After Forever 21 announced they would open a store in Amsterdam ‘soon’ it seemed like an eternity before it gotb here. But the wait is over as Amsterdam now welcomes the long awaited shop at the Rokin 12 and Kalverstraat 11. Tomorrow Forever 21 will open at 10:00 for the grand public and the first 500 customers will receive a € 21 gift card. What are the colorful must-haves and what can you expect from the collection? Take a look!
Being colorful fashionista there’s a handful of stores where I can delight in the bright colored items and Forever 21 is definitely one of them. The collection at Forever 21 in Amsterdam sets the tone for warm Summer festivals with bright, jazzy aztec, fruity and flower prints and eye-catching pieces. Besides festivals Summer is also synonymous with the beach and Forever 21 has you covered with bright bikinis, beach cover ups, cropped tops, palazzo pants, funky glasses and season chic hats.
Besides the seasonal must-haves Forever 21 also presents a large selection of basic tops, t-shirts, pants and lots of shoes!
I could go on and on for hours because when you enter Forever 21 it leaves you wanting more. If you’re in Amsterdam, stop and take a look because you won’t be disappointed
Below my favorite items from Forever 21 Amsterdam!
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Ladies, I’m back! And boy did I miss blogging
I have been busy in the meanwhile creating make up looks, taking pics and making videos and started my portuguese blog Pink Paixão in the meanwhile, check it out!
Two weeks ago I attended a baby shower of a dear friend. This gave me the perfect opportunity to be creative and create an adorable DIY project: a onesies bouquet! A while ago I had collected several baby shower ideas on Pinterest so it wasn’t hard to get inspired when it came to snacks or gifts.
This onesies bouquet is easy, colorful and makes an awesome center piece! Hope you enjoy it as much as I enjoyed making it
Thank you for reading!
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Last week I participated in a women’s circle in Rio de Janeiro for the first time. I don’t believe in coincidences because after reading about it in Rachel Jayne Groover’s book ‘Powerful and Feminine‘ it didn’t take long before my invite arrived
What is a Women’s Circle?
We live in a patriarch which means that masculine energy is celebrated at the expense of the divine feminine. Might sound surprising to many but before this we used to live in a matriarch where women were not only celebrated but also in charge of society and admired & respected by men. When you’re in charge and respected there’s no need for competition, jealousy or battling one another because back then women would unite, collaborate and share wisdom and compassion with one another.
The women’s circle is one of those traditions that enables us, women to do just that. Come together and celebrate our feminine power and share our wisdom and love with one another while connecting to mother earth. A circle by its geometric form already encompasses many meanings such as the circle of life but combined with the tradition of women’s circles we engage in an act of ritual or ceremony that has been shared throughout time. By participating we also benefit from all the goodness that has come from it.
What Happens Next?
In the middle of the circle our host for the night set up a small altar containing the 4 elements: water, earth, air and fire. She shortly introduced herself and invited us to share any wisdom we might feel like sharing but not to engage in a discussion as that was not the point of the women’s circle.
Our menstrual cycle, the moon and more…
Our greatest power as women is to give life and our menstrual cycle reminds us of this fact. Even though most of us hate that time of the month and in most cultures it’s considered as ‘filthy’ it’s something we need to embrace, learn to respect, love and listen to.
Our menstrual cycle is connected to the moon cycle and listening to the flow of our body and nature is the most natural thing we can do. Before there was a calendar there were 28 days of our menstrual cycle that we as women would listen to. There’s a time of acting and resting but the current society (and calendar) has no room for it. Before when women would have their menstruation they weren’t allowed to do anything and not because it was considered dirty but simply because their bodies was indicating they needed to rest.
Another remarkable fact that was shared (twice) was that women before would not throw away their menstrual blood like we do now but would burry it in the earth to feed mother earth or ‘water’ their plants with their diluted blood. I had all kinds of reactions when I heard this but then again this is based on the ideas and limited beliefs I have regarding menstruation. I’m not judging, finding it disgusting or whatever, I’m keeping an open mind and am willing to take it in. For more you can also check out these results
One of the ladies in the circle said she uses a moon cup instead of tampons or sanitary napkins and then feeds her plants with it. Her plants are strong and beautiful according to her and she also feels stronger and better because of it. Doing so, helps you connect to mother earth more and also helps improve world peace. This might be so out of your idea of normal of what to do with your menstrual blood but keep an open mind and try to consider it because there’s so much we don’t know.
The women’s circle was a beautiful gathering filled with loving exercises, wisdom, meditation, oracle cards and setting our intentions. One of the final things we did was set our intentions by pressing a ground clove (represents the masculine) into an apple (which represents the feminine). Something we can all easily do with the new or full moon as this are the most powerful moments to express your wishes and desires
In an upcoming posts I will write about the 4 elements mentioned in the beginning of the post and how we can use them to find more harmony in our daily lives.
Hope you enjoyed this and thank you for reading! X
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The year 2013 marked my color revolution. Even though I always loved bright colors I shied away from it hiding myself in subtle colors such as grey, black and white. Wearing bright colors makes me stand out (which can be scary at times) but it also has a magical effect: it boost my confidence and energizes me in every way and everybody who sees me!
Photo credits Quistyle.com
I get tons of compliments every time I colorblock with happy colors and everyone loves to see bright colors on others but don’t know how to wear it themselves. But everybody (yes EVERYBODY) looks beautiful with colors, if you wear the right shades for your skin tone. In order to nail the perfect colorful ensemble wearing the right deodorant that doesn’t stain is crucial. The new Dove Invisible Dry is the first deodorant which has been tested on 100 colors and remains invisible. Click here to see the proof!
I notice when people compliment me they always reply with ‘I couldn’t wear the colors
you wear’. Here’s how you can make bright colors work for you and paired with Dove
Invisible Dry you won’t need to worry about discolorations (or bad hygiene)
Dark hair (brown, black) – Olive Skin (yellow undertone) – Dark Eyes
Since I’m often seen as a colorful unicorn I’ll start with me to define the different color types I’m Capeverdean but my skin tone could easily pass for south European,
arabic, indian or latina. Warm, bold, bright colors suit my skin type the best. Think of fuchsia, orange red, orange, turquoise and yellow. This chart with warm and cold colors gives a good impression of what colors suit us. I must say that my skin type can also handle ‘cold’ colors if it has a warm touch such as my purple turban or turquoise when color blocked with orange.
Dark Hair – Dark skin – Dark Eyes
Lupita is not only a star when it comes to the white screen but also a master at wearing all the colors that suit her. Dark skin is probably the perfect canvas for any color but it’s also important here to look at the color undertone. Some ladies will have a blue undertone while others have a yellow undertone and warm colors suit them best. Both this group and the previous one will love the Dove Invisible Dry as some deodorants tend to not only whiten darken fabrics but also leave a white residue on our arm pits.
Dark Hair – Asian – Dark Eyes
Some Asians like Indians or Indonesians fall under the first category while Asians from
China or Japan for example look stunning with colder tones such as burgundy, Royal
blue and deep greens. Colors that also look stunning when used in your make up.
Blonde hair (ash undertone) – White skin with pink undertone – Grey, green or blue
The Spring pastel color trends are celebrating blondes with a pink undertone as these
colors suit them best. Light, soft, cold tones such as buttercup yellow, or soft pink will brighten your overall look and complement your hair and skin. Although most people
love to wear black and believe it suits everybody, this color is too harsh and unflattering for this type as it will make you look tired. If you must wear black, wear it as a skirt or pants.
Blonde hair (golden/yellow undertone) – White skin with a golden yellow undertone –
Grey, blue, green or hazel
When I think of Summer it automatically reminds me of the beach and its colors look
gorgeous with this type. Think of turquoise, fire red, gold beige, gold, warm greens or
the sky’s blue, purple, orange and pink. This type has to be careful to wear enough colors during Winter time as most tend to look tired because of the dark, cold colors they wear. Wearing gold accents or incorporating bright colors in its make up will also do the trick.
Brown Hair – White skin with a blue undertone – Grey, brown or green
Red hair – White skin – Grey, green or brown
Dove Invisible Dry
Dressing up starts with the basics and this includes a good deodorant. I love deodorants that are subtle and which’s perfume doesn’t overpower my perfume such as Dove’s Invisible Dry. I tried & tested both the stick and deodorant and love the fact that I didn’t notice it because of the smell or any stains. Although both contain 1/4 of moisturizing Dove cream I felt it mostly with the stick. It almost feels like rubbing a quick absorbing moisturizer on my arm pits and given that I shave them, it’s needed.
This is a top I wore after using the Dove stick and as you can see there is no white
residue of the deodorant whatsoever. Since black offers the biggest contrast I decided to use this example instead of a bright color.
What colors do you love to wear? Share it here and you might win a 50 EUR shopping spree!
This is a sponsored post made possible with Dove
March 9, 2014Comments (2)
I have family all over the world and I’m very blessed for that. Not only does it make it easier to travel and stay with them I’m happy to host my family when they visit me in Rotterdam too. This week my cousin from Lisbon came to visit. Don’t know if you’ve heard but the economical crisis in Portugal is terrible and the stories she told me about the situation there is horrible. On top of this added stress she has to deal with a lot of health issues. Nonetheless she’s very grateful for her beautiful son and wonderful partner. I can complain about little things compared to her situation but seeing her it made me realize how I grateful I am for living in Rotterdam, working with people I love and having a good health. Do you sweat the small stuff?
You Don’t Know What You Got ‘Till It’s Gone
I’m grateful I have a house to live in, a bed to sleep in, I can pay my bills, have great colleagues who treat me with respect and I have good health. Since I have all this it can become a given but hearing my cousin speak reminded me I need to say thanks for all I have EVERY DAY. Her aunt was saying that the economical crisis is so bad that bosses talk any way they want with their employers. Some don’t even get paid and get to sleep for free in a house in exchange for work. I saw the movie ’12 Years of Slave’ last week and I wonder, has slavery made its comeback? Everything they said reminded me of the movie and it saddens that in 2013 you have people working in ‘slavery’ conditions as if they weren’t worth anything
Times are different and it might not be the golden ages for some but look around and see what you are grateful for. Everything you focus on grows so even if it’s just one thing, focus on that until it becomes so big it overpowers the other stuff. When I’m down or feel frustrated with things I start to sum up the things I’m grateful for and it’s the perfect vitamine for a happy mood. I even have a gratitude app called ‘Secret of Happiness‘ which reminds me to write 3 things I’m grateful for in the morning and 1 thing that happened in the last 24hours at night.
Complaining has become such a habit in our society that I rarely hear people say what they are thankful for. Luckily I’m surrounded by positive friends who I frequently hear say what they’re grateful for. And their life speaks for it because gratitude is a magical ingredient and that’s why I write about it so often on my blog. Not only is it a reminder for myself but also for you so you can remember that there are things that are going well in your life, so thank God, the Universe or your friends that you have good things going in your life!
What are you grateful for?
I’m also grateful for my readers so thank you so much for reading! X