Tuesday, 9 September 2014

Beautiful Brasov

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♪ Iggy Azalea - My world ♪

I am back with lots of photos from my trip to Brasov, as I promised. It took me a lot of time to sort them out because I decided this trip I would go on a photo overload in order to remember all the details (& be able to share them), unlike Paris when I was in a total rush. I really wanted to travel somewhere with my best friend Simona after our college admission and Brasov turned out to be the perfect choice!

For my international readers, Brasov is an important city in Romania, with an impressive history and unique architecture. It has various places to visit (all incredible, I can guarantee!) and you'll be stunned to see the Tampa mountain from every corner of the city. There are also a lot of great places to eat and I particularly loved the atmosphere, the people are so kind and welcoming! It attracts many tourists from all over the world, so it was nice to hear different languages while I stayed there.

These photos are from our second day in Brasov, when we did most of the visiting. I admit I'm a bit of a control freak when I visit a place, I usually have my schedule noted down to every single minute in order to see as many things as I can in a foreign place. Well, Simona proved to be the first travel buddy who somehow made me change the schedule constantly. I don't know how or why, but the fun part is that I actually didn't mind at all. We went with the flow and it turned out to be the most exhilarating trip! 

Before I start telling you about all the incredible places we visited that day, note the outfit in the pictures. A navy maxi dress from Gap, which I simply adore and my Zara statement necklace. I forgot my sunnies at home, but I was lucky enough to find this pair at Accessorize in Brasov. Okay, story mood: ON!

Thursday, 4 September 2014

Bey's B-day!

Bey Day!

♪ Beyonce - Superpower ♪

4th of September = Beyonce's Birthday! I first heard one of Beyonce's songs when I was eight - 'Crazy in love' - I barely knew any English back then, but the chorus was so fun and simple! (I will admit that the version for the 'Fifty Shades' trailer is simply the best). As I grew up, I would see so many of her clips on MTV- "Upgrade U" was an all time favourite and it struck me that her music and fashion style evolved at the same pace. Ask me about a Beyonce song or a performance and I'll tell you what age I was and what I thought about her outfit. 

She has the most angelic voice and she is such a perfectionist when it comes to performances. Just when you thought she had the most creative show yet, you get a surprise once again. Let's recap 2014  for example-"Drunk in love" performance with Jay Z-watched it countless times,  performance in London- green sequined dress by Tom Ford, remember?, 'On the run' tour with her husband,  the iconic VMA show. I was so happy to receive 'The Visual Album' by Beyonce for my birthday, the songs follow in a such a harmonious order and the videos are flawless!

 I also notice a constant evolution on the fashion front. To be honest, I started regarding her as a fashion icon in 2011, I just felt like something changed in her style. 2014 has been her best fashion year yet, in my opinion! She often shares her daily looks on Instagram, which I love, her Versace bodysuits which you can see on tour are to die for and she wore perfect dresses to all the Awards ceremonies she attended!

I made a set (see above) with items from the fall collections which are Bey-worthy. First off, we have a gorgeous Stella McCartney bodysuit and some cool Stella McCartney earrings. Stella is one of my favourites this autumn, she just took everything to a different level (I will write a post about this soon). Next, we have the famous Stella McCartney Elyse Shoes (those nude stars are so cute!!), a Stella McCartney backpack, a Kate Spade dotted mug, a Kate Spade passport case because she is always 'on the run', Kiehl's creme de corps, and a rad shade of NARS lipstick.  The colorful watch is also Kate Spade and it goes perfectly with that lavander Stella McCartney clutch. This J Crew printed skirt is so Bey and I matched it with an American Apparel crop top, because you know how much she loves those! Now, I put together a gym look as well, we can all see she's in an incredible shape! The T-shirt is Mango and the pants are Adidas by Stella McCartney (and so is the yoga mat). I also loved the Swarovski 'Love' necklace and the orange J Crew pumps. The Iphone case is by Kate Spade and the sunnies (I think we're going to see her wearing a pair of these pretty soon, it's her favourite model) are Stella McCartney.

Now, let's all enjoy some photos of Queen B., the birthday girl:

Wednesday, 27 August 2014

The Good Life

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♪ Kanye West- Good Life ♪

I know I promised I would get back to blogging, but I've been away for a week visiting my cousins in Iasi (the city which I'll be calling home starting October). I can never find myself up for blogging when I'm in Iasi, because there are so many places to see and so many friends to meet! Plus, the cinema is so great, I would spend days watching movies there! I went to see "The Hundred Foot Journey" first and I have to say, I've never seen such a tasteful comedy in the 21st century. It's a movie full of heart, with an incredible script and lovely characters, it reminds me of the good old comedies and yet it has an unique vibe- very "Slumdog Millionaire" meets "Ratatouille", and with a dash of "Julie&Julia" as well. 

I couldn't resist going to see "Sin City: A dame to kill for" as well. Great plot and actors, loved the new villain (spoiler alert: the dame!) and it's just classic Sin City style, I could watch countless sequels. The movie did feel kind of short though, and it's not as good as the first one, but it's worth watching!

Finally, let's talk about these photos. Simona took them on the first day we arrived in Brasov, when we went to explore the city, visit the Black Church and had the most insane and productive shopping session! We stopped at this particular place first because we loved the neatness and the wonderful building, the City Hall. I love how most old buildings in Brasov have flowers hanging on the balconies, it reminded me so much of Tuscany. I've been wanting to show you this comfy dress ever since June, when I bought it, but with my finals and college admission I didn't think I would be able to. It's one of those bargains you find every once in a while at H&M, and it has such a soft fabric and pretty print, it served me well this summer!

Saturday, 16 August 2014

19

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♪ Lana del Rey - Shades of Cool ♪

On 12th of August I turned 19. I can say I started my adulthood at 18, when I got my driver's license, went to Paris without my family and had my college admission, but for some reason 19 strikes me just as important as 18. It's the age that kind of tells me "Adolescence is gone" because I will be moving into a big city this October, in order to attend Medical School. I'm scared, suddenly I'm thinking how to pack my whole life in a couple boxes in order to fit into my small college bedroom. I have a credit card, I have responsibilities and I got gifts such as a toaster or an iron for my birthday this year. Also, it's probably the last birthday I get to celebrate properly in my hometown. I love my home so much, so instead of taking my friends out for a pizza I threw a casual party, with a special menu and a "Just Dance" marathon competition. I had a lot of fun, being surrounded by special people, my family and I loved my gifts so much!!!

It was the perfect birthday, it's not like I won't be coming home from college when I have time (although it is a 4 hour drive), but I just want to remember it this way, filled with laughter and positive energy. You'll find notes under each photo in this post (my gifts, my cake, flowers etc.), but I just want to tell you the story of this outfit first. Three days before my birthday, I left with my best friend Simona on a "birthday weekend" to Brasov. I fell in love with the city, it reminded me so much of Prague and Florence, yet it had its own distinctive air, and visiting it with Simona just made the experience a thousand times better! On Friday, the day we arrived there, I had no idea what I would wear at my birthday party. After visiting the Black Church(more on that in my future post) we decided to briefly check out the shops. After one hour of shopping there, I had my whole outfit planned (and another great purchases)!  I initally loved the Accessorize necklace I'm wearing in the photos, but didn't buy because I didn't have any outfit in mind for it. Ten minutes later, I walk into a Depot96 and I see this floral skirt! I've been in a quest for a perfect floral skirt for years now, and it was 50% off. As I bought it, I thought how perfectly it would match the necklace: it has two blue chains and two tangerine ones. As always, I took the photos before I had my curls and makeup done, so excuse the just-washed terrible hair.

Tuesday, 29 July 2014

The Palazzo Pants

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♪ Kanye West ft. The xx - Touch the sky ♪

I've put a lot of thought into this post, on whether to share a very important life achievement online or not. I figured out it's the right thing to do because it is my personal blog and I want to remember this moment, but also because it explains why I took more than one month hiatus on Teen Fashion Diary. As you know, I graduated highschool at the end of May and getting into university is a challenging experience. I first had an essential exam, called Bacalaureat- if you don't pass it, you are not eligible for college. I worked really hard on this complex exam (actually- exams- there's three of them) because it meant 25% of my college admission grade (and it went amazing, thank God). Two weeks after it, I had the actual exam which would determine my future (75% of the final grade, Anatomy). It has been the most intense experience of my life! I have been learning Anatomy for almost two years and ten days before the big text I have studied for 12 hours a day. Thankfully, I was the first to get into Medicine.

I still can't wrap my head around this achievement and I have my family to thank for constantly supporting me through this process! In these last few months I felt like I would never have a vacation again. But now that time has arrived, I have started watching "True Blood" (why did no one persuaded me to check it out before??) and reading all the John Green books I can get my hands on! After the big exam, before I left Iasi (my future home, starting October) I had a serious shopping session. I really felt like I deserve to get myself a gift, a really big one. So I went rogue at the Sephora sales, found a couple of cool T-shirt at Oysho, finally found a earcuff that suits my ear and I bought this gorgeous statement necklace from Zara I'm wearing in the photos. It was love at first sight, although my mom says it's only for special occasions I kind of match it with everything, I just can't stop wearing it! 

As for the title of the post- I found my ideal Palazzo Pants after three years of searching! They cost a lot, but I didn't care because they're actually more of maxi skirt meets palazzo pants and with really cool splits on the sides. One week after I purchased them, they went on sale at 70% - I'm not always lucky when it comes to fashion deals. I saved them for a special occasion- which came on Saturday when I took my family out for lunch at our favourite place in Iasi - Little Texas to celebrate my college admission. The food is simply the best - I managed to snap a couple of pictures of our desserts because we jumped right on the chimichangas, nachos, tacos etc. They also have a beautiful garden, which you can see in these pictures and it's such a serene and magic place!