Monday, May 31, 2010

Yay for new homes by the beach : )
C and I are in the middle of the big move into the new house this week... I may be a little M.I.A. until things calm down a bit. X o

Friday, May 28, 2010

Um, somebody pinch me... My boyfriend just called to say that he went to the winery near where he is working and ordered me 36 bottles of wine... 36!! I have the most amazing man, he spoils me : )

He ordered them from Pig In The House Organic Wine and Windowrie Wine, both in South Australia.

Today, I headed into the city to meet my friend Chloe to do some thrifting at her favorite one-stop-shop, Savers. Savers is pretty much like the Salvation Army or Good Will in America... So armed with lots of patience and my bargain hunter pants on, I jumped in.

Purchase #1: Black Faux Fur Coat.
(will be perfect for a dress and heels when going out / or legging & boots)

Purchase #2: Blue Over-Sized Blazer.

Purchase #3: Red Over-sized Blazer with Vintage Gold Buttons.
(if you can't tell by now, I love over-sized blazers/boyfriend blazers)

Purchase #4: Skirt to Make Into Table Cloth for New Apartment!
I'd say it was a pretty successful day in Melbourne.
x o

Yum .

Thursday, May 27, 2010

x o .
Project 4: Honey Joys

90 g margarine or butter
1/3 cup sugar
1 Tbsp honey
4 Kellogg's Corn Flakes

Preheat oven to 150C.
Melt margarine, sugar, & honey together in saucepan until frothy.
Add Corn Flakes & mix well.
Spoon into paper patty cases.
Bake in a slow oven (150C) for 10 minutes.
Allow to cool.

Although simple, this Australian treat is a new yummy twist on the rice krispie treats all of us Americans grew up with. The recipe is super easy (even I could do it!) and just as sweet and delicious.

Project 2: Orange Marmalade Puff Pastries
Project 3: Homemade Bread

Puff Pastries: Super easy recipe, but they come off as a fancy treat from the local bakery!
Pastry sheets
A marmalade or jam for filling (Next try for me will involve Nutella!)
Egg Wash
Knife and Oven

Spread your filling of choice over pastry sheet
Roll pastry sheet into a roll and cut slice to your desired thickness. (I did inch wide sections)
Place slivers of pastry onto cookie sheet.
Cover each pastry with a coating of egg wash to insure a golden brown color.
Bake for about 10 minutes, or until pastries are a crispy golden brown.

Contrary to the nature of my upcoming posts, I truly am an unexperienced cook. Taking me under her wing, Jennie decided to put on an evening of culinary fabulousless. She taught me to cook pizza, salad, pastries and bread... All from scratch.
*And no, the term scratch is not used as I have in the past, it did not involve defrosting or a microwave - it involved raw ingredients and Jennie's extensive knowledge around the kitchen*

Project 1 : Individual Pizzas.

Sunday evening I went into the city to meet up with a dear friend, Jennie. She's an awesome girl from New York, whom I met during Fashion Week... silly we both had to move across the world to find each other.

After ranting and raving about the 'best cupcake place ever'... we just had to go. She took me to Little Cupcakes on Degraves Street... It was fabulous. You could choose from two sizes of cupcakes, a mini and a normal sized. Minis were only 2 dollars each, the bigger ones being 4 dollars each.

Selecting one of each flavour, splitting them in half and sharing the lot - it was a great place to catch up and chat.

We enjoyed lemon, strawberry, red velvet, choc. chip, carrot and lemon poppyseed. : )

This past Sunday, I attended The Camberwell Market in Melbourne with a new friend from Fashion Week, Chloe. This market is run by the Rotary Club of Balwyn every Sunday morning from 6:30am until 12:30pm in the carpark behind the Burke Road shops.
This is an amazing trash and treasure market. There were stalls with flowers, furniture, clothing, and everything else under the sun. Searching from 8a.m. until around 10a.m. I saw hundreds of amazing finds.

And of course, At the market I found some perfect additions to C and I's new apartment we are moving into next week. Only problem is they wouldn't agree to a delivery to Sydney... Understanding it is a 10+ hour drive, I didn't argue.

Beautiful lantern - C and I love candles, so this would've fit amazingly.

With some TLC, this would've made an amazing coffee table.

Beautiful truly shabby - chic vanity (or dressing table) for the bedroom.

Without my wonderful furniture finds, I left the market with two beautiful silk print shirts that will look fabulous with my high waisted leather skirt, thigh high cable knit socks, and booties. Yay.