Fashion

Boiling hot weather products

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I have been stuck at home for what feels like forever, really suffering in this heat.
The short cervix that I have only recently come to terms with is not really helping my mood as I was forced to avoid all kinds of sport (swimming included) and just rest as much as possible.
If this condition has worsened by the end of next month, bed rest will be necessary, so at the moment I am seriously looking forward to my summer vacation in a few days’ time.
I will be heading to Tenerife as that felt like the best option we had to enjoy some well-deserved baby moon. We wanted to avoid long-haul flights to areas with risk of zika and and just soak up the July’s sun in a place we had never been to.
 I am planning to bring these few beauty products that have served me well so far. Some of them are pretty costly, while a few were a bargain, but totally valid and note-worthy.
  • Hair
    Since I have gone blonde, I needed to take extra good care of my lengths so I opted for Kerastase Reflection to protect my highlighted hair.
    The product is worth every penny and makes my hair much more manageable and smells lovely!
    Along with the Kerastase Reflection Bain Chroma Riche 250 ml, I purchased the Kerastase Chroma Riche Reflection Masque 200 ml (which works like magic fyi) and the Kerastase Reflection Fluide Chromatique 125 ml, which is the final touch for frizzy hair.
    When I have no other choice but to blow-dry my hair, I apply a little dab of the Kerastase Nectar Thermique 150 ml. I find this is the best pre-blow dry product on the market these days and it leaves my hair super soft all day long.
  • Skin
    Last year in Okinawa I used up all my creams so last week I went testing these new products I recently purchased. I went for something stronger than what I would usually apply given the extra sensitivity of my skin.
    The Clarins Creme Solaire Confort SPF 20 is the one I apply on my body when sunbathing and beside leaving my skin soft and hydrated, it simply smells like summer.
    It reminds me of summer vacations with my family.
    A whole different story when it comes to protecting my face from the sun. The MENTURM Sun UV Essence is a sunscreen essence that features maximum UV protection to preserve from skin dryness.
    Although I tend to use it on my face and neck, you can apply it all over your body, however, it is not resistant to water thus not the smartest idea if you are taking plenty of baths. I discovered this cheap product at a konbini store in Naha and knew right away that I needed a stash for summer. As well as the other products I mentioned, this one is available online if you are not currently located in Japan.
    Last but not least, to preserve my tan after taking a shower at the end of the day, I generously apply Clarins After Sun Moisturizer With Pump 400 ml.
  • Scent
    I am bringing Prada Candy perfume with me this year. Needless to say that this one smells so yummy, but not overpowering at all!
Food

Birthday Sushi!

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Lately I have been craving sushi like crazy and the thing I miss the most these days is definitely raw fish. Although I have been trying to convince my better half that there is no scientific evidence linking pregnant women eating sushi with health risks to babies, raw fish is still a big no-no at home.

On another note, this week we celebrated my love’s 36th birthday and what better way to celebrate this day, than with delicious sushi from the comfort of our patio??
Joking aside, the very same day we had our 20-week ultrasound to sneak a peek at our bean and find out the baby’s gender.
So, I guess this was definitely a very special birthday for him, besides our sushi date.

After hustling and bustling all day long, I felt extremely fatigued and could not seem to get out of first gear. This sushi came in handy, all I needed to do was to stop by the grocery store and pick up some rolls, temaki and sashimi.
I must be honest, this sushi is rather costly but I spared no expense given the special occasion, plus it is definitely worth the money: always fresh, crunchy and absolutely delicious.
I got our favorites: Triple Spicy Roll, Wakame Cali Roll, Crunch Cali Roll and Crunch Salmon Roll, two very filling Temaki, sashimi and edamame.
My stomach is growling again!

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This is the link to the Sushi Kiosks whose products I mentioned in my post: http://sushidaily.com/ as you can see it is available all across Europe!
For those of you who do not know, the artisans prepare the sushi right in front of you and have been extremely customer-oriented with my recent pregnancy concerns.
On top of this, they have recently added 4 mind blowing poke bowls. I have only tried the tofu one, but in October once our baby arrives, I will stockpile all of them.

 

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The Blues: How to survive pregnancy mood swings

I have been feeling blue lately and I thought I might share this roller coaster ride, as real and as raw as it gets.
Pregnancy is that incredible time of your life where you should be feeling on cloud nine and although I feel extremely happy and grateful for being so lucky and so loved, I am definitely not a big fan of feeling pregnant.
I was able to exercise on a daily basis just a few months ago and used the training as a way of both unwinding and somehow compensating for the extra love for food. I love food and I refused to place unnecessary conditions of counteracting it in an unhealthy way, it was like getting two treats all at once: a long run to relax after a challenging day at work and a delicious almond crust pizza to savour life.
Things have changed.
I feel concerned about putting on too much weight as the only thing I could keep down in the first months were carbs. Bread, pizza, pasta, fries, you name it. Just the thought of salad could make me sick to my stomach and feeling fatigued was not an incentive to work out as much as I would like.

This morning a blouse that I used to wear as back-up attire made me burst into tears. I was desperately trying to zip it up at the side and only then I realized the kind of humongous change my body is going through at the moment.
For months every morning I continued seeing myself as the usual me in the mirror and kept being in denial, thinking about the life that was growing inside of me, but avoiding the actual truth of my body molding itself into a different and unfamiliar shape.
When my boyfriend hugged me during my meltdown and tried to laugh it off, I felt incredibly guilty for wearing my emotions on my fingertips and the day just got worse and worse.

It is now the end of this god-awful day full of crying jags and outbursts that made me question my own sanity and I am once again torn between heading to the swimming pool and ordering that pizza that I am so craving right now.
I remind myself that this is all perfectly normal and that I can help people around me help me.
There is a baby brewing in my belly that is very busy dancing around today and that is enough to make me giggle.
Food

Rainy days

Rainy days call for comfy naps and a cup of chai latte.

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After several days of sunny and humid weather, we finally got to enjoy some summer thunderstorms and fresh air.
Having rained all week-end, I sat outside on the balcony enjoying a cup of my home-made chai latte. I would love to drink some pumpkin spice latte but I will just leave it for when the leaves start to fall and the weather gets chillier.
Long story short, the result of this recipe was a creamy cup of black tea fragrant with cinnamon and a hint of ginger. Needless to day that while I was preparing my cuppa, the entire kitchen was smelling delicious!

Here are the few steps I followed:

  • Toast the spices
    I placed the cinnamon and cardamom in a saucepan over medium heat until fragrant.
  • Brew the tea
    To the same saucepan, I added some pieces of fresh ginger and some water. As soon as I brough to simmer, I removed from heat and added the loose tea I got from India.
  • Sweeten the tea
    I then sweetened the tea with a pinch of brown sugar and a large spoon of honey.
  • Strain the tea
    I strained the tea into a teapot.
  • Froth the milk
    Having used whole milk, I merely shook it in a jar in order to froth it. An immersion blender will work just fine for non-dairy milk. I heated the milk in a small saucepan straight after.
  • Enjoy!
    I poured 3/4 of tea base into my mug, adding 1/2 cup of warmed milk and stirred to combine. For the glutton, you can top with a spoonful of whipped cream and a dash of cinnamon.
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New Beginnings

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Long time no post.
I have been extremely busy with life and completely forgot about the blog these days (or months?).
I am very happy to share that we are expecting a baby and besides my hormones going crazy and the usual morning sickness that has kept me home for days, I am now enjoying my second trimester with a dash of new-found energy that I forgot I had.
So I took the opportunity to update my blog and continue my daily swimming as I was not feeling as woozy.
I truly hope that the smooth sailing continues until my due date which is scheduled for Halloween!
So many joyful moments ahead and I am so thrilled to welcome our pumpkin baby in our life.
Fashion

Totoro pins & current favourite

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I have finally found a proper place for my Totoro pins, together with the Godzilla patch and the Chanko Nabe pin.
I bought them at the Ghibli Museum in Mitaka, Tokyo during my third trip to Japan for 500 yen each.
If you are a Studio Ghibli fan, the museum is probably high on your bucket list of places to visit: a magical place where you will learn how the animation is made.
The souvenir shop in the museum “Mamma aiuto!” is definitely worth a visit.

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I have had a thing for small handbags lately and my obsession led me to purchase this gem via Net-a-porter back in August.
It is not capacious but I loved the subtle colour and its versatility, it goes well with both denim fabric in summer and a khaki winter coat.
Fashion

Christmas came early…

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I recently took advantage of the holiday sales season and bought myself a new fragrance for the umpteenth time: Love Story by Chloé.
The perfume is not overpowering like the original one, but more like subtle and soft. It comes in a very beautiful bottle and it made me feel feminine and sophisticated at the same time.
Although it does not last long on the skin, I found that it compliments my natural scent well.

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While I was at it, I could not resist buying the Plum Milner Nano Crossbody bag by Sophie Hulme. It is a very pretty evening bag with a chain-adorned strap and signature gold plates.
I particularly loved the playful charm that came with it; a golden dot detailed with googly eyes.

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