It's finally here! Long awaited (on my end particularly 😀) limited edition LaKatWalk Women's planner for 2017. This is the 3rd year I am privileged to have the opportunity to design my own limited edition Women's planner. 

  • Next in 2016, I continued with illustration again and collaborated with American illustrator Jessica Marie who illustrated myself again walking down the street with my dog Papi.
  • This year for 2017 edition I worked with extremely talented Croatian artist Josipa Maras who is also a designer who designed remaining of the 2017. planner covers and illustrated inside of the planner with more then 157 calendar appropriate & very fashionable illustrations.

WHAT IS WOMEN'S PLANNER?


The Women's Planner is an agenda adjusted to the needs of the modern woman. It measures (110 x 170 mm | 4.3 inch x 6.6 inch) fit in most handbags while it's unique contents make it easier to organize business and private life.

It stands apart for the little make up retouch mirror on the inside of the cover, an elastic closing band and two ribbon bookmarks.

Beside a weekly calendar planner, it contains many interesting sections that make it more personal and special than other conventional planners. 

Some of its sections are: pms calendar, medical appointments calendar, seasonal shopping list, coloring pages, vacation checklist, list of titles of books or movies you wish to read/see and the list of decisions and priorities for the new year make this planner a kind of half-diary that becomes a handbag essential in no time.

The contents of the planner are divided into personal details, personal interests, reminders, year planner and pages devoted to personal development, as well as notes on the monthly budget.




The Women's Planner is made entirely in Croatia, partially handmade. It is a protected brand registered with the Croatian patent office. It is the first planner with such contents and in such form in the Croatian market. Currently it comes in Croatian, Bosnian and English language with 5 covers (including LaKatWalk) in English and 8 in other 2 languages.

Women's planner is now a household brand name among women in Croatia and the region and every fashionistas handbag essential thanks to endlessly talented and truly beautiful lady, a creator of Women's planner brand - Dunja Tadić.


(See!!! She is a total babe!😍 )

2017 THEME: POWER WOMEN, EMPOWER WOMEN.

The 2017. planner theme is 'Power Women Empower Women' and it represents a homage to all of the women who worked together on the Women's planner through the years to create this truly unique planner, a planner with a heart, as many call it. A planner with a cult following all through the region where women eagerly wait for the new cover designs to come out to add another year to their Women's planner collection.

The planner features inspiring quotes by amazing Croatian writer Ingrid Divković. My favorite quote is right at the beginning of the planner as it sets the positive tone for the whole year (you will see what it is when you get the planner 😉 .


NEW LAKATWALK 2017 PLANNER DESIGN.


For 2017. I wrapped LaKatWalk planner in foggy 3D peonies print with green leaf here and there peaking over the quote on the back and year on the front. 

What's new? This year there is one ribbon bookmark in orange instead of two white ones, there is no self breast exam instructions but there are beautiful new coloring pages,  clothing and shoe size charts, fair number of note pages and much more!


For LaKatWalk limited edition Women's planner I decided to continue building on this wonderful theme of women working with and not against one another and I added another inspiration or rather self-encouraging mantra I live by on the back cover of the planner reading 'Always wear your invisible crown 👑' in gold glitter cursive letters.... You know..... to match the color of your invisible gold crown😉.


To explain, I personally, just like I am sure all of you reading this right now, do have experience in how it feels to be different, to dream big, to work twice as hard, to win, to make mistakes, to regret, to fall down, to get back up, to dust myself off, fix my crown, check my make up in the small mirror inside of my planner covers pretending I am checking my schedule for the day and then continue KatWalking on to my next challenge. 

So this one is for all of YOU queens out there! 👑  




Cute as a button, the size and the color of a delicious powder pink macaroon LUNA play byFOREO is definitely the most adorable looking skin care gadget I ever tried. I have the same skin care routine for years and I rarely introduce a new product or a cleaning device for that matter. 

WHAT IS LUNA PLAY?


LUNA play is the smallest deep-cleansing facial device by Swedish company FOREO, with pulsating super gentle silicone brush up front and play button on the back. It is completely waterproof and you can use it up to 100 times, as it is non-rechargeable. It works for all skin types as well. 

The soft silicone it's made of is completely resistant to bacteria build up (unlike for example your shower loofah). 



The brush head has two zones: a thinner, bigger silicone bristles for gentle skin part of your face (around eyes, cheeks and the mouth area) while thicker bristles on the top  are to be used for T-zone cleaning (forehead, nose and beard). 

LUNA play by FOREO is the perfect and by my experience the most gentle cleaning device to try if you are looking for a face cleaning device. 

HOW TO USE IT?


You should use LUNA play for 1 minute, 2x a day. You should see visible results after a few uses. First you should wash your face with water, apply your regular face cleaning product, press play on LUNAplay and gently massage your face using thin bristles on softer part of your face and thicker bristles on top for washing T-zone.  


I decided to try LUNA play as in comparison to other similar products it appeared more gentle to skin and simpler to use. And on top you can choose among 7 beautiful colors and it's tiny so it fits in any cosmetic bag thus perfect for travel. 



MY FACE CLEANING ROUTINE.


It is fair to say that I have a quite sensitive dry skin with at times oily T-zone. Face cleaning routine and products I am using are about the same for years. I do my quarterly face cleaning at the salon with La Mer products and here and there I do additional treatment. I use La Roche-Posay Effaclar face cleaning wash gel and La Mer day and night face creams.





Before trying LUNA play I also tried Clinique and Clarisonis brushes which I both got as a present and felt like they are a bit aggressive on my skin, making it drier and sensitive to touch after cleaning (but that's just my experience). 

After first 6 days of using LUNA play I noticed minor changes, while now after using it for two weeks I do plan to keep it as essential part of my face cleaning - particularly exfoliating.


The results I personally noticed with LUNA play are softer skin to touch, less t-zone shine (no makeup, no filter :P) and less visible pores/more even skin tone. Also, my subjective feeling is that my face creams are better absorbed now as my skin feels more fresh during the day and it's softer to touch.


WOW! WHERE CAN I GET IT?


If you are reading this from Croatia you can get your LUNA play at dm drugstores all around the country, or via FOREO online shop. If you are reading this from other countries worldwide you can also look for it on foreo.com.



Anabela is now 8.5 months and no I won't be one of those parents telling their baby's age in months past year one because I don't want to make people do math in their heads. Life is hard enough as it is!  You know! Those parents who are like 'How old is your baby? Mine is 265 months old." :)

Anyhow, this post is about my 10 favorite most-useful things we got for Anabela and are still using daily and think that these were actually great worth for the money spent. Trust me, we got waaaaay to many things which were are cute but to us were not that useful or totally useless.

If you are on the market for baby things, you might find our experiences useful.

#1 BABY CARRIER - BOBA


Before I gave birth I was never fond of these baby carriers, I always had this misconception that 'hippy mums' wear them, whatever that meant. I thought I could never match it with any of my outfits and that it would be a death of my personal style. :) I could argue that I don't have as much time to put together my outfits now having a 8 months old but I am definitely not walking around in yoga pants and sweatshirts. 

Back to the carrier, in all reality, this was by far the best investment in baby items we did and it's the most used baby item in our house. So as it appears, women who wear this are not some 'hippy moms' but they are women (and men) who have shit to do!

My duola, brought both a wrap and this boba baby carrier for me to try for a week as she said it helped tremendously with her baby who also had colics like Anabela and was a very bad sleeper.  I could not be bothered with a wrap but this carrier was a life saver and it still is! I can cook, clean, work and walk the dog with Anabela sleeping in it, it most definitely helped me get stuff done during the day while it also got Anabela to finally fall asleep.

On a bad side, kids do get used to the closeness and this snugly feeling of being carried all the time so you should be conscious of the time baby spends in it (unlike I was so now I am still using it to get her to sleep and then I transfer her into the crib). 

Boba carrier is easy to wash (hand wash or machine gentle cycle), it has useful pockets and purser strap holder, it has several carry positions (infant carry, back and front) and sleeping hood. You can also nurse the baby easily in it. 

#2 BABY STEAM COOKER - BEABA


When Anabela was 4 months I started looking into baby steam cookers and my friend Iva suggested Beaba. The great thing about this steamer is that it cooks baby meal quite quickly and you can cook 2 different meals at the same time (for ex. fruit and veggies and/or meat) each in it's own pitcher. You may water down the mixture by adding some water left from steaming back into the mixture before mixing it all together. It takes about 10-15 min depending on how much produce you placed inside of the pitcher to make 2 different meals.

I started using it this Summer and at the beginning it wasn't to clear for me how it works, I thought both sides are mixing and cooking/steaming but actually both side (pitchers) are steamers and the right hand one is a mixer, also I learned that you should be very cautious when dosing water as machine might stop working with to much water inside.

The pitchers are super easy to clean, just drop them in dishwasher.

#3 BLOOM BABY HIGH CHAIR - FRESCO CHROME


Bloom Baby Fresco Chrome is definitely very luxurious high chair. This was one of the biggest investments for us when it comes to baby things, but we wanted a high chair which is very versatile and aesthetically fits into our kitchen well with the dining table and chairs. Chrome Fresco with white leather interior was a perfect choice for us. We were also looking to get a chair which Anabela can still use when she starts walking and this is most definitely it as we can lower it completely and use it as a pre-school desk chair for her in her room. 


#4 FISHER PRICE NIGHT LIGHT & MUSIC PROJECTOR


My friend Maja advised me to get white noise playing night light for Anabela. When I was 8 months pregnant we got this Care Bear night light star projector with three different music tunes: white noise, forest and lullabies. It also comes with remote control which you can use to control volume or turn the whole thing on or off.


When Anabela was 6 months old, she stopped having colic but she wasn't staying asleep for long without night light and music. Using white noise and night light kept her asleep for a fair bit longer.

#5 MAM PACIFIERS 


Now when she is teething Anabela is using pacifiers much less then during first 6 months but she still needs one to fall asleep. During the night she ends up dropping it and then wakes up crying and looking for it around the crib. 

My friend Iva recommended Mam pacifiers after we went through about 4 or 5 different types and for some reason this is still her favorite. It seems to sit on her mouth nicely and also has quite a wide nipple and it comes in many fabulous colors along with a sterilized box.



#6 STOKKE ROUND CRIB - SLEEPI


We got this crib in white color, there is also a natural brown wood color and we got the bigger size right away although you can purchase a smaller one. Anabela has a very light sleep and she wakes up on the slightest noise. 

This crib has wheels and brakes so I can just wheel it to the room I am spending the most time in during the day, home office in my case. This way I can have her sleeping next to me as I am working and she wakes up less then when she sleeps in another room further from me.



This crib also has three height levels, when the baby is just born you want to set the crib floor on the highest level and as they begin to sit up and stand you can lower the crib floor and eventually drop one side of the crib and it becomes a bed child can come out on it's own when they can walk.

#7 AVENT BABY BOTTLE STERILIZER


As any inexperienced and overexcited parents we got a lot of things we didn't needed for Anabela even before she was born. This wasn't one of this things. Anabela is 8 months old and we still use Avent sterilizer for Anabela's bottles and pacifiers.

The great thing about Avent's sterilizer is that unlike many other brands this one can fit in most microwaves and you can fit all kind of different shapes, brands and material bottles in it!


 We traveled to Croatia for Summer and there we have smaller microwave then we do in our Barcelona apartment so when we got there we couldn't use the sterilizer we got before she was born from another brand as we never thought about checking if it would fit the microwave.

Due to water hardness it often gets water scale stains which we clean by leaving 1/3 cup of wine vinegar and a cup of hot water in it and then wash it regularly with sponge and it cleans and keeps wonderfully.

#8 ADEN & ANAIS SWADDLE BLANKETS & BIBS



Aden & Anais is one of my favorite baby brands. I love their multifunctional muslin swaddle blankets and we are still using each we got (and we have lots) on thousand different ways daily!

Muslin refers to a finely-woven breathable fabric. It is believed to have originated in Bangladesh during the Middle Ages and it's one of the purest, simplest, most gentle and most perfect fabrics in the world.



You can use the swaddle muslin blanket as burp cloth, tummy time blanket, a nursing cover, changing table cover, stroller cover when the weather is bad or to protect a small baby from bugs or as a sleeping swaddle wrap.

My latest Aden and Anais purchase was a fitting Stokke Sleepi Crib bed sheet, bandana bibs and super soft pajamas.


#9 WOODEN DIDACTIC TOYS - HABA



My boyfriend Ante and I decided to be as conscious as we can be of not letting Anabela play with smart phones, watch TV and iPad and we try to get her wooden didactic/educational toys.  

Educational toys are toys  that can teach a child about a particular subject or can help a child develop a particular skill. The key difference is the child's learning and development associated with interacting with the toy and they are usually made out of wood. The most popular producer of such toys is a German company Haba.

We are taking Anabela to sensory and motor skill development workshops and we noticed there that on top of self-made toys they are using a lot of Haba toys, which Anabela was interested in so we got her some to have at home as well.  


#10 STOKKE XPLORY STROLLER



We looked long and hard, online and offline to find a right stroller.  We had several non-standard conditions on top of the given ones (getting safe, fabulous and comfy stroller for Anabela) that had to be met - height of the stroller handle - my boyfriend is 215 cm and I am 183 cm so do the math! :) Most of the strollers did not work for us as handle could not be pulled up enough. 

Secondly, our building has a fairly small elevator so we had to have stroller which can fit along with one of us (or preferably both + dog) in the elevator. 

We purchased a purple Stokke Xplory Stroller along with the newborn carry basket, Be Safe car seat and a regular high seat that comes with it. The only thing that we used for a very short period was a car seat which became to small for Anabela quite quickly as she is a tall baby so she felt very constraint in it. The car sear served us great for the first 4 months as it easily attaches to stroller base so you don't have to carry also a basket with you when traveling with a car. 


What we love the most about this stroller is how close you are to the baby (even if you are tall like we are). The stroller moves easily and it has many great positions. What I don't like as much is that for me it's quite heavy to pick up and put into the car. Luckily, Barcelona is really stroller friendly and when walking around sidewalks are adjusted for strollers and bicycles. 

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Did you know that over 80% of women are wearing a wrong bra size? The other day I went through my bra drawer, I washed and stored all of my nursing bras and brallets as I am not breast feeding Anabela anymore and I realized that now (post-prego) most of my bra's don't fit well at all (well frankly, some of my pre-prego clothes also don't fit yet but that's a story for another post)! Some of my sexy time lace bra's start feeling to tight while pre-baby super comfortable seamless shape bra-s are not providing a great support anymore and I am starting to have a bit of a side boob spill over which is not a good look!

So, to solve these bra-blems I started having I went bra-shopping. 


SO, WHAT'S MY BRA SIZE?


Don't even look at your bra drawer and continue to buy the same size bra if you have any discomfort at all when wearing any of your bras!

Just take a tape measure and measure your ribcage (where your bra should sit) , directly underneath your boobs and horizontally all the way around your back. The tape should be snug around your torso but not pulled tight so it digs in or slack and able to move (your bra back band should only just get 2 fingers under – it should be firm and when you drop your straps it shouldn’t move). 

Whatever the number says - this is your back band bra measurement. If you have an odd number then try both sizes (one up and one down) try them and see which is most comfortable.

When researching this topic online I stumbled upon a great site which helps identify your bra Fit in few simple steps. Find your perfect bra-fit here.

www.thirdlove.com

 CHOOSE THEM WISELY. 


As underwear goes directly on your private parts you want to make sure they are always super clean and made out of great quality natural materials which will allow your skin to breath. After all, you wear them all day most days. 



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HOW TO CARE & STORE YOUR UNDERWEAR? 


Ideally, the best care for your undies would be if you could hand-wash them, however, if the reality of your busy life doesn't allow it, you can certainly take measures to make sure that your underwear keeps their original shape and serves you well longer. 


Make sure you use the mash wash lingerie bags for your bra and for your panties before putting them into the washer, hook your bra together and wash it on cold, gentle cycle with detergent for delicates.

Always store your bras standing up in a drawer with enough room to breathe, never fold them half. When packing bras for travel put them in the garment bag on top of the other clothing and fill the cups with other clothing or socks so they don't loose shape.



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