Wednesday, February 29, 2012

From my kitchen: Homemade raisin bread


I am what you would call the ultimate bread lover. As much as I'd love to have Kate Middleton's slender physique, I would never ever be able to follow the Dukan diet and give up a fresh loaf of bread completely. One of the things I was missing the most, when we left Paris, were the freshly baked baguettes with their fluffy texture and amazingly crispy crust. Luckily, we were able to find a decent equivalent here in Graz  and we indulge almost everyday. But since I love challenges and I love to experiment in the kitchen, I wanted to give a real homemade raisin bread a try. Baking bread at home can be quite tricky, but I found an easy and almost foolproof recipe in one of my numerous cookbooks (you can find a printable version here), and I couldn't be happier with the results. The crust was just as crispy as I love it, and the crumb was soft and fluffy, with a little bit of sweetness from the raisins. I think I´ve just found my new favorite breakfast treat!
Have you ever tried to bake a bread? What was the outcome? 


Monday, February 27, 2012

My style: Pink houndstooth

H&M dress, Asos clutch, Deichmann shoes, Well tights, Forever 21 necklace and earrings, Bijou Brigitte ring, Jessica Quirk for Loft bracelet, Orsay sunglasses (similar here)

The weather was simply glorious over the weekend, and I was more than happy to lose my winter coat, if only for a while, and debut my new H&M houndstooth dress (no need to say I'm mildly obsessed with its beautiful pink color). We enjoyed a long walk downtown, and even had our very first ice cream of this year (I think it was the first time ever I ate ice cream outdoors in February!) It was just the perfect opportunity for me to slow down, relax and gather strength for another crazy busy week.

On a different note, what are your thoughts about last night's red carpet arrivals at the Oscars? Do you have a personal favorite? Mine was definitely Emma Stone, I can't help but admire her bold and flawless style: always glamorous, never boring! Gwyneth Paltrow and Michelle Williams were also on my best dressed list. Who was on yours? 

Happy Monday!


Sunday, February 26, 2012

Little things


Spring has officially invaded the clothes rack in my office. I'm so in love with all the bright colors and patterns!


Ever since I was able to cook my first meal all by myself, I've been collecting cookbooks. I love flipping through them on those uninspired nights, when a take out is simply not an option. 


Mini H&M haul: I couldn't decide between the green and the pink & orange scarf, and in the end, they both went home with me (and don't even get me started on that clutch - definitely a love at first sight!)


I'm proud to say, that my German (that was simply non existent only a weeks ago), has been improving every day. I'm now able to ask for a bread without making fool of myself. All I need is for people to answer me in simple phrases as well and not to elaborate :)


A home decor binder that has been a constant source of inspiration when decorating our new apartment. 

Friday, February 24, 2012

Friday's Fancies #36: Hollywood Glam


The Academy Awards weekend is almost here, and so let's talk about the fashion. Since styling different looks is one of my favorite activities, I get extremely giddy every week, when I can create my dream outfit for Friday's Fancies. And this week is truly a special one, since for the first time ever, I'm styling a red carpet look (even if only virtually). When I think of the red carpet fashion, I think glamour, drama and sparkle are the right words to choose. And to me, Marchesa and Oscar de la Renta are the best ambassadors to glamour. Since I wasn't able to choose between these two stunning gowns, I styled them both. I could see myself wearing them to a Vanity Fair party (a girl can dream, right?), with my makeup done by one of my idols, Tom Pecheux. Take a look at my red carpet dream come true:






Don´t forget to check out all the amazing Oscar ensembles over at Long Distance Loving!

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

From my kitchen: Coconut and lemon cupcakes


Until recently, I wasn't really that much of a fan of coconut and its flavor. Then I developed quite a ridiculous addiction to Rafaello, and it all kind of snowballed from there. My fiancé got me this Malaysian Coconut set on Valentine's Day, and it inspired me to experiment with coconut in the kitchen as well. Lemon and coconut is not my usual cupcake combination, but they came out surprisingly delicious. They strike the perfect balance between the sweetness of coconut and the tartness of lemon. All in all, an amazing surprise. Proof that inspiration can spark anytime and everywhere. 


Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Inspired by: Ladylike perfection

Photos via Madame Figaro

Macarons and Pearls is all about glamour and how to live a fabulous life every single day. And while I try to provide original content every day, sometimes I stumble upon an editorial that's simply too beautiful not to share! I've always been drawn to chic and feminine pieces, and this Madame Figaro spread encapsulates pretty much everything that I love to incorporate into my own wardrobe: pencil skirts, leopard print, classic coats, turtleneck sweaters, chic gold accessories and high heels. My next style challenge: track down the perfect leather skirt, a peter pan collar dress and a leopard coat! 


Monday, February 20, 2012

My style: Vintage charm

Vintage blouse (my Mom´s), Peerless Charm "Perfection" necklace c/o, Orsay shorts and tights, Asos shoes, Dorothy Perkins clutch, Bijou Brigitte scarf (wrapped around the wrist), Claire´s pearl bracelets, , Tiffany & Co. bracelet, Forever 21 rings

When Lauren, a very talented jewelry designer behind the brand Peerless Charm, approached me with an idea of collaboration, I was beyond excited. You know me well, I'm a complete magpie, I've been collecting jewelry since high school, and I simply love discovering new brands and adding new beautiful pieces to my collection. And what else could I choose from Lauren's designs, if not a classy and fabulous pearl necklace whose name is Perfection? To me, pearls are the epitome of glamour and I'm sure that Coco Chanel would approve. This is a classic and timeless piece that looks amazing with a magenta blouse and tweed shorts, but will be equally stunning when styled with an LBD.

Lauren is now offering a special deal for all Macarons and Pearls fans. Use code MacaronsandPearls for $10 off a purchase of $50 or more. Now that's something to cheer you up on this Monday morning! :) Be sure to check out Lauren's designs and don't forget to tell me, which piece is your favorite.


Sunday, February 19, 2012

Little things


The view from our balcony on Thursday morning.


Adorable polka dot pots that decorate our dining table and hold sugar and honey.


One of the Valentine´s Day gifts from my fiancé: an exquisite wooden music box.


A quirky leopard scarf that'll look perfect as a turban and two stylish hair clips.


A set of coconut body care from Yves Rocher that makes me smell like Rafaello.

Friday, February 17, 2012

Friday's Fancies #35: Let's Fly Away -- Escale à Portofino

Image via

When I look out of the window, I see snow. A lot of snow. And while I tend to find something to enjoy in every single season, I must say that the cold weather is slowly growing on me (plus it makes outfit planning that much more difficult!). Right now, I just wish I could jump on a plane and fly somewhere where I could just lay on the beach, read a book cover to cover, drink some decadent colorful cocktail and enjoy being by myself (and without my computer).

Portofino may not be the perfect destination right now (the whole Europe is having basicly the same, snowy weather), but it's still one of the most glamorous destinations I can think of. To me it's all about that fabulous Rachel Zoe-esque glamour: colorful kaftans, floppy hats, oversized sunnies and a touch of Dior's Escale a Portofino perfume. Perfection.

What is your dream destination right now? And what would you bring in your suitcase?



12. Dior Escale a Portofino$90.00

Be sure to check out all the fabulous ensembles over at Long distance loving:


Thursday, February 16, 2012

From my kitchen: Triple chocolate cake


Every now and then (ok, honestly, very often), I lay my hands on a recipe that makes me drool (so not glamorous!) and run around frantically in search of the ingredients. This is exactly what happened when I saw this triple chocolate cake in one of my Mom's recipe magazines. Unfortunately, it was around 9pm on a random Sunday evening, so running out of the house in my pajamas to buy all the chocolate necessary, definitely wasn't an option. I had to wait to get back home, make one quick trip to the store and the rest is chocolate history. Let me just say, all the efforts weren't in vain. When you combine three different kinds of chocolate in one cake, you get one very happy girl and one quickly disappearing dessert! 

Here´s how to make it:

White chocolate cream:
* 150ml of double cream
* 200g of chopped white chocolate

Dough:
* 90g of butter
* 120g of milk chocolate
* 2 eggs
* 225g of sugar
* 90g of smooth flour
* 50g of chopped hazelnuts

Dark chocolate cream:
* 100ml of milk
* 200 ml of double cream
* 150g of chopped dark chocolate


1.  Bring the 150ml of double cream into ebullition, put away from the flame, add the chopped white chocolate and let it melt while stirring continuously. Let cool down.

2. The dough: Preheat the oven on 180°C. Roast the chopped nuts on a clean pan and let them cool down. Melt the butter and chopped milk chocolate together. Beat up the eggs so they´re foamy and pour them into the melted chocolate. Add the sugar and flour, blend together and add the roasted nuts. 

3. Pour this preparation into a buttered cake mold and bake for approximately 30 minutes. Let it cool down.

4. Whip the white chocolate cream with an eggbeater and pour it on the chocolate cake. Let it rest in the fridge for 3 hours. Cut the cake into equal parts. 

5. Dark chocolate cream: Bring the milk and the double cream into ebullition, move away from the flame and add chopped dark chocolate. Stir continuously why the chocolate melts. Pour the cream (hot or cold, as you wish) on the cake parts and decorate with more chopped hazelnuts. 


Enjoy this chocolate heaven!
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