Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Wishlist: Black shoes

This is not exactly a wishlist per se, I don't really want all eight pairs of these shoes, I'm just on the lookout for the perfect black pair of heels and this is some of my inspiration. :) Which ones are your favourites?

And how do you like the new layout of the blog? :)

Have a good one,

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Starting from the left upper corner: 

London Rebel, 49€ | ASOS, 54€ | Blink, 35€ | ASOS, 16€ | ASOS, 58€ | Christian Louboutin, 455€ | Zara, 36€ | Zara, 73€ 

Friday, October 25, 2013

New: ASOS rose gold boyfriend watch + Instagram!

I just wanted to share this goodie I got from ASOS today, a brand new watch! I'm a huge sucker for rose gold and I also ordered the ID necklace I've been swooning over in my wishlist collages, I'll show that one soon.

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You can now find me on Instagram as well, I don't have many photos yet, but I'm eager to start. :) My username is @ninafilipich.

In other news, I'm stuck in bed with a cold and a sore throat, my whole family has been sick and apparently it reached me too. I lasted a whopping one hour at work today, then went home, changed into PJs and now I'm watching TV shows while drinking tea.

Take care of yourselves and stay healthy, it really sucks to be stuck inside in this beautiful weather!
N. xx


Sunday, October 20, 2013

Travel: Iceland Photo Diary #2

As promised, here are some more pictures from my trip to Iceland. :)

Photos by: Dorothée Giret

 The Seven Sisters near the city of Vík:  photo 93ab673b-ea04-4299-b83a-8fd4fb3d01ed_zpsaa381cf0.jpg

Sightseeing at the beach on our first day:  photo P1040204_zps3a0737fb.jpg

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A few of us in front of the Skaftafellsjőkull glacier:  photo abc7feef-4e06-4f91-83e7-857de5cf9857_zps0b3a59e3.jpg

At the summer house, waiting for dinner:  photo d7f2d2c3-c401-4acf-acd0-a7a861f8ebce_zpsbdf6b5ec.jpg

With Mei Chee and Man, the girls from Hong Kong:  photo 5e50bc6b-4bb3-4ae8-b104-ddf12603bc73_zps1339059f.jpg

Roadtrip! :)  photo 6951334d-fff1-4ce3-b259-cdddc8bb92a1_zps8169f68e.jpg

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Antoine with his other painting:  photo P1040755_zps2d931857.jpg

Knitting on a rainy day:  photo 54708b1e-7cfd-4fdf-83ce-a46340f4561c_zps63b0fa2d.jpg

We stumbled upon this river on a beautiful sunny afternoon and just sat there in silence for I don't even know how long:  photo 5b894a60-aef5-4e24-bcc6-be498b0d8e71_zpsb745f597.jpg

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One of the five Icelandic horses they had on the farm:  photo 8e5379f2-99bb-4074-8112-37090a1a57e4_zps95984fc0.jpg

An adorable tiny house near the farm:  photo 83ab51c6-6196-427f-a227-842b9ca28b28_zps1ce65f54.jpg

Franck and Antoine posing as French calendar models:  photo P1040571_zps32699267.jpg

A happy moment while cleaning the shore:  photo db7b12be-7114-470a-9391-edcd15ae40f7_zps652dae60.jpg

A church near the farm:  photo 870d0d7d-dce4-48cb-abd8-2dbdaa0344f3_zps71594ffa.jpg

The Strokkur geysir after eruption:  photo bf867bb1-11c1-47cf-b285-ebe520a415b5_zpsc2c78249.jpg

Cupcakes Dorothée and I made for the international food evening:  photo P1050364_zps33106050.jpg

Me and the cuddliest cat in the world - Đulla:  photo P1050342_zpsb5257fa2.jpg

Dorothée and I, rocking our Icelandic sweaters:  photo c6af7363-f4cc-41d1-92d6-a6d72828356e_zpsb870f58c.jpg

Just us girls:  photo 15445d2c-c5eb-462e-88f5-74376dbda580_zps85641ef0.jpg

Goofing around in front of Harpa in Reykjavík:  photo P1050691_zpse60082d7.jpg

Having dinner in Reykjavík:  photo P1050697_zps0fb2b0a7.jpg

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Wishlist: H&M autumn colours

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Can we just have a moment for the most perfect colour for autumn ever? That's right, we're talking burgundy. I have been all over burgundy and plummy shades, from clothes to lipsticks, just gimme it! While checking out new collections and pieces that just hit the stores I fell in love with these from H&M. I love a good black skirt, but when I saw these aztec burgundy coloured skirts, I fell in love with them immediately. They look so chic and you're able to pair them with T-shirts, blouses, sweaters in black, gray, white, I am definitely getting at least one of them. As far as footwear goes, I'm sticking with my Timberland boots for autumn and winter, but I might invest in a pair of black combat boots (if that's the right word?), I also love basic T-shirts for under sweaters or blazers, or a plain burgundy blouse in combination with a white blazer or worn under a gray sweater. Last but not least, I'm setting woolen hats aside this winter for woolen headbands, I already have a soft pink with tiny sequins, which my mom bought for me as soon as she dropped me off at the airport three weeks ago. :) But I also love this gray braided one and they're not that expensive. 

What are your autumn must-haves? :)

Love, N.xx

Friday, October 11, 2013

Travel: Volunteering in Iceland

There's a million things I want to write right now, but I don't even know how to start. I've spent an amazing three weeks in Iceland, volunteering in the south with a lovely family on a lovely farm with 6 other amazing volunteers from all over the world. Antoine and Franck from France, Dorothée from France/England, Mei Chee and Man from Hong Kong and Carlos from Spain. 

We worked at a sheep farm, sorting them and vaccinating them, we also painted some of their buildings, collected driftwood and other stuff on the beach, and then made artsy stuff or games for kids out of it, we drove around their immense farm in the truck, we knitted using real Icelandic wool, we baked so many cakes I wonder how I even fit in the same clothes still, we listened to stories about volcano eruptions, seeing hot lava in the mountains, living in the hard conditions of the 20120 Eyjafjallajokull eruption, we visited hot pools in the nearby cities, we even went for a weekend trip to the East, where the family (the lovely Kidda and Siggi) rented a summer cabin for us, which was beyond lovely, I am dying to have a cabin in the mountains and this one was just perfect. It even had a hot tub and there are simply no words to describe the evening we spent in this hot tub with 40 degrees, underneath a clear night starry sky. We hiked a lot and crossed an icy cold river barefoot, we saw the northern lights, even if they were pale, but I still want to see them again in their full power. We saw all of the amazing places and landscapes that you can see on the photos below, I now wish I made more, but I am still waiting for photos from the other girls, so expect to see some more (possibly with me in them). 

We ate so much good food, rhubarb jam, rhubarb crumble, which I will be making next spring since we don't have any more of it growing around our house, but it is supposed to appear in spring again, delicious lamb stew, pancakes with sugar (apparently they eat them like this there :)) and more and more. I didn't try Hákarl, which is a traditional Icelandic dish - rotten shark meat, because I'm not insane and it's only so far I'll go with trying out traditional cousine, but I did love eating cod and haddock, rhubarb and sweet potato. I came home with so many new recipes that I'm very eager to share. Otherwise, life in Iceland is very expensive, the only thing I bought for myself was a cute pair of gloves (pictures coming soon) and they cost 20€, which was not cheap in my opinion.

Iceland is a breathtaking country with incredible nature and scenery. We spent a few days in Reykjavík, which is a very cosy city, I especially loved the cafés and home decor shops, I bought myself a luggage tag with Not your bag! written on it. Unfortunately it got broken on one of the flights back home, but I can still use it, it's so adorable. :) 

When I was leaving Reykjavík at 5AM on a Tuesday morning, it was snowing. Yes, the whole city was covered in snow and to tell you the truth I was a bit panicky about my flight, because I didn't want it to be delayed, because then I would miss my connecting flight in London, but it was all okay, the snow didn't even reach Keflavik airport and I got home as planned. 

All in all it was a wonderful experience, except for the fact that my debit card got stuck in the ATM machine the first and only time I used one in Iceland, which was a bummer because we were in a town really far from the farm on a Saturday, but out camp leader Carlos took care of everything and they mailed it to me to the farm the next week. First time this happens in my life and it's in Iceland of all places! 

If you're thinking of visiting the land of volcanoes, whales, glaciers, waterfalls, puffins, Icelandic sweaters, fish, etc., etc., I couldn't recommend it enough. I already know I'll return one day, because I would love to see more of the Westfjords and the North of the country. I'll post some more photos when I get hold of them and if you have any questions, just ask. :)

Love, N. xx

Gullfoss waterfalls, part of the Golden Circle excursion:
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A trip to the southern landscape near river Leirá:
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þingvellir national park, the border between the eurasian and american tectonic plate:

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Our summer house in Stafafell we visited one weekend:
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On our way to Höfn:
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A trip to Skaftafellsjökull glacier:
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A trip to Svartifoss waterfall:
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The glacier lagoon:
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A lighthouse on the beach:
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Geysir, a part of the Golden Circle excursion:
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The Reykjavík coast with Harpa in the far right, a culture and conference centre: photo P1023568_zpsae15e5ef.jpg

Höfði house in Reykjavík, the location of the 1986 summit between Ronald Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev, a step towards the end of the Cold War:
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Cauliflower soup in a bread bowl:
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Our last lunch in Reykjavík, fish stew:
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Signatures of the whole team of volunteers (except Antoine :)) in a shelter on the beach:
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