27 oktober 2010

Going to Paris!

This weekend we’re popping over to Paris to surprise a friend for her birthday! Needless to say, I’m already looking forward to the visit. We’ll be staying in Montmartre, the place to be for strolling along the flea markets and watching the street artists in action.

photo by Jean-Paul Margnac

The last time we visited Paris, we went to Duc des Lombards, a stunning jazzclub with live music. Listening to the music, sipping some champagne...we still often reminisce about that evening.
Paris always brings out the romance in people!

This weekend I'm dying to visit Ladurée, an authentic Parisian tea room and bakery, and taste their famous macarons. Which I have never eaten by the way, I think it's about time! 


You'll read all about it when we get back!

26 oktober 2010

Comforting ideas for gloomy days

As much as I love Autumn, the lack of sunlight tends to make me a bit melancholic at times. I have a few comforting rituals to turn gloomy Autumn evenings into something cosy. These ideas work for me every year, if you're also in need of some cocooning, maybe they work for you to!

Uplifting aromatherapy. I love burning essential oils. My favorite scent is tangerine (which can be expensive so I often replace it by orange), orange and pine. Try mixing some tangerine or orange essential oil with a couple of drops of pine oil. It smells like christmas presents! 

Louis Prima. What about some soothing New Orleans swing jazz? Louis Prima's rocking tunes and funny lyrics always make me smile.

Roasted sweet potato with red pepper and rosemary. This simple dish makes me feel better even thinking about it. It's easy, comforting and homey. I first made it by accident, from some leftover ingredients I had lying around. I've been making it ever since. 
Preheat your oven at about 180°C. Peel and chop the sweet potato into thick chunks. Chop the red pepper into large pieces. Add a generous amount of olive oil into a baking tray. Toss in the sweet potato and pepper together with some sprigs of rosemary and some seasalt and freshly ground pepper. Leave in the oven for about 45 minutes or untill the sweet potato is cooked. Serve in a big bowl with some rice...perfect for eating in front of the TV, while watching all three Godfather movies in a row.

The Godfather. Every now and again, I'm in dire need of a godfather fix. Epic drama, cool characters, the bad guy is actually the good guy and Al Pacino looking devastatingly handsome. Need I say more? And if you know the story by heart already, you can start detecting the little details Francis Ford Coppola put in. I always try spotting the oranges and the related events that occur when an orange shows up on screen. It's fun, try it!

Well, this is how I brighten up the gloomy cold evenings. I hope this inspires you to make your own feel-good rituals.

19 oktober 2010

How do you blog?

I wish I had more time to put into blogging. There's always so much going on, I usually write posts rather hastily. That's why I'm always trying to do several things at the same time. I find it useful to paint my nails while working on my laptop, if you type carefully your nails will dry at the same time you're typing! Multifunctional me! I'm also drinking coffee and I'm writing in my trusty Moleskine notebook while the girls are fabricating some girly pink artwork next to me. I wonder, how do you blog?

Recent buys and future 'try-to-resist' items

Maybe it's due to the change of seasons or to the fact I never have time to go out shopping anymore, but I'm webshopping a lot lately... Here are some of my recent buys:

couldn't resist - -40%- La redoute

impossible to resist, I wear them everyday! Sasha Shoes
retro dress- King Louie

As for the 'try-to-resist'-items, here it goes (wish me luck):

I really, really love this dress... Very Cherry


I really, really love this vintage suitcase...

I really, really love these tins... Lou le Chien

14 oktober 2010

Knitting Progress -Scarfs galore

It's been a couple of weeks since I posted about my new scarf-project. Well, it's finished! And that's not all, in the meantime I knitted 3 scarfs... I've been going to this great knit & sew-shop (lena&zasa) where they have the most amazing wool in lovely contemporary colours. It'll better be cold this winter, so I can wear them!

Buttons bought in London
Maxi-scarf - every girl needs one:
1. for extra cold, gloomy days
2. to cuddle up in whenever, wherever
The patterns I used are all made by Jane Richmond and can be downloaded on Ravelry. If you're ever looking for great patterns, sign in on Ravelry and enter a world of knitting-fun! I love Jane's use of colour and the chunky designs!

Next on the list are some hats and scarfs for my girls...I'm on a roll!

1 oktober 2010

in the mood for mint green

Let’s start off the weekend with some mint green inspiration:

rose earrings from Nomsa –at Etsy

retro candy packaging - pastiglie Leone at Dille & Kamille
mint green always works well in a kitchen

mint and satin – perfect eveningbag
Have a lovely weekend!
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