sabato 26 novembre 2011

What keeps me warm

Bruxelles, 26th November 2011
Sunny day, good spirits.

Inside: Nick
cashmere hat: Marc by Marc Jacobs
scarf: Dior homme
glasses: Spitafield market, London
jacket: Barbour
jumper: Play Comme des Garçons
skin: Isos Farmacia SS Annunziata Firenze
fur coat: nowhere, India
wool hat: Accessorize
sunglasses: Miu Miu
pashmina: Koan
top: Oysho
printed jeans: Zara
ankle boots: manufacture d'essai
skin: Miel de Bois, Serge Lutens

and her, obviously.

giovedì 24 novembre 2011

Scrub baby, scrub

It was a cold evening, and I met a guy that would not let me go.
We wandered around Bologna until sunrise, and he told me I had the softest skin his hands had ever touched.
I haven't seen him since, but I slapped him in the face before I said goodbye.
As for my skin, this is what has nourished it lately:

Gommage Douche au Bouleau, Weleda: to be used once a week, or more if you need something to wake you up. Its citrucy smell fills the bathroom, and its "fines perles naturelles" leave your skin soft and smooth. It contains many natural essential oils, lactic acid and birch oil, which helps curing cellulite.
(would not expect too much from the last ingredient, even if we all like to believe there is a way to overcome women's number one enemy.)
Sweet Almond Oil with Vitamine E, L'Amande: after scrubbing I massage my body with it, which for me is how Paradise should smell like. It keeps the skin soft and elastic, and it is supposed to to fight skin blemishes. It is enriched with vitamin E, that prevents the skin from ageing, and does no contains artificial substances.

Gel Douche Exfoliant Douceur & Lait Corporel Fondant, Rites Originels: I had bought it for the sufi boyfriend, because he likes those sweet moroccans smells (he's manly like that), but ended up emptying the bottle of the exfoliant. It smells of winter, velvet, soft blankets and lit candles, but apparently it is just the smell of Argan oil. So much for imagination. It is definitely a scent for the colder months, and it stays on the skin until the next day. I guess this means you have to like Argan, and I can honestly say I do. 

mercoledì 23 novembre 2011

Autumn happiness

# 2
An autumn tree to breathe

And then some days you feel happy. Just like that. Everything is easy, you feel good in your skin and smile to the world.
If you were a puzzle, it would mean that you'd had found the missing pieces.
Mmmmmmmmmmmmmm, I smell moroccan pastries!

hair band: Accessorize
gold earrings: Gioielleria Burnazzi
top: Intimissimi
body: Chloé Love 
Patisserie Orientale, Bruxelles

domenica 20 novembre 2011

I love morning weddings: you are drunk by noon, and in bed before dinner.

As for the next day, you'll have a proper love story with paracetamol.

size: 27. It's never too early
lace dress: vintage
necklaces: Down the Rabbit Hole

Sab Kuch Milega

This is my excuse to buy jewellery: it takes me back to places and faces I thought I had forgotten all about.
India, what seems now many years ago

Trust me, I've been there.

hair band: Hema
tank top: Intimissimi
silk shirt: Zara
Her: nothing

Summer 2011, Rimini, where everything was covered in sand, with the beloved maria nosel

I guess it would be boring, to be like everybody else

Bruxelles, waiting for the doctor 

mercoledì 16 novembre 2011

Let it snow

.. you'll find me anyway ..
Bruxelles, 16 November 2011 -2° outside

from left to right:
Revlon colorburst 075
Labello cherry kiss
Maybelline color sensational 315
Prestige LCL-07

lunedì 14 novembre 2011

She reads too many novels

white gold ring: haute vintage, Gioielleria Burnazzi, Rimini
gold butterfly ring with precious stones: haute vintage, Gioielleria Burnazzi
amethyst pendent: haute vintage, Gioielleria Burnazzi
pink quartz necklace: haute vintage, Gioielleria Burnazzi
nails: Arcancil beurre sale
silk dress: MaxMara
face: Bourjois healthy mix foundation 52
Bourjois blush 16
brows: Bourjois sourcil précision 01
eyes: Rimmel max bold curves
lips: Labello cherry kiss

if you too love a bit of drama set in the english countryside at the beginning of the 1900, I suggest you watch Downton Abbey! x

venerdì 11 novembre 2011

I want u back, maybe even for good

book: L'Arte della Gioia, Goliarda Sapienza
lipstick: Dior Addict 214
moisturizer: Rilastil Aqua legère
eye cream: La Roche-Posay Substiane+
chocolate: Lindt Excellence Blueberry intense
moka: Bialetti
The book because I wish I could start it over again, without knowing already that it will be one of my favourites.
The lipstick because you have to try it and then you'll agree with me: it is super moisturizing, super flattering, it goes with everything and it makes you feel oh so chic!
The moisturizer because I can only find it in Italy, and my face misses it desperately. Light, with a fresh smell, packed with Hyaluronic Acid, Ceramids and Omega 6. Do I have to go on?
The eye cream because I can pretend to be a teenager but my wrinkle can't tell a lie.
The coffee because it is not the same without them, and the chocolate to pretend it is them. 

If trees cry why can't we?

Bruxelles, 10 November 2011
furry hat: Coin
dress: Zara
tights: Falke
boots: Emu

giovedì 10 novembre 2011

Left Overs - a love story

dress: Diane Von Furstenberg
gold chocker: Chimento
gold ring: H&M
pochette: Gianfranco Ferrè
boots: vintage
hat: Veritas
old leaves don't get no love

martedì 8 novembre 2011

Let's pretend we were going to Tiffany's for breakfast

I'll have what she's having, thanks.

velvet dress: Max&Co
gold chocker: Chimento

lunedì 7 novembre 2011

10 good reasons not to be blue

# 1 A great sky to fill with the coffee smell in the morning

Things that made me smile today

left: handmade butterfly jam
middle: a happy face and a Christian Dior vintage necklace
right: ceramic rabbit
No make needed, when you're happy.

I've got the blues - and so does the sky

dress: Missoni
necklace: haute vintage, Gioielleria Burnazzi
when the sun's tired, De Haan, Belgium, November 2011

Put flowers in your guns

  And keep some for yourself
dress: H&M
ring: Forever21
nails: Arcancil Fashion Peach
hair: Sunsilk crema disciplinante capelli mossi e ricci
flower ring: Accessorize
owl pendant, ladybird pendant: gioielleria Burnazzi, Rimini
silver flower ring: a gift from a homeless in Kochi, India
butterfly earrings: Delhi, India
daisy earrings: vintage
butterfly mini comb: Bijou Brigitte
silver buterfly pendant: gioielleria Giori, Rimini
golden flower brooch: haute vintage, gioielleria Burnazzi, Rimini
silver pendant with semi precious stones: Goa, India

domenica 6 novembre 2011

Missing the Misses

Is nostalgia vintage? Or is vintage nostalgic?
Either way, I love one and am swimming in the other.
dress: vintage, from a Swiss wardrobe from the '60s
dress: vintage, from a local market
dress: a gift from someone's bad memory
dress and necklace: vintage
lace top: H&M
scarf: from a dusty shop in delhi

location: a back garden in Rimini, Italy, September 2011

giovedì 3 novembre 2011

.. Talking about nature ...

So, BB-creams are having their 15 minutes of fame. And who am I to deny it to them? I am not gonna do such thing, I thought this morning buying UNE Intuitive Touch BB-Cream Foundation. Once I got home, I slapped it on my face, and I have to say so far so good, as first impressions are concerned.
UNE is a brand that uses only natural and organic ingredients, and this is definitely a plus. It is hypoallergenic and perfume free, according to my nose. The packaging is very appealing - if you do love white - and pretty useful, since the front is a mirror, aaand the case is refillable. Which is nice.
As for the product inside, it has a quite thick consistency, to which I am not used to because I normally go for liquid foundations, and I found it not super easy to blend. I guess I'll have to play with it a little longer to find the best and quickest way to apply it. I have red areas on my cheeks, and for now it has helped covering them up. We'll see how it goes, but for now I think I can say that I like it.
I came back home with a UNE cream blush as well, that goes by the name of Breezy Cheeks, so that the foundation would not feel too alone. Very natural and easy to blend, and I am glad I finally bought it, I had been stalking it for a while.

BB-Cream Foundation 103
Breezy Cheeks Blush B02

BB-cream and blush in action
gold earrings: Gioielleria Burnazzi, Rimini
Which are your thoughts on BB-creams? I'd love to know!

mercoledì 2 novembre 2011

who doesn't want Perfection AND Lumière?

I have been asked recently about a good foundation. Which is always difficult, because we all have different skins, different problems, different parts to show or hide, different tones, and different wallets.
But we can all do what I do: live with samples.
Now, the ladies at the Chanel's counters are tremendously generous or either very bored so love a bit of chit chat; but what matters is that you can go there and ask away, and they'll fill up your little Chanel bag with mini bottles of everything you mention.
This introduction is just to say that I managed to try the latest foundation of the maison in three different shades: beige rosé 12, beige 20, beige 30, and I still can't make my mind up about it.
First of all, it does have quite  a strong perfume, so bare it in mind. Second, you do need a brush and pretty quick hands, because it does dry fast, at least faster that other foundations. The good thing is that once it has set on you skin there it stays, and there's no need to powder your face, or even your T-Zone, and you are left with that elegant velvety finish that I personally really like. Another big plus, in this camera obsessed time of ours, is that it photographs wonderfully.
Dry skin owners, walk away, this is not for you! Go hug your Vitalumière, you lucky ones! As for the others, go on, there are 20 shades to play with, give those poor samples a new home and those lovely ladies their well deserved chit chat.
Me, off I go to buy an under eye concealer, since my daughter decided to bury mine somewhere for the future generations.
CHANEL Perfection Lumière 12

martedì 1 novembre 2011

Fight the Gray

Bruxelles, First of November. Very appropriate, I guess
the warriors
nail polish: KIKO, CHANEL, essie, Arcancil
lipgloss: Estee Lauder
mineral eyeshadow: Sleek
lipstic: REVLON, KIKO
blush: YSL, e.l.f.
jewellery: silver and semi precious stones from India
blush: NARS, e.l.f.
perfume: Marc Jacobs
nail polish: essie, arcancil, KIKO
mineral eyeshadow: e.l.f.
lipbalm: sleek
soap bubbles: my daughter's

School uniform

ruffled shirt: New Look
leather shirt: Max&Co
tights: Calzedonia

boots: Sax
watch: vintage, Gioielleria Burnazzi
skin: LANCOME O de l'orangerie
bag: vintage
face: CHANEL Perfection Lumière 20
Benefit Hoola
YSL Crème de Blush 01
lashes: CHANEL Sublime de Chanel
lips: REVLON  Peach 075