Wednesday, 22 October 2014

Another day, another (few) parcels.....

Honestly I need to cut back on the excessive shopping.  I go through peaks and troughs (peaks more than troughs, let's be honest) and right now I'm peaking.  It's terrible.  I have no self-control.  But at least I'm picking up bargains.... right?  Right??

Ozsale had One Teaspoon and Cheap Monday sales recently so I grabbed a few things:

One Teaspoon silk shirt (in black, not mink) - $30
One Teaspoon tux shirt (with a black bib, not grey) - $30
Cheap Monday Second Skin jeans - $35
Cheap Monday jeans in Dark Clean wash - $10

Then I found the outnet sale - extra 30% off!

Ash suede wedge sneakers - I'm going to attempt a DIY black dye job - USD$103
Image via theoutnet.com
Bloch two-tone ballet flats - USD$63
Image via theoutnet.com
Walter Baker silk shirt - USD$70
Image via theoutnet.com
Elle MacPherson red lace bra - USD22
Image via theoutnet.com

There's plenty more where that came from - I just can't recall all my shopping expeditions right now!

Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Parking signs

A few years ago I instagrammed this photo of a parking sign in North Sydney.


Ridiculous.  

I'm glad to read about the proposal to make parking signs graphic to make it easier to read:

Image via smh.com.au
What do you think about this?  Would you prefer the graphical signs or do our existing signs not bother you?

PS - does it annoy anyone else that the graphic computer-generated sign doesn't match the parking restrictions in the photo??  No?  Just me?.....

Monday, 20 October 2014

Tuna nicoise salad with oozy egg

I make this salad at least once a fortnight.  Tom is sick of it but I still love it so I keep making it.

I can't remember which recipe I started off using but I've modified it along the way to the point where I've perfected it now.


Ingredients:

  • 2 baby cos lettuce
  • 1 punnet (250g) grape or cherry tomatoes
  • handful green beans
  • 700g potatoes, quartered or smaller (I just use whatever potatoes I have in the pantry or whatever I buy from the supermarket.  I have no idea if they are the right ones to use or not but I've never had it taste bad based on potato choice)
  • 425g can of tuna in olive oil
  • 4 fresh* eggs
  • about... 10 olives flattened and finely diced

    *
    use fresh eggs because old eggs take about 10 times longer to de-shell and will frustrate the crap out of you

Dressing:
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • Red wine vinegar/white wine vinegar/apple cider vinegar/balsamic vinegar
  • Wholegrain/sweet wholegrain/dijon mustard
  • Salt and sugar
Ok I got yelled at by my sister for putting whole eggs in the same pot as potatoes and beans, but I've never gotten sick from it so is it really that bad (if it is, please let me know!)

So I'm super lazy and will streamline dinner making wherever possible.  So I: 
  1. chuck potatoes into boiling water for 6 mins
  2. then I add the beans and eggs to the pot for 4 mins
  3. then strain potatoes and beans, adding them to the salad bowl.  Run eggs under cold water and then de-shell
You can, more sensibly, put potatoes and beans in one pot and eggs in another pot but if you do this reduce the egg cooking time to 3 mins.

While the pot is boiling away, prepare the ingredients highlighted in italic above.  When everything is in the salad bowl (excluding eggs), dress the salad.  The last thing I do is add the egg to the centre of each plate (1 egg per plate) and pierce it so the egg runs.  Then I add a tiny pinch of salt to the egg itself (OCD but makes it taste SO much better).

This recipe makes enough for Tom and I for dinner plus a lunch for me but Tom eats HEAPS so it would probably be enough for 4 people for dinner.  If it's not quite enough just add more potatoes/beans.

Oh one last thing - the cooking times noted will need to be adjusted based on how large the pieces of potato are and the volume of potatoes.  And with the dressing - I change up the vinegar/mustard combination depending on what I feel like so just do whatever.  One of my faves is mixing red wine vinegar with balsamic.

OH sorry another thing - I did also try this recipe with tuna steaks but it didn't taste anywhere near as good so stick to the canned stuff!

Enjoy!

Thursday, 16 October 2014

Becoming a bag lady

I don't know what's happened lately but I've found myself buying bags recently.

I used to be content with the one everyday bag and one or two clutches but suddenly I have I think 10 bags?  What's going on?

I've added another Longchamp to my collection and purchased my first Michael Kors.

Longchamp Planetes medium in black:
Image sourced from Nordstrom

Michael Kors Sutton medium in Dark Khaki (so weird that Americans consider this to be khaki when us Aussies think of the light forest green as khaki):
Image sourced from Avenue K
Have you purchased any bags lately?  What did you get?

Tuesday, 14 October 2014

Missoni for Target

The Target website was down for the greater part of the release day last week and after refreshing my browser a few times, I forgot about it.  Then I was at Westfield Chatswood on the weekend and popped into Target to peruse the goods.  I don't think the products are as nice in person as photos online show them to be.

Unfortunately the womens clothes in-store had nothing smaller than a size 12 or girls clothes had nothing larger than a 9 (for reference I am a womens 4-6 and a girls 10-12) so I decided to order online.

Girls Harem pants
Photo courtesy of Target.com.au

Womens silk maxi dress
Photo courtesy of Target.com.au

Tea towels
Photo courtesy of Target.com.au

And I wanted to grab this baby blanket as well but.. well..... I have no baby.... kinda difficult to justifty...

Photo courtesy of Target.com.au

Monday, 13 October 2014

Accidental hiatus

It seems I took an accidental hiatus from blogging while my life has been a continuous cycle of work > sleep > work > sleep > see friends/family > sleep.

Each work day consists of back-to-back meetings unless I can duck out to see the chiro/physio/odd gym class.  Some work days don't end til 11pm :S

I'm also organising wedding stuff in any down time I have as well as planning a last-minute trip to Bali with my sister.

Just want to pop in and say Hello I'm still alive.  I will hopefully be back to tell you more about the things that have been keeping me busy!

Friday, 26 September 2014

Bright Pink Lipstick Day

I've had 3 of 4 grandparents pass away.  Both my maternal grandparents passed away from cancer when I was very young.  I actually have no memories of my grandfather as he passed away when I was only a few months old; sadly he never met any of my younger sisters.

Today Pink Hope is encouraging us to wear bright pink lipstick to raise awareness, and encouraging us all to Kiss and Tell.


As horrendous as this is, I actually didn't know what types of cancer affected my grandparents.  So I texted my Mum this morning and asked her.  Apparently my grandfather passed away at 70 from prostate cancer and my grandmother at 65 (only 5 years older than my Mum is currently!) from colon cancer.  Needless to say, my Mum gets tested regularly as she is relatively high risk.

My paternal grandfather also passed away a few years ago from pneumonia and heart problems/complications.  My father's side of the family certainly has a history of heart problems, with my uncle and great-uncle passing away from heart attacks.

It's so important to understand your family's medical history so you know what types of things to be wary of.


Kiss and Tell is something everyone can do for their own benefit.

Donating is something you can do for the benefit of women's health research.  You can donate via sms below, or transfer funds into their bank account (details on their website) or fundraise.


NB this is not a sponsored post but a great cause.