Tuesday, April 27, 2010

StoneArt

Ginger Tom StoneArt @ Emma aime Dearest readers
If you are into animals or all things cute then this is a post for you! Check out my Mums brillant works of StoneArt at her new shop on Folksy. Every piece is a one of a kind hand painted design. Each one is signed and numbered and comes with a certificate of authenticity. She will also do custom pieces so if you want you favourite pet painted as a loveable keepsake message her with photos and she can work something out for you.
Squirrel StoneArt @ Emma aime Whats more if you mention Emma aime when you place an order you will recieve a 10% discount.

Check these cute critters out for yourselves dear readers ... x

Sunday, April 25, 2010

When did we stop bothering?

I recall my grandfather leaving for work was always well turned out. He always wore a suit. He always smelled of imperial leather soap. His hair was neatly cut, his nails clean neat and short. Its been 14 years since his death but I still recall him as a kind of Don Draper figure. Always perfectly turned out and ready for business.

Maybe this one of the reasons Mad Men appeals to so many people. It harks back to a time when people where always impeccably dressed. A women would not dream of leaving the house without being in clean pressed clothes, hair neatly styled, makeup on, shoes clean and hats and gloves worn.
We are of course living in different times now. Women's days have become more full as they have to juggle a career and home and family. Maybe these days life has become more complicated but is this any excuse to stop bothering with ourselves? For me its about having self respect but also respect for others. Anyone who has stood behind a sweaty offensive smelling man in the supermarket queue will understand what I mean when I saw respect for others!

I can say I am guilty of leaving the house without applying makeup on many occasions but being 26 I think I'm still fresh faced enough to get away with it and its nice to let my skin breath once in a while. I do get quite a few comments on how 'smart' i dress especially from elder ladies and it always pleases me. I secretly hope that maybe I remind them of a time gone by maybe sparking a memory from their youth and lets face it, its always nice to get a compliment.

Now don't get me wrong I understand dressing smartly is not always practical. I work at a creche in a gym and I don't expect the mothers to be working out with a full face of makeup, hair style to within an inch of its life. I do however hate seeing women in the street in workout clothes. One item of clothing that I can safely say will never have space in my wardrobe are jogging bottoms. It seems these days workout wear has become leisure wear and people are more concerned with comfort than their appearance.

People these days seem to have a misconception that dressing smartly is both uncomfortable and unpractical. Please don't get me wrong when I say smartly I am not referring to office wear but simply having a smart appearance, being well turned out. We only have to look at Melbourne blogger Super Kawaii Mama to see that being well turned out is not impractical as she is a mum of two beautiful young girls and leads a busy lifestyle but she doesn't let this effect the way she dresses. In fact Super Kawaii Mamas blog has many great posts about how to look good whilst still remaining practical like this one about what to wear when you can't be bothered. SKM suggests having outfits ready hanging in your wardrobe for days when you don't have the energy or time to put together an outfit. I find what I call 'old standbys' are always helpful and if you hang the accessories up with them its very easy to quickly put on an outfit and be out the door.


Another tip I can give ladies is to always carry a small makeup bag with you with a few essentials that way even if you don't have time to do your makeup in the morning you can always apply it when you get a free moment say on the train or at your desk. I can guarantee you will get more positive compliments rather than people commenting on how tired or washed out you look (Maybe people just do this to me!)

AS you can see it really takes little time, money or effort to be well turned out and put your best face forward just a little forward planning. So with this in mind I ask "When did we all stop bothering?"

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Emma aime in the Kitchen: Anzac Biscuits

I was feeling a little patriotic today so decided to make some Anzac biscuits. During World War I, two military divisions of New Zealand and Australian soldiers joined to create the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC). They weer sent to Egypt for training and took with them simple travel-worthy oatmeal biscuits. Anzac biscuit are still part of army rations today and tins of them are often sold as fundraising for the veterans.

The bikkies came out so good that they were quickly wolfed down before I had a chance to photograph them so this post will be photoless today! The recipe I used came again from Field Guide to Cookies by Anita Chu.

Ingredients:
1 cup rolled oats
1 cup flour
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
2 tbsp golden syrup
1/2 cup unsalted butter
3/4 tsp baking powder

Method:
Preheat oven to 325F or 165C.
Combine oats, flour, sugars in a bowl and set aside.
In a small saucepan melt syrup and butter stirring with a wooden spoon.
In a small bowl combine baking powder with 2 tbsp of boiling water, add the syrup and butter mixture and stir to combine.
Mix syrup mixture into flour mixture until evenly combined.
Drop tablespoon sized balls of mixture onto sheet about 2 inches apart. Bake for 18-20 minutes rotating cookie sheet halfway through. Cool on wire racks.

Why not show your patriotism to the troops and bake some today dear readers ... x

Friday, April 23, 2010

Daily Outfit: Silly Rockabilly

Emma Rockabilly @ Emma aimeAs it was champagne Friday we headed over to the pub to see the UN girlies. It seems no-one told Sydney it's Autumn so we've had gloriously warm weather this week. Emma closeup @ Emma aimeI'm still attempting to grow my fringe out but its at a weird length where I cant really do much with it. Its still slightly to short to wear in a barrel roll and its too long to leave hanging down into my eyes! I attempted a rockabilly quiff effect today but with fresh washed hair its gone a little fluffy!Emma Rockabilly full length @ Emma aime Black sweetheart neck singlet – SES
Red skirt – Trapeze
Red dot wedge shoes – Primark (UK)
Red cats eye sunglasses – Rock and Roll Dancewear
Tattoo print scarf (worn in hair) – A gift from the French fairy
Tatto scarf & cats eye glasses @ Emma aime Have a rockin' weekend dear readers ... x

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Emma aime In the Kitchen: Rock Cakes

Rock cakes @ Emma aime The hubby and I had a craving for something sweet to go with our tea last night so I whiped up a batch of rock cakes. They may not look the pretiest things in the world but there super easy and fast to make. The recipe I followed was from of one of hubbies mountains of cookbooks. Its called Field Guide to Cookies by Anita Chu.

Ingredients:
1 1/3 cup flour
2 tsp baking powder
3/4 cup sugar
1 egg
1/3 cup unsalted butter
3 tbsp milk
1/2 cup currants

Method:
Preheat oven to 350F or 180C

In a medium bowl sift flour, baking powder and sugar and set aside. In a small bowl beat egg until frothy.

Using a rubber spatula, fold the butter into the flour until roughly incorporated. Add egg and milk, mix well until everything has been rough incorporated. Ad currants and continue to mix until a dough of medium stiffness has formed.

Using a fork scrape enough dough to make craggy balls the size of a heaping tablespoon. Place 2 ½ inches apart on a cookie sheet. Bake for 10-15 minutes or until golden and beginning to colour at the edges, rotating halfway through. Remove from oven cool slightly on wire racks before serving hot.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Four Sexy Women You Might Like to Meet

The Siren - Originating from Greek mythology, the Siren were bird like women who lured nearby sailors with their enchanting music and voices to shipwreck on the rocky coast of their island. The Sirens of Greek mythology are sometimes portrayed in later folklore as fully aquatic and mermaid-like. Silver screen sirens include Elizabeth Taylor, Lauren Bacall and Veronica Lake


The Vamp - a seductive woman who uses her sex appeal to exploit men. Similar to the Femme Fatale. Also those dark sensual beauties that put us in mind of vampires. Think Theda Bara, Pola Negri, Marlene Dietrich, Greta Garbo and Louise Brooks


The Bombshell - Normally preceded by blond, Bombshells are popular icons recognized for their curves, sex appeal and larger than life personas. The term carries an implication of a voluptuous female sex icon. During World War II, "Bombshell Girl" referred to the "pinup" girls who were painted onto the sides of WWII planes, bombers, and their bombs. Think Marilyn Munroe, Jean Harlow (who starred in the 1933 film 'Bombshell'), Diana Dors, Jayne Mansfield and Mamie Van Doren.


The Femme Fatale - French for 'deadly woman' an alluring and seductive woman whose charms ensnare her lovers in bonds of irresistible desire, often leading them into compromising, dangerous, and deadly situations. A femme fatale tries to achieve her hidden purpose by using feminine wiles such as beauty, charm, and sexual allure. Think Rita Hayworths characters in The Lady from Shanghai or Gilda.



Any others you can think of dear readers ... x

Thursday, April 15, 2010

How many pairs of shoes can you get for $38?

The answer is ...
not 1 ...

not 2 ...

not 3 ...

BUT 4!!!
$38 shoes @ Emma aimeThe weather in Sydney seemed to take a bit of a cold turn last week and I realised that I had no suitable winter shoes! Having only $50 to spend I headed over to Kmart to find a pair of boot that I could match with both skirts and trousers and came out with 4 pairs of shoes: I pair of black suede-like mid calf boots, two pairs of pumps - one red, one blue and a pair of white ballet pumps. Quite a haul for just $38! I even had change for tea and cakes!

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

My Resolutions - March Update

Well dear readers we're halfway through April and I just realised I did not update you with my progress on my new year resolutions at the end of March. March was a busy month for me as I had my parents over from England but now there gone I promise to get back on track with the blog. Ive been a bit shoddy of late with my posts! Anyway heres the update:

Take more risks in life - I am doing terribly with this resolution at this rate it will be my resolution for next year as well! The hubby and I still haven't booked out tandem paragliding that he got as a birthday present in January and I haven't done any other things in this category. That means I owe you 3 now (4 if you count Aprils as well) so I really must get on with it.

Reach my goal weight - This ones done! I can tick it off so it wont be mentioned in future months updates unless I slip up and pile on weight (please god no!)

Study Childcare - I have almost finished wading through the sea of notes from the purple fairy and putting together my own. Whilst doing this I have been putting together a recommended reading list so once I have finished going through all the notes I will get some of the books out the library to read up some more.

Continue to grow this blog - As i mentioned in the blog post diversifying my blog I intend to add more new sections to the blog. We've already had more book and film reviews but I am a little behind with the recipes and housewifery sections so I will try to work on these this month.

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Dreaming of Dior at Chatswood Westfield

Free Dreaming of Dior Book and Fashion Tote Bag
Receive Dreaming of Dior by Charlotte Smith and a fashion tote bag when you spend $200 on specialty fashion* at Westfield Chatswood.

Charlotte Smith became the envy of women all over the world when she inherited a priceless vintage clothing collection from her godmother. The collection included more than three thousand pieces dating from 1790 to 1995, from Dior and Chanel originals to a dainty pioneer dress.

But when she unearthed her godmother's book of stories, the true value of what she had been bequeathed hit home. This wasn't merely a collection of beautiful things, it was a collection of life. Women's lives. Tiny snapshots of our joys and disappointments, our entrances and exits, triumphant and tragic.

Beautifully illustrated, this is a book for any woman who knows a dress can hold a lifetime of memories.

Until April 25, see life size illustrations of the fashion masterpieces, as well as modern recreations of the looks, in the Dreaming of Dior exhibition on Level 4 of Westfield Chatswood, outside Myer.

See the Concierge desk on level 3 or 4 for details.


This information was stolen unashamedly from the Westfield website! I will be heading over to Westfield Chatswood myself to get some snaps of the exhibition. A blog post will follow.

The Bookworm presents: Tease by Immodesty Blaize

Wednesday was a horribly cold and wet day in Sydney so after braving the rain to go to work for a few hours in the morning I came home and curled up on the sofa with a nice cup of tea and Tease by burlesque superstar Immodesty Blaize.

The book is a bawdy bonk-buster that revolves around the burlesque world and rising burlesque star Tiger Starr. Tiger’s life is a whirlwind of glamour, diamonds, celebrity parties and more than her fair share of suitors. She seems to finally have it all. But though she may have the talents to bring any man – or woman – to their knees, Tiger never lets her friends or lovers get too close. Only now, she’s finally ready to take a chance on love...

But beneath all the glitz and the feathers, she’s hiding more than her modesty. As she prepares for the most important show of her life, it seems somebody is intent on exposing the dark secrets of her carefully guarded past.

Unfortunately, there’s more than one likely candidate. Is it one of Tiger’s discarded lovers? A rival showgirl? Or even her jealous sister? As her world starts to unravel, Tiger will have to fight for survival, by delivering the performance of her life…

I have to say that I just loved this book (although doesn't every girl love a bonk-buster!) and it certainly brightened this rainy day. The story was well written and gives a great incite into the burlesque world. Immodesty has obviously drawn heavily on her own experiences as a burlesque performer. I did guess Tiger's secret a while before the end but the book never failed to entertain with its glitz, glamour, scandal and steamy sex scenes.

Tease is published by Ebury Press and is available at all good book shops. Immodesty's next book Ambition is out in October. I wait with baited breath

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Movies, Mum and Me - An Alice in Wonderland Review

While the boys were away up north my Mum had some Mother/Daughter time. One of the things we did was to go and see Alice in Wonderland. After much anticipation 0n my part (i remember blogging about the movie back in July when i first started my blog!) the movie definitely lived up to my expectations. It was beautifully dark and eerie in true Tim Burton style and I enjoyed every second of it.

The film is a sort of sequel to the original book and tells the story of how Alice, now nineteen years old, accidentally returns to Underland (misheard by Alice and believed to be called Wonderland), a place she visited thirteen years previously. She is told that she is the only one who can slay the Jabberwocky, a dragon-like creature controlled by the Red Queen who terrorizes Underland's inhabitants.

I have to agree somewhat with that nasty critic in the UK that said Mia Wasikowska looked sickly. She definitely looked frail and ill at the beginning of the movie but I think that was almost the point. That Alice was a weakling who didn't stand up for herself. By the end of the movie she was fighting fit and ready to slaughter the Jabberwocky. AS for her acting I think Mia made a wonderful Alice.

I adored many of the characters and have to take my hat of for the great casting decisions made. Stephen Fry was wonderfully cast as the Cheshire Cat. Alan Rickman was perfect as the blue Caterpillar although I can't help but listen to his voice and think of Snape. Matt Lucas brought fantastic comic value as Tweedledum and Tweedledee and Barbara Windsor made a wonderfully heroic little Doormouse.

I loved Helena Bonham Carter as the Red Queen but have to agree with the affore mentioned mean critic that she does remind me somewhat of Queenie from Black Adder. But the character I adored above all others with that of the Mad Hatter played by Johnny Depp. I just loved the juxtaposition of his bipolar personalities, the Scottish maniac and the unhinged yet sensitive soul. The Hatter's beautiful scene with Alice when she leaves Wonderland actually moved em to tears (I know, I'm a sook!)

And for the Alice inspired costume I planned to wear to watch the film well I have decided to save it as the Purple and French Fairies are having a joint Birthday party in between their two birthdays (so an Un-birthday I guess!) at the end of May so I will wear it then. An outfit post will follow.
I'm off to ponder why a raven is like a writing desk dear readers ... x

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Dressmaking attempt 1

While the men were off up north for a couple of days on their shooting trip my Mum and I had a go at making a skirt from an old pattern I had. This was my first attempt at dressmaking so I'm pretty happy how it turned out.The pattern we used was McCalls 9035. Its actually a suit pattern from the 80's but the jacket looked a little complicated for a beginner to attempt so we stuck to the skirt for now. Here's how it turned out. Its a little hard to see as my camera did not take the best photo but the material is actually a blue with white polka dot design. Skirt - made by me
Singlet (with bow made by me) -SES
Shoes - F&F for Tesco (UK)
Elasticated bow headband - Supre

My next attempt will be:
Wish me luck dear readers ... x