The Golden Diamonds http://thegoldendiamonds.com by Doina Ciobanu Tue, 30 Jun 2015 03:07:33 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.1.5 The Kimono lost in Monte Carlo http://thegoldendiamonds.com/travel-outfit-monte-carlo/ http://thegoldendiamonds.com/travel-outfit-monte-carlo/#comments Tue, 30 Jun 2015 03:07:33 +0000 http://thegoldendiamonds.com/?p=10813 doina ciobanu temperley london suit-3 My travels are so fast and so frequent that I end up lost in my photos and ideas and thoughts. Here I am in Monaco and Nice two weeks ago and now I am on the other side of the world, drowning in the Balinese sun while the Indian Ocean waves are tickling my toes...

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Temperley London shorts and kimono suit / Oh My Love crop top / Mango gladiator sandals / Saint Lauren bag / Nialaya jewellery (rose bracelet, diamond braceletRoman cuff)

My travels are so fast and so frequent that I end up lost in my photos and ideas and thoughts. Here I am in Monaco and Nice two weeks ago and now I am on the other side of the world, drowning in the Balinese sun while the Indian Ocean waves are tickling my toes.

When your travelling schedule is as crazy as mine, you want to have something that reminds you of yourself, your roots, your personality, otherwise you can get lost in the new overwhelming incredible amount of visual and auditive information. Well, Alice Temperley knows exactly how to make you enhance your style while travelling without losing yourself and that is why I adore her so much. To me she’s the perfect travelling companion, adding various prints inspired by different cultures to the chicest outfits.

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Photos: Daniel Dykes

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My trip to Istanbul http://thegoldendiamonds.com/exploring-istanbul/ http://thegoldendiamonds.com/exploring-istanbul/#comments Thu, 25 Jun 2015 19:00:52 +0000 http://thegoldendiamonds.com/?p=10500 istanbul diary-78 Istanbul is one of the most magical cities I have ever been to. It is really absolutely unique in so many ways, and its geographical position on two continents is really reflected in its culture and lifestyle. It’s not like Paris, Rome or Madrid, it is really shifted away from the European style as we know it;...

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Istanbul is one of the most magical cities I have ever been to. It is really absolutely unique in so many ways, and its geographical position on two continents is really reflected in its culture and lifestyle. It’s not like Paris, Rome or Madrid, it is really shifted away from the European style as we know it; but it’s not like Cairo or Tehran; Istanbul is a mix of the best of everything.

It’s not a city for those who look for fancy walks in high heels or champagne on the pier, not at all. It will be noisy, people will constantly come up to you trying to sell something, you’ll step in a puddle while turning around to see what they wanted; you’ll smell rotten fish, you’ll walk through little alleyways and stones will be hanging off old houses, so close to falling. You’ll get lost in translation, you’ll get lost in the echo of each call to prayer, you’ll get  in your thoughts trying to imagine what the old grand city of Constantinople looked like, and that will be the most beautiful type of confusion and wonder. You will love every noise you hear on the streets because each sound will start making sense to you like a separate instrument in a magnificent orchestra.

Today I am only sharing  a photo diary of my trip to Istanbul, just so that you can experience that magic with me, but I’m working hard on a guide of the most interesting things to do there, which will be coming to the blog soon.

Happy [imaginary] travelling! (P.S. I am on my way to Bali now, so make sure to follow my Instagram and Snapchat: doina.ciobanu,  for daily updates)

 

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Exploring Barcelona. March 2015 http://thegoldendiamonds.com/exploring-barcelona-march-2015/ http://thegoldendiamonds.com/exploring-barcelona-march-2015/#comments Tue, 23 Jun 2015 03:30:15 +0000 http://thegoldendiamonds.com/?p=10692 barcelona guide-12 To many of you it’s no surprise that I find myself in Barcelona again. I don’t think a year has gone by without me visiting it for quite a while now. It is very much what I call a soul city, something I feel I’d be able to very easily call home one day...

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To many of you it’s no surprise that I find myself in Barcelona again. I don’t think a year has gone by without me visiting it for quite a while now. It is very much what I call a soul city, something I feel I’d be able to very easily call home one day.

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After a few days of strolling the city while Daniel was all in meetings, the weekend is here and we get to visit some of my already favourite and soon to become favourite places.

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Oh yes and I have changed my iPhone cover since then, so no judging please, that’s what happens to the leather ones Apple sell in stores after only 2 months.

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So our first stop is the place I had been wanting to go to ever since I came to Barcelona for the first time when I was 8 (wow, that’s quite a long soul relationship I have with this city, isn’t it?). Tibidabo is literally on the top of Barca, opening a stunning view of the Catalan capital.

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And I couldn’t miss the chance to be stared while using my selfie stick from all the possible angles. But hey, it does take really good scenery photos

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A little bit of food and wine is always a good idea in a city as affordable as Barcelona.

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Coming back into the city we chose to go half the way by bus and the rest walking. That was, most certainly, one of the best decisions we took on that trip since the sunset was absolutely incredible.

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On Sunday we met up with my uncle and auntie who live about 30mins drive from Barcelona, in the Montserrat area. And that is where we spent our whole day, followed by an amazing lunch at Vinya Nova, which I’ve written all about in my “Barcelona Local Food Guide”.

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I have visited many places in Espana, but Montserrat remains one of my absolute favourite. I still can’t get over how people were building such incredible places on the top of the mountains, with no modern technology.

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Our last day we tried to enjoy as much as possible, and I mean AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE. In Doina language that is, have a full Menu del Dia at Luzia, then head to the cute dessert shop where everything is made by nuns to enjoy some sweets, then find THAT best Churros place your friends have told you so much about. I mean, just about 3kg of food + wine + coffee, but it’s our last day, right?

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And of course, a perfect day can’t end anywhere other than the beach. Why? Well because growing up in a country with no access to the sea, it’s become something extremely special and precious to me.

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The End.
(PS. my next travel post will be about my fascinating trip to Istanbul, so make sure to look out for that)

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When a bikini is not an option http://thegoldendiamonds.com/white-gladiator-sandals/ http://thegoldendiamonds.com/white-gladiator-sandals/#comments Sat, 20 Jun 2015 23:34:30 +0000 http://thegoldendiamonds.com/?p=10662 doina ciobanu white gladiator sandals-25 Well, what can i say, nothing can beat crop tops in summer… except maybe bikinis. Yes, bikinis are definitely an even comfier and refreshing way to spend your summer. Alas, that’s not exactly the an “on the go” outfit unless you live in the French Polynesia (now MEGA jealousy for those Instagrammers who do) ...

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Jetset Diaries crop top / Escada vintage skirtPublic Desire shoes / Jimmy Choo bag / Nialaya jewellery 

Well, what can i say, nothing can beat crop tops in summer… except maybe bikinis. Yes, bikinis are definitely an even comfier and refreshing way to spend your summer. Alas, that’s not exactly the an “on the go” outfit unless you live in the French Polynesia (now MEGA jealousy for those Instagrammers who do) . But if you’re an occasional city girl like myself, crop tops are the right decision. After all, what do we get that good tan for?

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Burning sunsets http://thegoldendiamonds.com/red-evening-dress-with-cut-outs/ http://thegoldendiamonds.com/red-evening-dress-with-cut-outs/#comments Thu, 18 Jun 2015 03:30:00 +0000 http://thegoldendiamonds.com/?p=10646 doina ciobanu red dress-5 Supertrash blazer / Jessica Choay dress / River Island sandals / Nialaya jewellery / Saint Lauren bag
After a day of constant heat, once the breeze starts playing with your hair and the sun sets the clouds on fire through the horizon, it’s time to put on your dance shoes...

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Supertrash blazer / Jessica Choay dress / River Island sandals / Nialaya jewellery / Saint Lauren bag

After a day of constant heat, once the breeze starts playing with your hair and the sun sets the clouds on fire through the horizon, it’s time to put on your dance shoes, fancy dress and Parisienne attitude. There is no time for humility or minimalism, we left all of those in London, now we’re here playing a game, the ultimate game of glamour and elegance. With music in the background, wine bottles half empty and stars dancing in the sky.

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Folli Follie Part 2 + Competition http://thegoldendiamonds.com/folli-follie-competition/ http://thegoldendiamonds.com/folli-follie-competition/#comments Tue, 16 Jun 2015 04:00:30 +0000 http://thegoldendiamonds.com/?p=10640 FF_SS15_Diona_Ciobanu_3_1711 The new week comes with new excitements. Remember a few weeks ago I shared with you the first part of my Folli Follie SS15 campaign? You guys seemed to have really liked it and that is why today I’m getting back to you with another look I styled for it...

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Reflections bag / Carma short necklace, long necklace and bracelet / Donatella watch 

The new week comes with new excitements. Remember a few weeks ago I shared with you the first part of my Folli Follie SS15 campaign? You guys seemed to have really liked it and that is why today I’m getting back to you with another look I styled for it, as well as an exciting competition! 

First of all, this last look is quite different from the other two that you’ve seen, which are more elegant and girlish. Since it was the last shoot we did for the day, and the sun was almost gone, I decided in the evening I wanted to be edgier, darker, hence all the black accessories. As my daddy’s daughter, my main accessory for the night is the Donatella Watch, but I had to somehow smoothen down its masculinity, so I also chose some delicate jewellery to go with it, like the Carma necklaces and bracelet. I would usually skip the bag part in the evening, or go for a clutch, but considering the look is a feminine tomboyish interpretation, the Reflections shoulder bag in… black again! was a comfortable and stylish addition. 

Now, the really exciting part. You can WIN my look and become my soul feminine tomboy simply by entering the competition HERE.

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Postcards from… http://thegoldendiamonds.com/saint-tropez-diary/ http://thegoldendiamonds.com/saint-tropez-diary/#comments Fri, 12 Jun 2015 09:19:43 +0000 http://thegoldendiamonds.com/?p=10470 cover ri 2 Full River Island look: shirt dress / pink mini bag / cat eye sunglasses / feather earrings / white platform sandals / floppy hat / flower temporary tattoo 
Saint Tropez at the beginning of the summer season is like nothing else. The light breeze, the yet to be filled quite streets...

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Full River Island look: shirt dress / pink mini bag / cat eye sunglasses / feather earringswhite platform sandalsfloppy hat / flower temporary tattoo 

Saint Tropez at the beginning of the summer season is like nothing else. The light breeze, the yet to be filled quite streets, the old woman in the corner gelateria calling you for a fresh sorbet,the random jazz you hear while walking the old streets… There is something for every single piece of your soul in Saint Tropez, which is why I love it so much and am sharing with you the second part of my Saint Tropez diaries with River Island. For those who have a free minute, make sure to head to my Postcards From page in order to see more pictures from my trip, awesomely layered by the River Island team (see HERE).

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Postcards from… http://thegoldendiamonds.com/ripped-denim-shorts/ http://thegoldendiamonds.com/ripped-denim-shorts/#comments Tue, 09 Jun 2015 08:31:06 +0000 http://thegoldendiamonds.com/?p=10441 interface cover Full River Island look: ripped denim shorts /Bardot crop top / lace up trainers / flower temporary tattoo and gold arrow temporary tattoo /  eye choker necklace / beach bag / 70s brown belt / body chain /  
Everyone knows how much I love sharing my travel experiences and especially channeling the vibes of the area I’m travelling to through my style...

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Full River Island look: ripped denim shorts /Bardot crop top / lace up trainers / flower temporary tattoo and gold arrow temporary tattoo /  eye choker necklace / beach bag / 70s brown belt / body chain /  

Everyone knows how much I love sharing my travel experiences and especially channeling the vibes of the area I’m travelling to through my style. So when River Island asked me to take part in the “Postcards From…”  from project, I didn’t hesitate for a second and started sketching ideas. However, as experience tells me, when you travel nothing works out or goes the way you want it to, but the improvising and spontaneous decisions you make in those circumstances are exactly what makes travelling so fun!

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Chic Travel Basics http://thegoldendiamonds.com/chic-travel-basics/ http://thegoldendiamonds.com/chic-travel-basics/#comments Sat, 06 Jun 2015 08:50:51 +0000 http://thegoldendiamonds.com/?p=10417 IMG_3483 After my “Summer Basics” post that you guys really liked, I thought it would be a good idea to do a “travelling basic” since it’s such a big part of my life and I know for sure a lot of people might actually find it useful. It might be something you’ve already thought of...

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Matthew Williamson slip dress / Giuseppe Zanotti shoes / Saint Lauren bag / Niyalana bracelet

After my “Summer Basics” post that you guys really liked, I thought it would be a good idea to do a “travelling basic” since it’s such a big part of my life and I know for sure a lot of people might actually find it useful. It might be something you’ve already thought of, or something you’ll say “emmm, this is too obvious”, but it’s definitely a piece of advice I want to give. I’ve always been a fan of slip dresses, but it was only recently when I met with the Matthew Williamson team that I realized they might be the easiest thing to pack and carry with you around the world. Well first of all the material is the type that doesn’t really need ironing if you pack it well (don’t fold it, but roll it), which is soooo important for me since some hotels don’t have irons, or if they do, it’s not a proper steaming one, so the process takes forever. Secondly, the simple but chic silhouette allows the dress to be worn both on its own or with a jacket, blazer, oversized shirt with a knot and many other ways.

Yes, so I guess you’ve already realized how in love I am with this little slip dress.

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Statement Gladiators http://thegoldendiamonds.com/gladiator-heel-sandals/ http://thegoldendiamonds.com/gladiator-heel-sandals/#comments Wed, 03 Jun 2015 07:45:32 +0000 http://thegoldendiamonds.com/?p=10406 gladiator sandals shorts collage Gladiator sandals have always been my big crush, so as soon the internet started being spammed with the heeled version of those, I knew straightaway I would invest in a statement pair eventually. Luckily, Supertrash saved me from irrational gaps in my bank account with the perfect summer gift...

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FindersKeeper bustier / Stradivarius denim shorts / Supertrash gladiator sandals / Jimmy Choo Candy bag

Gladiator sandals have always been my big crush, so as soon the internet started being spammed with the heeled version of those, I knew straightaway I would invest in a statement pair eventually. Luckily, Supertrash saved me from irrational gaps in my bank account with the perfect summer gift. Unfortunately at this moment I’m trying to open the Supertrash website in order to link you to the shoes, but it seems to be down, so I promise to keep trying and for now leave you with something very similar.

Have a good week everyone,
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Summer Basics http://thegoldendiamonds.com/summer-basics/ http://thegoldendiamonds.com/summer-basics/#comments Thu, 28 May 2015 06:12:40 +0000 http://thegoldendiamonds.com/?p=10352 sexy red dress_-12 As soon as the warm season hits, I’m always at the airport, heading somewhere new. That is not to say that I get to rest any other time during the year, but summer is usually the time when I pack two suitcases and leave for a few good weeks that turn into a month or more...

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Oh My Love dress / Stella McCartney bag / Zara sandals (similar HERE

As soon as the warm season hits, I’m always at the airport, heading somewhere new. That is not to say that I get to rest any other time during the year, but summer is usually the time when I pack two suitcases and leave for a few good weeks that turn into a month or more.

When that happens, light clothes are my priority and the fact that it’s summer makes it quite easy to manage putting together a “travelling wardrobe”. This midi raspberry dress is one of those pieces that weigh nothing but make quite a statement.

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The Game Has Changed http://thegoldendiamonds.com/doina-ciobanu-modelling-los-angeles/ http://thegoldendiamonds.com/doina-ciobanu-modelling-los-angeles/#comments Mon, 25 May 2015 05:20:46 +0000 http://thegoldendiamonds.com/?p=10340 IMG_9087_v4 One trip to Los Angeles changed my life; what can’t even start imagining what happens when I go the second time, the third, and so on… It is one of those cities where things just somehow happen without any expectations. It changes both your life and the way you see things...

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One trip to Los Angeles changed my life; what can’t even start imagining what happens when I go the second time, the third, and so on… It is one of those cities where things just somehow happen without any expectations. It changes both your life and the way you see things, makes you believe in dreams, in yourself; you become a lot more relaxed about everything and open to so many experiences.

That is why I think my first modelling editorial was meant to be exactly in Los Angeles. With Tom Fraud’s encouragement and the team’s help, we managed to capture some beautiful pictures at one of my favourite places in town, Mondrian Los Angeles.  So thanks a lot to LA, the team, Fashionising and my agency for making everything real.

You can see the full editorial HERE.

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Photography: TOM FRAUD
Post production: Mrs FRAUD
Hair and Makeup: Cheryl Calo
1st Assistant: Ben Rice

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Mermaids in the Sun http://thegoldendiamonds.com/julien-macdonald-sequin-dress/ http://thegoldendiamonds.com/julien-macdonald-sequin-dress/#comments Wed, 20 May 2015 06:15:55 +0000 http://thegoldendiamonds.com/?p=10325 julien-macdonald-outfit-london-cover Wearing a Julien MacDonald SS15 dress and Crisian London shoes
There isn’t much to talk about here, Julien MacDonald is a magician and he has mastered the “love magic” and its tricks very well, for I can not explain my desperate obsession with his every single design otherwise...

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Wearing a Julien MacDonald SS15 dress and Crisian London shoes

There isn’t much to talk about here, Julien MacDonald is a magician and he has mastered the “love magic” and its tricks very well, for I can not explain my desperate obsession with his every single design otherwise.

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Flowers and Tea in Oxford http://thegoldendiamonds.com/a-trip-to-oxford/ http://thegoldendiamonds.com/a-trip-to-oxford/#comments Sun, 17 May 2015 23:25:06 +0000 http://thegoldendiamonds.com/?p=10310 dayinoxford-3 It turns out a few hours in Oxford are a perfect retreat to clear your mind from the busy London. Only 1h away, it really does differ from the lifestyle of the capital so much and takes you back to memories of childhood, Harry Potter, dreams and magic...

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Supertrash leather vest / Oh My Love dress / Marni Trunk bag / Gianvito Rossi boots (similar HERE

It turns out a few hours in Oxford are a perfect retreat to clear your mind from the busy London. Only 1h away, it really does differ from the lifestyle of the capital so much and takes you back to memories of childhood, Harry Potter, dreams and magic. From hidden Taiwanese bubble tea shop to local markets filled with beautiful fresh flowers, it has pretty much everything you need to just wander around, without purpose, just spending time in the company of old beautiful England.

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FOLLI FOLLIE SS15 CAMPAIGN http://thegoldendiamonds.com/folli-follie-ss15-doina-ciobanu/ http://thegoldendiamonds.com/folli-follie-ss15-doina-ciobanu/#comments Fri, 15 May 2015 09:20:25 +0000 http://thegoldendiamonds.com/?p=10300 goldendiamonds-folli-follie-ss15-campaign2 Can’t express how excited I am about sharing a part of the UK Folli Follie Spring Summer campaign that I modelled for quite a while ago.
One of the wonderful things about being a blogger is that even in the role of a model, most of the time you still get to be a part of the “raw”...

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Can’t express how excited I am about sharing a part of the UK Folli Follie Spring Summer campaign that I modelled for quite a while ago.

One of the wonderful things about being a blogger is that even in the role of a model, most of the time you still get to be a part of the “raw” process as I call it, which is styling, creativity, logistics, etc. which is why I enjoy doing it so much. 

My Folli Follie SS15 campaign is very much like that. In terms of styling, I was free to choose any outfit to transcend my style as a London girl, which varies a lot of times. From elegant to boho, from grungy to sensual, as you’ve already seen my sense of fashion is very… Broad haha, and it changes all the times depending on the location, music I’m listening to, weather or people I’m with.

Today I’m only sharing with you 2 looks, however, you’ll be able to see the full campaign live in the Folli Follie stores! I’ll be sharing my 3rd look on the blog soon too with a special surprise for you so keep a look out!

The first look is pretty much my “meetings day” outfit.(if I had a car at my disposal every time I had meetings, so maybe on a normal basis -the heels). Paired with a bright bag that makes the outfit pop and some accessories for the modern woman like a watch, necklace and obviously, a pair of statement sunglasses. 

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Reflections bag / Timeless Chain necklaceAce watch / Aviator sunglasses / Timeless Chain bracelet

The second outfit for the campaign was inspired by the festival season. A lace boho dress with an open neck and a thin necklace, colourful bag and statement bracelets… oh and also don’t forget the bindi! Definitely something I’ll be wearing a lot this summer.

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Reflections Chain bagCarma bracelet / Heart4Heart Win necklaceFollie di Fiori braceletCarma bangle 

See you soon,
D xx

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