Wednesday, 26 November 2014

Outfit // What's Not To Love?

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Crop top - Ally Fashion // Skirt - Asos // Sandals - Rubi Shoes // Lipstick - Mac 'Lady Danger' // Nails - Barry M 'Princess'

I couldn't help but pop into Ally Fashion again on my way home from last week. I'm a little addicted to their crop top collection and what do you know there happened to be a new style in so of course I had to purchase it! It's a halter neck, not always the most fashionable of clothing, but I like it. And for just $7 what's not to love?

I'm attempting to get back into the swing of things on my blog. It's been hard recently not having any time to photograph outfits, not having anything to photograph in the first place, and not going anywhere that warrants taking photos. But soon I'll have lots to blog about. We're off to the Hunter Valley next weekend with a couple of friends of ours. We're staying in a cute villa and are hoping to hire bikes to cycle around the vineyards. A weekend involving copious amounts of wine and cheese, my favourite :)

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Sunday, 23 November 2014

Outfit // Uniqlo Grey Knit

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Jumper - Uniqlo // Blouse - Uniqlo // Jeans - Wrangler Hi Pins // Sandals - Rubi Shoes // Lipstick - Mac 'Lady Danger'

Uniqlo has finally come to Sydney opening a big store right in the city centre. We can't really afford to go shopping at the moment but we decided to pop in anyway. Stew ended up buying a burgundy sweatshirt and I ended up buying this jumper... oopsie! Might seem a crazy purchase as it's now getting super hot in Sydney. But we need lots of warm clothes for our travels through Japan, China and on to Paris. I've looked into the temperatures it's expected to be in January and February and it is absolutely freezing with a high possibility of snow!! It's going to such a weird experience going from 40+ degrees here to that. Talk about a shock to the system so now I'm panicking that nothing I have is going to be warm enough. I also really wanted a nice soft grey jumper and this one was only $30 (around £18), so good!

Hope you're all having a nice weekend :) I'm not up to much, I've had work every day. Although I did go for some drinks on Friday night on Cockatoo Island. It used to be an old prison back in the day and is now a bit of a tourist attraction with a cool beach bar complete with sun loungers but no sand. So we caught the ferry over, watched the sun set and had a couple of cocktails. A very pleasant evening.

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Wednesday, 19 November 2014

Recipes // Strawberry Slice

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Wow I haven't posted anything creative in quite a while, and I haven't posted a recipe since way back earlier in the year. I've been lacking motivation with my blog recently. Life has taken over. We have had so much to plan, apply and pay for when it comes to our travels that every day off I've had has been spent sorting that. So I've had nothing new to blog about. But this week on my day off I thought I'd do some baking as I am fast becoming a sweet tooth fiend and I thought it would make a nice blog post.

I used to love baking when I was at home and since moving here I've done zilch, nada, nothing! So last week I bought some ingredients and made my amazing blueberry and greek yoghurt muffins. But they were a little burnt so didn't make the final cut for the blog. This week I thought I'd give it a go again so yesterday I set about making these strawberry crumbed slices. You can view the full recipe using that link.


They were looking really good up until the point where I thought they were still under cooked so I put them back in the oven for a final 10 mins and then started to smell a big whiff of burning!! Our oven here is very hard to read as all the numbers on the dials have worn out. So as you can imagine with guess work mistakes are going to happen.

Despite the burning they still turned out pretty well and tasted yummy which is all that matter. One of these days I will crack the oven and not charcoal everything I attempt to make!


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Monday, 17 November 2014

Christmas Ski Holidays 2015

If you’re lucky enough to have some time off over Christmas, don’t squander it on stodgy food and lounging in front of the television. Whether you’re a beginner to snow sports, or a hardened affiliate, there’s no time of year quite like Christmas at which to skim across a picture-postcard landscape of glittering snow and pine trees. Corral your friends, pack your scarf and plan your epic ski holidays 2015.

Austria
The hills might be alive with the sound of music in Switzerland, but in Austria, you’re far more likely to hear the whizz of a pair of skis or a snowboard as it slices through thick, fondant icing snow. If you’re travelling as part of a larger group, there’s a lively apres-ski scene and extensive skiing area available to those who base themselves in St Anton. Lofty Obergurgl, on the other hand, has panoramic views, off-piste skiing and incredible landscapes to challenge more experienced skiers. With a favourable destination snow report from November to May, this chilled out resort is the perfect spot to escape from it all.

Ski resorts with a view in Obergurgl

France
Located in a bowl of the French Alps, in the shadow of the Pic Blanc mountain, Alpe d’Huez boasts 155 miles of piste and 84 lifts, making it one of Europe’s most prominent ski resorts. With the longest black run in the Alps, plenty of opportunities to venture off-piste and the terrifying Le Tunnel descent, it’s a challenging playground for the more experienced skier. However, it’s just as renowned for its great nursery slopes, and ski lessons will be available for any beginners in your party. Beyond the slopes, there’s superb nightlife: for an unconventional pint, visit the Freeride CafĂ©, with stock market beer prices and a slide to the restroom!



Italy
For traditional chocolate box surroundings, make for the relaxed villages of Gressoney-La-TrinitĂ© and Gressoney-Saint-Jean, set against the backdrop of the Monterosa Mountains. Transfer from Turin Airport, and explore the three valleys of Gressoney, Champoluc and Alagna, with plenty to delight cross-country skiers and boarders, alike. While there’s little in the way of apres-ski nightlife, the traditional surroundings, hiking trails and quiet pistes make for a stress-free Christmas escape. 

Images by Luca Sbardella and Roberto Cilenti, used under the Creative Commons license.

Wednesday, 12 November 2014

A Little Fashion Design Help Needed

Today's post is a little different to normal... I'm after some advice. In fact Stew is after some advice about fashion design, and who better to ask than all of you lovely lot. 

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Stew's had a dream for many years now to set up his own menswear brand. Together we've got almost everything ready to hit the ground running as soon as we're home, except one minor detail... how to design the pieces of clothing. This may sound silly but having no real art or illustration flare we're getting a little stuck trying to get ideas on paper ready to be put into production. 

So really I'm reaching out to anyone that has their own fashion brand but doesn't physically draw the pieces themselves. How do you go about finding someone that can do the detailed sketches to then be made into real items of clothing? Or are you a fashion illustrator/designer willing to help us get the business started? Any help would be greatly appreciated.

And if we're being ridiculous and cannot start a fashion brand without being able to draw the clothes ourselves please let me know! Although we're determined to try regardless.