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Photographer Zack Seckler

2014 April 23
by emma

Check out these incredibly beautiful wildlife and landscape shots by Zack Seckler, a photographer who resides in Brooklyn, New York and who specialises in abstract and aerial photography.  His work is really brilliant and I haven’t seen anything quite like it before (I’m really attracted to a lot of negative space and the perspective of wide angle/aerials so this is right up my alley).

I just love the muted colours and how the zebras’ stripes stand out so sharply; the first image of a lone animal with it’s elongated shadow is so detailed and shows us how vulnerable wildlife and our planet really is.

See more of Zack’s work on his website and Instagram.

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All images belong to Zack Seckler who kindly gave me permission for their use

    Mad Men season 7 (you keep me hangin’ on)

    2014 April 22
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    by emma

    This awesome song in honour of the return of Mad Men and the very.last.season.

    If you don’t have Spotty, press play here.

    You Keep Me Hangin' On by Vanilla Fudge on Grooveshark

    Croquet Pin Up Post Card I purchased from Zazzle

      Brown rice bowl with tuna, avocado & fried egg

      2014 April 20

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      Phew, I needed something to reset my body after a couple of days of eating basically empty (yet delicious) carbs.  This very tasty, healthy rice bowl full of protein and good fat was just the thing!  Nutty brown and wild rice, creamy avocado and fried egg, savoury tuna and some salty Tamari to top it off (and a little bit of fragrant ginger to sweeten the deal).

      This little rice bowl is super easy and well worth it if you over-did the Easter eggs a bit.

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        Happy Easter

        2014 April 17
        by emma

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        I just love these cute little fluffy chickens.

        Happy Easter all!  I hope the Easter bunny brings you lots of goodies.

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          Red Moon

          2014 April 16
          by emma

          Spooky Mulder hey?!  I love this red moon/lunar eclipse business although I do wish I was out in the country somewhere or near the sea to take proper photos.

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            Chocolate Moments (Brisbane)

            2014 April 15

            Well we all have those don’t we?

            I received a lovely surprise for Easter recently; some gorgeous, handmade chocolates from Chocolate Moments, our only Belgian chocolatier in Brisbane.  Featuring flavoured truffles, fudge and the best salted caramel chocolate I’ve ever eaten, this chocolate paradise, owned by Gerrard Gosens, boasts 2 stores in our city as well as a specialist chocolate cooking school at Kangaroo Point (I’d love to try this one day!).

            This luscious, flavourful chocolate is well worth a trip into town (stores situated at Albert St and the Myer Centre) to stock up on Easter presents or even just something special for yourself!

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            * This post is a product review of my own choosing.

              Easter baking: no bake Caramel Tim Tam cheesecake with toffee

              2014 April 13

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              Tim Tams.  Are they available in lots of other countries other than Australia?  You’re missing out if they’re not!  Tim Tams have gotten me through many a break-up and Swotvac week in my teens and 20s and I’ll always be fond of them.  There are all sorts of fancy flavours these days but my favourite is the original chocolate.  That said, caramel Tim Tams were on sale at Woolies so I had to use those for my epic Easter cheesecake.

              I’ve made a Tim Tam baked cheesecake before, although not posted on here; the top cracked and it looked sort of hideous but was so amazingly sweet and delicious I thought I’d give it another go, but instead made it a classic no-bake affair to makes things simpler.  You can use low fat cream and cream cheese in this obvs, but really, what would be the point?  It’s so delicious and fattening, you may as well enjoy it

              And enjoy it you will.  An almost pure chocolate base, creamy, velvety filling with crunchy bits of caramel and chocolate biscuits throughout (you can really taste the Tim Tams).  Oh, and I did a fancy cheffy thing and made crunchy toffee shards for the top – they were really easy and look fabulous although I overcooked mine a bit as you can see.

              I really hope somebody makes this for Easter because I don’t think it’ll disappoint!

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                Easter at Biome

                2014 April 11
                by emma

                So it’s Easter soon!  Chocolate and bunnies and all things delicious can be found from my sponsor Biome and some of my favourites are below (not a sponsored post at all, just some lovely things I thought people might like).  Just a reminder also that Biome is an ethical alternative for Easter, offering vegan and environmentally sound treats.

                1. Chocolate gingerbread Easter bunny biscuit – egg free, all natural
                2. Animal Hats knitting book
                3. Banjo the Carob Bunny easter egg
                4. Silicone chocolate mold
                5. Loving Earth caramel raw vegan chocolate 100g
                6. Fair trade chocolate organic Easter Bunny – milk
                7. Fair trade Easter egg – organic milk chocolate
                8. Alpaca Easter chicks in hats

                 

                  Removable wallpaper (and a cool way to brighten up a kitchen splashback)

                  2014 April 9
                  by emma

                  Quite a few design blogs have been featuring removable wallpapers recently and I love this idea.  For renters, short term home owners, kids rooms, nurseries, or people who might be a bit fickle with their home décor tastes, this trend is not only a gorgeous way to brighten up your home but is also really practical.

                  Our two bedroom flat needs a new paint job yet neither of us can bring ourselves to do this just at the moment since we’re not planning on staying long-term.  Some pretty wallpaper might be just the thing, and might even be a selling point down the track.

                  I also found a really clever idea; printed film for kitchen splashbacks – you adhere your chosen print to reinforced glass and have it placed over your original splashback.  Since we’re looking at doing up our small kitchen as cheaply as possible, this seems like a brilliant idea and I’m seriously considering it;  here’s a how-to video.

                  Some of my favourite wallpapers I spotted around are as follows (click on the images to get to the original source):

                  All images belong to the original sources which can be seen by clicking on the images.

                    Fargo the series (FX)

                    2014 April 7
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                    by emma

                    Oh this!  The new FX series Fargo, based on the awesome 1996 movie starring William H. Macy, Frances McDormand and Steve Buscemi, starts soon.  Cannot.wait.

                    See here for heaps more brilliant trailers.

                    Video belongs to:  FX Networks
                    Image from: the movie Fargo, 1996, USA, Coen brothers, Working Title Films

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