Carina Vardie

Hi everyone! 

Finally back with a new video after quite a break! I'm excited to share videos regularly so please pop over to show some love and support on my latest video which is a lookbook from Bucharest. 

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Let's start today's post and this week with a small, but powerful reminder. You are the sole writer, creator and director of your story. Outside factors might influence it, but as long as you believe and work hard, your story will follow the script you have planed with small surprises and hick-ups along the way, but things even more beautiful than you imagined will happen. I love traveling and I keep saying that like a broken record, but it's true and feel so fortunate of how much I've already traveled this year. It's so satisfying and something I always try to make happen as it brings me so much happiness. It's of course not cheap, but with good planning it can be somewhat affordable and always worth it, just look at these pictures showing the stunning Lecco. Doesn't it look worth every effort?!

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Weddings are amazing for 2 reasons in particular: celebrating love, which is simply amazing and should be done all the time, and dressing up. You all know just how much I adore to glam it up, but do need a special occasion for that. As much as I enjoy dressing up for work, some outfits just aren't possible. Can you imagine me arriving at the office in a gown, would be hilarious but not the best way to start the day. For this Italian Wedding I chose a green satin dress that has ruffles and asymmetric details paired with my Ted Baker princess shoes. I don't get enough reasons to wear these beauties, but rest assured they get out with every opportunity possible. Another recent favorite are the earrings I'm wearing, love the celestial theme which is so dear and near to my heart. 

What's your go-to for a wedding?

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As I started writing this post about this fabulously colorful passage in Bucharest I realized this is the first time you see my new hairstyle. I've shared this already on my Instagram, but for my readers who don't follow me there - you really should though - this is like a cute surprise. Long time readers know I've had a fringe before, usually get one every 4-5 years and have been doing so since school. It's typically a spur of the moment, however this time I actually thought this through, for a few months to be honest.

I love having bangs, but the reality is they are very high maintenance. I'm blessed with hair that grows fast which is fun and has given me the opportunity to cut my hair different styles care free frequently along the years, but when you want to keep your fringe as cute as the hairdresser cut it it's frustrating - though I'm not complaining.

"Fun Fact" bangs get greasier faster than the rest of your hair as they are always in contact with your forehead and you continuously touch them, somehow we're always with a hand in our hair arranging that fringe. You'll wake up in the morning with your fringe looking like a broom and the wind is your Nr. 1 enemy, also exercising looks funny for everyone surrounding you and sometimes no matter what you do it refuses to cooperate. Despite all that, on good days it looks amazing and can save a bad hair day, no make-up day or even lazy dressing day. It might seem that there are more bad points to it then good ones, but the good outweighs the bad.

This time I went for a piece-y fringe which has major cool factor and is also easier to style. I'm really loving it, however it's already started to grow. I'm going to keep it for a while. In case you were wondering, I also got a trim and had some more layers put in but will carry on with the long hair for now.

What do you think? Do you love the fringe? 

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 The Romanian Athenaeum is a landmark in Bucharest which operates as a concert hall. This fairytale -like palace has been a temple of Romanian art and culture since 1888. It was designed by french architect Albert Galleron with 6 columns and mosaics with the faces of 5 Romanian rulers: Neagoe Basarab, Alexandru cel Bun, Vasile Lupu, Matei Basarab and King Carol I. The inside is even more impressive than the outside, they didn't let me shoot inside though so you'll have to visit for yourself.

Did you know it was built almost entirely with money donated by the Romanian citizens?! The campaign was 'give a penny for the Athenaeum' - how cool is that?

Have you visited Bucharest?

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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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