Get the look Junior: Little Miss Allegra

Sunday, September 29, 2013

It was a beautiful spring morning here in Sydney today and the perfect opportunity for Allegra to wear this frilled chambray dress I bought a few weeks back. I receive quite a few questions about where I buy clothes and accessories for my girls so I thought what better way to share the details of this darling outfit than a JUNIOR 'Get the look' post! P.S How gorgeous does my girl look?! Sigh.

Get the look:

Chambray frill dress from Zara Kids
'High Shine' sandals from Seed
Plain white tee from Target
Canvas bag from Zara Kids
Yellow fabric hair rosette from Cocorita

Flashback: Allegra's 2nd Birthday Party!

Monday, September 16, 2013

With both Anya and Allegra's Birthdays fast approaching, I have started giving thought to what I need to organise for their party this year, especially trying to decide on a theme! Given their birthdays are only four days apart and that they have many mutual friends, it only makes sense to have a joint party! This will probably become tradition for the next few years until they are old enough to truly want a party of their own. Plus, I think Mr B would disown me if I put him through two 'over-the-top' parties each year especially so close together hee hee. It reminded me that due to the break I took from blogging last year, I never got around to posting any pics from Allegra's second Birthday party which was almost 10 months ago! Anya was only a few weeks old at the time so it was perhaps a little crazy ambitious of me to make everything myself (including the cake which turned out a wee bit wonky haha but did the trick) but everything came together in the end and we all had a lovely afternoon! I thought you might like a sticky beak :) Details of where I purchased some of the bits and pieces can be found at the bottom of the post!
 

Bits & pieces:

Britt Baby 'Swing tutu dress' and matching hair clips from Buckets & Spades
'Sweet Lucy' paper ball lanterns from Pink Frosting
Pink polka dot ball Lanterns from Pink Frosting
Custom made lolly pops (used with the vintage floral bags as party favours) from Holly Lolly
Vintage floral party bags from Pink Frosting
Assorted pink cupcake cases from Pink Frosting
Powder blue striped cupcake cases (used to hold popcorn) from Pink Frosting
Powder blue party napkins from Pink Frosting
Cardboard cupcake stands from Pink Frosting
Limoncello paper cups and napkins from Sweet Style
Yellow honeycomb ball lanterns from The Complete Kids Party
Davis & Waddell pink 'Taste Parlour' cake stand from Party & Co
Davis & Waddell pink 'Retro milkshake cups' from Party & Co
Paper Eskimo bunting from Le Petit Party
Invitations were custom designed (after I requested the chevron) and made by Azure Blue Design. They can now be found in her Etsy store Azure Blue Design.
'Little Miss' cupcakes toppers printed by Azure Blue Design and then cut and constructed by me (I used them on the custom made lolly pops and as envelope seals).
Birthday cake made by me :)

This year I won't have a newborn on my hands so I'll have more time to get everything right. So let the party planning begin! Stay tuned :)

Get the look: Spring fling!

Sunday, September 15, 2013

A few weeks ago I was shopping with Mr B and the girls, not really looking for anything in particular. We popped into Zara for a little browse as we were passing by and after Allegra dissed several items that I picked up saying 'Oh no no no Mummy, I don't like that' she brought the pram to a halt and shouted 'That one Mumma, the one with the leaves!' I picked it up and said 'what, this dress?' and she exclaimed 'YES! You must try that one on!'. I threw it over the pram with no real intention of trying it on let alone buying it but when I ended up in the change room with a few other items I thought, what the heck! I was so surprised that it fit and that I felt comfortable in it (I hate dress shopping at the best of times!) and would you believe it was the only thing I ended up buying! Perhaps I should let Allegra style me more often. It was the perfect dress to wear to lunch yesterday for the last of Mr B's Birthday celebrations!Well done my darling girl :)        

Get the look!

Floral dress from Zara
Marc by Marc Jacobs 'Classic Lil Ukita' Satchel in black from Shop Bop
Miss Saffron Dawn in ‘Nude Pink’ from Peeptoe Shoes
‘Morange’ lipstick from MAC Cosmetics
Green cats eye oval ring from Lovisa
OPI ‘Hot & Spicy’ nail polish from Hairhouse Warehouse
‘Lush Lagoon’ eyeliner from Napoleon






Baking with Mrs Bouw: Coconut-poached chicken and mango salad!

Friday, September 13, 2013


Last week my Mummy friends and I had our monthly cooking club/ladies dinner. Each month there is a different host and they select a theme to give us all a little guidance and given that spring has well and truly sprung in Sydney, this months host selected a 'fresh' theme! I just adore salads (I could seriously eat salad every day of the week) and in spring and summer I love incorporating fruit into my salad, so with mangos now back in season (whooo) I jumped at the chance to have them feature in my dish! This salad is SO delicious AND super easy with the best part being that most of the steps can be prepared in advanced! It is a winner of a dish indeed so please do yourself a favour and give it a go as the weather warms up. It really is the perfect spring/summer salad :)

Ingredients

500ml (2 cups) chicken stock
4cm-piece fresh ginger, peeled, thinly sliced
6 coriander stems
310ml (1¼ cups) coconut milk
4 chicken breast fillets or tenderloins (about 800grams)
2 tbs lime juice
1 tbs fish sauce
1 tbs finely grated palm sugar
2 fresh mangoes, peeled, thinly sliced or cubed
2 small avocados, peeled, thinly sliced
1 red capsicum, thinly sliced
4 spring onions, thinly sliced diagonally
1 long fresh red chilli, sliced diagonally
1/2 cup fresh mint leaves
3/4 cup fresh coriander leaves
1/2 Roasted cashews, chopped, to serve

Method

* Bring 250ml (1 cup) coconut milk , stock, ginger and coriander stems to a simmer in a deep frying pan/pot on low heat. * Add chicken. Cook for 20 minutes or until just cooked. Remove and set aside to cool. This allows the flavours to really infuse. Shred chicken when cooled, drizzle with a few teaspoons of the coconut stock mixture and place in a airtight container until you are ready to construct the salad. 

* Meanwhile, combine lime juice, fish sauce, palm sugar and remaining coconut milk in a bowl. Stir to combine. I like to transfer my dressing to a little jar/bottle (with a lid) and place in the fridge until I need it. This makes it easy to give it a good shake just before dressing your salad.

* Combine chicken, dressing, mango, avocado, capsicum, spring onion, chilli, half the mint and coriander leaves in a bowl. Transfer to a platter.

* Sprinkle cashews and remaining mint and coriander over the top.

* Enjoy :)


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