A cup of tea, please.

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August is the month when almost everyone in Italy is on holiday. Cities are empty and shops are closed. Working as a freelance allowed myself, for two years in a row, to enjoy Milan during this time of the year and travel when prices are a bit lower.

This year I decided to combine business and pleasure to visit New York during the Wine and Food Festival and my beloved archipelago in the middle of the Pacific Ocean for the incredible Hawai’i Food and Wine Festival.

Valentina joined me on the first part of this trip. And if a good beginning makes a good ending that’s the case. The Big Apple is famous to be the city that never sleeps, but we decided to take our time to explore the city our way: from the colourful Farmer’s Market in Union Square with Kristy to cozy and tiny tea shops to an aperitivo on a rooftop admiring the sun going down.

Before I packed my bag for this journey, Vichy reached me out for promoting their brand new Slow Âge cream and the beauty of taking life a bit slowly.

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We met Kristy, a talented food stylist I followed on instagram for a while, on our first day in NYC for breakfast. She recommended some of her favorite places and one of them took immediately our attention. It’s called Tè Company, located in the West Village. A nice and tiny little Tea House serving good quality oolong teas and some sweet treats. We got our green tea and this sandwich cookie with pineapple jam seasoned with lime zest and sea salt and just enjoyed the peace of that moment.
Appreciating single moments and some time for ourselves. Flowers. A cup of tea with a friend. A cookie. Slowing it down even in a crazy city like New York. Yes, you can do that!
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For their brand new product the Vichy laboratories put together in the recipe some allies of your skin: baicalin, an antioxidant root extract, a bifidus derived from probiotics and, of course, their mineralising Vichy Thermal Spa Water.
When I was young in Sicily I got sunburned and a Vichy aftersun saved my skin. There I realised how much UVA and UVB filters are important to protect yourself. Baicalin is one of the 50 fundamental plants used in the traditional Chinese Medicine for more than 2000 years with incredible antioxidant properties to fight pollution and protect from UV rays.
In case your skin is really sensitive – as mine is! – the bifidus reinforces the protective barrier. The volcanic thermal water is the icing on the cake to better complete the Slow Âge formula.

But before and after you put your daily cream on your skin, remember to smile and appreciate single moments in your life. Time is the most valuable asset we have. – Have a good day!

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This post is sponsored by Vichy and Slow Âge. All contents, photos and ideas are my own.

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lauraA cup of tea, please.