Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Spring Picnic!

Oh Spring in Sydney, how I love you! We had our first Spring picnic last weekend, as you may have seen on Instagram and Snapchat. It was the perfect day for it, too! I celebrated the new season with friends and family over a sweet backyard set up, styled by yours truly. We tucked into some delicious lamb dishes, cooked by my spectacular mumma (thanks mum!). Lamb is the perfect dish to bring everyone together whether family, friends or strangers, it’s a crowd favourite. Plus, it’s simple to cook and tastes delicious. It’s also incredibly versatile, we’ve served our lamb five ways (cutlets (my personal fave), lamb leg, meatballs, loins, and lamb salad). I feel like I’m always celebrating Spring when I eat lamb. Spring to met means a time for warmer weather and eating outdoors over some home cooked lamb. It’s a food that holds a real homely place in my heart.
The event was listed on FeedUp, a site where you can create your own event, inviting your friends and family to RSVP. You can also make your event open to the public if you prefer to host a public event, where you can charge an attendance fee. It’s now the perfect time to have your Spring gathering, hope this inspires you to get together for your own FeedUp event with your family, friends, or even with strangers over some lamb this season!

What we ate --

Lamb Salad | diced spiced lamb served with baby spinach, avocado, capsicum, pine nuts, halloumi cheese
Lamb Meatballs | served with cherry tomatoes & tsaziki
Lamb Cutlets | served on baby spinach with pumpkin, carrots, mint dip, and pesto sauce Lamb Leg | served with beetroot and carrots
Cakes & Cupcakes | made by Buttercream Bakery
Antipasti Board | Chilli cheese, nuts, olives, beetroot relish, proscuito, grapes
Potato Salad | Potatoes, chives, sour cream
Berry Fruit Platter | watermelon, blackberries, raspberries, strawberries, blueberries 
Mango Salad | mango, pomegranate, quinoa, cucumber, mint 
Watermelon Salad | watermelon, pomegranate, cherry tomatoes, mascarpone, basil Homemade 
Oreo Tart | topped with strawberries
Cranberry Capi Sparkling | infused with oranges
Orange and Mango juice | infused with strawberries
Water | infused with cucumber, lemon, and mint 

Props //
Lights Gumtree
Table Crates  Gumtree & Bunnings
Blankets IKEA
Pillows IKEA
Plates IKEA
Gold Cutlery Kmart

Styling Myself 
Photography Myself & Jade Whiteman

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Life Well Travelled

A photo diary from my most recent trip to Hong Kong & Tokyo. Flying high with Cathay Pacific.


Sunday, September 18, 2016

From home with love: Introducing IKEA's SVÄRTAN Collection

Hello again friends! Here’s a new post from home to share with you guys! I’ve teamed up with IKEA to share with you guys their latest, limited edition collection, SVÄRTAN. Inspired by India, this collection takes a different approach from the traditional vibrantly coloured designs that we often associate with India. Instead, it explores moody tones and textures, which have been created by Swedish textile designer Martin Bergström, working alongside Indian fashion students. 

My spaces in my home are always brightly lit and coloured. I’ve loved incorporating these SVÄRTAN pieces to keep my space simplified for the season of Spring! And that’s the beauty of them, the subtlety and versatility! Shades of grey work well pretty much anywhere, but it’s the textures I’m really loving. My favourite piece has to be the marbled bed linen, which I’ve paired with my usual white linen. I also love my newly hung poster, and candle holder. Here’s some photos from my working corner and bedroom. What do you guys think? If you love, get in quick as stocks are very limited!

 Feel free to check out the entire collection here, folks — SVÄRTAN COLLECTION

Saturday, September 17, 2016

A stay at Island Shangri-La, Hong Kong

I spent my birthday hotel hanging in Hong Kong & Tokyo with my girl, Isabel of Pretty Frowns. We had so much fun exploring both cities, as we were hosted by Cathay Pacific & The Shangri-La Hotels. We stayed in one of their gorgeous suites, with stunning views over the beautiful city of Hong Kong. Plus breakfast in bed? I don't think it could have been any better! Here's some photos captured during our stay in our Hong Kong room, and also some of my favourite spots from our trip!

So, our Hong Kong adventure was so much fun! Firstly, I haven't been to Hong Kong in over ten years, so I was really excited to explore it, as I hardly remembered what it was like! I know I barely scratched the surface this trip, why is why I can't wait to get back, but here's some highlights from my five day trip to this wonderful city.

The Peak
On my first night in Hong Kong, I met up with my good friend Bryant, and we drove up to The Peak. For views, the peak is insane! It has one of the best views over the city. The only problem is that it is packed with tourists with selfie sticks, so be prepared to battle them if you'd like to take photos, let alone enjoy the view. 

Yum Cha at Central
Okay, so I had a lot of Yum Cha in Hong Kong, pretty much for breakfast & lunch everyday... Not complaining! Chinese is one of my favourite cuisines, possibly because I grew up eating it almost everyday, it's quite hard for me to get sick of it. We did experience one that was a little different from the traditional Yum Cha, from a restaurant called 'Yum Cha' in Central (confusing, I know!). Here, they do the cutest dim sums, and really unique asian dishes! To be honest, the cute buns are not that great taste-wise, but I feel like you have to order them just to try, hehe! However, I really enjoyed all the other dishes we ordered, and we ordered a lot to feed four people!

Oddies Foodies
I'm a dessert gal, so of course I'm sharing this one with you. This was so highly recommended to me by friends and on snapchat, so I made sure I got my fix of these HK Egg Waffles. They are really delicious and I would definitely recommend them. Make sure you get the 'Night Wolf'!

Flower Markets
Found this market place while exploring the Kowloon side. I don't know about you, but I love a good florist, so I've thrown this one in for something different. I mean, I never really buy flowers while travelling, but I always love people watching in local areas like this one. 

Emack & Boleos
Of course, another dessert spot. This is more fun over taste. If you want a gigantic cone of ice cream too big for your hand, you need to get to this spot, Emack & Boleos. 

Cheung Chau
Last but not least, my personal favourite, I took a day trip out to Cheung Chau with my friends Bryant and Oscar. This involved taking turns cycling each other around the Island on our not-so-stable group bicycle, eating fresh hot Chinese sausage buns, and also taking a moment to pause, cliffside to enjoy the calm ocean views with new friends. I'm so grateful that these guys brought me here. Oh, and if you do go, make sure you have the local sago desserts with peanut balls. Soooo good!