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A CHILL SATURDAY VLOG

Recently I’ve been trying to become more social – I know, perfect timing.
I used to be the ultimate introvert. My weekends were all about reading and relaxing at home. It was so annoying when people asked me out, because going out would mean less time for my books and hobbies.

But after completing the course The Science of Wellbeing on Coursera, I have discovered the benefits of socializing. I have started to actively search for people to talk to, and it has noticeably improved my wellbeing.
At the moment I am building the habit of going out with at least one person every weekend.

A chill Saturday

Last weekend, all of my close friends have purposefully and mercilessly abandoned me. Nobody was available to go out with me.

After a little bit of complaining for two hours on Friday night, I took the decision to have a “me day” the next day. And this is how a chill Saturday was born.

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BRUNCH IDEA: SALMON TOAST

This is my favorite brunch idea! It is super delicious, healthy, quick and easy to make – under 10 minutes, or 5 if you’re a pro like me.

All the ingredients are from Lidl, which is my favorite supermarket, as they have such a wide variety of products. I do not mind the fact that they do not have the most popular food brands that you can find everywhere, on the contrary. Every time I go to Lidl I love exploring their foods and brands, and I am almost never disappointed. Their products are really cheap and high quality, so I really recommend you give them a try if you haven’t already.

You will find a short description of the ingredients and the full recipe in the video. In the meantime, I will leave the prices for each ingredient below (at the time I bought the products, in May 2020):

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DAY TIME SKINCARE ROUTINE

My morning skincare routine is really quick and easy, the steps are the same: cleansing, serum and moisturizer. I hope you will find some valuable information in this article, so let’s jump straight into it.

Step 1: cleansing the skin (1 min)

Most of the time I use only water to clean my face in the morning. I do this because I feel like using cleansing lotions every morning puts extra chemicals on the skin and strips it off its natural oils. Moreover, this works just fine for me so I don’t see a point in changing something that already works well. Sometimes, about 2-3 mornings out of 7, I will use a face cleanser, when I feel like my skin is too oily.

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THE INFORMATION DIET

*Disclaimer: This is just me presenting a concept that I have read about and resonated with. I am not trying to “convert” anyone or make anyone do anything. Smiley face.*

This is a concept that has been introduced to me in the book The 4-Hour Work Week by Tim Ferriss. The chapter is called “The Low-Information Diet – Cultivating selective ignorance“. I took the liberty to name it “The Information Diet” in this article, as I have tried to somehow expand the concept and adapt it to my lifestyle needs.

What does it mean?

In short, the original concept presented by Tim Ferriss is about consuming less social media and news in order to be more productive, as too much random information distracts you from what is actually important to you.

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NIGHT TIME SKINCARE ROUTINE

I love taking great care of my skin! But I also can’t wait to get in bed after a long and exhausting day. Which is why I try to make my night time skincare routine as fast as possible – usually around 10 minutes.

This is by no means an unusual night time beauty routine, the basic steps are the same. My skin looks pretty damn good (food and water also play an important role here), so I thought I’d share with you the (great) products that I have discovered and that work for me.

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EASY AND DELICIOUS OATMEAL RECIPE

This delicious and super easy to make oatmeal recipe has become my absolute favorite breakfast. And it is very Instagrammable also. 😉

I would separate this recipe into three parts: the oatmeal, the homemade (no added sugar) berries jam and the topping.

THE OATMEAL

Here are the ingredients for the oatmeal (2 servings):

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PINA COLADA SMOOTHIE RECIPE

BACK WITH A DELICIOUS PINA COLADA SMOOTHIE RECIPE!

Since so many of you guys appreciated my delicious Mojito smoothie recipe, I have decided to also share with you my new pina colada smoothie recipe!

I have always been a huge fan of pineapple. 😁 I love adding it to fruit salads or even eating it straight out of the can. Therefore, in order to keep things interesting, I have decided to also add it to my smoothies. This is how this recipe was born, and believe me guys, I was simply mind blown by how delicious it is!

Without further ado, here is the recipe for two (big) servings:

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Fashion

SILVERLIGHT – PHOTO SHOOTING IN BUCHAREST

The University Square (Piața Universității) has become one of my favorite places for a photo shooting in Bucharest. Maddie and I took these pictures in October, and I am super excited to finally share them with you!

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Cuisine, Places

BEST SUSHI IN BUCHAREST

ARGENTINE STEAK & SUSHI – THE BEST SUSHI IN BUCHAREST

This is one of the best places that I have ever been to, so I just have to review it here on the blog.
If you are following me on Instagram, then you probably already know that I have visited the restaurant on Friday. And the first thing that I can tell you is that they have the best sushi in Bucharest, at least from what I have tasted so far.

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Cuisine, Living Green

BEST QUINOA WITH VEGGIES RECIPE

I am back with this DELICIOUS quinoa with veggies recipe!
Yesterday was the first time I tried it, and I was amazed at how delicious it is. All I did was: open my fridge, see what’s in there, and start cooking! Some tomatoes, zucchini, lots of onions, some quinoa… Let’s see what we can make out of these. 🙂

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DELICIOUS MOJITO SMOOTHIE RECIPE

Yesterday I have created / tested something new: a delicious Mojito Smoothie recipe!

I was inspired by this article about immune boosting smoothies. I have never used lemon in a smoothie, and I was really intrigued by the idea, so I decided to give it a try! And this is how I ended up with my new favorite Mojito Smoothie!

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Fashion

FADED – PHOTO SHOOTING AT AFI COTROCENI

This is the second part of our photo shooting at Afi Cotroceni, from the first day of the 5 DAYS OF FASHION challenge. I have already published the first part of the project a while ago, under 5 DAYS OF FASHION – DAY 4: SHOPPING DAY. I have received incredible feedback on those pictures, both on my blog and Instagram. Thank you guys so much for your support, your insights really help us a lot! 😃

Photos: Mădălina Spoială

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5 Days Experiment by Alexandra Bulac

5 DAYS WITHOUT SOCIAL MEDIA – STARTING NOW!

5 DAYS WITHOUT SOCIAL MEDIA

NO FACEBOOK, NO WHATSAPP, NO MESSENGER, NO LINKEDIN, NO MAIL, NO INSTAGRAM.

FOR 5 DAYS. STARTING TODAY AT 12:00.

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5 DAYS WITHOUT SUGAR – DAY 5

Here we are, at the end of another 5 DAYS CHALLENGE!

You may be surprised to find out that this one was actually easier than the 5 DAYS OF FASHION CHALLENGE, a lot less exhausting. Obviously, that is because I got to live my normal life and not struggle to go out every evening after work. 😅

I wanted 5 DAYS WITHOUT SUGAR to be a chiller challenge, with less vlogging and more straightforward information, no fancy pictures and daily updates about how to eat healthy. (But don’t worry, vlogging will be back really soon.)

Impressions

In the first day of the 5 DAYS WITHOUT SUGAR challenge I wrote that I am not sure if I am going to be able to complete it. Today, I can only say that it was unbelievably easy!

I may be a sugar addict. I was. Maybe I still am. Many of us definitely are, without even noticing it. I have tried to quit sugar for good several times, and only succeeded to do it for 3 consecutive days at most. But after that I would start to feel an actual, physical need for something sweet. Smokers may relate to this.

I am still surprised at how easy it was for me to stay away from sugar for 5 days. It was so easy that I can’t even feel proud of myself, haha. 😆 Now I dare you to take on this challenge! And even try to surpass me, if you can. Keep me posted on your progress and I’m always here to help and provide tips and support!

Today’s menu:

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5 DAYS WITHOUT SUGAR, DAY 4

I’ll admit, I felt a bit of a sugar craving during DAY 4, but I got myself an orange juice and fixed it. Let me share with you some secrets on how to avoid snacking on unhealthy stuff:

  1. Eat enough on your main meals, so that you don’t feel the need to snack later.
  2. Always have healthy snacks with you (fruits, nuts, delicious homemade chocolate oatmeal) so that you don’t turn to the vending machine whenever the cravings strike.
  3. Research delicious healthy snacks (oatmeal, smoothies, fruit salads) – be creative! Knowing that, after the lunch break at work, I get to eat my oatmeal, makes me super, super excited! Find healthy alternatives that get you excited, and you won’t even have the time for other unhealthy stuff!

 

Here’s what I ate during DAY 4:

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5 DAYS WITHOUT SUGAR, DAY 3

Who would have thought that it can be so easy to avoid sugar, and that there are so many food options out there? I am really having a lot of fun experimenting with so many delicious, processed sugar free meals and snacks, and I totally recommend you to also try this out, at least for 2-3 days! 😃

If you want more food inspo, make sure to check out what I ate during DAY 1 and DAY 2 of the 5 DAYS WITHOUT SUGAR CHALLENGE!

Here’s my DAY 3 menu:

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5 DAYS WITHOUT SUGAR, DAY 2

Wow, this is going a lot better than I expected! It’s already the third day of the challenge and I don’t have any noticeable sugar cravings so far – which is pretty unusual for me, I have to admit.

I have found out that one of the secrets is to eat a lot on your main meals, so that you feel full and don’t feel the need to snack on unhealthy stuff later.

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5 DAYS WITHOUT SUGAR, DAY 1

5 DAYS WITHOUT SUGAR, Day 1 went incredibly well, without noticeable sugar cravings, and delicious sugar-free meals and snacks. Here’s a short recap of yesterday’s menu:

*I do intermittent fasting, so I don’t eat anything before 12:00 at noon. That is why you won’t find any “BREAKFAST” section below.

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5 Days Experiment by Alexandra Bulac, Cuisine, Health

5 DAYS WITHOUT SUGAR CHALLENGE

5 DAYS WITHOUT SUGAR, STARTING TODAY!

This makes me pretty nervous, because it is the first challenge where I’m not actually sure if I’m gonna succeed or not. But I do have high expectations.

I’m gonna make it.

As you have probably seen if you are following me on Instagram, this weekend I went on a short trip and I have broken many of my culinary rules (no sugar, no pasta ARRIBA bring it all).

So I have decided I need a detox. And by “detox” I don’t mean drinking fancy expensive juices which promise to turn me into a vegetable. I mean eating healthy and giving up on things which affect me in a negative way (sugar, refined carbs, unhealthy snacks). Continue reading

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5 DAYS OF FASHION – CONCLUSIONS

Living the life of a fashionista

I remember writing the article announcing the beginning of this series, and I can’t really believe it’s already over. It feels like so little time has passed, yet so many things have happened. Lots of videos, pictures and fashionable activities.

The purpose of this whole experiment was, I repeat, self-discovery. I wanted to live the life of a fashionista, and I did! 😀 I chose not to wait until “I have the money” or until “I’ll have more time”, I chose to do it now. Because that’s how things happen – in the now. Not in the future nor in the past. If you want to do something, do it now. Because tomorrow will be just like today and just like the day after and the day after and the day after. Nothing will change. You must change things.

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5 DAYS OF FASHION – DAY 4: SHOPPING DAY

Almost there…

This whole fashion week has been a lot more intense than I’ve expected, a lot of things have happened, I have learned so many lessons and I have pushed myself outside my comfort zone every single day. Which is why, again, I recommend all of you to also join me in this challenge, or any challenge of your choice.

The thing that made it so intense for me was also the fact that I have made it public, so I had an extra reason to stick to it. Maybe if I would have kept this experiment for myself, I wouldn’t have gotten to the fourth day and I wouldn’t have done so many things related to it. I am really glad that I have taken this decision, thank you so much everybody for being with me! I have received so much support from you guys, and I am extremely grateful for that! 😀

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5 DAYS OF FASHION – DAY 3: MOVIE NIGHT

Wow, we’re halfway there!

Today was a beautiful day, super productive and fashionable. I have managed to do everything that I had in plan (which you will see in the checklist below), and I am really enjoying every moment of it, this experiment is an amazing way to discover what I like and what I don’t like. 🙂

Of course, I can’t go to fashion shows or restaurants every day, especially because I have a full-time job, but I am doing my best to do as many “fashionable” things I can during one day – wear makeup, style my hair, plan my outfits, go out, take a lot of pictures, be super active on social media and so on. I hope you guys are enjoying this as much as I do, and thank you s much for joining me in this experiment, for watching and for voting on my Instagram stories!

Below you’ll find the daily recap, if you have any comments, please leave them in the comments section or on Facebook and Instagram!

Time for some Gossip Girl! 😀

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5 DAYS OF FASHION – DAY 2: WORKING DAY

Day 2 was a bit milder than the first one, because it was not only about fashion, but work also. I have checked a lot of items on my list, you’ll see it below, and it was an overall productive and fashionable day. 😀

After the daily recap from below, you will find some pictures that Maddie and I shot last summer. I never got the chance to share them with you, and I am super excited because I have started to see such a huge improvement, both for Maddie as a photographer and for me as a model, after looking at old pictures versus new ones.

I leave you with the 5 DAYS OF FASHION – DAY 2 RECAP and the photo shooting, and see you tomorrow for day 3 of the challenge! 🙂

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5 DAYS OF FASHION – DAY 1: SHOOTING DAY

Wow, this day was intense.

First of all, if you haven’t seen my Instagram stories, make sure to check them out daily. I am going to post all the live updates there.

Before sharing with you the recap, I would like to write a few words about this whole challenge.

Five days like a fashion girl

The purpose of this experiment is self-discovery, that is why, on my Instagram story, I have also encouraged you to do it. I have decided to live five days like a fashion girl in order for me to find out what it actually feels like, and whether I like it, or not.

So far, I can say that I’m really enjoying it. But there are 4 more days to come, so  who knows what’s gonna happen next.

My main problem regarding sharing this personal experiment with you was the part where I had to film myself talking about it. At first I have hesitated a lot, because I was so worried about what people would say about me if I do this. And then I realized that, if everybody cared about what others think about them, then we would all be the same, doing the same things and obeying all the rules, whether we like them or not. Continue reading

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5 DAYS OF FASHION! – STARTING TOMORROW

*Drumrolls*

Allow me to introduce to you: “5 DAYS OF FASHION”, a series / personal experiment that I have been wanting to do for a super long time.

Long story short: in the following five days I am going to live like a fashionista. What do I mean by that? Well: pretty outfits every day, lots of makeup, shopping sessions, Starbucks, taking lots of pictures to show everybody how pretty I am… all that jazz.

And I am going to document everything for you, on my Instagram and blog, of course.

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SAVE THE PLANET: REUSABLE WATER BOTTLES

GLASS REUSABLE WATER BOTTLES

I always use glass reusable water bottles instead of plastic bottles. I bought mine from a supermarket for around 10 RON (2,46 USD), and I have been using it for months! 🙂

 

Why should you use a glass water bottle?

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SAVE THE PLANET: RECYCLE PLASTIC BOTTLES!

PLASTIC BOTTLES

It is preferable not to use them at all, but if you really don’t have a choice, you can at least make sure that you recycle plastic bottles after use.

Why? Because if you don’t, one of two things will happen:

  1. That piece of plastic that you just threw away may get into the ocean and be swallowed by a poor marine animal, who thus will suffer a painful and unnecessary death.
  2. You may unwillingly swallow pieces of it, possibly coming from the same source mentioned above.

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LASH BOTOX AT MARY’S TRICKS

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Lash Botox

Din întâmplare am auzit despre Lash Botox. Nu am fost niciodată o împătimită a procedurilor de beauty. Manichiura cu gel, extensiile de gene, părul vopsit – toate acestea nu m-au atras niciodată, în ciuda numeroaselor rezultate frumoase pe care le-am observat la alte fete de-a lungul timpului.

I have never been a huge fan of beauty procedures. Lash extensions, hair coloring, gel nails – all of these never sparked my interest, regardless of how many beautiful results I have seen at other girls throughout the years.

Cu toate acestea, am fost destul de entuziasmată în momentul în care Mariana, a.k.a Mary, m-a contactat. Ea m-a invitat la salonul ei, Mary’s Tricks, pentru procedurile de Henna Brows și Lash Botox. Am spus, de ce nu? Este oportunitatea perfectă pentru a vedea despre ce este vorba! Voi putea descoperi dacă mi-ar plăcea cu adevărat sau nu.

But I have to admit that I was really excited when Mariana, a.k.a Mary from Mary’s Tricks contacted me. She invited me to her beauty salon for the Lash Botox and Henna Brows procedures. I said, why not? It is the perfect oportunity to see what it is all about! I would find out if I really like it or not.

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Motivation, Tips & Tricks

GAIN MORE FOLLOWERS?

Who do you want to be

Lately I have been thinking about my journey and where I am headed in life. Unsurprisingly, I was not able to find a clear answer to this question. But that is not what this post is about. To continue, I have been thinking about this field that I have adventured into, this whole social media / influencer marketing domain. I have tried to put myself into the shoes of the regular 100K+ followers influencer. Because that is the goal of this job, right? Gain as many followers as possible. Make money out of collaborations and become more and more famous. This is where it gets you.

Who are they?

I do – or at least I did – follow a lot of such girls. We all know the story: perfect selfies, expensive clothes, exotic vacations, and so on. These are the people who have the perfect lives, everybody wants to be like them. I also once wanted to be like them. Continue reading

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Fashion

ROYAL BLUE FALL FASHION MOOD BOARD

Hey guys! First of all, I would like to thank you for all the love that you showed towards my latest fashion article! I am extremely grateful for all your comments and messages!

If you follow me on Instagram, then you know that I mostly wear black or neutral tones ( white, nude, denim ) sometimes paired with one element which brings a pop of color to the outfit. Your comments made me think about the fact that I really do not own so many colorful clothes, which is why I have challenged myself to bring more color to my wardrobe.

Since so many of you guys have complimented the dress that I was wearing in last week’s Fashion post, I have decided to make an inspirational board in case you also want to integrate brighter colors in your outfits. We shall begin, of course, with royal blue, because I personally find it pretty difficult to create an outfit around this color. Below you can find the mood board that I have created for you, I hope it will inspire you to wear more colorful clothes, at least from time to time. 😛 Continue reading

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