Monday, August 15, 2016

Vacation in the south of France

A whole week has passed and vacation time in Aix en Provence and Cassis is now behind me. This is the first time I visit the region.

I have to say that the South of France is a treasure. It is nothing like Paris and is not just about Cote d'Azur. The roads are calmer and surrounded by nature and its pretty towns will have you want t stop to take pictures constantly. 

Life is slow and obviously people are in better moods because life is not that stressful. The lavander fields were already cut so I did miss the purple fields like here below. Next time a June - July visit is imposed!
The sun shines all the time and there is just nature everywhere. What a way to enjoy a relaxing week alone or in company.

Friday, August 5, 2016

Sun protecting drinks and tips for the Summer

Summer is here and I'm going on vacation! I'll be spending some time in the lovely region of the south of France. Can't wait to have time to have fun and enjoy moments of relaxation.I gotta say that a vacation right now is perfect. Paris is so empty and I definetaly need a break from the city.

As I've mentioned before, I'm a Caribbean girl so the sun is no stranger to me. With the years and several bad tanning experiences, I've learned my lesson on sun exposure. And ladies, we are not getting any younger ! Skin protection is key to staying radiant. There is no science here, sunblock is our best ally. But can we do more than just lather on cream and wear big hats? Yes.

Here below I have some tips to staying healthy and hydrated from the inside out. Any time during the day is a good moment to enjoy a refreshing drink or snack. The key here is consuming enough antioxidant foods.

These foods are your friends when you are out in the sun.
  • Watermelon : source of lycopene and full of water!
  • All berries : source of anthocyanins.
  • Red and orange fruits/ veggies : lycopene, beta carotene.
  • Leafy greens : Anti cancer properties
  • Fish : They have those good for you fatty acids.
  • Dark chocolate(60% or over) : flavanoids.
  • Ginger : Anti inflammatory and full of antioxidants.
  • Gogi berries:  Help neutralize free radicals form the sun exposure and they are so easy to snack on!
Here are two recipes I share with you so you stay healthy and beautiful for years to come. They are from one of my favorite bloggers, their links are posted below.

Goji Ginger Lemonade Mynewroots
Serves 1
2 Tbsp. goji berries
1 ½ cups water
1 tsp. ginger root, freshly grated
½ lemon, juiced
raw honey to taste (optional)

1. Soak goji berries in water for at least one hour to soften.
2. Pour goji berries and soak water into a blender with remaining ingredients, blend on high until completely mixed.
3. Pour into a glass with plenty of ice and lemon slices.

Sunblock smoothie - cheaprecipeblog
Serves 1
2 cups watermelon cubes
5 strawberries
Your choice of liquid, if needed (almond milk, coconut water, green tea, etc.) 
Place watermelon and strawberries in a blender and puree until smooth. Add your choice of liquid, if needed, for a thinner consistency.

Hope you get to try these delicious and refreshing drinks any time during those sunny days of summer. Now I'm off to packing for my trip. I wish you a lovely Summer guys! xoxo

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

The terror today

I am feeling so bad today. The situation in the world with all the radicalism and terrorism is in every corner here in France. Why has it got so bad? How will it get better? This is going on in countries where habitually there shouldn't be a chaotic place to live.

We must take care of children today, educate them and show them that these ways are not the answer. We are all the same and we all deserve dignity and fight to have a reason live.

I want a better world for tomorrow. We all need to take part of this.