Christmas wish list


Pretty Honest by Sali Hughes

I love Sali Hughes. She is a lovely British writer and journalist that writes about beauty in a no bullshit manner. I love her Saturday Guardian column and look forward to it every week. Also, you should take a look at her very useful Beauty tips videos.  Pretty Honest is her first book and although she does have coming out just now her second book, Pretty Iconic , I was drawn more to her first publication because of her makeup and beauty tips and suggestions on different occasions. From the excerpts I have managed to find online I look forward to reading all the smart stories she has written and I know it will make a great coffee table read. You can also find Sali here and check her website Sali Hughes



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Clarins Hand and Nail Treatment Cream fig leaf scented

Can there be a more deliciously scented hand cream out there? You all know by now, as this is no big news,  Clarins did three limited edition scented versions of the legendary Hand & Nail Treatment Cream: Orange Leaf, White Tea Leaf and the amazingly delicious Fig Leaf. Yum.  It is a bit expensive in my books for a hand cream, but so are all the Clarins products and I really want to treat my hands this Christmas and get it. You can find it at Douglas as they have not been selling that well, but all the better for me 😉

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Clarins Lotus Face Treatment Oil

As you’ve probably heard, face oil helps your complexion if massaged gently usually before bed, or as some prefer, adding a few drops to their daily moisturizer. I have tested it at Sephora, and as all natural oils and serums, it does not smell that great but it does mean it doesn’t have all the nasty perfumes and ingredients. I’m looking forward to trying it and I’ll let you know what I think. You can find it at Sephora and online at Douglas. 

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Caudalíe Eau de Beauté / Beauty Elixir

I know summer has passed and you are not hot and sweaty enough to use this, but this is more than just a refreshing spritzer. It’s a beauty staple. I have tried it once at a friends’ house and since then it’s been on my wish list. I just haven’t gotten around to buying it. Use it as a toner after cleansing – if you need a reason. I don’t need a reason.

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Real Techniques Brushes

There is no need for an explanation here. I’ve been watching Pixiwoo video for two years now and they’ve convinced me – I need those brushes. Luckily we have the only Makeup Shop in Romania – they sell them here in Iasi and I don’t even need to purchase them online, I can just go and buy them myself. I need the blush brush – not that I wear blush :), the setting brush, and the expert face brush – or I could just get the Ultimate base set. I don’t know yet. We’ll see.

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Interior design and me, a love story…

I am a former art student and while at university – I studied fashion design- I experimented with a little bit of everything: graphic design, illustration, painting, textile design and I’m interested in all creative, artistic endeavors. As such, the transition towards this came quite natural. As with everything new, you have to do the work yourself and research how and what. That’s what I did.

I transitioned from fashion design to interior design after a three month experience at a local firm that sold curtains and other interior decoration. What I loved most about it was getting to visit houses and advising the client based on their home style. It was fun.

I wanted to do more than just advise on textiles for curtains – although I have to admit they did have/probably still have fine ass textiles -. I wanted to be able to create and furnish a room/house from 0, to have a saying in regard to the “artistic” direction, the mood, the style and so forth.

Me and my friend came up with Imbold design just over a year ago and although it does not seem like much experience, I can say- at least on my behalf, that I learnt a lot between our first two projects.

The first project was the LR apartment. This one room apartment is located in the center of Iasi, Romania in a new building, on the 8th floor and has a great view over the city. It was intended to be rented on Airbnb and is currently the first apartment on the list of apartments to rent in Iasi, with over 30 guests since February 2016.

We started from 0, as the building and the apartments were just being built. We tried to maximize the space, keeping it clear and airy, furnishing it with just the bare basic furniture pieces and household appliances.

The owner wanted it to look modern and young while also keeping in mind that we had a budget to stick to. Our color scheme was made out of grey hues, white, blue and neon yellow accents. Most of the furniture is from Ikea, save for the couch, carpet, chairs and the kitchen, which we designed to be used in such a small space. Our favorite space has to be the bathroom, because of the contrast between the grey and yellow.

{dinning table area}
{living room}


{lounge / sleeping area}
{see what I meant by great curtain materials?}
{smallest kitchen area}
{neon accents}

Photographs: Rafael Racaru Photography

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Ce treaba am eu cu design-ul de interior, you ask?

Fosta studenta la arte fiind (am studiat design-ul vestimentar), am avut ocazia (si timpul necesar) sa experimentez cate un pic si cu grafica, ilustratia, pictura, design-ul textile s.a.m.d.,toate domeniile fiind foarte interesante. De aceea tranzitia de la moda la designul de interior nu a fost cea mai dificila.

Ca tot omul care doreste sa invete lucrurile noi, mai ales in this day and age cand avem toata informatia available,  te apuci frumos si te documentezi ce si cum, si daca iti place inveti cum se procedeaza.

Mi-am dat seama ca vreau sa ma reprofilez dupa experienta mea de trei luni la o firma specializata pe confectionarea si vinzarea de perdele si draperii, dar si alte obiecte decorative. Cele mai interesante erau vizitele acasa la clienti pentru ca aveam ocazia sa vad cum sunt decorate casele acestora si sa le ofer sfaturi in functie de stilul stabilit.

Dar voiam sa ma ocup mai in detaliu de amenajare si decorare, nu doar in materie de perdele si draperii. Voiam sa pot decora de la 0, urmarind un stil anume, sa trec prin toti pasii s.a.m.d..

Impreuna cu prietena mea, am venit cu idea de a porni proiectul nostru Imbold Design in Octombrie 2015. Desi nu pare ca am aveam experienta destula, pot spune, macar in ceea ce ma priveste ca am invatat multe lucruri in urma primelor nostre proiecte.

Primul proiect – LR este un apartament cu o camera localizat in centrul orasului Iasi, intr-un bloc nou. Scopul acestuia a fost sa fie dat spre inchiriere pe Airbnb si momentan este primul apartament care apare atunci cand cauti sedere prin Airbnb in Iasi. Feeling good.

Am preluat apartamentul din stadiul de inceput si am urmarit sa nu il aglomeram si sa il mobilam doar cu acele piese necesare. Proprietara isi dorea ca acesta sa fie decorat in stil modern si sa nu depasim bugetul alocat – as they all do. Paleta cromatica este formata din gri-uri, alb, albastru si acente de galben neon. Majoritatea pieselor de mobila au fost achizitionate de la good ol’ Ikea, mai putin canapeaua, covorul, scaunele si mobila de bucatarie care a fost facuta la comanda pentru bucataria mica. Spatiu nostru preferat ramane baia datorita contrastului dintre faianta gri si chitul galben.