Category: Self Booster

Bikini Butt

Bikini Butt

Do you have a bikini butt? Of course you do. We all do.
My title is a dash provocative, I know. Call it my rebellious side. Or maybe the desire to stir up conversation. Or to empower us, wo-men. Or simply to steal a soupcon of attention in this crazy info era of ours.
So, you got that bum or not? It’s all in your head, grrl.

Bikini Butt

I used have a complex because my skin tone. Too white, pale… Blanche Neige – Snow White – a guy once yelled after me in Paris. I considered answering back garcon au chocolat – chocolate boy, but since that ain’t the classy style how I strive to roll, I restrained myself.

Bikini Butt

Being at ease in your body is a process. My philosophy: I do my best in taking care of my shape by eating clean and doing sports daily. I’m actually teeny weeny proud of the fact that at 40 I’m still able to rock rather slim a figure. It takes a little work but not that much either. The more veggies and fruit I eat, the less I candy crave. Doing sports – be it galloping on that stepper of mine or heading out for a cross-country ski spree always ends up lifting my energy levels. By spending energy I get more in return.

Bikini Butt

Talking about bikinis, here’s the newest from Victoria’s Secret. Go on, take a peek and daydream of summer.

Bikini Butt

I watched on TLC a new show called  My Big Fat Fabulous Life. The star of the show is Whitney, a courageous girl who got sick and because of her illness gained a lot of weight. She’s always loved dancing and now she’s back teaching it. Whitney said in an after the first season interview, aired last week on TLC, that she gets contacted by obese and anorexic women alike. These issues all derive from the same root – do I love and accept my body or not? I’m proud to say that I do a lot more than a couple of years ago. No one’s perfect but if you work hard at it, you’ll get closer to a calm internal place when you can just rush off to the beach… and simply enjoy life!

Bikini Butt

Bikini Butt

Bikini Butt

Bikini Butt

Twilight Glamour

Twilight Glamour

There’s something boosting about dolling yourself up and hitting the town. Be it for drinks, a night club dance galore or just strolling around crepuscular boulevards, I urge you to get out there every once in a while. Lately I’ve worked quite a lot. My company has required more work input. I adore what I do. That makes it all easier. On the counterpart, I need to unwind. A friend hosted a pink themed girls’ nite. That was just what I needed.

Twilight Glamour

To me it’s very important to enjoy the different times of the day. I like to get out and about. Doing yoga poses and dance steps as the sun is setting is a real treat in my books. I like to go out for energizing walks in between clients. Oxygen sweetly caresses my whole being and life seems lighter.

Twilight Glamour

I got a French press coffee maker from a friend. I’ve mindfully enjoyed my vanilla hazelnut Van Houtte coffee. Such a joy to prepare the warm beverage. Wait for it to simmer. Then pour it into my Miami Starbucks cup. Take the time to indulge.

Twilight Glamour

It’s mid winter. Yet my spirits are sweetly high. There’s no particular reason for my bubbliness. And it is exactly that which feels even sweeter. Being happy for no reason. A client came and gave me a green smoothie he had prepared. He said “I know you like that’ with a big smile. I’ve finished the vitamin packed treat and now it’s time to get going. Energy flowing… out to you!

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Twilight Glamour

Twilight Glamour

Twilight Glamour

Twilight Glamour

Twilight Glamour

Twilight Glamour

Twilight Glamour

Tropical Trends

Tropical Trends

When in Miami, I love spending a day out on Key Biscayne. It’s an island South of Miami Beach. At the far end of the island, you find the largest national park in the area – not including the Everglades of course. I adore marveling at tropical plants, hiking on the bushy trails, having some picnic by the water and dipping into the soothing waves of the Atlantic.

Tropical Trends

A day like this is balm to my soul. I feel like I can truly let my inner beauty flow. I can get resourced. I need times like these. I need to stop and realize how sweet all the little things I see and experience really are. I cherish the oceanside. I love spending the entire day there – in harmony with the nature.

Tropical Trends

Here I’m jumping for joy. Joy is something that we can invite into our lives – and practice makes perfect. I’ve been thru times when being joyful felt merely unthinkable. Yet when I did muster up some willpower to try and see things from a sunnier perspective, it did work. Maybe in a very baby step-y way at first, but nevertheless.

Tropical Trends

Last Sunday I  hosted my discussion group Soul Cafe. The theme was a Purpose Driven Life. Some of you may be familiar with the famous book. My goal was to use that book as the basis of our learning time together. I was excited to see where we’d go. Four people came and we had a sweet time sharing our experiences and being able to say out loud what needed to be released from our hearts, and listened to. I will most likely organize another Soul Cafe meeting in two months. I get great pleasure in setting up this kind of a forum where people can pop in and be encouraged. Next time I’ll come bearing baked goodies, too.

Tropical Trends

Fashion is a side purpose of my life. It’s a fun game, and I do need it. That said, I don’t want to take it too seriously. I wish never to be caught in fashion’s dictating grips. I have to be vigilant about that. I have to remind myself that first and foremost my life is about other things than clothes or being admired because of I follow the latest trends. Fashion is wearing what I want to wear – to the beach and back. What makes me shine!

Tropical Trends

I’ve started working on a sentence, a slogan or call it even a motto that defines my purpose in life. That will then give me direction in what to do, and what not. We only have time to do what really matters. So far my understanding of my purpose is:
Spreading beauty and encouragement wherever I go.

Would you be interested in finding out your purpose? Make it your goal to journal, meditate, pray if you will. You’ll be inspired I promise.

Tropical Trends

Tropical Trends

Not your usual Susu Paris Chic fashionista pose but I thought it would be fun to include it in here.

Tropical Trends

Tropical Trends

Tropical Trends

 

Tropical Trends

Fashion Carries Thru

Fashion Carries Thru

Somewhere along the road I started having panic attacks. They came out of the blue. I was terrified. I was confused. I thought I’d die. More and more things started making me anxious. About two years ago I decided to claim back my life. Past December was another huge step in getting closer to a life free of ungrounded fear. I was out and about, doing lots of things I hadn’t done before. I learned how the wave of fear travels thru me. And how I am to let it pass. Not paying attention to it. yet accepting that this is my challenge. We all have one.

Fashion Carries Thru

Fashion has played a big role in my staying connected to what I love, regardless of other stuff going on in my life. Fashion allows me to find myself groovy. As I choose my daily frocks and accessories, I also reaffirm my personality. I communicate to the world who I am. This feels good. I feel like I come closer to the person I wish to be. If I lack in courage, my trendy clothes can help me in feeling stronger.

Fashion Carries Thru

My fashions are mostly far from expensive. Even with a small budget I succeed in finding unique things. Clothes that have that “notice the detail” to them. I also am very generous with “party” or “evening wear” pieces in my daytime life. Little sparkle always suits my style eye. I pay attention on details – pretty, well-taken care of nails, accessories that match up to the last little one or prints that marry on the color scheme.

Fashion Carries Thru

I used to live in the fashion mecca, Paris. There latest trends were for anyone to grab. Models crowded the streets twice a year. Now back on Stateside, my fashion inspiration has had to change. Oftentimes I’m the only one on my metrobus rocking feathers and fur. But that gives me the space to “be the fashionista on the town”. Less peer inspiration, more special quality to you. Whether you stomp on the trendy grounds or are in the middle of what is considered a non-fashionland, you can make your fashion life happen. The way you go about is just a little bit different.

Fashion Carries Thru

Fashion Carries Thru

Fashion Carries Thru

Fashion Carries Thru

My Heart Beats for Paris

My Heart Beats for Paris

Today I cannot but write about Paris. In my heart I feel American, yet a part of me will always belong to Paris. My life there had such an impact on me. Years 2002-2012 spent in Paris were sweet and a dash tough, too. I will just remember the sweet. Yesterday Paris was attacked. The dangerous situation persists.

My Heart Beats for Paris

People were killed in the name of religion. My Christian faith is super important to me. My God is so powerful that I do not need to do any act on His behalf. He is able to act on His own. I do not need to judge for Him. He’ll take care of that. All I am to do is to read God’s word, the Bible where He explains how He wishes me to live this life, and to my best ability to be in contact with my Father thru prayer. Most importantly, I am to acknowledge that alone I am doomed but that if I believe in Jesus the doors to eternal life are open for me. My God offers this to all who wish. The ones who don’t, that’s an option, too. My God offers love. Only love. And the peaceful freedom of choice.

My Heart Beats for Paris

Today I weep. I hurt for Paris. I curl up inside of myself asking “am I ready to leave this life as unexpectedly as these cartoon artists and journalists in Paris yesterday did?” I place my trust in Jesus. I do my best in staying hopeful and courageous. Also thankful for the life I’ve been able to have so far.

My Heart Beats for Paris

Today has felt dark. It seems important to voice out my thoughts though. Love is the base of all. I wish to act in love. That said, I’m perfectly imperfect. I do my best in believing in God and in living this life so that every day matters, even a little bit. I try to leave a sweet caring aroma behind me as I venture on.

My Heart Beats for Paris

Thru this blog I wish to spread joy. I also hope to encourage those who are dealing with the same things I have been dealing with. I’ve been open about my struggles with eating disorders and depression because I feel that it matters. What I’m having to go thru teaches me lessons that I feel compelled to share.

My Heart Beats for Paris

Fashion is my way to live life in a fuller way. I cannot always make everything perfect but I can render things sweeter on another level by finding beauty and excitement around me and on me thru my clothing choices.

My Heart Beats for Paris

Today here I stand – a Christian fashionista, a world citizen. I want to have the courage to stand tall behind my beliefs. Love is what I want to promote.

My Heart Beats for Paris

My Heart Beats for Paris

My Heart Beats for Paris

Pink in New York

Pink in New York

I love New York City. I love pink. I love Starbucks coffee. Life’s essentials, huh. I also love latino music, jogging, modern art museums, the Atlantic Ocean and mini skirts. Traveling is where I decide to invest. I think it’s awesome living close to New York. The Big Apple gives me what Paris used to. That metropolis vibe which is sweet and challenging at the same time. It’s a bit of a battle for your space, yet when you do make it, do find your place in the big mess, it feels even sweeter.

Pink in New York

New York and Paris are largely a state of mind. That feeling of excitement on daily basis. Looking up and around and saying to yourself “am I lucky to be here right now.” That very sentiment is something that you can bring to your life wherever you are. First, let’s think. What is it about NYC that entices me? The cafes that keep looking for new creations, artsy things happening here and there, little affordable clothing stores on the corner of Canal Street and Broadway and cute parks where to pause and read a magazine or to journal.

Pink in New York

I have all of those around me. Three Starbucks coffee shops are within 15 minutes from my condo. Two Second Cups and one Tim Hortons. There are also two gourmet coffee shops that I know of nearby – visiting them is on my new year’s to do list. The art scene in Quebec City differs a bit from New York City, nevertheless, there are lots of galleries to visit. And to do more things myself. Isn’t it sweeter to be a doer versus a spectator? As for clothing stores, I have found Limite and Bedo, also Dynamite, Sirens and of course the good ol’ H&M. There are plenty of parks in my neighborhood. My favorite is my Central Park.

Pink in New York

This is what life is about. Finding sweetness in your life where you are, and then being inspired by your travels. Carrying that something special with you so that it can keep shining when the situation is long gone.
The Empire State of Mind…

Pink in New York

Pink in New York

Pink in New York

Pink in New York

Pink in New York

Pink in New York