11.26.2014

DIY | Paper Ornaments


While Christmas is almost around the corner (only one month left), most of you must have already started thinking about decoration. I know I have. However, many feel it is quite soon to start decorating the house with all the glamorous and sparkling Christmas ornaments most have. Well there is a silver lining between being way-too-early-celebrater and kind of a-healthy-anticipater. And this lining is called monochromatic minimal paper ornaments that don't shout Christmas right away but certainly give a certain HolidayIsComing-touch. 

Materials needed:
6 paper sheet of the color and size of your choice.
glue stick
scissors
twine, thread or ribbon 


Steps to follow:
1. fold each paper in half.
2. design the half of the shape you want - be careful to draw it with the big side on the middle of the paper
3. repeat until you have six same shapes folded in half.
4. glue each right side with the left side of the next sheet.
5. before gluing the last two sides, line the thread with the center of the ornament and then glue them together. 


11.07.2014

Lucky Charm 2015 [ Giveaway ]


How did that week pass by sooo quickly? I literally feel like it's Tuesday! I guess that has its advantages too -weekend is around the corner, yay!! But guys I have so much studying to do that I have to admit I don't particularly love the idea of it during the weekend. Plus I have a ton of orders to make and ship. Oh my !

On the bright side though, aren't these Lucky Charms cute? Well I made them for you!! From now on and until January a little Good Luck envelope with a Charm inside will accompany every order you place at my shop

AND the good news don't stop here. I will give 5 Lucky Charms away too. So if you want one yourself leave a comment below. Open to international readers of course, until 1st of December. 


Have a great weekend!! <3

11.06.2014

RECIPE | Vegetable Soup


So this happened today. The truth is I wasn't expecting my first post after my Eurotrip to be a recipe but I guess people have their weaknesses. First and foremost I wan't to say an enormous THANK YOU to all the kind ladies -and Nathan- who took over my little blog while I was spending some quality time abroad. I am sure you all enjoyed their lovely posts. I, for one, couldn't be more happy with my guest posters :) 

Secondly, I want to show you this soup I made from scratch earlier today! I'm so so excited, it was delicious and extremely easy to make, so I couldn't help myself but sharing it with you on the spot. I'm not entirely sure the photo illustrates the deliciousness but guuuuuuuuys if you are at any level soup persons you will love this one. 

INGREDIENTS (serves two)
4 medium sized tomatoes
4 carrots
a stalk of celery
one handful of broccoli
truffle oil and/or flavored salt
regular salt and freshly ground pepper
pink peppercorn for styling


INSTRUCTIONS
You will either need a steamer or an oven. If you prefer using the oven, preheat it to 200C and add the vegetables, roughly chopped on the top rack. Cook until there are soft. In the steamer case, add the vegetables on the lower level and cook for about 25'. The main difference between these ways is that the soup will have a more roasted flavor in the case of the oven. It's up to your liking though!

Meanwhile, bring 5 cups of water to boil and dilute the salt and pepper in it. If you have truffle salt don't use it now. Just the regular salt. When the veggies are ready add them in the mixer and beat them. Gradually add the water. Do that until the soup looks smooth. 

The last step depends again on your taste. In case you're hosting a dinner party and want to serve this soup as an appetizer I recommend you to follow it, but if you're just making it for yourself it's not that important. Since the soup has no potatoes nor cream in it, it won't be completely smooth. Therefore, in order to make it more appealing in the eye and better in terms of texture, I suggest you to strain it. I repeat it's not necessary. 

After serving, add some truffle oil and salt on top of it, along with some pink peppercorn, which besides giving a nice touch of pinkish red on the dish, it adds something unique to the soup as well! 

Enjoy !




10.31.2014

Guest Post | Tara Victoria


Hello lovely myLifebox readers! My name is Tara Victoria, a Graphic Designer and Blogger from Canada. I run my design studio Hatch & Harbour as well as the blog taravictoria.com, a lifestyle and design blog blog about simplicity, experiences, living authentically and all things inspiring. I am thrilled to be guest posting for Anna-Rosa as she travels and takes a much needed break!

Though I love the warm weather of Summer, Fall just has something about it – a certain je ne sais quoi that I fall in love with all over again this time, each year. I don’t know if it’s the warmth of snuggling inside by the fireplace with a pumpkin spice latte (my favourite), all the beautiful colours when the leaves change or the new comfy fashion styles that come with the changing season. Whatever it is about this season that’s got my heart melting, one thing I know for sure is how much I adore re-vamping my wardrobe to match the cooling weather. I’ve put together some of my recent favourites for you guys that I hope you’ll enjoy shopping with your favourite pumpkin-flavoured snack!

Flannel  -  Hat  -  Scarf  -  Long-sleeve tee  -  Jeans  -  Bag




10.29.2014

Guest Post | Of Trees and Hues

Hi, lovely readers of myLifebox! I’m Latrina, writer and curator, of the lifestyle blog Of Trees and Hues and I’m elated to be guest writing for Anna-Rosa while she’s exploring Europe – which I can’t wait to hear all about!

I’m such an admirer of Anna-Rosa’s DIY posts and thought it would be a lot of fun to contribute to that, so today I’m sharing with you one of my favorite things to make during this time of the year – aroma simmer pots! They’re incredibly easy to make and will fill your home with the most comforting and divine scents. So, whether you’re currently experiencing the crisp, cool air of Autumn or the warmth of Summer, I have two recipes that I think you’ll love all year around!

 The first is one of my favorites and one that reminds me so much of being a child during the holidays – it always manages to put me in such a festive mood and not to mention the aroma is absolutely amazing!

Ingredients:
An apple, cut in slices. The peels from one orange. Three cinnamon sticks and a tablespoon of whole cloves.

Process:
Fill a small saucepan with water along with all of the ingredients. Bring the mixture to a boil. It’s best to designate a saucepan just for aromas as you don’t want to cook with it later. Once at a boil, reduce the heat to a simmer. You can leave to simmer all day long, just remember to replenish the water when needed. You can store the mixture in the fridge for up to three days to enjoy later.

Another one of my favorites is the aroma of lemons, rosemary, lavender and vanilla extract. It’s incredibly calming and the perfect scent for those days where you want to pamper yourself. Just like the previous recipe, you’ll boil your ingredients for a few minutes and leave to simmer to enjoy for the entire day!


The possibilities are absolutely endless when it comes to aromas – and such a great way to make use of discarded fruit too. I hope you try these two recipes and let us know what you think!


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Short bio:
Latrina is a nostalgic, ambitious, warmhearted gal who thrives on living an adventurous life, one filled with new experiences, explorations and lots and lots of happy moments. She blogs at Of Trees and Hues, a design and lifestyle blog, with the purpose to curate beauty and inspiration as well as encouraging others to live enriched and adventurous lives.

10.27.2014

Guest Post | Hommie



Hello everyone! My name is Petros and I'm a Greek architect, designer and blogger, proud owner of Hommie. I'm so excited being part of Anna-Rosa's guest-blogging posts, featuring an easy and minimal DIY clothing rack.

Copper is still a strong and beautiful trend in home design and decoration. I think there's something in copper's colour that makes it so elegant and stylish. My inspiration came by several DIYs I found online, using copper plumbing accessories and round wooden sticks. I really like the simplicity and the scandinavian-design feeling of these two materials, when combined.


Instructions:

Get round wooden sticks from your local hardware store. Calculate how many pieces you need for your DIY project in order to buy enough supplies. Hardware stores usually have wooden sticks cut in standard length, for being easily transportable. The ones I got, for example, were 3m long each.
Cut the sticks into two 125cm long pieces, two 70cm long pieces, four 20cm long pieces and six 10cm long pieces.
Connect the wooden sticks with the copper pieces, as shown in diagram.
Check if the clothing rack is straight and steady and glue all the pieces together.
Enjoy!

Notes: Remember to check the diameter of the copper accessories. It has to be the same with the diameter of the wooden sticks. The ones I used for this DIY project were 23mm.
You can adjust the size of your clothing rack according to your needs. Change the length of the sticks marked as (b.) in the diagram, if you want it to be taller or shorter. Change the length of the sticks marked as (a.) in the diagram, to adjust its width.

10.25.2014

GIVEAWAY | 150$ Kate Spade Giftcard


So, although I have arranged all these beautiful guest posts i thought to pop by to say hello and share an amazing giveaway (agaiiiin? Yes! again!!) with you guys.

This time we celebrate Sam's birthday and we are giving you a chance to win a Kate Spade giftcard!! Yeah! :) I know all of you have "craved" a little something from Kate Spade and either you can't afford it either you haven't decoded yet what to buy, since everything is amazing. Now it's the time to purchase the shoes you've been eyeing!!

no need to say that the more entries you have the more possible it gets to win the prize. And don't forget to check out these people's lovely blogs, since without them this giveaway wouldn't have been brought to you.

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Maru (Fashiony Fab) | Brooke (Honestly, B.) | Emma (Emma-Lou Designs) | Anna-Rosa (MyLifeBox) | Sam (Sam Bell Creative) | Jessica (Jessica Says) | Tara (Tara Victoria) | Sarah (Safaris and Sunsets

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