Tuesday, June 30, 2015

My 1st yoga class: Summertime at The Street

Thanks to my friend Amanda and the awesome people at The Street, I went to a yoga class for the 1st time ever (kinda unbelievable, right?)!

During summer, The Street is holding a bunch of super cool events, including free fitness classes on The Green. Every Sunday morning, from June to September, it's yoga time. So, this past Sunday, Amanda invited a few of her blogger friends to go together.

Unfortunately, it was raining and we weren't able to do the class outdoors, but lululemon opened their doors to us and we got to do the class with dimmed lights and relaxing music on the background. It was pretty great and I have to say that I now understand why people are crazy about yoga! Such a great workout without all the jumping around that the gym requires (and that I deeply dislike).

Lulu, Elizabeth and Alana getting ready to start.

After class, we all went to Davio's for brunch and had such a nice time over delicious food and drinks!

I'm really excited to go back for a class outside when the weather is nice. I'm also planning on attending some of the live music events and the Summertime Sidewalk Sale + Street Festival. How fun does it sound?!

So, if you're in Boston during summer and on the look for something fun to do, don't forget to check The Street events calendar, you'll definitely find something for you!

The Street is located on 55 Boylston Street, Chestnut Hill, MA. Click here for hours and and other information.

Friday, June 19, 2015

Have a great weekend! I'm back!

Hello, friends! I'm back from Brazil and, although the first few days are always a little sad, I'm ready to enjoy summer in Boston! I hope you have a great weekend and I'll see you here next week! xoxo

Friday, May 29, 2015

Hello from Brazil!

As you read this, I'm landing in Brazil to spend a few days with family and friends. I'm not sure if I'll blog while away, but I'll definitely Instagram, so follow along for pictures of my hometown, my family, my friends, and probably some food too! ;)

Monday, May 11, 2015

Healthy beauty DIY

From my other "beauty" posts, I think it's kind of evident that I'm very much into healthy beauty. So much so, I've been kind of obsessed with trying the beauty recipes from the book Skin Cleanse, by Adina Grigore. Adina is the founder of healthy beauty brand S.W. Basics and in her book she shares amazing tips (like "your diet is the most essential tool you have to getting great skin") and recipes for a natural skin care routine.

illustration by Libby VanderPloeg via Miss Moss

The illustration above pretty much sums up Adina's beliefs: a healthy kitchen equals a DIY beauty lab. You can find most of the ingredients for her recipes in your pantry! So, after I finished reading her book, I started "cooking"! Here are my two favorite recipes so far.

Cleansing Mud (from Skin Cleanse by Adina Grigore)

  • 1/4 tsp powdered cinnamon
  • 1 tbsp dry clay
  • 3 tbsp coconut milk

Mix cinnamon and clay in a small bowl. Pour in coconut milk, stirring the liquid into the dry powder evenly. Eventually, it will become a paste. Apply like a wet face scrub.

Hair Mask (from Skin Cleanse by Adina Grigore)

Mix together all three ingredients, stirring gently to stop mixture from foaming.

all images by SCAVENGENIUS unless otherwise stated

Thursday, May 7, 2015

I'm 33!

Today I'm 33 years old. Oh my, time flies! 32 was a very good year for me and 33 is looking even better. The quote "it's ok to be happy with a calm life" speaks a lot to me and that's what I'm looking to achieve during the next year- the calmness that makes me happy. So happy birthday to me and cheers to the next year!

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Pretty pretty finds: Hermosa Box

It's no news that I'm a fan of Scandinavian design, so when Hermosa Design, a Californian design shop whose "unique style blends spontaneous beach living with the simple functionalism of Scandinavian design", got in touch with me offering a box for review, I said yes right away! My box came in the mail last week, and I loved it so much! The theme was "pamper yourself" and I got three wonderful products from Swedish brand L:A Brucket - a candle, a moisturizer and a soap. The smell that filled my living room as soon as I opened my box was just amazing and the packaging, of course, was perfect.

After browsing through what Hermosa Design has in stock, I have to say, I'm pretty tempted to subscribe to their  bi-monthly box, everything is right up my alley! ;)

Full disclosure: I was provided a box for review purposes;
however all opinions are my own.

top image by SCAVENGENIUS; bottom image courtesy of Hermosa Design

Saturday, April 4, 2015

Easter egg dying

During the week, Chelsea found out through Instagram that I had never dyed an egg. Easter egg dying isn't a tradition in Brazil, so I'm pretty sure most Brazilians live their lives without getting crafty on Easter time. So, yesterday, she invited me over to an egg dying session and ee spent the afternoon sipping prosseco, eating chocolate and dying eggs. I have to say, it was so much fun, I now want to do it every year!

The process for the marbled Easter egg dying is really simple: boil the eggs, give them an ice water bath, soak them on vinegar for a few minutes, pat them dry. Cover a baking pan with whipped cream and drop food coloring on it. Then, roll the eggs over it and let it dry for about 20 minutes. Rinse the eggs, pat them dry again and you're done! It was the perfect way to bring some color to a gray afternoon.

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Recipe: Cinnamon buns

My friend Helô and her husband, Martin, started a super cool Instagram account where they post all the things food. I love cinnamon buns but had always been a little intimidated by the number of ingredients necessary to make them until I watched their video. They made it seem not so complicated. So, I tried baking them this past weekend and they turned out delicious! The recipe is below, but you should also take a look at their video, it's really fun!

Cinnamon buns (Recipe from Let's Food This)
750g flour
110g sugar
110g butter
14g yeast
400ml milk
1/2 tsp salt
In a large bowl, mix dry ingredients. With a mixer, stir in milk and butter. Let it rise for 45 minutes then roll it out in a floured surface.
110g butter
50g cream cheese
90g sugar
2 tbsp cinnamon powder
Mix all ingredients and spread over rolled out dough. Roll up the dough and cut. 

Brush rolls with 1 egg.

Bake for about 15 minutes in a preheated oven set to 375ºF.

Frost with sugar icing and enjoy!

all images by SCAVENGENIUS