Carina Vardie

Sometimes self-care means disappearing for a bit, not posting, not pressuring yourself to be what you want to become. Sometimes it means taking a whole year break from YouTube and barely posting blogs or Instagram pictures. In a world so connected and expectant of consistency, when it comes to social media, it seems hard to be able to stand back and take care of yourself. I recently saw a quote that hit me deep.

"You can't pour from an empty cup. Take care of yourself first."


You can't really share any parts of yourself, when you're struggling internally. Before you attempt to help anyone, remember to help yourself first. So, get out of bed, wash your face, get dressed, have a nice meal, give yourself a hug and never forget you matter, you are important and valued! Happy 2020! Let's take care of ourselves, follow our goals and smash it this year! Do it for yourself and no one else, do it because you deserve it!

I'll be back soon with more posts from my trip to India, which was a dream and I never shared it. Look forward to that.

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Kisses


Another one from Berlin, this time from the gorgeous Charlottenburg Schloss! Which I kind of matched with my outfit, unintentionally obviously. Anyway, the Charlottenburg Schloss is a palace with luxurious baroque and rococo style decorations and architecture. Did you know the palace was a gift to Sophia Charlotte from her husband Friedrich III? The palace was known as 'Lietzenburg Palace' until her death, when Friedrich decided to rename the palace and surrounding area 'Charlottenburg' in her honor. Highly recommend visiting if you're traveling to Berlin.

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This is the first time I've been back in Berlin in 9 years. Being back just reminded me how much I love this city. Fun fact: did you know I almost moved to Berlin instead of Vienna for University? I had been accepted in a couple Universities there, but changed my mind last minute and decided Vienna was a better option for me, as it felt closer to home. It was the better choice for me, however Berlin still holds a special place in my heart, even after all these years. It felt both like a strange place and very familiar at the same time, a bit contradictory I realize. It was interesting to visit it with different eyes as an adult at 28 and I can't wait to visit again, hopefully it won't take another 9 years til I travel to Berlin again. 

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Kisses

There is absolutely nothing groundbreaking about florals in autumn, it's just another reoccurring autumn trend. The title is of course referencing Miranda Priestly, The Devil Wears Prada sarcasm. However, I do love autumn florals, almost as much as our favorite designers. You will notice florals in AW19 collections from Prada, Valentino, Salvatore Ferragamo, Gucci, Giambattista Valli, Balenciaga to name a few. The world is your oyster this fall, from all over prints like the one I'm wearing, to floral trousers or floral jackets or maybe you'd fancy a floral suit. Whatever your choice, it would seem this autumn you'll be able to find it, from both luxury and high street brands. 

Autumn florals are darker, moodier and also more romantic than spring florals, as they tend to have bolder renaissance or gothic influences. The fun part is you can dress it up or down, styling it more edgy or relaxed or glam, just experiment and enjoy it. As it gets colder, go for darker florals and pair them with boots, heeled or flat, whatever you're comfortable with. I think if you're comfortable in what you're wearing, you're also confident and as long as you're confident, you can pull off any trend you wish. 

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Kisses

Now that it's gotten colder, like way colder, it's time for tailored looks and fluffy cardigans. This one makes me look like a giant pink marshmallow and I love it! Back to the main point of this post, I noticed a lot of tailoring on the runways of all big four fashion weeks and I'm obsessed. I adore tailoring on women in general, as I've expressed before, so seeing it stronger than ever on the runways makes me happy and inspired. 

I enjoy styling tailored pieces more casually by pairing them with t-shirts or sneakers or giant pink marshmallow cardigans in this case. To me it's empowering and expresses confidence, just gives a fab boss vibe. You know how it goes..."I'm not bossy, I'm the boss!". 

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Kisses
What are dreams? Well, a series of stories we play out in our head while sleeping. They can be linear or abstract. Dreams are also an ideal we aspire towards. According to doctors and analysts it's a thinking process, a continuation of your day. Do they mean anything? Across the years, different theories arose. Obviously, Sigmund Freuds is one of the most famous ones as he believed dreams reveal unconscious repressed fears or wishes. I happen to agree, dreams do mean something. 

Let's talk about dreams as aspirations. So, what are your dreams? What makes you tick? Do you feel lost sometimes or all the times? Do you get caught up in the dream and struggle taking the first steps towards making it happen? I do. I'm a dreamer at heart, always thinking about the best possibilities, outcomes, imagining the whole process, but struggling putting it in action. Sometimes, I find excuses and convince myself they're true, other times I feel so inspired that I take action. It's important to follow your dreams and not let yourself be stopped by fear. However, it's vital to understand that you need to do everything at your own pace. Be kind and accept your flaws, while trying to better yourself. Don't let others pressure you and don't bully yourself when delaying your own process. We all think differently and what works for some won't work for you, you need to find your own path even if it's at a slower pace than others's. Most importantly, never stop dreaming. 

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Kisses
We all have a that one piece of clothing that instantly boosts our confidence and moral, no matter how much we're currently disliking everything in our wardrobe. Which, let's be honest, can happen more often than it should due to all the pressure the fashion industry can put on us to constantly wear the latest trends and buy the latest collections. However, this summer I discovered this gorgeous yellow gold satin dress, that became my confidence boost piece as soon as I wore it the first time. 

I've been obsessed with satin for years, even since high-school, and I've shared this love quite often on the blog. Satin is a lovely fabric, smooth to the touch and has beautiful sheen, not to mention how  flattering and glamorous it is. It can be worn day to day or on special occasions, as well as for nightwear. Satin is very versatile, not only in fashion but also for interior design and can be made from either silk or synthetic materials. Can you tell how much I love it?! 

Back to this dress... I feel it's important to find confidence from within, but it's nice when you have a little boost on those days when you need it. I wore this dress so many times this summer, as it just made me feel like a princess. It truly is my Belle (as in Disney princess Belle) dress. It flows beautifully, it's the perfect golden shade and has a versatile style that I have worn from lunch to dinner to drinks, styled casually and more elegant. I know it will stay in my wardrobe for a long time and I can't wait to wear it next. 

Do you have a similar piece in your closet? What makes it so special?

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