Yesterday I dove back into my wardrobe, determined once again to find items that don’t get enough love. And obviously, once again, I found a couple of said items! (My wardrobe is not exactly what you’d call ‘small’. Yesterday the BF complained that he would like ‘at least one’ coat hanger in the wardrobe. I told him to stop being silly. That’s what his shelf is for.)
Anyway – I found a couple of interesting items you may like to see, aptly I have named them ‘feathers and fluff’. Fluff was a great bargain from Glassons at Dressmart in Onehunga (I think it was $5?) and Feathers is an old waistcoat, which I literally sewed feathers on to. I’d been dreaming of a feathery waistcoat for years and then spotted a piece of feathery-goodness at South Melbourne Market that was perfect for me to get crafty with.
Just another casual Thursday. Coffee, (not really any cigarettes), date scones with jam and butter (yummmm), sunshine, great company and a successful op-shopping mission. Yay!
Cowderoy Dairy and their stupidly cute miniature jars of jam.
It’s not even cold. For some reason it’s like 20 degrees at the start of August. In Melbourne. #wierd-but-loving-it
$10 dress/top from the op-shop. Love!
$8 jacket. I wasn’t sure about this one. The BF said no-way. Then I tried it on. L.O.V.E x
Oversized, once-you-pop-you-can’t-stop, navy man’s jumper.
The long-coveted ‘nana scarf’. L.O.V.E. And it actually smells like a nana’s perfume. So authentic.
Whimsical afternoons spent strolling the streets of Venice. Fashion speaks louder than words.
(FYI these pics are from fashiongonerogue.com for Free People)
Hands up if you like free stuff? I do! And I have some free treats for YOU.
Mmmmm, free lipgloss…. can’t.get.enough.of.it.
How do you get it? Well – all you have to do is either Like-Me-On-My-Brand-Spanking-New-Facebook-Page, or Follow Me on Twitter (whatever is your medium of choice). Then simply post on my wall, letting my know you’re in to win, or send me an @message on Twits – same deal. Sound pretty easy? That’s because it is. Now go on, scat. I’ll be choosing somebody on Tuesday night. YAY!
I recently saw this TED talk on Youtube, and found it to be quite a lot inspiring. Watch it for yourself and see what you think.
I find Jessi Arrington to be very inspiring (hello, her favourite colour is rainbow and her default answer is YES.) I think I love everything about her – her attitude (“I like to smile and say thank you”), her clothes (“gold sequins go with everything” – LOVE), her entire outlook on the world. Jessi is spreading a positive message via her outlet of fashion, and I think we can all take heed from her wise words.
Anyway. So Jessi has inspired me, to take a look inside my (incredibly bulging) wardrobe, and create looks from what I already have. Let’s take a look at what I found.
Look at that! I’ve found a huge array of colours, textures – I mean come on, feathers even! If I can’t put great outfits together from this, there is definitely something wrong with me.
As Jessi says, “If you believe you are a beautiful person, inside and out, there is no look you cannot pull off.”
You can also check out Jessi’s blog here.
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Luckily I was up early this morning. (I’m
painting my nails, playing with make up and watching day time TV working from home today). At literally, 7.15am this morning a courier buzzed my doorbell. First off – courier man, what if I was still asleep? I actually was still in my pyjamas. So anyway, this courier man had a nice wee package for me, containing some yummy new Lush products. What I have affectionately called, The Dream Team.
So after pulling myself off the couch and dragging my sorry self to the gym, I came home to try out my new treats! First up, the delicious Dreamwash.
This puppy is a soap disguised as a tub of ice cream. It is yumm-o. Filled to the brim with essential oils and made up of cleanser and rich body moisturiser (win!), it promises to calm, soothe and help your skin retain moisture, as well as regenerating and balancing your skin. After using it though, my skin did feel more ‘squeaky’ than when I use a bodywash – but bear in mind this is a soap. I freak out a little when I see it contains tea tree oil – not sure if I’m severely allergic or not (moving countries + stressing out + skin break out + dotting-said-breakout-with-tea-tree-because-Miranda-Kerr-does-it = massive skin rash needing antibiotics. on my FACE.)
Anyway. Since then I have been very cautious about using any products containing tea tree oil. But I figure it’s towards the bottom of the ingredients list in this Dreamwash, and I’m going to be washing it off my skin anyway – I’m in the shower.
Out of 10? 8. Smells yummy, cute packaging, natural ingredients – but the squeak puts me off a touch.
Next up is the Dream Cream.
Okay so I’ve recently become a moisturise-religiously-after-showers kind of gal. (I know what you’re thinking – you’re wondering why I wasn’t doing this before right? I know! Me too!) Well I wasn’t. But I do now. My only rule is that the product I use must be natural and not contain any nasty chemicals and ingredients, because I’m slathering this all over my body so I don’t want to be ingesting anything artificial. And the Dream Cream gives me just that.
Oh wait. Tea tree oil. (major-freak-out!! I-want-to-use-this-because-it-smells-so-yummy-but-i’m-scared-what-if-my-whole-body-explodes??) But, I figure, for the point of research I must try this out. (And if I come up in a hideous rash or start burning or itching terribly I will remove immediately.) (And a few hours later I’m starting to think maybe I’m not as allergic to tea tree as I thought?) But that’s besides the point. Point = The Dream Cream. A-MAZING. Rubs in and absorbs quickly. Smells yummy. And hours later my skin still feels so-o-o-o soft. Love.
Out of 10? 9.5. That’s how much I love it. And you will too.
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I have a confession to make. I know I haven’t been hanging around this place nearly enough lately. There’s a reason. And it’s not that I’m bored of you, or I have another place I like to hang around. It’s because I have a unhealthy normal addiction to Masterchef. I can’t stop repeating Billy’s catch phrase, “Best in Shoooow”; I’m sad since the demise of Kumar, and I feel the countries frustrations with Sun.
So yes, Masterchef has seen the unravelling of my blogging. But come on people, it’s on every night. That’s not normal. Or healthy. Especially when it’s almost impossible to watch the show without
wanting needing to eat something.
As previously mentioned around these parts, I do think of myself as quite the amateur cook. Ummmm not-since-watching-masterchef.
But, over the past couple of months I have been cooking, and eating, and cooking some more – and I’ve been taking pictures of particularly lovely looking food. I thought I could share that with you, and perhaps a couple of my
not Masterchef-worthy recipes!
This should come with a warning: visual feast ahead!
(And if you’re anything like George Calombaris, you may start to “salivate”)
They say breakfast is the most important meal of the day. And what better way to start in than with a light and fluffy croissant with butter and jam? (There was more than likely a cup of tea alongside this too.) Really I took the picture because I fell in love instantly with the super cute miniature jar of jam!
Let’s just pretend I had a coffee with my croissant. (Even though we know I wouldn’t do that). But say I’m just so suave and European that day I felt like coffee and a croissant. And of course a mini chocolate! It seems I spend my days drinking coffee inside cafes and making full use of the free wifi. If only.
Now this is something that I actually did make. It’s a Jamie Oliver recipe, which I watched him make on his show Thirty Minute Meals. (If you haven’t seen this, I recommend checking it out. It is brilliant.) Except on his website I couldn’t find the 30 minute recipe (and I’m not exactly one to follow recipes anyway). But I followed his basic gist – the oven grilled mushrooms on top are definitely Jamie’s idea. And they add an entire new dimension to risotto. In perfecting my own version of this recipe I have since added peas, which I find give another nice texture and a touch of sweetness. Here’s a recipe for you if you’d like to give it a go.
What you need (serves 2 – plus gives great leftovers for the next day):
1 cup arborio rice
2 cups chicken stock
1 onion diced
couple cloves of garlic sliced
a few mushrooms – some chopped roughly and the rest finely sliced
salt and pepper
What to do:
first get your mushrooms that you’re going to grill ready. Put your oven onto about 180 degrees. chop up the mushrooms into all different sizes and shapes (this means some will cook more and get a nice burnt kind of taste – I overcooked them once and thought they were ruined. turned out the bf loved them as he said they tasted like bacon! right-o.) put these in a baking dish with some chopped up garlic, olive oil, salt, pepper and parsley (not too much salt, that was also my first mistake first time round). chuck these in the oven for about 15 minutes.
now, in your pan, put some oil and fry your onions with a touch of salt for about 2 minutes. then add your celery and garlic for another couple of minutes, and then add your mushrooms. (that’s not all mushrooms cooking). season with salt and pepper and maybe a bit more parsley. Now add your rice and fry off a couple of minutes, until it goes slightly see-through. Now you want to add your chicken stock, in about 4 or 5 goes. You want your rice to be boiling pretty much the whole time, and you need to keep stirring it every few minutes. just keep adding stock until the rice is nice and soft and creamy. Once you’ve got it at the right texture add a nob of butter and about 3/4 of your parmesan cheese, and more fresh parsley. Yummo!
Dish it up on the plate, and sprinkle your baked mushrooms on top. Also put on some more fresh parsley and parmesan.
This dish is the perfect Monday-night-watching-Masterchef dinner. I promise.
Now this is another meal that I actually did cook. (Well, there’s a small chance the BF cooked it, but I’ll claim it as my own. Either way the recipe below will get you a delicious pasta dish).
What you’ll need (I’m sorry, as I’m not one for recipes I’m definitely not one for measurements. Go on, test yourself…):
What you do:
cook the rigatoni (duh). For the sauce really you just need to combine all the above ingredients in a pan in this order: olive oil, garlic, chilli, anchovies, tomatoes, parsley/olives. season with some salt, pepper and sugar to taste. simmer this sauce for about 15 minutes, until your tomatoes are a nice sticky-ish texture – not straight-out-of-the-can-tomatoes anymore. when you’re happy with the texture and taste of your sauce, chuck in the rigatoni. Now for the extra dash of deliciousness. Mix through grated parmesan cheese and a nob of butter (very devilish, I know, but it tastes amazing. This is not to be consumed every night).
Et Voila! You should have a delicious and beautiful and EASY pasta dish. Yummm.
Last but not least, some dessert. Three little chocolates sitting in a row. (Yes, the third one does have a nibble taken out of it. It was a mouse. I swear.) Unfortunately, didn’t make these. But yummm. Makes me want chocolate. Now.
JUST KIDDING! How could I finish a post titled things-i’ve-eaten-lately and not include a cup of tea? (Technically yes I drink tea, not eat it, but that’s just a technicality). Not sure why there isn’t milk in my tea here. I always drink milk in my tea. Must’ve been for the visual effect.