Monday, April 23, 2012

Addiction No 2

At the tender age of 17 I was first introduced to my addiction... by my stylish and sophisticate aunt.  She was always well dress, well travelled and always immaculately groomed.  From the first moment it was love at first sight!  

My addiction is Chanel's  2.55 bag.  


There is no bag like it.  It spells sophistication, class, elegance and from that day on I wanted to own one!  I had to wait 25 years but I got it!  

This bag was created by the legendary Gabriela 'Coco' Chanel in 1929.  Like most of her designs it was her need of comfort that created this legend.  Coco Chanel was sick of holding her bag, she wanted a bag that allowed her hands to be free. After her successful comeback in 1954, the 2.55 legend was relaunched.

The 2.55 bag gets its name from the month and year it was relaunched, February 1955.


There are many distinct features on this bag:
The burgundy lining was inspired by the uniforms of the convent where she grew up.
The backside of the back has a flap opening which she used to store her money or her opera tickets.
The is a zipper compartment on the front of the inside and apparently she used that to store her love letters.
The diamond pattern on the outside is said to be inspired by many things, her apartment in Paris, the stained windows of the Abbey in Aubazine, or even the riding jackets of jockeys.

Over the years there have been numerous variances, leather, fabric, denim, shell... all sort of different mediums but the black leather is the most popular by far!


I love the legend, the romance and the myths that surround not only Gabriela 'Coco' Chanel but her famous bag.  I am very lucky that my family appreciate my addiction and bought me a beautiful black one.  And like all addictions, you want more... I hope I don't have to wait another 25 years to get a blush coloured one!


Chat soon!

Hxx

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Twice-Cooked Sweet Potatoes with Feta and Paprika

Yum, I got the insipration for this recipe from Pinterest, after a few changes I have now made it my own! 

I have served it as a side as well as a lunch with a side salad!  Easy and yummy!

image by Kalyn's Kitchen

What you need is:

2 large sweet potatoes
100 grms feta (I only use the Greek feta as it's the best)
1 tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil
1 teaspoon of dried oregano
a pinch of chilli flakes
salt and pepper to taste
a pinch of paprika

Heat the oven to 180 degrees.  Wash sweet potatoes, cut off sharp pointed ends if desired, and prick all over with a fork.  Put sweet potatoes on small roasting pan and bake 50-60 minutes, or until the sweet potato is easily pierced with a fork.

While sweet potatoes are cooking, crumble the feta into a big bowl.  Combine the feta, olive oil, oregano, chilli flakes, salt and pepper.  Put aside until the potatoes are cooked.

Once sweet potatoes are cooked remove from oven and cut a long slit in the top of each sweet potato.  Use hot pads to gently squeeze the sweet potato to soften the flesh, then scoop out carefully into the bowl with the mixture.  Mix in about half the feta mixture with the sweet potato flesh.  Use a spoon to fill the sweet potato skins with the mixture, then divide the rest of the feta between the sweet potatoes, piling it on top.  Top with a pinch of the paprika.

Put sweet potatoes back in the oven and cook further for 15 minutes.  Voila!  Ready to serve as a side or a meal on its own with a side salad or as a great vegetarians.

You could easily double it up for more people!

Enjoy

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Hxx

Inspired by Kalyn's Kitchen!

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Paris Je t'aime



I love Paris! I love everything about Paris!  It's architecture, cuisine, fashion, language, culture, arrogance, Chanel, side streets, markets, EVERYTHING!


Even though I was born in Europe, and have visited various cities in Europe over the years, I have never visited Paris!  I have always held Paris for that one special occassion, like a milestone birthday or anniversary where I can really celebrate it and always remember the event and the city.  I want Paris to be my destination not my pitstop through Europe.  I want to go to Paris to immerse myself there. I want a sensory overdrive... the sights, the smells, the sounds... all of it.  I want to live it, love it and really enjoy it!

Ever since I got the travel bug at the age of 17, the places I have really wanted to visit have been New York, Mykonos, Venice and Paris.  New York, Mykonos and Venice have been all that I expected and more, so I confident that Paris will not disappoint me.

For know I can dream and anticipate that in a couple of years I will be there... I guess it gives me time to brush up on my French!












Chat soon!

Hxx

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Gwyneth Paltrow's Easter in London

You all know my crush on Gwyneth Paltrow!  She is a wife, mother, actress, chef, hostess, fitness guru.  Everything that woman does is amazing and of course she manages to look immaculate in the process!

I was excited to  see the collaboration of Gwyneth and Remodelista to create this amazing Easter table in London.






A new and fresh take on a more traditional palette of white, robin's egg blue, pale pink, lilac and a dash of black.




Happy Easter and chat soon!

Hxx

Monday, April 2, 2012

My Personal Favourite Skincare Buys


When I was about 15 - 16 years old, my mother took me to Myer in the city and started me on a skincare routine.  My mother worked outdoors earlier in her life and she had sun damaged/dehydrated skin and she was so vigilant about me protecting my skin and having a regular skin care routine.

I was lucky I didn't really suffer from your normal teenage skin issues, so apart from the occasional break-out I have had normal skin to date and I must say that I credit that early training that my mother instilled in me.

I have outlined below my personal skin-care routine and what works for me.  I can't say that they will work for everyone but these are my personal favourites at the moment and I must say I am very happy with the result!

CLEANSE/EXFOLIATE

I always cleanse my face in the morning in the shower.  The product that I love and would be on top of my must have list is Clarins One-Step Exfoliating Cleanser.  Apart from cleansing this product also exfoliates, detoxifies and tones all at once.  One of my favourite things about this product is that is leaves your skin looking clean, clear, smooth and brighter.  It saves me so much time every day.

So while I leave my conditioner in my hair for a few minute I use about a 10 cent piece of this cleanser on my fingertips and gently rotate the super-fine granules gently around my face.  I never put it around my eyes and focus on areas where I am prone to dry skin, like around my nose.  I finish it off with just putting my face under the shower.

My next step, when I come out of the shower, is to remove any residual eye make-up again with the Clarins Gentle Eye Make-up Remover.  Another must have product in my bathroom cabinet.  I try to make sure that I remove my eye make-up at night but inevitably there is always that little bit left over.  This product is non-greasy, great for people like me that have sensitivity with my eyes and also for those with contact lenses.


For my night cleanser, there are several I like but my favourite would have to be Philosophy's Purity Cleanser, amazing with taking off make-up.  Again a one-step cleanser toner, it melts away make-up and impurities. I find that it works better when your skin is moist and I find if I put a face washer with warm water on my face it actually "loosens up" the make-up and it comes off easier.  I generally use a cotton pad which I put the cleanser on, wipe across my face, I then use a face washer to wipe away any excess.  In saying that, there have been nights that I only use face wipes and also that my pillow has been my make-up remover... but we won't take about that!


EYE CREME

My "desert island" item, I can't live without it!  I LOVE MY EYE CREME! I have two favourites and based on my economy is what I have my bathroom cabinet.  To apply eye cream correctly you put a tiny amount on your ring fingers and work it around your eye socket.  You gently work from your inner eye and press firmly to help reduce puffiness.  With eye creams a little goes a long long way!

Dream Product
La Prairie - Cellular Revitalising Eye Gel - Quite exy but believe me it works a treat! It has a cooling, soothing formula that help with fine lines, puffiness, dark circles.  The Rolls Royce of Eye Cremes for me!


Everyday Product
Chanel Ultra-Correction Line Repair - Again works on my problem areas of puffiness, fine lines and dark circles.  very hydrating.


Whatever product I have on hand, I need to have an eye creme otherwise it real shows on my eyes.

MOISTURISER

My moisturising process is two-step, serum then moisturiser.

When using a serum, you don't go through moisturisers as quickly.  The benefits of a good serum is longer lasting hydration as it helps your moisturiser penetrate deeper into the 3 layers of the skin.  There are various serums with specific benefits but due to my skin type, dehydrated, and age, I use a hydrating serum and again based on my financials at the time I like 2 different brands

Dream Product
La Prairie Cellular Hydrating Serum - Intense deep hydration, will keep your skin hydrated all day long, also visibly reduces fine lines and wrinkle!


Everyday Product
Clarins Thirst Quenching Hydrating Serum - This keeps skin soft and hydrated, not as intensive as the La Prairie Serum but all the same, it helps the moisturising process.


I use two different moisturisers, one for spring/summer/autumn and one for winter

SUMMER
Chanel Hydramax + Active Gel Creme - Not as light as a gel but not as heavy as a creme, its texture is light, smooth, penetrating the skin and leaves it amazingly soft without not greasy residue.  You can be economically with it as it goes a long way!



WINTER
Philosophy's Hope in a Jar - I really like the Philosophy range of products, and this is a favourite, little weight, smooth a little richer than Chanel but perfect for my skin in winter!


I also strongly recommend you use a good face sun protection.  I generally react to having sunblock in my moisturiser but I use a tinted moisturiser with SPF.

I am so glad that my mum instilled a good skin care routine for me from a young age, I appreciate the importance of being good to your skin, you see we only have one skin, we can't abuse it!

Chat soon!

Hxx