The Dresses that Got to See Santorini

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!

Indian Summer

Rochie de matase cu spatele gol/// EN: Silk dress with open back: By Zoe (Asos)
Colier corai/// EN: Coral necklace: Benvenutti
Inel din agat albastru/// EN: Blue Agate Ring: Lola Rose (Asos)
Geanta/// EN: Bag: Mango
Sandale peep toe cu talpa ortopedica/// EN: Peep toe leather (faux snakeskin) wedge sandals: Musette

Mi-am dorit rochia asta vreo 6 luni si de Craciun parintii mei mi-au facut marea surpriza de a mi-o lua cadou. Cand spun cadou surpriza, trebuie sa intelegeti ca lucrurile au stat cam asa: cu vreo 2 luni inainte de Craciun, cand la un control de rutina al wishlist-ului meu de la Asos am remarcat cu groaza ca mai exista o singura rochie marimea mea pe stoc (pe care oricand ar fi putut sa mi-o ia de sub nas un om rau, care n-ar fi iubit-o la fel fel de mult), am sunat-o pe mama si am intrebat-o daca nu vrea sa-mi faca un cadou dragut de Craciun. A fost de acord, i-am trimis link-ul si, doua luni mai tarziu… nu o sa credeti ce am gasit sub brad!!! Da, chiar rochia By Zoe! (Ceea ce nu inseamna ca nu m-am bucurat foarte mult cand am vazut-o in persoana, draguta de ea!). Cam asa e cu cadourile pe care le primesc eu, pentru ca sunt de principiul “surpriza, surpriza, da’ sa stim si noi ce e”. (Exista si scenariul B, cand inmanez celor dragi o lista FOARTE cuprinzatoare de lucruri pe care mi le-as dori, astfel incat sa-mi poata alege ceva…surpriza, bineinteles!).

Spuneam deci ca e o rochie pe care mi-am dorit-o si care imi place foarte mult. Din pacate, insa, cand a venit momentul sa plec in vacanta s-a dovedit ca rochia nu este prea bine adaptata zborului cu avionul, pentru ca se sifoneaza foarte usor si vizibil. Asa ca biata de ea a fost nefericita necastigatoare a unei vacante in Italia si prima ei iesire in lume, in loc sa fie la Sorrento, a fost la Gradina Botanica din Bucuresti… (Un fel de povestire “Puiul”, daca v-o amintiti: “Nu ma lasati! Nu ma lasati!”, doar ca in locul puiului de prepelita acum a fost lasata in urma rochia). Da, viata e nedreapta, dar ma consolez macar cu gandul ca a calatorit din Franta in Anglia – By Zoe fiind un brand francez.

Sa trecem la lucruri ma putin dramatice: sandalele de la Musette. Mi le-am cumparat la sfarsitul lui august, de la reduceri, si mi se par foarte comode: talpa ortopedica de pluta (usoara) e preferata mea si, desi sunt destul de inalte, ofera stabilitate piciorului care este bine sustinut de forma peep toe si de baretele in X – care mi se pare ca le dau si un aer retro si mai elegant decat poti spera de la niste sandale cu talpa ortopedica de pluta. Atat de incantata am fost de ele incat la cateva zile dupa fericita achizitie m-am intors la prietenenul meu drag, magazinul Musette din Unirea, si mi le-am cumparat si in cealalta varianta existenta, in nuante de bej. Si ma bucur sa raportez ca s-au comportat mai mult decat satisfacator la mers pe piatra cubica (diabolica) din Santorini. Asa ca voilà, final fericit de aceasta data :D!

EN: I’d been lusting after this By Zoe dress for about 6 months when my wonderful parents finally “surprised” me with it for Christmas. When I say surprised, you have to understand that things went like this: about 2 months before Christmas, when, during a routine inspection of my Asos wishlist, I noticed with horror that there was only one dress in my size left in stock (which could have been easily snatched right from under my nose by some mean person who wouldn’t have loved it as much as me), I called my mom and asked her if she wanted to buy me a nice Christmas gift. She agreed, I sent her the link and, two months later… guess what I found under the Christmas tree!!! Yep, it was the By Zoe dress all right! (Which doesn’t mean I wasn’t extremely happy to meet her lovely self in person!). This pretty much sums up my gift-receiving habits: I’m all for a nice surprise, just so long as I know what it is :D. (There’s also a B Scenario, where I hand my loved ones a very comprehensive list of things I want, so they can choose a… surprise gift, of course!).

So I was saying that this is a dress that I really, really wanted and which I truly love. Tragically however, when the time came to pack for my summer vacation this year, the dress proved to be totally unsuitable for air travel, as it wrinkles very easily. So the poor thing was doomed to be left behind and, instead of making its first appearance in Sorrento, Italy, I wore it for the first time while taking photos for this post, in the Bucharest Botanical Garden …Yes, life is unfair, but at least I take some comfort in the thought that the dress at least travelled from France to the UK – By Zoe being a French brand.

Moving on to more positive things: the sandals (by Romanian brand Musette) which I got in the August sales proved to be a great buy: the cork wedge – my favourite – is very light and, although it’s quite high, the sandals are pretty easy to walk in, as the small peep toe and criss-cross straps make them feel very secure on your feet (added bonus – the criss-cross straps make them a little more elegant – with a bit of a retro vibe too in my opinion – than you’d generally expect from cork wedge sandals). I was sooo pleased with them that a few days after I bought them I returned to the store and unrepentantly got them in the other available colourway, which is various shades of taupe and beige. I’m very happy to report that they dealt just fine with the (diabolical) cobble stones in Santorini. So, voilà, it’s a happy ending this time!

Sunsets & Dresses (in Sorrento)

Rochie Asos cu spatele gol (am primit-o de Craciun de la…mine); o puteti inca gasi aici, dar mai sunt doar masuri mari;
Asos Textured Cut Out Dress (a Christmas gift from…me); you can still find it here, but only in large sizes.

Sandale Nine West
Nine West wedge sandals

Acesta era look-ul oficial, cu sandale cu talpa ortopedica inalta.
Adevarul mai putin glamour este mai jos:

So this was the official look, with me wearing high wedge sandals.
You can see the less glamorous truth below:

Asadar pe drumul de intoarcere la hotel sandalele erau inlocuite de flip flops.
Comod, da, dar nu lipsit de pericole: intr-una din seri, dupa ce efectuasem inlocuirea sandalelor cu papucii si ma simteam ca urmare a acestui fapt usoara si libera ca pasarea cerului, m-am impiedicat de o bordura si am cazut. (P.S. Nu stiu daca ati mai cazut de cand sunteti “oameni mari”; eu da, pentru ca sunt foarte indemanatica, asa ca pot sa va spun ca atunci cand cazi de la inaltimea de om mare, ai timp sa te mai si gandesti la una-alta; in cazul meu gandurile au fost, in ordine: “Aha, deci totusi o sa cad” si “Vai, sa nu-mi stric rochia si pedichiura!”. Apoi spleashk!).

Rezultatul il puteti vedea mai jos:

On the way back to the hotel, the sandals were replaced by flip flops.
Comfortable, yes, but not free of peril: one night, after the switch between sandals and flip flops had been performed and I was consequently feeling light and free as a bird, I tripped over a curb and fell on my hands and knees (I’m still surprised it wasn’t on my face). (P.S. I don’t know if you’ve had “accidents” like this lately; I tend to have them quite frequently because I’m not clumsy at all, ahem, so I can tell you that when you fall from your grown-up height, you still have time to think; in my case, the thoughts were, in chronological order: “Oh, so I’m gonna fall after all” and “God, I hope I won’t ruin my dress and pedicure”. Then splat!).

This is the result:

Cel putin nu a mai fost nevoie sa-mi cumpar suveniruri din Sorrento. Voi avea mereu o amintire pe genunchiul stang (si era si piciorul meu bun, ala mai slab :D!).

Well, at least I didn’t have to buy any souvenirs from Sorrento. Looks like I’ll be carrying a precious memento on my left knee for the rest of my life (and damn, it was my good leg – the thinner one :D!).

Dar sa revenim la lucruri mai atragatoare:
And now let’s go back to more attractive things:

Rochie din denim Asos (o gasiti aici) – poate v-o amintiti din postul despre lucruri din denim;
Asos Denim Dress with Chevron Panel (you can find it here) – maybe you’ll remember it from this post; well now it’s mine, all mine, muahaha!

That Thing

♫ Lauryn Hill – Doo-Wop (That Thing)

In pahar este Coca-Cola Zero (nu Cuba Libre :D). Pentru ca iubesc Coca-Cola Zero. Pur si simplu. (Si nu, nu le fac reclama, pentru ca probabil as fi fost undeva in Caraibe daca era asa :D. Este dragoste pura…sau dependenta impura, luati-o cum vreti :D)

My glass contains Coca-Cola Zero (not Cuba Libre :D). Because I just looove Coca-Cola Zero (this is not an endorsement; if it had been, I’d probably be somewhere in the Caribbean :D; it’s just pure love…or (im)pure addiction, whichever way you prefer :D)

Rochie/ Dress: Liquorish (Asos);
A mea nu mai este pe stoc, dar una similara ca model gasiti aici
Mineis out of stock but you can find a similar one here;

Ochelari de soare cat eye (cei despre care tot am vorbit!)/ Asos Wing Cat Eye Sunglasses;
Sandale nude cu talpa ortopedica: Nude wedge sandals: Nine West (colectia de anul trecut, dar inca se mai gasesc in anumite magazine/ last year’s collection);
Geanta mustar/ Mustard bag: no name;
Inel cu mar/ Apple ring: Meli Melo
Oja/ Nail polish: OPI – Big Apple Red

Palmieri, sezlonguri si umbrele de soare (adica imprimeul de pe rochie)…Da, plec in vacanta!!!!! A sosit in sfarsit momentul pentru care ma pregatesc din septembrie anul trecut, clipa de glorie a rochitzelor pe care le adun tot din septembrie, pierzania cardurilor de credit (si debit), motivul pentru care Asos cred ca a aflat ca exista o tara numita Romania …si asa mai departe, cred ca ati inteles ideea, sunt putin nerabdatoare si emotionata!

In rest nu mai am de adaugat decat doua lucruri:

1. Imi dau seama ca in jumatate din pozele din post am mainile in sold, dar ce sa-i faci, este o pozitie buna pentru cine nu are talie :D.

2. Nu va recunoaste probabil multa lume melodia care da titlul postului (Lauryn Hill – Doo-Wop – That Thing) pentru ca este din 1998, dar sunt curioasa daca celor care si-o amintesc nu le seamana videoclipul cu foarte actualul Alexandra Stan – Lemonade. Ca de obicei, eu una prefer vintage :D.

Palm trees, sunbeds and beach umbrellas (aka the print on my dress)…Yes, I’m going on holiday!!!! Finally the moment I’ve been waiting and planning for since September last year, my dresses’ time to shine, the credit cards’ doom, the reason why I think Asos has found out there is a lil’ old country called Romania…and so on, you get the point, I’m a little excited about it.

I’ve only two other things too add:

1. I do realize that in half the pics in this post my hands are on my hips, but hey, what can I do, it’s a flattering position for someone with no waist definition :D.

2. For those of you who remember the song that inspired the title of my post (Lauryn Hill – Doo-Wop – That Thing) even though it’s from 1998, I’m curious if the video reminds you of the very current hit Alexandra Stan – Lemonade (not sure how international this one is, but it’s a Romanian singer).

Soap Bubbles & a Moustache

Rochie asimetrica (high low) verde: Vero Moda, de la Asos (o gasiti aici)
Green high low dress: Vero Moda Drape Pleat Skirt Tunic, from Asos (you can buy it here)

Colier cu pandantiv mustata: Asos (il gasiti aici)
Asos Moustache Pendant Necklace (you can buy it here)

Geanta satchel/ postas: Pieces, de la Asos
Tan satchel bag: Pieces, from Asos

Sandale cu talpa ortopedica: Nine West (colectie veche)
Wedge sandals: Nine West (old collection)

Inel verde din sticla de Murano: de la Venetia
Green Murano glass ring: from Venice

RO: In sfarsit, primul meu accesoriu in forma de mustata proaspat sosit de la Asos! Si atat de multa mustata (Hercule Poirot ar fi mandru!) pentru doar 2£ :D!

Rochia Vero Moda a venit si ea in acelasi pachet si mi-a placut mai mult decat ma asteptam (ma temeam ca va fi prea scurta in partea din fata, dar e tocmai cat trebuie). Culoarea verde smarald (redata mai realist pe site decat in pozele mele) este una din preferatele mele si este o rochie de zi foarte comoda, pe care – avantaj important! – nu o ridica vantul.

Singura mica dezamagire a fost in privinta materialului: pe site scrie ca este din bumbac si elastan, dar in realitate asta se aplica doar pentru partea de sus (care este elastica), restul fiind din poliester. Asa ca aviz amatorilor! (Le-am scris celor de la Asos, dar vad ca inca nu au facut modificarea.)

Sandalele de piele de la Nine West sunt foarte comode datorita tocului mediu (chiar daca lasa de dorit la capitolul “avantajare a piciorului” din cauza baretei groase) si am mers foarte mult cu ele anul trecut. Din pacate nu s-au mentinut la fel de bine ca cele de la Bata de care povesteam aici, asa ca ma tem ca postul acesta a cam fost cantecul lor de lebada (sau mai exact de ratusca cea urata) :D.

EN: Finally, my first moustache accessory, fresh from Asos! Oh happy day! And so much moustache (Hercule Poirot would be proud!) for just 2£ :D!

The Vero Moda dress arrived in the same bundle of joy from Asos and it’s better than I expected (I was afraid it was going to be too short in the front, but it’s just right). Emerald green (the colour is more realistic on the site than in my photos) is one of my favourite colours and it’s a very easy to wear day dress which – major advantage! – doesn’t get blown up by the wind.

The only minor disappointment was the fabric: while Asos say on their website that it’s cotton and elastane, in fact only the top part is (which makes it comfortably stretchy), while the bottom part is polyester (I wrote about this issue to customer service but they haven’t yet made the change on the website).

The leather wedge sandals from Nine West are extremely comfortable thanks to the mid heel (although they aren’t as flattering as one would wish because of the thick strap) and I wore them a lot last summer. Unfortunately it looks like this effort was too much for them and I’m afraid that their appearance in this post has been their swan (or rather ugly duckling) song :D.