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The Breakfast Jar

June 18th  •  Posted in Recipe

The Breakfast Jar

With Summer coming around, all I want to have for breakfast is iced coffee and something quick and ready I could also eat on-the-go. That’s why and when chia puddings and breakfast jars started sounding very appealing to me! I know, I’m kind of late with the trend, but I love being able to quickly put together a little breakfast healthy “dessert” in no time at all and pop it out all ready and done first thing in the morning, ready to be topped with fresh fruits and crunchy nuts.

And you can basically re-create all sorts of flavours and layers as well. As much as I love my usual vanilla chia pudding, I’m itching to try something different, so won’t really be bothered with an extra teaspoon or two of cocoa powder next time!

But here is how I’m liking to prepare mine so far…

The Breakfast Jar
The Breakfast Jar
The Breakfast Jar
The Breakfast Jar

Make sure your jar is big enough so that your pudding will full only up to 3/4 of the space – you want to have enough room for your fruits and nuts toppings and be able to close the lid and bring your jar around on-the-go.

Doses for one serving…

The Breakfast Jar • Chia Seeds & Strawberries

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Serving Size: 1 Serve

The Breakfast Jar • Chia Seeds & Strawberries

Ingredients

  • 3 tablespoons chia seeds
  • 1/2 cup vanilla soy milk
  • 1 teaspoon raw brown sugar
  • 4-5 small strawberries
  • Nuts or granola to top

Instructions

01 :: Simply pour the vanilla soy milk into a small jar together with the chia seeds and brown sugar. Give it a nice stir with a spoon and close the lid to give the jar a good shake.

02 :: Pop the jar in your fridge and let it sit overnight. Chia seeds will thicken the liquid turning it into a fresh and healthy pudding!

03 :: In the morning remove your pudding from the fridge, chop 4-5 small strawberries into halves and use them to top the pudding. Also add nuts and/or granola on the top and enjoy immediately or close the lid and bring your breakfast jar around as you fancy!

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Check out Chia Seeds: How to Eat Them and Why You Should

by Giada Correale at Mode

This week I’m sharing all things chia seeds on Mode, including my top favourite recipes for chia puddings, but also popsicles (!), bars and muffins! So make sure you check out my “Chia Seeds: How to Eat Them and Why You Should” article if you’re curious to know more!

Any other breakfast jar fans? How do you like your chia puddings? x

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Stay Shady

June 16th  •  Posted in Style

Stay Shady

So let’s start another weather talk, right? Here in Italy Summer is just keep us hanging on. The odd storms aren’t really missing an evening lately, while mornings are sunny and nice, but not really hot just yet, which makes getting dressed the harder of tasks! But while not really being able to wear flowy skirts and sandals all the time just yet, something that is really coming in handy is a couple of pairs of sunnies always hanging around in my handbag!

And talking of sunnies, I’ve been wearing the same old pair for years, and although it’ll always have a special place in my heart, I was very excited to give it a break and try something different this year.

Stay Shady
Stay Shady
Stay Shady
Stay Shady

Owning only a pair for years, the one thing I do know about sunglasses is that big round shapes truly fit me nicely! That’s why these Owensboro Round Sunglasses* called my name so loudly as soon as I spotted them. I also have a soft spot for brown lenses especially, and while I was a little sceptical about the lenses opacity at first, I can’t really express how much I love the fact you can half-see my eyes through that 60% brown tint!

At the same time, my Beatrice Wayfarer* pair immediately looked a perfectly trendy pick to me! And although I’m still one for round shapes instead of ones on the squared side, I love having options now! Especially since these have the most lovely golden details!

Stay Shady
Stay Shady
Stay Shady
Stay Shady

I couldn’t suggest GlassesShop enough: I loved being able to pick the perfect glasses frames, pair it with my favourite lenses colour and type and select all the details and options. It felt like ordering a totally custom pair of fancy sunnies, but considering how many cheap glasses (but not in quality!) I was able to find on the site, getting them at a small portion of the price at the same time! Add the fact they also sell prescription sunglasses and you’re basically sorted for summertime!

GlassesShop is offering 50% off all Miel Café’s readers, on both sunglasses and eyeglasses with free lenses with the coupon code GSHOT50. And considering how affordable they already are, this is such a treat, isn’t it?! I hope you enjoy! x

* The products mentioned in this post were sent to me as a gift, but the love for them and the website is all mine!

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Quick & Light Makeup for Summer

June 11th  •  Posted in Beauty

Light & Quick Summer Makeup

It’s been a long while since the last time I dedicated a whole blog post to makeup. It’s probably down to the fact I mainly only wear the boring bits (foundation, concealer and mascara and nothing else!) on a daily basis and rarely step out of my comfort zone or play with eye makeup at all! My day-to-day makeup look wasn’t really worth a whole post for its own, I guess!

But now that Summer is literally behind the corner, I reckon even the easiest, quickest and most lightweight of makeups start looking very appealing. And if one thing is for sure is that I do know how to master the natural, light, quick, no-makeup makeup look! So it’s probably the perfect time to share my day-to-day go-to products for my “signature” (as if it was something special, but you know..!) light & quick makeup that’s perfect for summertime and very hot days!

Light & Quick Summer Makeup
Light & Quick Summer Makeup
Light & Quick Summer Makeup
Light & Quick Summer Makeup
Light & Quick Summer Makeup

Recently I’ve been on the hunt for the perfect base: knowing I love how lightweight the Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua feels on my skin but being not very sure about being ready for the investment (!), I asked for advice during my latest trip to Sephora and came out with a bunch of lovely samples of foundations I didn’t even know they existed!

After testing and trying, I came to realize the girl at Sephora really knew her thing when suggesting the Urban Decay Naked Skin Foundation which apparently is one of the few bases with the biggest range of colours for all skin tones! I have never really been able to find such a perfect match to my skin until now! Plus this foundation really evens out my complexion but it’s extremely lightweight and dries matte on the skin, leaving my face with the feeling of not wearing makeup at all! Just the perfect pick for a fresh and light summer makeup look!

I only go over the places where I need some extra coverage with my trusted NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer (which I have in two different shades and that I keep buying since a couple of years now, that’s how much I love it!), to hide imperfections without the need of a full layer of thick high coverage foundation.

Light & Quick Summer Makeup
Light & Quick Summer Makeup
Light & Quick Summer Makeup

As for my eyes, I can’t really be bothered to apply nothing more than a thick layer of volumizing mascara, my favourite still being the Maybelline Lash Sensational, perfect for volume and definition!

As for cheeks and lips, I’m all about the peachy pink or coral combo recently! I either pair a nude peachy lips, the quick, low-maintainance option with my beloved Urband Decay Revolution Lipstick in Lovelight, with the Urban Decay Afterglow Blush in Score, or, for a brighter summery option, I go for the lovely coral shade of NARS Lodhi for the lips paired with the beautiful NARS Orgasm. And believe me when I say there’s no better combo than these two! The former natural, dewy and hydrating, the latter long-wearing and bright!

And there you have it, my quick, fresh and light makeup perfect for summertime!

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What about your day-to-day makeup? Are you a fan of light, natural looks as well?! x

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