Play: Here’s a new (to me) band to listen to: London Grammar. I say pretty good!
Wear: The sweetest trench coat in the world, in blush pink with polka dot lining, from The White Pepper. Want. So. Bad.
Watch: In the race of seeing every Oscar nominated movie before the awards, I’ve finally seen 12 Years a Slave. Now I like everyone’s crush, Lupita Nyong’o, even more.
Eat: Bo3mia‘s carrot ginger soup with coconut milk looks delicious and just light enough for this time of the year.
Make: The best DIYs are the simple ones, like these gold stripe salt & pepper shakers from Cupcakes & Cashmere.
I can’t help being amazed at how much today’s style is inspired by other decades! There’s nothing old-fashioned about this outfit of Brigitte’s, from the cat eye sunglasses to the floral pants. She could just as well be a blogger on her day off, although the thing she’s carrying would probably be replaced by an iPhone.
Image source | Sweater – New Look | Pants – Mango | Sunglasses – Jigsaw | Shoes – Sam Elderman | Scarf – Phyche
1. Beer & pretzel print by Working Woman. One does not simply hang this print in the kitchen and not crave pretzels every single moment.
2. Pretzel pillow cover by Whimsy Milieu. It’s minimal, so it would look nice in many homes. But it also features pretzels, so it might send you on the wrong eating path.
3. Pretzel print dress by Abby Galloway. If you are what you wear and you are what you eat, this brilliant dress makes you become pretzels.
4. Pretzel bracelet by Fancy Lemon. I wouldn’t normally associate the words “pretzels” and “delicate”, but in the case of these bracelets it couldn’t be more true.
5. Crochet pretzel pin by Twinkie Chan. Giant, crochet, but still pretty life-like, these pretzels (I’m sorry, I have to say it:) are making me thirsty.
6. German breakfast print by Kelsey Garrity Riley. I haven’t had a proper German breakfast, but I can say for a fact that German pretzels are incredible and that this is one of my favorite illustrators.
Parka – c/o Sheinside | Sweater – c/o Sheinside | Shorts – Object | Shoes – BBup
I didn’t realize how much I needed a parka until I actually got one. It’s so good to get comfortable once in a while! While I love wearing dresses and wool coats, I sometimes miss the freedom of movement I had in high-school, when I was all jeans’n’boots and couldn’t even conceive owning a pair of heels. The benefits of this parka are countless: it’s warm, easy to match, easy to wear (plus the color is pretty much the color of my eyes). It would make great outerwear for traveling, since you can wear it with or without the faux fur lining, depending on the weather. Meanwhile, it’s become my favorite item for when I’m leaving the house in a hurry.
What’s your go-to piece of outerwear these days?
I’d say this type of round pie with a golden crust is not close to traditional here. But we always see them in the movies or online and long for them. For some reason, every man I know is a fan of apple pie and not afraid to require it once in a while, so last week I finally tried one, of the Swedish variety (äppelkaka). All the signs were showing failure, the dough didn’t look right (of course, I had no idea what right was in this case), there was too little or two much apple at certain points, and I could’ve sworn it looked burnt in the oven. But when I took it out: perfection! On that night, I was already planning new fillings. Soon, I found raspberries in the frozen fruit isle, and made another delicious pie. Oh, there will be more! Peaches? Apricots? Sour cherries? I can’t even…
Super easy pie to make with fresh or frozen raspberries.
- 1 1/2 cup flower
- 3 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 1/2 cup butter (cold)
- 1 egg, beaten
- a few tsp water (cold)
- 1 1/2 cup raspberries (fresh or frozen)
- almond milk
- almond essence
- Mix the flour, baking powder and sugar in a bowl. Cut the butter in small cubes and add it to the bowl, mixing with a fork. Preheat the oven at 190 degrees Celsius.
- When the composition is crumbled, add in the egg. If the dough is too dry, add a few teaspoons of cold water and mix it with your hands.
- Divide the dough in two equal parts. Roll the first one and set it in a round, lined tray. Put the raspberries on top, add sugar if you want. Roll the second piece of dough and set it over the raspberries. Press the sides of the dough together, and make a few cuts in the crust. Take it to the oven.
- Make a mixture from a few teaspoons of almond milk and a drop of almond essence. When the pie is almost done (after about 25 minutes), brush the top of the pie with this mixture, then set back to the oven, reducing the temperature.
Adapted from Swedish Food
Adapted from Swedish Food
I seem to be really liking colors lately, because this week’s crush is another colorful appearance: Katerina of Beauty is Insanity, who lives in the neighboring country of Bulgaria. I recently found her blog through Chictopia, and quickly realized I want to see more of her style. Besides the colorful part, her outfits are great examples of how to layer and how to remix clothes. I like the longer hemlines she seems to be into, the way bright lipstick looks on her, and other things I could never pull off.
Read: Cat People Magazine, which features the cats and lifestyles of, what else, cat people! It’s bilingual, in English and Japanese.
Watch: Don’t tell Matthew McConaughey, but I’m mostly watching True Detective for him.
Wear: I won this cute Gillian Kyle apron in a contest on Cutout&Keep, so I guess that’s what I’ll be wearing in the near future.
Eat: After all the semolina I ate as a kid, I didn’t think I’d ever crave it again. But here I am: orange semolina pudding.
Make: Best bag ever, made from an actual rotary phone! Full tutorial on Chica and Joe.
This picture of Françoise Hardy, like most pictures of her, is pure inspiration. Could she be any more French-chic? The checkered-lining trench coat, the white sunglasses, the gadget of the era and, of course, the book, are all carried so effortlessly. The whole look makes me want to dive into spring with open arms and with my trench coat ready.
Image source | Sunglasses – Asos | Turtleneck – Uniqlo | Trench – Front Row Shop
1. Foldable clutch by Lara Kazis. It was virtually impossible to choose a single bag from this shop, but this chubby clutch totally got to me.
2. Throw by Mika Barr. Oh, to cozy up in such a pretty blanket! Not that it wouldn’t get covered in cat hair in no time at my place…
3. Origami shawl by Okka Okka. A combination of 3D origami fabric and polka dots – who could resist?
4. Wall shelf by Design by Stanford. Origami for the walls, or the perfect minimal (and cool) decor.
5. Geometric vase by Studio Armadillo. When ceramics looks like folded paper, you know a master is at work.
6. Pillow by Mika Barr. I know it’s probably cliché, but this would be like a ray of sunshine on the couch!