poniedziałek, 31 października 2011

Big Chill

I've yet again come to realize that the only reason for my huge dislike of autumn months is an innate intolerance to lower temperatures. Now that the chilly weather has already spread all over this country, just an idea of setting my foot outside makes me quite feverish! In fact, if it wasn't for some cozy, fur-trimmed knitwear, I would probably end up snuggled under a pile of fluffy blankets until first days of Spring 2012...

Faux Fur-Trimmed Cardigan - Kenar/ Pussy Bow Blouse - New Yorker/ Clutch - Vintage/ Skinnies - Salt Works




czwartek, 20 października 2011

Therapy in baking

It's been a tough week with some unexpected news creeping out from the every corner of my otherwise boring existence. You know, just one of those weeks when a fancy outfit is seriously the very last thing on your mind... Baking, however, is a whole different story! The combination of eggs, flour and sugar has never failed to work wonders for my frazzled nerves...


Cream Cheese Tart with Caramelised Figs:

For the almond crust:
1/2 cup powdered sugar
1/4 cup blanched slivered almond
1/4 tsp salt
9 tblsp unsalted butter
1 large egg yolk
1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
Sift together the flour,salt and powdered sugar; using a pastry cutter, two knives or fingers, blend the flour mixture and butter together until it all becomes crumbly. Stir in the egg yolk and knead a few times, so that the dough forms a smooth ball. Press it over bottom and up sides of a lightly buttered and floured pie pan in an even layer. Chill the prepared shell for at least 30 minutes.
Once chilled sufficiently, prick shell all over with a fork, line with aluminium foil and fill with some pie weights. Bake in a preheated oven for about 25 minutes, then remove weights and bake additional 15 minutes, or until pastry becomes golden.

For the filling:
2 cups cream cheese
2 whole eggs
1 large egg yolk
1/2 cup granulated sugar
Place all the ingredients in bowl of your electric mixer and beat on medium speed until smooth. Pour filling into prepared tart shell and bake until slightly puffed along edges and just set in center. Transfer to a rack and let cool completely.

For the caramelised figs:
4 tbsp water (or even some red wine!)
4 tbsp granulated sugar with a pinch of ground cinnamon
5-6 fresh figs, cut into wedges or slices
Place the water, sugar and sliced figs into a small pan over a medium heat and cook together for about five minutes, or until the figs are caramelised in the syrup. Arrange them on top of your tart and serve immediately!

P.S. You can use this recipe to prepare one full-size tart or four individual tartlets... Either way, it's super yummy!

czwartek, 13 października 2011

Fantasy Shopping: Animal Print

For the first time in years these two words can be applied to so much more than just your old trusty leopard snood! Predators, carnivores, reptiles... dalmatians?! Well, it seems like some of the  top designers have drawn inspiration from the entire zoo... or even their very own households!


1. Black Printed Sleeve Dress - Dorothy Perkins
2. Dalmatian-print Cotton-drill skirt - Sonia By Sonia Rykiel
3. Animal Print Sweater - Mango
4. Tiger Print Scarf - Miss Selfridge
5. Madison Dalmatian Print Loafer - Topshop
6. Coltskin Messenger Bag - Zara
7. Black Snake Print Shirt - Wallis
8. Python-print Wool Dress - Chloé
9. Jungle Silk Top - Marc by Marc Jacobs
10. Limited Edition Leather Leopard Print Shopper - ASOS
11. Garnet Faux Snakeskin Court Shoes - Topshop
12. Tort Cat Eye Sunglasses - ASOS
13. Leather and Calf Hair Gloves - Valentino

piątek, 7 października 2011

Wishful thinking

The amazing Indian summer we're currently being blessed with makes everyone pray for it to stick around forever. I'm pretty sure that without the constant noise of walnuts crashing to the ground, the transistion into fall would have passed completely unnoticed. Owing to the endlessly blue skies and temperatures in the mid-twenties, I have even managed to increase the longevity of my fading tan! And now they're saying this idyll is meant to be shattered in a matter of days.... Oh come on Autumn! Don't you get it? You're not welcome here at all!

Hematite Bracelet - Thanks to KALEE/ Biker Jacket - Patrizia Pepe/ Dress - Carry/ Bag - Zara/


Yay for the second gift from KALEE! Isn't this bracelet utterly gorgeous?!