Sunday, 6 October 2013

FIRST AUTUMN LOOK

               Yuck, it's getting colder and colder! We are stepping into autumn season after exceptionally lovely summer in Britain. I am excited to get all my cosy clothes out again, but autumn/winter season is always problematic for me, i.e. I get cold very easily(!!) and have to wear at least 3 layers of clothing to keep myself warm. :-( Therefore I have to compromise between wearing nice clothes and cosy clothes. Who wouldn't want to wear comfy sweatpants all the time, eh? Obvs, eventually you'd get bored of them and probably start feeling under-dressed so wearing lovely, elegant pieces is always nice!

               The 'cold' season can be daunting, because I get up at 6.30 a.m. on most days which means I'm awake before the sun is up. Darkness outside the window doesn't help much with improving well-being so I like to start off my mornings with listening to energetic music and having a fruity energy-boost drink (home-made or bought - I recommend Dr. Witt!). Sweet breakfast is essential, too! I am not too obsessed with my weight so a Nutella sandwich always helps so overcome winter time sadness. ;-)

               This is the outfit I wore last Thursday. There was no need for a jacket yet, but a cosy sweater sure would be useful. The denim skirt is actually a high waisted one - also, it's timeless as it can collaborate with so many outfits. Burgundy boots should be familiar, they've appeared in previous outfits. Over-knee socks? Something I've forgotten about since I stopped wearing them after high school. :-P Here, they complete the look, give it a bit of grungy twist. I'll surely wear them again this season. :-)

Sweater @ no name
Denim Skirt @ Select
Burgundy Boots @ Topshop
Earrings @ Miss Selfridge

Thursday, 3 October 2013

CHASING PAPER

               Hi, peeps! ♥ I'm back at uniiii! To be honest I'm glad, even though this semester won't be easy to get through.. I have killer Mondays and Fridays, i.e. lectures 9 till 18.. but I'm a strong woman and I'll manage. ;-) I have started off this academic year well: 1. I had a field trip to France from 16th till 26th of Sept, 2. I finally make an effort to make fancy lunches for myself (salads, pasta etc.), 3. I started to spend my free time actively - going walking/running/swimming. A good start is a key to success. :-)

               As new semester came I equipped myself with new stationery. I've never been crazy about going shopping for a new school year. All my stationery usually came from a supermarket and wasn't top quality. However this year I "discovered" Paperchase... Their stuff is cute and good quality, but expensive, too :-(. Despite the prices I treated myself to a new address book, sticky notes set and a pen - all in the same floral theme. The brand offers plenty of other items with the same themes - notepads, letter sets, list cards, pencil cases... everything! I could spend a fortune in there. ^ ^ Oh, and they offer 10% student discount!! :-) 
All 3 @ Paperchase

Thursday, 4 July 2013

CASUAL

               When I hear casual I automatically think comfortable. Recently due to the fact that I finished uni for summer and have been spending a lot of time at home I have become a master of casual. Joggers, baggy sweatshirts and fluffy socks are what I love to wear when I spend a whole day at home. However, a time always comes when I have to crawl out of my cave of happiness (a.k.a. my bed) and get out there. What happens then? Usually I don't have a problem with picking a lovely, girly outfit, but sometimes I do struggle. That's when I go for a casual-girly look to compromise my laziness with the want of looking feminine.
              
               Even thought that wasn't the cause of the choice of my today's outfit (in fact, it was the undecided British weather) I just wanted to make this point. :-) The 'transition stage' between your casual and representative looks is always something good to go through as it may actually encourage you to mix both styles - wear stilettos with harem pants and pumps with a little black dress. ;-)

Top + Skirt @ H&M
Pumps @ Converse


Wednesday, 3 July 2013

EATING HEALTHY

               Hey! I've had another over-a-month-long break from blogging, but its major cause was not surprisingly my end-of-the-year exams... Since the day of my last exam (May 31st) I was relaxing to the maximum! I've been catching up on sleeping, reading books, seeing my friends and many, many more. It feels great to have so much free time now! 
               The extra time means I can finally concentrate on things like exercising and eating healthy. I am not diet-obsessed and I believe having about 4-5 meals a day approx. every 3 hours can help to lose 2-3 kg. That's what I tried and it really worked, so it's worth giving it a go. :-) Obvs, drinking plenty of water is essential, too. 
               To eat healthy I have to cook healthy. I am not a vegetarian, but on Monday I decided to make a veggie-based dinner and it was delicious. It wasn't as healthy as it was supposed as I didn't have a calorie controlled cooking spray, but oh well. ;-) The dish I prepared was stuffed mushrooms with garlic-flavoured French toast. Here's the result...
The dish is very easy to make - just mix couscous with a hot veg stock, sweetcorn, cherry tomato halves and sunflower seeds and stuff the mushrooms with the mixture, sprinkle with parmesan and bake. :-) 


Saturday, 18 May 2013

BRILLIANT ADVENTURES

               Last night I went to see a play "Brilliant Adventures" with my boyfriend at Royal Exchange Theatre in Manchester. I have never been to a theatre before and it's a shame because it's such a great entertainment!  "Brilliant Adventures" is a comedy-drama and some parts were hilarious and other slightly sad and scary. What I loved the most about it was the proximity between the actors and audience. I will definitely start going to theatre more often, especially that the tickets are not as expensive as I assumed - they cost less than most concert tickets!
               As a "theatre beginner" I wasn't sure how to dress last night as I didn't want to turn up in pumps, but didn't feel like wearing heels either. I went for my burgundy boots with very comfortable small heels. Black disco pants looked more elegant with an oversized top with embroided sleeves and a fake-snakeskin clutch. I applied my new lip tint which I've talked about in the previous post to give a bit of accenting colour to my look. What do you think? :-)
Oversized Top @ TK Maxx (by Sweene Paris)
Disco Pants @ Missguided
Boots @ Topshop
Clutch @ Primark (+ DIY)
Bracelet @ New Look