Monday, 29 September 2014

Homemade Coffee Frappé


One of our favourite things to do after exercising is sitting down to a cool, refreshing drink, whether in the comfort of our own home, or out at a new café. This morning was no exception, and considering Spring has finally got around to showing itself here, a homemade coffee frappé seemed perfect. Super easy to whip up, and really tasty; a post-workout winner in our eyes!


HOMEMADE COFFEE FRAPPÉ

1 tbsp instant coffee
1 tsp hot water
1 ¼ cups light milk
3 scoops vanilla ice cream

Place the coffee and hot water in a blender, and mix until coffee is completely dissolved. Place the milk and ice cream into the blender, and blend until smooth and thick. Serve in a mason jar, with ice and fresh coffee beans.







Saturday, 9 August 2014

The Melbourne Café Collection: The Stables of Como

{Lemonade scones with jam + chantilly cream}


The next stop for The Melbourne Café Collection was none other than The Stables of Como, situated in gorgeous South Yarra. Nicknamed ‘The Stables’, we had been meaning to visit for yonks, and the end of midyear holidays deemed the perfect opportunity to have morning tea there with our closest pals.

The 160 year old Como estate boasts the national trust property, Como House, lush gardens, and this eloquent café. The historic site is vast, and we were easily tempted to explore the gardens before even stepping foot into the cosy and welcoming café itself; our rumbling stomachs told us otherwise though!

The Stable’s rustic counter is adorned with mouthwatering sweets and homemade delights; from traditional lemonade scones and jam donut muffins, to Noisette pastries and other goodies. The menu is full of delicious meals, ranging from breakfast to lunch, to suit all appetites and budgets (there’s even a customisable picnic that can be organised!).

We sat outside, with blankets over our knees, protected from the winter chill by café blinds. The interior is an elegantly rustic space, where the old stables once existed, and two long dining tables sit in the centre of the room, beckoning visitors to enjoy and indulge in the inviting menu.

All we can say is, if you’ve got a sweet tooth, or are simply in the mood for a scenic stroll around the gardens, it’s the ideal spot to waste the afternoons away.



{Jam donut muffins}


{Jars filled with delectable homemade treats}


{Bite-size salted caramel doughnuts}





{Lemonade scones with jam + chantilly cream}


{Caramel-filled doughnuts + jam donut muffins}


{Noisette pastries}


Stay tuned for more of The Melbourne Café Collection!

Friday, 25 July 2014

Designer Lookalikes




Lusting over completely unaffordable items, by expensive brands, has become a bit of a habit of ours. So, that’s why cheaper copies were invented, for a fraction of the price. Bags, clothing, footwear, sunglasses – you name it, it’s out there. And all without breaking the bank. To date, we’ve accumulated quite a few of these so-called ‘lookalikes’, via many sources. Thank God for the internet – without it, how would we be able to afford such coveted beauties?!












SANDALS
DESIGNER: Birkenstock 
LOOKALIKE: Lipstik

JACKET
DESIGNER: Cameo The Label
LOOKALIKE: Esther Boutique

ESPADRILLES
DESIGNER: Chanel
LOOKALIKE: Seed Heritage

WATCH
LOOKALIKE: Witchery

TOTE BAG
DESIGNER: Longchamp
LOOKALIKE: iOffer

HEELS
DESIGNER: Alaïa
LOOKALIKE: Zoe Wittner (here + here)

SUNGLASSES
DESIGNER: Karen Walker
LOOKALIKE: Oasáp

BRACELET
DESIGNER: Cartier
LOOKALIKE: With Love Kirsten

Thursday, 10 July 2014

Rome Travel Diary


{Colosseum}

Roma, Roma, Roma. Being our last stop in Italy, we really let our inner tourist run free here. It was all too easy to lose ourselves in the hidden depths of this Italian city’s artistic heritage, enchanting streets and rich history. It was like taking a step back in time as we visited the Forum and Colosseum, wandering its sophisticated and vast civilisation. The food only got better; the gelati (I’m saying ‘gelati’ not ‘gelato’, as there was never a one-scoop kinda day…), pizza and pasta were even more scrumptious, and a shot of Limoncello to sip after dinner was a fitting farewell to the city and this beautiful country. Rome evoked sheer amazement and wonder in me as we explored the Ancient ruins, religious icons and outstanding art. I can't wait to return and explore it all again sometime soon.

Ciao for now, Italia!
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{Fontana di Trevi}

{Monument to Vittorio Emanuele II}

{St. Peter's Basilica}


{Roman ruins}

{Vatican museum ceiling}

{Colosseo}


{Scalina della Trinità dei Monti - Spanish Steps}


{Piazza Navona}

{Pantheon}


{St. Peter's Sqaure}

{Roman Forum}


{Seen in Trastevere}

{St. Peter's Square}



{Fiume Tevere - River Tiber}

{Vatican museum ceiling}


{Colosseo}



{Knitted trees + fairy lights + chess}

{Fiume Tevere - River Tiber}