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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Should we leave the nest?

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

Being responsible and the decision maker

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

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

Accomplishments

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

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

Different generations – different mentalities

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

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

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

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

 

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

Kisses!

pink jumper / harrods laduree / jewellerybox / coffee time / miss casual

pink jumper / harrods laduree / jewellerybox / coffee time / miss casual

makeup look / pink jumper / jewellerybox earrings / miss casual

pink jumper / prettylittlethings / harrods / miss casual

pink jumper / harrods laduree / jewellerybox / coffee time / miss casual

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Where I get my inspiration from

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

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

Ohh Couture

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

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

 

NotJessFashion

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

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

 

In the Frow

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

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

 

VOGUE UK

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

 

Makeup on YOUTUBE

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

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

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

 

VLOGS

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

 

Pinterest

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

 

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

Inspired kisses!

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

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

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

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

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

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

All jewellery – TruFlair

Pyjama – Asos

 

Top 3 most Instagrammable Cafes in London

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

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

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

 Peggy Porschen

peggy porschen | miss casual

peggy porschen | miss casual

peggy porschen | miss casual

peggy porschen | miss casual

peggy porschen | miss casual

peggy porschen | miss casual

peggy porschen | miss casual

Elan Cafe

elan cafe | Miss Casual

elan cafe | Miss Casual

elan cafe | Miss Casual

elan cafe | Miss Casual

elan cafe | Miss Casual

elan cafe | Miss Casual

elan cafe | Miss Casual

Saint. Aymes

Saint Aymes | miss casual

Saint Aymes | miss casual

Saint Aymes | miss casual

Saint Aymes | miss casual

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

Saint Aymes | miss casual

Pumpkins and dresses at Crockford Bridge Farm

It’s definitely rainy season here and more and more often I feel like getting out of London on my days off. I have recently found a picture with a pumpkin farm on Pinterest that looked so photogenic that my heels started burning, so I asked Google how far it is and you will not believe it! It’s only an hour drive from North London. So if you’re into a little adventure outside of London, I highly suggest you go to Crockford Bridge Farm.

When arriving to the farm, I was surprised at how well organised it was – parking lot on one side, pumpkin patch on another side and then the main part was decorated with pumpkins of all sizes. I am expecting kids to have the most fun here, but even us, we were so inspired by the place and took so many pictures. Apparently, during weekends and public holidays they can get quite busy so keep this in mind if you are planning a visit.

Last weekend and two weekends ago, you could actually go on the pumpkin patch and pick your own. However, last Sunday, which was the last day when you could do so, it was raining so heavily that we decided skipping this. It was probably for the best, imagine how many people we would have had in the pictures. Now we just have a ton of pumpkins.

This is a place that we will definitely go back to. The air is fresh, the staff is kind and much more relaxed than Londoners, and they always have something exciting going on. Depending on the season, they will have strawberries also which even though the season is now gone, the thought of them still makes my mouth water. Now Halloween is coming, I am pretty sure they will do something to celebrate it.

It is safe to say that my Pinterest, where I keep all my inspiration for the shootings we do, is full with autumn vibes. And more than that – with pumpkins. So when I found the Crockford Bridge Farm, it’s like all my wishes (pumpkin wishes) became reality we just needed to go. I was recently gifted a beautiful maxi dress with Romanian ethnic motifs embroidered on it and I knew I needed such a place to shoot it. I’ve even put some effort into my hair…that is always such a struggle because I am just not talented at it. The rubber boots are just the final touch to give some edge to the outfit.

This is a place I will definitely go back to. Full of good vibes, gorgeous yummi pumpkins, plus I am curious what they are going to do next. I am wondering though, if the decoration changes with the season because I am already tempted to plan a Christmas shooting over here. I’ll keep you in touch on Instagram, most likely.

P.S. Did I mention that we made our first ever Pumpkin Pie with the pumpkin that we bought at the Crockford Bridge Farm?

Cinnamon kisses!

pumpkin patch / crockford bridge farm // miss casual

crockford bridge farm | miss casual

crockford bridge farm | miss casual

crockford bridge farm | miss casual

crockford bridge farm | miss casual

pumpkin patch / crockford bridge farm // miss casual

crockford bridge farm | miss casual

crockford bridge farm | miss casual

crockford bridge farm | miss casual

crockford bridge farm | miss casual

crockford bridge farm | miss casual

crockford bridge farm | miss casual

crockford bridge farm | miss casual

crockford bridge farm | miss casual

crockford bridge farm | miss casual

pumpkin patch / crockford bridge farm // miss casual

 

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Where to take pictures in Edinburgh

This was the first time that I actually did my research before travelling to Edinburgh. After I checked out all the cute places to eat (first things first, right?) I did my research on places where we can take pictures.

I was so surprised to find little or no information about photogenic places in Edinburgh so I kind of went with my tail between my legs thinking that we’ll have difficulties finding them. Except Calton Hill that was jaw-dropping and skirt-blowing because of the wind, nothing seemed to scream back at me from the pictures that I saw.

Finally, the day of the trip to Edinburgh has come so we woke up eye-soaringly early and by 6 am we were already on our way out of London…before the huge traffic jam starts. My surprise was huge when, after 7 hours of driving we entered Edinburgh and i was practically glued to the windshield taking pictures of the city. It is such a beautiful city and most important for us, so photogenic!

Now I can’t wait to share a few of my personal favorite locations, but if you ever go to Edinburgh for pictures, just wander around, you’ll find many more.

 

Calton Hill

Sequin Skirt Calton Hill Edinburgh | Miss Casual

White Sweater Calton Hill Edinburgh | Miss Casual

Sequin Skirt Calton Hill Edinburgh | Miss Casual

 

St. John’s Church + Princes Street

 

Ghillie Dhu entrance

Autumn Coat Edinburgh | Miss Casual

Houndstooth coat red belt Edinburgh | Miss Casual

 

View of The Balmoral

The Balmoral Tartan Edinburgh | Miss Casual

 

This is where our pictures have stopped. I blame it on the wind because we were more concerned with finding all the places where we can warm up and not so much with places where we can take pictures in Edinburgh. However, when our fingers were freshly warmed up from a cup of tea, these are the other lovely places where we just had to take a snap and who knows, maybe next time we’ll take pictures also.

Scott Monument

Edinburgh | Miss Casual

Edinburgh | Miss Casual

 

Museum of the Mound

Edinburgh | Miss Casual

 

Rose Street

Edinburgh | Miss Casual

 

I really hope you enjoyed this kind of a blog post. More like a travel Instagram guide to Edinburgh than a conventional travel guide, but we had so much fun putting this together that we might do it again.

 

Kisses!

From Edinburgh, with love!

Have I mentioned before how every now and then we like traveling, even just locally. Well, give us any excuse, no matter how little and we’ll take it to travel. This time we went to Edinburgh.

1. Why Edinburgh

Of all the places in the UK, how come we chose Edinburgh, you might ask yourself. Definitely not because how close it is to London. My parents were planning to visit us here in London, around Mom’s 50th birthday so we wanted it to be special. Actually, she was the one who came up with the idea to go to Edinburgh and it suited all of us perfectly because neither of us has been there before.

Have I told you that I almost went to University there? Haha, my English accent would have been much better by now, that’s for sure.

2. How did we travel?

Even though there were a few easier options available, we thought – why not make it a road trip? You might already know that I am a big fan of road trips but I personally did not know if it would be comfortable so I kept on having second thoughts. I must say though, with good music and just as good of a company, 7 hours flew so quickly. Plus, the landscape was exquisite! All of us, except the driver of course, were glued to those side windows, mesmerized by the view. It really is worth going by car or train just to see the landscape.

3. Where did we stay?

It was our first time trying Air Bnb…quite late, I know! But we couldn’t have been happier with both how close we were to the center – 10 minutes walking, and how beautiful the flat was. From the outside, it looked like it was the Notting Hill of Edinburgh, but on a quiet, secluded street.

I will be naughty and leave you a bit curious because I want to dedicate an entire blog post to our Air Bnb experience so before I give away too much, I will change the subject:)

4. Places to see

My personal favorite place to see and walk to was Calton Hill. It’s a 10 minutes light walk up the hill from central Edinburgh. The view from up there is breathtaking, but this time of the year, the wind was just as breathtaking. We took some of our most dynamic pictures up there, but I was quite scared the wind will take either my skirt or me.

Another good place to wander around is the Old Town. You can find absolutely everything in the little stores scattered along this hill…yes, another hill but if you take your time, it really is not hard to walk up and down. Because this one is more of a touristic area, it really is the kilt land. There are so many singers on the street, wearing the kilt of course, but everywhere you look around you, you’ll see tartan.

For some reason, the Old Town of Edinburgh made me think more of what I saw in Harry Potter than London did. Especially with the narrow streets and the multitude of boutiques – Diagon Alley anyone?

5.Best time to go

Weather wise I would say summer because I was not prepared for the cold windy weather that we experienced over the weekend that we’d spent there. I am pretty sure that for the true scotts that was just a mild autumn, but we were frozen. However, price-wise, I think this is the best period – end of September, beginning of October. Christmas is still far, yet all students are accommodated so the prices drop really nicely.

I could not have been happier with the choice for this trip even though when we came back to London, it felt like summer. The landscape is 100% worth the trip and then the entire atmosphere in Scotland. People are so much more relaxed than they are in London.

If you are curious to attach even more visuals to this blog post, check out my “Edinburgh” Highlights on Instagram. If those are still not enough, there’s nothing to worry about, we have more pictures to come.

Kisses!

Edinburgh | miss casual

Coat – ASOS

Calton Hill Edinburgh | miss casual

Skirt – ASOS

Earrings – BOOHOO (similar)

Edinburgh | miss casual

Blazer dress – MISSGUIDED

Edinburgh | miss casual

Edinburgh | miss casual

Edinburgh | miss casual

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£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

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