Wednesday, August 31, 2011
Tuesday, August 30, 2011
Observations on Gravity
From Saturday to Friday, I went swimming in Wörther See every day, with one exception in the company of my Mum. Every day we saw the same gang of mahagony brown regulars. Aged 60+, dressed with the skimpiest of bikini bottoms and no top. Not a pretty sight. All the young, pert and pretty nubile ladies wore complete sets of mostly flattering bikinis, whereas those in the autumn of their lives chose outfits that can only be described as daring. My mother said out loud what I was thinking: no matter whether you are skinny or obese - at a certain age, it's not a bad idea to consider investing in a slightly greater percentage of textile coverage for your body. "This is exactly why I'm thinking of getting a little pool for the garden", she added.
Saturday, August 27, 2011
Friday, August 26, 2011
The Future is Rosy
It looks like normal "yellow" gold in the picture, but trust me, it's red. As it is stainless steel, it was very moderately (i.e. € 30) priced...as were these rings (silver plated with rose gold) by this Austrian company:
It's a bit of a Pandora rip-off, but I actually like it better.
Thursday, August 25, 2011
Wednesday, August 24, 2011
An Excursion Down Memory Lane
Tarvisio wasn't exactly overcrowded, either. When we arrived, most shops were still closed for their lunch-break (a very Italian thing):
One of the shops that was open was Max&Co. Dangerously so:
The red shoes that were my Monday-bargain could keep it company, I suppose. Oh, the dress was 40% off and set me back a mere €77. Not bad, eh? I also tried on an original t-shirt with a stiletto-heel print and a fat red zipper at the back, but the last item (an "M" size) was very loose and I wasn't willing to fork out € 35 for it.
Tuesday, August 23, 2011
New Suede Shoes
This is me, sitting on a porch-swing which was part of KIKA's garden furniture display, still waiting for the garage to text me. The couple having a smoke on a nearby lounge chair gave me strange looks when they noticed me taking pictures of my skirt and shoes.
Monday, August 22, 2011
Sunday, August 21, 2011
Ode to the Mundane
I find that even whites turn out much nicer and it's surprising to see that even when you think there won't be any colour bleeding at all, your trusty tissue soaks up
If you haven't tried them, regard this as my housewifey recommendation.
Saturday, August 20, 2011
Friday, August 19, 2011
All I Needed Was a Kettle...
Thursday, August 18, 2011
What you see are only 6 of the 10 bites I have on my right leg. Are you a card-carrying member of the Mosquito-Blood-Donor-Society as well?
Wednesday, August 17, 2011
Not only pretty, but also extremely comfortable and much better quality. In my opinion, every woman should own a pair of shiny red shoes. Or two. Its predecessor pair (a cheaper version and in faux leather) has been almost worn to death, despite the fact that I get compliments every time I wear them. From a distance, they don't look so bad:
The tips look a bit worse for wear, and the heels even more so:
Definitely a candidate for my "dumping-at-the-holiday-destination-to-create-more-space-in-the-suitcase" project.
Tuesday, August 16, 2011
Monday, August 15, 2011
La Dolce Vita
Sunday, August 14, 2011
It is Alive!
Many other streets of the old town were similarly crowded as people were watching live performers. My Mum and I returned to check out the flea market on Saturday morning (and bumped into the Mermaid and her Mum again). Personally, I'm not a big fan of flea-markets from a buyer's perspective as I a) don't enjoy haggling and b) feel repulsed by old books, clothes and toys.
Teddy was beginning to feel rejected...
I do like to watch other people browse and never cease to be amazed by the stuff on offer, 98% of which I would simply have thrown away.
Friday, August 12, 2011
My mood picked up further when I got this cute embroidered shoe-bag from Fragonard saying "ballerines en voyage":
On the way back to the office...executed veeery slowly...I accidentally on purpase walked past the New One store (I only just realised they have a webstore as well and you can get my necklace online here) and tried on the rose-gold (plated) dainty necklace with star pendant I had admired in the window last week when walking past with Snow White. Well, what can I say...it would have been rude not to, eh?
Happy (long) weekend everyone!
Wednesday, August 10, 2011
Tuesday, August 09, 2011
I've mentioned the funny genre of Austrian eateries that offer pretty much everything and which I therefore like to call Kebabburgerschnitzelfish, but recently, a new trend has emerged. More and more stalls have begun to sell "Asian-style" take-away noodle snacks. The example pictured above caters to the adventurous and the traditional: a marriage of noodles and Käsekrainer : original!
Sunday, August 07, 2011
Pick Your Region
Friday, August 05, 2011
There's No Such Thing as Being Too Nice
PS: Duracell Bunny is the only person I've met so far who shares my habit of checking the weather forecast before going to bed and preparing the clothes for the following day according to it!
Thursday, August 04, 2011
Seize the Day. And the Evening
And pretty much the only ones on the lawn as well:
I loved the retro "props":
Fingers crossed that I'll be able to catch some rays of sun on the weekend...
Wednesday, August 03, 2011
In the end, my mother did not even have to assist me and it took me all of 15 minutes to assemble the parts. I only needed help for lifting it up (the shelf/bookcase is 2 metres tall) and carrying it from the living room to the guest bedroom.
I did not tackle the doors until Friday night and getting those onto the shelf, hinges and all took the greater part of an hour. BILLY stands tall and proud now, though, and I was quite proud that I did it all on my own:
My only previous - customised - BILLY, double the width and half the height, that used to stand in the same spot I gave away for free on Willhaben.at as I always do with unwanted furniture. I was quite flattered that so many people wanted to have it and stressed that they particularly liked my little mosaic "artwork":
Tuesday, August 02, 2011
Some Like it Cold
Here is the full list of flavours:
On Sunday afternoon, I finally got to check out Kurt, self-proclaimed maker of "the best frozen yoghurt in Austria" (not that there's that much competition in the field). It is actually quite close to where I work, but when MC and I wanted to go there after work two weeks ago, it was closed. A friend who's "friends" with them on Facebook said that they had some teething troubles and often had to close at short notice. They opened at 3 and when we arrived there, a queue had already formed in front of the door:
The frozen yoghurt (I had plan and mango/peach with 3 toppings) was very good and I ordered rooibos tea to defrost afterwards.
I'm not sure I have the patience to queue again when a frozen-yoghurt-craving hits me but I'd definitely go there again.
Monday, August 01, 2011
Blueberry Apricot Cake
Bluberry Apricot Cake
1 cup and 8 tablespoons white flour
1 cup wholewheat flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups sugar (I also added some vanilla sugar)
280 g butter (room temperature)
2 tablespoons Cointreau
1 cup blueberries, rinsed and dried well
enough apricots to cover the surface, washed, dried and halved
a good handful of flaked almonds
Preheat your oven to 150°. Butter a spring form (the original recipe calles for a "Bundt pan), dust it with flour and shake out any excess.
Whisk together 2 cups plus 6 tablespoons of flour, the baking powder and salt. Blend the eggs and sugar until thick and pale yellow. Add the butter and alcohol and continue mixing until the mixture is fluffy. It doesn't matter if it looks curdled, that's o.k. Add the rest of the ingredients apart from the remaining 2 tablespoons of flour and combine until the batter is smooth. Do not overmix.
In a separate bowl, coat the berries with the remaining flour and add them to the batter. Gently fold to combine. Pour the batter into the pan and spread evenly. Cover with the halved apricots (sliced side up) and sprinkle with almond flakes. Bake at least for an hour or until a toothpick comes out clean.
Let the finished cake cool in the pan before serving.