Friday, November 21, 2014

Ideal Closet


When I make these posts I always think of myself and what I would like to wear, it's like an infinite, bottomless and priceless imaginary closet. The pieces I chose also go hand in hand with my mood and what I dream about at that specific moment. Today I'm thinking of a fabulous day outfit, very cosy with lots of layers but also a bit of sparkle (look at those shoes!!). I think this is a great outfit to wear at a family dinner, American friends, what about something like this for the upcoming Thanksgiving celebration?

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1. Cardigan: Boden | 2. Puffer jacket: Burberry Brit | 3. Sunglasses: Fendi | 4. Bag: Tory Burch | Shoes: Keds | Lipstick: Charlotte Tilbury | Jeans: Replay

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Christmas gifting: Uncommon Goods


Uncommon Goods is an online shop where you can find something really cool for pretty much anyone. Maybe your mom is looking for some tea smelling handmade soaps? Or your co-worker just had a baby? Or maybe a wine decanter for your dad? No matter what or for who, you can look for it here. Especially now, with Christmas fast approaching you can browse by occasions (I love online shops that do that!) and find the perfect Christmas gift or a little stocking filler
I, personally, am pretty easy to shop for, just check out my blog or Pinterest boards and one can easily find something to please me, or in any case just get me something cool and interesting from Uncommon Goods (wink wink!).


For more gift ideas for everyone check out my Pinterest board here

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Recipe: Roasted spicy chickpeas


This is the perfect snack recipe. You really only need to get your hands on some boiled chickpeas and some spices and you are pretty much ready to go. I but the boiled chickpeas ready off the local market but you can buy them tinned or even boil them yourself if you are so inclined. 
You will notice from my photos that I didn't remove those pesky skins they have and you can really tell, the pictures would have looked million times better without the skins but to me they taste just as good, I did however read that without their skin they will taste even better so it's up to you, I just didn't have that kind of patience. 

Ingredients

500 gr boiled chickpeas
salt
freshly ground pepper
paprika/red pepper
2 tbsp olive oil

Instructions

Preheat oven to 175ยบ. Line a baking tray with baking paper. 
Mix the salt and peppers well. Rinse and dry your chickpeas, if you want to peel them, now it's the moment. 
Place your chickpeas in a large bowl and coat them with the olive oil, use your hands, get dirty, it's better! Add the salt mix and rub them well so it goes everywhere.
Place your chickpeas on the tray on a single layer. 
Bake for about 20 minutes until they are slightly golden. Be careful not too char them.
Remove and let them cool before you place them in an air tight container and snack when you feel you want to eat a bag of greasy bad bad bad potato chips. 


If you like chickpeas you should also try the soup recipe I shared last year.

Monday, November 17, 2014

Weekend Wear


I was so happy to find this camel coat when it was still quite warm in Barcelona. It has everything I wanted, I love the "housecoat" belted shape, the length is perfect and it is soft, comfortable yet I feel modern and elegant when I wear it. 
The camel coat is definitely a big trend this winter but I think it has always been there to stay, it goes pretty much with everything, for me it works even better than a black coat! There are many stunning options in the market, low and high, here are a few of my own picks (mine is from Mango!).




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Coat: Mango | Jeans: Zara | Boots: Dune | Bag: vintage Louis Vuitton | Hair Barrette: Anthropologie | Lipstick: Nars Funny Face

Friday, November 14, 2014

Minted Christmas!


It is that time of the year once again, that time when a lot of people keep thinking baffled how Christmas is just around the corner, AGAIN! Well it is and for many it is time to pick their Christmas greetings and get them ready and done. 
In Europe there isn't much of a tradition of sending Christmas Greetings, in London I might have received a few from American friends or others but I never received a large amount and I never really got to send any massively,maybe a few here and there, and that I'm definitely a bit sad about. There is something special about snail mail, and especially holiday cards. 

Which ones I love? Lots, I love the traditional ones, but also find super cute the photo cards. Very very american I know, definitely not something you see around here but is there anything cuter than a happy family, a lovely pair of smiling kids or a couple wishing you happy holidays? I had seen Minted photo cards in the past and I think I have even received them from someone and I love all the fancy, fun, whimsical designs they provide. If I was the type who sent Holiday cards my pick would be one of the below. 


There are plenty of designs to pick from, tons of colour schemes, different formats and tons of papers (including Double thick that I bet is super luxurious!). If you are not much into the photo card, there are other gorgeous designs too. 

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Working it: Pilates


I recently started going to pilates classes once a week. I picked a 1h30' classes of pilates matt and I was lucky to find a lovely instructor that I really enjoy. My problem with spots and working out is that I NEVER EVER liked the activity per se, I love the idea of working out, being healthy and fit and so on but I have never been able to either enjoy and consequently stick to it. I think this is changing, I actually look forward to my weekly class and I'm planning to double it from next semester! 
Check out below Marilyn with her  pretty fab and super body working it away and stretching like there is no tomorrow in what is now called "vintage pilates" aka pilates mat, I love this picture!




and while obviously, very little is required for these classes, being comfy and feeling pretty is always a must so here's my shopping edit in case you are looking for some nice outfits to wear to your next pilates class! I want that Nike cape so badly!!


Mango (UK and US) and Oysho also have some really pretty and affordable sport gear

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Top: Sweaty Betty | Cape: Nike | Top: Sweaty Betty | Black leggings: Sweaty Betty | Sports Bra: VPL | Blue leggings: Sweaty Betty | Trainers: Nike | Mat: yogitoes | Mat bag: The Well Appointed House | Bag: Adidas by Stella McCartney

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