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Wednesday, March 26, 2014

OOTD - Autumn Florals








Floral dress, Romwe  |  Chunky knit, Sheinside  |  Boots, Wanted Shoes |  Leather bag, Marc by Marc Jacobs  |  Knee-high socks, Topshop

Although we love to whinge when it's that time of the year to bid Summer farewell, those of us who love fashion are secretly excited to be able to finally pull out our chunky knits and winter boots.  That was exactly me last weekend because I got to wear my brand new pair of winter boots that had been sitting in my closet, looking awkwardly shiny. 

My default 'uniform' in Autumn is pairing a particularly girly dress with a chunky knit and boots. It's my go-to when I can't think of anything to wear and I just want to be comfortable. I love that my dresses can be trans-seasonal and versatile. In summer, I'd be wearing this exact dress at a garden wedding, and here we are in Autumn with a completely different look.

That's a style win in my books!


Tuesday, March 4, 2014

OOTD - The Silk Blouse









Silk blouse, wish bone necklace, & wishbone ring, Popbasic Sunday Collection |  Linen shorts, Forever21  |  Leopard print clutch, Seagulls  |  Skull necklace, MarisaLeeDesigns |  The Solitare Shoe, Jeffrey Campbell


I'm definitely a big fan of investing in staple pieces that will last forever in your wardrobe. Which is why I'm also a big fan of Popbasic. What an awesome idea executed beautifully each month into a timeless collection! This blueberry silk blouse will be my first silk blouse I own in my wardrobe.

I'm in love.

It feels soft, it's a classic piece, it can be styled in so many ways. Now I just need to find a white version and my life (wardrobe) will be complete. That aside, I'm also loving my dainty teeny weeny necklaces and rediscovered the few I have from this amazing Etsy seller (lovechicstyling is an old coupon code that should still work and give you 10% off your order). Happy shopping, girls!


(Disclaimer: no I wasn't paid to write any of these things!)

Friday, February 21, 2014

Healthy eating - Cauliflower rice salad

I never knew I'd ever be using the words "healthy eating". How things change! So as I mentioned in a previous post, I've been making salads to eat at work. I'm a bit of princess and I don't naturally gravitate towards salads...which means I need to put in the effort to make them taste nice! 

Introducing cauliflower rice. 

This stuff is a fantastic healthy way to fill you up. There are two ways that I've made it. The first is to chop it all up in a food processor or blender (proceed with caution if you use a blender - you don't want a juice, you want chopped cauliflower!). Then after that you stop there, or you can pan fry lightly with garlic, salt and pepper. This gives it a beautiful aroma, although once mixed in with the rest of the salad and dressing I personally don't think it's necessary or makes enough of a difference. 

This salad is delicious and filling. And you can prepare all the elements separately at the beginning of the week and just mix them together for each meal. I would say pine nuts are mandatory in making this salad really delicious. It gives it an extra crunch and flavour. Those things are like eating gold though. They're super expensive so I would strongly advise against buying pine nuts at a supermarket. Go to a nut shop and you'll get it cheaper! (I said cheaper, not cheap!)

Pictures first, recipe later.

Light and fluffy cauliflower 'rice'


Chop your coriander and parsley

Mix it up with corn kernels

Add some chopped cherry or roma tomatos

You can stop here and just sprinkle with pine nuts 

Or you can roast some pumpkin which will make it much more filling

Lunch for two! #worklunch #wifeyduties 

On the last day I still had lots of pumpkin left so I left the tomatoes out. 
I like to warm this up slightly first, then add the dressing. Yum!


Recipe:

Ingredients:
  • Cauliflower (one will give you enough for a week for two people)
  • Coriander
  • Parsley
  • Corn kernels
  • Cherry/Roma tomatoes
  • Butternut pumpkin
  • Pine nuts
  • Extra virgin olive oil 
  • One lemon 
Method:
  • Wash cauliflower and chop in food processor to desired size. If using a blender, turn it on at a low speed and drop small florets into the blender through the hole in the lid. Using a food processor is easier!
  • Optional: Lightly pan fry your 'rice' with garlic, salt and pepper
  • Chop parsley and coriander
  • Chop cherry/roma tomatoes in half 
  • Drizzle your pumpkin with some olive oil, salt and pepper. I prefer butternut pumpkin.
  • Roast for about 20 mins and turn over half way
  • Combine everything together including the corn kernels and sprinkle pine nuts on top
  • Make the dressing with about 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil, juice one small lemon or half of a big lemon, add salt and pepper. This will give you enough for about two large servings.




Monday, February 10, 2014

OOTD - Camo tank & leather shorts






Camo tank - Forever21  |  Faux leather shorts - Sheinside  |  Heels - ASOS  |  Tote & Sunglasses - Romwe  | Faux leather cuff - HFB  |  Watch - ASOS  |  Friendship bracelet - Tobi

If you're a fellow Melbournian like myself you'll know that Summer has decided to finally come along and the hot days have been quite consistent. It's been too hot for OOTD posts but I decided to brave the heat (and so did hubby) in order to keep my new year's resolution going!

I'm loving single sole heels which have been around for a while now - and for good reason. I've discovered that you can basically pair them with any outfit at all and it just instantly works. This outfit could easily be worn with a pair of sneakers for a lazy day, but I absolutely love what the single sole strappy heels do for this outfit. Don't be surprised if you see them again in my next post!

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

OOTD - Boyfriend Jeans & Striped blazer







Boyfriend jeans - Banggood  |  Striped blazer - Sheinside  |  V neck tee - Popbasic  |  Necklace - HFB  |  Heels - ASOS  |  Pebbled leather bag - Marc by Marc Jacobs


It's the return of the outfit posts, as promised!

I'm still on the hunt for the perfect pair of boyfriend jeans, but for now this pair will do. Feel free to enlighten me if you ever come across the perfect pair! I'd like something slightly slimmer and more distressed. Being a short girl I have to be really careful with wearing boyfriend jeans - the lack of shape can easily make me look short and stumpy.

It's been that long since we've done an OOTD that both hubby and I were pretty rusty. I've forgotten how to 'pose' approprirately (although I'm pretty bad at it already) and hubby just felt strange taking photos as opposed to video. 

Hope you enjoyed my come-back OOTD post!

Thursday, January 16, 2014

What will 2014 bring?

I know - I haven't blogged for a while! 8 months to be exact. I stopped blogging when I stopped uploading OOTD videos. I don't really do OOTD videos anymore because I prefer to do lookbooks (which take the same amount of time but showcase more outfits!)

Since it's now a new year I may as well return from my hiatus with my 2014 New Year's Resolutions. It's cliche, I know. But putting it in writing will at least keep myself accountable (I think).  Here we go...

1. BLOG
Somehow I completely abandoned this blog, but now that I can no longer use "I'm getting married" as an excuse (my 2013 excuse for everything), I'm just going to finally get my act together!

OOTD POSTS
So, although I won't necessarily be uploading OOTD videos, I still want to do OOTD posts. I'll ask Phil to bring his camera on the weekend so if the opportunity pops up, we can easily snap a photo here or there. 

BEAUTY/MAKEUP POSTS
I'm definitely still quite the noob when it comes to makeup. But that doesn't mean I don't USE the stuff. I definitely have my favourites, my HGs, etc etc...So in 2014 you can expect to see some random beauty or makeup posts pop up.

FOOD POSTS
If you follow me on instagram then you'll know I've been posting lots of food pics lately. Salads that I make for our work lunches, and our quick and easy dinners we have after a day at the office. I am DEFINITELY no expert when it comes to cooking. In fact it's quite the joke that I'm even cooking. 12 months ago I hated cooking. Now that I have someone to cook for and someone to enjoy my food, I've found that I suddenly enjoy it....But I digress! The point I'm trying to make is that I'm no expert, but I do go for quick and easy meals which are relatively healthy. And I think many of you can relate to that! Since some of you have already requested that I blog about it or often ask me for recipes, I think this will the perfect opportunity for me to blog more often!


Garlic and chilli infused fettuccine with rocket 

2. EAT HEALTHIER

I know this is very typical of a New Year's resolution, but you don't know me. I am the last person who would try to eat healthy. For the first 25 years of my existence I had the luxury of eating as much junk in the world, and sometimes not even fit into a size 6 or XS because it was too big for me. As soon as I hit a quarter of a century something in my body switched and my metabolism started slowing down. But my eating habits stayed the same. Now that I've officially gained weight and a dress size (or two), it's really time for me to crack the whip (on myself!) and eat healthy (or healthier!).  I've been really proud of myself lately. I no longer snack on potato chips at my desk - a daily indulgence not too long ago. And I no longer eat lots of fast food. In fact, I've been eating salads at work. SALADS. SALADS!!!!! Jo and Salads??!?! You don't even know how crazy that is.


Cauliflower 'rice' salad 



3. EXERCISE (?) 

Sorry, it's another cliche resolution. But I do want to start looking after myself. I am so unfit it's not funny. My body will cry with pain the next day if you get me to do any form of exercise now. That has to change! Phil wants to start 6am jogs before work. If I can get myself to fall asleep at a decent hour than I might actually contemplate this...

4. USE ALL MY MAKEUP

I have piles upon piles of makeup that I've bought as "back-ups", or "must-try-one-days". The problem with buying makeup you don't need is that you forget you have it or something else comes out and you want to try that instead. I'm going to make a conscious effort to use what I have first before I go out and buy something I don't need.


Let me know what you guys would like to see me blog about in 2014!


Mandatory selfie

Thursday, May 23, 2013

OOTD - Burgundy Jeans








Another OOTD with a beanie! What do you think guys? 

I'm super tired at the moment coz I've had a long week of work. But I really wanted to get this blog post and video up for you guys coz I miss YouTube! I wish I had more hours in a day! Anyway, hope you guys like this!  Watch this video here.

Have a great weekend! xx