26 May 2014

Office Rugs

1 Black & White // 2 Dark // 3 Classic // 4 Geometric // 5 Light // 6 Floral
I am currently trying to convince Joe to paint at least one wall of our future office in the second bedroom in a very, very light blush pink and although he is not totally against it, I still have a lot of persuasion work ahead of me. In the meantime, I have been searching for rugs to decorate the floor with and found quite a few concepts that could work.

23 May 2014

Summer Stripes

I love stripes. No matter how many striped dresses, jumpers, bags etc I have, I could constantly add more to my wardrobe. And while they go all year round, striped clothing and accessories are particularly great during the summer. They give me a feeling of being at the seaside, summer holidays, having picnics with great summer food and so much more. Joe sometimes comments that I am only missing a bunch of onions to be the perfect French man, but I don't care. I just love stripes.

22 May 2014

Chocolate Raspberry "Cup" Cake

Remember when I posted the recipe for this 2-Minute-Chocolate Cake? Last weekend I had a bit of a craving for something sweet and had just about enough ingredients left to make this cake, plus an additional batch of raspberries which I added to the mixture before microwaving it. Next time I'll try mini marshmallows or maybe crushed nuts.

21 May 2014

May Beauty Favourites

1) This eye roll-on literally saves me every morning but particularly after a night out. The cooling effect when using the product under my eyes is a gift in itself but, as promised on the packaging, I also find that it reduces puffiness and general morning soreness.
2) Wherever I go, this lip balm comes with me. I love the texture, it is not too greasy but keeps my lips moisturised for hours. On top of that, the packaging is cute, too. Note: this lip balm does not colour your lips visibly.
3) A couple of weeks ago, I totally splurged on a whole load of MAC make up products (which I am sure I'll do a post on soon). The one product which has really wowed me though is this concealer. I apply it on blemishes, the sides of my nose and under my eyes and not only does it cover thoroughly, it also stays put for hours. My shade is NW20.
4) For many of you this will sound all too familiar, I am plagued with nasty blemishes on my chin and along my jawline once a month. Using this spot remover doesn't provide me with an overnight cure but it helps reduce redness and shrinks the infection to a minimum within a couple of days.

20 May 2014

Summer Essentials: Bikinis

1 top & bottoms // 2 top & bottoms // 3 top & bottoms // 4 bikini set // 5 top & bottoms // 6 top & bottoms
The summer holidays are only a few weeks away and anyone who wants to stand a chance of wowing the beach with a pretty bikini needs to start searching now before all the right sizes are sold out. Above are my current favourites. This season I am well into prints and patterns, I love the sportier approach of #1 and #6, I have my fingers crossed that I can pull off the colour of #5 (but remain doubtful) and the geometric pattern of #3 is perfect if you want to stay in line with the current SS14 trend of all things geometric and neon on black.

19 May 2014

How To: Style a Long Bob

Ever since I had my hair cut, I've only ever worn it open, either curled or straightened. Since my upcoming holiday in New York is going to have it's grand finale in a 4-day wedding bash, I am hoping for plenty of nice photos of Joe and me and to avoid looking the same on every single one, I have been searching for different ways to style my long bob. 

Something like Olivia Palermo's big waves will be great for one of the more casual, dancy evenings. The braided and twirled half-up-half-down dos are sweet ways to get the hair out of my face during the day events. The retro do has some added volume at the back and will be perfect for the wedding reception. The chic low chignon is on my list for the actual wedding as this sit-down event will be very formal and might get quite warm so having the hair off my neck will be great.

16 May 2014

Pink Meringues

Ingredients: 6 egg whites, 1 pinch of salt, 350g caster sugar (or half caster half icing sugar), food colouring

1) Pre heat the oven to 140°C and line a couple of baking trays with grease proof paper. Beat the egg whites with a pinch of salt until stiff. It is easiest to do this with a stand mixer of electronic hand mixer. Once you can turn the bowl with the egg whites upside down without them coming out, they are ready (my Nan used to say "I you feel comfortable turning the bowl upside down over your head, they're ready).
2) Start adding the sugar, little by little, while using the whisk to mix it all together until you have a glossy, creamy mixture.
3) Pour food colouring down a piping bag (I used pink) and start filling it with the egg-sugar mixture. Pipe the meringues onto the grease proof baking paper, pop in the oven and bake for 15-20 minutes. You want to take them out of the oven when they are just about crispy on the top but not dried out already. Leave them on the hot baking trays for another 10 minutes before sticking the second batch into the oven. The merinigues will continue to "bake" while they are out of the oven.