Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Romantic Gypsy

Wearing: Sisley top, vintage crinoline, Aldo shoes, Target belt,unknown piano shawl.

I have been running like crazy these past days. But in between planning a baby shower and trying to get my hands on impossible books for my history paper, I manage to squeeze a gypset photoshoot in.

Remember how I told you I love gypset looks? They really are so much fun to wear. Expect to see more of this style soon. If you don't like gypsies this will be tough for you!

My Bf would also like to thank you all for the get-well wishes ( yes he reads the comments and especially loves it when you guys love his photos).

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Questions & Answers

If you have any more of them , feel free to ask away!!!!!!

How did you start your blog?
Before I started my blog I really had no idea how big the fashion blogosphere was. I stumbled upon a style blog that was part personal diary, part fashion journal and I instantly became addicted, About a month into my newest obsession I realized I wanted to give it a try too. Unlike other people who had read tons of blogs before and have heard what they were all about, I absolutely had no idea what to expect. All I knew is that I wanted to share my style with others ( that's the main reason why I started this blog) but it took about a month and half till I got the courage to post outfits.

How do you promote your blog?
hahaha, this one is definitely not for me cause i absolutely don't do anything. But maybe I can suggest creating a facebook page so facebook addicts can get their updates through that.

Who takes your pictures?
My darling boyfriend, George who is passionate about photography. Both our passions ( mine for blogging, his for photography) started about the same time so it worked perfect for both us. He has a constant subject and I have a constant photographer.

What program do you use to edit your pictures?
I use Adobe Photoshop. I mostly use it just to resize pictures and neutralize the colours but I have also become addicted to the blur tool which helps with skin imperfections.

What is your favorite item in your closet?

Hmm, this really changes from season to season depending on my taste levels and moods. Right now I think it's the Corina Vladescu Roisin dress that I am absolutely dying to wear but I have to save it for the occasion I bought it for which is next June.

How big is your closet?
Very small... I cant even begin to tell you. I actually have 3 closets ( all small). One for the current season, one for my off-season and one for items that are worn rarely. Oh and i must tell you , I share half of the space of each of these closets with my bf. When I buy my next home, one of the things that are on the top of my list is BIG WALK-IN CLOSET or a spare room to turn into my fashion oasis.

How do you organize your wardrobe so you know what goes with what?
My closets are a chaos. No, they really are!!!!!!!! They absolutely make no logical sense. I usually spend an hour a week just staring at my closet and preparing upcoming outfits for that week depending on the events or type of activities I will be doing. This is one of the most frustrating parts of getting dressed. Once I do that I arrange all the items of those outfits in my closet starting with the first day and continuing to the last. This type of organization only works if you have a lot of time to just sit and stare and pull your hair out till some genius idea hits you. Sorry if its not practical for the rest of you!

How did you learn how to pair things together?
I have no idea!!!!!! I don't want to saying something cliche like having studied the elements and principles of design has helped me in knowing how to pair things cause its hasn't. at least i don't think so. Its just trough test and try. You have to make a lot of mistakes in order to realize what works for you and what doesn't, how to pair things and so forth. Obviously this means that sometimes you have to go outside of your comfort zone, try something new and maybe it works wonderfully or maybe it was a horrible idea. The only thing i suggest is stay away from matchy matchy. Don't think does this go with this? just put it together, look in the mirror and then you can truly decide if its such a bad idea or not. The idea is to stay away from combinations that come first thing in your mind. Push yourself for a little more. And for me More is always better. Whoever said simplicity is the key to always looking great probably had no idea how to mix and match creatively.

What pieces do you consider to always be in trend?
I rarely pay attention to trends. If I like it I still wear it even if " whoever" calls it last season. I personally love the gypsy/bohemian looks. I have worn them since I was 15 with the same passion and excitement as I first discovered them. I just identify very much with this style. I think the trick is to find a style that truly suits your personality that comes as naturally as possible. It doesn't matter if its in that season's trends or not. If you identify with it you will look good and people will notice.

How often do you re-wear things?
I don't usually re-wear outfits except for running errands outfits that make me look like a hobo joe. As to specific items I re-wear them depending on my current fixation with that item. If I am in love with it I will most likely feel the need to re-wear it as often as I can. Usually I would say 2-3 weeks on average for most things.

How often do you get rid of clothes?
Lately not that often. I mean I just transfer them to my closet at my parents house. I am slowly turning into a hoarder. I have this huge obsession lately that I want to pass to my daughter a beautiful closet of special clothes that she can wear them as vintage when she grows up hence why I am becoming a hoarder. My biggest fear is that I will only have boys or that my girl will be a tomboy.

What is the one item in your closet that you will never give up no matter what?
I don't think I can say any one item. I don't know I usually don't get attached to clothes in that sense that I could say that I could never ever rid of it. Although there are a lot of special pieces that I have, I would have no problem giving it to the right person like I previously said a future daughter.

How often do you go shopping and what stores do you prefer?
On average I would say I go every week. If i skip a week then usually I go psycho on the next shopping trip. As to stores, I have realized I have a huge addiction to H&M. I don't think I have ever entered that store without buying something. Case in point, this weekend, I went there to shop for my bf and as I was waiting for him in the changing room I saw some girl give back these shorts that I just had to have. Other than this, American Apparel and Target also dominate my closet.

What do you think about other fashion bloggers? Do they inspire you?
Yes!!!!!!! Style bloggers are my major source of inspiration. I love Sea of Shoes, The Cherry Blossom Girl and Miss Pandora.

What do you think about Romanian fashion bloggers?
I love them. They keep me in touch with my home country. It let's me find out what's new and how girls dress there. I would personally just love to see more style blogs coming from Romania. High Street Cardigans and Fashezine are great... but they are both fairly new. I think there is a strong niche here and I'm sure a lot of other girls would die to see what fellow Romanian fashionistas have in their closet. I also adore buying the most amazing accessories from Dulapul Bunicii while I choose Fashion in my eyes as my main source of information.

Which celebrities do you consider fashion icons?

I'm actually not really interested in celebrities. Most of them have stylists so their looks are not really their own. They just don't arouse any interest whatsoever.

What fashion magazines do you read?

I only read Vogue US and Vogue Paris which I have started only lately to get my hands on. I am thinking of starting on Vogue Nippon as well but the hefty price usually puts me off.

Can you give any advice( what to do / what not do do) to new fashion bloggers that want to promote it /make it better?

1. Visit other blogs and leave comments
2. But only write genuine comments. No fakeys. Don't write one liners. Waste of time. Try to write meaningful feedback.
3. If you dont like the look but feel the need to comment,DON'T. Not saying anything is better than lying.
4.Although this comes with a big price tag, invest in your camera. Picture quality is essential.
5.Sometimes, you can cheat a bad picture with great editing skills. Spend as much of your free time as you can playing in photoshop with all the different tools. Google some tutorials and try different effects on your pictures. ( this is probably the most important tip I can give you)
6.Nobody has the time to read your most inner troubled thoughts in some bullshit poetic format. Keep those for your private diary or if you really are some sensational poet start a poetry blog.
7.Keep the writing to a minimum. ( I'm definitely not following this rule right now)
8.Don't write product reviews unless you masterfully know how to disguise them into your day to day posting that people expect from you. Definitely don't do this at the beginning of your blog. It's the first way to put people off from coming back.I sure don't like visiting blogs that all they do is advertise.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Let's flop around!

Wearing: Miss me Top, Zara shorts, American Apparel hat, H&M shoes, no name bag, Honey Room sunglasses.

Quick Quick post cause I have a splitting headache that has been killing me since my philosophy class. Philosophy does that to you!

Though I have to say I loveeeeeeeeeeee this bag. From the colour, to the texture to the shape... its one of my favorite things to carry in the summer.

BTW, these pics are taken in the doggy park where I take Maxi every day. People definitely think I'm crazy for showing up like this.

Does anybody else realize how all over the place my thoughts are right now?

I have also realized that I have never done a Q& A post on this blog. So here it is the first time ever you can ask me anything ( and I really mean ANYTHING) you want. I'm pretty open so I don't get offended that easily but just in case you're afraid of ME, you can also drop me questions HERE in anonymous format. Whatever is convenient for you guys basically.

Monday, July 19, 2010

Hearts & Lace

Wearing: Zara jumpsuit, H&M tights, Federica Balducci sandals, no name hat

Remember how much I used to wear these sandals last summer? I completely forgot about them till now.

On a negative note, this weekend has been hell for me. My photographer/bf has injured himself badly ATVing and is now confined to the walls of our heated apartment. I don't know yet what that means for the blog. No more outfit pics for the rest of the week OR too many outfit pics ( cause you have to do something with all that free time hihi.)

Thursday, July 15, 2010

5 years with Dries Van Noten

On Sunday, George and I celebrated our 5th anniversary. I took this occasion to wear my new Dries.

What I love most about Dries shoes is the Talon Heel.

I mean normally I would have worn the Stella's with this dress but I just had to find some way to incorporate them in this outfit. I actually was reluctant to post these pics. I don't think they turned too great but it seems a lot of you couldn't wait to see the new shoes and also there were a couple of you who did not read my posts well and though that the Givenchy's were the Dries. Very bad readers!... and then you wonder why I get annoyed by " fake" comments!

'I'm also wearing a Go International Target dress and vintage belt with clutch ( not bought together)

We went to Kobe which normally you wouldn't think it would be a great place for an anniversary since it has those teppanyaki tables that you share with fellow strangers. I was reluctant at first about the idea but glad i tried it. It was one of the most entertaining anniversaries ever. The show the cooks put on for you is just amazing. We were definitely not the only couple celebrating an anniversary.Our fellow table neighbors were also a young fun couple celebrating their third anniversary. We hit it off so well with them. I guess that's the whole point of the shared tables. Meet new people and venture out of your comfort zone. Overall a great new experience that I definitely will remember!

P.S. The lovely Krimly was sweet enough to add Faboulista to her top 10 blogs feature post. Check out My Cherry Gum to see it, along with the other amazing blogs!

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Trip to Seattle

Saturday I decided to take a short trip to Seattle to check out their sales. Woke up early ( 5:00 AM) to catch the 6:45 Choooo Chooo Train to Seattle.
Seattle is basically the American version of Vancouver. I find the resemblance between these two cities freakishly close. Obviously each country's " culture" adds a bit of touch to it but overall they are very similar.

First up was Barney's.

I almost took these Givenchy's home but in the end I was put off by the trendiness of this shoe and decided against it. I then stopped at Nordtrom where I was lucky to find the last pair of Dries Van Noten at 70% off and lucky me in my size ( or the closest adult size to mine). I finally had my feet measured and guess what? I am actually a 4.5. Which explains why this fall's Pradas in 35 were too big. You have no idea how many times I was directed to the kids section. Its almost getting embarrassing. I wore them today to my anniversary dinner so you will see them in my next post.
I then stopped at Anthropology which has become my favorite new store especially for home decor. You have no idea but I wanted to take half of their kitchen stuff with me home. Lucky for us Vancouverites, the sales girl told me it has been announced we are getting 2 Anthropology stores in January of next year. I saw this dress as soon as I walked in the store and had to take it home with me. I love the strong 50's silhouette from the sweetheart neckline to the swing skirt with crinoline underneath.

Happy me heading back to catch the Chooo Chooo train back to Vancouver!

Friday, July 9, 2010

Leopard print a la Audrey

Wearing:H&M skirt and top,vintage bag, traditional Romanian necklace from the Peasant Museum bought on my latest trip to Romania.

Quick post again. Sorry but I was planning on posting these earlier tonight. Then I decided to go out for a couple of drinks. A couple turned into toooo many and here I am again under the influence.Blame it on the new heat wave!

In my interview for Marvelous Things I was asked in the same question what do I prefer: "stripes or leopard? Audrey or Marylin?" If you read it, then you would know that I choose leopard and Audrey. Here is an outfit that shows How Ms. Audrey would wear leopard.I added my own little bohemian touch with the necklace cause damn I just love boho/gypset/ethnic inspired things more than anything else.I've also realized I use Damn a lot. Not just in writing but in everyday conversations as well.

On another note, I bought my first Mac in my life and BOY is it hard switching from a PC to it. I'll let you in on a little secret... I'm completely technologically challenged. If it wasn't for my darling boyfriend I basically would have no blog....and NO I'm not blogging from it right now cause mixing my challengeness (NOT a word) with my hmmm.... problem at the moment... well things wouldn't turn too well!

Monday, July 5, 2010

Vintage Romanian peasant top

Wearing:vintage Romanian peasant top, H&M skirt, Aldo sandals, hat from Victoria

This is one of my favorite outfits probably cause I'm wearing two pieces that I love very much. First the skirt is probably one of my favorites.I consider it a very lucky skirt. The first time I wore it was a very special day that I will always remember.
The peasant top is one of my finds from Romania that I bought in February if you remember. I mentioned it here but I never showed it to you. I was pleasantly surprised to find that the National Peasant Museum had a great selection of vintage peasant blouses much more intricate in embroidery that the modern ones. The new ones can't even compare to the amount of details the old ones have. You can tell the women in those days had a lot of times on their hands since they would put so much effort into the beading of these wonderful items. This piece really is a museum piece in itself. I will have to tell you that I felt very bad wearing it because every time I took a step, beads kept falling off so I think this piece is more of a collector's piece rather than a wearable item. I actually don't mind this because I do have the tendency to buy things for collecting purposes. Maybe one day I will show you my collection closet. Those are things that I normally don't wear but I just enjoy looking at.

On another note, I love Fashezine's new website. A cleaner look with a much easier navigation. I must tell you that she is making me rethink my layout. Although I refuse to switch from blogger, I will see what I can do to make it more pleasant for you. Check it out cause she is having a wonderful giveaway!