Matcha, Matcha: Creamy Yoghurt

I wanted to make a low sugar version of matcha ice cream, so I used yoghurt because I can't have much sugar in my diet. We have vegetarian and gluten-free guests over quite a lot, so I try to adjust some recipes when I can. I decided to make frozen matcha yoghurt sans an ice cream maker. It's easy and can be done in a matter of hours. Just have your tablet or Smartphone nearby, set the alarm, and watch a Netflix episode of preference as you wait! It's creamy and delicious!

Since I made this during our little late-night gathering with friends, I also added the lavender biscuits that I baked the same day, which helped to give a hint of sweetness with the matcha--a lovely pairing overall with coffee and tea as well.

Yield: This recipe makes (one container for) 2-4 servings. *I made two batches, because I made the second batch with cashew cream (235 g), raw organic honey (170 g), and raw unsweetened coconut (2 tablespoons) toasted, to serve a total of 4-6 people. 


Ingredients:
235 g (1 cup) Heavy cream or organic cream
490 g (2 cups) Greek yoghurt  
2 1/4 tablespoons matcha powder
Pinch of Celtic sea salt
65 g (1 cup) confectioner's sugar (or brown-rice syrup)
1 teaspoon almond flavouring
1-3 mint sprigs (for garnishing)
 


Method: 
  1. In a cold mixing bowl, pour all ingredients together in the mixing bowl (except the mint).  
  2. Use a hand mixer to combine and whip the mixture until the confectioner's sugar melts, about 2-3 minutes. 
  3. Pour your yoghurt mixture into a deep baking dish or stainless steel container, cover the container with plastic wrapping or a lid, and place in freezer over a large bowl of ice surrounding the container. 
  4. After 45 minutes, check the yoghurt mixture. When the edges start to slightly freeze, take container out and stir heavily with a spatula to break up the yoghurt mixture smoothly.  
  5. Place container back in the freezer for 30 minutes. After ever half-hour, repeat stirring heavily with a spatula for the next 2-3 hours or so, or until yoghurt freezes enough to scoop out. You can use a hand mixer if you don't want to work your arms and biceps any further at this point. 
  6. Garnish with a mint sprig and enjoy.  

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Style Files // Vivid Impressions

I took a short holiday to basically get caught up with loads of things, including running errands, cleaning, and a few art projects. Hence, the sporadic posts, did you miss me? Don't worry, I have a few things in the works to share with you. Time away was much needed, and it felt more than rejuvenating to be somewhat unplugged. Although, there was also some baking in the process, so stay tuned for more gourmet goodies coming up. 

I wore this outfit when it was a dismal and rainy day. The sun did come out to give a warm hello, but it was followed by a swift goodbye, and yet it didn't stop me from wanting to wear bright colours. Since it was also an off (work) day, I was excited to wear denim. Occasionally, there are times when a good comfy knit paired with jeans can make a dull day bright, especially when there's not any excruciating deadlines to arrange.
Gudrun Sjoden Summer Style
This cardigan reminds me of a watermelon. In fact, my little nephew calls it the watermelon jacket (cardigan), in adorable and very animated outbursts! This outfit could easily be apart of my autumn wardrobe, but I needed something for the night air, as it was windy, and there was a slight breeze in the air.

I'm sure you can deduce that this will end up being in my seasonal wardrobe for cooler months as well, since I love versatility. How is your summer so far, is it awfully humid where you are?

Have you taken any time off yet, or planning a holiday soon?

Shop the look!
The goods: Jacquard knit long cardigan in eco-cotton (dala red)-c/o Gudrun Sjoden, Denim-Mango, Tank-H&M, Booties-c/o PinkBasis, Derek Cardigan eyewear-Courtesy of Coastal, Gold bangles-Vintage, Tote-Old Navy, Hat-seen here, Shop the Gudrun Sjoden Eco-summer collection here.



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Lavender + Rose Biscuits

I have been wanting to share my recipe with you, so here it is! Lavender has such a distinct and wonderful flavouring. The best part is that you don't need much to make an impact, whether it's in using essential oil for body care, or fresh lavender for baking. These tea biscuits were part of a little entertaining weekend that we had a little bit ago. It's also a great pairing for another treat that I will share with you later. I hope you enjoy!


Ingredients:
250 g (2 cups) all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon course salt
2 teaspoons French blue lavender (finely chopped)
230 g or (1 cup)  quality unsalted butter, room temperature
100 g (1/2 cup) brown sugar
65 g (1/2 cup) confectioner's sugar
3 tablespoons rosewater (food-grade) 
1 tablespoon grated lemon zest

Glaze Ingredients:
3 tablespoons confectioner's sugar
1 med. lemon
1 tablespoon lemon juice (freshly squeezed)
2 tablespoons rosewater



Time: Prep + Cooking: Approx. 20-25 minutes
Bake: 180 C /350 F

Method:
  1.  In a bowl, whisk together the flour, French lavender, and salt. 
  2. Put butter, brown sugar, confectioner's sugar, rosewater, and lemon zest in a bowl, and use an electric mixer on medium setting to mix. Mix until it's fluffy and pale for 3 minutes. On low speed, slowly mix in the flour mixture from step #1 until combined. 
  3. Next, divide the dough in half, and place each half on a piece of parchment paper, shaping each piece into a long rectangular roll or log form. *Roll the parchment to 3 cm or 4 cm in diameter. You can use a straight edge ruler to make each side level when turning. Make sure to get out any air excess if necessary, then place parchment wrapped dough in freezer for about 1 hour or until firm. 
  4. Preheat oven to 180 C. Cut each log in small slices (about 1 cm thick or less). Line baking sheets with parchment. Leave about 2 cm or so space apart between slices placed on baking sheet. 
  5. Bake biscuits in oven 13-16 minutes, or until edges are golden brown. Rotate baking sheets after about 6-8 minutes. Place biscuits on a cooling rack and let sit for a few minutes before adding the glaze. 
  6. Light glaze: in a small bowl, use a small whisk to combine the 3 tablespoons of confectioner's sugar, 1 tablespoon of lemon juice, and 2 tablespoons of rosewater. Pour a little bit of the mixed glaze over the top of each biscuit. The glaze will be slightly translucent. Allow the glaze to solidify before serving.
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*Great tip! You may use paper towel rolls to insert your transfered parchment wrapped dough before freezing. To do this, cut a slit on one side of the paper towel roll, and place your parchment wrapped dough inside of the roll. Next, freeze until dough is firm for about 1 hour.



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Day Glamour and Casual Sportswear

You may or may not be able to guess, but this outfit was a post-workout ensemble that I had to put together in record time. The top underneath is a breathable colourful mesh tank, and I overlayed my hand-dyed crochet lace top. I swapped my shorts for a printed chiffon dress that I brought with me.

Fortunately, I was only doing yoga and a quick Pilates studio session, so although it was fully powerful, it wasn't overly strenuous. I love the juxtaposition of the sporty trainers and frilly lace-hemmed patchwork skirt.

The wonderful team at Jon Richard sent me these lovely jewellery pieces. And, with inspiring talk about summer wedding season, I thought it was fitting to include the Jon Richard brand.

This year is a notable feat for the UK brand, as it marks their 30th anniversary. They continue to produce quality jewellery as well as develop, design, and retail alongside Debenhams in-house designer brands. In fact, you've likely seen their jewellery pieces if you've shopped there at some point.

To bring everything together, I paired the Swarovski Elements embellished barrel necklace with this rose gold crystal link necklace for a double layered effect. Since I had just finished exercising, I didn't want to have to put on too many pieces, as I was meeting up with a friend for a quick catch-up and a bite to eat.

I like to save my vintage pieces and family heirloom gems for special occasions—even if the occasion is just dashing off to a birthday party dinner, or local grocer. But, there's nothing like dainty pieces that still make a statement.

I'm usually a bold colourful statement accessories type of lady. However, I do find myself wearing more delicate pieces, and incorporating them in my everyday wardrobe staples, especially on a hot summer day.

What do you think of Jon Richard jewellery? 



View the ‘Devoted’ by Alan Hannah bridal collection from Jon Richard here.

The goods: Gold barrel necklace made with Swarovski Elements Crystal pendant, and Graduated rose gold crystal link necklace-c/o Jon Richard, Leather belt-Vintage, Dress worn as a skirt-Selfridges, Leather purse-Ann Taylor, Dyed lace top-DIY, Creative Recreation Cesario XVI Trainers-c/o Mainline Menswear. To shop the collection visit www.jonrichard.com


Congrats to Erika of CatEyesandSkinnyJeans for winning the giveaway!

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Wolford and Lace

I have recently been in the market for new shapewear for a few months, as well as legwear. I'm the type of person that will wear fun tights and hosiery all year round. Even though I adore legwear and textured pieces, finding something that also has some type of support other than the usual isn't always on my mind, but definitely an added bonus.

Hosiery and lingerie shopping is one of my favourite types of (fashion-related) shopping that I enjoy doing. The appearance and the hand of a fabric in hosiery/legwear is generally what catches my eye first.

A while back, I went shopping on the weekend for shapewear and came back with lingerie. Slightly distracted from other tasks that day, it didn't cross my mind until I was making dinner that I had forgotten about what I initially went in the store for.

I didn't locate the shapewear that I had been wanting, but the day wasn't completely unsuccessful. I had a surprise parcel waiting for me after work with these support leggings form Wolford, so I tried them out.

I have loads of legwear, but one of my favourite brands is Wolford. And, in addition to Wolford, Veneziana, and Falke (another favourite), I have bought my fair share of hosiery. I've not tried these velvet tights before, and it's not like the "velvet" texture that you're probably thinking. This pair is slightly different, as they are a smooth support legging style that is supposed to help with the form and shape for your thighs and legs as you wear them.  

I tested them out, and to be honest I could not feel a difference at all. The next day I wore them for a longer length of time. Then, I took them off and felt the difference immediately. Again, it wasn't a gigantic one, but it was enough for me to visibly see and feel it at this time.

The quality is very nice, of course, and the fabric feels luxurious, although it's simply denier. I can walk, run, and do a little workout in these with no problem. I don't feel like the waist elastic is cutting into my skin, which after a long day is extremely important. The weight on this is heavier, and wears as a true legging with wonderful elasticity, but certainly not thin at all. Overall, I am very happy with them, and looking forward to trying their other shapewear soon.

Have you tried Wolford's hosiery and bodywear? 
    
    
The goods: Velvet Forming Leggings-c/o Wolford buy them here, Lace dress-DIY, Heels-Seychelles, Leather purse-Vintage, Necklace-Vivien Frank Jewellery, Studded belt and Top underneath-H&M. *All opinions expressed in this post are my own.




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Summer Style: Bridal Collection

Summer wedding season is upon us, and even if you're not the one getting married there's still plenty of reasons to look your best. Thankfully, this year I can just be a guest, instead of actually being in the weddings that we're attending.

One thing is certain though, there's nothing like a formal event, and seeing everyone dressed to the nines. Even if the event is just going out to dinner, Aisle Style has chock-full of dress styles that has your back in the occasion department.

I love attending weddings in general, and this year I'm pretty certain that the summer weddings we're going to will have loads of colour, being that two are non-traditional. From bridesmaids dresses to the actual bride, plentiful selections to choose from are at your fingertips on Aisle Style's site, including plus size, and maternity. There's even formal wear for special occasions, cocktail hour, or just because!

To celebrate summer weddings, here are my top picks from Aisle Style's bridesmaid collection.

Shop the collection here.
*This post is sponsored by Aisle Style. All content and opinions within this post are my own.

Are you attending any weddings this season or will you be in a wedding soon? 



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