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Monday, January 30, 2017

To Wear Or Not To Wear



Yes, it is about the morals of wearing fur.






As you can see on the above picture I did it. But before judging too quickly, please, read the story behind.

When the weather got cooler I started to think about what I was going to use as outerwear. First, I got a thin coat borrowed from one of my collegues but I knew that I wouldn't manage January and February in that coat.
 When I was searching for pregnancy winter coats I realized that I either did not like them, or found them too expensive. I mean, I will not be able to wear it next year when not pregnant. Do I really need to spend so much on something I will only wear for about 2 months? It just didn"t feel right.

And that was when I started thinking of my mother's fur coat.
 Well, to be honest I have been thinking of having it cleaned and cut since the death of my mom but my morals were always stronger.
Also I have read an article in defence of wearing fur  and I guess my situation is quite similar to that of the writer of the article. To cut a long story short, the writer of the article received a cozy fur coar gifted from her grandma more than 20 years ago and she feels no shame of wearing it even though she receives controversial and even rude comments on doing so.


So this time it was different. I considered it seriously to have it cleaned and cut (the length was uncomfortable for me), so I put the coat in my car and drove  to the furier.
 And of course, the shop  was closed. And it went on for days like that. I almost started to feel like
 it was divine intervention or a sign that I should not wear fur.

On the other hand, having the coat cleaned and cut also cost money, almost as much as the pregnancy coats I was considering but I still felt that it would be a better investment to have the fur done as I could wear the fur next winter as well, while pregnancy coats are definitely only for the time of your pregnancy.
 So I kept going back to the furier's as long as I found the shop open.
 In a week I could pick up my coat and I was more than happy with the result. The length is perfect and the fur looks as if it was new. Even though it is more than 25 years old and my mom also received it gifted from her sister-in-law.

Now we have had - 10/-20 degrees Celsius for the last few weeks which is quite unusual in this region so I am really glad I did not give up and managed it to the furier's. :)


What is your opinion?
 Would you wear fur or do you cinsider it as senseless animal killing?


Thanks for reading and commenting.

XX,

Pippi



Friday, January 27, 2017

Resolutions




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Every year when January comes you can read numerous magazine articles and blog posts about how to stick to your New Year's Resolutions. I think the best and most effective advice I have ever read was that you should dividide your goals into smaller steps and decide what step to finish by when.

As I am in the last trimester of my pregnancy I did not want to make "big", longterm resolutions but rather ones that I can finish by my due date or ones that are relatively easy to keep even for a firts-time-mom with a baby.


The other very imprtant and effective method is writing your goals down. This way you cannot deny or disown them later on. The best is when you write it somewhere you can see them often.So that they 'haunt' you. :)

So here is my list:

Improve my Dutch: I studied Dutch at the university but I have no opportunity to use the language and forgot almost everything. Now for the last few weeks, I have been studying from my old books and next week I am going to a language learning workshop about a quite promising  method.

Read books: There are 3 books on my bedside table  that I have already started with I just need to find the time to finish them.

Stick to my financial plan: One of my NYRs a few years ago was that I would be more conscious about my financies. I think this was one of my most important and well-kept resolutions ever. And with a baby on board I think it is even more imprtant to plan carefully.

Produce less waste: Last week I cleaned my pantry and found many products with expiration dates a long time ago. I felt so embarrassed. There are so many people in need and I just buy things and let them go to waste. I really need to be more conscious about that. 

Smile more: This is a thing I set as a goal every year but it is not because I am not improving but because I think that it is important to remind yourself of it from time to time.

Be more patient: The same here as with smiling. :)

How about you? Did you make New Year's resolutions or set goals for 2017? 
I would love to hear about them. :) 

Thanks for reading.

XX,

Pippi




Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Wishlist for Valentine's Day

Wishlist for Valentine'S Day

With Valentine's Day just around the corner I created my personal wishlist for the holiday. It is not difficult to fall in love with  Thomas Sabo charms and it is no surprise that they also come in the popular heart shape with many designs.  
I don't know about you but  I love  everything heart-shaped, especially around VDay.

Here you can see my fav silver designs. In a later post I will share my fav gold designs with you, so stay tuned. :)

Thanks for stpopping by.

XX,

Pippi




Wishlist for Valentine'S Day by mspippistyle featuring charm jewelry

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Of Geese And Pears





Ingredients:

1/2 kg pears
1/2 kg potatoes
800 g of goose legs and breasts
salt
black pepper
1 lemon

How to make it?
Cut the goose's skin with  a sharp knife (not too deep). Rub the goose all over with the cut half of a lemon. Use both sides to get it good and coated. Sprinkle salt and pepper all over the goose legs and breasts. Put the goose into the fridge for a night. 
The next morning wash the goose  under cold water. After drying it, sprinkle some salt on it. Take a large pan and put the goose legs and breasts in it. First, the side with the skin down for 8 minutes, then the other side for another 8 minutes.
In the meantime, wash the potatoes and the pears. Cut them in four pieces, remove the house of the pears but don't peel them. Put the potatoes and the pears in a duck oven. After roasting the legs and breasts for 8-8 minutes, put them into the duck oven, over the potatoes and pears. Pour the fried fat from the pan into the duck oven and squeeze the other half of the lemon on the legs and breasts.
Put the duck oven into the heated oven (180 grades) for about 1 hour 45 minutes.  Besprinkle the legs and breasts with the fat every 20 minutes. Add some water if essential.


Enjoy!

For further recipes go over to older posts herehere and here.

Thanks for stopping by!

XX,

Pippi



Monday, January 16, 2017

Browns

Browns


Do you prefer darker colours for winter or do you like wearing clothes as colorful as in spring/summer?
Well, as for me, I tend to wear darker colours in winter but I often realize I wear too much black. The shades of brown seem to be a good alternative to black in winter. 
How about you?
Do you like brown or do you prefer black?

Thanks for stopping by!

XX,

Pippi



Browns by mspippistyle featuring a brown purse

Friday, January 13, 2017

Instapippi Lately ....





















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You can see other Insta related posts on the blog here and here.

Thanks for stopping by!

XX,

Pippi