happiness is an inside job

this is what one of my friend's bracelet said when we last met. for some reason it resonated with me and it kind of stuck. i needed to repeat this to myself on this particular day when everything seemed to go wrong. on top of everything i was feeling under the weather with a cold i could not get rid of, and i was swamped at work, and i got caught in the rain when i left for lunch. i soon realized i needed to make my day go better if nothing else would. a good meal and a nice conversation with the girls made me hopeful that things will start to get brighter. and so they did, in fact even the sun came up after the rain.

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panic on the streets of London

i am so glad i got these leggings when i was in london earlier this year. they are such a great reminder of the time i spent there and they never go unnoticed. i thought i'd try to channel london street style with this ensemble with the help of the houndstooth coat. also, the detachable collar (last seen here) is a gift from my best friend who currently lives in london. i recently added the metal tips to give it an update. and how awesome is the fact that it perfectly matches my hair? who knew one year ago i would dye my hair in this exact shade. not i, for sure.
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people are fragile things

another weekend, another fashionable meeting with my blogger friends. prancing around in this ensemble, despite the layers i so carefully put together, turned my cough into a full blown cold by the end of the day. oh, the things i endure for fashion's sake. styling this ruffled vest is always a challenge but i really love the result this time. it draws away the attention from the way too short dress and creates a nice volume. hope you like my new necklace, i made it myself. there's nothing to it really, i just bought the wire and the woolen balls from the hobby shop and put them together.
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is it just madness keeping us afloat?

 ♫ muse - madness
i've been really enjoying wearing hats lately and it's about time to expand my stock. i saw a gorgeous bright blue bowler hat in budapest a while ago but thought it was too pricey so i didn't buy it. of course i ended up regretting it by the time i got home. there's a funny story behind the one i am wearing: a few years ago for the company christmas party me and my female colleagues decided to wear man suits, ties and hats and i couldn't be more happy with the idea of going drag. i haven't told you this yet but i am a big big fan of drag shows. hope i didn't raise too many eyebrows just now. well, if this statement didn't, let me assure you that wearing these tights to work surely raised some eyebrows there.
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somewhere down the lane there’s a dog in gucci lace

i put together here some of my favorite wardrobe pieces: my vintage wool skirt i picked up in paris a couple of years ago, my beloved thrifted lace shirt, my go to zara bag updated with the persona logo, and my new booties from h&m. the photos were taken this sunday in front of the dome, so i guess i could call this my sunday best. to make sense of the title, make sure you listen to the tori amos song while reading this. i love her sense of humor.
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remember when you used to be a rascal

hanging out with my blogger girls lately had quite a wonderful effect on me. i put more effort and thought into what i wear because i know they will look at me with a critical eye. we're not a bunch of mean girls, or in any sort of competition, but you know what i mean. i need to step up my game because appreciation is most welcomed and much more valuable when it comes from your peers. i love our weekend photo sessions because it gives me time to put together my look and even wear some make-up, which doesn't happen very often to me. hope you guys love my new boots, i for one am i love with the color, and the dress which was a gift from one of my best friends.

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the sparkle you become

since i changed my hair color a couple of months ago, i've been really excited about experimenting with more colors in my daily ensembles. i've been trying to stick to my rule of wearing only 3-4 colors per outfit and coming up out new color mixes. but since my hair now counts for one color (funny how i never took this into consideration when i was a redhead), i have to keep the other colors down to a minimum. luckily fall is the perfect time of year to be wearing dark, rich shades of red, green and brown and they go quite well with my hair. oh, my nail polish doesn't count as extra color, ok? because i make the rules. in fact i've been wearing two tones of nail polish at the same time lately. ha!

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persona - an assumed identity or character

in case you missed it, please make sure you check out the new music video from the band Persona (click on the link above). I was super honored to be invited to take part in the shooting for the video. As you can see i have also adorned my Zara bag with the band's logo to show my support. I am wearing a super casual outfit for a weekend stroll: sweater dress, faux leather leggings, studded boots, hat and fall inspired accessories. the bracelets were bought on my trip to India.
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color clash

i finally had time this weekend to attend our regular blogger meeting, and i am glad we got to hang out together on such a beautiful day. you already know the girls - Claudia and Laura - and their fabulous blogs, so make sure you pay them a visit. i am wearing some new acquisitions such as the burgundy faux leather skirt and the yellow sweater, my choice of fall colors, as well as some older pieces that have become wardrobe staples: the black cape and red Litas. a lady walking her dog in the park saw us taking pictures and offered to lend us her dog for some snaps. isn't he adorable?
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ghosts are dancing

i am super stoked to present to you a project that i have been involved in recently. this is the music video of my absolute favorite romanian band - Persona, featuring yours truly. see if you can spot me. this is by far one of the most exciting things that happened to me lately and it will surely be a hell of a story to tell my grandchildren. enjoy!
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