Last week my colleague (and good friend) and I headed to Dusseldorf to represent the company at EuroShop. We had only one day to go around the various sites, targeting the big name stands such as Phillips and Visplay and walking aimlessly around others.
We were amazed at not only the products or services on show, but the amount of time and money spent on all the various stands! They were ginormous! Some of the contractors rands even had food and interactive events (one guy got his hair cut!). We were stunned.
It was a short trip- but so worth while! Even if just for the bratwurst we got to bring back for the studio. (Your welcome!) x
This weekend, my friend and I were flown out to Germany for work. The result – 6 hours with her family friend being shown about Frankfurt!
While it is not a beautiful city in any aspect (most of the city was destroyed in the war) we still had a great time. I speak absolutely no German (could only say please and thank you – and gutentag!) so I felt pretty helpless most of the time. My attempt at trying to pronounce strabe was appalling.
But having a German guide was great. We ate a massive German breakfast before walking around the city centre – ending with a glass of apple wine and apple strudel. Delicious!
Next time I think I’ll head up north to Berlin or Hamburg – he recommended them as better towns aesthetically. But my short time there definitely made me want to see more of Germany! X
Tonight we celebrated Burns Night in the office – as two of my bosses are Scottish! We had haggis, scotch eggs (not really Scottish), Jura whisky, and bagpipes. Each of us had to wear a form of tartan (I had on my Burberry scarf!). Overall a lovely evening with great food! X
Wow what a stressful few weeks! Ever since we got back from our lovely Christmas holiday it has been nothing but go go go… First with work, and now with the new property Ben is buying! Will we ever get a break?!
We both decided we needed some time away from all of this madness – so we embarked on a trip back up to Ben’s family home for some relaxing. I think it helped! X
This year, I spent Christmas holiday once again in the generous care of Ben’s family. We visited National Trust properties, drank mulled wine, opened Christmas Santa Sacks, watched the Queen’s Speech, played quiz games, and ate like kings and queens.
What a fabulous Christmas time. Thank you once again, Darling!
My mom’s favourite Christmas song. x
What to wear for the holidays with your in-laws (or boyfriend’s parents) is always the question. You cannot dress up too much or you will come off too keen, and too casual as if you did not care. So I’ve found a perfect balance between the two – a comfortable look with a few classy accessories to spice it up.
Links: Knit Sweater | Leather Trousers | Boots | Bag | Earrings | Necklace | Ring
Small trees for apartment living.
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I am not usually one to wish the snow to arrive – its hassle in this country is more than its worth. But there is always something missing in the air if there is no snow at Christmas – don’t you think?
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The most perfect hot chocolate I have ever tasted is from the New York City Bakery called City Bakery (also home to the very best chocolate chip cookies!). It is rich, creamy, and with the perfect amount of chocolate – complete with a drowned handmade marshmallow the size of the cup (practically).
Southern Living Magazine has found a recipie that is the closest I have ever come to duplicating City Bakery’s secret recipe.
Rich & Thick Hot Chocolate
2 teaspoons cornstarch
4 cups milk, divided
2 (3.5 oz) dark chocolate bars (at least 70% cacao), chopped
1/3 cup honey
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
pinch of salt
Whisk together cornstarch and 1/2 cup milk until smooth.
Cook remaining 3 1/2 cups milk in a large, non-aluminium saucepan over medium heat until bubbles appear around the edge of the saucepan (about 4 minutes). Whisk in chocolate, honey, vanilla extract, and salt until blended and smooth. Whisk in cornstarch mixture.
Bring milk mixture to a light boil, whisking frequently (about 4 minutes). Remove from heat. Let cool slightly.
Serve immediately (with a large marshmallow if desired).
Recipe from Southern Living
Photo by Karsten Moran from the New York Times.