Thursday, December 24, 2009

My sweet ass Gingerbread house

Last night saw the creation of this wonderful gingerbread house.
Having never attempted one before, Donna Hay magazine pulled through with a simple recipe which helped us to conquer the feat.

If ever you need to make fail-safe food for any occassion; Donna Hay is the way to go. If you can't master her recipes- then you should just keep out of the kitchen. Seriously you would have to try really, really hard to stuff her recipes up.
So 1.2kg of flour (!!!) and everything else we are with the dough. It is cooked in identical cookie trays to make the walls and roof.

Once they've been turned out and cooled, each piece is cut in half and the corners are cut off two pieces to create the shape for the roof.

The house is then constructed by piecing together the walls with icing 'cement' to hold it in place.

Use tall glasses or jars to hold the walls in place until the cement sets.

Once it is all set- it's time to decorate! If you want to create windows and doors, it is best to do this BEFORE you stick the walls up. That way the icing won't drip or fall off and it's alot easier to pipe onto the panels when they are laying flat.

We finished ours with Christmas trees and shrubbery and Santa Claus climbing in the chimney. The chimney was made by cutting a small section off one of the off-cuts of the side panel as this already gave the same angle slant as the roof.
What Christmas treats have you been creating?
Merry Christmas to all my readers! Hope it is full of love, fun and good food xx

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Outfit of the day

Today was busy and tiring. I went to have my hair done at Oscar Oscar salon in Paddington (unfortunately the blow dry was ruined by the wind) and then pick up meat for Christmas lunch from Victor Churchill's on Queen street, Woollahra.

If you haven't been to this butcher, and you live in Sydney- you must do yourself a favour and go there!

Earlier this year it was completely refurbished to make buying meat and poultry a shopping experience, not just an everyday chore.

(Unfortunately I don't have any pics of the store, the one above I pinched off their site...ssshhh!) One of the best looking parts of the store is the door handle- It's a long line of sausage links. So good, so kitsch, so inspired.

Once inside you can see meat being prepared and carved up live, with up to 3 butchers behind glass hard at work. Peruse cabinets full of various cuts of meat and poultry in all different varieties, (I love to stare at the wagyu beef all the different grades and drool), and choose your own cuts of prosciutto to be sliced in front of you.

There are also gourmet condiments and sauces and tubs of duck fat to confit a la maison.

A chef prepares meals such as coq au vin, ready to be heated up at home and individual desserts and salads are also available.

In such a boutique and lovely store you would expect enormous prices, but it is quite to opposite. For the absolutely brilliant quality you are receiving you will be greatly surprised at how inexpensive it is.
To give an example: Today I picked up 2 Turkey breast rolls (around 3.2kg) a 2kg loin of pork and 20 strips of prosciutto for just under $180.00.

From memory you can buy wagyu beef patties from $2.00 and sourdough baguettes for $6.00.

But don't just sit there reading my ramblings. My brain is scrambled from the heat! Hurry yourselves in to Churchill's or check out the website (I believe they're going to be home delivering soon!)

I know you pervs love a peek at my outfits! So here is today's:

Jacket- L.A.M.B
Tank- Supre
Shorts- Bettina Liano
Shoes- Nine West
Bag- Marc Jacobs

And here's a picture of my baby, Georgina, just because I was laughing at her shifty eye that I managed to catch on camera.

Saturday, December 19, 2009

It's beginning to look alot like Christmas...

I've noticed some people blogging about their Chrissy decorations and I like the idea so I have decided to share a few of mine.

The tree in all its glory. Very strict with the blue and silver theme! Mainly our decorations consist of special pieces that have been picked up from all over the world. Including:


America (Dumbo from Disneyworld, Florida and Native American Indian decoration from Nevada).

It wouldn't be my tree without bows, hearts, shoes and handbags.

Just in case I forget who I am
More hearts and bows...of course!

Indoor wreath to spread the cheer throughout the whole place

Peace out, A town down.

Friday, December 18, 2009

Mood dressing

On such a drab day with Christmas crowds, bus strike and rain galore I thought it best to dress for the mood. In black.

I'm not really down with the 'harem pant' phenomenon, but I've had these Alistair Trung harem pants for a while now and used to wear them before everyone else did. Yep, I'm really that fashion forward.

Since the trend hit, they haven't seen the light of day- but today's weather was not hot nor cold. Too warm for jeans or something equally heavy and a summer dress would look inappropriate given the rain.
Pants- Alistair Trung
Singlet- Supre
Jacket- no name brand
Shoes- Givenchy
Bag- Chanel
Bracelet- Samantha Wills
Earrings- Emmanuelle
I don't have a close up of the earrings, but I wore two mix-matched ones which were from a 20 (or so) piece set I bought to adorn my hair back in the day for my year 11 formal.
I wore the infamous Sass & Bide 'Postmistress' dress and got the same hair dresser (Renya Xydis) and makeup artist (Liz Kelsh) to make me up the same as the models from the show which the dress was featured in.
Part of the hair was earrings placed in the plaits running down the side of my head. Loved the result.
The elastic waist band of my harem pants also proved a fine choice for my big, beautiful lunch at Etch. Yes, yes I did spend Melbourne cup there. And I have a booking to take an overseas guest there in just a few days. But who can get sick of perfection? Not me.

I was a bit boring and ordered what I've ordered everytime I've been there since the Spring menu got put on:

Entree- Spring vegetable salad, crispy hen's egg and hazelnut emulsion
Main- Marinated Lamb rump, candied olive, crushed potato and tomato vinegarette
Side- Provencal potatoes, aged prosciutto, smoked garlic mayonnaise
Dessert- Chocolate checkerboard and mint ice cream

Every meal was exquisite as it sounds.

The rest of the day was spent in Louis Vuitton choosing Christmas presents for mother dearest. Lucky her!

I hope everyone had an OK day despite the painful weather and lack of public transport!

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Angelina Ballerina day...another outfit post

So today I went to see Angelina's star performance; a ballet based on Angelina ballerina (see previous blog).

Also- today I had a normal 'Marlo' outfit on, so you can see how I really dress. Frills, glitz et al.
The ballet was performed at Sydney's state theatre which is one of the most beautiful venues in our fine city.

I always love going here, and have since I was a child. It makes the theatre-going experience so much more decadent. Apologies for the blurry pics- apparently my mum can't keep her hands still!! But you will get the idea.
Jacket- Alannah Hill
Skirt- Review
Tshirt- Supre
Shoes- Mollini
Bag- Luella 'Giselle'
Headband- Miu Miu

Rings- Teddy bear Clare's in Harajuku and Tiffany & Co. 1837 silver ring
Bracelet- Tiffany & Co. heart tag charm bracelet

Fingernails- Chanel 'seduction'

Toe nails- Revlon 'red'

Saturday, December 12, 2009

More Tarina Tarantino beauty pics!

Lucky me (and you too)! The gorgeous peeps from Tarina Tarantino have kindly emailed me pics from the New York launch of the Tarina Tarantino and Sephora beauty range.
If only you could reach out and pull the products through the computer screen as this is about as close as I will be getting to the real deal!
For those of you with access to Sephora, the range will be released soon- so keep your eyes peeled on and sign up now to be notified when this stunning collection hits the stores.

Sparklicity shimmer dust

Pearl glow primer

Gem gloss

Fleur de lash

Eye dream hypershadow

Dollskin cheek powder

Conditioning lip sheen

Brush set

Squee!!! I love it all. I'd have to say my faves are the sparklicity shimmer dust (because I love me an illuminated cheek and browbone) and the pearl glow primer which is such an essential but often overlooked makeup product.
The brush set is just too cute for words- hot pink + bows = almost too good to use!
Will you be fighting off the masses down at sephora to get your hands on some of these goodies?
Make me jealous!
What are your faves?

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Outfit of the day

So, I've had a few requests through for me to start posting my daily outfits.
Unsure of whether or not they have been completely sarcastic suggestions I have decided to give it a shot.
Now- let me warn you. Unlike some beautiful blogs around, I do not have access to a photographer, I do not have a fancy pants camera or anywhere special to shoot. I'm not a model, nor do I have the body of one. Except the height, I have that.

SO. Please do not expect great photography here. I am merely posting these shots so people can get an idea of my outfits, which are an extension of my cute obsession.
Unfortunately, I chose a really bad day to begin because I'm not really looking anywhere near cute. But I had a busy day of Christmas shopping to do, so it was not feasible to wear anything frilly or fluffy.
You can see my reluctance to post these pictures in the pained, strained look on my face in the first one but let's see how we go.

Top- Super lovers (purchased in Harajuku)

Jeans- Sass & Bide 'neon nights'

Sandals- Prada

Bag- Chanel

Sunnies- Marni

Shocking news, everyone- I love ruffles! I know, right? How could I love something so frou frou when I'm clearly not into anything at all like that *cough*

That was the main thing that drew me to these jeans. They just have that something extra, and I love how this top cuts away in the perfect spot so the frills say "Peek-a-boo!". Well, that's what they say to me, anyway.

I purchased this Super Lovers top in Japan. There's actually a bit of a funny story behind it. I mean, I found it funny- you might be bored shitless. But it involves an explosion, a baby and rude Japanese people- seriously, they're as rare as....unicorns?

So anyway, I'm walking down the street in Harajuku minding my own business when BOOOOM this loud explosion goes off. I stop in my tracks out of fear and next thing I'm wet. No, I didn't piss myself (thank God), but a taxi has driven over a can of coffee and it has exploded everywhere.

Lucky me- I was just walking by at the right point. The other victim was a baby whose parents didn't cop a singlet droplet but managed to over-react as though a real bomb had gone off.

I look down to assess the damage. It's inside the white lining of my sneakers, all over my beloved Lover anorak, IN MY FREAKIN' EARS. It was around 40 degrees (celcius for those of you going huh? That's not hot) that day and I was beginning to stick to myself. I ran into a gorgeous department store noticing Chloe, Comme des garcons, Vivienne Westwood, Yohji Yamamoto and various other stores of interest on my way to the nearest bathroom.
Once inside, I begin the uncouth activity of washing myself, as discreetly as possible, and rearranging my outfit so that you can't see the brown stains all over me.

I decide this is the perfect excuse to buy something new to put on. It's not like I needed an excuse, but it's always nice to justify your purchases.

I go into each of the above listed stores. I cannot believe the terrible looks I received. Sure, I reeked of coffee, but is coffee smell really that bad? It was obvious by the lack of service I got that my money wasn't wanted there *shrug*.

I stumble upon the Superlovers store which I was keen to look in anyway- it's a Gwen thing. (Superloveeeeer. Tell me where you got your [uh at the superlovers store] Yoh- oh, sorry I was telling a story, wasn't I?)

As soon as I walk in, I'm greeted. One of the sales assistants points to one of my many stains and I am about to roll my eyes when she offers me one of those little wet towels that seem to grow on trees or something in Japan. How sweet. I decide I will buy something from here no matter what.

This top turned out to be PERFECT. It's length meant I didn't need to change my pants that only had a few stains and it was nice and cool for the disgusting heat. Plus, super lovers aren't known to be the most expensive store in the world so I got it at a decent price! Awesome.

Feeling a lot more comfortable I am free to keep shopping and enjoy myself. Yay!

As a side note- I ended up going into this store WALL who sell the most ridiculously beautiful creations (most of which are one offs) from Japanese designers as well as artists from around the world.

I ended up picking up a stunning, one-off, hand made scarf from an artist named BORN. I totally forget where he is from...oops. Netherlands, of them. But I was more impressed with his clothing than his art.

Moral of the story- if you're going to get drenched in a can of coffee, pray that you're seconds away from Laforet in Harajuku so you can pick yourself up something new.

Below are some pics I took from around Laforet. These were mainly of the walls near/opposite the shops and some of stores that hadn't opened yet. Boo.

If there's anything else you want to see up on this blog, or any cuteness you can direct me to- don't forget to comment or email me