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IMG_6338I’m going to narrate a little bit of my experience at the Louvre, during our vacation in France! I absolutely love museums! It’s always part of my vacation, specially after moving to Denver! Denver is a fantastic place to live, but we don’t have access to culture here and our Denver Art Museum is a little bit of a joke! so, every time I travel, I make sure I include museums, and theater and a little bit of culture as part of my vacation, to make up for what I don’t have access at home!

and, I have to say, I’m a bit of a museum snob! after visiting the best museums in São Paulo and NYC, and around the country, it’s hard to impress me! I also covered arts and culture for Brazilian magazines and local newspapers in the East Coast, so I’ve been to a lot of museums, way too many times! that’s how to Louvre comes into play! of course visiting The Louvre was a must in my Parisian itinerary! however, due to the size of the museum, I really didn’t want to focus on the Louvre during this trip! – did you know, it would take someone nine months to visit the entire museum? the Louvre is the largest museum in the world!

I wanted to visit the Rodin Museum and the Museo D’Orsay in this trip and leave the Louvre for a time where I could come back to Paris with more time, so I could go back to The Louvre twice, at least! see it with more time and patience! however, things changed along the way! I ended up not going to the Rodin or D’Orsay, due to poor planning? I don’t know… and The Louvre was open on a Monday when everything else was closed!

I made a list of what was more important for me, with the location of each piece of art, so I wouldn’t waist my time looking for everything and prepared myself the best that I could to brave the crowds! but nothing could have prepared me for what I saw!

IMG_6340IMG_6341The Louvre is, without a doubt, impressive! the day before, when we were biking home long the Seine, we biked past the Louvre and I couldn’t believe the size of the building. it might be the longest building I’ve ever seen in my life! we biked for blocks and blocks and the building continued going! I could really not believe the size of that place! people are not kidding!

also, I follow a Brazilian blog in Paris, Conexão Paris, and they posted a secret entrance, that nobody really knows about, where you can scape the long lines and just buy your ticket and get in! I was so glad I had this tip and would love to share here with you: when you go to the Louvre, instead of following the crowds and try to enter through the main entrance, the pyramids, walk past them, continue walking a look for the entrance called Porte de Lions!

it’s a little hidden, so you need to pay attention! if you enter the entire complex through the main entrance, you are going to walk past the pyramids, continue walking, and the Porte de Lions will be on your left!

porte-lionimage from conexão paris!

so, that’s was a win! I absolutely love museums, but I hate crowds, and I can’t deal with them! I get nervous and anxious and then I need to leave before I have a panic attack. but, that did not solve all our problems! the Louvre, as was everything else in Paris, was packed! full with people and tourists everywhere!

IMG_6343 IMG_6342 IMG_6348IMG_6347it was great to know what I wanted to see and have my itinerary ready, with all the room numbers, so I would not waist time! The Louvre has 35,000 permanent pieces of art! also, the museum has 4 floors, 60,600m2 and 3 wings: Denon, Richelieu and Sully!

we saw the monalisa, of course, not impressive at all and super small! the monalisa is on Denon, room 206 (the numbers might change), on room 277 there were so many french painters, we saw a few Delacroix, oh, my heart! we saw the Venus de Milo, in the ground floor!

IMG_6349^^ the silly monalisa!

we made a quick stop to have some coffee and hot chocolate at Angelina, the famous Parisian café inside the Louvre and then continued to explore. the Louvre was built in 1190 – maybe the oldest building I’ve ever been inside! but it was only converted into a museum in 1793, after Luis XIV moved to Versailles! we passed through the pyramids, and tried for minutes to find the Napoleon Quarters! B. always talks about how impressed he was with the Napoleon quarters!

IMG_6350^^ i had some fantastic cappuccinos and lattes in france! their coffee is exquisite!

by then I’d had enough and needed o leave! there was so many people, you are always bumping into people and that drove me insane! if you do well with crowds, make sure to visit the wonderful Egyptian area!

IMG_6346^^ the arch that leads to the Jardim das Tuileries – I was dying to visit this place. somehow, we turned the other way and went home…?

 

…more to come!

let’s talk about our periods? weird right? not really! i know some lucky girls that do not feel anything different when they get their period! I also know girls that feel a little discomfort and some cramps, no big deal, right? and then there is the group I’m part of: girls that suffer miserably during their period!

unfortunately I’m one of those cases!

when I get my period I get incredible cramps. it feels like there is monster crawling inside of me! I also, every single month, get mind blowing, blinding migraines! the kind of migraine that I need to lock myself in a bedroom, lay in the bed, close all the shades, be completely in the dark, not move, not open my eyes. and it still hurts and there is no position that feels good. sometimes it lasts all night, and I can’t sleep! it’s absolutely awful! and then, after I get my period, the horror show starts. that first awful day: I know I’ll vomit, sometimes I have diarrhea! my body hates me!

after the second of third day I feel better and then I’m back to normal!

when I learned about the Period Store, it was such a nice surprise! how about a treat for myself when I’m going through all of this?

IMG_6332I signed up online, gave them information about my cycle – so they can calculate when yo send you the box – and my preferences, what kind of pad I liked, etc…

IMG_6333the box showed up the morning before I got my period! I was super impressed! even I didn’t know I’d get my period that afternoon!

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the box comes with your choice of pad or tampons, cramps medication (thank you!), tea bags, sweets or chocolates, intimate wipes and a piece of art – woman’s art!

 

 

 

 

 

IMG_6335 IMG_6336 IMG_6337I truly enjoyed it! it was a nice distraction that day! I had the tea and ate the sweets (of course!) and did not bother to go to the pharmacy this month! which is great! the art could be more interesting! I’d appreciate a piece of art more focused on the woman, I find it interesting and can be a nice gift for a fellow girlfriend! and the medication is very welcome!

I really enjoyed a treat in a day that’s usually miserable for me!

this is part of a series of subscription services reviews!

here is my review of the Nature Box.

see the review of birchbox home here!

 

IMG_5957today we are going to talk about delicious, healthy snacks! who doesn’t like them?

I’m doing a series of gifts for B’s birthday, and the first one was this subscription of Nature Box! B’s training for his first metric century bike ride and he’s been focusing on eating really well! but, everyone still craves deliciousness throughout the day and wants to snack on something, right?

thinking about that, I got him a subscription of Nature Box! once a month he will receive a box with six packages full of healthy snacks. this time he got granola, trail mix with loads of nuts he loves, fig bars, pretzels, and lemon meringue waffle cookies! he was over the moon! — so was i!

what’s better than snacking on something you know it’s delicious and good for you? the food does not have high fructose syrup, artificial coloring, artificial flavors or trans fats! and it tastes amazing! i super recommend!

IMG_5958 IMG_5959 IMG_5960this post is part of s series of reviews of subscription boxes. see the review of birchbox home here!

my favorite interior designer, Emily Henderson, was recently featured on the LATimes! I just love this piece, it’s so inspiring! Emily worked on graphic designer Bri Emery’s living room and dining room and the place looks ready for summer! there is color, greens, light, it’s just gorgeous!

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i love how she brings the outdoors indoors, that area with all the plants together by the window is drf. my favorite!

Screen Shot 2013-05-26 at 1.09.23 PM Screen Shot 2013-05-26 at 1.09.40 PMthis amazing beach print in the dining room is just incredible. it really feels like summer in this space!

images: LA TIMES

IMG_5594 IMG_5595when we arrived home from vacation there was a lot of fantastic mail waiting for us! one of the best things I found was my BirchBox Home Spring edition! it was so fantastic! It seams that BirchBox is testing this product and I love it so much!

inside, there was a cute shopping list note pad, two little glasses of jam, seeds so you can start a herbs garden, a baggu bag, a l’occitane perfume, and a tocca hand cream!

i was really impressed with the content of the box and so, so happy! i’ve been eying the baggu bags for a while now, and when we were in madrid i tried the l’occitane perfume and fell in love with it! what about that orange/cilantro candle? i’m obsessed! it’s funny how everything felt so perfect and catered specially to me: a lot of the products had citrus scents: my favorite! even the tocca hand cream is italian blood orange!

and the knife with flowery print? it’s making my kitchen happy!

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I’ve spent hours this week working on our Engagement Announcement Suite and all the social media and online Engagement Announcement tools we will be using to officially spread the news about our engagement to family and friends. Since I don’t plan on getting married any time soon, I want to enjoy this moment to the fullest.

Now it’s the time for decisions, decisions, research and more decisions. I’m going to share here all the Etsy vendors that have inspired me to create our announcements and all the stationary. This is a special edition of Etsy Finds!

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ETSY FINDS / ENGAGEMENT ANNOUNCEMENT

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Wedding invitation suites – Hudson design

This wedding invitation suite by Sepia Smiles was an inspiration and the starting point for my planning. I wanted to find a creative way to announce our engagement through a cute package and include a cross media factor in it: there will be a hashtag and instruction for those who are far to be able to celebrate with us and post the pictures online! –> more on that idea later!

From here, I created my initial list of materials and stationary I needed:

  • Envelopes {a selection of paper bags will serve as envelopes}
  • Stamps {from Spain, US, vintage, flowery, all kinds}
  • Confetti and sequins: for the tiny confetti bags.
  • Baker’s twine
  • Postcards from Spain, where we got engaged – for personalized messages
  • Address Return Stamp
  • Stickers
  • Professional Photos
  • Information Card with instructions on how to post the pictures with the hashtag TBD
  • Announcement Card

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Merci Beaucoup, Thank You Rubber Stamp in French, Original Typographic Design (Wood Mounted)

This was a great opportunity for me to get a few things out of the way: we truly needed a return address label or stamp, and this gives me the opportunity to take care of this. I’ll also be using other customized stamps and various colors of ink!

Hunter’s Hideway have the cutest stamps, this Thank You stamp is super useful during all wedding planning season!

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100 5×7 inch Teal Paper Bags, Cute Colored Paper Party Bags, Paper Merchandise Bags, Gift Bags, Wedding Bags, Bridal Bags, Craft Bags

I’ll be using cute paper bags, in various designs and patterns instead of envelopes! I think it’s really more in line with our personality to make substitutions and look for alternatives {specially the ones that save you money!} than to do everything like everybody else! Differentiate yourself!

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10 Neon Pink Parcel Gift Tags

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36 Neon Pink Heart Stickers

Knot and Bow is the one vendor that has been with us since forever! I love their stickers and they also come in the cutest packaging! We will be using most of their products: confetti, heart stickers, baker’s twine! I love the colors they use!

 

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7″x5″ Printable Travel postcards of Venice, Paris, Madrid, Athens

We were just in Madrid so we got our postcards there, both vintage from flea markets and new! We will be using them for personalized messages! But, if you need new or old postcards from all over the world, you can check out Especia.

 

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Lot of Mixed Worldwide Butterfly Postage Stamps for Altered Arts Collage Destash

A great way to make your envelope look super pretty! I use vintage stamps in about all mail I send! There are various vendors that offer stamps from specific parts of the world! Since we were we Spain, I got a bunch of Spanish stamps there, US stamps {remember the heart stamp?} and vintage stamp! Oh, we went to the largest flea market in Europe: El Rastro and bought a bunch of vintage stamps there too! This lot of vintage stamps from all over the world is from Paper Aeroplanes.

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Gold Glitter and Sparkle Heart, Modern Digital DIY Printable Invitation Save the date, Wedding announcement, engagement

And, finally, the most important piece: the engagement announcement card! I have not made a decision yet! But, this one, from Penny Lane Studios is one of my favorites so far!

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Cruz Save the Date

 

I keep debating if I should use images from our engagement shoot in the card… This is a great example of a happy photo card!

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