Friday, February 27, 2015

Apple & Cinnamon Muffins, Easy and Delicious

Happy Friday! I want to share a recipe I tried last weekend. It's really easy and the result was very good. This recipe is for apple muffins but you can use whatever you want instead of apples, like chocolate chips, blueberries and so on. In fact this is a basic muffin recipe.

Ingredients for 18/20 muffins:
375 gr flour
100 gr white sugar
100 gr brown sugar
2 eggs
120 ml oil
a pinch of salt
1 tbs cinnamon
1 envelope baking powder
vanilla extract
240 ml buttermilk (120 ml milk + 120 ml yogurt + 1 tsp lemon juice)
300 gr apples (about 2 apples) cut in small pieces
juice of 1 lemon
Pre-heat the oven at 180°C

First cut the apples and put them in a bowl with the juice of 1 lemon. Mix the liquid ingredients first (I used my new Kenwood Kmix), then add the dry ones. 

Add the apples to the mixture, folding gently

Fill the muffin liners about 2/3 and sprinkle the top with a bit of brown sugar

Put them in the oven at 180°C for 20 minutes

Et voilà! Delicious apple & cinnamon muffins!

Hope you like this recipe, let me know if you try it!
Have a great weekend, see you on Monday!
Love, Fede

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Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Night Beauty Essentials

Happy hump day Girls! Hope your week is going great! Today I wanna show you a new product I just got. On my bday I got a Sephora gift card as a present, I know, I'm a lucky girl. I spent days thinking what I could possibly get, and finally, considering my skin's needs (I'm in my early 30s) and the excellent reviews that I read online, I decided to get Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair. It's a serum you put on before bed and before your usual night cream, and after using it for a few weeks I can say that my skin is looking better and more radiant in the morning.

I'm not gonna lie, this product is great but it's expensive, and I probably wouldn't be able to buy it if it wasn't for the gift card. So as an alternative I can suggest a very good and more affordable night cream from Sephora that I've been using for a few months and works very well with my skin (I have combination skin). It's Sephora's Total Age Defy Night Cream.

I'm also thinking about buying a good eye cream but have no idea what to get, do you have any suggestion for me? Thank you!
Love, Fede

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Monday, February 23, 2015

The Oscars: Best Dresses

Happy Monday! Oscar night is the most glamorous night of the year, full of gorgeous gowns and beautiful stars. Here are my picks for best dresses of the red carpet. Hope you approve of my choices! Who was your favorite? Let me know!
Love, Fede

My absolute favorite: Emma Stone in Elie Saab, so chic!

Jennifer Lopez in Elie Saab

Reese Witherspoon in Tom Ford

Jennifer Aniston in Atelier Versace

Dakota Johnson in Yves Saint Laurent

Gwyneth Paltrow in Ralph & Russo

Behati Prinsloo in Armani Couture

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Friday, February 20, 2015

Tryin' On Dresses

Happy Friday! Are you happy that the weekend is almost here? I can't wait, I will try new sweet recipes and share with you next week! Today I wanna show you one of the dresses I got for my bday. It's from Pennyblack, I love that brand, they make really cute dresses and clothes in general. This dress is jacquard print, it's one of a kind, very curve hugging. Now I'm just trying it on, but as soon as I wear it for a night out I will show you how I style it. Do you like it? Hope you all have a great weekend!
Love, Fede

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Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Feeling Blue

Hi Girls! For my bday my cousin gave me this fantastic present: a box of mini OPI Nail Polishes! She got it from Sephora. I was so excited to try one, I decided to start with the deep blue which is called "Dating a Royal". Do you like it? I was afraid it might be inappropriate for the office but I got many compliments for it. I'll show you the other colors as soon as I try them.
Have a great day! Thanks for stopping by!
Love, Fede

Nail Polish: OPI Dating a Royal / Watch: Cartier Santos / Bracelet: Tiffany & Co / Ring: Cartier

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Monday, February 16, 2015

Berries Jam Pie and Pizza Margherita Recipes

Ciao and Happy Monday! I hope you had a fantastic Valentine's Day and weekend! I decided to cook this weekend, and finally put to good use the great present that I got from my parents on my bday: the Kenwood Kmix, the best mixer in the world!

Isn't it fabulous? I love that it's red.
First thing I made the Jam Pie, here's the recipe.

Ingredients for the pie crust:
500 gr flour
250 gr butter (I used a low fat low cholesterol butter)
200 gr sugar
4 egg yolks and 1 egg white
zest of 1 lemon
a pinch of salt

Pre-heat the oven at 180°C

Just put everything in the mixer and mix it until it makes a solid ball, then put it in the fridge for half an hour to rest.

Fit the pie crust into a pie plate and fill it with a jam of your choice, I used 400 gr of mixed berries jam, my favorite!

It was Valentine's Day so I made heart shaped decorations to put on top of the pie.

Now put it in the oven at 180°C for 35 minutes. Here's the final result, believe me it was delicious!

Then I made pizza!!!! Hey I'm Italian after all!

Ingredients for the pizza dough:
500 gr of flour (you have to use the right kind of flour, the one for bread or pizza)
300 ml water (warm)
3 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil
1 teaspoon sugar
10 gr of salt
12,5 gr dried yeast (or 1 envelope)

Put the yeast and the sugar in a glass of warm water and the salt in another glass of warm water. Then put everything in the mixer and start mixing until it becomes a solid ball. 

Put the ball in a bowl, cover it with a cloth and put it somewhere to let it double its size, like inside the oven (turned off!). It usually takes 2 hours.

See? It's beautiful! It almost tripled!
Now you can place the dough in a pizza baking pan. Pre-heat the oven at 220°C. Season tomato sauce (about 200gr) with extra virgin olive oil (4 tablespoons) and salt (3 pinches) and put it on the dough. Then put whatever you want on the pizza, I put olives and of course mozzarella (only at last) and oregano, I like my pizza to be simple. But you can put prosciutto, mushrooms, salami and so on. Put it in the oven for about 10 minutes, then add mozzarella and leave inside for another 2 minutes.
This was the result and it was a big hit! I'm so proud!

Hope you enjoy these recipes, let me know if you give them a try! Have a great week!
Love, Fede

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Friday, February 13, 2015

Pre-Valentine's Day Casual Look

Ciao and Happy Friday! The weekend is almost here, thank goodness, I can't wait. In honor of V-Day I decided to wear a red sweater for a casual yet cute look to wear during the day. Hope you like it. Have a great weekend! V-Day is about love, so spend it with your loved ones, not just your boyfriend, but also your family or your best friends. This is exactly what I will do tomorrow!
Love, Fede

Sweater: H&M / Jeans: Mango / Boots: UGG Australia / Necklace: H&M / Watch: Michael Kors

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Wednesday, February 11, 2015

A Little V-Inspiration

Hello! Valentine's Day is coming and here is a little inspiration for the most romantic day of the year. Tell me, how will you spend V day?
Love, Fede

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Monday, February 9, 2015

The Grammys: Best Dresses

Hi and Happy Monday! To get a good start on this week my first post is about Grammys' night. This is the event where music stars dare the most but I have to say this time I'm a bit disappointed. I have found only 3 dresses that I really like, I wish there were more. But anyways, these are my choices:

Rihanna in Giambattista Valli Haute Couture, she looks like a fairytale princess, I love it

Taylor Swift in Elie Saab, I love the dress and the color contrast with the sandals

Beyonce in Proenza Schouler, maybe a bit too simple for the Grammys but she's very classy

Have a great week!
Love, Fede

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Thursday, February 5, 2015

Happy Birthday To Me!

It's my birthday! Though I won't reveal how old I am LOL, I decided to share a few pictures of when I was a kid. You can clearly see for yourself that I was a mini fashionista and a poser. Hope you are all having a great day! I will spend it at home with my family sorrounded by their love.
Also thanks everyone for following my blog, it's been a true pleasure to read your comments on my posts, I'm so happy you are enjoying it!
Lots of love, Fede

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Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Miss Sicily (Dolce & Gabbana)

Ciao! Today I want to introduce one of the true jems of my handbags collection: Dolce & Gabbana Miss Sicily. I'm in love with this bag! I think it's absolutely one of a kind. I styled it with a very casual outfit, but it goes perfectly with elegant outfits either. As you can see the inside is leopard print, which I think is so much fun and very Dolce & Gabbana's style. Let me know what you think!
Have a great day!
Love, Fede
PS. Tomorrow it will be my bday! I'll post pics of me as a baby fashionista in training, stay tuned!

Handbag: Dolce & Gabbana Miss Sicily / Sweater: Zara / Jeans: Mango / Boots: UGG Australia / Necklace: H&M / Watch: Cartier Santos

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Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Open Back And Heels

Hi everyone! Hope you had a good weekend and a good start of this week. I want to show you a look that I've worn in the office lately. I think it's a cute look because the sweater has an open back that gives it a twist and makes the look less serious. What do you think? I'd love to hear your opinion!
Love, Fede

Sweater: Banana Republic / Pants: Banana Republic / Heels: Nine West / Necklaces: H&M and Tiffany&Co
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