Friday, December 30, 2016

Easy Last Minute Appetizers for NYE - Baked Brie and Antipasto Board

New Year's Eve is here tomorrow, can you believe it? I feel like I say this every year, but where on Earth did this year disappear to? I made these two appetizers for our Christmas party, and they were both big hits, so I thought I would share them now in case you are in search of some easy last minute appetizers for NYE.

Baked Brie

This baked brie is so unbelievably delicious I promise you that you will make it again and again, entertaining or not!

Brie in a wooden box - I used King Island Dairy's Cape Wickham Double Brie
1 unpeeled garlic clove, bruised
1 bay leaf, bruised
1 sprig rosemary, bruised
1 tbs olive oil

  1. Preheat oven to 180C/350F.
  2. To prepare the brie, remove cheese from box and discard foil wrapper. Line bottom half of box with a square of baking paper, enough to come up and over the sides, then put brie back in.
  3. Score the top of the brie into 1 cm diamonds using a sharp knife. Push the bruised garlic clove into the cheese, then place the bay leaf and rosemary on top. Drizzle with the olive oil.
  4. Fold the excess baking paper over the top of the cheese, then replace the lid of the box, tie with kitchen string to secure, and place on a baking tray.
  5. Bake in oven for 15 minutes. Serve with slices of baguette and fresh honeycomb.

Antipasto Board

This is honestly so easy to put together, while looking amazing! This antipasto board is a great option if you need to bring a plate but don't have time to prep, and if you keep some of these items on hand, it is literally a five minute job to whip together if you have unexpected guests.

Three cheeses - try for a mixture of textures and flavors. I used a mild and creamy Camembert, a sharp and crumbly vintage cheddar, and a smooth and flavored cranberry Wensleydale. 

Two meats - this board has shaved prosciutto and sopressa, but slices of Italian cacciatore or even your left over Christmas ham would be perfect as well.

Pate or terrine - go for a high quality one from the deli. I used my fave, Maggie Beer Pheasant Farm pate, because it is a) delicious, and b) it's what I had in the fridge!

Olives - any will do, but I highly recommend ones from a deli rather than a jar.

Fruit - fresh fruit is what really brings this board to life, so again, go for a variety of colour and texture. I chose figs and green grapes, which are so beautiful here in Perth, as well as some blueberries left over from my dessert recipe. If it is winter where you are, then some lovely Bosc or Anjou pears would be perfect, perhaps with some dried apricots.

Crackers - the final element is some sort of crackers/bread. I used min lavosh and grissini sticks, but a freshly sliced baguette would be amazing as well.

Simply arrange everything on a board and serve. Too easy!!

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Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Product Review: Chanel Rouge Allure Ink Seduisant

The Festive Season is nigh upon us, and that means Christmas parties, New Year's Eve events and for us here in Oz, BBQs galore! For me, nothing screams holiday more than a punchy red lipstick, and I think I've found the perfect one for any event you may be going to do.

OK, so while not technically a lipstick, but a matte liquid lip colour, Chanel's Rouge Allure Ink has to be one of the most amazing lip products I have ever tried. If you are of a similar vintage to me, than you know all to well the matte lipsticks we wore through the 90's. Drying, uncomfortable on the lips, the matte lippies of old bear absolutely no resemblance to this latest offering from Chanel.

Weightless on the lips, long lasting (well over 6 hours on me, with only slight transfer when eating), and not at all drying, Rouge Allure Ink feels and looks amazing. The range contains 8 colours at the moment, but the one I chose (and am wearing in the pic above) is 146 Seduisant, a beautiful punchy coral red with a hint of golden shimmer. 

Of course, the packaging is gorgeous as you would expect from Chanel; a frosted glass tube topped with the classic Chanel glossy black lid. The colour applies like a dream with the doe foot paddle applicator, and as you can see in my pic, you can achieve a perfect outline with ease. This is the type of lipstick that can really take you anywhere; dressed to the nines in black velvet, or dressed down in a classic white tee and jeans, Seduisant completes both outfits perfectly, and will take me right through this holiday season with style and grace!


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Saturday, December 3, 2016

GYPO Winter Challenge Capsule Wardrobe

Regular readers know that I am a big, big fan of capsule wardrobes. A tightly edited capsule of clothes not only saves you money, but saves you the time and stress of looking at a jammed pack closet of clothes only to sit there thinking "why don't I have anything to wear?"  Of course, you could put one together yourself, but a super easy and stylish way is to get a personal shopper to do it for you. Yep, in my fantasy universe that would be exactly what I would do, but in reality, I can't see that happening anytime soon!


Instead, I rely on Alison from Get Your Pretty On, who puts together capsule wardrobes for you each season as part of her style challenges. Alison does all the work for you, so you can wake up every morning knowing exactly what you're going to wear that day, walking into a closet full of mix and match on-trend pieces that you love!

I've been a member now for over a year, and the capsules each season just get better and better. I've had a sneak peak of the Winter Challenge, and it is just gorgeous!! Each season you get access to a list of your wardrobe basics (often including different options), combining classic items and on trend pieces. The list includes links to recommended items, and a printable PDF so you can take it shopping with you. Most importantly, Alison then gives you daily outfits for 21 days, showing you just how versatile the wardrobe is. Finally, you can take part in a vibrant private facebook group, where you can share your successes, hints and tips with other like-minded women!

If you are looking to jump start your style, then I highly recommend you head here and sign up ASAP! Registration opens today and the first outfit comes out on the 12th.


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