Friday, September 16, 2016

Travel guide: Lake Annecy - Part I: Annecy

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Hi peeps,

Like I shared in my previous post, I went on a holiday to Lake Annecy in France last week.
Since it's so beautiful there, I decided to make a 'travel guide'. In the next few blog posts, I'll be sharing every must-see and must-do you need to know!

First up, I'll share something about the place itself.

Annecy is a city in the east of France, near Switzerland. It lies on the northern tip of Lake Annecy, a long, odd-shaped lake with perfect blue water. The lake is known for being the cleanest lake of Europe! So perfect for swimming and water sports. 

The first thing we do when we arrive (it's a 10 hour drive from Antwerp!) is stop by the lake. Just to soak in all its beauty. The lake is surrounded by mountains. A perfect micro climate. Around the lake are multiple small villages. We stayed at Doussard. A little village with a supermarket, a bar and some small shops.

Annecy however is the place to be. The town consists of two parts: a modern part and a medieval one. The old town of Annecy is gorgeous. 
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After doing some shopping and enjoying the town, you'll want to stop at Beer O'Clock for a drink. This unique bar had a selection of beers from all over the world. And the fun part is: you get to tap the beer yourself! First, you buy a card, similar to a credit card and load some money onto it. The bar has a wall full of taps. Place the card next to the beer you wish to taste and you can fill up your glass. Such a fun concept.

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After all those beers, you might want to get something to eat. The perfect little restaurant in Annecy is L'Estaminet. The food is great and the view even better. Don't go too late and try to get one of the tables in the back. There's a hidden terrace that looks over the water. Gorgeous place to eat.

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Enjoy your day in Annecy and stay tuned for part two of this travel guide!


Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Cocktail maison

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Hi everyone!

It's been a while, way to long. It's been a crazy busy year. I bought a house, moved in with my love, graduated law school and got a job!

Last week, I finally had the time to go on a highly anticipated and earned holiday. A week at one of the most beautiful places of France, it could be worse. Like every year, at the end of summer, we went to Lake Annecy. We always rent an apartment in a little town called Doussard. I'll be blogging all the must-go places very soon.

Today I want to share a delicious cocktail recipe. On vacation, we went to a great restaurant called L'Abri-CĂ´tier. The tables are placed right near the lake, it's magical. Pretty lights everywhere, swans that swim right next tot you... More about it in another post soon!

So, back to the cocktail. The waiter suggested we tried the 'cocktail maison', a drink based on Aperol mixed with a special red wine called 'Fragolino'. It was wonderful. Deep red color, perfect mix of fresh and sweet...

Back home, we couldn't wait to recreate this cocktail with ingredients we could find at home. We experimented until we found the perfect recipe for our interpretation of the cocktail we loved so much back there.

So here it is!

Ingredients: Aperol, red lambrusco wine and an orange.
For those who don't know lambrusco, it's a red or white Italian wine that is a bit sweeter and has a light sparkle. Delicious!

This cocktail is so easy peasy. Just mix roughly 1 part Aperol with 1 part lambrusco. Cut the orange in half and use the juice from one of those halves in your drink. The other half is perfect for decoration: cut it up and use one piece on the side of the glass and the rest in the drink.

And there you have it!
A delicious cocktail, made in a few moments. Enjoy! Close your eyes and you'll feel like you're in France in no time.



Monday, December 7, 2015

Santa Claus Gift Tags

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If you're as excited as I am about the upcoming holidays, you are probably already shopping for Christmas presents. We've set up and decorated our Christmas tree today, and to me it's a must that from day one, there are some presents under it.

As the weeks before the holidays go by and the gifts multiply, it gets harder and harder to remember which present is which. You don't want to accidentally give the pink fluffy socks you got for your grandmother to your younger brother! That's where gift tags come in handy.

Since you probably want these tags to be as cute as the presents and the tree itself, the gift tags can use some creativity.

Here's how you can make Santa Claus gift tags!

What you need:
- soda can tabs
- black ribbon
- red paper / gift tags
- stick on pearls or diamonds
- scissors
- duct tape
- hole punch
- other ribbon

Making these is so easy, it only takes about two minutes to make one!

Firstly, cut your red paper in the desired shape and a piece of black ribbon that is approximately twice the length of your paper shape. Take the soda can tab and put the ribbon though the tab, creating a belt for your little Santa.

Take a piece of duct tape and simply attach the belt to the shape. Use the duct tape on the back. Leave a bit of room above, where you place the buttons of the Santa outfit.

Punch a hole on the top side of the gift tag and hang the tag with a piece of ribbon on your gift. On the back of the gift tag is room for you to write the name of your loved one. 

What do you think?
Also check our other gift tag idea here.

Happy shopping and decorating!

Love, Laetitia

Monday, October 19, 2015

How to: Ankle boots

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How to wear ankle boots, you ask? Important question, since it's the must have shoe style this season! To show you how versatile an ankle boot can be, we've selected four completely different styles, all with their correspondent boots. Here you have some awesome fall inspiration!

As you all know, there are a whole lot of styles of ankle boots and so many styles of trousers, skirts and dresses, so it can be a bit of a sticky wicket figuring out how to style your ankle boots. Therefor, we decided we’re going to give it a shot. Here’s the dish on ankle boots.

On the one hand boots with a taller shaft generally look best with skinny trousers tucked in, while boots with a lower shaft will look better with jeans untucked or cuffed. 

Leggings are truly ideal for tucking into ankle boots as it's pretty handy and you can combine them with any type of skirt or dress and even a top as long as it covers at least your lady parts (never embarrass yourself in public that way). You can also combine them with skinny jeans, if they are tight through the calf and ankle. Jeans that fit quite perfect to the ankle work best. You can even put your socks over the bottom of your trousers so they don’t ride up too much. This comes in handy when it’s a bit colder in the winter. Ankle jeans are also a nice option for this style because there’s no extra material bunching up and making the boots uncomfortable.

Next it’s also trendy when you cuff or double-roll your skinny trousers or jeans allowing a hint of the ankle to show. This look should work the best with boots with a heel or a wedge. Personally we think it’s not as lovely with flat ankle boots since they can easily make you look shorter than you actually are. So you better be careful about proportions. Sometimes they can end up on the top of the boot as your trousers settle whilst walking or moving, but even that’s okay. You can choose between a large single cuff or a narrow single cuff. It depends on the length of your trousers, how well they fit your ankle, and the height and style of your boots. You really got a lot of options!

When you like to combine your ankle boots with a skirt or a dress, you can also go for different styles. If you like to go bare, ankle boots that are close to the color of your skin are the best. Too much of a color difference makes your legs look chopped off at the ankle.

To tell the truth, the key to wearing ankle boots is elongating your legs, while showing off the shape of the shoe! And there're no better people to show you the newest trends in shoe fashion than the following fashion bloggers. From sporty to edgy, the best fall ankle boot combo's:

Sporty chic

From the top down: Mel Co - Mustang - S Oliver
If you want to be able to run around and still look fashionable, the sporty chic boot is the one for you. The comfy shoe and the heel that's not too high, makes it the perfect ankle boot for a day of running errands or going shopping. The shoe doesn't stop you in any way. Chiara Ferragni shows you how in this beautiful, easy look, on her blog The Blond Salad.

Classy cute

From the top down: Piure - S Oliver - Clarks
Blogger Kathleen from the Carrie Bradshaw Lied blog shows how to wear your favorite summer dresses during fall: combine it with a long coat and ankle boots! Elegant yet simple, and mostly a great way to wear all those beautiful summer dresses for a little longer.

Fabulously high
From the top down: Tamaris - Marco Tozzi - Tamaris
Dana Mannarino from Pink Champagne Problems conquers the world on high heels. Wear these high heeled ankle boots with a cute dress, stockings and you're good to go! There's nothing that will stop you now.

Edgy cool

From the top down: Steve Madden - Clarks - Hush Puppies
Negin Mirsalehi looks good as ever in a biker jacket, leather pants and edgy ankle boots. She also shows how edgy can be classy too! And most of all: a simple black ankle boot can be worn with almost anything.

There you go, lots of options, lots of fun!
Love, Laetitia & Annelies

PS: Check out Brantano's lovely new collection of ankle boots!

This is a sponsored post. All opinions and statements are our own. 

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Infused Ice Cubes

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Hi everyone!

If you still want to hold on to the last weeks of summer, and hopefully still have the weather to do so, I have a fun kitchen DIY for you.

I'll show you how to make infused ice cubes! All you need is water, some fruit and/or herbs of your choice and an ice cube tray. This is really an easy way to make cocktails even more fun - if that's even possible! You can also use these ice cubes to make infused water, a healthier but delicious alternative for your daily dose of soda.

For my ice cubes, I chose a mix of red berries, mint and lime.

Cut (if needed) your ingredients in little pieces, so they fit in the ice cube tray. Divide them randomly in the tray and fill up with water.

Tip: herbs like the mint I used will float. Only fill the cup halfway and add the rest of the water a day later, to make sure that the herbs are in the middle of the ice cube and not at the top. 

Another tip: use bottled water instead of tap water for your ice cubes. They will be clearer this way!

Which ingredients would you use? Let us know!

Love, Laetitia

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Cadillac Payback release!

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Today it's all about a fantastic new romantic suspense by Aj Elmore called Cadillac Payback. This is an amazing book and we are absolutely thrilled to be able to share it with all of you! 

First of all, who's AJ Elmore

Aj is a beach migrant, and part-time muse. She enjoys the exploration of genres vast, and the search for untold worlds. A writer-for-fun since childhood, she has also been known to be a super hero, a gun slinger, and occasionally, a waitress. She lives on an island, has a bachelor's degree in journalism and some tattoos. She is most easily found at the water's edge.

Now it's time to introduce you briefly to this new amazing story of hers:

An old Cadillac and a gun are all she has left of her brother. Three men stand ready to follow her into the darkest pits of hell to avenge him. The Cadillac leads them down a swamp road lined with ghosts, consequence and the tangled web of business and pleasure, into the underbelly of New Orleans crime as she fights for vengeance for her brother.

Joshua was just a rookie, a kid caught up in a drug ring. It’s fun and dangerous, all easy, until it kills his best friend and drags what’s left of his companions into a war. All he knows is he would walk into hell with her, and she might ask before it’s over…

Isaiah thought he’d seen everything—but watching Charlie die tore the world apart. The regime is changing, and with the new leader come more questions than answers. He was Charlie’s right hand, but what will he be to her?

Frederick came up on the streets, learned fast and hard and dirty. His past has always been a sticking point for the group, but one person has never questioned him, and he’ll do anything for her…

Maria never wanted to take over Charlie’s operation. But with her brother dead, and vengeance the only thing she has left, she makes her first decision: drag Charlie’s killers down.

It might just be her last.

Are you as excited as we are to read more of the story?! Well, then just keep on reading, 'cause we got some exclusive chapter reveal for you right here! 


Exclusive Excerpt:

She stops just short of entering the kitchen, hands releasing the paper bag full of produce. Her eyes rove the situation, trying to make sense of what she's seeing. Onions and apples and peppers, the ingredients for our plans to grill, roll about. Huge brown eyes find mine, beg for understanding. Another car door slams outside. I can't speak. What words can I give her? None that will help.
“Isaiah, what happened?” Maria says, voice low, demonic.
Her feet slide forward slowly, mechanically, pulling red. She kicks a crimson onion away, falling beside him as if her body has lost the strength to support her. Tears are welling quickly along the bottom rims of her eyes. 
Footsteps pound down the hall, owner no doubt alarmed by the gut-wrenching trail. It's Josh, Mr.-Jeans- and-a-T-shirt, Charlie's right hand man. He's a damn good drug dealer, and god-damned punk.
“What the fuck?” he mutters, stunned to the spot, eyes wide and uncomprehending.
Maria is all intense, blazing brown eyes on me, demanding I speak. The tears break, lighting trails on her cheeks. Her hands have curled around Charlie's shirt, squeezing into white fists. The room feels like a thousand pounds around me.
“All he said was Reaps,” I admit finally, eyes shying away from hers.
I've broken too, cheeks wet and salty. It's all I can do to force the voice from my chest. I got nothing for you, boss.
She stares for a long time before her eyes fall to him. Tears stream to her chin, then drip to her little maroon t-shirt. She ignores them. She looks like maybe if she stares at him hard enough, he will wake. He will be her big brother and laugh. He'll still be here to beat up her boyfriends, and know what to do when there's trouble.
I want to go to her, but my hands - his blood is all over me. Then she stands, swaying unsteadily. Joshua moves to help her, but she pushes him away with nothing but a look. Her world is full right now. And she storms through the house, leaving crashes and breaking sounds in her wake. He looks to me. I only shake my head. Stupid boy, such an idealist little prick. Before either of us can follow or find any words for each other, she's back, Charlie's gun in one hand and a black case in the other. She takes another long look at her dead brother.
She says, “He always wanted a jazz funeral.” Her voice is shaking and distant, fighting the storm.
Then she looks at me. It seems she has something to say, but she only stares. She's fucking crazy.
So I say, “You're fucking crazy. What are you gonna do?”
She doesn't answer. She doesn't need to. She's taking charge of the situation. She wants me to deal with the one here. A few wayward tears escape despite her efforts.
“Maria, don't do this,” I say from the floor. There's no heart in my words. She's never taken orders from me. I know it won't work, but I have to say it. Charlie would say it. Charlie would stop her.
She only cocks an eyebrow at me, tucking the gun into her pants. I should know better. Yeah, I do. She grabs a massive car key from the counter, its large, metal, dollar sign keychain scraping across the surface like the coattails of death. Without another word or even a glance, she walks away from her world, down the rudely redecorated hall.
Josh stands for a split second, watching her. He looks to me, heartbreak all over his sleeve, then curses as he follows her. The door slams seconds later, and I am suddenly left alone again, covered in my cohort's blood as I sit in the kitchen floor. And he's there, growing cold, eyes scrunched in his last expression; pain.


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Love, Annelies & Laetitia

Monday, July 6, 2015

WOOD YOU?: Unique jewelry

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Hi guys!

Here at Two Crazies One Blog, we love everything pretty and especially all that involves jewelry. I stumbled upon a unique new concept of earrings, necklaces and rings, all made out of wood! These beautiful little pieces of art are being sold under the awesome name 'WOOD YOU?'. You can find their facebook page here.

So I just wanted to share with you some of my favorite pieces of the collection:

My absolute favorite: these diamond shaped earrings!

Very cute right? If you want more information about the collection, please visit the website.

Love, Laetitia

This post is in no way sponsored. All opinions are my own. All photos found at the WOOD YOU? facebook page.