Monday, May 4, 2015

Monday inspiration

found on Pinterest linked to anoukbinterior

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

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 Vatnajökull 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.