Thursday, 31 March 2016

Peanut Sesame Seed Noodles

Happy Thursday Everyone! 

This weeks recipes the perfect dish during the mid week rush! I takes all of 15 minutes and is seriously delicious. We will be dining out on these noodles tonight and hopefully some leftovers tomorrow ;) 

You Will Need 
150 g  green beans 
1 red capsicum 
2 spring onions finely sliced 
2 packets of egg (Singapore) noodles 
20g sesame seeds 
250g diced chicken

(for the dressing)
1 Tbs sesame oil 
1Tbs garlic oil 
1 Tbs soy sauce 
2 Tbs sweet chilli sauce 
100g peanut butter 
2 Tbs lime juice 

Combine all dressing ingredients and stir. Add extra of each ingredient until meets desired taste. 

Cook the diced chicken over heated pan, until cooked through. 

Place the vegetables into hot wok and mix until heated. Add the noodles and cooked chicken. Mix again until ingredients are combined. 

Sprinkle wok mixture with sesame seeds and dressing. 



Wednesday, 30 March 2016

Whats Up Wednesday!

It's Whats Up Wednesday! 

Today is the last Wednesday of the month and that means its time to share what we have all been up to. As always this is a long post, so grab a cup of tea and settle in ladies! 

What we're eating this week 

Kale and goats cheese stuffed chicken thighs! Oh my goodness these are good. If you are looking for a mid week meal that is healthy, filling and appears impressive ;) look no further! You can find the recipe on my Food Appreciation pinterest board here! 

What I'm reminiscing about

Last years, Easter celebrations with my family! I'm so very lucky to have a wonderful family, especially ones who make every day special not just the holidays. 

What I'm loving 

My super cute new denim mini dress from Stradivarius. You can find it in store or online here!

What I've been up to 

For the last two weeks I have been playing tour guide for one of my very favourite guests, my mum! My mum popped over to the land of sand for a few days and I managed to show her some of the middle easts highlights. I promise to share more pics and info soon! 

What I'm dreading 

This is me right about now! I'm dreading finishing up the reports I have due! I'm so close to being finished and yet so un motivated! *sigh 

What I'm excited about 

Girls season 5, is finally out and I'm ready to binge watch! So if you are looking for me this weekend you will find me in front of the TV catching up with Marnie, Hannah, Jessa and Shosh! 

What I'm watching/ reading

The great British bake off final! I'm a self proclaimed bake off nerd and love it. 

I'm about half way through my latest read, The Art of Thinking Clearly. I will share my thoughts about it here as soon as I finish! 

What I'm listening to

If you haven't already heard of Borns, you need to check them out right now! I saw them live last year and fell for them straight away. You can check them out via the link above! 

What I'm wearing 

I love love love this new mini with frayed hem detail from Stradivarius. I bought mine last week and have already worn it twice. You can find it online here!

What I'm doing this weekend

I have no plans as of yet and I'm loving it. I plan on sleeping in, staying in my pjs, watching tv and doing sweet nothing! I love a lazy weekend now and then! 

What I'm looking forward to next month 

Next month my family and I are heading north to celebrate a friends birthday and I'm already excited. I love a great beach holiday and spending some time with my family and friends is the icing on the cake! 

What else is new

*since writing this post I have had to return to Australia to be with my family for personal reasons. Although this is a difficult time I'm so very lucky to be surrounded by so much love and kindness but most of all the people dearest to me, my family and friends. 

So there you have it, Whats Up Wednesday! Few I'm exhausted! I'll be back tomorrow with another delicious recipe that will get your stomaches growling! 

Lou xxx

Monday, 28 March 2016

March Pins

Happy Monday Everyone! 

I can not believe March is nearly over, time is flying! I hope you all had a wonderful Easter weekend filled with friends, family and love. But before we get back to the Monday grind including work, laundry and a very long run to burn off all that chocolate! Lets have a look at a few of my favourite pins from this month. Remember if you ant following me on Pinterest yet you can check my boards out here! 

Even though I missed out on my families easter celebrations this year I could help but browse the many amazing easter recipes out there! A lot of these great recipes can be altered and shared all year round. 

Including these rice krispy nests, how sweet are they! You can see all my favourite holiday recipes here!

Spring is officially in bloom and so are some amazing flowers! Beautiful, colourful fresh flowers always remind me of spring so I just HAD to dedicate a whole board to flowers! 

In need of some floral inspiration or just want a mid day slice of happiness? Look no further! Check out all my favourite floral pins here! 

Speaking of things that will brighten your day. If you are in need of a little motivation or a laugh head straight to personal happiness board! 

For some motivation and a giggle head to my board here!

Have a fantastic day everyone! Tomorrow I will be answering more of your quick questions so please message  me any requests ! 

Lou xxx

Friday, 25 March 2016

Friday Favourites

Happy Fri-YAY Everyone! 

I'm so ready to welcome the weekend! This weekend will be filled with sleep ins, movies and binging on easter eggs, after a huge few weeks. So before the holiday weekend begins I want to share my Friday favourites with d=some of my favourite people... you guys! So here we go! 


Bunny nest macaroons! If you missed yesterdays post you can check it out here!  This fun easter recipe is deadly easy and super delish! Remember if you are still looking for last minute Easter recipes you can check my pinterest board here for some inspiration! 


Speaking of chocolate.... I received these AMAZING slightly over priced, Patchi easter eggs from my family this year. Easter is always a big celebration in our house so I'm sad to be missing this years festivities. However it's lovely to know my family and friends are thinking of me! If you are still looking for a special easter treat you can check out Patchi Chocolate here!


I'm getting a jump start on my winter wardrobe with these gorgeous sued heels. I love the mirrored heel and the colour is gorgeous. Best part about them, they won't break the bank or your feet *they are super comfy! You can grab a pair for yourself online here!


Coldplay has done it once again. Their new single Fun has been stuck in my head all week long. And once you listen you will know why! Check it out above! 


Next week I will be sharing more of my adventures from the last few weeks including my visit to Dhabi mall, safari to the desert and an encounter with a penguin! All will be revealed next week! 


Finally, I want to wish you all a very safe and happy holiday weekend! I hope you are surrounded by friends, family, faith and chlorate! Happy Easter my loves! 

Lou xxx

Thursday, 24 March 2016

Bunny Nest Macaroons

Happy Thursday Everyone! 

I hope you are all having a fantastic week and preparing for the bunny on Sunday ;) In preparation for Easter this coming Sunday I'm sharing one of my favourite Easter recipes, Bird Bunny Nest Macaroons! These are simple, adorable and deadly delicious! 

You Will Need 

2 large eggs whites 
2 bags unsweetened coconut 
1 tbs flour 
2 tbs sugar
tsp vanilla extract 
1 can sweetened condense milk 
small shell coated chocolate eggs - to decorate 


Place egg whites in a large mixing bowl and give a small beat so they are combined. All all other ingredient until thouragly combined and easily mouldable. Add extra coconut is too moist. 

On a lined baking tray place small amount of the mixture and mold, with hands to create small nest shapes. *Nest should be big enough for 2 - 3 easter eggs 

When you are happy with your nests, place in a moderate oven for about 20 minutes, or until golden brown.

Once removed from the oven, leave to cool and then place shell coated chocolate eggs on top of the nests. 

Enjoy with family and friends! 

So there you have it! These Bunny nests are a great easter party favour or hostess gift. Otherwise enjoy them all for yourselves! Yummy! 

Lou xxx

Wednesday, 23 March 2016

The Art Of Thinking Clearly by Rolf Dobelli

Morning everyone! 

It's Wednesday and that means its time to talk books! I have been incredibly slack with my reading lately but finally getting back to my never end list of books. Please remember to comment or message me recommendations because they are always great! This week I'm sharing my current read, The Art of Thinking Clearly by Rolf Dobelli.

Now I'll be honest I'm not a huge fan of 'self help' books or books with too much advice on how to live your life. For example I really disliked the Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin. Which some of my friends rave about and is an international best seller. I just can't describe it, I just didn't jell with that book. Hence my apprehension when I was suggested this read! 

However I'm pleased to say I'am really enjoying The Art Of Thinking Clearly. Divided into two - to - three page 'lessons' this book anaylise the way we think as well as understand why. This book is not a lecture about where you are going wrong or why you are not 10000% happy all day everyday *something completely unachievable and natural, if you ask me! 

This is an easy read that is reflective, encouraging and leaves me with a smile on my face. I can't wait to finish it this weekend! You can grab yourself a copy here! 

Tuesday, 22 March 2016

The Galleria ,Abu Dhabi

Morning Everyone!

As most of you will know by now I have been spending almost all my free time lately, exploring the wonders of my new city. Regardless of whether you have plans to visit the UAE or not these are sites, malls and galleries, you HAVE to see! Today I'm sharing one of my absolute favourite spots in Abu Dhabi, The Galleria mall. 

This mall is an absolute architectural masterpiece! And if you have been following my Instagram account/ keeping up to date with blog posts you will probably recognise some of these pictures!

The Galleria all set up for Chinese New Year Celebrations. 

Now this mall isn't really the place to pop in and grab some cheap t-shirts or a Starbucks  This mall is home to all the big luxury brands and a coffee will set you back approximately $6! But trust me on this, it is worth it. 

A good browse is Dior is an absolute must! 

Seriously, the store fit out is so beautiful, I want to move in! 

Along with big brands there are a few stores which I happen to love and can afford! Thank you lord! Be sure to stop by Tory Burch, Kurt Geiger and of course Magnolia bakery! You can find all store listings and location details here! 

Love me some Tory Burch! I could also quite happily live in this store! 

So there you have it, one of my happy places in Abu Dhabi and the perfect spot for an overpriced delicious cupcake and window shopping session! 

Have a wonderful day friends! 

Lou xxx

Monday, 21 March 2016

Spring Fashion Essentials

Hello Everyone! 

I'm back! I have had the most wonderful week off, but have missed all of you lovely folk. Lots and lots and lots of photos to share and tones of travel recommendations for those of you heading to the UEA some time soon. But all of that to come later in the week! Today I'm sharing 5 Spring (essentials which you all need to get your hands on. 

The heeled sandal 
I just bought these Elle sued Sandals and LOVE them! Not too high, not too low and not too expensive! They are insanely comfy and cute with both jeans and a mini dress. It's a yes from me! Pick up a pair here!

The Embroided Jacket 

I got this AMAZING Zara embroided jacket on the weekend and am totally in love. The detail in this jacket is stunning, its not to bulky or heavy and won't break the bank! Check it out here!

Lace Mini Dress 

Speaking of Zara, this gorgeous white lace mini dress, just happens to be in my closet right now! Again this dress is super light, great quality and pretty darn cute if you ask me. Check out its beautiful detailing here!

Colourful clutch 

I received this beautiful Elms + King clutch for my last birthday, from two friends and absolutely adore it. This clutch is the perfect size for a day out or traveling. I have been wearing mine a tone lately as I explore my new city. The leather is super soft and it comes with an adjustable shoulder strap, turning it into a cute cross body bag! Mine is Papaya, but they come in about a million different colours. Check them out here!

So there you have it, a few fashion essentials for March! 

Have a great day everyone!

Lou xxx

Monday, 14 March 2016

5 Quick Questions

Happy Monday Everyone!

Today I'm sharing the answer to 5 more quick questions! Please keep them coming, some of them are really fantastic some of them are really though provoking and some of them are hysterical! I'm trying to answer and post a mix of all these questions so I hope you enjoy. Please note I will be taking a few days off fro blogging to enjoy some time with my Mumma, who is visiting me in the UEA. So I will be back and blogging on the 21st of March! 

The best compliment you ever received?

Just before I moved overseas I had a going away/ early birthday party and a few of my closest girlfriends made a speech. One of my friends said that her favourite thing about me was my smile and laugh. Explaining how my laughter and cheeky smile could turn her day around. This isn't a compliment about my looks or achievements but one that highlighted our ability to effect other people and reminded me the effect my attitude can have on others. I hope that I can continue to bring a little happiness to other people through my positive attitude and 'ugly' snorting laugh!

What is on your perfect pizza?

I LOVVVVVVE me some pizza. I swear I could eat Italian food for the rest of my days! That being said traditional Italian pizza's are incredibly minimalist. And so are my pizza toppings. Give me a classic Margarita pizza, with lots of cheese and a great glass of wine and I'll love you forever!

What was the first hing you thought when you woke up this morning?

Can't I have just 5 more minutes in bed? + Why didn't I go to bed earlier last night??

If you could have only one meal for the rest of your life what would it be?

I have said it before and I'lll say it again. Ice cream is the one food I will happily eat for the rest of my life. So many different flavours, so many possibilities! But as I mentioned before, all Italian cuisine has my  heart. So bring on the Pizza, pasta and tirimisu people!

Favourite holiday? 

Christmas! 1000000% Christmas is the clear winner for me! I love decorating, cooking, shopping and all other activities related to this holiday! December is my favourite time of year because we are always surrounded by family and friends during this time, as well as some great food! Christmas is also a time to celebrate our blessings, spend time with loved ones and reflect on Jesus himself aka 'reason for the season'!

I hope you all have a wonderful week ladies and remember I will see you back here, next Monday the 21st! 

Lou xxx

Friday, 11 March 2016

Friday Favourites

Happy Friday Everyone! 

I am taking a long weekend to spend some time with my mum, who has just arrived in town! Yay! So I will be busy playing tour guide for the next few days. But before I start enjoying my weekend I wanted to share my weeks favourites, with some of my favourites - YOU GUYS! 


If you have been reading the blog for a little while you will know how much I love my PJ's. Especially my Peter Alexander Pj's. These pyjamas are great quality, super soft and always adorable. I love this Dark Rose PJ Pant, in stock at the moment. I have the same pair in a different pattern and may or may not be wearing them right now ;) These are also great for all the shorter ladies out there as they aren't too long #shortgirlsunite You can find these beauties HERE 

The 8th of March (Tuesday) marked international women day! Special shout out to all the amazing women in my life and all of you lovely ladies. Be sure to remind the women in your life just how wonderful they are! 

I'm love love loving my new H&M jeans. They are a fantastic fit, again not to long and they are surprisingly comfortable! They are also well within my new shopping budget, coming in at just $54! You can grab a pair for yourself HERE 


I can not get this song out of my head at the moment! But can you blame me? Its pretty darn great! Listen to Coldplay's latest hit above!


I'm seriously prone to split ends and it drive me MAD! I have spoken to several hair dressers about it, tried a million different products. I'm still looking for a solution that is right for my exact hair but in the mean time I'm using Aesop Rose Hair & Scalp Masque and it is fantastic. Not only does this hair masque leave your hair smelling and feeling fantastic, it helps repair dry and tired hair. You can grab some for yourself in store or online HERE

Have a wonderful weekend everyone! 

Lou xxx