Nov 28, 2010

I’d woken up early and I took a long time getting ready to exist

Mixed fruit yogurt parfait: a concoction of raspberry purree, yogurt and oranges topped with crunchy granola and liquid honey

Have a lovely Sunday everyone! I won't be going anywhere I've never been today but really wish I was. At least I made myself a nice little breakfast, which doesn't only look but also taste good plus you get some vitamins, which is never a bad thing.

Photo: private, Quote: Seensucht

Nov 25, 2010

If a little dreaming is dangerous, the cure for it is not to dream less but to dream more, to dream all the time

This hair essence from paul mitchell smells incredibly fruity and I'm so far more than content with it. It helps to protect my hair from the heat of blow driers. I have to dry my hair after washing it since it's so winterly here in Zurich.

Ladurée macarons: rose, caramel, pistachio, vanilla, mixed berries, chocolate

shirt and scarf - h&m

I'm still addicted to black tea with coffee cream. Here I'm having a cup of tea at the Fotomuseum in Winterthur, Zurich.

both rings - six, nail polish - catrice 070 caught on the red carpet

private photos + quote

Nov 24, 2010

Cranberry and Pistachio cookies

You might not know this about me but I love baking. Standing in the kitchen, trying out new recipes and surprising my loved ones with little delights is my favorite way to unwind. Every now and then I’m planning on sharing some treats with you filed under the category “Kitchen Heals Soul”.

As for these cookies, I was looking for a recipe for sablés (French cookies) and stumbled upon a fantastic blog called Le Pétrin. Here you can find the recipe for these delicious cookies. (Let me know if you want me to translate it).

I made some with pistachio and some with almond crust, the flavor of the dried cranberries adds a fantastic tang to the cookies. Needless to say these sablés will make my whole apartment smell delightfully cozy again some other time…

UPDATE: translated recipe

170g softened butter
125g white sugar
2 egg yolks
2cc lemon juice
190gr all purpose flour
110g almond powder
110g dried cranberries
a handful minced pistachios or almonds for the crust

Cut the softened butter into pieces and beat it with a wooden spoon in a large bowl until creamy.
Pour in the sugar and beat energetically until it’s well incorporated with the softened butter.

Add the egg yolks and the lemon juice and beat until it’s mixed well with the other ingredients.
Add the sifted flour and the almond powder, mix only until incorporated with the wet ingredients but avoid overworking the dough (it would make the cookies harder during the baking process).
Add the dried cranberries by hand and mix them to share out equally.

Divide the dough in two pieces and form a roll.
Put the minced almonds/pistachios onto an aluminium paper and roll the cookie dough, elongating it to a lenght of 20-22cm. Repeat likewise with the second roll. (I used pistachios for one roll and almonds for the other.)

Wrap the dough rolls into aluminium paper, making sure the ends are closed tight. Put the rolls into the fridge, leaving it there for several hours, preferably over night (that’s what I did). You’ll see that the dough will be really firm and ready to be cut the next day.

Preheat your oven to 180°C. Put parchement paper onto two baking trays.
Unpack one roll from the aluminium paper (keep the second one still in the fridge) and cut it into 5-6mm thick slices. Put the slices onto the parchment paper, making sure there is enough space between the cookies (they spread a little).

Bake the cookies for about 12 minutes depending on their size and the temperature of your oven, until the edges are lightly toasted. Leave them on the tray for a couple minutes before transferring them onto wire racks to cool completely.


Nov 21, 2010

H&M Spring 2011 women's collection

The spring women’s collection of H&M has on the one side a re-interpreted 60’s and 70’s vibe with clear cut short pieces in bold colors and on the other side also long and flowy dresses that make the romantic gal’s heart flutter. Contemporary outfits can be created adding on trend garments with innovative shapes and proportions or accessories.

Below are some pictures we took at the showroom earlier this week. We were especially fond of the foggy colored pieces we look forward to adding to our wardrobe come spring!


Nov 20, 2010

SC Bags

Source: stylerumor

I'm in love with these bags ever since I saw the collaboration line of Sofia Coppola and Louis Vuitton. Past October they extended the collection: smaller sizes of the original SC bag, calf leather in two new colors, suede calf leather in a new hue.

Personally, I prefer the ones in suede since they look very smooth and less stiff than the classic monogram canvas bags. Nevertheless I think that Sofia Coppola and LV created timelss models with a decent beauty!

Nov 14, 2010

Elle danse au milieu des forêts qu'elle dessine

I wore this dress to one of the shows I attended last week. I absolutely love the shape of it and how it looks so timeless and feminine...

Necklace: vintage
Ring: from a shop in Istanbul

Purse: vintage

Coat: Zara

Dress and shoes: Zara


Nov 7, 2010

Charles Vögele Fashion Days Zurich: Closing Night Missoni F/W 2010

The last day of the fashion days wasn’t all that exciting: two fashion shows with a music act in the end whom I didn’t even know before. As I don’t write about stuff I didn’t like (mildly put) on the blog, let’s just move on to Missoni’s Fall/Winter 2010 collection.

Missoni F/W 10

The models walked in to a music which was really up-beat and just made me happy. They kind of looked like tribal warriors with adorned necks and dark lips, wrapped in big slouchy coats. Of course the patchwork knit dresses, cropped tops and pinned skirts where also part of the collection with interesting zipper details. You can watch the entire collection in this video.

Missoni F/W 10

Missoni F/W 10

Missoni F/W 10

Missoni F/W 10

Afterwards I also stopped by at the Kostume No 3 fashion show, which got so much bigger since their first a year ago (see the post of Kostume No 1). I suppose there’ll be pictures of it on Fashion Bits and Bobs soon!

I definitely got my need for fashion satisfied for some time and look forward to doing things which don’t have anything to do with this surreal world. Having said this, I wish you a wonderful Sunday. I’m going to spend mine studying and baking cookies. ^^

Nov 6, 2010

Annabelle Award 2010

Camie Rebord is the winner of this year's annabelle award, which gives young Swiss fashion designers a singular opportunity to intern with an established fashion house. This year the duo from Kaviar Gauche offers a traineeship in Berlin. Camie Rebord won out over four other finalists: Vanessa Meister Varma, Julia Klein-Klute, Silvano Vitalini and Sonja Brajinovic.

Announcement of the winner.
Camie Rebord's trademark: dainty flower motifs on transparent fabric. I think she fits perfectly into the Kaviar Gauche team.

Kaviar Gauche was founded in 2003 by Alexandra Fischer-Roehler and Johanna Kühl. Their Bridal Couture shown yesterday on the runway really impressed me not to mention their ready-to-wear collections. Kaviar Gauche mixes avant-garde elements with feminine lines and they know exactly how to leverage accessories. Have a look at their collections here!

The models went down the runway flawlessly to the music of Rammstein.
Kaviar Gauche embodies this kind of contradiction like the name itself.

Source: own photographs & annabelle

Charles Vögele Fashion Days Zurich: Swiss Textiles Award 2010

Since I probably won’t ever be able to attend all the fashion weeks existing, going to the Swiss Textiles Award was like getting a glimpse of New York, London, Paris and Seoul fashion weeks all in one. Yesterday the six finalists, Adam Kimmel (USA), Damir Doma (Croatia), Duro Olowu (UK), Jason Wu (USA), Juun.J (Korea) and Mary Katrantzou (Greece) showed their S/S 11 collections in Zurich and the jury members choose Mary Katrantzou as the winner, who got to take home a prize worth 100’000 Euros.

Duro Olowu S/S 11

The thing that surprised me the most was that Duro Olowu is a self taught fashion designer. Born in Nigeria, he used to work as a lawyer after studying Law in London. But even at an early age he was inspired by the unexpected mix of fabrics, textures and draping techniques of the clothing worn by the women surrounding him. So he gave up his legal career and moved back to London to pursue his true vocation.

Juun.J S/S 11

I was really immersed in Juun.J’s collection which can be considered adventurous and innovative but also wearable at the same time! Prior to the show they showed a little video about each designer and I remember JuunJ. saying that clothes look better when they’re moving and indeed they did.

Juun.J S/S 11

Mary Katrantzou S/S 11

Mary Katrantzou, the winner of the 11th Swiss Textiles Award, came up with a brilliant concept for her spring line. Inspired by the photography of Helmut Newton and Guy Bourdin, where the interiors in the pictures were just as important as the models, she put the room on the woman, rather than the woman in the room! Each piece she created was a masterpiece of art.

Mary Katrantzou S/S 11

Jason Wu S/S 11

While I still have problems sewing on a button, Jason Wu was only 9 years old when he began learning how to sew and now at 27 he’s extremely successful in the industry. I really liked his spring line consisting of ladylike dresses, see-through striped knits and long jackets.

Jason Wu S/S 11

Damir Doma S/S 11

Damir Doma says he practically grew up in his parents atelier and wants to design clothes that adapt to the body rather than the opposite. His mostly dark collection was brightened up by saffron yellows.

Adam Kimmel S/S 11

Never would I have imagined to witness a fashion show that was inspired by Snoop Dogg’s swagger but that was exactly what Adam Kimmel’s collection was about: relaxed and elegant menswear with a a gangster-like touch. Although it’s hard for me to see Snoop as a fashion icon, Kimmel got a raging applause from the audience and also put a grin onto my face.

Alexander Wang S/S 11

Alexander Wang, the winner of last years Swiss Textiles Award, said that he invested some of the prize he won in better and more luxurious fabrics for his S/S 11 collection, which concluded this multi-faceted evening.

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