Fairytale Dress: Charbel Karam Midnight Lust Collection

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If you plan to organize your wedding like and Arabian Nights tale, then you need to get your dress from Charbel Karam’s Midnight Lust Collection. With intricate embroidery, see-thru material, crystals and pearls will transform you instantly in the most stylish Scheherazade.

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Destinations: Sean Connolly’s Latest Venture – A Huge Success Down Under

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We all dream of going to sample food from the culinary geniuses of some of television’s leading lights. Celebrity chef, Sean Connolly has long been in the spotlight – especially for the last 5 years, as well as spending 11 years as the Head Chef at the famous Star City.

However, amidst all his triumphs in the culinary world, Connolly deemed his latest venture his most exciting yet. On October 10 of last year (2014) he launched his new restaurant down under in for Sky City. Connolly isn’t foreign to opening new restaurants in the major cities in Australia and New Zealand. He’s previously launched The Grill by Sean Connolly in Auckland, New Zealand as well as having insurmountable success with the revered Astral inside the aforementioned Sydney casino.

Connolly’s creativity has led him to become one of the most respected chefs in the Southern Hemisphere. He landed honours such as Chef of the Year from the Good Food Guide. And there aren’t any signs of him letting up just yet with Rip It Up declaring his new restaurant as “a world-class establishment, with many quirky interior decorations and additions.”

The restaurant simply named Sean’s Kitchen is a focal point of the Adelaide Casino’s culinary offerings and features a ham museum – yes, that’s right, a ham museum. Said museum features a plethora of hams from all over the globe. The restaurant sources some of the best produce from South Australia and serves it in only the way Connolly knows.

Since the official opening, Sean’s Kitchen has been a revelation attracting thousands of people weekly. For the most part the restaurant has been fully booked during evenings and especially at the weekends.

Here’s a brief look at some of the preparations that went into the restaurant before Connolly opened Sean’s Kitchen showing the man himself sourcing the best produce, suppliers and venue for his latest venture.

The spurt in the amount of celebrity chefs launching boutique restaurants in casinos has risen drastically in the last 10 years. Predominantly this is because of the impact that online gaming has had on establishments such as the Adelaide Casino. Before the launch of online portals, physical casinos only had to compete with their surrounding casinos unlike today’s competitive playing field.

With many casinos having to compete with online casinos and their ‘practical nature,’ many casinos have fallen by the wayside because of spiraling losses. Reputable portal InterCasino stated on their blog that online players don’t have to part with money for things such as “transportation and gas” unlike if they were to venture to physical casinos. And these are factors that have seen many people stop going to casinos and playing online. But it isn’t all bad, because it’s made many casinos rethink their game plans and business models. Hence why casinos such as Adelaide Casino see Sean Connolly as a way to attract a new clientele to their complex. Celebrity chefs are great press for casinos and they offer fine dining options that attract the “foodie generation” that is seemingly a huge “movement” right now.

If you have visited Sean’s Kitchen or any other celebrity chef-run restaurants, let me know what your experience was like – I’d love to here from you.

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Fairytale Destinations: Aerial Photography of Some of the Most Beautiful Places on Earth

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THE HERMITAGE, Sankt Petersburg

There are few things that would motivate me to go somewhere beside seeing photos of the place (there are the stories of the people I trust when it comes to travelling – and the list of people is very reduced and those on it have been carefully selected)… But a whimsical aerial photo of the sight, from a perspective that is very unlikely I will have the chance to experiment on my own, is a very strong motivation. I mean really, did you see the Hermitage photo?

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SACRE COEUR, Paris

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ABKHAZIA

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BUDAPEST

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FORT BOURTANGE, the Netherlands.

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THE JAMA MASJID, New Delhi

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THE VITTORIA LIGHT, Trieste

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ISTANBUL

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Style Inspiration: Rosamund Pike in Vanity Fair

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I really enjoyed looking at these photos, partly because of the breathtaking beauty of the gowns and partly because of the aura of mystery and still perfection radiating from Rosamund’s face…
When asked what qualities make Rosamund Pike star material, Paul Giamatti said about her, “She’s uniquely, strangely beautiful, and there’s a certain mystery to her beauty, and that has a lot to do with being a movie star.” And it is really what attracted me towards these photos: the mysterious atmosphere they project on the viewer.

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Interiors: French Style Home in Brasov, Romania

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Always looking for a reason to snatch a post from Denisa (<3) and this beautiful French style, fairytale like interior with pink accents gave me the best reason to do so.  It is a home in Brasov decorated by La Maison. They also have a showroom in Bucharest that requires a visit asap!

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Wednesday’s Specials: French Toast with Caramelized Banana and Bacon

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When I was a kid and living with my grandparents, on rainy days my grandma made us french toast to convince us to go to kindergarten. And we loved that, even now the smell makes me remember a rainy day in a small Transylvanian town and me dragging my little brother by his hand to the old building of the kindergarten. And surprisingly it’s a happy memory.

When I moved back to Bucharest to start school, my mother tried to replicate that breakfast idea knowing I used to like it (and there were few foods I actually liked, unlike current times when there are very few foods I actually dislike). But it was a disaster: in the 90s in Bucharest you could only find two types of bread – the classical bread from the “bread factories” that was delicious white bread but horrible as French toast and the so-called “turkish bread” that was even more delicious while it was hot (and terrible after cooling down) that was worse if you tried to transform it into anything. So French toast was no longer on my list of favourite breakfast ideas…

But this recipe combined with the inspiring photos and the interesting combination of ingredients (bananas, bacon, creme fraîche and maple syrup) made me reconsider the French toast as a celebratory breakfast idea.

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Fairytale Dress: Monique Lhuillier’s Spring 2016 Collection

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If you want to feel like a princess, then Monique l’Huillier is the answer for you and your big day… The delicate splash of crystals that look like fairy dust, the daring cuts covered by chaste lace, beautiful shapes that will flatter any silhouette make these gorgeous gowns the answer for any bride looking for the perfect dress.

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Inspiration: Tips for a Better Life #1

I wanted to start this week in a different manner. First, please let me say the warmest and most love-filled Happy Birthday to one of my best friends who is celebrating today: Happy Birthday, sweety!!!  <3

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Now, what do I mean by different? I want to talk to you about a subject that has little or nothing to do with fashion or cooking or interior design but can have everything to do with improving your life(style) and helping you achieve your dreams. I hope I can keep up with this type of posts from time to time, as sometimes expressing my ideas in writing can also help me do what I preach and be more organized about it.

So, today’s lesson is about being open to change and learn all through your life

While talking with a friend yesterday I concluded that there are three kind of people in this world: those who were born with a clear idea of who they are, who they want to become and how they want to get there, regardless of exterior factors, those who search for this for a while but manage to figure it out at a certain point in their lives (usually towards the end of their teenage years) and those that are constantly searching for their identity but have a lot of hardship on their way.Project Fairytale

The first category, those that know everything from their infancy period,that were never slaves of any trends (and I not talking only fashion, although the whole concept can be really easy explained with fashion related examples) are not our focus today. They are happy little creatures that find extensive pleasures in their own world; they know exactly what makes them happy or sad and what they need to fulfill their lives. And most of the time they just go out and get it. I am not saying they don’t have their own insecurities or difficult moments, but they manage to sort things out by themselves and in a more expedited manner than the other categories…

Neither the second category will be our focus; those people who figured out things after their teenage years are also quite happy little creatures. If they know where they want to get, they will also figure a way to get there. It might get hard along the way, but with a clear focus, they will make it to the finish line someday or, if they get lost on the path, at least they had vision of where they were heading. And I do believe in the importance of the journey as well as that of the destination.

The third category is more special… these people do not know where they are going, what they want to become or what they like. They could be happy and meet other people who will serve as guides for their journey, but these are rare situations and sometimes the guide can take you his/her own personal destination and you might never discover your own.

 

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I was one of these people up until recently: I had no clear view of what lied ahead of me and I was quite worried that I did not have a particular plan for my future. I had not big goals, my life was not planned by quinquennials (the question where you see yourself in five years seemed like big challenge for me), I had no idea about how my future should look like. One day I started to worry about this, about being different from most of the people I knew. But it lasted only a few seconds… I realized I had a goal, a life purpose and a plan. It was not a five-year plan, it might even take forever to accomplish it, but I had one. I had a goal, I knew who I wanted to be and who I wanted to share my journey with. And that was enough. I realized that everything that happened to me until now helped me become who I am now, I realized that I didn’t need the same things as most of my friends, that I don’t need to squeeze my life and my personality in any of society’s patterns and that I can do whatever I want. And I realized that I am closer than I ever imagined to the first category described above.

But getting here was not that easy: I still have my insecurities, my failures and my constant fear of failure, my bad days and my letting go of friends. I also have my perfect days, my successes, my confidence in myself and my new and old friends. And all these are my learning experiences, the things that shaped my current life and who I am.

I never stopped learning, taking in everything I felt could be important for me (even the things that seemed to be utterly useless proved their utility at some point) and be open for any opportunity. It’s really important to be able to listen and to manage to filter the information you get, to have an open mind and a more open soul. To try to accept the things you see and hear and take with you what you feel could help you along the way. Never apologize for who you are and for the decisions you take (unless they hurt others, in that case you MUST apologize!).

And never forget to LEARN!

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Wednesday’s Specials: Summer Crostini Ideas

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Ok, so I am still in the light meal phase of my life, meals that could perfectly work in the great outdoors, instead of barbecued meat. Today I give to you the perfectly looking crostini found on HonestlyYUM. There are ten different ideas to choose from and even make your own combinations starting from their suggestions. I already have some thoughts about that :p

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Summer Crostini Ideas

  • Top Row: mashed english peas with mint, flake salt, olive oil and shaved parmesan; french feta with macerated bing cherries and lemon zest.
  • 2nd Row: blue cheese with prosciutto, black mission figs and balsamic vinegar glaze; avocado with chili flakes, lemon juice and olive oil.
  • 3rd Row: ricotta and shaved asparagus; burrata with grilled peaches and basil.
  • 4th Row: arugula pesto with cherry tomatoes and grated parmesan; goat cheese, marinated zucchini ribbons and grilled bi-color corn.
  • Bottom Row: ricotta with anchovy, shaved fennel and quail egg; gorgonzola walnut spread with pears, chives, toasted hazelnuts and honey.

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Fairytale Dress: Mira Zwillinger Bridal Spring 2016

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I am really tired and lacking inspiration to write a “smart” post today… I really loved these dresses, the subtle sparkle on them, the champagne color, the infinite tulle layers and the two piece gowns with ample skirts and cropped tops that are really actual. It is a dreamy collection, for romantic brides that still belong to the 21st century.

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