Outfits

Beating Winter Blues

Every year I feel a bit down on the early days of January. After the excitement of Christmas and New Year have passed, I really don’t feel like doing anything other than watch Netflix in my pyjamas. Winter blues really are a thing and if we don’t pay attention our mood can get seriously affected by the lack of daylight, shorter days and cold weather. Here are 4 easy steps for Beating Winter Blues:

1. Get out of the house: make excuses to go outside even if don’t really need to. Explore a new neighbourhood, go out for coffee, shop at the farmers markets instead of you regular grocery store. When you go out, make an event of it, dress up nicely it will make you feel good about yourself.

2. Force yourself to be social :  get in touch with your friends (social media doesn’t count) they always cheer you up! Invite that old co-worker for coffee, visit the relatives you didn’t meet over Christmas, grab a meal with your besties. Chances are your friends are also feeling a bit blue, so you are doing you both a favour.

3. Stay Active: endorphin is always welcomed! Even if you don’t have a workout routine go out for a walk, specially when it’s sunny. Taking a break over you lunch for a stroll outside will be great not only for your mood but also for your productivity.

4. Explore Winter Activities: find a new winter hobby and look forward to it! Plan a ski/snoboward trip, explore snow shoeing trails or get a group and go ice-skating.

My favourite way to beat the winter blues is to put on a nice winter outfit and go out to discover new cafes and stores. Here is what I wore for a coffee date with Liza!

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Club Monaco Coat (similar) , Turtleneck (similar)  and Cashmere Sweater –  Zara Jeans (similar) and Bag (similar) –
Steve Madden Boots (similar) , Urban Outfitters Hat.

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Europe Travel Guides

7 Lovely Spots to Eat and Drink in Brasov, Romania

I’ve been meaning to write this for so long, but with our crazy schedule – both Carolina and I work full time and we never get the chance to write on the blog that often! (New Year Resolutions) This holiday season, I was super happy I got to visit Brasov – my hometown in Romania, in the heart of Transylvania. Although I lived half of my life in Bucharest, Romania’s capital, Brasov will always be my home and I am happy to share some of the loveliest places to enjoy while Brasov, from a local’s point of view.

So here they are:

The loveliest 7 spots to eat and drink in Brasov, Romania.

1. Cozy dining and drinks at Bistro Ma Cocotte – A lovely, bohemian restaurant and terrace (in the summer), Bistro Ma Cocotte is always a favorite. They have the best decor and the food has a rich vegetarian and vegan selection. Natural juices and raw desserts are also delicious. They also have wifi and parking, so it’s convenient to reach by car, and it’s such a great place to relax and get some work done too.

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2. Scandinavian experience at Hof Cafe  – One of the newest coffee shops in Brasov, Hof is located literally in the middle of the city, in Sfatului Square. The place also hosts weekend parties with local DJs and tapas nights. There is a great coffee and juice selection. Also, their crepes are delicious, and this is also a good place to work from, in case you want to bring your laptop along.

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3.  Wine and Dine at Trattorian Artisan Food – I’ve just discovered this place and simply fell in love with it. The restaurant is pretty big, so you have high chances of finding a spot, the decor is spectacular, and the food is really tasty! It’s also located in the heart of the old city in Enescu Square, so it’s great to drop by after a walk around the city center.

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4. Cozy Italian at Dei Frati – Right next to Trattorian, Dei Frati has the best seafood mushroom risotto I’ve ever tasted! The place is pretty small, but the ambiance is cozy and it’s a really great choice to warm up after a walk around the city center. They also have a small patio in the summertime which is perfect for late night drinks and dinner.

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image via Dei Frati Facebook

5. Fine Dining at Trattoria Pocol Another new addition to the Brasov restaurant scene, Trattoria Pocol is a great place if you want to indulge in a fancy dinner experience. Their menu is focused on Italian and seafood and the ambiance is cozy but elegant. Trattoria Pocol is also located in the city center area and it’s very close to Sforii Street, one of the narrowest street in Europe and the Black Church, the gem of the city.

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6. Drinks and friends at L’etage – A lovely little bar with live music and book decor. This is a great spot to meet friends, grab a bite or enjoy the local artists performing jazzy music.

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image via L’etage Facebook

7. Wine experience at Terroirs – The only specialized wine bar in the city, Terroirs features hundreds of wines by the glass or bottle, tasting menus and a great ambiance. If you’re a wine lover, this is the place to be.

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image via Terroirs Brasov Facebook

More to follow 🙂

Outfits

Skirts and Over-the-Knee Boots

One of my favourite fall/winter “uniforms” is pairing skirts and over-the-knee boots! I think these 2 make the perfect combo for the holidays and all sort of festivities related to the year-end such as house parties, dinner with friends or drinks with co-workers. You can get so many outfit options by mixing different tops and skirts, so it’s really easy to dress up or down an outfit with a silky top or a chunky sweater. Regardless of the situation the OTK Boots are a great substitute for tights and way more fashion forward!

Since most of my events are rather more casual than formal, last year I decided to get a pair of flat taupe over-the-knee boots , but now I’ve been dying to get a black heeled pair as well! As for the skirts, I usually like them mini but preferably A-lined or skater with the length that will show the the right amount of skin on the thighs: not too short but not too long (I try to avoid the Sandra Bullock “Pretty Woman” look with a skirt too tight or too short).

Last weekend I wore this combo for the first time this season, it was not quite cold yet so I had no problems wearing bare legs outside, but once it gets colder I will probably have to stick to indoor events only, oh well! 🙂

 

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F21 Denim Button-Front Skirt (similar) – Aldo Suede OTK Boots (similar) – JCrew Sweater (similar) – Topshop Leather Backpack (Similar)

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SHOP OVER-THE-KNEE-BOOTS AND SKIRTS

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Suede Chunky Heels  –  High Heels w/ Back Lace  –  Leather & Stretchy Panel  –  Stiletto Heels

 

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     Buttoned-up  Skirt  –  Double-Notch Skirt  –   Printed Mini Skirt  –   Suede Assimetrical Skirt

Testers

10 Makeup Essentials for Basic Makeup Kind Of Girls

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Its funny how Liza and I have so many things in common when it comes to fashion, style and beauty. Quite often we meet and realize we are wearing almost the same outfits or we find out that we have just bought the same thing from our favorite stores. When it comes to beauty, we are also in agreement that makeup is not or main thing and that we are basic makeup kind of girls (except for special occasions of course)!

With busy lives and tight schedules , we don’t always get all the time we would like for our beauty routines, so we both learned how to master a plain, simple and foolproof make up style that became our go to look.  The starting point of our beauty routines is that we both believe that less is more, and that a minimalist make up that reinforces natural attributes is the the best way to go.

This being said we have pulled together a list of 10 makeup essentials with our top 5 products for the basic makeup kind of girls!

Carolina’s favorites:

#1 Urban Decay Naked Palette “This is probably the only eye shadow palette you will ever need to own! It contains the most essential colours in the pretties metallic/bronzed tones. I always had only a few basic colours of eye-shadow and din’t really care much about them, but now I love to be able to choose from these 12 colours and mixing them up for numerous looks”

#2 Lancome Hypnose Doll Lashes : “I haven’t been so loyal to any beauty product as I have been to  Lancôme mascaras. I love the effect of long but fine lashes and I can never have this same result with other brands. After my initial favourite L’extreme was discontinued, I decided to give Doll Lashes a chance and I’m absolutely loving it! It’s almost an extension of myself now.”

#3 Guerlain Terracotta Healthy Glow Blush Bronzer Powder Duo ” I really rely on bronzer powders to give me that healthy sun kissed skin (especially after moving to the Northern Hemisphere) and this product keeps up with my goal of having a natural looking glow.  Since I can be a bit lazy with doing my makeup, I also love having great and practical products combined together such as this duo.”

#4 NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer ” For years I used drugstore concealers and I was happy with them, until I decided to try this one out! The difference is impressive, it really holds up the look for the whole day. Nars also gets points for having so many different colors, suitable for any skin tone.”

#5 Firma Brushes ” Something I also learned to value over the years are make-up brushes. Owning a full set of great quality brushes can really take your makeup routine to another level.  I love that not only these Firma Brushes are nice and soft on the skin, but they also come in a practical and chic leather magnetic case.”

Liza’s essentials

#1 Chanel Blush  “I just love the feel and consistency of this creamy blush stick. I am using the pink #21 shade and I find that it blends perfectly on a medium type of complexion. It’s very smooth and lightweight and has just a bit of sheer, which I like, as it’s not too visible. ”

#2 John Masters Primer Vitamin C serum  “This is probably my first and only anti-aging product and I make it a base ritual. I am always on the lookout for makeup that is also good for your skin so when I found this John Masters Vitamin C serum in Whole Foods I became a regular! It gives a slight glow to the skin and I use it as a makeup base and also apply it before going to sleep focusing on the area around my eyes.”

#3 Stila Eye Liner  “Depending on my mood, time or occasion, eye-liner is my go to when I want to add some drama to my eyes. Depending on the context I apply a thinner or heavier line and sometimes I mix it with red lipstick. I use Stila and I found that it’s one of the most durable and smudge free products out there. (Smashbox is my second favorite). I am a huge fan of marker style eye-liners as I find that they’re really easy to apply and I don’t have to always carry a brush with me.”

#4 Nudestix Eyebrow pencil   “This is one of my latest discoveries and I couldn’t be happier to have found this! This eyebrow marker/kit (it also has a mascara type of gel at the bottom) from NudeStix has became my daily friend. The colors are really good if you’re going to a natural looking full eyebrow and it’s really easy to apply.”

#5 Firma Beauty lashes  “I absolutely love Firma Beauty’s new eyelashes! The price is on point, they’re full and very soft and they’re incredibly easy to apply.  It’s a secret, but eye-lashes are my trick for a great makeup without having to use too much makeup! I usually go for a neutral look, maybe add some red lipstick and use Firma eye-lashes to boost my look when I go out.”

xx,

Carolina and Liza.

Outfits

Knit Dress Outfit

Not sure if it’s just me, but I love a good and cozy knit dress outfit through the fall or winter months. I think knit and sweater dresses are the perfect ensemble to wrap yourself with when you need extra warmth, and the good part is you can wear them with either flat shoes for casual or weekend outfits, or you can dress them up with ankle boots, or even tall or over the knee boots.

Last weekend I’ve taken advantage of the mild weather in Vancouver and wore my knit dress outfit out to brunch. I paired it in an almost all black outfit with Nike sneakers and a cropped leather jacket.

Knit Dress – All Saints, Sneakers – Nike Roshe, Jacket – H&M older (similar here) – Bag Musette Romanian Brand (similar here).

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SHOP KNIT DRESSES

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Outfits

Sweater Weather – Knits for Fall

Once the crisp fall days started  rolling in, all I could think about was how would I wear my knits for fall. Knit and sweaters are just my favorite thing to wear. It has something to do with the warmth an cozyness that only a chunky and oversized knit can give you, combined with the excitement of the new season.  When October hits,  we only got so many days where we don’t need to wear an actual  jacket on top of our pretty sweaters, so  I like to take advantage of it these early autumn weeks and wear as much as possible my favourite knits for fall.

It still amazes me how the trees change and how beautiful it can get once the leafs start changing their colour. Growing up not having an actual Autumn makes me admire it even more, so here is where part of the excitement comes from! I like to dive heads in into the sweater weather and adopt (even more) earth-tone pieces to my daily wardrobe to blend in with the trees! Here is how I combined it all together wearing one of my go-to Knits for fall, a camel oversized turtleneck sweater!

 

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Urban Outfitters Felt Hat (similar) – Aritzia Turtleneck Sweater (similar) – Distressed jeans – Zara Slippers (similar)- JCrew Bag (similar)

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