Monday, September 28, 2015

Real talk: Taking my 2015 back

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When I was watching the midnight fireworks on the New Year's Eve, I kept wishing for one thing. Not for money, not for a boyfriend, not for a new beginning. I kept wishing for the time to slow down, for my days and weeks to stop rushing by so fast. I kept wishing for me to slow down and enjoy my time better and more fully. And guess what. I'm sitting here today, wondering how the heck it's almost the end of September already. September! Seriously. This needs to stop. Right here, right now. How did it even happen? When did my Moleskine daily planner stop being my best ally, and became my worst enemy?

I haven't seen some of my friends for months. I practically missed the anniversary of me becoming an entrepreneur (again!). I can't remember the last time I took a few days off work and did nothing but relax and recuperate. That's a pretty miserable conclusion, even for someone who loves and values her job as much as I do. And I blame it on the "busy". And the "hustle". Those two words that are supposed to be every entrepreneur's best friends, but which sometimes become the bane of our existence.Work-life balance issues, anyone?

So, my dear calendar, I'm telling you here and now, that I'm taking my 2015 back! I'm not going to sit here on the 31st of December and ask myself "where the hell did the 2015 go? What did I do with the whole year?" and not know the answers. I recently watched this Matt Cutts' TED talk, and it inspired me to try my own 30-day challenges. I already have a mile-long list of things and activities I want to try, but if there's one that really stands out from the crowd, it's keeping a daily journal. I've been writing into this little notebook for the past year and it's been so much fun, but I kept telling myself that 6 lines simply weren't enough for me. There are so many things that happen to me every day, so many people I encounter, so many little things that merit to be remembered, so many memories I want to keep and cherish forever. So I started to type everything down on my iCalendar. And it's an improvement, but it still doesn't feel ideal. I've always been (and always will be) a pen-and-paper kind of gal and it simply doesn't feel right. I don't think I trust my iPhone enough with all my secrets when it can be so easily stolen or broken down.

Something that truly inspired me to rekindle my love of journaling was my recent rediscovery of my old journals from high school. I spent an entire afternoon perusing those 15-year old entries, sometimes laughing out loud, sometimes cringing, sometimes suppressing a snort of derision, sometimes becoming plain old nostalgic. All those stories about meeting my first boyfriend. Breaking up with him. Having my heart broken in return. Falling in love again... Can you believe that I used to write down every single text message I got from the boys? All of them. And I'm not even ashamed to admit it! I'm so glad I did because none of my old cell phones work anymore, and I would have lost all those funny, witty, tacky and romantic memories. How wonderful that my trusted pen and paper have never failed me!

Feeling beyond inspired, I went all out and bought too many beautiful notebooks to even count (Rifle Paper Co. and Sugar Paper, I'm looking at you!) and I'm planning to dedicate a few moments each night to jotting down the best (and also the worst) about my day-to-day life. I'm pretty sure that if I rediscover those journals in 10-20 years I will be just as delighted, sentimental and thankful (and maybe a tiny bit embarrassed, too) as I am now! Watch me, you crazy calendar!

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Fall 2015 bucket list

Happy first day of autumn, lovelies! I'm so incredibly excited to see my favorite season of all finally arrive. Especially because work-wise, this year I experienced one of the craziest summers of my life (and since summer is usually the busiest season of our business, that's really saying something). I'm so ready to finally turn the page, slow down a little bit and find the time to enjoy all those little things that make fall so special: turning leaves, the slight morning chill that begs for a colorful scarf, market stalls overflowing with pumpkins and apples, evening spent indoors under a warm blanket, with a good book and a glass of merlot in hand. I'll never get tired of that promise of new beginnings that autumn brings around. Nothing sums this feeling up quite like one of my favorite quotes from F.Scott Fitzgerald above, and it always inspires me to sit down and put together a bucket list of things and activities I'd love to enjoy in the upcoming months. So without further ado, this is my 2015 fall bucket list, and I would love to hear what's on yours. Are you as excited about fall as I am? What do you love most about it? Please, do share!

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1. Update my home decor for a new season. I'm going to invest in a plush blanket and a couple of throw pillows, to make those evenings spent reading even more enjoyable.

2. Pick a new TV show to get lost in. Any tips are highly welcome!

3. Read. Read. Read.

4. Try out different at-home workouts and pick the one that will suit me best.

5. Make time to watch at least one movie per week.

6. Enroll in an Italian language class.

7. Finally try my hand at making homemade apple cider. 

8. Pick a new season-appropriate scented candle to give my home a new fragrance.

9. Splurge on school supplies. Who cares that I'm not in school anymore? It still makes me happy!

10. Take early morning walks on weekends.

11. Reorganize my closet - store away summer clothes and bring all my favorite sweaters, scarves and jackets back to life.

12. Knit a new scarf for winter.

13. Experiment in the kitchen with fall produce. This means the eternal classics like apples and pumpkins, but also getting out of my comfort zone with some new-to-me items.

Monday, September 21, 2015

Inspired by: Cara Delevingne for Topshop

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I've never been and probably never will be a rocker chick, but there is something about these photos that really speaks to me. Maybe it's that utterly stunning sparkling dress above. Maybe it's Cara's perfect face and beautiful hair. Maybe it's that I've always wanted to learn to play guitar. Everything about these pictures screams perfection, and all I want to do now is let my hair loose, try my hand at smoky eye and rock the perfect leather jacket with ankle booties. After all, style should be all about having fun and exploring different options, shouldn't it?

Will you be channeling your inner rocker this fall?

Saturday, September 19, 2015

Weekend notes & link love #23

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Image via Mademoiselle Poirot
Image via Style me Pretty
Image via How sweet eats
Image via Lauren's Latest
Image via Design for Mankind

The only five productivity tips you'll ever need. (via Levo League)

Identity vs. Image. Or, how "living a dream" means different things to different people. (via Design for Mankind)

Streamline and simplify. Those are the master words I'm trying to follow right now. (via Clementine Daily)

New beauty rules we should all live by. (via Design for Mankind)

I love how more and more bloggers are trying to bring back the realness to the blogging world. Case in point: Mackenzie, and her recount of what she's working on right now... (via Design Darling)

... and even more so, Ez and her Things that I'm afraid to tell you challenge. So refreshingly honest! (via Creature Comforts)

Only Carole could think of putting a cucumber into a sponge cake and make it look and sound this delicious! A must try! (via Mademoiselle Poirot)

 Dying to give these adorable mini lasagna cups a try! (via Lauren's Latest)

Swooning over this beautiful Parisian-inspired wedding. (via Style Me Pretty)

Who knew that you could write about flavored coffee syrups with so much passion and humour? Jessica really is the best! (via How sweet it is)

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Inspired by: The kitchen dreams are made of

Images by Stephani Buchman for Style me Pretty

I know that the white kitchens are a bit of a cliché right now, but honestly, I don't care. I may be obsessing over perfectly styled white kitchens as much as the next gal, but guys, this one (!!!). This one really stopped me in my tracks. The perfect balance between white, black and an occasional pop of pink (tired of peonies, already?) represents everything I'm currently striving for in my own kitchen. I'm sorry for the brevity of today's post, but I'm pretty speechless. I'll just continue staring at this perfectly designed and styled space, taking notes diligently.

Happy hump day!

Saturday, September 12, 2015

Weekend notes & link love #22

Image via Victoria McGinley
Image via A Beautiful Mess
Image via Style me Pretty Living
Image via A Beautiful Mess
Image via Lark & Linen
Image via Best friends for frosting
Image via Refinery29
Image via TomboyKC
Image via Meg Biram
Image via So munch love
Image via Style Me Pretty Living
Image via Not Your Standard

Aren't these pastel painted edge business cards just darling? A must try! (via Style me Pretty Living)

Basil cheesecake with chocolate sauce. Consider myself intrigued! (via A beautiful mess)

This is the most spring-inspired dish I've stumbled upon this week. Green rice with asparagus? Count me in! (via So munch love)

Since my life currently is all work and no play, I really loved Victoria's perspective on work / life balance. Also, Meg's take on this subject is very close to my own philosophy. How do you balance it all out? (via Victoria McGinley)

My current favorite TV badass is actually a gorgeous and cute tomboy. Such a treat! (via Tomboy KC)

The prettiest watercolor cookies I've ever laid my eyes on. Seriously. (via Lark & Linen) Also, these gold-dipped dalmatian cookies are pretty darn cute, too! (via Best Friends for Frosting)

I'm kinda excited to watch this documentary. Iris rocks! (via Meg Biram)

You are enoughBelieve it. (via Design for mankind)

Remembering whyFor those days when you can't remember why you made some of your choices. (via Not Your Standard)

Emma Chapman's secrets to successBeyond inspiring. (via A beautiful mess)

12 lessons Emma Watson taught me about success(via Life Hack)

gorgeous home full of quirky and colorful detailsRight up my alley. (via Refinery 29)

How to impress your bossaccording to the uber successful Crystal Palecek. (via Style me Pretty Living)

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

From my kitchen: Easy strawberry trifle

When it comes to temperatures, this summer has been really brutal. The temps around 40°C aren't something I can easily get used to, especially when my own brain refuses to work properly above 25°C. So when this happens, the last thing I want to do is spend too much time by the stove or by the oven. That's where the inspiration for this easy trifle came from. You only need a handful of ingredients, and there is no cooking time involved. Always a winner in my summer book.

And despite the fact that the strawberry season is almost gone, I bet you still have some on your hands to whip up this easy and delicious dessert. 

Easy strawberry trifle

You'll need:
Yields 2

200g fresh strawberries
1-2 tsp unrefined cane sugar
50g your favorite biscuits (I'm truly partial to Speculoos)
100ml fresh whipped cream mixed with 50g ricotta and 2 tsp sugar
chocolate powder (I love le chocolat chaud a l'ancienne by Angelina Paris)

Crumble the biscuits. Cut the strawberries in cubes and stir in gently one or two teaspoons of sugar. 
In two pretty small bowls, alternate layers of crumbled biscuits, strawberries and whipped cream with ricotta. Finish with a dollop of cream that you sprinkle with the last crumbs and a little bit of chocolate. Let sit in the fridge for 2 hours and take out at least 30 minutes before serving.

Bon appétit!

Monday, September 7, 2015

Inspired by: Into the blue

Images by Gyslain Yarhi for Madame Figaro

Even though the summer is slowly but surely coming to an end, I'm not quite ready yet to let it go. I still have too many pretty dresses to wear, too many summer sandals to break in, and too many summer meals to cook. Although as I'm typing this, large clouds are gathering in the skies, the presage of an upcoming storm, my mind is wandering towards all the quintessential summer things I've yet to do.

This editorial captures my mood perfectly: hair tousled by ocean waves, breezy dresses and sparkling statement jewelry, and the whole spectrum of shades of blue to cheer me up on this Monday morning that promises yet another whirlwind of a work week.

And after all, they say that shades of blue will be all the rage this fall and winter. Why not gather some inspiration weeks in advance?

Have a lovely start to the new week!

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