OOTD: Spring Playsuit

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Finally Spring has arrived in Sydney, and although our winter hardly caused a shiver, it is so lovely to be able to bring back playsuits and bare legs. I love that this piece is versatile enough for winter wear with its long sleeves and winter colour palette whilst also being suitable for the warmer days.
I spent the day with the gorgeous Ash from SHEEER down in one of our city’s most beautiful spots.

WEARING:
Playsuit – ASOS
Boots – Topshop
Sunglasses – Sportsgirl
Lipstick – Rimmel Kate Moss Collection in 107

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With Love,
Kate xx

TOP FIVE: Perfumes

From left to right

Sweetheart by Ghost

This is my go-to, everyday perfume and probably my ‘signature scent.’ The smell is so fresh and lovable as it’s not too overpowering, even though it carries strong hints of vanilla.  I adore the tall, semi-matte bottle, it’s so simple and easy to carry in your handbag.

Beautiful Love by Estee Lauder

I find this perfume to be lovely and sweet, it smells like magnolia and jasmine with a strong base note that lingers on your skin and clothes. This one is good for all day wear since the smell won’t fade for hours, especially if you spray just a little bit in your hair. In terms of packaging it is quite simplistic, but also very large, so good value for money! I would wear this during Spring/Autumn.

Daisy by Marc Jacobs

Daisy is a gorgeous, floral perfume with a sweet undertone. The packaging is so cute and girly which reflects the scent of the perfume. Daisy is my go-to perfume for when I go out on the town with my friends.

Burberry Brit Eau De Toilette by Burberry

Burberry Brit is a luxurious smelling perfume with hints of vanilla, white peony and almond. It’s quite a seductive perfume in the sense that it smells delicious and lingers on the skin for hours. The packaging is simplistic and very classy. I would typically wear this perfume out to lunch or dinner.

Flowerbomb by Viktor and Rolf

Flowerbomb is a full-bodied, floral explosion with a slightly musky undertone and it smells absolutely amazing! It’s quite a strong perfume which for me is a good thing since I feel like perfume doesn’t always last on my skin for that long. I also love how the bottle looks like a little grenade made feminine. I would typically wear this perfume to an outdoor event or special occasion.

I always love looking into new perfumes and since Christmas is coming, I would love to hear any recommendations!

With love, Kate xx

OOTD: Weekend Pinafore

The first weekend of Spring brought Sydney an absolutely beautiful day full of sun and clear skies. It was an interning day for me so unfortunately I couldn’t spend my day frolicking on the beach, but I made the most of it with a delicious brunch in a balcony cafe and a walk around Glebe Markets.

What I’m Wearing?
White T-shirt – Nude Lucy $40
Pinafore – One off from a Korean clothing shop called Le Queen $175
Boots – Topshop $120
Ring – ATAT $50

  

Some girls have a thing for shoes, others have a thing for bags. Me? I have an obsession with weird and wonderful sunglasses. Sure these obstruct my vision a little bit, but these are my new favourites and they are worth it!

Much love,
Kate xx

HOW TO: Make a Jaffa Cake!

Over the weekend was not only my Fathers Birthday, but also Fathers Day. For the special occasion my mother and I decided to make a cake using his favourite chocolate – Jaffas!
It was so good that I decided it needed to be shared with you.
So without further ado, here is my first HOW TO.

Ingredients
Butter – 200g, softened
Brown sugar – 3/4 cup
Eggs – 3, at room temperature
Dark chocolate – 200g, melted
Orange zest – 2 teaspoons
Plain flour – 1.5 cups
Cocoa powder – 1/4 cup
Baking powder – 1 teaspoon
Bicarb soda – 1/2 Teaspoon
Milk – 1/4 cup
Orange juice – 1/4 cup
Jaffa lollies – 1/2 cup, roughly crushed

Method

  1. Preheat oven to moderate, 180°C. Lightly grease and line base and sides of a deep 20cm round cake pan with baking paper.
  2. In a large bowl, using an electric mixer, beat butter and sugar together until pale
    and creamy. Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in chocolate and zest.
  3. Sift flour, cocoa, baking powder and soda together. Lightly fold into creamed mixture alternately with combined buttermilk and juice, beginning and ending with flour mixture. Fold in jaffas. Spoon into pan, smoothing surface.
  4. Bake 50-55 minutes, until cooked when tested. Cool in pan 5 minutes before turning onto a wire rack to cool completely.

Frosting Ingredients
Dark chocolate – 200g, chopped
Butter – 125g, chopped
Icing sugar – 1/2 cup, sifted

Method

In a large heatproof bowl, combine chocolate and butter. Place over a saucepan half-filled with simmering water. Stir with a metal spoon until melted.
Mix in icing sugar until smooth. Cool until firm then beat until smooth. Spread over top of cake.

To decorate the cake I used some crushed Jaffas but as an extra addition, I grated a few slices of a Terry’s Chocolate Orange over the top.
TIP: To crush Jaffas easily, place in a bag, cover with tea towel and smash with a rolling pin.

Well, there you have it!  A delicious treat that made my Dad smile for Fathers Day.

It was almost a shame to eat it because it looked that good. Almost.

Much love, Kate xx

(Recipe based on the Womans Day magazine)

BONJOUR PARIS

Bonjour mon amour!

A few months ago whilst travelling, I stopped in France for a week. This was my first trip to Paris and I could never have predicted how much I would fall in love with this city. The time I spent here flew past all too quickly and I honestly think I could spend the rest of my life wandering stoned streets, dining in cafes and staring shamelessly at gorgeous French men.

Some of my favourite memories:

– Shopping along the Champs-Élysées
– Standing at the summit of the Eiffel Tower at midnight just as the lights began
– Attempting to be just the right amount of tipsy and lost in order to reenact ‘Midnight In Paris.’
– French bread, cheese, baguettes and nutella crepes
– Trying snails for the first time and pretending to love them for the waiter
– Exploring Montmartre and discovering the cafe from the film ‘Amelie’
– Locking away some love on the Pont des Arts
– Visiting Versailles and wandering the immaculate gardens

Here are some of the beautiful things I saw whilst in the city of love.

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As you can see it was so easy to fall in love with a city like Paris, and now I plan to live there for a few months in 2014. For this reason I am learning to speak French!
After Paris I caught the train over to London where I also spent a week exploring. I will post some of my London adventures later this week.

Avec amour, Kate xx