The Garage Sale Trail started out as small community initiative for the local Bondi Beach community back in 2010 and has morphed into a massive Australia-wide movement. It takes the simple and humble concept of a garage and ramps it right up across 150 locals councils to promote sustainable activities such as reusing and recycling.
Tacos are the ultimate crowd pleaser. Everyone loves them, right? At home we have many different versions that we make, usually with pork carnitas (shredded pork) or beer battered fried flat head (my favourite!) but I wanted to try a vegan version this time. It didn’t disappoint. This a really versatile dish and can be easily modified to suit different tastes. I like to serve everything in separate dishes on the table with some hot sauce so everyone can build their own tacos.
An emotional salve, a hobby, a habit and social event. Shopping has become a mindless activity and second nature to us in the western world. While this seemingly ordinary activity may appear innocuous, it has the power to have a negative impact on your wellbeing, your bank balance and the environment.
I would describe myself as a foodie but I don’t really enjoy cooking at home. I enjoy collecting and flipping through cookbooks, reading about the history of food, watching the Food Network, learning about interesting techniques and dining out at new restaurants but I find cooking at home a chore. So when I do cook, it has to be ready in under 30 mins otherwise I lose interest. I just don’t have the patience or attention span to be in the kitchen any longer!
I’ve never really given New Zealand much thought as a travel destination. My only encounter was from watching Lord of the Rings. So sure, it looked stunning, but wasn’t it much like holidaying in Australia? Then as these things go, it was constantly popping up on my social media feeds and friends kept raving about it and I got some serious FOMO (Fear of missing out for those who aren’t up with the acronyms). Add the short 3 hour flight across the Tasman from Melbourne and it quickly shot up to number one spot my holiday destination list.
The much beloved cosmetic company, NARS (who make people blush with their naughty names for their range of blush!) announced this week they will be launching in China later this year. This is bad news for animal lovers, activists and just decent human beings who like to buy NARS. You see, China has laws that require imported cosmetics and skincare to be tested on animals, which means by selling in China, NARS can no longer claim to be 100% cruelty and animal testing free. Fans have not taken this news well and NARS have received a wave of criticism including calls to boycott the brand.
Plastic. It’s an amazing product. It has fundamentally changed the way with live. Have a look around you, take a stocktake of the plastic in close proximity to you, how many pieces of plastic can you count….2...5...10 or more? Are you surprised at how much there is? To imagine a life without plastic is impossible yet it’s quickly destroying our planet. Like most technology, plastic was born from necessity, to replace the reliance on natural materials such as bone, tusk, horn, shell, stone and metal (ironically it was initially touted as the saviour of the rapidly declining elephant and turtle population). From it’s conception, plastic has made production quick and cheap; fueling consumerism. It’s polluted the planet at an alarming rate and it breaks up but not down (meaning it lasts forever!).
As the temperature drops the need to nest and hibernate increases. The jackets come out of storage, big hot pots of soup appear on the hob and sinking into the couch is the only activity worthy of this weather. At this point it’s very tempting to reach for the heater on button but in the interest of conserving power and saving yourself from a heart attack when you open the electricity or gas bill - rug up first! Warm clothes and chunky socks are must. Another easy way is to add a throw rug to your couch - or as I like to call it - a ‘sofa scarf’. Not only will it keep your tootsies warm but it add layers of comfort and texture to your lounge room.
Fiddle Leaf Fig / Ficus Lyrata
Every interior blogger worth their salt has a fiddle leaf fig sitting cutely (usually in a woven basket) somewhere in their perfectly styled house. Which could explain the exorbitant price tag; upwards of $80 for a healthy mid-size one in Australia. You can immediately see the attraction with the oversized ‘fiddle’ shaped glossy green leaves that give the plant an almost cartoonish feel.
Modernism Week is an event held every February in the home of modernist design, the resort city of Palm Springs. This Californian festival is a celebration of all things mid-century modern from architecture, art, fashion and culture set in the scenic backdrop of desert and mountain vistas.