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Non Fiction

Is there anything better than a good book that you can’t put down? Maybe, but books are pretty amazing, even more during these Winter dark, cold afternoons. Add a pair of fluffy socks, a cosy blanket and something to nibble and you have the perfect plan. However, we’ve noticed a different pattern in our reading habits lately. We barely read fiction nowadays. Our favourite book from 2016 was this one and although its content can feel like science fiction sometimes (the things humans do for power…) it was completely the opposite.  And that’s the trend that our bedside tables have been witnessing for the last few months: nonfiction. Maybe the reason is that the world is so surreal lately, that we have been looking for truth and wisdom rather than fantasize with stories or tales. Whether it is a biography or a history book, we feel that we’ve been learning a lot and we certainly had a great time doing so. Non Fiction is fun!  These are some of the books we’ve loved lately and a couple …

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30 days of yoga

During a few years I practised Hatha Yoga. It was a quite strange time in my life and I suffered from insomnia. The real insomnia, though, the one that only lets you sleep two hours per night. The one that makes you feel miserable and scared during those terribly long hours that you are awake, alone in your bed. Yoga helped a lot. I really loved yoga, though I was terrible at the most physical part of it. The breathing control techniques were the ones that really helped me to achieve a calmer state of mind and, therefore, a better sleep. Of course, once I felt better and my life got organized, I stopped doing yoga. The breathing techniques, however, stayed with me and have helped me over the years to go through nerve wracking situations, terrible physical and emotional pain and stress at work. Somehow, at the end of 2016 I got back to yoga thanks to Adriene. It was a mix of factors: the horrible weather made the perspective of going to the …

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Monochrome

As we get older there is a colour that not only has inevitably appeared in our hair but also has become the star of our wardrobe: grey. In fact, we have noticed that lately all of our purchases have this colour in common. Grey is cosy, modern, understated and the best friend of navy, black and white. That’s why grey should be in your wardrobe too. Looking for a camel coat last season we went across this beautiful wrap coat in Zara. I’ve used this almost as much as this bag, so it has been promoted to one of our best buys. I use it for working meetings with more formal attire but also on weekends with jeans and my beloved Stan Smiths. Sadly, it’s no longer available. Of course, Max Mara does the best grey (and camel) wrap coats (exhibit A und exhibit B) but you can also find some more affordable options like this one from Reiss, this beautiful JCrew trench wool coat, this tomboy-ish Mango number (on sale!) or this cocoon shaped …

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The only gift guide that you’ll need this Christmas

During the last few weeks my inbox has been full of wonderful gift guides. From stocking fillers to luxury items, the most beautiful things all listed and ready to buy, just a click away. And as much as I love shopping for others and, well, for me, this year there is only one item in our gift guide. And I would be very grateful if you could share it and include it in your gift guides as well. Do you remember the hilarious Ice Bucket Challenge that was all over the Internet last year?  Well, it was created to promote awareness of the Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease. I watched every Instagram video that appeared on my feed, even more if it involved some gorgeous celebrity. My guess is you did too. But I didn’t donate. I can imagine that most people did the same, though I truly hope that if you saw those challenges you did donate. I truly hope you are a better person than I. ALS is a …

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Christmas Cards DIY 2016

This post is a holiday tradition for us. If you follow this blog, you’ll know that every year we sit down and prepare our Christmas cards for our family and closest friends. It’s fun, it feels good and it marks the start of the holiday season for us. If last year’s DIY was the easiest, this year it’s almost cheating.   We bought two different boxes of gorgeous Christmas cards by My mind’s eye and some matching decorative brads and we played with them until we got our simple yet lovely and über festive Christmas cards. By the way, if you like stationery even a little bit, check My mind’s Eye web. Their products are adorable, beautiful, joyful… I just want to live inside that web. It’s an event organizer’s dream!   The process is ridiculously easy. Just pierce the cards with the decorative brads and write your best wishes. It doesn’t matter if your caligraphy isn’t the best, it’s the thought that matters. This uncomplicated DIY is perfect for clumsy types and people that …

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My top five eye shadow palettes

There are two things I can’t get enough off: chocolate and eyeshadow palettes. Chocolate is all over the blog and over the last few years I’ve shared a few reviews of my favorite eyeshadow palettes in this space. I’m always a little bit ashamed of talking so enthusiastically about them, or make up in general for that matter, but surprisingly beauty posts always bring new followers to the blog. I guess I’ve heard so many times that liking makeup or fashion makes you automatically dumb, that the thought has got into my shead and I’m afraid of sharing my passion for lovely ranges of colors exposed beautifully in little, flat boxes. I tend to lose my personality sometimes, sorry. There are people that go crazy about color palettes. There are blogs and websites completely dedicated to them! Every December there is a color of the year chosen among the Pantone. For me, eyeshadow palettes are wonderful Pantone displays that happen to look fantastic when applied to my lids (Though it depends on the amount of …

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Winter uniform

How do you dress for Winter? No, I’m not talking about lovely layering, adorable beanies and ankles au naturel kind of Winter. I’m talking about real Winter: when frozen wind burns (yes, like the sun would do) your cheeks, when your neck and back hurt because you are permanently shrinking and cringing, when the mere thought of going out makes you shiver, when your nose hurts every time you breathe and your breath turns into small drops that inevitably pour into your scarf and quickly turn into little dots of frost that decorate said scarf and make your breathing hurt your nose even more. That dreadful vicious circle… We’ve been suffering those Winters since 2011. And therefore we’ve developed a method, a uniform:  knit + trousers + coat + boots. Always. Every day. Of course, under all that we wear thermal tees and socks. And on top of all that we wear a good hat and a warm scarf. Our favourite knits are from COS. You don’t want very big sweaters, otherwise you’d feel very …

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Understated jewellery

We’ve been following the work of Monica Vinader for a few years now. And I say following because we discover this brand in different blogs and social media channels. Her delicate pieces looked subtle and beautiful in many online editorials, but it was never an agressive approach, it was a piece here and a piece there… which brand was it? Where could we get one of those elegant and sober pieces? Monica Vinader is a British jewellery line that makes unique pieces. We are sure that you have seen some of their famous friendship bracelets in the most stylish wrists. But maybe you didn’t know it was a piece by Monica Vinader. It seems that this brand runs away from the obvious, so everything around it is discreet, evocative and always elegant. We adore the minimalist, stackable signature bangles, which have a tasteful Scandi vibe to them. However, we particularly love Monica Vinader’s gemstone jewels, which are bespoke cut to expose their natural variations. These Siren Stud Earrings are the perfect example of understated luxury. They look wonderful …

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Stop the glorification of busy

A few years ago I read this post, which led me to this article, which changed my approach to life completely. When I read it I was recently promoted, in a new country with all the mess that moving to another country implies, this online space was born… I was really busy. But, was I? Deep down we all think that being super busy is super cool. It’s like when we complain/ brag about being in a worst situation than the person we are talking to. Somehow we’ve made suffering cool. With my catholic background is something understandable: that guilt that the nuns teached us at school sticks with us for the rest of our lives. But how is that possible in today’s society? We are the most hedonistic generations. Wellness is the new religion, but still the fact that we don’t have enought time is something we are even proud of.  Isn’t it absurd? Since I read that article I’ve tried to give priority to what is really important (Instead of saying “I don’t …

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Lip balms for windy days

Is there anyone out there that loves a statement lip but just wears lipbalms, lip perfectors and other products that you can reapply without a mirror  on a daily basis? And is there anyone out there that even when wearing products that you can reapply without a mirror does never reapply them during the day? Well, that’s me. However, I do carry about 50 lip products in my bag. You never know, the day might come when I want to reapply my lipstick everytime I go to the bathroom. I don’t want to be caught off guard. In the meantime I stick to easy, comforting formulas in pink / peach/ nude shades.  They give a light coat of colour to avoid the 8-hours-in-front-of-the-computer face and they moisturize your lips in a nice not too sticky way. You can still wear you hair down in a windy day, I promise. My favourites are the wonderful Clarins Instant Light Natural Lip Perfectors. Subtle shades, nice pigmentation for a lip balm and a surpising longevity. My favourite is …