Wednesday, 20 August 2014

OOTD | Rekindled Love

Shift dress - Can You Keep a Secret / Anorak - Gorman / Belt - thrifted / Loafers - Shag Vintage / Bangle - gifted and not branded

Hello spring, it's ever so nice to see you peeking around the corner. I wait all year from this kind of weather and it's very slowly creeping into the end of winter.

I am again rocking my favourite loafers which I hope to get as much wear out of before it's too hot for leather shoes in the summer. 

The denim anorak you see is from my favourite designer, Gorman, and has seen far too little wear since I purchased it. It is a little bit too oversized and can be kind of awkward to wear but it still has me head over heels for it's casual-chic charm. It's been too cold to wear it this winter but I will definitely be letting it see more sunshine when spring rocks around. 

I picked this simple summer dress up in a sale at my favourite vintage store, Can You Keep a Secret? a few months back and have never really worn it either. Ditto for the belt which I think I found thrift shopping one day. 

I will definitely going to make more use of these garments, especially the anorak, this spring. I love the combination of a light block coloured jacket with a cutesy print like the gum-nut/eucalyptus on this dress. 

Happy hump-day! 
Erin xx

Monday, 18 August 2014

OOTD | Gatsby's Girl

 Lace Dress Vintage / Black Slip Dress MinkPink / Shoes UNIF Heathers Boots

Hi lovelies! This dress makes me feel like such a princess. It was a vintage gem that I found for a mere $20 at one of my favourite antique centres. Considering that it is in such good condition it was a complete bargain. 

Sunday, 17 August 2014

Recipe | Bacon Sprouts and Yam Feta Mash

My mother did not like brussels sprouts and therefore I never had them growing up. I was exposed to their negative image but had no real reason to hate them. Only in the last week have I actually plucked up the courage to try, and cook, the underrated (until recent times) little gems and I am totally converted. They're delicious, nutritious and everything in between. After talking about them for a few days with different people I coined up my own version of a very classic way to serve brussels sprouts. I hope you like it!

Serves 2
1 yam/purple sweet potato, roughly chopped into small pieces
150g short cut bacon, cut into strips and halved
1tsp  ground paprika 
11 approx. brussels sprouts, washed and sliced
1 lemon, juiced
small bunch of baby heirloom carrots 
50g lemon marinated feta 
salt and cracked pepper
olive oil

In  a small saucepan, place chopped yam and cover with water. Place on a medium to high heat, cover and bring to the boil. Remove lid and let it boil until soft to touch with a fork.

Meanwhile, heat olive oil in a non-stick fry pan over a medium to high heat. Coat the bacon with paprika and cook until crispy. 

In a bowl, toss sliced brussels sprouts with salt, pepper and lemon juice. Add to the fry pan with the bacon. The bacon grease and any remaining olive oil will replace the traditional butter used when cooking the sprouts.

Add the heirloom carrots to the pan and cook with the sprouts and bacon. 

Drain the boiled yams and transfer to a bowl. With a fork, smash the yams with most of the feta (leaving some for garnish) until they form a mash consistency. 

By now the brussels sprouts and carrots should be ready to serve. Plate up with the mash and garnish with your remaining feta. Season with salt and pepper.

Happy Sunday eating!
Erin xx

Friday, 15 August 2014

OOTD | Miss Scarlet

 Jumper MINKPINK / Shorts UNIF / Shoes (not pictured) Nike Air Propels

Hi lovelies! Erin and I had the most lovely public holiday this Wednesday. We happened upon a cafe that did the most delicious breakfast, and then headed back to her house for a photo taking session. 

Wednesday, 13 August 2014

OOTD | Collected Comfort

Light-wash waisted and cuffed jeans - thrifted / white collared button-up - thrifted / embroidered pink cardigan - vintage via Ra Ra Superstar / 'Grandpa' loafers - vintage via Shag Vintage / The Jackson Sunglasses by *MKL Accessories - Karmaloop

Here I am again presenting you with the epitome of my style, all totally second hand (minus the sunglasses). I think I will again try to convince you of how well shopping second-hand can suit any, and every, human and their individual style. Aside from the very obvious societal and environmental benefits (reduce, reuse, recycle people!) there are major benefits in regards to personal styling efforts. 

Monday, 11 August 2014

Shopping | Wishlist #1

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UNIF Six 66 Swimsuit / Quay Sunglasses / Sunflower Choker / MINKPINK Midi Skirt

Hi lovelies! So although it's still pretty cold at the moment in Brisbane it definitely won't be long until I find myself back on the beach. I've been trawling through websites looking for a piece or two to add into my summer wardrobe. 

Sunday, 10 August 2014

Skin | Winter Skin Essentials #2

Yep, you guessed it, this is another post about how I keep my skin thoroughly moisturised during the harsh dry weather that winter brings. As I get older I definitely realising how much moisture my skin needs. My skin gets a pretty harsh treatment in my day to day life; overly hot shower, drying face cleansers, working with my hands in and out of water, and even licked lips in the wind. I've done another post reviewing my favourite hand creams which you can view here. This post will focus on more all-round products that you can use to nourish any dry patches you have needing attention. 


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