Happy 28th! From #FOMO to #YOLO

For a number of years I lived for the fear of missing out (a.k.a. FOMO). As Nicki Minaj very well said it, I came to win, to conquer, to strive. I felt like I was in a race against time and I must—but must—do everything and anything. I had plans—tons of plans. I didn’t live for today—I lived for tomorrow and the day after and the month after. The verbs that defined me were to want and to plan. I wanted friends, I wanted family, I wanted the best education, I wanted to travel the world, I wanted fancy clothes, basically I wanted it all. I was in a permanent competition with myself and I always aimed for the first prize. I kept pushing and pushing myself out of my comfort zone. I moved from Brasov to Bucharest for university and then, when I was relatively at peace and happy, I packed my suitcase and went to a deserted home-made island in Amsterdam just because I wanted to check that off my to do list.

I do not regret any of my decisions, but I realize that, back then, I never questioned if those things would make me happy. I just knew I wanted them and that was enough.

It all changed in the summer of 2012. I was living abroad for about two years and I came to Bucharest for a month of vacation. I had some sort of a plan of what to do in the fall, but I wasn’t fully convinced. And then, last minute, it hit me. You only live once (a.k.a. YOLO)!!! For the first time I asked myself Sorin, do you really want to move to Brussels—a city you hateand get a traineeship at the European Commission in the Tax Department??? Well, guess what? I didn’t! So I decided to stay in Bucharest, rented a flat, and transitioned from FOMO to YOLO.

This past year was one of the best of my life. I honestly feel like I am living the life I want to be living. I wouldn’t trade it for anything. I found inner peace and stability, I shook off some demons and stopped dragging some horses around, I am surrounded by fabulous people that love me and are always there for me, my family is healthy and doing good, I have a dream job that fulfills me professionally, I’ve started going to the gym and began eating healthy, and, last but not least, I have launched #WeAreFabulous, a project very dear to my heart that is shaping up nicely. Of course not everything is rainbows and butterflies, but I feel blessed. I wake up every day loving my life and that’s huge.

Once I YOLO-ed everything came into place. While I still want things—that’s fundamentally what makes me grow—I don’t plan so much. I became more relaxed and I learnt to be patient. Everything happens for a reason and you just need to give it time. 27 was definitely the golden age, but I plan on rocking my 28. The fabulousness will continue! ;-)

THANK YOU so much Fabulous People for the best wishes and nice words—they made my day! Remember, #YOLO and #WeAreFabulous!

BDay Girl: 15 Most Iconic Madonna Looks

We all love Madonna, don’t we? If not, at least we love to hate her, right?

I belong to the first group. I love Madonna not just for the music and films, but also for being the smart woman that she is. Of course, those who love to hate her will be quick to argue that “it’s not her, it’s the army she has around her.” Hold your horses—of course it’s the army, but you need great brains to be able to surround yourself with such powerful, creative minds. From the very beginning Madonna had a vision. She knew what she wanted and she went for it. She dreamt big and, compared to many, she found a way to make it happen. She is unapologetic, she’s tough, she’s outspoken, but bitch, she’s the world’s biggest pop superstar.

In addition to being the Queen of Pop, an acclaimed film-maker, and a Golden Globe winning actress, Madonna is also one of the biggest fashion icons ever. From the 80s It Girl, to the First Lady or the Disco Diva, this woman has done it all. She used fashion like no other. She created an identity to match her music, putting thus forth an unbeatable proposition that won her the world. She reinvented herself over and over again, and, for almost 30 years, she’s at the top of her game.

To celebrate her 56th anniversary I put together a countdown of the 15 most iconic Madonna looks. Which is your favourite? #WeAreFabulous

1. 80s It Girl

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2. Like a Virgin

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3. Female James Dean

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4. Jean Paul Gaultier Muse

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5. Power Suit

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6. First Lady

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7. Geisha

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8. Dark Lady

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9. American Girl

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10. Cowgirl

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11. English Rose

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 12. French Chic Warrior

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13. Disco Queen

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 14. Sexy Mother F**cker

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15. The Ultimate P.I.M.P.

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August is #AllAbout Sportswear – Part 4

As you already know, August is all about sportswear on the #WeAreFabulous blog. Today I want to share with you the fourth and final suggested look starring one of my favourite #musthaves of 2014, the mesh top. I’ve opted to mix the Topman top with a pair of ripped jeans and the floral sneakers I bought from the Converse outlet store in Cincinnati. The only accessory I wear are the Aviator sunglasses from H&M.

What’s your favourite sportswear look? Check out the four suggestions and cast your vote in the comments section below.

  1. trademark Adidas jacket & the #musthave Nike Air Max sneakers
  2. running shorts
  3. big-sports-logo tank top
  4. mesh top & the ultra fabulous floral Converse All Star low-tops

Let’s get sporty, Fabulous People! Remember, #WeAreFabulous!

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I AM WEARING: Ripped Jeans – Pull&Bear; Mesh T-Shirt – Topman; Low-Top Sneakers – Converse All Star; Sunglasses – H&M

Photos: © Andra Mirea

August is #AllAbout Sportswear – Part 3

If it’s August, it’s all about sportswear on the #WeAreFabulous blog! The third suggested look stars one of my favourite items, the big-sports-logo tank top. I found this randomly in my last trip to the US and I never quite knew how and if I am going to wear it. I just knew I love it. But here it is, the double-layered Nike top combined with a pair of denim shorts, the camel boots from Zara, and the aviator sunglasses from Tommy Hilfiger.

Tip: If you see something that you love deeply—something that is not overly expensive—buy it! In time, you will surely find the right occasion to wear it and be fabulous ;-).

We have one look left, so check back the blog tomorrow to see how I styled the mesh top & the ultra fabulous floral Converse All Star low-tops.

Let’s get sporty, Fabulous People! Remember, #WeAreFabulous!

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I AM WEARING:  Denim Shorts – Bershka; Boots – Zara; Top – Nike; Wristwatch – Fossil; Aviator Sunglasses – Tommy Hilfiger

Photos: © Andra Mirea

August is #AllAbout Sportswear – Part 2

I’ve been threatening you that August is all about sportswear on the #WeAreFabulous blog, so here it is, the second suggested look starring the electric blue Adidas running shorts.

I guess I’ve realized an eclectic mix, opting to match the shorts with a daring animal print polo T-shirt, a black sport jacket, and my all-time love, the classic red Converse low-tops.

We have two more looks to go, so check back the blog tomorrow to see how I styled the big-sports-logo tank top.

Let’s get sporty, Fabulous People! Remember, #WeAreFabulous!

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I AM WEARING: Shorts – Adidas; Polo T-Shirt – Topman; Low-Top Sneakers – Converse All Star; Sunglasses – H&M; Jacket – Zara

Photos: © Andra Mirea