Our weekly dose of inspiration comes from Sara’s closet. On her blog, Harper & Harley, she claims to have reduced her wardrobe down to the basics of black, white and grey. Well, she got us there.
September is one of our favorite months to travel. High season is over and crowds finally return home. The weather is still nice but milder and every landscape seems quieter, waiting for Autumn to arrive. It’s the perfect time to enjoy a relaxed getaway. Travelling off season has only perks in our books. It’s not about the money, though it helps. It’s about the feelings and experiences: the melancholy of a lonely beach in November or the happiness of those warm first rays of sunshine in an empty little cove in April. The silence of a city like Venice in Winter or a sunset all for yourself in otherwise crowded Mykonos. The sensation of plenitude, loneliness, uniqueness. That feeling of being a traveler more than a tourist. Who doesn’t love it? We certainly do… and it’s a feeling that can be addictive. What about you? Are you off season junkies like us?
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This year I’m really looking forward to Autumn. I want to feel the crispy air and I want to finally master the layering techniques. That’s what Autumn is about, no? Oh, Autumn fashion… isn’t it the best? The famous layering, the colours, the textures… and this season I’m liking Zara! What? Yes! I find a little bit difficult to find nice pieces at Zara. On magazines, blogs and ads everything looks fine but then I don’t find those pieces in the shops. And if I find them, they just don’t look as… polished. Is it just me? Anyway, their Pre-fall collection rocks! Here you have some images, if you’d like to see…
Contrary to most people, I love removing my make up. I really enjoy that moment when my face feel fresh and clean again after a long day. That relaxation, that moment when I am just me, comfy at home, in my pijamas. My face finally breaths and so does my skin. The stress goes away with the mascara. After that it’s all fluffly bed, a good reading and sweet dreams. It’s a ritual that I never miss. Lately I’ve been using these two products and they have made this bedtime routine even more pleasant. The Pure Melt Cleansing Gel is really smooth and gentle with my skin. This gel turns into an oily formula on the skin, but don’t panic! It doesn’t leave that greasy sensation, quite the opposite. After the gel, I’ve been using the Capital Lumière Night Cream, a luxurious rich formula that restores luminosity. Since glowy skin is my beauty mantra lately, this seemed the most appropriate solution for my night skincare. It smells amazing, it leaves my skin super nourished and makes me go to bed with the promise of a “lit from within” glow by morning. Talking about sweet dreams…
If you follow us on Instagram or Twitter (@theslowpace) you know that we spent the weekend in Amsterdam. We’ve had a great time and we absolutely need to come back to get to know the city a little bit better. A weekend was obviously not enough! And that made us think about other places that we need to revisit. The first one that came into our minds was Edinburgh! Besides, with Autumn just around the corner we know that tartan is making its comeback… so thinking about Edinburgh is inevitable! (Well, the Scottish independence referendum this month is another reason to think about Scotland too… but let’s not get into politics and stick to tartan and shortbread).
Edinburgh is a city that is really close to my heart. Lots (I mean: lots!) of years ago I spent a wonderful and terribly fun Summer studying there. I remember the melancholic weather, the grey sky and the beautiful trees that showed the first signs of Autumn. But I also remember the crazy shopping in Princess Street, the fun nights out dancing to traditional Scot music in a huge barn, the Military tattoo, the Edinburgh International Festival… I believe that Edinburgh is a city of contrasts: that sad sky and gloomy weather against the lust for life of a vibrant city. Oh, I really want to come back!
Seville has a truly unique atmosphere and personality. To enjoy its spirit to the fullest, there is no better way than discovering new places to grab a bite and have some drinks with friends. Because that’s one of the best things about Seville: no matter how hard life is, there is always a time and place for a lively conversation paired with tapas. Today we want to share with you the ultimate list to eat like and with locals in Seville. Continue reading
I hate sports. It’s a fact. I’d love to love them… but I just don’t. Nevertheless, I have always practiced some kind of sport: I started with basketball. I’m 155 cm (5 feet) so it was… challenging. Not the best way to start my relationship with sports, I guess. Then I started going to the gym. Aerobic was huge back then, so aerobic it was. Then it was yoga. Then back to the treadmill and weights and finally… I discovered spinning. And I can proudly say that I’ve been practicing this sport three times a week for about 5 months now. And I like it because…
1. You are seated. I mean, for a lazy person like me that’s fantastic!
2. If you feel tired you can easily hide it. You just keep riding but with less intensity and little resistance. Nobody will notice… it’s not like in a boot camp when you fall down on the floor breathless and everyone keeps jumping. That’s obvious. Faking it in spinning is more discreet. I love that.
3. You sweat. A lot. Even if you are not making the most of it, you will sweat. And that will make you feel all sporty and a legit member of the class.
4. It boosts your energy levels. I have to admit that I used to hate people who claims that sport gives you more energy but… well it’s true-ish. Being able to finish a spinning class makes me feel proud of myself. And that makes me happy and that gives me an energy boost. But I can’t move my legs a couple of hours later so, not so energetic after all.
5. It’s a great excuse to listen to that horrendous loud music that you will never admit that you like.
6. After a spinning class I know that I won’t have to hit the gym the following day. And that’s a wonderful feeling: knowing that the next afternoon I will be on the sofa, out and about shopping or just enjoying life outside the gym…
Because I hate sports and that’s not going to change!
Madrid is one of the coolest cities of Europe. Maybe it’s not as obvious as Barcelona or Rotterdam… but its has a great cultural scene and super friendly vibes. New bars open every day in spite of the financial situation. Because Madrid wants to have fun. Always. So if you want to discover the coolest new spots in town to grab a bite and have a drink in style, keep reading.