Magical Fall Foliage.

Thursday, September 29, 2016

If  you're not huge on autumn, this 1,401-year-old ginkgo tree might just entice you to embrace this rather magical season to the fullest.

This awesome gem is located within the walls of the Gu Guanyin Buddhist Temple in the Zhongnan Mountains in China, where every single autumn, it turns bright yellow and afterwards, all its leaves fall all over the temple grounds - making the whole area look magical.

It would be so awesome to see this in person, don't you think?

P.S: Also, the broccoli tree and a chestnut tree that you can grow yourself.
P.P.S: Plus, this Easter egg beauty in Germany.

(via This Is Colossal via DailyMail)

A Nifty Trick for Fresher Tomatoes (In a Jiffy)

Where do you store your tomatoes? Me? Usually in the fridge, but according to Derek, that’s not the best idea since the cold temperatures cause them to loose flavour.

So what’s the solution? Simply dip your newly purchased tomatoes in warm water (about 125°F) before chilling them in the fridge. According to Leslie - who tried this out - this little trick will help retain flavour for much longer.

Hmm, can’t wait to try it. You?

P.S: My favourite take on Sicilian stuffed tomatoes and this:)
P.P.S:Plus, Italian simplicity.

(Tip via Food52. Photos by Adventures in Cooking and via Fit Baker)

Autumn Trend: Basket Bags

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Have you heard? Baskets - no matter the size or finish - are the ‘it’ accessory this autumn. Yay, I couldn’t be happier to enjoy my summer-favourite for longer! Plus, just imagine wearing it with Jane Birkin’s signature style - jeans and a comfy top. Ah, autumn perfection! What do you think?

P.S: Also, snug belted layers to get inspired by...
P.P.S: And my ode to market baskets...

(Photos by/via Collage VintageGillian StevensFashion Me NowRefinery29Little Blonde BookHonestly, wtf)

Autumn Home Tweak: Wellies on Display

Recently my mom sent me a photo of her newly tiled entryway. As much as I liked the new tiles, I got totally distracted by how cozy the whole space looked. After asking what her secret was, she said it's all in the detail.

For example, she never hides away her wellies (regardless of the season), just displays them as they were something more special that they are. It actually works, because looking at all those entryways above, the one thing that makes them seasonally cozy are the rain-boots.

So dig those old rubber boots out of the closet, dust them off and place them proudly somewhere near the door...and who knows, they might even come in handy next time it rains:)

P.S: And here is one more awesome home tweak that you might like.
P.P.S: Family coziness...

(Photos by/via Lunch and LatteThe KitchnIngrid WeirThe Messes of MenStyle Me PrettyPappleThe Tao of Dana and Luisa Brimble)

Stars and Zodiac Signs

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Blimey, have you heard? Recently, NASA updated the astrological signs for the first time in 2,000 years which means that about 86% of us might have a different sign!

Supposedly the reason for this update is that the sky today is much different to how it was thousands of years ago. Plus, Earth's axis no longer points in the same direction making our astrological signs about a month out. Having said that, it's unlikely the new signs will actually replace the old ones as modern astrology goes by its own rules, but here is the new updated line-up if you're curious to know your true new sign:

Capricorn: Jan 20 - Feb 16
Aquarius: Feb 16 – March 11
Pisces: March 11 – April 18
Aries: April 18 – May 13
Taurus: May 13 – June 21
Gemini: June 21 – July 20
Cancer: July 20 – Aug 10
Leo: Aug 10 – Sept 16
Virgo: Sept 16 – Oct 30
Libra: Oct 30 – Nov 23
Scorpio: Nov 23 – Nov 29
Ophiuchus: Nov 29 – Dec 17
Sagittarius: Dec 17 – Jan 20

Has your sign changed? Mine didn’t, I'm still a Leo (August 11th) but my Balazs has a brand new sign now - Ophiuchus. Fascinating stuff, don’t you think?

P.S: Rainbow watching...
P.P.S: Plus, playing games with clouds.

(via Red Magazine. Photo by Geørg Wallner)

70's Wire Aviators Trend: Thumbs up or down?

Do  you wear glasses? I’ve been wearing those super nerdy-thick-black specs - that I adore - for the past couple of years. Having said that, the word is that this season all the cool girls are drawn to the 1970's wire aviators that are making a huge comeback. They are bolder, braver, and bigger yet supposedly also more flattering since they have a softer and gentler look.

What do you think? Thumbs up or down?

P.S: Remember this foxy duo?
P.P.S: New York through a lens.

(Photos by/via Who What WearTommy TonThe Fashion Cuisine, Phill Taylor, Sonya EsmanBird On A Wire Vintage and The Sartorialist)

Hostess Gift: Scarf Wrapped Flower Bouquet

Over the past 34 years of my life I learnt one important thing: it's not the grandness of the gift that counts, it's actually the gesture and the attention to detail that makes a gift special. Personally, I find some of the simplest gifts the most memorable. A note written on a hand-picked stationary that I mentioned to like, a slice of apple pie picked up from my favourite cake shop, a lip balm because I recently said how dry my lips were, or a bunch of seasonal blooms wrapped in a way it says: 'I care'.

So, since little special gestures are a thing of mine, when I stumbled upon Victoria's idea of wrapping a flower bouquet with a simple scarf, it totally tickled my fancy. I guarantee, if you show up with a gem like that to your friend's house for dinner, the hostess will be totally chuffed that you made the effort of choosing her favourite flowers and wrapping them in such a unique way.

I can't wait to try it. You?

P.S: And two more special ways to wrap your blooms.
P.P.S: The best way to keep flowers fresh.

(Photos by Ashleigh Taylor, how-to by Sweet Emilia Jane for/via A Subtle Revelry)
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