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Sunday, 23 February 2014

Aussie Curves - Sequins

Top - Made by Mum!
Skirt - Target Moda
Sandals - Target
Headband- Diva
Clutch - Secondhand

I nearly did not participate this week as I really don't have a lot of sequins in my wardrobe. I am not keen on them on clothing as I generally don't want to have a lot of hand wash only items in my wardrobe, and sequins are very delicate.

However, as I was getting dressed this morning I spied my headband with sequins. I realised that you don't have to wear a whole dress made with sequins, you just need to be inspired by them in some way. I find sometimes if you like a trend, but don't want to go all out, just having a little accessory can be a great nod to a style without wearing it head to toe.I also added a glomesh handbag, which I figured added to the sequin look.

I really love the print and colours of my top. After I purchased a similar top at Supre my Mum and I looked at the simple cut and decided we could easily make it ourselves. The benefit of doing it ourselves was that it could be made a little smaller, so the top wasn't quite as baggy.

My Mum has made me 3 tops, but in different prints. They are really beautiful. I am hoping that I will get wear out of them through winter too. I can see them layered up with a long knit top underneath and a blazer or jacket on top, or just a scarf.

I wore this outfit to Yum Cha with my Sister and her partner. He had never tried Yum Cha so we decided we must introduce him to the joys of this Asian cuisine. I find it is best not to wear anything too restrictive and tight when going for a marathon Yum Cha session. What I love best about Yum Cha is that you get lots of little dishes, so you can try different tastes and textures. We usually go at 11am, having it as a brunch. My favourites are Pork Buns, Asian greens with Oyster Sauce, and Pork Sui Mai. We also love the desserts, with Hubby and I sharing Mango Pancakes and Mango pudding at the end.

I am pleased to say my Sister's Boyfriend really enjoyed the food too!

What is your favourite cuisine to eat, and what are you 'Must Try' dishes for the uninitiated?


Sunday, 16 February 2014

Aussie Curves - Boho

I have not been sharing many blog posts lately. I have had a cranky Little Man to tend to. At 3 months old he seems to be teething. My placid chilled out boy had turning into a grizzly bear that chews madly on his fist.
He also takes great objection to being put down. SIGH...

I spent all of last week cooped up in the house as I did not want to spend money and it is so time consuming to go out now days. Finally I decided I needed to get out of the house so I arranged to pop down to the shops for a coffee with my Sister.

It was nice to put something on that was not just lounge pants. No foundation though, as my skin was looking rather good, so I just chucked on mascara,blush,  undereye concealer and some gloss. 
Jeans & Boots - Autograph
White Shirt- Kmart Alexia
Knitted vest - Target
Necklace & Bracelets - Very old! I *think* Diva & Equip

The weather has suddenly turned miserable and I am having to think about what on earth I am going to wear during winter. This outfit was one I was rather pleased with and it may get a few outings if this weather keeps up. To me boho means shades of browns, chunky knits, leather and beaded necklaces. It can also mean fun, colourful fabrics, but for today I kept it very simple.

I have been learning how to braid so I experimented with this lovely braided hairdo. I was rather pleased, but sadly it loosened up as I was shopping and fell out. More practicing is needed I think. I have been putting my Daughter's hair in braids. We have always had a huge amount of trouble getting her to let me do her hair,with Abbie preferring to channel her own inner boho, and let her curly hair be wild and free. Until, that is, my Mum had a stroke of genius. She told her that when her hair wasn't done she looked like the trolls in Frozen, but when it was done she looked like Queen Elsa (Abbie's favourite character). Sure enough, she thought on this for a moment, then came to be with a brush and a hair tie. Since then she has happily had her hair braided each day so she can be like a Queen.

I confess, I sometimes worry bout the messages I send my daughter regarding beauty. I don't want her to think beauty requires make up or clothing. Yet, I also want her to look nice when we go out. It is a dilema at times, however I think in this instance I am relieved she now lets me brush her hair and get dressed without an argument.

What does Boho look like to you?

Saturday, 15 February 2014

One Pot Sausage Pasta

I was recently on the lookout for a meal that I could make with my dwindling supplies in Fridge/Freezer/Pantry. I have discussed before how I try to stretch out my grocery shopping when possible. I had sausages in the freezer, but no bread or bread rolls for a sausage sizzle. I also had some spinach from my garden that needed using as it was going to bolt.

I came across this recipe on Pinterest and realised that with some tweaking it would work.

1 tablespoon olive oil
1 Heaped teaspoon  garlic, minced
1 onion, diced
6 Sausages
2 cups chicken stock
1 can diced tomatoes
1/2 cup milk
2 cups Macaroni Pasta
2 cups chopped spinach
1/2 cup frozen peas
1/4 cup cheese (Parmesan or Tasty - I used both)

In a pot heat olive oil and add sausages to the pan to cook (I cut mine up while raw, however you could also precook the sausages whole then slice) once half cooked add the onion and garlic. Cook until sausages are browned and onion partially cooked. 

Add in stock, milk, canned tomatoes and pasta. Stir well and bring to boil. Reduce heat to medium, cover, and continue to cook for a further 10 - 12 minutes. Stir occasionally to prevent from sticking to the bottom.

In the last few minutes add in the veggies, stir well and put lid back on for the last few minutes. Sprinkle cheese on top and serve.

Voila! A super simple, one pot meal. I can see this meal being one you can easily adapt. Swap sausage for chicken (You may lose some flavour so add some herbs), Use whatever veggies you have on hand (Frozen pea/carrot corn or whatever is wilting int he bottom of the crisper) and use whatever pasta you have.