5 Creative Salad Recipes

I have shared on my blog numerous times that I am not much of a cook... I am not a cook at all to be completely honest here and I'll admit that!

Sure, there are the handful of go-to recipes that I can whip up easily and that taste alright, so that I won't be starving, however, if I have the choice, I much rather prefer going to a restaurant, ordering take-out OR letting my boyfriend cook - he loves it and is really good at it, lucky me!!

Now, with the colder season I have definitely noticed that I am NOT eating as much fresh fruit, vegetables and greens as I used to during the warmer months and far less than I should be eating to guarantee for my vitamin and nutrients intake.

So this is why I opted for consciously preparing more salads to serve this purpose: healthy, vitamin-packed and delicious! However, since I am seriously lacking imagination in the cooking department, I, of course, turned to Pinterest to pin some new salad recipes - and let me tell you, I found some amazing ones!!

I am sharing four recipes here today. Please keep in mind, these are NOT mine (god, I wish I was that creative with food haha), I am just curating a cool and yummy selection, please click on the link under each picture to get to the full recipe.

Happy feasting!

1. Haloumi, Zucchini, Tomate and Pearl Couscous Salad

Recipe here

Had to mention this first because it is made with Haloumi and Haloumi is a delicious cheese and cheese is life - that's all. 
Ingredients (serves 4):

  • 1 tbs olive oil
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 2 cups pearl couscous
  • 4 cups stock (or bone broth if not vegetarian)
  • 250g cherry tomatoes, quartered
  • 2 zucchini, cut into 2-3mm thick slices
  • 200g haloumi, cut into 3mm thick slices
  • 1 lemon, juice and zest
  • 1/2 cup basil, shredded
  • 1/2 cup flat leaf parsley, finely chopped
  • 1 birds eye chilli, finely sliced
  • salt and pepper to taste
2. Fall Harvest Gorgonzola and Apple Salad

Recipe Here 

Had to share because if this isn't the most perfect salad to whip up last minute for a Thanksgiving gathering - I don't know what is.

  •  1 Sweet Kale Chopped 
  •  1 Pink lady apple, thinly sliced 
  •  5 Ounces of crumbled Gorgonzola cheese
  •  1 Pear, thinly sliced 
  •  6 Oz of cubed pancetta
  •  1 Cup of Whole Pecans
  •  ½ Cup of Pomegranate seeds 
  •   5 Sage leaves

3. Taco Pasta Salad 

Recipe Here 
This recipe basically sounds like everything my dreams are made of.

  • 1 tbs olive oil
  • 250g minced meat
  • 1 onion
  • 1 paket taco seasing mix
  • 250g pasta of your choice
  • 250g tomatoes
  • 1 cup of coriander
  • 100g taco sauce mild
  • 1 cup corn 
4. Detox Cauliflower Salad  

Recipe Here

  •  raw cauliflower rice 
  • apples
  • mint and parsley
  • Shallots, super thinly sliced
  • Roasted chickpeas
  • Big chunks of buttery avocado
  • honey-olive oil-mustard dressing
  • Lime juice and zest

I already got all the ingredients and will be doing a big bowl of the Fall Harvest salad to bring to work tomorrow - I'm sure my team will absolutely go crazy for it!

That Taco Pasta salad is definitely next on my list!

Which one will you be trying? 

xx Janine


Weekly Sales: The Holiday Party Wear Edition

We are fast approaching the festive season and with it comes all sorts of holiday gatherings, partys and events. I think purchasing a dress or any other outfit for those more special occasions can get pretty expensive, espeically considering you are likely not wearing the items many more times - but it does not have to be!!

I found some great deals on party wear on my favorite retailers websites and wanted to share them here. They are all under €100 but the majority of them are under €50 and there is even a €10 gem in there whaaat!

Hope you enjoy!

Asos is having a 30% off dresses and jumpsuits at the moment, which really inspired this blogpost AND is perfect for the upcoming festive season, so here are some favs I found:

NA-KD Fashion always has some gorgeous dresses, this one would be absolutely perfect for New Years don't you think?? It is only €10.78!

Also love the back detail on this shorter one and this one for something a bit more boho.

This lace trim slip dress is beautiful and on sale for only €19.99!!

Can't forget about the shoes! These ones are perfect to pair with virtually any party outfit from dresses, to skirts to trousers of any sorts - and they are on sale for €25.60!

Also loved this patent pair by Prettylittlething - on sale for only €15!

Which one of these items is your favorite? Are you having any plans for holiday partys or events in the next weeks? And what are you wearing? Share the deets!

I am definitely thinking about picking up the red AX Paris jumpsuit and pair it with a boyfriend blazer for a work Christmas party early December - what do you think??

xx Janine

Disclaimer: no affiliate links have been used in this blogpost just trying to help you shop :)

Pinspiration: Cozy Up!

Even though November is one of those in-between months where nothing reeaaally is happening except for all of us waiting for the holidays, I do like to treat the almost-last month of the year as a chance to really gear up in terms of everything COZY!

Wether that be updating my winter wardrobe, re-purchasing those skincare bits that cater to dry, cold-suffering skin or pinning away recipes for gorgeous and calorie-loaded hot cocoa drinks in different variations (mmhhh...).

Speaking of Pinterest, I always like to create a mood board that caters to my decor wishes and needs for the particular season. I spend all of last night looking and saving simple way to really cozy up my home for the colder season ahead. I love the result!

Check out some inspiration to make your apartment feel like a cozy cabin somewhere in the mountains of Canada (lol) - hope you enjoy!

So, let me just say, candles, chunky knit throws and twinkle lights all the way for me!
Which Pinspiration is your fav? Which decor would you try?

xx Janine 

Moschino x H&M - A First Peak

TOMORROW is the big day.

On the 8th of November 2018 one of the most hyped designer collaborations will be hitting (selected) stores: Moschino x H&M.

Now, I definitely did not see this collection coming before it was announced a few months ago - but I absolutely approve! Moschino is not a brand I'd go crazy for and buy every item they release (even if I did have the money for it), BUT I do think that they have some really cool key pieces that add that little bit of edge to any outfit (I especially love their accessories!).

At a first glance Moschino x H&M is trashy, colorful, 90's-hip-hop-streetwear-glam and a whoooole lot of gold hardware. The campaign video brings across the vibe pretty accurate imho!

For me it is not a collection I am lusting for each and every single pieces. However, I did find some statement things that I would loooove to get my hands on.

So, let's have a look at some stand-out pieces for me - they even have DOG HOODIES whaaat?!

Printed T-Shirt - €34.99

Bra and Panty Set - €29.99 + €19.99

Bomberjacket - €149

Leather Belt - €99

Hoodie - €59.99

Dog Hoodie - €79.99

Lace Up Boots - €199

Woooow - what a collection? What do you think?? So excited to hear some opinions about this collaboration!

If I would miraculously manage to get my hands on even one of these pieces I would personally go for something more casual like one of the T-Shirts or hoodies. But to be completely honest these lace up booties are making me swoon!!

In an ideal world I would also pick up that adorable hoodie for my dog, but... with it being even more expensive than the ladies sweater, I leave that to the dog mommas that spoil their fur babys to high heaven haha!

xx Janine

Disclaimer: no affiliate links have been used creating this blogpost, just trying to help you shop ;)

Teddy Coats Under €100 To Buy Right Now!

 Front row left to right: Zara, Pull & Bear, PrettyLittleThing
Middle row left to right: H&M, H&M, Mango
Buttom row left to right: Boohoo, Bershka, NA-KD

Here in Germany winter is hitting us full force and it is already getting so cold in the evenings that all I wanna do is cuddle up in bed.

Good thing that clothing pieces like Uggs and TEDDY COATS are coming to the rescue as they actually feel like you are wearing your duvet cover all day long - what a dream!

So this weeks edit is brought to you by me freezing all the time haha - no, but seriously, who doesn't love a good cozy teddy coat?? I was browsing my favorite online retailers and found sooo many cute ones, in a lot of different colors as well.

Oh, and they are all under €100 - I am sure there will be something for everybody!

Happy shopping!

Mango Oversized Shearling Coat - €79.99

Zara Shearling Coat With Buttons - €79.99

H&M Teddy Coat In Black - €69.99

H&M Teddy Jacket In White - €59.99

Pull&Bear Long Shearling Coat In Burnt Orange - €45.99

NA-KD Oversized Collar Teddy Coat In Off-White - €89.99

PrettyLittleThing Blush Pink Teddy Coat - €98.00

Bershka Coat With Oversized Collar - €79.99

Boohoo Camel Colored Shearling Coat - €97.99

Which one is your favorite?

xx Janine 

Disclaimer: no affiliate links have been used creating this blogpost, just trying to help you shop ;)

Weekly Sales

 Welcome to this weeks episode of Weekly Sales! 

I can not believe how many amazing deals I found this time, there are a ton of on trend clothing items on sale for amazing prices - so let's dive right in!

 I am obsessed with this sweater by Zara and it is only €16!! It is also long enough to wear it with OTK boots.

On Urban Outfitters there is a 20% on handbags ONLY today with the code INTHEBAG.
I am looking for a roomy bagpack right now and this one really caught my eye. It is kind of pricey, so a 20% off code really came in handy ;)

Asos is having a 20% off of new arrivals - that means all of the fall and winter pieces are on sale! I loved this Adidas jacket to throw on when heading to the gym (under my winter coat that is), this cropped Nike sweater is an amazing deal and great for just lounging around or that sporty chic vibe and this black velvet dress is perfect for holiday season!

This skirt made out of velour leather by H&M is 50% off! Such a good deal - it looks super luxe.

I also adore this striped sweater!

We all know that &Other Stories can get pretty expensive, however there are some amazing deals going on on the website right now! Here are some faves:

Floral Lace Dress - €79 - €32

Stripe Sleeve Sweater - €69 - €41

Which sale item is your fav?? I think mine has to be that €16 Zara sweater... €16!!! But the UO bagpack is super cute as well!

xx Janine

Disclaimer: no affiliate links have been used creating this blogpost, just trying to help you shop ;)

On My Shoppinglist: New In Winter Fashion

November is almost upon us, the days are getting shorter, the mornings and nights are super cold already and the air feels clear and crisp - not too bad, as long as you can stay in bed all day, cuddled up in a super snuggly blanket and binge Netflix.

However, the majority of us will have to face the colder season with all it's glory (and by that I mean rain, wind and the freeeezing cold) and seeing as today was one of those especially devastating days where I live weather-wise, I got super inspired this evening to browse my favorite onlineshops for those new in Winter bits that will keep you extra toasty and armed for the upcoming weeks!

Let the shopping begin!

Oversized rollneck sweater - I adore this chunky knit! It is uber oversized and just looks sooo comfy. I'm living for pieces that feel like you are basically wearing your blanket haha!

Thermal Leggings - These thermal leggings are the dreeeaam and so versatile! I love wearing mine more casual with an oversized sweater and boots or just to lounge around the house.

Longline sweater - I think this longline sweater is such a cool statement piece and comes in different colors as well!

Brown OTK boots - These overknee boots are such a cool statement shoe, I love the toe caps! I adore the color, it goes with everything yet adds a certain edge to an outfit.

Blush pink beanie - There is nothing better than a huge chunky knit beanie in the colder season, am I right? Apart from the fact that it hides bad hair days effortlessly, it is such a cute trend piece AND keeps you warm... win-win!

Teddy Coat - I had to include this beige teddy coat for how affordable it is! I also really like the length of it, it does not look like it would drown you lol!

Camel coat - A good quality, heavy-weight camel coat is a winter classic and an oversized style, like this one, allows for layering chunkier sweaters underneath!

Check Scarf  - I love this scarf for the mustard yellow running through the black and white pattern and those tassels are uber cute! This style will work with pretty much any jacket in your wardrobe.

Long Cardigan - And last but not least, a long-lined cardigan in a classic neutral color is the perfect winter layering piece! I liked this one for it's boxy cut and the maxi-length sleeves.

I am IN LOVE with so many of these pieces, a lot of them went straight into my shopping cart!
What do you think? Which piece is your favorite? Are you already commencing your winter fashion shopping?

xx Janine

How To Make Overknee Boots Stay Up!

I recently picked up a pair of gorgeous over the knee boots from Asos (they were from the brand New Look) to style with my new perfectly slouchy and oversized grey sweater dress and could not wait to wear exactly that outfit on an amazingly sunny Saturday afternoon to get a coffee with my girlfriends.

So far, so good.

What I did not expect was that my new OTK boots would basically fall down my legs after about thirty seconds of me walking and end up somewhere below.my.knee...
I bet you can imagine how pissed I was having to pull up the boots CONSTANTLY and trying to tie the drawstring at the top of them even tighter after every five steps.

Needless to say, I sent the boots right back to where they came from.

I then picked up a much better quality pair of OTK boots and they just stay up SO much better, when wearing over jeans or tights I do not have to pull them up at all. However, wearing them with bare legs even those boots feel a tiny bit less secure - which is why I pulled together some little tips and tricks to actually make your OTK boots stay up and slouch-free on bare legs!

1. A Boot Bra

Yes, you read that right. A boot bra is actually a thing!
When I googled for tips on how to make my OTK boots stay up, this was the thing that really caught my eye. Here is a link to a boot bra on Amazon, just to get a quick idea, but it is basically a sort of bandage with a snap you put around your thigh and connect with the other part of the button, that is adhered to the boot. I've also seen another version that uses velcro instead of a snap.
The reviews are amazing, but before purchasing this (it's pretty pricey for what it is imo) I've seen tutorials all over the Internet on how to DIY them!

2. Fashion Tape!

Okay, fashion tape has to be one of the greatest inventions of mankind (obviously over-exaggerating relentlessly). And this was another option that came up countless of times while doing my research - and it makes sense! Fashion tape is pretty strong being able to hold dresses and shirts in place and it does the same with boots, as long as the fabric isn't too heavy.
It also pretty much only works on bare legs, as you will have a hard time trying to make fashion tape stick on pieces like jeans or tights. However, I do think this is a really great quick and affordable fix to a slouching boot!

3. Material Matters

This is actually the most important tip imo and something that you just have to take into consideration when purchasing OTK boots.
It makes sense that sturdy materials like leather or suede rarely slide down or bunch up. So if you have the cash, invest in these materials!
For the rest of us: look for thicker, sturdy-feeling materials. Boots made out of fabric that basically feel like a t-shirt might feel amazing on, but will fall down in a matter of seconds. If you want that skin-tight look, go for a fabric that is really stretchy.
My OTK boots are made out of faux suede and stay up perfectly.

What are your tips for making your OTK boots stay up? And what do you think about a boot bra??
I hope these tips are somewhat helpful!

xx Janine

Pinspiration: Jewelry Trends

I must admit: I am in a little bit of a jewelry funk right now.

I used to wear jewelry everyday and experiment with a lot of different styles - statement earrings, chockers, layered necklace, arm candy (omg who remembers #armcandy ??!) and stacking rings on pretty much every single finger on my hand.

Well, lately I have not really been inspired nor actually got excited picking out my jewelry, mainly resorting to wearing my pearl studs, my oldie but goldie Fossil watch and maybe a bracelet or cuff. A lot of that has to do with me deciding to start going for quality rather than quantity with my jewelry pieces: I wanted to go off of picking up €3 pieces from Primark all the time and invest in more durable items that just look amazing, do not tarnish, can be worn 24/7 and actually do not fall apart after wearing them twice.

I guess I just decided to start building up a jewelry collection that will last me for years - but where to start?

There are A TON of gorgeous jewelry brands out there that make high quality pieces that also do not break the bank entirely, but I wanted to carefully sort out what pieces I wanted to invest in first.

And what do you do when you are collecting inspiration? Right, you turn to Pinterest!
I decided to do a round-up of all the jewelry styles that inspire me right now. I am linking the source of every photo below!

I hope you enjoy! Let's all get inspired together!

Which jewelry trend inspires you the most? I absolutely adore the dainty wave ring, but I am also obsessed with coin necklaces! 

xx Janine