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Today I Love…..Book Bags!!

9 May

You may like to call them novel bags…..and I think they are awesomely novel!

 Who wants to look fashionable and smart all at the same time??!!

 Yep I do – what about you??

 My fashion radar has recently found lovely little handbags and clutches that actually look like real books when you carry them under your arm! Somebody smart is onto something here……

My recommendation is you get a title that you have actually read……

Otherwise if you happen to be approached with questions about the ‘book’ you are carrying – you should be prepared to RUN….and quickly so you don’t have to try and answer questions on a fabulous topic that you have absolutely no idea about!

Get yours here:

Today I Love……Vitamin Me…….found in one special place in Australia!

9 Feb

My lovely blog readers already know how much I LOVE LOVE LOVE Queensland!!

Queensland just has that special something…….

Tthe untouchable thing that makes you feel revived and more alive after you visit.

If I don’t get to visit at some time at least once a year, it makes me feel a little deflated!

This year, I will be overdue for a top-up of my Vitamin Me levels so if everything (fingers crossed!) goes according to my financial plan…..we will again be visiting the extended family in the fabulous northern state!

I find a holiday to Queensland is one of the easiest destinations to pack for. Bikinis, shorts, a few skimpy tops, thongs (and a back up pair), a pair of nice shoes, one pair of jeans, tracky dacks – and I’m done!

This is due to the fact that I can’t help myself when shopping in Queensland and I end up buying a lot of lovely items and have to sit on my suitcase to get it to close when returning; that’s all part of the fun though!

Note: I WISH this was my lovely designer suitcase!

My essential Vitamin is S for Shopping; so the less I pack for Queensland is always better for me!

All of my trips to Queensland are also never complete without a few special destinations that I like to visit. If I don’t get to see them, I feel like I haven’t even been there, or relaxed and unwound completely.

Today I’m sharing a few secrets with you as well so concentrate now folks!

These are my must see places that can boost your Vitamin Me levels by giving you memorable and unforgettable sights, tastes, sounds and smells!

Vitamin A: Awe-inspiring Natural Bridge, in the south-eastern area of our sunny northern state, always takes my breath away – and everyone else I take to visit there as well!

Vitamin B: Bargain hunting at Pacific Fair – my idea of shopping heaven! I simply must spend an entire day here (if not more – pretty please!) and shop till I totally drop!

Vitamin C: Coolangatta Beach – not too busy with some of the best scenery to be found in Queensland, this beach is one of my favourites and many a lazy holiday afternoon will find me here with my favourite book and plenty of sunscreen!

Vitamin D: Dreamworld – it returns me to the carefree days of my childhood, when it was so exciting that I thought I would burst when visiting!

Vitamin E: Eumundi Markets – the 1 hour drive north from Brisbane is a pleasure when you know what is awaiting you at the end! This place is like a market on steroids! Hint, hint: Remember which vitamin you are taking here and make sure that your car boot is E for EMPTY for the return trip!

Vitamin K: Kooky and creepy artefacts and attractions at Ripleys Believe It or Not! Odditorium in Surfers Paradise are always a hit with the (big) and little kids and make me go “Oooooh” or “AH!” around every corner!

I also admit to a slight overdose on the Passionfruit, Banana, Mango and Pineapple variety of Vitamins when in Queensland because I find them so readily available and much better quality. They are also cheaper than in dreary old Melbourne where I have seen Passionfruit for up to $1.50 each!

Although it is so much fun overdosing on these extra special vitamins and my healthy body thanks me for it as well!

I really hope everyone gets the opportunity to visit these places one day (if you have not already) so you can also experience the exquisite beauty and pure bliss to be found when you visit Queensland and you can also find a top up for your Vitamin Me levels!

You can check out all of the wonderful sights to see, do and try at www.queensland.com or just click on the pics and links above and they will take you straight to heaven!

Don’t forget to let me know if you find any other ‘essential vitamins’ that should be added to my list!

I think this place (and this day bed) should be an essential for everyone!

Lizard Island

On my to-do list is definitely to go and see one of these cute little guys!

I’ll leave you with a picture of one of the most special pieces of nature I have ever found – in Queensland of course!!

Today I Love….A Movember Giveaway!

7 Nov

Movember is something we do here in Australia to support men’s charities – if you are from overseas, this may seem a little strange to you!

During November each year, Movember is responsible for the sprouting of moustaches on thousands of men’s faces in Australia and around the world. The aim of which is to raise vital funds and awareness for men’s health, specifically prostate cancer and depression in men.

On Movember 1st, guys register at Movember.com with a clean-shaven face and then for the rest of the month, these selfless and generous men, known as Mo Bros, groom, trim and wax their way into the annals of fine moustachery. Supported by the women in their lives, Mo Sistas, Movember Mo Bros raise funds by seeking out sponsorship for their Mo growing efforts.

Mo Bros effectively become walking, talking billboards for the 30 days of November and through their actions and words raise awareness by prompting private and public conversation around the often ignored issue of men’s health.

At the end of the month, Mo Bros and their female supporters (known as Mo Sistas) celebrate their gallantry and valor by either throwing their own Movember party or attending one of the infamous Gala Partés held around the world by Movember, for Movember.

So, to celebrate and promote this wonderful cause, we will have a twitter based giveaway for this lovely little double finger Moustache Ring from my shop, Just For You Jewels.

If you miss out on the giveaway, you can purchase one of these rings by contacting me through the shop on facebook for only $12 plus postage here.

To enter the giveaway:

  1. Follow @jstforumelb on twitter.
  2. Simply tweet “I just entered to win a funky little Movember Moustache Ring!  Just follow @jstforumelb and retweet.  http://wp.me/pU9S6-MR”
  3. Each tweet counts as one entry
  4. You can get extra entries by leaving a comment on this post (with your email address) or by subscribing to my blog (on the right hand side)

Competition starts when this post is published and is open to Australian residents only.

Competition ends at 9pm AEST Tuesday 22nd November, 2011.

Winner will be announced via twitter/email/direct message and published Wednesday 23rd on this blog home page.

You can donate to the Movember cause here.

In the meantime, check these out!!

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Happy Movember!!!

Today I Love…..Friday Funnies….

28 Oct

Yep, made it just in time here….in rainy, humid Melbourne, Australia…

Hello there and have a lovely weekend now!!! x Cat

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Today I Love….the gorgeous things….

11 Oct

I have recently calculated that…..

I sleep – TOO much!!

Is there such a thing? Apparently yes…..

I feel I may be a better person on my own….left to my own devices…. I feel I produce more – of me, at least- what does this mean? Why do I do more on my own? Do you do more on your own??!??

Talk to me……….

Today I love….rocking my lunch!!!

17 Jul

So much to blog about….soooo little time….

I know you all find it as hard as me to think up new and exciting food to take to work for lunch…because when I look for ‘work lunch ideas’ on the internet – the results are a sorry state of affairs!

So we have the standard sandwich press and microwave at work- would be nice if we had a toaster as well because raisin toast is seriously the best thing for work breakfasts – second close is porridge, but that’s all another story now; be patient my pretties!

I’ve been through the can of soup and a roll, the leftovers from home, the fresh and the toasted sandwiches, tuna/baked beans in a can and I AM OVER THEM ALL!!!

I wish I had the time and the energy to make my lunch look like this every damn day! How these mothers have the time or the skill to do this is ‘Top Secret” though……

They make it sound so easy!

Today’s “detective themed” lunch includes:  roast beef, white american cheese sandwich, watermelon slices, almonds, snap peas, celery & peanut butter

OK, what about this then?

Today’s lunch includes: ham/cheese sandwich, blueberries/raspberries, cucumbers, almonds, Trader Joe’s Ginger Snaps

How long do you think this actually takes to prepare?

Stuff that, I say……

Here is my top 10 ‘different’ work lunches:

  1. Quesadilla – a tortilla or flat bread, refried beans from the can, cheese and either bottled or home made salsa (from last nights dinner = easy, peasy!). You can whack some salad on there too after cooking if you feel like being a rabbit.

  2. Pizzaola toastie – sliced bread, cheese, fresh sliced tomato and green capsicum strips – salt and pepper is a must on this one people!

  3. Felafels – these keep so well in the freezer! Make them yourself or get them from your best local kebab joint. Wrap a few in a tortilla or flat bread, heat it up a little in the micro and whack some lettuce and sweet chilli sauce on that deliciousness!

  4. Baked potatoes – do them the night before – in the micro if you are not cooking them for your dinner and then top them with BUTTER, cheese, tomato, maybe some sliced ham or whatever you feel – and you will have a meal!

  5. Rice paper rolls – so easy to keep in the cupboard and easy to wrap with the leftover vegies and meat from your dinner. Or keep a bag of frozen vegies in the freezer and add some 2 minute noodles to those babies and you have a lovely rice paper lunch! Add some soy and chilli sauce in some little plastic containers and you will be rocking your lunch a a la bento-ish as much as we human people possibly can!

  6. A plain and simple ole egg – I have one of those groovy auto egg boilers – get up in the morning – whack the egg in with the amount of water required – shower and by the time you are done, so is you egg! Note: you may need to run for the buzzer if you spend too much time under that water but then that will teach you a lesson as well! What do I do with the egg you say? Well, if you are well trained, you will already your work staples (see list below) so you defrost some bread, whack it on some crackers with some other condiments and a la we have lunch!

  7. OK, I’m reverting to a staple for this one but I love it – sliced bread, topped with BBQ flavour baked beans and cheese – cooked between the sandwich press – you will feel like you are glamping at work!

  8. Kind of a staple here – tuna patties – so easy to make with your leftover mashed potato from dinner – and they freeze very well – so I always have some on hand ready to go to work with me!

  9. Salad – good for a hot day when it’s too hot to even care about food – I go to the shop on the way to work and grab a lettuce, carrot and some assorted greens, cucumber and maybe a mushie or two as well. Salad dressing should be in your fridge at work already. (see list below) .

  10. Home made soups – always freeze well and are ten times better than the canned ones and we all know that! My recipe for cauliflower soup will follow if you be nice now biatches…….

Here is my staples list for your work food cupboard – here’s hoping you can find a stash somewhere like me!

  1. Mustard – multi-purpose – whatever floats your boat

  2. Salad dressing – as above

  3. Cream cheese – jar or block or as above

  4. Red onion – I keep mine in a little onion keeper – very good and highly recommended! Lasts for 3-4 days for me.

  5. Fresh tomatoes

  6. Cheese – sliced, block or as above – whatever floats your boat

  7. Crackers

  8. Bread in the freezer

  9. Chocolate

  10. Chewing gum

  11. Sweet chilli sauce

  12. Soy sauce

  13. Porridge and/or cereal

  14. Canned soups/cup-a-soups

  15. Salt and Pepper

  16. Herbal Teas

  17. Freshly ground coffee

  18. Vegemite

  19. Nuts

  20. Nut slice – this is awesome – more details to follow!

Looking at that, it seems a pretty big list, but most of it will fit in your drawer at work (hopefully!) and in one shelf of the fridge – so that’s fair isn’t it??? The boys have their beer in my fridge….so I have my staples as well!

OK, phew I’m done – it’s really hard isn’t it???

Hit me with your ORIGINAL tips for easy and different work lunches……

Today I love….Kobi Levi

20 Jun

Gasp

Swoon

Faint

Oh, oh, oh…..check it out!!!

Kobi Levi is one little bloody genius in my book!

Oh, the craftmanship! Oh, the imagination!

Oh, I am a jealous litle fellow shoemaker! :)

“The challenging technical development is the key to bring the design to life in the best way.” – Kobi

Which animal do I represent?

Which cartoon character do I represent?

I’m in love……

Today I love….CarLashes

20 Apr

Yeah, yeah…I can hear some of you say – what the?? It’s OK I have not gone mad….yet!

Somebody had the dream…..and now somebody has made the dream….it’s Herbie on botox here people……

I love them, and I want some all for me….admittedly they will look soooo much better on my friends’ Mercedes SLK230 but on my Vienta I am sure she will appreciate them and go much faster!

Hahaha good times we live in today that’s my final thought…..great *(&%^$#@#$@ times……

Today I love…..Lucy – no, not that one!

17 Mar

Lucy Folk

A lovely fellow Melbournian……just like me!

Look at what she does! I am in LOVE……

Divine pieces of jewellery…..original, creative and thought provoking….also very appetising and filling for the soul….

I am currently trying to get my sticky fingers on a pasta bow ring….

I shall have to contact the illustrious Ms. Lucy to find one, I fear!

 

Enjoy my lovelies…xx

Today I Love….Hot Potato Martini….

25 Feb

I’m back – No, I’m serious – I believe I’ve found that mojo thingy now….yes, you read it correctly people….

Oh and hey, google this topic and this post is pretty much all you will find!! Anyhoo….

Yummy, yummy in my tummy!

Baked potatoes that is…I believe I have spoken about my beloved Hasselback potatoes as well?? They are seriously and wonderfully so easy to make….

I think I really should have made a tag called “Baked Potatoes” for my blog like my “Mexican” tag cos I just L.O.V.E them soooo much!!

And oh decadence and oh sophistication, here I come!

With my big, fat, hot and steaming……Baked Potato!!!

Whoever thought of this should get a medal or a gold star or one of those awesome little smiley stamps that everyone loves and always uses now! :)

My fave Baked Potato topping is…..a whole lotta garlicky butter….and it’s gotta be real butter, sorry folks….topped off with some crispy, crunchy bacon, melted cheese (lots of that!), a little bit of coleslaw and some spring onions and sour cream to garnish…yeah I’m pretty boring and regular with my baked potatoes – what’s your fave recipe for them??? xxx

Note: I will update the toppings on this soon…..as stated previously I cannot even find where I found this little beauty!! So far I know we have bacon, sour cream and….. ;0

Ventanas Atlanta GA – Loaded Baked Potato In A Martini Glass | Foodspotting

All pics courtesy weheartit.com
Except the main pic which was sourced from twitter pics – source t.b.a

Oh and I just had to show you this cos I love it so much – print available on etsy.com – let me know if you would like the link x

Just For You….show me what you’ve got!!!

20 Feb

Okey dokey folks….who’s ready for some creative loveliness…..I’m Excited with a capital E! Here we go:

Show me your stunning stuff people!!

I’ve got this for y’all today…..xx

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LOGO &/OR PROFILE PIC DESIGN COMPETITION RULES
“Just For You Jewels”
We are not affiliated with Facebook 

In order to create a compelling and substantial visual identity of Just For You Jewels, this competition seeks a logo AND/OR Facebook Profile Picture that represents the following criteria:

  1. ‘Jewels’
  2. ‘Just For You’
as text/words in the logo &/or Profile Picture 

This competition consists in a contest to design a logo &/or Profile Picture for Just For You Jewels:

1. Eligibility
Participants may compete as individual or as a team. Entries are eligible to Australian residents only. 

2. Logo Design Features
a. The logo must contain the letters

  1. ‘Jewels’
  2. ‘Just For You’
c. The use of colours is recommended
d. Imagery themes can be used in the logo design only if the image is free of any and all royalty fees
e. There are no limits on the size of the logo, however the minimum size of the logo would be 4 inches (10.2cm) wide and 4 inches (10.2cm) high 

*** Naturally, the best size would be the one we are using now – check our wall and please keep in mind how it will look as a “thumb nail” ie. small image.

***Multiple entries are accepted***

3. Judging Criteria
Judging will be carried out according to the following criteria:
– Originality of the design
– Visual appeal

In the event that similar entries are submitted by multiple participants, Just For You Jewels reserves the right to select the prize winners based on the criteria listed above plus any other design features’ interests and purposes. If required, tie-breaking will be at the discretion of Just For You Jewels.
The decision of Just For You Jewels will be final and no appeal against the decision will be considered.

4. Prizes
The winning logo &/or Profile Picture design will be awarded a $50 voucher for our Facebook online store – the voucher is only valid for one (1) month after the date of issue and is valid for any item that is currently in stock/& available from our supplier(s), excluding postage, at Just For You Jewels. An (optional) shoutout will also be included when the announcement of the winning design is made (including any facebook page you may own for some advertising for the winner) if the winner accepts this option.

5. Intellectual Property Rights
Once the Prize is announced to the winner the copyright and the ownership of the Intellectual Property Rights for the winning logo &/or Profile Picture design will deem to be transferred to Just For You Jewels.

Just For You Jewels reserves the right to publish the winning logo on all of Just For You Jewels print or electronic communications, including website, newsletter and official stationery.

6. Submissions
The logo must be submitted via Just For You Jewels’ Facebook Wall:
Just For You Jewels

7. Distribution of Prize
The Prize will be sent to the winner on Monday 7th March 2011 after Just For You Jewels and/or their representatives have chosen the winner of the competition at approximately 9pm Sunday 6th March 2011.

8. Final Decision
Just For You Jewels reserves the right to accept or to reject any (or all) submissions that do not meet the requirements for participation and/or competition.
The decision of Just For You Jewels Logo &/or Profile Picture Competition Judge will be final and no appeal against the decision will be considered.

9. Agreement to Official Rules
By participating in the contest, participants agree to abide by the rules and conditions as
established above which can be amended or modified at any time by Just For You Jewels. All entries become the property of Just For You Jewels.

10. The deadline for receiving entries for the competition close 8pm EST, Sunday March 2011.

11. This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook. You are providing your information to Catrina Murray of Just For You Jewels and not to Facebook. The information you provide will only be used for the competition purposes and not for any other reason.

Show me whatcha got lovely people!!! xxx

Hugs to you & all of yours….

Today I love….following me

15 Dec

I got something new today……

I can’t tell you what it is!!!

I am super excited about it!!!

Some of you have most definitely already seen them…they come from Peurto Rico :)

The reason I cannot tell you about it is because I am one of those people who buys things for themselves every time they do their Christmas shopping!!! Yep, One for you = two for me!!! This is a present for me and a very special friend…

I love Christmas…I spoil myself and everyone else I possibly can….and this year I will be donating to my favourite charities and a few more as well!!

Merry Christmas my lovely little readers!!!

Love and hugs from me!!

All images courtesy weheartit.com

Today I love….Christmas Templates

12 Dec

Today I love….Choc Chic

12 Oct

Oooh, oooh, ah-ha!

You’ll be saying that too after you see these little beauties!!

Go on!

 

The two best things ever in this world – shoes and chocolate….are now combined!!! Wish I had thought of this idea….if only they would ship to me down under!

Here are just a few of their designs:

I love this from their site as well:

“Serving suggestion

We’ve heard people like to fill their chocolate shoes with champagne, drink the champagne from the shoe, then eat the shoe. Sounds good to us”

Chocolate Shoes and Handbags | Bristol chocolate shoe and Handbag makers

Today I love….Kawaii

3 Oct

Am I speaking English?

Well maybe not…..Kawaii is……

literally, “loveable” “cute” or “adorable” and has become a prominent aspect of Japanese popular culture, entertainment, clothing, food, toys, personal appearance, behavior, and mannerisms.[1]

I found Kawaii – thanks to Blythe, and my sister-in law’s Footpath travels to overseas lands….

One really cool site I love, love, love checking in on all the time is Spoonflower – last month they had a Kawaii competition for the best Kawaii fabric design! Here it is….

BYE :)

For now!!! :)

Today I love….A $1000 Ice Cream Sundae

28 Sep

You wouldn’t read about it…..I was telling my Mr. Big just the other night about this lovely little (well HUGE actually) concoction and ta da!!

One of my top 100 fave celebs (another post on the way about this folks!) a la Kandee Johnson went to the restaurant that serves this obscene dish!!!

Golden Opulence sundae

$1,000

First dates looking to impress or sweet-sixteens in search of something special strike gold, quite literally, at Serendipity 3, the legendary New York City eatery where celebs are often spotted. The restaurant’s golden opulence sundae is covered in 23-carat edible gold leaf and is also rich in flavor thanks to Tahitian vanilla ice cream infused with Madagascar vanilla beans and chunks of rare Chuao chocolate from Venezuela.

In lieu of Hershey’s syrup and a maraschino cherry, this sundae is drizzled with one of the world’s most expensive chocolates, from Amedei Porcelana, and then adorned with candied fruits, gold covered almonds, chocolate truffles and marzipan cherries.

The dish also features a dollop of sweet Grande Passion caviar served with a mother of pearl spoon and a gilded sugar flower. The whole shebang looks as good as it tastes, served in a Baccarat crystal goblet (yours to keep) with an 18-carat gold spoon (not included).

Menu pic courtesy: Facebook | Kandee Johnson’s Photos – Wall Photos

Today I love….Message Burger….

23 Sep

Hello there!! How special am I?

I know I look very tasty and you really want to gobble me up but you just can’t eat me!

See???

Well, you can try…but you won’t get very far! I want one of these sets badly!

So I can give them to the kids to play with and watch the joy on their faces!

Yeah, right – hang on….I want some joy tooooooo!!!

message burger – shop – upon a fold

“Who said fast food isn’t good for you? We’ll have two burgers with the lot, thanks! Good enough to eat, this message burger comes with 24 cards – all in the form of yummy burger fillings! There are fried eggs, two types of cheese, bacon, beef patties, lettuce, buns, pickles and more. You’ll have enough ingredients to make two burgers and there is even a die-cut burger box for storing away all your fillings. This is such a fun gift to give someone… especially if the way to their heart is through their stomach. Each piece comes ready to pop-out and you can use them to write messages on or create your very own piece of burger art. Made in Japan, this kit measures 27cm x 24cm and when completed 9.5cm x 11cm x 4cm. Hungry?”

I bloody well am now!!!

No…I really just want and NEED to play with these!!!

Aaaarrrgghhhh…..

Today I love….Ultra Loop Bootie

21 Sep

Hey there baby!
(Say ‘Hey’ like Fonzie please folks! = ‘Aaaayyy’….)
Carbon fibre shoes…beat that!!!
Ultra Loop Bootie Charcoal + Champagne
Am I just simply stunning or what???

Ultra Loop Bootie Charcoal + Champagne

Ultra Loop Bootie Charcoal + Champagne

Ultra Loop Bootie Charcoal + Champagne

Ultra Loop Bootie Charcoal + Champagne

Ultra Loop Bootie
Charcoal + Champagne

The Ultra Loop Bootie is a revolutionary shoe silhouette formed by dramatically molding ultra lightweight and ultra strong carbon fiber to enable an extreme heel construction. The design is based on a simple concept of penetration: a floating foot-bed slips through a sexy loop, functioning as both heel and upper.

Heel Height - 130mm/5.1″

Ultra Loop Bootie Charcoal + Champagne

And from the master himself, courtesy of ELLE:

“ELLE:  Have you ever walked around in your heels to make sure they’re comfortable?”

“I tried a size 43 Sharpei boots that we made especially for a friend. I think without any high heel experience anyone suffers. To ensure the comfort of our shoes we have a series of size 38 fitting models, including my wife.”

From here

Awesome, hey?

xxoo


Today I love….A Father’s day Business Shirt giftbag…

30 Aug

Hello there!

I am so very cute….

You can make me in any colour you like….

I am so very easy to make….

I am soooo going to be loved by your Dad!!

Make me NOW!!!

“Cute little envelopes/baggies that are folded to look like dress shirts! The envelopes are sealed by folding down the collars and securing them with a tie or bowtie shape cut from paper or sticker paper.”

Smile Recipe – Art, Craft & Design »Blog Archive » Tutorial: How to make a dress-shirt envelope/giftbag

Today I love….Power Laces

30 Aug

OH. MY. LORDIE*…….

I nearly cried when I saw this….for a number of reasons:

1. I am a qualified shoemaker so I can appreciate the idea and workmanship that has gone into this invention.

2. I loved all of the Back to the Future movies as a kid and also as a big kid now as well!

3. The future is arriving……”cue Close Encounters music”

4. I’m excited for this girl and am looking forward to following her successful journey!

Ok, ok, ok …..This is what I’m on about folks:

Power Lacing Shoes

Self Lacing Shoes

Call them what you will – THEY SERIOUSLY, TOTALLY AND ABSO-*&^&%%-LUTELY ROCK!!!

Power Laces get serious as Nike lodges patent for Back to the Future II Air Kicks | News.com.au

*Yes, I’m not religious but that’s another story – don’t send me your religious propaganda either!

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