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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Bern on a Monday

Mondays are usually the least favourite part of the week for most of us. Well this past week we actually had a good one since both of us took the day off to drive to Bern with Luca to get his passport sorted at the Romanian consulate. It was such a nice, warm and sunny day that we took the time to eat lunch on a bench in the park, take a walk and just relax with the little one. Luca is loving the travelling around as much as we do and with the warm weather this is perfect for being outside more.

Bern is a lovely city and it was so nice to see everyone enjoying their lunch outside. A sunny day is not to be waisted, so kudos to the Swiss for knowing how to enjoy every moment of it, even when working.

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I am wearing: Zara jeans, H&M shirt, Navyboot loafers (I love them so much that I wear them all the time).

Luca is wearing: H&M jeans and shirt, Zara sneakers and vest from Jacardi Paris

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Let’s talk laser hair removal

Paula

Hi, ladies. Today I decided to share with you my experience with laser hair removal. Who is not fed up of having hairy monkey legs and spending precious hours of our lives waxing them?! Just imagine how liberating must be to always be bikini ready, to be able to take your clothes off whenever without a worry. I was SOLD! Please take my money 🙂

I had my first session in November last year and I went all in, meaning I did full legs, under arm and Hollywood bikini (I guess I was really annoyed by all that hair). Prior to the session I had to make sure I didn’t wax for at least 4 weeks and have the hair shaved instead. Each area requires about 8 to 10 sessions, but that depends from person to person. After a long and friendly conversation with a skin advisor at the salon, we started the procedure. I will be honest and will admit that in some areas it hurts, for me the most painful was the bikini area near my @$#@ (you know what I mean) but thank God it only lasted a few seconds. The entire appointment lasted around 1:30 hours, which in my opinion is not too bad considering the large areas I had treated. After, my skin was a little swollen near my ankles but that went away in a couple of hours.

About 2 weeks after the session my hair started falling out and my skin was left soft and sooo smooth. I hardly had any hair and I thought “OMG, this is the best thing ever. Why haven’t I done this earlier?”

I had my second session in late December 2015 and due to the fact that only 6 weeks have passed since my last appointment I couldn’t laser my legs just the other areas. (Normally you should have 10 weeks between sessions on legs and 6 weeks on other areas.) This time it didn’t hurt as much and it only lasted 30 min. Again, I was amazed by the results.

At about 4/5 weeks past my second appointment, the hair started growing. I noticed that on my legs it was barely visible, instead on my armpits and bikini was very noticeable and I started to be a bit worried.

This past weekend I had my third session on my armpits and bikini but it was only the second one on my legs. The first thing I did when entering the salon was to ask if it is normal for the hair to be so visible and dark and I was assured that the third cycle of hair is nearly as thick as the initial one before the treatment. During the session, the skin specialist informed me that a further appointment was no longer required on my upper legs since the hair will be very light and hardly there the next time it grows. Again, the session lasted 1:30 hours and was as painful as the first one due to the blackness of the hair in some areas.

Now, I have to wait for the hair to fall out and see how it will grow back. So far, I am very pleased with the results, especially on my legs.

I will keep you posted with the results, if interested please follow my journey through laser hair removal and please feel free to ask any questions, I will be more than happy to answer.

Love,

Paula

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New Clothing Shop in Zurich

The moment I laid eyes on this shirt dress I knew it will be something that would look amazing and be a good fit for me. I fell in love with the soft silk and the print on it. The fact that it is longer in the back works wonders for my silhouette and it leaves the impression of longer legs.

It is a Kelly Love design and you can find on the Cityscape fashion website. It is basically this cool online shop that has brought different designers from around Europe to the Swiss market. I absolutely loved their autumn winter collection and the idea behind the store that I have to share it. Below you can see me and Anna, the face and brain behind Cityscape fashion trying to recreate the back to school look with Kelly Love clothes. We were both so excited to get to take a few pictures wearing clothes that we felt like “professionals” shooting for a magazine. I love clothes and there is nothing like finding a shop that understands that clothes can tell a story. And Cityscape does that by promoting nice and quality design. Take a look at the online store and you will see what I mean.

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We are both wearing Kelly Love designs soon to be available for ordering on Cityscape Fashion.

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Mountain view

I am a big fan of the mountains now that I live in Switzerland. Taking a hike when you have a baby under one can sound very unrealistic, but we managed it for the first time a few weeks ago. We took the car until Oberrickenbach, then jumped in the cable car with the pram, baby and other accessories and in 10 minutes we were up to Bannalpsee. Once there we took a deep breath since the air suddenly got fresher (in Zurich there were around 35 degrees that day) and we had lunch with Luca on the terrace of the only restaurant/hotel from the area. And then we were off for a long walk/hike to admire the lake and the view of the mountains touching the sky. Notice how I get suddenly very poetic…the mountain does this to you…it just sets the mood for daydreaming and relaxing. Luca was so relaxed in the carrier that he fell asleep after 20 min. And for my boy to fell asleep in the carrier, now that is a big thing.

In all honesty we had a great family day. I could not recommend this more, especially if you have kids that are bit older. There were people swimming in the lake or simply just having a picnic there.

 

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Xox, Andreea.

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Family photo session

We are getting ready for our first weekend away without the baby. It is one of those milestones that I feel we have to reach, but I am not sure how ready I am. I sometimes think six months is too soon for me to leave him, but in the same time I know that I will never be ready for this. So we are doing it and hopefully all goes well and he has fun with his grandma and uncle for 2 days. Us on the other hand we’ll try to enjoy Paris and sleep late in the morning. Ah, that sounds nice now.

Also, I am wrapping my first week of being back to work (only 3 days a week for now). It was hard the first day but as soon as I started getting into things at work I remembered that I like my job. And that being there is something I chose for myself and my family and that it makes me happy. I am very lucky to have great colleagues and as long as Luca is happy, we are going to rock our new routine.

I leave you with a few pictures we did back for Easter when we had Luca’s christening in Romania. The photographer we worked with, Vasi Vasut, took these amazing pictures that I love to share with you.

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Summer bedroom essentials

 

What is better then a good night’s sleep? Since Luca joined our family we learned the importance of a good night’s sleep, especially since in the first 5 months of his life, we slept only a few hours at the time. So I started to be much more aware of my bedtime routine and the way our bedroom looks and feels. A good book on my bedside table, my fav scented hand moisturiser and a clean set of sheets are my ultimate sleep enablers. With summer almost here I decided to shop for new bedding since I got a bit tired of the same Ikea decor.

White is always my colour of choice and for summer I like to mix white with blue or another softer colour. I love Zara’s Contrasting Bed Linen  and the Parachute Duvet Cover in Ash.

 

I am also loving the all navy look. The Parachute Venice set is one of my favourites since it is in Egyptian Cotton and I would love to pair it with a neutral colour as well, something like the Parachute Sheets in Ash.

 

I would also love to try a linen blend bed set, that I think is perfect for warmer weather. My choices are the Parachute Linen Blend Duvet Set – Sea and Zara’s Contrasting Linen Bed Set.

 

Hope I inspired you to make the most of your night’s sleep.

Xox,

Andreea

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Weekend away with a baby

We are back from our adventure in Milan with Luca. Normally I would not call a weekend away an adventure but when it is your first time away with your 15 weeks old then the term is just about right. We decided to drive since it was easier for us, Milan being fairly close to Zurich (normally a 3 to 4 hour drive).

We got there around 2 pm on Saturday. We chose a hotel in the city center since we wanted to be able to walk around without being too far from our room, just in case we needed to rush in. I totally recommend Ambasciatori Hotel. They had a crib for us that Luca liked, and even if our room was a standard one, it was spacious enough to fit luggage and stroller.

Luca was incredibly sweet since he enjoyed being in his stroller, slept, played and overall let us enjoy our time there. We shopped, ate out, had good coffee and gelato, all while having our little one with us.

After 2 days away (we got back on Monday) I am incredibly happy that we decided to do a trip with Luca at this age since it just proves me once again that if you step out of your comfort zone, you might be pleasantly surprised. Travelling with a baby is certainly different then when it was just me and my husband but it is equally fun and entertaining. Everyday we realised how blessed and proud we are to have such a sweet baby. And Italy was a good destinations since Italians are nice and seem to love babies. We even had a funny encounter in a store, when an older lady came to the stroller and asked to take a peek inside. She saw Luca and starting exclaiming how cute he is. Then she asked if he has blue eyes (he was sleeping). Traian said no at which point she exclaimed: He is still beautiful! :)) This would never happen in Zurich. It made our day…Also waiters and people in restaurants were very accommodating and helpful. So if you have doubts about travelling with kids, just go with it. Trust your instincts and your child.

And it would not be a trip to Italy without me not mentioning food. We had the best pizza this weekend at Gino Sorbillo. The place is amazing since they only use ingredients from farmers, so everything is fresh and locally supplied. They only make 400 pizzas a day so if you are lucky to get a table you are in for a treat (no reservations are made). We had the hotel next to the restaurant so when it opened on Sunday, we were the first there for lunch.

We also tried the rooftop bar and restaurant, Obicà Mozzarella Bar Milano from la Rinascente. Slow food, good wine and prosecco and a very nice view of the city.

We took Luca to the park, but he was not very impressed. He cried his lungs out before he went to sleep.

 

He actually enjoyed shopping and restaurants more. I am not at all surprised since he is my son.

And a selfie of the 3 of us in the elevator. For those of you that don’t know my husband, meet his signature selfie face. I think Luca is still trying to figure out what he is doing with us.

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xox, Andreea.

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