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December: Little Moments

19.12.14

Sometimes when the holidays approach it’s easy to forget to cherish little moments that can make your day. Whether it’s wearing your favourite lipstick or enjoying trimming the tree, making time for memories is always a good thing. 

I was fortunate to be off quite early this month for an extended holiday, and as many of you know, I love to decorate. So, this year, I was able to decorate for our home before preparing to leave, and help friends set up décor for a holiday party as well.

With Christmas essentially right around the corner, I thought I would share a few of my favourite December moments so far. There has already been a great amount—some moments to keep sacred, and some to save until the new year. But, here's a few that I captured.

One of several family traditions that we have is finding different nutcrackers from diverse places, this year is my turn, but the one that I found is not shown until Christmas day. Here’s a couple snapshots of other ones that I used. In addition, there's style favourites: a new travelling tote, a glimpse of holiday trimmings for entertaining, and more. 
Style shot of new wooden watch and the day's accessories, Current favourite colourful scarf, Leather tote/travelling bag, Boxes, boxes, and more holiday boxes filled with gifts to ship, Tree trimming begins, and Favourite December look.  


Fun decorating dinner party table with poinsettias and filled vases with bulbs and marbles, Ornaments, The little soldiers, Christmas tree, More nutcrackers holding down the mantle, Fun holiday snowman, Finishing touches with trimming the tree.

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Detox Days

17.12.14

This is a tad overdue, but I finally finished my detoxing session using Skinny Teatox. I had heard so much about this and wanted to give it a go to see what the fuss was about. Skinny Teatox is a Canadian owned business that offers natural detoxing tea packages in 7-day, 14-day, and 28-day programmes. There are no chemicals or preservatives in their teas.

I recently tried the 14-day detox from Skinny Teatox, which includes a daytime tea and an evening tea. The two-step cleansing process is very easy to use and the results vary. Everyone’s body reacts differently in general, regarding cleansing, and the effects of how we eat. I did not have the same results as the average user, during my first week. But, I decided to continue the programme anyway to see if anything changed. 

To be honest, my diet did not change as I used this tea, since I eat quite healthy for the most part. But, I did change my workout routine a bit.

By the seventh day, even though not much changed physically, within a few days, I did feel like I had more energy, and it felt like a normal cleanse. Days afterward, others around me started to see a difference in me, so perhaps I was just too close to see any immediate difference in the beginning. 

By day 14 (well, I had a little extra loose tea left for another day), I weighed in, and had loss a bit under 5 cm total, and about 1.5 kg. or just over 3 Ibs. Including waist, hip, thighs. So, although I did not lose much weight-wise, I got more slender instead. I would say that this works at a practical pace, especially if you just want to do it for cleansing purposes only. 

I think that it all depends on what you do currently, or what you don’t do rather, regarding working out and eating healthy and clean. It’s all circumstantial. I am quite happy with the results of the tea, since my exercises are focussed mostly for strength training vs. losing weight.

Things to note: The morning tea/daytime tea is a good tasting herbal tea that is taking daily, and the evening tea is taken every other day. The immediate change was the feeling, in particular the entirely "purifying" evening tea made with Senna leaf (this essentially is a colon cleanse) works as a natural laxative to clean your body from toxins and other rubbish, especially if you've been eating naughty. 

Have you tried a detox before? Have you had Skinny Teatox?
Skinny Teatox ships worldwide, for more information or to shop other teas in the shop click here.

The goods: 14-day Skinny Teatox-Courtesy of Skinny Teatox to review. This is not a sponsored post. All opinions expressed are my own. 


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Colour Me In: Five Minutes with Royal Caballito

15.12.14

Diana Saldaña thinks in colour—heaps of colour and she’s not afraid to use it! The former art historian/photo curator has proven that if you work hard and hold on to your dreams, that combined with passion is enough to lead you into a bright future.

A few weeks ago, I caught up with the designer to discuss her latest collection, the women who have inspired her, and some of the most important things that she’s learnt along the way since starting her own label.  

Just two years ago, Saldaña created Royal Caballito, an emerging clothing brand focussed on producing comfortable garments with values of sustainability. The collections are designed with imagination and prudence. She uses family-owned manufacturers to help with production, but does all of the designing herself. There's knitwear throughout the collections with cardigans, skirts, and roomy dresses or tops that can all be blended with other separates. But, there's also accessories, including scarves and printed notebooks.

So, what does Royal Caballito mean? With inspiration from Saldaña’s English and Spanish multicultural background, she came up with the name for her brand by using the imperial quality of the word Royal, and Caballito, which means “little horse” to capture the playful and childlike spirit of the brand.
Comfort and culture is certainly at the forefront of what Saldaña’s niche is, and there's an artful ease about the line that just makes sense. The result is a practical and unique collection full of character and sprightly attitude. Some pieces even have an abstract aesthetic. “I like natural fibers the best. Cotton, silk and wool are my favourites. They provoke an emotional response in me,” Saldaña said.

For those who don’t typically run toward donning patterns or busy graphics they may be surprised and delighted, because the design graphics are wearable and flattering. The soft colour palettes and overall aesthetic works marvellously with the simple silhouettes, whilst navy and black break up the collection as a smart accent amongst the prints!

There’s much to appreciate from Royal Caballito, especially the fresh perspective that the brand exudes as a whole. And, there’s no surprise that many garments have already sold out! Here's a view of some of her garments.  


What do you think of Royal Caballito's pieces? 

Getting To Know Diana Saldaña:
On her inspiration for the Autumn/Winter line …
“Ice” was inspired by my determination to create pieces that could help drive away the winter doldrums … When days get short and temperatures drop I really cherish spirited and colourful warm clothing.

The coming SS15 collection, called Harvest, could be well understood as an extension of that dialogue.”

On her dream collaboration …
“I would absolutely love to do any project with either Miranda July, Susie Bubble, or Tavi Gevinson. I’m such a fan of these women!”

Words of wisdom and most important learning experience …
"I really love the feeling of being my own boss. The downside to it is that you are on your own, and sometimes it can get a bit overwhelming. It is so significant to make sure that this is really where your heart is. Create a good network of like-minded people, of designer friends who are going through the same process. Supporting each other is amongst the most valuable things you will get."

On upcoming projects and events.
“For SS15 we will be launching our first unisex pieces, the idea being to progressively continue expanding the men’s line for future collections. I am also very pleased that our pieces will be sold in the USA, Japan, France, and Spain.”
 
For more information or to shop the collection visit www.royalcaballito.com.



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Five Years, A Thousand Moments

10.12.14



This year started with a bang for me, and although there were moments when I did not feel like keeping up with my blog (because of other projects or happenings in my life), I managed to find that good balance between it all.

After reflecting a bit on what made this blogging year different from my previous year, there were a couple of things that stood out, amongst others. Firstly, growth … I am actually talking about personal growth. This year I found myself even busier than the last with events, work, and just living life. As you may have noticed, sometimes I needed to regroup, get rejuvenated, or take a holiday! So, I did! I was able to dig deep within myself to get the motivation that I needed, and other times even from unconventional places.

Secondly, I also travelled more, despite it being predominantly for business. I still made it a point to take little moments out of the day to have gratitude for even the smallest blessings, I visited more art exhibits, and blogged when I could, guilt-free.

With daily affirmations, and writing out a list of attainable monthly objectives, I was able to meet and work with amazing people this year through my blog. There are loads of things that I wish I knew when I started my blog, but, in each day, week, and year, you learn more about yourself and your blog. I know that I certainly have.


You learn to progress, and keep reaching for your goals, whatever they might be. This can also apply to life, not just blogging. Not everyone is going to like you and that’s okay! One thing that I try to remember is that our words are powerful, so staying encouraged, keeping positive people around, and voicing positive words will always have an effect in your life.

As many fellow bloggers may be aware of, having a blog takes an incredible responsibility, and maintaining one even for a couple of years is a feat in itself. This week marks my fifth year of blogging. I am so proud to say that I have still preserved my passion and sole reason that I started a blog—to express my style, inspire others, and showcase global noteworthy talent.

So, whether you have followed my blog for five years or you are a new reader, I just want to extend a massive thank you for reading, commenting, sharing, e-mailing, and supporting me and my blog. It’s greatly appreciated! Here are several style highlights, and a few special visual memories from this year.

What was one your favourite Fashion Tales outfits, memories, or posts this year?

THANK YOU!

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