Jul 29, 2012

Sunday's Recipe: Summery watermelon salad


To me, watermelon is the epitome of summer. It makes me think of family holidays in Turkey when we used to bite into a slice on the beach as kids, refreshing and fueling up some energy to play around until sunset. On this particularly dreary day I wanted to taste summer and made this salad I was planning to make ages ago ever since I saw it on Luxirare. I slightly changed it up depending on what I had on hand but sticked to the main ingredients.


As I didn't have a mango I substituted it with saturn peaches and added the mango flavor with a delicious vinegar (below). Then some arugula, sliced red onions topped off with creamy goat cheese. 


The sliced watermelon is cooled in the freezer for at least 15 minutes then dressed with olive oil and balsamic vinegar. I also added fleur de sel to taste. 


I discovered last year that I love the sweet, salty and sour flavours (have a look at my previous recipes) this salad offers and think it's a perfect idea for lunch or a light dinner during summertime.


Wish you all a relaxing Sunday...



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Jul 28, 2012

Hottest day


Yesterday it was so hot but I enjoyed it nevertheless since we didn't have a great summer so far in Switzerland. I was very comfortable wearing my Iconjane for Mija high low skirt which drapes beautifully and gives me a feeling of wearing a cape... In a wonder woman mood I'm starting my weekend and wish you a great one as well!







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Jul 15, 2012

Sunday's Recipe: Hummus with basil and pistachios


Hummus on top of flatbread is one of my most favorite appetizers and I love to serve this dish when my friends come over. Regular hummus is great as it is but every now and then, as variety is the spice of life,  it's also nice to add fresh basil and pistachios into the mixture. 


Ingredients for regular hummus:

400 gr. canned chickpeas, shed the skins under running water
2 cloves garlic, crushed
100 gr. tahina
 1/4 cup of water
1/2 cup of lemon juice
2 tbsp. olive oil and salt to taste

How to:

Combine all the ingredients in a blender or food processor

Optional:

pistachios, lightly toasted in a pan
fresh basil, place everything with a pinch of salt in the mortar and smash, then combine with the hummus made previously

Add a small amount of olive oil in the well and garnish with parsley, or mint 



Original recipe by Refikanin mutfagi (Turkish)

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Jul 14, 2012

The maxi skirt


I think it’s not possible to not notice this skirt, it’s extra long, flowy and bi-color. The minute I saw the very colorful and wearable collection designed by dear blogger friend Ferhan Talib (also know as Iconjane) for Mija, I knew that I had to have this skirt. So this is what I wore today… 

Wish you all a fun Saturday night…


Blazer and top: Zara


Clutch: H&M
Nail polish: OPI Skull & Glossbones



Sandals: Boutique 9

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Jul 10, 2012

Productivity is the key to happiness


I started another week very early and wouldn't even dare to show you pictures taken without sunglasses. This summer seems to be filled with work work work but I try to make the most of it no matter what, even if it means having outfit pictures taken at 6.30 am in order to update the blog. At the end of this post I'm leaving you a manifesto I read on h*q, my most favorite blog to read inspirational, heart-touching prose and poetry. 


Silk shirt: second hand
Rose quartz necklace: from a gift shop, bought in Argentina
Bag: Marc by Marc Jacobs


Bracelet: gift from my cousin, bought in Istanbul
Nail polish: c/o L'Oréal Le Vernis, Sky Fits Heaven 611


Skirt: Zara



The Honeybee Manifesto 

Take only what you need 
Beautiful things take dirty work 
There is order in disorder 
There are dances (and art) in the day-to-day 
You can survive on work and flowers alone 
Help others 
Hurting others only hurts yourself 
Likewise hurting yourself only hurts others 
And of course productivity is the key to happiness - and staying alive
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Jul 5, 2012

Thursday's Beauty Post: Hair oils

Let me tell you about a hair product I absolutely love: hair oils! My hair is very dry and often unruly, so oil based serums or pure oils are perfect for me as my hair drinks it right up. Due to my job and the nice perks of blogging I get to try a variety of brands and honestly usually don't buy another bottle of the same as there are so many out there to try.


I bought the little bottles in the middle myself and used up the one from Morocconoil already. It's the perfect size to try to see if you like the product and was very convenient to take with me while backpacking with my boyfriend. I love the smell of this one the most: it's coconutty and floral like a summer scent and quite yellowish when you pour a little bit into the palm of your hand. Makes my hair very soft, too.


In terms of usage the Moroccanoil and Nashi Argan oil are the ones I use on damp hair before blowing out my hair. Nashi Argan oil's smell put me off at first, but I could get over it and find it delivers the same results as the one from Moroccanoil. So it's a matter of preference I guess.


The rather new products of Pantene Pro-V and L'Oréal are serums and oils I sparingly use - unlike the other two I mentioned - on already dry hair. As a last step of blow drying or curling my hair I distribute a tiny amount of product in the palms of my hand and run my fingers through my hair. This last step ensures that the fragile ends are protected and the top layer of hair is smoothed out. 

 Do you use hair oils as well and what are your recommendations?
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Jul 4, 2012

Hello July, please be good

 
Clutch & Skirt - vintage, Blouse & Sandals - local shop in Seoul

Why does all the good things come to an end!? My exchange semester in Seoul is officially done and my stay is slowly coming to an end. Goodbyes are coming and all I can hope for is that this Summer's going to be a blast. July please be good!


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