Dove, Love Your Hair

Dove Love Your HairThere are so many life lessons and life experiences I cannot wait to teach and share with my daughter as she grows older, for now the little things I can teach her is my love for music, my love for her and for others around us, to love herself and believe she is smart, brave, strong, and beautiful inside out.

Shirel is 2 years old and this age is so precious, people would always tell me and now I understand exactly what they meant. She is more opinionated, and can finally voice them, everything from what she wants to eat, to what she wants to wear, and even how she wants to wear her hair, usually she asks me to braid it like Elsa (yes she is obsessed with Frozen already). I remember when she was born the first few days were so overwhelming in so many ways as you other mothers know, and those of you who aren’t yet you can only imagine! I would hold her and stare at her in disbelief that I just gave birth to this little beautiful baby girl, but at the same time she looked nothing like me, she looked Asian like my husband, and as much as you prepare yourself and know that she will be a mixed child it still takes time to take it in when you are actually holding her and staring at her. Dove Love Your HairBut that only lasted a few days, and then I realized I now am a mother and the love I feel for her is so powerful that nothing else matters, especially not the comments you hear from people which at first are shocking and offensive, but then you realise they don’t matter because you will teach her that she is special and beautiful. The comments I have gotten from strangers, and close people as well are “such a shame she doesn’t have your eyes”, or “such a shame she doesn’t have your blonde thick hair!” That to me is enough for a little girl to hear and start to believe that she isn’t beautiful enough, because she doesn’t look like what everyone else believes beautiful is! Beautiful is not just one type or one kind, and I refuse to let that affect my daughter and how she perceives herself when she starts to grow up.

I will teach her that her eyes are beautiful and unique, her skin is beautiful and her hair is so beautiful, that she is a beautiful person because of how she treats others, because she is smart and capable, with a kind heart! That her heritage is something to be proud of, she is half Chinese and half Georgian a truly unique and beautiful mix that shows in her personality and in her unique features. Dove Love Your Hair haya-0338 haya-0339

That is why I love our “hair moment” every morning after I get her dressed, and I sit her down in front of the mirror to do her hair, and she acts silly making funny faces to make me laugh, or she tells me that today she would like her hair in a braid like Elsa, it is such a sweet moment that I do not take for granted and it takes me back to my childhood and how much I loved when my mother did my hair! Hair is such an important element in my culture, it shows not only beauty but your heritage and your roots, I have (blonde) thick wavy hair such as my father, and Shirel has silky dark hair just like her father, and I cannot wait until she grows up and starts to do her hair and asks for my advice. Her hair will be another way of her to be proud of who she is and her heritage, and I will be right there next to her teaching her to love it and treat it with kindness and love, just as she should treat herself and others.

There is a narrow depiction of what “beautiful hair” is traditionally thought to look like and earlier this year Dove Hair found that 8 in 10 women feel pressure to wear their hair a certain way. For many these pressures began at an early age! Dove Hair believes a positive role model can greatly impact a girl’s confidence. In fact a recent Dove study, found that 82% of girls learn to care about themselves from their mother. As a mother you can make a difference and help ensure she grows up feeling confident. Celebrate the beauty of your daughter’s hair today, so she loves her hair tomorrow. Tell her why you love her hair and inspire her to do the same by sharing your #LoveYourHair selfie and tagging @Dove. To add some extra love visit LoveYourHair.Dove.com, to create your own custom animated message and share with your friends and family!Dove, Love Your Hair

 

 

Long Coat and Knee High Boots

Long Coat & Knee High BootsWearing, Giuseppe Zanotti over the knee high boots, Zara coat, Stella McCartney Jeans, Stradivarius Blouse, YSL bag. Photography by: Natalia Photography 

I have been looking endlessly for these two pieces to complete my winter wardrobe, and I was so delighted to find them before flying to freezing DC. I cant tell you how much money I have invested in endless over the knee boots, but have always been dissapointed that after a few times of wearing them they suddenly dont hold on to the knee anymore and just fall! So this time I decided to invest a little more and bought myself these beautiful Giuseppe Zanotti ones, and they arent just beautiful these boots are so comfortable, which is exactly what I need when Im running after my toddler or walking around pushing her stroller and trying not to slip my coffee, you know the usual:) It has been a while since I have worn heels on a day to day basis, so you can imagine how much Im loving it. To complete this look, I found this gorgeous Zara faux suede long coat, which they also have it in a beautiful beige color! I hope you love this look as much as I do:) Besos!Long Coat & Knee High BootsLong Coat & Knee High BootsDetails

My round up of top biker jackets

Zara Biker Jacket

Wearing: Zara suede effect jacket, Stella McCartney bag, Converse white leather, black trousers and black top. Similar Biker jackets, H&M , Shopbop.com, ALL SAINTS, THE KOOPLES, Topshop (black), Topshop (green), Neiman Marcus, ASOS Missguided, ASOS Noisy May, REVOLVE Ganni.

The weather in Barcelona has been amazing (when isn’t it actually?) besides the rare two or three days of cold, we always have sunny days, and a little cooler evenings/nights. Therefore a biker jacket is a must in this city, but it is also a basic we should all have in our closets! I have my all time favorite Burberry one my hubby got me last year for our anniversary, but for this season I wanted a change so (after a lot of research) I got this beautiful brown suede effect jacket from Zara! But before finding this one I went of course on my usual online never ending search trying to find the right one, so I have decided to share the ones I found with you all! Zara Biker JacketZara Biker JacketZara Biker JacketZara Biker JacketZara Biker JacketZara Biker JacketZara Biker JacketZara Biker JacketZara Biker Jacket

Kenzo x H&M

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Im wearing, KENZO x H&M tshirt in white & black, Zara Flared Flowy pants, Jimmy Choo Holly velvet platform heels, day look white leather converse, and jeans. Photography by Charlotte Van Den Berg Location Casa Gracia Barcelona

I still remember the first H&M collaborations, such as Karl Lagerfeld and Stella McCartney (some of my favorite designers), I lived in London at the time and madness arose everywhere! But this time for the Kenzo collaboration, in comparison with previous collaborations especially last year’s Balmain, there wasn’t chaos nor long crazy lines here in Barcelona. This year’s capsule collection was a more civilized scene than in previous years! Which is why I am glad I went in and snagged a few styles, like these two Tshirts. The one thing I will say is that the sizes for these are a bit big, there were only Small and Medium left no more XS by the time I got in, and the Small is more like a Medium. Here is how I styled a more casual day look with the White option, and the more evening look with the Black option. For the daily look I chose denim and my new white leather chucks, which are also a bit bigger in comparison to the canvas option, so I got a half a size smaller. For the evening look, I chose to pair it with these Zara flare pants, and my new Jimmy Choo velvet bordeaux platforms, which are so comfortable for the height that they have. PS those of you who follow me on Instagram were probably aware of my haircut, but for those who were not now you get to see it! It is a much needed change for my hair, and for my time management (taking care of long hair is time consuming when you have a toddler to care for:) I hope you like it! 
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Sleepy Sunday! Bathroom Goals

Sleepy Sunday GGG(All images are taken from Pinterest)

Your bathroom.  Sometimes the only place where you can find me time, the place where relaxation can be at its peak as you soak in a hot bath. Even though most bathrooms are small spaces, they don’t have to be boring places. Recently we have seen the bathroom design has gotten extremely creative, as it should be! If you’re going to take a nice, long bath after a tiring day then your space should be one that you love to look at. We love the new trend of having bar carts in your bathroom. Not only are they perfect for storage, but they are unique and give you space to put decorative things. We love this one from World Market, or this one from Target. These bar carts would be great for storing some beautiful towels like these from H&M. You can also use your bathroom bar cart to hold some bathroom accessories. Not only are bar carts a great bathroom trend, but might as well get funky with the wall paper! This wall paper from West Elm is so amazing. Not only would it be memorable for any guests you entertain, but it would create such an amazing atmosphere. If this post doesn’t inspire you to change up your bathroom design, we hope it at least inspires you to treat yourself to a nice bubble bath. For more interior design inspo head to GGG Pinterest! xxSleepy Sunday GGGSleepy Sunday GGGSleepy Sunday GGGss_bathroom_instagram-comSleepy Sunday GGGSleepy Sunday GGG