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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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Drops of happiness


February showers bring March flowers.

I have not seen anyone loving the rain more, anywhere in the world, than the way they love it in UAE.

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I mean, let’s be honest, I am from Europe and I know very well how Europeans behave when it starts raining, we get all moody and comfy in our beds and we start complaining about how bad the weather is and then we go to sleep, cause nothing beats the sleep with the music of the rain on.

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Well, the opposite happens in Dubai and you must experience this! Rain comes with happiness! When the first drops are seen we all jump out of beds and we go out. Go out to feel the touch of the warm rain drops on our bodies, to walk in the rain, to drive in the rain, to dance in the rain, anything, but we don’t stay indoors! We simply don’t! For instance, we’d rather go and take some cool pictures! 🙂

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Staying fashionable regardless the weather?!

We all know how hard that is, no one feels like making any effort to dress up on a wet weather, but it shouldn’t be that difficult!

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First, make sure you stay warm at all times and you’ve got the right boots on! How else would you be able to jump around and splash water all over?

No umbrella? Nothing to worry about! 

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Put on a hat, I guarantee it will protect you from the rain as much as it does it from the sun!

There you go! All set, ready to Click, Click, Click, ohhh wait,  Taxiii!!!

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Now tell me…

When was the last time you fell in love with the rainy weather? Come on, if not the drops of the rain, then what brings out the romantic side in you?

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Grab his hand and swim in laughter, 

Dance together and he’ll be your lover. 

 

Love,

Andra

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What is your obsession?


” I wanted to examine the single dot that was my own life. One polka dot: a single particle between billion.”

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I’m thinking for a while now, if I actually have any obsession and most probably not. I don’t even know if that is a good or a bad thing. I believe it depends on the type of obsession or the intensity of it.

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It might be good if you think about the fact you are not addicted to anyone and anything. But when you turn your dream and your passion into an obsession, I believe you are 100% focused on success. It will bring the success! You will make it! Just because everything revolves around your obsession!

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That’s what Yayoi Kusama (87 years old!) Japanese artist, did!
Her Dots obsession turned out to be a success and took her work all over the world!

This is when the love is transformed into dots! Nothing makes more sense to her, but dots. She sees dots everywhere. There is no life around without the polka dots.

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I know, many of you will find it silly, you will say the same as I did, yeah, right, everyone can do it, just some dots hanging from the wall or laying on the ground and here is the art, there you are, a successful artist. But she start working on her project back in the 1990s. It takes perseverance, it takes motivation, it takes strong belief in what you are doing, she was basically breathing dots for 26 years now and today everyone knows about her.

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I have seen her work currently in Sharjah Art foundation, it might be looking simplistic but it brings happiness! So again, she knew exactly what her purpose was.

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Here are some of our fun pictures taken on the day, around Kusama’s dots. She makes you breath those dots, I’m telling you!

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Xenia Gazi tasting dots. 🙂

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Based on her words I dare to say that we must be living in a colorful polka world.

Therefore I want you all to examine your polka dot. Examine your own life.

Let today be the magical beginning of an enchanted life.

Love,

Andra

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2016 My year to shine


 

Last day of 2016 is over. I don’t know about you, but I still can’t believe this year is gone. Is the time passing differently lately? Or is it us who just can’t get enough and we are never satisfied, we don’t know how to value every second in the right way.

Regardless the reason that time seems to pass at different speeds I just want to tell you all that 2016 was an absolutely unforgettable year and YES, it was my year to shine! This is what I wrote exactly a year ago on a piece of paper… 2016 will be my year to shine!

Many things have happened, had million reasons to smile, to be grateful for, to be thankful for, to be happy for!

I have done my retrospective for this year, I know all the goals  I have accomplished, some of them are in progress and some might have been delayed, not because I have not worked for them, but sometimes we are very demanding with ourselves, which could be in the same good and less good, cause we might not reach all our targets, but, please, please, focus on the good! Always!

Life is too hard not to make it fun!

Rewarding yourself is an important part of success! It is absolutely essential that you make self reward an integral part of your routine. Don’t leave it like that. Talk to yourself! Trust yourself and believe you can do it! You can do it all! Rewarding yourself for victories, big and small, will make a world of difference!

What are your personal plans/goals for 2017?

Have you written your resolutions for the New Year? If not, do it today, don’t postpone it, oh, this could be one, don’t postpone anymore!:)  Take an hour, make yourself a cup of coffee or dare for some bubbles since the New Year is right at your door and visualize your year; once you put everything down on a notebook, you’ll feel better about yourself. If you still don’t trust me, give it a try and you’ll see that this will be the first step in knowing where to start from.

Your goals must be very clear and if you want my advice, this is how I do it all the time , I split my goals and plans across the various categories: self-development, financial, spiritual, professional, health, etc.

This way, by the end of the year you’ll know exactly your progress and I’m sure that will put another big smile on your face.

Be bold in your goal setting!

Don’t worry if you have never done it before! Don’t let anything and anyone hold you back, we are all capable of more than we think.

Find a role model. This will help a lot, surround yourself with succesful people, people who are good at what you want to achieve. Do what they did, do it your way. Look for inspiration! I love doing that!

2017 will be my year to shine!

Write this down and remember every day how lucky and loved you are, you special soul.

Have a wonderful celebration, wishing you a successful year, value yourself and don’t forget to shine!

Take your dreams seriously! If not YOU, then who? If not NOW, then when? 

Love,

Andra 

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