Flavour of the week – Animal Instinct

This isn’t the first pair of pants by Kenzo I’ve had on the blog, I’m constantly in awe of the prints that this fashion “power house” showcases each season.  I could happily include the entire clouded leopard range – in any/all of the colours – into my wardrobe but the pants would be a priority.

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I admit its fairly out there but as far as animal prints go its a great change from the boring (and very often tacky) yellow leopard print you see at some stage every season.

Although I know this is a pants based post I had to share with you the one item I might actually be able to afford without feeling guilty . . .

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You’ve probably seen in Beyonce sporting this amazing custom shorts and bustier outfit on stage for her first live performance of Grown Woman in Paris recently.  I have got to get myself a recording contract if it means clothes like these!

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Enjoy the rest of your weekend and our 25 degree day Melbourne! Is it still beach weather?

xx L

Hit List #9

Hit List #9

1) Pajamas !!

I love pajamas and coming into winter I can’t wait to put on my Onesie! Yes you read it right I do own a onesie haha and love it! I also own a ridiculous amount of pajamas, summer pajamas, flannelette pajamas, bed socks, slippers I love it all. Last weekend we went on a hunt for some new slippers to update Mr Shorts old man slippers which he lives in. He found some super comfy Grosby Hoodie like slippers and I tried them on and had to get a matching pair. They are SO comfy go try some!

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ASOS Onesie

Victoria's Secret Polka Dot Pajamas

Victoria’s Secret Polka Dot Pajamas

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Grosby Hoodie Slippers!

2) Wool

I tried to knit once with my Nana and it took me so long to even complete a row that I am pretty sure I gave up when it was the size of a dogs scarf… But I am determined to try again! I was wandering the streets of Melbourne in the weekend and stopped in at a very fun looking wool shop called Yarn and Co. They were in the middle of having a high tea for a group of ladies which looked delicious and fun. I found some pretty amazing wool to start the next crafternoon project with. Watch this space!

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3) Pana Chocolate

We are OBSESSED with Pana Chocolate. Pana Chocolate is handmade in Melbourne by chocolatier Pana Barbounis using delicious raw organic ingredients. There are loads of amazing flavours but some of our favourites are Coconut and Goji, Raw Cacao and Blue Green Algae YUUUUUMMMMM! Don’t just take my word for it. Check out their stockists near you and try it 🙂

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4) Market Shopping

We are lucky enough to have some amazing produce markets near us in Melbourne. I am not overly fond of grocery shopping so heading off to the market to see what fresh seasonal vegetables are in store and perusing the deli section suits me a whole lot better. It becomes less of a chore and more fun discovering new things while having a few good coffees along the way. If you usually shop at the grocery store I would highly recommend a trip to your local farmers market instead. It is a great way to support local production of goods and get some delicious fresh produce.

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A good shopping trolley is essential!

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Some of the delicious coffee that is on offer at the market

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Carbo loading at the pasta store. Delicious fresh hand made pasta and sauces.

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Fresh organic produce

Have an amazing weekend guys.

xS

Great Lolly Scavenger Hunt Update

So I’m back in Melbourne as of late Monday night (thanks to a 4 hr delay at Auckland Airport) and slowly working myself back in the the faster flow of “big city life” again and the obnoxious ‘hum’ of street traffic and fire engine sirens.  It’s hard to believe that I had trouble sleeping some places back in NZ because of the quiet!  So as I mentioned last week in my post about NZ Dairy dollar mixtures we were about to set off on a road trip to Wellington and on our way we would pass through a number of rural NZ towns where you often find the best dairies.  I was not keen on eating any more sugar after recovering from the mother of all hangovers and indulging in a little too much of the naughty food in previous days so we made sure there was a bunch of fruit (and the last part of an easter egg as well) to at least start the journey off with . . .

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First stop on the way down was Waiouru Fastlane (really a crummy takeaway but had the coveted lolly mixture anyway.

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Fairly average haul amount wise – but at least they had some of the classic favourites . . . teeth, milk bottles and jet planes.  NEXT . . .

LA 2000 in Levin . . . No idea where they got the name but this place was absolutely loaded with all things sugar . . . my teeth felt fluffy and sore just looking at it all.

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Good Mixture, probably one of the best so far with the sea shells, wine gums and the lolly pop which I distinctly remember getting in loads of Party bags when I was a kid.  Not as delicious as I remember though . . .

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Finally because Mr Long thought I had had way too much sugar for him to be confined in a car with me we decided to hit some others on the way back up . . . by others I mean one . . . this one . . . Pete’s Pies and Mini Market in Sanson.

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 They were actually pretty decent including the favourite of many the Fried Egg, peaches and cream,  banana and what looked to have been a space man disguised as an eskimo.

So there you have it as many sugar filled stops as I could possibly manage.  Overall I think the Sanson Mini Market delivered the best this time around but all I can say is bring back the white paper bags!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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And just had to finish the sugar overload off with a laugh.  This is the truck we followed into Wellington, the car’s name was BamblB CUUUUUUUUTE!

Happy Hump Day!

xx L

HealthyISH Anzac Biscuits

Anzac Biscuits

Well its coming up Anzac day this week. For those of you who do not know what Anzac day is it was originally a day to honour the members of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps who fought at Gallipoli during World War I. While it still represents that today it is more of a day to recognise all soldiers in the military.

Where do these biscuits come in to the war? Good question. It was said that wives sent these biscuits to the soldiers during that time as the ingredients were long lasting. I really wanted to make a batch that was different so started to hunt for some healthier options and found one on the Healthy Chef that I thought I would try. The main ingredients are oats and its really up to you from there. I decided to add goji berries and cacao nibs to these. They were so easy and the cookie jar was empty after two days so that must be a good sign!

Recipe adapted from The Healthy Chef recipe. I used coconut oil and shredded coconut rather than desicated but it depends on the texture you want. The Goji berries and cacao nibs added a great extra flavour but you could really add anything to these or keep them plain with the coconut coming through. YUM! I would recommend not blending the ingredients for too long as the texture is one of the best parts of these cookies.

Enjoy 🙂

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Flavour of the week – Island Styles

Flavour of the Week

Hello , here we are the weekend already! Meaning flavour of the week  🙂

I am not sure what attracts me to these pants while we are coming into winter in Melbourne but maybe its me trying to hold onto Summer! I love so much about these Pencey Mia pants which are a collaboration with DJ Mia Moretti.

I like the great fit and while I know this style is not for everyone it does suit a lot of shapes. They also look super comfy which I am definitely into. I like not having to always squeeze into my skinny jeans and having the option of a nice looser pant like these. The print!!!! Fun and amazing. I also like how you could still wear a lot with this print. You could even wear the matching jacket or shirt if you are brave!

They are also 100% Polyester which while I love a good silk item I get sick of having to be so careful all the time looking after it so something I can be a little less careful with is a bonus.

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Mia wearing the pants and matching shirt!

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Enjoy your weekend… Go and buy some print pants!!! 🙂

xS

Hit List #8

Sorry I’ve just got to warn you this post is going to be somewhat short in length and kind of big in photos as I am currently in Wellington bludging off my brothers wifi after returning from a drink with long lost friends . . .  now that your expectations have slightly dropped I’ll delve straight in.

1. Feijoas
Yeah that little green fruit that has the indescribable taste.  I literally mean indescribable, how do you let someone in on the delish secret of the beloved feijoa short of handing them a shot of 42 Below Feijoa vodka?  It’s been something I have never been able to describe… I have loved these little treasures from a young age and vividly remember pulling them off neighbours trees and mum and dad buying them from road side fruit vendors (we all know thats where the best stuff comes from right?) for chump change.   They’re hard to find/expensive to buy in Australia (although I have just found out a friend of mine has connections to a tree . . . ) but at this time of year they grow in abundance around NZ.   Gorging myself on these treats has been one of my highlights so far . . .

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Nectar of the gods

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2. Leather Jackets
I need a new one of these guys for winter.  I purchased a tan jacket years ago and have managed in the last month or so to spill something that may or may not be coconut oil all down one shoulder sooooooo I think this means I have the perfect excuse to head out and buy another one right?  These are a few of the picks I would choose from when I’m a little more ‘flush’ . . .

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West 14th – Greenwich St Motor Jacket

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Kahlo Collection Quilted Leather Bomber Jacket

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Salasai Wildwood Jacket in Black/wine (also comes in black)

 

3.  Holidays back home
Is there are place you ever feel more looked after than at home,  I’m talking the place you grew up, or the place your parents live.   It’s possibly the best feeling to know that there is always food (and delicious healthy food at that) is well stocked throughout the fridge and pantry.  You always know what the bed feels like, you can watch TV without feeling the guilt of not being out and about.  On the slight down side you have to race all over town catching up with people but its a small price to pay for the little luxuries you do get (and most of the time its the best catch up with friends ever!)  Myself and Mr Long are still in the Land of the Long White Cloud and have spent time all over the North Island over the last two week or so it feels.  We attended a beautiful wedding of friends, spent a few nights out at the bach (holiday house) in Raglan, spent a day out in Auckland and lots of time back in my home town Mount Maunganui.  Here are a few pics to get you excited for your next trip home . . .

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sun-drenched chairs in Raglan

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home x

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Fresh Mussels. nothing like you get back in Aus.

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Top of the ‘mount’

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favourite down time accessories

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fush and chup picnic on the floor

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View from the Bach in Raglan

4. Mexico – The Restaurants
I got an email from someone a couple of weeks ago saying the the latest and greatest Mexican food revolution had made it’s way to Hamilton (FYI this ‘city’ is quite small and notoriously boring and we were there because Mr Long’s parents have a small dairy farm about 20 minutes from here which is amazing!)  Mexico is a small chain on restaurants that started in Sydney and have made its way to Auckland (in 2 places) and eventually to Hamilton.  Living in a city where Mexican food is common I didn’t have the highest hopes BUT I was SO wrong!  I can honestly say I ate one of the best Tacos I’ve had in my life and the ceviche was almost good enough to rival my mums!  The ambiance was good, low lighting (which made for bad photos I’m afraid) and the bar upstairs served Sangria and mexican beer what more could you ask for?  If you’re in Hamilton (or Sydney, Auckland) and you haven’t experienced the wonder of this place get here.

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Friends, Sangria and old mexican paintings . . .

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Ok I have issues.  I forget to take photos of the food because I’m too eager to dig in.  Anyway I found these photos of what myself (ceviche above) and Mr L (fried chicken below – yeah apparently that’s a signature dish of theirs?!) feasted on.  Check out the Mexico Facebook Page for more.

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Anyway sorry it’s a little short and sweet but I have to get a coffee asap.  Enjoy your weekends lovelies.

xx L

NZ Dairy Debate (this is about lollies not dairy farming by the way)

The best thing about the common NZ Dairy is the Lolly Mixtures (I’m talking Candy in all shapes and sizes.)  Many used to have a big glass case with a huge number of sugary treats to choose from, normally 5c a hit and depending how generous mum and dad were feeling/how much change you could pull out from under the lounge suit you could walk away with a pile big enough to threaten type 2 diabetes.   Nowadays the glass cases are only seen in a few dairies yet many still produce the $1/$2 lolly mixture pre packaged at the counter.   I was a complete sugar fiend in my younger years (just quietly I’m trying to not eat much/any these days) but as I was devouring sushi at the Mount the other day I saw the Dairy (milk bar/convenience store) across the road that my friends and I frequented on our sugar binges.   All I could think about was the possibility of a good lolly mixture inside and purchased my first sugar high of the holiday this is the only pic I got (I also got carried away with the tiny bottles of soft drink you can get now)

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Definitely not what I remember no milk bottles, fizzy straws, jaffas, or pineapple lumps to be seen.  But there was a candy bracelet!

Next we crossd to the west coast and hit up west Raglan Dairy . . .

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A little better but still no childhood essentials, except the coke bottles, gummy sharks and spinning tops.

So I’m going to continue my ‘investigation’ for the next few days I’m in NZ.  We have a lot of rural dairies to grade on their lolly mixtures . . . I will seriously be in need of a detox by the time I get back to Melbourne.

Enjoy the rest of your week!!

xx L

Cypriot Grain Salad

Cypriot Grain Salad

A few weeks back I got to the letter ‘G’ for my alphabet dates. So what better thing to do than go and get some delicious Greek food!  I had been dying to try Hellenic Republic, one of George Calombaris‘s restaurants and this salad was one of the tastiest things on the menu. If you are in Melbourne do go to the restaurant order the banquet menu and enjoy. If you are not in Melbourne don’t worry as you will just have to bring the restaurant to your kitchen.

You can find the original recipe in the Hellenic Republic Cookbooks or lots of adaptations on the internet. The recipe I used first was from here but I have changed lots of the ingredients each time I have made it. You can substitute different things each time such as the currants for goji berries. Pretty much you add in your favourite nuts, grains, legumes and herbs to get the best flavour for you.

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The salad itself is very filling but if you are wanting to create more of a meal for a group you can serve it with warm bread, cheese, olives and dips for a delicious meal. Get creative and enjoy!

Flavour of the Week – Can’t Say No to Colour.

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Theyskens Theory Pittell Pants from Net-a-Porter

So I might have bent the truth a little by saying I was going to choose a plainer pant this time around.  I can’t help but be attracted to brighter prints and colours when most stores are stocking up on their greys, blacks, khakis and winter whites (I’m definitely not adverse to any of those colours!) I crave colour.  These picture perfect pants would be a great addition to my wardrobe teamed with my favourite oversized tank and bomber jacket or a slouchy knit for a casual look.

 

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Enjoy the rest of your weekend!! Xx L

The Hit List #7

Hello everyone!

I forgot just how much I LOVE Easter, not only for the chocolate and hot cross buns but for the long weekend and the time with friends and whanau. Today’s hit list is a random mix but all goodness. Enjoy 🙂

1) Weekends Away

I LOVE WEEKENDS AWAY! As much as I adore Melbourne there is nothing like getting away for the weekend. Over Easter M and I headed on the smallest road trip possible down to the Mornington Peninsula, a beautiful bay area of Victoria, Australia. The Mornington Peninsula was one of the first places I ever visited in Melbourne when I was in school. I thought it was a stunning place back then and as I get older I keep thinking I could live down there. I always laugh when we ‘go away’ down there as lots of people live down there and commute into the city so its just home for many people. LUCKY!

We mainly ventured around Red Hill for the two days and after detoxing from alcohol for the whole of Lent I was ready to try a few wines! We visited some wineries ate a ridiculous amount of cheese, went to the day spa, soaked up the beautiful scenery and had the most relaxing time. Even if you are not going to do all of that just getting away for a day trip I find can really relax me. I love the city life but sometimes you just need breathing space. See below for some of the highlights.

Flinders, stunning and no one here

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Yes I officially had my first ‘Golden Gaytime’ ever haha DELISH! Reminded me of a Rocky Road if you are in New Zealand. Who thought in April it would be sunny and time for beach and ice creams!

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Mr Short decided he wanted to buy a place here.

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We stopped in at the local Red Hill Brewery for some tastings and a taco from the pop up taco tent.

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We visited Montalto for some wine tasting and olive eating YUM! Try the Moscato mmm.

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Montalo – we visited the Pizzeria which is nice and relaxed with a fun walk around the art pieces. There is also a formal dining room for those wanting something more fancy 🙂

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Mr Short wanted to purchase the Elephant art work but I didn’t think it would fit in our tiny apartment.

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2) Red Hill Epicurean

Okay I am slightly cheating as this was on our weekend away but I will be back here and think it is definitely worth mentioning. The Red Hill Epicurean is an eatery which has opened up down the Peninsula that is definitely worth a visit. The building alone is great and we decided we would like a house the same! There is a main large dining hall with smaller function rooms branching off and a cake/coffee area for a sweet treat. We arrived and had a small wait for a table in which we were ushered to the wine tasting area where there are extensive wine tasting options to suit a variety of palates and also budgets. We embarked on a taste of some of the regions wines and just shared a pizza. The service was amazing and the atmosphere was buzzing. I am not sure if this was because it was a public holiday or it is generally like this but it definitely contributed to the atmosphere. If you are heading down the Peninsula I would definitely recommend a visit.

This was actually the waiting area but also an amazing function room.

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Mr Short waiting for our Pizza from the oven behind him.

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Uh oh one drink after Lent and look what happens!

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3) POM POMS

You know how much we love Polka Dots well POM POMS are like Polka Dots on STERIODS! Like real live able to touch Polka Dots. Its all too much really and with winter coming and being able to wear my Pom Pom beanie again I am getting very excited about having more Pom Poms in my life! If you have seen my Pinterest site you would have had a sneak peak of these already but check out some of the fun Pom Pom items below. And look out world soon I will be draped in them haha!

A fun DIY rug from Small Good Things

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A much more intense rug that I may get lost in! You can find the pattern on Lion Brands

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Should I be sticking Pom Poms to all my clothes? CUTE Jumper from The White Pepper

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Mine and Mr Shorts current Pom Pom Beanies ready for any cold Melbourne will bring

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4) Do your bit to give back – Orphfund

I am a very lucky person in that I have had an amazing upbringing and live a pretty incredible life. Sometimes though it is hard to get caught up in our daily lives and ‘first world problems’ and forget about those who are struggling with real problems such as not having a roof over their heads or food to eat. When I moved to Melbourne I wanted to find an organisation that I could contribute to who were doing meaningful work in communities around the world that really needed it. While there are numerous organisations that do incredible work around the world through a friends guidance I found Orphfund. Orphfund is a pure volunteer based organisation that helps abandoned children around the world living in poverty improve their standard of living. You can not only make donations but you can get involved in volunteering for  their initiatives either in Melbourne or in their project locations. It could even be something  simple as donating clothes or home wares that you no longer need.

 There are so many opportunities out there where you can help someone elses life become a little bit easier. It doesn’t have to be a big action or monetary related but have a think about the ways you can give back or help someone else out. Tonight I am combining my love of food with supporting the Royal Childrens Hospital at an all you can eat bangers and mash night! Now thats my kind of fundraising 🙂

Happy Friday thanks for the read,

xS