PLACES. Just a quick post to let you know that we’re having some pretty good fun in Gdansk! It is
SHOPPING. If you are a little like me, you probably follow some sort of shopping pattern: If you’re in town you’ll roam the same stores over and over without even noticing what else your local shopping mile has to offer. And if you are like me, you would not even think of setting a foot into Esprit or Mexx. It was by coincidence that I entered an Esprit store during summer. I didn’t go there for – I don’t know – ages? But once I was there I was pretty surprised: Nicely selected interior, a visual merchandising that was well done – and, what I expected the least, pretty good designs!
After my visit in the Esprit flagship store, I wondered if the same thing might have happened to Mexx, which I find somehow comparable, and there I was, completely confused again due to the fashion-forward designs the Dutch retailer offers at once. I even fell head over heels for a bag that I’d happily own as a key piece for my wardrobe – or what do you think of that all-black, structured goodness in the lookbook shot above?! Sometimes looking twice is completely worth it…
OUTFIT. This black and beige (yeah, this bleige does actually not mean plain or boring – just in case you’re using the definition of the Urban Dictionary that I just found) look was one of the first occasions to show off my beautiful new ankle boots. They are the perfect basics: Super comfortable and pretty much matchable with anything. The pictures were taken at a little walk along the Spree in Berlin last week. But in my mind, I’m already walking the streets of Gdansk. Last call for insider tips, just in case you have some
coat: Vero Moda (second hand) – top: H&M – skirt: H&M – shoes: H&M – bag: Mango (second hand)
INSPIRATION. I am so happy to be finally going on vacation next week! After a lot of discussion about our travel destination, we chose to go for something different than the ‘usual’ European metropoles. So from wednesday we’ll be exploring the beautiful city of Gdansk in Poland. Since I’ve never been to Poland (at least I can’t remember), this one will be super interesting for me and I’m already keen to see some great architecture in the city and the beautiful beachside of Sopot. You’ll definitely see more of Gdansk around here
FOOD. The other day, I was pretty tired from work and thought I’d catch a cold, so I decided to cook a soup. I had a pumpkin planned for that, but as everybody of you who has ever tried to cook pumpkin soup knows that this can be a looooong and devastating process. So I decided to cheat a little. I’ve shared a pumpkin soup recipe before on the blog, but this one is probably a much easier way. I promise!
What you’ll need (for 2):
1 hokkaido pumpkin
500 ml boiled water
salt & pepper
goat cheese / parmesan as topping
How to cook a super fast pumpkin soup:
1. Cut the pumpkin into small slices and remove the seeds. Put them onto a baking plate with baking paper and sprinkle with olive oil, salt & pepper. Leave in the oven at 200°C for about 20-25 minutes.
2. The pumpkin should be super soft after staying in the oven, so you can easily remove the pumpkin skin – do that.
3. This is where you can choose between two ways:
a) You take a pan, fry the pieces of a diced half onion with butter in there, deglaze everything with some red wine, add 500 ml of water, pepper and salt and let this brew cook for about seven minutes. OR:
b) You boil 500ml of water in an electric kettle (Which I did.)
4. Eiter way, you’ll have to blend the pumpkin and add brew or water from either a) or b) little by little until you have a soup. If you’ve chosen a): Well done! You’re a real gourmet! If you’ve chosen b): Well done! You’re perfectly lazy! Top with parmesan cheese or goat cheese and you’re good to go.