Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Juicing in Boston

Apparently, juice bars are the new cupcake shops. They're everywhere in Boston and there's always a new one opening. Recently, I've been to 3 of those juiceries and, since I liked them very much, I thought I could share about them here.

First up, is Jugos. Jugos is small, but it's always busy. They have a good variety of juices, smoothies, bowls, salads and other healthy snacks, but what really caught my attention was that you can buy their fruit too. Their set up is really cute, with baskets of fruits you can pick and pay by weight. Also, that's where I first learned about chia pudding (theirs is really good, by the way). I've been a client for a while now. You can see their full menu here.

Next, is Revolution Juice. This spot is very new, it opened just a few weeks ago. I fell in love as soon as I entered it! The place is so beautiful with handwritten menus and beautiful fruit illustrations by local artist Monique Aimee. It's so bright and colorful that even if you're in the worst of the moods, it will cheer you up. Besides juices, bowls and smoothies, Revolution Juice also serves soups, coffee and baby food, which I think is a very clever move- coming summer, I see many moms stopping by! They have their entire menu on their website.

Finally, there's PRESSED, which has been open for a couple of months now. Molly and I went there for lunch a few weeks ago and thought the shop is adorable! It's small, but there are a few stools by the window for you to eat your healthy meal and drink your healthy juice. I had seen on Instagram that they had an amazing looking avocado toast and was pretty decided to order that, but their superfood sushi almost made me change my mind! It looked so yummy! They have other breakfast and lunch foods, smoothies and homemade popsicles! Check out their full menu here.

There's a lot of things to do in Boston! Check all I've written about it so far here.

all images by SCAVENGENIUS unless otherwise stated.

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Pretty pretty finds: The Everyday Napkin

I recently discovered The Everyday Napkin and I'm kind of obsessed with it now! The story behind The Everyday Napkin is simple: Kathryn, the creator, made it for a Bash Studio's event and it developed into a small business. She was at this year's Local Love Market and her display was so bright and cheerful with napkins in all colors and patterns, it was hard to choose a set to take home with me. Luckily, Kathryn just launched an online shop where all collections of these stylish, reusable, cloth napkins are available. I love that The Everyday Napkins are not only reusable and help reduce landfill waste, but use less energy and resources by using found designer fabric.

P.S.: if you're in Boston this Saturday- there will be a launch pop up party for The Everyday Napkin and it will take place at West Elm Fenway. You can RSVP here. See you there! ;)


Wednesday, March 4, 2015

My simple skincare during winter time

This winter hasn't been easy. Unless you're living in a cave, you probably heard about the crazy amount of snow Boston has been getting since end of January. And it's been cold, seriously cold. And with the cold, the skin suffers. I'm still trying to figure out how to take care of my super dry legs and arms, I've been trying a ton of lotions and moisturizers, and I'm yet to find "the one" [next in line to be tested is this lotion Chelsea is using and liking]. But, back in the beginning of winter, with the help of the ladies of Follain, who introduced me to Shamanuti products, I found the perfect combo for my face  and it's been working wonders! I have combination skin, but during the drier months, even the T-zone gets a little dry, under the oiliness (yuck). It turns out, I needed a toner and had no idea! I tried toners before and they were always very drying. But the Samanuti toner doesn't contain alcohol, which makes all the difference. So I've been wash my face at night with this face wash, then follow with the Shamanuti Seaweed Toner and the Shamanuti Face Oil. In the morning, I do just a splash of water and the toner. And that's it! Works like magic! How are you taking care of your skin this winter? Any amazing discoveries to share?

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Winter break

I, unintentionally, took a break from blogging these past few weeks. To be honest, I think I've got a case of winter blues. All the snow we've been getting in Boston is really pretty and makes for wonderful pictures, but in real life it's tough. Going out becomes a hard task, public transportation doesn't run, shops and restaurants are closed, appointments are cancelled. Phew. But today, the skies are blue, the sun is shining and temperatures aren't as low as they've been. Maybe we'll be able to see the ground sometime soon! ;)


Friday, February 6, 2015

Iceland: ice cave on the Vatnajökull glacier

I'm jumping all the way to the day before we left Iceland, just because the ice cave tour on the Vatnaj√∂kull glacier was, by far, the most impressive thing I've ever seen in my entire life. Ice cave tours are only possible during the colder months (October-March), as they are filled with water during the warmer months. And it's water that carves the amazing shapes we see inside the cave. Interesting fact, these caves were discovered only 7 years ago!

Our guide drove us, off road, for about half an hour, and we got to the edge of the glacier. The hole that you see right in the middle of the picture is the ice cave entrance.

Going in!

We have to wear crampons and helmets.

Inside the first chamber.

THE ICE CAVE! That was our guide, Oscar, a super nice guy! He told us he once camped inside the cave and was planning on doing it again this year. Crazy, right?

I couldn't believe my eyes!

It's really hard to put in words how incredible it was to be inside a glacier. The pictures don't make justice to the beauty of the ice cave. The ice is unbelievably blue and shiny and smooth, almost like glass. It was an amazing experience and it made facing the Icelandic winter totally worth it!


Monday, February 2, 2015

Iceland: the Blue Lagoon

[Let's ignore that it took me forever to start writing about our trip to Iceland and jump right into what matters.]

So, what to say about the Blue Lagoon? It's as amazing as it looks in all the pictures I saw on Pinterest and Instagram while researching for our trip. This was our first stop, right out of the plane (the spa is located between the airport and Reykjavik). And it worked out so well- we were super relaxed after a couple of hours soaking in the hot waters of the geothermal spa.

If you don't know anything about the Blue Lagoon, imagine this: milky-blue hot water rich in algae, mineral salts and silica mud, set in a black lava field. It looks like something out of this world.

We don't have tons of pictures from the Blue Lagoon for three reasons: one, we were really into relaxing and enjoying it as much as we could; two, it's all super wet and it was super cold, so we only took our cellphones out to the pool with us and they stayed mostly inside our Sea to Summit Dry Sack; and three, during winter in Iceland, the sun only comes out for a few hours a day and that day, it was just coming out as we were getting ready to leave the spa and head out to Reykjavik.


Friday, January 23, 2015

Back from the land of fire and ice

We've been back for a few days now and I can say Iceland was all we were expecting and MORE! Spoil alert: we were able to see the Northern Lights and it was unbelievably amazing! We came back in love with Iceland, even if we were only able to see a tiny bit of the country. I'll post the highlights of the trip as soon as organize our pictures. In the meantime, you can check out some of my instagrams.

Friday, January 9, 2015

Travel: Iceland bound

Hi friends! I'm super excited that we leave this weekend for 6 days in Iceland! Iceland has always been pretty high on our list of places to visit, but I didn't think the day would come so quick! Since Icelandair did a crazy advertising campaign here in Boston, the destination was in the back of our mind and last month we pulled the trigger and got our tickets. I'll be honest and say I was a little scared about being there during the coldest season, but the chance of seeing the Northern Lights made the freezing temperatures seem less worrisome. I'll be gone for the next week, but I'm going to have amazing pictures and experiences to share with you when I'm back! See you soon!

Monday, January 5, 2015

Cheers to the new year!

To wrap up the Holiday posts, here's the first post of 2015! I hope you enjoyed my favorite time of the year as much as I did. I start this year without any big resolutions- I found out that making resolutions don't really work for me. I tried many times, I even put them on paper a few times. But I have plans, many of them, and I hope to be able to put them to practice slowly throughout the new year. If everything goes as planned, this will be a year of changes in our lives. It's a little scary, but very exciting. Happy 2015 to all of us!

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Happy New Year! 2015

So, this is it, the last day of 2014. Whether the past year was amazing or not, when December 31st gets here, we all get gifted with a fresh start, and we hold hopes to make the new year better (or as good as) the year that's ending. 

P.S.: If you're interested in setting goals for the new year,  here is a great post!