Monthly Archives September 2011


London is the Reason

I could be here and ramble all day only giving you reasons why me and the boyfriend are packing our lives into a humongous suitcase and move to London. But I really don’t think I need to say much.

Some things are just meant to be, and we shouldn’t be delayers of our own fate. Live in the moment and make your dreams come true. Do whatever makes you happy but remember sometimes you have to risk it all to take it to the next level.
It was the city I’ve visited most and it was the only one who stole my heart. It’s true when people say images are worth a thousand words. You’ll get the point.

English tea anyone?

Rita ♥


18 Things To Do When You’re Sick

Today I woke up feeling like a hot mess, sore throat, swollen tonsils, ear pain, and some awful menstrual cramps included. Such an awful way to start a day… calling in sick, delaying some errands, and a day ahead feeling like crap home alone.

Long has gone the time when being sick meant being the star of the day, when your mommy pampered you with all the comfort food you loved and gave you the cough syrup herself with a flying spoon. Sadly, back then we didn’t have these! Well, you’re on your own now and it’s all on you, here’s some tips to make sure you take good care of yourself, because being sick doesn’t have to suck at all!

1. Watch funny videos online – Others misfortune will make you feel quite better and it will give you something to laugh about, despite your miserable looks. Try Failblog compilations or LOLcats, they make my day.

2. A whole day of TV shows – Why not? You can, right? Old TV shows, reruns, new episodes, soap operas, whatever you like. The remote is all yours today.

3. …Or Chick flicks – No boyfriend around means you can catch up on those girly movies you’ve been dying to see for some time now.

4. Grab some old magazines – Funny thing is, unless they’re fashion issues, you’ll be surprised how women magazines will still be updated after a couple of years.

5. Cuddling with your pet in bed – Your pet senses your sick grumpiness, and will keep you company all day! Cats absolutely love naps, and for what i know, dogs love’em too.

6. Write yourself a love letter – Love yourself. You’re sick but still beautiful. It’s very difficult to truly love someone when you don’t love yourself. Why? Because if you don’t love yourself, you’ll find it difficult to accept that someone else can love you.
And if you have difficulty accepting another person’s love, you’ll inevitably be constantly seeking reassurance, allowing jealousy or suspicion to creep in, which can cause problems in a relationship. Enjoy the process! List the things you love about you, what you’re good at, think of the things you want to work on, and the things you absolutely don’t want to become and write them down.

7. Don’t care about your looks – It’s your DGAF day! No make up, no showering, no perfume or scented body lotion, no straightening your hair… Throw on some comfy pjs, a warm blanket, ugly socks and bunny slippers, and feel welcome in comfort land.

8. Open a box of memories – It feels good to hold on to those little bits of your past. Remember your childhood years, your first love, your first summer vacations with friends, beach days with the family collecting sea shells, the fun you had with your grandparents house… Memories are part of who we are and we must cherish them.

9. Eat whatever you want – It’s one of those rare days when you’re sick, you deserve it. Grab some of your favorite comfort junk food! Cheetos, twinkies, gummy bears, chips, a chocolate bar, cakes… Forget about dieting, counting all the calories you eat, don’t worry! You’ll hit the gym as soon as you feel better and run a bit more than your exercise plan.

10. Drink lots of tea – You have to keep your body hydrated. Tea gives you the same amount of water than water itself plus all the healthy benefits of tea leaves. It’s proven that a cup of hot tea provides your body a sense of relaxation and creates a calmer yet more alert state of mind, it’s packed with antioxidants and eases irritability, headaches and nervous tension.

11. Scour the internets! You know you want to. Your boss and colleagues ain’t peaking on your computer now. Catch up on Facebook, your favorite blogs, Tumblr, Fancy and Pinterest all day long: they are my favorites!

12. Ask your boyfriend for an extra dose of love – You’ve got a free pass today, use it.. don’t exaggerate though, nobody likes a cry baby! He can bring you your favorite chocolate or candy and cuddle with you all night, he’ll be happy to know he’s making his part on making you feel better.

13. Check out the new fashion trends – Every brand catalogue or lookbook is available online. Delight your eyes with some good trends for the upcoming season.

14. Call a long time friend or someone of your family – Ask them how they are, catch up a bit,  and due to your illness it’s okay to whine a little, they’ll comfort you. Tell them you miss them and take the chance to invite them to do something fun next weekend!

15. Read a good book – Catch up on your reading, don’t choose a book that will eventually make you sad though.

16. Play games on your laptop or iPad – Make sure to download the funniest, most stupid and nonsense games you find.

17. Cut yourself some slack, will ya? – Be easy on yourself, nobody expects you to do heavy intellectual tasks today… work can wait until tomorrow!

18. Stop worrying – Don’t worry about cleaning the house, take it easy. Dusting can wait, vacuuming also! Honestly, unless it’s really really messy and dirty… nobody will care about it but you, really.


Get well and remember tomorrow will be better,

Rita Fontes♥


Images found on 12sthollowway and imagineddreams


Cream of Tomato Soup

Even though tomato soup is not common in the portuguese gastronomy, I gotta admit I became a fan when I first tried it on an express lunch in our last trip to London. For a quick meal it gave me such a fuzzy warmy feeling inside… delicious comfort food, and perfect for welcoming the new season!

I confess I almost forgot about it until I stumbled upon Cupcakes and Cashmere‘s heavenly looking Cream of Tomato Soup. Needless to say me and the boyfriend just had to attempt doing this and I gotta tell you this has become a favorite for colder days! We followed this recipe and switched the chicken stock for vegetable stock and the dairy cream for a non-dairy alternative to cream (I usually use AlproSoya cream), and turned it into a vegan delight… to die for.

Fresh ingredients are halfway to success…

…to achieve a delicious cream of fresh tomato soup!

Enjoy your meal,

Rita Fontes ♥