THIS MONTH'S FAVOURITES: June



As a beginner blogger, I constantly look for more tools to make my little space of internet somewhat bearable to read. It's not the easiest task especially when there are so many talented bloggers out there, but I'm determined...so far (kidding). While working on a blog post list, I got through many ideas that run through the blogosphere. And one caught my eye. The monthly favourites. Okay, I know that it's so old that some people find it already boring. At first, I thought of it as some kind of bragging but then something clicked. On my 26th birthday exactly a month ago, I made a resolution of being more grateful and appreciative of life. I find that it is the key to more fulfilling and happy existence. And monthly favourites could be the perfect opportunity to point out what we consider as given.


1. San Pellegrino spring water

Staying hydrated is a number one task for me right now. In fact, it's been on my birthday resolution list as well. I didn't drink as much water as I should have in the past. I know, I plead guilty. But when you get older, meaning 26, you start realizing that your youth is fading and it is time to take care of yourself. San Pellegrino is my first choice to get all hydration my body needs. It's full of minerals including sulfate that helps us to get rid of all toxins and has many other benefits. This italian spring water is bottled at the source in Italian  and its package was originally used for wine. (How fancy!). Everything italian - give it to me. And plus it's in a glass bottle which is better for our environment. You can recycle it and become a part of a green family!

2. Chanel cosmetics

Among my favourites in June are also Chanel cosmetics. I'm a person who doesn't wear makeup on a daily basis. But when I do wear it, then it is either some sort of occasion or I need to prove myself that I am still pretty enough when mirror asks me if I'm related to Frankenstein. No, thank you! I plan on talking about it more in the next few blog posts but for now, let's just say how gorgeous is Aqua Vitalumiére Foundation by Chanel. I feel like it's the perfect foundation for summers mainly because it's water based and also has SPF 15. It's not heavy but buildable. To make a finished look, I use Chanel Rouge Coco lipstick in shade 79 Plumetis. Now I know it was released as a part of an autumnal collection back in 2011 but I wear it all year around. It is the perfect nude peach tone and my lips look hydrated instantly.

3.Snacks

I have started eating healthy. Again. It's not like I didn't eat fruits and vegetables. But I make sure I buy organic food. The long term consequences are key for me. It is also important to know how much you eat. Portion size, for example, can be tricky. Here I got some snack options that I was munching on for a whole month - pears, raspberries, and avocados. Here you can find another way how to upgrade your usual avocado toast. So do try to eat 500g of fruits and 500g of vegetables every day and I promise you will notice the difference soon. It has been over 2 months and my skin feels so much better. Not to mention that I have much more energy to do what I like. There is also an old school Dairy Milk Rocky Mallow Road chocolate bar by Cadbury. I'm not into sweets at all and a chocolate bar of this size lasts forever. Well in my case, the whole month. Usually, I just have a bite and give it to someone. But this time, I kept it for myself. And that really means something. It did last for the whole month but it was too good to share.


4. Classic blue shirt

Fashion wise, I keep it simple nowadays. Not fancy, not too much accessories and comfort is the priority number one. Even my grandma would tell me I talk like her grandma. But oh well. This light blue shirt from Reserved has been an absolute savior for me. It's light enough to wear when everything is just boiling outside but also gives my outfit a classical look which I love. You can either style it with skinny jeans, jeans shorts or tuck it into a summer skirt. If you look like Gigi Hadid, you can wear it as a dress. It's up to you. Options are endless. The only 2 accessories that I take with me are sunglasses from Marks&Spencer and my vintage straw bag. What more to ask!



5. Salvatore Ferragamo Signorina Eleganza

Salvatore Ferragamo is our family designer. All women from my mom's side love him and everything about him. No wonder that this love for the talented Italian guy passed on me as well. It is a wonderful combination of osmanthus and patchouli with grapefruit notes in the beginning. However, some people might find it a little bit sharper for everyday use in summer. Even though I try and buy new fragrances, Eleganza perfume is my favourite at the moment. If you want to feel like you just got back from another roman holidays, give this scent a try.


What couldn't you survive without in June? Please comment down below. I would love to hear from you.


xo,
Sarjan






Recipe: The cherry cake you will love!


How are you guys doing? I can't get enough of summer this year. It feels different and I love it. It also happens to be a good cherry year. And that is why I would like to share this recipe with you. If you are like me in love with cherries (Personally I think that summer begins just right when you see first cherries on the market) then this one won't disappoint you. I used frozen cherries this time because I have plenty of it in my freezer from the last year but you are more than welcome to use fresh ones. It will turn out even better. Ready to try?

You need:

400g fresh/frozen cherries 
200g plain flour 
190g butter, room temperature 
140g caster sugar/ powder 
4 eggs 
50g sugar powder for dusting
1 tsp baking powder 
vanilla extract 
pinch of salt 









Step by step:

Preheat the oven to 180° C. Grease and line your round cake tin with baking paper. Cream butter with sugar until it's light and fluffy (around 2 to 3 minutes). Then at slower speed beat in the eggs. One at a time until the mixture is soft. Add vanilla extract. In another bowl sift the flour, baking powder and a pinch of salt. Pour the wet ingredients into dry mixture and combine well. And now the sour cherries...fold in fresh or frozen cherries in your cake mixture and don't forget to set some aside for decorations. 

Voilá. 



Tip: If your cherries are wet, dust them with flour before you fold them in cake mixture. It will hold all cherry juice in place and prevent your cake from being too soggy.


Also don't forget to comment down below what is your favourite cherry recipes. I would love to hear from you. If you try and recreate this cake, please let me know on Twitter or Instagram by tagging @thedecouvertes  #thedecouvertes_recipes


xo,

Sarjan




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