Beneath The Surface

Monday, May 21, 2018





Wow, those awe-inspiring photos were taken in a bunch of amazing places around the world, from the Farne Islands in the North East of England to even Cuba. They showcase the incredible underwater world in its full glory. Personally, I can't get over the cuteness of that seal in the second image. You?

P.S: Life on a goat farm.
P.P.S: llama type of day.

(via DailyMail)

Weekend Jollies

Friday, May 18, 2018

Cheers to the weekend. What are your plans for the next two days? Tomorrow night we are meeting friends for dinner and a movie, but tonight is all about chilling on our balcony with a glass of wine. Wishing everyone a beautiful next two days, I'll see you back here on Monday morning, but before you start weekending, don't miss out on those cool links below.

The strange, uplifting tale of 'Joy of Cooking' versus the food scientist.

Imagining a world after Anna.

What a gem of a place!

'I grew up on a diet of 90's skinny white-girl culture: Rachel Green, Buffy, Carrie Bradshaw.'

Ha!

Buying slow fashion on a 'stay-at-home' mom budget.

Springtime adulting.

Dear sugar...

The career advice no one will give you.

Kitchen niftiness on another level.

The art of leaning back.

How to avoid impulse purchases.

How eating a plant-based diet has changed my perception of food.

This.

Oatmeal is my gem!

Yes!

Eight habits that are worth the trouble.

The very best breathing technique for anxiety.

Nifty.

How to join the minimalism movement.

And fancy a blast from the past?
- Eight years ago today
- Seven years ago today.
- Six years ago today.
- Five years ago yesterday.
- Four years ago tomorrow.
- Three years ago today.
- Two years ago today.
- One year ago day before yesterday.

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(Photo by Jiawa Liu)

This Week's Gems

Thursday, May 17, 2018

This dress is on my wish list...

My go-to sassy arrow studs...

Oh boy, you have to try this salted pretzel dark chocolate! My favourite right now...

The prettiest stem vases...

Showstopper...

To make your home smell amazing...

Swoon!...

True!...

Hi there:)...

Stunning quilt...

Summer hat sorted...

Rainbow leggings = rainbow workout :)...

Dearies, what caught your eye this week? Any great finds or buys?

P.S: Fancy more gems?

Yay! It's Wednesday Cake!

Wednesday, May 16, 2018


Yay, after a little break, we are back with a new Wednesday cake and it's a good one! To celebrate the glorious strawberry season, last Wednesday I made Anna Jones' healthy and scrumptious brownie with fresh berries and pistachios.

It came out gooey, rich, deliciously satisfying and totally chocolate-y. It's one one those desserts that a true chocolate person will never say no to. Try it...

Strawberry + Pistachio Brownies 
(Makes 12 brownies. Recipe by Anna Jones from her Modern Way to Cook cookbook)

Ingredients:
- 3 tbsp chia seeds or 3 eggs
- 200g dark chocolate (70%), roughly chopped
- 100g coconut oil
- 200g coconut sugar
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 200g ground almonds
- 1 ½ tsp baking powder, if you are using chia seeds
- 50g cocoa powder
- 125g strawberries
- 50g pistachio nuts, roughly chopped

Preheat the oven to 180c/fan 160c and get all your ingredients and equipment together. Grease a small brownie tin with coconut oil and line it with baking paper.

 If you are using chia seeds rather than eggs, put the seeds in a little bowl and add 9 tbsp of cold water. Leave to form a gel-like paste.

Place a large, heatproof bowl (big enough to fit all your ingredients) over a pan of barely simmering water, making sure the bowl doesn’t touch the water. Put 150g of the chocolate into the bowl along with the coconut oil, sugar and vanilla extract. Let them melt, stirring from time to time until the sugar is dissolved.

Once melted, take the bowl off the heat and stir in the beaten eggs or the chia seed mixture, then the ground almonds, baking powder (if using), cocoa powder, half the strawberries and pistachios and remaining chocolate. Fold everything together until well mixed. Pour the brownie mix into the lined tin and scatter over the rest of the strawberries and pistachios.

Bake for 30 - 35 minutes until just cooked but still a little soft in the middle. Leave to cool for at least 20 minutes before cutting. These will keep for 3 - 4 days. Ta-dah!

P.S: Yum!
P.P.S: Fancy more?

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Food Bites

Tuesday, May 15, 2018







Food Bites is a super creative feed from a mum who makes every meal more fun with her culinary creations. I'm all about those mozzarella chicks, you?

P.S: Culinary canvas.
P.P.S: Remember those food maps?

The Ways That Dogs Make Us Happier

Monday, May 14, 2018

Ever since we got Jenny last year, I've realized how incredibly uplifting her constant positive energy can be. She adds all those happy vibes to our days and her tail never quits.

Anyway, recently a few friends told me that I look happier and just generally more relaxed since Jenny come along. So I started to read up on the benefits that come from owning a pet and to my surprise, I realized how good they really are not only for our psyche, but also for our overall well-being.

Here are a few examples:

- A study published in Scientific Reports shows that owning a dog reduces our risk of cardiovascular disease and death. Researchers found, after looking at data from over 3 million people, that the increased social support and physical activity that comes from having a dog lowers the risk of cardiovascular disease by 11% and death from any cause by 15%.

- They help us make friends. Taking your dog out in public is a great icebreaker - a study by Britain's Warwick University found that 40 percent of people reported making friends much easier because of their dog.

- They boost our mood. Towards the end of the work day all you can think about is going home to your patiently waiting pup. It's because they are basically the best stress buster ever. Petting a dog can increase levels of the stress-reducing hormone oxytocin and decrease production of the stress hormone cortisol. Researchers found that patients with high blood pressure who also had pets could keep their blood pressure lower during times of mental stress than patients without a pet.

So, here it is...Do you have a dog? Tell me all about her/him:)

P.S: Fancy more?
P.P.S: A little reminder.

(Top photo via A Well Traveled Woman. Tips via Apartment Therapy and The Loop)

Weekend Jollies

Friday, May 11, 2018

Cheers to the weekend! What are you up to? Tonight we are going to a vegan festival and I'm hoping to eat my weight in vegan burgers and ice-lollies. Besides that, I'm planning to go for a swim one of those days and maybe take Jenny for a long hike somewhere beautiful. Wishing you all a great next two days, I'll see you on Monday morning.

How to do salad for dinner like they do in Paris.

'But I’ve also added some positive new rules. Like, I’m not allowed to talk to myself in a way that I would never, ever talk to someone else...'

SO good!

Tuning into France’s best podcasts.

'Yes, I use a hair dryer to make roast chicken'.

This...

Polish crocus goodness...

'The things that move me.'

The male glance: how we fail to take women’s stories seriously.

'My fake commute.'

Spot on.

Simple dish-washing.

5 ways to dress up your staircase.

'Our big bear family.'

Homemade biscuits for your pooch:)

Have you ever been to Verona?

Why we should all jump rope.

'We know, individually, that skin cannot be “bad” or “good - or, at least, we should.'

And fancy a blast from the past?
- Eight years ago today
- Seven years ago yesterday.
- Six years ago today.
- Five years ago yesterday.
- Four years ago tomorrow.
- Three years ago today.
- Two years ago today.
- One year ago today.

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(Photo of Diablo Lake by Ryan Brien)

This Week's Gems

Thursday, May 10, 2018

The sassiest dress!...

Totally smitten with those black diamond studs. You?...

The cutest paperclips...

Keeper!...

Summery...

Jazzy sheets for summer...

Love!...

The prettiest top...

Fishy business :)...

Stunning porcelain lamp...

This set of British Creake and Co cutlers knives is something special!...

Dearies, what caught your eye this week? Any great finds or buys?

P.S: Fancy more gems?

Baby-less

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Having (or not having) babies is a deeply personal matter that some are more open about, while others prefer to keep the decision close to their heart. Having said that, I've been totally impressed by the diverse, non-judgmental online articles giving a voice to women around the world who decided to opt out of motherhood, or are just simply unsure about it. The decision is never easy and many factors go into it, but knowing that others go through the same thing, it's always reassuring, don't you think?

So today I'd love to share a bunch of thoughtful article links and quotes that I've been reading lately, about women and man who decided, one way or another, that parenthood is not in their future and they are totally cool with that...

'I’m going to rip the bandaid off and get the hard part of this story over with - I’m 35 years old, and I don’t want to have children. It’s not that I’m trying to save the world from overpopulation, or that I’m scared my child is going to grow up a victim of climate change. Or even that I’m nervous to try and find out that I can’t have kids… It’s just what I know and feel in my gut: I’m not meant to be a mother.'

'People often confuse 'having children' with 'being a grown-up'.

'I once heard a comedian say, 'never ask a woman if she’s pregnant unless you actually see a baby’s head coming out of her legs.' Sage advice - too bad no one ever takes it. I can't tell you how many times people asked me if I was pregnant, if I was planning on getting pregnant or what I was waiting for to get pregnant.'

'But when strangers ask about my plans for a child-free life, it can come off as if they're really asking what kind of person I am.'

'If I had a child today, I'm sure I would love her more than I can comprehend. But I'm also pretty sure I wouldn't love my life...'

'Having a baby doesn't define a woman. Being a kind and loving soul does.'

'It all felt very real all of a sudden, in a way that it never has before. And with that, I entered the mourning process for the child we most likely will never have.'

'Something weird is happening as I get older... I want babies…less and less.'

Any thoughts?

P.S: What's your perfect number?
P.P.S: Plus, this lovely series.

(Photo via For Emma, Forever Ago)

Constructal

Tuesday, May 8, 2018








Wow, Juana Gómez is an incredibly talented Chilean artist who uses embroidery to explore themes of genealogy, mythology and biology in the most interesting way.

In her own words:
'This fundamental law can be seen in the veins of a leaf, the course of a river and its tributaries, the central nervous system of humans, sea currents and routes of Internet traffic - deciphering the common language, connecting the micro with the macro, the outer and inner world, in order to distinguish a pattern that influences the inert, biological, social and cultural. It continuously affects us, unconsciously, and rules the everyday aspects of our movements through the city, and others as personal as the symbols of our dreams. Its essence lies in the way things flow along the path of least resistance.'

Striking, thought-provoking and kind-of genius! Don't you think?

P.S: Remember this?
P.P.S: Or that?

(via The Guardian)
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