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Saturday, March 31, 2012

d&g's FAMILY VALUES

ADORING... 
Bianca Balti, Monica Bellucci and Simone Nobili star in a video about family values.
 Love, laughter and care are the essence of family, 
and of the Dolce Bag.


day 31 #MARCHPHOTOADAY

OUR DAYBED...
{day 31 #marchphotoaday ~ where I relax!}


don't forget: tonight is EARTH HOUR

DON'T FORGET TO TURN OUT YOUR LIGHTS TONIGHT @ 8.30PM...
and celebrate your action for the planet with the people of world!
: )


happy WEEKEND

HAPPY WEEKEND...
Wishing you an amazing one!
love
ny
X



Friday, March 30, 2012

snippet of MY DAY + diy BODY SCRUBS

A FEW OF MY LITTLE TIPS & TRICKS...
for how to make body scrubs at home ~ with ingredients you already have!
{+ they're so easy to make!}
X


day 30 #MARCHPHOTOADAY

THE LITTLE ROBOT THAT SITS ON MY DESK...
{day 30 #marchphotoaday ~ toy}!



Thursday, March 29, 2012

snippet of MY DAY

GUESS WHO GOT A PRESSIE TODAY?
Meeee... from my gorgeous Hubbie!
{How cute is she? Her legs move so she can dance!}
: )



short-dress-worthy LEGS

ADD THESE KEY LEG EXERCISES TO YOUR EXERCISE ROUTINE
~ and you'll not only get yourself some hot 'pins', you'll improve your strength and balance...

1. CALF LIFT: to strengthen and sculpt calves; and enhance balance.
HOW TO: Stand with the balls of your feet on a step or curb and your heels hanging over the edge. Hold a wall or railing for balance. Slowly lift up on your tiptoes as high as you can go, and then slowly lower your heels until they've dropped lower than the step.
Repeat 10 times.

2. SQUATS: to strengthen and tone quadriceps, hamstrings, and gluteal muscles.
HOW TO: Start with your feet hip-width apart. Then shift your hips back and down, as if you were lowering yourself into a chair. As you do this, engage your abdominal muscles and raise your arms to shoulder height, either straight in front or folded, as shown. Stop just before your knees reach a 90-degree angle; don't let your knees move past your toes. Rest your weight back on your heels.
Pause, then slowly return to the starting position and repeat 10 times.

3. FORWARD LUNGES: to work and shape your entire leg; + enhance balance and coordination.
HOW TO: Stand with your feet hip-width apart and a weight in each hand (or skip the weights altogether). Take a giant step forward with your left foot, lifting your right heel off the ground. Moving very slowly and breathing naturally, lower your torso straight down, keeping your upper body perpendicular to the ground. Stop when your back knee is about 5 cms from the ground, and your front knee reaches a 90-degree angle. Keep your left knee in line with your ankle (don't push past your toes). Pause, and then slowly come back up. Do this 9 more times, and then step your feet back together. 
Repeat 10 times on the other side.

{Pic: Tumblr}


day 29 #MARCHPHOTOADAY

MR 9's FOOTPRINT...
when he was a teeny tiny tot ~ it's framed and was a pressie for Hubbie's first Fathers Day!
{day 29 #marchphotoaday ~ feet}




home inspiration: SPEARMINT GREEN

HOW DELICIOUSLY REFRESHING IS THIS COLOUR?
Actually this green and a little pink {like in the kitchen shot} is one of my fave colour combos!
{Pics: Pinterest}



the 2-minute HAIR UPDATE

THE HAIR TREND FOR 2012 IS THE SIDE PART...
Wear it left, right, across your forehead, pushed-off your face, wet or dry ~ it will instantly update your do!
{If you already have a side part, switch sides ~ it will help boost volume too!}


behind-the-scenes WITH GWYNNIE

WOW - WORK IT GIRL!!!
Gwynnie on her shoot for Harpers Bazaar March 2012!


Wednesday, March 28, 2012

day 28 #MARCHPHOTOADAY

LOVING THESE BINS!!!
{day 28 #marchphotoaday ~ trash}


celeb mummas & their NEW BABES

NEW MUMMA'S {AND THEIR BABES} OUT AND ABOUT YESTERDAY...
January Jones and Xander, Beyonce and Blue
and Charlize and Jackson!
Cute-ness!
{Source: Just Jared}


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get a little CHEEKY

BLUSH CAN WAKE UP YOUR WHOLE FACE, IF YOU APPLY IT PROPERLY...
First tip: Make it easy for yourself and use a cream blush to achieve a foolproof radiant look. 

“To create a two dimensional glow, first sweep bronzing powder across the cheek with a big blush brush,” says make-up artist Meg Guthrie (we've worked together many times over the years).

“Then apply a sunkissed pink cream blush just to the apples of cheek. The trick is to smile to make the target area more pronounced, then apply the blush with your fingers, right to the centre of the chubbiest part of your cheek,” she says. “Blend in circles, keeping the more intense part of colour on the apples of your cheek.”

{Blush in pic: Revlon PhotoReady Sculpting Blush Palette in Neutral, $26.95}


how to DE-STRESS tip #1

GO INTO THE LIGHT...
 "Stress can be triggered when our bodies don't know what time it is," says Julie Holland, 
an assistant clinical professor of psychiatry at New York University School of Medicine. "Exposing your retina to sunlight resets your circadian rhythm so your brain is on a schedule." 

Take a walk outside without sunglasses for 20 minutes a day, three times a week. Phototherapy lamps and vitamin-D supplements also help.

{Source: Allure}


Tuesday, March 27, 2012

snippet of MY DAY

WOWA... WHAT A LUNCH / LAUNCH!
An exclusive cooking class with the v-v-inspiring Teresa Cutter {The Healthy Chef}; I created my own salad; devoured the most wicked {healthy} chocolate cake with avocado {in the} icing... yes, avocado;
and got a brand new product {that sounds amazing} to try!
Will be posting about that very soon ~ stay tuned!




younger-looking HAIR

GLEAMING, SHINY HAIR IS 'YOUTH-FULL', 
so it's no surprise that dull, drab hair can age you! 
Pollution, harsh chemicals, and heat styling can all turn hair ho-hum, but a few extra steps will ensure your hair shines...

• Start in the shower. Look for shine-enhancing shampoo and conditioner with ingredients like olive oil, jojoba, and rice proteins. Alternate these with your regular formulas to prevent buildup. Be wary of clarifying shampoos; they can deprive hair of much-needed moisture and even strip the dye off color-treated hair. After you shampoo, apply a conditioner evenly through the ends and rinse thoroughly. If your hair is colour-treated, use a hair mask weekly to replenish moisture.

• Prep work. After towel-drying, apply either a glossing cream or shine serum with high levels of panthenol (provitamin B5). Glossing creams are lighter and have less silicone, so they're more appropriate for women with fine to medium hair. Use a shine serum if you have frizzy or coarse hair or unruly curls. (Avoid saltwater sprays; they tend to leave a matte finish.)

• Dry the right way. Place a round, natural-bristle brush under a section of hair. Start at the roots, and hold the dryer so the nozzle aims downward—never up against the shaft. Slide the brush down without twisting it, to seal the cuticle.

• Add a spritz. While your hair is still warm from the dryer, flip it upside down and mist the ends with a shine spray. This ensures you won't get too much product near the roots. If you need a touch-up during the day, spritz some shine spray on your hands and run them lightly through your hair.

{Source: Allure}


day 27 #MARCHPHOTOADAY

MY BYLINE...
from my Studio Bambini story!
{day 27 #marchphotoaday ~ my name}



bellaMUMMA fave... CHERISH

HEARD THIS IN THE CAR TODAY...
I forgot how much I love{d} it!


Monday, March 26, 2012

snippet of MY DAY

ME, TODAY...
in the office, make-up free, on Monday!
Did you go make-up free today? {Email me your pix!}


{a very-inspiring} MAKE-UP FREE MONDAY

I HAVE RECEIVED SO MANY GORGEOUS 'MAKE-UP FREE MONDAY' PHOTOS, 
thank you ~ and instead of posting alot of them today ~ I just had to share this very-inspiring one with you...

Tina sent me her 'make-up free' photo and I emailed her back saying gorgeous she looked ~
a couple of days later, she emailed me this...

"In regards to the make-up free photo of myself I emailed few days ago...  Thanks for liking it :) it does look like a 'healthy' natural image of myself. And it's absolutely fine to use and post it just like that, with that 'first impression' in mind.... 

However, there is quite a story behind it. The photo was taken mid January, about a month before I turned 39. I was wearing absolutely no make-up but I'd also just completed five rounds of chemotherapy, lost more than half of my hair and at least a third of eyebrows and eyelashes. 

 Even though I do look like a picture of health and still quite young, I have been living with advanced breast cancer since December 2010. An average life expectancy for my stage of cancer is three years, however, now over a year through, I feel much better on all levels and know I am not going to fall into the stats of average. I am undergoing numerous treatments {conventional and complimentary} and improving my well being all the time... 

 I don't expect my story to be shared on your blog / included with the post of the photo - I do have my own blog where I share my journey but I thought I might let you know, just because it is much different to the first impression of the look at the photo."

I am totally blown away by Tina's strength and inspiration!
Thank you Tina for sharing this with bellaMUMMA
Sending you the bestest of wishes and love...
X

CLICK HERE to visit Tina's blog and HERE to follow her on twitter


home inspiration: ROSE GARDEN

LOVING THESE ROSES...
Even though they're not necessarily growing in the garden!
{Pics: Pinterest}


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day 26 #MARCHPHOTOADAY

MY KEYS!
{day 26 #marchphotoaday - key}



get (your skin} GLOWING

TO GET {AND A KEEP} A GLOW YOU NEED TO EXFOLIATE AND NOURISH YOUR 
SKIN ONCE A WEEK...
 Kylie Oates, Beauty and Ayurvedic Specialist shares her skin recipes to get you glowing:

Gentle hydrating exfoliator: Mix two tablespoons of almond meal with one tablespoon of Manuka honey. Apply to face in small circular motion then rinse off with warm water. 

Enzyme peel for all skin types (except sensitive): Using the skin of a papaya flesh side down, rub over face and neck and leave for five minutes then rinse off. 

Mask for norm/dry skin: Mash 1/2 an avocado and mix in a tablespoon of full cream natural yoghurt. Apply to face and neck and leave on for five to 10 minutes before rinsing off. 

Brown sugar body scrub: Mix a cup of brown sugar with a good quality cold pressed oil (eg olive, almond or macadamia) into a paste, then add six drops of sweet orange essential oil. Apply in the shower - while skin is warm - using large circular movements towards the heart. Rinse off to reveal hydrated and heavenly-smelling skin.


Sunday, March 25, 2012

snippets of MY DAY

AN 'AMAZZZING SUNDAY' LUNCH AT OUR GORGEOUS FRIENDS HOME...
These pix don't do it justice... it was 'out-of-this-world' delicious ~
with company to match!
The perfect Sunday ~ I hope you had a good one?


day 25 #MARCHPHOTOADAY

I LOVE HOT X BUNS...
but they have to good ~ and these ones from Brasserie Bread 
are perfection + !
{day 25 #marchphotoaday ~ breakfast}



Saturday, March 24, 2012

snippets of MY DAY

SNIPPETS OF MY SATURDAY...
via bellaMUMMA @instagram!


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