Montag, 17. November 2014

Advent Calendar

Wow, December is almost here! This will be the first time in almost a decade that I won't have exams until just a few days before Christmas, so I plan on embracing the Christmas spirit to the fullest! One of the most exciting things in December is having an advent calendar. I loved it as a kid, and I guess never grew out of it. Opening up a little treat makes getting up on a cold, dark winter morning so much easier. It is also one of the sweetest gifts you could give to your bff or girlfriend, but let me warn you: It is incredibly thought and time consuming to come up with 24 presents. That's why I have made a collection of 24 gift ideas for inspiration. Some of these might be a little bit pricey, but if you are planning on making someone an advent calendar, I hope you can find some last minute inspiration here!

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Below you will find a list of links to most of the gifts I have mentioned:

Rifle Paper Co iphone case
35 CHF - modcloth.com

Pieces gold ring
21 CHF - pieces.com

Topshop vintage jewelry
26 CHF - topshop.com

H&M thick socks
11 CHF - hm.com

Yankee Candle christmas wreath
12 CHF - houseoffraser.co.uk

Nearly Natural holiday decor
125 CHF - nearlynatural.com

Christmas tree ornament
2.90 CHF - kirklands.com

Christmas cookie cutter
3.07 CHF - selfridges.com

Kinfolk Magazine Kinfolk Volume 13
17 CHF - tenover6.com



Butter london nail polish
15 CHF - butterlondon.com

Art deco jewelry
67'625 CHF - bentley-skinner.co.uk

Pieces faux leather purse
34 CHF - asos.com

Madewell blue dress
75 CHF - vestiairecollective.com

Urban decay eyeshadow
34 CHF - selfridges.com

Parisian mini shorts
38 CHF - newlook.com

Monki lace lingerie
14 CHF - monki.com

Marimekko drinkware
37 CHF - marimekko.com

Eastern Accents christmas home decor
83 CHF - allmodern.com

Montag, 10. November 2014

Dahlia Divin

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I had the pleasure to test out the new Givenchy perfume "Dahlia Divin". Now, I know it is virtually impossible to accurately describe a smell in words and since scents are completely a question of personal preference, a simple "it smells great" won't do either. So, I guess all I can do here is give you my personal opinion and you'll have to go and test it out for yourself.
I am very sensitive when it comes to scents. I often recognize people's perfumes, and I can smell it even if they swear they had only put on a teeny tiny bit. Although some scents are too over-powering for me, I am really not too picky. I love all kinds of scents, ranging from heavy, sweet winter nuances like Dolce&Gabbana's "the One" to cheap, sweet, girly smells like Bath and Bodywork's "Cashmere Glow". My favorite, however, are the light, fresh, elegant kinds such as Chanel's "Coco Mademoiselle". To my great excitement, Dahlia Divin falls exactly into that last category. It is without a doubt one of the best perfumes I have ever owned. The scent is fresh, happy (as happy as a perfume can be), and just beautifully elegant. Instead of vanishing after a few hours like all my light scents (eg. Zara), this one stays on all day and lightly changes into the warmer notes. I guess this is the best I can do in terms of describing it. Next time you are in a perfume shop, grab a tester and try it out for yourself! Let me know in the comments what you think!

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Mittwoch, 5. November 2014

Chai Tea Recipe

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I had no idea how easy it is to make your own chai tea! Here's a recipe I compiled from different chai tea recipes.


Water (I use the same ingredients for different amounts of water and just let them steep longer the more water I add)
A pinch of pepper & a pinch of cardamom (already ground spices)
1 cinnamon Stick 
A pinch of ginger
A pinch of nutmeg 
2 English Breakfast tea bags (use rooibos tea or decaf black tea at night)
5 drops of artificial vanilla flavor 
Milk (optional, I prefer it without milk) 


Wasser (ich benutze die gleichen Zutaten für verschiedene Mengen an Wasser und lasse die Zutaten länger ziehen, je mehr Wasser ich hinzufüge) 
Eine Prise Pfeffer & einer Prise Kardamom (bereits gemahlene Gewürze) 
1 Zimtstange 
Eine Prise Ingwer 
Eine Prise Muskatnuss 
2 English Breakfast Teebeutel (Für am Abend Rooibostee oder koffeinfreier Schwarztee) 
5 Tropfen künstliches Vanille-Aroma 

Milch (optional, ich bevorzuge ohne Milch)

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Montag, 3. November 2014

Another Feather

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I think we can all agree that one of the most exciting feelings is when you come home after work and find a package with presents waiting for you at the door step. It gets even more exciting when you receive a package from Another Feather. Beautiful packaging, a personalized note and of course absolutely stunning jewelry. It almost justifies having spent a small fortune on a necklace :) I bought myself the Delos Necklace that I had been lusting over for the longest time. It has quickly become my absolute favorite necklace, and last week I wore it almost every day because it matches all of my simple outfits and gives them just a little extra something. I can highly recommend the website: The service is quick and easy, the jewelry is well made and shouldn't turn green like all my other cheap stuff did, and on top of that, you get to support an independent, small business. 

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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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