Chocolate, Entertaining

By Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Some of my first cooking memories involve making chocolate cake. I am pretty sure there was a packet involved and I just added and egg and some milk, but it was a start and you have to start cooking somewhere right? It was only years later that I progressed to melting chocolate over boiling water and not curdling it in the microwave, ...

  • Chocolate, Design

    By Wednesday, July 8, 2015

    We all say it's what is on the inside that counts but I am a sucker for fantastic packaging. I am one of those people who keep the boxes from my favourite stores, I keep the pretty bags and I keep the ribbons. I know, it's tragic, but I like to hoard prettiness! Food packaging is no different. Chocolate packaging is that fancy dress ...

  • Chocolate

    By Monday, July 6, 2015

    I am not sure I know anybody who doesn't like chocolate. Do you? Sure there are the dark chocolate lovers vs. the milk chocolate lovers, the white chocolate devotees and the 80% Cocoa addicts, but at the end of the day, who am I to be fussy? I'll take one of each! It is such a yum ingredient to cook with, a ...

  • Friday Love

    By Friday, July 3, 2015

    Keep It Personal is a fantastic brand launched in 2014 by Melburnian couple – Elle and Simon Payne. Why look like everyone else when you can be unique? Is the question they pose as they offer up a variety of personalised products. From pyjamas to phone covers that are unique to you and your taste, this brand has a strong focus on ...

  • July Fourth, Inspired Decor

    By Thursday, July 2, 2015

    There is nothing cleaner and sophisticated than the use of red, navy and white together. It can create such a strong look and it works together in any part of the house. When BJ was a little boy, this was my favourite combination and his bedroom was layer upon layer of these colours. It wasn't overtly masculine for a boy's room with the pops of red and ...

  • July Fourth, Barbecue

    By Wednesday, July 1, 2015

    A traditional way to celebrate this festive day that is the Fourth of July is a simple at home Barbecue. It’s summer in the states so BBQs and clam bakes are great events to have outside. I love these relaxed ways of entertaining, they are in no ways less work, but a lot of pre cooking can be done and ...

  • July Fourth, Tory Burch

    By Tuesday, June 30, 2015

    Tory Burch is my favourite American designer! I absolutely love how bold she is with colour and in particular, I think her accessories are the best. I can never walk past one of her iconic glossy orange and gold stores with out going in. To receive a beautifully wrapped gift from Tory Burch is always a treat and much of my ...

  • July Fourth

    By Monday, June 29, 2015

    This week I am so excited to be blogging all about one very big celebration, July 4th! I am very lucky to have a vocal and enthusiastic audienceoutside of Australia and you know me, I love a celebration so of course I am going to go all out for my US readers. July fourth has been a celebrated holiday in America since the ...

  • Love, Scarlet Jones

    By Friday, June 26, 2015

    Scarlet Jones is one of those shops that as soon as you enter, you know you are in heaven. I love a quirky, eclectic space that I can fossick in and find beautiful old pieces mixed in with homemade designer products. The owner of Scarlet Jones, Lynn Clay has an incredible eye and certainly is the expert of beautiful textiles and ...

  • Melbourne, Laneways

    By Thursday, June 25, 2015

    Walking down the laneways in Melbourne is one of my favourite things to do. I know I probably say that a lot, I have a lot of favourite things! But our Melbourne lane ways are so vibrant, exciting and ever changing that seeing them always gives me a renewed love of the city. The rain gives the colours a new shine, the layers ...

  • Melbourne, Cafes

    By Wednesday, June 24, 2015

    As a true Melburnian I love my coffee! I only have one a day so it has to be really good. I will admit to being a snob about this as I love it and enjoy every mouthful: a large skinny late, one sugar. We are so lucky in Melbourne to have so many great cafes, some are simple hole in the walls, some are ...