Cheers to a great weekend!

Friday, July 18, 2014

Cheers to the weekend! What are you up to? Balazs' good friend flew in yesterday for a short visit, so we are planning to spend the next three days playing tour guides. The plan is to wander around the city, eat countless cups of ice cream (+ those pops) and catch a movie or two. How about you? Darlings, I will see you back here on Tuesday morning, but in the meantime, here is a bunch of cool links for you to enjoy!

I want to be friends with Brit Marling. Isn't she the coolest?

The world feels broken!

I keep on going back to this talk. So amazing! (Plus, happy 45th birthday, Liz!).

Magical!

Do you keep lists of things you want to do or eat? I do!

What a cooler bedroom can do for your metabolism!

Dapper!

A must try this summer. So good!

Ha, why you shouldn't wash chicken before cooking.

Seven sauces that taste better homemade.

Shake and stir...

Ah, those lids are just so darn cute, aren't they?

Truly touching.

The Blue City of Jodhpur.

Family trip to China.

The magic toilet.

How to make a healthy habit.

Aww...the tiniest and most adorable nursery.

How to use lemon balm.

I'm craving pavlova. That is all!

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 via From Paris to London)

This Week's Gems


And speaking of date-night uniforms, this dress fits right in!...

On my wish list: deco stack bar earrings. Aren't they beautiful?...

Sassy little bag for those light, breezy weekend walks...

The perfect tea for when you feel a cold coming on...

The sweetest everyday necklace...

My new favourite bath soak!...

My kind of bracelet... Swoon!...

Pretty little berry colour lip stain made from beet root and hibiscus...

Love how dandy-looking those Enamel bowls are:)...

Looking for a gift for a new mom? This name necklace would be perfect!...

:)...

How incredible is that mirror?...

Wow, can't get over how amazing this monogrammed shower curtain is! (Psst: it's on sale!)...

Let it be...:)...

Those two bridesmaids dresses are simply stunning!...

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

P.S: Fancy more gems?

Dish Soap Made Easy

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Have you tried making your own dish soap before? Ever since I discovered this homemade laundry detergent, I’ve been fascinated with what actually goes into the entire range of products we use on a daily basis. So yesterday morning the genius Paul Lowe got me hooked on homemade dish soap.

To be honest, I always had this idea that dish soap contains like 15 different ingredients, making it impossible to recreate, but the reality is very different. You just need 4 ingredients, of which water and essential oil you probably already have at home. It’s that easy and it takes about 5 minutes from start to finish!

The most surprising thing is it works as well as the regular kind, but it comes with no chemicals, no unpronounceable ingredients, no preservatives and no petroleum. Bonus: it's healthier for your hands (it won’t dry them - so no gloves needed). Win-win! Would you try it?

Btw: I made mine with rosemary essential oil (it smells so good) but you are welcome to choose a different scent like lavender, lemon or even mint. My friend Sofia made it with grapefruit. Here is the full how to. xo

P.S: Also, a great way to use eucalyptus oil.
P.P.S: Ah, and this little nook is on my mind today.

(Photo by Alexandra Grablewski via Leite's Culinaria)

Summertime Date-Night Uniform








What's your summertime go-to date-night uniform? For me it's a breezy white dress, small red shoulder bag, pale lips, messy hair and comfy ballerina flats. Seems that I'm not the only who can't get enough of this, since every Friday night I spot at least a few girls rocking the same look to perfection! Must be the pop of red that makes us girls feel so darn sexy...thoughts? xo

P.S: And a few other trends you might like.

(Photos by Happily Grey, Sezane, Tuula, Damsel in Dior and via The Chic Department)

Coffee Bike Ride Around Europe




Bravo! Meet Rie, a sweet girl who travels the world on her trusty mobile bicycle cafĂ© while serving freshly brewed coffee on the way. If that's not incredible enough, a year ago Rie packed up and set herself a challenge to ride her coffee bike across Europe. Yowza! She started off her journey in Berlin, went on to Lausanne in Switzerland, Nice in France, and Barcelona in Spain and finished her trip in Portugal, serving her special hand-brewed coffee in each location. The whole trip took her 106 days, countless cups of coffee and in total about 5500 km!

How incredibly awesome is that? Do you bike? Would you ever do something like this? Stories like that make me so happy! xo

P.S: Remember Tiffany and her bike sandwich stand?
P.P.S: The invisible bicycle helmet!

(Photos by Rie)

Hiccups + Peanut Butter

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Ha! And while we are on the subject of nifty tricks, here is one from the funny man himself, Jerry Seinfeld.

Next time you have a bad case of hiccups, eat a tablespoon of peanut butter! It weirdly makes it go away in an instant. His wife tried it last night and it worked like a charm! Who knew? I can't believe I'm saying this, but I am totally hoping for hiccups just so I can give it a go. Do you have any awesome or unusual tricks you'd like to share? xo

P.S: This surprising headache trick works so well on me.
P.P.S: Plus, better than coffee:)

(Photo by Jessica Seinfeld)

The Scientific Way to Cut a Cake


The other week Balazs' mom sent me this awesome video explaining how to correctly cut a cake and my mind was blown! So if you love cake, (a bit of) mathematics and you are a dash nerdy (like me), you will adore this.


According to Sir Francis Galton, a British mathematician who came up with this trick 100 years ago, the ordinary method of cutting out a wedge at a time from a cake is very faulty since it only makes the leftover part dry. So, Alex (with his dapper British accent) decided to test Galton's alternative (and scientific) technique to prove us that Galton's way is indeed the right one. It involves taking long, thin pieces from the cake's centre while preventing the rest of the cake from getting dry and uneatable! Genius, check it out for yourself!

My wedge-cake-cutting days are over! What do you think? Brilliant, isn't it? xo

P.S: Half birthday?
P.P.S: And tricks and tips to the perfect dinner party!

(Thanks Kati. Cake photo by Paper & Stitch and the drawing by Daily Mail)
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