Friday, October 13, 2017

Teachers Advice For Parents


A few months back, in a school gathering, teachers greeted us parents with coffee, a croissant, and this beautiful note. 

When I read it I immediately felt content, and confident in that my kids were going to the right school. The note is in Spanish but I hope I will try to translate it as accurately as possible. It goes like this...



When Educating Our Children, All Exaggeration is Negative


Answer them, don't inform them.
Protect them, do not suffocate them.
Help them, do not do everything for them.
Love them, do not idolize them.
Walk by their side, don't carry them.
Show him the danger, don't frighten him.
Include them, don't cut them off.
Encourage them to dream big, don't discard their hopes and ideas.
Don't demand perfection, ask them to be good and show by example.
Don't lavish all your love to them, surround them with love.
Don't just say "go do your homework", provide a study environment.
Don't build a Castle for them, live naturally.
Don't tell her how or what they should be, be who you want them to be. 
Don't live for them, live with them.
Remember, your children don't listen to you, they observe you...


I thought I'd share this because as a parent I feel that I need these reminders from time to time. Do you? Thoughts? Comments? Let me know what you think. 


P.S. If you would like to read more about this particular subject. Read this article from The Guardian, it's a good one! 

Saturday, October 7, 2017

This and That...Thoughts on Fall Coziness & Building Resilience



Since the majority of you, my northern hemisphere friends, are getting into Fall and Winter I thought I'd transmit my love for the colder months to you before we get into full Spring mode in Argentina, which leads to my dreaded season, summer!

I also talked about the importance of building resilience and how to go about it. Hope you enjoy the video.

Alina









































Saturday, September 30, 2017

Getting Ready For A Business Meeting



Hello! Just a quick note to let you know that I had a meeting this past week, and since I'm all about those Chubby Sticks by Clinique, I decided to film a video showing my quick and easy "Business Face".

I hope you like it!

Thank you for watching!


Alina


Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Fast Makeup: Clinique Chubby Sticks



Ever since I heard Lily Pebbles talk about her highlighter I wanted to give it a try . I did, and it's been my solution in the highlighting department. It's quick, easy, and I really feel like I've found makeup that facilitates the application process. 

This vlog shows behind the scenes of the day I bought these Clinique products, and the first time I applied them. 

There's also cake, window shopping, and a mini haul.

See you there! 





P.S.  I'm curious to know, what quick and easy makeup products would you recommend?



Thursday, September 14, 2017

Autumn & Winter Lookbook



What is your "uniform"? Do you have one? I do! I have a few uniforms on rotation per season. 



Once I feel comfortable in an outfit that I really like, I wear it over and over again. This comes particularly handy for the school run.





















Coats are included and also tea, of course...



I hope you like this short video with some winter and fall inspiration. My uniforms and most worn outfits of the season.


Sunday, September 10, 2017

About Short Hair & A Lip Combo







Have you ever went to the hairdresser, without a hair appointment, to see if by any minuscule chance, he could squeeze you into his busy schedule? And then he unbelievably did have a free spot for you, and then he cut your hair a bit shorter than you expected but really loved it in the end?

Well, that happened to me this past Friday. So obviously I decided to film a video. I had to show you my new hair properly, of course! 

In this video I also talk about something that makes me mad, which is when women feel like they have to leave their hair long to "agree" with the men in their lives (kids, husbands, etc.) 

There's also a lip combo that I like, and four empties that I will be repurchasing soon. 

I hope you like it!


Wednesday, September 6, 2017

When Life Gives You Lemons...Do Yoga


What are your full proof resources to make you feel good, change your energy, turn a bad day into a good one? Flowers? Coffee? Tea? Hygge

I have a few tricks up my sleeve (all of the above included) but the most effective one is doing Yoga. More specifically Yoga With Adriene 

I find that the days where I need it the most are the days when I slack and end up finding excuses not to get on the mat. But once in a while, I'm able to "find what feels good" and do my Yoga, no matter what, which changes my day for the better. 

What's your favorite "feel good" workout?

*Watch the video here


Friday, September 1, 2017

A Luxurious Shower Oil. French Skincare.




It's been a while since I've been pleasantly surprised by a skincare product. This shower oil by L'Occitane is la crème de la crème shower gels wise.

Have you ever tried it?



There's more than meets the eye in this video -behind the scenes included- enjoy!



Sunday, August 27, 2017

Feeling Grateful

As I get older I understand more and more the whys.

Why we need to follow our dreams, interests, and pursue that which we enjoy doing. There's a reason for this. Once you put passion and work into doing what you love, the outcome tends to be always even greater than you imagined.

For one, you enjoy what you do. But interestingly enough, the joy of seeing that what you do is actually beneficial for others, tends to surpass the benefits of "doing what you love because you enjoy that" part. It's way better!!
  
There's more to doing what you love than you may think. If you follow your interests, you will be surprisingly contributing positively to other people's well being and the ripple effect will be huge.

So, if you like to paint, paint; if you enjoy baking, bake! More likely than not, you will do it with such enthusiasm and eagerness that the results will impact powerfully over others. You never know what somebody else is going through at that moment and who knows, may be all that person needed was a delicious blueberry muffin to mitigate life ups and downs.   

Watch today's video to understand this crazy and philosophical post! 





























Sunday, August 20, 2017

Caudalie Skin Care






Have you ever heard of Caudalie? 

It's a French brand that makes the most luxurious creams, foams, and masks, you name it. Apart from making cutting edge cosmetics, they are all natural! 

Mathilde Thomas, founder of Caudalie, started her company at the vineyards on her family estate. All her products are based on the power of grape. Their aim is 0%  parabens, phenoxyethanol, phthalates, animal ingredients, etc...

I really can attest to the fact that these products have a light grape scent that goes away in a matter of minutes. The creams are gentle but effective and feel like you are applying 0 chemicals to your skin.

I'm a huge fan of their cosmetics and I keep mentioning them in my videos because they are that good.

Have a watch

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Outfit Conversations






















*Check out my kitchen power pose, haha! 

Whenever I like a sweater, or any type of garment for that matter, I tend to 
wear it all the time until it almost turns into my uniform. 

That happened with my sweaters. This past autumn and winter I ended up only wearing the ones I like the most, as one does. The not-used-even-one-time sweaters are going to the give away pile. Because, what's the point?

I think you understand my need to add something new in the wool tops department. So with that in mind I went to Zara.

I found two sweaters that fit the "uniform material" category. Yay! And I also could not resist the striped tops for spring and summer, because, you know...stripes.























Enjoy the video!

Alu

Friday, August 11, 2017

Silky Hair Combo



I've been wanting to try this shower gel on my hair for a while but I was never quite ready to take the risk. It smells SO amazingly fresh, and clean that I wanted my hair to smell like that as well! 

So, finally, the other day, I decided to be brave and take the plunge. 

Although it doesn't say anywhere in the bottle that it's good for hair, I did use it and the results were surprisingly amazing. Keep in mind that I applied Aussie's 2 minute miracle as well, though. 

I was ready to take one for the team and tolerate the frizzy hair in order to be able to smell like a dream for a day. But no. My hair looked and felt even silkier and softer than with my regular shampoo! Who knew! I certainly didn't.

It's all in this video. That, and lots of other bits and bobs...





*photo credit www.picswalls.com

Sunday, August 6, 2017

What Do You Stand For?


Do you have a core belief that guides your decision making?

The other day I was watching one of Evan Carmichael's videos and I never imagined what was about to happen. 

Evan is the founder of Evan Carmichael Communications Group, which specializes in coaching and social media strategy for entrepreneurs.

His latest book, Your One Word, is extremely motivational and impactful. His One Word? #Believe. 

I recently had the opportunity to prove that not only his channel is based on the word, #Believe, but also his team and actions. 

Exhibit A:
Long story short, I left a comment in this video. Evan (whose channel is close to 1 million YouTube subscribers) answered me (close to 200 YouTube subscribers!)

Exhibit B:
Shortly after, his team sent me an e-mail asking if I wanted to read his book and give my honest review. (Whaaat?)

Exhibit C:
They sent the book, I read it, and loved it. 

Final results?  I #Believe!! (background music recommended)

After reading the book you'll feel compelled to find "Your One Word" and base your business and your life around it. It explains how successful companies like Apple, Nike, and many others have a core belief, a word, that guides every action, every decision.

Before you watch my video, a warning... I may or may not have sung this song at the beginning. Already regretting it, oh well...it is what it is...enjoy and/or cover your ears. Anyhow thank you for watching!


Alu


Thursday, August 3, 2017

The Most Beautiful Bookshop in The World








































Last week was the last week of our Winter holidays, and I wanted to take my boys to a special place here in Buenos Aires. I wanted them to see what the city they were born in has to offer. 





















Although it can be challenging to compete with iPads and Play Stations, at the age of 11 and soon-to-be 13, my idea to visit this bookstore ended up being a good one. They really liked it.




























It's all in this short video, enjoy!




P.S. Yes it is the most beautiful bookshop in the world, and no, I'm not biased...(may be a little bit?) The grandiosity and charm of this bookshop is due to the fact that it was built in a former theater! 

Alina


Monday, July 31, 2017

My Idea Of Fun Involves Nail Polish





I've been known for my obsession inclination towards nail polish. Let's be honest here, basically my eyes go straight to a nicely manicured hand whenever I spot one. 

When it comes to fashion and beauty, that's one of the first things I notice in women, even before makeup or clothes! Having said that, my nails are not always well groomed, (not even close) but I do try...

Some of my favorites: 













Apparently this is what I choose to do when the opportunity to enjoy a free afternoon knocks on my door. 


  1. Film a video
  2. Organize my nail polish box.


The result is in the following video






What's your favorite color?


P.S. Favorite Nail Polish Picks, & Malbec Nails 






Wednesday, July 26, 2017

A Trick To Make Your Flowers Last Longer



I recently learned this trick from a Japanese lady who owns the cutest flower shop in my neighborhood.

I still haven't decided what I like more her or her shop. She is so lovely and nice. She even got my boys to happily carry the bags for me, which obviously makes for excellent customer service! "These big boys can help mom, she said" And they did!! Love her.





So here's what she said:


  1. Replace water daily
  2. Only fill the vase to a quarter or a third of its capacity
  3. Cut off stem ends daily (just a little bit)
  4. Cooler temperature and shade are always better than heat and direct sunlight


If you want to see yours truly perform this daily routine have a watch! They do last a week!


Monday, July 24, 2017

A Four Minute Stroll Around Buenos Aires






















Hi!  I had this footage of Buenos Aires stored in my computer from when I went to get the hardware for my handbags and decided that it would be a great way for you to see what it's like down here in the Southern Hemisphere!

I hope you like it. 


Alina

Monday, July 17, 2017

Liquid Eyeliner: It's a Learning Curve.



This past week I decided to wear liquid eyeliner. What a commitment! Maybelline's Master Precise had been waiting patiently in my makeup bag for a while and I had used it only once (watch the video here at minute 4:30) with not the best results. So I thought I'd give it a second chance.

The brush tip was really helpful but I definitely need more practice! Quite a tricky business this liquid eyeliner thing. All in all I really liked the effect and was surprised at how it stays put throughout the day. Definitely will be wearing this one more often. 

Are you a cat eye aficionado? 



Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Benefits of Gratitude



Did you know that practicing gratitude regularly is good for you?

Every time you are grateful -it could be for the simplest of things, like the tree I encountered a few months ago which was in full bloom!- you are contributing to your well being

Isn't it so interesting that there are psychological and physical benefits linked to gratitude? Better sleep, reduced stress, and lower blood pressure to name a few.  



In this video you will see why I made a point of teaching my kids to be grateful and what simple exercises we can do to obtain all the goodness gratitude has to offer! 

Thank you for watching! (See what I'm doing? I'm basically being selfish.)



Saturday, July 8, 2017

When Life Gives You Lemons...


























Hello! I've been off line for a while, and here's the reason why. You know what? Life happens and I hope that if somebody is going through a similar situation, he or she can feel that they are not alone and that this will pass too.

After all " Life is 10% what happens to us and 90% how we react to it" Now I'm back and it's time to make lemonade. 





Alina




Monday, June 19, 2017

Look at My Leather Handbag Samples!






















This week I saw my handbag samples for the first time. I was so excited! I also saw that we need to focus on a few finishing touches.

Have a look!


Ode To My Linden Tree & Beautiful Buenos Aires





















I'm working on my handbag business quite a lot lately so I'm vlogging my journey. I hope you are enjoying following along!

One thing is for sure though. In this short video you will see a lot of autumnal trees in Buenos Aires, listen to great music, and the witness the evolution of my very own Linden tree during the course of one fall week.

Thank you for watching!


Sunday, June 4, 2017

When Podcasts Bring Joy


If you are looking for a new podcast I have one recommendation for you: At Home With... And if you are going to download one episode, please try the one with Terry De Gunzburg, founder of By Terry. However, the last episode of At Home With... Lisa Eldridge was equally exciting.

I've been listening to these episodes in the car coming back from the school-run and I can attest they can transform a lousy day into a blissful one, and all in the comfort of your own home, or car in this case.

My favorite so far was the one with the founder of By Terry (but then again it's neck to neck with the one with Lisa Eldrige!) just because Anna Gardner (The Anna Edit) and Lily Pebbles were so genuinely interested in learning about Terry De Gunzburg's life and career that it shined through the whole interview/home visit. 

I grinned and laughed so much that I wished my 15 minute car ride lasted longer so I could keep listening to the podcast. Don't worry I listened to the entire podcast at home (twice!). 

It was especially interesting to learn how Terry De Gunzburg developed her iconic products Touche Éclat and Baume de Rose.

You'll find all this and more in this video. That, and my favorite lip combo. Oh! and I have a proper living room again, with a couch, chairs and all!

Enjoy!

Alina


Tuesday, May 30, 2017

May Favorites / Caudalie Premier Cru Update


I've been using Premier Cru by Caudalie for over a month. I understand now why people love this brand so much. It's made out of natural and good quality ingredients, and that translates into a better looking and feeling skin. 

It's all in my May's Favorites video. Have look! 




Sunday, May 28, 2017

We Need Back Up

Hello! In today's video you'll find some nail polish action, along with 2 outfits of the day, and some deep thoughts on parenting.

























Let me know what you think!

Alina




Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Nailpolish Preference and Seasons

























I'm going through a rebellious phase. I'm currently NOT into the so called "season appropriate" nail polish. And I am proud of it. Haha!

If you like fall trees and nail polish this might be a good video for you.

I hope you enjoy it! 


Sunday, May 14, 2017

Benefits of Ginger Tea

 



Near the end of  my weekly vlog I lost my voice! I woke up Friday morning with "that" voice and continued with my day as usual. However, little did I know that the woman that sells my kids school uniforms would be the one who'd help me with the cure! She told me that ginger tea was considered a natural remedy to get your voice back. Did you know? I didn't!

So, off I went to get my ginger tea. 












































As I type this post, I'm happy to report that my voice is almost fully here! So I guess it worked.  

That's the scoop for today's post. If you are curious about how "that" voice sounded (not good) it's all at the end of today's vlog... Have a great week!

Do you know of any teas that help with other ailments?