Donnerstag, 29. Januar 2015

The New Home - Living Room

Last week I showed you some of my Pinterest inspiration for the bedroom in my new home. This week I tackled the living room, which in my opinion is the most important room in the house. Since we are going to move into a relatively small space, I decided to stick with light colors and minimalistic decor so the room doesn't look cluttered. A few succulents, nice, white curtains and a pretty grey blanket will help make the place look cozy. In the future, I plan on investing in a designer chair (hopefully an Eames chair) to make the simple home look a bit more sophisticated. 


Montag, 26. Januar 2015

Homemade chocolates - The Perfect Hostess Gift

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Yesterday I was invited to an uh-mazing dinner with my girlfriends that I've known since high school. As a hostess gift I decided to bring along something a bit more creative than my usual go-to bottle of wine, so I played around with different types of chocolates and ingredients to create my very own chocolate bites. 

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Recipe:
200g dark chocolate
100g white chocolate
100g milk chocolate
Trail Mix
Rose Petals 

Melt the chocolate mix in a pan and pay close attention as it can overcook easily and lose its ideal consistency. Take it off the heat before the entire chocolate is melted to avoid "burnt" chocolate. Pick whatever chocolate you prefer, but remember that dark chocolate can be very hard so you might want to add a bit of white chocolate to soften up the consistency. Once the chocolate is melted, add it to a cupcake tray, only filling it up to about one centimeter. Add bits of your favorite trail mix and a few rose petals for decoration. Let the mix cool for a few hours and then pop them out of the tray using a knife.

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Donnerstag, 22. Januar 2015

Moving House

As some of you already know, I recently returned home from a nine month long internship in the United States. I stayed at my parent's house now, while I was looking for an apartment for my boyfriend and I. I was so excited about being able to create my own little nest again, as we had stayed in a fully furnished apartment in the US that didn't exactly match my taste. I have a box of beautiful home ware, including vintage plates and lots of Aesop products for the bathroom. I couldn't wait to find a charming old place with elegant wooden floors and a newly renovated kitchen to make my home look like my Pinterest page. Unfortunately, when you are a student, you have to lower your expectations a bit. We found a lovely place in a great location, but with quite a few flaws (bright yellow kitchen, stained floors, broken walls). There's a plus side to this not so perfect place, though. I get to prove my interior decorating skills and make a wonderful home out of a relatively blank slate. My goal, as always, is to keep it very minimalistic to create the illusion of bigger rooms. Lots of whites, some older furniture to make the place look more charming and of course, always fresh flowers. I am confident that after a few weeks of living in the new place, it will feel like home and my boyfriend and I will be very happy there. In the next few weeks, as I am planning my move, I will show you some inspiration that I am using to improve our home. Starting off with The Bedroom


Montag, 19. Januar 2015

Kids Birthday

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I am at that age now, where I get invited to kids' birthday parties again, but this time not to run around and play like I did when I was five, but to sit at the grown up table to hang out with my friends who already have a family of their own. I used to love birthday parties when I was a child and am so happy to be able to contribute to making these fun play dates even more exciting for my friend's children. Here's a cute idea for a fun, colorful kid's birthday cake: I used my trusty cheesecake recipe because the almost white topping creates the perfect surface for a colorful decoration. For the tiny flags I cut up an old H&M skirt of mine to use the fabric. I folded the fabric in half and cut out four equally sized triangles. Then I sewed the edges with my sewing machine and ran a tiny thread through all of the triangles in order to tie them onto two barbeque skewers. For the cake topping  simply used colorful cake sprinkles. A simple design but very cute and the kids and adults loved it.

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Dienstag, 13. Januar 2015

On the Road

Apologies for the lack of blogging, I spent the past few weeks on holiday in Barcelona. We had the best time and it was so nice to get some sun and enjoy the warm weather. Now that I am back home, settling into the normal work routine again, I have these beautiful rays of sunshine to keep me motivated.


Dienstag, 30. Dezember 2014

New Year's Resolutions

Photos from my Pinterest page (click click)

This time of year I always take a moment to reflect on the past year and think about what I can improve in the next. I usually try to set goals that I don't throw out the window come January second. Last year, for instance, I vowed to exercise more, and since I had moved to a new place, I was able to break old habits and get into a new, more active routine. I tried out new workout classes like spinning and yoga on a paddle board and was generally very happy with my discipline. This year, I plan to continue on the same path, although I admit I have slowed down quite a bit over the holidays. Additionally, I have a few more points that I want to improve come 2015. The biggest one is connected to my upcoming move to a new apartment. My boyfriend and I are currently looking for a new place, and we are most definitely going to have to limit ourselves in terms of space. This means I have to learn to part from my insane amount of clothes and most importantly, stop shopping for more and more. My goal is to refrain from buying any clothes, at least for the first half of the year and learn to live with less. I have plenty of things to wear and have really come to love a simple, clean minimal style.Lastly, another goal is to start eating healthier again. Last years attempt resulted in me having about three go to menus that were very healthy, but I got bored of them very quickly. In 2015, I will try out new recipes, hopefully about one a week. I have lots of beautiful cook books that I can't wait to dive into. Let me know what your goals for 2015 are, maybe I can add a few to my list :)

Freitag, 26. Dezember 2014

Green Christmas

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One thing I definitely missed this year was snow. I would have been fine without a white Christmas, but we literally haven't had a single snow flake where I live. And now that they are expecting snow, I am leaving for Spain :( Luckily I am going to Finland in February and hopefully they won't disappoint me there :) 

Outfit
Coat: Zara
Leggins: H&M
Sweater: J. Crew
Hat: H&M
Boots: Hunter

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