Saturday, July 19, 2014

REVIEW: BB CREAM by L'OREAL

I have been impressed by L'Oreal products. They have a good balance between price and quality. Plus, they do not test on animals, which makes their products even more appealing to me. As a matter of fact, they recently fired one of the new 'faces' for their brand when this aspiring young model posted a picture of an animal she had killed on her Facebook page. 

The one product I really enjoy is their Magic Anti-Fatigue BB Cream, which comes in different tones from very fair to light, to brown. If you have very fair skin like me you will find difficult to find fair make up. There is always a tint of yellow and especially if you are looking for a concealer you will be out of luck. Actually please let me know if you have found one that is super light. 

I bought both the light and fair version of this BB cream. First, because when I used to tan my skin would stay darker or yellowish for a long period of time. In that case the light version was perfect. Now, because I have been out of the sun for over a year my skin has gone back to fair, so I switched to the other one. 

BUY!!!

PRO: 

Smooth application and natural look on the skin. You can't even notice. 
Don't need to use a foundation if you don't want to. That is how good this cream is.
Makes you glow and neutralize imperfection, bag eyes and fine lines. 
Only need a drop or two

CONS:

None (which is rare for me to say)

WHERE TO BUY IT: Wallgreens, any large supermarkets, online on www.lorealparisusa.com

OTHER REVIEWS: 




Friday, July 18, 2014

Don't let a pregnant woman watch elephants

Since I got pregnant I have not had food cravings. Quite the opposite I lost the pleasure of enjoying flavors and eating food. What I crave is reading or watching news about certain topics. For example, I  watched the entire season of American Idol, which I always hated. I hate these type of shows.

Lately, I got obsessed with everything elephant. Elephants mobile for the crib, elephants on sheets, elephants on rescue missions, elephants on shirts, on soaps.

A week ago I came across the story of Raju, the elephant that after 50 years of captivity and abuse was liberated and cried. You can read his story on the Huffington Post, but I originally read it on some animal news feed I receive from some not-for-profit organization. As I read the story tears came down my face. I started getting very emotional every time I read about animal cruelty especially in regards to elephants. I don't know why. I must have read 10 articles about his story, trying to find more details of his life. Literally I was obsessed with how humans abuse these very sensitive animals.

Last night, I was trying to find something to watch and came across a documentary about Daphne, this woman who lives/d in Kenya and rescued animals who were orphans beginning 1970. Her name is Daphne Sheldrick. The documentary tells the story of how she founded an elephant orphanage after she had rescued Aisha, a 3 months baby elephant. The first part of the film goes through the bound of Daphne and this little cute elephant, how emotional and in need this small creature was, and how sensitive and loyal elephants are. I won't spoil the movie, but I can tell you that I had to stop watching it because I got so emotional that I started crying uncontrollable as little baby Aisha died because she thought she had been abandoned by Daphne (you have to watch the movie to understand). Shawn, my hubby, thought I was crying because I was relating the experience of the elephant to my baby or fear of what could happen, but in reality I was crying because the elephant was so sensitive that she had rather let herself died than survive with the idea of having been abandoned twice. I cried because of all the pain this little creature had been through (due to human activities, since the haunt for elephants was and is still prominent in many countries). At that point I had to turn the TV off, but even as I am writing this post I have tears in my eyes. I just can't help it. I don't know why.

So here you have it, a pregnancy obsession with elephants - Are there any studies on pregnant women and emotional reactions when consuming media?

Read more about Daphne's amazing work and help for many elephants here:

1. Elephant Foster Mom:
2. Official Website
3. PBS documentary (the one that made me cried)
4. Cute elephants play soccer



Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Week 31 Pregnancy: A look back at pregnancy

In two months I will be officially done with my pregnancy. Looking back I have not done 1/3 of all the fabulous things I had always envisioned myself doing. This included taking pictures every month of my belly next to a chalk board with the number of weeks displayed on it, numeral glorious pictures of my fashion style and bump, glorious pictures of my glow, and of course step by step pictures of the baby room, baby blankets I sew or knitted.

As I thought I would diligently record every and any steps of my journey to show one day to my baby, I never really realized how tired and unmotivated I would feel and how much work taking pictures and staging these pictures would be. Most of the days unless I am at work I look like shit. I barely put make up on or brush my hair - I know it is ironic because I have a fashion blog and love fashion. But the only way I feel good is to be bare naked in my house- well almost- my shoes are too small to wear and when I wear my clothes I feel I am a burrito and I am the condiment inside. Talking about burrito now I am craving Chipotle. Ah the pregnant issues :)

As my life gets full with other things (work, setting up doctor's appointments, getting the home ready, figuring out maternity leave at work, insurance change, bills, etc) setting up time to record fashionable moments are suddenly not a priority. I know it should not be an excuse to 'let go' but I don't feel my life need to be recorded at every 5 seconds like the many bloggers we all see on Instagram. Of course I would think differently if I was not pregnant or maybe if I did not have a full time job. The last trimester is just when you want shit to be done. You want to be over, get back your body, your diet, your fitness routine.




A look into the making of the baby room

Let me tell you something about cribs. I went to Jacksonville few months ago to shop for a crib or baby bed. I walked into Pottery and Barn Kids and a nice gentleman explained to me the functionality of a really nice crib on sale for $399. I thought what a great deal you get a bed to use at least for 5 years. Apparently I did not understand that a crib is useless because your child will really not use it that often and will have long legs sooner than you think. I also did not know the difference between crib and bassinet. Why do you need all these stuff for such a short period of time? I don't understand how people spend money on this stuff. So, I went on Ikea and ordered one of their crib and I am really satisfied. I am not getting a bassinet. I got a play and pack and will use that or my stroller came with a bassinet. And just for info, Ikea cribs are also environmental friendly and non-toxic.  If you want more info on what baby products are not toxic this blog post is pretty good, The non Toxic Nurse

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Symptoms of Week 30 Pregnancy

What to expect during your 30 week of pregnancy


I hit the 30-week of pregnancy and I feel miserable again. My nausea has come back not as violent as during my frits trimester. It usually happens every time I eat something. I can hardly walk without looking like a giant walking blueberry and my feet and hands are swollen. I am also tired and moody. I went to yoga today because it has helped me to keep my balance and flexibility and I could hardy do anything because of my ever-growing belly. Believe it or not the baby is only a little bit over 2 pounds. That means that in the next weeks this belly is going to get even bigger. I don’t know how it’s possible. I have withdraws from working out and stare and drool over pictures of people doing push ups on Instagram like it’s cupcakes.

On top of the way I physically feel I am staring to get worried about what still need to be accomplished and the little I have accomplished in preparation of this baby, from getting the room ready to finding a doctor, to figuring out maternity leave, etc.

Is this what every woman goes through?

On the happy side, we just came back from Cincinnati where my mother-in-law threw me a fantastic baby shower. Please enjoy some of the pictures.





Wearing an H&M long dress

Friday, July 4, 2014

SITES I JUST CAN'T LIVE WITHOUT


1. In love with these sequin hangers for children from  Pearls and Pastries.  (Pearlsandpastriesshop.blogspot.com)
2. Always inspired by the assortments of this Canada base home decor that ships everywhere. (http://www.thecrossdesign.com)
3. A cute little boutique in Canada called Blush Shop (www.blushshop.ca)
4. Little gems from the sea (www.luluacalifornia.com)
5. For the guess bedroom get these frames on the wall (www.etsy.com at the Black and Type Shop)
6. Inspiring and custom made letters by Allison Cornu (https://www.etsy.com)

PS. I am having major issues with my site (you can see a lot of photos are missing). Sorry. I am working to fix the problem. :(

Monday, June 16, 2014

How your belly looks like at week 27 of Pregnancy


WEEK 27 of PREGNANCY




 Fashion tips: It's hot right now in Florida. Add the fact that you are pregnant and you are on fire. I am glad we have a/c in our office so I can still wear something with long sleeves and be somewhat casual professional. I found this dress at Marshalls and it's one of these dresses that I feel I will be wearing even after pregnancy. www.marshallsonline.com/
I paired the dress with some sandals - open toe. Let me tell you about what happens to your feet when you are pregnant.


Swollen Feet during Pregnancy 

My boss who just had a baby had warned me. Your feet and your ankle will be so swollen you can hardly differentiate your body parts. Top it with the hot weather the past week my feet had swollen at a point that I can't wear closed shoes. They just don't fit, they rub against my skin and they are just uncomfortable. I don't even try to wear heels anymore. With my back problems it was advised to wear flats with cushion or support.  So my tips for fashion during pregnancy is to buy a nice pair of flat sandals that have some type of support and buy half size bigger so if you feet get bigger during the day you still have room!!!


Thursday, June 12, 2014

Vegetable Lasagna or Lasagne: Vegetarian recipe

Raw Vegan Lasagne

This is going to be known as one of my best recipes. First I want to say that this is an adaptation to a Zucchini and Green Zebra Tomato Lasagne that appears on the recipe book Raw Food, Real World by Matthew Kenney and Sarma Melngailis. I will mention through out the recipe if I take some of the sauces from them. I have made many similar recipes to this one before even reading about their version. If you think about it, it’s a carpaccio with zucchini (popular in Italy) or a caprese without the cheese. Though they really take a step forward making it an entree that is superb. I would recommend anyone to buy their book. It taught me a lot in terms of grains, nuts, natural sugar products, etc.



This is a pretty time consuming recipe for a raw lasagne:) You need to make 3 different sauces. I am writing here my adaptation.
1 Sauce Marinate
Fresh herbs from my organic garden (oregano, Italian and Greek basil, parsley, rosemary, thyme, one leaf of arugula, clove of garlic). These herbs must be chopped finely. You can use a half moon or blender or knife. Add half lemon juice. Cover with olive oil, extra virgin. Add salt and pepper and put on a side.
2 Sauce Ricotta Like (Taken from the Book)
2 cups of pine nuts; 2 tablespoons lemon juice; 2 table spoons nutriotinal yeast; 1 teaspoon sea salt; 6 tablespoons filtered water. I personally added some other type of nuts because I did not have a lot of pine nuts.
“Place the pignoli nuts, lemon juice, nutritional yeast, and salt in a food processor and pulse a few times, until throughly combined, Gradually add the water and process until the texture becomes fluffy, like ricotta” (p. 174). 
3 Sauce Tomato
one cup of sun dried tomatoes including the oil they come with; one big spoon of chopped red onion, one small red tomato chopped, some lemon juice and olive oil. Add 1/4 cup of cured black olives in salt (Greek ones). I also added some small pieces of a lemon. Yes a lemon not its juice.;)
Mix all ingredients in a blender or mixer until you get a sauce that reminds of gazpacho. 
4. For the assemble:
One zucchini

3 different types of tomatoes: one green, one black, and one yellow. They are expensive. I pay 6 dollars for one!! But they are so beautiful and good. 
Slice the zucchini with a peeler along the side. They need to be very thin and long. Do this until you are done. Place in a bowl with the first sauce to marinate. Leave some sauce for decoration (one big spoon).
Slice the tomatoes thin. Set aside.
Now take a nice beautiful plate. In the middle lay 2 zucchini next to each other. Top with the sauce #2, then Sauce #3; top with tomatoes (probably 2 at the time, so you can do one green, one yellow, etc). Top the tomatoes with the zucchini and keep going until all ingredients are gone. Top with sauce #1, basil leaves, fennel, and arugula. 
For more pictures refer to the old post on my food blog