Showing posts with label lifestyle. Show all posts
Showing posts with label lifestyle. Show all posts

Monday, 16 May 2016

Thoughts on healthy eating

This week I was going to write a recipe for a quick mid week pasta dish, but last Friday I came across an article about the wellness and clean eating trends by Ruby Tandoh that made me stop and think. Ruby was one of the contestants in The Great British Bake Off in recent years and since then has been writing about food for The Guardian.

Her piece is here and I would recommend you read it because if you are a foodie or care about your health you will find it interesting and thought provoking.

Sunday, 8 May 2016

Making good things happen

There are always times in life when it feels like everything is working against you and everything is going wrong, or you feel stuck in a situation you don’t want to be in. It can be work related, or a relationship or a friendship. Sometimes things that are completely outside of our control happen. We lose people we love, we go through break ups, illness, we have a hard time with a friend... I know I have gone through all of the above and it sucks at the time.

Monday, 14 March 2016

High 5: Spotify playlists

Despite owning lots of albums more often than not I find myself listening to music on Spotify. I usually go to their Browse section and select a playlist depending on my mood, but there are a few that I keep returning to, so I thought I would share them.


This is probably the one I listen to the most, especially if I am getting ready to go for dinner with friends or even to go to work. It is the songs you hear on the radio, but without all the chatter in between.


I love the Mood section on Spotify. There is where most of my favourite playlists are, but this one is by far the one I listen to the most, especially when I am writing on my journal, having a bath or doing some yoga. It is a great one for night time, as the songs are slow and are perfect for unwinding.


As a good Spanish gal, after lunch I feel all sleepy and I need something to keep me concentrating at work. As I am trying to stay off the coffee past lunch time, I find that good music is the best way to help me get through that lethal half hour after returning to my desk. This is one of the playlists that I listen to on a daily basis, especially if I have lots of emails to get through. If I have a big piece of work that requires a lot of focus, then I usually listen to the next one.


Have you ever noticed that when you listen to upbeat music while you walk you do it faster? This is kind of similar, in that the music in this playlist will make you not only focus but always work really efficiently. Well, at least that it what it does to me. It sets the rhythm and I usually plough through my to do list like there is no tomorrow. I also find it very useful for big chunks of work, as my energy and concentration levels remain right up.


Their Mood section is brilliant for when I am enjoying a cup of coffee, writing or reading stuff online. There are too many there that I would include in this list, but the one I am enjoying at the moment is Acoustic Winter. It's mellow and sad and uplifting and relaxing all at the same time!

What are your favourite playlists?

Inma x

Sunday, 14 February 2016

Womancode: The book every woman should read

Sometimes bloggers try to find catchy titles for our posts hoping that in the big ocean of the internet they will stand out and will make you stop and take a few minutes to read what we have to say. Sometimes those titles can be a bit over the top, along the lines of "The one app you need in your life", "The 5 things that will bring you happiness", "The holy grail foundation/eye cream/mascara"... You get the gist. The title for this post today was the most honest I could think of, because I truly think that every woman should read the book I am going to talk about today.

But first, let me tell you why, and let me warn you that there might be a bit of over-sharing here, so if hearing about women's health, period pain, PMS and conditions like endometriosis or fibroids makes you uncomfortable, you are more than welcome to close this window, but I would encourage you to grit your teeth and keep reading, because it is your health after all (if you are a woman, that is!). Here it goes.

Sunday, 3 January 2016

Resolutions, goals or wishes for 2016

Hello and Happy New Year!

I am sure you have read a million posts about this subject. Have you been told to call them goals instead of resolutions? To keep them short or to make a list as long and specific as possible? Did you read to start afresh, to look back and start from your previous years achievements? Confusing, huh? I say read it all if it interests you (I love it personally), but when it comes to making your own resolutions, goals or wishes, whatever you like to call them, do your thing!

Thursday, 24 December 2015

Have the best Christmas you can!

Christmas has been a bittersweet time for my family during the past few years. It is always a special time because I live in a different country to them, so we always look forward to spending a couple of weeks together, but any of you who have lost someone very close to you will know how hard it can be and how much more you miss them during this time of the year.

For the past two years I dreaded Christmas and spent Christmas Day as far from social media as possible, as each photo of someone looking very happy with their families was a reminder of what it used to feel like and what it would never feel like again for me.

Sunday, 13 December 2015

High 5: Small pleasures

There are certain things in life that we do so often that we completely take for granted. Until we can't do them that easily, that is, and then suddenly we value them once more. Every time I get a cold I struggle with a blocked nose and tell myself I will always be grateful for being able to breathe normally, then of course forget about it the first half hour from when I can breathe properly again!

The other day I was thinking about all these things that we do mindlessly and that we don't stop to appreciate. Here are my top 5.

Sunday, 6 December 2015

Petrichoralia: where jewellery dreams are made of concrete

My friend Esther is one of the most creative people I know. She is also incredibly thoughtful and for as long as I've known her she has always given the most original and personal gifts and cards. It didn't surprise me at all when she started her own jewellery collection and launched Petrichoralia with her husband, their shop on Etsy. This is the first time I venture out and get someone else involved in a blog post, and I couldn't feel in safer hands. It has been such an enjoyable process to learn more about how it all started and even create some jewellery myself! With a lot of help and guidance I made the ring in the picture below (well, one like it!) and I cannot tell you how many compliments I have received.

But without further ado, here are some of the questions I asked her.

Sunday, 25 October 2015

9 steps to build your self confidence

Self-confidence is a huge topic and a very complex one. If you clicked on the title of this post it may be because you think you are not that confident or because you would like to be more so. Well, the first thing to remember is that you are most definitely not alone. Most people have struggled with self confidence at some point in our lives.

Although I am by no means an expert, I was inspired to write about this today after my daily Headspace. Headspace is a mindfulness app that I think I have talked about before. I started using it last year when I bought a subscription after using the 10 free sessions. After a while you have access to different modules and the one I am currently listening to is focused on self confidence. I'm a person who comes across very confident on the surface, and at my core I am also fairly confident, but it is that middle layer that I have had to work on, and today I wanted to share my thoughts and the things that have helped me along the way. I hope you find it helpful.

Sunday, 4 October 2015

The sweetness of doing nothing

This is my first post since I decided to take a break to recover from an operation I had at the beginning of September (although Blogger decided to re-publish an older post when I changed templates!). It seemed appropriate to talk about what I have been doing all month, which is, pretty much, nothing. This may sound like bragging, but I don't think I am being dishonest when I say that not being able to do anything productive has been one the most challenging aspects of my recovery.

There is a character in the film Eat Pray Love that talks about how some cultures are always on the go and never stop doing things, while Italians appreciate taking some time to not do anything at all. They call it il dolce far niente, the sweetness of doing nothing. I come from a very Meditarreanean culture where there are siestas and moments in the day where there is real stillness, but it seems that I have long lost that ability to appreciate it, or at least do so for longer than a couple of weeks while on holiday. This month I have had to learn to feel ok about not doing things that are productive, sit back and get better, and whilst it si still a work in progress (I am sure I will start enjoying it as soon as I have to return to work!), there are a few activities that are the closest to doing nothing and that I have genuinely grown to find pleasure in.

Friday, 25 September 2015

20 small tips for a healthier life

During the past couple of weeks I've read a couple of blog posts or read in a magazine about making end of summer resolutions. You don't have to wait till the end of the year to decide what you want to do better or if you want to learn a new language or play an instrument. Holidays often give us time to think what we want to make better in our lives, and for me it's all been about improving my health for the past year. 

Saturday, 5 September 2015

Life: taking a breather

Hi everyone!

I had hoped I didn't have to write this post because although my blog is quite personal there is a lot that I like to keep private. I rarely share big personal things even on social media with people I know, never mind with people I don't know! But sometimes being cagey and secretive can spark more interest so I thought I would write a short post today to explain that I will be taking a bit of a break from it all for the next month or so.

Wednesday, 12 August 2015

Festival essentials

Music festivals are one of the best things about summer and quite often one of the easiest ways to sneak in a quick break from work, spend some fun times with friends and listen to lots of music. We are incredibly lucky in the UK to have so many! Glastonbury is probably THE most famous, and one that I have actually never been to, but Oxfordshire has its fair share of them, and this summer I’ve been to Truck Festival and just spent the past weekend at Wilderness, set in the beautiful Cornbury Park.

Wilderness is quite a civilised affair, but that doesn’t make it any less special. I love that there is a lot going on, from wellbeing workshops, daily yoga classes, fine dining banquets, cricket and even a lake to swim in. The park is full of really magical and quirky spots. I loved the more worldly music at the Carousel Bar, or The Valley, which was an actual valley surrounded by very tall trees with late night music and acrobats. On Saturday night there was a spectacle by Spanish group La Fura dels Baus, who have created shows for the Olympics before. Seeing over 40 people suspended from a tall crane and moving to the beat of the music was jaw droppingly beautiful.

Sunday, 19 July 2015

Why I love yoga

Although I have practiced yoga on and off for years, it wasn't until 10 months ago that something clicked in me and I really got the bug. I'd always seen yoga as something that bendy, long limbed people did and I most definitely didn't belong to that crowd. My first experience was a really old DVD that I bought and played at home with a lady that looked straight out of a 1980s workout video. I gave it a go from the comfort of my living room and I was surprised at how I could actually bend over and touch my toes, or how breathing would help my body become more flexible.

Thursday, 28 May 2015

Finding motivation when you work from home

If you work in an office you will probably feel jealous of those who work from home. The ability to work at your own pace, in the comfort of your own home, the lack of a commute, which often means you can sleep in, being able to work in your pjs... All those can be true, but depending on your personality, working from home can often be lonely, and the flexibility can work against your productivity at times. People who work from home regularly know and appreciate the perks of it, but they will also admit that there are days when motivation is hard to come by.

During the past year I have transitioned from a job that required me to be in the office every day to one where I work from home one to two days a week. Past the honeymoon period of rolling out of bed at 8.30am to have breakfast and start work without having even brushed my hair, I've picked up a few tricks that keep me motivated and productive on my home days.

Wednesday, 6 May 2015

15 things I love about Britain

Those of you who live in the UK will know that there is a general election tomorrow. You may in fact be gathering your thoughts before going to vote. I am so very jealous of you! Despite having lived in the UK for over 11 years and voting in local and county elections, as a foreign national I am not allowed to vote tomorrow. This has been the case ever since I've lived here, but for some reason, this year it has really bothered me and I feel very left out.

This is vastly because, as much as I love my country of birth and how Spanish I still feel, I see Britain as my adoptive country, somewhere where I feel completely at home. So I thought I would try and turn my grumpiness about not being able to vote into something more positive and share with you some of the things I love about Britain. Here they go!

Wednesday, 22 April 2015

My top films and books

Going to the cinema, watching a film at home or getting lost in a book are some of my favourite things to do. I don’t read as much as I would like to, but when I have some time during holidays or while I am travelling I just love to zone into the story and out of the outside world. As far as films go, it’s not only watching them that I enjoy. I’ve listened to Mark Kermode and Simon Mayo’s radio programme on BBC 5 Live for a decade and I find Mark’s rants hilarious. I’ve been sat on buses or trains a few times listening to them and trying to contain the laughter for fear of looking crazy. If you have never come across the podcast, go listen to it! You’ll find this new language and you’ll say things like wittertainment, wassup, wassup, wassuppppp or hello to Jason Isaacs. Yeah, if you don’t listen to them you will be looking at your screen blankly, which is why you have to go listen to them!

Wednesday, 8 April 2015

My favourite blogs and YouTube channels

I've been reading blogs and watching YouTube videos for over 5 years, and whilst some of what I read and watch can change quite a lot, there are a few that have been pretty consistent.


Thursday, 2 April 2015

My favourite spots at home

I've mentioned many times that I moved home at the beginning of 2014. I used to live in a beautiful one bedroom cottage in a town near Oxford. Making the decision to sell it was hard, because it was such a lovely house, full of history and character. It had been an outbuilding at the bottom of the garden of a much bigger house in the street behind, then a functioning upholstery workshop until the 90s, when someone decided to turn it into a home. It was small but perfectly formed, and full of nooks and crannies, wooden beams on the ceiling and a gorgeous stone wall in the living room. The building was so stunning that you just had to respect that and be quite simple with furniture.

However, I needed to move to gain some quality of life, be closer to work and friends and return to the hustle of a city, albeit a small one. Oxford is one of the most expensive cities in the UK, and I simply couldn't afford a lovely house with lots of character on my own, so there was a compromise on that front, but I managed to find somewhere with quite a lot of space that was a blank canvas. I have had to inject some character into it through using colour and texture to make my living room bright and cozy or the bedrooms restful. Although still a work in progress, it is my little haven, my home, where I return to in the evening, close the door to the world and relax.

Today I'm going to share with you the bits that I really love about it.

Wednesday, 1 April 2015

My first creative block and the all time favourite series

I'm only a mere three months into blogging and already I have experienced a creative block.When I decided to start this project I had absolutely no idea how much time goes into making it happen! Writing is actually the simplest part of it. I have a long list of post ideas and a pretty good schedule, so in theory it should be fairly easy, right? Well, not quite! Sometimes I look at the list and the post I once thought was a great idea now looks a bit dull or shallow. Once I have set on the idea of what I am going to write about, photography is what takes me the longest. I'm beginning to get the hang of it for beauty posts by using whatever patterned surface I find in my home and dragging it by a window to use natural light. That in itself has been quite a challenge during the winter, and I end up doing marathon photo taking sessions at weekends, but now that the clocks have changed I should have plenty more time.
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