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My favourite cleansers or how to erase your day from your face

Long time no see? Well, I’m sure you’re thinking that after the last avocado toast post there was nothing more to add to this blog. Well, even though #avotoastsarelife, there are other reasons. Have you ever tried to do your laundry but on the way to the washing machine a sock falls out and then you bent down to gather the sock and then a bra falls out as well and then you try to pick it from the floor and another sock falls out and when you finally have everything in your hands and you try to continue your way to the washing machine because you just want to do your laundry and get on with your life you hit your head with a piece of furniture and that hurts so much that you inevitably touch your head and therefore the perfect pile of dirty laundry collapses and all the socks fall out all over the floor? Well, that has been our life lately.

So between work, appartment search, family issues and lots of “other socks” falling out of our hands everyday there has been no moment for blogging. And with all the crazyness that has surrounded us these last weeks, each moment of piece and quiet has been much appreciated. So every night, after a difficult or very difficult day, I’ve been taking my time to cleanse my face and spend a few minutes in silence. I’ve enjoyed those erase my day from my face moments so much that I’ve been trying new products and, of course, I’m about to share them with you.

(Longest introduction for a post ever)

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Let’s start with the Pixi x Caroline Hirons Double Cleanse (Again, I’m really late to the party, I know). It has became one of my favourite products to cleanse my face with. First you use the oil, massage your skin, rinse it off, and then you repeat the process with the cleansing cream. It feels soft and delicate and wonderful. I really, really like it. It doesn’t have a proper scent but it reminds me a little bit of olive oil, which I love. My face doesn’t feel tight and dry after using it, on the contrary it feels nourished. The two step cleanse takes a little bit of time extra but since you can use it all over your face, including eyes, you skip the eye makeup remover.

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Which leads me to the Lancôme Bi Facil Instant Cleanser for Sensitive Eyes. I bought it following a recommendation of this nice lady, and it’s fantastic and gentle, which is really important for me, since I’m old and my eyelids have started looking like old Egyptian parchment. If there’s one makeup product that I can’t live without is mascara and this eye cleanser makes mascara go away easily. It’s not miraculous, but does a truly instant mascara remover even exists? If it does please leave it in the comment section.

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Finally I got to try the über famous Oskia Renaissance Cleansing Gel! After two years reading wonderful reviews (again, late to the party) I decided to give it a go. First, I don’t love the scent as much as I thought I would because everyone was raving about the scent and for me it’s nice but not amazing, I mean it’s your average scent. However, all the other wonderful reasons you’ve read or heard to buy and use this product are absolutely true. It’s gentle, soft and feels great on the skin. It’s fantastic. Just one snag: you can’t use it on your eyes, so you will need another product to cleanse your eye makeup. That’s why I bought the Lancôme Bi Facil.

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And last but not least, an oldie but goodie: the Clarins Pure Melt Cleansing Gel. I’ve talked about it before, because it’s been part of my bedtime routine for years. It’s gentle (key word!), smells really nice, leaves my face fresh and nourished and it actually melts your makeup in no time. Plus you can use it for your eye makeup as well. As soon as you massage your face with it you turn into a panda / 90’s Courtney Love / Dalí melting watch and after a few seconds, your skin will be clean. That’s perfect for those days when you are extremely tired and just want to go to bed or have dinner on the sofa while watching Suits or fall into a coma as quick as possible.

So, even though I’d repurchase all these products and I like them all very much, my heart belongs to the Clarins Pure Melt Cleansing Gel. It’s the one that feels indulgent but has the best arriving at home – pijama ready time ratio, it has a sensible price tag and smells lovely. Oh, admit it! You kow I was going to go for Clarins. I’m addicted to this brand and we all know it.

Now excuse me, I have to keep picking socks from the floor…

An avocado toast on The slow pace, finally!

Yes, it’s finally here. An avocado toast on The slow pace! The queen of Instagram! The dish that has taken the world by storm! The healthy(ish) way of eating bread with things!  Such a cliché… but since one of our goals for this year was to publish what we want and for the past few years we’ve been having a version of this dish for dinner at least twice a week, we are sharing our favourite avocado toast today. As if the world needed another avocado toast recipe? Well, wait to try this creamy, zingy, delicious toast with fresh, light tomato salad and judge us afterwards.

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You’ll need (serves 2):
4 slices sourdough or wholegrain bread
8 slices bacon
2 eggs
1 avocado
Juice of one lime
Pesto
Chili flakes
Hot paprika

For the tomato salad:
One tomato, finely diced
1 red onion, finely diced
1/2 teaspoon sugar (we use coconut sugar)
1 teaspoon chopped mint
Apple cider vinegar

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Grill the bacon until it’s crispy. When bacon is done to your liking place it on paper towel to drain, and get rid of excess bacon fat. I told you this was healthy(ish).

Meanwhile combine the tomato, the red onion, one tablespoon of apple cider vinegar, the sugar and chopped mint. You can add it salt,if you want to.

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Halve the avocado and remove the stone. Scoop out the flesh into a bowl and add de lime juice and a couple of pinches of chili flakes. Mash everything together.

Now, things get tricky, you have to toast the bread and cook the eggs at the same time. It’s all about coordination. To make things easier we usually prepare sunny side up eggs but, of course, you can poach your eggs. We try to avoid it because we are the worst when it comes to poaching eggs and ew usually eat this for breakfast or dinner after a work out so we need things done pronto. But feel free to poach away.

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Finally, spread each slice of toasted bread with a fine layer of pesto, add the mashed avocado, a crispy layer of bacon and top with an egg. Sprinkle with a little bit more of chili flakes and a little hot paprika and serve with the tomato salad. I promise you you will never treat an avocado toast with disdain.

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The easiest Winter bouquet

I don’t know about you but I can’t be more tired of this darkness. We wake up and it’s still dark, we leave the office and it’s dark again. This darkness is depressing and, what is more important: we can’t take pictures of anything… DRAMA!

Truth is that we are so, so, tired of Winter already. And we still have a couple of months of cold and darkness ahead. So we have no alternative, we have to make the most of it. For that, we trust in Netflix marathons, candles and good food to cheer us up. However there is one thing that lifts the mood at home instantly: flowers. Every week we buy and play with flowers in order to make our home brighter. I’m not kidding when I say that these colourful bundles are the highlight of our weeks, and the proof is that they are the only thing that makes it to our Instagram feed, (exhibit A, exhibit B) and everyone knows that what we show on Instagram is the best of our lives so…

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This is the Winter bouquet that is going to make this gloomy, wintery week bearable. We went for a light sage green and white colour palette because we love the combination and because we need light colours to reflect the little bit of light that we get during the day.

We’ve used:
– White roses
– Eucaliptus leaves
– Baby’s breath
– A clear Ikea vase

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In this post you have lots of tips to choose, buy and keep flower bouquets beautiful. In this case, the best tip we can give you is to put the bouquet in warm water, not cold water. These flowers love warm water. And since we chose a clear vase, we stripped stems of any leaves that would otherwise be standing in water and, therefore, make it look turbid.

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The steps to reproduce this bouquet can’t be easier: start by grouping the roses, surround them with the eucalyptus leaves and finally add some touches of baby’s breath. See? Can’t be easier. Just make the eucalyptus leaves and baby’s breath a little bit taller than the roses to create different heights, which always makes bouquets look bigger.

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And voilà! In less than ten minutes you will have a gorgeous bouquet that will help you overcome the Winter blues. It works like a charm! You know, joy can be found in the little things…

Goan turkey curry

After 15 days eating tapas non stop we felt the urge to go back to our normal, light, high in vegetables and low in salt food. It’s funny because, as an expat, one of the things you miss the most is your food, the food your grew up with, the special treats, the flavours that you remember as part of your upbringing. But once you live abroad and you get used to other types of food and once you’ve managed to create your very own mix and match pantry, the food and traditional dishes of your country do feel different and you get tired of them sooner than expected. That’s a little bit sad because it makes you feel cut off from your roots but at the same time it’s a happy symptom of your adjustment to the new life you’ve created abroad. We never thought that we’d be looking forward to stopping eating ensaladilla rusa and solomillo al whiskey, but here we are.

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Since we moved to Germany we’ve been developing a taste for Asian food, plant based recipes and, in general, easier to digest dishes. Maybe because of that, we’ve barely  survived the Spanish Christmas binges this year. So we must admit that we were happy to be back in our kitchen, eating simple, fresh food. Not that Spanish food is not fresh! It’s super fresh and delicious but sometimes you just need a salad with a simple dressing for dinner and that’s enough. And you won’t believe us but we’ve missed coriander, limes, avocado and hummus like crazy.

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So here you have a recipe that is really fullfilling (because we are always hungry), spicy and delicious, but feels light and fresh. It’s our take on the Goan Chicken Curry by Madeleine Shaw. You will need:

1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil (evoo)
1 onion, finely dices
2 tsp ground coriander
2 tsp ground cumin
1/2 tsp ground black pepper
1 tsp cayenne
3 garlic cloves, crushed
1 tbsp grated ginger (bonus points if it’s freshly grated)
500 g turkey breasts cut into bite-sized pieces
400 ml can coconut milk
200 g sugar snap peas, sliced lengthways
Juice of 1 lime
Water

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The steps are ridiculously easy: heat the evoo in a large pot, add the onion and cook until soft and slightly browned. Add the spices, 1 tbsp water, garlic and ginger. Stir for 5 minutes and add another tbsp of water if you feel that the spices are about to burn.
Now add the turkey pieces and let it cook until the turkey is opaque. Pour over the coconut milk, bring to a simmer and cook for another 15 minutes over a medium heat. Finally add the snap peas and the lime juice and let everything cook another 5 to 10 minutes, checking if the turkey is cooked through.

Best eaten it with rice (or cauliflower rice if you are avoiding carbs) this is a wonderful recipe to reheat and eat during your lunch break at work. We can say that it’s even more delicious the day after because the sauce usually thickens and becomes even tastier.

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Obviously we will be missing Spanish food next week, but for now, let the detox begin.

PS: In our detox we continue eating chocolate and cookies because life without treats is not worth living.

Hello 2018!

Happy New Year! We are back from a crazy couple of weeks in Spain and we are still adapting to our slow-paced life in Germany. We hope you’ve had a wonderful time with your family and friends, we sure did and now it’s time to get back to work and our beloved routine.

First of all, this is not a post about New Year’s resolutions, mostly because we don’t have any. We just hope 2018 brings health, that’s all. However, we are quite excited about 2018, a year that starts on Monday has to be a great one, no? And since this year looks so organised already, we want to get this online space all tidy, neat and prepared for the next months. So, here’s what you can expect from The slow pace this year….

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What started as a travel blog has turned into a different thing because… well, because we can’t travel as frequently as we would want to, because I am a beauty addict and I love sharing whatever I’m coveting and because cooking and food have a very important place in our lives and, in the end, this space reflects our everyday life so, it’s an honest reflection of us. And even when we don’t have millions of visitors or thousands of followers, we enjoy being us. And that’s exactly what we will do in the next 12 months.

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Of course we will continue sharing our tips for European weekend getaways, including restaurants, long walks and slow-paced travel ideas.  We are planning a weekend in London in February and another one in Venice in March. As much as we would love to escape more often, that won’t be possible, but hopefully we will be able to squeeze a couple of long weekends away in our schedule before Summer.

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Food will be very important this year in The slow pace. We want to share more recipes and continue with our cooking and meal prep tips because we want to help you with your everyday life, the life where you don’t feel like cooking dinner, where you crave chocolate and naughty desserts and where you have lot of things to do apart from cooking a perfect meal. We want to focus in easy, healthy dinners because we find that after a long day of work everyone wants a delicious meal (as a reward for all the hard work), but at the same time no one wants to spend hours in the kitchen or eat fast food that makes you feel bad the morning after. No foodie walk of shames!

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And finally that cliché category that is lifestyle… We will keep talking about makeup and we will focus a little bit more on skincare, because time passes by and we want you to feel good in the skin you are in.  We will also keep you updated in our capsule wardrobing shenanigans and we will publish more content about entertaining and home decor. We love staying at home and we feel that we don’t share this passion for homey things around here. Flowers will appear more frequently (I really doubted about publishing this post last year and it ended up being one of the most popular posts of 2017!) and, in general terms, we will try to put into practice what we are learning from the book that has open our personal book club in 2018: The subtle art of not giving a f*ck (in this case, when hitting the publish button).

Welcome to The slow paced 2018, hopefully we will entertain you and make your coffee breaks nicer!

PS: let us know if you want to see something else in here, we would love to know your opinions!

 

Merry Christmas!

 

Before starting with the preparations of a very special Christmas Eve, we want to wish you a very merry Christmas!

This year has been a little bit weird for us but it’s been a great year! We move forward at a very slow but very steady pace and in 2017 we have started lots of exciting new projects. Hopefully this year has been good for you as well!

We want to thank you for joining us every week and follow along. Those of you who comment frequently: thank you, friends! And those of you who never comment but always come back here for a dose of simple things, thank you too!

So put on your pyjamas, hug your loved ones and enjoy these holidays!

Festive makeup

After a whole day packing, which we both hate, we are about to head home for Christmas. That means we are going to meet our families and friends which we haven’t seen for what it feels like ages. That also means that we will be going out more than usual, which isn’t difficult because we usually go to bed at 10pm. And for me, that also means that I have more opportunities to wear makeup. Yay!

You already know that I love makeup so any occasion to rock a red lip is welcome… but only if I can be in my bed by 10pm. So Christmas is perfect because you basically can wear the most insane red lip all day every day without anyone saying: uuuhhh, red lips… what are you celebrating? To which I usually answer: Life, you moron! But during the holidays if anyone remarks that I’m wearing red lipstick (in case I forgot the ten minutes I spent perfecting my lip liner, I guess) I can answer: Christmas! (You moron!)

So today I will share with you, makeup fanatics and other kinds of people that for whatever reason are reading this, the face I will be wearing everyday until January 6th. We celebrate the arrival of the Three Wise Men so for us Christmas lasts until January 6th. and we eat roscón de reyes which is one of the best things that Spain has given to the world.

The idea for my festive makeup is: flawless but natural complexion with the tiniest bit of bronzer (so that I don’t look like Morticia Adams and I can pretend I have cheekbones) and rosy cheeks (that make me look like I’ve been walking in the snow for ten minutes). Then a discreet but gorgeously happy eye with just a wash of the most beautiful eyeshadow that has ever existed and lots of mascara to make my eyes look big even though they are the tiniest eyes ever. And finally a juicy red lip that doesn’t go all over my face.  Sounds lovely, huh?

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This is what I use:

Armani Luminous Silk Foundation: the perfect amount of coverage to get a nice, natural complexion. You know, the kind that makes you look alive the morning after chatting all night with your best friends while drinking some cocktails.

Clarins Instant concealer: great to hide the spots that embellish your chin after having eaten your weight in turrón and polvorones (the best legacy of the Arab Islamic conquest in Spain and the best part of Christmas in Spain).

Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze and Glow: like I’ve said before, a discreet amount of bronze in the right places makes me pretend I have something similar to cheekbones. And the glow makes my skin look like I haven’t a serious Vitamin D deficiency.

Clarins Blush Prodige Illuminating Cheek colour: a dash of this peachy pink shade will make you look fifteen minutes younger. And this is great when you bump into your high school archenemy in the grocery store just when your mum starts saying: stop buying turrón, you are fatter every year!!! Then you will trust in your young, fresh, healthy makeup, do your best hair flip and try to leave with dignity.

Dior Cosmopolite Eyeshadow: the most beautiful eyeshadow in human history. And maybe that’s an understatement. A light wash of colour is enough. It looks bronze and gold (or maybe rose gold? Gasp!), gorgeous, subtle but yet sparkly. It will make you feel the queen of the party even though you actually are the biggest loser at the aforementioned party. No one needs to know and this eyeshadows has your back. You will sparkle…  but with elegance and refinement because it’s Dior. Although no one will notice because generally no one notices you. But you know and that’s enough. This eyeshadow will give you confidence.

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Lancôme Monsieur Big Mascara: your best friend if you need to look awake and you want your eyes to look bigger. Besides it smudges a little bit if you cry so it will stop you from crying every time you meet or say goodbye to a friend or family member. Because it will ruin your makeup and we do not want that! Your vanity is important, remember. In this case the smudge factor is positive because it will keep you from unashamedly sharing your feelings and cry while you say to your friends and family that you miss them. It will help you become a sophisticated, cool relative and/or friend.

Rouge Dior and Dior Contour in Sophisticated Matte: the winning combination if you want juicy but matte red lips. I apply the lipstick first and then the lip liner to avoid the terrible Mona ‘Hatchet-Face’ Malnorowski in Cry Baby effect. This colour is perfect to frame your biggest, most sincere smile, that smile that appears in your face when you see your family and friends after months without hugging them. Red lipstick and that feeling… oh, the best things of Christmas!

PS: I’m joking, turrón and roscón de reyes are the best things of Christmas.

PD2:  #nevernoteating!

Capsule wardrobe: one month, one piece. An update

Since the year is coming to an end, I wanted to share an honest update on my capsule wardrobe and the resolution I made in January about buying no more than one piece for my wardrobe each month. Last time we spoke about this it was May and things were going pretty great. You can read the post here if you want to know why I wanted to edit my wardrobe and shop more consciously.

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In May I did buy something. A pair of Mango trousers. But it was a bad purchase. It was so warm when we visited Madrid and we were going to Ibiza afterwards (by the way, we made a slow-paced weekend guide to Ibiza if you want to have a look!)  and I just wanted some kind of flowy, comfortable pants. So one afternoon, walking around town with my mum, I made that impromptu purchase. The pants are nice and I like them, they were a fun way of incorporating the ruffle pant trend in a subtle way. But in spite of being super comfortable and having a great light fabric that was perfect for Summer, they didn’t fit very well and didn’t flatter my silhouette. AT ALL. So I just wore them with the one sweater that looked good with them.  In short: I betrayed my resolution about versatile pieces. Do I regret this purchase? Yes.

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Then June came and with it came the sales. We happened to visit London during the sales and I bought a JCrew blazer and a JCrew basic grey sweater. Actually I had been looking for that exact blazer for a long time so the sales were the perfect time to buy it. That was supposed to be my only purchase and it was a bargain, being 40% off. You can find the link here if you want to buy it or add it to your wishlist. It’s great for work but I also love wearing it with jeans and the grey Adidas Gazelle I bought in January. But then I saw the grey sweater (also reduced) and, as you read in this post, grey is my jam. Sadly my beloved COS grey sweater that I used to wear every other day suffered an accident inside the washing machine and died. So this purchase was more a “substitution purchase” kind of thing. A basic grey jumper is to my wardrobe what extra virgin olive oil is to my kitchen, (imperative, indispensable, vital) so I took it home with me. Do I regret those purchases? Nope. Great quality, versatility and reduced price. Great buy, if you ask me.

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Two purchases in one month… not that bad, huh? I’ve been wearing both pieces a lot and I know I can wear them until they tear apart. Oh but then we came back to Bremen and a new sneaker shop had opened and we made the mistake of paying a visit and well, I was weak and I didn’t need any pair of sneakers but I really wanted some navy sneakers and… BUM. This navy New Balance with copper accents had to be mine. I think that the fact that they are navy with copper accents, I insist, should be excuse enough. But yeah, I betrayed myself, I threw my plan out of the window… but oh, well. Do I regret the purchase? No. Did I mention that they are navy with copper accents? And sneakers are my weakness. I embrace it and accept it.

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And speaking about sneakers… In July my good old Stan Smiths were so disgusting and had so many tiny holes that I decided to substitute them with a new pair. So another “substitution purchase”, I guess. By then, I realized that I had bought three pair of sneakers in seven months and no other type of shoes. So no more sneakers for me. That’s enough. Is there any sneakeraholic anonymous association? I could use a pair of meetings I guess.

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So as you can see my one month, one piece policy was not going well. Oh but have faith in me! I could do much worse! And I did, of course: in July I also bought that pink flowery skirt in Mango and those two T-shirts in & Other stories, that you’ve already seen here. To be honest, I had a long skirt and a t-Shirt with some kind of embroidery in my Summer wish list so those two purchases were well planned. I didn’t want to spend much money because we have ten days of Summer per year so I prefer to invest on good knits and coats and leave the high street bargains for Summery pieces. The navy T-shirt was unexpected, though. But it was so pretty and soft. I added to the cart, what can I say?

I have to admit that I was very happy with all the July buys. I wore the skirt with both T-shirts the whole (10 days of) Summer and I even wore it with a chambray shirt for work several times. Both T-shirts were well loved and I can’t wait for next Summer to wear them again. As you can see on the pictures the Stan Smiths have been going out a lot and have already lost that bright white newness. And the skirt got many compliments, so I was happy although I felt a tad guilty for betraying my rule. Again.

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However, the two following months, August and September, I didn’t buy a single thing. I just didn’t need anything. No shopping urges, no fashion inspiration. Nada. I wore my basics again and again, as usual. And beware that at the end of September we travelled to Copenhagen! And that’s normally dangerous! Well, technically I didn’t buy anything in September but I did buy two pair of jeans in October during that same trip. I know I’m late to the party but I discovered the incredibly comfortable Jamie jeans in Topshop and I took two pairs home with me: a pair in dark blue wash and a pair in black.  There’s no picture of those jeans because you’ve already seen a pair of plain basic skinny jeans before, haven’t you?

Anyway, how can skinny jeans be so similar to pyjama pants??? You have to know that I only wear skinny high waisted jeans. And I wear them every day, they are an essential part of my uniform. In that trip I tried almost 20 pairs of jeans in &Other Stories, but the cool ones: mum jeans, straight jeans, cropped jeans, girlfriend jeans… you name it. And they all looked terrible on me. So even if I try to be fashion-forward, I can’t. My thighs won’t allow it. But I’ve been wearing those Jamie jeans on a daily basis and I will continue to do so, especially during the holidays because they can easily embrace my food babies. I’m very happy with those jeans and I will repurchase them if I need to.

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November: Again, no purchases. Not one. I had a list of items in my wish list for the Black Friday sales (a Max Mara sweater, a Burberry peacoat, Tods loafers and a Samsoe & Samsoe cashmere sweater) but naturally the pieces I wanted weren’t on sale. Obviously. Maybe I have more luck during the Winter sales? We’ll see.

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And finally, December: temperatures dropped tremendously and when I came across this turtleneck sweater that is super comfy and cosy and soft I bought it. Since my daily uniform consist in Jamie jeans + huge knit + boots / sneakers if the weather allows it, we can all agree that it fits in my wardrobe. I already have a similar number but I’ve been wearing it so much that it looks sad, so again we can say that it’s a substitution purchase.  Maybe I’ll donate the old one to leave space for this new one. By the way, & Other Stories knits are fantastic, a great value for money.

And that’s it. Maybe if we calculate the average I didn’t fail so spectacularly. But, let’s be honest, the rule was so strict that it was unrealistic. At least for me. However, buying less has made me more selective and I really like the planning and the mix matching with the pieces I already own. The truth is that my lifestyle is simple and I have plenty of clothes to wear, so I really don’t need to shop that much. I rarely go out at night,  I have my special occasion dress (which I use twice a year if I’m lucky) and since I dress to feel comfortable and to survive this terrible German weather buying sophisticated clothes would be a nonsense. Sometimes I don’t see more than two people at work and this city is the kingdom of “are you going to the mountains? oh no these are just my clothes”  so I really don’t bother that much. However, sometimes I miss the thrill of wearing fancy clothes for the first time and I hate my monochrome, boring wardrobe. But then I try to dress up a little bit and I get pooped by a raven on my way to work, the wind breaks my umbrella and I get to wherever I’m going soaking wet, the tram breaks and I have to walk and therefore I get a cold because I’m not wearing big socks or boots… So in the battle between weather conditions / general calamities and fashion, weather conditions / general calamities always win. And I guess I dress for that! Besides, if you look at my Pinterest boards, everything is monochrome, boring and comfortable. And that’s how I like it!

 

Baked courgette fries

When it comes to Christmas there are two kinds of people. Those who wear velvet and entertain and those who spend the holidays in pyjamas while eating their weight in sweets.  Are you one of those people who plans lovely Christmas gatherings at home and dresses up? Then we have a lovely, healthy appetizer for you. Are you a pyjama wearer, TV marathon binge watcher? Here you have a delicious snack that will make you eat veggies while leaving more place for chocolate.

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You will need (serves 2):
1 large courgette
50 g ground almonds
30 g Parmesan cheese, grated
1/2 tsp oregano
A small pinch of cayenne pepper
1 egg

We found this recipe in this book, that it’s one of our favourite cookbooks ever, as you probably know if you have been following us for a while. Or for two weeks, for that matter. We talk about it all the time and we have prepared almost every single recipe of the book!

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Anyway, the steps to get these delicious baked courgette fries are very easy:

1.Preheat the oven to fan 200C

2. Cut your courgettes into French-fry style strips.  Here the books recommends seasoning with salt but since the Parmesan cheese is really salty, we don’t use added salt.

3. Mix the ground almonds, grated Parmesan, oregano and cayenne pepper in a bowl.

4. Beat the egg, dip each courgette strip into the egg and then into the ground almonds, Parmesan cheese and herbs mix.

5. Lay the courgette fries on a baking sheet and bake for 10 minutes. You want just one layer of courgette fries so prepare a second baking sheet if needed.

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Don’t let them cool so eat them right away, when they are still crispy. To be honest we are not very fond of courgettes at home, we tolerate them but we don’t love them, so this is a nice way of eating them. And whether you organize fancy soirées at home or you just want to stuff your face with delicious food this Christmas (in pyjamas on the sofa, obviously), you’d love this recipe!

PD: more snack ideas for your Christmas parties.

Christmas cards 2017

They are here! Our Christmas Cards 2017 ! Ok, let’s not get carried away by enthusiasm because this year there’s no DIY. Even though we managed to create our very own Christmas crown, this year we simply didn’t find the time to DIY our Christmas cards. Why? Because #life.

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While we wanted to show you a Pinterest worthy DIY, we didn’t have time to prepare it. The truth is that as much as we plan things, sometimes we can’t do it all. I felt really bad because it’s something I love to do and, after 16 years together, I believe I have infected my wife with my histrionic Christmas spirit, but this year I couldn’t make it. Long hours at the office, a nightmare that involves a marathon through German bureaucracy pretty similar to The twelve tasks of Asterix and our firm commitment to our fitness routine made it impossible. Well, all that and the last two seasons of Grey’s Anatomy. We procrastinate too, that’s the truth. We are humans and we are addicted to too many TV shows. What can we say?

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Honestly, I almost gave up and didn’t send the Christmas cards this year. I thought that if they weren’t cute, original and made by us, they wouldn’t be worth it. But then I remembered the postman in the tiny, tiny, tiny village where my auntie lives. He always says that ours is the only Christmas card that he delivers every year and gets super excited about it. He calls my auntie and announces the arrival of the only Christmas card that the village receives. He blames technology and Whatsapp. And that got me thinking about those annoying Christmas greetings via social media and then I thought about the people we love receiving and deleting lots of memes and empty online words. And then I imagined our friend’s and family’s homes and our little Christmas Cards next to the Christmas trees or decorations. So I decided that even if this year our cards might not be the best, they still mean something.

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So I run to my favourite craft shop and bought a bunch of fun Christmas cards with golden envelopes to match. Ok, no DIY but I still wanted them to be really pretty. And after one of those long, tiring days, we sat down and  wrote a couple of things, not much, something warm and fun. Because we just wanted to say: hi, we remember you and we wish you a merry Christmas. And sometimes that’s enough. So last Monday I run to the post office and sent the cards. And now we can be happy thinking about our Christmas cards in our friend’s and family’s home. Maybe when they pass next to them they remember us and smile? We hope so! However, I’m not so sure they will love that they are in German and they will have to translate them!

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If you feel like DIYing, here you have our previous Christmas cards: 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016.

PD: If you like the Christmas cards on the pictures, you can buy them here.