What I got for Christmas 2016

Hey! I hope you all had a Merry Christmas, celebrating with family and friends. I walked to my family friends house halfway through the day and it was quite charming seeing how empty and quiet the streets were – everyone was inside relaxing and enjoying time together.

For Christmas I was so spoilt by family and friends, and although the presents were an awesome addition to the day, the best part was just talking and laughing with people close to me.

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Excuse all the presents strewn in the background, my family has a habit of becoming messy whilst chaotically opening each gift and thanking/chatting to the people we received them from.

From my parents my main gift was given in advance, because they paid for my flights to Asia in January, as I’m holidaying with a friend and paying for the rest of the trip myself  (stay tuned as I’m thrown in the deep end travelling for the first time without family around the Phillippines, Vietnam and Thailand).

However, they were a bit naughty and still gave me a present to open on Christmas day, which was a VS Sassoon hair curler, because I’ve been loving the 80’s corkscrew curls look lately. From my extended family I was spoilt to a couple of high quality make-up items including the NARS sheer glow concealer, the NAKED 3 palette, Laura Mercier Translucent setting powder and a beauty blender.

A close friend who I grew up with knows my addiction to tea, so gave me T2 Choc Chip Chai, T2 Madagascan Vanilla Tea, some Nepalese lemongrass tea from her travels in Nepal and a Morrocan mint tea. I’ve just been loving the T2 Choc Chip Chai, it’s made with an array of spices (Black tea, cloves, star anise, ginger, cinnamon, orange blossom, gingko, flavouring, cardamon) to imitate a spicy chocolate flavour.

Other friends gave me LUSH bath bombs which I am going to treat myself to when the weather gets a bit cooler, a make-up bag from a small Sydney based boutique, a 2017 calendar made out of recycled paper and cute cupcake patty pans embellished with pink polka dots and gold lining.

As you can see I was so spoilt and I am so appreciative of all the gifts I’ve been given. I’m getting really excited for my trip to Asia and will take lots of photos and keep you updated.

Hope everyone is enjoying the festive season as much as I am!

xx

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Atomic tangerine, as we move out of Christmas and into the holiday season of the New Year

 

 

What I ate on Christmas Day

I started off the day a little cheekily with a candy cane cookie (Vegan recipe – my friend made them for me) and a T2 Choc Chip Chai with soy milk.

Traditionally my family has celebrated Christmas Day by opening presents in the morning, and then having a large Christmas lunch, which always becomes dinner as well because we all sit around talking into the night. So, in order to make room for the meal to come, I didn’t have much for breakfast and spent time after presents making a Bread Pudding.

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For starters we had assorted cheeses (Camembert, Brie, Cheddar) with biscuits, salami slices, bread sticks, beef jerky sticks, chopped veggies with avocado dip and tomato relish. These were savoured with mulled wine, pina coladas and champagne.

At the main meal there was an array of dishes but I had some smoked ham, roast chicken and prawns. We also had a quinoa, kale and roast beetroot salad that I made.

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By desert I was so full but made room for some bread pudding, a bit of traditional Christmas pudding soaked in Brandy, and a fruit salad with custard/vanilla ice cream.

Despite the food coma overall I had a huge treat myself and such a wonderful day. Merry Christmas! I hope everyone had a lovely day, whether you celebrate Christmas or not.

xx

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Sea Green for a Warm 28˚C Christmas

 

Healthier Mulled Wine (Gluhwein) Recipe

Okay so wine’s wine, and it is always going to have a couple of calories. But, it is Christmas and time to treat yourself after a successful year, so I’d love you to try out my healthier Mulled wine recipe to celebrate the festive season.

The recipe substitutes using sugar, with dried fruits and spices. If Christmas had a scent, the warm and inviting aroma of this recipe would definitely be it.

You will need:

  • 1 bottle of red table wine
  • 2 cups of water
  • 1/4 cup raisins
  • 5 whole cloves
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 1 grated nutmeg
  • Rind of 1 orange
  • 1 chunk of ginger

Bring water, raisins, cloves, cinnamon sticks, nutmeg, orange rind and ginger to the boil in a saucepan. Then reduce to a simmer for 5 minutes.
Add the red wine and simmer for another 10 minutes. Strain the mulled wine and serve immediately. I like to put little orange peel curls or cinnamon sticks in each glass for decoration and extra flavour.

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Merry Christmas Eve!

xx

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Deep scarlet for warm, bubbling wine

A Day in my Life

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After pushing myself for an hour through a tough gym class (Bodycombat by Les Mills), I set off to the city mall to do some serious Christmas shopping.

My goal today was to buy presents for the main people in my life (Mum, Dad & close friends), and getting all of them under my belt felt like a massive accomplishment. I sifted through dozens of stores throughout the day and finally ended with a mix of presents I am really happy with.

For Mum, I got a satin robe with floral detail and some black cotton placemats/marble coasters to match her dining room. For dad, I got the Gillette gift pack and a new stainless steel kettle because their current one was $7 from Aldi and the plastic is already starting to crack. I also got my best friend two MAC lipsticks (Faux and M.A.C. red) and a satin nightie which I got myself as well so we can match! Satin is a huge favourite of mine at the moment because I just love the silky feel of it against my skin. Even better, the material doesn’t make me overheat on balmy nights considering we are moving into summer here in Australia.

I also had a cheeky treat myself, and bought myself a Belgian waffle at Oliver Brown which was delicious, but I have to say it did feel a little funny just hanging out in the chocolateria alone, amongst couples who were chatting and eating fondue together.

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For lunch I explored a little eatery plaza called ‘Hawker Lane’ which offers a fusion of Asian cuisines. However, feeling a little unadventurous today, I went for my go-to brown rice avocado/salmon sushi roll and some edamame beans. Yum!

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Once I got home I wrapped up all the presents and placed them under the tree. It is starting to look super festive!

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Then, I began to prepare dinner, whilst watching the Netflix movie ‘How to be Single’ which is actually incredibly funny, and I would definitely recommend. It’s also really relatable to my life right now… For dinner, I fried up some homemade falafels and paired them with a light baby spinach salad and some butter chicken. I think I’ll share my butter chicken recipe in a later post. It’s much healthier than the typical restaurant bought butter chicken but still rich with flavour and spice.

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xx

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Lavender for gifts, giving and productivity

Christmassy Gingerbread Truffles

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These are one of the easiest Christmas treats to make, and easily one of the tastiest. All I used was one packet of gingersnaps, half a tub of cream cheese, chocolate sprinkles, icing sugar and cream.

After blending the gingersnaps into a fine powder using my Nutribullet, I added a dollop of cream cheese and kneaded the mixture with my fingers to create a cookie dough texture. Then, still using my hands I created the round little truffle balls and laid them out on a plate. Placing them in the fridge for 15 minutes, I waited for them to cool whilst whisking up a spoon of cream cheese, plain cream and half a spoon of icing sugar into an icing paste. After taking them out the fridge I spread the icing on top and decorated the truffles with the chocolate sprinkles.

This recipe is so easy to whip up quickly for guests, or if you are just craving a christmassy themed treat. It has really settled me into the spirit of the Christmas season. Plus, their small size means you won’t over-indulge when treating yourself to one.

Happy festivities

xx

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Indian red, in anticipation of the XMAS season

 

A sprinkle of glitter for christmas gifts

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Sprinkle of Glitter for Christmas

Merry Christmas! After stuffing myself silly with turkey, ham, pumpkin, potato, feta salad, veggies, custard, mince pies and truffles, on Christmas Eve, I woke up this morning to a tree full of presents and an eager family. I got very spoilt this Christmas and this is a short post to detail the presents I received:

  • Amor Single Studs 7mm with zirconia, silver
  • UNU handmade jewellery – triangle shaped lapis lazuli ring
  • Mimco Supernatural Medium Pouch
  • Charlie Brown “Mystifying” Python Trim Tote Bag
    Benefit Gimme Brow
  • Zoeva Luxe Soft Definer 227 Brush
  • Lindt Luxury Collection Deluxe Boxed Chocolate
  • Macpac Alloy Water Bottle 650ML
  • Kikki K 2016 A6 Weekly Diary: Sweet
  • Sportsgirl Printed Pop up Brush
  • Colette Metal Bar structured CC purse: Ivory
  • Antler Aire Large Suitcase: Aire Aubergine
  • Napoleon Perdis Citrus Love Kiss Christmas Set

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Clearly I was spoilt by family and friends – hope you had a wonderful Christmas and got everything you wished for!

xx