Cheers to an awesome weekend!

Friday, January 29, 2016

Cheers to the last January weekend! How are you spending it? Tonight, I’m going for a swim and a massage while Balazs works late, and tomorrow I’m planning to dive into those cookbooks and make a list of every recipe I want to try! Btw: what is your go-to cookbook for weeknight meals? Wishing everyone an awesome weekend and I’ll see you back here on Monday morning – as always! But for now, fancy going down the internet rabbit hole? Enjoy!

How to entertain like a Parisian.

12 beauty foods to eat more this year!

A few awesome garden goodies to get inspired by.

Memories of meals past.

A few brilliant home intentions.

Okay or no way.

The importance of eating together.

Awesome!

Homemade vitamin C serum.

Slow living...

5 tips for approaching aromatherapy.

Have you heard of coffee flour yet?

5 ways to refresh your space without spending a cent.

How exercise may help us fight off colds.

Natural cleaning products that actually work (and don't stink).

Anna Jones' guide to mindful eating.

Why small changes can make a big difference.

How does your garden grow.

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(Photo by Jacob Santiago)

This Week's Gems


Simplicity at its best...
Love!...

Diamond ring perfection...

Cozy!...

Beauties for your ears:)...

Creamed honey, oh yes!...

Sounds intriguing...

Dandy little bracelet for good luck...

A dash of sunshine...

The sassiest base and midi ring set...

Swoon!...

This bracelet would make the sweetest little reminder of someone special...

:)...

Oh, how I love those layered bar necklaces...

This beauty + morning coffee = day made...

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

P.S: Fancy more gems?

Home Tweak: Himalayan Salt Lamp

Thursday, January 28, 2016





And while we are on the subject of home indulgences, do you own a Himalayan salt lamp? If you don't, you are missing out big time :)

Years ago a friend got us one as a gift and it quickly became one of our favourite possessions. It not only gives the most wonderful warm glow, but it also has some amazing healing properties. It’s known to cleanse the air while removing microscopic particles of dust and all things bad from your space, making it all fresh again. It's beneficial for people with allergies and helps to relax and unwind. But my favourite thing about it is that by generating negative ions, it has this awesome power to improve mood and help with getting rid of winter blues. It's a keeper! Thoughts?

P.S: Here are two that seem awesome.
P.P.S: And the simple things in life.

(Photos by/via Design*SpongeInspired By ThisUrban OutfittersThe Design FilesElanaloo and Brunch at Saks)

Home Indulgences for Under $10



Do you ever treat your home to something small, yet totally wonderful?

I find that treating yourself to little indulgences is rather needed, even for a self-proclaimed minimalist like yours truly. It probably shouldn’t happen every single day, but once or twice a month it’s good to buy something that will make you feel jolly.

Since I work from home, I have this thing of rewarding my flat (and indirectly myself) to tiny little treats after a well done project. I also use the same approach on days when I have the hardest time concentrating. On those occasions, I’ll set myself a goal of how much work I need to finish before popping down to the florist to pick up a bunch of flowers or hunt down a new natural soap I’ve wanted to buy forever!

So, inspired by Nancy’s post, here are 10 tiny little home indulgences that will keep on giving and the best bit is they are all under $10, because you don’t need to spend a fortune to feel special.

1. Storage bag - 2. vintage telephone notepad - 3. honey dipper - 4. Bonjour New York coffee table book - 5. Saipua vetiver with French clay soap - 6. coffee mug - 7. linen cushion cover - 8. painted mini tin candle - 9. plate - 10. scented sachet set.

P.S: The little things that mean a lot.
P.P.S: And when was the last time you...?

(Photos by Practising Simplicity and via Darling, be darling. Layout by exPress-o)

Pizza Margherita Grilled Cheese Sandwich




Speaking of dinner routines, earlier this week Balazs was away for the night so I went through my solo-eating recipe folder that I keep on my desktop and I made Nicole’s pizza margherita grilled cheese sandwich for dinner, and it was epic!

Blimey, melted mozzarella mixed with roasted tomatoes, a dash of garlic and fresh basil all between two crisp pieces of sourdough bread - dinner simplicity at its finest. It was so good that I’m planning to make it again tonight. Are you with me? Here is the full how-to.

P.S: And a few more of my favourite grilled cheese recipes.
P.P.S: Plus, this little trick!

(Photos by Cooking for Keeps)

My Little Winter Meal Routine

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Winter has the ability to put a gloomy spin on our mind-set. So, in hopes to add a bit of freshness or magic to those dark and freezing short days, Balazs and I’ve been incorporating a few little things into our routines that make all the difference.

For example, since we mostly cook meals at home during winter, we found that setting the table with simple linen napkins and lighting a candle or two makes the rather monotonic routine of meal making and eating more pleasant and somewhat special. I got into it so much that I even started to make time during the day to actually sit down at the table to have a cup of coffee with an avocado toast instead of rushing off, and just enjoying the simple yet relaxed atmosphere the candle and the napkin creates. It’s the little things, isn't it?

Do you have any tried and tested everyday tweaks that you'd like to share?

P.S: Wash your bowl and one day of your life.
P.P.S: Love your space.

(Photos via A Keeper)

All-Natural Deodorant Made Simple



What’s your take on the whole natural versus conventional antiperspirants debate? I’m firmly on the organic side, yet I’m unwilling to compromise on my personal hygiene. So, I’ve been trying a few different natural options and this one is my favourite by a mile! Having said that, I’m also intrigued by Sarah’s homemade version that is incredibly nifty, pure and somewhat special. Here is a full how-to if you fancy trying yourself.

P.S: And a few more homemade natural beauty essentials.
P.P.S: Plus, living the label-less life.

(Photos by Sara Elliott via Jenni Kayne)

NYC Angles

Tuesday, January 26, 2016






Today didn’t go to plan for me, so instead of beating myself up about it, first I went for a walk and then I got utterly lost in those amazing photos by Laurent Nivalle. This brilliant French art director has such an eye for finding new ways to make NYC look even more breath-taking than it already is. Anyway, how is your day so far?

P.S: Tons more all things New York.
P.P.S: And this girl...

(via Fubiz)

Winter Style: Cheery Beanies






In the last couple of weeks I've realized that a cheery, bright and snug beanie is a must during winter! I usually go for a safe navy-blue or black colour beanies, but last Christmas I got this orange one as a gift and I haven’t parted with it ever since.

It adds a great pop of colour to my rather plain winter coat uniform, making it look instantly jazzier and snazzier than it actually is. Plus, I love how each time I pass by a shop window, I catch a glimpse of it!

What do you think? Are you brave enough for a winter hat with a pop of colour?

P.S: Also, belted coats and blanket scarves.
P.P.S: Plus, 3 more nifty winter uniform tweaks.

(Photos by/via The SartorialistThey All Hate usMake Life EasierVanessa JackmanMaddinkaLA Cool and ChicNY Mag and Refinery29)

Giving Birth Essentials Around The World


Joanne Laurie from London
Claudine from the Betafo District of Madagascar
Katy Shaw from Melbourne
Ellen from Malawi
Deanna Neiers from New York
Hazel Shandumba from Hamakando Village in Zambia
Agnes Noti from Tanzania

Blimey! Recently seven women from around the world where asked by WaterAid to reveal the essentials they will need when giving birth and the contrast is eye opening, to say the least!

This little project shows how the notion of ‘essential’ changes enormously depending on where the mom-to-be lives. For example women in Africa pack a razor to cut the umbilical cord and a plastic sheet to give birth on, while women in the Western world pack things like massage oils and books. I love projects that show how people live and what’s considered normal or essential for them. Thoughts?

P.S: Also, the hungry planet, a nightly dinner out that's like therapy and family tables around the world.
P.P.S: Plus, how much food people eat per day.

(via DailyMail)

Yoga Cityscapes

Monday, January 25, 2016




If you need a bit of convincing to get on the yoga-wagon, those photos above might just sway you. Kristina Kashtanova is a London based photographer with a passion for yoga, so she created a series of images, where yogis strut their stuff in the most amazing parts of London and New York City.

How inspiring and beautiful, isn’t it? Do you do yoga?

P.S: Instant life.
P.P.S: 'You see more when you draw'.

(via Fubiz)
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