Casual Saturday #40…

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The weekend is finally here and I couldn´t be any happier. The last couple days have been filled with nothing but distraction and appointments so I wasn´t able to get anything done at home and that always bothers me. A lot. But I had a free day yesterday and got it all done so my chi is restored and I am happy about what the weekend brings for us.

Eating:

On Tuesday we burried my great aunt and after that all of the relatives went to a typical Bavarian restaurant called – Spitalgarten – in Regensburg. I am not a huge fan of the native kitchen but I have no complaint here. I had fried potatoes with two pieces of meat filled with different ingredients. One was mediterranean filled with mozarella cheese and dried tomatoes and the other one was filled with swiss cheese and ham. Topped with cranberries it was a delicious lunch but it really is not diet food.

Yesterday we headed out with a befriended couple for dinner. We got Sushi at a place we have been many times but I think I have never told you about it here. It is called Oasia and I think it opened about 2 years ago. We had been there several times and always loved it. You can order your sushi rolls via IPad and I think this is so futuristic. The food is made fresh the minute you order it and comes to your place about 10 minutes later. They are super quick and also super friendly.

Also we went to Dean & David´s the week before and had a delicious and healthy chicken bowl. Really good with a ton of fresh and healthy ingredients. Also the chicken caesar salad is a hit.

Shopping:

I got some things I already ordered for our trip to Hamburg. Maybe too soon but I don´t think so because sales are in its full bloom and  you can also shop non-winter pieces.  These are the embodiment of Chanel class and sophistication but for a fraction of the prize and I also got a pair of sneakers for our trip but since I don´t do no heel I got these platform leopard print sneakers from SheIn which are adorable. Another piece I got are these white jeans from Mango. They have a wider leg and they are also high-waisted so what is not to love about them.

Watching:

We started and finished YOU within this week. In my opinion it is really thrilling and I got hooked from episode 1. You really start to like him a lot more than her, although he is the crazy stalker guy and she the victim. Can´t wait until season 2. 

There is also one new episode of Riverdale every Thurday so this really puts my patience to test but . We are also still watching Supernatural (Season 2 now) and started the 11th season of Big Bang Theory.

I am wishing all of you a nice weekend. See you on Monday.

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Pink macarons for Valentine´s Day…

 

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 Happy Friday my baking loving friends,

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Valentine´s Day is right around the corner and if you are in need for some sinful and delicious little treats you are very welcome at my blog. I am always on the hunt for cute little sweetmeats and I think I have done pretty well the last two weeks. Have you checked out last weeks post about the best red velvet cupcakes I have made with vanilla frosting. In my opinion they are perfect for Valentine´s Day as well as rose colored raspberry macarons which are so light in texutre it is like you are eating a cloud.

The Recipe

I used the recipe from Lauren Gray´s blog as I wanted to try them so badly but haven´t found a simpler recipe anywhere else. It really is easy to make macarons so don´t shy away from it cause it looks super hard. I got the macarons baking mat from amazon and it really helped a lot in terms of sizing and shaping the macarons but I think in general it isn´t necessary. Just make sure you follow every step and not matter what happens sift the confectioners sugar otherwise it will get super lumpy and it won´t be the same. Also in terms of coloring you should use THE BEST food color I have found.

So for the recipe, I used ground almonds instead of the almond flour cause I didn´t want to buy a whole package for one recipe and I also had no raspberry extract so I left that away.

For the filling I mixed up butter, confectioners sugar and raspberry jam until it had a nice consistent. Pretty easy right. Just put the mixture into your piping bag and fill your macaron halfs with it. Don´t use up the whole space or it´s going to run over when you add the other macaron half.

Start baking

Make sure to give it a try and if they don´t turn out pretty the first time don´t throw them away cause they will still taste great.

Thanks for stopping by. Take care. See you.

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How to style an oversized cardigan + double buckle belt…

cardigan Lost Ink / overknee boots Mark Adam old similar here and here / handbag Givenchy Antigona dupe sold out similar here / black turtleneck H&M / statement necklace old similar here and here / double buckle belt Asos

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Good morning guys,

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I am really not a fan of the weather these days but after I hared about the -30° in Chicago I take it and will stop complaining. Not so easy cause I have probably hit a new low in terms of snow and ice this morning. My car windows have frozen on the oustide as well as on the inside. I really couldn´t believe it. Have you tried scratching inside? No, good for you cause it doesn´t work. You have to sit it out.

But let´s move on to a much nicer theme. The leopard print cardigan I am wearing in today´s post. Leopard print is still going strong and where the basic piece section of every store was expanded with a striped piece about 2 to three years ago it now contains leopard print. I absolutely enjoy this circumstance cause when leopard print became popular you didn´t get a nice piece unless you were one of the first in the stores. Everything was sold out and only the ugly or super pricey pieces were left.

The cardigan I am wearing above is from Lost Ink. I have a few pieces of their brand and I love them all. The quality is really good and for that they are reasonable priced. Also love this one, doesn´t it look super romantic?! The cardigan is from the petite section but in my opinion it has a great lenght and doesn´t look akward on me (I am 5´5 / 1,65 cm ). I combined it with all black underneath cause I wanted the beautiful dusty blue color to pop right out. The speckles are black and yellow. Overall it has a color combination I have never seen in a leopard print but that´s what makes me really like it.

I have worn it about ten times until now. A lot around the house too cause it is just so cozy and comfortable. I have also worn it unbelted and with a black slim dress underneath. Looks great as well. A light gray color also looks really nice with it and if you have a yellow one in the same hue as the speckles be sure to wear it, I bet it would look awesome.

Wishing you a great day today. Last day at work today and I am so happy about that cause I have tons of stuff to do around the house and also since I was alone at my office the whole week I got really really bored.

Thanks for stopping by. Take care. See you.

 

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Wedding Wednesday – Our honeymoon in Spain – Santa Ponsa, Mallorca….


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Hi guys,
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I am finally coming around to share the details of our honeymoon. As you may know we spent our honeymoon in Spain to be exactly on an island called Mallorca. The place where our hotel was is called Santa Ponsa. It is about 35 km west from the capital city Palma. 
Our flight was around 1 pm so it wasn´t hard at all to get up and get ready – although I had some stomach problems causing real pain, maybe that is why I forgot so many things – and totally managed to get to the airport in time. Another thing was the line at the check-in desk. Took us so so long and of course the security line and walking to our gate. I just grabbed one last minute coffee and didn´t have time to have a look at the duty free shops. Really sad. Same thing happened as we flew to London last year. Next time I am gonig to be there 3 hours early. 
 
We didn´t do that much on our first day. After arrriving we took a taxi (took about 30 minutes) to the hotel (we stayed at the H10 Casa del Mar) and checked in. We got a quick refresh in our room. Then we went of to explore our surroundings until it was time for dinner.
 
We booked dinner at the hotel restaurant with the reservation of our hotel but you could also just go with breakfast and eat out at another restaurant. Maybe that would have been better – not that the food wasn´t delicious – cause we always eat to much at a buffet restaurant.

The second day

The second day we couldn´t really decide on what to do and since it was so gloomy we went to the bus station and headed into Palma the capital city of the island (bus ticket was about 4 Euro per person but the bus was really really full). We went to the cathedral of Palma. There were about thousands of people. After exploring the surroundings of the cathedral we went into the city for a little shopping (they had a Sephora) and some tapas (we had the most delicious sweet potato fries with aioli – a garlic flavored sour cream) and sangria (the national drink).
 We got back late afternoon so we just showered, had a drink at the hotel bar and went to dinner. After our dinner we mostly went to the rooftop bar of the hotel and had a glass of Cava (the champagne of Spain). 

The third day

On our third day we headed to the beach which was right across our hotel (only 50 m. away). The had plenty of beach chairs but they weren´t from the hotel so for a daily fee of 13 Euro for two they where yours. 
I really loved wandering up and down the little street along the beachl There where many little restaurants, cafés and shops to look at. We love to sit and watch people for hours and I also don´t mind about a cup of coffee and a glass of bubbly. But at this point I have to be honest: I have never seen more worse dressed people in one place than there. I don´t know if it is the ease of a vacation combined with the beach but let´s just say. I wouldn´t want to have/copy 99 % of it.

The fourth day

The next day we went to a park called Marineland nearby. It was like a tiny Seaworld with sea lions, dolphins, penguins and stingrays. They had shows and access to the beach and a luch area. I really love all the sea animals and I also got a picture with a sea lion lady. 
After we got back we got dressed for dinner and headed into the city centre for a refreshing bottle of San Miguel (the local beer brand). Normally I don´t like beer a lot but this one tasted really good. Also the bar prices for drinks are pretty low. I would have thought of way higher prices but 5 Euro for two bottles of beer is totally okay.

The fifth day

The next day we got up early to go to a local market and this was one of the most disappointing things I have seen in my life. It was one sad line of market stalls and mostly selling some kind of crap/souvenirs or fruit/plants. Nothing to compare to the huge markets at Lake Garda.  So I really was devastated but on our way back I have found a beautiful fashion store where they had so many cute and affordable clothes and I got a ton of stuff also for a discounted price. I was in heaven there and it mildered my disappointment, also the glass of bubbly after didn´t hurt.

The sixth day

Our last day was spent inbetween the beach and the hotel enjoying the local cuisine and refreshing drinks. Also packing was a real challenge since I brought/bought way to much and I only had a small piece of luggage but I mastered to get everything inside without overweight.

Overall it was a really nice and relaxing trip after all the wedding stress and the city of Palma is a real must-see but if you are up for adventure and exploring this might not be the right place for you.

We have seen pretty much everything we wanted to in one week and probably won´t visit a second time.

Thanks for stopping by. Take care. See you.

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