Monday, September 15, 2014

Weekend Wear

yes, it's back to rooftop pictures (insert funny face here!), I unfortunately don't massively enjoy taking pictures in the middle of the street (terribly embarrassed!!). I wish it was a bit of a nicer setting, sorry all! Anyway, I wanted to share this super super simple outfit because I got a new style of jeans off Topshop that I had not tried before and I thought you might as well like to know how the Jamie fits. 

I was a Leigh lady, since I was introduced by WIT and my friend Eli corroborated how amazing the Leigh was I never looked back (well I did but you get the just). I kept seeing the Jamie, waist a bit higher and denim a bit thicker, and sometimes I wondered about the fit. I finally got to try it and I like it a bit better I think than the Leigh. Being a bit thicker it "sucks you in" more than the Leigh and it feels more like a jean than the legging look the Leigh gives. The higher waist doesn't  enamour me but I can handle it. 

I definitely recommend it, especially if you are looking something like the Leigh but a more wintery option. 

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Jean: Topshop | Tee: Topshop | Shoes: Birkenstock | Necklace and bracelets: Apriati

Friday, September 12, 2014

In the Bedroom

I love a good little spruce up and I absolutely adore a welcoming bedroom. The other week I spruced up a bit mom's bedroom and I couldn't not share. We added white crisp bedding from Marks & Spencer, specifically from the Keep Cool range that allows you to sleep comfortable and well... cool of course in the hotter months. This range is made from Tencel fibre which helps temperature regulation allowing for a great fresh sleep. 

I'm a rather good sleeper (I love sleeping!!) and can sleep fairly easily pretty much anywhere but there is no doubt that this set from M&S has improved my sleep quality majorly. The pillows are soft and fluffy and temperature balancing as well which is great for those mediterranean incredibly warm nights. 

I also added the most gorgeous ever cushions from Caitlin Wilson textiles. I started reading Caitlin's blog when she first moved to Dubai and have followed her since so having two of her own pieces means a lot to me and they look great pretty much anywhere! I love the gold polka dot and I think the little bows re rather delicious! They add a touch of femininity in the bedroom.  I think they would also look super cute in a girl's room!!

I also added one of my favorite pieces of art that I owe, the Robert Pereira Hind from Rise Art is made with a golden leaf and looks absolutely striking. 

Bedding c/o Marks & Spencers

Cushions c/o Caitlin Wilson

Art by Robert Pereira Hind available at Rise Art
Zara Home eye mask

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Recipe: Orzotto with bacon and asparagus

Risottos have become one of my favorite dishes to prepare (you probably know it as I share them fairly often around here!).  There was a time I wouldn't dare making such a dish and I know many are still a bit scared to tackle it but it couldn't be easier and as Nigella has said it is a bit of a therapeutic dish to make, those 20 minutes you have to stir the rice are the perfect moment to gather your thoughts. 

Anyway, over the weekend I made an orzotto, a very similar dish to the classic rice based risotto but using orzo instead. I used greek orzo (called kritharaki) handmade in my mom's village this summer with fresh eggs. 

(for 2 as a main)

2 cups orzo
1 onion
200 gr smoked bacon cut in small cubes
1 bunch of fresh asparagus
chicken stock (I used 1 cube in 500ml water)
1 cup of white wine
1 tbsp butter
salt and pepper
olive oil


Wash and cut your asparagus in 1/2 pieces and prepare your bacon. Set aside.
Peel the onion and chop it finely. Prepare your stock by boiling your water and your cube and keep it warm. 

In a large heavy pan warm up 2 tbsp of good quality olive oil. Add the onion and cook over medium heat until translucent. 
Add the orzo and mix well until well combined with the onion and remaining oil. Add the wine and keep mixing, lower your heat. Once all the wine has been absorbed by the orzo add slowly the stock and keep stirring. Keep adding the stock until it's cooked and keep stirring all along. Add salt to taste,  it will take about 20 minutes. 
While you are cooking the orzo fry the asparagus first and when these are almost done add the bacon stripes, while cooking add salt and pepper to taste. Once cooked ad them to the orzo. Combine all the cooked ingredients. Turn off the heat and add the butter and the parmesan to taste. 

Check out my other risotto and orzotto recipes:

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

The bathroom elements I love

I haven't done a bathrooms post in what seems forever, remember my antique sinks post? It's been ages but normal posting after my Greek holiday is back to normal now so here goes a bathrooms post!
 Perusing Pinterest I tend to come across many types of styles I find myself loving. Same happens with the different kind of trends, I love modern, sleek bathrooms as much as I love brass features and vintage tiles! 

I love LOVE these sleek, big walk in showers, I love these big glass screens from My-Bathrooms. A big overhead shower head is a true luxury for a super relaxing shower, I actually prefer showers that baths any given day! I love the idea of adding a bit of black to the shower door. It adds masculinity and I think the look is a lot more luxurious. 

I'm also very jealous of people who have powder rooms, yes I know I'm jealous of many people then but mind you, I love a good old fashioned stylish powder room, with a fancy bold wallpaper and if at all possible even a striking chandelier! Who didn't love this Ellie Cashman wallpaper in this powder room created by Amber Interiors?

Obviously and even though I don't favour bath, I'm still a big fan of the free standing bath tube and if it's vintage and colorful, well, it's going to be even better! This green one has me actually green with envy, especially paired with that amazing vintage tile, another love in my bathroom love list!

Finally my last lust element in a bathroom at this time are all the brass elements. Can it get any better than this incredible shower? Can these taps be any more glam?

Via: 1|2|3|4|5|6|7

Tuesday, September 09, 2014

Best Summer Ever: Post Summer Facial

It is that time of the year again, that time when your summer holiday is over and life is going slowly back to reality. I definitely CAN'T complaint, this has definitely been one of the #bestsummerever! Six weeks in Greece is something I won't be able to repeat so I tried to take full advantage of it. And to end it, I indulged myself and my mom and treated us to a fabulous facial at one of the loveliest spas in Athens, the Apivita Beehive Spa at the Apivita Concept Store in Kolonaki. 

The Apivita Spa in at the top floor of the neoclassical building the Greek brand of natural cosmetics has recently opened in central Athens. it has been created through the inspiration of Hippocrate's philosophy, Greek nature and aromatherapy. 
The spa cabins are made of real wooden bee hive parts. The ceiling is made of honey tinted crystal elements that make the light a very subtle honey colour. 

All products used are natural Apivita, I enjoyed a great Mediterranean Food Facial, and purchased some of the products used in the Spa to be able to recreate the experience at home, it might not be as cool but I will definitely give it a go!
This treatment is based on the nourishing and antioxidant ingredients of the Mediterranean diet.  

The store has 3 more floors where they sell their products, offer a juice bar and a tea corner where they have on offer and for sale all kinds of Greek herbs and teas. And a Pharmacy stand where you can created your own natural remedy. It can't get much better. 
My #bestsummerever couldn't have finished in a better way!

Thank you #malibuUK for making this the #bestsummerever 

Monday, September 08, 2014

A Sunday at the Beach

To celebrate that my #bestsummerever is coming to its end, on Sunday we headed to Barcelona's beach for lunch. On my Best Summer List I included a nice meal and while we didn't finally make it while in Athens I really wanted to enjoy a bit of a lovely restaurant.
 We went to the EscribĂ  Xiringuito just a few feet from the Bogatell beach. The restaurant is well known for it's paella and fideua and it's a lovely place to have dinner on a Sunday, albeit on the expensive side I'm not going to lie.

We tried the fried calamari a la andaluza, delicious with lemon mayo and green padro peppers (these are little peppers that are usually served grilled, they taste sweet and are usually one or two bites, one in every few is spicy so it's always a bit of a challenge!). The second starter we tried was the boiled octopus with potatoes with sweet paprika. Lovely, very mellow.

They do lovely rices, usually for two or more people, I asked if they could prepare a fideua (similar to a paella but with a very thing and short kind of pasta, check out my recipe here) and they kindly obliged. Definitely big enough for one, I'm still full as I type!! 

It's still extremely hot here and very humid so my outfit was also on the summer side wearing white and pastels. While this has been a great summer I realised I'm not a summer girl at heart, the extreme heat of Greece and Barcelona are definitely not my cup of tea and I can't wait for fall to arrive. 

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Top: El Armario de Irene | Skirt: Jigsaw | Bag: Michael Kors | Sandals: Ancient Greek Sandals | Sunglasses: Ray Ban

 #malibuUK helped me enjoy the #bestsummerever I hope you are enjoying them as much as I did! 

A greek holiday at Sifnos - Part I and II
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