Jul 31, 2011

Because sometimes, the people you can't live without can live without you







Currently loving: Mixing patterns!

Top & Earrings - local shop in Seoul, Scarf - Zara, Bag - flea market
I wish you all a wonderful weekend!

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Jul 26, 2011

Current craving: nail ring



I absolutely love this show-stopping nail ring by Bijules I just discovered on the Cult of Pretty blog. It's unlike anything I have seen so far, so I thought it was worth sharing.

What do you think of it, would you wear something like this?

Image: Cult of Pretty
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Jul 24, 2011

Make up routine


Foundation: Clinique anti-blemish solutions / Powder: UNE mineral powder / Eyebrow: Skin Food Choco Eyebrow / Eyeshadow: Étude Choco Brown, Maybelline Cosmic Black / Eyeliner: Missha waterproof Gel Eyeliner / Mascara: UNE Casual Volume / Blush: MAC Melba Matte / Lips: Yves Rocher Baume Lipbalm, Skin Food Candy Lipstick





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Jul 21, 2011

Thursday's Beauty Post: ethereal and fairylike







Source:

1: We Heart It

2/3: Solange by Daniel Gurton for Vs. Magazine July 2011 via Fashion Gone Rogue
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Jul 20, 2011

You say that you love rain, but you open your umbrella when it rains. You say that you love the sun, but you find a shadow spot when the sun shines.



The last couple of days were not really summery in Zurich but I don’t really mind wearing trousers and jackets already (mainly because I know I will escape to the sunny south soon). I'm planning to do some posts featuring my favorite places in Zurich (cafés, shops etc.) because we always get inquieries from out-of-towners so expect that soon.

I jazzed up this quite simple outfit with my newest accessories, some of them like the watch and bracelet I received as birthday gifts. The set of three silver rings, which can be either worn stacked like in the picture below or separately on three fingers like in the fourth picture were a courtesy of Rhomberg. I just love the simple design and the fact that two of the rings are matte and of them has a slighly shinier finish, which makes them more interesting.



Rings: Rhomberg Watch: Tissot Bracelet: Swatch



Slingbacks: Bata



Denim jacket: Mango Belt: Avant Première



Trousers: H&M White top: secondhand, altered
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Jul 17, 2011

Latest favorites



I want to share with you some latest favorites of mine:

Silken mint blouse - Mango: Perfect for summer days!

Colored bangles - flea market: Always useful to complete an outfit!

New Gent - Swatch: This is my summery watch from the Swiss brand called Swatch. I just love the rubbery material since it is so light and you don't need to be constantly on guard to prevent scratches!

Maybelline Eyeshadow Cosmic Black - I always thought that shiny eyeshadows might be too much for a daily make-up routine, but I was totally wrong. This palette from Maybelline now belongs to my favorite make-up products. I love to apply the black eyeshadow along my lower lashline and the outer corner of my eye. The pearlescent pigments let the black color appear very soft! I will try to take some pictures of my make-up soon!

L'Oréal Color Riche Serum Radiant Rose: Hot pink for hot days!

Have a good start into the week everyone!
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Jul 13, 2011

Wednesday's Inspiration: bright and nude combinations



I can't wait to go on my well deserved summer vacation where I hopefully will be able to get lots of pictures for outfit posts but in the meantime inspirational pictures from others will have to do. I just love the combination of neutrals & brights and how good it looks with a kissed-by-the-sun tan. Countless combinations that could be created with my own closet are running through my head right now and I'm counting the days for my trip to Italy...






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2/3: Bisous Chic
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Jul 11, 2011

Winner of the Dring Dring cupcake bell






Thank you everyone who showed interest in winnig the Dring Dring cupcake bell kindly offered by the Urban Bike Store. Via random.org I picked the winner and it’s commenter no 26, chouchou’s little world. Unfortunately she didn’t leave an email address or has an open blogger profile, so if the winner doesn’t get in touch with me in a couple of days I’ll have to pick someone else.

We will have a new, big giveaway soon exclusively for our facebook fans so if you don’t want to miss out on the news, hop over and “like” our fan page! :)

Have a good week!
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Jul 10, 2011

Chocolate Strawberry Layer Cake



My 25th birthday, which was a couple of weeks ago, called for a special torte so I decided to create a three layer chocolate cake topped with strawberries. Unfortunately the génoise didn’t rise enough so it was really difficult to cut it into three layers but with a little help I manged somehow. I filled the layers with a thin layer of strawberry jam and chocolate frosting, which I also used all around to frost the cake. The ganache drizzled over the top made this cake look so chocolatey delicious but the frosting was way too sweet for my taste. The next time I’m going to change it up a bit.



If someones’s interested in the recipe (which is just too long to translate and type right now) I’ll edit this post later. Just let me know by leaving a comment.



On an other note, the giveaway for the cupcake bell kindly offered by the Urban Bike Store is now closed to further entries. I’ll announce the winner tomorrow!


Edit: upon request here's the recipe!


Génoise (sponge cake):

140 g dark chocolate
75 g butter
6 eggs
180 g sugar
100 g flour
50 g corn starch
2 teaspoons baking powder

Note: the recipe for the sponge cake is from this one. I can only recommend baking the Foret Noire cake as well, it’s delicious and not that difficult to make.

How to:

Melt the chocolate with the butter in a glass bowl set over a pot of boiling water. Separate the eggs. Beat egg whites until stiff. Stir in the egg yolks with the sugar until it’s fluffy. Stir in the melted chocolate into the egg yolk and sugar mixture. Sift in the flour, corn starch and baking powder over the egg whites and combine delicately. Fill the batter into baking sheet-lined springform pan. Bake the cake in the preheated oven at 175 ° C. Bake for 40-45 minutes. Let the cake cool on a wire rack. After the cake is completely cooled down, divide it into three layers. This can be done either by a sharp knife or by marking the spot with a knife and putting a piece of string or yarn around the bottom and pulling it diagonally. I do the second method but as I said, you could also do it with a knife.


Frosting:

125 g butter, softened
450 g cream cheese
230 g dark chocolate
half cup of brewed coffee
4 teaspoons vanilla extract
750 g powdered sugar

How to:

Brew coffee and set aside to cool. In a large bowl combine butter and cream cheese. Mix until light and fluffy. Add the melted chocolate and vanilla extract. Mix well. Slowly add in powdered sugar and coffee, beating well after each addition.

Note: I found this frosting way too sweet for my taste so you might want to tweak the recipe a bit or try a completely different recipe.

Ganache:

115 g dark chocolate
Half cup of heavy whipping cream

To make ganache, pour the hot cream over chopped bittersweet chocolate and stir the mixture until smooth.


Garnish:

60 gr dark chocolate
Strawberries

Pipe or spoon melted chocolate onto waxed paper in decorative designs, let stand until set. Arrange strawberries on top of cake.


I assembled the cake by spreading a thin layer of strawberry jam and then a thin layer of frosting onto the first layer and repeated this with the second, being sure not to spread to the edges of the cake. Using a spatula I spread a thin layer of frosting over the sides and top of the cake and put it into the fridge for half an hour to set the frosting. Then I spread another, thicker coat of frosting. A couple of hours before serving I made the ganache and drizzled it over the cake and garnished it.

Let me know if you make this cake and how it turned out!
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