December 9, 2012Posted by on
It’s been a busy few weeks. We were in Papua New Guinea for two weeks, during which time our little black cat Huffle Mawson passed away. We were devastated but she was staying with my parents, whom she loved, so she wasn’t alone. Then we had a week at home and I’ve been back at work for a week. Talk about busy! And two weeks from now we’ll be in our new house!
With all of that going on, I haven’t had much of a chance to wear my frocks or shoes. I’ll have to do my best during the party season.
Leona Edmiston “Briola” dress; Joanne Mercer patent peep toes
Worn to: Rockpool for my birthday dinner
Leona Edmiston “Helena” dress (worn with Sandler wedges, already saved)
Worn to: work, and lunch at the Bistro
I also wore another dress to a cocktail function but forgot to take a photo. I’ll include it next week.
This weekend I have also cleaned out my wardrobe in preparation for moving house. You’ll notice that my shoe and dress counts have gone down slightly. Still a long way to go before I save everything though!
December 4, 2012Posted by on
November 11, 2012Posted by on
Massive effort this week to save five dresses and three pairs of shoes.
Capture rose print dress; Wittner patent peep toes (already saved)
Worn to: work, but more specifically lunch at the Press Club
Leona Edmiston “Jazz” dress; MiuMiu navy suede sandals
Worn to: dinner at Zio’s
I am thrilled to have saved so many clothes and shoes this week because for the next two weeks I will not be doing any saving at all, as I’ll be cruising in Papua New Guinea on a holiday.
November 3, 2012Posted by on
Steady progress again this week, two pairs of shoes and two dresses saved.
I have had those red Diana Ferrari shoes for at least two years and I’ve never worn them before. They are a bit unforgiving but I wore them around the house for a few nights and then to work and now I think they’ll be okay. Very happy I saved them as I love the look of them.
October 27, 2012Posted by on
Good progress this week, two pairs of shoes saved, one dress, one skirt and a top.
Yeah, so we bought a house. So excited! It’s our dream house and we get the keys right before Christmas. We were originally thinking we’d move just after Christmas but now we’re so excited we might do it the weekend before. We’ll see.
October 22, 2012Posted by on
The story goes that the women back home made these biscuits and sent them in tins to the soldiers fighting in the trenches in WWI. They have no eggs or milk so keep for a while, and it doesn’t matter if they get a bit hard. I am not that fond of them but the boy loves them and requested I bake them for him on the weekend.
Anyway, to make them you will need:
300g plain flour
250g rolled oats
130g dessicated coconut
300g soft brown sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
250g unsalted butter, chopped into cubes
Preheat oven to 150C. Cover two baking trays with baking paper.
Sift the flour and combine all dry ingredients in a large mixing bowl. Place the butter and honey in a small saucepan and stir over a low heat until butter is melted. Pour into bowl with dry ingredients and stir thoroughly until combined.
Roll mixture into 16 balls and place on the trays 5cm apart. Press gently to flatten.
Bake for 15 minutes, until golden. Allow to cool slightly on trays before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely. Store in an airtight container.
October 20, 2012Posted by on
No post last week as I didn’t think I was going to save any shoes, but thankfully on Sunday I managed to wear these out on my travels.
I posted on Facebook when I wore those pointy shoes that I now remember why I didn’t love pointy shoes last time they were in fashion. Talk about uncomfortable! But they are safe now, even if I end up getting rid of them.
So a good two weeks, with four pairs of shoes and two dresses saved.
October 10, 2012Posted by on
Over the weekend, I baked a cake. I took inspiration from a friend’s post on Facebook and made a chocolate oreo cake. I got the recipe from here. I used Rosie’s Chocolate Cake recipe from here. For those of you who, like me, are not in the USA and do not have access to Cool Whip, on the advice of my friend Karen, I simply substituted 2 cups of whipped cream (made with caster sugar and vanilla for sweetness).
I then took the extra step of covering the cake in chocolate fondant, and decorating with fondant butterflies. It looked awesome:
And tasted just as awesome:
In retrospect, I would have made only half the chocolate frosting to go under the fondant. It is a LOT of chocolate and very sweet. But without the fondant, you could definitely make the full amount (and use it all) and it would be fine. The oreo filling is not that sweet thanks to the cream and cream cheese.
Also: if, like me, you are unable to drink coffee, you can simply substitute a cup of boiling water in the cake recipe. That’s what I did and it turned out delicious. And as Rosie says in her instructions, do use two pans. If you try the bake the cake in just one pan it will not rise properly.
I recommend eating this cake for morning tea as you will be on a sugar high for hours afterwards. But on the plus side, there’s no butter in the cake recipe. Balance, people. It’s all about balance.
October 8, 2012Posted by on
October 5, 2012Posted by on
Success this week in saving dresses… the shoes not so much. But I’ll get there.
I’m now well past halfway in the dress challenge but not even close in the shoe challenge. I hope the weather improves soon!
October 1, 2012Posted by on
September 28, 2012Posted by on
Progress on both the shoe and wardrobe challenges this week.
As you can tell from the shoes, the weather is slowly improving here. Although the forecast for tomorrow is not great: 14C and hail.
I’ve just realised that I counted one dress twice in my challenge (a few weeks ago). Now I have another dress to save, dammit!
September 23, 2012Posted by on
September 15, 2012Posted by on
So this is the half way point of my shoe and wardrobe challenge. I managed to save both one dress and one pair of shoes this week, which is good.
I have now passed the half way mark in my dress challenge, but I am seriously behind on saving shoes. As I’ve mentioned before, I am hoping that when the weather warms up again, I’ll be able to save a lot more pairs. I really don’t want to have to give any up!
I do have some pairs which are exempt from the challenge, including my very first pair of Christian Louboutin heels, and my Jimmy Choos, but I still have a lot of pairs to get through.
September 8, 2012Posted by on
This week I managed to save one more dress. Unfortunately it was a new dress so the ratio of dresses to saved dresses has not changed.
As you can see from the peep toes, we actually had a really nice day here on Tuesday and I managed to leave the house without tights! It was very exciting.
I also bought these shoes, to wear with the navy dress I got a few weeks ago. I’ll be wearing the shoes and dress to my cousin’s wedding in November.