Martinis and Slippers Online Store

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IS OPEN….!!! (click here)

What an extremely busy few weeks we have had. Well it’s been months but certainly the past 2 weeks have been crazy busy.

First was my rash decision to just let the world know of my intentions to open an online store on Instagram. I originally had intended to open the Martinis and Slippers online store early October, I needed my packaging printing done and was terribly let down and consequently delayed by 2 weeks, which just threw all my plans out the window. I was hoping to have a stall at a local market last week but yeah…those 2 weeks really stuffed me. I could have still done the market but with 2 days to prep…I’m crazy but not that crazy!!!!

Novelty Retro TV Brooch

So while the packaging was being printed I was working on a bunch of brooches, some of which were royally screwed up. I fixed them/still fixing them but they just weren’t perfect enough for me to sell.

Cocktail Brooch

I was also putting together the artwork for new brooches and coming up with new concepts. Some ideas hit me at the strangest times. School pick up was one of those times and I all I had in my handbag to write on was an invoice & a pen that works when it wants to. That idea is awesome (and is still sitting in my handbag) and I hope to produce it someday soon.

Novelty Vintage Cat Eye Brooch

Then the big one…THE MARTINIS AND SLIPPERS ONLINE STORE. We spent countless hours working on the photography for the brooches, coming up with names for each of the brooches, writing the blurbs for each brooch, working out the costs, researching postage, getting insurance and then we weren’t happy with the online store we had so we made some changes and finally here we are. What a huge difference it has made and I really hope that you love the brooches as much as I do.

Vintage Inspired Cat Eye Brooch

So to celebrate the opening on my new Martinis and Slippers online store, we are offering 10% off all purchases until midnight Saturday 31st October (Melbourne, Australia time). To get the benefit of the discount please use the OCTOBERSALE code at the checkout.

Novelty Cat Eye Brooches

At this stage my store is only open to Australia residents but we are working on opening it to all international purchases – stay tuned for news on this.

You can link to the Martinis and Slippers online store via the SHOP link at the top of this page OR you can click on this Martinis and Slippers Store link and head right over to take a look and make a purchase!

Cheers

Alex

My trip to Mauritius

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Mauritius

This is a huge post with heaps of pics of a recent trip that I took with my children. We went to the absolutely stunning island of Mauritius for a 3 week holiday. My Grandmother lives there & was about to celebrate her 80th Birthday so I thought it would be the perfect time to visit.

The flight was great, I actually was freaking out that my youngest would misbehave on the flight but she was a delight to travel with. They were both quiet on the flight and while sitting on the tarmac prior to take-off she asked “are we there yet” and “have we left earth” and “are we flying now”.

Flying Virgin to Perth

My daughter watching Tangled.

Air Mauritius

Our first flight left Melbourne & headed over to Perth roughly a 4hr flight. Then we transferred through to the international terminal to wait for our next flight from Perth to Mauritius which is about 8hrs. We left Melbourne at 7.30am and arrived in Mauritius at 7pm (ish) which I believe was about 1am Melbourne time. A very long day but we got to end it with some amazing Mauritian food.

Mauritian Food

Dhall Puri – My Number 1 favourite food of all time. Best bought on the street with all the yummy fillings.

Mauritian food

The 3 weeks was taken up spending time visiting family and driving around Mauritius to visit various beaches, the Botanical Gardens In Pamplemousses, waterfalls and even a tea plantation. Oh and we did the markets in Port Louis which was a bit unnerving to begin but a great experience.

The house we stayed out was 3 stories high with a pool & great views!

Flic en Flac

I saw this flower and was all…ohhh it’s beautiful & the colour is so rich.

Mauritius

Then saw the stem and was all…OMG…OMFG…thorn overkill.

Mauritius

We stayed in a private house in Flic en Flac that we booked for our whole family and despite being Winter the weather was amazing so the kids actually got to have a swim in the pool. My Brother insisted on buying fireworks so we were all treated to our very own fireworks show for a few nights in a row. A fantastic experience for my kids.

This small beach is up near the north of Mauritius.

Mauritius

I was wrapped that I was in one of my Summer dress in the middle of Winter. Amazing weather.

Mauritius

Inside the markets at Rose Hill.

Mauritius Rose Hill

Inside a fabric store at Rose Hill. I bought 6 metres of fabric for $300 rupees – About $10.00 AUS.

Mauritius Rose Hill

We also visited Chamarel which is where the 7 Coloured Sands is located. We walked around and took some pics of the coloured sand. Years and years ago you used to be able to walk on the sands (in the 80’s) and people would get bottles and jars and collect the sand to take home. Obviously now they don’t allow you to do that so that the area is preserved for future generations but it did get me wondering what all those people did with their 1 litre coke bottles full of sand. They sell test tubes filled with the coloured sand but I believe it’s not actually ‘THE’ coloured sands from Charmarel but instead it’s normal sand with coloured chalk. There were also some very big/old Tortoises that live at the 7 Sands and the kids were fascinated in them.

Waterfall at Chamarel. Moments before this pic was taken Arielle had a huge spew – car sickness.

Mauritius Chamarel

Mauritius Chamarel

Miss A was also taken to the Dr that morning because she had an ear infection – the antibiotics were just starting to kick in.

Mauritius 7 Sands

My wind swept hair.

Mauritius 7 Sands

There was a small kiosk selling food, it was too early for lunch so I got the kids cupcakes.
As I was ordering them I found out they were Pina Colada flavoured & came with tiny umbrellas on them! I doubt they were alcoholic.

Mauritius

The kids checking out the Tortoises.

Mauritius Tortoise

Across the road from the entrance to the 7 Sands is a new tourist destination ‘The Curious Corner of Chamarel which was a bit of fun for the kids –  we got some great pics. Over the sound system they were playing  Diana Ross ‘Upside Down’ & Lionel Ritchie ‘Dancing on the Ceiling’.

Mauritius Curious Corner

 

Mauritius Curious Corner

 

Mauritius Curious Corner

This was fun, posing for pics in a dodgy elevator!

Mauritius Curious Corner

My brother who is over 6ft tall is in this picture with my Son.

Mauritius Curious Corner

Miss A is bigger than Sir O.

Mauritius Curious Corner

One of the nights we went for dinner at The Beach Shack in Flic en Flac. We arrived with 15mins to spare before the end of Happy Hour. They didn’t give us menus or serve us until at least 20mins after sitting. Hmmm.

Mauritius Flic en Flac

Ok…so I ordered my cocktail.  I chose the ‘Wiki Waki Woo’. It’s their signature drink. I was keen to try it and I took a pic of what I got and tasted it but umm yeah. Until about half way through the drink my future Sister in Law comments that her drink doesn’t taste right. YUP…they have given her my drink & me her drink. I wasn’t impressed and they were so slack with service that I never actually got a chance to order it again and actually find out if it was any good. Meh.

Mauritius Flic en Flac My most favourite beach in the whole world Flic en Flac. It’s becoming too commercialised now so I think the beach I loved from my previous visits to Mauritius is soon to be gone.

Mauritius Flic en Flac

The kids on Flic en Flac.

Mauritius Flic en Flac

A family selfie on Flic en Flac.

Flic en Flac

A trip to Le Caudan Waterfront & they had this cute display of umbrellas.

Mauritius Le Caudan

We had lunch at the Sunset Cafe. They had a great little kids menu that came with a burger, chips, drink & ice cream. My Daughter ordered an apple juice. Let me tell you I was so freakin excited that it was a real life freshly squeezed apple juice. The real deal and she was drinking it & kept saying it was yummy. No over processed crappy sugar water but REAL apple juice.

Sunset Cafe Mauritius

Then I got super excited…I ordered a cocktail ‘Le Pirate’ and guess what REAL FREAKIN JUICE. It totally took this drink to a whole other level. It was amazing and I should have ordered another but with heaps of shopping to do & the heat…yeah. Brilliant cocktail.

Sunset Cafe Mauritius

Heading towards the markets in Port Louis.

Mauritius Port Louis

We went to visit the Pamplemousses Botanical Gardens and again the weather was perfect. I would have loved to have walked around all the interior of this lovely colonial building.

Mauritius Botanical Garden

The giant water lillies. They were still opening up, so didn’t look so giant.

Mauritius

How amazing is this tree. It reminds me of Medusa or dreadlocks on a Rastafarian.

Mauritius

Walking along the path with the shade from the amazingly tall palms.

Mauritius

My babies!

Mauritius

My brother playing with fireworks. This is one of those things we do when we go to Mauritius. Usually it’s at Christmas time so every store is selling fireworks. I am sure eventually this will be something that will become regulated.

Mauritius

We had huge fireworks to play with. I must have grown up since I was last in Mauritius because I stayed far away from them. I used to be the ring leader, with the most amount of crackers and lighting them at stupid times.

Mauritius

Trou aux Cerf is located in Curepipe – it’s an extinct volcano. My kids heard we were going to a volcano & my Son asked where was the lava. Ahhh…

Mauritius

Swimming…in Winter…in Mauritius…because it’s too warm!!

Mauritius

We had tea at the Bois Cheri Tea Factory. We also had amazing crepes with banana & caramel. yum!

Mauritius

Selfie with the view from Bois Cheri Tea Factory.

Mauritius Bois Cheri

I still can’t get over this tea pot. If it seriously is from 1645 then I am just stoked that it was just sitting there in the museum at Bois Cheri, inside a protective little glass box. I want!!

Mauritius

We visited Alexandra Falls and this was the view (My Uncle taking it all in!).

Mauritius

Quick stop for coffee and I had to get some Napolitaines. I LOVE these biscuits. RS12.00 is about $0.45 AUS.

Mauritius

The most amazing tree at St Felix beach.

Mauritius

More of St Felix.

Mauritius

The beach has heaps of these really sharp bits of coral.

Mauritius

On a clear day this beach would be amazing.

Mauritius

I took this picture as we were heading home in the car. Looking North towards Le Morne (I think!).

Mauritius

Setting sun over Flic en Flac & the sugar cane fields (that sadly are disappearing to make room for apartments).

Mauritius

My two were wrecked from all that travelling & sight seeing.

Mauritius

I celebrated my Birthday while we were in Mauritius. We took another trip to the markets in Rose Hill. I picked up more fabric & got these rip off Ray Bans for the kids. They were happy.

Mauritius

We had Nandos for lunch and I got this non-alcholic cocktail. It was pomegranate syrup & lemonade and was actually quite nice.

Mauritius

The day before  we left my Aunt & Uncle took us to a place somewhere between Rose Hill & Quatre Bournes to have “boulette” or dumplings or if you are my 3 yr old “dumperlings”. Of course once we got there she didn’t want “dumperlings” she wanted noodles.

Mauritius

Farewell lovely Mauritius. Our last day in paradise and still the weather was amazing.

Mauritius

The view towards Flic en Flac from my Aunt’s apartment in Phoenix.

Mauritius

Of course a trip to Mauritius isn’t complete without a bowl of fish soup. This was amazing. I had two bowls and over ate and then felt uncomfortable for the rest of the evening…which meant our flight home. Still…it was worth it.

Mauritius

Coming home was hard, our flight didn’t leave Mauritius until 10.55pm and I woke up earlier that day at 6.30am so a full day awake and then we boarded our flight which landed in Perth local time 9.30am – about 4am Mauritius time and I had about 1 maybe 2 hours of sleep on the flight and then had to stay awake ALL day until we arrived in Melbourne at 7.30pm (1pm Mauritius time) so I was a little bit cookoo by the end of the flight. I think I might have crashed out for 30 mins on the Perth-Melb flight – I also may have high fived the guys at the domestic terminal that check your hand luggage just before the area where the gates are.

Anyway…that’s it for international holidays for this year and possibly for the foreseeable future. I am desperate to get my kitchen / laundry / bathroom updated so it’s time to start saving for that!!

Cheers

Alex

 

Bula from Fiji

 

My Husband and I recently celebrated our 10thwedding anniversary. We had decided on our honeymoon all those years ago that when we hit 10yrs we would have that 5 star spare no expense holiday to celebrate and that it would be just the two of us.

So we did it and we chose to go to Fiji. A decision we did not regret.

We stayed at the Intercontinental Golf Resort & Spa and stayed in a club room – which meant we had our very own infinity edge plunge pool.

Oh and we flew business class on Air Fiji!!

The only regret for us…we didn’t bring our kids. I know…child free holiday, not having to worry about naps & bed times and making sandwiches every other minute but yeah, we really missed our little people and have vowed to return to Fiji and take them with us.

The flight over was only 4.5hrs (but add the time it takes to pack, get to the airport, check your luggage in, go through immigration, wait for your flight to board, take off, fly, land, get your luggage, customs, immigration, transfers to your accommodation (phew) you are looking at about 10hrs of travelling (from Melbourne, AUS). But…it’s totally worth it.

The view from our room. It was about 6.30am when we arrived & although it’s overcast with drizzle it was very humid.

Intercontinental Fiji club roomThe Cleopatra bath that is located outside the room.

cleopatra bath intercontinental golf resortJust arrived in Fiji selfie.

Fiji

It rained the day we arrived but it’s so warm that it didn’t really matter.We pretty much chilled out for the day and at 3.30pm we headed to the club room for high tea and we ordered tea and got our little plates of goodies. Every day from 3.30pm they serve high tea in the club room, from memory there was only 1 day that we skipped the high tea because we had a special dinner planned later in the evening.

High tea with a selection of goodies (we ate the sandwiches & then I remembered to take a pic).

High tea club room intercontinental golf resortLater at 5.30pm we were back at the club room for cocktail hour. There were about 6 complimentary cocktails to choose from and over the course of the week we tried them all. They also served us hot and cold canapés which we needed because we were hungry, although what would happen over the week was we would do the high tea and then the cocktails and all those little snacks would fill us and then come dinner we couldn’t finish whatever we had ordered.

 intercontinental golf resort cocktailsMy first cocktail in Fiji was the Natadola Beach – very very nice cocktail.

Natadola Beach CocktailMy Husbands first cocktail was a Mojito and he said is was “Fucking Excellent”. lol

Mojito Cocktail Intercontinental Golf ResortOur cold canapés – Salmon & cucumber on pancakes, Banana smoothie, Soba noodles, Beef & avocado salsa on mini toast.

Intercontinental golf resort cold canapesHot canapés – BBQ Beef skewers, Tempura Okra, Meatballs with sweet chilli sauce, Fried fish (which we think was chicken?) Fish-chicken meh we’re on holidays!!

Intercontinental golf resort Hot canapesMy Husbands 2nd cocktail was the Club View Martini

ClubViewMartini Intercontinental Golf ResortMy 2nd cocktail was the Club Exotic Martini.

ClubExoticMartini Intercontinental golf resortThe most stunning sunset to enjoy while drinking our cocktails.

Fiji sunsetStill a bit of light in the sky while we waited for our dinner at Toba Bar & Grill.

Toba Bar & GrillStill not finished with the drinks, I ordered a Nova Breeze – it really wasn’t my thing.

Nova Breeze cocktailSo I had to order another drink, this time it was a Pina Colada. I think I described it on the night as coconut oil in a drink version. Ha.

Pina Colada FijiWe got to spend heaps of time just hanging out poolside and because the ocean was a short stroll from where we were sitting I got to have a swim in the ocean…a first in about 10yrs. Australia is surrounded by water but we are so far south that it’s like bloody ice water so I NEVER go in. When we have gone up north near Cairns there are stingers in the water and the odd crocodile doing laps near the beach – yeah so I NEVER enter the water up there. So to finally walk into the sea and the water is the perfect temperature and it’s clear – so clear that I could see fish…FISH swimming up close to me.

The view we woke up to on our 2nd day! Spectacular and it was so warm outside.

Intercontinental golf resort club room

 

Fiji sunshineThe main pool and the ocean – the Pacific Ocean with all it’s ‘warm like bath water’ goodness.

Fiji Pacific Ocean

 

Intercontinental golf resort main poolI believe the resort was built on land that used to grow sugar cane. These are the railway tracks that would move the cane when it was picked.

Intercontinental Golf Resort & SpaSneaky sneaky…is that water or Vodka & Gin? hmmm.

Fiji WaterMy Darling Husband enjoying a swim in our private infinity edge plunge pool.

Infinity Edge Pool FijiI posted this pic on Instagram, there are bollards all around the resort and this one reminded me of Elvis. There was another that looked like Angus Young from ACDC.

Elvis in Fiji

In case you are wondering, yes I did my hair, makeup and dressed the way I always do every day. I got heaps of compliments which is always nice! The only time I changed was when I was returning from a swim & I would have my Mauritius sarong on.

On one of the nights we decided to go to the resorts ‘fine dining’ restaurant Tobu and had a wonderful dinner – we were there for about 2hrs but it really felt like about 30mins – good company & food I suppose! No pics because it was so dark, only a little tea light on our table.

A shot of the Mai Tai I ordered at the Navo Restaurant.

Mai Tai Cocktail FijiI also got the benefit of a massage or two. The first massage I had was on a nice day so I was a little reluctant to have to go indoors and have a massage but of course once I was in there I didn’t complain. They ask you to arrive 30mins before your treatment and I wondered why they asked you to be there so early – well that’s because they have this steam room that you sit in for 5-7mins, rinse off then go into a spa bath for another 5-7 mins and then you go into a cold room – it’s very cold, with a basin filled with crushed ice to rub over your body and then the ice shower. It’s cold and I did it on both visits but kinda ran through like a scaredy cat. Finally they get you to change into your robe and head into a waiting room where you are served a herbal tea – lemongrass, ginger & vanilla bean & a slice. The first massage my slice was an oatmeal & honey slice. The second slice was a sesame & honey slice. No pics but use your imagination…!

My massages were fantastic and I just wished I could have them go on an on but I have to pay for them so yeah…just 60mins both times.

During my second massage a huge…huge ass thunderstorm passed overhead and there was heaps of thunder and rain. It was awesome and really relaxing but to be honest I would have loved to have sat outside our room watching that storm roll in. A few times we got to see some amazing lightening shows courtesy of mother nature out in the Pacific Ocean, but still it was hot & steamy so a bit of rain didn’t ruin our holiday at all.

There is a storm brewing out over the Pacific Ocean. Still very hot & humid.

Stormy Pacific Ocean FijiThe sunset after that epic storm – every sunset was just sensational.

Fiji SunsetCocktail hour – Caprioska & Club View Martini

Fiji CocktailsNatadola Beach Cocktail & Club View Martini

Natadola Beach cocktail

Fiji sunsetCold Canapés – Seared tuna, Beef soba noodles, Mushroom soup, Creamy crab toasts & Gruyere cheese & almonds.

Intercontinental golf resort & spa cold canapes club roomHot Canapés – Lamb skewers, Eggplant fritters, Tandoori prawns & Chicken wontons.

Intercontinental golf resort & spa hot canapes club roomLast drinks. A selfie from the Club room during cocktail hour and watching the most amazing sunset & cloud formations.

Fiji selfiePost storm sunset clouds. Just breathtaking!

Fiji clouds sunsetI think this pic was taken day 3 or 4 at Cocktail hour another Mojito & the green cocktail was the  Toba Float.

Toba Float cocktailPoolside selfie. This was taken the day we were leaving.

Fiji selfiePic taken from the car as we were travelling back to Nadi Airport.

FijiIt was hard to leave our luxury holiday but we were both keen to see our babies and give them all the goodies we bought for them. It will be a few years before we get a chance to go back & I am sure our kids will really love it.

Cheers

Alex

 

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How to get a hangover

I recently celebrated my Birthday. It was mid-week so we did a small cake & dinner with the kids and then for the weekend my Husband organised a night at a hotel in the city as well as dinner. I wasn’t told what hotel or where dinner was going to be…. just when.

My lovely parents were happy to have the kids for a sleepover and once we dropped them off we were on our way.

I didn’t find out until we arrived to the hotel that we were staying at the Park Hyatt in Melbourne, in fact the hotel is right next door to the church we got Married in so considering we did nothing for our Wedding Anniversary in April it was kinda nice to be so close to a special part of our lives.

The Park Hyatt Melbourne.

Park Hyatt MelbourneThe church we were married in almost 10 years ago!

Lutheran Church Melbourne

So we got all dolled up for dinner and I had no idea where we were going so I wore heels. High heels. High heels that I have worn only on two other occasions and heels that really bloody hurt. We had to walk. So yeah…dinner was at 6pm so we walked veeeeery veeeeery slooooooowly to arrive at Grossi Florentino!

Grossi Florentino Grill

Yay!!

We had a Bellini to start which was a little too easy to drink.

Bellini at Grossi Florentino.

Grossi Florentino Bellini

I couldn’t take pics of our food because the lighting was quite dark in the spot we were seated. Our entrée was delicious – pork & fennel sausages & bruschetta to share.

For our mains my Husband ordered a steak with a side of roasted potatoes. I got the mussels with kalamata olives and a tomato broth. I scoffed my dinner and I thought I might be hungry later but I was ok. I also ordered extra bread to soak up that broth.

My darling Husbands in his gorgeous suit & pochette from P. Johnston Tailors.

P Johnson Suit & Pochette

We both drank a glass of Malbec with our dinner. I used to be a huge red wine drink but I had horrible hangovers when I do drink it.

Finally dessert, we weren’t going to get anything, then we were, then we weren’t and then our waitress suggested the donuts. So we got a serve of the donuts to share and good heavens it was amazing. So I was carrying some pretty heavy duty carb bloatage (is that a word?..if not I just invented it…that word is mine!).

I also had a dessert wine which I cannot for the life of me remember the name of but it was amazing. Yum yum!!

Ok, so dinner is over we decided to head over to Lily Blacks for cocktails. Because we had our dinner so early (they have times for dining and the first session started at 6pm) Lily Blacks was pretty empty – a few small groups of people having a drink and we actually preferred it that way. We got our drinks straight away, got a booth to sit at and could talk & hear each other. WIN WIN & WIN.

Lily Blacks Cocktail menu.

Lily Blacks Cocktail Menu

So the first cocktail for the night was Sinnerman – rum, housemade fig & cinnamon bitters, almond & lemon. It was served in a wine glass and this was really refreshing. I enjoyed it and was a little too easy to drink. My Husband had a G&T.

Sinnerman.

Lily Blacks SinnermanSinnerman.

Lily Blacks SinnermanGin & Tonic.

Gin & Tonic

Then it happened. I spied a certain cocktail that I wanted to try in the wild. A non Alex version of an Old Fashioned. It even had it’s own special page, dedicated to variations of Old Fashions so we had to give it a go. Both versions were rum based. Carl got the Cherry & Kola Bitters version and I got the Fig & Cinnamon Bitters version.

Lily Blacks Old Fashioned cocktail menu.

Lily Blacks Old Fashioned

NO FREAKIN CHERRY….WTF?!?!?!??!

Old Fashioned -two ways.

Lily Blacks Old Fashioned

Hmmm. Nice big ass rock of ice in my glass, huge rind of orange that gave both of our cocktails that amazing citrus overtone but no cherry. Nothing. I was sad but I still drank my cocktail. We both agreed of the two, my cocktail tasted a bit better but amazingly we both agreed that my version using Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum was better….Yay Yay. My version just has an added level of depth to it. A nice finish on your palette to be all fancy.

Once we finished our drinks we decided to head over to Liverpool Street where Double Happiness is located. I wanted to try one more cocktail and then we could head back to the hotel so I could relieve my poor aching feet. My Husband walked and I hobbled to Double Happiness and again a few patrons but we got a spot to sit and grabbed a menu to pick our drink drink.

Double Happiness cocktail menu.

Double Happiness Cocktail MenuDouble Happiness – My Husband ordering our drinks.

Double Happiness Melbourne

I ordered Mr Foo which was made up of Chilli vodka, coriander, fresh lime and dry ginger. I liked this cocktail – a bit of an acquired taste. It’s spicy and I actually joked that the only thing missing from this drink was a bit of soy, some noodles, veges and maybe some chicken. I use lime, ginger, chilli & coriander when I make stir-fry. If only I had been brave enough to turn it into a cocktail – sans the food bits.

Hundred Flower Movement & Mr Foo.

Double Happiness Cocktails

My Husband ordered the Hundred Flower Movement with sake, rose syrup, lemon and peach bitters. My Husbands choice was delicious. I could have had about ten of these. I love it when they are easy to drink (doesn’t everyone!).

For our second choice, My Husband decided to have another Hundred Flower Movement and I went with Communist Manifesto with tequila, tamarind, lime, mandarin & Szechuan salt. The edge of the glass was rimmed with the Szechuan salt and this drink was dominated by the mandarin and was fabulous to drink. I really liked this one.

Hundred Flower Movement & Communist Manifesto.

Double Happiness Cocktails

Finally it was time to head back to our hotel. No more drinking because it’s expensive and yeah…no one would want to get a horrible hangover tomorrow…would they!!!

The Windsor Hotel with it’s amazing coloured light display.

The Windsor Hotel Melbourne

To top off my amazing night – a documentary on Elizabeth Taylor and her precious jewels. I was captivated and couldn’t believe the history behind La Peregrina Pearl that she was gifted. Oooh to have a collection like that!!!

My plan was to sleep in until at least 9am. With 2 pre-school aged kids they go to bed quite early in the evening and wake at 7am. I go to bed late and wake early. Instead of my lovely sleep in I woke up at 5am with the worst hangover ever. Needless to say every little bit of water I drank was purged from my body and I felt like crap for the rest of the day.

Bleugh…this is what a hangover looks like. I am wearing a gorgeous black vintage shirt dress with a pink cropped cardi by Revival both eBay purchases.

Vintage Shirt DressI felt truly horrible taking this pic and couldn’t even be bothered fixing my cardi.

Erstwilder Brooch

It was about 11.30am before I could keep anything down and the first thing I had was a coffee. That took the edge off my headache and a bacon, egg & cheese toasty from Argos Loves Company in Fitzroy to help my poor tummy.

So all up I had a fantastic Birthday this year, not to mention the amazing first day of Spring Melbourne had. Sunshine, warm air and just a slight breeze (that picked up a bit later in the day).

I love life (even with a shitty hangover!!).

 

Cheers
Alex

Birthday dinner

My Husband recently celebrated his birthday and chose to go out for dinner to our vey favourite Japanese Restaurant The New Yamagata Restaurant in Doncaster East.

We have a pre-schooler & toddler so we arrived early – 6pm so we could order, feed the ferrets & get out before they become over tired (sigh…how I long for the nights when you could eat dinner at 9pm!!).

I always order a Japanese Slipper when we eat here and I studied this version, especially after my stuffed up Japanese Slipper last week. This version is much sweeter than mine and I think….huge think…it’s sweetened with lemonade and not lemon juice. Although there are no bubbles on the inside of the glass, you get that distinct tingle on your tongue? Who knows either way it’s nice and sweet and a little too easy to drink.

Japanese Slipper cocktail

The second way too easy to drink cocktail I had was the Strawberry Margarita. Ahhh another very sweet cocktail with chunks of real strawberry in it and a bit of crushed ice. It was delicious and both of these cocktails were only $10.00.

Strawberry Margarita Cocktail

Finally with my dinner I stopped with the cocktails and went traditional and had the house Sake – served warm. My parents were with us and Mum tried some sake and pulled the ‘yukky’ face. She sipped it rather than throw it back (scull it – whatever you call it).

Japanese Sake Warm

We ordered the Yamagata special – sushi boat. Who doesn’t love a sushi boat, unfortunately we half devoured it before I got a chance to take some pics. Yum. The kids were keen to get stuck into all that sushi & sashimi.

Japanese Sushi Boat

Oh and it’s incredibly immature of me but I…snigger snigger I can’t help myself I look for mistakes on menus. Stupid things like misspelled words…ahhh typos. So, yeah…I know it’s stupid and childish but it kept me laughing.

Finally, something for the Vagetarians of the world. tee hee.

Menu typo

My Husband gots some bits & pieces for his camera so I jumped at the chance to have some pics of the outfit I wore. My Hell Bunny Vixen ‘Melanie’ bolero dress. I bought this on sale (can’t remember where from) a while ago and a combination of Winter & limited places to wear it out means this is the very first time I wore it out.

Also took my very cute vintage beaded purse out for the first time.

Hell Bunny Vixen Melanie Bolero Dress

I teamed it with a cropped cardi that I bought before Winter from Target and one of my op shop finds, the snowdrop brooch.

Hell Bunny Vixen Melanie Bolero DressI was watching the cat when this pic was taken.

Hell Bunny Vixen Melanie Bolero DressThe Hell Bunny Vixen ‘Melanie’ Bolero dress without my cardi.

Hell Bunny Vixen Melanie Bolero DressGetting tired and the giggles start.

Hell Bunny Vixen Melanie Bolero DressI was talking to the cat, he yawned at me.

Hell Bunny Vixen Melanie Bolero Dress

Oh and because it is cold I took The Alpaca out again. I can’t stop going on about how much I love this coat. The only reason I have for liking Winter is this coat…ahhh The Alpaca!!!

Collar down on The Alpaca.

Swing Coat AlpacaCollar up and this coat really is the best!

Swing Coat Alpaca

Cheers
Alex

Dinner at San Telmo

We had member of my family come to Melbourne from interstate this week and decided that another dinner was on the cards. We chose San Telmo for dinner and oh…what’s this…they serve cocktails…nooooo. What a surprise!!

I have eaten at Sal Telmo before & really enjoyed it. I love empanadas and love alfajores so as long as I get a serve of both then I am happy.

What to have…what to have!!!

San Telmo cocktails

When we arrived I checked out their cocktail menu and ordered the Malvinas Island Ice Tea. I really enjoyed this cocktail, you see on my way into the city it just so happened that Liverpool FC were in Melbourne. So the city was packed (the MCG had 95,000 people watching the friendly game between Liverpool FC and Melbourne Victory) so I had to park the car in a carpark on Little Collins Street, walk to Collins Street then walk to Lonsdale Street and then to Meyers Place which is kinda near Little Collins Street. My point is with all that walking (in heels!!!!) I was tired and hot so my Malvinas Island Ice Tea was the perfect drink to start with.

Malvinas Island Ice Tea (see my cute vintage glass beaded purse!!)

San Telmo cocktails

I drank it a little too quickly. To top things off I had a visit to the Dentist earlier in the day so was in pain & absolutely had to take a panadeine for pain relief, so adding a cheeky cocktail or three helped totally knock out that pain.

Once we were seated at our table I ordered a La Cumparsita. This cocktail blew my mind. Amazing. I had a sip and wished it was served in this glass to the brim. WOW. It was all coffee and caramel and ohhhhhh. So easy to drink and I would have ordered another but I planned on going to sleep later.

La Cumparsita – AHHHmazing cocktail.

San Telmo cocktails

I decided on a final cocktail. Pisco Sour, again another classic cocktail that I can tick off my list of ‘cocktails to try’. This was so nice and a drink that would great in the warmer months.

Pisco Sour – another very tasty cocktail

San Telmo cocktails

Overall I loved all the cocktails that I tried tonight, they are pricey but most cocktails are these days. I can appreciate the effort that goes into making them but I just wish I could have that La Cumparsita cocktail filled in a huge glass!!!

Mmmm Alfajore. Ohh Dulce de leche

San Telmo dessertsMousse de Chocolate

San Telmo dessertsTarta de queso (Cheesecake with poached seasonal fruit & honeycomb)

San Telmo desserts

 

Cheers

Alex

 

Japanese Slipper

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I missed my chance to make a cocktail on Friday night so ummed and ahhhed as to what exactly I should make on Saturday night.

I have Midori & I have Cointreau and I was certain that I had Triple Sec but no. Doesn’t matter I usually use Triple Sec as a substitute for Cointreau so it works both ways.

Japanese slippers are delicious – when made properly. I have made some really shitty Japanese Slippers and tonight’s is probably top of that list. Why…well I didn’t read the ingredients list properly and went and added an extra ingredient. Sure if I was making an Illusion my additional ingredient would have been fine but I was being all precious and wanted to use my maraschino cherries as a garnish so stayed with the Japanese Slipper.

Sigh. So below is the CORRECT recipe for a Japanese Slipper. What I did was add Vodka – 60mls of vodka and it completely stuffed my cocktail up. I can drink it but it’s got that antifreeze aftertaste. lol.

Why I can’t get this cocktail right is beyond me. Next week is my Husbands birthday. We are going to a restaurant that makes the best Japanese Slippers and coincidentally it’s a Japanese restaurant. I always have 2 of them when I visit and I think I should leave it up to the experts to make this drink for me.

If you want to get drunk super quick, make my version. If you want to enjoy a Japanese Slipper, follow the recipe below.

Recipe is taken from the Midori website.

Japanese Slipper

Japanese Slipper

Serves 2

60ml Midori
60ml Triple Sec (I used Cointreau)
60ml Lemon juic
2 Maraschino cherries for garnish

Method

Combine the Midori, Triple Sec and lemon juice in a cocktail shaker. Add ice and shake. Pour into martini glasses and serve.

Enjoy (or if you ever have the misfortune of me making one of these for you – I’m sorry!! Lol).

Japanese Slipper

Cheers

Alex

 

Farewell my friends

About 3 or 4 weeks ago I was sent an invitation to farewell some friends of ours before they make the big move up North. The theme for their party was The Great Gatsby. I will admit that I freaked out initially but figured this would be a great opportunity to do something different with my hair & to try out an outfit that isn’t 40’s or 50’s.

So my hunt began. I already had a black beaded body hugging gown that is about 20yrs old. I actually wore this dress to my cousins wedding in Mauritius in 1997 (I think?) and it was a bit big on me then and I was pretty chuffed to say that the straps were a bit loose on the night of the party – BUT I did have one wardrobe malfunction.

Next on my list was a fur stole. I recalled seeing one in a local vintage 2nd hand clothing store and I actually grabbed the kids and rushed back to the store but missed out. Gone gone & gone. So I tried ebay and managed to pick up a 1950’s Cornelius Fur from Sydney and was wrapped that it only cost me $41.00.

I found these fabulous shoes, no idea on the date but they look granny enough to fit into that 1920’s style and as a bonus I can wear them with my 50’s wardrobe. Low heel, made in Australia, full leather AND they only cost me $20 from a stall at Waverley Antique Bazaar.

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The last piece to my 1920’s wardrobe puzzle was the hair and makeup. I did a fingerwave trial on my hair based on this amazingly easy to understand & follow YouTube tutorial and it worked perfectly. Actually I didn’t really like it when I first did it but after 1 hour I realised that the problem was I wasn’t really digging the 20’s and I was much more comfortable with my 50’s hairstyles so I figured with the whole outfit together it will work.

It did work, I was really happy with the final outcome.

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The party was held at Madame Brussells on Bourke Street, Melbourne and we had a private function room where we drank delicious cocktails – martinis (with 3 olives…YES!!) and sidecars (I have to try this one at home.) I had a fantastic night and it was great to catch up with great friends and have a laugh. Everyone made a great effort to dress up – lots of bow tie action from the guys. I love a dress up.

Martini with 3 olives.

Gatsby03Sidecar

Gatsby04Filling up the glasses for the guests.

Gatsby07Yum Sidecars were delicious. A little too easy to drink!

Gatsby08Yeah yeah a selfie – I had to do it.

Gatsby05Close up of the bling on ‘Bernard’ my vintage fur stole (I stole the name from 80’s movie Weekend at Bernie’s – they carry a dead guy around their shoulders all weekend – Bernard is dead & was on my shoulders – get it..huh huh!! lol)

Gatsby14I really would love a backlit cabinet like this for all my fancy bottles & glasses.

Gatsby09Some of the Melbourne skyline – it was pouring with rain but this was the view for the smokers.

Gatsby12One of my friends ordered a cocktail called the Zombie – he had 2 of them!

Gatsby11I ordered a Moscow Mule. It was ok.

Gatsby13

I will admit that I felt a bit out-of-sorts not being in my usual garb and I did receive many wonderful compliments – even from people who weren’t guests at the party, so it was nice to get that recognition but I was so happy to wash my hair the next day and get my 1950’s back on.

Oh and as for the wardrobe malfunction I mentioned earlier – ZIPPER FAIL. Yep..sitting outside with the smokers I felt a bit…cold and reached back to find my zipper had split open. Lucky it wasn’t broken so I got my Husband to unzip me and zip me back up. Yeah, I was paranoid for the rest of the night.

Cheers

Alex