after almost two years of living in a pandemic, this year the annual Art Basel is finally taking place again. This morning I started my Art Basel week with the VIP Preview of VOLTA. There I was honored to meet the super kind and very talented Iranian artist Elham Etemadi represented by BAVAN Gallery.
Elham Etemadi is an immigrant artist who lives and works in France. In her paintings, Elham looks for forms and figures to explore the abilities of painting in reflecting what she captures in her daily concerns. In her expressionist figurative paintings she tries to create a vast and expanded language which is not verbal but visual and is based on human feelings and attentions. Her works are combinations of her different visions and sides of her character; as a mother, a female immigrant, a wife and an artist. She tries to express her experiences in a visual language that may communicate with as much viewers as possible, from different backgrounds, cultures, nationalities and genders.
I absolutely love her work. Looking at it makes me drift off from reality and every time I see something new that I have not seen before. Somehow like a very artsy form of “Where is Wally” if you know what I mean. The color composition is totally up my alley. I can already see where I would hang this 200 x 320 x 4 cm “Sublime Suspension” piece. I am very delighted to show you her work on my blog. And I am looking forward to seeing more of her work.
My dears, I am pregnant, just in case you did not know. 27 weeks in already. Time is flying.. Today I wanna share with you my 10 PREGNANCY MUST HAVES. Also I have checked the code check app for the ingredients of each product. https://codecheck.info The app is for free and is available via google play store and itunes. And just FYI this post is not sponsored. 🙂 Now lets start with my favorite 10 items.
PREGNANCY MUST HAVES #1
WELEDA – almond sensitive lotion
Did you get a chance to smell this product? awww, it smells so good. I am a huge fan of the Weleda almond beauty line. No surprise that I love using their body lotions too. I got this from my friend Jessy for my birthday. Thank you dear. So nice of you! I use this lotion whenever I am not using any of my other oils. Preferably in the morning when I am a bit in a hurry, since this lotion is being absorbed way faster than my oils. (code check rating: all green = no concerns identified)
PREGNANCY MUST HAVES #2
THERME EDUARD VOGT – mint cooling spray for feet and legs
It is a hot summer this year and being pregnant, aka being bigger and heavier does not help at all. I suffer from hot and swollen feet and legs and this product gives me an instant relief. Perfect for on the go. It can be also used over stockings, compression hosiery. (code check rating: 3/4 green 1 high concern, 1 significant concern, 5 low concern, 8 no concern identified)
PREGNANCY MUST HAVES #3
BI-OIL – purCellin oil
This bugger is another present I got from a dear friend. She swears by this product and has used it thru out her pregnancy and does not have any scars or stretch marks. A good reason to give this oil a try. I use it whenever I am not using my other oils. Honestly, all of the oils feel great and leave my skin moisturized. In the end I believe its all about that you are using oils or lotions every day and night. And for sure its also slightly genetic how your skin is going to react to pregnancy. So far so good and my morning and night routine are paying off. (code check rating: 2 high concern, 2 significant concern, 6 low concern, 10 no concern identified)
PREGNANCY MUST HAVES #4
SIMILASAN – inca inchi body oil
I started off with that oil, simply because it was one that I have already had. Similasan have great products and I am a big fan of their globulis. More infos >> here This oil has a quiet distinct sweet smell and leaves the skin nicely nourished and soft. (code check rating: all green = no concerns identified)
PREGNANCY MUST HAVES #5
CLARINS – bust beauty extra lift gel
The boobs, oh dear, they have trippled in size and get bigger every day. Or at least that’s how I feel 🙂 In order to keep them in shape I am using this gel on a daily base. I love the firming feeling. Before that I was using the Sensai by Kanebo throat and bust lifting effect cream. An awesome product, maybe even a tick better than the Clarins Gel, BUT that cream is just way too expensive. I am not willing to spend 130 CHF on a bust cream that lasts me for about 2-3 months. I got the Clarins Gel at Manor when they had an extra 20% discount and ended up paying around 55 CHF which is still not cheap but way less than the other cream. (no code check rating!)
PREGNANCY MUST HAVES #6
BURTS BEES MAMA BEE – leg and foot cream
Another awesome product that I got as a present for my birthday from a dear friend. Thank you so much Miriam 🙂 I use this cream regularly on my feet before going to bed. An instantly cooling cream with a lovely peppermint scent. (code check rating: 1 high concern, 23 no concern identified)
PREGNANCY MUST HAVES #7
WELEDA – pregnancy body oil
I love me some oils and can not believe how nice and thoughtful my friends are 🙂 I got this oil from my friend Salome. Thank you so much again! Weleda has so many great products. Like the almond lotion I am also a huge fan of the pregnancy oil. Its not the fastest absorbing oil but great for when you have a bit more time. I use this oil before going to bed, not only on my bump but all over my body. I gotta say that out of all my oils I like this one the best. (code check rating: 3 low concern, 4 no concern identified)
PREGNANCY MUST HAVES #8
MÜLLER – jojoba oil
I heard so many women saying that jojoba oil is one of the best oils to use during pregnancy. Just like the one by Similasan I happened to have this oil already and really loved using it. I have actually used this whole buttle up and since I got so many nice oils and creams for my birthday I did not feel the need to repurchase it. Nevertheless this is an awesome oil. Very natural, containing only jojoba oil. Unfortunately there is no code check rating for this oil. But basically it is just pure jojoba oil, so I assume that there are no concerns to identify.
PREGNANCY MUST HAVES #9
WELEDA – Venadoron gel for heavy and tired legs
This one is doing such a great job. I use it every night, all over my legs in a very light upwards motion. I really am trying to prevent varicose and therefore I am also wearing compression hosieries. I got a pair in black and a pair in beige, both of them stay ups. I can really feel a difference on the days where I am wearing them and therefore I almost wear them every day. Especially on these very hot days. So every night when I take them off I use this Venadoron gel all over my legs and keep my legs up the wall for at least 15 minutes. I can highly recommend doing that when you suffer from heavy and tired legs during pregnancy. (code check rating: 2 low concern, 10 no concern identified)
PREGNANCY MUST HAVES #10
CLARINS – stretch mark minimizer
And last but not least I wanna introduce a cream to you. Hence the name it is against stretch marks. BUT it can also be used to prevent stretch marks. I already have some stretch marks from growing on the outside of my thighs and in fact the cream reduces the appearance of them. I have had this happen with a product by VICHY before. The thing is once you stop the stretch marks reappeared. 🙂 Nevertheless, this is a good way to moisture your bump and for sure something that absorbs a bit faster than an oil. Another really nice thing about Clarins is that they give out a really cute book about staying beautiful during pregnancy. There they share very helpful tips on how to massage the baby bump and some simple exercises to stay healthy. (code check rating: 6 significant concern, 7 low concern, 16 no concern identified)
These were my “10 Pregnany Must Haves” and I hope this post was helpful in case you are looking for creams or oils to use during pregnancy. It is crazy how fast time flew by and that I am already in my last trimester. The first three months I was dealing with serious skin issues on my back and face but luckily never had nausea. I am dealing with severe weight gain 🙂 but I hope that once our baby is born my weight will get back to normal. We will see. Until then I have to put up with my maternity clothes and a few summer dresses that still fit me. I have found some really nice pieces via zalando. Just in case you are looking for some stylish maternity clothes.
Another thing that really helps me is to go to YOGA regularly. In the beginning I went up to 4 times a week and now with the heat I go twice a week. Moving the body is a great way to prepare for labour. But let me tell you, I can really feel that I am carrying some extra weight with me. That was it for today, I am sending lots of kisses to all my pregnant readers out there and would love to hear about your favorite creams and oils. X
Have you ever thought about how to bring a bit of summer with you into autumn? If yes, I
have the perfect outfit inspiration for you. As autumn should be the perfect transition from summer to winter it should also work like that with our clothes. I always push the day far into the end of fall, to finally move all my summer clothes to the end of my closet. That’s how I came up with the idea of this blog post: HOW TO WEAR A SUMMER DRESS IN AUTUMN.
Choose your favorite midi length summer dress and pair it with your favorite long sweater. I found mine at C&A its available in many colors. I figured the green one will work best with my favorite dresses and is also a great color for fall.
To make this look a casual one for every day wear flat shoes. I think these looks work best with either loafers or brogues. Via Polyvore I found some nice shoes, together with some really chic metallic spaghetti strap dresses and extra long sweaters.
I am so in love with these metallic dresses. I have a very similar skirt and I am sure I am going to pair it with my new long sweater by C&A. Something that you should keep in mind is to have a very simple color scheme for your summer dress to work in fall. My summer dress is a beige lace dress and I chose a green long sweater to wear it with and a light clutch and shoes.
SUMMER DRESS IN AUTUMN
I love the fact that my long sweater has cuts on the side and is made out of wool. Here in Basel fall can be quiet cold and layering is a good way to keep warm. So, check your wardrobe and dont be afraid that the dress might be too chic. The long sweater and the flat shoes will totally balance out your midi summer dress.
dress LOVE, FIRE
long sweater C&A
clutch MIU MIU
watch EMPORIO ARMANI
sunglasses VINTAGE (fleamarket)
SUMMER DRESS IN AUTUMN JEWELRY SELECTION
Try to keep it a bit low key with your jewelry, especially when your dress has a special textured fabric. Like in my case with the beige lace. In order to not go over board but still have a bit of chic I would suggest a nice women watch and some very simple but cute earrings. Unfortunately I could not find the exact same earrings that I was wearing in the photo above, but I guess they are quiet similar. The sunglasses are from the fleamarket and work really well with the outfit and jewelry overall.
To sum it up, in order to create this look you need three essential things to make it work. You are going to need a midi length summer dress, a long sweater and flat shoes. I am pretty sure that you are having all these items in your wardrobe and would have never thought to wear them in that combination. But here we go, mix and match. That’s the fun part about fashion.