it's all about how we feel inside + you are lovely, really.

We are back into the land of the internet, and waiting about five hours for our flight from Santiago to Punta Arenas (which will eventually lead to us going home to a freezing cold house, but I'm trying not to think about that part too much). I'll be posting some of our trip highlights over the next few days. Now just a quick update to mention some random things I'm excited about. 

Excited to be back! I've been reading your beautiful comments and notes and emails. And need to say thank you so much! 

{thank you by dommie}

And happy to have gotten away! Our beach vacation wasn't warm, and we needed to wrap up in our puffy jackets a handful of time, but it was lovely to be away, exploring new parts, floating in a different (+ prettier) accent, perusing outstanding bookstores (hardly possible in Chile) and enjoying a little break and each other. 

{le bateau volant etoile by anna ziliz}

My next obsession: maternity clothes! We stumbled into a winter wonderland (or winter's end) sale for maternity wear. I bought the belly band a while back (essentially a band that is supposed to hide unbuttoned pants, and works OK but certainly not "seamlessly"). I didn't wear it much, because I could still button my jeans under the growing belly, but that admittedly was growing increasingly uncomfortable. And wearing my larger shirts and sweaters over kinda sloppy looking pants just wasn't very hot. While elastic jeans that rise halfway up the ole ribcage may not sound hot, oh, believe you me, it is... kinda. 
{photo : unkown : please let me know if it's yours}

Trying on the clothes was fun. The woman kept bringing me shirts I never would have tried by looking at them on the hanger. Then she kept making me add a fake full-term belly to each new item to see what it would look like further on down the line. Meanwhile, Serkan would say yay or nay, make sure I choose the right size (I tend to choose things that are too big for me) or tell the woman that such and such outfit wasn't my style while I was trying on something else (+ the dearheart was right every time!) My new wardrobe flatters the new belly in a way that my normal clothes couldn't. Plus did I mention the super end of winter sale (and Patagonian summers are often like other people's winters) = 2 for 1 on almost everything?

Meanwhile, I've been trying to bring back the youth. The hunt: facial skincare. I started taking care of my skin a little too late as it is. Being in Patagonia just aggravated my poor skin matters. Inhospitable in so many ways, our non-existent ozone, extreme winds, hard water and lack of accessibility to skin care products has only added to the weathered look. Getting such things in Chile also costs a pretty peso, since it's all imported. After being horrified at how much everything cost at a Kiehl's store at Santiago's most fancy mall, I found a display of Lumene products in one of the pharmacies. I'd never heard of the brand before, but they had me at "arctic cloudberry." Plus as soon as I saw the jars, I knew the products were Finnish (I'm Finnish and Irish, so I was lured in by that too). I know these aren't good reasons to purchase day cream, night cream and eye gel... but who here doesn't (for instance) choose their wines by the pretty labels they keep?

{arctic cloudberry also prefers inhospitable climes}

Verdict? I don't know if my skin looks any younger after using Lumene Vitamin C + Arctic Cloudberry for a week, but I can say that it is the best feeling cream I've ever tried. Doesn't feel greasy at all, and my skin feels well hydrated all day after applying it. End advertisement.

So, what skin care secrets do you keep in your medicine cabinet?


Ren- Lady Of The Arts said...

Hi H!
Glad you had a nice trip! Looking forward to the photos you'll share.

That cream sounds perfect- I like the name too.

Maternity shopping- my first time with my mum and my husband and same thing the woman kept INSISTING I add the belly, to the point that I started crying and left the store-
Ah hormones.
Glad you are feeling well- Hope it is a bit warmer once you get home!
all the best!

Anna Walker said...

I am glad you had a great trip! I like the beach when it is cold because then you can just walk and explore! :)

I am glad you had fun shopping for maternity clothes! And how late is too late that you started taking care of your skin?!

Claire Kiefer said...

I wanna see pics of pregs clothes!!! Wish I could have gone shopping for maternity clothes with you :(

Jen said...

Sounds like a great trip! YAY for maternity clothes!! I'm sure you very much deserved a new wardrobe.

Also, I think I want a belly band for when my jeans aren't fitting right, haha.


Josie said...

My best skincare secret is so basic -- Neutrogena moisturizer is the greatest stuff ever created. And regarding maternity clothes, I worked at a consignment shop that sold maternity clothes awhile back and highly recommend searching there... It's such a temporary thing.
xo Josie

Kerry said...

Hi Heather. So glad to hear you had such a lovely time with lots of fun and relaxation. I don't think we have fake bellies in maternity shops here, but then again it has been a few decades for me! I just wanted to let you know that Cuppie arrived safely today (thank you for the lovely note) so I will be plotting and planning his/her Australian visit!

Krystal said...

awww welcome back!! I always think maternity clothes are so cute...and kind of can't wait to buy some. it's weird, i know!
and i need to start taking care of my skin, huh :(

Signe said...

Hihi, Arctic Cloudberry! We call them Multebær and they are my favorite berries but I never heard the English name for them :)

And I swear to Lancôme GÉNIFIQUE youth serum and crème, it's lovely but a tad pricy.

Krysten @ After 'I Do' said...

Welcome back and cannot wait to see pics from your trip!

I have no skin care advice... I'm breaking out HORRIBLY right now, from stress I believe. So not fun!

Abby said...

So glad to hear that you had a wonderful trip, and can't wait to hear more about it! Glad to hear about your maternity clothes shopping session! That's really cool that Serkan was helping you out. =)

DolceDreams said...

Ahhh, Maternity clothes....don't get me going... Thank goodness you can get cool ones now!
Enjoy every moment,

Islandia Lane said...

I love Josie Maran argan oil - it's the best!

First time by you blog and really enjoyed reading this post - seems you guys had a great trip - can't wait to see some pictures!

And also the header picture for your blog... I'm in love with it and the quote the goes along with it.

Indie.Tea said...

Sometimes, well, often, I think the beach is nicer when its cold. Certainly, here in California...I think that the cold weather makes it more beautiful.
And your shopping trip sounds so sweet and lovely :)

Poppies and Sunshine said...

So glad you had a nice trip! I wish I had some skin care secrets! That must have been so fun to try on maternity clothes. How exciting!

MarchMusings said...

Hard to find the right moisturiser. Glad you had a great trip!

Elena said...

Heather, so happy to hear your getaway was enjoyable, and about your score on those maternity clothes!! I loved the belly band. Looking forward to more pictures of your trip XOXO

Faiza said...

love hearing about your pregnancy journey!

and flowers pick themselves said...

lovely post dear! i am a fan of anything aveeno.


xo Alison

kelli g. { bug miscellany } said...

glad you had a lovely trip. :)

the best skincare regime i've found, is using mineral make-up with a built in SPF. i think of it as an investment into my future face. :P

ps - i put up a book recommendation for you on my post 'sharing the love' if you're still looking for a new read. :)

masterofboots said...

These pics are so lovely! and congrats on your pregnancy

Giovanna ♥ said...

So cute! You have a beautiful blog :)
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