happy friday


My mom’s coming for the weekend later today and I’ve been running around all day cleaning, grocery shopping and working, wanting everything to be perfect (don’t know why I ALWAYS want perfection when having guests.. help???), in the meantime here are 3 things making me happy:

My new Marella wool and cashmere jacket, love it and wore it all week long!

Getting Italian… going to the Sicilian coffee shop downstairs to grab a perfectly delicious cappuccino every morning…

Corinne Roitfeld’s book: stories from inside French Vogue and the eternal war between her and Anna Wintour… love it, totally on my wish list!

Have a good weekend!

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exotic tarte Tatin

I love the classic tarte Tatin (with apples) because it reminds me of my childhood. We used to go to France on Sunday afternoons and we’d have a slice of tarte with tea after a long walk…

I read about a mango version in a magazine last week and created my own recipe by adding basil and ginger. It turned out to be delicious, I love twisting up traditional recipes into something more modern. The ginger definitely adds the exotic touch and I used the syrup to sprinkle over the tart before serving.

Mango tarte Tatin

You will need

2 mangoes

juice and zests of 2 limes

30gr. freshly grated ginger

100gr. cane sugar

10 basil leaves (mandatory, it will also be tasty without it)

puff pastry

Pre-heat the oven at 200c (thermostat 7).

Peel and cut the mangoes into slices (not too thin).

Prepare the syrup, put the zest+juice of the 2 limes, the grated ginger, the sugar and 1dl of water in a pan, let boil for 3-4 minutes until it gets syrupy, add the sliced mangoes and remove from fire.

Remove the mangoes from the syrup and place them into the pie dish. Cover with the puff pastry (it’s very important that the mangoes are covered because you will flip it upside down when it’s baked!).

Place in the oven from about 20 minutes (until the pastry is golden brown). Remove from oven, set aside for 10 minutes, use a plate to flip the pie over. Serve with lime or coconut sorbet.

versace for H&M

After Karl Lagerfeld, Stella McCartney, Comme des Garçons and Lanvin, this year’s H&M collaboration will be with Versace. Although the collection looks a little bling bling, there are some really nice pieces I’ll definitely want to have in my closet!

Here are my favorites:

Leather jacket: 199 Euros / Dress: 179 Euros / Ring: 19.95 Euros / Top: 59.95 Euros / Dress: 129 Euros / Sandals: 99 Euros / Bracelet: 34.95 Euros

Available in selected H&M stores on November 17.

pictures from Vogue.fr

greenkitchenstories

I read an article about Green Kitchen Stories in a German magazine and I wanted to share their blog with you.

I rarely eat meat (like 2-3 times a year) and my boyfriend is 100% vegeterian so I’m used to cook vegetarian. Greenkitchenstories  is very inspiring and gives a lot of ideas on how to use veggies or transform a classic recipe into something fresh and modern. I love the colors, the pictures… simple & chic!

I’ll definitly try the Baked herb & pistacchio falafel and let you know about it…

(all pictures by Greenkitchenstories)