Beauty & life lessons from MOM

Beauty & life lessons from MOM

Hello! I hope you’re doing great, to be honest with you I had a couple of down days in the last few weeks, those days where you’re tired of adulting, and all you want to do is run home and eat your mom’s food, like in the good old days.

So, I took inspiration from her and decided to share a couple of lessons she had taught me.

Prevention is key

My mother is the most organized and preventive person I know. Since my early teenage years, she always took the time to talk about the changes my body was going to experience, as we all pass through the amazing phase of puberty *eye roll*. She really insisted that I should start taking care of my face and body.

One of her tips was to incorporate sweet almond oil to my routine, to avoid getting stretch marks. She used to tell me that back when she was a teenager, she never had the opportunity to talk about these type of things with her mom, so she never got the chance to prevent them.

So, religiously morning and night I used to apply sweet almond oil (alone or mixed with body cream). Honestly, it worked! I’m not going to say I don’t have stretch marks anywhere because I do! I got very small and thin ones on my bum, but I never got them on my thighs, lower back or chest area.

I think having stretch marks is almost inevitable and completetly normal , I’m thankful that today they’re almost undetectable to the human eye (except in the hideous changing rooms, where the light has been created to maximize the appearance of un-existing flaws).

Recently I tested Kiehl’sCreme de Corps Nourishing Dry Body Oil” among the ingredients we find: apricot oil, squalene, sesame seed oil, avocado oil, castor seed oil, grape seed oil, sunflower seed oil & rosemary extract.

Photo credits Kiehl’s IG official account

The smell is very pleasant and I love how my skin feels after using it. What I love the most is that it made me remember my little oil ritual, I had tried the rest of the “Creme de Corps” range and if you have the chance I will highly suggest them too.

Consistency

This is one is really hard for me, and I still can’t believe that my mother has been exercising at home even before my brother and I were born! She always encouraged me to practice any physical activity, but even today I find it hard to do it on a daily basis. Something that works for me is doing different courses at the gym, this way I feel motivated by other people and I have the chance to do different courses targeted to different places of my body!

Stay curious

One of our favorite activities together was to read magazines in the afternoons, at that time Instagram wasn’t the center of my universe, so I remember getting all my beauty knowledge and royals gossip from Hello! and Glamour.

You know I’m obsessed with discovering new launches especially when it comes to minimal makeup products or skincare.

My little update: For makeup, I’m particularly happy with the brand NudeStix (This brand was founded by a mother and her daughters), I talk about them quite frequently on my IG stories. For skincare, I’m enjoying the last month of my personalized Apothecary preparations oil-in serum also from Kiehl’s, I bought this serum when I was in Mexico City, back in September.

If you’re skincare junkie like me, you will love having your very own serum! It consists of a Skin Strengthening Concentrate + 2 targeted complexes (mine was targeted for clarity and enlarged pores) sadly the formula lasts only up to 6 months so I’m about to finish mine.

Read more about the serum here

Confidence

Definitely, we can only get better at this with as we get older and get to experience life, but having a good examples always helps.

My mom has been married to a pilot for almost 30 years now, I never realize until now all the things she had to face alone on a daily basis. Take into consideration that not so long ago, we weren’t able to FaceTime people on the other side of the world and long distance calls where super expensive!

So, one of the qualities that I admire on my mom is how confident and strong she is, most of the times she faced sick children (or dog), adult stuff and everyday life on her own, and when my dad finally came back crisis was over (of course).

As you see confidence is not only for our appearance it’s also about our life choices and how we face difficult times.

Kind heart

No matter how much you try to change your makeup or your clothes, true beauty can only shine if we’re kind to others.

My mother is a very reserved woman, but she will be the first person to help out others, but something that I really love about her is her ability to show kindness to animals, and it is proven that people showing empathy to animals tend to be kind and compassionate beings, let’s take Schopenhauer statement as an example:

“Compassion for animals is intimately associated with goodness of character, and it may be confidently asserted that he who is cruel to animals cannot be a good man.”

― Arthur Schopenhauer, The Basis of Morality

The end! I hope you liked reading this type of posts they’re a little bit more personal, but as you see everything we do is connected.


what’s the best lesson your mom gave you?

Love,

Katia



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Shopping habits to change: Fashion Edition

Shopping habits to change: Fashion Edition

Hello everyone! Today I want to adress a subject that has been in my head for a while, but I didn’t knew how to start talking about it.

We have seen everywhere all the struggles that fast fashion is making to our planet starting with pollution, poor labor conditions in developing countries and nonetheless the horrible mindset of nonstop consuming in our lifestyle.

It took me a while (maybe more than it should) to consider this situation in a more serious way, I’m not here to judge or punish anyone because of their shopping habits, I just want to share a couple of things I’ve been trying to change, first of all, because I realized three things:

  1. I have no more space in my house to hold more clothes, therefore, I feel overwhelmed and saturated
  2. I’m just partially happy with the items I own, because of my bad shopping habits and the mindset “is not that expensive I’ll take it” I accumulated so many things I actually don’t wear and they just take space (read point number one above).
  3. I don’t want to be attached to material things, it is true that material things bring us joy, but I also think it is important to learn to let them go, I have so many pieces (especially dresses) that I love, but I don’t actually wear them anymore, so they’re just sitting in my closet in immaculate condition, when actually they could be in someone else’s hand right now.

So as you see these little cycle has been turning around in my head, and these are some solutions I came up with:

Participate in H&M recycling program

You bring a bag to the store full of clothes ( It doesn’t matter the brand), then they give you a 5 CHF voucher, valid for every 30 CHF you spent in the store (see more details about their program here). Honestly, the deal is not amaaaazing, but I thought it was better than nothing.

I do these when I clear my closet every season and the clothes that are out aren’t going to any friends or family (basically underwear, socks, old pj’s etc…).

Stuff that would never get a second life (in my opinion).

Photos taken from H&M group website

Second-hand

These is something new for me, I really never thought of buying second-hand clothes, since I always thought that I was fortunate enough to allow myself to new clothes, now I realize that it has nothing to do with having the money or not, is more about how to use it smartly and save some bucks.

I have to say a huge THANK YOU to my dear friend Alexia (@Alexia_lila) on Instagram, she is always selling her clothes and organizing “vide dressings” with really nice items and brands. Since she wears the same size as me, I was immediately curious about her sales!

A couple of weeks ago, I bought one of her Sabo Skirt dresses, when I previously saw it featured on her photos I thought it was really pretty and adaptable to any season with the right accessories. So I bought the dress for 20 CHF (Sabo Skirt dresses are usually around 60 CHF + shipping & taxes).

And there’s more to tell you about this subject, Alexia just recently created her own company called Swisstagram Tour, with her new company one of the services she offers, is to help you sell your clothes! All you need to do is buy your entry for 30 CHF (or 60 CHF for her VIP service), she comes and helps you out with sorting the things you want to sell, establish a price and voilà! I’ll leave all the details of her website below.

And of course, if you want to buy the clothes, you can check out the dates of the Pop-Up store they organize, or shop on the online boutique!

Swisstagram Tour

Vide dressing service

Visit your local second-hand shop, and ask how you can sell your clothes!

More conditions before buying something

I realize that I have to be much more severe with my shopping habits, so I apply a couple of rules:

  1. During sales season I ONLY shop for basics that are timeless.
  2. Never buy for the season ahead. Example: Don’t buy a winter coat during summer.
  3. Don’t buy things spontaneously. Here is where Pinterest comes in handy! I have my “Fashion Inspo” board, and here I collect many outfit ideas and potential buys, so I have a clear idea of how I wish to dress, if I ever come across one of the items of my board, then I consider to buy it.
  4. I allow myself to replace a broken or very used item.
  5. I treat myself to a special buy on my birthday. 
  6. Don’t buy the same in a different color
  7. Only ONE trend item for the season

Voilà

I Hope you find my post useful and might consider adopting new habits when it comes to shopping!

Of course, I still make mistakes and my wardrobe is far from being perfect. I wish one day I can be able to build a capsule wardrobe, which means you basically dress with only 33 items (clothes, shoes & accessories) during a whole season and no shopping, sounds crazy right?

#TurningIntoMarieKondo

Bisous,

Katia

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SUMMER BODY: A MENTAL AND PHYSICAL PREP | ESP & FR

SUMMER BODY: A MENTAL AND PHYSICAL PREP | ESP & FR

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Hola, en el post de hoy quiero compartiles la rutina que me ha ayudado muchísimo a tener mi piel lista para el verano y lo mejor es que no es nada complicada ????????‍♀️. Son solamente 2 pasos que me han ayudado a darle a mi piel un aspecto sano y bonito, no creo en los productos milagro pero creo en la constancia de una rutina.

en français ???? ????????

Coucou, pour le post d’aujourd’hui j’aimerais partager avec toi les deux pas qui m’ont beaucoup aidé pour améliorer l’aspect de ma peau et être toute prête pour l’été. Je ne crois pas au produits miracle, je crois qu’il s’agit d’avoir une bonne routine et d’être constante.

 

La gota de agua rompe la piedra, no por su fuerza sino por su constancia ☝????

 

Dry body brushing

El dry brushing es bastante conocido y es simplemente pasar un cepillo para el cuerpo, gracias la exfoliación del cepillado quitas todas las células muertas y estimulas la circulación.

A mi me gusta hacerlo justo después de salir de bañarme ( 3 veces por semana), la piel esta más  suave y siento que es más efectivo. Empiezas desde el punta de los pies y siempre es con un movimiento hacia arriba, en la panza es con un movimiento en sentido de las agujas del reloj.

La verdad es que la piel si queda un poco roja después de pasar el cepillo, pero cuando te aplicas la crema de cuerpo notas como la piel esta super suave gracias a la exfoliación. La crema que uso es la de nivea Fresh, la encuentras es todas partes, es bastante económica y a diferencia de la crema Nivea tradicional, esta se absorbe súper rápido.

Los beneficios que he notado después de 6 meses:

– Uniformidad en el tono de la piel

– Menos vellos enterrados

– La piel esta super suave

– El relieve de las estrías se nota menos

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Le dry brushing est une technique assez connue, il s’agit simplement d’une brosse pour le corps avec laquelle on se brosse pour faire un gommmage pour enlever les cellules mortes et aussi pour stimuler la circulation.

J’aime le faire juste après la douche ou bain ( 3 fois par semaine) car la peau est toute douce et je trouve que c’est plus efficace. Tu commences par le bas du corps et toujours en mouvements longs et vers le haut, pour le ventre on fait des mouvements dans le sens des aiguilles d’une montre.

Après le brushing la peau est un peu rouge, mais quand on mets la crème on sent tout de suite une peau douce grâce au gommage. La crème que j’aime utiliser c’est la Nivea Soft, elle est pas chère et j’en mets partout deux fois par jour, à différence de la crème Nivea normal (boîte bleu) la version Soft s’étale rapidement.

Les différences que j’ai aperçu après 6 mois:

– une tonalité uniforme dans la peau

– moins de poils incarné

– une peau douce même après quelques jours

– le relief ou “volume” des vergetures est moins évident

buy the brush here

Cupping

Esto lo hago de manera preventiva, por el momento no tengo celulitis a simple vista, solo cuando hago presión en la pierna pero esto es normal.

Primero aplico el aceite y después con ayuda de la ventosa doy masaje en piernas y glúteos de manera circular y de nuevo siempre hacia arriba.
No les voy a mentir la verdad es que es cero agradable y hasta duele un poquito, supongo que depende de la sensibilidad de cada quien pero a mi costo un tiempo acostumbrarme.

No puedo decir que resultados he tenido, por que no tengo un problema visible, pero como les dije antes lo hago como prevención.

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Ce pas je le fais de manière préventive, c’est bien vrai qu’on a toutes un certain degré de peau d’orange ???? pour l’instant, j’ai encore de la chance car on ne voit pas, sauf si je mets de la pression sur mes jambes par exemple. Mais ça arrive à toutes, c’est donc pour moi c’est juste la prévention.

Je vais pas te mentir, j’aime pas forcément le faire car ça fait un peu mal au début. On mets l’huile anti-celulite et on étale avec la venteuse avec des mouvements circulaires, toujours vers le haut. Je fais surtout sur mes cuisses et ????, après quelques fois on s’habitue à la sensation, mais je me dis toujours que c’est un sacrifice pour un bien meilleur ????. 

Mental preparation

Durante el verano hay mucha presión acerca de como debemos vernos, exponemos más áreas del cuerpo y creo que les damos más atención.

Creo que esta bien querer una versión bonita o mejorada de nosotros mismos que vayamos al gimnasio o como le compartí arriba tips para vernos mejor, lo que no esta bien es lastimarnos a nosotros mismo con standares imposibles y sentirnos mal al respecto, el cuerpo perfecto no existe.

Basta de torturarnos, hay cosas que podemos cambiar y hay cosas que no podemos.
Si me molesta no tener un abdomen marcado o no tener glúteos mas definidos puedo hacer ejercicio y aunque no sean cambios instantáneos puedo llegar a tener mejoras ????????????.

Ahora, las que no puedo cambiar, por ejemplo mi altura, me encantaría tener por lo menos 10 cm de más y poder comprar cualquier pantalón o vestido largo sin tener que cortarlo o tener un talle largo que presumir en bikini.
Podría pasar horas quejándome de eso, pero no me aumentaría ni un centímetro. Prefiero poner mi energía en las cosas que me hacen ver y sentir mejor como buscar otro tipo de ropa o marcas que si hagan tallas petite, o simplemente poner mas énfasis en lo que me gusta de mi y no tiene que ser solamente físico.
No por esto tengo algo en contra de las mujeres altas ni las miro con envidia, tampoco les escribo comentarios negativos en Instagram (pequeño recordatorio para todos ????) ellas tienen algunas ventajas yo considero que tengo otras ????:

– Tengo más espacio en los asientos de avión
– Puedo comprar algunas cosas en la sección de niños y es más barato
– Me pierdo fácilmente entre la gente (perfecto cuando quieres ser discreta, tipo en el súper)

Ok, pueden consultar un post más serio al respecto de este tema en internet,  pero a mi me gusta ver las cosas con humor y por que realmente creo que debemos empezar a ser más amables con nosotros mismos #selfloveclub además considero que es más importante el antender nuestras inseguridades antes de ir a proyectarlas en odio en la felicidad ajena.

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Pendant l’été, on a une pression plus grande pour être parfaites, j’imagine que c’est parce que on expose une plus grande partie de notre corps pendant cette saison.

Je dois commencer par dire que le corps parfait n’existe pas, on peut s’améliorer ou changer à un certain degré pour se sentir mieux avec soit même. Par contre, il faut être plus gentil avec nous mêmes  et arrêter de se sentir coupable.

 Il y a des choses qu’on peut changer et je t’encourage à faire des efforts pour y arriver, si cela te rendra plus heureuse. Par exemple, si je veux avoir des abdos ou un derrière plus definis,  je sais que je dois faire une routine et passer quelques heures au fitness.

Par contre,  je sais qu’il y a des choses que je ne peux pas changer, comme ma taille (je mesure 156 cm), j’aurais bien aimé avoir au moins 10 cm de plus juste pour pouvoir acheter des pantalons et jupes sans devoir faire des retouches et avoir une taille toute allongée en bikini ???? mais non, et vu que je ne peux rien faire pour grandir maintenant ????, je préfère mettre mon énergie ailleurs. Je préfère trouver des habits qui me corresponde plus ou des marques qui font des “tailles petites”. Peut-être aussi mettre l’accent sur des autres choses qui vont me mettre plus en avant, même des choses qui n’ont rien à voir avec le physique.

On est comme on est et c’est surement pas avec de la jalousie ou méchanceté ou encore en écrivant des commentaires négatifs sur des photos sur les réseaux  sociaux qu’on va changer. Je préfère voir le côté positif d’avoir une petite taille:

– J’ai plus de place dans les avions  

– Je peut acheter quelques habits dans la section enfant et c’est moins chère.

– Je me perds facilement entre  les gens (parfait quand tu veux être discrète ????).

D’accord tu peux aller regarder un autre post plus sérieux sur ce sujets ailleurs, mais ma façon de voir les choses c’est avec un peu d’humour, je crois que c’est le moment de devenir plus gentils avec nous mêmes #selfloveclub et aussi de se responsabiliser un peu plus de nos insécurités avant d’aller les projeter en haine sur la joie des autres.

with love Katia,

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GIFT IDEA FOR VALENTINE’S DAY

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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#OOTD No.1 from 2018

#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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