18 things I want to do in 2018

1.Save at least 100$ each month ☆



2.Learn how to cook more than three dishes ☆



3.Drink a minimum of 1.5 liters of water a day ☆



4.Keep a bullet journal ☆



5.Draw something every day ☆



6.Learn Korean ☆



7.Work out at least 30 mins/day ☆



8.Eat healthier ☆



9.Get better at doing my makeup ☆



10.Start my own youtube channel ☆



11.Take better care of my skin ☆



12.Read at least one book per month ☆



13.Travel ☆



14.Go to a concert (preferably a Kpop one; a girl can dream) ☆



15.Publish at least two blog posts per week ☆



16.Study for uni without falling behind with work ☆



17.Spend quality time with my friends and family ☆



18.Have fun.



What's on your 2018 bucket list?

Blackpink in your area

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RO: O fustă mini plisată, o cămășuță roz, un lanț fancy și BAM! Aproape că aș putea să mă amestec printre tipele dintr-o trupă kpop fără să fiu dată afară în șuturi după două minute. Aproape (aș vrea eu).

ENG: A pleated miniskirt, a pink flowy blouse, a fancy necklace, and BAM! I could almost blend in with a K-pop girl group without getting kicked out by security after two seconds. Almost (I wish).

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RO: Dacă nu v-ați prins deja, tot outfitul ăsta este complet și total inspirat din pop-ul coreean -sau kpop-, un gen de muzică care, pe cât este de straniu și diferit, pe atât e de entertaining. De vreo trei ani încoace telefonul meu e plin de melodii cântate într-o limbă pe care nu prea o înțeleg și poze cu băieți și fete îmbrăcate în cele mai colorate, interesante sau de-a dreptul bizare haine, drept pentru care m-am gândit că ar fi logic să postez măcar câteva poze în care încerc să mă prefac că, dacă mă îmbrac la fel ca ele, aș putea fi al cincilea membru al fetelor din Blackpink.

ENG: If you haven’t realized it already, this entire outfit is completely and totally inspired by Korean pop -or K-pop -, a music genre which is not only unusual and original but also highly entertaining. It’s already been three years since I’ve started downloading tons of upbeat songs in a language I don’t quite understand, and pictures of guys and girls dressed in the most colorful, interesting or straight up bizarre clothes. Thus, I’ve decided that it’s only natural for me to post a few pictures in which I try to blend into the K-pop scene( specifically, the girls from Blackpink), fashion-wise.

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RO: Un lucru pe care l-am observat de când am început să ascult kpop este că stiliștilor le place la nebunie să îmbrace fetele în fuste mini plisate, look-ul de școlăriță fiind mega popular. Dacă vreți să vă convingeți, doar uitați-vă aiciaici și aici. Sau aici. Înțelegeți voi. Pe lângă asta, o chestie pe care o ador este cât de creativi sunt cei care aranjează și creează aceste ținute, reușind mereu să aducă ceva noucolorat și original și atingând o gamă variată de stiluri.

ENG: One thing I’ve noticed when I started listening to K-pop is that stylists absolutely love to dress girls up in pleated miniskirts, the schoolgirl look being extremely popular. If you want to convince yourselves, just look at these examples herehere and here. Or here. You get it. In addition to this, something which I absolutely love is how creative the people who put these outfits together are, always managing to come up with something new, colorful and original while experimenting with a wide variety of styles.

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RO: O altă chestie e că din lună în lună “idolii”, cum sunt supranumiți cei care cântă kpop, își schimbă culoarea părului de parcă pentru ei termenul de vârfuri arse e doar un simplu mit. Sunt puțini idoli care nu au trecut prin toate culorile curcubeului, motiv pentru care am decis că peruca asta superbă de la Evahair.com ar completa perfect outfitul. Imediat ce mi-am pus-o în cap au început să mă bată gânduri să mă vopsesc așa, dar dacă o voi face sau nu rămâne de văzut.

ENG: Another interesting thing to note about K-pop is that the “idols”, or the people who sing K-pop, change their hair colors constantly as if the term “damaged hair” is only a myth to them. There are extremely few idols who haven’t gotten their hair bleached and dyed in the colors of the rainbow, which is why I chose to complete my look with this gorgeous Evahair.com wig. As soon as I tried it on I started thinking about actually getting my hair dyed pink, but whether I really do it or not remains to be seen.

 

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RO: “De ce asculți așa ceva? De ce poartă tipii ăștia machiaj? Tu chiar poți să îi diferențiezi? Toți arată la fel.” Sunt câteva dintre lucrurile pe care le aude orice fan kpop, inclusiv eu. Răspunsurile mele sunt întotdeauna simple: ascult pentru că muzica e fun și îmi dă o stare de bine, tipii poartă machiaj pentru că astea sunt standardele coreene de frumusețe și, oricum, le stă superb machiați, și se aseamănă între ei la fel de tare cum ne asemănăm noi între noi .

E adevărat, genul ăsta de muzică nu e pentru toată lumea, dar este vreun gen care să fie pe placul absolut tuturor? Până când omenirea îl va descoperi, eu voi rămâne la melodiile mele într-o limbă pe care încerc să o învăț, la mișcările de dans repetitive și la costumațiile excentrice.

ENG: “Why would you listen to something like this? Why do these guys wear makeup? Can you really tell them apart? They all look the same. “These are some of the things a K-pop fan usually hears, including myself. My answers are always simple: I listen to this kind of music because it’s fun and it makes me feel good, the guys wear makeup because the korean beauty standards are different and, anyway, they look amazing with makeup on, and they look alike as much as we look alike.

It’s true, this music genre is not for everyone, but then again, does such a music genre exist to begin with? Until humanity discovers it, I’ll stick to my songs sung in a language I am trying to learn, to the repetitive dance moves and quirky outfits.

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Wig: Evahair.com

Choker: Stradivarius

Blouse: Newchic.com

Skirt: Forever21

Shoes: Newchic.com

ENG: And now, my favorite part. I can’t possibly end this post without showing you some K-pop songs, can I?

RO: Și acum, partea mea favorită. Nu pot să închei postul ăsta fără să vă expun la câteva melodii kpop, nu?

Enjoy xx

 

 

 

 

 

Spring issues

 

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It’s spring, which means it is time for skirts and floral dresses, sunny afternoons and long walks in the park. It’s spring, which also means it’s time for bugs, unpredictable weather, and annoying allergies.

I still don’t actually know if I like this season or not. Do I like basking in the sweet, sweet golden sun without dying of heatstroke? Of course. Do I enjoy spending 22 out of 24 hours a day sniffling, sneezing and trying to gouge my eyes out because they’re just too itchy? I’ll let you guess this one.

Honestly, the best thing about this time of the year is, in my opinion, the fact that I get to wear cute t-shirts and bottoms without freezing to death. As an 18-year-old who is rapidly approaching the end of high school, I will choose to ignore the fact that spring also means exams and I will just focus on the good parts, even though I know that in a few weeks I’ll be crying on my bedroom floor, trying to understand 12th grade math and biology. Until then, I will do my best to actually post more outfits (like I promised myself I would and then failed miserably) and put some effort into this blog, because it is my precious baby and I want to see it grow. Hopefully.

Now, back to the outfit (although we never even got to it, to begin with). High waisted jeans are my thing if you couldn’t tell already, and I’ve been super into patches lately. I got the bottoms as soon as I spotted them in Pullandbear, despite their pretty high price, and I was really happy with my decision until I saw them on sale a month later at 1/4 the price. Ugh. At least they’re cute. I paired them with a pastel pink bodysuit and cardigan, and a cute metal ring choker which I absolutely adore.

P.S. – For the choker lovers out there who have allergies- If you like wearing your choker pretty tight, you might want to reconsider it, especially if you sneeze a lot. You will literally  c h o k e . Not fun. Don’t do this, kids. Don’t be me.

 

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E vară, ceea ce înseamnă că e timpul pentru fuste și rochii cu imprimeuri florale, după-amiezi însorite și plimbări lungi prin parc. E vară, ceea ce înseamnă și că e timpul pentru gândaci, vreme imprevizibilă și alergii enervante.

Încă nu-s sigură dacă îmi place anotimpul ăsta sau nu, sincer. Îmi place să stau cu ochii închiși sub soare, fără să mor de cald? Evident. Mi se pare fain să petrec 22 din 24 de ore strănutând și încercând să îmi scot ochii din cap pentru că mă mănâncă imposibil de tare? Vă las pe voi să ghiciți răspunsul la întrebarea asta.

Sincer, cel mai bun lucru la sezonul acesta e, în opinia mea, faptul că pot să port tricouri drăguțe și pantaloni scurți sau fuste fără să fac hipotermie. E adevărat, am 18 ani și mă îndrept cu pași repezi către terminarea liceului, însă voi alege să ignor că primăvara aduce cu ea și simulări și teze (care teze, vine bacul), deși sunt conștientă că, în câteva săptămâni, voi fi întinsă pe podeaua camerei mele, încercând să înțeleg matematica de a 12-a. Până atunci, voi face tot posibilul să postez mai multe outfituri (așa cum mi-am pormis că o să fac, doar ca să eșuez, în mod lamentabil) și voi pune mai mult efort în puiuțul meu de bloguleț. Sper.

Acum, întorcându-ne la outfitul meu (la care nici n-am ajuns): blugii cu talie înaltă sunt, cu siguranță, piesa mea favorită de îmbrăcăminte, și în ultima vreme orice chestie cu patch-uri mă atrage. Normal că imediat ce am văzut frumoșii ăștia în Pullandbear i-am cumpărat, chiar dacă erau cam scumpi, și am fost foarte mulțumită cu decizia făcută până când i-am văzut o lună mai târziu la reducere, la un sfert din preț. Ugh. Măcar sunt drăguți. I-am asortat cu un body și un cardigan roz pastel, împreună cu un choker cu inel de metal de care sunt nedespărțită zilele astea.

P.S.- Pentru persoanele care adoră chokerele și au alergii- Dacă vă legați chokerul prea tare la gât, ca să nu se miște din loc, veți regreta instant imediat ce o să strănutați. Chestiile astea  s u g r u m ă. Nu-i plăcut, credeți-mă.

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Body-Bershka

Jeans-Pull&bear

Shoes-H&M

Cardigan-Clockhouse

 

5 Things I wish I had known before starting my own blog

 

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These past few days, I’ve been thinking of the things I’ve done wrong (and am still doing wrong) and I put them on virtual paper, as a short list for those of you who are interested in knowing the struggles of launching a blog. These aren’t the typical ideas you would hear online, except for maybe the last one, but more like things I have discovered during my first few months on maracalli.ro.

1.Less is more.

This isn’t related exclusively to content or blog aesthetics, but it is rather a mix of everything that your site and online presence are comprised of. When I started my blog, I compared it to a lot of other blogs, way too often (I’ll go into details as to why this is also a bad thing to do later on) and I always thought that something was missing. I didn’t have Pinterest (I ended up making one, but I don’t really use it), I didn’t have a Facebook page for my blog and no google+ (still don’t). I was lacking in the ads department, I didn’t post thrice a day and I also did not have a big menu page with lots of other subpages and categories. I wasted my time trying to create the perfect thing, while majorly neglecting the quality of my content and of the blog itself. Don’t worry about not having accounts on all the social media networks, or about not posting twice a week, or your homepage not looking fancy enough. These are things that should concern you later on, and even then, never forget that your readers come for your content, not for that fancy font you want to use in your header but still can’t figure out how.

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2.You will want to buy a lot of things.

Okay, maybe it’s just me and I shouldn’t generalize it, but I am just saying… I feel like my wallet has never been this empty, yet there are still so many things on my constantly growing wishlist. I follow a lot of bloggers on Instagram and I read quite a lot of style blogs, which means I get to see loads of people dressed in amazing things. Just today I caught a glimpse of a gorgeous knee-length silver skirt on my Insta feed, and I fell in love. The bad thing? I fall in love at least six times a day… Even worse, the holidays are approaching, meaning sales, meaning me locking myself up in my room and hiding my wallet. Help.

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3.Wordpress knowledge is a must (this is for those of you who are looking into starting on WordPress)

 Talking about not figuring things out, I wish I would have been smart enough to realize that you can’t just create a blog on WordPress and suddenly become a master at everything wp-related. I’ve had maracalli.ro for about four months now, and I still don’t know basic things. Of course, this can be fixed by either looking up things online, asking friends to teach you or by learning them yourself through trial and error (this, however, is a method I wouldn’t recommend due to the high risk of messing things up irremediably). It’s best if you know how to work with WordPress beforehand. In this way, you will be able to fix any problem as soon as it appears, without having to wait for weeks at a time just to solve a mail issue for example (like I did).

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 4. Being organised and managing your time properly is the key to a great blog

As you can easily tell, this isn’t a great blog (just yet!). I don’t post regularly, and I hate myself for it: I think I’ve posted only once a month up until now, which is so, so little. This happens for a number of reasons, the most relevant one being that I don’t write my posts in advance and I don’t have a schedule. I can’t stress enough how important it is to have your first post written already and outline the next two-three before launching your blog, or you will find yourself losing track of time. I promised myself that I’ll start doing that from now on, and I already have a few ideas in mind. Please, please don’t be like me and try to set a weekly/monthly number of posts and stick to it. Of course, if you at some point will write a post that won’t reach your standards, it’s best if you postpone it. Never put quantity before quality!

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 5.You need a photographer

There are certainly many bloggers who manage to survive by arranging their cameras by themselves and using a timer or asking a random person to take their picture every time they go out. I, however, am not one of them. I want my blog to have quality content, and for that, I need  great pictures. Unfortunately, I’m not good at positioning the camera, at making sure the light hits just right or at getting that blurry effect, and my camera isn’t the best one either (not that you need a very expensive camera to be a blogger). I’m also not good at being photographed by strangers, as I am very, very shy, as stated in my last blog post. The only and, actually, the best solution for me is to have a person who knows what they’re doing take my pictures. This time, my lovely friend, Iuliana, was the one who helped me and I’m absolutely in love with the results <3.

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Photo credits: Iuliana Pădurariu

 

Jacket : Bershka

Jeans : Bershka

Top : Stradivarius

Bra: Laceandco

Boots : H&M

Backpack : Tumi