Easy DIY ideas for home

For holiday parties and not only, here are some ideas you can use to boost the interior of your home:

Candle Pillars Made from Cinnamon SticksCinnamon sticks as candle pillars. Great idea to cope with the cold winter and resist until spring.

Downside – it’ll be very difficult to desist from eating apple pie all winter long.



Glass Vases Filled With SaltGlass vases filled with salt. As I’m very superstitious, I did this in the past, but used sugar instead of salt and added potpourri on top.


Nordic style homeFluffy couch covers and pillows. I have at least 1 or 2 covers on my couch almost all the time (even in the summer, as the nights are a bit chilly around here). During the winter I add a bit more of those and some puffy pillows that invites you to have a nap and the job is done.



River rock boots trail. Easy to do and actually useful not only for the wither but during the whole wet season(s). This is on my to do DIY list for sure.




Creamy Chicken Pot Pie Soup | Cooking with a WallflowerCreamy chicken pot pie soup. I love eating warm soups during winter and I try to do as often as my time allows me to. I just stumble upon this recipe and cannot wait to try it out. Once all the above projects are finished a bowl of hot soup can be a good rewarding😉



Sources – pinterest, click on the pictures

Enjoy the cold season and make the most of the time spent in your cozy homes!


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Xmas Carols (part 2)

As told you in my previous post I got involved in this campaign and I’ve managed to register myself (kind of) singing the requested Romanian Xmas Carol…please don’t judge to harsh, I’m no Adele nor Mariah Carey and I promise I’ll never search for a carer in this area😉

While searching for the perfect spot in the small city I live in to do the video I couldn’t resist taking pictures of some of the beautiful decorations – once again, I’m mesmerized by the amount of energy and work people around here are putting in decorating their houses and their work places. No matter how foggy the weather is and how much the temperatures drop, the sky is full of stars and the lights are warming up the surroundings!

Enjoy the small photo-gallery!

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Sources: personal gallery


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Xmas Carols

Do you sing Xmas Carols?

I do, and not only in December, but I also do it in August, around my birthday – I cannot give you a good reasoning for this😀. But I can give you a good resoning for singing Carols before 10th of December.

For each video showing off your singing talents and uploaded here , a pair of boots goes to a child that needs it. If you love shoes, think about the little ones that need them😉

All the details regarding this charity action can be found here.

I’ll be back soon with the proof of me singing carols, but until then, enjoy a much better performance:

p.s. It’s been a while since I’ve manage to push on the “publish” button on this virtual home of mine. There are many posts waiting to reach the www world and hope they will be published before the year ends🙂


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OOTD – Is already Monday?

Is already Monday?

Doublju colorblock dress / Fat Face blue jacket / Vans white low top shoes/ Boohoo aztec print backpack / Chan Luu bracelet bangle/ Bracelet bangle / Humble Chic cord bracelet / TOMS striped glasses


Though this Monday caught me in a stiff outfit in the office, I dream about a lazy one

  • when noon time is for brunch and not for lunch
  • when I have nothing to do but to enjoy the silence of a flourish garden while lost in reading
  • when nap time is just after brunch time…

I could go on and on about it but I have to go back to real world.

Enjoy the week and make it count!



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Travel outfits

One of the things that I enjoy most in my life are the wonders around the world. Whenever I plan a vacation/city break/ weekend activities with my close ones, one of the questions that pops-up immediately in my mind is: what should I wear? It has to be comfy, layered as the weather may change over the day/night, appropriate for the place I’m going and activities planned (and be prepared for unforeseen events ;-)). Weekends and vacation are the time when I forget all about office clothes, big bags and high heels.


Weekend getaways - Nice, Canal la Bruche, Strasbourg, Salszburg, Brugges, Gent

Weekend getaways – Nice, Canal la Bruche, Strasbourg, Salszburg, Brugges, Gent

Trekking and sightseeing – Peru

City trip - Rome&Catania

City trip – Rome  (up)& Catania(down)

Boat trip - Sulina

Boat trip & sunset time – Sulina


Shopping outfits

This weekend I’m invited to celebrate the anniversary of one of my friends. The location is not fancy, is actually at their home, in a small village somewhere in the mountains. If the weather will be nice (I hope the announced thunderstorms for this weekend will wait until Monday :D) we may enjoy the garden and maybe some relax time next to the kids’ pool  :). I’m thinking about a “festive” outfit, but in the same time a relaxed, sunny and colorful one:

The “maxi” hysteria😀

Summer jumpsuit

The power of yellow

Pictures – personal archive & pinterest

What would you wear?



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Summer in the office

Some inspiring summer office ideas for a great start of the week.


Fresh fruits for torrid days

Fresh fruits for torrid days



Source – click on the pictures


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Travel Diary – Peru (I)

On my shelf with beautiful memories I keep and treasure my Peruvian adventure. I’ve been lucky enough to be in the company of 3 great friends, see amazing places and met beautiful people.

The adventure started actually 5-6 months in advance when we decided to book our tickets for what was the next great adventure. Once we booked the plain tickets we’ve drafted the path for our journey: we knew that we are going to be there to see Machiu Picchiu, but not only that, we wanted to do the Inca trail (the 4 days of tracking in the mountains), to enjoy a boat trip on the Titicaca lake, delight ourselves with local cuisine and relax as much as possible in the nature.


If for the most of our travels we booked everything on our own (plain tickets, hotels, bus tickets, train tickets, restaurants, etc…) we’ve choose 2 tourist agencies with whom we did the Inca trail and the 2 days trip on the Titicaca lake (which included the visit of 3 islands – Uros, Amantani and Taquile).

For today’s post I will share with you some impressions, pictures and tips from Cusco and Inca trail, and I will be back with the remaining stories later on, in another dedicated post.

Cusco was the first destination once arrived to Peru (actually the European flight was to Lima and from there, several hours later, we got our connection to Cusco).

As we knew that we need at least a couple of days to acclimatise ourselves before the Inka trail, we staid in Cusco for 2 days, enjoying the big city, the healthy breakfasts and the beautiful view from our hotel, dinners at “Jack’s” (not very Peruvian but we wouldn’t wanted to risk a stomach flu just before adventuring in the nature), handcrafts market, and long walks up and down the hills.


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Visiting Peru  meant engaging to the 4 days of Inca trail. We’ve started asking for tips and tricks to our friends, acquaintances and work colleagues that already went through this adventure, and this is how we found out about things we need to have with us (light clothes, proper footwear, personal hygiene products, some healthy snacks that will give us that boost of energy to continue the hike, head lights, etc…). We choose one of the agency that we’ve heard about through our network and we booked the trail around  4 months prior to our departure – it is actually recommended to do it this way as there are only 500 persons/day allowed to do this trail, and the waiting list can be long. The prices are more or less the same no matter which agency you choose, and the services are similar. For the one we booked, the services included in the price were: the guide (English speaking), transportation for the 4 days (the taxi from and to the hotel in the first and last day of the travel, bus and train), 1 team of porters (7-8 persons), one cook, meals for the 4 days (except the breakfast of the first day and the lunch &dinner in the last one), tents, mattresses and sleeping bags. If I have to recommend something that we didn’t thought at when we booked the trail – and it was a bit expensive to book it on the spot (but we did it from the day 2 onwards) include personal porter in the extra services. If you want to enjoy the trek without being overcharged you can choose personal porter that will carry your extra set of belongings and, the most important, the sleeping bag. When you trek 10-14km a day, on a rocky mountain road, all you want is a slow breath, enjoy the views and the nature and stay hydrated🙂

The 4 days itinerary in small stories and photos:

Day 1: we were picked up from our hotel in  Cusco early in the morning. We took in our backpack only the items we considered necessary for our 4 days adventure in the nature. The rest of them were stored in the hotel’s luggage room (we came back to the same hotel at the end of day 4).  In between every meal (breakfast, lunch, dinner) we had 2-3, maximum 4h of trekking. During the day we went from 3,350m (Cusco) to 2,800m (KM82) and then back to 3,000m (Wayllabamba).

Day 2 came with reaching the highest point of the Inca trail Warmiwañusca or Dead Woman’s Pass (4,200m), as it is more commonly known as, being the toughest part of the trail as well. From that height we were suppose to have the most beautiful view over the valley but, lucky us, 30min before reaching that point the rain started and everything went foggy. After this peak the road goes down quite abruptly (not as much as it can be in day 3) and the rocky steps were wet and slippery so extra attention was necessary. We had to ignor the fact that we were soaking wet and go straight down to reach the camp. The day ended up at 3,600m in Pacaymayo where our great cook Amilka received us with popcorn and his delicious plates.

Day 3 was dedicated to visiting several other Inca heritages (like Inca Ruins of Runkurakay (4,000m), the Inca citadel of Sayacmarca, Wiñay Huayna (2,700m)).

Our last day  started way too early in the morning (3-4am) but it ended up in one of the 7 wonders of the modern world – Macchu Picchu (2,500m). As you will see in the pictures bellow, the sun was hiding that day (well, it was actually raining during the whole last day) and we didn’t had the chance to admire the view over the old city from the Sun Gate (1h away from the Macchu Picchu).

The guided tour ended just before lunch time when we went by bus to Aguas Calientes, had lunch and a tour in the handcrafts market, bought souvenirs and then headed to the train station, back to Cusco.

And in pictures we have this:

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Fun facts about the adventure:

  • you already saw from the pictures that it was not glamorous, so make-up and high heals are kind of excluded from start (though we had someone in our group of 6 that insisted in carrying on cosmetics and using them every morning – not from my group of friends, of course)
  • we didn’t shower for 4 days (yes, I know, it doesn’t sound too good but we used wet wipes and our tooth brush twice/day😉 ) but hey, who cares about it when you are surrounded by all those breath taking places?!?!
  • the water to clean ourselves was limited to a small bowl of hot water before each meal, so no proper conditions to wash our hair either. Our solution was to wear braids. Even though we had dry shampoo with us we didn’t used it in the end (it can be useful for sure), and we ended up being called the “braided girls club”🙂
  • at the end of day 4 we just wanted a hot shower and a good sleep. We really need to thank to the good people from La morada suites, our hotel in Cusco – one of our best deals during the whole trip.

If you have questions or need tips to plan a trip, I would be happy to be of any help.

In the next travel post I will make a summary of the other half or our journey in Peru.





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