From corporate workaholic to self-employed mom and from floral dresses to polka dots and color blocking looks, it's funny how some of my lifestyle preferences changed after giving birth. Let's not forget that I haven't put on a pair of heels for more than two years and I do not miss them a lot.  

FROM MISS AMERICA TO MINI MOUSE



1926 - Miss America was photographed in a polka dot swimsuit.
1928 - Disney introduced its cartoon darling Minnie Mouse wearing a red polka dot dress and matching bow
1930's - polka dot dresses appeared in stores, the fabric suddenly subversive, nipped in by ribbons and accentuated with bows
1940 -  Frank Sinatra’s ballad “Polka Dots and Moonbeams” captured the height of America’s polka dot mania
1951 - M.Monroe was famously photographed wearing a polka dot bikini
1960's - the artist Yayoi Kusama became known for the busy dotted swarms that covered her paintings




This polka-dot dress was shot in a beautifully decorated Italian restaurant in Barcelona - Vivo Tapas Restaurant.


ONE PIECE OUTFIT

Light and flowy midi and maxi dresses have always been my go to one piece outfit choice, today I wear my polka-dot dresses and tops all year through, this year I wore them over jeans with a leather jacket and with color blocking boots (pictured in red) in Fall and sandals in Spring.




Pictured polka dot dress is from Zara and boots are Stuart Weitzman.


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Citrus salmon salad is one of my favorite quick and easy weekday lunches. I usually eat lunch between going to the gym and my last few office hours before picking up my daughter from school so I only make dishes I can prepare and eat within 20 minutes.

This salad is rich in omega 3 acids, nutrients and vitamins so it is an ideal post-workout meal and it will certainly not leave you hungry. If you are missing carbs in this meal you can also add a handful of whole grain pasta to it.

INGREDIENTS

  • orange
  • 2 small or 1 big avocado
  • 9.5 oz smoked salmon
  • 3 handfuls of arugula salad
  • 1/4 cup fresh mint leaves (optional)
  • 1/4 cup fresh dill leaves

Dressing:
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tsp fresh lemon juice
  • salt per taste

DIRECTIONS 


1. Wash orange with baking soda and water ideally and set the zest aside. Cut the orange ends and peel the rest of the orange peel off, slice the orange into thin slices and set aside.
2. Add olive oil to the zest and then add the lemon juice. Add salt to taste and whisk the dressing well.
3. Mix the arugula, fresh mint and dill leaves together, add orange slides pour the dressing over the mixed salad.
4. Arrange the smoked salmon pieces over the salad.
5. Cut the avocado into large chunks and add it to the salad, gently mix ingredients with salad spoons and serve immediately.

Voila, ladies and gents! Enjoy your salad made in quick 5 min :)


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