Monday, 3 August 2015

Good Planning

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I've always loved planning trips. I'm the type of tourist who knows five different restaurants near every sight we plan to see, the drug store, supermarkets and I usually plan everything to the minute. I learned it from my aunt and uncle, they're the best when it comes to this. As I told you before, I had my best friend in Iasi for three days and I wanted to show her as much as possible! The photos from this post have been taken throughout the second day, our busiest. 

It started with a walk to the Train Station to buy tickets for the next day (the streets I chose to get there all had history or imposing buildings for us to admire). After this, we had breakfast at S.'s favorite place in Iasi , Charlotte. It's an amazing pâtisserie, I love the decor, the music, the atmosphere and...the sweets, of course! They also have some divine croissant sandwiches (nothing compares to them, according to S. who has had croissant sandwiches in Bucharest) and great coffee.
After our French breakfast,  I showed S. my Med School because she was curious how different it is from hers in Bucharest. Some other walks followed, we spent some time in the Copou Park, and a few hours in the Botanical Garden- we have to go back someday, we barely had time to soak in the beautiful landscapes and the serenity of the place. After this, we had a quick lunch and we went to an Escape Room. We visited my aunt and then we went to see Ted 2 with my cousin.

I'm grateful for this summer so far, I got to travel a lot and I can't wait for my trip to Rhodes. Gotta get back to packing now, I wish you all amazing day!

Sunday, 26 July 2015

The Perfect Surprise

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♪ Madonna - Iconic ♪

I've always wanted to receive my birthday gifts when it's my actual birthday, but it seems this year my family and my best friend S. had other plans! I was supposed to return from Iasi on a Sunday after I finished my work, but I called S. on Saturday night to catch up, one thing led to another and we decided that it would be best for us to properly visit Iasi for three days (we try to visit beautiful places in Romania at least two times a year). She arrived on Monday and we had a great time walking around the Palace of Culture (you can see it in these photos). Then, a massive rain changed our plans, but I believe it was for the best: we hid in the cosy Starbucks Garden and had 'refresha beverages' (a summer special, I'm not usually a fan of black tea, but I really loved this one!) and then proceeded with a shopping spree in Palas ( it wasn't my first this summer, neither S.'s but we sure had a lot more fun shopping together).

Now back to the gift part: S. couldn't wait for another month to give me my birthday gift and considering the fact I last saw her in April, I was on the same page. Just after she arrived in Iasi she gave me a pretty Zara bag and when I opened it I saw my dream summer dress (pictured above) and Madonna's latest album "Rebel Heart". Back to the dress, I changed in an instant and it fit just perfectly so I decided to wear it for our walk. It's been my favorite ever since, because of the back cut and its fabric, it's the only dress I have that makes 36-38 Celsius degrees bearable. 

As for Madonna's latest album, I think it's underrated. She always tries to reinvent herself (I'm not talking about her fashion in this post, her music strictly) and I honestly loved her new take on pop. Obviously, it was thanks to Diplo's contribution, singers like Kanye West (who produced "Illuminati" and "Holy Water" ), Nicki Minaj ( "Bitch I'm Madonna"), Alicia Keys (playing the piano in "Living for Love") and so many other talented people. S. really knows me, it's been our no. 1 choice for our car rides lately!

Wednesday, 22 July 2015

Joy

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Hello, my dear readers, it's so good to be back! I finished my first year of Med School weeks ago but at first I just felt like I needed a break in order to readjust to my hometown, spend more time with my family (it's hard to live 4 hours away, I think I've been overhugging  my sister these past few weeks to make up for the lost time) and hang out with my friends who also returned in our hometown after their final exams. After I spent enough time in my hometown, I returned to Iasi for two weeks because I felt like I needed to be a tourist after living in the town for a year (I rarely had time to visit it during the school weeks). How refreshing it was to take walks in the Copou park (pictured in this post), play tennis, visit places, go to the movies with my cousins!

Although I loved Minions , one movie stole my heart forever: Inside Out. For me, it's the best children's movie ever made, I don't know how a movie can get wiser, more touching,  heart-warming than that. I love the dynamic between Joy and Sadness and the "Lava" short film played at the beginning of the movie is genius!

Sales wise, Iasi has been amazing! I found so many things I have been looking for a long timeee. I've always wanted a white skirt, casual and versatile, just so I can wear it during summer. As always, Zara saved me! When I found this pretty skirt, it was love at first sight. The embroidery reminds me of the last Dolce & Gabbana collections and the fabric is so soft&comfy, just the very thing you should be wearing on a hot summer!

Saturday, 18 April 2015

The Cherry Blossom Girl

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♪ Cristi Cons - Mouline ♪

We have some beautiful cherry blossom trees in my hometown and each spring I would tell my best friends: "We have to do a photoshoot with a cherry blossom theme!" and then something would happen like a test, or a party you have no outfit for and you must go shopping, or an unexpected trip. I realized that I finished highschool and moved out of my hometown WITHOUT taking a single photo of these beautiful trees.

I had my Easter holiday so I went home, where I had the most refreshing break (Oh my God, so much has happened on the 3rd season of House of Cards, yet I was just sitting with my Anatomy books the whole month of March and missing out on all the good stuff! ). One day, I decided to go on a tour of our small hometown together with my best friend (a.k.a a trip down memory lane) and there it was: my favourite cherry blossom tree, fantastic as ever!

What you must know about me is that I like wearing a lot of black these days- I know, this blog used to be all about blush pink, nude and mint, yet here we are! I don't know when or how it happened, but I know that most of the times, when I walk out the door, I'm wearing a black ensemble. So of course I thought I shouldn't take these pictures because I was not matching the tree- at all haha. Then I thought some more and I kind of liked the idea this photoshoot represents- that you shouldn't waste any time when you want something - be it a photoshoot or the job of your dreams and that it's okay to change- whether it's your fashion style we're talking about or your opinions. It would have been awesome to have some photos as the 16 year old me in that mint dress I wanted to wear for the photoshoot back then and compare them to these photos, but I've made the mistake of not taking all the opportunities in highschool and I've decided that this must change in my twenties (only 4 months to go until 20, still can't believe it!).  Thank you Simona for being the most amazing photographer and friend, I love you & I will miss you like crazy!

PS: The title is inspired from the first fashion blog that I've ever come across to, back when I was 15, which inspired me to start my own blog.

Thursday, 12 February 2015

Changes

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♪ Jay Z- On to the next one ♪

I've changed a lot in the last five months and there are a bunch of reasons: leaving my hometown. living on my own, studying Medicine, being away from my best friends (and coming to terms with the fact that we can only rely on Skype and Facebook to keep in touch), not being able to hug my little sister and parents every day and having survived the first storm of finals in Med School. I don't think anyone can ever prepare you for the first important exams in your life as a student: I had 8 major exams (not counting English, Psychology etc.) in the course of 24 days and it has been the most intense and challenging experience I've ever had. 

I really wanted my comeback post to include a list of the changes I noticed:

- I'm more confident than ever that I chose the path that's right for me- as hard and impossible the finals were, I realized I love studying all the subjects and that I really can't see myself in any other place!

- I don't get scared so easily-  I used to panic before an important test- sure, the fear is still there- but I'm more confident and I handle stressful situations better.

- I know when enough is enough- During those 24 crowded days I had times when I would just sit all day at my desk and then days when I would go out for a movie ( on that subject, you HAVE to see Whiplash, it's genius!), for a Starbucks coffee (we now have Starbucks in Iasi too, yay!) and listen to some good music to clear my mind.

- I like.. snow! I have always dreaded winter and the unbearable cold, but it all changed during the winter holiday. I went on a trip to Busteni with some of my best friends- we stayed there for 4 days and we faced train delays, a LOT of snow & cold and yet I loved every single moment of it because we were together! We cooked all the meals on our own (um, okay, on the 1st of January I gave up and went for a delicious pizza- photo proof in this post), we visited a lot of beautiful places ( the Cantacuzino Castle is a must see, I'm so proud our country has such an incredible heritage), played a lot of hilarious games, danced, laughed- I just felt infinite and I cherish the memories we've made!!

- I have less.. regrets! Every week I did not post on this blog due to university work I felt really sad and had tons of regrets. Now, I finally realized that I have kept in touch with the fashion world by constantly following the updated on various fashion websites and with my readers thanks to Instagram and my Facebook page (you can check them both when you miss my posts, I post updates often). Sure, it's not the same as the act of blogging but, I want you guys to understand how I really feel about Med School right now:

"I began to realize how important it was to be an enthusiast in life. If you are interested in something, no matter what it is, go at it full speed ahead. Embrace it with both arms, hug it, love it and above all become passionate about it. Lukewarm is no good." — Roald Dahl (one of my favourite authors)

- I really want to improve my... time management technique. I'm starting the second semester on Monday and I hope I learned a thing or two from the first one when it comes to time, so I want to believe I'll update this blog from time to time because there are so many awesome photos I took this winter and I would really like to share them! Of course, I want to also share my thoughts on the 2015 Spring Trends. I guess we'll see, fingers crossed!

Now, some of the photos we took during our AMAZING trip to Busteni: