Cheers to a spooky weekend!

Friday, October 31, 2014

Happy Halloween! How are you celebrating? Tonight, Balazs and I are going for our friend's annual Halloween party and I'm planning to eat myself silly with candy. Lovelies, have a spooky weekend and I will see you back here on Monday morning. Don't forget to set your clocks one hour backwards on Sunday morning, but in the meantime, here is a bunch of fun links for you to enjoy. Cheers! xo

Those autumn cocktails tickle my fancy.

Brilliant! 46 stray cats of Athens :)

There is no view like a bird's view, is there?

Let's go to Bermuda, shall we?

This chef and his beautiful food.

I need to make those!

Oh, Robbie Williams is something else - giggle!

What a beautiful idea.

Eek, awkward.

Do you realise how extraordinary your story is?

The human behind 'Humans of New York'.

Kissing your socks goodbye.

Metropolis.

Ha! Fancy sending a tweet from a weather balloon?

What to say to a grieving friend.

Sweet!

What a brilliant idea to jazz up your kitchen jars.

Why every newborn has the same blanket.

Does everything happen for a reason?

And fancy a blast from the past?
- Three years ago today.
- Two years ago today.
- One year ago today.

P.S: Fancy a bit of chit-chat? Join me on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest or even Instagram.

(Photo by Inge Morath - New York, 1960 via Lauren)

This Week's Gems


Ah, this blazer is made for chilly autumn days:)...

Swoon - how stunning are those diamond rustic stacking rings?

Ha! The coolest spoon ever!...

Imagine wearing this bag with your favourite autumn uniform - perfection!...

Stunning bulb vase since it's never too early to start thinking about growing Paperwhites...

A key ring to adore...

How beautiful are those yarn ball hair pins?...

The prettiest porcelain spoon...

My new coffee-love...

The perfect everyday necklace...

Cactus print perfection! A must for a work desk:)...

Bit under the weather? Try this mustard soak detox bath...

Cheese markers for those amazing Friday nights with friends...

Happy Friday! What caught your eye this week? Any great buys or finds? xo

P.S: Fancy more gems?

(Top photo by Polienne)

The 15-minute rule to a less-distracted life.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

How are you with your house chores? Do you prefer spreading them throughout the week, or you'd rather do everything in one day?

Last year, after reading Jodi's post, I adapted her 15-minute rule to my everyday house chores to live a less distracted life. I'm not the type that would spend a whole day cleaning the house, and since I work from home, I get easily distracted if the kitchen floor needs mopping, or the pile of laundry that I've been avoiding is getting bigger and bigger. So taking 15 minutes each day to do one thing like laundry, cleaning the bathroom, organizing the closet or dusting makes my life smoother and keeps the distractions to a minimum. Works great for me. What works for you? xo

P.S: Your happiness makes your friends happy, too.
P.P.S: For a good night's sleep.

(Photos via mrs washalot and Minnie)

24 Years, 215 Countries, 1 Car.



Blimey, meet 77-year-old Gunther Holtorf and his wife Christine who just returned from a 24 years long road trip! Yup, they spent all those years covering 556,000 miles and visiting 215 countries - all in their trusted car that was adapted to fit in a mattress, storage for their gear, a set of clothes and some basic kitchen utensils. They went everywhere from Africa, South and North America, Asia, Australia, the whole of Europe, even to the base camp of the Mount Everest which is 5,200 meters above the sea. Ah, what an adventure!

Can you imagine the amazing memories they brought back? Have you ever taken a road trip? Would you?

P.S: Let's travel!
P.P.S: Plus, tons more travel lust.

(via Sho & Tell via Daily Mail. Photos by SWNS)

Let It Go...

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

In the world that gives us countless opportunities to be in control of the smallest things, like how many steps we take while walking, it's no surprise that everyone wants to be immaculately accurate about every decision they make. Yet, I find myself wanting to have less control and keep going back to Kiki Smith’s words for comfort.

"Just do your work. And if the world needs your work it will come and get you. And if it doesn't, do your work anyway. You can have fantasies about having control over the world, but I know I can barely control my kitchen sink. That is the grace I'm given. Because when one can control things, one is limited to one's own vision."

Each time I read it, I realize that knowing everything, planning ahead and being fully in control of the giant that is life is simply impossible. No point trying to tame the beast…just do what you do and you will be just fine.

Thoughts? Do you feel in control? xo

P.S: How to have a great life full of simple pleasures.
P.P.S: High five New York :)

(Photo by Luca Bortolato)

Clean Eating: Banana Nut Porridge


Do you like porridge or oatmeal? As a child I used to eat it all the time for breakfast. Nowadays, I much prefer making a hearty bowl of porridge for dinner on those slow, lazy nights when Balazs is working late and I'm having the flat totally for myself.

Here is the thing about this particular porridge, it's without a doubt the healthiest and yummiest bowl of breakfast goodness around. It doesn't contain cow milk or sugar or oats or yoghurt - it's made entirely from nuts, banana and coconut milk.

Have I convinced you? I hope so:) xo

Banana Nut Porridge
(Serves 4. Recipe adapted from Danielle Walker – Against All Grain)
 
Ingredients:
- 1 ½ cup of raw nuts like cashews, almonds, pecans or any other you like
- 1 very ripe banana
- 1 table spoon of hemp seed* or hemp powder (optional)
- 2 cups of coconut milk
- 1 teaspoons of cinnamon
- A dash of sea salt for soaking water

Place the nuts in a bowl full of water and sprinkle the sea salt over them. Cover the bowl and soak overnight. Next morning, drain the nuts and rinse 2 or 3 times, until the water runs clear. Blend the nuts with the banana, coconut milk, hemp seed and cinnamon until smooth. Next, put all of the porridge in a pot on the stove and heat over medium-high heat for about 5 minutes. When ready, serve with raisins, chopped nuts or dried fruits and an extra splash of almond milk if desired.

*Here is why I add hemp seed.
**If you are making the full recipe, you can store your leftover porridge in the fridge for up to 3 days.

P.S: My dear breakfast.
P.P.S: A breakfast club.

(Photos by exPress-o)

Fly Over Earth.


Fancy a quick trip around the earth with the International Space Station this morning? Go here and scroll, scroll, scroll! Crikey, isn't our planet breath-taking and pretty neat? Now go on and have coffee. xo

P.S: Tweeting astronaut.
P.P.S: Botanical space flight and a bit more of space dazzle.

(via Tina Roth Eisenberg. Photo via Scribol)
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