Wednesday, 31 October 2012

(Top - this is a plain tee, skirt - Kookai, necklace - Pree Brulee, shoes - Charles & Keith)

Ever since finishing med school (as of last Friday!), I have become unfamiliar with this concept of having copious amounts of time at my disposal. Becoming a doctor has been a childhood dream of mine so this marks a truly pivotal point in my life and whilst I know that there are lovely things to look forward to, I can't help feeling simultaneously rather sad that it is the end of an era. Med school has honestly been the most wonderful years of my life and I am so grateful for all the beautiful people who have shared the journey with me along the way. 

Anyhow, on a more frivolous note, this outfit epitomises my typical casual aesthetic - neutral tones with subtle pops of colour. These images are particularly sentimental to me as they were taken on one of the few sunny days when I was in London a few months ago! 

Love, Mandy. xx

Sprinkle of sparkle.

Sunday, 28 October 2012

(Top - She Inside sequin black chiffon top, skirt & heels - Zara) 
Today has been one of those perfect Sundays that starts off with a rainy morning and a warm cup of tea and then ends with a spontaneous evening of beautiful company, cabanas with magenta curtains (see here), and even more pots of tea (Madagascan vanilla, of course!). I hope you all had a beautifully spectacular weekend too! 
                                                              Much love, Mandy. xx

Jardin du Luxembourg.

Saturday, 20 October 2012

(Cardigan - Ted Baker, skirt - ASOS, bag - vintage Dior, shoes - Jeffrey Campbell)

Oh, Paris. One minute, you're losing yourself in its labyrinthine streets struggling with the indecision of which patisserie to pick for one's morning croissant (I inevitably visited all of them) only to find that the meticulous selection you deliberated on have been voraciously consumed the next minute. And just a few moments later ... you stumble upon a jardin that happens to have a chateaux and then suddenly, you revert to your halcyon days of youth and pretend that the whole landscape is your backyard (climbing fountains in a whimsical mint skirt is completely normal, oui?). 

.... And that's it. In the course of a few minutes, the innate magic of Paris has stolen my heart once again. 

Have a sparkling weekend, everyone!

Much love, Mandy. xx

Light, lemon, & London.

Thursday, 11 October 2012

(Top - Finders Keepers, shorts - Bec & Bridge, cardigan - Cos, bag - vintage Dior, shoes - Charles & Keith, sunglasses - Sarroff Designs) 
The clouds have taken an ominous hue of grey of late so sharing these images from London that are filled with light and my favourite shade of the moment - lemon - seems like an apt reaction against the gloomy skies. I usually have an affinity for muted tones, nude palettes, and all shades of pink ... but I think yellow is slowly usurping them in my wardrobe! 

And speaking of light - tomorrow is Friday! I hope you all have something beautiful planned for the weekend. :) 

Much love, Mandy. xx

All that glitters.

Sunday, 7 October 2012

(Top - Backstage & glitter shorts - House of Wilde, both from ADRENALIN BOUTIQUE, cape - Chip Chop, sandals - RMK)
When you're in a place as whimsical as Paris, it really calls for packing a suitcase that is equally whimsical. Traipsing around town from the Musee Rodin to the Notre Dame in this glittery sartorial confection just made everything seem even more magical ... though I'm incredibly pleased that I had the insight to pack a cape for the sudden cold snaps! 
A big thank you to Dean from Adrenalin Boutique (an absolute imperative if you're on the Gold Coast) who helped me pick out this outfit before my adventures! 
                                                             Much love, Mandy. xx 

Avocado and coconut ice cream.

Tuesday, 2 October 2012

On my recent sojourn to East Timor, I had an exquisite drink called es alpukat - essentially an Indonesian avocado milkshake with just a drizzle of chocolate syrup topped with ice cream. It is absolutely indulgent and yes, there are still remnants of it on my hips (but it was utterly worth it). Since I am not in possession of an ice cream maker, this recipe didn't turn out quite as lusciously creamy as I would have liked - for future reference, I think I will pour them into ice block containers for a refreshingly delectable summer treat!
Ingredients - avocado & coconut ice cream
2 avocados
1/2 cup sugar 
1 1/2 cups of milk
1 cup of coconut cream
A squeeze of lemon
Process all the ingredients in a blender until ridiculously smooth. Pour into a container and leave in the freezer overnight.  Scoop generously into a large bowl ... and thank me later. 
                                                                 Much love, Mandy. xx