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  1. Colourful & Exciting (in Thailand)

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    April 18, 2013 by raluca

    Ultimele poze din excursia in Thailanda din ianuarie (daca vreti sa vedeti si restul – sunt aici si aici):
    EN: The last of the photos from our much too short holiday in Thailand in January (the rest of the pics are here and here, if you wanna see them):

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    Job 2 Do – Doo Doo Doo – era hitul local  /// EN: the local hit song.

    roomAm avut o camera foarte draguta (SeaView Patong Hotel in Phuket): din balcon coboram direct in piscina (de asta ma si aflu in pozele de mai jos in piscina, pentru ca altfel nu sunt deloc fan, ba chiar ma deprima):

    EN: We had a wonderful room (we stayed at SeaView Patong Hotel in Phuket): from the balcony we climbed down directly into the pool:

    foto1foto2ochelari de soare cat eye asosOchelari de soare cat eye Asos – aici  ///  EN: Asos Cat Eye Sunglasses here.

    foto3foto5Rechinul de piscina /// EN: My impersonation of a pool shark.

    asos cat eye sunglasses at seaview patong hotel in phuket thailandfoto43foto42foto44foto46Sweet & Sour

    foto47foto48foto49foto59foto61foto62Si ne priveam adanc in ochi/ Si ne sopteam nimicuri dulci… (eu si broasca, adica, iar versurile sunt creatie proprie :)).

    EN: We looked into each other’s eyes and whispered sweet nothings… (me and and the decor turtle, I mean). By me. (Yes, I’m that good, I know!)

    foto63foto67foto64asos blue cotton sundress with cut out backRochie cu spatele decupat Asos (similare aici)  ///  EN: Asos dress with cut-out back (similar here).

    foto66rochie cu spatele decupat albastra asosfoto70foto71foto72foto73O meduza cu care nu ti-ai fi dorit sa te intalnesti in apa  ///  EN: A jelly fish I’m glad I met post mortem.

    foto74foto75Marea la reflux  ///  EN: Low tide.

    patong phuket thailandfoto76pineappleOrez cu fructe de mare in ananas. Yum!  /// EN: Rice and seafood in a pineapple. Yum!

    coca cola light cans in qatar and thailandCoca Cola Light in Qatar si in Thailanda. My precious!  ///  EN: Coca Cola Light in Qatar and in Thailand. My precious!

    tsunamiEram aproape, imi salvam si rochitele daca era cazul…

    elefanti in thailanda phukettuk tuk in thailandMijloace de transport in Thailanda – Tuk Tuk-ul: cel mai placut mijloc de transport pe care l-am experimentat pana acum; elefantelul ramane de incercat data viitoare.

    EN: Means of transport in Thailand: we loved the Tuk Tuk and next time we’ll definitely try transportation by elephant.

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  2. Thailand

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    March 7, 2013 by raluca

    In ianuarie am fost o saptamana in Thailanda. E prima oara cand mergem iarna in “tarile calde” si pana sa ajung acolo mi se parea totul ireal, ca sa nu mai spun ca ma ingrozea un pic drumul, care a durat 24 de ore la dus (din cauza unei escale de 7 ore in Qatar). Pana la urma insa cred ca a fost cea mai frumoasa vacanta de pana acum si as zbura bucuroasa si 48 de ore (fara sa fumez!), numai sa ma intorc acolo :).

    EN: In January my husband and I spent a week in Thailand. It was our first winter sun holiday and I thought the whole thing seemed a bit unreal before I actually got there, not to mention that I was a little freaked out by the long flight (it took us 24 hours to get there, because of a 7 hour stop in Qatar). In the end it turned out to be the best holiday we’ve had so far and I’d happily fly for 2 days straight (and I smoke; a lot!) just to go back there!

    Noi am stat in statiunea Patong din insula Phuket, insa pozele de azi sunt dintr-o excursie la mai multe plaje/ insule:
    EN: We stayed in Patong (Phuket Island), but today’s pics are from a speedboat trip to several other islands/ beaches:

    bamboo island thailand, poze thailanda, thailand photos picsPreferata mea a fost Bamboo Island, cu cea mai turcoaz apa pe care am vazut-o vreodata si frunze de bambus pe nisip. Trebuia sa iau o piatra (sau mai degraba un coral) in gura pentru ca aici am vazut si eu ce e aia plaja tropicala.

    EN: My favourite one was Bamboo Island, which had the most wonderfully turquoise water I’ve ever seen and bamboo leaves in the sand.

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    bamboo island thailand, poze thailanda, thailand photos picsfoto17foto18foto18bisfoto19bfoto20

    O plaja:
    EN: A beach:

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    Mai jos – Phi Phi Island: probabil ati mai vazut poza asta si stiti deja ca e plaja unde s-a filmat “The Beach”/ “Plaja” (cu Leonardo DiCaprio). Am avut un pic emotii, dar nu m-am intalnit cu niciun rechin :) (eu asta retinusem in mod special din film). (P.S. In Marea Andaman nu sunt rechini. Sau cel putin asa ni se spune… [ras diabolic]):

    EN: Below – Phi Phi Island: you’ve probably seen this photo many times before and already know that it’s where the movie “The Beach” (with Leonardo DiCaprio) was filmed. I was a little nervous, but I didn’t run into any mean sharks :) (that’s what I remember most about that movie). (P.S. There are no sharks in the Andaman Sea. Or at least that’s what we are told…*evil laugh*):

    poze phi phi island the beach plaja, poze thailanda, thailand photos pics, the beach phi phi island photos

    Ochelari de soare cat eye, Cat eye sunglasses

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    poze phi phi island the beach plaja, poze thailanda, thailand photos pics, the beach phi phi island photosfoto29foto30foto31foto32

    Pesti albastri:
    EN: Blue fish:

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    Cea mai mica insula, cu un bar gen Jamaica:
    EN: The tiniest island, with a Jamaican-style beach bar:

    foto41foto34asos cat eye sunglassesochelari de soare cat eye asosOchelari de soare cat eye Asos (aici) /// EN: Asos Cat Eye sunglasses: (here);
    Bentita… cu fundita :) – Meli Melo /// EN: Bow HeadbandMeli Melo.

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    Costum de baie (cu portocale :)) – vechi – Pull & Bear /// EN: Swimsuit with orange print (old): Pull & Bear;

    Mai urmeaza…

    EN: To be continued…


  3. The Dresses that Got to See Santorini

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    October 17, 2012 by raluca

    ash wedge sandalsRochie de matase cu franjuri Traffic People (este inca in stoc) /// EN: Traffic People Prairie Tease silk dress with fringes (still available);
    Sandale Ash nude cu talpa ortopedica de pluta/// EN: Ash Roxy tan wedge sandals (Spartoo)

    Rochia Traffic People (brandul meu preferat!) a fost o achizitie de ultim moment inainte de vacanta de vara. Cum sunt de ceva vreme obsedata de anii ’20, atractia franjurilor a fost irezistibila, desi sunt cam singurul element care aduce aminte de moda perioadei respective. Asta nu m-a impiedicat, dupa cum se vede, sa fac niste miscari de dans care in mintea mea au legatura cu Charleston-ul. (Apropo de impiedicat, in rochia asta eram imbracata cand am cazut in Sorrento. Si nu regret niciun moment ca am ales sa salvez rochia si nu pe mine. Pentru ca merita.)

    Sandalele Ash au fost cumparatura online care mi-a provocat cele mai mari emotii de pana acum, pentru ca in ciuda research-ului extensiv nu am reusit sa ma lamuresc daca ar trebui sa imi cumpar masura 38 sau 39 (eu purtand cam 38,5). Pana la urma am pariat pe 39 si, desi am fost convinsa pana in ultimul moment ca va trebui sa le dau inapoi (sunt o mare optimista :D!), am avut, surprinzator, dreptate. Masura e buna, culoarea ideala (“nude” aproape perfect pentru varianta mea bronzata), insa pielea nu e atat de moale pe cat m-as fi asteptat de la niste sandale care nu au fost deloc ieftine. Oricum am retinut magazinul online Spartoo, care inteleg ca ofera si retur gratuit pentru produse (nu am testat inca, dar sper ca asa este). (Costa de la 100 ron in sus sa trimiti prin Posta Romana o pereche de incaltaminte in Anglia, de exemplu, asa ca returul gratuit ar  fi foarte bun la casa omului!)

    EN: This Traffic People dress was a last minute purchase before my summer holiday. As I’ve been obsessing for some time over anything 1920’s-related, I was irresistibly drawn to the tassels, even though they are about the only element reminiscent of the period’s fashion. As you can see, however, this didn’t stop me from trying some Charleston-inspired dancing moves (well…they are Charleston-inspired in my head!). (This is also the dress I was wearing when I tripped and fell in Sorrento. And not for one moment do I regret saving the dress instead of myself. Because she’s worth it!)

    The Ash wedge sandals have been the most worrisome purchase in my online shopping career so far, because despite extensive research, I couldn’t decide for the life of me what size to order (38 or 39, my real size being 38,5). I ended up ordering size 39 and even though I was sure I was going to have to send them back (I’m a great optimist :D!), they turned out to be alright. So the size is good, the colour is just what I wanted (the perfect “nude” for my tanned skin), the only complaint is that the leather isn’t as soft as I’d have expected from sandals that weren’t cheap at all by my standards. All in all, I think I will be ordering again from Spartoo, especially since as far as I understand  they offer free returns (I haven’t tested it yet, but I hope I’m right!) – which is a big deal, since returning shoes by mail can be pretty expensive.

    Rochie de matase in degrade Traffic People /// EN: Traffic People silk ombre dress.

    Rochia care mi se pare ca seamana cu un norisor diafan :D, in varianta fara blitz/ cu blitz (cu blitz arata rochiile si pozele in general mai bine, fara blitz, eu. Alegerea este DRAMATICA!!!!)
    EN: I think this dress looks just like an ethereal little cloud :D. You can see it both without and with flash – the flash version makes the dresses and the photos in general look better, while the no flash one makes me look better, I think. The choice is always heart-breaking!!!

    Rochie de matase cu paiete Warehouse /// EN: Warehouse Silk Sequin over Print Dress;
    Sandale peep toe cu talpa ortopedica Musette /// EN: Musette peep toe leather (faux snakeskin) wedge sandals.

    Am folosit mai demult rochia Warehouse intr-un colaj in care visam la Capri si probabil singura persoana pe care am convins-o sa si-o cumpere am fost chiar eu. (Stiu, puterea mea de manipulare ma surprinde uneori chiar si pe mine :D!) Din pacate nu este chiar foarte confortabila, pentru ca trebuie sa ai mereu grija la paiete (nu se vede foarte bine in poze, dar umerii sunt acoperiti cu paiete argintii uriase), care se rasucesc si se rup destul de usor (asa ca nici vorba sa poata fi purtata cu o geanta cu bareta pe umar – ceea ce este o problema pentru mine, care gasesc plicurile extrem de incomode). Dar pana la urma nu-i nimic grav, e si ea un suflet si o iubesc asa cum e :D.

    Sandalele Musette sunt varianta in nuante de bej a celor de aici. Nu sunt chiar la fel de usor de asortat ca cele de la Ash, dar sunt mai comode, asa ca presimt ca ne va lega o frumoasa prietenie.

    EN: A while ago I used this Warehouse dress in a collage with Capri as a background and probably the only person that was convinced to buy it was myself (I’m a manipulative little b**?!, aren’t I :D?). Unfortunately it’s not very user-friendly, because you always have to pay attention to the sequins (it’s not very clear in the photos, but the top part is  covered in giant silver sequins), which tend to twist and break quite easily. This means you can’t wear it with a bag that has a shoulder strap, which is a problem for me since I find clutches pretty uncomfortable. But hey, in the end it’s not such a biggy, even if all the sequins do fall of, there will still be a nice silk dress left underneath.
    The sandals are the beige version of these ones. Even though the snake-effect upper makes them less of a nude colour than the Ash wedges, they are definitely more comfortable, so I think this trip to Santorini was the beginning of a beautiful friendship for us.

    Rochie de matase asimetrica Whistles /// EN: Whistles Silk high low dress.

    Rochie de matase in degrade Traffic People /// EN: Traffic People Silk ombre dress.

    Chiar daca de fapt nu are nicio forma, rochia asta este una din preferatele mele: culorile sunt foarte “de vara”, este supercomoda si nu se sifoneaza in valiza – perfectiunea intruchipata!
    EN: Even though it’s practically shapeless, this dress is one of my absolute favourites: it’s got summery colours, it’s super comfortable and it doesn’t crease in my suitcase – dress perfection, that’s what I say!

    Rochie de matase cu spatele gol See by Chloe (Fashion Days) /// EN: See by Chloe silk backless dress with star print (Starry Night Blue Silk Dress).

    Spre deosebire de vacanta in Sorrento, acum am fost mult mai harnica in privinta pozelor cu rochii (doar in ultima seara, a saptea :D, m-am lenevit, asa ca am apelat la una dintre rochiile de rezerva). Din pacate insa fotografiile facute noaptea nu arata chiar bine, iar decorul e… fascinant de original. (Balconul, wow, ce inedit! Si a fost si o seara cand NU am folosit balconul drept locatie! Stiu, excentric de-a dreptul :D!). Deh, vacante frumoase sa mai avem, ca loc de imbunatatit sigur este!

    EN: Unlike my holiday in Sorrento, this time I was a lot more dedicated to documenting my outfits (except for the last evening when I was feeling too lazy and sad about leaving to pose prettily for the camera). My intentions were good, the outcome… not so much: photos taken at night are hardly good quality and the background is…fascinatingly original. (The balcony, wow, what a revolutionary idea! And there was even an evening when we didn’t use the balcony as a location!!! How eccentric of us!). So we’d better keep the holidays coming, because we sure can use the practice, that’s what I say!


  4. Santorini Blue

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    October 9, 2012 by raluca

    Rochie/ Dress: Liquorish(Asos)

    Anul asta am fost norocoasa posesoare a unei zile de nastere in Santorini, unde am petrecut o saptamana la inceputul lui septembrie.
    Am stat in statiunea Kamari, dar chiar de ziua mea am fost in Fira, capitala insulei, de unde sunt si pozele (multe!) de azi.
    Ca e frumos, nu cred ca mai e nevoie sa spun, insa iata cateva sfaturi pretioase izvorate din experienta proprie:

    1. Bate vantul destul de tare (dupa cum se vede si in poze), asa ca parul pe spate nu e o idee foarte buna, dupa cum nu e nici purtarea unei rochii care se ridica usor. Mie nu mi-a spus nimeni, asa ca eram una din putinele persoane din Fira care purtau rochie si singura (din observatiile mele) cu genul asta de rochie. BAD IDEA: o buna parte din timp mi-am petrecut-o cautand niste pantalonasi pe care sa-i port sub rochie, astfel incat trecatorii nevinovati sa fie mai putin oripilati atunci cand vantul imi ridica rochia in cap. Cand in cele din urma i-am gasit, s-a oprit si vantul, bineinteles.

    2. Nu incercati sa purtati tocuri: pietrele de pe jos au fost puse de cineva care uraste femeile, iar stradutele in panta nu ajuta deloc! (Am vazut cateva nefericite pe tocuri si nu era o priveliste prea atractiva!). Din fericire eu eram pregatita la capitolul asta, pentru ca fusesem in recunoatere cu o seara inainte si dupa 10 minute de chin cu sandalele mele cu talpa ortopedica m-am schimbat in papucii pe care, cu intelepciunea-mi caracteristica, ii luasem la mine.

    3. Feriti-va de magarusi! Dupa ziua petrecuta in Fira un film horror in vizunea mea ar putea fi descris astfel: “Stradute inguste….Convoiuri de magarusi bine hraniti…Teroarea nu a fost niciodata mai urecheata! Buhuhuuuu!” (sau “Iha…iha…” – dar spus intr-un fel infricosator :D).

    EN: This year I was lucky enough to spend my birthday in Santorini, where my husband and I went for a week at the beginning of September.
    We stayed at the beach, in Kamari, but on my birthday we visited Fira, the island’s capital. This is where we took the (many) photos in this post.
    I don’t think I need to say it’s beautiful. What I can do however is offer some precious advice based on my own painful experience:

    1. The wind is pretty strong (as you can see from the state of my hair), so wearing your hair down may not be such a great idea. Neither is a dress that is easily blown up by the wind. Nobody warned me, so I was one of the few women in Fira wearing a dress and the only one as far as I could tell wearing this kind of dress. BAD IDEA: I spent a lot of time looking for some kind of  shorts to wear under the dress, so that the innocent passers-by would be less horrified when the wind blew the dress over my head. Of course, when I did finally manage to find the darned shorts, the wind stopped.

    2. Don’t try to wear heels: the cobble stones must have been put there by someone who hates women and the sloping streets don’t help at all. (I did witness some unfortunate attempts at heel wearing and let me tell you, it wasn’t pretty!). Fortunately I was well prepared in this department thanks to a reconnaissance mission on the previous evening: after 10 minutes of risking my life in high wedges, I came to the conclusion that life is worth living after all and switched to the flats I had wisely brought along.

    3. Stay away from the donkeys! After the day we spent in Fira, a horror movie that would really get to me could be described like this: “Narrow streets…Well-fed donkeys…The terror has never had bigger ears! Hee-haw…hee-haw!” (with the “hee-haw” uttered in a very frightening way :D).
    Zambesc in poza, dar “nu este zambetul meu”: scapasem nevatamata de primul convoi de magarusi, dar ceea ce Bogdan nu vedea, fiind cu spatele, era al doilea convoi de magarusi, care se apropia… si se apropia… si SE APROPIA…Pericolul a fost si mai mare de data asta, pentru ca unul dintre magarusi a decis sa il depaseasca pe cel din fata lui, facand impactul cu mine (si ceilalti turisti) aproape iminent. Din fericire, turistul dupa care ma ascundeam (si care se intorcea spre mine spunand “This is SO EXCITING [Ce palpitant]!!!” a reusit sa convinga magarusul sa revina pe calea cea buna, asa ca tragedia a fost evitata in ultimul moment.

    EN: I may be smiling in the pic above, but inside…I’m crying: I had just escaped unharmed from the first donkey convoy, but what my husband couldn’t see was that a second convoy was getting closer…and closer…and CLOSER…The peril was even greater this time as one of the donkeys suddenly decided to change places with his friend or relative in front of him, thus making the risk of collision with me (and the other tourists) almost imminent. Luckily the tourist behind whom I was hiding (and who kept saying “This is SO EXCITING!!!”) bravely managed to change the donkey’s course. And so I lived to tell the tale.


  5. Agony and Extasy in Positano

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    September 19, 2012 by raluca

    Desi hotelul in care am stat in vacanta din iulie era in Sorrento, jumatate din timp ne-am petrecut-o de cealalta parte a muntelui, in Positano, care este absolut superb.
    EN: Although the hotel where we stayed during our July holiday was in Sorrento, we spent half the time across the mountain, in Positano, which is absolutely amazing.

    La prima vizita insa nu s-a prezentat tocmai in forma maxima, pentru ca a fost innorat…:
    EN: Our fiirst visit, however, didn’t allow us to see Positano at its best, as it was very cloudy (ok, it wasn’t terrible either :D)…:

    …apoi a venit si ploaia torentiala:
    …and then the pouring rain started:Si nu a fost o ploaie calda, de vara, ci una a naibii, de octombrie, care a durat pana a doua zi si a scazut temperatura pana la 17 grade. Se pare ca a fost de altfel singura zi ploioasa de care a avut parte Coasta Amalfitana toata vara anului acestuia. Asadar daca locuiti intr-o zona afectata de seceta sau pur si simplu vi s-a acrit de vreme buna, puteti apela cu incredere la serviciile mele de adus ploaia :D.

    EN: And it wasn’t warm summer rain either, it was a nasty, cold, October-like downpour that lasted till the following day. In fact it seems it was the only rainy day that the Amalfi Coast experienced during this summer. So if you live in an area affected by drought or you’ve simply had enough of good weather, feel free to contact me for extremely effective rain conjuring services :D.

    Din fericire am perseverat si la urmatoarele vizite Positano a fost asa:
    EN: Luckily we didn’t give up and our next visits to Positano looked like this:

    Plaja Arienzo, preferata noastra:
    EN: Arienzo beach, our favourite:

    Am putea numi aceasta poza “Vicii pe plaja Arienzo” (sticla de votca era sub masuta :D):
    EN: We could call this masterpiece of photography “Vices on Arienzo beach” (the vodka bottle was under the table :D):Deci…vizitati Positano daca aveti ocazia. E tare frumos!
    EN: So, what more can I say, do vist Positano if you get the chance. It really is a beautiful place!

    Rochie albastra cu imprimeu cu ancore: Asos, o gasiti aici;
    EN: Asos Bandeau Summer Dress in Anchor print – you can buy it here;
    Rochie cu dungiOasis
    EN: Striped dress Oasis


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