1 February 2018

Must Have. Valentine's Day Gift Ideas

Apologies for the very long hiatus. What can I say?... Well I'll tell you the truth.

Firstly, summer here has been so amazing that I've been attempting to be outdoors at every possible opportunity rather than working away inside.

Secondly, something has clicked for me lately and I've really started to believe it is so bad to spend your whole life staring at technology and screens. So I've been trying to make a conscious effort not to check my phone every 2 minutes, not to Google every little random life question I think of [what sound does a panda make?], and not too binge on too much Netflix. [With the exception of The Sinner - that I highly recommend!].

But what better thing to draw me back for a blog post than Valentine's Day! And not because I'm all lovey dovey, but because I love shopping, delicious dinners, red roses and gift ideas!... So without further adieu, whether you're buying for him, for her or even a treat for yourself, check out my top picks for Valentine's Day gifting this year. Lots of love...

11 January 2018

Plate Up. Chocolate Chip Oat Cookies

Is there anything better than the smell of freshly baked cookies wafting through your house?... I personally think it's hard to beat.

When it comes to a spot of Sunday afternoon baking, biscuits are pretty much my go-to. I love how simple they are to make and they tend to stay fresher for longer than cakes or muffins, meaning they're great to pack for lunch during the week.

As far as bickies go, these are somewhat healthy thanks to the wholemeal flour and oats. You could even replace the dark chocolate with raisins if you wanted...

But where's the fun in that?

21 December 2017

One Day. The Melbourne Summer Checklist

It's the most wonderful time of the year!... And even if that doesn't mean snow for us here in Australia, the summer season, and Christmas, is a favourite of many - including me! In the spirit of exploring my [somewhat still new to me] city, I thought I'd better pop together a list of all the things you simply must do if you're a Melbournite [or a visitor] this season!

17 December 2017

Plate Up. Traditional Gnocchetti Spatzl

My heritage on my mum's side is Italian; northern Italian that is, right up near the border of Austria. A little town called Trento. As fate would have it, one of my best friends who I met in London in 2014 is also from the same region. She comes from Merano, a quaint village merely 30mins drive from Trento.

I've been lucky enough to visit the region twice now, most recently this year. Every time I go, I spend the weekend with her family, eating possibly the best [and largest amount of] food in my life. Last time I was in town, this little dish was on the menu.

14 December 2017

Eat Me. Lunching With A View At Park Hyatt Sydney

To dine at Sydney's Park Hyatt certainly puts you in good company. Frequented by celebrities, dignitaries and prominent figures alike, it's no secret why they go...

It really is the best.

With its enviable view of the Opera House and its prime location nestled under the Harbour Bridge, this hotel's magnificence speaks for itself... But I got to experience it for myself last weekend, and despite the fact that it was a rainy, dreary Monday, The Dining Room at Park Hyatt still glinted with promise.

10 December 2017

Eat Me. Rooftop Brunch at Zephyr, Sydney

Waking up in a king size bed [tangled in some of the softest sheets] overlooking Darling Harbour was a real treat last weekend. And the day was only going to get better... It was time for brunch, on a rooftop nonetheless.

7 December 2017

Suitcase. A Weekend Away - Hyatt Regency Sydney

Having not been to Sydney since February, it seemed I was overdue for a visit! Time to escape the onslaught of rainy weather that whooshed in through Melbourne last weekend and jet for sunnier skies...

Home for the weekend was the lovely Hyatt Regancy, who has just celebrated their 1st birthday.

3 December 2017

Must Have. My Christmas Wishlist 2017

Is that sleigh bells I can hear? I hope you've been extra nice because it's nearly Christmas! To help you take the guesswork out of gifting this year - I've popped some helpful suggestions below - whether it's for someone else or a treat for yourself - these luxe pieces can't wait to be unwrapped...