Sunday, December 7, 2014

Our Wedding: the Dress

I wrote about my dress shopping experience earlier this year and now here's the reveal! After visiting several stores in Copenhagen and doing a little bit of online shopping, I found my dress at Lucca here in the city. Tina mentioned that she had gone past the store so I went on their website and made an appointment. Having gone through their website front and back, I knew I had to try this one dress. And well, that was the dress I ended up buying!

I love this Jenny Packham design but I was not willing to spend such a large sum of money on my dress. The Hany dress from Lucca had a similar look to the Jenny Packham dress but had a fuller skirt which I didn't mind. When you know it's the right dress you just know. I didn't have any crying moments because I was really practical about the whole dress shopping experience, but I just knew that this was the one. I was very open to different types of dresses and different styles, but everything paled in comparison to this Hany dress. Plus the staff at Lucca were great and their prices were in my price range. My mother-in-law and friend S had been to the other wedding dress shops with me and everyone loved this dress so it confirmed that this was the one! I literally went back to the store and bought it the next day!

I love the light beading on the sleeves and the front of the dress. I also love the dramatic deep back on the dress. We got married on a really hot July summer day so I was really glad that my dress wasn't made of heavy materials. The dress is made out of chiffon so it was relatively light and easy to move around in.

Because there was already beading on the dress, I decided to skip wearing a necklace and went with danglier earrings. My parents also gave me a beautiful diamond bracelet as a wedding gift which I also wore on our wedding day. At the church ceremony and for a few photos afterwards, I wore a simple fingertip length veil.

And that's the story of my dress!

Saturday, December 6, 2014


I celebrated my 26th birthday this past week. My birthday was on the 1st so we invited some of our closest friends here over for some cake and bubbles. I made my favorite devil's food chocolate cake filled with a white chocolate raspberry ganache and topped it with my favorite chocolate cloud frosting. There were macarons and cookies too! (By the way, macaron success! I tried making macarons for the first time following Strangas' recipe and they turned out great!) It was a super low key get together on Sunday afternoon. I just wanted to see everyone and have lots of sweets for everyone to enjoy! The husband and I also had dinner at Kødbyens Fiskebar that night as our own little birthday date. I'll have to post about that separately, but oh my goodness, amazing dishes! Seriously, I love seafood and they take it to a whole other level.

We also celebrated with the in-laws on Monday, the actual day of my birthday. I also got a bouquet of flowers at work which was a nice surprise! For dinner we had some more seafood, surprise surprise! We made this scallop and pea starter and had a more Chinese style baked cod dish for dinner (side note, I follow the recipe for the fish and ingredients but cook the veggies separately and instead of baking it with the fish).

It was a great birthday spent with my closest friends and family here in Copenhagen and I got spoiled by everyone and all their gifts! After a busy week, we've got an even busier weekend! Have a great one everyone!

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Our Wedding: the Invitations

We received the official photos from our wedding a few weeks ago so I can start to write and share different aspects of our wedding with all of you! Funny enough, none of the pictures of our invitations are from our photographer, they are just from my phone and from quite a few months back. I just wanted to gather all the wedding posts and post them one after the other.

As I mentioned before, we didn't really have a theme for our wedding. We liked the wild flower look and we liked industrial feeling spaces. So for our wedding invitations, I had an idea in mind...

I absolutely loved and still love Brittany from The House That Lars Built's Scandinavian floral calendar. Having met and assisted Brittany a bit while she still lived in Copenhagen, I got in contact with her and asked if we could work something out for our wedding invitations. The hard part after that was picking fonts for the text!

Our invitations consisted of the actual invitation, a information card, and a RSVP postcard. Everything was held together with a piece of gold glitter ribbon and then sent in a black envelope. Putting the invitations together did not take as long as I thought it would. The invites and cards came cut to size so all I had to do was attach a ribbon, stamp the envelopes with our return address, and try to address the envelopes with my best handwriting.

I really can't stress enough how much easier things go when you have a clear vision in mind of how you want your wedding to look and feel. I knew Brittany's Scandinavian floral design was what I wanted, but I also explored other options on websites like Minted. I absolutely love the watercolor look, floral illustrations, and pretty calligraphy/handwriting and there are many different places that offer really great templates for invitations and are affordable.

It still makes me so happy to look at our wedding invitations. I mean, look at all those amazing flowers and those patterns! If you do to, you really need to get one of Brittany's calendars from her shop!

Monday, November 10, 2014

Quick Trip to Brussels

I am an intern at a research consultancy at the moment and one of the projects I have been working on has been an evaluation for the European Commission. So last Tuesday after work, two colleagues and I flew to Brussels for a workshop on Wednesday. Tuesday and Wednesday were really long days but also really exciting. I mean, I'm not even from Europe, but knowing how much the European Commission does in the EU, it was very interesting for me to be in Brussels and at one of their offices. So in 24 hours, I slept in a really luxurious hotel room for 7 hours, had moules frites twice, took notes at an 8 hour workshop, and bought two boxes of chocolate. Oh and we did see Grand Place and well, some of Brussels highways. I have heard that Brussels is a really wonderful place full of great places to eat and see so I hope I get the opportunity to go there again soon! Oh and it is true what they say, chocolates from Belgium are truly amazing and some of the best I've ever tasted!

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Earl Grey Shortbread Cookies

I love earl grey tea. Most days I drink it with a splash of milk but if I'm feeling super fancy, I'll turn my tea into a london fog. Instead of drinking my tea the other day, I felt like putting it in some shortbread. When we were in Leeds this spring, we bought some earl grey shortbread cookies and really enjoyed them. After a quick search, I decided to make these earl grey shortbread cookies. These are literally the easiest cookies to make. Still a few more ingredients than these peanut butter cookies, but seriously, so easy. But more importantly, they taste amazing! They are thin, and crisp, and so buttery with a subtle flavor of earl grey tea. In the recipe comments, some people had increased their amount of earl grey tea but I think the tea flavor would be too strong for me. As always, adjust to your liking friends!

Earl Grey Shortbread Cookies (barely adapted from Claire Robinson)
Makes a ton of cookies, I didn't count. But I probably got like 40+ cookies.

2 cups all purpose flour
2 tablespoons loose Earl Grey tea leaves (approximately 4 tea bags)
1/2 tsp salt
3/4 cup icing/powdered sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup or 225g unsalted butter cubed and at room temperature

Claire made her cookie dough in the food processor, but as I don't have one (yet?!), I made mine in my KitchenAid. Just so you know, it is possible either way!

In your mixing bowl, sift together the flour, tea and salt, until there are specks of tea mixed throughout the flour. 

Add the icing sugar, the vanilla extract, and the butter. With your paddle attachment, mix the ingredients together on the lowest speed until a dough forms. 

Place the dough on a long piece of parchment paper and shape into a log. Tightly twist each end of the paper and put it in the fridge to chill for at least 30 minutes.

Preheat the oven to 375F or 170C. Line a few baking sheets with parchment paper.

Slice the log into your desired thickness. I realize now that the recipe said 1/3 inch thick and I think I was aiming more for like 1/8 inch thick. Oops! Either way, slice to your desired thickness. Thicker = fewer cookies, thinner = more cookies. Place the sliced dough on the baking sheets, 2 inches apart. Bake until the edges of the cookies are brown. As my cookies were very thing, that took 8 minutes or so. But if you slice them a bit thicker, you may need up to 12 minutes. 

Once the cookies have browned along the edges, remove them from the oven. Let the cookies cool on the sheet for a few minutes before transferring them to a cooling rack. 

Store the cookies in an airtight container and they should last up to a week. 

I think these earl grey shortbread cookies are perfect for this rainy fall weather here in Copenhagen. Enjoy and share some with your friends and loved ones!