Friday, January 30, 2015

Ideal Closet

I'm a jeans girl, I know it, you all know it, right? I mean that's pretty much all I wear round the clock. However I'm also a dress girl, not that much but I do like the comfort of throwing on a dress and being pretty much ready. A girl needs a simple black dress in her closet, duh I know! What a cliche, but oh so true, and this time I'm talking day time dressing, not your LBD. I'm talking jersey or cotton black dress, chunky cardigan on top, tall boots and bold accessories and off you go! Care to join me?

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1. Sunglasses | 2. Necklace | 3.  Scarf | 4. Boots | 5. Bag | 6. Dress

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Recipe: Sweet Potato gnocchis

I have loved gnocchis all my grown up life. The normal kind, the ones you find in the super market fridges, in the fresh pasta section. These little beautiful potato balls intrigue me and I have wanted to make them at home for ages. 
They are not your middle of the week evening kind of recipe you wipe together quickly, let me tell you. They are not super easy (like most of the recipes I post here!!) but they are delicious, you have to like gnocchis though, there is no point in making them if you don't like them! 
I made them with sweet potatoes and loved them. I have frozen half of the batch and I'm thinking of making them again tomorrow, bring it on!!


3 medium sized sweet potatoes
1 egg yolk
2-3 cups of a.p. flour
aout 1/2 grated parmesan
salt and pepper to taste


Preheat oven to 200ÂșC.
Wash and pat dry the potatoes. Cover in aluminium foil and bake for about 45 minutes or until they are soft. 
Take them out, uncover carefully and let them cool down a bit until it is safe to skin them. Place the peeled baked potato in a bowl and mash them with a fork/Potato Masheror use a Potato Ricer(I love this little gadget!).
You will need to get a pure like texture. Allow it to cool.
Add the egg yolk and mix well until well absorbed. Slowly add in the flour a kneed carefully your dough. Be careful with how much flour you use, you need enough to have a strong consistency but not too much that you will be able to taste it once cooked.
Add the grated parmesan cheese, salt and pepper.
Make a round ball. In a floured surface divide the dough into four equal parts and roll out into a large sausage like form. Cut the gnocchis from it, about 1 1/2 inches long gnocchis.

To cook, bring a pot with salted water to boil, add 1 tbsp of oilve oil and once the water is boiling add the gnochhis. Once the gnocchis come to the surface they should be ready. Drain and serve with your favorite pasta sauce. I browned a bit of butter and added them in the pan once cooked, then added some more parmesan cheese. YUM!

Monday, January 26, 2015

Weekend Wear

Oh how I love this top I'm wearing int his post! 

Happy Monday lovelies! How was your weekend? Mine was spent in between watching the Greek elections results, a bit of shopping, a bit of work and a bit of cooking. Ha, a bit of everything I see!

It's been a very windy weekend here but with lovely sunny days which is always a pleasure. I'm wearing my beloved camel coat, I wear it and it instantly lifts any outfit to a classic chic look, what is it in a camel belted coats that make everything a bit more elegant?

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Coat: Mango | Top: Zara | Jeans: Topshop | Boots: Ash | Necklace: Day a Day | Scarf: Anthropologie

Friday, January 23, 2015

Ideal Closet

When I saw this little fuchsia Valentino Red I immediately saved it for a future post budget doesn't allow for such a treat I'm afraid so a dream wish list is the only place it could be saved!). I love how bright and cheery it is and that it would brighten any plain and more boring look. Not that this is a boring look per se, I love the flats/sandals and I think they would look amazing with the slightly ankle grazer girlfriend jeans. I'm obviously IN LOVE with the Mulberry backpack/handbag!

The necklace is from a brand called Lionette and I first saw its pieces on the show A Hart of Dixie, I enjoy watching the fashion/outfits that the ladies wear! They all have a very different style and I love seeing all the different outfits. 

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

The meteorites making

These little pastel powder balls are one of my favourite makeup product. These are of course the mythical Guerlain Meteorites. I was perusing the Escentual website (which I absolutely recommend for beauty goodies, they have great prices and a fantastical array of brands, including lots of French brands) when I came across a post on their blog on how these little balls are made and I found it fascinating, that much that I'm sharing with you all today. Have you tried these powder balls?

These pearls were created in 1987 by Guerlain and they are pressed powder. Each colour has a specific function, pink for glow, green to camouflage redness, gold to give an iridescent effect and white to illuminate. 

The Guerlain engineers took the idea out of how the pharma industry create their pills. The machine that manufactures the pills has a slow even rotating movement and creates little pearls that are pretty much the same size. Can you believe that each pearl is then hand finished to give it that little subtle and super round finish we know and love? 
While each coloured pearl has a specific use, when they are all mixed and swirled together in their super cute little round pot, all the colours cancel each other and they all together create a hue that illuminates the skin tone. 
The meteorites are then hand boxed in their little pots and are then ready to be enjoyed by all of us, lovers of beautiful things!

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Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Recipe: Simple pancakes

Now now, these might not be the belles of the ball, I get that, they don't look as the bestest ever pancakes, right? Well, they were! Their shape is a bit off and they might look a bit too toasted (you say burned I say toasted!) but with a wedge of butter between each pancake, a bit of maple syrup and some freshest than life strawberries it was the best breakfast ever! 
I looked around for a while for what would be for me the perfect recipe. Last year I made coconut pancakes (those were a treat too, have a look) but I wanted to find a real simple recipe, easy to scrap up and with no buttermilk! and I did find it, where else? at the Martha Stewart kingdom. Here you go.  


(for 4)

1 cup a.p. flour
2 tbsp sugar
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup milk
2 tbsp melted unsalted butter (or vegetable oil)
1 large egg
1 tbsp vegetable oil
maple syrup, strawberries, blueberries, bananas, whipped cream etc etc etc


In a small bowl whisk the sifted flour, sugar, baking powder and salt. 
In a second larger bowl, whisk milk, butter and egg. 
Add dry ingredients to the mixture and combine. 
Heat a large skillet  over medium heat and add a small amount of butter or oil using a kitchen towel. 
Use 2 to 3 tbsps for each pancake. Spoon them into the skillet and create a round form with your spatula/spoon. 
Cook until the top of the pancake has some bubbles, turn around carefully with your thin spatula and cook the other side 1 to 2 more minutes. 
Serve warm, with butter and maple syrup or anything else your heart desires!

Monday, January 19, 2015

Weekend Wear

A new week is upon us, the weekend was a pretty mild one, nothing too exciting to report I'm afraid, I hope your was more exciting! Do tell, what did you get up to these days? 
I finally got the time to pick a grey pair of jeans at the local Topshop (one and only in central Barcelona, a little sad corner store that makes me wonder every time I visit it who picked it and what they were thinking!). I have worn blue jeans for the last 5-6 years non stop, different shades of blue and black but that as far as I would venture it (my green and red jeans lasted about... nothing in real terms!) so I was really looking to change a bit the my denim games, so here is my version of my all shades of grey!

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Jeans: Topshop | Sweater: Topshop | Boots: Mango | Coatigan: Zara (similar & similar) | Necklace: Ileana Makri | Bracelets: Monica Vinader | Bag: Coach 

Thursday, January 15, 2015

About the books!

I bet most of you love reading. I do too. Especially when a book engulfs me in its magic. I don't love it as much when that doesn't happen, which let's be honest, it can happen easily because well, we don't love everything after all no matter how hard we try. 
When I'm looking for a book recommendation I text my friend Theo. She reads a lot and always has some good recommendations. 

Today I thought it would be fun to give you some of these recommendations (a few recents and a few that I have read these last couple of years) and  share a few of the books that are currently in my wish-list (and see if you recommend them to me too). Oh and there are also a couple that I didn't love as much as I thought I would, you know these deserve their place too, right?

The-ones that these last couple of years everyone has recommended, yes, here they are too!

Where'd You Go, Bernadetteby Maria Semple: Heartwarming and funny. I read it more than a year ago and I still remember it fondly. Easy to read, nice and funny characters.

The Goldfinchby Donna Tartt: Right, right? Long but thrilling, you want to know what will happen to that young boy who is the main character in the book. History, New York, likeable and not characters and a lovely all together read. 

Gone Girlby Gillian Flynn: Another obvious choice of course. I read her two other books after reading and I actually liked Sharp Objects the best but Gone Girl is a winner.

My latest reads

This Is Where I Leave Youby Jonathan Tropper: I got very excited about this after watching the movie trailer. I was let down a little bit but the story of this unconventional jew family while mourning the patriarch is a funny one. Lots of humour, lots of real-life situations and after all a love story. I also liked the movie quite a bit, Jane Fonda is pretty amazing!

Before I Go To Sleepby SJ. Watson: I was SO excited about this when I started reading it, unfortunately I didn't manage to finish it! I had to read somewhere else how it ended but it bored me incredibly. The story is fascinating but the main bit of the book became too repetitive and slow for me. Lots of people loved it though so don't be put off by my comments if you really want to give this a go. 

Little Liesby Liane Moriarty: I started reading this a couple of days ago and I'm really looking forward to it. Has anyone else read it? Any comments?

The ones in my Kindle waiting to be read
I'd love to hear what you think of these so I can decide what to read next.

The ones in my wish list (same as above)
Yay, nay?

What else would you recommend?
Now, I'm not a super sophisticated reader, I don't like reading super classics (I read quite a lot of french classics when I was in school and I think that made me say "never again"). I appreciate the goodness and grandeur in these but for my day-to-day reading I like something lighter, please bring on your recommendations!! 

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