When I visited the UK last year, it was a trip of many firsts. There were all these shops I only knew from their online presence (Topshop, Dahlia, American Apparel, Uniqlo etc.), the famous Cadburry Easter eggs, the Dr. Pepper flavored lip smacker, and a lot more. But one thing that really stuck with me was the scone. You could get it with tea and butter almost anywhere, in the fruity or cheesy variety. It was the latter that got me most interested, and I tried a recipe soon after I returned home. But did it work? Obviously not. So I quit, up until last night when I improvised my own recipe. And guess what? These scones are as tasty as they are in England.
Easy and tasty cheese scones to serve with butter and tea.
- 100g melted butter
- 5 tbsp olive oil
- 1 cup Greek yogurt
- 2 eggs
- 3 cups flour
- 2 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 1/4 tsp bicarbonate powder
- 1 cup shredded salty cheese
- salt & pepper
- Preheat the oven at 200°C.
- In a bowl, mix together the butter, oil, yogurt and eggs.
- In a separate bowl, mix the flour, baking powder, bicarbonate, cheese, salt and pepper.
- Pour the wet ingredients over the dry ingredients and mix to form a dough.
- Roll out the dough about 1 cm thick and cut hearts or circles with a cookie cutter. Top with more shredded cheese and/or herbs.
- Bake on a lined tray, for about 20-25 minutes.
- You can use a mix of cheese for best results (Parmesan, cheddar etc.)
- Top the scones with dried oregano.
When it comes to impeccable vintage style, this is pretty much the blog to go to: Paper Mothball Vintage. It’s the blog of Laura, a gorgeous model and designer who lives in New York. Her pictures could often be mistaken for actual vintage magazine shoots: great styling, surprising settings and an overall feeling of flawlessness. Her style is a wonderful mix of past decades, and her hairstyles are a dream. Read a great interview with her here, in which she talks about how she found her career path and love of fashion, among others.
Back in the 90s, my favorite supermodel was Cindy Crawford. My sister’s was Naomi Campbell, so we each had dibs on the magazine pictures in which they appeared. Claudia Schiffer was a different deal: none of us liked her that much, but my sister had dibs. I think I had Eva Herzigova in return. Things are very different now – I think Claudia has that certain something I didn’t know to look for as a child. And I love this photo of her by Ellen von Unwerth (another picture here), with just panties, sneakers and a sweater.
Image source: Everyday I Show | Sweater – Toast | Panties – H&M | Sneakers – Nike
1. Blogging merit badge by Boy Scout Store. Because bloggers work hard and they, too, need recognition.
2. Explorer’s patch by Ello There. For whoever has done the most national park exploring that you know of.
3. Bread merit badge by Lee Meszaros. Designed for “the Best Thing Since Sliced Bread”. Any idea who that is?
4. Fox merit badge by Fox and Hammer. This says “You Outfoxed My Heart” and I chose it because of the fox. Obvy.
5. Plaid shirt patch by Mokuyobi Threads. This one goes out to all plaid shirt wearers and to good shirt folders too.
6. Band aid patch by The Scout Project. First aid connoisseurs deserve a good merit badge like this one.
Dress – Sugarhill Boutique | Cardigan – Beatrice Holloway | Belt – thrifted | Tights – random shop | Sunglasses – Lulus
One of the things I like to do in transitional seasons is a big closet cleanup, where I bring seasonal clothing to the surface and push the unseasonal stuff to the back of the closet. I also say goodbye to some things that I no longer want/need. I look forward to this cleanup every spring, but loathe it in fall. I didn’t get to it yet this year, but I did start going through shelves I haven’t touched in months. That’s where I found this boat-print dress again, which I’ve only worn a couple of times before winter hit. I usually wear my dresses all year round, but this one is too summery even for me: sleeveless, boat print, white colored… It belongs on the beach! Until that happens, it kind of works in spring too.
Everything that’s faceted is cool these days, isn’t it? I had this idea for geometric egg cups, and I was surprised find that no one had made them before (at least according to my searches). Usually, it’s the excitement of “what a brilliant idea” followed by the disappointment of “oh, someone else has already done it”. Anyway, the most important thing I’ve learned from doing this project is that sandpaper can do wonders. The last time I worked with air dry clay (for these Christmas ornaments) I used a nail file I had at hand to polish the final product, and it was not the best choice. But sandpaper? It’s brilliant.
What you need:
- air dry clay (I used DAS)
- egg (can be plastic as long as its accurate in size)
- gold paint
To make two egg cups, I shaped two clay balls of roughly the same size. As the clay softened, I carefully pressed the egg on top of the ball, until it stayed on its own. I let the clay harden a bit, then randomly cut facets with the cutter. At this point, the clay cracked a lot, so I used a bit of water and my fingers to level them. I let it dry completely before proceeding (more than 24 hours in this case) and it was very hard to wait.
Next, I used sandpaper on each facet, until it got as smooth as I wanted. To do this, I scotch-taped a piece of sandpaper to the table, and just rubbed each side of the clay pieces on it. You can see from the second to last pic above that this step is crucial. Finally, I painted the inside of the cups in gold and let them dry. Still cracked here and there, but it’s a look I like.
Although Courtney of Pretty Little Fawn has been blogging since 2011, I only found her corner of the internet in recent months. Actually, I think I found her beautiful Instagram first. Very quickly, it became one of my favorites. Courtney wears some of the lovelies labels out there (Dear Creatures, Miss Patina, Rachel Antonoff, Dahlia etc.), and she has a lot of cat-themed clothes in her closet. Which I want, obviously. She’s also an avid thrifter and vintage wearer, with some of her finds for sale on Etsy.
Photo: Parker Fitzgerald x Amy Merrick via Curious Constellation