BLOG SHOOT OUTTAKES

Luxembourg fashion blogger
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

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!

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

SUMMER MEMORIES // AFTER THE BEACH


I have a day off work today, so I slept in late, read a book, ate breakfast at lunch time and generally didn't really get out of bed. After having a look through my photos I realized I have quite a few unpublished pictures in my summer archives - less of the fashion stuff and more of the "fun days out" kind. I can't help but feel nostalgic.. I really miss the warm weather and being in Latvia is always my favorite time each year!

These photos are from a really hot day, where I went to the beach with Elizabete and Laura. We only stayed about 2 hours, but that got me more tanned than all of my other beach sessions altogether, because the sun was very strong that day. Afterwards we had quite a long walk to the bus stop so we got really carried away with my camera!

That's all for today! I definitely need to get out of bed and start packing because I'm flying home tomorrow for a little bit - super exciting!

Get the boots here, shorts here and top here.

C'EST CHIC

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Coat - H&M, Jumper - Whistles, Jeans - Lee, Boots - Vagabond, Bag - ASOS

Hey you - long time, no see! While my blog has been kind of quiet, in the backstage I am working on ways I can maintain consistent blogging during this year of a full time job. I will also make some changes to the blog itself, but bear with me, because my life is definitely going in slow motion lately as I am still adjusting to everything.

This is one of the outfits I usually wear to work - the etiquette is all black, so I have bought plenty of black basics to variate between. On my birthday I treated myself to this Whistles jumper - seeing it at work every day just became too unbearable, so I finally had to get it. I love it so much that I probably wear it every third day or something as it is so versatile.

My new black Lee Skyler jeans have become a favorite and they are actually part of my work uniform, kindly gifted to me by Lee. After we did our training on the brand, I fell in love with it real bad. The quality difference between the Lee Skyler high waisted skinny jeans and my Topshop Joni's is outstanding! They never lose their shape, because the material has great recovery qualities after being stretched. I'm also planning on getting the printed version of these jeans. By the way, if you choose to buy this pair I would recommend sizing down (I got mine in W25 as opposed to the usual W26).

Photos by Yousif Sadik

THE DUNE BIKER BOOTS


T-shirt - ASOS, cardigan - UO, skirt - H&M (similar), boots - Dune (here), bag - ASOS, bracelet - Pandora, earrings - ASOS

These boots were one of those split second decisions. I was on my lunch break at work and while browsing Instagram, I saw a photo of these boots posted by @dune_london. They were exactly what I had been looking for - all those hundreds of open Google Chrome tabs with possible, yet eliminated, candidates from the likes of Zara, ASOS or Office... When all hope was eventually lost, the perfect shoe came to ME! Before I knew it, I had them on Next Day Delivery and we have been inseparable ever since.

Currently I'm writing this from the airport, as I managed to go home to Luxembourg for the weekend, but my mini holiday has now come to an end. I came here from Guildford only by trains, which was probably the longest journey I've ever travelled on my own. It was really exhausting but definitely worth it! Luckily there were flights back on the day I needed, so I don't need to repeat that now, haha.

Sorry to keep this so brief, but I've literally been thinking of what to write for the past 20 minutes - it's just too damn difficult at the airport with all these distractions around me! Fortunately the new episode of Revenge is out, so that will keep me busy until boarding. Talk to you later! 

SWEATER DRESS WITH KNEE BOOTS


Dress - ASOS (here), Bag - ASOS (here), Boots - Duo (here), Lipstick - Mac Creme Cup (here)

Knee high boots have been on my wish-list for as long as I can remember, but I could never find a pair that was sturdy enough and stayed tightly around my legs. I'm not a big fan of slouchy boots, personally they don't really do anything for my figure! I was super happy when Duo Boots came to the rescue and gifted me this pair, because they are incredibly flattering, and more than anything I could have ever asked for, in a pair of knee high boots. The suede material is so soft and the boots scream quality, which is something I really value lately.

I'm also extremely happy with this sweater dress that I got on ASOS recently. It is very comfortable and easy to wear, but the lace inserts distinguish it from my other black dresses. They have the same dress with mesh inserts too! I will definitely be getting more simple black dresses, because they really are super easy to wear. Even though my work uniform is all-black, the options are endless!

At the moment I've been working for 6 days straight, but I have a day off on Monday so I can finally breathe. On Wednesday it will be my 21st birthday and on Saturday I'm off to Luxembourg for a quick weekend getaway! I really miss my family and our new cat, besides all this work is not good for my sanity, so I really look forward to a little break.

By the way, thanks to all who participated in my Chi Chi giveaway! I will soon pick a winner myself, based on your outfit suggestions, and contact them by their e-mail. Exciting!