Christmassy words 2014

Merry Christmas hohoho! How are you people? I hope you are having a great holiday season full with love and smiles. And cakes. And coziness. oh and gifts!! How awesome are gifts? Ha! 
Well I for one am having a lovely christmas period. A bit busier in terms of studying that I’d want to, but it’s fine I guess. My boyfriend is finally in town and I can’t get enough of him. I can’t even think that in one week he’ll be gone again. At least he came soon enough to decorate! We had this deal that I would wait for him in order to decorate the tree together. And thank god we did before Christmas. And we used mostly ornaments I’ve shared here as well. You can find the clay ornaments here and the gold square-rings here (they were napkin rings that this year became ornaments.) And we also used cookie cutters! 
My best friends bought me an instax fujifilm camera and I took many many pictures that were used to decorate some branches as well! 

In other news, I threw a christmas gift-giving dinner two nights ago and we had the best time ever. I had this lovely idea that everyone should bring a small and funny gift to put under the tree in order to randomly exchange with each-other. And actually all of our guests brought amazing gifts. It was by far the best time of the party. 
We also had lovely food. Me and A (my bf) made most of the dishes, but three of my friends helped as well and brought tarts and appetizers too. I was told that everything was delicious – unfortunately I caught a cold and couldn’t taste anything!! I actually was cooking without knowing if the food was tasty. Haha! That was definitely a good challenge. But apparently everything went perfectly well.
I wish all of you the best for the upcoming year
Let’s see what 2015 has in store for us 🙂 
Hugs xxx 
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RECIPE | Roasted Tomato Soup w/ Cilantro Crema

Have you heard about RED applications on App store? Well, the basic idea is that  when purchasing a RED application or when buying extra features for existing RED apps in your phone, you help the fight against AIDS. Thoughtful, right? 
While browsing around the app store, like I normally do before bed, I stumbled upon this great cooking app. I have to admit I’ve downloaded several of them and I always end up deleting them after a couple of months they go unused. But this time it was different. 
Kitchen Stories is a very user friendly app, with a great clean interface that allows you to spend hours reading recipes without getting bored. Of course now that the RED campaign is on, everything is red, but Christmas is around the corner so it kinda fits the mood perfectly!

After this introduction, needless to say that this soup is retrieved from the Kitchen Stories application. When I made it I realized how worth buying this app was – not only for the great cause it serves – but in terms of cooking as well!! I’m telling you, this soup is divine. Highly recommended to serve it on this year’s Holiday table. 

myLifebox + Etsy = Birthday

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I cannot believe that’s already been a year from the day I launched my Jewelry Collection. It is only like yesterday when I posted this and this here on the blog.
I have to admit I never imagined this day would come. I think it was around early summer when I started having doubts about the shop. Mostly because I’m not a professional or experienced jewelry designer and everything I do is derived from my urge to make things. So it was hard to believe that it would actually work -you know, selling my creations to such amazing women! I always liked fashion and fancy stuff, like most girls anyway. But I could never picture myself involved with it more than just spending half my money on clothes. And yet here I am celebrating my first year as an Etsy seller. A year rather creative and exciting. 
And even after a whole year, every time I hear the notification sound for a new purchase from Etsy my heart beats like the first day. It is amazing. And the idea that my creations are somewhere out there, worn by so many amazing women is so exhilarating. That’s why I have to thank all of you for your support, since without you I’d be still making necklaces for me. 
Here’s to another creative year 🙂

Guest Post | RAW ZOODLES by Fab

I love raw foods. Living in the UK it’s hard to sustain a raw food diet, so I really like to keep it 70/30 with my raw diet. This is probably my favourite dish, as it also reminds me of my Italian origins. As you may get, I am a big fan of simple girl, who likes to mix it up a bit. Seriously, those balls are heaven. Let me know what you think! Raw Zoodles with Sunflower Seeds Meatballs
Ingredients (serves 4)
4 zucchini
4 vine tomatoes
1 bunch of parsley
2 tbsp extra virgin Olive Oil
200g sunflower seeds (soaked for 6 hours)
50g sun-dried tomatoes
5 olives
1 tsp dried Italian mixed herbs
50g linseeds egg (simply mix linseeds with 2tbsp water and let them sit
for 1 hour)
1 tbsp flaxseed
Instructions
Spiralise your zucchini with a spiraliser (or a mandolin will do!), place them in a bowl and sprinkle them with Himalayan salt, one spoon of extra virgin Olive oil and dried Italian mixed herbs. Let them sit for 30mins. Drain the sunflower seeds, combine them with the tomatoes, olives, ‘lindseed egg’ and flaxseed. Process for 30 seconds, scrape the meatballs from the surfaces and repeat for 2/3 times (I like to add a bit of Italian mix too). 
Create 6/8 small meatballs from the sunflower batter, and let them sit in the fridge for 1/2 hours. Chop the vine tomatoes, add a pinch of Himalayan salt, chop the parsley finely and combine them in a mixing bowl. 
Drain the zucchini (the salt helps releasing water) and add them to the tomato salsa. Top with sunflower seeds meatballs. I suggest you to sprinkle it all with some nutritional yeast. 
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