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Crafty

October 12, 2009

I find one of the most rewarding things in life is to make something with your own two hands that you can actually use. I have a number of such hobbies, sewing, baking, knitting and crocheting.

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1. I found this picture online quite by accident and fell in love with the cut. So I sketched how I wanted it to look, took measurements, drew up a pattern and made it. It’s just as good as I imagined.

2. This is the sewing machine I use. My Mother was given it for her 16th birthday back in 1980 and passed it on to me. Still going strong at almost 30 and is now considered an antique.

3. This is a hat I crocheted last winter and forgot about. I found it last week on a particularly cold day and it provided warmth and compliments.

4. This is a delicious looking mini-muffin. Not one of mine, the ones I make don’t usually last long enough to be photographed with a hungry boyfriend living with me. Hopefully someone will give me a piping bag + nozzles for Christmas so my icing can be this adorable.

 

Here is my recipe for the perfect mini-muffins (cupcakes) as discovered by trial and error over many years.

 

Best Cupcake Recipe

Ingredients

  • 4 tablespoons  (60 grams) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • Just under 1 cup of all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 large egg, room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup whole milk

(To make chocolate flavoured reduce flour to 2/3 of a cup, and add 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder.)

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 190 degrees. Prepare a muffin tray with paper liners.
  2. Warm the milk with the butter so that the butter melts and set aside to cool down if too hot.
  3. Whisk the eggs, sugar and vanilla until thick and creamy.
  4. Add the milk and butter mixture.
  5. Add the dry ingredients and mix until just smooth
  6. Divide batter among prepared muffin cups, filling each 2/3 full. Bake for about 13 minutes or until they spring back when prodded.

Purple Rain

October 7, 2009

Bad cliche, I know. I think lilac is the perfect colour on most people, particularly in makeup as it is a mixture of warm and cool colours (red and blue for all you art class drop outs) and therefore is generally complementary. A splash of lilac can brighten up any monochromatic outfit and it always makes me feel a bit naughty, like a bad girl pretending to be nice to seduce some unexpecting man/boy (though his is probably just me, tend to be a bit odd).

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Lipstick – MAC’s Hello Kitty range in ‘Fashion Mews’

Dress- Ladakh http://www.lippy.co.nz/

Scarf – Julien David matchesfashion.com

Nail lacquer – OPI in ‘Do You Lilac It?’

Shoe – Pulp http://hannahs.co.nz/

Bag – The Westbourne by Notting Hill Design anedoti.com

Burton for Bazaar

September 29, 2009

Moviemaker Tim Burton’s take on this season’s fashion…

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Littered streets

September 29, 2009

I’m noticing more and more chain pieces around. I say pieces as it has spiralled way up and beyond the traditional label of  ‘jewelry’. What started with homemade necklaces and bracelets soon moved into chain harnesses and anklets, and at this stage the catwalks are laden with metal headpieces, shoulder and thigh chains, and even whole chest coverings. I give credit to the likes of Litter and Givenchy, though even top designers internationally are slowly cottoning on to the trend. Here are some of my favourites…

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What do I want this season?

September 25, 2009
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Bright colored heels.

eg these.

and these

I love them.

Designer Spotlight: Juliette Hogan

September 23, 2009

New Zealand designer Juliette Hogan is one of my personal favourites this year,  she showed her new collection, “some other time…” at the Air New Zealand  Fashion Week yesterday. Her website describes the new collection: 

“juliette hogan presents a fresh offering for summer 09 with her collection “some other time…” 

continuing to design with her well-mannered muse in mind, juliette further explores the addition of a tougher edge to her designs playing with a balance of hard and soft. exposed zips on the denim dress and the otherwise coquettish floral printed may dress result in a perfect harmony between sweet and sass.

the now signature ‘juliette hogan sunray pleat’ story receives an update in the form of a sheen chiffon in oyster, coral, charcoal & black.  the floor skirt offers a bit of drama against the flirty and fun trapeze dress.

amore lively palette than previous seasons with the inclusion of the cherry red check, coral chiffon, and pink and green brights in the busy floral print.  however, we still see the signature muted neutrals in silk habutai, cotton knit & antique lace. 

silhouettes are brought together from a variety of eras with vintage detailing on the cute ruffle front pixie frock, the 50s dress is true to it’s name sake, while the mini perfect Skirt is reminiscent of subtle 80s styling.

aconfident and concise collection from juliette hogan as she once again serves up a must have selection of timeless, classic pieces set apart by a je ne sais quoi that makes you want to touch, feel and ultimately wear.”

I like this collection, it seems to be a natural development from Hogan’s winter 09 collection, “mind your manners…”, the same conservative styling, luxe fabrics and muted pallet, but with a bit more warmth to bring the look into the summer.

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 Click on the image to visit juliettehogan.com.

1 and 2 are my favourite two looks from the winter collection, I am totally in love with the soft pallette, the adorable shoes in image 1 and the ruffled shirt dress in image 2. The deep grey-purple dress in image 3. is from the new collection, I found the lace slip peeking out from the bottom of the satin dress so endearing and the softened outline is a departure from what I normally like, but Hogan has managed to keep it classy and not looking like gym outfits. Image 4. is the perfect throw-it-on-and-go dress for summer, I can picture myself wearing it with almost anything, from gladiators and a large tan handbag, to YSL’s tribute platforms and a studded cross body bag. Image 5. is my favourite look from the “some other time…” collection, I think it is perfect for the transitional period into summer, where in New Zealand it tends to rain a lot, with the odd bursts of very bright sunshine. So a cute colourful dress with a light coat works perfectly. The soft peach shade of the dress also works with my favourite make up look of the summer: neutral eyes, cheeks in a peppy peach shade and a soft chapstick sheen on lips. The silhouette of this look is the perfect combination of classic, flattering and fun, with a hint of Jackie O in the A-line cut of the dress. All in all I can’t wait to get my hands on the new Juliette Hogan range.

Kylie hearts…

September 22, 2009

Well everyone else is doing it…

Tights. I heart tights. They are my friend, and they are so much more comfortable then jeans. Jeans are tight. I love jeans but I can never be bothered to put them on, too much effort!

I own those tights above, they are divine. They come from a uber cool website – link on image.