Home Tweak: Peg Rails

Monday, July 24, 2017

Have you noticed that simple peg rails are having a moment right now? They seem to be a staple of a well-designed, beautifully-organized and cozy home. Not to be mistaken, they've always been a part of many homes, but nowadays they're somewhat jazzier and niftier. Anyway, I've been thinking about getting one for our kitchen or bedroom. How awesome would it be to hang all the summer hats, straw baskets and breezy scarves on them? I'm a fan, you?

P.S: And this...
P.P.S: Have you tried those vases yet? They are beautiful!

(Photos by/via Country Raised City FoundThat Kind of WomanMy Scandinavian HomeRemodelistaCoco Lapine DesignJersey Ice Cream CoDreams and JeansKara Rosenlund and Vintage Whites)

In Knots

If you're bored of your everyday uniform, next time you're about to wear your go-to shirt, knot it in the waist to make it more summery and fun. You won't believe how sassy it will make you feel and look. Try it and let me know, deal?

P.S: Have you tried it yet?
P.P.S: Tons more fashion goodness this way...

(Photos by/via The EverygirlPosy WillowPaula ArgűellesUn-Fancy, PaulienCollage VintageThe Good WearDiane Gallo and Harpers Bazaar)

Weekend Jollies

Friday, July 21, 2017

Cheers to the weekend! What are you up to? This afternoon, I'm taking this little rascal with me to pick my mom up from the airport. Wishing everyone a beautifully summer-y next two days, I'll see you back here on Monday, but before you go, don't miss out on the awesome links below.

What happens when a woman rejects the notion of niceness?

Oh my goodness, YES!

Looking for someone.

This is what NYC would look like in the wake of a flood.

I'd love to have some of those Portuguese custard tarts with a cup of coffee right-about-now. They are SO good!

'People take a chance on you here.'


Summer salad perfection.

'Women aren't freezing their eggs because of men, they’re doing it for themselves.'

Delicious reads.

The prettiest little skirt that you can make yourself.

You should've asked.


How digital and physical clutter are more similar than you think.

Breath is the key...

10 clues to unlock Paris.


And fancy a blast from the past?
- Six years ago today.
- Five years ago yesterday.
- Four years ago tomorrow.
- Three years ago tomorrow.
- Two years ago today.
- One year ago today.

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(Photo by Hannah)

This Week's Gems

Want to make an entrance? Wear this dress...

Stunning butter knife holder...

The loveliest cat necklaces - which one tickles your fancy?...


Summer top perfection...

Can't get enough of this piece - amazing!...


Cheery tea towel for your summer kitchen...

Oh, I think our Jenny needs one of those customized elk antlers!...

Sooo good!...

Cylindre jars are the best!...

The prettiest scarf...

Gorgeous spatula...

Those bath salts are irresistible, because of their subtle hinoki cedar wood fragrance...

Now, that's a teapot!...

Dearies, what caught your eye this week? Any great finds or buys?

P.S: Fancy more gems?

Quick Summer Snack

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Yum, fancy a speedy, healthy and totally indulging summer snack? Make a banana boat with peanut butter and your favourite toppings like frozen berries, chocolate and even shredded coconut, for that extra fancy touch!

P.S: Speaking of bananas...
P.P.S: And food...

(Photo and how-to by Jose)

Summer Hat Tip

Quick, before summer is over, and we have to put away our beloved straw hats, let's give them a snazzy update by jazzing them up with snazzy pom-poms. My mom is flying in on Friday for a weekend stay with us, so I'm thinking about trying this out then. What do you think: thumbs up or down?

P.S: And the 'it' summer hat hairdo.
P.P.S: Plus, that little (insignificant) thing I love!

(Photos by The Effortless Chic)

Summer Wedding Tweak

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Ah, there is nothing more romantic than a summer outdoor wedding, is there? We've been on two in the last month and both brides wore baby's breath fresh crown. I spent the whole ceremony thinking about how perfectly it complemented the brides, despite their different gown choices. One of them wore a midi-style white dress and the other one sported a floor-length ivory backless gown. This whole thing made me realize that simplicity really works and it actually makes everything more beautiful and special...

What do you think, would you wear it?

P.S: Here is how you can make one yourself.
P.P.S: Fancy more?

(Photos by/via Style Me PrettyAdore the WorldWedding ChicksCosmopolitanSwooned MagazineJunebug Weddings and Vour Du Jour)

Life Is Too Short To Be Busy

Some time just before our trip to Spain, I spotted this quote on Jacqui's feed. Without realizing it at first, those few lines made a huge impression on me. Somehow, unconsciously, it gave me the green light to re-evaluate my own busyness and see it for what it really is. By giving myself the permission to make small changes towards things I cherish, I've been able to make tiny new pockets of space for the things that matter more, and toss the things that don't work anymore.

Like everything, it's a process, but let's face it, life is really too short to be busy all the time. Don't you think? Hope this will do some good to you too...

P.S: Proof that perception is everything.
P.P.S: And, this.

(Photo by The Broad Place)

My Favourite Food Podcasts

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Do you listen to podcasts? They are a big part of my morning coffee-brewing/email-checking routine. Lately, I've been diving into food, because there is nothing more satisfying than the smell of freshly made java, summer sunshine, a puppy wiggling under my feet and background chatter entirely devoted to food! Ah, heaven!

So, here are a few of my favourites:
Party in My Plants - The Splendid Table - The Sporkful - Burnt Toast - Spilled Milk - Sustainable Dish - Bite - Serious Eats - The Slow Melt - The Dinner Party Download.

What are yours? Do share...

P.S: Are you into food memoirs?
P.P.S: Plus, 10 must see food documentaries.

(Photo by exPress-O)

Summer Tip: Wine Wraps

Next time you're invited for an impromptu summer barbecue, wrap your favourite bottle of rosé into one of those beautiful fabric wine wraps that Jen cleverly came up with. I promise, they will make the most thoughtful and personal little summer hostess gift. Here is the full how-to.

Pretty, aren't they?

P.S: The wine debate...
P.P.S: And how to pack wine in your suitcase.

(Photos by Katie Jameson via/for The Effortless Chic)
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