Crème Simon – French Heritage Skincare

Meet my new skincare routine.

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Earlier in May, we collaborated with Crème Simon to host a lunch event at Absinthe. After only reading about the brand since it was introduced in Singapore, I finally got to try it for myself.

I think I may have found my Holy Grail.

I have been using the entire range (almost) religiously, day and night, for two weeks and I must say I am beginning to see a difference. My skin feels healthier, softer, younger, and calmer. What a treat for my 30 year-old self! (I just turned 30 last Thursday) I hope I can pass off as a 20 something year old for many many more years to come! :P

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In the morning, after washing I use the Dermo-Hydrating Toner Mist, followed by the Dermo-Activ Floral Serum, Oxygenating Light Day Moisturiser and lastly, the Daily Defense UV Protector SPF 50. The Oxygenating Moisturiser leaves your skin with a cool, bubbling feeling!

Come night time, I use the Dermo-Hydrating Toner Mist, followed by the Dermo-Activ Floral Serum and end with the Restorative Light Night Moisturiser. I’m currently using the sample size tube of the night moisturiser, but I’ll definitely need to get my hands on the full sized one at some point! And perhaps the Oxygenating Foaming Cleanser, eye roller and make up remover while I’m at it.

Exfoliating is a twice weekly affair for me, and on exfoliating days I use a mix of the Gentle Double Exfoliation Scrub and the Lymphatic Contouring and Lifting Gel.

These were on display at the event. So vintage, so quirky!

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The girls fell in love with my handmade Camelias that I showed them during their site visit, and they ended up ordering Camelia brooches to give out during the media launch of the first permanent counter at Raffles City!

Congrats to the Crème Simon Singapore team!

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 Thank you for being an absolute joy to work with!

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Looking forward very much to seeing this girls again sometime soon!

Use the code “AWARD15” to enjoy 15% off your purchase of the Toner Mist, Night Moisturiser and Crème Universelle today!

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The Bigger Plan.

“….I believe everything happens for a reason and is all part of a bigger plan. Everything has its own time and place, and I believe I am where I should be.” – New Year’s Day 2015.

4 weeks later, I am certain that everything that has happened in my life has led me to where I am and where I am supposed to be. Along the way, I learnt many life lessons, it wasn’t an easy transition after working from home for some 8 years, in fact, I never realised that it has been so long. What have I been doing the past 8 years? What if I did things differently? What if I led a different lifestyle and I never left the F&B industry in the first place?

Questions, too many to answer but I know one thing for sure; if I had lived any differently, I probably wouldn’t have met the people I got to meet, and the one thought that makes me cringe, what if I didn’t meet Robin? Thankfully, I did.

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Us during NYE 2011

The truth is, in life you need that one person who doesn’t give up on you even when you’re close to giving up on yourself. Someone who sees your potential, someone who keeps pushing you to be a better person and doesn’t hesitate to tell you that you’re not being the best you can be. It can be hard to take in, but we need that truth.

Thank you for being that person for me, love.

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The lights at Absinthe.

All these years I took so much for granted, that I would get a job easily with my qualifications for one. It turned into a 6 month long journey before I found THE JOB I was looking for. Sure I got offers, but interview after interview, I realised those jobs wouldn’t put me in the right direction, I wouldn’t grow the way I want to, so I kept looking. I always enjoyed doing events, so I decided I would pick up where I left off. There were times when I felt lost and on the verge of falling back into complacency, but I made a decision and I was going to stick it out no matter what. I learnt not to readily accept everything that falls into my lap if it won’t help me grow, I learnt to not let people determine and tell me what I am worth. I learnt that I should never settle for comfortable, and if things get comfortable, it means that it is time for a new challenge. Today, I am in Reservations & Events for the TRE Group, handling reservations and events for Absinthe Restaurant Franςais which is located at Boat Quay.

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Absinthe’s outdoor terrace by day. It’s a lovely place to be and especially so in the evening.

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Where will this new adventure take me? Only time will tell, but I will put my best foot forward, every day. No job is easy, but having a job you enjoy waking up to and excelling at makes all the difference.

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My daily view, the office at 46 Bukit Pasoh.

Some of you may wonder, what about the store?

The store is still “operating”. Orders for in-stock items are mailed out on a daily basis since I pass a post box on the way to the office every morning. Customisations will take more time though, for custom orders please email me at jeaninegabrielle@gmail.com.

For those who may have missed the update, the store is now at http://jeanine-gabrielle.myshopify.com

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Mini Amineko in Mustard $32.90 (London bus not included)

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Q : Do you still customise wedding bouquets?

A : Yes I do, however due to the limited free time I have on weekends, it is advisable to order at least 6 months in advance.

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A previous custom bouquet of roses and peonies.

Since we’re on the topic of flowers and Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, what IS everyone up to this Valentine’s? I definitely won’t be having a Valentine’s date since Robin will be out of town but if you haven’t made plans with your significant other yet, may I suggest you join me at Absinthe Restaurant Franςais?

Full details in my next post! :)

Absinthe Restaurant Franςais is located at 72 Boat Quay. Tel : 62229068

Hung up on Hua Hin

Last November, Robin and I took our first trip together and it was definitely one to remember… I came home with about 1GB of photos from the trip so picking just a few for this post has been a real task. So happy that I finally had the time to sit down and finish this post after having it in my drafts for months. (Sorry this is way overdue!)

✈ Destination, Hua Hin and Bangkok ✈

We took an early morning flight out on Jetstar to Bangkok then hopped on a 3 hour car ride to Hua Hin!

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We checked in at The Hyatt Regency Hua Hin, and from the moment we arrived at the hotel, I was completely blown away by their level of customer service, it was impeccable. After being in the service industry for years, it sort of turns you into a service critic and you know excellent customer service when you encounter it. The people of Hua Hin are extremely friendly, courteous, and I’m not just referring to the service staff. Practically everyone you meet will not hesitate to flash a smile or greet you if your paths cross. It’s such a happy place to be! I told Robin I never wanted to leave.

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The view from the open lobby

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The room was cosy with a private balcony, and this was the view from our room.

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The pools at The Hyatt are all interconnected, so you can basically swim from one end to the other!

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The poolside at You & Mee where we had most of our meals.

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Robin spent a chunk of his childhood in Thailand so he morphed into a kid again when he saw this familiar slide. Calling it a slide would be an understatement if you ask me. He managed to convince me to try it just once and I ended up crying after I made it down that horror of a slide after sitting at the top for the longest time. >_<

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Robin obviously loved it though, what a happy kid! ♥

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The short bridge that leads to the beach where we spent most of our time in Hua Hin despite the weather that decided to take a wet turn on our second day there.

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That’s him, my favourite boy. :)

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This was when I realised how amazing the zoom on the Samsung Galaxy camera was. This was shot with 21x zoom, and what looked like tiny ants from where we stood showed in such detail when captured. It does take quite a steady hand to capture a clear shot at such a high zoom though.

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These horses come out every day to give rides to anyone who wants to ride them, I’m not sure how much it costs but I might just try it if we do go back. I’m pretty sure Hua Hin would place high on our “to visit again” list. :)

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The beach is full of tiny crabs! They scatter from hole to hole so quickly it’s hard to catch.

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This shot was priceless! Zoom in the see why, it’s like a deer caught in headlights. Or crab, rather.

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“Are you taking a photo of me?” – Crab

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Apart from tiny crabs and other shelled creatures, I also befriended a washed up (and pretty much dead) jelly fish, much to Robin’s horror. :P

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We ventured into Centara Grand Beach Resort, known for it’s “plant sculptures”.

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Giant chess, anyone?

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Some of them were really HUGE! The sights were absolutely breathtaking, the garden and the sheer beauty of nature.

While we were in Hua Hin, we went to the weekend night market, Cicada Market which was about a 5-10 minute walk from our hotel.

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Here you’ll find lots of food, handmade items, and live performances.

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You’ll need to buy food coupons to use at the food stalls, and no trip to Cicada is complete without the coconut ice cream!

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You should also try the fried bananas with honey, satay and spring rolls but definitely COCONUT ICE CREAM. I haven’t found anything that comes even close in Singapore.

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This lady is the cutest ever! She sells “fisherman pants” and she’s super friendly.

Here’s us in our fisherman pants!

The market is only open Friday to Sunday so make sure you plan to be in Hua Hin over the weekend!

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The view at sunset, nature at its best.

It was so difficult to leave Hua Hin for Bangkok, I wanted to stay so bad! I ended up tearing when we were checking out, but I’m sure I will be back in the land of smiles again in the near future. :)

✈ ✈ ✈ Continue reading about our adventures in Hua Hin in this post : Kiteboarding in Hua Hin

Shop With Me on Carousell!

It is that time of the year again, when I make it a point to reorganise, spring clean, and decide if I am going to wear all those neglected clothes I have hanging in my cupboard and others stashed in drawers and boxes. This year, while cleaning, I realised that apart from a whole pile of clothes that need to go, I also have a couple pairs of shoes that don’t fit or that I just changed my mind about. I decided to sell them for cheap on Carousell.

Well, here’s what I have listed so far.

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“Party heels, anyone?”

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Follow me for updates on new items! https://carousell.co/jeaninegabrielle

If you are interested in an item but do not live in Singapore, feel free to contact me (jeaninegabrielle@gmail.com) and I will gladly work out the international shipping costs for you. :)

 

Not Your Average Ring Pillow

I’ve made a handful of ring pillows since I started working on wedding customisations. The most challenging one was the airforce plane I worked on some time last year; or so I thought. I received a request to have a ring pillow made to resemble a Hermès Birkin Bag. My initial thoughts were far from optimistic. It was a bag well-known for it’s detailed craftsmanship, how would I be able to replicate it, in a mini version no less?

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I spent hours studying the structure of the bag through photos from every angle I could find. It was no easy feat, but I did it, eventually. As they say, there’s nothing you cannot achieve if you put your heart and mind to it. Your brain will find a way to work things out if you are determined enough.

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Black Hermès Birkin Bag Ring Pillow

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I did a “mock up” so I could tweak the design and make sure it was feasible. The details show better on the green piece compared to the black. Personally, the green trumps the black; green just seems to have that Kate Spade “vibe”. It is ready to use as a ring pillow, or if you’re a huge fan of the Birkin, this definitely makes a cute keepsake.

If you’re interested to purchase it, feel free to send me an email at jeaninegabrielle@gmail.com

Sponsored Review : Switch To The New Essential

The first time I tried and reviewed Essential’s hair products was 4 years ago in October. Back then the orange range was named “Rich Premier”, and the pink range was named “Nuance Airy”. Ring a bell? You can read that review >> here.

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What if I told you that Essential has come up with a solution for those of you who have “combination hair”? If you actually understand what I mean by combination hair, you should be rejoicing right about…NOW. If you don’t and have no idea if you do in fact have combination hair, well, just like how some of us have combination skin (which is extremely common), the same goes for hair, in this case you would have an oily scalp and roots, coupled with dry ends. Using products for oily hair to keep that oily scalp under control would dry your ends even more; whereas using products for dry hair to care for dry ends would do your oily scalp no good whatsoever.

So how exactly have you been washing your hair? Alternating between two different products? Or accepting your fate and living with either an oily scalp or dry ends?

I don’t know about you, but for me the priority has been keeping oil levels under control. I absolutely cannot stand that icky feeling halfway through the day when my hair starts to look and feel greasy, dry shampoos have helped but used long term, those really manage to rack up quite a bill. But what else could I do? There was nothing in the market that was made for combination hair, until now.

This October, Essential relaunched it’s hair products with brand new packaging, improved formulas and a new variant for those with combination hair.

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I received the above products best suited for my hair’s needs after answering two simple questions as seen in the table below.

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If you would like to use a more extensive range of hair care, this would be a guide based on the same two questions.

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With 4 different variants catering to varying hair needs, you can be sure that there is something for your hair type.

  1. Nourishing Breakage Defense (orange) – For weak & damaged hair
  2. Moisturizing Frizz-Free (pink) – For dull & rough hair
  3. Light Finish Volumizing (yellow) – For flat and limp hair
  4. Deep Cleansing Care (blue) – For oily scalp & dry ends

New Essential has Microfine All Smooth Essence which delivers nutrients to repair damaged hair surface from root to tip, whereas conventional technology concentrates mainly at the roots only.

The Light Finish Volumizing (yellow) and Deep Cleansing Care (blue) variants have the optimum combination of Smart Cuticle Care & Sebum Cleansing Technology to target both problems of roots and hair ends. As a result, you will experience the best of both worlds with one product – airy light roots and moisturized ends.

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After using the products for about two weeks, I have noticed that my scalp doesn’t get oily as quickly, which means I can get away with not washing my hair in the morning if I did the night before. My hair is significantly more manageable with no tangles and less frizzy ends after using the hair mask, my only grouse is the 10 minute waiting time to enjoy the full benefits of the product which would last up to 7 days. On days I feel my hair could use a little more love than just shampoo, I use the conditioner or treatment that doesn’t require a wait time of 3-10 minutes. In fact, the treatment works in a matter of 30 seconds!

My hair also dries relatively quicker, this allows me to hit the sack as soon as possible after a late night since I am not a fan of blow drying my hair. I must say I particularly love the fragrance of the Light Finish Volumnizing shampoo, it would be great if the whole range smells the same!

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“Like” Essential on Facebook and redeem your FREE SAMPLE!
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You can also follow @essentialsingapore on Instagram

 The range is affordably priced at $4.50 for a 200ml bottle of shampoo or conditioner and $11.50 for a 750ml bottle of shampoo or conditioner. Hair masks are priced at $9.90 a tub. This price is the same for all variants and is available at leading supermarkets, hypermarkets, western pharmacies and personal care stores like Watson’s and Guardian Pharmacy.

Sponsored Review : Bioré Micellar Cleansing Water

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Is it possible for one product to remove make up, soothe, brighten, soften and disinfect your skin while minimising pores all at once? Sounds impossible right? But that is exactly what Bioré’s New Micellar Cleansing Water claims to do.

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The Watery Micellar Technology effectively dissolves and lifts of all makeup including mascara and eyeliner and Natural Mineral Water from the Northern Japanese Alps provide for a gentle and soothing formula. The cleanser is enriched with Collagen and White Tea Extract to give you brighter, softer and suppler skin while the anti-bacterial formula helps prevent pimples and breakouts, and minimises pores for a clearer and more refined complexion.

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But does it really do what it claims to?

I have sensitive skin and after using this for over a week, I have had no problems with the cleanser, even without rinsing off since this is a no-rinse cleanser. The only challenge is getting all the mascara fibres out. It takes way over 5 seconds of holding the cotton pad over my eyes to remove my mascara but that is pretty much the only tiny draw back. I would choose this over my current facial wipes because this does not sting if I happen to get it in my eyes and when I remove my mascara with the pre-soaked facial wipes, it stings every single time!

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So how well does it remove a pile of make up?

I piled on BB cream, eye shadow, blusher, the works.. To use,

• Pump an appropriate amount onto cotton pad
• Use soaked cotton pad to gently wipe off makeup
• For eye makeup, place soaked cotton pad onto closed eyes and hold for 5 seconds before gently wiping it off
• Repeat until all makeup is removed, and cotton pad is clean

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And this is the difference after a couple of wipes. To totally remove all make up, you’d need about 4-5 cotton pads depending on how much make up you use.

It leaves no oily or sticky feeling at all, but it does leave skin feeling clean, refreshed and hydrated. As I mentioned, rinsing is not required so this is a perfect product for those of you who get lazy with removing make up after a long night out. I personally prefer to wash with my foaming cleanser afterwards for a more thorough clean and to make sure I have nothing “foreign” left on my face. Just make sure you follow through with toner and moisturiser to avoid drying out your skin!

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Bioré Micellar Cleansing Water retails at $18.90 and is available in all pharmacies, hypermarkets and supermarkets, and major departmental stores.

#ONLINESHOPPINGHACKS – iPrice

Online shopping has become increasingly popular over the years, but while it does offer the convenience of shopping from the comforts of home, there are some things that can be extremely frustrating; and I do mean EXTREMELY FRUSTRATING. One of the woes of online shopping? The coupons.

Scenario 1. You have added a whole list of items to your wish list and you are ready to check out once you receive the next coupon code but somehow you’re just not getting one no matter how often you check your email. You realise some of the items you want are quickly dwindling in stock but you could really use a discount. Like, NOW.

Scenario 2. You finally managed to check out your order with that 20% off discount code. The next day you see something else from the same online store that you missed seeing before, or it is a new addition. You have already utilised your coupon and it is not valid for a second use, but you really need (by need I mean want) that dress!

Sounds familiar?

Fortunately, I have found the one and probably only #onlineshoppinghack you will ever need.

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Introducing iPrice, Asia’s best source for discount, coupon and voucher codes. At iPrice, you will find the best online shopping deals and discount coupons from various online stores ranging from clothes to groceries to flights, in one place! Think big names like Zalora, Zuji, Qoo10, Red Mart, Luxola and many more!

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You don’t need to be subscribed to a particular store’s mailing list to get the coupons, iPrice tracks down the latest deals for you so you never miss a good sale again! Make use of discount codes or enjoy special weekly deals.

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You can also search for the best deals on a particular product you already have your eyes on when you shop by brand on iPrice. iPrice takes you to the online store offering the product that you want.

Get Melissa shoes for less!

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Here’s an extra #onlineshoppinghack! River Island may have closed it’s retail stores in Singapore, but you can still get your River Island fix on Zalora! Make sure you make use of your iPrice coupons to get the best deal!

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Start collecting your free coupons here: http://iprice.sg/coupons

Got nothing particular in mind but itching for some retail therapy? Check out iPrice’s roundup of the best products around! http://iprice.sg/shop

You are most welcome. :)

Take a leap of Faith..

“There is never a time or place for true love. It happens accidentally, in a heartbeat, in a single flashing, throbbing moment.”

– Sarah Dessen, The Truth About Forever.

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The above bouquet is my latest pride and joy, carefully created for Daphne whose solemnisation ceremony takes place this weekend. I can’t wait to see photos from her wedding!

This one took a real leap of faith, with not much to go on, I decided to do something completely different from what I have done with other bouquets so far, and I am so happy that the bride loves the bouquet as much as I do. Soft and airy chiffon peonies, lush roses and my first attempt at the tricky ranunculus, all handmade from scratch, and it was completely worth all the work.

If you’d like to view more photos of this bouquet, they are available here. Please contact me at jeaninegabrielle@gmail.com at least 2-3 months in advance if you are interested in a handmade bouquet for your wedding that will last forever, along with memories from your BIG DAY!

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A Gastronomical Backlog

When Robin and I spend time together, it almost always means we’re cooking up something in the kitchen. Weekends, especially. Going through my photos from the past month or two, it is evident that I survive pretty much on bacon, eggs and bread or similar spreads.

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“Brinner” = Brunch + Dinner.

Scrambled eggs topped with sautéed tomatoes, bacon and cheese on a toasted english muffin.

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Breakfast.

Omelette with tomatoes and bacon. Robin battled jet lag from his flight back from Germany to whip this up for me in the morning, I’m the luckiest girl in the world. ♥

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How do YOU like your eggs?

Left, how I cook my eggs. Right, how Robin cooks his eggs.
Unless it’s a poached egg with smoked salmon and hollandaise, scrambled please. Although I occasionally do throw a sunny side up (with half cooked yolk) into a Spam sandwich…

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Fluffy scrambled eggs any day for me.

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Lazy dinner.

A cold platter spread with meat that Robin flew back from Germany, yes even the bread. Absolutely no cooking involved, just a little cutting and tossing the bread into the oven.

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Dessert.

Robin’s favourite Blueberry Cream Cheese Cupcakes. We took a batch of these to a bbq and they were quite a hit. If you missed my previous post with the recipe for these incredibly yummy cupcakes, here it is :

Blueberry Cream Cheese Cupcakes Recipe

Most of these photos were taken on SaVeri‘s concrete table. If you’re reading this post from Germany and have some time to spare, check out spoga gafa 2014!

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Visit SaVeri’s website to find out more about their products or keep in touch with SaVeri on Facebook
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