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.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Weekend readings... on a weekday!


 Image source: A house in the hills

I am a bit late on this one... perhaps I was having too much fun on the weekend!
So here are last week's favorite links:

Friday, July 25, 2014

One dress, three ways.

I was perusing the JCrew catalog, and found this very pretty dress. I think something like this could be very versatile, so I decided to try to make three outfits for three different occasions using this dress, trying to incorporate some pieces I already own, too!

The first outfit is something I'd wear to go have a coffee with a friend or to the farmer's market. Easy, simple and comfortable. I actually own the sandals, and they are very easy to walk in.

1dress3ways:to the market



The second outfit is something I'd wear to a wedding or to an elegant dinner. Unfortunately I don't own anything from this set...


1dress3ways:wedding


The third outfit would be great for a brunch with a couple of friends, or even for work, with a cardigan. It incorporates my new Geox shoes, and a Pupa nailpolish I own.


1dress3ways:brunch





This was a very fun exercise - I should do it more often!

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Links for your weekend!


A bit late... Somehow I really can't find some kind of routine with a 2 month old baby.!

Saturday, July 5, 2014

Links for your weekend!



wandering through plaisance  
Image by Vmac&cheese

Happy weekend - and in the US it's a long one too! 
I was so busy with my little girl I didn't realize it was Saturday. Actually, I never realize what day it is, but today it was weird, since I went to Saturday's farmers' market...
Here are some great lings - several of them are recipes, and I want to try all of them!
Happy reading! 

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

June empties!



Seeing empty bottles and jars gives me some weird sense of satisfaction... I decided to start showing my "empties", since I so enjoy reading other bloggers' too! From top left:

Sunsilk conditioner - for straight hair. I have to say - meh. It's ok I guess. This conditioner didn't do anything special for my dry hair. Other Sunsilk products are much better than this.
Franco Battaglia Nourishing conditioner. This didn't do much for my hair either - and the smell is plastic-y.
Alberto V05 hot oil (not pictured) It gives my hair some hydration, but it doesn't deliver any miracles. My hair looks better after blow-drying it, though, and gets very soft.
Leocrema  crema corpo Argan. Loved this. Is a body moisturizer which does its job and leaves a pleasant smell. Will buy again, after I have finished my stash of body creams/butters.
NYC city curls mascara - in Black. At first I hated it. But somehow with time it grew on me, and I have been using it every time I put on makeup. It's a nice mascara, and the price is unbeatable.
L'Oréal Color Lift eye-shadow duo - in Cocoa Lift. This is a very old one I got as a present. I finished the lighter shadow, a very pale beige, and loved it. I found the darker shadow very difficult to use: it's very hard and it was not easy to get some of it on the brush! Both shadows didn't last long. This is a discontinued product, but I wouldn't have bought it anyway.

From my comments above, it looks like I must find some better products for my hair... Any suggestions?

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

July!


It's July! I can't believe this. My days go so fast with a little girl to take care of...
I have always loved July because it means vacation, hot days at the beach, long walks on balmy nights, and because it's my birthday month!
We'll try to go to the beach for a walk today, but I guess for a while we won't be able to spend the whole day there... It will be early mornings and late afternoons, when the air is fresh, the sun is gentle and the beach is almost all to ourselves.
So... here's to a July filled with rest and sun!

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