December was a month full of family and friend gatherings combined with Christmas parties. I am not complaining of course, but at a certain period, I felt drained from all that buzz and people. It was the end of the year and I had one last party left – New Year’s Eve. I was supposed to spend it with a few of my closest friends, so that is why I really wanted to surprise them with a few different kinds of party bites. As I already mentioned I was pretty tired and I did not want to spend hours in the kitchen, so I came up with these three recipes, which are not only healthy and nutritious, but also don’t cost you a fortune, and take only a little time to make. I can assure you that they taste great, because even before we had a couple of drinks, the snacks were already demolished. They are also great to be served as appetizers or snacks while throwing a cocktail party or just having a wine glass or two.
1 red pepper
Vegan cheese or regular cheese spread
What to do?
Very thinly cut your zucchini lengthwise, I used a normal vegetable peeler to do so. Smudge one side of the zucchini with the vegan cheese, place a little bit of the arugula, two pieces of the red pepper(diced lengthwise) and add the small piece of the sundried tomato and basil. Then roll the zucchini and voila, you have yourself a small raw zucchini bite. Continue doing the same with the remaining ingredients.
Greek salad bites
2 cucumbers (preferably larger)
150g feta cheese
50 g yoghurt
1tbsp olive oil
*For a vegan swap, you can stuff the cucumbers with guacamole
What to do?
First make your cheese spread by combining in a bowl your; crumbled cheese, yoghurt, oregano, pinch of salt and 1 tsp. of olive oil. Then cut the cucumber in thicker pieces, remove the flesh and pat them until dry. Lastly fill your cucumber cups with the cheese spread and add a few cubed sliced tomatoes.
Aubergine bites (vegan)
What to do?
Slice round your aubergines, salt them gently and leave them aside for 20 minutes. This way they won’t have a bitter taste. After 20 minutes, pat them dry and grill them until ready. Cut them in bite pieces, spread them with hummus and finish them off with the pomegranate and cilantro.
Well, there you have it! 3 delicious party bites that don’t require anything more than 30 minutes, love and creativity. Don’t hesitate to experiment and change up the recipes to your own liking, I would love to see your own creations!
Let’s be honest, if we all look at our closet during the winter, we will most probably notice that the color scheme isn’t quite vibrant. It’s often discussed that the classic combination of black and white is too boring and we generally tend to avoid it. Well, as much as I agree with this statement, I wanted to challenge myself. I wanted to prove that this classic combo can also “wow” the crowd. After spending a few hours in my closet I finally came up with two lovely black and white looks. They are a bit more on the dressier side but are still extremely comfortable and can be worn on a daily basis. The following photos of this look book were photographed by the charming @picsbyjulieta.
The matrix – For the first look I was mainly inspired by one of the hottest trends right now – blazer tied with a belt. In my look I used my fanny pack as the belt. I know that many people are very skeptic when it comes to bum bags but personally I find them extremely convenient. Not only are they light weight, but they also add an edgy touch to the whole outfit. I believe that the mix of patterns and fabrics used for this look definitely make it stand out. It executes a much less boring black and white color combination. You are probably wondering why I chose this name for the look. Well, honestly the story behind the name isn’t as interesting as some might think. My best friend told me that I looked like a character from the matrix.
T-Shirt – Top Shop
Blazer – Marc O’Polo
Coat – Jill Sanders
Sunglasses – unknown
Bum bag : ASOS
Mademoiselle BW – The second one was influenced by the classic French fashion, especially the barrette. I have recently noticed that one of my most worn pieces is in fact the barrette. I just adore how girly and stylish it can make even the simplest look. This look I styled with pieces which normally don’t go together such as midi-skirt – a more classy clothing item, and a bomber jacket – a much more sporty piece, but tied up with the statement hat make a complementary sport classic look.
Sweater – Frea
Skirt – Zara
Barrette – Asos
Bag – Ecco
Jacket – Cheap Monday
That’s all from me today. I hope that this look book inspires you to experiment even with your simplest clothing pieces.
Since I was a little girl, fashion has always been one of my biggest passions. I still dream that one day I will have a closet overfilled with designer clothes, bags and shoes. I will walk the streets of my city with the same sense of style and confidence as Carrie Bradshaw from the Carrie Diaries. Growing older and facing the sad reality that I have to live on a budget made my dreams of becoming a fashion icon pretty much impossible. Thankfully I found a smart solution to my problem. You are probably wondering how come can one wear fashionable and trendy clothing pieces and still not break the bank. Well, here is the secret – thrift shops. Yes, exactly. The second hand shop, from where most of your grandma’s clothes are from. I know it may sound odd, but most of my most worn and favorite clothing items are thrifted from local second-hand shops. Of course that not every single thrift shop in Sofia hides a gem inside and it really takes time and patience to find a good one. Here is where I come and save you time and worries. In this blog post I am going to share my favorite second-hand places.
1.Frea – I am starting off with probably my most adored second-hand shop – Frea. Sadly they still don’t have a permanent store in Sofia, but you can find their pop up shop every so on. But don’t worry even if you hadn’t had the time or opportunity to check out their amazing selection of clothes in the pop up shop, they have 4 other major stores in Plovdiv and a web-site, where you can find high-fashion foreign brands for normal pricing.
2.Modeteka – Next up on my list is Modeteka, which is a bit more on the pricier side since most of the clothing are from high end brands. This is the place I go to when I invest in something more expensive, but I am still not willing to spend a fortune. The shop is also situated on one of the central streets in Sofia, so it is fairly easy to find. Another great thing about Modeteka is that every first 3 days of the month you can bring your own clothes and carefully pick with the friendly staff, which ones could go for sale in the shop. If the clothing gets sold you get 50% of the profit but if it doesn’t they return in to you.
Adress: Petar Parchevich 62
3.Mania – If you are Bulgarian, you have definitely heard the catchy theme song of Mania shop, which was all over the radio a few years ago. The reason why I’m adding it to my list is just because, it has several stores all around Sofia and Bulgaria. As well as two sections, which consist of cheap and expensive. The Mania shop I visit most of the time is located in Hali market right next to “Serdika 2” Metro station. Even though the shop is big, the clothing items are displayed very nicely and you can easily find what you are looking for. I normally go to this thrift shop when I am searching for something more casual or a basic item, which I will redesign and personalize afterwards.
4.The second-hand shops around the Women’s market – they may be a bit of a wild card, but definitely should be visited. Sofia is a city fulfilled with small thrift shops, especially in this neighborhood. Be aware that not every time you go in one of those shops you will find a real treasure or something very special, but the prices are cheap. If you go with a friend it could also turn in a fun activity.
*my favorite are: Zig Zag(Knyaz Boris 1 165-A);
Mupet Mag(Pozitano street);
Shik Shik(Iskar street, 100m from Rainbow Factory)
5. Events and garage sales – To be honest most of my clothes I prefer to get at special second-hand festivals or pop up shops. The reason why I enjoy it so much is because most of the times you buy them directly from the owner himself and you have the chance to actually talk to them. Also at most of those events you can buy sweet treats, which is always a win win. During the last few years Sofia has grown drastically culturally and more and more young people organize innovative and fun events. My favorite events are organized by: Basic Market, Bitaka. You can visit their Facebook pages and learn when and where their next event will take place in.
5. Remix and Shedd – Both of those shops are online and even have special phone apps. I honestly haven’t used any of them, but they were recommended to me from a few friends, so I had to mention them as well. The best thing about them is that you can sell your clothes, which you don’t wear anymore and earn some money in a easy way.
*My moms closet – Recently I have noticed that most of my clothes I get complimented on, have belonged to my mom. I know it may sound a bit too odd but I have always admired my mother’s fashion taste and especially her style during the 90s. You’ve probably noticed that many high end designer brands are influenced by the style trends during the 90s, 80s and 70s for their newest collection. That’s why I would recommend raving your mother’s or grandma’s closet, because you never know what kind of trendy item you might be missing. For example I recently found a vintage Versace sweater, which my mother hadn’t worn in years.
Well, thats all from me now. I really hope that all you fashion babes find this blog post helpful and leave me a comment with your own favorite second-hand shops.
It’s December, the temperature outside is below 0 degrees. Meaning that the only thing I am willing to do in this freezing weather is to sit at home and enjoy myself. But let’s be honest what’s a perfect day at home without a favorite comfort meal? As every other Sunday when I have finished all my work, I like to head to the kitchen and experiment with different ingredients and dishes. This particular Sunday I was craving a comfort meal, which could still be healthy and delicious. Inspired by the famous American recipe – meatballs in tomato sauce, I came up with the so called “meatless” balls, which consist of buckwheat and spices. To level up the traditional tomato sauce, I added some roasted peppers, which gave the dish a nice kick. Since I felt like my Sunday experiment was successful, I decided to share it with you. It’s fairly easy to make and it is perfect for a family lunch or dinner.
For the “meatless” balls:
1/2 cup of buckwheat
1 garlic clove
1 tsp. Cumin
1 tsp. Oregano
1 tsp. Paprika
1/2 tsp. Nutmeg
2 tbsp. Flour
*Note: feel free to replace the buckwheat with lentils, chickpeas or any other legume
Salt & Pepper
For the sauce:
1 can tomatoes
1 clove of garlic
3 roasted peppers ( you can also use raw)
1 tsp. Basil
Salt & Pepper
1 tsp. Spicy paprika(optional)
Salt & Pepper
What to do?
Cook your buckwheat according to the instructions on the package until softened
Meanwhile, cook onion and carrot in a pan with some olive oil until softened
When your buckwheat is ready, drain it and wash it thoroughly with some cold water to stop the cooking process
In a blender, process first the parsley, veggie mixture and spices
Add the buckwheat and blend again
Transfer in a big bowl add the flour, mix with your hands and start forming medium sized balls as you would to for regular meatballs
When done, place in the 190 C preheated oven and cook for about 25 minutes or until firm and golden brown
While waiting for the meatless balls to cook, make the red pepper sauce
In a pan add some olive oil and roasted peppers
Cook for about 3 minutes and add the spices
Pour the tomatoes along with a dash of sugar
Let the sauce simmer for about 10 minutes or until thickened
When ready, process the sauce in a blender until smooth
After your balls and sauce are done, it is time to plate
In a spaghetti bowl, place some of the sauce on the bottom and put your balls on top, for some additional color chop up some parsley
**For extra flavoring feel free to also add some Parmesan or any other kind of cheese
I hope you enjoy the recipe and let me know if you end up making it!!
This summer I rediscovered once again my obsession with aubergines. Spending almost a month in Greece, the one thing that I consumed every single day was and honestly I never got tired of it. When I came back home I still found myself craving and wanting to have it on a day to day basis. Inspired from my trip to Morocco this year, especially the traditional spice mixture from its cuisine, I created this simple and quick cous cous with aubergine. As most of my recipes it takes almost no time to make, it tastes delicious and you can eat it on its is own or serve it as a side to your main dish. The best thing about it is that it’s budget friendly and you most probably have most of the ingredients in your pantry.
1/2 cup of cous cous
1 large or 2 medium sized Aubergines
One bunch of mint leafs
1 tsp. Cumin
1/2 tsp. Cinnamon
1/4 cup – walnuts
What to do?
1. Cut the aubergines into round circles and place them on a baking sheet
2. Salt them and let them sit for 15min. – in this way you dry out the moisture and make them taste less bitter
3. After the time has passed brush them with olive oil and place in the 180 preheated oven until ready( 20-25min.)
4. In the meantime mix the half a cup of cous cous with a 1tsp. Olive oil, the zest of one lemon and a few fresh mint leafs
5. Pour hot water over the cous cous mixture and let it sit for around 5 min. or until all the water is absorbed
6. Fluff the cous cous with a fork
7. When your aubergines are already baked, chop them into small pieces and add them to the cous cous
8. Season with your remaining spices, chopped mint leafs, juice of one lemon and generous amount of olive oil
9. Roughly chop the walnuts and add them on top
There you have it! A simple and delicious weekly dinner or lunch idea! Hope you enjoy it!
I don’t know why but when the beginning of Autumn comes, I get very nostalgic and that definitely reflects on my overall style. I’ve always adored vintage fashion pieces and from time to time when I lack a style inspiration, I look threw my mother’s clothes from the 90s or scroll threw some vintage fashion Instagram accounts. Soon enough I concluded that during this time of year my style consists mainly of second-hand clothing items or borrowed clothing pieces from my mother and grandma. For this reason, I decided to create this mini look book, in which I have styled my two current favorite vintage pieces. Along with my fellow friend and talented photographer @m.art.in.photo, we shot this vintage detail editorial.
The shirt in this look book is probably my favorite thrifted item. I got it about a month ago from a small second-hand boutique located in Sofia on Angel Kanchen street. Its vintage Ralph Lauren, which I got for 12 leva (or around 6 euro). If that isn’t a good deal, than I don’t know what is. The best thing about wearing the shirt is that whether you style it with jeans or a skirt, it adds a very subtle touch of class to the whole look.
The bag I got from a random shop in Fez, Morocco, but I am sure you can find a similar one almost every where since they are so trendy right now. For example I saw nice models in Zara.
The jeans were worn by my mother about 20 years ago and have stayed in her closet ever since. About a year ago, she gave them to me and until now, they are one of my most worn piece. I think that they are the perfect denim color and compliment my style and fit really well.
I really hope you enjoyed this mini look book. If you would like to see more amazing photos, go follow @m.art.in.photo on Instagram!