Summer inspiration

Hi everyone,

Last days of spring brought with them a lot of sunshine and high temperatures unusual, but grateful, for this period in Germany. So, I said yes to the lovely weather and opened the wardrobe to welcome my favourite season with summer colours that make you feel good.

And as the sun suits perfect with the sea, I chose Carolinensiel, a charming place for holiday to North Sea. I shall tell you more about this place in another post. 

The outfit for this perfect summer day is a gladsome one, made of a slightly cropped pink denim jacket with spaghetti strap peplum bow floral top, dark blue skinny jeans, mint green ballet pumps, and of course, cat eye sunnies.

What inspires you on a such lovely summer day?

Have a sunny weekend!

 

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Crackers with avocado paste

Hi everyone,

We all know about avocado’s properties and how good is this fruit for our health. I’ve dedicated a special post regarding avocado oil here for cosmetic purposes: https://styleandcolours.com/2018/04/06/avocado-oil-vs-coconut-oil/

Now, I share with you another rapidly and healthy recipe, without spending too much time into the kitchen, like I said in my previous post. It only takes five minutes to prepare and it’s perfect for a quick breakfast or a snack when you have guests. Believe me, it will be successful. And it’s perfect for kids, too. My son, who is an exigent when it’s about food, just loves it.

You need: 1 avocado, 1 shallot (or red onion), ½ lemon juice, 1 tomato, salt, parsley (optional), whole grain crisp bread.

Smash the avocado with the fork and then add ½ lemon juice,  finely chop the shallot and tomato cut into cubes (without pulp, otherwise it will be too juicy).

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Parsley is optional, but I like more with, add salt and spread the paste over the whole grain crisp bread and here you’ve got a delicious and healthy breakfast  in five minutes prepared and ready to be eaten for the next five minutes.

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Good appetite!

 

 

Chic on the bike

Germany is among the top European countries encouraging people to ride a bike instead of driving a car. And when you have bike tracks across the city, bicycle parking everywhere, you have all the reasons for doing this thinking about two main things: health and environment. Here, you can see a lot of people on the bicycle every day, from children to old people, regardless of the season.

I didn’t know to ride a bike until I came here. After a while, I started to wish learning to do this. And, last year I have received a bike as a birthday present from my husband. And I began to practise thinking that it will take a while until I’ll be able to ride the bike. But, it was a huge surprise both for me and for my husband, as I’ve learned pretty fast in two-three days, practising one hour to one hour and half a day, as we were walking with our son in the baby stroller, so basically we didn’t have too much time available. This is how I fell in love with my bike and I take it for a ride every time we have spare time in our family.

Now that the summer is knocking on the door, I suggest you an outfit to get you in the mood for the hot summer days to come, freshening you up with a glass of lemonade, wearing this beautiful white lemon print vintage dress with the cutest white pom-pom cardigan and nude suede pumps for a chic look and a white crossbody bag just fit in your favourite stuff.

Happy Weekend Everyone!

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Happy Easter everyone!

We have spring, we have dyed eggs, we have cheesecake, we have love!

Romanian tradition says children must wear something new for Easter. I remember when I was a child going to church for Easter all dressed up with brand-new clothes. My mother and my grandmother raised me and my sister in this tradition and I could hardly wait for going to church wearing my new shoes, my new dress or my new skirt. I shall keep this manner for my child, too.

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Happy Easter everyone!

P.S. The recipe of cheesecake in another post.

 

 

Avocado oil vs. coconut oil

During the pregnancy and after my son’s birth, my body passed through a lot of changes and all women know this. One of the unpleasant changes was facing with dry skin and dry hair, though my skin was a mixed one before. Another significant factor is the climate.

Of course, fruits and vegetables are essential, but you can also help your skin and hair with natural oils like avocado and coconut.DSCN4728

That’s how I did looking desperately for a solution in the shortest time possible. I have a baby to look after, but in the same time I have to take care of myself, too.

Here are some of my “secrets” which helped me to “recover” myself again.

First of all, I need to mention that avocado oil contains beta carotene, lecithin, fatty acids and vitamins like A, D and E which moisturize and protect the skin from UV rays and increase collagen metabolism.

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You can use it by itself or mixed in your favourite skin cream.

Massage the oil on your skin or rub it on your face like scrub or add it to your shower cream.

You can use it instead of a body lotion if you have dry skin or add it into your favourite body cream and massage your skin daily or whenever you feel it to.

You can try a face mask from an avocado fruit cut into pieces, smashed and add a few drops of avocado oil. Mix together and apply the mask on your face for ten to fifteen minutes and then cleanse with warm water.

But avocado oil is also fitting for nourishing the hair. Apply avocado oil by itself or mixed with another essential favourite oil after washing and cleansing your hair. This helps the hair’s structure and in the same time increasing healthier and faster growth of new strands.

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Coconut oil is made by extracting the oil from raw coconuts or dried coconuts kernels. It’s a solid oil which becomes liquid when heated.

The fatty acids in coconut oil can help to lose weight by reducing appetite.

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Like avocado oil, coconut oil is also used for cosmetic purposes and to improve the health of the skin and hair moisturizing them. Apply coconut oil directly to the skin and hair. If you have oily skin, it’s better to avoid it.

Use coconut oil as a hair mask, leave it for thirty minutes and then shampoo your hair to remove the oil as usual. Or, apply a small amount to the ends of the hair for a healthy shine.

Coconut oil protects hair like a filter against hair damage and is also a sunscreen of the sun’s ultraviolet rays.

Use coconut oil as a leave-in treatment to repair split ends, moisturize your scalp, and add a healthy glow to your tresses.

It can also be used like mouthwash in killing some of the harmful bacteria in the mouth, improving dental health and reducing bad breath.

I really hope you found all these tips useful for your care.

Escape to Köln

One of the cities we’re in love with from Germany and feel it as part of our hearts is Cologne (Köln). And you will understand why, after reading this post. 

We took the opportunity of the Catholic Easter holiday weekend to make an escape to this fabulous city for the third time. We’ve visited it for the first time in 2013 and every time we see it, it’s different, more beautiful, interesting and something new to discover. The most attractive element is its laying along the Rhine river. You can take a short trip with a boat if you have enough time.

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Of course, its beauty is completed by the Roman  Catholic cathedral in Gothic style (Kölner Dom). Its restoration started in 1950s and has not been completed yet.

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Chocolate museum is another “delicious” element to be marked.

Just to make sure you’re not losing anything to view on the list, especially if you don’t have too much time available but a city break weekend, the best option is to take a sightseeing tour with the bus in your first day. We did that in our first trip and we were impressed.

Well, Hohenzollern bridge is the reason we come back to this city. This is the bridge of lovers. You can inscribe your name and your partner’s name on a padlock and lock it here along the love bridge and throw the key into the Rhine. This is what we’ve done on our first time here.

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Because of the Rhine, the wind blows strongly in winter time and even if it’s spring, and it rains a lot. I recommend visiting Köln in summer time, when the weather is more friendly. We’ve had two beautiful days with rays of sunshine and just a few innocent clouds, but no rain, except the third day when we left.

 

As for the shopping lovers, here is some kind of paradise. The never ending street is crowded with shops from mass-market to big labels. I have marked a few vintage shops which impressed me.

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After the shopping session, you can get some rest in one of the coffee shops spread all over the downtown. 

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How about you? Have you visited Köln or any other city from Germany? What impressed you the most?

 

Vitamins and Colours

I’ve always said: “Life is too short to spend it into the kitchen”, but if you do, then cook something quickly and light, and of course, healthy. As Spring is in the air, all we need is more vitamins and Sun to revive ourselves.  I’ve never been a sensitive weather person, even more when I moved in to Germany where the Sun is very “expensive” to us. So, here I’ve learned to  enjoy every ray of sunshine. Therefore, when the Sun is up, we leave everything behind (cleaning, cooking, laundry, etc.) and take Vitamin D “live” from the Sun.

One of my favourite recipe is this salad with chicken and tarragon, easy to cook and very tasty.

You need: 4 spoons olive oil, 400g chicken (breast), 1 broccoli (500g), 2 peppers (red and yellow), salt, pepper, tarragon.

Boil broccoli and in the meantime cut the peppers into strips and leave them into boiled water for fifteen minutes. Then, squeeze in a strainer.

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Cut the chicken breast into small cubes and roll them  in a hot pan with olive oil for about 15-20 minutes until they become a little bit brown.  You can also, use a grill to cook the chicken breast. I, personally, prefer the grill.

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After the chicken is done, add broccoli and mix for 5 minutes, and then add the peppers and mix for 10 minutes more. Add salt and pepper to taste and, in the end add tarragon. It can be served hot or cold, it doesn’t matter how you choose, it’s delicious and tasty, anyway.

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I hope I aroused your curiosity to try this recipe and I’m excited for your feedback soon.

First Steps

Hello everyone,

First step is always important for each of us. It is about the impression you win in front of people: at work, at school, at kindergarten, on a date, on a business meeting, etc.

My first post is about celebrating two important things for me and I’m glad I can share them here with you.

Once  is launching my blog which has been planned for a long time, but I couldn’t manage to make it real sooner as my spare time was limited since I became mother. Now, my baby boy is growing up quickly and I thought this is the most appropriate moment for doing this. Actually, I can confess that it was on my wish list for this year.

And the other  thing is a premiere for our son, Teodor (we call him Teo), who turned also 16 months a few days ago and he walked for the first time outside his first steps. He started walking five weeks ago easily by exploring the house and now we thought he was prepared for walking outside, too.  And he did it without going on hands and knees like he used to do it sometimes at home. He is a dogged kid and this is a big achievement for him. I’m sure those who have kids know exactly what I am talking about.

This way, I realized that “my first step” coincides with his first steps and I hope you enjoyed our first steps.

Though it’s March and everybody is looking for Spring, we had several frosty days (-10 degrees) here, in Germany, which is not a regular temperature for this place. Normally, the temperature is about 2-3 degrees in winter time, sometimes even 10 degrees. So, what can make you feel cozy and pretty on a such a frosty day than a dyed faux fur coat matched with a pair of vintage jeans and black suede boots.

If you want to discover more about fashion and beauty, lifestyle, parenting, I am waiting for you on my blog from now on.

The pictures were taken in our city we live in, Wilhelmshaven.

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