Monday, December 23, 2013

Things that made me smile this week // December week 3



3 days until Christmas! I didn't realize it until I heard it from a guy on the radio! I'm going home in less than 2 days and I'll share a big secret with you tonight: I hate packing. And I have to catch 2 flights in one day. This is a lot of packing. I wish I could magically have my suitcases ready to go and all the gifts wrapped and placed in as well! This week was fun, I tried to avoid anything that included packing, focused on work and did a lot of Christmas baking, shopping and I received my first Christmas gift (which I totally ALREADY unwrapped!) It's the Iconia A1 tablet from Acer, which is probably going to be my new best friend for 2014! I spent the weekend exploring all the apps and taking the photos that you'll see attached in this post. A girl(+blogger!) can never have too many gadgets!

1// Would you resist unwrapping this beautiful gift? I couldn't help myself! Hello new Iconia tablet, welcome to the world of Unidentified Lifestyle! (Iconia A1 tablet review here)  Thank you Acer! I'm incredibly amazed by your gift wrapping skills! 
Get it for you or a make a friend happy , with just a click here.
2// Casual Sundays at home, washing the dishes and doing laundry #notjoking #domesticgoddess
3// A rare moment during this week that didn't include rain & wind
4// I mean, I had to take another photo, look at this beauty! Christmas and Harrods go together like milk and biscuits.
5// A fun lunchbox I got for our Secret Santa gift exchange at work. You can find it on Asos or River Island(on sale!).
6//7//8// Making a traditional Christmas treat: Melomakarona or simply Honey syrup biscuits. You can find the recipe in English on Greekfood.about.com 

Is there anyone else out there that hates packing as much as I do? Are you all going home for Christmas? Happy Monday y'all! 3 days till Christmas! 

Maria

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Let's DIY // 10 Printable gift tags for your presents




Your presents have to be stunning but the perfect and suitable gift tag will make them shine like a diamond. Today I've collected 9 free printable gift tags + 1 from Etsy. I hope you like them and that they'll inspire you to print them! Happy gift-wrapping!

Maria

1// Fun! From the Decorators notebook // 2. From Love.Obsess.Inspire // 3. Via // 4. Simple and festive. From Etsy // 5. Nice and simple. From Shewearsmanyhats // 6&7. My favorite free printable gift tags . By Kelli Murray // 8. From Heylook.fi // 9. A little washi tape DIY for plain gift tags. From Allwashitape // 10. Love these colours. From ZuGalerie

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Let's DIY // Christmas Gift wrapping ideas



Christmas is around the corner, even if you haven't event had chance to look at the calendar, I'm sure you've been present at conversations about ribbons and tissue paper! I've a big love for brown paper so today I'm sharing my favorite gift wrapping ideas with brown paper. Fun, chic, personal, thoughtful, you've got 9 different ideas to choose from! No.9 is the gift I made for our 'Dirty Santa' game at work! 
More Christmas ideas, recipes, table settings on my Pinterest board 'Christmas season'
Have a good day!

Maria

1// My all time favorite wrapping idea: Rainbow yearns wrapped around brown paper! Via 
2// Red twine and small piece of a Fir tree, it doesn't get any more Christmasy than this. Heaven. via 
3// Pompoms is such a fun alternative to bows and ribbons! Via 
4// A playful option: Poms Poms and gifts tags via Pinterest
5// If you've got plenty of time to spare, go for this candy garland. Add a tiny name tag to make it look more personal. "Stamp red peppermints on white paper, then cut out. Glue the peppermints to raffia and coil the garland multiple times around the center of a box. Attach a cardstock tag.Via
6// Cut out heart via 'the House that Lars built'
7// If you're going for something more personalized: use red ribbon & reprint an old photo via  Odessamay Society 
8// Use black ribbon to create a chic look, add your final touch by adding a small piece of your Christmas tree. Via 

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Styling Recipe // Christmas table settings






I hope there's more people out there that haven't even started their Christmas shopping! When it comes to gifts and shopping I'm always last minute but when it comes to decorating and styling a Christmas table I say 'the earlier the better!'. Today I'm sharing two of my favorite color palettes for your Christmas tables. Red, Gold and White & Black and White. I hope you enjoy them! Wish me luck with all the Christmas gifts that I'm not planning on getting soon!

Maria

Get the look of the Red, Gold and White tabletop
1// A Christmas tree inside your dinner plates? Yes, yes and yes! Tis the season for all these things. I'll take 4, thank you. Get them here for £39
2// I'm totally in love with these Gold foil Wine glasses from JCPenney. You need to have a look at the Champagne and large tumblers, too. So festive! Bring them home for
3// Always add something fun on your table. In this case these Nutcracker napkin rings from World Market. Yours for only £6.00
4// A centerpiece like this one from Pier1 Imports is something that every Festive table needs.
5// Always add something sparkly like this Glowing tea light from West Elm (£29)
6// And something living like this Red berry wreath from Macy's (and on sale!)


Get the look of the Black and White tabletop
1// Create atmosphere with these black candle pillar holders.
2// One of my favorite dinner plates out there: Welcome home plate from West Elm.
3// The Deer obsession continues. This time a sitting white Deer from Target. Get it here.
4// More Christmas trees on china! £24 from Dillards
5// Add a handmade touch to your table setting be spreading these Christmas trees on the table between your guests. Get a set of 5 from John Lewis for £3
6// Stylish Pinecone napkin rings for your guests from Kolhs





Monday, December 16, 2013

Things that made me smile this week // December week 1+2




Is ANYONE ELSE as excited as me about Christmas? Ten days to go! Ten! I've been stuck in bed with a terrible cold during these last two weeks, so opening the laptop and blogging seemed like a very very difficult thing to do. But, thanks to all the wonderful people around me (you-know-who-you-are) that treated me with endless freshly squished juices and warm soups I'm feeling a lot better! And how can someone feel bad with all of those Christmas lights around them? It feels like London is extra-stunning lately, wearing its nice clothes, counting down for the big day! These are a few of the things that made me smile during the last two weeks, its mostly sparkly Christmas lights and glittery little treat so get a cup of tea and enjoy! I hope that they'll make you smile, too. Happy Monday! 


1// Endless walks around central London, I'm trying to avoid the madness of Oxford street and usually just end up lost on streets like this one. Not too bad right?
2// You must have already seen this photo like a 10308592 times. But how can you blame anyone? Selfridges overdid this year and I couldn't be happier. I'm snapping a photo every time I'm there.
3// A little bit sick, a little bit tired, trying to find the gifts and inspiration for friends and family
4// I'm so obsessed with anything that has to do with deers. From napkins, to t-shirts to this festive Oh-Deer! cushion from John Lewis (Yours for £36)
5// A must-have Crystal clear Necklace from Shopbob (£252) Get it here.
6// Hey Santa, if you're reading this I would like this pair of red patent Casadei's from Luisaviaroma. It is on sale so I'm really saving you a lot of money. No need for gift wrapping. Thanks in advance!
7// A casual Sunday evening on Portobello road, I usually use my iPad for taking photos when my camera battery dies. Also wearing my new Nike Air max that I got from Niketown a few weeks ago! #happygirl
8// This all time classic Daniel Wellington Sheffield watch // Get it from Shopbob £139
9// It might be cold but sometimes we get sunsets like this one. And thankfully I had my camera fully charged to take a photo of it. 
10// Favorite angled cat eye sunglasses from Oasis, on sale! // Get them for you or for a stylish friend for only $15 here
11// Flags and sunsets is a very strong combination here in the UK.
12// I'm loving anything Copper so this Pitcher from West Elm is on my to-bring-home list.
13// Stag scented candle from John Lewis, a little stocking stuffer for your family! // Yours for £22
14+15// Vintage Marquee Letter lights. I want all of them. // From Fab.com


Maria

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Steal the Look // Scandinavian living room


Morning! I hope this post finds you well and ready for the weekend(Wednesdays are the new Thursdays) If you're on Pinterest you must have probably noticed by now this pin of this Scandinavian inspired living room. I think every single person I'm following has pinned it in one of their boards this past week. It combines a few of my favorite elements and colors like black,white, wood and mixed patters, so I decided that the next #unidentifiedlifestylecheatsheet (God that's a long #hashtag) should be dedicated and inspired by this area. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did while I was creating it! 

Shopping List 
1// Chevron throw £4.58 // Kohls
2// Amanti Misty morning wall art £42.00 // Macys
3// Amanti Bo tree wall art £48.00 // Macys
4// Large grey Sofa 'Georgia' £1,270 // Marks and Spencers
5// Black floor lamp £32.00 // Hayneedle
6// Noble House vista rug from £61.00 // Hayneedle 
7// Orbit Tealight holder £8.00 // John Lewis
8// Stag Head cushion £20.00 // John Lewis
9// Designers Guild Franchini cushion £65.00 // John Lewis
10// House by John Lewis white coffee table £99.00 // John Lewis
11// Round Plywood coffee table £173 // Hayneedle

Maria

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Styling Recipe // How to create a masculine office space


Hey boys, this Tuesday is dedicate to you! An inspirational home office, with a couple of fun details (because women don't like boring men) like those Matteo Cibic desk plants (I want all of them!) and that cute little Smart phone dock designed by Jonathan Adler combined with a stunning statement rug with ethnic details. Enjoy!

Shopping list
1// The Design Hotels book 2013 // Barneys New York
2// Terrariums by Matteo Cibic // A+R
3// Exquisite Rugs // Horchow 
4// Sharpener Desk tidy // Oliver Bonas
5// Wooden tulip table lamp // Bellacor
6// Ava wood & glass desk (On sale!) // Pottery Barn
7// Jonathan Adler smart phone dock
8// Dining chair // Bellacor

Maria

Monday, November 25, 2013

Things that made me smile this week // November week 4




This week was tough, tough in a way that the weekend felt like it would never arrive! But it did and I realized how important it is to spent some quiet time at home. I'm still in the (really slow) process of decorating our apartment and Christmas is just around the corner so I thought it was about time to go out and start writing down my Christmas lists. Saturday was dedicated to Harrods, it took a while to take my eyes off their windows but when I did I headed straight to the homeware floor. An Interior Designers heaven. I only realized how long we were there only after JohnJohn started complaining. The rest of the weekend was spent between movies, coffees and friends.

1 //  Favorite Christmas sign outside a boutique on Walton street
2 // All time favorite view, no matter how many times I take a photo of Harrods it will always look different and even more beautiful than the time before.
3// I met my endless love on the homeware floor of Harrods: this KitchenAid mixer in 'Candy Apple'  More on: http://www.harrods.com/brand/kitchenaid
4// We're also seriously considering of getting this Le Creuset oval casserole dish. I can easily picture it sitting next to my 'Candy Apple' mixer! 
6// Snowman chocolate lolipop from Starbucks
7// I'm always getting lost in this place, but who cares! It's better to be lost inside Harrods Food Hall than being lost in any other place on earth.
8// Pre-lunch photos in front of a beautiful black glossy door in South Kensignton
9// Healthy lunch with friends at Jak's http://www.jakswaltonstreet.com/
10// 'Bring me Sunshine' wooden sign, I'm definitely getting this! 
11// 'Welcome home' salad plate from West Elm, I love you. I really do.
12// 'Home' Pillow in mint green from One Kings Lane
13// Stylish Rope Laundry Basket. I can't wait for West Elm to open next week.
14// My 'Mandra' for this week. If you have the power to make someone happy. Do it. The world needs more of that. Found on Pinterest here.
15// The most important thing about my home, is who I share it with. It's this guy holding my cup of coffee while I take a million photos all over the city. 

Have a good week everyone!

Maria

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