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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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Why fashion matters?


Fashion matters. 

To the economy, to society and to each of us personally, of course in different proportions.
Faster than anything else, what we wear tells the story of who we are or who we want to be. Fashion is the most immediate and intimate form of self-expression. Personally, I admire people who choose their clothes carefully, who do some research about latest trends, who consider what suits them the best or who, at least, check themselves in the mirror before going out. Not to mention that I do look at people’s outfits a lot, specially when I travel around the world, I’m sometimes looking for inspiration, other times I just want to see how the city looks like through the people’s street style.

Fashion deserves to be taken seriously and celebrated for its beauty, creativity and entrepreneurial spirit. The fashion industry is among the most aspirational and dynamic of all industries. Its best designers, as with all great artists, imagine, initiate and move culture on. The cut or pattern that first appeared on the catwalk soon finds its way onto store shelves and into our wardrobe. Whether or not we like to admit it, what we wear and how we wear it is inevitably influenced by designers’ ideas and creative decisions.
We all follow trends or at least we take what we want out of what the fashions masters dictate in the fashion magazines, tv, catwalk or lately, through the influencers.

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The “clothes that wear us”

At heart, fashion is all about the art of self-adornment: the visual presentation of ourselves to the external world.
What we choose to wear reflects how we view the world and how we want the world to view us.
The prehistoric caveman with the latest beads, the post-war woman in Dior’s New Look, the latest fashion blog recording street style as it happens, they are all tied to our very human need to express individuality.
We all have our unique style and that’s where the beauty is, because we are all different, therefore we choose to express ourselves in million different ways. How many times we wear something that we want to be comfy in, like a cotton t-shirt and cotton trousers, just because we are not in a good mood or we don’t feel like dressing up and so on. Style says a lot about how we feel at that time too.

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I love to spend time shopping, reading, going through fashion magazines, Instagram pictures, I take time to prepare my outfits too, most of the times, otherwise when I have no inspiration I just play it safe with basics. However, I’m careful at not crossing limits and spending too much time doing this and getting exhausted only trying to look perfect!
That shouldn’t happen, it’s all supposed to be a funny creative game that will make us happy when we see the final result in the mirror.
And the most important advice I could give is: if you need help ask for it!
You have friends that are more talented than you are, you have an Instagram account or a Pinterest, people who look cool anytime without any effort, people more interested in fashion, or even the stylists that they do this for a living. Call them, check those pictures, ask Google. You have so many options that could help you when you have no ideas or you simply feel less inspired. Just shout for help! 🙂

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Fashion has been and always will be a constant part of our existence. Why?
Because FASHION really does MATTER.

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Outfit: Zara boots & Mango jeans jacket
Photographer: Sinziana Dobos
Location: MET Museum NY

Until next time, 
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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