Friday, 18 April 2014

One Day. Happy Easter

Hope you all have a wonderful Easter weekend and have some fun things planned with family and friends. I've just arrived at the Great Ocean Road so I'll be back with plenty of pictures to share with you next week. In the meantime here's some inspiration for a chocolate filled weekend. I apologise in advance if any of you are on a diet as the following might just send you off the rails. Much love xx






  

Happy Easter
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Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Style It. Scarf Kimono

The 90s was all about crop tops and choker necklaces, the 00's trend was mini dresses in rainbow colours and if I had to pick what the hit style for the 10s is so far I'd have to say kimonos and kaftans. These styles are all the rage whether you throw them on over your swimmers, jeans and tee or favourite party dress. There have been some gorgeous kimonos in stores recently from Spell and Sportsgirl so I felt inspired and decided to give my own version a go... and [bonus!] all you need is a scarf.



Take a large, silky, square scarf and fold it in half. The bigger the scarf is the longer your kimono will be; to give you an idea, my scarf is around 1m x 1m and it comes down to my knees.



Tie each of the two corners together in a neat knot; you have now created your sleeves. Slip it on like you would a cardigan and voila; one kimono for the fashionable girl. How easy was that? You can thank me later.

Photos by Krissie.

Monday, 14 April 2014

Plate Up. Dukkah

I'm always looking for quick and easy ways to inject plenty of flavour into the meals I cook. When you work full time it's sometimes difficult to think of delicious meals that won't take forever to make. Enter the humble dukkah; this nifty spice mixture is your answer to everything. Use it as a spice rub for a range of meats and fish, sprinkle over currys, stiryfrys, pastas and salads or simply have it with your avocado on toast. You can easily whip up your own batch at home and it stores really well in an airtight container.


What you'll need
2/3 cup hazelnuts (you can also use almonds, macadamias or pine nuts)
80g sesame seeds
2 tablespoons coriander seeds
2 tablespoons cumin seeds
2 teaspoons freshly ground black pepper
1 teaspoon flaked sea salt

What to do
Preheat your oven to 180 degrees Celsius. Spread your nuts over a baking tray and cook in the preheated oven for 3-4 minutes or until nice and toasty. Rub the nuts between a clean tea towel to remove as much of the skin as you can. Place the toasted nuts in a food processor and blitz until coarsely chopped. If you don't have a processor you can do it the old fashioned-way: place your nuts in between a tea towel and give them a fair whack with a rolling pin [this is a great stress buster, just watch your fingers!]. Transfer to a large bowl.

Heat a medium frying pan over medium heat and add the sesame seeds. Shuffle them round in the pan until golden and add to the nuts. Now place the coriander and cumin seeds in the pan and warm until aromatic and the seeds begin to pop. Transfer to a mortar and pestle and pound until finely crushed. (If you are lacking these ingredients or appliances you can use the pre-ground versions from the supermarket, the flavour just won't be as intense.) Add the crushed spices, pepper and salt to the nut mixture and mix well. Serve with your preferred dish. Dukkah also makes a great nibble plate when you have guests; simply serve with some bread and olive oil.

Photo by Krissie

Friday, 11 April 2014

Suitcase. Top 5 Roadtrips

"Are we there yet?" is one phrase that I guarantee will not be coming out of your mouth on these road trips. I have hand-picked the top 5 scenic roads around the world that will have you taking in some of the most breath-taking scenery. Read on for some holiday inspiration complete with roadtrip soundtracks and your mode of transportation. Simply pack your iPod, licence, and a sense of adventure.

Great Ocean Road, Australia

Distance: 253km
Time: 4 hours
Car: A Model Ford
Soundtrack: Forever Young

Head south-east of Melbourne and you'll come across some of the most beautiful coastline that Australia, and the world, has to offer. The Great Ocean Road is an iconic Australian landmark. Along this picturesque stretch of highway you'll find some truly breathtaking scenery, the famous twelve apostles (ocean rock formations) and some quaint little towns offering plenty of culture to boot. It really is a road-trip not to be missed.

Route 66, USA

Distance: 3,057km
Time: 27 hours
Car: 64 Mustang Convertible
Soundtrack: Rolling Stones

"You'll get your kicks on Route 66..." If this isn't the most iconic road trip around then I don't know what is...  Marking the way from LA to Chicago, Route 66 is quite possibly the most famous road in the world, and for many it marks a right of passage as a knowledgeable traveller; you haven't seen the world until you've driven Route 66.

Amalfi Coast, Italy

Distance: 56km
Time: 75 minutes
Car: Alfa Romeo Convertible
Soundtrack: Ricky Martin

You'll be zipping around tight corners at the edge of some awe-inspiring cliffs as you travel along the Amalfi coast. This route claims to be one of the prettiest you will ever encounter and the hairpin bends are sure to keep your blood pumping. The stretch between Positano and Praiano is especially beautiful and you'll also drive by Grotta dello Smeraldo which is the perfect spot for swimming.

Whangamata to Ohope via Rotorua, New Zealand

Distance: 225km
Time: 3 hours 10 minutes
Car: VW Kombi
Soundtrack: Beach Boys

New Zealand, the land of the long white cloud; this country has some truly beautiful scenery and some of the most amazing places can be seen along this stretch of road on the north island. This trip is perfect for those who love the surfing lifestyle offering the perfect combination of time spent by the sea and inland as well. Make sure you check out Donut Island off Whangamata for a "hidden ocean" experience, climb Mount Maunganui  for breath-taking views and enjoy the volcanic springs at Lake Rotorua.

Cabot Trail Nova Scotia, Canada

Distance: 300km
Time: 4 hours
Car: Willy's Jeep
Soundtrack: Flume

This roadtrip loops the northern tip of Cape Brenton providing killer views out towards the Atlantic Ocean and abundant opportunities to stop at some of the best hiking trails. Be sure to make a pit-stop for a seafood lunch along the way, this area has some of the freshest produce around. Nova Scotia is full of natural beauty and is sure to take your breath away.

Photos courtesy of Wikipedia Creative Commons.

Wednesday, 9 April 2014

One Day. Wonderous ideas

In our day and age, technology and the internet are wonderous things. I can't even imagine what living would be like without Google, smart phones, GPS, free international calls and social media. These things have certainly come a long way in the last few years and I can't imagine how much further they can go, although I'm sure we will all be surprised when the latest ground-breaking ideas roll around; because there are sure to be plenty more.

The internet has provided us with such wonderful ways of communicating with others, we can share ideas, find information so easily and express ourselves to an audience of millions all from the comfort of lap[top]. I have come across countless things on the web that have prompted me to sprout my own ideas and given me inspiration for things that I would have otherwise never seen. So I thought I'd share with you some of the wonderous [it is the word of the day after all] pictures that I have found online. I hope they inspire you, bring a smile to your face and prompt you to do some research of your own...

Did you know if you set a dandelion alight it burns in brilliant colours?

The floor plan of the most perfect Manhattan Studio

 I've always been fascinated by Flamingos

If this isn't the most perfect rhubarb tart then I don't know what is...

Positano Cliffs, Italy

Who doesn't love basking in the sunshine

 I love this idea

The Fairy Pools on the Isle of Skye, Scotland

The perfect backyard pool

My most favourite majestic animal 

 A lovely idea for a piece of wall art

 Delectable lemon meringue

Chic bedside

The pink beach, Sardinia Italy

The perfect skylight

 Coconut icepops

 The best kind of cuddles

 
 Crayon art

Be sure to come follow me on Instagram and Pinterest. I love posting pictures like these that bring a smile to my face... and hopefully yours too.

Photos via Pinterest.

Monday, 7 April 2014

One Day. Pearls of Wisdom

There's nothing I love more than an inspiring quote; words that have been put together to evoke thoughts, actions, dreaming or love. Searching for such phases is one of my favourite past-times. I love the feeling of coming across something that perfectly articulates what I'm thinking or how I'm feeling; reminding me that we are never the alone in our thoughts. Here are some of my favourites, I hope they inspire your Monday.








 





Photos via Pinterest.