I've been trying to incorporate more veggies into my diet. They are super healthy, full of fiber and vitamins, all in all great for you and your body. It is really important to eat your vegetables as your parents and grandparents always tell you to.

I have been living alone for almost two years now and learned the hard way that it is important to cook for myself and not eat out everyday. It gets expensive and I like knowing what goes into my body. As I am not the best chef in town, I like easy, fast dishes. This is a perfect example of one of those. I like to make a bunch so it is enough for a couple of days.

As I said, this veggie curry is healthy and super fast to make. If you like curry, you should definitely try it out. It's also a great vegan option.

It took me about an hour with the preparation. I made quinoa to accompany it, but you can use rice or really whatever you like. Also you can add more veggies or take some out, really personal preference. You can add for example: beans, potatoes, chicken

Veggies: Green beans, Brokkoli, Carrots, Sweet Potato, Peas, Chickpeas, Spinach, Brussels Sprouts, Celery, Mushrooms, Onion

Curry powder or paste. Almond cream, salt and pepper to season. Also quinoa or rice. A little coconut oil to put under the veggies.

The amount your using depends on how much you want to make. I made about 4-5 servings, so I put plenty of everything into it. Also I used some frozen veggies, just put them in at the same time it will be fine.

The Process:
1. Cut all the carrots, sweet potatoes, brussels sprouts, celery, mushrooms into small pieces, chop the onion also. All of the others can go in the size they are. Put about a teaspoon of coconut oil under the veggies so they don't burn.

2. Put all of the veggies into a pot and start cooking them. While the veggies are cooking you can prepare your side of rice or quinoa so it will be done at about the same time.

3. I cooked them for about ten minutes before adding in the curry and almond cream.

4. After adding the curry and almond cream cook for about 10-15 minutes. Stir occasionally as it can stick to the bottom of the pan.

5. Serve and enjoy.

Easy peasy.

Have a good day. Xenia

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I usually eat oatmeal for breakfast, but it gets boring after a while. When going for brunch my favorite to get is granola with yoghurt and fruit. So I thought to mix up my breakfast game, I would make my own granola instead of buying it at the store. This way I know what is in it, it's much healthier and probably is cheaper also. It's done in about an hour, with preparation and baking, so it's super fast and super healthy, and of course, super yummy!

You need some basic ingredients, and then you can add on several other things, tailer it to your liking.

The basic ingredients are:
1. Oats. I used rolled oats, they work the best. I use about 2 cups or 250 grams this time.
2. Nuts. Pecans, hazelnut, pistachios, almonds, whatever you like really. I used hazelnuts this time and cut them up into smaller pieces. About 1 and a half cups for 250 grams is good.
3. Oil. You can use coconut oil, extra virgin olive oil, grapeseed oil. I like coconut oil because it gives a little flavor to it. I used 2 tablespoons, the granola didn't stick to the pan.
4. Sweetener. My preferred is agave syrup. But you can also use maple syrup, brown rice syrup. This helps the oats and nuts stick together and form the granola texture. About 3-4 tablespoons, depending on how sweet you want your granola, and how sticky you like it.
5. Spice. I like a little bit of cinnamon in my granola, but it is not essential, a teaspoon is enough for me.
6. Salt. Just a hint, don't be afraid, it won't taste salty.

Extras: You can add on dried fruit, but only after you have baked the granola otherwise the fruit will get too dry and become inedible. I also added some linseeds and quinoa for a bit of extra crunch and fibre. After baking I added in some dried cranberries. You can even add some cocoa powder to it, if you want a more chocolate cereal flavor. Add this in before baking with the dry ingredients. To make the granola stickier, add an egg white that has been whisked until foamy.

The process:
1. Preheat your oven to 150 degrees.
2. Pour the oats, the nuts, the spices and the salt into a bowl and mix it together.
3. Add in the wet ingredients: the oil, the sweetener.
4. Mix it all up until you see everything sticking together a bit. Here you can add some more oil or sweetener if needed.
5. Pour it into a baking pan and stick it in the oven for about 20 minutes.
6. After the 20 minutes are up, give it a stir and bake for about 20 more minutes or until the top becomes golden brown. You know they are done when it is toasty brown.
7. Add in your dried fruit.
8.Allow it to cool down in the pan and then put it container to store.

Easy peasy! Super healthy, especially for breakfast. It tastes the best with greek yoghurt in my opinion, and some fruit on the side. Today I had it with kiwis. Delicious. :)



For me, the best is to keep things simple, just as in my day to day skincare. Makeup is fun and creative, I love it, but for everyday usage, I opt to keep it uncomplicated and fast. It is the best for my skin and through the years I have realized that doing the whole cat eye, smokey eye and red lips thing is just not necessary. Even if your skin is not perfect, it is best to let it breath for a couple of days in the week.

Also about brands.. I have been using makeup for a long time, and have experimented with all types of brands, more expensive ones and cheaper ones also. I started with Maybelline and loved it. Then, the experiments started. I have realized that you can find the same coverage and long wearing products in the drugstore as Chanel and such. Of course if you have the money, you will buy the more expensive ones.. But it is not always necessary.

On weekdays I use a foundation, highlighter under my eyes, powder, bronzer, blush, eyebrow pencil, mascara and sometimes lipstick. It all depends on my mood to tell you the truth. Sometimes even the foundation can be traded in for a little concealer.

My all time fav powder is the BareMinerals Matte. For bronzer the best choice is to use a powder 2-3 shades darker than your skin tone. But of course, you have to find what works best for you, makeup is very personal.

My routine has been the same for a couple of months.
Base: Bourjois healthy mix foundation, MAC Studio Finish concealer for acne, MAC prep and prime for under my eyes/Bourjois CC eye brightener or NYX concealer. BareMinerals Matte Powder to set everything.
Bronze/Blush: BareMinerals Warmth all over face color, Covergirl Clean pressed powder (to contour a bit), one of my MAC blushes
Eyes/Eyebrows: Rimmel Scandaleyes mascara/Jordana Best Lash mascara/Estee Lauder mascara, Anastasia BrowWizz.

And that's it. Fast and simple. :)



On a day to day basis I try to keep things simple. Not only because I'm in a rush almost all the time, but because I find that my skin looks its best when I use minimal product. I have acne prone, very sensitive skin. I get a couple of spots per month, generally on my chin and nose, because of stress or 'that time of the month'. I use mostly Estée Lauder and Cetaphil products.

Morning routine:

First I wash my face with the Cetaphil gentle cleanser, with warm water. I pat my face dry. Then I use the Estée Lauder Idealist Even Skintone Illuminator all over, just a little of it as a serum before moisturizer. I love the Estée Lauder Daywear Multi-protection Anti-oxident cream with an SPF of 15. SPF is very important, especially because of my sensitive skin. For my eye cream I keep it cheap and simple: the Burts Bees Chamomile eye cream. After this process I put my makeup on and get going.

Evening routine:

My evening routine is more of a pamper. Generally when I get home, even if it is only the afternoon I take my makeup of right away. I use the Bioderma Sensibio H20 Micelle Solution for Sensetive skin (the pink bottle) on a couple of cotton rounds to get any dirt and makeup of. If I don't have any makeup of I even leave it at that and slap on some moisturizer before going to bed. But if I do (almost everyday), I then head to the bathroom to cleanse with either the Cetaphil gentle cleanser or the Lush Dark Angels scrub, depending on my mood. If my skin is going crazy, I use a special cleanser from my dermatologist, but that's a different story for another post. After my face is clean, either the same eye cream as in the morning or the Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair eye cream (my absolute favorite!). Then the Advanced Night Repair Serum and a moisturizer - I haven't found one that I will keep on buying again and again, but for now I use Shea Butter.

These are the basics of my routines. When I have breakouts or my skin is super dull, I will use special creams and treatments. Those will come in a post in the near future. :) I have been using this routine for about 1,5 years and it has worked out great, it got my skin into its best shape yet.



For my first blog post, I would just like to wish everybody a very merry christmas and happy holidays - whatever you celebrate. Forget about the presents, the iPhones and the expensive stuff, it's not what the holidays are about. Think about your family and all of your loved ones. Be grateful that you have these people around you, to support you and love you no matter what choices you make. Be together for a change, put down all electronics and just talk. Who knows how many chances you will have to do this in the future. Just be happy and enjoy these couple of days before heading back to work or school.

Also, I would like to introduce myself. I am twenty years old and study business and diplomacy. I would like to dedicate this blog to beauty and maybe some personal posts, things I have passion for, which may interest others. I love watching youtube videos and get inspiration from them in all topics. I hope some people will enjoy my posts, I know that this type of stuff is not for everybody.

So, just a fast introductory post, I hope to see you guys later in my next post, which is planned to be a beauty regime. :)