Breakfast: DIY granola

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Granola is on just about every breakfast menu yet is so easy to make you never need to buy it again! Foodie Underground has a great recipe, but it can be added to or modified in any way you like, depending on how you fancy your granola. Although the initial outlay will be a little expensive…it will make so much granola it is definitely worth it (plus have less sugar than most of the other ‘healthy’ stuff out there…)

If you make just one thing this week….it should absolutely be this. Enjoy!

Ingredients
3 cups old-fashioned oats
3/4 cup shredded coconut
1/2 cup slivered almonds
1/3 cup honey
2 tablespoons coconut oil
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1 teaspoon cardamom
1 teaspoon sea salt
1 cup dried fruit

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Home additions: linen and ladders

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Investing in homewares can feel like a neverending job. Although it is difficult (and we are guilty of buying plenty of junk!) proper investment in just a few things will make all the difference to your home/room. Today we are dreaming of these french flax linen sheets and this accessories ladder. Although, not everything has to be expensive, these cushions are currently on sale for $19.95 (may have just purchased 2 of them…) and A Merry Mishap has a great post on a DIY ladder.

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In Bed

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Picture Source: April-Look

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Surviving the rain

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Sydney has been raining on and off for the past couple of days. Every time this happens I decide it is time to invest in some gumboots and then just as I am about to order them it is sunny again! Sadly, these are not in my size, but maybe you will have a smaller foot than me and be able to take advantage of this amazing listing on Studded Hearts for these Loeffler Randall black rain boots. Otherwise, there are always Hunters.

Update: ASOS is offering 20% off (only to Australia!) with the discount code ONYA20. Makes the Hunters quite a lot cheaper and even more tempting…

LR rain boots

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Source: Studded Hearts, Popsicles and Pearls

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Thursday style snapshot

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Stockholm and Sydney couldn’t be more different at the moment in terms of weather. A leather skirt in Sydney right now would have to be peeled off with great difficulty in this crazy heatwave. In Stockholm, it is way too cold for this kind of outfit and it would need to be covered by a million coats. A cream knit, simple leather skirt and some nicer weather seems like a dream…

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Finding the perfect leather skirt to go in your wardrobe is difficult. They are such an investment piece that you can’t have endless different styles. ASOS definitely has a great basic black leather skirt that is relatively inexpensive. Although we are quite partial to the details on this Monki suede and leather skirt (and it’s on sale…!) As for the cream knit, the possibilities are endless but we found two under $40 that look so cosy. Hoping the weather is nicer wherever you are…

black leather basic ASOS

ASOS mini skirt in leather available here.

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Monki leather and suede mix mini skirt available here.

cream knit 2

New Look rolled neck stitched raglan jumper available here.
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New Look rib curve fisherman hem jumper available here.

Sources: ASOS and Studded Hearts.

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Simple winter eating

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Since it is well and truly winter in Stockholm, here are some recipes perfect for such freezing days. Also perfect for a Monday because they require little to no preparation AND not too many pesky ingredients! Although the chickpea soup does need the chickpeas to be soaked the day before….so some foresight is needed but the soup itself takes minutes to prepare.

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Chickpea Soup

Recipe: Goop

Ingredients

  • 1 cup dry chickpeas
  • 6 cups of water
  • 1 large white onion, chopped
  • 3 lemons, juiced
  • salt + pepper, to taste
  • drizzle of olive oil
  • bunch of cilantro to garnish

Read the further instructions here. Plus this is a Gwyneth Paltrow recipe so is of course super healthy (vegan/detox etc)…if you need any more motivation.

Carrot Soup with Miso and Sesames

Recipe: Smitten Kitchen

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Deb Perelman of Smitten Kitchen is an absolute genius and if you haven’t already we suggest going to her site and spending a good few hours bookmarking some recipes! She has absolutely everything and writes instructions that are easy to follow (and also contain many hilarious anecdotes). Her carrot soup with miso and sesames is delicious and a little bit more exciting than your average soup. Plus, needs relatively few ingredients!

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 pounds (900 grams) carrots, peeled, thinly sliced
  • 1 large onion, finely chopped
  • 4 regular or 6 small garlic cloves, peeled and smashed
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped or grated ginger, or more to taste (it could easily be doubled)
  • 4 cups vegetable broth
  • 1/4 cup white miso paste, or more to taste
  • 2 scallions (green onion/spring onion/shallot) very thinly sliced

Read the further instructions here. And finally, if soup is a little boring (or you have had way too much of it this winter) then here is the hot chocolate of all hot chocolates to try. Perfect for a relaxing Monday evening…

Spiked Hot Chocolate

Recipe: Because I’m Addicted

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Ingredients

  • 4 oz (113 grams) good milk chocolate, finely chopped
  • 2 cups milk (of your choice, thicker the better)
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • Marshmallows
  • 2 oz (50ml) bourbon

Read the further instructions here.

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What we’re reading today

Happy Wednesday everyone!

Here are some posts from around the web that have inspired us today…

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Amazing photographs of off duty models with Zanita

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Creating the perfect afternoon tea with Pippa from Sous Style

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Whole wheat toasted almond pumpkin muffins with How Sweet Eats

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Winter essentials with Afterdrk

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Best beauty advice of 2013: Skincare with Into the Gloss

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Karla Spetic’s swimwear collection with Broadsheet

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