Curly winter

Since I cut my hair I found that I can’t do many things with my hair. But I can do one of my favorite hairstyles – short and curly. This time I combined it with my favorite new oversized scarf, striped shirt, black jacket and jeans and Isabel Marant sneakers. Cozy and perfect for winter.

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Best graffiti artists: Spider

It’s been some time since I shared awesome graffiti art, so it was only fitting to go with Spider. He has diffirent style, he’s creative and that’s the thing I love most in this art form. Hope you enjoy the pieces.

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Flower power

It’s not a surprise that my mood, like most people’s, is affected by the clothes I wear. Researchers have found that women in particular attach emotions to clothes. One of the pieces that always puts a smile on my face is this vintage floral dress. I decided to match it with black tights and oxford pumps and was really glad with the romantic look I got.

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Chilli con carne

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There are many different recipes of this simple, spicy and filling dish. I’ve tried a few of them and, as I usually like to do, came up with a mash of them that suits my taste. Hope you like it too.

First I chopped the onion and the garlic and added them to the preheated olive oil in the large pan. I cooked them for 5 minutes, then added the cumin, hot chilli, salt and pepper. After that I added the meat and broke it up to small lumps and cooked until the mince was golden-brown. Then it was time for the beans, tomatoes and tomato puree. The whole thing needs to boil and be stirred regularly for the next 20 minutes. I found that the chilli is better if it’s left to stand for 10 minutes before serving. You can serve it with sour cream, rice or just plain. This time I made a nice green salad.

Ingredients:

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350 gr minced meat
200 gr red beans
200 gr white beans in spicy tomato sauce
400 gr chopped tomatoes
200 gr tomato puree
1 onion
4 garlic cloves
1 tblsp olive oil
1 tblsp hot chilli
1 tsp cumin
salt
pepper

Casual friday

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For today’s casual Friday I went for grey H&M jeans, navy Stradivarius blazer, favorite French bulldog top and  white and grey Converse sneakers. Too bad I still can’t find an English bulldog shirt but I guess I can make it myself and even use Churchill for model :) Stay tuned!

The boys are back in town

My week couldn’t start any better. New job, new funky shoes, new Top Gear season. And of course the guys from the best car show didn’t disappoint. The first episode from season 22 was funny, interesting and filled with great cars. But I won’t spoil it for you. You can see for yourself:

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=ByzdMLxLGN0

Business can be fun

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I was wondering what will be the best attire for my first work day and I went for business yet quirky – black pencilskirt, blue blazer and shirt, black and white bag and my new favorite doggy shoes. And having a fun piece like those shoes proved to give me confidence and make me smile despite my nervousness. So, if you need my advice on work outfits, just go with something that makes you feel good.

Birthday business

So, it’s done. I’m 28. It’s actually insane how fast time has flown since this day last year. I’d have to say I’d envisioned quite the different things happening to me. Last year I was thinking “Am I going to celebrate with the same people next year? In the same city? Am I going to date the same person? Am I going to have the same job?”. But the best thing is that the present is better than I imagined. I’m still in a relationship with the most awesome person and the fact that I sill have butterflies in my stomach when I see him makes me feel hopeful for the future. I’m thrilled to take care of the ridiculous ball of joy that is Churchill and grateful to be surrounded by my amazing family and friends for yet another crazy year. And to be sharing my cheerfulness with all of you here.

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To sum it up, thank you life for the incredible present!

Time for change

I’ve been MIA since last year. Well, that sounds awful, it’s been just a couple of weeks. Still, I was super busy and I have to say I wasn’t feeling very inspired. The main reason is that for a second year I had to change my job right during the holidays. Not a very pleasant ordeal, I tell you. However. I’ve been lucky and I’m starting at a great place (I hope) in a week and my good humor and writing skills are back. So expect more of me in the new 2015!

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Party like a British Prime Minister

2014 is close to its end and, at least for me, it was a strange year filled with many changes. I switched jobs, again, I cut my hair and dyed it red, I met some amazing and some not that great people, I traveled more than last year, I watched and helped my parents develop their restaurant and I learned a lot. There were some sad moments this year, some scary even, but I think I came out of them stronger. I’m grateful that I have my loved ones beside me and that I can pour my thoughts here on this blog. I’m also grateful that there are so many people interested in my thoughts :) But if I have to put my finger on the best thing of 2014, it has to be the not-so-little-anymore white ball of love that is Churchill. And, respectively, I decided it’s best if I use him to wish a Happy New Year!

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