Saturday, 8 February 2014

A Sweet Knit.

I hate paying for knitting patterns (or any other kind of pattern really). There are so many great ones on the internet, that if you trawl for long enough, you'll eventually find exactly what you're looking for. This one took me ages to find, but when I did, boy was I excited. It's the perfect combo of manly Scottish sailor and feminine first date. Plus, the boat-neck finish with accentuate your long and thin neck. I just had to share it!


I'm not going to sugar coat it, it's a pretty difficult pattern. It took me a few times to interpret and correctly knit it the first few times. But your struggles will definitely pay off with a cozy autumn

Thursday, 6 February 2014

Embroidered diaries.

It's been a while since I last posted! I've been getting re-aquainted with the Australian lifestyle and have neglected every important task but relaxing!
To help me relax, I've been working on some small creative buzzes to keep my mind at design central.
This diary I embroidered using old plaid and tartan patterns I found lying around home. I loved taking inspiration from them and re-working them to create something I can carry around with me all the time.
I made the mistake of not measuring the front properly while I was gluing and accidentally placed it too low. But the entire pattern is still there, so I'm not complaining!



Friday, 13 December 2013

2014 Watches to Watch.


Daniel Wellington Classic St. Andrew's (for him)

I love watches. When I was growing up, I struggled to tell the time. I just couldn't understand the concept of it, and I especially had a difficulty working out time differences. I got into the habit of wearing a watch, and now feel naked without one on. I love looking at them, and how there is a watch to complete any outfit (I also have a small collection of men's watches which I team with particularly girly outfits sometimes to add a bit of contrast). Here are some of my favs for 2014:

                                                                          

Frederick Constant Slim Line Watch (for her)
This one has everyday wear written all over it. Even though it's quite masculine, it has a bit of a feminine design aesthetic, which would go nicely with strolls along the beach or business meetings.

This classic design reminds me of Audrey Hepburn, and thus, would probably suit those who are that way inclined.


Fossil Georgia
This one says anniversary dinner or drinks after work with the girlfriends. I would honestly go with anything.

Tuesday, 10 December 2013

Baking French bread.


I've been working super hard this year to get my culinary skills up to scratch. I was trying to think of something extra French to 'specialise' in for when I return home. And what is more French than baguettes?

They're a little bit difficult to shape by hand (as you can probably tell from the photo above - my first attempt), but SO tasty to eat!


My second attempt was much better! And, I noticed a much more positive correlation between kneading time and rise. Here's to being able to whip up French baguettes for friends when they swing by!

P.S. I use a combination of this Ca Croustille! recipe and this Minute Cuisine video.

Monday, 9 December 2013

Rules of dining.


I love this list of 100 cooking rules for dinner, by Dinner: A Love Story.
My favourite? You very rarely feel worse about yourself after cooking dinner.
So true.



Saturday, 7 December 2013

(Some of) My favourite travel photos.

I've been fortunate enough to do some pretty amazing travelling while living in France this year. Sadly, in two weeks today, it will come to an end. I've been sifting through all of the photos I've taken this year and, in retrospect, travelled further than I could have ever imagined.
Here are some of my favourites from some of the places I visited.


Friday, 6 December 2013

How to host a girls night in (the French way).


Having your family live 11,000 miles away can be hard. So, this year, my girlfriends and I have tried to make up for the lack of familial contact by becoming like a family ourselves. Although we often see each other at uni, we still try to catch up together at least a week once outside of class hours, even if it is just to grocery shop together.
Over the months here, we've had a lifetimes worth of girls nights, but last night was the first time it's has ever been hosted at my house. The giddy excitement I felt when I woke up in the morning of what was to come!

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