This is another crazy week, the bathroom is being renovated so I’m living in a state of dust and mess. It’s coming along nicely though, the wall tiles are done and once the marble arrives we can finish the floor and add the sink, toilet and lighting. The marble comment sounds a bit pretentious but with just 5 square meters of floor space we decided to go for it and then use basic white square tiles on the walls. It’s looking really good, I can’t wait to see it all finished. The weather on Monday was perfection, a little cold and super sunny. I decided to take a walk in the forest with the camera and take some shots. It was beautiful with the golden leaves and blue green pine trees. Today it’s gloomy and misty so I’m pleased I made the most of yesterdays sunlight. I was in Munich last week and picked up a copy of my favorite magazine – Fantastic Man. The interviews are really interesting and they offer some really cool fashion and lifestyle tips. In this issue they show you how to create a tight turn-up on trousers so they hug the ankle perfectly. I’ve already tried it on a loose pair of chino’s and it works! If I wear a looser style of trousers I still like it to be slim at the ankle so this technique is perfect. I have loads of apples at home and I got a huge bunch of kale at the market for 1€ so I made a kale and apple soup with walnuts (except I used sunflower seeds instead). The recipe came from BBC Good Food. It tasted interesting so I’m not sure if I will make it again but it was super healthy which is a good thing. Lastly, Green Glam in Augsburg sent me an amazing selection of products which I will tell you all about in my next post!
A decent pair of shades is a wardrobe staple all year round. They stop me squinting and frowning like an angry person and let’s face it, a stylish pair of sunnies can upgrade your look in an instant. I’m a lover of brands who specialise in what they offer, SALT. is an independent eyewear company from California that utilizes artisanal Japanese craftmanship. Their style is understated, effortless and super cool so naturally I was up for a collaboration. When it came to choosing a pair for this post I was instantly attracted to the Pickford frame but with the colour options I was torn. As this is my first pair of SALT. I went for the classic black as I can wear them with everything but I’m still lusting after the caspian tortoise fade which look so good. The styles are full of style and personality with many colour options and shapes. The Summer season may be over but I’m still sporting my new shades on these bright and sunny Autumn days. With the Winter comes the bright white snow so I may just splurge on that caspian tortoise frame which I can’t stop thinking about. Visit the website to find a retailer in your area.
Today I embarked on a new adventure which involves finding my dreams. I watched a video conversation on Kabbalah University between Karen Berg and Marcia Wieder. Marcia is the Founder & CEO of Dream University. She has successfully taught people how to uncover their dreams and manifest them with the intention to fulfill their true purpose in life.
Taking a little time to sit down and consider your dreams is something I recommend. As a child I was filled with aspirations which I still carry today, yet somehow I spend much less time doing this as day to day life takes over. Until recently my goals have simply revolved around my personal growth and satisfaction. This isn’t a problem except I want to do what I love and share the rewards with others. A few years ago I co-founded Intensae nail lacquer. My experience lies in the beauty industry and I wanted to introduce a line of products that deliver premium results without using unnecessary toxins or animal testing. Whilst my brand starts to blossom the lessons I’m learning on this journey have brought me to the point where I want to add another string to my bow. My career began training and then working as a hair colourist, it was a great time where I met incredible and interesting people from all walks of life. After launching Intensae two and a half years ago I stepped away from the hair industry only doing occasional jobs for a hair care brand and a few private clients. I recently decided to completely shut that door and focus on new projects. Around that time I started this blog as a way of learning new skills which include writing, photography, styling and photoshop. I feel it’s important to close a door to allow space for new opportunities and taking on this blog as a hobby is extremely rewarding and a great learning curve.
Whilst thinking about my dreams in life I felt inspired by Marcia’s story as she went from a highly respected career to founding Dream University which was initially met with skepticism and is now renowned and respected. It may be scary letting go of the past but ultimately I believe we cannot uncover our true potential if we stay put in a place of comfort. Opening up to my dreams and uncovering new potential is an exciting experience that I will continue to share as it evolves. If you would like to take part in this yourself then you can subscribe to Dream University for free to receive a series of videos which talk you through the process of uncovering your dreams.
I’m kind of shocked by the evolution of man, mainly due to a recent wave of almost naked Instagram pictures. Pumped up dudes taking porno selfies in the gym locker room. I find it kind of weird. At the other end we have the modern dandy, today’s gentleman who combs his hair and wears tailored clothes. When it comes to my look I take grooming as seriously as fashion and when it comes to shopping I like online for convenience or interesting concept stores offering an intimate environment with a curated selection of hard to find brands.
Recently, I was surprised to discover WOODBERG Natural Grooming Supply. As the name suggests, this is an online store dedicated to natural and non-toxic grooming products exclusively for men. Cool huh? Very! I’m now in touch with the founders who sent me a selection of products to try out. I’m currently obsessed with the Herbivore Botanicals Face Elixir, Skin Renewing Face Scrub by Ports Products and the deodorant spray by PROSPECTOR CO. There is a lovely bar of soap from Buckler’s which I plan to open very soon. The guys included a selection of samples which are individually packaged in tiny test tubes and dropper bottles, the care and attention to detail is impressive. I mentioned in a recent post that I’m not a fan of traditional face scrubs with the grainy bit’s. I’d like to take that BACK as the Skin Renewing Scrub is a hybrid containing finely crushed walnut shells and glycolic acid. Genius! During the colder months I like to use a face oil as it soothes my skin and creates a protective barrier from the central heating and cold air. After cleansing I massage the Face Elixir into my skin to boost the circulation whilst moisturising, it smells so good and leaves my skin glowing.
Woodberg is based in Germany they also offer international shipping and the online store is in both German and English. The selection of brands is stylish and everything I have tried works very well indeed.
Work is so full on that a quiet weekend is literally my everything right now. Sleeping, reading, eating, tv. On repeat for 48 hours.
As you might have guessed from my Instagram feed, books are up there with my favourite things in life. It needs to be a real book (no e books allowed) preferably from an independent shop such as Daunt Books in Holland Park which used to be my local. There’s something about being surrounded by books that makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside. Plenty of snacking is an essential part of a lazy weekend. To ensure I feel fresh and springy come Monday morning I want to have plenty of good food within the weekends feasting.
Only recently I posted a recipe featuring a heavy dose of beetroot and here I am posting pictures of them again, except this time it’s in a very simple salad. What’s with the beetroot love you ask? Well, it’s just so damn healthy that despite it staining everything it comes into contact with I think it’s cheap, tasty and super versatile. This week I brought the cooked variety because who wants to boil beets when there is sleep to be had?! I simply chopped it up before adding it to a large salad bowl containing some chopped, blanched broccoli and then added salt and pepper. The dressing is a combination of olive oil, balsamic vinegar, soy sauce and a little honey. I tend not to measure when creating a dressing I just throw it all together then taste it and see where it needs tweaking. After gently mixing everything I served on plates and finished with a sprinkle of toasted sesame seeds. I always make enough to snack on throughout the weekend and any leftovers become part of Monday’s lunchbox.
Have a good one!