February 27, 2011

Home made twix squares

I often feel like baking, and it's very therapeutic to me. After a hectic day at school, no matter if I need to do tons of work for the next day, I make a cake. I have a very long list of things I want to give a try in my kitchen, but sometimes I find a recipe that needs to be done straight away. The home made Twix bars from Not Without Salt had to be prepared as soon as I got home!

For the shortbread, I followed the recipe carefully. I enjoyed the crips effect that ground rice left - my family on the other hand hated it. My dad would just cut it off and eat caramel with chocolate. If I make this again, I will definitely skip the rice because I prefer when other people eat the super high in sugar and fat goods that I make :) The caramel seemed too much of work for a Friday night, so I just melted toffee candies which I got at store and added some salt. For chocolate glaze, I used half milk and half bitter chocolate to balance the sweetness.

The caramel had to set overnight. I cut my twix into 1-inch squares, because I though they would look prettier that way. My mom requested smaller pieces. Also, I am no good at cutting in straight lines. It was easier to eat them in this shorter shape, since they crush and leave a lot of crumps. On the photo below, there is one bar I wrapped in paper.

A lemon pound cake is in the oven right now. I really wanted to have a piece for a while now, and I took a long break in studying to make that cake. I really hope it will come out good!

February 10, 2011

Metallic nail polish

Alexander McQueen (style.com)

 Anna Sui (style.com)

 Anna Sui (style.com)

There's nothing that I enjoy as much as a new bottle of nail polish. It's a great way of starting to wear spring trends, because you actually need a proper weather to wear a chiffon minidress, but you can sport a nail color for spring in February. Also, it's a very affordable way of keeping up with trends. And not many regrets there are when you get a new bottle and you never use it (unlike with clothes). I've been into metallic nail polishes for quite a while, but the bronze and golden are new to me, and they look amazingly... warm. I've also seen this look at Holly Fulton and House of Holland, but I can't find a close-up photo of neither.

February 9, 2011

Georges Hobeika Couture ss 11

I've just seen Georges Hobeika Couture show for this season and I fell in love with some of the dresses. I loved the fabrics and the way they moved when models walked in them, I loved the pale, feminine colors and messy ponytails, the sparkles and using fabric to create flowers and textures. I adored the long, flowy skirts way more than those fitted ones.

Amongst all those amazing pieces, I noticed one dress that I would love to have. 
This dress looked so lovely when in motion, swirling around hips. It also has a stunning back, but I can't find a photo of it. Also, the difference between patent belt and chiffon-y fabric is very interesting. It's a very classic shape, put into modern trends by some simple elements - the pattern on the skirt, the belt, the low neckline, and the back.

 (The Fashion Spot)
I love this applique. The mix of textures - plastic beads and fabric shapes - is stunning. 

I wish there were some better photos, but apparently Georges Hobeika doesn't have a site on style.com.