Spring calls for loose pants, light-weight shoes and splashes of blue tones. Al fresco frothy coffees, juice figs and bare shoulders to expose those sun-kissed freckles. A little bit of ruffles, puffy sleeves and more time spent outdoors!
Hello Party season!
This weekend was the kick-off to little christmas season, as I had a party on both thursday and friday! It felt like I was 20 again, as we danced the night away on both days till 4am! I was so much fun, lots of dancing, seeing friends, dinners and too much laughter! On thursday I was at an event in town and friday I hosted a traditional little xmas party, that do every year. One of the hits of the party was a layered gingerbread mousse-pannacotta, where you can find the recipe below. This easy-going maroon outfit was from thursday, a little leather, a long tassel nigh-neck shirt topped off with metallic heels and a long mink coat. These dark dramatic shades are perfect for the start of little-christmas season!
Recipe for a layered Christmas style pannacotta- gingerbread mouse (10 servings)
|250ml cream, 250 ml milk, 1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract, 2 tablespoons castor sugar
||Place 2 gelatin leaves in a bowl with cold water for about 10 minutes. In a sauce pan heat the sugar, milk and cream until the sugar is dissolved. Remove gelatin leaves from water and squeeze excess water out. Stir into saucepan until dissolved.
|refrigerate over night||Pour the liquid from the sauce pan into each glass and cover with foil. Refrigerate over night so they solidify and continue the following day.|
|500g flavoured quark (gingerbread flavour), 1 tablespoon lemon zest, 1 tablespoon cinnamon sugar, 1 teaspoon fresh nutmeg, 1 cup whipped cream
||Make the mousse: In a large bowl, add the quark (I used gingerbread flavoured ones), grate in lemon zest & nutmeg, add the cinnamon sugar and fold in the whipped cream until everything is mixed.
|Layer the pannacotta; garnish with fresh lingonberry, pomegranate juice and seeds
||Once the pannacotta has solidified in the refrigerator add some fresh lingonberry on top of each one. Then add a few tablespoons of gingerbread mousse on top. Garnish with a bit of pomegranate juice and its seeds.
This recipe is really easy to make, especially as you can make the first half the night before. If you do not have quark in your country, you could substitute it for flavoured pudding or even thick yogurt that you spice up with your favourite christmas spices.
Non vedo l’ora…
It’s 5.00 am, all is packed and we are ready for our vacay! I’m just having a cup of tea and doing my final double checks and soon we are ordering the taxi and heading to the airport. I’m ready to prolong summer a little longer and wear my dresses and heels under the Italian sun. These pearl blush mules and black boots are a new addition to my wardrobe… How pretty are the little pearls and the velvet texture on the heels? I think the colour will fit perfectly into my collection of clothes and bags. I love all the ballet slipper whispers of dusty blush and light mauve tints that have grey shades in them, as they are much more subtle and elegant than your average pink. These shades love leather and velvety blacks that are making their way into fall trends.
Today is going to be a long day as we fly to Rome but will drive 7 hours down south in one go. Our first stop is Tropea, in the region of Calabria that is completely new to us. We are only staying a few days there and then circling around our favourite Puglia region for the remaining time. We are staying in a few masserias and in the towns of Monopoli and Matera that are already familiar to us. I can’t wait to explore together with my love and celebrate our 1 year anniversary in the best way. Bon voyage! ♥ It’s time to take the scenic route…
The beauty of September is slowly coming upon us as the season is in transition mode. The first few leaves have fallen into the ground, the sunlight is intensely golden and my tan is slowly fading away. The hay fields are a beautiful pale tone and the nature is loving the fresh air. Wild is the music of autumns wind they say, and just like that summer is pushed to the background. Nature has come alive and there is that crispness to gushes of wind that makes the start of fall so special. There is something great about the beginning of a new season that awakens the soul and allows for fresh beginnings.
Dressed like this, today Mr. N and I are going to a wedding! These pictures are taken in June from a small town in Montefalco that happens to be one of our favourite in Umbria. I’m literally obsessed with this floral suede robe that suits the blue dress to the tee and I love the way this outfit moves with the wind. The oversized sleeves and forest green lining are everything and match perfectly with these mixed blues. I also like the long-over-long overlapping as it elongates my posture, especially when wearing heels. In Italy, I used a fair amount of different robes/kimonos in the evenings as they are light and suit almost anything adding a little something extra to the style.
I thankfully managed to capture the blooming cherry trees right when I came back from Paris. Is there a more calming view than this? Blossoming cherry trees are the best thing about spring, a sky filled with soft shades of pink that take your breath away with their scent. The pink explosion is a greeting to summer and I could walk all day under these branches in my layered maxi and care free curls.
‘fringes, fishnets & slippers
fringe jackets make their way back into style every spring and despite me being two years late, I finally jumped on the band wagon as well. Maybe the right kind of jacket just needed to come my way, as I instantly fell in love with this fair coloured beige suede number. I was really inspired by the 2017 Dior cruise collection in Santa Monica where festival inspired fashion met fringes, bolero hats and pleaded skirts while the setting showcased a desert-like backdrop with hot air balloons. This jacket is right up that ally in style, with the cropped back, stitched details and fringes falling down the sleeves and back. I’ve combined the jacket to a simple puffy sleeved off-the-shoulder shirt, leather pants and finished the look with fishnet socks and slip on espadrilles. I like to combine fridges with something sleek and away from the country-esq style as I think that ends up looking a bit too cliché. Ps. Anything slipper is a current favourite of mine and even thought these are not the furry Gucci ones, I think they are funky with the little ruffles on the edges.
Otherwise an all white ensemble, this mint coloured coat adds a little splash to the outfit. The coat is super comforting because of its long length and lightness thus making it a perfect spring time and travel accessory. These captured moments are from Tallinn Estonia, where our day filled with delicious frothy coffees, lunch in the sunshine and pink peonies with the most magnificent smell.
Crushing on blush
Add soft cascading hues of light pink to your summer wardrobe and you cannot go wrong this spring. Muted colours have become one of the most ubiquitous colours in this seasons and upcoming trends, the colourless effect gives the garment a degree of sophistication especially in terms of pink tones. The “dulling” effect with either grey or white makes the colour look less girly, more chic and absolutely fashion forward.