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Monthly Archives: December 2012

What to Wear for New Year’s Eve – Metallic Trend

Metallic has been so big this year and is probably going to be around well into next year so it only makes sense that the metallic trend would be what to wear for New Year‘s Eve. After all, a girl has got to have her sparkle!

This year we are catching up with some friends at their home. As we are in Australia that means there will be a big HUGE table of seafood, lot’s of sparkling wine (Australia does good bubbles but as we aren’t in the Champagne region we have to call it Sparkling. Of course that works with the nights theme, and maybe a few icy cold beers or cider. It’s also hot, so no point in wearing velvet or anything too fussy.

Metallic Skirt with a pop of pink

Metallic Skirt with a pop of pink

New Year's Eve 2012

New Year’s Eve 2012

Sparkle in Metallic: This New Year’s Eve look started with the skirt from ASOS.com. It was one of my pre-Christmas purchases. I liked that it looks like liquid silver and is really a great neutral base to build my look from. The top is a couple of years old and I purchased it on sale at Target. The silver clutch is from my DIY series and the rest of the accessories are a mix of items from heirloom to costume, plus my hot pink NOVO wedges just for a bit of fun. I like that the top has a “bubble” print (polka dots) to add to the festive night.

Sparkle earrings and necklace

Sparkle earrings and necklace

Oversized Metallic Clutch and silver pearls

Over-sized Metallic Clutch and silver pearls

Sparkling Accessories: The earrings are costume and I have had them for a few years. I honestly don’t remember how much they cost but I’m sure it was less than $30. However, the necklace is vintage and was a piece my mother gave me that used to belong to my grandmother. It’s a gorgeous double strand of crystals and I love how they sparkle! A patent leather wide belt adds a bit of vintage feel to the look. The triple strand of silver pearls is another costume piece I have had for years and I think I purchased it at a local shop called Wen & Ware a few years back.

The Bustled back

The Bustled back

Bustling Back: Normally, I would absolutely avoid having my photo taken from the back! However, I like the bustle detail on the back of this skirt. It just provides a little interest to the back. Plus I’m thinking if it camouflage’s tummy bumps when on the front maybe it will hide bum bumps too!

Cheers and Happy New Year!

Cheers and Happy New Year!

A New Year’s Toast: I don’t usually wear dark lipstick because of my notoriously thin lips it’s just not that flattering but after a drink most of it will be gone and I’ll freshen with a lighter shade. And there will be a drink as I toast in the New Year with the Fashion Mister and our friends. All of you will be there too! In my heart and mind as I wish you all a Happy and Healthy New Year!

Thank you all for your support in 2012. I hope to continue to see and hear from you in 2013!

Now that you have seen my metallic trend for New Year’s Eve, I’m looking forward to seeing what all of you wear!

Cheers,

Laura

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Reflections on Rock Chic 2012

I’m spending a bit of time thinking back over this past year and I thought I would save one of my favourite reflections on “Rock Chic” 2012 with you all.

Early in 2012, the Fashion Mister and I went to see Lenny Kravitz in Melbourne. We had seats in the second row but just before Lenny Kravitz came out the security guards let those  of us in the first couple of rows go right up to the edge of the stage before letting anyone else come down. It was crowded, and we were probably the oldest two there but I love Lenny Kravitz. He saw me through some tough times…well not him personally, but his music.

The concert also happened to be right around the time I started As Time Goes…Buy so most of you wouldn’t have seen photos from my day as a Rock Chick.

As Time Goes, Buy rockin'

As Time Goes, Buy rockin’

Rock Chic: I could have gone harder on the rock chic thing but opted to keep it a little age appropriate! Black skinny jeans, black and white stripped shirt, Prada black patent leather heels, Mulberry leopard print bag in black and white and a black leather bomber jacket.

Lenny Kravitz - QuitePlease

Lenny Kravitz – Quite Please

Lenny Kravitz - 2012

Lenny Kravitz – 2012

Talk about Rock Chic! Lenny Kravitz

Talk about Rock Chic! Lenny Kravitz

Lenny Kravitz on Fire - 2012

Lenny Kravitz on Fire – 2012

These are just a few of my favourite pics from that concert. Definitely one of the highlights of 2012!

How’s that for a reflection on Rock Chic 2012? What’s your best Rock Chic look?


The Sun Sets on 2012 and Tangerine Tango

Just a couple more days and we will watch the sun set on 2012 and on Pantone‘s colour of the year for 2012, Tangerine Tango.

I already mentioned the other day that I don’t want to go green. And that probably has a lot to do with the fact that I absolutely loved the colour of 2012. Tangerine Tango, my orange crush for a whole year I could buy and wear as much orange as I wanted…and man did I want!

Tangerine Tango Remix 2012

Tangerine Tango Remix 2012

Tangerine Dream: This was only part of the orange crush from 2012! Not to mention all the items I lusted after but didn’t purchase.

Mulberry - Tangerine Tango Wedges

Mulberry – Tangerine Tango Wedges

Tangerine Tango - Spring 2012

Tangerine Tango – Spring 2012

Orange Jacket from Outlet in San Sebastian - October 2012

Orange Jacket from Outlet in San Sebastian – October 2012

 

Oh, wait…I did buy that one!

Mulberry Handbag - Tangerine Tango 2012

Mulberry Handbag – Tangerine Tango 2012

The Sunset of Colour: Goodbye Tangerine Tango. It will be sad to see you go. I promise to hang onto you in my wardrobe as long as I can and keep you in my heart until you return again. You were popular in the late 70’s and again in 2012. Hopefully I don’t have to wait another 30 or 40 years for you to make a comeback.

I will shed a tear as my favourite colour sees the end of its glory days and the sun sets on 2012 and Tangerine Tango.

*sniff*


Christmas Dinner Success

My dear friend John gave me this recipe about a week before Christmas and I can tell you that it was a HUGE Christmas dinner success. I highly recommend you give it a try because even though I thought there would be leftovers for a couple of days, the serving tray was completely clean by the end of the meal!

And the best thing is that I made it the day before and served it cold but it would be just as lovely served hot.

Because I worked Christmas day, but the Fashion Misters children and grandchild were coming over in the evening for dinner, I was trying to think of easy but tasty things to make for dinner. You may remember the salad I made for our modified Thanksgiving. When I got home from work, I quickly but that salad together but without the turkey breast and served it warm.

But the thing everyone commented on the most and cleared out totally was the one thing I had made the day before so that all I had to do was take it out of the fridge and slice it.

Bacon Wrapped Turkey Roulade

Bacon Wrapped Turkey Roulade

Bacon Wrapped Turkey Roulade:

  • Turkey breast (I used several chicken breasts as I couldn’t find a decent turkey breast alone)
  • Cranberry Sauce
  • Feta Cheese
  • Prunes (I’m thinking figs would be nice too)
  • Bacon or pancetta

On a sheet of baking paper, layout an overlapping layer of bacon or pancetta.

On a second sheet of baking paper place the turkey breast. Fold over the baking paper and pound the breast flat using a mallet, rolling-pin or heavy pan. Flatten to approximately 1 cm (1/2 inch) thickness.

Remove turkey breast from the baking paper and place on top of the bacon.

Spread a thin layer of cranberry sauce over the turkey. Then crumble a good block of feta over the cranberry sauce. About 1/4 in from the end layer a row of pitted prunes. From the same end begin rolling until you reach the opposite end.

Depending on how you want to finish you can either tie string around the roll and place on a flat tray in the oven or you can lift the whole thing into a loaf baking dish. (I used the loaf dish)

Place into a preheated oven at 180C for about 45 minutes to 1 hour. Cooking times will vary depending on your over. You can cook hotter and faster but as I was going to serve it cold the next day I went slow and low to get more of a terrine effect.

If serving hot, remove from oven, let rest for 5-10 minutes then slice and serve.

If serving the next day, let cool on a wire rack. Cover and place in refrigerator until needed. Remove from fridge approximately 1 hour before serving. Remove from pan, slice and serve!

This easy treat was such a Christmas dinner success it will make a return visit next year! And probably a hot version for Christmas in July too.

 

 


Who Can Resist a Sale?

I kept my promise, I didn’t do any shopping on Boxing Day.

But who can resist a sale? Especially when it’s 75% off and you have a chance to shop on Christmas Eve without fighting the crowds?

Not me!

After all, I had all my Christmas shopping done so I didn’t see anything wrong with checking out the pre-sale by ASOS.com and spending a little on myself. Not only were they tempting me with great prices but there were so many things with sparkle and sequins I just couldn’t pass it up, and the shipping was free.

I am starting to think I am a magpie and simply attracted to anything shinny.

Sequined Bomber Jacket

Sequined Bomber Jacket

Sequined Bomber Jacket – It’s on it’s way to me now! I’m already certain I will be wearing it to one of upcoming L’Oreal Melbourne Fashion Festival nights. When I say upcoming, they aren’t until March, so I may have to wear it before then too. By March here in the southern hemisphere the weather will be starting to cool and the oxblood trend that has been so big in the north for winter will be starting to be seen here, so I’ll be right on trend!

You’ll have to wait to see the rest of the items I purchased but if you have a few $$ left over or if someone gifted you cash, check out the ASOS.com sale, it’s still 50% off!

So as for who can resist a sale? Obviously not me!


Boxing Day – Gone Shopping

If you live in a Commonwealth country then you are well aware of the fact that the day after Christmas is a very special day.

One to be prepared for and planned. Not quite religious…but nearly.

Boxing Day Sales!

Boxing Day Sales!

It’s time for all the Boxing Day sales! So you know where I am right now.

Boxing Day Test Cricket

Boxing Day Test Cricket

The Fashion Mister will be spending most of the day on the couch watching the first day of the Melbourne Boxing Day Test Cricket. In fact, he’ll likely spend the next five days watching a fair bit of it!

So I have every reason to get out and do what all good Australians do…shop for fantastic year-end bargains!

Boxing Day Sales

Boxing Day Sales

Boxing Day is traditionally the day following Christmas Day, when servants and tradesmen would receive gifts from their superiors or employers, known as a “Christmas box”. Some even think it could be connected back to our old friend Good King Wenceslas and his giving as that too occurred on St. Stephan‘s Day.

The day hasn’t become quite as full on as the Friday after Thanksgiving in the US but it’s big. Starting in 2009 many retail stores began launching their Boxing Day sales online on Christmas eve and then in their stores on Boxing Day to take advantage of online and last-minute shopping.

Actually, I’ve been out shopping on Boxing Day once. As I am not much for the holiday crowds, I actually try to avoid being anywhere near the stores for the two weeks leading up to and the week following Christmas. I did however, check out ASOS.com and order a few things from their 50% off sale! Can’t wait until they arrive. Pictures will follow immediately!

So while the Fashion Mister is watching the Cricket, I think I’ll go sit in the hammock in the backyard with a good fashion magazine. And maybe even take a siesta.

Don’t wake me. It’s Boxing Day and sign says, “Gone Shopping”.

Gone Shopping

Gone Shopping

 


A Visit From the Ghost of Christmas Future

Nothing dark or scary here like in the “Christmas Carol“.

For the Fashion Mister and I, Christmas Future hopefully holds a trip to Prague. It’s one of those places that I have always wanted to visit and I think going at Christmas time would be amazing.

Christmas in Prague

Christmas in Prague

Prague - Christmas Market

Prague – Christmas Market

Can you imagine anything more fantastic than being in Wenceslas Square around Christmas? And attending the Christmas markets with all the hand-crafted items from a country with such a rich history.

Good King Wenceslas” is a popular Christmas carol that tells a story of Good King Wenceslas braving harsh winter weather to give alms to a poor peasant on the Feast of Stephen (the second day of Christmas, December 26). During the journey, his page is about to give up the struggle against the cold weather, but is enabled to continue by following the king’s footprints, step for step, through the deep snow.

Prague - Lit for the Christmas Market

Prague – Lit for the Christmas Market

Perhaps there is still a remnant of a young girl inside me as I imagine Prague, especially at Christmas, to be one of the most magical , nearly fairy-tale like, places. I’m quite certain when we finally get there, I will walk around in wonderment, maybe even enchanted.

Christmas Cookies

Christmas Cookies

And if being part of fairy-tale Christmas celebration isn’t enough? I can always eat gingerbread until I explode! Gingerbread is one of my FAVOURITE Christmas treats…followed very closely by shortbread…oh I have a feeling I am going to need to buy bigger clothes when we finally make this trip!

So this is a dream or a visit from the ghost of Christmas Future and how I would like to spending my Christmas sometime in the not too distant future. For now, I am working and then joining my family for nice Australian (not Austrian) Christmas.

 

Hope you all are enjoying your holiday!

 

Cheers,

Laura


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