Self Portrait

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wearing/ Zara blouse

Watching Bridget Jones, stuffing my face with slices of chocolate-baileys cake and fighting over who gets to sleep on the couch and who has to sleep on the unpumped air mattress...I heralded 2015 with a couple of girlfriends, a renewed determination to blog again, and a new conversation starter in hand: Colin Firth or Hugh Grant?

Long story short, 2014 was a very bit of a bumpy year, filled with questions like WHO AM I? (both in the Les Miserables sense and the Existential Crisis in Capital Letters sense). Heavy riveting growing-up stuff. With it went the desire to #OOTD or #BOTD (breakfast/brunch of the day...witty witty I know)  in this little corner of the Interwebs, and in came the urge to create something to be proud of - something more than "don't you take photos of yourself doing fashion and stuff."

Some questionable floral sketching ('ART') and new year resolutions ('GROWING UP') later, here are some shots of yours truly looking for more chocolate-baileys cake. As you can see, very serious business. Joking only. (But seriously, where can I get some more?)

See you all back in this space soon! (I promise it won't be in January next year).


Kids Who Brunch: 7 Brunch Spots (and an encore) in Sydney

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1. Trio in Bondi

Trio is the place to be if you are looking for fine dining at 9 in the morning. Looking out onto the famous Bondi Beach, this place offers breakfast with a side of fancy and a Middle Eastern twist. If you're indecisive like me, go for their Breakfast Tasting Plate. The real winner of the day though was Trio Breakfast Burrito. Order with a Trio-customised cappuccino and your belly will thank you later.

56 Campbell Parade, Bondi Beach

2. Lumiere in Surry Hills

A spur-of-the-moment Urbanspoon search led us to Lumiere - you can't go wrong with a cafe that serves all-day breakfast. Specials of the day may include mouth-watering baked eggs, but a highly recommended from the regular menu goes to the ricotta hotcakes with mixed berry compote (tick), mascarpone (tick), maple syrup and honeycomb (holy moly, tick). Order with a side (read: bowl) of bacon - do it.

425 Bourke Street, Surry Hills 

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3. Stain in Lane Cove

Here's something local if you live on the lower North Shore and happen to pass through Mowbray Road. I went with a few friends and the meal was met with mixed reviews. Nonetheless, those mushrooms were as good as they look. Separated from the main road by park areas and with plenty of outdoor seating, it's definitely a nice place to stop by if you need to grab a bite.

Cnr of Mowbray Road & Felton Ave, Lane Cove North

4. Luxe Bakery in Newtown

Brunch at Luxe Bakery not only made for a good Instagram photo, but also gave us a decent meal and pretty smooth coffee. The breakfast/lunch menu is pretty standard but well done, so no complaints there. Like all other boutique cafes in Sydney, there's not much room so make sure you get there nice and early, or order your coffee to-go.

195 Missenden Road, Newtown

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5. Elbow Room in Chatswood

A new sun-lit local favourite has emerged amongst the busy streets of Chatswood - an outlier amongst neighbouring Vietnamese, Chinese and Japanese restaurants. Open at 6am, go here for people-watching while munching on a chorizo hot dog (pictured above) or opt for a more traditional breakfast option of bacon, eggs and avocado on toast.

6 Spring Street, Chatswood

6. Salvage in Artarmon

Ah. This place. I've dedicated a whole blog post to this little cafe (literally) here. If you're looking for quality coffee (they were noticed by Sydney Morning Herald's Good Food Guide Awards last year) and some pretty sick food concepts, make your way down to Artarmon station and grab a nice sunny outdoor seat.

5 Wilkes Ave, Artarmon

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7. Salvage in Artarmon, encore

Yep. This place again. But seriously.

8. Devon in Surry Hills

Speaking of sick food concepts, Zacharay Tan's Devon in Surry Hills has got my tick of approval. People-watching by the window sill, chai latte, poached pear, smoked salmon, bagels....please take all my money so I can once again savour breakfast perfection. I can't wait to go back and try Devon by Night!

76 Devonshire Street, Surry Hills


Vivianna Does Makeup's Lemon Drizzle Cake

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I generally don't wear make-up (or know a lot about it), but recently I've found myself returning to Vivianna Does Makeup time and time again to watch her well-edited videos and read her always very well-written blogposts. Last week I decided to try out a recipe that she had posted and baked this delicious lemon drizzle cake. It's been a while since I've whipped up a cake in the kitchen so this very simple yet tasty cake was the perfect choice to mark my foray back into the kitchen. The cake disappeared into hungry stomachs within two days and I'm already planning to bake it again in the near future. 

Find the recipe here.