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Roasted veggies

Just want to be under your blanket while finishing your chips packet due to bad weather. Yeah, I know this is a comfy solution but with a high risk  of imbalance your body and impact badly your mood. To cheer up and have your belly happy, I let you an easy to do recipe and with delicious taste.

INGREDIENTS for 1 person

  • 2 to 3 heads of cabbage romanesco or if you can not find use 1 broccoli
  • 1/2 lawyer
  • 1 or 2 sweet potatoes
  • Some dried tomatoes
  • Olive oil
  • Salt
  • Pepper

INSTRUCTION

  1. Set aside the plate of your oven
  2. Preheat oven to 200 ° C
  3. Peel sweet potatoes and cut into large cubes
  4. Roughly cut the heads of the romanesco cabbage
  5. Take the oven tray and place cooking paper
  6. Place the cabbage and sweet potatoes on the plate
  7. Salt and pepper
  8. Drizzle with olive oil (the equivalent of 2 large tablespoons)
  9. Mix vegetables
  10. Bake for 20 – 30 minutes
  11. During cooking, cut the 1/2 avocado into strips
  12. Cut the dried tomatoes into small cubes
  13. Remove the roasted vegetables and put them in a bowl or plate
  14. Sprinkle with dried tomatoes and decorate with avocado

Enjoy!

Vegan crusty peaches

This late summer has like an autumn air before time! Instead lying my couch to chill with Netflix, I decided to prepare a good peach pie  before watching the series Chewing Gum. Easy to make and cheap, here’s something to delight our taste buds 😉

INGREDIENTS for 5 people

  • For dough
    • 220g plain flour
    • 1 tablespoon caster sugar
    • 1/4 teaspoon salt
    • 125g cold margarine
    • 60ml of ice water
    • 1 spoon of vanilla extract
  • For the pie
    • 4 to 5 peaches

INSTRUCTION

  1. Preheat oven to 200 ° C
  2. Mix the flour, sugar and salt in a large bowl, then mix with a fork.
  3. Cut the margarine into cubes. Spread them over the mixture and stir with a fork to coat them with flour.
  4. Incorporate margarine with a fork until the dough looks like a coarse semolina.
  5. Pour in ice water and stir evenly. If the paste appears too friable, add water gradually and mix.
  6. When the dough forms a compact coarse ball, it is ready.
  7. Place a cloth on the bowl and leave the dough at least one hour in the fridge.
  8. Lower the dough with a rolling pin.
  9. Peel and cut peaches.
  10. Place the fruit in the middle of the dough leaving 5 cm around.
  11. Gently fold the edges over the topping, forming folds all around the fruit without covering them completely.
  12. Brush the dough with water and sprinkle with sugar to brown the crust.
  13. Bake in the oven for 15 to 30 minutes at 200 ° C.

Enjoy!

How to Sselfcare with no bank breakdown?

Healthy Eating – Doing Sports – Taking care of one’s body and mind are themes that have long been on the rise. But for some time the bio, vegetarianism or veganism are more than trend without mentioning sports and philosophy like yoga, pilates and fitness. Ok, we want to, but often when you take a closer look it costs an eye to want to shop in an organic bar or to buy a subscription in a nice yoga center. We have the feeling that we do not give a damn about us, that the people behind this business put their own pockets while our people are emptying at the speed of lightning.

Not to mention the fact that good, often it makes good on your instagram a vegetal latte but often the taste is confusing or even “disgusting mom” (see my kiddos) and 4 latte for you and your kids it cost you the price of ‘a good meal at the local Mac Donald’ And there are gifts in the happy meal box eh! ” (always my kids). And your man who breaks the slab after a quinoa salad at what a thousand dollars talks about the steak fries and the quarter of wine he could have typed with an espresso to finish finds it really too stupid.

OKAY OK!! But it is proven that a healthy lifestyle warns us of many illnesses and physical disorders (goodbye endocrine disrupters that put down my hormonal system). In recent years, I have tested a lot of things to better live while controlling my budget from a family of 5 to the average standard of living. What I have chosen first is that you have to be pragmatic and then three simple tricks so you do not find yourself making too many compromises between your health and the rest.

1. Eat local and seasonal when you can

Nothing new, a classic of its kind! Yes, but not as simple as it sounds. For example, I live in the Loire Valley and frankly in winter the fruits and vegetables available give desire to cry. Cortège of potatoes, cabbages, salads and apples and pears that is all … It really does not dream even if it is not expensive. My challenge was to discover the many varieties of tubers, cabbage and winter fruits (eg quince and squash killings) and the recipes of yesteryear customized 2017 to brighten my plates and satisfy my taste buds. It paid more than I do not want to lie, I still have to offer products off season because I sometimes die in the winter to eat tomatoes that have grown under a greenhouse and artificial lights.

2. Go to the simplest

For food and sport you can quickly want to consume the best that the health market offers. The products of super effective brands and super good to the packaging of hell or this course of yoga fitness given by this goddess of prof to more than 60 euros the workshop. When you can it’s really cool, when it’s not the case it’s trench warfare with his banker and his conscience. My schedule allows me to prepare the majority of my home meals and in advance. So I find myself there when I want to order me a yogurt vegan coco Coconut Cult  at $115 the 65 pots…silence…Well I’m preparing a dozen home made. For the sport, at the simplest also, cycling in the countryside and great walks. For the more intense activities I do at home, I chose to invest in very good yoga equipment like Chattra Yoga or La Vie Boheme Yoga only because it is an activity that I practice every day and many times during the day. I do not advise anyone to put a lot of money into material if you are not an absolutely a hard core fan of the sport.

3. Taking advantage of technological progress

For this internet is a blessing! With all the resources online (blogs, social networks, webzine) one can have access to a number of courses, recipes, techniques either free or really at a price that best adjusts with its budget. I am a crazy forum also to share his tips and tricks but also his difficulties. Of course the difficulty is to find the right interlocutor so it still requires quite a bit of investment in time and know a minimum what we are looking for. But it remains for me a super database to recover ideas on health. I love Black Girl in Om or 21 Ninety about the black women’s selfcare but also Food Heaven for their vegetarian guide.

It is true that this requires to readjust a lot of habits in your daily life and also, if you are a couple, that your spouse adheres to your way of life (I am vegan and he or my children are). There is a good deal of negotiation with others and the demands of your everyday life. You have to know how to adapt and let things take place step by step. It took me almost 3 years and I’m far from a  role model (when I’m on the edge I thank the industry god for inventing the frozen veggies haha!). That’s why I spoke at the beginning of pragmatism, if we keep our feet on the ground we can think peacefully about what is possible or not according to your life. And then, see how to improve it. For me it is better to do his best than nothing at all especially when it comes to your health!

 

 

 

Finally the week end – 6 things I like

Thanks god here is the weekend! I can slow down and roll 1) in my blanket 2) molded in my sofa and scroll down web pages on my tablet. Take the time to discover the news which thrilled or  grunted social networks.

Fenty Beauty By Rihanna .  The most crazy commercial launch of the year with its surprises and drama (See the bad buzz of Sephora France – available only in french sorry…). The range seems to be super large and amazing. 46 shades … I mean heart attack, they had to tear their heads to realize this job! WELL DONE! And the packaging is just so modern … It gives a kick in the black cosmetics sector in France that really needs to be energized. With a composition eventually impeccable and 100% cruelty free, what does mom ask then? Uh just a few hours to wallow on the Fenty Beauty corner at Sephora 🙂

Since thursday New York Fashion Week is launched. Some themes are again discussed, the thinness of the models but also the representativeness especially of black models. It reminded me a TEDxTALK conference led by Ebonee Davis TedxTalk visibility of black women in fashion industry. A powerful message.

Among the new faces of diversity, I had a crush for this beauty Nicole Sadiee. I am pretty sure her name will be on top soon <3

I discovered a fantastic artist via Instagram, Tanda Francis , New York sculptor. She is best known for her statue made in homage to Notorius B.I.G. I look forward to discover her work with my own eyes, there is something universal in her work.

I have always had a complicated relationship with the image of Solange. I was certainly wary of the side I am known because I am the girl, the sister … We know the song you have nothing to propose besides a network of madness for those who produce you next next please. How wrong! Interactive piece  she realized for the Tate Museum Gallery in London on black identity is deep, fair and highly sought after. I am convinced, this weekend I will discover his latest album that I had snubbed.

To finish this weekend, I will give myself 15 minutes to meditate on my yoga mat or my bed. I leave you the vidéo d’Ariane (in french) to discover this method of relaxation which helps so much to welcome more serenely the good and bad moments of his life.

 

My girl boss life or 2 years in jogging

Last week I suddenly realized that it had been 2 years since I left my position as Distribution Specialist in a big cosmetics company. 2 years to put everything I had in returning at university , educating my children, my couple then creating my company. F*** 2 years ?! I feel as if I have entered a temporal vortex you know  these in bad science fiction series, my ship is in full turbulence it trembles everywhere but I am the Captain in her seat in the center of this mess I have fears but I tell the team that I will do it, just trigger the only reactor that works. LOL of the extreme (my daughter if you read me forgive this access of jeunism).

So this morning, finally in this dawn because it is 5.00 actually there! So this morning I decided to slow down a little, to step back. 2 years?! What do I understand from these 2 years, to be a beginner entrepreneur? Let me tell you in 6 points:

 

The emotional lift

What I like is To Do List, planned over the long term. It reassures me like being in a warm blanket on a Sunday morning when freezing outside. Well this feeling of comfort, I have forgotten it since I am my very own boss! NOT A WEEK LOOKS LIKE !!!

My agenda of the day can change in a fraction of a second according to the priorities of the day. Like this time when I had a sale planned in Paris and the day before the carrier did not deliver at all (Noise of glasses that shatter in my head) … Leave everything in plan to get the products in a logistics center at the bottom half of the Paris region… Discover that half the products are broken the other half can’t be sold because the heat wave eh, the heat evaporated the creams (tears) … Back to take care of the children but the fridge is empty because 1) you did not go to grocery because  you managed a crisis 2) you did not think to call your man because you managed a crisis (yes I repeat myself). The adrenaline rises are numerous but at the end after 2 years, I take life as it comes … I BECAME BUDDHA (LOL!)

 

This can kill your glamorous potential

When I was working in Corporate environnement, I was wallowing in my closet, regularly replenished, happy to exploit the potential of my dressing room and my fashionista skills. The open space was like a podium, style, style and style again! That was before!!

In the last 2 years I spent most of the time  in my makeshift office, my living room, preparing a dissertation for my studies then business plans with their estimates. I was so in it that taking a shower seemed to be my most glamorous act of the day. I needed MAXIMUM comfort, jogging or legging and a scarf on my head and I was well … I have recently more me timeand rediscovered that there are other clothes than legging . Frankly, I never thought I’d say it but let go of my jogging is hard, it’s a real drug!

 

Meetings of the third type

Hilary Clinton said that it takes a whole village to raise a child and it’s the same thing to start a business. You have to get in touch with so many people to build your project. Agents of public organizations, bankers, real estate agents, project promoters, members of your professional network pro… To have a business project can awaken things buried among these interlocutors which swing them to you. There were days when I cried for a long time after I was told that I had better things to do than being  an entrepreneur. With 3 young children and that good path (meaning your african origins) I had already done beautiful things so no need to develop other ambitions.

This moment I got angry with a banker who explained to me that he did not want to finance my project not because it did not make sense but I was ambitious … Silence … Silence …

But above all there have been all these times  I met amazing people who gave me confidence to carry out my project, here in my village, in France and abroad. My family and my friends who find me crazy but support me daily to go to the end of my dream.

 

Avoid burn out

Before I had work schedules,the balance personal and professional life was sometimes difficult to find but once I got out of the office I could forget my job. In the past 2 years, I have been left with my project. I thought about it 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. I did not set any schedule because I liked no I loved what I was doing … BIG MISTAKE! On the first weekend I had with my man, I just slept 2 days then I took a week to get over it because once relaxed my body and my head just refused to restart. I understand that taking care of myself is a key priority !!! I still work on it but I think I’m on the right track 🙂

 

Healthy Eating is a Challenge

With my diary, my schedules and everything to my happiness to be my boss, I ate either what came to hand here and there or nothing at all or anything in large quantities at once … The result? I was tired, my skin and hair not at the top but also an important weight gain. I repeat it but taking time for selfcare is a key priority !! I discovered a great blogger Lee who gives plenty of trips to organize your fridge and plan, prepare weekly meals. I really like what she does and her work on mental health and physical health inspires me enormously.

 

Looking back at the mirror and love what I see

2 years to work as hell! Oh yes really! I do not want to get into the idealization of entrepreneurship. But at the end of these 2 years, I also see everything that has been done and I am really but really happy and proud of me. Black Vegan Beauty exists and its community is growing day by day! I work with beautiful partners who share my values ​​and my vision of the company, which is huge when I think of the frustration I had in a corporate company. And I discovered the joy of living in jogging and legging, sorry fashion police but not sorry!

3 yoga postures to release your back

When I have pain in the back, I practice these 3 postures in the morning to relieve my spine. On a mat or on a loincloth, 3 simple and fast gestures that helps take care of oneself.

Pashimottânâsana

Reach the final position smoothly and without brusqueness, do not store it for more than 3 minutes. At first you will only hold it for a few seconds and maybe you will not touch your feet. Be indulgent with yourself! With time, you will succeed! The posture stretches the shoulders, softens the spine and relieves the lumbar. It facilitates digestion and stimulates the ovaries and uterus. It can help relieve the pain of menstrual periods or symptoms.

Do not practice laying if you have sciatica !!!

  • Sitting on the floor, legs against each other lying in front of you. Stretch the soles of the feet.
  • Palms flat on the floor next to the hips, fingers forward, push on the arms to raise the chest, face and eyes relaxed.
  • Straighten the rib cage. Pull the navel towards it to lengthen the torso.
  • Contraction of the muscles of the front of the thighs (quadriceps) by pulling them towards the groin.
  • Press the thighs against the ground, while pulling the waist up to counter pressure in the thighs down.
  • Inhale deeply by opening the rib cage and stretching both arms vertically above the head. The chin is parallel to the floor, allowing the neck to elongate. Focus on the front and lateral stretch of the rib cage, as well as that of the back.
  • Let the expiration take place. Observe the breath. The diaphragm is completely relaxed, without sagging.
  • Breathe calmly and conscientiously by bringing the air up as high as possible into the rib cage. Keep as far as you can (20-30 seconds).

Sarpâsana

It is a posture on the belly where one raises the head, the trunk and the arms, the legs remaining on the ground. This is a back strengthening posture. The Sarpasana Snake muscles the back, strengthens it and creates a feeling of well-being. Do not practice this pose during heavy stress or during an anxiety attack.

  • Place the chin, slightly tucked in, on the floor and place your arms along the chest, hands palms upward. The legs are in contact.
  • Slow your breath … while your concentration is directed towards your back (especially lumbar level).
  • While slowly breathing in, raise your head and chest. The arms remain with the back of the hands in contact on the ground (palm of the hands towards the sky).
  • If you can not lift the chest off the floor, lift it as best you can without violence, keeping the chin slightly retracted, and continue exercising normally. As in any practice, progress will be made with training.
  • If you can lift your chest off the ground, point your head up and a little back to look in front of you, but do not dig your neck excessively, keep your chin slightly tucked in.
  • Try to join hands in the back
  • So stay 3 to 6 breaths.
  • Rest on an exhalation; lay your head to one side, arm down the body with the palms of your hands towards the sky.
  • Relax your body completely.
  • Breathe in deeply, then regain your natural breathing.
  • Repeat the posture a second time with the same internalization on the lower back.

Bhujangasana

The posture of the Cobra, called Bhujangasana, is an elongated posture where one starts on flat stomach. The entire realization allows an important work in the back, the thorax and the abdominals.

  • Lie on your belly flat carpet,
  • Join the legs, the feet remaining together and the legs will remain stretched (without straining) throughout the exercise,
  • Place hands on both sides of the body, hands remaining positioned at shoulder height, forearms well laid to the ground,
  • Slowly lift the bust and breathe well.
  • Once in this posture, one can mark a pause and make a few slow breaths.

Namasté!

Summer transition look

I was surprised by a cold air this morning … F ****! Once passed the desire to roll in my blanket I decided to return to my basics to regain morale, I mean FASHION !

It’s time for the transition! The transition from short sleeves to longer sleeves … After burning my eyes on my Samsung screen to find inspiration, I literally kneeled before the style of Sylvie (I’m also Congolese, I have a certain sense of drama when it comes to clothes)! The shirt, jeans, these mules, this vintage shopping bag I find everything is perfect in this non effortless chic outfit for this late summer.

Where can you find these beauties?

A black shirt : here

A jean :here

 

shoes : here

Shopping bag : here