Friday, September 12, 2014

Peanuts' Snoopy and Belle dressed in designers threads (by designer I mean: Dries Van Noten, Rodarte, J. Mendel, Opening Ceremony and Calvin Klein)


For Peanuts' 65th anniversary, the 2014 iteration of “Snoopy and Belle in Fashion,” which features vinyl beagle dolls wearing the designer looks, launched Sept. 8 at the New Museum during New York Fashion Week.  From there, the exhibition will travel to the Palais de Tokyo in Paris, Moscow and Milan (sadly it won't come Down Under). 

Dries Van Noten crafted some made-to-measure outfits from his Spring/Summer 2014 collection, lucky Snoopy & Belle! 

Were you a Peanuts' fan growing up? I sure was!

Happy Friday everyone!

pic via DVN's blog

 Dries wasn't the only designer to dress the brother & sister duo:


 Betsey Johnson
J. Mendel

Pics via wwd.com

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Monday, September 8, 2014

Black & gold


A few essentials in black and gold:

Lumira travel candle, Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse body/hair oil (available at Sephora), Little Black book and Black croc-effect leather wallet from Nomadic, and Daniel Wellington black Classic Sheffield Men's available East Dane (i.e. Shopbop's counterpart), Need Supply Co. and at Selfridges.

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Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Healthy chocolate mousse? Dairy-free, refined sugar free, guilt-free, but so so yummy!


I grew up eating avocados, I think we ate it almost everyday growing up in Brazil.  Even back then in the 80's my mom had heard it was a 'superfood', and she wanted us girls to benefit of all its nutrients.  I must admit I didn't quite like eating it, so we had it with condensed milk,  then blitzed as an avocado smoothie, and when after we got tired of having avocado smoothies, my mom froze them into popsicles.  Fast-forward a few avocado-less years, and I rediscovered it a few years ago.  I had never seen it used as a spread, and when I tried it in a wrap filled with salads and turkey breast, I fell in love.  I love it in salads, but when I heard of it being used in chocolate mousse, I was intrigued yet hesitant, I thought it'd be too clawy, heavy or that it'd taste like avocado instead of chocolate mousse.  I looooooooove chocolate mousse, but have made it maybe once, and as it's not the healthiest of the desserts, I don't eat it often.  Now that's about to change.  I finally decided to try my hand at this vegan-friendly (not that I'm vegan, but I love vegan foods too), refined-sugar free (yes!) and nutrient-filled chocolate mousse:

 pic from The Healthy Chef

I adapted (only verly slightly) this recipe from Teresa Cutter (aka The Healthy Chef) (I have made several recipes of hers and bookmarked countless more).


Healthy Chocolate Mousse

Ingredients:

1/4 cup dark Agave syrup (or honey, or coconut nectar, 4 fresh pitted dates, brown rice syrup or organic maple syrup)
2 ripe avocados (I had the flesh of two avocados in the freezer and only half-thawed them as I wanted my mousse to be an ice cream)
1 tsp vanilla extract (or paste or pods from 1 fresh vanilla bean)
1/2  cup raw cacao powder (you can also use cocoa)
70ml of coconut milk/cream (mine was in the freezer and I partially thawed it, as I wanted it firm and semi-frozen)
Pinch of sea salt and cinnamon

Method:

Blitz everything in a food processor until smooth and creamy.
Spoon into a bowl and allow to set in the fridge. (I didn't have to do that because my main ingredients were still half-frozen).

I love mine with raspberries, the acidity cuts through the sweetness, marrying the cacao beautifully!
Teresa's suggestions:
A splash of water or coconut water will make the mousse lighter.
Adding 2 tablespoons melted cacao butter or cold pressed coconut oil will firm up the mousse.

She says the mousse will make a great topping for cakes and cupcakes.

Enjoy!

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Extra 20% off code on sale items at Matches Fashion (including Isabel Marant Dicker boots, Bobby and Bekett sneakers!)


Oh my! Remember my post only 2 days ago with some sale bargains at Matches Fashion?

Now you can receive an extra 20% off all those items (and more)! I received the email today with the code EXTRA20 at checkout! Oh, how I wish they had my size left in these shoes!

Now I'm off to check the rest of my wishlist!

Happy shopping!

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The Isabel Marant Dicker boots in taupe, camel brown and anthracite are on sale, the Taupe pair here, camel brown here, and the anthracite pair here.

Isabel Marant crisi boots on sale (both brown/camel and black), the Bekett (half price!) and Bobby shoes, the flat versions of the Poppy pumps (in black and metallic) and the coveted Alexander Wang Lovisa pumps (in white and black). 

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pics via Matches Fashion

Everlane Petra tote and Dieppa Restrepo Cali Oxfords - wishlist items crossed off!


In the past week I have finally managed to cross two items that have been on my wishlist for the longest time, the Dieppa Restrepo Cali shoes from Need Supply Co. (my first purchase from their store), and the Petra Market tote from Everlane.  I had actually received an email from Totokaelo this morning saying they were restocked there, but a quick google search led me to NSC, so I purchased it from them as they were a little bit cheaper (just mentioning, in case NSC has sold out in your size and you are after them like I have been for so long).

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Dieppa Restrepo Cali Oxfords in Antilope (pic via Need Supply Co.)

I bought the Everlane Petra market in black (I was tossing between the black and clay for so long), but now wonder if I should have got (or should get) the clay that I've longed for so long instead (not that I usually match my shoes to bag), remember I posted it here? What do you think? Love the colour!

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pic via Everlane.

I also bought Everlane's Cotton Lawn shirt in white (wish the blue hadn't sold out)...

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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Vanilla, cherry and raspberry macaroons (no spelling mistake here)


I am in no way a healthy eater, I love food both healthy and unhealthy.  Somehow, as I grow older I am finding things increasingly 'too sweet' for me, and I don't feel as good when I eat too much refined sugar.  I first started getting into 'raw' food when I was pregnant with Lil' Brigs #2.  My body really did not sit well with all the junk I usually ate/eat, and I kept craving fresh food, lots of vegetables, no refined sugars.  I think it was my body's way of telling me, yep, you've been eating too much junk, it's time to change (whereas usually those who restrict their diet go all out when they're pregnant, haha!).It was then that I discovered the world of 'raw foods'.  And the world of 'raw desserts', oh my! Desserts minus the guilt and yucky feeling after? Yes please!

I recently bought some macaroons for a picture I wanted to make (first picture below, if you're curious), and proceeded to eat some of them.  I didn't feel very nice even after just one of them.  So I looked up a recipe for a healthier version.  When I found this one below on Loving Earth's website (I have bookmarked so many recipes!), I was so excited I couldn't wait to make it (and have done so twice now), I got the kids involved and they love it too!  I only made one teensy adjustment from the original recipe, as I love raspberries, and wanted a bit of tartness to my macaroons (raspberry macarons are one of my favourites, along with pistachio).  These are seriously so good!

I know you're probably thinking: what? a recipe? Yeah, it's been yeeeeeears since I last shared one, but this was too good not to!


Warning: these can be addictive!
 And so good with coffee...

 all photos via my iPhone for my Instagram account (you can follow me here)

Now, onto the recipe:

Vanilla, cherry & raspberry macaroons

Ingredients
  • 2 cups fine Desiccated Coconut
  • 1 cup fine white almond meal
  • ¼ cup 100% pure Coconut Nectar
  • 1 tablespoon Coconut Oil
  • ½ cup pitted black cherries, chopped (I used frozen, and used a mixture of 2/3 raspberry and 1/3 cherries)
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice (I used raspberry 'juice' - the liquid I got from the raspberries after it defrosted)
  • Zest of one lemon (I didn't use it in mine, but it's in the original recipe)
  • 2 teaspoon vanilla paste
  • Pinch of coarse sea salt
  • Extra coconut and lemon zest (again didn't use this) to roll balls in

Method

  • If you’re using frozen cherries (and raspberries if you're using them) like I did, thaw them out a little, pat them dry and chop them up
  • Blitz everything in a food processor till well combined
  • Make balls using a 1 tablespoon mixture per ball
  • Roll balls in desiccated coconut and lemon zest (if using them)
 Enjoy!

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Monday, August 25, 2014

Isabel Marant Dicker boots on sale at Matches (and more)!


Public service announcement (as the title suggests), I belatedly spotted the Isabel Marant Dicker boots on sale at Matches Fashion!!!

Both taupe and anthracite are on sale, the Taupe pair here, and the anthracite pair here.

If they still had my size I was seriously considering buying a back-up, I use both of mine to death (the taupe in particular)! 

My pic via iPhone - my 'workhorses' are in dire need of a clean! Pictured here: Murchison-Hume 'Spray Valet' suede cleaner to the rescue.

I also spotted more the Isabel Marant Crisi boots on sale (both brown/camel and black), the Bekett (half price!) and Bobby shoes, the flat versions of the Poppy pumps (in black and metallic) and the coveted Alexander Wang Lovisa pumps (in white and black).

So many more goodies on sale at Matches!

You can thank me later...

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 pics via Matches Fashion

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