Sunday, December 7, 2014

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

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

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 

Monday, December 1, 2014

THE CYBER MONDAY PARTY WEAR EDIT

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Blogger party wear edit 1. here 2. here 3. here
New Years dress ideas 1. here 2. here 3. here

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 ♥

Saturday, November 29, 2014

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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Thursday, November 20, 2014

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! ♥

Sunday, November 16, 2014

WARM WINTER PARKA



Finally I had some days booked off from work, so I escaped to Luxembourg for the weekend. I've mostly spent this time relaxing, and by that I mean sleeping in late, eating my feelings and finally getting up to date with every single TV series that I watch. How to Get Away With Murder, House of Cards and Revenge are some of my faves. Revenge is absolutely intense at the moment though, one episode per week is just not enough to cope with, haha.

Today I also managed to go to my second blogger meeting in Luxembourg, which was really nice! We have meetings every month, however since April or something this has only been the second time that I could attend one, so you can imagine how much I've missed out on but more on that another time.

Speaking of the outfit above, I've been wearing this parka every single day since buying it. I used to think that fluffy parka's were the coat equivalent of UGG's (never go there, I beg you), however one day recently at work, it simply got so cold outside that I didn't see a way I would be able to walk home that evening. Sometimes a summer coat with layers of tops and sweaters just doesn't cut it. Luckily I was able to find and buy this parka coat at work and pretty much never took it off since, haha.

I've been thinking of doing a couple of more personal posts in the near future because there are quite a few things I'd like to share with you, but I really just need to find a way to write it all down. Nothing about quitting blogging though, don't worry! I might not update as often but there is no way I'll stop :) I will now go help my brother design some birthday party invites, see you! 

Friday, November 7, 2014

AUTUMN WARDROBE BASICS

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Hey you! Yes, I'm still here. Not as active on my blog as I'd like to be, but definitely still here! I naked this post "Autumn wardrobe basics", because every single item above is a key basic in my wardrobe that can be dressed up or down. I wasn't initially going to post these photos, because the outfit is way too similar to a recent one of mine, but, in all fairness, it is something I wear a lot and reflects my style quite well. Some bloggers do wear the same thing twice! Or thrice..shock horror.

The last few weeks I've been really busy with work, and the remaining time I'm just cooking, watching TV series and relaxing. Exciting life, right?! Trying to catch some daylight for outfit photos proves to be an ongoing challenge, however I have been updating my Instagram more frequently with daily outfits and more, so do check it out!

On a more current topic, I wanted to thank the employment gods for giving me a late start today, meaning that I could successfully shop the Alexander Wang x H&M collection! It took me a while of refreshing and whatnot, but eventually by 10AM I had ordered the items I wanted. I am quite gutted that I had to miss the collection previews though, I absolutely hate passing up on cool events because of my job. Luckily next week I have a day off and it seems like I will finally move my butt to London for some blogger shenanigans, we shall see! 

Monday, October 27, 2014

BLOG SHOOT OUTTAKES

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I normally do all of my blog shoots with different friends or my little brother, and being the goofy and clumsy person that I am, it's definitely difficult to keep a straight face sometimes. From time to time I even resort to really strange grimaces and poses that better not surface on the internet, haha.

On my blog I don't like being all smiley and looking too touristy on photos, so I keep a neutral face and try to show my outfit the best way I can.  Outside the blog? Yes, I get laughing fits, I get caught with closed eyes and sometimes I do very weird things. I'm all for being open and honest on my little space on the world wide web, so I decided to share a couple of the less-posey pictures of me - I don't mind if you want to giggle. 

Mid shoot nap and a sudden laughing fit 
Some blinking and duckface action, and a pre-sneeze picture too, while we're at it 

Goofing around with my little brother - the majority of my photos are taken by him and he's only 9!
I always talk to my brother when he takes my photos and he just continues clicking haha

Thursday, October 23, 2014

THE ZARA SWEATPANT

Kristiana Vasarina Luxembourg fashion blogger Boohoo top - ZARA sweatpants - Bershka heels (old, but similar herehere) - Mango biker jacket - ASOS earrings

The only way you will ever find me in sweatpants is if they are sports luxe, high waisted and classy like this Zara find. I can't tell you how happy I was to find these - they are extremely comfortable and can easily be dressed up. I will wear these to work too, however only after I manage to find an appropriate top to go with them. This Missguided ribbed jumper might be an option...

I got back from my holiday on Monday and only had a day at work until I already had my next day off. I ended up basically spending the whole day in bed while watching series (how exciting is Revenge at the moment???) and looking at Halloween make up tutorials. I have some ideas in my bag already, now - make some actual party plans first!

Sunday, October 19, 2014

STYLING UP A SMOCK DRESS

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Smock dresses are definitely my latest obsession. After having my eye on a black smock dress at work from NORR, I finally found one for a friendlier price in Zara. Make that duty free at Gatwick Airport and you have a bargain! It's the most comfortable thing ever and the material is lovely. I'm definitely going to look for some more on ASOS, they have a massive selection! Dresses like this sometimes tend to look like something babies would wear, so I did my best to roughen it up a bit with my leather jacket and biker boots. Also, how cute is my new ZARA candy wrapper necklace? It was definitely made for me as I have the most uncontrollable sweet tooth.

Today is my last day in Luxembourg, and I feel quite sad having to fly back and get back to work, but you gotta do what you gotta do. I think I'm quite lucky to be able to visit home as often as I do and I definitely don't take it for granted! The few days I spent here were really nice and I made sure I make the most of the time I have here. I also met up with a fellow blogger, Anouk, who took these photos. She recently started a fashion photography blog, so make sure you take a peek! Quite different than usual, but I like it.

Photos & editing by Anouk Kalmes