Summer is technically coming to an end and we’ve had a few colder days but I still seem to be doing the “ouch the pavement is really hot” dance every time I sneakily brave the backyard with no shoes on. Hailing from a country terrified of a tan and growing up in a nation that praises it opens up a world of contradiction until you realize that Australia is also the nation with the highest rate of skin cancer. While I have what some call “a natural tan”, this summer’s sun safe campaign “Pretty Shady” is all over the fact that tanning is not fashionable.
Fortunately for those who aren’t so good at compromise, this summer style is all about maxi dresses, wide brimmed hats and awesome shades. Most day wear make up is available with an included sunblock and sunscreen is even easier and lighter on your skin. You can get involved and spread this important message too by checking out the Pretty Shady website . In celebration of the campaign launch, we had a taste of the Gelato Messina exclusive Pretty Shady ice cream and it was as incredible as the ad campaign you may have seen around. Check it out and get shady.
Hot days are perfect for the beach and gelato, but not so perfect for my frying hair so today’s post is something of a recipe and remedy. While food is a big part of my life (as you might tell from the occasional instagram) food photography is not a skill I possess but let’s give it a shot.First things first. The recipe.
Lychee, rose and mint gelato.
1.4 kg lychees
150g caster sugar
175ml mineral water
2 tbsp rose water
4-6 chopped mint leaves (depending on how much you love the stuff)
1. Peel and de-seed lychees
2. Blitz in food processor until you get a drink like consistency
3. Put water and sugar on the heat in a non stick saucepan and bring to a boil
4. Once sugar is mostly dissolved, remove from heat and cool
5. Once mixture is cool, use electric beater/processor to combine sugar syrup,rosewater and lychees
6. At this point add the mint (or exclude, depending on your tastebuds) and pop mix into the freezer.
For those with an ice cream maker, go ahead and follow your machine’s instructions. For those without, a slushie/semi-freddo can be achieved by blitzing, freezing and re-blitzing (keeps the ice away). I made mine with a Moulinex Masterchef & Breville Mixer Scraper Pro
While that’s getting ready of if you’ve already gobbled it all up, time to get onto your hair. I am in love with all things original mineral. Their Know Knott is literally preventing me from pulling my hair out, and for that extra moisture and shine Krystal Milk by Alter Ego Italy is on high rotation with the much talked about Keretase. Now that’s taken care of, time to crack open and young coconut and while the balmy day away
I often think being french would automatically make me sexy because lets face it, I’m not exactly winning that race. The Indian accent is very hard to make sexy but say camembert in a french accent and eyelashes flutter. My opportunity to say “yes I’m French!” rests solely on the delightful designs of Sandra Kang.
Having become a fan at least a year ago, I was thrilled Sandra contacted me about her 2014 spring collection. Yes I’m french uses textured fabrics and vegan leather to create clothing that is tactile, chic and somehow relaxed and comfortable. French design and Korean production has produced the latest Japanese Kendo inspired collection. Sporty and indulgent it’s eating cake that nourishes you like veggies.
While the bi-colour dungaree is a fave of mine, The quilted sweatshirt dresses and clutch could very easily produce the change in my wardrobe I so long for without all that pesky fuss of actually changing my entire aesthetic. There are stores both real and virtual in Singapore, Hong Kong, UK, Ireland, France, UAE, Indonesia and New York but wouldn’t you know it, it has yet to hit our shores. For you Australian’s out there, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org . Everyone else, get shopping!
Stay in one place long enough & you’ll want a change of pace. Eat one type of food long enough & the same will happen. Sitting in the lobby trying to figure out a plan for the night ended up with us getting lost in Koenji, stumbling upon the most awesome op shop & finally hitting Tequila house (a recommendation from Fashion Hayley we were grateful for).
A small hole in the wall style bar, the mood lighting, red walls and tequila bottles instantly warmed our freezing bodies. The owner seemed so happy to see us, seating us in a cozy corner and immediately fishing out the English menu he had stashed under the bar for such an emergency. Never would I have thought I’d find such good Mexican food in Japan. Perhaps it’s because I’m so used to the 3 bean everything that seems to be staple in most Aussie Cantina’s places but the food was amazing.
Surrounded by Mexican wrestling masks, painted skull bottles and sombreros, our night was perfectly capped by receiving little lighters with the restaurant info printed on it as we got up to leave. Sure we don’t smoke but what a cute momento that will always remind us of the awesome Mexican food in Japan. Have you picked up a strange cute momentos on your travels?
Hailing from Japan, accessory and jewellery brand AMBUSH are releasing their first collaborative line & I for one hope they quit the business. More collaborations like this will leave me with no choice but to go visit the country again, particularly as they don’t seem to ship overseas. In other words, their match up with Shima hair salon has resulted in a tough girl meets candy cute hair clip frenzy that I want to be a part of! Designed by artists Verbal and Yoon, the roses, thorns and all, were made available from December 7th. If you are lucky enough to be in Japan, you can nab something from the SHIMA hair salons or AMBUSH website for ¥4000 ~ ¥15,000