18 August 2017

Suitcase. A Singapore Stopover

I’d never been to Asia…. Until now. First stop on the adventure was a convenient stopover in Singapore. Having always done 24hr long hauls all in one go, I’m not sure why I’d never stopped-over before… it turned out to be a fantastic idea.

14 August 2017

One Day. Looking Forward...

Just a quick one today. I'm writing this over the ocean, somewhere between Australia and Asia, thrilled at the prospect of a new adventure. Those beside me are busy watching movies and no doubt secretly frowning at my furiously, loud typing. But I don't mind.

10 August 2017

Must Have. Warm Weather Must Haves

For those of you who haven't seen my Instagram stories of late, you may not know that Pearls of Style is off on a round the world adventure. I can't tell you how excited I am to do some jetsetting - the idea of going travelling again just brings me such joy; a way to invite change, provoke curiosity and see the beauty in everything with fresh eyes.

Throughout August, September and October I'll be travelling around Europe and America which means I'll be escaping the tail-end of winter here in Oz and heading for summer/autumn in the north. Accordingly, a warm weather wardrobe is in order! Check out my top picks and click to shop...

6 August 2017

Eat Me. Eleonore's Chateau Yering, Yarra Valley

I hope you’re not too hungry because this post is sure to tantalise your tastebuds… Ready? OK.

Whilst in the Yarra Valley we had the pleasure of dining at Eleonore’s at Chateau Yering; well-renowned for its fine cuisine. Before we even sat down to the try the food I fell in love. The dining room is like something from a periodic movie. Long and lean with windows either side, fine china and white tablecloths, I half expected to find The Queen at the other end. Much to my disappointment, I didn’t.

3 August 2017

Suitcase. Historical Charm At Chateau Yering

Undoubtedly, my favourite part of my time spent living in Europe was the abundant historical significance. Every town, every building, every culture had an incredible story to share. In Australia, that history is harder to find. But when you do stumble across it, boy is it wonderful.

30 July 2017

One Day. Exploring Yarra Valley With BMW

Growing up in a family associated with the car business, I’ve had the opportunity to drive many vehicles in my time. Some good, some bad, some even requiring a push start, but that’s another story… One thing’s for certain [and a surprise to many people], I’m definitely a bit of a rev head. I LOVE a good set of wheels. It makes every excursion like a little adventure.

27 July 2017

Suitcase. Relaxation In Port Douglas - Niramaya

I find it hard to relax. I’ve been blessed [or some might say cursed] with one of those minds that just never stops. I’ve tried meditation and yoga… but whilst I’m supposed to be breathing deep and clearing my head, my mind always seems to trail off on its own – deep breath, ooh what’s that smell? Incense? Perhaps Sandlewood. It’s lovely. I really must buy more scented candles for home, particularly before my friends come for dinner on Saturday. Speaking of, I need to do the grocery shopping. Now, what will I make for dessert?…

23 July 2017

Suitcase. Discovering The Daintree

Growing up on the Gold Coast, I felt rather familiar with the rainforest as we would often go for walks at Springbrook or Mount Tambourine. Naturally, the Daintree was high on my list so we spent a full day exploring the tropics whilst in Port Douglas.

20 July 2017

Suitcase. Totally Tropical – A Week in Port Douglas

If you’ve been following my Instagram this past week, no doubt you would have seen that I traded in chilly, raining Melbourne for a taste of the tropics. Who can blame me? After a nasty bout of laryngitis that completely stole my voice (I was OK with not being able to speak but my inability to sing in the shower really got me down!), I was more than ready for some sunshine and humidity. Despite growing up in Queensland, the northern region of the state is virtually unknown to me. Having never visited Port Douglas before, I decided it was time to see it for myself.

We stepped off the plane to a welcome blast of 27degree heat and made a beeline for our hotel – The Sheraton Grand Mirage. With a recent renovation, this 30 year old property is spectacular.

This new blue bikini is a total steal from Zaful, but I've also popped some alternatives below.

Boasting more than 20 hectares of ungated pools, the largest in the Southern Hemisphere – it really is a sight to behold. The beach waves lap in the background whilst the palm trees rustle from above. Each day I walked the gardens, falling particularly in love with the striking red lipstick palms.

Life has a slow pace up here, which is exactly what we desired. Other than a journey out to the reef and a day exploring the Daintree, we spent much of our time wandering the beach or poolside, devouring our books.

This series of books is a particular goodie – I honestly couldn’t put them down.

The town of Port Douglas itself is sleepy and quaint. Its main street Macrossan is dotted with boutiques, cafes and restaurants. Venture all the way to the end and you’ll find the marina, Rex Smeal Park and the charming St Mary’s By The Sea. This church was originally built in the late 1800’s and suffered several beatings thanks to tropical cyclones. Nevertheless, the locals caringly rebuilt it each time, restoring her to her former glory.

If you’re in town of a weekend, be sure to take a trip down to the docks and pick up some seafood fresh off the trawler. We enjoyed some delicious prawns, oysters and scallops. This town is seafood heaven.

A venture up the hill to the lookout is also well worth it. You’ll find a clear view down the coastline where the reef meets the rainforest.

With an abundance of food, wine, salt air and swimming, Port Douglas truly is good for the soul. Most days we woke to the calls of the Kookaburras and fell asleep to the soothing whispers of the waves. For this beach baby, it was heavenly.

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Photos by Krissie.

13 July 2017

Plate Up. Quick & Easy Chowder

"It is bloody cold."
I catch myself saying this to people a lot lately. People often think Australia doesn't really have a winter, but in Melbourne we certainly do. I was out late the other evening when the mercury hit -1. Brrrr.

Lucky I'm off to Port Douglas this week. My toes really need to thaw and, more importantly, I really need a tan. It's hard to believe it can still be 26 degrees in northern QLD at this time of year. To beat the chill back home, I've been busy whipping up all manner of hearty recipes, and this chowder has become a fast favourite.

Now I've never been to San Fran or Cape Cod - home to apparently some fantastic chowders which I can't wait to try, but I must say that I'd hazard a guess that this humble little recipe would do pretty well to compare.

What you'll need (serves 4)
Olive oil
a small bunch spring onions, chopped
2 potatoes, peeled and cut into 2cm chunks
kernels of 2 corn cobs (use a knife to gently slice them off)
1 sprig fresh thyme
750ml chicken stock
400g your preferred white fish (you can really use anything, I opted for budget-friendly basa)
150ml cream

What to do
Take a large saucepan and heat your oil on the stove. Add in the spring onions and potatoes, seasoning well. Ensure you're stirring them, otherwise they tend to stick. Cook for about 5mins. Add in your corn kernels, then your thyme and stock. Lay your fish in as a whole and pop the lid on. Leave to cook for 15-20mins or until the potato feels tender. Then add the cream and pop the lid back on, cooking for a further 5mins.

Time to serve. It really is impossibly simple, isn't it? A great one-pot dish. Use a ladle to gently break up the fish and spoon into bowls. Serve with fresh bread or toast.

See, you're warmer already aren't you?...

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9 July 2017

Eat Me. Tacocat, Windsor

Friday nights are my favourite night to go out. Everyone's happy, they're in celebrate-weekend mode, and possibly the best side effect of going out on a Friday eve, is that the weekend seems so much longer!

Now that a couple of my London bestie's have moved to town we've been busy hopping from hotspot to hotspot- drinks... dinner... both!... Last weekend we stumbled upon a relatively new addition to the Melbourne foodie scene in Windsor - Tacocat. Interestingly enough it's spelt the same backwards - your brain just said 'woah' didn't it?

This spot is great if you love margaritas, plus it serves up some pretty tasty little morsels as well, all with a Mexican-fusion vibe. With a menu inspired by the owner's world travels, there is everything from corn on the cob to grasshopper tacos (for those who are really game! And no, that's not me.).

We kicked things off with the ceviche tostada - super light and refreshing with melt-in-the-mouth fish. One of my favourites to order when eating this style of food...

Before digging into a selection of tacos including pork and crackling, Japanese fried chicken and soft shell crab. Told you, it's a worldly menu!

Then just when you think you can't stuff in anymore, you can try their signature dessert. A deep fried tequila shot. Don't worry, it's not as wacky as it sounds. They haven't found a way to solidify tequila and fry it, instead it's soaked sponge that's been battered and fried til golden. The accompanying lemon sorbet is the chaser. Smart.

I guess I might see you there for Friday night margaritas! Walk on in during the week but best to book on weekends.

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6 July 2017

Plate Up. Prosciutto & Melon Salad

This recipe makes a great summery salad for those of you in the northern hemisphere right now. But if you're in chilly Australia like me then I think you'll find it also makes a great refreshing starter before you dive into something heartier. Either way, it's a win-win.

2 July 2017

Must Have. Baby It's Cold Outside...

In light of the Antarctic conditions that have swept through the south this weekend, I thought there was no time like the present to round up some of my favourites for winter. As much as a brisk chill isn't always the most fun, it does allow for some great styles to be worn - luxurious coats, fashion-forward hats, long boots. Which of theses are your favourites?... Click to shop below.

29 June 2017

Plate Up. Chocolate, Peanut Butter Cheesecake In A Glass

Two of my besties are peanut butter fiends. And when I say fiends, I really mean it. They’ve both stayed with me recently and if they’re home there’s about a 50% likelihood that at any given time you’ll find them in the kitchen with a spoon and a jar of peanut butter. I mean you’ve got to respect their addiction. It’s commitment.

Hence why, when I saw this little dessert I absolutely knew it would go down a treat with them. Peanut butter. Chocolate. Cheesecake. What’s not to like…? Why not whip it up for your next dinner party? I promise your guests will be impressed…

22 June 2017

Eat Me. Montalto Vineyard, Red Hill

I found myself playing tour guide for my friends last weekend and where did we end up, but in one of my favourite little corners of Melbourne… The Mornington Peninsula. Despite the cool winter weather, we were blessed with blue skies most of the weekend and after a quick stop at The Pillars to show off our Mediterranean-style coastline to the girls, we made a beeline for the green rolling hills of Red Hill, stopping in at Montalto Vineyard.

18 June 2017

Plate Up. Quick & Easy Chicken Mexican Rice

I’ve been so busy of late that I’ve found myself in a bit of food rut. Cooking the same go-to, easy dishes on nights that I’m home. Bad Krissie. It really is a terrible routine to fall into, particularly when you love food as much as me!

15 June 2017

Style It. All Black Amongst The Gardens

Thanks to my mum's ever-enduring sense of style, I've always been drawn to dressing largely in monochrome with a hint of beige or grey. Yet most often, you'll find me in all black. Simple, sophisticated and guaranteed not to clash. Particularly amongst the vibrant green of Red Hill's many gardens.

11 June 2017

Eat Me. Polperro, Red Hill

If you’re heading for Red Hill on the Mornington Peninsula, chances are someone has told you to visit Polperro while you’re there. This famous vineyard is a bit like the pride of the region, with its great wines and even better restaurant. On our final night in Red Hill, we drove over in our MINI to sample what they had on offer.

8 June 2017

Eat Me. The Epicurean, Red Hill

Epicurean: a person devoted to sensual enjoyment, especially that derived from fine food and drink.

In essence, it’s a fantastic word. In restaurant form, it’s even better. Conveniently located just down the road from where we were staying at Lindenderry, The Epicurean lured me in with its menu that boasted woodfired pizza.

My ultimate weakness.

4 June 2017

Suitcase. Discovering The Magic Of Lindenderry At Red Hill

Lindenderry in Red Hill is, quite simply put, one of the most wonderful places I have ever stayed. Built by Jan Clark, an interior and landscape designer, it’s a boutique hotel unlike any other.

Come on, I’ll give you a peek…

1 June 2017

Suitcase. Exploring Red Hill With MINI Cooper

There was an extra spring in my step as I left home on Friday a fortnight ago... Why? Because for 48hrs I was to be the proud owner of a swanky new car. A MINI Cooper Convertible to be exact and in a slick shade of 'Caribbean Aqua' no less.

26 May 2017

Must Have. What To Pack For A Weekend Getaway

Packing for a weekend getaway is a fine art. The trick is not too much but not too little. You want to be able to take a compact suitcase, but you don’t want to have forgotten some of your crucial outfits or accessories. It’s a dilemma every girl faces…

Last weekend, I jetted off for a weekend in the country full of picnics, brunches, rural walks and photo-snapping, check out my essentials and shop below…

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21 May 2017

Plate Up. Sweet Chilli Glazed Salmon Nicoise Salad

I've never been one to gush over salads for meals... If I'm going to eat a salad, it needs to be a warm one.  I'm a girl who likes something a bit more substantial. Green salad for dinner? No thanks. Warm, salmon Nicoise salad? That'll do nicely!

11 May 2017

One Day. Photos With Friends

There’s nothing better than when friends come to visit. And I’ve been lucky enough to have bountiful visitors since I moved to Melbourne, particularly in the last month. It’s a heart-warming feeling to know that even though you may not live in the same city as someone, you can still maintain those relationships from far and wide, so that when you see each other it’s like no time has passed at all.

7 May 2017

Must Have. The 9 Items Your Wardrobe Needs Now

Most of these classic pieces are no-brainers for your everyday wardrobe. Monochrome shades, sophisticated silhouettes and elegant accessories are all that's needed to make a good outfit great. Put your best style foot forward on a daily basis with these, my top picks... Simply click to shop.

3 May 2017

Eat Me. Sunday Mornings At Legacy, Camberwell

I really do love a Sunday morning. I mean there has to be a valid reason why so many songs are written about that time of the week, right? Easy like Sunday morning… Sunday kind of love… Blue Sunday…

The streets are quiet, the bakeries are humming and there’s a general sense of calmness about the city that I so adore. It’s a chance to take a breath, pause and rejuvenate. And what’s the best way to rejuvenate? Why with a good ol’ brunch of course!

27 April 2017

Style It. Autumn Neutrals

If you go out for a wander in Melbourne right now, there’s a certain crunch underfoot… Crisp, golden leaves are everywhere. Melbourne’s seasons really are stunning and the blazing hue that appears thanks to the trees lining all the streets is my absolute favourite side effect of the new season.

16 April 2017

Style It. Ways To Wear Velvet

Much to my delight, it seems as though ‘90s fashion is having a bit of a style revival with velvet making a comeback. I’ve always had a a soft spot for it (see what I did there!?...), and I’m happy to report that its second lease of life has a much sleeker twist than the previous decade. From bikinis to jackets, dresses to accessories, this soft-to-the-touch texture looks good and feels even better.

Check out my top picks below to mix and match with your existing wardrobe. You can click to shop if something tickles your fancy. With so much ready-to-wear fashion utilising velvet, I guess you could say it’s touch and go…

12 April 2017

Style It. One Dress, Three Ways

When it comes to fashion, I’m all for versatility. As much as I love a razzle dazzle dress, if there’s only one occasion I can wear it to, it just doesn’t have the same appeal. I usually look for styles that can be dressed up or down, hence why I love this Michael Kors dress.

Cool and casual by day, to weekend-worthy, to night-time sophistication. It ticks all the boxes. Check out how I would style it below…

6 April 2017

Must Have. The 8 Books That Should Be On Your Reading List

I'm a massive bookworm. To the point where if I hop into bed at night with nothing to read I'll struggle to go to sleep. Seriously, it's a thing. Getting lost in the story of a novel is one of my favourite pastimes, which I have my parents to thank for encouraging this wonderful habit.

Generally, my tastes are quite varied. Period novels set during the world wars in Europe are a big favourite of mine, I also love a romantic comedy, a criminal mystery, a dystopian future or a real-life fashion tale.