Beauty Wishlist

Beauty Wishlist

I need to stock up on some skincare and beauty products, ok my bad maybe only skincare but I am currently in love with The Balm products so I want to get some more!! Oh girls and their makeup (guilty)! Can’t wait till my online shopping arrive!!

What is your favourite beauty or skincare products?

Can’t stop eating: Cinnamon Bun

Oh my I have been craving for cinnamon bun since I’ve watched Cook with April youtube video. So I decided to give it a try. I kinda tweak the recipe a little bit with the recipe from Sally’s Baking Addiction website.

I had to kinda mix the recipe because I wanted a smaller portion, and because I don’t have a bread machine and bread flour so here what I kinda end up with mixing the two recipes. It turn out so fluffy and gooey in the middle I end up having 3 buns and had to put it aside so stop eating it. So thank you April and Sally for amazing recipes!

 

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I forgot to cover up the top after 15 minutes that why it turned out very brown.

Rolls

  • 2 and 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3 Tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 package yeast or 2 1/4 teaspoons of yeast
  • 3/4 cup of milk
  • 2 and 1/2 Tablespoons unsalted butter

Fillings (mix up the sugar and cinnamon powder)

  • 1/2 cup of brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons of cinnamon powder
  • (put aside some 2 tablespoon of soften butter to spread on top of the dough)

Coffee Glaze (mix it all up well)

  • 3/4 cup of powdered sugar
  • 1 tablespoon of strong coffee
  • 2 tablespoon of milk

 

Ok so I kinda didn’t follow the instruction as thoroughly as it should both of April’s Nor Sally’s but it turn out great so phewwww, and I even forgot to put in the egg, even though the recipe called for eggs ooppsie. I mean it turn out yummy still I let you know next time if I made it with eggs what is the difference.

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I just have to show the gooey goodness inside *sorry for the duckie plate!

Dough

I mixed all the dry ingredients together, flour, salt, yeast and sugar. Then in another bowl I put the milk and butter and heat it up in the microwaves until butter is melted and hot to touch.

Mix dry and wet ingredients all together. Add more flour if the dough is gooey. You need to get that sticky consistency. Knead the bread on a floured surface for 4-5 minutes and set it aside.

Then rolled out your dough to a rectangle shapes with about 1 cm thick.

Butter up the surface with the soften butter then sprinkled all the cinnamon sugar on top. Roll it up real tight and cut it up into 8-10 pieces. Place it on a butter baking tray, I just used my rectangular pyrex dish.

Then leave it out to rise. A good tip from Sally is to preheat your oven 100C for 10 minutes  turn it off and put the tray in and let the dough rise for 60-90 minutes.

After that you can bake it for 25 minutes on 190C oven.  Cover it after 15 minutes with a foil or baking paper so it doesn’t go to brown.

Put the glaze on top and enjoy!!! I don’t think you can resist the cinnamony smell lingering in the kitchen!

 

 

Feeling Lucky: Paris Fashion Week

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Loving the colour palette

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Pascal Millet Spring Summer 2014 Collections

I would never ever dream to be able to attend Paris Fashion Week, especially sitting front row!!! It was a dream come true, and what an amazing experience! I love every minute of it.

I got invited by my friend and colleague from FemaleDaily, the girl I was showing Paris around last Sunday. She is here because of Galeries La Fayette invited her over as Galeries La Fayette open up a new store in Jakarta, Indonesia. She got some extra invitation so she text me early Tuesday morning and said if I would like to come with her to Pascal Millet first ever Paris fashion show. Of course I said YES!!!!

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The Venue

It was held in a little church near Musée Du Lourve, it was such a beautiful simple setting. We even got out own usher to take us to our seat and make sure we are comfortable, we got seated at the front row just before the models come out. It was such a surreal experience for me as I would never think I would get a chance to attend any fashion week show let alone Paris Fashion Week.

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Affi and I front row before the show starts

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Unveiling the white carpet!

A little background on Pascal Millet, he started his career with Balenciaga before moving on to Maison Carven as the Head Designer for Haute Couture. This would be his debut show in Paris for his ready to wear Spring/Summer 2014 collection. Pascal Millet collection would be available in the Galeries La Fayette Paris if anyone is interested!

I love the collections, it’s simple yet scream elegance at the same time. I love the wedges that all the models were wearing. The colour palate are a bit subdue a mix of grey with burst of colours here and there, which I love.

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Drool!!

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Simple yet elegant

Here’s the video link that I have taken during the show! I am truly feeling blessed to have the opportunity to experience this! Have a lovely weekend everyone!

Happy Monday!

 

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Happy Monday everyone and smile! I had such a wonderful week and I am pretty excited for this coming week, as I am getting busier with a few little projects and an online course that I’ve taken.

 

Here are my highlights from last week!! Happy days!

I was so happy yesterday I get to spend the day with my friend and hubby at the vintage market just around my house. My friend is here for work all the way from Jakarta, Indonesia. So when I asked her what she wanted to do on her first day; she said she wanted to visit a Parisian vintage market which we called brocante. She got a few antique jewellery. After, I took her to Place des Vosges as it was around the corner. I love this little hidden square in Le Marais! It’s is one of my favourite place and I am glad I get to take her there!

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Sunday afternoon stroll at Place des Vosges

I baked a lot last week as well, including my favourite muffin, Raspberry (from my in-laws garden) with white chocolate muffins. It’s so yummy. I will share some of the recipes in the next few days!

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Raspberry and white chocolate muffins

 

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Nutella and Almond muffins

Finally my biggest happiness is that I get to start a new sort of business venture with my friend Sandy using found objects and recyclables. I love it because that means instead of throwing it away and contribute to waste, why not try to re-use it and making something useful right! So very excited about this!!

Hope you are starting your week as excited as I am!!

 

 

Saying Goodbye to Summer

Saying Goodbye to Summer
Summer is almost over, it’s time for a wardrobe change, however I am not ready to let go wearing my summer dresses yet! So layering with a nice leather jacket and scarf should do to keep warm. I love tan coloured bag and shoes so those are my staples in my everyday outfit. I am still looking out for a blue marine leather jacket, if anyone found a nice one with reasonable price drop me a comment where to get it ok!

Sunday Highlights: Sipping the perfect latte and finding Paris hidden gem!

Thank you Paris for a lovely sunny day! I had a wonderful day today and felt truly blessed!

Here are the highlights of my day!

First and foremost is finally I get to convince my husband to go for a run with me (crazy dance moment!!), that’s a wonderful news because he rarely exercise. Now he wants to do it every weekend (double yeah!)

So I have been craving for nice cafe latte like the one in Melbourne for the last few days, so after extensive research I found a place called The Coutume in 47, Rue De Babylone 75007. Not to exaggerate but it is hard to find a creamy latte with the right temperature here in Paris (I think being Melbournian you become picky when it comes to coffee) so when I had my first sip of this creamy latte with the perfect temperature I was in heaven!!! No wonder the coffee is awesome because the owners are an Australian and a Frenchman trained in Melbourne (woohoo hometown!) Unfortunately I had to have it takeaway as there was a long queue and all I wanted was the coffee. I think we will have to come back another day to have brunch or snack with friends.

I am totally in love with this latte of mine!

Perfection!

Then after we went to an indie cinema around the corner in the same street called Cinema La Pagode! This our first movie date in Paris and loving the place we chose as this place is a gem. I think it’s one of Paris hidden secret. It has only 2 screening room, and they show indie movies in their original version with subtitle. It has a little chinese bamboo garden, a little lush sanctuary in the middle of residential area. You can enjoy the tranquility in this little garden with a cup of coffee or tea. I love the little story that comes with this place; the owner of the famous  Le Bon Marchè built this pagoda, imported piece by piece from Japan to surprise his beloved wife. As at the time the oriental arts and decoration was the very trendy. Good for him because we now get to enjoy this exquisite little place. Unfortunately the movie we watched wasn’t showing in the Japonaise Salle, which is a magnificent room, used to be the main ballroom where Monsieur and Madame Morin held numerous soiree.

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Cinema La Pagode

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The lush garden.

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Gorgeous tiles!

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Look at the exquisite stained glass door!

After the movie we walk around St Germain Des Pres and along the river, enjoying the last of the sunshine. I am very grateful and happy to have such a wonderful day.  Aujourd’hui est une très bonne journée, je suis très content. Bonne nuit à tous!

Cozy Dinner: Chicken and Mushroom Noodles

Since it’s been raining so much this week, I am craving for my comfort food. It’s my asian fix, chicken and mushroom noodles with a twist.

 

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Ingredients:

200 grams of pancetta (this is the twist as traditional recipe don’t have pancetta)

250 grams of chopped mushrooms (any mushroom will do, sometime I mixed 3 different mushrooms together) you can put extra mushroom if you love mushrooms.

1 whole chicken breast fillet, diced

1 teaspoons of coriander seeds powder

1 tablespoons of salty soya sauce

2 tablespoons of thick soya sauce (if you can’t find any you can substitute with oyster sauce)

1 cloves of garlic crushed and chopped finely

1 shallots chopped finely

1 packet of fresh or dried noodles (for 4 servings)

Let’s start!

1.Fried up the pancetta with the chopped garlic and shallots in a pot, you don’t really need oil as the pancetta is going to give you the oil you need. Leave it for about 5 minutes.

2. Put in the chicken, coriander seeds, soya sauces (both) mixed well. Season with some pepper too.

3. When the chicken is almost cooked put in the mushrooms and a cup of water. Leave it to boil till all the mushroom is ready. Leave it aside

4. Boil your noodles, and then divided them into their own separate bowls. Top up with the mushroom and chicken sauce. You can also garnish it with some chopped spring onion too if you want. (If you get fresh noodle that is already portion, just boiled them portion by portion. Then put a little oil in the bowl preferably vegetable oil and mixed it up so the noodles won’t stick together.

There you go a nice easy warm noodles for a rainy day!

Reminiscing Old London Town

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So it’s been 5 months since I moved from London, and today as I was looking at old pictures in London: I realised how much I miss it. When I first moved I was homesick most of the time, and didn’t feel like home. However after 3 years, you found your rhythm and found your comfort zone in the midst of crazy work demands (which I am hoping this will be the case here in Paris). My time in London was mostly filled with work, however having said that I did get a chance to explore London and the English country side. So I though I share with you my favourite places in London. I will do a separate post on the beautiful English country side!

Museum

My favourite museum would be the Natural History Museum, I like the majestic feeling as you walk inside and greeted by the gigantic dinosaurs. I love the brick work of this beautiful building. Especially  when can you just walk in to any room and learn something new . It’s has become my sanctuary when I need to unwind and focus on something else, rather than let my own thoughts running wild. It’s weird but I found museums and galleries to be so relaxing even among the crowds. Best of all its free (Yeah!)

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Hello Dino, I miss you!

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Natural History Museum London

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Spring time outside the Natural History Museum

Markets

The Borough Market would be my place to go for a whole day of food tasting. I love spending the weekend there grazing through all the different food and drinks stalls. The abundance of colourful fresh produces entice you to buy them and start coming up with crazy recipes. It’s heaven for foodies!! If you ever planning to go to London please visit this market you will drink, eat and be merry for sure!

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Photosource http://www.eventseed.com Unfortunately I didn’t manage to capture any myself.

Bookshop

I miss my bookshop Hatchard, where you can find signed copies books through out the year. I can spend hours browsing this 5 floors bookshop. Built in 1797 it is the oldest bookshop in London AND hold three royal warrants, supplying books to the Queen, the Duke of Edinburgh and the Prince of Wales.  Isn’t that amazing, you have the same bookshop as the Queen. If you want to read the full review of this book shop check out my post here in Travelersdaily.

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Inside Hatchard

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Signed Copy everywhere, sorry for the blurry picture!

Vintage shopping and Street Art

Brick Lane is the best place to go vintage shopping and stop by for some cheap bagels as well while you are at it. It reminds me of Gravel Street in Melbourne. Lately you will find pop up designer outlet shop as well, you might just find a few bargains here and there. I love to walk around here and look at the graffiti arts as well, they are amazing.

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Vintage shopping time in Brick Lane

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My friend Eda admiring a street art somewhere near Brick Lane

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Stop for some Bagels after some major shopping! 

Well these are a few of my favourite places, there are plenty more but these are the things that I missed the most apart from my friends!

Happy Weekend!!

Travel Writing: is it my calling?

So I thought I’ll share what I do apart from going to French language classes and being a housewife here in Paris, I am also a Editor/Contributor for TravelersDaily, which is travel a website dedicated for women! I was asked to be a contributor when I first moved to Paris by my best friend Amalia, as she was at the time the Managing Editor for FashioneseDaily, which is a beauty and fashion portal. These websites are all under the FemaleDaily banner which is the biggest women forum portal in Indonesia, an amazing start-ups by inspirational women who started a website to share their love of fashion and beauty. Right now it has expanded to parenting website called MommiesDaily and the newest addition TravelersDaily. Even though it’s an Indonesian website, most of the content is written in English. My Indonesian isn’t that great so almost all of my articles are in English.

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I was absolutely thrilled when they asked me if I wanted to be a part of it, of course I said yes! I love that I get to share my passion for travelling with others and being a part of this amazing community. I can’t wait to visit the headquarter and meet the other girls in Jakarta in November. So I am very excited about this and I thought I share with you all! Wish me luck, maybe this is my calling and hopefully I can make it my full-time career!

So if you want to check out what I’ve written just check out the website and my pen name is REN and let me know what you think! My last article is about Combating Jet Lag!

Toodles!!