Februar 2016 archive

best MANGO LASSI

Mango Lassi

HAPPY WEEKEND Everyone! Today i am sharing another one of my favorite recipes, the most refreshing drink on earth „a MANGO LASSI“.

The mango lassi drink is a cross between a smoothie and a milk shake and is smooth, creamy, and absolutely heavenly! It’s a great refreshment throughout the year, for the whole family. My kids, especially my oldest son loves it as much as i do… For me it’s the perfect refreshment after a great morning workout. It’s very healthy for your skin and hair, because it’s made with natural joghurt and yummie mangos… It’s very easy & fast to prepare. I always add just a little bit of honey to make it a bit more sweet and choose low-fat or fat-free yoghurt to cut the calories.

 

Ingredients for 2 Servings, 10 min

1 ripe Mangos

250 g low-fat Natural Yoghurt

1/2 teespoon freshly squeezed Lemon

1/2 tablespoon Honey or Sugar , optional

50 g ice cubes (It is really refreshing if you add some ice cubes)

 

Directions

Cut the juicy flesh off the mangos (the riper they are, the better), leaving the stone in the middle and trimming away all the skin. Place the flesh and any juices into a liquidiser with the lemon-juice, yoghurt, ice cubes and 1/2 tablespoon of honey or sugar (if using). Blend approximately 2 to 3 minutes until smooth, have a taste, and add a little more honey or sugar, if needed. Serve straightaway.

Additional Notes: Some people like to pour the mango mixture over ice cubes instead of blending the ice cubes in the drink.

The Mango Lassi can be kept refrigerated for up to 24 hours.

Thank you for beeing with me today.

xx, Steffi

Leather and Stripes

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Good Morning & Happy Friday Everyone! I got this leather pencil skirt this winter and wore it so much. It is definitely a staple piece that can be worn with lots of different things, the whole year around. This skirt is anything but routine and the best part is that it’s at a great price point.Today i paired it with one of my favorite striped sweaters, elegant Shoes and a black large handbag.

My Outfit Details: ASOS leather Pencil Skirt (shop here ON SALE), Topshop Pullover sold out, i also love (this one), Celine Bag

Below are some other fab pencil skirts that I currently have my eye on.

  1. Pencil Skirt black with cut-out (shop here)
  2. Pencil leather mix Skirt cognac (shop here)
  3. Pencil Skirt black with white seams (shop here)
  4. Pencil velour leather Skirt blush (shop here)
  5. Pencil Skirt cropped elfenbein white (shop here)
  6. Embellished Leather Pencil Skirt black (shop here)

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!

xx, Steffi

Top 8 superfoods for healthy Skin

Good Morning Everyone! I hope you all have a great week! Todays post is about the SKIN & HEALTH. All of us, regardless of age and gender, crave for healthy and great looking skin. The chilly dry wind, low temperature, low humidity and indoor heating that come with winter can play crazy on your skin, lips and other parts of the body.

It can leave your skin dry and flaky as well as cause a dull complexion, cracked lips, itchiness and skin irritation. Along with a proper skin care routine, you need to keep a close eye on what you are eating to maintain a healthy glow throughout the winter season.

Your diet can help protect your skin against dryness and ultraviolet (UV) sun damage, minimize wrinkles and other signs of aging, and promote smooth and glowing skin.

I listed 8 SUPERFOODS to keep your skin healthy, beautiful and glowing even during the cold winter months.


Walnuts

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Walnuts are loaded with natural fatty acids and minerals. They make your skin softer and even out your complexion. A handful a couple times a week will get you great results.

Salmon

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Salmon is one of the best food sources for omega-3 fatty acids, which helps keep your skin supple and moisturized. Salmon also has selenium, a mineral that protects the skin from sun exposure. The vitamin D in salmon keeps your bones and teeth strong and healthy, too. I love to eat salmon grilled in my pasta, with a salad, in sushi, or just with a side of asparagus.

Whole grains

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Not only are they good to maintain your weight, but whole grains such as barley, wheat, millet and corn are responsible for giving you glowing skin. Whole grains contain active components like rutin and vitamin B that give you clear and moisturized skin. I am eating whole grains with my cereals, whole grain bread and whole wheat pasta. I am also baking and cooking (for example pfannkuchen) with whole wheat flour instead of white flour. It’s way more healthy and (the most important thing) for my kids it is equally delicious…:-)

Avocados

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This truly is a miracle fruit. Not just the pulp, even the peel of avocados have high levels of vitamin B. Also high in niacin (b-3), it helps give you smooth, healthy skin and reduces the appearance of irritated, red or puffy skin. Avocados can be consumed in any way you fancy — chop them up and put them in a salad, blend them into a smoothie (i already posted a green smoothie recipe with avocados) or simply eat them as they are. I just love them sliced with some olive oil and salt & pepper.

Berries

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All Berries especially strawberries and blueberries are rich in vitamin C and antioxidants that combat free radicals and that make your skin glow, and also have nutrients that prevent you from future breakouts. I prepare fruits for the whole family almost every day, just as a snack, as a breakfast with some yoghurt and musli or as fruit smoothie.

Yogurt

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Yogurt is a staple in most Indian homes, so without realizing it, this wonder food is working secretly to make you look better. High in fibre and protein, yogurt creates more firm and elastic skin. If you want to boost the benefits, try Greek yogurt as it contains more than two times the amount of protein and fibre as regular blends of yogurt.

Tomatoes

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Tomatoes are the best source of the anti-aging antioxidant lycopene. Surprisingly, lycopene in tomatoes is more easily absorbed by your body when it is cooked or processed. So canned tomato sauce, tomato juice and ketchup are a very easy way to eat/drink tomatoes.

Mango

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Mangoes contain more than 80% of the vitamin A you need to consume during a day, which helps maintain the skin and its overall appearance. Loaded with antioxidants, mangoes fight off free radicals, which mean, your skin looks younger for longer. Contrary to popular belief, it is low in calories, so not only will it help your skin, but it will also keep your waistline in check. I love to prepare Mango Lassis, sharing my recipe in one of my next posts.

I hope that todays post will inspire you to stay healthy and beautiful during this cold & grey season!

xx, Steffi

10 classics every woman should own

Good Morning & HAPPY WEEKEND EVERYONE! Todays Post is about 10 CLASSICS every woman should own. These wardrobe items, like the trench, the white silk blouse or the pencil skirt take you through the next spring season and many more to come. I choose items in two different variants, one expensive and one budget friendly alternative.

Enjoy!

  1. Trenchcoat navi (shop here) or (alternative)
  2. Silk Blouse white (shop here) or (alternative)
  3. Pencil Skirt (shop here) or (alternative)
  4. Pumps beige (shop here) or  (alternative)
  5. Cozy striped Sweater (shop here) or (alternative)
  6. Leather Sneakers white (shop here) or (alternative)
  7. Big Tote black (shop here) or (alternative)
  8. Elegant Leather Jacket black (shop here) or  (alternative)
  9. Super Skinny Jeans blue (shop here) or (alternative)
  10. Wool Coat camel (shop here ON SALE) or (alternative)

 

Thank you for stopping by and have a wonderful weekend!!!

xx, Steffi

length is everything

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Happy Thursday! I hope you all have a fabulous week! My latest obsession are Midi Skirts and Midi Dresses. The midi length is perfect for any occasion and is sultry yet sophisticated. Easy to throw on in an instant, just pair it with some nice heels and you’ll be ready for anything!

I found this midi dress at ASOS and fell in love with it. There are so many ways to wear it. I kept it simple with black Shoes & a black Bag and silver Jewelry.

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My Outfit Details: Warehouse Midi Dress (sold out at ASOS), Christian Louboutin Shoes (shop here), Bottega Veneta Clutch (this style is sold out, but i also love this one), Stella & Dot Jewelry, 

Below are some other midi dresses I am loving right now… Enjoy!

  1. ASOS Midi Dress (shop here)
  2. SELF-PORTRAIT Midi Dress (shop here)
  3. SELF-PORTRAIT Midi Dress (shop here)
  4. CLUB-L Midi Dress (shop here, just 30.99 euro)
  5. ASOS Midi Dress with Plissee (shop here)
  6. CLUB-L Midi Dress (shop here)

Have a wonderful day & Thanks for reading!

xx, Steffi

best brow products

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Good Morning Everyone! Todays Beautypost is about EYEBROWS. Eyebrows have an enormous impact on the overall appearance of the face, framing the features and creating balance when correctly groomed. In recent years, with the arrival of brow queen Cara Delevingne on the scene and a renewed focus on them as a catwalk „trend“, the brow industry has boomed – and the resulting products are better than ever. There are waxes, glosses, gels, powders and brushes, but the classic brow pencil remains an essential when it comes to filling in, shaping, defining and emphasising. Today i am sharing the best eyebrow products i discovered the last month!

PENCILS

Pencils changing your brow’s shape. They are great for sharpening up an arch or extending the brow’s tail. I love double ended pencils with brushes or spoolies. After sketching your shape, brush over the eyebrows to give the look of hair.

MY FAVORITES

1 Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz, my color ash blonde (shop here)

2. NYX Micro Brow Pencil, my color taupe (shop here)


BRUSH-ON GELS

A brow gel that shapes and keeps arches in place for perfect definition. The best gels have a water-resistant formula that won’t flake or dry too shiny or crispy. To achive natural lift, sweep the gel through your eyebrows in an upward motion. This grooming technique will showcase your arches and really work to best frame your eyes.

MY FAVORITES:

3. Benefit Gimme Brow Gel, my color light medium (shop here)

4. NARS Brow Gel (shop here)


BROW POMADE or CREAM GEL

A brow pomade performs as an all-in-one brow product. Use a brush for a precise application. This creamy, multitasking product glides on skin and hair smoothly to create clean, defined brows. The formula works as a brow primer and provides color, sculpture, and shading. It is ideal for oily skin and in humid climates.

MY FAVORITES:

5. Anastasia Dip Brow Pomade, my color blonde (shop here)

6. MAC Brow Gelcreme, my color ash blonde (shop here)


POWDER

Brow Powder are best for people who just wants to add a bit of blushness to their brows, but who don’t suffer from major brow issues. Powder is perfect for already well shaped brows. It applies an overall uniform color.

MY FAVORITES:

7. Laura Mercier Brow Powder Duo (shop here)

8. Benefit Brow Powder Kit (shop here)


 

Thank you for beeing with me today!

xx, Steffi

P.S. Next week I am sharing a Step-by-Step Guide to Perfectly Defined Brows.

Edgy but polished

Good Morning Everyone! Here is a little Inspiration for your Valentine’s Day weekend! Enjoy…
  1. black open front Jacket  (shop here)
  2. Lipstick Blouse ((shop now ON SALE)
  3. Leather Skinny Pants (shop here)
  4. Nail Polish beige (shop here)
  5. Blush red (shop here)
  6. Embellished leather Ankle Boots (shop here)
  7. Embellished fringed leather bucket Bag (shop here)
  8. iPhone Case (shop here)
  9. Highlighter Powder (shop here)

Thanks for reading!

xx, Steffi

Glowing Skin Smoothie

Glowing Skin Smoothie

Happy Monday Everyone! I love when a new year begins because it means a fresh start with new goals! When the new year starts i always have a long list of goals and plans, but by february I’ve already given up on most of them…:-) This year I decided to focus just on ONE thing -BE HEALTIER !!!

Today i wanted to share one of my favorite GREEN SMOOTHIE recipes! I had this green Smoothie almost every Day for the past 4 weeks and have noticed a huge difference in not only my energy, but my skin has never looked better, my skin is glowing. And the best part? This green smoothie actually tastes really really good and it is the only green thing my kids also love…:-)

Green Smoothie

About the Ingredients

AVOCADO hydrate the skin, bringing back that glow we all love.

MANGOS contain carotenoids, which help our skin glow.

PINEAPPLES  are high in vitamin C, which I’ve learned is key to the production of collagen – giving our skin its firmness and strength.

SPINACH or KALE, both nutrient dense super foods, removing toxins from our bodies. I am trying to eat both as often as i can, either in an omelet, salad, wrap, homemade juice etc.

COCONUT WATER is hydrating and makes skin look more youthful and supple.

Just a few more things…

  • Do not add sugar. There is no added sugar in this smoothie recipe because we are using sweetness from the fruit. Mangoes, Bananas and Pineapples are plenty sweet, so there is no need for anything more.
  • No cans, please. Use only fresh or frozen ingredients.
  • If you’re replacing a meal with this smoothie, try adding a little flax or flax oil. Your skin needs oil to keep it lubricated. 2-3 teaspoons per serving is perfect.
  • The frozen banana and avocado leave it incredibly thick, the mango and pineapple sweeten things up, the coconut water adds a tropical flare, and the greens pack one HUGE nutrient punch. Your skin will love it.

Ingredients:

1/2 cup plain coconut water

1 2 frozen ripe bananas, previously peeled & sliced

1 cup chopped pineapple (frozen or fresh)

1 cup chopped mango (frozen or fresh)

2 cups spinach or kale 1/2 avocado, sliced

optional: 1 Tablespoon ground flax or flaxseed oil

Directions:

Make sure you have a strong, powerful blender. I like this Ninja or this Vitamix. Add all of the ingredients to the blender in the order listed. Blend on high for at least 3 minutes or until smooth. Scrape down the sides of the blender as needed. Add more coconut water if it’s too thick.

Additional Notes: Coconut water is ideal since it is so hydrating for our bodies and skin. If you absolutely cannot find it, use regular water or almond milk or your favorite juice. If not using coconut water, perhaps add a touch of coconut oil. Great for the skin. Try adding 1/2 cup blueberries. Another super food great for your skin! If you do not like any of the fruits listed, simply replace with another fruit used. Or add strawberries or blueberries.

I hope you like it as much as i do!

Thanks for reading & have a great week!

xx, Steffi

Back to Black

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Hello Everyone! January is over and the grey, rainy weather continues…:-( During the winter month i always love to wear much black. It is always the easiest & chicest, most foolproof way to get dressed… and it’s actually cool. Black leather Jackets, black Skinnys, black Turtleneck Pullover and black Ankle Boots are never out of style and you really can’t run into a serious style faux pas while wearing any of them. Plus, BLACK is the telling signature style of NYC.

Today i paired my black Outfit with these gorgeous black&white Coat. The Coat has the perfect color, style & fabric. I am LOVING the classic, sophisticated look.

 

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My Outfit Details: Coat (Karen Millen sold out) (similar style), Coated Skinny Rag & Bone (shop here), Turtleneck Sweater Wolford (shop here), Boots , Lipstick Burberry (shop here), Bag Chanel (similar style)

Have a wonderful Day!

xx, Steffi