Saturday, April 23, 2011

Butterfly Stamping Nail Art

There's a new little nail art shop located at Southlands Shopping Centre next to the shoe shop and it sells Konad Stamping nail art gear. I just bought a mini stamping kit today, the kit contains 3 x polish (black, white, clear), 1 image plate, a scraper and a stamp. If you're interested to see how it's done, there's a youtube video at the bottom but it's basically a stamp, that is stamped onto your nails.

I had heaps of fun stamping my nails with butterflies.

Happy Easter everybody

I put together a little easter basket for the bf and his family and I decided to make Panna cotta for the first time.I've always viewed it as a fancy dessert and love ordering them at restaurants but never knew how easy it was to actually make it.

I found the recipe on David Le Bovitz's blog but I'll type it up again (with slight changes) on here for those that are too lazy to view it. Also I didn't unmould the panna cotta but placed them in.....tealight candle holders haha. I was searching for glasses that were larger than shot glasses but smaller than drinking glasses and these were the perfect size!


4 cups thickened cream
1/2 cup (100g) sugar
2 teaspoons of vanilla extract
4 1/2 teaspoons powdered gelatin
6 tablespoons (90ml) cold water
1 packet Raspberry Jelly


1. Heat the heavy cream and sugar in a saucepan or microwave. Once the sugar is dissolved, remove from heat and stir in the vanilla extract.

2. Sprinkle the gelatin over the cold water in a medium-sized bowl and let stand 5 to 10 minutes.

4. Pour the very warm Panna Cotta mixture over the gelatin and stir until the gelatin is completely dissolved.

5. Divide the Panna Cotta mixture into the prepared cups, then chill them until firm, which will take at least four hours.

6.Make the jelly according the instructions on the packet, cool and pour on top of the panna cotta. Chill for at least 4 hours. Serve cold.

Friday, April 15, 2011

Cupcake nail art

I was inspired to paint a cupcake on my nail after watching this nail tutorial:

So this is my attempt at cupcake nails and I decided to mix it up a little with other random drawings I thought of on the spot.


Cupcake, Clouds, Kisses, Bling & a black heart. Enjoy!

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Rainbow cookies


Nothing like a smartie cookie to bring a smile to your face.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Afternoon Delight

I've always been obsessed with tea cups, tea, cakes, high tea and so when I saw the 2 tiered plate stand at Koko Black I decided to purchase my own tiered plate stand. Having already owned the Maxwell and Williams Polka Dot Tea Set [Below],


Maxwell and Williams Polka Dot Tea Set

I decided to get the Maxwell and Williams Kimono Tiered plate stand in pink of course, to match my tea set. I really like the Flowery Japanese inspired design.

Tiered plate stand

I was so excited to use it that I made some mini quiches and toasted pesto chicken sandwiches to test out my new plate stand and I love it! I followed the recipe found on Exclusively Food for the Mini quiches and they were delightful! The top tier is just filled with Krispy Kreme donuts that my brother brought back from the east coast.


Sunday, April 10, 2011

A Sunny Sunday @ Angove Street Festival

I love exploring Perth and attending all the community festivals & other local happenings so when Angove Street Festival was advertised, I quickly marked it on my calender as a little reminder! So that is what I did today, attended the festival held on Angove Street, or as the locals like to call it the 'Hangover St'.

There was plenty of live music, local fashion, fresh food and coffee, market stalls, live art, photo exhibitions, street performers and children's activities such as mini bungee, rocking climbing, animal farm and plenty more other activities occuring. The live music definitely created a lovely atmosphere for a lazy Sunday afternoon.

I live on the south side of river so I don't normally shop in North Perth so it was nice to wander around and I discovered a lot of local shops and cafes that I would love to go back and visit.

There was some live graffiti art demonstration at the festival and I really liked this particular one. It was a picture drawn with a permament marker of all the different people he saw walking down Angove Street.
There was also a mini car show featuring mainly Alfa Romeos and a lonesome Lotus Elise which was my favourite.

Saturday, April 09, 2011

Koko Black: Claremont

Koko Black: Claremont

Perth is definitley improving with its growing number of shopping centres and eateries. I just came back from High Tea at the new Koko Black chocolate salon located at the Claremont Quarters and I have to say I am impressed. I love the elegant feel of the place with its chocolate (brown) leather lounges, beautiful blue lanterns to its delicate tier plate stands.

Easter @ Koko Black

My friends and I decided to try out this awesome chocolate salon as soon as we could and we treated ourselves to the Queen of Hearts high tea which was a two tiered platter, one sweet and one savoury. The bottom tier consisted of two mini sandwiches, a leek and ricotta tart and a pancetta and cherry tomato tart whilst the top tier presented with a lamingtom, lemon tart, layered chocolate cake, chocolate brownie and a berry panacotta. I have to say the savoury was very welcoming to the taste buds after all the sweet indulgences.


We also tried the Autumn Spoil which is pretty much a bit of everything. It consisted of pear sorbet, gingerbread cookie, chocolate mousse, pear and cinnamon cake and two chocolates.

Autumn Spoil for two

After our meal of utter divineness, we looked around the chocolate salon and there were many different selections of various flavoured chocolates and pattiseries on offer. With easter around the corner there were many handpainted chocolate bunnies and easter eggs on display and I was very tempted to purchase one of everything. Another thing I really liked about Koko black was the chocolatier's kitchen which had a clear window so you could view the making of the chocolate and pattiseries. I got to witness the making of the creme brulee tarts which looked really delicious.

Creme Brulee Tarts

A polaroid to capture that Koko Black high tea moment!

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