Thursday, November 27, 2014

Give me Baukjen!


If money was no object at all I would have found my go-to brand, it's no designer or super expensive but it is good quality and that has a price no doubt. Anyhow, I'm talking about Baukjen which I knew of for some time but I feel like I have re-discovered. They have beautiful fashionable and timeless pieces that can help create a beautifully curated capsule wardrobe. I love all the leather pieces they have, I have fallen in love with the figure hugging green leather skirt that screams POWER dressing from miles away! Paired with one of their beautiful flowy shirts and you have the most gorgeous outfit for both the office and the night out. 

Now please someone get me one of each!

Oh! and wouldn't some of these be perfect pieces for your Thanksgiving celebrations? To those who celebrate across the pond and here, enjoy and let's be all thankful for all the good in our lives, sometimes we really need to stop and appreciate what we have, seems like a given but it is always so difficult. 


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Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Recipe: Plum Torte


Now now dear friends this is one cake you may have already done because I read it's a very popular one, and if you haven't you should definitely try it, especially if you can come across delicious plums. This is an original New York Times recipe by Marian Burros, first published in 1982. From 1982 to 1989 it was published every September until they decided it was enough. This angered readers who demanded the recipe was published again and again. Thankfully we now have the internet and easy access to this delicious and super super easy recipe.

Ingredients

3/4 cup sugar
1/2 unsalted butter (at room temperature)
1 cup a.p. sifted flour
1 tsp baking powder
2 eggs
pinch of salt
6-8 plums halved and unpitted

1 tsp sugar
1 tsp cinnamon 
lemon juice 

Instructions

Preheat oven to 180º
Sift all your dry ingredients and mix in a bowl. 
In a bowl cream the butter and sugar. Add the flour mix and eggs one at a time. Beat well.
Butter your spring form, I used a 8"one. Spoon the batter inside and place your plum halves skin up covering all your batter. 
Mix the sugar and cinnamon and sprinkle the plums, you can add a bit of lemon juice depending on how sweet you like your cakes. I didn't add any juice. 
Bake in the pre heated oven for approximately 50 to 60 minutes. 
Remove and cool on a rack. 

Monday, November 24, 2014

Weekend Wear


One of the perks of leaving in the Mediterranean is the gorgeous weather. It's a pretty obvious statement but it's one we many times take by granted and it's a shame. When in a large part of the world temperatures are plummeting here it was a mild and lovely weekend, perfect, albeit warmer than normal. Which is why it allowed me to take off my coat, wear an ultra light dow jacket (not worn for the pics) and walk around the neighbourhood on Sunday morning. 





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Sweater: Ese o Ese | Tee: Ese o Ese | Jean: Topshop | Bag: Mulberry | Shoes: French Sole


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 175º. 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.
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