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How to wear your sexy dress in cold season without being frozen



There is no denying it now, the winter Christmas crazy party season is just around the corner…diaries will soon be booked up with nights out, office get togethers, dinners, drinks…you name it…all needing a fabulous outfit to wow your peers with. BUT…that age old problem will rear its ugly head when it comes to flimsy party dresses… how do you keep warm!!

Now, while there are some of us who live and die by the winter rule of cab to club, meaning that they don’t enter the outside world at all on a night out. Instead opting to jump from a taxi into a venue with the minimum amount of time outside. The majority of us however are forced to step outside to get from a to b and there are a few simple tricks that you can follow to look AMAZING in your skimpy dress but also keep yourself warm while in transit. 


First up…tights…now I know, these are not the most attractive accessories to have in your closet but in winter they are a must have. Depending on what dress you choose to wear, I would highly recommend having the appropriate coloured tights to match. That’s why I think black is a great choice for winter nights out, as you can pair with plain or patterned black tights that not only look good but keep your legs cosy and warm. Skin coloured tights don’t really look that great and are also by nature quite thin so won’t keep you as warm as their black counterparts. 

Anyway, black is always a more dramatic and sexy vibe for wild nights out! 


Or, if you're a brave mini dress lover and it's hard for you to give it up even in the cold winter, a pair of knee high boot is also a good defence against the cold. But NEVER try to match the boots with your knee length skirt, believe me, this may not make your sexy legs look that long.


Next trick is to invest in a serious winter coat to keep as much heat in as possible when out and about. Definitely choose a long floor length number here. Adds to the flamboyance of your look and keeps not only your body but your ankles warm as well! I would go for a fitted number when picking out a coat. This means you can make you outerwear part of your look by adding on a matching belt to cinch in your waist and complete your night time silhouette. 


If you are a hat person, then by all means this is your time to shine. Hats can add a fun and functional element to your look and can complete an outfit and up your style stakes while still keeping you warm. Berets are a great choice for the Christmas party season, as they seem to remain timeless and elegant and are super snug. 


Finally don’t forget some gloves….black leather…always a good choice. So gorgeous and a really high end, classy, finishing touch to any look. You could go for a vibrant colour either like a dramatic bright neon pink or a Christmassy red. Just don’t pick a woollen pair for night time…stick with the more expensive looking style of glove. Remember, you need to have your look in equal parts night owl and snug as a bug! 

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Tropical Stew: Pineapple And Chicken With Curry Sauce

Here is one of my favorite tropical Asian cuisine flavors. You can either cook this like a stew in a cooking pan or cook it in a casserole form in the oven. I actually do it this way but I found plenty of other recipes which are similar to just small differences,  some of them used onion, coconut milk instead of cream, or mango instead of pineapple. If you are a creative cook like me you can make this tropical stew using your favorite flavors from the mentioned ingredients or dare to add your own. 

Here is the original recipe in Swedish "Kycklinggryta med curry & ananas".




INGREDIENTS (SERVING FOR 6 PEOPLE)

400-500g chicken fillet
Butter to frying
1-2 tablespoons curry
1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 red bell pepper 
4 dl chicken broth 1dl = 100 ml 
4 rings of pineapple or cubes (fresh or can)
2.5 dl cream 1.054 cup
salt and pepper
Maizena (cornstarch) to rescue Optional *

INSTRUCTIONS

Cut the chicken fillets into cubes and then fry them a little in a pan with butter on low heat.
Meanwhile cut the pineapple and the bell peppers into cubes too. 
Season the chicken with salt, pepper and half of the curry.
Put the chicken in a saucepan and add the bell pepper.
Pour the broth and simmer for 10 minutes.
Then add the pineapples to smaller pieces.
Add the cream and taste with more curry & pineapple pad.
Cook for another 10 minutes. 

Then add maizena (cornstarch)  to get the desired consistency and serve it with rice. 

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Mount Pelee Visit

Here is a quick update since I am very busy these days. Yesterday we went to do some sightseeing again outside of our village Les Trois-Îlets. This time we head to the volcano Mount Pelee. On our way, we stopped at a small waterfall where Julia and her daddy took a dip in the water as we say in Sweden. 

When we arrived at the panorama viewpoint, Julia and I decided to take a break and grab something at the restaurant while David continued hiking up to the volcano top.










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Pineapple A Day

First, I did not know that there is actually a Pineapple Day on 27 June, some day 20 May. I see pineapples everywhere here on the island so I couldn't resist it. Julia did not understand what it was hehe, she was trying to play with it as a ball at first until she realized it was too heavy to play with. 

We love fresh Pineapple, they make a perfect fruit salad and delicious cocktails. As I usually like to make my researches on almost everything I looked for the benefits of pineapples because they are rarely mentioned. And I am glad I found some good news about them which I am sharing with you below.




Health benefits of pineapple


Immune system support

Pineapple contains half of the daily-recommended value of vitamin C, according to the FDA. Vitamin C is a primary water-soluble antioxidant that fights cell damage, according to the Linus Pauling Institute at Oregon State University. This makes vitamin C a helpful fighter against problems such as heart disease and joint pain.

Bone strength

Pineapple may help you keep standing tall and strong. The fruit contains nearly 75 percent of the daily-recommended value of the mineral manganese, which is essential in developing strong bones and connective tissue, according to the Linus Pauling Institute. One 1994 study suggested that manganese, along with other trace minerals, may be helpful in preventing osteoporosis in post-menopausal women. 

Eye health

“Pineapples can help reduce the risk of macular degeneration, a disease that affects the eyes as people age, due in part to its high amount of vitamin C and the antioxidants it contains,” Flores said. 

Digestion

Like many other fruits and vegetables, pineapple contains dietary fiber, which is essential in keeping you regular and in keeping your intestines healthy, according to the Mayo Clinic. But unlike many other fruits and veggies, pineapple contains significant amounts of bromelain, an enzyme that breaks down protein, possibly helping digestion, according to the American Cancer Society.

Anti-Inflammatory benefits

“Due to a complex mixture of substances that can be extracted from the core of the pineapple, well known as bromelain, pineapples can help reduce severe inflammation ... and can reduce tumor growth,” Flores said. A variety of studies have indicated that bromelain may be helpful in treating osteoarthritis, though more research is needed. 

Excessive inflammation is often associated with cancer, and according to the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, bromelain and other proteolytic enzymes have been shown to increase the survival rates of animals with various tumors. There is not yet, however, clinical evidence to show that such results will happen in humans. 

Blood clot reduction

Flores noted that because of their bromelain levels, pineapples can help reduce excessive coagulation of the blood. This makes pineapple a good snack for frequent fliers and others at risk for blood clots.

Common cold and sinus inflammation

In addition to having lots of vitamin C, pineapple’s bromelain may help reduce mucus in the throat and nose, according to the University of Maryland Medical Center. So if your cold has you coughing, try some pineapple chunks. Those with allergies may want to consider incorporating pineapple into their diets more regularly to reduce sinus mucus long term.








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Adjusting To The New Lifestyle

Here we are adjusting to our new lifestyle and daily routine. The beach is our main daily activity until I started my course this Monday,  now I am trying to make a schedule so that we do different things each day. On the other hand, I dedicate about 4 hours a day for studying divided between Julia afternoon nap and bedtime around 19:00 if I am lucky. Studying online on distance is such a great idea for people with my circumstances. I actually observe more when I study individually and in my home involvement.

Our social life at the moment is just around the rest of Davids colleagues. We have been invited to hangouts and a kids birthday party of one of the colleagues who are also here with their families. It was fun and we had time to share our stories and experiences from our first days here. I also had a couple of conversations with locals and other expats that work here in the service business and I gathered some info and tips for getting by in the island, which I will be sharing later on People Abroad.





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Instagram Flashback: Marrakech

The good thing about social media accounts, is that they keep a journal of our life memories that at certain times they might not seem important until a couple of years has passed. 

Yesterday I checked out my old private Instagram account and found lots of lovely travel photos that I did not share with you here on the blog. These ones right here are from my 6 months stay in Morocco / Marrakech trying to arrange my residency in Sweden year 2013. I had a great opportunity during those months to explore lots of parts of Morocco and make use of the waiting time.

Marrakech is where my father comes from. We used to visit my grandparents' village sometimes on summer holidays when I was a kid. And I made sure to visit the village one more time as an adult during that period to meet my grandfather and the rest of my dad's relatives. 

Personally apart from the complicated culture and boundaries for local females, Morocco is such a beautiful country. Especially the quiet places away from the crowded big cities. These pictures threw me back to those moments of connecting with my roots. 









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