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? 











Friday, May 12, 2017

Eye Candy: Leather Handbags






















After debating for some time, I decided to show you the bags I currently have for sale and explain how I ended up with these beauties. Thankfully, I did film this video that specific day because the day after, I lost my voice! Yup! Still sound like an out of tune flute...not cool at all.

Anyways, I'd had a hard time parting with one of the Birkin like handbags when I sold it a while back, so the one you see in the picture above stays with me, I'm keeping it, yay!

I hope you enjoy this haul!


Alina


P.S. My eBay corner of the internet where you can find the black bag and the blue one for sale!

Sunday, May 7, 2017

The Ritual of Making a Good Cup of Coffee



In today's vlog I show bits of Buenos Aires, talk about inflation, yoga, and my handbag business. However my favorite part can be found at minute 6:28 which is when I show you how I make my coffee. Ahh there's nothing like a good cup of Joe! Although tea comes close!

I hope you like this video and enjoy witnessing the process of creating a business from scratch with me while being a mom!

How do you drink your coffee?






Friday, May 5, 2017

What's in my Makeup Bag






































I saw there was a tag on YouTube that I actually wanted to film so here it is!

I emptied the never ending contents of my makeup bag just like a magician would with his hat. That little Caudalie makeup bag can fit a tonne inside!

There's also one drugstore eyeliner that I urge you not to buy. It's one of those eye hurting eyeliners that have no pigment at all. And, it broke while I was filming, what a great excuse to throw it away.

I hope you enjoy the video!

Alina






P.S. Do you have any of these makeup products in your makeup bag?


Sunday, April 30, 2017

Weekly Handbags Update




This week was very important in defining measurements and also deciding on the leather that I will be using for the handbags.

I'm very happy with the leather colors I picked because all I want for this collection is to be elegant and with excellent quality materials, but also to be functional, comfortable, and chic! Wow, very high standards, ha ha! I really want these bags to be the ones you reach for every time. The ones that save the day or the night. I want them to be practical as well as beautiful. 

I also show you some beautiful fall trees, my weekly manicure and chat a bit during the school run.






I hope you enjoy and consider subscribing to my channel for weekly videos.

Thank you for watching!

Alu





P.S. What was your favorite leather sample color?

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Optimism Protects our Brain






















As you may already know, I'm a Professional Counselor and this blog is not always about makeup, fashion and handbags. Although I really like those lovely topics, I also enjoy a psychological update from time to time.

Today I talk about optimism and how it ends up being a self fulfilling prophecy. It's a scientific fact that optimism is linked to less health problems and a longer life. If optimism is our ally why not introduce it into our daily lives. 

Here's how to do so.





P.S. Mindfulness


Sunday, April 23, 2017

Fall is Here & Handbags Are Finally in The Making
























Just a quick business update to let you know that everything is starting to shape up. Excitement levels are rising! We'll see what next week brings.

Thank you for watching!

P.S. I'm also excited about fall fashion, yay! 


Thursday, April 20, 2017

How To Apply Face and Eye Cream























In this video you will find a demonstration on how to apply face cream and eye cream. It also comes with a sleeping dog (Flopy) and a face mask review! :)

I hope you have fun watching and that you consider subscribing to my channel

Thank you for watching!



Sunday, April 16, 2017

Caudalie Haul & First Impressions


Hello my beautiful friends!

I was a bit too excited when filming this video, and then when it came to editing all I could think was: "Really? Calm down a little woman!" Ha!

But the truth is I'm still over the moon with these Caudalíe products. It's one of my favorite french skin care brands. Natural products, not tested on animals, and they all smell like fresh fruit! It's as if you are slapping on grape and citrus and then in the morning you find your face miraculously plump and dewy. 




Here's a list of the products mentioned in this video with links, in case you want to give it a try. Enjoy!

Caudalie Premier Cru, The Cream-1.7 oz http://amzn.to/2oeDzI9
Caudalie Premier Cru, Eye Cream http://amzn.to/2oeDILH
Caudalie Glow Activating Serum http://amzn.to/2oLAsdS
Caudalie Instant Foaming Cleanser http://amzn.to/2oCQNB9 
Caudalie Radiant Serum Complexion Correcting 
http://amzn.to/2oLFcQZ
Lancome La Base Perfecting Makeup Primer http://amzn.to/2oiGQ8P
Real Techniques Blush Brush http://amzn.to/2pEoMqA
Lancome Energie de Vie http://amzn.to/2nQ10LM
Caudalie Instant Detox Mask http://amzn.to/2oz0b7p
Sephora Eye Mask Pearl http://amzn.to/2oLEAe4








































Happy Easter and Happy week!


Alina

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Zara Haul & Try On























Hello! Today I'm very excited to share some fun pieces I added to my closet recently. 

Some of them you've already seen in previous videos. A warning though...these are stills taken from the actual videos, hence the weird faces! Ha!


Exhibit A.






















And exhibit B.


























There are also new clothes that I'm very excited to start wearing.

So, have a watch and please let me know which pieces are your favorite.





Thank you for watching!

Alina