Move your body: Official Videoclip

I want to share with you my third music video of the song “Move your body”. I had so much fun shooting it because I was between friends and we didn’t stop laughing.

I wanted this video to have a fun twist and we came up with a nice idea. Let me tell you I obviously didn’t have any experience in pole dancing and I truly admire anyone who does. (I had bruises everywhere).

This music video was shot in 2011. Just a fun fact: my boyfriend is the “Mafia guy” (he was more than happy to be between the two gorgeous models.)

Here I present you the video and the behind the scenes too. Hope you guys like it.


The secret garden: how I keep my plants alive

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My mom has an incredible green thumb. In the other hand, I used to kill even a dead plant. I love plants but there was a time in my life that I couldn’t keep them alive. Until I moved into our apartment and found my new favorite place: the balcony. This space was destined to be my little garden.

When we first got into the apartment, everything was empty except for a pot with soil that had only two brown stems. I thought it was going straight to the garbage until I moved it and a stem broke uncovering a green piece. I put it in the balcony and hoped for a miracle. I decide to re-pot and water it. I found myself secretly hoping to recover this anonymous plant.

Two weeks passed by and not a sign of life in there. It was really depressing looking at the empty balcony with only an almost-dead plant. I was almost ready to throw it away but when I got a closer look a small leaf was coming out of the broken stem. Bingo.

Let me tell you that this miracle plant survived and with time it bloomed with incredible colored leaves. From there on I started to pay more attention to plants and nowadays I’m proud to say I have my small garden. (Yes, almost three years and they are still alive).

To the left my small Pine and to the right my miracle plant that I found out is called Croton Plant. I water them two times a week and keep their soil moist. My mom taught me a little secret: put some ice once every two weeks in the pine’s soil. It keeps it nice and happy.

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This is my succulent spot. I have different kinds. They don’t like a lot of direct sunlight and they need little watering. I water them two times a week, waiting for the soil to get dry between watering. It is very important for this plants to have drainage under the pot because if not they will have a short life.

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The same goes for the cacti. No direct sunlight and little water.

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I have a hard time with flower-plants, also called “gift plants”. They seem to be very difficult to keep alive but this one has been here for a year and it’s holding on.

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I recently bought this Bromeliad and loved it. I water it once a week and spray it with water twice a week.

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These are some of my indoor plants. This guy here is my snake plant. I have more all over the apartment. You can neglect this fellows as long as you wish and they will still be happy. Water two times a week and wait for the soil to dry between watering. It also purifies the air and looks pretty, so that is a double plus.

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And finally the Aloe Vera. Water once a week and tons of light.

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Do you guys have indoor plants? What is your favorite?

White manicure inspiration

There was a time were my nails were usually painted burgundy, in a french manicure, or from time to time red.

When neon colors started to pop on runways and salons it was love at first sight but I have to admit that white was always a classic.

I am having an affair with chalk-white polish right now and this is my inspiration for this week:

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Here are 27 interesting nail hacks for the DIY manicure.

Good morning sunshine: Breakfast Omelette

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Having this omelet for breakfast guarantees you a share of protein and veggies. I usually use one whole egg and two egg whites but sometimes it’s ok to mix it up and use the whole three eggs.

I’s easy, fast, and yummy. Feel free to make it for lunch or dinner ( I made this tutorial last night and my boyfriend had it for dinner. I’m proud to say he loved it. At least that’s what he told me.)

Ingredients:

– 3 eggs

– 1\2 cup chopped spinach

– 2 tablespoons chopped red peppers

– 1 tablespoon chopped onions

– 1 tablespoon chopped tomato

– 2 teaspoons olive oil

– Salt and pepper to taste

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Instructions:

1) In a small frying pan, pour 1 teaspoon olive oil and sauté the pepper and onion for approx. 2 min. Then add the spinach and tomato and sauté for another 2 min.

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2) Whisk the eggs and add salt.

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3) In a medium pan, pour the remaining olive oil and wait until the pan is hot. Pour the eggs and decrease the flame. When you see that the borders of the omelet start to detach from the pan, add your veggies on the half of the omelet as shown above:

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4) Close is in a half-moon. (Be really gentle here, this is the tricky part.) Cook for 2 minutes and serve hot. (I like to sprinkle mine with a pinch of pepper.)

Enjoy! 

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The silent killer: how I quit smoking.

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I started smoking at 16. No body forced me, no one offered it to me. I just thought it looked glamorous and it would make me look like an adult. Time passed and this trend became addictive. I started to smoke more at home and when I bought my first pack of cigarettes I felt that I was in the reign of adulthood.

Back then, I was a full-time ballet student and I was planning on making it my long-term career. Rehearsals were getting more arduous and I was getting out of breath more quickly. I smelled like an ashtray and had to constantly wash my hair, my teeth and my hands. Sure, pretty glamorous.

I have an early memory when my mom used to smoke in airplanes.The thought just makes me cringe. All that smoke trapped in an pressured aircraft. I tried to quit smoking 3 times and fell in this cycle for a long time.

Then I realized I had to be patient with myself. It doesn’t matter if you have to start over a thousand times. What it matters is that you are determined and have started in the first place.

1) Know what works for you.

I always did it cold-turkey. That doesn’t work for me. I am an obsessive-compulsive person and if I make a big change I tend to get anxious. So I took it one day at a time. Yes, like an addict.

2) Instead of no smoking at all, try decreasing the amount.

I smoked 30 cigarettes a day. I made sure to write it down. I started to count my cigarettes. For 1 month I limited myself to 20 cigarettes a day. For the next month 15, then each month I would subtract 5. When I reached the final number I smoked 3 a day for a week until my body started to need them less.

3) Dont worry about the weight.

The infamous quote: “I don’t want to stop smoking because I will gain some pounds”. Well how did you lose those pounds in the first place? You will get anxious but you have to get it together. Your mind is stronger than your urge.

4) Try some exercise to drain the anxiety.

I started doing yoga while I was “quitting”. It helped me focus on my health instead of smoking. I was more calm and more focused. I did notice that I was not getting out of breath while running.

5) Dont tell yourself “never again”.

This may sound a little controversial but has worked for me for 6 years. I don’t tell myself “I will never smoke again”. My mind simply does not process the “never again” fact. I just take it one day at a time. I tell myself in the morning “today I wont smoke, maybe tomorrow, but not today”. Yes, I do this everyday and I’m feeling wonderful.

You know what is really glamorous? White teeth, amazing breath and a healthy body.

Lets make it: DIY Tin Planter

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This tin box was lying around the apartment. It was a protective box that came with a watch. I adore boxes but my collection has become somehow overwhelming.

After I saw this on Apartment Therapy and I got inspired.

I rescued a lonely succulent from my balcony and plant it in this little square. I used the top of the box as I drainage plate. Yup, that simple. am I a genius or what?

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One important thing: nail holes in the bottom of your tin because if you don’t, you plant will have a short life. 

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1) Hammer

2) Nail

3) A tin box (you can also use tin cans)

4) A succulent (cacti work perfectly too)

Instructions:

1) Nail holes in you tin.

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2) Plant your succulent.

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3) Put it a nice, sunny spot.

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