Wednesday’s Specials: Shrimps with Chimichurri Sauce

Project Fairytales: Chimichurri Shrimp

Whenever I am in doubt about what to cook, I choose seafood. They are easy to make (only a few minutes to cook), taste deliciously and they are perfectly combined with rice, pasta or steamed vegetables (like green beans or spinach, my favourites). So, light, fresh and easy to make is this recipe also and the resulting dish can be served in two ways (which is always a bonus for me): as an appetizer or as a main course, when combined with some rice.

Project Fairytale: Chimichurri Shrimp

Ingredients:

  • 1 lbs large raw shrimp or prawns ( 21-26 in a pound) peeled and deveined.
  • 2 tsp olive oil

 Chimichurri Sauce ( you will use ½, save the rest– it is enough for 2 lbs shrimp)

  • 1 bunch Cilantro or about 1 cup packed (stems OK)
  • 1 bunch Italian Parsley- about 1 cup packed (thin stems OK)
  • 1/4 C fresh lime juice (1-2 limes)
  • 1/2 C olive oil
  • 1/4 C chopped onion
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • salt 3/4 tsp kosher
  • ½ tsp smoked paprika- ( optional –only if you like smokey flavor)

The complete recipe and more photos on Feasting at Home

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Fairytale Destination: The Society inc. by Sibella Court

Fairytale Destination: The Society inc. by Sibella Court | Project Fairytale

I am a sucker for old pharmacy interiors, with cabinets and chemicals bottles. I cannot make this in my home (probably someone would go nuts) so, staying in an interior like this one would be really fun. Perhaps a little scary too, but I would probably adjust <3

Fairytale Destination: The Society inc. by Sibella Court | Project Fairytale

Fairytale Destination: The Society inc. by Sibella Court | Project Fairytale

Fairytale Destination: The Society inc. by Sibella Court | Project Fairytale

Fairytale Destination: The Society inc. by Sibella Court | Project Fairytale

Fairytale Destination: The Society inc. by Sibella Court | Project Fairytale

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Fairytale Dress: Paolo Sebastian Autumn Winter 2015 Couture

Project Fairytale: Paolo Sebastian FW 2015 Couture

Ok, so these are beyond dreamy, fairytale material and all that… these are spectacular and stunning and I secretly wish I could stash them away in my closet and take them out and wear them at my imaginary tea-parties and soirées where all the characters that reside in my imagination would be invited.

Project Fairytale: Paolo Sebastian FW 2015 Couture

Project Fairytale: Paolo Sebastian FW 2015 Couture

Project Fairytale: Paolo Sebastian FW 2015 Couture

Project Fairytale: Paolo Sebastian FW 2015 Couture

Project Fairytale: Paolo Sebastian FW 2015 Couture

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Style Inspiration: Marchesa’s Magic Kingdom, Vogue US, February 2013

Project Fairytale: Magic Kingdom Vogue US Marchesa

Marchesa bridal fairytale with stunning details, rhinestones, lace and a beautiful story…

Project Fairytale: Magic Kingdom Vogue US Marchesa

Project Fairytale: Magic Kingdom Vogue US Marchesa

Project Fairytale: Magic Kingdom Vogue US Marchesa

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Interiors: A White Norvegian Home

Project Fairytale: A White Norvegian Dream

A lot of white to try to make the clouds go away… And the wood touches make the light seem more gentle, like sun beams that warm the whole space. A perfect example of Scandinavian minimal elegance, don’t you think?

Project Fairytale: A White Norvegian Dream

Project Fairytale: A White Norvegian Dream

Project Fairytale: A White Norvegian Dream

Project Fairytale: A White Norvegian Dream

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Style Inspiration: ‘Couture Allure’ Paolo Roversi, Vogue Italia

Project Fairytale: Dark Couture by Paolo Roversi Vogue

Keeping the dark mood from earlier today (the gloomy weather helps a lot) with a shadowy editorial for Vogue Italia by Paolo Roversi.

Project Fairytale: Dark Couture by Paolo Roversi Vogue

Project Fairytale: Dark Couture by Paolo Roversi Vogue

Project Fairytale: Dark Couture by Paolo Roversi Vogue

Project Fairytale: Dark Couture by Paolo Roversi Vogue

Project Fairytale: Dark Couture by Paolo Roversi Vogue

Project Fairytale: Dark Couture by Paolo Roversi Vogue

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Inspiration: Brothers Grimm’s Wanderings

Project Fairytale: Brothers Grimm Wanderings

I’m the biggest sucker for anything fairytale related so this beautiful photo project of German photographer Kilian Schönberger was a must-share. He is trying to capture the essence of these mostly dark stories trough photos of places from Central Europe that echo the mood of these fairy tales. Mythical castles, misty forests, enchanted lakes all are part of this beautiful fairytale <3

Project Fairytale: Brothers Grimm Wanderings

Project Fairytale: Brothers Grimm Wanderings

Project Fairytale: Brothers Grimm Wanderings

Project Fairytale: Brothers Grimm Wanderings

Project Fairytale: Brothers Grimm Wanderings

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Beauty Notes #2 – Hydration

Project Fairytale: Beauty Notes - #2 Hydrating

So, continuing the Beauty Notes series with my daily routine in caring for my skin, I give to you episode #2: Hydration. After a thorough cleansing, next step in my routine is hydration. And it’s really important and you should never skip it. You should use whatever is the best product for your skin type.

For example I have a problematic skin on my face: I have mixed skin type but it used to be very dehydrated. Because it’s mixed, I used to avoid the super hydrating products, fearing they would make my T zone very oily (if not controlled, I have very shiny forehead, nose and chin). So I usually went for products that controlled the sebum on my T zone or didn’t use any kind of creams and the rest of my face suffered. So hard that it sometimes flaked (even my nose, with all the sebum, sometimes exfoliated).

I went to a dermatologist in my early twenties to see what the problem was and she told me that my face was simply dehydrated. No matter how oily is your skin, this does not mean it’s hydrated, it means it produces excess sebum and you need to control this problem but still hydrate your skin. And she recommended a highly hydrating product, but in a gel formula so that it would leave my skin matte. And also, to drink as much water as possible ;)

Now I use the Bioderma Hydrabio Serum and the Apivita Aquavita for oily/combination skin for extreme hydration and they both work wonders for my skin. The Bioderma one is perfect as a make-up base, especially during summer, as it leaves the face matte and supple, ready for the BB cream or foundation.

The only problem now is that, since I surpassed the 30 years old milestone, I also have to think about fine lines (and I have been observing them in the last couple of years). For them, I use a light moisturizer, for the first lines (you don’t want to get too aggressive and go for the anti-aging creams destined to 50+ age category) that has a SPF.  My go-to products are the Apivita First Line range and the Resist Cellular Defense Daily Moisturizer SPF 25 from Paula’s Choice (btw, I just ordered a new moisturizer and a couple of AHA and BHA exfoliants from them, fingers crossed).

Also, as I told you in the previous episode of this article, I like to use hydrating masks, especially after a more in-depth cleanse.

Another important aspect to mention is the fact that, during summer, I never exit the house without SPF protection. If during autumn or winter, I might go out sporting nothing but a hydrating face cream, during summer months I never miss the SPF 50 cream (I discovered last summer the ACM  Sensitelial tinted cream, and it was perfect during my Greek holiday).

And now a secret, for those that live in Romania: whenever I feel tired or my face lacks its shine, I apply, at night, before going to bed, Carpicon Plant, a cream which makes my skin glow by the morning. Even if it’s red, or puffy, or cakey, or just plain earth colored, whenever I use this cream my face looks perfect. Beware, the smell might be hard to stand (it smells like an entire pine forest in a jar) and the texture might scare you (it’s almost solid and really oily, the reason I use only in extreme cases) but all this is forgotten in the morning, as soon as you see your face in the mirror ;)

What are your go-to products for perfectly hydrated skin? Do you have any other secrets to share?

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Style Inspiration: Valentino Spring 2015 Campaign

Project Fairytale: Valentino Sprin 2015 Campaign

What a dreamy experience… I am serious, this images are an experience, they transported me to a faraway beach and made my day a lot better… I love the 70s vibe, the transparency and lightness of the dresses, the delicate colors and prints and the stunning scenery.

Project Fairytale: Valentino Sprin 2015 Campaign

Project Fairytale: Valentino Sprin 2015 Campaign

Project Fairytale: Valentino Sprin 2015 Campaign

Project Fairytale: Valentino Sprin 2015 Campaign

Project Fairytale: Valentino Sprin 2015 Campaign

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Interiors: A Beautifully Renovated Farmhouse

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I love this pretty renovated farmhouse I found earlier on Daily Dream Decor, in calm wood tones. I especially like the large dining table and all the mismatched chairs.

Project Fairytale

Project Fairytale

Project Fairytale

Project Fairytale

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