Yohanna's of
Designing everyday life

Wednesday, 19 April 2017

Blink post : bloomed bootie

My plants my mood my ...booties (!)
everything in bloom under the big blue sky these days. Yes the flower in your shoe...it is the kind of flower that walks along with you and people stare and ask and compliment! And you glow...
Pare them with your favourite denim and utility jacket or black culottes or black pencil skirt and go out there and bloom the world....


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booties from Zara

Blink post : Ear candy

Ohhhhh I love India Menuez ....artist, activist, feminist! Such a smart lady captured in an angel's figure...here directed by Eva Michon :


Such a candy crush?!


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100% natural baby routine

After Nike began eating her mashed fruits every morning - which she finds delicious by the way (!) - a kind of  ...ehmmm.... diaper emergency occurred! The number of diaper changes increased exponentially along with a mild nappy rush. So we had to use tones of cream to soothe and nurture her. I had to find a pure yet effective routine to stick to...

Concerning the products we use on a regular basis, I have made the decision to go clean and natural as much as possible. Especially when it comes to baby products. There is a wide range of nappy rush creams out there but it is quite hard to find 100% natural barrier creams.

Apivita is a company whose products I use and trust for quite some time. So when I discovered the Eco - Bio Baby & Kids line I was impressed. The barrier cream with calendula and zinc oxide is made from 100% natural derived ingredients and  - OH YES - without (according to ICEA standard):
  • mineral oils
  • silicones
  • parabens
  • synthetic colorants 
  • phthalates
  • PCM & NM
  • propylene glycol
  • ethanolamines
  • gluten
Bonus in all of the above the smooth, not sticky texture and that heavenly orange smell....I gave it a try. And now me and Nike's skin love it! I use it along with pure almond oil, which is perfect for all over massage as well. (I use it on my skin all the time - stimuli and glow you are welcome!)

And just like that we are done with the irritations!


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P.S. : If your baby's skin is severely troubled or used to strong antiseptic creams, the above routine might not cover you. You should replace almond oil with extra virgin olive oil and check with your pediatrician for a stronger barrier cream.

Friday, 31 March 2017

Blink post : Fiesta con flores!


It's Friday and the night is still young....for me TGIF is all about another episode of how to get away with murder  and a glass of red wine - IF the baby falls asleep!!

But a girl can always dream, doesn't she? She can dream of a partying all night long wearing just jeans, mid heels, a plain white t-shirt and ...that dream of flora hanging from her ears!! Only to look at them and Spanish guitar sounds begin to clang....


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Earrings by Mercedes Salazar

Sunday, 26 March 2017

A hygge kind of life : ginger syrup

Last but not least, the nurturing hygge trick I enclose in my everyday routine : the soothing syrup.
As nature all around blossoms all you want to do is stop and..smell the roses! But the extra pollen in the air can be sooooo disturbing!! My throat - especially in the mornings - feels sore and harsh.

Or it felt this way until I started having ginger syrup first thing in the morning and last thing before sleep...it is spicy enough to calm throat but  kind of sweet as well. It makes you feel soothed and nurtured and refreshed! And very easy to make it at home...

Here is how to :

Unpeel three ginger root fingers and cut them in small cubes. Put them in a pan with three cups of filtered water and bring them to a boil. Then add a cinnamon stick and / or a star annice and let it simmer in low heat for about an hour - until water is reduced in half. Remove syrup of heat and add honey to your taste. Let it cool in room temperature and store in the fridge - it can be refrigerated for up to three months.



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Sunday, 19 March 2017

A hygge kind of life : cashmere hug

 If you are looking for a way to feel hygge - ness (I am not sure that term even exists but..you get my point!) on your body ....well cashmere is what you might need.
That soft, fluffy touch that keeps you warm without the itching of pure thick wool. 

I picked my cashmere sweaters from Premium Quality line at H&M on line store, a good value for money choice. They are soft, loose ended turtleneck sweaters in two of my favorite neutral colours : 
dark sky grey and cinnamon brown. Thin in textile but warm enough for those chilly early spring afternoons.

You can go a long way  depending on how much you intend to spend on investing on a good sweater. The higher the part of pure cashmere in the blend the higher the price. But it's worth the splurge! You are about to have a cuddling feeling on your skin all day long. Not to mention the endless styling options to go with it as neutral and easy fitting...what's not to love?!


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