Coveting, Fashion, Features, How to..., Outfits

Summer Transition: Olive


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One of summer’s favourite item is anything khaki or olive.  Be it the military style or the safari look, olive exudes a menswearish, cool vibe – a bit masculine, a bit sporty, modern-urban, and relaxed.  However you look at it, it’s become one of summer’s staples — from cargo shorts and chinos to jumpsuits and shirtdresses.

How do you transition this favoured summer palette to fall?  Check out these street style inspirations:

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Re-live the 70’s vibe and make it now by pairing your olive midi skirt with
a silky graphic shirt and a pair of ankle boots like these ones from H&M (they’re on sale!).

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The bomber jacket has made a major comeback a few years ago and it looks like it’s here to stay.
Transition your olive bomber jacket by pairing it with a navy shift dress and a pair of brogue shoes.

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Amal Clooney made it to every spread of fashion magazines and blogs when she wore
this same chic Sonia Rykiel khaki jumpsuit.  But this street-style photo above shows
how to transition a summer jumpsuit into a perfect fool-proof fall outfit.



summer transition_shopZARAWear this fringed textured dress with metallic lurex socks, your favourite platform sandals,
a wool hat and a bucket bag.
 summer transition_shopF21
Worn with high-neck ribbed knit jumper, this olive twill culottes becomes instantly chic!
Complete the look with these suede pointy mules for that minimalist look.
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This perfect olive bomber jacket from Topshop could take you from day to night!
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I love how this classic leather watch can take pull together any outfit.
And the price tag is a winner!
summer transition_shopH&M
Go French chic by pairing this olive tunic dress with
this slouchy suede and leather ankle boots from Isabel Marant (and it’s on sale!).
Finish off the monochromatic boho look with this fringed leather bag from Zara.
Food & Entertaining



Typical macaroons are made of coconuts and almond essence or flakes but depending on traditions and personal tastes, variations were made.  My boys love how I put a twist on this small cake by adding crushed pineapples and omitting almonds, nuts and jams.  




  • 1 7oz moist and sweetened coconut flakes
  • 1 14 oz can condensed milk
  • 1/2 c melted butter
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 cup crushed pineapple, drained well


  1. Mix well all ingredients in the order given above and distribute evenly on cupcake pans.
  2. Bake for 25-30 minutes on a 325F | 162C heat.
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Coveting, Fashion, Features, Trends

Make It Yours. Monogram It.



Monogrammed luggages has been around for a long time as part of Europe’s heraldic traditions.  World-renowned Parisian malletier and luggage manufacturer Goyard, for instance, has been doing the tradition of personalization by hand-painting monograms on trunks and travel accessories since 1853.  Back in the day, luggage personalization was done for practical reasons — to easily identify the legitimate owner of a trunk — rather than for aesthetics or for fashion.

In the recent years, other luggage and bag makers like Louis Vuitton, Moynat, Bottega Veneta and Fendi, among others, followed suit.

I like the idea of personalizing my handbag.  However, I’ve heard horror stories about paints peeling off and making the bag look terrible after years of use — not exactly what anyone would want after investing on a designer purse AND the monogram (yes, most them charge extra fees for customization and it’s quite pricey!).  However, when I learned that Fendi is hot-stamping monograms gratis, and the monogram would be quite discreet (I was never a fan of big, loud monograms or logos!) as it would be placed on the detachable tag and in the same colour as the metal hardware of the handbag, I just went for it!

Frankly, I can’t believe I actually had second thoughts about it…because I love it!



Now, I want to have all my handbags monogrammed!

Would you consider putting monograms on your handbags?




Food & Entertaining, Home

I Scream for Ice Cream



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Ice Cream… my kids usual request especially on summertime.  Who wouldn’t want one especially just by dreaming of eating one, it sends cold to our spine, satisfies our cravings and cheers us up in not-so-good situations.  So how about making a rich and creamy ice cream in any flavor and experiment with low fat ones at the comfort of your own home?  To start off, you will need these gadgets, and these are what I typically use when I make and serve ice creams at home.


Fully automatic frozen yogurt, sorbet, and ice cream maker n brushed stainless-steel housing with a heavy-duty motor.

Cuisinart ICE-30BC 2-Quart Automatic Frozen Yogurt, Sorbet, and Ice Cream Maker
Tovolo Glide-A-Scoop Ice Cream Tub




A 1.5 quart capacity insulated tub with non-slip base keeps ice cream longer.

Heavy-duty spring action made of stainless steel that scoops and holds 4 tablespoons or 2 ounces.  Norpro Scoop, 56MM 
Cuisinart DLC-4CHB Mini-Prep Plus 4-Cup Food Processor
Mini food processor with 4-cup capacity with touch-pad controls, auto-reversing blade for chopping or grinding and easy-grip handle.
Set of 12 cone patented ice cream bowls and spoons (12 bowls and 12 spoons) in pastel colors made of high quality plastic which will not break, chip or crack and BPA-free.  Greenco Set of 12 Vibrant Colors Ice Cream Dessert Bowls and Spoons