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Thursday, 28 March 2013

Art Deco


I did this nail design a while ago, however I only remembered it now since I've been wearing the base colour as my go to polish for the last couple of weeks (XOX July).


Anyways, these nails remind me somewhat of art deco geometric designs, as do the colours. It's actually really simple to do, all you need are the following materials...
1. Various colour of nails polish
2. Make-up sponge (used for the middle finger)
3. Dotting tool (used for the ring finger - you can get a set off eBay HERE, great for other nail designs as well)
4. Nail striping tape (used for all the other fingers - got mine off eBay HERE, a range of colours you can use as actual designs)



And how do you use the striping tape? Paint your base colour, let it dry completely, place your striping tape in the lengths and positions you want, then paint over with your second/other colours, REMOVE THE TAPE as soon as you apply your second colour/s (you don;t want the tape to dry into your design!).


The sponging is self explanatory (literally dip the sponge in a puddle of polish and don't be too heavy handed when dabbing it on to your nail), as is the dotting tool (this way take a bit of practice). Et VOILA!


=D xx

Wednesday, 27 March 2013

Electronica








Sweater - Country Road | Skirt - Zara | Boots - Tony Bianco | Ring - ASOS | Watch - Raymond Weil | Sunglasses - eBay

I really liked shooting this outfit, simply because I was wearing quite a few of my new fav pieces for the colder seasons to come (whenever the hell that is...). The gorgeous Averty Boots by Mr Bianco have to be my most favourite boots ever. They are so sexy and so slimline and just so classy! Wrap skirts are a trend growing rapidly at the moment, and this one from Zara is a bit more understated. However what attracted me to this was the jacquard texture which sets it apart even more from your average black skirt. And so I thought I'd pair it with a quilted sweater just to throw in some more textural elements. And to top it off, a big shiny pair of mirrored sunnies. Something I' never thought I'd wear! But, I have to say, I think they look pretty smashing especially in this monochrome get-up.

=D xx

Tuesday, 26 March 2013

Ruffle Some Feathers







Top - HnM | Skirt - Romwe | Shoes - ASOS | Clutch - Colette | Necklace - Accessorize | Bracelets - Etsy

The moment I saw this skirt I knew I had to have it. I know it's not everyones' cup of tea and it's clearly a piece that I'm going to get over quickly (well, to me it is). I'm sure you all have those moments, where when you first lay your eyes on something the first thing you want to do is whip out your wallet and dish out the cash. Well that happened to me with this skirt, only, because it was online, I was eagerly hunched over my iPad on my break at work and was rushing to get my credit card out with an irrational fear that it would sell out before I could process the transaction (as is the the case with many online purchases...and of course it never does sell out). But hey, it was cheap and I've gotten alot of compliments for it. I just love how the feathers are layered and the colours are amazing, sorta holographic. I love the first pic cos I caught a bit of sunlight which reflected nicely off the skirt. I admit it's not the easiest piece to style but I never shy away from a challenge ;). Hopefully I can come up with some more outfits for it!

=D xx

Saturday, 23 March 2013

Catty







Shirt - Ebay | Shorts - Showpony | Shoes - Ebay | Bag - Zara | Necklace - Lovisa | Bracelet - Etsy | Ring - Topshop | Sunglasses - ZeroUV

Catty in every sense of the word - from my mood over this PMS weather to the growing trend of sunglasses. I think I cursed the weather by blabbing on about how much I love how it's getting milder. Yesterday brought back the gross humid heat which made me angrily pull out my summer clothes, screwing up my wardrobe in the act. I wish mother nature would get her shit together so I don't have to keep rearranging my wardrobe! Anyways, the dilemma arises over what to wear to work on such a stuffy day. I'm lucky that my boss lets me wear shorts to work, and this pair from Showpony suit the occasion. I'm featuring quite a few new pieces here, the Zara tote being my fav - it's the perfect carryall! The shoes are a Zara look-a-like which was heavily blogged a few months back, but these are spot on with the perfect heel height and classy edge to make them practical for work. And I always love a chunky gold necklace ;). I got this one on my last trip to Melbs, after having searched for one far and wide when they became on trend, and it was so hard to find one that wasn't that cheap coated plastic, so I pretty much grabbed at this one which is heavy metal and sits perfectly.

Unfortunately for me this gross weather is set to last another week. More freaking wardrobe adjustment. Normally a task I enjoy because I find things I haven't work for a while. But the frequency of it is just getting ridiculous.  Guess I know what I'll be doing this weekend =(.

=D xx

Wednesday, 20 March 2013

Lumberjack








Beanie & Top - ASOS  | Jeans - Forever New | Shirt - Ebay | Belt - Vintage | Boots - Zara

Thank GOD it finally feels like Autumn here in Oz. I've gotten so sick of the hot sticky weather that plagues us, I was pretty happy to embrace the cold that now creeps in during the afternoon. Being a winter gal at heart I've been buying all sorts of winter clothes online, and I was so happy to step out in my beanie and plaid shirt, trends that have proven to be popular recently. The Zara boots are also a new purchase, I was looking for them online but to no avail. On a whim I decided to visit the city store, despite being severely under-impressed on past visits, when low and behold I found them sitting there. AND in my size. Rarity indeed. These are more streamlined and edgy, they just look classier than your regular cowboy boots. Perfect heel size and so comfortable!

=D xx

Changes

Hi everyone! You'll probably notice a few changes to the good ol' blog - what do you think? It's time for an overhaul. I'm in a minimalist sort of mood hence all the white. I'm hoping to change more things in the coming weeks if time permits, including the content. I started this blog with the intention of blogging about 3 things that take up a majority of my life - food, fashion & fun. However it seems to have turned more towards the food side...there's nothing wrong with this but I did not intend to make a food blog....I'd really like to go back to my original idea =). So more things fashion, clothing, shopping, make up and fun (?? such a broad topic haha). Hope you enjoy it! xx

Sunday, 17 March 2013

Delima Restaurant, Sydney

The past week has been both physically and mentally draining, so apologies for the mini-hiatus. Also another reason for why this post will be quite short. Hopefully I will find some time to properly post on the blog when things fall into place again and the routine is up and going. In the meantime, please be patient with me as I try to sort out my shiet =P.


Delima Restaurant is one of those places you go to when your in the mood to to just chow down on food. Like after work when you stomach feels like it's going to ingest itself, when the word hangry becomes a verb rather than an adjective (I kid you not this has happened to me...on more than one occasion). There are plenty of places like this of course, I'm just making the choice easier for you ;). Indonesian food could be described as a great realm of comfort food - what with mounds of oily fried rice, delicious thick curries and more fried chicken than you can poke a stick at. Just what you crave when you've had a shitty week. Thankfully Delima offers all this and more (wait till you see what the more part means). And the place is reaaaaallly spaced out. We got seated at a table where we couldn't even SEE other diners or tables. It was quite good cos it was really relaxed and chilled out and we could actually have a relatively private conversation without having to talk over the din of other diners.

Complimentary Prawn Crackers

Nasi Goreng - Indonesian Fried Rice

Sapi Rendang - Sumatran Style Coconut Based Beef Rendang

Fried Chicken (I was told this was why we should dine here, and it did not disappoint)

All of the above was QUITE yum. Definitely great food to cure a bad mood.

So as usual we wanted to get dessert after our more "sophisticated" pigout (bear in mind I am comparing this to a maccas run). So we flip to the dessert page and find this...


I didn't know whether it was a dish made up by the restaurant or an actual legit Indonesian dish. Needless to say I didn't want dessert that night (no offence but my westernised taste buds are not accustomed to such a flavour combination...plus I hate cheese). So I went home and did a bit of research and found out it is an actual dish eaten as a snack and apparently it's quite popular in Indonesia. Given how much this makes me think of the atrocity that is the meatbox (which is actually an all savoury dish, but equally unappetising), I did not take well to this. Sounds like something one of my mates would eat after a night out drinking. Hard. (Not trying to sound obnoxious but it's the truth!)


Hmm. I'm sure it's lovely. But I think I'll pass.

Delima Restaurant
Shop 69, Level 5
1 Dixon St
Sydney NSW 2000
Ph: (02) 9267 7045
http://www.delimarestaurant.com.au

Delima Restaurant on Urbanspoon

=D xx

Thursday, 7 March 2013

Choc-Chip Cookie Pie

Sounds weird doesn't it? Cookie Pie? I mean, the two things really are 2 separate desserts. But this cropped up when I was randomly perusing through Tasteologie one day and it looked so yum that when I clicked on the pic, I was practically drooling. And then I read what it was and was like whaaat? American's think up the funniest things (no offense, I love you all the more for it =P), and once in a while it actually works hahaha. I think the original recipe idea was from Nestle Tollhouse...


Sorry again for the crappy phone pics! Just google this and you'll see how it delicious it ACTUALLY looked in real life. I made this pie twice it was so sinfully delicious =P. Also, the pie crust recipe I used actually made enough for 2 crusts ahaha. Just a note, the chocolate chips may sink to the bottom while baking (I personally don't mind), but what you could do is instead of adding them before putting them in the over, you can sprinkle them in 20 minutes into baking =).


Chocolate Chip Cookie Pie
Adapted from A Zesty Bite

Ingredients
1 9inch pie crust, pre-baked according to package instructions (I made my own, recipe HERE - pre-baked until slightly browned)
1/2 cup flour
1/4 cup caster sugar
3/4 cup light brown sugar
2 eggs
3/4 cup (180g) butter, room temp (you could also brown the butter to give it a richer nutty flavour - check out THIS post to find out how =D)
2 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 cup pecans, chopped (Optional - I never add them =P)
1 cup milk chocolate chips
1/2 cup butterscotch chips (or white choc chips - I put a mix of all 3)

Method
1. Prehat oven to 165C (325F)

2. In a small bowl combine the flour and both sugar and set aside

3. In a large mixer whisk the eggs on high for 3 mins or until foamy. Now using the paddle attachment slowly add the flour and sugar mixture. Then add the butter and vanilla and mix until everything is creamy. Stir in the pecans, chocolate and buterscotch chips.

4. Pour the filling into the pie crust very gently.

5. Bake for 25 mins uncovered. Now cover the pie with foil and bake for an additional 35 minutes. Finally, remove the foil and place back in the oven for 10-15 minutes. Insert a knife halfway between the edge and the centre of the pie and if it comes out clean or without alot of batter then the cookie is done. Remove the pie and let it cool. Before serving you can warm it up or eat it at room temperature (THE BEST) with ice cream on top.

 

Seriously try make this pie, its so easy and so freakin addictive. I actually gave this to my friends before we were due to head off to Melbs the next day....and I got requests to bring the pie with me =P. Great post-drinking pig-out food haha ;).

Enjoy =D xx

Tuesday, 5 March 2013

Boulders

Just a quick post on a nail design I did a while back, when my precious camera was on the fritz =P so very sorry about the quality of the pictures!


This manicure reminded me of boulders, simply because of the pattern and the way the circles are irregular and jagged. The base colour is Elianto Peach. I LOVE these Elianto polishes! The application is so good and the colours are so nice....I wish I had gotten more while I was in Malaysia.


=D xx

Sunday, 3 March 2013

Red Spice Road, Melbourne

Gaaahhh! I've been so busy I haven't even had time to THINK about my blog! When I realised I hadn't posted for a while I thought id make a mental note to write something up in a couple of days, but then I thought naaaaaah Ill do a quick post now.


Yes, another foodie post from Melbs! I know I know, when will they ever stop but I assure you there's only a couple more!  We visited Red Spice Road before the girls headed back to Sydney and I to my cousins place. They actually have a couple of branches be we were pretty much down the road from the McKillop street branch so we just walked over. They serve up 'generic' Asian food, but it's more Thai than any other cuisine in my opinion (and I have no problem with that =P).  We were lucky because the place was empty. Literally. So I'm not sure if we were lucky or if the place normally doesn't fill up on Sunday for lunch. The menu was pretty small, so again it made it easier to order. We were soooo hungry as we were recovering from the previous nights shenanigans, and we were happy that service was speedy.

Chilli Salt Lamb Ribs with Pineapple Tamarind Dressing

These were so YUM! Great hangover cure ahah. Really spicy and full of flavour...

Shredded Chicken, Cucumber, Fresh Herb, Pickled Carrot, Chilli and Lime Salad

Flat Noodles with Chilli and Asian Greens

Pork Belly with Apple Slaw, Chilli Caramel and Black Vinegar

There is one dish that REALLY stood out for me. The pork belly of course. Absolutely amazing. I was SO FULL by the end of the meal, but I pushed on because I couldn't not let this stuff go to waste. I googled the recipe as soon as I got back to Sydney because I NEED TO MAKE THIS.

The only thing I didn't like about this place was the communal dining set up. The room itself was gorgeous, really nice decor. But yeh. I'm not a big fan of huge communal tables with everyone sitting next to each other - it feels really intrusive and uncomfortable. I only go so far as sushi trains, but that's it =P.

Red Spice Road
27 McKillop St
Melbourne VIC 3000
Ph: (03) 9603 1601
http://www.redspiceroad.com/

Red Spice Road on Urbanspoon
 
=D xx
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