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Bem cá estou eu, mais uma vez, a retomar a escrita. Devo fazer isto vezes sem conta e vezes essas que falho me culpo imenso por isso. Mas cá vamos. Vamos por objetivos pequenos: 1 post todas as semanas, parece-vos bem?

Da última vez, tentei em inglês e acho que foi por isso que a coisa descambou, por isso aqui vai, na língua de Camões e dos Maias (adoro Os Maias).

Estou de férias, a 18 dias do meu casamento, irei ficar sem trabalho em breve e estou à procura de novos desafios profissionais. A verdade é que nunca falei muito do que fazia e do que faço, mas também vou prometer mais ou menos que vou falar disso.

Acho que também não vou prometer muito e entretanto tive um deja vu agora mesmo... este escrever e ter receio que ninguém leia estas coisas tão giras tem que morrer, se ninguém ler que se lixe, leio eu.

Gostava de ter comentários e pedidos de posts, bem que gostavam que eu falasse no próximo post?

1 - do casamento (alguns insights e conselhos vários sobre o tema);
2 - do tempo (está esquisito, não está?) ou de mim e do meu tempo?
3 - coisas giras para fazer em Aveiro num dia de sol?

Vá comentem e eu prometo (vá desta vez prometo mesmo) que vos faço a vontade e escrevo sobre o tema mais votado!




be the change: capsule wardrobe

Well, so I've decided that I wanted to be more organized and have more time at home to do other important things that I've been struggling to have time, like... watch a movie every now and then in the middle of the week, or go out to have a coffee in the middle of the week with friends or just get more cosy with my fiancé (this is weird, still haven't believe in this situation wedding kind of thing, but let's move on :D) etc..

Right now I work far from home, I get up really early, I have a weeding to plan and a thesis to master. So I really need to be really really organized to get things done at home. So I've started from a macro view point, where both me and N. need to do things in a different way and both of us, in areas like house cleaning, storage, our home office, etc. The plan is working out really great and now I've been able to get my house-cleaning-daily-dinner-making-cats-sitting life in control, since now I really need to take good focus on my thesis, i've been making the changes in my own things.

When we started to get our house lean (yes, lean philosophy management way), we went through every room to get things on it's right place. I can make a post about that if you  want me to. N. found that I really had more clothes than him and It would be nice to have more space. So even if we do have a really nice house and a room closet, I'm still the one with more clothes.. No surprises. 

I look at my side and I thought "Would it be nice If I just did that capsule wardrobe thing? Steve Jobs did it, so let's do that!"

I had read some things about the capsule wardrobe from minimalist bloggers and I started to go back on my bookmarks, but I could'f find the mentor, so if you please find out just let me know. I wen to several blogs and decided to go for it, with no excuses.

1 - I just took everything out in piles.
2 - got a lot of bags and prepare to wash a lot of clothes :P
3 - Then I started with accessories: I sort a lot of things from "Use every week" to "Occasion" to "Don't use over 6 to 12 months. It was really easy! Lot of stuff to trash and to donate.
4 - Went to the clothes. First: priority was next season. Separated the big winter and autumn coats, got 1 to the dry cleaning bag and I was good to go to the other things: blouses, knit, trousers, dresses, occasion. 
5 - I decided to make a weekend wardrobe and a work week wardrobe. My focus was on the work week and I just selected some items that I really like, that are really good with the other things, very versatile and that i really use every week and the other I separated for weekend pile and saved some items for my mom. I've placed the big knit tops and sweaters on my Ikea Malm, after sorting what I don't use/or like.
6 - I've managed to get 25 pieces: dresses and tops. Arrange them by occasion, then I get the fancy dresses far away from my daily eye closet. This will keeps my mind more focused on what I have to where for the working week. I arrange them by colors (so fancy). 
7- I've checked again the guides and websites that I've been reading and found out want I need to by to make this closet amazing and minimalist! (SUCCESS) I need 2 skirts, a white blouse (with long sleeves), black and nude chino trousers and a white blazer. 

I have a lot of things still to organize that are now being wash and need an iron but I guess I can now make the most of my mornings.

I did find the time to check my jewelry but I guess I'm doing it soon so I can really get the picture of the multiple combinations that I can make with 20 pieces + 5 jackets/blazers + 6 pairs of shoes and a lot of bags, scarfs, necklaces etc.

The main objective is to have more time, more control of this area and feel the lightness of effortless decisions (I'm really a person that has  struggle to find a matching piece or to be on the mood for a skirt) therefore I feel already a winner because I just throw away so many pieces to donate, to my mom, even for friends and well that felt good. This a process, right now I need to go shopping (well hello there...) and since I'm on vacations this week I can really check if this is working fine. So far I've only set up my weekend wardrobe and it was okay!

I'm giving you all the links that I read/check to do this. This is just a way for me to have more time, doesn't mean you have to do it, as I said can really have a solid opinion, so I set the alarm to talk back about this within a month :) I think this way and these options will suit me better, and I've made my capsule based in the things I read and my daily routine!

Have a nice week!

Printable Guide from the blogger Unfancy here
More about Capsule Wardrobe from the blogger Unfancy here
The Anna Edit (fav blog by the way) and her posts about capsule wardrobe here
The Anna Edit Video (that is awesome) about the CW here
A brazillian post that I found very useful here
From Mademoiselle some tips here
The Everygirl guide here
And another great post here
The five fav items for a fresh wardrobe (stripes stripes stripes) here


I'm back...

It's been a long, long. long time, since I wrote my last blog post.

A lot of things happen...
So here is the "sum up"...

I moved to Aveiro, because I got a new job, I really thought that was a job that fitted me, but then I started to feel the insecurity of it and started to freak out. I'm a freak-out-fanatic so... my brain started to move my mind to all this negative sort of places that pulled me to wrong places. I quit gym, I couldn't help to get a good routine, I wasn't okay. Then I decided to take a new master. I guess I always wanted to go back to college and get a degree in Marketing, so I did it. Some economic bullshit came along and my ex-company decided to cut me off. Yes... I went really really nuts about it, but I was unemployed for only a month or less. I started to work again, in the area that I always wanted to work Marketing and Communications. Then I got engaged!!! (wowowowowoowwo) We are getting married next year. Bride to be. Bridezilla work in progress!

So here I am, after 9 months. I'm working in internal and digital communications and I'm loving it. I love it so much that I work a lot, the travel to the office is exhausting. And classes from the first year of my master were intense.

Right now I'm living in a place called extreme fatigue. I need vacations and they are just around the corner.

For the past month I travel to a place that it wasn't really good for me and for my people. I just couldn't see the good and all of the pleasure I could had from my favorite things to do was gone. I haven't been able to get myself together. Several facts and situations didn't help at all. But the work (that I love and that is never over because of the nature of it), my master (I'm starting to write my thesis this month), a wedding to plan and be extremely happy about this all are merged with some extreme fatigue made me sad, negative and I just couldn't see the things getting better.

Right now and for the best I'm taking matters and I've started to get organized and get things done. I didn't see the change on my mood and on my negative thoughts change from a day to another, but simple things and some accomplishments are helping me day by day to feel a lot better.

I see it as a journey to believe in myself again and get back to a positive attitude that I always feel that could inspire others, specially my beloved ones. This comeback to the blog is a way to help me telling stories about me and I hope I could help someone in my journey.

I hope I can find a good place to stay. So I've started with the blog posts... to help me realize that I could tell people that it is okay to be vulnerable, to feel sad and to get upon it, specially you can make yourself better. I do believe that I can help myself, because I'm the only one that matter at this point. So let's do this!

Tomorrow I promise I come back with a new post... :) 



Receita: Couscous de vegetais

No ano passado numa festa, comi uma salada de couscous de comer e chorar por mais. A piece de resistance era o sumo de limão e raspa de limão. Desde aí tenho feito para mim (variando nos legumes, que tento sempre aproveitar para evitar desperdícios e deitar fora restinhos) com legumes para o almoço.
Aqui fica a minha receita:

Couscous de vegetais

1 caneca de água
meia caneca de couscous (isto dá para dois bons pratos de couscous para quem come pouco 4 pratos)
alho francês
uma noz de manteiga

Coloco os couscous num recipiente de vidro que dê para levar ao microondas. Junto azeite e misturo muito bem. Adiciono a água acabada de ferver e misturo. Levo ao microondas durante cerca de 3 minutos até a água estar evaporada e o couscous cozinhado. Junto uma noz de manteiga, sal e pimenta e misturo tudo com um garfo para ficar bem soltinho. Reservo até servir. Deve ficar frio preferencialmente, se estiverem a fazer para a altura. Coloco a taça em cima de uma taça com água e gelo e espero que fique à temperatura ambiente.

Num tacho, salteio o alho francês com o pimento em azeite. Juntem os restantes legumes (menos o tomate) já cozidos, temperem e reservo

Misturo o couscous já frio com a mistura, acrescento azeitonas (sem caroço e cortadas), junto sumo de meio limão e misturo. Acrescento a raspa de limão e por cima junto o tomate cortado aos cubos.

Se gostarem podem adicionar salsa também, bem picada.

Espero que dominem a arte de fazer couscous.




Viagens de sonho: Argentina

Não tenho especial queda por viajar até à América Latina, mas morro de amores pela Argentina e por Buenos Aires. Tenho "ganas" de conhecer e de dançar tango em Buenos Aires. Aliás, sempre foi uma paixão o tango.
Por isso, ficam aqui com uma das minhas músicas preferidas de sempre.
E imagem que pedem para ir, já amanhã.




O meu Porto

O meu Porto é apressado, é cinzento, tem nevoeiro, tem abertas, tem cheiro a granito, nele há pessoas de alma grande, encontramos camélias, muitas camélias, e nele respiro e volto a respirar. 
Hoje precisei de estar no Porto e passei o dia dedicado a ele. Que saudades eu tinha do Porto. Vou ao Porto todas as semanas, mas estar no Porto um dia inteiro e ir ao Porto uma manhã, são coisas completamente diferentes. Adoro andar pelas ruas, música nos ouvidos, passo rápido, a olhar para todo o lado. Sim uma verdadeira turista ou uma criança num parque de diversões. Gosto de almoçar num sítio que adoro, seja ele típico ou internacional, gosto de uma boa conversa, gosto de encontrar pessoas que conheço sem contar, gosto que me perguntem quem sou, gosto de ver que a cidade cresce e está diferente, gosto de visitar as lojas de sempre, gosto de entrar nos cafés de sempre e gosto de praticar aquele desporto espectacular que é sentar-me num café e olhar pela janela e ver o Porto. 
Adoro ver as camélias no meu Porto. É nesta altura que o Porto é mais bonito, há sol, mas há ainda um frio e um cinzento do inverno que seguram a magia do Porto. Aí, vemos a perfeição com que as camélias japónicas (na sua maioria) rasgam o verde escuro das folhas e o cinzento do Porto com rosa. 

Hoje fiz tudo isto, tenho as pernas a doer, tenho o coração cheio e saudades do Porto. Li nas viagens até lá e na volta. Pensei em mim e em novos projectos. Que bem que me fez ir ao Porto! É nestas visitas e nestes dias que vejo o bem que me faz e sempre fez o Porto. Cada vez mais gosto dele, cada vez mais o tenho na pele. Porto é pele. 




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Aquela vontade imensa de fazer outra tatuagem já amanhã.