Wednesday, 4 March 2015

First Vlog



You might have noticed that I haven't been posting too often lately. There have been big changes happening in our lives in the last couple of weeks, which kind of turned everything upside down, so I've decided to film a short vlog to keep you guys updated.

A few months ago we decided to buy a house and things actually happened much faster than anticipated. We found something we liked and that was in our budget, so we decided to go ahead with the plan. For the last couple of weeks, we've been moving and trying to settle down in our new place, which hasn't been easy with the freezing temperatures we had (enough with the snow already!). I do think, however, that things are on the right track and life will get back to normal soon aka I might actually get the courage to work through that pile of stuff you see in the video in my soon to be office.

Let me know what you guys think about my new vlog in the comment section. Hopefully, my voice doesn't sound as annoying to you as it does to me.

Have a brilliant day!
Dora

Monday, 23 February 2015

Born Pretty - Product Review (2)

born pretty store product review

I was really happy to hear that everyone over at Born Pretty loved my previous review of their jewelry. I was even more thrilled to hear that they decided to send over more goodies to review.

born pretty store product review

The items I picked this time remind me of my last summer vacation when I visited the beautiful Greek islands. Unfortunately, I won't be able to repeat that experience this year, but I'll have these beautiful pieces to get me in the "island mood". Here's my usual pros and cons list:

born pretty store product review

Pros:
- Everything was packaged with care (lots of bubble wrap) and arrived in perfect condition
- Like I mentioned in my last post about Born Pretty, the price point for these pieces is amazing. Seriously, you guys need to check this store out - everything I'm wearing in this post is under $10
- I've had the best experience working with the Born Pretty marketing team and I am guessing their customer care team is just as amazing
- The range of products is unbelievable - I've spent almost a whole day browsing their website
- FREE SHIPPING WORLDWIDE - that's right you get free shipping with no minimum orders

born pretty store product review

Cons:
- Plan your order in advance. Because of customs and distance (product is shipped from Asia), the parcel takes about one month to arrive in North America.

For those of you who don't know yet, Born Pretty is an online store that sells a wide variety of jewelry and accessories. Pay them a visit here and get a 10% discount off your order with the code ERUT10.

Let me know what you guys think about the Born Pretty jewelry and accessories line in the comment section.

Have a brilliant day!
Dora

P.S. Jewelry courtesy of Born Pretty

Monday, 16 February 2015

Function Over Form

how to wear a leather jacket this spring

These days have been so incredibly hectic for us. After long considerations, we decided to buy a house and while there was a lot of excitement associated with our new decision, there was also an incredible amount of stress - I've been having mini panic attacks three times a day ever since we signed the papers. I am not good with change at all!

how to wear a leather jacket this spring

When it comes to my clothes it's been all about function over form. Whatever I'm wearing has to work with my black leggings that I refuse to get out of, my messy hair that I don't have the time to groom and my early life crisis. So leather jacket it is!

how to wear a leather jacket this spring

how to wear a leather jacket this spring

Ar you guys better at handling stressful situations? Let me know all about your coping mechanisms in the comment section.

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Have a brilliant day!
Dora

Saturday, 14 February 2015

Why You Need Grammarly in Your Life

how to use grammarly

I've been studying English as a second language since second grade, but I still have my slips once in a while. Especially if I write my posts while binge watching The IT Crowd on Netflix at the same time. That's exactly why Grammarly comes so handy for an airhead blogger like moi, who once uploaded a post where the word striped was misspelled "stripped" about 5 times. I still giggle at my proclamation of ardent love for sailing inspired attire and anything "stripped".

Where was I? Right! Grammarly. You basically add the free Grammarly extesion to your Chrome browser and it instantly screens for any typos while you write your post (it works with any online text editor). It takes about 5 seconds to install and it will save you a lifetime of confusing "your" with "you're" and "lie" with "lay".

Do you guys use Grammarly for your posts? Let me know what you think about it.

Have a brilliant day!
Dora

P.S. I have received no compensation for writing this post. All opinions stated here are my own.

Tuesday, 10 February 2015

Neutrogena Oil Free Moisturizer Review

Neutrogena oil free face moisturizer review

I've been a Vichy girl for years now, but lately it has become somewhat problematic to cough up $25 every month for a tiny little tube (50ml) of face moisturizer. After hearing a lot of beauty bloggers raving about the Neutrogena Oil Free Moisturizer, I've decided to give it a go myself. I found the sensitive skin option at my local drug store reduced at $12 from $18.

Neutrogena oil free face moisturizer review

I have to say that I wasn't expecting miracles from it - all of my previous attempts to replace my beloved Normaderm from Vichy left me with nothing but disappointment and a greasy forehead. Yet, Neutrogena got the job done properly.

Neutrogena oil free face moisturizer review

Pros:

- Light milky texture
- Leaves skin completely matte and bright
- Comes in sensitive skin and combination skin options
- The price is much more accessible than my previous moisturizer $18 for 115 ml vs $25 for 50 ml
- I predict it will be a great summer staple

Cons:

- Update : After trying it for a week now I have to say that it's not doing a very good job at controlling my breakouts. While it is a great moisturizer, I don't believe it has any of the clinical ingredients that Normaderm has, which soothe and prevent inflammation in very sensitive skin. I think I am still going to continue to use it as a night cream and switch to my Vichy routine during the day.

What is your favourite face moisturizer? I'd love to hear all about it.

Have a brilliant day!
Dora

P.S. I have received no compensation from either Vichy or Neutrogena for writing this post. All the opinions stated here are my own.

Wednesday, 4 February 2015

Blogs vs Magazines

fashion blogger twitter chat host Canada

One thing that I've noticed lately is that I've been favouring blogs over magazines to such an extent that I've completely stopped buying any printed media altogether (I believe the last magazine I have bought is two years old). I wanted to do a little research concerning the subject and I took the opportunity of discussing it during the weekly #BDIB Twitter chats I host every Monday at 8pm EST. It was easily one of the most popular subjects since I've started hosing the chats (surpassed only by our "obsessed about Netflix discussion"). My conversation with fellow bloggers did not only answer a lot of the questions I had on the matter, but also confirmed something I have believed for a while now: online media and bloggers are slowly but surely gaining ground.

Here are a few highlights of our conversation:

- On whether we enjoy reading more blogs or magazines: The significant majority opted for blogs. The reason? They are created by individuals who are easy to relate to.

- On what makes blogs more attractive than magazines: The personal opinions (reviews) shared on blogs, the possibility to easily interact with the creator/editor and the opportunity to leave feedback on what you read.

- On whether printed media will disappear: The opinions tended to gravitate towards the idea that printed media will eventually completely evolve towards a digital format.

-On the future of blogging: More and more bloggers are starting to be recognized by brands for their potential and influence in online media. Most participants in the discussion believed that a majority of brands will be tempted to approach bloggers as possible business partners in the future.

I'd love to hear your take on the subject so don't be shy with the comments. If you'd like to take part in the weekly #BDIB (bloggers do it better) Twitter chats tune in every Monday at 8pm EST. Follow @Blogsdoitbetter and @adropofindigo for all the details.

Have a brilliant day!
Dora

Friday, 30 January 2015

Online Shopping Tips - Mango Outlet

Mango tote bag

One of the things I miss most about living in Europe is the access to all the amazing fashion outlets there. I scored this awesome tote from the online Mango outlet in Ireland for 12 euros (my in laws live in Dublin and they are kind enough to ship over the spoils of my online shopping addiction). I also bought a complete tux for hubs for 39 euros, which would have easily set me back at least $300 here in Canada!

Mango tote bag

The shipping took about a week from the warehouse in Spain to Dublin (free over 50 euros) and it took less then a week for the parcel my in laws sent to arrive to Canada. Given the amount of money spent, I'm really happy with the quality of the items I purchased.

Mango tote bag

If you are fortunate enough to live in Europe (or you have really nice in laws living there willing to send you goodies) definitely check out the Mango online outlet. Do you guys have any online shopping tips I should know about?

Have a brilliant day!
Dora

P.S. No compensation was received from Mango for this post. All the opinions stated here are completely my own.

Monday, 26 January 2015

Behind the Scenes - Part Two

how to wear a shift dress

A couple of weeks ago I wrote a "behind the scenes" post outlining the main steps involved in creating my OOTDs which got a really good response (big thanks to everyone who left comments and shared it on social media). This is the result of the photoshoot that I promised to post and almost forgot about because I am such an airhead sometimes. It features my new white leather Keds, and a beautiful patterned shift dress that my sister gifted me for Christmas.

how to wear a shift dress ootd

how to wear a shift dress ootd

how to wear a shift dress ootd


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Have a brilliant day!
Dora