.: Sunlight and brownies :.

Today was planning to go out for a walk but after baking brownies in the kitchen, I’m feeling a bit tired. Probably the heat doesn’t help either (30 degrees in the living room!)
So instead of going out now, just decided to detox in the room.
I’m actually struggling to find a position where I can actually held my notebook and write while the music is playing in the room and you are moving inside me. It smells brownies all over the house, such a delicious dark chocolate smell.
It would be quite tempting to go back to my computer and get distracted with social media… but sometimes we need to disconnect. No e-mails, no flashing notifications, no distractions, just the here and now. Appreciating the warm light that tries to enter the room, the music playing and the dark chocolate smell.
Considering you are just days before coming out, I should be feeling more stressed and anxious, but actually I’m feeling calm and peaceful. Not because I’m not scared (because I am) but because I’m determined to rest and take it easy. You’ll be born when you decide you are ready, so I’m trying to be ready for you as well.
All I did pretty much this year was to let stress take the best out of me. I felt miserable for a long time (something tells me the hormones had a say on it as well), but it felt I wasn’t being me.
I was moaning and complaining every single day and I even ended up crying on my way back home after a shitty day at the office.
Well you know what? That’s not what I want for me and surely not for you either.
Truth to be told I still don’t know what I want to be and what I should be doing career wise, but I do know who I don’t want to become.
I don’t want to let the child in me die, and I hope the creative me will start to wake up again bit by bit. With so many options out there do I how do I know which road to take? All I know for sure is that I want to spend good quality time with you and dad and give you the same childhood memories as the ones I grew up with.
We never had a luxurious life, on the contrary quite a modest one, but looking back we had the luxury of time well spent together. Running in the beach, gathering sea-shells, building castles in the sand. Running in the fields on the back of our house, grabbing lemons below the tree or grabbing fresh oranges on a sunny day. Or maybe a drive to the mountains where we would jump on the rocks and try not to fall into the river (most likely I would end up doing that and getting my feet wet, whereas my sis would jump faster and more skillfully than clumsy me). We didn’t need any more than that.
Not many of my friends who had better houses, better toys and branded clothing can say the same and I don’t remember being that bothered either even as a kid. Because time is priceless so I want to give the same to you.
There is no point in getting fooled by “lady boss” and “women on leadership” and let’s continue to try to grow as high as I can if that means I won’t have enough time for you. I know for a few years now that I don’t want that life, just haven’t figured out what is my middle ground yet. There’s a part of me that hopes you’ll bring clarity into my head and I’ll end up figuring out what’s best for all of us.
Because in the end all I want is afternoons like this, where I’m here with you, relaxing, stretching my feet, feeling free and enjoying the sun through the windows. Because moments like this have no price, they are memories that will stay with me forever.

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.: Smart Writing Set :.

I’m quite a big fan of technology! Love new ideas and things that end up changing our lives. You know this trendy topic which is women on technology? Well I am one! I had programming in high school and I’ve ended up programming at work at some stage, even though I’m not officially one. I’m not good with ideas or developing products myself, but I follow any new ideas quite closely and I tend to be one of the first adapters. Smart watch? Yes please! Kindle, joined in as soon as I could. Internet TV, yes please! Still resisting the amazon echo, but once houses have more technology around it to make the most of it it will be a yes too. And oh, love my Sonos 😀

So as soon as I saw this video I was like: I want it!!!

Such a great idea! I’m glad someone thought about it, especially with the paper technology evolving so quickly. We need more creatives and more engineers in this world and I would love to have one of these, as I used to love drawing and I still love writing. Not to mention it would save me a lot of work with my notes from the meetings.

Any new product you would like to share?

.: Home Decor – Spring is coming :.

Now that winter is hopefully coming to an end and spring approaching, it’s also a good time to start thinking about brighting the house, open the curtains and let the sun come in. I’m so fortunate to have lots of light around the house, it’s one of the things I value the most. My previous flat was gorgeous but lightwise was actually pretty bad. This one is more compact but light is everywhere, so I feel actually happier.

Here’s a few tricks to brighten up the house

I) Add a touch of colour (and uniqueness!)– This cushions are so pretty and unique! I’m in love

You can find all about them here and you can buy them from here.

Or use unique tiles to decor either the floor, one of the walls or just for detail.

II) Use mirrors – They can be pretty good to reflect the light coming from another window and enhance the light in the house. It’s also a known trick to make the house look bigger

III) Bring a bit of the outside, indoors

Love the touch of wood here, as well as the white cream decor. Here’s another good example, a wood table and some plants

We’ll have to do some redecor in the house around summer time, as well as repositioning some furniture, so I’m sure I’ll end up using some of the tips above.

Any tips you would like to share?

.: Relaxing power of colouring books :.

Not sure if you guys are aware of this trend, but a lot of people are joining the colouring books for adults. They say it’s perfect for mindfulness or in simply terms, stress relief. I have to agree!

I have been under quite a lot of stress at work, the past few weeks have been quite mental. So once I saw this gorgeous books I just couldn’t resist. Ever since I was little I always loved to have pens and pencils in my hands and I used to spend a lot of time drawing.

Just found something really old from my times watching Dragon Ball

This one don’t even remember what it is, but also from 1999 or so

So couldn’t resist this book

Some talented people are doing things like this:

Or this video

I’ve just started

Are you into colouring books? Would you like to share your favourite?

.: Looks for the fall :.

Maybe because I was born in the fall, it’s a season I just love! So let’s see: the landscape becomes red and the daylight is gorgeous and golden. Then we have cinnamon flavours and smells all over, as well as nuts and the looks too!

Hats

Burgundy – One of my favourite colours!

Beige – It’s knit time! And one of my favourite colours is beige, just feels so cosy and warm really

Scarfs

Love wearing scarfs! I always did, and the best time for them? The fall? (Obviously winter as well)

.: A broken lens and a whole new perspective :.

One of the street photographers I admire the most is Marius, simply because I totally love his style and because he managed to achieve quite a lot just putting effort and love into it.

Here’s a few samples

Recently I saw a post on his blog where he describes what happened to a $1600 lens, whereas most of us would cry like a baby (I certainly would since I find $500 already quite expensive!)

But he took a whole new approach which I find truly inspiring, check out the video

Isn’t it just amazing? Also the topic is quite a powerful one. The best photography for me is the one that tells the story and captures the moment even if it’s not technically perfect! This is the art I want to perfect, telling a story through a photo.

To follow his blog and check his work click here.

Any inspiring stories you would like to share? Which photographers inspire you the most and why?

.: Richmond walk & waffles :.

I have to admit that all I’ve been keen on doing over the weekend is to stay at home. Maybe because I’m always away in hotels @ work, or simply because I enjoy the light of my new flat so much.

After lunch we’ve decided to go for a walk in my favourite London place, Richmond:

Note: All the photos below are taken with my mobile phone

Richmond Green

And then a stop by The Farmery. I love stopping by the Farmery because they have waffles & frozen yoghurt, and I would say this is a brilliant combination for all seasons!

Yummy isn’t it?

Enjoy your weekend

.: Inspiring Saturdays :.

It’s a sunny Saturday but as I’ve started to pack I’m feeling a bit sad. It’s hard to realise I’m leaving this place, this house, this home! We love being here, but oh well

So just sharing a few things that inspire me today:

Yap, this quote makes a lot of sense to me. This is something I’m trying to live by. Rather than waiting for big moments and exciting surprises, I’m trying to enjoy all the little things from a daily perspective. A smile, a hug, that gorgeous sunset you’ve almost missed 🙂

Minimalistic Home

If I ever buy a house / flat this is the style I would love to have. Quite minimal and soft colours 🙂

Alentejo Houses

It’s my favourite areas in the world! Beautiful landscape, gorgeous coast, lovely white houses and the best wine 😀

Spring

Finally here 🙂

Inspiring Portraits

I really love this portrait, it’s certainly one of the best portraits I’ve seen in  while

You can visit Gianstefano’s Photos here.

Amazing sounds

Such as this video. So beautiful

Beautiful colours

Like this photo

We are in Blue

Any inspirations you would like to share?

.: Inspiring looks :.

It’s cloudy and raining, so feels perfect just to blog around, listen to music and get inspired with some looks:

The trench
I love a good looking trench coat, it’s a shame the period of time I can actually wear on is so short (either it’s too cold, or it becomes too hot)

Love the shoes as well, they look classy and comfortable. Yap, this is definitely my look!

Black & White

Yes, my favourite colour combination of all times! I wear a lot of Black & White

I wish I had legs for this Look

Love love the skirt, but being 5 feet 2 inches, it’s a look I can’t wear

Here’s another example

Soft tones

Perfect when the spring finally comes. It may be 30 degrees in Lisbon, but it’s rainy andbelow 10 in London!

A touch of colour

Need to get one of these colourful blazers

Mint dress

I so love this dress

Cork bag

What do you have on your wishlist? Any inspiring look you would like to share?

.: Romantic songs :.

Not sure if you celebrate Valentine’s day. I don’t. I guess I never really overcome the love letters they’ve made us write at school and the false hope as a teenager that one day I would receive one.

He actually likes it, so he tends to prepare a nice meal for me and we try to have a nice day together. Well that seems a way better plan than try to go to a crowded restaurant 🙂

Still, because I find it beautiful to celebrate love, sharing some of my favourite romantic songs.

Phil Collins – You’ll be in my heart

I love his voice, both of us love this song 🙂

The Bangles – Eternal Flame

Oh, what a classic!

Bon Jovi – Make a memory

He has loads of really gone ones

Whitney Houston & Enrique Iglesias

I love this song so badly!

Whitney Houston – I will always love you

It’s got to be one of the best love songs of all times!

The first time ever I saw your face

This songs has lots of covers, but as I love Leona’s voice, here you go

Celine Dion – My heart will go on

I can’t count the number of times I’ve listen to this music! Yes yes I know

Your song – Moulin Rouge version (original by Elton John)

Simply beautiful!

Beauty & the beast

🙂

Dream theater – I walk beside you

For a long while this was our song

Anathema – Untouchable 

This song is perfect!

Backstreet Boys – As long as you love me

Couldn’t finish the list without Backstreet Boys 🙂

Do you have a song? What’s your favourite romantic song?