Urban Jungle

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Wow, what a talent! Tatsuto Shibata is a Japanese photographer who has an eye for capturing the true essence of urban culture, and his photos of Tokyo, Hong Kong or Shanghai make me swoon on so many level! Honestly, I want to plaster my walls with them :)

P.S: Remember this?
P.P.S: Or that?

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Festive (Homemade) Hostess Gift

Speaking of all things delicious, here is a super simple, yet incredibly impressive homemade hostess gift idea that you can pack in a simple weck glass jar, with a sweet note attached.

Yes, those beauties are the most delicious festive pomegranate chocolate squares with notes of  tangy orange, cozy cinnamon, salty peanut butter and refreshing pomegranate. Julia says that every new bite feels like a little explosion of Christmas-y fireworks in your mouth, which I totally agree with. Plus, they are ideal for a cheeky midday coffee break or late night indulgence.

Here is how to make them: melt 100g (a whole bar) of your favorite chocolate and stir in 1 tbsp of slightly salted peanut butter, orange zest from 1 small orange and a generous dash of cinnamon. Fill little chocolate molds with the mix and press down some pomegranate. Keep them in a fridge and snack whenever you want!

P.S: Plus, this...
P.P.S: And that.

(Photo and recipe by Morning Temptations)

Yay! It's Wednesday Cake!

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Happy cake day, how is everyone's week going? If this pre-Christmas craziness is slowly getting to you, tonight after getting home from work, make those deliciously-healthy power bars to restore the balance in your universe...:)

Those goodies are truly the most indulging good-for-you guilt-free treats that you can snack on while on the-go. But don't be fooled, they would also make the most thoughtful and heartfelt homemade Christmas gift bundles to someone who is into all things health...

Convinced? Here is the recipe, get cooking:)

Nutty Quinoa and Chocolate Bars 
(Makes around 16-18 bars. Recipe from Green Kitchen at Home cookbook by David Frenkiel and Luise Vindahl)

- 2 tbsp virgin coconut oil
- 10 fresh soft dates, pitted
- 1 cup / 250 ml / 250 g nut butter (you can make it yourself or just buy a jar in your local store)
- 1 tbsp fresh ginger, grated
-  1/2 cup / 80 g raw pumpkin seeds
- 1/4 cup / 40 g almonds, chopped
- 1 cup / 30 g puffed quinoa

Chocolate topping:
- 3,5 oz / 100 g good quality dark chocolate (70%)
- 1/2 cup desiccated coconut (unsweetened)

Melt coconut oil in a medium size sauce pan on low heat. Mash the pitted dates with a fork and add to the sauce pan together with the nut butter and freshly grated ginger. Stir around until it all comes together and cook for just a few minutes on low heat.

Remove from the heat. Add pumpkin seeds, puffed quinoa and chopped almonds.

Line an 8 x 10 inch / 15 x 20 cm baking pan with parchment paper and scoop the batter into it. Use the palm of your hands to press everything together tightly into an even rectangle, roughly 2/3 inch / 2 cm high. Put in the fridge or freezer while melting the chocolate on a double boiler / water bath.

Pour the melted chocolate over the bars and use a spatula to distribute it evenly. Sprinkle with desiccated coconut and put back into the fridge or freezer until cold and firm.

You can store the bars in the freezer and they will last for months - just thaw them slightly before serving. Or you can also store them in the fridge, if you plan on eating them within a few days. Ta-dah!

P.S: Fancy more Wednesday cake goodness?
P.P.S: Plus, all our Christmas gift guides so far this season, if you need a bit of help choosing gifts while snacking on those bars tonight:)

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Festive Lippy

One of my favourite little Christmas traditions is hunting for a festive lippy that I wear over the Holidays. This season I am totally smitten with the 'new whip' hue from Milk. I wore it already a couple of times during a few Christmas parties and I'm positively impressed by the texture and the irresistible and a bit saucy colour that makes me feel all jolly and sassy. Oh, and it's good for you too! Try it:)

P.S: This.
P.P.S: That.

(Photo by Alexandra Nataf)

Christmas Gift Guide #9: Babies and Kids

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

We all have those adorably-clever and strong nieces, cheeky and cool nephews, jolly grandkids, kind daughters, gentle sons and those irresistible babies that we want to steal from friends - if only for a day :)  So, here are 19 gift ideas for all those cuties: from a tiny little newborn, to a big kid who knows more about the moon then you do...

From the top: 1. Everything Is Mama by Jimmy Fallon ($9.39) - 2. Tops Malibu deluxe surprize orange (ball) ($19) - 3. Sunny Life rainbow neon light ($66) - 4. Fawn Shoppe panda money-bank ($87) - 5. Teddy bear ($40) - 6. Color slinky ($9) - 7. Donna Wilson's 'hi 5' gloves ($40) - 8. FDNY 5-piece vehicle set ($19.95) - 9. Donut cushion ($19.95) - 10. Jerry Seinfeld onesie ($20) - 11. Rubiks cube ($14) - 12. OYOY dog cushion ($57) - 13. Winter Water Factory French terry blanket ($36) - 14. Accordion ($35) - 15. Mattel basketball electronic handheld game ($23) - 16. Heart to Heart crayons ($3.95) - 17. Atmosphere illuminated globe ($160) - 18. Sphero Star Wars force band ($200) - 19. Oeuf NYC 'feminist' onesie ($78).

Which one caught your eye?

P.S: Fancy more?
P.P.S: Plus, all our gift guides so far this season!

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Festive Take on Your Morning Coffee

Here is a simple trick to make your pre-Christmas coffee or tea festive and jolly! Add an orange peel and a piece of a cinnamon stick to your coffee grounds before brewing. I promise you, it will make your regular everyday cuppa taste and smell all jolly...

Mmm, it's the little things in life...

P.S: This is delightful too:)
P.P.S: Coffee desserts, anyone?

(Tip and photo by/via The Miniature Moose)

Christmas Gift Guide #8: The Minimalist

Monday, December 11, 2017

Up next are 18 Christmas gift ideas for those understated minimalists in your life. The friend who has 'a work uniform' and rocks her 30-item closet to perfection. The mom who only keeps things that 'spark joy' and loves everything made of wood. The sister who is all about clean lines and simplicity in every area of her life, and the workmate who has just read this book and craves a change...

From the top: 1. Ă–lend backpack ($102) - 2. Christmas rotary candle holder ($11.70) - 3. Andrea Bonelli Luna necklace ($168) - 4. Old Faithful Shop massage brush ($23.31) - 5. Andrea Bonelli silver beaded cuff ($88) - 6. The Future Kept - natural beeswax honeycomb candles ($13) - 7. Gourmet Print Shop rhubarb poster ($24-$36) - 8. Boxwood live wreath ($69) - 9. Hi Wildflower 'Midnight at Joshua Tree' nail lacquer ($14) - 10. Edor's gold twist ring ($18) - 11. Tradlands' Chamois shirt ($179) - 12. Kordal Studio seed stitch wool hat ($77) - 13. ag. Jc. N°7 line hoop earrings ($51.20) - 14. Abramey Alba shoes ($209.25) - 15. Essence and Alchemy candle club: 3-month-subscription ($113) - 16. Brookfarm General Store French grocery bag ($35) - 17. Cape Cod wool-cashmere throw ($248) - 18. D.S. and Durga 'radio bombay' perfume ($260). 

What caught your eye? 

P.S: The winner of our SimaG Jewelry Giveaway is...
P.P.S: Plus all our guides so far this season.

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