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Tuesday, 26 November 2013

Christmas Lights in Belgravia

check printed trousers
check printed trousers
blue jumper outfit
check printed trousers
check print trousers
the pantechnicon restaurant
the pantechnicon restaurant
the pantechnicon sunday roast
(Pull & Bear coat, Asos blue jumper, New Look checked trousers, Nelly boots)

Christmas lights are up and London looks magical this time of the year. This weekend I was craving a Sunday roast so my boyfriend and I headed for lunch at The Pantechnicon Dining Rooms (yeah I had to copy and paste that) in Belgravia which is supposed to have one of the best roasts in London. A pretty brave statement I would say which certainly didn`t disappoint. Both my boyfriend and I had the beef which was delicious. The portions were massive and I struggled to finish even half of it. Probably my biggest disappointment was that I didn`t have any room left for pudding. Ah, the great troubles of life!
Finished the day shooting some outfit photos on the beautifully lit streets of this very *cough* posh neighbourhood. The jumper and the trousers are two of my favourite clothing pieces at the moment. The jumper because it`s cozy and has a great baby blue colour, and the trousers for their funky checked print.

Alina Anghel.xx

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Sunday, 24 November 2013

Beauty: Keeping your sensitive skin in check


I have a very sensitive skin which means I always need to be extra careful not only with my diet & lifestyle but also with the products I use on my face. As many teenagers I used to have major problems with blemishes and I have tried so many treatments from a set of injections that left my arms numb for weeks to topical creams, natural remedies, and medicines. You name it I`ve tried it. Finally I have found a really good dermatologist that gave me a treatment that I still use even today. However everyone is different so if you suffer from acne or sensitive skin I definitely recommend a trip to the dermatologist that can put together the perfect treatment for you.

1) Antibiotics

Antibiotics are definitely something you need to check with your doctor before taking. My dermatologist prescribed me a Roaccutane treatment when I was around 16 that helped to kill the bacteria and dramatically improved my skin. 

2) Diet & lifestyle

Having sensitive skin means that you need to be extra careful with your diet & lifestyle. Staying away from fatty, oily, diary, & sugary foods is a must. No fast food, fizzy drinks, or overdosing on croissants. I`m usually pretty good at staying away from fast food but I have a very bad sweet tooth. Which means regular visits to my second closest friend: the dentist.

Stress is another factor that can affect your skin and although it`s easier said than done, try to find activities that relax you (and no, that doesn`t mean trips to the fish & chips shop) and are good for your body e.g. yoga, reading, and my favourite: sleeping.

3) SPF & moisturizing

Protecting your skin against the sun is extremely important for everyone and especially if you have sensitive skin. I use every day SPF cream even in winter and my favourite is the one from La Roche Posay that I have used faithfully since I was 16.
la roche posay spf lotion

The antibiotics I used when I was a teen left my skin very dry which means I need to always moisturize. Brands like Clinique, Clarins, & Avene have great moisturizing creams for sensitive skin. I`m currently using the Clinique intense moisture surge.
clinique moisture surge intense

4) Scarring

I think I was lucky to start my treatment quite early so I managed to avoid scarring.  If you do have blemishes you need to be extra careful not to touch them as this might lead to scarring. I also use a medicated, vitamin enriched skin cream and this one here from Japan called Yu-be is my favourite. 
yu be moisturizing cream

However, if you do suffer from bad scarring there are a number of clinics that offer acne laser treatments

But as I said everyone is different so the best thing to do is to consult your family doctor or dermatologist. It definitely saves you a lot of time and money spent on treatments that just don`t deliver the results you`re hoping for. 

Do you have sensitive skin, what are your top tips?

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Tuesday, 19 November 2013

Today`s Outfit: Purples


purple jeans
purple jeans
purple jeans
purple jeans outfit
purple jeans outfit
(Asos top, Warehouse jeans, Gmarket Korea leather vest, Nelly ankle boots)


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Wednesday, 13 November 2013

Delicious London: French Brunch at Aubaine

One of my favourite things to do on Sunday mornings is to go somewhere nice and relaxing for brunch. The key for a successful brunch is to control excess. Don`t brunch too often during the week and when you do brunch don`t eat too much. Like all things in life too much of anything ends up being bad. Not excessing with brunch is particularly hard, I mean just look at the photo below! It just makes you wanna roll up your sleeves, throw your fork and knife, and just start stuffing your face with both hands. Of course while still trying to look like a lady. 
Last Sunday we headed over to Aubaine, a French bakery and restaurant in Brompton Cross, ideally located near Harrods. Targeting the hungry and tired shopping ladies Aubaine? Very clever indeed.
We had a big portion of French toast with cream and blueberries, scrambled eggs with truffle, tea and orange juice. The French toast was absolutely delicious as well as the fresh orange juice. The scrambled eggs were good however you couldn`t feel much of the truffle flavour. 
One of the biggest temptations of this place is definitely the bakery and I ended up going home with another piece of cake and a big jar of apple and cinnamon jam. Just in case. 
brunch aubaine
brunch aubaine
brunch aubaine
brunch aubaine
Do you brunch?

Alina Anghel.xx
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Monday, 11 November 2013

Today`s Outfit: The Leopard Print Coat

leopard print coat
leopard print coat
leopard print coat
leopard print coat
leopard print coat
leopard print coat
(See U Soon leopard print coat; Topshop jeans; River Island ankle boots )

Probably the most difficult time of the year for a fashion blogger that takes outfit photos is winter. We took these photos at 3:30 pm and by 4:30 it was completely dark outside. Which means my only solutions are: 
1. Wake up really early in the morning and shoot my looks (which let`s be honest it will never happen).
2. Quit my job and go live on water and flour. I`m don`t deal well with gluten so that`s out of the picture as well.
3. Take my outfit photos in weekends. This means of course that I actually need to get my ass out of bed and although that`s hard enough it`s certainly more tolerable than the first two options.
I guess by now you have noticed that I`m not a massive fan of cold weather. The only things that make winter better are hot chocolate and Santa.

How are you coping with the cold weather?

Alina Anghel.xx
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Friday, 8 November 2013

6 Colourful Coats for Winter

bon prix women coats
Winter has finally arrived to London which means it`s time for shopping! I`m especially in love with this season`s trends for coats: loads of pastels, tartan, and earthy colours. I almost always go for blacks or browns so I`m definitely excited to put a bit of colour in my wardrobe. Bon Prix has a great selection of affordable ladies coats for this fall winter so I picked a few of my favourites from their site that I thought you might enjoy as well. The tartan cape fits perfectly with this season`s punk influence and is something I would imagine wearing with wellies in the countryside. Yes I did say wellies. London is pretty hectic so I love getting out of the city whenever I can and enjoying the calmness and the beauty of the English countryside. The pink and baby blue long coats are perfect for both day and night when the first snow arrives. I imagine wearing them with monochrome outfits or even trying a bit of colour blocking. And of course every woman should own a trench coat which for me is great for throwing over almost anything. I wear mine over jeans and t-shirt to smarten up my outfit or over an evening dress to keep the look classy.

What is your favourite winter coat? 

Alina Anghel.xx
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Wednesday, 6 November 2013

Beauty: New favourite face makeup products

 
face makeup products
face makeup products
face makeup products
A couple of my new favourite face makeup products: the Guerlain Terracotta bronzing powder; Nars sheer glow foundation; Glo-minerals & Laura Mercier camouflage concealer; YSL Shocking mascara; Nars eyeshadow; Dolce & Gabbana lipsticks. 
These are the main products I use on an almost daily basis. I have quite dry skin and the Nars sheer glow foundation is the best I`ve used so far that gives my skin that dewy finish. The Laura Mercier and the Glo-minerals concealers are new additions, as you can see they are barely used as I only got them two weeks ago. I couldn`t make up my mind which one to get so in the end I ordered them both.
The Terracotta bronzing powder I`ve had for agesss. I like that it looks very natural with only a bit of shimmer. I`m not a big fan of very shimmery bronzing powders so this one is perfect for me.
I like combining the two Dolce & Gabbana lipsticks together as the nude shade makes the bright pink a bit more natural and gives you that innocent look. Remember the gorgeous makeup looks the Dolce & Gabbana models wore during their SS12 runaway show? These two were basically the main lipsticks used on that show. I was slightly obsessed with that whole show from clothes to makeup so I just had to track them down :).

What are your most used makeup products?

Alina Anghel.xx
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Monday, 4 November 2013

Top 8 most useful social media channels for fashion bloggers


As social media seems to be rapidly growing year by year I know more than anyone else how daunting and time consuming it can be keeping track and updating regularly all the social channels that are out there. Cliché or not the key for running a successful blog nowadays is to focus on quality rather than quantity and only pick the channels that are most relevant to your blog. Although a blog is in itself a form of social media I have decided to comply a list of the top most frequently used channels by fashion bloggers and the ones I personally think have brought me the most return.

1. Bloglovin`

social media channels for fashion bloggers

For obvious reasons I have put Bloglovin` as the number 1 most useful channel as it`s one of the best ways of keeping track of your favourite blogs. It also helps in getting people back to your site every time you post new content.

Of course having 2-3 followers doesn`t mean that your content is less interesting than the content of a blogger with 10,000 followers. It`s easy to get sidetracked as fashion is an incredibly competitive environment but always remember to focus on doing what you love and don`t see blogging as a race of getting as many followers as possible.

2. Facebook

Facebook still is the most used social media channel out there with over 1 billion users so having a presence there can be extremely beneficial in terms of getting people back to your site and interacting with your readers.

Most bloggers out there separate their personal Facebook page from the blog fan page which is probably the best way as you don`t want your grandma to see that topless Ryan Gosling photo you posted or the new shopping spree you had in Zara when you were supposed to be having a family dinner with all the relatives.

3. Twitter

social media channels for fashion bloggers

Great for engaging with your readers, meeting other bloggers and posting words of wisdom in 140 characters or less.

4. Instagram

The mecca of food photos, selfies and other type of photos that can showcase what an amazing life you`re living.  Unfortunately you can`t insert hyperlinks in your Instagram posts, you can only insert 1 link on your profile, which means it`s harder to drive people back to your site. However if you post amazingly beautiful photos chances are that people will do anything to find your blog.

5. Pinterest

social media channels for fashion bloggers

I was slow in getting started with Pinterest but now I`m completely addicted to it mostly because it feels so much easier bookmarking photos that inspire me without having tons of folders on my computer and never finding what I`m looking for. It`s also great for Pinning your own blog photos and spreading your content.

6. Google+

Being part of Google there are obviously SEO perks in opening a Google+ page and posting content frequently. I especially love the Google Hangout feature and the livestream capabilities of Google+ which are a big + in my opinion. See what I did there? 

7. Youtube

I must say I don`t really use Youtube for posting my own videos although I probably should considering I love seeing video content on other fashion blogs.
Filming videos and editing them definitely takes more time so if you manage to do it kudos to you!

8. Lookbook.nu & Chictopia

social media channels for fashion bloggers


If you`re a typical fashion-outfits blogger then most likely you`re already very familiar with Lookbook.nu & Chictopia. There are loads of other outfit sharing sites out there but as you can imagine editing the photo, uploading it and filling in the outfit details can take quite a bit of time so I prefer to stick with the ones I`m most used to and know are very popular with other fellow bloggers as well.

Which are your favourite social media sites? Any that I`ve missed?

And if you want to keep track of my social media channels you can find me here:



Alina Anghel.xx