Dress your body … with henna tattoo!

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Hi there …

Ok, sorry for my silence … yes I feel the need to apologize … it was quite a while.

But in this silence time I’ve also had the chance, like last year, to work for 10 days in an amazing exhibition fair in Florence. It takes place every year, once a year for 10 days till the 1st of May (it started on the 22nd) it is called:

MOSTRA INTERNAZIONALE DELL’ARTIGIANATO Mostra Internazionale dell’Artigianato Firenze

An exhibition where you can find really whatever you want, from national Italian handicraft to clothes, to international stands from Morocco to India, Pakistan, Iran, Lithuania, France, Spain, Mexico, Tunisia … all countries really! I cannot mention all of them, and do not get me wrong if I do not put a complete list here but there are so many countries! Really a worldwide reality.

From jewels to clothes, forniture, food …

An amazing experience, I advice you to do it once, because it is a little bit like travelling to each country just moving from one stand to another one.

And also in terms of food we go from Iranian dates to the Morocco area where there was a restaurant (I have tried one evening lamb cous cous …) and a full stand of typical sweets, I have to confess my lunch break a couple of times was just some of those and an amazing Moroccan mint tea to come with.

And from Sardinia typical goat cheese to spicy sauces from Calabria Region, oranges from Sicily, French baguette, amazing Campania buffalo mozzarella cheese … and also famous restaurants like Quinoa that I really love, and I enjoyed once at lunch with my mum. Amazing vegetarian food. They have a restaurant in central Florence I have also rated on Trip Advisor because really worthy.

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I have to stop writing about food. I actually have a food blog with my recipes.

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Well concerning this post, and my website, I would like to tell you today that while working there I decided to do something very very special: henna tattoo.

Yes you understood it well: HENNA TATTOO.

I have no tattoos, nothing, just earrings one per ear.

So it was quite a shock, but an amazing surprise to rediscover the beauty of my hands, seeing them differently. This way!

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So I would like to know what do you think about it?

Have you ever done one, would you ever do it? Any real tattoo?

I was working in an Italian clothing stand in the fair, and I had to ask the permission for it, for doing it and then working, but I did not regret it at all! On the contrary it was superb! And my customers loved it too! Sales went on very well even if I was selling Italian clothes, with those hands! So no prejudices!

Then of course it depends what job you are doing, which is your outfit, which accessories you wear … But if you do not have any specific working restrictions, why not?

You could also ask for one in a part of your body less visible instead of front hands …

And it lasts only ten days, so really worthy, even just to try it before doing a real tattoo, just to see how you feel like, with your skin looking different …

I really advice you to do it, what do you have to lose?

It would have been nice also to have one on the back … Now my henna tattoo is gone, and I am missing it. It was really beautiful!

I do think it is a way to rediscover your body beauty. It is a form of art. It is also a real artistic talent.

There was a catalogue to chose from, but in my case I didn’t chose anything, no design was followed, just a new drawing created at the very moment, not copied. Amazing!

I have to say Kushal Pal (Mani) really impressed me, you can find him on Facebook  Kushal Pal (Mani) if you are curious and have info about his work, a real profession and passion I should say because he has a real talent.

And art is a form of beauty.

I really would advise everyone to try it, to really find back your own beauty.

Something that suits you, so ask for advice. We are all different, depending also on our outfit, what we usually wear, our very personal shape and lines.

And don’t forget about your beauty!

Rediscover not just your external beauty but also your inner beauty which is why you are worthy!

Your value! Never forget who you are.

And shine always from inside yourself!

Then you will be able to wear anything or nothing or just a henna tattoo …

You are amazing! Remember that all of you guys!

We are called to shine in this world.

Be ourselves and live our life, beautiful because unique and just ours!

Take care all of you!

Thanks for reading me.

See you next

Barbara

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Lilac ribbon- 15th of March 2017 National day for Dca (= eating disorders in Italy)

Hi again …

Today 15th of March 2017 an article that I said to myself I had to write.

Why?

Because I am explaining you if you read the following lines …

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Today is the National day for the “eating disorders”. Lilac ribbon.

What does this mean?

It means that there are still too many people on this planet that are suffering for eating disorders.

Fashion has a big responsibility in this. Because the idea, the ideal model for “high fashion” has to have a size that cannot go above certain very strict standards.

Bra size, hips … lots of restrictions that sometimes go against each single person natural shape, not considering extra kilos but just the body shape.

Newspapers are still filled by articles of girls killing themselves just because they do stop eating, or they eat and then they force themselves to throw out all of what they’ve just taken in … because they see themselves too fat, where on the contrary are just skeletons.

And it exists also the opposite situation: not being able to stop eating, so putting on so much weight, not even being able to have a normal life with all related also heart and circulation issues and critical health conditions.

But there are not just these extreme terrible cases, majority of eating disorders could be at different levels, not to risk life, but enough to ruin a good relationship with food, making it not a pleasure moment but a punishment in both ways when we decide not to eat or when we force ourselves to eat too much and even after having stopped the starving feeling.

But why?

Do we really want to be who we are not?

Can we all possibly become as thin as those magazine models?

Is this our reality?

Or the model is it the perfect blond with even lips that do not look natural, a Playboy doll style?

What is it beauty?

What are we looking for? Who is the model we dream to look like?

Are we happy of our life? Or are media just showing a perfection that is just a mask?

And is a perfect looking body the real key for success and happiness in life?

Or is it just a way to attract the wrong people who will look for us just for it, our body, and not for who we really are?

The only way to have a good relationship with our body is to be in peace with ourselves. Starting from accepting ourselves, who we are, and also our external look.

Of course we are called to take care of our body as well of our soul: mens sana in corpore sano is the Latin famous sentence: a healthy mind in healthy body.

But do we have to become paranoid about our body? Pushing everything over the limit? I am thinking also about all gym addicted people …

Too much is too much in everything.

Balance. To find a balance mainly within ourselves.

I want to remind you all that to look beautiful the best way is to wear a true smile. And where does it come from? From the within peace of mind.

How can we find it? Where do we get it from?

Nowhere. It has to start and come within ourselves: realizing that nobody is perfect, not even life, nor ourselves. So we have to accept what we cannot change, and even for what concerns changes we are not switches, everything needs its time, so we cannot pretend too much, we have to be patient and accept what we cannot change and work on what we can work on, and most of all start from loving ourselves, even with our past mistakes, with our limits …

And I am telling you this because I have learned it.

When I was younger at university I was free but lonely. Knowing lots of people but sometimes having the feeling of having no one really caring for me. Alone for the first time in another city for studying. Freedom. Nobody preparing the dinner for you, so no food “rules”.

I was working also as PR in the city university evening parties and discos. I wanted to be and look perfect: so I was going to the swimming pool, fasting, skipping dinner, arriving at the disco where I was supposed to spend all evening with public relation with other university students … I was smiling, speaking with everyone, checking that the evening was going fine, having my list at the entrance …

The apparently very nice life: I was able also to get free drinks, nothing to pay, just to enjoy myself talking with everyone and going around the place. Nothing special but what else may a university student want from the evenings outside? People, music, free drinks …

Well to tell you the truth, I was going back home and opening the fridge! Anything: I am not ashamed to say it now, because I hope it will help who at the moment is in the same situation I was at the time. Simply completely unhappy about myself and my life, just wanting to look perfectly beautiful and ok from outside, but inside actually “screaming” because I was not living a life I was really happy about.

And the food was the punishment because I was not able to be enough slim, because my size has never dropped below a certain level: I am like this, but I could not accept it having a different idea in my mind of what I wanted to look like, like someone who wasn’t me.

I think we only have to tend to be the best version of ourselves. Not copying anyone, not wanting to look like anyone else, just to be ourselves at our best. So of course fit, and healthy with no extra kilos as a weight, but without becoming crazy about perfection. It does not exist and it will not make ourselves happy anyway.

I think even media give us a wrong example. Women to be attractive have to wear heels and short skirts, and breast showing tops and so on …

Absolutely not! We are women because we are women, not due to what we wear.

And even the idea of being sexy. What is it? We do not have to attract sex, but we must follow and look for only true love.

So being loved for who we are, and not for what we look like. For our soul, not for our body.

Of course we do have a body as well, but we do not have to forget that it is not the most important part of ourselves.

Our soul must be beautiful.

And even sport has to be a pleasant activity to get fit and in harmony with our body, not like a medicine to push up muscles in perfect sculpted shape.

So today let’s start our own fashion looking at the our real self, as Christina Aguilera song “Beautiful”.

And let’s work to get the best out of ourselves, not with wrong models or ideas, but just with the love we always must have for ourselves, because first rule if we want to love someone else and we want to be loved, is to be able to love truly ourselves always everyday starting from the mirror morning first look.

So no more food punishments.

Food has to be a necessary good pleasure, with an healthy balance diet especially in quantities that makes the real difference.

Being in peace with ourselves is the first step for being in peace also with all the rest of the planet.

So let’s start now a new beginning with a new glance in the mirror, not to judge us and punish us, but to love us and take care of ourselves.

We all have to improve ourselves and grow but it can be done only with real true love, and this way will do everything for us and not against us, and it will be a pathway we will enjoy to follow, with maybe little results day by day, but definitely with a different purpose and awareness, a true beautiful shining peace of mind.

And I finish just reminding you that stress helps in most cases just to put on weight! And increases our food disorders. So deep breath, a couple more hugs with who really loves us and cares about us in our life, and let’s go!

Life is here waiting! It has just started, we are in!

Let’s live it the best, and always always always only OUR WAY! Life is one and is just ours! Do not waste ourselves. Let’s take care of ourselves from now on every single moment.

We are the changement. We can find only inside ourselves true happiness: it cannot come from outside.

Let’s love life, because life is beautiful.

Never to give up!

 

Thanks for reading me and see you next!

 

 

Almost Spring time … what’s below the clothes? Our body we must love it!

Dear readers …

Spring’s approaching quickly.

 

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Weather’s changing. So it’s time to put away the wool and start wearing lighter clothes!

But what’s below the clothes?

Do we love our body?

Or winter time has made us put on some extra weight?

Nobody is perfect, so let’s start considering this. So regarding the outfit choices go for something you always feel at ease wearing.

Be yourself!

Inspired by a Facebook post I just replied to, I would like to give you here some easy tips to get better in shape with no efforts.

First of all cut desserts and sugars in general. It is not a big sacrifice. Just eat them more rarely.

Prefer brown sugar to white one and even better honey.

Second important thing to remember: avoid white bread and carbohydrates that are not wholegrain!

White pasta is ok, but better cutting white bread: GI too much higher.

Eat fresh fruit and vegetables. Less meat. More fish.

Cheese better very few times, if you could do only once a week would be ideal. You could go for yogurt at breakfast also or as a light dinner once in a while. And milk of course at breakfast so you have your calcium intake. With cheese you get too many fats.

Reduce or avoid for some time booze. I know, it is difficult, Sommelier’s speaking. But you will see. Alcohol is related also to our hormones balance and it is 7 kcal per gram! Even beer, just stop for a couple of weeks and you will see incredible results!

Avoid sparkling sugary drinks like Coke. Just fresh fruit juices and the ones with no added sugars in the ingredients (pineapple i.e.).

Ok for coffee, but not too many, especially avoid coffee in the late afternoon/evening if you want to get better sleep.

Sleeping is so important! The less you sleep the more you put on weight! It is not me saying it, but science: it is the melatonine balance that gets affected by the lack of sleep. At least 7 hours in a row. And avoid keeping technology close to the bed.

Drink at least 2 litres of water per day.

No snacks nor breaks. Just 3 meals: breakfast, lunch and dinner.

If you cannot do other way just fruit would be ok for the hunger.

No chips, cookies or any other packed food.

Stay simple. And also vegetables not to be cooked too much not to lose their vitamines content.

Do some sport. Yes. I will maybe talk about sport clothing in another post.

Anything.

Even just a walk. Some physical activity to boost your metabolism and gain back energies.

We all need it with the season change.

No butter, no margarine, nothing: for fats just extra virgin olive oil to use for cooking and raw.

Walnuts and dried fruits are important in a well balanced diet, but without exceeding: they are very high in calories.

And last advice: eat with calmness, and reduce quantities of everything.

Not a big effort, but quantity makes the biggest difference.

Try to cheat your mind using smaller plates, or at least make the food appearance to be like a full rich portion.

Don’t do other things while eating. Concentrate on the moment.

Enjoy the food. Chew slowly.

And I promise your weight will change!

Just little changements but with great results.

Variety.

And simply less.

If you prepare too much food put the rest in the freezer: it will be another meal another time.

So are you ready for lighter clothes in spring time?

If you have any chance to go for a swim, swimming is one of the best sports to get back quickly in shape.

But anyway stay active. Days are getting better, so don’t stay indoor: go outside, enjoy the sunshine.

If you would like to get inspired for your recipes check my blog:

www.food4wine.wordpress.com

And don’t worry!

You are beautiful! All of you! No exclusions!

Stop punishing yourself with food if you are not happy about yourself.

Just breath. Start back loving you. Life is beautiful and remember you are in charge of your life! Be happy!

Wear what suits you and start to get back your balance with your body which is self acceptance first.

What is the part of your body you love the most?

The one you love less?

I will answer in next post to all your messages in reply to see what the best outfit or garment could be for you!

And do not be afraid to dare a little change!

Try today a different make up! I will speak about make up soon also.

A new hair cut?

Remember also that true beauty comes from within.

So shine!

Don’t be afraid of who you are! Just be!

Smile, and the whole world will smile you back. And a smile is the best outfit for any occasion!

Thanks for reading me and see you next!