Style

Spring Must Have: The White Blazer

April 13, 2021

The White Blazer is a must have during the Spring/ Summer months. The trend keeps coming back year after year because of its versatility. In other words, it can be considered a Spring wardrobe staple and a great option for a work-smart outfit during the warmer months. As a result, you can make more serious outfits feel breezy and relaxed in the most crispy Spring days or Summer nights. 

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Get ready for this go-to piece you definitely want to be sporting in every lunch/ brunch date this spring or even at your zoom calls paired with comfy casual neutral trousers. 

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Kids Activities, Motherhood

10 Spring Break Staycation Activities Ideas To Do With Young Kids

March 29, 2021

Things are starting to brighten up at the end of the tunnel, but staying away from crowds, masking up and social distancing are still the way to go this year. If you are staycation during Spring Break this year, here are 10 Spring Break staycation activities Ideas to do with young kids.

1 – Bake Easter Cookies or an Easter Cake Together
2 – Create a Fairy Garden Around Your House 
3 – Visit a Local Farm

If you are in Southeastern Michigan, Walcott Mill Metropark Farm Center, Kensington Park Farm Center and Blake Farms are great options. Check their website for Covid-19 Precautions.

4 – Get outside, observe and learn

As nature wakes up from a sleepy winter, now is a great time to get outside and train the kids scientific abilities. Put on your garden gear, get a couple of magnifying glasses and start exploring your yard or your local park showing your kid how plants, flowers and leaves are growing back. My girls love it! 

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5 – Go Birdwatching 

This is a great way to build a sense of wonder. All that you need are your eyes and ears. Get a pair of binoculars if you want to go to the next level. 

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6 – Visit a Cider Mill 

Yes! Many Cider Mills re-open on Spring, and around mid-April many of them serve ice-cream. If you are in Southeast Michigan Yates Cider Mill and Blake Farms are very good options. 

7 – Make My Award Winning Best Guacamole 

I love making easy cooking dishes with my kids, and everyday is a good day for tacos! Check this post with my guacamole recipe the entire family will love or check my Instagram IGTV for the video.

8 – Start a Rock Collection, and Rock Paint 
9 – Local Hiking

Pack the kids backpacks with trail mix, granola bars and their favorite treats. Include paper and crayons/pencils so the kids can keep track of their nature finds, as you walk around your neighborhood or on a hiking trail. As a result, that can be a great subject to talk about during dinner.

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10- Tourist in Your Own City 

It shouldn’t be far nor among a crowd of people, but getting out of the house to visit a park, a playground, watch the ducks at a nearby river/pond or by taking a walk in a different part of the city (always wearing a mask) can be a fun change of pace. 

Enjoy the outside. Spring is beautiful and you should enjoy it after a long winter. 

Please share in the comments below what are your favorite staycation activities. And don’t forget to follow me on Instagram for more.

xoxo, beijos.

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Style

Trench Coat: The Best Transitional Piece for Spring

March 17, 2021

Spring showers are on the way, and a trench coat is the best transitional piece to have in your closet when Spring starts.

Spring like Fall is a transitional season, and one of the best times to wear a trench coat. 

Invented by two British luxury clothing manufactures Burberry and Aquascutum as a military garment in the 19th Century, a trench coat is timeless and tailored, which makes it a classic wardrobe staple that adds style and flair to any outfit. 

Mom and daughter

A trench coat is also an excellent layering piece. The perfect combination of practical and stylish, especially as a transitional coat. It looks equally great styled casually or formally. 

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You can toss on a trench for a more casual but elegant look with jeans and a t-shirt or sweater paired with loafers, ballet flats, pumps, or ankle boots. If you want to go ultra-casual, wear a hoodie or sweatshirt and sneakers. To dress things up, and shift it to a more formal work dress code, you can wear it over a tailored dress, over blouses and pencil skirts, or even pantsuits. 

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Kids Activities, Motherhood

8 Valentine’s Day At Home Ideas To Do With The Kids

February 12, 2021

It’s the weekend of love, and just because we are stuck at home, that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t find ways to say I love you. My Valentine’s Day became even more special after having my little ones. Here are 8 Valentine’s Day at home ideas to make your day with the Kids extra special: 

  • Make a craft as simple as a card together, and gift each other. 
  • Decorate the house together with heart shapes. We did that at our house (pictured) with some colorful hardboard ones we got at Target.
  • Pick some flowers together at the market for around the house. My girls love this one, and it makes them feel so special. 
  • Make a Valentine’s Day treat together: cake, cookie, a banana split! Buy sprinkles, cake/ cookie mixes, chocolate, be creative and have fun. The kids will love it! 
  • Plan Valentine’s Day breakfast menu together: make heart shapes pancakes!
  • Watch a movie while eating chocolate ice cream. 
  • Play Spa at home. We do this one all the time on the weekends, and my girls get so excited. We give each other foot massages, have our nails paint, and relax.
  • Make a heart shape pizza.

Let me know in comments which idea you like best! The important here my love, is creating memories, that is what matters the most.

Happy Valentine’s Day weekend!!

xo, Luci.

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Style

Valentine’s Day Outfits Ideas

February 11, 2021

Valentine’s Day Outfits Ideas. I love to make my looks more interesting and versatile, and I am always changing the styles of my outfits by adding some styling tricks for a little extra (or some “bossa” like we say it in Brazil).

With so many having our date night at home this Valentine’s Day, I put together two great outfits that are great if you either like to dress up or stay casual, but looking put together.

Look 1 – The AT Home Sophisticated Look

Styling Trick: I tied a knot in the front of my blazer to make it look almost like a bow. I love how it came together. 

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Look 2 – Casually Waiting For My Valentine Look

Styling Trick: Gave a turtle neck fitted dress that I usually dress it up with heels, a transformation into a more casual look. The sneakers in addition with the jean jacket, gives the cool vibe approach for a more casual atmosphere.

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Do you like to get creative with your outfits? Let me know in comments which style you like best.

Style

How To Incorporate Pantone’s Color Of The Year Into Your Outfit in 2021

January 6, 2021

How to Incorporate Pantone’s Color of the Year into your outfit in 2021.

I ran a pool on my Instagram Stories over the holidays, and my followers told me that they loved the combo of colors Gray (for resilience), and yellow (for vivacity), Pantone selected as the color of the year for 2021. 

Many people are afraid to wear colors during the winter:

  1. because they are just so used to wearing the same old black, or 
  2. because most of the time they don’t know how to match colors. 

No problem, I can help you with that and you will see much more of this topic coming from me here an on my social pages this year. 

But to begin with the Pantone colors combo gray and yellow, a quick way to start incorporating them into your outfit, is by browsing through your own closet to see what choices you have in these colors and start with that. You can consider shopping for pieces in those shades to compliment what you already have in either color.

The trick with the outfit I picked by just browsing my closet was the layering and accessories that compliment each other without looking bulky.  I used monochromatic shades of gray as a base in order to give contrast to the look and then added the bright yellow to my hat to add vivacity and fun.

But how this post can relate to you and your every day life?

Pantone’s Color of the Year reflects color trends in fashion, beauty, design and home decor, and since the beginning, the initiative has also served as a mood ring of sorts, capturing the spirit of the time. 

It means you will see much more of these colors throughout 2021 in your visuals while shopping and in creative society as a whole. It also means that you can think out of the box and mix them with other complementary colors too, following your style and what makes sense with your lifestyle.

The stores have already started putting out the new trend colors. Shop below my picks to get ready:

Do you wear colors during winter? Let me know in comments below, and give these colors a try!

Beijos

Well Being

New Year’s Eve Tradition

December 30, 2020

New Year’s tradition to ring in the New Year.

We all need a little more luck in the 2021. One New Year tradition I enjoy, that just so happens to have healthy benefits I remember celebrating while growing up, is eating 7 pomegranate arils to ring on the New Year in order to bring fortune and prosperity. 

The Young me, didn’t understand the symbolism behind pomegranates bringing fortune and prosperity. Older me, now understands why:

Pomegranate is rich in Vitamin C, Potassium, Folate and Fiber. It has wide-ranging benefits and may help reduce your risk of various serious illnesses, including heart disease, cancer, arthritis and other inflammatory conditions, just to name a few.

I want Pomegranate every day in my life! 

What’s your favorite New Year’s Eve tradition that you celebrate where you are from ? Share below

Style

Pantone 2021 Color of the Year

December 29, 2020

Pantone 2021 Color of the Year

The neutral – Ultimate Gray & the vibrant light Illuminating yellow – is the color paring that brings the message of strength and hopefulness that are at the same time, both enduring and uplifting for 2021.

Have you combined yellow with gray colors when picking out an outfit? Or using this combination alone or together with other colors in your home decor, in graphic design or projects alike? If so, you are ahead of the game and ready for 2021 according to the Pantone book! 

Every year since 1999, Pantone forecasts and announces in the beginning of December the color that will best reflect the year ahead – “The Color of the Year”.

This year Pantone has chosen a combo of colors, because Illuminating is associated with optimism and vivacity; while Ultimate Gray encourages resilience. Colors symbolisms that will definitely be of good use in 2021.

A lot of people use the psychology and the symbolism of colors to ring on the New Year.  Like in Brazil it is tradition to wear white to ring on the New Year, while here in the US we see more sequins.

What do you think of the gray and yellow combo? Comment below👇🏼 

Kids Shopping Guides, Motherhood, Shopping Guides

Preschool Gifts Guide

December 10, 2020

Kids gifts guide for Preschool Kids – The kind of list that will make any kid in preschool happy.

We pretty much have the majority of the items on this list, and they are great resources to make the kids busy while learning the skills they need in preschool age.

As a mom myself, I know we are always looking for the best gifts for our kids, so this is a good place to check time to time, and share it with a friend or family member that are looking for ideas. Click on links below to shop the options:

1. Backyard Playhouse, 2. Doll House, 3. Art Easel, 4. Balance Bike, 5. Dust, Sweep & Mop Set, 6. Top & Bake Pizza Counter, 7. Up & Down Roller Coaster Ride-on Toy, 8. Bounce House, 9. Micro Kickboard Scooter, 10. Table Top Easel, 11. Kids Karaoke Machine with 2 microphones, 12. Vintage Kitchen Set, 13. Scoop and Learn Ice Cream Cart, 14. DigiArt Creative Easel, 15. Scoop & Serve Ice Cream Set, 16. My First Slide, 17. Crayola 3-in-1 Double Easel with Magnetic Letters, 18. Little Tikes Cozy Coupe, 19. Magna-Tiles, 20.Modern Outdoor Playhouse 21. Pink Headband with Flower Magnet.

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Have fun! xo Luci.

Recipes

Sweet Potato Butternut Soup Recipe

October 29, 2020

Sweet potato butternut soup is a colorful and delicious option recipe to make during the cooler months.

You don’t need to be a cook to make an easy and nutritious recipe. All that you need are the right ingredients and good kitchen essentials to help you making amazing dishes.

Today, I’m sharing a recipe my family loves and some of my favorite kitchen essentials, that can help you manage your time better while preparing food for yourself or the entire family.

This homy and filling dish is very easy and quick to make. Here are what you need:

  • 1 tsp avocado oil
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1 tsp minced fresh ginger
  • 1 pound butternut squash, peeled and diced
  • 1 pound of sweet potatoes, peeled and diced
  • 1 medium-size of Yukon gold or russet potato, peeled and diced
  • 1 tsp of garlic powder
  • 6 cups of water, chicken stock, or vegetable stock – I use water to avoid the sodium
  • Salt to taste

Start by heatting the oil in the crockpot for 2 minutes in the sauté option. Add the onion and garlic, stirring it for about 2-3 minutes or until it’s golden. Add the ginger and stir it together until fragrant, for about 1 minute. Add the sweet potato, butternut squash, regular potato and stir mixing all together. Add the garlic powder and stir all together again for about 3 minutes for the ingredients to blend together. Add the water or stock. Change the Crockpot option to soup and let it cook. The pan will peep when the soup is ready. Wait for about 10 minutes to open the pan. After everything is cooked use hand blender to mash all the ingredients together in the pan. Serve and enjoy.

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Receita de Sopa de Batata Doce com Abóbora Amarela para o Outono.

1 colher de sopa de avocado oil (faço com avocado oil e geralmente acrescento o suficiente para fritar o alho e a cebola)

 1 cebola pequena picada

2 dentes de alho espremidos 

1 colher de chá de alho em pó

 1 colher de sopa de gengibre fresco ralado ou em pó

1 colher de chá de cúrcuma

 1 lb de abóbora amarela descascada e cortada em cubos

 1 lb de batata doce, descascada e cortada em cubos

 1 batata Yukon dourada ou russet de tamanho médio, descascada e cortada em cubos

Mais ou menos 6 xícaras de água, caldo de galinha ou caldo de vegetais ( vai do seu gosto – faço com água para evitar o sodium e é minha preferência)

 Sal a gosto

Depois de cozida, finalize moendo a sopa, e sirva.

Bom apetite!