Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Happy Holidays

I'm signing off to take a bit of a Christmas blog break. I'm not doing anything extravagant or exotic just staying home with loved ones but a little break is definitely needed after a not so great year, to recharge and regroup. 

May your holidays be filled with JOY friends, thank you for following along, it's fills my heart with warmth and love.  

Happy Holidays!

Monday, December 22, 2014

Recipe: Dutch Apple Pie a la J.Crew

There are so many apple pie recipes, right? Making an apple pie this festive season is definitely a good idea. It's quite filling, the perfect comfort food and would go well with many Christmas recipes. Anyhow, I'm not sharing this recipe now because it is Christmas, I just made it over the weekend and it is delicious so you should try it, soon. It's a Dutch apple pie and its the recipe that the Creative director of J.Crew men shared recently on the J.Crew blog. I liked the look of it so much I knew I had to try it, I also likes it actually didn't require a pie dish because right know I don't have one and while it might sound silly this fact has stopped of of trying other pie recipes. 

Anyway, this is VERY GOOD, try it. 


2 cups of self raising flour
2/3 cup soft white sugar
1 tsp vanilla sugar
1 1/1 stick unsalted butter (170 gr)
1 egg, lightly beaten
1 tsbp of breadcrumbs 
3-4 golden apples (or any other tart apples you like)
a handful of raisins
1/4 cup sugar
2 tsp cinnamon


In a large bowl mix the sifted flour, sugar, vanilla sugar, cold butter cut into cubes, 1/3 of the egg (you will need the rest later on) and salt and knead softly until a dough is formed. Save 1/4 for the top lattices. Grease a springform with a bit of butter and cover it completely with the dough, press the dough flat and push the sides until the edges are well covered (about an inch). Cover with a thin layer of breadcrumbs (ooops I forgot to do this!). Set aside until you prepare the apples. 

Pre heat oven to 180ºC. 

Peel, core and cut in small pieces your apples. Place in a bowl, add the raisins, sugar and cinnamon and mix well. Spoon the mixture to the pie thoroughly. 

In a floured surface roll out the remaining dough, you need it to be about 1/4 inch thick. Cut into long, about half inch wide strips. Place them on top of the pie creating a lattice pattern. Brush the top of the pie with the remaining egg. 

Bake for about 1 hour and 15 minutes. Mine got a bit burnt on one side after about 15 minutes, you can actually see it in one of the pics,  if your oven is tricky like mine cover it with aluminium foil. 

Serve warm or not with vanilla ice cream or whipped cream as Frank says.

Recipe original by Frank Muytjens as seen on the J.Crew blog

Friday, December 19, 2014

H&M Home at Home

I'm very happy that both Zara and H&M have an interiors offerings, I think they both do it in a very tasteful manner with a great range of prices and products that fit well in the home fashion mix. H&M home has more basics, I adore their linen bedding in earthy colours and their utilitarian and beautifully designed accessories. You would think that whoever designs all these lovely products must live a lovely life in a fabulous environment. Indeed, that's what it is.

Evelina Kravaev-Söderberg is the Creative Director of H&M Home and lives in this stunning (super scandi) apartment in Stockholm. You find what one would expect to find in such a creative space, beautiful architectural elements, like the stunning zig zag floors and big windows with a mix of vintage pieces, amazing unique art and high street little  treasures. Enjoy!


Some of the pieces I love from H&M Home

3. Candle

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Recipe: Panacotta with berries coulis

Panacotta is a desert that may seem complicated (whaaaat!?!) but is insanely easy and incredibly yummy. All in all it's a simple cooked cream but it is amazingly creamy, a bit jelly and super delicious. I used to make this on occasions when I had guests back when I lived in London. The reason why is that it was easy to make the night before, let it set in the fridge and the next day it was ready to serve with an as-easy-to-make fruit coulis. The recipe I used this time mixes milk and double cream but I have also tried it with double cream only which makes it a bit more consistent. 


3 gelatine leaves (about 1 sachet of dried gelatine)
250 ml milk (I used semi skinny)
250 ml cream
1 tsp vanilla exract
25 gr sugar

for the coulis

150 gr rasberries (or strawberries)
25 gr sugar
water if you need to make the mixture runny


If you are using gelatine leaves place them in a deep plate/bowl with cold water and let them soften. Once soften, drain the water and pat them dry. 
In a pan simmer the milk, cream, vanilla and sugar. Simmer for about 10 minutes until it is cooked. Take out of the heat and add the soften dried gelatine leaves and mix well. 
Place the milk mixture in individual molds and let it cool before placing in the fridge for it to set overnight. 
Before serving or even before your guest arrive you can prepare the berries sauce by mixing them with the sugar. I don't cook the fruit, I use a hand blender and mix the fruit with the sugar until it's liquid enough, add a bit of water if the texture is not nice enough and make sure you taste it and add sugar if it's too sour. You can strain it before serving, especially if you are using raspberries. 

Serve straight out of the fridge with the sauce on top.

Monday, December 15, 2014

Weekend Wear

Hello lovelies, I hope you had a great weekend! Today I'm wearing a bit of new and a bit of old. I got these boots ages and ages ago! Sometimes there are pieces in your closet that you don't wear much but for one reason or another you don't want to give away. Some pieces have a sentimental value, others you really enjoyed back in time and don't want to part away, some people are also not good at throwing/giving away their belongings. With these boots there is a bit of all the above, I wore them a lot when I first bought them back when, had some great moments in them and I don't feel like giving them away, they look pretty good too! 

Do you have any pieces that there is no way you are parting ways?

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Jeans: Topshop | Shirt: Mango | Sweater: Bea Bea Barcelona | Boots: Massimo Dutti 

Thursday, December 11, 2014

A sophisticated home by Michael Sinclair

I was attracted by the details of this house. I saw a picture on Pinterest of a bathroom vignette and was immediately attracted. It was clean, minimalistic but with personality and I had a feeling that if I could track the rest of the house I would like it. I wasn't wrong, for once! I cam across the work of photographer Michael Sinclair and there were lots more photos of this beauty. Personally I'm very attached to trinkets and I like them all over the house but idealistically I'm also very attracted to a more minimal vibe and clean lines. While this home is nothing but minimal or sparse I like the aesthetic and earthy notes, the colours and textures are mixed beautifully and create a comfortable yet sophisticated space. 

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Trending now: The leather skinnies

The leather trousers seems to be everywhere right now! A couple of years ago the coated jeans were all the rage, remember? I remember last year I toyed with the idea of getting the leather or leather like version but didn't find anything suitable to my taste and pocket. Now there are many version both high and low, both real leather and vegan leather and non leather. 
I think they are a greta piece in any wardrobe and can be dressed up with heels and a nice top for a night out or with a pair of trainers, a good cosy sweater and big boyfriend coat for a more casual look. 

Which of these looks do you prefer? 
Have you embraced this trend?

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Massimo Dutti

Wear it with

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

Tuesday, December 09, 2014

Recipe: Coconut energy balls

These energy balls are fantastic as a little mid day treat. They are the better version of the cashew/fig balls I shared with you last month. These ones are even better for you and yummier. They have shredded coconut inside and out, flax seeds and you could even add chia seeds, all in all a burst of energy and goodness!


1/2 cup medjool dates
1/2 unsalted almonds
1/3 shredded coconut (you might need more to coat the balls)
1 tbsp flax seed


Remove the stone from the dates and chop them roughly so they can be blended more easily. Add all the ingredients in the food processor or blender and pulse until all is well mixed. You will get a sticky mixture, with your hands make little balls. Place your coconut in a plate and coat your balls. 
Store in an air tight container and save in the fridge. 

Monday, December 08, 2014

Weekend Wear

A couple of weeks ago, on Black Friday actually I picked this dress at Zara, it was 20% off and I liked the "teacher like" look, I also grabbed the shirt it was paired with, the print is similar but clashes nicely. Now, I don't wear dresses that often anymore, especially since I don't work in an office anymore and my day to day uniform is pretty much always jeans and a chunky sweater but something the girl in me screams and tells me "girl get going, get it and wear it no matter what!" So ladies, no matter what wear whatever you feel like wearing, no matter what and who!

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Dress: Zara | Shirt: Zara | Boots: Dune | Coat: H&M (old) | Bag: Coach | Tights: M&S

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