Friday, April 30, 2010

Friday Fashion Feature

Hi there,
As I was up late last night checking my Facebook page before bed, a cute little advertisement caught my eye as it popped up on the side bar.

The ad was for Pink LouLou Designs, which turns out to be a very, very cute range of jewellery!

Creator Skye Campbell describes the brand as Stylish, individual and kind of eccentric, Pink LouLou is a clever reinterpretation of traditional bijoux mix pop culture and heritage. “Everyone wearing a Pink LouLou piece is carrying something special close to their heart”. They also have a blog so you can keep up to date with all their new releases, media pieces and shop updates.

This jewellery is a good price if you’re happy to indulge in a unique statement piece.

Bengal Tiger Chain

Patriotic Moment

Sweet Pink Lady Apple


Saturday, April 24, 2010

Gluten Free ANZAC Biscuits

ANZAC day is fast approaching & it’s time again to bake some cookies for the occasion.
There are a few theories surrounding the true origins of Anzac biscuits, but what is certain is that they came about during WWI, circa1914–15... and they're delicious!

I won't be using a traditional recipe, but rather will be changing a few ingrediants to make these biscuits gluten free frienly. Only being diagnosed as ‘Gluten Intolerant’ about 9 months ago, I’m still re-learning methods of cooking & of course experimenting with the various GF foods on the market.

Some people find they react to Oats, I know that I don't so I've continued to use them in this recipe. Alternatively use something like puffed rice, GF cornflakes, rice flakes, Quinoa flakes or similar.

So here is the recipe that I have tried to make some tasty ANZAC biscuits:
  • 1 cup of Oats (or alternative ingredient)
  • 1 cup of brown sugar
  • 1 cup of shredded coconut
  • 1 1/2 cup of gluten-free plain flour, sifted
  • 125 grams of butter
  • 3 tbsp of golden syrup
  • 1 1/2 tsp of bicarbonate of soda
  • 2 tbsp of boiling water

The method is very much the same to normal ANZAC cookies: 

1. Preheat oven to 180°C. Line your oven trays with baking paper.

2. Combine your dry ingredients in a large mixing bowl. Put the butter & golden syrup in a small heavy-based pan & cook over a low heat until melted & combined. (I used a ceramic dish in the microwave to speed things up.)

3. Combine bicarbonate of soda & water in a small bowl,  which should fizz & bubble slightly, add to the butter mixture & stir to combine.

4. Make a well in the centre of the dry ingredients & pour in the butter mixture. Stir until well combined & all dry ingredients are moistened.

5. Put tablespoons of mixture, well apart to allow for spreading, onto the prepared trays. (I used my hands to roll the biscuits into a desirable shape & size rather than a tablespoon)

6. Bake for 12-15 minutes or until golden. Stand the trays on wire racks until the biscuits are firm & cool. Transfer the biscuits to the wire racks & leave until cold.

GF ingredient's don't rise or spread as much as normal, so you won't need a huge amount of room to spread.

If you store your GF ANZAC biscuits in an air-tight container, they last for a few weeks.

If you like soft cookies, pull them out of the oven a few minutes early... which I always do!

My results were...

I really enjoyed these cookies.. so much so that I won't be able to test to see how long they last unless I make another batch!

On a side note, even though these were GF, they tasted virtually the same & even my boyfriend hadn't noticed until I told him (I usually have to make him something separate to mine, poor dear).


Friday, April 23, 2010

Friday Fashion Feature

Hi there,

Just wanting to share a quick link to a very, very cute site I found whilst searching for 'playsuits' online.

Some sites refer to a playsuit as a jumpsuit.. but I prefer the former as it's far cuter & doesn't seem like an 80's fashion accident waiting to happen.

The 'TODDY: Shop Online' stocks a variety of clothing, both for lads and ladies - even garments that are unisex!

Unfortunately I cannot load pictures at the moment.. but will do when not working from a strange computer.

Hope you enjoy :)


Thursday, April 22, 2010

Ecococoon adorable stainless steel cups

Just wanting to share an uber cute vintage reproduction of anodised cups...

Ecococoon describes themselves as a “new, Australian owned company that has just launched a line of drinkware which incorporates environmental principles with exciting modern designs, creating a range of stainless steel products that are fun and safe!”

There are a number of different lines; boys adventure, girls dreaming, urban chic, celebration, my favourite however is the retro 70’s line!

Beautiful solid block colours of Red, Royal Blue, Emerald Green, Purple, Turquoise and Orange. They remind me of my mother’s set that lived in the picnic basket & got taken out to the beach every few weeks.. I truly loved old anodised cups but unfortunately there are only 2 originals left of hers, so I mix and match the old with the new.

I have purchased a set of the retro 70’s line but I still keep a keen eye out for originals whenever I’m at an opp shop or garage sale. They’re just pure vintage gold!

 Retro 70's
Boy's Adventure

Girl's Adventure
Until next time!


Friday, April 16, 2010

Friday Fashion Feature

Once again it comes time for a Friday Fashion Feature.

To start sounding slightly like a broken record, I've found some cute 50's-60's style bathers on a mass-produced scale.. by

Now, there are a number of marvelous sections on the Modcloth site, but my favourite by far this season is Swimwear!

A few weeks ago I blogged about Beach Glamour.

They come in from just $89.00 plus postage to your part of the world, however for a timeless look that will last you a few seasons of wear, I'd most definintely consider the investment.

There are numerous cute little numbers for you to enjoy...


Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Book love: It's Vintage, Darling!

I finished reading this book by Christa Weil earlier this year & it completely revolutionised the way I shop both first & second hand. It's Vintage, Darling!: How to Be a Clothes Connoisseur is an absolute must-buy!

I first discovered this book at my friend Charlotte’s flat in Melbourne. After flipping through the first few pages I simply had to own it for myself... Good choice! This book is incredibly well researched & the perfect partner to assist in finding the right accessories to the right frock. Christa Weil writes in a entertaining manor that every young lady can relate to & the book was so much fun to read through. I’ve always had a basic idea of what ‘quality’ is in a garment, but ‘It’s Vintage, Darling’ really hones in on the yay’s & nay’s.

Whilst there are no images to droll over in this book (boo), it is full of fantastic stories and useful information & is the perfect companion for anyone who loves clothes (& bags * jewellery & shoes!).

The next time you’re complimented on a unique outfit wonderfully accessorized, simply reply, ‘It’s Vintage, Darling!’

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Painting Paradise: Kelly Reemtsen

In my online search for '1950's Garden Dresses', I've stumbled across these fabulous paintings by Kelly Reemtsen. What an amazing talent she has with a paint brush!

These pictures are from an absolutely amazing set called 'Striving for Perfection' & there are pieces  for sale online at this address:

I love the way she's focused on the dresses & the garden gear alone, leaving the identity of the lovely ladies to the imagination of the viewer. For some reason I'm inspired to get behind the sewing machine & out into the garden with a beautiful cotton dress...

B&W Stripe by Kelly Reemtsen

Break & Enter by Kelly Reemtsen

Crowbar by Kelly Reemtsen

Gold Dress by Kelly Reemtsen

Pink B&E by Kelly Reemtsen

Pink Hose by Kelly Reemtsen

They Match My Dress by Kelly Reemtsen

Tree Triming by Kelly Reemtsen

Winter Wear by Kelly Reemtsen

If you want to keep up to date with her gallery exhibitions, she does have a website for your viewing pleasure. 

I wish I could find more of a personal biography for Kelly - alas my Google skills have failed!

Until next time,

Friday, April 9, 2010

Friday Fashion Feature

Hello there & happy Friday!

Just a quick fashion feature to end the working week, this is something I would like to see more of in this little blog. This week's product again comes from TOPSHOP UK.

Product: Knitted Floral Cardigan

Price: £35.00 (Plus postage of course)

Colour: Blush

I love this item as it blends the good old comfy cardi with modern vintage style.

The print is adorable but very wearable & clean - I’d most likely wear it with a simple summer dress.

If the postage wasn’t so high between UK & Australia (Who could justify the extra $25?) it’d be mine.

Instead, I’m going to scour our shops for a look-a-like!


Thursday, April 8, 2010

A Thursday Topshop Trench Coat

I've found this phenomenal trench coat on the TOPSHOP site & I'm considering a impulse purchase (please, slap me!).

It's called a "Petite Spotty Bow Back Trench Coat" & it has my name on it!
Oh to dream!


Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Book Love: Vintage Hairstyling

I’ve been drooling over (the thought of) this book all day.

Just wanted to share... Rest assured that it is now firmly planted on my ‘Wishlist’, waiting for pay day to come along!
Vintage Hairstyling: Retro Styles with Step-by-Step Techniques (Paperback) was published in 2009. From what I've heard from other hair enthusiasts, the book is fantastics & the pictures are simply to die for.

The author, Lauren Rennells, has also published a similar titled book.. perhaps both belong in my collection!