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I’m back… maybe

Hi everybody! How are you guys doing?

Lots happened in my life the last 6 months, and I haven’t been able to take care of my blog. Hopefully things are going to get better very soon, and I have lots of surprises for you.

In the meantime I have to thank you for all the visits and comments I have received. It’s really touching to know that you didn’t forget about me, and were wondering how I was doing!

As I said already in the past, this blog is for you.

I’ll be back very soon.

ElenaSC

 

If you hate the Royal Wedding (already)

I don’t! I actually can’t wait to see Kate’s dress, and it’s not only because I will be able to say that my dress is much better!

I noticed CNN broadcast will start at 4 am on Apr 29… which is reasonable if you think it’s going to be 9 am in London, UK. But when I told my husband I was going to set up the alarm – it was a joke – I couldn’t hold it anymore, and he expressed to me how much he hate this Royal Wedding…. already.

I understand him, it’s a man thing.
Plus, I have to admit that this wedding is pretty much everywhere on TV, and since the only alternative seems to be the federal elections here in Canada, well… you can understand his frustration.

I think  there might be lots of people sharing his feelings, but it’s a big event, and I wonder how excited these two guys probably are.

I remember myself few days before my wedding! And I’m not a princess!

So, maybe, all those guys who hate this event could twist it to their advantage and propose to their girlfriends!!! – I am a genius! That is a YES for sure!!!

Could you imagine how it would be special to watch the Royal Wedding on TV few minutes after he proposes?!?!

OMG! I want to get married again!

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Can you tell me what this is?

It was a running day in Vancouver when, walking on Chinatown we ran into this stand.

We got one, and it was soooo good!

Since that day I am craving for it…. even if I don’t even know what it is.

Egg ball, this is everything I know about it!

Have you ever tried?

Can anybody give me some more info and tell me if I can find it in Toronto?

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My natural 2011 resolution

The year 2010 taught me a lot, now it’s time to put everything to practice.


Deciding to have a new year resolution is a commitment for me, and finding out how this tradition was born gave me just that little push I needed.

Now I’m committed.

Everything built slowly during the whole of 2010: for work reasons I had the chance to meet  great people (like David Suzuki and His Holiness the Dalai Lama) living experience that really changed me. Coming back home I promised myself to treasure those life lessons and do my best in my everyday life.

The environment is of course the main priority as I learned it’s connected to the world’s main problems.

It’s not a coincidence if I decided to write about water footprint of fashion industry for Blog Day 2010,experience that again taught me a lot.

I have always paid attention to small things like turning the light off, saving water, and recycling. I also have a pretty good diet, rich of fruits and veggies, organic products and not too much meat, and I switched to green products like laundry soap, dishes soap and other cleaning products.
Now I’m ready to take the next step.

Knowing that I am not ready to become vegetarian (and honestly I don’t know if I’d ever be one), I set up a realistic goal for 2011: to use ONLY natural body care products.
When I say natural I mean:

  • soap
  • shampoo
  • conditioner
  • body soap
  • body lotion
  • face moisturizer
  • hands lotion
  • sunscreen
  • deodorant
  • toothpaste
  • mouthwash
  • make up: foundation, mascara, lipstick, blusher, lip liner, eye pencil,
  • make up remover
  • nail polish
  • nail polish remover
  • hair removal
  • lip balm

The reason that drove me to commit myself to this 2011 resolution is simple:

U.S. researchers identified 10,500 industrial chemicals used as cosmetic ingredients, including carcinogens, pesticides, reproductive toxics, endocrine disruptors, plasticizers, degreasers and surfactants (From David Suzuki Foundation web site. Read more)

Nearly 90 percent of the 10,500 ingredients FDA has determined are used in personal care products have not been evaluated for safety by the CIR, the FDA, or any other publicly accountable institution (From cosmeticsdatabase.com)

In fact, when we think about pollution, what do we think about? Probably not body care products, but some of the chemicals found in these products are not pretty at all. (Download here the David Suzuki Foundation report)

I also do not feel ok knowing I am using products that are tested on animals, and we are not talking only about mouse but cats and dogs (Read more here and here)

I spent the last four months trying to get rid of all the products I have at home – even if I know it wouldn’t be a big lost, I just didn’t feel to trash everything – and I did not purchase from companies that test on animals or products that contain chemicals, or animals ingredients.

Now that 2011 is at the door, and I will use only natural body care products. Whole Food and other small organic stores will become my sanctuary (even more if possible) and I won’t pay attention to sparkling commercial. I will still be beautiful, even more, without makeup tested on animals.

I will be also sharing with you some great natural recipes to make you own body care products that I found in the last few month, getting ready for this new year resolution, and I will be making them with you (some of them are really great and I know you do not want to miss them! You should subscribe to my blog just for them!)

I’m committed. Who is in?

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Italian lady in Canadian winter

This is the fifth winter I spend in Canada, and I can’t believe I am still alive.


Let me explain. For those of you who don’t know me, I am from Sardinia, a lovely Italian island in the Mediterranean sea.
I spent all my life, going to the beach pretty much from the Easter weekend to the end of September, and often longer.

That is why for me winter = +5ºC

No surprise then when I say Canadian winter is really a big deal for me. To be honest even Canadian people sometimes complain about their own winter, so please don’t blame me.

However, I have noticed that in the past couple of years my approach to winter has changed. Maybe because I have realized that complaining does not make anything better, but even more because of an algebraic equation that took me a while to get:

Canada + Winter = REALLY COLD

I do not complain anymore, I actually decided to make the most of it.

First I do not care if I look ridiculous when I walk on the street because I am covered: I will wear anything it’s going to make me feel warm. In fact, if I would ever soil myself with a fashion crime, I hope it’s going to happen during a snow storm, where you cannot see anything beside white, and especially you are just thinking about getting home and drink some warm eggnog instead of thinking I do not have a sense of style.

I have also realized that getting ready for winter can be fun, and it gives me one more reason to go shopping.

Picking a winter jacket can be tricky, that’s why you have to look for:

  • quality
  • hood
  • pockets

Some times this means you have to sacrifice your taste for something warm that is going to keep you alive while you are waiting for the bus at -20ºC, but it also means you are allowed to buy yourself a nice and elegant coat for all those times when:

  • you will see yourself in the mirror and will refuse to leave home looking like a sausage or a huge pickle (never buy a pink or green  winter jacket)
  • you are going to look out the windows and decide to call a cab

Then there is the BASIC TOP FIVE MUST HAVE:

  • boots
  • gloves
  • hat
  • scarf
  • lip balm

The SURVIVAL KIT is my favourite:

Finally, there are the best winter reliefs:

They don’t make winter go away – I have learned nothing does -  but they make you feel better!

It doesn’t matter if every time I get outside the wind in my face feels like that day, when the airport door opened and the Canadian winter punched me right in the face for the very first time.
I know I will survive again.

P.S. If you see a snowman, please make sure it’s not me!

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