Monday, December 29, 2014

Best Ever Foolproof Pumpkin Bread Recipe

best pumpkin bread
Best pumpkin bread ever - if I do say so myself...

Today, for a change, I'm not going to talk about shoes and dresses and jewelry - as you might have guessed from the title of this post. In the picture above you can see my famous pumpkin bread that I have been making for years now and I have never ever screwed it up, not even the first time I made it, so believe me when I say that it is absolutely foolproof. 

Friday, December 26, 2014

Christmas Day in Florence

duomo firenze

Merry Christmas everyone! I hope you guys are enjoying the holidays and all the delish food that comes with them... I know I am! We went for a little walk in the centre of Florence today after lunch and we took these pictures right by the Duomo. I'm in love with those pastel pink and green colored stones, aren't you? 

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Ancient Greek Elixirs GIVEAWAY Winners


I want to thank all of you who participated in my Ancient Greek Elixirs giveaway which ended last night. I was so happy to see that so many of you entered and now I am even happier to announce the 10 winners, who were randomly selected by Rafflecopter. 

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Black Tulle and Galaxy Print


A salmon pink cashmere sweater, a black tulle skirt and my new galaxy print Pekoe bag. A mix of fun feminine colors and textures for a weekday look I wore this Friday for a day in the city. I can't believe how lucky I am to be able to go bare legged in the middle of December! The weather has been treating us really nicely here in Florence and I certainly hope it stays that way... 

Friday, December 19, 2014

Nourish Your Skin with Marj's Naturals

He wanted to be in the picture...

It's time for a new beauty review! Nothing makes me happier than trying out some great products and giving them the publicity they deserve. Today I am going to share with you my experience with Marj's Naturals, a California-based beauty brand.

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Me, My Hat and I

florence merry go round winter fashion

Let me introduce you all to my new hat. It arrived at my door all the way from Israel and it is a courtesy of Justine Hats. It is no secret how much I love hats, but never before have I owned such an exquisitely handmade creation, made exactly to my specifications. I chose this rich burgundy color which I love for winter and it also perfectly matches my favorite wool skirt which I'm wearing in these pictures. I kept the rest of the outfit black to really make the color pop. Do you like it? Do you ever wear wear hats like this? I noticed that it turned quite a few heads as I was walking to a meeting in the center of Florence yesterday and Japanese toursits stopped to take pictures haha... I take it as a sign of approval ;)

Friday, December 12, 2014

What to Get Yourself For Christmas - Women's Gift Ideas



In my last post I (hopefully) gave you a few nice men's gift ideas, but now it's time to think about ourselves. It happens way to often that we don't buy something we really like, because it is not that useful after all and we can easily live without it. Well, ladies, now is the time to indulge in some "unnecessary" shopping and finally get that box of expensive truffles or those lime green pumps.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

What to Get Him for Christmas



It's probably one of the biggest problems of the holiday season... I think we can all agree that it's extremely difficult to choose a great present for the men in our lives. Sometimes it seems like they have everything and what they don't have is way too expensive, or, even after years together we have no idea what is it they really want...

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Dolly Curls and Big Pearls


As you can see, I'm wearing a new hairstyle today and this is about as radical as I get when it comes to changing my hair. I'm not going to pretend it was easy to force my hair into this shape and that it took me only 5 minutes, because it didn't. I actually had to sleep a night on soft rollers - and if you've ever tried those you know how "soft" and comfortable they are. Then, I had to walk around the house with a hood on like some wannabe rapper, because my mother told me to NEVER EVER let my husband see me with rollers on (all the Russian girls out there will understand me). At the end I put a can of hair spray in it, otherwise it just wouldn't hold. But no pain no gain, right? I was cleaning up the mess in my garage the other day and I found these decade-old rollers I used back in high school, so I though I'd give them another chance. What do you guys think? Yay or nay?

Sunday, December 7, 2014

My Christmas Present to You: €330 Value Beauty Giveaway!!!

I'm so excited you guys! This is the biggest giveaway I have ever hosted and the prizes are really awesome, if I do say so myself. The giveaway is courtesy of Ancient Greek Elixirs and you can win 

10 APHRODITE Rose moisturising and revitalizing facial serums


100% organic, 100% handmade, based on ancient Greek recipes

Friday, December 5, 2014

Praio Blogger Fashion Contest 2014




Today I wanted to show you the sketch I prepared for the 2014 PRAIO Blogger Fashion Contest. I have been asked to take a look at Praio's spring/summer 2015 collection and come up with a piece that I think is missing. I decided to design this hoodie dress, which will become part of the collection if you help me win the contest by liking my sketch on Instagram.

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Sweater Weather


Even though we are still waiting for winter to arrive here in Tuscany, we can't ignore the fact that it's almost Christmas and sweater weather is definitely coming. After a weird and incredibly rainy fall I can't wait to wear chunky knits, warm socks and soft scarves and drink hot chocolate with home made coffee cake. Here's hoping that the rain stops and real winter arrives.

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Another Way to Wear Red


In my last outfit post I paired a red wool sweater with a yellow knit skirt for a fun and festive look. Today I chose this longer cotton version and toned it down by wearing it with an otherwise monochromatic outfit. This lovely black and white coat from Sheinside just came in the mail today and it was just what I needed to finish my look and make it weather-appropriate. How convenient. :)
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