Easter dress code

Easter …

Happy Easter everyone first of all!

I was just wondering which is your own outfit for Easter?

Christmas celebrations is, let’s say, quite easier because it is winter (I know not in Australia but …), and is big family gatherings, with parents and closed ones … so definitely the outfit needed goes towards the smart side. But not as smart as New Year’s Eve, I mean more sober, with less sparkling lights, and more warm colors and red. Yes, red. I remember this past Christmas my dress was just red, a warm dark colored red, but red. Red seems the perfect color for those festivities. But not for Easter.

So then what?

Well mostly depends on the weather. And when Easter falls each year.

This year, 2017, we are speaking about the 16th of April, so already Spring time, started a while ago, and quite hot also. Some rains here in Florence, but no more coats for sure! No more wool also.

So then what?

It mostly depends where we have to go to.

My Easter will be quite simple tomorrow, just me and my mum, so I do not have to exaggerate, I wouldn’t have anyway.

So maybe not jeans and hoodie, but not even a smart evening outfit too.

But for sure we have to make a difference with everyday dressing, so maybe we could go for some details to stress that it is a “special day”.

I remember once, years ago, I was just on a trip with friends, so Easter lunch was as simple and as warm as friends company is.

We use to say: “Christmas with your family, and Easter with whoever you want!”

So in the end it will be up to you! Depending on the company and the location of course! High heels in the countryside maybe not …

Be at ease. Not too formal. Something you can feel you are aware of the special day that is, but with a more “soul dressing” than body clothing.

What about the colors?

Freedom of choice. Maybe a touch of color yes, not black or grey only. We need colors. As color therapy also teaches, we have to be lifted up also by bright colors.

My city, Florence, has the Purple as color for our football team, so I do love it really, I am wearing it today also! So why not a nice purple?

So for Easter dress code I would advice moderation, but colors!

And have a lovely Easter time everyone, trying not to eat too much chocolate and cakes! But anyway enjoy!

I remember spending my Easter in London, when I was living there, quite many years ago, working … Some chocolate arrived anyway but it was a working outfit I was wearing …

Anyway, most of all we have to feel Easter inside, in our hearts.

So let’s the light inside us be the shining light that dresses ourselves also.

Love has to be the best ever outfit we could ever wear, in our sight, in our gestures, to make everything brighter.

Happy Easter again to everyone.

You all take care!

See you next

Barbara

 

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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!