30 Sep 2013

Happy Autumn

I haven't been around at all last week because work was super busy and I just didn't find the time for blogging. However, I have been able to browse the internet for a little Autumn wardrobe inspiration and I have splurged on a few of the pieces I found. Although this last week has been surprisingly warm again, I'm really excited about colder days, layering clothes, leaves getting yellow, red and brown and my upcoming birthday party which will be Halloween themed. What are you looking forward to the most this Autumn?

20 Sep 2013

Plum Marzipan Rolls

Last weekend I made delicious plum-marzipan-rolls for our breakfast treat (hangover cure) and they turned out super delicious and were very easily whipped up. Simply make a yeast dough by mixing / kneading together 400g flour, 1 tbsp dry yeast, 2 tbsp sugar, 1 tbsp soft butter, 1 tsp salt and about 250ml warm water until you get a smooth dough (mix in the water gradually so that you don't overdose and get a sticky dough). Leave to rise for about 30-60 minutes until twice the size. In the meantime, chop 300g of plums and 200-300g of marzipan (depending on how sweet you want it) into small chunks and mix them together. Once your dough is ready, knead again and then roll into a large square on a floured surface until about 5mm thick. Spread the plum-marzipan mixture onto it evenly, start rolling it like you would  Swiss Roll and cut into 3cm thick slices. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until golden brown at 200°C, take out of the oven, spread some single cream on top in addition to a little sprinkle of vanilla sugar. Return to the oven for another 5 minutes, take out, ENJOY!!!

19 Sep 2013

Jumper O'Clock

1 Poppy // 2 Grey on Grey // 3 Navy Emerald // 4 Pink Shoulder (my favourite!!) // 5 Leopard // 6 Colour Block
Now that it's getting a little bit colder again, I've not only been looking into winter coats and booties but also jumpers. Because I usually tend to buy black, deep burgundy or grey during the Autumn and Winter months, I have tried to expand my colour range and look into corals, navies and pinks and if I did look at grey it had to have a twist (such as a leopard print or colour block). Boden have an amazing range of cottong and cashmere jumpers and above are my top 6 with the pink shouldered one being my absolute favourite. Lucky pay day is only about a week away. Yay!

18 Sep 2013

Cosy Minimalism

Remember when I told you about how we were painting and wallpapering the bedroom (see here)? Only a few months on and it's pretty much finished now. After the wallpaper was on and the paint was dry, we positioned the bed so that the busy wallpaper would be on the head end of the bed. This way we'll never wake up and feel totally overwhelmed by the pattern; I like it quite calm and peaceful in the bedroom. Next in were the Kartell cabinets which we decided were a cool alternative to classic bedside tables. They are great for storage but once you close the doors, the messiness behind is hidden away instantly. We continued by adding some lovely white sheets, cushions, a blankie and even threw in a little fake fur to turn the bed into a cosy little "island". But one of the coolest items, which was added only a couple of days ago, are the antlers on the side. Originally they were designed to serve as coat hook but I think they are so stylish, you really don't want to cover them up at all. So now they are our bedroom art. I am really happy with how it turned out in the end!!

17 Sep 2013

Mini Mani Month

Do you remember the fabulous Ciaté advent calendar I got from Joe last year (see here). Good news, they are doing the same thing again this year and you can already pre order it to make sure you are not missing out (last year the advent calendar sold out super quick even after they restocked it a couple of times). Click here for the 2013 edition of the Mini Mani Month from Ciaté.

16 Sep 2013

Weekly Instagram

Strawberry & Cream drops from M&S - after work cocktails at Be At One - Back to Black - Colour Explosion - G&T with a face - Autumn shopping discounts - Chocolate Cupcakes - Outfit of the Day - Anna & Grace - Crayfish Party - LFW - Coffee Break

14 Sep 2013

Chocolate Cupcakes

If I just fancy a little bit of a sweet snack but haven't got anything at home, I usually resort to baking something quickly, since flour, eggs, butter, cocoa etc are absolute kitchen staples. My brand new Hummingbird Bakery book provided me with a great recipe for chocolate cupcakes which were easy to make, only used very basic ingredients and were ready to be eaten within an hour. I can totally recommend the book, it has so many great looking, interesting recipes in it - most of which will need a little more preparation though.   

12 Sep 2013

Autumn Homes

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Autumn is my absolute favourite season, the colours are beautiful, it's my birthday, I can layer clothes again and wear black tights and the Christmas build-up starts. I don't usually decorate the house autumnally but this year I would like to add a few romantic touches here and there to make it more cosy and bring Autumn into my home. As I will be working rather long hours for the next few months, I probably won't get to go outside a lot so the decorations are all I'll have Mon-Fri. Above are a few inspirational photos from the Martha Stewart Living website; they always have such beautiful yet simple ideas!

11 Sep 2013

Knit & Leather

IRO Sweater - Muubaa Trousers - McQ Boots
Last weekend, while browsing through my new Marie Claire magazine, I discovered that Muubaa was featured in the "Pretty Punk" fashion edit. Obviously I was thrilled to find that one of the pieces I had sent to them for shooting a while ago, was actually chosen for the feature and that was certainly a nice weekend surprise. However, on top of that, I also absolutely loved the look. So casually chic and cool. For those of us who cannot spend £1000+ on an outfit, I have created 3 more affordable options to recreate this look below.
Jumper - £19.99,  Bottoms - £24.99, Whistles Boots - £165
Jumper - £14.99, Bottoms - £19.99, Kurt Geiger Boots - £140
Jumper - £19.99, Bottoms - £24.99, & Other Stories Boots - £125

10 Sep 2013

Paris Street Style

I got a new book last week and I absolutely love it. Paris Street Style is about finding your own style, managing to look effortlessly chic every day and paying attention to detail. I have only just started reading through it but already it proved very intriguing with great advice that every woman could use to improve her wardrobe and style. There is plenty of inspirational photography which underlines the good overall impression of the book and is a bonus for days where you just can't be bothered to read ;)

9 Sep 2013

Oui Oui

Dior Oui Mimioui Collection
The Dior Oui Mimioui Collection is absolutely darling and every time I see it in a magazine or else, I am totally smitten. However, I am not even close to being able to pay around £1000 (minimum) for a ring, necklace or bracelet. Good news is, I have found an alternative which is much MUCH cheaper than the original and I can more than accept that it comes without the diamond for just £30. Shop it here on Etsy.

6 Sep 2013

Weekly Instagram

Hair vs Meike 0:1 - weekend manicure - Saturday breakfast at The Breakfast Club (post coming soon) - super clear weekend view over London - Joe trying on Acne's AW13 version of the "scarf" - Selfridges window display - new chilli grinder from Alessi - cute autumn window decorations - my Sunday #ootd - cable cars kiddie-pool-style - after work drinks with my 2 best work mates - looking for the perfect bedroom set up

5 Sep 2013

Urban Herb Garden

Elho Large Brussels Herbs Duo - £9.99 // Elho Large Brussels Herbs Single - £7.49

As I told you before here, I was very much interested in having a little garden in our own kitchen for the most essential herbs (and Joe also insisted on a chilli plant). I discovered Dutch designer Bas van der Veer a little while ago and particularly his Brussels Herbs collection seemed amazingly convenient and stylish for an urban kitchen garden. Just a few months after discovering these designs, we now have them in our kitchen and from the first excited snapshot above (taken in early August) to the ones below (taken this morning) our herbs have grown massively; particularly the basil has become three times as tall and twice as wide. They clearly seem to like it very much. Bas van der Veer's very affordable designs are available through Elho who sell their products (among others) on Amazon (see links under first photo).

4 Sep 2013

Leather Skirts

Leather Skirts are a huge trend this season (they kind of always are during autumn/winter). The two main fits are the pencil skirt and the skater skirt and I have sourced my favourite looks via this Pinterest Board and given you 5 options for each style to shop the key item for the look yourself. I have a faux leather pencil skirt from H&M myself and I love it because it goes with so many different tops and shoes. A real leather skater skirt would definitely also be great though and it is just a little more playful and comfy than a pencil skirt.

4) Muubaa Azka Skirt - £190
8) H&M Pleated Skirt - £69.99
10) H&M Faux Leather Skirt - £14.99

3 Sep 2013

An Apple a Day

... keeps the doctor away - as they say. I absolutely love apples, I am not as passionate about them as I am about cherries or blueberries, but our relationship is much more stable; I almost literally have one every day. When I saw this Enzo Mari apple print, 1963, I thought I had found my match. Now I only need to persuade Joe that this is what we need above the new bar cart (post coming soon) and I will have as much apple every day as I dare to look at. There is also a pear version of this simple yet captivating print. Enzo Mari is an Italian modernist artist and furniture designer and, amongst others, exhibited in the Design Museum.

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2 Sep 2013

Life Lessons

August has been a month with lots of ups and downs. There have been too many unhappy moments: I had to have surgery, my brother had a motorbike accident and my favourite grandmother died. It certainly hasn't been a great August this year and in a way I am very glad that it is over now and I can start into September all fresh. However, despite all of the sadness and terrors, there have also been great moments. My two best friends from uni came to visit me in London and I have just recently been promoted at work to a position which is much more challenging and promising for the future. 
The death of my grandmother made me rethink a lot of what I am doing now; she was one of the most inspirational women in my life. I admired the way she continuously travelled the world after her retirement, the way she had children and a working career (not the most common thing within her generation), how she always tried (and mostly succeeded)  to stay in touch with modernity, never wore "nan-shoes", never looked a mess and always made me think positively (as well as preaching the importance of moisturiser). We always giggled at how she was closely watching the stock exchange on TV every day after lunch but admired her for the know-how and talent she had with her investments, almost like a proper tough-guy New York City broker. Almost immediately after her funeral I started to feel like I hadn't achieved enough since finishing uni last year and that I desperately wanted to change something for her sake since she was my second biggest sponsor at uni. And then it suddenly all fell into place naturally, almost like she was looking out for me. In retrospect I wish I would have called and visited her more often but sadly it is too late now. She will always be in my heart and will never fail to inspire me! I am thankful I had such a wonderful role model in my life! I already miss her very much!