Add a Dash of Autumn Tan

22 April 2015

Camel Coat

Ok people, apparently the colours tan, camel and brown are back in fashion for the next few seasons.

Let me talk about that for a moment.

In the 1970s, the colour brown was huge. It came back in fashion again in the early 2000s, and it was then I fell in love with the colour and embraced it until… um, half my wardrobe was brown?

I had clothes in tan, camel, coffee, caramel, mocha, cappuccino, and dark chocolate brown. So much dark brown!

Once I got over that phase, I kept a few camel and tan coloured items, but I got rid of everything else.

I really don’t like brown now. I associate it with an older generation and my naive following of a fashion trend. I can’t shake off the feeling. Is it just me?

So I won’t be sporting any brown this season. In fact, I’m going to colour my hair back to black.

I like tan and camel though!

I have kept a camel coloured coat, a tan leather jacket, a tan coloured parka, a shirt, a dress, camel coloured pants and a pencil skirt.

So it’ll be nice to drag them out of storage and add a hint of colour to my daily monochrome palette.

Outfit:

Silk shirt by Equipment, from Forward
Pleasure State Lace Bra from Zodee
Jeans from Nobody Denim (The Iconic)
Booties by Senso (The Iconic),
Camel coat from GAP (which actually belongs to my sister!)
Handbag by Fiorelli (I bought it when I was 17!),
Catarzi hat from ASOS.

 


 

The Colour of Air Pollution

19 April 2015

Early on Sunday evening, I was in the kitchen making dinner for my family, when I noticed a strange light fill the room.

I looked over to my pantry door, to where my white linen apron was hanging.

My apron was glowing with an orange light.

It was a rich, luminescent orange that was out of this world!

I grabbed my camera to capture it.

Red Sun Light

Amazing! My apron is supposed to look white!

I called my kids over and we all oohed and ahhed over the bizarre colour.

We placed different objects in the beam of light (including our faces) and watched the colours change before our eyes.

We discovered that there had been controlled fires burning off north of the city that day, creating a huge plume of smoke that changed the colour of the setting sun.

We put on our shoes and headed straight to the park to check out the sunset.

Red Sun

It was eerie and abnormal.

I was torn between being astonished and being displeased – after all, we were admiring the effects of “necessary” air pollution.

So while I weighed my internal reaction towards the world’s global carbon emissions, my kids decided that the sun looked like a Star Wars planet.


 

Pretty Skirts on a Budget!

17 April 2015

Someone asked me recently… Where can I buy pretty clothes on a budget??

Ah well, I don’t suggest buying tops from a “budget” online shop, as there is a high chance that the quality of the garment will be poor and look cheap.

But big, bright, bold, pretty skirts are much more forgiving!

Dress them up with a sharp blazer, a luxe sweater, a silk tank, gorgeous shoes, a statement handbag and you’ll be good to go.

Here are some super-cute skirts that I found.

(Check out the skirt links then scroll down to see really nice ways to style them!)

Flare Skirts on a Budget
Black and White pleat skirt – $32
Rose Print Flare Skirt – $27

 

Pretty Skirts on a Budget

Blue Midi Skater Skirt – $35
Green Midi Skater Skirt – $20

Pretty Skirts on a Budget

Black Sakura Midi Skirt – $19
White Sakura Midi Skirt – $19

Happy shopping!

xxx

 


 

Chocolate and Raspberry Cake (Gluten Free)

16 April 2015

Chocolate and Raspberry Cake (No Flour)

I’ve made this chocolate cake many times before; it’s flour free and gluten free.

It is simply amazing, moist, dense like a brownie, but it still has a soft, cakey texture.

This time I threw in some walnuts and raspberries (the last crumbly bits at the bottom of the freezer bag!) and I served it up as dessert at a dinner party we hosted.

The raspberries and walnuts made it just divine!

Chocolate and Raspberry Cake

Ingredients
100g unsalted butter
140g good quality dark chocolate, chopped
70g of brown sugar
3 eggs separated
140g of almond meal
1/2 cup of walnuts, chopped
1/2 cup of frozen raspberries, defrosted slightly and separated

Toppings
vanilla ice cream
icing sugar
pistachios

1. Preheat oven to 160C. Line a 20cm round cake tin with baking paper.

2. Slowly melt chocolate, butter and brown sugar, until smooth. Then let it cool for 5 minutes.
(You can melt it in a bowl over hot water, or melt it in the microwave. I just melt them in a small pot on the stove, on VERY low heat!)

3. Whisk the egg whites until you can make firm peaks when you lift the whisk up.

4. Add the egg yolks into the chocolate mixture, then stir in the almond meal and walnuts. Mix until well combined.

5. Fold in the egg whites into the chocolate mixture, until well combined. Pour into cake tin. Sprinkle the raspberries evenly over the top.

6. Bake for 30 minutes or until your skewer comes out clean. Cool in the tin for another 10 minutes. Turn the cake onto a plate to cool completely.

7. Add toppings and serve immediately!

Enjoy!!!

Chocolate Raspberry Cake

(This is what the inside of the cake looks like.)


 

Khaki Jacket and Leather Pleats

14 April 2015

Khaki jacket and leather pleats

Hey hey, how’s everyone going these days?

I’ve been immersed in a variety of SPORTS lately – football, basketball, netball, cycling and running.

I’m practically living in my active wear!

In fact, I’m wearing so much active wear, I can even feel myself leaning towards a moment where I wear my tracksuit pants outside of a sporting context. GASP. Hasn’t happened yet though.

I am, however, wearing sports leggings as pants now, which sounds like a no no… but it’s acceptable when I wear sneakers ok?

Here’s an outfit I wore the other day, which combines my love for sports and fashion – in particular, my Nike sweater with a pleated faux leather skirt.

Khaki Jacket form Jeanswest, Nike sweater from The Iconic, Pleated skirt from Hello Parry, Heels and hat from ASOS, Quilted bag similar here and here.

xxx


 

T by Alexander Wang Black Blazer

13 April 2015

Alexander Wang Blazer

I was so lucky to have scored a new Alexander Wang blazer from The Outnet!

I have been looking for a good quality, black, classic style blazer for a looong while now. After a bit of research, I reluctantly accepted that I was going to pay around $250-$300 for one, so it had better be exactly what I wanted.

Originally I looked at SABA, Country Road and Witchery for a simple blazer. But it was really difficult for me to find one in my size, that fit me nicely. I tried on a few and found that either the sleeves were much too long or the shoulders were a bit too small.

The current and popular style at the moment is the “boyfriend, relaxed and loose-fitting look” which is really just a big and baggy style. Honestly, I don’t really like that shapeless style and I don’t think it’s very classic or timeless.

But then I fell in love with this jacket from Anine Bing (which had a slightly relaxed shape), but they didn’t have my size either!

Finally, I stumbled across a clearance sale at The Outnet. And I found this T by Alexander Wang blazer, originally AUD$630 – Aakk!!

I love fashion and clothes and all, but seriously, there’s no way I could justify that much money on one piece of clothing.

It was reduced to AUD$100 – so much less than my initial budget!! So happy!!

It was a bit of a risk, because I bought it without trying it on. But I figured that it was an Alexander Wang item, and I’m sure I could resell it for $200+ on ebay?

Well, it arrived. It fit me perfectly. And I can’t wait to wear and show it off! Yay!

I bought a US Size 0. This style is no longer on sale, but there are a few others (here) from Alexander Wang, Helmet Lang, Karl Lagerfeld, Stella McCartney and J. Crew.


 

Fish and Chips by the Beach

11 April 2015

Fish and Chips at Cottesloe

We love having fish and chips for dinner by the beach!

Our kids think it’s such a super-duper, special, sacred family tradition – similar to Christmas haha.

But really, everyone does it. It’s a very Australian thing.

And it’s possibly a bit more special for us West Australians, because we can actually watch the sun set over the Indian Ocean.

Cottesloe at Sunset, March 2015

Life is amazing here!

Wishing you all a wonderful weekend!

xxx


 

Liam Turns 6

9 April 2015

A happy birthday to my red-headed cutie-pie!

Liam - 6 Years Old


 

The Sweater and Pencil Skirt Formula

7 April 2015

Pencil Skirt and Sweater

Let me tell you what I’m big on at the moment… the good old formula: Sweater + Pencil Skirt!

I’m a little excited that the change in weather means it’s now sweater season!

This pairing makes life so much easier when I’m trying to race out the door.

Yesterday I dragged out a whole bunch of sweaters and realised that moths had eaten through 2 of my best sweaters, sigh.

Here are some tips if you’re thinking about buying yourself a new sweater.

1. Over-sized and baggy knits are very “in” at the moment. If you’re a size S, you’re supposed to buy a size M, or even size L if you dare. But I’m not such a big fan of over-lengthened sweater sleeves. I prefer to just wear a sweater with a loose shape, in my size. But whatever floats your boat!

2. A sweater in a neutral colour (black, white, grey or beige) will obviously match more skirts in your wardrobe and therefore guarantee that you’ll wear it for 3-4 seasons. Just keep that in mind when you’re about to buy a very “on trend” colour like forest green, maroon or camel.

3. Knit is important. I love fine wools and cashmere, but realistically I can’t afford to buy luxurious, high quality knits all the time. I find that knit blends with a bit of cashmere still feel lovely against my neck and arms.

4. Get yourself a lint shaver to get rid of any fuzz or pill that might build up on high contact areas. Do a search on ebay and I promise you’ll find one that costs $5 and ships from Hong Kong. It’ll bring new life to your old knits!

Pencil Skirt and Sweater
Wearing: Piper knit sweater (cotton and cashmere blend for $60), Country Road cap, Sportsgirl skirt, Fiorelli handbag (20 years old!), Witchery pointed flats.

Here’s some shopping inspiration for black knit sweaters and pencils skirts. Enjoy!

 


 

Fragipanis

4 April 2015

My husband is a sweetheart. But sometimes he’s a bit crazy, in a daggy, sweetheart kind of way.

Years ago he decided that he wanted our backyard to be full of frangipani plants, and in each colour available.

It was a long term project. He had to buy some plants in different colours, he knocked on people’s door asking for cuttings, we may have stolen a few cuttings. Then we had to grow the cuttings, wait for them to flower – which sometimes took years!

Finally, we have 4 colours which we are really happy with!

Frangipani White
White. This is the most common variety. They are hardy and so easy to grow; just stick a branch cutting in a bucket of sand, and water it every now and then!

Even though you see these white  fragipanis everywhere, I still adore how fresh and happy they look!

Frangipani Pink

So many people ask for a cutting of our pink fragipani tree, and we happy to give them. But they are really difficult to grow and sometimes it takes 3 years to flower, and most of the time they look like a dead stick in a pot.

Frangipani Orange

Vibrant orange/pink/yellow. Crazy mixture of colours, I don’t know if they are orange or yellow sometimes.

Frangipani Dark Red

Oh these are my favourite! Deep, dark pink. They look so moody.

We still have an orangey-red one which we are hoping to flower soon!


 

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