Tuesday, July 22, 2014

New In: The Bohemian Dream

Hey girls! How are you?! Enjoying Summer? I can't believe I'm actually taking a vacation. I've been sitting on my ass for almost a week, reading, seeing movies, catching up with my favorite blogs. And it feels SO strange after a year of working like crazy. I'm seriously experiencing a withdrawal hihi. Anyway, just sharing some The Bohemian Dream newbies today, the last designs I added to my collection before my vacation. Still SO in love with my model Jewel, can't stop looking at her, she's a true Boho goddess! Which one is your fav?

Getting back to my Twilight book. Wishing everyone a nice sunny summer day!

Lots of Love,
Lucia

Friday, July 18, 2014

Vegan Banana Orange Raw Chocolate Soft Ice Cream

Vacation time!!! Girls, I'm back! Catching up after weeks of my no-life-workaholic period. Taking a breather for a few weeks during Summer. Can't wait to catch up with everyone, missed you'all so much.

I'm starting off my vacation with cooking some yummy recipes I've been dying to try out. While catching up today, I really need something refreshing, because the temperatures in the Netherlands will rise up to 35 degrees celsius, too much really. Ice cream it is! The ice cream recipe I'm going to share today is my version of vegan chocolate ice cream. It's made from raw organic ingredients only, is completely vegan and oh so healthy. Yep, ice cream can be healthy ladies! Definately worth a try, it's so delicious!!!

Further for today, I send my heart-felt condolences to all those who may have lost family and friends in the Malaysia Airlines crash.

Hope you like this recipe! If you tried it, let me know what you think!

Love,
Lucia

Ingredients (I use organic ingredients only, but if you can't it's ok, it'll still taste divine):

2 tablespoons of organic raw cacao powder (raw is the best and the healthiest, normal is fine)

1 tablespoon of organic honey

2 large oranges

3 bananas

Preparation (an ice cream machine is easy the have, but you can accomplish the same results without it):

1. Peel the bananas and slice them into pieces of 1-2 cm. Put them in a sealed bag in the freezer. Leave it for 3 hours.

2. Squeeze out the 2 oranges and put it in a blender or kitchen machine together with the honey and raw cacao. Add the pieces of banana to it. Let it blend until you have a creamy substance. If you have an ice cream maker, leave the machine rotating for 30-45 minutes, depending on how you like your ice cream, you can always leave it longer, but at least 30 minutes is necessary. If you don't own an ice cream machine, put the ingredients in a freezer cup and leave it in the freezer for 30-45 minutes, mix it once every 5-10 minutes with a spatula. Et voila!

Images by Lucia Flores

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

July Inspirational Quotes & Music

WOW!! It has been over a week since my last blog post and it feels like it was yesterday. Ridiculous! And it has been months since my last Inspirational Quotes & Music post at the beginning of the month... totally unacceptable! My month of doing ABSOLUTELY NOTHING at all (well, work related) starts from next week, so I'm working my ass off to get everything done before that time. Oh, how nice it's going to be when I can spend all my time blogging in my vacay, looking forward to it! Anyway, sharing some Inspirational Quotes & Music today to kick-start July. Here are some of my favorite new quotes from my Wise Words Pinboard collection and an epic song from the good old 90s, Blind Melon - No Rain, one of my favorite songs of all time, every time I hear it I get the chills and I've heard it thousands of times already. Lay back and enjoy the song, while getting inspired by these beautiful quotes. Hope you like them!

Happy July everyone! Anyone going to have a long Summer stop/vacay? What are your plans? Tell me about it :D!

Love,
Lucia

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Jen's Pirate Booty (Oh, I)Wishlist

For the past few months I have been obsessed with the clothing from Jen's Pirate Booty from LA! Their designs are divine! Perfect for the free-spirited, gypsy bohemian kinda girl. Jen’s Pirate Booty takes bits of pieces from different cultures around the world to create their own style. I LOVE the Mexican touch in their designs. The lace and crochet embellishments, airy gauze fabrications and relaxed silhouettes are beautiful. I didn't have the chance to place an order yet, but will do by the end of the month... finally... oh my! Unfortunately I will be the owner of only one of these beauties, because it's kinda pricey!

Sharing my (Oh, I)wishlist of favorites today! What do you think of Jen's Pirate Booty?

Love,
Lucia

Image Source: Jen's Pirate Booty

Friday, June 13, 2014

10 Things You Can Do Today That Will Make You Happier

What brings happiness is unique to each individual person. It's a state of mind, coming from within. It's difficult to define happiness, what makes you happy could be totally different for somebody else. But, there is something about happiness that has universal appeal. Everybody is in search for happiness, but not everybody finds it. You can actually do many things to make yourself more happy, bringing out the happy hormones for a happier life! Lasting happiness is not something that can be achieved from external sources only, just remember that happiness doesn't depend upon who you are or what you have; it depends solely upon what you think. True happiness comes from within!

Sharing some proven ways to make yourself happier today! Any tips I should add to this list?

Love,
Lucia

1. Exercise More Often

Exercise is one of the best strategies for overcoming depression. Indeed, it can have a dramatic impact on your mental health. Exercise may still make you happier even if you’re not depressed. It can help you to feel better about your body, for starters, while also boosting levels of health-promoting brain chemicals like serotonin, dopamine, and norepinephrine, which may help buffer some of the effects of stress.

Rather than viewing exercise as a medical tool to lose weight, prevent disease, and live longer – all benefits that occur in the future – try viewing exercise as a daily tool to immediately enhance your frame of mind, reduce stress and feel happier.

2. Get Proper Sleep

A lack of sleep makes it more difficult to recall pleasant memories (but gloomy memories are recalled just fine). Lack of sleep may also make you more susceptible to negative emotions like fear and anger, while taking a nap in the afternoon may enhance positive emotions.

Not to mention, sleep deprivation is linked to psychiatric disorders, such as anxiety and bipolar depression, while getting the right amount of sleep has been linked to positive personality characteristics such as optimism and greater self-esteem, as well as a greater ability to solve difficult problems.

3. Shorten Your Commute

If you can move closer to where you work, or work closer to where you live, do it. A long commute is stressful and draining, even if it allows you to buy a bigger house or have a better job. Such factors do not make up for the unhappiness created by a longer commute, according to research by two Swiss economists. Generally speaking, it would take a 40 percent increase in pay to make up for a job with a longer commute.

4. Nourish Your Relationships

Friends and family mean everything in life, and research shows spending social time with your friends and loved ones generally makes people much happier. One study even found that relationships are worth more than $100,000 in terms of life satisfaction, while actual changes in income buy very little happiness.

5. Spend Time Outdoors

Simply going outside to get some fresh air and sunshine boosts mood, broadens thinking and improves working memory. One study found that it takes just 20 minutes outdoors to make most people happier, while other research showed that happiness is maximized when it’s 57 degrees F outside – so keep an eye on the thermometer!

6. Help Others

Volunteering can lower your risk of depression and anxiety, and significantly boost your psychological well-being. Not only does it keep you active and on your feet, but there’s a definite social aspect as well, both of which contribute to happiness. Volunteering to help others also gives you a greater sense of purpose and can even lead to a so-called “helper’s high,” which may occur because doing good things releases feel-good hormones like oxytocin in your body while lowering levels of stress hormones like cortisol.

7. Smile

Putting on a fake smile can worsen your mood, but thinking positive thoughts and then smiling as a result can make you happier. When you smile at others, they’re also more likely to smile back in return, creating an ongoing feedback loop that may lead to more positivity in your life and the lives of others.

8. Plan a Vacation

It might be that the simple act of planning a vacation can make you happier, even if you don’t actually go on one. Research showed that people were happiest during the planning stage of their vacation, when their sense of anticipation was peaked. After the vacation was over, levels of happiness quickly returned to baseline.

9. Meditate

Meditation helps you keep your mind focused, calms your nerves and supports inner peace. Research shows it can even lead to physical changes in your brain that make you happier, including an increase in areas associated with compassion and self-awareness and a shrinking in areas associated with stress.

10. Practice Gratitude

People who are thankful for what they have are better able to cope with stress, have more positive emotions, and are better able to reach their goals. The best way to harness the positive power of gratitude is to keep a gratitude journal or list, where you actively write down exactly what you’re grateful for each day. Doing so has been linked to happier moods, greater optimism and even better physical health.

Source: Google, Hungry for Change