Category Archives: Inspiration

Still alive

I know, I haven’t shown my face for a long time, but that doesn’t mean I haven’t been busy. I’m currently working on a lot of different projects both at my job as Senior Designer at Liberty and within my freelance presence, Studio Lé.

Also, I am know offering a lovely room in my own ran Bed & Breakfast, in the cool East-London area. So always welcome if you want to experience a bit of real London life!

Have a look at my listing on AirBnb and let me know if you have any questions!

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Hope to see you here soon!

x Lé

My ACNE Love List

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I think most people who know me, know I am a sucker for Acne, always have been, always will. I love their contemporary yet minimal take on style whiteout trying to hard and losing their brand feel.

Their Spring/Summer 2014 is no exception and might even be one of my favourite collections of them so far. I tried to select only a few of the looks I like the most, but literally like ALL of them this year.

Below is my  attempt to a (not so short) shortlist:

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What’s your fave look?

Raw Vegan Salted Caramel cheesecake

It was P’s birthday last week, and even though I knew what to get him for ages already, I really struggled deciding what cake to bake him.

P. is more a savoury kinda guy (except for Ccramel, he could have that on EVERYTHING), but I really believe there should be cake on every birthday. So after a long think through, I went for one of his all time favourites: NY style cheesecake and decided to top it up with a salted caramel frosted sauce.

Since we both eat mainly vegan,  I created a raw vegan, sugar free recipe for this, and I have to admit, it did work out really well!

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RECIPE

Crunchy base:

  • 1 cup macadamia nuts (soaked)
  • 1 cup almonds (soaked)
  • ½ cup pitted Medjool dates
  • bit of agave nectar

“Cheese” layer: 

  • 1 ½ cups cashews
  • ½ cup pitted Medjool dates
  • 6 Tbs. coconut oi(gently warmed)
  • a couple of Tbs. of lime juice
  • bit raw agave nectar
  • vanilla seeds

Salted Caramel Sauce:

  • 1 cup soft Medjool dates, pitted
  • 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup almond milk, 
  • 2 Tbs. raw agave nectar
  • 1 Tbs. coconut oil

1. Place the nuts and dates in separate bowls and let soak for a couple of hours.

2. Pulse macadamia nuts, almonds, agave nectar and dates in a food processor or blender to a sticky crumb-like consistency. and press the mixture into a cake shape.

3. Mix cashews, coconut oil, lime juice, agave nectar, vanilla and 6 Tbs. water in a blender until smooth. Pour mixture onto crust, and freeze for around 3 hours (or until firm). Remove from freezer,  blend all the caramel sauce ingredients and spread over the chilled cake. Done! The cake stays good for almost a week, when kept in the fridge!

C L E A N + M I N I M A L inspi

Happy Friday all.

Here’s some minimal+clean inspiration to get through the last day of the week.

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Inspire me

A little bit of fashion inspo to dream away with before LFW..

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(source: Zara, Glassons, miishka, blissfulbblog, Holly Garber, Isabel Marant, IndiaRoseBlog, Free People, Tumblr, Tumblr, Tumblr, fash-n-chips, Zara, Zara)

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Healthy foods and sunny moods

I’m on Instagram now as well. Follow me for some party/fashion/food/pineapple lovin’.

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Mysteries

I have to admit, while I used to post very frequent, the previous months of my live have been a mystery for my blog followers. It might seem that I have been lazy, and yes, as a personal blogger, that might be a correct presumption. But I haven’t been lazy in general, believe me. From trips all over Europe, to meeting the Kills,  freelancing as reporter at London Fashion Week, hot festivals, cold showers, magazine parties, big sample sales, and enjoying the London (Indian) Summer in general, I have been busy.

The next weeks I will update you and reveal some of these mysteries again. Not all verry accurate or big, but notthing wrong with re-living some good old memories.

 

But for now, I will leave you with one other mystery that will give you sweet dreams until mine will be revealed…

 

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Only one…

Kate Moss for Agent Provocateur Bridal

No need to say more.

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Shiny memories

I always seem to find old photos I took everywhere.  People who know me, know I always carry a disposable camara around  in every single bag. I love to get them developed and be totally surprised by the results (as it often takes months before I get them developed)

So the other day I decided to document some of them and put them on a Flickr page. Here are some of my favourites, have a look at my Flickr page for more.

More photos here.

L.

Song Saa Private Island

This is my last post about my trip to Cambodia a few weeks ago. I decided to dedicate a whole post to Song Saa, as this place has made an enormous impression on me.

I was a bit sceptical when I heard we where going to a private, luxurious resort at the end of our trip. Cambodia is an amazing country, but it is still in full development. A lot of people are still living on the streets or getting under paid. So when I heard about our last place of residence of our trip, I didn’t know this would be very ethical correct after traveling through the country and seeing some amazing, but also worrying things

But all my prejudices disappeared when I arrived at the beautiful Song Saa Island. Not only does everything look part of the nature and blends in perfect with the Island flora, the idea of the island, besides being a resort, is research and the owners are protecting the whole area.

They have a team of 4 people working with government and non-government organisations, conservation authorities and community leaders to ensure Song Saa Island never loses the things that make it so special. (including a marine reserve covering one million square metres, where it’s forbidden to fish and is used for research)

To ensure their guests realize the value of what they see when they visit, they currently have two researchers, linked to Australia’s James Cook University, working on a field guide to Song Saa’s marine life. (read more about its sustainability here)

Besides  all of this, another thing I noticed is how beautifully every little detail on the island is designed. When I talked to the staff about how much I loved all the materials used and that I clearly saw there was thinking behind the interior of our villa, they told me Malita, one of the owners is actually a Interior Designer. She clearly has an amazing eye for detail and material and I really admire how she created not only a luxurious resort, but a whole experience  with these pure, natural materials, without losing any of the islands features.

As you can tell ,I could talk about Song Saa for ages, (and I didn’t start about the amazing food yet!) but I recommend to go to their website to read more (and definitely check out the resort photos, as I feel I didn’t capture enough of its beauty on mine)

We had our own jungle villa, with private infinity pool, sea view, outside and inside showers, an amazing kitchen and much more:

Breakfast on the water:

View from the jungle:

Diner (all the food was cooked by star chef Neil Wager ,who has cooked for the likes of Prince Andrew, the King of Spain, Sarah Ferguson, David Beckham and Brad Pitt) 

Chilling with a drink at the bar:

Lunch on the beach:

Last diner, BBQ in/by the pool:

(To see more about Song Saa Private Island, click here)

L.