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This is who I am


Today I have decided to share with you a little bit of my journey throughout these years.

Many of you might be new on my page and if you wish to know me better this is a great chance.

You will find out (a lot) about myself, the place I am coming from, how did I grow up, my values and how life used to care for me.

I hope I can keep it short and sweet! (People love to talk about themselves)

I would go back to my childhood, I remember I was always a happy child, I would get involved in all the activities, sometimes more than I could handle, but I simply loved to keep myself busy, finding new hobbies and I must admit I was quite competitive, but in the same time I would always give my best and I was never a greedy child, I think the desire of helping and giving that I now have is there since I was a child. I don’t have brothers or sisters, but I wish I had, so I could share with them all the good and the bad. Cause life has always two sides and I had to live them both. At age fourteen I found myself surrounded by an angel, my mother, Angela, has now become my Angel. I still think that her name was somehow well chosen.

I feel like I am now going into too many details about my personal life which I never spoke about, but since I decided to share moments of it with you, you might as well know that we all go through unfortunate moments in life and those are meant to strengthen us and discover our most powerful sides. And that has happened to me as well.

Ever since I wanted to excel in everything I was getting involved. I felt like I wanted to make both my parents proud, but all I was doing I was actually doing it for myself. I enjoyed it. It would keep me going!

And that’s in terms of relationships, school, being a daughter, a good friend, going to a good University, getting a job. I earned my own money since I was in school. I remember when I was in high school I rarely needed pocket money from my father because I would earn mine. When I went to University, I started to work as well right away, I had couple of jobs mostly in retail and hospitality.

All of that while studying as well. School was always a priority so I always had to study hard just to catch up with all the information because I was missing a lot while working to earn my money (during my University years). I was already an independent girl let’s say. I would manage to pay my own rent, bills and take care of myself.

Ever since that unfortunate event happened in my life, I have evolved so much, I became more mature comparing to kids my age, I was seeing life differently and I knew I had to get out there and make my own path in life because no one else would do it for me. As said, this is what I kept doing until the present moment. I graduated high school with honors, graduated the University with honors again, so in terms of studies I was fulfilled and so was my family.

Something was missing though and that was my personal desire to succeed in life, a quite difficult move at those times of financial crises in Romania and not only.

I have never thought I would build a career or a life out of my own country far from my family. But sooner or later the day I packed my suitcase and moved to Dubai has come.

I still remember the day I landed here, in Dubai, I was so impressed, a girl from a small city in Transylvania being mesmerized by a city as Dubai. It was so impressive to me and I still love it as much as the day I first landed here.

It was a risk that I took and not many would have done it if they were in my place. But that risk played a big role in my life.

Everything that happened afterwards it’s a more familiar picture to you already, since I have spoken about it in a previous article where I mention about my first job in Dubai and how did I end up becoming a cabin crew for Emirates.

Now, why did I share all of those quite personal stories with you?

The reason is quite clear and simple and that’s to, basically, show you that, whatever you dream of, you can achieve, to show you that in life you don’t need anyone else but yourself. Don’t rely on your parents money or your parents connections, don’t let the circumstances of your life decide for yourself, but take your own decisions and turn your whole life around.

This is an honest personal experience, that your background, your money or your social life, does not determine who you can become and if that means to be the one that does things differently and takes a risk, then go for it!

Choose for yourself and choose wisely, be aware of your unlimited possibilities and chances that life shows you and be open to welcome them! You should always make the best with what you have, be proud and happy about it, make it special!

Despite everything else I want you to know that I have always felt loved and fortunate to be surrounded by amazing friends, great communities and people who trust me. I still believe that when God takes something from you, although nothing and by that I mean NOTHING belongs to us, He always makes sure to give us so much more in return.

So yes, I feel truly blessed, very fortunate about everything in my life, very proud of who I am as a person and I know that the best is yet to come.

And when you can’t find the sunshine, BE the sunshine, and that sums up pretty much how my journey in life went, I was my own sunshine when I couldn’t find one!

Love,

Andra

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This day will never come again


It seems that this spring allows us to only watch the trees blooming from our balconies, we listen to the birds singing every morning while sipping our coffee and we watch the sky day and night. I would emphasize on the last part since I simply adore watching the sunrise and the sunset. The energy you get while you observe this phenomenon is simply mesmerizing and if you ask, I would so much love to do that by the beach having the sound of the waves as a background music with my eyes closed and feeling the wind on my skin, which doesn’t even bother me, because the sun is so warm and gentle at these times of the day that makes the whole experience so much more relaxing.

Oh, what kind of dreams we now have, while #stayinghome all of us and patiently, or impatiently, waiting for this virus to somehow dissipate and let us enjoy the beauty of the nature. The beauty that we once used to be so busy to observe. Isn’t this ironic in some ways?

Not so long ago, we were all going to work, going outside, attending events, meeting friends and yet we were complaining we have no time for ourselves and that life is so busy, that time is flying.

Look at us now, we are all safe at home, surrounded by our loved ones, by a family member or a partner, maybe a roommate, we are not running around like crazy, life isn’t as busy as it once used to be and guess what? We now HAVE THE TIME.

But the downside is that we still love to complain about this too. We find it boring, we don’t know what to do to make the time pass quicker, we have applied all the masks our face needed, we read so many books, watched so many movies, caught up with all our friends and family members, discovered the undiscovered about the one you live with, learnt to cook, tried new things at home, like exercising efficiently without having to pay lots of money, cleaned the whole house perfectly, decluttered your wardrobes, got to sleep as much as you once wanted to and tell me, what else was on your list?

Ok, you haven’t learnt a new language yet, you might have not finished any course or perhaps you are far from even starting one, you didn’t lose those extra kg either and from my experience that’s the hardest part of them all, but hey, we are all #inthistogether.

Now, allow me to tell you something that will be music to your ears.

Don’t desperate!

Everything is perfectly fine! You have done all you wanted to do, all you were able of doing, you have done it your way. You are not supposed to be finishing your 1 year of studies while staying a month at home, you are not meant to come out of this a self educate doctor either.

The only think you should keep in mind is that this will pass, we are strong and we will win this battle, all together, but the time that we have now we might not have it soon again.

The time that you were crying so much about in the past that you desperately need, yes yes, that time for yourself, the time to take a bath, to finish a movie or a book, to eat a homemade meal, to spend some quality time with your loved ones, this time is yours NOW only.

Do embrace it, do look at it positively, treat it as an opportunity, because we should always look at every obstacle in life as a new opportunity for something better and brighter to come our way.

And also, my friend, don’t forget that you can only be truly happy if you live in the present. So, treat every single day as new opportunity to make love with yourself and spread that love all around the house, send it even miles away to your family and friends and remember that, while there are people out there fighting a battle with their life, you just won that battle.

And when the well rested you (because you slept so well), the fresh/hydrated/glowing you, (because of all the treatments you have applied and tried on your skin since staying home), the wiser you (the books you read or documentaries you watched have watered those seeds in your brain), the more relaxed you (the movies you’ve seen) and the NEW you (because you had time to focus on yourself, to know what truly matters and to self develop), when this new you gets back his/her freedom, trust me, YOU will live life differently.

Until then, make sure you nurture yourself and live in harmony and blessings, that you cultivate positivity and joy, because this time will not come again to you. And I hope it won’t.

The lessons have been learnt!

Sending you love,

Andra

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Cum e sa fii in REZERVA


Lume, lume!

Va trimit imbratisari din Chicago, unde, din cauza fusului orar si a jetlagged-lui, evident, mi-am amintit ca v-am promis sa va tin la curent despre cum a decurs luna mea de rezerva. Bine ca nu m-a prins Craciunul sa va povestesc despre ce s-a intamplat in August! 🙂 Sa-mi fie cu iertare, dar daca ma urmariti pe Instagram, probabil ziceti si voi ca bunica-mea: “Doamne, tu copila, mult mai umbli!” Umblu mult, bunica, dar lasa, ca nu merg pe jos! Te pup, bunica, de aici de prin America!

Asadar, luna August a fost o luna fierbinte!!! La propriu, atunci cand eram prin Dubai si la figurat, ca m-au luat caldurile de la atatea zboruri! Daaa, am zburat mult si au fost zboruri frumoase, dar cele mai multe cu munca intensa, ca deh, dupa munca si rasplata!

Programul arata cam asa:

• GRU- Sao Paulo

• CDG- Paris

• VIE- Viena

• BLR- Bangalore

• JFK- New York

• CPH- Copenhaga

•KRT- Khartoum

7 zboruri, 5 layovere si 2 zboruri dus-intors, cel din India, BLR si Sudan, KRT, unde a trebuit sa lucrez in Economy.

Da, din pacate, in luna asta a surprizelor, in care nu stii exact pe unde pleci, nu stii nici gradul pe care lucrezi. Eu sunt Business Class crew, deci GR1. Ca Economy crew esti GR2, First Class crew FG1, Cabin Supervisor CSV si Purser (cel ce e responsabil de toata echipa de pe avion, după Capitan si First officer) PUR.

Asta este ierarhia. Am zburat, slava Domnului, 5 zboruri in business class, insa nu mi-a suras norocul si la zborurile astea scurte, care se pare, nu sunt favoritele nimanui si a trebuit sa imi amintesc de unde am plecat atunci cand am inceput sa zbor! Haha! Dupa fiecare zbor in Economy, iubeam mai mult ca niciodata Business class. 😀

Sa fac un rezumat, am zburat undeva la 108 ore, ceea ce pentru mine a fost cam mult, de obicei zbor undeva la 70-80 ore pe luna, ca sa am timp si sa ma odihnesc si sa ma bucur de zilele libere in Dubai, dar am avut undeva la 13 zile libere in Dubai, ceea ce nu e rau.

Cel mai mult mi-a plăcut in New York, evident, este unul din favoritele mele, dar mai ales ca am avut norocul sa ma intalnesc cu prietena mea, care la momentul respectiv, se afla in vacanta acolo. Ce poate fi mai frumos?

O sa va las poze de prin toate destinatiile, in caz ca ati ratat povestile mele pe Instagram, andra_contiu.

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Daca aveti curiozitati, nu ezitati sa imi scrieti, promit ca raspund, uneori mai greu, dar raspund! Nu uitati ce zice bunica mea! Practic, acela e motivul!

Gata, merg la micul dejun si apoi e timpul sa ma intalnesc cu oameni faini, aici in Chicago, unde sunt pentru prima data! Yey! Bucurie mare!

Sunteti pupati!

Andra, care umbla mult.

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Singing the denim blues


JEANS HISTORY

Jeans began life as a utility garment because of the hard-wearing nature of the fabric, yet from their origins as the informal uniform of America’s gold Rush and timber industry, they have evolved into a stylish staple that features on catwalks and in high-end fashion magazines. A good pair of jeans can last a lifetime, their durability matched by a flexibility that means they quickly mould to fit one’s shape. Many of us regard our favorite pair of jeans as a familiar friend associated with key moments in our lives.
Many of us also have multiple pairs of jeans. According to a survey, the average American woman owns 8.3 pairs and the British were to spend some 1.51£ billion on 86 million pairs of jeans!
Jeans can now be bought at every price point, in every colour and in innumerable styles.
They have come a long way from their origins as the working man’s uniform.

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DID YOU KNOW?

While jeans could appear to be an ideal example of sustainable fashion, they actually exemplify the darker side of clothing production. Jeans are made from cotton, which needs large amounts of land and even larger amounts of pesticides to grow. Achieving that blue denim rinse requires numerous dyeing processes that consume huge amounts of water. According to Levi’s, over three thousand litres of water will be used during the full product life-cycle of a SINGLE pair of 501 jeans, from the cotton production and manufacturing processes to their regular washing at home.

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THE UGLY TRUTH

Since the 1980’s, jeans have often been designed to appear pre-worn, a look achieved by sandblasting, which has led to many garment workers contracting the incurable lung disease silicosis.
In Turkey, where the backlash against sandblasting first began, there have been 1200 registered cases of silicosis, though many doctors believe the number to be much higher. In Bangladesh, where there are some thousand garment-making factories, jeans production employs thousands. Employees often work eleven hours a day for as little as 38$ a MONTH– the living wage in Bangladesh is 100$ a month, in conditions where the air is filled with tiny particles of silica.
A number of companies have moved to ban sandblasting, including Levi’s, H&M and C&A. Versace and Gucci have also made a commitment to stop using the process in the manufacturing of jeans. The clothing industry’s reliance on subcontractors, however, makes it difficult to enforce such bans. One way to end the practice of sandblasting jeans would be to create your own wear and tear.

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Who else remembers using a pumice stone to soften up a new pair jeans and make them look worn-in? 🙂

I do, when the market was not that accesible to us, I used to do my own jeans that would look worn-in, they were so cool and not once I was trying to accessorize them, cut them, basically restyling so it would look like a new pair without having to buy another one. I do recommend you to do the same! 🙂
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Probably you’ll be wondering why after knowing what’s behind the beautiful jeans fashion I am still posting these pictures in a full denim outfit!
Unfortunately, I was not aware of all that information either, until I read it in one of the various fashion books I have bought not long ago, after taking these beautiful pictures in downtown Dubai planning to write a completly different article on it, but I believe little awareness wouldn’t mind anyone.

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Whoever knows me, they know how in love I am with the denim since I was little and I used to have a proper collection of jeans, when I left Romania I counted around 50 pairs, which have been donated later on, so let’s say I was doing litlle good too.
Yes, I still love jeans in all forms, jackets, skirts, you name it. But what I promise to myself is that I will try to use them as much as possible and restyle from time to time, whenever I get bored instead of buying some other pairs.

Do you know any other interesting facts about jeans or other garments/fabrics? Please, share them with us in the comment section, we’ll be all more than happy to know as much as possible to avoid doing major mistakes with our clothing pieces.

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Oufit: Zara jeans, Mango jacket, Steve Madden shoes, D&G sunglasses;
Location: Downtown Dubai and Karak House;
Photographer: Gulshana

 

Much 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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