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

 

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

Fall is here. Feel the air.

Fall is here for good.  First sight? Texas State Fair in Dallas. I bet you have heard sth about if you live in the Lone Star State.

 

 

 

 

Just after Columbus day we (me and my daughter) went there and I tell you, there were so many people like nowhere else. Crowd everywhere.

 

 

 

 

Loud music, sunburn, fried food you cannot even imagine what people can fry. Oreo is outdated, now time for fried beer, fried nachos even bubble gum.

 

 

 

 

We tried fennel cake

 

 

 

 

and smoked turkey leg, Texas size of course.

 

 

 

 

Gladly after 2 hours smelling tasty food we finally saw BIG TEX. He is handsome, 55 feet mean something. Looks great after remodeling when caught on fire 5 years ago.

 

 

 

If you still waiting for opportunity to go, do not procrastinate. Only week and they are closed. And what will you tell if someone ask you on a neighborhood Halloween gathering what have you tasted on State Fair? Are you gonna feel like Sting in New York?

 

My beauty favorites for spring.

I need to start my beauty series. Every season I will try to post some of my best beauty products so some of you can just like the same or at least try one of them all for your favor because all I include here are my best ever products.

 

Let’s start this post with skincare.

You know me only from a few posts 😉 but what I can say about me is I am totally crazy about face oils. I have tried almost all of them which is a lot. Some oils tend to be too greasy, some are too dry. My kitchen cupboard is full of coconut oil, almond oil, olive oil, avocado oil, sesame oil, walnut oils and rose hip oils as well.

When I used “regular” organic oils not specifically for skin they just block my pores so I easily get blackheads and my skin looks unclean and greasy in that way that after my morning skincare routine I cannot do makeup without shining like a polished silverware. For weeks I was looking for something which will satisfy my cravings for face oils and I finally found one.

It was a love at first smell. I am scent sensitive kind of gal, and my new discovery smells like a bottle of heaven.

Blue orchid face treatment oil is my choice no. 1.

 

 

As you can see I almost used half of bottle but I am sure I overdose it. You know the trick, I think the more I use the more I get which is not always right. For sure one pump is enough. I need to reconsider this. After a week of use my skin started to look healthier and brighter and I have a feeling I pamper myself anytime I use that gorgeous oil. O do not hesitate, and price is reasonable. I am gonna to buy some more next week to have a good stock.

And that’s it about skinner, easy. All I need is my oil.

Now a few makeup products.

CC cream spf 50 Your skin but better It cosmetics says everything, I do not need to add a word. Best product ever, not cakey, high spf, moisturizing, that formula suits me the most. There is also one luminous but too shiny for my safety zone.

 

 

In concealer department I have discovered 2 products. My question always was: concealer or not concealer? This is no longer valid. I just couldn’t find the right one. But finally, these are my beauties.

 

 

I bought It cosmetics bye-bye under eye first. It is great for winter, when skin looks grayish. Under eyes circles just vanish after using this beastie. For spring and summer when I need something lighter Glosier stretchy concealer is my choice. It is really stretchy, not cakey, do not emphesize lines or wrinkles. It is really creamy, more than his friend.

Finally if you still read that post I need to mention my lipstick. I was so attach to Chanel Monte Carlo lipstick for years, wanted to buy another one and noticed that they no longer produce that range of colors. Chanel reformulated Rouge Coco Shine. They are now more pigmented, and last longer. My color is Arthur, looks like real, warm red. Not too orangey, not too bluey. Perfect red for each skin tone.

 

 

Also I need to mention that all lipstick from that range are named as Chanel friends and the idea that my favorite lipstick is Arthur, her first love, blows my mind.

 

Tell me about your dear products for skincare and makeup.

Have a nice weekend.

Kasia