Try Something New

Monday, April 24, 2017

Fancy a little spring challenge? A couple of weeks ago while sitting in the dentist's office, I anxiously flipped through a bunch of women's magazines to calm my nerves. Yes, the sounds and the smells in dental offices freak me out! Anyway, after a few minutes I realized there was an reoccurring theme running in most of those publications of asking readers to embrace the unknown this year and try new things.

Supposedly, in today's culture of immaculately planned out lives, we tend to develop a structured routine out of comfort and safety that doesn't involve us getting outside of our comfort zone. Most people don't even bother trying new things, because they believe it will end up being a disappointment.

Yet, psychologists argue that life without experiencing new feelings is not fulfilling enough, and if we give it a chance, we'll benefit immensely by allowing our minds to expand and learn more about ourselves. Also, according to Rich Walker, people who engage in a variety of experiences are more likely to retain positive emotions and minimize negative ones then people who have fewer experiences.

Of course, the concept of a 'new thing' differs depending on who you are. The bottom line is our personal eco-system needs an occasional push, a little discomfort and the feel of a thrill that will unleash those rarely felt emotions while allowing us to discover a side of ourselves we didn’t know existed.

So, how about this season every one of us will try one new thing. It can be anything, for example, I'm going to sign up for a sculpture class. Are you game?

P.S: A life of intention.
P.P.S: Ready or not?

(Inspired by Red Magazine, NY MagMaggie Peikon and Wanderlust. Photo via Left-y)

Spring Asparagus Grilled Cheese




Hey, I missed you tons and I'm so pleased to be back to regular schedule. How was everyone's weekend? Ours was deliciously springy, thanks to Jessica's asparagus grilled cheese with Dijon and brown butter. We had it last night on our balcony with a glass of wine and it was so good that I'm planning to make some more of it today for lunch. So if you fancy some seasonal comfort food, look no further...

P.S: Fancy a little asparagus trick?
P.P.S: Plus, my favourite dolce far niente bowl of goodness.

(Photos by How Sweet It Is)

Weekend Jollies

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Yes, I'm signing out this week earlier for a really good reason - today Balazs and I celebrate our 15th anniversary! Yup, it still blows my mind to think it has been ages since we met. Honestly, I couldn't ask for a better partner in crime. He gets me, I get him and we both do our best thinking over a cup of coffee and an overly sweet pastry.

Anyway, we are taking a 4-day staycation to do all the little things we never have time for normally. Wishing everyone a jolly good almost-weekend and I'll see you back here on Monday morning - back to normal schedule - but before you go, here is a bunch of awesome things to read and explore. Cheers!

Getting Scandi with it...

How a family of five eats for $200...

'One’s destination is never a place, but rather a new way of looking at things.'

Have you been to Greece?

Here is the 'it' reason to finally start running.

How to change your day with a single phrase.

Genius!

This story melted my heart.

Molly Wizenberg is such a gem!

How two strangers became co-parents :)

A healthier body image...

Ha!

'Eating well is not about labels or guilt.'

Oh-so amazing...

Uh-oh, a few nifty spring wardrobe tricks.

The one thing you should never do if you want the perfect cup of tea.

And fancy a blast from the past?
- Six years ago today.
- Five years ago yesterday.
- Four years ago yesterday.
- Three years ago two days ago.
- Two years ago tomorrow.
- One year ago today.


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(Photo via Just You Wait)

Midweek Gems

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

The most flattering pair of jeans, plus that colour, ah!...

Fancy a dash of sparkle?...

The only toothbrush you should ever use - 100% biodegradable bamboo handle. A true gem!...

I need a pair. Don't you?...

To sport daily with your beautiful spring basics...

Striped dresses are my favourite spring go-to uniform...

Beauties...

Totally fancy the look of this clothing rack. You?...

Sweet reminder...

The dandiest little bracelet...

The cheeriest little number...

Just lovely...

Wish-listed:)...

Simple and understated, yet oh-so beautiful...

Brilliant!...

The loveliest sensory perfume...

Meet Bruce, the nifty citrus squeezer :)...

A sweet tote, anyone?...

Ha, the coolest sweatshirt around!...

Concrete beauties...

Dearies, what caught your eye so far this week? Any great finds or buys?

P.S: Fancy more?

Half Half Travel


Guatapé, Colombia + Lisbon, Portugal...
Lima, Peru + Brooklyn, NY...
Washington, DC + Lima, Perú...
Lisbon, Portugal + Queens, US...

San Francisco, CA + Alentejo, Portugal...
Mexico City + Tel Aviv...

New York, NY + Bogotá, Colombia...
Curtis Pond, Vermont + Atlantic Ocean, Vila Nova de Milfontes...
Spain + Columbia...

South Africa + Iceland...

Mexico + USA...

Have you been in a long-distance relationship before?

Meet Becca and Dan, two photographers - one based in Brooklyn and the other one on a year-long project that takes him to a different country/city each month. Instead of giving up on their relationship, they decided to use their cameras to bridge the gap and feel connected no matter where they are. Their feed is filled with half an half images that capture their travels, their incredible connection and their commitment to one-another. So sweet!

P.S: What's your story? (And a bit about Balazs and I).
P.P.S: Remember this couple?

(via My Modern Met)

Spring Style Tweak: Cross It Over





This spring instead of throwing a knit sweater around your shoulders for extra warmth, or carrying it in your hand just in case, try tying your favourite jumper over one shoulder and across your chest for a sassy style twist. It seams that this rather simple tweak is very popular this season with all the cool girls sporting it to perfection. Will you give it a go?

P.S: Also, this and that.
P.P.S: Plus, the 'it' skirt for spring.

(Photos by/via In StyleVogue and Harpers Bazaar)

The Italian Way to Eat Gelato

Tuesday, April 18, 2017


What is your favourite ice cream topping?

If you fancy jazzing things up even more this spring, next time you’re craving a bowl of vanilla ice cream, try eating it the Italian way - by topping it with a dash of olive oil and a sprinkle of sea salt. Yup, I’m not joking. Supposedly those two unusual toppings combined together with gelato will upgrade your frozen treat to a whole new level of angelic flavour.

Ha, who knew? I’m game, you?

P.S: This homemade strawberry gelato is a must!
P.P.S: Or maybe you prefer French ice cream instead?

(Tip via Red Magazine and video by LEAF. Photo by Williams Sonoma)

10 New (and Awesome) Food Memoirs


While we are on the subject of delicious books, here are ten brand new and still hot-hot-hot food memoirs to add to your spring/summer reading list! I just finished Notes on a Banana - the laugh-out-loud story of food, depression and everything in between. A totally brilliant read that I truly recommend alongside all the other gems below...

Any favourites?

From the top: 1. Notes on a Banana: A Memoir of Food, Love, and Manic Depression by David Leite - 2. Give a Girl a Knife: A Memoir by Amy Thielen - 3. Out of Line: A Life of Playing with Fire by Barbara Lynch - 4. What She Ate: Six Remarkable Women and the Food That Tells Their Stories by Laura Shapiro - 5. Cork Dork: A Wine-Fueled Adventure Among the Obsessive Sommeliers, Big Bottle Hunters, and Rogue Scientists Who Taught Me to Live for Taste by Bianca Bosker - 6. My Mother's Kitchen: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, and the Meaning of Life by Peter Gethers...

From the top: 7. The Temporary Bride: A Memoir of Love and Food in Iran by Jennifer Klinec - 8. The Mother-in-Law Cure by Katherine Wilson - 9. The Comfort Food Diaries: My Quest for the Perfect Dish to Mend a Broken Heart by Emily Nunn - 10. How to Make a French Family: A Memoir of Love, Food, and Faux Pas by Samantha Vérant.

P.S: Fancy more?
P.P.S: Literature + food.

(Top photo via That Kind of Woman. Layout by exPress-o)

Floral Spring Nails




How was everyone's long holiday weekend? We've been spoiled with great food, lovely weather and awesome company.

...And since I find short weeks rather hectic, this morning before I dive into work, I'm planning to treat myself to a springy floral manicure - like those above. I've been spotting them all around the city lately and they seem like the perfect start of the week pick-me-up...

P.S: Flower shower.
P.P.S: Plus, the prettiest way to display cut flowers...

(Photos via Olive and June)

Easter Jollies

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Cheers to the long Easter weekend! How are you spending it? The next couple of days will be all about catching up with friends and enjoying the family over some good food. How about you? Wish everyone a warm, cheery and wonderfully relaxing Easter and I will see you back here on Tuesday morning - bright and early! Have a jolly good time, but before you get on those chocolate eggs, fancy going down the internet-rabbit-hole?

Can a woman be happy without having kids?

Fancy a smile? Watch this:)

I'm totally daydreaming about a springtime stroll in Columbia Road Flower Market right now...

The dishes can wait, and other lies.

Ha, the tiniest house in London is for sale. Would you live in it?

Spaghetti with Marmite - yup!

A few documentaries to change the way you think this spring...

Wow!

What grooms really think as they wait at the alter...

Have you seen this swimming pool? There is no way I would step into it. You?

This is important.

Cheetoast anyone?

'The suggestion, in our society, that you can eat a doughnut because it brings you pleasure is still a subversive one.'

Spring cleaning your physical and emotional life.

Ah, what a dreamy kitchen...

How to meditate...

'The hand like the eyes reveal what’s hidden below the surface. It is essential for our evolution and survival.'

And fancy a blast from the past?
- Six years ago today.
- Five years ago today.
- Four years ago the day after tomorrow.
- Two years ago tomorrow.
- One year ago today.


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(Photo by Kat Goldin via That Kind of Woman)

This Week's Gems


Linen dresses and spring go hand in hand...

Stunning blue Hydrangea wreath...

A must have...

Summer print perfection...

  The softest and loveliest of scarves...

I want to wear this stunning necklace with jeans and tees all spring long...

I'm totally smitten with this t-shirt...

Oh how sweet are those tiny initial birthstone necklaces?...

Have you tried this coffee? It's SO good:)...

Yes, please!...

Can't get enough of pretty minimal planters...

Oh-so comfortable...

The most beautiful candles...

Cozy...

Yum!...

Dearies, what caught your eye this week? Any great finds or buys?

P.S: Fancy more?
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