Friday, September 06, 2013

What Made Summer Fashionable: Neons, Prints and Cropped Tops

Dubai summers aren't cool unless you're indoors with the air conditioning at a temperature that's beautifully low. On the other hand, fashion was at its hottest this 2013. Besides the sun, here are three favourite looks that really caught the eye.

Prints in animal, birds and various appealing motifs came on every type of outfit in colours bright enough for the summer. My favourite is Hailee Steinfield in the 'all-seeing eye' print dress. An iconic cult symbol for centuries, often used as a sign of protection is best paired with grunge aesthetics and cult prints. Love the netted stilettos.

Got a tan? Even if you don't, any ensemble that's got neons and whites and you're ready for summer. Blinged with chunky jewelry completed the look!
Cropped Casual
Miley Cyrus did an awesome job at looking chic all through the summer. Her cropped outfits that flashed her midriff were just the right amount of casual. Bright lipstick and that blonde crop on her head made it look at the more retro too. Now that's style!

Did your summer have these looks too? Comment below and tell us your favourite looks you wore all summer.

Tuesday, September 03, 2013

Peanut Butter Bites

In case it ever crossed your mind, biscuits and cookies are the same thing. They taste better fresh, and tea-time is the best excuse to bake a batch. Bribing someone with them is also a good trend to follow; your friends will want to be bribed more often.

Here's a quick and easy recipe for peanut butter biscuits you can share and impress your friends with.

You will need
Plain flour - 120g
Caster sugar - 30g
Crunchy peanut butter - 30g
Egg yolk - 1
Softened butter - 50g
Icing sugar - for dusting

How to prepare
1. Preheat your oven to 180C

2. Whisk the sugar and yolk together. Add in the softened butter and peanut butter to the mix and whisk some more. Switch to a wooden spoon and fold in the flour and mix till all the ingredients are combined to make a smooth dough. Lightly dust your palms with flour and divide the dough evenly to make little ping-pong sized balls.

3. Line a baking tray with baking paper or grease it lightly and arrange the dough balls onto it. Gently flatten each dough ball without pressing too firmly or making it flat. Place the tray in the oven and bake for about 12-15 minutes or till you notice them turning golden brown.

4. Once done, carefully place the cookies on a wire rack to cool for a bit before dusting with sugar. Serve while still warm to enjoy the gooey, nutty taste.

Enjoy your cookies
- A warm plate of freshly baked biscuits are great with tea.

- Ice-cream goes great with warm biscuits when you crumble and add them in. Pair your  fresh baked cookies with good ol' vanilla, butterscotch, chocolate or any other flavour you like.

- Or you could just store them in an air-tight jar and go about snacking on your biscuits whenever you please.