Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Pregnancy basic beauty products

I´ve been a bit quiet for a while and that´s because....I´m pregnant!! A lot of emotions, hormones and changes going on but now I´m getting used to it (well, I´d better be, I´m 27 weeks by now!) and I wanted to dedicate some posts to being pregnant in Amsterdam.

One of the first things I started doing as soon as I found out I was pregnant was...making sure my skin was hydrated to avoid the anti-aesthetic stretch marks.

I´ve been using a cream during the day (they don´t leave marks on your clothes) and an oil during the night and up to the moment (fingers crossed it stays this way), I haven´t seen any marks appear yet!

Here is a short review about these products:

- MUSTELA Vergetures Double Action: quite a thick cream, it needs a bit of massaging but then is quickly absorbed.

- BIO-OIL: this oil not specific for pregnancy but works really well. I only don´t like that it is too oily, and the bottle is quickly

- BIOTHERM Biovergetures: also a thick cream, quickly absorbed but I don´t like the fragrance as much as the Mustela one.

- WELEDA Pregnancy Oil: Definitely my favourite! It has a very pleasant fragrance, the bottle doesn´t get all greasy and its quickly absorbed!

All of them can be easily found in the Netherlands and the rest of Europe.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

4 Great brands for Pilates clothes

1. Rituals - Incredibly soft, comfortable and relaxed outfits

2. Wellicious - stylish and elegant outfits

3. Forever 21 - young and trendy colors and shapes

4. Victoria´s Secret -  comfy but sexy

What is are your favorites?

Monday, April 7, 2014

The BEST G&T in town at the Conservatorium Bar

Yes, you´ve read it right. Not only is it a Gin Paradise with every single niche brand (G'vine, Hendricks, Bulldog, Martin Millers, etc...), but at the Conservatorium Bar they also have excellent tonics!

I once read at a great gin bar in Madrid: Tonic is 70% of your gin & tonic, are you really going to use just any tonic?

And not only do they have the good gins and their perfectly matching tonics, but they also know how to prepare them: each gin will come with its fruity match, that be cucumber, berries, lemon, pepper...

My favorite? G´vine with Fever-Tree, followed closely by Bulldog! Depending on the combination you choose, a G&T will be between 14-17€, a bit expensive, but totally worth it!

In G'vine's words: Initiate a new Gin-eration!

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Pilates Anytime

It is already a couple of years ago that I started doing Pilates. It is not a big secret that I am not really a sporty person... ;-) so Pilates is just the perfect thing for me. It is not about cardio, but about flexibility, posture, breathing and challenging your body in a very healthy way.

When I moved to Amsterdam, I couldn´t find a Pilates studio near my home with a schedule compatible with my job, so, as happens in these situations, you get creative and I found Pilates Anytime, a great website where you can find more than 1200 streaming videos of Pilates lessons.

You can choose from different levels, different instructors, different teacher trainings, apparatus, duration, etc...

My absolute favorites are the classes from instructors Kristi Cooper (I love her style and her 10 min workouts), Meredith Rogers (always challenging in a good way) and Jennifer Kries (you MUST try her Waking Energy workout)

It is only 18 USD per month and even though I regularly go to a pilates studio twice a week, I still like to do some pilates at home with Pilates Anytime!

My basic equipment, all very easy to store at home (in comparison, of course, of how difficult it would be to store a full reformer, a tower, a spine corrector, etc..!):

  • Stott Pilates Mat: without doubt, my best investment. I wouldn´t recommend a normal yoga mat, as your spine may hurt in some exercises. This one is extra thick and perfect for all exercises.
  • Theraband: perfect for traveling!
  • Magic Circle: you can´t imagine how many exercises there are for arms and legs with this simple circle!
  • Toning Balls: that can be used as weights or for balance exercises
(as you can see, I have a slight preference for the Stott Pilates by Merrithew equipment, but there are many other great brands. Just make sure you don´t go too cheap and sacrifice the quality...You don´t want to get any injuries!)