Wednesday, 30 December 2015

Style Spotlight: Brittany Murphy

The late great actress Brittany Murphy had an impeccable style that will last the ages. Before she passed away in 2009 Murphy starred in movies such as Clueless, Girl Interrupted, Just Married, Uptown Girls and my personal favourite Love and Other Disasters and whether she was on screen or off her style was always amazing.

Her style a mix of fun, flirtation and sophistication, Brittany's confidence and beautiful smile meant she could pull off any outfit she tried. This year marked the 6th anniversary of Brittany's passing and she is dearly missed. Her talent and style will help carry on her memory forever.

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Sunday, 27 December 2015

What I Got For Christmas 2015

Hi :)
I hope you all had a really wonderful break and time spent with your families these holidays. I was very fortunate to be given some really great presents which I though I would share with you today!

Probably one of my favourite presents that I received was these gorgeous Victoria's Secret 'Body by Victoria Supersoft Short PJ Set' in Ruby Wine. These are so comfy and even though I'm fairly tall (5'10"/178cm) the shorts are short but still long enough to cover everywhere they're supposed to.

I was so happy when I opened this present it was a copy of Amy Winehouse's Frank on vinyl. If you know me you know that Amy is one of my all time favourite singers (RIP) and Frank was my favourite era of hers. This record has been on replay since I received it!

I was given this Zara perfume duo from my parents and the fragrances are really beautiful. One is 'oriental' and the other is 'floral'.

I received this Lush Christmas bath box from my aunt, uncle and cousins and it smells incredible. I love everything from Lush and I always feel so much better after having a Lush bath. I've already used the blue one which I believe is called Lord of Misrule, it turned my bath all kinds of pretty colours (blues, purples, pinks etc.) and smelt amazing.

I was given this reusable piping kit from my grandparents and I definitely wasn't expecting it however it was so sweet. I love baking and cooking and my grandma is definitely a big part of that as a lot of the recipes I grew up cooking were hers. I also had a major assignment this year which involved making my own cookbook my grandparents were really supportive of the whole thing and came to see my project when it was all done on the day. This present was really thoughtful and I will definitely be using this heaps (also it came in an adorable elephant box which isn't shown).

This beautiful little Christmas tealight holder was given to me from my little brother and it is from Dusk. I really loved this gift more for the meaning behind it, my brother is only 11 so the fact that he actually went out of his way to go and pick something out for me himself with his money that he spent meant a lot.

From my parents and grandparents I received $80 worth of Zara gift cards, I also got a $50 Westfield voucher from my aunt, uncle and cousins which means I get to go on a bit of a mini shopping spree soon :P

I was given some beautiful stationary from my great aunt and uncle and also from my aunt, uncle and cousins which will definitely come in handy as I'm the type of person who is always writing things down or making lists.

I was given this sweet little butterfly bracelet from Tuscany Silver from our friends in Norway, the chain itself is rosegold and the butterfly charm is studded with diamantes.

I was given these pyjamas as well from my aunt, uncle and cousins and our friends in England. The polka dot ones are from a brand called Love to Lounge and the pink and navy ones are from Primark.

I also received a few other bits and pieces which aren't pictured such as black Forever 21 skinny jeans for work, a grey knit, high necked top from Cotton on, a few books etc.
I'm so grateful to all of my amazing family and friends who gave me these beautiful gifts.
In case I don't post beforehand hope you all have a fantastic and safe ending to 2015 and a great start to 2016!
Thanks for reading xx

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Wednesday, 9 December 2015

Christmas Marbled Meringues (GF, Vegan)

Hi :)
It's been a while :/ Anyway, I first found out about 'marbled meringues' about 4 years ago by accident when making 2 different coloured meringues and not bothering to clean the piping bag :P I've made aquafaba meringues a couple times and am amazed at how they taste.
Since it is my last week of school, my friends and I decided to do our Kris Kringle tomorrow and so I decided to make some Christmassy treats to celebrate.

Christmas 'Marbled' Meringues (Gluten free and Vegan) 

- The liquid of one can of chickpeas
- 1/2 tsp of vanilla extract
- 1/4 tsp cream of tartar
- 3/4 cup of caster sugar
- 1 drop of red food colouring
- 1 drop of green food colouring

- Kitchen Aid / Stand alone mixer
- 2 medium sized bowls
- Spatula
- Baking tray and baking paper

Method: -Preheat oven to 100 degrees Celsius
1. Using a stand alone mixer whip the chickpea liquid until formed into soft peaks approximately 6-7 minutes. Make sure not to under or over whip. Towards the end of the whipping add vanilla extract and cream of tartar.
I ended up remaking these in a stand alone mixer because the
Thermomix didn't make the meringue fluffy enough
2. Gradually add sugar until combined and mixture is glossy, occasionally scraping mixture off the side of the bowl. Whip until peaks are stiff and you can hold the mixture upside down over your head without the mixture falling out.
The chickpea liquid should look fluffier than this before you
 add the sugar
3. Separate even amounts of mixture between the two bowls and mixing bowl. In the mixing bowl keep the mixture plain white, in one of the bowls add a drop or two of red food colouring and in the other bowl add a drop or two of green food colouring. Gently fold the colour through the meringue mixture making sure not to over stir it.

4. Add the two bowls of food meringue back into the plain white mixture and fold through a couple times carefully mixing the colours a little but not mixing them together or they the mixture will turn brown.

5. Using a spoon place small-medium sized mounds of mixture onto the prepared tray (these meringues expand quite a bit so make sure to not make them too big and to leave room between them).

6. Put tray into oven and bake for about 1 1/2 - 2 hours, do not let brown. Take out of oven and leave for at least 10 minutes to set.

The colours will mute a bit through the cooking process, if you want them to look
more vibrant add a couple more drops of food colouring.
These meringues are so good, I took them to school and at first didn't tell my friends what they were made of. Even though they aren't vegan they all loved them and couldn't believe they were made from chickpea liquid!