Ultimate summer skin care before and after sun!

Hello summer! Its true some of us only get few months of summer over the year and sometimes we even wanna pack some of the sun for winter, but that doesn’t mean dry or burned skin, that over time will mean damage skin.

So dears today we are planning our vacation and my mind already travels to palms and blue sea.

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Even so i must say that i’m always ready for sun. Even in winter time, i use my Clarins moisturizer with a broad spectrum SPF of 15 or higher to reduce the risk of skin cancer and premature skin aging caused by the sun. I love this formula because is multi-hidratant, leaving a very soft and matte finish, a must during hot summer days.

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What about UVA and UVB?

A long story short: the sunlight that reaches us has two types of rays: long wave ultraviolet A (UVA) and short wave ultraviolet B (UVB). The UVA rays, are the most harmful, that penetrate deep into the dermis, the skin’s thickest layer.

We may think its all marketing but unprotected exposure can cause premature skin aging and wrinkling and UVB rays, the chef cause of skin reddening and sunburn, wil burn the superficial layers of your skin, that canΒ lead to a sensible immune system.

When in summer, me as MrUTer always use a very high protection moisturizer, like 50+ SPF with both UVA and UVB filters from Clarins, because we like researched products.

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For after sun all we need is a ultra-hydrating moisturizer, to revitalize and soften our skin, such as the after sun from Clarins that also prolongs a healthy tan.

Please let us know how you prepare for summer and what are your summer favorites when it comes to sun protection.

XOXO

Roswell, you have big competition!

Well hello my lovely readers! Wondering probably why the title of this post started with Roswell. Its not off the topic, this i promise. This weekend i had an escape in Romania and did a road trip from the capital Bucharest to the mountain in Brasov.

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On our way, we thought to make a stop for refreshments at an autogrill called ETU, who just blow our expectations.

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My friends told me in April, when this place opened, that i have to see it since is “something else” and “Roswell is in Romania too”.

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We joked about it for some time now, until this weekend when i saw my self. Its awsome! I love the details those people put in this place, from aliens bigger then you, to colors and lunch design. Is so american and so Roswell like.

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Mr UTer and i had such a great time here, i loved the food and the staff is amazing.

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Everything here makes you feel over the ocean, even if its only 4 hours from home. Simply great!

Hello Paris!

Hello from Paris! We are back to Paris and God i missed it.

We’ve been gone for some time now and let me tell you how much i missed my mornings here. And is not because is Paris, it has nothing to do. Just that Mr UTer and i have some spots we love here.

Yesterday we went early in the morning to Montmartre at Sacre Coeur and the top view was amazing. I love going there early in the morning when people aren’t much.

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In evening we had for dinner ravioli. The best place to have a great ravioli is at Bir-Hakeim metro station at Le Bistrot de la Tour.

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Today we started the day with a power walk. Is such a nice day today!

We go around Seine because i love wondering around the boats and having coffee at Pont d’Alma.

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Now we enjoy breakfast at Ralph’s with the most tasty pancakes. You must try it, they are delicious.

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I wonder, if you are in Paris, what are your favorite things to do, where to go and eat. I would love to know it!

XOXO

Turkey – Spices over Mediterana

Hello from Mediterranean coast! Summer, blue waves, colored drinks and lots of spices and aromas! Love all of it!

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We’re in Turkey from over a week now and i’m mesmerized with all i saw and tasted! I’ve seen palms like in Caraibe, blue sea and white sand as Bali, all the aromas and spices you can get as in India. This place has it all and more.

We are booked on a hotel in a true tropical place, between mountain, the greeny palms, white sand and blue sea. What could we want more? Wake up with such view took our breath away.

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Also we spent so much time on the sea, being lucky to lunch with the best mediteranean chef in Turkey and taste the most delicious turkish dinner on the antalyan coast.

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We totally love our time here so far, everything is so beautiful, amazing us on each step we take.

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We would like to know what are your travel destinations for this summer, where will you escape the hot summer and who knows, maybe we could share some tips together.

XOXO

One day in Monaco

Hello everyone! We’ve been on CotΓ¨ de Azur for the last weeks and we’ve had captured some great views of Monaco and discovered a great place where to enjoy a lovely day, that we wish to share with you too.

So here we go! Early in the mornings Mr UpTer and I went for a power walk and then reward ourselfs with a great french coffee with view over riviera.

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We lunched mostly at the most beautiful situated restaurant in Monaco, with an amazing view. Colors of the restaurant design so perfectly matched with an exceptional service.

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Even if you are only passing through Monaco, please make a stop at Elsa restaurant (Av. Princesse Grace, 98000 Monaco). Its a great spot to enjoy a great meal, colored cocktails, quiet and relaxing with a view of millions.

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XOXO

Dinner is served!

It is super easy to prepare and so light for dinner.

Below are the ingredients list and how to prepare it.

Hope you will love it as much as we did!

XOXO

History And Traditions Of Valentine’s Day Around The World

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Today you don’t say those words just to your life partener, but to all the special people in your life.

This romantic celebration has deep roots in our history and many different traditions and customs around the world. So we thought it would be fun to go back in time and see where it all started. Well now, we all know that on February 14 we celebrate Saint Valentine’s Day, but have you ever wondered who is this mysterious saint and how old is this celebration now?

This is a centuries-old celebration

We’ll start with the fact that this is a centuries-old celebration, by some back in the Middle Ages – where was a popular belief in France and England that birds began to mate in the middle of February – or back in the ancient Roman time, where rituals where taken place.

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It is belived that this is a pagan celebration of Lupercalia, a fertility festival dedicated to Faunus (Roman God of Agriculture) and to the Roman founders Romulus and Remus. The Luperci members, an order of Roman priests, where gathering during this festival in a sacared cave, where was belived that infants Romulus and Remus have been cared by a she-wolf or lupa. Here were performing sacrifice rituals for fertility and purification, where the Roman woman welcomed the touch of the sacrified goat hides. Also according to the legend young woman were placing their names in a big urn, from where the Roman bachelors would choose a name to become paired with for a year, often ending in marriage.

Otherwise, there are many legends about Saint Valentine, but one recognized by the Catholic Curch contends that a priest named Valentine, serving in the third century in Rome, was outlawing marriages for young lovers in secret, despite the decision of Emperor Claudius II that single man made better choises then those with wifes. Discovering the actions of Valentine, the Emperor Claudius II ordered his death. From here the celebration in the middle of February, to commemorate the anniversary of Valentine’s death, that occured around a.d. 270.

Cartes d’amities in France

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Today, Valentine’s Day is a festival of love. All around the world on this day people exchange love. In France we exchange greetings by an old custom through elegant cards with tender messages that are called “cartes d’amities” with fresh flowers, heart chocolate and love gifts.

Same now in Britain, where young woman used to wake up before sunrise of Valentine’s Day, beliving that the first man they see will be their husband.

In the nordic countries the Love Day is celebrated with red roses, love card and candle light dinners as a part of ancient culture.

In USA this is the most popular festival of love, even if this is a celebration imported from England in the 19th century. The americans not only exchange greetings and gifts with the partner, but also with all the closed people. The greeting cards sold on Valentine’s Day are on the second place after Christmas cards.

Giri-choco in Japan

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In Japan there is a custom of men receiving two types of chocolate gifts from woman. First type called “giri-choco” is for friends and close male with no romantic obligation and second, “honmei-choco”, made by girls themselfs for their love partner, as a statement of true love.

Honmei-choco in Japan

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Of course there are many more countries that celebrate this day and we could tell about many other customs, but now is time to create our own traditions on this lovely day and spend it with the one we love.

XOXO