Curtin Fashion Graduate Show 2014 – Zenith

The latest fashion graduates from Curtin University showcased their final collection at Curtin Stadium last month.

I was invited to sit front row and enjoy the creative spectacle of student designs! I managed to take some beautiful pics :)

Curtin University Fashion Show 2014 - Zenith

Curtin University Fashion Show 2014 - Zenith

Curtin University Fashion Show 2014 - Zenith

Curtin University Fashion Show 2014 - Zenith

Curtin University Fashion Show 2014 - Zenith

1. I adored the boofy Victorian silhouette and the delicate, textured fabric of the dress from Rebecca Vandermeulen’s collection.

2. Models frozen in an awkward mid-step, look like they are dancing on the end of the catwalk. Creations by Naomi Randall.

3. Knitted, knotted, tangled beauty from Mallory Maduka-Ike’s “Chrysalis” collection.

4. Again, I was drawn to the knotted awesomeness by Jayde Christie.

5. Tia Tokic’s “Bacterium” collection was a stand out; her garments were visually striking with a strong concept, and they were very entertaining to see on a catwalk (thus memorable). But even more so – when I looked closely at her handiwork – I was completely inspired by her meticulous crafting skills.

I’d like some Bacterium bed slippers thanks!

View all photos from the Curtin Zenith Fashion Show via Songy Knox Photography.

25 Day Fitness Challenge – Done and Dusted!

Running and Pink Nails

(Me pausing mid run to notice that my nails match my shoes haha!)

This December, I gave myself a kind of challenge where I had to do some kind of exercise every day, for 25 days.

You can read what I got up to during my whole 25 Day Fitness Challenge.

Monday – Day 22
Netball game. We played against a newbie team and we lost by 2 points. We were all “off our game” and we made a lot of silly mistakes. Honestly, I think we were all in party mode and ready for Christmas! Oh well, the other team were a bunch of lovely girls, we were happy for them and it was a great workout for everyone!

The best thing about playing netball every Monday night is that it’s a fantastic way to start my week.

Tuesday – Day 23
My kids and I spent 4 hours at the beach, where I did some light swimming in the surf. Although I didn’t do anything extremely active all day, I was really tired and lethargic from sitting in the sun. I did a slow jog in the evening.

Wednesday – Day 24
I did my routine of strength and floor exercises in the morning. I can now do 20 push ups and 10 burpees! My arms are starting to look hot!

I spent the whole day on my feet, cooking and cleaning. We hosted Christmas Eve dinner at our house, for my family.

Thursday – Day 25
We went to my sister-in-law’s house for Christmas Lunch. I felt pretty crappy after all the over-eating, so I smashed out a 5km run in the evening and felt soooo good.

So that’s my 25 days done and dusted!

I’m so happy that I did it.

Most of it was relatively easy, because I had announced it to the internet haha! I felt accountable and that I needed to stick to my word! I had very few excuses after that, hence I just got on with it. That was really my whole plan – and it worked :)

I was aiming to do at least 30 minutes of vigorous exercise each day – which to me, meant that my heart rate had to go up, I had to sweat, I had to push myself, and I had to feel my muscles burn. In my mind, the idea of “vigorous exercise” meant running, cycling, pump classes, weights sessions, strength exercises, netball, or swimming.

But realistically… some days were hard for me to fit in THAT kind of exercise. I was busy, I had a lot on, I was stressed. Exercise was the LAST thing I wanted to do at the end of the day.

So instead of vigorous exercise each day, sometimes I did a light yoga stretch session, or took a gentle walk in the park.

As long as I set aside some time each day to move and stretch, I felt that I stayed true to my challenge :)

For the new year, I am definitely going to continue with my challenge and keep myself active every day.

Wishing you all the best for your new year goals!

Senso Rhiannon II in Ebony

Senso Rhiannon

Although I bought these Senso Rhiannon II heels a few weeks before Christmas, this is the first time they are making a debut on my blog :)

They look amazing and feel amazing. I really do feel like a rock star whenever I put them on!

Despite their edgy and fierce style, they are so SO comfortable to wear. I can easily walk around in them for 4-5 hours. They are definitely going to be on high rotation this season.

I did a bit of hunting around and found a few places to buy Senso shoes online – on sale with free shipping! (Apologies, some are not on sale anymore.)

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Happy shopping!

My Zombie Christmas Ham Gets A Makeover

In the last few years, we have hosted a large family celebration on Christmas Eve at our house.

For us, this is our “official Christmas dinner” with the turkey, ham, roast vegetables and all the trimmings. Everyone gets dressed up a bit, we sit down for a proper sit-down meal with nice silverware, tablecloth, napkins, decorations and a Christmas centerpiece etc.

I do most of the cooking – which I love to do. I’m pretty organised too. I keep all my recipes in a special Christmas file. I take photos to keep a record of what I did each year, the photos help me keep track of which decorations I used and what my colour theme was. I also make notes on how to improve next year, and place everything into my little file.

So yup, I think I’m pretty awesome… EXCEPT SOMETHING WENT WRONG THIS YEAR!!

Christmas Food 2014

After roasting for 4 hours, I took my ham out of the oven… and it fell apart! It looked soooo baaaad! I was horrified! I was so embarrassed! I wanted to throw it into the bin and start again!

I’m not entirely sure what I did wrong. I swore I followed the recipe to the letter.

Usually I’m a rock star at roasting ham! Usually my hams are a thing of beauty! Usually I get a round of applause when people taste the lush juiciness, the deep sweetness and the complex spices infused in my hams!

This? This one looked like a zombie ham from a horror movie, and that a dog ate half of it!

Sigh.

The ham was falling off the bone. It tasted great, but it just looked AWFUL.

So after some painstaking reconstruction and a some makeover cooking hacks, I managed to pretty it up, slice it up and present it like this:

Christmas Food 2014

Looked OK right?

Thank goodness the Christmas ham was saved!

Christmas Food 2014

To compensate for my ham failure, I managed to make the best looking  and best tasting Yorkshire puddings in my life!

They were the last dish to be cooked before the meal started, and I timed the puddings perfectly, so everyone ate them piping hot from the oven drizzled with gravy. Yuuum!!

I used this recipe, but I used butter and a bit of turkey dripping, instead of sunflower oil.

Christmas Food 2014

This was some of the spread on our dinner table.

Christmas Food 2014

For dessert, my father in law and my 5 year old son made a traditional Christmas pudding. It’s a recipe that has been in the family for decades and basically consists of steaming dried fruit and suet (animal fat) for 8 hours.

The kids fell over themselves (in the dark) to gather around to see the “lighting of the pudding” which is always good fun. Burning brandy is hypnotic!

We served the pudding with hot custard, and while it didn’t look very appealing, it tasted wickedly delicious.

I had 2 bowls and didn’t regret it.

Christmas Food 2014

And speaking of wickedly delicious, you can’t go wrong with a good old Christmas pavlova.

I had 2 slices and I didn’t regret it either!

 

Happy Christmas Everyone!

Christmas 2014

Wishing a happy Christmas to all my wonderful family, friends and readers!

May the next new year be filled with blessings, joy, happiness, good food and lots of love!

(My son made that Christmas bauble! Apparently it was inspired from a photo of shark with its mouth wide open?!)