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Friday, December 9, 2011
Wednesday, November 9, 2011
Now that was quite a break, wasn't it? I've been in New Zealand, then to USA (NY, NJ, DC and LA). Home in Melbourne now... just in time for summer. Speaking of which, I tried adding quinoa to a regular frittata recipe tonight and it was a hit - for a quick, easy high-protein-low-calorie supper, give this a go:
1 cup green vegies (anything that cooks like broccoli, spinach, peas, etc)
1 cup mixed vegies (other colours - carrots, peppers, cauliflower, zucchini, etc)
1/2 cup raw quinoa
1 stock cube (I use Massel vegie stock because it's low salt and gluten-free)
1 1/2 cups water
1 tablespoon olive oil
grated parmesan to taste
In a large saucepan, bring water to the boil and stir in the stock cube. Add the quinoa, stir for a few minutes, then add the chopped vegies. Reduce heat and simmer until all the liquid has reduced (about 8 minutes), stirring frequently.
In a mixing bowl, beat the eggs and set aside. Grease a large frying pan with the olive oil. Once the vegie mixture is ready, stir it through the beaten eggs and pour into the frying pan. Return to medium heat on the stove until the mixture is firm (you can see it is lightly brown on the bottom when it's ready).
Sprinkle with parmesan and place the pan under a hot grill for a few minutes, until browning on top. Use a plastic utensil to slice and serve with a simple salad.
Bon apetite! mb
Thursday, August 25, 2011
|Art Deco Style at Home - Some Fabulous Finds!|
Sunday, July 31, 2011
I should run a competition like the one where you count jellybeans: how many scarves do I have in my collection? I'm thinking about a 1,000 but there's no way I'm proving that!
Preparing for some more vintage scarf cushions, although now I'm making them to order. Starting with souvenir scarves... wonder if I should include some designer scarves? There's Lanvin, Hermes, Lacroix. Can't wait. Requests welcome! mb
Tuesday, July 19, 2011
Sunday, July 17, 2011
|Image courtesy of MONA|
The highlight for me? MONA, which I'd been dying to visit since the doors opened in January. It's the brainchild of filthy rich eccentric David Walsh, thus a truly spectacular display (being a private collection - no holds barred!).
The Monanism exhibition has been extended past July, if you're in or about the Southern Hemisphere, I'd highly recommend a look in. mb
Saturday, July 16, 2011
|Gorman Winter 2011|
This week I've been through a stack of statement Gorman pieces (sometimes all at once!). My favourite look has been topping any outfit off with her short-sleeved giant stripe oversize sweaters - it's like a failproof formula.
Somehow, winter dressing is always so much more interesting. Perhaps borne of necessity. Perhaps not. mb
Friday, July 15, 2011
|Kate Shaw, Molecular Memory, 2011. Acrylic and resin on board, 90 x 60cm|
Kate explains her work like this: ‘Vacillating between the real and hallucinated, my paintings harmonize textures, dimensions and colours with the fluidity of a psychedelic body of moving water. Through these vibrantly saturated pieces, I create an intermediary space between what we know to be natural and organic and what we perceive as other worldly; ultimately constructing a narrative of how nature and art are both irrevocably transformative.’
Bright, bold, moving. I just wanted to cut a hole in the middle, pop it over my head and wear it. mb
Tuesday, May 24, 2011
Whilst I love what can be done with 'old things', I also have a penchant for collecting them in their original state. In particular antique letters with envelopes. Some people find it strange that I should read someone else's letter, but it's usually more mystery than not. I especially love the old English, how strictly and well mannered we once spoke to one another.
Here's a little selection inspired by the writers of yester-year. Enjoy! mb
Wednesday, May 18, 2011
Isn't it time you asked where your coffee came from? I just finished watching Black Gold and it has changed me. From now on, when I have coffee out, I'm asking. I'll also be purchasing ONLY fair trade coffee for my home - which shouldn't be a problem given the numerous local options I just found in a quick internet search.
It seems like something so simple to do, yet each of us can make such a difference. Find out more now by visiting Black Gold and watching the movie.
Now I need a coffee... mb
Tuesday, May 17, 2011
|DKNY S/S11 Collection|
|Courtesy of Kelley Moore, For the Love of Design|
Tuesday, April 26, 2011
|Modern Apartment Therapy|
A friend has just moved into her new Art Deco apartment in Wellington this weekend and asked me to send her a pair of macrame lamp shades we spotted on my street during her recent visit. It's the same store where I found my giant (13 bulb) hand-carved wooden chandelier, which I painted dark blue. So I got inspired and whipped up this selection of complimentary homewares.
Chances are, my eyes will wander at the market... you never know what treasures you might find! mb
Monday, April 25, 2011
|Beau Coops Boots, Southern Hemisphere Winter 2011|
Although, whilst the coolness of early winter is moving in, I've yet to find the motivation to shop... what is wrong with me? I'm so relaxed, thank goodness for long weekends! At the very least, I can start planning, there are some obvious gaps (shoes, woolens, warm dresses) and surely to be a few temptations along the way. How about some Beau Coops boots to warm my toes? Mmmmm....
Keep warm, mb
Thursday, April 14, 2011
|Masquerade Marquesa and the Caped Man|
I love dressing up and have the good fortune of a huge storage space for the numerous items I've invested in over the years that don't often get worn (but are simply amazing): my Julia DeVille custom leather spats, Melissa heeled t-bar sandals with black crystals, Manning Cartell beaded silk mini-dress with gold silk mesh frill sleeves, a Lutz Teutloff black wool military tuxedo jacket covered in jewel encrusted medals, a Dan Scurry ring sculpted around sliced metal needles...
Why am I not using my own style as inspiration? On the one hand, I'm super-keen on simplicity paired with 'feature items'. But then I have a deep-seated yearning for real effort, style and appreciation in everday dressing that I think has been missing for quite some time.
So... next step is to take a trip to the leather super-store to buy tools, gadgets and hundreds of bits'n'pieces ready to get cosy in the workroom. Perfect timing, now that the days are shorter.
My afternoon was spent 'researching' (ok, ok, more like shopping), which inspired me to create the rather mysterious collection above. Hope it sweeps you far, far away... mb
Wednesday, April 6, 2011
|Tan Chimera Ball Gown by Natasha Lazaravic, CANADA|
Here are few of my favourites from around the world. Enjoy! mb
|Water Sun Silver/Gold & Citrin Ring by Andreas Schiffler, SPAIN|
|Coral Carnival Bangles by Dirty Lush, ENGLAND|
|Denis African Print and Leather Bag by Out Of Afrika, USA|
|Turquoise Suede Spats by Veronica Vartic, BELGIUM|
Saturday, March 19, 2011
Here's a collection of what others are doing with wire these days. Enjoy! mb
Saturday, March 5, 2011
Tuesday, March 1, 2011
Saturday, February 26, 2011
What can we do to help? Make a donation to the New Zealand Red Cross. Thinking of you Chch, mb
Thursday, February 24, 2011
Tuesday, February 22, 2011
|The Gaugin Gown Jo Torr 2001|
Fast forward 16 years and it's time to reflect. What better way to do so than visiting the gallery's retrospective exhibition Call Waiting: A Celebration of the NEW Gallery 1995-2011. Time for a trip down memory lane... mb
Friday, February 18, 2011
|Karen Walker Pussy Bow Cotton Blouse & Marle Boat Pants|
Not to mention the impending 'change of season', we all know what that means... change of fashion. Oh, yes.
My wish list? It's just begun, but I'm thinking good quality fitted knits, 60's style stovepipe pants and some new boots in order. For now, beginning to browse and where better to start that Karen Walker's A/W11 Southern Hemisphere collection. mb
Thursday, February 17, 2011
|Zambesi Solar Silk Tulle Sequin Dress RRP$915|
My latest little show of support is a big win:win... dozens of designers donated items for a charity auction and guess what? I'm the proud winner of this spectacular Zambesi cocktail dress!!! Very very happy. Most excited because Zambesi is well up my list of favourite designers, not to mention they hail from my home town of Auckland, New Zealand. And, of course... it's all for a good cause. mb
Wednesday, February 16, 2011
|Thousand Paper Crane Project begins to unfold|
|Just a few days in the life of the Uniform Project|
My favourite so far is The Uniform Project, where Sheena Mathieken wore the same dress every day for a year in a completely different way. Not only did she triumph, over $100,000 was raised to support her chosen cause: The Akanksha Foundation, which provides education to children living in Indian slums. Wow.
I've thrown my hat in the ring for the Thousand Paper Crane Project, where Rich Greenhagen has devised a 1,000 word love letter, written each word on a piece of paper, folded it into a paper crane and is posting them out to volunteers all over the world. Once received, participants reveal the word in a photograph sent back to the artist, who posts them in their correct order until the entire love letter is revealed. I must admit... it's good old fashioned romance that's reeled me in. mb
Tuesday, February 15, 2011
Thursday, January 20, 2011
Monday, January 17, 2011
|Swoon Bracelet $26.00|
If you'd like to help, visit the Etsian Australian Flood Appeal store, organised by the DUST team, where hundreds of items have been donated that you can purchase. All profits are donated to The Queensland Premier's Disaster Relief Appeal.
What a fantastic way to lend a hand! I applaud the volunteers administrating the store for all of their time and effort.
My heart goes out to all those affected by the floods. mb
|Angel Wings Fine Silver Necklace $50.00|
|Bandeau Style Birdcage Veil $100.00|
Monday, January 10, 2011
Sunday, January 9, 2011
Saturday, January 8, 2011
|Black Swan Earrings by Shayisa|
I made this treasury today and couldn't resist the earrings... now they're mine! mb
Thursday, January 6, 2011
I'm focusing on goal setting for 2011... so, so many! Where do I start? Exciting times.
A happy new year to all! Back soon with a new focus - not like the sun, like a laser beam! mb