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Wednesday, May 28, 2014

How to get instantly long hair

This article is a lesson in “never say never”. Let’s start with the obvious – I have super long hair in these photos and we all know my normal hair is pretty short. 

Well guys, it’s not magic – it’s just hair extensions! And really great hair extensions if I can say so myself. And to think I have always dismissed them before – I knew hair extensions existed but was never really all that interested. Just like Jon Snow – I didn’t know anything.:)))

Instead, I was blaming my damn genes for not being able to provide Blake Lively or Selena Gomez type hair. I now realize I was delusional – there’s no way in hell that’s their natural hair. Now that my eyes have been opened, I could bet my life all those celebrities with heavenly hair wear extensions all the time. And my genes are perfectly fine, thank you very much! 

And since I got the rant out of the way, let me tell you a few things about all this hair on my head.:))) The extensions are Irresistible Me in Silky Medium Brown (#4), they are 20 inches long and the weight is 200 grams. They arrived very fast for an overseas order (the processing stage is 3 to 5 business days and the shipping another 2-4 days). They ship worldwide and the shipping is free for orders over $150 (otherwise you’ll have to pay $10 that are well-worthed since they use FedEx and the extensions will be delivered to your door). 

They are clip-ins and perfect for someone like me who doesn’t wear extensions on daily basis and just wants to put them on occasions. They have these little, sturdy clips that can be added in your hair in a matter of minutes (they are equally as easy to take off). They come in 10 wefts of different sizes (1 piece of 4 clips (8"/20cm), 2 pieces of 3 clips (6"/15cm), 5 pieces of 2 clips (4"/10cm) and 2 pieces of 1 clip (1.5cm) and there’s so much hair you can actually leave a few pieces out and only use part of them. The big weft is epic and has so much hair it can be used by itself and it’s going to look great. 

This is me before adding the hair extensions and thinking about how good I was going to look! :)

The best part is the hair itself – super soft, shiny and silky - so much so I have this crazy compulsion of touching it constantly. Fortunately, the shedding is minimal so that’s a problem just reported to my mental health. Being 100% human Remy hair, the Irresistible Me hair extensions can be cut, colored and styled without any problem as long as you take the same precautions you would with your own hair. Right here, I curled them because I wanted them to blend in perfectly. The ultimate goal was to trick everybody and make them believe I have breathtaking hair all on my own. And I think I did! The day I wore them everybody was looking at me with envy and/or lust!:)))))) I’m telling you, these are better than a boob job…a lot cheaper too (or so I heard:)))

All the hair inspired me to wear this insane ruffled maxi skirt with a salsa vibe. I might have tried a few dance poses as well, but I decided to only share those via Facebook where people are expected to be crazy and ridiculous. I couldn’t help myself and I threw on my Borealy necklace as well – it’s so pretty, it seemed like the necessary topping on the cake (and by cake I mean myself :)).

Since I know an unsettling amount of things about extension from my sister, I feel it’s my patriotic duty to make an even more detailed review about my Irresistible Me hair extensions (I have a second blonde set that I wear as highlights or instant ombre depending on the mood) and show you how to put them in! Willing or not, you will be educated!:):):):)

 If you like the hair extensions and want a set for yourself, I have a a permanent 10% off coupon code for you for anything you like on Irresistible Me, just use IrresistibleAlice at checkout by adding it in the Promo Code box.

Nici nu stiu de unde sa incep, asa ca o sa zic o chestie super evidenta – am parul lung si ieri era de destul de scurt! Nu-i o minune – sunt doar extensii!!! Rar am fost atat de incantata de un lucru pe care il incerc pentru prima oara! Extensiile sunt o gaselinta de a carei existenta stiam, dar nu eram neaparat interesata. Le asociam cu aspectul artificial al tipelor care fac din solar, unghii lungi, silicon si botox un ritual zilnic. Dar zau ca m-am inselat! 

Acum imi dau seama ca majoritatea celebritatilor cu par superb pe care le invidiam din acest motiv (Blake Lively, Selena Gomez, Rhianna) au mereu extensii in par. Si cand ma gandesc de cate ori mi-am blamat genele ca nu se ridica la inaltimea asteptarilor mele legate de par si nu numai!!! Cu siguranta exista o multime de extensii care arata ieftin si nenatural, dar acestea din capul meu sunt 100% naturale si arata grozav. Sunt sigura ca cei care nu ma cunosc si nu stiu lungimea reala a parului meu, nu si-ar da seama ca am trisat.

The before and after pictures from behind (well, that sounds a bit dirty but you get the gist!)

Extensiile sunt de la Irresistible Me (gama Silky Touch), au 20 de inches (50.8 cm) si 200 de grame. Am ales culoarea Medium Brown si bine am facut pentru ca se potriveste aproape perfect cu nuanta mea naturala. Un alt detaliu important – sunt clip-ins - adica se ataseaza cu clipsuri micute in par si pot fi puse si scoase super rapid (chiar si eu le-am pus in aproximativ 5 minute). Mai mult dureaza ondulatul care mie mi se pare ca ajuta enorm cu partea de “camuflare” – asa chiar nu o sa stie nimeni ca podoaba capilara este doar partial a ta. Parul meu este subtire si capricios, dar foarte moale si stralucitor si extensiile acestea sunt chiar si mai matasoase si mai frumoase decat ma asteptam (egaleaza si chiar intrec aspectul sanatos al parului din dotare). Am tendinta sa le ating tot timpul si din fericire, nu cade parul din ele, altfel chiar ar fi o problema.

Fiind 100% naturale, pot fi tratate exact ca parul meu: le pot spala, tunde, vopsi, ondula, indrepta cu placa si asa mai departe. Fiecare set vine cu 10 bucati de diferite marimi: o bucata epica cu 4 clipuri de 8 inches (20 cm) si mai mult par decat am eu in tot capul, doua bucati cu 3 clipsuri de 6 inches (15cm), 5 bucati de 2 clipsuri de 4 inches (10 cm) si doua bucati de 1 clip de 1.5 inches (aproximativ 4 cm). Bucata mare este atat de grozava incat poate fi folosita si singura in zilele in care ma grabesc. Trimit colete in toata lumea (transportul este $10 sau gratis pentru comenzile peste $150) si spre deosebire de alte comenzi de peste ocean, acesta a ajuns super rapid si direct la usa cu Fedex (procesarea dureaza 3-5 zile si transportul alte 2-4 zile). Nu am platiti nici taxe vamale in caz ca va intrebati.

Daca va plac, am un cupon permanent de 10% pentru orice comanda pe Irresistible Me, este suficient sa folositi cuponul IrresistibleAlice la checkout in sectiunea promo code si veti primi reducerea!

Sincer, sunt obsedata de ele! Da, am ajuns si acolo – pot spune cu mana pe inima ca sunt obsedata de extensii! Daca va intereseaza o sa fac un review amanuntit si un tutorial in care sa va arat cum se pun! Datorita Sarei stiu nefiresc de multe despre acest subiect si ar fi pacat sa las nefolosita atata intelepciune – asa ca vrand, nevrand o sa va informez.

Parul lung m-a inspirat sa port pentru prima oara aceasta fusta maxi cu volane careia ii tot dadeam tarcoale de un an, dar fara mare succes. Ma tot gandeam cu ce sa o port ca sa evit sa arat ca o dansatoare de salsa putin nebuna. Cu toate precautiile am avut niste tentative de dans printre blocuri, dar am pus dovada doar pe Facebook unde este normal si asteptat sa fi putin ridicol:). Nu putea sa lipseasca colierul Borealy pe care il port atat de des incat ati putea crede ca-i singurul meu colier! :)

So what do you think? How do you like me best - with shorter or longer hair?

 I’m wearing:
hair extensions / extensii - Irresistible Me
  skirt / fusta - Asos
crop top/ top scurt - random brand (very similar here)
leather jacket / geaca piele - random brand
 necklace/ colier - Borealy
  rings /inele - here

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Maternity style – a few thoughts

As a very tall girl I have always struggled finding certain articles of clothing to fit properly: maxi dresses and maxi skirts are never long enough, pants and jeans are always shorter than I’d like,  miniskirts are too short for me, sleeves rarely go to my wrist and the list can go on and on.

High street and even designer stores generally fail to cater to the needs of niche silhouettes and heights and prefer going the safe route with the standard sizes and shapes that are going to sell and appeal to most. And even those which have tall, petite or curvy sections, don’t pay enough attention to them, so they end up being a disappointment as far as variety and design goes, especially compared with the clothes you can find in the “normal” section.

Based on some of  my friends’ experience and what I’m constantly hearing from readers, the situation is quite similar when it comes to maternity clothes. Pregnant women have a hard time finding stylish clothes specially designed for this wonderful, but equally difficult period of time in their life. They usually have to get creative and buy clothes a few sizes bigger or just give up and pretty much avoid going out during the last months of pregnancy. The few stores which do sell maternity clothes are often not what they are looking for - having an outdated and unflattering selection of clothes that’s just plain depressing.

Thankfully, there’s always online shopping and the magic of internet with its myriad possibilities. That’s how I discovered Isabella Oliver – which is probably the best maternity brand I’ve come across so far. The way I knew they were great was when I realized I had spent over an hour  browsing  through their shop and was actually considering ordering something and I’m not even pregnant, nor do I  have plans to get pregnant in the near future. But that’s the cool thing about Isabella Oliver – the clothes are designed so that you can wear them during and after pregnancy justifying the higher price tag. That, the cut and the quality of the fabrics they use make the clothes a pretty good investment. 

I made quite a few collages using my favorite looks from their site to serve as visual aid and get you inspired and excited about the various ways you can dress if you happen to be pregnant or generally going in that direction!:)

I'd love to hear from those of you who know more about maternity style first hand! Don't hesitate to share your tips and favorite shopping destinations with all of us!

Monday, May 19, 2014

Is this business enough?

I don’t really do business outfits – at least not in the traditional sense of the word. But I do love a great pencil skirt. The floral number I have one is possibly the best one in my closet right now – it’s high waisted, elastic, colorful and goes with everything. I have to stop myself and not wear it every single day.

And I even paired it with a shirt! But this is not the generic, white shirt that you’d usually expect in an office look. Nope – it’s the loveliest shade of see-through, baby blue with black lace details on top. I’m not even sure this get up qualifies as business attire for most, but it surely goes in that direction as far as I’m concerned. :) 

 Photos: Costin
 I’m wearing:
  blue lace shirt/ camasa - 6ks (here)
  pumps / pantofi - random brand
leather jacket / geaca piele - random brand
  bag / geanta - Debenhams
  pencil skirt / fusta - here
ring /inel - here
earrings /cercei - New Look

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Eye candy – literally

It’s that time of year again! You know, the glorious months when you can wear sunglasses without looking like a douchebag. In fact, with summer just a short month away, sunglasses will be actually necessary and not just a stylistic choice.

I’m one of those people who like and wear sunglasses a lot. Aviator, cat eye, wayfarer shaped, clear lenses, colorful lenses, simple or intricately ornate frames – I like them all. You’ve seen me wearing them in enough outfit of the day posts over the years to believe I’m not just saying that. I have serious proof to back it up and you can see a short selection below. I dream of having a huge collection and I’m always on the lookout for a new pair despite having quite a few already.

I’ve always seen sunglasses like an easy way to complete a look and give it that cool, effortless edge. I won’t deny wearing a pair of sunglasses can also help with looking insistently at people without scaring them off. Behind the right, opaque lenses you can be plenty creepy without actually putting the fear of God into the object of your intense gaze. :))))

There was a time when it was actually very hard to find sunglasses I really liked. I had friends who actually needed glasses and hated wearing them because they looked so awful. Then I discovered online shopping and I suddenly had endless possibilities at my fingertips. In fact finding the coolest and most affordable sunglasses and eyeglasses online has become a bit of a favorite pastime of mine. Thankfully I don't need eyeglasses, but I will admit I have worn this style before just for fun and without the prescription lenses. Looking like a sexy nerd all the time has its appeal. 

Right now I have my eyes on (pun intended) a few pairs from BonLook. They carry sunglasses too, but what I'm really into is the amazing selection of eyeglasses with the most wonderful, colorful and stylish frames.
I actually need your help to decide between a "few" pairs I love since I find it almost impossible to narrow it down to an acceptable number. Which  are the one that you like best?
  I need me some sexy librarian cat eye frames! How about you?

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Digital Divas 2014

Digital Divas revine anul acesta cu o noua editie si, de data aceasta, sunt ceea ce se cheama blogger official al  evenimentului. Ce inseamna asta? Ei bine, este un mod mai pompos de a spune ca o sa va povestesc despre Digital Divas si inainte si dupa. Anul trecut am scris un articol foarte lung si sincer despre experienta mea la Digital Divas (cu bune si rele) si sunt tare curioasa sa vad cum au evoluat lucrurile in acest rastimp.

In cazul in care nu stiti exact despre ce este vorba, va lamuresc imediat! Digital Divas este un eveniment dedicat comunitatii online de fashion si beauty din Romania care isi propune sa premieze cele mai bune  bloguri si conturi de social media. In principiu Digital Diva doreste sa reuneasca specialisti din industie cu femei  pasionate de comunicarea online in teorie este o ocazie excelenta de networking si relationare cu oameni cu interese similare.  

Cele doua sesiuni de conferinte ale evenimentului se vor focusa pe tendinte si oportunitati pentru comunitatea online de beauty si fashion, modalitatile de crestere a vizibilitatii in online, cum sa ai un continut relevant pentru cititori si cum sa interactionezi eficient cu acestia.

Concret, Digital Divas, organizat de AVON Cosmetics si Evensys, va avea loc pe 3 iunie la Platul Ghika.
De data aceasta puteti macar sa va faceti cunoscuta existenta online pentru o sansa la castigarea uneia dintre categori. Inscrierile sunt gratuite, iar fiecare proiect poate fi nominalizat in competitie pe baza formularului de pe website, pana pe 15 mai 2014.  

Si pentru ca tot am ajuns aici, categoriile anuntate anul acesta sunt: Best Women Websites, Best Bloggers for Social Causes, Best Use of Photography in Blogging (Fashion & Beauty blogs), Best Instagram Account, Best Newcomer Fashion Blog, Best Newcomer Beauty Blog, Best Fashion Blog, Best Beauty Blog, The Digital Diva of The Year, Special Projects, People’s Choice Award.

Perioada de jurizare se va desfasura intre 16-26 mai. Categoriile principale vor fi jurizate de specialisti in online, cu exceptia categoriei "People's Choice Awards", ce va fi desemnata de public prin votarea online.

O sa existe si un articol de follow-up cu impresii de la fata locului si alte detalii mai mult sau mai putin picante dupa incheierea evenimentului. 

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Spring fairy wannabe

This ivory dress makes me want to believe in fairytales again – the delicate lace bottom combined with the see through, crochet top it’s just dreamy. And, for once, I actually found the perfect place to serve as the backdrop for this get up of mine: an alley full of white, blossoming trees! The light was crappy, but nothing is perfect in this world so I got over it...eventually!:)

The leather jacket it’s my go to piece for a super girly dress - it provides some sort of a contrast that I feel it’s needed. I wanted a pair of barely there sandals for quite some time and I finally got my hands on this nude pair with a twist – the golden metallic straps around the ankle. You should have seen the grin on my face when I saw they were on sale and in my size!!!

The yellow bird headband is something I made myself (you can find it in my Etsy store). Now that I’m so busy and grown up, I really miss having the time to create accessories and other little things for myself. I wish I could go back a few years and tell myself to use all that free time more wisely. Actually, I wish I could go back two weeks ago and tell myself to step away from all the food and stop using Easter as a valid reason to eat my weight in cupcakes and ice-cream!:)))) Who am I kidding? I would have done it anyway!

 Photos: Costin
  I’m wearing:
  lace dress / rochie - here
   nude sandals / sandale - Asos
leather jacket / geaca piele - here
polkadots bag / geanta - Debenhams
  belt / curea - romwe
bird headband / bentita pasare - handmade by me (Alice&Sara)

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