Happy-Go-Lucky

Waiting for “The Box”. Garance Doré Goods.

I decided to treat myself to some super stylish stationery signed by world famous illustrator and placed my order at Garance Doré Goods. Can’t wait to have my order delivered!

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(Photos: http://www.garancedoregoods.com)

Kitchen Stories. Mango Chicken.

Sharing my life with a “Well Travelled Gentleman”, I am often reduced to a Kitchen-For-One-Solution, what usually means eating out or having mozzarella and tomato salad (never get tired of it!). For me, cooking is first and foremost about people I cook for, not about the act of culinary creation, so if home alone, I rarely feel like making a proper dinner. However, I recently did feel like it, and being in a creative mood I came up with this super quick and quite nutritious dinner option. Ladies and Gentlemen, I introduce you Mango Chicken.

Mango Chicken

Mango Chicken.

Ingredients:

  • 500g. of chicken breast fillet
  • 1 ripe mango
  • generous handful of unsalted cashew nuts
  • sweet chili sauce
  • salt
  • butter or oil for frying
  • cooked jasmine rice or rice noodles to serve with
  1. Rinse and dry chicken fillet. Cut into small slices about 1 cm. thick. Spice with salt.
  2. Wash and peel mango fruit. Cut it into small cubes about 1,5 x 1,5 cm in size, removing the inedible core parts.
  3. Heat butter or oil on a frying pan. Fry chicken slices until they start to get browned.
  4. Add mango cubes and sweet chili sauce, stir frequently. Fry for 3 – 4 more minutes depending on the mango texture that you prefer – if you like it harder, remove from the heat a little bit earlier; if soft and creamy, adjust cooking time accordingly.
  5. Add cashew nuts, stir well and serve alongside jasmine rice or rice noodles.

Bon appetit!

(Photo: http://www.bbcgoodfood.com)

Lady Dior and Marion Cotillard.

Marion Cotillard, Dior’s muse, once again chosen for Lady Dior advertising campaign, photographed by Jean-Baptiste Mondino.

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(Photos: http://www.dior.com)

Once Upon a Time in Vogue Paris… April 1954.

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(Photos: http://www.hprints.com)

Yves Saint Laurent. The Movie.

I already booked my ticket for the opening, or should I say pre-opening, as I am going to see the movie two months ahead of its official Oslo premiere during Randez Vous film festival. Looking forward!

Pre Fall by Ralph Lauren.

Beauty and simplicity, this is what comes to my mind first when I look at Ralph Lauren Pre Fall collection. Quality and refinement are associations that follow right after. There is no ostentation, all is very understated in beautiful shades of beige and gray. I would love Fall 2014 to be as charming as on this catwalk.

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(Photos: http://www.style.com)

Color me Vogue.

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(Photos: http://www.condenaststore.com)

The V.I.P. Lounge. On Long Forgotten Glamour of Air Travels.

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On my way home from Amsterdam I was too tired to read, so I decided to watch a movie instead. My choice fell on “The V.I.P.s” starring Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton. For those who do not know the movie, I will mention that action is set at an international airport, in the departure hall as well as in the VIP lounge. As I was taking in great costumes worn by Elizabeth Taylor and designed by Givenchy as well as the charming old ways of air travels, I took a look around and to my dismay, found none of the glamour around me. Not even a shadow of it. The fellow passenger was happily eating chocolate, leaving chocolate crumbs and paper waste all around, while the other co – passenger was deeply into a loud conversation with a person sitting behind (not to mention the very same passenger parading through the airport with a cow bell on the neck, how very appropriate could that be…). By my iPad, as clearly the movie was not an onboard selection, stood a paper cup with a free tea. I would have chosen the coffee, if it wasn’t bad quality one, and in all honesty – what has happened with complimentary wine and snacks? In any case, the tea was served by not too accommodating flight attendant, which did very little to improve the whole experience.

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And all this while Elizabeth Taylor lounged gracefully in her marvelous dressed, being addressed madame and treated with utmost respect. And even though in economy class I was (as Elizabeth clearly wasn’t…), I still felt that the whole experience could have been more enjoyable if only…

… if only people around would made more effort. More effort to behave in away that wouldn’t disturb others, to dress as if they cared a little more and to try to be at least civil if not friendlier. Am I reaching for the moon? Perhaps.

Or perhaps not. It takes very little effort to smile to your fellow passenger, talk to others in a discreet, no disturbing way, be a gentleman and offer a help to a lady struggling with a heavy suitcase, not to mention dedicating some more effort to finding comfortable yet still presentable outfit. Should I even mention morning shower and moderate alcohol intake through the journey…? Of course I am not the type who orders hairdresser appointment before printing a boarding pass, but I definitely am the one who favors pressed white shirt, more formal shoes, cosy shawl and sunglasses (traveling at odd hours proved that this is a useful air-travel accessory after all…). With good moisturizer, interesting book and refreshing eau de toilette, voila! I am ready to go!

Nowadays air travel lost its charm, but why should that be? If excited by the destination, why not be more careful at traveling and arriving in style?

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(Photos: http://www.pinterest.com)

My Inspiration.

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(Photo: http://www.pinterest.com)

Forever Audrey…

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(Photo: http://www.vanityfair.com)

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