Wednesday, 21 December 2011

Stop the Press!

It's here!

Just a friendly reminder my new blog is active so check it out if your into personal anecdotes, crazy thoughts and a little bit of writing to make you smile, laugh and probably feel better about yourself.

Please remember Papilio will be my main "professional" blog so keep your eyes open.

I will still be posting a Christmas blog up here most likely on Christmas Eve so watch out because Papilio got her A++ in Christmas cheer!


Thursday, 15 December 2011

I Is Changing

This is just a quick hello!

Hope you have been liking the regularity - but with a little tear and a sad face I won't be posting as regularly for the next month or so. So this is a little update of the coming events:

1. As of February 2012 this blog will purely be focused on Fashion and Food.

2. In the meantime I will still be posting when I can and this is what you can look forward to:

- My family Christmas
- It's a beach New Years
- America Here I Come - YES! I'm saying goodbye to Brissy for 2 weeks and going on a USA adventure

3. After America (and once I settle back into mundane life) I will begin a new regularity outlined in the following:

- Tasty Tuesday = obviously a Tuesday post relating to food

- Fashion Friday = Friday posts on fashion commentary (wow, thanks Miss Obvious)

- Street Style Sunday = I'm not even going to bother this time.

4. If you like my social rants, sometimes depressive views on life, personal stories, random lists and all things in between go to my NEW blog at

It will be much more sporadic - but I figured it can be since it is a tad more crazy and acts more like an open journal of thoughts from an idle girl.

When will you see me next? Who knows...


Wednesday, 14 December 2011

Wardrobe Favourites Part 2

Here comes round two of my personal goods but this time we gaze into the magical world of the evening clutch.

First cab off the ranks - you guessed it - fail safe Mimco. She's a little black velvet allure, she's gold trimmed luxurious and she's pretty versatile with that detachable chunky chain - she's a lovely little accessory for a night out.

We girls love shiny things and this little baby is the perfect example of glow mesh. It is vintage (my mothers), gold, unique and something I am very delighted to call my own.

And to finish off another Mimco clutch - this one is so incredibly user friendly. It's plenty big enough for all the essentials and the colour and shape lend itself easily to an extensive choice of outfit. It's the go to clutch that can do no wrong.

I'll be back Friday with.... well who really knows - remember I sometimes like to live in the moment!

Monday, 12 December 2011

Lemony Goodness

So as promised it's been two days and I'm still here - how wondrous!

It's been a little busy in the house of Papilio so I have a couple of baking shots. These are my fail safe lemon yoghurt cakes - involves nothing but a little elbow grease, 15 minutes in the oven and some tender loving care into some home made delicious lemon curd!

Simple is often the best medicine and these gems always go down with applause.

Catch you Wednesday for a more fun.

Saturday, 10 December 2011

Streets Baby!

Here's a little Brissy style shots.

Loving those pants! He's got colour combination turned on!

This girl is pulling off the sock / flats look - what a brave girl

I absolutely loved this woman - she held herself with such class.

And this is simply adorable. It's little bo peep meets country prairie, meets humble innocence - what sunshine in a crowd of grey.

See you lovelies Monday! x

Thursday, 8 December 2011

Friends, Food and Festive Fun

It's that time of year again. Where tree tops glisten and children listen to sleigh bells in the snow... or maybe more appropriately for my Aussie Christmas - where sun shines brightly and children listen to boomers in the sand...

It's my favourite time of year. A time where I see the beauty in life, the best of humanity shines through and family feuds are placed to the side for one day of smiles, giving and gluttony.

This year marked the inaugural annual Christmas brunch with three dear friends. So of course it involved gossip, laughter, food, a soppy Christmas movie, drink and more food. As the iPod played our favourite festive tunes – Destiny Child’s Christmas album, a little bit of Michael Buble crooning and a sing a long to Mariah Carey’s utterly famous All I Want For Christmas is You. The dorky bon-bon hats were worn and the chrissy colours were adorned.

We filled up on the traditional dishes and special little delights - honey glazed ham, a decadent roast turkey, salmon and cheese h’ourderves, potato bake, lashings of mustard and butter and a berry punch to refresh. An Aussie Christmas comes complete with a lovely pavlova topped with delicious fruit and fattening indulgent vanilla cream.

To complete the day we digested in front of the best Christmas movie ever – Love Actually. A movie which gives you hope, that turns any sensible girl into a sap (or a waterfall of depression) and that truly encompasses the feeling of Christmas and presents us with a world of love. As dear Hugh Grant says:

“If you look for it, I've got a sneaking suspicion... love actually is all around”

Enjoy the photos from the day and check back in on Saturday for some more delightful words.

Tuesday, 6 December 2011

Wardrobe Favourites Part 1

YAY! It's finally here. Welcome to Chapter one of Alicia's very own wardrobe favourties. After all what's a large wardrobe worth without anyone to share it with.

Today I shall delight you with my current favourite jewellery pieces (in no particular order)

We all know my love for Mimco so of course first up is my lovely Mimco cuff. Perfect for a night out, divine with a elegant black dress, just right for a little wrist candy! Modern angles and yet girlishly cute.

We all love sentiment and this is no exception. A gorgeous Tiffany's heart necklace. But this is no ordinary necklace - engraved with those words only a handful of girls truly understand. Thank you - you know me all too well.

A watch is a necessity - a number of watches - is... a necessity! This one holds memories yet again - purchased in the mother land of watches (Switzerland for those who are a tad slow) with a dear dear friend we walked out with Swatch watches that we would forever cherish. I love this watch because it's so different and what prim perfect girl doesn't like a little pearl? Even if it is faux.

Another cuff. I bought this on a whim but I love it! It's unique and the colour is simply divine! Makes any outfit pop with a dash of colour!

And shall we end with our dear friend Mimco. I bought this on a lovely sale and although I haven't had the opportunity to wear it often it has received many a compliment and it is the perfect costume jewellery item. Thanks (again) Mimco!

Tune in on Thursday where I will be spreading a little Christmas cheer!

Sunday, 4 December 2011


Sorry... photo issues again! But as I said - I'm determined to keep this promise so enjoy my thoughts of the day:

Love has no race, class, gender or age. There should be no boundaries, no limits and no prejudice. Sadly, I do believe there actually might be.

We all conjure up ideas of our perfect man so we believe we know what we are looking for. But is the saying love is blind true? If it is then really we shouldn’t be making lists, forming types instead we should be living a blank canvas for he will come in whatever package possible. He may in fact be the least likely person you ever saw yourself with. So we subconsciously ignore what we think is not our type.

But I am no romantic, I may have been a very long time ago but this girl will always have two feet securely tightened to the very real cement of the Earth. This notion of “the one” well I highly doubt it’s existence – or more accurately I do not see it possible in the slightest.

I know, shudder all you want I don’t think I’m ever going to believe in the game of love. Well at least not in the traditional, romantic sense. It seems a rather strange predicament considering my love of period dramas. But if you look at the social norms of previous centuries I think there was no “the one” even more so. People married because that was all they knew – people married whoever suited them, people married for security not love, people (men especially) married just to get some action – life was pretty idle back then. Marriage was simply the thing to do.

Hollywood and popular culture has brain washed us women. We have been lulled into this pathetic notion of Mr Perfect. We have been left completely desperate with expectations that reach the heavens. We cannot get it all – and wouldn’t that be a tired place indeed if we did.

I understand the adulterers and the cheaters - I know it is a dangerous thought but here me out. How can you say that of the 7 billion people inhabiting this planet each individual can be paired with another for the rest of their lives knowing it is them, and only them that are truly meant to be together – it is utterly absurd.

I’m not saying married couples have it wrong I’m just expressing my own thoughts, I’m just asking the question we all ask ourselves at some stage – Do we ever know?

Wouldn't this world be a simpler more peaceful place if we simply just lived?

Friday, 2 December 2011

Mmmm... Cupcake

Slight photo mishap so unfortunately won't be showing you wardrobe favourites till Sunday - so it's time to think taste buds.

Remember how I once said I more then love my food but I've never really written much of it. So today I thought I would delight you with some delicious foodie thoughts.

Food has such an emotional pull to it - it can transport you back to days of old - when you screamed for more ice cream and you begged grandma to bake yet another cake with you and when the smell of sweetness filled your life. An old recipe returns in your later life but when the spoon hits your mouth you feel 10 again, your senses tingle with delight and your mind begins a vivid nostalgic journey just from one taste. Any degree of sullen adult when faced with the prospect of an old family classic has the ability to turn into a deliciously mischievous child full of cheer and giggle. That's why I love food. It isn't fuel for the body - it is happiness, it is healing, it is giving and it is (in my world at least) a sign of affection. Cooking for someone is one of the greatness gestures of love. It represents the need, the desire to provide for another, to please them, to comfort them and to warm them.

Baking gives me so much pleasure. I cannot stress how much it has the ability to immediately de-stress me. It transports me to my happy place. Me, my kitchen, my mixing bowl and my oven is all I need when I just want to relax.

The below are yummy red velvet cakes made famous by such bakeries as London's Hummingbird and New York's Magnolia.

I love the rich colour of the cake and the perfect union of cream cheese frosting - absolutely divine. And when the time is right to decorate your little babies, heaven just gets even better. I'm on a natural high and nothing can vex me while I'm with my little cakes I nurtured with precision, love and care.

Food - it is one of my many many passions and one I need to learn so much more about, one I will continue to love throughout my journey and one I will never tire of.