Donnerstag, 26. März 2015

So Spring!


Here is some of my latest Spring inspiration from Pinterest. It's mostly all about flowers and as many rays of sunshine as I can get :)

Montag, 23. März 2015

A Colorful, Grey Sunday

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We had the most amazing week of sunshine, and just when the weekend arrived, it got cold and rainy again. Just as well, because I had mountains of work to tackle. Besides a lovely concert of one of my best friends on Saturday, the absolut highlight of my weekend was a grey Sunday morning brightened up with amazing homemade waffles. I made up the recipe myself, going with whatever I had in the fridge:

3 eggs
1 dl milk
1 teaspoon sugar
pinch of salt
pinch of baking powder
flour (as much as needed to create a thick consistency)

I mixed all the ingredients listed above in a bowl and left them in the waffle iron for just a few minutes. I topped it off with some vanilla pudding, fresh strawberries and frozen raspberries.

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Freitag, 20. März 2015

White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookies

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Back in the States my boyfriend and I would meet almost every evening after work and head over to the local coffee shop to get a coffee and a cookie. Always the same coffee, always the same cookie. It was there that I developed an unconditional love for white chocolate macadamia nut cookies and have been craving it ever since I got back to Switzerland. I took matters into my own hands and tried out a recipe myself. The cookies turned out great!

What you need:

150 g white chocolate (or white chocolate chips)
50g Macadamia nuts (cut into relatively small pieces)
1 cup butter (I literally just used a small coffee cup)
3 cups whole wheat flower
1 tea spoon baking powder
1 package vanilla sugar
1 egg
1 cup white sugar
1 cup brown sugar
a pinch of salt

Preheat the oven to 200°C. Mix the egg, butter and sugar. Mix in the rest of the ingredients. Create table spoon sized balls of dough and place them on a baking tray. Bake for 10-15 minutes.

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Sonntag, 15. März 2015

J'adore - Dior

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Letzte Woche durfte ich ein tolles Parfüm ausprobieren. Der Duft ist mir schon lange bekannt, denn J’adore von Dior ist mittlerweile ein richtiger Klassiker. Sogar mein Freund kannte den Namen bereits aus der Werbung. Irgendwie hatte ich es aber doch noch nie zuvor ausprobiert. Schon ab dem ersten Spritzer war ich ganz begeistert. Das Parfüm riecht leicht und frisch, passend zum Frühling, und sehr luxuriös. Wie riecht denn ein luxuriöser Duft? Halt eben nicht nach Kaugummi oder Erdbeermarmelade. Ein eleganter Duft kann manchmal ein wenig damenhaft riechen. Da ist dieser nicht unbedingt eine Ausnahme. Dies ist aber meiner Meinung nach kein Nachteil. Er riecht nach einer eleganten Frau, die in teuren Boutiquen shoppt und sich zum Mittagessen gerne ein Tartar in einem luxuriösen Restaurant leistet. Was mir an diesem Duft besonders gut gefällt, ist dass er relativ dezent riecht. Gerüche sind ja immer etwas Geschmacksache, aber ein nicht zu penetranter Duft wie dieser scheint universell beliebt zu sein, bei Jung und Alt, weshalb das Parfüm wohl auch seinen hohen Bekanntheitsgrad erreicht hat. Obwohl der Geruch nicht penetrant ist, hält er aber trotzdem den ganzen Tag, was mich für ein Eau de Toilette sehr positiv überrascht hat.
Vor einiger Zeit habe ich einen Beitrag über Mode in Kombination mit Parfüms geschrieben. Darin habe ich gestanden, dass ich meine Parfüms oft den Outfits anpasse. Bei einem etwas natürlichen Hipster Look greife ich zum berühmten Molecule 01, bei sportlicheren Outfits zu den süssen Victoria’s secret Gerüchen und bei eleganteren Outfits greife ich zu teureren Marken wie zum Beispiel Chanel, oder eben Dior. Zu J‘adore passt zum Beispiel ein sehr frühlingshaftes, feminines Outfit, da der Duft so frisch und weiblich riecht. Ich würde  dazu zum Beispiel ein frisches weisses oversize Hemd tragen, Skinny-Jeans und einen dezenten Goldschmuck. In der kommenden wärmeren Saison werde ich bestimmt des Öfteren zu meinem neuen Klassiker greifen!

Das Parfüm könnt ihr übrigens unter folgender Adresse ganz bequem online bestellen: https://www.easycosmetic.ch/dior/dior-jadore.aspx

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Donnerstag, 12. März 2015

Homemade Granola

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Last weekend I made my own homemade granola for the first time without using a recipe, and it turned out absolutely perfect. Here's a list of all the ingredients I used. Give it a try and personalize it according to your own taste. Experiment a bit between the fine line of healthy and delicious: The more sugar and maple syrup you use, the better it tastes, but the unhealthier it gets :)

Ingredients:

Oatmeal as a base
Sesame seeds
Sun flower seeds
Ground almonds
Pecan nuts (in small pieces)
Walnuts (in small pieces)
Brown sugar
Maple syrup
Extra virgin olive oil

I mixed all the ingredients and baked them in the oven at 200°C for about an hour. The entire flat smelled delicious afterwards and the granola turned into a nice golden brown color. I usually eat it with a high protein natural yogurt and some fresh fruits. In my opinion, the walnuts, sesame seeds, olive oil and maple syrup are the key ingredients for its delicious taste. Too much oatmeal can make it quite bland and almost "dusty" in taste. Give it a go! :)

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Montag, 9. März 2015

Done With the Cold?

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Shirt: H&M
Bag: Ebay


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Yesterday marked the first day of SPRING! As always, Spring didn't fall on any official dates but just arrived randomly after a rainy and miserable week, on a Sunday, when everybody had time to go for a walk and have brunch outside. I was able to enjoy the warm weather to the fullest and hope it is here to stay! The pictures are from a while back, in Finland, when it wasn't warm enough and I was freezing without a coat on. I am looking forward to wearing this same exact outfit again, this time in appropriate weather conditions :) Have a lovely start to your week!

Donnerstag, 5. März 2015

On Living With Less



Last year I moved across the Atlantic to spend the year living and working in America. I had this romantic idea of packing up my suitcase with my most treasured items and starting the new year in a fresh and exciting new environment. Only, when the first suitcase was full, I had barely managed to squeeze in a fraction of my belongings. What about my colorful Spring pants? An elegant watch, a watch for every day, snow shoes, rain boots, flats, mid-heels, elegant sandals, comfy sandals, beige sandals, black sandals, the list was seemingly endless, but the space to fit it all in was not. I somehow managed to leave a few things behind and sneak some things into my boyfriend's suitcase, but the lesson was crystal clear: I had too much shit. Over the course of the year we moved a few more times and every time it was the same story: I had too much shit. I decided to seriously address this problem once I was settled back in Switzerland and ready to move into a new apartment. I searched for books online and found two gems that are just too good not to share. The first one, pictured above, brings the whole issue to the point in just a few pages. We all have too much shit. The other one was an audio book I listened to before I started packing to move into the new apartment and it made all the difference: Listening to Marie Kondo talk about the "life changing magic of tidying up" made me realize that the only way I could have a clean and organized living space was to get rid of a lot of the stuff I owned. In the audio book (which you can listen to for free here), Marie goes through every possible category of STUFF you could think of. Clothes, documents, family photos, receipts, electronic devices. For every category she gives tips on how to decide whether you should keep an item or donate it. I was glad to hear that I was not the only one who has a drawer full of battery chargers of which I have no idea what device they even belong to. These two books really helped me reconsider the amount of stuff I own, and I managed to sort out a ton of things to donate. I also created a pile of stuff that I will be selling at flea markets this summer. A fun activity with friends can turn into making a bit of money and getting rid of a lot of shit. I hope these two books can inspire some of you to do a nice spring clear-out!