Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Little fashion dog

Central Park from Cluj it's a very large park more than 180 years old. Inside it's also a lake, a restaurant with a terrace on the lakeside, a hall for events and other little ones. Very often there are all sorts of shows and activities. 

Most of my pictures are shot there. I know that isn't the perfect place for any kind of outfit but I love the privacy, the feelings, the serenity from inside, even it's a populated place almost every time. 

It's our place - mine and my baby's -  full of stories, hugs, laughter, good mood and then the main place to walk our hairball - MINI. Recently she started to be a fashion dog because I made her some skirts of tulle (haha) and it's only the beginning.

She wore very proud this pink skirt and aroused only positive reactions and big smiles. That's the point. In a world so tired and sad and full of concerns I liked to cheered someone even for a second. 

Outfit details

Stradivarius - shirt
Terranova - shorts
H&M - backpack

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Thursday, September 22, 2016

L'oreal pro-keratin masque for damaged hair

About my hair's less positive aspects I could talk on and on - thin, weak, without volume, dry ends, total non-stylized for several months after a wrong haircut and then damaged after a partial discoloration. After a light color,  my hairdresser recommended me to use a hair masque every time I wash my hair. 

I asked her what is the best masque to use it. She said that it has to be very nourishing and based on keratin. I admit that I didn't listen to her right away because I knew that professional hair products are more expensive and then wasn't the time. 

I tried a nourishing masque from Dove and then one from Yves Rocher and all this time I made many mixtures from natural oils - olive oil, coconut oil, castor oil, almond oil, etc. 

My hair began to recover but there was a long way to a beautiful hair. If you've noticed in almost all my posts I had my hair caught up. I never thought that a bad haircut can have long-term consequences. Maybe the problem was that I had more than one (haha).

My lucky moment was in Rome. My sister is a hairdresser and obviously, she made a miracle for my hair - haircut - bangs because this is the best for my face and color - I'm back to my natural color. I felt the love and the professionalism because it seemed to me that my hair started to breathe instantly, that it came to life. 

I want to give it full treatment so I ordered a professional hair masque. I don't use to search dozens of information, I like to follow my instinct so I chose a masque from L'oreal - pro-keratin masque for damaged hair.

What do they say? 

"Pro-keratin refill – correcting care masque for damaged hair – this formula enriched with pro-keratin immediately helps to correct the appearance of damaged and weakened hair. 

The hair fiber is left feeling protected against external aggressors and feels more supple. 

Directions to use: apply to washed and towel-dried hair. Leave on for 3-5 minutes - rinse thoroughly."

What do I say?

I am in love with the smell that persists a lot. I don't know what you think but I consider that is very important that the hair of a woman smells delightful. It's a small detail but a strong asset from my point of view. 

I like the texture - it seems an expensive cream - very clean and soft - like a perfect pudding with whipped cream - qualitative in one word. 

In love with the result - after I use it my hair looks fabulous and no, not exaggerating - it shines, has volume, and all I need it's a hair dryer. Doesn't need anything else to sit in one place and look good.

I don't feel my hair ends dry anymore, I truly recommend it. Although it is more expensive than others, yet is convenient because with this texture you will have it for a while because you have to put a small amount. 

What do you think?  What do you know about L'oreal pro-keratin masque for damaged hair?
You believe in the miracles made by professional products for hair?

Monday, September 19, 2016

The importance of sunscreen

I know that this post would have been more appropriate in the summer, but as we all know the sun produces radiation all year long. I know that the opinions are divided about this topic - there are those who don't believe in sunscreen at all, those who believe that those lotions make more harm than good and those ones who use sunscreen anytime in any season. 

I will start with the scientific opinion and then I will tell you my opinion.

Sun cause the formation of vitamin D, a vitamin that regulates calcium content in the body. Calcium plays an important role in bone formation and calcium from food can't reach at bones without vitamin D.

Our skin produces vitamin D when it comes into contact with ultraviolets but after a while, the body's vitamin D production ends. Therefore  it's enough to expose ourselves to the sun three times a week for about 15 minutes. 

This is adequate for our body and its need. If you love the sun or you are forced to spend more time outside, would be wise to:

  • avoid the interval of 11-15
  • always wear something on your head - hat, cap, scarf - there are many ways to be safe and cute/trendy at the same time 
  • wear loose clothing and light colors - I tried it and indeed it's more comfortable and refreshing to wear this kind of clothes or long dresses or baggy pants than to let the sun burn my skin directly in shorts or something like this
  • wear sunglasses 
  • use sunscreen - SPF 30 minimum

I agree with all the parts except sunscreen all the time. I have dark skin so I don't need much sun to get a touch of bronze and frankly I don't even like to spend hours in the sun. Even at the sea, I spend less time on the beach. 

I believe that we all know what skin cancer means. Unfortunately, the latest studies show that skin cancer has become the most  common form of cancer.  There are many causes but the most important remains overexposure to the sun.

I said that I am not a big fan of sunscreen. I have and I use creams with SPF from time to time - for my face most of the time (SPF 50) and for my body when I am at sea (cream with SPF 30) or I am forced to spend too much time outside and then I use to spray with SPF 20 my areas  discovered and sensible, but not all the time. 

Instead, it seems to me too much to "wear" SPF all the time because, on one hand, it can do well but in the end, these are artificial substances, full of chemicals so nothing 100% safe. 

Bad things can happen anyway and there are so many examples you just have to google it. The basic idea is the same from the medicines. On one side all is perfect but from the other side occur adverse reactions that the most of the time are harmful. 

Rather than "get dress" in SPF you better avoid the sun and even more solar radiation. The Internet is full of sexy and tanned and perfect girls that we forget completely that the beauty doesn't consist in the color of the skin, the beauty is health first of all and acceptance of who we are. 

In conclusion, I don't promote sunscreen as a basic idea. It's important but first, I want to promote confidence and acceptance and especially health. Second, I want you to choose what it's the best for you - what I do it's to avoid spending time in the sun when it's very hot outside, I like to wear very comfy clothes, natural materials, light colors, I wear sunglasses every time, I drink a lot of water and I like to hydrate my skin very well - lately I used shea butter and coconut oil. 

What do you think of the importance of sunscreen? You think you have to abuse of SPF to stay healthy?

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

The benefits of quinoa

Some say that quinoa is a plant from the family of cereals, others say that quinoa represents the seeds of a plant related to spinach and beet. 

Grains of quinoa are some small spheres, yellow and flattened. Quinoa is one of the best sources of vegetable protein, so is excellent for those who don't eat meat (same here, but about that in another post).

It's a complete protein because it contains all the amino acids needed by our body. It is a source of protein higher than soy and frankly I prefer the taste of quinoa than the taste of soy. 

The only version that I ate it so far was the mush with milk. The recipe that I follow - 100 grams of quinoa - previously rinsed very well (for two servings, is a considerable amount) boiled in 200 ml water until remains no water and the seeds get swollen. Then I put a small amount of vegetable milk (quinoa milk for today - it's a little bitter for my taste, I prefer oat milk) and on top different goodies - dried fruits, goji, cinnamon, sometimes berries. 

The result

The benefits of quinoa
  • Good source of magnesium, iron, copper, phosphorus
  • Good source of riboflavin  - necessary for the production of energy inside cells
  • Doesn't contain gluten
  • Rich in essential fats, vitamins, and minerals
  • It provides 4 times more calcium than wheat 
  • Contains B complex vitamins
  • Contains vitamin E
  • Good for circulatory problems caused by high cholesterol
  • Stimulates the immune system
  • Strengthens kidneys 
  • Quinoa consumed in the form of germs decreases the risk of heart problems
  • Reduces the amount of fat in the blood
  • It's full of fiber which helps detoxify the body without affecting the colon and digestive tract
  • Easily digest thus ensuring optimal absorption of nutrients
  • Anti-inflammatory 
  • It has an average content of omega-3 and ALA (alpha-linolenic acid) 
As far as I know these are the benefits of quinoa. I'm sure you will find full articles about this super food, I just want to synthesize. I prefer this kind of information - short and useful.  

I will try to use quinoa in many variations because I like the taste and I like to try all kind of vegetarian foods. 

What do you know about quinoa?

Friday, September 9, 2016

Pink mood

As I said in one of my posts feeling too sexy isn't exactly my style (referring to my outfit, not attitude). I know that from time to time is good to come out from our comfort zone just  like others times we are allowed to be childish.

Outfit details

The skirt is made by me
Terranova - t-shirt
Handmade - headband
Meli Melo - sneakers

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Hello, I'm Sagittarius

I don't believe in horoscope. I believe in many things at a level more spiritual, but the horoscope seems to me a big waste of time - "Today, under the sign of Jupiter and the power of the Moon, you will find your love and at the same time you will encounter some financial problems. I don't want to be sad but you may also have a headache, so you better stay at home."  blah blah

I think we all know how silly these things sound. Instead, I believe in the characteristics of the zodiacal signs. Normally the details are exaggerated, but the main features are real and I've seen that over time at all the signs. I believe in compatibility but not in incompatibility.

My best friend is passionate about zodiac signs. Because of her I gave more importance to this subject  but exactly as I said just referring to the character. I had reached the point in a date where one of the first questions was "What's your sign?".

Today is my turn to answer this question - I'm Sagittarius and I'm proud of it (haha). I don't think I wanted to be another sign. I am born in December, ten days before Christmas Eve and I love this. 

Outfit details

Zara - dress
Police - sunglasses
Random - sandals
A cute store from Rome - the scarf and the bag

I will enumerate several characteristics of Sagittarius that fit me like a glove :)

  • maximum compatibility with Aries, Leo, and Aquarius - less Leo, I find it a bit difficult
  • friendly, passionate, tolerant 
  • kind, honest, optimistic, sometimes arrogant
  • guided by ideals
  • very organized
  • vanity easily offended - haha very true
  • in love with nature - all inclusive - plants, animals, healthy food, healthy lifestyle, very active sign
  • sympathetic
  • rare capacity for self-motivation
  • risks assumed correctly
  • very developed sense of humor
  • always in search of the truth
  • never does what others tell him to do 
  • to be fully realized needs continuously new goals and attempts
I am sure that the list may continue but for me, these are representative and important. Like I said I am very comfortable with who I am and very proud to be Sagittarius

What do you think? Do you believe in zodiac/horoscope/planetary alignment? And of course, what's your sign? :)

Midnight thoughts

It's almost midnight and in the background, Celine Dion sings "I'm your lady" - long time since I haven't listened to love songs. I don't have problems in paradise (haha). I feel a slight sadness - probably fall asthenia and...stuff.

You know that moment when you feel like the universe, sends you some signs to change something in your life? Well, today I received four. Nothing bad doesn't worry, just some things which were the cherry on the top of my life cake. 

I like this feeling...I like this sadness it's a constructive one...I feel released and prepared for the real things and plans. I like this confidence in myself and yes tonight, I really think that I can conquer the world. 

Probably what I wrote is nonsense but for me, it has supreme meaning. In conclusion, my advice it's to pay attention to signals around you  - moments, words, actions, events, people, etc. Everything that comes out of nowhere, a thing without sense or a thing that produces you a strong feeling - from my experience - sadness and sensibility - that my dear ones can be the sign that you have to change something in your life. 

This doesn't happen often so be careful not to lose it! Make your life better, be happy!

Outfit details

Pull and Bear - shirt
Pull and Bear - shorts
Stradivarius - sandals
Police - sunglasses