5 Ways to Love your Imperfections! ❤️

At this moment, if I ask you what you love about your body? I’m sure you’ll ponder and put a lot of thought as to what you really love. On the contrary, the negative is hard to miss, it sticks rock solid, not allowing us to overlook and making every effort to conceal.

Yes, today’s post is about positive body image, ways in which we may be demeaning our self in an unknowing way.

Each and every one of us at some point in our life has been body shamed, for being too skinny, too fat, for our skin complexion etc etc. While others may pave the way to body shaming, its ‘YOU’ who continues it by contemplating, comparing, hoping to be different or more like someone else.

While the feeling of insecurity, the feeling of not being good enough is experienced by each and every woman in the world. We all can overcome whatever negativity we have towards our self, loving ourselves even on the days when our concealer cannot come to our rescue to hide every spot, wrinkle or stretch mark.

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Here are 5 simple ways in which we can start loving our imperfections

1. Fine tune your mind

Of course, we all have flaws. Rather than shaming yourself about something you lack or don’t perceive as beautiful. Train your mind to focus on the positive maybe as simple as a beautiful smile or those long lashes. Your brain automatically helps you see and seek positive once we start focusing on positive aspects

2. Filter your network

Self-doubt and a negative self-image are often created by our immediate contact. Interactions as such need to be cut out, which question your self-image. Filter them out and associate with people who love you, compliment you and provide growth for appreciation.

3. Comparison is a complete NO

Quoting DUFF “there’s always somebody prettier or more talented or richer than you, but it shouldn’t affect how you see yourself”. The whole point is to stop comparing yourself to everyone you find better than you. Appreciate beauty rather than comparing, and a point to remember is one’s persons positive should not be considered as your negative.

4. Connect with your body

Contemplating your flaws will only make you feel worse about yourself, and rather than ruminating, connect with your body. Watch out for signs your body is sending you. Stop and think about why you feel the way you are, and provide your body with all the love and nourishment through exercise, proper sleep, and healthy food.

5. Embrace your flaws

This may be the most difficult of all. But we ladies really need to stop stressing, let down our hair and just breath. Be thankful for what we have even if it’s something about yourself which you love less.  Be confident about yourself, wear your flaws as a sign of individuality and uniqueness.

LOVE YOURSELF

In the end, it’s all about you, how you see yourself, how you project yourself which influences the way people perceive you. Let me know if you ever have experienced body shaming and how you faced it in comments below.

Article by: Amanda Fernandes|Psychologist|🇮🇳

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Hôtel de NELL Paris – our first staycation!

If vacations are good staycations are even better!

What is a STAYCATION?

It’s a vacation in the place you live, so you don’t really travel out just stay – staycation!

It is also a new online service for people living in Paris to book a stay ( Sunday – Monday ) in a variety of exclusive places, at a great discounted price. Check them out here.

I have been living in Paris for 7 years and a chance to rediscover the city is exactly what I need. For our first staycation, we chose the 9th district of Paris. It is one of the most attractive districts of Paris, showcasing some of the most beautiful Hausmannien architectural works of the ‘Belle Époque’ era, from lavish shopping areas to the Palais Garnier. You can enjoy an amazing walk by the river Seine and enjoy the view of the Eiffel tower afar. Scroll down to read all about my stay at a very luxurious hotel in the 9th district of Paris – Hotel de NELL.

So we took the metro to our destination, it is the best part to not have hours of travel before reaching your destination – your destination is just minutes away!

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FIRST IMPRESSIONS

Hotel de Nell is beautifully nestled in the 9th district, the welcome was warm and the check in very efficient. The staff is very professional, they showed us around the hotel, and then took us up to our room. They had some welcome sweets and a special note from ‘staycation’ to welcome us!

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Our room was on the 6th floor, with a breathtaking view of a church and the rooftops of Paris city! It had the smallest cutest balcony I have ever seen, everything about the room was cozy and put us immediately on ‘holiday mode’.

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The rooms are very contemporarily styled and have a Japanese style tub which is a true masterpiece and was the jewel in the crown of our stay at Hotel de NELL. To add to it are the two tea bath rituals from Bulgari –  that smell like heaven and are really relaxing!

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After exploring our room, it was time to hit the spa! The very famous Spa Nuxe offers its services at Hotel de NELL. The spa room is at the -1 level of the hotel, I was super happy to make my way from the room to the spa in my bathrobe! We took the 45-minute massage that was really relaxing, the masseuse was very professional, I highly recommend to visit Spa Nuxe if you are here. They even gave us a few samples of Nuxe products at the end of the service.

Price: 88€ for a 45-minute massage.

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At around 6pm, we were bought a bottle of champagne to our room, the perfect way to enjoy your bath!

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restarauntlogoDinner at La Régalade

As we were having such a great time at the hotel, we didn’t want to step out, so we decided to have dinner at the restaurant of the hotel – La Régalade.

It is a very popular restaurant, which offers a 3-course (with 5 options each) dinner menu for 39€. The menu has dishes that have been there ever since the place opened, in addition to the ‘plat de jour’! And you guys, I must say everything was super tasty! The dishes are really beautifully crafted, visually very appealing and a total fiesta for the tastebuds!

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On our way to dinner!
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Risotto crémeux à l’encre de seiche, gambas et jambon rôtis à l’ail, émulsion vache qui rit.
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Poêlée d’escargots petits gris du Languedoc et œuf parfait, ail, persil, jus au cresson
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Poitrine de cochon fermier croustillante de chez Ospital, cocos de Vendée, pesto de riquette
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Suprême de volaille fermière, croûte de noix de pécan, asperges blanches meunière, sarriette
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Time for desert.. check out my huge bowl of Riz au lait!!!

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Our Favorites at La Régalade

  • Risotto crémeux à l’encre de seiche, gambas et jambon rôtis à l’ail, émulsion vache qui rit.
  • Poitrine de cochon fermier croustillante de chez Ospital, cocos de Vendée, pesto de riquette
  • Riz au lait à la vanille Bourbon comme le faisait ma grand-mère, caramel laitier

When we got back to our room we had another surprise gift waiting for us – a box of chocolates from ‘Maison du Chocolat’ and a Spa Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse dry oil! I absolutely love these cute surprises and felt really pampered! Another fun offer is the pillow menu at Hotel de NELL, we loved the pillows that were there so we didn’t change, but if you are in a mood to experiment do choose among their different pillow options. The next day, we had breakfast at ‘La Régalade’ restaurant, they offer a sumptuous continental buffet and fresh products like sausages and eggs etc for a supplement of 10€. After breakfast, we cozied up in the room, had another round in the tub and went off to get some final clicks in our bathrobes before leaving!

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Breakfast at La Régalade

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STAYCATION Paris 2018

We absolutely loved our first staycation in Paris, it was truly romantic, the hotel inculcates the true essence of the city! We will surely be trying out other places. I highly recommend Hotel de NELL, for a chic Parisienne style stay! It’s attention to detail and little sweet surprises made it extra special. It has everything you need to cut out from the ‘metro – boulot – dodo‘ routine.

Check out our insta story from that day:

 

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ADDRESS

7-9 Rue du Conservatoire, 75009 Paris

To book the hotel – Click Here.

To book a STAYCATION in Paris – Click Here.

When we got back from Hotel de NELL, we felt like we got back from a vacation, it was a truly refreshing feeling, I do recommend staycations to break from the routine and explore and reconnect with the city you live in! I hope you enjoyed this article guys, see you soon with some other fun places to visit in Paris. Let me know in comments below if you have ever been on a staycation in your city!

Article by: Mellissa Fernandes | Makeup Artist | 🇫🇷

Pregnancy Fashion: How I styled my bump on my babymoon.

A growing belly is not always the easiest to style, finding the right maternity clothes can be a challenging task and I’m happy to share with you a few brands I came across that have helped me stay stylish during this time! Scroll down to check out what I wore during my trip to Malta, hope this inspires the fashionista future mommy’s out there 🙂

  • Floral dress

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You can never go wrong with florals, and this dress was just perfect to get in spring. I bought this cute floral dress from Boohoo, they have an amazing range of maternity clothing.

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Click HERE for other cute floral maternity dresses.

  • Lace-up dress

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I got this lace-up dress from Primark, this dress is not from a maternity section, but it is ideal for the second-semester bump, and the lace-up style is great for breastfeeding post pregnancy.

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Digging the Lace-up style? Check out some other cute lace-up maternity dresses HERE.

  • Blue Jeans with a white tee

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This classic look can never go out of style, I got the jeans from Maternity section of H&M, and teamed them up with a ruffles white tee and a trench coat. This look is simple yet stylish. To complete the look wear your favorite comfortable sneakers.

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Check out my other picks for this style HERE.

  • Bodycon dress

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A bodycon dress is perfect as it can stretch and accommodate your growing bump. These dresses are very comfortable and can be perfect for the day or night. I got this cutie from Primark and teamed them up with my favorite trainers. The holographic cap is from the kid’s section of Primark!

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I found some other really cute bodycon dresses for maternity, click HERE, to check them out.

  • Maxi dress

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No holiday can be complete without a maxi dress. I got this dress from PinkBlush Maternity. Do check out my previous post on this brand, which has an amazing collection of maternity including swimwear.

Click HERE for other ultra stylish maxi maternity dresses!

I hope you enjoyed this fashion roundup with me, let me know what is your favorite look in comments and yes do share other maternity brands you are loving 🙂 Don’t forget to read the article on my Babymoonwhere I have listed tips for traveling during pregnancy.

Have a great weekend guys,  catch you soon with another post.

Article by: Rachel Fernandes | Lawyer, Cosmetics Formulator, Beauty Addict | 🇬🇧

 

 

Vogue Fashion Festival Paris 2017

Hey guys,

I just got back from a luxurious event – The VOGUE Fashion Festival 2017 Paris. I attended a masterclass on ‘ Fashion Journalism at Vogue’. Hoping to go back with great tips and fashion inspiration from some visionary leaders at Vogue Paris. Scroll down to read more about my experience.

How to become the BEST VERSION of you! 

I grew up believing that the relationship we have with others, like the number of friends, perfect love partner etc. is the ultimate key to living a content life, but eventually, I’ve realized the relationship I share with myself is the essence of how happy I will be as I move through life.

Road Trip – Amsterdam #whatiwore 

Hello Guys,

This is going to be a really quick post I want to share with you my outfits from my weekend road trip London – Amsterdam. It was a really quick and intense road trip with loads of excitement and fun. My clothes had to be stylish yet comfortable, check out my different looks and some favorite picks that I put together so you can get the look 🙂

5 Easy steps to make HAPPINESS become your new habit! 

Happiness for many of us is a life goal, or a myth we have long forgotten, because of all the stressors that pull us down every single day. As difficult and unbelievable as it may sound, every individual has the power of lifting themselves up and finding their happiness even in the most abrupt situations. Some life alterations can make happiness a habit rather than a long lost cause.

Here are 5 easy tips I have incorporated in my life so that everyday is happier and more fulfilling.