Interiors: A Perfect Home for Daydreaming

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This gorgeous Swedish home really fired up my imagination and now, every time I close my eyes I have a different attic home to decorate. The funny part is that I recently realized that I actually would not enjoy very much living in such a space… But this beauty made me reconsider my options.

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Wednesday Specials: Gelato Affogato Al Caffè

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As I started a new job (*excited*) and my love for Italy is increasing day by day (one week and a half before Capri, yaaaaii!) I thought I share with you today a very Italian or “EATalian” coffee recipe for starting your mornings full of energy :)

AFFOGATO AL CAFFE’


Servings: 2 | Time: 5-10 minutes, tops!

INGREDIENTS
2 shots (4-6 oz total) of coffee (brewed with moka or espresso machine)
2 big scoops (or 4 small scoops) of gelato (vanilla, coffee or chocolate all work great)

INSTRUCTIONS
1. Place one or two scoops of gelato in each cup.
2. Pour a small amount of coffee (1 espresso shot) over gelato and add any other toppings, if using. Serve immediately (it melts quickly)!

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Fairytale Dress: Jenny Packham Bridal 2016

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What do you think about these gorgeous gowns? They make me dream of decadent parties in the 1920s with rivers of champagne and feathered hair pieces, when sparkly gowns were just the norm… This beautiful collection by Jenny Packham is just perfect for any bride going for an elegant party with a retro vibe, the plunging necklines, intricate beading and drop waists making them look like they just stepped out of the set of the Great Gatsby.

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4 Ways a Loft Conversion Can Add Value to Your Home

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Time and time again, experts have described a loft conversion is the single best way to add value to your home – even at a conservative estimate, a conversion can add 20%, according to the Nationwide Building Society, and other experts say that every pound spent on converting a loft will bring in another two.

But will a conversion add value to every home? Here are a few things to keep in mind when considering how a conversion can boost value, remembering that while value to your quality of life is subjective, the market finds it easier to put a price tag on home improvements. As a sales manager at Savills estate agents tells the Independent: “It’s all too easy to think about a home improvement in terms of what it will offer the way that you live. But if you plan to sell, you need to tailor your improvements to what appeals to the most buyers.”

  • Area and availability. Is your area full of loft conversions, or will yours be among the first on the street? Loft conversions and the extra living space they provide are much sought-after improvements, and a conversion adds extra value when they are relatively scarce in the neighbourhood. Experts recommend speaking to your local estate agent before you starting looking into loft conversions or other improvements.
  • The right conversion for the right space. The most obvious way a loft conversion adds value to a property is by increasing the amount of available living space, but homes do not sell based on square footage alone, which makes it important to use the space in the right way. As builders in Teddington, Middlesex and other areas where there are few new houses coming onto the market can testify, some of the conversions people seek when trying to boost the value of older homes are simply wrong for the space, making it important to get some good advice while things are still in the planning stages.Questions to ask yourself include, “What kind of room should this be?” and “Is there really enough space here for a conversion?” Experts say that to add the maximum value, a conversion should be something that actually works as a room instead of an expensive project that just ends up as storage space.
  • Keeping it part of the house. Unless you’re planning to install a separate entrance, a loft conversion should be part of as an essential part of your home, not an addition to it, and as something that will add value to the entire home – which experts say is a reason that making sure improvements are of the highest quality is a move that will end up making you money. While every home is different, experts say that as a rule, making sure there is a seamless transition between the rest of the home and the loft – paying special attention to details like the staircase – is a smart move for getting the price.
  • Regulations. You would be surprised just how many people manage to overlook things like planning permission and fire regulations before they embark on a loft conversion. A failure to obtain permission could not only reduce the value of your house, it could take money straight out of your pocket if you are ordered to restore the home to its previous condition making it vital to obtain permission – and as soon as the permission is granted, value is added to your home whether you have started work or not.

Style Inspiraton: RIVIERA, Rue des Trucs Resort

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Last week I was invited to attend to an event that offered us a preview of Rue des Trucs new resort collection, RIVIERA. The event was a relaxed meeting with Alina, Rue des Trucs founder and designer in a chic place, a British lifestyle boutique in Bucharest, British Gallery. The concept behind the collection is the relaxed feel of a holiday outfit easily translated in the urban environment, where the organic and flowy shapes are backed up by the strictness of the details.

RIVIERA captures an image of a casual figure, devoid of superfluous pretentiousness, made of made of cotton and silk with floral prints accents, mitigated by overlapping transparencies. The summer jacket, the white shirt, the kaftan and the tunic are reinterpreted in a nonchalant collection, an invitation to a holiday state of mind any time of day.

Between 18-20 June come to prepare your holiday wardrobe at Rue des Trucs’ pop-up store, opened at the British Gallery (14A Paris St, Bucharest) between 11: 00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m..
Rue des Trucs clothes are available exclusively online at www.ruedestrucs.com.

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Contact:
Alina Buzilă, Founder
Tel: 0757090559; Email: studio@ruedestrucs.com
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Weddings: Botanical Garden Wedding

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I was talking Tuesday about standardized weddings and I was expressing my lack of understanding towards those who choose it even when their budget would allow a personalized experience. And I was not talking about destination weddings or other lavish details but an unusual or fresh location. Or even a personal way of setting the table, that would reflect your heritage… And this is very good example: it’s a simple wedding held in the greenhouse of a Botanical Garden. With nice details and many green ornaments, it makes you dream of being there. And the fairy lights from the last photo make it look like a magical place…

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Wednesday’s Specials: Lemon Basil Pizza with Spinach and Mozzarella

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I am not the greatest pizza fan which is probably a result of me convincing myself I really do not like pizza that much. It is obviously a lie, as each time I have great pizza I am reminded I actually love it. But this illusion works great for my figure, so I will continue to feed it for as long as I can. Unfortunately, when I see pizza recipes and photos that feature some of my fave ingredients (like spinach, basil and cheese in this particular case) I cannot live in the lie anymore and start fantasizing about the taste and texture of the food in question.

Lemon Basil Pizza with Spinach and Mozzarella

Prep time 15 mins | Cook time 15 mins | Total time 30 mins
Serves: 4

Ingredients

  • Pizza dough
  • high quality extra virgin olive oil
  • 6 thin lemon slices
  • 3 ounces fresh mozzarella, thinly sliced
  • 3 tablespoons chopped fresh basil
  • 1 cup baby spinach leaves, loosely packed
  • 1 ounce smoked provolone, grated

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Fairytale Dress: Backstage, Marchesa Bridal Spring 2016

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Back to the usual business and I am delighted to post today some pics from the backstage of Marchesa’s Bridal spring 2016 show. These dresses are simply breathtaking and the accessories perfectly complement them.

I always wondered why brides choose the standardized taffeta or satin gowns they find in shops instead of a beautiful unique dress, made for her or at least made in a small series… I am not talking about those people with budgetary constraints, because in that case I could make an effort and understand a standard wedding organization as a part of a fixed price pack… Although I do not understand why make a wedding when you cannot afford it, but that is another talk and I hope I will have the time and right mood to write about that too. Now I am talking about people who spend at least 800-1000€ for a wedding dress and it looks exactly like the ones I saw a few days ago in a shop in Bucharest for less than half the price… Why not go to a fashion designer that could make a dress especially for you or even a talented seamstress that can work around your design and make you feel like the dress is really made for you… Or if you go to a wedding dress shop, why not choose the unique one, the one that reflects your personality? And don’t tell that those dresses reflect the personality of the brides because I find it really hard to believe that all brides choosing the strapless satin gown with a big bow on the back and corset top are the same person.

I know that many of these choices are a result of mimicry, society pressure on those who dare to be different and the fact that most people organize their weddings more for their relatives or friends than for themselves, but wouldn’t it be nice to go to the church on a Saturday and see all the brides looking different, with dresses and hairstyles that make them look and feel wonderful? Just sayin’…

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Sherri Hill Prom Dresses 2016 For the Complete Ensemble

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When you’re thinking about what to wear to your 2016 prom, consider jewellery you feel “have” to wear. That doesn’t mean an item is obligatory, it just means you want to wear something with sentimental value. If, for example, you have family heirloom earrings, you not only have to secure the earrings, insure them, and, design your outfit around it – this would be true of any truly statement piece of jewelry. A small item, like a ring, is easy enough to wear and won’t disrupt your dress. You may wear a ring or a necklace that you “never take off.” Wear it to prom.

 

Don’t be embarrassed: a meaningful piece of jewelry is nothing to be ashamed of, as it can comfort you. If it’s your first prom, or big dance, you may feel a little self-conscious, dressed elegantly in a new dress and shoes. You may have selected your gown from a collection, for example, of Sherri Hill Prom Dresses 2016. You look and feel beautiful in your dress, but awkward on the inside. A cherished piece of jewelry may soothe you.

 

Psychics often ask for a small piece of jewelry to hold onto when they do a “reading” (psychic assessment). They ask for rings, necklaces or bracelets – any items you’ve worn next to your skin, as the items are infused with “you.” It’s called psychometry, from the Greek (“psyche” meaning soul, and “metron” meaning measure). If you believe in such things or think you might, the psychometry reading features the use of psychic abilities, like clairvoyance, clairsentience or clairaudience, according the psychiclibrary.com. “A psychic is able to pick up impressions, visions, thoughts or events relating to someone just by holding an object,” often a piece of jewelry, which has had only one owner, you, so the psychic isn’t confusing the reading with a previous owner (this means antique jewelry wouldn’t suit, as it carries “residual psychic energy,” notes myspiritcare.com). The oft-worn jewelry holds imprints of emotions, sounds, scents, tastes or images. In other words, wear jewelry that makes you comfortable.

 

That now said, you can consider accessorizing your probably-procured-from-Sherri Hill Prom Dresses 2016. It’s very important to keep your jewelry simple and let your prom dress “speak” for itself. Then again, this may be your opportunity to wear borrowed or family jewelry, or to liven-up a look.  In the Huffington Post, jewelry expert and designer Urvi Tejani encourages readers to mix vintage with new jewelry. Tejani is not an advocate of being, what she calls “matchy-matchy.” She has tips:

 

  1. If you’re wearing an asymmetrical gown (any kind of single-sleeved dress, whether, single strapped, capped, short or long-sleeved), do not wear a necklace. If your dress is asymmetrical, opt only for a pair of earrings and a statement bracelet.
  1. If you plan on wearing any headpiece (tiara, anyone?)Headband, clips, barrettes, etc.: bring hair decorations when you select and buy jewelry.
  1. Do not wear a watch. This is supposed to be a mindlessly fun evening. This doesn’t mean you won’t be respectful, because you will. A wristwatch will definitely detract from your goal of sophisticated, and is just inappropriate.
  1. Don’t over-accessorize: realize you are a competent, beautiful person. You do not want to distract from a beaded, embroidered or patterned gown and you certainly do not want to layer upon it.
  1. Make sure you have enough prep time. Select everything you’ll wear before prom, before you’re even getting ready.
  1. Keep your personal style. This means, even if you are wearing a gorgeous gown and you’re not used it, you need to be sure that when you’re all ready and done, everyone around you will talk about how you look like you, but beautiful.
  1. Choose jewelry with color.
  1. Quality lasts a lifetime. Don’t bother with inexpensive jewelry. You never know if you’ll be allergic to cheap metals and coatings.
  1. Don’t wear wire earrings – they’re too casual, catch on things when you’re slow dancing, and just not right for prom.
  1. Be sure you try your jewelry on with your dress before you buy. Jewelry is often non-returnable, non-refundable.

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Style Inspiration: MANURÍ SS 2015 Collection

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Last week I was telling you that, given the wedding season, most of the regular guests are having troubles finding the right outfit. But MANURÍ might provide the answer you are looking for: perfect flowy dresses, made from silk, in a lot of beautiful colors and perfect for any body shape.
I might get a little tiresome, but I want to say this again: I love it when I have the chance of finding a Romanian designer whose clothes I love. MANURÍ brings a fresh vibe to quintessential feminine dresses, with a mixture of rock and grunge and sensual elegance.

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