I am so grateful for today or as I decided to call it: Christmas in Spring. Today was another beautiful day. My host sister Andrea, my host dad Rafael and myself were home by ourselves. My host mom Laura was at a congress, my little host sister Alexia was at a scouts camp for a weekend and my host brother Aldo is still in Vancouver studying. So it was just the three of us (I am refraining myself to sing an adaptation of that oh so addicting song). My host dad decided to go out for breakfast – which, for all my European friends, was around 11 am, because that just happens to make sense in Mexico – and so we had a lovely meal together at the Fonda Mexicana. Afterwards we went for a stroll around the mall and my host dad just felt like it was time to celebrate life, so he told us we could pick out a present. Just because. He bought himself something fun from the Sony store and a pair of sneakers, my host sisters picked out three pair of stunning shoes and I found myself this sweet shirt and some nice linen shorts. Thank you so much, papá, for giving us Christmas in Spring. It was a beautiful day and I know for sure that I will enjoy all the days that are still to come in the next few weeks together. Gracias!
I am grateful for Pajamas! They are so cool! I love wearing them and I mostly love the feeling that goes with it. Because, honestly, I don’t always feel like wearing anything at all while sleeping, but pajamas are fun. It’s nice to wear them before going to bed, to get into sleeping mode. You put on your PJs and then you get together with your family or friends to play a board game, watch a movie or just sit in the couch together and talk. I guess it is in those particular moments that people would appreciate me actually wearing my jammies… Anyway, they are comfy, nice and warm and in my case even pretty fancy, if I may say so myself. I am very happy with and thankful for my Pajamas. They are without any doubt the perfect outfit for a slumber party! I guess now all I need is a slumber party to wear them to…
I am grateful for Clinique M Lotion. It’s a great lotion to hydrate my skin. There’s not too much to say about it, but it’s again another random thing I would take for granted. I honestly feel better when applying it and I do feel the difference on a day when I didn’t. What’s great about Clinique’s products in general is that it is completely allergy prone. They are known to allergy test every product 12 times on 600 people. If even one of those 7200 applications incites an allergic reaction, they will reformulate. At least, that’s what they state on their website and all their other informational and promotional materials. Furthermore, I also like how their products are 100 percent fragrance free. Too many cosmetic products smell funny. Or they irritate my skin. But no, not Clinique. For me, it’s definitely the way to go. Thank you, Clinique.
I am grateful for Ties. They are a joy to wear. There are several stories about the possible origin of the necktie, but eventually it doesn’t really matter. It is such a funny piece of clothing. Who came up with it, must have been in a silly and creative mood. Let’s just tie a piece of cloth around our neck. How funny. How great. I love what it does to an outfit. It can make it distinguished or just casually fashionable. Anyway, I am grateful for the existence of it. It’s definitely an asset to my wardrobe.
I am grateful for Happy by Clinique. It is my favorite cologne and even though I have several other ones, I usually end up wearing this one. Scents are so important to me. This post may seem shallow, but I just really value something that smells good, like flowers, pastry, freshly washed linen, cooking… or eau de cologne. I think it’s almost an unconscious fear of mine to smell badly. I don’t really sweat that often and even when I do I don’t smell bad, still I don’t like the thought of it. But this wonderful Happy by Clinique smells great, which makes me smell great and that makes me happy. So, I am grateful for having this as part of my toiletries. Happy.
I am grateful for Personalized Presents. This beautiful sweatshirt is a great example of one. My mom and sister came to the airport to welcome me back to Belgium and they had brought this with them. When I opened the wrapping I was so surprised to see she had actually found a hoodie with one of my very favorite mantras on it. It took me a while to realize that she hadn’t just found it somewhere, but had actually designed it herself as a present for me. I love it! The fact that is nice, soft and warm is great. The fact that it is designed in my two favorite colors is even better. But the fact that it’s personalized makes it awesome! Love the hoodie and love the mantra. I wouldn’t want to live life any other way! Thank you, mom. Now let’s enjoy life to its fullest together!
I am grateful for Shoes. I think I have more than thirty pairs right now and I enjoy expanding my collection. For some reason I’ve always felt like a certain outfit asks for the perfect match of shoes. It is actually quite difficult for me to travel around the world with one suitcase, knowing that I will only be able to bring some pairs of shoes. Too often I am standing in front of some mirror in some house wearing some outfit thinking “If only I had brought that one pair of shoes…” Oh well, it’s not the biggest sadness in the world, I just felt like sharing it. Anyway, the point of it all, is that I’m grateful for shoes. Some turn into real works of art, while other just end up being nice and comfy. There are so many materials and colors. And I love rediscovering the sizes. Try buying shoes all over the world… It’ll happen to you over and over again. What size do I have? In Europe, in the US, in Mexico,… It’s an event in itself. Sometimes funny, but mostly just fun!