Monthly Archives: June 2012

Wardrobe Wednesday – my denim philosophy

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Although I like to think I’m one of those people who wears original outfits everyday in actuality I mainly wear jeans. With this in mind a few years ago, I started to buy expensive jeans thinking it was a good move price per wear. But I discovered something: expensive jeans do not equate to better quality jeans or more stylish jeans or even more ethical jeans. Now I buy jeans I like.

While on an unplanned detour at a train station in January this year I bought a very cheap pair of jeans at a shop called Vila and I have LIVED in them. So now I know we will not be staying here (a long story for another day) I thought, maybe I should get another pair. And guess what, they had a deal if you bought two pairs – so I bought two hence the slightly unconventional colour.

I think I will get a lot a value for wear from these under €30 jeans!

Outfit breakdown:

Top: hand made; jeans: Vila; boots: TradeMe; necklace: old earring of my grandmother’s. Rosy cheeks: homemade with a good scrubbing in the shower!

Linking in here

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Wardrobe Wednesday

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Since arriving in Holland with only a suitcase of clothes and three pairs of shoes (true story) I’ve been sewing like mad. I bought a second hand Singer (very appropriate) soon after arriving and what with the infamous fabric influx which just keeps on giving, there’s no reason to shop.

Today I premiered a new top. The fabric has a silk like feel and the coral colour was just delicious. Only a small remnant though so a little creative thinking was required. I’m very happy with the result.

Shoes: cheap and cheerful from the market; Jeans: free from a recent clothing swap; Top: hand made; Earrings: Peter Lang; Watch: Marc Jacobs; Rings: All vintage/estate.

Linking up here.

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Comfort Food

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What do you do when:

  1. You find out after waiting about eight months your visa application will probably be denied and you may have to leave the country,
  2. You have no proper ingredients in the pantry,
  3. Your husband feels miserable and hungry and it’s his birthday the next day?

Make potato soup. Five ingredient comfort food. Everything feels better with a full belly.

Oh, and open some early birthday presents and feel loved.

Bread making workshop (and a little dressing up…)

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So I taught a bread making workshop this week.

It was a first time for me and I was lucky to have a group of wonderful students there and it was a lot of fun… even despite getting an oven rack stuck in the very deep restaurant oven and burning my arms trying to pull loaves of bread out with tongs. It was a bit like a culinary forceps birth!

My foodie friend Olive organised the workshop and the brief for the dress code was “girly floral” because, hey, it’s nice to look good in the kitchen and she wants to create a total experience for her workshops. Love it.

It’s a little hard to see my whole outfit but what I’m wearing is:

A pink top from a vintage store in Amsterdam called Episode, a handmade skirt that you can see better here, the same green market shoes that you can see here, and some pale pink lacy tights from the market. They’re a bit out of my normal wardrobe sphere but at € 1 it’s a risk I could afford!

Looking good, tasting good and linking up here with ladies frolicking in the snow.

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Book worm

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I love to read. I think it’s actually vital for my mental health to have a book on the go. My sister (who blogs here) introduced me to this fantastic blog: 1001bookreviews.com

The folks here are aiming to compile reviews of all the books on the 1001 Books to Read Before You Die list. Great project. So I got involved.

You can read my review of The Life of Pi by Yann Martel here and maybe you might get excited and want to submit a book review too.

Black-eyed bean falafel

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I made some delicious falafel this week. I used black-eyed beans instead of the more traditional chickpea. I like the colour variation and I prefer the flavour.

The other ingredients are onion, garlic, mint, coriander – fresh and ground, cumin, cayenne, and a bit of lemon juice. Shape into balls or fritters and shallow fry in olive or vegetable oil, or bake in the oven.

I made a bumper batch and we ate them in a variety of ways over the week. Plain with homemade tzatziki, wrapped in lettuce leaves with hummus or full pita pocket style choc full of veges, hummus and tzatziki.

What’s not to love!

Wardrobe Wednesday

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As you may know I recently was given a LOT of fabric and I have been sewing madly. I made this dress which I love. Perfect for spring/summer, very comfortable, and (most importantly for Amsterdam) able to be biked in.

The navy fabric I bought in Paris. It was only €10 for about 3 metres. You can’t really tell from the photo, but it’s lined with jersey cotton in a purple/lilac colour (from the freebie sacks). The lining was necessary as the navy was very sheer and it has the added bonus of giving the colour a real lift, and making it very comfortable and easy to wear.

Joining in here with other well dressed ladies who are getting ready for winter!

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