Autumn inspiration edit

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Key items for this season >

1 # Dream high / long military inspired coats are your new best friend

2 # Trouble maker jacket / Bomber jacket adds that cool attitude to any outfit

3 # Embroidered garden / Flowers, patches, fun details on knitwear

4 # Silky comfort / High neck blouses with autumnal colours 

5 # Good bye standard denim / Mom- boyfriend-girlfriend jeans you name it…

6 # Cute and crazy patterns / Long sleeve cute dresses, more is better

7 # Go for a brogue / Yes, Stella- these are just awesome shoes. 

8 # Lace up! / Great pairing with any of your autumnal wear

xx

Mary

small autumn chat

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Recently I was browsing in internet about fun things to do in autumn. For example kick some leaves and someone suggesting to start knitting a scarf. I found them quite hilarious.

Autumn is one of my favourite seasons. The weather ables to wear lots of layers and I like the fall colours more than summer ones. Burgundy, dark navy, earthy and rusty tones and grey, aubergine…and of course black is back.

I like pretty standard activities in fall time, like going to the cinema, eating in a cosy restaurant, baking cookies or a wintery cake ( I love the smell of a warm cake in the oven), and being at home and drinking thousands litres of tea.

I also like finding ideas in internet how to decorate home and I’m really into lighting decor and at the moment I would like to make our guest / my clothing room more interesting and cosy.

And I’m for a hunt for a nice heavy curtains and pendant lamp at the moment.

3 random but great ideas for the coming season …

How you can make world a better place? Being the greater version of ourselves. 

Make something for someone. Give with no expectations. 

Be totally open with someone. People often keep to much in theirselves. Sometimes it’s good to let others know how you feel. 

Have a great fall.  And be gentle with the leaves… you do not have to kick them 😉

xx 

Mary

Clothes and I

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Foto from few years ago. Still one of my favourite ones. This dreamy lace dress is by Karen Millen.

Fashion and style are two are very different things, when people describe their choices with clothing. Style is something what you always will have and fashion is what everyone has at the moment. Even though we like to ignore big fashion trends, they always come slowly in our wardrobe…sometimes it can take time.

I think I always think for different styles when choosing my outfits. But I do admire french style. Bare legs, minimalistic, simplicity, quality outerwear pieces, red lipstick and nonchalant shiny wavy hair.

Mixing feminine pieces with more masculine is also something I love in clothing. The old classics is definitely the lace dress with the leather moto jacket combo.

And wearing together higher end pieces with lower end ones. By that I mean wearing Armani dress with Zara boots for example.

When it comes to fabrics, I can be quite critical. I tend to choose more natural fabrics like silk, cotton, silk and cotton mix and wool. I always check the construction of the clothing and the linings have been made of good fabrics and even how good quality have the buttons.

Dots or stripes ?

Depends of the size of the polka dots and style of the stripes. But I do like dots on clothes. I think it adds that cuteness and has more vintage vibe.

And what would be even nicer, is wearing a striped skirt and polka dot top together in the same outfit. Style can be more playful and less serious.

Recently someone asked, where I buy my clothes. I buy them from everywhere, I like small italian boutique pieces, vintage clothes with history, trifted items and clothes with character and I am someone who is always browsing in internet. If i see something I like, I might buy it.

Brands and style I admire are french ones like Maje, Sandro, Chloé, Céline.

Floral prints and bow details are also my big weakness.

I would like to try out more different styles this year and be more creative with clothes.

I have never been fan of the colour blue, but navy suits with my skin tone and hair quite well. Maybe more navy clothes than always black.

And being happy never goes out of style.

Until next time.

xx

Mary

Summery roasted cauliflower salad

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When it’s boiling hot outside and I grave something fresh, but still filling, then this recipe is perfect for that.

You can also add some extra capers and olives – it’s up to you.

Hope this recipe was inspiring and if you think that salad is not a meal, it’s a style…

INGREDIENTS

Lentils (cooked)

Cauliflower (boiled and roasted)

Beetroot (boiled)

Fresh goat cheese

Salted pecans

Fresh herbs

Sea salt

Black pepper

Good quality olive oil

Soak and boil lentils with some sea salt.

Chop up in small pieces already pre boiled beetroot.

Using your hands crumble some fresh goat cheese.

Cut the head of cauliflower in small pieces ( boil them until they are semi soft and then put them on the baking sheet with olive oil and sprinkle some curry powder over them as well as salt and pepper. Bake them with 200 C about 20 – 30 minutes.

When you’re serving this dish, add chopped fresh herbs and nuts for the extra crunch. I just added some left-over salted pecans.

Layer all the ingredients on the plate.

The warmth of the cauliflower should melt the goat cheese a little bit.

Enjoy the last days of summer.

xx

Mary

Sometimes the smallest things take up the most room in your heart

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Time goes by so fast. It has been almost ( I would like to say a year, but little bit less) ten months since I got my piggies.

They were so tiny when they first arrived and now they look much more chubby bears.

Pippa is very curious guinea pig, she can hear far from distance when I’m washing and cutting some veggies for them.

Of course Poppy joins the squeaking team.

And when they get the daily hay, Pippa likes to do the happy jump and run like a crazy one.

Poppy can also do the funny ” popcorn” move( It’s a funny movement what guinea pigs do).

And they can do the ” purring” sound… Who said that guinea pigs are boring?

They are very sociable, chatty and entertaining…

And that’s how we roll here in the small city of Netherlands. Me and my small guinea pig farm.

Here are some recent photographs of my guinea pig girls. Later they got paid with some carrot currency.

xx

Mary

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7 beauty products I travel with

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      Picking out products to take with my when I travel is usually quite an easy peasy task. I’m hoping to take these items into my hand luggage, so I don’t have to worry that they would be lost or delayed with the normal baggage.

Of course when I travel with plane, soon as I arrive to the hotel

I like to wash my face with a purity face wash by dr. van der Hoog.

I find this product very mild and creamy and it’s 100 ml, so that makes it perfect for the liquids rule what airports have.

Another great discovery from a same brand is this Goodnight wrinkles night mask,

it almost has no colour, so you could use it already on the flight.

In the morning it leaves my skin soft and plumpious for the rest of the day.

Chapped lips  is something what many people suffer, when travelling.

This Estonian brand JOIK lip balm has been everywhere with me,

because it’s one of the best lip balms I ever used. It has a divine orange scent and it’s 100 % natural product.

Continuing with the orange theme, I also like to bring some kind of a body cream with me.

Rituals has this amazing Touch of Happiness rich, nourishing body cream. It has a small cute packing and when you finish it, you don’t have to bother yourself bringing it back home.

Sudocream is a really cult product, but it’s just so multifunctional, that can’t be left behind.

After many days under the sun, a gel with aloe vera is soothing and acts as a perfect base under make up.

Last item is a Burberry perfume.

I tend to bring my current favourite with me, even though it has the most travel – unfriendly  packaging.

These were the seven products I relay on when I’m on the go.

Summer in the Netherlands has been boiling hot recent past weeks,

so I try to enjoy it much as I can…

End of next month I may need these products again… let’s see if I take these choices with me.

Let’s have a great summer.

xx

Mary