Saturday, April 26, 2014

Sweater weather

Before this week comes to an end, I thought I should do my first "Weekly Faves".  This basically means I will tell you about stuff I see and love in a week, whether it will be clothes, beauty products, looks, hair does, or what not.

This week I have been obsessing over sweaters! I know that summer is at our doorstep, but I came upon this gorgeous sweaters and if I had to choose one (and I'll have to, cause I'm ordering at least one very soon!), I wouldn't know which one to pick!

Let me show you a few examples of the ones I love, the ones I think are cool (but not sure I'd ever wear them) and the ones I loathe. Bellow every pic, you'll also find a link in case some of them appeal to you.
So here we go:

This is by far one of my favorite sweaters of all time! The print speaks for itself and the caption is also pretty great. I LOVE cupcakes and the pastel colors of the frosting don't just look delicious but how they complement each other and how well it goes from the dark cupcake body, to the colorful frosting and into the white background, is every bit adorable. You can find it here, but there are many sites that sell this kind of print sweater and the prices may vary from affordable to over priced.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

A passion for DIY (Do It Yourself)

I've been thinking a lot about what topic I should pick for my first post on this blog, and what could be better than start with one of my passions ?

Ever since I can remember, I have had a keen eye for everything art-related. As a kid, I loved to draw (yeah, I know that every kid does that eventually, but I always stayed inside the lines, I was always very careful with the details, colors, patterns and so on) and I always was a perfectionist. Everything has to be in place, up to the last little detail. I remember being in elementary school, and having the teacher argue with me because I needed twice as much time finishing up a painting than the rest of the class. If we had to paint a landscape for instance, I HAD to paint every single leaf on a tree, or I used to spend too much time mixing colors, just to get the shade I wanted. You get the point.

Not much changed since. If not, it got worse. Up to the point where I sometimes think I have some mild form of OCD. Everything has to be perfect and maybe not everyone's perfect, but MY perfect. This goes with many things in my life, not just art related but that's a whole different story. :)

As I grew up, I never really found time to invest in my painting skills. There was constantly something on my mind, whether it were Barbies, cartoons, school or boys. So I never got the chance to practice more, get better. But I did sit down every once in a while, and accomplished something. I have a small collection of paintings, pencil/coal drawings, sketches of all kind and not to mention the DIYs <3

I did my first DIY projects when I was about 13 years old, but back then I did not know how they were called, and I didn't consider it to be "a something". It was just me, getting bored of my old clothes. So I used to cut the sleeves off of t-shirts, or cut my old jeans into shorts. Only years later, I found out it was becoming a thing and I discovered youtube tutorials. Faster than I would have imagined, it became a passion to recycle old clothes, revive them if you like. I started watching tutorials on "how to" everything! From transforming an over-sized man's t-shirt into a fancy dress, to making jewelry, shoes, bags and more. Of course, not every project was a successful one, but most were :D and I'm still wearing them today. I've got tons of t-shirts that I would have never worn again, but after I drew something on them, they became my favorites again.

Oh yes, back to drawing. This is the DIY part I love the most. Drawing on clothes. It may seem like something rather difficult to do, but practice makes perfect. This way, I got to have over 20 clothing items I drew on and I'll show some of the older ones here:

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Fashion Fridays: Spring 2014 Fashion Trends

According to Pantone's fashion color report, this spring designers are taking a modern twist on the traditional, by pairing soft pastels with vivid brights to create a colorful equilibrium. Because the palette is based on colors we see in nature, they can easily be paired with any other color in the spectrum.

In case you haven't heard about Pantone, it's the world-renowned authority on color, provider of color systems and leading technology for the selection and accurate communication of color across a variety of industries. The Pantone name is known worldwide as the standard language for color communication from designer to manufacturer to retailer to customer. For more than 20 years, it has surveyed the designers of New York Fashion Week and beyond to bring us the season's most important color trends.

After reading a few posts on different blogs about spring colors, I was inspired to do one myself. What I am going to show you now, are some collages I've done to showcase each of the colors, using items I love and think that are perfect for spring.

If you have a favorite color, don't hesitate to let me know!

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Blog introduction and about me

Hi there!

My name is Dora Guta. Yes, like Dora the Explorer, if you find that reference funny.

I'm a 25 years old enthusiast of all things "Beauty, Fashion & Life" related and I am currently studying journalism at Georg Simon Ohm University of Applied Sciences Nuremberg, Germany.

I've always been inspired by other bloggers and youtubers and this inspiration kinda led me to creating
my own little space on the Internet. And as I like to know a little about a blogger I follow, I thought I'd give a little intro about myself as well.

I was born in Ploiesti, Romania on February 22nd, 1989 and (partly) grew up in Nuremberg, Germany.

My family moved to Nuremberg when I was only 18 months old and we lived there for 6 years. After the late 90s, there was a constant back and forth between Romania and Germany, but then my parents decided it would be best to send us to school in Romania, since school was better rated there back then. So I went to school in my home town until the 10th grade, only to finish high school back in Nuremberg, where I stayed for good ever since 2008.

Friday, April 11, 2014

First post

"Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover."

Besides the fact that there was a requirement in college to create a blog, in order to be admitted for an exam, this quote kind of moved me to finally do it. I wanted to do so for quite a few years, but never really thought I had it in me. Writing never was one of my strengths, I'd rather prefer well...anything else. And oh, the irony, I'm studying journalism*giggles*.

Thinking about a topic and a concept, fashion was the first thing off the top of my head. Not that I am necessarily a very fashionable girl ( I do try to be, in my own way), but I am very interested in everything fashion/arts/crafts related.

So starting today, I'll work on this blog and do my best to bring some interesting stories into the blogging world. Expect to see posts varying from fashion trends, to DIY-Projects, beauty tips and tricks, lifestyle or tutorials.

P.S. The quote belongs to H. Jackson Brown's mother, not to Mark Twain. (see page 13 in Brown's 1991 book: P.S. I Love You: When Mom Wrote, She Always Saved the Best for Last.) Had to say that, as I was about to misquote. #doublecheck (Yes, I used a hashtag :> )

Hope you'll like and enjoy it, as I'll pour my heart into it!