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! 

Monday, December 29, 2014

Pretty pretty finds: eShakti custom made dress

Just like that, Christmas is a year away again. I hope you had a great time with your family and/or friends! And, since this is one of my favorite Holidays, please allow me to stretch it a little through this post! An alternate title for this post is "what I wore on Christmas day".

This is not a fashion blog, but I like sharing pretty finds. And today's find is an awesome one: custom made clothing from eShakti! Who doesn't like custom made stuff? Women don't have all the same body type and, as a Brazilian, it can be challenging to find clothes that fit well since my body is quite different from the he Americans.

eShakti has a selection of dresses, skirts, tops and jackets that are all customizable. You can change the neckline, or sleeves, the length, put pockets on it, get no pockets, pick a different color, you name it! I started with the dress on the picture above. I thought it looked so Christmas-y, I immediately decided I was going to wear it on Christmas day. I then changed the neckline, added sleeves and made it a mini. I put in all my measurements (taken with the help of my mom!) and placed my order. A couple weeks after, I got my dress on the mail!

You can noticed from the second picture that the waist is a bit loose on me. I was worried it was going to be too tight, so I added few inches to my measurement. Shouldn't have... Also, I imagined a shorter hemline, but in the end I really like the length of it. I'm not sure it would look as good if it was shorter that it is. Other than that, I thought it fits perfectly, so I recommend that you enter your measurements without adding or subtracting to the numbers.  I love love love that the dress has pockets! It's comfortable, has good quality and it's so pretty!

So, if you like the concept of eShakti and want to give it a try, here is a coupon code for you to get 10% off your purchase: the code "scavengenius" is valid from until 01/23/2015, so hurry up!
Please note: Code has to be entered in the ‘promotional code’ box. It is not case-sensitive. Code can be used any number of times until the validity period. This discount code is not applicable on clearance / sale, gift cards & overstock categories. Not applicable on previous purchases.

all images by SCAVENGENIUS unless otherwise noted

Full disclosure: I was provided a dress of my choice from eShakti;
however all opinions are my own.

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Merry Christmas!

It's rainy and cloudy, but who cares, it's Christmas! We're done decorating and now it's time to start cooking. We're trying to come up with our own traditions, mixing a little of what each of our families do back home, with some American traditions that we learned to love. It's such a great time to stay in and appreciate the coziness of our home. We don't have big plans for the next few days, but we'll make sure to make the most of them enjoy every minute! Have a merry merry Christmas!

P.S.: click on my Steller story above to see a little more of our Christmas decorations!

Monday, December 22, 2014

Roll-out sugar cookies (baked by me!)

Remember my plans for the weekend? Here's the result! I have to say, you're probably looking at these pictures and thinking "huh, these cookies don't look so pretty", but I'm quite happy with them. My expectations were low, so I was kind of surprised with how they turned out. Of course I know they are no master piece, but they are not horrible, and that's a victory, right? ;) Also, I had so much fun baking and (trying to) decorate them, that I can say it was a success. They taste really good (although next time I think I'll add more than just a pinch of cinnamon) and the icing is so easy to make! If you're looking for a roll-out sugar cookie recipe to bake for Christmas, I recommend you try this one from Food52.

Click on the links above for the recipes!