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Sunday Nursery Visit

March 23rd  •  Posted in Lifestyle

After a feet-wrecking busy day up and about in Milan on Saturday (pictures of that day are on their way and will be on the blog soon!), we slept in super late Sunday morning, woke up and ate fresh croissants for breakfast, then kind of wanted to skip lunch (but we didn’t), just for finding ourselves itching for something easy and light to do on a grey not that much spring-like slow Sunday afternoon. Nursery visits to us are becoming kind of a weekend ritual – it must have something to do with the huge amount of greenery involved…

Sunday Nursery Visit
Sunday Nursery Visit
Sunday Nursery Visit
Sunday Nursery Visit

Is there anything more spring themed than nursery visits anyway? Not that I ever discriminate a trip in wintertime – there’s a beautiful local shop here that not only has the most amazing selection of plants and flowers and cute vases, but also the most beautiful installation of Christmas decoration during Holiday season! – but there’s something very interesting and refreshing about setting everything aside and immerging ourselves between a thousand different plants on a weekend.

Sunday Nursery Visit
Sunday Nursery Visit

* There’s something about cute vases and ceramics in general that has quite a charm on me recently! Just tell me these aren’t cute! *

Sunday Nursery Visit
Sunday Nursery Visit
Sunday Nursery Visit

While we are usually pretty loyal to our favourite nursery (just look at it and tell me the view isn’t wonderful!), since we weren’t around that area, we decided to head to something a bit different this time! It ended up to be a visit to a very old-fashion nursery with the biggest amount of indoor plants I ever seen, typical nursery glass walls and roofs and a few tools and objects I think I haven’t seen since the nineties! While I think that place could flourish with a bit of cares, I was so fascinated by the time travelling experience we got to have!

So what’s your favourite way to spend a slow Sunday afternoon after a busy wearisome week? x

P. S. :: It’s all the weekend that I’m obsessed with Steller Stories so I’ve decided to put together an account over there too – so if you’d like to follow me there, you can find me at this link! I’ve already created a story that goes hand in hand with this post, if you’d like to take a peek! I’m just super excited I’ll be able to share what I’ve always thought it was not that noteworthy to write a whole blog post over here… also I need someone to follow, so if you are on there too, be sure to let me know!

How I stay motivated!

March 21st  •  Posted in Health

How I stay motivated

My working out motivation comes and goes: last summer I was all about it, I took half an hour or a little bit more for myself and some cardio almost everyday and I truly enjoyed it, I even wrote an entire post about it back in August last year, and yet it only lasted three months, then life got in the way and it was either impossible to workout for a month or so, and I also lost my motivation along the way (thank you emotions, health, bad news and all that jazz!). Until at the beginning of February I started be serious about fitness again – I wanted to start all over and find the motivation I lost. It could go away again, yes, but this time it’s quite different: we have a commitment or two, I’ve started truly enjoying working out and in these two months there hasn’t been one single time I felt overwhelmed by the thought it was time to repeat it all over again day after day, instead I’m always looking forward to my workout time!

I’ve never been a gym person, nor a sport person in the slightest! I’ve always hated gym class at school and I’ve never joined the gym. I hate to run, I hate to get sweaty, I much more prefer avoiding all of this if possible. A pair of years ago I’d never thought I would have ever enjoyed working out – even at home, even alone, even without anyone forcing me or suggesting me what to do! It’s strange to see how people can change growing up, right?! And yet if I started enjoying it and finding the motivation to keep going day after day, I have to thank the little things that have made my working out route much more interesting that I would have ever thought it could have been! If you haven’t guessed yet, I have some tips to keep the motivation alive for you today!

How I stay motivated

1 :: Find the motivation in yourself.
At the end of the day, it’s all about you and your health. Until I actually felt like I needed and wanted to do something about, I wasn’t really able to stick to any class or at home workout routine. So I know this is not exactly what someone who is trying to find the motivation somewhere wants to hear, but it you don’t really want to give it a go, just forget about it. Find a reason why for you it is important to commit to some form of sport, whether it’s weight loss, strength or achieving a healthier version of yourself, and stick with it. Especially remind yourself why you started when you feel disheartened or tired.

2 :: Practice what you truly like.
I thought I liked cardio last summer and yet I’ve always hated it, in fact it didn’t last too long! I quitted at the first difficulty. A few months after, I’m pretty sure it was because cardio wasn’t the right thing for me! This year I’ve decided to go back to the pool, because swimming has always been the only sport I quite liked since I was a kid, and I’m not looking back! Not being able to afford going to the pool almost everyday, I’ve also started practicing yoga as I’ve always been a fan the rare times I tried it, and in fact I’m looking forward to daily my time on the mat every day! It wasn’t easy though, to understand what was right for me – as I said I spent the whole summer adoring cardio, when I now can’t really stand it, I tried pilates, HIIT, only to realize I didn’t truly like them and I wasn’t going anywhere by sticking with something I wasn’t passionate about only to quit a few months after.

How I stay motivated

3 :: Find someone to workout with!
Best way to start? Finding someone to workout with you! Me and my boyfriend committed to going to the pool together once a week, and yes, before this I wanted to start swimming again and I knew it was the right thing for me, but it took me months and a “we could go to the pool together” to actually do it!

4 :: Set small goals.
Don’t be too hard on yourself or you’ll make it a nightmare. The trick is to try and actually enjoy the journey without wanting to go straight to the point and pretend there’s nothing you need to work on to. Start setting small goals instead of big ones – having goals is good because increases positivity about your fitness journey, but if they’re too big they can be overwhelming and it’s easy to get tired of everything that way. I’m trying to just avoid setting goals if not the being on my mat at least four days a week and at the pool at least one.

How I stay motivated

5 :: Define when you’re most motivated.
I thought the right moment for me to workout was in the afternoon, yet sometimes I found myself temporizing and preferring doing something else. I realized the afternoon wasn’t the time I feel most motivated during the day, instead I tried working out in the middle of the morning and it worked great! I feel like I have more strength in the morning and taking time to practice yoga before the start of a new working day really improves my positivity and creativity and definitely relax me if I’m feeling a bit too stressed about nothing. Obviously it’s good to set a time according to your schedule too, but try to stick with it, it works magic!

6 :: Treat yourself to some new workout gear.
If you feel like your workout routine is something you’re really working hard on, then consider investing in some new good quality workout gear. New sport clothes are always fun and a good simple way to stay motivated. I had this gross old shattered yoga mat and I hated working out on it, so when I saw I was quite engaged with my workout routine, I decided to buy a new one, and it was a game changer! Not only new workout gear is fun and makes me want to practice something just for the sake of wearing it, but it also improves the way I workout. No one likes uncomfortable clothes or regular bra when working out, nor too tight tops or difficult to move in leggings that just hinder your moves!

My favourite workout clothes? Try H&M sportswear and you won’t regret it! I didn’t believe it either, and yet their Jersey Leggings are the comfiest to practice yoga in! I’m also a fan of their Seamless Sport Bra and would buy each and everyone of their colourful tops! Also I’ve recently invested in this nice slouchy J. D. Y. Tank Top but especially these ASOS Leggings – I’m in love: they’re super comfortable, and super duper high waisted (which is always good!) and very elasticated too, in a word perfect-yoga-leggings!

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That’s it for now! I always feel like motivation can grow and be improved everyday, so I’ll might find a few other helpful tips to guide me in the next months, but if you have some tips to share, please talk to me in the comments! One’s never really prepared enough when the motivation wants to escape! x

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Tea Ritual { with Moooh!! }

March 19th  •  Posted in Food

Tea Ritual.
Tea Ritual.
Tea Ritual.
Tea Ritual.
Chinese Style Tea SetMoooh!!

I’m such a fan of tea, I’ve not always been – there was a time when I always politely declined any hot tea offers when I was at someone else place – but growing up I’ve started enjoying the art of boiling, infusing, pouring and relaxing with a warm cup of intense flavoured infusions between my hands. I’ve tried so many and discovered my favourite flavours combinations amongst others, and now it has become a daily afternoon ritual, part of that well deserved ‘me-time’ in-between of a busy working day, some days the only excuse for ten minutes far away from my laptop too! And of course it has also started a passion (mania, obsession, however you want to call it) for cute mugs and beautiful teaware. Whilst my kitchen pantry is a bit too crowded of tea mugs lately, I didn’t owned a nice tea set completed with paired cups and teapot, until this beautiful Chinese Style Tea Set knocked at my door!

I love the delicate floral pattern and the rustic feel of the handle, it totally brings a country feel to the entire set and reminds me to what I imagine a Chinese countryside would look like, not to mention the colours and the little flowers pattern totally make for a lovely addition to my spring/summer themed homeware update! It’s making my afternoon tea ritual looking and feeling even more sweet and relaxing than what it was already!

Tea Ritual.
Tea Ritual.
Tea Ritual.

What about my favourite tea picks, you ask?!

I’m obsessed with anything chai, tea, latte, even cakes!, and it’s weird because I don’t extremely love any of the ingredients of chai tea by itself, but for some reasons, when blended and infused together, they taste as the most delicious of the hot drinks I could ask for! Especially with black tea as base!

Other flavours I love are fruity ones, especially if red berries are involved (I’m obsessed with this English Tea Shop Organic Honey Bush Acai Berry Tea lately!), yet I’ve recently discovered I’m a fan of citrus too: in fact probably my all time favourite tea is Clipper Tea Zen Again Infusion, the most perfect combination of lemongrass, eucalyptus and ginkgo, the right balance of erbal and citrus, a pure treat for your taste buds, I swear! It’s the tea I go for when I’m a tiny bit stressed or want to hit the “pause button” for a good half an hour and relax.

Lastly I’ve only recently discovered even green tea can be such a treat: we all know it is a powerful antioxidant and definitely good for our body, but I’m not the biggest fan of the taste if by itself. If paired with a nice slightly citrus flavour, it’s a game changer, let me tell you! This Clipper Green Tea with Echinacea is my number one favourite infusion at the moment!

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I’m always curious to discover new tea flavours, so do let me know if you have a favourite I should know about! … oh, and also if you own or know about cute tea sets or mugs I can’t really live without ;)! x
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