Recipe: The Best Raspberry Shake

The Best Raspberry Milk Shake
Oh, raspberry shakes, how I love you. Every year once summer rolls around I get a unsatiable appetite for milkshakes in every variation. I have tried and tested this recipe over many many summers, failed a couple of times, but mostly loved it (you can never go wrong with shakes in my opinion). With and without banana (without is definitely more refreshing), with honey or powdered sugar, with lemon juice or lime juice. This is probably not the last version of my favourite summer drink, but it’s definitely the best I have found so far.

The Best Raspberry Shake Recipe

Refreshing Summer Raspberry Shake

Serves 2 to 4.

  • 500 millilitres Milk
  • 150 grams Quark/Curd (or yoghurt)
  • 250 grams Frozen Raspberry’s
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 dash Vanilla or Cinnamon (or both!)
  • 1 teaspoon Lemon Juice

Since this is a shake, there aren’t too many instructions! Just add everything to your mixer and enjoy. This is a really thick milkshake, so if you prefer it a little bit more ‘drinkable’, just add more milk or water.

Fair Fashion Outfit: A Day in the City

Simple is best

When it comes to fashion, I love versatile basics. Monochrome colours, a minimalistic cut and maybe a fun accessory and you’ve got my dream outfit. Of course, I love beautiful dresses and eccentric shoes as well, just not as everyday staples and definitely not while exploring the city. These pictures are from my trip to London back in April and the outfit was absolutely perfect for a day of walking, going to the museum and Britain’s ever changing weather :) Take me back now, please?

Fair Fashion Outfit: A Day in London | Hanna's Places Fair Fashion Outfit: A Day in London | Hanna's Places

Backpack: TOMS | Shirt: Jan’ N June | Shoes: Veja | Cardigan: Gina Tricot | Jeans: Mango

Brand Info

TOMS | With every bag you purchase, TOMS will help provide a safe birth for a mother and baby in need. I’ve owned the rucksack for over a year now and it still looks as if it’s new – great quality. Does anybody know where TOMS produces?

Jan’ N June | Fair fashion label from Germany. You can read an interview I did with them over here as well.

Veja | Fair sneaker label from France, made in Brasil.

Gina Tricot | High Street Label, no info whether they produced fair/sustainable.

Mango | High Street Label, no info whether they produced fair/sustainable.

Just do it! An interview with LJ Originals

Interview with LJ Originals | Hanna's Places

Today I have the pleasure of interviewing Lisa, the creator behind jewellery brand LJ Originals. She is a great friend of mine, really creative and her jewellery (and the idea behind it) is just stunning. She took the leap and followed her dream and founded her own brand last year. Now she’s telling us more about it and her beautiful vision about it:

What was your vision behind founding LJ Originals?

My vision behind founding LJ was to create a brand that utilised my skills as a jeweller as a platform I could use to share a culture of value and worth. I heard once that a girl is told 268 times before she is 12 that she is not good enough and, while the accuracy of that statistic could be debated, it sparked something in me to do whatever I could to make the statistic as small as possible. Every person is valuable and I may not be the biggest voice but I have a responsibility to at least be a voice against the other noise that women hear berating them every day.

What dreams do you have for the future you’re excited to work on?

Wow that’s a big question. I have massive dreams to play a more proactive part in reaching girls or women who really have had their confidence and value stripped away through traumatic events and help them rebuild it and realise that regardless of what those things tell them they are, they are so valuable and have so much worth.

An interview with LJ Originals | Hanna's Places Interview with LJ Originals | Hanna's Places

Is there one social/environmental issue you’re passionate about?

I actually studied my masters in sustainability and environmental studies. While I am still working on a more environmentally friendly model for my business, I believe we have a responsibility to steward the natural resources we have well. My biggest social issue, as you can probably tell is to make sure that every girl or woman hears at least once that they are loved, precious, beautiful and valuable. Over the first few months of the year, I had the honour of partnering with Urban Justice in Glasgow to go into local high schools and teach young girls the Shine course which focuses on worth, value, strength and purpose. It was unbelievable rewarding to spend this time with the girls and to see the transformation in them by the end of the course.

Do you know one simple step we can take towards living more green?

It’s actually really simple. I think our throw away culture can sometimes cause us to feel some kind of endorphin rush from buying something new and disposable instead of reusing our resources from even the little things such as buying our lunch everyday. My collection is based on a variation of the traditional granulation technique where I use lots of small granules joined together to build a much bigger surface and I think this is actually really reflective of our efforts to become sustainable or more effectively protect our environment. Yes bigger companies and governments have a massive part to play and a great responsibility to minimise their impact but the buck doesn’t solely lie with them, it’s our responsibility to recycle, be less wasteful with energy and materials. I mean even only putting the amount of water you need in the kettle for your tea makes a difference.

Advice for people who want to start following their dreams?

Just do it. One thought that stuck with me when I was deciding to launch LJ was that there were people on the other side of that I was doing. Even if it was only one of my social media followers or just that one buyer who needed to hear that they were loved and valuable, who was I to withhold that from them or not do anything in my power so that they heard that. You being small doesn’t serve the world. Yes, be sensible, be wise and do what you need to do to survive but if there’s a need that you see, chances are you are the solution.

Thank you so much Lisa! If you want to get some beautiful LJ Originals for yourself (or a friend) you can check out her shop over here. Or follow on Facebook or Instagram!

Links & Memories 20/52

Links and Memories | Hanna's Places

Happy weekend folks! Another week is over and it’s almost June, how did that happen? I’m back in Düsseldorf for the weekend for a seminar at university and pizza night with my old flatmate (of course!) and can’t wait to catch up with her. Here’s what else has happened and caught my eye lately…

Links & Memories

1 | First of all, working full-time is hard! This might sound naïve, but I was still surprised by how little free time you have and how tired you actually are in the evening. I already had more nights when I just crashed in front of the TV instead of doing something fun or productive which didn’t even leave me more energized the next day. Any tips from fellow full-time workers?

2 | I did go out this week though – my colleagues and I headed to a great pub just around the corner from my house (where I can imagine spending a few nice summer nights!). It’s so much fun getting to know your area and this new city I live in and I can’t wait to go out more!

3 | On my TV nights I also started watching the Good Wife again and it’s so much fun. I’ve struggled to find a great and interesting TV show for some time now (if you can call that a ‘struggle’) and this one is really good. Recommended!

4 | I’m following about half of these already and I’m working on the rest: 15 Beauty Rituals to make part of your daily routine.

5 | Something that I should definitely make a bigger part of my routine (because I don’t do it at all ;): Lessons on caring for your jewellery.

That’s it for now – happy (and hopefully relaxing) weekend folks!

Picture via Stocksnap.

My ethical summer wish list

My ethical summer wish list | Hanna's Places

Summer is approaching! The time of days (and nights) spend outside, barbecues, sunshine and adventures abroad is finally back :) I feel like the ethical summer collections are especially great this year and I’ve put quite a few of them on my summer wish list (the upside of having your birthday in July!).

My summer wish list

A stripy maxi dress | for days by the beach

Mom Jeans | Because summer in Germany isn’t that hot anyway (and I really want some!)

Relaxed trousers | For a day in the city

Some sandals | Black or nude

A casual black dress | You don’t need much else on a really hot day!

New sunglasses | made from recycled materials

A fancy jumpsuit | With an open back

Hoop earrings | Love that they are back this year!

Time to fill my closet again!



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