Lady Finger Mascarpone Cheese Cake

Friday, October 22, 2021

Ever bake something and it gets eaten before you take proper photos of it? Yeah me neither. I made this cake for my dads birthday and I didn't get to take any good photos but it was SO good, I thought I share anyways .
What you need:
One box lady fingers
 Mascarpone cheese (one tub 450g) 
 2 cup heavy whipping cream, 
1 tub of strawberries sliced 
1 cup sugar, 
2 teaspoon vanilla extract,
5 tablespoons powdered sugar 
2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar 
How to make it:
Cut off the end of some of the lady fingers so they can stand up straight.

Slice strawberries, I put half of them in 2 tablespoons of balsamic vinegar and half in a bowl with 3 tablespoons of powdered sugar. Place the other in a separate bowl with 2 tablespoons of powered sugar.

In a mixer bowl beat the mascarpone cheese on slow until it's smooth then add 2 cups heavy cream, 2 teaspoons of vanilla extract and 1 cup sugar and mix until it's nice and fluffy.

In a circle pan (if you have one of those where the edges are removable), line the sides with lady finders (flat end down you cut), than line the bottom of the pan with ladyfingers. You will have to cut to make them fit.

Add a layer of mascarpone cheese mix, than balsamic strawberries, then just a little more mascarpone mixture. Then layer with lady finders and add mascarpone cheese mix, lawyer of sugared strawberries and all the mascarpone mixture on top. 

Cover with cellophane and let it in the fridge for at least 2 hours.

When ready to serve top with more strawberries and whipped cream


Letters to LA LA Land, lately

Thursday, October 21, 2021

Dear friends and readers, 

I have been at this for just over two years, there were some ups and some down but mostly good times.  I have learned from you and hopefully you learned something from me and enjoyed my journey.

2020 kicked my ass, like really bad, and 2021 was a little better but honestly, just marginally. All through the pandemic I found it hard to sit down and focus on the blog, and for that I am sorry. The pandemic was a productive, time to reinvent yourself space for many, but for me it was trying to keep my head above water... or at least that what it felt like it.

Earlier in the year I debated even continuing with the blog BUT after an e-mail from one of you, I decided that if this blog helps just one person, changes someone's day, or helps even a little I should keep going. The e-mail talked about an instagram story I shared based on one of the books I wrote about here... all about loss and life, and she was going through stuff and thought to reach out... I responded, I think more shocked to her. Her e-mail saying that my blog post and book recommendation changed her day, and it changed my entire year. Which brings us to today...

Going forward I promise to you all, and myself, to be more consistent, and to share more helpful and useful content. So starting Nov 1st we are gonna change things around here a bit.

I have been hard at work at two new series which I hope you will find helpful. First, practical meals you can make on a budget or with few ingredients; second, a series of DIY's and How to's that you can use or reproduce to make and potentially make money. Sure there is still gonna be fashion and books because I will always be a girl who loves playing dress up and living in (book) LA LA land.

I hope you stay tuned,

love xNermisa

OOTD - Combat Boots

Wednesday, October 20, 2021

Lately I noticed that combat boots have quickly become the "it" winter wardrobe must have item. They are warm (and lets be real that’s a MUST have in Canada) and keep your feet dry, but give you that cool-girl edgy vibe. There are so many style combat boots by go to lately is a pretty dress, jacket and boots.

dress: Zara (old)
purse: LV
boots: Steve Madden
jacket: Levis

OOTD - BlackT-shirt Maxi Dress with America & Beyond

Monday, October 18, 2021

America & Beyond is an artisanal boho clothing label that offers handcrafted bohemian fashion made for the creative, free-spirited woman with a zest for life. I have gotten so many compliments on this dress,. There are so many ways to style this Maxi T-Shirt Dress, whether you opt for sneakers and a denim jacket or just slide sandals or boots. It's easygoing, roomy, and comfortable.

I paired the dress with my go to boots and this amazing cross body bag from America and Beyond.  You can use code Nermisa10 for discount on America and Beyond website. 

dress: America and Beyond
purse: America and Beyond
shoes: Aldo

4 Common Travel Disasters and How to Overcome Them

Thursday, October 14, 2021

person in a plane flying at high altitude taking photo of left airplane wing during daytime 

Traveling the world is one of the best experiences you can have. You get to see unique places and meet new people, which will give you the chance to make memories and learn more about yourself. However, all travelers know that the trip is never that straightforward, and there is a chance that you’ll encounter some issues along the way. These issues can range from mild inconveniences to total disasters that disrupt your adventure. So what are the most common, and how can you overcome them?

Lost Luggage 

It’s the worst thing to stand beside the carousel waiting and waiting for your bag to come around only to realize that it has not arrived with you. Thankfully, there are plenty of solutions to lost luggage. The simplest approach is to keep some clothes in your travel buddy’s luggage. But what if you’re traveling alone? Some lightweight clothes in your carry-on will avoid any problems. You can feel confident that your luggage hasn’t disappeared into thin air and it will arrive eventually, but you should still speak to the airline as soon as possible to kickstart the retrieval process. 

Missed Flights and Transport Delays

So much of traveling is spent waiting for flights or taking overnight buses. It’s something that experienced travelers accept as part of the experience. However, some countries do not have the regimented transport schedule you are used to. This can cause problems, especially if your connecting flight is delayed. You don’t want to be stranded somewhere, so you’ll need to make sure you’re covered. As long as it is not your fault (or any of your party’s), you should be entitled to compensation.

Illness and Injury 

Trying new things is all part of the travel experience. From exotic food to different activities, you want to throw yourself into everything and see what it’s like. However, while this can be exciting, there is also the risk of experiencing an injury or succumbing to illness. Travel insurance should cover your bills, but there’s the risk that things can get out of hand if you don’t get treated quickly enough or if the treatment is not sufficient. Getting advice from good medical malpractice attorneys can provide peace of mind and help you get the compensation you deserve.

The Victim of A Crime 

Even though it’s safe to travel through most of the globe, you don’t want to give people an excuse to mug you. You’re more likely to be the victim of opportunistic crime, so make sure you keep all valuables close to you and don’t flaunt them around. Again, travel insurance should cover any loss through theft, and you must go to the police as soon as possible. Your insurance company will require proof that you have reported the crime, otherwise, you risk your claim being rejected.

Overcoming Disasters 

While you can do everything you can to avoid disasters, there is often nothing you can do to stop it. Rather than let it ruin your once-in-a-lifetime adventure, you should know how to deal with disasters and act as quickly as possible to avoid further issues. 


OOTD - Shades of Pink

Wednesday, October 13, 2021

 Pink is not only for Valentine’s Day outfits, it’s the perfect color for EVERY DAY, ALL DAY.  If you cannot match the exact shade simply wear a similar color either a shade lighter or darker. This look feels polished and perfect for any events and you can swap boots for sneakers, add a black belt and you have a casual day time outfits. 

skirt: Pull&Bear
top: Hudson's Bay
sunglasses: Nordstrom
shoes: Christian Louboutin


Inspirational Books for Women and Creators

Tuesday, October 12, 2021

With colder weather upon us, I tent o curl up with a book and a cup of PSL reading one of these inspirational books. These books are great for when you're feeling down on your luck and need a boost of motivation.

The Latte Factor: Why You Don't Have to Be Rich to Live Rich by David Bach, John David Mann
"In this compelling, heartwarming parable, Bach and his bestselling coauthor John David Mann (The Go-Giver) tell the story of Zoey, a twenty-something woman living and working in New York City. Like many young professionals, Zoey is struggling to make ends meet under a growing burden of credit card and student loan debt, working crazy hours at her dream job but still not earning enough to provide a comfortable financial cushion. At her boss’s suggestion, she makes friends with Henry, the elderly barista at her favorite Brooklyn coffee shop.
Henry soon reveals his “Three Secrets to Financial Freedom,” ideas Zoey dismisses at first but whose true power she ultimately comes to appreciate. Over the course of a single week, Zoey discovers that she already earns enough to secure her financial future and realize her truest dreams—all she has to do is make a few easy shifts in her everyday routine.

The Latte Factor demystifies the secrets to achieving financial freedom, inspiring you to realize that it’s never too late to reach for your dreams. By following the simple, proven path that Henry shows Zoey, anyone can make small changes today that will have big impact for a lifetime, proving once again that “David Bach is the financial expert to listen to when you’re intimidated by your finances."

Year of Yes by Shonda Rhimes
"In this poignant, hilarious and deeply intimate call to arms, Hollywood's most powerful woman, the mega-talented creator of Grey's Anatomy and Scandal and executive producer of How to Get Away with Murder and Catch, reveals how saying YES changed her life - and how it can change yours too. With three hit shows on television and three children at home, Shonda Rhimes had lots of good reasons to say no when invitations arrived. Hollywood party? No. Speaking engagement? No. Media appearances? No. And to an introvert like Shonda, who describes herself as 'hugging the walls' at social events and experiencing panic attacks before press interviews, there was a particular benefit to saying no: nothing new to fear. Then came Thanksgiving 2013, when Shonda's sister Delorse muttered six little words at her: You never say yes to anything. Profound, impassioned and laugh-out-loud funny, in Year of Yes Shonda Rhimes reveals how saying YES changed - and saved - her life. And inspires readers everywhere to change their own lives with one little word: Yes"

Everything is Figureoutable by Marie Forleo
"Do you ever have trouble finishing what you start? Do amazing ideas come to you all the time but after the initial excitement wanes you struggle to follow through? If you're creative and ambitious, the answer is likely yes.
The problem isn't you. It's not that you're not hardworking, intelligent or deserving, but that you haven't yet installed the one key belief that will change everything: Everything is figureoutable.

Whether you want to leave a dead-end job, heal a relationship, grow a business, master your money, or just find two free hours in your day, Everything is Figureoutable will train your brain to think more positively and help you break down any dream into manageable steps."

The 5am Club by Robin S. Sharma
"Part manifesto for mastery, part playbook for genius-grade productivity and part companion for a life lived beautifully, the 5 am club is a work that will transform your life. Forever.
Legendary leadership and elite performance expert Robin Sharma introduced The 5 AM Club concept over twenty years ago, based on a revolutionary morning routine that has helped his clients maximize their productivity, activate their best health and bulletproof their serenity in this age of overwhelming complexity.

Now, in this life-changing book, handcrafted by the author over a rigorous four year period, you will discover the early-rising habit that has helped so many accomplish epic results while upgrading their happiness, helpfulness and feelings of aliveness."

More Than Enough: Claiming Space for Who You Are (No Matter What They Say) by Elaine Welteroth
"In this part-manifesto, part-memoir, the revolutionary editor who infused social consciousness into the pages of Teen Vogue explores what it means to come into your own—on your own terms
Throughout her life, Elaine Welteroth has climbed the ranks of media and fashion, shattering ceilings along the way. In this riveting and timely memoir, the groundbreaking journalist unpacks lessons on race, identity, and success through her own journey, from navigating her way as the unstoppable child of an unlikely interracial marriage in small-town California to finding herself on the frontlines of a modern movement for the next generation of change makers.

Welteroth moves beyond the headlines and highlight reels to share the profound lessons and struggles of being a barrier-breaker across so many intersections. As a young boss and often the only Black woman in the room, she’s had enough of the world telling her—and all women—they’re not enough. As she learns to rely on herself by looking both inward and upward, we’re ultimately reminded that we’re more than enough"