Love: My New Scarf

So I have a few blogs I follow (of course) and one I especially love is called Buy Now Blog Later. Laura, the author, has a style that I really like and she wears a lot of classic items, that can be purchased from the designer brands or from the more affordable fashion retailers. A few weeks ago Laura posted about a gorgeous scarf she’d purchased from and Ebay shop called Daisy Elle. (She had initially seen this scarf on someone else’s blog, and so the story goes on…) It was very affordable and so I snapped one up. A week later it was in my mail box and a week after that the temperature in Melbourne dropped and I was able to wear it out and about.

I wore it with a simple black cardigan, jeans and with my hair down. It is so warm and as I wear a lot of pinks, it fits right into my wardrobe.

- So warm -

- A self-portrait -

If you missed my earlier post about ways to tie a scarf, please click here.

Where do you get your scarves from? Please tell…

Alison

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Love: Movie Review – Chronicle

A few weeks ago, I begrudgingly accompanied my husband to his choice of film (in exchange, I got an afternoon off to see a chick-flick with a girlfriend). I have done this a few times and I keep surprising myself as I actually find I am enjoying his choices. One I remember distinctly was the film District 9. I only went with him as it was his birthday and his choice of film. I set myself up in the cinema for a snooze as I thought it would be mega-crap, then I couldn’t avert my eyes. I even used it as a Year 12 film study the following year! Amazing!

- If you haven't seen this film...please do! -

Anyway, I digress.

This recent film, Chronicle, turned out to be quite interesting. It was far from a conventional Hollywood blockbuster – perhaps that’s what I liked about it. It starred Andrew Detmer, Matt Garetty and Steve Mongomery – ever heard of them? I don’t think so. Like District 9, it had elements from the science-fiction genre, as well as action and documentray-style.

- Chronicle -

- The three main characters -

It was filmed all using hand-held devices (I know this makes many people physically ill, but it wasn’t too bad). It also didn’t have any opening titles  – very unconventional. It threw me a little and I even leaned over to Husband to ask if we were in the correct cinema – we were. Phew. I assume this was all to to add to the ‘realism’ of the narrative.

It surrounded the lives of three high-school students who discover a ‘place’ that gives them these special powers. They use it for fun antics to begin with, but as they become more in-tune with their powers, one of them starts using it for personal gain. I won’t give away anymore as it would ruin the story.

- The place where they get their powers -

Although my heading states that I loved it, I didn’t really love it. I liked it though and would happily rate it a 6 out of 10. I thought it had a few over-the-top elements towards the end. Perhaps a good one for the home-cinema, DVD-style!

Here the trailer if you’re interested…

For people who have seen this film, what did you think? For people who haven’t, what have you heard?

Alison

Baby Bake: Salmon and Broccoli Pasta

Evie’s all time favourite food is pasta (I have NO IDEA where she gets this from…chuckle chuckle) and so when I flicked through Ananabel Karmel’s ‘New Complete Baby and Toddler Meal Planner‘, and saw a healthy, tasty and easy-to-make pasta meal, I thought I’d give it a go.

- Great Book for baby and toddler food ideas -

The ingredients are fairly straight forward and include:

  • Animal pasta shapes (I use dinosaurs)
  • onion
  • garlic
  • butter or oil
  • broccoli (I also add cauliflower as I always have this in my fridge!)
  • tinned salmon
  • cream
  • parmesan cheese

- Fry off some onion and garlic in some olive oil or butter -

- Add the tinned salmon -

- Meanwhile, steam veggies over boiling pasta -

- Throw all ingredients into the pot and mix together -

- Serve...yum, yum -

I make the recommended amount and freeze into lots of small containers, so it lasts a while and is quick and easy to defrost in the microwave.

- Filling up the freezer -

What is your child’s favourite food? Or yours?

Alison

Love: 25 Ways to Wear a Scarf

*** HAPPY 2nd BIRTHDAY TO EVIE ***

I discovered this video at the end of last winter and so I’ve put it away until right now, as the temperature in Melbourne drops, and I start to become addicted to scarf-wearing. There’s nothing worse than a cold neck and décolletage and so be prepared for some scarf posts in the very near future.

What are your thoughts? How good is it?

My challenge…try each different style each time I wear a scarf…photograph and post weekly throughout winter. Who else is up for the challenge??

Alison

Love: Three Things

Three favourite things…

1.

- Sticking very closely to the diet and exercise plan for one week -

2.

- If you are watching this, you need NO explanation! -

3.

- Giving and receiving compliments is so important...makes the world a better place -

1. http://au.tv.yahoo.com/plus7/revenge/

2. http://www.12wbt.com/

3. http://www.marksanborn.com/blog/consider-your-compliments/

What are your three favourite things this week?

Alison

Love: Mac Fix+ Review (Guest Writer – Mel)

Here’s another piece written by my very clever friend, Melissa Imbesi. She is very clever with all things beauty-related, so I have been bugging her to get writing about it. Finally, she listened, and I’m so, so glad.

- MAC Fix+ -

To call a beauty product a ‘must have’ I think it’s got to be something pretty special. There are so many competing products on the market now that most are pretty replaceable. Except for this. Enter, MAC Fix+.  Ah, if it weren’t for my husband, I could call this product the love of my life. Maybe I’ll call it the love of my make up bag.

For those who are unfamiliar, Fix+ is a ‘spritzing spray’ that is generally used to  finish your make up. But it is more. Oh, so much more. You know when you find the perfect foundation, but it just seems a little flat or powdery. Or, you have perfected your base and set it with powder (essential – this stops your makeup from shifting or slipping around) and it just looks too…….well, powdery. Close your eyes and spray. That’s it. Fix+ imparts a beautiful sheen to the skin and takes away any powdery-ness, but maintains the coverage of your foundation.

There are so many different uses for this little puppy – it can be used as a ‘mixing medium’ for shadows to turn them into liners, so basically any old eyeshadow can become your liner. Great for turning bright colours into a liquid liner to use when you are in the mood for a hint of colour, but don’t want to look like Cyndi Lauper circa 1985. A spritz of Fix+ mixed with the shadow and voila, no need to buy turquoise or purple liner. I have even used it in my hair. OK, this was accidental, but it really works. Whilst spraying this on my face, it ended up misting all over those really attractive frizzy baby hairs on my hair-line and you know what – those little bastards were tamed. So why not give your hair a quick spray while you’re at it? It really does work.

I’ve had my bottle for a year now and I use it ALL THE TIME. For $27, it won’t break the bank, but will leave your skin singing something along the lines of, “glory, glory hallelujah” and everyone asking why the hell you look so amazing. Your reply? Plenty of water and a balanced diet. They’ll never know the difference!

If you’ve tried this, what do you think of this product? If you haven’t tried it, are you tempted now?
Thank you Mel.
Alison

Bake: Banana Bread

I have been asked to take this recipe off the blog as by publishing it I am violating the copyright terms of the program.

I am disappointed that I can’t share this with you. I was not intending to make any money from this, but rather help promote the 12WBT – which I will no longer be doing either.

- Mixing, mixing -

- Fresh out of the oven -

- Yummy brecky! -

I’d love to hear how your banana bread recipe is different? Do you like banana bread? As a meal or as a snack?

Alison