Monday, November 24, 2014

Project 333: Explanation

I started something called project 333. With this project you basically create a capsule wardrobe of 33 items that you then wear for the next 3 months, nothing new/else. It's a way to learn how to be happy with less. I've watched lots of capsule wardrobe and project 333 videos on YouTube and I'm finally ready to do this!

Here are the rules copied directly from the website: http://theproject333.com/

The Basics 
When: Every three months (It’s never too late to start so join in anytime!)
What: 33 items including clothing, accessories, jewelry, outerwear and shoes.
What not: these items are not counted as part of the 33 items – wedding ring or another sentimental piece of jewelry that you never take off, underwear, sleep wear, in-home lounge wear, and workout clothing (you can only wear your workout clothing to workout)
How: Choose your 33 items, box up the remainder of your fashion statement, seal it with tape and put it out of sight.
What else: consider that you are creating a wardrobe that you can live, work and play in for three months. Remember that this is not a project in suffering. If your clothes don’t fit or are in poor condition, replace them.

I'm choosing not to include jewelry, because I don't wear it a lot.

I've started this project by cleaning out my closet. Lots of it is in boxes to sell at a local flee market, what was left are clothes I absolutely love. Everything that isn't in season, I boxed too and put it up the attic. Now I'm left with a really neat closet!

In the last month, I'll start planning my wardrobe for the next three months, I'll buy the items I need/miss in the last two weeks. This way, I won't spend lots of money on new clothes, everything I'll buy is something I need. I'm thinking to set aside a certain amount of money every month for this.

I already love this project and I can't wait to start planning for the next three seasons!


Thursday, November 20, 2014

Recipe: Indonesian pandan cake

Last saturday we decided to try out our new KitchenAid and we've made this Pandan Chiffon cake. We went to our local toko and bought the supplies. When you're not sure you'll succeed, you could also try a pre-mixed package, which they'll probably sell too, and the taste is delicious too. You only need to add eggs and 3 tbsp of water! Easy enough. But, if you want to make one from scratch, this is what you do:

What you need:
  • 6 eggs on room temperature
  • 150 grams sugar
  • 100 ml coconut milk
  • butter
  • 150 grams flour
  • 1 teaspoon bakingpowder
  • 1 bag of vanilla sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • Pandan paste/coloring (from the Toko)

Directions:
  1. Pre-heat the oven to 160 degrees celsius
  2. Butter the cake mold thoroughly, so the cake wont stick to the sides.
  3. Beat the eggwhites with the sugar in a bowl, for at least 8 minutes, till soft peaks form.
  4. In another bowl, beat the egg yolks with the coconutmilk, flour, baking powder, vanilla sugar and the salt to a smooth mixture. Add the pandan untill the color is the green you like.
  5. Slowly and gently fold in the egg white mixture into the egg yolk and flour mixture until well-combined.  
  6. Pour into a 23cm tube pan and bake for 60 mins. Do not open the oven door when the cake is baking.  When the cake is done, let it cool down in the oven, before removing the tin.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Outfit: All dressed up in the forest


Last week we had to dress up for our annual Christmas photo shoot at the office. So, Shannon and I decided to do our own little outfit shoot on lunch break. We put on our heels and headed to a little forest right next to our office in Amsterdam. Click here to see Shannon's photos!


What I'm wearing: 
Blazer: Only - Top with bow: H&M - Skirt: Modemusthaves - Stockings: HEMA - Pumps: Hilfiger Denim - Watch: Michael Kors - Bracelet: Forever21

Monday, November 17, 2014

Recipe: Goat cheese and pear salad

Last weekend I've made us this delicious salad for lunch. It's perfect for this time of the year, because of the pear. Goat cheese is one of my favorite ingredients, in almost everything. So I came up with this recipe and it tasted soooo good!

What you need for two servings:
  • 2 handfuls of spinach leaves
  • 2 handfuls of rocket
  • Spring onion
  • 5 cherry tomatoes
  • 50 grams of goat cheese
  • 4 slices of crunchy bacon
  • 1 pear
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 tbsp of balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tbsp of extra vergine olive oil
  • 1 tsp of honey
  • roasted pecans or walnuts
  • bee pollen

Instructions:
  1. Put the spinach and rocket into a bowl.
  2. Chop the cherry tomatoes in four pieces, cut the spring onion in tiny rings, crumble the goat cheese and break the bacon. Get the skin of the pear and cut it into bite size pieces, add it all to the salad.
  3. In a little bow, you add the balsamic vinegar, olive oil, honey, salt and pepper and mix it. This is your dressing.
  4. Top your salad of with roasted pecans or walnuts and the bee pollen.

Enjoy!

Saturday, November 15, 2014