Win $1500 with Stayz Holiday Accommodation

Brought to you by Stayz

Hi everyone! I have some super exciting news to share!

I’m teaming up with Stayz, Australia’s largest holiday rental website, to showcase a few fun projects coming up.

Stayz, Dunsborough

Firstly.

Stayz Holiday Throwback Competition!

Win a $1500 Visa Gift Card to put towards your next holiday, or towards a new designer handbag – that’s kind of like a holiday right?? Haha!

You DO need a blog to enter – Write a blog post about your favourite childhood holiday and then fill out the entry form here.

If you DON’T have a blog, that’s okay, you can post your favourite holiday throwback photo on the Stayz Facebook Page or on your own Instagram account (with the #Stayz and #HTB tags) and you could win a $100 Westfield gift card.

Check out more information about the Stayz Holiday Throwback Competition here. It’s really easy!

Yallingup, Wyadup Rocks

Secondly.

I’ll be showcasing a few Stayz holiday accommodations around Australia, over the next few months! Wayhey!

I have so many friends who have used Stayz, who rave about the houses they rented and their holidays. I’m so excited to be road testing and featuring some of these places for myself!

I love the idea that you can rent a whole home, big or small, most often with a capacity for multiple families – this suits our holiday style perfectly.

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Here’s to new family adventures! Starting next week!

Follow me on Instagram (@karenlycheng) or Snapchat (heykarencheng) to keep up with our holiday antics!

xxx

(Photos are some of my favourite holiday memories. First one was in 2012 while holidaying at Geographe Bay, Western Australia. Second photos taken in 2015 at Wyadup Rocks, Western Australia.)

Black Lace Up Sandals by Schutz

Schutz Sandals Black

Eager to have criss-cross tan lines on my feet this summer, I finally took the plunge and picked up these Erlina Suede Sandals by popular shoe brand Schutz.

THINKING they might make me feel like I’ve tangled my toes in a fishing net…

or stepped into a crocheted-hanging-pot-plant…

I expected the leathery ropes to feel quite bondage-y?

Nope.

The laces are a bit of a pain to do up, but once they are on, they are so, so, SO soft and amazingly comfortable. I don’t think I’ve ever worn such lovely gladiator-style sandals before.

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It had to be black, because they went much better with the rest of my monochrome/neutral wardrobe… and my strawberry smoothie!

Have a fab week everyone!

xxx

What I Wore: Camel and Denim

Camel and Denim
Wearing Hello Parry off shoulder top, Jeanswest jeans, Betts sandals, ECCO bag, GAP coat.

Ahhh, with fashion week over, life has settled back to normal… and casual dressing can resume!

I actually wore this outfit and took this photo a few weeks ago, but I wasn’t going to post it because I thought it was too simple.

Turns out I’m still loving the camel, white + denim vibe weeks later – so it made the blog after all!

Other reasons I wanted to share it…

It’s such a great colour combination, the mix-and-match-ability is endless.

Camel brings a bit of colour and warmth to all the monochrome and neutral outfits I’ve been wearing.

There’s something simple, polished, yet everyday about the outfit. I guess simplicity wins!

It also turns out that you guys have been asking for me to post more “real and everyday” outfits. So I’ll remember to take a snap of what I’m wearing before I head out the door! https://roksa.ch

Have a gorgeous day!

xxx

Raw Coconut and Lime Cheesecake

Raw Coconut and Lime Cheesecake

This dessert is a raw, dairy-free, gluten-free, no-bake recipe!

Ok before you judge me as some crazy health freak… let me just say this: I eat WAY TOO MUCH ICE CREAM.

At the end of the day, when the kids are in bed, the kitchen is cleared, the house is tidied… of course I like to put my feet up and relax. I don’t drink wine. I eat ice cream.

Or chocolate.

OR chocolate ice cream AND chocolate biscuits, depending on my day!

Well, this cheesecake is a nice healthy, low sugar alternative. It is really delicious. You would never think that blended cashew nuts would have the same consistency as cream cheese! It does! And it’s lovely.

I love the sweet and slighty salty flavours (from the pistachios) and I put a bit of cacao powder into the base, to give it a hint of chocolate.  I only have one slice each evening with a cup of herbal tea, which is so much better for me than a bowl of ice cream!

Not to mention I’m slightly intolerant to cow’s milk, so I always end up with a slight tummy ache and a bloated gut before bed. But do I learn the next night? No! Haha!

Raw Coconut and Lime Cheesecake

I put together the recipe from 4 different recipes I found on the internet, and from my own trial and error. I’ve made it 3 times already, tweaking it here and there. Hope you like it!

The only annoying thing about this recipe is that you have to soak the cashews overnight, then you have to freeze/chill the cake for at least 4 hours. Then you have to defrost it for 30 minutes before serving… which means you pretty much can’t eat it until the next day.

Raw Coconut and Lime Cheesecake

YUM! SO good!

Raw Coconut and Lime Cheesecake

Raw Coconut and Lime Cheesecake

Filling
2 cups cashews soaked overnight (or at least 4 hours!)
3 tablespoons of coconut oil
1 cup coconut cream
¼ cup desiccated coconut
½ cup fresh lime juice
Grated rind of half a lime
1 teaspoon vanilla essence
3 tablespoons of maple syrup

Base
1 cup raw almonds
1 cup chopped dates, softened in water, drained (pitted dates are fine)
1/2 cup desiccated coconut
2 tablespoon coconut oil
2 tablespoon of cacao powder
pinch of salt

Decoration
Lime slices or grated lime rind
½ cup of shredded coconut
½ cup of crushed pistachios

1. Line a loaf tin (or a spring cake tin) with grease proof paper, or grease with coconut oil.

2. Base: Using a food processor, blend the almonds, dates, coconut, coconut oil, cacao powder and salt until it turns into an even grain.

3. Evenly spread and firmly press the mixture into the base of the tin. Pop into the freezer. You can do this the day before. I would cover the cake tin with cling wrap first.

4. Filling: You can either rinse out the food processor, or use a high-powered blender for this. Combine all ingredients and blend until smooth and creamy. You might want to adjust the taste by adding more lime juice or maple syrup. It’s supposed to have a limey punch!

5. Pour the filling over the base, smooth the top and pop into the freezer for at least 4 hours. I like to cover the tin with cling wrap to prevent it from drying out or absorbing any smells from my freezer.

6. Take out the cake to defrost for 30 minutes before slicing and serving. Decorate with sliced limes, crushed nuts and shredded coconut.

Enjoy!

xxx

Fashion Week Day 1 – Outfit, Makeup, Hair

TPFF Day 1 - Wearing 33Poets

During the Telstra Perth Fashion Festival, I was given some pretty amazing media tickets to many of the big shows. I felt quite honoured, nervous, thrilled, grateful and entrusted… that they chose me as one of the local bloggers to cover the shows. Eeeep!

So to show my support for the designers, producers and organisers, I figured that I’d try a bit harder and organise my outfit, hair and makeup! I rarely do that!

The first show for the festival was by Dilettante, featuring Yang Li, 33Poets and Toni Maticevski.

I have admired the label 33Poets and Rebecca Paterson’s textile work for a number of years, and I have previously borrowed a 3-way Japanese Shibori Silk Dress from her, which I reviewed here. So it was a no-brainer who I was going to contact – I literally begged Rebecca to wear something from her old collection!

She was so happy that I asked (although a bit busy prepping for her show). I popped into Tu Boutique (who stocks 33Poets) and I came away with this stunning dress you see above. It doesn’t really have a name, but it is made from the same Japanese Shibori Silk as the 3-way dress. It was amazing to wear. It was so grand and unique. I felt like a dark princess.

TPFF Day 1 - Pamper package at Generics

Next, I contacted the team at Generics, who have a brand new shop in Northbridge (corner of William St and Aberdeen St). They have expanded their products to include vegan beauty and lifestyle products, gorgeous fragrances, marble decor, express facials, and pamper packages (with a team of hair artists and makeup artists).

I booked myself in for makeup, sent them a photo of my dress and told them I wanted something DRAMATIC!

I had the ever so lovely Hanh Ngo, a professional makeup artist (who also works for MAC), do my makeup. She did a wonderful job!

I actually wanted a “Very smokey eye, with nude lips” look. But at the end, we thought I looked a bit “flat”, so Hahn gave me RED LIPS instead – which totally transformed my look for the better!

TPFF Day 1 - Hair by Game of Braids

I also booked to have my hair braided by Bec of Game of Braids.

You can get a single side braid for $35 or a full blown quadruple braid for $120! Check out the link. It is SO. COOL.

Can you believe that I’ve never had my hair braided before? My mum was never the hair braiding type. And I’ve always had such thick, long hair that no one would even attempt to braid it.

I asked Bec for my hair to be up, and for the braid to come down to one side. She did a great job, and the most amazing bit – it stayed up for the whole night!

Lisa from Generics styled me with some colourful bling earrings (I didn’t even THINK about my jewellery. I was just going to wear nothing!) which matched my red lips, my red clutch and (incidentally) my dark pink toe nails. They gave me some fragrance, organic body glow cream… all the finishing touches and more… and my goodness, I looked and felt so complete!

By the end of it, I was in a HUGE RUSH (which was my fault because I arrived 30 minutes late). I only had 15 minutes to get to the show, and I was so so SO thankful to all of them for making me look great!!

TPFF Day 1 - Sitting Front Row Yo!

I arrived and found myself a seat on the front row WOAH!

TPFF2015 Day 1 - Silly Photos with the Fash Squad

(Two photos by Ryan Ammon)

As I wrote before, the Dilettante show was stunning and one of the best I’ve seen.

After the show, I found a stack of my fashion friends and we took so many silly photos. You can have a peak on my Facebook Page.

TPFF2015 Day 1 - At home with makeup

This is me back at home. It was around 11:30pm and I was feeling tired, hungry but super pumped for another day of fashion!

(My hair came out because when I drove home, the pony tail bit rubbed against the head rest. But my makeup didn’t smudge or sweat off at all. I was so pleased with the result! Thank you so much guys!)

I have 5 more days of grooming and outfits, so keep popping by for more updates!

xxx