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.

Enjoy!




15 May 2014

Crème Brulée

I've always wanted to own a cook's blowtorch, mainly to make crème brulée with a solid sugar crust on top. For years I've tried grilling the sugar in the oven but it never worked. The other day I finally bought one and of course this meant I had to make crème brulée instantly. I bought eggs and cream and using this recipe created the most beautiful tasting dessert ever. The ones you get in restaurants and supermarkets is usually very sweet and more like custard but this one is just perfect. It is creamy and subtly sweet with just the right amount of vanilla. It fit in perfectly with our main course of Coq au Vin.

Note: Wait for tomorrow's post to see what you should do with all of your egg white left overs.





14 May 2014

Summer Essentials: Sunnies

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The other item I constantly wear during the summer (see here for Summer Essentials: Flats) are sunglasses. Somehow I am unable to walk around when the sun's out without any sunnies on as my eyes will start streaming or I won't be able to stop blinking all day. Although I haven't spent more than £10 on a pair since 2008 because I just don't think that it's really worth it, I am currently coveting the Karen Walker Super Duper sunnies in #4. I probably won't get them as I found a perfectly similar pair in this Forever21 style, but I think I'll keep them on my wishlist for a little while anyway. The above 10 are my favourite SS14 sunglasses overall and most of them are real bargains.

13 May 2014

Holiday Check List

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Not long now and Joe and I will be off on holiday for 10 days, 7 of which will be spent in New York and another 3 in Boston for the wedding of friends of ours. A long holiday like this with many different occasions requires a wise packing strategy. I'll only have 1 suitcase and 1 carry on and have to pack everything from comfortable outfits to super smart ones. The only way I can do this successfully is via a check list. Last year I created my own little list to make sure I would never forget anything any more. You can download it via this link.

© Blueberry Days. Holiday checklist is for private use only - not for commercial use! 
The frame is a Liberty print.

12 May 2014

Currently Loving

Chunky Guacamole // Strappy Sandals // Blueberry Muffins // Karen Walker Sunnies // Peonies
Today I thought I'd share five things with you that I'm currently loving: 1) This chunky guacamole is so delicious, I have to make it at least every other week. 2) These strappy sandals from Zara are one of the only pairs that actually fit me and they are a bit of a bargain too. 3) A yummy batch of blueberry muffins to make a grey and rainy day a bit sweeter. 4) I probably won't end up buying a pair but I love the cool and edgy look of Karen Walker sunglasses. 5) Peonies are such beautiful flowers and currently in season so you'll find them in every flower shop.

9 May 2014

Manhattan by Lucille M


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With our holiday in New York approaching fast (I can't wait), I have been browsing the web for things to do within the 7 days we'll be there and have stumbled upon this cute illustration of Manhattan by Lucille M. I was thinking of creating a little holiday scrapbook and if I do, this image will most certainly be included. If you are from around the area and have any great tips or know a good place to go, do let me know in the comment section. Thank you!

8 May 2014

Summer Essentials: Flats




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In the summer I almost exclusively only wear flat sandals. Particularly when it gets quite warm, I cannot be bothered with heels (unless I absolutely have to) and resort to my quite substantial collection of flat, mostly open toed shoes. Above is my current list of favourites, all of which I generally consider quite casual but which can similarly work with smart outfits. 

7 May 2014

Bank Holiday Weekend

Last weekend was a long one and because Joe was away on a stag do, I had plenty of time to myself, met up with one of my girlfriends for a night out at Bar Soho and enjoyed the sunshine on our balcony. Ever since we put the grass down out there (see here), I've been outside whenever it was warm enough and really enjoyed this new space. Follow me on Instagram for more pics.

6 May 2014

Personalised Jigsaw

Our House Personalised Map Jigsaw
When I was looking for Mother's Day presents, I stumbled across this awesome jigsaw which is basically a copy of Google maps with your home being a little house shaped piece of the puzzle. I think this is a really cute idea as a moving in / new house present for someone and I think I already know the perfect recipient for this gift.

2 May 2014

Chunky Guacamole

A friend of mine makes an amazing guacamole and after I'd had it a few times at her various parties, I asked her to share the recipe with me. I love how easy it is to make and how absolutely scrummy it is so I thought I'd share it with you, too. 

Ingredients: 3-4 ripe (!!!) avocados (feel them up in the supermarket and only take them if they are soft to the touch), 1 large tomato, 1/2 a red onion, 2-3 garlic cloves, juice of 1 lime, salt & pepper

Scoop the avocados out of their skins, mush them in a medium sized bowl with a potato masher. Roughly chop all other ingredients and add to the avocado. Season with salt and pepper and mix it all together with a spoon. Done! Serve with tacos, burgers, potato wedges, burritos and many more.



1 May 2014

May Desktop Calendar

Oana Befort

It's still a little bit early in the day so I was only able to find 3 desktop wallpapers for May this morning but if you check back later, I would have probably added some more. This month I am hoping for some sunshine and warm days (although today has started with a kind of non-stop rain), I am looking forward to departing for NY at the end of the month and a couple of bank holidays in between. Should be good.
 
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30 Apr 2014

Mother's Day Gift Guide

1 Set of Mini Candles // 2 Jolies Mains Set for pretty hands //
3 Cashmere Jumper (comes in various colours) // 4 Mini Spring Manicure Set //
Not long and it will be Mother's Day again (in the UK it was a little while ago but since my Mum is German, I am going with that calendar and I think the US also always have it in May). Although I never usually got an actual gift for my Mum, I have started sending her little presents ever since I moved to London. My usual budget is between £15-20 but if I find something I really like, I am willing to splurge as well. I hope I am able to inspire you for a little.

29 Apr 2014

Colour Combinations

Sources here.
When we first moved into our house everything was white, leaving us with the opportunity to decorate every single room exactly how we wanted it. For our living room we chose turquoise, dark grey and bronze as the 3 main colours, for the bedroom we decided on a muted red and a mushroom tone (see here and here). While the kitchen, hallway and second bedroom are currently still plain white, the latter is scheduled to receive a make over soon. We've started looking at desks and armchairs (it's going to be our "office") but we haven't really talked about colours yet. I've been browsing Pinterest for inspiration and really loved the above 4: Dark Grey & Blush Pink; Deep Teal & Canary Yellow; Misty Blue & Beige with accents of Pink and Yellow; Blush Pink & Gold with accent of Black & White.

28 Apr 2014

Potato Printing

I haven't done potato printing since the age of 10 probably, however, I remember it being great fun at the time. The other day I discovered the water melon wrapping paper and thought how easy and cute that looks so I started browsing the web for some more ideas and think I might get stuck into some DIY next weekend. I collected all of my favourites on my DIY board on Pinterest (where you'll find links and sources as well).

25 Apr 2014

Summer Essentials: Shorts

1 Floral £26 // 2 Laced £55 // 3 Neon £32 // 4 Patterned £15
In an attempt to motivate myself into doing some exercise (I am ashamed to say I haven't done anything in over a year), I bought a couple of shorts to wear this summer. There are so many pretty patterned, laced and brightly coloured pieces out there right now that it would be a shame not to get any. Personally I decided to buy the H&M ones from #4 and "splurge" on the Mink Pink scalloped ones from #2 but I also love the floral Zara shorts and the bright yellow Oasis ones (on my legs I reckon I could even pull off a yellow although it usually makes me look very ill).

24 Apr 2014

Banana Bread

The other day a friend of mine asked me to dig out the post about my Banana Bread as she couldn't find it on the blog. Somehow the internal search didn't come up with it for me either so I clicked through all of my recipes and eventually found it. Because it currently still isn't on the recipe summary page and seems to hide on the blog, I thought I'd re-share the link to the recipe because this banana bread is REALLY good, easy to make and makes your entire house smell deliciously during the baking process. You can find the post here and the actual recipe here.

23 Apr 2014

SS14 | Birkenstock

1 Pink // 2 Black Patent // 3 Floral // 4 Snake Print
When Birkenstock became "fashionable" again last summer, I would have never thought that this year a number of designers and highstreet brands would actually replicate the look and create their own versions of this traditional sandal. Thanks to my Mum and her faith in the brand, I have worn Birkenstock from the age of 1 and still love my black patent single strap ones which I usually wear around the house. Particularly after a long day and if I've been walking a lot, they really manage to relax my feet and make me feel comfortable again. Anyway, whilst some Birkenstock still look a bit too traditional (if you know what I mean) the 4 above pairs are quite contemporary and would work with a pretty sundress or skinny jeans.

22 Apr 2014

Siena, Italy.


Italy is one of my favourite countries to travel to and while I have already been there a few times (to Rome, Venice, Lake Garda and Verona amongst others) there are many areas that I only know from photos but which I also want to visit one day. The Amalfi Coast, Tuscany and Naples are only a few and not only will all these areas be kind of the same but also enormously different from each other, the people will too. When I saw photos of this wedding in Siena I couldn't help but share the link with you. It brightened up my "Monday" a bit after that nice long Easter weekend.

21 Apr 2014

Pink & Red

1) Geometric Dress / Box Clutch / Strappy Sandals / Essie Really Red
2) Animal Print Dress / Clutch / Heeled Sandals / Essie Wicked
3) Floral Dress / Envelope Clutch / Flat Sandals / Essie Marshmallow
Traditionally there have always been colour combinations that were quite frankly frowned upon: black and blue, red and pink, black and brown to name a few. It seems that these "rules" have been thrown overboard in recent years. Black and blue together were very big during AW13 and seem to be coming back for AW14 as well. Red and pink have been out there for a while now but while browsing the internet for great dresses to take to NY and the Boston wedding, I found a few variations which I truly loved. While I actually bought the French Connection dress, the beautiful Bastyan dress is way out of my budget at the moment and I'm still ogling the one from Asos.

PS: I am not sure about black and brown yet. Tan maybe, but not so much brown.