Wednesday, July 11, 2018

What I Ate Wednesday: Buenos Aires Pizza & Mate





















In today's vlog I'll show you how Argentinians drink mate. Mate is an infusion made with the leaves of yerba mate plant using near-boiling water. 

I don't drink it every day but whenever someone else drinks it I'm all for it. That day, it was my dad the one who tempted me! 






















In today's video we also went for pizza because it was my dad's birthday that day, so it wasn't the healthiest of "what I ate" but I'm still thinking about that delicious egg, mozzarella, ham, and pepper pizza.

I've tried Italian Pizza in the past, and it is out-of-this-world-delicious. But I have to say, Argentinian pizza has nothing to envy!

























In Argentina it's very common to have Pizza with Faina (that's the other triangle that you see in the picture above). It's a delicious dish made with chickpeas flour that comes with your pizza in many traditional Pizzerias here in Argentina. 

Have you ever tried mate? What about faina?

Friday, July 6, 2018

How To Manage Anxiety & A Quick Fix Trick






















I wrote quite a few blog posts on anxiety and panic attacks in the past. You can find them by typing "anxiety" in the search bar of this blog. You might be interested in the "well-being" ones as well!

In today's video you'll find a summary of each post and my take on anxiety. 

I also touch on the correlation of anxiety with the cycle of emotional abuse. However more is coming on this specific subject.

Have a great weekend! I'll be enjoying Buenos Aires in winter... 














Tuesday, July 3, 2018

AWADA: My Clothing Brand of Choice & June Beauty Favorites

Do you remember how I mentioned (raved about really) Awada, our First Lady's clothing brand? 

I absolutely love every item of her winter line. So I decided to go for it, and bought a few Awada pieces. 

The sweater/poncho is made out of the warmest and softest wool. They call this color, camel, but I would describe it as a rich caramel color. 

My black jeans are also from Awada, and if you click on today's June Favorites video you will see the pale blue blouse in action by, you guessed it, Awada. I think this blouse may be my favorite clothing item of winter so far! 

Long story short, I was amazed by the quality and by the design. Gorgeous pieces, with an Argentine twist. Exactly what I was looking for. 

































































In today's video I felt like you needed to know about the one lip balm that cured my chapped lips, among other things so, that's that...priorities, you know?.






Sunday, June 17, 2018

Lessons Learned From an Empties Video


I never thought the day would come when I wouldn't like a Lancome product. Who knew. Energie de Vie smells actually energizing, with a citrus, and chic scent, but still...I wear it, and see nothing, feel nothing. It's like applying water with a tiny bit of moisture and a very cool scent. That's it. 

Have you tried this "Antioxidant and anti fatigue liquid care" ? If you like it let me know how this works and how you use it please? Thank you! 

I don't really see any benefits on my skin from using it. And I don't think the money was well spent here. Luckily it came in one of those Christmas boxes, practically for free so that's good. 

In other news, if you are into Mantras (yes... there's one inspired by the shirt I'm wearing below) you may enjoy this video. 

I think that empties videos can actually be very useful because it's almost like a reality check for good and bad products. Have a great day!

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Healing From Emotionally Abusive Relationships & Wellbeing Tips




































To prove that we shouldn't underestimate the power of a good dish washing 
session, I came up, while dedicating myself to this daily duty, with 4 tips that will help you move forward in your healing journey. This can also be applied to anybody that could benefit from diving into the benefits of well being.  

The 4 tips I mention in this video are:

1. Friends and Family
2. Therapy
3. Self Care
4. Learn as much as you can about toxic people and their behaviors.

What I didn't mention in the video is that by "I do yoga" I really mean "I do yoga with Adriene's videos like a fanatic person" I do yoga every time I feel off or unbalanced and I also go out for walks or bike rides in nature (see pic above, I do have a thing for bridges too, but that's a different story). I truly believe those two activities have played a huge role in my overall wellbeing. 

Do you have any wellbeing tips? Let me know! 

Alu



Sunday, June 10, 2018

5 of my Argentinian Food Recipes























If you check out the Food section of this blog you will see that I'm a bit of a foodie, and enjoy food a lot! I have a few videos and blog posts on the subject, and today I'm talking about Argentine Empanadas







Dulce de Leche,






























flan





and a special spinach tart that kids love.






I also talk about a mouth watering cheese platter that combines fruits, honey and different cheeses, that is a savior kind of a deal when it comes to having people over.


 In this video I explain how I feel about these foods over a delicious cup of coffee with milk ( cafe con leche) and cookies, of course. 

Have you ever tried Empanadas? What about Dulce de Leche? 














Thursday, June 7, 2018

Emotional Manipulation Tactics Series: Guilt Tripping, Shaming & Projecting the Blame




Just a short message saying that this may be the last video on abusive tactics. Next, let's focus on things to do about this.

If someone comes to you with these sorts of behaviors, if you can, run! If not, do not tolerate this, you just can't deal with these people, or change them!

Next, I will be sharing a few ideas I've had lately on dealing with all this. For now, let's be aware. Awareness is a huge first step.






P.S. More on this series: How to Identify Narcissistic Emotional PredatorsPlaying The Victim Role, Denial or a Simple Case of Lying.


Friday, June 1, 2018

Taking Selfies Doesn't Make You a Narcissist - WORLD NARCISSISTIC ABUSE AWARENESS DAY




Today is World Narcissistic Abuse Awareness Day (WNAAD) and I filmed a video that I've had on my mind for a long time. "Taking Selfies Doesn't Make You a Narcissist". 

There are 9 personality traits that serve as a guide for Counselors and Therapists to diagnose this disease. Let me be very clear. Taking selfies is not one of them. It is not even an indicator in an of itself. Does it suggest grandiosity? It could, but does it suggest mind games, emotional and sometimes physical abuse, emotional manipulation, projection, lying, and lack of empathy? I don't think so.

A person with Narcissistic personality disorder (NPD) can damage others terribly. It is rarely treated because, by definition, it's practically impossible. So, what do we need to do? Focus on prevention and effective treatment for the victims of abuse. 

Therapists and survivors all over the world are joining together today, June 1st, to raise awareness about this, and to provide free tools for both, survivors, and professionals. 

WNAAD says:

While many mental health professionals have an understanding of the definition of narcissism, few truly understand what it does to the victim of the abuse.

Narcissistic abuse can cause mental, cognitive and physical health issues for victims, which can last for years after they escape an abusive relationship. Many victims develop Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) or complex PTSD and the road to recovery is long and difficult.


In today's video I explain why taking selfies doesn't make you a Narcissist, and invite you to learn about the ways you can protect yourself from emotionally abusive people.