Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Winter is coming up!

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Prepare yourselves for a very cold winter (at least it will be in Belgium)!

So I came up with some must haves to deal with the cold:

* A lovely scarf

Forever 21 - Geo Infinity Scarf - € 7,90

* A fancy hat
River Island - Coral Fair Isle Beanie Hat - € 14

* Some pretty gloves
River Island - Light Pink Cable Knit Cuff Gloves - € 14

* A warm sweater / cardigan
Vero Moda - Ronja Cardigan - €29,95

* Some warm and catchy leggings
Forever 21 - Wintertime Southwestern Leggings - € 17,75

* A skater skirt
River Island - Dark Grey Burnout Animal Print Skater Skirt - € 23,50

* A leather jacket
Vero Moda - Lupe Short Pu Jacket - €69,95
* Very warm socks
River Island - Beige Cable Rib Pom Pom Ankle Socks - € 5,90
* Boots
Forever 21 - Cool Commander Over-The-Knee Boots - € 48,90
So, if you have a few variants of each of these items in your closet, you can definitely enjoy the cold winterdays!


Friday, November 15, 2013

Salmon wrap

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If you’re in the mood for a light but delicious lunch, this is the recipe for you! A simple but yummy wrap with smoked salmon.

Ingredients for two:
  • 100 g smoked salmon
  • Lettuce
  • Cherry tomatoes
  • Croutons
  • Wraps
  • Caesar Salad Dressing

This is very easy to make. Just roll out the wrap, add all the ingredients, sprinkle some dressing on top and you’re done!


Love, Laetitia

Saturday, November 9, 2013

Style Inspiration: Caroline Channing (2 Broke Girls)

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I’m a HUGE fan of the TV series 2 Broke Girls, about two best friends working in a diner with the dream of opening a cupcake shop.

The character Caroline Channing, played by Beth Behrs, is a girl who was born rich but is now disgraced and penniless due to her father getting caught working a Ponzi scheme. Even though she’s lost her money, she hasn’t lost her flair.
Caroline has a very specific clothing style: always in soft colors like white, eggshell, beige, camel and grey. That is, if Caroline and Max are not wearing their ugly-ass uniforms!
Since she doesn’t have much money, a lot of items return frequently in the show. But still, the combination is always a win. And of course we can’t forget her pearl necklace, without which she feels naked.

Here are my favorite outfits – so far of course:

What do you think?

Love, Laetitia

All photos from cbs.com. Top picture from imdb.com.

Friday, November 8, 2013

Banana and caramel pie

9:00 PM
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Today I felt like baking, and I had lots of bananas lying around so banana pie it was! It was a recipe of Belgian chef Jeroen Meus that inspired me to make this delicious pie. This recipe serves 4.

These are the ingredients:

Pie crust
Shortcrust pastry
2 table spoons of flour
1 clump of butter

Caramel stuffing
150 g soft caramel
120 g cream
100 g milk
25 g pudding powder

4 bananas
3 dl cream
3 table spoons of sugar
50 g milk chocolate
Some tablespoons apricot jam

How you make it:

Caramel stuffing
Take the soft caramel and put them in a high pan. Add milk and cream. Put this on the fire and heath it up slowly while stirring gently. Meanwhile, mix the  pudding powder with a splash of milk. Once the candy has melted, add the pudding mixture. Keep stirring until you’ve got a thick caramel sauce. Take it off the heat and pour it onto a plate or into a bowl. Cover this with plastic foil and place it in the fridge. Tip: To prevent a skin from forming, put plastic wrap directly onto the pudding.

Pie crust
Preheat the oven at 180°C / 350°F. Milt some butter and add it to the inside of the cake form. Powder with a bit of flour. Roll open the shortcrust pastry and place in inside the form. Cover this with baking paper and put some weight on this. Shove it in the oven for 30 minutes, until the crust is golden brown. Let this cool.

Pour the cream in a bowl, add some sugar and make whipped cream.
Take a pastry bag and use it to divide the caramel mixture all over the pie crust. Easiest way to do this is to work in circles, start in the middle and work your way to the edge.
Peal the bananas and cut them in equal parts. Divide these over the caramel layer.
Tip: If you don’t want the bananas to change color, make a mixture of apricot jam and lemon juice and spread that out over the fruit.

Serve the pie with a spoonful of whipped cream.


Love, Laetitia

Sunday, November 3, 2013

Bourjois: Healthy Balance Unifying Powder

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This powder blends perfectly with my skin tone. I use the 52 Vanille, which is actually the lightest colour there is. It covers up my blemishes very well, and most importantly, has a nice mattifying effect that lasts for hours. I won’t say it lasts longer than the 10 hours it says on the packaging, but still it’s good for a 8-9 hours college day.
This powder provides a very fresh, fruity scent that I really enjoy. The scent goes away quickly after application and doesn't linger, so for those concerned about the scent, you don’t have to worry about that.

The typical red packaging is a bit cheap looking, however the Bourjois Healthy Balance Powder is not cheap at all. It costed me around 12 EUR / 14.83 USD. But it has a mirror on the inside as you can see on the photo, which is pretty handy for on the go, when you need to do touch-ups.

So I am quite happy with this new powder of mine. I think it does what it needs to do to my standards and therefore I’m going to purchase until I might find a new favorite.


Autumn decoration

5:34 PM
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Autumn is here! Bring in those beautiful colors with this easy DIY. Before you can start crafting, take a walk in a park or forest and collect all sorts of leaves. Big ones and small ones, green, yellow, red and brown. Don’t forget to enjoy your walk while you’re at it, nature is beautiful in autumn.

Once you’re back, take all the leaves you've brought home and press them. How do you do that? Take some old books or magazines and some paper towels. Fold the paper towels in two and put the leaves in between. This goes between the magazines. Repeat this until all your leaves are pressed. If necessary, place some extra weight on top of the stock of magazines. Leave this for about a week. When you take them back out after that time, the leaves should be dry and pressed. Now you can use them in all of your art projects!

This next project is a great way to spend an afternoon with kids. All you need are your pressed leaves, some wire and a ring shaped object. This way you make an autumn leaves waterfall!

It's very easy to make, just cut a few strings from the wire and start hanging the leaves on it. You can make as much as you want. Attach the decorated wires to your ring and hang it up in a place where the wind can play with it. Enjoy!

Love, Laetitia

Saturday, November 2, 2013

Animal Clock

7:48 PM
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I saw the idea for this clock on the blog A Beautiful Mess and I couldn’t wait to try it. Here’s how I made this awesome animal clock!

What you need:
  • Print out of the photo you want to use
  • Clock mechanism
  • Nail polish
  • Cardboard
  • Glue and/or photo stickers
  • Knife and/or scissors

Step 1: cut out the photo and the cardboard in the same shape. I chose a picture of grumpy cat which makes it all that funnier.

Step 2: glue the photo onto the cardboard, creating the clock face. I used photo stickers to secure the edges.

Step 3: customize the clock arms with a bright or neon color nail polish.

Step 4: cut a hole in the middle of your animal’s face and assemble the clock.

Enjoy your original and very funny clock! I think this makes a great gift. Would you make one?

Love, Laetitia