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Spring Racing 101

It’s finally that time of year again…Spring Racing carnival. My absolute favourite time of year, that combines fashion with socialising and of course a very historical sporting event! This year I teamed up with Oscar Oscar to prepare my race day hair looks for each event, and here I speak to the team about my hints and tips if you’re planning to hit the track this coming week. Check it out now! Advertisements

The Chewiest Choc-Chip Cookies Goin’ Round

I used to make these cookies far too often. Now, they’re a serious treat. These are always my go-to choc-chip cookies because they are amazingly soft, chewy and moist (yes I know you’re cringing at me using the word moist but it IS the best adjective in baking speak). I’m not one to share my top secret recipes, but I’m feeling extra generous, so here’s both the best AND the easiest choc-chip cookie recipe you’ll find. Oh and yes, the dough is to die for and I generally eat half the mixture before it goes in the oven.    Ingredients Checklist: 1 cup self raising flour 1 cup brown sugar ½ cup butter (softened) 1 teaspoon vanilla essence 1 tablespoon golden syrup (the key to chewy cookie success!) Choc chips (any kind, I usually like to use a mix of white and milk) Macadamia nuts, chopped (optional) Method: Preheat oven to 160 degrees Celsius (150 degrees Celsius for fan forced). In a food processor, beat butter, sugar and vanilla essence until fluffy. Add flour and …

New Kids On The Block: Brunch Spots

Not a week goes by that I don’t venture out into the burbs’ to get my breakfast/brunch fix. I live for those weekend days that I get to catch up with friends and eat good food and drink good coffee. Isn’t that what life is about? Melbourne IS the café capital of Australia (even if I do say so myself. But it is okay) and competition is getting intense with new spots popping up every weekend, or so it seems! Of course I take it upon myself to try each and every one – that’s right, taking one for the team guys! Here are my top three recent discoveries. ONE: Walk Don’t Run, 17 Morey Street, Armadale  For those who know me, you will be well versed in my obsession with Merchants Guild – a café in Melbourne’s Bentleigh East area. I’m still yet to find a breakfast, brunch or lunch spot that satiates my cravings the way Merchants does. I love everything about it; the vibe, the coffee, the food and the service. So, …

Diner en Blanc Is Coming To Melbourne

For 25 years, although the tradition was born in Paris, cities all over the world host an annual dinner unlike any other. The location is kept a secret, despite hundreds, if not thousands, of invitees preparing themselves for an eloquent and elaborate evening of fine food, champagne and entertainment. Attendees embark on a journey to the top secret location, from all over the given city, and it is only upon arrival that the whereabouts of each Diner en Blanc (DeB) is revealed. (pictured above: Diner en Blanc, Paris 2014) Sound exciting? If you’re like me and enjoy your food and drink as much as your fashion and sharing a special occasion with friends, then the inaugural Diner en Blanc Melbourne is an event not to be missed. I am extremely excited to be getting involved with DeB Melbourne and hope many fellow Melbournian’s will join in this exclusive celebration. As the name suggests, the theme is always white. Both women and men must be dressed in white, appropriately of course and strictly white wine and …

Getting Into the Spirit…Spring Racing Season

It’s that time of year again. If you’re a Melbournian then you definitely understand that the Spring Racing carnival is THE time of year to get into the current fashion trends and enjoy a track-side beverage. It’s all fun and games until you don’t prepare yourself or plan ahead and end up shoe-less, sunburnt and not so fancy. These are some of my personal tips to get you through this spring racing season. Do your research (not much is required!) for the days you’re planning to attend. By this, I mean, if you’re going to Derby Day – you need to understand that the tradition is to dress in black and white (monochrome). It’s so important to uphold these traditions. There’s nothing worse than not dressing to reflect the theme. A few quick hints for dress codes: Derby Day: black and white Oaks Day: florals, feminine themes on this day Cup Day: go for bold, brights, wear your biggest and best head pieces for the ladies Stakes Day: is a little more relaxed and casual. …