Feeling Thankful (+ Black Friday)

original photo found here 
I have to admit that I’ve been in better places in my life. But also in a lot worse, so I don’t get to complain. Truth to be told, it is just that lately my life seems way too full of chaotic things to do. As the time passes by, one by one things get of the way and let me dream about Christmas and holidays in general. However, as my boyfriend perfectly says, I shouldn’t be whining at all. My shop is going unexpectedly great this month and at least one of the things I have to do is this -which brings me money- which is good. But still, there are these times when I feel so bummed out, facing the fact that I don’t have enough time, courage or strength to do everything I want to. And again, I guess i should listen to my bf once more when he says that we can’t do everything. Oh man!
Anyway, where I’m trying to focus though is on the little things that can make life a lot easier to cope with, even when everything feels like falling apart. The postcard you find in your mailbox from your friend who lives abroad, the photo in your inbox when you wake up from your boyfriend whom you can’t wait to see, a nice surprise, song or even a good joke you heard randomly at the post office. Therefore, i couldn’t feel more grateful with my life as it is. Because, bottom line, I am healthy, I have the loveliest, most adorable, truly caring and amazing friends I could ever wish for, I have my boyfriend whom I extremely miss but also enormously love so who cares if he is miles away, and last but certainly not least, I have the most amazing and huge family ever, that keeps growing and growing. 
So I guess what I’m trying to say is that I feel thankful from the bottom of my heart for all these reasons and many more. Because happiness lays in the little things, we just need to take a deep breath and see them!  
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In other news, tomorrow is the day most Americans wait for in order to buy the hell out of shops. So i thought it would be nice to be a part of it in my own way. If you’ve been eyeing any of my jewelry pieces on my shop but you were having second thoughts (but why?), now is the time to place your order!! Take advantage of the Black Friday discount and take 20% off your next purchase. (coupon code MLBFRIDAY, typed on the checkout)

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DIY | Paper Ornaments

While Christmas is almost around the corner (only one month left), most of you must have already started thinking about decoration. I know I have. However, many feel it is quite soon to start decorating the house with all the glamorous and sparkling Christmas ornaments most have. Well there is a silver lining between being way-too-early-celebrater and kind of a-healthy-anticipater. And this lining is called monochromatic minimal paper ornaments that don’t shout Christmas right away but certainly give a certain HolidayIsComing-touch. 

Materials needed:

  • 6 paper sheet of the color and size of your choice.
  • glue stick
  • scissors
  • twine, thread or ribbon 

Steps to follow:

  1. fold each paper in half.
  2. design the half of the shape you want – be careful to draw it with the big side on the middle of the paper
  3. repeat until you have six same shapes folded in half.
  4. glue each right side with the left side of the next sheet.
  5. before gluing the last two sides, line the thread with the center of the ornament and then glue them together. 

Lucky Charm 2015 [ Giveaway ]

How did that week pass by sooo quickly? I literally feel like it’s Tuesday! I guess that has its advantages too -weekend is around the corner, yay!! But guys I have so much studying to do that I have to admit I don’t particularly love the idea of it during the weekend. Plus I have a ton of orders to make and ship. Oh my !
On the bright side though, aren’t these Lucky Charms cute? Well I made them for you!! From now on and until January a little Good Luck envelope with a Charm inside will accompany every order you place at my shop
AND the good news don’t stop here. I will give 5 Lucky Charms away too. So if you want one yourself leave a comment below. Open to international readers of course, until 1st of December. 

Have a great weekend!! ❤

RECIPE | Vegetable Soup

So this happened today. The truth is I wasn’t expecting my first post after my Eurotrip to be a recipe but I guess people have their weaknesses. First and foremost I wan’t to say an enormous THANK YOU to all the kind ladies -and Nathan– who took over my little blog while I was spending some quality time abroad. I am sure you all enjoyed their lovely posts. I, for one, couldn’t be more happy with my guest posters 🙂 
Secondly, I want to show you this soup I made from scratch earlier today! I’m so so excited, it was delicious and extremely easy to make, so I couldn’t help myself but sharing it with you on the spot. I’m not entirely sure the photo illustrates the deliciousness but guuuuuuuuys if you are at any level soup persons you will love this one. 
INGREDIENTS (serves two)
4 medium sized tomatoes
4 carrots
a stalk of celery
one handful of broccoli
truffle oil and/or flavored salt
regular salt and freshly ground pepper
pink peppercorn for styling

INSTRUCTIONS
You will either need a steamer or an oven. If you prefer using the oven, preheat it to 200C and add the vegetables, roughly chopped on the top rack. Cook until there are soft. In the steamer case, add the vegetables on the lower level and cook for about 25′. The main difference between these ways is that the soup will have a more roasted flavor in the case of the oven. It’s up to your liking though!
Meanwhile, bring 5 cups of water to boil and dilute the salt and pepper in it. If you have truffle salt don’t use it now. Just the regular salt. When the veggies are ready add them in the mixer and beat them. Gradually add the water. Do that until the soup looks smooth. 
The last step depends again on your taste. In case you’re hosting a dinner party and want to serve this soup as an appetizer I recommend you to follow it, but if you’re just making it for yourself it’s not that important. Since the soup has no potatoes nor cream in it, it won’t be completely smooth. Therefore, in order to make it more appealing in the eye and better in terms of texture, I suggest you to strain it. I repeat it’s not necessary. 
After serving, add some truffle oil and salt on top of it, along with some pink peppercorn, which besides giving a nice touch of pinkish red on the dish, it adds something unique to the soup as well! 

Enjoy !