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DYI Featured Travel Tutorial

3 Packing Tips

Whether traveling  for business or pleasure you must travel in style, and travel light.
Once you’ve managed to edit down your selection, you still have to make it all fit in your luggage…

My Packing Tips…

  • I personally love to use clear, travel or packing cubes to keep organized. You can label each one for clothes, shoes, accessories, beauty, etc. and being able to see through each cube allows for quick accessibility. Rolling items like knit tops, denim, workout wear and pajamas save you tons of space as well.
  • Ask Siri about local temperature of your final destination. (for next 5 days)
  • Try to pack based on the weather at your destination as well as the activities and events you will be attending so no item goes wasted. Repeat wears is a good thing and you can find creative
    ways to style your outfit using the same pair of pants or basic top. For women, your go-to LBD is a must have for nights out and layered with sweaters for a more casual look. When packing my shoe staples are always black and nude pumps, black denim pants, a t-shirt, blazer, leather jacket and lots of accessories to dress up basic outfits.
  • Always keep a copy of your passport in your phone in case you lose it or in case you have to fill out forms and don’t want to be digging through your luggage.
  • Another thing to always keep in mind is to keep your most expensive jewelry in your carry on. You never want to lose your most precious possessions in a nightmare ‘luggage gone missing’ scenario. In case of missing luggage, I also keep my curling iron and day makeup in my carry on for easy access as well.
  • Indulge in a little in-flight beauty regimen to relax and refresh. Use makeup wipes from Neutrogena to take off your make-up and find a great hydrating cream like Aesop or Lancer to nourish your skin. Aromatherapy oils on your temples is another great way to relax during your flight. You could even do a sleep mask. When I land, I love to spray another hydrating mist on my face for that fresh, dewy look to rejuvenate before my trip.
  • Try packing a candle from home with you when traveling. Nothing makes you feel more at home, relaxed and comfortable than a great smelling candle in your hotel room whose fragrance is familiar to you and reminds you of home. My candles are inspired from the destinations that have meant the most to me – Manhattan for its melting pot of cultures, Swiss Alps because that is where I am from, Beverly Hills which is where I currently live & St. Tropez as my favorite summer travel destination.

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Even if you’re a frequent traveler, packing is the worst… if you ask me..

 

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DYI Featured FOOD Tutorial

DIY – How To Make Pasta From Scratch

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How To Make Pasta From Scratch

When deciding to cook a pasta dish, many of us head to our local supermarket to purchase a pre-made packet of pasta. I have to admit, before finding this delicious and easy recipe, I was quite frequently put off by the thought of making pasta from scratch, especially with so many options readily made available in our local food stores.

However, I want to share with your this quick and tasty recipe that can get you making pasta from scratch. It does help to have a few helpers handy in the kitchen, but you can easily do this by yourself!

As you begin to get familiar with the recipe and process, you can start to experiment with different shapes and recipes for a delicious pasta dish.

 

Ingredients

·      1 egg, beaten

·      1/2 teaspoon salt

·      140g plain flour

·      2 tablespoons water

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Method

1. Using a medium sized bowl, combine the flour and salt and make a well in the flour. Then add the slightly beaten egg and start to mix until it forms a stiff dough. If you are finding the mixture tough to stir, then add 1 to 2 tablespoons of water.

2. On a lightly floured source, start to knead the dough for around 3 to 4 minutes. Then using a pasta machine, or by hand, roll the dough until you reach your desired thickness.

3. Using a machine, knife or cutter, cut the pasta into the shape or width that you desire.

 

When Cooking The Pasta….

 

1. Get a large pot of slightly salted water and allow the water to start to boil.

2. Add the pasta into the pot, and cook for roughly 2 to 3 minutes. Remember that fresh pasta will cook a lot quicker than the pasta you buy from the supermarket.

3. Once cooked, the pasta will float to the surface. Drain the water and add your favourite sauces and ingredients to create a delicious pasta dish!

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The Benefits Of Making Pasta From Scratch

By making your own pasta, you are able to adapt and tailor your recipe to however you desire. Almost all dried pasta is made using an industrial process, which stems from from the ancient artisan method. For those looking for meals that will add nutrional value, pasta is considered a very healthy meal, as it is high in fiber and low in fat and sugar. It is also full of complex carbohydrates and gives the body a slow release of energy.

Fresh pasta doesn’t develop the gluten as much so it is light and doesn’t leave you with a heavy or bloated feeling.

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So why not try this delicious recipe at home and you can create your own tasty pasta. Great for eating fresh or storing for another time, you can tailor your recipe to create a dish that you desire.

 

Enjoy!

 

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DYI Featured FOOD Recipes Tutorial

Chill Out – with ICE CREAM DIY

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Vegan ice cream

This recipe is tried and tested by many of my friends and family and even though its vegan ice cream it’s really hard to realize due to its really creamy consistancy. It doesn’t contain any sugar so it’s really healthy too.

 

This portion is designed for two big scoops of ice cream

1 banana

handfull of blueberries, blackcurrants or strawberries

honey- optional

 

Blend all ingredients and freeze. It coudn’t be easier. Stir from time to time but dont freeze hard. If frozen hard remove from freezer for 5 mins and serve.

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Creamy vanilla ice cream

Ice cream is one of those things that you think it’s tastier and easier to buy rather than make your own. But once you make it, you will realize that it’s much tastier than the ones from the market. This is a fantastic recipe that doesn’t require fancy equipments and doesn’t need a lot of time. Just add vanilla, cocoa, watermelon or other fruits to get your desired flavor.

 

2 eggs

300ml whipping cream

100g sugar

1 spoon of warm water that was previously boiled

 

In the first bowl, beat egg whites with half of the sugar, in the second bowl, double cream and in third egg yolks with remaining sugar and water(beat until white). Gently fold all three mixtures and transfer to freezer in plastic box. Cover with kitchen foil and freeze for 12 hours.

 

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Ice lollies with fruits

Ideal for summer days fruit ice pops that you’ll not be able to get in shops. Made simply with water and juice.

250 ml of water

250 ml of favourite juice 100%

1 spoon of sugar

juice of half of lemon

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ice lollies trays or actimel containers with ice cream sticks

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Mix juice with water. In a pan stir sugar and lemon juice and bring to boil. Let it cool and mix with juice mixture. Into the ice cream trays insert fruit. Cover with juice mixture. Insert ice cream sticksand freeze for few hours until solid.

 

If you fancy colourfull ice lollies without fruit use 3 different juices eg orange, cranberry and crushed mint with water or squashed banana. Follow instructions above. Add juice one into the trays and freeze. Then juice two and freeze again, then juice three.

 

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ENTERTAINING Featured Lifestyle Tutorial

Décor Style Tips for the Chic Home

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Style Tips :

Have Fun with your color palette. Select colors that contrast with the natural setting of the venue.

When you incorporate bold colors in your design and decor palette, pair it with neutral colors or metallic.

Create a luxury resort-chic style and use a vision board to see if your ideas are complimenting each other.

Decor Trends :

Say it with Flowers, The Humble Carnation gets a free look. Simple and understated flower arrangements are the current winners in the bloom game. Simple and a little “home made” inspired looks. Usually displayed in simple vases very casual presented.

Strokes of Genius, Tropical – Chic and Island life are very popular design combination and refreshing colors pallets in home & garden. And specially #onmytable curated by Instagram.

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Entertaining a fashionable affair…

Candlelight and stunning decoration create an atmosphere that make your guest want to linger around. Basically stay #allnightlong

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Mix your favorite patterns:

to make the most formal occasion more personal, get out your loudest china pieces and fun glassware. Contrast, patterns, runner and centerpieces. Experiment , have fun and play with it! Charm with special unexpected details and pop of colors.

Make a statement!

 

xoxolisa

DYI Garden Tutorial

DIY – Lavender for a Good Night Sleep

Lavender Oil is known for its relaxing and calming quality.

It’s been used for stress relieve anxiety and restlessness and insomnia and it just smells really good! Add it to your bath or shower to relieve aching muscles and stress.

Traveling can sometimes be exhausting! I’m up all night thinking about all sorts of things and sometimes may have a hard time falling asleep because my brain is wide awake. A different time zone and dealing with jet lag doesn’t help either.

Lavender essential oil has a calming scent which makes it an excellent tonic for the nerves. Therefore, it can also be helpful in treating migraines and headaches.

I have tons of lavender bushes all over the place. I love the natural scents and the beautiful pop of colors they provide. Not only are they beautiful, but I also use them to help me relax.

I just grab bunches of lavender and make sure to let them dry first (or you can just purchase already packaged lavender) and to help to give it a stronger smell you can also add organic lavender oil.

Create your own aromatherapy satchel:

  1. Lavender Bunches
  2. Little linen bags & rope or ribbon
  3. Organic Lavender Oil
  4. Scissors   

Don’t have time for all of this? (trust me I do understand!) Use pure lavender essential oil and add a  few drops on a piece of tissue and stick it under your pillow… Voilà

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What helps you to fall asleep?xoxolisa

 

 

DYI Lifestyle Tutorial

What is it about Pink Peonies?

A peony represents wealth and honor and expresses love and romance.

My season flower of the moment is the pink peony. And I thought you guys might share the admiration for its beauty. So, what is it about Pink Peonies?

The traditional floral symbol of China, the state flower of Indiana, and the 12th wedding anniversary flower, peonies are known as the flower of riches and honor. With their lush, full, rounded bloom, peonies embody romance and prosperity and are regarded as an omen of good fortune and a happy marriage.

The beautiful peony flower has long been a favorite of Asian artists. It appears not only in painting but poetry and literature as well. It is a frequent  motif in Chinese art, featured on screen paintings, clothing and woodblocks. The  peony is also a much-loved subject of Japanese artists, who have used it to  adorn tapestries and porcelain. European artists, such as Pierre-Auguste Renoir  and Vincent van Gogh, also sought to capture the peony’s beauty on canvas.

In honor of #FlowerFriday , I’m sharing a little DIY for a beautiful flower arrangement:
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xoxolisa

 

ENTERTAINING Featured Tutorial

5 Simple Ways to Fold Napkins

Summer time is here! Long, warm nights are the perfect excuse to have friends and family over for garden parties, luncheons, and dinners on the patio.

When preparing for guests, I always like my table to have a special touch. Napkins are small details that can perfectly tie together your place settings for a fun, sophisticated, and unique tablescape.

Here are 5 simple ways to fold napkins for your next gathering.

1. The Baguette

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2. The Roll Up

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3. Rose Garden

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4. Versaille

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5. The “Basic”

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Table tip: Don’t be afraid to use bright or patterned napkins to add spark your summer table. Accessorizing your table with colorful elements adds visual interest, especially if your porcelain or china set is very simple. (Similar to your clothing wardrobe: if you wear all black you can make a statement with a fun clutch and, of course, drop-dead gorgeous stilettos).

Napkins pictured above are from Pottery Barn:

ISA IKAT NAPKIN, SET OF 4

WINNIE NAPKIN, SET OF 4

EVERYDAY COLORFUL BELGIAN FLAX LINEN NAPKIN, SET OF 4

 

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FOOD Tutorial

Refresh Your Water

I am personally not a huge fan of plain old water. Yes, it’s very healthy for you, but I am not a water person. I prefer cranberry juice over everything! I do admit drinking gallons of cranberry juice all day doesn’t seem healthy either.

To make it easier for me to drink more water every day, I began refreshing my water with fruits and herbs.

Lemon Water

Starting every morning with a glass of refreshing warm lemon water is actually a ritual in Ayurveda or Yogic traditions.

Lemon water is used to stimulate digestion for the day and clear the body of any toxins that may have settled in the digestive tract overnight.

Mixed Fruit Water

My favorite combination of fruit water is adding sliced strawberries, oranges and mint leaves my pitcher. On other days you can just switch it up buy using lime or lemon slices with star fruit.

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How do you refresh your water?