Style, Halts, and Café Moments

I wore this outfit a while back when I met up with a musician/banker friend for a café chat.
It had been a few months since we'd seen each other, so a proper catch up was overdue. I had been in an earthy safari mode all day due to my antique shopping. Browsing, rather commenced because of the rainy weather earlier that morning. I really didn't feel up to carrying anything unnecessary, even though I saw a magnificent vintage giraffe sculpture that would go perfectly in our living room.

It was a layered fashion type of day, so I piled them on. However, later the sun was smiling and decided to emit bursts of brightness my way. With my sketchbook in hand, and this colour blocked messenger bag as a sidekick, I felt as if all I needed was eye frames, and a school portfolio carrier in hand. Consequently, a simple and nostalgic memory of art school entered my mind, but the thought came and left within moments.

I finally arrived at the café, saw my friend, and ordered an Americano. The friendly guy that took my order (covered in neck tattoos, and a short hair cut, with a sleek side-swoop)  gave me a look as if he wanted to ask me, "are you sure?" Then, an older woman (ginger-haired with a bold lip (similar to Dior's Rouge Massaï #869), and likely his supervisor gave me a smile as she greeted me, "Nice to see you again, Madison."

I had forgotten that some people know if you're a "regular" at a café, and my usual Earl grey/Green Tea had turned into an Americano, something that I tend to only order on the weekends. This was not actually my "usual" place, but clearly he and his co-workers took note. But, it was definitely an espresso type of day. My friend ordered the same.

We both became so immersed in our enlightening conversation that we forgot it was just supposed to be a quick cuppa. I only had an errand to run shortly after, and dinner plans far later in the evening, so it was fine. Hours passed, and I noticed that I had already done a few sketches and jotted down artsy notes in our elevated brainstorming session.

My mobile was on silent because I usually have the ringer off during work hours, but I'd forgotten to switch it back on. Needless to say, a good amount of missed calls, social notifications, and voice mails (I presumed, nothing in the state of emergency) was definitely worth getting the silent treatment in the end.

I love days like that — catching up with a close friend, laughing, and getting motivated for new ventures. Sometimes getting lost in time is actually a good thing. Life is too short to not cherish the little things ...

When is the last time that you enjoyed great company and conversations without checking your tech devices? 

The goods: Army green wrap dress, and Messenger bag-c/o SheIn, Zipper leggings-Love Culture, Céline T-shirt-gifted (buy similar), Peperosa leather platforms-c/o, Denim-Asos, Eagle leather belt-Vintage, Hat-Urban Outfitters, Mirrored sunglasses-F21, Studded belt-H&M.  

*I was recently honoured to be interviewed by the lovely Denise for Greek blog StylishlyBeautiful. Take a gander, leave a comment, or just read the feature here.


In-Flight Style

Although fashion designers and airlines having partnerships is nothing new, with every era comes a new take on in-flight style. From Emilio "Pucci" to Roy "Halston" Frowick, revamping the uniforms of flight attendants/hostesses and in-flight staff members has always stood out in some way to make a statement.

Have you ever took notice of the cabin crew's ensembles when you are in-flight? I usually do. It really comes down to all of the lovely details though for me, from the kerchief pattern to the complete colour story of the uniforms.
Nowadays, airlines really have a lot more options to consider with advance technology at their disposal, not to mention a plethora of modern forms to market their brand. There's also a fair amount of ways to express the brand DNA of an airline through the uniforms whilst maintaining the style factor, and the country's culture.

Of course, having a limited silhouette and colour palette to design from isn't always easy for designers. However, somehow these renowned designers (seen below) have managed to create styles unique to the airlines as well as keep their own design signature within the uniform.

Check out how airlines like Ryanair used Irish emerging talent, Emma Collopy for their latest uniforms, and Moods of Norway designed uniforms for Norwegian Airlines with whimsy banter printed on certain parts of the uniforms, including the men's socks. Lufthansa went classic, and decided on a savvy pillbox hat for their female cabin crew staff. Both, budget airlines and premier airlines are now continuing to collaborate with fashion designers to update their cabin crew styles.

Looking back at the vintage versions of uniforms, there was also bold colour, even pastels, and neutrals worn by the cabin crew. The next time you travel by aeroplane, take a closer look at the fashion elements worn by your in-flight crew. Some of the little details may surprise you.

Images: via Cheapflights. This post is brought to you by Cheapflights. All content and opinions expressed are my own.
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Which airline uniform is your favourite?


Foodie Tales: Blueberry-Beet Pie

I enjoy developing new dishes as well as trying different foods when I'm dining out. But, I've recently been baking a lot and made a new pie for our weekend dessert. I cannot have much sugar in my diet, so I prefer less sweet desserts when it comes to them, if any. But, if you have dessert lovers at home, well you learn to accommodate in some way, right? Here's where you can meet in the middle. I was a stealthy baker and added a root vegetable to the pie-filling. Beets have a sweet taste anyway, so it was perfect.

This blueberry pie crumble has beets mixed in the main filling, so it's quite a healthy twist to the traditional pie or streusel, but very delicious! There's just enough sweetness to satisfy your craving, with a delightful hint of citrus lemon, and almond to balance out the earthy-fruit flavour and rich crust combination.

180g (1 1/2 cups) All-purpose flour, plus extra for dusting surface
100g (1 stick) unsalted butter (chilled)
1 tablespoon coconut sugar
1 tablespoon brown sugar
1 lemon
1 tablespoon water
pinch of kosher salt

45g (1/4 cup) confectioner's sugar, plus 1 tablespoon
2 egg yolks
2 tablespoons fresh squeezed lemon juice
2 teaspoons pure almond extract
1 teaspoon lemon zest
25g (1/4 cup) roasted red beets, chopped small (the size of blueberries)
500g-700g (or 3 cups-5 cups) Maine blueberries - frozen

3 1/2 tablespoons unsalted butter (room temperature)
1 1/2 tablespoons confectioner's sugar
60g (or 1/4 cup + 2 teaspoons) All-purpose flour

Yield: Serves 4-6, or 4 generous servings  
Prep: 10 min. Bake: 35-40 minutes 180 C / 350 F


  1. Making the pastry: combine the flour, butter, kosher salt, brown sugar and coconut sugar in a food processor. Mix on a medium speed for about 20-25 seconds, until the mixture has a loose soil texture. Gradually add 1 tablespoon water in the food processor as it's running, until the mixture comes together into a dough. Check the dough. You may need to add a little more flour or water. 
  2. On a lightly floured work surface, roll the dough into a rough circle. Wrap in plastic wrap and chill in the refrigerator for 30 minutes. 
  3. In a medium bowl, pour in the blueberries and beets together. Sprinkle 1 tablespoon confectioner's sugar on top. Mix for about 5 seconds with a spoon. Set aside. 
  4. Next, make filling: mix together the egg yolks, confectioner's sugar, fresh squeezed lemon juice, almond extract, and lemon zest in a bowl. 
  5. In a separate bowl combine the crumble ingredients until the mixture has a sand-like consistency. Preheat the oven to 180°C. 
  6. Take out dough/pastry. On a lightly floured surface, roll out the chilled pastry to a thin layer (approx. 4 mm). Next, line the base of a 4 cm or 5 cm deep, 20–25 cm round ceramic baking dish with the pastry. 
  7. Spread the filling over the base, then fill it with the blueberries and chopped beets, and disperse crumble mixture on top. Bake for 35-40 minutes, or until the pastry is browned, and some of the crumble is browned slightly. Serve warm with a dollop of fresh cream.

Side notes: you can buy frozen beets, or beet slices already cut if you prefer. You may need to add an additional 5-10 minutes to cooking time if frozen. *Step 2 alternative: after rolling out dough, it can also be chilled in your baking dish if you prefer. Pressing the dough and forming it with your hands in a thin layer in your baking dish or baking tin, build up dough on sides of baking dish for extra crust. Then, place in freezer for 30 min.


Life and Insta-Living Vol. VIII

It has been quite a week for me, and I will keep it brief given the situation. I had a family emergency over the weekend, so I was up most of the weekend and my mum was in hospital for surgery. I had to fly for work, then to my sister's place in the span of a few days, so needless to say I am beyond exhausted. All is well now with everything and my mother is already doing better, but I just wanted to let you know this is why I've been a bit away from the blog. Life happens, and family is too important to not make it priority.

As a side note, I racked up a massive amount of air miles in the process, but I may need some eye serum to keep me from looking like a scarecrow.

Staying positive, here are some snippets of my August and September lifestyle moments. Some included new beauty favourites (Periconne M.D., and Dr. Brandt primer), baking with a healthy twist (recipe coming soon), painting vintage French ashtrays in gold, creating our own take-away with baskets I bought for homemade garlic-truffle fries, and autumn decorating.

Don't worry, I have loads of inspiration, fashion posts, and amazing recipes to share with you soon. I will return to the blog come next Monday if not before, so stay tuned.

Thanks so much for all of your lovely comments on my last post, and a special thanks to those who also sent me kind messages. Looking forward to visiting your lovely blogs very soon. I will be on Twitter periodically, but Instagram mostly, because I find it the best way to get inspired (tech-wise) without words. Plus, I love checking out your stylish photos — don't be a stranger, engage, send me your favourite quote, something that made you smile, or let me know what was the best part of your day.

The Art of Décor

There's no time like the present to be inspired for the home than when autumn arrives. And, given the fact that the fall season is literally ushering itself right at our doorsteps in the coming weeks, if you're like me, then of course you may want to have a cushy celebration. There's plenty of time to start your planning, but just in case you need to get motivated, I'm here to help.

We're not exactly carving out jack-o-lanterns just yet, however autumn is my favourite season, and we decided on a harvest brunch gathering in lieu of our usual seasonal themed dinner.

I partnered with Carol and Company to show you how to style dissimilar décor pieces, but give them a seasonal elegance. For this tablescape the theme was a polished, but rustic setting. It has a modern and vintage aesthetic overall.  

We fell in love with a nearby farmhouse along the way, so I used that as my main influence. The juxtaposition of certain elements, such as the copper against the printed paper, and the wood pieces alongside fine china made all the difference in styling. Here, I used both, a table runner and tablecloth together; making an unconventional and elaborate display that also expresses my style.
Kitchen Papers have created a brilliant eco-friendly paper table runner — the vintage-inspired print (of utensils) has a versatile charm. You can go for a countryside style or blend it with diverse elements as I did here. If you're awfully smart, then you might even reuse the table runner again, which would also be perfect for a stylish picnic table, outdoor garden party, or custom cut for smaller size tables.

The charming egg cups are designed by Rae Dunn and were an excellent addition for a hint of sophistication to the setting.

Our table has a retro, warm, and intimate elegance about it that I loved. The rich bold colours, and varied heights of garden and floral pieces give the table an autumn attitude of comfort. It's relaxed and inviting, but not too laid-back.

Autumn In the Details:
If you're looking to spice up classic fall elements like gourds and pumpkins, try using cattails and branches. I incorporated medley for the centrepiece: Chinese lanterns, dried flowers, silk flowers, and cattails to make it naturally suiting for the tablescape.

To add glistening accents to the tabletop, glass acorns and pumpkin pieces were placed atop the table runner. I also used the handy punch to create miniature tree cut-outs.

Making the centrepiece was another enjoyable part for me, and the main attraction, per se — burlap, printed grosgrain ribbon, and rocks added a favourable layer of dimension to the bouquet arrangement.

I hope that you were inspired by this tablescape. What do you think of my table?

Are you decorating your home for the autumn season?

The goods: Printed Utensils table runner by Kitchen Papers, and Egg cups set by Rae Dunn-Provided by Carol and Company, Gourds/Pumpkins-(Buy similar), -Silk leaves-(Buy Similar), Chinese Lanterns, and Cattails-Interior design mart, Lace tablecloth-Vintage, Dinnerware-Reed and Barton (Buy similar), Sheffield China, Eco-printed napkins-c/o Gudrun Sjoden, Handmade centrepiece-Fashion Tales, Leaf/Branch paper punch-Martha Stewart (Buy it here).


Hugo Boss x Tessuti

UK fashion retailer, Tessuti carries men's designer sportswear and men's accessories, including Hugo Boss. Their latest project involved with Hugo Boss provides your man with the ultimate luxury gift box.

This post is dedicated to the men, and it's always a treat when Mister FT can use some luxe goods for his dapper style. This Tessuti designer gift box is fitted with the absolute starter style "essentials," and more! There's nothing like a man dressed smart, and one who owns proper grooming accessories. This is why he's excited, the box included the following:

  • Hugo Boss leather notebook  
  • Tessuti branded flask 
  • Hugo Boss silk pocket square
  • Tessuti branded pen with leather box 
  • Hugo Boss polo shirt 
  • MenRock shaving accessories (brush, and shave cream in sandalwood) 

Have you shopped at Tessuti stores? 

The goods: Men's Tessuti gift box-Courtesy of Tessuti. Some items can be bought online.
You can shop online for both, menswear and womenswear at, or check any of Tessuti's store locations here
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