wtorek, 29 listopada 2011

On the run

Having turned 26 earlier this year, I find it really embarrassing to confess that there's still no driving licence to be found in my wallet. I am therefore condemned to the regular use of public transport, with all of the fun features it's usually packed with. Bad breathers, weird guys trying to pick me up, old ladies and unbelievable stories of their lives...I'm pretty sure you've been there too! To be honest, all these disturbers had barely ever got on my nerves, until this past week when I was meant to run multiple errands for five days in a row. Needless to say,  the entire experience was quite traumatic! Wearing some cozy outfits was actually the very least I could do for the sake of my comfort...

Cardigan & Animal Print Scarf - TkMaxx/ Denim Shirt - F&F/ Booties - Zara/ Leather Bag - Marta Ponti




poniedziałek, 21 listopada 2011

Starting Early

With December being just around the corner nothing could possibly stop me from switching all of my baking into traditional Christmas mode. Over the following weeks I'm going to make sure the entire house smells of the most scrumptious ingredients, originally assigned to everyone's favourite holiday! Poppy seeds, nuts, candied fruits... you all have been missed for a long time!


Poppy Seed Brioche Croissants:

1. Start with the recipe for a simple Brioche Dough which can be made the day ahead and chilled in the fridge overnight.

2. Prior to baking your croissants prepare a poppy seed filling:
1 cup milk
1/2 cup sugar (plus additional 2 tablespoons)
1 cup poppy seeds (ground in a coffee grinder)
1/3 cup candied orange peel (chopped into small bits)
1/3 cup raisins
1/3 cup chopped walnuts or almonds
1/2 teaspoon almond extract
1 large egg
Heat all the ingredients (except for the egg) in a small saucepan and simmer until poppy seeds absorb the entire liquid. Remove from heat and let cool completely.
Beat the egg and 2 tablespoons of sugar until thick and light in colour, then fold it into the cooled poppy seed mixture.

3. To assemble the croissants: cut dough into half and set one piece aside. Roll the first piece into a 30cm diameter circle. Using a sharp knife cut it into eight equal wedges. Spread each of them with a heaping tablespoon of poppy seed filling. Starting from the base of the wedge, roll each one up and curve into a crescent shape. Place them onto a parchment lined cookie sheet and cover with a plastic wrap. Let rise for about 20 minutes. Bake in the preheated oven until golden brown. Allow to cool slightly, then brush with the icing of choice. Some toasted hazelnuts sprinkled on top are an absolute MUST in this case!


poniedziałek, 14 listopada 2011

Facts & Figures

Since there are already more than 400 readers stopping by here on regular basis, I guess the time couldn't be any better to share some random facts about the owner of this unusual style diary... Right, let me then begin with a short list of things I'm completely hooked on:
- Peanut Butter and banana toasties
- stroking just about every cat that comes across my way
- British fashion magazines
- post-workout sensation in my muscles
- 70's tv series about cops
- baking on Saturday evening
- clothes and accessories in GREY
Actually, the last entry works as a perfect explanation to the outfit pictured below...doesn't it?

P.S. Big welcome hug for all of my new followers! Thanks for being with me!

Leather Jacket & Sweater - TkMaxx/ Fur Collar - Massimo Dutti/ Jeans - Levi's 571 Slim Fit/ Leather Gloves - Thrifted




środa, 9 listopada 2011

Fantasy Shopping: Faux Fur

If it feels like any drop of temperature puts you at risk of freezing to death, then it's time to invest in the ultimate solution! Grab yourself one of these furry items pictured below and rest assured that apart from giving you the most coveted sense of cosiness, they will also make you look perfectly stylish...

1. Melton Faux-Fur Collar Coat - French Connection/ 2. Handbag Keyring - Zara/ 3. Berry Short Faux Fur Jacket - Wallis/ 4. Cropped Grey Coat - M&S/ 5. Beanie - H&M/ 6. Faux Fur Doughnut Snood - Topshop/ 7. Faux Fur Front Coatigan - Miss Selfridge/ 8. Faux Fur-trimmed Caridgan - Primark/ 9. Retro Sheepsking Ankle Boots - Zara/ 10. Small Faux Fur Bag -  Warehouse/ 11. Faux Fur Waistcoat - River Island

piątek, 4 listopada 2011

Like mother, like daughter

The other day I went shopping with my mom and just as we were about to enter the changing room, the shop assistant asked me the least expected question: Would you like to go in with a FRIEND of yours? Ahem, ahem... It surely was a compliment to my fabulous-looking parent, but also a clear sign for me to invest in one of those overpriced face creams... Clearasil, I'm so over you...for now!

Red Jumper - Mango/ Tweed Shorts - H&M/ Animal Print Satchel - Zara/ Hat - TkMaxx