31 May 2012

Suuuunglasses!!!

Ray Ban New Wayfarer Sunglasses - all time favourite originals!!!
It's super sunny summery shiny weather and I for one looove to pull out the sunglasses once the sun is actually shining. Here are my 5 favourites of both designer and high street of which I'd buy every single one if I could afford it. Which are your favourites?? xox
Juicy Couture Rectangular Indie Sunglasses in pink - sooooo cute!!


Topshop Leopard Sunglasses - these will be my next buy: cheap but sooo pretty!


Beautiful Prada Havana Sunglasses - LOOOOOVE!!!!


H&M Retro Sunglasses - definitely worth buying 'just for fun' for just under £7

30 May 2012

Hearty Nails

essie Eternal Optimist and essie Mint Candy Apple

Today I tried something new with my nails, little hearts on the tip of each one. Isn't it just super cute!!? Step 1: Choose your two colours and paint your nails in one of them. Step 2: Take a toothpick, dip it into the bottle of the other colour and add two little dots of it onto the tip of each nail. Step 3: Now you have to dip the toothpick into each dot and draw a line downwards to form the pointy end of the heart. Step 4: Use the toothpick and potentially add a little extra nail varnish to make the hearts look perfect. Done!!

28 May 2012

Very Berry Lemonade

1) Pour a little red syrup or squash into your glass. 2) Add frozen berries (I had a mix of blue-, rasp-, blackberries as well as blackcurrant).
After last week's post about the blueberry cubes I thought why not use frozen berries instead of ice cubes straight away?! That way you can nibble fruit while your enjoying your delicious ice cold drink (the berries defrost pretty quickly once they're in the water). You really only need 3 ingredients for this very berry lemonade (syrup or squash, berries and water), it really tastes nice and is super chilled thanks to the frozen berries. No extra ice needed. Yum and cheers to summer!

3) Add sparkling water (or still). 4) Stir everything and add a straw and spoon (to nibble berries while enjoying your drink).

27 May 2012

DIY Suspended Vase

I live in flat-sharing and in my room, except for the desk, I don't have a proper table or a surface to place a regular vase with flowers. If I do put flowers on my desk, I usually shuffle them around a lot which eventually turns out to be so annoying that I just put them on the floor in a corner somewhere. 

On Cupcakes and Cashmere I discovered another way to decorate my room with flowers without requiring a surfaced storage area. I love the way this hanging vase looks special and creates a kind of vintage-Jane-Austen look. Follow my few simple steps to create your own suspended vase!


You'll need: one piece of wood (mine is 24x20x2cm), an old screw-top jar (usually found with pickles or jam), drill, metal wire & pliers, paint & brush, nail & hammer, water & flowers

1) Paint your piece of wood in the colour of your choosing with a large brush to get a slightly worn, vintage look. No need to be super thorough because it actually looks quite nice if the pattern of the wood is still shimmering through.
2) Allow some time to dry. Now place your screw-top jar on the painted wood, make a mark on either side of it and drill holes; drill two additional holes at the top edge of the wood.
3) Now wrap your wire around the lip of the jar, twist it a couple of times and poke the ends through the drill holes. Secure at the back of the wood by twisting the ends together. Clip the extra wire.
4) Take another piece of wire, poke through the holes at the top edge of the wood, leave a large loop (for hanging) and twist each end around itself a few times.
5) Secure a nail in the wall, hang the vase; add water and flowers.

I still only have my blackberry for photo making - not ideal, I know...

26 May 2012

Strawberry Rhubarb Crumble

An absolute necessity during the season for strawberries and rhubarb (May/June) is a crumble using both fruit. What makes the two of them perfect for each other is the sweetness of the strawberries and the sour flavour of the rhubarb which perfectly balance each other out and create one yummy fruit explosion in your mouth.

This recipe makes a quick, deliciously juicy crumble and could almost not be simpler.

You'll need:
500g strawberries
3-4 stalks of rhubarb
100g soft butter
100g sugar (caster or brown)
150g flour
50g oats
1 oven-proof dish

Preheat the oven to 200°C.

1) Prepare the strawberries and chop them in half. Peel the rhubarb using a knife and chop into 1 inch long pieces. Fill both fruit into an oven-proof dish. Make sure the fruit fully covers the bottom of the dish, ideally in two layers. If you like, sprinkle a little sugar all over the fruit.

2) Now melt the butter in a separate bowl (oven, microwave or stove) and add the sugar, flour as well as the oats. I like to use my hands to knead it all together. If the crumble topping is too sticky, add some flour or oats, but be careful not to make it too dry.

3) Sprinkle the crumble topping over the rhubarb and strawberries in the oven-proof dish and cook for 20 minutes at 200°C (fan) or 180°C (upper and lower heat).

Serve with custard, vanilla ice cream or just plain. Utterly delicious (even cold)!!!

25 May 2012

Fabulous Fabric

GEOMETRIC: Utrecht by Westfalenstoffe and Chevron Hot Pink by Riley Blake Designs
I don't know about you, but there are 3 kinds of shops that I could browse all day long: drug stores, asos and arts and crafts/fabric shops. In drug stores it's usually beauty and nail products which catch my attention. Asos feels like this bottomless fashion paradise where fabulous new things appear constantly. In arts and crafts stores, I am always amazed by how many wonderful things are out there that I haven't seen yet; moreover, I adore pretty things such as stationery and wrapping paper! Last night I went to one of the most wonderful shops for fabric, buttons, ribbons, and all kinds of sewing utensils: the Stofftänzer in Bonn (Germany). I browsed some of their collection and thought I would share a few of my favourite cotton fabric patterns with you. I, myself, bought the Itty Bitty Berry and made lovely strawberry pyjama shorts with it. Cute, eh?

CUTE: Itty Bitty Berry by Alexander Henry and Junge Linie by Westfalenstoffe
FLOWERY: Klassiker by Westfalenstoffe and Prinzessin by Westfalenstoffe
SPECIAL: Paris by Westfalenstoffe and Peak Hour by Riley Blake Designs

24 May 2012

Blueberry Cubes

Ice cubes for summer drinks are a very fun way to express your creativity. Whether it is juice cubes, cola cubes, multi-coloured cubes or fancy-shape-cubes there is almost nothing I haven't tried yet. However, the blueberry cube is new. Obviously they also work with mint leaves (probably super cool for cocktails), raspberries, gummy bears, flowers and so on... Although too fancy might not be considered 'nice' any more. How do you like your ice cubes? Classic or fancy?

23 May 2012

Aren't these Kute..?!

Remember when I told you I got new sandals for summer in the mid season sale here? Well they have finally arrived now and I can share some photos. They are a lot more neon pink than I expected but they are very comfortable and super pretty. As soon as they are properly in the sale, I might get the golden pair as well because I really like them quite a bit. If you want to get them now, the Marie Claire UK has teamed up with Kurt Geiger and you get a 25% off voucher with every magazine (in store as well as online).

Sandals Kute by Carvela, nails essie Chinchilly

22 May 2012

Happy Kitchen

I love it when a kitchen gradually becomes the home to countless pretty and colourful things. In my opinion, kitchen utensils don't always need to be useful as long as they beautify the overall impression. After all, mini cupcake pots or cute glass containers to hold tea candles won't hurt anyone, will they?! I also like to mix up materials and store my pasta in glass pots with wooden lids and my cereal in old fashioned jars with metal screw tops. Lovely!! Although my collection of cute kitchen gadgets is pretty big already, I am definitely missing these 5 items:

A cake stand + dome would be amazing. 
It doesn't necessarily have to be this one, but I would like an all-glass, plain version.
This set of 6 small bowls is simply too cute to resist. 
Perfect for soufflés, desserts, nibbles and all things small.
On a cold day there is nothing more heart-warming then a cup of tea. 
This tea pot brings the brewing to a whole new level.
Again, this mug is just too cute!!! I cannot resist a sweet little thing like that.
Somehow my collection is missing a proper pitcher
which I consider pathetic because they are always needed.

21 May 2012

Yoghurt Waffles

Everyone likes waffles, right? Well, I sure do and today I am sharing my amazing yoghurt waffles recipe with you and depending on what flavour yoghurt you use - whether berries, citrus fruit, plain, or even apple purée and a little cinnamon - they'll taste a little different each time.

This is what you'll need:
125g margarine
100g sugar
1 tablespoon vanilla sugar
3 eggs
250g flour (wholemeal or plain)
1 teaspoon baking powder
250g yoghurt of your choosing

Mix together the margarine, sugar, vanilla sugar and eggs in a bowl until you have a smooth mixture. Combine the flour and baking powder and add to the bowl. Loosely stir in the yoghurt with a spatula. To transfer the batter from bowl to waffle maker use a spoon or spatula. Now all you need to do is bake your waffles. Enjoy the warm waffles with icing sugar, whipped cream, custard or just plain. If you don't manage the whole batch on Day 1, keep them refrigerated and simply toast them for a few minutes before serving; they'll be a little more crispy than on Day 1 but just as nice.

20 May 2012

A Polished Look










Inspired by the essie limited edition 'Mirrored Metallics' and an article in the current Marie Claire about metallic wardrobe necessities (which sadly were way beyond affordable), I decided to put together my own collection of shiny objects. I have always thought that a metallic accessory can really upgrade a very simple and casual outfit, but except for a golden clutch and a couple of silver and golden ballerinas I have not yet delved into the glamorous world of metallic fashion. However, during my research I fell in love with the Topshop vest (won over by the conspicuous back zip), the Topshop biker jacket and the French Sole woven ballerinas and I can totally see myself in any one of the other pieces - although I might need to hit the gym a few times before I pull off the golden jeans... Are you ready to shine in metallics this year?








19 May 2012

Fancy Nails

essie Cute as a Button, Mint Candy Apple, Good as Gold
Now that I have finished studying, I often find myself with some time to kill on my hands; or rather enjoying the free time before I'll start looking for jobs, but anyway... Inspired by The Beauty Department, I created this tri-colour-manicure. It takes a little patience and might not be my all-time-favourite, but it's kind of funny and relatively easy to replicate thanks to just a few strips of scotch tape ;)


18 May 2012

Pink Lemonade

One thing I definitely love about summer is the variety of chilled drinks that I can only really enjoy when it's warm outside (or else it gets too chilly altogether) such as Pimms, frappés, iced lattes, ice tea and so on. Because I love pink and like lemonade, I made my own pink lemonade with just 4 simple ingredients, using one and the same measuring cup for all.

You'll need: 100ml caster sugar - 1L water - 250ml lemon juice (approx 5 lemons) - 200ml cranberry juice

Heat up the sugar and 250ml of water in a pan until the sugar is completely dissolved. Pour this quite watery syrup into a large jug. Your next step is to extract the juice from the lemons. If you want your lemonade to be clear, you should pour the lemon juice through a sieve before pouring it into the jug. I skipped this step and my lemonade has juicy bits in it. Add the remaining 750ml of water, the lemon juice and the cranberry juice to the mixture. Although the cranberries give the lemonade a very fruity flavour, it is mainly the source of colour. Depending on the amount of cranberry juice, your lemonade will be more or less pink. Leave in the fridge until chilled. Slice up a lemon and add to the jug together with loads of ice. Ready!!! Yummy!!!





Coincidentally, my nail varnish (essie Eternal Optimist) matched the slightly watered down lemonade. Nice :)

17 May 2012

Summer Colours #2

You may remember my previous post about this year's summer being all about colours. However, if you're not into the kind of super bright clothes and accessories I picked out, there is a perfect alternative for you: pastels!! Mint greens, pale yellows and pinks, corals as well as lilacs couldn't be more broadly represented in shops of both high street and designer (particularly Zara and Topshop seem to be all over it). I am deeply in love with pastels, particularly because my relatively pale skin works better with pale shades rather than bright colour bombs. I have taken some time to pick a number of favourite pastel wardrobe necessities and accessories to share with you here. On my to-buy-list there is a mint pair of denim trousers, essie's lilacism for my toe nails, coral espadrilles and those cute stripy lilac shorts (see below).

16 May 2012

Mother's Day

Here I told you that I was making my own Mother's Day stationery and now I can show you what it eventually looked like. My mummy got a voucher (Gutschein in German) for a visit to the Royal Opera, preferably a ballet, with her favourite daughter - me!!! To be fair she's only got one daughter anyway and my two brothers completely forgot that it was Mother's Day at all. Therefore, it wasn't particularly hard to shine :D
   

Excuse the poor quality of the photos, my camera broke and now I only have my blackberry for photo-taking 

DIY Canapé Sticks

In only 2 ½ short weeks, the Queen will be celebrating her Diamond Jubilee and guess who is very excited about being in London for that weekend!? Me!!! Usually, during an event like that, there are a number of themed BBQ parties and I have started looking for cute party favours to contribute: red velvet cupcakes with white and blue icing, a Union Jack trifle, raspberry-blueberry-custard-tart, blue and red jelly shots... you get the picture. While searching the web for ideas of how to decorate my cupcakes, I continuously stumbled across Union Jack canapé sticks and decided to make them myself. I googled a picture of the Union Jack, copied and pasted it into a word document which I then printed off. Beside from the obvious, you'll need toothpicks, scissors and glue. These canapé sticks are both easy to make and cute to look at!
































 The cupcakes to go with these will follow in 2 weeks :)

15 May 2012

Peanut Cupcakes

These peanut cupcakes are very easy to make, don't take much of your time and are super fluffy.

For the batter:
1 vanilla bean
200g soft butter
150g sugar
4 eggs
200g flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 pinch of salt
For the icing:
150g soft butter
150g full fat cream cheese
2 table spoons crunchy peanut butter
5 tablespoons icing sugar
3 table spoons roasted & salted peanuts

1) Preheat the oven to 160°C (fan) or 180°C (top and bottom heat).

2) Cut open the vanilla bean and scrape out the vanilla pods with a knife. Together with the butter and the sugar, add them to a bowl and whisk until smooth.

3) While whisking, gradually add the eggs to the creamy mixture. Mix the flour (I took half whole grain, half plain flour), the baking powder and the salt and sift everything into the bowl. Whisk until your batter is smooth.

4) Prepare your muffin cups or tray and spoon the batter into them / it. Bake for 20-30 minutes at 160°C (fan) or 180°C (top and bottom heat).

5) Take the muffins out of the oven once you feel their tops have become springy, you can check with a wooden toothpick if the batter inside is fully baked (stick it into the muffin and if the tooth pick comes out clean, the muffin is ready). Let them cool down!!!

6) Add the butter, cream cheese, peanut butter and icing sugar into a bowl and whisk together until smooth.

7) Spread the icing onto the muffins with a bread knife or alternatively use a piping bag with a small nozzle which usually makes the cupcakes look more 'done'.

8) Chop the peanuts into smaller pieces and sprinkle over the icing. Their saltiness gives the finished product a nice touch! Yummy!!!