Tuesday, April 15, 2014

A-Z of Dance

F is for freestylin’ around my bedroom right now.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Miss Monroe

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Just for fun… on an otherwise grey Monday, here’s some rarely-seen photos of Marilyn Monroe.  via Messy Nessy Chic

Friday, April 11, 2014

Emerson Fry

Have you seen the Emerson Fry SS14 lookbook?  I love the streetstyle, blog-y vibe. 

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I just want everything in the collection.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

A Hot Bath

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There must be quite a few things that a hot bath won’t cure, but I don’t know many of them

- Sylvia Plath

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Heartbeat Necklace

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How beautiful is this heartbeat necklace?  Another find from Etsy!

Friday, April 4, 2014

Onism

Onism n. the frustration of being stuck in just one body, that inhabits only one place at a time, which is like standing in front of the departures screen at an airport, flickering over with strange place names like other people’s passwords, each representing one more thing you’ll never get to see before you die—and all because, as the arrow on the map helpfully points out, you are here.

- from the Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Best of… November 2013

So it looks like I have a bit of catching up to do.  Of course, I could just leave November in November, where it belongs… and stop trying to drag it into April (!) where it definitely does NOT belong, but I’ve had a ‘best of’ post for every month since I started the series (back in September 2010).  I’ll sleep better if we keep it that way.  We’re going back…

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via Le Blog de Betty

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via Fashion Toast

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via Trop Rouge

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via Where Did U Get That

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Dear Sophia,

The lil’est member of our family, my niece Sophia, was born one month ago today.  More than ever before, I wish it were possible to hold time still.  It’s all going too fast.  The letter below, via I wrote this for you, is entitled The First Day on Earth, so I’m a little late (as always), but I reckon most of the advice still applies to little Sophia.

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First, you need to relax. I know it's not as warm as it once was but you get used to the cold and warmth can be found in the people around you.

Secondly, do not get used to crying to get things. Some people never grow out of it. Avoid them. Spend time around people who smile in the face of despair. Learn from them all you can. Everyone is a lesson. A story. A unique and wondrous perspective on the chaos that is human existence. The more people you talk to, the more you understand it. But never speak if you have the opportunity to listen. Especially if you want someone to like you. There's nothing you can say that'll endear someone to you as much as really and truly listening to them.

You are on day one of a sometimes remarkable, sometimes terrible, sometimes beautiful, strange and always completely unknown journey. Be ok with this. Worrying about what happens next will ruin the surprise. You will meet strange people along the way, some good, some bad. This is a pattern that will more than likely repeat constantly as you grow up. Some things will be good, some things will be bad. Neither will ever last forever. Nothing will stay the same. Appreciate every moment of happiness and remember it when you despair. Hold them close. And when you are happy, remember the moments of despair and think to yourself, "I told you so."

Never let someone else define you. You are your own creation and only you decide how you feel, who you are and what you want. This can be scary at first but it is liberating to truly and utterly embrace your own identity. People who hate you for not being like them are not worth hating back. Please, let go of hate whenever you can. Accept love whenever it is given and give it out freely. It is the most powerful force on earth.

Enjoy your stay.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Rose Bakery (style) Muffins

I’m one of those annoying morning people.  My power hours come early – even after a late Saturday night and one too many Cuba Libres, chances are I’ll still be up at 8am making these muffins.  The muffins make up for the irritating chirpiness.  I think.

They’re called ‘Rose Bakery (style) Muffins’ because they were inspired by muffins that Fiona and I were (begrudgingly) served on our trip to The Rose Bakery Café in Paris.  I usually find myself disappointed with breakfast muffins being either overly sweet or dry and mealy; these were near-perfect.  Since the café staff definitely did not suffer from early-morning chirpiness, we dared not ask for the recipe. 

This is Fiona’s recreation.

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What you’ll need:

Dry ingredients: 70g plain flour, 40g wholemeal flour, 20g brown sugar,  ⅛ teaspoon bicarbonate of soda, ½ teaspoon baking powder, ¼ teaspoon salt

Wet ingredients:  ½ banana (mashed), 30g melted butter, ¼ cup buttermilk, 1 egg,  ½ teaspoon vanilla extract

Fruit: 50g of your chosen fruit e.g blueberries, diced apple or pear, raspberries, strawberries (a mix of two types is good)

Here’s how:

Preheat the oven to 190°C and line a muffin tin with muffin cases.  Mix together the dry ingredients.  In a separate bowl, mix together the wet ingredients.  Add the dry ingredients to the wet and mix well.  Add fruit.  Divide the mixture between the muffins cases evenly and bake for 15 –18 minutes.