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Currently Loving...being The Envelope Bag

Saturday, 16 December 2017

As you might be aware by now, I am a lot into handbags. I love the idea of a new bag, one that I will be carrying around everywhere, then forget about, then find again, and fall in love one more time. They are more useful than an expensive lipstick, and less hard to get than a nice boyfriend, they are the easy therapy for all sad girls. Recently I fell in love with not solely a new bag, but a new type of bag. Which does announce a chase for all the good ones that will fit my criteria. And my new crush went for the envelope bag. I stumbled upon a beautiful one in & Other Stories few months ago, that I mentioned in my favorites list, and since then, I am on the hunt for the most beautiful one I can find. But well, let's be realistic, those bags are so unpractical. I mean, they are the smallest thing ever, they do not have any handle, you have to carry them in your hand or stuck under your arm, they are a complete nightmare. Nonetheless... God. They are so gorgeous and elegant. I feel like I am so ready to suffer for them, to have to take only the necessary with me and not my whole life. I feel like sacrificing a lot to look elegant and classy. When you carry an envelope bag it is more than just looking cool, it is looking like a mysterious girl. 'What does she have in her tiny envelope? What does she carry? Where is she going?'. The answers might be as unglamorous as "I am so mad because I actually needed for once this pack of tissues", or "I am heading back home grabbing my backpack cause I can cope with this size and this carrying style". But it does not matter. As long as you are elegant, who cares? 

xo

Amy

Cinnamon Buns Recipe

Wednesday, 13 December 2017

Christmas is in two weeks, I al listening to Michael Bublé's 'Blue Christmas', and the Christmas spirit is definitely living inside me. I won't be home before one week, yet I did not wait to think about Christmas and start celebrating. Last weekend my boyfriend and I went to a Christmas market in the cute little town of Haarlem, we drank hate chocolates and bought Belgian chocolates, while looking at the marvelous Christmas tree on the main square. I have Christmas presents all around my bedroom, and Christmas music on repeat while working, and Christmas movies playing in the evenings. Since Christmas is just around the corner, and I am in the perfect mood for that, I wanted to share with you one of my favorite recipe for this time of year, the cinnamon bun. Cinnamon and a Scandinavian recipe, how much more can you get into the Christmas spirit? 

As always, the recipe I am using are not mine, I am not such a chef. So today I am sharing with you  one coming from "The Recipe Critic", which is the one I always go for. I just put it in a bun rather than a roll. Check out her blog for more amazing food!

The dough
- 2  3/4 cup of flour (no matter which kind)
- 3 table spoon of granulated sugar
- 1 pinch of salt
- 1 package instant yeast
- 1/2 cup of water
- 1/2 of milk
- 2 table spoon of unsalted butter
- 1 large egg

In a large bowl mix the flour, salt, sugar and yeast together. In another bowl over a water-bath heat the butter with the water and the milk until the butter is completely melt. Mix the butter mixture with the flour's mix bowl. Add the egg. Then, knead with your hands until the dough is not sticky anymore. Place the mixture into a greased bowl and let it rest for 5 minutes. 
Preheat the oven at 200°C. 

The filling
- 1/2 cup of unsalted butter softened to room température
- 2 table spoon of ground cinnamon
- 1/2 cup of brown sugar

Cut the dough in the shape wanted: 15x9 centimeters rectangle for rolls. For the buns it is slightly more delicate, and I leave it to Pretty Simple Sweet to explain that perfectly! Her recipe is also a good one if you fancy a change.  Then spread the softened butter and the dough, mix the cinnamon and the sugar together and sprinkle the mix on the butter. Shape the bun or the roll in the shape you prefer!
Put the buns in a greased square pan, put a aluminium foil on top of it, lightly. After that turn off the oven that has been preheating, and leave the bun to rise in it for 20 minutes. Then remove the foil and turn on the oven on 190°C and let it bake for 15 to 20 minutes until they become golden. 

The glaze
- 1 cup powdered sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 to 3 tablespoon of milk

Mix the three ingredients together until smooth and lump free, and drizzle the mix on the buns while they are still warm. 


Nothing better than a cinnamon bun by the fire, with Christmas music in the background.

xo

Amy

Book review: 'Sweetbitter' Stephanie Danler

Wednesday, 6 December 2017

'Coming of age' books have a certain taste for a twenty something girl who is still figuring who she is and what she wants. Every time I read another coming-of-age novel I feel different at the end. As if seeing other people change, evolve, have their heart broken, have their life and dreams torn appart, helped me realize that the same is happening to me, that it is okay, and that it will be all right in the end. I will get it together and figure it out. Already at the start of the Summer, 'Hot Milk' did something to me that I wasn't expecting. It did help me look at my relationship with my parents in a different way. This Autumn, another book changed me in another way. The main character of 'Sweetbitter', Tess, is very unlike me. Yet I related a lot to her falling in love and then willing to get lost, willing to do anything that is possible to get away from this sadness that was surrounding her life. 'Sweetbitter' is raw, harsh, poignant. It is not a lovely coming-of-age tale, it is the complete opposite. It is life. All of its mistakes, all of its decisions, all of the bad choices and the wrong boys you meet. 'Sweetbitter' touched me in an unexpected way, actually, this novel broke my heart. You cannot help, while reading the novel, to feel the urge to help Tess, this girl getting lost. You cannot help but think "no, don't do that! It will be okay, you'll see!". All along my reading I could see from outside her bad decisions, her mistakes, the moments where she should have stand up, the moments where she should have shut her mouth. I saw that all the way long, and then I realized that when it came to myself, I couldn't think that way. I was not seeing any of that, for me. In the end, I am just as lost as Tess. But nobody wrote my story to show me that. 

xo

Amy

Christmassy Weekend Inspiration

Saturday, 2 December 2017





xo

Amy





Les Nymphéas, Monet

Wednesday, 29 November 2017

Some artists move you more than some others. It is funny how much we tend to come back, always, to what we love at first sight. Monet is easy in a sense, everybody knows his paintings, ans I won't be surprised to learn that in some kindergarten they would use its art pieces for 4 years old to be inspired by. Monet is just the name you can throw away when you want to look fancy. Well, I have studied his work, and even after that Monet is still easy for me. I didn't really enjoy studying his art, because it felt like I was loosing all of its poetry. Why would you explain the water lilies? I mean, aren't they enough by themselves? 
Yes, I do complain a lot about how studying art history made me lost the candid look that I had on art, but I also have to be honest and thankful. Thanks to art history I saw not only the most well-known water lilies, I also discover the more confidential ones, like the waiting I choose today. And also had the chance to study his garden, to compare, to understand the colors, the shades, the movement. But when I look at this painting I try not to think to much about it. This art work is poetry, I guess that it is a good enough description. Now it is up the you to look at it this way, and maybe Monet would still be an easy reference, but now it will also be one that speaks to your heart. 

xo

Amy