Sunday, July 19, 2015

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"Produced in soft wool and finished with leather trim around the collar, this capette will provide you with feminine and glamourous warrmth. With a wide swinging A line body and feature split arms, the lined coat can be worn buttoned or free" 

What better way to get over the Winter blues than in a 100% wool capette?

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A night at Est.

Friday, July 17, 2015

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Snow White Statement Necklace but Happiness Boutique, Dress by Bianca Gomez, Candle and Diffuser by Circa Home and Dinner at Est. courtesy of Yumtable

Just before the Antartic Vortex hit Sydney, I was lucky enough to enjoy a beautiful dinner at the revered Est. restaurant by Peter Doyle thanks to Yumtable.

YumTable is a great website/app for making restaurant reservations at your favourite dining spots with the convenience of a few clicks on your phone and a discount to your meal! 

It was my first time (and definitely not last time) using YumTable and it was so incredibly easy to use! I basically searched for restaurants by post code, dining type (breakfast, lunch or dinner) and date and was given a list of recommended restaurants each with a star rating to assist me in narrowing down my options. 

After scrolling down my options, I made the decision of dining at Est. and booked a table according to my preferred booking time and party size and it was easy as 1, 2, 3! 

Dinner at Est. 
The Tasting Menu featured a seven course degustation, one of the most well balanced menus I've tasted.

Course 1: Salad of mud crab, piel de sapo melon, creme fraiche, radish, shellfish essence, marigold
This was a light, refreshing, slightly savoury and slightly sweet dish that dances on the palette. A wonderful way to start a degustaton. 

Course 2 (option 1): Duck foie gras, almond crumble, grapes, fennel, celery, apple balsamic 
The almond crumble sprinked on the duck foie gras gave this dish an amazing texture! I've always had foie gras with bread but you could very well eat this dish on it's own without overwhelming the taste buds. There was a hint of citrus from the apple balsamic and a hint of sweetness from the grapes, another perfect dish. 

Course 2 (option 2): Scampi tartare, oscietra caviar, roast chicken dashi, fried leek, chive oil
I can't pick whether the duck foie gras or the scampi tartare was my favourite, both amazing dishes! If you're not one for foie gras, you won't be disappointed with the silky, melt in your mouth tartare. 

Course 3: Grilled scallops, bone marrow, pickled onion, potato wafer, parsley, shallot puree 
A well seasoned and enjoyable dish but it was missing a bit of a wow factor. I think Ume definitely beats Est. in the scallops department. 

Course 4: Murray cod fillet, shaved abalone, snow peas, black fungi, ginger - green shallott vinaigrette
This is Peter Doyle's signature dish. The cod was cooked to perfection, it was a delicious and delicate dish. This is a very asian inspired dish and kind of reminded me of mum's home cooking (I'm a bit biased when I say this but mum does cook up a mean ginger/lemon grass cod!) 

Course 5: Juniper crusted venison saddle, quince puree, purple carrots, boudin noir
This was highly recommended to me by our lovely waitress for the evening. She mentioned it was her favourite dish and I just had to try it. The meat is cooked quite rare (which I love!) but it was a beautiful silky, marble texture and went so well with the quince puree. Again, a perfectly balanced dish with dashes of savoury, sweet and citrus. 

Course 6: Vanilla cream, apple sorbet, shortbread
This was an apple pie with a twist! The apple sorbet was tangy but not too sour, it married perfectly with the rich vanilla cream and the crunchy texture of the shortbread crumbs, yum! 

Course 7: Coconut sorbet, black sesame, passionfruit curd, pineapple, coconut caramel, tarragon
This tasted as good as it looked! The coconut piece is made entirely out of coconut sorbet and chocolate so it was all edible and it went so well with the black sesame, pineapple and coconut caramel. Sometimes the passionfruit curd was a bit overwhelming, a little less of that would of made the perfect dish but overall I was very pleased with my dessert (and I'm a huge dessert nazi!!) 

The night went very smoothly, what a perfect evening! Thank you YumTable and Merivale for a beautiful dinner at Est. A highly recommended degustation for those that are into perfectly balanced meals!

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HOW TO: Design Your Own Charm Bracelet

Sunday, June 21, 2015

If you had the chance to design your own piece of jewellery, what would you create? Would it be something that expresses your stand out style or an artful piece to remind you of a special moment in time?

The Emma & Roe Collection by Michael Hill lets you become the designer and create an individually inspired piece to stand out from the rest. Known for their charm bracelets, every girl will be able to find a piece that represents them but with over 680 charms to choose from, building your own charm bracelet for the first time can be a little confusing. 

In case you're not sure where to start, I thought I would share my process with you which hopefully offers a few helpful pointers! 

1. Start with the bracelet 
When selecting a bracelet, try to look for something that you could wear from day-to-night. Something that matches the colour palette of your wardrobe and daily accessories such as your bag, watch, classic necklace or studs.

So with this in mind, here are some blank canvas bracelet options:

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If you're still unsure as to which bracelet design matches your day-to-day style, browse through Emma & Roe's pre-built bracelets or search #emmaandroe on Instagram for design inspiration. 

2. Choose Your Length 
After selecting your bracelet, depending on the size of your wrist, choose the size available that feels most comfortable on your wrist. 

3. Choose Your Charms
What represents you? 
Start with the pieces that have the most relevance to you such as your starsign, zodiac, initials or something that represent your childhood nickname.

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What/who do you love? 
Consider charms that represent your hobbies, things you love, your favourite colour, your pet(s), things that represent people you love. 

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Where have you been? 
For the girls who love to explore, find some charms to remind you of the countries you've been and save some room on your bracelet for the charms you'll purchase on your travels as a memory token. 

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What is your style? 
There are also abstract and decorative pieces to choose from, its always great to have at least 2 or more of these pieces to showcase your personal style or add colour and add balance to your bracelet's design. 

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I hope that was a helpful guide to building your own bracelet, I would love to hear how you would build your own bracelet and which charms you would choose from Emma & Roe!

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Fame & Partners - Chanel

Monday, June 8, 2015

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Chanel dress by Fame & Partners, Shoes by Boohoo || Photos by Tito-licious 

About The Dress 
"The Chanel dress by Fame & Partners is a bonded scuba jersey two piece set featuring a criss-cross bandeau neckline, off-the shoulder sleeves, and a fitted cropped bodice. The accompanying skirt features a fitted waistband, peplum detail, and an asymmetrical pleated hem."

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Ripple in Time With Ruby Sees All

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

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I can't wait for the release of this spectacular collection from one of my favourite Australian labels, Ruby Sees All. Stay tuned for more previews, coming soon to stores!

I promise you'll fall in love with the sleek silhouettes, classic colours but with a modern and edgy twist. I know I have!

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Dion Oversize Coat

Sunday, May 10, 2015

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Dion Oversize Coat by Trend Threads, Roll Neck Jumper by H&M || Photos by Tito-licious

Although I haven't missed the weather back home, I have missed the luxury of layering, oversized coats and jumpers and my greys on greys. 

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Wednesday, April 15, 2015

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In a few hours time I'll be boarding a plane on my way to Shanghai to witness a long and dear friend finally get hitched!!! I can hardly contain my excitement and hopefully I can take a few snaps when I'm overseas and upload my memories along the way.

Thank you Shilla the Label for keeping me nice and toasty in this oversized cardi for my trip. It'll be my Shanghai uniform, no doubt!

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