May 13, 2015

MY FIRST BATCH OF GRANOLA

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Granola is one of my favorite things to eat. My only problem is not knowing when to stop. 

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A few months ago, I started to make my own granola. The first batch was probably the best one! I looked for soooo many granola recipes on all kinds of food blogs. The best thing I saw was on Buzzfeed: How to make the best granola ever. I love this article because it explains all the different ways you can make granola, and how to tweak the recipe without adding too much or too little of the essential components (grain, nuts, sweetener, oil, salt). Less essential but so delicious? coconut, seeds, dried fruit, spices, chocolate, egg white. I think spices should be essential though. A little bit of cinnamon goes a long way. Once you know the basics, you can go wild and do whatever you want!

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I mostly used... everything. I even tried little variations. I made a small batch adding some matcha green tea, and a small batch adding coffee extract. The matcha one wasn't sweet enough but the coffee one was good. Trial and error. That's how you learn. 
Above anything else, I needed to know how to make clumps. I searched online for all the secrets. Apparently adding egg white is supposed to help. And baking the granola at a lower heat, not stirring at all and taking it out a little bit earlier than the recipe says. I tried all these things. One time I put too much oil and sweetener and didn't stir at all, and it came out really strange and cakey. Not that great. 

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I love making granola! My dad keeps asking me when I'm going to make more. Soon soon. It was super easy and delicious. It's definitely something you should try to make at home instead of buying at the store. Let me know if you try it! Have you got any interesting combinations? I want to try matcha again, maybe add some white chocolate in there... I also want to try vanilla & pecan... and many, many other variations. 


May 8, 2015

WORN IN PARIS // 09

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"Here is life, an experiment to a great extent untried by me" Henry David Thoreau

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This outfit was from a couple weeks ago. Paris – the weather is unpredictable. We had one week of sun, sun, sun, and then this week it's been rainy and cloudy. These pictures were taken one lovely afternoon in my friend Louise's garden. I even brought a bikini over. I just laid in the grass enjoying the sun doing absolutely nothing. The best luxury. 

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all jewelry c/o Smadar Edri • top, sunglasses & pants: H&M • shoes: Monoprix

The blogging has slowed down... So has the music, so has the reading, so has the traveling. Wait, what the hell am I doing? I wake up and get ready for the day rather slowly. I eat and waste some time and before I know it it's time to go to work in the evening. I take comfort in finishing the stupidest little things on my to-do list, when really writing a song would make me feel like I actually accomplished something. 

I also want to do something else. I want to just get off at random metro stations in Paris and start walking. I want to take pictures and notice street names, and shops, and everything from ordinary to beautiful. The other day I discovered Belleville. One street, really. But it was so cool! Once I start, I'll be sure to share some of the pictures I take here on the blog. 


April 23, 2015

ON MINIMALISM // 04: MAKE-UP "NECESSITIES"

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It's been a while since I wrote about minimalism... Ok, I talk and write and think about it all the time but it's been a while since I dedicated a whole post to it. This time I'll tackle a subject I've probably never even mentioned before. Makeup. Let's call this:

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I don't reeeeeally care about makeup. I don't read beauty blogs. I don't believe that a mascara should cost $30 nor do I see a spectacular difference between a $4 mascara and a $30 one. I once had a makeup Pinterest board, but I'm not even sure it's still there. Once you realize you are never going to try out any of the looks you pinned, you stoooop pinning. Lastly, I think spending more than 15 minutes on the routine, daily makeup is a waste of time. Who wants to get up extra early just to paint on a new face?

I do have a signature look though. (Wow, that makes me sound so much cooler, I love it!) I do a variation of the Twiggy look. Maybe it sounds crazy, and the first few times I went out like that, I definitely felt a bit like a clown (a pretty clown?) but now it's what I do most days. 

I've counted the products I have... 

1. Moisturizer with a bit of color

I believe these are called BB creams? or CC creams? Some ridiculous name I don't understand. I use moisturizers I find in French pharmacies. My skin is very sensitive, mostly quite dry with the powers of also getting inexplicably oily, prone to redness and occasional breakouts... FUN! So I don't use foundation because it would just make things worse.

2. Concealer

I use this Ducray concealer. There's nothing worse than a concealer that makes you break out more. This one does a decent job and doesn't make things worse. 

3. Black Mascara

If I really don't have time to put on makeup, I'll usually skip every next step in this list and just do mascara. I use the basic pink Maybelline one.

4. Bronzer or Blush

I read you're supposed to throw away makeup every so often because it goes bad... I've had the same blush for the past three years. I'm still alive... so far so good... let's see what happens. I recently bought the Avène couvrance bronzer. I don't follow the whole "contouring" thing but I like to do my cheeks. Looks good. As I write this post, I realize how little I know about makeup talk.

5. Black liquid Eyeliner or eyeshadow

I most often use a simple liquid eyeliner for the Twiggy look. I don't have a favorite brand yet. I have two or three Clinique eyeshadows that I use if I want something a little different. I used to own a bunch of pencil eyeliners in various colors but they got tossed. 

6. Lipstick

I own three that I rotate. I just tossed the other two out because I never used them (one more step towards minimalist makeup land!)



So I don't use that much makeup. I already know exactly what I will keep and what I will buy again. Just like my wardrobe, I use few colors. It was great to sit down and go through all my makeup products, deciding what stays and what goes. I own so much less that it all fits neatly in a box. It takes two seconds to find what I am looking for. I encourage you to do the same! Think about what you really use, what makes you feel good, what you actually like wearing. Are you keeping something because it was expensive, or a gift, but you never actually use it? Keep only what you need and use.


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