8.21.2015

Lifestyle | My Top 5 Health Tips


At least in theory, staying healthy is actually quite simple.  I think the biggest challenge I've had for years in this area has been thinking that being healthy was a place where I would arrive one day and settle there forever in glory! And, unfortunately for good old me, it really isn't that way at all.   On the contrary, I soon found out that it is a constant attempt to keep up good positive habits and make the other ones as small as we possibly can.  And definitely correcting any 'slips' along the way fast enough for damage control is a big part of it too.
#5  I keep track of where I am, where I'm coming from and where I want to be
Please, do not interpret this one, as obsessing with weighing myself and exercising.  Because I'm NOT doing that and I do NOT advise you to do it either.   That said,  I do believe it's important to have an objective measure of where I stand, what I have accomplished and what my future goals are, to keep me motivated.


There are 2 very cool iPhone apps that I find very nice and helpful for this:

FASHION FRIDAY | 8 August Fashion Obsessions



While summer is here - at least for those of you in the Northern Hemisphere - we can still obsess about creating those outfits that show some skin...  Plus, you can shop today for a lot less than at the beginning of the season .... and if done wisely you will wear your items for summers to come!   For those of us down here - in the South of the globe - we can get our closets ready for upcoming Spring and Summer.

So this goes to all of us female-fashion-junky-earthlings: my new monthly obsessions - items I've purchased myself and that will most likely make it to my closet real soon if the mail allows it!  Some of these items are currently on SALE, so if at any time you wish to get one, you can simply click and start shopping :)

... keep reading if you'd like to learn why and where I purchased each one!

8.13.2015

LIFE | BELIEVE IT OR NOT... MY CAT SKYPES !


Here's a funny anecdote I never told you guys about... And before I begin, I'd like to say, I'm aware ALL cat owners think their cats are truly AMAZING and EXTRAORDINARY...  But really < modesty off> MY Lola is OUT of this world :)  And if you've been following my blog for a while, you've probably learned a bit about her already, but, give me some time, and I will share with you a lot more anecdotes, pictures and videos that prove I'm not exaggerating when I say this.

So, let me tell you about the first time I noticed Lola, my exotic shorthair Kitten, could see in 2D.  I think it was about a year and a half ago, she was only 6 months old.  My husband was travelling every quarter to Minneapolis, Minnesota for business.  And Lola and I were staying at home all by ourselves.  Even though I was pretty busy with a heavy workload myself, and that helped while he was away, my husband and I have worked together, sometimes with different clients, but mostly sharing the same office space, for almost as long as we've been married.  We are rarely apart, so I was glad I had Lola to keep me company on the days he was away.

8.04.2015

TIP TUESDAY | How to Drink More Water



We don't need no lecture on the importance of drinking water.  You and I have heard it a million times: helps in weight-loss, detoxes the body, clears the skin, gets rid of headaches, among other great benefits.  There's nothing new in all this and still, we all have such difficulties getting as much of it as we need each day ( at least 3 litres or 100 oz). Why oh why do we resist to feel better, by this simple act of drinking H20? It's just puzzling, isn't it?  I will tell you why... It feels boring and dull. There, I said it!  I must confess, that I need to make a conscious "note-to-self" every single day or I will very easily fail to drink enough water.

Now, that said, I've lately been doing a much better job at this, so I wanted to share my new and very simple 3 tips, that you can put them into practice right now, to stay hydrated.

8.03.2015

MOTIVATION | 20 Reasons Why You ARE Enough - No Matter What You've Heard!


You REALLY are ENOUGH.  Not in a year, or 10...  Right now.   You  DON'T have to wait for the right time, for the right moment, for the right education, for the right weight, for the right man, for the right approval, for the right amount of money to prove to yourself what you're worth... You truly ARE enough, and ALWAYS were.

You may have been told otherwise, and may be doubting these lines for a minute....  So let me I'm tell you more about who you are.  I'VE SEEN YOU.  I've witnessed you EVERY day and EVERYWHERE.
  1. You are SO VALUABLE:  You are a hard working woman, underpaid in comparison to your male peers at work.  And yet NOTHING stops you.  You can have the strength and determination to keep fighting for what you know you're worth.

7.30.2015

Throwback Thursday | The origin of my #1 guilty pleasure ;)


My biggest guilty pleasure, up to this date, is by far, to have breakfast in bed!  But hear me out when I say, it has become more of a NEED and I will explain why in just one second.  For this extravagancy, I have to "blame" [ or thank ] my Dad.  Every single morning since I can remember he used to prepare and bring each and every one of our family members breakfast in bed.  How sweet AND rare is that?!  And how spoiled were we???!!!

Here's proof!  [And before you even mention it in the comments: Yes, the secret's out! I'm not a natural blonde!  Bet you're probably not THAT shocked are you?].


7.27.2015

Makeup Monday | Try Benefit Cosmetics Top Sellers for less!




So you've read tons of reviews and still can't make up your mind, on which Benefit products are right for you.  They all look amazing and their packaging is to DIE for, right?! You really don't need to spend a small fortune to try them all and make your selection... if you follow this one simple tip!

Do NOT go for full size products before you've actually tried them FIRST.


Although I have NEVER bumped into Benefit products that have disappointed me, I haven't repurchased them all either - for reasons that had NOTHING to do with their quality or concept - such as compatibility with my lifestyle needs, skin tone or skin type.  Fortunately, Benefit realizes this, and there's an easy way to spend less and try more of them:  Buy their special Kits filled with Benefit Top Seller minis !

Here are 6 options ( in no particular preference order), so you can pick which one has the right combo of products you've been meaning to get. Plus each kit provides a tips & tricks brochure on how to effectively use and combine the products in each one.

7.22.2015

FOOD | What I Ate Wednesday




Here's it is!!!  I am SO guilty of skipping these Wednesday posts for more Wednesdays than I could possibly keep track of... But What I Ate Wednesdays are now back.

I have missed these, but the habit of taking pictures of everything I eat has stuck with me nonetheless.   Although slowly, I will surely fill you in on what went on last year. I have decided to start back-blogging ( ???  yes, I just made that up) on the most memorable times I didn't get to share.

Hopefully that will unveil some of the mystery :P

But what better time than TODAY to resume these delicious weekly chronicles, hm?
Here's to new beginnings and lots of great food to come!



I've been trying to cut back on processed carbs, so for breakfast, I had an egg white omellete and some dark coffee with Sucralose.  I like to have protein for breakfast, although this is not a very common thing in Argentina.

I'm not sure if I ever mentioned this before, but the traditional Argentinian breakfast would be toast and jam or pastries, along with your coffee. 
 I guess I'm not very traditional :)

7.21.2015

REVIEW | Adore Cosmetics CellMax Luxury Skincare Kit

Every beauty blogger's dream is to review those high-end beauty products that only celebrities have access to...  it's one of the benefits of this job! So the moment I learned about Adore Organics Cosmetics, it instantly caught my attention.  I think you'll be interested in reading this one, because I very rarely try or review new skincare products or foundations on my blog.  The reason, as many of you already know, my skin is EXTREMELY sensitive. I am FORCED to be selective and cautious on the very rare occasions when I do blog about this topic. Now, that said, I personally reached out to Adore, a luxury skincare brand and expressed my interest in reviewing their products.  Lucky me they answered!  

Adore Cosmetics kindly sent me one of their top products, the CELLMAX Kit, almost a year ago and I have been consistently using it as part of my skin care routine about 3 times a week.  I clearly had no pressure whatsoever to make a review in exchange for the free products, and the proof is a whole year has gone by!  [Trust me, unfortunately this isn't a common thing, and that alone speaks highly of the company behind these products].  So here's my truth and nothing but my truth... 



5.23.2015

SHOP for LESS | 30 DISCOUNT CODES FOR MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND!


Opportunity knocks at our doors this weekend.  If you've been waiting for special discounts to buy some of the items in your wishlist this may be your time to do so.  Top brands are offering CRAZY discounts during Memorial Day and I've listed 30 DISCOUNT CODES I could find just for YOU on today's blog post.

Scroll quickly through them all, copy the one you need and click to start shopping for much less!



Andrew Marc // 30% off of spring 2015 and additional 30% off of sale |  CODE: MEMDAY30    |      DATE: 5/20-5/25


Anthropologie // 20% off sale  | CODE:  No code needed!  


Asos // 20% off  |  CODE: LONGWKND |   DATE: 5/21-5/26
Continue reading to find even more discount codes!

5.20.2015

MAKEUP | New Hair & Makeup of the Day!


Last week I got a makeover, so to speak...  I have a new haircut that I'm ABSOLUTELY loving.  It's a layered style. The change may not be too dramatic for YOU, but for ME... I tell you, it took GUTS!
As you know I had very long hair all evenly cut straight.  I've spent my entire marriage ( 7 years! ) growing it back to where I had it, and super healthy, so I was reluctant to change it.

Now, I can tell you I don't regret it one bit. I am extremely into this layered haircut.  It is SO EASY to achieve a beach wave style with my curling ion, now that I have layers.








FOOD | What I Ate Wednesday

For all you foodies like me out there, here's another recap of what I ate yesterday.  I'm not following any particular diet this week.  I did keep in mind to make smart healthy choices and specially to stay away from processed foods, but I'm not counting calories or looking to put down any weight right now.


Breakfast

You can catch me zipping some black coffee, as I try to wake up in the morning, from my new favorite mug from Van Houtte.  This is a coffee store my husband and I visited quite often during our stay in Quebec, Canada last summer.



1.19.2014

LIFE | Sailing Sunday!

Hi my InsideOut Beauties!

I don't know about you guys, but there are very few things that relax me as much as looking at water.  It really soothes me and helps me let go of any negativity.

That is why sailing is one of my favorite weekend activities.
And even though I don't own a boat myself, I am a  very lucky girl that gets invited to sail up our River quite frequently :)

So, this weekend I thought it would be a great idea to take some pictures of my day out sailing.
Now, in this pictures I might look a little bit lonely, but I was actually with my family on board!

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It was a gorgeous sunny day, yet not too hot.

1.01.2014

2013 ROUNDUP | MY MOST LOVED MAKEUP VIDEOS !


Happy New Year my Inside-Out Beauties!

2013 was a decisive year for my little blog.  It was the year in which I decided I would actually go for it!  Even though my first posts date back from 2011, as many of you know, I only started considering myself a blogger and making youtube videos regularly since last February.

No one can really predict which new adventures, challenges and opportunities 2014 will bring along, right?   < And if you can, please do share!>   I, however, can only hope for and anticipate an exciting journey!   So, what better way to celebrate the beginning of this new year than to remember the bits we enjoyed the most?

Whether you've missed them or would like to watch them once again...  

...here are 4 of my < far from perfect > but definitely most tweeted / commented makeup videos of 2013 ! 





12.17.2013

HOLIDAYS | How to Figure Out What to Get Someone for Christmas

http://www.theinsideoutbeauty.com/2013/12/holidays-how-to-figure-out-what-to-get.html
This is my cute exotic kitten Lola!  Volunteering as one of Santa's helpers this year :)

No matter how many times we've promised ourselves to plan Christmas better this year, if you find yourself in desperate need to visit the mall  next weekend, you shouldn't be surprised to see it crowded with people... just like you!

12.04.2013

HOLIDAYS | HOLIDAY BEAUTY GIFT IDEAS { $100 and UNDER }

http://www.theinsideoutbeauty.com/2013/12/holidays-holiday-beauty-gift-ideas-100.html

Christmas is just around the corner!

< But some of us are still behind on our Holiday Shopping, aren't we? >

Following my Gift Guide for under $50, here's a new list of suggestions for those budgeting under $100.

I have carefully selected 6 new items you can get this Christmas, for the beauty junkies in your family or circle of friends, that I personally would love see under MY Christmas tree!

11.29.2013

HOLIDAYS | HOLIDAY BEAUTY GIFT IDEAS { $50 OR UNDER }


http://www.theinsideoutbeauty.com/2013/11/holidays-beauty-holiday-gift-ideas-50.html

Christmas shopping is so exciting!
After all, it is the most wonderful time of the year!

But it sure can get stressful and expensive if we don't plan carefully.
Online Christmas shopping is a great alternative to help you stay within your budget and avoid the mall crowds .  But whether you're shopping online or at the mall, there's a whole world of endless possibilities, that's why I think Holiday Gift Guides always come handy!

Here are some great beauty gift ideas to help you put a smile on your loved ones for only $50 USD or less...

11.28.2013

HOLIDAYS | A Special Thanksgiving Message to YOU!

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Gratitude is an inward feeling of kindness received.
Thankfulness is the natural impulse to express that feeling.

As some of you may already know, where I live we don't celebrate Thanksgiving, but I LOVE the spirit of this Holiday and seriously believe it should go GLOBAL!

I am convinced that in order to achieve true happiness, we need to be grateful every day for what we already have, instead of focusing on what we want to get in the future.  And that only through sincere Gratitude we can attract new blessings to our life.

Even if we fail to do this at times, at least you have Thanksgiving to make things right once a year :)

Let me borrow this amazing Holiday from you to say...

FOOD | Delicious Salmon & Brie Salad

http://www.theinsideoutbeauty.com/2013/11/food-salmon-brie-salad.html

 Welcome to What I ate Wednesday!


Yesterday's special at home was this exquisite Smoked Salmon and Brie Cheese salad.
Such a tasty combination that you must try for yourselves!

This salad is fresh, perfect as a main course for summertime OR it can be prepared as an entrée all year long.


Here's the Recipe!

11.26.2013

BEAUTY | 3 STEPS to FINDING your FACE SHAPE !

A lot has been said and written about face shapes.
But something that is often overlooked is that  EVERY FACE SHAPE IS BEAUTIFUL!

I'm not just saying this because this is an inside-out beauty blog. And I'm not the only one who believes this to be true. In fact, in the Fashion and Beauty industries as well as in Hollywood, there are so many  models and celebrities all equally stunning, and yet, with different face shapes.

http://www.theinsideoutbeauty.com/2013/11/beauty-whats-your-face-shape.html
Special thanks to @LindaZoon for this lovely illustration she created for TheInsideOutBeauty.com

I can read your mind girls.  Right this second you're asking yourselves: "So if all face shapes are equal in beauty, why is Heidi writing a post about how to determine our face shapes?".

Well, the reason is that knowing our face shapes will save us a lot of time, money and headaches! Once we know what we have, we can learn how to make the most out of it.  And, for instance, we'll be able to make all beauty and fashion choices a lot easier.  We will also know how to contour, accessorize or pick the right haircut or the glasses that are more flattering for us.

In a nutshell, we'll basically know a little more about what works for us, and that's always helpful!

So, let's determine our face shapes together, shall we?

11.25.2013

MOTIVATION MONDAY | DO YOU THINK PINK ?

http://www.theinsideoutbeauty.com/2013/11/motivation-do-you-think-pink.html


Think Pink !

When times go gray.... just breath... and create a pink thought!   I know it's easier said than done, but stop, try to relax and change the picture in your mind.


11.15.2013

LIFESTYLE | FOOD FRIDAY: JAPANESE !


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Happy Food Friday my InsideOut Beauties!

When it comes to food, I think my biggest weakness is sushi, and it has been for quite some time now.

Japanese food in general, is something I crave for quite often and I also feel it is a fairly healthy choice, specially when eating out.

Here are two of my favorite Japanese dishes.

10.29.2013

HOLIDAYS | Last Minute Halloween Shopping Ideas!


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Happy Halloween my Inside-Out Beauties!

Whether your Halloween gathering is meant to be scary, silly or something in between, every detail counts to make the most out of this special evening.

I spent the past couple of days snooping around to find some inspiration...  Halloween home decor and treats are a very important part of creating the full Halloween experience, so here are a few ideas worth sharing, for any last minute shoppers !!!


10.28.2013

BLOGGING | What You Need to Start a Beauty & Fashion Blog - Essential Equipment

So you want to start your own fashion / beauty / lifestyle blog but you're not exactly sure what the first steps should be?

Do not worry!  You've come to the right place at the perfect time!

I only recently started a Blogging Series, sharing some tips I wish I'd known myself back when I started this blog.   I've been there too, and not so long ago.

And that's why today I decided to dive right into this topic once again and share with you the tools and products I currently use to create the contents for my blog posts and Youtube videos... (and some that are currently on my wishlist).

http://www.theinsideoutbeauty.com/2013/10/blogging-what-you-need-to-start-beauty.html


So, if you ever asked me (or asked yourself!) any of the following...

"What camera should I get?"
"What software should I use to edit my videos?"
"How can I improve my video's or picture's lighting?"

... just keep reading because you'll find all my answers and tips on this post!

10.03.2013

FASHION | FALL TREND: LEATHER UP GIRLS !



Today I bring you a NEW FALL TREND ALERT!
This season, black leather is everywhere, toughening up all our outfits.
The good thing about leather is that it's a classic and it's never truly outdated.
(Which means you will be able to reuse any new items you get).

That said, it's always good advice to be careful when wearing leather.  It's easy to overdo it and look a little too "I'm a Heavy Metal Rockstar!".  ( Which is great, by the way, if that's what you intended! ).

Let me show you some gorgeous examples of HOW designers are using leather this fall and how you can leather up with style!


9.21.2013

HAIR & MAKEUP | GET READY WITH ME for a LUNCH DATE !

Hi my Inside-Out Beauties!

Today I bring you a new "Get Ready with Me" video.


I know you all enjoyed my first one showing you my everyday hair and makeup routine.  But it was quite some time ago ( and,  if I may add, with a much poorer camera ).

So, I thought it was about time I created a new and updated one.


This time, you'll watch me get ready for a lunch date with my hubby!  Every once in a while we like to go out on a date just like we did before we moved in together or got married.  Although, to be honest, many times I feel we're still boyfriend and girlfriend.  You might be thinking that it's easier for the two of us to forget we're married sometimes , because we don't have kids yet, but actually nowadays, more and more couples decide to take a little time off to date their significant other.

< Plus, you know me, I LOVE romance! *sighs* >

Anyways, my point is that I really think it's KEY and SO MUCH FUN to devote some time to get all prettied up for a date, don't you?

So if you're interested in witnessing my whole hair & makeup  transformation / makeover and the outfit I chose, just click, scroll down below and watch !

9.11.2013

INNER BEAUTY | HOW TO BE MORE POSITIVE : 10 QUICK TIPS I KEEP REMINDING MYSELF !

Helloooo my Inside-Out Beauties!

Did you know that the average person experiences 24 frustrations a day?!

24 times a DAY something doesn't go as we wanted, planned or expected !!!

< On second thought, not THAT surprising actually >

No wonder we often find our minds overwhelmed with negative thoughts from time to time.

Just like you, I have plenty of bad days and struggle with becoming a more positive person every single one of them.

In the end, I guess positive thinking is a choice for most of us.
A daily choice to BEAT negative thoughts and emotions.


And the best way to fight back is through positive thinking.

<  Remember:  Positive People...
                                       ... are More Beautiful! >


You are probably going to have dozens of negative thoughts a day, BUT you can also CREATE many

9.02.2013

INSIDE-OUT BEAUTY TALKS | TODAY: Tips on Self Confidence with Guest Celebrity Youtuber Lilian T. !



Welcome to a NEW Inside-Out Beauty Talk!

After my first radio segment featuring Emmy Nominee Michelle Branch, I was very concerned about who my next guest would be.  I enjoyed talking to Michelle so much and it was such an honor to have her in my first attempt of a blog radio show!

So, I'm pretty sure you can imagine why I was so worried.  That was until Lilian Tahmasian, Youtube Celebrity, said YES to participating on my next InsideOut Beauty Talk.

As you probably all know already, Lillian T. is an Australian Armenian Beauty Guru creator of Butterfliielilian, a Youtube Channel with OVER 35 K subscribers and 2.5 MILLION  views... and counting!

But what I love most about Lilian is that, in spite of all of her success in the Digital and Social Media world, she's still a very sweet and down to earth girl, we can all relate to.

Self Confidence, was the topic that won on our little poll last time, so if YOU voted for it... here it is!

After many e-mails back and forth, and in spite of the time zone differences Lilian and I managed to sit down for a quick Skype Call and discuss How we can all be more Confident! Something we all need at some point in our lives.... don't you agree?

Interested?  Take a quick listen!

8.31.2013

HAIR | L'Oreal Elvive Extraordinary Oil Video Review & Demo !




Long hair is a lot of hard work.  But, on the good side, I get to have a lot of fun trying out every new hair product out there and then telling my friends all about them.

With so many hair products on my bathroom shelf, I thought it was about time I started reviewing some of them.   Not all of them work as well as one would expect, but every time I get a new hair product I feel like I'm purchasing a new opportunity for healthier, stronger and more beautiful hair.

Today, I made a video review of L'Oreal Elvive Extraordinary Oil.  I bought it to find out how far away it actually was from what the tv commercial promised.

8.29.2013

MAKEUP | FACE OF THE DAY !


It seems like some of you truly enjoyed my NATURAL COLLEGE MAKEUP LOOK post, or so I was told on Twitter, so I thought I might start posting FOTDs too :)  This is a very easy Makeup Look that you can wear day or night.



If this looks like a makeup look you would wear too... keep reading and I'll show you the products I used to achieve it!

8.27.2013

FASHION TREND | HOWTO GET CHERRY NAILS THIS FALL!

Long pointy nails ruled in the 80s, long rounded nails were hot in the 90s and this season Short Red Shiny Nails are totally IN.

So today I bring you this quick tutorial on How to Get Cherry Nails this fall in 4 super easy steps!




Interested?

Keep reading to learn more about the products I use to achieve this CHERRY RED NAIL LOOK and HOW I use them !

8.24.2013

FOOD | SANDWICH SATURDAY!


No matter the time of the day, sandwiches are practical, time savers, perfect on the go and you can get as creative as you want with bread types and fillings.  Everyone, no matter the age, absolutely loves them.  The crucial point is to keep them interesting at all times.


Welcome to Sandwich Saturday!!!  Ok, I just came up with that one.  But, since I totally skipped Food Friday yesterday, I thought I should make it up to you today :)


So, in the last 2 weeks or so, I've been having sandwiches quite frequently, and I thought it would be nice to share with you my 3 favorite sandwiches.


If you're looking for some food inspiration, all you need to do is keep reading to checkout some cool combinations and pictures of my favorite sandwiches!


Sandwich #01:  Egg Sandwich!


This is a great breakfast alternative in my opinion.  It's also easy and quick to prepare, which is great for morning time!


I basically made an egg on a frying pan, but I did not fry the egg, just added a little olive oil spray so that it wouldn't stick to the pan.  Then toasted my favorite bread.  I'm obsessed with this sandwich bread. 



8.21.2013

Holiday Part 03: A SPRING DAY IN THE MIDDLE OF WINTER!


The most amazing thing happened on the third day of my mini vacation.  We went out for a walk with our sweaters and jackets on [ of course, remember day 2?  ] ... and we suddenly started to sweat!!!

WHAT?!  20 degrees Celsius ( 68 F) in the middle of winter???!!!


But no!  I won't do it!  This time I won't complain about the strange climate changes.
[ Hey!  I'm on a Holiday Break on a BEACH location! Can you blame me? ]

Instead, I'm going to tell you all about the MIRACLE of being blinded by a big warm sun in the middle of winter!

8.20.2013

Holiday Part 02: Dune Driving Adventure!



As promised, here's my 2nd Holiday update :)  Day 2 of our weekend get-away, started out with a nice breakfast at a coffee shop.  My husband is a huge rugby lover and Pumas fan, so we went there to watch the Pumas vs Springbocks match !  Such a great and fun way to start the day... Or so we thought, until the 60-point defeat :(

Oh well...  I can take it with coffee and croissants in my tummy :)  Here's the selfie at the coffee shop... Don't let the Canadian beanie confuse you, it's just a present I got from my parent's last trip to Vancouver, and it was freezing that morning.

Note on the crazy brows: I'm currently just letting them be, to see if I can get them to grow stronger:)  >

Around midday, we went for a walk in the woods.  I always try to walk long distances when I'm surrounded by nature.  It's my favorite kind of effortless exercise. I tend to be so distracted by everything around me (birds, trees, etc) that I forget I'm even exercising at all!

8.18.2013

Holiday Part 01: Fondue Night!

Hi my Inside-Out Beauties!

Sometimes you just need to get away from the big city...  Ever had that feeling yourselves?

Don't get me wrong, I love the city, but sometimes it can get you off your balance.

Monday's a public holiday in my country, so this weekend my hubby and I decided to jump into the car and escape the city chaos for a few days.

We met with family at a beach / forest house where we're having some R & R time.
So I wanted to share with you our first night here!





8.14.2013

INNER BEAUTY | ♥ TO THE BEAUTIFUL YOU ♥

Today, I'm writing to The Beautiful You!
Not to the You that's specialized in finding all your little flaws... No.
I won't be talking to the You who stares at the mirror with a critical eye in the morning.
Yes, you heard me well!
I refuse to address your own worst inner enemy today.
Allow me instead to, at least for a moment, connect with the BEAUTIFUL you...

8.12.2013

BLOGGING | Take a Peek at this Beauty Blogger's Office :)

Hi my Inside-Out Beauties!


Some beauty bloggers love coffee shops.

Others, though few, blog on the go from their mobile devices.

Many teenage beauty gurus make blogging sanctuaries out of their beautiful bedrooms.

Some Big beauty bloggers have amazing studios with Broadway vanities and breath-taking dressing rooms.

I, too, have my own special space, from where I craft this little blog with tons of love.


A small room, that my husband and I put together, with hard work.

This space helps me get inspired, and, hopefully, become more and more deserving of your growing support and kind words of appreciation towards my blog  every day :)

Want to take a quick peek?

8.09.2013

FOOD | What I Ate this Week!

 TGIF my Inside-Out Beauties!


Great food can make us happy and beautiful inside-out.
Sometimes,  just by looking at it !

Well I did a lot more eating that looking this week.

So welcome to Food Friday one more time, where I share with you my favorite foods of the week!!!
I originally started doing WIAW (What I ate Wednesday) posts, but I soon realized, that can get a little repetitive or boring.  So I thought, why not spice it up, just a little bit, and do a selection of the best or most beautiful dishes I eat in a week.

[ Pssst, also... I have a little confession to make at the end of this post, so keep reading :)   ]

AND THE WINNERS ARE...
< DRUMS >

Lunch

Yep, I do realize Breakfast comes before lunch... But to be honest, I was too sleepy most mornings this week to take pictures.  Ooops!  Sorry :-/  Maybe next Friday!


8.06.2013

FASHION | We've been Spiked Up !!!

Spikes, spikes, spikes... and studs!

Everywhere you look.

Metal hardware is all over the runways, magazines, fashion and beauty blogs and, hence, all over the fashion stores online and offline, typically in the form of studs, spikes, and grommets.

I must admit my first reaction was FEAR.. Come on!  Look at those sharp pointed spikes and dare to blame ME for feeling that way!  Yes, my first question was "Is this trend even safe" ?

I know, I sounded like an old lady right there... what can I do?  I'm just trying to be honest!

Second reaction was "Heavy Metal, Hard Rock ! ... Yum!  I wish there was a Hard Rock Cafe nearby..."  LOL   There wasn't one, by the way :(  Again, 100% brutal honesty!

This trend sure spread like a disease and it's obvious why it's calling everyone's attention, as it sets itself apart from any other trend I've seen in a while... and after looking at a ZILLION items... I'm slowly starting to see something fun, edgy and different on this trend :)  See ?  Persistence is always key!

So, this brings me to today's post.  I went window shopping the other day, to show you that on this side of the world we've ALSO been Spiked Up!   In fact, we're SO SPIKED UP guys... that the TRUE challenge is trying to find something that DOESN'T have spikes OR STUDS.

I promise I'm not exaggerating !

Take a look!



8.05.2013

INSIDE-OUT BEAUTY TALKS | TODAY: Inner Beauty & Positive Thinking ~ Special Guest Michelle Branch


"80% of American women, are dissatisfied with their appearance", says Michelle Branch, "and that's just an example of a global gender issue".  On this Inside-Out Beauty Talk we're going to discuss what got us there, and, most importantly, what will get us OUT!


Happy Monday my Inside-Out Beauties!


I've had the most amazing weekend getting things ready for today: InsideOut Beauty Talks Blog Radio Show Opening Day!  I hope you're just as excited as I am!  The idea behind this new project is to share with you a series of Inside & Out Beauty Topics.

And for a very special first show, an even more special guest joining me:  Michelle Branch from LetHerBeGreater.com 


Michelle is a former Emmy nominated television newscaster and Award-Winning Author and Champion to Awaken Women WorldWide to Their Authentic Beauty and Inner Treasure.  So you can all imagine the absolute honor it is for me, that she accepted this interview for my blog and first online radio show.

Together we discussed Inner Beauty, Positive Thinking and Positive Body Image Tips, and I have no doubt that you will find in Michelle a very inspiring woman with so much to give and share.

For those of you who are unable to listen to the radio show right now, but are curious to learn more asap, I am including some interview highlights on this post too.

But, what I truly hope, is that you will all find a moment to sit down, grab a cup of tea,  relax, and enjoy the show... because it was created with each and every one of you in mind :)


8.02.2013

BEAUTY | 5 DOVE BEAUTY PRODUCTS I KEEP BUYING !



Hi my Inside-Out Beauties !

Before I ever gave Dove products a chance, I was in love with the message this brand delivered to women.  I think it's safe to say, Dove was the first beauty brand to ever start a crusade for women's positive body image with their REAL BEAUTY campaigns. Or at least, it's the first one I can remember.

This is why, Dove is an Inside-Out Beauty Brand [ for me ] whose message I value and can totally relate to.

As if that were not enough, many of you know it is the drugstore hair care brand that I'm loving the most and that I've been trusting my high maintenance and very long hair with, lately.

[ I know!  I'm still in shock that a drugstore hair care brand would perform this well ].

Do you want to know which are the 5 Dove products [ for hands, body & hair ] that I keep buying over and over...?

Just keep reading :)


8.01.2013

BLOGGING | BYE BYE GFC :( HELLO E-MAIL SUBSCRIPTIONS!

Hi my Inside-Out Beauties !

As many of you know GFC is history :(
I have spent so much time connecting with other beauty bloggers and readers with GFC... so it is very sad to see it go...  I'm aware this may be old news for most of you, specially beauty bloggers.  But I still get new followers via GFC every day, so I'm guessing some may still not be aware of this.

For this reason, today I finally removed my Google Friend Connect widget, and I sadly thought of each of these +290 followers that I had connected with there.



Clearly, Google is putting all its focus in Google Plus right now and you have the option of following me there too, if you want.   Another way of following my beauty blog is via Bloglovin , as you may have noticed, I included that widget not so long ago.

But, if you ask me, I'd rather have you all follow my beauty blog via e-mail.
You just never know when the next social network will disappear, just like what happened to GFC, right?

Plus, it's the easiest way I can think of to organize upcoming Giveaways !  I can see more clearly who's following and communicate with the winners.  If you're a Bloglovin user like me, you may know that you cannot see all of your followers, at least not right now.

So, without further ado, I invite you all to follow my blog by e-mail from now on, specially if you had followed it via GFC before.  You can do so very easily by clicking here and then entering your e-mail to Feedburner.

Or just using the E-mail Subscription widgets located in the signature below and in the top right corner of my blog.

In any case, after you enter your e-mail address, don't forget to activate your subscription by clicking on the verification link that Feedburner will e-mail you.

And, as an incentive... I will be hosting a Giveaway very soon amongst my e-mail subscribers!

Needless to say, I will not be sharing your e-mails and you will ONLY be receiving blog updates from me.

Thank you all so much for your overwhelming support :)


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