Top 10 Summer Essentials

Summer, Summer, Summertiiiiiiiiiiiiiime!

If you ask me, there’s only one true way to now if summer is on its way. One very simple test. Do I want to wear pastel nailpolish or do I stick to my dear Rouge Noir?

We all have a favourite season. Some like Winter and the snow, some prefer Fall and its beautiful colours, or Spring with all its flowers. But Summer, with its barbecue parties and beac holiday plans has always been my personal favourite. I’m never happier than when I wear jean shorts, a white linen Tshirt and sandals, sit in the sun and sip on one too many cups of Pimm’s (oops!), so today, I wanted to share my absolute summer essentials.

Cake + Whisky | 10 summer essentials | shopping guide1. Jean shorts: I basically live in those from June to September and those H&M ones are definitely on my radar!

2. Stay Matte pressed powder, Rimmel: I love hot weather and all, but shiny skin, not so much. Luckily, this does the job perfectly and is cheap as chips! #WinWin

3. Glass bottle, BKR: I said it before, I said it again: those are the BEST! And it seems Selfridges is now stocking them, so you won’t have to deal with the whole “do I really want to pay that much in P&P?” issue!

4. Aloe Vera Gel, Banana Boat: My skin is just the worse: as soon as there is ANY kind of change in the weather, it starts drying out, cracking etc… So convenient when the weather changes about 12 times a day. So I’m trying everything I can possibly put my hands on to see what works best to keep things in control, and sofar, this seems to do the trick. I also love that it dries very quickly and doesn’t stick when you put clothes on afterwards. Not sure I’m a massive fan of the Shrek-like green colour though, so might try to find a “cleaner” alternative next time around.

5. Pore Refining Solution Instant Perfector, Clinique: Shine-free, Photoshoped-like skin anyone? This thing is basically magic in a bottle (and you can use it on top of your make-up too!).

6. Aqua Smoky Lash mascara, Make Up For Ever: When they say “waterproof”, they mean it. Go on, jump in that pool and have fun!

7. Maximillian Strasse nailpolish, Essie: Some people start wearing shorts and flip-flops the second the sun starts shining. Instead, I just switch my usual dark red polish for some sort of pastel mint. This one, by Essie, is one of my absolute faves.

8. Audrey Swimsuit, Princesse Tam Tam: 😍😍😍 (I think it says it all)

9. Mojito Ice Lollie, Ice Kitchen: Just what it says on the bag: Mojito. In a Lollie. Life is good!

10. Ultra Light Daily UV Defense, Kiehl’s: A no-brainer this one, really. When there’s sun, wear sunscreen, your skin will thank you.

What are your summer favourites? Anything I should check out? (Would take any excuse to go shopping, really! Please help!)

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Top 10 Summer Essentials

Gift Guide | For your (London) visitors

Since I’ve been living in London, I’ve had loads of people coming over to spend a few days in the capital, tour all the sights and eat some world famous breakfast.

And if I enjoy creating little guides of things for my visitors to see and do, there’s absolutely nothing I love more than putting together little London gift bags to make them feel truly special upon arrival and remember the fun times once they’ve left.

The content of my gift bags usually varies depending on what I stumbble upon while shopping, but here are a few of my absolute favourites!

Cake + Whisky | Gift Guide for your London visitors1. This Gin & Tonic Lip Balm is just genius. I mean, it’s basically a cocktail that keeps your lips soft. What more could you possibly ask for?

2. I’m such a kid at heart! I LOVE Legos and this Big Ben Nanoblocks make for the perfect alternative to tacky snowglobes!

3. Tea is obviously a must and I like to get a small tea caddy from Fortnum & Mason for the added wow-effect. I tend to get classic blends such as Earl Grey or the Royal Blend but their Peach Balck Tea and Elderflower Green Tea are also cracking!

4. I have a stock of Cath Kidson purses at home, so if you ever visit me, it’s very likely you’ll be handed one as soon as you pass the door. I’m absolutely obsessed with purses so it’s near impossible to resist buying them and my friends have loved being gifted some as it’s so convenient to keep everything together, keep currencies separate, not lose your Oyster card at the bottom of your bag…  Win-win then?

5. Burt’s Bees lip balm was one of the first things I ever bought when I first lived in London, so this one has quite a sentimental value to me. Plus they’re absolutely ace, entirely natural and now come in so many flavours!

6. Don’t we all need something sweet in our lives? I believe we do, so I always try to include some treats in my little London boxes, be it Jelly beans or a bar of Green & Black Chocolate!

Do you put together gift bags for your visitors? What do/would you include in them?

Gift Guide | For your (London) visitors

New-ins April 2015

Not that many new things to report this month but the few things I got, I’m absolutely in love with! Maybe because they all have that little “Spring feeling” about them… 🌸🌱🌳🌷
Cake + Whisky | April New-ins1- I’ll never say it enough (and I’ll come back on the topic in details in a future “Objective Capsule Wardrobe” post): there is hardly any point buying good clothes if you don’t buy good underwear. I started buying mine from the French brand Princesse Tamtam 5 years ago and I’ve never looked back. (also, they swimsuit collection is just 👌 Very tempted to buy this one)!

2- I tested Rimmel’s Color Burst this month but I’m still not sure what to think. The colour is kind of nice but I’m not a massive fan of the texture as it feels fairly dry on the lips…

3- I FINALLY got myself some GAP black jeans! Yay! (I absolutely love GAP for jeans! They have many different cuts, inc. one that fits me perfectly! But can someone please explain to me how it makes sense to switch from number-sizes to letter-sizes?Why?)

4- Finally, what’s probably my favourite purchase this month: this lovely nude Silk Cami from J Crew. It’s so pretty and soft and I never want to wear anything but silk ever #Spoiled

What have you bought this month? I’m always looking for shopping inspiration!

New-ins April 2015

Spring Wish-List

Every year, it’s just the same: after 2-3 days of sunny warm-ish weather, I forget all about my winter wish-list and build an entirely new one. Most of the time, my spring wish-lists include pastel nailpolish, ballerinas and tones of home stuff.

However this year, it seems I have slightly different ideas. It might be because I already have 25 shades of mint nailpolish, or that I already bought the ballerinas of my dream, or that I don’t want to scare anyone with my home wish-list… Or it might be that I’m finally making some progress on this whole capsule wardrobe thing, and accepted that basics will always be the new black to me!

Cake + Whisky | Spring Wish-List | GAP, Vero Moda, Petit Bateau, Pure, Clinique

1. Vero Moda Parka Coat: I’ve been looking for a mid-season coat for quite a while (as in, I can’t remember when was the last time I ever owned one of those…) and it was love at first when I spotted this beauty in Oliver Bonas’ window!

2. Petit Bateau Basic White V neck Tshirt: I love love LOVE Petit Bateau, all their stuff is incredibly good quality and the cuts are amazing! Not sure if I’ll get the cotton or the linen version, but I’m pretty sure where I’ll head to quench my thirst for white-v-neck-tshirts!

3. GAP 1969 Legging Jeans: Mine died. I need new ones. As simple as that!

4. Pure Grace perfume: It smells like soap and laundry. Do I really need to say more? #SoReadyForSpring

5. Clinique Chubby Stick: I haven’t quite decided which colour I want to get it in, but I’m working on it!!

Spring Wish-List

Typographia | Shopping | Barcelona

I don’t usually write reviews of stores here. But I had such a crush on Typographia (both the space and the Tshirts!) that I had to share it! Also because it might just be the solution to one of the major problems in my life: what present to give to all my male friends?!Cake + Whisky | Barcelona shopping | TypographiaCake + Whisky | Barcelona Shopping | TypographiaCake + Whisky | Barcelona Shopping | TypographiaCake + Whisky | Barcelona Shopping | TypographiaCake + Whisky | Barcelona Shopping | TypographiaCake + Whisky | Barcelona Shopping | TypographiaCake + Whisky | Barcelona Shopping | Typographia

What: Brilliant graphic T-Shirts for all the men in your life! + the only tourist T-Shirt you can actually wear in real life without looking like those guys

How much: 18.5€ each

Where: Typographia, Carrer de la Mare de Deu del Coll, 2, Barcelona (closest station: Lesseps). And they ship to Europe and beyond via their website!

Typographia | Shopping | Barcelona

CHRISTMAS GIFT GUIDE – For your BFF.

It’s this time of the year again… and I couldn’t be more excited!

I’m crazy about all things Christmas-ey, all the Fahlalalala, the lights, the trees, all of it. Hell, I even LOVE wrapping presents! And I’m also one of those people who actually enjoy buying them. I start in July (no kidding!), make endless idea lists, walk miles and usually shop ‘til I drop.

So I thought I’d write up a few gift guides for all those important people in everyone’s life… Starting today with the BFF!

She’s for sure a very special person, always there when you need her, no matter how busy she is and the distance between you. And she for sure deserves something nice for answering all your bored/crazy/drunk texts!

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1. For the health junkie: a BKR bottle. I got one for myself a few months ago and I don’t think I could ever go back to not having one. It is just so convenient, and they come in a gazilion pretty colours. Just too cute. BKR bottle, $30.

2. If she’s a tea lover: I can not recommend The Blue Bird Company enough. It’s a brilliant small company from Brighton that sells creative (and delicious) loose-leaf teas (including one called Moji-Tea, yup!). But as far as festive presents are concerned, it would be a shame not to go for my favourite from their Christmas collection, the Christmas Cake tea. Not only does it taste EXACTLY like Christmas (cinnamon and cloves), but it has sparkly sugar snowflakes! Christmas Cake Tea, The Blue Bird Tea Co., £5.25

3. If she’s a the foodie: Chocolate truffles are a festive staple. But those are 1. white chocolate 2. Mojito-flavoured. Need I say more? Mojito chocolate truffles, Hotel Chocolat, £3.75

4. If she wishes she was French: Sure, you could get her Ladurée macaroons. But I’d rather go for How to Be Parisian Wherever You Are. It sounds a lot more fun, doesn’t it? How to be Parisian wherever you are, Anne Berest, about £13

5. If she’s a fashionista: I’ve learnt the hard way that when it comes to presents, less is more. Even more so when it comes to “beauty” gifts. My advice? The iconic Rouge Noir from Dior, in a pretty box, and voilà!

Hopefully there will be something for every kind of BFF! What will you be giving yours?

CHRISTMAS GIFT GUIDE – For your BFF.