Valentines lookbook; reds, pinks and golds

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Staying in is our going out. Don't get me wrong I love getting dressed up and being my guy's arm candy but going out on Valentines just feels like too much. But that doesn't stop me from doing a little daydreaming..

My guy is 100% red-blooded male. That means red is the colour of choice, the fit of choice is fitted to a T and the stiletto fetish is a match only comparable to my own. Except for the red, which is not my first colour choice ever, I'd totally sign up for this look, especially with the softer, more romantic touches in the accessories.

Dress by Victoria Beckham, shoes by Jimmy Choo, long-desired clutch by Meli Melo, stone ring, bar cuff and cupid's arrow bangle from & Other Stories.
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Valentines eats; hearts, strawberries & blueberries

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Designedlifeblog.blogspot.com Valentines eats

Designedlifeblog.blogspot.com Valentines eats

Designedlifeblog.blogspot.com Valentines eats

Designedlifeblog.blogspot.com Valentines eats

Designedlifeblog.blogspot.com Valentines eats

Designedlifeblog.blogspot.com Valentines eats

Food inspiration comes from the strangest of places. This week it was a bedtime reading of Red Riding Hood. who was bringing a basket with homemade elderberry jam to grandma. We switched out the elderberry for something we like, sorry grandma.

We went for strawberry and vanilla...and blueberry and mint. Why, layer up? Because we can, that's why. And what's more fun than not knowing if your getting pink, purple or both!


Jam
225 grams of frozen strawberries
225 grams of frozen blueberries
450 grams of fine white sugar
6 tablespoons apple juice
1 vanilla pod
3 sprigs mint
brioche buns
clotted cream

Add the frozen strawberries, half the sugar and apple juice to a heavy pot. Add the split vanilla. Add the frozen blueberries, mint and remaining sugar and apple juice to a second pot. Simmer on a low till thickened. Let cool, scrape out the vanilla beans and add to strawberry mixture. Remove the mint. Pulse separately in a food processor till desired smoothness. Return to low heat and simmer until further reduced.

Brush the buns with melted butter on all sides and sprinkle with cinnamon sugar. Bake on moderate for five minutes or until browned. Serve the jam and buns with clotted cream.

P.S. I saw the heart shaped mini buns and couldn't resist working in a bit of rehearsal for Valentines day..
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Barn views

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Designedlifeblog.blogspot.com Barn views

Designedlifeblog.blogspot.com Barn views


Designedlifeblog.blogspot.com Barn views

Designedlifeblog.blogspot.com Barn views

I love a good conversion, especially of buildings not intended for residential use. The ancient party barn my Liddicoat & Goldhill is a gorgeous example of doing just that. The interior is warm, the simple black cladding is effortless and minimal. But it's the doors and windows on this place that get my juices going. Deep sills, cantilevered openings and hidden windows. Each one in itself a feature, but together they make this building! 
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Disney wardrobe

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Designedlifeblog.blogspot.com Disney Wardrobe



Designedlifeblog.blogspot.com Disney Wardrobe

Designedlifeblog.blogspot.com Disney Wardrobe
A good part of my wardrobe is pure kooky. I just love what I love and you're never too old to laugh or watch Disney movies for that matter. So how puur-fect (the Cheshire Cat totally rules) is the Disney/Alice Collection from Essentiel Antwerp?
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Warmth


I saw this photo by Annie Spratt at Unsplash and felt immediately inspired. I love bright, happy and most of all crisp pictures. I love the way colours pop against white. But I saw this and it induced thoughts of lush, rich and heavenly sinfulness. Not a bad way to go and so I'm determined to give dark, earthly, warm food styling a go!
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Winter bloomed

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Designedlifeblog.blogspot.com Winter bloomed

Designedlifeblog.blogspot.com Winter bloomed
 Designedlifeblog.blogspot.com Winter bloomed

Designedlifeblog.blogspot.com Winter bloomed

After a very cold week I really wanted less grey, flat and bleak. What better than loads of fresh flowers? Maybe loads of fresh flowers and  a week of near spring-like weather! Happy Sunday!
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