Grey Matter!

As you know, we rarely ever find ourselves in the centre of Bucharest, but this weekend I really needed to buy a few pairs of maternity jeans and the only H&M that has the maternity line is in the city centre. Yes, I know, online shopping is a must in this situation, but to be honest, these past two weeks I have been feeling better and more energetic than ever during this pregnancy so I thought a shopping day with D would be perfect. And it was! Once again I received the confirmation that I have not yet changed sizes in pants, the only difference being the fact that I need the maternity belt as I can’t stand anything pressing on my belly and all of a sudden the shopping spirit came back to me.

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It’s amazing what sizes can do to ones’ morale. Especially when that someone is almost in the third trimester of pregnancy. Do not get me wrong, I have gained a healthy amount of weight thus far, but apparently it is mostly on my belly and on my butt, which, in my opinion is ok – I will do a post on what I am eating during this pregnancy, nutritional info and all, but I have to say that the main difference is I’ve added an extra day of cheating in my diet simply because I will have lots of time to be a diet-natzi after the little princess arrives.

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On me:

Dress – Amisu (impossible to find online but you can shop it in all NewYorker stores); Shoes – Carvela; Bag – DKNY; Jacket – Pull and Bear (only found an alternative); Bling – Swarovski (bracelet and ring); Sunglasses – Dior; Watch – Tissot

Back to this weekend’s photoshoot…we were lucky enough to have a few wonderful day last week and we took full advantage of them. The thing about pregnant women is that they hardly feel any cold, hence I did not feel the need to wear tights at 15 degrees C and actually felt quite hot at some point (weird, right? – more details on that in the upcoming ‘pregnancy feelings’ post). For the first time I did not feel the need to cover up my expanding booty with a long cardigan or jacket and chose a short faux leather jacket instead. We both opted for a grey theme as that is one neutral colour that is both forgiving and appropriate for the cold season.

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On D:

T-shirt – Tommy Hilfiger; Jeans – Scotch and Soda; Vest – Bershka (alternative here); Shoes – Converse; Bling – Fossil; Sunglasses – Ray-Ban; Watch – Tissot

The dress… this dress was a very big surprise to me as when I first saw it it didn’t seem like a very good option to me. It is from Amisu and you can shop it in any New Yorker store (can’t find it online) and it is the most comfortable knit dress ever! You know how some knit dresses tend to irritate your skin? Well not this one! This one is so soft and comfortable that I can spend forever dressed in it, plus it hugs my expanding curves just right and the length is to-die-for! This is part of the reason I felt confident enough to top it with my short jacket from Pull and Bear that I’ve had for ages and that I never thought I’d wear during this period.

My shoes are from Carvela and I got them the year I was away in London to get my MA degree therefore I was really surprised to still find them online (this was more than four years ago, after all!) but I guess the two main trends that characterises them are hot right now: platform and wood! They are very comfortable, but not to the point where you can wear them all day long as they are quite high (13 cm) which can be a little dangerous especially because my centre of gravity is changing all the time. Being a sunny day out, I couldn’t miss the opportunity to wear my beloved Dior sunglasses. I also opted for the grey DKNY bucket bag as that was the obvious option for a day filled with shopping because I need both of my hands to be free.

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D also played along with grey hues and opted for his Scotch and Soda grey jeans with a grey v-neck t-shirt from Tommy Hilfiger. Because he seems to feel the cold a bit more than me, he wore his vest from Bershka to keep him warm. His grey classic Converse shoes could not be left at home – as you can see he has quite the variety of grey Converse shoes. Naturally he decided on finally wearing sunglasses for this photoshoot and chose his Ray-Ban Aviators to complete the look. Bling-wise we were both quite scarce as he only wore his Fossil bracelet while I wore a Swarovski bracelet and ring. We both decided to wear our Tissot watches.

We are keeping our fingers crossed for as many sunny lovely days like this one this autumn and I can’t wait to show you what we ended up buying during our shopping weekend!

L.

 

Into the woods…

It seems that every single time we decide to take photos on this forest road we are wearing some sort of yellow shade (see this post here as well). None the less, it seems more and more like I am slowly but surely turning into the ‘elephant-element’ of these photoshoots. Yes, I am aware by now that I will not be one of those pregnant-model-like types, but rather on the rhino-side of the issue. I will admit that I do have days when I do not feel as good about my pregnant body as I should, but then I think about all the posts about my recovery that will be featured here, on my online diary, and suddenly it doesn’t feel that bad.

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As stated in an earlier post, I do not plan on investing in new and expensive clothes during this period therefore I am yet again wearing a full H&M ensemble. I did succumb to my first maternity piece – the jeans. I realised that I needed a pair of pants for those errand-packed days and even though my old jeans fit me (with a bit of struggle) they are very uncomfortable over my growing bump, so a maternity pair was necessary. I decided to chose H&M simply because I loved the fabric – it feels a bit like the Hyperflex jeans from Replay and you know I love them so much! I have to say that 100 new outfit opportunities have risen once I realised that I can wear a pair of pants and not feel like crap during this pregnancy.

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On me:

Jeans – H&M; Sweater – H&M; Shoes – Puma; Bag – Michael Kors; Bling – Swarovski (bracelet and ring); Watch – Tissot T-Race

For yesterday’s errands I decided to pair the jeans with yet another H&M piece that D selected especially for me – this sweater – but I strongly suspect that he got it because it matches his shirt perfectly and he really wanted to snap some photos of it. The reality is that I love it (as I love all the stuff D choses for me) and I think that the shade of mustard-yellow is just to die for. Somehow I think this is one shade that goes well no matter what season it is. I wore my very comfortable and fun Puma sneakers and decided on completing the outfit with my navy Michael Kors bag. What was rather unusual about yesterday was the fact that we did not wear matching watches as I decided to wear my Tissot T-Race simply because I love the way it compliments my Jawbone and Swarovski bracelets.

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On D:

Jeans – G-Star Raw; T-shirt – Scotch and Soda; Shoes – Converse x John Varvatos; Bling – Fossil; Watch – Aviator

D was extremely happy when he saw the colour scheme I chose because, as I told you a bit earlier, he really wanted to wear this gorgeous t-shirt form Scoth and Soda that he got a week or so ago. I also got pretty excited when he decided on wearing his G-Star Raw pants because I think that this pair is among my top three favourites form his closet and they match my (only) jeans perfectly. For comfort reasons he wore his Converse x John Varvatos sneakers and decided to keep his accessorising to a minimum with his Fossil bracelet. He also made the decision to not match my watch choices and went for his Aviator watch that he hasn’t worn in a while now.

Despite my growing baby bump and my obvious body issues, I am determined to keep on taking photos and be honest with you about everything as I find it liberating to talk (write) a bit about the down-days. I strongly believe everybody has them, but I am very thankful that mine are very rare and the nasty feelings just pass quickly. In the end, all that maters is that the lovely baby is growing healthily, I feel physically great and D supports me every single minute. So not much to complain!

L.

 

 

Lazy days…

Baby bump happening yet again here… Do not be fooled by the title as these past two days have been hectic hence the lack of posting, but fear not, we have been shooting every day. The reason we were so busy these past days is because we visited the baby expo twice as apparently choosing stuff for the baby isn’t as simple as we thought. Right now we are struggling to choose a stroller and there are hundreds of options out there. The big thing about out future stroller is that it has to be as comfortable as possible for me to use it, as light as possible, it must be perfectly tailored for the baby’s needs AND it has to fit into my MINI. I will not change my beloved car for a stroller!

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Therefore, between getting ready for the constructors to invade us, visiting baby expo twice and me trying to decide on furniture and fittings, we did manage to squeeze in a few photoshoots, but editing and text takes more than the said photoshoot and I was simply too tired when we finally got home these past two days. Saturday is here and I woke up committed to editing and posting at least one photoshoot despite the fact that today will be a full day. It seems to be harder and harder to hide the growing baby bump and to be honest, I did not believe at first when people told me that at around week 19 to 20 it will just pop out and there will only be one direction of growing from that point on: larger and larger.

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On me:

Dress – Pull&Bear (alternative from H&M); Shoes – Melissa; Bag – Furla; Bling – Pandora and Tomorrowland; Sunglasses – Dior; Watch – Tissot

Despite the fact that this is a more autumnish dress, I really wanted to take pics in it and was lucky enough to have a slightly chillier day on Thursday. I bought the said dress from Pull and Bear last summer while in Milan and I confess that I am afraid that in a month it will not fit me anymore, so here it is in all its splendour. Naturally, it was in last summer’s collection and the only similar alternative I could find online is from H&M.I just the love grey and yellow together. I think they are the perfect couple for any season therefore I always make sure to have a few garments of each colour just waiting to be worn. I paired the grey dress with my Melissa Patchouli grey wedges which conveniently have a yellow stripe at the back. To make matters even more obvious, I wore my yellow Furla tote that you can’t currently find online right now. the alternative I’ve linked isn’t a very good one as it has a bit of brown in it that I honestly am not a fan of.

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On D:

Shorts – H&M; T-shirt – Review; Shoes – H&M; Bling – Constantin Nautics (bracelet 1 and bracelet 2); Sunglasses – Oakley; Watch – Tissot

D also has lots of grey things lying around in his closet and luckily for me a few yellow ones as well. This time he chose his zipper t-shirt from Review that matches the grey in my dress perfectly. To make me happier than ever he decided on his yellow shorts from H&M – yes, the H&M shorts are back into action – and the striped espadrilles also from H&M. I have to say that I was a bit surprised that he didn’t opt for a pair of grey shoes as we all know by now that he has quite a few.

When it comes to accessories, he payed way more attention than I did to the subject and chose two bracelets from Constantin Nautics, while I wore my usual Pandora and Tomorrowland rings. We both opted for our Tissot T-Race watches and we both wore sunglasses, I, my beloved Dior So Real and D wore his long-lost (in my car) Oakley Holbrook pair.

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As the weeks keep passing we realise that having a kid is not only about literally giving birth to it, but actually it is way more complicated than that! We have to re-do our house, buy furniture, decide an various things, make sure we take photos of this entire period, have a lot of medical visits, decide on the birth plan, make sure I do not forget that I am still a woman (cosmetic procedures and stuff)…and so on… So this might be a time when we are not as active online as we usually are, or at least for the time being, while the constructors are in the house, but we will try and post as often as possible.

L.

 

Boy/Girl???

Right, so we do not know what the little bundle of joy will be, yet! Well, at least not for sure, and we do not want to announce anything until we know 100%, so we decided we will be really careful what we will wear in order for people to not get the wrong hints/idea. so, here we are, again dressed in pink and blue, and, honestly, I’ve really come to love this combo so much! I know that last spring I wasn’t too keen on pairing these to star-colours together, but I think we’ve done it three or four times by now, and I really like the result a lot.

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This is probably the last time that I will wear this dress as, obviously, pregnancy belly and frills around the waist do not really work great together, but I’m glad I got to wear this dress though as I got it while in Milan from Mango and it would’ve been a pity for it to not see the light of day this year. Also from Milan are these gorgeous Valentino Rockstud in petrol light blue that work wonderful with this pink dress. You know me, I love my stilettos, and I hope that I will be able to wear them until I give birth! And these are some of the most comfortable, if not the most comfortable ones I own. It’s decided! I will wear them when the moment to go to the hospital will come!

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On me:

Dress – Mango; Shoes – Valentino; Bag – Furla; Bling – Swarovski, Tomorrowland and Pandora; Watch – Tissot

Also joining the pastel party, my lilac Furla Metropolis bag that I feel that I have ignored lately despite the fact that I love, love, love it so much! To finish everything, I wore my Swarovski pastel cocktail ring besides my Tomorrowland and Pandora rings. Ok, maybe it’s time to tell you a bit about the always present Pandora and Tomorrowland rings. They are both from D for various important occasions that we celebrated this year and I love them to the point where they are the second most-word jewellery I own aside from my engagement and wedding rings.

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On D:

Polo – Calvin Klein; Shorts – H&M; Shoes – Pull and Bear; Bling – Constantin Nautics; Watch – Tissot

D also wanted to keep you guessing about our baby and wore his pink shorts from H&M and his blue polo from Calvin Klein, to match my message. I am not really a fan of his ancient Pull and Bear espadrilles, but I have to admit that they do work nicely with this outfit, colour-wise. Bling wise, he just chose to wear a simple Constantin Nautics bracelet, while both of us wore our Tissot T-race watches.

Do not worry, we will let everyone know what our baby will be when we will be 100% sure by probably having a themed photoshoot!.

L.

 

Army Brats…

Taking this photoshoot to the woods and dressing accordingly. This post will be like some of those ‘Sunday posts’ where there will be barely any text as we are on the road to the greatest festival of the summer – UNTOLD, so not much time for texting as a full day on the road awaits us, but I didn’t want to stop posting.In other words, if you want a live update on what’s happening at UNTOLD, you should check our Facebook page as well as out Instagram accounts (L and D).

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Back to this short fashion post. This is exactly the type of dress that will carry me through a good chunk of autumn despite the fact that it is a summer piece. Unfortunately I couldn’t find it online anymore, but I did get it from Mango and I linked an alternative. Why it’s ok to wear it in autumn as well? Well first of all the colour, just imagine it paired with oxblood tights and wellington boots or high-heeled booties. Then there’s the fabric which is kinda thick but also kinda flow-y. And lastly, you can just ignore that fact that it doesn’t provide any arm heat as you can either wear it over a blouse or layer a cardigan. I will definitely shoot it during this autumn as well just to prove a point. Another great thing about it is the fact that it has got room, I honestly think that it can carry my up until the seventh month of the pregnancy.

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On me:

Dress – Mango; Shoes – Mango; Bag – Mango; Bling – Swarovski, Tomorrowland and Pandora; Watch – Tissot

Looks like lately I’ve been obsessed with wedges, because let’s be honest, whenever we feel like we gained a few kgs, no matter the reason, we immediately want to look taller and wedges are the the perfect compromise between height and comfort. These wedges are also from Mango, and come to think about it, my entire outfit is from Mango as the bag is also Mango. Well, you can’t beat a great discount and great quality!

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On D:

T-shirt – Mango; Shorts – Scotch and Soda; Shoes – VAS; Bling – Constantin Nautics; Watch – Tissot

D also wanted to get lost in the scenery and went for a kaki green outfit. Despite the fact that he didn’t wear a full Mango outfit, he did wear a Mango t-shirt. Apparently we are Mango addicts! His shorts are one of my favourites and they are from Scotch and Soda and I think that he should buy more shorts from them as opposed from H&M. For comfort reasons and because it was hot as hell when we took these photos, he wore his VAS flip-flops, decision which he immediately regretted as a forest environment and flip-flops do not go well together.

Accessories-wise, I opted for a gold Swarovski bracelet while D opted for his latest Constantin Nautics obsession bracelet. I also wore a multitude of rings including my Tomorrowland and Pandora rings and we both wore out Tissot watches.

Although this was supposed to be a short, barely-any-text post, apparently I can’t stop rambling and this turned out to be a rather decent sized post. I will try and keep it short the next time I will be writing on the road. Do not forget to follow our UNTOLD experience while also reading out posts!

L.

 

 

Favourite so far…

I think I have found my favourite dress/ caftan in the whole world. First of all, with all this getting fat around all the places that I’ve been busting my ass to avoid, I feel like there’s not much that works well with my newly acquired curves. This caftan is different though, it just hides everything that needs hiding and only shows the best you’ve got. Although I’ve always wanted a caftan, for some reason I never got around to actually buying one until this summer in Milan. But I will not stop at this one, NO!

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I will make it my goal to find as many beautiful caftans as possible this summer. Well, especially this summer, as I really need them to make me look my best given the new fattening circumstances…As for the colour theme of this photoshoot, the full blue look occurred by chance and has nothing to do with what our baby will be. I just needed to get that out of the way in order ton proceed to the actual fashion post at hand.

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On me:

Dress – Luisa Spagnoli; Sandals – Love Moschino (alternative); Bag – Mihaela Glavan; Bling – Swarovski, Tomorrowland and Pandora; Sunglasses – Dior; Watch – Tissot

Have I ever told you how much I love the blue, turquoise and yellow combo? Well, let me just insist on the fact that in my opinion there is no other combo that screams long summer days more than this one. Like, seriously, there’s nothing better! And, not to brag, but this caftan has all these amazing summer colours combined to perfection, AND (drumroll), D was the one that actually found it at Luisa Spagnoli while we were in Milan. I have to admit that I was very surprised of his find because this is one of my mother favourite shops and we were actually in it trying to find something for her. Obviously, this does not mean that I do not have more stuff from Luisa Spagnoli, it just means that I am surprised that D found the perfect caftan for me there in less than 2 mins.

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On D:

Shorts – H&M; T-shirt – Polo Ralph Lauren; Shoes – Polo Ralph Lauren; Bling – Constantin Nautics; Sunglasses – Ray-Ban; Watch – Tissot

I was totally inspired and decided to wear it on yet another hot, hot, day in Bucharest and I paired it with my yellow Love Moschino bow sandals that I’ve had for ages and that I couldn’t find anywhere online. The reason I chose yellow sandals is the fact that this outfit needed just a bit more yellow in it to prove my colour point. I also chose my Mihaela Glavan gold clutch bag and the huge turquoise Swarovski cocktail ring alongside my Tomorrowland and Pandora rings. I kept my hair neat with a simple low pony as I always do whenever a big print is involved. Obviously, my Dior sunglasses couldn’t miss this sunny day.

D also opted for a turquoise and blue combo, but he skipped the yellow, well at least he tried, but he still had a hint of sunny coloured yellow on his Polo Ralph Lauren sneakers. His polo of choice for the day is also from Polo Ralph Lauren and his shorts are, quite obviously H&M. Maybe I should start making him shop at different stores for a change. He couldn’t be bothered with much accessorising so he only wore a Constantin Nautics bracelet and his aviator Ray-Bans. We both kept kept in line with our Tissot obsession and wore our T-race watches.

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This, is so far, my favourite pregnancy look and I am going to try and find some more similar clothes for this summer and maybe stretch it until early autumn. I will keep you photo updated on my quest for the perfect caftans!

L.

 

 

 

Not switching to maternity…yet!

Well, back in burning Bucharest… I kinda like the seaside more during the hot summer months, but from time to time we have to get back to reality. The truth is, the only clothes I find bearable these days are flow-y summer dresses which is just perfect as I have to say, anything skin-tight makes me feel like a sausage. My belly is not yet at the point where it actually looks like a pregnant belly, no, on the contrary actually, right now it resembles more a belly stuffed with two large pizzas and three beers, so not really a pretty sight.

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Taking this into consideration, my go-to clothes right now – thank God it’s summer – are summer dresses. As a matter of fact, I don’t really have any other option. Most of my clothes are tailored for my by-now-forgotten small waist. That’s actually the only style that really appeals to me but it requires a toned tummy. Besides the summer dresses that cover the pizza belly, another great thing about summer are the sales. For example, both me and D are wearing clothes that don’t go over 20 E together excluding accessories, shoes and bags.

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On me:

Dress – H&M; Shoes – Calvin Klein; Bag – Obag; Shades – Dior; Bling – Tomorrowland, Pandora, Swarovski and Constantin Nautics; Watch – Tissot

thing that attracted me to this 7E H&M dress was the print and the fact that it was very appropriate for hot summer days. I think that this dress might fit me perfectly when I’ll be 9 months pregnant, so even if you have a more advanced pregnancy, go ahead and buy it as it will last you throughout the entire period and it’s not even maternity. Apparently this is my M.O. where shopping is concerned these days. I haven’t yet changed sizes where clothes are concerned, so I can still invest in pieces that will last me way beyond my due date. Though, this 7E dress can’t really be called an investment as log as it costs just as much as a McDonald’s large menu.

Moving along to the parts of the outfit that were a bit more expensive. I wore this pair of Calvin Klein platforms for the first time now, after I bought them last autumn. It would appear that the fact that my thighs have gotten fatter, I feel the need to always wear something that will give me a bit more height and proportion. This is one aspect of the pregnancy that will get an individual post –  getting to the point where you understand that you will put on weight, and that’s a good thing. To keep things on a blue theme I wore my Obag, and naturally, the never absent Dior sunglasses.

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On D:

Shorts – Pull and Bear; T-shirt – Bershka; Shoes – Pull and Bear; Bling – Constantin Nautics; Watch – Tissot

D kept the same colour palette, but a very different print, and I love that he was brave enough to pull off stripes on stripes, especially as he looks so good wearing them. His shorts are from Pull and Bear and were the astounding price of 9E while his T-shirt is from Bershka and was about 5E. The amazing thing about these two pieces is the fact that they work together so nicely, as if they were made to be worn together. He also opted for his ancient espadrilles from Pull and Bear that complimented the outfit nicely.

We both wore our Tissot T-Race watches and it would appear that we have no intention to switch to any of our other watches for now as we are a bit obsessed with them. Bling wise, we both wore a Constantin Nautics bracelet each, while I completed my look with my usual Tomorrowland and Pandora rings and another multi looking ring from Swarovski. D did not wear his Fossil bracelet this time, to my surprise, despite the fact that it would’ve looked great with the brown shade in his T-shirt and in my dress.

I have to say, that even though I am in my fourth month of pregnancy, I do not intend to switch to maternity clothes as long as I can find alternatives. I really hope that I will not have to until very late in my pregnancy.

L.

 

 

The aftermath…

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We both had an epiphany on Sunday, being over 30 and partying hard usually leaves you feeling like you’ve undergone major surgery the next day. That, without a doubt though, is a clear sign that we had a wonderful time the night before.

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Unfortunately for us, since we work five days per week, just like the rest of the world (except for Japan), that means that most of our non-work related errands are left for the weekend. This weekend was no exception, with the slight difference that we only had Sunday to deal with all of it (parents visits, grocery shopping, laundry…). To make matters even worst, we only had half a Sunday because we slept till 3 p.m. Being old-ish, we needed 30 minutes of whining about not wanting to ‘adult’ anymore and decided that before we got to our adult business, we should spend an hour in a kids park to swing our sorrows away. To be honest, after about two minutes of swinging la 2 year olds, we felt a bit better and decided to take advantage of the situation and snap some photos.

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On me:
T-shirt – Tomorrowland; Jeans – Diesel; Shoes – Nike Air Max; Bling – Constantin Nautics, Tomorrowland and Pandora; Watch – Tissot T-Race; Sunglasses – Ray-Ban

Naturally, after a night filled with wine and high-heels I desperately needed the comfort of my Nike Air Max sneakers. We couldn’t go out unmatched, so D wore his as well, and we both went for neutral grey t-shirts as both of out Nikes have a little grey in them. Of course distressed jeans were a must, and the dark sunglasses a necessity (with all the drinking the night before). Like never before, I forgot to take a bag with me, so I only had my phone and my hands in my pockets. I think that these outfits are our go-to outfits for days when we just need to recharge and not think about fashion, especially since we started our Sunday (at noon) feeling like we were ran down by a train.

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On D:
T-shirt – Tomorrowland; Jeans – ZARA; Shoes – Nike Air Max; Bling – Constantin Nautics and Fossil; Watch – Tissot T-Race; Sunglasses – Ray-Ban

Both of our t-shirts are from the Tomorrowland shop and we really, really hope that next year we’ll be able to go to that amazing festival (we never seem to find available tickets), because we’ve been wanting to do that for too many years by now. My jeans are from Diesel, while D‘s pair are from ZARA and he bought them on Saturday (when he was supposed to look for the nude shirt).

We both felt it was appropriate to wear our Tissot T-Race watches because I felt that the rubber strap works well with our Nikes, or at least that’s the reason I fabricated that morning (told you that I’m too old to be drinking all night). Aside from that, we both wore our Constantin Nautics bracelets, D also wore his Fossil bracelet while I wore my Tomorrowland and Pandora rings. In order to be able to function in the sunshine, we both opted for Ray-Ban sunglasses.

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Overall, we really needed a childish hour in the park to help us accept the fact that we are adults and that we had to start adulting soon.
L.