Fashion, Travels

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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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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Romania, you rock my world!


Romania, you have the most beautiful face!

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I know Romanians celebrate Dragobete on the 24th, I know, we are very traditional.

However, Valentine’s took over the world and it looks like people are more loving and caring on the 14th of February and they don’t know how to express their love better on this particular day. I’m sure you already know what I would like to suggest you my dear love birds,  make this day happen every day for the rest of your life, be open to love and do your best to show the love you have for your special one every single moment.

Moving on, since that’s not the point here, I want to tell the whole world that Romanians are the most loving people on Earth. Why? Because over 500.000 people gathered together around Romania these days to express their love for the country! Isn’t that magnificient?

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They lighten up Romania like never before!

We are all awake and alive and we love this country with our hearts, minds and frozen bodies walking and singing the national anthem on the streets of Bucharest and not only, so that you can all hear that we do have a VOICE.

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I live abroad for few years now,but if I could make a wish, it would be to take the first flight home and go there and do what is right to do, what our parents did in ’89 for us and what is right for us to do for our future.

I won’t go deeper into the topic, I don’t want to get involved into politics right now, I let the experts do their job, but living far from my country has never made me happier than now, seeing what a beautiful nation we are!

Romania, we are one! Together we will win!

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“When injustice becomes law, justice becomes duty!”

 

Love,
Andra

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National Achievers Congress Dubai


“Your Network is your NetWorth.”

I have always had a high interest in reading self-development books or attending events like National Achievers Congress, brought for the first time in UAE, only because I find inspiration in people’s stories, in their life experiences, their success or the failures they have been through in time.

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Robert Kiyosaki is the one who captured my attention and made me attend this event. For those who don’t know about him, I would recommend you to read “Rich Dad, Poor Dad”, the New York Times bestseller,  sold in over 26 million copies, that teaches you all about the financial independence and building wealth through investments.

 Saving is for losers.

Let me just start all over again. I find out about this event that I really want to attend and I’m already planning to book my ticket with my good friend, Xenia. All set and the tickets bought. Meanwhile, I’m doing my research about the guests, the event itself and while browsing on Facebook and Instagram, I go on Ali’s Al Saloom page and I see this contest about sharing the ad and having a chance to win 2 GOLD tickets worth 1600$!!! I don’t think much, I said let me just share it, I mean we all have a chance in this life, even though I don’t really ever participate in any contests like this one,  thinking that there are too many people trying their luck so my chance is kind of small, I’d rather let it for the others.

How many of you are thinking the same?

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This time though, I’m sharing Ali’s post all over social media, Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and in my mind I’m already wondering what will I do with the tickets that I have just bought if this turns to be my luck. I knew it!
Few days later I get an email: Dear Andrada Contiu,  Congratulations! You have won 2 Gold Tickets…

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Wow! I’m in Munich, my eyes half-open, this lady calls me and I’m wondering who could be, shall I pick up the phone? I did. “Andrada, did you get my email? I’m calling from the Najahi.” Uhm, which email was she talking about? Well, I don’t really check my email, but from now I’ll definitely do it more often. I was one of the 5 winners in UAE! Isn’t this great?
Everyone has a chance you only have to try, try, try!

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Two full days of inspiration, education and motivation.

Feel to plan, plan to feel. Go out there and look for opportunities! Think big and big things will happen!
I can not put together  all the precious information I got in those two days, but I can say that it was totally an event worth attending.

First of all, I was happy to see Khalid Al Ameri as a host, since I couldn’t see him last year at the Emirates Literature Festival. He is such an inspiration for all the men around and not only. You must read his posts when he speaks about his wife and his family. This kind of stories you don’t see them around every corner anymore, so you appreciate it more and I believe there is still a tiny hope within all of us that the power of love could take over anytime soon.

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Robert Kiyosaki is a person I have always wanted to meet, since I read his book some years ago. I truly believe that we must work for our future, we must take opportunities, we must build dreams and fly higher than we’ve ever been. Financial independence is important and Robert was sharing with us how can we get there before the world will be replaced by robots. Yes, technology is taking over and soon humans will have no major role anymore in serving the community.

There were many other speakers that captivated my attention such as Andrew Matthews as a bestselling author about happiness, success and prosperity; Ali Al Saloom, one of the fastest rising media stars in the Gulf, totally loved him;  Lady Michelle Mone as a leading entrepreneurs inspiring women all over the world; Peng Joon who was telling us all about the online wealth creation and how to make big money by selling digital products online; Kevin Green, UK’s “Secret millionaire”, Business Coach and Property Investor encouraging people to invest in properties and teaching us how to make money out of it.

Overall, it was a fantastic event, I took lots of notes and I got a boost of energy and motivation for my personal and professional life, so it will hopefully be a SELF development and not a SHELF development, putting all my notes on the shelf. 🙂

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I would like to end here not before asking you to sit with yourself for a bit and reflect about where do you see yourself in 5 years from now, how about in 10 years? What will you do to make it happen? Take one hour per day just for yourself and do anything that makes you happy, because it’s us who choose happiness and don’t forget that all the joy in life comes from creation, STAND OUT, be OUTSTANDING! Inspire, impact, influence, set achievements, do your things, the results will speak and people will follow!

Upgrade yourself, dear friend.

 “A ship is the safest in a harbour but that’s not what  ships were built for.”

Learn in style,
Andra

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