Sunday, 22 December 2013

Korvapuusti - an earslap or simply a Finnish cinnamon bun

Korvapuusti you have with every coffee here in Finland, but as they smell of cinnamon and cardamom, I thought they also fit perfectly for a pre-christmas coffee.

for the dough:
5dl milk
50g yeast
1 tsp salt
1 1/2 dl sugar
1 tblsp cardamom
18 dl flour
150 g melted butter

1. mix the lukewarm milk with sugar and cardamom and let the yeast solve
2. mix flour and salt in a big bowl and make a hole in the middle to pour in the milk mix
3. start to kneet the dough and add the butter slowly
4. when you got an even dough let it rest for approximately one hour at a warm place.
5. preheat the oven to 225 - 250°C

for the filling:
4 tblsp butter
2 tblsp sugar
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tblsp flour

6. roll out the dough into a 5mm rectangular layer and spread the butter evenly on top of it
7. mix the sugar, cinnammon and flour and spread on the butter
8. roll the dough and cut into slices
9. press them together in the middle

for the topping:
1 egg
pearl sugar

10. spread egg and pearl sugar on the buns and let them bake for approximately 10 minutes until they are golden brown.

Type O Negative - Cinnamon Girl


christmas look #8 - for him and her

And the last christmas look before the festivities begin! The color scheme is blue and gold and I have chosen two versions for her. One version has the golden dress by L'Wren Scott and the other a jumpsuit by Stella McCartney. Both looks are very elegant and look great with the blue coat.
He is wearing a dark blue suit from Gucci. The scarf gives his look an artsy touch.

               Kenneth Jay Lane
L'Wren Scott


       Edie Parker
Stella McCartney

Jil Sander

Saturday, 21 December 2013

christmas look #7 - for him and her

Just 3 days to go and two looks to come. I liked the filigree rose pattern of the dress for her and combined it with a burgundy coat and white shoes and bag to give it some contrast. His look stays in the color scheme of white, black and grey with some shiny highlights in the leather collar and the patent leather shoes which give his look some edge.

Saint Laurent

Bottega Veneta
Dolce & Gabbana

Dolce & Gabbana

Saint Laurent
Saint Laurent

Sunday, 15 December 2013

christmas look #6 - for him and her

And here comes the second look of this weekend in red and black with jingle bells and christmas pudding from Charlotte Olympia. The glam factor for his look is definitely the patterned fabric of suit which gives it a festive and special touch.

            Sand Copenhagen

             Charlotte Olympia

Charlotte Olympia
Oscar de la Renta

Dolce & Gabbana
Neil Barret


Saturday, 14 December 2013

christmas look #5 - for him and her

I wanted to create a more casual look especially for him. And I liked the pattern and colors of the wool sweater by Carven which has a fitting scarf and cap. For her I have chosen a casual look in the same color scheme. The first variation has a dark blue dress and the second variation a white lace top and dark blue suede trousers.

Isabel Marant

Isabel Marant

    Isabel Marant

Charlotte Olympia
Isabel Marant
Paul Smith

Matthew Williamson

Wednesday, 11 December 2013

Anna Calvi - a virtuoso on the guitar

Sometimes I am in mood to explore new music and so I came across Anna Calvi who is famous for her intense guitar playing and seductive live performance. As a virtuoso on the guitar she said that she tries to create the sounds of other instruments through her guitar. And as passionate as she plays her guitar, are also her songs, full of emotions, seductiveness, darkness and romantic.

Anna Calvi
But let's listen for a moment. I have chosen three songs, "Sing to me" from her new record "One Breath" which was released on 7th of October, a live performance of the cover version of "Jezebel" (originally written by Wayne Shanklin and made famous by Frankie Laine and French chanteuse Edith Piaf in 1951) and "Suzanne & I" from her debut record "Anna Calvi".

Enjoy! and check out her tour dates as well, she might come to your town as well!


Sing to me

Suzanne and I

Sunday, 8 December 2013

christmas look #4 - for him and her

While she shines in different shades of creme and gold, which reflect a subtle glamour and elegance, I have chosen for him a bolder look based on a festive suit jacket with flower prints by Dolce & Gabbana. Both looks are in their own way very opulent and I think they might complement each other nicely.

             Bijoux Hearts
Alexander Mc Queen
Bijoux Hearts

Dolce & Gabbana
Dolce & Gabbana

Alexander McQueen
Nina Ricci
Charlotte Olympia

                         Burberry Prorsum
Dolce & Gabbana