OOTD FT. THE ABSOLUTE LEGGING

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Now that I'm stuck at home due to being ill, I finally have time to get this post up. Only last week I asked someone whether it isn't super cool that I haven't yet been ill this winter? As far as I'm concerned, I've brought this upon myself. I am, however, only allowing myself one sick day, because I have to be back on my feet soon as I have lots of things to do (like a full-time job, ha..)

I don't normally tend to dedicate a whole post title to one single item, but The Absolute Legging by Adriano Goldschmied is a whole different story... Every since I started my job (in the beginning I spent 2-3 months working on denim), I've considered AG Jeans to be the royalties of designer denim. Close favorites would be Citizens of Humanity, as well as 7 For All Mankind, of course. However, AG Jeans definitely became a favourite in my books, due to their amazing fitted styles and fabrics. Two other styles that I absolutely love are the Farrah Contour 360 and the The Middi Ankle.

As soon as the half price sale started, I had to snatch up The Absolute Legging in the wash River Edge. It's ridiculous how comfortable they are - I actually feel like I'm in sweatpants when I wear them. I definitely recommend these jeans if you are looking for something that is tight and skinny, but still incredibly comfortable.

Other than my beloved new jeans, I'm also really happy with finally getting my hands on this Oasis wrap scarf! I first saw it on ASOS some months ago, and before I could buy it, it was already out of stock. I was incredibly lucky when I found it in the Oasis concession at House of Fraser!! It's really easy to wear, and great for getting some extra warmth on top of a leather jacket or cardigan.

On a different note (we all know that I need a bit of random chit-chat), I wanted to give you some quick recommendations that I've enjoyed recently. The first one is The Book of You by Claire Kendal. Oh....my..god, even Gone Girl didn't have me this hooked on a book! Two movies that I have really enjoyed are The Imitation Game and American Sniper - go watch them both! And some TV series that I really liked lately are Sherlock, Parks and Recreation and Nip/Tuck (I saw it in 2009, however I'm re-watching it right now). Catch you later! ♥

WINTER PASTELS AND FAUX LEATHER

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Hey you! Long time, no see. I am finally on holiday and definitely making the most of my time off from work. The festive season was as far from festive as possible for me as I was working on Christmas and only flew home in time for New Years eve. Even during NYE I somehow lacked the festive spirit, but then again I am excited to see what 2015 will bring. The last 2-3 years have definitely not been the best, but I have started a tactical mission to make this year different. 

The biggest highlight of 2014 was probably getting my first full-time job as part of my degree in business and retail. Having a full-time job and seeing how far certain people my age have worked their way up makes me somewhat reevaluate the importance of getting a degree and see if I can challenge myself more. 

In 2014 I also got a new house pet, which is the cutest ever sphynx kitten. Having such a sweet and clumsy baby animal in the house definitely made my summer, and now whenever I call my family, I ask for them to show my cat on camera. I even forgave him for biting a massive hole in my new Zara knitted jumper on Sunday and then claiming it as his new bed (picture evidence #1). 

On a slightly different note, one of my blogposts went viral during the summer and literally exploded on the internet, which resulted in me having to delete the post, as well as some Instagram photos. It was on the daily mail, huffington post, various canadian and australian websites. Certain people argue that all publicity is good publicity, however I did not want to be linked to the topics discussed in all those articles so for a week I sent out e-mails every single day, but only 4 or 5 of the sites removed my name and pictures. As with all online stories, it died down a week later and eventually I got over it too. 

While this post is already quite wordy, I wanted to squeeze in a brief paragraph on my outfit too (gotta make it somewhat relevant, right?!). I was just thinking that I can't simply talk about random things and pretend I don't care about finally owning these amazing Zara flats! They are the perfect balance of girly and edgy, while still being extremely comfortable. I had been after them for months, however the £50 price tag put me off, but Santa conveniently saw my need and catered to it :). They are currently on sale, by the way. The skirt is also from Zara, however I did end up cutting about 3cm off the length as I found it to be quite an awkward fit when I got home (while shopping I like to pretend I have a "trained eye" for finding the right size and fit). It was somewhere between a mini and a knee-length skirt, but the result ended up giving me no favours whatsoever. I also got this awesome faux fur coat from my sister for Christmas, which was quite a funny coincidence as I got her a pink coat too (picture evidence #2). 

THE SEQUIN KIMONO DRESS

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If you follow me on Facebook or Instagram, you may very well know how obsessed I am with this dress. I am quite bored of the usual bodycon sequin dresses, but I definitely needed some sparkle in my winter wardrobe, so this kimono dress came just in time. The V neck is really classy and definitely stays put, so no need to fear any awkward moments. The waist is extremely elastic and because of the loose fit of the dress, you can easily size down. Of course there is a layer underneath the sequins, so there is no way you could irritate your skin with the sequins which is a big plus for me. It's really difficult to stop raving on about this dress, I simply love it too much! They also have it in other colours here and here, however the navy one is the winner for me.

I paired the dress with some old bits that I found in my closet. I have a variety of items that I keep wearing through the years and they simply become my staple pieces and I won't get rid of them until they are absolutely unwearable. As they are a bit older, I couldn't find the exact links online so I did my best to find similar items to best recreate the look! :)

By the way, these photos were shot by my new friend, Kinga. She loves photography and goes to my university, so we have decided to meet every now and then to shoot some blog photos. That really is fantastic news for the blog, because she does an amazing job and my blog is definitely quiet whenever I'm in the UK, simply because I have nobody to take my photos :')

Photos by Kinga Bajerska

MONOCHROME FT. ASOS & BIBA


Heyhey! Before you wonder if I wasn't freezing my behind off - nope, this 49% wool coat does wonders. The length is great too - longer than an average coat, not quite long enough for a midi coat, but in this case it covers my bare legs and even overrides my overknee boots, so kudos for that. If you follow me on Instagram, you will have noticed that I show some love to Biba lately, which is my new department at work. I'm not asked or required, in any shape or form, to talk about it or even wear it (I bought the things for my own money), but I absolutely love the brand and the history behind it! I definitely suggest having a look to see if there's anything you like, especially as we currently have 40% off the majority of things. This jumper, in particular, is incredibly soft and warm - I really can't stop wearing it!

While I do love this new discovery, my unconditional love for ASOS is never ending and I should definitely be made ASOS brand ambassador or something, considering the amount of ASOS things I own, haha. I also got my New Years eve dress from ASOS, which you might recognize from the post below. You can have a peek here. Isn't it wonderful? ♥

Photos by Kinga Bajerska 

THE CYBER MONDAY PARTY WEAR EDIT

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With the upcoming festive season in mind, party wear is a massive focus at the moment. I decided to take advantage of the cyber weekend deals and get my New Years dress before I've even started my Christmas shopping #truefashionista ;-) ASOS are doing 20% off full-priced AND sale items until 08:00 GMT 2nd December (that's tomorrow!) by using the code CYBERWKND20 at the checkout. For those of you looking to do their Christmas shopping, this could be a great way to save some money.

When it comes to party wear this year, I am very keen on everything in dark blue and navy colors - I think it stands out more and is just as classy as black. I also love the idea of wearing a jumpsuit instead of a dress, or wearing two pieces, rather than just one. I did add some amazing LBD's too, because what is a party wear edit without an LBD section?!

I wish I could buy every single item in my party wear edit, however due to not being a millionaire, just yet, I only bought one of them. There's a hint on my Facebook page. I will receive it later today and hopefully an Instagram post will follow ♥

BLOGGER_LU SUNDAY BRUNCH

blogger_luDuring my stay in Luxembourg a week ago, I had the pleasure of going for a proper Sunday brunch with the Luxembourg bloggers. Collectively we organize monthly meetings where we can all meet up, talk about what we do and always see new faces. Now that I'm working full time, I can't go back home to Luxembourg as often as I'd like to, so I also end up missing out on quite a few meetings.

It's amazing that Luxembourg is finally growing a proper blogging scene! That is something I wished for when I started blogging back in 2009, because it felt like a bit of an alien thing to do at the time and quite a few people at school got quite nasty about me blogging, but I'm glad I stuck to it through thick and thin :)

We went to a place called Bouneweger Stuff and it was my first time there. I quite liked the interior and the relaxed atmosphere, although it did get really busy soon enough. Being the big foodie that I am, the surroundings didn't quite capture my interest as much as the menu did. I am just crazy about food and love every excuse to eat out. I don't eat meat or fish so I was immediately drawn to their vegetarian options and I chose the veggie quiche - I could literally have all kinds of quiches all day, every day! Unfortunately there was a hiccup in the kitchen and they somehow brought me a quiche with ham, but the staff handled the situation very well and I got to choose a new dish on the house. I did feel really weird knowing that I was unknowingly fed some meat but I suppose the free food kind of made it up.

I am not able to make it to the next couple of blogger meetings, but I always stay updated with the happenings of Luxembourg blogger world through our Facebook page, where you can find links to all our new posts!
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STYLEDBYKRISTIANA.COM


(April 2014)

Hey there! Just a quick one today. Last night I lost my old domain, so I ended up finally getting the domain I had been thinking of for the past couple of weeks. Such sudden pushes are definitely good for me, otherwise I'm too indecisive, haha. The downside is that because I lost my old domain, it won't be www.kristianavasarina.com that redirects to styledbykristiana.com, but it will be my old blog www.kristianav.blogspot.com (that also previously redirected to www.kristianavasarina.com) - does that make sense?

It's definitely a stressful issue as I don't really want to lose followers due to this. Also when my site appears in Google, it's still the old one, but hopefully it won't take too long for it to change. I have to rush to work now, but I really just wanted to let you know! So make sure you always visit styledbykristiana.com from now on! ♥