Recently, I was very inspired by other people’s plans, dreams, goals, aims… and especially the way they achieve them. So it got me thinking why am I not as successful as they are? Why I haven’t achieved anything I wish for? But wait a minute. What exactly do I wish for?!
Thinking this way, I decided it is high time to decide what I want to achive and write a list. Well, after much consideration – two lists. One for long time goals (let’s call it my bucket list) and one for the things I want to do in the next three months.
- write perfect CV in English (and sample motivational letter)
- learn French at A1/A2 level
- defend my thesis (September 14th, fingers crossed)
- stop being a chicken and buy this bloody one-way ticket
- make a list of things I have to do in Ldn after arrival (eg. apply for NIN)
- come back to healthy lifestyle (long story to tell you…)
- but a laptop (any recommendations? I want ASUS but I’m not sure about the model)
- do more DIY projects
- move to London
- live in Paris and NY for a year
- visit New Zealand and Thailand
- buy professional camera
- work for Vogue and Burberry
I figured out that I only published recipes for cookies and cakes here, and you might be under the impression that I only eat sweets… so I decided to share this recipe with you. It’s perfect for cold and rainy days (such as of late are in Krakow), beacuse of ginger and pineapple flavors. It’s tasty, easy and fast to prepare, and what’s best – you can edit it however you like 🙂
per 3 servings
2 large carrots, sliced
150g French beans (haricots), cut in smaller pieces
1/2 can sweet corn
1 red pepper, sliced into small pieces
2 medium onions, chopped
3/4 can pineapple, cut into small pieces
100g broccoli, cut into pieces
1 can tomatoes, sliced
5 tbsp olive oil
2 tbsp tomato puree
powdered garlic, pepper, ginger, herbs, tao tao topping for spring rolls
Spring a pan with olive oil, gild onions. Add powdered garlic (1 tsp), pepper (1 tsp), ginger (1 tbsp), and herbs of your choice (I used: 1/2 tsp chili, 1 tbsp basil, 1 tbsp oregano, 1/2 tbsp red sweet pepper, 2 tbsp tao tao topping for spring rolls), and let gild for a minute (to extract aroma), stirring. Add carrots, beans, red pepper, brocolli and let fry for a few minutes. Add tomatoes and tomato puree , stir and let vegetables braise. After about 10 minutes (or when nearly braised), add sweet corn, pineapple and 15 tbsp of pineapple juice (form a can), let braise. At the end let the extra souce evaporate.
I served it with brown rice and some extra pineapple.
First of all, I am so terribly sorry for leaving you all without a word. I didn’t really expect it to happen, so I haven’t written anything in advance.
If you follow my twitter then you might know that there’s a lot happening in my life right now.
Since I wrote my last post, I was a bit ill and no doctor knew what was happening to me as all results were ok. At least one doctor diagnosed me and gave some medications, and well.. we will see if he was right ;p
Also after passing my last exam on June 29th, I tried to find a temporary (3 months long) job in Krakow and I massively failed in that. There’s no fashion industry as such here, no fashion journalism either, actually no job I am interested in, and what’s more depressing other jobs like waitresses or recepcionists – no vacats. So after catching a depression out of that I started helping my mum at her work.
I also figured out that it might be a good time to learn a new language. I always wanted to know French so I started learning it about 3 weeks ago… and it’s tough! I thought it would be easier but I’m determined (I just need more time than I previously thought I need). (fingers crossed here)
And probably the most important thing here. I was struggling with what I want. Let me explain. I’ve always wanted to live in London and work there (in fashion industry or movie industry, hopefully). So as I am just about to finish my studies I can fullfill my dream. Great, right? Right, but… I have SO MANY doubts. I mean I know that’s what I want, but I am so afraid I might loose. I know some people who graduated in June in UK and are struggling to find a job in London. And here I am, graduating at some foreign Uni, while English is not my first language and I don’t really have credentials… and I only have savings to rent a room there for 2 months… you got my point, right? I am so fighting with myself at the moment to buy (autumn pre-sales!) this one-way ticket for October 20th. Encouragement perhaps, please?
So here I am, struggling with all my life at the moment. But I really just want to make time for blogging as I really missed that. I also have so many things to share (starting with this easy recipe for dinner for a cold and rainy day) (continueing through my actual fight with my stuff I need to get rid off before I move to England, I’m putting it on sale – more info soon).
I know I promised you some more information and photos from Haute Couture shows, but yesterday (and partly today) I was haunted by… Harry Potter.
I watched the live world premiere from Trafalgar Square and it absolutely blowned my mind. I’ve been a fan since I can remember really. I grow up with the books and watching them beeing filmed as I am the same age as the main cast. I was such a geek fan that I even run a website and contributed to others for about 3 or 4 years few years back. I knew almost everything about Harry Potter. By the time I grow up I started to have a lot other things to do and think about, but I still remember quite a lot wizardry things.
I have to say, I watched live premieres for four previous movies and this one was so different. Even though WB didn’t bring us dragons nor dementors this time, it was much wilder this time around. Thousends and thousends of people (can you believe some of them camped there for 3 days?!) from all over the world gathered at the Trafalgar and Laicester Squares to see the cast for the very last time.
I was laughing and crying for about four hours live stream. So beautiful, moving and emotional. And it really felt like an end of the era. It actually felt like the end of my childhood and teens. Expecially after watching THIS part (a must-see!). So, so sad.
And now my favourite (female) looks from the premiere. Enjoy!
Emma Watson in Oscar de la Renta gown, Chopard earrings, a Boodles ring and silver Giuseppe Zanotti heels:
Can you id this jacket? Would be such a perfect piece in my wardrobe.. X
Emma Watson at the after party in Ellie Saab dress, Chopard earrings, a Boodles ring and silver Giuseppe Zanotti heels:
Bonnie Wright in Miu Miu dress, Miu Miu heels, Prada clutch:
Helena Bonham-Carter (I always adore her style – so quirky and unique):
And my very favourite photo from the premiere: 🙂
Have you been watching haute couture show this week? If no, you sill have one day of shows left to catch up (and also tons of videos and photos around the Internet from previous days).
I’ve watched the shows… I have to admit watching haute couture is like daydreaming for me. It’s so different from the regular shows and imagining myself having a chance to try some of those – almost princess-esque!
I loved most of the shows. Most of the pieces are really spectacular, well designed and well thought (but as always there were a few misses – but I’m not gonna talk about it now). I just wanna show you quickly some of my favourite pieces. Enjoy!
Giambattista Valli (I LOVE the whole collection really):
Giorgio Armani Prive:
Elie Saab (the whole collection is like cut off from a fairy tale… LOVE):
Jean Paul Gaultier (I definiately would love to wear most of the coats/overwear from this collection):
Valentino (I may call myself a valentino fan after seeing this show):
So those are just a few styles I like from this haute couture. I have much, much more to show you and discuss (!) but it’s still one more day to go and I haven’t got a chance to re-think my thoughts yet 😉
Last chance to watch – as for tomorrow: AZZEDINE ALAÏA, BOUCHERON, CHANEL JOAILLERIE, CHAUMET, DIOR JOAILLERIE, MELLERIO & VAN CLEEF & ARPELS.
I wanted to bake this cake for a long time now. Out of curiosity how a cake with tea leaves can turn out and taste.
The key point for this one is to use aromatic tea leaves such as those from Earl Grey or Lady Grey tea-bags. However even then your cake doesn’t have decisive tea taste, it’s rather delicate and I can quarantee – no one guesses this ingredient. But as long as I knew I swear to you I could taste it at the end of my tongue (but only me out of five people…).
Even though (even though the tea taste is not a strong one) this pound cake is really tasty. Delicate and sublime. Easy and quick to bake (just remember that all ingredients should be in the same room temperature and don’t mix then too long). Try this one for your afternoon tea!
For a 1,2 litre tin.
200g plain flour
50g potato flour
4 tbsp* milk
2tsp** baking powder
1tsp** vanilla extract
3 tsp** dry, fine tea leaves (Earl Gray or Lady Grey are the best)
Pound butter until fluffy. Add sugar and pound again. Add eggs, one at a time, mixing after each. Add both flours, baking powder, milk and vanilla extract while mixing. (Mix only until ingredients are combined.)
Prepare baking tin (eg. oil it and pour out with crumbs). Fill it up with dough until reaches 3/4 height.
Bake for about 40 minutes in a preheated 190ºC oven (160ºC for first 15 minutes). Let cool.
* 1 tbsp = 15ml
** 1 tsp = 5ml
When I started having problems with my skin (do you know what I’m talking about? Sometimes shiny, sometimes a spot here and there… well you get the idea. No one’s skin’s perfect.) my dermatologist recommended me those two.
The brand La Roche-Posay is quite well known all over the world (they produce cosmetics for over 30 years now). They specialize in sensitive skin problems, and have quite a wide range of products for all skin types. Cosmetics for skin with imperfections come with Effaclar name. And that’s what I am gonna talk to you about now.
There are 10 products in this category, which you can see here. However I only have been using Effaclar gel (left in the photo above) and Effaclar Duo (right) for what seems two years now.
Purifying Foaming Gel does what they say. It gently cleanses your face without irritating it, also affects emission of sebum (also regulates your skin pH), giving you fresh and clrean skin for hours. However I cannot tell weather it helps for imperfections as I was only using it with Effaclar Duo (but when I wasn’t using this particular gel before applying Effaclar Duo, I haven’t noticed any increase of imperfections). It also isn’t the best product to wash away you make-up (you can wash off foundation but for eg. mascara I recommend something different).
Effaclar Duo – well I’m in love with this one. It helps immediately. Only after first use you can see a different and using it regularly makes quite a change to your skin – no more imperfections nor shining problems. It fights against bacteria whose brings the acne and also unclogges pores. Consequently your skind really is smoother and cleaner.
However because of the ingredients used for this cream, you better monitor your skin if it’s not starting to dry up. They advise to use it twice a day (mornings and evenings), but from my experience you may only need to use it once (if you don’t have big skin problems). Most time I only use it in the mornings and in the evenings I use moisturizing one (otherwise my skin on the nose and cheeks starts to dry up and as you know it doesn’t look good then).
But please remember to choose cometics accordingly to YOUR skin type and skin problems. What is good for one may not be good for other 🙂
Average price – Effaclar gel: $22.00 / £9.00 / PLN35.00 for 200ml (also available in 400ml)
Average price – Effaclar Duo: $28.00 / £13,00 / PLN49.00 for 40ml