Sunday, December 20, 2015

Nail Art | A Cozy Christmas

I don't know about you, but I (and many other girls would agree with me) love to paint my nails according to seasons or themes. Christmas is right around the corner - the countdown is going on!
To prepare for this feast, I wanted to have elegant but subtle nails and essie's "leading like a lady" (from their 2013 winter collection I think) was just perfect! To add a little more bling to it (even though the nail polish itself is already shimmering), I've put on tiny stickers from essence.
Hope that you will have a wonderful Christmas Day with your families and friends!

Sunday, December 06, 2015

Christmas Socks DIY

Already looking forward to Christmas? Well, I do. What I like the most about this pre-Christmas period is the anticipation and the tingly vibe in the air. Everybody is busy buying presents and preparing for the feast - it's an active phase!
I still remember that I would always put out my big Christmas sock the night before St Nicholas' Day and hang it over the doorknob. The next morning, it was filled with chocolates, mandarins and nuts. Today's DIY comes a little bit too late for St Nicholas' Day, but you can use this sock for Christmas or as an Advent calendar. Hope you like it and enjoy this month!

First of all, you have to choose your fabric and you need some interfacing, as well as a pair of scissors, needle and thread and your sewing machine.
Cut out two pieces of fabric and interfacing (wanted size of your sock).
Iron the interfacing onto each piece of fabric. Press your iron over the interfacing for around 10 seconds.
Should look like this now:
Take some pins and pin the shape of a sock. Pay attention that the fabric lies in the middle.

Sew along the trace.
Cut off the spare fabric.
 Evert the sock through the hole above and sew on a small strap.
Now it's ready to be used!

(It turned out that I can put in half of my arm, so if I should ever need some spare gloves, I know what I could take...)

Sunday, November 08, 2015

Crème brûlée recipe

Creamy, crunchy and simply delicious: one of the best desserts from France - Crème brûlée!
Today, I will show you an easy-to-follow recipe on how to make this pudding!

Heavy cream 400g
Sugar A 50g
Sugar B 30g
Yolk 4
Vanilla essence or sugar
Water 15g

1. Mix the yolks and half of sugar A together.
2. In another bowl, mix the heavy cream and the other half of sugar A together.
3. Now, pour the ingredients together and stir them until they blend in with each other.
4. Put in a few drops of vanilla essence.
5. Pour the mixture into dishes and bake them in the oven for around 40 minutes by 150°C.
6. Microve the water and sugar B in a heatproof dish for exactly 2 minutes and 10 seconds.
7. Spread the caramel over the pudding.
8. Enjoy your dessert!

I think that this recipe is almost foolproof - just pay attention to the heated caramel and that you have to spread it fast or it will harden. Also, you can vary the amount of sugar, with the amount I've used, it turned out to be pretty sweet, but everyone's preference is different, right?

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Hair Accessory: Ribbon Bow Tutorial

Maybe you've noticed it already, but I feel some kind of affection towards bows (okay, I'm fond of a lot of things...). I'm writing this post while drinking a good cup of hot cappucchino, in between my homework, letting my brain pause a little. Taking a break once in a while is good for your body and your soul. Constantly working and thinking won't do you any good. I often find myself a lot more relaxed and focused after a break and afterwards, I can concentrate even better on my work. Sometimes, I relieve my accumulated stress by crafting, drawing or making something creative. You'll see, creativity will boost your brain activity, too! 
Either way, I think I drifted off a bit, so why not try making this hair accessory in a work break? 

First of all, you'll need 3 stripes of ribbon. One with 5cm, one with 11cm and the last one with a length of 17cm (the length can vary of course).
Now, take the longest stripe, find its middle, fold both ends towards it and glue them down.
Do the same with the second longest stripe.
Place the smaller piece over the bigger one (pay attention that you glue them together in the middle!)
Take the smallest section, wrap it around the middle and glue it firmly.
Okay, now you only have to place the piece over a barrette, glue them together, and you're good to go!

And? How was it to take a break from work and let your creativity flow? Can you already feel your brain juices flowing again? Hope you enjoyed it!

Wednesday, October 07, 2015

Impressions Of London

Last week, I wen to a school trip - to London! It's such a big city, the lifestyle and attitude of the people living there, the heaven-like delicious food and all those famous monuments... . Everywhere you look, you discover new - sometimes strange and bizarre - things. Also the people we met there were all open, friendly and funny. Now that I'm back in school again, this trip to London seems like a dream. But: If I had to describe what kind of dream it was, I would say: "It was a short, intensive, wonderful, inspiring trip full of good memories!"

Thursday, September 24, 2015

A Guard for the Light Switch | DIY

I don't have a lot of time right now (but I didn't want to post nothing!), so today's post is going to be a very short DIY on how to decorate your light switch. Without further ado, let's begin!

To start off, I cut out the shape I want. Here, I've used sticker paper (it will be easier to stick onto the wall later).
 Next, I cut out two white ovals for the eyes and glued them onto their place.
Now it's time to add some details!
Just stick it over the light switch and you have created a tiny guard who observes it!

Experiment around: cut out different shapes and figures - let your imagination run wild!

Thursday, September 03, 2015

Twist Ring | Handmade

You know what? Friends and family are sometimes the best inspiration. Whenever one of my close friends celebrate their birthday, I always try to come up with something handmade. It's more personal, don't you think so, too? To cut a long story short: My friend (we've known each other since kindergarten) turned 18 (in Germany she's considered an adult now) and she's an absolute ring-lover. Well, scroll down to find out how I crafted a really simple ring for her:

How to:
Cut two strings of wire and thread them through the holes of the gem.
Twist the strings together.
Bend the two ends to form a ring fitting a finger.
Cut off the remaining wire and it's done!
Now you can create a bunch of them and either stack them together or just give them away as dainty little presents!

Sunday, August 16, 2015

& other Stories nail polish review and NAIL ART

It's been a while since I last published a nail design. For today's post, I've tried two nail polishes from & other Stories. I looove their shop - their clothes, accessories and now also their nail polishes! (although they are a bit pricey...)
To begin with, I bought the two colors "Clove Vert"(light green) and "Fountain Ice"(sheer blue). They cost 7 euro each and come in a small round bottle with a white cap which is slightly bigger than the transparent glass bottom. The brand name is written onto the cap and it contains 9 ml.
"Clove Vert" is a very light pastel green, while "Fountain Ice" is an almost white-blue color. I had to apply 3 coats to achieve full coverage. Also, the size of the brush is rather small, as well as the tip.
For the nail design, I've varied between color-blocking and dots.
What do you think about the nail polishes and the design? & other Stories has a huge nail polish collection and I'll definitely buy more in the future!