Sunday, 17 August 2014

Aberdeen // Old Aberdeen

A day in Old Aberdeen Scotland
wearing: faux leather jacket-c/o Lovely Wholesale, loafers-c/o Vessos, handbag-c/o Vessos, scarf-Love Moschino, jeans-Forever 21, top-Dorothy Perkins
Old Aberdeen door
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Grant's place Old Aberdeen
St Machar Pub Old Aberdeen
Old Aberdeen Scotland
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Moving in Scotland was a decision I took a couple of years ago and so far I have not experienced any regrets. Living in Edinburgh was fun; the city is incredibly scenic and people are very kind, so when I was asked to move in Aberdeen I knew that I would miss all this. By no means I am not going to compare these two cities, but after my stay in Aberdeen I have come to realise that each city is unique and has its own beauty and things to offer.
It's been a long time since my days in London, so I recently came up with the idea of replacing the London page on the top of this blog with an Aberdeen one. There are so many beautiful locations in this city, that myself didn't even have the time to explore yet! My plan is to share all my favourite places, restaurants and shops, so that you can see Aberdeen through my lens and what a better place to start than Old Aberdeen, the place I work and live.
Old Aberdeen is the area where the University is located, so as you understand it is quite busy during the weekdays. Lined with pretty granite houses that have alluring gardens, patios and terraces it is a lovely place to visit during the weekends and an oasis in the city. I am lucky enough to walk through the cobbled streets every morning to go to my office and to have lunch breaks in the beautiful Botanical Gardens weather permitting. Living and working in such a picturesque area makes my days joyful and life is easy as breathing (well most of the time!).

Hope you like this post and please let me know if you would like to see more of Aberdeen coming up on the blog.
Love,
Anastasia

*All pictures taken by the lovely Angelika

Tuesday, 12 August 2014

Lifestyle // Men's Skin Care

 men skin care routine
Unfortunately this is not one of my friends, but now that I got your attention...;)
Hey, did someone call me sneaky? 

While moving into the new flat last week, I came to realise how much stuff I own. The moving was smooth thanks to my organizing skills-I labelled boxes after each room and then filled them with items in accordance, made unpacking much easier.
My male friends who kindly helped me in the whole moving procedure, were surprised to see more than one boxes labelled as bathroom and questioned me "what more do you need in the bathroom than soap and shampoo" um, skin care products guys, you know these magic products that make you look younger and make your skin glow!
After moving all my stuff, we sat around the living room table for a cup of tea and I could not help myself from not dropping a couple of questions to find out about men's skin care routine and the products they use.
Words like Clarisonic, night balm and exfoliating toner resonated like an alien language to most of them, so I promised to enlighten them about the importance of skin care and also suggest them some products that I believe each man should have in his bathroom.
MEN'S SKIN CARE
Shave-rinse-get out of the door might have been the standard male routine for many years, but I've got news for you guys, skin care products are NOT only for women. Skin, regardless the gender, has needs; daily exposure to atmospheric pollution in combination with a stressful lifestyle make skin care a necessity!
So here's to you guys, my men's skin care top tips:

* In the morning, use a cleanser to help unblock the pores and eliminate skin surface debris. Most cleansers have instructions but the general rule is to apply a small amount and then gently massage your face before rinsing it carefully. I would strongly recommend the Clinique face wash, this product makes miracles!

* After that apply a moisturizer (preferably with SPF to protect you from the sun even during the winter days). Choose your moisturizer according to your skin type and be careful not to over do it!
My favourite moisturizer is the Tom Ford Intensive Infusion Daily Moisturizer, it helps restore the luminosity and creates sexy looking skin-exactly what every guy wants!
Along with your moisturizer it would be nice to apply an eye cream around your eyes area, but if you find this too much, I guess you can skip it.

After shaving use a product to calm your skin. I love the Hermes after shave balm, it smells SO good!
 

Once or twice per week use a Clarisonic, this is a magic device that removes impurities and cleans skin in depth, giving you a glowing result. It cleanses six times better than manual cleansing alone! In case you cannot afford one, a good exfoliator can do the job :)
 

Don't forget to use a night cream before you go to bed. I am sure your girlfriend will be happy to give you a couple more kisses for the effort :)

 happy guy

Hope this has helped you fellas and please let me know if you have any more tips! I didn't want to get as far as including serums and masks, I think these basic tips is a helpful guideline and a good starting point :)

What's your skin care routine?
Love,
Anastasia

*This feature was brought to you in collaboration with House of Fraser. Thank you for supporting the brands that help this blog grow everyday :)


Friday, 8 August 2014

Lifestyle // An afternoon with friends

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Rye and Soda Aberdeen
flowers
Vasileia
Aberdeen Belmont Street
 Aberdeen street style
 dolphins in Aberdeen
wine tasting
espresso Aberdeen
Oasap fly print dress
dress from here // last seen here

An afternoon spent with friends is invaluable! Working so hard makes me forget about the joys in life, like having a good glass of wine, meeting up with friends and enjoying the sunshine. This is exactly what I was missing lately, so when Vasileia asked me if I would like to go for a coffee (given that I hadn't seen her for ages) I jumped into it and said yes! Our beloved boy came along and we enjoyed each others company under the sunshine, in the most crowded street of Aberdeen.

Hope you are all having a great start to your weekend. I am off to a birthday party tonight so can't wait!

Love,
Anastasia

Wednesday, 6 August 2014

Personal Style // The Denim Playsuit

ootd blogger Aberdeen
wearing: denim playsuit and boho bag-c/o Oasap, loafers-Fat Face, bracelets-H&M, necklace-c/o Romwe
 tribal necklace
 denim playsuit - Copy
fashion bloggers Aberdeen
As you are reading this I am comfortably sitting on my sofa trying to recover from a wisdom tooth extraction that I had yesterday. I was expecting it to hurt loads, but I was lucky enough to have a great doctor that took really good care of me :) To my amazement, I had to take painkillers only once so far, that makes me think that either teeth extractions do not hurt that much or that I have a high pain tolerance. In any case, all that concerns me at the moment is to get well as soon as possible before my holidays.
This is an outfit I wore ages ago during a city stroll with my friend Stoyka. I was wearing my new denim playsuit and most comfortable shoes ever- a pair of Fat Face loafers I first saw at Heathrow airport but eventually bought from Aberdeen Union Square.
Hope you like my look and please eat some extra pizza for me tonight, while I starving myself with smoothies.

Love,
Anastasia

All photos taken with a Nikon D3100 camera 50mm lens 



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