Thursday, 22 February 2018

A relaxed evening at Tiffany Hotel

Hello ladies and gents! 

I’ve always had a thing for boutique hotels, those small but characterful special places, hidden away in a secret corner. At the end of January, Sweetheart and I went for a drink at Tiffany Hotel. This boutique hotel is located in the trendy and arty district of Les Bains. I would say it has Art Nouveau style decor with a contemporary twist. 

As soon as we entered the hotel lobby, we felt welcome and relaxed. We had a look around the public area which is intimate, but also very chic.

I loved the library/lounge and enjoyed a cosy moment by the fire, the ideal place to relax after a long day at the office.

For the occasion I chose a special outfit and accessories. It’s not every day that I wear a green tulle skirt...

A visit to the restaurant, Brasserie, is an absolute must to try the exquisite menu.

After, we headed to the bar, hidden at the back of the Brasserie restaurant.

The bar itself is like a tiny secret den of tranquillity! Decorated with a few treasures and stained-glass lamps, with the walls partly covered with wood and adorned with paintings, it feels very homey. I loved it!

I ordered their signature cocktail, the Dragonfly, which contained white rum, pineapple juice, coconut puree, lime and Timur peppercorns. Sweetheart had a Hendrick’s gin and tonic. Both were deliciously drinkable!

For me the Tiffany Hotel, with its simple, classic style, is the hotel for fans of discreet chic and elegance. It’s the perfect place to take a break from shopping to enjoy tea in the lounge or to dine in the restaurant.

Tiffany Hotel
Rue de L’Arquebuse 20
1204 Genève 
Tél.: +41 22 708 16 16

Monday, 19 February 2018

L’Oréal Pure Clay Mask: Exfoliating & Smoothing Red Algae Mask

The l’Oréal 3 Pure Clays Masks: there are 3 different ones, each with its specificity:

Detoxifying + Brightening Charcoal Mask (black)
Pure Clay Purifying + Mattifying Eucalyptus Mask (green)
Exfoliating + Smoothing Red Algae Mask (terracotta)

So, each type of skin has its own mask!

I opted for the Pure Clay Exfoliating + Smoothing Red Algae Mask.
It is enriched with red algae extract which is known for its clarifying and unifying virtues. This mask smoothes the pores and exfoliates the skin without dehydrating it.

Since August, I have been using it once a week. It can be easily applied with the fingers. Its smell is quite nice and not very strong. I wait 10 minutes, until the mask begins to dry, and then it is time to remove it! I rinse my face with lukewarm water, making circular movements for better exfoliation.

I like the result! The pores are less dilated and the redness is diminished. I found my skin was fresher, sharper, smoother and lighter!

I am completely won over by this mask. The 50ml jar costs CHF 8.90

This post, like all my blog posts, is not sponsored.

Thursday, 15 February 2018

Johannes Vermeer by Norbert Schneider

I was first attracted to Johannes Vermeer after receiving a reproduction of his painting “Girl with the pearl earring” as a gift twenty years ago. It still is my favourite, but I very quickly came to appreciate all of Vermeer’s paintings. One of my biggest dreams is to visit the Vermeer museum in Delft, which might happen soon, on my own, because Sweetheart is not a Vermeer fan.

I enormously love TASCHEN’s art books and have them for a variety of artists. This series is not only affordable, but it is rich in information. This art book features a detailed chronological summary of the life and works of Vermeer, covering his cultural and historical importance. It also contains a concise biography and it is full of illustrations with explanatory captions.

The author of this book, Norbert Schneider (born in 1945), is Professor of Art History at the University of Karlsruhe. His research focuses on the art history of the Middle Ages and early modern times.

Little is known about Johannes Vermeer (1632-1675). We do know that he was the second child and only son of Reynier Jansz, a specialist in silk weaving who simultaneously practised the profession of art dealer. Vermeer married Catharina Bolnes in 1653 and lived in Delft. All of his paintings were done in his workshop in the attic of the house of his very wealthy mother-in-law, Maria Thins. 

Vermeer only produced 35 paintings; he was one of the great masters of the golden age of Dutch art. He sold very few of his works as he relied on other means to support his family. Most of his paintings (all shown in this book) depict women going about their daily business. Vermeer recorded the tasks and duties of women, the imperatives of virtue under which their lives were lived.

The last years of Johannes Vermeer were darkened by the dramatic deterioration of his finances. This afflicted him to the point of ruining his health and he died in a short space of time. He left 11 underage children.

Monday, 12 February 2018

Raspberry Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting

I love making cupcakes and I also love eating them. Raspberry cupcakes with cream cheese frosting are one of Sweetheart’s favourites, so I thought I would share this recipe that I made at the end of November. This raspberry filled cupcakes topped with pretty white frosting and fresh raspberries would be a perfect dessert for Valentine’s Day…

I made a basic cupcake recipe and I added 2 raspberries to each cupcake to give that raspberry twist!!

Here is the recipe to make 12 regular sized cupcakes.

115g superfine sugar
115g butter, room temperature
2 eggs
2 tbsp milk
115g self-rising flour
150g fresh raspberries

1. Preheat oven to 180ºC. Line a 12 hole muffin tin with paper muffin cases.

2. In a bowl, beat the butter and sugar until a light and whitish batter is obtained. You can use an electric whisk. Add the eggs, one at a time. Sift the flour and fold it into the batter. Add the milk and beat to a creamy, thick smooth mixture.

3. Put a big spoonful of the mixture into the cases, followed with 2-3 raspberries. Bake in the preheated oven for about 17 minutes until golden brown.

4. Remove the cupcakes from the oven and set aside to cool for 10 minutes before turning out onto a wire rack to cool completely.

Cream Cheese Frosting
115g icing sugar
40g unsalted butter, room temperature
125g cream cheese, cold

1. Beat the icing sugar and butter with a handheld electric whisk on medium-slow speed until the mixture comes together and is well mixed.

2. Add the cream cheese in one go and beat until it is completely incorporated. Turn the mixer up to medium-high speed. Beat until the frosting is light and fluffy, at least 5 mins. Do not over-beat, as it can quickly become runny.

3. Decorate the cupcakes with the icing and top each cupcake with 4-5 raspberries.

Wednesday, 7 February 2018

January Monthly Round Up

LIFE LATELY: January was a relatively quiet month, I didn’t go anywhere exciting and only had a few invitations, I ate some delicious food at gorgeous restaurants, but, best of all, January was spent catching up with some of my favourite people.

WALKS: In winter the “Sentier des Sautes” is deserted, but in the summer, the good weather pushes the Genevans to the edge of the water for swimming and barbecuing... nicknamed “Jonx-beach”, this place is a must to discover in summer if you visit the city.

The Viaduc de la Jonction (Viaduct of the Junction) is a rail viaduct completed in 1945.

Jonction is a neighbourhood located near the confluence of two rivers; one side is bordered by the Rhône and the other by the Arve. 

A beautiful building on Boulevard Carl-Vogt in the popular neighbourhood of Jonction.

EXHIBITION : Uni Carl-Vogt (66, bd Carl-Vogt)
« La Villa d'Hadrien à Tivoli » is a small and interesting exhibition at the university.
Hadrian’s Villa is an ancient villa built by the Roman Emperor Hadrian in the 2nd century. It is spread over an area of ​​120 hectares, of which about 40 are visible nowadays. Hadrian’s Villa is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and an important cultural and archaeological site.

Resting Satyr statue

Discus thrower statue

STYLE: I’m totally in love with this grey fluffy faux fur short coat. I bought it a long time ago, but it is only recently that I have been wearing it each time I go out. I feel funky and a bit sexy in it. Especially when I pair it with these high heel boots.

BEAUTY PRODUCTS: Klorane Shampoo and Conditioner. If you are looking for excellent hair products, don’t look any further. These Swiss hair care products are expensive, but, trust me, they are worth every penny.

CAKE LOVER: Stettler & Castrischer (69, Rue du Rhône) We finally succumbed to the temptation of the Castrischer dark chocolate Black Forest, a super soft and airy sponge cake with a thick layer of ultra-light whipped cream.

Café Remor (3, Place du Cirque) I like to go there for a cup of tea and to eat the lemon meringue pie, which is a delight - the best I’ve ever had! I highly recommend their dessert menu.

RESTAURANT: La Plancha (2, Place des Eaux-Vives)
It may be relaxed and convivial, but La Plancha is a truly special place. The food is fine and hearty. The setting is very nice, the staff efficient and friendly, yet discreet. I highly recommend this restaurant, especially in summer when the terrace is open.
We ordered the menu of the day:

Aperol Spritz

Leek soup with curry and parsnip chips

Bavette beefsteak with Bleu d’Auvergne sauce, fondant turnips with sesame and gratin potatoes

Wasabi Sushi Carouge (6, Place du Temple)
Whenever I’m craving for sushi, this is where I go. For me, their sushi is very good, fresh and affordable, plus they have a delivery service. I sat by the window with a nice view of the Temple and I enjoyed my menu composed of sushi rolls and makis tempura shrimp.

BOOKS: Here’s what I've been reading in January (books from my bookshelves).
Child of Happy Valley: A Memoir by Juanita Carberry. This book covers Juanita’s life in Kenya and her adulthood in the UK up to her joining the Women’s Territorials. A very pleasant read. I will review it in the coming months.

Girl with a pearl earring by Tracy Chevalier. I have just read this book for the second time (248 pages) I re-read it to be able to write a better analysis. This great novel gracefully combines true facts and fiction about Johannes Vermeer, whose life is very little known. This novel tells the story of Griet, a poor young girl living with Vermeer’s family in Delft. Stay tuned for this book review.

I hope you all have a fun February…