Some updates on Luca

We have been enjoying some well deserved sun lately in Switzerland and life all of a sudden seems so much more nicer. Luca is now 2 and a half (fun fact, I just discovered today that I am not 32 as I said to my trainer at the gym…shocker I am older :)). No, but seriously do people still count the years once you are 30?! No, right?

Anyways…back to Luca, he is no longer a wobbly baby, but a proper boy and especially since he is talking all the time, it hit me how grownup he is. He observes our every move, will copy it and will repeat all the things we say. This age is definitely my favourite but then again I say that about any phase he is in :)) We managed to get him off the pacifier this past week. It all came natural, no drama, he just accepted that the thing went missing. It helped that he had chewed a lot of it and it was no longer a pacifier, but something with holes in it. So when we told him at bed time that we lost it at the lake, he just went with it. He asked a few times again the following evenings, we gave the same response and he was all at peace with that.

Another major event was the fact that I managed to cut his hair. In case you did not know, Luca refused to let anyone cut his hair in the past 9 months. Over Xmas we cut his hair when he was asleep. So the other day I managed to convince him to let me cut it. I did good considering I have no clue about cutting hair, and that Luca was moving his head and I was mainly allowed to do it from the back. At least now I have hope that he will let a proper hairdresser cut it.

Over Easter he discovered chocolate eggs. We managed to keep him away from sweets for the bigger part of the first 2 years of his life. Now I am still limiting the sugar, but since we are in the land of chocolate, he tried it and loved it. He is a big fan of ice-cream, but only vanilla, or Weiss (White) as he calls it.

The pictures below are from the past 2 months: the Easter egg hunt in the forest, the walks in the city and the visit to the transport museum in Luzern. I hope you enjoy them.

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Xox, Andreea

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Back in the game!

Life is too short not to document it.

So here I am documenting our life of 3 again.

Travel: We spent 2 days in Milan and it was like a breath of fresh air because we escaped the routine of Monday. Luca is such a big boy now and he certainly wants us to know that. He is challenging everything, any limit, any statement that we run by him. How do they call this age? The terrible two’s? It is certainly terrible but equally beautiful and funny.

Music: And on a side note, I am still very much obsessed with La La Land and I am constantly listening to the soundtrack. Plus I am rediscovering Jazzzzz.

Book: Big little Lies because I started watching the series and I was dying to see what happened next.

Fashion: New colours of sneakers from Adidas. Love them.

Lifestyle: Moving in less than 3 weeks to the city with big hopes that it will be the last move for the next 5 years (we moved every 3 year in the last 10 years). Also stopped using the Facebook app on my phone. It has significantly reduced my time on the phone during the day. It makes such a difference, and I don’t miss it at all. I still get all my news and I still have Instagram, so I am still connected via social media.

And some photos from Milan.

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Winter is coming!

Just because the outside temperature is freezing it doesn’t mean you have to wrap yourself in a huge, fluffy blanket and sleep in front of the fireplace. What? It doesn’t? Sounds good though. 😛

Unfortunately, we have to run errands, do groceries, go to work and the cold weather is no excuse for not looking our best. Mix and match stylish pieces with cozy clothes and you’ll have some extraordinary winter outfits.

My perfect Sunday attire: an oversized cardigan over a turtle neck dress and a pair of knee high boots. I am crazy about my grey patched cardigan and I have been wearing it obsessively in the last weeks. I love how it brings any outfit to life.

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I am wearing:

Romwe Cardigan

Musette Boots

Asos Dress

Givenchy Bag

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My uniform: ankle boots and a dress

Every season I look for a new coat, a new pair of boots and a few dresses. I practically live in ankle boots paired with a dress and this season I have found a very good selection at About you. They have the best online community and I am so happy to get to be inspired by it, especially in winter when I find I lack so much of the energy from the sunny days. This weekend I chose to brave the cold and wear a spring/autumn coat with a black open back dress that is still pretty warm. Perfect for a wine tasting on the Zurich wine ships. It was fun and it always feel good to put an outfit together for you guys. Hope you like it and hope you enjoy browsing the About you website. Happy shopping!

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   I am wearing: Goldie London coat now on sale (available in yellow as well) and Selected femme dress.

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Fall layers

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Brrrr, it’s that time of year again. Summer is long gone so we have to start pulling our boots and coats out from the back of our closet. My advice this autumn: don’t be afraid to layer your clothes, in this way you will not only keep yourself warm but you will also look cool and your outfit will be much more interesting.

Jumpers over shirts are my favourite. Oh, the joy of layering fashion! Throw a beautiful black jumper over a white flared shirt and you have an amazing office attire. Going out after work? This outfit is so versatile that it can double duty. Take the jumper off and you are ready to hit the town.

 

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I am wearing:

ROMWE White crisscross back ruffle top

Jumper – old but similar here

Leather skirt – old but similar here

HOTSTEPPER boots

CHLOE bag

 

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Trip to NYC – bar and restaurants

One simply can’t go to NYC and not take advantage of all the restaurants and bars that this city has to offer. Everyone that knows New York said that it is hard to go wrong in NYC about food since the standards are pretty high and new yorkers love to eat out. The first few days we played it safe and only went to places that we knew were good, but one day we decided that we would try also places that we had never heard about. And we were not disappointed. We had amazing Korean food one day and in the last day we tasted another Asian speciality bowl from a Brooklyn street food place. So my advice is to let your senses guide you and try new places out as well.

Here are the ones we loves and recommend:

Kats deli – the iconic place that serves the best meats and where the famous orgasm scene from When Harry met Sally was filmed.

Stanton social – American tapas, all was very good. Try the chicken and waffels.

The Standard Grill – good for Oysters but not only.

Black tap Burger – there is a queue at the entry, best burger and leave some room for the milkshakes.

Chelsea Market – best lobster and sushi.

Boom Boom Room – rooftop bar, very good for cocktails.

K-Bab Korean – Korean food.

Magnolia Bakery– famous from Sex and the city, very good cupcakes.

 

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Trip to New York City

We are back from our 2 weeks holiday. It was intense to say the least. For the first week Luca stayed with my parents at their house in the country side, and we took off to NYC for 6 days. It was pleasant to have the time to enjoy a new city, to get to spend time with my husband, to have a few cocktails on the amazing rooftops of NYC and eat out. We missed the little one so much but still I am glad that we did it. He is happiest with us around I have no doubt about it, but he enjoyed his time with his grandparents a lot. He was outdoors a lot, got to feed the chickens and he had my parents dog as his pet plus he got to bond with the rest of my family there. Overall a great experience for us all that I hope we can repeat in the following years.

Nyc for us was amazing. We got to do pretty much all that was on our list: museums and sightseeing, shopping and see a Broadway show. NYC is incredible and you feel it just takes you in. I sometimes think I was in dream because Nyc is such an iconic city especially if you grew up watching american movies and TV series. Being in the city felt like going back to a movie set sometimes, since the city has been featured in so many shows. Also it is so different for any European city that I am used to. Too crowded and dirty for my taste,  full of life, restaurants, cool spots to hang out and take in the life as a New Yorker or at least pretend for a few days that you are able to channel the NYC state of mind.

In summary here are the main things we got to do:

We took the hop-on hop-off bus that gave us the opportunity to cruise the city and see all the major attraction points. Also because you have a tour guide you get to find out things that normally you would miss about the city.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art is a must see. We took a quick tour, had lunch at the café inside and I got to sit on the stairs at the MET like they do in the movies.

MOMA was another cultural stop and we spend a couple of hours there as well. I loved the garden outside.

We managed to get tickets to see The book of Mormon on Broadway and it was the best experience from NYC for me. It’s a must see if you get a chance, funny, witty and it translates very well into what we are living nowadays worldwide with religion.

If you are in NYC and are not afraid of heights then you will most likely go up on a skyscraper. I would have been happy with seeing only one since we already were living at the 36th floor on Wall Street but hubby wanted to take pics from other rooftops as well. The One Tower that was built after nine eleven, it’s the highest building in the world currently. The view is indeed spectacular and they have a restaurant and bar there as well. Then there is the iconic Observation Center at the Rockefeller Center and the Empire State Building, both spectacular.

Central Park, Times Square, 5th Avenue, Chelsea and the Village were perfect for walking and taking in the pulse and atmosphere of the city. We went to Times Square first at 7 am since we were up really early the first few days (thanks to jet lag) and it was great since there were barely a few people.

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Cuban holiday

I am so excited to finally share with you a few pictures from our magnificent Cuban holiday. Because we didn’t plan this through very well and we kind of did everything last minute, we didn’t manage to book a holiday in Havana since nearly everything there was already booked, so we decided to go to Holguin area.

As I am sure you all know that Cuba is one of the few communist countries left in the world, I strongly believe that things will change soon para los Cubanos. Maybe the embargo will be lifted and they will have access to outside technology and all other things that we take for granted every day.

We took a ride from our resort to the city centre of Holguin (the 3rd biggest city in Cuba) in an old American Chevrolet 50. Thank God, it had air conditioning otherwise I would be a baked human now :)). The city was hot and dusty, the unbearable heat made everyone feel powerless. The Cubans are nice people and we didn’t feel unsafe for a second. The streets are narrow and everywhere you look you see old-school Buicks, Pontiacs and Ford cars, colourful town houses and Spanish colonial buildings. After strolling around the city and doing a bit of shopping in a local market we decided it was time to have a Cuban coffee and try one of their well known cigars.

Travelling to Cuba was like travelling back in time, the roads are like a rolling car museum, the colonial houses are even older than the cars and you can hear cha-cha music everywhere. My advice to you: Step back in time before it’s too late!DSC_0084 DSC_0110 DSC_0139 DSC_0162 DSC_0174 DSC_0198 DSC_0215 File 20-06-2016, 19 15 56 File 20-06-2016, 19 21 38

I am wearing: Zara dress, old but similar here 

Castaner shoes 

Prada byo bag, old but similar here

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Podcasts I currently listen to

For a few months now my job requires that I commute a few days a week. Sometimes I like to listen to music while reading a book but most of the time I love to listen to a podcast. I have several that I currently listen to and I would love to hear if you have any suggestions as well.

For Fashonistas, but not only: Garance Dore: Pardon my French has a new series of podcasts. She talks to people from the fashion industry and not only about friendship, love, marriage, creativity and fashion of course. If you like her blog, you are going to enjoy this as well.

Here’s the thing, was a nice surprise since it centres on conversations that Alec Baldwin has with a wide variety of people from the entertainment industry, politicians, writers etc. He is very gifted at being the one asking the questions and I am amazed how well the conversation flows with all his guests. I liked the talk he has with actrice Julianne Moore and Jerry Seinfeld.

For anyone that loves a good story about life, love, motherhood, then Modern Love the podcast is for you. It is based on the column with the same name from The New York Times. I easily can cry listening to it because it truly touches you. The stories are narrated by famous actors. One of my favourite stories is My first lesson in Motherhood

When it comes to parenting there is a great deal of material out there, but what resonates with me is the advice Janet Landsbury gives parents. She writes under the motto Elevating child care and she can offer a lot of insight on the life with a baby/toddler.

You can find more recommendations of podcast here.

Any podcast you listen to and would like to share?

And some pictures that have nothing in common with the post. They are from this past weekend when we went from a rainy Saturday in the woods to a nice sunny Sunday in France.

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The perfect summer shoes!

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Yes, summer is here, even if where I live it does not look like. As we speak is cold and rainy. Oh, the good old British summer. Well, even so, I am not giving up.

I have been looking for the perfect summer shoes for a couple of years now. A perfect pair that are beautiful, made for walking and most important that will not make my feet sweat. And let’s not forget, they must have a bit of heel :P.

I am so excited that I have finally found them that I must share it with you! Castañer Carina wedge espadrilles. I purchased mine from Net-a-Porter, they come in various shapes and colours and I am telling you that I never owned a more comfortable pair of shoes in my life. Another plus is that they look great with everything, dresses, jeans, swimsuits :D, they make your feet look small and elongate your legs. So chic and perfect!

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