Monday, 21 July 2014

Lifestyle // Three King's birthday celebrations

Two weeks ago and while I was in the middle of a lunch break, my friend Josef texted me asking if I would do him the extraordinary honour to travel down in Glasgow for the Three King's Day. It took me a while to realise that he was referring to his, Chris and Gabriel's birthday weekend party celebrations.
Boy, do I wanna travel to Glasgow I thought, given that I hadn't been in the big city for almost six months! Without any hesitation I booked my tickets and started making plans as to what to wear and how to help with the party organisation.
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I arrived Friday night and Chris picked me up from the train station before we both vanished to Hummingbird for a couple of cocktails and a news catch up.
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good morning glasgow
Saturday morning I woke up to this amazing view and cup of tea waiting for me before heading to the jacuzzi with El Magnifico, that's Josef's newly acquired nickname in case you've been wondering.
Soon after that we decided it was Tribeca time, one of my favourite breakfast clubs in Glasgow!
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Warm and cozy, Tribeca is the perfect escape for a grey Saturday morning. The amazing thing about this place-well besides that it serves the best milkshakes, is that it's offering the best pancakes sides; fruits, nutella, ice-cream you know name it and Tribeca serves it!
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Iliana ordered the vegetarian bagel, while Josef and Chris went for the classic English breakfast.
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Opposed to what the others ordered I went for the sweet taste of my all time classic beloved breakfast, pancakes! Served with two scoops of vanilla ice-cream filled my heart and gave me a happy face.
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Chris was massively impressed with the portions and decided to order some additional pancakes for himself-greedy boy that he definitely is!
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After this feast we headed back home to get ready for the afternoon BBQ by the canal...my camera died from battery but luckily I managed to get some snaps with my phone..
The Three King's at their bests! From left to right meet the King of Spain, King of Hellas and King of Malta!
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A mixture of good friends and delicious food-best birthday party ever!
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Late in the evening and while the boys were resting their full bellies I was on the task of baking some additional birthday cakes before the warm up party in the flat, followed by a salsa party at El Barrio later at night.
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I prepared an Oreo cream and cookies dessert, along with a chocolate brownies pie and an orange-chocolate cake...
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By the time we had to leave the flat we were all quite tipsy and the Three King's felt like the King's of Glasgow not to say of the entire Scottish country!
I couldn't think of a better way to spend this weekend and celebrate the birthday of my friends, so thanks guys for having me with you. Until the next time Glasgow!

Love,
Anastasia

All photos taken with a Nikon D3100 camera 50mm lens 


Sunday, 13 July 2014

Wishlist // Le Parisien


A little something for your Sunday.....how to get dressed like a real Parisien!
I am lucky enough to have a couple of French girlfriends and having a thorough look in their style (and wardrobe), I concluded that the secret to get dressed like a Parisien girl lies in simplicity. 
These girls have a love affair with nude and pastel colours, they wear flat ballerina shoes, stripes and a nice watch always decorates their arm. 
A real Parisien girl carries around a leather bag-rucksack in my friends case- and smells divine, thanks to Miss Dior body lotion
Her make up is natural, a pink lip gloss and pink lacquer would do. Her hair is on a messy up-do or a low chignon and her face shines from her daisy earrings.
In a word, Parisien girls are the most adorable girls in the entire world!

SHOP THE LOOK



Do you like the Parisien style?

Love,
Anastasia

Friday, 11 July 2014

Baking // Puff pastry strawberry jam swirls

puff pastry swirls recipe
I typically eat something sweet for breakfast. It might be an almond croissant, fruits with yogurt and chocolate drops on top, pancakes or in this case jam swirls!
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 Puff pastry jam swirls is a super easy breakfast idea and oh, so delicious!
This recipe is so easy and fun to do, it will not take more than 15 minutes and also all the ingredients are cheap and easy to find in the market. So shall we start....
ingredients
For this recipe you will need (serves 4 people):
300 g puff pastry (let it in room temperature for at least an hour before making the swirls)
jam of your choice (I used strawberry and orange)
1 egg
icing sugar
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Start by pre-heating the oven at 180 degrees. 
Then roll out the pastry on a non-stick baking paper or a floured surface. 
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With a silicone spatula apply the jam of your choice on the pastry...
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...carefully roll the pastry...
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...spread some egg on the top of the roll..
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..and sprinkle a tiny bit of icing sugar.
easy breakfast recipes
Cut with a sharp knife into small pieces (almost 2 cm long)
pastry swirls recipe
Place the swirls on a baking tray that you have previously covered with a baking paper and bake for 10 minutes until the swirls get a golden colour.
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Eat them while they are still warm :)
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 Easy as that! 
Hope you like this recipe and please let me know if you try it by tagging me on facebook or instagram.

Thanks for reading.
Love,
Anastasia

Sunday, 6 July 2014

Weekend // June Life

How have we reached halfway of 2014 is a mystery!
 I guess time flies when you have good time. 
My June started with a lovely outfit post featuring the fedora hat  in front of a red telephone booth in the centre of Aberdeen that I have been wanting to use as a photo-shooting background for a long time// June was also the month I decided to "clean" my system from all the toxins with a 3-day smoothie detox plan. Try giving it a go, it was totally worth it. You can read all about my experience here.
Along with the smoothies I had plenty of raspberry flavoured cups of tea every morning and rewarded myself with a strawberry cake at the end of my detox. I haven't featured the recipe on the blog yet, but you can find an equally exciting recipe of mum's infamous coconut and chocolate cake here. I was happy to see a few of you experimenting with the recipe and tagging me on Instagram. Thank you as ever guys-more recipes will follow soon, stay tuned :)
As the weather was getting warmer and warmer day by day (it's summer, no?), I found ridiculous excuses to leave the office a bit earlier than usual and enjoy some delicious coffee in the city centre or go for a stroll around the beautiful alleys of old Aberdeen before the sunset. So much fun!
Blog-wise, June was a great month! I had a couple of collaborations lined and many goodies delivered to my door (didn't even have the time to photo-shoot all of them yet), like this floral shirt from Hawes&Curtis. I made a lovely post around the Botanical Gardens, in case you've missed it here's the link .
This was the month I bought plenty of beauty products, like these Soap and Glory candies. I think as I grow older I visit Boots more frequently-I still wonder if this has to do anything with my bank balance and pay days or my freckles abundance-who knows!
On a different note, this was the month I mastered eating yogurt with any possible topping almost every day!
Think it has to do with my biological system being used to eat loads of frozen yogurt amounts during summer, even if it is not that hot in Scotland.
Speaking of desires and summer,
in the middle of June I got homesick, and by homesick I mean very homesick.
Boy, do I miss home and the hot weather.
On a night full of desire to eat ice cream and walk along the sandy beach, I wrote a post about the 
and immediately after that I booked my tickets to Greece.
Bliss!

Hope July will be equally or even more exciting :)

Thanks for reading.
Love,
Anastasia

All pictures taken from my Instagram account. Find me as @natbeesfashion of click here to see more

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