Me & My Beau

My healthy lifestyle, experiments, goals and reviews

Me & My Beau
  • How to get ready for a Calabrian wedding
  • How to get ready for a Calabrian wedding
  • How to get ready for a Calabrian wedding

How to get ready for a Calabrian wedding

Exhausted but happy last night I got back from a weekend getaway in Calabria (South of Italy) where I was attending a friends wedding. As my boyfriend was the best man than the occasion could not be skipped (despite I had to travel for 8 hours with 3 different types of transportation just to get there). However – definitely worth it! 

The first rule of each attendant of the wedding is to dress up to look great but not to shadow the bride (expected cat-fight or ruined relationship if you will! So pay attention!). 

As it is South of Italy and the weather was still nice than I decided to use to occasion and bring out, some last time some hot colors. Just like peperoncino (the Italian red hot chili pepper), I decided that we have to team up in red. And this is what we did – went with a ruffle, pencil slim dress by Guess (as it was skin tight than were extra careful with my diet last couple of weeks to look good in it). Read More

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Living in Italy and not drinking a coffee is something that does not really goes well together with the local culture especially because you cannot imagine a meeting, starting your morning (properly) or finishing a meal that would not involve a short, black coffee from a mini cup.  As we all know how proud Italians are with their black as night, sweet as love and hot as the hell coffee so taking that away drags you in the center of attention immediately.. So this is what happened with me last 2 weeks as I was resetting my caffeine tolerance by cutting down on coffee.

I must say that living in Milan for 5 years you really get used to drinking coffee and it is harder to quit a habit than I was thinking it would be, but I made it (with some floss in my strict plan, BUT still did it) and can proudly say that I have definitely reset my caffeine tolerance and that it definitely works!  Read More

Inspiration, Me & My Beau

Monday is for challenges and new beginnings! it’s a perfect occasion to reset something or uptake a new thing, it’s like a second chance to start over that’s offered to you every single week. So today I am also throwing myself a new challenge to reset my caffeine effect or challenge myself to not use coffee for next two weeks.

The thing I decided to do it is just because I believe that coffee is not anymore doing the effect to me as it used to so I want to go back to the time when I never drank coffee (5 years ago), but living in Italy you just get used to a nice cup of a good espresso that you just cannot do it without. Moreover as for a athlete caffeine is an essential for a performance boosting before training and it should better have it’s effect properly so it is a time to resit it! Read More

Inspiration, Me & My Beau
  • Busy as a bee August visual board
  • Busy as a bee August visual board
  • Busy as a bee August visual board
  • Busy as a bee August visual board

Busy as a bee August visual board

It’s another Monday, but unlike other Milan Monday’s this one started with a heavy thunderstorms that cooled down the hot streets of the city. Much needed especially during this hot summer. I believe this is all time hottest summer I have ever had and not only because of the heat but also because it’s been so fast, so full, so vivid that days are just flying by. Sometimes I wish I could have 30 hours a day and 8 days a week (which there would be one more extra day at weekend to manage to do everything I have in my mind, but unfortunately or luckily it is not like that so all left to do is to prioritize and do my best to manage everything.) However we are yet in first half of the moment and there are still time to manage to do, see and experience things and add some nice memories to Summer 2015 list.

My second part of August seems pretty tough as well, because will be travelling every week starting this week till October, so all the writing, dieting, working out and blogging will be from the road. BUT determined to manage all and even make improvements because I know I can and will. So here comes my monthly visual board based on talented illustrator Kerrie Hess monthly calendar. (without that planning would be much more difficult).  Read More

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  • Hello Kitty coming to Expo Milan 2015 or Japan Day in pictures
  • Hello Kitty coming to Expo Milan 2015 or Japan Day in pictures
  • Hello Kitty coming to Expo Milan 2015 or Japan Day in pictures
  • Hello Kitty coming to Expo Milan 2015 or Japan Day in pictures
  • Hello Kitty coming to Expo Milan 2015 or Japan Day in pictures
  • Hello Kitty coming to Expo Milan 2015 or Japan Day in pictures
  • Hello Kitty coming to Expo Milan 2015 or Japan Day in pictures
  • Hello Kitty coming to Expo Milan 2015 or Japan Day in pictures
  • Hello Kitty coming to Expo Milan 2015 or Japan Day in pictures

Hello Kitty coming to Expo Milan 2015 or Japan Day in pictures

Last week had been real intense and full with vivid moments, like a Japan Day and special parade at Expo 2015 Milan. As working for a Japanese company than this was a major event for us as Hello Kitty is the ambassador of Japanese Pavilion in the expo, and as I work for Hello Kitty it has been intense period. So Saturday finally came and we could enjoy the parade fully.  As I have a wonderful summer kimono  I got it during my trip to Japan than this was a great opportunity to wear it and so I did it. (I must say I got a lot of attention as after all being a blond girl wearing kimono is not something you see every day therefore got asked many questions about the Japan, the fair, the expo, opening times, requests to translate things from Japanese to English, take pictures, etc., so felt as famous as Hello Kitty itself of all that attention).

Here is how it went in pictures. Read More

Me & My Beau, Workout
  • First Nike event Milan – So Fast – check!
  • First Nike event Milan – So Fast – check!
  • First Nike event Milan – So Fast – check!
  • First Nike event Milan – So Fast – check!
  • First Nike event Milan – So Fast – check!
  • First Nike event Milan – So Fast – check!

First Nike event Milan – So Fast – check!

Happy Monday hot Milan! Ready to confront another work week? I am! Determined, charged and ready for new challenges and achievements – one step at a time!

If you were following me on Twitter and Instagram you already knew that went running a mile with Nike Training Club Milano to show how fast I am. and I must say, it went even better than I thought. Hadn’t been able to run more than a month not even talking about speed running, so was pretty nervous but all good that ends good and just jump right in and confront my fears just by Doing it without too much thinking! (too much thinking kills the courage, so I am not hesitating but just taking opportunities and accept challenges when they comes in front of me without much consideration if the feeling is right.)

It was such a great pleasure to meet and see so many smiley, active and positive people at one place and coming together to do something fit and just enjoy their Thursday evening sporty not by regular bar hopping and Milan apperetivos, even though there was a bar – a juice bar with a freshly squeezed smoothies to recharge our batteries after our mile along the Naviglio.

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  • Midsummer night celebration
  • Midsummer night celebration
  • Midsummer night celebration
  • Midsummer night celebration
  • Midsummer night celebration
  • Midsummer night celebration

Midsummer night celebration

It’s official! The summer has officially arrived with it’s full glory and and greatness and to mark the occasion special, as the day of beginning of summer is also my name day as well as summer solstice than we did our best to make the best out of the day and flowers and dances was a must.

Midsummer night or summer solstice in Nordic countries has been always a great celebration. In Finland it’s on 19th June, Sweden on 20th June, in my home country – Latvia as well as Norway it’s on 23rd when the people make flower crowns, eat typical food, sing traditional songs and be merry all night long with friends and family around a bonfire if possible.

To give a general idea how the midsummer is celebrated, check Read More

Inspiration, Me & My Beau

This magic weekend is about to finish as well as my Sicilian adventure as today is officially last day in Palermo before heading back to Milan. I must say that some great things has been learned, some Sicilian secrets reviled and some tan and loads of sunshine and positive energy taken that will give me strength and motivation till my next month! (Details and pictures of will follow up on Travel Sunday post).

Today, as it’s beginning of a new month, I am sharing my monthly visual board to set the tune and objectives for the June  that I will go after.

The first and the main goal of the month is progress. No matter how big it is – important is the progress and moving forward! Yes, these 2 days, let’s be honest, was not all about working out every day,  but rather – “let’s try this local dish” or “ this dessert looks heavenly – I must try it!” so I need to get back on my clean eating and training schedule, but sometimes it is good just to give yourself a break and enjoy the life’s guilty pleasures (well as long as they are balanced).

Before leaving for Palermo I closed my 31 day challenge and I must say I did good Read More

Me & My Beau, Workout

Hello in Monday! Another weekend has gone by and time to return to a daily routine. Some of us get some rest and relax while some of us, had been busy bees this weekend, like me, and did million things. Active rest is the best rest for me so also this weekend tried to explore and do new things and spend weekend fit.

On Sunday at Milan’s artificial lake- Idroscalo was first Fitness parade – Milano Spring Parade with many courses, exhibitions and music to get prepared for summer, get in shape and move to the music. As one fit missy with an explorer spirit always try out new and fun things of course I headed there as well to see and try for myself several activities and courses.

In my to do list, after studying the program, was a stage – dance class with a MOMA (dance school in Milan) instructor, Zumba (to do some aerobics and burn some calories),  Kangoo Power class as well as Nike Training Club class. Plan thut burns, huh?  Read More

Inspiration, Me & My Beau

Well, last week has been wild and difficult physically and morally therefore could not update my blog and skipped the entries about Food on Friday and Workout on Wednesday, but today is motivational Monday and time for update what actually happened to me last weekend.

On Monday and Tuesday I was in Copenhagen for work (my travel essentials can find here), than came back and than on Thursday morning I headed to Germany, where were invited to German’s Next Top Model Finale with Heidi Klum presenting it. All excited and all happy were ready for the show (with my new beauty essentials and vintage outfit-unfortunately no pictures were taken at the show with me, so cannot show it off), the show started wonderful and were really having a great time, but than the unexpected and terrible bombing threat in the middle of the show and 8000 people evacuation from the arena, ruined everything. Not only moods of thousands of people but also it made you think, HOW everything could finish at one moment, just like that! poof, and you are gone.. Scary, I must say, really scary. It made me realize HOW precious every single moment is and how fast the things can be changed and you can do nothing about it. Read More

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happy girl, dancer, photographer, gym-goer, Herc., traveler, dreamer, explorer, color and moment collector, healthy food and recipe discoverer and tester