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Thursday, 18 September 2014

DIY: Perfume Oil..

I love small DIY projects at home and when I found a really simple recipe on making perfume oils, I had to do it. I have wanted to create my own perfume oil for a long time, since I'm quite allergic to some perfumes (I can wear perfume, but it has to be sprayed onto my clothes, and not onto my skin). So making my own perfume oil means I know exactly which ingredients are in it and I get to create my very own scent, yay!


Ingredients

  • 4 tablespoons of almond oil
  • Essential oil(s)
  • A container
  • Some cotton buds 


Firstly I put the almond oil into a small bowl and added three different essential oils: 10 drops of white musk, 5 drops of lily of the valley and 3 drops of vanilla. I then mixed it with a cotton bud and put a little bit on my wrist and sniffed it. I then decided I wanted more white musk and added more. The key is to test if you like the scent and add if you don't think the scent is strong enough. When you're satisfied you leave the oil to rest for an hour in the fridge. Then you can pour it into a container (I used an old serum flask from L'oreal) and keep it wherever you would like to.


So that was pretty easy, right? If you decide to try and make it at home I would recommend doing a lot of research on the essential oils before mixing them, as not all of them blend that well together. I found a pretty good description on the different oils here.

I have used my perfume oil almost every day, directly on my skin and I haven't broken out yet. The longevity isn't that great, but I guess that's what you can expect, when there aren't a lot of additives in it.

I hope everyone are feeling adventurous and want to start making their own perfume - it's so much fun! Let me know if you make a perfume oil and which essential oils you used!

Monday, 15 September 2014

New In: Le Creuset Cutlery Holder..

If you have followed my blog for some time, you'll know I love Le Creuset. It's my favourite kitchen supply brand and I think their designs are so gorgeous. So it will probably be no surprise I bought this cutlery holder in Coastal Blue (Really hardcore readers know I also own a pot in Coastal Blue). Coastal Blue is by far my favourite colour they do, although I actually do love their new colour Ocean. Any who, the light blue colour makes me really happy. 


I won't use this for cutlery, as I have other plans for my cutlery (Note: watch out for this). I do use it for my dish brush, dishwashing sponge and my cloth. It's really perfect for that and my parents also have one, just in black, and they use it for the exact same thing.

Now, Le Creuset tends to be on the more expensive side, especially if you're buying one of their pots or pans, but I honestly think it's worth it. The quality is amazing and even though this is just used for storing dishwashing items, it makes me feel good when I look at it and therefore I think it's worth it. Sometimes it's okay to splurge on those little things, that may seem so unimportant, but can actually makes you really happy.

I hope you're all are doing well!

Friday, 12 September 2014

Meal Inspiration: Chicken/Bean Salad..

Whenever I post a salad on here I don't really feel like I can justify it as a recipe, as there really isn't that much preparation. Lately I have been making a lot more salads, as I try to cut down on my carb intake - which doesn't mean I won't eat carbs, but I should definitely cut down. Another bonus with salads is they're really easy to make and so if you're in a time crunch, you can definitely make this salad. 


Ingredients

  • A small handful of stick beans
  • 4 Hot Wing chickens (I had some as leftover, any chicken is fine)
  • Some Romaine Lettuce
  • 1 tablespoon of almonds
  • 1 tablespoon of corn
  • 1 tablespoon of feta
  • Salsa (or any other dressing of choice)


I start by heating the chicken wings with the beans and almonds and I let it cook on low heat. Whilst that is getting ready I just prepare all of the vegetables and place it in a bowl, so I can give it a good toss before putting it on a plate. When the meat, beans and almonds have cooked for approximately 10 minutes I put it on top of the salad and I then add the salsa on top and that's really it.


I told you guys I eat salsa with everything and I thought it would suit the spicy hot wings really well. I used my own homemade salsa and if you want to make your own as well, you can see the recipe right here.
Also I love adding nuts to a lot of my salads as I think they add great texture to a meal and let's not forget about the great oils they content.


And there you have it a nice and simple meal inspiration. If you want me to post more recipes from my low-carb diet, I will happily do so!

I hope you're all are doing well and that you've had a great day. 

Monday, 8 September 2014

New In: Mason Ball Jar..

Mason Jars have been everywhere the past year or so and I finally decided to purchase some. I bought mine on Ebay and they got sent all the way from the U.S. to Denmark without any harm done to them. The reason I wanted Mason Jars was because they have the perfect size for my breakfast smoothie (I drink half a liter of smoothie instead of eating breakfast). 


You have probably already seen them in action on my blog and I quickly discovered that they're great for a lot of things. I use them to store nuts and rice, but also for when I have made food like salsa or guacamole.


I think they're really gorgeous and the fact that you can use them for so many different things is just fantastic. If you don't believe me, go to pinterest and search for ideas - the options are endless. Also they were actually quite cheap considering that I had them shipped all the way from the U.S.


So there you have it - I have jumped on the Mason Jar-train and I am loving it. Are you feeling the Mason Jar trend or are you over it? 

Saturday, 6 September 2014

Recipe: Homemade Potato Röstis With Salmon and Cream Cheese

I know I say this a lot, but this is one of my favourite meals ever. The combination of fish, eggs, cream cheese and potato is just fantastic. I try as much as possible to eat fish at least twice a week, whether if it's in my lunch or dinner. This is just a really simple way to incorporate fish into a meal. 


Ingredients

  • 2 eggs
  • 4 small potatoes (or two big)
  • Cream cheese (Mine is with herbs)
  • Smoked salmon
  • Coconut oil (you can use any type of oil, coconut oil is just healthier than most cooking oils)


First of all prepare a pot for the eggs. While the water is heating up, you can prepare the potatoes. I grate the potatoes into a bowl and when they're all grated I squeeze some of the juice out of them. Take a pan and put a generous amount of coconut oil on it. When the oil is melted and heated take your grated potato and place it on the pan and try to mush it as much together as you can, so it will stick together. I fry the rösti on as high a temperature as possible. When you can see the potato is getting cooked all the way through, flip it to the other side. Now, it can be hard to flip, but it can also easily be saved.

When the rösti is done, put it on a plate and put some cream cheese on it. Put the smoked salmon over and at last the egg (you can see how I placed the things on the pictures).


So there you have it. This is such a tasty recipe and I love making this in the summertime. What did you guys think of the recipe and do you have any tasty way of incorporating fish into your diet? 

Friday, 5 September 2014

New In: Nike Woven Sneakers..

My no. 1 weakness is Nike shoes. I love sneakers and I think they can give any look a sporty edge. Every season I fall in love with a new Nike shoe and this summer it's these Nike Roshe Run Woven sneakers. 


I had been looking at it for quite some time and it was absolutely torturous to watch it on several Danish blogs and so when it went on sale on ASOS I thought that it was meant to be (most of my purchases are justified with the it's-on-sale-it's-meant-to-be-excuse!).


I think they look really sporty yet very feminine. They're so comfortable to wear and the sole is made of some sort of rubber, so you can wear them without socks and yet easily clean them, so they don't get smelly easily. Also I have experienced that most Nike shoes can handle being thrown into the washer, so if it does get smelly I'll just do that.


So I finally got my dream shoe for summer, even though it's almost over. But I love these shoes and I will get a lot of wear out of them. I mean just look at them, aren't they gorgeous?

What do you think of the shoes and do you have a dream shoe for this summer? 

Tuesday, 2 September 2014

Basic Guide: Wash Your Rice..

I thought I would start a small series, which will feature basic things you need to remember when you're in the kitchen and how to do basic things like boil an egg (A friend asked me to teach her how to do this and so I thought there might be others who want to know the same thing). 

The thing with cooking is; we all have to start some place. So whether you have been cooking for a long time or you're just starting out, I try my best to write posts that will cover all skill sets. 


Why: Washing rice before cooking is actually something my friend's mum taught me a few years ago. Now, why do you have to do that? Well, for starters it prevents the rice from getting sticky, but it also gives a nice and fresh taste to the rice.

How to clean the rice: I put my rice in a strainer and let water run down on it, whilst I stir with my hand in circular motions. Note: the aim is not for the water to become completely clear, I probably rinse the rice three times before moving on.


And that's a really simple step. Of course there are different types of rice and different ways of cleaning them. For example cleaning sushi rice is a much more difficult process than cleaning basmati rice.

I hope you could use this simple advice and if you have any advices; please share in the comment section (below)! 

Saturday, 30 August 2014

Fashion Wants For Fall..

Fashion Wants For Fall..

1. ASOS Millie Lace Caged bra // 2. ASOS Slouchy Rib Tank Top // 3. Cos Cardigan // 4. Marc by Marc Jacobs Leather Strap Watch // 5. Vagabond Code Boots.

It's not very often I share fashion posts on here, as I mainly like to write about food and lifestyle. Furthermore, it's not that often I buy things or want things, as I'm very specific about my wardrobe. Any how, I have been wanting quite some things lately and I thought I would share them with you.  

One of my weaknesses is underwear. I love buying sexy underwear, even though I'm the only one who knows I'm wearing it; it makes me feel really sexy. I have strict rules about underwear - I only buy black underwear, as it makes it so much easier to match. 
I love a basic white t-shirt and it's a must for me, though they are really hard to keep. I buy a new white t-shirt every 6 months, so I tend not to spend that much money on them, as that would just be wasteful. 
I love the look of Cos' cardigans this season and a warm cardigan is such a must for me throughout fall and winter. Cos' cardigans have a really good fit and also most of their cardigans are made out of 100% wool, which then means it'll be warm. Most of their cardigans are a bit expensive, but they're worth it.
I have had quite a few boyfriend watches over the time, but now I feel like I want something a little more subtle and not something that's too bling-y. I really like this leather strap watch from Marc by Marc Jacobs and I have had watches from Marc Jacobs before, so I know the quality will be amazing. 
Vagabond is my go-to brand when it comes to boots. They have an amazing fit and they're always incredibly stylish. Every fall I make sure to check out their collection, as they're probably my favourite shoe brand. This year I am in love with the model: Code, and I think they will look amazing with some skinny jeans and a slouchy t-shirt. 

So there you have it a small wish list for fall!

Brown cardigan
$91 - cosstores.com


ASOS jersey tank top
$27 - asos.com


ASOS lace bra
$30 - asos.com


Vagabond black boots
$135 - zalando.co.uk


Five Things I Have To Do On Holiday..

Whenever I go on a holiday; I have certain rituals I have to do. Some of them are really random but they're all a part of making me feel like I'm on holiday. 


1. Get a ridicously inexpenssive manicure..
I'm not one of those girls who gets her nails done ever. I just don't prioritize getting them done, even though I sort of wish I was one of those really put-together women, who gets their nails done every two weeks. Whenever I go on a holiday I do however get my nails done to pamper myself and I always feel like a million dollars, when I leave the salon.


2. Drink a huge amount of Fanta..
I don't know why, but every time I go to a warmer climate I crave Fanta like there's no tomorrow and that's basically the only time a year I drink Fanta. Whenever I taste Fanta it reminds me of hot evenings and fun in the sun. 


3. Buy a stack of international glossy magazines..
I love reading British and American magazines, as I think they're much better than the Danish ones (I would never buy a Danish magazine). So when I hit the airport you can almost be sure to find me in a kiosk trying to decide which magazines to buy. This holiday I ended up with the British and American Cosmopolitan, British September issue of Vogue, British Glamour & British Grazia.


4. Buy really cheap croissants in a supermarket..
In Greece I have noticed they sell these really cheap croissants and I love them. It's so random, but ever since I discovered them, when I was twelve years old, I have to find them in the local supermarket. They're not mind blowing, but I just can't wrap my head around how the pastry stay so soft in a packet like that.


5. Read books that will motivate me..
I prefer to read biographies and auto-biographies, rather than reading fiction. I always read about people I really admire, as I think it can be really motivation to read about someone, who has been in the exact same situation as me and still become successful. This holiday I read #GirlBoss by Sophia Amoruso and Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? by Mindy Kaling.

So there you have it. This is my list of rituals I have to do when I go on holiday. Do you have anything that you have to do, besides get a tan? 

Thursday, 28 August 2014

Recipe: Homemade Salsa..

If there's one thing I love, it is salsa. I can eat all the time and with every meal. The salsa you can buy in stores are really expensive and I have an easy and cheep recipe for you guys, that also happens to be ten times more delicious, than the ones you buy in the store. 

Ingredients
  • 1 can of chopped tomatoes
  • 4 medium sized tomatoes
  • 1/2 finely chopped garlic
  • 1/8 finely chopped red onion
  • 1 tablespoon of chopped fresh coriander
  • A pinch of salt
  • 1 tablespoon of olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon citrusjuice 
  • A little bit of pepper 
  • 1 teaspoon of sriracha sauce (or a little bit of chili)


Now this might seem like a lot of ingredients, but just think about how many of the above is actually something that most people have in their kitchen. If you don't have fresh coriander, although I can highly recommend it, you can use basil and make an italian inspired salsa, which is also delicious.

Once I have prepared the ingredients I just throw them all in a blender and blend it for a little while. I contain the salsa in an air-tight jar in my fridge and the salsa should be eaten within 3-4 days. I usually put it in the fridge for about an hour before serving, so the ingredients can develop with each other.

You can make the salsa purely out of fresh tomatoes, but using a mix of fresh tomatoes and canned tomatoes is a cheaper alternative. You will get a lot of salsa and still get the amazing taste of fresh tomatoes. You can also purely use canned tomatoes, which is the cheapest alternative and that tastes great as well.
If you don't have a blender, then you can mush the tomatoes and ingredients with a fork. Make sure to really mush all of the ingredients together, so the taste from the onion and garlic will be mixed with the tomatoes.

This is such an easy recipe and it's a big hit, whenever I have made it!