Mittwoch, Januar 30, 2013

Every year London...

Have you ever been to London? If not you should definitely go there if you have the opportunity for. For me it’s pretty easy to go there. Flight takes about 1.5h airport to airport At the Gatwick Airport we always take the easybus which you must pre book online before the journey. It’s really cool, because it costs you only about 1-6£ per way depends when you are travel. You may have luck and get a ticket for just 1£! I always got a pretty cheap run with the bus ;) 
If you want you can also take the train but then you spend for sure more money but it's a bit faster as the bus. 
I think the best time to go to London is in May or October, it’s not to hot or cold and calmer then during the big holidays in summertime.

Gatwick Airport

Hello UK

The ultimate insider tip is the Griffin House Hotel next to the famous
1.5mile end to end shopping mile in Europe, the Oxfordstreet. I've been in the Griffin House Hotel for the 3rd time now and it gets always better and nicer. The stuff is sooo friendly and breakfast is cute. They got free WLAN and 24h security door as well. The hotel has small rooms with shower and toilette in it but for us it’s okay because most time we are on the run to discover all the different places, shops, cafes and street markets the city have. The price per night is very good too! Book early so you will get cheaper rooms!

Oxfordstreet the shopping mile

So now to my more interesting blabla. For all the shopping girls and boys out there you must go thru all the shops on Oxfordstreet. Most shops open from Monday to Friday 9-10am until 6 or 8pm. Many also open on Sunday from 12 to 6pm with late nights on Thursday. Oxfordstreet is best known for the busiest shopping street in Europe. Most shops are all found in the section from Marble Arch to Oxford Circus, along with most of the big-name multinationals. It's more of the same towards Tottenham Court Road, but generally on a smaller scale.
They have such a wide product lane for young to old fashion. You can find so many trendy shops with clothes, shoes, accessories, bags, perfume, deco articles and so on. BUT don’t go there on weekends, it's pure death!! Weekdays it’s more calm because all the people are still in school or at work. And then you can shop with no stress until your $$$ is gone!

Shop till you drop

Here is a little list with my favorite shops on the mile; 
Bershka, Topshop, Primark, Next, River Island, Zara, New Look, Forever21 and so on...

Portobello Road / Notting Hill

For all the vintage and antique fans, you definitely must go to the  Portobello Road Market. This is the reason why most people visit Notting Hill. Remember the movie? Clothes and food stalls are in the middle section of the market. Antiques and collectibles are at the southern end, nearest to Notting Hill Gate tube station. During the week the area is more peaceful. You can buy fresh veggis and fruits there, it's cheap!
I had there the best strawberries ever.

Portobello Market at Notting Hill Gate

Camden Town

Camden Market, Camden Lock Market, Camden Canal Market and Stables Market - all selling vintage clothing, street fashion, antiques and arts and crafts. Plenty of leather wear and body piercing too. Extremely busy at weekends. If you have the opportunity go there weekdays!
It's pretty touristic there, but you have to see it. Crazy shops, people etc.
And next to the bridge there is the best doughnut stall ever!!!!!
One for 1£

   Doughnuts yummi

Soho and Chinatown

During the day Soho is more about coffee bars and cafes rather than the sex shops for which the area was once known.
The area near Leicester Square is London's Chinatown with some funny little chinese shops and there some chinese all you can eat
buffet for about 4£ cheapest to 8£ more expensive once.

Govent Garden and Seven Dials

In general, for best selection of shoe shops and independent fashion outlets, café and bars. Sweet little spot in the middle of London. Urban Outfitters, Dr. Martens and Oakley stores you canfind there.

On these two websites you can find so much information about London.
Shoppinglist, maps, tube and bus map with times schedule, tourist attraction, hotels and so on.

Dry fruits on the street markets

Bond Street

This street is the street for the most elegant and expensive shops in London. Designer clothing such as Gucci and Armani. So nothing for me. But maybe for you?

Famous double decker bus


I try to go there once a year. It's so much fun and i think it's a pretty nice city with old buildings and big parks where you can hang out during the day if you have enough of shopping or sightseeing

So go there check it out and have fun!!

Flight back home

Montag, Januar 21, 2013

the candy cane marshmallow...

sitting at home, watching some TV trash and sipping on my white hot chocolate with a candy cane marshmallow on top. tried this sweet funny thing for christmas and got still one left. but by now its gone...yummmii.

To bad i couldn't find a little candy cane anywhere. They only got the large once.
So finally after searching for hours, i bought some plastic decoration candy canes for the christmas tree. 
It's cool too, because i always can re use 'em.

White hot chocolate with marshmallow

It's a simple sweet idea for a present. 

It comes from

Donnerstag, Januar 17, 2013

the shabby kitchen buffet...

once i was walking through the basement from my bf's mother i found this old brown buffet with two sweet windows hiding in a back corner. This minute i saw this beauty in my dinner room armed with guest plates and glasses, bright white with a sideboard at the bottom.
That time during the past weeks i was thinking about a nice sideboard that matches with the the top buffet.
I asked her if i can have it for remodeling something nice? She said, sure, this was already in my mom's room xx years ago.
So i went to a local thriftstore searching for a sideboard which could go along with this sweet buffet. In the store it didn't take me 5 minutes until i found that perfect sideboard with tree little drawers and hearthandles.
It was only 30$ yeah. Bought it, drove home and went to the basement starting with my big project. It took me about a week with grinding, painting, waiting, glossing and decorating it.

There she is now in the dinner room. I am pretty proud about it.

Montag, Januar 14, 2013

Pomegranate; (Punica granatum)...

this is my second pomegranate in my life and i love it! It taste very sweet and bristling and cracking in my mouth. It's very rich in vitamin C, calcium, potassium and iron.

When you open the fruit by knife cut it in half and break it to open, separate the seed casings from the peel and internal white pulp membranes. I tell you, do it in a sink or a bowl with water, then the red juice is going everywhere!! I just put some on my white kitchen curtains..grrr. 

I have read, if you freeze the entire fruit it makes it easier to separate the seeds. I just took them out with a spoon from the room temperature fruit. It takes me a long time, so don't try to eat the fruit when you are in a hurry, especially in the mornings. For that i cut mine tonight, refrigerate it over night and eat it tomorrow in my oatmeal with apple and skim milk. 

*Good night everyone*

oatmeal, apples and pomegranate seeds

the wardrobe trunk...


oh man I don't know how long I was searching for something like this antik old wardrobe trunk. 
It's like 100 years old and it was travelling already thrue whole of europe. You can see the old stickers from different post offices and traintickets on the top and side of the trunk. Paris was one of it, pretty sweet. Wondering what it made there.

I found it last year on the online craigslist.
Remodel it for hours with paint and fabric. Now I was thinking, uhmm...don't need it really at my home and sold it for a very good deal within few days on one of my customers. Yeahh :) pretty stoked!!

Sonntag, Januar 13, 2013

50 smoothie recipes

1. Banana Blend 2 bananas, 1/2 cup each vanilla yogurt and milk, 2 teaspoons honey, a pinch of cinnamon and 1 cup ice.

2. Strawberry-Banana Blend 1 banana, 1 cup strawberries, 1/2 cup each vanilla yogurt and milk, 2 teaspoons honey, a pinch of cinnamon and 1 cup ice.

3. Strawberry Shortcake Blend 2 cups strawberries, 1 cup crumbled pound cake, 1 1/2 cups each milk and ice, and sugar to taste. Top with whipped cream and more strawberries.

4. Triple-Berry Blend 1 1/2 cups mixed blackberries, strawberries and raspberries with 1 cup each milk and ice, and sugar to taste.

5. Raspberry-Orange Blend 1 cup each orange juice and raspberries, 1/2 cup plain yogurt, 1 cup ice, and sugar to taste.

6. Peach-Mango-Banana Blend 1 cup each chopped fresh or frozen peaches and mango, 1 cup each plain yogurt and ice, 1/2 banana, and sugar to taste.

7. Honeydew-Almond Blend 2 cups chopped honeydew melon, 1 cup each almond milk and ice, and honey to taste.

8. Cantaloupe Blend 2 cups chopped cantaloupe, the juice of 1/2 lime, 3 tablespoons sugar, 1/2 cup water and 1 cup ice.

9. Carrot-Apple Blend 1 cup each carrot juice and apple juice with 1 1/2 cups ice.

10. Spa Cucumber Peel, seed and chop 2 medium cucumbers. Blend with the juice of 1 lime, 1/2 cup water, 1 cup ice and 3 to 4 tablespoons sugar or honey.

11. Kiwi-Strawberry Blend 1 cup strawberries, 2 peeled kiwis, 2 tablespoons sugar and 2 cups ice.

12. Cherry-Vanilla Blend 1 1/2 cups frozen pitted cherries, 1 1/4 cups milk, 3 tablespoons sugar, 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract, 1/4 teaspoon almond extract, a pinch of salt and 1 cup ice.

13. Tangerine-Honey Peel and seed 4 tangerines, then blend with the juice of 2 limes, 1/4 cup honey and 1 cup ice.

14. Apricot-Almond Blend 1 1/2 cups apricot nectar, 1/2 cup vanilla yogurt, 2 tablespoons almond butter and 1 cup ice.

15. Grape Blend 2 cups seedless red grapes with 1 cup concord grape juice and 1 1/2 cups ice.

16. Blueberry-Pear Blend 1 1/2 cups frozen blueberries, 1 chopped pear, 1 1/2 cups each maple or plain yogurt and ice, and sugar to taste.

17. Banana-Date-Lime Blend 2 bananas, 3/4 cup chopped pitted dates, the juice of 1 lime and 1 1/2 cups each soy milk and ice.

18. Peach-Ginger Blend 2 cups frozen sliced peaches, 1 1/2 cups buttermilk, 3 tablespoons brown sugar and 1 tablespoon grated fresh ginger.

19. Grapefruit Peel and seed 2 grapefruits, then blend with 3 to 4 tablespoons sugar and 1 cup ice. Sprinkle with cinnamon.

20. Pomegranate-Cherry Blend 1 cup frozen pitted cherries, 3/4 cup pomegranate juice, 1/2 cup plain yogurt, 1 tablespoon honey, 1 teaspoon lemon juice, a pinch each of cinnamon and salt, and 2 cups ice.

21. Chai Blend 1 1/2 cups chai tea concentrate with 1 cup each milk and ice. Sprinkle with chai spice or ground cinnamon.

22. Blueberry-Banana Blend 1 banana, 1 cup blueberries, 1/2 cup unsweetened coconut milk, 1 tablespoon each honey and lime juice, 1/4 teaspoon almond extract and 1 cup ice.

23. Creamy Pineapple Blend 2 cups chopped pineapple, 1/2 cup cottage cheese, 1/4 cup milk, 2 teaspoons honey, 1/4 teaspoon vanilla, a pinch each of nutmeg and salt, and 2 cups ice.

24. Watermelon Freeze 3 cups cubed seeded watermelon until hard. Blend with 1 cup cubed fresh seeded watermelon, the juice of 1 lime, 1/4 cup sugar and 1 cup water.

25. Pineapple-Coconut Freeze about 2 cups coconut water in 1 or 2 ice-cube trays. Blend 2 cups each chopped pineapple and coconut ice cubes, 1 1/2 tablespoons lime juice, 1 tablespoon honey and 1/2 cup coconut water.

26. Apple-Ginger Blend 1 chopped peeled apple, a 1/2-inch piece peeled ginger, the juice of 2 limes, 1/4 cup honey, 1 cup water and 2 cups ice.

27. Black Raspberry–Vanilla Blend 1 pint blackberries, 1/2 cup raspberries, 1 cup vanilla yogurt and 1 tablespoon honey.

28. Creamsicle Blend 3/4 cup frozen orange or orange-tangerine concentrate with 1/2 cup cold water and 1 cup each vanilla ice cream and ice.

29. Mango-Acai Blend two 4-ounce packages frozen acai berry puree, 1 cup chopped mango, 1/2 cup orange juice and 2 cups ice.

30. Spiced Pumpkin Blend 1/2 cup each pumpkin puree and silken tofu, 3 1/2 tablespoons brown sugar, 1 cup milk, 1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice, a pinch of salt and 1 cup ice.

31. Mexican Coffee Blend 1/2 cup chilled espresso or strong coffee, 1/2 cup milk or almond milk, 3 1/2 tablespoons brown sugar, 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon, 1/8 teaspoon almond extract and 1 1/2 cups ice.

32. Vietnamese Coffee Blend 1/2 cup chilled espresso or strong coffee, 1/4 cup sweetened condensed milk and 1 1/2 cups ice. Top with chocolate shavings and/or chocolate syrup.

33. Banana PB&J Blend 1 frozen banana with 1 cup soy milk, 1/4 cup each creamy peanut butter and wheat germ, and 2 tablespoons seedless strawberry or raspberry jelly.

34. Peanut Butter–Apple Blend 1 chopped peeled apple, 3 tablespoons creamy peanut butter, 2 tablespoons flax seeds, 1 1/2 cups each soy milk and ice, and honey to taste.

35. Pomegranate-Berry Blend 1 cup blueberries, 3/4 cup each beet juice and pomegranate juice, 1 cup ice, and honey to taste.

36. Cucumber-Kale Blend 1 1/4 cups vegetable juice, 1/2 peeled cucumber, 3 kale leaves and the juice of 1/2 lemon.

37. Pineapple-Mango Blend 1 cup each chopped pineapple and mango, 1 cup coconut water, a dash of ground allspice and 1 cup ice. Sprinkle with toasted coconut.

38. Peanut Butter–Banana Blend 1 banana, 1 cup vanilla yogurt, 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter, 1/3 cup milk, 2 tablespoons malted milk powder, 1/2 teaspoon cocoa powder, a pinch of salt and 2 cups ice.

39. Green Tea–Almond Brew 1 1/2 cups extra-strong green tea; cool completely. Blend with 1/3 cup almonds, 1/4 cup honey and 1 cup ice.

40. Chocolate-Banana Blend 1 banana, 1 cup chocolate ice cream, 1/2 cup milk, a pinch of salt and 1/2 cup ice.

41. Chocolate-Raspberry Blend 1 cup each chocolate ice cream and raspberries, 2 tablespoons sugar and 3/4 cup each milk and ice.

42. Strawberry-Maple Blend 2 cups strawberries, 1 1/2 cups milk, 1/4 cup each maple syrup and wheat germ, a dash of ground cinnamon and 1 1/2 cups ice.

43. Chocolate Chip Cookie Blend 1 cup each vanilla ice cream, milk and crumbled chocolate chip cookies with 1/4 cup mini chocolate chips. Top with a cookie.

44. Oatmeal Cookie Blend 1 cup each vanilla ice cream, milk and crumbled oatmeal cookies with a pinch of ground cinnamon. Top with a cookie.

45. Birthday Cake Blend 1 1/2 cups vanilla ice cream, 1 crumbled vanilla cupcake (unfrosted), 1 cup milk and 1/4 teaspoon almond extract. Top with sprinkles.

46. Black and White Blend 3/4 cup each vanilla ice cream and chocolate ice cream with 1 cup milk and 3 crumbled chocolate sandwich cookies. Top with a cookie.

47. Lemon–Poppy Seed Blend 2 teaspoons poppy seeds, the zest and juice of 1/2 lemon, 1 cup plain yogurt, 1/3 cup sugar and 1/2 cup each milk and ice.

48. Apple-Spinach Blend 2 cups spinach, 1 chopped peeled apple, 1/2 cup silken tofu, 1/4 cup each soy milk and orange juice, 1 tablespoon each wheat germ, honey and lemon juice, and 1 cup ice.

49. Veggie Blend 1 1/4 cups tomato juice, 1/4 cup carrot juice, 1/2 peeled cucumber, 1/2 celery stalk, 1/4 cup each parsley and spinach, and 1/2 cup ice.

50. Mint-Jalapeno Blend 1/3 cup fresh mint, 1 seeded jalapeno pepper, 2 1/2 tablespoons honey, a pinch of salt and 2 cups each plain yogurt and ice. Top with toasted cumin seeds and cilantro.

Freitag, Januar 11, 2013

from old to new chairs...

...found these two lonely chairs on craigslist for only 50p each. bought them, refresh them and now the cats always sitting on them..uhmmm.


winter is back again...

wow, it was snowing a lot last night here. so if you also got some snow get your snowboard or freeskis and lets go powpow.
for all girls without a cool outfit yet check out these jackets and pants. 
they are so warm and confi and you will get'em in a lot of different colors.

i love it <3

to buy at zimtstern online shop or in one of your local stores

*have a nice day*
me for zimtstern clothing brand


belle snow jacket and rifle oxford pants

Donnerstag, Januar 10, 2013

the shabby shelf...

Once in the evening I was going thru the online craigslist hours and hours and wuupp this ugly dirty shelf felt into my eyes. 7 days later after thinking a long time, what i could do with this old furniture I bought it for just 1$. 

Now it's mine! 

After 1 week scrapping, painting, thinking and waiting in the garage for the paint to dry, it turns out pretty nice, i think.

Now it's full with napkins, candles, decorationstuff and games.


Today is the day...

...the start of my own blog. was thinking months about it but now i made it. yeah!!

just came back from work and the weather is pretty awfull. 
half snowing half raining and cold. ok what to do?
going to the kitchen and make a delicious healthy breakfast to enjoy and thinking about new shabby ideas.

in the morning
granola, cranberries, skimmilk, kiwi, 1cup coffee

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