Wednesday, 3 October 2012

luxe.4.less: not-so-mellow yellow!

Oh golly, yellow just makes you happy, doesn't it?!

In the spirit of all the fabulous hues of yellow that dominated the Golden Globes, here's how you can get that yellow red carpet look for less.

Mimco Crystal Princess Stud $89 $45  |  ASOS Limited Edition Shopper $93 $37  |  Forever New Kira Strapless Tuck Dress $120 $70
Blink Dijaa Heels $60  |  Forever New Jolie Chandelier Necklace $39  |  Sheike Spritzer Pant $110 $59

Tuesday, 2 October 2012

Sunday, 30 September 2012

I am not much of a cook, but I will definitely try this recipe, courtesy of Smitten Kitchen:

1 cup whole milk
Seeds from 1/4 to 1/2 vanilla bean or 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
3 large egg yolks
1/4 cup granulated sugar
3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 to 2 tablespoons unsalted butter

1 cup blueberries
1 1/2 teaspoons granulated sugar
Juice from a wedge lemon, or to taste

In a small saucepan, combine your milk and vanilla bean flecks (if using extract instead, don’t add it yet). Heat the mixture until it is warm, then set aside. You can also do this in a microwave. If your saucepan or microwave dish has a small spout, even better.

In the bottom of a small saucepan, off the heat, beat or whisk your egg yolks and 1/4 cup sugar together vigorously, until it pales in color and a ribbon of batter falls off your whisk when you lift it from the bowl; this will take a few minutes by hand, and likely just one minute with an electric mixer. Whisk in the flour until fully incorporated.

Whisking the whole time, drizzle the warm vanilla-milk mixture into the egg yolk mixture, just a tiny bit at a time at first. Once you’ve added about 1/4 of the milk, you can add the rest in a thin stream, whisking constantly.

Bring the saucepan to your stove and heat it over medium-high heat, whisking constantly, until it begins to bubble. Once bubbling, whisk it for 1 to 2 more minutes, then remove it from the heat. Immediately stir in vanilla extract (if using) and butter until combined. As a final step for a perfectly smooth and silky custard, you can press the mixture through a fine-mesh strainer. You can also skip this step if you’re not terribly concerned about an imperfect custard.

To cool your custard quickly, place the saucepan in a larger bowl of ice water that will go halfway up the sides of the saucepan (i.e. water should not spill in) and stir the custard until lukewarm, then divide among serving dishes or ramekins. You can also pour it into serving dishes or ramekins still hot, but you should then press a film of plastic wrap against each custard in the fridge so it doesn’t form a pudding skin. Custards keep in fridge for up to 4 days.

To serve: Preheat oven to 230°C. Place blueberries in a heatproof, shallow roasting dish and sprinkle with 1 1/2 teaspoons sugar. Roast in oven for 12 to 15 minutes, rolling around once or twice during cooking time to ensure they roast evenly. The goal is not to let the blueberries fully slump or turn to sauce; you just want a little trickle of juices puddled across in the bottom. Squeeze a bit of lemon juice over berries the second they come out of the oven and roll them back and forth to evenly incorporate it. Spoon hot roasted blueberries and some of their juices over each custard. Eat immediately, passing any extra roasted blueberries alongside.

Saturday, 29 September 2012

warehouse love

I love converted warehouses.  In fact, I live in one.

What I think I am most attracted to are the soaring ceilings that come with most converted warehouses.  They give a great sense of space and natural grandeur that comes with a abundance of natural light.

I came across this apartment in Copenhagen when visiting Lovenordic Design Blog.  I simply love it.  I love the space that is created no just from the tall ceilings and the exposed beams, but also from the use of white.  And yet somehow, despite the white palate, the apartment does not lack character and feels really warm and inviting (the massive oven heater helps).




|  lovenordic blog via french by design  |

Thursday, 27 September 2012

Jennifer Hawkins in Toni Maticevski

My beautiful friend, Alanna, brought something spectacular to my attention last night:  Jennifer Hawkins for Mount Franklin Lightly Sparkling Water.

I have never been a big Jennifer Hawkins fan.  But I have to say, she looks truly stunning in the light blue Toni Maticevski gown, custom designed for the shoot. 

You can view the commercial here, where the gown comes to life.  It is the softest of blues with layer upon layer of tulle, offset on one shoulder with the most stunning statement necklace I have seen.  Just breathtaking.

But for now, enjoy this still.  It is the whole look that Jennifer Hawkins brings to this gown that makes it a success.  It is the hair, the cheek bones, the healthy eyebrows, the femininity and the confidence which, when combined, is simply beautiful.

Jennifer Hakwins, I believe you have a new fan.  Here, you are flawless.


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Thursday, 20 September 2012

luxe.4.less: peter pan


Simple really.

A collection of pieces to help you look bang-on-trend without blowing your budget.

Peter Pan collars are the flavour of the season, a favourite of a particular friend of mine and a great start to our luxe.4.less feature.

Suggestions?  Comments?  I'd love to hear what you think.


dorothy perkins $31  |  review $ 69  |   awear $46 
asos $31  |  bank $28  |  topshop $46

Wednesday, 19 September 2012

lana del oh my gorgeous!

Pouty pout aside, Lana Del Rey is rocking H&M's fall 2012 collection.

Available online from 20 September 2012 (unless you live in Australia of course - boo!).


Tuesday, 18 September 2012


Rose is a crafty minx!  Period.  Lawyer by day, crafty minx by night. 

We share a love of blogs.  I am not exaggerating when I say that I have lost count of the number of times that we have referred each other to the same post, blog or blogger.  Obviously, a girl of great taste!

We have both been inspired by the little metallic animals featured on some of our favourite blogs recently, particularly Kelly Framel's gold dinosaurs.

 So this weekend, Rose swapped statutes for spray cans and produced these perfect prehistoric pieces.

Gold-a-saurus?  Yes please!

Oh... and she's a pretty fabulous friend too.