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  1. Sailor Dresses – Rochii Stil Marinar

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    July 31, 2013 by raluca

    Pe langa pasiunea pentru rochiile retro de inspiratie anii ’50 (din care gasiti o multime in aceasta postare), anul asta m-a lovit si obsesia cu rochiile stil marinar, care amintesc si ele, de fapt, de aceeasi perioada din moda.

    Nu se gasesc chiar pe toate drumurile si am cautat cu indarjire o vreme pana sa gasesc (aproape) ce imi doream, dar iata ca am acum o lista, din pacate nu atat de mare pe cat mi-as fi dorit, cu cateva rochii dragute in acest stil.

    (P.S. Dupa cum veti vedea, ma refer la rochiile inspirate din costumatia unui marinar – sa zicem! -, nu la cele cu dungi marinaresti, care imi plac si ele foarte mult si care apar in numar foarte mare aici).

    EN: Alongside my love of 50’s-inspired dresses (lots of them in this post), this year I seem to have developed an obsession with sailor-style dresses, which are in fact, for the most part, reminiscent of this very same period’s fashion.

    As soon as my obsession manifested itself, however, I realized that this kind of dress isn’t that easy to find (unless you’re looking for a costume) and it took me a while to find what I wanted, but thanks to my relentless search across the internet, I have managed to put together a decent-sized (though not nearly as big as I’d have wanted) list of pretty dresses in this style. Hope you enjoy it!

    (P.S. If you’re looking for nautical-style dresses, check out this post).


    rochie stil marinar scurta mini clos bleumarin cu alb anii 50Rochie stil marinar scurta, cu ancora brodata, bleumarin cu alb, marca Hell Bunny – 39,99£ aici/ 44,99£ (aprox. 236 ron) aici; (disponibila si pe rosu – 39,99£/ aprox. 210 ron aici – si negruaici);

    Hell Bunny “Motley” 50′s Mini Sailor Dress in navy with embroidered anchor/ skull39,99£ here/ 44,99£ here; (also available in red – 39,99£ here – and black here).

    Incep cu rochia pe care mi-am cumparat-o eu si care imi place la nebunie: materialul e de buna calitate, un bumbac elastic gros, e foarte ampla (ai ce calca la ea, dar merita efortul!) si, ceva ce nu ma plictisesc niciodata sa spun, e supercomoda. (Insist intotdeauna asupra aspectului astuia pentru ca din punctul meu de vedere, degeaba e o rochie – sau orice alta piesa vestimentara – frumoasa daca te face sa te simti ca naiba).
    Eu am fost putin trista doar ca pe mine nu e la fel de scurta ca pe manechin (am 1,70 m), dar banuiesc ca pentru majoritatea lumii asta e o veste buna. (Vine putin desupra genunchiului dar pare mai lunga din cauza amplitudinii).

    EN: I’m starting off with the dress I’ve bought. I absolutely adore it: it has an amazing full skirt that makes you wanna twirl (and takes some time to iron – but it’s totally worth every bit of sweat!), the fabric is great quality – a thick stretch cotton – and, something I never get tired of saying, it’s extremely comfortable (because what use is a dress, no matter how beautiful, if you can’t wait to get home and take it off – and not in a “good” way ;), right?).
    The only “bad” thing I can say about this truly gorgeous dress is that I was just a little bit disappointed that it’s not as short on me as on the model (I’m 1,70 m and it falls above the knee but seems longer due to its being so full), but I’m sure this is good news to most people. Highly recommended if you like the style!

    Ma puteti vedea purtand rochia aici.
    EN: I’m wearing this dress here.

    Hell Bunny Motley 50s style Mini Sailor Dress in navyRochie stil marinar marca Hell Bunny /// Hell Bunny “Motley” 50’s Style Mini Sailor Dress.


    Iat-o si in varianta midi:
    EN: The “Motley” dress is also available in midi length:

    Hell Bunny Motley 50s style midi swing Sailor Dress navyHell Bunny “Motley” 50s Style Midi Swing Sailor Dress in navy – 44,99£ – 49,99£ here/ here (also available in red here – and black – here);

    Rochie retro stil marinar, midi, clos, cu spatele gol, bleumarin cu alb – costa intre 44,99£ – 49,99£ (236 ron – 262 ron) aici (disponibila si pe rosuaici – si negru – aici).


    Pop Boutique Sailor Dress with collarPop Boutique Sailor Dress with collar – 28£ at Asos, here;
    Rochie cu guler marinaresc – 28£ (aprox. 140 ron) la Asos, aici.


    Hell Bunny 50's fit and flare Seafarer Sailor Dress with collarHell Bunny 50′s fit and flare midi “Seafarer” Sailor Dress with collar in navy and black – 44,99£ here;
    Rochie retro cu guler, clos/ ampla, bleumarin cu alb sau negru cu alb – 44,99£ (aprox. 236 ron) aici.


    Hell Bunny Sakura Mini Sailor Dress with collar in black and red“Sakura” Mini Sailor Dress with embroidered anchor and skull – from Hell Bunny. It’s 44,99£ and is available in black (here), red (here) and also navy blue (here – but only in size 14/ L);

    Rochie stil marinar scurta, clos – 44,99£ (aprox. 230 ron) – disponibila pe negru (aici), pe rosu (aici) si pe albastru/ bleumarin (aici, dar doar masura L).

    Eu pe asta am vrut-o initial – gulerul mi se pare de mare angajament la o rochie marinareasca! -, doar ca pana sa pot justifica cumparatura in fata constiintei mele si asa subrede, n-am mai gasit masura S bleumarin si m-am consolat cu cea pe care o stiti deja. Pana la urma cred ca e tot raul spre bine (zise vulpea cu ochii la struguri :)), pentru ca varianta fara maneci e mai potrivita de vara, mai ales ca materialul destul de gros o face suportabila cam la limita pe caldura mare.

    EN: This is the one I had initially planned to buy (I really wanted my sailor dress to have a collar!), but by the time I was able to justify the purchase (to my already extremely lax conscience) it had sold out in Navy – size S, so I had to console myself with the one I’ve already told you about. In the end I think things have turned out for the better (said the fox to the grapes :)) because the halter neck style is more appropriate for our hot summers than this short sleeves style, especially considering the fabric is pretty thick as it is.


    Boutique By Jaeger Drop Waist Sailor Dress with collarBoutique by Jaeger Drop Waist Sailor Dress with collar – 99£ at Asos, here, and 49£ at House of Fraser, here.
    Rochie cu talia joasa si guler marinaresc, marca Boutique by Jaeger – 99£ (aprox. 500 ron) la Asos, aici, si 49£ (aprox. 260 ron) aici.


    Savannah Clara Denim Dress with drop waist button back and Sailor CollarSavannah brand “Clara” Denim Sailor Dress with drop waist, collar and buttons at the back – 85€ here;

    Rochie cu talia jos, guler marinaresc si nasturi la spate, din denim, marca Savannah – 85€ (aprox. 380 ron) aici.

    Atat rochia asta cat si cea de mai inainte as zice ca sunt, datorita taliei joase, pentru un “mariner” mai din anii ’20 sau chiar din perioada D-lui Goe, pe la 1900, carevasazica, monser :)!

    EN: I think the drop waist gives both this dress and the one before more of a 20’s vibe than a 50’s one, so I totally need me a sailor dress dress in this style too! (Did I mention I also adore 20’s fashion?)


    Hell Bunny Navy 50's fit and flare midi Siren Sailor DressRochie retro/ anii ’50 clos, midi (disponibila si pe negru) – 40,49£ (aprox. 210 ron) aici si 44,99£ (aprox. 236 ron) aici;

    Hell Bunny Retro Style Navy Midi “Siren” Dress (also available in black) – 40,49£ here and 44,99£ here.


    rochie retro anii 50 conica cu guler marinarescRochie retro conica, cu guler marinaresc – 31,99£ (aprox. 170 ron) aici – pe negru cu alb si aici – pe negru cu rosu;

    Vintage style sailor pencil dress with collar – 31,99£ here – in black and white and here – in black and red.


    Stiu ca postarea ar trebui sa fie despre rochii, dar e prea dragut puloverul asta cu guler marinaresc ca sa nu vi-l arat:

    EN: I know this post is supposed to be about dresses, but I couldn’t resist showing you this cute sailor cardigan:

    retro style sailor collar cardigan in black and redSailor collar cardigan – 29,99£ here – in black and here – in red;

    Cardigan/ Pulover cu guler marinaresc – 29,99£ (aprox. 160 ron) aici – pe negru si aici – pe rosu.

    Dupa atatea rochite dragute si domnisoresti, simt ca trebuie ceva care sa ne scuture un pic din amorteala. Ce ziceti de un cantecel pirateresc :)? Yo Ho Ho and a Bottle of Rum, zic! Are cineva chef de o Cuba Libre acum :)?

    EN: I feel after all these cute and lady-like dresses we need to shake things up a bit, so how about… Yo Ho Ho and a Bottle of Rum :)? A Cuba Libre, anyone?

  2. French Connection Tassel Block Dress and two more Flapper Dresses

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    January 5, 2013 by raluca

    french connection tassel dress bFrench Connection deco/ 20s style Tassel Block Dress, 48,50£ here;
    Rochie stil deco/ anii ’20 cu franjuri – 48,50£ (aprox. 280 ron) la French Connection, aici.

    french connection tassel dress mix

    Daca sunteti pasionate ca si mine de stilul anilor ’20, cred ca veti fi de acord ca rochia asta cu franjuri de la French Connection este un exemplu reusit pentru moda respectiva.
    Ceea ce-mi place cel mai mult la ea este culoarea (mie mi se pare rosie, ei spun ca e roz), pentru ca din ceea ce am vazut, majoritatea rochiilor deco care se gasesc sunt negre, gri sau nude, iar eu prefer culorile mai vii.

    EN: If you are a fellow fan of the flapper/ 20’s style trend, I think you may be just as excited as I am about this tassels dress from French Connection.
    My favourite thing about it is the colour (it looks red to me, but they call it pink), because as far as I’ve noticed most 20’s/ flapper style dresses out there are black, grey or nude and I much prefer more vibrant colours.

    Daca ar fi sa-i gasesc un defect, ar fi acela ca nu are si spatele gol, pentru ca in viziunea mea modelul perfect de rochie anii ’20 ar fi cam asa (dar intr-o cu totul si cu totul alta culoare, pentru ca asta mi se pare oribila si total dezavantajoasa pentru orice tip de ten):

    EN: If I were to be really picky (which I am :)) and find a flaw with this dress, it’s the fact that it’s not backless. My vision of a perfect flapper dress is something like this (but in a completely different colour, because I hate this sickly shade of yellow which flatters no skin tone in my opinion):

    asos beaded flapper dress mixAsos Salon Beaded Flapper Dress with cut-out back – you can see it here, but it’s been out of stock for ages;
    Rochie stil anii ’20 (flapper) cu spatele decupat si margele aplicate – o puteti vedea mai bine aici, dar nu mai e de mult in stoc.

    Revenind la rochia French Connection – inca nu v-am spus partea cea mai buna (pentru mine :)): este in drum spre dulapul meu! [Aici puteti vedea cum arata pe mine.] O remarcasem pe site-ul French Connection inca de la inceputul sezonului, cand costa… 200£.
    Au venit insa reducerile si rochia a ajuns la pretul de 100£, apoi la cel actual, in sfarsit acceptabil, de 48,5£, si decizia de achizitie a fost luata rapid, in urma unui consult telefonic cu mama (care mi-a si cumparat-o, de altfel – norocul meu e ca ma cheama si Ioana si, desi nimeni nu-mi spune asa, este un motiv sa primesc cadouri chiar la inceputul reducerilor de iarna :)).

    EN: Now back to the French Connection dress – I still haven’t told you the best part (for me, that is :)): it’s on its way to my closet, yey! (I’m wearing it here).
    I’d noticed it on the FC website at the beginning of the season, but it was 200£ then – much too much in my opinion for a high street brand dress that is made of viscose. The sale came however and the dress was reduced first to 100£ and then to the current do-able 48,5£. I made the purchase decision on the spot, following a phone consultation with my mom (who also bought it for me as a present for my upcoming name day – it’s actually only a middle name nobody uses, but hey, as long as it gives my loved ones a reason to buy me presents right at the beginning of the January sale…).

    O veste buna (pentru toata lumea de data asta) este ca French Connection este singurul magazin online (cel putin pana acum) unde ai surpriza placuta de a plati mai putin decat te asteptai: desi la pretul rochiei se adauga si 8£ livrare, apare in momentul finalizarii comenzii o reducere (cred ca scad TVA-ul), astfel incat pana la urma a costat cu tot cu livrare tot 48,5£. Dragut, nu? Imi comand atat de rar de la French Connection din cauza preturilor destul de mari incat uit de la o data la alta de acest mic amanunt imbucurator, asa ca de fiecare data sunt foarte placut surprinsa!

    Iata mai jos si ceea ce cred ca a fost sursa de inspiratie pentru rochia French Connection. E “un pic” mai scumpa, 1116€ (redusa de la 3190€), caci e Lanvin, insa mie tot cea “ieftina” imi place mai mult:

    EN: You can see below what I think may have been the inspiration for this French Connection dress. It’s “a tad” more expensive, 1116€ (reduced from 3190€) because it’s Lanvin, but I still like the “cheap” version better:

    lanvin tiered fringe dressLanvin flapper/ 20s/ deco style Tiered Fringe Silk Satin Dress – get it at The Outnet, here;
    Rochie Lanvin stil anii ’20 cu franjuri (si captuseala de matase) de la The Outnet (o gasiti aici).

    Daca tot suntem la subiectul rochii flapper/ anii ’20, iata inca alte doua modele pe care le puteti gasi acum la pret (foarte) redus:
    EN: Since we’re on the subject of flapper dresses, here are two others that are currently on sale:

    warehouse flapper dressWarehouse backless 20’s deco style Hot Fix Tie Back Dress with stud and jewel embellishment and dropped waist – 45€ here;
    Rochie stil deco anii ’20 cu spatele gol, talie joasa si tinte aplicate – 45€ (aprox. 200 ron) la Warehouse, aici.

    Pe asta mi-am comandat-o mai intai de la Asos acum ceva vreme, apoi, cand varianta neagra a fost redusa pe site-ul Warehouse, mi-am comandat-o si de acolo (din pacate rochia neagra nu mai este deocamdata in stoc). O preferam din start pe cea neagra, dar Asos nu a avut-o niciodata si ideea era ca o voi returna pe cea gri; din fericire insa cred ca s-a pierdut pe drum, asa ca le voi cere banii inapoi pe ea (se mai intampla, dar rar).

    Rochia neagra, in schimb, a sosit cu bine (saracuta si-a petrecut Caciunul intr-un depozit DHL din Bruxelles si Revelionul, intr-unul din Bucuresti, dar gata, acum ii e bine si cald la mine in dulap :)). Numai cuvinte de lauda despre ea: nu numai ca imi place la nebunie si este foarte frumos lucrata, dar este si super comoda, datorita taliei elastice, preferata mea. Va trebui insa s-o scurtez (nu este neaparat prea lunga – imi ajunge deasupra genunchilor -, dar cred ca imi vin mai bine rochiile mai scurte) si din cauza aplicatiilor de la terminatie nu va fi o operatiune foare usoara, dar sper ca vom trece cu bine si peste acest hop :).

    EN: I ordered this one during an Asos Savvy Sunday and then, when the black version was available on the Warehouse website at a friendly sale price, I ordered it from there as well (unfortunately the black dress is currently out of stock). I’d always preferred the black version, but Asos have never had it and the plan was to return the grey one from Asos; however I think it got lost on the way, because it should have arrived a long time ago, so now I can ask them for a refund.

    The black dress, on the other hand, did arrive safe and sound (the poor little thing spent Christmas in a DHL warehouse in Brussels and NYE in one in Buharest) and I totally love it: it’s very well made and extremely comforable due to the elastic waist and loose top part. I intend to have it shortened though (not because it’s necessarily too long – I’m 1,70m and size 10 falls a little above the knee –, but because I think my legs look better in shorter lenghts) and it’s not going to be an easy thing to do because of the studs around the hem, but I hope it’ll turn out alright.

    River Island Grey Embellished Backless Flapper Dress with fringe hem, Rochie stil anii '20 cu spatele gol paiete si franjuri, rochie decupata spatele gol, rochii franjuri, 20s style flapper dresses, cut out backless dresses, elegant evening dresses, moda stil anii '20, party dresses, reduceri, rochie cu paiete, rochii de club party petrecere, rochii de seara elegante, rochii river island, rochii stil anii 20, sale, sequin dressesRiver Island Grey Embellished Backless Flapper Dress with fringe hem – 30£ here (reduced from 60£);
    Rochie stil anii ’20 cu spatele gol, paiete si franjuri – 30£ (aprox. 174 ron) la River Island, aici.

    Si asta imi place (spatele gol, deh!) si mi-as fi cumparat-o cu siguranta daca nu intervenea cea de la French Connection, insa mi se pare mai greu sa gasesti ciorapii potriviti pentru ea (sigur, cel mai bine merge purtata fara ciorapi, dar tind sa asociez rochiile din poliester cu sezonul rece).

    EN: I like this one too (the open back gets me every time!) and I definitely would have bought it had it not been for the French Connection dress; I do have a little doubt however regarding the colour, which I think may make it a little tricky to find the right kind of tights (the best option, of course, would be to wear it with bare legs, but I tend to associate polyester dresses with the cold season and prefer silk and cotton for summer).

  3. Autumn Cherries


    November 8, 2012 by raluca

    Rochie cu talia joasa, in dungi/// EN: Stripe drop waist dress: Topshop UK;
    Geanta cu franjuri/// EN: Leather fringe across body bag: Asos;
    Cizme “de vara” bej (nude) din piele perforata/// EN: Beige (nude) perforated leather boots: Migato (le am de anul trecut din Atena/// EN: I bought them last year in Athens);
    Pandantiv/ breloc cu cirese, din piele/// EN: Leather cherries pendant/ keyring;
    Inel rosu din sticla de Murano – de la Venetia/// EN: Red Murano glass ring – from Venice.

    Pana sa vad pozele facute pentru postarea de fata, rochia asta de la Topshop era una din preferatele mele pentru o tinuta superlejera de zi – e larga, comoda, nu se sifoneaza, exact stilul meu. Dupa ce am vazut pozele… nu cred ca o s-o mai imbrac vreodata: 90% din ele sunt inutilizabile pentru ca arat ca un frigider (mai exact un frigider in dungi, de la care te si dor ochii) :D. Noroc cu peisajul frumos, pe care mi-a fost mila sa-l irosesc, pentru ca altfel probabil ca nici nu as mai fi facut postul.
    Asta e, cel putin am o motivatie sa mai slabesc. (Apropo de slabit, chiar ma gandeam astazi ca motto-ul meu ar putea fi: “Raluca: la cura de slabire din 1992”. Serios!)
    Am incercat sa ma consolez cu gandul ca in miscare arata totusi putin altfel, dar am remarcat ca nici macar pe manechinele de la Asos genul asta de croiala nu arata tocmai bine, asa ca pe viitor voi sta cu siguranta departe de modele similare, chiar daca imi place la nebunie talia joasa.

    Intr-o nota mai pozitiva, mi-a venit in sfarsit ideea sa folosesc o carte care sa ma ajute sa obtin efectul “de fapt eu nu pozez frumos la camera, ci sunt surprinsa, asa, pur si simplu, intr-o zi obisnuita din viata mea” :D. (Sunt sigura ca iluzia este TOTALA :D!)

    Pentru ca stiam ca va fi un lac in decor, am ales “Trei intr-o barca” (sigur, acolo actiunea se petrece pe fluviul Tamisa, nu pe un lac, nici barca n-aveam, eram si doua, nu trei – adica eu cu mama -, dar o legatura ar fi totusi parca, parca…). E una din cartile mele favorite, care ma va face intotdeauna sa rad si care imi aduce aminte de vacantele la bunici, unde am citit-o prima data, acum multi ani.

    EN: Before I saw the photos I took for this post, I used to consider this Topshop dress one of my favourite casual pieces – it’s loose, comfy and it doesn’t wrinkle, just my kind of dress. After seeing the pics though… I’ll probably never wear the darn thing again: at least 90% of the photos must be hidden from all human eyes, because I look like a refrigerator (a striped refrigerator, that makes you dizzy) :D. In fact, had it not been for the beautiful landscape, which I thought it would be a shame to waste, I probably would have never published this post at all.
    Well, at least now I feel more motivated to lose some weight. (By the way, I was thinking today that my motto could be: “Raluca (that’s my name :D): trying to lose weight since 1992.” Yes, really!)
    I’ve been trying to comfort myself with the thought that maybe, just maybe, the dress looks better in movement, but the truth is I did notice that this kind of  shape doesn’t look all that great even on the Asos models, so in the future I’ll be sure to steer clear of similar designs even though I do so love drop waist dresses (sigh!).

    On a more positive note, I finally got the (brilliant, never been done before) idea to use a book as a prop, in a quest to achieve the “I’m not in fact posing prettily for the camera, but oh, just going about my day as usual while somebody just happens to take photos of me” effect.

    Because I knew there would be a lake, I chose “Three Men in a Boat” (ok, so the book takes place on the river Thames, not a lake, I don’t have a boat and there’s just two of us, not three – me and my mom, that is -, but there is some similarity, isn’t there :D?). It’s one of my all time favourite books, which will never cease to make me laugh and which reminds me of childhood holidays spent at my grandparents’, where I first read it, many moons ago.

  4. La Moustache de Monsieur Poirot

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    October 25, 2012 by raluca

    Mai tineti minte colajul meu de inspiratie Hercule Poirot?
    EN: Do you remember this Poirot-esque collage?

    Ei bine, iata cum viata imita “arta” :D.
    EN: Well, this is life imitating “art” :D.

    Rochie cu talia joasa (veche) /// EN: Drop waist dress (old): Zara;

    Brosa mustata /// EN: Limited edition huge moustache brooch: Asos;

    Pantofi Oxford (cu siret) /// EN: Tan heeled brogues (heeled lace-up Oxford shoes): Humanic (asemanatori, marca Aldo, gasiti aici  /// EN: You can find a very similar style of tan and black lace-up shoe boots, from Aldo (“Banghart”), right here);

    Inel din lemn si argint (cadou de la mama) /// EN: Wood and silver ring (a gift from my mom)

    Umbrela din portbagajul mamei /// EN: Umbrella with hook handle from the trunk of my mom’s car.



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