Archive | January 2012

Fashion Post – Hearts and Balloon skirt

 

I simply couldn’t resist buying this cute heart print top in summer last year. I’ve worn it so many times since then, I stopped counting. I usually match it with a balloon skirt, as in the photos, or with a pencil skirt.

Outfit Details: 

Heart Print Top: Miss Selfridge

Balloon Skirt: H&M

Scarf: handmade

Tights: H&M

Striped hair bow: Accessorize

Fashion Post – White Dotted Dress

Outfit Details:

Dress: H&M

Shoes: Kurt Geiger

Tights: H&M

Scarf: Forever 21

Bracelet: Chanel

White fur vest: Ebay

Mongolian & Chinese Birthday Buffet

I couldn’t celebrate my birthday on December 21st, because I had a really bad cold in December and was definitely not in the right mood for a party either. Therefore I just postponed my birthday to January, to this weekend to be exact. I put myself in the right mood for the party by going shopping yesterday morning to choose jewellery I could wear with my dress in the evening. Well, shopping was a success. I bought a pearl necklace and the matching pearl bracelet. I had booked a table for dinner at a Chinese restaurant in the “Neustadt”, the Soho of Dresden, for 7pm. When I was done with shopping, there still was a lot of time left as it was only 5.30pm. I decided I’d take my guests to ‘Barococo’ (my favourite cocktail bar in Germany) before dinner and a surprise was waiting for me there: I got all cocktails for free as a birthday present! So great! I had about 3 strawberry cocktails before we went to the restaurant. The building it’s located in didn’t look inviting at all. We didn’t even find the door at first, because it was in some kind of small side alley and looked like the back door to either some kind of shabby nightclub or an exclusive VIP private club. It turned out to be rather the latter. We were delighted to find a red carpet (à la Hollywood) leading up a staircase to a very welcoming room, all decorated with fish tanks and Chinese vases. And that room…lead straight to the most glamorous hall (yes, hall!) I’ve ever seen. There was a huge buffet, rococo-style chairs and wallpaper, a Mongolian barbecue grill and several chandeliers above our heads. We payed about 13€ for each person (that’s about £11) which is really really cheap for such a luxurious dinner buffet! Especially, because everyone could eat as much as they wanted. I had sushi, breaded banana, apple, surimi and fish, Chinese soup, crocodile, jelly with vanilla sauce and fruits I never even knew existed! And I got a present at the end: a bottle plum wine! I’ll definitely come back, as will most of my guests.

It’s the little things in life

It’s the little things in life that often make me smile the most. For example, I saw a man this morning, standing on the pavement right in the middle of rush hour with a huge bunch of flowers in his hand, glancing at his clock every now and then, and it just put a huge smile on my face. I’m sure the flowers brightened up the day of whoever got them. I had an idea and made a list of things I love and everytime I feel depressed, which is quite often at this time of the year, I’ll look at it and it makes me feel that little bit better.

Things that make me feel good:

The smell of flowers and my favourite perfume, Black XS by Paco Rabanne. The thought of the weekend on a Friday morning (‘only one more day’). When I wake up at 4 o’clock in the morning and think of how I can still sleep for another 3 hours. Cuddling with my bunny. An early morning in Central London (drunks who pass stupid comments not included!). Watching the sunset on Primrose Hill on a warm summer day. Strolling through Hampstead Heath. Cupcakes, decorated with little things like sugar roses or strawberries. Looking at shop windows, no matter if I can afford the things or not (eye candy!). Bubble Tea in my favourite Bubble Tea “lab” in Soho (Bubbeology on Rupert Street). Trying on dresses in Anthropologie, just because I always get the biggest fitting room. Spending afternoons in Hamleys (makes me feel like a child again). All kinds of photoshoots (especially history themed ones). Taking photos of everything and everyone, because it’s sooo much fun. Putting on red lipstick; don’t ask me why, I just like it. Going to Musicals with friends. Evenings/Nights of watching (horror) movies while eating chocolate and drinking coffee to stay awake. Being outside in the countryside at night, listening to all the noises. Watching the stars at night. Listening to piano music. Getting a task for the boss done. Giving little presents to friends because I feel like it. Walking through the streets of London. Bateaux mouches on the Seine and the Eiffel Tower at night. Walking barefooted through the sand on the beach in summer. Carrying at least 5 shopping bags, containing lovely new stuff, while walking through crowded streets. The lilac/white striped bags you get when you buy something at Lulu Guinness. The smell when you enter a bakery (not all of them, but some smell like chocolate cake, mmmh). The sigh of relief I make as soon as I get out of a plane (yep, nervous flyer..). The memories I share with my friends. Ice cream with weird flavours.

There are loooots of other things, but those are the ones I could think of when I made that list, and they’re enough to make me feel happy again.

Recipe: Gyros meat with rice and Tzatziki

What you need:

Pork cutlet or pork strips, Sour cream, Whipped cream, Gyros spice, Long grain rice, Cooking oil (sunflower oil), Quark/Curd/Fromage frais, Milk, Cucumber, Garlic clove, Herbs

What I maybe should say beforehand is that I’m a vegetarian and therefore I never really ate this dish myself. However, according to my friends it tastes delicious. It isn’t one of the usual gyros recipes you may know. It’s a recipe out of the big family recipe book, but I thought I’d share it with you. There are more ‘Recipes’ blog posts to come, depending on whether or not I find the time to cook (I usually eat out, buy microwave food or just order a pizza…and yes, I know it isn’t healthy, but there are days where I just don’t have the time to cook!). Back to the recipe: I don’t actually know how much calories it has, but it’s definitely a bit on the high-calorie side and will probably go straight to your thighs…just something I had to say so you can’t blame me afterwards for any gained weight (no, seriously, don’t let that scare you off)! 😉

You start by cutting the pork cutlet into strips or, if you already bought pork strips, simply leave that step out.

Now you heat the sunflower oil in a pan and gently roast the pork strips from all sides until they’re crispy and brown (brown, not to be mistaken with black..!). Add one cup sour cream and another cup whipped cream (this is where the calories come from). After adding two teaspoons of the gyros spice, let it cook for a few minutes and stir it every now and then.

While the meat and the sauce are cooking, put the rice in a pot with water, add some salt and bring it to the boil at medium heat. When the water is boiling, you can turn the heat down a bit. Don’t place the lid on the pot or the steam can’t escape! Leave it like that for about 15 minutes.

You can prepare the Tzatziki afterwards or while the rice and the sauce/meat are cooking. Put the curd in a small bowl and add milk, herbs and fromage frais. Cut the cucumber and one half of a garliv clove (or better leave that out if you plan to meet other human beings that day) into pieces and add them.

Et voila, you have gyros meat/pork meat with rice and Tzatziki!

Fashion Post – Leo skirt

I love the leo print this winter! I never used to like animal prints until I saw this amazing leopard print faux fur jacket in Camden last autumn. I didn’t buy it and instead bought a white coat which was half the price of the leo jacket. But I knew I had to buy one soon, which I did in November. It really keeps me warm on cold days. When I saw this skirt I immediately fell in love with it, not only because of the print, but also because of the style. It’s a bit like a bubble skirt and I love bubble skirts. Again, this is something I wore to work and I added the clutch/bag in the evening when I went to a friends party.

Outfit Details:

Leo print skirt: H&M

White top: French Connection

Tights: H&M

Scarf: Camden Market

Clutch/Bag: Accessorize

Shoes: New Yorker – Amisu

Fashion Post – Outfit

This is the outfit I wore to work today. I like being not too severely dressed and my boss (I’m working as a freelance PA) doesn’t mind. I often wear pencil skirts to important events and appointments, but hate wearing trousers (last time I wore them was 2 years ago!). Usually I just wear casual wear at work, because that’s what I feel most comfortable in, and shouldn’t you feel comfortable at work?

Outfit Details:

Dress: Camden Market/Tenki

Jacket: Fashion Club

Tights: Tabio

Scarf: Camden Market

Shoes: Kurt Geiger

Necklace: vintage clock