Cheers to a summer weekend!

Friday, June 28, 2013

Oh boy, I am ready for the weekend. How about you? What are you up to? I'm going to spend tomorrow trying out a few more takes on travel food for our vacation in Malta next month before deciding on our favourites. I am also totally tempted to make some lemon jam on Sunday since we got two baskets full of them from friends. Anyway, as always here are a few cool links for your weekend fun, darlings. Have a beautiful next two days!

Fancy a pair of Superman-caped socks? I totally do!

An only child?


It moss be magic:)

Aww... this low-key forest wedding makes me swoon!

The sweetest little short called 'The Red Heels'.

Summer in the city!

Coffee brewing in the great outdoors. LOVE!

Huge congrats to Sarah on her special bun-in-the-oven news! So happy for you:)

"We are all foolish..."

Mini moments of mindfulness.

If you have a few minutes to spare, check out this tender little video!

Spinach+beet+quinoa = a scrumptious weekend salad.

Yowza, that's what they call a spectacular view!

Swoon, this flat is so pretty!

Walking on the moon:)

Must try: Three ingredients chocolate fudge!

How to create a beach kit!

Have you ever thought about making your own market cart?

Eek, would you be brave enough?

15 unusual baby names.

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Darlings, see you Monday morning. xoxo

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(Photo via Nikole Herriott)

This Week's Gems

This basket is simply made for fun summer picnics!...

How beautifully retro is this diamond ring? It would make an amazing wedding ring!...

Here is another beautiful tea towel to add to the collection. (And oh-so British)...

I adore this awesome card. (So true)....

Totally fancy the look of this necklace! Picture wearing rolled up jeans with it. LOVE!....

This serving board just made it to the top of my birthday wish-list. So pretty!...

This little feather bracelet would make a beautiful treat-yourself-gift for summer:)...

What a pretty and totally summer ready iPhone case...

Four totally adorable summer dresses for busy days around the city. (Bonus: they are all under $45!)...

Aww...this little ring makes me swoon...

Oh boy, that maxi with stripes would make a great weekend skirt:)...

And a charming flower print to make your Friday morning even more special:)...

Happy Friday, darlings. What caught your eye this week? Any great buys or finds? Do tell:) xo

P.S: Fancy more gems?

On My Mind...

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Tell me darlings, what are the few totally random things you're daydreaming about today? I've been working up a storm since the morning but in the back of my mind I can't stop thinking about how nice would it be to dip my toes in a cool sea water and feel the wet sand wiggling between my toes...

...taking a nap since those are always welcome...

...this little wiggly tail...

...and how to convince Balazs to have French toast for dinner the third time this week :)

Your turn...xo

(Photos by Olivia Rae James, Man and Camera, Jen Altman and via Oh, Pioneer!)

Summer Staple: Striped Dress with Patch Leather Pockets

While we are on the subject of scoring, is there one piece of clothing that you are dying to get this summer? Something that tickles your fancy and you are convinced it will make your summer totally divine? Well, for me it's a simple loose striped dress with front patch leather pockets. Ever since I spotted this photo, I’ve been on a mission to get one for our vacation next month. Excitedly enough I ordered this one from Whistles last week and now I can't wait for it to arrive. Btw: here is another one that is equally adorable just stripes free. Would you wear it?

Btw: If you already have a striped dress and you fancy jazzing it up, you can add leather pockets yourself. Here is a cool little tutorial on how to do it!

P.S: Icons and their stripes:)
P.P.S: Plus, would you wear stripes on stripes or stripes on dots?

(Photos from top: by Hanneli - dress from Cos. Please Cos, by Mackenzie - dress from Club Monaco (sold out at this time but it should be back in stock soon), via Stockholm Streetstyle dress from Cos. Please Cos, by Christine - dress from Gap + diy leather pockets)

Blueberry Season

Did you score some fresh blueberries already this summer? Even though their official season will start in little over a week, I've been already spotting them around. So, yesterday on my way home from a meeting I picked up a small basket from a fruit stand and I could barely make it through the door before literally inhaling the whole thing. In a weird way bluberries mark the beginning of summer for me:) Do you feel the same way about a certain fruit?

Anyway, besides eating them straight from the basket like a 5-year-old, I also love them with homemade maple whipped cream and lemon zest - Martha Steward style. Have you ever tried it before? It's one of our favourite takes on blueberries. We are definitely having some tonight:)
What's your favoruite berry? How do you like it best?

P.S: Here is the full recipe and my beloved homemade blueberry sorbet.
P.P.S: Plus, dried or fresh blueberries?

(Second photo by Yossy Arefi)

Summer City Backpacking: Thumbs up or down?

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Speaking of all things Sweden, would you swap your beloved tote bag for a backpack (or rucksack as my mom calls it) this summer like the Swedish girls do? Lately, I've been spotting tons of easy-going jeans-backpack-oversized-tee-type of looks and I think, I might just take the plunge as well - especially during our vacation next month. It just seems so darn comfy, fuss-free and works great with understated summer style. What do you think?

P.S: I am torn between this one in grey and this one. Which one do you fancy more?
P.P.S: Plus, the always comfy sneakers:)

(Photos by/via The Cools, Vanessa Jackman, Rebecca Baust, Garance Doré, The Sartorialist and Crush Cul de Sac)

3 Nifty tricks to keep basil fresh for up to 2 weeks!

Fancy three nifty tricks to keep basil fresh for up to two weeks without the heartache of tossing it out just after two days because it dried or turned brown? There are so many opinions on how to store this very sensitive herb and the tricks below are those that I find the most useful and that I've been using regularly since Balazs and I add basil to literally everything during the summer :)

First things first, basil should be treated as flowers! So always trim about a 1/2 inch from the bottom of the stems and make sure you dry the leaves after washing. That is a must!

If you have just a little bunch that you picked up from the farmers' market and you're planning to use it up over a period of 5-7 days, then you have two options that work like a charm:

One - wrap your basil with slightly dampen paper towel and store it in a plastic bag in the fridge for up to 5 days.

Two - Even better option is to stand your basil bouquet in a little glass with just enough cold water to cover the stems by 1 inch and store it in the fridge just like that for up to a week.

Now, here is my all-time favourite basil trick that I learned from Rachael Ray and it works perfectly on bigger basil quantities that you want to keep fresh for up to 2 weeks. Yup, two weeks:) It's my go to trick.

Three - Place the whole bunch of washed basil with pre-cut stems in a large glass or a bowl in a way that it can stand like a bouquet of flowers. Then cover it very loosely with a plastic food storage bag like on the photo above and leave it like that on your counter. This way you are creating a mini green house that will ensure your basil stays fresh with vibrant colour and beautiful scent for up to a whopping 14 days!

Also, I just read that the best way to wash your basil is by submerging it in a bowl with cold water, and letting it sit in it for a few minutes before repeating it and then gently drying it with paper towel. Ha, who would have thought?

What's your favourite way to store fresh herbs? Would you try those tricks? Do you use basil a lot in your kitchen? xo

P.S: And here is Tim's cool tip on how to preserve fresh basil for winter use!
P.P.S: Also, fresh basil works perfectly with this bloomin gooey cheese bread and you can easily replace the spinach in this sandwich with fresh basil instead. Yum!

(Tips via bon appétit, The Daily Muse, Rachael Ray and my mom. Photos by et si vous veniez manger chez nous?, via Suvi Sur Le Vif, by Zach Desart  and illustrations by bon appétit)

The Car Poolers

Have you seen this photo series by Alejandro Cartagena’s? It’s incredibly captivating to say the least. The artist wanted to show a little teaser into the flatbeds of pickups from an overpass on Highway 85 in Monterrey, Mexico that you would never be able to spot from a different angle. He aimed to showcase the unique perspective on workers' daily commuting routine, survival, adaptation and uncertainty. Powerful and thought-provoking, don’t you think? xo

P.S: Another interesting photo series and this one is pretty great too.
P.P.S: Do you remember this swoonworthy gem in Mexico?

(via Mother Jones)

Swedish Midsummer Celebrations

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Have you heard about Swedish Midsummer celebrations? It’s one of those beautiful old traditions that I would love to take part in since it looks so utterly swoonworthy! Not to mention that after spotting Brittany’s photos this morning, I seem to be in a dreamy mood ever since. Well, who can blame me, since it’s a day where girls pick daisies, wear flowy white dresses, eat boiled new potatoes topped with fresh dill and red onion, make head wreaths and take part in the Maypole celebration ring-dance.

Once a Swedish friend told me that when she was little her mom always told her that according to the legend, the night before Midsummer’s Day is a magical time for love. Also, there is a tradition that on the night after the festivities and on their way home, women should pick seven different flowers and lay them under their pillows so that at night their future husband can appear to them in a dream. Fascinating, isn’t it? Would you fancy joining in? xo

P.S: Remember the equally stunning midsummer night in Poland?
P.P.S: And don't forget that if you get too much sunshine this summer, you can always try this sunburn trick. Works like a charm!

(Photos by Ciara Richardson)

10 Mighty Summer Tea Towels

As Bon Appétit smartly pointed out, the mighty side towel is often forgotten in the hustle and bustle of the summer cooking. Well, since I’m smitten with its charm, today I’m on a mission to tea towel acknowledgment. I believe that this seemingly unimportant cotton rectangle cloth should get a massive credit for being super handy especially during summer picnics, bbq’s, garden parties and simple evenings on the balcony. It often saves us from burnt fingers, doubles as oven mitts and a cleaning whip or it’s also perfect as a wrapping paper (especially for hostess gifts). And if that is not enough, when wetted, it cools our wine and my favourite reason of all - it makes the kitchen feel fresh and sassy every single day with its fun patterns and colours. So here is a list of ten side towels that are cute, stylish, a bit cheeky and adorable. Which one tickles your fancy?

10 Mighty Summer Tea Towels:

1. Bookhou linen tea towel with triangles.
2.  Moose tea towel by Nord.
3. "If you want breakfast in bed sleep in the kitchen" tea towel by The Lepolas.
4. Moka Express coffee pot tea towel by Mengsel
5. "Use my beehive" tea towel by Donna Wilson.
6. "Time to brew up" tea towel by Laura Seaby.
7. Allo Allo tea towel by  Darling Clementine.
8. Whales tea towel by Belgian linen.
9. Orla Kiely multi stem tea towel.
10. A set of two Marimekko pear tea towels by Majja Isola.

I'm curious, do you have many tea towels in your kichen? What do you use them most for? xo

P.S: They are also perfect to keep your French baguette fresh for longer and as fruit totes:)
P.P.S: Plus, a few other kitchen gems that you might like.

(Top two photos via Decor8 and Expensive Life. Layout of the last image by exPress-o)

Bathroom Inspiration: Raw and Exposed

When I was little we had an exposed brick wall in our living room. I remember not understanding all the fuss everyone was making over how pretty it was. For me it looked okay, but being 9 at the time, what did I know? :) Of course, fast forward 20+ years and now I 'm utterly smitten and deeply in love with those raw beauties. Go figure, right? Anyway, I keep on daydreaming that one day (soon) I'll strip our white-tiled bathroom walls back to raw bricks and leave them just like that - beautifuly imperfect like on the photos above. I can't get enough of that industrial vibe. You?

Would you fancy an exposed brick wall in your flat? Do you have one in you bathroom? xo

P.S: How about bathroom art?
P.P.S: And the nifty little bathroom tray idea that I adore.

(Photos by/via Stephanie, Examiner, Adventures & Mishaps, Mochatini and Desire to Inspire)
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