Freitag, 31. Oktober 2014

Outfit.

Bronzed Makeup Outfit


In my post on Monday, I talked about the new Burberry makeup look. Here's a simple outfit that I think would look great with a bold red lip: Lots of beige and black and a cute pair of glasses.

Happy weekend!


Mittwoch, 29. Oktober 2014

Honey.

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If you like honey, read up, because this is a delicious and relatively healthy recipe of an almond honey cake that is perfect for this season. What you need:

3 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/4 cup honey
3/4 cup Greek yogurt
3 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted and cooled slightly
2 cups ground almonds
1/2 cup regular all-purpose flour
1/3 cup of brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon of nutmeg
1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
3/4 teaspoon salt
2 cups raspberries

Topping:

2 cups fresh strawberries or a berry mix
Whipping cream or Greek yogurt with honey


To prepare:

Start by preheating oven to 325°F. Grease a 9-inch round pan and line the bottom with parchment paper. 

In a bowl, whisk the eggs well. Add vanilla, yogurt, honey, butter and whisk. In another bowl combine and mix together the almond meal, flour, sugar, nutmeg, baking soda, baking powder and salt. Add to the wet ingredients, mix, then pour into the prepared pan. Bake until a inserted toothpick comes out clean, 20 to 30 minutes. Cool completely. Finish with whip cream and your choice of berries


This recipe is originally from one of my favorite cook books "the Sprouted Kitchen". The text is adapted from the book as well as this blog. 

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Montag, 27. Oktober 2014

Burberry Makeup Look 2015


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At London Fashion Week, Burberry showcased their Makeup look for the Spring of 2015, and I thought it was so beautiful that I wanted to share it here. The look is very bronzed, yet natural, with a statement red lip and big eyebrows. I love wearing red lipstick but it quickly makes me look like an old, pale business lady that's trying way too hard. This look, however, is more fun and natural, and combined with a very subtle eye make up, the red lipstick doesn't look preppy or old-ladyish at all. There's lots of Youtube tutorials about this look, if you'd like to recreate it. The key factors are:
- A healthy glowy foundation with relatively good coverage
- A nice, warm-colored bronzer, used on the cheeks as well as on the eyes, substituting eye shadow.
-No or very little mascara: My lashes are blonde, so I do feel like I need a little bit of dark color around the eyes. What I do with this look, is simply dab a bit of brown or black mascara onto the roots of my eyelashes but not brush it all the way through to the tip of the lashes. That way you get a bit of definition around the eyes, but the focus is still on the lips.
- Finally, you need a very bold, warm colored bright red lipstick. My favorites are either Lancôme's "l'absolu rouge" or the smooch proof lip stain from NYC in the color "Rock on Ruby".

For the outfit I would choose something simple in black, beige, white or floral, and I think this look would also work well with a pair of cute brown glasses. 


Dienstag, 21. Oktober 2014

Quince Muffin Recipe

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A little while ago, I posted my dad's beautiful quince marmalade project. Now it was my turn to figure out what to do with the countless fruits we still had in our yard. I decided to try out a muffin recipe, using only one quince. After peeling it and cutting it into small pieces, I decided that whatever the muffins were going to taste like, I would never make the recipe again, because it was SO difficult to cut this rock hard fruit. However, after I tried one bite of muffin, fresh out of the oven, I quickly changed my mind. They were perfectly crunchy yet moist and tasted of kirsch and quince. Absolutely amazing! I can't wait to collect more quince and bake these again!

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1 Quitte geschält, entkernt
90g geschälte Mandelsplitter 
10g geriebene Mandeln
280g Mehl
1El Backpulver
4EL Kirsch
1 Ei
80g Zucker
80g Butter 
100 ml Sahne
150ml Apfelsaft

In einer Schüssel Ei, Zucker, Butter und die Flüssigkeiten verquirlen, Quitte, Mandeln, Mehl und Backpulver untermischen, Beim Schälen der Quitte beachten, dass der harte, kernige Teil vollständig entfernt ist (sonst könnte man sich leicht einen Zahn ausbeissen). Förmchen in Muffinblech legen und die Masse einfüllen. Im vorgeheizten Ofen bei 180° ca. 25 min. backen. Ergibt 12 Stück.

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1 quince, peeled, cored 
90g peeled almond slivers 
10g ground almonds 
280g flour 
1tablespoon baking powder 
4 tablespoons kirsch (or any other fruit brandy, eg quince brandy)
1 egg 
80g sugar 
80g butter 
100 ml cream 
150ml apple juice

In a bowl mix egg, sugar, butter and the liquids, add the quince, almond, flour and baking powder. When peeling the quince, make sure that the hard, core part is completely removed (otherwise you could easily bite out a tooth). Add the mix to a muffin tray. Bake in preheated oven at 180 degrees about 25 minutes. Makes for 12 pieces.

Montag, 20. Oktober 2014

Lace and Knits

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Lace and Knits. A combination I love this time of year, especially for lounging around at home, but also as a comfy and elegant outfit to go out in.

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Donnerstag, 16. Oktober 2014

Cold Remedies

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I just got back from a trip to the US (once again). One thing that I can pretty much always count on is the fact that I will catch a cold during these long and stressful travels. While most people push through a minor cold and often don't take good care of themselves, I have a habit of totally and completely indulging in my sickness. I take even the faintest signs of the sniffles as a reminder that I should take a step back and relax with a pamper evening and a good night sleep. The plus side of this habit is that I usually feel better very quickly so that the sickness never completely takes over (knock on wood). Here are four of my pampering routines, including two of my favorite refreshing products.

1) Load up on your Vitamins: Usually, when I have a sore throat, all I'm craving are fresh fruits, preferably lots of lemons and oranges. I often add them to my tea, or sometimes I add a bit of freshly squeezed lemon juice and a piece of fresh ginger into a hot cup of water. The hot water and the spicy taste of the ginger are very soothing for the throat and the lemon juice makes it taste fresh and healthy.

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2) Indulge in a pamper session: When I feel a cold coming on, nothing feels better than a long, hot shower, jumping into a fresh pair of pajamas and calling it a night. My favorite products are ones that smell like eucalyptus, mint or ginger. The rosemary mint shampoo from Aveda has that perfect fresh and healthy scent that helps clear your airways while you breathe it in. Similarly, the Marimekko/Aesop body scrub smells like a lovely forest, perfect for a cold winter night.

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3) Curl up in bed with a good book: When you want to get a good night sleep, it is best to turn off all your electronic devices and simply enjoy a few chapters of your favorite book, preferably in dimmed lighting. I am currently reading "the love of a good woman" by Alice Munro, last year's Nobel prize winner in literature.

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4) Keep warm! Make sure you stay nice and toasty, maybe with a hot water bottle, lots of chunky knits and a big blanket!

Montag, 13. Oktober 2014

Girl Crush: Y'Akoto


I recently came across the music of a really talented singer called Y'Akoto. As I was searching for her music online, I discovered her unique style and fell in love with the way she mixes African prints with simple, neutral pieces. My family and I are planning a trip to Africa for 2015, and one thing I am very excited about is strolling down local markets to find unique jewelry pieces and happy, colorful fabric that I can use for sewing my own clothes or home ware. Below I put together some outfits that incorporate gorgeous prints and colors, mixed with very plain pieces.

 If you like Soul music, you should definitely look for Y'Akoto on Spotify or on her website, I've had her music playing in the background for the last few weeks and I just adore her! Some of my favorite songs are Tamba and Perfect Timing. 



Y'Akoto Style



Y'Akoto Style