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How to survive post-summer depression?

We are talking about post-summer depression when you’re feeling down because you’ve just realised that summer is over and there will be no sun, swimming in the sea, sleeping under the stars, feeling the warmth of the sun on your face, dancing in the summer rains, summer loves, sexy summer gowns – for almost a year. Usually the feeling of down is stronger, the better the summer was. It’s even stronger if you realise that an average person has about 70 summers during their lifetime – only 70. Trying not to make it too dramatic, the truth is that unless you are living far up north, there is still a chance for plenty of days with proper sunshine, flowing dresses and warm kisses on the balcony of your favourite cafe downtown. If the climate tricks us, we still have a few tips to give heed to:

1. Seize the sunny moments – try to take a walk, work and be outside as long as the sun up and out!

2. Embrace colours – A colourful nail polish, a newly bought colourful painting will light up your every-days!

3. Instead of massive coats, use clever layers by incorporating your summer wardrobe into your daily outfit during the colder seasons!

4. Print out your vacation photos and don’t hide them in an album; palms and blue skies will keep you warm in the heart!

5. Don’t forget; a little sweat in the rain did not kill anybody yet – keep up your daily jogging!

6. Company, company and company – don’t replace your social life with romantic movies and pancakes!

7. Think positive; each season has its beautiful side, give it a try and explore it’s magic!

Have a beautiful autumn dear All, and don’t forget to share your tips with us!

Wir sprechen von Post-Sommerdepressionen, wenn wir traurig sind, weil wir gerade realisiert haben, dass der Sommer vorbei ist und es keine Sonne, Schwimmen im Meer, unter den Sternen schlafen, die Wärme auf dem Gesicht spüren, im Sommerregen tanzen, Sommerliebe und sexy Sommerkleider mehr gibt – und das für fast ein ganzes Jahr. (more…)

How to throw a girly party?

So ladies, the question is up; how to throw a proper girly party? We much like random things, but there are moments in life that need careful planning – and such party definitely belongs to the latter. As we talked together with the girls at SilkSoFine about the topic, we sort of agreed that each of us starts with collecting inspiration (a theme, a colour, a taste, a place or dress code). I remember doing a real girly gathering a couple of summers ago and my fantasy had no limits. Since then, we now have such inspirational sources as the beloved Pinterest or Etsy, where you can find all sort of themes and fancy DIY ideas (which we can’t stop loving). Party planning should always be fun in the first place – creative decoration, good music and thoughtful preparation are the most important parts of a successful party, besides the proper group of guests. Now it’s time for a proper summer-ending garden-party with balloons, champagne and colourful finger-food, so we’ve gathered some of our favourite must-have items for your (and our) next event! Don’t forget to share your ideas and experience with us, we would love to hear your stories!;)

Also Ladies, die Frage ist: Wie schmeißt man eine richtige mädchenhafte Party? Wir mögen gerne einfache Dinge, aber es gibt Momente im Leben, die eine sorgfältige Planung benötigen – und eine solche Party gehört definitiv zu letzteren. (more…)

EINFACH BERLIN (credits: @iambarnie)

EINFACH BERLIN (credits: @iambarnie)

I was wondering whether I’m too late with this whole post or not but then I remembered the ‘never too late’ cliché, so here it comes: The story started during last Budapest Fashion Week, as in the after party massive EINFACH BERLIN T-s caught my eyes, but you know how it is – the delicious cocktails and fashionable crowd  kept me more busy than making an effort in digging deeper what does EINFACH BERLIN stand for. A few months passed by and they were there again; on Facebook, a sudden Press Release in my mailbox about the upcoming Nanushka x EINFACH BERLIN collaboration and a list of a diverse range of cooler than cool events – open-air film screenings, exhibitions, picnics and parties running under their name – that took place last week in Budapest.

To fully fill up my curiosity I managed to steal some words from Levente Trellay one of the core members of the EINFACH BERLIN team:

Reka / SilkSoFine: How did you guys come up with the idea of EINFACH BERLIN?

Levente / EINFACH BERLIN: Let me recall one of our previous interviews…We figured out the whole idea together with some friends from Berlin as both parties were sharing the enthusiasm for a cultural exchange. The birth of those friendships also meant the birth of EINFACH BERLIN. The whole idea is much about seizing the summer so to say, celebrating a cultural niche, openness and not least Budapest as our very own Berlin.

Reka / SilkSoFine: Why Berlin and not London for example?

Levente / EINFACH BERLIN: We’ve been cherishing a much more personal relationship with Berlin than with London from the beginning, two of us also used to live there, we go back quite often…they are more alike.

Reka / SilkSoFine:  The mini festival is over, how would you evaluate it?

Levente / EINFACH BERLIN: It much lived up to our expectations, honestly, it had the vibe! Thank to our friends’ support and the ever growing network we are dealing with, the mini festival embraced some art, gastro, music, fashion in collaboration with restaurants, bars and Hungarian designer, Nanushka. It’s been the greatest pleasure to see as these fusions worked out.

The festival atmosphere

The festival atmosphere (credits: @iambarnie)

Reka / SilkSoFine: Is there going to be an ‘EINFACH BUDAPEST’ movement in Berlin as well?

Levente / EINFACH BERLIN: Yes exactly, our goal is to start the vice versa story in Berlin.

Reka / SilkSoFine:  And what about the Nanushka collaboration? I’ve got really excited…

Levente / EINFACH BERLIN: It was Barnabas’ idea to sort of fill in the ‘fashion’ gap during the mini festival, and since we mutually respect each other’s work with Szandra Sandor ( Nanushka), it turned out really good. We needed the photos quite fast though so Barnabas just photographed the pieces on me and her sister at the Nanushka-base.

Nanushka x EINFACH BERLIN

Nanushka x EINFACH BERLIN (credits: @iambarnie)

Reka / SilkSoFine: And my last question would be, what’s the most attractive and special about Berlin for you?

Levente / EINFACH BERLIN: Let’s see…most of all Berlin is very complex, diverse and exciting. The atmosphere suggests openness; it’s very receptive. And last but not least it’s very personal – many thrilling details, cleverly used public spaces that makes it very lovable and livable for someone blessed with constant thirst for the rhythm of Berlin’s vibrant life.

Reka / SilkSoFine: Thank you Levente and we wish you all the very best for the future!

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Ich hab mich gefragt, ob ich nicht schon zu spät bin mit diesem Post, aber dann dachte ich an das ‘Es ist niemals zu spät’ Klischee, also los geht’s: Die Geschichte begann während der letzten Budapest Fashion Week, als mir massiv viele EINFACH BERLIN T-s bei der After Party ins Auge fielen, aber ihr wisst ja wie es ist – die leckeren Cocktails und die modische Menge haben mich mehr als genug beschäftigt, als dass ich mir die Mühe gemacht hätte, tiefer zu bohren, wofür EINFACH BERLIN steht. (more…)

Strawberry Mascarpone Tart with Port Glaze (All images: Condenast)

Strawberry Mascarpone Tart / Erdbeer Mascarpone Tarte (All images: Condenast)

Most of my family and friends celebrate their birthdays in the summer (so am I), hence the question of what dessert to prepare for such occasions has always been an issue. Something cold but not ice-cream, something sweet but not chocolaty, a sweet that is light, slightly creamy and tastes a bit like summer. Read our top three ‘summer’s sweet cravings’ with berries, grapes and mascarpone ♡♡♡ Ein Großteil meiner Familie und Freunde feiern ihren Geburtstag im Sommer (genau wie ich), deshalb ist die Frage, was für ein Dessert man zu diesem Anlass macht, immer schon ein Thema gewesen. Etwas Kaltes, aber kein Eis, etwas Süßes, aber nicht schokoladig, etwas Süßes, das leicht ist, etwas cremig und den Geschmack von Sommer hat. Lest unsere Top 3 ‘Sommerlicher Süßer Gelüste’ mit Beeren, Trauben und Mascarpone.

For tart shell:

  • 1 1/4 cups flour
  • 3 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 7 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
  • 3 tablespoons cold water

Blend together the ingredients to make tart shell, just like you usually do. Bake it for about 35 mins on 185 degrees.

For filling:

  • 1 kg strawberries trimmed and halved lengthwise
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar (more…)

Monique Lhuillier Bridal Spring 2012 (Image: Fairchild)

Monique Lhuillier Bridal Spring 2012 (Image: Fairchild)

I reckon not all of us is there  yet, but for sure you all have imagined wearing THAT white dress and saying the magic ‘I do’ to THE one – if yes, then we are on the same track. I probably shouldn’t beat about the bush and just call today’s theme the  wedding, discussed through the fashion point of view. We all love weddings even when you are just a ‘guest’; you can feel the love in the air, get the chance to wear your brand new heels, drink, eat, laugh and dance just like it was yours. But what to wear exactly on such occasion? Some says neither pure white, nor pure black and I kind of have to agree. But there are other factors to consider: the climate, traditions or even a special ‘dress code’ that has to be respected. While it’s a day to remember for bride in over-all white, an outfit to cherish for you, so if the location is outdoor (beach, garden, park) I would suggest to go for a laid-back bohemian look and feel. The maxi dress-pumps-clutch paired with some fresh flowers and wind-blown hairstyle must be the right possible choice. If you are dealing with a little more serious location, you should stick with a knee-lenght dress, let it flow or tighten depending on you style and body-shape. However the matter isn’t only the fit or the length but rather the colour and print. Talk together with your friends and the bride and choose something that is chic and tailored but doesn’t shine more than the bride – wear peplum, sleek prints and bold colours to make your own statement. Shoes and accessories are a fabulous way to vamp up your wedding guest look without upstaging the bride. If your dress is simple, chic and modestly toned, have a little twist with a burst of colour or pearls and sparkle at your ears or feet!

Ich denke, nicht alle von uns sind schon so weit, aber mit Sicherheit habt ihr euch alle schon mal vorgestellt, DIESES eine weiße Kleid zu tragen und die magischen Worte ‘Ja, ich will’ zu dem Einen zu sagen – falls ja, dann sind wir auf der selben Wellenlänge. (more…)

Have you guys ever been to Kieler Woche, which is one of the largest summer festivals and greatest sailing events in Northern Europe? From the 22nd to the 30th of June, more than three million visitors from all over the world will be diving into the colourful and multi-facetted life of Kieler Woche with more than 2000 different events. The whole week is all about culture, sailing, festival atmosphere, entertainment facilities and sport coming together. Visitors are promised nine days of high spirits in the far North, while for children there will also be activities at Krusenkoppel such as painting, hammering, playing with electronic boats and marvelling at the fantasy world, which was built there. The festival is also the perfect occasion to wear your stripy sailor look and play matchy-matchy with your beloved ones.

Wart ihr schon mal auf der Kieler Woche, eines der größten Sommerfeste und größten Segelereignisse in Nordeuropa? Vom 22. bis 30. Juni kommen mehr als 3 Millionen Besucher aus der ganzen Welt, um in den bunten und facettenreichen Trubel der Kieler Woche mit seinen mehr als 2000 Veranstaltungen einzutauchen. (more…)

The spanish sunset from St Barbara in Alicante

The spanish sunset from St Barbara in Alicante (All images: Reka Pasztor Turak for SilkSoFine)

I’m sure you guys have read our previous posts on SilkSoFine’s Malta and Maldives holiday suggestions, this time we visited lovely Spain. The thing with Spain is that you have to feel it; it’s crowded and hectic, the people are loud and the food is not made after the latest diet fads…but it’s just perfect as it is. / Ich bin sicher, ihr habt auch die früheren Posts mit SilkSoFines Urlaubsvorschlägen Malta und den Maldiven gelesen – diesmal waren wir im wundervollen Spanien. Spanien muss man einfach fühlen: Es ist voller Menschen und Hektik, die Leute sind laut und das Essen richtet sich nicht gerade nach den neusten Diättrends… aber es ist einfach perfekt, genau so wie es ist.

City of Arts and Sciences, Valencia

City of Arts and Sciences, Valencia

We have stayed in the Province of Valencia where the view was nothing less than a beautiful city with a Mediterranean coastline backed by mountains and plains. The city itself is said to have some of the most beautiful architecture in Europe, from the historic through modern to the avant-garde. Ever since I saw pictures of The City of Arts and Sciences – which was designed by the architect Santiago Calatrava, a native of Valencia and who is now one of the world’s hottest architects – I couldn’t wait to visit this breathtaking masterpiece of modern architecture. / Wir waren in der Provinz Valencia, wo man die Aussicht auf eine wunderschöne Stadt hat, mit der Mittelmeerküste und Bergen und Ebenen im Hintergrund. Die Stadt selbst soll eine der schönsten Architekturen in Europa haben, von historisch über modern bist Avant-Garde. (more…)

Reeti Rah beach (source: SilkSoFine)

Reeti Rah beach (source: SilkSoFine)

Feel like escaping to cobalt blue waters and postcard-perfect beaches? The Maldives – consisting of 185 islands are home to its 300.000 inhabitants and many more tourists – is the perfect getaway choice. A vacation on the Maldives is ideal for couples or families willing to spend their holiday on one of the most exotic, relaxing and breathtakingly beautiful destinations in the whole world. Staying in a bungalow on the white sand beach or enjoying the view of water life through the see-through floor of a water-villa are the accommodation choices (not bad, right?). / Ihr wollt dem Alltag entfliehen und türkisblaues Wasser und den perfekten Postkartenstrand? Die Malediven – bestehend aus 185 Inseln und Heimat von 300.000 Einwohnern und noch viel mehr Touristen – ist das perfekte Reiseziel. Ein Urlaub auf den Malediven ist ideal für Paare oder Familien, die ihren Ferien an einem der exotischsten, entspannendsten und atemberaubend schönsten Orten der Welt verbringen wollen. Ein Bungalow am weißen Sandstrand oder die Sicht auf das Unterwasserleben durch den durchsichtigen Boden einer Wasservilla sind die Unterkunftsmöglichkeiten (nicht schlecht, oder?).

Water-villas at Kuda Huura (source:SilkSoFine)

Water-villas at Kuda Huura (source:SilkSoFine)

Scuba diving and snorkelling are the main occupations and activities of tourists on the Maldives, the turquoise bays hide huge coral fields with rich underwater life where you can face to face meet hundreds years old turtles or peaceful (sometimes rather shy) reef sharks and of course numberless colorful fish colonies. (more…)

(image: condenast)

(image: condenast)

Are you having over friends on the weekend? A homemade pizza is such a yum choice and a great side dish with a glass of good vine and fresh salads. Try out Jamie Oliver’s perfect dough recipe matched with my best topping tip.

Topping:

1 small red onion, thinly sliced

1 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

2 thin-cut tomatoes

1 cup of green pesto

1 1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese

1 cup crumbled goat cheese

(300 g thin pre-grilled chicken slices for the meat lovers)

Olives and ruccola

Dough:

1 kg white flour, or 800g white, plus 200g flour whole grain flour

1 teaspoon fine sea salt

2 x 7 g dried yeast sachets

1 tablespoon  sugar (melted)

4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

650 ml lukewarm water

Equipment:

Food processor, bowl, owen, some flat space

Baking tips:

1. Gradually add enough of the remaining warm water to the rest of the dough ingredients and process until the dough forms a smooth ball that rides around the sides of the food processor. (more…)