Bad mitten!

Last week has been crazy; I have been to Holland on two weeks ago, on a Thursday, and flew back to Manchester on Saturday afternoon. Needless to say I was exhausted.

Having decided to increase my fitness, I have attended a Badminton training session last week. I'm pretty excited about all this, just need new Badminton gear :)

Walking outside, ofcourse Manchester greeted me by showering me with its curtain of rain (never ending.. Just wonder if it ever gets bored of itself being so predictable!) Apart from that it is also really cold. Was speaking of ear muffs earlier, but seriously, my hands are freezing off lately. In need of gloves similar to those below! I do think leather keeps you warmer as opposed to cotton ones (which get soaked if raining/hailing/storming too).

All those are black as I want the black look this winter. Nice and cosy. You could say it's playing safe, but I just find it a classic colour!

Fringe gloves / Mango

Bowtie gloves / Mango

Bowtie gloves / Mango

What do you think?


London Fashion Week: Part III

(Top to bottom: Pecan nuts and honey pastry, Soho bun)

The last bit of highlight of strolling in London involved marching down Portobello Road and have a nibble at Gail's, which describes itself as an artisan bakery. There are about eleven in London, so if that's where you live, find the nearest one to you and indulge..
There are so many cafes selling the most yummy sandwiches and lovely vintage shops in Notting Hill, I just had to stop myself from going mad (perhaps should've worn a straitjacket).

One of those occasions - which definitely required a straitjacket - was when I walked past Hirst Antiques. This shop has packed its window with tons of antique jewellery (most were affordable and/or worn by celebrities such as Elle Macpherson and Elizabeth Taylor).

Straitjacket for you too?

London Fashion Week: Part II

Arrived in Holland last night, as I'm visiting my bestfriend to celebrate her birthday. I'm writing this now after having had my last session of my induction week at Uni yesterday!

Continuing where I left off, my boyfriend and I walked from Temple Underground with the intention to go to Vauxhall Fashion Scout first, but instead we got at Kingsway Hall first. 

In Kingsway Hall, EcoLuxe London held its fifth edition and had 35 stands with clothing and ecologically conscious products (click here to see which exhibitors where there). Of those, I liked the work of Anna P. the most. 

This headband of hers has been crafted by the leather being moulded over the studs, still giving whatever look this sharp softened edge (if that is even possible).

Next up was Vauxhall Fashion in Freemasons' Hall. Now, I was baffled by the designers' imagination (I thought mine was wild and far-fetched!) and got well excited to see more! 

Out of all of them, Steven Tai was most definitely one of my favourites. Tai explained his inspiration coming from the silhouettes of  nerds and his use of paper layers and tips of fountain pens to show this. 

S/S 2013 // Check out his collection and find out how he put his work together with the aid of graphical images. 


London Fashion Week: Part I

Impulsively I decided just about a week before, that I was going to go to London during fashion week.

I knew the chance was small I would attend shows, since tickets had obviously been requested far in advance, but I figured that there being a fashion week in London, would somehow mean there would be lots to do in London to do with fashion.

And there was :)

After a long journey on the bus - train was not an option, nor was car or air travel - I finally arrived in London.

The 'tour' went from Victoria underground to Temple, where the Somerset House was near to. Decided I'd make an attempt to register there, so that perhaps I could see some shows, but needed to have much more viewers on my blog, so perhaps next year or the year after?

From Temple onward the boyfriend and I stumbled upon a sweets shop called SugarSin. Literally got as excited as a kid in a sweets shop!

A cute note on the side of a SugarSin bag
Gnawed my way through the bag until the day after on my way home from Uni. Anyway, back to what happened in London (felt inclined to say Vegas, just because it makes it sound wild haha).

Next stop on the tour was Kingsway Hall Hotel. This was mainly an exhibition of designers and I saw some things that I would love to own!

Zara coat / H&M Shirt / Modalu for Topshop bag

Vauxhall Fashion Scout followed soon after, that was, before I found some lovely gems in Notting Hill!

Unfortunately, I have to go to a lecture, like now, so, if you want to know what went down in London, stay tuned!


Manchester blues

Today, strolling through Manchester, I discovered lots of new shops, restaurants and bars which will be featured at some point in my blog, but as I waited for my mum to get to her hotel, I realized the freezing cold is really setting in!

The first thing that always happens to me are my nose and ears getting RED! Rudolph the red-nosed reindeer much?

So perhaps I should invest in some of those?  
Asos Shearling Earmuffs

Too bad they don't have nose muffs, but I figure that would be a bit odd.


The candyfloss dream

The only thing that makes me okay with the slight anticipation of winter, is a warm jumper (and perhaps chai latte)! And with jumpers, I mean, clothes that you'd happily wear to sleep. (Okay, not really, but at least they put you to sleep). I think that chunky, heavier jewellery goes best with jumpers like this one.

You know, you wouldn't want it to dissappear in all that fluffiness.

Topshop fluffy jumper
And legging with a leather feel (or fabric) would go amazing with this.

Just saying.


Go Gwaan

This is also one of the brands I discovered while I was in Roma.

It is called Gwaan and marks itself by its funky, bold and edgy designs.

Studded friendship bracelet

Tribal and edgy at the same time.. Daring!

But then again, nothing is daring enough in fashion.

Gwaan band rings

Check out more of her bold accessories here.


Bizarre Lazzari

Do you like your jewellery a little... bizarre?

Livia Lazzari's "[..] collections are a blend of tribal atmospheres, pirate tales, a fascination for shamanic rituals and a Gothic mood."

I stumbled upon her stall in a vintage market in Rome, when I was visiting my dear friend F.

Apocalyptic Vision Necklace III: Vertebra in galvanized gold

Voodoo Amber Ring (imbedded insect from Philippines) 

Be sure to check out Livia Lazzari's voodoo jewels on her website. You'll be greeted by a captivating, mysterious (tribal tuned?) video that entertains you for a good few minutes - though if you're eager and can't wait - you can skip it and go straight to her shop and collections as well.

Source: livialazzari.com


Les Couples/The Kooples

Sorting out all the mess in my room today, I came across a magazine I once picked up from The Kooples store. Even though half of it is in French (the geek in me secretly loving that), it shows you couples' outfits.This brand is, I think, a perfect example of timeless pieces with endless combination possibilities.

Kooples Blue shirt with white collar

 Kooples Grey Jeans 

Kooples Grey round-neck sweater with black detail

What do you think? Classy, no?


Capture the moment

Having started to blog more and intending to keep it up, I keep seeing images around me everywhere that I would love to capture and share with you.

Is this Nikon D3200 the one?

If only my eyes were a camera! Isn't it kind of 'not done' not to have one when blogging?

So many nice place in Manchester that are underappreciated or undiscovered.

Or perhaps commit to one like this Canon EOS 550D?
I am absolutely not an expert when it comes to SLR cameras and do not know exactly
what every term means.

Only have an idea of what brand I would like; either a reliable Canon or Nikon.

Anyone any advice? It is very welcome!

Snap that!

You know those people that always upload photos on Facebook of whatever they're consuming?

Now there is a network, Foodspotting, where you can share it with the rest of the world! I felt it necessary to share it on here with you Lufers.

You might think: "Hmm, yeah, and?"

Why don't you check out this 1-minute video? I think this app is fab.

So in short, it is about finding, recommending and spotting food.

And what is better in this case, is that the visual bit of it helps you decide whether it is something you're willing to try. True?

So it is kind of like a visual menu.

One can recognize Foodspotting by this logo.

Check out Foodspotting.com. Fellow foodbloggers can also add Foodspotting's widgets to their blogs, clicking here so that we all know what you've been eating :)

Get the app, sign up, share pictures and stay tuned for new snaps of food in your area.


Sippin' On A Chai Latte

The first time I ever drank Chai Latte was in Caffè Nero on Oxford Road. It was an alien experience! Ever since, this is all I drink from Caffè Nero.

So today I wanted to make Chai Latte. The only problem was: I didn't have a mortar and pestle nor any equipment to make milk foam, nor anything to strain the chai masala with (asking for drama aren't I?).

So the key word here was improvisation.

Hope my sisters don't start rolling on the floor laughing at this haha!
Click here to learn how to make milk foam in a jar, using the microwave!

The first time I poured the cup, it was far too watery, so I reheated the pan and added more tea bags, but didn't let it boil.

The second cup was far stronger, but still watery, which leaves me thinking of a blog of a Chai Latte recipe I saved ages ago.

This woman, called Aarthi, instructs to boil milk first and then pour the chai masala in.

Perhaps I should do that the next time. Hm.

And please, if you have a pestle and mortar, a frother and a strainer, USE IT! I just did this because I didn't have these at my disposal.

Have you tried this before? And did you use milk or water to boil the chai masala in?

Source: www.ehow.com


Because you're worth it

We live in a time where we all rush to work, have little time to take care of ourselves, eat food that's even worse than it was ten years ago and are exposed to constant cold/heat/rain etc.

Whether we realize this or not, all this has major consequences for our hair.

I myself have 'black hair' of Afro-American descent, which means it needs lots of moisture and nurturing products to keep it healthy. I've had my hair permanently straightened for over decades (okay a little exaggerated, but most definitely ever since I was 12). So for (here's the maths) 7 years I have exposed my hair to blowdrying, straightening, relaxing and unwillingly to rain, draught, humidity etc. What it does, is making my hair extremely dry!

So I have vowed (yes, I do!) to take much better care of my hair and wanted to try something different from all the products I usually use, like Nexxus. This is something all blondes, brunettes and reds can try as well.

More natural products, such as those from The Bodyshop! No parabens, No silicones, No sulphates and No colourants!

I got well excited to try these, especially since many products these days have lots of chemicals in them that dry your hair out even more, just so you keep using them (or whatever commercially driven factor).

I have tried those bottles just twice now, so cannot tell you yet whether my hair has changed, however, it smells real nice and leaves my hair feeling silkily soft! The boyfriend even made a remark the other day, saying it smells lovely! (Click here for reviews of the shampoo and here for reviews of the conditioner)
In this shampoo you'll find two types of oils, honey and sugar.

The conditioner I used, contains mainly four types of oil and honey.
The sales-assistant handed me a sample of glossing serum, but it was too little, so I have only used it once. (Again, though, the smell of all the products I had was amazing!)
Got plenty of this straightening balm left! No steam coming off of my hair when straightening, so I think it is a good protector, but time will tell.
Got my eyes on this one the other day; It literally smells like what banana tastes like (does it make sense?)
In any way, the smell left me hugely confused and excited to try this one too!

This would be the follow-up. Though, note that the banana hair products do not state  "no parabens" etc. So you  are likely to find them.
The bodyshop has these natural shampoos for other types of hair as well, such as coloured, normal and oily hair and apparently the banana shampoo is making a 'comeback' thus should now be termed a classic.
I'd buy this product if it were only for having its stunning bottle in my possession!

Anyway, what good is your outfit if your hair is dry and brittle? I know most of us experience it (in fact, I am being tortured by it) but creating some spare time to nurture our hair with natural products daily could make a big difference.

A key to healthy hair is also said to be including omega-3 into your diet. Another reason (refering to my older posts) to eat salmon! Furthermore I like to wrap my hair into a (ideally silk) scarf to prevent breakage, I shower with a showercap to keep my hair from going frizzy and always carry an umbrella in my bag! (Living in Manchester you're just asking for it if you don't!)

Any tiny tricks you use to keep your hair looking fab?


Oh Leather Have It, Please!

I'm the kind of person that believes in buying durable statement pieces and working 'around' that, rather than statement pieces working around the things you already have.

Here are some I think are must-haves!

Parton Trim Boots

Leaf Cluster Choker

Vasilis Long Wrap Coat

Mini Jacquard Shorts

Melton Contrast Quilted Coat

Soft Leather Pocket Jacket

I'm in love the most with the shoes and Ted Baker coat and just need to have them, however, I think one should also have a LBC - long(er) black coat. You know, for those days you feel like being incognito or when you are in professional environments. Then again, on the other hand, one really makes a statement and leaves a deep impression with a red coat!

What have you GOT to have this winter?

For me the shoes and coat, definitely! Oh.. Did I tell you that already?


You'd better run, better run, faster than my bullet..

I've been horrible to my body lately.. Working at a burger restaurant, as much as I want to prevent all the junkfood, I cannot always avoid it. Especially not when there's a staff party. Key words of yesterday's staff party: KFC and Dominoes Pizza. I am so weak-minded when it comes to food! I would definitely loose a war if my enemies would bring in a Trojan food offering. Sad haha!

However, my unspoken rule is that after the day of sinning, follows a day with (super-)healthy food. So today I had salmon fillet marinated in lemon and herbs with some potatoes baked in the oven and salad on the side (carrots, cabbage etc). I used a dressing of just olive oil (don't have lemon to mix it with, snap!) pepper and salt. It was delish! Wish I ate this healthy everyday :)

Salmon is rich in good fat, called omega-3 :) which is good for the functioning your brain, helps your body control inflammations much better and reduces breast and prostate cancer. More? As Knoji.com puts it: Greasy skin becomes less greasy, fewer wrinkles, firmer skin!

So apart from trying to eat more healthy, I intend to boost my cardio, which is absolutely in a bad place right now (think: being out of breath after walking the stairs). I'm not overweight at all, but as the boyfriend put it, I could do with being toned and be fit. So, there is this fabulous brand of which I'd love to have many things, called Sweaty Betty, most of which you'll see in the collage underneath under running and yoga. Two things I'd like to start doing.

Note the ubercool iPod nano case holder!

|| Running: Headwarmers | Shock Absorber Run Bra | Velocity run jacket | Easy Run Pants | Black Tiktok iPod Nano Case Holder , iPod Nano |  Nike Air Max ||
|| Yoga: Yoga Vest | 7/8 Legging | Southwark Socks (so comfy for at home as well!) | Eco Yoga Mat ||

If you got titanic feet, like me, and cannot easily find your shoe size, have a look at ladyfootlocker.com (up to UK size 11/US size 13/EU size 44)! Great running shoes (or for any other sports), clothing and accessoiries.

I'm a bit more motivated to start now! It's just that I need to order my shoes as soon as I can and perhaps have a look around at other nice brands.

Have you got a favourite website, store or brand you like to get your sports clothes from?


Lick me like a lollipop

After work today, I strolled to Forever 21 - part of the shopping centre I work in - and found some cuddly, cute items which I'm sure will appear later on in my blogs!

Though later, when I was in Selfridges, I spotted something... extraordinary. Food in combination with insects. Or insects as food.

Insects usually disgust me as they crawl too fast, observe you while you're sleeping (I mean how creepy is that), fly around your face/food and maybe end up in you're mouth too. Apparently, we eat 8 spiders in our lifetime (sincere apologies to the arachnaphobics under us)!

Though, how cruel this may sound, insects can't do much harm in those forms, can they?

Vodka-flavoured lollipops containing scorpions

This company called "Edible" describes these vodka-flavoured lollipops as sugarfree (well done!) and if you
hold them under UV light they may turn out to be glow-in-the-dark lollipops! Other options are lollipops containing ants and worms.

Those 'insectopops' are just a fraction of the range of products in the various departments. So maybe if you're throwing a Halloween party this year and want to serve your guests extraordinary bites, you may try: barbeque worm crisps, chocolate covered scorpions and thai curry crickets to name a few..

Something more suitable for those who want to try something other than insects, but still peculiar:

Reindeer pate in the Carnivore department

Reindeer pate

Also, coffee-lufers have not been forgotten. Want to try a refined kind of coffee which does not have an aftertaste? Try coffee produced by civets - a type of cat that produces coffee beans through digesting(!) cherry stones.

Civet coffee

Other categories are Aphrodisiac (they sell pearl dust!), HerbivoreHerbs&SpicesEnglish Garden Collection and Apothecary.

A nice detail is that Edible lists the class, order, species and origin of each organism and provides informative descriptions for each product. For the biology lufers!

Must say, I love the classy golden can and simple packaging of Edible's products. The petri-dish like containers give this brand a laboratory look. Now, I happen to be an avid lover of CSI, Bones, The Closer - everything geeky! It nearly tempts me to... bail anyway. Though, I would try the coffee :)

As far as these especialties go, this isn't all of Edible's products. If you've become curious, check out www.edible-shop.com for the '[...] finest quality delicacies'. 

Would you give the lollipops a go?


Would you like a dipping sauce with that?

Five months ahead and things are looking good. At least, better. I still haven't got a camera, but may get hold of one soon! My focus has shifted from fashion to food - one of the elements of my blogs already anyway - and I'm planning on posting relatively more food-related blogs rather than fashion! So, no stress! Fashion will never leave my side!

Living in Manchester for nearly a year, I have settled in (fi-na-lly) and noticed something that has bothered me A LOT! English eating habits! I'm not talking about traditional English dishes, I'm talking about the things English people eat; there is an abundance of take-aways, hence fat (baconsausagepastychips, you name it) and sugar! Working in a restaurant, I've surrendered to the seductions of chips and onion rings many times . Yet, I wouldn't stop telling myself that I had to eat something healthy!

Just want to make clear I'm NOT a nutritionist, I don't know three-quarter about food that there is to know. Nor do I mean to insult the English! I think America is by far the worst when it comes to eating habits, but I have to say every country has them. Though in many ways England has Americanised and while more countries will follow, this is definitely becoming a problem!

Ever since I was young, my mum would tire me and bombard me with lines and questions like: "Have you had your vitamins?" "You ought to eat enough veggies, put some more on your plate!" "You have a headache? It's because you're not drinking enough water"... etc .. Though, I could not be more grateful for her doing that, because it has taught me that  if you don't oil your motor well, it will start to show failures! Or, your body is your temple. I have got a whole unique approach to food, most definitely different from the majority of English+Dutch people and I would just love to share it (with them too)!

I'm working on my own little projects for now, but will keep you updated as soon as I have a proper camera!

P.s.: I'm definitely on my way to poverty now. Having a visa debit card now I live in the UK, I finally had the courage to order something online for the FIRST time! Must say this visa debit card is putting my financial life in jeopardy.. Anyway, what matters is that my lovely cream knitted jumper will be on its way soon!

ASOS Aran Jumper with Cowl Neck 
Such a cutie (the jumper, that is)!

Enjoy the rest of your weekend, lufers! x


One, two, three, four, Underwater

Absolutely knackered I am! But I have been thinking of posting something about Alison Harvard for a while, as I got more and more amazed by her rare, strange type of beauty. I have not been watching tv since I got in the UK - and during the day I usually don't even have time for tv - but I have been watching the whole of the All Stars Cycle and it was entertaining! I will not share my opinion on how the cycle ended, just saying that everything is about money these days...

Anyway, Alison Harvard!

She is a little weird, like so many people have said, but she is definitely intriguing... I can't remember I have ever seen a model with eyes THAT big!

Source: Michael Schwartz

Source: ANTM / Keith Major

She is not just a model, she is an All Star (who cares that she didn't win)...

She can paint...

"Pippi" by Allison Harvard
(Source: http://www.allisonelizabeth.com/artwork/index.html)

And she wrote amazing lyrics for her song "Underwater", inspired by her deceased father.. To me a perfect lounge song..

What do you say?


La Regazza Con Le Scarpe Rosa

My weekend was full of watching movies with the Boyfriend! Of which the most inspiring one was 'Eat, Pray, Love' starring Julia Roberts. I haven't read the book, (someone told me it was amazing) but the movie is definitely worth seeing. That is, if you're at least a tad spiritual or just like cultural things. 

(Via teaser-trailer.com)
I'm not going to give away too much, in case you haven't seen it yet. But this 2010 movie takes place in four different countries and one I really wanted to see after seeing this movie is Italy! I was longing for traditional pasta dishes and tasting the Italian culture of passion and food!

Anyhow! The day after I had a nice night out with the girls in Avici White Manchester and wore my newest outfit. Hope you had a wonderful weekend lufers! 

My top is from Topshop.

(Source: fashionscene.nl)

This is the actual skirt, but I rolled it up and pulled it up a little, because I didn't like it that long.

With the beautiful C. On this picture you can see my shoes!

Pink and Blue Velvet Rosaline Shoes
(Source: littleblackdress.co.uk)

The amazing Kurt Geiger beauties! Got mine in pink. Love how they are velvet and have a golden buckle. That is why I opted for black varnish by GOSH, purple lipstick by Sleek Make Up (Mystic 783) and the accessoires below :)

Oval Drop Earrings
(Source: Topshop.com)

                                                  Cut Out Diamond Ring Topshop
                                        (Source: polyvore.com)


My appetite is way too big for my purse

(Source: Purple Fashion Magazine Spring 2011 Winter 2012)

Facebook friends have probably seen this status on their walls already, but really, it's true!

I have always been the kind of person that eats a lot - to many people's suprise - and nothing happens (physically). Okay, so maybe I'm blessed. Since my oldest sister and I basically got the same size.

Anyway, I eat in all kinds of moods and conditions: when ill, nauseous, bored, when full (now that is just greed - forgive me, but how can u leave that last bit of delicious lasagne? Just saying).

This sounds pretty yukk when writing this, but it's true. I do think I should do something about this behaviour, because I'm not doing any sports whatsoever and that does make me feel bad haha. Especially since my stamina is just sad.

My resolution for this year 2012? Going to the gym or attending some pilates/yoga class, perhaps. Some of you are probably thinking: why don't you do it now? Well, that's a long story full of reasons (and excuses) - mostly just good reasons.

I think I'm addicted. To food. You too?