Monday, September 29

argan oil, beauty, little-support-needed-todaymyway.com

I will try to impress you and show you my new challenge. Actually I'm more for impressing my post-winter body that asks for more than just a simple routine and turning towards argan oil seems exactly right. I am an oil girl, anything of a dense texture, easy to hate after application... just pass it along, please. I may not be touchable for like forever but I'm nothing short of ecstatic when a golden syrup is running down those freckles and beauty spots. This summer I have slightly neglected my sensitive, easily irritated by the environment skin and giving it some extra attention and love each day will have to fit around other more or less consistently practiced routines. I'm especially excited for the hair and body oil that promises more than just boosting my mood with its ridiculously amazing scent. The Body Shop recommends the whole ritual of golden radiance you can see here, I may try to squeeze it all in less than a quarter of an hour definitely reporting back if the whole bunch has been as effective as it is declared by the brand. It's not a sponsored post in any way, only my body's yearning for some moisture and less visible imperfections and the brand has been my personal favourite for a while (organic, fair trade, cruelty free, not to mention the fabulousness to the skin), so it made sense to include it in a few of my favourite lonesome activities that happen sporadically in the busiest seasons (and nothing beats a lot of golden syrup running down those freckles, ya know). 

Anyway my friends, our life has gotten so busy I can barely take a breath without doing thousand other things at the same time. Summer came and went, we're into exciting new projects if the pair of scissors has been involved or not and I've stuffed myself silly with future posts I am so happy to share with you. There's also an exciting giveaway creeping slowly no matter if you're oil girls or lighter texture seeking gals. I will please both. 
Have a great week, peeps! xx    

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the body shop, lip balm, The-Body-Shop-lip-balm
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Tuesday, September 9

swanage, taking full advantage, windy season, chococo

This video was made for a number of reasons and visiting the chocolate shop was or wasn't the most important of them (I still haven't decided). This is where all my sweet dreams come true. There is plenty of magic about this town, the lack of good weather didn't need to constrain our creativity so here it is, a lot of fun in less then three minutes. Enjoy each French verse too. xx 

Music: Zaz On Ira


Sunday, September 7

helping-children-to-start-school, my-girl, girl-ready-for-school

smiling-blonde-cherub, first-day-of-school, five-year-old
Wasn't it a great summer? How was it for you, friends? I still haven't posted a ton of photos from our holiday yet there are new ideas awaiting, deadlines approaching and school starts up for us here in over a week. As we've been counting objects and learning the alphabet, I'll leave you with a list of school essentials. Our one and only version. x    

Artist. Every artist is most pleased when given generous amounts of supplies they can work on with the skills they posses and the excitement it will produce. Not to mention a great piece of art as a result. Using scissors independently, gluing, holding a pencil... those are the skills we’ve worked on since the last diaper change.
Ballerina. We’re not giving up on those pink tutus anytime soon! In fact I have been checking lots of ballet schools in our area to compare their achievements, confirm availability and as long as there is a picture of happiness on Nadia’s face before heading to class, we sure gonna stick to swishing and pirouetting. And I’ll look forward to sharing it.
Curious plate. Between getting to know each other and trying to focus on what teachers say there will be time of a great consternation what the plates represent. Trying to find a comfortable way of encouraging this little girl to taste new things at snack times I’ll stick to what our kitchen offers with variations according to seasons and Nadia's suggestions.
Dress me pink. Not a chance at this time but we may smuggle a little hair pin or an ear stud undetectably some mornings. Technically Nadia is able to dress and undress herself but making sure it doesn’t give her unnecessary headache while doing it on her own, Velcro straps and easy to open and close snaps are a heaven sent helping children with their first steps into independence.
Energetic. It is understatement. I’ve been noticing all the special things about Nadia and the amount of energy that gets distributed (not that all evenly) throughout the day. There are new and old fascinations taking over, she insists on constant motion. More wheels, louder squealing, yes we'll continue moving forward. 

making-faces-doll, list, school-ready
First day. Before and after the big day I am sure to steal as many kisses from this girl as I can. She’ll know where to find her favourite toy and a drink, who her teachers are. We’ll even try to look out for her kindergarten friend, Edward to go through the school gate together with lunch boxes in their fists.   
Games. It’s still all fun and games at this stage and believe me I’m dealing with an expert in this matter. Such a great surprise, these days we like to frisk on the sofa, tickle each other and giggle with delight. I thought those days of carefree frolicking are far beyond us and only associated with a milk and powder smelling baby. But I will always be up for our playtimes and look forward to them daily!
Holiday. As it came and went, it will come back and go again. Half terms, holidays, weekends and evenings promise plenty to be excited about.  
Ideas. They're more like our playtimes except even more awesome. And I'm content to watch whatever Nadia likes to come up with. 
Just your name. Writing, recognizing it has Nadia pretty excited. I bet finding it all over her school uniform will get her more than happy. What wonderful moments those little nametags will share with her. 
Kindergarten friends. They know you better than any review that gets sent to a big school. They may have strong opinions and nicer toys but they are your first friends and you want to have them (or some of them) in your life. I understand.
Lessons. Those in English and in patience. In sitting still and running erratically. Lessons of self-sufficiency and when to ask for help. Mastering basic skills of blowing own nose and drying hands using less than half a paper towel dispenser.
Mornings. Not a good idea to interrupt a child savouring the last moments of her sleep. Gently rubbing her back or planting a soft kiss on her forehead does the trick and here she is running straight into the kitchen. Practicing our morning routine is more like accomplishing a little with a great amount of fun. It is crucial though to know what needs to be done and who does what in certain time. We opt for a lot of joy out of a tad stressful situation.

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Night owls. Our days are mostly full of whatever we want to do that time and sometimes, you know those days tend to be very long as we're quite laid back about going to bed times. This muffin definitely belongs to an owl family. Wish us luck as we attempt to create an evening routine. Key word: attempt.  
Old toys. We try to rotate Nadia’s toys pretty regularly, some of them have been hidden from sight for nearly a lifetime, sure this time more space will be dedicated to exercise books and sharp ended pencils. Fancy dresses will give way to school uniform but there will always be bunch of favourite plush limbs allowed. And that’s just how it should be, you know.
Pretty please. And a thank you and good bye. Being able to talk to adults and ask questions on events happens slowly for this lady. She is an observant child, a one that will wait her turn and get what she’s given. It makes me worry and it makes me appreciate my child with her unique personality. The years that have gone by were preparation for this moment, any moment that she will dig from the chest of skills and experiences without me noticing. I am hopeful and I am proud.    
Roast chicken. Or any other healthy and nutritious meal will make me feel useful again. It’s not a  secret that Damian’s cooking is our everything. Yet with more time on my hands I’m eager to show off my cooking skills, not to say that I have it all figured out but if ingredients cooperate we’re on the right path.
Stories. I have a feeling princesses are very essential in a little girl's life. So are superheros. It's rather cool living with them under one roof. 
Television. There is a lot that goes on between eating and playing and scrapping elbows. We watch cartoons and children’s movies, we laugh at those surreal concepts. Though with all those box office hits, there has been a lot of cuddling. That is good.
U and me. Joining in with activities, taking turns and sharing with peers, those are very good combinations. 
Wild numbers. No educational journey is complete without knowing your age, your best friend's age or the amount of jelly beans you can eat before breakfast. The same goes with recognizing your name, writing it in as many variations as possible and telling everyone about it in more detail they’re ready for.
Years. Of hair brushed neatly, walking hand in hand to the school gate, greeting her again and burying my face in sweet unkempt hair. 

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Monday, September 1

autumn mood, mama-daughter
ESPRIT, Boden, Next and H&M of course
When I convince myself there is actually a need for new fabrics in my life, I double up the fun and shop for us girls together. As Nadia's basics need regular updating we only splurge on a few pieces that are an outfit's game changer and crowns definitely belong among those components. I on the other hand opted for a lot of beloved suede (not pictured but super excited to get them unpacked and loved) however now and again I like to shake things up and try new styles (hello denim shirt!), put new brands on my radar (oh hi, Lands' End), think differently about things I already posses. At least that is my plan for now. So going with as many cooler tones as we possibly can we're hanging on to the last summer vibes in ripped jeans, crispy white embroidered shirts and a lot of cat motifs. May the sales gods be with you. xx  

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Wednesday, August 27

lipstick, my lipstick for now, beauty
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Wearing Rimmel Rouge a Levres Rossetto in Diva Red

As you probably know by now I have this thing for eye enhancers, directly speaking: mascaras, eyeliners, cheap or fancy eye shadows. But lipstick? A Cinderella of my beauty bag, neglected, pushed and shoved. But sometimes my glamorous side takes over and comes out in frivolous amounts of glossy. Or matte. This summer I've splurged on five different shades not steering away too much from a girly pink because if you're just starting up, don't back off of what works. Sooo the devil red... suddenly my features came alive! I loved it, especially when paired with denim jeans, nice pair of heels and a high ponytail. Am I getting too carried away?  

Wearing Body Shop Colour Crush Shine in Fuchsia Flirt (No 15)
One of the favourites - however subtle that may look it feels way more sumptuous in person and adds an extra spot of warmth to my skin. With a lot more blusher on my cheeks I'd feel 25 again! 

new arrivals, glamour, make up
Wearing MAC Lustre in Syrup
Not too sure at first about this one, I nervously agreed to have it applied at the store - darker than natural colour of my lips immediately put them more in focus. A little more defined but still not shouting crazily like hot fuchsia or fiery red.

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Wearing Body Shop Colour Crush Shine in Poppy the Question (No 12)
A lot more shiny than the devil red one above kind of warms up my face making it look more lively and flirty. Not skipping the hot blusher which takes my makeup from being OK to much more appealing.  

Wearing Primark P.S. Love...
Clearly nobody guessed but the juiciest, overwhelmingly exciting of all was my cheapish Primark find. It gets a lot of use, I have a habit of reapplying its soft texture alarmingly often. It stays on even when wiped off. It's about time to stock on it or wait for something better.

So far Nadia's seemed unconcerned with any of it. xx
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