very berry parfait

breakfast recipe, berry parfait

the taste of summer

Growing up I was one of those kids that preferred savory over sweet any day. Omelettes for breakfast before school happened rarely, but when they did, it was always a nice surprise. Snacks were the salty variety and on very seldom occasion would I feel the urge to ask for something confectionary.

I would say it wasn’t until my year at St. Andrews that I grew fond of the sweeter notes in food. Fruit replaced crackers, porridge with honey replaced omelettes, and afternoons were adorned with cakes and biscuits. I continued on the trend even when I was home before moving to London. Weekends became days of baking and morning brunches included muddled berries in syrups and lots and lots of scones.

So I guess it only seemed appropriate that when it came time to making parfaits, the sweet juice of the apple in the yogurt and the addition of the berry coulis seemed just the right thing to do to a newly converted sweet-tooth.

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everyday jewelry care

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everyday precious things

in collaboration with ANGARA, a gemstone e-store
supplying the highest quality gemstones with unique, classic designs.
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It was on the day I moved to university that my parents gifted me with my pearl studs, something I wear
almost on the daily. Then came graduation from my Masters program and that’s when they gifted me with
such a simple, timeless ring. Both of these are momentous gifts that are everlasting in both style and
quality. So when Angara reached out to ask me to share a bit about my pieces and especially care tips, I
knew it was the right thing to do to go along with the project. Many of you ask about some of my simpler
jewels. So a few tips for you on how I take care of my everyday jewels.
 

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always

Apply lotion, cosmetics, hairspray and lotions before putting on your jewelry. And when you’re undressing,
be sure to lightly wipe your jewels to rid any oil or sweat. Be sure to get jewels fixed immediately if they break.

never

Wear jewelry whilst completing housework or gardening as cleaning products can effect the metal. Avoid
swimming in pools or hot tubs that contain chlorine as well as any chemicals.
 

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cleaning

I use soft make-up brushes to rid any dust or dirt particles. Then pick up jewelry wipes to clean off the
metals as well as mild-detergent and water for diamonds. It’s important to clean your everyday jewelry
regularly as the metal and gemstones can dull.

storage

I like to place my everyday jewels in a velvet-laced jewelry box like pictured above. This prevents any
tarnish or scratches. Always store pearls in soft velvet pouches.

resilience

Get jewelry professionally cleaned once a year and pearls should be restrung if you wear it often. Some
gemstones should not be exposed to extreme sunlight and/or temperature, so it’s important to know your pieces.
 

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a london minute

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when days blend

styling SUPAL DESAI photography SARA LEJON PHOTOGRAPHY
location VINCENT SQUARE, LONDON in collaboration with LARSSON & JENNINGS

The last several months have been ruthless in the sense that appointments, meetings and deadlines
have piled up. My days often start extremely early prepping for what’s ahead and then I find
myself running from meeting-to-meeting in this city. Days end late into the night as meeting
minutes are typed up and I ready myself for another day full of assignments and such,
it gets a bit hectic. They say that New York City is the city that never sleeps, but really
London should be categorized as the same.

Sometimes I take living in this city for granted. I forget to stop and embrace. Stop. Think. Breathe.
But when you’re in this professional chaos, it’s almost binding. I think my biggest flaw was not
keeping track of the time as hours and minutes would just go by in a blur…
 

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where classic meets contemporary. where minimalism reigns.

And that’s when I decided a watch was necessary to force me to keep track of all the minutes
going by and reminding me to take a moment for myself. I opted for the ever so chic,
luxurious Swiss made and subtle Läder Black by Larsson & Jennings.

A simple, chic aide-mémoir to stop. think. breathe. And though I opt for more delicate details,
the handmade leather is the softest and proves to blend British watch aesthetics with
Swedish minimalism. In my humble opinion, the absolute perfection of a watch as
functionality meets style and elegance.
 

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shirt & trousers MASSIMO DUTTI watch LÄDER BLACK c/o LARSSON & JENNINGS necklace BAGUETTE c/o CHRISTINE ELIZABETH JEWELRY earrings KATE SPADE NEW YORK purse TED BAKER heels ANN TAYLOR nails ETERNAL OPTIMIST by ESSIE
lips EVERLASTING CARAMEL by L’OREAL

volume seven

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taking control of your emotions

Since moving to London, which is what most of my narratives start these days, I’ve had
quite a roller coaster ride in the emotional form. It’s hard to move to a place to call home,
but that place is empty of all the people you love and care for. Though England, similar
to America in some ways, has its major dissimilarities. This is something that most of my
expat friends and I discuss on the regular. I constantly feel as if I’m running through
various emotional tunnels trying to navigate the big maze. From that point I decided it was
necessary to read a novel that was humbling in thought-provoking. One that included a storyline,
but embedded with something a bit deeper. I was obviously going a psychological renaissance
and so I decided to pick The Perks of Being a Wallflower and Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close.
 

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the perks of being a wallflower, stephen chbosky

I started this book on the train over to Heathrow as I was readying myself for my trip to
South Africa. And the next thing I knew, I was 30 then 60 then 100 pages in. You are sucked
into this coming-of-age story of Charlie who is trying to navigate his life after a tragic
loss. I resembled Charlie back in school, one who was shy and behind a sheer curtain.
Though people knew me, I wasn’t the most comfortable. And so as he experiences love,
loss, growth and maturity-the tale tangles among his emotional curiosity. A novel that
challenges and take you back to your wild days of youth.
 

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extremely loud & incredibly close, jonathan safran foer

I walked across the street to a park after picking up Foer’s novel, sat on a bench that flirted
with the shadows of the tree right next to it, and opened the book to the first page. I had
fallen in love with Oskar at that first instant. Though a nine-year-old who lost is father
in the September 11th attacks on the World Trade Centre, Oskar was such a dynamic character.
I felt almost immature in comparison as he seemed to understand people and pick up on the littlest
of details to easily. Oskar found a key in his father’s closet and he was determined to find the
lock in which it belonged to. His search leads him to strangers, history, stories, places all of
which brings him closer to peace.

glimpses of home

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home is where the heart is

A city like London makes you cherish the idea of having a place called home. A place that
holds you belongings, but also feels warm and secure. And since stepping foot on the soil
here, it has been rather difficult to find that perfect balance within a space to call home
or even a neighborhood. The last several weeks have been a bit hectic as I have been trying to
grapple with trying to find the perfect place, then paperwork, then the moving process and
the closing out procedures with the former flat. It was all just too stressful and I’m
sure I’m not the first to preach that. Thankfully with the help of a few good friends, I’m
gradually assimilating into my new “home”. And so a few glimpses of the new place, plus
an absolutely stunning view at the end…
 

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