Saturday, October 25, 2014

baking couture COCONUT CAKE

II finally have my mother out of hospital and staying with me for a few days. She is doing well. Today was a relaxing day for a hot Saturday. I baked two cakes our regular Banana Bread and this delicious coconut cake. I have been wanting to make this for a while now after having ordering one while I was out a few months ago at my favourite cafe.

Coconut Cake


125 grams unsalted butter
1 cup caster sugar
2 lightly beaten eggs
1 cup sifted Self Raising flour
3/4 cup desiccated coconut
1 cup milk

Pre heat oven to 180 degrees.
Lightly grease and line a 1-x20cm loaf pan. 
Place butter and caster sugar in a large bowl and beat with electric beater until light and creamy.
Add eggs, one at a time, beating between each addition until well combined. 
Fold four and coconut into mixture, alternating with milk, until just combined. 
Spoon the mixture into the lined pan.
Bake for 40-45 minutes or until golden.

Friday, October 24, 2014

mode du jour MELBOURNE CUP DAY

I have had a busy week this week and have not had much time to blog the way I would like to, as my mother has been in hospital since Monday after falling 3 times on Saturday. They have ruled out a stroke and tested her heart so they are all good.

Today I would like to share an elegant and stylish look for cup day. You can take the time to shop all in one convenient location at Forever New. I have always been in love with a floral print perfect for spring at any racing carnival event. I have stayed with classic accessories in white. How good are those earrings? - very DIOR. 

Caroline Fascinator $ 59.99 \\ Clutch Bag $39.99 \\ Heels $79.99  

Laser cut detailing - the clutch and the shoes - is so on trend at the moment which adds an extra touch of elegance to the look. The shoes also have a block heel so you do not sink into the ground. 

Have a fabulous Friday. Vicki x

Thursday, October 23, 2014


Today I have the glamour lady herself Kate Mac from Glamour Mama sharing a few of her little beauty essentials. 

Kate has edited her essentials down to the bare necessity here! 
I’m a makeup girl at heart and from a young age I’ve been obsessed with potions, lotions and stuff that makes us feel and look better. I firmly believe in the healing powers of a bright lipstick! However today I have focused on the Famous Five products that get me through every day from playground to school gate, the office and beyond...  feeling a little more glamorous.

1. ModelCo LashXtend Lengthening Mascara $20
I was sent this product last year to review and I can't stop using it. I'd been looking for a mascara that really does lengthen and this delivers in spades. This product gives the appearance of lash extensions without the maintenance. Even when I'm “barefaced” for mama duty – I’m still wear my ModelCo mascara!

2. Lanolips Ointment $15.95
I've always been a lipgloss gal, but recently switched to Lanolips tinted lip ointment. I love that this product is all natural, keeps lips moisturised, has SPF protection and comes in a fruity tasting tinted colour range. I’m currently crushing on the Peach flavour. No more chapped lips at the playground!

3. ModelCo Cheek & Lip Tint $24
Another product trial winner! Once we're in our forties we need to embrace a cream blush for an additional flush of *ahem* youth. The dewy finish of this tinted gel formula gives you that same rosy healthy glow that a run around the block on a fresh Spring morning would give you. Without the exertion. Oh, and it doubles as a liptint if you leave your Lanolips at home!

4. YSL Touche Eclat/ Radiant Touch Concealer $57
There is a reason beauty experts everywhere agree this is THE cult product. Because it works. The creamy texture doesn't cake or settle in fine lines. It just packs away that designer luggage under my eyes...goodbye dark circles! It’s flawless finish is like photoshop IRL. Plus, how glamorous is the mirrored gold case?!

5. Dr Spiller Collagen Cream $120
I have the trickiest skin in the universe, and this is the only moisturiser I have ever used that doesn't make me breakout. It's super hydrating yet leaves a dewy finish WITHOUT the oil slick finish, whilst the collagen component plumps the skin to give a youthful appearance. True. Story. Cosmeceuticals are not cheap, but worth it.

6. Rosehip PLUS Eye Gel $14.95
This roll on gel has an instant cooling effect, but it’s the antioxidents that work their magic whilst your sleep that I love. I’ve been using this for a couple of months now and have really noticed the difference. Rosehip Oil is natures original anti-aging products with loads of other benefits including fading pigmentation, so I’m also using a face serum too. Addicted!

Do you use any of these products that Kate has listed?

* If you would like to share your daily beauty essentials, feel free to send me an email as I would love to share them with my awesome readers. 

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

just a little reminder to be BREAST AWARE

As you may already be aware October is Breast Cancer Awareness month and as October is coming to the end I thought I would share --- five-step prescription to help protect yourself every month.
1.Know your family history. If there’s a lot of breast cancer in you’re family, then you’re likely at higher risk for the disease. You should know who was diagnosed at what age and on what side of the family. If you don’t know your family history, you don’t know if you should be getting MRIs every year. Cancer Australia also has a Calculate Your Risk tool on its site which will help you to gain a good understanding of your level of risk for breast cancer compared to another woman of your age group.
2.Know your normal. If you don’t know the normal architecture of your breast, you won’t know when to speak up if something has changed. Take a look and feel ASAP, and get to know them well. Another part of knowing what’s normal is knowing where your breast tissue is—it goes all the way up to your collar bone.
3.Know what the signs and symptoms are. You obviously need to understand what a cancer would feel like. Typical cancers feel like a really hard, firm nodule—it feels like a frozen pea. You could also have nipple discharge, but we’re most worried about a lump—and if that lump hasn’t gone away with your cycle. If you’ve felt your normal breast, then when you do feel them again, you know what you’re looking for. And any doubts, make an appointment to see your doctor.
4.Know the risk factors. There are things you can do lifestyle-wise, like maintaining a healthy body weight, lowering fat intake, increasing exercise, and limiting alcohol intake. They are well-known to reduce the risk of breast cancer.
5.Make a yearly date with your doctor. As well as you knowing the signs of cancer, you knowing your family history, it’s also great back-up to have a check-up with your doctor every year. 
More information can be found at Cancer Australia || source well + good  || shared from Bella Mumma

Tuesday, October 21, 2014


It can be hard to be yourself in such a judgemental world. But why be anyone one else you have entered this world to be yourself so take the challenge and be the best person you can be by being YOU. Too often than not we can look at others and envy their lifestyle, looks or ability to achieve their goals, There is no need for envy if you want something then go for it. Just be yourself and go for everything you want out of life. I have encouraged my daughters to be themselves and to never take on board what others think or say. It does not always work but it is a stepping stone for them to consider as their life progresses from teenagers into adults.

Take the time and work out who you really are and be the person you want to be. Listen to others opinion and consider the options but do not be swayed by their judgement if you do not whole heartedly agree. 

Trust yourself with your thoughts and progress to be the person you want to be.

Find your contentment that cannot be taken away and enjoy it.

When you learn to be yourself you become more courageous and learn to feel comfortable in your own skin.

Everyone has something that they love and are good at. Take that something and let it shine.

Cherish the people in your life who love you for you and do not want or wish you to be like this person or that.

Revel in the success that is truly yours. Strive and work hard for that goal that is coming your way. 

Follow your intuition. If something does not dell right then 9 times out of ten it is not.

If you understand your feelings then you are more in tune to who you really are and you come across confident and the real you emerges.

Accept your flaws and the mistakes you have made. No-one is perfect and we all make mistakes - you just need to own them.

Be gentle on yourself ALWAYS.

React calmly in stressful or hard to cope with situations. (This is something I need to improve on).

Take the tome and be in tune to who you really are and go forth to SHINE LIKE THE STAR THAT YOU ARE.

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