Staying warm – Zara studio collection discovery

I am going to France in a week and the weather is starting to stress me out.

It is now freezing and I have not been exposed to a temperature below 15°C in about 2 years. Yes, I know, wow. Of course, I have almost no warm clothes in Dubai, except for my yellow coat – such a brilliant idea to get it! 😉

So I wandered in Mall of the Emirates – y’know, the one with the ski slope – and found this beauty in Zara.

zara-collection

It was part of the Studio collection so it’s beautifully made, 100% wool, heavy but not itchy. I love the classic design of the breton shirt and the nice details on the collar and the shoulders. I am not really sure of the practical side of the very long sleeves, I’ll report.

Last but not least, it was a bargain!
Striped mini dress – Zara, 149 AED 469 AED  (currently around the 25 Eur mark in France)

Hopefully it will keep me warm when I’m in France and I will happily report with pictures 🙂

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It’s all clear now

I have suffered from acne for many years. Not that it was particularly severe but enough to make me feel uncomfortable in my own skin. Because it was not severe, people would not really care, doctors, parents, friends. For a while I just believed that it would pass and I needed to be patient.

I am not sure what was the wake up call, maybe turning 26 and thinking “I am 26 now, it is not a teens’ acne, if it is to last my whole life I gotta learn how to take care of it.”

As very simple as it seems, I found all my answers on Caroline Hirons‘ blog.

She is just amazing, very knowledgeable about beauty in general, and funny and sassy, which is exactly down my street. You can find on her blog info about particular products or issues, and I remember finding this video specifically helpful. It helped me figure out where my acne could come from and gave me options to try to clear it.

In a nutshell, my skin routine is now:

AM:
cleansing with any gentle cleanser (Cetaphil, cleansing oil, anything gentle really), these days I use one from Boots Botanics
Sometimes : gentle hydrating toner
Effaclar Duo (+) – La Roche Posay


PM:
Waterproof Eye Makeup Remover – Sephora  (because I wear waterproof mascara everyday)
Cleansing oil – L’Occitane (or The Body Shop, or their Cleansing butter )
Toner Glow Tonic – Pixi
Triacneal – Avene
Sometimes I would put an extra layer of cream or oil if I feel dehydrated.

The least I can say is it cleared my skin and changed my life (so cheesy).

Healthy and tasty breakfast

I finally managed to find a tasty and healthy option for my breakfast. Please escort the Nutella out of here – that’s how serious I am.

When I first wanted to try chia seeds and went down to my local store to get them I ended up with the cheapest but maybe not safest option : almost 1 kg of those tiny black seeds.

I tried several random recipes of chia pudding but was a bit put off by the jelly like texture and quite neutral to earthy taste of the seeds. After a short period of trial and error and largely inspired by a recipe on The Anna Edit’s YouTube channel, here’s what finally works for me and even convinced my hubby to have breakfast / eat chia seeds:

2 tablespoons of chia seeds
2 tablespoons of oats
1 cup of Almond milk (or any milk you want)
3 tablespoons of Yogurt – I prefer plain regular yogurt
1 tablespoon Maple syrup
1 cup of fruits in small bits, at least

I simply pour in a container the oats and seeds, cover it largely with milk and stir, and then add up all the remaining ingredients. You can of course use any fruit you like but I find that something that brings a crunch is very appreciated and I use blueberries and pomegranate seeds (sometimes raspberries too, I cannot lie, it’s on the picture).

Let me know if you try the recipe and if you have any variant worth trying !

Xoxo

That yellow coat though

I live in Dubai.

I repeat: I live in Dubai.

I absolutely do not need this coat. But what can I say, it was love at first sight.

I just pictured myself walking around Paris in this coat – which would be so provocative amongst all the black-coat–wearers and depressed Parisians – and I loved it.

It is yellow and slouchy. I will probably look like a hobo because of an unfortunate style decision at some point (i.e. hangover from all that wine) but if it puts a smile on my face, I’ll keep it!