Nutella-Vanilla Ice Cream

Friday, August 26, 2016

I love ice-cream. My mom had this recipe for home made ice cream that she used to make us when we were kids... It was the BEST ice-cream ever. However after moving, war, moving, it got lost in the process. For last few years we tried different recipes and nothing came even close. Few months back, I found a recipe for a home made cream (sans ice-cream machine) and with few tweaks I found my new favourite ice cream... its not my moms recipe but I will settle for now.


Ingredients:
  • 500 ml marscapone
  • 400 ml heavy cream (or whipped cream if you prefer)
  • 2 tbl pure vanilla extract
  • 200 g Nutella
  • 100 g honey
  • 100 g powder sugar

Directions:
  • In a bowl combine marscapone and heavy cream. Mix well
  • Separate mixture in two equal portions
  • Take one half of the mixture add vanilla extract, homey and powder sugar mixed well
  • Mix the other half with Nutella, mix with a spatula until evenly mixed.
  • Pour both mixtures in a glass container with a  lid and place in freezer
  • it will be ready in 30 minutes.
  • Serve over warm brownies or with fresh fruit

What is your favourite ice-cream?



City Guide: Dubrovnik, Croatia

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Regardless of how many times I end up in Dubrovnik, the beauty and the sense of awe never seem to fail. The beauty of the old town, the city’s marble streets, the crystal clear Adriatic sea and the stunning architecture are reasons I go back to Dubrovnik. If you have never been, or you are lucky enough to visit often and need some new ideas of what to visit, here is the Letters to LA LA Land city guide to Dubrovnik:

Do and see in Dubrovnik:

Old Town:
This is a must see in Dubrovnik. It's where everything happens. Surrounded by the city walls is a network of streets filled with restaurants, bars and shops. This is also the place to be if you are Game of Thrones fan.

Ancient City Walls:
The walk is about 2KM and offers a fantastic view of everything. From the sight of the red tiled roofs to absolutely stunning views over the city of Dubrovnik.

This might be the best way to see the city. Dubrovnik’s cable car whisks you from the city walls to Mt SrÄ‘ in under four minutes. The view is stunning, so I make a point of grabbing a coffee and lunch at the snack bar and a restaurant at the top. If you can make it during the day, and than stay to watch the sunset I promise the views are worth it.

City Harbor:
There is something about the harbor that I love. Watching boats come and go, the ocean under the changing sun that feels so romantic and peaceful. Lots of place to eat, drink and take in the atmosphere. This is where you take boat trips (if you are visitng the islands). City Harbor is worth doing and seeing the City from the water.
There options of beaches in (and around) Dubrovnik are vast. All of the beaches in town are pebble beaches, but with breathtaking emerald crystal clear water you can not go wrong with visiting any of them. My preference of beaches are; Lapad, Banje and Copacabana Beaches.
Dubrovnik is on the expensive side of things, but options for stay are endless. I would recommend Hotel Vis, Hotel Dubrovnik Palace and Hotel More. I like each for different reasons but what they do have in common is comfort, amazing service and breathtaking views.

Dining options in Dubrovnik are infinite, and I mean that. From high end restaurants to food carts you can pretty much get it all. Places I visit every time I am in Dubrovik are: Konoba Veranda, Nautika Restaurant, D'vino Wine Bar, Fish Restaurant Proto, Marco Polo and Tutto Bene. I have to shamelessly admit that we visit Tutto Bene and D'vino more often than we should (like daily).
Few (helpful) tips on visiting Dubrovnik:
Book your stay early. The city is big but busy and expensive. If you are booking last minute you might be forced to pay too much or your room will be far from everything resulting in additional taxi/transport cost.

The old town is built small, and offers narrow streets to begin with and when you add enormous crowds of tourists, it becomes overwhelming . It’s not just crowded, it’s super crowded, add summer heat and it’s a recipe for chaos BUT go early in the day or visit at night to have the best experience.

Buy water and snacks at local stores, not at the beach or your hotel lobby in order to save money.

Bring comfortable towels/mats to lay on. Every beach charges for chair rentals and some places charge upwards of 30kuna for the day.
There are TUN of tours available. Do your research and bundle if you can.


 Have you been to Dubrovnik? What are your favorite places to see in Dubrovnik?
If you are interested in full reviews of any places I have talked about here, you can check them out on Trip Advisor.


OOTD - Cropped to Perfection

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

My dilemma with crop tops was brought up on Letters to LALA Land before, mainly because majority of crop tops on the market are sleeveless, form-fitting, and resemble lingerie to some extent. This crop top is sleeveless, but it fits loose which makes it more flattering. I paired with a high waisted skirt which makes me appear slimmer. I paired it with simple black pumps, blazer and gold accessories for the evening out. 






What do you think? Lose fitting crop tops, yay or nay?

Top 5 Swim Suits For Girls With Big Boobs

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Summer is all about the getting your bronze on, cause everything is better with a glow. For ladies with larger chests, tops can be a challenge on the regular; add to that the lack of cloth and you have an even bigger challenge. Here are some suggestions that provide support for those precious ladies.

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Don't let the word plus size scare you, you can buy this swim suit in XL and it provides coverage and makes your cleavage look amazing. You can also do water sports and not fear your boobs are going to pop out. This suit is also super affordable from Forever 21.




This bikini top is perfect for the girls who are larger than a D-cup. It has underwire for extra support and comfortable shoulder straps. This top is available at Swimco it's a little pricer but for comfort it's totally worth it.


Who says you can't have a fun top just because you have a larger chest check out this plaid number that has coverage and underwire from Venus.


I know what you are thinking there is no way my boobs are going to fit in there, but be adventurous! The ASOS website says DD-G so it must fit. Considering the options for cute bikini tops are limited the larger your chest is, I was super excited when I came across ASOS I mean I would never consider that top but if it goes up to a G I will def try it!

What swim suit brands do you wear?


OOTD - Lace Detail

Monday, August 22, 2016

I love the delicate lace details on shirts and dresses. The detail usually makes the whole outfit feel so whimsical and feminine. I also love layering, so I paired this pretty lace bralette and a see though shirt, with a white skirt for a night out on the town.







Shirt: Vero Moda
Skirt: Zara
Purse: Steve Madden
Shoes: Marhsalls


Beauty Favourites: Products I Always Run Out Of (And Rebuy)

Saturday, August 20, 2016

I love to try new products, usually I can't wait for whatever I'm using to run out so I can go out and buy something else to try. But there are a few products I am in love and will buy over and over again.
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Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Eraser Dark Circles Treatment Concealer- For $12 you can't go wrong, the coverage is great. One thing I do note is that you should use primer before applying it as it can crease depending on your skin type. While this isn't the only concealer I own (can you say beauty junkie) I do buy this over and over. I like the coverage it provides and especially how cheap it is.
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QUO  Khol Eyeliner Black- The best eyeliner ever! It has staying power even if you put it on your waterline it stays there all day no smudging and the color is so dark with just one application. The only drawback I can see some people would have is that no matter what make-up remover you use it still never fully comes off. So the next day you will still have eyeliner on, as a lazy girl I have no problem with that. One less thing to do in the morning, I am in!
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Vaseline - This product is multi purpose, I use it for many different things from chapped lips, to under the eyes at night. It's so versatile and inexpensive, most people are scared to try it all over the face but I swear in the winter I use it all over and it leaves my skin feeling hydrated and baby soft. In the Summer I use it only under the eyes to help combat the dark circles.

What are your go to beauty products?

Cucumber Tartines with Smoked Salmon & Cream Cheese

Friday, August 19, 2016

I think I am having Europe withdrawals, mainly because I miss all the food and desert and the people and the sunshine. Ok I miss it all, but this morning I woke up craving these cucumber tartines with smoked salmon & cream cheese I had almost every day while in Croatia. These are so easy to make, and are super flavorful and creamy, but still light and healthy.
Here is what you will need:
  • 1 cup herb cream cheese, softened
  • 1 large package of smoked salmon
  • Slices of country bread (or homemade bread)
  • Freshly cracked black pepper (to taste)
  • Sea salt (to taste)
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tea spoon honey
  • 1 cucumber

Directions:
  • In a small bowl prepare the marinade by combining olive oil with honey and cracked black pepper.
  • Toast the bread slices briefly and rub with pre made marinade
  • Spread some of the cream cheese mixture on each one.
  • Place piece of smoked salmon then top with cucumbers.
  • Sprinkle with sea salt and black pepper and serve immediately. 



These are perfect for brunch or get together with friends. What food do you crave from holidays you have taken

 
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