Matcha Please

Matcha Please

 

This post is basically to talk about this amazing japanese drink! We all are passing through this important time in history, a time for changes and cleaning up overcharged energies. 

I think we all are being almost forced to look more into our essence, more to ourselves and to pay more attention on how to be the better version of ourselves. In any ways I have always been passionate about yoga, meditation and spirituality. During these days alone at my flat in Milano together with my dog, i’ve been studying about Ayurveda, doing courses with my favorite guru ever, Sadhguru, working less,being alone most of the time, doing yoga and working out. 

 

Getting the best out of my ayurveda course, I slowly start sleeping early and searching for food more natural, cooking and food itself.

 Matcha has always been around but I never had tasted it because we all know how bitter green tea can be, being matcha a highly concentrated form of green tea.

Without checking before the benefits i went out and i found it in Naturasi here in Milan a natural and biologiche supermarket and started to try it.



 🍵Strengthens the immune system and helps reduce stress.

 🍵Stimulates the mind and relaxes the body.

 🍵Helps prevent cancer, infections, and cavities.

 🍵Helps keep arteries healthy and control hypertension.

 🍵Helps lower blood sugar levels.

 

 I  got  milk frother for my morning cappuccinos and fortunately you can use it for warming up the tea or milk and make your matcha or matcha latte.

On my youtube channel there is a video teaching  you how to make your matcha using these tools.

 

I’m not drinking everyday but once a day or sometimes I do skip one day so it makes more effect. Matcha tea is generally safe to consume, drinking too much in a day could be harmful.

THANK YOU ISTAMBUL

THANK YOU CORONA 

THANK YOU QUARANTINE

 

Thank you for making me think better about my own life

Thank you for being scared of losing my own life therefore giving more value to each little thing in my heart that really matters.

Thank you for pushing me to believe even more in life

Thank you for making me think more and be more careful about the world.

 Thank you for connecting me with people that I wasn’t connected to anymore and seeing they truly care about me and our relationship as friends.

Thank you for connecting me with old and super important friends of my journey.

Thank you for finding Pera Flower House and for giving me a fair price for rent during the “crise”, thank you for being amazingly welcoming when I MOST needed even if things changed after that.

Thank you Dunia and team Next Milano for not leaving me alone  and really caring about me.

Thank you to all the friends that write to me just to ask how I was feeling being alone stuck in Istanbul and asking me to call if I need ANYTHING. 

Thank you for showing me that quarantine is the same vibe to be in love with someone, therefore loving the time to be at home together and cozy many days in sequence.

Thanks so much for the love an support

Thank you for  the time alone.

Thank you for the fighter that you build even more stronger in me.

Thank you to the internet for giving me access to facetime and studying.

Thank you covid-19 so much to not have hit me baddly  or if hitted me ( cause i was sick 2 times during that period) thank you for being quick and passed maybe? 

Thank you for not taking my breath away from me ( i was really afraid of that somehow)

Thank you Yoga.

Thank you for the time for studying yoga more and more.

Thank you to the supermarkets, pharmacies, workers food avaiable every f* day.

Thank you every person that had to work and did not had the choice to be at home

Thank you all human being that staded up to make  us keep going nicely.

Thank you for the time to finish some projects, write, read and giving true attentions for things i really love to do.

 

Namaste

Helena

Thank You !

Thank You !

Even though I lost so many jobs confirmed, got stuck and afraid at the beginning of the pandemy after the second week i got stronger. Days before the lockdown, I was in a super mood focus on me and doing my best life. Made me remember so much when had to start fighting for happiness as I began a lot poor and with so many family issues back in the days.

I made a list of things to be thankful for during that period .

 

THANK YOU ISTAMBUL

THANK YOU CORONA 

THANK YOU QUARANTINE

 

Thank you for making me think better about my own life

Thank you for being scared of losing my own life therefore giving more value to each little thing in my heart that really matters.

Thank you for pushing me to believe even more in life

Thank you for making me think more and be more careful about the world.

 Thank you for connecting me with people that I wasn’t connected to anymore and seeing they truly care about me and our relationship as friends.

Thank you for connecting me with old and super important friends of my journey.

Thank you for finding Pera Flower House and for giving me a fair price for rent during the “crise”, thank you for being amazingly welcoming when I MOST needed even if things changed after that.

Thank you Dunia and team Next Milano for not leaving me alone  and really caring about me.

Thank you to all the friends that write to me just to ask how I was feeling being alone stuck in Istanbul and asking me to call if I need ANYTHING. 

Thank you for showing me that quarantine is the same vibe to be in love with someone, therefore loving the time to be at home together and cozy many days in sequence.

Thanks so much for the love an support

Thank you for  the time alone.

Thank you for the fighter that you build even more stronger in me.

Thank you to the internet for giving me access to facetime and studying.

Thank you covid-19 so much to not have hit me baddly  or if hitted me ( cause i was sick 2 times during that period) thank you for being quick and passed maybe? 

Thank you for not taking my breath away from me ( i was really afraid of that somehow)

Thank you Yoga.

Thank you for the time for studying yoga more and more.

Thank you to the supermarkets, pharmacies, workers food avaiable every f* day.

Thank you every person that had to work and did not had the choice to be at home

Thank you all human being that staded up to make  us keep going nicely.

Thank you for the time to finish some projects, write, read and giving true attentions for things i really love to do.

 

Namaste

Helena

20 things to bring the best out of your quarantine

20 things to bring the best out of your quarantine

Focus on the solution, not the problem. Step back from today’s challenge, look at the big picture, and brainstorm a wide range of options instead of over-focusing on the difficulty. Every time you’re feeling pessimistic or hopeless, put on your wide-angle lens, pull up the big picture and see the situation in a broad context instead of from the narrow lens that clouds out possibilities.

keep your house clean, bring good vibes 🙂

  • Really don’t force anything
  • Accept situation the way it is
  • Yoga !!! put this incredible way of stretching and strengthen into practice, you can practice 20 minutes in the morning and 20 at eventide, your body will thank you
  • Find things, tasks or passions that you left undone and clearly finish them.
  •  Sounds a bit cliche but seriously is a great time to learn something new, if you don’t know what to dive into it, try making a list of things you love to do. I complete this task one step at time, many of these tasks will be reachable on the internet and even at home.
  • If you have a terrace, catch the best times when there is sun and take this beautiful relaxing time enjoying the sun, plus you can get some tan and help to make you feel re-energized.
  • If you don’t have a terrace, there is a place in the house for sure where the sun passes through the window, catch it!
  • Organise playlists
  • For girls (not only girls) enjoy this time to take care of your skin
  •  Play with your hair, make braids and have fun, 
  • Get nails done, have fun and use different colors.
  • Working out will help your body to burn cortisone, which is a good way to reduce stress and help keep your skin clear.  I like to set up the work out time for the end of the day like 17H. However, remember to immediately take a shower after exercising. don’t sit around in your sweat 😉
  • Participate of interesting lives on instagram.
  • Keep a moisturizer and alcohol in gel  close by everywhere, close to my bed before sleep, in the kitchen and bathroom. ( the moisturizer too is an important tip cause all these alcohol is making your hands super dry).
  • Meditation!! morning is the best for me (you can pick your time)  15,20 min right after my first breakfast is the best, cause like this you have a calm energy around from the rising day and set up an intention peacefully.
  • Learn crochet or tricot, or even embroidery. It’s awesome, relaxing.
  • Upgrade old clothes with tie-dyeing, it’s a versatile art form that is fun and easy to do. If you don’t have fabric paint, you can tie dye with bleach,  you can play with fabrics with color cause of course bleach is white,  you will see that each fabric and color come out differently.
  • Fix clothes if you don’t know how you can learn on youtube.
  • Organise your wardrobe anything that is unused, get it ready to donate to your favorite or more close by charity intuitions.
  • Make up! I don’t know about you but i NEVER learned how to do the cat eye perfectly and during quarantine was the best time to practice makeup skills.
  • one more, dance no matter what, just put your favorite music and dance. (I actually did this many times and feel so good)

Namaste

Helena

Stuck in Turkey and how it happened

Many of my friends and ig friends asking me how did that happened, here is an update!

I was craving for change in my personal life, it feels devastating and pure defeat when you choose someone to love. Love and stay for 6 years and then start seeing nothing change just you and he can’t “come” with you in your dreams and passion. I started thinking, feeling insane,  the feeling that i need to be hold. After long reflexions i saw that i need to be more time alone and know myself, i thought ” i dont need anyone” , in fact i need myself first…

So, there was nothing more sad for me staying loving someone while I saw that nothing was going to change and bad behavior was growing through. It’s not an easy story to finish telling in the first post paragraph. I will jump to how I ended up here .So, I was craving and looking for change, luckily my work started to go well.

 Days before I left Milan to Morocco, my friend invited me to stay at her house in Istanbul. I thought a lot before but decided to come after that. I packed a few staff and went for a job in Morocco.

For that reason i took a return flight instead of Milan to Istanbul 25 march at night, I could breathe, think, and even look for some business meetings. I searched for agencies , did meetings, I signed up for membership with YogaSalaStudio at etiler neighborhood, did not do much turism actually not at all. I was mostly writing, doing yoga etc.

The same week I arrived, things went bad, I had max 10 days of wondering if there was or not the corona virus here,  to day 15 the first case appeared, 17 everything was closing slowly.

 I must confess Turkish people did not believe much or I don’t know why the reaction was really easy going i must say, so during the period from 10 to 15 the  Italy was already in the middle of the problem but here it was calm. Anyway we thought it was fine, also before the president did not command anything we were doing meetings and I finally got a nice job here but of course canceled 17th.

 

Even though my friend was really nice to receive me at her place, I found a nice studio close to Taksim and Galata Tower in the south of the city and decided to rented it and be fully alone and discover myself, after all it is 6 years in total since I was 23, practically all my decade of 20 dedicating and living my life with my ex ( and friends that rented the room at our place lately). Also it took me courage and it’s a long and beautiful story of how I found this studio but I will tell you later.

 

Nothing else to add at the moment, im just locked here, waiting for the virus to calm down.

In the next post I will tell you the amazing things that I produced I learned and enjoyed during the quarantine time. 

 Namaste 🙂

Knitting

Interview Lisa Richardson

We all know I love crochet and knitting in general.

December 2019 i had the honor to shoot with Lisa for Rowan Yarns in Wales England,

 I find knitting really interesting and Lisa has a special energy. We were lucky,  all the team was really nice together, so I asked her to interview her to know a little bit more about this amazing person and world she lives fully in  and I am passionate about : Knitting.

Who is Lisa?

I’ve worked at Rowan yarns for about 17 years and I’m now the Senior designer and technical manager also styling and art directing photo shoots.

I also do freelance knitwear design using Rowan yarns and have my own website lisarichardson.co.uk and I do workshops in the UK and also Italy and US.

I live on a farm where I have chickens and bees and grow veg and fruit to be a little self sufficient. I also have about 30 sheep on my land that belong to a local farmer.

 

1. What does sutainability means to you? 

 

As a way of life I try to buy as little as possible and re-use as much as possible. This includes most of the furniture in my house being 2nd hand which I then upcycle, I’ve learnt to upholster in order to do this. This then also goes forward to clothes and fashion, buying a limited number of pieces that are then cared for and mended. Knitting and crochet is another step on this ladder as you spend your time enjoying the process of making something and then you want to look after it and wear it for years to come as you have put so much love into it. 

 

  

 

2. What inspires you to knitting? 

 

Everything inspires me, I spend a lot of my time outside and in the countryside and hills and this I think inspires everything I do and also nurtures the soul. I also find inspiration for knitting whilst knitting….when I’m working on a design my mind has time to think about what if I changed this stitch or used larger needles or added two yarns together, so the design constantly evolves.

 

3.Tell us  a bit of your goal…

 

 My goal is to create beautiful designs that knitters and crocheters enjoy making and wearing and that they are pieces that stand the test of time.

 

4. Since you sell the patterns and the yarn,offering the customer the ability to do so themselves how is the interaction with your public?

 

 since starting my own website and being more active on social media along with having my own stand at knitting events such as yarndale and Knitting and stitching I have had much more interaction with crafts people which is great. You hear first hand feedback and especially at the shows you can see reactions to the pieces you have on display .

 

5.Considering that you approach an awareness of fashion, wich considers  the process and resources required to make clothing, do you say that this is a focus on sustainability?

 

 for me creating something that is in itself slow fashion  has an impact on that one piece that has been made. Something that has taken hours to make means you want to keep it and love it for a long time rather than throw away fashion.

 

 

A flower does not think to compete with the flower next to it, it simply blooms

A flower does not think to compete with the flower next to it, it simply blooms

Yesterday i meet a crazy friend of mine, we always speak alot of funny things making the moment so much fun, saying things out of rules, sex etc, he always share his crazy experiences with woman, and laugh so much, but he has a wise mind when talking about business, this evening he pushes a nice subject, connecting the model industry which i found fabulous, cause i’ve never thought about that solution for the many “unknown why “things in the industry.

It’s a hard industry i told about it ” the fitting to confirm” post, the situation i had where i felt insignificant, well i don’t know how we got at this subject, because after writing that post i relief some feelings as usual i do a click on my mind and don’t think about the bad side, the negative thought and feelings, i move my mind to the focus i have to focus and in the thoughts i want to attract instead of the bad feeling. Anyway i don’t know we got there, he pointed that “if models were not competitive and instead of that be more supportive to each other , things will be better. (he speaking) Think about that models get expensive flight, higher prices models apartment, many times don’t get paid or way too late, fees over the fees and secret fees, the model has not certainties of what getting back when leaving her country with way less money of what they need to the capital cities, no health insurances, charges over the charged pocket money, debts,debts,debts. So if they don’t get the support the agency give to then, why don’t the models get together and support each other, if they haven’t any right as a professional, any security, any certainties why they dont get together and make a organisation to take care of them and give then professional rights?”

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One thing i could affirm because i apply to my life, being organised and help your roommate to just live a good life simply supportive at home it was always a start to me. It creates a mood, stabilized. Ths is a getting together , but not enough for the proportion of the fact of what he was saying.

This make me think another important thing, which i think is the core of all. I didn’t came to my computer to write about the model industry even if this idea of my friend is nice actually really good idea also even if it somehow this argument connected in my brain with what i been thinking and it’s hard to put out here. I have some focus in life right now and one of them is share the best i learn to make people more happy. Right now and as far as i can remember i’m working on to live with a believe and that believe is possible if you keep firm your thoughts. Even if you start from a poor family or difficult situations at home like me. I want to share another thing which somehow as i said connects with what he said, the idea of writing today is about: sharing compassion, holding your focus thoughts, the dream thought, the visualization thought.

The topics are two things, but the married in my mind, cause i see the problem of the human been, first it’s the primordial thing which is maintaining you thoughts positive, and the other one is the altruistic impulse of tenderness towards the people who don’t know how to hold the positive thought, the dream thought, the visualization of a future you imagine it or whatever you want to call.

How positive can be too, to share a altruistic impulse of tenderness towards the people is around you, if you see they struggling with something, a word, and gesture.

We don’t have this, people barely say hi to you if you cross then in a elevator, they don’t listen to voice inside them, when someone speaks about a goal or something they decided to look after for, the people who is listen don’t feel it for real, don’t look to their eyes, because they can’t hold on the positive thoughts, they are all running, changing their minds running from what We are here to love and support each other , here there are everything each one of us need. I believe that of course if you have bad attitudes towards you time life, life will show you the same, even if you get good things from being bad, its passenger. cause even in the bad action there is a good intention, but being bad doesn’t last long.

I start this blog mostly to share this intentions i always had in my mind, even when i presence hard and hysterical times in Brazil i have more then 10 notebooks that i wrote all over the way since i left home, i know can be hard to apply this positive thoughts things in life sometimes, so i start yoga and I am happy to announce that i will do the 200hr course in Rishikesh, cause i know this is the ” life style ” i always lived for internally myself, quiet along the way watching these people that don’t look to your eyes, that everything is interest and competitions.

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So that’s the thing, we WILL grow up way more and better spiritually, when it speaking about our goals, i always truly believed that being kind, altruist, hold on your positive thoughts and getting together strongly with your minds, that’s the way, that has been always my key, always i’ve thinking about that in a world so difficult full of egoism, i feel like swimming against the tide, but hold on your thoughts and you will have everything you wanted and the world too will get this massive good in common, which is what is meant to be.

Namaste

Helena

Summer facts of my life and rituals

Summer facts of my life and rituals

There is a lot o mysterious things in my life, I just keep going, anyway a funny fact of me during last 4/5 year I’m going to tell you here today.

I was born in Brazil 16 july, it was so cold, now i live in Milan (based) and August it’s vacation time, plus SUMMER, a lot hot, thank God! Milan starts to get empty since day 1 of that month, that usually in my early life was winter and we were going to (Festa Junina) Junina parties , drinking hot wine, strawberries with chocolate, dancing funny musics.

 

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Summer is here and i could not be more happy!!!

So i start to think what to wear, did my bikini coustumized by Darcy Dias. Got a hat in paris during the Haute Couture .Its funny cause i have fun in the heavy winter here, that i never had in Brazil of course, but i feel like winter here is longer than the summer, so for me when summer arrives i feel like TOO excited , like i was never Brazilian, i wanna make plans , travel all the month, to puglia, to Costa Amalfi, Bahamas is also a dream but do something. I think i become a bit european in the senses haha.

And clothing , i love the way we can dress in the summer, long dresses, fluid, sandals, panama hats, big earrings and bijoux, a lot of colors and of course bikinis.

​6 things i dont live without during the summer.

  1. Bottle of water (not of plastic)
  2. Coconut Oil
  3. hat
  4. book
  5. nails done
  6. cold shower

Photo @vincewll
Look total @maliparmiofficial
Place des Vosges - Paris Junho 2017

I like to walk semi-naked at home also. Im not being extra its true. I really love nudism beaches, or the ones in Barcelona that you can do topless.

The upper part of the bikini is so uncomfortable sometimes….( i must tell you a secret, sleep naked just with underwear, or walking naked is a great natural moisturizer) make a sun tanning in the terrace and if i don’t have a terrace, go anywhere close where you can take some sun that is my summer ritual. Actually i like to take a lot of sun, las 4 years here i stopped to take cause i was so focus in the fashion weeks, that i wasn’t taking sun. I also learn that i became depressed during that period, we must understand that sun helps so much in our self love and the soul in fact.

Also the summer is great for workout, we have to drink more water cause we feel to, as we sweat more, and working out is the best time for those who wants to quick lose weight.

This summer i dont know what is going to be cause many things are changing in my life, like perioood so im leting go with the flow so i dont get too stressed. I am working out a lot taking care of my mind, studing some yoga currently reading three books at same time. I am sure i am going to share good moments this summertime, summer makes me remember and feel I am at home. My heart is already full of gratitude and happiness.

Namaste

Helena

Thank you Paris june 2019

Thank you Paris june 2019

Paris is always a good choise for me, my friends were comming to HC , i sent email to my agency and we decided that was a good time to come.

I got the flight and there we went 2 weeks in Paris.

I did 3 shows, where i were very welcomed already at the casting, wich is really nice, i actually prefer to work who like me and we work nice together , then to work with some brands just because of money or other interests.

Im always very lucky in Paris cause my parisians friends are really fun, and that season i had my Angel and Yana by my side. We were like sisters writing each other, between our responsibilities and doing fun things in the free time.

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It was really hot, but as brazilians we manage it. I particularly i love the heat, i love to feel that heavy warm, that makes you heart beat fast and sweat a little. In paris there are many ways to go up and down, even uber can be not that expensive and now with that scooter that you can rent the Lime Scooter, is soooo convenient, plus you had so much fun and some fresh air.

My second show was for Aganovich, it is my second time walking for then, always so much to learn. I love the feeling to be there at their studio because , i always feel like into some poetry or book, its an amazing feeling to model for then , i love their passion.

 

here is my first walk for them, i opened the show , i still feel so much honored to open their show.

Helena Prestes poses with a Prada bag after the Aganovich show during on June 30, 2019 in Paris, France. (Photo by Vanni Bassetti/Getty Images)

Wearing @maliparmi silk shirt , handmade skirt , @gloriacoelho shoes, @raybahn ,@prada

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Me and Vivi Olivieira after the Aganovich show during Paris Fashion Week (Photo by Vanni Bassetti/Getty Images) So lucky to have you in my life ! Love you

My third show was for Ziad Nakad, i confess i did the casting 3 times and never passed. Their dresses are like a princess dream. This time i passed and was the second in the row , with a dreamy rose pink dress, with a beautiful opening in the right leg. In the pic didnt opened at first, but when im wlak back catwalk it opened perfectly. Anyway this dress is unique.

My second outfit very powerfull too. Love to walk both of them, two moods totally different with an amazing personality.

Namaste

Helena