Beautiful, delightful, refreshing, sunny, crisp…

As you might have guessed, spring will be the main theme of the article. To be more precise, fashion trends of SS14 will be discussed further.

 

  Fashion Weeks in Milan, Paris, New York and London have passed, allowing us to get a clear vision of the SS 2014 trends. The main emphasis of the collections is on femininity, no more of unisex or masculine pieces.

  Compared to the previous season, colors are brighter and warmer. Designers gave us completely new interpretations of familiar trends, which give us a possibility to see ordinary things in a new way.

 

Trend number 1. Bright Colours

 

  The first thing to do before analyzing fashion trends of spring is to determine the main colours of the season. According to Burberry Prorsum, the main colour of the season will be blue- or rather, light blue color, like the colour of the sea on the coasts of Sardinia.

  Purple is another colour that was seen on the catwalks a lot (from lavender purple to orchid colour).

 

 

Burberry Prorsum

 

 

Trend number 2. Retro-Chic

 

  Going back to the past is one of the most favourite designers methods. This season designers are offering a focus on 60-70s fashion trends. These trends are reflected more clearly in the collection of Miu Miu: candy -coloured coat, mini-skirt made of vinyl, knitted leggings and high boots with lacing – all of these pieces will be sensational once again.

 

 

Miu Miu

 

 

 

  The outfits for the parties should be borrowed from the 80s – asymmetrical tops and mini-dresses, biker jackets and tight pants. As a source of inspirations it is worth looking at Saint Laurent collection.

 

 

Saint Laurent

 

Trend number 3. Futurism

 

  Fashion of the future – that’s what’s on the agenda of many designers. What fabrics will be used in the future? Will styles change? Or, maybe, will everyone wear shades of “metallic”?

 

 Many designers are not against dreaming about the future. Lanvin, Prabal Gurung and Gareth Pugh are among them.

 

 

Lanvin

 

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Black and White

The Paris Fashion Week is gone, but in terms of latest fashion trends, you shouldn’t forget outfits of the celebrities in the front rows of the catwalks. 

What I took from the PFW is black and white trend that is rocking this season. It can also be seen on red carpets.

These 2 colours are predominant in my clothes (and I bet in yours too?). There are so many ways to wear these colours, both as an everyday outfit and as an evening wear too. As I absolutely adore wearing couple of layers, this is the otd.

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Also, as I am not very high, I love these recent trend shoes with platforms. Comfy, yet I don’t have to stand on my toes while kissing my bf :) 

 

Today’s recipe: New York Cheesecake

  • Philadelphia cheese 750g
  • Cookies 250g
  • 3 eggs
  • oil 125g
  • sour creme 180g

All you have to do is mix oil with cookies (for the base). Then mix all the other ingredients together and put it in the oven for an hour at 170C.

That’s what you get! You can put jam on it if you’re a sweet tooth.

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Have a nice week!

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the city chick

Converse and long jacket all around the city. As I am walking past those similarly dressed women in my city, the only thing comes to my mind – is this it? good-bye summer?

I wish for never-ending bikinis, bright dresses, high heels, flats, .. 

However, good news for some is that the holiday is over and that “il far bel niente” stays in summer. It’s time for cuddling under blankets, kissing with hot chocolate taste and delicious food :)

The Recipe of Chicken wrapped in Parma Ham with honey and mustard sauce

Ingredients:

  • Parma ham – 200g
  • Chicken breasts – 2
  • Honey – 4 tsp
  • Mustard – 6 tsp

Preparation method

1. Preheat the oven to 200C

2. Wrap chicken breasts with parma ham

3. Prepare the sauce: Mix honey and mustard and put some salt and pepper

4. Put the whole thing in the oven for 30mins

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Potatoes are optional, but would be nice on a side.

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Converse is always in fashion,isn’t it? And boyfriend blazer would be so cozy and comfy during cool autumn days.

Have a nice week!

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rose-colored

It’s almost summer that we’ve all been waiting for (too long)! Everyone is preparing for it in their own way, but we , girls , know that the first thing on the list is shopping.

Now, I need to say I’m so happy that in this season no matter what you wear, you’ll be in trend. Long skirts, shirt skirts, maxi- dresses, short dresses, bright colours, red, green, blue altogether or something pale.. Also, flowers everywhere! (I must say it’s better to appreciate them in a bouquet, but, anyways, at least we can buy flowers for ourselves now on clothes if guys forget about it.. ) The other day I saw high heels all covered with bright flowers that’s when I understood everyone is craving for something colourful instead of this grey sky everyday..

However, today I want to blog about less bright colour, rose. As for me , it reminds about warm sunsets, romance, wine.. And food of course!

 Today’s dish is pasta with King prawns and creamy sauce.

Ingredients:

  • king prawns – 500g
  • spaghetti- half of the pack
  • double cream – 100g
  • milk – 100g
  • olives- 10-15
  • garlic – 1piece

First put spaghetti in boiling water for 10 min. While cooking spaghetti, chop garlic and olives, put some oilive oil into the pan and cook them together for 5 min. Then add kings prawns and stir for 2 min. After that on the slow heat pour in milk and cream, salt and pepper. Let it stay like that for a couple of minutes and add spaghetti. You’re done!

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Please take your dresses out of clotheds! There’re not only for special occasions ,you know :) As one wise man said -“You can never be overdressed or overeducated.”O.W.

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history vs modern times

What I love about fashion is that it always comes back. The things that I laughed about when looking at my mum’s old photos all came back afterwards!

Anyways, I always dreamt about wearing 1980s dresses and now I we can see them on the catwalk of Alexander McQueen. What is more, those modern elements, like metal accessorizes gives this romantic look a little bit of insolence.

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 When I was thinking of a recipe that I will include today, the first thing that came to my mind was rice pudding. Don’t you think the last dress reminds it? :))

The recipe of Rise Pudding (taken from bbc.co.uk)

Ingredients

Preparation method

  1. Preheat the oven to 140C/285F/Gas 1.

  2. Melt the butter in a heavy-based casserole dish over a medium heat. Add the rice and stir to coat. Add the sugar, stirring until dissolved. Continue stirring until the rice swells and becomes sticky with sugar.

  3. Pour in the milk and keep stirring until no lumps remain. Add the cream and vanilla and bring the mixture to a simmer. Once this is reached, give the mixture a final stir and grate at least a third of a nutmeg over the surface. Bake for 1-1½ hours and cover with foil if the surfaces browns too quickly.

  4. Once there is a thin, tarpaulin-like skin on the surface, and the pudding only just wobbles in the centre, it is ready.

  5. Serve at room temperature.

 

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Have a delicious weekend!

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LFW 2013/ shoe fetish

LFW is over as well as the sunny weather. I believe there are loads of posts about collections already, but I would like to share with you some of the things I loved (or not so much) about it. 

Firstly, I absolutely love the colors of the recent collections! Can’t wait to shop for those bright and colorful dresses. 

What I wanted to emphasize though is that designers still tend not to think about comfort. I mean, of course, I know high fashion is far from being comfy and stuff, but seriously, how do you suppose to get around with a big bag holding as Burberry proposed?

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There is a saying that happy women don’t use big (and heavy) bags. Well, I guess that’s what  the brand haven’t heard.

However, we all know that the most interesting things happen outside of the catwalks. For me, street style during the fashion weeks is of great interest. Here are some shoes that I felt the need to share with you.

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Where else can you see all these amazing shoes at the same place at the same time? :)

There is no specific color that I have chosen for this post, so the recipe of today will be the cocktail that I love. (Yes,once again with coconut:)

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  • 1 oz of vanilla schnapps
  • 1 oz Malibu coconut rum
  • 3oz cream

Shake it up and add some ice!

 

I bet everyone will enjoy an evening after the show with a view of London from the top.

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coconut.white.

Why coconut, you might ask. Well,it was snowing yesterday in London and all I could think about is everything white. A nice cup of tea, some rom-com and cozy white sweater to wear at home.

Again, why coconut?

The answer is simple- I love everything that contains at least a small amount of coconut. Firstly, about the tea. Yes, I’m lucky enough to have coconut tea at my kitchen drawer. It’s kind of mixture of black tea and coconut,but it smells amazing! Then, of course, I love coconut milk. The other day I bought like 6 small coconut milk cans in Chinese shop. Guess what, I drank them all during the day (even 1 at night!).

But there is something else I want to write about today. They are my favourite Raffaello candies. You can actually make then at home. I think it’s more interesting than buying one’s at a shop.

Here’s a recipe (taken from:http://nareanthony.hubpages.com):

Ingredients

  • 1 can condensed milk
  • 7 oz butter or margarine
  • 7 oz coconut flakes
  • 1 cup roasted almond nuts
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

 

  1. Melt the butter by stirring it with a fork or a mixer, at room temperature. (Cut the butter into cubes for easier mixing).
  2. Once it is smooth add the condensed milk, vanilla and half of the coconut flakes.
  3. Stir until it turns into smooth cream.
  4. Put the cream in the fridge and leave overnight or put it in the freezer for about 1 hour.
  5. When the cream is frozen enough, make small balls out of it placing an almond in each.The more frozen the cream is, the easier it is to form the balls.
  6. Roll the ready kernels of raffaellos in the remaining coconut flakes. Make sure they are entirely covered with flakes.

ImageThis is what I would totally wear at home these days,while making Raffaello candies and watching rom-com’s. 

And these one’s I got recently. So cozy!!

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Please,dress according to the weather. After all these years in UK I just don’t get how people can wear t-shirts when it’s +1 outside!

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(almost) xmas!!

I missed blogging so much!Sorry that I haven’t been updating you recently. Blame Uni for that!

Anyways, I feel that holidays are coming. London is just fabulous these days. Did you know, there are also fake snow on Oxford str.? 

Hope you have the same mood as me :)

OK, so back to the xmas theme.What means xmas for you?I bet most of you would mention family gatherings, presents .. and food, of course.This time I’m not going to write about oh-so-traditional xmas dinners.I’m sure you mothers and grandmothers gave you the best recipes for the dinner.What I would propose is super quick option for very delicious xmas dinner.

Recently, I’ve been looking for the present for my boyfriend. Although I found it, I still were searching for something that he would love, not another pair of socks etc. :)) So I found this amazing app, which is called Gift Finder. There you can browse through the presents, giving some information about the person beforehand. Also, I went to this restaurant with steaks and they had it there as well!! Not going to turture you anymore, the thing I am talking about is steak stone!

I’m sure every man would love it as a present. Additionally, that would work amazing for a big dinner with family. We all are busy women and we want to look great. Everyone knows it takes hell of a lot time! So know we have an easy solution and less time consuming too!

Of course, it’s not such a cheap option, but you will use it forever.

Here how it looks:

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It takes 20min on medium heat on gas hob to get the stone heated. Than your guests should cut the steak into small pieces and cook it on the stone. Perfect steak is different for each person and in this situation they can cook it as they want. 

In terms of the clothes for this occasion, I would say a dress with laces. They are quite popular this season. To be honest, I bought one for myself too :) It looks something like that:

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I have no idea about the designer, but I just fell in love with it the moment I saw it.

Have a very Merry Christmas, guys!

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chocoholic

Oh yes I am!

I am the kind of the person who loves any kind of chocolate. (Well, maybe not the one with mint inside. Kinda feels like eating chocolate with a toothpaste.. isn’t it? :) )

When I have all of those essay deadlines and stress, I just like to shop around for the perfect dessert to get a little bit less stressed.

Today I was thinking about perfect brownie dessert. Can’t say I would cook something like that now with all the sleepless nights in the library!

However, when I have the days that I have “the reds”, I usually put “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” and eat lots of chocolate.

Something like that…

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You know how those dessert have a special “packaging”,like you receive a very luxurious present? I believe you just can’t look casual,while eating them :)

Eat one like that in LBD!

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Have a sweet evening!

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PS. I would strongly suggest you to read a novel on which the movie was based. It has a lot of wise quotes.

October, Coffee, Friday

You know how there are so many places you can drink coffee at?

I love to hang out in places like Starbucks, where coffee means so much more than just a drink. Chatting, working, studying.. people just like to hang out. There are loads of cafeterias that try everything to make consumers come back. But how many do succeed?

You might ask me,why on earth am I going about cafeterias? I’ll tell you why.

I have favorite places in every city that I lived in. You know, the place you can call “yours”. Maybe it’s about precious memories, friends, that you no longer have in your life or just simply the atmosphere.

I’ve finally found one in London!

What I love about the place is the attention to detail. And, of course, that there are so many fashionable costumers!

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Look how cute is that!!

Even if you don’t have an expensive coffee machine and you don’t want to go out, you can still enjoy cappuccino at home.

Ingredients:

Servings:
2
Units: US | Metric

  • 1 cup skim milk
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups strong brewed coffee

Directions:

1. After your coffee has brewed, combine the sugar & milk and heat it in your microwave for 2 minutes at the highest setting.

2. Next, whip the heated milk/sugar mix in your blender for about one minute until it’s a fluffy foam.

3. Fill your cup two thirds full with the coffee and top it off with your heated froth.

This is exactly what I need, as it gets freezing cold in London. Additionally, what I would love to have,when I visit the place, is the classic trench coat.

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You can’t go wrong with Burberry trench coat, can you?

 

Have a nice (hopefully warm) weekend!

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