Friday, 4 December 2015

INSPIRATION: Chloé

I can't get enough of Chloe, and plan on getting my hands on a Chloé bag one day. Simply because the effortless boho chic of Chloe girls = #goals. 





Thursday, 8 October 2015

VALENTINO SPRING '16 RTW

So, you probably can already tell, I'm a Valentino die hard fan girl. While Valentino has come under intense fire from critics, claiming that the designs are culturally appropriated and ignorant, designers Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli were intending to send a message of cultural tolerance and ‘the beauty that comes out of cross-cultural expression’.

Tens of thousands of refugees from numerous African countries make the harrowing journey across the Mediterranean to southern Italy (many die in the appalling circumstances before they even reach the shore), and often, when they arrive, they are ill-received. Such circumstances is also exemplified in the current Syrian crisis, particularly in Germany, where there has been backlash against the hundreds of thousands of Syrian arrivals from some quarters.

In response to the current refugee crisis, these designs intend for us to understand that each and every person is an individual, and that we should understand their cultures, rather than shut them out. This understanding and inclusion is seen through the designs, particularly through the fusion of Italian and African traditions - the strips of gladiator-studded leather, the Roman sandals, the deep earthy tones, the white ceramic teeth or shell necklaces, the intricate embroidery (in which Valentino have superior expertise), the tiny beaded Masai-derived patterns and bold fringing trims. And yes, people can be completely pissed off about Valentino's "Africa-inspired" show, particularly due to fact that the majority of models were white and sporting cornrows; however, their show reflects a larger problem in the fashion industry - a lack of diversity on the runways and, also, the belief one can commodify cultural elements without consequences. Hopefully, this makes room for discussion and allows for improvement in the industry. Despite all of this, you cannot deny that the designs aren't breathtakingly beautiful.









Thursday, 17 September 2015

Beauty Edit

I'm definitely no beauty expert. Only until recently have I actually routinely started using face skincare daily. And, my make-up only consists of the basics that I generally only wear when I go out (and by this, I mean barely ever). So, in saying that, I'm no professional but I thought I'd just share some new cosmetics and skincare that have come into my 'routine'. 


I find wearing make-up everyday terrible for my skin (and I don't really like the feel of make-up); however, after being introduced to Nars, I've begun to wear make-up more often. I absolutely love Nars Sheer Glow Foundation in Barcelona. It's a very natural and light coverage, and it lasts all day! Sometimes, I will use the Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer in Custard just to cover any spots. Also, I use Too Faced Milk Chocolate Soleil Bronzer (which smells just like chocolate) - it's shimmer-free, matte bronzer that I think is perfect for contouring and adding a little summer glow to the overall look.


So, as you know, I'm pretty lazy with the whole beauty routine. But I feel like mascara just makes me feel and look more awake, and I generally wear this everyday. I've tried a lot of mascaras - from Dior's Diorshow to a range of Covergirl's mascaras - but after using Benefit's They're Real Mascara, I'm not turning back. Also, the Nars Audacious Lipstick in Janet is by far my favourite lipstick. I wear a lot of black, so it's perfect just to add a bit of colour. It's matte, so I add a bit of gloss sometimes.

And, finally, Frank Body's new skincare range that consists of Creamy Face Scrub, Creamy Face Cleanser, and Everyday Face Moisturiser. I received these from Frank Body a few weeks ago, and I have been using the range everyday, so trust me when I say it's really really good. Morning and night, I use the cleanser and moisturiser, and around 2-3 times a week I will use the face scrub.

Not only are the products affordable, but they're also suitable for all skin types. So, if you're like me and know nothing about skincare, Frank Body have made it super easy. The range is packed with natural ingredients and, of course, coffee, so it's perfectly gentle for my sensitive skin. And since using the products daily, my skin is softer and smoother. I really recommend them. Plus, the packaging instructions are cheeky - you can check for yourself by purchasing some products online.

By the way, this is not a sponsored post - the products were gifted to me - I JUST LOVE THEM THAT MUCH!

#thefrankeffect



Wednesday, 16 September 2015

Travel Guide: Paris


I was fortunate enough to visit Paris this year. Although I was only in the city for six days, I feel like I saw so many things. Like everyone, I fell in love with it's cobblestone streets and alleys, and classic architecture. For me, Paris is so full of inspiration. Yes, you can visit the classic Eiffel Tower, the Notre Dame and Sainte-Chapelle, see the beautiful view from the Arc de Triomphe, the amazing work stored at The Louvre and the Centre Pompidou, and you can relax and people watch in the Jardin du Luxembourg and Place des Vosges (which I highly recommend). But there's just so much more to Paris than that. There's such a lively culture that is present. Everywhere you turn, there's just there that makes you fall deeper in love with Paris. The beauty of Paris never ceases to amaze me. The city is absolutely magical. 



















Shop
Astier de Villatte | Shop 
173 Rue Saint Honoré, 75001 Paris, France
I'm a sucker for pretty ceramics. 


Merci | Concept Store 
111 Boulevard Beaumarchais, 75003 Paris, France
Three floors of quality goodness - go crazy! And, in the meantime, make sure you sit down and relax in their cosy book cafe. 

A.P.C Atelier de Production et de Creation | Clothing 
Various locations
Want to nail Parisian chic? This is your destination.  

Buly 1803 | Beauty 
6 Rue Bonaparte, 75006 Paris, France, France 
The interior takes you back to another time. Dreamy. 




Eat
Septime | Restaurant 
80 rue de Charonne, 75011 Paris, France
Book well in advance! The menu is simple and fresh. 

Du Pain et Des Idées | Bakery
34 Rue Yves Toudic, 75010 Paris, France
Boulangerie of my dreams. 

Hollybelly | Cafe
Place Charles de Gaulle, 75008 Paris, France
For all you sassy brunchers out there.

Telescope Cafe | Cafe
5 Rue Villedo, 75001 Paris, France
Having trouble finding good coffee in Paris? Go here. And do yourself a favour, and have a delicious baked good too!

Pierre Hermé | Macarons
72 Rue Bonaparte, 75006 Paris, France
Not just macarons. Delicious macarons. I repeat, delicious macarons!

L’Éclair de GénieÉclairs
14 Rue Pavéev ,75004 Paris, France
I'm not one to eat éclairs. But, not only are these super pretty, there's a range of flavours to choose from! 

Berthillon | Ice Cream
31 Rue Saint-Louis en l'Île, 75004 Paris, France
Beware of line. 



Neighbourhoods
Le Marais | Neighbourhood
One of Paris' oldest and most interesting area, Le Marais is historically charming. The neighbourhood is perfect for shopping and, of course, exploring the winding cobblestone streets. 

Montemarte | Neighbourhood
 At first, you may feel uncertain about this neighbourhood when constantly being confronted by relentless peddlers of souvenirs. But, idle away in Montemarte's back streets, and wonder the beautiful historical streets and alleys before making your way to the Sacré Cœur. From there, take in true Parisian charm. 

Saint Germain | Neighbourhood
I may be a little biased (since we stayed in this neighbourhood), but it is one of the prettiest! It is great to stay if you love shopping and irresistible sweets. 

Île Saint-Louis | Neighbourhood
Best to visit during quiet times (that is, the morning) to avoid an influx of tourists. From this little island, you can take in magnificent views of the city. Île Saint-Louis is perfect for summer picnics by the river. 

Wednesday, 6 May 2015

TIME


I have been pretty busy lately, hence lack of posting on here and Instagram. Life just catches up with you in an instant, and suddenly there's just so much to do in what feels like such little time. And rather than posting, I have been living. And I am happy I have done so. Although I want to share as much as I can, it is pretty difficult to find the time and effort after a long day's work and amongst seeing family and friends. I also feel incredibly unmotivated, and am in great need of inspiration. I'm looking forward to travelling again soon, but for now, I need to remember to focus on the busy life in front of me. 

And while life has been busy, I still need to learn to take a breather, relax and perhaps organise my time properly and more effectively. Rather than lingering on things for so long, continuing to lie in bed for another hour, checking Instagram over and over again (guilty), I need to remember to live more. 

That's exactly what I am going to do, or at least try. 

Friday, 13 February 2015

WEEKLY ROUNDUP

Word: retrouvaille (n.; French): the joy of finding someone again after a long separation.

Throwback: Old-school valentines caught on film, wishing you went back in time, via Vintage Loves.


Wit: If you're wondering how to make someone fall in love with you, you should probably utilise these New York Time's 36 Questions That Lead to Love. And to undo it all, read this, via The New Yorker. Could come in handy this Valentine's Day (MINUS THE LATTER, NOT A GOOD IDEA PEOPLE!). 


Listen: Waiting by Alice Boman was recorded in her home to capture a feeling, and remember it. After being encouraged by a friend to release her diary-like songs, she has created an EP worth dwelling and listening to.


Tip: Win him/her over with cake, Kenko Kitchen's Ultimate Valentine's Day Cake that is.

Saturday, 31 January 2015

IN DETAIL: SPRING '15 COUTURE

Valentino is in the mood for love. Designer Maria Grazia Chiuri said "in some ways, you are flying when you are in love", apropos to the tulle gowns and poetic embroidery featured in the collection. 





Chanel set in a small synthetic garden of 300 flowers. 






Source: style.com

Friday, 23 January 2015

THE RAILWAY WINDSOR

A few days ago, myself and my sister Stephanie were invited to dine at The Railway Hotel's restaurant Highline in Windsor. Following an extensive renovation, the Highline has already been awarded a Chef's Hat by Australian Good Food & Travel Guide for 2015 after only being open for 3 months! I can see why - not only is the food delicious, the staff are super friendly and helpful and the service is great!

While the interior of the Highline is formal, the music that filled the space included classics such as, The Temptations - My Girl and Stevie Wonder - Higher Ground, made it a very warm and unique space that highlights the restaurants concept of 'farm gate to plate'. The menu, designed by Chef Simon Tarlington, showcases the best seasonal Australian produce sourced from specialty growers and the Hotel's private farm Oak Valley, about 140km's from Melbourne. The modern Australian cuisine was full of unique fresh flavours that compliment each other perfectly. The distinctive style of Tarlington, a 2014  Young Chef of the Year Finalist, is showcased throughout the menu, which offers something for everyone.

While the restaurant is considered a newcomer in the Melbourne foodie scene, I have already placed it high in my books. And of course, while any restaurant with cool music gets the ok in my books, it is the flavoursome food and exceptional service that will keep bringing me back.


The first two dishes were homemade artisan bread and farm snacks (smoked pork loin with summer fruit, oyster kilpatrick, home-made bressola, beef pate with piccalilli and poached onion with pickled pumpkin and chorizo crumb). Our favourite part of this dish was the eccentric take on oyster kilpatrick, where the bacon lay below the sauce and dehydrated oyster, allowing the flavours to perfectly compliment one another. Already, we knew we were preparing for a wonderful onslaught of meals.


Not only is the food delicious, but it is also beautifully presented. The variations of tomatoes, fresh curd and olive (dried vine ripe tomatoes stuffed with fresh curd and olive puree, olive and nut crumb finished with strawberry oil) was light and fresh, and was the perfect accompaniment to the subsequent flavoursome meals.

Following this dish, we had (my favourite) salt poached chicken, savoury granola, sweet and sour plum. You read that right, chicken and granola - who would have thought these two would make the perfect entrèe?! I was amazed at how well everything worked so well together. And in addition of the poached and glazed native plum, the dish was perfectly sweetened. 


And now the main meals begin to roll in. Firstly, we had 'From the sea, various zucchinis, noodles, spiced fish broth' (John dory pan fried, seasonal zucchinis, spiced fish broth, squid noodles). Once again, the textures and flavours complimented each other really well and formed a creamy, buttery, not-too-fishy meal that was cooked to perfection. And while my guest is not exactly a fish enthusiast, she thoroughly enjoyed the meal! 

Secondly, we had 'Oak Valley lamb, peas, late harvest orange and thyme jam'. Despite my dislike for sausages, this dish was bursting with flavour. It had a bit of a spice to it, however, it was complimented by the fresh peas and orange and thyme jam. While you may be thinking these flavours are crazily combined, think again. I don't know how Tarlington does it, but the flavour incorporated within the dishes are mind-blowingly good. Actually, amazing. 


Next up, I had the 'Oak Valley pork, pig's nose to tail, smoked bacon broth, last season's celery', whereas by guest had the 'Oak Valley beef, earthy vegetables, native pepper berry sauce'. The smoky pork was absolutely delicious and perfectly cooked. My guest also loved her meal, particularly the beef brisket, that was complimented by smoked potato wrapped in leek, beer braised onions, baby turnips and pepper berries in stock. This may sound kinda weird, but you know those Shape commercials with the flavours cheerfully dancing around, well, that is exactly what is happening on every plate served at the Railway. 


Now, dessert. Yes, I know. How did we fit it in? Well with food as delicious as this, you just gotta do what you gotta do. My guest and myself had two different desserts, so of course, we shared. Starting with the 'Choc-berry obsession' (Australian chocolate from daintree rainforest, chocolate mousse, berry jelly, choc crumb, blueberries, blackberries, pulled chocolate). I do not even know how to describe the chocolate mousse - rich, creamy, frothy, like a cloud, floating in heaven - perfectly complimented with fresh blueberries and blackberries and berry jelly. Definitely a must-try Melbourne dessert. Oh, and while I thought the chocolate mousse was like heaven, the 'Milk & honey' (milk mousse, milk biscuits, milk skins, honey milk skins, honey cake, honey jelly, bee pollen, honeycomb) IS heaven. If you're looking for a light dessert, this is the perfect choice. Both desserts made for a perfectly polished finish.

If you dine here, you're always going to look forward to beautifully presented dishes, filled with fresh flavours, made with seasonal produce, made by sustainable practices, in a sophisticated space.

Find The Railway Windsor here.