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If you only do these two things, you’re doing enough


In this blog article I am going to share with you my two most important tasks of the day and please, let me tell you that, if this is ALL you do for yourself on a daily basis, trust me, this is THE BEST you can do.

Yes, it has a huge impact on you, I can’t even say this enough, but feeding the mind and training the body are the two best things one can do in this life.

We sometimes tend to focus so much on one goal that we want to achieve that we completely neglect anything else. How many of you are so much focused on losing weight right now? I am! So if you are like me, you’re probably exercising daily or at least three good workouts per week. You must be on a very healthy lifestyle, you have a nutritionist looking after your diet and you’re watching closely your sleep and the quantity of water you must drink every day.

If you are not on the same page with me, probably it’s the right time to revise what you are doing and work smarter on that diet.

By the way, for me it’s not a diet anymore, it became a lifestyle. I love it so much, I love the way it makes me feel, the daily exercises, the fact that I have a good sleep in the night ( I finally go to bed early), the fact that whatever I give my body it’s not a love & hate situation anymore but a love & love one. We learnt to love each other.

That all sounds perfect until now! But then let me ask you, and now we reach to the point I was looking so much forward to, how many of you are still focused on training your mind as well?

In a world that is so preoccupied with the physical aspect, are you the exception that is working on both? Are you training your mind as hard as you’re training your body?

Ask yourself this question, balance the situation and make sure it’s all in your favor. I love and admire a healthy body, I know how much hard work is behind that, the motivation and the dedication of exercising and sticking to healthy habits, but what is a healthy body without a healthy mind?

So my only advice I would like to offer to all of you, it’s like a small virtual gift and I do it because I would like to share with you all the beneficial changes I am going through, is this: do not neglect your mind and where you are right now in your life, it’s important to train your mind every day, do it at least for 20 minutes, read all the books you have at home, if you only have one, read it ten times, I guarantee that you’ll still learn something new after you read it for the tenth time. If you don’t like reading or you don’t have the time, there are so many audio books, you can listen to one while you’re driving or while you’re exercising. You can perhaps listen to a podcast or watch a Ted Talk. Maybe you want to invest 20 minutes for your business and start to explore and read what is new in the market or what can bring you an advantage.

Whatever it is, don’t find excuses and take twenty minutes every day for yourself, for your mind and invest in developing your knowledge. Twenty minutes is something we all have and why not doing something that adds value to who we are and to who we are about to become?

Being stuck at home, doesn’t necessarily have to mean being stuck in life or being stuck in your thoughts, but we can turn that into growing at home or self-developing at home, becoming better, becoming wiser, being more focused and feeding our brains with the right information, to be more precise.

Let’s all take a break from negativity, panic and stress. We can overcome the situation we are ALL in, by first, accepting it and then trying to act on it. How? If we all focus on ourselves and our growth, together we can add more value to this Planet, together we can share great ideas and this is, honestly, the best time to connect, to give and not to expect anything in return.

My dear darling, offer yourself forty minutes a day. Twenty to train your body and twenty to train your mind. Trust me. It’s a process that will answer so many of your questions and it will calm so many anxious thoughts. Turn this situation in your favor and offer yourself this gift. You deserve it! Life is meant to be lived at your fullest potential!

So much love,

Andra

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Stop checking your phone in the morning


That’s right! Although the title of the article might sound like a command, I couldn’t have said it any better!

Checking your phone, first thing in the morning is the worst thing you can do to yourself. Just imagine, you have barely opened your eyes and before you even get up, your phone is in your hands, God knows in which position you are now laying down, eyes half opened, phone above your face, lucky enough not to drop it on your nose and then the process of getting distracted and becoming reactive to all the news you see gets started.

Before you even know, 30 minutes have already passed (the best scenario), cause sometimes people lay down in their beds for another few hours doing nothing, but checking their phones. If that brings you money, I have nothing more to add, although that should never be the case of anyone, to wake up and check the phone first thing in the morning.

When you create such a habit, before you even have time to wash your face, say a prayer or show some sort of gratitude, perhaps say a thank you for the fact that you opened your eyes in the morning, you must be aware of how your mind is affected.

First of all, you get distracted from your own thoughts, from your own mood, you don’t know in which state you’ve woken up or how you feel, because before you take time to check on yourself, you step in other people’s life and see how they are doing. You check what they ate, what they usually do in the morning, where they are right now and so on.

Stop here.

Can you put yourself first for once? Can you just take at least 5 minutes for yourself to breathe and wake up properly before you do all of the above? You are the most important person in your life, no one else.

So why would you allow yourself to be influenced by other people’s opinions when you have barely opened your eyes?

Without knowing, they have an emotional impact on yourself and that’s the reason why so many times after waking up, you’re already feeling tired and your mood is not one of the best, so you’re starting to be irritated by the smallest things around.

You feel overwhelmed and you feel you ran out of time. Why? Because you’ve just spent the first hour of the morning on your phone checking your emails, replying to your messages or checking other people’s Instagram stories while you have neglected yourself, your own need and your well-being.

Remember, every morning when you grab your phone as a first thing that you do in the beginning of the day, you simply give up your power! You allow everyone to take your creativity, to take your first breath and suck all your energy before you even got up, because that’s how it feels.

I know all of that because this habit used to be part of my every day life too. I am not here to point fingers but just to tell you that I know how it feels, but I also got to experience the opposite.

I learnt how to keep my phone far away from me in the morning. I don’t open social media, I don’t check emails or messages and by doing so I make sure that my mind and my attention is fully allocated to me and my priorities for the day.

I allow myself to take a deep breath and prepare a cup of coffee and then I can at least control what goes in through my brain. I can filter that information and those emotions. Because before anything, I gave myself some time and now I am ready for the rest of the world.

And always keep in mind, that if you want to have a bad day look at what everyone else is doing/having the moment you open your eyes and your bad day is guaranteed.

Stay safe and stay far from your phone in the first minutes of the glorious morning!

Love,

Andra

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Hello 2020!


I would like to welcome this fantastic year in my life. I have a feeling that the year that has just passed wasn’t as powerful as 2020 will be. You know, us, women we have that sixth sense, so better trust us.

Since we stepped into a new year, a new me, I don’t want to dig too much into 2019, it’s already a closed chapter, but I would like to emphasize on making sure that you have all done your annul review and you know what to leave behind and what to bring with you in this new year.

I went through my list and my writings for the beginning of 2019 and throughout the year and I have realized that most of what I have wished for became the reality I am living today.

And there is little left undone, which doesn’t upset me, because I will keep working on it and finding a better strategy to get things done this year.

Fortunately, I was blessed enough to get to spend the Christmas holidays, back home, in Romania with my family and my friends.

It was a joyful Christmas for us, specially because of my godson, Alexandru, who has shared with us, the excitement of waiting for Santa Claus and I can’t even put in words how special this little human being is.

He taught us (at almost 3 years old) valuable lessons which I would like to share with you.

  • A “Thank you” goes a long way
  • Don’t forget to play, it keeps you young and takes your worries away
  • Wake up early and go to bed early, take a nap in the afternoon
  • Don’t skip breakfast
  • Stay hydrated
  • Make sure you surprise someone throughout the day, even with something as little as a Kinder Surprise 🙂
  • Apologize when wrong
  • Learn how to listen (and memorize everything, I am still shocked)
  • Dance and sing along the way

These are very small things the kids are doing effortless, however looking at us, the grownup ones, we kind of struggle to even drink enough water during the day and that says it all.

But pause here.

Think about it. Do you really enjoy living in your busy world? Feeling always tired? Coming home from work and staying on a phone? Forgetting to eat or worse, overeating? Making a habit out of overthinking?

The last might be the favorite activity between adults.

I strongly believe that you need a break.

You need to slow down and breathe.

And that is all I wish for you in this miraculous 2020, that you take a deep breath, thank God for it, because nothing would be possible without Him and don’t forget to play.

Keep yourself young, surround yourself with people that inspire you, lift you and encourage you to become better.

Be kind to the ones around you. Help and don’t forget to give back to the ones in need.

Only focus to achieve spiritual values and not material ones. You don’t want to fall in the trap of a temporary happiness but an eternal one instead.

Nothing will make you feel more safe and secure than having a partner, family or friends that love you, care for you, check on you and have your back regardless.

The rest is all up to you. The number of kilograms you lose, the money you save, the places you travel to, if you quit smoking or not, if you sleep until 1pm or get up at 6 am, it’s all up to you.

And if you fail at any of these there is no one you can blame, but you.

So, my darling, put yourself first, give yourself everything you have and be ready to prove them wrong to all those who thought you are not gonna make it!

Much love,

A

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It’s not second hand, it’s vintage!


I shouldn’t be starting this article with a question, but I do have a doubt!
At what point in the history of an item of clothing does pre worn becomes second-hand, becomes retro, becomes vintage? Anyone knows?

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Recycling clothes and buying clothes that have had at least one previous owner is vital for an environmentally sustainable future, that’s for sure. Luckily, the preference for vintage has caught on and vintage clothes are now a key part of every fashionable person’s wardrobe. And put me on that list, too! I buy second-hand clothes and I also wear the pre worn items that once belonged to my mother, auntie or grandmother. I find them really cool and unique! Plus that vibe…uh. You should definitely try it, but please do clarify me on the aspect of retro, vintage, old, second-hand, etc!

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A very interesting fact says that: Vintage has become such a big business that in the United States thirty-five tones of second-hand printed T-shirts are sorted everyday and eight million kilos of second hand clothes are sold for export every year. Wow! That’s a lot!

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I believe that the organic rebranding of second-hand clothes as vintage fashion is not a bad thing for the environment at all and I hope that this trend will really last.
After all, one man’s rags are another man’s riches, right? 🙂
How many clothes we all have and we don’t really wear  anymore or they just look too old to us and then, when we give them away those people feel like they have a completely new wardrobe full of pre worn , second-hand or vintage clothes, call them however you want, as long as you get me!

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If fashion is ephemeral and superficial, what does that say about us? Like clothes, we fade and decay. Are we too just another type of ephemera or are we more than that? 

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Meanwhile, just enjoy this beautiful location, one of my favorite places in Dubai, where we could actually notice the same theme, with old decorations, and furniture being reused giving the place a different vibe!

 

 

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Nu ar trebui sa incep articolul acesta cu o intrebare, insa chiar am o nelamurire.
Vorbim despre avantajul hainelor vintage si ma întreb cum ajunge o piesa vestimentara sa fie catalogata ca fiind prepurtata, vintage sau retro?

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Cumpărăm haine de la second hand si spunem, da, e o bluza de la second, însă alții zic este o bluza vintage. Dacă piesa vestimentara a aparținut bunicii, de exemplu, eu zic ca e veche, are istorie, e vintage.

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Oricum ar fi ele, hainele, oricum le-ați numi voi ca sa sune bine, cred tot mai mult, ca dacă am recicla hainele sau am cumpara haine care au fost purtate anterior, pentru cei ce nu au nimic împotriva asta bineînțeles, am reuși sa luptam împreuna pentru un mediu mult mai bun.

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Ceea ce ma bucura, ca in grupul persoanelor ce îndrăgesc moda, se practica tot mai mult obișnuința asta de a cauta prin dulapul mamei, bunicii, străbunicii sau printre umerașele magazinelor second hand si nu poate fi decât un lucru nemaipomenit pentru mediul înconjurator, plus ca întotdeauna vei fi persoana ce iese in evidentă, deținând o piesa vestimentara…mai altfel decât tot ce se vinde in Zara, Mango, H&M, etc. Nu spun toate acestea doar așa, ci pentru ca, la rândul meu, nu ma deranjează sa vizitez magazine second hand, magazine vintage cu piese de colecție sau dulapurile bunicii si de cele mai multe ori ma aprovizionez cu niște hăinuțe tare deosebite!

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Pana la urma, toti dintre noi donam hainele ce nu le mai purtam, nu? Pentru noi sunt vechi ori demodate, pentru cei ce le poarta sunt niște piese noi pe rafturile dulapurilor!

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Exact cum este si rochia asta MOV ce a apartinut matusii mele. Daca ea nu o mai vrea, o vreau eu! Haha! Nu cred ca am avut ceva mai mov de atat si nici ca mi-am inchipuit ca voi purta vreodata culoarea asta, insa trebuie sa recunosc ca este o piesa vestimentara ce atrage atentia oriunde m-as duce! Clar apartine unei alte ere!

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Nu mi-a luat prea mult sa gasesc si o locatie pe masura, unde dupa cum vedeti, tematica este acceasi! Iubesc cafeanua asta! Pentru cei ce locuiti in Dubai sau vizitati, o gasiti in Jumeirah, Art House Cafe.

Hope you enjoyed the article and the wonderful pictures taken by Gulshana, which, as you might have noticed, very few are actually edited. You’ve got me in a raw version! 🙂

Photographer: Gulshana
Location: Art House Cafe

Much love, 
Andra

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Each morning we are born again


Embrace those mornings.

7 am. You wake up with no alarm feeling well rested and full of energy. You get up and prepare yourself a big cup of coffee and then you start planning your day, your month or perhaps your life…
Oh, such a great feeling!

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Choose to shine!

I am not a morning bird, I admit it, however I am always trying to set an alarm on my day off too, just to make sure I am not wasting any time, plus isn’t the morning the most efficient part of the day? When all the world is silent, when all humans are sleeping or trying to get out of bed and you are already working on your goals and making clear plans for your future.
Or simply, the fact that this is your time! This is the time that no one will bother you, no one will call you or text you and you can just do whatever you want, read, sing, watch movies, write, cook or climb rooftops like we did. 🙂

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When you start each day with a grateful heart, light illuminates from within…

I love this kind of mornings, even more when it involves little sunshine in my eyes…that warm light that steps in your room. The light that brings in passion, hope and enthusiasm. Such a blessing! But how many we are able to see it?

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Every morning is a new day and another chance of living your life

How many of us we are thankful every day for all we have since the moment we open our eyes? For what we see, what we hear, what we feel…for all of it, we shouldn’t be taking anything for granted. It is a gift given by God and we have to cherish it day by day.

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“When you arise in the morningthink of what a precious privilege it is to be alive -to breatheto thinkto enjoyto love.”

Be thankful for all you have and all you are and start the day with positive thoughts!
Don’t miss to tell yourself how wonderful you are and how nothing will stop you from achieving all those big dreams that seem farther than ever. They are closer than you think. Just take the step towards them!

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Wondering how to have a better day?

  1. Smile, smile, smile!
  2. Slow down, take the time to admire or to appreciate.
  3. Say thank you. We all expect a little thank you, right? Say it!
  4. Give compliments. Lots of them. If you love them, they’ll love them too.
  5. Dress nicely! Oh, I love this.
  6. Wear perfume. You know the consequences, it turns heads, ladies…and gents! 🙂
  7. Listen! Such a good advice. We all have something to say, but we are not all good listeners.
  8. Laugh! It will make your day even better! 🙂IMG_5268

Now, go, set yourself free and fly higher than you ever did. 

 

Dress: Zara
Accessories: Aldo
Location: Dubai
Photographer: Wonderful Beate 


Love,
Andra

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A ladylike to wear your boyfriend oversized blazer


Look cool, not sloppy.

By now you should be used to the latest trends, that tell you oversized is cool!
The bigger the better. With the risk you might look homeless sometimes, go for it!

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It’s time to wear anything that is two size bigger, so don’t hesitate to borrow your boyfriend shirts, blazers, jeans, but hey, not the shoes! We don’t want some circus going on, pretty ladies! Haha!
My favorite part is that everything is so comfortable plus you can easily hide all the deserts you had lately. 😌

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Let me tell you the story, I’m flying to NY, the photo shoot has been already planned for a while, so I’m looking forward to meet my dear Sinziana, who is already having a career as a photographer in the lovely New York, New York.

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Overpack- it’s why suitcases have wheels now.

Time to pack! Oh, only one suitcase, only 24 hours, that’s already a difficult start!
Late in the evening, all clothes out, trying to mix and match and play games with my clothes! Let me add some of my boyfriend’s, I’m quickly thinking.
Anyway, Dubai is way too hot at the moment to wear blazer, he won’t notice.
Done! His jacket straight away in my suitcase!
By the way, we kind of have the same size, we can borrow each other clothes and this is not the first time, actually he was wearing mine too, shhhh, our secret!

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The masculine meets feminine

What do you do with an oversized blazer though? I don’t want to wear anything under, but I can’t walk in a bra around Manhattan either. Let me add that vintage belt I bought in a second-hand! Oh, did I mention how much I love these shops? Cheap&chic, that’s the etiquette!

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I want a feminine look though. I’ll take some stilettos! Hum, dead man walking around NY in high heels, that’s definitely something that you need to see, after such a long flight and no sleep! But, hey, we can do anything we want, can’t we? Yes, who cares, Starbucks is my favorite addiction, it always keeps me going, so why would I give up now? Caffeine won’t give up on me without getting this done!

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Oh, let’s go back to fashion! Still one item missing.
Mmm, this floral skirt was trying to get my attention, since it’s been a while I didn’t wear it. Ok, I’ll take you to NY dear, don’t cry!

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Voila, my look is complete! Time to explore New York. 🙂

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  • Oversized blazer borrowed from boyfriend’s closet;
  • Sweet embellished skirt bought somewhere in Thailand;
  • Zara shoes;
  • Vintage leather belt;
  • Vintage brooch bought in a market in Japan.

All pictures taken by talented Sinziana Dobos.

 

Smiles and flowers for you,
Andra

 

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