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Let’s go get a coffee

2014 June 17
by emma

I hope you’re all having a lovely day wherever you are.

If you’re an Australian resident and interested in entering a giveaway for an epic $500 hamper of Harris Coffee Gourmet products (and honestly, why wouldn’t you?!), head on over to A Rhubarb Rhapsody; the winner will be notified and announced on Monday 23rd June.

(I’m not involved in the giveaway, I just wanted to share.)

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    Carlotta (ABC telemovie)

    2014 June 16
    by emma

    I’m really looking forward to watching Carlotta this Thursday.  The ABC TV movie spans the early formative and difficult years of Les Girls Cabaret female impersonator, then transgender pioneer Carlotta through the socially turbulent 1960s and 70s in Kings Cross, Sydney.  The role of Carlotta is played by Jessica Marais of Love Child (another great TV production this year!).  Carlotta is said to have inspired the very funny and awesome 90s movie Priscilla, Queen of the Desert (FYI the soundtrack to this movie is epic, a few years later it became a staple soundtrack to our sharehouse living room dancing on many a party night).

    I also fondly remember my parents talking about seeing Les Girls a few times in the Cross in their 1970s partying days, they loved it.

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    Movie poster is the property of:  ABC Television, TV series, Australia, 2014
    Video via: video msn

      Chorizo & caramelised onion scrambled egg brekkie wraps

      2014 June 15
      by emma

      chorizo brekkie wrap

      I love scrambled eggs on their own but in a wrap they’re even more awesome, like these spicy, flavourful, Mediterranean inspired egg wraps; they’re perfect for a Sunday brunch when you have people over.  And if you’re not keen on chorizo, you can always leave it out and add sliced vegetarian sausage with a few chilli flakes instead.

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      chorizo egg wrap

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        Happy Friday

        2014 June 13
        by emma

        Such a sweet photo of Audrey Hepburn and her pet deer; click here for more cuteness. Happy Friday the 13th guys!

        Audrey Hepburn and Pippin

        Image of Audrey Hepburn via: Buzzfeed

          Lazybones (Australian made)

          2014 June 12

          I just love this store based in northern NSW I’ve recently discovered, which features carefully chosen pieces such as wallpaper, cosy throws, cushions and bed linen as well as gorgeous 1940s/50s inspired women’s wear.  The thing I love about small business owners such as this one (and Etsy comes to mind), is the attention to detail; the friendly personal customer service, the packaging, the little hand-written thank-you cards sent after you’ve purchased something and the beautiful photography on their sites which don’t look like stock photos taken in a studio.

          So I purchased 2 sets of vintage inspired pillow cases from Lazybones recently; colourful pillowcases are an economical and easy way to brighten up white bed linen, which I love for it’s freshness, however it does need a little something to break up the monotony.

          Their packaging just kills me, it’s so beautiful (it’s literally brown paper packages tied up with string, how classy is that?).  Receiving this in the mail yesterday was a real treat.  And check out my sweet new pillowcases!  I really recommend this store for it’s lovely products and great customer service.

          Click on the first 5 images for more information about the products.

          Lazybones Allegra dress in BroadwayLazybones Edith skirt in NancyLazybones Euphemia 4 wallpaper

          Lazybones Rosette Bedding in ConfettiLazybones Pillowcase Set in Forget Me Not

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            Rik Mayall

            2014 June 11
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            by emma

            Rik Mayall

             

            awww Rik Mayall :( :(

            The Young Ones, Blackadder & Drop Dead Fred

            Image from: TV Series The Young Ones, UK, 1982-1984 via Caught in the Carousel

              El Niño

              2014 June 10
              by emma

              Despite autumn starting months ago, up until last week I was wearing shorts and t-shirts, my allergies were playing up and my herbs were flourishing with unseasonal warm weather.  Here are some pics I took this past weekend around our neighbourhood to show how spring like everything still looks.  The cute house across the street has some lovely trees and shrubs I covet, I’m sure my neighbours wonder why I’m always lurking around taking photos of their plants but I’m sick of taking photos of ours!

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              robinson st

                Raspberry crumble loaf cake

                2014 June 8
                by emma

                I suppose this would be called a coffee cake in the US; I love that name actually, coffee cake always brings to mind sunny, friendly mornings with friends.  In this case, it’s a morning tea cake, rustic, plump and soft, perfect to freeze if you prefer, to take to work buttered for morning breaks or to have at home when you feel like it.

                Despite the raspberries (I used frozen), this is more of a warm, cosy, cool weather inspired treat with spices, brown sugar, walnuts, oats and a crumbly topping.  Sliced warm out of the oven, it’s at it’s very best.

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                raspberry crumb loaf

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                  Doc Neeson 1947-2014

                  2014 June 6
                  by emma

                  Doc Neeson
                  So Australia’s lost another rock icon; on Wednesday The Angels frontman Doc Neeson died from a brain tumour at 67.  Losing Chrissy Amphlett last year and Doc this year is really too much …. rest in peace Doc, you legend.

                  In honour of The Angels and our current federal budget, this awesome cover:

                  Image via: rock on vinyl
                  Video from: Liberation Music Aus

                    Tomato basil tartlets for two

                    2014 June 5
                    by emma

                    tomato tartlets

                    These little savoury tarts are so fresh, easy and light, they’re perfect for a summer day, lunch with a girlfriend or a romantic starter with a glass of wine (and I know it’s winter here but I make them all the time and anyway, El Niño).

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                    tomato tartlets

                    tomato tartlets

                    tomato tartlets

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