Friday, November 29, 2013

Shopping time!

Indeed, money doesn't buy happiness neither does shopping but a bit of it doesn't harm, right? 
I'm sure your inboxes has been going crazy with all the sales there are but here is a quick recap, or at least here are the sales I'm looking at very very closely!

- J.Crew: 30% off with HOLIDAY code (click here) 
- Asos US: 20% off with GIMME20 code (US only)
- Mango: 30% off with 5SHOPDAYLONG code (UK and US)
- Anthropologie: 20% off (UK and US)
- GAP: 30% with SHOPGAP code (Europe)
- Ren Skincare: 20% off with XMAS20 code (click here)
- Matches: 30% off on selected items with BLKFR30 code and Free US delivery on all orders and returns with code USAFREE (US only, click here)
- Club Monaco: Save an extra 30% off already-reduced items with THANKS30 code (click here)
- French Connection: 30% off with W13COUPON code (click here)
- Kiehl’s: Receive $20 off on purchases over $65 with CHEER code (click here)
- Loren Hope: Save 20% off orders over $100 + free shipping with THANKS code (click here)
- THE OUTNET: Save 20% off site wide with THANKSGIVING code (click here)
- Selfridges: Receive 20% off your Christmas Shopping with SELF2013 (click here)
- ZhushSave 20% off all orders including sale items with BlackFriday Code (click here) 

Will you take advantage of the sales?

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Ideal Closet

before I start rambling about camel coats and red flats, I wanted to wish all my friends across the pond a very Happy Thanksgiving day! Wishing you have a great day with family and loved ones!
And now let's talk coats!
A camel coat is one of those pieces in your wardrobe that can become and remain a staple that will see you through years. I bought one from Whistles about two winters ago and I just got it back from the dry cleaners just as new. This one is from Whistles too, a bit more androgynous that mine but a very very classic shape that can go with pretty much anything. 

Get it here

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Visit in Barcelona: Nana Yoti

I found these pictures in my camera and realised I had never posted about Nana Yioti, a bakery/sweet shop in Barcelona. While strolling around Gracia  one evening back in May I saw this store front and the name sounded familiar, it sounded greek and I found myself looking it out when I got back home. Nana Yoti opened some months ago in Barcelona and is the brainchild of Eleni, a Greek young lady who's family already owns a renowned bakery in Athens. 
The barcelona branch is a bit different, they make, at the open industrial kitchen at the back of the store, a limited number of sweets most of them in little jars. Cheesecake, mascarpone with marron glacé,  specialities, sacher torte, cookies and delicious cupcakes are a few of the delicious treat you can find in this lovely store in the narrow street of Gracia. I loved the interior of the store, warm, with fresh flowers, and the open kitchen where one can see what's cooking. 

Definitely one to visit if you can while in Barcelona. (I think the store is even prettier since I first went!)

Nana Yoti: Carrer de Torrijos 37, Gracia, Barcelona

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Make it: Roasted pepper with tuna and tomatoes, easy lunch

Since I started eating tuna this past summer this has become my go to easy and light dinner or work lunch. It requires minimal work and is nutritious and tasty. The real recipe here is the how to make the roasted peppers because putting together this dish is rather easy. I first ate it at my friend Anna's parent house and the balsamic reduction addition is the best! Obviously you could buy the roasted peppers at the store but isn't it always better when you do it yourself, or when mom does it like in my case this time? 

Printable recipe here


(for 1 serving but 3 servings of peppers)

2 large red peppers
1 tin of tuna 
(I'm picky and I like Ortiz Atun Claro which outside Spain you can find in good delis I reckon, youc an of course use any other but hey I love this one!)
A handful of tomatoes (I used cherry, but you can use any kind of tomatoes)
Olive oil (2 tbsps)
Balsamic reduction (2 tbsps)
Sea Salt


Wash and dry your red peppers. Place in a metallic oven proof dish and cook for 30 minutes in the over on 180º celsius. Keep an eye and turn them accordingly so they cook nicely all over. Turn them when dark splotches begin to appear.  
The peppers will be very hot so be careful how you turn them. 
Once all cooked, take them out of the oven and cover in a kitchen roll, the steam will help the skin come out easily. 
Once they are cold enough to handle, remove the stem from each pepper. 
Hold them and remove all the remaining skin. Open them carefully and remove all the seeds.
Slit open the side of each pepper and spread them out (like the above picture). 
You can store them in an air tight bowl for about 5 days with some olive oil. 

For your light lunch you will need to place your tomatoes, roasted pepper and tuna in a plate, drizzle with olive oil and vinegar and sea salt and enjoy.

Printable recipe here

Monday, November 25, 2013

Weekend Wear

A weekend outfit has to be... comfortable, warm in winter, stylish and something that will stand up in all the right ways. I wear a lot of boots in winter, ankle books, biker botos and knee lenth boots but I have also started wearing lots of trainers. Obviously it's a trend of course but I also enjoy the commodity and fun they add to any given outfit. A big scarf and the perfect cocoon coat will be all you need to cover you this winter. 

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Open back tee: Mango |  Jeans: Leigh Topshop | Scarf: Zara | Bag: Michael Kors | Trainers: Nike Air Max 1 c/o Sarenza

Friday, November 22, 2013

Ideal Closet

It's properly winter these days and biker boots are all the rage these last couple of years. I loved them much last year and adore them this year too, I wear them with skinny jeans and with dresses for a more casual day look. Yes, who am I going to lie to, during the colder months I love wearing black, like most of you too I imagine. It's easy, versatile, covers well and maintains a great sophistication, add a bit of colours and that's it, instant outfit maker, like this fabulous red leather gloves
Have a great weekend! I'm seeing this lovely lady and her beautiful little family and also watching The Hunger Games so I'm definitely excited!!

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Harrod's Christmas Hampers

A couple of weeks ago the postman knocked on the door and he came bearing gifts. Gifts from the most beloved Harrod's. The lovely people at Harrod's were kind enough to send me one of their fabulous Christmas Hampers to check it out at home. And boy did I like it and everyone else at home! I received the Limited Edition Hamper which included typical English Christmas delicacies like 3 different flavoured mince pies, a yummy and super gooey caramel selection, spiced Christmas tea (um hello!) and incredibly luxurious chocolate, can't wait to seat down and enjoy a cuppa! 

Hampers come in bespoke Harrod's beautiful boxes made of dark brown wicker with a heavy leather lid. While I love more the classic picnic straw basket I think this is a more elegant version of it and perfect to keep for storage.

Christmas Hamper was c/o Harrods, all opinions my own as always. 

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Antique Bath Vanities

I love bathrooms posts, they make me dream as I've said before here and here and here when I talked about antique sinks especially marbled ones. Ok then, those gorgeous sinks need somewhere to live right? Usually it would be a bathroom vanity, to me the idea of an antique bathroom vanity one sounds even more enticing. Most bathrooms we see in moderns home also come with modern bathrooms vanities but today I like best some older with more charm, personality and lived in feeling. 

How amazing is this chinese cabinet turner bathroom vanity? While I'm not usually into chinese decor I love how cool this one looks, a perfect modern meets traditional kind of vibe. I especially love the marble top, definitely a bespoke piece, definitely worth it. 

Via: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Make it: Nutella and Cinnamon Muffins

Nutella and Cinnamon Muffins

Over the weekend my mom and I made Sally´s Addiction Cinnamon Nutella-Stuffed muffins and they were beyond anything you can imagine! Actually they were just what you were thinking they were: AMAZING! I recently bought a massive jar of Nocilla (the spanish brand of chocolate hazelnut spread) it's a special edition pot designed by Mr. Wonderful and while it's 1 whole kilo I wanted it badly so it meant I had to find some Nutella/Nocilla recipes to make!

Printable Recipe here

Nocilla Mr Wonderful

(makes between 5 and 8 muffins depending on what your muffin case looks like)

1/3 cup of unsalted butter at room temperature (75 gr)
1/2 cup of granulated sugar (100 gr)
1 large egg
1 tsp of vanilla extract (not pictured)
1/2 cup of mil (120 ml)
1 and 1/2 cups white whole wheat flour (190 gr - which makes it a bit bit healthier)
1 and 1/2 tsp of baking powder
1/2 tsp of ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp of ground nutmeg 
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp of nutella for each muffin (I made 5 large muffins, the original recipe 8)

For the Sugar-Cinnamon Topping
1/4 cup granulated sugar (50 gr)
2 tsps of cinnamon
3 tbsps of unsalted butter (45 gr)

Nutella and Cinnamon Muffins
Nutella and Cinnamon Muffins


Preheat oven at 220 celsius and butter or spray your muffin case. Mine wasn't well enough buttered and the muffins got a bit sticky so make sure you don't skip this step. 

In a large bowl, either your mixer bowl or using a hand held mixer, cream sugar and butter until soft, add in the egg, vanilla and extract and milk and beat well all together. 
Gently stir in your flour, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt. 
Sally says not to over mix it here, beat enough to have all your ingredients well mixed together but that's it. Your batter should be on the thick side. 

Now spoon 1 tbsp of your batter in the muffin cavity, top in with 1 tsp of nutella then cover with another tbsp of batter. Do these for all your muffins, I got 5. Sally got 8 which makes me think she probably had a smaller muffin case, mine is quite a big one. 

Bake at 220 c for 5 minutes, then bring it down to 180 for another 13 to 17 minutes. Now my oven is a player and when the 17 minutes were over my muffins were NOT ready so I left them bake for 5 more minutes or so. My advice is to keep checking them after the 13-17 minutes. Each oven will do its own, not a great advice I'm conscious but it really is the best I can say.

Allow your muffins to cool for about 5-10 minutes. While they are cooling you can melt your butter, either in the microwave or in a small pan over medium heat. Mix your sugar with the cinnamon in a shallow bowl.

Take your muffins and dip the top of each of them in the warm butter and quickly dip again into the sugar mixture. The brownish bit you see on my muffins is not a burnt muffin no no my friends, it is the YUMMINESS that is the sugar and cinnamon mixture. 

Eat warm with coffee or tea, or cold at any other moment. 

Nutella and Cinnamon Muffins

Printable Recipe here
Original recipe from Sally's Baking Addiction

Monday, November 18, 2013

Weekend Wear

I've said it many times here in the blog for many years now, I have very stylish friends and the one I look up the most is my friend Eli who has impeccable taste. This Weekend Wear is a bit inspired on her, I actually bought this skirt after seeing her wearing a very similar one a couple of years back. I saw Eli this weekend, and she looked super cute, comfortable and stylish at the same time, wearing a flared leather mini skirt and a chunky black sweater, this is my own version a bit more sparkly which is more me but hopefully she approves. 

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Skirt: Zara | Sweater: Zara | Necklace: Zara | Scarf: Whistles | Bag: LV | Candle: Diptyque | Boots: Ash c/o Sarenza

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Thursday, November 14, 2013

Ideal Closet

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I love burgundy for winter, I have seen it pop up in many posts in some of my fave blogs and I really like it, it's dark enough to be good for this season but is not black which breaks a bit the monotony. And goes well with many colours, it looks great with black but it would work really nicely with navy too. And if you add some fun accessories I think it really makes the difference. Who wouldn't want to be strolling around in the super cute cat loafers? I know I would!

Get it here

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

A charming restoration

I repined this bedroom image yesterday and it picked my interest so much I went ahead and looked for the rest of the house, I had a feeling it would be right my alley. While I love many deco styles I love a good old homey house and this one has tons of personality and charm. It's a renovation project by Cuppett Architecture of a Historic House and I love how harmoniously it has been done. 

The exterior is simple yet charming, there is a lovely patio/garden with a swing that oozes loveliness. The interior is a mix of traditional meets charming rustic and has both feminine and masculine elements that gives a fantastic balance for a family home. 

Via: Cuppett Architecture and Houzz

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Make it: Pasta with Pancetta and Leeks

Since I came across this recipe on The Pioneer Woman I have made it countless of times. Sometimes its tastier than others but that obviously it's down to how I make it and how I feel that day, cooking with love makes a massive difference to it's taste. This is a bot of a carbonara type of dish, scrumptious and perfect for a one meal kind of lunch or dinner. 

Printable recipe here

(Seves 4)

3-4 large leeks
300 gr chopped pancetta or bacon
500 gr pasta (I used penne this time but have also made them with farfalle and like them as much)
1/2 cup of white wine
dollop of butter
1 cup of cream
parmesan cheese
pepper and salt

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Chop your leeks (the one part only) and prepare your ingredients.
Cook your pasta in salted boiling water as directed in the packet. Drain and set aside. 
Cook your pancetta/bacon over medium heat, until the bacon starts getting brown. Add in the leeks. Stir well and cook over medium heat for about 8-10 minutes until the leeks are well softened.
Now it's time to add your pat of butter. Keep stirring well so it goes all over your ingredients for about 8-10 minutes. Pour in your wine and stir over low heat for a couple of minutes. With the heat decreased to very low pour in the cream, stir well for 5 minutes. 
Add in the cooked pasta and your shaved parmesan. Stir well and serve. 
Eat warm and then relaaaaax. 

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Original recipe from here - Printable recipe here
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