Marvellous Macarons

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Uhm, hi… I thought I should quickly stop by and convince you of my existence. No excuses for the last few months. Real life caught up with me, university, private life, and everything was a bit much. On top of that, I simply lacked the enthusiasm to blog anything at all. Anyway, here I am again, hoping that some of you may still remember me. Yes, I am that girl who occasionally travels to London in order to…do things and…be at places.

Earlier this year, I took my cousin with me when I travelled to “The Smoke” and we took a little trip to the Ladurée shop in Burlington Arcade. She had never tried macarons before and, needless to say, was marvelled by the beauty of the shop as well as the variety of macarons and their deliciousness. So we bought a lot of differently flavoured macarons and made a list according to taste and flavour which you will find below.

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The Ultimate Macaron Taste List:

Vanilla: My favourite flavour so far. Very delicious and just the right amount of sweetness.

 Rose Petal: I don’t know about you, but I don’t like it. Sure, it does taste a bit like roses, but mostly it just tastes like soap and very artificial.

Chocolate: Very chocolatey, but for me, it’s too bitter. I also don’t like dark chocolate, so maybe that’s why.

Orange Blossom: Same like rose petals. Tastes like old perfume and very artificial.

Coffee: Very nice! It tastes exactly like it should…like coffee.

Coffee Caramel: In my opinion even better than Coffee, because the caramel adds a certain sweetness which I like.

Jasmine: It did taste okay, but isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, I guess.

Green Apple: Quite fruity and very much like a real apple. Thumbs up from me.

Lemon: It was okay, but didn’t exactly taste like lemon at all.

Raspberry: Exactly like raspberry, and also very fruity. I like it.

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London, London everywhere

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This once again proves…wherever you go, the British have been there before you! At least that’s what I thought when I came across this uber-cool red telephone box. Obviously I’ve seen one before…in London, in Turkey, in a little town at the coast of the North Sea. It almost seems as though it’s the ‘moon’ flag of the British which they put everywhere they’ve been. Pssst, I want one for my room please!

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New Year’s Eve and What to Wear

I have to admit I’ve most shamefully neglected this blog for the last few months, not because I don’t like blogging anymore, far from that, but because I’ve been so busy doing other things and I haven’t been in London since a while so there’s not much to blog about. As for outfit posts, there will be some new ones this year, as soon as I’ve found a good background other than my living room (as seen in many previous posts…). For now, you’ll have to live with these kind of blog posts – however, I’m sure you’ll survive.😉 Oh, and before I forget it: Happy New Year 2014! (May it be better than 2013; at least for me.)

Here’s what I’d like to wear on New Year’s Eve:

mk chain dress

mk cardiganMichael Kors Chain Lace Dress and Studded Shoulder Cardigan (get yours at Selfridges)

polka dot bracelet blackMarc Jacobs Polka-dot Plaque Bracelet (also Selfridges)

Lily bag in redMulberry Lily Glossy Medium Goat Bag in Red

shoesMelissa Ginga Platform Mary Jane Shoes

Oh, and here’s what I actually ended up wearing (at least the colours are the same):

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PS: Have you noticed how all the brand’s names start with an ‘M’?

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Halloween Autumn Recipe – Butternut Squash Pumpkin Soup

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  • WHAT YOU NEED (FOR 10 PEOPLE):

1 Red Kuri Squash (Hokkaido)

1 Butternut Squash

2 1/2 l Chicken/Vegetable Broth

4 Potatoes

200 ml Whipped Cream

2 Garlic Cloves

Ginger

Salt and Pepper

Cayenne Pepper

Curry Powder

Cinnamon Powder

Coriander

Nutmeg

Sour Cream

1 Vanilla Bean

Orange Juice

Oil, for stir-frying

  • PREPARATION:

1. Halve, seed and cube the butternut squash and the red kuri squash. Put them in a frying pan, together with the garlic cloves (which are sliced into small pieces beforehand). Stir-fry them in a bit of oil.

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2. Put the vegetable broth in a large pot. Bring to a boil. Peel and cube the potatoes and the ginger (a bit of ginger is enough! Don’t add too much!). Tip the potatoes, ginger and the squash into the pot.

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3. Let it boil for 20 minutes. Blend everything. Then add the spices and whipped cream. Let it boil for a bit longer. Blend it again and leave it over night. Add the orange juice before eating it the next day. You can also add some sour cream or crème fraîche before serving it. Done!

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ORLA KIELY SS14

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There are only a few shows at London Fashion Week that get me very, very excited every season. Not because they’re popular or because they have the best front row celebrities. No. I get excited because I really love to see what the designers come up with that season. Because the clothes and accessories are amazingly beautiful and I would like to buy the whole collection each season. There are only three shows that get me this excited. The Burberry show (though I haven’t seen a collection as beautiful as the AW12 one again which really gave me goose bumps), the Mulberry show (because of obvious eye candy bag reasons) and the Orla Kiely presentation.

I hadn’t been to an Orla Kiely presentation before, but I’ve been to the shop on King’s Road and immediately fell in love with the clothes. So when Orla did a collaboration with Uniqlo, I got a really beautiful dress which is now my favourite dress. It looks chic, reminds me of something vintage and is very comfortable – what’s not to love, really? And now I’ve seen the SS14 collection, I guess I’ll have to go and make a little purchase in the shop next year. I can’t not buy one of those stunning dresses!

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The Orla Kiely presentation is something special every year. It’s a kind of Fluxus art, performance art. This year, Orla Kiely took us on a safari with her models. The girls were exploring the wilderness, catching butterflies, reading books and relaxing close to the camp fire while the catchy tune “The Lion Sleeps Tonight” was playing. All of the girls were wearing berets and the bags they were carrying, shaped like animals, were super cute. The clothes also didn’t disappoint. Pretty shoes worn with knee socks and 60s dresses adorned with collars. Until next season, hopefully!

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LFW – The Street Style

There are a lot of people on the streets of London during Fashion Week every season. People with different styles and clothes. There are…

The Chic & Trendy

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The Cute:

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The Crazy:

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…and many other fashion types. I would probably wear something inbetween all of those types. A bit of everything you could say. Something chic, something trendy, something cute and weird, something plain maybe. A simple black and white look, a bow in my hair and a Mulberry bag on my arm. Here’s an outfit which you can shop at Selfridges. Something which I would wear to LFW.

Shirt dress   STELLA MCCARTNEY   Dresses   Shop Clothing   Women   selfridges.com

Stella McCartney Shirt Dress

Bayswater soft grain leather handbag   MULBERRY   MULBERRY   Brands   Brand rooms   Bags   selfridges.com

Mulberry Bayswater

Tom Binns Powder NecklaceTom Binns Necklace

Leather strap boots   VIVIENNE WESTWOOD   VIVIENNE WESTWOOD   Brands   Brand rooms   Shoes   selfridges.com

Vivienne Westwood Boots