The Golden Diamonds http://thegoldendiamonds.com by Doina Ciobanu Fri, 24 Apr 2015 10:51:00 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.1.3 Shanghai Bound: Mandarin Oriental http://thegoldendiamonds.com/mandarin-oriental-shanghai/ http://thegoldendiamonds.com/mandarin-oriental-shanghai/#comments Fri, 24 Apr 2015 10:51:00 +0000 http://thegoldendiamonds.com/?p=10200 mandarin oriental-76 Shanghai, ah Shanghai, you are a pearl of the Chinese Coastline. In the heart of modern architecture and skyscrapers, you hide the history and culture of one of China’s biggest cities. Even though my trip to Shanghai, travel diaries unlike fashion, can never really go outdated. For the few days I spent there...

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Shanghai, ah Shanghai, you are a pearl of the Chinese Coastline. In the heart of modern architecture and skyscrapers, you hide the history and culture of one of China’s biggest cities. Even though my trip to Shanghai, travel diaries unlike fashion, can never really go outdated. For the few days I spent there, the city couldn’t have been more perfect, as I was already starting to consider living there for a while longer… For someone working in fashion, Shanghai is the heart of the Chinese industry, filled with creative and talented people, from designers to PRs and beauty gurus. It was very easy to make friends, and knowing just one person I ended up at cool art exhibitions and local cocktail bars eating the best focaccia in town. Ah sweet memories! But what made my trip even more pleasant was the perfect location. Thanks to Mandarin Oriental the Huangpu River and the Pearl Tower were my “good morning” and “good night” views.

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Photos: Daniel Dykes

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Mid-week Confessions: Waking up a year older http://thegoldendiamonds.com/doina-ciobanu-white-transparent-dress/ http://thegoldendiamonds.com/doina-ciobanu-white-transparent-dress/#comments Wed, 22 Apr 2015 08:56:37 +0000 http://thegoldendiamonds.com/?p=10155 doina ciobanu white window-6 The title is not really accurate, technically speaking today I woke up a year and 2 days older, but that wouldn’t look too good in the title, and the 2 days don’t exactly make a difference… Or maybe they do? My feelings are mixed, unexplained and insecure...

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The title is not really accurate, technically speaking today I woke up a year and 2 days older, but that wouldn’t look too good in the title, and the 2 days don’t exactly make a difference… Or maybe they do? My feelings are mixed, unexplained and insecure. I turned 21 on Monday, but the memory of how fast it went scares me, and while many laugh at my reaction, reassuring me that 21 is just the beginning of life, I keep feeling mixed and insecure. I am not a narcissist self-obsessed person, I do not fear ageing as much as I fear the pleasure of life and those special moments escaping from me. They said it’s only the beginning when I turned 18, then when I turned 20, then when I turned 21… Yet years have passed so fast and here I am confused and scared of the future, and my fears are seldom explained, for most often they are the fear of a change, rather than what that change brings with it. But then again, I’ve always been the weird sensitive one, so perhaps this whole meditation on the purpose of life and my place in the universe is a little unnecessary, so let’s pretend I just turned 21 and can legally consume alcohol in the US. Yay yay!

 

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Photos: Daniel Dykes
Location: 10 Karakoy

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TRAVEL VLOG. Skiing in Austria http://thegoldendiamonds.com/travel-vlog-ski-trip-austria/ http://thegoldendiamonds.com/travel-vlog-ski-trip-austria/#comments Sat, 18 Apr 2015 23:44:08 +0000 http://thegoldendiamonds.com/?p=10147 doina vlog austria cover blog play Happy Sunday, my beautiful readers! Hope you had a good night sleep (I most probably won’t since it’s 1 am and I’m still working, gonna have druggy red eyes again) and woke up to my new regime, which I TRULY and VERY TRULY want to become a tradition for as long as I can keep it...

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Happy Sunday, my beautiful readers! Hope you had a good night sleep (I most probably won’t since it’s 1 am and I’m still working, gonna have druggy red eyes again) and woke up to my new regime, which I TRULY and VERY TRULY want to become a tradition for as long as I can keep it, Video Sunday! First of all let’s all applause to me (kidding, don’t actually expect you to… but wouldn’t mind if you do!) this is my second week keeping up with my promise to you. Might sound silly but I am so not used to videos, I guess after a while it gets easier… or maybe not since I put so much effort into editing. #screwperfection

Sharing with you our ski trip with Daniel to Austria, in my longest (beating the records) video. Let me know what you think, I really hope you like it and if you do, please don’t forget to subscribe in order to see any new videos I’ll be posting.

Love,
D xx

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A PEACEFUL MOMENT http://thegoldendiamonds.com/blue-mulberry-dress-ss15/ http://thegoldendiamonds.com/blue-mulberry-dress-ss15/#comments Thu, 16 Apr 2015 21:42:30 +0000 http://thegoldendiamonds.com/?p=10109 doina ciobanu mulberry istanbul There is no need to reintroduce my deep love for rooftops. If there are two things I always look forward to when traveling, it is a very local rooftop or an isolated long beach, both inaccessible for tourists. Both, in different ways, make me feel free and peaceful...

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Mulberry dress (similar HERE) / Forever 21 boots / Laura Maxim backpack 

There is no need to reintroduce my deep love for rooftops. If there are two things I always look forward to when traveling, it is a very local rooftop or an isolated long beach, both inaccessible for tourists. Both, in different ways, make me feel free and peaceful. The rooftop overlooks the city, all the busy people running on the streets, working in their offices, meeting, kissing, falling in love, talking on their phones, saying Goodbye for the last time… The beach overlooks the sea, the ocean, so quiet and enormous compared to the size of one human being; with its own life, a big part of it still unknown to us; so quiet and loud, so peaceful and angry, the sea can be many things, the beginning of life or end of it. Looking at the sea is like looking at the sky at night, it seems so close, but is so infinite and full of mystery and beauty, foreign to us beauty.

And what place do you like the most? Where can you spend hours on your own without getting bored, what makes you feel peaceful?

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A short moment of Paris http://thegoldendiamonds.com/lace-dress-red-lips/ http://thegoldendiamonds.com/lace-dress-red-lips/#comments Tue, 14 Apr 2015 08:56:06 +0000 http://thegoldendiamonds.com/?p=10089 doina ciobanu lace dress-2  M.Marquise lace dress / Jaeger coat / Guess boots / Saint Laurent bag / Lack of Colour hat
My dear readers, I can’t express the happiness and joy that I’m experiencing waking up to warmth and sun every morning. Spring changes me, brings out the best in me...

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 M.Marquise lace dress / Jaeger coat / Guess boots / Saint Laurent bag / Lack of Colour hat

My dear readers, I can’t express the happiness and joy that I’m experiencing waking up to warmth and sun every morning. Spring changes me, brings out the best in me, makes me such a positive and full of life person. These photos might not reflect exactly the warmest of the days we’ve been having in London, but the outfit is what I call the “spring elegance”. The beautiful lace details on this M.Marquise dress are a feminine touch that I haven’t been feeling like using in a very long time, but paired with a long white coat and hat makes it a very wearable outfit, for a morning coffee at Cafe de Flore or afternoon walk to the local florist in Saint-Germain… Ah, sorry, it’s almost my birthday and that’s when I get carried away with dreams of Paris.


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TOP 5 Beauty Products http://thegoldendiamonds.com/top-5-beauty-products/ http://thegoldendiamonds.com/top-5-beauty-products/#comments Sun, 12 Apr 2015 11:57:23 +0000 http://thegoldendiamonds.com/?p=10085 Doina of The Golden Diamonds recommends So many of you have been asking me to share my favourite beauty products, and finally I’ve decided to do it! Also because I absolutely love videos (you might have already noticed that if you follow me on Snapchat) and am trying to encourage myself to do more of them...

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So many of you have been asking me to share my favourite beauty products, and finally I’ve decided to do it! Also because I absolutely love videos (you might have already noticed that if you follow me on Snapchat) and am trying to encourage myself to do more of them.

Hope you enjoy the video and find the information useful.

P.S. Feedback and ideas are welcome xx

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Hidden Bow http://thegoldendiamonds.com/stockings-thigh-high-boots/ http://thegoldendiamonds.com/stockings-thigh-high-boots/#comments Thu, 09 Apr 2015 22:04:49 +0000 http://thegoldendiamonds.com/?p=10040 stockings collage3 Truth be told, I haven’t worn stockings in ages (both at home and out). I used to absolutely love them when I was in high school, especially the white ones paired with a midi skirt… But then I was also a desperate Gossip Girl fan back then and if Blair wore it...

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Heartloom faux fur / Stella McCartney blouse / A-W 2015-16 Bardot skirt (similar HERE) / Patrick Mavros bracelet / Celine bag / Reiss boots / Hunkemoller bow stockings (similar HERE)

Truth be told, I haven’t worn stockings in ages (both at home and out). I used to absolutely love them when I was in high school, especially the white ones paired with a midi skirt… But then I was also a desperate Gossip Girl fan back then and if Blair wore it, I wore it too. However, when I was in Amsterdam during my last trip I discovered this cute shop called Hunkemoller that I had never heard of before, which later turned out to be a massive thing in the Netherlands, including a few other countries throughout Europe (yep, sometimes I feel like travelling is leaving me behind). Being a lingerie junkie like I am, I left the store with a few shopping bags filled with lace lingerie and some really pretty stockings. But especially this pair. I think they’re perfect for wearing out, because they’re more like cute and girlish long socks than they are stockings. But you are the judge. What do you think, ladies?

Yours,
D xx

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INSIDE THE HAGIA SOPHIA http://thegoldendiamonds.com/inside-the-hagia-sophia/ http://thegoldendiamonds.com/inside-the-hagia-sophia/#comments Wed, 08 Apr 2015 09:15:55 +0000 http://thegoldendiamonds.com/?p=10050 hagia-sophia-web Hagia Sophia is one of the most unique places in the world, absolutely breath-taking and inspiring. I would like to tell you a little bit more about this place, since I have noticed both from my Instagram, and from what I have been telling other, that not many people know its story...

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Hagia Sophia is one of the most unique places in the world, absolutely breath-taking and inspiring. I would like to tell you a little bit more about this place, since I have noticed both from my Instagram, and from what I have been telling other, that not many people know its story, and some are left very confused by what exactly is this place that seems like a mosque with Christian symbols…

Hagia Sophia was built back in 537 as a Christian Orthodox church, when Istanbul was known as Constantinopole, the capital of the Byzantine Empire. The grande structure you see today was the concept of Justinian I, built in the place of a few previously small basilicas. Almost a thousand years later, when Constanstinopole becomes a part of the Ottoman Empire, Hagia Sophia is converted from church into mosque in 1453. However, once Ataturk becomes the first Turkish President, in 1935 it is transformed into a museum. Thanks to Ataturk, today the place welcomes and gathers all types of religions and people from everywhere around the world.

Ataturk’s wisdom and Hagia Sophia’s transformation into a Museum reminds me once again that despite our beliefs, gender, skin colour, sexual orientation, age, we are all the same, we are all humans, and we should all treat each other with respect, understanding and love.

 

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Barcelona. Where to eat http://thegoldendiamonds.com/local-food-guide-in-barcelona/ http://thegoldendiamonds.com/local-food-guide-in-barcelona/#comments Mon, 06 Apr 2015 00:57:47 +0000 http://thegoldendiamonds.com/?p=9989 barcelona guide cover menu del dia – menu of the day or set menu is a very common thing in Spain, especially around lunch time, with a set number of “primero platos” (first plate) “segundo platos” (main dish) and dessert. Very often they will also include wine, water and coffee in the set price...

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menu del dia – menu of the day or set menu is a very common thing in Spain, especially around lunch time, with a set number of “primero platos” (first plate) “segundo platos” (main dish) and dessert. Very often they will also include wine, water and coffee in the set price.

 

Those who have been following me for a long time know that Barcelona is one of my favourite places in the world. As I often say, it is the perfect city to live in for pleasure, enjoying your life at full capacity; with affordable living and food to offer, Barcelona has a unique vibe that is just so relaxing and inspiring… But I might also be bias in my preferences, for my heart is bound to the Catalan capital thanks to the part of my family lives there, and it is the place where I spent most of my childhood vacations.

 After countless trips there, I have finally decided it was time to collect some of my favourite places in town, some recommended by my local friends, some found by accident, but I never fail to fall in love with those places again and again, and that is exactly why I am sharing them with you here and today.

I am also going to be making a separate “Best sweets in Barcelona” (and where to find my favourite churros!) and “Best Tapas&Wine in Barcelona”, so make sure you keep that in mind for your next trip there!

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  •  Bar  LOBO

Carrer del Pintor Fortuny, 3, 08001 Barcelona, Spain

 

Don’t actually know why it’s called a bar because this place has awesome food! It’s perfect for a lunch at the terrace, between the comfy pillows, or dinner inside, lost in the modern interior with lamps made out of books.

 

Menu del Dia: €12
MUST TRY:  fried egg-plant with honey;  Chicken paillard with soya sauce and rocket salad

 

  • LUZIA

Carrer del Pintor Fortuny, 1, 08001 Barcelona, Spain

Even though it’s one minute off Las Ramblas, Luzia is a spot to remember. With a minimal interior with a touch of Latin folk, it is perfect both for breakfast and lunch. Spain isn’t really granola friendly, which has become my obsession since I moved to London. However, you’ll have no problem finding it at Luzia. It is also known for its delicious pizzas, which, I have to warn you, have a cracker like crust, so not suitable for the traditional soft dough lovers. Be prepared to wait at the bar though since it gets quite busy during the “Menu hours” (which is always a sign of quality!).

 

Menu del Dia: €14
MUST TRY:  Rigatoni with parmesan cream and truffles; any pizza! 

 

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  • Casa Delfin

Passeig del Born 36, 08003 Barcelona, Spain

 

If you’re looking  for a full tasty and affordable breakfast (yoghurt and granola aside), this is the place you need. During our last trip, Daniel and I went there a few times and very quickly it became our favourite breakfast spot. We both had sizeable plates of scrambled eggs/omelettes with Jamón ibérico (the traditional ham) and bread, a croissant and Ensaïmada (Mallorcan pastry), as well as 2 coffees and we only paid 10 euros! However, with so many Menu rates around the city, the lunch/dinner aren’t really worth it here.

 

Menu del Dia: No set menu offered
MUST TRY:  Scrambled eggs / Omelette with Iberian ham

 

 

  • Can Majo

Almirante Aixada, 23, 08003 La Barceloneta, Barcelona, Spain

Fancying an elegant experience on the beach? Can Majo has not only the view to offer, but also some of the best paella in town. It is a perfect place for romantic dinners or weekend lunch while walking around Barceloneta.

 

Menu del Dia: €40-€69
MUST TRY:  Rice or Fideua in Squid ink

 

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  • Vinya Nova

Masia Vinyanova, s/n. El Bruc (Barcelona)

Now you might be a bit like “WTF Doina? THIS IS NOT BARCELONA!”. BUT before you hate me, please read this. Vinya Nova is my absolute favourite restaurant in the Barcelona area. It is in an absolutely isolated area, surrounded by a vineyard, farm and the stunning Montserrat Mountain, owned and ran by a super lovely gentlemen who’ll be going around and serving about 1 000 people during lunch time hours on weekends. People from all around Catalunya drive to El Bruc to spend a Sunday lunch at Vinya Nova, and the restaurant’s constant visitors are famous football players, politicians, diplomatic delegations, singers, actors, and many others. So if you are in Barcelona for a few days, make sure to rent a car for a day and drive 40km to try the ultimate Catalan food experience made from the restaurant’s own organic food. Oh, but don’t forget to book in advance, at least two days before (if it’s a weekend you might want to ring them up even earlier).

 

Menu del Dia: Mon-Fri: €14 ; Weekend: €20 – €30
MUST TRY:  Their famous Calçotada… I would explain what they are, but it might only put you off, since that was my reaction at first. But i’ll ask you to believe me here and just try it!  And everything else. From the vegetarian burgers to the grilled meat, absolutely everything is so tasty you can’t stop eating.

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+Make sure you try the sweet Spanish Marmalade with goat cheese. 

++ My favourite wine region is La Rioja. You’ll see it in any grocery store, and even though the prices vary, you’ll get an excellent bottle for about €4-€6

 

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Istanbul Hair Diary http://thegoldendiamonds.com/brunette-hair-braid-inspiration/ http://thegoldendiamonds.com/brunette-hair-braid-inspiration/#comments Thu, 02 Apr 2015 23:58:09 +0000 http://thegoldendiamonds.com/?p=9994 hair braid inspiration Not my usual type of post, but I thought that might be exactly why it would be interesting for many of you. If you’re following me on Instagram you have most likely seen that I went loco with braids during my trip to Istanbul. There is something about that part of the world that really inspires me to experiment with fashion and beauty…...

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Not my usual type of post, but I thought that might be exactly why it would be interesting for many of you. If you’re following me on Instagram you have most likely seen that I went loco with braids during my trip to Istanbul. There is something about that part of the world that really inspires me to experiment with fashion and beauty… Or lets not say beauty but hair, that would actually be more accurate, since I was too lazy to put effort into makeup (after so much braiding my arm and hand muscles just gave up).

Getting hair clip extensions (mines are from Balmain Hair in DoubleHair length and volume XL, you can find them HERE) I just couldn’t resist the urge to change my image a little bit. I haven’t yet got to the photos from my trip, but I have been spamming my followers on Instagram with new braids pretty much every day. So if you’re curious and are looking for some festival (Coachella) inspiration, I’ve put together a few of my favourite photos. Apologies for the “side pose”, it’s kind of the only angle that gives a good look at the hair style.

Love,
D xx

P.S. My dear ladies, please do let me know if you want me to tell you more about the hair extensions and do some tutorials on braiding.

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Sunday at Tibidabo http://thegoldendiamonds.com/trainers-with-dress/ http://thegoldendiamonds.com/trainers-with-dress/#comments Mon, 30 Mar 2015 22:57:11 +0000 http://thegoldendiamonds.com/?p=9971 tibidabo pink leather-13 As much as I love Stan Smiths, there are two major issues that keep me from pushing them up into my favourites list: 1. the plastic toe puts too much pressure on my toe nail, which ends up cracking almost every time after a few days of wearing these shoes...

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JetSet Diaries dress / Topshop leather jacket / Adidas Stan Smith shoes / Reiss backpack

As much as I love Stan Smiths, there are two major issues that keep me from pushing them up into my favourites list: 1. the plastic toe puts too much pressure on my toe nail, which ends up cracking almost every time after a few days of wearing these shoes. 2. the rubbery sole that is impossible to wash.

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THE FREE SPIRIT http://thegoldendiamonds.com/festival-boho-black-outfit-bindi/ http://thegoldendiamonds.com/festival-boho-black-outfit-bindi/#comments Fri, 27 Mar 2015 07:51:57 +0000 http://thegoldendiamonds.com/?p=9935 coachella festival fringe style-6 With the festival season approaching, opened by the world famous Coachella on the West Coast, Forever 21 and I have paired up to bring out the free spirit in me. Growing up in Eastern Europe, you get used to dressing a certain way; a reason to that might be the conservative thinking of the majority of the population...

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Full Forever 21 outfitEyelash Lace maxi cardigan / Fringed crop top / Grommeted festival boots / Maxi skirt (see in store) / Suede hat (see in store) / Boho jewellery 

With the festival season approaching, opened by the world famous Coachella on the West Coast, Forever 21 and I have paired up to bring out the free spirit in me. Growing up in Eastern Europe, you get used to dressing a certain way; a reason to that might be the conservative thinking of the majority of the population, or maybe it’s because it is not socially acceptable to free your mind and be crazy. Whatever the reason is, I never really had the chance to fully explore my personality. That is where travelling became my best friend and saviour. Once I started travelling more, I realised that being in a new city every time gave me a certain courage to listen to my inner self and experiment more with fashion. Now I have got to a point where whenever I travel, I feel like channeling a new unknown to me side of my personality. The local art, music, food, people, streets, architecture, birds, flora… Every place I visit inspires me to be different, but stay true to myself at the same time. After all, the beauty of our generation is that we’re slowly learning to live peacefully with each other and treat each other as equals. Different cultures and time periods shouldn’t be a boundary, they should, on the contrary, be something that connects us and makes us want to explore each others individualities.

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Spring’s Whites http://thegoldendiamonds.com/spring-full-white-outfit/ http://thegoldendiamonds.com/spring-full-white-outfit/#comments Wed, 25 Mar 2015 07:49:55 +0000 http://thegoldendiamonds.com/?p=9932 spring full white outfit_-12 It has been very hard to keep up my blog lately. With an insane amount of trips suddenly appearing on the horizon, hours spent on packing and unpacking or endless meetings fitted in the few days I’m back to London, there just isn’t enough time to edit photos and then nicely put them in a post for you guys...

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Tod’s sweater (similar HERE) / Finders Keepers wide pants / Jimmy Choo Candy bag / Adidas Stan Smith sneakers / Maurice Lacroix watch

It has been very hard to keep up my blog lately. With an insane amount of trips suddenly appearing on the horizon, hours spent on packing and unpacking or endless meetings fitted in the few days I’m back to London, there just isn’t enough time to edit photos and then nicely put them in a post for you guys. Also I feel that the likes of Instagram and Snapchat have taken people’s minds off any websites, blogs and so on, which makes sense since those social channels are so much more interacting, giving readers a “live report” of what we’re doing. What do you guys feel? Do you feel like you prefer Instagram/Snapchat have made it uninteresting to then look at blogs? Would be interesting to find out your opinion : )

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Amsterdam Photo Diary http://thegoldendiamonds.com/explore-amsterdam/ http://thegoldendiamonds.com/explore-amsterdam/#comments Thu, 19 Mar 2015 23:34:55 +0000 http://thegoldendiamonds.com/?p=9898 Amsterdam explore 2 Amsterdam has proven to be worth being in my list of top most magical cities so many times. Old boats filled with memory slowly floating down the canals; curtains of sparkling lights reflecting in the water like thousands of stars; leaves slowly dancing in the air...

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Amsterdam has proven to be worth being in my list of top most magical cities so many times. Old boats filled with memory slowly floating down the canals; curtains of sparkling lights reflecting in the water like thousands of stars; leaves slowly dancing in the air, in hope to fall in a beautiful square… It is truly a surreal fairytale.

I was very tempted to write my tips for the city, but since I’m such an aesthetic perfectionist, I decided that it wouldn’t look good to have so much content in one post; and also, either the suggestions would take your attention from the beautiful pictures, or vice versa. So wait for me another post on Amsterdam in the next two weeks featuring some tips on where to eat, drink coffee, stay and walk.

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Barcelona Bound http://thegoldendiamonds.com/chanel-ladylike-style/ http://thegoldendiamonds.com/chanel-ladylike-style/#comments Sun, 15 Mar 2015 07:35:22 +0000 http://thegoldendiamonds.com/?p=9868 doina ciobanu classy-11 As stated earlier on my Snapchat, my inner self is a real coward when it comes to facing cold and miserable weather. Therefore, it won’t come to a surprise to you that from palms and sun, I went straight to… palms and sun! But on a slightly different continent...

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Second Female jacket / Reiss pleated skirt / Zara shoes / Reiss backpack  

As stated earlier on my Snapchat, my inner self is a real coward when it comes to facing cold and miserable weather. Therefore, it won’t come to a surprise to you that from palms and sun, I went straight to… palms and sun! But on a slightly different continent. And what better city in Europe to chase the sun in than Barcelona?

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Photos: Daniel Dykes

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