All posts by anabanana74

Adieu 2018

What a whirlwind rollercoaster of a year it’s been. Engagements and weddings, new babies, overseas trips, funerals and farewells, tentative reconciliations: 2018 had it all. There were the pinch-me moments that we wanted to pause and savour, and there were sad days where we struggled to accept that someone so beloved for so long was ...

Porchetta

Being a lifelong Italophile there aren’t many Italian recipes I’ve tried and not loved, but being a lifelong hater of pork as well as offal the idea of a chicken liver-stuffed rolled piece of pork never appealed to me. And I have to say that even now, after having made this recipe and enjoyed it, ...

OOTD :: Team Style File Mini Fashion Challenge

One of the best things about Instagram is finding like minded people. And while checking out celebs and seeing how the 1%’ers dress and look is nice, what I really love is finding real women and seeing what kind of fabulous outfits they put together for their real everyday lives. Seeing the OOTD’s that real ...

OOTD :: lots of leopard love

I don’t know if I’ve just seen waaaay too many episodes of the Real Housewives of New Jersey but I sure do love me some leopard print, always have, even when it was more Peggy Bundy cringe than it girl cool. And over the years I’ve mostly tried to not give in to every leopard ...

OOTD :: October wrap up.

Um, how is already the end of October? Tomorrow is Halloween, and there’s now less than eight weeks until Christmas, not that you can tell because the Sydney weather hasn’t really been playing along, with lots of cloudy days instead of Springtime warmth. Outfit-wise there were some new arrivals on my doorstep, thanks to a ...

One pan Mediterranean chicken with rice.

I’ve been wanting to try out a one pan chicken and rice dish for so long, and what I had in mind was inspired by a paella but was even less effort, and I was after the kind of midweek meal that ticks all the boxes. Classic Mediterranean flavours have been something I’m stuck on, ...

Beauty review :: SNS nails

Long nails have always been something I could only have dreamed of, being saddled with very thin and very breakable nails, which weren’t helped any by being a lifelong nailbiter. I accepted that long slender glamourous nails were never going to be for me, and tbh with very large hands and thick Balkan fingers, the ...

OOTD :: 1940’s vibes

There aren’t a lot of things that can instantly brighten my day like a parcel landing at the front door, but when what’s inside the parcel is absolute perfection then even the worst day suddenly looks a whole lot better. The truth is that lately I’ve been struggling to feel happy, and while I initially ...

Peka

A peka is a traditional Dalmatian meal cooked under a dome shaped lid and covered over with hot coals. It’s usually saved for special occasions when you’re cooking something out of the ordinary like a large octopus, turkey, or duck, and also because there’s a decent amount of playing with fire involved in the prep. ...

Beauty review:: GO-TO SKINCARE

Wanting to spoil myself for my birthday recently, I was considering splurging on a designer label bag. Thankfully it only took the sensible part of my brain about one second to decide hell no, and with skincare being my thing this past year, I decided to spoil myself with some beauty stuff instead. First thing ...