Tuesday, December 31, 2013

New Year's Eve!

... and today is the last day of 2013. This year has been very generous to me, and I can't believe it came to an end so fast!
I am enjoying some moments of relax, before heading out for a last-minute grocery shopping and coming back home to start cooking. We'll have a small party with friends tonight, it will be nice and relaxing.

Happy New Year, and hope 2014 will bring many wonderful things!

Sunday, December 22, 2013

Thoughts on a Sunday afternoon...

I am loving so much out tree's colors that I could stare at it for the whole day...

I am back from the grocery store and the pharmacy, and now a veggie soup is on the stove, the bread is raising and jazz music is playing... A perfect relaxing Sunday afternoon.

I picked up some hair oil at the pharmacy.  This is not a totally random statement.
Somehow, an effect of this pregnancy is that I am much more aware of what I eat and what I put on my body - I decided to dye my hair with Henna because I am not really convinced the ethanolamine in the products with no ammonia is totally safe.... At the same time, I have become lazier in taking care of myself. I know I should put almond oil every night on my belly to avoid stretch marks, but I am so tired at night I wash my face and go straight to bed. My hair is really dry, probably because of the chlorine in the swimming pool water, but I can't muster up the energy to do a hair mask at least once a week. Yesterday I went to the beauty salon, and the girl told me I should use a clay mask once a week - well, too lazy for that too!
The best part is that I already have the products I need to use, so it's not even like I need to go out and spend a ton of money. My buying the hair oil was intended to be a kick in my butt to push me to take care of my body... on the outside!
So, this Sunday afternoon, while home alone because husband is at work, I pledge to start doing what I have been to lazy to do. At least I need a hair mask and to put oil on my belly after my shower. I can start from here!

Friday, December 20, 2013

Cozy up!

Cozy uP!

H&M MAMA Jeans, $49 / J Crew leather purse / Collana multifilo - Nero - Bijoux - Donna - Promod, $8.18

For today's Friday's Fancies, we are asked to present a cozy look, perfect, for example, for a Christmas morning. I started with my maternity H&M jeans and my Tezenis sweater (somehow I now need maternity bottoms but still fit in regular tops...), added comfortable boots, a pretty necklace, a neutral lipstick and eye makeup, and a fabulous tote - and I am ready to go to that Christmas brunch!
If you want more cozy looks, jump to Long Distance Loving for plenty of them! 

Saturday, December 14, 2013

Permit number A38

This was me yesterday...

Friday, December 13, 2013

Sparkle & shine!

Party sparkle!

ASOS tight / J.Crew j crew shoes / Brown purse / H M chain necklace, $11 / Banana Republic silver hoop earrings / Prenatal Abito a maniche lunghe con cintura, $55

For today's Friday's Fancies, the theme is: Party & Shine.
As a base for all the bling, I picked a maternity dress I liked. Grey is somehow an unusual choice for a party, but it goes very well with silver. 
I am not a sequin lover, so I added my sparkle in the form of silver accents and red: a classic red lipstick and a glitter red nail polish (I think now I want to buy it...).
This is definitely an outfit I'd wear to a family gathering or to a New Year's Eve party at some friend's place.
Thanks again, Alison, for hosting Friday's Fancies!

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Here it is!

This year's tree. I decided I want pick a different color combination, so red and white it is. Looks a bit childish, but I love it!

Saturday, December 7, 2013

This weekend...

The sun is shining outside, what a great start for a weekend!
My plans for this weekend include farmer's market this morning, a massage this afternoon followed by some Christmas decorations shopping. 
Tomorrow we'll head to mother in law for lunch and then set our tree. Above is last year's tree. This year I have decided to change the color scheme. I am curious to see how it'll come out.
I am so happy it's almost Christmas, I almost feel like a kid!

Friday, December 6, 2013

Holiday Party Perfect.

Casual holiday party

H&M MAMA Stretch trousers, $25 / Banana Republic star boots / Banana Republic crossbody handbag / Banana republic jewelry

Today's Friday's Fancies theme is "Holiday Party Perfect".
I created an outfit for an office party, considering that a) my office is a pretty casual place, and nobody gets too dressed up, and b) I am pregnant, so  need to be comfortable (these pants are from the H&M mama collection)!
I picked a simple outfit, and added sparkly accessories to make everything more festive.  These BR boots are so chic and probably comfortable, since they have a hidden platform and the heel is thick enough for standing for a while (plus, when you are expecting everyone asks if you want to seat).
The clutch and necklace add some sparkle, and the nail polish is so Christmas-y!
Thanks Alison for all the Friday's Fancies ideas!

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Some Christmas thoughts...

Since deciding to follow my sister's lead (no presents this Christmas, only donations), I am living this time before the holidays in a much more relaxed way. Usually I'd check the calendar to see when and where I'll go buy presents, try to set up a budget that always gets ignored, and generally stress. It's actually so nice to know my Christmas shopping is almost done. I still have to buy some small things, such as a small present for the Secret Santa at work, but there is a 5€ limit on that, so it's not big deal.
I guess this way it gets easier to appreciate the small nice things this time of the year has to offer. Can't wait to set the tree on Sunday, or to go window shopping on Saturday, just to check all the Christmas decorations out there. Can't wait to spend time with my family and stuff my face with Christmas sweets and my mom's honey cookies. And can't wait to have some days off, to rest and relax. All the things that made Christmas time so magic when I was a kid.


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