October 23, 2014
Pants: CARIN WESTER
Jacket: ZARA (similar here)
Bag: ETIENNE AIGNER
Shoes: THE MODE COLLECTIVE
Watch: LARSSON & JENNINGS
I remember sitting in my history of fashion class some years ago and learning about “Culottes,” a french term referring to knee breeches commonly worn by males in the upper class during the late Middle Ages. Well, fast forward to the 21st Century, and here they are making their comeback. Some trends I love, some I tend to pass on, but this is one that I hope stays. They create such a masculine style while still looking incredibly elegant — and who doesn’t want to jump around the streets with a wide leg like that?
October 22, 2014
This past weekend I stumbled into my favourite Berlin book store, Do You Read Me?!, and came across the incredible Green Kitchen Travels cookbook. I’ve amassed quite a cookbook collection over the past few years but often find myself guilty for using them around the house as pretty book stacks rather than in the kitchen. In typical blogger fashion, I usually head to my favourite food blogs to find a recipe that will inspire me rather than opening up my collection of books. So I told myself I wouldn’t buy another one until making good use of the old ones.
But as I was standing in the middle of shop, completely infatuated with every page of Green Kitchen Travels, I realized immediately that I couldn’t leave without it. This is a cookbook I will use, I can promise you that. It embodies so much of what I believe in when it comes to food – honest, healthy, vegetarian cooking.
The authors are a husband and wife duo who have created recipes based on their favourite dishes they discovered while travelling the world. They add a healthy spin on traditional dishes that might otherwise have included excessive gluten, sugar or meat before. It’s done in a very subtle way, though, not ruining what the original dish embodied. It’s also not one of those healthy cook books that has you running to the organic store finding expensive flours or ingredients that you will probably never use again. I already had everything listed in the recipes on my grocery list.
Now, onto the execution. I love anything that inspires me to cook healthy without losing flavour or cutting too many corners. I opted to make the Italian Wheat Berry Salad (known as farrow in the book) since I had all the ingredients in my kitchen already; I absolutely love the simple flavours in this Italian dish and it’s made for the perfect lunch this week.
Italian Wheat Berry Salad (from Green Kitchen Travels)
1 cup wheat berries (einkorn in Germany)
1 green zucchini
1 yellow bell pepper, halved and seeded
1 fennel bulb, any green fronds reserved
15 ripe small tomatos
2 garlic cloves, crushed
a little cold-pressed olive oil
sea salt and freshly ground pepper
juice of 1 lemon
a handful of basil, finely chopped
a handful of mint, finely chopped
1 cup olives, pitted
1/4 cup pistachios (I used almonds)
some fresh Parmesan or Pecorino cheese, shaved (optional; I had sadly run out but would definitely add it next time)
1. Place the wheat berry in a bowl, cover with twice as much water and soak for at least 1 hour (maximum 12 hours).
2. Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 200 degrees C (400 degrees F). Chop the zucchini, pepper, fennel, and tomatoes into small cubes. Place on a baking tray, add the garlic and drizzle with olive oil. Sprinkle with salt and pepper and give the mixture a good toss with your hands. Roast in the oven for 30 minutes until soft with slightly crispy edges. Carefully stir every now and then.
3. Drain the wheat berry, place in a saucepan and add twice as much fresh water. Bring to a boil, reduce the heat and simmer for 15-20 minutes until tender. Add 1/2 teaspoon sea salt towards the end of the cooking time. Remove from the heat and drain any excess water.
Place the cooked wheat berry in a mixing bowl together with the lemon juice and a drizzle of olive oil. Add the roasted vegetables, finely chopping herbs, olives and pistachios (or almonds). Shave a few large slices of Parmesan cheese on top before serving. The salad can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for 3-5 days.
October 21, 2014
Cardigan: JOA LOS ANGELAS (via Edited)
Belt: H&M (similar here)
Shoes: ZARA (want these ones here)
Clutch: SUNITA MUKHI (similar here)
Sunglasses: LE SPECS
It’s funny how as you get older the word ‘sexy’ means something completely different than what it did a few years ago. Not too long ago sexy probably meant a bit more skin and tighter clothes than the images above, and now sexy to me is cinching in your waist with a good belt over a standout cardigan. How times have changed… and I’m happy they have! I no longer need to show skin to feel sexy, although when the occasion calls for it I don’t shy away. But for most days, I’m most confident in outfits like this; classic pieces with a defined shape. Let’s just say that I’m happy to be at this point in my life where sexy involves a cardigan.
October 19, 2014
I always love trying new products, but once I find something I like, I tend to stick to it. I narrowed down my current favourites in my makeup routine, some new and a few classics.
1. Laura Mercier Foundation Primer Radiance Bronze - I use this as a base before applying my foundation. I apply it with my finger tips, massaging it all over my face. It’s really light and gives you a healthy sheer glow; it almost feels like you are putting on face cream. I also use this as a fast make-up application when I need to run out and don’t want to do my full make-up.
2. Zoeva Complete Eye Make Up Brush Set - Okay, besides the fact that they’re this amazing shade of pink, I really love these brushes for my eye make-up. They blend very well and have great variety in their brush sets. My absolute favourite one is the concealer buffer brush.
3. Bobbi Brown Tinted Eye Brightener Concealer - I’ve tried a lot of concealers, and as I’m not exactly sure I’ve found Mr. Perfect just yet, I definitely like this one the best. It provides really great coverage while not feeling heavy or cake-y. I actually went a lighter shade than normal and it really makes a difference in brightening up my eyes.
4. Anastasia Dip Brow Pomade – My absolute favourite eyebrow fixer! I have very sparse eye brows for which I like to blame my Asian father (err!), but this pomade is a great all-in-one product. It really glides on smoothly, holds the brow in place, and adds a nice colour, providing a defined brow. It’s also smudge-proof — can’t beat that.
5. NARS Eye and Cheek Palette – I really like NARS blush and eye shadow palettes because they always have the best colour combinations and they last all day. Find what shades suits you best and don’t settle when it comes to something like this.
6. Elie Saab L’Eau Couture Eau de Toilette - My go-to perfume! I absolutely love this one from Ellie Saab; it has hints of vanilla mixed with a floral green bouquet. It’s light, natural, and not too sweet.
October 16, 2014
Coat: VALENTINE POUR VILA (via Edited)
Jean: & OTHER STORIES (similar here)
Fall isn’t that bad, and it’s really just for one reason: coats. I can’t get enough of them. Last week I talked a bit about adding investment pieces to your wardrobe, that rather than keeping up with the trends of fast fashion, it’s important to invest in quality staples that are timeless and stylish long-term.
This year, my money’s going to statement coats.
A standout coat can say so much about a person’s sartorial taste – kind of like a coat of paint is the final, finishing touch on a new car. And as easy (and appealing) it is to opt for a black layer in the colder months, there are so many great options out there to make your individual style shine. Whether gorgeous camel tones, bold expressions, or mixed colour blocks like this, being adventurous with your fall/winter coats this season is always a hit.