the only person that is too lazy to buy clothes from a physical store? I would have never asked this question 2 years ago but here I am now, enjoying online shopping when it comes to my favourite brands. It seems I’m rather clicking than walking lately so I have a few tips and tricks and also a cute Missguided haul for you.

Gladly, most brands have an online store also which makes shopping from home very convenient for us (sometimes too convenient). First rule of the game – don’t do it on an empty stomach or when you’re bored – because you might end up wondering what was going through your mind when you brought a particular item. Sure, the free returns policy that all of the high-street brands have makes it easy for us to “make mistakes” while buying but do we really want to go through that fuss?

What I love the most about online shopping is the heart section – wishlist, likelist – whatever it’s called. I usually put all the items that I like in there and then, before actually committing and putting them in my bag, I narrow them down to the ones I truly love.

Another advantage for online shopping is the pictures. Or to be more exact, the models who can turn an otherwise uninspiring garment into a “take me home” one. While I might be biased because I love photography and observing how models pose, sometimes when we go into a store and see a clothing piece, we can’t imagine how it looks on…and clothes really transform when they are on so we need some help – the pictures. If you follow me on Instagram, you might have noticed that I love clothes with movement so if I have the option of seeing a piece of clothing on before buying, and even better, a video of it, I am more likely to buy it.

When time is not a problem, sure, it’s a pleasure going into a physical store, actually being able to touch the fabric and also seeing how it sits on your body. However, online shopping is just so, so convenient for me lately. Everything is brought to the door – it can really not get easier than this.

On this note, I have mentioned before that I love online shopping for the fact that I can try the clothes at home. I am that practical that I need to see what I can match them from my existing clothes. Also, something that happened recently is, when the clothes don’t 100% fit me, can I make them work?

One of the items from my Missguided haul is a beautiful, flowy jumpsuit with a cherry blossom print. It fits me perfectly around the waist and bum, but when it comes to chest – I honestly can’t fill it in. What can I say – the ballerina in me shows when it comes to my chest. If I were to try this otherwise gorgeous jumpsuit in store, I would have probably given up on it. Because I tried it at home,I remembered I had an embellished bralet in a pastel violet that matched the colours of the jumpsuit and would hide my girls – if you know what I mean. So win!

online shopping | miss casual

online shopping | miss casual

online shopping | miss casual

JUMPSUIT – Missguided

 

The second outfit is the casual, everyday one. A simple but cute polka dot top, that would keep me cool in the heat wave that the UK is affected by, and a pair of light shorts. Beware, I am always a bit reluctant when I buy white trousers/ shorts and for a good reason. This shorts fit me beautifully, but if I wore them with any other underwear than the nude one, it would show. This outfit felt very very comfortable and good to move around in, but I have to be honest and tell you that it did make me feel slightly naked because of how transparent the trousers were.

online shopping | miss casual

online shopping | miss casual

online shopping | miss casual

TOP – Missguided

SHORTS – Missguided

 

Last, but not least, my favourite from the haul – the polka dot dress. This could have been a cute mess because of the polka dots and the ruffles, but it just turned out to be such a cheeky summer dress. For me it was fitted, but not too tight so I could breath in it and because of the ruffles and thin fabric that it was made of – it kept me cool. Which makes it a very good summer dress not just because of the style, but because of how it’s made also.

online shopping | miss casual

online shopping | miss casual

online shopping | miss casual

DRESS – Missguided

 

There is one more outfit that I will not show you in this post because we are going away for the weekend and decided it’s better to take it with us. We are celebrating our birthday in Paris!(spoiler alert!:))

All in all, which kind of shopping do you prefer the most? Do you still feel that online shopping is risky even though you do have the free returns policy? Also, I might have found a new favourite when it comes to high-street brands. I always though Missguided is a bit too sexy for me but then I actually went on their site and found everything from basics, to office, to party outfits, to hot mamma ones. Which of the Missguided outfit do you like the best?

Kisses!

Latest outfit blog post – Fitted dresses – pros and cons

Insights into blogging | Bilou review

I still consider myself a small blog even though I’ve been posting twice a week for almost the past year. Have you ever wondered how I decide what to write about? How do connections with brands happen? Let me tell you more about the behind the scenes of blogging. I will give you Bilou as an example both for their approach while reaching out to bloggers and for the fact that their Instagram account inspired us to do probably the most colourful content so far.

Before I start depicting the do’s and don’ts of blogging, I will need to write a disclaimer. I am in no way an authority in the field, even though I don’t mind uniforms…the nice ones, but I have offered the subject most brain space for the past year and I gained a bit of experience that I do want to share with you.

Check your e-mails

I can’t repeat this enough. Most of the relationships and the networking is happening in your e-mails, DM’s and Messenger. We, bloggers who only started recently,  are lucky that those before us already walked the miles to make blogging a proper job, but that does not mean that everybody sees it like this. What I am saying is that it doesn’t hurt to be professional in your correspondence and face to face. Answer that e-mail as quickly as possible and avoid postponing it to a week after. What for? The competition between bloggers is huge. If it’s not one of us who will get the job, it will be another. I have been wearing lazy pants before, if you know what I mean, but they don’t suit me anymore, I outgrew them.

Update your social media regularly

Did you already start thinking of your social media as your portfolio? Most of the times, that is what brands/clients will see first of you. That is their first impression. When you start your blog and Instagram account and Facebook page and Pinterest and Twitter maybe, think about what kind of content do you want to put out. I am not referring to your style because that will change and evolve, but to the tone of what you put out there. Are you motivational, are you one of the girls/boys who everybody feels like they know you through your socials or are you the one using your social media to complain?

Besides the tone, how often do you post? Instagram seems to be rewarding those who post a bigger quantity of content. Although, what if we start thinking about it out of context, at the end of the day, the more you post – the more opportunities for somebody to see your content and like it. That if the quality is not thrown away somewhere in a cage and forgotten about. I get it, lack of time, deadlines and so on, but quality should be the first invited to dinner.

How do you start working with brands?

In a few words: either they reach out or you do. When it’s the case of them reaching out, it will mostly be through e-mail. With all the social media different apps, this is still accepted as the most professional way to do it. The bigger the brand, the more universal/ less personal the message will seem but you should not confuse this with spam. Most of the time, the brand will hire an agency to reach out to bloggers and they might have a template for the e-mail sent. The message might have been sent to a bigger number of people, but it is just as serious as if a brand owner sent it to you.

This being said, small businesses will also approach you and the messages might seem more personal but regardless of the case, we should be respectful towards people’s time and give them an answer as quickly as possible.

When you are the one reaching out, let’s say for example on Instagram, look for accounts that have a similar number of followers to yours or less. I am not saying don’t shoot for the stars,  but that they are the most likely to answer back. I once sent a DM on Instagram to a jewellery brand that inspired me so much that I wanted to take pictures for them. They were very respectful towards what I managed to do so far, but when they refused, they pointed out the discrepancy in followers. I had much, much less than they did. Lesson learned – start with your league.

What service do you offer?

I am the kind of blogger who feels weird asking for freebies. I am renting a flat in London and anybody who lives here can tell you that they were forced to develop very good space management skills – that’s how small flats are. So when I am reaching out to a brand, I much prefer offering something in return. I offer to create content for them or to model their product which is in essence part of why I love blogging.

Because my following is not huge (@miss__casual), I don’t rely on offering shout outs because they might not be very effective. Also, for the product to be on my Instagram, Blog or Facebook page, I need to try it out and like it – but more about this later.

It takes much more time than you expected it to

Blogging is such a time consuming job/hobby. It’s really not just about taking a cute picture and posting it on Instagram and than wait for the likes to flow in. Most of us are also the stylist, location scout, creative director, writer, editor and so on. All these things, regardless of how well organized you are, do take a lot of time. So if you are debating whether you shout start blogging or not – start doing it, but make sure that you like it because you’ll be doing it a lot.

Somebody asked me – how long will it take until I make a living out of it?

This is a question nobody can answer – for some it took years, for others it took months, some gave up along the way. For now, there is no recipe on “how to make it” in the blogging world. And then – what does making it mean to you? No raining on anyone’s parades but be prepared for your patience to be challenged.

Working with brands – saying yes/saying no

I am quite fussy when it comes to this and I don’t want my blog to be a shop full of everything. If there is something that I tried and honestly liked, I will write about it. However, when the exchange of emails happens with the brand, and they are offering a product to feature I have something that I always explain. For me the blog is an escape from all the hustle and bustle that happens in the world so I want to keep it a positivity only zone.

This means that I will not give a bad review. If my review turns out to be not in favour of the brand, I’d rather not do it. So when I do receive the email from the brand I always tell them that I am opened to trying new products, but I want the freedom to not write about it in case I turn out not liking it. If I tried it and I liked it, you can probably read about it on the blog.

About MyBilou

A recent brand that reached out to me is Bilou. You might already know how much I like supporting Youtubers, bloggers and so on which is one of the reasons I am telling you about this brand also. Bilou is a German brand developed by a Youtuber. Because she has been testing so many beauty products, she felt she could put the experience that she accumulated, into her own brand. And she made it vegan, dermatologically tested, gave it a fun and youthful concept and mouth-watering, but not edible fragrances. She has got me at Chocolate Cupcake, Cotton Candy, Orange Lemonade or Tasty Donut. What about you?

The reason the brand has got my attention at first though, is the way they approached the situation. When they reached out to me, they did not for a second imply that in exchange of me receiving a few of the products to test, I need to do a review. Not for a moment! Which makes me feel free to just try the products, see if I like them and share them with you – if I choose to. Hats down to the Bilou team!

Also, I went on their Instagram to check out their account and as I was mentioning in the beginning of the post, I was so inspired by their aesthetic that we did our most colourful shooting so far.

bilou | miss casual

bilou | miss casual

I have only tried three of the Bilou products so I feel like I can’t do a full review, but I do want to mention those that I did try. The Cotton Candy creamy shower foam is as the name says – creamy. The foam is slightly thicker than the others that I tried with similar concept which I personally love. You might be wondering about the fragrance. Sounds good, but does it smell as good? Most definitely! I was glad that it does not smell as sweet as it sounds and especially when you use it in the shower, it has a light scent, not an overpowering one.

bilou | miss casual

A product that is different from anything else that I tried is the Fizzy Berry gentle cream foam. This is in essence a moisturizer, but it comes out of the tube like a foam. It does not feel too creamy, but it moisturizes nicely and my legs were very thankful. After I moisturize, especially in the hot months, I hate how the left over cream on the hand will make my palms sweaty. Not with this one. Gladly!

bilou | miss casual

The third product is a Coco Cocktail “2 in 1” body spray. First of all the scent takes me back to Punta Cana – the most inexpensive plane ticket. Second, I had to read the instructions for this one. It is both a deodorant and a moisturizing body spray. I have not tried it as a deodorant however, it was way too hot to risk it. As a body spray, it is just so so yummi and it does have the slightest moisturizing effect.

bilou | miss casual

 

This was a post about blogging that was long coming. It spent so many days in my mind that it just had to make it’s way up on the blog. This is what I’ve learned so far about blogging and because I wished there was somebody to guide me for the past year, it’s just one more reason to write it. I really hope what I wrote is helpful to you and who knows, after I gain a bit more experience, I might write another one 🙂

Kisses!

Latest beauty review – To bronze or not to bronze?

bilou | miss casual

bilou | miss casual

bilou | miss casual

 

 

 

I proposed, he said YES!

We’ve met (Paul and I) more than 10 years ago, but we were both more or less children by then and we had no interest in each other. Then the summer of two years ago, my very good friend who then lived in London just like Paul, came up with the idea that they’d both come to my hometown and we’d go road tripping in Romania. Those road trips started it all.

By then,I just finished my second year of studying choreography and applied for a weeks workshop in Budapest. I found out later that I was denied the workshop which turned out good because otherwise I would have not been able to do on our road trips. Destiny, you might think! This was not one of those relationships where it’s obvious from the beginning that we’re going to be together. However, I did notice myself laughing a bit louder every time he was there, and he was there all the time because he was the only one driving the car.

Things only became obvious to me when the same summer I came to visit the before mentioned friend in London and the feeling that I felt when I saw him only after a two weeks separation was something else. We could not stop talking, laughing together, looking at each other and all those good things.

A year later from this, I was already living in London for half a year, we just moved in together and we started working on the blog. We always joked around that he is more a feminist than I am and he said that if I do want marriage, I have to be the one proposing  because for him it’s fine without also. (Yeah right, as if I believed him for a moment!)

Let’s clear the waters first. For some weird reason, I was not the kind of girl who was dreaming ever since she was 3 how her wedding dress will be. Nor about how my husband will come on a white horse and my parents will cry tears of joy and all those fuzzy, cheesy things. On the contrary, every time I thought of marriage, I could not envision myself even getting engaged..

With Paul on the other hand, things aligned themselves like never before and I started thinking about it. I knew he is joking about the ring situation but that made it just as true so if I wanted a ring on it, I had to put it there myself (If Beyonce is not singing in your head right now I still need to improve my jokes in English…and my English for that reason).

So I did. A year ago, on the 23 of July, in a way that I will keep you curious about, I proposed to Paul. I know, very unconventional, but my luck was that he said YES! And didn’t find that this made him less masculine, on the contrary, we found it empowering. We love watching The Perkins’ vlog together and Desi almost always says: “I am a strong independent woman”, and we both laugh about saying it ourselves.

We are still together, still engaged – but the wedding can wait from both our points of view. The important part, the vows to each other we already did and to celebrate, we thought we’d take some pictures together. Who better to shoot us than the friend who brought us together in the first place – Daniela Buda. So because Daniela is on the sea most of the time, we had to go Southampton where the ship was docked for half a day and somehow managed to even stop laughing for a few seconds while we took the pictures you are going to see.

We had a lot of fun shooting this and I hope it does show how goofy we can be together. Enjoy, lovelies!

engaged | miss casual

engaged | miss casual

engaged | miss casual

engaged | miss casual

engaged | miss casual

engaged | miss casual

engaged | miss casual

engaged | miss casual

engaged | miss casual

engaged | miss casual

engaged | miss casual

engaged | miss casual

engaged | miss casual

engaged | miss casual

engaged | miss casual

Photography Daniela Buda

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Let’s travel to Windsor!

You might or might not remember that I mentioned in a previous blog post that I feel the need to travel so badly. Anywhere! My heels are burning! Regardless if it’s a tropical country but let’s be serious, that happens slightly rarer,  or to any city close to London. So this time we chose charming Windsor.

With the Royal Wedding and all the media attention that they get, this Royal Family is a very popular one. Whoever watches the series “The Crown” (that’s where most of my royal history knowledge comes from) knows that they don’t live in the Buckingham Palace all the time, but that they only use this building for official matters. So where do they live then? At least the Queen, from what I learned  (from “The Crown”), lives in Windsor Castle.

And this is exactly where we went one of my days off. It’s a shorter ride than the one to Oxford because it only took us around an hour to get there. I love it when we need to drive through the countryside, but this was not the case now which is also the reason why we got there so quick.

When we got there, we were wondering who are the people who are the Queen’s neighbours so you can imagine the gymnastics our eyes did to spot the locals. After that, who stood out were the tourists (there are more than you can imagine can fit in such a small city), and especially many groups of 4-5 Asian women around 60. I kept on telling Paul – this is how I want to be at their age.

The queue was longer than the one for London Eye so we decided to skip visiting the Windsor Castle and instead, checked out the surroundings and the small, less known streets. It is indeed a charming city and seems to breath history through every building. Also, so many people had Meghan and Harry’s engagement photo in their windows. (Aww!)

For us, Windsor was a great city for a good old long walk and when we were hungry, I am sorry to say, we didn’t go to a British restaurant, but to a French one that I knew has dairy free options. Cafe Rough was such a good choice!

If you do decide to go, think of it as a more relaxing trip because there aren’t that many things to do, but a lot of things to admire. We went without any previous research so we had no idea what to expect of it which I love doing from time to time. This time to time refers to when I know we are not shooting which is almost never. But to enjoy it, we decided that we’ll only take pictures if we feel like it and if something nice will come out of it – we’ll post it, if not, we’re left just with the experience. So we’re posting it!:)

Hope you’ll enjoy our little introduction to Windsor

windsor | miss casual

windsor | miss casual

windsor | miss casual

windsor | miss casual

windsor | miss casual

windsor | miss casual

windsor | miss casual

 

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

windsor | miss casual

windsor | miss casual

Dress – Zara (similar here)

 

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To bronze or not to bronze?

I am latey latey with the blog post. Have you noticed? The dog ate my homework…wait, not this. This summer the hot weather in London with being in air conditioning for 9 hours messed up my entire system. Every time these days that I tried to sit in front of the laptop screen- migraine! Getting back to the question about bronzing, damaging UV left behind, I would say, to bronze! I do realize that to be bronzed does not mean the same thing in every culture, but where I come from, looking slightly tanned is synonymous with looking healthy.

The older I get the more I hear how harming the sun rays are and thinking that I used to bath in them for hours when I was a child… The sun might make us feel healthy in the beginning but abusing it, it can actually age our skin. It’s useless saying how important SPF is any time of the year. This being said, I am looking for a new SPF. I am using the Anthelios from La Roche Posay but it irritates my skin if I use it three days in a row so I need a better solution.

I, personally, despite the fact that I am quite fair, I have the potential of getting a nice tan. This happens only after I attend the tomato competition because first I turn red (bright red) and only after then I start exploring shades of brown. Because of this and because of the lack of time, I started looking for makeup to give me that healthy bronzed look, but without the red, dry too tanned skin effect. I have three makeup products at hand that serve a a very similar purpose, and if you are into makeup, you’ll find an excuse to have all three, just like me.

Urban Decay Beached Bronzer in Sun-kissed

This is my all year round bronzer. The shade suits me both at my palest or at my wow! I have actually been in the sun enough to get a tan. For now I only use powder bronzers so if I want to look healthy, sun-kissed as the name suggests – this is my go to. It’s easily buildable which means that if you have a light hand with it, you will barely see it on the skin, but if you repeat the process a few times – you have the potential of looking like a bronzed goddess.

bronzed | miss casual

bronzed | miss casual
can you tell how much I like it?

Benefit – Hoola (the original)

This is a tricky one for me. I received a sample of this in one of the beauty boxes and if you have watched makeup gurus on Youtube, you might remember that this bronzer was receiving everyone’s praise. It’s much finer than the Urban Decay one but this also means that if you want to build up a bronzed look, your hand has to be lighter than a butterfly. Personally, I think the problem for me is the shade. Probably the newer version, Hoola light will suit my skin tone better. When I did manage to get nicely bronzed though, the undertone of this bronzer looked like nothing else.

bronzed | miss casual

bronzed | miss casual

Too Faced – Sweetie Pie Radiant Matte Bronzer

You might ask yourself – radiant matte? What a big fat lie that is? That is a contradiction! But somehow, when you put the bronzer on the face, it makes sense. On my skin, this looks like a matte bronzer except if I do manage to bring it slightly higher, to my cheekbones, it reflects a very natural glow. All honesty, this is my lazy product, the one I use all the time.

Despite the cutest presentation (it really does look like a pie) and the fact that the smell is yummi without being overpowering, this will give you a soft bronzed but blushy look. If I can’t be bothered putting foundation on and it’s just a concealer kind of day, this is what you see on my face to make me look healthy and slightly blushed.

bronzed | miss casual

bronzed | miss casual

What is your opinion on being bronzed? Do you think it’s necessary, does it make you feel any different and most importantly, what bronzer do you use. Liquid or powder?

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Until next time…kisses!

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