Monday, October 31, 2011

Coconut Milk Ice Cream With Honey & Cinnamon

I came across this delicious recipe for coconut milk ice cream with honey and cinnamon on one of my favourite blogs… KORA Organics. This frozen treat is so delicious your friends and family won’t even know it’s a healthy alternative to regular ice cream.
Ingredients (Try to use certified organic ingredients whenever possible)
2 Cans coconut milk (full fat) or (1 can coconut cream and 1 can coconut milk) 
½ Cup honey or agave (more or less to taste) 
2 Tablespoons vanilla and/or cinnamon 

1. In a medium/large bowl (glass or stainless steel) whisk all the ingredients together until well combined. (Make sure the honey is fully blended with the coconut milk).
2. Cover with plastic wrap or a lid and place in the freezer. 
3. Remove the bowl from the freezer every hour and mix with a fork and place back in the freezer. The ice cream is ready when it is as thick and creamy as you desire which usually takes a few hours.
Note: You can also add raspberry, strawberry, or other fruit puree to the recipe. Just add ½ cup of fruit puree preferably with the seeds strained when you whisk the mixture. For other variations you can add ½ cup un-sweetened coco powder, nuts or dried cocnut.

Visit KORA Organics

Have a lovely day!… Anna

Thursday, October 27, 2011

"Cinderella Moment" Cake Topper

On bended knee, this groom isn't afraid to express how much he loves his beautiful bride. This stunning and sweet cake topper from Weddingstar is ideal for the romantics at heart. A cake topper really can add to your wedding story, and also makes for a wonderful keepsake of your special day.

Visit Weddingstar

Have a lovely day!… Anna

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Introducing the Stunning 2012 Edition of The Bride's Diary - Illawarra/Southern Highlands

I am delighted to announce the launch of the fabulous new 2012 Illawarra and Southern Highlands edition of The Bride’s Diary. With over 370  pages of great wedding ideas, it's our most stylish edition yet! And, we are also celebrating 10 years as the Illawarra and Southern Highlands' leading wedding magazine!
In our stunning 10th Anniversary edition you’ll find all the etiquette and advice you need to plan the perfect wedding, as well as the region's best wedding service providers, including photography, bridal fashion and accessories, reception venues, transport, and more. 

The stunning landscapes and mild climate of the Illawarra has made the region a perfect backdrop for couples celebrating their wedding, reception and/or honeymoon. The Southern Highlands is the perfect setting for a ‘country-style’ wedding and is easily accessible from Sydney, Wollongong and Canberra. The Bride’s Diary showcases the best of these superb regions. 

In this edition you will find the opportunity to win a fabulous honeymoon to Sanctuary Rarotonga & Aitutaki Lagoon Resort & Spa, Cook Islands, valued at $7700.00! You simply must enter!

Other features include:
• A new and improved What’s New section where we review the latest fab products
• Stunning Real Life Wedding profiles sure to inspire
• The Art of Romance – our superb jewellery feature
• Great styling ideas – 4 new divine colour themes
• Stunning reception venues
• Photographer’s favourite wedding image for 2012
• Australia’s most comprehensive wedding planner – also new and improved!
• Calendars, notes, checklists
• and so much more…

And, as always, we are delighted to bring your our annual decorating shoot, featuring four gorgeous seasonal colour themes that will help you plan the perfect wedding, no matter what season your special day will be held in. Planning a spring wedding? You are sure to be inspired by Spring Carnival – our vibrant and vivid red and white theme. Perhaps summer is the season for you? Our Summer Soirée theme will inspire the contemporary bride with fresh and modern styling in hues of grey and yellow. Autumn is a fabulous season for a rich and striking palette, and our Autumn Morning theme brings you warm, inviting colours for a wedding breakfast theme. If your wedding is to be held in winter, our Winter Banquet theme indulges the senses with sophisticated styling, a sumptuous colour palette and rich textures. 

With over 370 inspirational pages, The Bride’s Diary is a ‘must-have’ publication for anyone planning a wedding in the Illawarra or Southern Highlands of New South Wales, so be sure to drop in to your local newsagent or visit our online store to order your copy today. 

Visit The Bride's Diary to find out more about the new edition, including details on how you can get a copy today!

Enjoy!!! Have a lovely day!… Anna

Friday, October 21, 2011

CARAT*'s Rocktails Collection

The latest stunning collection from CARAT* mixes rock and roll glamour with cocktail party chic. By mixing this concept with the sweet elegance of CARAT’s opulent Cocktail Collection, the luxury fashion jewellery presents their most exciting collection yet, Rocktails

With gorgeous colours such as aquamarine, topaz, amethyst, citrine, champagne quartz and bubble gum pink tourmaline CARAT*'s Rocktails collection of hand crafted rings and earrings will suit any occasion. 

Visit CARAT*

Have a lovely day!… Anna

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Bridesmaid Options…


Not sure how to choose a dress for your bridesmaids? Practically speaking, your attendants will vary in shape and size so be sure choose a gown that suits all your girls, one that both flatters their figure whilst maintaining their individuality.  

Two Birds Bridesmaid have the PERFECT solution: one dress that can be worn up to 15 different ways! Whether you are planning a classic, trendy, evening or beach wedding, the Two Birds Bridesmaid collection is the answer. These high quality silk jersey dresses are available in a wide range of gorgeous colors and lengths, and can be wrapped, tied and secured in 15 different ways to flatter any body type.

Visit Two Birds Bridesmaid to find out more, and be sure to check out the dresses in our forthcoming Canberra edition of The Bride's Diary - they make an appearance in a lovely wedding profile! Watch this space…

Have a lovely day!… Anna

Friday, October 14, 2011

Thank You to The Grace Hotel…

I'd just like to say a quick thank you to the lovely team at the Grace Hotel for the kind post on The Bride's Diary's Facebook Page… Once again, we enjoyed working with you and we are so thrilled with the stunning couture shoot - such a lovely location! 

We look forward to hopefully working with The Grace again in the future… In the mean time, to all our Sydney brides-to-be, be sure to sign up to The Grace's e-newsletter - it will keep you up to date with all the latest news from the gorgeous hotel… 

Have a lovely day!… Anna

Friday, October 7, 2011

A Gorgeous Clutch…

Matthew Williamson Rose-appliquéd crystal-embellished clutch |£847

Every bride needs a signature piece to complete her wedding day look, and Matthew Williamson's silk-chiffon rose-appliquéd clutch is a fabulous choice. Decorated with crystals and pearls, carry this statement clutch on your special day for an opulent and oh-so-glamorous finishing touch! 

Available from Net-A-Porter

Have a lovely day!… Anna

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Planning for 2012 Already?!

I know 2012 still seems like a long way off, but let's face it: we are now in October and this year is seriously flying by! So, to help you get organised for 2012, kikki.k have a range of seriously stylish products, and while the New Year seems so far away, it's never too soon to start your planning! 

For example, help ensure you reach your full potential in 2012 with the Inspiration Diary. It’s the perfect tool to help open your mind to the opportunities the year ahead offers, and with inspirational quotes featured throughout, it will keep you feeling motivated all year long. The 2012 Inspiration Diary features beautiful note pages to jot down your dreams, goals and things you are grateful for each day. With a gorgeous grey, cotton canvas cover, it’s available in both A6 and A5 so you can choose the size that suits your lifestyle best. Be inspired today and view it online here.
Or, if a wall calendar is more your style, then you will love the 2012 Kitchen Wall Calendar. With ample space to write all you important dates, you'll never miss an anniversary or birthday again! You can read more about this fabulous calendar here

With so many stylish and practical 2012 products already available, be inspired by the year ahead with kikki.k!

Visit kikki.k

Have a lovely day!… Anna

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

The Australian Women's Weekly's Children's Birthday Cake Book

Back by popular demand, the ORIGINAL Australian Women's Weekly Children's Birthday Cake Book has been reprinted and is for sale once more. The Australian Women's Weekly's Children's Birthday Cake Book was first published in 1980 and has sold more than half a million copies. After hundreds of requests, often from mothers who fondly remember all the cakes from their own childhood, Random House has taken this book from its archives and reprinted it 30 years after it first appeared! 

Apart from a few minor changes (four of the original cake recipes have been replaced with four new cakes that you'll love just as much), the reprinted version is a true collectors' cookbook, and features the same cakes that you know and love. With the reprinted edition now available, you can recreate your favourite cakes - the swimming pool, the rocket, the mirror, and of course, that train from the cover!

Visit Random House to find out where you can purchase a copy.

Have a lovely day!… Anna

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Support Breast Cancer Research

Sadly, in this year alone, more than 14,000 Australian women will be diagnosed with breast cancer, although fortunately more and more patients are surviving the disease than ever before thanks to increased awareness and early detection. As October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, you can help support vital cancer research by purchasing Pink products from a number of leading brands throughout Australia. 

Read on below for a couple of my favourite products…

Clinique Limited Edition Long Last Glosswear SPF15 with Pink Key Ring, $35. Clinique will donate $5 from each sale to National Breast Cancer Awareness research
PANDORA Pink Ribbon Sterling Silver and Pink Enamel Charm, $65. 30% of the retail price of all Pink Ribbon sales during the month of October will be donated to breast cancer charities.

Our Family Table Pink Ribbon Edition by Julie Goodwin, $39.95. For every book sold, Random House will donate $1 to the National Breast Cancer Foundation

ConairPRO Think Pink 25mm Ceramic Curling Iron, $39.95. For every Think Pink product sold, Dateline Imports P/L will donate $1 of the purchase price to the Breast Cancer Institute of Australia. 

Plus, you can also purchase a range of fabulous Pink products from The National Breast Cancer Foundation website. Be sure to visit the website today and support a truly worthy cause… Stay tuned for more Pink ideas – I will keep you posted with all the latest fab Pink products, news, events and reports throughout the month of October.

Have a lovely day!… Anna