Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Serbia

Hi! I was reading this article on CNN the other day and realized that I didn't share the pictures I took this summer while traveling to Serbia with you yet. You know what they say. Better late than never. I stayed in Belgrade, the capital city of Serbia and the largest city in this country and I was very impressed with what this city has to offer. There are many ways for a tourist to enjoy his stay in Belgrade like visiting the Church of Saint Sava, the Nikola Tesla museum, the Victor/ Pobednik monument located in the Belgrade fortress, the museum of Yugoslav history and when you are done visiting these points of interest you can relax by talking a stroll in the Kalemegdan park or in the charming downtown. 
Enjoy the pictures!

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Resolutions

Hi! These are the last days of the year and now is the time when everyone thinks about their previous new year's resolutions and see where they stand at the end of the year. My resolution for this year was to act more, postpone less. I believe I was able to accomplish this and I am proud of it. We've had a new, wonderful addition to our family, Yuki. I invested more time in my hobbies, discovered new cultures and traveled to some beautiful places.
I feel like there is still plenty of room for improvement though, so I will be sharing my new resolutions at the beginning of 2015.
Now, a little story behind my outfit. I bought these knee-high boots last week during a 70-80 % off sale. I paid less than 17 euros for these beauties. Lucky me!!! I also found this shawl at a Christmas market that day. I just love the gorgeous floral pattern in traditional Russian style. 

Sunday, December 14, 2014

SOFTPOP by Traskin

Last Wednesday I was invited to the Spring-Summer 2015 collection launch of the talented, fresh brand called Traskin.
This year, the young designers behind Traskin, Alina Dragomir and Ana Spiridon, have presented a mainly inspired street-wear collection fused with high-fashion. 
Here is what they had to say about their SOFTPOP collection:
"Our SS 15 collection is called SOFTPOP and it's a mix of styles such as Sport-Chic and Classic.
This fusion of styles is achieved through pattern study, transparency and pattern play.
The look is primary sport, but the fabrics used like cloth and cotton are more suited to a classic style.
The color pallet is black and white with bright pops of color. The varsity jacket, the biker jacket, the classic man shirt and the sweatshirt were the statement pieces that provided a useful starting point to building this collection."

 The collection was amazing so congratulations are in order for Alina Dragomir and Ana Spiridon.

Friday, December 12, 2014

Meli Melo Cabaret

Meli Melo lanseaza cea mai noua colectie – CABARET – inspirata de Liza Minelli, de viata de noapte si de femeia pasionala.

Colecția face o introducere in sfera evenimentelor de la final de an, iar daca esti in cautarea accesoriilor perfecte pentru petrecerea tematica la care esti invitata, magazinele Meli Melo – Paris te vor intampina cu solutia perfecta pentru o aparitie „de scena”.
Extravaganta materialelor si combinatiile coloristice te vor transpune instant, intr-un decor pasional, insa incarcat de romantism, unde viata de noapte se imbina perfect cu scena si spectacolul de cabaret.

Rochiile spectaculoase, stralucitoare vor fi perfect accesorizate cu penele si ciucurii din matase care se regasesc in cadrul bijuteriilor, insa se vor adapta usor stilului tau, chiar daca nu esti adepta pieselor vestimentare opulente.
Cerceii pastreaza o linie statement, opulenta, cu aplicatii de cristale si elemente metalice masive, acestia fiind vedetele colectiei.

Colierele statement pregatite special pentru aceasta perioada a anului vor fi accesorii perfecte pentru decolteurile adanci si pentru tinutele speciale.
Pentru ca tinuta sa fie completa, poti alege unul dintre clutch-urile colectiei, compacte, in culori stralucitoare, de sarbatoare.
Culorile predominante sunt rosul pasional, turcoazul, albastrul metalizat, movul, dar si argintiul antic si cel stralucitor, care amintesc de lumina rece a Lunii, de la miezul noptii.

Noua colectie Meli Melo Paris este disponibila in intreaga retea de magazine, atat in Romania, cat si in Bulgaria sau Republica Moldova, dar si online pe www.melimelo.ro


Friday, November 21, 2014

Chelsea boots

I'm in panic mode! most stores in Romania began their Black Friday sales this morning and I spent five hours looking through thousand of articles so far with no luck. It's amazing how fast a person can shop when there are jaw dropping sales. You see a great item in your size and by the time you add it to your shopping bag it's already out of stock. Bummer! I stand no chance against these skilled ninjas. I'll have to train myself and be back next year. I will have my revenge!
Anyway,  I want to give a shout-out to the talented Sandra for taking these wonderful pictures. 
I am wearing a H&M navy coat, H&M lace skirt, Isabel Marant for H&M scarf, Chelsea boots and a Dasha cross-body bag.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Cum a fost la V for Vintage Lucky 13

Norocul este ceea ce faci din el – acesta a fost mesajul editiei cu numarul 13 a targului de design romanesc si cultura vintage V for Vintage LUCKY 13, care tocmai s-a incheiat duminica seara.

Inca o editie reusita, rosie si superstitioasa de V for Vintage, cu vizitatori si prieteni care au intrat in jocul superstitiilor si s-au fotografiat cu pisicile negre aparute subtil la fiecare pas (prin grija partenerilor nostri de la Atelier 13), au facut descoperiri dupa descoperiri – in zonele de-acum cunoscute ale evenimentului (Designeri romani, New Entry, Vintage autentic, Bijuterii si Accesorii, Molecule F & Friends etc) si au petrecut un week-end cat se poate de norocos.

Camera de beauty s-a transformat intr-un veritabil retreat din adrenalina shopping-ului – cosmeticele si produsele bio, plus un make-up artist inarmat cu rabdare si experienta, au facut minuni pentru mood-ul vizitatorior.

Prezenta Danei Rogoz – si a parfumului ei Moon, lansata in premiera la V for Vintage Lucky 13, a transformat spatiul de la intrare intr-o gradina frumos mirositoare – la mare concurenta cu aroma cafelei de la Coffee Bike, care a cucerit curtea

Timp de doua zile, saloanele gotice ale Casei Universitarilor au fost cadrul perfect pentru o atmosfera sofisticata, tesuta de superstitiile reinventate in cheie moderna.


 

Friday, November 7, 2014

Burgundy sweater

Hi.This is the outfit I wore last Sunday when I went to vote in the presidential elections.
Yes, I am a responsible citizen of my country and I encourage everyone in Romania that has the right to vote to fulfill their responsibility as citizens and vote in the second round of presidential elections on November 16th.  
If you feel like it's too much of an effort to dedicate 15-20 minutes of your day to vote just remember that women like Susan B. Anthony risked being jailed for casting their ballots
in the late 1800s. 

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

V for Vintage Lucky 13

Ceasul bun, pisica 13!

Norocul este ceea ce faci din el – acesta este mesajul ediției cu numărul 13 a târgului de design românesc și cultură vintage V for Vintage LUCKY 13. Evenimentul aflat acum sub vraja numarului 13 are loc în weekendul 8 – 9 noiembrie 2014 la Casa Universitarilor (Strada Dionisie Lupu 46) – un conac cu influențe gotice atât de potrivit pentru o poveste cu aer mistic.

Iar pentru că V for Vintage este un eveniment cât se poate de modern, ba chiar avangardist, de data aceasta superstițiile se supun dorințelor publicului și participanților. Pregătește-te deci pentru o ediție cu cel mai norocos număr 13, pisici negre pe care nu trebuie să le ocolești și scări sub care poți chiar să te oprești pentru o mică ședință foto. Și ca să nu ajungă până la tine nici urmă de ghinion, folosește-te în cele două zile de targ dress code-ul purtător de noroc "jur pe roșu"  – între un detaliu și un total look red, ai toată libertatea de expresie.

Superstițiile intrate în spațiul urban au o latură fashion evidentă, care i-a inspirat pe designerii români să creeze colecții capsulă într-un registru curajos: culori puternice, opulență, mesaje imprimate, accesorii - simbol – exact ce caută persoanele încrezătoare, cărora nu le e frică să iasă în evidență, adică publicul V for Vintage.

Ca de fiecare dată, V for Vintage reunește o varietate mare de de expozanți, în secțiunile de-acum cunoscute: Vintage Autentic, Designeri români de Haine, Bijuterii și Accesorii, zona Molecule F & Friends. 

La ediția V for Vintage în cheie mistică nu pot lipsi invitații de seama care s-au intersectat deja în colecții și concepte cu tema:
Murmur /// Mandra Chic /// Lia Aram

Colecțiile capsulă construite pe structura magică a superstițiilor se afla în exclusivitate la V for Vintage Lucky 13.

La V for Vintage numarul 13 se dă peste cap și devine o expresie a șansei, o inspirație pentru căutătorii de vintage și pentru invitați să intre în atmosfera sofisticată.

V for Vintage se reinventează cu fiecare nouă ediție, așa că nu poți lipsi de la niciuna dintre ele. De data aceasta, la ediția LUCKY 13, te așteaptă un beauty room cu cosmetice bio și aromoterapie, unde un hairstylist și un make - up artist ofera idei și fac loc surprizelor.
Tombola V for Vintage, una din traditiile targului, pregateste zeci de premii pentru toti vizitatorii.

Te așteptăm pe 8-9 noiembrie la Casa Universitarilor, să levitezi prin saloanele gotice ale Casei Universitarilor în atmosfera specială țesută de superstiții, apariții și dispariții!

Monday, October 20, 2014

Fall Look

This is what I wore last week when I went to the V for Verde fair. I didn't follow the dress code to wear something green for the occasion, as you can notice, but at least I took these pictures next to the mostly green climbing plants.
Let's talk about the elephant in the room. I am wearing a lot of black here. I bought at least 4 black clothing items in the past month and slowly but surely, I am turning into a black swan. OK, not a swan, more of a duckling. Seasons change, people change, wardrobes change. 
It's funny how I decided to go over to the dark side right after I brought home a white Persian cat (picture of Yuki at the bottom of the post). It goes without saying that black clothes and white cat hair don't exactly go hand in hand.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Cum a fost la V for Verde

V for VERDE, targ de produse bio si viata sanatoasa, desfasurat in acest weekend in Bucuresti, a oferit vizitatorilor zeci de motive ca sa se bucure de viata si cea mai verde-aprinsa atmosfera. Pe 11 si 12 octombrie, Casa Universitarilor  din Bucuresti a fost spatiul ideilor verzi, loc de intalnire al persoanelor interesate de un mod de viata sanatos si care se bucura de orice moment cu energie si pasiune.

In cele doua zile ale targului ne-am bucurat de soare si multa voie buna. Cei 60 de expozanti atenti selectionati au intampinat vizitatorii cu bunatati si delicatese bio, condimente si mirodenii, cosmetice naturale si organicearticole eco deco, food & treats, slow food si raw food, workshopuri dedicate oamenilor care iubesc viata sanatoasa.

Invitata speciala, Carmen Bruma, cunoscuta pentru stilul sau de viata sanatos, a povestit despre cartea sa „Jurnal de gravida”, despre ce a motivat-o sa povesteasca in scris experienta ei de sarcina, despre cum sa ai un stil de viata verde, sa-ti controlezi greutatea si sa ai un copil sanatos. Tot mesaje despre cum sa avem grija de sanatatea noastra au transmis si prietenii de la Ostraw Vegan si Totul despre Raw, care au facut in cele doua zile de targ ateliere culinare si au dezvaluit mici secrete ale bucatariei vegane si vegetariene.


Pentru ca stilul de viata sanatos se invata de mic, copiii s-au bucurat la V for VERDE de o zona special amenajata cu jocuri oferite de prietenii de la Creative Board Gaming si un workshop de coronite de toamna organizat  impreuna cu cei de la Creative Arts. Spatiul de reciclare a fost sustinut de Ateliere Fara Frontiere, ce i-au invatat pe doritori  sa confectioneze brelocuri si magneti din componente IT.

Bicicleta a avut loc de cinste la V for VERDE, declarata mijlocul de transport oficial, a avut o zona special amenajata de prietenii de la Biciclop.


Utopic Art
 Vin de Vie

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

V for VERDE targ de produse bio si viata sanatoasa

Sambata si duminica, pe 11 si 12 octombrie 2014, intre orele 11 si 20:00, a 3-a editie a targului V for VERDE transforma Casa Universitarilor (strada Dionisie Lupu, nr. 46) in cel mai verde-aprins loc din Bucuresti. Targul verde este manifestul oamenilor care stiu sa se bucure de viata in ciuda orasului gri, deadline-urilor si traficului.

Motive sa vii la targ sunt foarte multe. 60 mai precis. Care este si numarul de expozanti cu bunatati si delicatese bio, condimente si mirodenii, cosmetice naturale si organice, articole eco deco, food &treats, slow food si raw food, workshopuri dedicate oamenilor care iubesc viata sanatoasa. 


Printre invitatii speciali se numara Carmen Bruma cu care discutam Sambata, 11 octombrie, de la orele 14:00 despre cartea sa „Jurnal de gravida”, despre cum sa ai un stil de viata verde, sa-ti controlezi greutatea si sa ai un copil sanatos.


Tot din categoria invitatilor speciali se numara Ostraw Vegan si Totul despre raw, cu live cooking si meniuri raw vegane si vegetariene, in cadrul atelierelor culinare V for VERDE

Sambata, 11 octombrie, de la 16:00 - Atelier de Bucatarie raW for Verde
Duminica, 12 octombrie, de la 14:00 – Atelier Ostraw Vegan la V for Verde


Pentru ca stilul de viata sanatos se invata de mic, copiii au la V for VERDE o zona special amenajata cu jocuri oferite de prietenii de la Creative Board Gaming. Si tot pentru pitici organizam impreuna cu cei de la Creative Arts un workshop de coronite de toamna, sambata de la orele 15:00.


La V for VERDE rasplatim natura si amenajam impreuna cu asciatia Arta Nu Musca un spatiu de reciclare,  iar cei de la Ateliere fara frontiere ne invata sa confectionam brelocuri si magneti din componente IT.


Toti vizitatorii prezenti la targ intra in Tombola V for VERDE si pot castiga multe “premii verzi”.  Pentru ca declaram bicicleta mijlocul de transport oficial, te asteptam sa vii cu ea la targ, unde Biciclop a pregatiti o zona dedicata biciclitului.


V for VERDE merge dincolo de notiunile de bio, eco sau reciclare si amenajeaza cu fiecare editie un spatiu al ideilor vezi. Este un mod de viata, care nu neaga profesia, socialul, cluburile, escapadele cu prietenii, dar care incurajeaza un stil de viata mai sanatos.

Pentru ca suntem o comunitate, ne intalnim la targul V for VERDE, pe 11 si 12 octombrie la Casa Universitarilor.


Biletul de intrare este 10 lei.

Program 11:00 – 20:00

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Cum a fost la noaptea alba a creatorilor si designerilor de produs

Hi! I attended a great event here in Bucharest,"The white night of product creators and designers," this Saturday and I am excited to share photos from the event with you.
But first, let me take a selfie tell you more about this project and the people behind it.

The purpose of "The white night of product creators and designers" project (grounded in 2012) is the valorisation of handmade designer goods created by Romanian product designers, by organizing niche events at a national level.
This project was created by the "Atelierul de Creatie"association and this year's edition was funded by the Administration of Cultural and National Fund.
The organizers selected their participants rigorously and according to them the most important objective of this project is changing the general belief that handmade designer goods are inferior to art piece, but also to build a viable national community of product designers and creators, focusing on debut, quality, encouragement of the cultural intervention and the importance of the symbiosis between tradition and contemporary.

In my opinion the event was a great success. More than 1.500 people admired the handmade designer goods and were impressed by the extraordinary pieces displayed. 
You can read more about this event and project here

Romanian

Buna! Am participat la un eveniment grozav sambata aceasta in Bucuresti, Noaptea alba a creatorilor si designerilor de produs si sunt entuziasmata sa impartasesc poze de la eveniment cu voi.
Mai intai insa as vrea sa va spun mai multe despre acest proiect si oamenii din spatele lui.
Scopul proiectului Noaptea alba a creatorilor si designerilor de produs (infiintat in anul 2012) este valorizarea produselor de autor si create de designeri de produs din Romania prin realizarea evenimentelor de nisa la nivel national. 
Proiectul a fost realizat de Asociatia Atelierul de Creatie si editia de anul acesta a fost fiinantata de Administratia Fondului Cultural National.
Organizatorii au facut o selectie riguroasa a participantilor si cel mai important obiectiv al lor este schimbarea mentalitatii ca obiectele de autor sunt inferioare unei opere de arta cat si constructia transparenta si obiectiva a unei comunitati viabile la nivel national a creatorilor si designerilor de produspunand accentul pe debut, calitate, incurajarea interventiei culturale si importanta simbiozei traditie-contemporant.

In opinia mea evenimentul a fost un real succes. Peste 1.500 de oameni au admirat si au fost impresionati de produsele extraordinare expuse.

Puteti citi mai multe despre acest eveniment si proiect aici!

DecoBox
 

Sunday, September 21, 2014

C&A Autumn-Winter 2014-2015 collection launch

C&A a lansat saptamana trecuta in cadrul unui cocktail-party noua colectie Toamna/Iarna 2014-2015. Editori de moda, stilisti, specialisti din industrie si bloggeri au admirat propunerile pentru Toamna/Iarna 2014/2015 in spatiile pline de poveste ale Grand Cafe Van Gogh.Una dintre cele mai importante directii stilistice ale sezonului in viziunea C&A este combinatia clasica de alb cu negru. Este un trend clean, clear si totusi indraznet. E cool, modern si adulator, fara sa intreaca insa masura. Dintre elementele stilistice definitorii ale acestui trend amintim cusaturile si detaliile sofisticate, jachete Boucle, imprimeurile geometrice indraznete dar si detaliile din piele ecologica.

Tricotajele cu model - unul dintre trendurile cele mai indraznete ale acestui sezon este prezent si in colectia C&A. Avand ca surse de inspiratie elemente din cultura folk,  urban dar si diverse motive entice Jacquard, aceste piese reprezinta articole cheie in gareroba de Toamna/Iarna. Intarsiile haioase sau pulovere cu mesaje aduc un aer fun tricotajelor clasice. 
In ceea ce priveste jachetele si hainele pentru exterior, C&A aduce in prim-plan in acest sezon jachetele biker, jachetele parka si clasicele haine din stofa de lana. 

Versatilitatea hainelor rebele de motor si a jachetelor Parka care se regasesc in colectia Toamna/Iarna 2014/2015 le fac foarte accesibile si usor de integrat atat in tinute de zi cu zi, cat si in tinutele de seara. Pentru evenimentele speciale pardesiele si paltoanele din lana cu detalii pretioase din piele sau blana ecologica sunt cea mai potrivita optiune. 
Din punct de vedere cromatic, colectia C&A Toamna/Iarna 2014/2015 este presarata cu tonuri pastelate de roz, burgund, albastru inchis si ocru.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Noaptea alba a creatorilor si designerilor de produs


In data de 20 septembrie 2014 de Ziua patrimoniului european, Asociatia Atelierul de Creatie te invita la Noaptea alba a creatorilor si designerilor de produs - editia a III-a, in trei spatii de consum de cultura, toate aflate in Bucuresti pe B-dul Dacia, nr. 77:  Institutul Cultural Francez, Bistro Chez Elvire si Cinema Elvira Popescu

In cadrul evenimentului vor fi expuse peste 170 de produse unicat made in Ro, realizate de peste 30 de creatori și designeri romani, imparțiți in patru categorii: design de produs, fashion & accesorii, bijuterie de autor si simbioza etno-contemporan. Este pregatit si un spatiu special cu produse de autor dedicate copiilor.

Intrarea in cadrul evenimentului este libera și esti invitat sa rasfoiesti brosura evenimentului in spatiul cochet al Institutului Cultural Francez & Chez Elvire, sa fii incantat dupa miezul noptii de melodiile jazzy ale Vioricai Pintilie si ale lui Jimmy Cserkész la Cinema Elvira Popescu, sa traiesti fiecare moment al concertului celor de la Abator Industries, organizat tot la Cinema Elvira Popescu si sa interactionezi cu toti designerii prezenti. Eglantina Becheru te asteapta la un happening in dulcele stil al artistei cu sange verde in spatiul Bistro Chez Elvire, iar de la ora 19.00 Judy Florescu va destinde atmosfera cu melodii live.

Scoala de Bijuterie Contemporana Assamblage este invitata in cadrul evenimentului pentru a realiza un workshop special pentru vizitatori si de a prezenta creatiile absolventilor sai.
 
Mai mult de 5 bloggeri vor prezenta in timp real evenimentul asa ca urmareste-le activatatea online. Folosește haștagul #blanchenuit pentru a fi la curent cu toate informatiile asupra evenimentului.

Vor expune designerii: Lana, DecoBox, Wood be nice, Oana Stoica Ceramics,Wolf25, Istoriato, Etno Ware, Traistuta cu zale, Second Skin Clothing, Alina Constantin Ceramics, Woodish, Eyecandy Monsters, Vasile Mito, AB Contemporary Jewellery, Șapte Pisici, Christine on the Clouds, Alexandru Burlacu, Art3lier, Deliciu Mic, Silva Artis, !UZ3 Unca Studio, Atelier François, Refix, RIZI Design, Create your own shoes, Roua de Argint, Bogdan Deliu, Lachatterie, Ioana Streza si absolventii Scolii de Bijuterie Contemporana Assamblage.

Facebook event aici
 

Scopul proiectului Noaptea alba a creatorilor si designerilor de produs  este valorizarea produselor de autor si create de designeri de produs din Romania prin realizarea evenimentelor de nisa la nivel national. 



Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Meli Melo Nevermind Collection


Meli Melo Paris, unul dintre principalii retaileri locali de bijuterii şi accesorii fashion din România, lansează cea mai nouă colecţie – Nevermind – inspirată de stilul excentric, rebel, insa in acelasi timp delicat, al femeii fara prejudecati.
Colectia Nevermind se adresează în mod special femeilor care iubesc nonconformismul, in cea mai feminina acceptiune a sa, machiajul lejer, insa cu accente dramatice, tinutele feminine, insa puse in valoare de elemente neconventionale.
Daca iti place sa afisezi un look sauvage, insa esti atenta la detalii si nu tii cont de sabloane, Nevermind este pentru tine.
Rochia ta din matase, purtata cu bocancii din piele, stil biker, are nevoie de accesorii pe masura!

Nuantele predominante ale colectiei Nevermind sunt cele de albastru cald, gri estompat, negru, dar si rosu zmeura si maro castana. Detaliile cu tinte metalice, insa delicate, elementele din piele dar si suprapunerile din dantela sunt definitorii pentru aceasta colectie.
Bijuteriile noii  colectii sunt pe cat de simple, pe atat de spectaculoase si complexe, fara a impune bariere de stil si tinuta. Cerceii sunt preponderent metalici, cu aplicatii si multi-pandantive, delicati sau candelabru, iar colierele sunt special create pentru a pune in valoare accentele metalice ale outfit-urilor tale.
Bratarile metalice, fixe, late, sau cele cu multi-charms sunt realizate din metal emailat, auriu sau patinat si pot reprezenta statement-ul unei tinute de sezon, fara indoiala.

Noua colectie propune genti incapatoare dar si de mana, clutch-uri cu imprimeu floral, dar si negre, cu tinte metalice aurii, discrete.
Culorile metalice, argintiul, dar si franjurii sunt piesele de rezistenta ale colectiei de genti din cadrul Nevermind.
Esarfele supradimensionate poarta aceleasi culori reprezentative ale colectiei, iar mesajele imprimate sunt vedete. Acum esti gata sa intampini cu stil, noul sezon.
Nevermind te cheama sa indraznesti, sa porti accesorii cool, spectaculoase, simple, dar complexe in acelasi timp, fara sa impuna bariere de stil.

Noua colecţie Meli Melo Paris este disponibilă în toate magazinele din reţea, atât în România, cât şi în Bulgaria sau Republica Moldova, dar si online pe www.melimelo.ro , începând cu 1 septembrie, 2014.

Friday, August 29, 2014

Albania Durres and Tirana

Hi! I know it's been a while, but I have a good excuse. For the past three weeks I have been busy being a mom for our new Persian cat, Yuki. Taking care of a 3 month old kitten turned out to be quite a challenge even for for me. Although I knew a thing or two when it came to cats thanks to my gorgeous Tenshi, who's now 10 years old, I still lacked confidence that I would make a good mom to Yuki. As expected, I am quite the over-dramatic type and my little Yuki has been to 4 veterinarians that have assured me that he is healthy and perfectly fine. You see he had a breathing problem that made me very nervous and couldn't find peace of mind until we ran all the test possible to determine if it's something wrong with him or not.
All is good and now I can go back to my normal routine. I have a few more posts prepared from my most recent vacation and today I will take you to the capital of Albania, Tirana, and to the previous capital of Albania, Durres.
Located on the coast of the Adriatic Sea, Durres is a quiet ancient city with many historic attractions, museums and theaters. Here you can also find the largest beach in Albania that is a very popular summer attraction for tourists. Unfortunately, I didn't have time to sunbathe, but I did have time to visit the largest Roman amphitheater in the Balkans.
In Tirana we visited the Skanderbeg square named after the Albanian national hero Skanderbeg, Et'hem Bey Mosque and the Clock Tower both built by Haxhi Et'hem Bey.

Friday, August 1, 2014

Croatia Dubrovnik Part 2

Here it is! The second post from Dubrovnik. To see the first post, click here!
We spent most our time in Dubrovnik walking down the Sradun also known locally as Placa, the main street in Dubrovnik's Old Town. I would have loved to dive into the wonderful and blue waters of the Adriatic sea, relax on the light sand, but the weather wasn't in our favor during our stay in Croatia. I can't complain though. After all, I have been to the place that George Bernard Shaw considered to be "paradise on Earth".

 

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Ulcinj Montenegro

Last post I showed you a city in Montenegro that is famous for its nightlife, Budva, and now it's time to embark on a journey to  the wonderful Ulcinj. 
Ulcinj is the opposite to Budva. It's a very quite, small, laid back city with beautiful beaches and impressive scenery. For my fiance and I this was the perfect place to spend our vacation. When it comes to planning our vacation, I am not picky at all. All I want is a place where I can relax, take long walks down the beach, eat good food and bathe in the sea. 
The downside of vacationing in Ulcinj is the main beach that can be quite dirty sometimes and overcrowded, but the good news is that less than a 15 minute drive away, you will find Velika Plaza a beach that is 12km long and has sand as fine as flour.


 

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Budva Montenegro

Hi. These are pictures from Budva, the "tourist capital of Montenegro". As a tourist, you will be instantly attracted to this wonderful city. Its sandy beaches, natural beauty and historic monuments will not leave you indifferent. And, from what I heard, has a spectacular nightlife that burns like fire work. Anyway, I could care less about clubs and pubs. People my age go to bed by 11pm. What really got me fired up though was the Old Town that lies on a small peninsula and offers a splendid view to the Adriatic sea. You can stroll down the narrow streets and view important landmarks and architectural gems such as Church Sv. Trojica, the tomb of the writer Stjepan Mitrov Ljubisa, the Churches of Sv. Ivan, Sv. Bogorodica and Sv. Sava.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Bay of Kotor Montenegro

Hi. I know you were expecting the second post about Dubrovnik today, but I thought I will make a detour.
This is actually what I recommend to anyone who wants to visit Dubrovnik, to make a detour and visit the Bay of Kotor in Montenegro. It's heaven on Earth and it's only an hour's drive south of Dubrovnik. The whole ride around the bay is very picturesque and I spent much of the time with my jaw dropped at this majestic landscape.

The bay is known as Europe's southernmost fjord, but it's in fact a submerged river canyon. The dramatic backdrop of mountains and the crystal clear, and calm, waters of the bay, the cultural heritage, made UNESCO list the Bay of Kotor as one of their protected World Heritage sites. 

Also, to get a sense of how much this place impresses tourists, here is what the romantic poet, Lord Byron said of Montenegro, 'At the birth of our planet, the most beautiful encounter between the land and the sea must have happened at the coast of Montenegro. When the pearls of nature were sown, handfuls of them were cast on this soil.'

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Croatia Dubrovnik Part 1

Hi! I am back from my vacation and as always it took me some time to get back in the old routine. It's even harder when you've seen spectacular landscapes and now you look out the window and all you see are grey, dull buildings. Anyway, I feel blessed I had the opportunity to travel to some of the most beautiful parts of Europe during my trip. I will first show you pictures from one of the main tourist attraction in the Mediterranean, Dubrovnik.
Dubrovnik is also know as "the pearl of Adriatic" and it's surrounded by City Walls which are 2 km long. What I loved most about this city was the ancient architecture. The Old Town is filled with beautiful Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque churches. Of course, the azure water of Croatia's Adriatic sea is also breathtaking and mesmerizing.  

I will be back with some more pictures and stories about Dubrovnik this week. Stay tuned. 

 

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

The preview of H&M's Studio Collection Autumn Winter 2014

Hi! Last week I went to H&M's showroom to take a look at the preview of H&M's Studio Collection A/W 2014. In case you were wondering, H&M Studio is the new name for H&M’s seasonal fashion collection of key pieces and every season the design team behind H&M Studio will launch an exclusive collection of statement pieces. 

“I loved the mix of feminine and masculine for autumn at H&M Studio. Slip dresses and draped tops are the new essentials, especially when worn with blazers or biker jackets. It’s about taking the Parisian spirit and bringing it to the H&M world,” says Ann-Sofie Johansson, Head of Design, New Development.
 
The fabrics featured silk satin, fine cashmere, leather, velvet and fake fur.
My favorite pieces from this collection were the sequined stripped dress, the embroidered jacket and the black knee length boots. Of course the accessories are, as usual, to die for and the blue statement necklace is a must have for me.

The great news is that the collection will hit 250 stores worldwide on my birthday, September 4th, so I will have one more reason to celebrate that day and I will treat myself with some of these H&M beauties because as the song goes "It's my birthday and I will shop if I want to"
Or something like that.

Till next time!



Monday, June 16, 2014

White lace top and Skirt Bike

Hi! I can barely type now, but I am not going to let this stop me from blogging. My hands and feet are sore from yesterday. Why? You might ask. I learned to ride a bike at 25. You have no idea how fulfilling that moment was for me. I really thought that there was no hope for me and that I was a lost cause until I met the wonderful girls behind the project SkirtBike.

Let me tell you how I got to meet Mihaela and Roxana. Mihaela contacted me the other day to ask me if I would be interested in becoming a Skirt Bike ambassador and if I would like to be part of the project "Cyclist Fashionista". 
I was very happy that they approached me because this is a lovely project and wanted to say yes to this proposal on the spot.

The only problem was that I had no idea how to ride a bike. I was actually a little embarrassed to admit it, but I was honest with her and told her about my Achilles' heel.
To my surprise she replied that this wasn't gonna be a problem and that I could learn how to ride a bike in no time. I was like, no, no, others have tried and failed. It's just no use! I can't learn how to ride a bike.
Mihaela said that I should give it a try and come meet her and Roxana, my bike tutor, on Sunday at a Skirt Bike event.

OK. Deal! I was prepared for the worst, but hoped for the best. I arrived at the meeting point and the girls grabbed their bikes. They were very confident that I would succeed, but I was lacking the confidence and because of my doubts I couldn't do anything. I was stuck.
But then I thought to myself, these girls just met me and they believe in me, why can't I believe in myself? That's when I realized that the only one standing in the way was me and that nothing is impossible when you believe in yourself. 

I now know that a positive mindset goes a long way. I am forever grateful to Skirt Bike for this bike lesson that turned out into a valuable life lesson.

If you know how to ride a bike in a fashionable way you can participate in the Skirt Bike parade that will take place on July 6th in Bucharest. The route will be Palatul Copiilor - Bd. Tineretului, Bd. Dimitrie Cantemir, Piata Unirii - Piata Universitatii - Piata Romana - Piata Victoriei - Bd. Aviatorilor - Parcul Herastrau (intrarea Pescarus). 
Meeting hour: 15:00-16:00. Take off: 16:00.

P.S. Pretty soon, when I will master the bike riding technique, I am going to ride in a fashionable way too. In an outfit like the one below for example.

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Denim shirt

Hi! I hope everyone enjoyed the long weekend. I took these photos this Sunday while strolling the Matasari street. The urban fair, Femei pe Matasari, reached its 4th edition this year and, in my opinion, also reached its goal to change people's perception about the infamous street.
Once know as a place of depravity and immorality, the street is now the place where empowered come together and help each other thrive. The Femei pe Matasari event has exceeded the concept of a fair and has become a cultural movement.
I hope you enjoy the photos. 

I am wearing Meli Melo straw hat and necklace, La Mode Toujours skirt, Vero Moda denim shirt and BB-up sandals.

Friday, June 6, 2014

Statement necklace

Hi! It's been a while since I last showed you pictures of my adorable, precious living cotton ball aka Tenshi. You know what is the hardest part of not living with my parents anymore? No, not paying my own bills, cooking my own meals, doing laundry, cleaning, grocery shopping and finally behaving like an adult. Though these weren't easy to deal with either considering that I was a very, very spoiled brat young woman until 2 years ago. The hardest thing for me it's not seeing this little fellow every day and falling asleep with him by my side anymore. I love you a lottle. It's like a little, except a lot.

I am wearing a Meli Melo necklace, H&M kimono and blouse, Koton pants and Dasha bag.


Tenshi my cotton ball cat.
 

Monday, June 2, 2014

Digital Diva Awards 2014

Thank God it's Monday. I mean it, no sarcasm behind my words. Last week was officially my worst week this year and I couldn't wait to leave everything behind and start afresh. 

The new week brings some exciting news for my blog already. My blog has been selected as a nominee for the second edition of Digital Divas Awards

I registered my blog in the "Best Use of Photography in Blogging" category and I was very happy to see that I made the final cut alongside my dear friends, Sandra and Eve. I am rooting for you, girls! You know I am one of your biggest fans.

I am very excited to attend the only major, beauty, fashion and lifestyle event dedicated to the active women in social media. The Digital Divas Awards 2014 will be held tomorrow, June 3rd, at Ghika Palace. See you there!

Friday, May 30, 2014

Avanpremiere 14

Hi! Yet another edition of Avanpremiere Fest has ended. The 14th edition of Avanpremiere took place in the magical national museum of contemporary art. Seven talented designers presented their Fall-Winter 2014/2015 collections. My favorite collection, Villa Della Signorina, was signed by Natalia Vasiliev and I am sure this statement doesn't surprise anyone since I always declare my admiration for her magnificent work.
I would like to apologize for the quality of the pictures. Turns out it's pretty hard to capture the road runner models when your head is spinning and you have a fever. For more and better pictures from the fashion show, please visit Avanpremiere's Facebook page here

Any tips on how to get rid of a flu faster? It's been 5 days already and I would like to enjoy the coming weekend. Yes, I had tea. In fact, I drank more tea than any Englishman this week.
Let me know please.

R'ias Couture - "Muse"- Madalina Vlad (head accessories) 

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Istanbul Grand Bazaar and Egyptian Bazaar

Hi! I hope you are not tired with my Istanbul travel posts yet because I have one last post for you. What am I saying. Of course you are not. This is Istanbul we are talking about. 
It's been almost 2 months since I left this wonderful city and I miss it already. If you look at the pictures below I am sure you can understand why. Istanbul has an addictive flavor.

Speaking of flavors, I visited the Egyptian bazaar, also known as Spice Market, and saw all of these spices, herbs and medicinal plants that I never even heard of. Since I am not a foodie, I didn't buy anything there and wrapped things up quick. There was one bazaar I was excited to see though. The Grand Bazaar is one of the oldest and largest markets in the whole wide world, so it seemed like the perfect place for a shopaholic like me to visit.

Quick advice. If you ever visit the Grand Bazaar, don't make eye contact with the merchandisers. You will never get rid of them. Even if you are not interested in buying anything at all from their stand, they will think that you are just playing hard to get and will follow you around like a Pac-man ghost.