Yay! It's Wednesday Cake!

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

This week is all about simple, satisfying and beautifully versatile French yogurt cake. This loaf is the fluffiest, zestiest and most comforting thing I've eaten in a while. It's the perfect everyday cake that you can serve with ice cream, pudding, fresh fruits or jam.

Personally, I like it best plain, because you can really taste the zesty notes this way, but Balazs is all about eating it with a dollop of homemade vanilla pudding.

Go on, make this cake and top it with your favourite things. Cheers!

French Yogurt Cake
(Recipe by Andrew Knowlton via Epicurious. Makes 8 servings)

- 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1 cup sugar (I used maple syrup instead)
- 1 tablespoon finely grated lemon zest (I used one tablespoon of orange zest and one tablespoon of lemon zest  + juice of one orange)
- 3/4 cup whole-milk Greek yogurt
- 1/2 cup vegetable oil (I used coconut oil)
-  2 large eggs
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 350°F. Coat a standard (8 1/2x4 1/4") loaf pan with nonstick vegetable oil spray. Dust with flour; tap out excess.

Whisk 1 1/2 cups of all-purpose flour, 2 teaspoons baking powder, and 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt in a medium bowl.

Using your fingers, rub 1 cup of sugar with 1 tablespoon finely grated lemon zest in a large bowl until sugar is moist. Add 3/4 cup whole-milk Greek yogurt, 1/2 cup vegetable oil, 2 large eggs, and 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract -  whisk to blend.

Fold in dry ingredients just to blend. Pour batter into prepared pan; smooth top.

Bake until top of cake is golden brown and a tester inserted into the center comes out clean, 50-55 minutes.

Let the cake cool in the pan on a wire rack for 15 minutes. Invert onto rack; let it cool completely. Ta-dah!

P.S: Fancy more?
P.P.S: A sassy GIVEAWAY is coming up!

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Dancers and Dogs

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Early last year, Kelly and Ian, who are dance photographers, started this adorable project of snapping photos of dancers and dogs. Their goal is to reach 100 dancers and 100 dogs, but the main reason for this collaboration is to show people a lighter side of ballet and make people smile. I love this to pieces, you?

P.S: This.
P.P.S: That.


Cheers to the spring equinox! Peeking outside, it doesn't quite look like spring yet, but I hear that it's not long before it will truly arrive. Ah, and when it does I'm planning to take full advantage of it. You? As for me, I'm looking forward to a full spring rebootasparagus sandwiches on repeat, soft morning spring light showing up in our flat and making a batch of this lilac body oil - it's a keeper.

Now, your turn:)

P.S: This.
P.P.S: That.

(Photos by/via Kate MorrisonHorngry and Theresa)

Spring Lippy

Monday, March 19, 2018

According to all the fashionable Londoners, this lippy in 'control' is the 'it' hue for spring. I've just got it and I'm smitten! Its brick red colour and seductive ultra-matte texture makes it the only lippy I want to wear right now. Try it!

P.S: How to find your go-to lippy colour.
P.P.S: And this.

(Photo by Zara)

Moon Milk

Have trouble sleeping? Your mind doesn't allow you to switch off and let you rest? Try making this moon milk tonight, just before bedtime, and I promise you'll sleep like a baby.

This gem-of-a-mix is full with cinnamon, turmeric, ashwagandah, cardamom, ginger and nutmeg. It will make you feel relaxed and melt all your stress away in a matter of a few sips. It's a keeper! (Here is the recipe).

P.S: Speaking of...
P.P.S: Plus, the best immune boosting elixir.

(Photo and recipe by Alaina Sullivan via/for bon app├ętit)

Weekend Jollies

Friday, March 16, 2018

Cheers to the weekend! What are you up to? I'm looking forward to doing nothing. Yup, it has been a busy couple of weeks and my body is craving long lazy mornings and coffee dates. Wishing everyone a beautiful next two days. I'll see you back here on Monday morning, but before you start weekending don't miss out on those cool links below.

Not everything is a side hustle.

'For two months, I got my news from print newspapers. Here's what I learned.'

Style is served.

'Life is like a bowl of cherries'.

Turmeric tonic, anyone?

'How I get it done.'

Wild women of food.


How to sneeze.

'I actually drank the recommended amount of water daily and it pretty much changed everything.'

Love. Pain. Regret.  A six-part series about becoming a mother.


Why saunas are ridiculously good for you.

'The one word that finally helped me get happier - when nothing else worked.'

Women aren't nags...

And fancy a blast from the past?
- Seven years ago today.
- Six years ago today.
- Five years ago yesterday.
- Four years ago tomorrow.
- Three years ago today.
- Two years ago today.
- One year ago today.

P.S: How about a bit of chit-chat? Join me on InstagramFacebookTwitter and even Pinterest.

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(Photo by Chiara Calvi Dorizza)

This Week's Gems

This spring will be all about linen skirts for me...

Swoonworthy Seattle, Washington skyline necklace...

Hello gorgeous...


Basket goodness...

The prettiest little leather cat collar...

The most special cuff...

Go-to spring top sorted...

Jazzy tea towel...

How pretty is this Macbook sleeve?...

That colour is everything...


The best hanging drying rack ever!...

Dearies, what caught your eye this week? Any great finds or buys?

P.S: Fancy more gems?
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