Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Shopping: White & gold accessories

one:Big Buddha Sweetie clutch // two: Sonix Sweet Pea iPhone 6 Plus case // three: Kate Spade Eyelet Garden earrings // four: Sonix Gold Lace iPhone 6 Plus case // five: Christian Louboutin Tucsick glitter pumps // six: Pilgrim flower drop earrings // seven: Givenchy stud earrings // eight: Kendra Scott Marrakech Andy bracelet

Just a few things currently living on my wish list. The imminent summer has me craving the crisp white combined with the warmth and glamour of pure gold. What are you lusting after currently?


Saturday, June 6, 2015

Weekend notes & link love #20

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I'm writing this post from my comfy bed in the most charming hotel, with the loveliest and the most relaxing spa. Please, don't hate me. I can hardly believe that this place is located barely an hour from my home town and I often curse myself for not taking advantage of this fact more often than just once a year.

I leave you with a bunch of inspiring images and a list of my favorite reads from the week. Have a lovely weekend!

Image via Honestly YUM
Image via Style within reach
Image via Clara Persis
Image via House of Harper

Networking has never been my forte, so I truly appreciated Clara's meaningful and useful tips. I'm definitely going to try to up my networking game! (via Clara Persis)
How darling is this DIY hexagon tray? It would surely look chic on any vanity! (via Homey oh my)

"Contour tells you what’s wrong with your face, and I’m telling people what’s right with their face." - Bobbi Brown is my rockstar! This is the most inspiring thing I've read all week. (via The New Potato)

Erin's story almost brought tears to my eyes. Fingers crossed! (via Elements of Style)

Absolutely bookmarking this place for my future trip to Provence! It looks like a tiny slice of heaven on earth. (via Clara Persis)

The most precious butter dipped radishes. These are definitely happening in my kitchen! (via Honestly YUM)

Running a creative business: what to do when the romance fades. Such an inspiring read! (via Design Sponge)

What true love looks like. (via Pulptastic!)

Loved a peek into Caitlin's patio makeover. So dreamy and inspiring! (via Style within reach)

And speaking of decorating, Caroline's new workspace really is a dream come true. (via House of Harper)

Thursday, June 4, 2015

Currently inspired by, #6

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I'm signing off a little bit early this week. My tiny suitcase is packed, my swimsuit tucked safely inside, and I'm more than ready to kick off my long weekend at spa with my best friend. These past few weeks have been full of ups and downs, comprised of long work days and short nights, and an emotional roller-coaster to top it all off. I'm feeling exhausted, and I'm not afraid to admit it.

I'm soo ready to escape, even if for a little while, and let myself be pampered and spoiled with a few chosen treatments, great food and lots of time spent outdoors soaking up the gorgeous weather (and getting a much needed dose of vitamin D!). I'll probably overindulge in delicious meals, sweet treats and too much coffee, but I don't even care. I'm pretty sure I earned it this time!

Have a lovely end of this first week of June, and see you all back over the weekend, with a bunch of my favorite links from the past few days.

Happy Thursday, and thanks for reading!

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

On my nightstand: June 2015

So it seems that each time my life reaches a new level of crazy, I find myself compulsively downloading books on my iPad. I guess that getting lost in an engrossing story is one of the best ways to get out of my own head, forget my worries and problems (even if for a little while), and not to obsess over any work-related issues. It also looks like I have a very ambitious reading list this month - besides all three Gretchen Rubin's books, I'm also planning on devouring all these bestsellers that have been on top of my reading list for ages.

A little side note: I've been wondering, would you guys be interested in some sort of book review, once I finish these? I've been toying with different ideas for this little blog of mine, and I would love to get your input!

So, what do we have here for June?

All the light we cannot see, by Anthony Doerr. This one has won the Pulitzer, and pretty much every other major book prize out there. And Oprah loved it. And if Oprah loves something, who am I to disagree? Just kidding. Sort of.

This is a story of a blind French girl, a talented German boy and one mysterious and dangerous treasure taken from Paris Museum of Natural History. Their paths collide in the war-destroyed citadel of Saint Malo during the World War II, and I'm really curious to learn how their destinies intertwine in times when the world is falling apart with cruelty and destruction.

The Nightingale, by Kristin Hannah. Another one based in World War II France - it seems that lately I've been drawn to this period of time. The Nightingale depicts the war-torn and defeated country following the phony war and Hitler's overtaking of Paris, and follows the path of two sisters that everything separates: age, temperament and dreams and hopes. The war permeates their whole lives and makes them face some terrible challenges when it comes to defining courage, bravery and resistance.

I'm already a few chapters into this one, and so far I love it. The language is so incredibly rich and vivid, it makes me feel as though I'm peering right through Vianne and Isabelle's window. It's just the perfect book to curl up with on the couch during a summer storm, with a candle lit and a mug of tea nearby.

Life after life, by Kate Atkinson. This books comes with the most intriguing plotline. What if you could live again and again, until you got it right? Ursula, the heroine of this book, dies and is reborn over and over again, and gets one chance after another to relive her life, repair her mistakes and maybe change the course of the entire world. Gillian Flynn herself described this story as "dazzling, witty, moving, joyful, mournful, profound."

Luckiest Girl Alive, by Jessica Knoll. This one was recommended by none other than Reese Witherspoon, who is reportedly as voracious a reader as I am. With the slightest difference that unlike me, she has a habit of turning her favorite reads into successful movies with her production company. Anyhow, this books is supposed to be the biggest nail-biting-addictive-and-unputdownable-page-turner since the days of Gone girl and The girl on the train. And that's exactly how I like my thrillers!

The Seven sisters, by Lucinda Riley. Having already read three of her books, I can confirm that Lucinda Riley is a storyteller extraordinaire. It's so easy to get completely lost in her masterful weaving of past and present, and I'm sure the stories of seven sisters will be no different. Yes, stories in plural, because this is the first book in a 7-part series, and I'm already looking forward to exploring so many intriguing and spellbinding stories!

Seating arrangements, by Maggie Shipstead. This one, recommended by Meg, (she even interviewed the author - so cool!) sounds just like the perfect easy summer read. What should have been a perfect island wedding of a seemingly perfect couple, is threatened by old secrets, hidden ambitions, recent heartbreaks, lust and unfulfilled dreams. Plus, I've heard that there is a beached whale and an escaped lobster involved. Intrigued? I certainly am!

Now, it's up to you to dish! What have you been reading recently? Any good recommendations I should definitely check out? Don't hesitate to share your faves in the comments!

Happy June reading!

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Recipe roundup: Strawberry season

Strawberry season is upon us, and all I can say is hooray! Anyone else out there feeling beyond excited by this simple fact? Just me?

Anyhow, instead of just stalking and robbing my favorite farmer's market vendors of their stock, I'm actually planning something different this year. I have discovered large strawberry fields just outside my town (under which rock have I been hiding, seriously?) and I'm planning to go strawberry picking next week. Like take-my-own-basket-and-pick-those-beauties-myself outing. I'm sure this is old news for many of you, but the last time I was picking strawberries myself, I was just a kid. My grandparents had a bunch of strawberry plants in their garden, and I remember quite vividly how I used to sneak out there, pick the biggest and the juiciest ones, and fill my tummy almost to the point of driving myself sick. Oh, the childhood memories.

And while just popping one strawberry after another directly into my mouth sounds pretty great to me (especially after a year-long hiatus), I'm also willing to get a little bit more creative this summer, and turn my pickings into a slew of delicious preserves and meals, both sweet and savory. I've been scouring my favorite blogs for inspiration, and ended up with probably one too many recipes, but that doesn't bother me in the slightest. Quite the opposite: if you have a favorite strawberry recipe that you find yourself whipping up year after year, please send it my way. I would love to discover your faves!

Image via Delicious stories

Tarta de mascarpone y fresas. This one takes the cake (pun intended) for the prettiest strawberry dessert out there. I mean, just look at it and try not to drool all over your laptop. And it's made with only seven easy ingredients. Always a winner in my book! (via Delicious stories)

Image via Love & Lemons

Strawberry balsamic crostini. I don't know why's that, but strawberries and balsamic make for one of the most unique and delicious flavor combos I've ever encountered. The sweetness of ripe strawberries and a tangy kick of balsamic is a match made in culinary heaven! You can take my word for it. (via Love & Lemons)

Image via The Café Sucre Farine

Strawberry balsamic pizza with chicken and applewood bacon. And while I'm waxing poetic about all the strawberry-balsamic goodness, I may as well throw this heavenly thing in the mix. Repeat after me: strawberry balsamic pizza with chicken and bacon. This is soo happening in my kitchen over the next weekend! (via The Café Sucre Farine)

Image via The First Year Blog

Strawberry cheesecake donuts. Believe me when I say that the donuts are the bane of my existence. I just love them so so much! Ever since I purchased a donut pan (after one rather disastrous attempt at frying them, I've settled on baked ones and never looked back) I've been making them too often for my own good. Next recipe on my "to try" list: this strawberry gorgeousness. Aren't they almost too pretty to eat? Almost. (via The First Year Blog)

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Strawberry bruschetta. Crusty slices of bread, adorned with sweet & salty mixture of fresh strawberries, crumbled feta cheese, pine nuts and tarragon. Since I'm such a huge fan of sweet & salty combos, this one is a no brainer! (via A Spicy Perspective)

Image via Lauren's Latest

Strawberry bacon salad with Greek yogurt poppy seed dressing. I'll be honest, this recipe really stopped me in my tracks. Bacon? With strawberries? Really? But then again, I love to experiment with my flavors and am willing to try everything, so in the belly this combo shall go. (via Lauren's Latest)

Image via The Little Epicurean

Strawberry basil granita. Basil has been growing quite wildly on my kitchen windowsill, and I love the idea of mixing it up with strawberries to make an easy and delicious frozen treat. Plus, there is no additional sophisticated equipment required (ice cream maker? Where should I store that thing anyway?), you just shove the bowl / pan in the freezer and wait for the goodness to happen. (via The Little Epicurean)

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Avocado strawberry spinach salad with poppy-seed vinaigrette. This recipe brings together all my favorite summer staples. Strawberries? Check. Avocado? Check. Spinach? Check, check, check! Plus, I love a great salad that I can whip up in no time, even for lunch in the office. (via Gimme some oven)

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Strawberry shortcake Greek yogurt pancakes. This is the perfect fluffy and sweet weekend morning indulgence, covered in a greek yogurt & whipped cream mixture and a lovely homemade strawberry syrup. What's not to love? (via Cafe Delites)

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Strawberry bruschetta grilled cheese. I have simply no words for this one. Grilled cheese. With strawberries. With the cheese oozing all over the place. I'm sold. (via Foodie Crush)

Monday, June 1, 2015

Words to live by: June 2015

Images via: one: Most Slavy // two: BT-images // three: Modern Mrs. Darcy // four: My Baking Addiction // five: Green Kitchen Stories / six: Swoonworthy // seven: via

Unplug and relax. I should probably stop hammering your ears with my wild schedule (although it's perfectly true, even I'm sometimes tired of saying it over and over again), but I'm not exaggerating when I say that lately, life has been nothing but crazy. Between my apartment reno and our clients' incessant demands (and what I like to call "deadly deadlines"), I have hardly had time to catch my breath. I like to consider myself to be someone who strives under busy schedule: I love being productive, I love crossing things off of my list and it makes me happy to reflect upon everything I manage to accomplish. But let's be honest: I'm not a machine and I don't have some secret bottomless source of energy. That's why all I'm currently craving is some time away from my desk, from my computer and from my business email.

But it's fair to say, that if it weren't for my best friend from Paris who comes to visit me this week, I would probably not take a single day off this spring and summer. Instead, I've taken full advantage of her week-long stay, and booked a long weekend at spa. For four whole days we'll be doing nothing but enjoy massages, jacuzzi, good food and endless city exploration. To say that I can hardly wait would be a major understatement!

Read: Gretchen Rubin's books. Confession time: I've never read The Happiness Project before. I have read so many rave reviews of this book, even purchased my own copy last year, but somehow I've never gotten around to actually reading it. It may be completely random, and pretty much irrational, but I used to skip on books surrounded by too much hype - I didn't even start reading Harry Potter until the fifth book was out! And somehow, Gretchen's books fell into this category. But that's all about to change. Over the last weekend, I read quite an interesting interview with Gretchen about motivation, building habits and living a more fulfilled life, and it made me want to learn more. Between my spa break and these books, I'm guessing my June will be all about happiness! (The Happiness Project, Happier at Home, Better than Before)
Eat: Strawberries and tomatoes. Cause they're in season and cropping up on every market stall. And because I love them more than any other summer produce. I'd love to take my friend strawberry picking, and I'm planning on filling my tummy with as many of those ripe red beauties as humanly possible. And I may or may not be eating my way through 50 shades of Caprese over the summer. Ambitious, much?

What's your favorite way to eat strawberries and tomatoes? Of course, if you have any favorite delicious strawberry or tomato recipe, please do share in the comments: I'm a little wary of Caprese overdose, so I'm willing to experiment a little bit.

Catch up: on Arrow and Revenge. I'm really hopelessly behind on all my favorite TV shows, to the point where I ignore any mention of them on the internet to avoid spoilers. I don't know what's happening in Olivia Pope's world (and wardrobe). I had no clue that this was Revenge's final season. I have no idea what's going on between Zoe Hart and Wade Kinsella. I haven't checked in with Oliver Queen's abs in forever. And don't even get me started on Felicity Smoak, my favorite "bitch with wifi". The point is, I need to make more time to unplug from the day-to-day business and lose myself in another lives and stories than mine. It's proven to be beneficial for my mental health. Take my word for it. I mean, if you need one reason to watch Arrow, just look at this poster, and you'll see at least four :) But the storyline's brilliant, too!

What are you currently binging on when it comes to TV shows?

Dream up: my next year's trip to Provence. This is a huge dream that's been a long time coming. I've been dreaming about a Provence getaway for longer than I care to admit, yet I've only recently realized that daydreaming was simply not enough anymore. I'm the only one who can make it happen, and I better get onto it. They say that planning a vacation makes for half of the fun, and I'll be taking full advantage of the whole planning process. Even if it means starting a whole year in advance. #organizedfreaksunite

Totally inspired by Clara's recent experience, I've been picturing at least a 10-day escape to a charming little hotel / villa. I would rent a car, drive from one picturesque place to another, exploring both big cities and tiny villages, eating every meal at a different spot, drinking my way through wine cellars and admiring the infamous lavender fields for the first time in my life. Wouldn't this make for a perfect way to celebrate the big 3-0 milestone that's awaiting me next May? #thoughtso

Have you ever been to Provence? Would you care sharing any recs and tips? I would be so grateful!

What are you looking forward to this June, my friends? May it be a lovely one!

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