Some of my favorite things in April.
PILLOW- Charcoal velvet lumbar cushion
I’m sorry I don’t have a link for these lumbar pillow cases (they were bought from Etsy years ago and are no longer available), but I consider them as a potential inspiration for bed styling. I go through phases in which I have styled our bed differently, mostly not at all and only on the pillows on which we sleep, but every now and then I bring some things out of my throw pillow collection and have come to the conclusion that this is that’s my favorite combination. It looks so sharp and remains minimal / no pain that needs to be removed at night and rebuilt during the day. Again, I often don’t style the bed at all, but it’s really fun to do it from time to time.
And since I get questions every time this blanket shows up, I got it on eBay years ago, which is also no longer available through the seller from whom I got it. I found a similar one here (a range of different sizes and color options).
LIGHTING- Hay Matin table lamp
One of those things that was undoubtedly love at first sight. Paper screen lamps are experiencing a revival, and the pleated design of this lamp looks classic and updated at the same time. Comes in a variety of colors (was stamped by the green one) but the white felt most timeless to me, surprise. It currently lives in the office, but I can imagine that it will eventually live on a sideboard in the family room, which I hope will reach full speed once the world is back to normal!
LIGHTING- Gantri World table lamp
It is apparently the month of the lighting. The lighting is probably my favorite detail for any room. It’s one of the most formal and functional elements for the home, a combination that I live for, and I love it when it can be something sculptural and decorative like this. I teamed up with Gantri last month to publish this lamp in my IG feed. It was exciting because I have admired their unique and modern lighting designs for a while. You worked with Dims to design this model, which I also love and which was made in California through sustainable manufacturing practices. I love their company ethos and they do something very special to positively influence the way designer lighting is made.
TO BAKE- Coconut bread
The easiest and tastiest way to make yourself a coconut cake. Blew me away how good that was. Was a good excuse to get some almond extract that I now want to put in everything I bake. Makes the whole house smell amazing. It’s so fluffy, damp, and the icing on the cake looks like you paid $ 9 for a piece in a bakery, but no, you did it. Coconut lovers – this is mandatory.
This was one of our favorite dishes we made last month. In my search for a kebab recipe, since Oleg expressed this desire, I came across this food blog that recommended this meal combination with all recipes and that was so simple and good. We tried a yogurt-based marinade for the first time, which made the chicken tender and spicy. The sweet, crispy red onions on the kebabs are essential and may have been my favorite part. The rice was fragrant and fed us for days, and even though I thought the carrots seemed boring, I trusted the recommendation to prepare them and they were a great thing to go with this meal. Bought the hummus from Trader Joe and the Naan we already had in the freezer. While I would ideally have liked pepperoncini peppers, one side of dill pickle was perfect. It felt like summer doing this outside on the grill!
We never make pasta at home, but this quarantine lets us do a lot with what we cook, expand, and experiment to give us the freedom to satisfy any craving, and we’ve been talking about wanting carbonara for many months. We followed Binging with Babish’s video on carbonara basics and followed his “old school” instructions, although we used pancetta because it was what we had. It doesn’t look like much because not much has gone in, and it’s an amazing example that a dish is bigger than the sum of its parts. This is the dish we go to whenever we want a bowl of comfort noodles.
SKIN CARE Rosehip oil
I have known for some time that I like to use oils as a moisturizer. I recently came across a dermatologist at TikTok (lol) who recommended rosehip seed oil as a great moisturizer that helps with fading acne scars. Every now and then I get a bad scarred outbreak and I had one for a couple of months that was really stubborn. I clearly noticed that the scar became much faster when it faded – it is no longer there! I use it as a nighttime moisturizer and although it feels deeply moisturizing, it also feels soothing to put on, especially since I’ve combined it with a facial massage about twice a week. I referred to it This video on lymphatic massage and This video about the face lift massage. I don’t bet on things like that to transform and reverse aging on my face, but I know it feels good and I really enjoy it.
HAIR- hair conditioner
I got Klorane’s new Cupuaçu hair care line as a PR and by far the most notable product is the conditioner. I haven’t used a conditioner on my hair in years. I gave up the stuff a long time ago because it just felt like a heavy wax or oily coating and I couldn’t tell if any of it would benefit me. I almost didn’t want to try this because I basically stopped believing in conditioners, but this was so, so good. My biggest problem with hair and the reason I’m afraid of taking a shower is how frizzy and unruly my hair gets when it gets wet. I learned to cope with it by showering at night, air drying my hair and then sleeping on it so that it was a bit detached by morning and then I could style it. Immediately after air drying, I noticed that my hair looked silky and not nearly as puffy as it usually is. The conditioner easily loosened my tangles in the shower and didn’t feel heavy at all. It actually felt like it wasn’t creamy enough, which makes sense that it doesn’t complain or my hair feels coated at all. I am shocked that from now on I will use conditioners again – this one !!
SONGS ON REPEAT
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Everything at Ryp is 20% discount. You have so many of my favorite Scandinavian brands!
Pregnancy made me crave everything spicy and I got a kick with hot sauce. These smoky sweet green hot sauce is delicious, slightly spicy and I enjoyed it on breakfast burritos / eggs and all proteins. These smoky tamarind sauce is my favorite, but I wouldn’t consider it spicy. It’s like an extra hot BBQ sauce. Put it on everything and it just works.
The mules I told stories a few months ago, many of which have driven you crazy and are now available online!
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