December 31, 2014

Farewell 2014, Come At Me 2015

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December 19, 2014

Summer Pavlova Float

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Chewy marshmallowy centre encased in a crispy meringue shell and a refreshing drink that tastes like Cream Soda. What is not to love about these 2 things? Well I've combined them both right here :)

December 16, 2014

Festive Hot Pink Lips For The Silly Season

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If you feel like really sprucing up the makeup routine this party season, but don't want to go overboard (i.e. you simply don't have time to be learning new makeup techniques or rummaging for the best eye look), a festive hot pink lip is the easiest way to liven things up. This could be the first time you brave one, and it does take a lot of courage to rock a fuschia shade, but there really is no other fun reason to start rocking one than in the silly season.

December 12, 2014

The Mia Loves Pretty Portfolio Website

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December 10, 2014

My Basic Daily Uniform

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T Shirt / Country Road (currently 20% off and comes in 10 colours!) and Denim shorts / Topshop (similar).

Having a home office has meant that my daily uniform has become somewhat very basic, simple, and frankly, not very exciting. But nevertheless, I have managed to transition from what used to be a PJs uniform (read singlet and boxer shorts), to a comfortable, well cut basic tee and denim shorts.

December 09, 2014

Nutella and Banana Crepes

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Last week I felt like eating crepes for lunch, so I made them, and also whipped out the camera.

December 03, 2014

A Summer Fiesta

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December 02, 2014

Behind Vogue Australia's 55th Anniversary Shoot

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Now that I have more time to explore in the creativity world, I seek inspiration from a multitude of channels for my own blog posts, and to gain motivation for myself to keep pushing forth in finding ideas of what I want to do more of, for the next ten years. That's pretty ambitious isn't it? While I worked ten years in Corporate, I could never answer my mentors and managers when they would ask me "what do you see yourself doing in the long term?", "what do you think you would like to do in ten year's time?". Most of the time, it was because I knew, deep in my heart, that my future was not with the firm or company that I was working for at the time, and so I was always cautious in any answer that I could drum up.

December 01, 2014

Baked Kumara Fries With A Greek Flair

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November 24, 2014

The Longlasting Nail Polish - L'oreal Infallible Gel Nail Polish

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November 20, 2014

Beautiful Athens

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When I was planning the hit list for our whirlwind European trip, Greece was always on the agenda, and more importantly Santorini. Athens was always be going to be our first pitstop and so it was worth at least a good look around the city. While I took upon some of my friend's advice to not spend too much time in Athens because there wasn't much to do, we were pleasantly surprised that we were able to fill in the day and night we had reserved, with shopping around and seeing the main sights. Aside from the graffiti, it's not a bad little city!

November 15, 2014

The Beauty Sponge - The Beauty Blender Pro

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Makeup sponges to me would either be that triangular sponge that makeup artist used to dab dab dab around your nose or that little white cushiony number that would turn beige/orange over time, nestled in your makeup compact, one which I would be first to toss into the bin preferring to use a makeup brush instead. What a snob!

November 13, 2014

Mango & Lime Granita

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November 10, 2014

Still Laughing 12 Years Later

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Today is our 2nd Wedding Anniversary but also it's our 12th year of being together.

November 07, 2014

Lemon Meringue Cupcakes

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Lemon-y sponge cupcake with a lemon curd core, and a torched meringue top. That sounds rather pretty and delicious doesn't it?
That's exactly what these are!
When Jase was eating the leftover cupcakes he looked at the halves that I gave him and he gasped and said "what's this on the inside?"..."is that really lemon meringue stuff on the inside?"... "doesn't  lemon meringue stuff have like a pie crust? what? is this a cake?". Ah bless him. Yes, lemon meringue should be a tart or a pie, BUT, lemon meringue cupcakes came into this world many moons ago, and while I was originally hoping to make a lemon meringue layer cake, making cupcakes was far easier.  Here is how I made mine!

November 05, 2014

#TRUTH - Personal Mantras To Live By

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These words may seem dreamy, but I'm telling myself all of it speaks #truth and they're the words I currently choose to live by on the daily.

November 04, 2014

Fornillo Beach

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We didn't stay near the main beach of Positano, but instead, decided to stay at Hotel Vittoria where Fornillo Beach lay right below, only 200 odd stairs below in fact! To our surprise a cute little cafe called Pupetto was right there and OMG...served the biggest wads of mozzarella in their Caprese salad. I. WAS. IN. FRICKIN'. HEAVEN. Oh gosh it makes me want to cry a little just even thinking about that fresh, squeaky clean, moreish salad.
I definitely think Jase and I would go back to Positano in a heart beat as we only had 3 days there and missed out on seeing Capri nearby.
The pebbly beach was not pleasant to walk barefoot on, but this place just exudes the best sunny memories for Jase and I. Makeup free, hair tossled in sea water, carefree and happy, this is how life should be ey?

Enjoy the heavy download of photos :)

October 30, 2014

Strawberry Souffle

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October 22, 2014

Stripes In Santorini

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October 16, 2014

Thinking Out Loud

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The first time I heard this song on the radio, I thought damn, this would be such a beautiful first wedding dance song. Low and behold, Ed Sheeran learns a dance routine and smashes it in his music video. Is there anything this multi taskin' guy can't do? Simply amazing. I can't wait to see him perform next year :D

p.s. who is the amazing girl dancer ey?


October 15, 2014

Strawberry Bon Bons

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October 13, 2014

Facial Massages At Home

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Since coming home from our European holiday, my skin has not been the best and I haven't had very good sleep. My skin is so much drier in the Sydney climate, and probably isn't helped with my severe hay fever allergies which also spurs some occasional eczema.  And then I guess some of my anxieties are creeping into my head during my sleep. Happiness from being carefree of a 9-5 comes with the cost of feeling unsettled with insecurities about where my next direction will head. But I'm slowly getting there and working on a plan!
One thing that I've noticed that has helped my skin settle a bit are facial massages, done right in the comfort of my own home! I'm loving this technique as part of my night time skincare routine where I massage in my Korres Wild Rose Overnight Sleeping Facial cream (now called Advanced Repair Sleeping Facial - a new discovery from Athens for me) on my face until it's fully absorbed or for just 5 minutes before bed. I can truly feel the blood rush to the surface of my skin, which gives nice warm sensation and is instantly calming too.
Here are the 5 steps I follow:

October 07, 2014


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October 03, 2014

Love For Mindy Kaling

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I think I'm probably the last person on earth to pick up a copy of Mindy Kaling's book; Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?...

October 01, 2014

Mini Strawberries & Cream Layer Cakes

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August 13, 2014

See You In 5 Weeks!

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Cinque Terre photo by Gray Malin (via Erika Brechtel)

August 12, 2014


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August 11, 2014

Perfect Mushroom Pasta for One

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It's normally difficult enough to portion out ingredients when cooking for two. Getting leftovers for days after a meal obviously shouldn't be a "problem" to complain about, but when things go to waste, then that is a real problem!

August 06, 2014

The Two Primers That Beats Them All

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August 04, 2014


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July 25, 2014

Apple Crumble - made 2 ways

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Apple crumble is probably one of the first recipes I ever baked during Home Economics class, and so it always brings about some great nostalgic memories for me. In my intermediate school years (junior high to some of you!), we used to go to another school that had kitchen facilities to attend Home Economics class, and then after our afternoon bakes, we would place our baked goodies into empty ice cream containers (or whatever plastic containers we had brought along) to take home to our parents. I still remember my Mum's twisted expression when she saw my warm apple crumble mess inside an ice cream container which had been tossed about on the bus ride home. I'm pretty sure Mum had to muster all her strength to say "mm MMMMmmm" to the waft of plastic container-y, buttery, apple smell that was put before her.

Luckily for you ladies and gents, this recipe is a bit more refined and I definitely don't recommend you place warm things in plastic tubs for presentational purposes.

I *think* the American folk like to call this Apple Crisp, and that's exactly how I like my crumble topping; buttery, short and crispy.
Here is a recipe that you can make the old fashioned way, or the nouveau way for intolerant stomachs; gluten free and refined sugar free.

July 17, 2014

Nutella Banana Bread

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I've shared a link to a recipe for this on Facebook before, but after realising how overly sweet my first attempt was, I decided an Oz/NZ measurement conversion was required... and then.... I forgot to post about it!
And so here we go, three months later, a recipe based on cups used here in Oz and NZ, but this time loosely based on a basic Donna Hay recipe and only makes one loaf!

July 16, 2014

Winter Angora

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July 14, 2014

Time to be a #GIRLBOSS

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Oh hello, long time no chat! Where have I been? What have I been doing?

Well I finished up at my day job. YES!
No more 9-5 (or 6 or 7 and beyond), but more of whatever hours I like to do for the things I love for a little while!

June 19, 2014

A Bailey Buster Lee update

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June 12, 2014

Hollandaise Breakfast

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Out of all the things on my "must master" cooking list, poaching eggs was the one I'm most afraid of. I had watched many food shows, YouTube clips and what not on how to do it, but never wanted to attempt it after a very failed first attempt a few years ago, resulting in scatters of little scramble-y white bits floating around in a saucepan full of water.

June 10, 2014

Current Lustings #2 - Jogger pants

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Current Lustings #2 - Jogger Pants

May 30, 2014

Polenta & Parmesan Gold Nuggets

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The theme of this week is eating.

May 25, 2014

Pancake Stack Heaven

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I totally missed a week of blogging ... smack on the hand for that one! But I'm a total believer in quality, and if I don't have anything quality to blog or talk about with you all then it's not worth posting!
That's until I realised I hadn't posted up this little simple recipe for Pancakes. Yes, pancakes. Simple in all its entirety but total heaven when you want a slightly gourmet breakfast at home.

May 15, 2014

Frilly Jumpsuit

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May 12, 2014

Current Lustings #1 - Weekend Livin'

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I can't shop and buy everything that I love the look of, but short of me winning the lottery in the hopes of never ending shopping sprees, here are my current lustings.

Current Lustings #1 - Weekend Livin'

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