Monday, 31 December 2012

Rebel, Rebel Your Face is a Mess

MAC Rebel 01

MAC Rebel 02

So I've decided that its about darn time a picture of my face appeared on the blog. I was worried that all I would post were pictures of my disembodied feet.

This is one of my favourite MAC lipsticks and the fact that I got to throw David Bowie into the mix was just an added bonus. 

I am a bright lipstick fiend. In fact, the photo above is pretty much my standard face. Compulsory black liner, mascara and lipstick, easy-peasy. 

I don't tend to have a lot of boundaries when it comes to bold lip colours. I have happily slapped on a black lippy and dashed out the door on more than one occasion. The reason I like this colour so much is that it is dark enough to be vampy but still quite a bright colour. This makes it a worthy addition to my lipstick drawer (yes there's a drawer, I'm aware I have a slight problem). 

MAC lipsticks are pretty pricey in the Land of Oz, but as a brand they are consistently good. The deciding factor in my lipstick purchases is always lasting power as with colours like this any wear is far more obvious. MAC lipsticks have proven themselves time and time again to stick around for a good 8 hours, and this shade stains the lips as well.

An all round winner then is MAC's Rebel. 

What's your go to bold lipstick? 

Jess xx

Sunday, 30 December 2012

Mango, Chicken and Chorizo Salad

A while ago, a good friend of mine served me a delicious salad featuring mango, walnuts and avocado. I don't normally fancy fruit with savoury dishes but this was an eye opener. Since then (which, admittedly, was ages ago) I have been aching to try this recipe. 

Serves 5
1 - 2 large handfuls of rocket
1 - 2 mangoes, diced 
1 bunch of spring onions, chopped
2 chicken breasts
extra virgin olive oil
2 chorizo sausages, finely sliced
1 red and 1 green capsicum, sliced
1 handful of snow peas or snap peas 
1 handful of mint and coriander combined 

2 tbsp sweet chilli sauce
juice of 1 lime

To get it out of the way, and to give it time to cool slightly, grill the chicken nice and slowly. While its cooking you can prepare your other ingredients. Don't forget to keep an eye on it though and turn it over as to prevent it burning. Place the rocket and spring onions in the bowl you want to serve the salad in (or just a large mixing bowl if you're going for individual servings).  When your chicken is ready, take it off the heat and set it aside to cool.

Sauté the chopped chorizo, capsicum and snow peas in a saucepan until all the ingredients are cooked - the vegetables should be beginning to bruise and wilt, and the chorizo slightly golden. While these are cooking you can begin to shred the chicken into bite-size strips and drizzle with olive oil. 

Put the lime juice and sweet chilli sauce in a jar, shut the lid tight, and shake until combined. Feel free to add flavours to taste... I think mine could have done with a bit more sweet chilli. Lightly shred the coriander and mint (not too much though as you don't want to lose too much of their texture)

Toss all the ingredients (leaving out a few sprigs of the herbs) together thoroughly. If serving in a salad bowl, present with the herbs on top, or if serving individually, place a small sprig of each herb on each serving. Season with salt and pepper as you like. 

Just like my truffles from last Sunday, don't underestimate the potential of this salad. It serves about five people as a substantial meal. Its super light and perfect for a hot summer day when you're craving a warm meal thats not going to heat up your house or your body.

Erin xx

PS If you're wondering when I'm going to post an update on my retro DIY pieces from earlier, they are coming. My parents bought me a new sewing machine for Christmas AND my Granny is visiting so she is teaching me some neater and better finishing techniques. 

PPS Just getting in on Jess's 'PS' trend ;)

Friday, 28 December 2012

An Ode to Jeffrey Campbell Litas

Litas are by far Jeffrey Campbell's most recognisable design. Today I thought I would share with you all my most worn pair of Litas - the Lita Cap. 

These shoes are the perfect shoes. I could just end the post there, but because one of my favourite topics to talk about is shoes I shall continue. Weirdly I am not the biggest fan of the original black Lita, the ones with the wooden heel. Perhaps it's because there are thousands of knock offs of them on eBay. 

I am of the opinion that every girl needs a great pair of staple heels. A pair of shoes that can be thrown on with any outfit. A pair of shoes that you can wear for hours and not be in pain. A pair of shoes that just work. These shoes are mine. They're different enough to stand out and yet they go with everything. I am a huge advocate of a statement shoe, but sometimes you require something with a little more subtlety. 

The leather on these is some form of suede-leather hybrid, making them ultra soft and oh so comfy. I have worn these for 12 hour stretches and been absolutely fine. 

I purchased these from Revolve Clothing but I believe that they're also available on Karmaloop. I would really recommend Revolve, especially to Aussie girls. They have free shipping on orders over $100 and they'll refund back 30% off of your first order if you email them the order number (JCs are included in that).

Hope everyone had an awesome Chrissy, mine was spent stuffing my face and swimming. Bliss. 

Jess xx

PS Sorry about the indoor photos the weather has been less than desireable for outdoor photos

PPS Karmaloop are having a 40% off coupon code today, if you have any money left after Christmas I'd love to see what y'all order 

Wednesday, 26 December 2012

Neck Candy (mini)Haul

I'm not someone who owns a lot of neck candy. I wear two necklaces, of great importance to me, pretty much 24/7 - yes, that includes showering and sleeping. Both of them are sterling silver and short pendant length. Hence, these two pieces control a lot of the other jewellery that I wear on a day to day basis. Recently though, I have acquired (and by acquired I mean purchased on a whim) two very nice pendants on long, 80cm chains. 

The first piece I stumbled across in the home store of Australian designer Corky Saint Clair whilst getting off the train at Flinders Street station - its called the Degraves Street Subway and is a magical fairy land with a plethora of hidden treasures. I merely glimpsed at this beauty on my way out of the subway and spent my entire shopping trip (the fruits of which I will show you later) wishing and hoping and thinking and praying that it would still be there on my return to the train station. 

The chain is quite fine and sterling which is a nice, yet contrasting, addition to the two I wear all the time. My favourite part, the amethyst, is large enough to gain the intricate visual beauty from the rock but not too heavy as to give you a neck ache. 

I bought it on sale for $35 last Thursday and have worn it about four times since. Definitely a winner. 

My second find (which was actually my first seeing as I ordered it before I found the amethyst) is from GOGO PHILIP. Again, it has quite a long chain but this time it is gold in colour. It will need to be styled on its own, I think, hiding my two permanent pendants under a button up shirt. 

I love the bright colour and the marbled effect throughout the plastic. Its super light and I think can almost function like a brooch as a addition to an outfit. 

I bought this on sale for about $13. I might not wear it as frequently as the amethyst, simply because of its gold chain, but you'll definitely see it several times in the future. 

Erin xx

Monday, 24 December 2012

Ticking away the moments that make up a dull day

Perhaps today's post may not be on the most exciting of topics, but since I have been wearing it everyday I thought it warranted a mention. I have been eyeing up the Casio watches on ASOS for ages now, but this style was always out of stock. Eventually I tracked it down on Urban Outfitters and we have been a perfect match ever since.

Somehow I always manage to forget how much I enjoy wearing a watch. Even though my phone is all too happy to tell me the time, there's something satisfying about looking down at your wrist and just knowing. Plus it means I don't have to go delving in my bag, desperately seeking my phone. 

Possibly this watch's greatest feature is the fact that you can adjust it to the exact size you need. Finally I no longer have to face the problem of having my watch one link too big or too small. And if you, like me, were skeptical over the quality of a $30 watch rest assured this baby is well made and ready to stand the test of time. 

Apologies for the slightly boring topic today I did have some outfit photos, but I wasn't super happy with how they turned out. I may require some practice on that front.

Anyways Merry Christmas to everyone I am off to work on my oh-so-sexy watch tan.

Jess xx

P.S. Off to work for some Christmas shopping madness so I felt the lyrics were appropriate, can you pick them?

Sunday, 23 December 2012

Chocolate Truffles

With Christmas being just around the corner, and myself staying with my parents in Melbourne for the Summer, I have found myself doing a whole lot of baking.

First on my list of "Sweet things for Christmas" was scrumptious Chocolate Truffles. Awesomeness was added to this classic with macadamias and dried cranberries. 

20g butter
400g good-quality dark chocolate 
300ml cream (can be substituted for light cream)
2 tbsp kahlua
200g macadamias
65g dried cranberries
cocoa power (enough to roll the truffles in)

To get started, you need to melt the chocolate, butter, and cream using a double boiler method. That is: place a glass, ceramic, or metal bowl over a saucepan with about 5-10cm of simmering water (see pictures below). Stir the mixture occasionally until the texture is smooth and looks like the picture on the right. Add the kahlua and stir to combine. Chill until firm to  touch - I popped mine in the fridge over night. 

When your mixture is ready you can begin to prepare the other ingredients. Combine your macadamias and dried cranberries in a bowl. Take a spoonful of the chilled chocolate mixture and a spoonful of the macadamia and dried cranberries and shape it into balls. On a plate, have a good mound of cocoa powder waiting and roll the balls of chocolate, dried cranberries and macadamias until coated finely. Place truffles on a tray or plate and chill until ready to serve. 

I hope you enjoy these delicious chocolate truffles that are, trust me, much more than a morsel.

Erin xx

Friday, 21 December 2012

UNIF Hellraisers

UNIF Hellraisers 01 UNIF Hellraisers 02

Today I'll be posting about yet another pair of shoes. Quelle suprise! These are quite possibly the most perfect flats of all time and I am not ready to rule out the possibility that I will be pottering around in these at the grand old age of 90.

Interestingly I didn't own the genuine article until quite recently. The above right photo shows the UNIF shoe on the left and an Ebayed knock-off on the right. The knockoffs held up surprisingly well considering I wore them everyday, but the heel did wear down fairly swiftly and there are a few spikes missing. 

The actual UNIF shoes feel like a much superior creature. Made from real leather with the spikes firmly in place I have a feeling these will be fare far better. 

$165 is a big ask for a pair of flats, but sadly I can't wear my platforms round the supermarket so these are a slightly more practical option. If like me you have your heart set on them then I suggest you have a hunt around. Thanks to Solestruck I snatched them up for 50% off and I am a very happy bunny.

Happy Hunting,

Jess xx

Wednesday, 19 December 2012

DIY Self Motivation

I am a procrastinator by nature but not by intention. For the last few years I have found several vintage and retro pieces, seen through their flaws, and had big dreams of alterations. This post is more or less a motivational tool which will require several follow-up before-and-after posts that I will feel compelled to do... now I have said I will on the internet.

The first piece in desperate need of a simple alteration is this floral full circle skirt dress.

Since purchasing it two years ago, I have hated the fact that the sleeves were never puffy enough and frankly, rather floppy. They also engulf my arms; my favourite part of my body.

Wracking my brain for ideas, transforming it into a wide strapped dress came to mind. I'm quite excited about this project and can't wait to wear it during my Melbourne summer.

My next idea is somewhat more complex but does not scare me one bit (surprisingly). I used to adore wearing this dress but as I lost weight, the top part of it (similar to the other dress) began to swamp around my shoulders.

I adore the buttons, pockets and epaulette details, so I will incorporate them into the skirt half of the garment. I'll separate the top from the bottom to create a super comfortable midi-skirt (you'll soon learn of my love for midi- and maxi-skirts and dresses).

I'm not sure yet sure how I'll use the buttons but I think moving the pockets near the waist of the skirt is a good place to start.

There are many other garments needing alteration and recreation but I think this will do for now.

Erin xx

Monday, 17 December 2012

Jeffrey Campbell Coltranes

It will not take many posts from me before you realise that I have a slight problem when it comes to Jeffrey Campbell and his shoes.

My latest pair were a sneaky purchase during Solestruck's Black Friday Sale. I got these babies for a steal and I am pleased as punch.

With monochromatic looks or some really funky socks I think these shoes will look incredible.

The only concern I have is that the sole of the shoe isn't rubber rather a hard foam which probably won't hold up as well over time.

I wore these out for an enthusiastic night of dancing recently and am pleased to report that there was not an aching foot nor a blister in sight. Huzzah!

Stay tuned as I have a feeling these shoes will be making some more appearances in the not too distant future.

Jess xx


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