Thursday, June 30, 2011

Inspired by: Emma Watson

(Photos and quotes via Marie Claire US)

I'm a huge fan of magazines. Fashion, lifestyle, home decor, crafts...I certainly don't discriminate. I love them all! They have always been an incredible source of inspiration, letting me discover new things, inspiring me to try new fashion & beauty trends, urging me to make my home more beautiful, persuading me to leave my comfort zone and be bolder and more adventurous. 

One of the things I love most about my magazines are the interviews. Not only with celebrities (and honestly, it's not always easy to find a good and intelligent celebrity interview), but with all the people who have succeeded in their lives, made something important and can play role models for all of us. I'm always ecstatic when I stumble upon a really great conversation, and each time I open a new magazine, my Stabilo is never too far, as I love to highlight the most inspiring ideas. 

And now, I've decided to share those ideas with you. Because a great dose of inspiration never goes amiss, and we all have moments in our lives when we need a few wise words to cheer us up and show us that life is so beautiful, only sometimes we are too busy to acknowledge it! 
Back in December, when I first read the article dedicated to my beloved Emma Watson (in Marie Claire US), I was really impressed by how wonderfully normal, grounded and intelligent this girl was. Never proud, never vain, always polite and down-to-earth. I've been going back to this interview ever since and I'm still equally amazed and inspired. So what does Emma have to say...

...on fashion:
"I think fashion is a great way to express yourself. I read a great quote by Jean Cocteau: ´Style is a simple way of saying complicated things´. It's fun. It's escapist. It can change the way you think or feel. In this day and age, the way you present yourself to the world is a big deal. What I find hard is that everything is analyzed to the point of obsession. I love fashion, but that's not going to be the most important thing about my day. I'm never going to look perfect all the time. I will make mistakes. Maybe I'll make the worst-dressed lists. But I would rather make mistakes and learn my own way and be who I am than pay someone to tell me how to dress and who I am. I'd rather not be perfect."

 ...on rebellion:
Emma appears to have spent her entire adolescence as a classic good girl, unremittingly hard-working and conscientious. "I do the things in my own way, but I've never felt any need to rebel. To be honest, I've always had far too much freedom. I had a job when I was 10. I started living on my own when I was 17 or 18. I've earned my own money; I've traveled the world. What would I rebel against? I've had so much freedom, sometimes it was hard."

...on how she copes with the problems:
"It's like the fish Dory in Finding Nemo: Just keep swimming. Just keep hoping it's going to be OK. Everyone has dark periods in their lives, but I haven't had too much time to wallow in it; I had too much to do. There are times when I feel overwhelmed, but when I do, I take a bath, I speak to friends, I go for a run, I listen to music, I read. Sometimes I'll just get a big piece of paper and write everything out - whatever is bugging me. When it's all written out and you can see it, it feels more manageable. Then I'll go through it all. The biggest problem gets a one - whatever is worrying me most - and the second gets a two. I go down the list and then I'll deal with each one - at least, with the ones that are within my power. With the ones that are not, I take a deep breath and try to let it go."

...on being sexy:
"At every photo shoot they want to make me sexy, put on shitloads of makeup, make me look like a rock chick. It just felt like I was being pushed to be something I wasn't. But that's just not me, I don't get my flesh out. I mean, I wear mini dresses, but I try to do it tastefully. You don't want to see too much. I hate seeing big, huge cleavage. My reaction is: Put it away! If it's too much, it's just vulgar. I think it's so much sexier to be understated. It's more intriguing to be sexy in a less obvious way."

...on being perfectionist:
Even as a 9-year old, Emma manifested a near-obsessive commitment to her goal: "I started working on the audition (for Harry Potter) at 9 in the morning and didn't stop until 5 in the evening. The tape was just me doing the same thing hundreds of times over, until I got it exactly right. I was just amazed at my stamina. The grown-ups said ´We had to stop you; you wanted to keep going´. I've always been like that; I give 100 percent. I can't do it any other way."

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Inspired by: Emerald & Gold

(Images via Madame Figaro France)

I've never given much thought to emerald green & gold color combination, but these photos have completely changed my mind. These two shades work perfectly together, and they give an unexpected glow to the tanned skin. 

Monday, June 27, 2011

Inspired by: The Kennedy summer house

(Photos via Gant Home)

The Kennedys and their summer house at Cape Cod have always been part of the American myth. After a massive reconstruction, this magnificent summer house has been decorated by Gant's Spring & Summer 2011 Home Collection. The result is beyond beautiful: the interiors are decorated in tasteful combination of white and blue, with a very light touches of red. Stripes and stars appear on bed linen, cozy throw pillows and tableware. In one word: perfection! Thanks to these pictures I can easily imagine myself as Jackie, lounging on the cozy deck-chair, prepping the breakfast in the preppy pots and pans and setting my head on the beautiful floral linens. 

Here are the elements I love the most about this decor. I'm already looking forward to incorporating some of them into our future new place.

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Friday's Fancies #3: Hot summer in the city

Not everyone will have the chance to spend some time at the sunny beach in some exotic destination this summer. I, personally, will spend next 4 weeks recovering from my surgery (which means no sport and no flying, ugh!), the following four weeks will be in the name of work frenzy, and then, FINALLY, at the end of August, I'll be able to hop on the plane and spend much more deserved 10 days in the most stylish city in the world...yes, you guessed right, I'll be off to New York!

So, this summer, I have no worries about swimsuits, bikinis and diets! I have only one mission: put together as many stylish ensembles as I can, to wow the Big Apple! I've already started to build my dream wardrobe with this and this post and today, I've chosen to mix two of my favorite summer colors: bright pink and cobalt blue. This beautiful dress has summer written all over it. Paired with color-blocked sandals and a cobalt clutch it will add the perfect pop of color to any summer wardrobe. Obsessed with hats as I am, I've immediately fell in love with this one that´s both fun and elegant. Some silver sparkle (you know well that the diamonds are a girl's best friend!) and bright pink lips & nails are just the perfect finishing touches. 

What´s your perfect outfit for a hot summer in the city?

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

From my kitchen: Banana crumble

First of all, thank you so much for your sweet comments, they really made my day! I'm back from the hospital, a little bit sore but very very happy that my health issues are finally over! Now I'm ready to be 100% well again! And even if, concerning the food, I've just returned to the 1-year old level (I've had my tonsils removed and now I can only eat liquid and mashed food, uh-oh), I've prepared something really delicious for you :)

As soon as the summer arrives, my sweet tooth changes dramatically: I tend to drift away from my (otherwise) favorite chocolate cakes and cookies and I find myself craving more fruit desserts (such as this one). And of course, I´m always on the lookout for some new and fresh ideas and recipes to enlarge my collection. No wonder then, that this one immediately caught my eye. Easy to prepare, full of taste and absolutely not cloying, what more could I ask for? I altered the recipe just a little bit: I replaced the almonds by caramelized hazelnuts and added some raisins. And the result? It was so delicious that it disappeared straight away, and I didn't even have time to snap a photo of the outcome! (Never happened to me before!)

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Off to the hospital

I'm off to the hospital this afternoon, fortunately, only due to a minor operation. What I'm really looking forward to is that after this intervention I MUST eat loads of ice-cream (seriously!).
Unfortunately, there will be no wifi there (catastrophe!) so I'll be back on Wednesday, with a brand new food post. Stay tuned!
I already miss you!

Friday, June 17, 2011

Friday's Fancies #2: Polka dot dream

It´s Friday again (finally!!!), and it means Friday's Fancies craziness over at Long distance loving blog! Yay! I was so busy this week that I totally forgot about this weekly rendez-vous - lucky thing there's Twitter to remind me! Today, I've put together an outfit that's both playful and really feminine and elegant. I have a major crush on polka dots, and yet you wouldn't find much of it in my closet...bizarre! I definitely have to do something about it. Now, if you'll excuse me, I have some polka dot shopping to do!

This dress is the most beautiful polka dot item I've seen in a while! I would pair it with a chic floppy hat and a soft beige clutch that add a touch of high-society sophistication. The metallic accessories (strappy sandals, bold cuff and classic hoops) bring on the glitter and the drama. And the perfect finishing touches? Celebrity-like sunnies, sophisticated nail polish and an amazing umbrella! I'd love to wear this outfit to a summer diner alfresco, enjoying a shrimp salad and sipping some champagne...

Thursday, June 16, 2011

My style: Flowers and spots

(Halens dress, H&M clutch, Deichmann wedges, Orsay sunnies, Six and Tiffany bracelets, Bijou Brigitte hoops)
The heat wave has hit the country, and right now I'm so desperate for a tiny hint of fresh air! But of course, it's also a great occasion to pull out my summer wardrobe in its full extent. I've been living in breezy miniskirts, flowy dresses and cutout wedges for the pas few weeks and there's nothing more fun than playing with the accessories! Well, at least until I step out and start melting down! I can't wait for the weekend to come, so I can actually enjoy the beautiful weather, and not only watch it through the windows of my office. I know it's only Thursday, but it doesn't hurt to start planning my free time right away: this way, I can concentrate on the beautiful little things ahead: sipping drinks on the terrace, reading some great book (after your amazing comments, I'm pretty sure I'll set on the Water for the Elephants), catching up on your amazing blog posts and finally attacking the large stack of fashion magazines that's pleading for my attention....oh, all right, there will be some German as well :) What are your plans for this weekend?

One messy outtake, just for fun :)

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Summer 2011 bucket list

When I stumbled upon the Cornflake Dreams recently, I immediately fell in love with this lovely blog. And I think that its author, Jilian, has had one of the most amazing blog ideas of the week: Summer Bucket List Wednesday Link-Up. I knew immediately that I had to participate! I love the idea of seasonal bucket lists (or bucket lists in general) and I feel that this summer it will be really fun to cross all the items off. So, would you like to know what I´ll be up to before the next Labor Day?

1. Enjoy a trip to New York.

2.Organize our move to Graz, Austria. (I'm sure that I'll spend a great deal of summer scrolling through home deco blogs / magazines / Pinterest boards.)

3. Come up with my own cocktail recipe and sip it while watching the sunset on our balcony.

4. Bake a different dessert every weekend.

5. Read all the books on my summer reading list.

6. Start sewing again and make my own perfect summer dress.

7. Try a new shade of nail polish every day.

8. Read through my ever-growing stack of inspiring magazines.

9. Start learning German.

And now, I'm eager to know: what's on your summer bucket list? 

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Summer reading, part 1

Are you looking for one of the biggest book worms in the world? Well, here I am. I learned to read at the age of five, and ever since, I've been constantly told by my entourage that I was reading too much...I couldn't disagree more! One can NEVER, ever, read too much!!! On the contrary, I'm constantly convinced that I should spend much more time devouring the great books that appear every day (and considering the size of my bookshelves, I´m definitely right!). So, one of the major things on my Summer bucket list is: read, read, read, anytime, anywhere. But not anywhat, of course!
So here comes the first part of my summer reading selection. Have you read any of these books? Did you like them? (No spoilers, please :) Would you recommend any other great books that I shouldn't miss? 

This is definitely my number one "absolutely-need-to-read-this" summer book. Of course I loved the movie and of course I've found it very touching. But....I used to be very weary when it comes to watch movies based on the books. It was often quite disappointing to see the book cut and modified to the point of nonrecognition (hello, Harry Potter). But the Twilight series have given me some hope again :) I wonder what it will be like, for once, to read the book after having watched the movie. We shall see!

The same logic applies here. I simply adored the movie, and I was amazed by Colin Firth's performance. I can't wait to replay the scenes from this wonderful film in my head, while reading the book.

I've read some rave reviews on these new series, and I can't wait to discover by myself this new, distopian world. 

Another book everybody's talking about. I'm pretty impatient to find out what the buzz is all about!

No comment needed here. She's hilarious, she's empowering and I'm sure her book will be exactly like that!

Friday, June 10, 2011

Friday's Fancies #1: Fifties meet color block

This is my ultimate dream summer outfit: 

1. There's something really special about the white lace dresses that are both feminine and sexy. This one is special not only because of its flawless cut and fabric, but because of a thin pink belt as well. It adds the perfect touch of color to this otherwise innocent dress.
2. Color blocking is my favorite trend this summer, so there is no wonder why I chose these colorful sandals. They are punchy and beautiful, and can take me without hesitation from a shopping day to a party night. 
3. And I'm still not done with the colors! This oversized clutch complements the outfit perfectly. Plus it's so sunny and optimistic that I could use it to liven up any boring outfit!
4 & 5.. I really love the white & gold combo: I think that golden accessories (a statement bangle and an eye-catching cocktail ring) make the white dress stand out even more. Just imagine wearing this dress and these accessories on a tanned skin.
6. And finally, a swipe of a bold red lipstick would add the ultimate chic accent to this entire outfit.

I really hope you like it!

Have an amazing weekend!

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Beauty: Charcoal eyes

If there's one thing that caught my eye during this year's MTV Movie Awards, it was Leighton Meester's radiant and flawless makeup. She looked nothing short of perfect: very fresh and modern despite the fact that she rocked an oh-so-classic black eyeliner-nude lips combo. It's a great proof that the classics never go out of style!
Here comes a little tutorial on how to recreate this amazing look:

Monday, June 6, 2011

And the winner is........Fashion!

(Photos via InStyle US)
Due to the 8-hour time lag and the fact that I was going to work on Monday morning, I was unable to watch the MTV Movie Awards live. That's why Twitter was the first thing I snatched for as soon as I opened my eyes this morning. And I really wasn't disappointed! Of course, Team Twilight won big and of course I was happy for all of them! And of course I ADORED the new official trailer for the first part of the Breaking Dawn! But the thing I enjoyed the most about this soirée was all that oh-so-inspiring celebrity fashion! MTV awards are always so much more fun than, let's say, Oscars or Cannes festival: mini dresses prevail, and you can only admire that deluge of tanned legs and designer shoes! My personal style heaven :) 

And while Emma Watson, Blake Lively or Kristen Stewart looked absolutely stunning, my personal favorite was the beautiful and radiant Leighton Meester who rocked a fabulous long-sleeve Balmain mini and Pierre Hardy sandals. 

Who rocked your favorite style yesteray? I can't wait to read your comments!

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Little things

I'm so happy that the strawberries season is finally here! 

I´ve just spent another relaxed weekend filled with magazine reading, going out for lunch, drinking rosé and catching up on my favorite blogs. And I couldn't be happier! I have a feeling that my following weeks will be filled with much more rush and stress, while planning for my future career and the upcoming move to Austria! 

Even if this weekend was rather stormy and rainy most of the time, I was finally able to enjoy a few moments on our newly redone balcony, reading, doing my mani/pedi and devouring the delicious strawberries. I hope your weekend was fabulous as well, and I wish you an amazing week!

Saturday, June 4, 2011

Inspired by: Blake Lively, the Chanel Girl

New fashion icons and stylish actresses keep emerging each and every day: sometimes they're here to last and sometimes they just sizzle and vanish. The latter is definitely not the case for Blake Lively. She is the fashion's rising star: beautiful, joyful and authentic as she is, she has chosen to go her own way. She doesn't hire a stylist, and she shows her impeccable style each and every time she appears on the red carpet. And thanks to her never-faltering confidence she can pull off any look. How did she get there?

Her self-assurance seems to hold the response. She believes in herself, she believes in her work, in her taste and in what she's doing. She simply believed that it would work out for her. When given other commercial opportunities, she always replied "Thank you so much, but I am holding out for Chanel. That's who I want to be the face of". And guess did work out! Karl Lagerfeld himself picked her to represent the Mademoiselle handbag line, presenting her as an "all American dream girl". Frankly, I do agree, and I do envy her fabulous and ever growing personal Chanel collection! Who wouldn't?

I admit, that I squealed from delight when I discovered a sneak peak images from Blake's recent Glamour photo shoot. True to her actual obsession with everything  French (she even started to learn French, and I love her even more for that!) she channels this 50's Brigitte Bardot-inspired vibe à merveille

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