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Amazing Chocolate Bark

27 November 2013

Chocolate Bark

A few months ago, a friend from the US introduced me to Chocolate Bark. I have never heard of it before!

But the idea was sooo deliciously simple, that I KNEW I had to try it out.

It is basically – a biscuit base, melted chocolate smeared on top, and LOTS OF YUMMY STUFF thrown on top.

In fact, you don’t even need the biscuit base. You can just make a slab of chocolate with all kinds of bits and pieces on top. Like rocky road, I guess!

Personally, I think the magic secret to tasty chocolate bark… is to mix sweet and salty toppings together.

Chocolate Bark

Chop a handful of pistachios, half a packet of Oreos, half a Crunchie, a handful of salted pretzels, a handful of mini chocolate bits and coloured M&Ms.

Chocolate Bark

I used 300g of premium dark cooking chocolate.

Melt the chocolate in a heatproof bowl over a saucepan of hot water.

Chocolate Bark

I bought some rectangular shaped biscuits called “Malt O Milk”. I was actually looking for “Milk Coffee” biscuits which are similar to the “Milk Arrowroot” biscuits, but I couldn’t find any.

Lay the biscuits out on a baking tray lined with greaseproof paper.

Chocolate Bark

Smear the melted chocolate over the top of the biscuits, and create a nice thick layer.

Chocolate Bark

Sprinkle all the yummy stuff over the top.

Make sure you get an equal distribution of all the goodies!

Chocolate Bark

Doesn’t it look amazing?!?

Pop it into the fridge for 5 minutes… and then break it into bite size pieces to serve!

If you want nice rectangular-shaped chocolate bark, you should make cut marks with a knife in the chocolate BEFORE you place it in the fridge.

And try it with white chocolate too!

Enjoy :)


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Peek-A-Boo Pants

24 November 2013

Hey guys, what did you get up to on the weekend?

We did some pruning in the garden… see?

Ripped Jeans

I was completely unaware of my “wardrobe malfunction” because I was happily cutting back my fig tree.

My husband sneakily snapped this photo and said that I looked like a baboon on heat.

Eh?

Everyone in my family had a good laugh… and dared me to post the photo on my blog.

So here we are. That’s right people!

High brow or low brow. I’m up for any fashion related story!

So. If you look very carefully, you might notice that I’m wearing Nobody jeans – oohlala!

I bought them 7-8 years ago at a clearance sale, they were priced around $239, but I got them for $70. I never buy my “expensive” jeans at full price. I always get them from clearance sales!

I don’t know about you, but when my favourite jeans start to wear out and holes appear… I’m never sure on WHAT TO DO with them.

If the hole is at the knee, should I wear them as ripped jeans for a while? Or should I cut them at the thigh and make cut-off shorts? But when the hole is at the crotch or on my bottom… should I patch them up? Or should I really just throw them out?

Sigh, I never know what to do… so I just wear them when while I’m doing the gardening!


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Giveaway: Anton Heunis earrings from Pinwheel Jewels – Winner

21 November 2013

Pinwheel Jewels
The WINNER of this giveaway is… Faith Ng from NZ!

Results were generated with random.org.

Faith, we will be contacting you shortly to get your details. For the rest of you who didn’t win, head on over to the Pinwheel Jewels Facebook Page, for an extra little surprise :)

Have a fab weekend everyone!

xxx


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Nothing Gets Me Going Like…

20 November 2013

Liam had his very first Disco Event. It was held after school, in the primary school hall, and it went from 4-6pm.

For weeks, he was so excited!

However, because the kid was only 4 years old, he didn’t know what a DISCO was.

Never fear my son! Mummy shall teach you all the truly important DISCO DANCE MOVES!

We practiced the classics – The Saturday Night Fever hustle! The funky chicken dance! The bus stop! The moonwalk! The twist! The swim! The mash potato! The robot!

And my personal favourite – because I am a child of the 80s and 90s – The Running Man. Oh yeah baby!

(Come on, tell me you don’t want to stand up right now and try it out, just for old time’s sake?)

Liam's Disco 2013

Anyway, when the big night of the disco finally arrived… we stepped into the big hall and he saw the kids running wild and jumping around to the loud music… he simply said, “This isn’t a disco. This sucks!”

He was so unhappy and grouchy.

He spent a whole hour clinging to my leg, drawing circles on my skirt, growling and demanding that we go home.

Liam's Disco 2013

Bah, all the other kids were having a fabulous time.

The TRAIN!

The Wriggly Jellyfish Dance!

Oooh I so wanted to get down there on the floor and boogie with them.

Liam's Disco 2013

Eventually, Liam cheered up.

Gangnam Style came on, and he dashed to the middle and did his thing.

Meh. I don’t know if Gangnam Style constitutes as a “truly important” disco dance move :P

Do you remember The Running Man?

What about the MC Hammer move? The Worm? The Macarena? The Locomotion? Bananarama Venus?

What’s YOUR best move? What’s YOUR legendary disco dance? I’m having a discussion over at my Facebook Page, join me over there!


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Swarovski By Shourouk

17 November 2013

Shourouk for Swarovski

Parisian designer Shourouk, known for her colourful, flamboyant and statement designs, has teamed up with Swarovski to create some utterly dazzling pieces of jewellery.

Shourouk for Swarovski

I was really honoured to be able to borrow this necklace to wear to a recent fashion show.

I brought it home in a fancy bag and box with a fancy ribbon… and almost gave my husband a heart attack – “Look what I picked up from the shops today honey!!!” Hehehe.

I teamed it with a gorgeous navy Pia Gladys Perey Dress from White Runway, which I’ll show off in another post!

( See all my Daily Outfits here )

Check out more of my favourite online shops in my Women’s Online Fashion Shopping Guide.


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Costarella + Frock Stars Exhibition at the WA Museum

15 November 2013

I was invited to the launch of TWO new exhibitions at the WA Museum.

1. Aurelio Costarella: A 30 Year Retrospective

2. Frock Stars: inside Australian Fashion Week

The launch event was -of course- glamorous and stylish… with a few heartfelt and tender moments during the speeches. I had a tear in my eye, which almost ruined my mascara, but thankfully I managed to dab it away delicately with my used finger-food tissue, in true fashionista style :P

Costarella + Frockstars

As the guests gathered in the beautiful Hackett Hall (pictured) I was led downstairs to have a crowd-free preview of the exhibition!

This worked out really well for me, particularly after my last disastrous visit to the museum, where um, I brought all of my 3 children to look at Egyptian mummies and one of my sons got his head stuck in a hole in a wall!

So, this evening I was thrilled to get to see everything up close, at my own pace, and have time to take nice photos.

Costarella + Frockstars

1. Aurelio Costarella: A 30 Year Retrospective

Aurelio Costarella is one of WA’s most successful fashion designers… and this exhibition celebrates the last 30 years of his career.

It is a fantastic way to see how Costarella started, how his style evolved over the years, and to see some of his intricate works up close.

If you’ve heard of Costarella, and seen his dresses in magazines or on TV, but have NEVER seen his clothes up close… you should definitely make a trip to the museum to see this exhibition.

Costarella + Frockstars

Mannequins are displayed throughout the museum’s permanent galleries – right next to the dinosaur bones, the stuffed bears, tigers and hanging with the stuffed pelicans!

My children come to the museum very often, and I’m sure they would be shocked and bemused to see “fashion” mixed up with the T-Rex bones.

Costarella + Frockstars

It was delightful and enchanting to see the garments presented in this museum format.

The exhibition is free, and the garments are spread out over 3 levels in the museum. Just grab a map and enjoy the journey through time!

(Oh and I recommend you DON’T try to see the exhibition with 3 young children!!)

The exhibition runs from 2 Nov 2013 – 2 Feb 2014

2. FROCK STARS: inside Australian Fashion Week

Created by the Powerhouse Museum in Sydney, this exhibition presents a behind-the-scene look at Australian Fashion Week.

You get to learn about the history of AFW, how it actually works, who runs it, its organisational structure, the highlights and achievements.

You also get to discover some tasty bits of gossip and controversy about models, editors, designers and their shows. Of course, what is fashion week without the GOSSIP AND CONTROVERSY!

Costarella + Frockstars

There’s a display of garments (and fashion shows) that have made a significant impression on AFW.

You can also get to see what it is like to “sit front row” and listen to interviews with designers and industry insiders.

Costarella + Frockstars

There are a few interactive parts to the exhibition. There is a recreation of Nicola Finetti’s design studio, where you are invited to explore the space, and see how he develops a collection from design to manufacture.

OK it all looks a bit TOO neat and tidy at the moment. From what I know about designer’s studios, I believe they tend to be a little messier and chaotic.

I’m sure once they let a bunch of 8 year old school girls loose in here, those fabrics will be tossed all over the floor and spread out on that table in no time.

Costarella + Frockstars

Lastly there was this great “Workroom” where you get to choose a paper doll (male or female), grab some clothing templates, take two paper fabric swatches… and you can create your very own garment for a mini paper catwalk!

What an cool idea!

Costarella + Frockstars

I got a bit excited.

I wanted to pull up a chair and start snipping away at a few swatches. I didn’t care about the launch party upstairs, I wanted to do some glue sticking!

As for my 3 boys? Would I take them to this exhibition? Haha they would hate this! They would roll their eyes and make throwing up noises – “Muuuuum, enough with the faaaashuurn already…bleeerrghh.”

Oh wait, maybe I’m not being fair on them. Maybe they might surprise me and have a genuine *flair* for fabrics and colour. Some of the best fashion designers are men after all. I might just take them back… just to see what they come up with!

Frock Stars is also a free exhibition and is on from 2 Nov 2013 – 27 Jan 2014


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Mr Fox and a Few Online Sales

13 November 2013

When I’m in my lazy fashion moods, I tend to throw on a grey tee, a pair of skinny jeans… then I immediately reach for my dirty, old Converse sneakers.

But I’m quick to stop myself… I take a second to “try a little harder” at this fashion thing… And I reach for these instead!

Habbot Mr Fox

They add a really *special touch* to even the most boring of outfits (like a white t-shirt and black shorts!).

Ahh love those spots!! Love that texture!! Love those leather tassels!!

This pair is called Mr Fox. Made from ‘pony style’ Italian calf leather, full kid leather lining and buffed leather sole. Very luxe :)

These were a gift to me from the kind folk at Habbot. But I picked them out myself, because I am addicted to spotty things at the moment.

Habbot shoes are French inspired, Australian design, handmade in Italy, with Italian leathers.

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Anyone Needs Mouth-to-Mouth?

12 November 2013

Yes I went to a Firefighter Calendar Party on the weekend!

But a few days BEFORE the event… it came to my attention that it was going to be held at a nightclub… and theme for the night was DOCTOR’S AND NURSES.

Riiiiiiight. I guess I didn’t want to stand out, or dampen the evening with a lack of enthusiasm, so I reluctantly decided that I would dress up as a nurse.

Immediately I looked online for possible costumes and ideas. And here is the range of available nurse costumes you can get.

Nurse Costume

Or…

Nurse Costume

Or even…

Nurse Costume

While the FIRST outfit was very realistic and would allow me to relive my ER days, with Dr “McDreamy” (aka Patrick Dempsey).

The THIRD one, um well… I might get a little bit cold walking from my car to the nightclub.

So I chose to go somewhere in the middle ground :P

And of course, I left it to the last minute.

The day of the event, I went to a costume hire shop and found 3 nurse outfits. Unfortunately none of them fit me, because i am so tiny winy. Argh! So hiring was not an option.

My next option was to drive across the city, hunting for a sized “Karen” nurse’s costume – ugh, no thanks. I don’t have enough time!

Then, out of desperation, I walked across the road to a second hand clothing shop to see what I could find.

A light bulb went off in my head. I decided that I was going to MAKE MY OWN NURSES COSTUME!

Nurse Costume

I bought this good old Van Heusen cotton shirt in a size XXL, for $5. It had a coffee stain on it, so I washed it and put it out in the sun. Thankfully it was a hot, sunny day and the shirt dried in 10 minutes. It looked brand new!

This DIY thing was VERY risky, because I’m not *that* great with my sewing machine. I don’t know any technical sewing terms. Nor do I know any clever sewing techniques.

I can string up a sewing machine and I can sew straight lines. That’s about it.

Oh and it was 2pm, and I had to pick up my children from school in 45 minutes.

No pressure!

Nurse Costume

I laid the big white shirt on my dinner table.

I placed a strapless dress (also white) on top of of the shirt, to be a template. Then I traced an outline of my dress, leaving a slight margin. Is that what it’s called? A margin? Sorry, that’s graphic design talk yo.

Nurse Costume

After drawing a faint line, I pinned the shirt together and I cut the sleeves off, leaving a raw edge.

Nurse Costume

Then I sewed along my drawn line – ZHOOOOP!

And again on the other side – ZHOOOOP!

(Sewing sound effects are very important when making garments. I’m sure they teach that at fashion school.)

Nurse Costume

I also bought a red t-shirt for 50 cents.

I cut out a cross.

Nurse Costume

I sewed the cross to my pocket.

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Nurse Costume

So what do you reckon? You think I can start a new fashion label specialising in nurse costumes? You buy? I could even cut out a few holes here and there for those who want it to be a bit kinkier?

I also took one of the shirt sleeves (yes the arm sleeve fit over my head!) and made it into a little cap.

Hehehehe.

So there you have it, my nurses costume for the party!


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Ride to Conquer Cancer 2013 – Two Days of Sweat and Tears

10 November 2013

A few weeks ago, I took part in an amazing charity event, The Ride to Conquer Cancer. We cycled 220kms over two days and raised funds for cancer research.

1336 riders took part in the event, and in total we raised an incredible $5.2 million dollars!!

For my own fundraising efforts, I raised $8,350 with the help of friends, family, my community and my wonderful blog readers – thank you from the bottom of my heart!

Ride to Conquer Cancer 2013

So this is me at the start line. I woke up at 4am and was all geared up and ready to go by 6:30am.

I was feeling relieved that the day had finally arrived. I was happy and excited to be part of such a significant event. I was proud of myself for doing something so worthwhile. And I was emotional and humbled by the touching speeches. The organisers pushed a rider-less bike through the crowd to symbolise all those lost to cancer… and seeing that empty bike being wheeled towards the start line made tears well up in my eyes.

We set off at 7am.

Ride to Conquer Cancer 2013

About an hour in, my riding buddy had a flat tyre! She rode over some broken glass and we had to pull over on the side of the road.

Oh man, I felt so bad for her. If that were me, I would have been in a fumbling mess… and would have lost all my confidence in riding the rest of the way. But instead, I joked around to calm her/our nerves.

Thankfully, a volunteer bike technician arrived in 3 minutes. He fixed the tyre, pumped it up and we were off again in less than 10 minutes! Amazing!

Ride to Conquer Cancer 2013

THEN. The weather hit us.

Look at the storms clouds rolling towards us! The wind was strong. The rain poured. It was cold. It was a pretty miserable day to be riding.

Riding INTO the wind was difficult. It was bloody hard work! I struggled. I was in pain. It honestly felt like 5 hours of agony.

I wanted to cry and give up. My shoes were filled with water, my arms were shaking from the cold, my muscles were screaming in pain… and there was a moment where I thought to myself – WHY THE HELL AM I DOING THIS??!

But then… I’d see a rider pass me, with a yellow flag tied to his bike, indicating that he was a cancer survivor. Yup he was here on his bike too, struggling with the wind and rain, just like I was. Then another yellow flag would pass me. And another.

And yep, it put my own struggles into perspective.

Ride to Conquer Cancer 2013

This is me, with my new attitude. Just cheer the hell up and enjoy the ride Karen!

There was so much rain and wind, that it was almost comical.

Ride to Conquer Cancer 2013

I managed to finish the first day’s ride with a smile on my face. I rode 103km.

Man that was hard. It was one of the most difficult things I’ve ever done in my life.

I wasn’t very talkative that evening. I just wanted to have a hot shower, get changed into some dry clothes, put on some dry socks, eat some hot food, then go to bed.

Ride to Conquer Cancer 2013

I was a little worried that other people’s snoring would keep me awake.

But there was so much rain throughout the night, that the sound of rain drowned out all the snoring. I slept very well!

Ride to Conquer Cancer 2013

The next morning, the sun was shining! HOORAY!

But it was cold – I think it was 6°C or something.

I went to collect my bike from the bike racks and I felt – surprisingly – excited!

Ride to Conquer Cancer 2013

Me again. All rugged up and ready to go!

The weather warmed up and the day turned out to be sunny and spectacular. It was perfect riding weather.

Ride to Conquer Cancer 2013

My poor riding buddy had ANOTHER flat!

Same tyre.

On the last 20kms of the ride, I took it easy and enjoyed the ride to the finish line.

Ride to Conquer Cancer 2013

WOOHOO I DID IT!!!

No words can describe the feeling when you choose to do something really difficult and you conquer it.

I know that I did this charity ride last year. But this time around, it was definitely much harder for me, because I was not as fit as I was last year. I had a few tears in my eyes the moment I crossed that finish line. It was hard work and I did it.

And just like when you watch a movie a second time around, I was much more aware of the little details… the people, the stories and the purpose… it really brought the whole experience to life. And I was so much more thankful for that.

I really want to thank the organisers, the volunteers, the riders, my team, and everyone who donated to this wonderful cause.

Thank to you, my readers, for following and supporting me on this journey!

xxx


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Dr Kailis’ Private Pearl Collection

8 November 2013

The other day I was invited to a very intimate soiree to celebrate the life and achievements of Dr Patricia Kailis AM OBE. It was also her 80th Birthday, which made it extra special.

It was held at the Art Gallery of WA, to a crowd of close family, friends, and a few members of the media.

There was a really lovely exhibition of photographs spanning Patricia’s life, her late husband, Michael Kailis, and her 4 children.

Dr Patricia Kailis

I have to be honest, I did not know much about Patricia Kailis. I just assumed that she was the business partner to her husband’s vast fishery empire – lobster, prawns, tuna, ship building and pearling.

I didn’t know that she was a medical doctor and a genetic counsellor for neurological and neuromuscular disorders for over 20 years. And that she was awarded an OBE and AM for her service to medicine!

She was also responsible for developing handling and processing methods to keep oyster shells disease free, and thus set standards for the rest of the pearling industry – which I found to be so so interesting. (I love how knowledge from different industries can cross over.)

The more I learned about her and her acheivements, the more my respect and admiration grew. I just stood there listening to her speech, a bit dumbstruck, conceding that yes, this here is an amazing and inspirational woman.

It made me hope that at the age of 80, I will have had a fulfilling, significant, successful, well-rounded life, surrounded by family, friends… plus with a lot of great stories to tell.

So what does the wife of a pearling tycoon have in her Private Pearl Collection?

Dr Kailis' Private Collection

A shark brooch!

It’s no surprise that when a pearling company hunts for their perfect spherical pearls, there are lots of irregular, non-spherical, shaped pearls (called baroque pearls) out there too.

So it was *such* a delight to discover these rare one-of-a-kind creations!

Dr Kailis' Private Collection

A shrimp brooch!

Apparently the little shrimp legs wiggle and move about. How utterly adorable.

Dr Kailis' Private Collection

A little pearl Australia pin.

So cute!

Dr Kailis' Private Collection

And last of all, look at that pair of beautiful pearl lovebirds.

They must be priceless.

*Sigh*

Kind of makes me want to marry a pearl farmer too :)


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Pinwheel Jewels + Win a pair of earrings from Anton Heunis

7 November 2013

Hello my lovely readers!

I’m very excited to share with you all… my brand new sponsors: Pinwheel Jewels.

Pinwheel Jewels are e-retailers of luxury fashion jewellery in a great range of styles and prices.  They feature a lovely collection of jewellery that are elegant, stylish and sophisticated. From international labels such as Anton Heunis, Kenneth Lay Jane, Gorjana, Ben-Amun to trend setting and emerging designers such as Bounkit (USA) and WoonHung (handmade designs from Singapore).

They offer secure international shipping, free shipping to Singapore, and for a limited time, they are offering free shipping to Australia (ends 21st Nov).

You know, one way I can spot a great shopping site is… if I scroll through their collection and go… OH I WANT THAT! AND THAT! I WANT THAT TOO! OMG I WISH I HAD THAT! And that is definitely what happened when I visited this site :)

Anyway, Pinwheel Jewels and I have come together to offer all my readers an exclusive giveaway.

You can WIN a pair of these earrings from Anton Heunis (valued at SGD244)!!
Pinwheel Jewels

Aren’t they preeeeetty?!?!

Please scroll down to the bottom of this post for all the details of the giveaway.

Pinwheel Jewels

So of course I had to test out the prize :) Here I’m wearing the Anton Heunis Cluster Drop Earrings that you could win!

Gahh they are stunning!

They are made from blue, grey and clear crystals set in 18K gold plated brass. They have a wonderful weight – not too heavy that they hurt my ears, and not too light that they feel cheap. They have an amazing sparkle and the cluster design is just gorgeous and feminine. I feel like a million bucks when I wear them.

I chose these to be the prize, because, let’s just say I thought you might like them *GRIN!*

I’m also wearing a lovely Anton Heunis Clear Crystal Teardrop Pendant.

Pinwheel Jewels

For this next piece… I just *had* to feature these earrings, and you’ll see why in a second.

These earrings are by a relatively new New York designer called Bounkit. Since his launch in 2006, his handmade designs have been picked up by Oprah Winfrey, worn by Liv Tyler, Salma Hayek and seen on the sets of “Gossip Girl” and more.

The concept of his designs are “convertible earrings” that transform from simple studs to glamourous red carpet bling, by changing the drops. So clever!!

So really, you get 4 earrings in 1 – how cool!

Mind you they are a bit pricey, but they are perfect for a girl who loves quality, wants to make a statement and who can afford it!

These are the Green Multi-Drop Earrings, and as you can see from the photo above, there are 3 sections to the earrings, the stud and two drops.

Pinwheel Jewels

Here I’ve take off the bottom drop and wearing one drop + stud (left) and just the stud (right).

Here are some close up pics of the earrings…

Pinwheel Jewels

It also shows how you can mix and match drops too! Such a simple but brilliant idea :)

And you must check out the other convertible earrings from Bounkit designs available at Pinwheel Jewels – such pretty cluster designs in pretty colours (light blue, smokey topaz, amethyst, green amethyst) . Eeek!

Pinwheel Jewels

Lastly, I am pretty excited about featuring these earrings by Singapore designer, WoonHung.

She has some beautiful, feminine and delicate designs, that ooze a real sense of fine craftsmanship and sophisticated style. She hand makes her jewellery using 14K -18K gold plated pieces, and are priced at a very reasonable price point.

They are really pretty! I can just imagine wearing them with a crisp white shirt and a shorts and gold sandals. Or with a lovely dress for a special occasion.

Pinwheel Jewels

Her pieces are stocked in major department stores and niche boutiques in Singapore and Japan.

Do check out the rest of the WoonHung Collection at Pinwheel Jewels.

Pinwheel Jewels
*GIVEAWAY DETAILS!*

What you will win: One pair of Blue Cluster Drop Earrings by Anton Heunis, valued at SGD244.

Who can enter: This giveaway is open WORLDWIDE. You have to be over 18 years of age.

Dates of Giveaway: Giveaway runs for 14 days. Thursday 7 Nov – Thursday 21 Nov 2013, 11:59pm (GMT +8)

How to enter:
1) Pop over to the Pinwheel Jewels Facebook Page and LIKE it.
2) Scroll to find the wall post about this giveaway (with the graphic above).
3) Leave a comment and tell us “Which is your favourite piece of jewellery from the Pinwheel Jewels Website?

That’s it! Yes this is a Facebook only giveaway, so you must have a Facebook account to enter.

When the giveaway ends, we will randomly draw a name and contact the winner via Facebook.

We will announce the winner on the Pinwheel Jewels Facebook Page, and we will send the winner a personal message too, so please check your messages on the 22nd November!

ALL THE BEST!!

And happy shopping!!

xxx

( See all my Daily Outfits here )

Check out more of my favourite online shops in my Women’s Online Fashion Shopping Guide.


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Is it getting hot in here?

5 November 2013

SO! *High pitched voice* Guess what I’m doing this weekend?!

Perth Firemen Calendar 2014

I’m going to the Perth Firefighter Calendar Party!

Eyes down here people, I’m still talking.

To raise money for the Princess Margaret Children’s Hospital Total Burns Care Unit the Perth Firefighters are putting on a “show” to launch their 2014 Calendar.

I believe there are still tickets left. Tickets are $40 per person and you can purchase them online here.

*Serious voice* It’s for a very good cause. It’s for the kids.

Perth Firemen Calendar 2013

Just to give you an idea of the kind of talent you’ll see… these pics are from the 2013 calendar.

Perth Firefighter Calendar 2014

Oh my, what a terrible traffic accident!

Perth Firemen Calendar 2013

Wow. That is a very big hose.

So to make things a bit more interesting, I have also been invited to go backstage to… um take photos? Chat to firemen? Make them cups of tea? Massage their feet? Help them with costume changes?

I’ll keep you updated!

In the meantime…

Please Buy a Calendar!

If you can’t make it to the show, you can buy the calendar – for yourself and all your girlfriends this Christmas!

You can buy them online from the PMH Online Shop for only $10.

As I said.

It’s for a very good cause.


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Red Robert Robert

4 November 2013

Robert Robert Red

Hello gorgeous!!

I received a new pair of shoes in the mail a few weeks ago, and they are finally making a debut on my blog.

These hot mamas are from Styletread, by designer Robert Robert.

I seriously can’t get enough of them… I want to wear them with everything, with every colour and every pattern!

I’ll be rocking them with skinny jeans, slouchy pants, cocktail dresses and a-line skirts.

I got them on the Up to 50% Styletread Sale here.

Happy shopping!

xxx

( See all my Daily Outfits here )

Check out more of my favourite online shops in my Women’s Online Fashion Shopping Guide.


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The Biggest Rainbow Vomit Ever…

3 November 2013

The Color Prun Perth 2013

I attended The Color Run with a bunch of girlfriends this weekend!

If you haven’t heard about it, it’s a 5km run… where you just have a fun time getting covered in colour. It’s not a race and it’s not actually about running.

There were THOUSANDS of people at the event, children of all ages, scooters, prams, even wheelchairs… so there wasn’t much running happening. It was more of a walk :)

Along the 5km course, there are different colour stations, where coloured powder-dust is thrown at you. The event volunteers (who are throwing the colour) try to aim at your white clothes, but the dust just goes everywhere – your face, hair, ears, arms, legs, shoes.

Everyone was very keen to get completely covered in colour, so by the end, some people were rolling on the ground and sliding around in the coloured dust. It was crazy and fun!

The Color Prun Perth 2013

I took these photos approaching the end of the event: coming up to the finish line and at the concert – where the organisers got everyone to throw their packets of colour into the air. It looked awesome!

I stood back to take these photos, because I didn’t want my phone camera to get stained or clogged with the colour dust.

The Color Prun Perth 2013

This was me, covered in colour and dancing away in front of the stage :)

Yes I had a great time!

After I took this photo, someone nearby threw a packet of dark green dust in the air. So I had dark green colour on my face, which outlined my sunglasses, so I looked like I had green eye bags, nice! I had also wiped under my nose and gave myself a purple moustache! And I had orange hair!

By the end of it, I had an old-lady moment, where I looked at myself, completely covered with dusty colour… and I felt really irritated and precious, “Ugh, what am I doing here?! I don’t actually like getting dirty! I’m disgusting! Now I have to go clean myself!” Haha.

Anyway… overall, the whole event had a really fun and happy vibe. It was great for kids too.

Would I recommend the event? Yes. But get a big bunch of friends, get dressed up in some silly outfits (crazy coloured socks and tu-tus) and really get into the colour craziness and dancing – while raising money for charity.

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The Great Nacho Pig Out

1 November 2013

I can’t decide whether nachos – in general – are healthy or unhealthy.

I guess it depends on how much cheese, meat, sour cream and salt you use?

And I suppose there has to be a good ratio of fresh salad to corn chips… because my children would quite happily eat ONLY corns chips for dinner!

Nachos Dinner Spread

Anyway, we pigged out on nachos the other day, using leftover Bolognese meat sauce.

And yeah it was slightly on the healthy side.

Nachos Plate

I was going to forgo the cheese – but nachos just ain’t the same without melted cheese!

YUMMM!