So, it’s been a week since online classes started for my three children and it’s been a week of adjustments… lets say, but we’re staying optimistic. Some days ago, I was talking in my IG stories about the challenges of back to school in a distance learning modality with three little kids, and let me tell you this has been kind of chaotic! Organizing schedules, iPads, computers, materials, zooms and everything else you can think of in between, hasn’t been the easiest thing to do, but I’m glad to report that step by step, we’re getting through!
No doubt this is a stressful situation for the whole family (even the pets!) and I want to share with you what little tips have been helping my family and I to see the bright side of this situation and keep in mind that this also too shall pass!
I think the first tip I could give you if you’re in a similar situation, is not to get overwhelmed. I know there are many things you need to do and sometimes it seems you have to do all of them at the same time, and that could be just too much! Here’s where prioritizing can literally save your sanity. Make lists with all the things you and the kids need to do and from there decide which activities are urgent and which ones can wait a little longer. This listing process also can help you teach your kids how to organize themselves, even if you think they’re too young to understand methods, believe me, they are learning. And breaking all the things you have to do into manageable pieces will stop you from being overwhelmed.
It’s also important to remember that even if this remote learning is stressful for you, the ones who are really going through an adjustment period, are your children. And kids are much more resilient than we give them credit for, however its our job as parents to make things manageable for them and one thing that is working with my kids is setting up a proper space for them to have their classes, as that helps them get focused. For kids as young as mine, it is recommended that they have a routine every day to provide them with a sense of stability so they can also have the certainty of knowing what is expected form them and when.
And last but not least, what has helped me to see this as an opportunity to grow, is remembering that my kids are very young still and that although it is important for them to learn certain skills that will make their lives easier in the future, their principal “job” right now, is being happy kids that learn as they play and that putting too much pressure on them is counterproductive in all ways imaginable.
Are you also a kind of stressed parent with this year’s back to school? How has it been for you? Let me know, remember that us parents need to be united to keep each other sane!
Working out is a very important part of my routine every day, and not only because it’s a healthy habit (but it is indeed a very important part of my selfcare routine, and I’ll talk to you about that later in another post), but also because working out allows me to focus on my body and what it requires and at the same time, while I’m working out I get to really appreciate what my body does daily even when I don’t fully appreciate it.
Some of you have been asking me to post workout routines you can do, and you can find one here by the way, and today besides giving you a workout routine I constantly do, I also wanted to help you make the most of the workout you decide to follow.
During all the time I’ve been working out, I’ve learned that as woman, your aim should be to “sculpt” your body instead of trying to change its shape. And what do I mean by “sculpting”? Building muscle while reducing body fat, so said muscle actually shows! And what is the best way to build muscle? Through weight training. Simple as that. And by the way, thinking that lifting weights is going to make you look bulky is just a myth as building muscles is kind of hard, even for men.
Another myth is that you have to spend two hours working out every day so you can see results when in fact a training of 45-60 min a day would be what your body requires. Of course it takes discipline, time and dedication, but you can see the time you spend working out, as an investment in yourself. You can alternate different kinds of training, sometimes you can do weight training, other times you can do yoga or decide to take a run (in the treadmill during this extended quarantine, sorry) or even dance. As I’ve said before, do what you enjoy and helps you keep being motivated to work out, but at the same time, push your own limits and don’t settle in a comfortable routine that isn’t helping your body anymore.
So, here’s a very simple routine I’ve made for you that will help you kick start your workouts, please before trying it out, check with your doctor if it’s safe for you.
This routine has 3 sets you must repeat for 10 mins:
1. 20 squats holding a kettlebell with one hand behind your back, above your head (see the video) Please be careful to use a kettlebell you can handle without hurting yourself.
2. 20 reps of bank jumps.
3. 50 rope jumps.
4. After you complete a circuit, start another one and end it as soon as you finish your 10 min. Take a breath, hydrate and start the next 10 min circuit until you finish your 3 sets.
Sounds easy, right? All I can tell you is that this circuit will challenge you in some or another way. Here’s some gear’s recommendations for this workout:Kettlebells. I like these ones because they let you choose the weight and you can increase it over time, and I also like that they come with a rack
Jumping Rope. I like this one because you can switch between light and heavy ropes and also has an app with more workouts.
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A few days ago I was on the phone with a very dear friend of mine and she was telling me that she has started to feel overwhelmed with all that’s been going on in her life: her kids, family, her career, the million of things she has to do and that seems to never end, all the people and things that required her time and attention… and really, who hasn’t been there before?
I’ve been in my friend’s position a lot of times before and actually, with the added pressure of this pandemic and the new set of worries we now have to deal with (those of you who are mothers will understand what I’m talking about!), I guess that what is incredible is that not ALL of us are overwhelmed ALL the time!
So, while I was talking with her, I remembered a book that I read some time ago and that is one of my favorite ones: Declutter Your Mind: How to Stop Worrying, Relieve Anxiety, and Eliminate Negative Thinking by S.J. Scott and Barrie Davenport, that has perfect advice for this sensation of being completely overwhelmed and as soon as I remembered it, I just knew that I wanted to share some of the advice in there that I find very useful.
One of the main premises of this books, is that our thoughts determine the outcome of our lives and how our own inner monologue can (and will) make something look worse than it really is, how negative our own mind can really be when the “little comments” she always seems to be doing, and how difficult it is for us to get rid of these negative thoughts, so this book shows you in a very practical way, how to clean up your mental clutter.
The book is divided in four sections and it’s quiet detailed, so I’ll concentrate in the first part, Decluttering your Thoughts, and the advice the authors give are:
- Focused Deep Breathing. Easy, right? Of course! The only difference here is that instead of breathing out of habit, you should be able to be present with your breath and make it intentionally deeper, specially if you’re starting to feel overwhelmed by what you’re thinking, but practicing theses deep breathings though the day, every day will improve your mental process and is the foundation for the next tip.
2. Meditation. Surely some of you have heard me talk about the benefits of meditation, so I’ll not go into every little detail of all the benefits of a meditation practice I’ll just tell you that once you make it a habit, you clearly see the difference in your days. In the book you cand find a 10 minute meditation practice very useful for those of you that are new in this practice-
3.Reframe all Negative Thoughts. You reinforce your negative way of thinking every time you don’t challenge them and accept your thoughts as your personality and… you are not your thoughts! So to reframe them you would like to first observe them and be aware of them and once you recognize them, you can say “Stop” every time you identify one of them
4. Teach your Old Mind New Tricks. How? Taking the last advice one step further: once you stop one negative thought, replace it! Recognize that your negative thought is not completely true and find one concrete example that contradicts your negative thought. During those times where its impossible to maintain a positive attitude (because being honest nobody can be positive all the time in ever circumstance!) accept your negative thought trying no to judge it or yourself and just accept that is there and remember thar acceptance doesn’t mean inaction. If you’re worried about one situation and it seems you can’t stop worrying about that, don’t beat yourself over that and instead allow yourself to worry all you want but just for a fixed amount of time, and after that time has passed, move onto action!
I’d like to share all the very useful tips from this book, but this post would turn huge! But there’s one thing that I want you to remember: Be kind to yourselves, as kind as you are with the people you love!
These couple of past weeks, I’ve been receiving some comments asking me to share more of my workouts with you, because as you know, I share some of my workouts with you on my Stories as they are an essential part of my daily routine.
So, I started thinking what kind of workout to share with you guys, because I wanted it to be special and useful for you and I finally ended creating a whole routine just for you, and I have to say that it’s quickly becoming one of my favorite ones. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do:
Warmup: 1 minute Inchworm
30 seconds: Jump Rope
1 minute: Downward Pushups
30 Seconds: Power Skips
1 minute Forward Lunge Bicep Curl (legs and arms)
30 seconds High Knee
1 minute Crab Kicks
30 seconds Ski Jacks
1 Minute Side Lunge (Outer thigh and shoulders)
30 seconds Squat Jumps
1 minute Renegade Row
30 seconds Mountain Climbers
1 minute: Plie V Raise
1 minute Sit Ups
You can do this workout 2 or 3 times a week, alternating with other workouts. And don’t forget to drink a lot of water! Why don’t you send me your videos doing this workout and I’ll share them!
The events of these past week have been filled with worldwide protests against racial injustice and police brutality after George Floyd’s death. I’ve been trying to process the shock and sadness this news brought on, I’ve been trying to find the right words to express the thoughts and feelings the death of this innocent man and countless others has left. Like many others, I haven’t experienced the fear many black people go through every day, I’ve never have to worry about explaining my children what they should do in case they get detained by the police, however is heartbreaking to know that someday I’m going to have to explain to them racism and how it’s possible that some human beings can treat other human beings with such disdain and cruelty.
I could keep talking about the injustice of all this, however, I don’t want to contribute to generate more violence and hate. Like many others, I want a different world for my kids as there is more than enough hate in this world as it is, and I know that I want to do whatever I can to be a part of that change we so much need!
After much thinking about how I could actively contribute, I realized that Black voices have been silenced for a long time in a lot of our society’s aspects, so I decided to make a little research about what I’m passionate about: fashion and beauty , and share with you the Black-owned brands we can support, because I think that besides educating ourselves about racism, we can look at where we spend our money and I think right now there are a lot of very talented Black designers whose high-end fashion, sustainable clothing and products need to be highlighted:
CHRISTOPHER JOHN ROGERS. The Washington Post said “His work is boisterous, deafening and dramatic. Sometimes it’s extraordinarily, proudly gaudy. He is the fashion industry’s latest obsession” and has some gorgeous pieces! @christopherjhonrogers
CUSHNIE. Cushnie is a New York-based label run by Carly Cushnie t can easily be described as a red-carpet favourite, but the label is also one to bookmark for elegant day-to-day pieces including silky bodies, midi dresses, sharp blazers and chic jumpsuits. @cushnie
BENEATH YOUR MASK. After Dana Jackson, Founder of Beneath your Mask was diagnosed with and battled a severe form of Lupus, she looked for a product to help repair the damage done to skin and hair. She found only products that contained harsh chemicals, sytntheic fragrances and harmful toxins. She was inspired to create safe, non-irritating products that would not challenge the immune system and created products for herself made from the most potent, organic and wild-harvested botanicals available. @beneathyourmask
LAUREN NAPIER BEAUTY. Lauren Napier makes facial cleansing wipes with a difference – each comes in an individual sachet that’s perfect on-the-go and won’t dry out. Available in sets of three to 50, these disposable sheets have a textured finish and are enriched with soothing Aloe and Cucumber to calm and refresh your skin. @laurennapierbeauty
I think these are times where solidarity an empathy are in high need and we all as human beings, need to do better, but I’m an optimistic at heart and I’m sure we’ll get through these stronger than ever.
As some of you know from my Instagram feed, I’ve been posting some stories with my “at home” workout routine and I want to share it with you here, with more detail in case you want to add something to your own workout routine or even want to start one.
Exercising has always been very important to me because is something that I enjoy and that helps me to unwind and relax, besides, I get restless if for some reason I can’t do any kind of exercise for a while. So during this quarantine when gyms are closed, I started my own at home routine (as many of us have been doing), and discovered that it actually is a lot of fun to include not only the exercises thar are good for certain areas of your body but also the ones that you enjoy the most. Are you ready then?
The first thing I do before any workout, is to warm-up. This part is super important and although it’s tempting to jump right into your workout, if you skip the warm-up, the whole routine turns less efficient for your body and you can get yourself injured, so here’s a super easy warm-up:
- Hip Circles, 8 reps outward, 8 reps inward. How to:
- Stand with your feet together.
- Raise one knee to 90 degrees. Circle the hip out making a big circle with your knee. Switch to your other leg
- Arm Circles, 8 reps forward, 8 reps backward. How to:
- Stand with your feet shoulder-width apart, arms by your side.
- Slowly swing your arms forward in a circular motion
- Hip Lunge Stretch, 8 reps for each leg
- Stand with your feet hip-width apart. Step forward with your left leg so that you’re in a split-leg position.
- Step back with your right foot as far as you can and lower your hips until te front knee is bent to a 90 degree angle.
- Press your right hip forward to feel the stretch and remember to keep your back straight, hold and then switch legs.
- Calf Stretch. 8 reps for each leg
- Standing with the right foot in front and the left one in the back, bend your back knee slightly and lean your upper body forward as you support your hands on the bent thigh.
- Keep the right leg straight in front of you and push your right bottom out behind to stretch the front of the back thigh
- Switch legs.
After I’ve warmed up I switch to jumping rope. This is an excellent cardio exercise and can easily be done at home. If you don’t want to get tired soon, don’t swing the rope from your shoulders but from your wrists and don’t jump too high. So here’s a very simple routine:
- Jump rope at a regular bounce for 1 min
- Rest 1 min
- Jump rope skipping: hope over the rope with your right foot and the next time with your left foot. 1 min
- Rest 1 min
- Repeat for 20 min
From here you can start the workout routine you feel more comfortable with or the one that seems more fun to you as there are a lot of techniques you can try, from pilates and barre to crossfit. The equipment changes depending on what you want to achieve with your workout. However I recommend you to vary your workouts because it will not only bore you but it can keep you from getting the results you want, so experiment with different moves and different tools and keep things fun and enjoyable for you, and remember that is always best to check with your doctor if certain workout is good for you and your health.
Why don’t you send me your favorite workout routines that you’ve been doing during these days? Maybe we can compare notes!
A few days ago, some of you maybe saw my Instagram’s stories where I was talking about the way I see the current world’s situation with coronavirus and the quarantine we’re living through. For those of you that couldn’t see the stories, I talked about how important is for all of us to work together so we can get through this together. Of course I´m concerned about what the future may bring but I’m convinced that there’s nothing we can’t face, as I’ve already said, together as a real community, a global community that remembers the importance of giving and receiving.
I also talked about how sometimes the content that some of us (influencers) post can seem to be shallow or frivolous, specially in times like the ones we’re living, but in reality what we are trying to do, at least what I’m trying to do with the content I post, is to give you a little respite from all the news’s bombarding that seems to be full of concern and only bad things to report. I want to show you in my social media that even in the middle of what could be seem as times of darkness, the world still offers us wonderful things and moments to look at, and thar are worthy to be showcased!
So, yes, you’re going to keep seeing posts about what I’m passionate about, but it was important to me to let you know that I acknowledge what’s going on in the world right now, that I care and most importantly, that I’m doing everything I can do to contribute to this global community I was talking about, so I ask you to do your best to contribute to this as well because I just know that we are going to get through this, and maybe once all of this is over, we´ll acknowledge the importance and beauty of being an essential part of this global community.
Please stay safe, pay attention to your authorities’ recommendations and stay at home as much as you can, and don’t forget to do what’s in your hands , to make this world a better place to live. Know that all of you are always in my thoughts!
When Fashion Week 2020 was over, I was so grateful for the whole experience: all the incredible collections that were presented, to have been able to see first hand a runway backstage and witness the effort and care everyone invest in making the experience perfect for everyone attending, and ofcourse, I loved sharing all of this with you.
As you know from my previous posts, one of the main tendencies during last Fashion Week, was women’s recognition as an essential part in modern society and the designers wanted to promote this sense of strength and empowerment through their pieces and their runways. I personally think they quiet succeeded!
After such intense weeks, once I was at home, I decided some family and me time was in order and one of my favorite things to do when I have the opportunity to do it, is reading. I wanted to read more about what I saw reflected during Fashion Week that was also very related to this year’s International Women’s Day and I had just the perfect book for that!
The Woman Code , from Sophia A. Nelson, turned out to be one of those books that after years of reading it, stays with you. I don’t want to make a long, long review about it (even if I think you´d agree with me that this is a great book!), but there’s one chapter that I consider particularly relevantand that I´d love to share with you.
Code 16: Lift Other Women as You Climb. It basically talks about how women are powerful when we are united and how important is for us women, to support other women as well, creating a rippling effect that can empower us all beyond our wildest dreams.
And it proposes some guidelines to achieve just that: Be kind and cherish the women in your life, encourage other women to live fully and passionately and taking risks, celebrate the strong women you know and take pride in helping lift other women as they climb.
I´d really recommend that if you have some time and interest, go get this book and read it right now!
This is a very little excerpt that summarizes all this perfectly: To be part of this sisterhood is to be a friend. Being a “sister” means you value other women as you value yourself. It is to give a smile, lend a hand, and practice friendship.
Wouldn’t it be great if all of us could find a way to be that?
What were you doing when 2020 arrived?
I hope that you were having a wonderful night, surrounded by people you love and care (And I wish your outfit was the best.) What about your New Year’s resolutions? They come in so many forms and they’re as difficult or as easy as you want. Today, I want to share my New Year’s resolutions, to inspire you to achieve what you really want to do this year. Doesn’t matter if what you have planned seems like a little change or if it sounds like it’d take you all 2020. It isn’t a race against anyone but you!
Classics never get old and having a strong and healthy body is something that we all should seek. Last year I spent a lot of time going to the gym, even when I was traveling for business or due to vacations. Doing exercise makes me feel super good!
So, keep going to the gym is one of my New Year’s resolutions.
Less of these, more of those.
But going to the gym isn’t enough, you know? That’s why I also want to eat better. Sometimes, while traveling, is a little bit difficult not to surrender to your primitive desires, like eating a big hamburger with fries and a milkshake. It’s delicious! And maybe not the best option. I’m not quitting on all that food we love, but I’d like to avoid it if possible.
TOP SECRET! (For a little bit more time).
I love my brother and we’ve been working together in something new since… I’m not sure. A long time. We’ve been building our secret project with love and effort. Finally, this year the next step in our travel will see the light and I’m so excited for you to know what it is!
I’m a busy woman. Working takes almost all my time. But I’m also a mother and a wife and a human, so I can’t be all the time attached to the office, to the phone, to the computer and all that stuff that comes with a job. So this year I’m planning to share more time with my family. I don’t know, maybe a trip all together, forgetting about everything else? That sounds suitable.
Also, a healthy mind.
I’m chasing the healthy body and I’m also hoping for a healthy mind. Meditation is now part of my schedule. All days. That’s a time for me! This 2020, I’ll get to know myself better.
The Walk First Editorial “Toxic Relationships”
The Walk Editorial – “Fresh Start” Dior and Pietro Boselli
Milan Fashion Week – SS20
Grasse with Dior
Paris Fashion Week – SS20
Maleficent Costume for Halloween
Lucy Lara – Style and Power
Global Gift Gala
Tulum with Dior
Bulgari – Save the Children