Spring revival (a.k.a. obsessive shopping)

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I’ve been going through a shopping phase recently because I felt like I didn’t identify with my clothes anymore. That and the fact that online shopping just gives you so many ideas you can’t help yourself. And as I was packing for Luxembourg and my room and wardrobe were already a mess I decided to take advantage and take some photos. I’ll go through most of them individually, the only one I haven’t got a proper photo of (whoops) is the Swissological hand cream which is the most amazing smelling thing you’ll ever find and it moisturizes amazingly.

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My old Clinique foundation is running out and it has lasted a surprising whole year. Whilst I liked it because it covered the redness of my skin and didn’t block my skin, it felt a bit plaster-y and dry. My skin is much better now so I thought I’d take a risk and venture out my comfort zone. I’m not very big on makeup and will stick with something forever if I find it works but I thought I’d have a shop around for a new foundation. After going to the beauty halls of numerous department stores (which I highly recommend if you’re unsure about what to buy) I decided on Estee Lauder Double Wear that feels really light on the skin, is medium coverage and smells super nice. The packaging is not very practical for travelling but could be worse I think.

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Ring from a local jewelry shop called London Zu.

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My favorite brand of lipsticks; it gives just a subtle color to the lips and it lasts for hours.

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The very end of winter saw me finding the perfect pair of slouchy jeans and I was so happy I couldn’t believe my luck. The Gap jeans are always perfect for me and as they always have 30% and 40% discounts it seemed like the ideal buy. The second pair are denim shorts from Anthropologie that were on sale 70% off and only £15. They’re a little big at the waistband but I can easily take it in when summer – hopefully – arrives. I liked the fact they’re not super tight on the thigh and not ridiculously short either so they have a very relaxed fit.

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Ok…this has just gotten ridiculous. All who know me know that I absolutely love knitwear but this is getting a bit out of hand. I have added to the collection these 4 beauties. I recently realized that most of my things are now either blue, black or grey so I went on a bit of a splurge with the orange sweater, just to bring some life to it.

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No one can have too many striped things, that is a fact of life. I’ve been searching for the perfect classic striped t-shirt and found 3. The Cos one is the traditional, ‘clean’, version whilst the Gap one is really soft and with 3/4 length sleeves and that really cool added color at the trim. Not long ago I discovered & Other Stories, a kind of designer meets model minimalist store opened on Regent Street. Some of the things are really out there but they also have some pretty cool stuff such as the black t-shirt with mesh stripes.

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Finally, the my 2 loves right now are these two bags. The small bleumarine one is from Gap (so surprising) and it’s perfect for going out and not wanting to drag a massive bag with you. It’s the exact opposite of the other one, I know, I know, but it was a donation from my aunt and it’s just so beautiful and spacious that I couldn’t say no. And why would I?

This is all for now, God knows what I’ll find in Luxembourg and France…maybe some shoes??!? ;)…. I think I need professional help at this point.

Ana

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Home ♬

Yesterday I discovered some old photos from my last trip to Bucharest in late October, which I had completely forgotten about. Looking through them I have decided to make a shortlist of my favorite places from my hometown and make a photo/ travel diary entry about it next time I visit. Maybe I’m getting a bit nostalgic or maybe I just find any excuse I can to not do work, choose whichever.

Romanian National LibraryI’ll start with some photos taken at the new headquarters of the National Library of Romania which I visited for some research on my Extended Project Qualification (aka the most time consuming thing ever). Personally, I much preferred the old building in the historic center but this one is so much bigger and better equipped so you win some you loose some.DSC00599

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DSC00612All through last summer and autumn they held the biggest exhibition of Romanian art in retrospect, a truly amazing idea of which I will hope to be many more. I love going to art galleries and museums and it just saddens me to see such a great initiative largely ignored by the public. Art really can build up a sense of patriotism and whilst I felt proud of my heritage I also felt a bit disappointed that not many people share this idea with me, but I hope that will change in the future.

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DSC00662Following this, another cultural stop at Sol gallery , a new project started up by two of my parents’ friends. It’s a cosy little art gallery located on Jean-Louis Calderon street at nr. 26 and its concept is really great because their aim is to promote the Romanian artists (be them painters, sculptors or photographers), many of whom have achieved recognition abroad, in their own homeland. They have lots of different paintings exhibited and some are held in a deposit because of the limited space in the gallery but they have some really interesting things so I would definitely recommend it if you find yourself passing by :).

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DSC00596I shall end the post with some autumnal outfit photos. And as I love autumn, especially in Bucharest when the leaves turn red and amber and it’s sunny and warm, I could not help myself but dress with the season in my new (amazing) Staccato shoes, Benetton trousers, PNK casual t-shirt, Uniqlo hoodie, French connection biker jacket and my trusty Fred de la Bretoniere bag.

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Ana 

Set the fire to the third bar♬

Thursday night, us rebels doing French AS-level went all the way down to Earlsfield to see a play – mind you, performed in Bollywood style and spoken in English, but written by Moliere. I was a bit skeptical, as any normal person would be, but at the same time intrigued, so after getting so stressed at Clapham Junction (the worst train station ever) we arrived at Tara theater. It may be the smallest theater in the world, I don’t know, but it’s definitely the smallest I’ve ever been into; the size of a normal back-to-back house, the ‘stage’ was the size of the living room and there were no more than 30 seats altogether. Needless to say our group took up 1/3 of the whole thing. Anyways, it was such a fun play with amazing live music of all genres and the actors were actually very good. There isn’t as much dancing as we thought it would but I guess that wasn’t the point of the play…

On Saturday I met with my friend for lunch on Kensington High Street where she suggested Dryland Grand Cafe , a really nice bar restaurant just opposite the tube station. They had everything from cakes to salads but I just had to go for the goats cheese and roasted vegetable sandwich with a blueberry smoothie…so healthy. No need to mention that we couldn’t resist going in a few shops and I’m putting together a wish list as soon as possible. Actually, as soon as I get enough money to spend because otherwise it’s just mean.

And to wrap up my exhausting weekend, Sunday was spent at Somerset House where I’m a volunteer with the temporary exhibitions. This week I was assigned to the Paul Benney : Night Paintings display in the Deadhouse which has just opened and will run until the 9th of December. I love my role anyways, but to get to be in Somerset’s Deadhouse is a privilege as it is almost never open for the public and it’s so interesting. It’s called as such because in its crypt-like walls there are tombs and gravestones dating from the 14th century and with the lighting and the gloomy paintings it was quite chilling. Coming in from Embankment level, the exhibition really stands out as different. I find the paintings themselves quite interesting, some which are quite quizzical and impress with the use of perspective and technique of oil and resin on wood, but I liked the way they’ve been exhibited and I think the location is perfect for the story of the paintings. I definitely recommend it, as I recommend the Valentino exhibition which will open on the 29th of November… I literally cannot wait for that one!

By the way, I’m selling some of my clothes – and not only – on eBay so if you’re interested click here! Thanks 🙂

Own side ♬

Credits to my friend who was the photographer! ^.^ T’was the day before she went back home *sad face*, when we went for a look around Notting Hill and Portabello Road. If you go there, no matter the reason, you need to stop at Dri Dri for icecream, I am dead serious when I say it’s the best one I’ve had so far and I’ve been to Italy too, so that must mean something. It means it’s too good for you guys not to at least try it!

Click for the title song here 🙂

Let it go ♬

 

 

 

 

 

 

This day had to be documented: it was warm enough for sandals! I went all out to express my absolute joy with these multicolored sandals from France…. I think. Or was it Wales? Ah, one of these two anyways. I also wore one of my favorite tops from Stefanel. Which reminds me: I haven’t seen a Stefanel shop in ages. I wonder where they’ve dissappeared. My ombre jeans are from M&S, the same bag from Fred de la Bretoniere (it turns out it was a smart investment after all) and a plexiglass ring from some shop in Bucharest which I can’t remember.

I am pretty sure that when this is posted I’ll be either laying in the sun and reading or eating sea food. One follows the other and the cycle repeats itself. That is Greece for you!

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Vegas Girl ♬

A solitary case in which street ads have actually paid off – Vegas Girl by Conor Maynard is in my head! So naturally it had to be the title of my next post, no?

When you are reading this, I’ll be off hiking in Scotland (funny how I’ll be doing that in wellies since there’s a flood warning going on) so expect some ‘travel diary’ entries too… but don’t expect any flats or cute tops.

Today was Knightsbridge day with a stop in Harrods where I’ve tasted one of the world’s best macaroon (Black sesame and chestnut filling – amazing) and a cultural visit to the ‘Ballgown: British Glamour’ exhibition at the V&A.

That day I was wearing red flats (from Amsterdam) and the Fred de la Bretoniere bag (also from Amsterdam, there’s a trend going), dip dye M&S jeans, Mango t-shirt and French Connection jacket.

My friend was responsible for the hair and photos :D. I can’t braid my hair at all so I’m taking advantage these weeks that she’s visiting.

I tried the ‘Spin’ design which was a big spinning chair which tilted you to a point where you thought you’d fall but then it didn’t…as you can see I totally got it so nevermind the terrified expression on my face.

Christian Louboutin at the London Design Museum

Yesterday the Christian Louboutin 20 years anniversary exhibition at the Design Museum has finished and by now I can safely assume that around 50 or 70 pairs of precious red soled heels and not only are boarding a plane for the Louboutin archives where they really should be under lock and key.

I think I’ve been pretty lucky to have been inches away from so many splendid shoes which, let’s be honest, I won’t be able to afford for a long time now. Some designs have really impressed me, like Mexibeads ss 2012, Anemone 2008 and Ballerine 2007. The most amazing ones that I didn’t even expect to see there were the limited edition Marie Antoinette inspired heels of which there are only 36 pairs in the world. I think me and Mr Louboutin would have a great conversation on Sofia Coppola’s rendition of the last French queen, since we both love the movie… coincidence much?!

I wasn’t actually allowed to take any photos so excuse the horrible quality of my photos but I had to sneakily take them when the guard-people weren’t looking. So worth it I might add!

The decor was very playful just like the designs exhibited. There was a mirror room, a film room where you could see Mr. Louboutin dancing tap with studded black shoes (priceless) and a giant Faberge egg from which a pair of glorious shoes popped up – the Tsar design I think. Oh and yes, that is a performance of Dita von Teese who metamorphosized into a massive 2 ft tall swarovski heel…everything made possible due to holographic technology.

A normal day at the Louboutin workshop and the designer’s desk replica.

Finishing off with Christian Louboutin’s quote : ‘ For me, a successful shoe is one with minimal design but whose lines are bare and so the shoe appears to be an extension of the leg. ‘ I’m sure that’s the case with the ballerina shoes too…

We were promised jetpacks ♬

* my friend Sonya who was also the photographer 🙂 *

 

 I’m only going to say this: I should not be wearing jeans and a sweater and a coat in July! 

(photos taken all around London -Savoy Place, Embankment, Southbank and the National Theatre. I was wearing Geox trainers, Gap skinny jeans, my mum’s sweater, Zara scarf, Uniqlo trench coat, MNG bag, hawaiian shell necklace as bracelet, vintage elephant one and pearl bracelet from Cambridge marketplace)

Such a trend follower…

 

That’s right, I’ve pulled a fashion trick a la Kate Middleton with my recycling outfits after less than a fortnight. It’s just being trendy, there’s nothing else I can say in defense.

In other words, you might recognize my Zara skirt from less than a week ago, but I beg to differ that the styling is completely different. For one, I was having a much better hair day which makes the crucial difference. Then, I was wearing my (formal) black suede court shoes from Amsterdam for the first time ever and guess what – they were a delight to walk in to my amazement since it takes me around a year to break in shoes to a point which they look too scruffy to wear and the cycle repeats itself. A Banana Republic ruffle-y top and my mum’s Hobb’s emerald-green cardigan completed my look…don’t you just love it when you can start claiming stuff from your mum’s wardrobe??

Btw, I’m especially proud of my twirl… there were some horribly unphotogenic tries beforehand.

Il faut du temps au temps

Friday was shopping day! With a purpose this time : to celebrate the end of exams. I think I take too much pleasure in seeing all my media sheets and old homework torn up in pieces… Westfield was our venue of choice, although personally I’m not that keen on it. That day I was wearing a Uniqlo t-shirt which I love because of the sleeves, TKMaxx leather belt, Massimo Dutti bangles (they make noise the equivalent of a flock of bell-ed up sheep), Fred de la Bretoniere bag from amazing Amsterdam, M&S maxi skirt (the wind was really something that day) and Aldo tan boots.

* Shoes numero dos

My summer dream dress from Jack Wills…maybe next time *sigh*