Tuesday, 22 April 2014

Venice Travel Diary

{San Giorgio Maggiore}

The first leg of our Italian journey began in Venice. And wasn’t it the place to start?! I was in awe the moment we stepped out from the train station; a canal stretching as far as the eye could see, with its candy-striped palina (mooring poles) adorning either side, and pastel coloured apartments following it along. It’d be hard not to get lost in Venice – it has many winding canals and narrow streets, which at night are unlit and particularly difficult to navigate. The little market behind the Ponte de Rialto, and the quaint shops near Piazza San Marco, had a lot to offer; gorgeous Murano glass and extravagant Venetian carnival masks. I had to keep pinching myself as we wandered the city. It was just surreal; hard to believe that such a magical place wasn’t any more than a movie set. 

Chloe x

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{Santa Maria della Salute}

{Canal below our apartment}

{Piazza San Marco}

{Saint Mark's Basilica}

{Grand Canal}

{Gorgeous Venetian glass balloons... And yes, I did bring one home!}

{View of Venice from San Giorgio's bell tower}

{San Giorgio Maggiore}

{Scarily realistic chocolate fruit + seafood}

{Ponte di Rialto}

{Saint Mark's Basilica}

{Saint Marco della Salute from Ponte dell'Accademia}

Thursday, 10 April 2014

Yet Another Apology...

Another apology is in order… It seems to be a bit of a recurring theme these past few months. We try to make a promise about posting frequently, yet it seems never to go to plan. Having said goodbye to the craziness of year 12, we thought the hectic weeks, busy days and heavy workload were behind us. We were oh so wrong! So, we must apologise profusely for the lack of content on the blog as of late. Our mid-semester break is so close we can almost taste it, so we’re looking very much forward to having a few days to unwind, catch up, and update Honey & Lulu (Chloe’s travel diaries are on top of the list!). If you can’t wait until then, head over to our Instagram to keep in the loop…


{Ponyfish Island} 

{DIY butterfly frames} 

{Deborah Lippman's 'She Bop' + 'Happy Birthday'} 

{Cupcake Central}

{Stripes + boyfriend jeans + Birks}




Sunday, 23 February 2014

Healthier Toasted Muesli

I’ve always been a fan of toasted muesli (who can't resist that golden crunch?!), but at the same time, I’ve felt rather guilty since I was alerted to the extremely high sugar content. Throughout the summer months, a nice bowl of yoghurt with muesli is my go-to breakfast, but I wanted to find a healthier option. After hours of searching for the perfect recipe, I came across this one, for 'healthier' toasted muesli, which ticked all the boxes. It doesn’t compromise the irresistible golden crunch that is toasted muesli, and the best part is that it doesn’t contain anywhere near as much sugar as supermarket toasted muesli. The secret you may ask... apple juice! This secret weapon gives the muesli a gorgeous golden hue and subtle sweetness which, in my book, is just perfect! I adapted the recipe to include a wider range of seeds, such as flaxseeds, which are an excellent source of omega 3, as well as antioxidant-packed cranberries. Just for that extra boost, I also added a drizzle of honey. This recipe makes a little over 6 cups of toasted muesli, so safe to say I’m all set for breakfasts over the next couple of months, accompanied by vanilla yogurt and a range of fresh fruit and coulis.

Sarah x


300g wholegrain rolled oats
110g raw macadamias, roughly chopped
125g sunflower seeds
50g shredded coconut
40g sesame seeds
30g linseeds (flaxseeds)
¾ cup apple juice
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 tablespoon honey
60 grams dried cranberries, chopped

Preheat oven to 160°C.
Line a large baking tray (with sides) with baking paper, allowing enough overhang to ensure the muesli is kept in place.

Place all the dry ingredients (except the dried cranberries) onto the tray and toss to combine.

Pour apple juice and vegetable oil over your oats and mix well. Drizzle over the honey and toss to combine through. The dry ingredients should look a bit ‘moist’ once they’re fully mixed. Ensure the oats are spread evenly across the tray and place the tray in the oven. 

Bake for 45-60 minutes stirring frequently (every 5-10 minutes) – this is particularly important as the muesli takes on its golden appearance as the macadamias have a tendency to burn.  The muesli is done when the oats have reached a light golden colour.

Let the oat mixture cool completely. In the mean time, roughly chop the dried cranberries.

Once the toasted oats are cool, mix through the cranberries.

The toasted muesli will last up to one month if kept in an airtight container. Beautiful with vanilla or natural yogurt and berry coulis. Or why not place the muesli into jars as gifts for friends and family.

Sunday, 9 February 2014

London Travel Diary

{Big Ben}

When I travelled to London three years ago, I fell head over heels for the place. I was captivated by its diversity – of culture, history food and fashion. This time ‘round was very much the same. I couldn’t help but love taking a stroll through Hyde Park, with horse-riding trails to one side and the Serpentine to the other. We made a trip to the Warner Bros. Harry Potter Studio Tour, which for any Potter fans out there, is definitely a must! New Year’s Eve was fabulous – the fireworks are some of the best in the world, and the celebrating city could be heard all over. Don’t get me started on the shopping; Boxing Day sales were in full swing, so snagging a bargain wasn’t a hard task. London has a lot to offer for the budding or seasoned traveller, so do yourself a favour and make a visit, soon or again!

Chloe x 

{Oxford Circus}

{London Eye}

{River Thames + Tower Bridge}

{Oxford Street}

{St Paul's Cathedral}

{Hyde Park}

{Notting Hill Station}

{Furry friend in Kensington Gardens}

{Winter Wonderland}

{Hogwarts at Warner Bros. Harry Potter Studio Tour}

{Winter Wonderland}

{Leicester Square}

{Kensington Gardens}

{The Serpentine + Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park}