The Cozy Edit- Festive Sleepwear Picks

With the temperature rapidly dropping and the holidays in sight, cutesy home wear becomes a must. Or at least that's my excuse.  I love comfortable (and animal themed) sleepwear and as I mentioned in a recent favorites post, I've been loving Etam's selection the most this year. With myriads of penguins, deer and seals motifs how could I not? It seems that each time I visit I can never come out empty handed. I've only visited the store for the first time very recently and don't think I'll be over the brand any time soon. Some items make for cute and non expensive stocking fillers or secret santa gifts. These have been my picks so far and I have been truly enjoying everything. 

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The Weekly Round up




Voluspa Chestnut and Vetiver

This is such a great scent for fall. It is somewhat reminiscent of Christmas, but is not festive enough to list this is a scent I'd exclusively burn during the holidays.

Advent Calendars

The calendars are out! Amidst the endless choice of beauty, chocolate and novelty ones I finally made up my mind and got ones I love. More on that later!

Show: The Crown

This new drama has just been released on Netflix and I'm hooked. If you like the Royal Family you will undoubtedly enjoy this one. The biopic recounts Queen Elizabeth's accession to the throne. Claire Foy, playing Queen Elizabeth is somewhat of a dark horse. The attention to detail ranging from speech to mannerism is terrific. A fantastic show from every standpoint be it the performance, the cinematography and the score- it's by no one other than Hans Zimmer. 

Book: The Simply Luxurious Life: A Modern Woman's Guide

I follow Shannon's blog on a regular basis and considering I enjoy it so much I recently purchased her book, one pertaining to a genre I tend to gravitate towards. If you love or at least are curious about the French approach to daily living this one should be on your list. Shannon Ables explores ways to achieve contentment in life, a life where quality is supreme. She covers several aspects from hosting, to personal style, decor and travelling. Definitely an enjoyable read. 

Caudalie Vinosource Moisturizing Sorbet

Now that the temperature is dropping I decided to switch up my moisturizer. I have combination skin and it gets dehydrated especially at this time of the year. I've been using the Caudalie vinosource moisturizing sorbet for the past week as part of my morning routine and so far it's been working wonders. The gel consistency makes it feel rather cooling and quite light on the skin. It's easily absorbed too and the skin just feels plump and smooth afterwards. 

Nespresso Festive Editions- Sachertorte

Nespresso have recently launched their festive editions including 3 different variations, namely Sachertorte, Apfelstrudel and Linzertorte. Sachertorte has to be my favorite out of the bunch, but then again I'm always partial to a piece of Sachertorte. The chocolate taste just hits the perfect balance. 

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Easy Chicken Tagine

I quite like tagines but don't own the the clay pot and have thus never been interested enough to recreate a tagine at home. I recently found this recipe and gave it a try. This recipe nly requires a wide pan with a lid. I liked it enough to consider investing in a Le Creuset tagine that I've eyed a couple of times. 

This recipe is and adaptation of the BBC Food recipe found here. The original recipe, as attested by other people's feedback seems too bland so I modified the ingredients to make it more spicy and tasty.


Serves 2

Ingredients

Olive Oil
2 Chicken Tighs, bone in
300ml Chicken Stock
1 large onion
2 inches grated fresh ginger
1 tbsp honey
4 carrots, chopped into sticks
Tumeric, cordamon, and cumin. Add according to taste. 
Salt and cayenne pepper
Squeezed lemon juice
Chopped Parsley
Lemon wedges

Method

Heat the oil in a wide pan. I used this one. Fry the chicken until lightly brown, which takes around 7 minutes per side. 

Add the onion and the grated ginger and fry for another 3 minutes.

Add around 300ml of chicken stock, honey, carrots. and the salt and all the spices. Bring to boil then cover tightly and simmer for circa 40 minutes. Add more stock if required. At this point the chicken should be tender enough for some of the meat to loosen up from the bones. Uncover and let the sauce reduce a little. Add parsley, drizzle lemon juice and serve.

Add lemon wedges when serving for an additional squeeze.
I served this with a side of roasted potatoes.

Enjoy!

Tory Burch Perry Tote

I recently got my hands on the Tory Burch Perry tote in a shade I adore. It's French Gray with a Dark Peony interior. I love the contrast! This shade is easy to use on a regular basis, regardless of the season. This hue is very easy to incorporate in ones wardrobe. I've also been loving how the grained leather just topples over. The leather isn't heavy at all and the lack of hardware gives this bag a more of a casual look. I think this will work wonders as a work tote, considering it can hold just as much as the Neverfull MM does.











The Weekly Round Up

What feels like a lifetime ago, I used to compile lists here on the blog delineating my current favorites. Being the occasional blogger that I was, I ended up phasing those posts out, but seeing as these are turning out to be my favorite posts to read on other blogs I felt a need to bring them back. Every Friday I shall be including a list of movies, books and other fancies which I would have found to be entertaining or in some way, amusing. Here's this weeks pleasures.



The Christmas Season

It is now (finally) socially acceptable to be enthusiastic about Christmas in public. The decorations and gift sets have made their appearance in stores and chocolatiers are adorning their shop windows with delectable advent calendars and festive editions. The season to be officially jolly has arrived and with it the several (jolly) conundrums- which gifts to get, whether the new decorations could fit in nicely, when to dispatch the greeting cards and so on. The older I get, the more enthusiastic I'm getting about the festive season and the excitement in this household is palpable. 


With the festivities in sight, a number of brands have already released festive sleepwear. I'm loving Etam's range this season and will dedicate a post specifically to that very soon. 

I'm currently reading this book by Ann Mah and if like me you too are a francophile you will enjoy this one. Mah recounts her experience while living in Paris when her husband was sent on an Assignment in the city. She had to spend a year on her own in Paris when her husband was given another assignment in Baghdad and she thus recounts her experience in filling her days hunting down France's traditional recipes. Mah does a good job in providing a concise history of the origins of specific dishes of particular regions in France. 


I love sipping green tea at various intervanls during the day and this one has been a favorite. This has been a recent find as I wanted to try something different from this brand which I terribly enjoy. This green tea is composed of citrus and fruity notes. The lemongrass is dominant and I tend to favor those teas in which it does.

Game- Lego Harry Potter for PS4

I'm not ashamed to claim I'm a Potterhead. I've read the first installment way back when I was circa 12 years old, when it first came out and have followed the series ever since. Admittedly I also like (some) video games and enjoyed the first installment of the Lego Harry Potter edition back on the PS3. Following the switch to the PS4, I realized there was no Lego HP available on this console. However, probably thanks to the wizarding world revival induced by the upcoming release of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, the two installments of the Lego Harry Potter game have been released in one edition for the latest platform. 

I love the brand and am always trying out something new. I recently got the night oil from the Polyphenol range which I had never tested before and have been using it religiously every evening after applying toner. This dry oil has been a pleasure to use so far. This night oil is aimed at repairing the skin and doesn't contain any parabens. I have combination skin and this makes my skin feel smoother and doesn't feel heavy at all.

Dior have recently released a new extensive range of lipsticks in different finishes. The range wasn't fully available at my closest counters and Sephoras' but I have been able to have a look at most of the lipsticks available. I love a good matte formula and loved a good red shade, but while most of the lipsticks seem to be available in red hues I ended up picking the shade in 897, Mysterious Matte. This one is a pinkish-plum hue that hasn't been drying at all. It has the standard Dior lipstick scent  and is encased in  gorgeous packaging. 






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