Jul 222013

Here are some new favorites of mine that I’ve discovered in the past few months (but for the purposes of convenience, have labeled as July….). First up – food of course!


Niederegger marzipan. I have never been a fan of marzipan…until I tried the variety made by the fantastic Niederegger, one of the most famous and oldest (since 1806!) marizpan makers in Germany. Their marzipan is not too sweet, very almondy, and features awesome flavors like pineapple, cherry, mocha and more. I’m now actually quite obsessed with Niederegger and the sad thing is, I cannot find it here in the US! So please if you are lucky enough to be passing through Germany or somewhere else that has this wonderful marzipan, please pick some up for yourself! You won’t be sorry.

Jo Malone Lip Balm

Jo Malone lip balm. This tube was a gift from a friend (hi L!) and the moment I put it on I thought it was one of the best lip balms I’ve ever used (and I’m quite an addict). It smells amazing and feels wonderful on. The only thing not so wonderful is the steep price ($25). I’m not happy about the cost though in all honesty I’ll probably buy another tube when my current one runs out. It’s a small luxury that I use all the time.



Custom leather journals. I recently completed my little set of custom leather journals to write all my little notes down in – I love them! They always get compliments and it feels luxurious whenever I open it up and write on the creamy white pages. I sometimes feel bad for using these to write down my Trader Joe’s grocery lists versus deep lasting thoughts, but I guess that’s just what my mind can come up with. Mine are from Abdel Zaher in Cairo.

Jcrew Swiss Dot Tuxedo Shirt

Β J.Crew Swiss Dot Tuxedo shirt. Aside from some basic chino short replacements, I haven’t had any luck at all with J.Crew this season. The lone exception has been this swiss dot shirt, which was quite a surprise. It has lovely details and is the type of material and shirt that will get better as it’s worn and gets “softer”. It’s also a bit less sheer than I expected and a nice top for both work and casual. A keeper!



These are some of my favorite discoveries so far this summer! Please share yours.


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  39 Responses to “July Discoveries”

  1. European marzipan is far different than in the States. Less sweet, much more almond, a different texture. A substitution you may more easily find is the Ritter Sport bars in marzipan that I see sometimes.

  2. I want to try that Jo Malone lip balm! I love the Jo Malone scents so I’m sure that lip balm would be equally amazing!

  3. Those journals look amazing. I used to collect beautiful notebooks for so long until I realised how little I used them. Still journaling in a leather journal I picked up on my first summer in London thirteen years ago!
    My favourite discoveries this summer are books. I loved The Wildings by Nilanjana Roy – a gorgeous illustrated fable about cats set in Delhi – whimsical and imaginative. Also, Between Clay and Dust by Musharraf Ali Farooqi – so subtle and evocative, about an ageing wrestler and a courtesan. I also loved The Story of a Widow by the same writer – a charming tale about a middle-aged Pakistani widow who receives a surprise marriage proposal, sending her extended family into shock. All wonderful books!

    • Thank you thank you thank you! I love book recommendations! I use Amazon for recommendations for books and never would have found a book like The Story of a Widow, it sadly has no reviews, glad to find it!

  4. I can’t bear marzipan but mum loves that brand, I buy her 6 boxes a year!

    • So jealous, it seems to be available all over Europe but incredibly hard to find in the US! I even looked through my travel plans to see the next time we’ll be routed through Frankfurt, it’s my only way to get these bad boys for now..

  5. Now that you’ve mentioned it, I’ll have to try out the marzipan. BTW, I did some googling and Niederegger marzipans are easy to find over here. Email me your postal address and I’ll ship some over for you!

  6. Custom leather journals… oh my… now that’s something I would splurge on. Those are gorgeous!

  7. Hi Katherine! What are the dimensions of these divine looking journals? I like quality creamy pages.

  8. I remember seeing a lot of this brand of marzipan at Cardullo’s in Cambridge, MA when I was in college. Online, they seem to only have loafs but I think you can call and ask for the assortment:

    • Hi Ann, thank you for the tip! And it’s a bittersweet reminder as I used to go to Cardullo’s all the time in grad school for their amazing sandwiches – I wish I had known about Niederegger then, I’d definitely be stocking up!

  9. I’ve seen Niederegger at Cost Plus. Another place to check is the Gourmet Haus Staudt Store in Redwood City. They import lots of German products (candies, chocolates included) and there’s a German beer garden in back. I agree, German marzipan is great! πŸ™‚

    • I’ve heard about Niederegger at Cost Plus but I’m a brat and want the flavored versions! I will definitely check Gourmet Haus Staudt though, and I’ve heard great things about their pretzels! Thank you πŸ™‚

  10. Those journals are absolutely gorgeous!! I’ve been looking for a nice leather journal for travelling. Would you mind sharing how much they are approximately? Thanks so much!! πŸ™‚

    • Hi Lynn, I forget the exact price but with the currency conversion maybe around $10 US or so. They do lovely work and unfortunately Cairo’s tourism is down a lot right now for obvious reasons so not many people are stopping by.

      • That’s incredibly reasonable for such beautiful craftsmanship. I will certainly look into it!! Thanks so much πŸ™‚

  11. If you are craving for Niederegger, drop me a line @Katherine. I can get it in every supermarket and especially in autumn, a lot of “winter/christmas editions” are in the stores! I love Niederegger as well, the best marzipan label I know! πŸ˜‰

  12. Hi Katherine! Check out the Blythe silk blouses by Jcrew. I have them in 6 colors, love them so much, especially now that they’re on sale too! I’ve tried so many lip balms but always find myself going back to the Burt’s Bees pomegranate one, although other brands have much more delicious scents such as Tokyo Milk. Lastly, they have online mail forwarders which forward your mail for $5-10 per package, it’s how I get some of my stuff since a lot of companies don’t ship to my “country”.

    • Thank you! I ordered the Blythe before but the size was wrong, I should give it another try! I love Tokyo Milk scents, was just sniffing away at the spa this weekend πŸ™‚

  13. Johnny’s Mustard from Sweden. it’s sweet strong. AMAZING on any kind of grilled meat, fried anything, actually, it’s just good on anything. Not available at Ikea πŸ™


  14. I need to get my hands on that lip balm! πŸ˜€ Thanks for sharing!!

  15. I love the Jo Malone Lip Balm and those Journals. I’m not a big fan of marzipan, but i should it give it a try i guess.

  16. i never knew jo malone had lip balm! i’m going to have to look into this one πŸ˜‰

  17. what a deliciously photo from your marzipan.:) Wonderful to know that Jo Malone have a lip balm, their cologne scent is amazing. I just hope there’s an spf component. I will try to find it here when I go to beauty store but I bet this will cost a lot of money here, double than what you’ve said.:( My favorite recent purchased is an argan oil. A haven in a bottle.:)


  18. have you tried the jo malone vitamin E hand lotion? it’s in a similar looking black tube. it’s expensive as well but really wonderful – moisturizes, not greasy, a citrusy scent.

    i like natural ice lip balm. super cheap but keeps my lips soft even when skiing in blizzard conditions and it’s not a vaseline-like goop.

    • I’ve never tried natural ice! I have to add it to my list. And yes I always put on that Vitamin E lotion in stores….it’s very nice! I have a huge stash of MOR body butters that I am currently working through, though they are a bit greasy.

  19. I wanna try out the Jo Malone Lip Balms. I love lip balms that is why this have caught my attention. Hope that its scent is not too overwhelming.

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