Foodie Tales: Maca Root

Our gatherings and dinner parties cater to a diverse group of people and lifestyles. But, what brings all of us together undoubtedly is our love for food. With prominent (health and wellness) culinary and lifestyle shifts in the world, like clean eating, trendy green smoothies, paleo diets, and more, you may have heard of the maca root. But, just in case you haven't I wanted to share a couple of ingredients that I've been using for quite some time, along with new ways that I've recently incorporated them in my cuisine.

This month's ingredient spotlight from the FT Kitchen is actually two: maca powder and goji berry powder. It's a pleasure to partner with Navitas Naturals, a brand dedicated to producing certified organic and ethically processed foods. Navitas Naturals has a wide range in food products that contain heavy nutrients, including protein, essential fats, and vitamins.


Maca is a Peruvian root that has been used and cultivated by natives for ages. It's mineral rich with magnesium, phosphorous, amino acids, and also helps with your body's equilibrium.

I was introduced to the maca root in 2011, when a friend and I were cooking. She actually had maca flour. The maca flour had a nutty taste, which we used in baking at the time. But, even though I grew up knowing about the goji berry, I had not used either of these ingredients in powder form.

The ancient Chinese plant, Goji berry (also known as the Wolf berry) is a drought tolerant and exuberant fruit that's rich in antioxidants, amino acids, and vitamin A, and vitamin C. This particular fruit being in a freeze-dried fine powder made it accessible to use in recipes for both sweet, and savoury creations. I like to put it in my yoghurt and oatmeal, however I also used it in a plantain dish that I made recently (more recipes coming to the blog soon, I promise). You can actually grow goji berries yourself, I found this helpful video to get started.

Maca is quite a special plant that can grow in severe climate in high altitudes, (growing in the Andes mountains) grown up to 4300 metres above sea level.

Some of the benefits of maca include calming hormonal stress, increase in strength, boosts energy, and even enhances libido. Fun fact: there is a large amount of calcium in maca as well, even more than milk!
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Great Uses:
Cooking/Baking: making shakes/smoothies, salads, yoghurt, energy bars, etc.
I loved using maca powder, but it affected my stomach a bit. I used the powder in a number of recipes during my testing process. Then, I cooked with it using heat (in a fig, onion and goat cheese galette), instead of using it raw, and had no problems.

Later, I actually decided to use smaller doses of the maca powder in my smoothies and morning green-juice mixes, and took another friend's advice of getting the gelatinised version of maca powder for better digestion. There's so many benefits in using maca root and goji berries.

Using both ingredients, I made a variety of truffles: peanut butter and dark chocolate, with cacao almonds, and a pan-fried crust using cacao almonds and cacao butter. The natural chocolate butter makes the truffles taste rich. The best part is that you're getting plenty of fatty acids (omega-6, and omega-9).

The maca cashews tasted good on their own and aren't too sweet at all. They have a great crunch with a nice hint of maple as an aftertaste. I crush them to sprinkle atop my acai yoghurt bowl in the morning. I also made a frozen dessert with them, and of course I'll share pics soon.


Have you tried goji berries or maca root in any form?  

The goods: Maca Powder, "Superfood + Maca Cashews," Cacao Butter, "Superfood + Cacao Almonds," and Goji Berry Powder-Courtesy of Navitas Naturals. Great info. on goji berry here. Other references here. For more information visit www.navitasnaturals.com

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Lovable Layers with Joules

For all-weather type of road trips and weekend excursions it's always a good idea to take a few essentials. You've probably heard me say many times that I personally always carry a scarf in my handbag, because of its versatility. Outfit transformations can happen within moments with a scarf, but there's also my favourite pieces, such as a cross body bag that helps to keep your hands free if you're exploring by foot.

With summer coming to a close it doesn't mean that you have to forgo your outdoor style. We're actually planning a camping trip soon, so packing an umbrella, wellies, and a few other essentials will be on the list.

Joules, is a well-known British brand, namely for their colourful wellies, and even adorable children's wear. They've been producing family apparel, and quintessentially British lifestyle clothing and accessories for just over 25 years. Many of their classic items are still being adored today.

UK retailer, Outdoor and Country carries a wide variety of Joules' pieces, including saddle bags, rain jackets, and cosy jumpers. I know that I'm looking forward to bringing out a couple of tweed blazers and favourite vintage coats for autumn. So, I've put together a few of my top selections from the Joules brand.

Here are some of my top picks: inspiration for travelling style, in addition to weekend favourites that will suit your day glamour itinerary, or a mere casual evening.

Joules Clothing Autumn Winter 2015
Above: Wolfson canvas purse, Marnie beaded jersey top, Leather saddle bag, Parade tweed navy blazer, Glossy fields wellies, Field coat, Laverton leather cross body bag, Avelyn cable knit sweater. 
*This is a sponsored post. All opinions expressed are my own. 

*There's plenty of time to grab weekend essentials for autumn-winter. Shop Joules outlet stores in the UK, and view more Joules clothing or other affordable pieces like the Field coat or cross body bag at www.outdoorandcountry.co.uk

Have you shopped at Outdoor and Country? What is your favourite Joules piece?

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Style Files // Floral Romance

I remember when I was younger, the only kimono that I actually had was one that my parents gave me  family friends that travelled a lot in Japan would bring back gifts for each one of us, my parents did the same on their journeying as well. But, my kimono wasn't exactly like the styles that you see today. This particular one that I'm wearing reminds me of a modern version of the kimono that I used to have with peachy colours and royal blue accents.


I wore this a while back for a weekend look, and I'm just getting to posting it. I love the seventies fashion elements like fringe, so I paired a fringe shoulder bag with this kimono-style cardigan. I didn't have my straight-legged denim or high-waisted skirt that I wanted to wear with this on-hand, so I went for a rolled hem.

Although, there is no actual purple colour in this print I liked the contrast with the handbag, and it still worked in my opinion.



Style Revamping
I could not put my finger on what it was that I wanted to change on this fringe bag until I carried it to the art store. Then, a great idea struck me like lightning  metal embellishments will liven up this purple tassel concoction.

I used metal eyelet fasteners and dispersed them on the front and back of my bag. Otherwise it looked like this. Since the fringe is actually in two rows on my handbag, I put two eyelets on the second row, and one in the centre, this way when the light hits the metal eyelets you can see it peeking through the fringe.

After I finished knotting the fringe strips on the bag I'm much happier with it, and it makes me miss doing more DIYs, so hopefully a few more in the works. Apologies for the quick/blur detail on the photos of the bag, I was in a rush. Of course, there will be more to display in the future, and I'll take other shots of the bag.



What do you think of my revamped handbag and outfit? 
Do you have any kimonos? 

The goods: Tank-H&M, Faux suede fringe handbag, and Floral and lace kimono-c/o Rosegal, Denim-Express, Leather boots-Vintage, Gold bangles-Consignment shop, Feather necklace-H&M. 
*Linking this post up with Colour and Grace's Fashion Link Up. View more blogger's here.


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Style Files // Fall Details

Although summer is not quite finished, I must admit that I've been slowly getting excited for autumn to arrive. It might just be me, according to my friends, as most of them are still embracing the hot rays of summer weather.

I love certain elements of summer, but it's actually my least favourite season, only specifically regarding the weather. Don't worry, there's plenty of time to enjoy poolside cocktails and sleeveless ensembles.

Last week involved a massive virtual browsing session, and at least one or two window shopping trips. I'm inspired and ready for the change in season, so these are several items that are on my current "favourites" list.



1.  And, speaking of autumn … 
These pumpkin candle holders above are small enough to fit anywhere, and will casually add a hint of fall to your home décor.

2. Wall décor with character:
This is a simplistic way to hold photographs in your home on this birdcage frame; it would make a fun DIY as well. But, firstly, I'd have to figure out where this will go in our home, unless parting with it to give as a gift. Buy it here.

3. Olive:
I never found the perfect tangerine orange coat last year (that wasn't exorbitantly priced), so I am transitioning the wish list to an olive green coat or jacket. Something similar above (not a utility style) would be greatly appreciated. I am travelling at the moment, and hoping to dive into a few vintage and charity shops along the way. Perhaps, if I dream hard enough, find a great mac in olive.

4. Lace, lace, lace ... oh, how I love thee … 
I really want a version of these. That is all.

5, Six, and VII: 
These inspired sweet treats, and golden jewellery pieces from Wolf and Badger will not get you in any trouble! The acorn necklace, and tiny shell earrings also caught my eye. The "play with your food" selections include everything from doughnuts to chocolate necklaces. They're adorable, and make indulging quite easy, because you're wearing your dessert with no mess. Buy it here, sans the calories.

Have you scored a great item lately, or purchased something recently for the cooler months?  


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Family Dinner With Blue Apron

Weeks ago, I was fortunate to be apart of a surprise getaway with friends of ours. There was a fun agenda planned, and each of us had a responsibility. My part was food and decorations, so of course I had to think on my feet and plan easy options that would either travel well, or that I could get upon arrival. Day one: the décor was easily sorted.

Day two: I knew that the surprise couple would be quite tired from their hike (which was an intentional distraction conjured by the friend who planned this getaway), and since the rest of us were helping out with other scheduled events those left behind would do the finishing touches on the prepping, and I'd cook a meal one of the days.


What To Expect:
Instead of heading to the grocer, Blue Apron was nice enough to send some gourmet family meals for us to try out. They provide seasonally motivated two-person meals at $59.94 (3 meals delivered per week), and family style meals (serves 4 each meal) at $69.92 delivered twice per week. There's also a family option for four meals per week.

Every week you can choose what will be delivered to your doorstep with free-shipping, or you can skip the weeks you don't want deliveries. It's pretty simple. I usually don't do home food deliveries these days, but I have used three different ones in the past in London and San Francisco for fresh delivered produce, and gourmet lunches.

Blue Apron worked great for this specific occasion. I was also impressed at the quality of the kits --the boxes were packed well, cold items carefully separated from produce with Nordic Ice packs, and thankfully included everything necessary to cook the meals. The only thing needed additionally was olive oil, salt, and pepper. With the step by step guide and recipe cards, anyone can prepare these pre-portioned meals, which can all be cooked within 35 minutes, but we got seafood which doesn't take long. There's also interactive videos to help you with cooking.

From the cooking novice to the seasoned chef, there really is something for everyone. You're able to select your meals from a curated list for carnivores, and even vegetarians. We decided on the gourmet fish meal with yu choy and Romano beans, and then the tomato-basil fettuccine. I've partnered with Blue Apron, and they are offering two free meals with your first Blue Apron box for FT readers here.



The Dinners
My favourite was definitely the Thai Basil Salmon cooked to perfection. The French lentils cooked with coconut powder were also surprisingly wonderful.

Others at the table enjoyed the pasta, but that was my least favourite, as mozzarella is not my first choice of cheeses, especially melted ...  I know, I'm weird about my cheeses. I also felt that I needed to add something: more herbs and spices to the pasta or a bit of sauce, but only two of us foodies felt that way. Fresh romaine for a Caesar salad also came with the pasta kit, so when I made the dressing, I added a touch of Dijon, and anchovy fillets for an authentic taste which was absolutely amazing.

Ratings: the pasta gets only 3.5/5 stars, and the salad 5/5 stars. The entire salmon meal gets 5/5 stars! Overall, both meal selections worked for us. Above all, it was a great time spent with friends.

I think this would be good for a couple like my brother and sister-in-law, since they have two little ones, and are busy professionals, but not for someone like me who travels often. Having easy-to-prepare and planned meals for the week would seem ideal if you're up for the cooking challenge.

It also makes it fun if you want to cook together with your significant other, and if you're as much as a gastronome as we are, then you might even try to outdo the other one in presentation and plating ... but I digress.

Have you tried Blue Apron or any food delivery service before? 
The goods: Family meal packages-Courtesy of Blue Apron. For more information visit. www.BlueApron.com *All opinions expressed are my own.

Thinking about trying Blue Apron? Redeem here if you'd like 2-free meals. *Special thanks to Blue Apron for the scrumptious dinners and prompt service.



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Midday Nosh: The Travel Deluxe

As a savvy foodie, I like to travel in style, but sometimes having the proper cookery and cutlery is not always easily transported. After spending a large portion of the morning at the farmer's market (buying new inventory of fresh herbs and spices), a light and tasty lunch was next on the agenda.  


When it comes to wanting a gourmet lunch on a (humid) summer day or having an intimate picnic in the park, it's often a challenge to keep it simple. The last thing that you want is to have shoddy kitchen tools. There's nothing like having an excellent cheese platter or bottle of wine ready to enjoy whilst lacking the corkscrew and proper cutlery.  

We packed homemade French baguette sandwiches, cucumber-basil flatbread for smoked salmon pizzas, honey dipped baby carrots, and peaches with blue cheese, amongst other succulent edibles.  

In collaboration with WÜSTHOF, the abundantly renowned producer of premier knives, it was a pleasure to review a few essential pieces from their collection, the CLASSIC 7-Piece Traveler Set. 

Firstly, when you see any WÜSTHOF design there's an unequivocal precision and aesthetic in a glance — the weight, blade quality, and well-made triple riveted handle comfort — sets them apart from other knife brands. But, their commitment to sustainability and environmental awareness is all the more reason to understand why they have been at the top of their industry and in the business for over 200 years.  

To put it mildly, saying, "A knife is just a knife," is like saying that a shoe is like every other shoe, and we all know that soles have dimensions and various calibres of greatness. 

Putting this set to the test in the kitchen myself made a lingering impression as it didn't take much to cut crisp veggies and fruits beautifully, even as a lefty.  

These German-made knives are credibly the best blades in the kitchen business. This traveller set made it effortless to carry some of the most important and most-used cutlery pieces, which in fact was suiting for a packable blanket-style lunch. However, this set would also be great for an outback foodie enthusiast or travelling epicure. From the campfire to the kitchen, all occasions are welcomed. 


Bonus: The knives are forged with exactness from one blank of high carbon stain-free steel. This particular set includes a 6" cook's knife, 5" serrated utility knife, 3 ½ " paring knife, waiter's corkscrew, kitchen shears, travel-friendly knife sharpener, and zipper-closure travelling case. All of the essentials needed to slice, dice, and open your favourite foods. 

What do you think of our lunch? Have you used Wüsthof knives?
The goods: CLASSIC 7-Piece Traveler Set #8857-Provided by Wüsthof (Buy it here), Eco-printed paper napkins-c/o Gudrun Sjoden, Wicker and leather basket-Vintage (Buy similar), Plastic stemware-(Buy similar), Silver tray-Vintage. Travel mat-Interior Warehouse, Mini cutting board. Affiliate links enclosed. *All opinions expressed are my own. Vegan baguette w/cashew cheese: we used cucumber, butter/romaine lettuce, broccoli sprouts, truffle oil, cashew cheese, and avocado (similar recipe).  

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Style Files: Afternoon Espresso

Although, in the midst of home restorations and visiting family, ironically I can always find time for coffee and teatime. Of course, there are plenty of other tasks and crafting sessions that I usually miraculously make time for as well. But, this particular day was all about making an unsightly corner that had hardware buckets and all of the unfashionable, but very useful home tools into an appealing space.

We have this corner in our home that will be no more ... or to nicely put it, be an interior visionary space revamp.

There are simple ways to create a cosy little nook, especially when it's just to help motivate your productivity, or in our case relax over a lovely cup of espresso. I know, oxymoronic as it may sound, believe me, espresso did the job! Here's a few helpful and inspiring tips.

1. Use what is at your disposal: 
I took what was left from a box of trimmings: a mason jar, dried flowers, safari figurines, and planters that I used for another home project.

2. Choose an element/theme that makes you feel good:  
Ours: animals, and espresso.

I started with these wonderful wild animal miniatures and placed a large piece of wood on the tray as a great source of natural inspiration. I am no novice when it comes to rustic décor, and I do love the occasional grandiosity of decorating, however this time I focussed on one to two elements: our love for animals, and the sheer purpose of this corner.

Everything coordinates harmoniously with each other. I used nature as influence — green from the plants, black, and white from the zebras alongside the white espresso cups, and browns, deep oak, and purple accented colours from the wood and dried flowers.

The idea was to not make it look too polished, so I loved using the tree bark with the vine semi-wrapped around it, then accented stamped and brushed gold coasters that I made from polymer clay. A somewhat asymmetrically balanced corner, if that makes any sense.

3. Know your space, whether big or small: 
If this was a larger corner space to fill, I could easily use artwork on the wall, or even a small secretary table in the area. In the opposite corner we have had a DIY ladder that I painted in the past, and used it as an accent bookshelf.

Since this was a smaller corner, I used an ottoman with tan and beige jacquard fabric to set the tray on. This also makes a more intimate space. So, instead of relaxing in structured chairs, use gigantic bean bags or floor cushions. Time out for a shot of espresso, amidst home renovations have never felt more comfy.

What do you think or our espresso corner?
 


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Stress-Free Beauty With Nordic Vibes

It shouldn't be complicated to pack your favourite skincare when travelling, but occasionally I find it difficult to do so, when several locations and climates are involved. With each locale comes diverse changesfrom metropolitan cities to the countryside. When it comes to skincare, everything from the environment to your lifestyle matters! This is especially the case for me, being a person who also has allergies.

Jet-setting, whether for business or leisure can often leave you with tired skin, and your body exhausted. Sometimes I have to be up at the crack of dawn, and in addition to having the occasional long nights, one thing that I've learnt, even in my youth is that my skin should not suffer.

To revive my skin I've recently added a few new products to my weekly regimen by Skyn Iceland, a skincare brand dedicated to producing products that protect, strengthen, and soothe stressed skin. I've partnered with Skyn Iceland to share with you my beauty travelling favourites at the moment.
For rejuvenating my skin I have been using the Skin Hangover Kit, which comes in a resealable bag that's easy to travel with. The name for this kit is totally appropriate because it has everything needed to de-stress your skin, including the Icelandic Relief Eye Pen, ANTIDOTE Cooling Daily Lotion, two of the Fresh Start Masks with ice age mud, and Hydro Cool Firming Eye Gels.

The Icelandic Relief Pen is simple to use like twisting a tube of lipstick, and glides under your eyes to help with puffiness and dark circles. It just worked okay for me, as I did not see much difference after using. But, I felt a difference as I put it on, and I loved the instant cooling effect, and light weight application. The Hydro Cool Firming Eye Gels seemed to work better for me, as I could put them on even as I painted my nails in 10 minutes. The cooling eye gels reduced eye puffiness and basically gives your eyes a fantastic wake-up call. Both can be kept on-hand for fast-relief during your journey.

Jet-setting, whether for business or leisure can often leave you with tired skin, and your body exhausted. Sometimes I have to be up at the crack of dawn, and in addition to having the occasional long nights, one thing I've learnt, even as a young girl is that my skin should not suffer. *Tip after a long day, cleanse face and use the cooling lotion, it's refreshing and gives your skin a wonderful tingling sensation.

What I love about Skyn Iceland is that their products are designed with the woman on-the-go in mind  creating skincare that encourages a healthier complexion with anti-stress elements. I've been a using the brand for years, in fact but my usual go to product is their Glacial Cleansing Cloths, which I regularly use. They're also ideal to use post-workouts.

"The first and only skincare brand created to combat the effects of stress on skin." -Skyn Iceland 
First-rate Essentials:
This is a beauty brand that not only produces 100% vegan products, but actually delivers great results. There's no irritation, which is excellent since I have sensitive skin. To be honest, my absolute favourite to date has got to be the Fresh Start Mask, and the Nordic Peel (exfoliating pads)--it works wonders. It claims that it gently and effectively renews the surface of your skin. It does!

Even after the first use, my skin was glowing, and after two weeks of using the pads for only 3 times a week there's a difference in my skin. It's a great exfoliate that clears blackheads, and made my skin brighter, very soft, and smooth to touch.

The pads are a thin cloth (a cheesecloth texture) macerated in the liquid beauty potion that makes your skin feel cool initially, then revitalised afterward. Some of the key ingredients includes, jojoba seed extract, witch hazel, papaya extract, lactic acid, and has pollution-free Icelandic Glacial Water. The peel has a curative, yet purifying and pleasing smell--not over powering. That's how I'd describe it, and there's no need to actually peel anything off your face, the drenched pads are enough to do all of the work on your tired skin.

The following day, I used the Fresh Start Mask, which was a first for me. This mud mask is not a typical one, it has a two-step formula to follow, and does not dry like a traditional facial mask, instead you gently wipe it off. I left it on a few minutes longer. The blue clay is the first step, then applying the activating gel follows. The result is an incredibly smooth texture, leaving your face feeling heavenly polished.

I had just finished giving myself a pedicure, so of course the singing was in full effect. When you put the mask on make sure to have some music to help you pass the time. You can go for relaxing soothing tunes, or  play this as I did. It was an after-hours pampering (and dancing) paradise, and I didn't even have to leave my hotel room. The only thing left to do was soak in a lavender infused Jacuzzi.

Have you tried Skyn Iceland products before? 
 
The goods:  Skin Hangover Kit, Fresh Start Mask, and Nordic Peel-Courtesy of Skyn Iceland. Shop Skyn Iceland's products here. *All opinions expressed are my own.  

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Blush, Black, and Happiness

Birthed from the concept of spreading positivity through their passions, the founders of Happiness Boutique, a Berlin based online store wants everyone to be ... Happy! Their offerings range from jewellery to clothing, and more!

With a brand ethos that's bound to make you smile, even on a bad day, there's no surprise at all why you keep hearing such buzz in the air. I promise you, it's not just the bumble bees.

The Happiness Boutique kindly sent over this lovely necklace for me to style. I had already heard about their initiative and was thrilled when they asked me to style a piece from their collection. This was timely, because I was able to wear it to several places: work, date night, an art show, and here (seen below). On all occasions the necklace was a hit on its own.

This particular necklace is a vintage-inspired style that seriously looks even better up close and personal. I tried to take a few snapshots so that you could see how stunning it really is … trust me, I wasn't disappointed.

The weight of the chain and intricate floral details are eye-catching and good quality for (statement) fashion jewellery. I chose this style because I knew that I wanted something different than what I already owned, and above all, something versatile. This will go well with casual and elegant outfits, and I can see myself wearing this with a basic heather grey T-shirt with a leather skirt too!

The brand prides themselves as being a source for positive influence for women. "A place to make women not only look good, but also feel good. We believe happiness is contagious." said the Happiness Boutique.

There's nothing like wearing a favourite piece of jewellery that gives you a special sparkle in your uptown or downtown strut. It doesn't always have to be a "statement" piece either. In their collection, there are dainty pieces to make you do a double-take. But, more importantly, there's plenty of designs for you to spread their philosophy in your own stylish way.


Happiness Boutique offers free worldwide shipping, which a great bonus along with their customer reward programme--you can gain points for every purchase, by sharing your personal review, and style images.

In the meantime, check out some of my other favourites from their lovely shop, below. Additionally, these fun tassel earrings are calling my name as well.



What do you think about the Happiness Boutique? 


The goods: Vintage-inspired Floral Bouquet Statement Necklace-c/o Happiness Boutique, Shoes-Debenhams, Tulle skirt-F21, Bodysuit-American Apparel, Hat-Oasap (similar) Canvas shopper-Kohl's, Studded belt-H&M.  

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Style Files: Deep Waters

I have always been influenced by nautical elements, and not just in my sartorial style. It all started in my adolescents. Going on family day trips with a fully packed gourmet basket, and taking boat rides seemed like a simple and elegant way to stay cool with a breeze during a humid summer. Then, came the love of miniatures and classic patterns: collecting sailboat figurines, wearing Breton striped knits, or even decorating with maritime inspired textile prints and furnishings.

That's probably why I gravitated to this dress. I wore this only to meet a friend for lunch, because it was my day off, so my vintage flats were perfectly comfortable for the journey. Have you ever worn a garment that made you happy, but then hours later you couldn't wait to change your clothes? That's the only way I could describe this dress. When I put it on, it felt fine, however the longer that I wore it, something about it irritated me. I was sort of in a rush because I wanted to run an errand beforehand.

Finally, after running my errand (which almost ended up a parcel nightmare), I unbuttoned an extra button on the front, and was alleviated to have some fashion freedom. Generally speaking, it didn't feel that constricting, but the top portion was slightly off, so it eventually felt as if I buttoned a shirt wrong. This wasn't buttoned wrong.
Sadly, the bodice portion of this dress was ill fitting, so I've already decided that I will definitely be making this dress into a skirt. In fact, my shears are resting in their leather harnesses, because I've already sliced the seams as you read this. Yes, in the future, if you see this print on the blog it will likely be in skirt form.

Although, I may look slightly put off in these photos. I'm actually not. My foot was hurting at this point and this is the visual result: an unexpected glare, a slight grin, and a pouty stare.

Aside from my style dilemma, the print is a lovely and playful one, which will be a lot of fun to wear more bold hues with, given the colour combination within the pattern repeat.

On a positive note, lunch was incredible! But, then again, you can't go wrong with a delicious tapas bar, and libations for miles on a warm sunny day.

How was your weekend?


The goods: Printed dress -c/o Show in buy, Leather loafers-Vintage, Necklace-H&M, Leather belt-Urban Outfitters, Silk scarf-Diane von Furstenberg.  

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