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Rag and Bone – Stockholm

Last week I was in Stockholm for work and had some free time to walk around the city. I’ve been before, and if you asked me to describe the place in one word it would be “civilised”. Stockholm isn’t particularly exciting or impressive. It’s a very pleasant European city with things to do and places to see, but you get lots of them in Europe. What makes Stockholm unique, though, is the atmosphere of comfort, unpretentiousness and sufficiency – or simply, hygge. The concept of hygge is Danish, but its vibe is everywhere in Sweden – in the friendly Swedes, in their beautiful homes (seriously, if you look into windows, it seems like everyone is an interior designer!), in their simple but filling and tasty food. In a way, Sweden is “selfish”: they don’t seem to want to rule the world, they just want to be happy where they are. And this self-centric approach to making life better for all citizens here and now is what makes the country such an interesting place to visit. …

Ginger shots

I discovered ginger shots last year, inspired by Carpool Karaoke video with Selena Gomez where she drank strange looking liquid with James Corden. “Absolutely disgusting,” he choked after downing a shot. The verdict didn’t stop the world from asking “what is a ginger shot and why would anyone drink it?” though. A ginger shot is a drink that’s made of ginger and whatever else you like to soften the sharp gingery taste. And benefits of it are: it soothes upset stomach and aids digestion; it boosts immune system; it fights infections; it revs up metabolism; it helps your body recover faster from workouts; it regulates blood sugar. Oh, and it also makes you look and sound very healthy, hipster and cool. What’s there not to like, right? Well, there are two things not to like. First of all, the price of ginger shots in supermarkets. A small 100 ml bottle costs about £1.5 in the UK, which is just not right given the cost of ingredients. I know, I know – production costs, margins, etc. …

Comfort food made healthy: hot & sour fish soup

When days are getting colder and shorter, comfort food gets yummier. If I have to tolerate chilly weather, the least I can do is warm myself up with some fats and carbs to keep myself cheerful. But comfort food isn’t always bad. For me, a bowl of steaming soup is the ultimate comfort food, and the good news is that soups are very easy to make healthy. This hot and sour fish soup was inspired by Jamie Oliver. I’ve chucked out some ingredients (not a fan of lemongrass) and added some others (Sriracha rules), and it never disappoints. The heat is just right, the sourness is perfect, the texture is great and the sweetness is on spot. To make 2 bowls, you’ll need: 2 tbsp of groundnut oil (toasted sesame oil will do, too) 4 spring onions, sliced 2 garlic cloves, peeled and sliced 1 small chilli, sliced 1 small piece of ginger, peeled and sliced into matchsticks 1.5 litres of hot fish/vegetable stock 1 tbsp of fish/oyster sauce 2 tbsp of runny honey (more …

Unimpressed: Dior Addict Lip Tattoo

We need to talk. About Dior. Because its recent launch is so underwhelming that it hurts to type these words. I wanted to love Dior Addict Lip Tattoo very much, I really did, I was so looking forward to enjoying it. Just how sexy is this description on their site? Dior Addict Lip Tattoo, the first long wear lip tint by Dior, is about to shake up your makeup routine. With its 10-hour hold*, comfortable formula and weightless “no transfer” finish, the colour fuses to the lips like a tattoo just seconds after application.  Yes, please! And when you first apply it, it looks awesome. This is 771 Natural Berry: I would kiss myself if I could, that’s how good it is right on the application. Vibrant, with a hint of gloss but yet matt enough to look like “my lips but so much better”. But things begin to change very quickly. The “the colour fuses to the lips like a tattoo just seconds after application” promise is fulfilled, but not in a good way …

Light and easy: beetroot salad with goat cheese

This salad is perfect for days when you want something easy, quick and healthy.  It’s light and full of flavour and boast a yummy texture but also filling enough to help you last until dinner. Ingredients: 250 gr of cooked baby beetroots 75 gr of soft goat cheese a bunch of fresh basil leaves a handful of pine kernels 1 tbs of olive oil 2 tbs of balsamic vinegar juice of half lemon Preparation: Cut the beetroots into wedges into a bowl; Crumble the goat cheese and add to the beetroots; Tear basil leaves and add to to the bowl; Add olive oil, balsamic vinegar and lemon juice; Give it a light mix; Sprinkle pine kernels on top; And enjoy!