Can’t believe I am just shy of 30 weeks! The big 3.0. – craziness! We’re so looking forward to meeting her, and I know that anxiety to meet her is only going to build up from here on out. She’s getting so strong, and now not only can I feel her move, but I can also feel the tiny parts of her body if I rub my fingers on my belly while she kicks. So fun! A couple of days ago I was explaining to the girls how, once their baby sister is born, there won’t be anymore babies in my belly – and Olivia says outraged: “but MAMA! We want a baby brother too!!!!“. Haha right – coming right up, m’am. So much for thinking I am in charge of my own body, my kids are already making decisions for this family ;)

I am still nesting like a mad woman – probably what I’ll be doing most of the weekend, unless we decide to go on a random family adventure  somewhere in the Bay. Do you guys have any fun plans? If you get a minute, you need to check out these links – happy Friday, friends!

♥♥ A wonderful TED talk by a runway model, so full of honesty ♥♥

♥♥ For all you mamas out here – this article is so funny I almost peed in my pants ♥♥

♥♥ Just ordered this book, can’t wait to read it! ♥♥

♥♥ DIY Cupcake soaps – now that will get a French woman to start showering more often ;)  ♥♥

♥♥ Talking about nesting , I get to get my craft supplies organized like this girl’s! ♥♥

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I’ve been complaining too much my own liking lately. You see, I am usually a “cup full” kind of person. I am a big picture person I usually manage to put things back into perspective. But these past couple of weeks, I’ve et the little things bother me. Blame it on third trimester tiredness maybe…whatever the reason, that has to go because I am not one that will give up her a cup full that easily.

Yes, my ribs are starting to hurt as baby girl keeps on growing. But I am SO Lucky to have that baby girl inside of me. It’s such a gift. Yes, the house gets messy and out of control. But I am SO lucky to have a loving husband that cares for me, and these two wonderful little girls that are full of live and creativity. Yes, I wish I had more time to work on the blogs and the 1000 projects that are bubbling in my head. But I am so lucky to be doing something that I LOVE and that gives me the flexibility to see my kids grow and spend time with them.

What I need to do is take a breather, and remember how, things ARE good. The stars are shining so bright. And I can’t let a cloud or two make me forget that. Anything that you do when you start loosing perspective on things? 

PS: Don’t mind me while I play around with paper – I’ve been wanting to do more paper cutting since that one I made last year for hubby.

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L: Apartment in San Sebastian, Spain by Mikel Irastorza, via Chic Deco | R: Mini Pop tarts via Martha Stewart.

So last week when I was in a cheeky mood and told winter off, maybe I should have thought of it twice…because since I posted that we’ve had nothing but non-stop rain. Maybe I should right an ode to snow to reverse the curse? Whatever, California has been in a draught anyway, so why yes, my Californian fellows, you have me to thank for all of this lovely water that’s making our nature lush and green ;)

You can always count on me to bring you a daily dose of colors to fight the gray skies. Like this gorgeous mid-century modern Spanish apartment in San Sebastian! If  only I could paint over all of the wood trims on our current home just like they did here. So fresh, a gorgeous mix of mid-century and modern touches and colors – bold yellow and teal. And my oh my, all these amazing pendants and the gold chandelier above the dining table – I die!

And with that, how about snacking on these mini pop tarts? Looking at them makes me smile, and I’m pretty sure they would make my belly happy too :) Happy Thursday, friends!

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A couple of weeks ago I shared my 5 easy tricks to look less tired, and quite a few of you asked me what my tricks are to apply red lipstick so here’s a little post about it! Now a little disclaimer girlies, I am not a beauty blogger and the way I do makeup is always the quick and easy way. You’ll find tons of much more elaborate tutorials out there (For example Savannah’s beauty column on her blog Maiedae is always a source of inspiration for me-, but here are my own little tricks for all you ladies in a hurry that want to go bold!

1. Moisturize! Always moisturize your lips before applying lipstick. I usually put lip balm first thing after brushing my teeth, before putting on any of my other makeup – this way my lips have time to absorb the moisture a bit while I put on my mascara etc. If your lips are super dry and flaky, make sure to exfoliate them every now and then to get rid of any dry skin.

2. Put a coat of foundation or concealer: this helps the color stay on longer and maintains the true lipstick color! A quick step but it helps SO much, believe me. And please pretty please, skip the long-wearing lipsticks as they will just suck all of the moisture out of your lips.

3. Trace around your lips with a lip liner: this will help better define your lips. I usually use a shade that’s a bit different from that of my lipstick, closer to my own real lip color, I find it helps bring a little bit of shading to my lips. Once I’ve traced the line, I blend it in a bit towards the inside of my lips so soften the line just a little.

4. Apply one first coat of lipstick: quick and dirty, straight out of the tube is what proves to work best for me. No need for brushes! Just be careful to not put any on your teeth ;)

5. Blot and reapply: Blot the liner with a tissue, then add another layer of lipstick the long lasting effect.

And a few more ticks:

  • Pick the right shade: it seems like true reds work best on a pale face (me!), while olive skin need brown-reds or mahogany shades.
  • Keep the rest of your makeup subtle: red lips already call for a LOT of attention, so keep the rest of your makeup to a minimum. I usually apply a bit of mascara, a tiny bit of blush and that’s it!
  • Give yourself time to get into it: starting to wear bold red lipstick is like sipping on your first glass of red wine – it’s probably going to shock you a bit at first! Give your eyes some time to adjust to seeing yourself that way.

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Is it me only, or is winter way overrated? When I see my New York friends’ Instagram feeds I sometimes get a bit jealous of all that beautiful snow….that winter wonderland, you know? But then I really think about it - naaah, I ain’t missing that nasty cold. AT. ALL. I remember last winter when it took us two gazillions hours to get the girls ready to go out. We’d be outside what felt like two seconds and then we had hurry back inside. Hello California – I couldn’t be happier we live here now! Are you all ready for warmer temperatures and cute little dresses? Here is a little color inspiration to forget all about the gloomy winter. Loving all of these bright, bold colors- they remind me of a happy summer day filled with sunshine, the sea and delicious ice cream :)

Images: 1. How pretty are these floating flowers?!|2. Mmm well ok, if you insist, I’ll have a 5th serving ;) Cake topper by Paper & Stitch. |3.Yum, pomegranate sorbet with sparkling wine on Decor8. |4.  Cutest dress pattern by Tilly & The Buttons.|5. Every piece of furniture by Slowwood makes is perfection. |6. Such a gorgeous little bench!

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When I shop for the girls, I often think “Man, I wish I could buy that in my size!” – so much cute stuff out their for the kiddos. And that’s exactly what went through my mind when I saw Zuzii‘s shoe collection! Aren’t they the cutest little shoes? Hard to pick a favorite – the bright colors, polka dots, the stripes, the big bows. I used to not be a shoe kinda girl – but since I found a few fun pairs that I love last summer I am now a total a believer that shoes can make an outfit. I am thinking of getting Olivia these rad hot pink oxfords – this way she and I can match when I wear my own hot pink shoes from Boden :) Is it tacky when mama and daughter match? Happy Tuesday, friends!

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Happy Friday, friends! Any big plans this weekend? I am looking forward to catching up with hubby since he’s been in NYC all week, and have some good food with friends. Also taking a fashion design/sketching class on Sunday and I can’t wait to see what I get out of it! Our Friday nights are usually spent at home, chilling out. It’s our much needed catch up time after the usual hectic week, and now that the girls are getting bigger we’re starting new Friday night family traditions like playing board games . Of course, design freak that I am, I had to scout the internet for the pretty (and fun!)  family board games out there – here are my favorites! What’s your favorite game to play as a family?

1. Moon dominos by Fredericks & Mae
2. Retro memory game by Ingela Arrhenius.
3. Captain’s mistress strategy game.
4. Classic games redesigned by Sam Kittinger. Not for sale, sadly, but how I wish they were!
5. Jeu de 7 familles – a classic French card game that I used to LOVE playing when I was little (the goal is to gather up “families”), and this one is gorgeous  and illustrated by one of my favorite artists, Natalie Lété.
6. Nowhere to go – love the “madmen” feel of the box, and heard great things about the game

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Last weekend was a weekend of firsts. First time in Tahoe for me. First time we touched some snow since we left New York last summer. First time on skis for the girls. And we loved every single second of it.

Some friends had rented a cabin in Squaw Valley for the long holiday weekend and invited us to join them – we couldn’t possibly say no! We usually spend most of our vacation budget (and time!) going back to Europe to see family so the rest of the year we  try to make the most out of smaller breaks like this one. And even though I couldn’t ski because of the (ever-growing) bump it was the most perfect of weekends. There is something about the mountains – it is so restful for the soul just to be there. These big tall mountains have a way to put the small problems of life back into perspective, somehow. I feel so at peace in the mountains.  

And seeing the girls learn something new, seeing their excitement and fears and joy as the got on skis, seeing them conquer something completely new – that, my friends, was pretty magical. One of the best part about being a parent, no doubt. Hopefully next winter we get to go again, this time taking another little viking princess along with us :)

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L: Home of Yvonne at Yvestown| R: Vanilla puff pastries by Carnets Parisiens.

Hi friends – I am back from lake Tahoe, all refreshed and fired up from rolling down in the snow ;) Pictures of that coming right up tomorrow, in the meantime I thought I’d share some pictures of the home of Yvonne, the lovely blogger behind Yvestown – if you don’t know it yet, you really ought to! Yvonne comes up with the cutest crochet projects (if only I could crochet!), and her home is well, simply dreamy. So cheery and bright! It is filled with white and pastels and pretty floral wallpapers. Pastel heaven!

And with that, how about these pretty little vanilla puff pastries by Carnets Parisiens? I love her pastel take on this classic French pastry, simply beautiful – my mouth is watering just looking at the pictures. And I bet that they taste just as amazing as they look! Happy Tuesday, friends!

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Happy love day, friends! How are you all celebrating, doing anything special with your special someone? Hubby and I won’t get much one on one time today – we’re leaving this afternoon with the girls for a 3-day weekend in Tahoe with friends – snow! Instead this morning we tried to squeeze in a little coffee date together after dropping off the girls at school. Not ideal, but still nice – we’ll take what we can! No doubt, having a family take a toll on married life, but it’s important to remember that love is a game. Not as in it shouldn’t be taken seriously. But in that we need to remember to have fun with it. And to remember that we need to actually play that game (a.k.a put some effort into it) if we want to have a chance to win at it.

Have a great weekend – I’ll see you all on Tuesday when we’re back from the long weekend!

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