Monday, April 29, 2013

My style: Denim & peplum

Skirt: Dorothy Perkins, Top: H&M, Jacket: Tommy Hilfiger, Shoes: Deichmann, Necklace: Etsy, Ring: Forever 21

A while back I voiced an opinion that I loved peplum shape on a hourglass figure, and I received more than one bewildered comment. It's funny, how so many women think they can't embrace this trend because of their wider hips. Well, I am the proof that it works. And I'm ready to spill my secrets.

As always. proportions are key. Subtle peplum in neutral color is the way to go (no oversized ruffles allowed). When it comes to hourglass figure, you can't beat the appeal of a great pencil skirt: there's hardly any piece of clothing that is more feminine and more appropriate for this shape. Even a subtle pattern (lace, small florals) works, if you stick to a neutral palette (black and grey work wonders together!). Tuck in a beige top, add a structured jacket to balance the outfit out, throw a pair of heels to the mix (there's nothing that will make your legs appear longer than a combination of pencil skirt and high heels!), and you're good to go!

Now tell me, have you embraced this trend? Are you planning to take your peplum from winter to spring? What is your favorite way to wear it?

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Friday, April 26, 2013

Weekend notes & link love #3

Image via 100 Layer Cake

I'm signing off early this week, as I'm off to spend the weekend in Brno (in Czech republic), visiting my brother. All I want to do is sip cocktails, wander around the Old town, enjoy some serious retail therapy and unwind after a charged week.
For all of you who asked, my court hearing went rather well yesterday (that's my impression, anyway). I can't get into too many details since there was still no verdict (another hearing in 6 weeks, "yay"!) But really, I was flabbergasted to see and witness the lengths to which some people are ready to go to justify their wrongdoings.

But despite the fact that it was still a huge source of stress, I ended up enjoying the "spectacle". I was also the first one to be surprised at my own ability to stand up for myself again: I had a huge pleasure grilling my opponent with questions (since I'm representing myself without a lawyer, I have the right to question all the witnesses), and I was even more pleased to see him become all flustered and confused, as he got all entangled in his lies. I've already drawn so many valuable lessons from this experience, and maybe one day I will be truly grateful for all the things I learned in the process. Right now, I just wish to forget all about it and enjoy a few stress-free sunny days away from home. And I wish you all the same thing: have the loveliest of weekends!

Now onto my favorite reads from this week:

I was rather swooning over this pretty Southern wedding: everything's perfect, right down to every single detail!

I'm definitely going to make these clay plant markers for my summer herb garden!

Frittata has always been a winner in my book, since it's so easy to whip up and SO delicious! I can't wait to give this spring vegetable version a try!

If you're looking for the inspiration on how to style your classic white tee shirt, look no further. This style guide is as colorful and fabulous as it gets!

Marinated olives and feta are definitely among my favorite savory bites. And now I can make mine at home!  

It's always fun and inspiring to read about the style secrets of French women...

See you on Monday!

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Thursday, April 25, 2013

My style: Sequins & neon lace

Dress: Asos, Cardi: Orsay, Clutch: H&M, Shoes: Deichmann, Rings, earrings: Six, Nail polish: Sally Hansen

Just a quick post to share that I have my third court hearing today, and while I'm still quite nervous about the whole thing, I'm also cautiously optimistic, and I do believe that the law and truth are on my side. Thank you again for all your best wishes and words of encouragement: you are the best readers a girl could hope for :) I'm sending you lots of love!

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Wednesday, April 24, 2013

From my kitchen: Homemade ricotta gnocchi with pesto and Parmesan

These homemade gnocchi are my first cautious venture into the world of pasta making. I love myself a great plate of delicious pasta, but the store bought kinds are not always completely satisfying. I would love to be able to make my own ravioli, linguine or tortellini at home, however, I'm a little bit at a loss when it comes to the right techniques.

That's why I wanted to ask you, my fabulous and talented readers: do you have any experience in this field and would you mind sharing it with me? Like, do I need to clear my entire day schedule to begin? Do I need to invest into some kind of fancy gear? What are your best / worst experiences and adventures in pasta making? Please, don't hesitate to share!

Homemade ricotta gnocchi with pesto and parmesan
(makes approximately 45 gnocchi)

You'll need:

* 200g ricotta
* 200g all purpose flour
* 1 egg
* 50g parmesan, grated

1. In a bowl, mix together ricotta and egg. 
2. Stir in the parmesan.
3. Add the flour slowly, stirring to incorporate. Based on the consistency of your ricotta, you may need more or less flour: the dough should be smooth, not wet, and not crumbly.
4. Turn the dough out onto a floured surface and knead for 2-3 minutes. 
5. Cut the dough into fourths, ten form each part into a rope (approximately 2cm in diameter). Cut the ropes into 2cm pieces. 
6. Use a fork to press a small indent into each piece. 
7. You can keep the gnocchi on a lightly floured tray in the fridge overnight, or you can freeze it in smaller batches and keep them in airtight container.
8. If cooking gnocchi immediately, bring a large pot of salted water to boil. Add in gnocchi. 
9. Cook them for approximately 3 minutes - they will rise to the water surface once they are ready. Remove them from the water and strain. 
10. Serve them sautéed in butter and herbs, with a dollop of homemade pesto and more parmesan, or with a few leaves of sage.

Bon appétit!

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Tuesday, April 23, 2013

My style: Scarf print

Top: Dorothy Perkins, Jeans: Levi's, Shoes: Bata, Clutch: Dorothy Perkins, Rings and earrings: Six, Forever 21, Necklace: Etsy, Nail polish: Essie Bond with whomever

Jeans, a pretty top, colorful accessories and high heels - this is my kind of work uniform these days.
I'm wishing you all a lovely week!

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