…or just saying thank you and letting people know you appreciate them and think of them. I have a friend who sends me handwritten postcards with date and place, always with some theme that she knows I would love. The current one is a collection of places in San Francisco, randomly sent thorough the year. It could even be as simple as dropping a text message, wishing someone a beautiful day. But the handwritten note in the mail can never be replaced.
I recently bought a new home that I am moving into in a couple of weeks. It has been a long wait and a daunting process preparing our current home for sale. With some struggle, the end of it is becoming rather exciting. All the lifting and packing has prepared me for a smoother move and stronger arms!
Yesterday, I had some lovely interior designers & stylists turning our little gem into a gorgeous space. Mixing our own things with some new pieces and textiles gave me so much inspiration but mostly and surprisingly to me – all the beautiful plants. As a city girl, my mantra has always been “less is more”. It is the very reason I love living in the city, to be near everything. Having plants at home meant I needed to water and care for them. My lack of knowledge and interest about plants for the longest time has not been to my advantage, “it is just not what I do!”, I would say. Fast forward to yesterday, with a small flower obsession that began a few months ago – I am suddenly super inspired. A fig tree with a heavy pot in a granite, earthy color. Ginkgo wrapped in a washable paper bag, lush herbs giving life to my home & kitchen. I can’t wait to bring them to my new home!
The secret is out. Egg whites are in. For over a century, this has been one of the greatest kept beauty secret by Swedish women – The Egg soap, or more accurately, Lanolin Ägg Tvål by Victoria Soap. You can read more about the trend over at Vogue and of other products in the current egg trend. You should try it, too – it’s pretty amazing.
I had a thought. Has more awareness of what we put on our face, makeup and beauty products in general – containing ingredients that aren’t good for us, preservatives and what not – made us go crazy on the amount of stuff we put on our faces? Does using natural or “green” products mean piling on more?
I was standing in line at Starbucks, contemplating over an iced espresso vs a frappuccino, when I see an American girl ordering a caramel frappuccino. Her easy style – turquoise nail polish with a dark wooden ring with small, emerald stones. A pair of lace up boots in brown leather, paired with a short, structured, floral dress inspired me to try a different style in the Fall, perfect for my upcoming trip to Nashville – channeling my inner Scarlett O’Connor.
5 rules on maintaining my hair and keeping it healthy, soft and shiny – and smelling good!
Don’t skimp out on shampoo, conditioner and hair mask. It’s worth spending a little extra as they tend to last longer and you don’t need a full hand of shampoo anyway. Find a line that works for your type of hair by recognizing your issue (whether it’d be frizzy, dry and damaged or fine. Then figure out what you want to achieve. Is it adding more volume, less volume, shine, etc.)
Cleanse roots by massaging your scalp and just run your hands and fingers through the lengths without rubbing your hair. Always use a conditioner, especially when it’s dry outside, whether from the heat or the cold – and leave it on for at least 3 minutes. Once a week, use a hair mask and leave on for 20 minutes. Rinse with cold water.
Squeeze out excess water but don’t rub with a towel. Add your choice of frizz control cream, oil, leave-in conditioner or spray, and let it air dry if you can. If not, start with a cooler setting on your blow drier and focus on drying your hair from the roots, the ends usually dry much quicker.
Depending on the type and quality of your hair, add heat protectant product and/or cream for the ends to keep your cuticles closed.
When finished styling, add some glossing cream to keep stray hair down and to give off a polished, shiny and deliciously scented hair!
I have tried many different hair products and found a few brands that I love. These are my top 5, in no particular order:
It’s summer and you have been waiting to wear all of those gorgeous sandals sitting in your closet all winter, planning outfits and dreaming of a nice tan to go with those summer dresses. Then summer comes. Your legs are pale and you live somewhere in Europe, Sweden perhaps. And you realize that the streets are not made for walking in stilettos. Cobblestones, pretty and picturesque and make up the larger parts of the city making it absolutely impossible to walk on. You are guaranteed to get stuck in between the stones, and if not break your heels, scratch them – which makes them less than fresh and great looking. I have lost many shoes thanks to those beautiful cobblestones. Another thing that happens in the summer is swelling and gasp – sweat.
I usually get a pair of flip-flops, flats or sneakers to keep in my bag when I need to change into something more comfortable. What happens is that I end up with the high heels in my bag and the flats comfortably on my feet. The reason for that is mostly because I love walking, running, riding my bike for hours and hours. The weather is comfortable, there is so much to see and I don’t like being stuck inside a bus or tram, I love walking and exploring. The best compromise is a chunkier heel or a kitten heel. The kitten heel will still get stuck in the cobblestones but the heel is comfortable enough to walk fast in and not worry too much about getting stuck.
Do yourself a favor this summer. Wear the flats. Or if you can find a pair like the ones in the picture above from Aldo – get them, treat them well and wear them until they fall apart. Save the stilettos for the evenings and suffer through it, it’s worth it.