February 17, 2017

8 things to do on a rainy day

You know when you wake up and see that it's pouring rain outside, the kind of rain that lasts for hours, if not all day long? For some people this is relaxing and for others it can mean the end pf the world, especially if they had planned an outdoor activity.
However, there are numerous other activites you can do indoors in a situation like this, I gathered a few ideas that I used in the past and they really worked for me, in the sense that my dark mood was lifted and I felt productive, therefor satisfied!

Here are 8 things you can do on a rainy day (or when you are bored):

1. Catch up with your reading! I often leave my lectures behind when I am too busy, so rainy days are the perfect moment for me to finish reading my novels; I am old fashioned, so I am always surrounded by actual books, not that I have anything against ebooks! Plus, hearing the rain outside while reading is quite soothing.

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2. Create something! If you are crafty and have a passion for hand made stuff, now is the time to get things done. I have postponed sewing beads on this sweater for more than a month now, but I finally got the job done and I am feeling so satisfied now, I just love the result! Same goes for creating jewelry, clothing, knitting, you name it!

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3. Declutter your makeup: not just makeup, you can start on your wardrobe too. You might get exhausted just by thinking about it, but once you start, you will feel so relieved that you will feel the need to reward yourself with a piece of cake.

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This is only a part of my makeup. I organized the products I want to keep on the left side and toss the ones on the other side. No regrets! There is no use in keeping a product that has expired..eww..

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4. Bake something! You ever wanted to try a new recipe of chocolate dessert but did not have the energy or time to do it? Now is the time to satisfy your curiosity. You will be so happy with the result, you will want to do it again!

5. Make lists: If you are not the most organized person in the world, maybe now it's a good start. Having written words listed on a piece of paper really makes you feel more responsible about the things you have to do. It can be a list of ideas for a holiday, a list of chores, books to read or movies to see and so on!

6. Color/Draw/Paint: Feeling artsy? The easiest way to spend time in an artistic way is with the help of coloring books! You now there are those beautiful books out there created by talented people like  Johanna Basford which you can color in any way you feel like. Trust me, the brain will start to work thinking "what color should I put here and there?" and once you see your work done, you will feel like a joyful kid.

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7. Watch a marathon of a new TV show: If you're like me and sometimes feel like doing nothing productive, you will have somewhere a list of new TV series that you planned to watch, but somehow you postponed it. When you have the time, get comfy on your couch and binge watch those episodes, if the show is good, you will stay up all night too!

8. Take a bath: This is maybe mandatory in this list, but hey, it does work! There is nothing more relaxing to me that sitting in a hot bubble bath, drinking wine, listening to blues by the candle light. It's a great way to end the day after you've completed the tasks above.

Let me know your thoughts about this and please, share with me your activities if you are ever stuck indoors, I am curious!

Happy weekend everyone!

February 14, 2017

The sweetest Valentine

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Cupcake ideas for a sweet Valentine's Day!

I don't normally celebrate Valentine's Day, not because I'm single, but because I was never attracted to this holiday in particular, it always felt too...pink for me. However, I decided this time I would try to make an effort an celebrate it in a way that makes me excited and by that I mean baking cupcakes! You might know I am passionate creating this dessert, especially when there is a holiday involved, as you can see here and here. I decided not to skip Valentine's Day and see what I can come up with!
I really wanted to create little marzipan hearts, but I realized I lack the skills, so I opted to use some tiny sugar hearts as decor and since it is Valentine's Day, what kind of frosting can you use if not pink? Even the dough is pink on the inside, too bad you can't see that.

Anyway, instead of creating an outfit post or some makeup tutorials for this occasion, I thought this is a more romantic (and sweet) way to celebrate this day. I hope you feel inspired and don't forget the mandatory glass of wine!

Happy Valentine's Day!

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Here are the ingredients I used:

For the dough: 200 g flour, 150 g sugar, 2 eggs, 120 g butter and orange zest. Baked for 25 minutes at 180 degrees Celsius.

For the frosting: 200 ml whipped cream mixed with 150 g of mascarpone and 30 g of butter and a bit of vanilla extract. 
I separated the frosting in two bowls and I added some red colorant gel in one of them to make the bright pink frosting.

Easy right? I hope you are willing to try it, I bet it will be a nice surprise for your loved one!

 Good luck and bon appetit!

February 12, 2017

Black, white and gold

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 It's Sunday and I am so glad that we are having such a lovely weather here in Cluj, while elsewhere in the country people are freezing under the snow. Living in a region guarded by the mountains has its benefits. Even so, we are not ready to give up our coats and boots but at least we have sunny warmer afternoons and golden sunsets; which is the perfect recipe for a satisfying photoshoot. 

After a few days in a very windy Bucharest, followed by a snow storm (which of course caught me unprepared, my feet were frozen and I had four layers of clothing on me) I returned home with a smile on my face, happy that I got to see a few of my friends there, eat wonderful desserts at my favorite pastry shops and walked around the same streets I walked three years ago while I was a student there. It felt a bit melancholic, but good. 
That is mainly the reason for my disappearance, but I only managed to leave the house yesterday while it was still sunny (it sounds like I am a rat that hates daylight, but I actually had to do a lot of errands and work). We took these photos before our dinner and a disastrous dessert - a Millefeuille is not made out of an ordinary whipped cream and a cheap chocolate sauce , that's all I'm sayin'!
There is nothing more that I hate than to spend money on a food or sweet that has no taste, but oh well, that is how you learn.

 I hope you had a relaxed weekend guys! Let's hope for a relaxed week as well.

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Wearing: Stradivarius boots, New Yorker bag, no name coat, Pimkie skirt, thrifted sweater, vintage belt and jewelry