Internet-ing: FASHION BLOGS

Thoughts

I love fashion.

I don’t necessarily understand fashion – as evidenced by what I wear (especially true when I’m at home) – but I love how inspirational it is.

My Mom loved dressing me up as a child. Every birthday I would get a special birthday outfit with matching socks, shoes and sometimes even a new hairband. My favorite was my princess dress I wore to kindergarten on my birthday, a soft-pink crumpled effect off-shoulder dress with pale green puffy sleeves and a matching skirt.

As the years passed I made many fashion mistakes, like that off-white windbreaker I wore in middle school which I thought passed for a street looking bomber. It, unsurprisingly, did not. Or when I wore a red half sleeved Hawaiian shirt all through 9th and 10th grade.

Now as I’m older I’ve kinda settled into this whole 50s/hipster/no-style style that I’m quite comfortable with and find that I still LOVE fashion.

I love it when people dress deliberately and have a point of view.

I love that dressing up can make you feel good, even if everything else is going wrong around you.

I LOVE fashion and these are the blogs that I’m currently crushing on – at least fashion wise – and I want to share:

Viva Luxury – Fashion and Accessories
1. Annabelle Fleur – An LA based Canadian who is so pretty that it will make your heart ache
2. Her dressing is impeccable and as the blog title suggest exudes luxury
3. Her collaboration with DVF has resulted in my favorite posts from her here and here.

Annabelle Fleur from Viva Luxury

wishwishwish – Fashion and Lifestyle
1. Carrie Harwood – Size UK 14 (which if you know fashion blogs, you know that’s rare) Londoner
2. Whimsical, structured and very, VERY British style
3. Beautifully photographed outfits shots along with some sponsored trips to beautiful eateries/events in London and even picturesque European destinations like Helsinki and Paris
4. It’s the kind of the blog you wish you were writing!

Girl Meets Glam – Fashion and Beauty
1. Julia Engel – A San Francisco stylista who rocks both amazing outfits and very polished make-up
2. Her pictures look like movie stills – DRAMAAAA
3. The post layouts are a lot like magazine fashion pages with outfits, make-up and perfume featured on the side
4. The feel is very professional and very aspirational

closetvisit and The Sartorialist
For some good inspiration, the former is a look into the closets of some seriously stylish people and the second is a very famous street fashion photo-blog

In Defense Of: MADE IN CHELSEA

Television

I’ve got a confession to make.

Since I’ve been back from London I’ve picked up a few habits I didn’t have before.

I now drink a lot of tea. English Breakfast and Earl Grey to be precise. I eat biscuits in the afternoon. I also now wear tea dresses to work.

But the one habit I’ve really picked up since coming back is watching the Channel 4, award-winning, hit reality TV show, Made in Chelsea.

See how I did that, I mentioned “Channel 4”, how the show has won “awards” and that it’s a “hit” show. All supposedly redeeming features, right?

EXCEPT IT’S NOT.

The show is TRASH. It follows the life and loves of a group of friends (yeah-right) who live in the area Chelsea in London. They are literally the WORST people you can imagine – and you gotta remember – this is REALITY TV.

They consist of cheaters, liars, judgers, posers and on top of it all they can’t even say that their poor behavior was a result of difficult upbringing because they are rich as hell. As in they have horses and speak French fluently, because of their nannies and South of France vacations, and live in hotels when they’re in between apartments.

But I can’t tear myself away, whether it’s because of all the characters I hate to hate or because I’m not so secretly super vacuous – I can’t tell you!

But I’m not alone because; I started watching this show with my friend Preetha while I was in London and we binge watched the first season in one week. A month and a week later I as I’m relating back my thoughts on a more recent episode (OMG I hate Spencer) I have to sheepishly admit to her that I’m still watching it and she’s like I can’t judge coz I’ve watched that episode too!

Closing Statements: You shouldn’t watch this. Not really, unless you like posh accents, nice clothes, ostentatious parties and very bad behavior. Who are you kidding?! You should TOTALLY watch this.

READ THIS: VOLUME 15

Thoughts

The Internet, today, is like blowing my mind.

Honestly, the amount of stuff that’s just making me  inspired and interested is amazing. Let’s start with the spot on comic on feminism I got from HuffPo above. See the whole strip here.

We may have forgotten about the Nigerian girls who were abducted by Boko Haram but this write-up, with interviews from the few who managed to escape, serve as an important reminder that they are still missing.

It’s the time for pumpkin treats and I can’t figure out whether to start with this pumpkin coffee cake, this simple walnut pumpkin bread or these cream cheese topped pumpkin bars.

A BROWNIE TART WITH SALTED CARAMEL SAUCE? AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH

And finally, I already posted this to my Facebook page but I’m all in favor of this – owning up to feeling jealous so you can figure out why you’re feeling it and then, get over it.

PanzaNELLA!

Recipes
Moodily lit , gently washed veggies, posed for your pleasure.

Moodily lit , gently washed veggies, posed for your pleasure.

Weekends = brunch. Brunch with friends this past weekend was an at home affair of hastily cooked scrambled eggs, value-pack sausages, caramelized onions, white buttom mushrooms (ok this was legit) and lots of leftover fancy-ish baguette from Marche.

Now what does one do with half a baguette. Eat it all with a big hunk of melty butter?

Tempting, yes, BUT being the culinary overachiever I am/compulsive creative food finisher, I decided to make Panzanella, an Italian bread based salad that was inspired by my flatmate, Mel’s mention of how good the dish was when she had visited Sopra.

I didn’t get to got to Sopra that one time because I was probably vegetating at home. Still the fact that I missed out on this bready wonder, really bothered me.

These baguette remnants was my chance at redemption, absolution.

And a carb party FOR ONE!

Serves 2 (haha) – read the recipe all the way through, it takes about an hour and a half to make

1 red pepper
1 yellow pepper
olive oil – enough for drizzling the peppers with to bake
extra virgin olive oil – enough for the salad dressing
2 medium sized tomatoes
large green pitted olives, as much as you want
capers, as much as you want
1/2 baguette loaf/bread of your choice
1 1/2 tbsps red wine vinegar
2 small garlic cloves, crushed
salt and freshly ground black pepper
large handful of fresh basil leaves

Preheat the oven to 180C/350F.

Drizzle a splash of olive oil over the peppers and roast for about 15 to 20 minutes, or until the peppers are softened but not charred.

Place them in a bowl and cover with cling film for about 20 minutes.

Blanch the tomatoes by plunging them into a saucepan/jug of boiling water for one minute, or until the skins start to peel away.

Take out the tomatoes with a spoon that has holes and dunk into a bowl of cold water.

Once cool, the skins should easily peel away easily – it did for me!

Cut the skinned tomatoes into eighths.

Remove the seeds and push the seeds through a sieve over a bowl to extract the juice.

Put the tomato eighths into the bowl you intend to serve the salad in.

Peel back the cling film and gently peel the skin from the peppers. If this is difficult or the skin does not come away easily, it means you haven’t roasted them long enough. Discard the seeds from the peppers. Cut the flesh into large strips and put in the bowl with the tomatoes.

Mix the olives and capers with the tomatoes and peppers.

Rip the bread into large chunks and put aside.

Mix the vinegar, garlic and two tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil with the tomato juice. Use as much oil as you think is necessary. Add salt and pepper to taste and stir to combine.

Add the bread pieces to the bowl and leave for at least an hour so that the bread soaks up all the juice.

After an hour mix the ciabatta with the tomatoes and peppers. Tear in the basil leaves and using your hands gently combine all the ingredients.

It’s ready to eat!

* Recipe adapted from Bon Appetit and BBC.

You now know why I chose the other shot as the first photo...

You now know why I chose the other shot as the first photo…