From quick and successful appetizers with friends, to mains, to desserts and midnight snacks, the holiday meal may be the biggest (and longest) of the entire year. Being surrounded by food 24/7 throughout the holiday season, there’s no question that you’ll be tempted to reach for anything and everything that you lay your eyes on. This is why, offering healthy appetizer recipes is like a breath of fresh air in this month of indulgence ! I’m thus here in collaboration with Migros, to help by providing you, 4 healthy christmas appetizers and party food ideas for the holidays that would be perfect if you are hosting a holiday party.
☆Rainbow falafels – Ingredient –
Green falafel Ingredient: 1 ½ cup dry chickpeas (soaked overnight) / ½ cup fresh flat-leaf parsley leaves / ½ cup fresh cilantro leaves / ½ cup fresh mint leaves / ½ cup scallions, sliced (white and light green parts only) / 2 tsp garlic, minced / 2 tsp kosher salt / 1 tsp ground cumin / 1 tsp ground coriander.
Yellow (turmeric) falafel: 1 ½ cups garbanzo beans (soaked overnight in water) / 1 small bunch fresh parsley / 4 cloves garlic / 1 tsp salt / 2 tsp cumin / 1 tsp dried turmeric / ¼ tsp freshly ground black pepper / pinch cayenne pepper (optional)
Pink (beet) falafel: 1 ½ cups garbanzo beans (soaked overnight in water) / 2 cups beets, chopped and microwaved for 8 min or steam till slightly cooked / 2 tsp paprika / 2 Tbsp cilantro finely chopped / 2 garlic clove finely chopped / 2-3 Tbsp unbleached all-purpose flour or chickpea flour
The night before you are going to make falafel, soak the dry chickpeas in a bowl with at least 3 inches of water covering them. When you are ready to start making the falafel, drain the chickpeas from the water and ensure they are very dry. Pat them dry with paper towel or dish towel to remove an excess water. To make the classic falafel: Place chickpeas, herbs, garlic and seasoning in a food process fitted with blade attachment. Pulse until they start to bind. To make the yellow falafel: Place chickpeas, parsley, garlic, spices and seasoning in a food process fitted with blade attachment. Pulse until they start to bind. To make the pink falafel: Place chickpeas, beets, cilantro, spices and seasoning in a food process fitted with blade attachment. Pulse until they start to bind. Allow falafel mixtures to sit in fridge 15 minutes. While falafel is sitting in fridge, heat vegetable oil in large pot or deep fryer on medium-high heat (around 350 degrees if using a thermometer). Form falafel into approximately tablespoon-sized balls. Balls should be roughly the same size so they cook evenly. Fry until golden all over, around 3-4 minutes. Remove from oil and drain on paper towel. If desired, sprinkle lightly with salt while still hot and serve with pita bread or hummus (read the beet hummus recipe bellow).
☆Beet Hummus – Ingredient –
1 medium roasted beet, chopped / 2 cups cooked and drained chickpeas / 1 TBsp lime juice / 3 TBsp olive oil / 2 TBsp tahini / ½ tsp sea salt / ¼ tsp ground black pepper / 2 cloves garlic
I don’t know about you, but I never need an excuse to eat hummus – it’s one of those magical bean spreads that taste great on anything, be it a salad, a sandwich, with chips or veggies or even by itself. Plus, it’s a rich, creamy, velvet smooth hummus dip. The beets add a subtle mellow-ness to the flavor, and a shockingly bright color that would make this dip the instant star at any party! Anyway, now that you have all the ingredient with you, blend the beets and chickpeas together in a food processor until slightly combined, about 15 seconds. Add the rest of the ingredients in and blend until all the ingredients are incorporated and smooth, about 30 seconds to 1 minute or longer depending on your food processor. Taste and adjust any ingredients based on your taste.
☆Avocado toast with aglio olio e peperoncino sauce – Ingredient –
sliced mini baguettes(as many as you want)(as many as you want) / ½ avocado / freshly squeeze lemon juice /Sea salt and freshly cracked black pepper to taste /1/4 cup aglio olio e peperoncino sauce from Migros
Toast the piece of bread until the bread is just golden brown. For the halved avocado, remove the pit from the avocado and discard. Remove the avocado from the skin and cut thin slices flesh, add a squeeze of the fresh lemon juice, . Season with salt and pepper as needed. Lastly, slater the aglio olio e peperoncino sauce followed by the thin sliced avocados on top of your toasts.
☆Tomato Toast with mini mozzarella balls | with grated carrots and red pepper – Ingredient –
sliced mini baguettes(as many as you want) / 3 cups diced tomatoes / 5 TBsp chopped fresh basil / 1 TBsp minced garlic / ¼ cup olive oil / pinch salt and pepper / mini mozzarella / grated carrots /½ red pepper
For the tomato toast with mini mozzarella balls: Chop tomatoes into small chunks, mince the the garlic, finely chop the basil. Secondly, combine the tomatoes, basil, garlic and oil in a bowl and drizzle with the olive oil. In another bowl, place the same ingredient process with grated carrots and red pepper, without mozzarella this time. Meanwhile, toast your sliced mini baguettes until golden, then rub the garnished side with the garlic and arrange your mixture ( either with tomatoes + mozzarella balls or tomatoes + grated carrots and red pepper ) on each slice, season lightly with salt and pepper. Finally, just before serving, scatter over the left basil and enjoy!
New Year’s Eve which is just around the corner , is a dazzling time of the year whether you choose to spend it drinking champagne in a luxury hotel, at a fireworks party or at a glitzy soiree( (as I will be). Therefore, expectations to this occasion and for some reason, it’s a fashion tradition to dress as much like a disco ball . Plus,every woman needs a show-stopping outfit to wear for the celebrations — and this year’s choice has to be sequins. While many women may shy away from so much sparkle, but they can be wonderfully flattering, as they reflect light on to the skin and draw the eye away from any lumps or bumps ! The only trouble with that, as fun as it may be, is sparkly pieces can veer toward the tacky side if not done right. To ensure you’re the talk of the town (in a good way) while you ring in 2018, I’ve teamed up with H&M for their festive season collection ( Check the looks inspiration ! ) to give you all you need to suit any glitter tolerance for this New Year’s Eve!
If you don’t have a New Year’s Eve dress yet, rest easy—you don’t need one (though if you are on the hunt for one, may I direct you to my tips on how to wear a slip dress this festive season). For those of you who don’t feel like wearing tights, who want to take a slightly more unconventional approach to New Years Eve dressing, or who just never liked dresses to begin with, you can still get your party on sans dress. For instance, although sequin trousers can be scary and many women may worry they will be unflattering on their legs, they pair works wonders. Make sure to choose a flattering slim cut with sequins that aren’t too shiny, so they don’t draw too much attention to a particular area. Don’t forget to pair with heels which slim your legs, and balance out the glitz with a plain top or blazer. That kind of outfit is also a great alternative to a dress for a chilly outdoor party or fireworks as they’ll keep you warm and they would still look great when wrapped up in a coat. Plus, the best option if you want to dance well past midnight, dress metallic knitted joggers up with heels if you need to , or go casual but cool in a crop top and trainers. These are pretty much just joggers, but sparkly and ideal after all that Christmas feasting.
New Year’s Eve is also the perfect excuse to wear all your gold clothes at once! Otherwise,just like sequined dresses and top hats, gold clothes can be hard to pull off when it’s not the holiday season. So, if if you already have one gold piece such as an awesome gold sequined blazer, just buy a cheaper black and gold paperbag jumpsuit to complete your monochrome look. You’ll be perfectly festive without having to buy a totally new outfit for the big night. Last but not least, if you’re going to go with sequins, then go all the way. Layer one sequined item on top of another for an all-out festive look. The trick is to simply use the same color to layer such as a dark green plunging sequin romper and a dark green jacket. Keep the rest of your look in the same palate, then choose one fun, different-colored accessory like a red beret. You’re now getting ready to boogie into the New Year in style !
You might think fringe fits a specific boho vibe, but the truth is the look is totally versatile and works well with several of today’s trends. Indeed, fringing comes in all lengths and styles, so whether you go short and subtle or long and eccentric, there are plenty of ways to make this flexible style work for your fashion persona. Not only this fun detailing adds both drama and femininity to any look, it is no surprise that fringe is adding fun flair to everything from jackets and skirts to bags and shoes for fall. Plus, from sweaters to evening gowns, pumps to purses, there are versatile uses of tassels on practically every type of garment possible. Therefore, no matter what your mood, fringe is an embellishment that can help you express it. So why don’t you give yourself plenty of opportunities to express yourself in the form of fringing ?
The key to wearing fringe this fall is simple: less is more. Wear one fringe piece at a time because chances are, your single fringe piece is statement enough.” If you’re looking for a more demure way to incorporate fringe, try a piece that uses it as an adornment. You can for instance embrace the romance of fall with mini fringe velvet boots, a chunky sweater, and a delicate skirt. The chic, fashion-forward version of the style that called my name was a swingy fringe mini-skirt which I paired with a simple long sleeve ruffled top and standout heels to let the piece speak for itself. If you’re daring enough to dive deep into this fringe style and rock it even in a more conservative way consider a fringed accessory, such as earrings, a fringed statement scarf or a necklace – you will still look totally on target. If you are worried that fringe adds too much bulk to your outfit, keep with a more subtle touch your clothes in the same color family to streamline your overall silhouette and downplay the extra texture.
Lastly, fall fashion is all about rich textures and fringe adds a warm dimension to a layered outfit. Therefore, you might know that fringe and denim are a match made in heaven, so start your outfit with torn jeans and your oversized warm sherpa denim jacket or a supple long coat. Then, swap your plain flats for a pair of sneakers with fringes. As an accessory, you will never go wrong by carrying a fringe bag – it’s one of the quickest ways to integrate the trend without becoming a total cowgirl. Go casual and incorporate a fringe bag into your everyday look. Once you start to plan and coordinate your outfit around it, you can pull off western-chic with ease !
The countdown toward the end of the year will soon begin so whether you want to celebrate the festive season in the subtropics or surrounded by snowflakes, I have a great review for you that might help your choice place to properly celebrate New Years Eve ! For instance, the international locale like Geneva, known for its upscale sensibility, it’s a small wonder this city has some of the largest hotel suites in Europe (yes my dear ). In addition to its luxurious accommodation, you get a panoramic view from the eighth floor which represents one of the highest vantage points above Geneva city. I must say, even though the famous Jet d’Eau can be seen from all over Geneva, there are a few specific viewing spots that truly encapsulate the experience and Kempinski Hostel allows it. Not only it offers breath-taking views of the Jet d’Eau fountain but also French Alps and Mont Blanc which is an inspiring sight and one you won’t forget !
Therefore, with the upcoming holidays season, the hotel offers an elite spa that you can either enjoy by yourself as a great escape during this winter time or gift to your beloved one. I was very happy to test the Kempinski Spa (which is the biggest in Geneva you really get lost in it) since I’m aware about how important it is to spend some time in ourselves and with ourselves . Not only, the hotel offer some of the most largest covered hotel pool in Geneva with 12 treatment cabins which gives the impression of a true oasis in the heart of Geneva city.
Besides the luxury panoramic views, the pampering spa, the upscale shops and boutiques, if you’re in a hurry and still haven’t planned a chic New Years Eve program, celebrate it in style by firstly indulging yourself with the exclusive gourmet restaurants the hotel has to offer. Indeed, whether you are in a mood for an authentic Italian meal at Il Vero, an expertly prepared steak at Le Grill or a traditional Chinese cuisine at Tsé Yang , each eatery possess a personality and an ambiance that is different and unique. You can then follow the evening by having a fancy light snack or mixed and hand-made cocktails before you enjoy the ultimate spot on the lake to watch the midnight fireworks. Plus, if you have an appetite for dancing, have fun as a VIP at the Java Club, one of the Geneva’s most popular nightclubs. As you may have notice it, the Grand Hotel Kempinski Geneva is all on its own, a destination spot a luxurious staycation option and a peaceful respite in an urban setting.
When you spend most of your time trying to be whatever everyone wants you to be, wearing all kind of masks and costumes based on the role you are expected to be playing, you begin to lose yourself. You then become obsessed with this idea of being loved and approved of by everyone. Do your thing, you are not this world to live up others expectations, and they are not in this world to live up to yours. You didn’t come here on this earth to blend in, to lose yourself in the crowd and to pretend to be something you are not. You came here to honor yourself and to share your authenticity, your perfection and imperfection. Don’t you even dare, not even for a second, to think that who you are is not good enough and that you have to go around pretending to be something that you’re not just so that you can get some validation from those around you. You are good enough!
If you decide to change yourself fundamentally for social expectations that you don’t believe in, you’ve eliminated any possibility of self-esteem or happiness. A life without authenticity, without values and lived in contradiction with your beliefs is no life at all. Bare your imperfections with fear that steps around fear and shares those scary pieces anyway. Don’t be afraid to do what you can, right now, today, without agonizing about what someone else is doing and how they’re doing so much more than you are. Wear your yoga pants and your unbrushed-hair ponytails and your naked faces with pride, because you believe you are beautiful, and that’s all that matters.
So, yes it’s okey not conform to society because if you change yourself you’ll end up unhappy, miserable, sad, depressed, stressed, and uncomfortable in your own skin. Like “everybody” else. And that’s no life to live. No matter how old or young you are and no matter for long you have been living a life that was not yours to live, it’s never too late to go back to your Self. Free yourself from all the things that are not aligned with who you are deep down inside. Throw away all the masks and all the costumes and let people see what you’re truly made of. Be like a sculptor: carve away the rough walls that imprison your loving soul and reveal yourself.
Whether you’re planing a mountain escape this season or jetting off to a tropical destination, if your in-flight strategy involves achieving maximum coziness or somehow managing to wear all the stuff that didn’t fit into your suitcase, your travel outfit should at the very least fulfill two basic principles. One: It should be comfortable enough that you don’t lose circulation or break out in hives after sitting for a few hours. Two: It should give an awesome first impression when you land, so scroll down for insanely good fashion vacation advice !
First of all, when you begin your packing process, have at least some idea of what you’ll wear when. Lay out your clothes and style outfits before you pack everything up. This way, you know what to reach for and aren’t scrambling to put together something cute. You can also bring five to 10 extra items that you love the most,just in case you want to default back to anything. However, if you can, avoid this common mistake: Don’t bring things you have never worn that you think you will wear while on the go. I promise, if you’ve never worn it, you’re not going to wear it now. Instead, only bring clothes you usually wear as it’s more comfortable that way.
While on your way to the airport, know that layers are always a good idea when you plan to travel ! For instance, you can one rock the airport look by layering a shirt underneath the jacket or a sweater that you can tie around your waist later. You can combine that look with sweatpants( don’t be afraid! ) as long as you’re treating them like a pair of trousers and pair them with proper boots, your look can still appear polished. Therefore, cover it all up with a statement coat. It’s a great idea to wear your bulkiest, biggest, baddest coat while traveling so it doesn’t get squashed in your suitcase, and this gives you some license to get a little relaxed with the rest of your outfit.
In term of accessory, try to minimize your jewelry. Instead of piling your wrists with watches and bracelets, keep your accessories to a minimum because, there’s 99% of chance you will be asked to remove everything before going through airport security. Lastly, fill your bag with items you’ll need to get by including a snack — and change of clothes if you can fit it because you never know when your luggage will get lost. Plus, don’t forget your blanket scarf. Not only does it add some color to your outfit, but there are innumerable uses for it on the plane. Bundle it up for a makeshift pillow, stuff it behind your back for lumbar support, or wrap yourself in it as you settle in for an in-flight movie !
Autumn and winter in a fashion perspective, generally appeal for layered looks with tailored coats, coordinating scarves, or edgy accessories. In that last mentioned field, Thomas Sabo is a jewelry brand I have admired from a distance for a few years. I first stumbled across them when I was searching for edgy, gothic themed jewelries and such was the impression they made that I’ve always followed their new collection releases. Especially a year after their Charm Club collection launch in 2013, I discovered another way to appreciate jewelry in a playful but still feminine way. Either from their romantic heart charms to fashion symbols, or from sterling silver bracelets to colorful stone beaded stretchy bracelet, the Charm Club provides endless combinations . Therefore, each of them can tell your own story as well as a special moment of our life.
I’m more than convinced that fashion is part our own story, and can take a real turn towards every kind of style that defines us. This is why, I’m always yearning for a special statement accessory to perfectly compliment my outfits. The fact that these Thomas Sabo Charms can bring different styles side of fashion, and I can find my own fashion story in there, is priceless. Indeed, from the romantic, fun, to sweet or cute and thoughtful depending on the occasion, there’s a spare room for every fashion aspect. Not only, if you want to share a deeper story or feeling to your other half, you can choose some carefully detailed Charm pendants that can be attached to decorate any Charm bracelet. If you also prefer, you can create » love » word with the Letter Charms or simply wear your loved one’s initials on your wrist to keep them always close to your heart.
If you are too broke to plan your holidays in the Amalfi coasts, don’t worry, I’ve found a solution for you: Bring the italian dolce vita vibes straight to your style by adopting Italian women passion which is translated into their style with a flair for the dramatic. No only, their fashion-forward outfits are never short on ruffles, statement bags oversize silhouettes, bold earrings, or extravagant details that make them stand out. So why don’t you give yourself permission to rewrite style rules the way they see fit. Plus, by adopting the dolce vita style, think about bold sunglasses such as the vintage hot pink Kurt Cobain, red lipstick, edgy satin scarves and among other things, to add a touch of drama to your everyday looks.
Certainly, in term of fashion, I can already hear you say » tastes are subjective », but when it comes to both design and fashion, there are certain things that define the modern dolce vita style. It concerns the carefully curated mix of old and new, traditional and modern, and meaning pieces that are timeless and much more interesting than something that looks like a page out of a catalog or trendy pieces from head to toe. This is what a modern and dramatic dolce vita style ! Therefore, by opting for the dolce vita style, the key is to emphasize the parts of your body you’re most comfortable with. For instance, if you are proud of your cleavage, just flaunt it. If you have great legs, show them off. Try to look unique by choosing bold pieces that match in print or have a quirky flair like an unexpected ruffle detail, a certain silhouette, a pattern handed down from your grandmother. With these few tips in mind, have fun with your fashion but keep it à la dolce vita.
I’m wearing: Parfois pink clutch bag / H&M NAVY LONG VELVET SLIP DRESS(SIMILAR AT SHOPBOP ) / Zara greek pink sandals( similar at ASOS or Yoox ) / Velvet scarf at therealreal /
There’s one recent trope that can be especially daunting: the print-on-print-on-(sometimes)-print trend, which combines two or more patterns to exuberant effect. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to master the art of mixing and matching or simply wearing contrasting style in one outfit. Once you learn a few simple tricks of the trade, you’ll be pairing patterns like an expert in no time. I promise, it’s easier than it looks.
If you’re a beginner, start off small an mix patterns by replacing the solid shirt in your everyday uniform with a soft print. Then, play with size, such as wearing the same print in different sizes will pair well together, regardless of color scheme. Also wearing some mixed print with the same color look good together but it’s really a matter of personal preference. For instance, once you’ve got your hero floral printed skirt , find a shirt or a polka-dotted blouse that matches one color of your detailing floral dress (but not the main one).
Another trick to take into consideration would be : The simpler and more graphic the prints, the easier they are to mix. This is why, you’ll never go wrong with black and white stripes as they go with everything. It’s your easiest bet !Pair black and white stripes with black and white polka dots — or polka dots with polka dots and stripes with stripes. The possibilities are endless, as the classy black and white makes everything seem modern and fresh. Also, more complex or organic prints like florals or animal prints can go great together but as they are more complicated prints, it can get frustrating if you’re not totally comfortable with the idea of print-mixing to begin with. This is why you should stick to two patterns and simple silhouettes. You can for instance layer shift dresses over button-ups, so only the sleeves and collars peek out from underneath. A sleek dress provides an automatic hero piece and can take the spotlight with a larger print, while the short length and slim cut ensure the colorful mishmash won’t be overwhelming.
Lastly, mix textures and shapes, play with different textures, different shape such as a mesh style printed dress shirt that provides an interesting contrast to your ladylike satin coat , while the light shade of the coat juxtapose the straight cut of the dress. Finally, you can also opt for adding neutrals to ground a crazy print.If you’re wearing a tropical-print jumpsuit it is too bold to pair with anything but solid colors, so a bomber-inspired green jacket and black Ray-Bans will function as neutrals ! The will tone down the pattern and adding a tomboy element to the floral look. Here we go ! I’ve broken down the best ways to expertly combine your patterned pieces. Thus, whether you’re just testing the waters or you’re ready to dive into a head-to-toe commitment, you are now ready to pile on the prints and hit the ground running.
As you learned from last blogpost, when it comes about print or fabric, choosing styles to suit your individual body shape is key to pulling off a winning look ! However, there’s nothing more classic than stripes. Not only they are bold or classic, wide or slim; stripes come in all shapes and sizes, and continue to pop up season after season. In short, they are versatile and timeless – Coco Chanel popularized the Breton stripe jumper by adopting it from the fisherman of the time, and since then, stripes have gone from strength to strength. Don’t rule stripes as unflattering until you’ve tried the vertical version as they are the best type of stripes to give an elongated and slimming look.
It’s then time for you to turn the horizontal classic on the side and start to focus on something a little more vertical. Forget stereotypical prison uniforms and pyjamas alike, stripes are a classic staple and the great thing about wearing vertical stripes is that you can really play around and vary up the thickness and color of the stripe that you’re wearing. As Vertical stripes do elongate the figure, go for a wide leg trouser in a wide stripe and team with heels and a v-neck maille tricot. You can also opt for diagonal lines to break all the rules ! Therefore, long lines create the illusion of length and soften curves. However, keep in mind that, the more curvier you are, the narrower stripes you go for that will make you look slimmer.
By the way, prints embedded with stripes can be figure friendly so you don’t have to worry about that.Mixing vertical design elements can minimize the stripe’s widening effect. If you aren’t a fan of color, asymmetrical stripes are definitely an option. Pick out stripes that aren’t going the same direction. In the contrary, if you’re looking for something edgy, don’t be afraid to layer-up your stripes and stick to wide bands where possible.Wearing angular, mismatched or a mixture of slanted stripes will give a streamlined silhouette. By doing so, you can create contrast, contour and reduce curves.
If you’re still not sure on how will you style the trend remember, there are lots of alternative to get a head start on the spectrum of stripes such as on accessories. With so many vertical or angular stripe options available in store and online, there’s something for everyone to wear in confidence – and the styling possibilities are endless !