Wednesday, August 20, 2014

FP Backpack Heaven

Beginning of the new school year means a new backpack! I've always LOVED backpacks! I'm not going back to school though, but I think it's totally necessary to at least own one decent backpack for work. I work at home most of the time, but when I head out I need enough storage space for all the stuff I want to take from A to B, humungous handbags are just not my thing :). Backpacks are way more practical and there are some cuties out there! I'm kinda in dubio about which one to get... and Free People doesn't make it any easier for me! I adore all backpacks from FP, kinda pricey though, but totally worth the money, since I will use it forever. I think it's a good investment. Sharing some cuties today! Do you like backpacks?

Love,
Lucia

Image Source: Free People

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Bohemain Fall Inspiration

WOW!! My plans of blogging away and catching up on everything kinda fell in the water this Summer. I've been sleeping, eating and reading my way through my vacation like a zombie. But hey, don't blame me, I've worked for an entire year without having a vacation, weekends or rests. I really just didn't feel like planning, because that's all I did for the past year. The good news is, I'm rested and ready to take some action! I have another 2 weeks to relax and do what I actually planned to do :).

Can't believe Summer is basically over. Well, here in the Netherlands it's getting colder (which shouldn't happen yet, but OK). I'm actually ready for cooler weather again. A few weeks of boiling hot weather is enough for me. In september I'll be shooting a new catalog for The Bohemian Dream and I've already started gathering some Bohemian Fall Inspiration. Sharing some today! Anyone ready for Fall to kick in already?

Happy Weekend!

Love,
Lucia

Image Source: Bohemian Autumn Pinboard - Pinterest

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

7 Reasons To Drink More Water

Starting off the month with some healthy stuff ladies!! The past couple of weeks the sun has been burning us alive here in the Netherlands, and what I have noticed around me was that water is lacking is many peoples' diets, very shocking to have found out that even some of my friends "don't like water".... what??!! How can you not like water? Maybe I'm a little radical when it comes to a healthy diet, I grew up in a very healthy environment, not knowing what soda was until I went to primary school... but to me water always has been delicious!

Since I was a little child I knew pure water was essential. Your body is made up of around 70% water. If you lack water, then your body will try to get moisture from any liquid source in your system. When you're literally draining yourself, you're impacting your physical and mental health and speeding up the aging process. (thanks mom!)

Everybody knows in summer extra hydration is necessary... but oh my, how many people don't understand what good hydration actually means. PURE WATER is what we need people! Coffee, alcohol, and sodas are not, apart from the fact that they will eventually kill you, the source of hydration we need.

Not drinking enough water can cause: fatigue, confusion, memory loss, dizziness, dry and wrinkled skin, brittle hair and nails, cold fingers and toes, constipation, eczema, headaches, urinary tract infections, and muscle pains. These are all signs of dehydration!

Sharing some reasons today why you should drink more water! Leave the unhealthy coffee, sodas and alcohol out of your diet. It's a lifestyle, I know, and not the most easy task. Me personally, I drink one cup of organic coffee a day and a few glases of red organic wine a week... everything else is green tea, water and fresh home-made juices. Why would you want to poison yourself if you can have all that!?

Hope you like this post! If there's anything you think I should add, please let me know hunnies!

Love,
Lucia

7 Reasons To Drink More Water by Hungry for Change

1. You'll Digest Your Food Better

If you're spending a bit too much time and effort on the toilet, you could probably use a glass (or two!) of pure water. The body is very wise: it knows that the vital organs need essential nutrients more than the rest of your body.

If you're dehydrated, however, your body will take what’s available. Hence constipation. Water-depleted stools are hard to pass —and they can be there for days! As a result, your stomach feels bloated with the overgrowth of fermenting bacteria and yeast. Not fun!

2. You'll Stay Sharp

If you prefer being upbeat and focused, you need to drink water. If you’re feeling confused and forgetful, try drinking more water before going to see the doctor. Dehydration can trigger brain fog.

3. You'll Love What You See In The Mirror

If you love what you see in the mirror every morning, good for you! Keep doing what you're doing! But if you struggle with a puffy face and sunken eyes with dark circles, you're being warned that your kidneys are in distress. You are not drinking enough water.

The kidneys filter toxins, salts, and water from the bloodstream. If the body is dehydrated, then the kidneys can’t function properly. If the kidneys are overloaded, this will show in your face. Maybe you just had a fun night out with a bit too much booze. Maybe you ate too many salty snacks — or maybe you’ve been getting a bit too much sodium from take-out. Whatever the reason, the result is written all over your face.

4. You'll Have Youthful Skin.

Dry and wrinkled skin occurs for two big reasons: (1) water retention and (2) a lack of subcutaneous fat. If you want to boost your natural fillers and look more youthful, with glowing skin, do three things:

1. Splash cold water on your face several times every morning
2. Gently pat your skin dry
3. Drink a big glass of chilled water on an empty stomach.

Make sure that you drink more than two liters of water during the day, and eat fat everyday! By fat, I mean pure and unprocessed plant oils from foods like organic flax seeds, butter from grass-fed sources, and organic coconut oil! Fat binds the water to the dermis skin layer and functions as a natural filler. You don’t ever need botox! The fat (mainly from the butter) will store in the fat layer that prevents that hollow look that often appears with age.

5. You'll Lower Your Body Fat

This will probably surprise you, but being dehydrated can make you gain weight! As I mentioned earlier, the body will use all other fluids available when it’s dehydrated. By pulling water out of the bloodstream, excess glucose will remain until it reaches the liver, where it's supposed to be stored as glycogen for later use.

6. You'll Curb Your Appetite

Do you constantly feel hungry? Do you have cravings for sugar and wheat? Drink a glass of water. Pure water acts as an appetite suppressant. When feeling hungry, I suggest you drink a big glass of water before you act upon that sensation. If you need some taste, you can add a bit of lemon juice, or a splash of a├žai or pomegranate juice (without any added sugar).

7. You'll Help Your Body Do Its Job

There’s a reason why they call water the source of life — our blood is 90% water. The bloodstream provides your cells and organs with oxygen and nutrients, and takes away any waste products. As you can see, blood is essential and important.

As I said before, the body will tap the water from cells and blood if needed to help counter dehydration. The blood will become thicker, increasing the risk for clotting, and making it harder to pump it through the system. This can have a serious impact on blood pressure and heart disease. Lack of water is also linked to headaches, pain and tension in muscles and joints. It even causes stomachaches and heartburn. Everything is connected throughout the body, and it’s important not to neglect one of its fundamental tools.

How Much Water Do You Need?

In general, you need about 2 Liters (65oz) of pure water a day. You might need more if you live in a warm or dry climate, as well as if you exercise often or practice “Bikram” or hot yoga. You will also need more water if you are pregnant, or breastfeeding. Plus, take into account the diuretic effects of coffee, tea, alcohol, and sodas, as well as salty foods.

Source: Hungry for change / Google

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Free People July Catalog 2014

A little later than normal, but still on time!! July isn't finished yet, so sharing my monthly favs list of the new Free People July Catalog 2014 today! All I can say is: WOW! FP you never let me down and it just keeps getting better and better. A milion bucks doesn't make a person happy, but oh my, I'd be so happy if I'd be able to buy every single item from FP! Still getting a lotery ticket every month... who know's... you'll never win if you don't try :P!

Hope everyone is enjoying summer as much as I do! Vacation stories anyone :)?

Love,
Lucia

Image Source: Free People

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