Carina Vardie

As someone who promotes positivity and always tries to embody it, false positivity is a fascinating subject. I often look for the positive in every situation choosing not to focus on the bad as most of the times the situations making us negative are just a passing moment that won't even matter in a year. What's the point of spending your days drowning in a pessimistic mood for the small stuff? There is none. However, this shouldn't be confused with masking feelings with false positivity. 

All feelings are natural and in a world of depression and anxiety it seems like most people are afraid to feel, which is unnatural. Being sad and upset is normal, everyone goes through these emotions. There is no need to mask them with fake smiles. People are now judging each other for having "bad feelings". Instead of being acceptive when seeing someone sad, they tell them to stop crying or ask what's wrong with them. Le's make this clear, there is nothing wrong with expressing your emotions. It takes courage! Pushing away your feelings will only result in bursting at a random moments. Shaming your close ones for feelings you don't understand is not only wrong, but promotes a bad habit. Try to be supportive and a true friend. We are emotional creatures and should embrace it. Negative principals are vital in order to support relationships and form a balanced lifestyle. All emotions are part of life and need to be experienced. No need to mask or push them aside. Deal with them as they come, let them run their course. Say no to false positivity! 

If you're curious what has brought this, I stumbled upon a Ted Talk with psychologist Susan David. 

Are you a fan of Ted Talks?

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I shared multiple posts from Bucharest along the years, however it's unmissable that I only showed a bit as I have always focused on spending time with friends and family. That's always a priority, but this time I really tried to reveal a bit more of Bucharest, not just the same locations as I've done in the past. Bucharest is my home city for anyone new here and is filled with charming restaurants and buildings. Bucharest, once known as "little Paris", is the capital city of Romania. The nickname was given because of the dashing architecture and sophisticated elite. Though during the Communism a lot of socialist-style buildings were constructed, Bucharest kept part of its vibrancy and elegance. 

We're going to start our little visual journey in the old town, which started as a artisans and merchants district. Now the narrow streets are packed with restaurants and pubs making for a quirky summer city destination for nights out in Bucharest. The Old Town isn't only famous for the nightlife, it's also filled with historical and cultural attractions. You can clearly see how the the second world war, earthquakes and the communist time have affected the old town, but there's also beauty in the captivating streets. One of my favorite places is the Carousel of Light and shoutout to everyone remembering me raving about the Carousel of Light 3 years ago. This bookshop is so special and I always bring everyone to see it and recommend it wholeheartedly. 

Have you visited Bucharest?

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It's easy to get trapped in the stress of every day life, but we all need a reminder to appreciate the small details in life. Always thinking about the future and not enjoying the moment is exhausting and while it's smart to plan certain aspects of your future, if you always think about the that you'll never appreciate what's in front of you. So here I am today, with a short post, to remind to smell the flowers, watch the sunset, enjoy a glass of wine, the smell of fresh fruit or pizza. 

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I may have moved from Milan, but that doesn't mean it's not always in my heart. Milan is a wonderful city full of vibrancy, beauty and fashion - it's always a pleasure to come back, not to mention I have some of my best friends there who I'm always over the moon happy to see. However if there's something I always regret when moving to a new city is that I didn't get to explore the one I was living in even more. Does anyone else feel that way or is it just me? I'm really trying not to make that mistake with London and attempting to explore it a bit more with every chance I get. 

Back to Milan now, one of the less known places you can visit, that is truly stunning to see, is the San Lorenzo Basilica. The Basilica is one of the oldest churches in Milan, but even more spectacular are the Colonne di San Lorenzo in front. These are a group of ancient Rome ruins that had been moved to Milan. They are a group of 16 Corinthian columns which allegedly have been removed from either a 2nd century temple or a public bath house. The Colonne di San Lorenzo are remarkable no matter what structure they came from and if you're curious to visit them, the ruins are located close to Navigli - a set of interconnected canals that are surrounded by cute local restaurants, gelateria and shops. That whole area has a relaxed and friendly atmosphere I really love. It's the perfect place to go have an aperitivo and enjoy the Milanese evenings.

Have you visited Milan? Which less known places do you adore?

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Amsterdam's Bloemenmarkt was founded in 1862 and is the only floating flower market in the world, how cool is that?! Pictures don't even do it justice how beautiful it is and you can obviously imagine the perfume from the flowers is mesmerizing. As it's a huge touristic attraction it is sadly packed with people who are admiring all the gorgeous flowers, but if you're patient enough you can always get some fab pictures in there. On my way there I was sure I could resist the temptation of buying anything yet I left with 3 bags of tulips to plant next spring, so be aware. If you love flowers as much as I this is definitely the place to visit along with the tulip fields, which I'm sure aren't as glamorous as you see on Instagram, probably always full of people and hard to shoot pictures in. However I love flowers and it's a dream to be in a field surrounded by amazing colorful tulips. I couldn't tell you if this was my favorite outfit in Amsterdam, as I loved all the ones I wore, but the Bloemenmarkt was definitely one of my favorite places to visit. 

Did you visit any fields of flowers? Let me know your experience!

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This has to be the most over the top glamorous outfit I ever wore for breakfast! I knew this cute Cafe deserved a fab outfit, but even for my style this was a bit much for the time of day. In all honesty when ordering the dress I thought the pink would be more muted, I was clearly wrong. To be clear, I don't regret it as it did look stupendous - just putting it out there that I know.  Also my over the top breakfast which included a milkshake topped with a donut, whipped cream, marshmallows and fruit loops with a giant smoothie bowl matched my over the top vibe perfectly.

The kimono aesthetics is what attracted me to this dress and it really wow's when you wear it. While it was a bit outside my comfort zone simply because it was 9am, I adored this outfit. No matter how unusual a look might seem, never let anyone put you down for it. We don't all love the same things - thank God, otherwise fashion would be unbearably boring. At the end of the day, it was fun to wear and I got cute pictures, there's always a next day for a new look or in my case after breakfast. 

Did you ever wear something glam for breakfast?

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In my previous blog post I shared how impressed and in love I was with Amsterdam after just the first morning spent in the delightful city. After checking in and a quick power nap that might have actually been a few hours we got ready and started exploring the city. Something struck me above all else. We all know my love for flowers is on another level and I knew Amsterdam was famous for having stunning flowers everywhere, but I still hadn't realized it would be this remarkable. It makes the whole city look happy and outstanding, needless to say I was impressed. Wait til you see the pictures from the Bloemenmarket next week! The city is also overflowing with sweets shops, which no one warned me about. There is sugar temptation everywhere! As a sugar addict it was definitely hard to roam around without stopping in every little cute shop to basically buy the whole store, but you'll be proud to know I didn't eat my weight in sweets just half my weight shhh. There is also obviously a picture with the famous 'I Amsterdam' sign, just had to. 

Are you loving all these fashion outfits combined with travel posts?

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