Your Father's Day Solution: Edifier Spinnaker Speakers

Sunday, August 30, 2015

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Edifier Spinnaker Speakers $299AUD

My dad is not much of a technology buff but he has recently developed a fondness for the iPad ever since he we introduced him to a video streaming app with all his favourite shows. This year I thought I would give him an early Father's Day Surprise with stylish new speakers and the Edifier Spinnaker Speakers seemed to do the trick!

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These wireless speakers can be linked to your PCs or TVs for amazing amplification and are controlled by a wireless domed remote which can be recharged via USB. They're amazingly easy to use and are a sure conversation starter as home decor. 

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When watching movies at home, my dad is all about the "full theatre experience" which means the popcorn gets popped, the lights are turned down and the volume is set for impact. With the Spinnaker Edifier Speakers, the click of James Bond's gun has never been crisper. Needless to say, dad seemed very impressed with his new digital sound processing technology!

So if you're stuck for gifts this Father's Day and you know dad would appreciate some family movie time around the TV or smooth music for the house when he needs down time, I would definitely recommend the Spinnaker Edifier speakers.

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HOW TO: Look Like Olivia Palermo Under $200

Monday, August 17, 2015

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If I could switch wardrobes with anyone in the world, it would definitely be Olivia Palermo. I love her understated style and her taste for timeless, chic and most importantly comfortable pieces.  

She constantly redefines the "new basics" and I'm here to share with you today, the top Palermo staples of the season (inspired from the million screenshots I've taken of Olivia throughout my recent Pinterest and Instagram ventures) without the socialite price tag. 

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Every closet needs a neutral shawl collar coat which can be tied and fitted during the colder seasons or draped over the shoulders during the warmer seasons. The minimalistic element of the Libby Shawl Coat by Boohoo comes from its non existent buttons which doesn't give the coat an expiry date. 

Sometimes small features like the type or placement of buttons on a coat can take it from chic to shabby as the trends change. By stripping back on the details, this ensures that your staple coat will always be the "new basic"

Olivia will tend to choose oversized coats with small or simple details that bring her outfit together without being too over the top. 

No wardrobe would be complete without a white button up shirt. If you're stuck between deciding which shirt you need, my advice would be to opt for the 3/4 sleeve which is great throughout all seasons. Choose a light and breathable fabric which will allow you to add layers underneath or over the top without feeling like the Michelan Man. 

During Winter, Olivia can be sported layering wools and knits over her white tops which is a great way to warm up your Spring/Summer wardrobe and get the most use out of your classic white! 

I used to steer very clear from jeans. I could never find a pair that complemented my body shape and height, until I found the Lara High Rise Indigo Jeans. These jeans feel like a second skin and hugs me in all the right places which makes it perfect for my pear shaped body. 

Olivia can often be spotted in a pair of jeans on her on and off duty days. They are a great casual companion and dress it up in heels, a lipstick colour and a clutch and you'll instantly take your outfit from day to night. Hmmm... I now definitely see the appeal in jeans!

Find yourself a good knit and you'll feel like you're wearing a comfy pair of pyjamas in public.. minus the weird stares from onlookers. 

Although I have picked a turtle neck in this instance (they've been all the rage this season!) I would not look past an oversized cable knit or a poncho which are often sported by Olivia. All of these also go really well over the top of a basic white shirt or if its thick enough, on it's own. 


Ahhh, yes, the mule!!! FINALLY a pair of heels that don't punish my feet as I walk. I love the ease of slipping on a simple mule and how it ties together an outfit really well. I think every girl has a classic pair of black flats but if you need some extra oomph or just a finishing touch suitable for after work drinks, a black mule is your best bet. 

I've bought quite a few mules in my time which have ranged from $100 - 250, so I'm super stoked to find a pair of Boohoo mules for only $40 *love heart eyes*

So there you go, I hope you've enjoyed this Olivia Palermo post as inspired by Boohoo.com. If you haven't yet visited Boohoo and you're in need of a wardrobe haul, I would definitely recommend checking their hundreds of affordable items! There's nothing I love more then finding affordable staples :) 

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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
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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