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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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

Tips for beautiful, healthy indoor plants

Our house is full of plants. I never get tired of  them and I’m always thinking about new ways of introducing new green touches to decorate our home. As my mum always says: plants make any space better. I can’t agree more: they add life, bring a little bit of nature indoors and clean the air. Besides, taking care of them is utterly relaxing and going to the flower market is my favourite Saturday morning activity. Yep, I’m a granny. #loudandproud! While outdoor plants don’t survive more than a fortnight in our balcony (I blame the weather and the pollution),  I think we are pretty good with houseplants. Here you have our tips for taking care of your plants and our suggestions about which plants to buy if you want to create your very own indoor garden. Let’s start with the plants that you can buy if you want something undemanding and easy to grow, which we all want because there are so many complicated things in life already. Zamioculcas, Calatheas or Peace Lilies are fantastic: …

How to avoid wrinkles

Don’t laugh, don’t cry, don’t sleep without silk pillows, don’t move, don’t live. Actually, this post should be entitled: how to avoid wrinkles without looking  like a wax sculpture. But if you want to laugh, cry, sleep, move and, well… live! you should look for a nice cream that will keep your skin moisturised. It’s not going to be miraculous (none of them are) but it’s going to help. I once heard a dermatologist say: no matter how big or tiny your budget is, you should look for the best cream you can afford. Clean your skin and apply said cream every day. Basically that’s what we’ve been doing since we were eighteen. Clean and moisturise every single day. During the last few years, however, we’ve added some new products to help us in the dewy, jewy, toned skin department. We’ve also added a quick and easy routine at night. It’s something that feels good, the famous me time. It’s a cliché but it does help us relax and unwind. Lately we’ve been loving this …

The book that you need to read

Airport layovers are the best moments to buy makeup, magazines and books. A few years ago we discovered this little bookshop in Frankfurt’s airport and it has become a mandatory stop everytime we change flights in Frankfurt. It mostly sells paperbacks and pocket editions but over the years we’ve found very interesting books there. It has a very compelling selection, from bestsellers to independent authors.  Last August we stopped in Frankfurt on our way to Rome and I bough this book: Prisioners of geography, by Tim Marshall. I’ve already read it twice. It’s brilliant. Jaw-dropping. Eye-opening. It has made me understand so many things about current politics that now I recommend it to everyone. I even took notes while reading! The main theme is geopolitics, which is absolutely fascinating, but it covers international civil and military affairs, it explains some of the most intricate conflicts in such a clear yet meticulous way that you will be exclaiming ooohhs!, aaahhs! and whaaaaats? all the time. If you like history and geopolitics, you’ll love this book. And if …

Chanel Le Rouge Collection : Candeur et experience

So Autumn is here and it’s time to revisit the usual suspects: tartan, berry lips, pumpkin lattes and velvet. I love the crispy air and the traditions that come with it, so I can’t be more excited. However, this year Autumn brings something new beautywise, Le Rouge Collection by Chanel. And what did I pick from the whole collection? An eyeshadow quad, of course. The beautiful Candeur et experience multi effect quadra eyeshadow. After reading lots of reviews I decided to buy it but obviously it wasn’t that easy. Finally I did find it during a short layover in Amsterdam Schiphol airport (one day we’ll have to talk about the correlation between the number of layovers per year and the number of beauty products bought per year). Hurrah! It was mine! All I had to do was wait until any occasion to wear red, brown, warm eyes. I didn’t find it because the weather has been quite nice, oddly enough, and I ‘m trying to make the most of the sun and the Summer colours …

Our favourite magazines

If there is something that you will always see in our home is a bunch of magazines spread all over. We are subscribed to a bunch of them and we always buy loads in airports, train stations or local stores. They are our faithful companions during flights, Saturday afternoons at home and, of course, vacations. Our love for magazines started a long ago. I think I’ve been subscribed to Elle (Spanish edition) for more than 15 years. While it’s not my first choice anymore when I grab a copy from one of our several magazine racks, I just can’t unsubscribe… I’m emotionally attached to it! Though my first obsession was Ragazza, a Spanish publication that filled my high school and first University years with the most fashionable trends and not so healthy diet advice. Those were the times when the concept politically incorrect didn’t exist, supermodels run the world and lycra and chockers constrained our bodies. By the way, I can’t believe chockers are back in fashion. Dazed and Confused was a magazine that we used …