Guilt-free desserts

There is something so sweet about it. Something that warms up your soul and satisfies every cell of your body. Yes, I am talking about chocolate. Recently, I have become obsessed with the taste of chocolate and the feeling of satisfaction it leaves you with. Of course, next to snacking on the unhealthier version from time to time (normal chocolate, or worse, M&Ms), I try reaching for the rather guilt-free and healthy version whenever possible. On Saturday I had a friend over for dinner (salad) and made him this tasty guilt-free chocolate mousse for dessert. He wouldn’t believe me when I told him it was mainly avocado and bananas he was eating right then and there. I’ve shared the recipe before, so I will link it again here for you. The salad was absolutely amazing as well – I paired it with some avocado, egg, chicken, and mango; which really gave it that last fresh kick it needed. Especially now that summer is coming (slowly but surely I hope!) I love mixing in fresh fruit and especially berries into my meals. It’s just so satisfying and refreshing. Tomorrow I will have another friend over for dinner before we head out for some drinks and then come back in (a sleep-over; yay!). I will most likely make that chocolate mousse again because 1) I love it and 2) she is the biggest chocolate lover I have ever met in my life (typical Swiss hehe). So it will be interesting to see whether she enjoys the healthy version or whether she needs the real chocolate one to satisfy her cravings. I am still unsure what to make for dinner as such – and am thinking of going for a salad again – but do you have any ideas? I’ve become quite boring with my food choices lately. :)

Salads & a Sat Outfit

I am not sure what it is with me and salads at the moment – but I can’t get enough of them right now. I’m having at least one a day and usually make them myself at home. My mom showed me a dressing she always does and I absolutely love the taste! I’ll try to get a few nicer pictures sometime soon and then share it with you -it is super easy and makes any salad just taste so much better!

Also, I was wearing these sick looking jeans on Saturday and received a few compliments that night as well as quite a few PMs on my instagram and snapchat asking where I got these. So here it goes: Topshop! Lucky me I found them on one of my travels to London two weeks ago and I was so eager to finally wearing them. They are already such an eye-catcher that everything else can be kept rather simple I think. I paired it with an old blouse from Zara and shoes from Alto. Voila, easy, quick and eye-catching!

My weekend generally was amazing – I worked a bit on my uni stuff, went out (until 5am – rare for me!), barely slept Saturday night, went to the gym both on Saturday and Sunday (and can still feel it!), met a few new, lovely people and then went for a nice 2.5h walk Sunday afternoon with of my closer friends here in Zurich to enjoy the sun. I love the fact that Spring is coming – and it officially started as per yesterday – and cannot wait for the days to become longer and finally, finally warmer again! This week ahead is rather busy as well. Not just work, but also on the private side – I will be seeing quite a few people to catch up over coffees, lunches and dinners. I absolutely love it! What are your plans for the week ahead – anything good happening on the weekend ahead? xo

Spring Inspo

There is nothing greater than waking up to the birds singing their songs outside the window – and likewise; sitting on the balcony in the evening and listening to them sing their songs. It’s that in combination with the sun coming out more days a week than it rains that makes me smile more and more every single day. It’s the little things you finally appreciate again when the grey and cold winter is slowly stepping aside. With it, I always get into the mood of buying more flowers – plants in general – and want to bring some color highlights back into my life and interior. I don’t know what it is with winter and having everything mono-tone, but I am really a seasons person. Now that spring is finally, finally slowly approaching us here in Zurich, I cannot wait to re-decorate my home a little bit. I’ve already been buying flowers on a weekly basis the past couple of months (and got some as presents other times) as you may have noticed on my Snapchat or Instagram. It really brings so much life into a room and brightens up the mood just a bit more. Seeping through Pinterest really made me crave spring and decorating everything at home just that much more. Here are some of the pictures that I find inspiring – clean, a bit colourful, and: fresh! I’ve also been looking at some more inspiration for easter and cute little decorations. I already love the egg & flower combination in the first picture so I am thinking of doing something along the lines of that. Perhaps I’ll share some easter inspiration with you guys soon. Also, my cravings for cakes, little cupcakes and brunches just sky-rocketed when I saw some of these cute easter-recipes. I will surely try out some of these and amend as needed for me to allergy-friendly enjoy those too!

*all pictures are taken from Pinterest and can be found on my account

Getting a puppy – decisions, decisions

Those who know me or follow me on snapchat or instagram know that I am a huge dog lover. And most of all, I love my little monkey. Of course her name is not monkey and she is far from it, yet, her humorous character reminds me of one and yes – I have endless love for her. Unfortunately, I only see her every couple of weeks due to her staying in Malta with the rest of my family. She was just here in Zurich with my mother for a full 4 weeks – damn, did I enjoy her company and squeaky little noises in the morning after waking up. Suddenly, when she’s gone from one day to another I feel that „empty“ feeling again. Ok, those that don’t own a dog (or pet) and never have will probably think I’m crazy – no worries, I agree I probably am to some extent. Those that have a dog know that it becomes a family member, a baby to the family and one that cannot be left alone for too long hours.

I’ve told you previously that the past weeks were quite a bit rough on the emotional side for me and in general, my job and all other things I’m always trying to place under one umbrella are a bit overwhelming at times. But no matter how long my day was or how stressful it might have seemed in that moment, all stress fell off of me as soon as I saw my dog and went for a walk with her. A simple 30 minutes walking back from the office to the apartment gave me so much strength; its incredible. Especially in these times, more than any other time, I noticed I am a dog-person for sure – for life. So it’s no surprise I’ve been talking to breeders over and over again in the past year and finally found one in Switzerland that I believe I can trust and that seemed overly kind. I had the chance to getting a puppy of my own (same breed; italian greyhound) and fell in love as soon as I saw the 3 week old pup on photos. Whilst everyone thought I would go for it finally and whilst I was even telling myself I would; I sadly declined the offer in the end. This has nothing to do with the breeder or the dog whatsoever – and I am so grateful for the fact that the breeder wants to contact me again next year. Yet, I want to see how this year continues a bit first before making such a big decision in my life.

Dogs, as any pet, require a lot of attention, care, time, and love. Perhaps a goldfish isn’t as hard, and even a cat may be easier given the fact that it can stay at home whilst at work for hours in a row. Whilst a dog may be able to stay at home too, and surely has to learn to stay alone for a few hours a day just in case, I believe it’s not the healthiest option of all. The dog needs a lot of training, especially in the first 18 months of its life – one must put a lot of care and love into the training and continue giving this attention to the dog for the rest of it’s life (easily 12-15 years for some). That is why, I declined the offer for this year. I am aware of the duties a dog brings with it, I am aware that traveling on a spontaneous note is less easy and that going out after work and leaving the dog at home for hours after hours cannot be done anymore. I am aware of the consequences – yet, I am a dog lover. The reason for this decline was simply the fact that I want to finish my studies first, see how the business is moving over the next couple of months, and get a few of my personal projects moving and finishing up a few others. I will also use the time and try to travel more on a personal note this year and see, whether I actually do and whether a dog is still ok to have or whether it’s a decision to rather push back for another while.

Why I wrote this post? Well, simply because I like sharing my thoughts – because I love and miss my little monkey. But also, because so many girls (or so the instagram trend seems to show it) are currently getting a dog. Small little hand-bag dogs, travel dogs, pugs and other small breeds are all over the social media networks right now. And as much as I love the idea and as much as I am for getting a dog and giving one a new home with lots of love – one must remember the fact that it is an animal with great needs and attention. I sometimes wonder how some of these people make it all work – with a job, constant (it seems) traveling, going out to clubs, parties, events, dinners, brunches, meetings with friends, and whatnot. If the dog can travel with you and join almost everywhere – that is fantastic. If you have family and friends around you that will surely keep an eye on the beloved little family-member when you are away and can’t take the dog with you – great, be so thankful! But often times I see stories (on snapchat or instagram) that show certain people with dogs, getting all ready, and then leaving the dog alone once more when they go out for whatever reason. It makes me sad when thinking that is surely isn’t the first time, the last time and potentially is the most routine task for the dog: waiting for the owner to finally come back home. So this is also a post to remind everyone that is thinking of getting a dog: it’s a wonderful idea – but make sure you have back-up plans when you don’t have the necessary time. If your love for dogs is that great, remember to put the dog first and don’t get one until you are 200% sure that you will be able to give the love, affection and attention it needs.

Fueling Food

Oh, the past weeks have been emotional – devastating! It’s when suddenly all seems to pile on top of each other and no matter what you do and how hard you try, some things are just not under your control. I felt helpless and a bit left alone – and by no means was I actually left alone. It’s times like these I am so, so thankful for having my lovely family and best-est friends around me and supporting me no matter what. As the saying goes, its important to value those not only supporting you in times of happiness and fame, but those catching you when you fall, feel deprived and when things are not going as straight as planned.

One thing that I learned, and a lot of thanks goes to my mother here, is to fuel the body especially during those times when the energy is really needed. It goes without saying that food is super important and that we are what we eat – we want to try and do our best everyday. So: stay focused even when you feel your worst! Of course, I am nowhere near perfect nor the healthiest eater. Looking back a few years, I remember stuffing myself with the most unneeded foods ever when in a sad or bad position in life. I have learnt from that and try, as soon as I notice I am not on top of my own game anymore (and that happens to everyone once in a while) to fuel my body with extra vitamins and nutrients. I make sure to eat fruit and vegetables everyday, go rather for a salad or quinoa base with chicken rather than the unhealthy fries. I started working out again at the gym, and in combination with the food I am finally finding my balance again – emotional and as well as in general. That is not to say I’ve found the perfect way to eating healthy my life long, but it sure put me back on track. And let’s not lie, I did steel some fries from my friends plate the other night and do enjoy my one (or two, or three) glass of wine on the weekend – in the end, we only live once.

Now I am sitting in my hotel room in London after having landed only a couple of hours ago. My dinner wasn’t quite as pretty on a plate but very delicious indeed. I got myself a quinoa salad with chicken from around the corner as I didn’t quite feel that I wanted to go outside. Instead I am working on some more emails tonight, trying to catch up on work, and going to bed early. Tomorrow my 2-day conference starts and I can already see myself arriving back in Zurich exhausted Wednesday night – though I am looking forward to these days. Another reason to try an fuel myself a bit better than usual! Other than that my week ahead is not all too spectacular, it’s really about work most of these days. I will try to catch up on my studies again and get into the routine to finally finish off my thesis which is due this summer. Yet, I am definitely looking forward to the weekend – lots of fun activities are planned; including yummy dinners!

*salad with egg, chicken, avocado and a vinegar and oil dressing