GIFT IDEA FOR VALENTINE’S DAY

Hello Hello my loves! -4 days for Valentine’s Day, and I’m writing this article to give you a quick idea of a gift you can offer to your special person!

It’s not chocolate or flowers, so don’t panic!

A couple of months ago I was wandering around the city with my boyfriend, and we found these beautiful bracelets from Thomas Sabo, if you live in Switzerland you know Thomas Sabo is quite known in here, if not then I’ll leave their website (here).

What I love the most in a gift, is the attention to detail, a little something that makes objets unique and personal, this is why I felt in love with their engravable collection! You can choose from either bracelets, necklaces, rings and charms.

We decided to treat ourselves with matching bracelets and we engrave the date of the day we met!

03.08.13.

 

I’d made our love story short, my now fiancé and I met in the metro! I know, I know it doesn’t sound really romantic, but this is what life had prepared to me. I was newly arrived in Switzerland and I had no expectations or plans for a love story, but 4.5 years later I love to remember this special date, what a better way than this right?

This would be also a lovely gift for your bestie!!

You can start your gift from a 39.00 CHF bracelet up to whatever your budget allows you.

 

Click here to see the same bracelet

The engraving is super fast, so you don’t have to wait any extra time!

I hope you’ll find something nice and special to your special person, remember love should be cherished every single day!

lots of love,

Katia

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This is not sponsored by any brand, all pictures belong to lecorbeaublanc.com

#OOTD No.1 from 2018

Hello my loves & happy Friday, yes finally the end of the week! I can’t complain we did got some much appreciated sun rays and with that, I finally got the opportunity to get some nice pictures.

With Salomé (@im_salome) we first stop for some lunch in a new place called “Pancs Cafe” (@pancs.lausanne) a lovely and cosy place that yes, as the name suggests, serves pancakes et crêpes, both salty and sugar! My recommendation will be the “Vanilla cake”.

After that, we walked into the streets looking for the perfect place to take nice pictures, we took some at the Church of St. François/Francis and then headed to smaller and less noisy streets.

I didn’t think much about this outfit while getting ready in the morning, but at the end I have to say I really did like this pieces together a lot!

I’ll leave you all the direct links at the end.

Coat: Burberry here (Farfetch) SALE!!

corse top: Pull & Bear (out of stock) similar here (ASOS) SALE!!

trousers: Zara

shoes: Jeffrey Campbell (not available any more) similar here (ASOS) SALE!!

sunglasses: Ray Ban

bag: Coach -30% in Antara Mexico City

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NEW THINGS I WANT TO TRY IN 2018

Hello my loves! I’m finally back in Switzerland 

In today’s post, I want to share the five new things I will love to do in 2018.

 

Exactly last year, I enrolled myself to the gym, with the intention on going at least twice a week, I know it’s not that much, and there’s people that go every single morning… But I was quite surprised with myself, I did actually went to the gym almost every single week.

I go to Let’s Go, it’s the biggest chain of gyms in Switzerland, I think their fees are correct, considering that you have access to all the collective courses and the proper gym area, they’re open the whole week and you can attend any of the gyms. At the beginning I tried almost all the courses and finally, the one that I liked the most was Zumba, the instructor is amazing and was perfect for my schedule! For the second day, I do 30 minutes of cardio, and then some floor exercises.

For 2018, I want to add a third day in my fitness routine, and Pilates on Monday morning sounds like a good idea.

I’ll leave Let’s Go website here.

 

As long as I remember I had long hair, and don’t get me wrong I love it, but I want to experince something different. I have been influenced by Tanya Burr and Olivia Culpo, so I think that in a couple of days I’ll be making RDV with my hair dresser. Of course I’m a little bit nervous, but at the end of the day hair grows! And who knows? Maybe I will love it, and I’ll be keeping it short for a longer period.

When it comes to cooking, I only know the basics and honestly is NOT my passion. On the other hand, I know it’s important to have a correct and healthy diet, so I would love to start cooking new dishes.

My goals, are to at least try one new recipe each week, incorporate more veggies, mushrooms, and vegetal protein.

I love reading, and before moving to Switzerland I was reading a new book almost every month. My all-time favorite author is Ken Follet, hands down! He’s the perfect writter if you’re like me, and love historical novels.

Currently I’m reading Peter Pan, a classic. But, I still have a couple of books that I bought and haven’t had the chance to read them.

Since I started my Blog in June 2017, I discover new bloggers all the time, specially from Switzerland and Mexico, since these two are the countries that follow the most my Blog and Instagram. I have discovered many talented and creative girls that inspire me to work hard on the content I want to share with you guys, but it also happens to me that I start comparing myself… I don’t have enough followers as X girl, I don’t post as much I as X girl, and the list goes on…

The sad part of comparing yourself to someone else, is that you loose your time and energy, furthermore you create a negative vibe around you, and nobody should create this around themselves! This is why, I challenge myself to create and write without looking at the numbers, I challenge myself just to enjoy and let myself be creative in my own way.

Here I talk about the “blogging world”, but comparisons can be made in any situations of your life.

What about you guys? What goals are you setting for yourself this year? I will love to know!

 

XX, Katia

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My experience with long distance relationships

Hello guys, I’m sorry I skipped last week’s post and I know it has been a couple of days since my last update. December has definitely been kicking me in the derrière as I’ve been trying to balance work with life and Christmas travel plans. It was not an easy month and as you guys know I prefer to write a blogpost only when I know I have the time to post quality content rather than posting nonsenses.

In this post I want to share my experiences, and my tips, on how I keep healthy and durable long distance relantionships with my loved ones. As you may know (or maybe this is new information for some of you guys) I’m Mexican and I have lived in Switzerland for almost 2.5 years now. I know, I know, two and a half years does not seem like a SUPER long time, but it has been enough time to help me realize that family and friends are super important, they’re basically everything.

So this post is dedicated to those people whom I miss terribly. These are all the lessons I have learnt in the short yet excruciatingly long time we have spent apart.

Accept new people in your life

Once you move out of your comfort zone – it may be to a different country or town, maybe a new university, or even out of your parents house– you might need to make an extra effort to get to know more people around you. This can depend a lot on many factors, including the country, the culture, or the language of the place you are at. These aspects might be different from what you are used to, but try to adjust to your new life. Once you open yourself up to new opportunities and create a circle of acquaintances, friends and activities, it is much much easier to stop being homesick.

Give new people a chance! Just remember, everyone always starts out as an acquaintance. But most importantly, give YOURSELF a chance to embrace others around you and try to make them a part of your life. It might come as a surprise to you that you’ll compare the new people in your life to the ones who have basically always been there, but here is a golden rule I learnt the hard way: don’t compare them with other friends– each person has it’s unique way to show their love.

 

Don’t establish rules

We all want to spend time with our loved ones and making plans seems to be the way to do it. But don’t try to emforce a schedule on “when” and “how” you will communicate with those who are far away. We have an amazing advantage that no other generation has ever enjoyed before, we have social media and thank God for that.

It will depend on how far away you have moved, and if you have a considerable time difference– I for example am 7 time zones away from my family and friends. You must understand that sometimes it won’t be possible to answer messages or calls right away …. AND IT’S OKAY! My friends and I have adjusted through the years and have found that the easiest way to communicate is through voice messages. What makes these optimal is that you can basically share 20-minute long stories (yes I plead GUILTY) and your friends can listen and respond whenever they get a chance. It takes off the pressure of having to literally be there 24/7.

Take it easy, if you have something to share just write or record the message, and eventually you’ll get a message back. Trying to force people into a set communication system might work for a while, BUT believe me the day will come when either of you won’t be able to make it, and you might feel disappointed of a system you created.

Social media is amazing

As I mentioned above, this is a huge advantage in our generation, and it’s amazing how connected you can feel with those around you. Maybe it’s a message or a call, a tag on a funny meme, or just a photo on Instagram, you can almost instantly know what your friends are doing and I think this can make long distance relationships easier.

If you’re reading this you might already know that I’m really active on Instagram, I post pictures and stories every single day, and I love it.

I have the added fortune that most my friends are super active as well, but I do understad that some people might not like being on social media that much. So I do take a moment to send a voicenote or a message just to check in on how they’re doing in a more personal way.

People change

People will change all the time, sometimes you’re going to be there to witness the moment, sometimes you won’t. Sometimes you’re the one that is going to change, and this might take people in different directions.

This too is also very normal, and sometimes it has nothing to do with the distance. With time you will realize friends that once where super close to you are now doing completely different things. I will just advice you to cherish the moments you spent together and be happy for them.

Who knows, maybe at some point you might be able to see each other again. I have a good example: Since I started lecorbeaublanc.com and Instagram account, old acquaintances from school have reached out to me and I have been able to talk to them more so than before. Maybe I’ll be able to see a couple of them now that I’m in Mexico for the Holidays. I wasn’t particulary close to them back then, but if today they’re offering me their time and friendship, of course I’ll accept it.

When you come back home

This is me right now while writting this post. I’m currently home in my room, a room that is full of memories like sleepovers with my friends, coming back from a party, midnight confessions… You know, the list goes on and on…

I set on my mind and in my heart that every time I’ll be back home, I will enjoy it. I’m going too see friends and family that will have the time to see me, most of them know I’m here, for those who are a little bit forgetful I did write them to remind them I was coming back for a few days.

I want to return to Switzerland knowing that I was able to spend good times with my friends rather than forcing people into seeing me just because I’m here. Some of my friends work so their time with me is much more limited, and some of them are on holidays with their families, and I don’t take it personally.

Early this morning I was brunching with one of my friends and she told me this:

”Sometimes we hang on things way too much. Sometimes it is a person, an experience, a certain place or a choice.

Enjoy what you have and enjoy what you’re living in the moment. Maybe you will get a chance to experience those things you cherish again and again, or maybe not. Maybe you’ll get that one thing you so much desired, maybe not. Maybe you’ll achive all of the things you expected, maybe not.

Let life surprise you once in a while. Don’t hang on in a hour, a moment or a condition. Live without waiting or being waited on.

Free from prejudices or anticipated ideas that might lead to unnecessary worries. Just live.

Work for the things you want, and do your best.

Say thanks to the opportunity of being with that one friend, that coffee date, that night out, that candlelit dinner.

Nothing stays the same, everything passes, everything transforms itself.”

Each relationship is unique

I still have another experience that convinces me every single day that there’s no distance or time that can separate friends.

For almost 7 years now, I keep a friendship that is quite unique, and at the beginning it was hard for people to understand. Seven years ago I met my now amazing friend thanks to her old YouTube videos. If I share this story now it’s like super normal, but believe me 7 years ago, everyone thought it was super weird.

Her name is Milena, a Russian girl living in Tokio. We used to Skype (when Skype was a thing) religiously every Saturday morning just like you will go and grab some coffee with a friend. We would talk about our schools, how our countries were different or similar, our friends, everything… After two years of friendship I visited her in Tokio, and it was amazing! Up until now it has been the one and only time we have ever met in person. I hope this might change in the future, but still Milena is as close to me as any other of my friends. We can’t Skype anymore on Saturday mornings but we still call each other quite frequently.

Proving all of what I have stated above.

 

I hope that this post might help you if you’re struggling with moving out/coming back home and can make your process a little bit easier. Remember, this is more easily said than done. Most of us are always expecting something, and it takes a moment to realize that only God’s timing is perfect.

 

Katia,

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#CONSCIOUSGIFTS

“As you grow older, you will discover that you have two hands, one for helping yourself, the other for helping others.”

– Maya Angelou

 

Hello guys, I thought long and hard this weekend about what I wanted this week’s post to be about. I still wanted to write an article about Christmas gifts, but wanted to add on items that contribute in one way or another to a good cause. I found several items while browsing either on social media or the internet and I have decided to include my favorites  in this post. I hope that these items inspire you to treat a special someone while still collaborating with charitable causes.

I tried to add items that target different price points and a variation of charitable causes. You can find all the links to the websites in this article so that you can check out all the details about each cause’s amazing contributions, and you can shop for these items if you wish to do so.

Disclaimer: none of the links in this article are affiliated links. This post was simply written to help you guys with your Christmas shopping.

Lush Charity Pot

 

 

The “Charity Pot” is a cruelty free hand a body cream made from fair trade ingredients. Every time you purchase a charity pot Lush donates 100% of its proceeds (except for TAX) to its charitable foundation “NEW CHARITY POT” that aims at helping different causes that advocate for both human and animal rights.

 

 

The retail price for 240ml of this cream is 30.00 CHF

Click here to buy this product, and here to know more about Lush’s charitable giving.

If you happen to know of a cause that could benefit from some extra charitable donations you can enroll this cause in Lush’s program if they meet certain requirements.

here application guideline in english.

here application guideline in french

also read about the 3 actual projects Lush is supporting in Switzerland.

I think this can be an excellent gift for the skincare junkie in your life. I have personally bought this cream several times and I can tell you for a fact I never get enough of it. It is extra rich in moisturizing natural ingredients (such as cacao and shea butter) and it smells absolutely amazing.

 

I Believe in Dog Sweater by Wild at Heart Foundation x Estee Lalonde

You might have heard about Estee Lalonde, famous English Youtuber, blogger and lover of her adopted Greyhound “Reggie.” But did you know that she has collaborated with the Wild at Heart Foundation? A foundation that funds and supports animal welfare projects all over the world! Well, Lalonde and WHF came up with a super cute and comfy sweater that stars Reggie the Greyhound.

 

 

The price for this sweater is 50£. Buy it.

The cool features about this sweater is that it is made from 100% fairtrade/organic cotton, and 100% of the profits will go directly to the foundation to help animals. If you wish to see other sweater designs and products  you can click here.

This sweater can make a perfect gift for the crazy animal lover in your life, or also your inner Netflix binger… I know I am getting one for myself! You can’t blame a girl for wanting to stay in style while still being comfy this Holiday Season.

Wild at Heart Foundation website

Allure Sauvage

 

I recently discovered this new Swiss brand (it might not be a new discovery for some but it definitely was for me). Well, Allure Sauvage is coming up with a new handbag design made from strictly pineapple textiles. You heard me! PINEAPPLES! This means the bag is free from plastics and leather.

 

 

What I love about this Kickstarter is that you can decide how much money you want to donate to this campaign. Contributions vary from 10 CHF to 1000 CHF, so there is something for everyone. For example, with a 10 CHF contribution you can get a thank you video for helping kick-start this campaign. If you wish to purchase the actual bag you will have to contribute 175 CHF.

If you want to learn more about this campaign you can click here to go directly to their Kickstarter. In this image you can see all the details and the different formulas for rewards they have designed.

 

This gift will be perfect for that special someone who loves eco/cruelty free fashion AND vegetarian and vegan lifestyle.

I will be soon posting an article just about this handbag with all the details about the material, the size, styling tips and of course what can you fit in the bag!

Get to know the brand a little bit more and browse their website.

Louis Vuitton x UNICEF

 

Ok so now we are moving into the big leagues. Who hasn’t heard of UNICEF and Louis Vuitton? Well, although these upcoming items are more expensive than the rest, maybe you can treat yourself or a loved one to one of these pieces.

This campaign aims to help children in precarious situations, like children living in refugee camps in Jordan. As of 2015, there are 8 million kids living in refugee camps, and that number is rapidly rising. By contributing in kind donations, UNICEF can help a large amount of children living in these dangerous circumstances. I will leave the video of their campaign For you to check it out.

 

 

The first bracelet is their “silver lockit color” for 250 euros, where 100 euros will go directly to UNICEF.

 

The second bracelet is all silver, for 500 CHF, where 200 CHF will go directly to UNICEF.

 

Finally, the necklace, this one is made of silver and it goes for 600 CHF, 200 CHF will go to UNICEF’s cause.

I advise you to call or visit your local LV boutique to check their availability, or place an order if it is necessary.

If you want to make a direct donation to UNICEF official page just click (minimum donation starting at 50 dlls).

 

 

 

I hope I was able to provide you with different ideas for your gift list. Remember that these are not the only brands or charitable causes you can support, but these are the ones I thought were cool.

Share in the comments below or in my social media if you know about other brands or products that you’d like to share with everyone. The more people know about these the better!

See y’all next week!

Katia

More gift ideas and good causes

http://www.bestproducts.com/lifestyle/news/g1252/gifts-that-give-to-charity/?slide=1

http://www.elle.com/fashion/news/g27423/gifts-that-give-back-charitable-presents/

http://www.refinery29.com/2015/11/98280/ethical-charitable-gift-ideas

https://www.buzzfeed.com/bibibarud/ayudando-a-mexico-con-cosas-bonitas?utm_term=.ldxpDxwD4#.lpj06gl6r

 

 

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