1st January 2018, Monday.

The date is incredible. Like the beginning and start altogether. For someone who needs a fresh start that’s something for consideration.

 

For me, as I already told I do not have any New Year’s resolutions, it is a great day to begin my new calendar/planner. I am not so good in organizing my time, so this year I try to use calendars. I have three and one bullet journal. Well prepared, hmmm?

I have one I got from my mummy, with all special days’ marked, one from my Secret Santa with Paris landscapes (he knows how much I love Paris) one I purchased from Moleskin (of course French brand) and bullet journal which I wanna try. I feel lost in the middle of the dots, but we will see how the journey looks like after some time. For now I realized it is quite good for my calligraphy practice.

It is definitely something magical when you open your paper calendar on the first blank page and you wonder “what is going to happen, what stories are going to fill in my planner”? I always start to flip pages of any magazines from the end to the beginning, but in this case I need to start properly.

 

Do you use any special calendars or just what’s on sale or random choice?

Kasia

New 2018 is coming to town.

I hope you are all great and cosy. Boxing Day in the UK and here few days in between holidays finally came. I feel good, little bit nervous before New Year. I was born in August let’s agree in the middle of the year so I have never had any New Year’s resolutions, and that was fine for me. It worked until now. Every time I read any posts at the beginning of the year I feel pressure to invent sth new, to promise myself sth and if I cannot think of something the last sheet-anchor is “ok, this year I am going to loose some weight”. But this year actually it won’t work. I lost some weight before New Year so I am totally free and out of all New Year’s promises, resolutions, plans, etc.

 

I am good enough, sorry if I sound little bit cocky. You should also feel the same, or other words: you don’t need to do anything. You are good enough. My life experience shows that me, and probably you as well (as we are all two of a kind) do not need anything more to feel happy, accomplished and fulfilled. We breath the same air, have the same human nature and have the same reason to live our life.

 

So think about that before you buy gym membership, promise yourself to be a better money saver or spend more quality time with someone.

 

I wish you quiet, happy moment with yourSelf for the whole 2018.

 

Kate.

 

I am crazy about…..

My skincare.

I would rather spend some money for skincare than gym membership. I have always loved good cosmetics. From the moment I noticed discoloration on my face, as later on I change this issue into “pregnancy award”, I started to search and buy so many product and nothing has really helped. I did even cosmelan treatment which is really aggressive one and everything looked great till first sunshines in summer.

What I have learnt from past, the best friend for me is SPF daily, even during “not so sunny days”, and good skincare during darker seasons that is fall and winter. I am always on a hunt for good products and this time I really invested in something even better I could imagine.

 

 

 

Brightening line: cleanser, serum and moisturizer. These are my friends when I want to pumper myself lil’bit.  And let’s be honest, after crazy Christmas’ arrangements today is time for me. Bath is almost ready, I’m gonna indulge myself and wait in that mood for secret Santa’ s presents.

 

All the best for you for holidays’ season.

 

Kate

 

What to expect from holidays’ season.

 

How to avoid being tired and feeling blue after, and sometimes, during holidays’ season?

Sometimes we are kindly invited to a party we wouldn’t like to go but it won’t be nice not to show up, someone can feel offended or even angry. But what about us? Do we need to force ourselves to attend “not so nice”  gatherings?

I always think it is better to avoid sth which can hurt us than to digest it long days and feel sick. That’s the same with food and alcohol. I do not drink or eat a lot (glass of wine few times a week) because I know I won’t feel good next day. Easy.

 

When you know someone can hurt or embarrass you during conversation, can you see any reason to be the shooting shield?

I remember my aunt, I used to see her 2 times a year and each time she saw me she shouted: you look good, gain some weight……. That was so horrible for me. I was chubby then and the last thing I wanted to hear was just her confirmation.  Now from a distance of time I think that was funny, I mean my anger, but years ago that was rude and embarrassing for me specially when living among all skinny kiddos from my family.

Now I prefer to stay in my comfort zone and do leave it.

 

 

 

 

There were times when I felt like a host on all boring parties. I wanted to entertain people, no matter that I was also a guest. Just imagine, you seat among people and suddenly there is a silence. It lasts some time and no one says a word. The “silence cloud”  is heavier and heavier and who is the first who tells joke or funny story? I have always thought I am responsible for all guests’ moods. And after years of being a clown I said no more. It is exhausting and why I need to try so hard? I choose what is really comforting and pleasant. Meeting with supporting and loving people two times a year means more than seeing opposite ones every month.

 

Finally, I have a pile of really good books waiting for me, wonderful candle to burn and few chocolate boxes to drink.

 

 

Have a calm and nurturing holidays’ season.

 

Kate

 

Advent cookies.

 

 

Advent cookies are our treats before real Christmas feast. Who doesn’t like cookies? Is there any one? Back to my childhood cookies weren’t as popular as cakes and we weren’t very into baking them, except ginger cookies before Christmas, but now you can find cookies’ receipt you couldn’t even imagine they exist. Raw, vegan, no-carbs, quinoa, chia, oats, paleo, and many more.

Do not find excuses, tuck your sleeves and let’s bake. There is nothing more comforting than cookies and hot chocolate if you have such a sweet teeth like me.

 

All you need (for my favorite mince pies) is 350 g plain flour, 225 g cold butter, 100 g golden sugar, icing sugar to dust and mince pies’ filling (I always buy) which mainly consists: raisins, apples, sometimes walnuts and sweetener, orange peel,  you can adjust everything to meet your taste.

 

 

 

 

Some people use plant margarine or coconut oil instead od butter.

 

 

 

 

I asked my daughter to help me, but she mainly made some photos.

 

 

 

 

I made 12 pies, no matter than one is thinner, one thicker. They all taste so good, even Tosia ate one frankly speaking she doesn’t like raisins.

 

 

 

I hope you enjoy your holiday’s season and please let me know what’s your best festive treat?

 

Kasia

Christmas tree has arrived.

 

Do you feel Christmas? Little complicated when the weather is round 70’s F. So different when we used to have in Poland this time of year. But anyway, I feel the spirit. Many lights in our neighborhood, jingle bells, Santa’s wish lists, my kids’ birthdays, all the secrets, family gatherings, quality time and of course the smell od Christmas. My kitchen is always full od food, special, traditional ones.

 

Also, bringing home Christmas tree is magical. All family decorated our tree sipping coffee or hot chocolate and listening to the music. My husband’s is the best in choosing music. He knows what I need.

 

 

 

 

This year I even made advent wreath, not so popular in our families but the idea of lightening 4 candles one by one during 4th Sundays of advent makes the whole atmosphere even more special and uplifting.

 

 

 

 

I am looking forward for Christmas.  Let’s unite our hearts with no prejudice, griefs, regrets and sorrows.

Being one huge global family is much more beautiful than divided into lonely pieces.

 

Kasia

 

My wish list.

 

 

Just as I told you in the previous post I am no longer sales’ lover. I try to skip that calories burner and more often take the opportunity to count my steps during pilates sessions than running shopping malls. It doesn’t mean I stopped shopping at all. Having a wish list is a really great idea. You can write your dreams, think about them, change your mind few times and at the end continue with that journey or skip it. But for sure your decision gonna be honest and you will probably gain more and spend less.

 

Celine trio bag was on my list for a few years. It was the most instagram’s friendly bag for  few seasons in a row. Some people love it some just opposite. I always wanted black one, no way I could consider different color. Celine fashion house is probably more famous from that piece. The day I have heard the rumours Celine creative director’s Phoebe Philo is going to leave Celine at the end of this year just pull the trigger. I love strong women and Phoebe is for sure one of them. She converted underperforming brand into a  blooming one, so at the time you read that post I am probably a happy owner of my Celine dream. Yes, I am emotional. And of course my love to Paris designers is very strong . For me Celine fashion house looks like minimalism came out of traditional background. Yep, that’s my words believe or not.

 

Second and last place on my wish list belongs to little blue jewelry box. What’s inside? We will see or not depends on the Santa. Maybe next year?

 

Do you have your wish list?

 

Kasia

 

 

How to survive between holidays?

 

 

 

I am not writing about food, high blood pressure and high sugar intake during holiday season’s feasts. I am writing about your wardrobe, shopping and all forthcoming sales. This year my Thanksgiving’s party outfit was old. Nothing new, nothing from sale.

 

I was always shocked when read someone’s posts about skipping sales. How is that possible? That is the way we can save money buying something cheaper and still at the beginning of the season (we know how early all sales start). Being  sale’s lover I was always on a hunt. And actually spent more money than having a wish list and skip impulse shopping. After a long ride with my sale habit I realized that I always take rid of the stuff I have bought on sale. I did not even remember what I really hide in my wardrobe after purchasing. That makes me wonder… Why we shop on sales?

 

 

 

 

First we think it’s a bargain. We are more wise than the seller because we gain, they loose. But why we need to buy third sweater or second parka? Is the color so important? Last season khaki was on top this sezon it is navy. Do we really need to have a leather jacket in all rainbow’s color? New boots, new skirt, new everything…..

There was a time I thought new is better than old. But having read lots of book about Parisian style which I love I have changed my mind. I am more nostalgic and romantic about my clothes, my style. I no longer think I need more, I feel confident and satisfied with my closet content. Of course I can always improve some departments, add some pieces for occasional wear but for my everyday look I am covered. Now I have more fun with playing and matching my clothes than playing with credit cards and asking myself for more.

 

That was a long journey but now everything fits. I can take any trousers: denim or tailored from my lower rack and any top from my top rack and they all fit together. What a relief. No “I do not have anything to wear”. No uncomfortable shoes, too big or too small purchased because they were so cute, or very cheap, no comfort sacrifice.

If you like me crossed the long bridge and have the same feeling just let me know.

 

Have a great no-shopping experiences during holidays season.

 

Kasia

 

Fall make up.

 

 

Fall makeup is the easiest. Not a lot on a game. Vibrancy and life, no grays, shimmers and pearls, just matte and colors.

Days ago I loved grayish make up but these days are gone. No make up make up or fall make up all year long.

I started with CC cream from The Face Shop- Korean brand not the same as “the Body Shop” you can find on the corner of almost each town in the USA.

 

 

SPF 50, great coverage. Quite pricey but worth the money.

 

Next step- powder, but only for my  T zone. Believe me, couldn’t fine the perfect one.  I have spent hours in Sephora and I know that if you are not sure what you want you can come back home with bag full of crap. Everyone tried to sell me something different. I sad politely “I need some time alone” and I found what I was looking for. This powder does the job.

 

 

For cheeks department I bought Chanel Les Beiges no.40. Not too orange not too grayish. Sometimes when I use contour powder I look like having a beard. Not this time.

 

 

And last but not least eyeshadows and lipstick. Anastasia Beverly Hills “caramel” and Makeupgeek “creme brulee” are my fall winners. Nars Red Square on my lips, but any orangey red is perfect for me all the year long.

 

And that completed my whole look. I hope you like it. Try to implement some orangey-reddish colors into your make up, because if not now, then when?

Hugs,

Kasia

Real hunt. H&M and ERDEM.

I was little bit uninformed and overslept about the day H&M &  Erdem collaboration’s released. So day after I went to Dallas Northpark mall even as previously informed they were sold out, but I needed to check by myself.  I still listen my inner voice…

That was a good decision, I still could get some great pieces as you can see below.

Here in States you can return unused stuff 30 days after purchase, so it was probably surprising ERDEM pieces you could return till 8th of November. Only 5 days. It is 10th and I still have them in my closet. Lucky me. I was waiting till that day because I wanted to be sure I write a post about a stuff I really keep. Otherwise I could be unreliable, let’s say.

I did not see all collection in real but I can say all the pieces I saw looked great. Prints, fabrics, shapes, everything.

 

 

 

Not to “screamy”, toned colors but still trendy like leopard print coat. I am not very into florals but shoes and t-shirt look really great. Could be my “statements” for the whole looks.

 

 

 

When my daughter saw the little tiny clutch she said: “it is too cute to return”.

 

 

 

That was my first time I could buy sth from H&M collaboration and I am definitely going to be on a hunt next Fall.

 

 

 

Have a great Fall weekend,

 

Kate.