Saturday, October 30, 2010

Inspiration for the weekend

The most perfect look. Incredible hair and great understated outfit. 
I'm head over heels over biker boots, unfortunately they just don't seem to suit me... so it's a no and I'l just have to admire them from afar! How is your weekend going?

PS: I saved these and kept the source but can't seem to find it anywhere now, if you know where these come from please let me know, I know it's a fab Brit blogger.

Friday, October 29, 2010

Cute kids

Now tell me you don't want that cute leopard coat? 
Zara has nailed this kids and babies collection, it's the perfect mix of grown up and cuteness. 
I love the juxtaposition of layers, textures and the fine lace. Just got inspired for my outfit tomorrow! Have a great weekend lovelies and if you celebrate, enjoy Halloween!!

Olivia Soaps

Pretty things should be shared, and if they smell nice even more, right? Through a comment in one of my favorites spanish blogs, Una Mosca en la Luna, I came across the Natural Soaps Olivia. Olivia are handmade soaps completely organic with natural materials like karite beurre and coconut oil. One of the things that caught my attention is that they manufacture completely unique soaps for weddings as favors. The process is completely handmade and personalised to the bride and groom tastes. Curious? check this gorgeous spanish wedding below to see the final results.
Roses for the girls, lemon for the boys. I'm seriously liking this idea!

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Babington House

Remember last week I talked about the Soho House chain and I told you how their interior are beyond incredible. I was planning to do a generic post but I couldn't just pick one (or some) so I might split this. The Babington House, a members club in Somerset is probably what everyones dreams when thinking (dreaming?) of England. Warm colors, leather, big plush beds, luxurious library, acres and acres of greens. 

 And some of the bedrooms
Pure indulgence?

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

My Stuff Series **Inglenook Decor**

Maureen is the beautiful lady behind Inglenook Decor, the shop and the blog. Her shop is filled with incredible home products that will catch your heart like this ceramic tray and this incredibly cute marble table. LOVE! Her blog is filled with everything she loves, from her gorgeous daughter to her finds in her  flea markets visits. Enjoy her My Stuff!

Favorite Discovery: Uncommon Objects in Austin
Favorite Place in the World: The Texas Hill Country
Style Icons: Olatz Schnabel, Jessica Alba
Favorite Designer: Ty Larkins, Miles Redd
Favorite Movie: Pursuit of Happyness, The Dead Poets Society
Jeans: Free People
Underwear: Victoria’s Secret
Watch: don’t wear any
Day dress and day bag: Urban Outfitters, an old,oversized Miu Miu Bag
Evening Dress: French Connection {on sale!}
Shoes: Seychelles
Inspiration: Antique shops & Flea Markets
Favorite Art: ones with architectural drawings
Bedding: West Elm
Stationery: from the MET museum
Coffee table books: So Chic by Elle Decor, Domino book of Decorating, French Style At Home
Flowers: Lime Green Hydrangeas
Perfume: none, allergic to strong scents
Moisturizer: always Cetaphil!
Mascara: none, don’t like the smearing
Shampoo: Aveda
Soap: Softsoap Pomegranate
Thanks Maureen!!

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

I'll take one of each

I'm head over heels with the new Massimo Dutti collection. For those of you who haven't heard of it, Massimo Dutti is part of Inditex, the Zara house. A bit more classy and a bit more how to say it... maybe a bit more luxe (not much don't be scared!). They always have clean lines, and subtle colors and this collection is all about the equestrian look. I absolutely ADORE their boots, I have a pair and I'm lusting over another one (the black last ones)!

A penthouse in Madrid

This apartment in Madrid is the result of a deep transformation led by Spanish interior designer Pedro Rubio. I came across it on Nuevo Estilo and loved the mix of classic and modern elements, like the leather sofa and lucite chairs and also the beautiful textiles used, like the suzani in the bedroom and the perfect cushion in the living room. 

Monday, October 25, 2010

A black cake

I love baking (love eating cakes too but try to avoid baking just for this reason). But it was N's birthday last week and I thought it would be nice to bake a cake over the weekend and invite our closer friends. I picked the Hummingbird Bakery recipe book and decided on the Brooklyn Blackout cake. It looked so yummy!! Here is the recipe if you want to try it. 

Curious about the result?
Lots of chocolate!

Ps: I made the bunting myself using this template.

Recipe from the book
Preheat oven to 170 degrees (Gas 3). Put the butter and sugar in a freestanding electric mixer with a paddle attachment (or a handheld electric whisk) and cream until light and fluffy. Add the eggs one at a time, mixing well and scraping any unmixed ingredients from the side of the bowl with a rubber spatula after each addition. Turn the mixer down to slow speed and beat in the vanilla extract, cocoa powder, baking powder, bicarbonate of soda and salt until well mixed. Add half the flour, then all the milk, and finish with the remaining flour. Mix well until everything is well combined.  Pour the mixture into the prepared cake tins and smooth over with a palette knife. Bake in the preheated oven for 20 mins. Leave the cakes to cool slightly in the tins before turning out onto a wire cooling rack to cool completely.
For the chocolate custard: Put the sugar, golden syrup, cocoa powder and 600ml of water
into a large saucepan and bring to the boil over medium heat, whisking occasionally. 
Mix in the cornflour with 120ml of water, then whisk into the cocoa mixture in the saucepan. Bring back to boil , whisking constantly. Cook until very thick, about 10 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in the butter and vanilla extract. Pour the custard into a bowl, cover with clingfilm and chill until very firm.
Put one cake on a cake stand and spread about one-quarter of the chocolate custard over it with a palette knife.
Place a second cake on top and spread another quarter of the custard over it.
Top with the last cake and spread the remaining custard over the top and sides.

Notes: There is a slight problem with the proportions I think. Waaaay too much custard and not enough cake...

Sunday Outfit

Hello lovelies! How was your weekend? I'm not looking forward to this working week to be honest, busy busy! The weekend was great. I baked a choc cake (post about it later), and had some friends over to kind of celebrate N's birthday. Also changed the "art wall" from the bedroom to the entrance wall. 
As for the outfit, here it is, going to the super market with my trolley! I'ts probably one of the most boring outfits ever, but that's actually what I wear 80-90%  of the time(like a uniform!). Jeans, top and cardigan (shoes vary depending of the weather). It was rainy, a bit, so took "advantage of it" and wore my rain boots.
Jacket: J.Crew, very old, found (really)
Scarf: H&M, very very old too
Jeans: Hollister
T-shirt: Anthropologie, Keeping Tabs
Cardigan: Topshop
Boots: Hunter
Headband: Love, Taza
Trolley: Ikea

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Weekend and Ande Monster giveaway winner

How is your weekend lovelies? Do you have any fun plans? Hope you are all enjoying yourselves!
I FINALLY have the winner of the Ande Monster giveaway. I'm always so slow when it comes to annoucning the winners, so sorry!! Thank you all for entering and thank you Rachael for offering this vintage bag!! Check out Rachael's shop, she always has new stuff coming in!

Friday, October 22, 2010

Soho House(s)

The people at Soho House must be doing something very well, if not their "world domination" wouldn't be so impressive and exclusive. I'm absolutely in awe with their interiors (planning a separate post) but their exteriors and roofs are no less impressive. Pools and roof terraces are popping all over the world in these exclusive members only clubs. I want to lounge in one of these pools!

West Hoolywood, London Soho, Miami, New York, London Shoreditch

Thursday, October 21, 2010

James Brown and Cath Kidtson

I'm completely enamored with these limited edition screenprints created by fantastic illustrator James Brown for super Brit Cath Kidtson. You might remember that I blogged about the V&A Cherry on the Cake collection where James Brown also created a limited edition. I absolutely adore all his work hand printed in his East London studio. oh and did you know that Cath Kidtson has a US online store, is this new?

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