Wednesday, August 27, 2014

August shopping!



During the summer, this town is full of street vendors selling the most diverse stuff. I had some chance to do a little shopping, and here’s what I bought (plus quite some icecreams…):


This skirt was 5€ and I bought it as a replacement for a skirt that got holes in it. I needed something fresh and casual for the weekends, and here it is. I actually have always loved this kind of skirt, I used to own several when I was in high school. Unfortunately they are not very practical to wear at work, so right now I only have two, and I am even debating if I should leave this one here at the beach house.


This beautiful necklace was 20€. It really adds interest to a simple outfit, and I think I’ll be using it a lot.

  found the next two items at OVS. The shirt (25€) is sheer (gotta wear a tank top underneath) but I like its softness. I don't own anything like this:




I fell in love with the color of this sweater, which was 20€. I bought an XL, because I wanted it to be oversized. 



I spent a grand total of 70€ on clothes... I guess I was pretty good!

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Little outfits: tropical.




Top & bottom Sergent Major

I love this because it’s so beachy and summery. Too bad I can’t remember who’s present it was…

Friday, August 22, 2014

Summer beauty.



I am spending the month of August in my beach house – which sounds much fancier than it really is: it’s an apartment in a town which happens to be built by the sea, where I used to leave before I got married.
Beach living for me is all about no fuss: our meals are very simple (lots of fruits and vegetables), I have taken with me very few clothes and shoes -  I have more clothes for my little girl than for me, but they are smaller and take up very little space, plus she’s going to grow out of them so fast that I decided to bring them all – and a very streamlined beauty routine. It’s actually very liberating, since I am so busy taking care of my little girl, that I have no time before going out to put on a full makeup face,  which in this heat would melt anyway.

So, these are the products I am using here. 



First, in the shower (from left to right):
·         Testanera Gliss Hair repair with liquid keratin oil nutritive shampoo and conditioner.  They are both good. I don’t blow dry my hair here, I let it air dry, and if it’s not frizzy I give credit to these two – and the next ones.
·         Herbal Essences Hydrating shampoo. I just love its smell. I use it when using the hair mask below.
·         L’Oréal Paris Elvive Keratin mask. This is very nourishing. I bought it on sale, but will definitely buy it again. I use it every other wash.
·         L’Angelica Officinalis Relaxing Shower Gel with acacia and sandal. Don’t know about its relaxing power, since I always shower in a hurry, so no time to relax, but the smell is awesome!
 
      After the shower (from left to right):

 
·         Bottega Verde Sol After Sun Hydrating Face Cream. It has a light, gel-like texture which is great for these temperatures.
·         Brasil Soothing and Firming Body Oil, with Brasil nut and Copaiba oils. The smell is fantastic and it does a really good job at hydrating.
·         Sephora Monoi huile pailleté pour le corp. This was a present from my cousin. It smells great and leaves a subtle sparkle – good for going out at night.
·         Bottega Verde Vita Stem Eye Cream. Love it, it feels very nourishing.

And for the makeup part :



Nail polishes (back to front, left to right):
·         Bottega Verde Nourishing Base.
·         Kiko nail laquer in 231
·         Deborah prêt-à-porter in lollipop fuchsia
·         Paris nailpolish in 204 and 239
Until now, I have been able to put nail polish only on my toes, no time for a manicure.

Face makeup. Note there aren’t any foundations or BB creams – too heavy for the heat and humidity. I just leave my skin mostly bare.
·         Maybelline Volum’express and the waterproof Colossal Volum’express , both in black. I use either of them, depending on how much I want to fuss with removing my mascara later on.
·         Pupa Vamp! Cream Eyeshadow in champagne. It’s a great product, has a hint of shimmer and stays on forever.
·         Lancome Le Crayon Kohl in Black Coffee. The only eye pencil I have used in the last 7-8 years (this and the black one).
·         Bottega Verde Sol Make Up Tan-enhancing gel. I don’t have much of a tan, but this provides  a nice touch of color on my cheeks.

And last but not least, when I go to the beach I use the Vichy Capital Soleil Sunblock SPF 50+.

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Fourty!


July is my birthday month, and this year it was a big birthday: I am now 40 years old. It feels so grown up writing this, I think I should feel old, even, but I actually don't.
I have been thinking of how much has changed in the last 10 years. I moved back to my Country, moved a couple of times to different cities, switched jobs (and found one I love), got married, and had a beautiful little girl. 
But I also feel I have grown up so much, through the good, the bad, the sad and the ugly. I am happy I haven't lost my trust in the human being - when I meet someone new, I still think he/she is not going to harm me, and if it happens, oh well. But I think people are basically good.
I have learned to say yes to unexpected experiences, such my trip to Barcelona in 2011 (the picture above is from that trip), and to not be afraid of people I don't know. I am very shy and love routines, so doing that does not come naturally to me.
I have read hundreds of books, seen beautiful art, spoke to awesome people, some of which appeared for a moment in my life and were gone in a blink of an eye, but came to say just the right thing I needed to hear in that moment.
Probably the next 40 years won't be as interesting. Then again, I am so eager to see my little one grow, and re-learn the world again through her eyes.

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