A big birthday and then some bugs!

Our little man turned one a couple of weeks back – I was ridiculously excited, almost like Christmas Eve excitement! Not sure whether this is normal but it was pretty cool! We had a fabulous day with family celebrating this milestone and then partied with Axel’s friends on a sunny Saturday afternoon. I went to a party shop here in Christchurch where I was in and out in 20 minutes, leaving with a plethora of Beatrix Potter themed party wares – easiest party planning ever!

And then I came down with a virus – ugh! I haven’t been struck down with anything this bad since I got swine flu while living in London. While it was nothing nearly as bad swine flu, I have been feeling average to say the least for the last two weeks. Finally today, the fog seems to have cleared and I am beginning to feel a little more like my energetic old self. Thank god for that!

Here are some photos of the birthday boy, including a couple with his friends in his new Mocka teepee (thanks to his Granny and Grandad!). Will do a separate post on the teepee and what I found to make it extra cosy later this week.

Thanks for sticking with me while I’ve had a loooong absence! X

Vintage String Lights

I was super excited to stumble across the amazing online lighting store Mr Ralph and discover for the first time on my internet travels someone in NZ who stocks vintage style globe string lights. A major step-up from fairy lights in terms of styling an outdoor event, I have been hunting for these since planning our wedding. I can’t wait for the warm weather to return later in the year so that we can string them up over our outdoor dining area and enjoy numerous dinner parties and summer soirees.

Here are some images that inspired the purchase!

images via my Pinterest 

 

 

New Year’s Eve Options

New Year’s Eve provides plenty of outfit woes every year! Will it be hot, cold, wet? Will I be overdressed or underdressed? What shoes will allow me to last the distance?! First world problems I know! The first thing to decide on is whether to go long or short…

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1. Charlie Jade Silk Jumpsuit – Shopbop

2. Sass and Bide Dress – Superette

3. Free People Tulle Skirt – Shopbop

4. Camilla and Marc Dress – Superette

5. Mini Leather Skirt – Asos

6. Ladakh Sequined Shorts – Threadsence

Raspberry Rose Fizz

I stumbled across this gorgeous looking aperitif created by the folks over at Honestly YUM. It may be a little late for Mother’s day but I think it definitely deserves a re-blog!

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Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 oz gin
  • 3/4 oz liqueur framboise
  • 3/4 oz lemon juice
  • 3/4 oz raspberry syrup
  • 3 drops rosewater
  • 1 egg white
  • 1 1/2 oz sparkling water
  • rose petal for garnish

Raspberry Syrup:

  • 1 cup raspberries
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup sugar

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Start by making the raspberry syrup. Combine sugar and water in a saucepan over medium heat until sugar is dissolved. Bring to a simmer and then remove from heat and let cool completely (approximately 30 minutes) before adding the raspberries. I like to combine the raspberries once the syrup has cooled because you get a bright, fresh flavor, rather than a cooked, jammy flavor.

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Once you’ve added the raspberries to the saucepan with the syrup, use a potato masher to crush them to a pulp. If you don’t have a masher you can use a large spoon or the bottom of a glass. Pour the resulting mixture through a fine mesh strainer to remove the pulp.

Now time for the cocktail: Add the egg white to your shaker and shake for 10 seconds without ice or any other ingredients. This will help you to create the lovely light foam that gives this drink its silky texture. Once you’ve agitated the egg white, fill your shaker with the remaining ingredients, except for the sparkling water. Add ice and shake vigorously for a full 30 seconds.

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Once thoroughly shaken, add ice and the sparkling water to your glass and double-strain the shaker contents overtop. I like adding the sparkling water to the bottom of the glass, pouring overtop, so that the bubbles incorporate throughout the drink without stirring. Garnish with a rose petal and straw, and voilà.

images and recipe via HonestlyYUM