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Dinner Parties

Famiglia,  Food

dinner parties. dinner parties. dinner parties.

dinner. dinner. dinner.

parties. parties. parties.

it’s all so exciting. for me, a good dinner party beats any night out on the town. there’s something that goes in to the preparation and being in the comfort of your own home that is just so lovely. don’t get me wrong, i love to go out for a great meal with great service and great company, but when you’re planning and preparing it all yourself, there’s a certain level of expectation. if you go a restaurant and they disappoint, you just don’t go back. but when it’s your home, you want people to return again and again. i don’t know, maybe i’ve put more thought in to this than the average person (probably.) i think i’ll put it down to my italian background, love for all things cute and weirdly obsessive compulsive tendencies? yeah. that pretty much sums it up.

so, i thought i would share my number one favourite aspect of these dinner parties (i really don’t have that many despite my overly positive vernacular.) i just love to set the dining table. create a whole atmosphere in the room. there is something about entering a space that you have been in before, but seeing it in a new light. the dim light and music playing, with oodles of candles and most likely a floral arrangement. it’s not just your ordinary dining room or backyard, it’s whatever you want it to be! yay! if the table that usually sits there doesn’t look quite right – move it! if you need to bring your couches outside – do it! it will honestly create a great atmosphere. so let’s say you can’t fit all the food on the table, a common occurrence in this household, why not lay it all out on another little table rather than cram everything in between your table setting?

i also think it’s nice to mesh the theme of the food with the theme of the room! the whole package usually gets people pretty excited! i like to come up with a name (don’t judge me), but something like ‘mediterranean nights’ or ‘the cabin’ or something else even more ridiculous. it generally helps to set a vibe for the night and gets people excited! it’s so nice to be excited about dinner! (the main source of my excitement probably) so, without confessing much more of my pedantic ways, let me share with you a few pictures of some fun food sharing moments that i have had in my life, and how i have loved to prepare every detail with my family!

 

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and many photos to come!
hope this inspires you to do a little extra next dinner party!

dan xx

New York City

Travel

well, it has been just over a month since bella and i returned from our wintery new york vacay. and i realised, i haven’t really said one thing about it. so here it is, my report on the world’s greatest city…

that was certainly my perception before arriving. if you’ve read my previous posts, you may recall me confessing my fear of new york not living up to my carrie bradshaw/woody allen/breakfast at tiffany’s type expectations. and honestly, the holiday was no comparison to these movie depictions. but. it was an absolutely amazing time.

we arrived early in the morning, and were greeted by JFK. not the most stunning of airports, but considerably bigger and more populated than perth! honestly that day was 1 degree celsius and we thought we had hit the antarctic. we were ignorant to the fact we were about the enter what we later knew as, the polar vortex, and 1 degree would be like a summer’s day. our coldest experience was walking to the new york public library in -12 with stupid ice cold winds. we were so cold. like freezing. like so cold we walked past grand central station and didn’t even realise… don’t judge. we were stressed. to add to our cold, i thought it would be a highly intelligent idea to not bring any flat boots with me. so, i wore my wang boots. like my brand new alexander wang boots through the dirty snow. not my best idea, but at least i looked good freezing my everything off.

but lord knows, even in freezing climates, we didn’t let anything stop us from shopping. i enjoyed the touristy things, but honestly, nothing compared to the shopping and great food that we experienced. some would say 3 and a half weeks of shopping and eating was the perfect new york experience. two wog girls unleashed in the city, it was like restaurant heaven! there are honestly a million stories to tell, i actually have no idea how to recount such an experience. but here are a few little pics i took on the one day my slr and i left the house together plus some iphone picos. i’ll slowly share my purchases with you as we move forward and in to slightly warmer weather! don’t worry, there won’t be anything i don’t show!

so, in summary, new york was bloody great. i can tell because i keep dreaming about it…

 

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one of the greatest experiences of my life.

dan x

foodstagram – ep 2

Food,  Life and Love,  Mi Casa

yo yo yo wassup. long time no speak. crazy what’s happened since october. wait. what. october you say? that’s right.. october. my bad. doing exams and graduating from high school understandably is time consuming, but holiday season should be no excuse for the absence, (considering I’ve been plonked on my bed, all day everyday doing nothing but flipping through the instagram-tumblr-facebook-twitter-pinterest cycle of life. terrible, I know) but well, that’s exactly my excuse. literally been holidaying from all aspects of my life except social media and the occasional shift at work or dip in the pool. dani however is literally on holiday, and frolicking around disney world as we speak. but lets not dwell on that magical thought for too long, we may get jealous.

as the title suggests, it’s foodstagram time! and it’s making me hungry..

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eating time.

maddy xx

distress yourself

DIY,  Life and Love

perhaps that caption is misleading.

distress your jeans yourself.

it’s something that i have done before in my life, but i just thought i would share how i do it. i know there are a million videos on youtube, but it’s actually very easy. time consuming yes, but not hard. and it always looks better after a few washes. i’ll show you the jeans again after i wash them and revise if they are torn enough where i want it. i think that distressed jeans are the easiest way to add a little “cool” to your daily life. not only will you receive cool in the form of breeze on your knees through the tears, but adding a plain singlet and nearly any possible pair of shoes, and you’re cool.

here’s me looking cool (or distressed). i’m pretty cool when i’m taking photos of myself, alone, in my house…

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to get these results, keep following my little step-by-step…

 

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1. put on the jeans and make marks in the areas you would like to cut out. i put a little line in-between the areas i wanted to cut out completely, so i could tell them apart from the areas i just wanted to cut, or pull away until the white was showing. it’s a good idea to have a look at some photos of distressed jeans that you like, and emulate where the tears are.

 

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2. cut out the areas you put a T through, and make cuts along the other lines. you will rub against the edges of these rectangle looking cut-outs and fray them so they look a lot less perfect.

 

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3. create two parallel cuts, so you can create that white stitching effect. it’s easy to start small and make it bigger by adding another lower cut if you feel you want this area larger.

 

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4. then take a pin and pull out the white string running across. just try and pull each white strand down one at a time to avoid stretching them too much. use your fingers too! then the blue denim remaining in-between the two cuts, should easily be pulled straight up or down to expose the white strings. some people like to do this step with tweezers so you can grab the blue denim easily, but i just used my fingers. it should move away like show below…

 

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5. where you have created larger holes, it can be nice to do this ‘string step’ just below it, so it looks less like a big rectangle cut from your jeans! you can see that in the pictures below. pretty much, continue this process until you’re happy with the amount of distressing you have given your jeans.

 

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the jeans that i used are a stretchy denim, and this has definite pros and cons. the upside is that the ‘white strings’ are actually elastic, so they tend to not break by your knees pushing against it etc. whereas non-stretch jeans can very easily break to leave big open holes where your white is. (unless of course they are totally not fitted and you’re a small person that does not push against the jeans with your thighs/knees!) the down side to stretch vs non-stretch, is that i don’t think the stretch denim ever looks quite as good or as raw. but like i said, a few washes and these should look significantly cooler and more worn in!

 

hope that helped ya’ll.
dan xx